Even if your Essential Oils are 100% Pure, They are not 100% Safe

Even if your Essential Oils are 100% Pure, They are not 100% Safe

It amazes me when I hear people say that because their essential oils are 100 percent pure therapeutic grade, or certified pure therapeutic grade or organic that they are 100% pure they are 100% safe.  Well I’m here to tell you that even water can kill a person if they drink too much (like a fu*kTon of it) but still there have been people that have overdosed on water…. and Essential Oils are a lot more concentrated and powerful than water people.  A lion is 100% pure and natural, but you wouldn’t want to cuddle with a hungry one would you?

The bottom line is that I don’t believe that substances are safe, or unsafe.  I believe that people create safe and unsafe situations with substances.  Aaaand that’s why it is important to talk about dilution.  Dilution is important for a number of reasons.  Sensitization doesn’t happen overnight, it is a reaction that your body develops as a result of overexposure to substances multiple times.  One day you wake up and start breaking out in a rash from your beloved Jazmine oil, but it wasn’t that day that caused the problem. It was all the times before that, when you put a very powerful (too powerful) substance on your body neat, your body became more and more irritated with the invader (jazmine in this case) until it finally said enough is enough.  Sensitization is a great reason to dilute, you don’t want your body to get rid of your favorite scent do you?

People argue all the time that if you diffuse it, it isn’t being diluted… well when you diffuse it, the droplets are being broken down into micro droplets, so although they aren’t diluted you aren’t getting nearly the same quantity of drops.

So what is proper dilution?

Experts Say that depending on the age and size of the person the dilution rate ranges from 2-5% of Essential Oil to carrier oil.  An easy way to remember this is that if you mix in a 5ml roller ball (find out why I prefer 5 ml roller balls in a later post), 1 drop of essential oil is the equivalent of 1% of essential oil in the mixture when you top the bottle off with your carrier oil.  This is in very simplistic terms but it is a far cry from the way my essential oil educator told me to put between 30 and 50 drops in a 10ml roller ball (thats about 3 times more than what experts recommend for an adult looking for therapeutic benefits).  And My oils last so much longer,,, I wonder if that is why so many people say to apply them neat,,, it uses more oil? Costing you more $, and making them more $?

So one of the crazy things people ask is how can I make a 1% roller ball of a recipe that calls for 3 different types of oils.  Trust me I struggled with this a little bit too.

For Example one Children’s Migraine Essential Oil Blend calls for:

  • 4 Drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Well I’m glad you asked because the answer is not to just put 1 drop of each in the roller ball and hope for the best even though that is what some oily people will tell you.  The answer is that you mix the essential oils together in a different container ( I love using sample vials for this) and then put the appropriate number of drops of that mixture into your roller ball and top with carrier oil  This method is better for 2 reasons.

  1. The first reason this is that you know you are always being safe and not potentially developing a sensitivity.
  2. The second reason is that individually your essential oils have great qualities, however together, their therapeutic qualities magnify.  — that is the definition of synergy.    And I didn’t make it up, It is actually from pg 11 of The Complete book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy .

 

 

With little people that can’t tell us any different I would go with less is more and always err on the side of caution.  Here is what Worwood says on the topic, and she is the most thorough source I can find.  Not to mention her ratios are the most conservative which is where I would start with my children.  In addition to giving the dilution ratios, she gives a list of oils that are safe to be used at each stage of development, which makes total sense because as their bodies are developing, they may not be able to process or assimilate all the oils.

  • Children 2 weeks to 2 months can have 1 drop in 2 Tablespoons of Carrier Oil of Essential oil of german or roman chamomile, lavender or mandarin.  (That’s 1 drop total, not one drop of each).
  • 3-6 Month old infants can have 2 drops of Essential Oil in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil or Camellia Seed carrier oil of German or roman Chamomile, Coriander seed, geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Melaleuca.  Again that is 2 drops total of any of these oils, not 2 drops of each of them.
  • 7 Mont old to 2 year old infants can have 3-4 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond or camellia Seed oil of the following oils: German or roman chamomile, Coriander Seed, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Manuka, Sweet Orange, palmarosa, Ravensara, Thyme Linalol
  • 3-5 year olds can have 4-6 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil of: German or Roman cahmomile, Frankincense, Geranium, ginger, Lavender, mandarine, Manuka, Palmarosa, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosewood, Spearmint, Melaleuca
  • Children 6-8 Years can have 5-7 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of Sweet almond oil: Roman or German chamomile, Clary Sage, Coriander Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fragonia, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Ho Wood, Lavender, mandarin, Manuka, Niaouli, Sweet Orange, palmarosa, Petitgrain, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosemary, rosewood, Spearmint, Tangerine, Melaleuca, Thyme, Ylang Ylang
  • Children 9-12 years can have 6-8 drops diluted in carrier oil of choice

 

That’s it for now.  I hope this helps you dilute on a more consistent basis, and even if you are ok with applying neat, just remember before you tell someone else it is fine remember that they might be more sensitive than you, their physiological make up is different than you and just because it is good for you, doesn’t mean that it is good for them.  It is so much better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

 

Anti Cellulite Massage Oil-Using Essential Oils

Give this Anti-Cellulite Massage oil a spin whether you are trying to get rid of cellulite, or prevent it from coming in the first place.

 

To make the carrier oil Blend the following together:

(if you can’t get your hands on the other oils, you can substitute Sweet Almond for the rest)

In a separate container blend the following Essential Oils together

  • 12 Drops Juniper berry Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
  • 7 Drops Cypress Essential Oil

 

Mix the Essential Oil mixture into the Carrier oil mixture and massage into Cellulite prone areas before exercise, and sleep after your anti-cellulite bath.

 

I hope that helps you all, that is all for now

ciao,

s

*This content is strictly the opinion of Shannon Brunskill, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Shannon Brunskill nor the publisher of this content, Yes Please LLC takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

Anti-Cellulite Bath Using Essential Oils

Here is a natural treatment for cellulite using essential oil and bath salts.  You’re going to love it.

Sea Salt and epsom salt as well as seaweed have been used in spa cellulite treatments for a long time.  You don’t have to spend a ton of dough or even leave the house if you don’t want to.  Here is an awesome recipe that won’t break the bank and will have your cellulite and stress both melting away.

Combine the following oils in one of these little bottles.  I love the little guys with the dropper so that I can get exactly the number of drops that I want.

  • 6 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Essential oil
  • 8 drops basil essential oil

Blend them together .

 

  1. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1/2 cup of Sea Salt to your bath.
  2. Add 5 drops of the Essential Oil mixture from above 1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil and add that to the bath once the salt has dissolved.
  3. Relax and let both your stress and your cellulite melt away.

 

Please note that lemon and grapefruit are photosensitive, so make sure you avoid sun exposure at least 12 hours after this bath.

 

*This content is strictly the opinion of Shannon Brunskill, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Shannon Brunskill nor the publisher of this content, Yes Please LLC takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

 

Multi Faceted Approach to getting rid of Cellulite

Cellulite is crazy, I remember being 19 working at the airport listening to the older ladies talk about it, thinking that “I’ would never have to deal with that because I simply knew everything and was superior to all those old ladies.  Fast forward 20 years, and guess what.  Cellulite is not my friend, I’m not sure if it is retribution for being such a holy terror when I was young, if it is just bad karma or genetics.  Either way I have to deal with it now so I thought I would share with you.

Now I get it, I absolutely detest when people are crazy about something and there are a lot of crazy oilers out there that claim essential oils can cure anything.  Well if you’re looking for that, you’ve come to the wrong place.  I am very pragmatic and believe that disease and health for that matter, have to be approached from many different perspectives combines.  Essential Oils, Diet, Exercise, Emotional Stability, Positive thinking; none of those things can cure any disease, or make you healthy by itself.  But, you combine all of them and it is one crazy powerhouse behind your mission.

So when I began researching cellulite, know that with this “anti Cellulite” bath comes a whole slew of other things like positive affirmations for my body, a reduction in peanut M&Ms and an increase in Yoga and Green Smoothies.   But since this blog is about Essential Oils, I thought I would focus on that part of my mission.  According to The Complete Book of Essential oils and Aromatherapy ( My all time favorite EO Book),  there are a number of causes and it is not easy to get rid of and worst of all it comes back REALLY easy once you’ve already had it (lucky me…right).  My plan is multi faceted, and it goes a little something like this.

  • 1 green smoothie a day
  • Increase blood circulation by dry skin brushing.  Using an all natural bristle body brush start brushing at your outer extremities and work towards your core in an upward motion, this will increase circulation of not only your blood, but of your lymphatic fluid, which is one factor in cellulite development.
  • Have an exercise plan that focuses on the cellulite areas, as cellulite develops in places that aren’t getting worked enough.  For me this is Bikram Yoga because it focusses on EVERYTHING!!!
  • Massage the whole body every day. I’m lazy so I use this electric massager while I’m watching tv.  After applying this anti-cellulite massage oil to the areas where there is actually cellulite.  The massage is two fold, it massages the areas with the cellulite and prevents cellulite from popping up in other areas because it is loosening the fascia and again increasing circulation.
  • 10 minutes a day of deep breathing and meditation. Stress causes cellulite to linger, so by relaxing your mind and calming your body, you can allow it to go
  • Fascia is a big part of cellulite and one of the best ways to get into the facia is with foam rolling.  I love doing it and again will roll all over this thing while I am watching tv, chatting with Scott or watching Greys Anatomy.  I have tried all kinds of foam rollers from the flat manduka one to the really bumpy trigger point one that left bruises and finally found this one by Ultimate Summit that was just right and has a little texture but not so much that I look like a leopard from the bruising.
  •  Take Baths with this Anti-cellulite Essential Oil and Bath Salt recipe.

Let me know how it goes, I will be sending all my positive vibes your direction.

 

 

Dōterra Product of the Month October 2017

Dōterra Product of the Month October 2017

I’m so Excited about what is going on this month with dōterra.  The product of the month is one of my favorites….. drum Roll…. On Guard!  This oils literally saves my life by boosting my immune system and keeping pathogens out of the air and off my surfaces.  In Addition Ginger Essential oil is 10 percent off this month…. How lucky can a girl be.

 

dōterra product of the month October 2017

dōTERRA On Guard, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support. * Which although that statement has not been studied by the FDA, there have been studies done on the effectiveness and free radicals in clove oil, the second listed ingredients in the On Guard blend.  All food substances are rated on what is called an ORAC scale or (oxygen radical absorption capacity) or a foods ability to fight free radicals.  When we think about foods rich in antioxidants, the blueberry usually comes to mind.  Blueberries score 6,000 on the orac scale.  Cloves on the other hand, depending on which study you are looking at score over 10 million.[1] So you can see that while we can’t say that On Guard can cure anything, it certainly can give your body a lot of antioxidants to use in the battle against disease. dōTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. * It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, dōTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting. It contains Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

15 Uses for On-Guard

  1. Sniffle Season? Fight it by diffusing On Guard Protective Blend anytime you are concerned about seasonal threats or those “things that get passed around” at schools, gyms, work or other crowded venues.
  2. Get Charged. Mix a few drops of On-Guard with 2 drops lemon Essential oil and honey in a teaspoon to soothe your throat during winter or any dry season.
  3. Pimp Your Carpets. Add 15 drops of On Guard to a cup of baking soda, Mix, sprinkle, allow it to sit for up to an hour, then vacuum it clean!
  4. Clean the Grub out of the Tub… in a Pleasing Way. Mix 5-6 drops with half a cup of baking soda to clean your bath tub and skip all the harsh chemicals.
  5. Be Naturally On Guard, All Day. Let On Guard blend with wild orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary support your immune system.  One of the most popular ways to use on Guard is to add a few drops to a Veggie Capsule and Swallow.  Bam!  Immune System Boost!
  6. Augment Your Air Filters. Put a few drops of On Guard on your Car’s cabin air filter or home air filters to obliterate Dank, stale filtered air. right from the duct.
  7. “An Ounce of Prevention…” Some people amp up their Zink or Vitamin C intake (Via orange juice) every autumn. If this is you, add a few drops of on Guard to your juice for added protection or take On Guard in water to eliminate the sugar.
  8. Help for your Speaking Docket. If you’re a “close Talker” or public speaker, create a protective mouth rinse by adding a drop of on guard to 4-6oz of water, gargle and pep up your Delivery.  Your breath will be fresh and your mouth will be tingly.
  9. Your Mouth Will Thank You. Try swishing On Guard with a bit of water after dental work.  You can also apply On Guard directly to your teeth and gums, or add a drop to your toothpaste to soothe irritated gums.
  10. Got a Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Garbage Bin? Garbage inside a dark cabinet is an ideal breeding ground for horrific odors. When you take out the garbage, spray down your cabinet with On Guard and water.  On guard Cleaner Concentrate is also excellent for this purpose.
  11. Eradicate That Oven Cleaner Smell. Caked on black oven gunk does not easily come off. After your oven’s self-clean cycle, spray a mix of purified water, On Guard and Lemon Essential oil onto the oven interior.  This will clear up all of the greasy smells as well as the smell of the oven cleaner.
  12. Gym Machines Will Thank You. Before climbing on to that sweaty vinyl at the gym, spray it with a mixture of On Guard and water. To protect yourself from the last users sweat.
  13. Be Protected On-The-Go. Traveling to the wide open corners of the world often leaves you without hand-sanitizer handy.
  14. Sharing is Caring… But Not Always! A few drops of On Guard in spray Bottle with Water works wonders on grimy doorknobs, hand railings and countertops. Share germs no more!
  15. Smelly Pipes Got You Down? Add 5 drops On-Guard to your wash during the rinse cycle for all of the benefits of On Guard in your laundry. It will leave your laundry extra clean and smelling Great.

[1] http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/360_pdf.pdf accessed 2/11/2017

 

And…Ginger Oil is 10 Percent off this month… Yippee!!!!!

Newly sourced from Madagascar, dōTERRA Ginger essential oil is derived from the fresh rhizome of the ginger plant.  This oil has quite the history that we can draw from as it has been used for thousands of years medicinally and in

Ginger was one of the first spices to reach Europe from Asia back in the day. The Spanish conquistadors brought it to the West Indies, and Jamaica became one of the major world producers of the spice.

Ginger has been used for centuries in India, China and Japan for its medicinal properties and features prominently in the traditional cuisines of those places. The Ancient Egyptians grew ginger and used it in their cooking to keep epidemics at bay.  The Greeks and Romans also used it both medicinally and in cooking.  The Romans, interestingly, used ginger for cataracts.  A ginger concoction was applied on the eyes several times a day. St Hildegarde, a twelfth¬ century healer, recommended it as a stimulant and tonic, and reiterated its effectiveness for eye diseases. Ginger was used in the Middle Ages to counter the Black Death; it provoked sweating

The natives of one Pacific island consider ginger sacred.   A witchdoctor chews the roots, and spits it on to his patients’ wounds and burns. The islanders believe it has remarkable healing effects.

15 Uses for Ginger Oil

  1. Pop a drop in a veggie capsule to reduce bloating and gas before you go to yoga or go to workout.
  2. Keep a roller ball of ginger in the car and apply before motion sickness gets you down.
  3. Add a drop to your morning smoothie to boost antioxidant intake
  4. Add ginger to your massage oil when you want a warming effect
  5. sniff some before going into an important meeting, as it reduces anxiety and stress
  6. dilute in a carrier oil and rub on your chest to support respiratory function
  7. Dilute and rub on your chest morning and night to boost your metabolism
  8. Make a delightful Sugar scrub for the fall substituting 4 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 3 drops Clove Essential Oil and 3 drops Cassia Essential Oil.
  9. As an aphrodisiac, did you know the romans used to “ginger up” their wine for this purpose! Dilute in a carrier oil and rub on your feet, lower back or abdomen
  10. In Salad Dressing, add a drop to your vinaigrette or stir fry sauce.
  11. Hangover Helper  Diffuse 3 drops each peppermint, grapefruit and ginger to help you kick that Hangover
  12. When you need a kick in the pants. ginger is known to increase motivation and decrease apathy so roll it on or breathe it in when you need to get your A$$ in gear.
  13. To get a raise.  Ginger is also known to promote assertiveness, so put some on and go ask your boss for that raise you deserve.
  14. In this Anti Cellulite Bath recipe, to get rid of some of those unwanted dimples
  15. For muscle aches After you workout dilute this in a carrier oil and massage into sore muscles

 

Thats all for Now, As always if you need help getting Essential Oils, use the contact form and i’ll get you all hooked up.

ciao

s

 

*This content is strictly the opinion of Shannon Brunskill, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Shannon Brunskill nor the publisher of this content, Yes Please LLC takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.