Doterra BOGO Week Tuesday November 2017

Doterra BOGO Week Tuesday November 2017

I absolutely love Doterra Essential Oils, I love Thanksgiving holiday even more which is why I adore that Doterra offers a Buy One get One Free every day the week of Thanksgiving.  This year is no Exception.

Peace + Motivate Doterra Bogo Week Tuesday November 2017 1

Motivate Blend

This pre diluted motivate blend promotes feelings of confidence and courage increasing feelings of energy, focus, concentration and stamina.  I diffuse this blend every day at my desk and it is amazing.  A combination of Peppermint, citrus, coriander, basil, yuzu, melissa, rosemary and vanilla.  It is uplifting, warm and spicy with sweet undertones. I love this oil and could not be more excited.

Motivate blend not only motivates you to do things, but affects the part of your brain that re-engages your excitement about things that you have been passionate about.  Diffuse this and you will Rei-ignite your passion for life.


Peace + Motivate Doterra BOGO Week Tuesday November 2017

Peace Blend

This is a very earthy and grounding blend.  It contains oils from the Vetiver, lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage, marjoram, labdanum and Spearmint plants.

It promotes feelings of peacefulness and calmness.  It is a great oil to roll on during the holidays.


To order your Bogos click here  You can click shop now and pay retail prices, or if you have been thinking about getting a wholesale membership (similar to Costco), click join and save to get 25% off for an entire year.

A wholesale membership is 25%off  retail pricing, with the option to get reward points back for your shipping cost and continued purchase. (who doesn’t want product points?).

From there choose wholesale membership, which means you have no interest in sharing with friends and family or Wellness Advocate which means you can earn sales (and commissions) when the people you care about most sign up to improve their health too.

Whether you select Wholesale membership or Wellness Advocate, you can shop at leisure, select the introductory packet and purchase oils a la carte.   You also have the option of choosing an enrollment kit, which are discounted normally, but discounted an additional 20% in November 2017.  These enrollment kits include your $35.00 membership and include our most popular oils to fit anyones expertise from beginner to expert.

To Finish, just enter your information like you would any other shopping experience and your oils should arrive within the week…. Congrats

If you need a little more guidance, contact me and I’ll be happy to help you select the oils and or kit that help best meet your needs at the lowest price available.


Doterra BOGO Week Monday November 2017 Buy On Guard Essential Oil and get Breathe Essential Oil Free

Doterra BOGO Week Monday November 2017 Buy On Guard Essential Oil and get Breathe Essential Oil Free

Holy Greatness.  I love when doterra does a bogo week.  This time is no exception as we are starting the week off strong with Buy On Guard Essential Oil Blend and Get Breathe Essential Oil Blend for free.  Yippee, these are both oils that I use in my home daily.

On Guard Essential Oil

Lets start with on guard.  This is a powerhouse of an oil chalk full of antioxidants (from the clove oil in the blend), and Limonene D (from the wild orange) which is a cholesterol solvent and in this study was shown effective in reducing cholesterol in gall stones.   This power house oil can not only disinfect your home surfaces, but can kill airborne bacteria and by simply diffusing it or putting a drop on your furnace filter when you change it.  And it will boost your immune system the whole time.  It sounds like a busy oil, but it is surprisingly grounding.

I also love On Guard for it’s amazing ability to shift the energy in my house as I transition from outside activities that are prominent in the fall to more inside activities. It has a warm spicy grounding aroma that always works well for me this time of year.


Breathe Essential Oil

This is the oil that turned me on to doterra.  It smells absolutely delightful and is extremely effective in respiratory support opening the airways, leaving your body feeling surprisingly light.  My husband, Scott, diffuses it every night on his side of the bed because although lemon and peppermint can be uplifting, having open airways helps him sleep more calm and deep.  He loves it.  I also love it and use it before a workout, whenever my chest feels full, to maintain healthy sinuses and I also put a drop on my yoga towel so that when I get to savasana I can lie in complete relaxation.


Every day this week there will be a new pair of BOGO oils so stay tuned this week for more bogo deals.


Doterra Yoga Collection

Doterra Yoga Collection



I was so excited this summer when Doterra announced their new Yoga Collection, and series of 3 Essential oil blends; arise, anchor and align.  These oils smell absolutely delightful, each of them like a breath of fresh air in their own way; each of them very unique.

I have to admit, when I first heard that some lucky girl got the chance to work with doterra to come up with their yoga line, I was a little jealous.  I know not very yogi of me, but the emotion existed anyway.

Then I watched this video:


Although the video doesn’t give tons of details about the oils themselves, I fell in love with Elena Brower and instantly understood doterra’s decision.  She is a true creator and did a fantastic job.

I love how she thinks about the oils and how they allow you to get in touch with yourself, but from a spacial perspective:

“Anchor blend Welcomes you Home to yourself, helps you get started, keeps you grounded”

“The align blend is a way to clear the path and center”

“Arise will brighten any moment, any day, and help you get seated for your meditation and beyond.

Like, wow…. What a rock star.  So of course after watching the video and smelling the oils I had to cyber stock this lady a bit.  What I found was even more goodness.

She also recently published a book “Practice You, A Journal”… What???? After reading about it I ordered it.  What I found when it arrived was a truly lovely, gently guided journal so beautifully designed and illustrated that it is a little intimidating to begin.

It is a great reminder to remember how great all my other journals are after being used and carried around.  I guess you could say the same about our bodies and our minds. as we age.  Pages will have statements like “This is what my center feels like” or  “This is how I become like water”  with ample space for you to explore, write and find.

I knew from the moment I smelled these blends that they were really special, and after learning more about Elena Brower, I know that it isn’t just the oils that make them special, but also the energy that she put into creating them.

I cannot recommend the journal and the oils highly enough and oddly enough, even though they aren’t marketed together, the oils will assist with diving into the journey that is the journal.


Thank you Elena, I’m not sure that you will ever see this, but I love both my oils and my first Practice Journal.  Thank you for creating such beautiful things for the world to use.


Here is a video that goes into a little detail about the specifics of each oil.



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 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.


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.




Introducing Dōterra Neroli Touch

Introducing Dōterra 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.


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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.


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.