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.

Top 10 Oils

Lemon

  • Properties: cleansing, revitalizing, uplifting
    • Add to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces.
    • Use to remove gum, glue, or any other sticky residues.
    • Add to your favorite desserts or beverage for zesty flavor.
    • Take internally to support healthy digestion.*
    • Diffuse to purify air and create an uplifting, refreshing aromatic experience.

Lavender

  • Properties: soothing, calming
    • Diffuse or add a few drops to your pillow or feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
    • Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
    • Add a few drops to a warm bath to help soak away stress.
    • Consume 1-2 drops to help calm the nervous system.*

Peppermint

  • Properties: cooling, energizing, natural bug repellent.
    • Take internally to help alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
    • Apply a few drops to the back of your neck to cool off.
    • For a clearing, refreshing aroma, diffuse at night beside your bed.
    • Rub on head and neck for a soothing sensation when feeling tense.
    • Add to shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating scalp massage.

Frankincense

  • Properties: renewing, beautifying, rejuvenating, grounding.
    • Take internally to support healthy cellular and immune function.*
    • Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
    • Diffuse during meditation for a sense of relaxation and balance.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

  • Properties: soothing, cleansing.
    • Combine 1-2 drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
    • Apply to fingernails and toenails to keep nails looking clean and healthy.
    • Add a few drops to your shampoo or massage into the scalp for added cleansing.
    • Add to toothpaste or swish with water for a quick and easy mouth rinse.

Oregano

  • Properties: cleansing, purifying.
    • Take one drop in a veggie cap or 4 fl. oz of liquid daily to maintain healthy immune function.*
    • Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.*
    • Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
    • Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.

Breathe – Respiratory Blend

  • Apply topically to the chest to breathe deeply.
  • For a clearing aroma, diffuse at night by your bedside.
  • Apply diluted to your upper lip and inhale to invigorate and clear your senses.
  • Apply topically for an invigorating lift when you stay home from the office on a cold, rainy day.

Deep Blue – Soothing Blend

  • Apply on feet before and after exercise.
  • Make your muscles happy after your workout by applying to targeted areas.
  • Massage on your lower back after a day of sitting at the desk or doing manual labor.

DigestZen – Digestive Blend

  • Take a couple of drops internally to promote healthy digestion.*
  • Add to water or tea and consume to help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*
  • Reduce bloating, gas, and indigestion.*

On Guard – Protective Blend

  • Add two to three drops in a Veggie Capsule or take directly for an immune boost before traveling or during seasonal changes.*
  • Diffuse in your home or office during fall and winter months.
  • Add to water and use as a natural surface cleaner.

In future posts, I will delve deeper into each oil and the various ways that each can be used.

 

 

 

*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.

All info from www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2016-essential-oils-for-beginners

Methods of Use

Aromatic

  • Essential oils that can be used aromatically. Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils.

Topical

  • Essential oils that can be used topically, which means you can apply them directly on to the skin or mix them with carrier oils or other personal care products.

Internal

  • Essential oils that can be used internally. You can add oils to beverages, take them in doTERRA Veggie Caps, take doTERRA essential oils supplements, or use them in your favorite recipes.

 

 

 

*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.

All info from www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2016-essential-oils-for-beginners

Basic Terminology

Essential Oils

  • Natural aromatic compounds extracted from seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils contain natural and unique properties that can have powerful benefits for your health and overall wellness.

CPTG ® (CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade ®)

  • doTERRA quality protocol in which each batch of oil undergoes a multi-phase chemical composition inspection.

Carrier Oil

  • A lipid-based substance used to dilute essential oils, doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil is an excellent carrier oil option because of its long shelf-life, non-greasy texture.

Distillation

  • The process of extracting essential oil from plant material.

Cold Press Distillation/Expression

  • Most commonly used method for obtaining citrus oils. This process uses a mechanical press to squeeze essential oils from plant parts.

Steam Distillation

  • The most common distillation method. This process uses low-heat pressurized steam to circulate through plant parts and extract oils.

 

 

 

 

*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.

All info from www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2016-essential-oils-for-beginners

Why doTERRA?

Why doTERRA?

You are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

Each oil is carefully and thoroughly tested using strict CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade ®) quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.

While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technology and techniques.

The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through the plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.

Steam Distillation

Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.

Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140-212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.

Expression

Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. DoTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.

Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.

All information above is found from https://www.doterra.com/US/en/why-doterra

My Choice

I have chosen to use and promote doTERRA over other brands of essential oils for a couple of reasons, some of which are listed above. I find that doTERRA provides ethically sourced oils from the native region of the plant. They also do third-party testing of their oils to make sure that we are getting the highest and most pure oil. Not all essential oil companies source their oils from the native region of the plant or use local farmers to provide plant material.

A second reason that I have chosen to use doTERRA is that they provide a lot of education about the oils and how to use the oils. It is wonderful if you are able to find oils that you enjoy and will use but there are many oils that I personally own and initially did not know how to use. Through the doTERRA website, you are able to find information about each oil, how to use the oils, and even recipes to make. Each month they have a series called Empowered Life which has a differnt theme related to the products that doTERRA has that highlights different uses and how different people use those products and oils.

Who is the Oily Travel RN?

My name is Jennifer. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, spent my initial college years living in Saint Paul, MN before moving back to Milwaukee and eventually going back to school to become a nurse. Some of my passions are cardiac nursing, travel and adventure, essential oils, health and fitness. My favorite things to do on my days off are to catch a barre or yoga class, going for a walk or run, explore new places, try new beer and wine, curl up with a good show on Netflix or a good book, and drink my share of coffee and tea.

I am currently living the life of a travel RN and move every three months or so. This definitely helps me to get in my travel and adventure while getting paid at the same time. So far I have been able to work as a nurse in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa, Virginia, and Georgia. I have a love for learning so moving from job to job and hospital to hospital allows me to see all of the differences in cardiac care around the country.

As for my love of essential oils, I am a Wellness Advocate through doTERRA and educate people on how to use essential oils to benefit their health. I provide education and mentoring to help you personalize your experience using doTERRA’s quaily, therapeutic grade essential oils. I will help you continuing education, recipes, tips and answer any questions that you may have as an oil user.

In addition to my use of doTERRA essential oils, I am currently working on becoming a Certified Aromatherapist. This certification will enhance my ability to provide education about essential oils and make recommendations based on individual preferences and characteries of each person.