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Essential Oils 101

Hi Everyone!
I’d like to take some time talking about essential oils, what they are and how they can help us. They are powerful natural remedies that can address just about any ailment. And they are safe and natural (if you buy high quality oils- and we will talk about that in a bit). Since they are simply extracts from plants, they are totally natural and as such do not have the nasty side effects that many modern medicines have.

Essential oils are extremely potent so you just need a couple of drops of an oil to remedy an ailment. These ailments can range from simple bug bites to flus and allergies to removing toxins in your home to helping remedy even more serious ailments.

I would like to emphasis the importance of using high quality, therapeutic grade oils. You can purchase essential oils anywhere but in order to know that you are getting what you think you are you have to use products from a reputable company, as these oils are not governed by the FDA. So, cheaper, knock off products are not the way to go.

I have chosen to use DoTerra essential oils and blends because you can actually track the testing of each bottle of oil from the number on the bottom of the bottle to ensure you are indeed getting pure, beyond organic, third party tested product. The second reason I have chosen DoTerra product is because the oils are sustainably sourced meaning the Earth is not being depleted of these medicinal plants and farmers all over the world are being supported.

To give you an introduction to these oils, I made a FREE online Essential Oils Fundamentals class. Simply send me an email (penny@naturalhealing.blog) and I will get it to you! It is only 30 minutes long and it is packed with valuable information!

So, if you are ready to get started using essential oils for your health, there is now a free way to learn!

The “Morphine Bomb” recipe

This essential oil blend is amazing no matter how severe the owie is. Of course, there is no morphine in it! It’s just a name for a blend with some serious analgesic properties! It’s great for headaches, general boo-boos, sore muscles, you name it. I definitely always have it on hand in my “farmarcia”!
There are several versions of recipes for this blend. This one is my favorite!

To make:
I like to use a rollerball like this one:

Add:
5 drops Copaiba essential oil
5 drops lemongrass essential oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
5 drops Marjoram essential oil
Fill the 10 ml bottle with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
Insert the rollerball, close the lid and roll between your hands to mix.
To apply simply roll on the affected area, the bottoms of the feet, along the spine, the pulse points on wrists, or temples.

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Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen essential oil is one of the staples in my “farmacia”. It has lots of different uses for year round natural health. Take a look:

1. Cold and Flu Relief
Wintergreen essential oil can be just as powerful in relieving cold and flu symptoms as any over the counter cold medication. Inside of wintergreen essential oil is an aspirin-like chemical that helps to relieve pain while the fresh cool scent works as a very effective decongestant.

The decongestant properties help to break up thick mucus caused by infection, allowing you to expel the mucus and the infection in an easier and more comfortable way.
For best results, diffusing the wintergreen essential oil in a nebulizing diffuser helps it to be inhaled and sent to the systems of the body that need it most.

2. Pain Relief
Wintergreen essential oil is also a highly effective topical pain reliever for sore muscles and joints. When combined with a carrier oil, the essential oil reduces swelling and inflammation, which in turn helps to relieve pain.

If you’ve had a great workout that you’re paying for the next day, diffusing wintergreen essential oil or applying it topically mixed with a carrier oil can get you back up and working again.

3. As a Home Cleanser
Natural home cleansers give families a natural way to keep their homes safe and clean without all of the unnecessary chemicals. Wintergreen essential oil is a great cleanser option, with both antibacterial and antiviral properties, that can disinfect just about any surface.

Wintergreen essential oil can even be used to run through your dishwasher or washing machine to eliminate odors and get rid of any residual bacteria hiding where you can’t see.

4. Digestion and Nausea Relief
When you’re experiencing bouts of nausea, bloating, or diarrhea, diffusing wintergreen essential oil in the room can help to alleviate stomach spasms associated with such conditions, providing you with much needed relief.
If you’re feeling sick to your stomach, lying down in a room with your favorite diffuser and wintergreen essential oil can help to alleviate these symptoms and allow much needed rest.

~Natural Healing at Its Best!~

The Best Essential Oils for Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

Lemon: A powerful cleansing agent that cleans surfaces, Lemon essential oil is a must-have for your emergency preparedness kit. Its properties also offer digestive benefits when taken internally. To take advantage of the surface cleansing power of Lemon, add a few drops to a small glass bottle with water to help keep things clean.
Other Uses: When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day.* Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits. When diffused, Lemon has an uplifting aroma.

Frankincense: the king of oils is one that many people can’t live without. Not only is Frankincense soothing to the skin, but it also supports healthy cellular function when taken internally.
Other uses:
Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.
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 doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Tea Tree: You’ find there are dozens of uses for Tea Tree, but one of the most important things it’ll do for you is help your skin. You can use Tea Tree essential oil topically to soothe irritated skin.

Other Uses
For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil onto affected area.
Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keep nails looking healthy.
Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces as a cleansing and purifying agent.
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 a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Lavender: Lavender essential oil has dozens of potential uses that will come in handy when you’re dealing with an emergency situation. When taken internally it can help soothe and calm the mind.
Other Uses:
Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
Take internally to help soothe and relax the mind.
Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
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 a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Peppermint: In an emergency, Peppermint is like your Swiss Army knife of essential oils. The fresh, minty taste and aroma make it perfect for oral hygiene. When ingested, Peppermint can promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. It’s also known for promoting a healthy digestive system and coothing occasional stomach upset. Peppermint oil can even naturally repel bugs.

Other Uses:
Use a drop of Peppermint oil with Lemon oil in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
Take one to two drops of Peppermint essential oil in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
Place one drop of Peppermint essential oil in the palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange oil and one drop Frankincense oil and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
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 a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

On Guard: With Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils, On Guard Protective Blend provides a natural, effective alternative for immune support when used internally. Not matter what kind of emergency you find yourself in, your immune system is you body’s first line of defense and should be a priority.

Other Uses:
Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for an immune boost.*
Add to water for an effective all-purpose surface cleaner.
Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a healthy, immune-boosting snack.*
Combine a few drops of doTERRA On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser.
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 doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Purify: Purify Cleansing Blend is particularly useful for purifying and eliminating odors. Purify can help refresh your clothes, dishes, surfaces, and other items, while keeping mucky, undesirable smells at bay.
Other Uses:
Diffuse to purify and freshen the air.
Freshen smaller rooms (or a car) by placing a few drops of Purify Cleansing Blend on a cotton ball and putting it into the air vent.
Add five drops to a small spray bottle with water and use to wipe down countertops.
Use to soothe away irritations from bug bites.
Add a few drops to the rinse cycle when doing laundry to help eliminate odor.
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 doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Fractionated Coconut Oil: It’s a good idea to make sure you have a carrier oil for dilution. Fractionated Coconut oil is a great option because unlike other carrier oils, it doesn’t oxidize as quickly.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is one of my mainstays as it is so versatile and especially helpful for stress! Simply breathing in lavender will take the nervous system down a few notches and it is great at bedtime for restful sleep.

Description
Lavender oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender oil is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender oil to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Uses
-Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
-Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
-Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
-Take internally to help soothe and relax the mind.*
-Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

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 a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

This oil is Kosher certified.

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.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree essential oil (otherwise known as Melaleuca) has over 90 different compounds and limitless applications. Here is a rather comprehensive list:
-Studies have shown that Teatree Oil kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae, and H. influenzae. In fact, a study testing several types of handwash shows that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli.
Studies continue to confirm that hand sanitizers with tea tree oil are effective for hand disinfection, killing bacteria without antibiotics.
Using tree oil as a natural hand sanitizer may help kill a number of germs responsible for colds, the flu, and other illness.

-A test-tube study revealed that tea tree oil had a greater ability to repel mosquitoes than DEET, the most common active ingredient in commercial insect repellents.

Frankincense

I believe in the power of Frankincense, . Hey, if it is good enough for baby Jesus it is certainly going to be a mainstay in my personal arsenal of healthcare. Here is what Doterra and Healthline have to say about this oil:

Frankincense Boswellia Essential Oil

dōTERRA Premium Frankincense essential oil is a proprietary blend of resins from four species of Boswellia trees, Boswellia carterii, Boswellia sacra, Boswellia papyrifera, and Boswellia frereana. Considered the ‘king of oils’, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits when used topically or taken internally.

Boswellia trees have been celebrated for centuries. The Babylonians and Assyrians would burn the tree resin in religious ceremonies and for contemplative meditation. The ancient Egyptians used it in perfumes and salves for soothing skin. Oil from the resin has long been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese health practices.
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According to pre-clinical research, Frankincense essential oil may promote healthy cellular function when taken internally. Experimental research suggests internal use of Frankincense, high in α-pinene, may provide soothing effects to the body.

Because of the oil’s significant level of α-pinene, preclinical research also indicates Frankincense may help maintain healthy skin structure.† Nourishing and clarifying as an addition to daily skin care, the oil’s warm, spicy, herbal aroma creates a relaxing yet uplifting atmosphere.

Because Boswellia species used in dōTERRA Premium Frankincense essential oil grow best in different soils and regions, dōTERRA Co-impact Sourcing® is helping to diversify supply pressure and create future sustainable harvesting solutions.

Uses:

Diffuse during reflection or meditation.
Apply topically or add to cream or lotion to nourish and calm skin.
Add a drop or two to a veggie cap as a part of your daily regimen.

Directions for Use:

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

Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid or take one to two drops in a veggie cap.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.