NEW DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OIL : Arborvitae

Arborvitae Tree

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

Arborvitae Essential Oil

Extraction Method:  
Steam distillation

Aromatic Description:
Woody, warm, earthy

Main Chemical Components:
Methyl thujate, hinokitiol, thujic acid

Primary Benefits:

•     Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
•     Promotes healthy cell function
•     Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
•     Natural insect repellent and wood preservative

Uses:

Apply 1–2 drops to areas of concern on the skin.

Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands to protect against environmental threats.

Apply to pulse points to promote healthy cell function.

Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside the home.

Mix 4 drops of Arborvitae essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil for a natural wood preservative and polish.

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Laundry Essentials: DIY Natural Alternative to Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets

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Advertisers would have you believe that each dryer sheet or bottle of fabric softener you purchase will lead to such pleasant experiences as frolicking through a field of flowers with a cuddly teddy bear, or falling blissfully backwards onto a soft (and surprisingly springy) pile of blankets. If only the dreamworld of advertising did not conflict with the sober realities of ordinary life. Sigh.

Consumers have been so conditioned to think only about the soft, cozy, smell-good side of softer laundry, that many don’t realize that those soft, good smelling commercial fabric softeners also contain toxic chemicals that can have a serious impact on their health.

Fabric softeners come in all different shapes and sizes, and have scents that range anywhere from “Tropical Breeze” to “Lavender.” But you should be aware that lavender-scented fabric softener actually contains no lavender—only chemicals that have been blended to give you an impression that you are smelling the real deal.

In one study, scientists found that some commercial fabric softeners emit mixtures of chemicals that can cause sensory irritation (SI), pulmonary irritation (PI), and reduce midexpiratory airflow velocity in normal mice. These scientists believe that these results provide a toxicological basis to explain some of the issues and reactions humans have to fabric softener emissions. 

Read more about the study here.

Substituting these chemically driven fabric softeners for an all-natural, toxic-free alternative is much easier and affordable than you might think. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make your own 100% natural wool dryer balls that can last for many years, and best of all, can easily be scented with dōTERRA essential oils to leave your fabrics soft and smelling fabulous.

What You Need: 

100% Wool Yarn Or Other 100% Animal Yarn

Pantyhose (Upcycling Idea: Reuse pantyhose with runs in them)

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Directions:

1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around your middle and index finger 10 times. Remove it from the fingers and then wrap 2-3 times around the middle (it should look like a bow). This will be the start of your ball.

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2. Keep tightly wrapping the yarn around the start, working toward making a round shape. Once your ball is roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the ends into the sides of the ball. Repeat this process until you have created four or more balls of yarn.

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3. Cut one leg off of the pantyhose. Place one ball into the bottom of the leg and tie a knot right above the ball with the pantyhose to secure it in place. Repeat until all the balls have been added and secured.

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4. Once the balls are tightly secured in the pantyhose, put them in the washer (can be with a load of your dirty laundry) and wash on the hottest setting. This will allow the yarn to felt. Felting will make the yarn fuse together, resulting in a solid ball. Once it has been washed, dry it thoroughly in the dryer at the highest heat setting.

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5. After the balls are completely dry, remove them from the pantyhose and they’re ready for use! Before drying your next load of laundry, add your favorite dōTERRA essential oil to 4-6 dryer balls, toss them in the dryer, and enjoy the soft, fluffy, wonderful-smelling fruits of your labor. Editor’s tip: 3-5 drops of essential oil per ball should last a few loads. Add more drops if you would like a stronger scent.

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Other Laundry Tips:

Crumple up aluminum foil into a ball and and toss it in the dryer with the wet laundry to get rid of static cling.

For an even extra burst of essential oils in your clothing, place a wash cloth with a few drops of essential oil into your dryer. It was come out smelling beautiful! No fake lavender smell here!

Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your wash cycle to help remove grease and oil from fabrics.

For extra soft clothing, add 1/2 cup vinegar (a natural fabric softener) to your washer with each load. Don’t worry, your clothes will not smell like vinegar once dry. Give it a try!

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DIY Pain Relief Lotion Bars

Pain Relief Lotion Bars

DIY Natural Pain Relief Lotion Bars Pain Relief Lotion Bars

modified recipe from http://wellnessmama.com/

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These are lotion bars – not soap – and are not intended for bathing use! Use these bars in the same way as a moisturizing / massage lotion – only they are solid. However, a little will melt to the touch, so the idea is that you apply them to the area you want to moisturize or treat.

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These natural pain relief lotion bars smell excellent and work wonders on sore or tired muscles

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup  coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter
  • 1/3 cup  beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • 1 tablespoon of Menthol Crystals
  • 10 drops AromaTouch Massage Oil Blend  * (Blend of basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender)

How to Make:

Combine all ingredients in a quart size glass mason jar and carefully place this jar in a small saucepan of water on the stove.

Turn the burner on and bring water to a low simmer. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth.

Remove from heat and stir in the menthol crystals and stir until dissolved.

Add AromaTouch Massage Oil Blend and stir until mixed.

Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicon loaf molds, though any mold would work.

Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

Note also that it’s essential to use the “double pan” technique when warming beeswax. Don’t be tempted to skip it. The outer pan contains water (which should be simmered but not boiled), the inner contains the beeswax and other ingredients. The reason for this is because it is very easy to overheat beeswax and make it start to burn – and the water controls the temperature that the beeswax is subjected to

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How to Use:

Store in a cool or dry place for up to six months (I’ve even had some last as long as a year).

To apply to skin: hold bar in hand and carefully rub on dry skin. The heat of the skin will transfer some of the lotion bar to the skin. I store my lotion bars on a small plate on my dresser and bathroom counter. Add more or less menthol for a more or less potent bar.

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DIY: Solid Perfume Sticks

Make Your Own Solid Perfume Stick

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modified recipe from adelightfulhome.com 

These solid perfume sticks are so easy to make, they are all natural, can be customized with any scent you want, and can be applied throughout the day to keep you smelling beautiful 24/7!

You can also make them in big batches so that you have gifts for many of the women in your family.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespooon apricot kernal oil
1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
10 – 15 drops doTerra essential oil (like Lavender, Wild Orange or Whisper Feminine Blend)

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Instructions

1. Add beeswax and oils to a heavy duty glass measuring jar (make sure it’s heat proof. Use a canning jar if you are not sure).

2. Place jar in a pot and pour water into the pot so it comes up the sides of the jar (past the ingredients inside the jar).

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3. Warm the water and ingredients over medium heat.

(You could also melt everything in a double boiler instead).

3. Remove from heat, stir in the essential oils and pour into  lip balm tubes.

4. Allow to harden before covering with a lid.

Pretty easy, right?

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DIY: Dish Soap

DIY: Dish Soap

Submitted by Heather Nelson, Utah

This recipe was originally featured in doTERRA’s Winter 2014 Living Magazine.

Everyone uses liquid dish soap so why not make your own? This super simple recipe is great for removing grease, adding shine, and waking up your senses.

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What You Need:

2 cups unscented castile soap

20 drops Lime essential oil

8 drops Lemon essential oil

6 drops Citrus Bliss essential oil

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Directions:

1. Fill a large, clean bottle with castle soap; dilute according to instructions if using a concentrate.

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2. Add essential oils. Shake bottle before each use.

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3.  You’re done! Just add 1-2 tablespoons to dish water for use.

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls using doTERRA Essential Oils

You will need:

• 2/3 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight)
• 2/3 cup raw walnuts (soaked overnight)
• 2/3 cup raw oat flakes (or Rolled Oats)
• 1 drop of dōTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 cup preferred sweetener (raw agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or rice malt syrup)
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 tbsp cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips

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How:

1. In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon essential oil and salt to a fine meal.
2. Add your sweetener of choice and vanilla and process to combine.
3. Next, add the cocoa nibs (or chocolate chips) and pulse just to combine.
4. Roll the cookie dough into balls about 1 tbsp each (wet your hands if the dough is too sticky) and place them on a cookie pan lined with baking paper. Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.

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Essential Recipe: Roasted Marinara Sauce

Roasted Marinara Sauce Using doTERRA Essential Oils

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What You Need:

2 pounds Roma tomatoes (around 8-10), cut in half

1 onion, sliced

4 garlic cloves

Olive oil

Sea salt

Pepper

1 drop Basil essential oil

1 toothpick Oregano essential oil

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Instructions:

1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place sliced tomatoes, onions, and garlic cloves on baking sheet.

3. Add a generous amount of sea salt, pepper, and olive oil on top of tomatoes and onion.

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6. Cook for 1-2 hours or until the tomatoes and onions begin to darken around the edges.

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7. Remove from oven and transfer to a food processor or blender.

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8. Pulse until it reaches the desired consistency. For a smoother and thinner consistency, add 2-4 tablespoons of water.

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10. Add Basil and Oregano essential oil and stir. Make sure to taste the marinara to see if you need more salt, pepper, or essential oils.

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Note: For one toothpick of essential oil, simply dip a toothpick into the essential oil and swirl it into the marinara sauce. This will help give a flavor that is not overwhelming.

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11. You’re done! Enjoy with spaghetti squash and chicken meatballs for a delicious and healthy meal.

 

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DIY: Soothing Salve

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A good salve can be the base to many amazing recipes. Similar to the texture of petroleum jelly, you can customize this salve with essential oils to meet your needs. Add Breathe to help open up airways, Serenity or Lavender to help you sleep better, or Citrus Bliss for an invigorating moisturizer. The options are endless!

What You Need:

1/2 cup grapeseed oil

1/2 cup almond oil

2 tablespoons beeswax

1/2 tablespoon vitamin E oil

5 drops Lavender, Cypress, Melaleuca, Frankincense, and Eucalyptus essential oils

Note: This salve recipe has an aroma that will help open up your airways. This is a must have during winter months!

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Directions:

1. Melt beeswax in double boiler.

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2. Once melted, add grapeseed, almond, and vitamin E oil until melted.

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3. Once combined, set aside for 2-3 minutes.

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4. Add essential oils and stir.

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5. Pour in container and allow to set for 2 hours.

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6. You’re done! To use, apply to skin or on chest to help ease breathing

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Recipe alternatives

  • You can use any type of carrier oil in replace of the almond oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba, or even more grapeseed oil.
  • You could use coco butter or mango butter instead of the beeswax.
  • This salve should work well on sensitive skin. Do a patch test on the skin just to make sure though. You can always omit Melaleuca if you would prefer not to use it as it can sometimes dry sensitive skin.

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“This is an amazing salve recipe that does wonders for irritated skin!”

Submitted by April Sollars, Tooele, UT

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Maintaining Healthy Nutrition During Winter Months

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by Dr. Tory Parker – dōTERRA Nutrition Expert

As the winter season approaches, the temperature outside starts to change and with the upcoming holidays so do our diets and activity levels. An average holiday meal will contain at least 3,000 calories, much more than is needed in a whole day. What is the effect of this additional eating? Research shows that the net weight gain by spring is usually about one pound, which most of us never lose. This extra pound a year slowly adds up as the years go by—10 pounds after 10 years, 20 pounds after 20 years, etc. The goal is to enjoy the holidays, but not end up with that extra pound by spring.

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It may not seem fun to refer to the delicious and often traditional foods at this time of year as just fats and carbs. However, having that particular outlook on food can be beneficial to maintaining a healthy nutrition and weight.

EATING IN MODERATION

During the holidays, because there are more foods prepared, try consciously decreasing the amount of each food item on your plate to prevent overeating. You can always come back a few hours later for more with the knowledge that you are only exceeding your calorie needs a little bit! This allows your body time to tell you it is full, keeping you more in tune with your body’s needs.

Even better, you won’t feel like you’ve missed out on anything if you eat in moderation. There is nothing wrong with eating things you don’t normally eat for special occasions. However, food is certainly not scarce, so you don’t need to over eat. Simply remind yourself that there will be plenty to eat later on. Try to moderate your intake over the course of the day. With that said, eating fresh vegetables and fruits, drinking plenty of water, and taking daily nutritional supplements remains important and should not be neglected, especially during the winter months.

DEVELOPING AN EXERCISE HABIT

runnOne other big change as winter descends is the decrease in  physical activity. On average, 60 percent of the US population does not exercise regularly. During the holidays, the percentage of people that exercise drops about 8 percent from its high in the summer to its lowest point in December. During the summer and fall, it is easier to head outside to do something physically active. This is somewhat harder to do in the winter (except maybe after a fresh snow storm or if you live in a warmer climate). It is very important to recognize you are losing a good habit with the change in season. You can replace previous habits with new ones. This may mean a treadmill and other indoor classes or exercises. Even push-ups, sit-ups and stretching done regularly can make a big difference and no equipment is required.Your plan could be different, as your circumstances are different, but the principles still apply. The first step is noticing that your food intake went up (and usually with less healthy foods) and your activity went down. That is a dangerous combination for your health and your weight. Make sure your exercise plan correlates with your daily diet. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t stay healthy and active.

5  TIPS TO HEALTHY WINTER NUTRITION

  1. Be aware that your food intake is going to go up. Use  smaller portions spread out over time to allow your body to tell you when it’s full. You will still be satisfied and have the energy to get up and play.
  2. Remind yourself that just because food is there does not mean you need to eat it right then. Holiday leftovers make delicious meals for many days after.
  3. Always participate in whatever physical activities might be going on. Even if you are just a spectator standing and cheering, you are burning more calories and you are away from the food!
  4. Don’t let good nutrition habits slip. Always include fruits and vegetables on your plate along with protein and carbohydrate dishes. This will help you feel energized even when you consume high sugar and high fat foods.
  5. Keep using your supplements and essential oils to support metabolism, aid digestion, and curb appetite.

Dr. Parker Recommends:

  • s7sSlim & Sassy Metabolic Blend added to water helps manage your appetite during the holidays. This can be a great help when there is so much additional food available, helping you put aside cravings  and better listen to your body’s real calorie needs.
  • Lifelong Vitality protects against oxidation and excessive inflammation. Both of these are increased with diets high in sugar and fat. Lifelong Vitality also ensures that you have all the cofactors and protection needed for optimum metabolism and activity.
  • TerraZyme helps digest food and prevent indigestion.
  • PB Assist+ should be taken with every meal.  It provides healthy bacteria that will help regulate bowel function.

dr. pDr. Parker holds a PhD in Nutritional Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He has extensive experience in food processing, food chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and human nutrition. He has worked both in the supplement industry and in academia, making him uniquely positioned to understand product development, research, and the physiology and chemistry behind nutrition. Dr. Parker has a contagious passion for teaching people about the connection between nutrition and living a long life free from the early onset of degenerative conditions associated with poor lifestyle choices.

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DIY- Whipped Body Butter

Make your own Whipped Body Butter with doTERRA

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Who doesn’t love soft, moisturized, and healthy skin? But better yet- who doesn’t love getting those results without putting chemicals and artificial fragrances and dyes on their skin!?

The butters and oils used in this recipe and the perfect combination that will leave your skin moisturized for days after applying. Customize your whipped body butter with any essential oil of your choice. This also makes a great gift for anyone!

What You Need:

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1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil*
15 drops Wild Orange Essential  Oil*

Double Boiler

Hand/Stand Mixer

Directions:

1- Measure all butters and oils in glass jar.

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2- Fill a large skillet/saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan to melt and combine ingredients.

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3- Stir every few minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. (10-15 minutes)

Tip: Use a popsicle stick to stir for easy cleanup.

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4- Once everything is melted, remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add desired essential oils.

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5. Once essential oils are added, let it rest in a cool place (such as the refrigerator) until it has set.

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6- Once chilled, take out of refrigerator. With a stand or hand mixer, start on low and slowly turn the speed higher until the lotion becomes light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes).

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7- You’re done! Store mixture in a glass jar and keep in a cool place.

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Note: The body butter should be stored in a cool place. If you need to re-fluff the body butter you can simply whip it back up to the consistency you like with a hand mixture.

This whipped body butter makes a great gift and can easily be customized by using your choice of essential oils. The options are endless!

* Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity so we don’t recommend using them if you plan on being in direct sunlight after topical application. The personal care products that dōTERRA produces such as the Salon Essentials, lotions, etc. are a little different. The shampoo and cleansers are wash off products so there is no concern there, as well as the products that stay on such as the lip balm and lotion are found in a small, appropriate amounts that will not cause any phototoxic harm. Because we work closely with experts in formulations, we are able to provide a safe formulation. Essential oils at full strength on their own are very potent and is why they carry the photosensitivity warning.

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