Diet and the Diffuser

Diet and the Diffuser

Looks like spring has arrived.  I see the birds outside my window.  I see a peek of sun.  I see all the spring clothing displayed at the store.  You know, the cute little tops without sleeves, two-piece swimsuits, shorts.  Then it dawns on me.  I forgot to get into shape!  My summer body is still back in 1982!

Now don't get me wrong.  I thought about it plenty of times.  It was just easy to hide underneath my favorite pink sweatshirt during the winter.  Then, when I couldn't go out and walk the dog because he doesn't like water in his ears (that's what he said anyways), I did grab an extra handful of Cheese Nips now and again.  I always thought I had plenty of time to lose the weight before spring arrived.  Well, I didn't.

I'm serious this time, though.  I still have summer to shoot for and I'm going to make an effort.  In fact, I just read an interesting article about smells and how they affect our appetite.  It seems that the smell of peppermint will actually decrease, yes decrease, our appetite!  With that being said, I got out my ZAQ Essential Peppermint Oil and added a few drops into my ZAQ Swirl Diffuser and started cleaning the house.  Not just a little wiping things down, either.  I was going for some vigorous spring cleaning to help with some exercise!  

Right away, that fresh aroma of peppermint filled the air while Dr. Phil chatted on from the tv behind me.  I always feel so invigorated when I smell peppermint!  And, because I haven't been this active in, let's just say, a couple of months, ZAQ Essential Peppermint Oil also helps with aches and pains.  Pretty sure that is going to come in handy later!  Four hours later, and my diffuser is still going strong and so am I!  

I am so happy I stumbled upon that article about peppermint.  I guess peppermint helps curb our appetite by telling our brain it is satisfied and not hungry any longer.  The smell of peppermint oil also has been shown to increase our energy, making it a perfect aid to help us lose weight!

Today, ZAQ and I are walking hand-in-hand on a weight loss adventure.  I'm going to be wearing those pretty little tops by summer.  Not too sure about the two-piece swimsuits but a girl can dream, can't she?  I hope you'll follow me on my journey!

Do you have a trick to lose weight?

Kris Bitar

Spring Project for Kids Using ZAQ Essential Oils

Spring Project for Kids Using ZAQ Essential Oils

I found the greatest spring project idea using ZAQ Essential Oils.  I was so excited, I just had to share it with you!  I have a craft club that I run for an after school program, and we are going to make this for our preschool students.  I love it and I think you will, too!

We are going to make Homemade Playdough with Essential Oils!  Now, I've made playdough before with kids but this one uses essential oil and it gives it an amazing smell that kids will love!  

This recipe makes a great playdough without the oil, but scented makes it more fun for kids. To make it scented, simply add 1-2 drops of ZAQ essential oil per color.  Here are a few suggestions: lavender for purple, orange or tangerine for orange, lemon for yellow, and Eucalyptus for green.  Remember essential oils are powerful, so it doesn’t take much to get a scent and the therapeutic benefits.  

What Ingredients Do I Need?
2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Cup Salt
2 Tbsp Cream Of Tartar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups Boiling Water
Food Coloring and  ZAQ Essential Oils

1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large metal bowl. Mix.

2. Create a well in the middle of your dry mixture. Add olive oil followed by the boiling water.

3. Quickly stir dry and wet ingredients. 

4. Leave until cool enough for you to touch and knead.

5. You have two options. You can do one color for one batch (that is a lot of one single color) or like me you can separate the batch into a few balls and make different colored smaller balls. If you wish to make one large batch I suggest you add the food coloring with the wet ingredients. If you wish to make a selection of colors out of one single batch then after creating your individual balls, make a well in the middle of each ball and add your desired colors. The amount of food coloring depends on whether you want a light colored playdough or a vibrant colored selection (I'm going to add a lot!). This is completely up to you. Once you have added your food coloring, knead until the dough and food coloring is mixed well and has an even color. Finally, put in an airtight container, or Ziplock baggie, and you have wonderful, scented playdough!  (Add 1-2 more drops of essential oil when it begins to lose it scent.)  

Credit for this wonderful idea goes to Pastel and Macarons!  Using ZAQ Essential Oils credit goes to me!

How do you use essential oils in crafts?

Kris Bitar


Today Was The Day...

Today Was The Day...

I got up first, got dressed and settled in for a cup of coffee and the news. That's when my day took a dramatic turn. My daughter got up and said she had a headache and she was all stuffy. I thought I better go get her some over-the-counter cold medicine. Okay, I said to myself, this is the only thing I am doing today! I got in the car, pushed the button to open the garage door and ... nothing. It wouldn't open. How could this happen? It was only, let's see, 18 years old. Here is where I sighed heavily and went back into the house. I was going to have to call a repairman tomorrow. But not today. Today was the day I was going to do nothing at all.

I went into my daughter's room and told her I was out of cold medicine and the garage door was broken. Her little eyes looked at me and she tried to snort and inhaled a large amount of snot. My do nothing day was looking bleak, but I'm not a quitter so I thought about it. It didn't take long before I realized exactly what I needed to do. I didn't need to go anywhere today to help my breathing-out-of-her-mouth-because-of-the-snot (her words) daughter. I grabbed the Kleenex and handed it to her. I told her to give me a minute and zipped out of the room to put on my Super Mom Cape (in a really cool pink).

I returned with my ZAQ Noor Diffuser ready to go with one of my favorites, peppermint essential oil. It's 100% pure and I have to admit, I absolutely love it. This pyramid-shaped powerhouse immediately began to diffuse the wonderful scent of peppermint into her room. She loved the lights at the top as they changed color and the light mist that cast itself into the air, releasing the wonderful, fulfilling scent of peppermint. I left to finish my coffee and still trying to hold on to my day of do-nothingness.

I returned to her room about 20 minutes later. My Noor was doing its wonderful work. She was sound to sleep and, gasp, breathing out of her nose just fine. I knew I didn't need to make any trip to the store to help her out. My ZAQ Noor Diffuser and peppermint essential oil saved the day! I wonder why ZAQ doesn't make a special cape for their products?

Now, to finish my day of doing nothing. But first, I guess I'd better call about that garage door. It has to be fixed right away. Tomorrow I will have to do something!

Kris Bitar