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.

 

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.

 

Essential Oil Books for General Information about Essential Oils

Over the years I have read a lot of books on essential oils, but the market has never been more flooded than it is right now.  I want to tell you about my favorite resources for finding general information on essential oils.  To make it easy, the title of each book has a direct link to amazon.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.  This book is over 600 pages of awesomeness.  Mrs. Worwood has a PHD in complementary medicine, is the chair of the research board of the International Federation of Aromatherapists and is a consultant of clinical aromatherapy.  She knows her stuff and it shows throughout the 600 pages.  The index is to thorough that it is not difficult to find what you are looking for and it covers a range of topics from the science of oils, to a whole section on carrier oils as well as literally hundreds of recipes for men, women, babies, children and even pets.  If I could only choose 1 book, this would be it, it might be the best $19.00 I’ve Spent.  If you’re interested in it you can buy it here.

 

My Second Favorite Book is The Art of Aromatherapy by Robert B. Tisserand.  Mr. Tisserand is a pioneer in the aromatherapy field and while this book has a lot of information, it is a little different.  It covers fewer oils, but is a great source of history.  It covers how ancient civilizations used oils and some ancient recipes as well as current ones.  Sections in this book include “The Body”, “The Mind”, “Aromatic Baths’, “Massage” and “Skin Care” among others. Click Here to get your hands on this little gem.

Another book that I have loved for so long that the corners were chewed on by my dog, Donkey when he was a puppy (he is now 7) is Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles is a book of 175 recipes and herbal formulas for your skin.  This book is less about essential oils and more about making wholesome products for your skin. It was through this book that I learned how to make homemade lotion, how oils and waters can combine and a whole slew of other things.  It is truly a great book, however I will say that some of the skills you learn through this book take some time to hone in.  My first lotion recipe was a disaster, but over time I have mastered it thanks to this book.  And at $15 bucks it was a great addition to my library.

Rounding out my library is The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo.  This book is entirely different as it focusses on the energetic level of essential oils and how they combine astrologically, or with different gemstones, or plants, numbers or colors.  With each oil it gives a positive affirmation to use with the oil either throughout the day or in a concentrated meditation practice.  I know there are a lot of people who think this type of things is absolute craziness, but if you are into energy work at all, this is a great resource.

Another tremendous resource is an app that has a companion book called Modern Essentials.  I love the book, but love the portability of an app.  If I am at the yoga studio and someone asks me what oils is good to support muscles after a rigorous class, I can just whip out my phone.  I love that this app and book list the many different oils that may help as well as they way to use them, and in some cases with recipes.  The book is awesome, but the app is a lifesaver when I’m on the go.

The final place where I keep current on studies that are being done about essential oils is the pub med websight where there is currently 17,077 articles that mention essential oils.  Yowza, it is all pretty sciency and some of it is hard to follow, but it is a tremendous resource none the less.

I hope this helps you to make some decisions on where to get information.. Leave me a comment about what Essential Oil Books are in your library, I love finding new treasures.

 

xo

s

 

Introducing Dōterra’s New Neroli Touch

Introducing Dōterra’s New Neroli Touch

I have had a love affair with Neroli Essential Oil for a long time, and was ecstatic yesterday when at Convention I learned that Dōterra was introducing a Neroli Touch.

I fell in love with Neroli Essential Oil about a decade ago when my friend used Neroli on her wedding day, and without knowing anything about except the sweet scent permeating from her, I thought “OMG, I NEED that in my life”.

Yesterday, during the dōterra announcement that it was adding this beautiful oil to its arsenal of oils, I took tons of notes. Last night I turned to all my essential oil books to get even more information, because oil geeks bring there reference library to convention right…    Neroli is such a common essential oil that in one of my books alone the index cites 52 places where it is mentioned.  You know that saying “good things come in small packages”, well this is the perfect example. It takes 1 ton of flowers to produce  2 lbs of this extremely potent and powerful oil.

Neroli Oil is made from bitter orange blossoms.  Although Native to The Mediterranean, these plants, like many, have been transported and are thriving in many parts of the world.  Contrary to the fact that it comes from a plant named “bitter orange” the scent is quite sweet with spicy undertones and a bit of “greenness” lingers. Another interesting fact is that the flowers have to be picked before dawn or the precious oil will evaporate under the heat of the sun.  It is also important to note that it is most commonly “diluted” with petitgrain to bring the cost down, so in this case you get what you pay for and a less expensive oil  wont have the same benefits.

It wasn’t surprising to me to find out that neroli oil, among other benefits, is slightly hypnotic and tranquilizing, I mean I don’t typically fall in love that easily— I must have been hypnotized.

Neroli essential oil is thought to have gotten its name after Maria de la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli; who would spray her gloves with it, which soon became all the rage called Guanti di Neroli.  Their modesty in the 16th century amazes me, it is hot in the Mediterranean, I won’t put on gloves unless it is under 40F.  Women during the 16-17th centuries used this oil in wedding ceremonies both in their bridal bouquet and in the bridal chambers the night of the wedding.  It is said that the calming affects helped with pre-wedding jitters and any jitters that might occur that night.  Move over valium, Neroli smells so much better!  In addition, the Venetians were a very inventive crew, they used it to fight off the plague and flu. (Tisserand, 262)

Once made popular by Princess Neroli, the Venetians went crazy for it… You know the Venetians, they had to be in on every trend in the 16-17 centuries; a blatant display of wealth.  None the less, Neroli became very prized in Venice.  During this time, the time of not showering that is, Neroli mixed with Bergamot made it one of the first “Perfumes”.  I bet people in Venice were happy for this little concoction.  Even today the island stinks in the summer.  From Italy the popularity of Neroli Oil traveled south to Madrid, but not exactly in the way you would expect.

The scene in Madrid was a bit different. Madrid was where Neroli Oil was first identified as an aphrodisiac.  Prostitutes would don the oil so that their customers could identify their occupation.  I’m telling you today, I’m glad this scent isn’t a good indicator of occupation because I’ve been wearing it like crazy…. unless it is the scent of an Essential Oil Gangsta….   Anyway later research shows that it affects blood flow (it’s a blood cleanser) in a healthy way and supports the circulatory system.

It should be noted that 12% of modern perfumes user neroli, so it must have some qualities that attract others, as I can’t imagine that cosmetic companies would waste their time.  However you should know that if you are interested in making your own blend, Neroli is a top note, meaning the first to dissipate, and should be accompanied by a base and middle note.  This will be a later blog post…. so much to do, so little time.

So the nitty gritty of the oil.  Here are the formalities.

Therapeutic Properties of Neroli Oil according to- (Worwood pg 308):

  • antidepressant
  • anti-infectious
  • Antimicrobial
  • antiseptic
  • calmative
  • carminative
  • cicatrizing
  • circulative
  • cytophylactic
  • regenerative
  • restorative
  • sedative
  • spasmolytic
  • tonic

 

Therapeutic Uses for Neroli Oil according to- Worwood pg 608 :

  • Insomnia
  • Convalescence
  • indigestion
  • abdominal spasm
  • intestinal cramp
  • stress and related conditions
  • scar tissue
  • scarring
  • skin regenerating
  • acne
  • problematic skin
  • stretch marks
  • menopausal anxieties
  • sleep disorders
  • nervousness
  • depression
  • tension
  • emotional exhaustion

So clearly it has a lot of benefits, but in my mind I just love the scent, and now that we also have the new Rose touch I will be layering them on, smelling delightful.

If you are looking to make some blends with the oil itself, one of the most common historical perfumes is a mixture of Neroli, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon and Rosemary in equal parts, this provides top middle and base notes for a well rounded scent.

The second mix, which is way lighter and sweeter is Neroli, Jazmine, Rose and Sandalwood.

 

To see the other oils that just came out Check out this video of the 2017 Doterra Convention Kit Unboxing

For the sake of ease, mostly of my mind so that I don’t have to remember proper Chicago style citing, all citations are in the form of an affiliate link that will show you which book it is. (call me lazy, I don’t mind). Also please note that I am not a medical professional and this information is not meant to treat or cure anything.  Talk to your Dr. for that.

 

 

Introducing Doterra Copaiba Essential Oil 

Introducing Doterra Copaiba Essential Oil 

Today Doterra announced the introduction of Copaiba Essential Oil to their already robust line of Essential Oils.

While different species of Copaiba typically yield slightly differing therapeutic outcomes, Doterra is offering their Copaiba Essential Oil which is a blend of 4 different species of copaiba plants to achieve optimal health benefits.

The cannaboid debate continues, it is important to know that there are three main cannaboids this one has no cin effect (won’t get you high) but comes in direct contact with your cb2 receptors in the brain directly helping your immune and endocrine systems, and it’s completely legal (Doterra would never do anything illegal)

This oil is a liver detoxifier, is great for your cardiovascular system and improves metabolic function,,,, who doesn’t want that right!!!  Another great reason to have this little gem in your arsenal is because it helps support a healthy digestive system Woot Woot!!!!

Therapeutic Qualities of Cupaiba:

  • Analegisic
  • Antifungal
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Cicatrizing
  • Circulatory
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Stimulant

If you’re wondering what this delightful oil blends well with, try one of these:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • German Chamomile
  • Roman Chanomile
  • Coriander Seed
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Greenland Moss
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Manuka
  • Majestic
  • May Chang
  • Thyme
  • Niaouli
  • Ravensara

Top Uses for Copaiba

If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with this little oil, look no further:

  1. Add to epsom salt bath and soak to ease joint and muscle pain
  2. Diffuse to support respiratory wellness
  3. Apply topically for metabolic support
  4. Diffuse to for a calming environment

Contraindications: None known at this time.

 

See you in the next post, don’t forget to subscribe.

Ciao,

S

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits 

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits 

Litsea seed essential oil (litsea cubeba) has a long list of uses and benefits that make it a great addition to your health arsenal. 

 Also known as May Chang, Litsea Cubeba is a small plant found in tropical areas of Japan and Taiwan The leaves are typically a vibrant green with a pleasant, lemony smell. It produces small, pepper-like fruits from which the essential oil is extracted. 

Many data indicated that Litsea Cubeba essential oil possessed antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiparasitic activity, acute and genetic toxicity, cytotoxicity as well as being a potential cancer prevention agent (Wang et al., 1985; Gogoi et al., 1997; Luo et al., 2005; Ho et al., 2010; Wang and Liu, 2010; Wang et al., 2012; Huang et al., 2013).

While the thoughts of words like antiseptic and antimicrobial conjure up memories of offensive odors in institutional disinfectants, Litsea  has a pleasant smell that is more citrusy than Melissa, without the musty tones of lemon grass making it great to blend with Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Rosemary, and Ylang-ylang. 

While humans, for the most part find the aroma calming, insects don’t.  In one study Litsea oil was found to be an effective Natural Insect Repellent which is why it is used in many “outdoor blends” of essential oils, which I can’t live without!  

While it deters bugs it also has been used for years in Asian medicine to feature enlarged pores and help with oily skin… Yes Please! Just put 5frops of Litsea in 1tbsp of carrier oil and dab it on your face a couple of times a day. 

The benefits don’t stop there.  In an article published by PubMed, one study showed that vapors from Litsea Cubeba have anti-cancer properties and were able to (through a series of biological responses) arrest cancer cells.  Which makes sense right, natural products help our bodies function naturally. 

Uses For Litsea Cubeba 

  1. Use as a natural disinfectant around your house
  2. Add to your deodorant recipe to fight the bacteria that cause body odor
  3. Use as a natural insect repellant
  4. Diffuse to boost immunity during cold and flu season
  5. Add to custom blend perfumes as your top note. 
  6. Use aromatically to sooth your nervous system when going into stress inducing situations (I’m thinking public speaking…yikes). 
  7. Dilute and apply to feet to prevent athletes foot. 

So there you have it, I hope you find some uses for this little gem around your home.

Xo

S
Contraindications:  don’t use while pregnant or nursing, avoid exposure to direct sunlight when using topically for 12 hours after use. 

Please note, I am not a medical practitioner and this is not meant to be a substitute for medical advise.  

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

I’m so excited about Doterra’s Product of the month and promotions for September 2017 

Summer is ending and if you’re anything like me it can be bittersweet.  I hate seeing the days get shorter and losing sunrises to the fog up here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Not to fear, dōTERRA’s Cheer touch is here.  This is one of my favorite blends, it is so uplifting and is the perfect scent to wear as we move into fall.  It is one of my all time favorite perfume substitutes the warm citrus scent is like a bottle of sunshine regardless of the weather outside. 

The sweet part of  this bittersweet time is remembering all the parts of fall I love. The turning leaves, pots of soup on the stove and cuddling up with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea. 

This being fall, and back to school season, the second  part of this Months Doterra Essential Oils promotion reminds me of when I returned to college 9 years after graduating high school at the age of 27, which I thought was ancient at the time. Because it had been so long since I had “studdied”  I took a little study skills lecture. One of the things they talked about was a study that shows that scents can trigger memories and that students who use a specific scent while studying and then again while testing scored better.  At the time they suggested butterscotch hard candy, but using peppermint touch is so much better for a number of reasons. Peppermint Essential Oil has the added benefit of relieving tension and increasing focus.  Peppermint touch is free with any 100 pv Loyalty Rewards Program order placed before the 15th of September 2017, and is prediluted with fractionated coconut oil in a rollerball.  Just throw it in your backpack and go ace that test!!!!! 

I hope you enjoy this transition into fall as much as I will.  

Xo

S