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Alright, you guys. We’re going big because we don’t want to go home. We are giving away a FREE doTERRA Petal Diffuser ($62 retail value) to the first person to enroll with us as a wholesale member with a kit. Click the SHOP tab above and follow the prompts to Join & Save. Contest going through end of day Friday, March 31st. Comment with questions–GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED!

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

I don’t know about you, and I cannot speak for everyone BUT my hair has been through HELL the last 16 months. I would get my usual which is called a “bleach and tone”. If you’re not familiar it’s when the hair is pretty much bleached and toned every 4-6 weeks. Well there happened to be an incident which left my hair very damaged, and unable to come back from what had happened. I politely changed salons and immediately had to cut several inches off my hair. Now I know you don’t know me (just yet), but this crushed me. I get it-it’s just hair right? “It will grow back” they say! These are all things I know, but just didn’t want to hear.

In the last 12 months I have taken extra good care of my hair. I have been getting routine trims/cuts every 3-4 months and have only applied some basic color (at the advice of my colorist) to my hair twice. I did the whole root grow out which I absolutely fell in love with, but I’m ready to be close to platinum again! So this is where Essential Oils comes into play for me, and dōterra Geranium Oil to be exact. I’ve been looking into many different dōterra oils for the effects of helping hair become stronger. When I stumbled upon dōterra Geranium Essential Oil I just HAD to get my hands on it.  Some of the benefits of the dōterra Geranium EO are giving hair a vibrant and healthy glow, promoting the appearance of clear and healthy skin, a natural stress reliever, reducing blood pressure, naturally repel insects and that’s just to name a few.  The beauty side of this EO is really what grabbed my attention.

Hair mask in bun
So you’re probably wondering at this point what I’ve been doing with this oil right?  Well you’re in luck!  I have been taking Organic Unrefined-Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and mixing it with some dōterra Geranium EO.  There isn’t an actual method or calculation–for however much you are going to make, I would suggest using 1/4 parts Geranium EO with either 1/2 or 3/4 parts Olive Oil.  I haven’t made a large batch yet-I just make it as I want to use it.  All I do is section my hair into three parts and start at the ends and work my way up each section.  I then just top knot it and let it sit for a minimum of one hour.  You could technically leave this mask on for as long as you want including overnight, but generally I do about three hours while I clean up around my house or sit and relax.  My only suggestion to you is if you’re going to sleep or sit on something porous put a towel down, or a sheet you don’t mind getting some oil on temporarily.  So the results!  You want those right?  I only have to shampoo my hair once and I put in a very small amount of conditioner but what I find when my hair dries is the smoothness and shine!  Whether I apply heat to it or wear my natural curls my hair feels and looks so much healthier.  Now I can be pretty forgetful so I will sometimes go weeks without doing this mask and let me tell you when I do I regret not being on a better schedule with this thing!  I am no professional but I’d like to say giving my hair some extra love now and again has truly helped my hair grow and become strong again.  Lastly have I mentioned how awesome my hair smells afterwards?  Have a spa night, and give this a try!  You owe it to yourself!
Have any of you ever used Geranium EO for a hair mask or beauty treatment of any kind?  If you have please leave a comment below to share your experience as we would love to hear!  Also feel free to ask any questions!  Thank you so much for stopping by-until next time,
*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.

Essential Oils for Colds

doTERRA Breathe and OnGuard
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Aren’t colds the WORST? There is nothing more annoying than having a cold– feeling *almost* good enough to go to work/watch the kids/get stuff done, but then not really. If you’re anything like me, you want to kick a cold to the curb ASAP. Well, thankfully, we have essential oils for that! Low-cost, high-efficiency, and conveniently located in your home (once you have some)–am I speaking your love language yet?! Ok great–that’s what I thought. ;]

As you might find out from perusing our blog, essential oils can be used for so many things. Because the components of high-quality essential oils contain the benefits of whatever plant they are from, you can use specific oils topically, internally and aromatically to significantly decrease the effects of the cold you are experiencing.

Best Essential Oils for Colds: doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend is my absolute go-to when I or anyone in my family has a cold. We diffuse it and roll it on our wrists, temples, sinuses, back of neck, shoulders and bottoms of feet just about every hour (to make a topical roller,  purchase or reuse an empty essential oil roller and add 40 drops of Breathe to the roller, then fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil— and voila!). Breathe blend is an exceptional oil blend to use for a cold because it contains multiple powerhouse essential oils, such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca (tea tree), Lemon, Cardamom and some other awesome oils you’ve probably never heard of. These oils help promote easy breathing by relaxing and opening up your airways. Diffuse it in your bedroom about 30 minutes before you go to sleep (and while you sleep), as well as at your desk while you work if you are congested. Not only will this protocol help you breathe easier, the health benefits of the oils will help your body fight off the cold and lessen the effects of the cold, helping you bounce back quicker.

My other go-to during an acute case of cold AND as a preventative during cold season is doTERRA OnGuard Protective Blend. Not only does it smell amazing (think: the way you want your house to smell during the Holidays), it contains so many legit oils (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary) that help protect your body against seasonal threats, supporting your body’s natural antioxidant defenses. A couple of months ago, I woke up feeling the dreaded coming-down-with-something symptoms–scratchy throat, exhaustion, swimmy head, stopped up nose, coughing, all of it. This was before I had a bunch of oils or even a diffuser, BUT I did have OnGuard (literally the best oil I could possibly have for all the reasons stated above and one of my very top picks that answers the question “if I could only have one oil, what would it be?”) in a roller, so I just applied it directly (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) to my throat, neck and shoulders and massaged it in about once an hour all day. Just the smell of it was relaxing and soothing (if I’d had OnGuard beadlets at the time I’d have been popping a couple of those every hour, too), but, I kid you not, after a couple of hours, I could swear I was starting to feel better. BUT HOW CAN THIS BE?! Just rubbing an oil on your scratchy throat can make it go away?! Yep. This is powerful stuff. The next morning I woke up with that the-day-after feeling when you are coming out of a cold, but guess what? I never got that cold! I like to think the OnGuard helped my body fight off whatever the gunk was that was trying to keep me down.

There are MANY other essential oils that can help boost the immune system, but these two blends pack the most powerful punch, so I suggest you start there.

Have you tried using essential oils for colds? What was the outcome? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Until next time–your sister in essential oils,

Emily

 

*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.

What Is An Essential Oil Diffuser?

doTERRA diffuser
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Unless you’re living under a rock, by now you’ve probably heard of or at least seen an essential oil diffuser and wondered what it was or how it worked. At the very least, you’ve likely heard of someone diffusing oils for aromatic purposes and wondered how they did it. With a diffuser, of course! Now you are probably wondering how to use an essential oil diffuser. Well, here goes.

How an essential oil diffuser works: In short, an essential oil diffuser diffuses, or disperses, essential oil, carried by cold steam, into the air to make it available for breathing. The oil is broken into tiny particles, carried up into the air through the steam, and suspended in the air for several hours, all the while disinfecting the air and providing a wonderful aromatic experience. There are different types of diffusers, but basically, the idea is the same–they are a vehicle for dispersing essential oil into the air for the purposes of inhaling the oil.

Where to buy an essential oil diffuser: If you are interested in purchasing an essential oil diffuser, you are probably looking them up online and getting overwhelmed right about now. And if you’re a budget-savvy mama like me, you’re probably thinking the $17.99 ones on Amazon are looking pretty good right now. Well, think again. Just like anything else in this world, a diffuser should be thought of as an investment, and you should go with a top rated essential oil diffuser. If you have purchased or been gifted some high quality essential oils, though, and you are dying to start diffusing them and you absolutely can’t afford to spend more than $17.99 at the moment, then go for that cheapy Amazon one, but just know I will be saying “I told you so” in 3 months when it’s whizzing and whirring and breaking down like the crappy product it is. I should know–this exact thing is happening to me right now with the diffuser I bought back in December (it’s now March) online–it is starting to break. Of course there’s no warranty to speak of or course of action for me to get my $17.99 back; it’s just gone forever. HOWEVER, let me tell you about my NEW favorite diffuser. The doTERRA Petal Diffuser! This thing is a small wonder–at $47 wholesale ($62.67 retail), it is a steal of a deal. A gorgeous, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-clean design with a large water reservoir. With only two pieces, there is virtually no setup–you just pop it out of the box, lift the top off, fill to the red marker with water, drop a couple drops of your preferred doTERRA oil in, replace top, plug it in and hit the “MIST” button on the front and BAM! You are instantly receiving the benefits of that oil aromatically (you start smelling the aroma much fast than with other brand diffusers I’ve tried). Love it. What I also love about this is that doTERRA stands behind their products–the Petal Diffuser has a 90-day limited warranty (they will replace it for you if it breaks in the first 3 months), and if for some reason you decide you don’t like it, you can return it for a refund in the first 30 days. The only drawback I’ve found with this diffuser is that it will only run continuously for 4 hours, where I’ve seen others run for a max of 8, which, to me, makes this the perfect diffuser for your living room or office. If you’re looking for one that will run all night long for your bedroom, I’d suggest the doTERRA Aroma Lite Diffuser. That mamma jamma holds a LOT of water but is still compact enough to travel with. Win-win!

The moral of the story is, if you are looking for a great essential oil diffuser, look no further than doTERRA. They’ve got you covered. Bonus: if you’re a wholesale member, you get loyalty points for the Petal Diffuser and the Aroma Lite Diffuser, which you can turn around and use to get free doTERRA product. So awesome. Sorry/not sorry this turned into an advertisement for doTERRA, but I just love them as a company, and they sell wonderful diffusers!

Have you tried a doTERRA diffuser? What did you think? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Until next time–your sister in essential oils,

Emily

Essential Oils for Bladder Infections

Photo by twigystock.com

Since I was little, my mom has struggled with bladder infections and UTI’s. Being a natural remedy kind of person to begin with, she has spent a lot of time trying the basics–cranberry juice, extra water, cranberry supplements, and eventually she landed on her most recent recommendations, which were taking D-Mannose (a simple sugar found in many fruits) and cinnamon every day. The reasons these things have not worked for her were they were either a. cost-prohibitive, b. inconvenient, c. unpleasant d. the amount required was insane or all of the above. Most recently she had been prescribed some low-grade antibiotics for the infection and had been taking those, and while they do help, the infection would come RIGHT BACK when she stopped taking them. So frustrating.

ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS. :] I started using essential oils consistently a few months ago for everything from sinus infections to calming a restless baby, and I have noticed some marked results. As I started reading all the things they could be used for, my mind ran wild with the possibilities. The first and most immediate thing I wanted to start improving was the lives of my family members, so I bought my mom some doTERRA OnGuard softgels to take once a day.
OnGuard soft gel ingredients: Wild Orange Peel: protects the body against seasonal threats*, Clove Bud: supports a healthy immune system*, Black Pepper Seed: supports healthy circulation*, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf: promotes healthy immune function*, Eucalyptus Leaf: purifying and cleansing properties*, Oregano Leaf: helps maintain a healthy immune system*, Rosemary Flower/Leaf: may help support the digestive system*, Melissa Leaf: may help support healthy immune system*

I also made her a roll-on (for topical application to her bladder area) with a combination of doTERRAOnGuard essential oil blend (same ingredients as above, minus the Black Pepper and Oregano)(20 drops), Frankincense essential oil–otherwise known as the King of Oils because it’s good for everything–(10 drops), doTERRA DigestZen essential oil blend (ingredients: Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)(5 drops) and doTERRA Oregano essential oil (2 drops), topped off with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil.

The reason I picked these oils were that I had asked around to my oil-using gurus and found out what oils they had experience with and what had worked for them or others they knew. Then I used what I had to make her a combination. She has only just started using the new protocol but I’ll check in with her in a few weeks and see how it’s going. The next day after applying the roller on her bladder area, she did say she woke up feeling “better.” I know that’s not exceptionally detailed, so I’ll continue to follow up with her and post my results here.

Two other things I’d like to try if what she’s using now isn’t enough: Lemongrass essential oil and Juniper Berry essential oil. These two were mentioned over and over in my research, I just didn’t have them on hand so I decided to go with what was readily available first. If this works for her, she will be spending $15 (for the OnGuard beadlets) per month and some change (when you figure in the cost of the roller and ingredients–though the one I made her maybe cost $10 to make and should last her probably 3 months with constant use). Not bad, all things considered! Cost-effective, convenient, and taken in small amounts, all while supporting her body naturally.

Have you used essential oils for bladder infections and UTI’s? What worked? I’d love to know so please leave a comment. :]

Until next time,

Emily

*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.