Essential Oils

Supporting Health Naturally

Pampering Ideas with Awesome DIY Recipes

Like to pamper yourself or a loved one or simply have a fun afternoon with family or friends? Simply follow these easy recipes and feel pampered for weeks to come!

Espom Salt Soaks and Baths

Fizzy Bath Bombs

Frankicense & Wild Orange Sugar Scrub

Soothing Face Masks

Foot Spa Treatment

and more!

Download DIY Recipes PDF


What You Should Know When Using Essential Oils for Dogs

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Essential oils are a wonderful tool to support your dog’s health naturally. Consult with a holistic vet or use another good resource to find the perfect oils for your dog to support his or her vitality, overall health, skin, muscles and bones, digestive system, respiratory system, and emotional wellness.

This article covers some general safety tips when using essential oils for dogs.

Use Only 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

The quality of an essential oil greatly impacts how safe it is to use and also how effective it will be. You will see the greatest results when using 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Please read my article about how to pick a high quality essential oil at http://www.myoilguide.com/essential-oils/essential-oil-selection/.

Dilute Essential Oils According to Your Dog’s Size

Dogs tolerate essential oils generally well but they vary greatly in size. Use small amounts of essential oil and dilute with fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil according to your dogs weight.  For example, if you would use 1 drop for an adult person (or comparably a 90 pound or bigger dog) you would use 4 drops of fractionated coconut oil and add 1 drop of essential oil for a 25 pound dog. Mix the fractionated coconut oil with the essential oil, then of that mixture just use 1 drop on the 25 pound dog.  Tip: Prepare your diluted oil in a glass bottle. For instance add 60 drops of fractionated coconut oil and add 15 drops of an essential oil, then just use one drop of that mixture on your 25 pound dog. Always blend your oils according to your dog’s weight. Dilute even more for toy breeds, old dogs, and skin sensitive dogs. Use very cautiously with puppies under 10 weeks of age, old dogs and pregnant dogs.

Listen to Your Dog

Dogs usually love essential oils. They often perk up as soon as you open an essential oil bottle.  When first introducing a new essential oil to your dog, let your dog sniff the essential oil from your hands first. If your dog starts drooling, whining or runs away use another oil that has similar properties and your dog reacts positively to. There are many essential oils that have similar chemical compositions and can achieve the same results. Choose an essential oil your dog likes.

Areas to Avoid

Certain body parts should be avoided as an essential oil could cause irritation. Keep essential oils away from eyes, nose, anal area, and genital areas. If you accidentally get some essential oil on a sensitive area, flush with milk.

Essential Oils You Should NOT Use Daily

Best results with essential oils are achieved when incorporated into a daily routine but there are certain essential oils that should not be used daily. Essential oils you should only use occasionally are Wintergreen, Thyme, Clove, Cassia, Camphor, and Oregano.
Melaleuca Essential Oil (also commonly known as Tea Tree Essential Oil) has Phenolic compounds that can be more difficult for a dog’s body to process. The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 4 drops of Melaleuca are equivalent to about 0.22 grams. So Melaleuca can be toxic but only in high doses. Practice care and always dilute when using Melaleuca.

What to Consider When Starting to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils support the body in ridding it of toxins. Keep in mind, as we do with humans, that if a dog is toxic from medications or has not been on a natural raw food diet then it is best to use less essential oil at first. As with humans, the essential oils will support the body in shedding out toxins. When too many toxins are shed out too quickly it might make your dog not feel well.

As with everything in life, use good common sense, pick the highest quality essential oils and consult with a person who has experience with using essential oils to get the best results incorporating them into your dog’s care. Stay tuned for my next article covering which specific oils you may want to consider using, what effects they will have on your dog,  and how to best apply them.

Contact me if you have any questions.

How Safe are Essential Oils?

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by Scarlet Strapko

Published 03/28/2016 on Apple News / Essential Oils Channel

Essential oils seem to pop up everywhere, so many brands, so many different oils to chose from. The main question remains, how safe are essential oils. The simple answer is, it very much depends on the quality of the essential oil and the users experience and education on essential oils.

The quality of an essential oil is determined by a variety of factors, the central one being the sourcing of the plants used to create an essential oil. Just imagine, a plant grown on a field where heavy metals are in the soil, treated with pesticides, in an environment not native to the plant – this is not a healthy scenario for what should be used in essential oil production.  The best essential oils come from plants that grow in their indigenous environment as the soil, water,  and climate ensure the growth of a plant rich in its chemical constituents. Pair that with organic farming and harvesting at the proper time, and voilà you have the best source material for an essential oil.

But it doesn’t stop there, sourcing the right plant material is just the beginning. There are various methods on how essential oils are extracted from plant material. Only two methods that are safe in creating a therapeutic grade essential oil, steam distillation or compression extraction. These methods are completely natural. Depending on the type of plant material it can take over 20 hours to distill one batch of essential oil. Time consuming but safe and most definitely the healthiest method to create an essential oil. Some companies prefer to go the faster and cheaper route by using something called solvent extraction where a chemical such as acetone or hexane are used to extract the essential oil.

After distillation, for safety purposes, every batch of essential oil should be laboratory tested to ensure the essential oils has the proper chemical constituents, at the right levels, hasn’t been adulterated, and does not contain any heavy metals, microbes, mold or fungus spores, or anything else that does not belong in a 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil.

Don’t be fooled, only because an essential oil is labeled “100% pure” does not a guarantee it is truly100% pure, and that the sourcing, distillation, and testing has been performed as described in this article. A first warning signal can be when an essential oil lable says “100% pure” and then in fine print reads “not for topical use” or “do not ingest” (although there are a few essential oils that even in the highest quality should not be ingested).  Research the brand you have been using, see whether they publish their sourcing, distillation, and testing methods. If not, find a brand that does publish the information you are looking for as it very much impacts the safety and effectiveness of the essential oil. More experienced essential oil users are often able to distinguish a high quality essential oil from a poor quality essential oil simply by its aroma.

Last but not least, the more educated you are as a user, the safer and the more satisfying the results.  Find a good book and online resource, like www.myoilguide.com, to learn about essential oils and safe application methods. Always read the label on every essential oil bottle and adhere to its instructions. Pregnant women, people with medical conditions, and those under a doctor’s care should always consult with their physician before using essential oils. Use extra care when using essential oils with children and older people (always dilute appropriately and skin test). Connecting with someone who is experienced in using essential oils is a great way to get the most benefits from integrating essential oils into your life, and also the safest.

Supporting Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils

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Supporting Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils

Essential oils wonderful in the way they can support your body and your endocrine system. If we can embrace a natural, non-toxic and synthetic-free approach to lower toxicity in the body, we can better support hormonal balance and live a healthier lifestyle.

To reduce toxicity in the body, I’ve switched most of my personal care items (soaps, shampoo, conditioner, facial care products, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) as well as cleaning products and laundry soap to a natural line of products that is infused with high quality essential oils (contact me and I can send you an overview of the items I’m using).  I also drink one drop of Lemon essential oil daily (only use certified pure essential oils labeled for internal use)  in 4 oz of water every morning before eating or drinking anything else.

In addition to reducing toxicity it can be extremely beneficial to incorporate a group of essential oils called adaptogens. These essential oils are unique as they are both stimulating and relaxing, they will adapt to your body’s needs. Clary Sage, Basil, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, and Lemongrass belong to the group of adaptogen essential oils that are very beneficial to support hormonal balance. I personally use Clary Sage every morning and evening applying one drop under soles of my feet and one drop to the back of my neck (the Suboccipital Triangle).

Reducing toxicity and incorporating Clary Sage into my daily regimen have greatly contributed to supporting the hormonal balance of my body. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins

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Women on Average Put 515 Chemicals on Their Body Every Morning

Ever thought about how you start your morning using shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion, deodorant, facial care products, make-up, and perfume that you are basically loading your body with toxic chemicals?

Many of these toxins can cause side effects such as allergies, rashes, eye irritation, affect the mouth and throat, hormonal disruption, changes to cell structures, respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, nausea, kidney damage, and can be linked to cancer.

I’ve found an interesting article at Daily Mail that details all the chemicals that are contained in many personal care products. That’s why I’ve changed to all natural alternatives for many of the products mentioned. And I didn’t just change personal care products but also cleaning products, laundry detergent and replaced dryer sheets with all natural dryer balls.

The most astounding experience for me has been that all natural products are not only healthier for me and my family but also work better. My laundry is cleaner than ever, smells amazing, my skin is as beautiful as when I was in my early 20′s, my hair looks healthy and strong, and it just feels good to know that I’m doing something positive that directly impacts the health and wellness of our family.

I’ve got many tips for you on how to reduce your toxic load, so if you are interested in learning more and like to get a catalog with all the products I’m using, just contact me.

I’ll be teaching a class at my house in Bradenton FL on Sunday March 20th from 3 pm until 4 pm. You’ll get a chance to see and sample all the different products I’m using for cleaning, laundry, and all my personal care and beauty products. As a little gift you’ll get some conditioner, shampoo and toothpaste to take home and try. Simply text me at 941-504-1968 to RSVP.

 

Relaxing Bath with Essential Oils

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Taking  a relaxing and calming bath with essential oils is simply wonderful!

You can use 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil, add it to 1 ounce of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin e oil, or other), then slowly add to running water. Make sure to mix well in bath water. Enjoy. Relax. Rejuvenate.

Favorite Essential Oil Baths:

Calming and relaxing:
Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Calming Blend (lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean)

Grounding and soothing:
Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver or Grounding Blend (spruce, Ho Wood, frankincense, and blue tansy)

Skin soother:
Lavender

Aphrodisiac:
Ylang Ylang

 

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Dark Chocolate Bark infused with Peppermint Essential oil

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 4/6/8

Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 ounces Dark Chocolate morsels
  • bing cherries
  • digestible Peppermint Essential Oil
  • coconut oil
  • parchment paper
  • double broiler

Instructions:

Place Chocolate in bowl -double boiler (water in vessel below -dry bowl on top w chocolate)

and heat over medium heat until smooth and uniform in texture-remove from heat -set aside

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper -spray with coconut oil lightly

Add 2 drops of Peppermint Essential oil to smooth chocolate- fold in with a spatula until well blended

Pour chocolate onto parchment paper evenly and then Top with unsweetened Bing Cherries every inch apart

Place sheet in freezer for 15 minutes -remove and break apart for the amount of guests served

 

Gum Health and Essential Oils

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Can Essential Oils Improve Gum Health?

When my cousin and her husband came to visit in February 2014, he mentioned to me that he has problems with his gums. After having heard Dr. Steuer, DDS  and Dr. Harding, DDS speak about how they use therapeutic grade essential oils in their patient case studies, we had already started using various essential oil products in our family to promote healthier gums.

Based on our experiences and the research Dr. Steuer and Dr. Harding had done, my cousin started using an essential oil blend called the protective blend which consists of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils. He would put one drop in a shot glass of warm water and swish for a minute. Sometimes he would even rub a drop directly on areas of concern. In addition he switched to a great toothpaste which contains that same essential oil blend and started taking a supplement which supports cellular health, contains all necessary vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and essential oils.  He now enjoys much healthier gums which made him and his dentist very happy.

I’ll be happy to send you more information about the products we use to promote gum health. Contact me.

Summer Tip – Repell Mosquitoes Naturally

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Summer is here and so are mosquitoes, at least in many areas around the country, especially in Florida where I live. If you are like me and a mosquito magnet, you might want to take a look at an essential oil repellent blend. But first, have you ever wondered why some people attract mosquitoes more than others? Studies have shown the insects are attracted to sweat, lactic acid, uric acid, and octenol. When you are sweating you’ll produce more octenol, attracting mosquitoes. Blood type can also influence how likely you are to get bitten. Research shows that people with Type 0 blood are twice as likely to get bitten as those with Type B.

Before I discovered essential oils, I would purchase mosquito repellents but never liked the smell or feel of them. I always worried about the toxins I was applying to my skin as well as breathing in the fumes during application. Then I discovered that essential oils work really well to repel insects. The repellent blend contains Skimmia Laureola, Catnip Plant, Amyris Bark, African Sandalwood, Cabrueva Balsam, Wild Orange Peel, White Fir Needle, Cedarwood, Citronella Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Genet Absolute, and Rose Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. I love the fresh and citrusy smell and I’m so happy to have an insect repellent on hand which can be used safely by everyone in the family. The bottle is small, easy to carry in my purse, and it lasts for a long time.

 

Keep Your Kids Healthy in School

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Do you have kids in pre-school, kindergarten, school or even college? Then you know the struggle as a parent to keep your kids healthy. As my daughter has a rare illness which gets three times worse when she gets sick with a cold, keeping her healthy is one of my main concerns. She used to be on antibiotics 5 to 6 times a year. Not any more. I’ve found a way to boost her immune system and support her body.

Applying one drop of the Protective Blend under the soles of her feet in the morning has worked amazingly. If she ever feels she might become sick, she takes the Protective Blend gelcaps, up to three times a day. When it is a younger child, you could just apply a drop of Protective Blend several times a day to support the immune defense.

To have witnessed a change in her overall health using this oil blend has been amazing. One 15ml bottle lasts us for many months. Just imagine, you only use one drop each time and the bottle contains 250 drops.

As a parent, it makes me feel good to know that I’m supporting my child’s health with something natural and that she feels better all year round.

Give it a try!

If you live in the Sarasota or Bradenton, FL area, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be glad to meet, share my experiences, and give you free samples. You can reach me at 941.504.1968 or use the contact form.


 

How to Reduce the Amount of Pesticides on our Fruits & Vegetables

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A 2012 report from the American Academy of Pediatricians that’s quoted by EWG suggested that pesticide exposure is linked to “pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.”

Everybody is aware that eating organic is more healthy but not many families can afford to eat organic  all the time.

Here is My Recipe for Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Make your own citrus produce wash – quick & easy and a great way to get more of the harmful toxins, pesticides, and bacteria off your produce.

Here is what I use:

Mix lemon juice, baking soda, and essential oils in a bowl, add cup of vinegar, mix well until baking soda is dissolved, add purified water, mix well, pour into glass bottle. Your produce wash is ready!

Spray your fruits and vegetables with produce wash, let sit for 30 seconds, then rinse well with water. Use produce brush if possible for certain fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy your fruits & veggies!

Tight Muscles and Essential Oils

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Can You Ease Tense Muscles Using Essential Oils?

Muscle cramps can be very painful. Common causes for muscle cramps in your legs or even toes can be dehydration, too much exercise, lack of nutrients such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, or irritation of a nerve through injury or stress. Leg cramps can also happen without any specific cause especially during the night or at rest. Muscle pains can also be of symptom when going through a detox regimen as the body is getting rid of stored toxins and metabolic waste. Bacteria and yeast that have been feeding on substances such as sugars, start dying off when we deprive them of their preferred food. This die-off releases toxic substances into the blood stream. Muscle pains, body aches, headaches, nausea are just a few of the related symptoms of detoxification.

Essential Oils Commonly used to Ease Tense Muscles:

Cypress, Marjoram, Massage Blend, Soothing Blend, Lime

When I experience my leg leg tightening up or my toes  I apply 2-4 drops topically to the affected area and lightly massage the oil in to relax the muscle tissue. Personally, I’ve had great experience with Marjoram and the Soothing Blend. A friend of mine uses Marjoram on his legs before he goes on long bike rides. His legs don’t feel sore the next day.Another friend of mine runs track, especially hurdles, and she applies the Soothing Blend to her legs before practice and track meets. She loves the oils as she doesn’t get sore like she used to.

 

 

 

Dogs Loss of Appetite and Essential Oils

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Dogs Loss of Appetite and How Essential Oils May Help

Dog loss of appetite can be caused by various factors. It is important to find out the root cause for the problem in order to be able to address it successfully. Some common reasons for a dog’s loss of appetite include:

  • Illness
  • Dog Stomach Problems
  • Age (older dogs)
  • Diet
  • Teething or Tooth Problems
  • Parasites
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress

Consult with a Vet to find out the root cause of your dog’s loss of appetite to treat it correctly.

An essential oil that is great to reduce stress and anxious feelings and calm a dog is Lavender Essential Oil. The dog whisperer Cesar Millan uses Lavender essential oil to help dogs with emotional distress. Simply rub a drop of Lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands. Softly massage the dog’s ears, stroke along the spine, and down the tail.

The following oils are commonly used to increase appetite in dogs:

  • Bergamot
  • Wild Orange
  • Ginger
  • Digestive Blend

 

Simply put one drop on the dog’s paw, so he/she can smell the oil. You can also apply the oil to your hands and gently rub your dog’s tummy. You may have dilute the one drop of essential oil with fractionated coconut oil for skin sensitive dogs, toy breeds, and puppies. The digestive blend is also great to support your dog’s digestive system.

Always keep in mind that essential oils are very powerful and a dog has a much greater sense of smell than humans. In general, dogs respond really well to essential oils but like with everything new, use caution. Let your dog smell the essential oil before you use it on him/her. Should your dog react adversely such as drooling, whining, leaving the room try to dilute the essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (the scent might have been too strong) or switch to a different type essential oil. Usually dogs will perk up and get excited when they smell something they like. D

ogs also differ very much in size. Make sure to use very small amounts and dilute with fractionated coconut oil for skin sensitive dogs, toy breeds, and puppies. Always consult with a holistic Vet or use a reliable resource book before using essential oils on dogs.

Better Sleep with Essential Oils

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Taking myself as an example, I sometimes had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Getting a better night’s sleep means waking up refreshed and energetic.

When we don’t have enough sleep, it affects everything in our life. We aren’t as productive as we could be, we aren’t as energetic as we could be, we aren’t as happy as we could be, and our body doesn’t feel as healthy as it could be.

There are several essential oils that have calming and relaxing properties. My personal favorites are Lavender, Vetiver, Cypress, and Soothing Blend. As a website developer, I know my problems with falling asleep sometimes are caused by working on the computer until late at night as well as stress and personal worries. Since I’ve developed a routine using Lavender or Calming blend, Vetiver and Cypress, I’ve been able to fall asleep much faster, stay asleep, and wake up feeling much more rested. I rub a drop of Lavender on the back of my neck and down my traps, apply one drop on my wrists (so I can smell the oil while falling asleep), and one drop of Vetiver or Cypress under the soles of my feet. Other simple solutions are putting 2-3 drops across the pillow or in the palms of your hands and/ or using 1-3 drops of Clary Sage under the tongue. Taking a soaking bath or foot massage with some of the essential oils mentioned is also very relaxing and promotes better sleep. Another great solution is using a diffuser in the bedroom with a couple of the drops of the essential oil that works best for you.

I’m more productive, I feel better, and I’m a happier person after a good night’s rest and I thank these essential oils for it!

Essential Oils & Hydration

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support hydration with essential oils

Essential Oils Can Help Support Proper Hydration

It’s summer and it’s hot in Florida but not only in Florida! We want to be outdoors, running, biking, going to the beach, kids going to their summer camps, and proper hydration becomes key to staying healthy and fit.

Dehydration can have serious effects, even be fatal. So staying properly hydrated is key. Who doesn’t know the feeling of having a hard time to drink an entire glass of water? One of my kids when he was in his teens simply couldn’t drink an entire glass of water, it made him feel ill. Essential oils can be a savior, making water taste simply delicious.

When adding essential oils to water, make sure you are using only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (CPTG) that are labeled for internal use.

Some of our most favorite essential oils to add to water are Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Peppermint. One of my friends who owns a Cafe and has a water dispenser for her guests, adds lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to the water and it’s the most refreshing and delicious water you can imagine.

Essential oils are very potent so be careful when experimenting with the number of drops. Start just with one drop. It might be already sufficient for a 16 oz glass of water. You can also add CPTG essential oils to smoothies and frozen popsicles to add flavor, therapeutic value, and actually increase your antioxidant intake.

Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, stay healthy!


Less Pesticides on Fruits and Vegetables

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A 2012 report from the American Academy of Pediatricians that’s quoted by EWG suggested that pesticide exposure is linked to “pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.”

Everybody is aware that eating organic is more healthy but not many families can afford to eat organic  all the time. The website takepart.com published a great article about a cheap way to avoid chemicals in our foods – click here to read.

how to reduce pesticides on fruits and vegetablesHere is My Recipe for Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Make your own citrus produce wash – quick & easy and a great way to get more of the harmful toxins, pesticides, and bacteria off your produce.

Here is what I use:
- glass spray bottle (never put essential oils into plastic)
- glass bowl
- funnel
- 10 ounces of purified water
- juice of one lemon
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops wild orange essential oil

Mix lemon juice, baking soda, and essential oils in a bowl, add cup of vinegar, mix well until baking soda is dissolved, add purified water, mix well, pour into glass bottle. Your produce wash is ready!

Spray your fruits and vegetables with produce wash, let sit for 30 seconds, then rinse well with water. Use produce brush if possible for certain fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy your fruits & veggies!

 

 

 


Calming Essential Oil Blend

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The Calming Blend is one of my personal favorites. I love the subtle scent of Lavender along with Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Bean. I use it at  night to help me have that restful sleep needed after a busy day.

This essential oil blend calms the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from stress everybody faces on a daily basis. It is designed to lessen tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling, perfect to diffuse at bedtime for restful night’s sleep or to help reduce anxious feelings or stress so many of us feel are faced with – and I’m don’t just mean adults but our kids too.

I love adding a drop to my hands and applying it to my neck and down to may traps and diffusing it at home.

Primary Benefits:

  • Creates a perfect escape with its calming, renewing fragrance
  • Promotes relaxation and restful sleep
  • Diffuses into a subtle aroma, ideal for aromatic benefits
  • Lessens tension and calms emotions

Uses:

  • Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep.
  • Add 2-3 drops into a warm bath to create a peaceful, renewing aroma.
  • Diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress.
  • Apply to an aromatherapy neck pillow to help reduce anxiety.

Antioxidants & Essential Oils

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We all Know that Antioxidants Counteract Free Radicals.
But Did you Know that the Most Powerful Antioxidants are Essential Oils?

The Antioxidant Capacity of a Substance is measured in ORAC
(Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).

Please see below a table of foods and their ORAC values:

Ningxia Wolfberries 30,300
Blueberries 2.400
Kale 1,770
Noni Juice 1,712
Xango Juice 1,644
Strawberries 1,540
Spinach 1,260
Raspberries 1,220
Brussel Sprouts 980
Plums 949
Broccoli florets 890
Beets 840
Oranges 750
Red Grapes 739
Red Bell Peppers 710
Cherries 670

 

Something I wasn’t aware of before I learned about Essential Oils is that they are the most powerful antioxidants we can ingest (make sure the Essential Oil you are ingesting is approved and labeled for internal use ).

The most powerful antioxidants are Essential Oils:

Clove 1,078,700
Myrrh 379,300
Citronella 312,00
Coriander 298,000
Fennel 238,400
Clary Sage 221,000
German Chamomile 218,600
Marjoram 151,100
Melissa 139,905
Ginger 99,300
Cumin 82,400
Black Pepper 79,700
Basil 54,000
Peppermint 37,300
Lime 26,900
Grapefruit 22,600
Thyme 15,960
Oregano 15,300
Cassia 15,170
Cinnamon Bark 10,340
Orange 1,890
Lemongrass 1,780
Lemon 660
Lavender 360

 

Just to give an example, you would have to eat 2 pounds of carrots, 2 quarts of blueberries or drink 2 cups of red beet juice to get the same antioxidant intake as 1 drop Clove essential oil provides.

 


There are a few different options on how to ingest essential oils:

  • add one drop to a glass of water, juice, smoothie or other drink
  • add to appetizers, main courses, desserts (see recipes)
  • buy empty veggie caps, add a drop of oil and swallow

The antioxidant capacities of Essential Oils are being analyzed as a potential in food protection.

The Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry writes:

” Many EOs have antioxidant properties, and the use of EOs as natural antioxidants is a field of growing interest because some synthetic antioxidants such as BHA and BHT are now suspected to be potentially harmful to human health. Addition of EOs to edible products, either by direct mixing or in active packaging and edible coatings, may therefore represent a valid alternative to prevent autoxidation and prolong shelf life.”

 

Personally, I have a set of Essential Oils in my kitchen cabinet just like dried spices which I add when preparing foods & drinks. It is important to mention that essential oils have a low smoke point, so adding the oils to cold drinks and dishes or at the end of a cooking cycle is best practice to maintain their therapeutic value. For instance, when making a stir fry, use Grapeseed or Avocado oil to stir fry but also prepare four ounces of that oil with two drops of any essential oil you wish to add for flavor and therapeutic benefit, add one or two tablespoons of that oil mixture at the end of the cooking cycle and let simmer at low temperature for one minute. Another reason why I like using the essential oils  is that it is much cheaper than using fresh herbs! One drop of basil essential oil is enough for a pot of spaghetti sauce and costs me $0.07. The oils have unlimited shelf life if kept out of direct sun and heat (except for the citrus based oils that have a three year shelf life). So, using essential oils in my kitchen means: adding therapeutic value, adding antioxidants, elevating flavors, and saving money.


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100% Natural Fabric Softener & Cling Reducer

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Create you own soft, beautifully scented, feel-good laundry
– without toxic chemicals!

Substitute chemically driven fabric softeners for an all-natural, toxic-free alternative that is much easier and affordable than you might think. Make your own 100% natural wool dryer balls that can last for many years, and scent them with your favorite essential oils to leave your fabrics soft and smelling fabulous. To reduce static cling form a ball out of aluminum foil and throw into the dryer along with your dryer balls! Learn more about “Respiratory toxicity of fabric softener emissions“.

 

What you’ll need:

100% wool or 100% other animal yarn
pantyhose

 

Instructions:

  • roll up yarn into balls about the size of tennis balls
  • -make 4 to 6 balls
  • cut off one leg of panty hose
  • put in one ball at the bottom, tie a knot, add next yarn ball — repeat until you have three to four in one leg of pantyhose
  • throw into your next wash of towels (hot water cycle)
  • throw yarn balls in pantyhose into the dryer when drying the towels (hottest dryer setting)
  • this will fuse the yarn balls together
  • wait until yarn balls are completely dry and remove from pantyhose
  • add 2-3 drops of favorite essential oil per yarn ball (scent will last for a few loads)
  • throw yarnballs into the dryer with your next load
Some favorite scents:

 

Enjoy soft, beautifully smelling laundry — knowing you are keeping yourself and your family a little safer and away from toxic chemicals!


Make Your Own Teas with Therapeutic Benefits

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LOVE TEA – TRY THIS!

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Did you know that you would have to drink 28 cups of peppermint tea to get the same therapeutic benefits as putting one drop of Peppermint Oil into a cup of hot water?

Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than used in herbal form, so if you love drinking tea and want to achieve certain health benefits, try 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils instead of the custom tea bags. Not only does it have amazing health benefits but it is also cheaper than buying herbal tea! One 15ml bottle of essential oil contains about 250 drops which makes a minimum of 250 cups of tea (more if you just dip a toothpick in the essential oil and then swirl it in your cup of hot water).

To stay with the peppermint tea example, one bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil is about $27.33 retail or $20.50 wholesale and it will make 250 cups, that’s only $0.08 per cup of tea which has the therapeutic benefits of 28 cups of herbal peppermint tea!!

Just imagine how much good
you can do for your body
with so little.

See below my tea suggestions:

Tranquil Teas

Lavender
Roman Chamomile
Bergamot

Immune Protective Teas

Protective Blend
Lemon
Wild Orange
Peppermint

Respiratory Support – Breathe Easy Teas

Peppermint
Lemon
Wild Orange

Wake-me-up Teas

Lemon
Grapefruit
Wild Orange
Ginger

Stomach Ease Teas

Fennel
Peppermint
Ginger
Digestive Blend

 

Spice it up Tip:

Ingredients:
3 cups Almond Milk
Honey
Ginger Essential Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil
Vanilla Extract

Directions:
In a small pot heat almond milk. Whisk in all ingredients or add to blender. Enjoy!

 

Peppermint Brutti Biscott

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Peppermint Brutti Biscott

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 12 to 24

Ingredients

4 cups organic Flour of choice
4 Free Range Cookies
1 TBS baking Powder
Pinch sea salt
1/2 cup Chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts of choice
Or substitute Raisins ( if you have a nut allergy)
1 1/2 cup Sunflower oil-stir in 3 drops Peppermint oil- set aside

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 f
In a mixing bowl mix all dry ingredient well- set aside.
In another bowl mix all wet ingredients .
Combine both wet and dry.
Mix and knead till a uniform ball forms.
On a non stick sheet pan.
Spray a non stick spray lightly.
Form a loaf 1 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 17 minutes.
Remove and cool on baking rack.
Once cooled slice loaf into 1 inch thick slices place 1/2 inch apart on sheet pan.
And rebake for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Serve with favorite hot beverage

” Serve it up and Fortify Oneself”

 

 

Ranch Dip

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Ranch Dip with Essential Oils

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6-12

Ingredients

Choose your favorite Organic Ranch Dressing 16oz- 24 0z
Lemongrass Oil

Directions

Add 3 Drops of  Lemongrass oil to 16oz – 24 oz of ranch dressing.
Mix well.
Serve with favorite chips and/ or veggies.

 

” Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

Feta Olive Spread

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Feta – Olive Spread

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6- 12

Ingredients

2 cups Feta
1 can drained – Pitted black olives of choice
1 Drop of  Rosemary Oil
1/3 cup chopped Parsley

Directions

In a Food Processor – pulse till blended.
Serve with favorite chips and/or veggies.

 

” Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

 

 

Lemon Hummus

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Lemon Hummus

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6 to 12

Ingredients

2 cans organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
1/3 can Tahini
Sea salt to taste
1/4 cup Parsley or Cilantro
4 drops of Lemon Oil – add to Tahini and mix well
1 1/2 cups of Purified water

Directions

In a food processor combine all ingredients. Pulse till smooth yet not a purée. Serve with favorite chips.

 

” Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

 

Rosemary Hash Browns

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Chef Craig’s Rosemary Hash Browns

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Ingredients:

bag of favorite plain shredded potatoes (recommend – yukon gold)
grapeseed oil
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
sea salt

Directions:

in a large skillet heat 4 TBS grapeseed oil until it shimmers
add hash browns and brown on each side
add sea salt to taste
on outside of pan place 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil
cook 2 more minutes

“Serve it up and fortify oneself!”

 

 

All Organic French Toast

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Chef Craig’s All Organic French Toast

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

serves 4

Ingredients:

baguette (grain or wheat free)
2 cups of organic almond or coconut milk
4 free range eggs
fractionated coconut oil
2 drops of Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop of Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Directions:

use a loaf of favorite baguette (grain or wheat free)
slice in 1/2 slices
toast
set aside
whisk all wet ingredients
place toast in mixture and saturate
on a non stick griddle heat 2 tbs fractionated coconut oil
place soaked toasts on and cook 2 minutes each side

“Serve with favorite Syrup!”

 

 

 

 

Grilled Fall Vegetables with Essential Oils

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Chef Craig’s Grilled Fall Veggies

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

One each of the following:

Zucchini and Yellow Squash, Red Pepper, Yellow and Orange Pepper.

Add one Drop of the following essential oils to 6 oz of Olive Oil:

Lemon, Lemongrass and Fennel…mix well in a Spray bottle for oils.

Eggplant, Red Onion, Portabella Mushrooms, Fennel Bulbs

Directions

Clean and Preheat  your Grill…on High…
Pre Spay Grill with Grapeseed Oil-lightly.
Cut all vegetables into ¼ inch slices.
Dredge or brush lightly with Grapeseed oil.
Place Veggies strategically on Grill for 2 to 3 minutes.
Spray the veggies lightly to avoid flare up!
Sprinkle with Sea Salt.

 

“Serve it Up and Fortify Oneself”

 

 


Quinoa Cookies with Wild Orange Essential Oil

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Chef Craig’s Quinoa Cookies with Wild Orange Essential Oil

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Ingredients

4 cups oat flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 eggs
1 cup quinoa
1 cup Thompson Raisins
2 1/2 cups Sunflower or Grapeseed oil
2 drops Wild Orange Oil
Pinch sea salt
1 drop Cinnamon oil

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350f
Mix all dry ingredients first
Then whisk eggs n all oils
Add to dry mixture
Knead and mix well until a ball forms
Should be slightly wet and workable
On a non stick cookie sheet  place Tbs size dough and flatten slightly
Bake for 12 minutes
Remove and cool

“Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

A quick note about “quinoa” (in case you are not familiar with it):

Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains and it contains iron, lysine and is rich in magnesium. Quinoa is also high in Riboflavin (B2) and has a high content of manganese (antioxidant).

 

 

 

 

Angel Hair Pasta with Essential Oils

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Celebrity Chef Craigs’ Angel Hair Pasta

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

serves 4 to 6

1 pound Angel Hair Pasta-cook al dente…drain,rinse and set aside
4 ounces of Sun Dried tomatoes cut into slivers
6 ounces of drained Artichoke Hearts -quartered
Julienne one of each -using only the out side of Zucchini Squash,Yellow Squash,Red and Yellow Bell Pepper and one carrot
4 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 ounces Pitted Kalamata Olives -cut in half
3 Tbs. Fresh minced Garlic
One red onion cut into crescents
reserve -4 to 6 sprigs of Basil for Garnish only
2 drops of each Pure Therapeutic Grade Digestable Essential Oils, Oregano,Lemon and Basil-oils
Optional: Grated Peccorino Romano Cheese for top of dish completed

In a Saute pan on medium high -heat Olive Oil until it shimmers
add Garlic and Onions and saute for 3 minutes..toss gently after 1 minute
add all veggies- toss and cook for 4 to 5 minutes
add pasta and toss 3 times-cook another 2 minutes

reduce heat to a simmer…add the essential oils on the outside of saute pan.
let simmer 30 seconds…Toss and serve with Cheese if preferred…

“Serve it Up…and be Fortified”!!!

Elevating Flavors & Optimizing Health when Cooking with Essential Oils!

 

 

Making Your Reed Diffuser

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Creating your own reed diffuser is a fun and decorative way to diffuse essential oils! This easy diffuser is great to have at home, in the office, at school, or anywhere you would like the aroma and benefits of essential oils. Customize this diffuser to fit your style and personality by using your favorite container and essential oils.

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils
  • reed diffuser sticks

Note: You can purchase reed diffuser sticks at most craft and candle stores.

 

Directions:

Put Fractionated Coconut Oil and essential oils into glass container. Add Reed Diffuser sticks and you’re done! It may take up to a day for the essential oil blend to make it’s way up the diffuser for you to smell.

Tip: Flip each reed every 2-3 days for a stronger aroma.

Immune Boosting Pumpkin Smoothie

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On Guard Pumpkin Smoothie

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Fall is here which means cooler weather and lots of delicious pumpkin recipes! Unfortunately, the cooler weather can make it harder to keep your family healthy and can weaken their immune systems. Help your family maintain a healthy immune system while enjoying the flavors of fall with this Pumpkin Smoothie. It will be sure to please even your toughest critics.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
2-3 drops Protective Blend
1 cup ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.

Note: For a garnish, add some whipped cream and pumpkin pie seasoning.

Makes 4 servings.

All Natural Shaving Cream with Essential Oils

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Find out how to make your own shaving cream with natural lubricants and essential oils. This wonderful recipe will let you create a shaving cream that improves razor glide and will leave your skin smooth, healthy, and moisturized.

Here is what you will need:

1/3 cup shea butter

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

5 drops Sandalwood essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Melaleuca essential oil

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in double boiler except for essential oils.

2. Once melted, remove from heat, and let sit for 3 minutes.

3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
Note: Use a popsicle stick for easy cleanup.

4. Let shaving cream rest until hard. You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.

5. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes).

6. Put into container of choice. You’re done!

 

For information on the Essential Oils used in the recipe and to order, please click below:

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Melaleuca Essential Oil

 

 

How to Replace Your Softeners & Dryer Sheets with a Natural Alternative

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Consumers have been so conditioned to think only about the soft, cozy, smell-good side of softer laundry, that many don’t realize that those soft, good smelling commercial fabric softeners also contain toxic chemicals that can have a serious impact on their health. Find out how to substitute these chemically driven fabric softeners with an all-natural, toxic-free alternative that is much easier and affordable than you might think. Click on the link below and follow the step-by-step tutorial to make your own 100% natural wool dryer balls that can last for many years, and best of all, can easily be scented with essential oils to leave your fabrics soft and smelling fabulous.

How to Make Your Own Natural Wool Dryer Balls

Here are some of the favorite smells you can add:

Lavender
Wild Orange

Lemon
Geranium
Citrus Blend

 

Italian Sausage, Tortellini Soup

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Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Ingredients:

1 pound mild Italian sausage
1 bag diced or sliced carrots
1/2 sweet onion
1 orange bell pepper
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
32-49 ounce can or box low sodium chicken broth
15 ounce can diced tomatoes
Dash of oregano
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 drop rosemary essential oil
Toothpick of oregano essential oil
Toothpick of basil essential oil
Garlic salt to taste
Parsley (optional)
1 20 ounce package tortellini

In a large pan (wok), combine sausage, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium heat until sausage is browned and crumbles. Drain well.

Stir in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and a dash of oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer covered. Add zucchini, yellow squash, and essential oils.  Add garlic salt to taste. If desired, add fresh, chopped parsley for garnish.

Prior to serving, add just enough tortellini per serving. This prevents the tortellini from absorbing too much broth and getting soggy.

Blender Salsa

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Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Ingredients:

½ sweet onion
½ red onion
2 serrano peppers
1 jalapeño
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tomato
3 large red tomatoes (quartered)
2 Roma tomatoes (halved)
5 tomatillos
1 green bell pepper (quartered)
1 bunch of cilantro
Garlic salt
2 drops lime essential oil
2 drops cilantro essential oil

Add all ingredients to your blender. Puree ingredients until smooth. Leave the lid on your blender 5 minutes after blending. Pour and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Blender Salsa with Cilantro and Lime Essential Oils