Monday, July 21, 2014

ask Dr. Hill

Dr. David K. Hill is an expert on wellness and essential oils and is the Chief Medical Officer at dōTERRA.

He provides great answers & tips for continued essential oil use for newbies (to oils) as well as veterans!
How do I use essential oils to meet my personal needs?
There are always indicators with our health. We have indicators in what types of foods are good for us and which ones aren’t. This is a normal process we go through. The same holds true for essential oils. It may not always be the case that each essential oil will affect each of us in exactly the same way. It’s that individual characteristic of the oil matched with the individual characteristic of our own personal need and health that allows us to achieve the benefits we are most looking for. Finding that requires that we spend a little bit of time learning how the essential oils interact with our own unique circumstances. Once you master that—once you have that basic understanding—essential oils provide something for you that cannot be found anywhere else.

What are the basic fundamentals I should follow for enhancing immunity with my family?
We tend to be extra conscious of our immunity during the winter months when cold and flu season is upon us. It is important to develop a daily routine of essential oil use that includes diffusion, surface contact, and personal application during this time when the immune system may be especially compromised. Along with essential oils, good nutrition is another key aspect in maintaining strong immunity for all members of the family. The Lifelong Vitality products and citrus oils are powerful immune stabilizers that should be used daily. Citrus oils can increase the production of glutathione. We know that glutathione fortifies cellular structures of the immune system, so improving glutathione levels gives us greater resiliency in all tissues of the body. We also need to be aware of immune detractors (stress, poor diet, etc.) and similarly manage these issues through lifestyle modification and daily use of essential oils.

 (Article from: doTERRA Living Magazine, Winter 2014, pg 4)

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Luxurious Bath

Ahhhh....a relaxing bubble bath and a good book are a great way to end a tedious (or any!) day...
But, wait....stop...did you know that
personal care items, including most body washes, often contain artificial fragrances, chemicals, and dyes that can irritate the skin?

Interested in solutions for a nice bath, soak, and/or shower that nourish the skin as well as get it squeaky clean?

Here are some personal favorites:

  • 1 cup unscented castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil
Note: Castile soap and vegetable glycerin can be purchased at your local health food store.

1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
2. Add essential oils.
3. Stir until well combined.
4. Pour into glass container. 

To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.
**Note: These bubbles are not going to provide big fluffy bubbles that last a long time since it doesn’t contain the synthetic ingredients that make them. However, this chemical-free bath will provide enough bubbles for a relaxing and therapeutic bath you will still enjoy.**


Epsom Salt Bath
Did you know that magnesium is
naturally found in Magnesium Sulfate, more commonly known as Epsom salt?

Did you also know that there are many health benefits found from a diet rich in magnesium sulfate and that it

can be absorbed into your skin, thus increasing your magnesium levels?  
Not to mention, an Epsom salt bath can also deliver sulfates, absorbed through the skin, then delivered throughout the body, which can often-times be difficult to get through food.
Here are some key health benefits from magnesium sulfate:


  • ·         Eases stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • ·         Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • ·         Regulates activity of 325+ enzymes
  • ·         Helps prevent artery hardening and blood clots
  • ·         Makes insulin more effective
  • ·         Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • ·         Improves oxygen use

  • ·         Flush toxins
  • ·         Improve absorption of nutrients
  • ·         Help joint pain, brain tissue and mucin proteins
  • ·         Help prevent or ease migraine headaches

    So, how can one enjoy an Epsom salt bath?

    • For an Epsom salt bath, just add 1 cup of Epsom salt along with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) into a warm bath. Relax and soak in your bath until the water becomes cooler. 

      Depending on which oils you add, taking a bath can be soothing, invigorating, refreshing, or detoxifying.  

      Essential Oil Suggestions:
      Relaxation: Lavender, Serenity, Ylang Ylang
      Invigorate: Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Lemon
      Help Get Over a Cold/Open Airways: Breathe, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
      Better Skin: Melaleuca, Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum
      Sore Muscles: Lemongrass, Marjoram
      Sunburn: Lavender, Melaleuca


      All Natural Body Wash

      • 8 oz. glass pump bottle (plastic squirt bottle works fine)
      • 1/2 cup unscented Castile soap
      • 4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
      • 3 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
      • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

      Note: You can find vegetable glycerin at most health food stores. Vegetable glycerin will help the body wash be thicker, creamier, and lather better.

      1. Combine ingredients into 8 oz  bottle.
      2. Add desired essential oil(s).

      Tip: For an uplifting body wash try these essential oils: Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lime, or Eucalyptus. For a relaxing body wash try these: Lavender, Serenity, Bergamot, Geranium, or Roman Chamomile.

      3. Shake to combine. You’re done! Make sure to shake before each use, as the ingredients will separate.


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