Men’s Health DIY

Prostatitis is an infection that causes a burning sensation when passing urine, pain and tenderness in the pelvic area and lower back pain, fever, and exhaustion.

This blend will only help to relieve symptoms and you need to see a medical professional to make sure that nothing more serious is going on.

Prostatitis Blend
15 drops Cypress
15 drops Frankincense
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Myrrh

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil of your choice.

Apply over the abdomen and lower back as needed.

Here’s a blend to help keep that hair attached to your head (ladies this can help you too!).

Hair Stay There Blend
24 drops Rosemary
18 drops Cedarwood
14 drops Geranium
12 drops Peppermint
8 drops Lavender
40 drops carrier oil

Combine in a 5mL bottle. Apply daily before bed or just after showering. Put 4-7 drops in the palm of your hand and gently massage throughout the scalp, paying attention to areas of thinning hair or balding spots.

Here’s a cologne recipe to try. You’ll be one of my favorite people to smell if you wear this since I love Bergamot.

Earthy Spice Cologne
18 drops Bergamot
13 drops Siberian Fir
10 drops Clove
8 drops Lemon

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to pulse points.

Men whose beards need a little TLC, this beard balm this recipe is for you.

Beard Balm
2 teaspoons beeswax
1 teaspoon Shea butter
3 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E
2 drops Cedarwood oil
2 drops Melaleuca oil
2 drops Rosemary oil

Combine all ingredients, except essential oils, in a glass container.

Place the jar in a saucepan with one to two inches of boiling water.

Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.

Remove from heat and let rest for 3 minutes.

Add essential oils and stir.

Pour mixture into an empty tin or airtight glass jar.

Let balm rest 1-2 hours before using.

This cologne blend is super simple and you don’t even need to make it a roller bottle if you don’t want.

Lime Delight Cologne
2 drops Lime oil
1 drop Vetiver oil

Rub the Vetiver over your heart, layer the Lime over top. Dilute with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.

To make this a roller bottle use 20 drops of Lime and 10 drops of Vetiver in a roller bottle and then fill with a carrier oil of your choice.

Cardiovascular health is important for both men and women. Heart disease is a major killer of people throughout the world.

This blend helps to improve circulation, reduce stress, and can aid in lowering blood pressure.

Heart’s Ease Blend
30 drops Lavender
30 drops Clary Sage
15 drops Wild Orange
15 drops Rosemary
8 drops Marjoram

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil of your choice.

Apply this blend to your feet, pulse points, or over your heart.

Make sure to continue to follow any recommendations that your health practitioner has given to you and let your health practitioner know you are using essential oils.

Women’s Health Oils

DoTERRA’s Phytoestrogen Essential Complex is a blend of plant phytoestrogens that support hormone balance. This supplement is good for women of all ages. It contains soy extract, flax seed extract, and pomegranate fruit extract.

Some of the benefits of taking this supplement are nutritional support for managing estrogen metabolism, support for bones, heart, and breast tissue, and antioxidant support.

DoTERRA’s Bone Nutrient Essential Complex is a blend of vitamins and minerals that are essential for bone health. As we age our bone health deteriorates and this can have detrimental effects on our lives.

This supplement has bioavailable forms of natural nutrients including Vitamin C and D, calcium, magnesium, biotin, zinc, copper, manganese, and boron. These nutrients support healthy bones from adolescence through adulthood. It contains 100% of the recommended daily amounts of calcium and magnesium. Both women and men benefit from increased bone health.

Geranium was used by the ancient Egyptians for its skin beautifying effects.

It can be used in a multitude of hair and skin care applications. It can help to balance the amount of sebum your body produces which will help relieve excess oil or dryness. Use Geranium in a steam facial to help beautify your skin. Add a drop to your moisturizer to help smooth your skin.

Add Geranium to your shampoo to help control oil production and give your hair a vibrant, healthy glow.

Geranium helps with skin inflammation, swelling, and bruising.

It helps to balance hormones and PMS.

Geranium is also good for calming anxious feelings. Diffuse for a calming effect.

Clary Calm is doTERRA’s Monthly Blend for Women. It helps provide a soothing effect during the menstrual cycle. It has a cooling effect on the skin and helps to balance emotions.

During your menstrual cycle apply to your abdomen for a soothing and calming massage.

Diffuse for a calming aroma to soothe heightened emotions.

Feeling hot, apply to the area for a cooling effect.

Clary Calm is a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex.

Cypress promotes vitality and energy while invigorating the senses.

Cypress is a great oil for women to use during their period to help alleviate cramping. It has analgesic properties that help to relieve pain.

Add a couple of drops to your toner to help improve the appearance of oily skin.

Can also be used with citrus oils and some fractionated coconut oil for an invigorating massage.

Clary Sage has been used since the Middle Ages for its relaxing and calming properties and benefits for the skin.

Clary Sage promotes healthy hair and scalp, add to your shampoo or conditioner.

It is calming and soothing for the skin. Clary Sage helps to calm skin conditions such as eczema. Use to help decrease skin inflammation associated with acne.

Use Clary Sage during your menstrual cycle for as a massage oil to help with cramps.

Diffuse or apply to a pillow at night to promote restful sleep.

It can help regulate estrogen and promote healthy cells.

For breastfeeding mothers, it can help to increase milk supply.

Jasmine is an oil that is beneficial for skin and for mood.

Jasmine is used in skin care for dry, sensitive skin, sun damage, and acne. You can apply to any skin imperfections to help clear them up. It helps to support a healthy, glowing complexion.

It can be used to help with pain and strengthen contractions during labor.

Jasmine is also great for dealing with stress and depression. It has a relaxing and calming aroma.

Jasmine is also a great oil to use as a personal fragrance.

Fennel is great for digestion, in both promoting healthy digestion as well as helping to curb sweet tooth cravings.

The oil is great to use for cramps and bloating. It helps to combat fluid retention because it has diuretic properties.

You can rub a couple drops on your stomach to help with cramps and bloating.

Take 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule to help curb hunger.

Taking 1-2 drops internally can also help breastfeeding moms increase milk supply.

Whisper is doTERRA’s Blend for Women. It creates a unique personal fragrance based on each person’s chemistry.

It has a warm, musky aroma which entices and intrigues the senses.

Apply to your wrists, neck, and pulse point for a distinct individual fragrance.

Diffuse for a unique aromatic experience.

Apply to your hands and then rub over clothing for emotional calming throughout the day.

Whisper is a blend of Patchouli, Bergamot, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Rose, Vanilla, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Vetiver, Labdanum, Cocoa, and Ylang Ylang.

Grapefruit has an invigorating and energizing aroma, plus it is purifying when added to a skincare routine.

Add to a skincare routine to improve the appearance of blemishes (just make sure to avoid sun exposure).

It is great to diffuse while dieting or trying to lose weight in order to increase motivation.

Add a drop or two to your water to support your metabolism.

Grapefruit is great for emotional balance.

Had too much to drink last night? Add some grapefruit to your water to help ease hangover symptoms.

Roman Chamomile is soothing for the skin, mind, and body. During ancient times the Romans used the oil for courage.

Add 1-2 drops to your shampoo or conditioner for healthy hair.

Add 1-2 drops to your moisturizer for youthful looking skin.

Add 1-2 drops to your hot drinks to soothe your body and mind.

Roman Chamomile has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve menstrual cramps.

Marjoram has calming properties and can have a positive influence on the immune and nervous systems. It was known as a symbol of joy and happiness in ancient cultures.

Marjoram can be used in any recipe that calls for dried Marjoram.

Apply it to the back of your neck to lessen feelings of stress.

It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties which makes it great for blends to help reduce cramps during your menstrual period.

Rose is one of the most precious essential oils. DoTERRA chose to make this in a Touch format to make it more affordable and easy to use.

Rose is uplifting emotionally, is wonderful for skin care, or can be worn as a fragrance.

Apply Rose to your pulse points to uplift your mood throughout the day.

Apply to areas of concern to improve any skin imperfections.

Helps with menopause by helping to balance hormones and cool hot flashes.

Use in areas of stress and tension for pain relief and anti-inflammatory response.

Rose can help to alleviate irregular ovulation.

It will help with increasing libido.

Ylang Ylang is often used in supporting healthy hair and skin while providing a calming effect and promoting a positive outlook.

Add some Ylang Ylang to a bath with Epsom salts for a relaxing bath.

Wear on your wrists for a sweet, floral perfume.

Add a couple drops to some Fractionated Coconut Oil to create a deep conditioner for your hair, it also stimulates hair growth when added to your shampoo or conditioner.

Ylang Ylang helps to balance hormones and increase your libido.

Do a facial steam and add some Ylang Ylang to refresh your skin.

Ylang Ylang can even help to lower your blood pressure.

Spikenard has a grounding aroma, is soothing ton the senses and plays well with other oils when blending.

Spikenard is a member of the Valerian family and promotes relaxation and uplifts the mood.

It is purifying for the skin, so add a drop or two to your cleanser or moisturizer to promote healthy, glowing skin.

Diffuse or apply to your temples for feelings of calmness and relaxation and to promote emotional balance.

Apply to pulse points to help with PMS.

It can help to slow down heavy bleeding during menstruation.

Thyme has been used for various things throughout the ages. It has been used to promote courage, promote peaceful sleep, ward off nightmares, in baths, and as incense.

Today Thyme is used as a seasoning but also can be used in skin care and gardening.

Take 2 drops internally to help support your immune system.

Use as a natural insect repellent while gardening.

Use in cooking any place that dried Thyme is called for.

Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply to skin imperfections to purify the skin and promote healthy-looking skin.

Thyme can be applied to the scalp to stimulate hair growth.

Can help improve feelings of fatigue and depression when diffused.

It also helps to promote emotional balance.

Ginger is an oil that is great for cooking and the digestive system. It is also great to support women’s health through the digestive system effects.

To help with feelings of nausea, morning sickness, or even motion sickness diffuse in the air or place a drop in your hands and inhale.

Apply over your lower abdomen to help reduce bloating, gas, cramps, and indigestion.

Use Ginger in both sweet and savory dishes.

Gargle with Ginger in some water to help alleviate symptoms of a sore throat.

Neroli is soothing to the skin and can help to provide a positive and calming experience when inhaled.

Apply topically to help soothe your skin.

Combine Neroli, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Marjoram for a relaxing and aromatic massage.

Apply to your pulse points to uplift your mood throughout the day.

Apply Neroli to pulse points when feeling anxious.

Neroli is good for relieving all types of aches and pains especially those related to stress and tension.

 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Women’s Health DIY

Over on my Instagram, I spent a lot of time focusing on Women’s Health. Here are some of the DIY posts that I did over there.

Menstruation Blend

15 drops Rosemary essential oil

10 drops Marjoram essential oil

10 drops Clary Sage essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. You can massage this blend over your lower back and abdomen for relief from abdominal cramping and lower back pain.

Menopause is a time when the hormones in a woman’s body get all out of whack. This blend helps to relieve some of the many symptoms that come along with hormonal imbalance.

Hormonal Balance Blend

15 drops Clary Sage

15 drops Geranium

15 drops Bergamot

Combine all of the ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Massage the blend over your lower back and abdomen.

What is Menorrhagia? It’s a menstrual period with an excessively heavy flow. Here is a blend that can help you deal with menorrhagia.

Menorrhagia Blend (Excessive Bleeding Blend)

10 drops Cypress essential oil

5 drops Helichrysum oil

5 drops Spikenard essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to the abdomen during heavy bleeding.

Cramps can ruin anyone’s day. Here’s a blend to help prevent/soothe them.

Prevent Cramps Blend

15 drops Marjoram essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Clary Sage essential oil

Combine in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to lower back, abdomen, and feet as needed.

He’ll Never Know…you have PMS with this blend. It even helps with menopause symptoms.

He’ll Never Know Blend

12 drops Geranium essential oil

6 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

4 drops Clary Sage essential oil

Combine in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to the lower abdomen and lower back as needed.

Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows elsewhere in the body. This condition can lead to debilitating pain. Endometriosis affects about 10% of women.

If you are one of the many women who have Endometriosis or just experience extremely painful periods this blend is for you.

Endometriosis Blend

20 drops Cypress essential oil

5 drops Clary Sage essential oil

5 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to the abdomen during your menstrual period.

Once a woman starts going through menopause hot flashes can become the evil in a woman’s day. One minute you feel fine and great, the next minute you feel like your body is on fire but it’s a fire on the inside.

Here is a blend to combat those hot flashes, it can be made into a roller bottle or a spray.

Beat Hot Flashes Blend

20 drops Clary Sage essential oil

20 drops Geranium essential oil

15 drops Cypress or Peppermint essential oil

If making a roller bottle combine all ingredients in the bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Massage into the abdomen, chest, upper arms, and lower back.

If making a spray combine all ingredients in the spray bottle and use either distilled water or witch hazel. Spray over your body during a hot flash.

Here is another blend to help deal with PMS. It’s great to use on days when your life just feels like a hot mess.

Cool Your Hot Mess Blend

12 drops Wild Orange essential oil

9 drops Clary Sage essential oil

6 drops Geranium essential oil

6 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply over pulse points throughout the day and take a deep breath. You will get through the day.

Are you trying to have a baby? Do you want to attempt to enhance your fertility? Here’s a blend to try.

Fertility Blend

12 drops Clary Sage essential oil

10 drops Fennel essential oil

7 drops Geranium essential oil

8 drops Lavender essential oil

8 drops Bergamot essential oil

bonus: add 3 drops Rose essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to the lower abdomen twice daily. Concentrate over the ovaries and uterus.

Next week’s post will feature the oils and supplements that doTERRA has that focus on Women’s Health.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Do you follow me on Instagram? If you do you’ll know I post there a lot, but if not feel free to come on over and have a look. I post about all sorts of things like diffuser blends, DIY projects, essential oils, my life, what I’m doing, what I’m eating, and more.

Over the spring I posted about how to clean with essential oils and figured I would combine all that information into a blog post so it was easy to reference. So here are some recipes to help with not just spring cleaning but everyday cleaning.

We all love our diffusers but do we remember to clean them? Here are the steps for cleaning an ultrasonic diffuser.

  1. Turn off your diffuser.
  2. Fill the water reservoir halfway to the line with clean water.
  3. Add 10 drops of pure white vinegar to the water reservoir.
  4. Turn it on and let it run for 3-5 minutes, allowing the vinegar to disperse throughout.
  5. Drain the water reservoir completely.
  6. Dip a cotton swab in white vinegar and wipe down the edges of the water reservoir as well as the ultrasonic mist chip.
  7. Rinse the water reservoir with clean water.
  8. Wipe the reservoir with a dry cloth and let air dry before using it again.

Diffusers should be cleaned monthly to keep them in good working condition.

Lavender Linen Spray is a great way to refresh your laundry and sheets. You can use any oils you want with this but Lavender is a great way to help your sheets assist you in falling asleep.

Lavender Linen Spray

2 cups distilled water

2 tablespoons vodka or rubbing alcohol

15-20 drops Lavender essential oil (or oil of your choice)

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

Who doesn’t like nice clean windows and mirrors, this recipe will keep them sparkling clean.

Fresh Mint Window & Mirror Cleaner

3 cups distilled water

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka

1/4 cup vinegar

20 drops Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a quart-sized spray bottle. Shake to combine, then spray on mirrors, windows, or stainless steel. Wipe off with paper towels or old newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Cleaning the bathtub/shower/toilet is a pain, but this easy recipe makes the chore a little less daunting.

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

*This recipe is intended to be used same day or next day.

3/4 rounded cup baking soda

1/4 cup unscented liquid castile soap

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon vinegar

5-10 drops Lemon essential oil

In a bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap. Add water and stir. Add vinegar and Lemon essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.

When using apply to surface, and let dry for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean. If cleaning a toilet be careful as it will react to toilet scrub.

Wood polish is a staple in making all the wood surfaces in your house look shiny and new. Here is a simple recipe to keep those wood surfaces shiny.

Wood Polish

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar

10 drops essential oil (Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon)

Add olive oil and vinegar to a glass spray bottle. Add 10 drops essential oil. Shake well before each use. Apply to a microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean.

Do you clean your yoga mat? I don’t usually think about cleaning it but after doing hot yoga, outdoor yoga, and just being on a variety of different floors it has come into contact with a lot of germs (your bare feet, the floor/ground of the studio, the trunk of your car, etc.). Here is a simple recipe to keep that mat germ free.

Yoga Mat Spray

3/4 cup distilled water

1/4 alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar

5 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil

In a glass spray bottle combine all ingredients. Shake until combined. Spray on your yoga mat and wipe dry with a towel.

Before cleaning your whole yoga mat make sure to do a spot test to ensure that the essential oils will not damage your yoga mat.

doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Oils

DoTERRA has a collection of oils that are geared toward dealing with the different emotions that we face in life each and every day. They have six proprietary blends, Passion, Motivate, Cheer, Forgive, Peace, and Console which help to bring emotional balance to yourself. These oils come in either 5mL bottles or in 10mL Touch Roller Bottles which are prediluted for skin application.

Passion – Passion is doTERRA’s Inspiring Blend, it is great to apply when feelings of disinterest or boredom begin to take over your life. It helps to rekindle feelings of passion, excitement, and joy.

Diffuse Passion in the mornings to create feelings of energy and excitement.

Passion starts with your heart so apply over the heart to feel passion and inspiration throughout your day.

Diffuse at work to spark creativity, clarity, and wonder while working on projects.

You can even apply Passion to your pulse points and the back of your neck to create a unique personal fragrance.

Passion is a blend of Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Damiana.

Motivate – Motivate, doTERRA’s Encouraging Blend, will help bring confidence and courage when feelings of guilt and pessimism start to creep in.

Apply to the bottoms of your feet in the morning to jump-start your day with feelings of positivity.

Apply Motivate to your temples to help set your focus for the day.

Diffuse to keep on track when you have a big project to work on at home or at work.

Apply to the back of your neck before giving a big speech (or any public speaking event) to help instill feelings of confidence.

Apply Motivate to your pulse points before a sporting event or other competition to give yourself a boost of confidence.

Motivate is a blend of Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla.

Cheer – Cheer is doTERRA’s Uplifting blend. Use it to provide a boost of positivity and happiness when feeling down.

Diffuse Cheer to provide feelings of positivity in your environment.

Apply to the bottoms of the feet to boost feelings of positivity and cheerfulness when feeling down.

Wear Cheer as a personal fragrance to keep your spirits uplifted, especially in winter.

Apply to a cotton ball and place near the air vent of your car for an energizing feeling while on a long drive.

Cheer is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Star Anise, Lemon Myrtle, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Zdravetz.

Forgive – Forgive, doTERRA’s Renewing blend helps counteract emotions of anger and guilt while promoting feelings of contentment, relief, and patience.

Rub over your heart to help you forgive yourself and others.

Diffuse Forgive while meditating to help release harboring feelings of anger and guilt.

Apply to pulse points and heart throughout the day to feel grounded and content.

Keep Forgive nearby to counteract negative emotions that may arise throughout your day due to undesirable situations.

Forgive is a blend of Spruce, Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Arborvitae, Nootka, Thyme, and Citronella.

Peace – Peace is doTERRA’s Reassuring Blend. It helps to promote feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance when anxious feelings overwhelm you.

Diffuse at bedtime to promote a calming environment and restful sleep.

Apply Peace to temples and the back of the neck when feelings of tension start to creep in.

To calm an upset and restless child, apply Peace to the bottoms of the feet.

Diffuse or inhale before taking a big test or giving a speech to help counteract worry and distress.

Peace is a blend of Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum, and Spearmint.

Console – Console, doTERRA’s Comforting blend, helps promote feelings of comfort as you move along your path to emotional healing.

During times of loss, apply to the bottoms of the feet in the morning to help provide feelings of comfort throughout the day.

Diffuse Console during times of loss to comfort the soul and evoke feelings of hope.

Keep the rollerball with you throughout the day and apply to the wrists when feeling sad or unsettled.

Apply Console over the heart in the morning and evening to remind yourself that healing takes time and to be patient.

Console is a blend of Frankincense, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Labdanum, Amyris, Sandalwood, Rose, and Osmanthus.

emotional touch

Everyone person is different so while each oil is designated for a specific emotional aspect, find what works best for you. Your personal body chemistry and how you associate scent and emotion will affect how each oil works for you.

These oils are available through doTERRA as either a kit or you can purchase each oil individually.

Dietary Supplements – Should I take one?

People have mixed feeling on dietary supplements and there are so many different ones that are available. While I would like to believe that I could get all of my daily vitamins and minerals from the foods I eat, I know that it doesn’t happen. We eat so many processed foods that have the nutrients we need to be taken out of them through that processing that we need to have them added back in before sending them out to stores.

I personally try to eat a diet based on whole foods and minimize the amount of processed food that I eat. But somedays I still want to have that grilled cheese sandwich of white bread and American cheese, so I know that I need to take dietary supplements to counteract those food choices.

doTERRA has a dietary supplement, the Lifelong Vitality Pack which contains three separate supplements that provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need to be healthier human beings.

Lifelong Vitality comes with Alpha CRS+, xEO Mega, and Microplex VMz. These supplements are created to provide the most bioavailable forms of the nutrients your body needs.

Alpha CRS+

Alpha CRS+ is the Cellular Vitality Complex. It is a proprietary formula that combines potent levels of natural botanical extracts to support healthy cell function and the metabolic factors for cellular energy.

It helps support healthy cell function, mental clarity and brain function, and includes a tummy tamer botanical extract blend to help prevent stomach upset.

xEO Mega

xEO Mega is the Essential Oil Omega Complex. It contains a unique formula of CPTG essential oils and a proprietary blend of marine- and land-sourced omega fatty acids.

Omega fatty acids help support joint, cardiovascular, and brain health and support healthy immune function.

Also comes in a vegetarian formula vEO Mega.

Microplex VMz

Microplex VMz is the Food Nutrient Complex. It contains bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in modern diets. It provides antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, and an energy complex of B vitamins. Microplex VMz also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc for bone and metabolic health.

Also comes in a vegan formula Vegan Microplex VMz.

A daily serving of these supplements is taking 4 of each of the supplements, 2 of each in the morning and 2 of each in the evening. Now I know that you are going to say that is 12 pills/supplements each day! The reason that you need to take 4 of each total every day is that the supplements are in a bioavailable format. Traditional vitamins and supplements are compressed into solid pill format while doTERRA’s supplements are in capsules. This allows the body to absorb more of the nutrients from the supplements giving your body the biggest bang for your buck.

In order to get all my supplements in I take my morning dose with breakfast and then my second dose with my lunch. I also take a variety of other supplements that doTERRA offers so I am taking about 10 pills with breakfast and 10 pills with lunch. It is definitely a lot but it is very doable.

I notice a difference in my energy levels and in my general health when I take these supplements. I stopped taking them for about a week when I was moving from Georgia to North Dakota. I felt tired throughout the day and managed to get a cold the week that I didn’t take them. Once I restarted taking them, my energy levels increased and my cold went away immediately.

Anti-Inflammatory Blend

This anti-inflammatory blend is something I created myself for myself in order to combat some terrible inflammation in my feet and ankles due to bug bites that happened while I was living in Augusta, GA. I found out the hard way that fire ants and fleas are not fun things to live and deal with.

I made this roller bottle of oils that would be not only skin nourishing but also would treat the inflammation that was giving a bad pair of cankles. It worked wonders and now I am only dealing with a little bit of discoloration left from the bug bites.

Anti-Inflammatory Blend

3 drops Frankincense

3 drops Wild Orange

3 drops Lemon

3 drops Marjoram

3 Drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Fill the rest of the roller bottle with Jojoba Wax/Oil

The reasons I used these specific oils was that each had properties that were useful in my current situation.

Frankincense – has analgesic properties, is an anti-inflammatory and is a cicatrisant (skin healing).

Wild Orange – has analgesic properties, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, has astringent properties, and enhances skin penetration of oils.

Lemon – has analgesic properties, is anti-inflammatory, has astringent properties, and enhances skin penetration of oils.

Marjoram – has analgesic properties, is anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – has analgesic properties, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

Jojoba Wax/Oil – I used jojoba because it a skin nourishing oil, but you can use whatever carrier oil you prefer.

 

FLOOM

Floom is an immunity boosting blend of essential oils. It can be taken internally or used in a roller bottle. Floom contains Frankincense, Lemon, On Guard, Oregano, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree). These oils have many different properties that help support the immune system and many other systems in the body.

Frankincense– is often used in conjunction with other oils in blends that provide immune support and may even have antiviral properties. It is helpful in joint pain and inflammation and can help relieve neck and head tension.

Lemon– is great for disinfecting and being antibacterial. It blends well with other oils that provide pain and inflammation relief.

On Guard – this is a doTERRA specific blend that provides immune support. Other essential oil companies provide oils that have similar properties to this oil. This oil is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.

Oregano– is great for supporting the immune system and is an antioxidant. It also has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – this oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral. It is a great oil to support your immune system and help with any infection that you might have.

The recipe for a FLOOM Roller Bottle is:

8-10 drops Frankincense

8-10 drops Lemon

8-10 drops Oregano

8-10 drops On Guard

8-10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Fill the rest of the 10mL roller bottle with a carrier oil of your choosing. Apply roller to the bottoms of your feet. If you are going to use this on young children use only 1 drop of each oil in the same size roller bottle.

Recipe for FLOOM for Internal Use is:

2 drops Frankincense

4 drops Lemon

2 drops Oregano

2 drops On Guard

2 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Put the oils into a veggie capsule and swallow

If you would like to diffuse FLOOM to cleanse the air in your home add 3-5 drops of each oil to your diffuser.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Skin Sensitivity

Dilute

  • A category of essential oils that should be mixed with a carrier oil. The carrier oil will help “carry” the essential oil into the skin.

Neat

  • A category of essential oils that can be applied topically without dilution because of their extremely mild chemistry.

Sensitive

  • A category of essential oils that should be diluted for young or sensitive skin.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Safe Uses

Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in on of three methods.

Aromatic

The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming.

Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices. You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

Additional aromatic uses methods of using essential oils include:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle.
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens.
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets.
  • Use in household surface cleaners.

Topical

Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit. Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommended dilution ration is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1-2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4-6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils:

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bottom of feet

Other Effective Methods of Topical Application:

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes
  • Inner ears
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of health conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds. Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties of foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits.

Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies. When ingested, essential oils directly enter the bloodstream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.

The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cell and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

Effective Methods of Internal Application:

  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices. Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount. For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them with toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops.
  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks.
  • Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt.

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