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January 18, 2018
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“It’s a Great Day!” Diffuser Blend

It’s easy to let the winter weather get you down. That’s why we created this special diffuser blend to pick you up and remind you that every day is a great day! The properties of lavender, lemon, and rosemary are known to help calm the nerves while keeping the body energized and focused all day long.

Need a new diffuser? Try the Serenity™ diffuser with this amazing blend for an added pick-me-up!

The Serenity™ diffuser is easy to use and has a beautiful design that is sure to amaze your guests and complement your decor. This diffuser can diffuse continuously for up to 5 hours, and it covers approximately 300 square feet. This ultrasonic humidifying diffuser also has several light color options to fit your mood and decor. This beautiful blown glass diffuser comes in white and brown. Click here to learn more!

January 16, 2018
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus x paradisi) is cold-pressed from the fruit rinds. This oil is known for its clean, fresh, bitter, citrusy odor.

Grapefruit essential oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic properties. This oil mainly affects the cardiovascular system.

Grapefruit has been used for many years by the French for cellulite, digestion, dyspepsia, lymphatic decongestion, and water retention. Today, grapefruit is commonly used to help with anorexia, appetite suppression, bulimia, cellulite, hangover, indigestion, obesity, overeating, postpartum depression, and weight loss.

Grapefruit oil can also be used to help with depression, drug withdrawal, fatigue, gallstones, jet lag, liver disorders, and stress. It is also known to have a cleansing effect on the kidneys, lymphatic system, and vascular system.

The aroma of this essential oil may help prevent one from drowning in negativity, as it is balancing and uplifting to the mind and helps to relieve anxiety.

Since the properties of grapefruit oil are very similar to other citrus oils, they can be substituted in many cases.

Safety Data: Unlike other citrus oils, grapefruit does not cause photosensitivity, so it can be used as a substitute for other citrus oils when immediate exposure to the sun is unavoidable. This oil is generally regarded as safe for human consumption by the FDA and can be used as a flavoring agent in food. Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Ways to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil:

  1. Diffuse grapefruit oil to help calm and soothe withdrawal symptoms and food cravings.
  2. This oil works well in treating cellulite. Try combining 5 drops grapefruit oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply on location.
  3. Grapefruit is known to help stabilize emotions and relieve tension and anxiety. Combine 4 drops grapefruit, 2 drops sandalwood, and 1 drop lavender for an uplifting and balancing diffuser blend.
  4. Combine 2 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop lemon, and 1 drop peppermint with 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of your favorite massage butter for a relaxing massage cream. Lightly massage onto the desired location.
  5. Grapefruit essential oil is great for baths because of its many health properties and uplifting aroma. Try some of these blends by adding the oils to 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt. Add 1/2 of the mixture to a running bath, and enjoy!
    Hangover Salts
    5 drops grapefruit
    2 drops rosemary
    1 drop juniper berry
    Detox Salts
    3 drops grapefruit
    3 drops lemon
    2 drops basil
    1 drop juniper berry
    1 drop oregano
    Relax & Energize Salts
    2 drops lime
    2 drops grapefruit
    2 drops tangerine
    2 drops spearmint

To learn more about grapefruit essential oil and many other pure essential oils, see the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition.

January 11, 2018
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Understand Chakras with the New Mini Tear Pad!

Have you ever wanted a fun and simple way to teach a class, your friends, or even your family about chakras? These mini tear pads will make great handouts and teaching materials for your next class! Take charge of your energy with this fun new tear pad.

The Chakra Tear Pad teaches you all the basics to understanding your 7 chakras and the specific essential oils that affect them. This new tear pad is convenient because of its small (5″ × 7″) size and comes with 50 sheets for you to pass out to your class attendees! With this handy tool, you can learn and teach about the different application methods to help cleanse and balance your energy centers. On the back of this tear pad, you will find a map of the location of each chakra, what each one represents, and the oils that specifically affect it.

Essential Oil Class Ideas:

  • Teach the yoga poses that help to balance energies.
  • Teach topical application locations that will open up the individual chakras.
  • Diffuse oils or blends in the room while meditating; focus on a specific chakra.

There are many essential oils that will aid you in balancing your chakras. Here is a meditation blend to promote feelings of safety, stability, and belonging as you stimulate and balance your root chakra:

These tear pads make a great tool that will only aid you in all your teaching and learning endeavors. Click here for more products to help you learn more about your chakras and how you can better control your energy.

January 9, 2018
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Calming Lavender Salt Scrub

This salt scrub is great for exfoliating your skin! It also makes a great gift for any woman, young or old. Just grab a little bit of the scrub and rub it all over your hands, legs, or wherever needs some good exfoliation; then rinse it off with water. The epsom salt will do the exfoliation, the carrier oils will help soften and moisturize your skin, and the essential oils will have a calming effect on your mood. This is a perfect and easy way to pamper yourself or someone else!

Salt Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Apply the label to the side of the 4 oz. salve jar. For instructions on how to apply vinyl labels, click here.
  2. Once your vinyl label is secure, place the salt scrub ingredients in order into the 4 oz. salve jar, screw the lid on, and shake to combine.

Note: Salt can irritate open wounds, so you should avoid using this salt scrub near open cuts or wounds.

January 4, 2018
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EO Tips for Life: The Illusion of Cleaning

If you have a New Year’s resolution to be better about cleaning, try this simple tip to appear like you are staying on top of your goal on days when you really don’t feel like it. If nothing else, it will look like you’ve done something, and your home will smell good.

The key is to use essential oils! Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Do a quick tidy-up.
  2. Leave cleaning supplies at random around the house.
  3. Diffuse or spray citrus essential oils near the front door.

Here are a few diffuser blends that will make it smell like you’ve been cleaning:

Sparkling Clean:
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
1 drop lavender
1 drop rosemary
Fresh Air:
2 drops lemon or orange
2 drops lime
2 drops melaleuca
Clean Wood:
3 drops cypress or fir
3 drops lemon
Clean Kitchen:
3 drops orange
1 drop clove
1 drop rosemary

Here are a couple recipes for air spritzers that you can use with these diffuser blend recipes (just double the essential oil drops):
Homemade Room Freshener
Air Spritzers

To learn more about essential oils that are used for cleaning or deodorizing, see the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, 2017 Edition.

December 28, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Balsam Fir

Balsam fir essential oil (Abies balsamea) is steam-distilled from the branches of conifer trees. It is known for its fresh, clean, balsamic, and sweet odor.

Balsam fir contains antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and tonic properties. This essential oil is historically known for its fragrance and aids with respiratory complaints, fevers, and muscular and rheumatic pain. Today, the most common use of balsam fir is for muscle fatigue and overworked muscles and joints. Some other possible uses of this oil are for asthma, burns, coughs, cuts, depression, hemorrhoids, pain, tension (nervous), and urinary infections.

This oil primarily affects the emotional balance, muscles and bones, and nervous and respiratory systems of the body. It creates a feeling of grounding, anchoring, and empowerment. Balsam fir should be diffused, applied directly to an area of concern, or applied to Vita Flex points. It has been approved by the FDA as a food additive and flavoring agent.

Safety Data: Can irritate sensitive skin, so avoid direct sunlight for 3–6 hours following topical use. Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children older than 6.

Tips for Using Balsam Fir Essential Oil:

  1. For an energy-boosting bath, combine 2 cups (480 g) of epsom salt, 1 cup (200 g) sea salt, 6 drops balsam fir, 10 drops rosemary, and 15 drops peppermint in a bowl; let sit overnight. Add 4 heaping spoonfuls of the salt mixture to your running bathwater, and enjoy a great refreshing boost of energy.
  2. For an anti-inflammatory ointment, combine 2 drops peppermint and 1 drop balsam fir with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of your favorite carrier oil, and gently rub onto the area of concern.
  3. For a muscle relief massage oil, combine 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops marjoram, and 1 drop balsam fir with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) carrier oil, and rub directly on the area of concern.
  4. Diffuse balsam fir with some of your favorite oils for some nice winter smells. Try some of these diffuser blends!
Wake Me Up
3 drops rosemary
2 drops balsam fir
1 drop thyme
First Snowfall
4 drops wintergreen
2 drops balsam fir
Holiday Glow
2 drops cinnamon bark
6 drops balsam fir
4 drops orange

Sources:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 112–13.
Organic Beauty With Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo.
Aromatherapy: An A-Z by Patricia Davis

December 21, 2017
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Breathe Easy Diffuser Blend

It’s common to get a stuffy/runny nose when the weather is chilly. If you need a little help when it comes to clearing your airways, try this blend in your diffuser!


We have added several different diffusers to our product line, so make sure to check out the latest styles. We’re sure you’ll find one that is perfect for you!

The Sirona ultrasonic diffuser is sleek and easy to use for all your diffusing needs. It’s also extremely quiet! The Sirona has 3 light options with many color choices to satisfy all types of people. Despite its small size, this diffuser can cover up to 115 square feet. The Sirona uses ultrasonic properties to emit a nice cool mist infused with your favorite oils to share the essential oil health benefits while also humidifying the room. Click here to learn more about this awesome diffuser!

December 18, 2017
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Lemon-Basil Avocado Bean Dip

When you incorporate healthy snacks into your diet, you’re more likely to keep your health goals. This bean dip makes a great healthy snack and tastes fantastic with vegetables or on a veggie wrap!

Lemon-Basil Avocado Bean Dip

  • Servings: 2+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1–2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) great northern white beans
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until all combined.
    You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  2. Dip with vegetable sticks or spread on veggie wrap, and enjoy!

December 14, 2017
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Essential Oil Finger Paints

It’s cold outside, and kids can only play out in the snow for so long; so it’s time to find some inside activities to keep them entertained. These finger paints are easy to make and fun to play with! Make it a full sensory experience by adding essential oil scents!

Essential Oil–Scented Finger Paints

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (480 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 cups (480 ml) cold water
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. (10 g) cornstarch
  • Plastic bottles
  • Food coloring
  • Essential oils

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, whisk together cold water and cornstarch. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens.
  2. Remove from heat, and let cool.
  3. Pour the mixture into plastic bottles, and add a different color of food coloring to each bottle. Stir with a bamboo skewer (adding more if needed) until you achieve your desired color.
  4. Add a drop of essential oil to each bottle of paint, and stir in the essential oil with the bamboo skewer. Be sure to choose essential oils that are safe for children.
  5. Twist the lids onto your bottles, and your paint is ready to enjoy!

NOTE: It’s fun to choose oil scents that go along with each color, and this also makes for a fun sensory experience. For example, mix a drop of lemon oil with the yellow paint, a drop of lavender oil with the purple paint, etc.

December 13, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Myrrh

Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha) is steam-distilled from gum/resin of the plant. It is known for its warm, earthy, woody, balsamic odor.

Myrrh essential oil has anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, astringent, and tonic health properties. It has been traditionally used to promote healthy skin and support the immune system. Myrrh promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting.

This oil branches from ancient Greek mythology and has been used for thousands of years in religious rituals, embalming, treating leprosy, and more. Today, common uses of myrrh include allergies (skin), chapped/cracked skin, dysentery, gum disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, impetigo, inflammation, stretch marks, and ulcers.

Myrrh mainly affects the hormonal, immune, and nervous systems, so it can also be used to help with appetite (increase), bronchitis, digestion, eczema, decongesting the prostate gland, and skin conditions.

This oil should be applied directly to the area of concern or to Vita Flex points.

Safety Data: Myrrh has been approved by the FDA as a food additive and flavoring agent. Use with caution during pregnancy. Myrrh is not for children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over the age of 6.

Tips for Using Myrrh Essential Oil:

  1. Myrrh is great for your skin; try mixing some of your favorite carrier oils and butters with 5–10 drops of myrrh as body balm, facial moisturizer, lotion, wound care salve, or stretch mark cream. Follow the links for some great recipes to try.
  2. Add 2–3 drops of myrrh to 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt, or follow this recipe to make a Frankincense and Myrrh Bath Bomb, and add it to your bath for a relaxing and rejuvenating skin treatment.
  3. As myrrh oxidizes, it can become resinous and may even seal your bottle shut. Just rub some fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil on the inside of the lid to prevent the oil sticking to the lid.
  4. For a facial moisturizer, wrinkle treatment, and owie ointment, combine 5 drops myrrh, 3 drops frankincense, and 2 drops lavender in a 1/3 oz. roll-on bottle with 2 tsp. (10 ml) jojoba oil.
  5. Combine 5 drops myrrh, 4 drops rose, and 3 drops lemon for an emotionally uplifting diffuser blend.

Sources:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 112–13.
Aromatherapy Blends & Recipes by Franzesca Watson.

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