Monday, January 19, 2015

Where to Start? Best Choices? Mind Spinning....All So New!


So, your cute, little, highly-anticipated & awaited for brown bottles have arrived.  Are you thinking,

"Now what?!?"

Take a deep breath...we have ALL been there!  This is the very beginning and an opportunity for a learning curve...one I trust you will be thankful for once on the other side, earning the title, "Essential Oil King/Queen" 

I have been asked what are some of my favorite oils...what are the best one to use & why....how do I use....where do I get started?  

Hopefully, by the end of the read you will feel a bit more confident & a lot more invested in your oils.  

By & large, all my favorite oils are in the Family Physician Kit.  And, since that is a popular enrollment kit, that covers a wealth & variety of possibilities for being pro-active with your health-care, I thought those oils would be the best to highlight.  Get your thinking caps on and prepare to be enlightened & empowered!

Single Oils:
 Frankincense
Great to use for boosting immune system as well as promoting good cellular health.

 How to Use:
  • Apply 1 drop to back of neck, spine or bottoms of feet daily to boost immune system and encourage relaxation (great anti-depressant properties)
  • Diffuse, or place 1 drop in palm of hand and inhale, for relaxation, calming, and mood stabilizing benefits
  • To more directly benefit from it's amazing properties, place a drop underneath the tongue daily 
  • Diffuse with lavender & vetiver overnight for good sleep benefits
  • Diffuse with wild orange for uplifting and mood stabilizing benefits
  • Apply 1 drop along with 1 drop of lavender directly to burns/wounds for reduction in inflammation & pain, as well as  helping to prevent scarring
  • Use in facial moisturizers to help reduce the signs of aging (great for skin!)
  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening or working to promote a normal inflammatory response 
  • Dry weather can take a toll on your nails. Try applying a drop of Frankincense to strengthen weak fingernails  
 Peppermint
Great for opening up sinuses, helping to re-invigorate &/or focus, cooling down the body temperature, aiding in digestive issues, or even cook with...peppermint is amazing!
  • Rub on 1 drop on each temple and massage into neck/shoulders to relieve tension &/or headaches
  • Rub 1 drop on forehead to aid in bringing down a fever
  • Mix 5-10 drops per 1 oz water in a small spray bottle & use as a spritzer on hot
    summer days (or anytime you feel overheated and need refreshment)
  • Add 1 drop to stainless steel or glass water bottle for a refreshing drink in the morning!
  • Flavor in whipped cream to top your cup of mocha or hot cocoa...yumm!
  • Diffuse to uplift moods, clear sinuses, and create happiness
  • Add 10 drops to 1 cup Espom salts to make for a refreshing bath (great for after exercise!  Magnesium sulfate from Epsom salts encourage muscle relaxation and peppermint soothes body and is refreshing to the mind & spirit!)
  • Place 1 drop in 1-2 T of water for a refreshing mouth rinse in morning (chemical & fluoride free!)
  • Place a drop on a cottonball, seal in a ziploc bag, and send with a child who suffers from test anxiety.  Open baggie and inhale, for aid in refocus and re-energizing, as well as calming anxiety.  (Also great idea for motion sickness!)
  • Rub 1-2 drops on tummy for relief from digestive issues such as gas or bloating.
  • For additional great ways to use peppermint visit:  http://doterrablog.com/101-uses-for-the-intro-kit-part-33-peppermint/


    R
    Lemon
    • My favorite:  a drop of lemon in my water bottle (stainless steel or glass water bottle).  Tastes sweet & fresh, and removes toxins while boosting my immune system all at the same time!
    • Add along with OnGuard, clove, peppermint, melaleuca, & oregano to make a power-packed immune-boosting gel cap that will ward off virus and sickness
    • Use in recipes to cook with (instead of  lemon rind/zest, which very well could be chock-full of pesticides and toxins!  Lemon oil is pure, toxin-free, and full of flavor!  For recipe idea, see post in 2013 for "Cooking w/ Oils")
    • Use to clean everything from tubs, to sinks, to toilets, along with baking soda & vinegar
    • Place 1 drop each of lemon, lime & wild orange in glass of water for a wonderful treat!  Grab some sparkling water and stevia and you have a REAL treat (no more soda!)
    • For additional amazing ideas for ways to use lemon visit:  http://doterrablog.com/101-uses-for-the-doterra-intro-kit-part-13-lemon/ 

    Lavender

    •  Apply 1 drop directly to burns or wounds to decrease  pain/sting &/or inflammation
    • Apply 1 drop to bee/wasp/ant/spider stings to reduce inflammation and pain
    • Use 1 drop each of lavender, peppermint, and lemon for a natural anti-histimine against allergies.  Place drops in palm and inhale, rub drops under nose and over sinus cavities (being careful of eyes) & repeat as often as needed.  Above can also be put into a gel cap and taken internally (I have found to be most effective, and at worst times of allergies, taken with each meal is incredibly effective for up to 4 hours relief)
    • Place 10 drops, along with 1 cup of Epsom salts, in a hot bath and relax & unwind
    • Place 3-4 drops on a washcloth in the dryer to act as a fabric freshener
    • Place 1-2 drops on feet to help aid in restful sleep
    • Diffuse for help in reducing stress, easing anxiety, and encouraging good rest
    • For additional amazing ways to use lavender visit:  http://doterrablog.com/101-uses-for-the-intro-kit-part-13-lavender/
    Oregano
    • For overall immune boosting and support, rub a drop on bottoms of feet (diluted with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil) daily
    • For croup-like coughs (or whooping cough), dilute with carrier oil and rub on chest at night (and daily, as needed)
    • Place 2 drops in gel cap along with lemon, clove, peppermint, On Guard, & melaleuca for great daily immune benefits
    Melaleuca
    • Use to help cleanse wounds/prevent infection; 1-2 drops around wound (not on)
    •   Place 1 drop melaleuca & 1 drop lavender around outside of ear and back of ear for ear infection/ache; rub in downward motion on neck/throat
    • Place drop each on bottoms of feet to boost immune system, prevent/kill bacteria  
    • ·         Check out this link for more on Melaleuca:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj4VyWTZnEQ#action=share
    Blends:  Breathe
    • A blend of Laurel leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, & Cardamom for respiratory support & benefits
    • Apply 1-2 drops to palms, rub together & inhale for respiratory benefits
    • Rub on chest to help breathing issues
    •       Rub under nose to help breathing issues
    •        Put 1-2 drops in large bowl of hot water, put face over (towel covering head) for steam bath to help open sinuses
             
    Deep Blue
    • A blend of wintergreen,camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles.  
    • Apply 1-2 drops on location of sore muscle and massage in.
    • Layer along with lemongrass & cypress to ease pain & lift stiffness of muscles (ie neck stiffness or lower back stiffness; add a warm compress and voila!  Motion and flexibility!)
    • Use in combination with Deep Blue rub for added pain relief benefits and easing of achy joints/sore muscles
    • Massage into knees each night to reduce knee pain
    On Guard
    •  A blend of wild orange, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, & rosemary designed to boost one's immune system 
    • Place 1-2 drops on bottoms of feet daily (after shower) to help support a healthy immune system
    • Add a drop to a smoothie, juice, or warm tea (after it has steeped and cooled, as heat can compromise the chemical make-up & effectiveness of oils)
    • Gargle 1 drop in 1 T water to help ease pain of a sore throat or heal a mouth ulcer (or any gum pain).  Swallow if you can for added immune support & health benefits
    • Diffuse to help kill airborne pathogens
    • Dilute 20 drops per 1 oz water in a glass spray bottle and use as a household disinfectant & cleaner (for counter-tops, tables, door handles, and more!)
    • Make your own hand sanitizer with aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, water, & 8-10 drops of On Guard
    • Enjoy taking On Guard in it's other forms through beadlets (that have appro 1/2 drop of On Guard per beadlet) or softgels (which have approx 5 drops per softgel)
    DigestZen
    • A blend of ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise that help restore normal balance in the digestive system
    • Rub 1-2 drops around belly button when feeling digestive discomfort such as gassiness
      or bloatedness
    • Place 2-3 drops in an empty gel cap and swallow with a glass of water to help bring system back into balance (whether struggling with diarrhea or constipation)
    • Enjoy take Digestzen in it's other form, through Softgels (which have approx 5 drops per softgel)
    • Place a drop in warm milk or tea and sip to help ease any digestive issues, including nausea 


    As always, if you are interested in purchasing any oils, please contact me at: 
    stacy.mcclelland@gmail.com
    OR
    visit my website at: www.mydoterra.com/stacymcclelland
     

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Daily Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Oil Junkie



    I am making a confession:  I have become an essential oil junkie.  Is this a bad thing? 

     By all means, NO!  

    It is, by far, the best decision (aside from saying "Yes" to being a disciple of Jesus Christ & "I Do" to my hubby) I have yet to make.  Being an oil-junkie has improved my health, provided me freedom of choice, educated me in knowing myself better and healthier options around me, opened the door to removing toxins & chemical cleaning solvents from  my home, & helped me grow a pesticide-free, organic garden!

    What does an oil junkie look like?  
    Well...here is a day-in-the-life of a
    Self-Proclaimed Oil Junkie

    Upon Awakening:
    • COFFEE!!  A beloved early morning ritual...with just the right amount of cream and a drop of Cinnamon oil (as well as being an emotional & physical stimulant, it can promote circulation both internally and when applied to the skin, it helps maintain a healthy immune system, promotes oral health, & helps alleviate sore muscles and joints)

    • After my morning shower, I apply 1-2 drops of ClaryCalm & Balance blends on the bottoms of my feet (for hormonal balance, managing symptoms of PMS, & balancing emotional swingsBalance TRULY helps me keep my emotions in check!)

    • Combined in a handy roll-on bottle, a home-made blend of
      Serenity, Balance, & Fractionated Coconut Oil is applied on my neck/throat/chest for reducing stress, and for sheer enjoyment (the lavender, chamomile & vanilla in Serenity is pleasant to the olfactory senses as well as
      calming to the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. The essential oils in this  blend were meticulously chosen to lessen feelings of tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling.   The Blue Tansy, Frankincense, & Spruce in Balance offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance that can soothe sore muscles and joints, promote circulation, and relax the body).

    • If I completed a long run, I typically rub a drop or two of Deep Blue into my
      calves/feet after running to massage away any areas of discomfort or pain
    • In running an in-home child-care business 3 days out of my week, I use my diffuser with many different blends quite often!  My favorite is to diffuse Serenity, as I find it very
      soothing.  Wild Orange is another favorite, as it is excellent in energizing and revitalizing, as well as uplifting my mood (my happy oil!) 
    • With breakfast, I make sure to start my day off right by taking doTERRA's LifeLong Vitality  supplements (LLV).  I have found these supplements to be nothing short of AMAZING!  Increased energy levels, balanced hormone system, boosted immune system, and overall increased health are all benefits I am enjoying with this supplement.  With these supplements,  I am confident that my overall bodily health is being supported/maintained! (*Another round of supplements are taken with my evening meal*)
    • Upon getting ready for the day & going out, I typically add a drop of Whisper to each wrist and behind my ears.  Who knew that one's choice of perfume could have
      health benefits?!?  I love that mine does and that Whisper doesn't leave me with a headache like synthetic, commercial perfumes typically do.  The blend of oils in Whisper all
      combine with each individual’s chemistry to create a beautiful, unique, and personal fragrance.  Whisper also provides a warming, musky aroma that entices the senses and intrigues the mind while calming the skin and emotionsWhisper has proven to be a perfect compliment to my use of Balance & ClaryCalm!


    • Throughout a given day, if I  find tension forming in my neck/shoulders, I will apply Peppermint or the PastTense blend to my neck & temples (while make sure I am drinking enough water throughout the day also).  Both oils help to relieve tension and provide calming comfort from the pain of headaches.  They work wonderfully to ward off headaches as they are
      beginning to form.
    • Should I begin feeling worn down, or like my body is trying to fight off sickness, I begin placing drops of On Guard on the bottoms of my feet.  In addition, before retiring for bed at night, I make sure to create an immune-boosting blend of oils in a gel-cap to take internally.  This blend has helped my body ward off many sicknesses this past year & it has been amazing to experience how oils have helped boost my immune system!  The Immune Boosting blend I create is:  3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Oregano, 2 drops On Guard, 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Clove, & 1 drop Melaleuca.  Should I still feel run down in the morning, I will take another gel-cap with breakfast.  Typically I feel better overnight, however, I have taken up to 2-3 gel caps w/in a given day to help my body fight off sickness (and always with a meal, just to discourage any upset tummy issues due to strength of many oils in this blend...note: Peppermint is in there specifically to aid in digestive issues, but who wants to constantly burp oregano?  Taking on a full tummy helps prevent this and further aid in good digestion!) **More details regarding this Immune Boosting Blend can be found through my October, 2013 post entitled, "Keepin' Kids (& Yourself) Healthy: Boost Your Immune System"**
    Following this daily routine, along with a balanced diet, appropriate exercise, and making sure I stay hydrated, I have found that I am more healthy than I ever have been.  I look back on the past year, with all it's stressors, all it's transition, all the travel, & all the exposure to different climates/germs/bacteria/etc and find:
    I didn't go to the doctor once  
    (outside of annual check-ups)

      Did I struggle with sickness?  Yes, I fought sickness over this past year.  However, with the introduction and gift of knowing about essential oils, I have found the beauty of being pro-active in my approach to health-care.
      I can DO something and take action regarding my personal health-care, and I can strive to help my body fight  through the God-given elements found in essential oils.
      Yep, no doubt about it....
      I will forever be a Self-Proclaimed Oil Junkie!

    As always, if you are interested in purchasing any oils, please contact me at: 
    stacy.mcclelland@gmail.com
    OR
    visit my website at: www.mydoterra.com/stacymcclelland

    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)

    As always, if you are interested in purchasing any oils, please contact me at: 
    stacy.mcclelland@gmail.com
    OR
    visit my website at: www.mydoterra.com/stacymcclelland

    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.**



    (from:  http://doterrablog.com/diy-bubble-bath)
     

      
    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:

    Magnesium:

    • ·         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
    Sulfates:

    • ·         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

        (http://doterrablog.com/bath-time-essentials-make-more-time-for-rubber-ducky-fun)

        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.




        Directions:
        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.

        (http://doterrablog.com/diy-natural-body-wash)

        As always, if you are interested in purchasing any oils, please contact me at: 
        stacy.mcclelland@gmail.com
        OR
        visit my website at: www.mydoterra.com/stacymcclelland
          

         

         
       
     
     





     
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