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Family & Friends Holiday Event

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doTERRA Family & Friends
Holiday Event

Sunday December 10th, 2017
3 pm – 4 pm at

Pizza SRQ
5674 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

Come and join us for a special holiday celebration!
Free holiday buffet and refreshments,
fun make & takes for adults and kids,
tips on getting healthy and happy
through the holidays!

We would love to do something special for kids attending the event.
Please let us know how many kids you are bringing and their ages. Thank you!

Any questions please text me at 941-504-1968.

Hope to see you on December 10th!
Please register below so we know
how much food and make n’take items
we will need. Thank you!

Scarlet Strapko and My Wonderful doTERRA Team

Please get your FREE Event Ticket here!


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.

 

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!

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!

 

 

 


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!