Category Archives for Essential Oils

Citrus and the Sunshine

by Mary Howard RN

Photosensitivity and Essential Oils

When certain essential oils, mostly the citrus oils are exposed to untraviolet light (UVA) they cause inflammation, blistering, reddening and burning to the skin. (1)

Distilled essential oils do not have this side effect. Cold pressed essential oils or Expressed essential oils can be photosensitive to the skin. doTERRA’s citrus essential oils are expressed (cold pressed) so we do need to be careful.

Now the question is how careful? for how long after application?

It is recommended not to use the citrus oils to areas of the skin that will have extended, direct exposure to sunlight within 12 hrs. (1) You can have reactions to sunshine up to 36 hrs after the essential oils have been applied (2)

It is fine to use citrus oil in shampoos. Also if you wash your skin before sun exposure you should be fine.

Some oils are more likely to cause photosensitity that others. For example in a base lotion of 30 ml (2 Tablespoons):

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The Benefits of Sauerkraut

The Benefits of Sauerkraut –
Old time foods made easy

What is Sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by the formation of natural lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor. During the fermentation process the natura sugars in the cabage leaves are used up leaving a tangy, crunchy, Kraut.

Here is a short video we did that explains what we did and the health benefits.
Our video will show how to make Sauerkraut in a Jar

Here is our recipe for Sauerkraut

  • 1 cabbage grates or finely shredded
  • 1 onion grated
  • 2 cucumbers finely sliced
  • 1.5 TBSP  of pickling salt. (You want to use an Iodine free so your kraut stays crunchy)
  • 2 – 1 quart jars
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Petitgrain: The Manly Lavender

See why Dr. Hill calls Petitgrain the “Manly Lavender.”

Petitgrain Essential Oils is used both in colognes and to help create a restful environment before bed.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oil

  • Petitgrain is an excellent substitute when you want the relaxing benefits of Lavender in a more masculine scent.
  • Petitgrain Essential oil has helped people come off of tranquilizers and other things and help them find restful sleep without the use of addictive medications.
  • May help support healthy cardiovascular function*
  • May provide antioxidant support*
  • May support healthy immune function*

The Origin of Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain is from the bark of the bitter orange tree.  Petitgrain oil is taken from the tree’s twigs and leaves and steam distilled to produce a refreshing, floral, and herbaceous essential oil. Neroli essential oil is derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, and bitter orange essential oil comes from the rinds of the fruit through the process of expression. Petitgrain oil has been used historically for traditional health practices and has been a popular ingredient for the perfume industry since the 18th century.

Petitgrain the Man's Lavender

Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oil

Due to its chemical makeup, Petitgrain essential oil can be helpful in creating a calm, relaxed environment to promote feelings of relaxation.

How to Use Petitgrain Essential Oil

  • Consider placing a few drops of Petitgrain on your pillows and bedding before going to bed in order to enjoy its aromatic benefits.
  • Taking Petitgrain internally can help benefit internal systems like the cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, and immune systems.*
  • To enjoy the internal benefits of Petitgrain oil for the body’s systems, add one to two drops of the oil to water or other beverages. (1)
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Clear Thoughts – Stop the Brain Fog!

Brain Fog can have symptoms of things like memory issues, a lack of mental clarity, and just not being able to think properly. Stress can also be a factor. 

Support your memory and focus naturally with tools that you can reach for during these times of brain fog. 

All of the Essential oils together in the Clear Thoughts RollerBall are known for their ability to promote calming, to promote focus, and to promote a balanced state of mind.

Clear Thoughts Roller-ball

Roller recipe to Clear the Brain Fog:

put in 10 ml roller & fill with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil

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Herbs the Support Healthy Blood Pressure

Here are a few herbs that can support a Healthy Blood Pressure. These can be used in Herbal format or in Essential Oil format

Basil – A culinary favorite also helps with hypertension.

Basil is a delicious herb that goes well in a variety of foods. Basil also supplies beneficial plant compounds that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other health properties In addition, these compounds give basil its “essence” — or distinct aroma and flavor. It also can help to lower your blood pressure. The chemical eugenol, which is found in Basil, may block certain substances that tighten blood vessels. This may lead to a drop in blood pressure. Adding fresh basil to your diet is easy and certainly can’t hurt. Keep a small pot of the herb in your kitchen garden and add the fresh leaves to pastas, soups, salads, and casseroles. Oils derived from Basil are very beneficial. 

Clary Sage  – The Go to Essential Oil For Many Reasons

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Top 5 Essential Oils & DIY Allergy Relief Home Remedies

Natural remedies for allergies. So a friend of mine asked me, Mary, what kind of things would you use if you were struggling with allergies right now?

What essential oils are good for seasonal allergies?

Pollen Is high these days, right away my mind comes back to the basics. Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint. They have such an amazing synergistic effect.

What essential oils are a natural antihistamine?

Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint are natural antihistamines. Combining the three together they complement each other well.

If you would prefer to listen to this content here is a handy video:

Natural Remedies for Allergies

How do you use essential oils for allergies?

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Nourish Your Lymph Glands

Did you know you have more Lymph fluid in your body than blood? 

We have put together a collection of Essential Oils that work to cleanse and detox your lymph glands over time. Roll Lymph Cleanse under your arms each day after your shower while your pores are open and allow your body to be nourished.  

You can also roll it on the lymph glands in other areas of your body throughout the day. The bend of the arm or behind the knee easy to get to places if you want to treat them more than once a day. 

Another important thing to do for your body and the health of your lymph system is to get rid of aluminum-based deodorants. Mineral Salts Deodorant are a great substitute that work well and are not harmful to the body.

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Calming Essential Oils for Children & Adults with Mood Issues

4 Essential Oil Recipes to Help the Children in YOUR Life

Do you ever wish you had go-to natural solutions for the children in your life? Do you just hate to have to reach for medicine and feel like there must be a better answer? 

I have a friend that has been using essential oils with her grandchild for Autism. She has also had some friends whose son has Tourettes. In this video, Jaynie talks about her personal experience. She also shares 3 recipes you can make yourself for the important kids in your life. 

In this video, we went over many calming oils for both Autism and Tourettes

These same essential oils are also great for children needing help to focus and study or to wind down at night. 
Make your own Roller Ball for your children with Autism.

Here is the full article:

Children – what natural solutions will help them the most

A Grandmother Helps Her Grandchildren

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Discover How Essential Oils can Kick Infection Quickly with Results that WORK!

Essential Oils And there Effect on Every Cell in your body

Essential Oils are Natural, Effective & Safe but most importantly they work with the body to address issues and root causes on a cellular level. 

Essential Oils can pass through the Cell Membrane. 

We have put together a short video for you to explain this process. 

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Nutritious Energizing Fuel Pull – All Day Sipper Drink

I have been drinking the “Fuel Pull” All day sipper drink (they are very slimming) I found on the THM website and LOVE it! It tastes AMAZING!

What is great about this recipe is that it is packed with nutrition, energy, protein, fiber & is low carb friendly. It can also be low fat friendly.

Add a full Tablespoon of Coconut Oil to give you the energy to make it through your whole morning.

I like to throw in a handful of frozen Spinach or Kale and a few pieces of frozen Okra.

Adding the extra vegetables, the smoothie still tastes great while at the same time giving you some fiber to detox the body a bit.

Here is the recipe to share today:

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