DIY Reusable: Guayaki Shot Bottle Edition

Hey everyone, happy Thursday! Today I'm back with a new edition of my DIY Reusable Series with Guayaki, and this time I am here to give you some awesome ideas on how to re-use their Yerba Mate Shot bottles. 

Before I dive into my DIY tips and tricks, I want to talk a little bit about this amazing little product itself. Guayaki never ceases to amaze me with the quality of their products- and as I've preached before and will continue to preach I truly have found my go-to drink for energy, mood enhancements, and overall good feelings within the Yerba Mate produced by Guayaki. Kal and I both swear by it, and honestly at this point we don't go a day without consuming Yerba in some form. And for these little shots it is no different. Available in 3 amazing flavors (you can probably tell the Wild Berry Reishi is my favorite), packaged within a small 2oz amber glass bottle contains not only the boost you need to get through any day but a flavor that leaves you wishing you could have more.

So now that you know a little more about the product that we will be reusing (and now that you are probably ready to go buy some for yourself), lets get into what cool things you can do with the bottles once you have finished your shot:

REUSABLE DIY #1- HERBAL TINCTURE  

These little shot bottles are perfect to store your favorite herbal tincture in for daily use. With the bottle's amber color it protects the inside ingredients for UV harm- keeping it fresh at all times. Below is a step by step guide to creating one of my favorite tincture recipes and transporting it into the shot bottles.

Supplies/Ingredients: 

  • 1-3 Guayaki Shot Bottles (depending on your batch size)
  • 1 tightly sealed jar (I used a re-purposed glass candle jar that had a tight lid) 
  • Cheesecloth 
  • Small Funnel
  • Glass Dropper (You can order them on Amazon, or re-use any you have around)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (you can also use Vodka/Rum that is at lease 80 proof)
  • Dried Herbs of Choice

Herbs I used:

  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Nettle
  • Mint
  • Guayaki Loose Leaf Yerba Mate
  • Rosehips

Step 1: Fill your jar half full with dried herbs. Do not pack down.

Step 2: Fill the rest of the jar with your ACV or alcohol and stir with a clean spoon. (Make sure to cover herbs completely)

Step 3: Label your jar with what ingredients you used and the date.  Store in a cool/dry place for the next 3-6 weeks (depending on your desired potency) and shake daily. 

Step 4: Once you are ready to use your tincture, strain with cheesecloth and compost the herbs if desired. To pour the liquid into your clean shot bottles use a small funnel (trust me, you will waste more than you will receive if you do not use a funnel). Label each bottle, and use the original caps to store the extras, and put the small glass dropper into the first one you will use. Make sure that if you use ACV like I did to keep the tinctures stored in your fridge- they will only last about 3-6 months. 

The recommended dosage for adults is 1 dropper full (1/2-1 full teaspoon). Take daily and start to feel the amazing benefits that the remedy will give you. Make sure if it is your first time working with herbs, or creating an herbal tincture to do some prior research to avoid any kind of allergic reactions, health issues, and for further dosage information.

REUSABLE DIY #2- MIRACLE FACE OIL

In the last year I have switched out almost all of my beauty routine products to greener, healthier, and happier products from companies I trust or make myself. The switch was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done for myself. One of my favorite things that I have been doing for almost a year now is using organic and natural oils and serums in my daily beauty routine rather than the creamy moisturizers filled with ingredients I can't even pronounce most of the time from the drug store.  And I can truly say my skin has never looked better. I have been using rosehip, argan, and maracuja oil individually, but when presented with this new project I thought it would be awesome to combine all of my favorite skin-loving oils with some essential oils for an all around miracle face oil that works (and smells) like a dream. Follow my instructions below to make your own, but feel free to replace any of the ingredients with ones that work for your specific skin type and preference. And as always make sure to do some prior research before using any of the following ingredients on your skin if it your first time working with any of these ingredients. 

Ingredients

  • Rosehip Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Maracuja Oil
  • 10-15 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense, and Chamomile Essential Oils
  • Guayaki Shot Bottle
  • Glass Dropper

Prepare your clean Guayaki bottle and combine equal parts of the rosehip, argan, and maracuja oils until the bottle is a little over halfway filled and then add 10-15 drops of each essential oil. Add your glass dropper and shake to ensure proper mixture. Keep stored in a cool/dry location, and shake before each use. 

REUSABLE DIY #3- MEASUREMENT BOTTLES

My final DIY that I am going to be giving you, may be the most boring- but it has proven to work the best and prompts me to re-use my Guayaki shot bottles almost every single day. 

I take different liquid supplements daily, and one of the main ones being the not so amazing tasting Aloe Vera Juice. I take the aloe juice every morning to help with an existing skin condition I have, and to help keep my digestive health on track. I am required to take 2oz every day- and when I first started I had no idea how I was going to measure out the 2 ounces. I didn't just want to down a mouthful every time I took it and practically guess how much I was taking. 

As I was racking my brain to figure out a quick way to help me take the supplement everyday, I just happened to grab a Yerba Mate Shot when it dawned on me that the shot itself was 2oz! So after quickly downing the delicious Yerba shot I took off the label, cleaned it out, and using a funnel I was able to pour myself a perfectly measured dosage of my aloe vera juice. I put myself in a habit of filling up my shot bottle every night before bed and storing it in the fridge so that way in the morning I had no excuse and a quick way to make sure I took my supplement even if I was running out of the door. The shot bottles became an awesome convenience that I still use everyday- and not only for my supplement but for measuring out any other substance that calls for 2 ounces. 

 

There are a hundred different ways that these wonderful little bottles can be re-used. I could have spent hours continuing on this post with all of the ways it can be re-purposed to help keep them out of landfills, but I will end here. If you are like me and live in a place where glass is unable to be recycled or just like to find cool unique ways to re-use your items I encourage you all to try out these ideas or come up with your own. I would love to hear yours! Let us all strive to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible- and maybe grab a Guayaki Yerba Mate Shot to help you stay energized and focused while you are at it! 

Peace + Love,

Kenna. Xx

Get your Guayaki Yerba Shots here: http://guayaki.com/category/131/Organic-Energy-Shots.html