Essential Oil Profiles and Two Herbal Ecourses

Because I am an affiliate for the Ultimate Bundles geniuses, I was able to purchase my Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle early.  And I have been playing with it for almost a month.  I have been in HEAVEN!  I have breezed through a couple of the ebooks and will be rounding back around to them over the summer.  This bundle just has so many valuable resources, but I wanted to highlight three specific products.  Maybe you just want to find a couple of home remedies to deal with simple issues that you or your family are concerned with, and you just need some help getting started.

The first product I want to highlight is the Top 60 Essential Oil Profiles by Lea Harris.  This is an app of sorts that is built into Evernote.  (Which by the way – if you don’t have Evernote – you should use it for storing valuable documents, files, and more.  More on that later…)  Lea – my go to safety guru for essential oils – has provided a digital notebook of her Top 60 Essential Oil profiles.  This provides specific information on specific oils – and how to use them safely.

Wait?  You have a phone app that does this for you already?  I have not found ANY phone app that gives me the information these profiles give me.  They are not brand specific, they include dilution rates, and provide safety information for pregnant or nursing women, infants, and pets.  She has done the hard work of studying essential oils and provides information about the characteristics of each oil and suggestions for use.

This product alone retails for $24.98, just $5 less than the purchase price of the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle.  If there is ANY other product in this bundle that interests you, then this bundle will likely save you some money!!!

I also enrolled in the DIY Herbal Apothecary Ecourse almost immediately upon downloading my bundle.  It is included in the family section of this bundle.  It retails for $197 – so if this product alone is enough for you, purchasing the bundle will save you big bucks!  This course allows you to study 25+ herbs in depth and learn how you can use them to help in your home and family.  As much as I love essential oils, I understand that they are only one product derived from herbs – and I am very interested in how herbs in general can be used at home.

This course is BEAUTIFULLY done.  I cannot say how much I enjoy seeing the quality of photos included.  The directions are provided in a simple manner, providing the opportunity to create something that can contains multiple benefits to my health and that of my family’s.  And then there are the recipes.  Oh my goodness! Salves, lotions, vinegars, candies, tinctures, decoctions (think “tea”) and more.  Using herbs you can find in your back yard, or garden pot, or purchase online.

The 3rd product I will highlight is the Herbal Academy Herbal Materia Medica Ecourse (valued at $79).  While similar to the DIY Herbal Apothecary Ecourse, this course focuses more on profiling a single herb in detail.  It teaches you how to research and herb in greater detail and how to build a reference book for yourself.  The printable PDF files provided in this course (which help explain “constituents” and “actions” in easy to understand terms) are a cinch to use and beautifully done.

If you have ANY desire to learn how to use herbs for your health at home, this bundle is an amazing collection of tools and resources to help!  If you are tired of buying OTC meds that don’t always work or cause some not-so-great side effects and you want to rely on more naturally-derived products – whose ingredients you know down to the last ounce – you cannot pass up on the Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle.  This sale ends on MONDAY!  Don’t let it pass you by – You can purchase your bundle by clicking below:

Heads Up! Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle Sale

Hi Everybody!  Hope you are having gloriously sunny Spring days like we are in my neck of the woods!  Yesterday was nearly perfect!

Our changing weather has brought on some severe allergy issues for me – I’ve been wrestling with some serious allergens, and am feeling better today than I have in almost a week!  My allergy issues tend to go into sinus infections and I have to keep tabs on it.  I can’t take benadryl because it will knock me out (like literally.  for almost 12 hours.  with half the adult dose).  So I have to rely on allergy medication and some alternative remedies to try to keep me going.

Which is why I am so excited to share the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle with you!  Instead of making a whole post about it – I wanted to create a page for you so you can see all the items contained in the bundle.  Now listen, if you are AT ALL interested in relying on natural and alternative remedies for the health little issues that come along for you or your family – THIS BUNDLE IS FOR YOU!

Valued at about $800, containing 25+ ebooks and online courses, this bundle can help YOU use at-home remedies to help care for your health and the health of your family.  If you ever use any over-the-counter medications, you will probably find great value in this bundle!  You don’t have to become an herbalist to find this bundle beneficial – but I will tell you that one of the courses I’ve been taking {included in this bundle} has lit a fire in me again to learn what I can – not just about essential oils – but about herbs and natural products I can use (and even make myself) for my home and family!

Click RIGHT HERE to go straight to the Herbs and Essential Oils Sales Page!

Or, if you want to see all of the products that are included in the bundle, click RIGHT HERE to hop on over to my Ultimate Bundle Sales Page!

P.S. – I didn’t realize until late Sunday that a blog post I intended to go out on Saturday about this sale, actually got delivered on Sunday!  Blech!  I want to apologize for that.  I did not intend to send anything on Sunday and hope that if you are a mom, you did enjoy a beautiful Mother’s Day!

A Morning Pick Me Up – 2 Essential Oils


We have been having some rough mornings in our house lately.  Greg has started a new job and is in some intensive training, so he has had a lot of time away from us.  The kids have done okay – but we have had some pretty rocky moments.  Sometimes, it meant just letting one of them yell out his/her frustration, sometimes it has meant giving a big hug, and sometimes it has just meant that mommy has held her breath until the bus arrived to take them to school.

Seriously.

I was talking to my mom yesterday, and we’d had a particularly rough morning.  She asked me if I had used any oils – and I said I hadn’t, but I would be diffusing some in the house as the kids came home and did not have anything rigorous planned for our evening.  It didn’t help that I had been awake since before 4:00 a.m. and was feeling sluggish and tired. She reminded me of a trick that is a GREAT pick me up – especially if you feel like your morning has run over you like a train.  As we continued to talk, I grabbed my oils and did exactly as she suggested and within a few minutes, I was feeling much less raggedy and a lot more ready to tackle my day.

All you need are 2 essential oils:  Peppermint and Orange.  I happened to have a couple of different bottles of peppermint, but I grabbed my Rocky Mountain Peppermint oil and my doTerra Wild Orange.  I let 1 Peppermint oil drop into my palm, followed by 2 Wild Orange drops – rubbed my hands together and inhaled for about 5 seconds.

I grabbed my coconut oil and put several drops in my  hands and continued to rub the oils onto my wrists and up my forearms.  I stopped to inhale the oils again and I could feel the fog beginning to lift!  My mood softened and my focus sharpened – exactly what I needed!

Remember – my opinions and statements made on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Products and information shared here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or disease.  Always consult with your physician if you have a medical condition or disease.  I am not a medical professional, but I do like to share what I have found to work for myself and my family.

This is an idea combination for a nasal inhaler.  A nasal inhaler can be put together, labeled and kept in a pocket or purse to use whenever needed.  I have used these nasal inhalers before and have always been pleased with the results! {Amazon affiliate link – if your purchase through my links, I get to earn a small commission so I can keep buying my essential oils!)

Peppermint can be a very strong essential oil.  It is important to use caution with this oil because if you get it anywhere near your eye, it will definitely burn.  Yeah, I do know firsthand.  It can also be too strong for babies and young children, so if you want to use it, keep it away from their little faces.  ALWAYS do your research and know your family’s needs and the appropriate precautions to take.  (You can consult Using EOs Safely if you aren’t sure, because Lea Harris is a certified aromatherapist and has great wisdom where this is concerned.)  Taking precautions when using essential oils is strongly encouraged – a little goes a LONG way!

I have used both Sweet orange and Wild orange from different companies, and have loved them all.  You can purchase different varieties based on the type of orange and source – and there will be small nuances in scent and usage.  It really depends on you and what you like.  You should note that some varieties of orange are Phototoxic – meaning if used and then exposed to sunlight, you can have an adverse reaction – so knowing what you purchase is important.

(Here is a lengthy but informative article about Safety from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy where essential oils are concerned!)

If you try this little trick with Peppermint and Orange – let me know what you think!  (I have tried it with peppermint and  lemon before but it just didn’t have the same “kick” for me that the Peppermint and orange had.)

Diluting Essential Oils for Safety

With all the talk of essential oils – and my recent flurry of posts about using them – it is REALLY important to understand just how strong essential oils are when they remain undiluted.  Essential Oils are oftentimes part of the plant’s natural defense system.  In production of essential oils for consumers, the oils are extracted from the plants in a variety of ways, and become concentrated in the process.  These concentrated substances contain chemical compounds with a huge range of benefits, including antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and other healing actions.  BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CONCENTRATED, it is necessary to dilute them according to their chemical makeup in order to obtain the best benefit without causing harm.

Would you use bleach – undiluted – ever?  

When I began using oils, I NEVER diluted them because I didn’t know ANYTHING about dilution.  IN my case, I am very thankful that I began with Lavender as it is not one of the “hot” oils which can cause burning and tingling, and even lead to permanent damage if used incorrectly.  Few oils can be applied “neat” – or undiluted – and for even the most gentle of oils dilution is recommended.  Also of note, it IS quite possible to be allergic to an essential oil because of a related allergy to the source plant.  “Natural” does not rule out allergies.

When it comes to blending and diluting essential oils, there are certain aspects of it that I really need to refer to more experts to get my information.  I can read and study books and website, but I don’t have a certification in aromatherapy or a degree in biology or natural sciences, so I continue to look for direction from those who have taken their education to another level.  Lea Harris, one of my primary resources, is clinically certified in aromatherapy.  She has learned about the scientific makeup of essential oils, the constituents contained within the oils, and how and why they can be used for specific complaints.

One of her quotes is

We dilute essential oils before applying to the skin to minimize adverse reactions

and systemic toxicity

I like that she is completely passionate about the benefits of essential oils, and realistic about allergies and adverse reactions, and always takes a cautionary stance when discussing dilution rates.  I find her to be both encouraging to essential oil users and very keen on providing excellent, accurate information about the use of essential oils, hydrosols, tinctures, and other herb-related products.

What to dilute with?

There are several carrier oils which I have tried and some work best in different applications.  The mildest (in  my opinion) has been Sweet Almond oil and I love to use it on my kids.  It has little to no scent and is quickly absorbed.  Fractionated Coconut oil is probably my most commonly used oil, but I even like to dilute this half and half with sweet almond whenever I can.  I have also tried this Hemp Seed Oil.  This was a surprising oil, but I bought it for specific application – joint pain – as it has its own intrinsic properties that help relieve joint discomfort (it is green-tinged and quite greasy, but lovely to use in my joint/inflammation blends).  I am currently using Argan oil from Grove Collaborative for a night-time facial application and am LOVING IT!!!

When Curly had pneumonia in December last year, we tried a few oils, but I kept skirting around eucalyptus.  Eucalyptus is a very strong oil, and I have held off on using it regularly, despite its renowned respiratory effects.  When Curly was so sick, I decided to venture into using some Eucalyptus with Lavender and Sweet Orange, dropped into some epsom salts and used in a steam shower to help with her breathing.  After the first use, Curly said she felt so much better and she finally slept – HARD – for the first time in days.  I have to say that she had been using an antibiotic, nebulizer breathing treatments and some OTC decongestants for several days already which did give her some relief.  But it wasn’t until I used the oil blend WITH eucalyptus that SHE said she felt so much better, and we used it as a chest rub in coconut oil as well and she was really happy about it!

FYI – some essential oils should NOT be used for children.  Ever. We know there are medications children should never take.  And we should be very cautious in just slathering oils on our kids just because we read about it somewhere on Facebook.  {Remember when aspirin was okay to give to kids?  I remember taking that orange flavored tab as a kid – but NOW it is taboo because studies have shown a link between using aspirin and developing other health issues.}

If you want safe guidelines for diluting essential oils for yourself and your family, I HIGHLY recommend visiting Lea Harris’ site Using Essential Oils Safely (www.usingeossafely.com).  The  nice thing is – she has done the math and calculated proper dosing information, and provides a lot of information about blending oils as well.  One thing she touches on regularly is creating “Master Blends” of oils that can then be diluted for application in rollerballs.  I haven’t done this yet, but for a few of my go-to oils, I might need to do so!!!

Do you have a favorite carrier oil that you use to dilute your oils with?  Do you have any questions about essential oils or diluting them for application?

Essential Oils for Anxiety and Stress

There are essential oils that can make a really bad day much better.  Essential oils for anxiety and stress have a huge place in my collection of oils.  Between Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in our family, we have a lot of different symptoms that find some relief with use of essential oils.  Sometimes significant relief!

I have a friend who finds that many of the oils that work well for our family – do NOT work for her family with the same diagnoses or symptoms.  This is why a DISCLAIMER is necessary (see the end of my post) because different people react to different oils in very different ways!

Some of these oils are listed in my Essential Oils for Sleep post, but depending on what issues you want to assist, there may be other oils listed which you might find helpful for your use.

Vetiver – attention, focus, racing thoughts

Cedarwood – insomnia, grounding and calming

Lavender – soothing, relaxing, and great in blends

Frankincense – this is one of my GO TO oils for so many things, I had to include it here.  It calms my agitated daughter when nothing else will.  It balances me when I’m feeling moody.  It has been used for centuries in meditation and spiritual practice.  And frankly, it smells delightful… (pun intended)

Ylang ylang – mmmm such a floral wonder.  I usually only add 1 or 2 drops to a whole rollerball because it has such a powerful scent.  Reminds me of the beautiful flower leis my parents brought me back from Hawaii…

Bergamot – a lovely oil with a hint of lemony goodness.  It is the from the same fruit used to add flavor to Earl Grey tea, and it has a softer smell than lemon itself.  This is a photosensitive oil, so you should not go outside within 30 minutes of topical application.

doTerra Balance – this is a preblended mix of oils by doTerra.  Because we don’t know the specific amounts of each oil used in the blend, diluting safely can be tricky.  I tend to go the “less is more” route where my kids are concerned, especially, but I have a rollerball of this in my little bag of oils at ALL times.  It has a very lovely scent – one of my favorites!

doTerra Serenity – this is an oil blend that my friend Shelly gave me to use during my niece’s funeral and the family time surrounding that week.  It has a softly sweet smell and I have used it as perfume, and well diluted as a face serum.  It absolutely helps me settle and RELAX so much better than say, lavender alone.  I will open a bottle of this in the car when the kids are super cranky and put it on myself and the airflow in the ar distributes it to everyone!

Remember that different people can react to different oils in different ways.  While lavender alone can help one of my kids settle almost immediately, a blend of cedarwood-lavender-and-frankincense works better for another one of my kids, and doTerra’s Balance is an oil that helps my third whenever she is too tightly wound.

Diluted topical application is NOT the only use for essential oils.  Diffusing essential oils provides an aromatherapeutic benefit that may be different from topical application.  We have found that diffusing dT Balance for 30 minutes in our family room helps everybody feel more grounded and, well, balanced!

Do you use essential oils for stress relief?  What’s your favorite?  Which oil do you think you would try first?