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Take Your Shoes Off – Relaxing Diffusing Blend

relaxing and diffusing essential oilsExperimenting 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.
relaxing and diffusing essential oilsExperimenting 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. 2 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.

Take Your Shoes Off - Relaxing Diffusing Blend
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    Take Your Shoes Off - Relaxing Diffusing Blend
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      Ingredients
      • 3 drops Bergamot Essential Oil Citrus bergamia
      • 5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil Juniperus virginiana
      • 3 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood Essential Oil Santalum paniculatum
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      Instructions
      1. Blends benefit by mingling for a few hours before diffusing.
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      Healthy Lifestyle

      Proud To Use Co-Impact Sourced Cardamom

      dōTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing: Making a difference in Guatamala

      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

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      Cardamom Chai Evening Blend

      dōTERRA Cardamom Essential Oil - Co-impact SourcingI 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 has 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!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 has 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!

      Cardamom Chai Evening Blend
      Spicy chai blend perfect for evening diffusing.
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      Cardamom Chai Evening Blend
      Spicy chai blend perfect for evening diffusing.
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      Ingredients
      • 2 drops cardamom essential oil
      • 2 drops black pepper essential oil
      • 1 drop clove essential oil
      • 1 drop ginger essential oil
      • 1 drop cassia essential oil
      • 1 drop Citrus Bliss invigorating blend optional
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      1. I mixed this twice - the first time with Citrus Bliss. It makes the aroma a bit less authentic, but the citrus and vanilla notes complement the blend. Try it both ways.
      Recipe Notes

      I used cassia essential oil rather than cinnamon bark essential oil -- I feel cassia blend better with other spicy oils like clove or black pepper when diffusing.

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      Massage

      Essential Oils in Deep Tissue and Sports Massage Practice

      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 massage spaout 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.

      And other oils can be added to a massage. In an August, 2014 EO Spotlight, dōTERRA recommended trying vetiver and in a earlier Spotlight also recommended cypress.

      Personally, I’ve started warming up before a walk with self-inflicted :-) leg massage of juniper, ginger and cypress.  We’ll see if it increases my miles-per-lunchtime.

      A typical massage therapy dilution, considering the surface area you cover in massage, you may want to start at a relatively low dilution:

      • 3% dilution = 20 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
      • 5% dilution = 30 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
      • 10% dilution = 60 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier

      Take Massage Magazine’s advice to “add a touch of the spa” the next time you or your partner deal with tired, aching, overworked muscles. Share this article and your oils at your next massage session.

      And if you’re a massage therapist looking to add therapeutic grade essential oils for your clients, we can get a special deal for these key oils and help you promote these great benefits!

      Healthy Lifestyle

      Springtime Honey Safety

      raw honey and honeycomb

      Raw honey and honeycomb

      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. 1 Continue Reading

      Wellness Cabinet Makeover

      Cough Syrup Base

      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