Experimenting with my blending skills, I discovered some great pairings that have made it to my ‘new favorites’ list for diffusing. I love using bergamot essential oil as the top note of my diffusing blends now. Unlike all my other citrus choices, it always seems to offer a calming sense to the blends I’ve tried. I’m not alone in this – researchers are diffusing bergamot as well. Scientists recently studied the psychological and physiological effects of inhaled bergamot essential oil vapor. 1 Not sure if the test subjects were relaxing on the couch, shoes off and unwinding at the end of the day. But they probably wanted to!
Enjoy this blend designed to reduce tension and stress, enhance mood, and create a relaxing and soothing aroma.
dōTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing: Making a difference in Guatamala
I’m asked – and sometimes challenged to defend – where and how dōTERRA gets its CPTG essential oils. A presentation by founding partner Rob Young we attended tonight reminded us of one of the many reasons we are so proud to share dōTERRA products.
We just got our bottle of Cardamom essential oil in our latest order, and hadn’t done much more than crack the cap for a sample smell. It’s wonderfully spicy and exotic. After this evening’s presentation and follow-up research for this post, I have a deeper appreciation of the oil, and the journey it took to our house. I’m diffusing a fun blend featuring cardamom now — and wanted to share more than just the oil. Co-Impact Sourcing makes a difference in the lives of both the suppliers and the customers. Please take a moment to discover the story behind this oil. Continue Reading
I love chai lattes – but trying to get back into shape, I have had to give up the super-sweet, super-spice drink. According to a recent Huffington Post article, one Starbuck chai has more sugar than a Snickers! A Dunkin’s medium-sized Vanilla Chai contains 45 grams of sugar.
Since we were on our way home from an evening dōTERRA Vitality Spring Tour 2015 presentation. The event featured founding partner Rob Young talking about eating healthy…
So inspired by his other presentation – about their co-sourcing trip to Guatemala, where dōTERRA sources their cardamom, I made a few tests and am now diffusing this chai blend. And its pretty close to a steaming cup of the real thing!
While yardwork may not be your idea of “sport,” our family took the first really nice weekend in Austin this spring to fill leaf bags, clean gutters, and clean up the winter backyard clutter. Which meant digging out the Deep Blue rub and lemongrass essential oil Saturday night.
While researching some other essential oil massage suggestions, I came across this recent post in Massage Magazine. The article discussed a whole range of other essential oils a sports massage therapist or deep tissue massage therapist might use. Some of the oils a massage therapist may add into their massage lotion or oils include marjoram, juniper, ginger, myrrh, and helichrysum.
Lavender can be such as surprising taste and aroma when you first encounter it in a dessert. Both the creamy cheesecake and the rich blueberries are enhanced by the unique floral scent of lavender. Enjoy with the lights dim, with plenty of time to linger over each bite.
As scratchy throats and snuffy noses increase this spring, we’ve noticed multiple recipes and remedies involving honey. And lots of questions about honey safety, raw versus filtered honey, etc. Honey is a popular addition to some facial recipes, homemade creams and lotions. A drop of lavender or lemon essential oil added to honey can be a great treat and effective throat soother. We wanted to pass along some honey facts we’ve discovered while researching combining essential oils with honey.
No Safe Honey For Infants
All honey is dangerous to children under the age of one because of the presence of botulism spores. Adding an essential oil or heating in a microwave does not make honey any safer.
That’s not how raw honey and botulism work. Bees visiting flowers and plants bring botulism (Clostridium botulinum) spores back to the hive. These spores remain lodged in the honey but cannot germinate or produce toxins.When you eat the honey, you eat the spores. Filtering and pasteurization does not kill the spores — so there is not safety benefit between raw and pasteurized honey. Even boiling honey does not destroy the spores. These spores do not cause a problem for most people, because they are destroyed in the stomach. But if you are an infant or have a compromised immune system, the spores can germinate and start producing toxins. 1Continue Reading
I had one of those dry, hacking, painful coughs you can only get courtesy of air travel. Going from sunny, warm Austin to damp, cold England didn’t help. Cough drops hadn’t helped. Desperate, I ducked into a chemist’s shop and stared at rows of unfamiliar labels. The experienced clerk made two helpful suggestions – cups of hot Scottish breakfast tea with milk and sugar, and a wonderful local cough syrup made with honey, vinegar, and something called ‘glycerol.’
Back in the US, I discovered ‘glycerol’ was food-grade glycerin – I had used it in cooking but never thought of it as a throat remedy.
Here is an excellent base I’ve adapted from the original note from the chemist’s shop. Continue Reading