Essential Oil Rollerball Recipe for Ear Infections and Sinus Infections and How To

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I’m a Doterra Wellness advocate. I do it because essential oils work for me and my family.  I’m also a healthcare professional.  I do not substitute essential oils for doctor’s advice. Rather, I use them as a compliment to doctor recommendations.  One rollerball I keep ready and on hand, especially this time of year, is for ear aches and sinus infections.

My youngest son, around 8 pm yesterday, told me his ear hurt a little bit in school. Very non-chalant.  I asked him if it still hurt he said “eh yea a little”. I noticed some gunk near his ear and knew he had been congested for a few days.  8 pm the pediatricians office was closed and so was the nearest urgent care. He was in a lot of pain so I didn’t think it warranted an ER visit.  I gave him some children’s ibuprofen and broke out the trusty ear infection/sinus infection rollers ball.  I applied it before bed. The next day he told me his ear felt a little better better but we still went to the Pediatrician.

What you need:

Put 10 drops of melaleuca essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in to the roller ball bottle.  Fill the rest with your carrier oil.  Pop the roller ball into the top of the glass bottle, put the lid on and shake to mix it.  For ear infection roll the roller ball behind the ear (NEVER put essential oils inside the ear).  For sinus infections, roll the roller ball of the sinuses infected (where you feel pressure) making sure to keep it away from your eyes.    You can apply 2 -3 times per day.

Here’s a Facebook live video I did for application:


NuNaturals Sugar Free Products Part of a Healthier Daily Routine + a Giveaway!

I received a sampling of NuNaturals products at no cost. Any opinions expressed are my own. 

A few years ago I discovered NuNaturals products.  In that time they’ve added more products, added new flavors, and helped me to live healthier.  I’ve never been a fan of sugar substitutes. They all tasted funny to me.  NuNaturals is different.  Probably my favorite products still are the NuStevia liquids. They come in a variety of flavors (and unflavored) and are alcohol free.

I love my coffee but I’d drink 2 or 3 cups a day and I just had to have my flavored creamer. Flavored creamer, of course, has lots of sugar and some fat in it.  Not exactly the healthiest.  When I started trying to make changes to have  healthier diet, that’s one thing I knew I could change.  The NuNaturals Vanilla Alcohol Free Liquid NuStevia was a great substitute. I was able to drink my coffee black or with a splash of unsweetened almond milk then a few drops of the liquid NuStevia.  Tastes so good without the sugar.

The sugar free cocoa syrup is another favorite of my family.  I make chocolate milk for the kids with it and they don’t know the difference between that and regular chocolate syrup.  They put it on their ice cream too.  So if you’ve been looking for a sugar free topping to put on your sugar free ice cream the sugar free cocoa syrup is it.  A great way to give kids the flavor they love without the sugar!

I’ve introduced NuNaturals products to my diabetic friends too and they love it.  NuNaturals products taste great and help you make healthier choices when sweetening your every day items.  I love to put the the Lemon, vanilla, or orange liquid alcohol free NuStevia in my plain greek yogurt for a healthier and tasty protein snack. The cocoa syrup is great for that too!  A good choice for those doing the 21 Day Fix like me.

Check out some of my recipe posts using NuNatural Products:

Drink Recipe: Vodka Collins or Virgin Collins

Breakfast Recipe: Gluten-Free Vanilla Ginger Pancakes is offering 15% off site wide for Luv Saving Money readers using code: BLG1217 expires December 31, 2017


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– 1 bottle of Vanilla Alcohol free liquid NuStevia

– 1 bottle of sugar free cocoa syrup

– 1 package of NuNaturals cocoa powder

– 50 ct package of NuStevia No-Carbs Stevia packets

– + 1 surprise bonus item

Total value of each prize pack is $70!

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Gluten Free Vanilla Ginger Pancakes low FODMAP friendly

Several years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and IBS.  Among other treatments, it was suggested I try a low FODMAP diet.  When I looked at the list I thought “well good gravy what am I allowed to eat?!” Ironically my regular gravies were off the list.  I was determined to feel better and give it an honest go. As I learned how to adapt my favorite foods, I started realizing it wasn’t so bad. Like this recipe for Gluten Free Vanilla Ginger Pancakes. My family loves pancakes. We’ll do pancakes for dinner sometimes. I’ve been experimenting with different pancake recipes.

NuNaturals, known for their stevia products, sent me some of their newest products. I couldn’t wait to try them out.  I’ve been using NuNaturals products for a few years now since stevia is allowed on the low FODMAP diet. I’m happy that NuNaturals has been adding gluten free and organic products to their line up too!


1/2 cup NuNaturals Organic Green Banana Flour

1 Tablespoon NuNaturals Collagen Peptides 

1 Tablespoon NuNaturals Vanilla Ginger Syrup

1 pinch of salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

teaspoon of coconut oil

**Makes about 6 medium sized pancakes



Mix all ingredients, except coconut oil,  in mixer on medium.  The whisk attachment of my mixer seemed to work best.  Heat frying pan or skillet on medium heat. Add teaspoon of coconut oil then scoop or pour pancake batter in.  I made medium size pancakes which ended up being plenty. These pancakes are very filling.

Once plated you can add a little extra Vanilla Ginger syrup on top and butter if you like. Because NuNaturals syrups use water, stevia, and extracts it is a good alternative to syrups containing high fructose corn syrup which is a no-no on the low-FODMAP diet. NuNaturals Organic Green Banana powder is gluten free and use low FODMAP friendly banana base but does not leave a banana taste when cooked/baked. The collagen peptides add protein to the pancakes and seems to make the batter thicken up a bit.

These pancakes were very filling. I gave myself 3 and half way through the 3rd one I hit a brick wall. I gave one of my son’s two of them and it filled him up.

I received the above mentioned NuNaturals products at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

RedPack Toss in the Flavor Promotion and a Recipe

I received samples of RedPack products to complete this post. No other compensation has been received.

It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Some will say, the unofficial start of summer. There will be more than a couple picnics going on this weekend. Are you tired of taking the same boring pastas salad or fruit salad to picnics? Redpack has some tasty recipes that will give you lots of ideas to change up your picnic sides.

RedPack sent me a kit so I could try one of their “Toss in the Flavor” recipes. They all sounded amazing from the Panzanella (Bread Salad) to the Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad. The one that I just had to try was the Southwest Quinoa Salad.

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa cooked (follow directions on package)
1 (28 oz) can REDPACK petite diced tomatoes or 2 (14.5 oz) cans REDPACK petite diced tomatoes drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed, and drained
2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
3 Tablespoons barbeque sauce of your choice
1 avocado, chopped
3 green onions, chipped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


In large bowl combine quinoa, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, chicken, and barecue sauce. Fold in avocado, green onions, salt and black pepper

Top with cilantro and serve.

RedPack Southwest Quinoa Salad

This was very tasty. I never made anything quite like it before. The combination of flavors really compliment each other. While you’re here checking out the recipes you’ll want to stop by RedPack’s facebook page too and enter the Toss in the Flavor sweepstakes 3000 winners will win a custom Redpack tote and 4 winners will win a Redpack Picnic Prize Pack.


Enter to win a RedPack “Toss in the Flavor” prize pack that includes:
–2 (14.5 oz) RedPack petite diced tomatoes
–1 (28 oz can of RedPack petite diced tomatoes
–RedPack branded wine tote
–“Toss in the Flavor” recipe collection recipes

NuNaturals New NuStevia Products

I received the below mentioned products in order to complete an honest review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

NuNaturals seems to always be finding new ways to make your sugar free life tastier.  One of several things I like about NuNaturals products.  If you’re new to the sugar free world you know that stevia is a natural sweetner from the stevia plant.  Because it’s natural and not a man made sweetener, a lot of people prefer this as a healthier sweetener option. Another think I like about NuNaturals products is the variety of product they offer.  It’s not just powdered sweetener products.  One of my fave products is their liquid NuStevia products both flavored and unflavored. But now I have some new products to love!

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One of my fave products is the pure liquid Vanilla NuStevia.  I like to put a few drops in my coffee to both sweeten and flavor my coffee. My kids were also introduced to the NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Syrup this year.  Honestly If I use it to make my son’s chocolate milk or put it on their ice cream they don’t even know the different between that and the popular name brand chocolate syrups that contain sugar.  One of the newest items in their line up is the NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Mint syrup and the NuStevia Simple Syrup.

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Honestly the Cocoa Mint and Cocoa Syrup are so good.  You hardly know that it’s made with stevia instead of sugar.  Look at the ingredients for the cocoa syrup.  You know what you see? Four things: Glycerin, water, cocoa, stevia extract the end.  Nunaturals uses glycerin made from palm oil.  It’s also a gluten free and vegan.  The cocoa mint, my kids were excited to try since they liked the cocoa syrup so much.  My 10 year old wanted to make a mint chocolate milk shake.  So he did.  He told me it was really good.

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My kids gave the mint cocoa syrup the thumbs up…well except my oldest son who doesn’t like mint chocolate anything.  Then we move onto the simple syrup. Simple syrup is a popular ingredient in a lot of mixed drinks.  This is a nother one with only 3 ingredients: glycerin, water, and stevia extract.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen simple syrup called for in a recipe or two as well but I can’t remember.

So what kinds of drinks can you make with simple syrup: mojitos, mint julep, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sours, lemon daiquiri, …..we could really go on and on.  I actually took bartending classes years ago.  It was a sort of fall back thing in case the whole Occupational Therapy thing didn’t work out.  But I digress.  So I thought I’d show you one drink to make with the simple syrup.  A vodka collins.  Mostly because that’s what I had the ingredients handy for…errr mostly.

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nunaturals simple syrup vodka collins


Ok so, for a Vodka Collins (or virgin collins) you need

  • vodka (skip this if you want to make it non-alcoholic)
  • soda water
  • a lemon
  • simple syrup
  • tall glass (a highball glass is idea but a regular 8 oz glass is fine)
  • spoon to mix it with

A fresh lemon is ideal because you would use a wedge for a garnish.  Also the flavor is better in my opinion.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any more fresh lemon sitting around so I had to use the lemon juice I had.   And no you don’t have to have the shaker and the bar spoon.  I have them so I used them.

Ok first, if you’re using ice you’ll want to put some ice in your glass.  If you’re using a shaker you want to put about an ounce of simple syrup, 1/2 oz of lemon juice and an ounce of vodka in the shaker and shake.  If you’re not using a shaker just go ahead and dump everything in the glass.  Dump the simple syrup mixture into your glass.  Fill the glass the rest of the way with your soda water.  Mix well.  Garnish with a lemon wedge. Seriously that’s it.  If you want to make it virgin (non-alcoholic) just skip the vodka and do everything else lol.

This is a very light drink. Actually refreshing if you’re thirsty.  Actually if you wanted you could add the pure liquid lemon Nunaturals Nustevia instead of lemon flavor.  Whatever, you’re into, if you feel that way lol.

So while the kids got chocolate milk and mint cocoa milkshakes mommy enjoyed a vodka collins after the kids went to bed.  If you’d like to try these products, they are offering Luv Saving Money readers a discount.  Use discount code: BLG0615 to get 15% off your entire order at  Code expires June 30, 2015.


NuNaturals is also sponsoring a sweepstakes here on Luv Saving Money.  Enter HERE Sweepstakes ends 12/27/14 open Worldwide