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My Favorite Essential Oil Recipes: Keep Away Spray

With school starting and all of the talk of Superlice spreading, your kids may want to stay home and hide. This spray will support their body’s defense and repel the little bugs. Now your kids can relax and you can send them to school with confidence! Check this article out with other tips from our resident natural school nurse, Lynn Hart.

My Favorite Essential Oil Recipes: Keep Away Spray

8 drops rosemary essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops melaleuca essential oil
4 oz glass spray bottle
water to fill

Add the essential oils (therapeutic grade only) to the glass spray bottle and fill water to the top. Apply spray top and label. Spray on hair before heading to school.

Keep out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Shake well before use.

 

Cypress Oil: Bring the Essence of the Forest Indoors!

Cypress oil brings the outdoors into your living room.  This oil smells like you are deep in the woods or brought fresh greens into your home. It is steam distilled from the branches of the cypress tree and has many amazing and broad benefits.

Therapeutic Grade Cypress Essential Oil:

  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Promotes healthy respiratory function
  • Supports localized blood flow
  • Soothes tight, tense muscles
  • Is beneficial for oily skin conditions

I use this oil mainly to help support respiratory health and circulation. I apply topically to problem areas by applying a drop or two with carrier oil and massaging into skin. I also love to diffuse with oil alone or combined with other oils. Lavender, basil, and bergamot blend great with this oil. How do you use cypress oil?

~Emily~

My Favorite Rollerball Recipe: Urinary Tract Support

This is a rollerball recipe that I don’t need much anymore, knock on wood. But, when I need to support my body in promoting a healthy urinary tract, I make this one up to have handy!

My Favorite Rollerball Recipe: Urinary Tract Support: I use this rollerball recipe whenever I feel urinary discomfort and feel any potential issue coming on. I will support my body in resolving the problem as soon as I suspect my immune system and urinary tract could use the help. Use only therapeutic grade oils and apply to test area first (on underside of arm) to make sure you do not have any sensitivities to the oils.

2 drops sandalwood
4 drops juniper berry
5 drops lemongrass
1 drop thyme
4 drops eucalyptus

Combine oils in the rollerball base and add carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil) to the top. Pop on the roller top and label. Keep out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Shake well before each use.

I apply this topically over my bladder in lower abdomen and on lower back over the kidneys. I repeat this every 20-30 minutes as needed. I also follow these tips for a healthy urinary tract.

 

 

 

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Healthy Skin Support

Who has time to add extra steps to their skin regimen to support the body in combating problem areas? Not me! I need something that is quick and easy or I won’t do it. This oil rollerball recipe is ready to go and promotes a healthy and clear complexion.

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Healthy Skin Support – I use this rollerball blend to promote healthy skin on minor irritations or imperfections. Use only therapeutic grade oils and apply to test area first (on underside of arm) to make sure you do not have any sensitivities to the oils.

10 drops frankincense
10 drops lavender
10 drops melaleuca
10 drops helichrysum
3 drops lemongrass
4 drops juniper berry
5 drops geranium

Add these oils (or the ones you have on hand) to the rollerball base and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Snap top into place and label.

Apply topically 2-3 times daily or as needed. You can also add this blend to a spray bottle to spritz on the area of concern.

Shake well before use and keep out of direct sunlight and extreme heat.

Lime Essential Oil: Delicious Addition While Also Supporting Health!

I apologized, I have neglected a few cool qualities of lime oil. I have told you all of the amazing ways that I add it to food and drinks to really add a delicious pop of flavor. Check a few of them out here:

Guacamole with Lime Oil
5 Essential Oils To Have On Hand While Eating Out
Dairy Free Strawberry Lime Ice Cream

What I haven’t told you is that lime isn’t all about the taste, it has a few other tricks up its sleeve!

Therapeutic grade lime oil also:

  • Promotes emotional balance and well-being
  • Positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Used as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleaner

I love to diffuse this oil! It might be the fact that the smell reminds me of margaritas but it makes me happy! I usually will combine it with a few other oils like lavender or orange and diffuse it at bedtime. I have also added it to lotions during the winter for an awesome smelling pick me up. Caution applying this one topically when you will be in the sunlight. It can be photosensitizing!

I love me some lime oil! Sorry for selling it short before! 😉

~Emily~

 

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Stomach Support!

After writing my last tip and listing what oils I use to alleviate occasional stomach upset, I decided making a rollerball of these oils would make my life a lot easier! So here it is:

Stomach Support Rollerball Recipe: This recipe will support your gastrointestinal tract and promote normal digestion.

6 drops peppermint oil
3 drops ginger oil
1 drop fennel oil
1 drop cardamom oil

Add the above oils to a roller ball base and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Push roller top on, tighten cap, and label. Store in a cool location away from direct sunlight.

Shake before use and apply to the stomach area or to the bottoms of the feet as needed.

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Seasonal Threat Support

I love making rollerball bottles filled with my favorite essential oils. It makes life easier when you are always on the go! I figured I should share with you guys how I make our essential oil habit run even smoother in our house!

The concept of rollerball recipes is that you can add different oils and a carrier oil into a container that you can easily apply topically whenever there is a need. There ALWAYS seems to be a need at my house. Instead of grabbing several oil bottles and mixing them up with coconut oil every time, having the rollerballs already prepared saves us time and frustration. Here is one of my favorites!

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Seasonal Threat Support: This recipe will help support your body in defending itself from the seasonal threats that surface each year.

6 drops lavender
6 drops roman chamomile
2 drops myrrh
1 drop peppermint

Add the above oils to the rollerball base and then fill to the top with carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil is my preference). Snap top into place and label. Store in a cool location away from direct sunlight.

Apply to bottoms of feet for sensitive skin or to temples, thymus area, and behind ears when needed.

 

 

My Five Year Old’s Favorite Essential Oil: Lavender!

I guess I should have seen this coming, it smells great and the label is purple, but my daughter is obsessed with lavender oil.

She wants it added to her bath, diffused at night, and rubbed onto her skin for any type of skin insult (real or imaginary). She used to beg for other options so I’m pretty happy to have to run for the “the oils” now. It is a pretty amazing oil, how can I blame her?!

Lavender Essential Oil (therapeutic grade):

  • Eases muscle tension
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
  • Soothes occasional skin irritations

I like to use it in a spray bottle with water and apply it to our pillows and sheets before bed. We also diffuse it often in our bedroom to help us relax. I always have it on hand when I am on the go so I can apply it quickly to any minor skin issues. I love to breathe in a few drops out of my cupped hand during times of high stress for its calming effects. It is also one of our favorites to add to coconut oil and apply topically when you need that tense neck or shoulders massaged. There are just so many uses. It is one of the most versatile essential oils! Most people are familiar with lavender oil but may not know how truly awesome it is! My daughter Katy will gladly give you the scoop! 😉 ~Emily~

My Natural “Big Gun”, Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil may not smell the best. If you apply it to yourself and go out in public people may assume you just came out of a pizza parlor. It may feel hot and burn slightly if you do not apply enough carrier oil. That is the bad news. Here is the good, it is a necessary “big gun” to have in your natural solutions arsenal. Major seasonal threat passing through our house? This amazing oil is being applied to the bottoms of our feet (with lots of coconut oil) pronto! These are some of the reasons I love therapeutic grade oregano essential oil:

  • It is an excellent source of antioxidants
  • It provides immune-enhancing benefits
  • It is used as a powerful cleaning and purifying agent
  • It supports healthy digestion and respiratory function

I will always dilute this oil with at least 3 times the carrier oil. If I am just applying one drop of oil, I will add 3 drops of coconut oil. I will double the carrier oil if I am applying it to my kids or those with sensitive skin.

I do not use oregano oil every day but it is my go to oil when times get rough! It is one oil I think every house hold should have on hand.  Don’t forget to dilute! It is also very tasty as a flavoring while cooking! I love this oil, strong smell and all!  How do YOU use oregano oil?

 ~Emily~

Beautify Your Fingertips Naturally!

For those of you looking for strong nails and healthy cuticles here is my trick. As always stripping your diet from processed food, sugar, and grains is key but here are a few other tips to beautify your fingertips! Make a blend of essential oils and carrier oil in a rollerball and apply to nails nightly or as needed. These are a few of my favorite oils for promotiong nail health:

Lemon
Frankincense
Myrrh
Lavender

I will put about 5 drops of each in the bottle and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. It is easy to apply and ready to go when you are in a hurry or too tired to mess with something complicated! Here is my favorite cuticle cream to make and apply if you have a little more time!

Cuticle Cream

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons shea butter
1 teaspoon beeswax
1 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
7 drops lavender or myrrh essential oil

Directions:

  1. In a small glass container, combine shea butter, beeswax, and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Place in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water
  2. Stir ingredients until combined (around 5-10 minutes)  Note: Use a popsicle stick for easy cleanup
  3. Once melted, remove from heat and let rest for 3 minutes
  4. Add essential oils and stir
  5. Pour into container
  6. Let harden for 2-3 hours and you’re done
  7. To use, just apply a small amount to cuticles and rub until absorbed

How do YOU beautify your fingertips? ~Emily~

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