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Essential Focus: Oregano

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Essential Focus: Oregano

Today I’m highlighting a powerhouse of the essential oil world, Oregano. It is one of the stronger oils out there and needs to be used with heavy dilution of a carrier oil in order to prevent skin irritation when applying it.

In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano also supports healthy digestion and respiratory function when taken internally.

I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t been sick with a cold or flu since I began using essential oils over three years ago. Oregano is one of the oils I rely on most when I’m traveling or even when I have a twinge of a sore throat. Because it runs the risk of making you smell like a pizza, I tend to roll it on to the bottoms of my feet before I fly. Sometimes I blend it with On Guard during flu season as well. When I’m home, if I feel a little run down, I will roll it onto my throat and inhale from my hands before I go to bed.

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A 2012 study reported by The New York Times mentioned that commercial chicken farms have begun to use cinnamon oil and oregano oil for chickens. Their natural antibiotic properties serve as an alternative to conventional antibiotics which is good news for anyone who eats chicken.

This beautiful oil is also easily used on surfaces as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent. Simply add 10 drops to a glass spray bottle, et voila!

What are your best tips for staying healthy in the winter? I’d love to hear, please share in the comments!




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Essential Focus: Frankincense

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Essential Focus: Frankincense

Frankincense was one of those oils that made me uncomfortable to think about. It felt religious in some way because I knew it was one of the gifts, along with Myrrh and Gold, that were brought by the wise men when Jesus was born. I’m the first to admit that my knowledge and understanding of religion is quite limited, therefore I was prone to push anything away that stirred up any relationship to it. And how on earth could Frankincense be put in the same category as gold? And what was Frankincense anyway?

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When I first started posting monthly about Essential Oils, I mentioned that I began my journey learning about these oils when my mother was having shoulder pain and considering not one, but two surgeries. Knowing the recovery from these surgeries would be about 18 months, I had to investigate other options not only to keep her from the trauma of going under anesthesia but to prevent having to figure out how I could care for her post-surgery when we live so far from each other.

Essential Oils are not approved by the FDA, so making claims as to what these oils can do for our health is frowned upon. What I can do is share my mother’s story about her experience with Frankincense:

I had heard that Frankincense may support the reduction of inflammation which I understood to be the underlying issue of my mother’s shoulder pain. Frankincense was also known to promote healthy joint function. Her doctor was looking to do a full and partial shoulder replacement so clearly it was a joint issue.

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Prior to using the Frankincense, my mother propped herself up on 5-6 pillows to try and get comfortable in bed at night and wasn’t getting much sleep. Several months after applying Frankincense, diluted with coconut oil, to each shoulder morning and night, she was sleeping normally again without pillows or pain.

What I find truly interesting is that when I first received the Frankincense, I found the smell to be nothing short of revolting. Now, three years later, it is something that I crave. Similar to craving food, it’s like I can “taste” it and my body wants me to use it.

My journey with these oils began three years with the understanding that if I placed an order with doTERRA, I would get Frankincense for free. The $90 retail price was daunting for something I wasn’t sure I believed in and felt like throwing money away if it didn’t help my mother. Now I look at all of the EO’s that I’ve been introduced to that have:

  • replaced all of my first aid products

  • given me the power to take my health, and my family’s health into my own hands

  • offered me the opportunity to never have to go to the drugstore - the dangerous place that taunts me with my favorite candy bars at the register

  • given me non-toxic options to all of the cleaning chemicals I used to keep in my home

  • benefitted the environment by using natural resources

And for those who are still wondering exactly what Frankincense is: it’s the resin that come from the Boswellia species of tree and is native to Ethiopia, Somalia, India, and the Arabic Peninsula and has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese health practices.

Have you had benefits from using EO’s for your wellbeing? If so please share in the comments. Questions about these oils? Add those to the comments too.

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Essential Focus: Protection

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Essential Focus: Protection

January is the perfect time to be talking about this month’s featured oil, the Protective Blend: On Guard. Three years ago, right around this time, I needed to break up with the chemicals in my home that were affecting my lungs while dealing with Whooping Cough. At the time, I was only investigating EO’s to help my mom. Learning that these oils could replace all of the cleaners in my home, plus the added bonus of getting support for my immune system rather than irritating my lungs, I was all in.

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This beautiful oil is made from orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus. A spicy and warm scent that’s lovely to diffuse in the cold winter months.

I love the idea of being able to clean my teeth, hands, floors and countertops with the same non-toxic EO knowing that there is no harm being done within my household whatsoever. I feel protected when I leave my home and use the sanitizing mist or soft gels too.

When I first started using the oils, I was making all of the concoctions myself. Now I order my toothpaste, mouthwash, foaming hand soap, and concentrated cleaner - which I mix in reusable glass spray bottles - when I need them.

If you are looking for a way to detox this winter, this is a great place to start. You can help your family and the planet by using products distilled directly from Mother Earth.

You can read more about the benefits of On Guard here. I’m happy to chat if you have any questions about the oils. Feel free to schedule a call with me anytime.

Have I mentioned that since using these oils I haven’t had more than a 24-hour cold or sore throat? Coincidence? I think not.

What chemicals would you like to remove from your home? Please share in the comments below.

Here’s to a happy and Healthy New Year!

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Essential Focus: Lemon

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Essential Focus: Lemon

Next month marks three years that I have been using Essential Oils (EOs). Now that I am seeing so much misinformation and products that are being sold as “essential oils” that aren’t necessarily any safer than the chemicals in most cleaners, I feel the need to share what I’ve learned.

When I started using EOs, it was intimidating because I didn’t know anything about them. I was looking to help my mother avoid surgery so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to impact her health negatively by introducing a product I didn’t know a lot about. That’s a Frankincense story that I’ll save for another month.

Around the same time my curiosity struck, a dear and studious friend was sharing information about EOs on instagram. After an in depth conversation, and making sure I wasn’t going to get stuck with a bunch of products I didn’t want or need, I knew doTERRA was the right brand for me.

Over these last three years, I’ve not only rid my home of chemicals, I’ve also only used these oils for headaches, runny noses and body aches. I haven’t had more than a 24-hour cold since bringing these beautiful essences into my life, which in part lies in their natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Cleaning supplies and medications are a huge part of the decluttering process I have come across in my work. Think about how much space you use for cleaners, toiletries and pharmacy items and then know that I use less than one square foot for all of my oils that offer thousands of uses. In addition to all of the positive effects, I love these oils because they make me feel a bit like a mad scientist making new concoctions that ultimately save me time and money. I am also proud be using Mother Nature’s gifts instead of destroying her with the chemicals that get flushed into her system. With reusable glass bottle sprayers I can be one less source of unnecessary plastic going into the landfill and our oceans.

Once a month, I will share what I’ve learned about a particular oil to help you understand how easy it is to eliminate toxins (cleaners/medications/viruses) from your home.

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This month’s focus is on: Lemon

It can safely remove crayons from the walls, dirt and grime to make power cords white again and combined with vinegar in a spray bottle, a perfect window and glass cleaner.

This is a happy scent that feels fresh and clean at first whiff. I’ve used Lemon to remove sticky residue, to polish wood, and my favorite use, to make my white board white again - see in my video below:

 
 

This brilliant oil can brighten anyone’s mood. Instead of burning candles and using air fresheners that are known to be toxic, I’ve switched to only using diffusers and I have a fresh smelling home everyday, even with two cats in the house.

Lemon is perfect to pull you out of the winter doldrums and is also known as The Oil of Focus. Emotional benefits of Lemon include: restoring energy, calming fears and inspiring playfulness. It’s beneficial in cases of learning issues by counterbalancing mental fatigue and clears self-judgements of not being smart enough.

If the idea of introducing EO’s into your home feels daunting to you, believe me, I’ve been there. Feel free to schedule a call with me to discover whether they would be a beneficial replacement in your home and life.

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