Friday, July 31, 2015

Cassia Essential Oil

A close relative to Cinnamon, Cassia has a strong, spicy aroma that can be used in small quantities to transform any essential oil blend. Cassia has been used for thousands of years to maintain physical health and promote emotional well-being. It’s one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for its unmistakable fragrance and calming properties. Cassia is a “warming” oil that helps promote circulation while maintaining healthy immune function. It can also aid in digestion, lessen nausea, and is a great oil to diffuse during cold months due to its warming properties and spicy scent. Due to its caustic nature, Cassia should be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin and can be very strong when inhaled directly. When diluted, Cassia can help soothe sore, achy joints. Cassia can be used in cooking either as a replacement for Cinnamon in pies and breads or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts.

Primary Benefits:
·         Promotes healthy digestion

·         Supports healthy immune function

·         Warming, uplifting aroma


Uses:

·         Add one drop to citrus blends or diffuse with Clove and Ginger during Fall and Winter.

·         Take one to two drops in veggie capsules for added immune support when seasonal threats are high.

·         Combine one drop with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to sore, achy joints.

·         Combine one to two drops along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger cravings.

 
Directions For Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cardamom Essential Oil


A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor.   

Primary Benefits:

·         Eases indigestion and maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance

·         Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health

·         Calms stomach upset and uplifts mood

·         Flavorful spice for cooking and baking

 Uses:

·         Use internally as part of a daily health regimen to support healthy gastrointestinal function.

·         Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.

·         Add to bread, smoothies, meats, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.

·         Diffuse or inhale to alleviate feelings of nausea or motion sickness.

Directions for Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

 
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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Respiratory Blend

Respiratory Blend is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all members of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.
 
 
Primary Benefits:
 
  • Maintains clear airways and breathing
  • Supports overall respiratory health
  • Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats
Uses:
  • Diffuse, inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest or feet when seasonal and environmental threats are high.
  • Use when outdoors to minimize the effects of seasonal changes.
  • Diffuse in room to promote clear breathing and at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.
  • For the snorer in your family, rub Breathe on his or her chest before bed for a better night’s rest.
Directions for Use:
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
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 product.
 
 
 
 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Black Pepper Essential Oil


Black Pepper is best known as a common cooking spice that enhances the flavor of foods, but it’s internal and topical benefits are equally noteworthy. This essential oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help ward off environmental and seasonal threats. Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation both internally and externally, but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation. It can also help with the digestion of foods, making it an ideal oil to cook with and enjoy both for its flavor and internal benefits.
 
 
 
Primary Benefits:

·         Rich source of antioxidants

·         Supports healthy circulation

·         Aids digestion

·         Enhances food flavor

·         Soothes anxious feelings

 
Uses:

·         Combine one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil to soothe sore muscles and joints or to warm the skin during cold weather.

·         Diffuse or inhale directly to soothe anxious feelings.

·         Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high.

·         Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.

 

Directions for Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

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.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bergamot Essential Oil


Bergamot is the most delicate of the citrus plants, requiring special climate and soil in order to thrive. Italians have used Bergamot for years to reduce tension and stress and to soothe and rejuvenate skin. In Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful as a dessert or with coffee. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings. It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin, helping with oily skin conditions and promoting a smooth, clear complexion while having a calming effect.

Primary Benefits:

·         Calming and soothing aroma

·         Promotes healthy, clear skin

·         Frequently used in massage therapy for its calming benefits


Uses:

·         Diffuse in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high.

·         Apply to the skin while showering and inhale deeply to experience its calming aroma while enjoying its purifying skin benefits.

·         Change regular tea to Earl Grey with the addition of Bergamot.

·         Apply to the feet before bedtime or use with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for a calming and relaxing massage.

·         Add one to two drops to your favorite dōTERRA skin care product for added cleansing properties.


Directions For Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


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 product.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Basil Essential Oil


Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to enhance memory function while reducing stress and tension. Basil provides restorative benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application for sore muscles and joints and to reduce tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, but it is also cooling to the skin and can be used to soothe minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus and lessening stress.

Primary Benefits:

·         Soothes sore muscles and joints

·         Assists with clear breathing

·         Acts as a cooling agent for the skin

·         Promotes mental alertness

·         Lessens anxious feelings

·         Enhances memory function

·         Reduces stress and tension

·         Reduces tension when applied to temples and back of neck

·         Soothes minor irritations

·         Sharpens focus while studying or reading

·         Soothes minor skin irritations


Uses:

Diffuse to sharpen focus while studying or reading.

Apply to minor skin irritations. For sensitive skin, dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Apply to fatigued or sore muscles and joints.

Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.


Directions For Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Grounding Essential Oil Blend


The warm, woody aroma of this grounding blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. The perfect blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. Spruce, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can soothe sore muscles and joints, promote circulation, and relax the body, while Frankincense supports cellular health and overall well-being.

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance
USES:
  • Apply on the bottom of feet each morning to lessen stress throughout the day
  • Apply to your wrists or neck to help with nerves
  • Diffuse in your car during road trips to create a calming, soothing environment

 DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


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.  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Massage Blend

The massage blend combines the therapeutic benefits of oils well-known to relax muscles, calm tension, soothe tissues, increase circulation, and smooth and tone. It combines the essential oils of Cypress, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Grapefruit, and Lavender in a perfectly relaxing blend that adds many important benefits to various massage techniques.
 
After participating in strenuous physical activity, especially something you body is not used to, it is normal to experiences muscles soreness and tension.  This massage blend is the perfect way to help support your body naturally.
 
 
PRIMARY BENEFITS:
  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response
USES:
  • Apply to neck and shoulders to promote relaxation and lessen tension
  • Use with a carrier oil for massage
  • Add to a hot bath after a busy, stressful day 
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
 
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 product.
 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Arborvitae

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.



Primary Benefits:
  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
  • Promotes healthy cell function
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Natural insect repellent and wood preservative
 
USES
  • Apply 1–2 drops to areas of concern on the skin.
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands to protect against environmental threats.
  • Apply to pulse points to promote healthy cell function.
  • Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside the home.
  • Mix 4 drops of Arborvitae essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil for a natural wood preservative and polish.


Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


PRECAUTIONS
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.  




 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Detox or a skin irritation?

"ESSENTIAL OIL MYTH : If you use a pure essential oil on your skin and it causes a rash or burn then its just your body detoxing.

FACT: They tell me this is a myth that quite a number of people are spreading but its hard for me to believe that there are people out there who are actually accepting this as a viable explanation. But I guess there must be a significant amount of people believing it because a number of you have asked me to address this. I suppose it comes from the desperate attempt for people to come up with some kind of positive explanation for any adverse reactions that natural products might cause us. I mean we all know that if something is natural that it must be good for us, right? Let's just think about this logically for a second. Let's imagine you rub poison ivy on your skin and you get a really bad rash. Is that just your body detoxing? Of course not. Come on people, if you get a rash or burn from putting something on your skin its because its IRRITATING YOUR SKIN. Furthermore, this "detox" explanation seems to ignore the very definition of what it means to detox. Generally, a detox reaction is a response that the body undergoes when it has something TAKEN AWAY from it. Think of the body of a drug addict "detoxifying" during the withdrawal process as he tries to get off the drugs. But in the case of using an essential oil on your skin we are ADDING something new to our bodies that your body has no prior experience with, any bad reaction could not logically be classified as a detox reaction. A rash or burn from an essential oil is basically your skin screaming at you "hey, stop that and stop it now!" This is why you should always do a patch test on a small area of skin and wait a while to see what happens before you go all crazy and start bathing yourself in an essential oil that you have not used before. I know many aromatherapist's recommend that you dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil for skin use. But no matter what concentration you use them at you should still do a patch test first for any new oils before moving on with the oil. Remember these are very concentrated solutions of organic molecules, let's be safe rather than sorry."

This information comes from Dr. Robert Pappas, an essential oil expert.  The original source is his facebook page at Essential Oil University.