Cooking for the Holidays with Essential Oils


I love using essential oils while cooking. Whether I’m making a morning protein shake, cooking up vegetables, Italian foods and even in a marinades of all types. Essential oils are a great way to enhance the flavor of your foods, and even come in handy when you run out of a favorite spice.



Turkey Injection Sauce

Let’s talk Turkey! Turkey is our second main course here at home, and usually only made when we have guests for the holidays. But I know this is the showstopper for most families over Thanksgiving. I hope someone decides to give this a try, and reports back with their thoughts, because I think this will be a real winner. I’m all about brining, basting, injecting, and filling the turkey with a bounty of fragrant lemons, apples, herbs, onions and garlic to boost the flavor, and keep the bird moist. I don’t use stuffing in my turkey, because I feel that it draws some of the juice and flavor out of the bird. So this method would totally be up my alley.


Orange Glazed Honey Ham

This year we opted to go with Beef Wellington for Thanksgiving. However, Ham is usually the preferred thanksgiving main course in our home, and will likely be made for Christmas this year. I love the smell, taste, and caramelization you get from combining orange with cloves and cinnamon. These three essential oils will definitely be ‘essential’ for our next ham.


Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of my husband’s favorite side dishes. I seem to try a new style every time I make them. I’m going to add this to my always growing list of options. They sound perfect for a festive meal.



Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Lovers, be sure to check this recipe out. It combines the warming spice of Cinnamon Bark with the brightness of Lemon.

A little note on Lemon, IMO it’s one of the most versatile essential oils to use in cooking. I always have back-up of this. A couple drops in my morning protein shake, added to lightly steamed or sauteed green vegetables, cooking with poultry, and my favorite – in deserts. It’s an all around go-to oil that does a great job of lifting the flavor of whatever you add it to.


Southern Corn Bread Stuffing
Stuffing, this is seriously my downfall. I love all types of stuffing, and have yet to try one I didn’t like. However, I remember how my mom was always very particular that it had to be made how grandma prepared it. I get it, stuffing recipes – like Aunt Bettie’s pie crust, are often handed down through the generations. But if you’re still coming up with “your recipe”, give the one below a try. You can also substitute the “like ingredients” in your stuffing recipe with the essential oils below.


Lemon Butter Green Beans
This is actually one of my favorite ways to make green beans. The lemon is the perfect compliment, and also make the beans the perfect compliment to any poultry or fish meal.




The Ultimate Gravy

Good Gravy, do I love gravy! I rarely make rich and heavy foods throughout the year, but come holiday time – all bets are off. Gravy is good on everything thanksgiving, well – maybe not pie, and this recipe sounds like a powerhouse of flavor. Yum!!!





Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A new twist on an old favorite. I LOVE Homemade cranberry sauce. Don’t serve it from the can, put the time in and make it awesome. This recipe might even cut a few steps out of the work, for you.



Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie. Wow, that brings back memories. My cousins and I used to challenge each other on how fast we could eat it, like it was a contest. I remember one year, my younger cousin put an entire piece in his mouth at once. Hands down, he was the winner. I’ll never forget that.
Anyway, check out the warm and spicy essential oils to use in this recipe: Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove & Ginger. All the amazing flavors you expect in a good pumpkin pie. Give it a try this year, and let us know what you think.


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Day 8: PanAway Essential Oil Blend

Welcome to Day 8: PanAway Essential Oil Blend 

PanAway® has a stimulating aroma and is a popular and original combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils formulated by D. Gary Young. This blend is ideal to apply topically after exercise, and supports the appearance of healthy skin coloration. The essential oils in PanAway include naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and eugenol.



This oil has been amazing for me! I apply it on my legs, feet, back – it’s perfect after a long day shopping or exercise, even when you first get up in the morning after a restless night.

My #1 Tip for this oil, combine 10 drops, plus 3 drops of peppermint and 3 drops of Copaiba from your starter kit in 2-4oz of whipped coconut oil. This will really help you get the most out of this oil, especially if you’re trying to cover a larger area, like your calves or thigh area.  You can add more oil as you increase the amount of coconut, but please test this first on your own skin to see what works best for your needs.

Whipped Coconut Oil Recipe

1 cup of Virgin Coconut oil* (can sub Refined or blend of Virgin/Refined Coconut Oil)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
Approximately 15 drops Essential Oil of choice
4oz glass jar (or non-reactive jar)
Stand Mixer or hand mixer

*Optional: to make a thicker, creamier blend, add 1/4 cup Unrefined Shea Butter during mixing. You will need to adjust the oils as necessary.

Using a stand mixer, or hand mixer, whip coconut oil and vitamin e until soft peeks begin to form. Add essential oils, and return to blender until well mixed. You can also fold the oils in, but I prefer mixing. Spoon contents in to jar. This may need to set in the fridge for 3-5min if it’s too melted, but once set it can be easily stored in a dark, dry and cool place for use. I typically keep ours in the medicine cabinet and where lotions or creams are present.

Epsom Salt Bath Recipe

1 cup Epsom Salts
10 drops Essential Oil of choice

Mix oils in to salt, and store in airtight non-reactive container (glass is preferred, but stainless tins also work well).


Essential Oils 101: Oils, Recipe Sharing and More!

classflyer-modified copyJoin me at my home on April 12th at 2pm, or April 13th at 10AM for an Essential Oils 101 Workshop. This is a very special event, designed to provide education for individuals exploring the option of adding Essential Oils for Home, Health & Wellness. RSVP Required.

Guests will discover more about essential oils and how easy it can be to live a chemical free lifestyle. Recipes, tips and live demonstrations will include: Laundry Detergent, Foaming Hand Soaps, De-tangler, and Thieves household cleaner.

I will be offering Zyto Compass Scans for $25 (or free with a 50pv order) after the event. This biometric reader will aide in identifying supplements and oils to support your health and wellness goals.

Please indicate your day of preference when reserving space: April 12th, 2pm or April 13th, 10AM. Feel free to invite your friends.

For details and to RSVP, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

DIY All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap

Who loves foaming hand soap? ME, ME, ME!!! The only downside are all the chemicals in the national brands, and high cost for natural brands.  Then I found out just how easy it is to make at home.

Enjoy this All Natural version, that’s family friendly, and great for gifting.  Plus, it’s budget friendly.  I purchase my Dr. Bronner’s through Frontier, directly.  But it’s available at local health stores, and national chains all over.

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Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

  • 1/3 Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap (My favorites are Peppermint or Lavender)
  • 2/3 Water
  • 7-10 drops Essential Oil (for Peppermint Hand soap, I add lavender oil for healthy skin support)
  • Pour in to up-cycled foaming pump bottle. Shake gently, and set sink-side for use.

Tips: If you feel the mix is too soapy, just add a little water up to 3/4 of the dilution rate.  Also, if you don’t have a foaming bottle at home to re-use, you can now get foaming soap adapter lids for your mason jars at national retail stores (and online). I found mine at my local Hobby Lobby and Meijer.

Team Bonding!

Today I hosted the team for an Everyday Oils discussion and Make & Take workshop.  We had so much fun creating, that we’re going to have to schedule a Part 2, soon!  Check out the set-up:


Since we are all Premium Starter Kit owners, we began our discussion with the Everyday Oils Collection.  As we moved in to sharing how we currently use the oils in our life, I shared the benefits of always having the Essential Oil Pocket Reference (EOPR) handy.  Members of the Dose of Joy team all receive their choice of the EOPR or Essential Oil Guide App, as part of their team education and oil training.

Next we discussed oils that pertain directly to our individual needs, how to cross reference our research, access upline team resources, and create products to incorporate those oils and begin to eliminate many of the costly, chemical free products in our homes.  Armed with information, links, and resources on how to begin examining our individual health and wellness – we moved on to creating products.


Around the room I had Make & Take stations set up, to pull ingredients from, discuss, and as our schedule allowed, we would create products with items in the picture.


A variety of recipes were provided, but where possible, I shared the base recipe and how to modify it for their personal needs.  A great example was our detox salt baths.  After learning more about the oils, I asked each member to select a blend that best suit their need, and we created a Detox Salt Bath Take Away.  I explained the benefits of this method of bathing, and shared simple ways to modify that recipe.  Today we created a Himalayan Detox blend, with their essential oils.


I also wanted to highlight the simplicity of making big changes. With just a few products, you can create cost effective solutions, and change a variety of products out in your home all at once.  Hand sanitizers, hand soap, dish soap, body wash, various sugar scrubs are all made with the ingredients above, combined with our choice of essential oils.


This was my favorite station of the day, because it provided a fun, energizing drink and break for us all.  Process one orange for every ounce of NingXia Red in the vitamix, and allow it to chill in the fridge.  Add 10-12 ice cubes, put back on the Vitamix and run until smooth.


I gave each guest their own NingXia Nitro, and gave them the option of adding it direct, or doing a quick shot.  Consensus: mixing it in, made it FABULOUS!!!  I also took this opportunity to share how simple it was to add in your daily oils at this point.


As we continued, we discussed the versatility of many ingredients we use.  While reviewing the recipes, I demonstrated how you can easily create up to three bases at the same time, with similar ingredients in different measurements.  The end products can result in a salve, balm or bar consistency.  Adding essential oils before the base is cooled, will provide the wellness support or target the needs you are looking to support.  (Chest rub, muscle rub, intense moisturizing relief salve, lotion bars, and lip balms).


Everyone left with support materials, recipes, and a couple gift bags full of make & take goodies.  We are already talking about scheduling a follow-up.  I can’t wait!

And if this wasn’t enough, after everyone left, I went to return calls and emails and was able to close out my day by adding another team member.  I can’t wait to share these gifts with her, and introduce her to the team!


Together we grow in knowledge, support and wellness.

Dose of Joy.



DIY Laundry Detergent for High Efficiency Machines

This past weekend I was invited to a team educational workshop, where Pamela Hunter shared how she implements the 6 steps in her new book, “Rise & Shine: 6 Master Steps to Get Moving”.  I posted an Amazon link in the right column, so that you can check it out.  The book is incredible, and if ever you get the chance to take a workshop with Pam, I highly encourage it.  You can see the available list of events at our team site, Joyful Healing Oils.  Be sure to mention that Katra at Dose Of Joy referred you.

So, back to the stinky business of dirty laundry. I had to start with something pleasant, because Laundry is just gross, right? I have several friends that have been making their own Laundry Detergent for a while, and curiosity finally got the best of me.

I know, I know… My not-so-crunchy friends are probably thinking, Katra – seriously?! But honestly, I’m here to tell you, I made probably close to a years worth of laundry soap in 10min for around $25. That’s right budget busters – TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS! See ya later Gain!  Add in the $20 for 6 Wool Dryer Balls, and we bid our fair wells to Downy, too.  I’m probably saving over $200/year on such a little change.

Homemade Lavender & Lemon HE Laundry Soap Recipe |

This change didn’t come lightly.  We have a serious case of the Hard Water Henries out here, I’m not kidding. Before adding the water softener, I used to clean my counters with steel wool, and the only way to get the build up off fixtures was with CLR.  So you can imagine what it takes, even with a softener, to brighten our whites above the fifty shades of gray the water has left behind.

So, after a bit of research, trial, and modification, I fell in love with this recipe.  My whites are bright, our towels are fluffy and more absorbent, and the boys’ colored clothes are clean and free from their stinky smells.  I cringe just thinking about the money (and chemicals) I have been sending down the drain all these years on something so simple.

Make your own Lavender & Lemon Laundry Soap Recipe at

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 1 Box Arm & Hammer Baking Super Washing Soap 3 lb. 7 oz. ($3.97)
  • 1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. size ($3.97)
  • 1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb. ($2.49)
  • 1 container of Oxo Brite 3.6 lb ($9.98)
  • 1 1/4 bars of ZOTE* Laundry Bar Soap 14.1 oz. ($0.97 x 1.25 = $1.21), store remainder for spot/pre-treating stains
  • 1 Bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap* ($3.49), I prefer Lavender or Citrus Orange – not pictured above.
  • 40 drops of your favorite essential oils or blend of oils.  I used Lavender & Lemon.  You’re making a LOT of soap here, so don’t stress about the oil.
  • TOOLS: Food Processor recommended (grating wheel and fine processing blade), VERY large stainless bowl or 5gal bucket lined with thick garbage bag, cutting board, knife, large wooden or stainless spoon, 2-4 gallon glass jar for storage (mine is an Anchor Hocking from Amazon, they can also be found at Target or Wal-Mart).

Let’s get started.  THE SOAP!  I know most recipes out there call for Fels Naptha, but I can’t handle the smell, it was terrible.  I also love that ZOTE has very few ingredients, it takes the guesswork out.  Combined with my favorite Dr. Bronner’s scent, and a bit of Essential Oils, the combination is just right.

Step 1: Before grating the bar soap, make sure you cut up the blocks in to pieces that will fit in to your food processor chute.  The soap is incredibly easy to cut, so don’t worry.  It doesn’t matter what order you grate the soaps in, everything will be blended up together in the end.

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Step 2: Once the bar soaps are grated, remove all of the soap, exchange the grating wheel for the fine processing blades.  Return 1/3 of the soap to the bowl along with a small scoop of Laundry Powder.  This prevents soap from sticking to the blades. Process, and add more soap and powder as needed until the entire batch has been well processed.

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Step 3: Place all ingredients in large bowl or 5gal bucket lined with a thick plastic bag.  Mix ingredients well with a spoon.  You may need to toss the ingredients well a couple of times to prevent significant layering.

Homemade HE Laundry Soap |

Step 4: Pour mixed ingredients in to glass jar for storage.  Scoop out 1-2Tbl to use.  I’m a laundry procrastinator, so I have to use 2Tbl almost always.  I did have to pop out my HE Wet Ingredient cup before using.  Check your manual for powder use instructions.

Homemade HE Laundry Soap |

Step 5: I purchased 6 dryer balls which cut back significantly on dryer time and also helps fluff the clothes (significantly = 1/3, and since we have a gas dryer – let’s say it – savings, WOOHOO!!).  You use 3 dryer balls for small-medium loads, and 6 for large – which means I always use 6.  Again, laundry procrastinator!  The first time I used them I added a few lemon & lavender oil drops to each and let them sit before tossing them in.

Homemade HE Laundry Soap |

I hope you enjoy this Laundry Soap recipe as much as I have.  Feel free to leave a comment below, or send me a message through our contact page.  If you have any questions on where to purchase your essential oils, I am happy to help.

Peace on Earth Sleep Cream Recipe

Peace on Earth Sleep Cream Young Living Essential Oils and Coconut Oil blend for restful sleep.

Peace on Earth Sleep Cream (recipe below)

Sleep, what a precious commodity.  For seven years my youngest son had barely slept a full night, waking one, two, sometimes three times every night.  Plagued by restlessness and bad dreams.  Then came Young Living Essential Oils, what a transformation it has made in our life in so many ways, but specifically for sleep, it was instantaneous.

Not only did our son’s restlessness impact his life, it impacted ours.  I survived on coffee by day, melatonin at night – grasping to whatever bits of rest I could pull out of the moments of time free to me. My son was temperamental, my husband was just exhausted all of the time.  Our oldest son needed at least two melatonin to go to sleep, due to all of the ADHD medication he was on, and would sing or talk in bed sometimes two hours after we put him down.

After researching my Essential Oil Reference Guide, I discovered several options to aide in support for a healthy night’s rest.  From bath time, diffusing, applying oils neat (directly to the skin).  This guide was amazing.  If you don’t have one, please consider it.  I’m happy to help you obtain one.

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As I refined our options, I found a recipe for a sleep cream, and began modifying it.  That’s how Peace on Earth was created.  This is probably one of my FAVORITE creams.  It’s universal to our entire family, and since our boys have ADHD, we can layer it during the day with their daily essential oil routine.

Furthermore, this blend not only supports a healthy night’s rest, but also promotes healthy skin and provides comfort to muscles and growing bones.  Great for two active boys.  I like to run it along the bottom of the boys feet, and up their calves and shins.  For myself, I just put it on the bottom of my feet.


Peace on Earth Sleep Cream
1/3 cup Virgin Coconut Oil
2/3 cup Refined Coconut Oil
1 tsp Avocado Oil or Argon Oil (optional)
1/4 tsp Vitamin E
6 drops each*: Valor, Cedarwood, Lavender and Peace & Calming Essential Oils

For best results, begin by whipping coconut oils, vitamin e and avocado or argon oils together, until soft peeks begin to form.  Add Essential oils, until well blended, and disperse in to glass storage jars.  Finish off with printable labels.  Store in cool, dark place.  If necessary, place in fridge for no more than 15min to set.

*If you do not have all four oils, increase drops to 8-10 and use at least two of the oils.  I prefer to blend two types of Coconut Oil to aide in the scent and texture of the finished product.



16 Oils Under $16

One of the statements I hear most often as a reason not to invest in Young Living Essential Oils is the cost.  So today, I’m sharing a 16 reasons to invest in your health and wellness this year.  Below are 16 oils you can get for $16 or less!  That’s an unbelievable value, and the incredible benefits that come from just one of these bottles is enough to set you on your path to new changes for the New Year!

If you are just starting out, and looking to expand your Premium Starter Kit, now you have a chance to lay out a cost effective plan to grow your collection, and get some bang for your buck.

Did you know that three of the oils below are included in the Peace on Earth bedtime cream we use before bedtime?

16 Young Living Essential Oils Under $16. #1841814


Bath time: It’s not just child’s play

Taking time to unwind from a long day, or de-stress from the fast-paced chaos of life is an important part of maintaining healthy, emotional balance. But finding that time to indulge can be challenging, being a busy mom of two young boys, I get that. However, if you aren’t 100%, it can impact your overall health, and prevent you from being there for your family when they need you most.

I found that creating and using my own bath salts to be one of the most relaxing times for me at the end of a hectic day. No matter what I’m facing: if I’m under the weather, feeling added pressure, or just need to time to clear my mind. I emerge feeling relaxed, renewed, centered, and ready to face my challenges.

Detoxifying Bath Salts are also a way to help shed your body of built up toxins and impurities stored in your pores, thus contributing to a healthier immune system.

When purchased in boutique stores, high quality, spa products can really cost a pretty penny.  Fortunately, bath salts are one of the easiest, and cost-effective products to make, using your Young Living Essential Oils.  There are several options out there, and the graphic below includes three basic detoxifying recipes you may want to print or pin for future.  In time, I will share several more varieties, including honey and green tea options.

Detoxifying Epsom Salt Recipes by

Detoxifying Epsom Salt Base
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/8 cup Sea Salt (Pink Himalayan or Celtic recommended, but not required)
10-15 drops Choice of Essential Oils (start with less)

An important note when taking a detox bath.  Use the warmest water you can comfortably tolerate.  Stay in for 20 minutes, minimum.  Do not use additional soap products.  You are detoxing your body and drawing out impurities.  Adding products will pull them in to your body.  When you are done, towel dry.

Freshen Up for the New Year


It’s that time, the mid-holiday slump.  Somewhere between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Did someone push a plate under the couch, or did my son stuff cheese and crackers in his coat pocket?  I cannot be the only mother of boys out there, am I?  Somedays, I’m just scared to check pockets.

Anyway, whatever it is, it’s seriously time to Clean Up, and Clear Out!!!  I have to start by getting the smells out, and lifting the mood.  One of my favorite ways to freshen the air around the house is with my Aroma diffuser.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t reach every room.  So I made up these great little bottles of room spray using my Essential Oils – which I affectionately call a “Spritz of Joy”.  I set them all over the place – bedrooms, bathrooms, the front living room.  Just give it a shake and two sprays, and bring the AHHHHH back to your home.  Below I’ve included the base recipe I found works best, plus a couple of my favorite combinations.


What you will need:
(1) 2oz Spray Bottle – glass recommended
1 3/4oz Water (save for the end)
1/4oz High-Proof Vodka, Optional (helps scent linger longer)
15-20 drops of your favorite Essential Oil Combination
Eye dropper or mini bottle funnel (recommended, but not required. for easy transfer)

Add ingredients directly in to jar as follows: Essential Oil, Vodka (optional), then slowly add water stopping short of the lower rim.  Add cap, shake and spray.

My two favorite oil combinations for the sprayer are:
5-6-7 Freshen Up
5 Drops of Purification Essential OIl
6 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
7 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Calming Room & Linen Spray
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
7 Drops Valor Essential Oil