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.


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.)

Oh Sweet Serenity

I tend to purchase single-oil essential oils so I can mix my own blends and rollerballs.  There are some exceptions to this rule.  In fact, there are a couple of blends that I won’t do without.  One of these is an essential oil I was given as a gift, after my sweet 19-year old niece was killed in a car accident, and we were visiting family and attending her funeral services.  I was still fairly new to oils, but I found this oil to be soothing and calming, and in my opinion, it lived up to it’s name:  doTerra Serenity.

DISCLAIMER:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  I am  NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.  I cannot give you medical advice or tell you that anything will cure or heal any condition or disease.  What I am is a woman who loves to use naturally-derived products in my home and for my family, and this post is full of my opinion.  Please consult with your physician before using anything for any medical condition or disease.

I was given a couple of sample vials of the oil by my friend, Shelly, who said it could be inhaled or applied to pulse points as needed. According to the doTerra website, Serenity is a blend of Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolut, and Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood.  Some of these oils, like Lavender and Roman Chamomile, have been used for centuries to soothe and calm and bring relaxation and rest.

Because it has such a pleasant scent (in my opinion of course), I found myself wearing it as a sort of perfume – as we were greeting family members and trying to support and comfort my brother and his family.  I would dab it on my neck and wrists and onto my hands – and I found myself feeling very relaxed and peaceful.  When I smell it now, I find it to be comforting and soothing.

As I have researched more and more, I learned that diluting the oil retains the overall scent, and provides a safer use than using it undiluted.  Because we don’t know the exact proportions of each oil within the blend itself, I treat it as a sort of Master Blend, and dilute it according to the recommendation of Lea Harris, my favorite certified aromatherapist (after you click the link, you can scroll down to see her comments about this NEW Serenity Blend).

This is my own personal experience – but I use it as a perfume especially in the car when kids are getting cranky and it really does seem to have a beneficial effect.  I will put it on and hug my kids when they are having a rough time before I even diffuse it.  (I wonder if it’s because pheromones with moms & kids are strong, and somehow there is a little bit of that going on with oils I apply to myself…)

There are ALWAYS exceptions to using essential oils.  Someone might be allergic to one of the oils used in the blend; Someone else might not like the scent at all; and some may find that the blend does nothing for them but smell nice.  But what I have found to be consistently true for this particular blend is that I tend to feel much better when I use it and it seems to have a beneficial effect on my children as well.  It is something my oldest daughter requests to use when she is feeling “stressed out” and she loves the scent as well.  If you would like to try to get a sample of this oil, please feel free to email me and request one.  Email me at FindingGraceandGlory at gmail dot com.

My Essential Oil Cupboard

Please read the disclaimer at the top of the right hand sidebar as I am not a medical professional and will not provide medical advice or diagnosis.

I decided to show you some pictures and take you on a short tour of my own personal Essential Oil Cupboard.  Because safety is so important, I keep my essential oils stored in an out-of-reach cabinet in my kitchen.  It is both more difficult for my kids to get into them, and close at hand for my blending purposes, and it is a sort of dark corner that does not get direct light (which is also important for safe storage).

Here is where I keep them:

I store my 2 baskets nestled between stock pots that I don’t use all the time, but need to keep on hand for chili or soup or boiling chicken.  When I started with essential oils, I had one bottle of Lavender oil (this is my Amazon affiliate link, and I had great success using this particular brand).  Because I grew up knowing about alternative remedies, it wasn’t a big leap for me to start digging into more info about essential oils, and it grew into something over the past 4 years that looks more like this:

The white basket is my primary basket of oils.

The black basket contains 2nd bottles, samples, sprays, and a kit of oils (the green bag) I won from another blog (ACK!!!)

I have a small cosmetic bag I carry with me as my Go-To Kit, as well.  I have created my own blends of rollerball recipes, used others’ rollerball recipes, and diluted some oils for use that I like to keep at hand.  We have regular issues with digestion, joint pain, and nerves/anxiety – so these rollerballs are what I use most often.

I did start learning about oils in conjunction with an MLM company.  I will NOT knock any of the MLM companies I am familiar with.  I don’t always agree with the instructions given by sales consultants, because I have done my own personal research that tells me otherwise.  But I won’t disparage anyone other than to say I RARELY INGEST ANY OILS. (There are safer alternatives for ingestion which I will write about in some future post).

My decision to NOT regularly ingest oils is based purely on a variety of articles and posts I have read over time, as well as personal experience with essential oils use.

My primary applications for essential oil use are Topical application and Diffusion (aromatherapy).  Again, after reading extensive articles and interviews, I determined these methods to be most effective and utilize them most often for my family.  In my humble opinion, you should determine your own personal use, but be aware that essential oils are powerful substances and you should rely on both caution and self-education to use them well.

Do you have a collection of essential oils?  How do you store your oils?






P.S. – I will talk about my specific brands of oils next week.  I just need some time to get all my info together so it is an article that you can reference if you would like!


Which Essential Oils Should I Buy?

Which essential oils should I buy?” is probably the #1 question I have seen across the board where Essential Oils are concerned.  The popularity of EO’s can be seen in the growth of companies like doTerra and Young Living, as well as on Amazon.com, afternoon talk shows and self-proclaimed “experts” on the web and Facebook.

You will find all kinds of people recommending one or two brands over all others.  Generally, this is based on personal use.  Sometimes, it is based on the fact that the recommendation (and later purchase) will generate sales income.

With the market becoming more and more saturated with new brands and labels, and because EO’s are NOT really regulated by anyone, it becomes more and more important to find reliable sources for your essential oils.

Safety has become an issue because children have been injured due to ingestion or incorrect usage of a “natural alternative” essential oil.

Quality can be an issue because anyone can bottle a product and call it an essential oil.  Some companies have undergone testing to determine if the oils in the bottles are actually the oils as printed on the bottle labels.  Sometimes an essential oil is pre-diluted but not labeled as such.  Sometimes the oil indicated, such as fir, could be one of a variety of subspecies (white fir, douglas fir, balsam fir, etc.) and knowing a scientific name can help you determine which oil might be best for your use as different varieties can have very different properties.

This does not mean you should not consider incorporating essential oil use in your personal regimen!  It just means that you should do your own research before jumping on the bandwagon that is essential oils and investing hundreds of dollars before learning about the ins and outs of safe, responsible use.

Ask me how I know this…

The truth is, the more I read about essential oils, the more I respect their use.  The more I learn about the benefits of using essential oils, the more I rely on them to deal with chronic joint pain, to help tame my anxiety, and to even help my kids move through difficult moments at home.

But safety has to be my primary concern!!!  

It is why, when you read about essential oils on a blog, you will 99% of the time read a disclaimer such as

I am not a medical professional.  I cannot diagnose or prescribe treatment for a medical condition.  Blah blah blah blah.


I know that I have not answered my own question about Which Essential Oils Should I Buy, yet have I?

That’s because there is no one single answer to this question.

The truth is, there are some very reputable brands and labels which produce high quality oils.  They have established a reputation for producing consistent oils and blends of oils.  The highest priced oil does not always mean you will get the highest quality.  Neither does the lowest price mean you are getting the lowest quality.  (Price CAN tell you something, but it isn’t the only factor to go on).

You can talk to other people about their oil use.  You can read reviews on essential oil websites and blogs.  You can talk to an aromatherapist.  You can read books on herbs and aromatherapy.  The more effort you put into learning about essential oils, the more confident you can become about using them safely.

Essential Oils have not had the time for the research and studies that antibiotics have had, so it is up to us – the consumer – to arm ourselves with the facts and information we need to be safe and wise while using essential oils.

I have used a number of brands of essential oils over the past 5 years.  I have read many reviews and references and even testing results (because I’m a nerd like that!)  Currently, these are my top sources for purchasing essential oils for my home and family (I am not an affiliate for any of these sources):

Eden’s Garden

Rocky Mountain Oils

Plant Therapy

doTerra (both through my mom and my friend Shelly – if you are interested in purchasing doTerra, leave me a comment)

These aren’t the only “good” oils out there.  I am not saying you should never use any other brand, I have just determined that these particular brands work best for our budget and my family.

How do you decide on which oil brand to buy?


Essential Oils Education

Please read the disclaimer at the top of the right hand sidebar as I am not a medical professional and will not provide medical advice or diagnosis.

One of the things I have really invested time and money in over the past couple of years is Essential Oils.  I know they are all the rage, but I also think it is very important to do a lot of research and learn as much as you can before you jump into using them.  As a consumer, that should be said for anything, really.  Essential Oils Education is an important part of using them safely and to their best benefit!

I have friends who are sales reps for various EO companies.  I am a member of several facebook groups devoted to essential oils – uses, recipes, education, and more.  I have been reading about and studying herbs since I was in college.  I could share family stories about using “home remedies” for a variety of things, nutritional supplements for treating various conditions, and have some experience using herbs personally to deal with nervous system and emotional issues.

I myself will be the first person to recommend Red Raspberry Leaf tea to an expectant mom in her 2nd & 3rd trimester because I have personally experienced the benefits of its regular use (and will probably write a post about that soon).

I do like to find natural alternatives to things that may be prescribed commonly, HOWEVER, I do not avoid medical diagnosis, treatment, or direction altogether.  I think that medical technology is awesome, truth be told, and I like to find a balance between learning about natural alternatives and relying on medical study and education.

I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  I DO NOT HAVE A MEDICAL LICENSE OF ANY SORT.  I have no formal training in either diagnosing medical/mental health conditions, and cannot advise anyone on what to do for “X, Y, or Z” when it comes to health.  I will not state that essential oils will cure such-and-such a disease or disorder.


I AM NOT A CERTIFIED ANYTHING – not an aromatherapist, not a nurse practitioner, not anything.  (Certifiable, you ask?  possibly, but that’s a post for another time…)

What I can do is share what I have learned.  I can share what remedies I’ve discovered, and how I’ve used a variety of alternative, natural remedies to reduce symptoms for a variety of issues.  I can recommend resources for your own personal education and administration of alternative remedies, and it will be one of the things I focus on in writing more here at my blog.

There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet and in bookstores about essential oils and how to use them.  There is advice on all ends of the spectrum, and for all sorts of conditions, diseases, and disorders.

My goal is to help you wade through all of that to find the information that is pertinent to you and that will benefit you most in your own desire to rely on natural alternatives when you see fit to do so.  I do some reading, some research, some studying for my own personal enjoyment and have found some sources that I feel are both reliable and accurate.

I will tell you that I am doing my own research into taking my education in aromatherapy and/or herbal use to a higher level, but am still in the investigative stages at this point.  But it is something I am extremely interested in, and a certification would lend both opportunity and authority…

What I’d like to know is if you have any questions about Essential Oils?  

Feel free to leave your questions in the comments, and I will respond to you personally and consider writing a post in response to the questions I’m asked.  I can do the legwork and search for answers and share what I find here in future posts.