Essential Oil Recipes and a GIVEAWAY

Welcome friends! Life has been extremely busy these days. I am really enjoying our new living space (yay for running water!) and one of these days soon I will catch you all up on just where exactly we are living now. I keep dropping hints of what our new life is like on the eco-village through comments on LittleOwlCrunchyMomma Facebook page, or pictures on Instagram, but I know it's not the same as reading a full post. I PROMISE I will explain it all soon...

But for today I want to introduce you to a friend I met through blogging. I've mentioned before how much I love the fact that blogging has helped me connect with other like-minded mommas and friends all across the world. And it's so true! For however many things we can say against the internet and technology, one thing we have to step back and appreciate, is that it CONNECTS us in ways never before possible. 

I met Danielle through a post I shared about essential oils. She commented that she loves them and sells them as well. The brand of essential oils that Danielle sells is awesome. Please stop on by her website and say hello. 

And now, without further ado... meet Danielle... 

Hello! my name is Danielle and I am busy wife and stay at home mother to a sweet little boy. I was a pediatric nurse before my son was born and I love learning and the crunchier things in life.  I wasn't always so conscious of my environment and the things I put in my body. I like to look at it as a journey and for my husband and I it began when we decided to start a family. We wanted our lives, bodies and home to be free of toxins and we knew we had to make big changes. This proactive approach brought us to doTERRA and the impact has been tremendous. Now we enjoy sharing doTERRA essential oils and empowering others in experiencing the benefits essential oils offer. My goal is to for there to be essential oils in every household. To help you get started using natural solutions I am giving away a doTERRA Introduction to Essential Oils Kit with Audio CD to one lucky reader of LittleOwlCrunchyMomma

Why doTERRA?

dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade dōTERRA essential oils. But don't just take my word for it, the best way for you to see the quality of doTERRA essential oils is to try them. 

The Giveaway

The Introduction to Essential Oils Kit includes the introductory audio CD and booklet along with a 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. The stunning presentation box also includes suggested uses of the included oils providing your prospects with an immediate experience of the life-changing benefits of essential oils. It is a wonderful way to begin the journey of using natural solutions in your household.

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Best of luck! If you don't win please feel free to come on over to my blog ( and learn more about essential oils. There are also many ways to make sure you have the essential oils on hand for whatever life throws at you. It is my intention to not only empower you in using essential oils but also help you to get natural solutions in your household. You can always buy essential oils at retail on my site at Though I highly recommend opening a wholesale account so you can get doTERRA at the deepest discount and the same pricing that I get. With a wellness advocate (IPC) account you will get 25% off all products. doTERRA will also reward you for being a loyal customer by helping you to earn between 10-30% back with each purchase along with a free product of the month. This account is similar to a CostCo account and you pay a one time $35 fee to shop at wholesale. You can also choose to open your wholesale account with an enrollment kit which waives the $35 and includes our most popular oils. If you open a wholesale account you will also receive access to amazing training videos to help you become a healer in your household. I also offer a free wellness consult and class to anyone who I share oils with. I look forward in helping you on your journey with essential oils. 

Here are a few recipes to help you get started:

Lovely Lemon Soft Scrub 

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup castille soap
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 10 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil.

Combine baking soda and castile soap. Add water and stir. Add vinegar and lemon essential oil.  Consistency should be a soft paste. Store in an airtight container. Apply to surface allow to sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe clean with a wet rag. This scrub is amazing for bathrooms and kitchens. 

Wild Orange and Lemon Surface Spray

  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 5 drops doTERRA wild orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Combine in a glass spray bottle. Shake and spray.


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Delicious Dandelions (A Recipe Round-Up)

Be sure and check out our GIVEAWAY while you're here.

Spring. I absolutely love this time of year. Our starts are in the greenhouse, and I am already thinking about what all I want to harvest, can, freeze, ferment and dehydrate from this years harvest. 

But as much as I love harvesting what we've grown ourselves in our garden, there is something about foraging and wildcrafting that feels so much more exciting. Last year we harvested wild salad greens, went hunting for chanterelles, harvested (a few) wild huckleberries, and dehydrated and froze flats upon flats of elderberries

My knowledge of wild edibles is slowly growing, and I love learning a little bit more every year. With Doug Benoliel's book, Northwest Foraging by my side, I love to go on walks and see what I can identify. Of course, the theme of today's post, DANDELIONS, no one probably really needs a book to help them recognize....

As I started looking into it, I was blown away by just how awesome dandelions are for our health. According to Gardens Ablaze

The humble little Dandelion has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamins A and C, with more beta carotene than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach, not to mention healthy doses of iron and copper for good measure. Medicinally, Dandelions are considered very safe and effective as a general tonic that helps strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and intestines, improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis. Dandelions also help to dissipate gallstones and are believed to improve kidney function, thereby improving overall health and clearing skin problems.
Not only are dandelions good for us, but they are delicious. And, there are numerous ways to prepare them. I originally created this collection because I wanted to have one place I could refer back to that had all my favorite dandelion recipes. I hope that it has turned into something you will enjoy, too! 

Delicious Dandelions (A Recipe Round-Up)


Dandelion Green Juice from So Let's Hang Out


Garlicky Greens + Farmers Egg
from One Beet
Dandelion Split Pea Soup
from LittleOwlCrunchyMomma
Dandelion Green Salad
from Divine Health

***Informational Posts***

Harvesting and Using Dandelion Roots from Common Sense Homesteading

Where to find Dandelion?

This might seem like a silly question, considering that dandelions or so pervasive in almost every front lawn. However, just because it exists so readily, doesn't mean you should eat just any dandelion. I wouldn't recommend harvesting from any area unless you know exactly what sort of things are sprayed (or not sprayed) on or around it.

At Lost Valley I can walk out my front door and feel perfectly safe harvesting dandelions, but I wouldn't feel that same way in the city. When I lived in Eugene, I could often find dandelion at the Farmer's Market this time of year

For those of you who don't have access to your own dandelion crop, or have a farmer's market that happens to sell them, fear not! You can still enjoy the myriad health benefits of dandelions. There are excellent sources available online. Here are a few links to quality sources that I recommend:

Further Reading

If you live in the PNW I cannot recommend highly enough the book, Northwest Foraging by Doug Benoliel. It is a great introduction to foraging in our area with great pictures for easy recognition. 

If you are interested in books specifically on dandelions, here are a few I recommend: 

The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook: 148 recipes for dandelion leaves, flowers, buds, stems, & roots. This is a great collection for anyone interested in learning more about dandelions and using them in their kitchen.

QuikGuide to: Dandelions is a short and sweet inexpensive Ebook that has a good amount of information about this awesome plant. 

The Dandelion Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body is another short and inexpensive Ebook that looks specifically at the medicinal uses that dandelions provides. 

Have you eaten dandelion before? What's your favorite way to prepare them?


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Pearl and Poppy Shop Review and a $30 GIFT CERTIFICATE giveaway

Every once in a while there are people who come into your life that as soon as you meet them something just clicks. It's like, as Anne Shirley would say, you've met a kindred spirit. Well, that is how I feel about the momma I am going to introduce you to today. 

I first met Rebeca when I was working at a small family-owned, organic frozen yogurt shop in Eugene, Oregon. I was first and foremost impressed with the way Rebeca navigated parenthood with her wonderful, energetic little ones. She has such a grace and strength about her that I admire and respect. Rebeca's wonderful, genuine spirit just shines no matter who she is interacting with.

Well fast forward a few years later, though I no longer serve Rebeca and her beautiful family frozen yogurt, she and I have stayed in touch via the wonderful invention called the internet. And then I started a blog, and she started an Etsy shop. 

When Rebeca asked me to do a review of her Etsy shop, I was THRILLED. Take a look at her Etsy shop and you'll understand why. This is what she sent me for Little Owl

Now tell me, is that not the cutest hat you have EVER seen? I just love her stuff. 

Here are a few more examples of the sort of creations Rebeca makes: 

These are just a few items. Be sure and check out Rebeca's Etsy site, Pearl and Poppy Shop and stop by her Facebook page and say hello. 

That's enough of me bragging about my friend. Here is what she has to say about herself:

I’m Rebeca; mama, wife, sojourner, creator, dreamer. For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed making unique gifts for people I love. I’ve worked as a professional seamstress, sewing clothing for a local shop as well as selling my own creations at Eugene’s famous Saturday Market. I’m now a stay-at-home mom to my four children: Peregrine, Poppy, Raphael, and Pearl. I've spent the last twelve years pouring my creative energy into caring, teaching, and sharing life with them. Our home is filled with unique, high quality toys and clothing I’ve crafted for them over the years. I am inspired by the simplicity and timelessness of vintage children’s goods and enjoy mingling that with fresh, modern ideas to create items that are both classic and whimsical. We love to travel as a family and I also glean a lot of inspiration from different cultures and places we've been, as well as from the beauty of nature.

I am excited to be able to share my creations with a broader audience again. You can be assured that when you purchase from my shop, your item will be made with the same attention to detail and quality I use when creating gifts for my own family and friends. I start with high quality, natural materials and work carefully to ensure that my items will bring years of joy to your children, just like they have for mine. I love to repurpose and up-cycle fabric and am pleased to be able to offer many organic  items, sharing a commitment to minimizing my footprint on this earth and protecting our environment. Please feel free to contact me with custom requests. I would be happy to work with you to create something special for you or your loved one.

As a gift to LittleOwlCrunchyMomma readers, Rebeca is giving away a $30 gift certificate to her awesome shop. Good luck! 

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