My Stomach Hurts – What kind of Essential Oil will Help?

Even though I try my best to eat healthy and organic, sometimes my stomach just doesn’t feel right.  I don’t usually like to take over the counter (OTC) medicines. So Instead, I first try to see if there is an essential oil that I can use that might help. Here’s my favorite oil currently to help with digestive related problems. The best part is that you can take it orally or use it in a diffuser!

doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend

With its wide variety of included digestive health benefits, doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend quickly became known as the “tummy tamer.” Infused with a blend of oils that help to ease discomfort of the stomach, aid in proper digestion, and maintain a healthy GI tract, doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend can soothe most common tummy troubles.

For those looking for a natural approach to handling stomach issues, doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend proposes a new answer. Ginger, coriander, and fennel are included to ease discomfort, indigestion or motion sickness, while tarragon, caraway, anise, and peppermint help maintain a healthy tract around the clock.  doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend can be used in a number of different ways including internally, topically, and aromatically. The best form of use can be determined by the desired result.

Recommended Uses

  • Mix a few drops of doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend in with a glass of water or tea to soothe stomach troubles or to improve and maintain the general function of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Rub 1-2 drops of doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend directly onto the stomach for immediate relief, especially during times of travel.
  • Take doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend internally with water when eating a new or spicy food to avoid or treat any stomach sensitivity.
  • Use doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend for an abdominal massage to soothe both physically and aromatically.

Benefits of Usage

While most oil blends are recommended for only topical or aromatic use, doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend is an exception and can be taken internally. Ingesting with water allows it to be consumable and provides almost immediate relief by getting right to the source of stomach discomfort.

If using doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend aromatically is more appealing, it can still ease stomach discomfort this way. The sweet yet spicy aroma is similar to licorice but also has notes of mint. The scent can help to reduce bloating, gas and general discomfort just by inhaling air diffused with doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend.

Another direct way to use doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend is to rub a few drops onto the abdomen either with carrier oil such as coconut oil (to help with skin sensitivity) or on its own. A direct application onto the affected area will soothe stomach issues or digestive problems. This can come in handy for those who tend to get nauseous or sick to their stomach while traveling, or after eating a rich meal.

Ingredients

A breakdown of the ingredients in doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend sheds light on how this perfectly mixed oil blend can soothe even the toughest of tummy troubles.

  • Ginger is known to soothe both nausea and aid in normal digestion.
  • Peppermint takes care of bloating and other digestive issues.
  • Caraway seed can help with muscle cramps or trouble digesting.
  • Coriander aids an upset stomach or indigestion.
  • Anise is a healing herb that promotes overall digestive health.
  • Tarragon stimulates the digestive tract and can help to improve appetite.
  • Fennel benefits the respiratory system and overall digestive health.

If stomach discomfort, bloating, digestive issues or travel sickness is a problem, doTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend may be the natural solution.

 

How can I use a diffuser to feel cooler?

Each day this past week has been over 90 degrees. The heat wave of this 2017 summer is definitely making me irritable and sticky.  With my limited budget, I cannot afford upgrading my apartment with air conditioning. Instead, I decided to use my diffuser to create a cool ambiance. Using the right blend of essential oils, I am able to transform my irritability into a calm cool environment.

 How can I use essential oils to feel cooler?

It may sound strange that an oil can make you feel cooler, but that’s exactly what an oil can do. Have you ever tried “Icy Hot”? The ointment is for sore muscles and provides an Icy feeling sore muscles, followed by a hot sensation.  So, what oil can make you feel cool?

Here are my top picks for the best Cooling Oils:

  • Menthol
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Eucalyptus

Menthol

Menthol is one of the main ingredients of Icy Hot. It’s the element that makes you feel icy.  For this reason, I like to add it to my diffuser, to add a cool feeling to the room during the summer.

Peppermint

Many do not know, but most Peppermint blends include menthol.  It is commonly used in candies and medicines.

Spearmint

Spearmint is a variation of the mint herb family. I use both peppermint and spearmint interchangeably. Some essential oil brands will blend spearmint and lemongrass together. The lemongrass naturally balances the spearmint to keep you cool and awake at the same time.

Eucalyptus

Perhaps one of my most used oils, I add eucalyptus to everything. If the night is hot and humid, I like to blend mint with eucalyptus to produce a cool, relaxed spa setting.  Many holistic blogs recommend eucalyptus as a decongestant. If you fall sick during a hot summer night, adding eucalyptus can help clear your sinus when you go to sleep.

My Top Remedy for a Hot Humid Summer:

  • 2 drops of Eucalyptus

  • 3 drops of Peppermint

  • 1 drop of Menthol

Directions: Add distilled water to diffuser. Add drops of eucalyptus, peppermint and menthol to water. Turn on diffuser and relax.

When it’s really hot outside, I set my diffuser in back of the fan so that the scent can be distributed by the oscillating fan. I like to turn on the diffuser at least 2 hours before I sleep so that the scents can fill the room. By the time I am ready to go to bed, the menthol has provided with a nice cool feeling.

Happy 2017 Summer Days everyone!

 

 

What’s the Difference Between An Essential Oil Nebulizer and A Diffuser?

Do you have an essential oil nebulizer or a diffuser?

Have you ever wondered, “Are they the same?” and “What is the difference of using them both in our daily lives?”

You may think that they both work similarly but to give you a better understanding of what these two are, we will define each for you.

A diffuser is any device which allows a liquid to evaporate in the air thereby putting a scent into the surrounding environment. A diffuser is simply any device that imparts a scent into the air by evaporation. There are different types of a diffuser and an essential oil nebulizer is one of those. A nebulizer is a specific type that uses the process of nebulization to achieve evaporation. You have other ways to diffuse essential oil but the diffusion method you are going to choose will determine how the amount of aroma from the essential oil will give you the therapeutic benefit you desire.

A nebulizer is slightly better than a diffuser and it is because they are one of the best ways to provide both aroma and therapeutic healing value from essential oils. Essential oil nebulizers do not alter the chemical composition of the oils. It can diffuse the essential oil without breaking its chemical properties. As it breaks down pure essential oil molecules, it is done without separation of the mixture. It produces a particle size that is small enough for the lungs and body to be absorbed rapidly. If you’re using a diffuser in a large space, nebulizers are the best option for you. These little diffusers are very potent and they can cleanse the air throughout large rooms with high ceilings.

People who have asthma and allergic to dust (allergic rhinitis) can benefit well with using an essential oil nebulizer. It improves the air quality because more negative ions are released into the air. These negative ions attach themselves to positive ions, causing the dust to fall to the ground so that it may no longer pollute the air. You will notice that you can breathe better, and the air tastes cleaner. You can have the same experience in places like the seashore or the mountains and that’s because there are a lot of negative ions that are naturally present in the air.

If all that you want to do is provide a pleasant scent to your environment, then any diffuser will work fine. You have a wide variety and styles that you can choose from so that it can fit the space you wanted to place it. But if you want to use essential oils for their maximum healing qualities and pure therapeutic benefit, a nebulizer will do the job effectively. This is the reason why most doctors and respiratory professionals prescribe the use of a nebulizer to administer inhalants of a medicine. Essential oil nebulizers are also available in a wide range of shapes and sizes and come in modern designs made using natural materials like wood and glass. This gives them an innovative edge as some of the best looking diffusers to decorate your home or office with. You are sure that you will get one that fits your needs and your space perfectly!

My Favorite Essential Oil for Men – Mister Essential Oil

Relaxation with Essential Oils

Imagine closing your eyes, relaxing and drifting off to a calm peaceful meditation.

What if I told you that Mister Essential Oil for Men has the perfect balance of scents to get you to that inner peace feeling?

Recently I have been trying different blends that could calm me down after a long day or a strenuous work out. Don’t let the “Mister” essential oil name fool you. It’s great for both active men and women. I first learned about this oil from a coworker that had been taking a Prostate Health Supplement recommended by his holistic doctor. He said he liked taking the supplement and then using the Mister Essential Oil for relaxation.

One deep breath of the scent had me hooked.

I believe that essential oils are both preventive and curative and can treat everything ranging from minor irritations such as stress, colds, muscle aches, to terminal ailments such as cancer and heart diseases. The use of essentials to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body, spirit, and mind is called aromatherapy.

Mister Essential Oil included:

  • Sage Essential Oil (Salvia officinalis)

    Used to support respiratory and reproductive body systems. This scent has a slight savory smell that compliments the lavender well. Sage has been recognized for its ability to strengthen the senses and vital centers of the body and to support metabolism.

  • Myrtle Essential Oil (Myrtus communis)

    Many people use this oil for lifting the spirit and meditation.

  • Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

    One of the main uses of lavender oil is the alleviation of nervous stomach irritations, insomnia, and restlessness. It can be massaged directly to the skin to improve sleep quality, decrease anxiety and boost concentration. It is a remedy to a number of skin problems including acne, eczema and fungal infections.

  • Fennel Essential Oil (Foeniculum vulgare)

    A woody licorice scent, its known to help cover unwanted scents like garlic, aid in digestion.

  • Peppermint Essential Oils (Mentha piperita)

    This oil is often used in teas to alleviate cold and flu symptoms as well as help thin mucus. Peppermint has menthol as its active ingredient- and menthol is an effective expectorant and decongestant. More, it is useful as well in soothing and calming both dry cough and sore throats.

  • Blue Yarrow Essential Oil (Achillea millefolium)

    Dry, smooth, herbal scent. This oil is good for circulation, helping to alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Some people say this oil helps to promote Men’s sexual energy. For me, I felt emotionally relaxed. The longer I used the oil in my diffuser, the more my feelings balanced. It helped to release my stress and different pent up anger.

The scent itself had a masculine smell with a slight woody, earthy, yet crisp lavender scent.

I can’t wait to buy more to give to my guy friends. For more of my reviews, click here.

 

Making a Body Spray from Scratch

I feel like springtime is right around the corner. I can almost smell it! Body lotions and fake smells have been leaving me feeling greasy. My solution? To make some body spray.

With the essential oils I use with my diffuser, I was able to make a simple body spray. Since my oils are organic- everything is non artificial.

 

What you need:

  • Spray Bottle
  • Funnel
  • vinegar
  • green tea bads
  • aloe vera

Essential oils:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Lemon Oil

Directions

  1. Brew Green Tea (at least 3 cups)
  2. Combine 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel into the green tea. mix until dissolved
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together a dash (1 teaspoon) of white vinegar with your preferred essential oils. I like to use equal parts Eucalyptus and Lavender oil. (at least 6 drops). Then add 3-4 drops of grapefruit and Geranium oil. Finally add a dash of lemon oil, as preferred.
  4. Mix the essential oils and vinegar well. Poor into green tea.
  5. Mix the the tea and oil until well combined. Smell the solution. Test on the skin.
  6. If necessary, add different essential oils to achieve the smell you like.
  7. Using a funnel, pour into the spray bottle.
  8. Spray away!

For storage, I add a plastic wrap to the top of the bottle and keep the spray nozzle off until use. Sometimes I noticed that the oil or vinegar can do something weird to the spray and have it stop working.  To save the spray bottle, I only attach it when I’m ready to use it.

You can store this bottle in your bathroom for at least 1-2 months.

Happy Spraying!

 

Smelling Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day- An American tradition.  Just thinking of Valentine‘s Day reminds me of warm, sensuous, and aromatic scents. Now is the perfect time to experiment with different scents to create that special mood.

Our sense of smell is much more sensitive than taste, researchers have linked different smells to different areas of the brain. Certain smells can trigger memories or associations with pleasure and emotion.  Essential oils have a complex chemistry that excite the brain in the pituitary gland, hypothalamus gland, and limbic system.

For example, the smell of roses will often times trigger one to remember Valentines day, or being in love.

Unique Blending of Oils

If you want to create a special scent for Valentines, the best way to start is to think of a happy memory associated with your loved one. For example, what was the best trip you took together? Was it on a camping trip sitting by the fire? A romantic scent then would be a blend of cedarwood, birch, guaiacwood, and cade essential oils.

For the general romantic mood, Rose is still the most popular scent.  However, I would recommend combining the rose scent with something else to make it more complex.  For example, you could mix rose with sandalwood to get a complex sexy and warm scent.

Jasmine is another popular alluring oil for this holiday. Traditional East Asian medicine associated Jasmin to help remove impotence and frigidity.  One could mix jasmine and grapefruit together to create a sweet and bright scent.

Neroli is a derived from the blossom of bitter orange blossom. Its scent is sweet and honeyed.  Like jasmine and rose, its scent has a nice aroma that reminds people of romance.  In old Victorian times, brides wore a sprig of neroli to attempt to calm them selves while still stimulating romance.

From Hinduism, champaca is a popular scent from a flagrant flower.  The traditional scent reminds people of beauty and seductiveness.  This scent is often used in Tantra yoga sessions to promote sensuality.

There’s still two weeks before Valentine’s day, so one has plenty of time to experiment with different scents in the diffuser. There are options to buy mixed potions like Now Food’s Love at First sight if you don’t want to spend the time to experiment.

My recipe

Here is my favorite blend:

  • 2 drops of Rose Otto
  • 1 drop of sandlewood
  • 3 drops of lavender
  • 1 drop of geranium

The end result combines the romance of rose, with the seductive sandlewood, relaxation of lavender, and cleanliness from geranium.

Not sure what Rose Otto is? Here’s a quick video:

Enjoy!

My Top 5 Reasons to Use Peppermint Oil in Diffusers

Peppermint Oil. That fresh scent that reminds you of waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth. Besides toothpaste and breath freshening chewing gum, peppermint has many health benefits.  This plant is a versatile oil just like geranium and lavender.

Aromatherapists recommend this oil to be used for a variety of health ailments. One could use peppermint to help sooth a upset stomach, or even to give a cooling sensation.

Here are my Top 5 Recommended Uses for Peppermint oil:

  1. After Sports. Ever feel like the room is too hot after playing a game of soccer? Coming home to a fresh scented peppermint oil room will help people feel cooler.  Peppermint oil has natural antimicrobial properties that could help prevent sweaty people from transmitting germs to each other.
  2. Increasing Energy Levels in the morning. Ever feel like you couldn’t get out of bed? Just like lavender helps people relax and fall asleep, peppermint oil diffused in a room can help a person transition from sleepiness to waking up and starting the day.
  3. Clearing a Stuffy Nose.  Using peppermint oil during the cold season could also help clear blocked airway passages. You can mix peppermint oil with eucalyptus oil to create a homemade vapor similar to vick’s vapor rub (but organic).
  4. Soothing Skin Irritations. Ever just feel really itchy? Using peppermint oil and lavender mixed together in a diffuser can help a soothing sensation in room to make an atmosphere more relaxing and calm eczema like symptoms.
  5. Headaches. Besides drinking a glass a water, sometimes headaches just don’t away. Using a diffuser with your favorite scent plus some peppermint can help get your mind at ease. Some aromatherapists believe that peppermint can help circulation. Remember icy hot? That cooling sensation is where peppermint can help a headache like sore muscles to icy hot.  A diffuser scent is also a great way to help kids relax from a headache that won’t go away.

While peppermint is a great homeopathic solution to many ailments, its always advised to talk to your physician about your current health and drug interactions.  Only your physician can tell you whether or not a specific health ailment or prescription would be affected by various essential oils.