Essential Oil Education

Have you heard about the website aromaticscience.com?

It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning more about essential oils. There are four sections; Library, Education, Research, and Protocol. Until now, the Education section was under construction. It is now complete!

This FREE, comprehensive essential oil education training program will allow you to learn about essential oil science and application.

You will learn about everything from essential oil history, to plant chemistry, to distillation methods, to appropriate topical dosage, and much more! Check out these fabulous education modules today!

DIY On Guard Hand Sanitizer

This is probably the simplest recipe I’ve ever seen! It’s so quick to make, and you don’t have to deal with any of those gross chemicals found in commercial hand sanitizer. This is perfect for the winter season!

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DIY On Guard Hand Sanitizer

15ml water
10 drops On Guard essential oil blend

Instructions: Mix together and pour into a 15ml bottle! I recommend a glass bottle because the On Guard has wild orange oil, which can break down plastic over time.

Glass spray bottle, spray tops, and more accessories: Aroma Tools
Adapted from: Modern Wellness

Lavender and Melaleuca: Can they Cause Hormone Imbalances?

This is a question that I have seen many times among essential oil users and skeptics. It is a common concern that I want to address today.

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Many people are afraid to use lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) on their children because of a study that was done in 2007. In this study, 3 boys (ages 4, 7, and 10) went to their doctor because of gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in males). They were all using a different personal hygiene product that contained lavender, tea tree, or both. The gynecomastia resolved after the stopped using the products.

Sounds legitimate, right? Let’s highlight the problems with this study.

1. It was a sample of three boys
I’m not a scientist, but generally a larger, random sample pool is required for adequate results and conclusions. Much larger.

2. They were all different personal care products
There was no consistency in what the boys were using. One was a “healing balm” that contained lavender. Another boy used hair gel and shampoo that each contained lavender and melaleuca. The third boy used lavender scented soap and lotions. Studies should use the same control and test object to get accurate results.

3. We don’t know what else was in those products
The study doesn’t give any details about the products the boys were actually using. Many personal care products contain known endocrine disruptors, and these products were not evaluated for their presence. The Discussion section of the study even states that they did not evaluate the other ingredients, which may have contributed to the gynecomastia. This sums it up well:

“The full list of ingredients in these products were not mentioned, nor the possible chemicals included in the packaging of the products. Parabens were likely included in the ingredients and phthalates in the packaging. In a recent study, diethyl phthalate was found in 103 out of 252 products, which included fragrances, hair care products, deodorants, nail polishes, lotions, skin cleansers and baby products.3 Both phthalates and parabens have been shown to have an estrogenicity presence.” - Are Lavender and Tea Tree Oils Estrogenic?

4. The oils weren’t checked for purity
Essential oils are a fast-growing industry. There are many opportunities for adulteration and cheapening the oils. These additives can have negative effects, both known and unknown. This is why purity is so important! This is directly from doTERRA:

“The claim that Lavender will cause gynocomastia (enlargement of breast tissue in males) and other hormone imbalances is not well founded. As far scientific research has been able to demonstrate, lavender and melaleuca do not affect hormone levels, nor do they cause skin sensitivity. In fact, most pure essential oils are quite soothing to the skin. But if you use an essential oil that is not pure and has additives or other chemicals mixed in, you may experience some negative side effects. This is why it is so important to use a trustworthy, pure essential oils product.”

5. The test solvent may have skewed results
Once the researchers saw the results of removing the potential offender, they decided to test their hypothesis. They tested lavender and melaleuca in a petri dish with human cells. There were signs of estrogenic growth. However, the solvent used to dilute the oils was dimethyl sulfoxide…a xenoestrogen itself!

6. Their results were not definite
The end of the study says that “lavender and tea tree oil possess weak estrogenic and antiandrogenic activities that may contribute to an imbalance… we suspect that repeated topical application of over-the-counter products containing lavender oil or tea tree oil was the cause of gynecomastia in the three patients.” (emphasis mine)

What other people say

This 2007 study seems to be the only one that found lavender and tea tree oil to be estrogenic. Here’s a comment on the study from three medical doctors:

“Traditional use and clinical trials have not suggested estrogenic effects of tea tree or lavender oil, though estrogenic effects have been reported for other essential oils and plants.”

Also, this study showed that exposure to lavender in concentrations much greater than a personal care product had NO EFFECT on the uterus of estrogen-deprived rats.

My thoughts? I don’t believe there to be any hormonal concerns with lavender and melaleuca/tea tree essential oils, but only if a pure essential oil is used. :)

Please check out the wonderful article that Mommypotamus wrote on the subject.

Christmas Vendor Fair

This Saturday, December 14th, I will be participating in a Christmas Vendor Fair. It is at Willowbrook Elementary in Altoona, IA from 10:00am to 3:00pm. There will be drawings, lunch, Santa, and 80+ vendors! I will have great stocking stuffers for sale, as well as valuable information about essential oils. There will also be opportunities for pictures with Santa and storytime for children.

Come get your Christmas shopping done all in one place!

For a detailed list of the vendors and more, download the flyer below. Hope to see you there!

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December Specials

The month of December is very exciting! Here are the specials for this month:

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I can’t wait to receive my FREE Frankincense and essential oil charm! Frankincense is truly like liquid gold. I’m adding some Christmas gifts to my order so that I reach 200PV. For more information on purchasing, click here.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

doTERRA for Babies

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I’m sure you’ve been in the place where your child is crying and upset, but too young to tell you what’s wrong. Teething? Earache? Upset stomach? I love having doTERRA in my home. One of my favorite reasons is because doTERRA essential oils are safe and effective to use with babies. Even when I don’t know what’s exactly wrong with her, I can use several oils and not worry about overdosing her or using the wrong medication. The other day, she was crying and seemed in pain. I wasn’t sure if it was her teeth or stomach. So I put clove on her teeth and orange on her tummy. She was happy again in a few minutes. I don’t know what the problem was, but one of the oils fixed it! :)

I generally dilute on all babies, just because they are small and sensitive. How do you use essential oils for your babies and toddlers?

September Specials

doTERRA is celebrating record growth in the month of August. As a way to say thank you to their loyal customers, you can earn a FREE bottle of their Immortelle blend! This is an amazing oil! Here’s a list of some of its uses:

*Helps restore skin damaged from sun exposure.
*Promotes tissue matrix mending and renewal.
*Supports inflammation reduction which is a major contributor to the aging process of skin.
*Helps skin retain and balance its natural moisture levels.
*Easily absorbs into skin leaving skin feeling and looking soft and smooth, not oily.
*Soothing and calming to skin.

Don’t miss out on these fabulous specials! Check out this page to learn how to order and get rewards, or contact me with questions.

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be bug free! Giveaway

doTERRA TerraShield blend is a fabulous non-toxic option for bug repellent! I can personally testify that it works great! Enter below for a chance to win this fantastic oil.

TerraShield is dōTERRA’s all-natural, super-concentrated insect repellent formulated with a proprietary blend of 15 CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils that have been scientifically shown to repel insects more effectively than other synthetic insect repellents. Just a small amount of super-concentrated TerraShield will provide powerful coverage and will last up to 6 hours per application. TerraShield smells great and can be used safely by everyone in the family without worry.

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Sun and Essential Oils

The approach of summer means swimming, barbecues, camping, numerous outdoor activities, and one other thing…

Sunburns.

Ah yes, those are never fun to deal with. Painful burns, peeling skin, blisters. So we do what we have been taught and slather on the sunscreen. That may prevent a sunburn, but at what cost?

Researchers have found that the ingredients in sunscreen can be doing some major damage to our bodies, even the so-called “healthy” sunscreens! Here is a not-so-lovely list of their effects:

  • Disrupt endocrine function
  • Damage DNA
  • Accelerate aging
  • Increase cancer-causing free radicals
  • Increase mortality rate

Those are some pretty grim side effects. There is plenty of information available about diet changes to improve sun tolerance. Look for those at the bottom of this article. But in the meantime, here are some easy and safe alternatives to toxic sunscreens.

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Natural Sunscreen

1 drop lavender or helichrysum essential oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Mix together and apply to exposed areas. You may make a larger batch and store it in a jar.

Sunburn Relief

8 drops lavender or melaleuca essential oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Mix and apply to sunburned areas frequently.

How to Purchase essential oils.

 

Moisturizing sunscreen recipe that requires a little extra work and ingredients.
Information on the toxic effects of commercial sunscreen.
Recommended diet changes for sun protection.