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Tuesday Things

1. I’m in love with a new all-natural cleaning product.

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Thieves household cleaner! A client actually introduced me to this stuff a couple weeks ago, at a time when I was looking for natural mold and mildew killers, and I’m already hooked. A blend of antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious essential oils, this concentrated cleaner may seem a little pricey, but I can already tell that this one bottle is going to last me for a couple years. You only need a few drops mixed with an entire spray bottle of water to create an effective cleaner!

Not only have I been using this diluted concentrate as a all-purpose spray, I’ve also been adding a few drops to a bowl of boiling water for an instant diffuser. The smell is one of my favorite aspects of this cleaning solution– it smells like Christmas spices!– and while it makes my house smell good, it’s also cleaning my air.

From the Thieves product page:

Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 30 minutes of diffusing, the killrate jumped to 99.3%. Another study against the gram negative pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 % after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

Luckily, Austin loves the smell, too. It’s rare that we agree on what “smells good,” so that’s a definite bonus!

2. Another new thing this week, is my moisturizer.

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Up to this point, I’ve mostly used coconut oil as my body lotion, but I’ve heard that certain oils maybe more moisturizing than others, so I’ve decided to experiment with different types of pure oils to see if I find something I like better. This time around, I’m trying 100% pure jojoba oil, which is rich in vitamin E–> a powerful antioxidant that’s great for the skin. It doesn’t have much of a scent, but I love the way my skin feels since using it!

3. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you’ve seen one of my latest dessert obsessions.

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It’s a cross between vanilla ice cream and a slushie, and it’s whipped up in the blender in less than two minutes.

I don’t have an exact recipe to share, but I usually combine a cup of homemade almond milk, a splash of vanilla extract, a splash of pure maple syrup and two large handfuls of ice in the blender. The Vitamix pulverizes this into a thick, icy shake, but I’m sure it would be delicious in a standard blender, too!

4. I’m also really excited about another dessert experiment.

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I finally figured out a good use for leftover almond pulp–> raw cookie dough bites! It’s taken me forever to find a “good” recipe for almond pulp, because the taste and texture are not ideal after much of the flavor and fat content is strained from homemade almond milk… but if you add enough other ingredients to it, it can be put to good use!

However, it’s a good reminder that almond flour should NOT be replaced with dried almond pulp in recipes! It’s not the same, and the results won’t be nearly as good.

I’ll be sure to post the recipe soon!

*Update: The winner of The Fresh Energy Cookbook has been posted! You can click here to reveal the winner.

Reader Feedback: Have you tried anything new this week?

24 comments to Tuesday Things

  • My wife has recently started using Thieves essential oil in an electric mister/diffuser, and it smells incredible! She’s also using the cleaner and loves it, too!

    I will say, though, you may want to avoid the Thieves mouthwash…unless you like a mouthful of cloves :)

  • So I’m working on a first draft of my blog post for this week and came over here so I can link recipes to your cauliflower crust and your flourless chocolate cake for two and now I’m completely distracted by your roasted tomato soup and the honey balsamic dressing! It’s so cold here and we’re supposed to get snow tomorrow, so I’ll be picking up ingredients for that soup today. :)

    I use jojoba oil on my face, too! Coconut oil does NOT cut it for me, not at all, especially with how dry the air is in PA right now. My skin will actually hurt when I use only coconut oil. In Ayurveda they actually consider coconut oil to be drying. I’m definitely not an Ayurveda expert but a yogi friend of mine is, and she told me I had to ditch the coconut oil. I’m very glad I did. My dry skin was such a nightmare for a while.

  • Can you recommend a good face moisturizer? I am using Yes To Carrots and I like it, yet in this dry winter it seems I need a bit more moisture. Thanks!!

  • coconut oil was a bit too slick for my skin. i have combo and if i wasn’t really happy with my skincare routine right now i’d def give that jojoba oil a try! i am def an advocate of less is more in regards to facial care. i always try to be gentle and that’s been my ticket to clear skin :)

    my new find right now is coffee pu’erh tea by david’s…it’s delicious and a great way to not drink coffee but feel like you are getting the richness/creamy flavor of that lovely bean!

  • Hez A.

    Next up, try the toothpaste by Thieves. Best ever.

  • Britt

    I’m so excited to see this post! 1) I’ve been looking for a good all purpose cleaning product. The natural ones I’ve tried either seem to not work very well, or I hate the smell of them. I’m definitely going to try this one out! (speaking of smells, do you have recommendations of good natural home smell candles, etc.? I live in a tiny studio and am constantly battling smelling up the whole place with my cooking) 2) I just made my own almond milk (and could NOT believe how easy and delicious it was! How had I never tried that before?! I’d been going without since storebought stuff has so much crap in it) so I look forward to your cookie dough bit recipe! As always, love you blog. Thanks for helping me enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

  • leah

    I use that same brand of Jojoba oil! It’s great and has lasted me over a year! Such a good deal.

  • Leanne

    we are all about thieves for getting rid of colds, etc with all it’s healing properties, but have never thought of it as a cleaning product. Great to know! Thanks.

  • Jen

    I love Thieves! It’s my new favorite sent. We use the oil in a diffuser in my office and the soap is fabulous. Next order that is put in will be for their dental floss and cleaning supplies for me at home!

  • I’m excited for the almond pulp recipe!

  • Amy

    I have been using the Thieves cleanser for about 4 yrs now. Love, love, love it! And you are right about it lasting a couple of years! Did you know they have a bigger bottle available?

  • carmen

    I can’t wait for the almond pulp recipe. I would make homemade almond milk if I had a use for the pulp.

  • Kelly

    I am not a fan of maple syrup. Do you have something I can substitute it for?
    Glad I found your website! Cannot wait to try some this weekend!

  • Kara

    I put 2 drops of thieves oil on a small piece of a cotton ball and vacuum it up before vacuuming the house. I also put a few drops of thieves oil in water in a spritzer bottle – natural air freshener. I add thieves oil to Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for a natural body wash. And I use it in my foaming hand soap.

  • Andrea G

    Hi Megan,

    Love your site and all your amazing info!! Regarding the Thieves cleaner, do you worry at all about not knowing all the ingredients? I noticed they use “proprietary” blend of “safe surfactants” My experience in the past with other so called natural lines is this is a way to hide ingredients that, well, are not all that safe. That may not be the case with this. Just wondering if you had any concern or had looked into it. Again, thank you so much for your gorgeous website!

    • I was a little worried about that, too, but on the actual bottle it does seem to list all of the ingredients– and I made a point to look them up, just to make sure they were safe. There were only two ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with on the label, and I discovered that they’re both mild, coconut-based cleansers. So, I feel comfortable with that!

  • Hi

    I can’t wait for the recipe for the cookies! You said not to use the almond pulp instead of almond flour, is that because of the taste? I dry my almond pulp and then grind it in my coffee grinder, and store it in the fridge. It works out really well in recipes.

    • Yes, I have found the taste and texture to be VERY different from traditional almond flour/meal! Perhaps in recipes that call for an egg, the almond pulp would work better since the egg would help with structure, but for vegan recipes I have found that the dried almond pulp “flour” pretty much ruins the outcome!

  • I love thieves cleaner too! I use the essential oil for my family during the cold/flu season. Once symptoms are just starting I put one drop in my water about 2-3 times per day and nothing ever develops. I haven’t been sick this entire season while pretty much everyone around me was. Love essential oils!

  • I just started getting into Young Living Essential Oil products and did a blog post on them last week. I haven’t tried the Thieves yet but that is next on my Amazon Wish List! I really like their lemon and grapefruit oil drops ~ great twist because I drink so much water.

    I make a similar slushy and add spinach to mine ~ you can’t even taste it! It looks like the McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes I used to love as a kid! Heck if I added a bit of peppermint oil it would probably taste like one too without all the disgusting dairy, high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, sugar and preservatives!

  • Hi Megan! I didn’t receive an e-mail from you and I just got back from a cruise today so I hope I’m not to late to claim the Fresh Energy Cookbook!!!! Let me know:)

    • Hi Cammie! Yes, I just saw that my email got bounced back from the email address I tried to send the notification to. Please send me your mailing information to detoxinista (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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