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DIY onGuard Sanitizing Mist

In the midst of this outbreak, sanitizer has become a commodity! So much of a commodity that it is literally sold out in most stores! Never fear! doTERRA’s onGuard Sanitizing Mist is truly a pleasure to use AND it is effective, containing the amount of alcohol recommended by the CDC. You can get your onGuard Sanitizing Mist here.

Sometimes, even with the best supply chain, things still get sold out temporarily. If you can’t get your hands on sanitizing mist and need some immediately, don’t go spending hundreds on the Black Market! (Yes, there are actually people out there spending ridiculous amounts of money on tiny amounts of sanitizer…) Just make some yourself! If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty with a little DIY, here is an effective sanitizer recipe that is pleasantly moisturizing and smells great!

If you can’t get your hands on the Apple Liquid Extract or Liquid Glycerin, don’t worry! You can safely substitute Aloe Vera Juice, Aloe Vera Gel, Fractionated Coconut Oil or Castor Oil for either or both of those ingredients in this recipe.

DIY onGuard Sanitizing Mist

For each 1 oz. spray bottle (if making more than 1 oz. at a time, multiply the recipe by the number of ounces.)

  • 10-15 drops of On Guard Oil Blend
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Liquid Extract (substitute: aloe juice or fractionated coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Glycerine (substitute: aloe gel or castor oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled water
  • fill the rest with isopropyl alcohol or 180 proof grain alcohol

Shake well and spray on hands. Rub hands together until dry.

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Meaningful Monday

Even small acts of kindness can spread and have effects that last for years, or even for generations! There is a story about an old man who is planting a sapling. Someone sees him and stops, watching with a sad look on his face. The old man asks, “Why are you sad?” The young man responds, “I don’t want to seem uncaring, but you are an old man. When that tree grows large, you will be dead. Why plant a tree whose shade you will never enjoy?” The old man smiles, old eyes twinkling in his weathered face. He pats the young man on the shoulder and says, “It is true, I will never enjoy the shade of this tree, but your grandchildren will! Perhaps they will hang a swing on its large branches and smile as they swing. That is enough for me.”

The young man went on to plant many trees during his lifetime, each time thinking of the wisdom of the old man who he saw planting a sapling all those years before. After he helped his grandchildren hang a swing on the large, sweeping branches of the tree that grew from that very sapling, he sat in the shade. He wiped the sweat from his brow and told his grandchildren the story of the old man who planted a tree whose shade he would never see, never enjoy, yet still found joy in the idea that this day would come to pass.

The young man’s grandchildren planted many trees during their lifetimes, each telling the story to their own children, who they taught to plant trees whose shade they may never enjoy… but someday, someone would sit under the tree and wipe the sweat from their brows and watch their grandchildren swing.

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From dōTERRA: What You Should Know About COVID-19

* This content is copied from an email sent out at 1:09 pm Eastern Time on Monday, March 9, 2020, from doTERRA to their Wellness Advocates in the USA. I did not write any of this content myself and, as such, is copyright to doTERRA, not me.

Dear dōTERRA Family,

Our top priority is always the health and safety of our entire community. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has raised a variety of questions and concerns, and we want you to be assured that we are continually monitoring the situation to ensure we are making the best decisions and taking the right actions for you and the entire dōTERRA family.

Gratefully, we are uniquely situated with our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Russell Osguthorpe, being an Infectious Diseases physician. His understanding and experience working in this field is invaluable for dōTERRA. Given the dynamic nature of the situation around the world, we advise you to adhere to the guidance offered by public health agencies in your region. This may include basic precautions or significant restrictions on travel or public gatherings.

To help manage any concerns and reduce transmission of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, in your area, Dr. Osguthorpe recommends that everyone follow these evidence-based procedures.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, including dōTERRA’s On Guard Sanitizing Mist—which contains 64% alcohol, can be used.
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects often.
  • Face masks are not recommended for people who are well. However, if you show symptoms of COVID-19 or another respiratory disease, then you should wear a mask.

What you should know about COVID-19

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Most people who contract COVID-19 are thought to be mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic (showing no symptoms). These include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

dōTERRA Events

The situation with COVID-19 is evolving, and we are continually monitoring the outbreak and how it is impacting life in your communities. The dōTERRA executive team will make decisions concerning future events and meetings based on scientific information and recommendations provided by Dr. Osguthorpe and guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and relevant agencies and organizations from countries around the world. Recommendations concerning dōTERRA events and meetings will be communicated with Wellness Advocates, customers, and employees at least one month prior to the scheduled start date whenever practicable.

Supply Chain

dōTERRA has an excellent operations team that has been careful about planning and forecasting supply chain challenges and product needs around the world. While we have seen a dramatic spike in sales of our On Guard family of products, we are working around the clock to stay in stock for all of these products. The demand for dōTERRA’s On Guard Sanitizing Mist has increased by over 400% in most markets in recent weeks and we are quadrupling our supplies of this product in the coming weeks. In the interim there may be some occasional short term stock outs of this and a few other high demand products. The good news is that due to our long-term strategic planning with our global network of growers we have stocked more than a year’s supply of most of our essential oils. Accordingly, we don’t expect any significant outages for the On Guard essential oil blend or other essential oils that are in unusually great demand during this time.

We also are working hard to ensure that our shipments reach you as fast as possible. Some delays to certain regions of the world may at times be inevitable and we thank you in advance for your patience if an order takes longer than you anticipated.

Health Claims

dōTERRA is restricted on the health claims that can be made about our products. We recognize essential oils have profound health and wellness benefits, but we do not claim that our products prevent, treat or cure illnesses or diseases, including COVID-19. We must continue to be vigilant in ensuring that we avoid all communications that claim otherwise.

While there seems like a lot to worry about, there are many reasons to be optimistic.

  • The COVID-19 virus is thought to be very similar to other respiratory viruses like influenza or RSV, and is mild in most people who get it.
  • Children seem particularly protected from severe COVID-19 disease.
  • There has been extraordinary cooperation in the global sharing of clinical data and research.

Be assured that your health and wellbeing is imperative to us and we will factor in all information to determine recommendations regarding future events and meetings.

Sincerely, David Stirling
dōTERRA Founding Executive and CEO

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Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

We’ve all heard about it. The novel coronavirus that triggers the sickness now being called CoVID-19. It all started in Wuhan, China and now it’s spread through more than half of the countries around the globe. In the United States, confirmed cases have almost doubled since this time yesterday (between March 6 and March 7, 2020), so I am spending some of my birthday, and the day after, working on this piece for you.

I am most definitely not a medical doctor, and no part of this article is meant to replace a doctor’s advice or orders. If you think you are sick with this virus, please visit your doctor/urgent care/ER. I am simply a citizen who likes to be well-informed and I think you might benefit from this knowledge, as well! While I am a Wellness Advocate and do promote non-toxic, healthful cleaning products, I have to remind you that doTERRA products are not intended to cure, diagnose or treat any disease.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a widespread, very huge family of virii. There are several different classifications of them, like alphacoronavirus, betacoronavirus, etc. The one that is all over the news and making so many people sick is a betacoronavirus, but in the grand scheme of things, it is only really important for researchers and some doctors to truly understand that and what it means. For you and me, there’s a much easier way to understand this virus.

Coronaviruses are the main family of virii that cause the flu. Yes, we get flu outbreaks every single year. They usually start sometime in the fall, peak near the end of winter or start of spring, and end sometime in the springtime. Most of us have at least some natural immunity to these flu viruses because our bodies have been fighting them off every year for our entire lives. Sometimes, though, a new cousin in this virus family emerges from the shadows and all heck breaks loose. We went through a similar time with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Avian Flu (Bird Flu, H5N1), Swine Flu (H1N1) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). All of these, including COVID-19, are known to have come to the human population through zoonotic transmission, meaning that it came from animals and was transmitted to humans. Because it normally attacks animals, our immune systems aren’t specifically equipped to deal with the exact virus and it tends to cause a more severe illness in us than other strains that we are used to fighting off every year. Simply because we aren’t used to fighting it off. While it is similar to other types of coronavirus, it is also different in enough ways that our bodies can have a hard time recognizing it and fighting it off before it has a chance to make us really sick.

What Are Good Preventative Measures?

There are several things you can do to minimize the chances that you will become infected with this virus. Most are pretty easy, too!

  • Be a diligent hand-washer. Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds each time. That’s about how long it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song slowly and calmly. If you are in doubt, use the time-honored “one-mississippi, two-mississippi, three-mississippi” until you reach “twenty-mississippi”, then rinse the soap away and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Some of my favorite cleansers are:
  • Clean your house and clothing with products that will be effective sanitizing agents. I know the CDC and WHO recommend cleaning with bleach and a specific list of products that they have promoted. I’m not going to tell you not to use those products because, to be honest, they do what they feel is best for the people under their charge within the limitations that they have on their position and office. I can tell you, though, that their recommended products are only a small list of products that have the big money, backing, and the good fortune of being produced by pharmaceutical giants who can afford to shell out the big bucks to stay in the commercial spotlight. You should most definitely clean your home and laundry with products that you feel comfortable using to sanitize your home during this time. Personally, the only cleaning products that I trust to use are shown below (hint: you can mix the Cleaner Concentrate with isopropyl alcohol in the dilution stage)

Who Can Get It & How Sick Will I Be?

Anyone can get it. Those who are immunocompromised are more at risk, naturally. Generally, at-risk people are those who are undergoing chemotherapy, the very old, the very young, pregnant women. More severe illness is likely to be seen in those with preexisting conditions that could exacerbate the illness symptoms, like diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, COPD, asthma, and the like. If you think about it, that’s just like our regular flu that we face every year and it’s really common sense: if you already have a condition that makes it hard to breathe, hard to regulate your body, or makes coughing harder on your body, you are more likely to have a lot more issues with the flu. It’s the same with COVID-19, but the caveat is that COVID-19 is known to cause more severe symptoms in people who DON’T have preexisting conditions, much less those who do.

What Should I Expect If I Get Sick?

Expect to fight the flu. It will probably be a doozie of a flu! You’ll most likely feel lethargic and tired, achy, fight a fever, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Lots of coughing because this virus causes what the old-timers used to call a “chest cold”, but on the level of the flu instead of a mild cold. If you do start coughing, you want to keep coughing as much as your body tells you to. You might have trouble breathing, or feel like you are wheezing or rattling in your chest. If you feel this, you should go to your doctor, urgent care or ER for care because the odds are you don’t have the equipment at home to help clear your lungs. The good news is that most people aren’t going to need that level of care. Most of you are going to be fine dealing with it on your own at home, but if you are having any doubts at all, please go get medical attention asap! Call before you get there and let them know your symptoms and that you are on the way so they can get ready for you. If you get sick, severely or not, please take common-sense measures to keep other people from catching it from you. Things like covering your coughs and sneezes, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, even wearing a face mask when you are around other people (even a kerchief or cloth around your face is better than nothing). If you are caring for someone who is sick (or you are sick yourself), make sure to protect yourself from becoming ill by frequent hand washing, sanitizing, hydration, face and eye protection and avoiding all contact with body fluids, Wear gloves when handling dirty tissues, clothing, bed linens, etc. Sick people should stay hydrated at all costs! Dehydration only compounds illness onto illness! Chicken soup/broth, bone broth, Gatorade and good old fashioned plain water are great choices for hydration. Do what you can to keep a sick person’s spirits up! Laying flat is as bad for your lungs as it is for your mood… sick people should sit up as much as they can tolerate, and walk around when possible. With this illness attacking lungs, pay attention to elevation and prop yourself or your loved ones up when it helps keep their airways clear.

Please, please, please! AVOID ANTIBIOTICS unless your doctor prescribes them for you for this illness!

COVID-19 is caused by a VIRUS. Antibiotics fight bacteria. Plainly, antibiotics will only do more harm than good if you have a viral infection and take antibiotics for it. In addition to not killing the virus inside your body making you sick, the antibiotics can kill off helpful gut flora bacteria and give you diarrhea. So please, only use antibiotics if your doctor tells you that you need them and take them exactly as prescribed.

Since the treatment of a viral infection is mostly supportive, the focus is on making you feel better as your body fights the virus. The biggest thing here is hydration. I can’t state it enough! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink whatever you can tolerate best. Get as much water into your system as you can. The reason for this is two-fold:

  1. If you get dehydrated, that is another problem entirely and can be life-threatening! Don’t get dehydrated!
  2. Your body will filter out as much virus load as it can and send it out in your waste. The more waste your body produces, the better. You want to urinate often, and the color should be a transparent light yellow. Anything darker than that indicates you need more hydration. Even if you can’t handle food, do your best to stay hydrated.

If you can’t maintain enough hydration, you may need to visit urgent care or your local ER for IV fluids to help you. You can tell if you are reaching critical dehydration if any of the following apply to you: your urine turns a very dark color; you feel weak; your heart rate is abnormal; your respiration is abnormal. Don’t wait: go immediately for help. Water is always the top choice, but Gatorade is a close second, especially if you are having trouble getting solid foods into your system. Other good choices are juices (white grape is awesome if you are able to eat, go for apple if you can’t eat so it helps to maintain your blood glucose levels), green tea and Pedialyte. Avoid caffeine where possible and please try your best to avoid carbonated beverages, especially while you are sick. Teas should be made weak so there’s plenty of water in there and if you have trouble tasting the beverage, try dipping a toothpick into your favorite doTERRA ingestion-safe essential oil (it will have a Supplement Facts label on the bottle) and then swirl it in. When you swirl in a toothpick of EO, keep in mind that mint type EOs like peppermint are good for congestion and ginger can help calm nausea.

Symptom Help

I said before that when it comes to a viral illness, the only option is usually going to be supportive care while the body fights the illness. Supportive care includes things that make symptoms feel better. Here is my go-to list of things I keep stocked up near anyone who is fighting a flu-like illness in my home:

  • onGuard Throat Drops to soothe the throat, Breathe Respiratory Drops to help feelings of congestion and Ginger Drops to soothe irritated tummies.
  • Breathe Vapor Stick to help feelings of congestion and it is also nicely cooling when you are feeling hot!
  • Peppermint Touch to rub on the back of necks and bottoms of feet of those who are feeling hot.
  • F.L.O.O.M. rollerbottle that gets rubbed over lymph nodes and/or the bottoms of the feet while you are feeling sick. To make F.L.O.O.M., get an empty roller and add in 10 drops (5 drops each for kids under 10 and pregnant women, 3 drops each for elderly and 1-2 drops each for infants), each essential oils of Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree), then top off with a carrier oil like coconut oil. This blend is to help boost your natural immune system.
  • Ginger Essential Oil and toothpicks to swirl into glasses of water for a quick and yummy flat ginger drink when tummies are nauseous.
  • Infrared thermometer for touch-free temp checks
  • Pulse Oximeter to check for elevated heart rates or lowered blood O2 levels
  • DigestZen Touch to rub on tummies that are nauseous or having stool issues
  • Diffuser beside the sick person, stocked with useful essential oils like onGuard (suspended vapor in the air actually helps to clean the air!), Breathe (for feelings of congestion), DigestZen (for upset stomachs), Lemon (also cleans the air nicely and is a great pick-me-up). Not only do the essential oil vapors help support us through some yucky symptoms, but they also provide a nice, humid mist that can alleviate some breathing difficulties.
  • A notepad and pen to keep track of symptoms, times of symptom onset and relief, times of administering medicines, etc. Sick people tend to forget, and so do exhausted caregivers! Notes are great reminders.
  • Plenty of tissues and a small trash can or trash bag for dirty tissues.
  • onGuard Sanitizing Mist and make sure it is used after every sneeze, cough and nose blow. A few backup bottles wouldn’t hurt!
  • Deep Blue Rub for sore muscles can make a big difference!
  • 1-2 different sets of clothes and blankets. Someone with a fever should be dressed and covered lightly, whereas without a fever you might feel more comfortable in warmer clothes or a heavier blanket. Comfort is key here so you can rest easy and get better sooner!
  • Entertainment! Books, tablets, cell phones, laptops, game consoles, etc, with charging cables plugged in. Getting annoyed and bored while you are sick is a great way to be miserable, fast. For very little kids, try giving some extra screen time and encouraging them to enjoy some puzzle games while you sit for a few. Strict screen time routines can always start back up when they are feeling better and you have rested some. Mess-free or low-mess craft projects are also very fun for small kids who are sick! It is a way to keep them occupied, keep their minds off of feeling sick while keeping them seated or propped up in bed.
  • An extra big pillow to hold. Coughing is a big part of this illness and coughing a lot over many days not only exhausts you, but it is also a huge strain on your muscles. Holding a big pillow tight against your stomach and diaphragm while you cough can provide some relief to those sore muscles and make it a little easier to keep coughing.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

COVID-19 is a coronavirus that triggers a flu-like illness that usually affects the lungs more than any other part of the body. You may have diarrhea. You may have nausea or vomiting. You may not. You will probably run a fever and feel like crap for a little while. You will probably feel like you are going to cough up a lung at any moment. As with other chest cold type illnesses, keep on coughing. You’ll cough up sputum and phlegm and should spit it out. Coughing up that stuff is your body’s way of keeping it out of your lungs, so keep coughing when you feel like you need to. If you can’t catch your breath, find it hard to breathe or your chest feels abnormal when you breathe, just suck it up and go to the doctor or the ER if you can’t get to a doc. This virus is known to cause pneumonia in some people, so don’t risk it. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you haven’t traveled outside of the country, gone to Italy, China or Iran, or been around anyone who has that you know of. Community spread of this disease is real and happening now so don’t risk it. Do you honestly know the travel and medical history of every person who you were within 12 feet of the last time you went to the grocery store or to church or to the pharmacy?

This virus is at a pandemic level, meaning a global epidemic in many countries. It is affecting shipments, trade, and stocks. Some countries, like China, for example, have totally ceased manufacturing for the time being. Be prepared for long-term shortages. Don’t go nuts and run to the grocery store to stock up on water and toilet paper! Be sensible. If you feel the unwavering desire to stock up on toilet paper, grab yourself a nice big family pack and head home, but don’t grab TEN family packs! That’s a bit excessive. Get canned and shelf-stable foods that will keep for a while. If you don’t need it immediately, it will last a bit and you won’t have to buy it again for a while, but make sure you are getting things you actually use. Frozen vegetables are great, last a long time in your freezer, and are very nutritious if prepared gently like steamed or sauteed. Pasta and pasta sauces will last a long time and go great with steamed veggies. A good source of shelf-stable protein is peanut butter! Unopened jellies, preserves, and applesauce can be kept on the shelf for months, only needing refrigeration once opened. Cloth diapers make GREAT reusable cleaning cloths, cutting down or even eliminating your need for paper towels to stock up on.

Buying sanitizer is great, but don’t get every bottle the store has! Your neighbors also need to get theirs, too. If you are unfortunate enough to have missed out and it’s sold out near you, you can make your own out of 60-70% alcohol and the rest with water. Adding essential oils can make it smell nice and add additional antimicrobial effect if you use the right ones. Aloe or glycerine added to the mix can make it more gentle on your skin. Alcohol like vodka, gin or Everclear, and denatured ethanol can be used as a substitute for isopropyl alcohol in a pinch. Put it all in a spray bottle and use it as a spray sanitizer, shaking before you spray each time.

So, in a nutshell: yes, this virus sucks and it is making a lot of people very sick. If you think you may have it and are having trouble breathing, go to get medical help immediately. If you don’t need immediate medical help, treat it as you would any other flu virus and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Avoid spreading it around and keep your loved ones healthy. Don’t go nuts stocking up on supplies unnecessarily, but also don’t feel bad about getting what you need. Just keep it within reason.

This is an opportunity for our country to love and support each other through a difficult time, so let’s do that and not give in to fear.

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A Drop of Wisdom: What Are Essential Oils?

Our weekly series “A Drop of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

You’ve seen them on store shelves, you’ve smelled them on the person sitting next to you on the airplane, or maybe you even have a few bottles sitting on your bedside table—but what are essential oils exactly? Are they simply a fancy beauty product? Are they a new fad that’ll soon pass?

If you’ve never used essential oils, or if you just have limited experience with them, they might seem like a complete mystery. The truth is, millions of people use essential oils every single day for things like cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, fitness, sleep, overall health, and more.

What is an essential oil?

So, what are essential oils? Scientifically speaking, essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds. In less scientific terms, they are the essence of plants, taken from roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and other plant parts. Did you know that essential oils are what gives a plant its scent? Essential oils can also protect a plant from predators or environmental conditions.

How long have essential oils been around?

Not only do millions around the world enjoy essential oils today, but they’ve been utilized by dozens of cultures throughout history. Though it might seem like you only started hearing about essential oils within the last few years, they’ve actually been in use for hundreds of years. Ancient civilizations used plant extracts for things like healthcare, aromatherapy, beauty treatments, food preparation—the list goes on. In modern times, we’ve perfected the use of plants in everyday life, and finally, have the technology to truly harness the power of the earth.

What are essential oils good for?

Those who are new to essential oils might be wondering, “What do I use them for?” If you’ve had a bottle of essential oil on your kitchen counter or in your closet for a while and aren’t exactly sure how to use it, you’re not alone. The good news? Learning how to use essential oils is easy. Like the peoples of the ancient world, we too have dozens of practical applications for essential oils today.

For example, essential oils can be used to:

· Promote healthy-looking skin.

· Cleanse the air and eliminate odors.

· Help maintain a healthy respiratory system and feelings of clear breathing.*

· Support good oral hygiene.*

· Promote healthy digestion.*

· Create an uplifting atmosphere.

· And more!

As you can see, there are plenty of applications for essential oils in our daily lives. Here are a few examples of ways you can use essential oils if you’re just starting out.

· Diffuse a few drops of essential oil using a diffuser.

· Place a drop of oil in your hands, rub your palms together, and inhale deeply.

· Apply essential oils to the wrists and wear them as a personal fragrance.

· Add a drop of oil to your moisturizer or face cleanser to promote healthy-looking skin (try essential oils like Lavender oil or Frankincense oil for this). · Put a few drops in a glass of water for internal benefits (Lemon oil and Grapefruit oil work well for this).

Don’t wait another day to experience the amazing benefits of essential oils. Are you still wondering how to use essential oils? It’s easier than you might think. Leave a comment below and I’ll answer all of your essential oil questions!

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Meaningful Monday

Happiness is never meant to be kept inside! Let it bubble forth and bring your joy to others. When people see your smile, they are more likely to smile as well… even if they don’t know why! Joy is contagious, so spread your happiness far and wide!

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Meaningful Monday

It is true, you never can reach the highest unless you start at the absolute bottom. When you hit rock bottom, never give up! Just start climbing, working, persevering. You will achieve a level of greatness that you never thought was even possible!

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A Drop of Wisdom: Cedarwood Essential Oil

Our weekly series “A Drop of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

Did you know that many people use Cedar oil for skin due to its purifying abilities? You can easily incorporate Cedarwood oil into your daily facial routine by simply adding one to two drops of Cedarwood oil to your facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties. The cleansing properties of Cedarwood oil can also help improve the appearance of skin imperfections. Cedarwood also has properties that help soothe the mind and body. The warm, woody scent can create a calm, relaxing environment when used aromatically or topically. Diffusing Cedarwood oil in your home, office, or workspace can help promote feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and evoke feelings of wellness.

The warm, woody scent of Cedarwood oil, or Cedar oil, offers numerous benefits to the user. Not only does Cedarwood oil produce a grounding aroma that promotes feelings of vitality and wellness, but it also has many applications for everyday life. Whether you are using Cedar oil topically or aromatically to improve skin imperfections, to keep insects at bay, or to promote vitality during a workout, the uses and benefits of this oil are almost limitless.

Cedarwood Oil Uses and Benefits

  • Because it is a grounding oil that can promote emotional balance, Cedar oil is a good essential oil to diffuse at the end of a long day when you want to create a relaxing environment. Cedarwood oil holds calming and grounding properties for both the mind and body, making it a popular oil for topical as well as aromatic use. When diffusing Cedar oil, use three to four drops in the essential oil diffuser of your choice and enjoy the grounding, calming effects that this oil has to offer.
     
  • If you want to improve your exercise routine, Cedarwood oil can provide an extra boost of vitality before a workout. Because it promotes wellness and vitality, Cedar oil is a fitting companion for any physical activity—no matter your workout style. Before exercising, massage one to two drops onto your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout, and enjoy the vitality-boosting benefits of Cedarwood oil.
     
  • Did you know that many people use Cedar oil for skin due to its purifying abilities? You can easily incorporate Cedarwood oil into your daily facial routine by simply adding one to two drops of Cedarwood oil to your facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties. The cleansing properties of Cedarwood oil can also help improve the appearance of skin imperfections. When you notice a new skin imperfection, directly apply one drop of Cedar oil to the affected area to immediately improve its appearance.
     
  • Cedar oil’s chemical makeup makes it effective at repelling insects. When working in the garden, consider adding Cedarwood oil to your mulch or topsoil to help keep insects at bay. To keep bugs away during seasons when insects are a threat, you can create your own essential oil bug repellant formula using doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and Cedarwood oil (simply apply to the body before going outside). To learn more about essential oils that repel insects, read this article from the doTERRA Living Magazine: Essential Science—Bug Off!
     
  • Cedarwood oil is known to promote relaxation and can be used in several instances to calm the mind. For example, when your child wakes up scared after a nightmare, apply Cedar oil to the bottom of his or her feet to help promote a peaceful, settled feeling. When you find yourself distressed by unfamiliar situations, inhale the aroma of Cedarwood oil to promote calming emotions. When it comes to promoting calming, grounding feelings, Cedarwood oil is a helpful companion.
     
  • Diffusing Cedar oil in your home, office, or workspace can help promote feelings of confidence and self-esteem. The warm, herbaceous aroma of Cedarwood oil is grounding and can help evoke feelings of wellness. When striving to promote confident feelings or feelings of self-esteem, diffuse two drops of Cedarwood oil with two drops of Wintergreen in the essential oil diffuser of your choice.

Where to Buy Cedarwood Oil

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of Cedarwood oil for yourself? Visit our Cedarwood oil page to learn more about ordering your own. As you build your essential oil collection, you’ll want to ensure that you are using high quality, pure essential oils—rather than synthetic, poorly tested oils that are popular in the industry today. With the doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® testing process, doTERRA oils remain at a high-quality level. Once you purchase your own doTERRA Cedarwood oil, take a look at the uses and benefits section below to get the most out of your product.

Plant Description

There are many types of cedar trees, but all are coniferous, evergreen trees from the cypress family. The red cedar tree is able to withstand extreme climates and can tolerate most soil types. This ability may come from the cold, high altitude climates cedar trees are natively from. Depending on soil conditions, the tree can reach anywhere from 16 to nearly 100 feet high. It is also a species with an unusually long lifespan, with some trees reaching 900 years old. doTERRA Cedarwood oil comes from the wood of the species Juniperus virginiana, more commonly known as the red cedar. The red cedar is a species of juniper that provides a very fragrant aroma—making it perfect for essential oil production.

A Rich History

The use of cedar oil from different trees and cedarwood, in general, has a long historical past. The cedar of Lebanon is thought to be one of the first essential oils extracted from nature. The Sumerians regarded the cedar tree to be the Tree of Life. Ancient tribes believed God held the energy of the Cosmos in the cedar and that the wood was sacred, gifting those worthy with power, greatness, and immortality. The Egyptians incorporated it into their embalming rituals. The Phoenicians and Assyrians even used cedar to build fleets of ships.

Chemistry of Cedarwood Essential Oil
Main Chemical Components: α-cedrene, cedrol, thujosene

What is the chemistry of Cedarwood oil like? Cedarwood falls under a group of chemicals known as sesquiterpenes. Essential oils that contain sesquiterpenes are commonly known for their ability to promote grounding and balance of emotions when used aromatically. Cedarwood oil includes the main sesquiterpene constituents cedrene, and thujopsene, which help improve the appearance of skin and promote grounding of emotions and emotional balance. Similar to VetiverPatchouli, and Sandalwood oil, Cedar oil is commonly known as a grounding oil because of its chemical makeup.

Oils that blend well with Cedarwood Essential oil
As a warm, woody essential oil, Cedarwood oil produces an aroma that is reminiscent of the outdoors. Because of its warm properties, Cedarwood oil blends well with herbal oils like Clary Sage, woody oils like Cypress, and even other spicy essential oils like Frankincense. Cedarwood oil also blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Thyme, and Vetiver.

Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*This is a reprint of the original article published on the official doTERRA web site. You can see the original article here.

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Meaningful Monday

Don’t even let them try. They can’t break you. You’re a diamond.

You may be a cut and refined diamond. You may be a diamond in the rough, yet to be polished. Either way, you are the most amazing, the toughest thing on this planet! Don’t let the others get you down. They just wish they were you. They are jealous.

You are made from the dust of the beginning of the very universe itself! You are of stardust, cosmic and beautiful. You are a diamond, dear. They can’t break you.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Bergamot Essential Oil

Our weekly series “A Drop of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

Use aromatically and topically to enjoy the calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil. Combine with dōTERRA Fractionated coconut oil to give your significant other a purifying and serene back massage this Valentine’s Day. Apply a couple of drops of dōTERRA Bergamot to your feet before bed and enjoy the relaxing benefits before drifting off to sleep.

Bergamot Oil Product Description

From the coast of Reggio di Calabria in Italy, Bergamot is one of the most unique citrus oils. For years, Italians have used Bergamot for many purposes—to rejuvenate the skin, reduce feelings of stress, and more. There are many unique attributes of Bergamot that set it apart from other citrus oils, including the exclusivity of where it is grown, the fact that it is a bitter fruit that produces sweet oil, and its ability to create an uplifting and calming environment, just to name a few. Commonly used for soothing skin, in massage, and to purify and uplift, Bergamot essential oil is a versatile go-to favorite at doTERRA.

Where to Buy Bergamot Oil

Ready to purchase your own bottle of Bergamot essential oil? Visit our Bergamot oil page to see how to order. Though there are many choices for essential oils, purity, quality, and aroma are important when buying oils. doTERRA ensures that each bottle of essential oil, including Bergamot oil, contains high quality, CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® tested and potent oil. When you buy from doTERRA, you know you are getting a high-quality product that will allow you to reap all of the possible benefits from the oil. Once you’ve purchased your own bottle of Bergamot, the benefits and uses of Bergamot oil section below will help you learn how to use it.

Bergamot Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Like other citrus oils, Bergamot essential oil makes the perfect addition to any glass of water. If you want to give new life to a plain drink of water, consider adding a drop of Bergamot oil along with some cut up pieces of fruit.
     
  2. While the aromas of many citrus oils are known to be stimulating or invigorating, Bergamot oil has unique calming capabilities that can help when tension or stress levels are high. One of the best ways to glean the calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil is to diffuse the oil. The next time you feel stress levels or tension getting high, consider diffusing Bergamot oil in the classroom, at work, or at home for a calming effect.
     
  3. The calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil’s aroma are not only present during aromatic diffusion, but also during topical application. These calming properties make Bergamot essential oil a popular choice for massage therapy. Not only does the oil promote a calm, serene atmosphere, but it is also purifying for the skin, which is why many massage professionals use Bergamot oil. If you want to use Bergamot oil for a massage at home, use a carrier oil or dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for best results.
     
  4. Want to enjoy the purifying benefits of Bergamot oil for your skin? Make your own Bergamot oil foot mask! Using organic ingredients like raw honey, Greek yogurt, and celery, this mask will help your feet feel soft and luxurious. Applying this smooth mask to your feet allows the rest of your body to absorb the moisturizing, restorative properties that the concoction holds. The purifying power of Bergamot essential oil will soothe and cool dry or distressed feet—rejuvenating your skin from heel to toe.
     
  5. Do you enjoy adding essential oils to your tea? When you have Bergamot oil on hand, you can enjoy a cup of Earl Grey whenever you want. With a pure, citrus and spice flavor, Bergamot oil is the perfect companion to your daily tea break—quickly changing a regular cup of tea to Earl Grey with a few simple drops. Remember, when adding essential oils to food or drink, less is more. Start out with a small drop and work your way up from there. If the oil is particularly strong, dip a toothpick in the oil and add it to your water, tea, or dish. This keeps the oil flavor from being too overwhelming. Watch this video to learn more about using Bergamot oil for tea.
     
  6. If you are ready to unwind and refresh your skin after a taxing day, Bergamot oil offers a simple solution for relaxation. At the end of a long day, you can enjoy the calming and skin-purifying benefits of Bergamot oil at the same time by applying it to your skin while showering. While in the shower, apply Bergamot oil to your skin and inhale deeply to experience the calming aroma while enjoying the purifying skin benefits of this versatile oil.
     
  7. No matter what mood you are in, Bergamot oil can help promote uplifting, relaxing, and confident feelings—particularly when diffused. When diffusing on its own, use three to four drops of Bergamot oil in the diffuser of your choice. Diffusing this oil can help promote a sense of self-confidence when you feel frazzled, or a sense of inner peace when feelings of stress abound. Looking for a good diffuser blend that uses the uplifting aroma of Bergamot? Try three drops of Bergamot and three drops of doTERRA Balance® for a relaxing and energizing diffuser blend that lets you escape a mundane or exasperating day.
     
  8. Not only will the calming aromatic benefits of Bergamot essential oil relieve feelings of stress or tension throughout the day, but this oil can also help you prepare for a peaceful night of rest. Apply Bergamot oil to your feet before bedtime and enjoy a sense of calm and harmony as you drift off to dreamland—leaving the cares of your day behind.

For more ideas on how to use Bergamot oil, take a look at these helpful blog posts:

Essential Cologne
Fizzing Bath Bombs
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Plant Description

Bergamot essential oil comes from the bergamot fruit, grown primarily in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. Bergamot is unique to Reggio di Calabria because it thrives in the fresh sea-air and acidic soil found in this area. This climate allows growers to harvest high-quality fruit that will produce pure essential oil. Different from other citrus fruits, bergamot is actually a bitter-tasting fruit that yields a sweet essential oil. Similar to Lemon essential oil, Bergamot is produced through cold pressing, where the Bergamot rind is mechanically squeezed—producing pure essential oil.

Chemistry of Bergamot Oil

Main Chemical Components: Limonene, linalyl acetate
As an oil in the citrus family, Bergamot oil includes the chemical component Limonene, which is commonly known for its uplifting aromatic characteristics. The uplifting nature of Bergamot’s chemical makeup is why it is frequently used in massage therapy, as it holds calming benefits. When diffused, the elevating chemical components can help when stress levels are high.

Sourcing

doTERRA sources Bergamot oil from Reggio di Calabria, Italy, where Italian families have run bergamot orchards for decades. Unfortunately, economic downturn has caused many families to abandon their orchards, leaving family tradition behind. Through the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® Initiative in Italy, families can once again receive fair wages and guaranteed work as they produce high-quality bergamot fruit in the orchards of Reggio di Calabria. The doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing initiative in Italy allows families of Reggio di Calabria to provide for their families, boost the economy, and preserve the family tradition of growing some of the finest bergamot fruit in the world.

Watch the Bergamot Co-Impact Sourcing video to learn more about this initiative.


Oils that blend well with Bergamot oil

As a citrus essential oil, Bergamot blends well with a variety of other oils. If you are looking for good oils to blend with Bergamot, try doTERRA LavenderPatchouliLime, or Arborvitae. Mixing Bergamot oil with any of these essential oils will provide both an uplifting and calming element to your blend.

Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying this product.

*This is a reprint of the original article published on the official doTERRA web site. You can see the original article here.

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A Drop of Wisdom: How to Use Essential Oils

Our weekly series “Drops of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

Are you looking for new ways to incorporate essential oil use in your life? This week we are highlighting the three main ways to use essential oils. Because of the purity of dōTERRA Essential oils, you can use them aromatically, topically, or internally. When using essential oils, pay attention to the labeling on the product because some oils have usage restrictions. Enjoy an essential oil aromatically by diffusing it through an essential oil diffuser, applying a drop to your hands and inhaling, or wearing it as a personal fragrance. You can benefit from topical use by using essential oils to give a back massage, applying it to a targeted area and rubbing it in, or by adding a drop or two to lotions or moisturizers. The last way to use essential oils is by ingesting them or taking them internally. Add a drop to a glass of water, under your tongue or in a veggie capsule and the oil will move throughout your body.

How Do You Use Essential Oils?

You don’t need a degree in chemistry or extensive training to know how to use essential oils effectively. With a basic understanding of safety precautions and application methods, it is easy to start using essential oils.

Get Started With Essential Oils

As you get started with essential oils keep these things in mind:

  • Determine the uses and benefits of the oil you intend to apply.
  • Follow any label and packaging instructions.
  • If you have specific concerns, consult with a healthcare professional first.

How to Apply Essential Oils

There are three ways to use essential oils:

1. Through smell. We call this “aromatic” use of essential oils. This includes any application method that helps you experience the aroma of the oil. You can use essential oils aromatically by:

  • Diffusing in an essential oil diffuser
  • Applying a drop to your hands and inhaling
  • Wearing as a personal fragrance

2. On your skin. “Topical” application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin. Some ways to use essential oils on your skin are:

  • Massage
  • Apply to targeted areas and rub in
  • Add to lotions or moisturizers

3. Ingesting, or “internal” use of essential oils allows the oil to be transported throughout your body. Make sure the essential oil is safe for internal use first, and then try one of these methods: 

  • Add to a glass of water
  • Take in a veggie capsule
  • Put a drop under your tongue

What are the Best Essential Oils?

The best essential oils are pure and unadulterated. To see why doTERRA is committed to providing only the purest essential oils, click below:

>> Pure Essential Oils

Each oil is unique, making it easy to find a natural solution for your specific health concerns. Some of the most popular essential oils are those with multiple benefits and application methods. These oils tend to become household favorites.

Here are the 10 most popular essential oils:

  1. Frankincense oil
  2. Lavender oil
  3. Copaiba oil
  4. Lemon oil
  5. Wild Orange oil
  6. Peppermint oil
  7. Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca)
  8. Ginger oil
  9. Grapefruit oil
  10. Eucalyptus oil

As you try different oils, you will learn which essential oils work best for you and your needs. For the best essential oil experience, it is important to use oils that are pure, potent, and safe.

Learn why doTERRA essential oils are some of the best on the market here.

Essential Oil Safety

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when you are learning how to use essential oils: 

Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

  1. Avoid applying oils to sensitive areas like the nose, ears, eyes, or broken skin. Avoid using “hot oils” on the face.* 
  2. Always read labels and package instructions before using an essential oil for the first time. 
  3. Use dilution to minimize skin sensitivity.
  4. Be aware of oils with sun sensitivity warnings.
  5. Practice safe storage—keep oils out of reach of children.
  6. Always supervise young children when applying essential oils.
  7. If you have specific health concerns, talk to a healthcare professional before trying essential oils.

*Hot oils or strong oils include Cassia oil, Cinnamon Bark oilClove oilOregano oilThyme oil, and others.


How to Use Essential Oils Aromatically

Aromatic use of essential oils is especially powerful.

The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiological, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system, which is the part of your brain that stores memories and emotions. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming.

Diffusing is one of the simplest ways to use essential oils aromatically. You can use an essential oil diffuser if you’d like but using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices. You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cupping it around your nose, and breathing deeply.

Other Ways to Use Essential Oils Aromatically:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
  • Use in household surface cleaners

How to Use Essential Oils Topically (on the Skin)

Essential oils easily penetrate the skin for localized benefits, making topical (on the skin) application a great way to experience the benefits of essential oils. This is why doTERRA works to create potent essential oils that are powerful enough to promote healthy-looking skin, yet gentle enough to use on a daily basis.

When used topically, essential oils can improve complexion and skin tone. They can also be used as part of a soothing massage. Before topical application, be sure to follow all label recommendations and dilution instructions.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples (unless the oil is classified as a “hot oil”)
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, bottoms of feet

Other Ways to Use Essential Oils Topically 

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

Sensitive Areas to be Avoided

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes and inner ears
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

How to Use Essential Oils Internally

When ingested, essential oils directly enter the bloodstream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain.

Follow label recommendations and other professional guidelines for dosage when using essential oils internally.

Effective Methods of Internal Application

  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
  • Put a drop under the tongue
  • Take in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt
  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices (Remember, essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount. Use a toothpick for particularly potent oils.)

*This is a reprint of the original article published on the official doTERRA web site. You can see the original article here.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Oregano Essential Oil

Our weekly series “Drops of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

Spice up your dinner with dōTERRA Oregano! Known as a common ingredient in Italian cuisine, Oregano oil is spicy and herbaceous, making it the perfect addition to your next meal. Besides being a popular ingredient, Oregano essential oil also acts as a powerful natural cleansing agent, an immune-boosting agent, and supports healthy digestion. When taken internally, Oregano essential oil can help maintain a healthy immune function and support healthy digestion. It’s the perfect natural boost you need to combat any *seasonal threats! Take advantage of the natural cleansing benefits by adding 10 drops of Oregano essential oil to a spray bottle of water and use it to wipe any countertops. The chemical makeup works as a great cleansing and purifying agent.

Extracted from the fragrant leaves of the oregano plant, Origanum vulgare, Oregano essential oil has made its way into cookbooks, cleaning cabinets, and supplements. Oregano oil is one of the most versatile and powerful essential oils. Oregano oil possesses a high concentration of both carvacol and thymol, two phenol chemicals with cleansing properties. Oregano oil uses both components to its advantage, making it one of the best household cleansing agents known to the essential oil world. Oregano oil can be taken internally to help support a healthy immune system and healthy digestion and respiratory function.*

Oregano oil is also an excellent source of antioxidants.* Other benefits of Oregano oil can be utilized when preparing and eating culinary dishes. Oregano’s herbaceous flavoring can be added to appetizers, entrees, and sauces to enhance an array of savory meals. Because of Oregano oil’s high phenol content, caution should be taken when diffusing or inhaling—only one to two drops are needed. When applied topically, Oregano oil should always be diluted with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Oregano Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Oregano oil benefits many homemade cleaners in a big way. For a quick and easy all-purpose cleaner, put 10 drops of Oregano essential oil into a 16-ounce spray bottle with water. Due to Oregano’s chemical makeup, it is a powerful cleansing and purifying agent. This simple spray is great for surfaces and countertops, even natural stone. 
     
  2. Support your body in the way it needs, when it needs it. One of the many Oregano oil benefits supporting a healthy immune system.* One drop taken daily can help maintain healthy immune function.* Oregano can be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further boost immunity.* You can put two drops of Oregano essential oil in a veggie capsule to help support immune function.*
     
  3. Add a little flavor to your favorite Italian cuisine with some Oregano essential oil. Oregano oil is spicy and herbaceous and will add the perfect hint of flavor to spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, roasts, and much more. When your Italian recipes call for ground oregano, simply replace it with one drop of Oregano essential oil for a delicious seasoning. One drop of Oregano essential oil can replace one tablespoon of ground oregano. 
     
  4. Take advantage of some more powerful Oregano oil benefits by adding one to two drops to a veggie capsule. Why? Oregano essential oil benefits overall health and can help support healthy respiratory function.*
     
  5. Enhance your meals by adding some Roasted Marinara Sauce infused with Oregano and Basil oils. You will be amazed at how something so delicious can be so easy to make. This simple and useful essential oil recipe does not include added sugars and is a delicious way to incorporate the many health benefits of tomatoes into your everyday food selections.  This delicious sauce pairs well with pasta, pizza, breadsticks, and much more. 
     
  6. Oregano essential oil is a rich source of antioxidants.* Antioxidants are essential to help protect the body from the oxidation of molecules. When molecules oxidize, they can create free-radicals that can lead to damaged cells. To help support your body with antioxidants and promote a healthy response to oxidation and free-radicals, take Oregano oil internally by diluting a drop in water and drinking or putting two drops into a veggie capsule and ingesting.*
     
  7. Know someone who is feeling under-the-weather or needing a delicious pick-me-up? Italian and Oregano Chicken Soup is the perfect healthy dish to bring them. Enriched with the tantalizing tastes of Italy, this essential oil recipe is filled with fresh vegetables, Ditalini pasta, and a hint of Oregano essential oil. 
     
  8. Not only does Oregano oil promote healthy immune and respiratory function, it also supports healthy digestion.* Oregano oil supports healthy digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices.* When experiencing occasional digestive issues, take Oregano oil internally by diluting a drop in water and digesting or by putting two drops into a veggie capsule and ingesting.* 
     
  9. One of the many Oregano oil uses is as a flavor-enhancer. Combining the piquant flavors of Oregano essential oil with Italian seasonings, this Italian Oil Bread Dip will have you craving more. This essential oil recipe is simply delicious and can be used as a dip for your favorite Italian breads. If you are putting together a special dinner for two, needing an appetizer for a party, or searching for an excellent side dish for a family gathering, this is an ideal choice.
     
  10. Have you ever heard the phrase “we’re better off together?” In Oregano and Peppermint oil’s case, it’s true! In a recent study, a group of Brazilian researchers reported that, at least in the cases they were looking at, Oregano and Peppermint oil worked better when used together. When two different substances like Oregano and Peppermint oil work to create a combined effect that is greater than the effects of the individual substance on their own, the result is called synergism.  When using Oregano essential oil, use it alongside Peppermint oil for a more powerful result. To find out more about the synergism of other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog
     
  11. Though Oregano essential oil is ideal for Italian dishes, it also makes a wonderful addition to cuisines from around the world. This Costa Rican Black Bean Soup with Oregano and Thyme essential oils is superb and combines some of the best spices and ingredients to create a delicious flavor that is sure to please. For a unique, cultural dish you can share with those around you, try this essential oil recipe.  

Plant Description
The oregano plant, Origanum vulgare, is a bushy perennial that is part of the Lamiaceae family. The leaves of the plant are fragrant and are characterized by their rounded to ovate shape. This plant also produces tiny, pinkish-purple or white flowers. The oregano plant grows best in dry to medium moisture and well-drained soils. It thrives in full sun. doTERRA Oregano essential oil is extracted from the leaves of this plant.

Chemistry of Oregano Oil
Main Chemical Components: Carvacrol, thymol , para-cymene, γ-terpinene

All of the Oregano oil benefits come from its chemistry. The main chemical component of Oregano essential oil is carvacrol. Carvacrol has a monoterpene backbone and is part of the phenols functional group. Carvacrol is a chemical that contains warming properties. Carvacrol, along with thymol, another main chemical constituent in Oregano oil, possesses cleansing and antioxidant properties.* The antioxidant properties contribute heavily to the rich source of antioxidants provided from Oregano essential oil.* To learn more about the chemical components of Oregano oil or other chemical constituents found in essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

Oils that Blend Well with Oregano oil
Oregano oil blends well with PeppermintLavenderBasilRosemaryBergamotCypressCedarwood, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oils for diffusion.

Where to Buy Oregano Oil

To buy a pure bottle of Oregano, visit the Oregano oil product page. 

Each batch of doTERRA essential oils is thoroughly and carefully tested through the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® protocol. This protocol is composed of a variety of strict, scientific tests that assess the purity of doTERRA essential oils. If a batch of essential oils is tested and found pure, then it is packaged and released so that individuals and families everywhere can experience the powerful impact of pure and effective essential oils. 

doTERRA places an emphasis on providing pure oils because pure oils are effective oils. Too often, essential oils available for purchase are diluted with filler substances or contaminants. Oils that are not pure decrease how effective the essential oils are and reduce their power and potential. To ensure that the oils doTERRA customers receive are effective and pure, doTERRA thoroughly and carefully tests their oils in order to produce quality oils that will yield beneficial results.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*This is a reprint of the original article published on the official doTERRA web site. You can see the original article here.

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Meaningful Monday

Truer words were never spoken! If you are having a rough time, if you are having trouble making ends meet or just completely down-and-out… never, ever give up! Get back up, brush yourself off and get right back at it! You never bounce so high as you do from the bottom!

Our hardest times are what gives us the inspiration to continue on! Any success, no matter how seemingly small, is significant!

Keep on going, even though you are tired.

Keep on going, even though you are hungry.

Keep on going, even though you don’t think you can.

You can. And you will. And you will succeed.

If you are an Indigenous American, you understand this quote immediately… if you aren’t Indigenous, you might have to research a bit to learn just how significant it is… it’s by Red Eagle in the song “Still Here”. Give it a listen…

“Trail of Tears and we’re still here…

Wounded Knee and we’re still here…

Sand Creek and we’re still here…

Cortez and we’re still here…

Slavery and we’re still here…

Smallpox and we’re still here…

Boarding Schools and we’re still here…

F**k what they talking about! STILL HERE!

Red Eagle, chorus of “Still Here”
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A Drop of Wisdom: Ginger Essential Oil

Our weekly series “Drops of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

This week we are highlighting one of doTERRA’s hottest oils. Ginger Oil. Being derived from the fresh rhizome of the ginger plant, dōTERRA Ginger can add spice and flavor to many popular dishes. Ginger is also used to help reduce occasional nausea by either being applied topically or inhaled. I diffuse or place a drop of ginger in the palm of my hand and inhale to create a soothing aroma. Do you love to try new foods? dōTERRA Ginger is the main ingredient in many Asian dishes for its hot, fragrant flavor. It may be more familiar to you as it’s used more commonly in sweets such as gingerbread and ginger snaps. When used as a kitchen spice, Ginger adds flavor to a variety of dishes and can also help support healthy digestion.* Apply ginger over your lower abdomen for a soothing massage to help reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.*

Widely known for adding spice and flavor to many popular dishes, the ginger root has a variety of benefits and uses that reach far beyond the culinary realm. Taken from the underground stem of the ginger plant, Ginger essential oil has warming and soothing properties that make it useful in everyday life. Taken internally, doTERRA Ginger oil can be used to ease occasional nausea and aid in digestion.* With a spicy, fresh aroma, it works well in a variety of diffuser blends. Ginger oil can also substitute for ginger flavoring in your favorite recipes. 

Where to Buy Ginger Essential Oil

If you are ready to buy Ginger oil for your personal use, visit our Ginger oil page and learn how to order. Sourced from Madagascar, doTERRA Ginger essential oil is pure, potent, and thoroughly tested to ensure safe aromatic, topical, and internal use. Through CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality control, doTERRA preserves the purity and potency of each bottle of essential oil—including doTERRA Ginger oil.

Ginger Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. For centuries, ginger has been an integral ingredient in many recipes, particularly for Asian dishes. When you want to add the sweet, spicy flavor of ginger to a meal, you can simply use Ginger essential oil in the place of whole ginger in your favorite recipes.
    Ginger oil is also very useful for baked goods like ginger snaps, banana bread, pies, and more. If you are looking for a Ginger essential oil recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth, take a look at our recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pies. This is the perfect recipe for the holidays and uses the warm, spicy flavors of Clove, Ginger, and Cassia oil to put a twist on a traditional dessert. 
     
  2. Because of its soothing properties, Ginger may help reduce occasional nausea when taken internally*—making it a good essential oil to carry with you on-the-go. When you experience occasional moments of nausea, you’ll want a bottle of Ginger oil close by. Just take a drop or two in water to help ease your discomfort.* When you take a long car ride or drive along winding roads, diffuse Ginger oil in the car or place a drop of Ginger in the palm of your hand and inhale to enjoy its calming, soothing aroma. You can also apply Ginger oil topically, diluting with Fractionated Coconut Oil, as part of a soothing abdominal massage.
     
  3. Ginger essential oil may help reduce bloating and gas when taken internally.* This benefit can be helpful before a big workout, especially if you are feeling bloated or uncomfortable. Before working out, take a drop or two with water or in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule to reduce bloating.*
     
  4. Have you tried adding Ginger essential oil to your diffuser blends? You can diffuse Ginger oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice to help create a balanced, grounded feeling. If you feel your energy lagging in the late afternoon, diffuse Ginger oil for an extra emotional boost. For a soothing, tropical blend, try three drops of Wild Orange, two drops of Ylang Ylang, and two drops of Ginger essential oil in your diffuser. 
     
  5. One common internal use for Ginger essential oil is to aid with digestion.* To experience these benefits of Ginger oil, take one to two drops of the oil daily to help with digestion.* You can add a few drops to a glass of water, or place one or two drops in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule.
     
  6. To help support healthy joint function* and for antioxidant benefits,* add one drop of Ginger essential oil to your morning smoothies. To see how you can use other essential oils in juices and smoothies, take a look at a few of our favorite essential oil smoothie recipes
     
  7. The warm, earthy nature of Ginger essential oil makes it useful for massage. When you want a stimulating or warming massage, dilute Ginger oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut oil and apply topically. Due to its chemical makeup, Ginger is known as a soothing essential oil. Essential oils like Ylang Ylang and Myrrh oil share similar chemical components with Ginger oil and are also known for their soothing properties. 

Looking for more Ginger essential oil recipes? Here are some of our favorites:

Take a look at some of our do-it-yourself projects that use Ginger essential oil:

Fun Fact: The scientific name for ginger, “Zingiber,” is derived from the Greek zingiberis, which comes from the Sanskrit sringabera, meaning “horn shaped.” 

Plant Description: Ginger essential oil is taken from the rhizome, or underground stem, of the ginger plant. A highly aromatic plant, ginger has thick roots, long shoots with leaves, and pale flowers—though the rhizome or root of the ginger plant is most useful for flavoring and other applications. For centuries, the ginger root has been used in cooking practices to add flavor, or dried and powdered as a spice.

Bottle of Ginger oil on plate. Ginger essential oil is most commonly known for its digestive benefits.

Chemistry of Ginger Essential OilMain Chemical Components: a-zingiberene, sesquiphellandrene

Ginger essential oil is made up of a chemical group called sesquiterpenes, which are commonly found in soothing essential oils like Ylang Ylang and Myrrh oil. Ginger oil includes sesquiterpenes called zingiberene and sesquiphellandrene, which contribute to digestive health when used internally* and promote the grounding and balance of emotions when used aromatically.* Alpha zingiberene, the sesquiterpene that is the primary chemical constituent of ginger essential oil, is what gives ginger its distinct taste. The chemical makeup of Ginger oil contributes to its soothing properties for the body, including its ability to support healthy digestion and to reduce occasional nausea when taken internally,* or to create a soothing massage. 

Oils that Blend Well with Ginger Essential Oil

The spicy, earthy tones of Ginger essential oil blend well with other warm oils like Cinnamon and Cassia. You can also blend Ginger oil with sweet citrus scents like Wild Orange or Ylang Ylang.  

Cautions
: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*This is a reprint of the original article published on the official doTERRA web site. You can see the original article here.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Myrrh Essential Oil

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This week we are spotlighting dōTERRA Myrrh essential oil. Extracted from the resin of the thorny Myrrh tree, this essential oil has a woodsy, smoky, and herbaceous scent. In history, Myrrh essential oil was very valuable and often used in religious ceremonies because of its versatility. dōTERRA Myrrh oil can be incorporated in your daily oral hygiene, your skincare routine, or you can diffuse it to promote awareness.

Take advantage of the natural cleansing properties by adding one or two drops of dōTERRA Myrrh essential oil to your toothpaste. Enjoy the soothing benefits by adding a few drops to your daily facial moisturizer to reduce fine lines or wrinkles. Do you want to diffuse a more peaceful essential oil this holiday season? dōTERRA Myrrh essential oil is perfect to uplift mood, promote awareness, and help maintain peaceful feelings throughout your home.

Because of its versatility and effectiveness, myrrh has been valued across many cultures for centuries. With countless applications, myrrh was used anciently for everything from medicine to religious purposes. Today, the resin extracted from the myrrh tree is transformed into an herbaceous, woody essential oil that captures all of the resin’s effectiveness. Whether you want to promote smooth, youthful-looking skin, promote emotional balance, or cleanse the body, Myrrh oil is a useful addition to your essential oil collection.

Where to Buy Myrrh Oil

For thousands of years, Myrrh oil has been used a variety of ways—many of which are still applicable today. To discover the uses and benefits of Myrrh oil for yourself, visit our Myrrh oil page and order a bottle of your own. Though time has passed, you will find that Myrrh oil is still a great option for wellness. More importantly, by buying essential oils from doTERRA, you are assured that each bottle is safe to use at home and around your loved ones. doTERRA is a trusted source for essential oils, producing pure, potent oils that provide the user with countless benefits. Once you receive your bottle of Myrrh oil, you might be looking for new ways to use it. Read on to learn about the wide uses and benefits of this essential oil.

Bottle of Myrrh essential oil, oil droplets being poured into a cup of tea. You can use Myrrh oil for healthy looking skin, mouth and teeth, and for internal benefits.

Myrrh Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Due to its chemical design, Myrrh oil has proven to be helpful for cleansing, improving the appearance of the skin, and promoting grounding feelings or the balancing of emotions. The sesquiterpene ethers in Myrrh oil are known for their soothing properties, which is why Myrrh is useful for soothing the skin or soothing emotions. One of the primary sesquiterpene ethers in Myrrh oil, curzerene, is commonly added to skincare products because of its ability to improve the appearance of skin.

  1. Myrrh oil is well-known for its ability to cleanse the mouth and throat. To take advantage of the cleansing properties of Myrrh oil, incorporate it into your daily oral hygiene routine. Add one or two drops of Myrrh oil to your toothpaste when you want to add cleansing benefits. Or, for an effective mouth rinse, combine one drop of Myrrh oil and two ounces of water. Gargle the rinse for 30 seconds for an extra clean feeling.
     
  2. Another benefit of Myrrh oil is that it promotes a youthful-looking complexion and offers a soothing sensation to the skin. To use Myrrh oil for skin, consider adding one or two drops of the oil to your daily lotion or moisturizer. By incorporating Myrrh oil into your skincare routine, you can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially when used daily.
     
  3. In addition to its benefits for the skin, Myrrh oil can be helpful for improving the health of your nails. If your cuticles are lacking hydration, try this DIY Cuticle Cream to help give your nails the moisture they need. With four simple ingredients—shea butter, beeswax, doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Myrrh oil, your nails will soon find relief. This concoction can also be used on the hands, lips, or any dry skin.
     
  4. If you are looking for a more unique diffuser option, aside from floral or citrus essential oils, Myrrh oil is a perfect choice. Try diffusing Myrrh oil when you feel yourself or your environment becoming tense. This will help to promote emotional balance and well-being. You can also diffuse Myrrh oil when you want to uplift your mood or promote awareness. Myrrh essential oil is a popular oil to diffuse during the holidays because it can help maintain peaceful feelings throughout the home.
     
  5. The soothing benefits of Myrrh essential oil are very useful when it comes to shaving. Avoid irritated skin after shaving with this easy DIY Razor Relief Serum. This serum uses some of the best essential oils for skin, including FrankincenseLavenderMelaleucaHelichrysum, and Myrrh to help keep the skin calm and diminish any reactions after a shave. The lovely scent created by this combination of oils will linger on your skin and helps you escape the irritation of razor bumps every time you shave. The added bonus to this recipe is that it works well for both men and women.
     
  6. Sometimes you just need to have an at-home spa night. Myrrh essential oil really comes in handy in this situation. For example, you can mix two or three drops of Myrrh oil with doTERRA Spa Lotion to help add a smooth touch to callused or dry feet. You can also mix LemonFrankincense, and Myrrh oil (10 drops of each) with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to help soften the cuticles. If you are looking for more at-home spa treatments, take a look at our Girls Guide from the Living Magazine.

Fun Fact: In Arabic, the word myrrh means “bitter.”

Plant Description

Native to regions in Africa and Arabia, the Commiphora myrrha is a small tree that produces a sap that hardens into the resin known as myrrh. Typically a thorny tree or shrub, the myrrh tree produces few leaves and rugged, angled branches. Due to its highly aromatic nature, myrrh has been used since ancient times for medicine, perfumery, incense, religious purposes, and burials. When extracted, sap from the myrrh tree-also referred to as myrrh gum-eventually hardens and dries into myrrh resin. When the myrrh tree is harvested, it “bleeds” the tree sap, which then turns hard and glossy. Through steam distillation, myrrh resin is converted into an essential oil with a dry, woody aroma.


Oils that Blend Well with Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh can be categorized as one of the wood essential oils. The smoky, dry aroma of Myrrh oil is rather unique; however, the woody and herbaceous notes of the oil allow it to blend well with spicy, floral, or citrus essential oils. Try blending Myrrh oil with any warm, spicy oil like FrankincenseSandalwood, or Clove. For an intriguing, fresh scent, blend Myrrh with floral or leafy oils like LavenderEucalyptus, or Jasmine. When you want to produce a sweet, herbaceous scent, consider blending Myrrh with LemonJuniper Berry, or Grapefruit essential oil.

Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*This is a reprint of the original article published on the official doTERRA web site. You can see the original article here.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Wild Orange Essential Oil

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6 Ways to Use Wild Orange Oil

Have you ever tried Wild Orange oil? What about any of the other citrus essential oils like Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit? One of the best things about citrus oils is that they have a wide variety of uses. Within a single bottle of Wild Orange essential oil, there are dozens of possibilities. For instance, you can use Wild Orange essential oil for household cleaning, to add flavor when cooking, to create an uplifting environment—the list goes on.

So, what is Wild Orange used for? Keep reading to learn about the best uses for this versatile essential oil.

1. Use Wild Orange oil to freshen the air. Need to freshen up the kitchen? Want to bring a bright, refreshing aroma into your bedroom? Diffusing Wild Orange oil not only makes the air smell lovely, but it can help to purify the air as well. Anytime you want to dispel unwanted odors, you can diffuse Wild Orange oil to clear the air and replace unpleasant smells with the citrus aroma of fresh oranges.

2. Add Wild Orange oil to a glass of water for a flavorful drink and internal benefits.* Easily take advantage of the benefits of Wild Orange oil by taking it internally. Simply add a drop to a glass of water to help support digestion, cleanse the body, and provide the body with antioxidants.* Even a single drop of Wild Orange oil will give plain water a delicious burst of flavor, while also providing your body with the wonderful internal benefits of Wild Orange essential oil.

3. Use Wild Orange oil to cleanse and purify surfaces around the home. Like many citrus essential oils, Wild Orange has a high concentration of limonene, which makes it effective for household cleaning. Use Wild Orange oil to wipe down surfaces or get rid of sticky residue. For an easy homemade cleanser, simply place 10–15 drops of Wild Orange oil in a four-ounce spray bottle, filled with water, and spritz over surfaces around your home.

4. Diffuse Wild Orange oil to create an uplifting atmosphere. For those days when you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, you can instantly create an uplifting atmosphere with Wild Orange oil. Diffuse Wild Orange in the kitchen while the kids do homework, in the bathroom while you get ready for the day, or in the car while you do your daily errands. By creating an uplifting, cheery environment, you’ll be ready to handle anything that comes your way.

5. Use Wild Orange oil when cooking to add flavor to beverages or baked goods. Are you a fan of orange-flavored drinks or treats? By adding just one drop (or less) of Wild Orange oil to smoothies, teas, or homemade slushies and popsicles, you can enjoy a tasty, flavorful treat in no time. Many people have also found that adding Wild Orange oil to baked goods like bread, muffins, cookies, and cakes is a great way to add a kick of flavor.

6. Use Wild Orange when you’re dragging in the afternoon. If you seem to feel bored, tired, or sluggish during the afternoons, you might just need to energize your space. Create an invigorating, energizing atmosphere by diffusing Wild Orange oil at your work desk or your home office.

Are you ready to see what Wild Orange oil can do for you? Don’t wait another day to try it!

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A Drop of Wisdom: Lemongrass Essential Oil

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Have you ever tried Lemongrass essential oil? While some think this is an obscure oil, Lemongrass has dozens of benefits and can be used for things like skin, mood, and digestion. With its unique smoky and citrusy aroma, Lemongrass has become a favorite among essential oil experts for its equally unique benefits.

So, what exactly are the benefits of Lemongrass oil? Keep reading to learn all about this incredibly versatile oil and how you can use it every day.

What is Lemongrass essential oil good for? 

Lemongrass has a plethora of benefits for the body. For example, did you know that Lemongrass is a popular digestive tonic?* Lemongrass oil can be used to support healthy digestion and ease occasional stomach discomfort.*

In addition to digestive benefits, Lemongrass oil also offers significant benefits for the skin. With toning and purifying properties, this oil is a welcome addition to any skincare routine.

Lemongrass oil is also known for its ability to promote a cheerful mood. The refreshing lemon and herb-like aroma that can be diffused to promote a positive outlook.

How do I use Lemongrass essential oil?

Now that you’ve learned a little more about the benefits of Lemongrass oil, you’re ready to try it for yourself! Need some ideas? Here are some exciting examples to help you take advantage of the benefits Lemongrass has to offer.

Use Lemongrass oil for digestive support

  • Place a drop of Lemongrass oil in a Veggie Cap and swallow for digestive support.*
  • Combine Lemongrass with Peppermint oil in a capsule to support healthy gastrointestinal function and help maintain healthy digestion.*

Use Lemongrass oil for the skin

  • Add Lemongrass to your daily moisturizer or cleanser to help tone and purify the skin.
  • Combine Lemongrass oil with Tea Tree oil and apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails to keep them looking clean.

Use Lemongrass oil to uplift mood

  • Diffuse Lemongrass oil in your home to overpower feelings of nervousness or eliminate mental fatigue.
  • Try diffusing Lemongrass at your desk at work to help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness.

What else is Lemongrass oil used for? 

Need more ideas? Here are a few more ways that you can use Lemongrass essential oil in everyday life:

  1. A nice massage. When diluted with a carrier oil, Lemongrass essential oil can be useful for creating a soothing massage. Add a few drops of Lemongrass oil to a lotion or carrier oil and massage the legs and feet after a tough workout or long run. 
  2. Keeping bugs at bay. A close relative to citronella grass, Lemongrass oil is useful for discouraging the presence of bugs when applied topically or used aromatically. Try applying it to clothing before going outside or diffusing on the back patio to enjoy a bug-free evening. 
  3. Culinary uses. The unique flavor of Lemongrass has made it a popular choice for cooking throughout southeast Asia. Simply add a drop (or less) of Lemongrass oil to soups, teas, seafood, curries, beef dishes, or poultry dishes for an extra kick of flavor.

Are you ready to see what Lemongrass oil can do for you? Don’t wait another day to try it!

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A Drop of Wisdom: Peppermint Essential Oil

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Have you been running around trying to get Christmas taken care of for your loved ones? Try treating yourself to this do-it-yourself Whipped Peppermint Foot Lotion and show your feet how much you appreciate them. This is a simple and light lotion that includes natural ingredients like Peppermint oil and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil. Whipped Foot Lotion with Peppermint oil will not only leave your feet smelling fresh, but it will also transform your sandpaper heels into a silky dream. 

Peppermint Oil

The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times. The plant’s first recorded appearance dates back to 1000 BC when dried peppermint leaves were found entombed in ancient Egyptian pyramids. Throughout human history, this herb has been valued as a multi-purpose plant and an essential oil whose components are now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. When you use it internally, Peppermint oil is also well known for its ability to help alleviate occasional upset stomach and promote healthy respiratory function.* With so many facets and uses, it is no surprise that Peppermint oil continues to be one of doTERRA’s best-selling and highly-favored essential oils. 

Where to Buy Peppermint Oil

To buy a pure bottle of Peppermint, visit doTERRA’s Peppermint oil product page.

Many essential oils available in the industry contain filler substances and contaminants that weaken the purity and power of the oil. However, at doTERRA, we know that a pure bottle of essential oil has the potential to change lives; that’s why doTERRA’s mission is to provide essential oils that are highly effective and free of additives and harmful contaminants. Our Peppermint oil is produced in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and other regions of the world. Through the partnership doTERRA has created with our growers, we receive only the highest quality Peppermint oil, which is then rigorously tested. We guarantee pure essential oils through the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. This protocol includes a series of strict tests that ensure the essentials oils we sell are free from filler substances or impurities—making the doTERRA essential oils you purchase powerful and pure. 

Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Instead of reaching for artificially flavored gum or candy when you need to freshen your breath, look to Peppermint oil to do the job. Mix a drop of Peppermint oil with a drop of Lemon essential oil in water, take a sip, and swirl it around in your mouth for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse. The most beneficial ingredient in this mouth rinse is the menthol, a component found in Peppermint oil. Menthol has been used for centuries for its ability to cleanse and freshen. When you use a drop of Peppermint oil in your mouth rinse, the menthol is what gives it a fresh and minty kick. This powerful and fresh element is why Peppermint is found in many oral health products today. When using this Peppermint oil mouth rinse, you will experience a pleasurable, cooling feeling and you will walk away confident, knowing that your breath smells just as good as it feels. 
     
  2. Peppermint oil is a culinary wonder and has been used to add a fresh boost to meals in kitchens all across the world. However, the use of Peppermint oil is not just limited to cooked dishes; it also makes a great addition to any smoothie. Try adding one to two drops of Peppermint oil to your favorite smoothie recipe for a burst of minty flavor. By adding the freshness of Peppermint oil to your morning smoothie, you can start your day feeling more refreshed than ever. 

    Peppermint oil also turns plain water into a cooling and refreshing treat. When the summer heat seems to overwhelm you, add one drop of Peppermint oil with a cut fruit like strawberries or limes for a deliciously infused water. Peppermint oil makes a healthy addition to any drink because it helps promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing, and by adding doTERRA Peppermint oil to something as simple as the water you drink, you encourage healthy respiratory function in your body* while simultaneously changing up the flavor to your drinks.
     
  3. Peppermint oil can be used aromatically to enliven the senses and promote a feeling of energy. This powerful oil can be extremely beneficial on its own, but when you add the right combination of essential oils to Peppermint oil, the synergy of the combination of oils leads to even more benefits. For example, try placing one drop of Peppermint oil in the palm of your hand, add one drop of Wild Orange oil and one drop of Frankincense oil, and inhale by cupping your hands over your nose. This simple aromatic recipe is perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up. 

    Including Wild Orange and Frankincense in this Peppermint oil mixture adds to its aromatic benefits. Wild Orange carries a sweet and fresh citrus smell that is used to uplift the mind and body, while Frankincense is valued for its ability to promote feelings of relaxation. By combining these two essential oils with Peppermint oil’s soothing properties, the blend becomes an aromatic powerhouse that will have you feeling relaxed and energized for the tasks ahead.  
     
  4. Try this do-it-yourself Whipped Peppermint Foot Lotion and show your feet how much you appreciate them. This is a simple and light lotion that includes natural ingredients like Peppermint oil and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil. After a long day, this DIY lotion can help you unwind and give your feet the delightful cooling sensation they need. For best results, try applying this lotion generously to your feet and then putting socks on before you go to bed. Whipped Foot Lotion with Peppermint oil will not only leave your feet smelling fresh, but it will also transform your sandpaper heels into a silky dream.  

    If you are looking for a way to share the benefits of Peppermint oil with your friends, try making and sharing this DIY Candy Cane Sugar Scrub. This festive sugar scrub helps exfoliate and moisturize the hands, feet, and body, and it makes for a great seasonal gift. Not only will the scrub produce soft and smooth skin, but its Peppermint oil base will provide a soothing sensation wherever it is applied.
     
  5. Being outside in the sun can be a great way to uplift your mood, but sometimes too much sun exposure can quickly end your fun. Try this homemade After Sun Soothing Spray to maintain healthy-looking skin after too much sun. This soothing spray is filled with three powerful essential oils that calm and soothe irritated skin. One of the primary oils used in this spray is Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is a perfect after-sun essential oil for the same reason it is useful for oral care–its high content of Menthol. Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil and Lavender essential oil are two additional ingredients in this DIY that will improve the appearance of skin.
     
  6. Looking for a long-lasting way to smell the sweet and minty aroma of Peppermint oil? Use this simple yet invigorating diffuser blend and enjoy this fresh aroma in your home, office, or classroom. To make this blend, combine two drops of Peppermint oil, three drops of Grapefruit, and two drops of Sandalwood into a diffuser. Using Peppermint oil in your diffuser will produce a cooling, invigorating vapor. Additionally, the grounding and mood-enhancing properties of Sandalwood and the uplifting benefits of Grapefruit will work well with the soothing and relaxing effects of Peppermint oil to produce an energizing and calming aroma that all will enjoy. 
     
  7. Peppermint oil makes a great addition to many dishes, especially desserts. Try using this Black Bean Brownie recipe with Peppermint oil and put a nutritious and delicious spin on the traditional chocolate brownie. At first, making a sweet treat with black beans may seem strange or even off-putting, but don’t worry, black beans have a very mild flavor and are extremely rich, creamy, and full of protein. Once you venture out with this recipe, you won’t want to go back. To create an extra pop of flavor, add a couple of drops of Peppermint oil for a delightful and refreshing flavor. 
     
  8. The soothing components found in Peppermint oil make it a desirable oil for massages. Try adding Peppermint oil to your massage experiences and enjoy the pleasurable cooling feelings it brings to your skin while immersing yourself in its sweet and relaxing aroma. A great massage companion to Peppermint oil is Lavender. The combination of Peppermint oil and Lavender oil will produce optimal soothing feelings that will add to any massage. You can also try adding Peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating hair massage that will provide the pampering your scalp deserves. 
     
  9. If you’re finding more than your share of spiders or bugs in your home, Peppermint oil provides a perfect solution to ward off those creepy crawlers. Many bugs and spiders dislike the potent smell of Peppermint oil. Consequently, Peppermint oil is used as a home remedy to repel bugs naturally. Try placing one to three drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and placing it in the corners of your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, or wherever you think these unwanted guests might be.
     
  10. Need to stay alert? Try Peppermint oil! If you or someone you know has trouble staying awake during the day and would like a natural method to feel alert, Peppermint oil used topically or aromatically can help. Because of the invigorating and cooling effects that pure Peppermint oil produces when it comes in contact with skin, Peppermint is an ideal oil for staying attentive and aware. In order to create this extra boost, place 1–2 drops of Peppermint oil on your fingertips and then rub your temples. The invigorating aroma of Peppermint oil will help give you the natural sense of alertness you desire when you need it most.  

Would you like more Peppermint oil recipes and DIYs? Here are more of our favorites:

DIY: Essential Lip Balm
DIY: All-Purpose Spray
DIY: Herbal Hairspray
DIY: Dry Shampoo
DIY: Essential Hair Wax
DIY: Shaving Cream
Essential Oil Recipe: Hot Cocoa

Fun Fact

Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.

Plant Description

Peppermint oil comes from the leaves of the peppermint plant. The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plants. This cooling and relaxing herb is characterized by its square stem, dark green leaves, and small bunches of light lavender flowers. The peppermint plant can grow to be approximately 18–36 inches tall and can be found in a variety of different areas. Peppermint is known to grow best by streams or in wet locations with a lot of rainfall. Due to its specific water needs, Peppermint is cultivated in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Chemistry of Peppermint Oil

Main Chemical Components: Menthol, Menthone, 1,8-Cineole

The main chemical component in Peppermint oil is menthol. Menthol has a monoterpene backbone with an alcohol functional group. Menthol contains energizing properties that contribute to the overall energizing effect of Peppermint oil. Menthol is known to soothe the smooth muscle that lines the colon.* This relaxant property occurs due to menthol’s ability to keep calcium channels working optimally. The relaxing of colon smooth muscle reduces the movement of bowels, which eases occasional bowel looseness. Because of this effect, menthol is a main contributor to Peppermint oil’s ability to promote digestive health.* When Peppermint oil is swallowed, typically it is followed by a cooling sensation. This response happens because menthol activates the TRPM8 receptor, an indicator of cold.3* To learn more about the chemical components of Peppermint oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog

Oils that Blend Well with Peppermint Oil

Want to add Peppermint oil to your next diffuser blend? Luckily, there are plenty of essential oils that pair well with Peppermint oil, and can help you to make a lovely homemade diffuser blend. Peppermint oil blends well with OreganoMarjoramCypressEucalyptusGeraniumGrapefruitJuniper BerryLavenderLemonRosemary, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil) essential oils for diffusion. 

Watch this video to learn about the sourcing of Peppermint oil.


Caution
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Are you ready to see what Peppermint oil can do for you? Don’t wait another day to try it!

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A Drop of Wisdom: Rose Essential Oil

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Pamper a sister, friend, or mother in your life with the gift of dōTERRA’s Rose oil this holiday season. Sought after for its powerful aroma and emotional benefits, Rose essential oil is the perfect gift during the gloomy winter months. Apply a drop to any skin imperfections to promote an even skin tone, regulate moisture levels, and increase healthy-looking complexion. Diffuse Rose essential oil before any occasion to enjoy the sweet, floral aroma, and calming properties.

What’s Special About Rose Essential Oil?

As one of the lowest yielding essential oils, it takes approximately 60,000 fresh petals of the Rosa damascena plant to produce 5 mL of precious Rose essential oil through the steam distillation process. Because of that low yield, Rose is very hard to come by. But the scarcity of Rose is only a minor factor in its value in the essential oil world. The essence of one of the world’s most beautiful and aromatic flowers produces one of the most complex, distinctive, and health-benefiting essential oils.

Symbolic of love, beauty, and seduction, roses have been adored for thousands of years. Persians perfected the distillation of rosewater and rose essential oil during the Middle Ages, and Rose became famous for its ability to improve the complexion throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Today, rose bushes are well-known ornamental plants throughout the world and Rose essential oil graces high-end lotions, fragrances, cosmetics, and nutritional products.

There are hundreds of rose species in the world. The damask rose (Rose damascene) originates from Asia and is one of the most desirable roses, due to its superior fragrance, its scarcity, and its remarkable emotional benefits. The aroma of damask rose is indulgent and relaxing. It is also said to be rejuvenating.

Using Rose Essential Oil

Rose is primarily composed of four dominant volatile aromatic compounds: citronellol, geraniol, nonadecane, and heneicosane. The monoterpene alcohols, citronellol and geraniol, are often associated with floral essential oils—geranium also contains rich concentrations—and they share more than a similar chemical makeup. There is good reason why Rose essential oil is valued so highly in personal care; both compounds are effective at supporting a healthy and clean appearance of the skin and hair. That cleansing power is also evident when used on surfaces. Nonadecane and heneicosane are a little more mysterious, and a lot less scientifically investigated, but based upon the breadth of research, they are a great example of essential oil synergy and exactly why Rose offers such profound benefits. Greater than the sum of its parts, an abundance of experimental and human clinical research has shown that Rose provides powerful benefits when used aromatically and topically.

How do you use Rose oil?

  • Apply to pulse points to uplift mood throughout the day.
  • Use on areas of concern twice daily to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Apply to neck and wrists for a romantic personal fragrance.
  • Apply to the palms of your hands, cup your hands over your nose, and inhale, deeply for an uplifting sensation.

Are you ready to see what Rose oil can do for you? Don’t wait another day to try it!

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A Drop of Wisdom: Patchouli Essential Oil

Our weekly series “Drops of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dōTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dōTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

This week we’re highlighting an essential oil that is often passed over but has powerful benefits and a lovely aroma: Patchouli oil. Many people don’t know it, but Patchouli oil has significant benefits for skin, oral health, emotions, and more.

What Is Patchouli Essential Oil Good For?

Have you ever heard of Patchouli essential oil? Have you tried it? While this may seem like an obscure oil to some, it’s a treasure in the world of essential oils. A member of the mint family, patchouli has a rich, musky-sweet fragrance that is known to instill feelings of balance. The beloved aroma of patchouli has commonly been used in the perfume industry to add fragrance to products like laundry detergents and air fresheners. If you’ve never tried Patchouli oil, keep reading to see some of the best ways to use it and why you’ll want to add it to your oil collection.

Using Patchouli oil for skin

Because of its gentle cleansing properties, many people use Patchouli oil for skin. Using Patchouli essential oil topically can help promote a smooth, glowing complexion; not to mention, it’s also useful for reducing the appearance of blemishes, skin imperfections, and wrinkles.

How do you use Patchouli oil for skin?

  • Add one to two drops to your moisturizer to help problem skin areas.
  • Apply directly to reduce the appearance of blemishes or skin imperfections.

Using Patchouli oil for fresh breath

As part of the mint family, Patchouli essential oil can help give your breath a refreshed, clean feeling. Want to take advantage of this and enjoy a clean mouth and fresh breath? Try making this DIY essential oil mouth rinse:

Patchouli and Peppermint Mouth Rinse

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 drops Peppermint oil
  • 1 drop Patchouli oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine the baking soda and water in a small cup.
  2. Add the essential oils and mix well.
  3. Swish mixture around in the mouth for one minute before spitting into the sink.

Using Patchouli oil to manage emotions

Rich in the chemical component patchoulol, Patchouli essential oil is known to have a grounding and harmonizing effect on the emotions. People love the uniquely sweet and musky scent of Patchouli oil and find it useful for balancing emotions amid feelings of stress or turmoil.

How do you use Patchouli oil to manage emotions?

  • After a long day of work, apply one to two drops of Patchouli oil to the neck or temples.
  • Diffuse Patchouli oil when you want to relieve feelings of tension.
  • Combine Patchouli with Vetiver oil and apply it to the bottoms of the feet to help calm emotions.

Are you ready to see what Patchouli oil can do for you? Don’t wait another day to try it!