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Meaningful Monday: Winter or Summer

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. (Anton Chekhov)

This, to me, speaks volumes about learning acceptance. When we are happy, we don’t notice a lot of other things. It can be hot or cold, rainy or sunny… we could be single or married, working or unemployed, we can still be happy. Happiness is a state of mind as much as it is an emotion. As a sufferer of anxiety disorder, this has been a hard lesson for me to learn. Even so, it is so very true!

We are all in control of ourselves. We decide if we will succumb to road rage or drive on. We decide if we will react to ill-behaved idiots on the subway or ignore them and move along. We make many decisions throughout the day that impacts our mindset and emotions. While we are in lockdown, we also have the freedom to make decisions that will impact our mindsets and emotions. Consider thoughtful reactions instead of just mindlessly reacting. Think about what you say and do before it actually happens. Plan it out, especially with more important or stressful encounters. Think of the different ways your situation could go and what you will do or say in each scenario. Not only will you be well equipped to handle those situations, but you will also appear to be quicker-minded and more intelligent to those you interact with. By planning out scenarios, you’ll be less effected when a situation takes a negative turn because you are already prepared and less likely to reactive negatively or overreact.

Take time for yourself. It is even more important when we are cooped up with others during lockdown that we take some “me time” every day. It’s amazing what a little alone time can do for your mental and emotional well-being. Even if you just hide away in the bathroom for a half of an hour or have to let the kids sleep a little late so you can have some “me time” in the morning (which is what I usually do!), it will work wonders for your happiness!

Spend some time in the sun! Go outside in the yard, enjoy the weather. It doesn’t always have to be sunny and bright! Cloudy and rainy days can be as enjoyable as sunny days. When the sun is obstructed, the breeze feels even cooler and colors can really look more vibrant! Listen to the rain and even go out and feel it on your skin. Take a note from the kids and splash in a puddle. Who cares how old you are? It’s still fun! Even if you live in an apartment, you can open the windows and let some fresh air in, enjoy the fresh breeze and feel the sun. It works wonders!

Stop. Breathe. Repeat. Continue with life. Deep breathing exercises can be a lifesaver! Breathing slowly and deeply actually tricks your body into calming down, even if you are upset! Try it! I’m not talking about “breathe in… one, two, three, four, five… breathe out… one, two three, four, five…” even though there is something to be said for the “breathe and count” method. I’m talking about mindless, calming breathing. Just be mindful to go slow and breathe deeply. Even if you are sitting there reading this article, watching a youtube video or watching TV. Just controlling your breathing can train your body to remain calmer all of the time. It also helps to increase your lung capacity and increases your blood oxygen saturation level, which is very good for you!

Even though you may be tempted to let the housework go a bit while in lockdown, don’t give in to that temptation! As a matter of fact, this is a great time to do some major spring cleaning! De-clutter your house and you’ll be surprised how it impacts your mind and emotions! Maybe even take a few minutes to research Feng Shui and how you can apply those ancient concepts to your living area. Rearrange furniture. Plant some houseplants or start a kitchen herb garden. Keeping your space clean and green will help you to keep your mind and emotions in good shape, too!

By taking some time to analyze situations and your reactions, taking some “me time” every day, practicing deep breathing exercises a few times throughout the day, and making mindful decisions to do things that have positive impacts on your mindset and emotions, you are truly taking full control of your situation and limiting negative impacts on yourself. Focus on being happy!

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COVID-19 Social Distancing, Isolation, Quarantine: Emotional and Mental Health

What are the impacts of living in quarantine or isolation? During this COVID-19 Crisis, this is a reality that we are facing worldwide. What do the experts say? Are there any studies about this? What can we do to make isolation easier, if anything? These questions and more are topics that I explore with you here. Learn what to expect during your isolation period, how to make it go by easier, and natural non-toxic ways to reduce the stress of isolation.


Living in isolation can take a huge toll on anyone. As humans, we are social creatures and crave social interaction. Even the most anti-social of us still have friends and family that are interacted with on a regular basis. Now with the COVID-19 crisis, we are facing a new difficulty, one that not many had really thought about: living in isolation.

You don’t have to be suffering from a pre-existing mental or emotional health disturbance to experience difficulty with long-term isolation. This article on Mental Health Connecticut details some of the effects that have been observed and studied among the only population we really have a lot of information on regarding this topic: prison inmates in solitary confinement. Some of the possible effects that isolation can have on people are: distorted perception of time, high levels of anxiety, hallucinations, cognitive breakdown, decreased immune response, higher blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (presumably from the mental and emotional stresses of isolation), and can increase the risk of mortality by as much as 50%.

If you have a more technical mind, you will probably enjoy this article published by the medical journal The Lancet about the results of isolation and quarantine on individuals. In a nutshell, isolation and quarantine can trigger a wide array of psychological and emotional problems, even in otherwise mentally and emotionally healthy individuals. There are aggravating factors and ways to reduce the impact. One of the biggest lessons I came away with from that article is that in this crisis is there is strong evidence to support the importance of altruistic isolation versus commanded quarantine. When we undertake isolation voluntarily, the emotional and psychological impact seems to be significantly lessened.

Even those who undertake isolation voluntarily, the process can be very difficult. The emotional and psychological impacts can last long after the isolation period ends. Some have even been verified to have developed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from time spent in quarantine or isolation. 1, 2

I have experienced self-isolation for a while now and I’m here to tell you that while it isn’t always easy, it is something that we can and should do. Now, not later. Yes, it is hard. Yes, it is lonely. But it is temporary. In the grand scheme of things, it is truly fleeting. Reminding ourselves that it isn’t going to last forever will actually help you make it through a little easier. Most of the emotional and psychological issues that we can develop during periods of isolation can be mitigated with mindset and patience. Sure, some people find it easier than others, but we can all benefit from an emotionally healthy isolation period during the COVID-19 Crisis. Here are some tips to help you make it through:

  • Remember, this is temporary! It won’t last forever and once it is over, that first big hug from a missed friend or family member will feel SO GOOD! It’s a great thing to look forward to.
  • Set up daily (isolated) activities and stick to them.
  • Use the time to make a positive change! Start a regular workout routine, change your dietary habits, spend more time bonding with family, take up yoga and meditation.
  • It may sound silly but trust me, it helps: when you wake up in the morning, remember that you are alive. Be thankful that you are alive, be thankful for the health you have, be thankful for any and every little thing in your life. Purposefully remembering to be thankful can have a huge impact on your emotional and psychological well-being, especially during times of isolation.
  • Try to stick to a regular routine. Going to bed and waking up at the same time keeps our circadian cycles in check and helps to boost emotional well-being. Avoid naps, unless you usually take naps during the day or you are feeling ill. Napping when your body isn’t used to it can upset the delicate balance that controls your day-night cycles. Once it is upset, it can be very hard to regulate it again and it is very important to your health and well-being, so let’s protect it as much as we can.
  • Do the things you normally do throughout your day, at the same time that they are usually done. If you usually work from 8 am until 5 pm, find something to keep you as busy as possible during that time or work from home during your regular hours. Sure, it can be very challenging to do this in households where the kids are also home from school but given some time, you will find a balance that allows you to stay busy during your normal busy times.
  • Get some fresh air! Even if you just open a window for a few minutes and breathe it in, some fresh air can work wonders on your mood! If you have a yard, spend some time outside in the yard every day. Get out on the balcony or fire escape for some much-needed air.
  • Everyone needs alone time! Even though we are packed into our homes, no matter how big or small our families are, we all need some space and time where we can be alone. There’s a delicate balance in our social and emotional health between our time spent alone and with others, so try to do your best to set up space and time for each person in your household to be alone.
  • If you are stuck all by yourself, it can be especially tough. As humans, we crave social contact. Being isolated all alone is the hardest for our social natures. Try simulating as much contact as you can. Again, this might sound totally out in the left field, but get a stuffed animal or a pillow to hug. Which leads me to my next point…
  • Humans need hugs. We need to give hugs and we need to receive them. Hugs make us feel safe, secure and loved. Amazingly, the part that we can do without for the longest time is receiving! When we can wrap our arms around someone… or something… and give it a good snuggle, that act releases chemicals in our bodies that relieve stress and anxiety. In this time of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, we are starting to feel the impact of a lack of physical contact. Ramp up the physical contact with simulated contact as much as you can, including hugging a teddy bear or pillow. You’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel.
  • Go online, get virtual! One of the biggest advantages in our modern age, other than medical advances, is the internet! We have made the world a small and connected place. While we can’t be with our friends and loved ones in person, we can Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc. We can connect on social media. We can participate in virtual meetings, roundtables, and discussions. We can still connect with each other, we just need to do it at a distance for right now.
  • Keep the air in your home humid. Science Daily says that low humidity is the flu virus’s best friend. Live Science says that higher humidity lowers flu transmission. While these two articles reference the flu virus, SARS-CoVID-2 (the virus that causes the illness called COVID-19) has something in common with the common flu: they are both caused by different strains of coronaviruses. There is a little evidence circulating about how humidity can possibly reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 causing virus. 1, 2, 3, 4 The reason behind it is pretty simple: humidity causes airborne particles of the flu virus that are bound to other particles, like dust or aerosolized saliva, to collect moisture and become heavy. They are then more likely to fall out of the air where they can be cleaned off of surfaces during normal cleaning routines. Personally, I do this with the use of aromatherapy diffusers, which I will discuss below. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can order one and have it fairly soon. You can also use a humidifier while you wait for your shipment, or even simmer a pot of water on the stove.
  • Use aromatherapy. It works! There are many studies out there about the benefits of aromatherapy, so I am not going to repeat them all here or link to them all, just one google search will provide you with a wealth of information! The theory is pretty easy to explain, so I will do that instead. Do you have anything in particular that brings to mind a certain situation, memory or feeling when you smell it? Think of the smell of your favorite place. Perhaps the beach, or the forest, or the opera? Almost everything and every place have a distinctive scent. When you smell a scent that reminds you of that item or place, you also experience a bit of emotion associated with the place. That is the basis of aromatherapy, using a scent to create an emotional response. That emotional response has a direct effect on your brain and emotions. You can use scents to trigger a peaceful feeling, a happy feeling, or to help you feel sleepy. Using scents to trigger a flow of positive emotions, like peace or happiness, can actually boost your immune system! Here is an article from Scientific American about how happiness increases your immune system. This paper published on The National Center for Biotechnology Information (maintained by NIH – National Institutes of Health) explains more in-depth how aromatherapy and emotion affect the immune system. You can find some tips from me on using aromatherapy for your emotional mood and health during quarantine or isolation. For my aromatherapy tips, you will need an essential oil diffuser. These are like humidifiers, but made to use with water and essential oils and use an ultra-fine ultrasonic mist to deliver the moisture and essential oils to the air. Be sure to read doTERRA’s E-Book, “Emotional Benefits of Aromatherapy”.
  • Use the Emotional Aromatherapy wheel chart below to help you determine which blend would help you the most:
    • Identify the emotion you are experiencing in the inner wheel
    • Use a few drops of the oil blend on the outer wheel in the corresponding area that you identified on the inside of the wheel.
    • You can also identify the base for the type of scent that could benefit you using the mid-section of the wheel if you are feeling up for a DIY aromatherapy project.
Emotional Aromatherapy Wheel

In closing, just because we must be isolated doesn’t mean that we are alone. We are all in this together. You are not alone. This is temporary, only a fleeting pause in our normal lives. We can do this, together. We can do this, for each other. We can do this for each and every one of our elders, our children, our vulnerable. I will do it for you. Will you do it for me? Let’s socially distance ourselves, for each other. Let’s voluntarily quarantine ourselves, for each other. Let’s live, for each other.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Lemongrass 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!

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!

*Re-post of original content by doTERRA. The original article is available here.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Rose 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!

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

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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!