Essential Oils

Supporting Health Naturally

 

Essential Oils Empowering Moms

Therapeutic grade essential oils are so much more than just aroma tools, they can support health and wellness in many different ways. Many of the oils I use can be used aromaticallytopically as well as internally (always follow label instructions of each individual oil – contact me to find out which oils I’m using).

In our family, we can no longer imagine a life without essential oils and I will be forever grateful to the person who introduced me to essential oils and taught me how to use them properly and most effectively. I finally have tools at my disposal that can make a difference in how we feel and how we get through the day.

It feels very empowering when you can help your kids:

Stay healthy in school

Soothe occasional stomach upset and feelings of queasiness

Balance emotions and soothe feelings of anxiousness

Ease feelings of tension in neck and head

Support focus and concentration

Soothe skin irritations

Support oral health

Support restful sleep

 

Where to Start?

When I started with essential oils, I was a bit overwhelmed. There were so many things I wanted to try, so many applications I was interested in. So I found a kit which offered a selection of 10 different essential oils, basically covering everything that I wanted to try. It contains 5ml bottles each of Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Oregano, Melaleuca, Frankincense, and four blends to support the digestive system, the respiratory system, the immune system, and muscles and bones. The whole kit is only $150 (plus shipping and tax) – which also allowed me to purchase other essential oils in the future at a 25% discount. I truly love this kit and would recommend it to anybody getting started with essential oils. If you are interested in getting it just contact me.  I’ll send you a 4 oz bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil which you can use to dilute essential oils as a free gift. Just contact me.

So, that was the kit I got started with almost three years ago, meanwhile I’ve added many other essential oils to my collection and I have a whole set of oils for cooking. Below is a list of essential oils (not in any particular order and frequently updated) showing you what I like to use them for in our family. The wonderful things with essential oils is that you can experiment and easily find the best ways to use them for your particular needs. Often you can experience their wonderful benefits almost immediately or latest within a short period of time. For us it has been a life changing experience and something we truly treasure.

 

Essential Oils We Use in Our Daily Lives

Lime Essential Oil – in our shampoo and conditioner
Rosemary Essential Oil –
massaging my scalp after washing my hair
Blend of Citrus Oilsin our body soap
Wild Orangein our body lotion (sometimes I make it with Lavender or a Passion blend of oils)
Cleansing blend of oilsin my facial cleanser
Protective blend of oilsin our toothpaste to promote healthy gums
Protective blend of oils or Peppermintin a shot glass of water as a mouth rinse
Grounding blend of oilsa drop under the soles of our feet in the morning, drop on the wrists 2 -3 times during the day to feel grounded and calm
Uplifting blend of oils – a drop on the wrists to uplift moods and increase energy
Lemonone drop in 4 oz of water every morning to support digestive cleansing
Peppermint  or Lemon and Gingerone drop in hot water as tea
Protective blend of oilsone drop under the soles of the feet or gelcaps taken internally (immune system support; protect against seasonal threats)
Wild Orangediffuse 2-3 drops to uplift moods, reduce feelings of stress and energize
Digestive Blend of oilsone drop in 2 oz of water taken internally or applied with one drop in fractionated coconut oil directly to the abdomen for occasional stomach upset, feelings of queusiness, or occasional indigestion
Focus Blenddiffuse 2-3 drops to support focus and concentration; apply one drop to back of neck
Clary Sageapply one drop to soles of feet and drop to back of neck to support hormonal balance; apply to abdomen over ovaries during the time of the month
Lavenderapply to wrists, neck and traps and add to diffuser at bedtime for restful sleep
Vetiverone drop under soles of feet before bedtime to quiet the mind
Frankincensediffuse 2-3 drops to support moods, focus, and overall wellbeing
Peppermintto act as a cooling agent apply one drop to back of the neck
Calming blend - apply 1 drop to wrists; apply 1 drop to palms and inhale from hands to ease feelings of anxiousness or nerves
Respiratory blenddiffuse 2-3 drops and/or apply 1 drop to chest with fractionated coconut oil to maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
Beautifying blendfor my facial care regimen
Soothing blendbefore and after exercise; great for occasional sore and achy joints and muscles
Lavendersoothing to the skin for minor irritations
Melaleuca - apply one drop to skin to promote healthy and clear skin
Blend of citrus oils - to deter mosquitoes and other insects (works like a charm – I’m a mosquito magnet otherwise :)

Essential Oils I use for cooking & baking:

Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram, Dill, Lemon, Lime, Lemongrass, Clove, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Wild Orange, Fennel, Ginger

When adding essential oils to your food and drinks you can:

  • Give food a fresh and tasty flavor
  • Add powerful flavorful spice for cooking and baking
  • Enhance your meals with powerful antioxidant properties
  • Increase the therapeutic value of your meals and drinks

Essential Oils I use for cleaning around the house and cleansing the air:

Lemon, Lime, Protective Blend, Purifying Blend

 

Essential Oils have impacted what I can do for my family!

 

Essential Oils are Potent and Powerful

When using essential oils, less is more! Essential oils are 50-70 more powerful than herbs! For most applications one or two drops are sufficient. For best results always use an essential oil that has been derived following the highest quality standards, is 100% certified pure, and  does not contain any fillers, artificial ingredients or harmful substances.

 

Essential Oils are Not Medicine

Essential oils are not medicine, they work very differently in the body than medication. Essential oils support our bodies on a cellular level, bringing back into balance what has been out of balance, supporting the body to heal itself, without harmful side effects. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be an intuitive complement to our daily lives. I’ll be happy to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!


 

Some Helpful Blog Posts

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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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!


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.

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