Bite Me Not - What a Deal Set!

Bite Me Not - What a Deal Set!
For all your camping, hiking & outdoor adventures!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bite Me Not Bug Spray & Body Butter

Your choice or get them all!

Bite Me Not comes in a Spray or Body Butter!  If you're a camper, hiker or just sit outside in the backyard by the fire kinda person, then you will want to get your Bite Me Not!   Tried and tested by Tom and myself, we have sprayed Bite Me Not on our skin and clothing....sat outside at the patio table under the oak tree and waited...and waited...and then some came.  Buzz....Buzz...but no landing on us.  Tried it on our camping trips as well...same process...hmmmm...this stuff works so let's put it on the market!

The Spray is great for clothing and the Body Butter is great for face or any other exposed skin.  Since  it is made with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil and other good stuff, its a great moisturizer too!  As for the Essential Oils, you will find it has a combination scent of Lavender, Citronella, Clove, Eucalyptus and other great smells that bugs hate!    So click here and order yours now.  Save $$$$ and get the special deal of a 8 oz Spray, 2 oz Spray and a Body Butter before Sunday, July 16th!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Female Peace and Molasses!


Life is good and so full of goodness!  I hope all of you are well.  Myself...doing great and love what I am doing....I only wish I could duplicate myself and accomplish all the things I want to do, places I want to go and see and all that I want to learn and look at Pinterest for more ideas that I don't really have time for.  Oh my, right???

So since last's a quick update...January came in with rain and more rain and 50 baby chicks for some new laying hens that have just started laying...getting 38 eggs a day now!  February we celebrated my husbands 50th birthday with him summiting Mt. Shasta last weekend...something that has been on his bucket list.  March, I was able to plant my garden that is producing lots of beans, peas and lettuce. was still raining but attendees still showed up to buy Soaps, Bath Fizzies, Sea Salt Scrubs and Lip Balm at the Roses & Rust Vintage Fair.  April concluded with Senior Prom for my youngest and his beautiful girlfriend.  May can running in and out with graduation festivities and family fun on the lake.  June has been filled up with camping trips, Lake Tahoe and some rafting to come.  (See photos)

As for The Essential Olive, the one thing I have been really testing lately is my Female Peace Roll On.  I am at that age where the "change" is happening and with some minor cramping, I have been using my Female Peace.  I find that within about 20 minutes, my cramping has decreased...this I love!  Female Peace is a Synergy Blend designed to ease the discomfort and imbalances of PMS, peri-menopause and menopause and it promotes a sense of well being. It contains the essential oils Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Palmarosa, Rose and Sandalwood.  (At the end of the blog is a list of what these essential oils do.)  And with peri-menopause, we all know that our periods can become obnoxiously heavy as I have experienced.  Because of this,  I felt like needed to replenish my body with some iron and I LOVE molasses.  It is like candy to me and so I grab my Blackstrap Molasses and take a couple spoonfuls (only 1 tsp. if you are new to this.)  I did some research on molasses as well and found out that it is not only good for iron, but also for the following.

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B-1)
  • Vitamin B-2
  • Niacine (Vitamin B-3) 
  • Vitamin B-6
Blackstrap molasses full of nutrients and when vitamins are taken in a food source instead of a pill, they are more likely to be assimilated into the body.  Yes!  Now me...I hate taking vitamins, so taking a spoonful of molasses, I can do that!  I just found my new vitamin!  And also here is a list of the conditions that have reportedly been helped by blackstrap molasses:
  • Anemia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Gray Hair - Ohhhhh, I could use this too!
  • Constipation
  • Low Energy
  • Hot Flashes - been blessed with only minor hot flashes!
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Weight Loss
  • Sugar Cravings - I crave chocolate right before my period.  :)
If you look on this website, you can read all about Blackstrap molasses, just click here and if you need some Female Peace, click here.  Start feeling better now!  
Well hope you have all learned something today and once again enjoyed my writings!  I hope to be back soon writing about my newest BITE ME NOT bug repellent!  See you next time!

Essential Oils in Female Peace Essential Oil Roll On
Chamomile, Roman: Muscle aches, menstrual cramps, upset stomach, muscle tension, headaches, regular cycle, nervous tension, mild depression, emotional discomfort, worry irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, stress.
Clary Sage:  Menstrual cramps, muscle aches, muscle tension, irregular cycle, imbalance, nervous tension, mild depression, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, emotional discomfort, lack of sense of well-being.
Geranium:  Muscle aches, poor circulation, imbalance, mild depressions, mood swings.
Palmarosa:  Poor circulation, fatigue, irritability, stress, mild depression, mental fog.
Rose:  menstrual cramps, irregular cycle, muscle tension, milk depression, emotional imbalance, emotional discomfort, headaches, anxiety, stress low libido, sleeplessness.
Sandalwood:  Menstrual cramps, muscle tension, poor circulation, emotional discomfort, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, low libido.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Hello Everyone!

Happy 2017!!!  I hope each of you has had a moment to sit down with your cup of coffee (tea in my case) and ponder on 2016.  If you haven't, I challenge you to take some time to do this.  I think it brings clarity and causes us to be deliberate about things we can change or improve on for 2017.  Change doesn't just happen on it's own and often change requires YOU to be the catapult.  If we don't purposely challenge ourselves to grow in a positive way, then next year at this time, what will have changed?  This year I journaled and actually wrote out questions and the answers about 2016 and 2017.  My former habit is to come up with a quick answer, get back to work and not every really be deliberate about doing anything with my answers.   But...this year,  I am and have already started changing some thought patterns and "doing" the answers to my questions.  Anyway, God and I got all the questions answered together and below are some of the questions that you might want to take some time to meditate.

  • What lessons have I learned in 2016?
  • Who have I become in 2016?
  • Who has God become for me in 2016?
  • Where am I going in 2017?
  • What does God want to be for me in 2017?
  • What upgrades will I get in 2017 and how do I prepare for the upgrade?
I am anxious to continue the pursuit of the 2017 answers, live them out and then re-read my journal next year at this time to see my personal growth and the things God has brought me through.  

So bringing in the New Year with The Essential Olive, some of my goals are to market my Felted Soap. You ask..."what is felted soap?"  The answer is simple, its soap wrapped up in wool that is felted.   Since I have a lot soap and I have a friend that has a lot of sheep, we recently collaborated to make felted soap!  Some of the benefits of felted soap are listed below.
  • they make your soap last longer
  • it is a natural washcloth and exfoliator
  • doesn't slip out of your hands
  • the wool is anti-fungal and you can use for a cleaning scrubby after the soap is gone
What a olive oil soap with fine rambouillet wool...a locally made product from northern California.  You can check out The Essential Olive  and Lani's Lana websites.  

Next on the list....beard oil...know any men with a beard???

Til then, smile, forgive, love and walk in who YOU are.  There is no better YOU!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Time for Toothpaste!

Seasons...they come and they go and once again the fall season is here!  The weather has been beautiful as I sit out in my rocker lawn chair on the back porch sipping my Irish Creme Tea!  I absolutely love these moments of quiet times and expressing my thoughts.  They don't happen often enough!

We started our summer off with Tom and I celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and taking a short backpack trip in the Trinity Alps.  Our plan is to take a longer trip to either Alaska or Hawaii in the near future.  Can't wait!

The rest of our summer was mostly filled with rafting and getting ready for a big show called the Candy Dance in Genoa, NV.  Needless to say, my house was filled with aromas of all the different soaps, over 1000 yummy lip balm and boxes of sea salt scrubs, body butters and all the other products.  My soap room was literally filled to the ceiling.  The show ended up being a ton on fun and there were a ton of shoppers with wagons being pulled behind them as they purchased all kinds of goodies from all the vendors.

Now the toothpaste....

So are you wondering about my catchy title about toothpaste?  The reasoning behind this is that the Fall time is a great time to make toothpaste!  With a puzzled look on your face, you are now asking "why".  I respond with "Because Fall brings cooler weather and cooler weather means that my toothpaste doesn't melt."  I know, now you are a bit confused...toothpaste melting???  Well if you haven't guessed yet, I make my own toothpaste with coconut oil which has a melting point of 76 degrees.  Thus my house in the summer time is usually around 79 degrees...which means my toothpaste is usually a bit runny.  So I have been testing this product for a year now and I really like it.  Yes, it is different from toothpaste from the store, but it is better for you and cheaper!

So are you ready to make you own?   First, lets look at the benefits!

1.  Coconut Oil naturally contains antibacterial/antimicrobial properties because of its high lauric acid content.

2.  Baking Soda neutralizes acid loving bacteria in your mouth which is responsible for causing cavities.  Baking Soda is known for whitening teeth, removing plaque and maintaining healthy gums.

3.  Xylitol is a natural sweetener and contains cavity-fighting properties.  From my research, I have read that Xylitol gets ride of the harmful bacteria and raises the pH in your mouth.  It can also protect and remineralize teeth by repairing the deep layers of enamel.

4.  If you flavor your toothpaste with peppermint, cinnamon or citrus essential oil, all of these oils have antibacterial properties.

Now if you want all of these benefits, but don't have time to gather the ingredients and make it for yourself, The Essential Olive can help, just let me know!  Otherwise, here's the recipe!


  • 5 Tablespoons Calcium Powder or Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Xylitol Powder– This ingredient is not completely necessary, but I like the sweetness.   (I add 4 Tablespoons)
  • 3-5 Tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
  • 30+ drops of essential oil of choice: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Orange or Protection (a synergy blend, also know as Thieves Oil)
Mix all ingredients in a mini-food processor and store in jar.  Dip toothbrush in and enjoy a natural way to clean your teeth.  (If it is too runny or too thick, try adding more water or calcium to get desired thickness. ) 

Thanks for reading everyone!  Hope you enjoy the photos as well as the blog!  Till next time!

The Essential Olive...Living

Monday, March 28, 2016

I LOVE Spring!!!!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are excited as I am about Spring!  The flowers are blooming (tulips are my favorite with lilacs next in line), the leaves are popping out (my car is yellow from pollen...thank God I do not have allergies), my peas & potatoes are growing in the garden, wood chips for the garden are being delivered from the local tree cutting service and the pool is starting to warm up!  Oh...Spring is here!!!  I am so thankful for all these things and especially for the good winter rains we have had.  These rains have helped fill up Shasta Lake and brings healing to our dry land.

I have found that being thankful is extremely helpful in always walking with a good attitude.  If I am having a not so great day, I just start thanking God for a clean house or a messy house too.  Messy tells me that I am busy with many projects and that I am healthy and am able to use my arms and legs and my brain.  I am thankful that I am able to wash dishes, for the sun that warms me, for my amazing kids and a great thankful list is endless!

Speaking of projects, I am always trying something new and my very latest homemade creation is keifer.  Every tried it?  It is super easy to make and is great in smoothies.  There are 36 - 56 kinds of good bacteria in homemade keifer.  You ask, "Why do we need good bacteria?"  Well good bacteria is necessary to properly digest food and to absorb nutrients.  It also plays a big role in our immunity.  For more information on good bacteria, I recommend checking out this link from Wellness Mama.

Another project with The Essential Olive includes making deodorant.  I have really cute little deodorant tubes for purchase!  I have been using my homemade deodorant for a few years now and love it!  You can find some of these deodorant tubes at Roses & Rust, April 8-9 at the Anderson Fair Grounds or email me to order yours.

I am also working on a Baby line of products which include a Baby Oil, homemade washable Baby Wipes with a Natural homemade Baby Wipe Solution and a Baby Wrap.  My Mom is a is an excellent seamstress and she has made these wipes and wraps.  These products will be launched soon!     Be watching my Facebook post when the launch comes out!

With summer quickly approaching what do you have planned?  We recently purchased a raft so that we can have some white water fun on the Trinity River this summer.  We are planning a couple of trips with friends and family.  We also have 4 kayaks so we can will have a slew of people going down the river!  So fun and can't wait!  Along with that, we have a few camping trip set up.  My husband and I will probably squeeze in an overnight backpack trip too so that I can use my new backpack!  Ya Hoo!

Well don't forget to shop local and support all those mom and pop places that bring a friendly smile to your community.  Community is huge these days...getting to know where the products you buy come from and who is making them.

Thanks for reading I'd love to hear a quick "hello" from you if you enjoyed this!

Enjoy, Be Thankful & Blessings!

The Essential Olive

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Roll-Ons for you!

    Roll-On Essential Oils....Anytime & Anywhere!
    If you have not yet discovered Roll-On Essential Oils, then you are going to love them!    And if you are asking what a Roll-On is, then read on my friend!  A Roll-On is simply a small glass tube with a ball on top that you can roll on your essential oils with.  They can be filled with a carrier oil and then your favorite essential oil or a synergy blend. Your next question might be what is a synergy blend.  A simple definition for “synergy” that is used in aromatherapy is the "working together of two essential oils that result in an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects."  You can get a more powerful therapeutic result when essential oils are blended together rather than when each oil is used individually.
    The Essential Olive carries several Roll-Ons  I recently took a little vacation back east to visit family and brought my Roll-Ons.  They traveled well, no mixing each time I needed one, no leaking, no messes and they were great for grabbing whatever one I needed and tossing it in my pocket. At home, I have them in my purse, on the desk at work, the computer backpack and in the car.  They are durable and I have even dropped them on cement and they did not break!  I love them!  From sore muscles and headaches to those female monthly symptoms!
    So where do you start?  Well let The Essential Olive help you and start by identifying what your need is and then choose the appropriate blend.  

    (Below, The E3's name is the name listed in parenthesis.) 
    Protect synergy blend provides a defense against infections and it supports the immune system.  (Protection)
    Calming synergy blend calms and relaxes the body, mind and spirit. (Relax)
    NoMigraines synergy blend is designed to help relieve the symptoms of migraine headaches.  (Migraine)
    Feminine is a synergy blend eases the discomfort and imbalances of PMS, peri-menopause,menopause and promotes the sense of well-being.  (Female)
    Inflammation is designed to calm overworked muscles from physical activities.  (Muscle Soothe)
    Breath brings to ease congestion, reduce the risk of infection and support the immune system.  (Respiratory)
    Tense synergy blend is designed to calm the mind, relax the body and promote a sense of well being.  (Stress Relief)

    Sleepwell synergy blend will bring relaxation and comfort before bedtime to encourage a deep & restful sleep.  (Sleeptime) 
    Lastly, to use the Roll-Ons you can simply roll them on your temple, chest, forehead,  back of neck, wrists, torso and bottom of feet.  You can also apply a small amount in the palm of your hands, cup your hands over your nose and inhale.
    Have fun rolling on and don't forget The Essential Olive will be at the Bethel Bazaar, December 5th and the Mosaic Marketplace at Big League Dreams on December 5th and 6th!   To make it even better for the CHRISTMAS special, you can buy 3 Roll-Ons and get your 4th one free! 
    Other tips...

    Click on the word Christmas so that you can order your stocking stuffers and gifts from The Essential Olive today.  For a bigger selection shop the bazaars!  

    As a reference, you can visit for more information on essential oils. 
    All E3 essential oils that you purchase from through The Essential Olive are discounted 20%.  If I don't have it in stock, I can order it and you will receive a 20% discount AND free shipping!  
    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at (Essential oils are not sold on the website, so please email me.)and don't forget to check out my website at  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Soap & Water & Tea!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your July!  Our family has been having a great summer and enjoying the great outdoors!  We just went rafting on the Trinity River yesterday with all the kids and 2 grandkids!  Great fun and as a Mom, I love to see my kids getting along and playing in the water together and laughing!  It makes a Mom's heart melt, right?

I also have been busy with prepping for the upcoming fairs and bazaars this fall and holiday season along with working on getting more organized in a small room with all of my soap stock, all the other products and the endless supplies.  There is only so far up that you can go!

So today I wanted to talk about laundry soap!  Of course, I make my own.  Do you?  It is a super easy process and I have been using it for years and using it in my HE machine…no problem and no more specialized expensive soap!  Ya Hoo!  I find my clothes just as clean.  I scent my laundry soap with lavender as well and then hang them out on the line to dry…oh I love this!  And yes, sometime I do dry them in the dryer if I am in a pinch!  So ya wanna know how to make your own liquid laundry soap?

Here is my recipe…just 6 super easy steps!

Step 1: Grate one bar of soap (approximately 2 cups) with cheese grater or food processor.  I use my scraps from The Essential Olive,  It is a great soap and not harsh as the suggested bar is when you look up a recipe on the internet.  

Step 2: Put grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.

Step 3: Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.

Step 4: Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.

Step 5: Cover and leave overnight.

Step 6: Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.  Add Essential Oil if preferred.  My favorite is Lavender!

Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

This recipe is a great way to save money on laundry soap….are you ready….it costs approximately .05 cents a load and washes about 80 loads at 1/2 cup per load.  Ya, that is what I am talking about!  I love homemade and I love saving $$$.  So where can you get soap scraps from?  Shop no more…just email The Essential Olive at and ask for the 2 cups of grated soap laundry soap for $5.00.   Or if you want to save yourself some time, you can ask for the laundry soap deal which comes with 2 cups of grated soap, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soap for $8.00.   I can ship it to you for $5.05 USPS, just add heat & water!  (Or if you are local, I will happy to meet you in town.)

I also buy a gallon of vinegar, add 10 drops of any essential oil you like (I like Lavender) and use that as my softener.  Then for my dryer, I made homemade dryer balls!  They work like a charm…again saving me $$ on dryer sheets.  I purchase my Essential Oils from and if you order them through me, you receive a 20% discount.  (I love this company for the fact that I can talk to the owner directly with all questions and she is super friendly, helpful and full of knowledge.  They are not a MLM and they are good, honest people to work with, plus they are located in Medford.)

If you have any questions about ingredients or the laundry soap, I will be happy to answer them…just email Debbie at

Moving on….. and if you didn't know I not only sell soap and sundries, but tea!  For the rest of July, Provence Tea is on SALE!

Provence Tea is a Rooibus tea made with Lavender, Rosehip, Elderberry, Rose flowers and Blueberries!  It is the absolute best.  I love it hot and cold.  I love my hot with some rich cream and a little sugar (or honey) and cold with milk, ice cubes and a touch of sugar.  So so so so yummy!!!!  I drink a cup almost every night before I go to bed and I feel like I do sleep so much better…even if it is a hot night, I drink my hot tea….so good, so calming and so relaxing!   You can order yours at

So off I go…have a great rest of July, enjoy those kids and grandkids and life…it is a beautiful life.

Quote for the day…..Every Situation I Encounter gives me the Opportunity to think Brilliantly!