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Diffuser Success Story

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Oil success story?

Pull up a chair and put up your feet. Here’s a good read for you essential oil lovers.

Copied from Facebook posting with permission from author, Pat Craig.

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Wild Orange Essential Oil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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Summertime Favorite

As spring is here and summer is fast approaching, you will soon be asked to bring a side dish or salad for an upcoming potluck or social gathering. What to make? This is always the question for me. Frankly, it’s difficult to come up with something easy, healthy and good. You don’t want to be the person whose dish remains virtually untouched.

I enjoy a nice healthy green salad from time to time, but it seems like bottled salad dressing often ruins the entire dish. The salad dressing has an unappealing taste to me, and the “healthy” part of the salad seems to be cancelled by the extra calories, preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients often found in most purchased pre made dressings. Recently I found a lovely salad dressing recipe on Pinterest using Wild Orange essential oil and tossed in a few ingredients that I already had in my refrigerator and panty. Voilá! It was a success – a fairly healthy and tasty green salad.

Salad Dressing:Wild Orange

1 cup canola oil

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1-2 drops Wild Orange essential oil

2 T. Miracle Whip Light

1/2 cup brown sugar

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. A food processor or blender is recommended. However, I’m fairly kitchen lazy and just used a hand wire whisk to blend and then placed in a glass jar with lid and shook until completely mixed.

Salad Ingredients:

This salad was a last minute creation and I used ingredients that were already in my pantry and refrigerator. You may substitute as desired. Canned pears and dried cherries keep their freshness and don’t turn brown or mushy when making ahead of time and serving later.

salad mix

dried cherries

canned pears in light syrup

pecans

feta cheese

Mix salad ingredients together. If making beforehand, layer it as follows: canned pears, feta cheese, salad mix, pecans and dried cherries. The heavier and wetter ingredients should be on the bottom to help preserve the freshness of the salad. Just before serving, add salad dressing. Most likely you will not use all of it. Refrigerate unused portion and have it ready for next time. Dressing can be stored in a glass container for a month or so. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Get Restful Sleep Each Night for Pennies with Serenity Calming Blend Essential Oil

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Natural Solution to Better Sleep is Possible

Surprisingly one day during a routine examination, my Dentist asked me if I’m getting enough sleep. I was a little shocked! “What does that have to do with my teeth,” I wondered aloud? She explained that I exhibited signs of possible sleep apnea. My blood pressure was slightly elevated, parts of my throat looked swollen, I had many sinus and nasal problems, my jaw was sore and popped from clenching my teeth, and the most obvious symptom was feeling tired after a full night’s sleep.

Get the good night's rest you deserve with Serenity calming blend essential oil.
Get the good night’s rest you deserve with Serenity calming blend essential oil.

She’s a mind reader, I thought. The conversation did get me thinking about my symptoms and sleep patterns and wondered if I was a candidate for a sleep apnea study. Strangely, my medical Doctor wondered the same thing six months prior, because of my constant complaints of fatigue and malaise. But before I rang my Doctor’s office to get a long and complicated referral, I decided to try an essential oil that may help me sleep better.

As a side note, it’s interesting. I didn’t think I needed an essential oil to help me sleep, because quite frankly I can usually sleep. Feeling sleepy and falling asleep isn’t a problem for me. At any rate, after the Dentist visit I decided to try doTERRA®’s Serenity essential oil blend. Friends said it was possible to get a peaceful and relaxing sleep by placing a couple of drops on the bottom of the feet before bedtime each night.

That night, lights went out and I fell asleep – again, really no big deal for me. But, in the morning I noticed a huge difference. I felt as like I actually slept well. Yes! I noticed a pleasant difference. My body finally got that much needed deep sleep and you know what? I had more energy in the day and didn’t need to take my usual 1:30 p.m. afternoon nap. Unbelievable!

I pieced this together from my Dentist and using a drop or two of Serenity essential oil each night. There isn’t anything wrong, by the way, of being part of a sleep apnea study or wearing a CPAP machine. Many patients have gained positive, life changing results, but if I’m able to avoid a CPAP machine and still get a good night’s rest without the time and humiliation of going through a sleep study, I’ll take it. Truly the results are amazing and for pennies I get a restful, satisfying sleep, actually just 12 cents a drop!

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All Natural Essential Oil Blend for Effective Allergy Relief

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The Power of the Allergy Trio – Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint

If you are an allergy sufferer, symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and headaches are all too common. Some friends just deal with the symptoms and others, like me, go to the doctor and try every over-the-counter and prescription medication available. One thing in common is that we are miserable!

lemonlavenderpeppAfter years of suffering I started looking for an alternative allergy solution, because traditional prescription medications seemed unreliable. At times, they worked temporarily at best, had negative side effects and even exasperated the problem on an occasion or two.

At last I was introduced to doTERRA® essential oils and soon learned that the allergy trio of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint is an effective solution for respiratory and immune support. A popular method of application is with a roller bottle filled with 5-10 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender essential oils and then topped off with fractionated coconut oil. I found it’s a convenient way to take in your purse or leave on your bedside table. There’s nothing to measure; it’s just ready to use. It’s so easy that my kids can even apply their own essential oil blend each night!

Applying it to the bottom of the feet is an easy and effective technique, but you can ingest it, inhale it’s aroma properties or place most anywhere on the skin. Try to remember. You really can’t do this incorrectly. What’s also nice is you can determine your own usage method and schedule that works for your family. For example, you might get your Lemon essential oil by drinking it in your daily water. You might get your Peppermint essential oil during mid-day slump by rubbing a drop or two in your hands and inhaling it’s minty fresh aroma for an instant pick-me-up, and you might get your Lavender essential oil in your evening bath as a way to relax and ensure a restful sleep. There’s no ONE way to do this!

In an acute allergy case, I might make what is called an “allergy bomb” with a small juice glass filled with water and 2 drops each of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint essential oils. Melaleuca and Frankincense can also be added, especially if you are feeling a possible infection. Let’s just say it’s not the best tasting drink, but it’s an easy way to intake the oils quickly and effectively.

With doTERRA® essential oils and using the allergy trio blend, I have been able to cut my allergy related prescription and over-the-counter medications by 90%. It’s natural, safe and cost effective with no side effects. Plus, it works!

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Head Lice Prevention Can Be Easy With Essential Oils

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No More Head Lice

In the past head lice hit our home and after 10 chemical shampoo treatments, several loads of laundry, many hours of cleaning and spending at least $450.00, I vowed this would never happen again.

From a friend, I learned there are ways to prevent head lice by using products on the hair before an infestation begins. These products contain herbs like Rosemary and Peppermint to help prevent head lice and it sounded like a grand idea to me, so I did a little research.

Essential Oils to Use

Different sources indicate a number of essential oils for the prevention and treatment of head lice. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Thyme, Lavender and Geranium seem to be the most mentioned. It gets confusing when a number of essential oils are mentioned for one job. Which one should I use? What if I don’t have them all?

Don’t sweat it. My opinion is that any of these would be perfectly acceptable as a preventive method for head lice. First, use oils that you already have on your counter at home and if you only have one or two, don’t worry. Secondly, smell the oils and use what you like or more importantly what your kids like. If you have Geranium but your daughter can’t stand the smell, then don’t bother with it.

There is one essential oil that I would definitely include and that would be Melaleuca or Tea Tree oil. A fairly recent study on pubmed.gov shows the use of Melaleuca and its effectiveness on head lice.  Therefore, I’d start there.

Steps to Head Lice Prevention

  • Place a couple of drops of Melaleuca essential oil in your kids’ shampoo.
  • Place a couple of drops of essential oil on your kids’ feet. Yes. I did say the feet. It only takes 30 seconds for an essential oil to get through the body, so by placing it on the feet your kids will be wearing the scent. It’s best to dilute an essential oil when applying topically especially on children. You can use fractionated coconut oil or another type of carrier oil. Dilute 1 drop of essential oil: 3 drops of carrier oil.
  • If your child has long hair, wear it up tightly.  If your child has short hair, keep it short.  This will give lice less opportunity to make your child’s scalp it’s home.
  • Thirdly, get a metal or glass spray bottle and spray your child’s hair in the morning. You can find these at health food stores or order online from www.aromatools.com. My favorite is taking a couple of drops of Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils and filling the rest with water. Spray your children’s clothes, backpacks, hairbrushes, pillows, bedding, pillow, stuffed animals, etc.
  • Lastly, make a second spray bottle for your car. Spray car interior and car seats with the Melaleuca and Lavender blend. You might want to make a different mix for the car and add a little Eucalyptus oil for its clean lively scent.

What is essential about essential oils?

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Essentially Essential Oils

Recently, I heard a joke about essential oils.

I went to a friend’s house and her kitchen table was full of essential oils. Shoot! I don’t have any of them. I’m lucky to be alive!

Cleverly and humorously written, the joke does have some merit begging the question why are essential oils called essential? Essential oils are called “essential” in the idea that the oil, which is found in the plant, carries a particular or distinctive scent or taste that is only recognizable to a particular plant species.

Such oils were called essential because they were thought to represent the very essence of odour and flavour.- Encyclopedia Britannica

As the joke implies, essential oils aren’t considered essential for health but there does seems to be a lot of talk about essential oils, lately. As of recent I heard it twice on television this month. Squidward from SpongeBob Square Pants mentions his use of essential oils as he’s getting out of a relaxing bath. On the Science Channel a program was showing the distillation process for making lavender essential oil. It made me start wondering if essential oils are new only to me or have they been around for a long time?

Essential oils aren’t new, despite the recent hype. They were mankind’s first medicine and have been around for years, thousands of years in fact. For example, Egyptians used essential oils for the embalming process; evidence of well-preserved oils was found in jars in King Tut’s tomb. And, there are a number of references to essential oils in the Bible, 188 to be exact.

No matter how you put it, oils extracted from plants have been recognized as an effective medicine from the beginning of time. I love the idea of using something that’s from nature, pure in its original form, and using it on my family and myself. There are virtually no side effects and the essential oils seem to be very effective and useful in so many ways. 

Natural Insect Bite Remedy Found Here

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A couple drops of Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils and the pain from the insect bite was gone.

Mom of the Year Award

It was one of those normal hectic days, trying to get the kids off to school and make it to the gym by 9:05 a.m. for class. Two of the kids were already at school and I was about to get in the car with the third when he started crying after touching a toy in the garage. He pleaded that his hand hurt, but there weren’t any visible marks. “I really don’t have time for this,” I thought and quickly scooped him up and said we had to go.

He continued to cry once we got to school and his teachers looked at me in bewilderment looking for the reason to his fussiness. I explained the situation and assured them he’d be fine. At 2:30 p.m. I made my way back to school. When I arrived the staff told me they believed he had an insect bite, an asp, to be more specific. Gasp! I grabbed his little hand to see a sign of something resembling a bite. Sure enough! There were a couple of faint pink lines on his fingers and of course I felt horrible and certain the teaching staff would nominate me for Corpus Christi’s Mom of the Year Award (insert sarcasm here). The Director of the school told me she used essential oils for his bite; they put a little Melaleuca oil layered with some Lavender oil and he seemed to be better right away. His teachers said he did fine during the day but started complaining once he washed his hands after a hand painting activity later in the afternoon.

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This is similar to the asp that stung my son. It was my first experience with an asp bite and hope it’s my last, but if there is another one I will know to apply Melaleuca and Lavender immediately.

With my head down I took the little guy home, good thing there were some oils sitting on my counter and decided it would be fairly easy to duplicate what had been done at school. My husband suggested more traditional solutions like Benadryl and cortisone cream, but I assured him the essential oils would work. We applied the Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils and it didn’t take long for him to say the bite didn’t hurt! I was impressed by dōTERRA® essential oils and so was my husband. Who knew you could take away the pain from something as nasty as an asp sting? It felt so good to have an easy and natural solution already at home for his asp bite.

p.s. I did a little investigative work looking for the asp. It was hiding on a dirty rag in the garage, which was used to clean off my son’s toy that was sitting outside for months.

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