Making Room for Essential Oils

The culture of medicine is changing to help individuals make more insightful decisions regarding their own health. Read our blog post by Dr. Brannick Riggs to see how we can all make room for essential oils in our own healthcare.

What an exciting time to be involved with essential oils and modern medicine! The culture of medicine is changing. Traditionally, this has been a paternalistic culture, where a patient goes to the doctor and is told what to do. This model is episodic and reactive. It has been called “the hero approach, where the physician is the only source of knowledge, education, and decision making and everyone else is there to support the physician.” (Building a Team Based Medical Practice,” Medical Economics, Sept. 10, 2013). The culture is now moving toward a patient-centered, team approach focused on the health of a patient.

The culture of medicine is changing to help individuals make more insightful decisions regarding their own health. Read our blog post by Dr. Brannick Riggs to see how we can all make room for essential oils in our own healthcare.

The team may consist of a counselor, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a physician, a health coach, a Wellness Advocate, etc., all surrounding the patient. This structure places the patient as the leader of the team of people interested in maintaining and treating his or her health. The responsibility now rests on the patient- its rightful place. For decades,  physicians shouldered the lion’s share of responsibility for their patients’ health with limited success. But patients and doctors and discovering a better way.

Options to Choose

So why is this exciting? As patients and consumers of health care, we can decide for ourselves what advice we will take and from whom. We can decide what prescriptions we will fill from our doctor’s office and what alternatives we would like to explore. As we take advice from each member of our team, we can assimilate that information and decide what we will and will not do. This does not mean that we become like irresponsible children and begin to think that some members of our team have no value. Rather, it means that we weigh advice and research options, leading us to make insightful decisions regarding our own health.

Essential oils are an obvious part of those choices. My own experience with essential oils started as many of yours did.  My wife and I were enjoy watching movies with our five children. One night she had her head on my chest and could hear my heart beating in a irregular rhythm. This greatly concerned her. I promised that I would have one of my colleagues thoroughly look into this symptom and make sure that that was not going to be a problem for me. After going through several episodes of testing, I was diagnosed with a common irregularity which, thankfully, would not shorten my life. My wife had been doing her own research and suggested one night that I apply Ylang Ylang oil to my chest and feet before we watched a movie together. I was amazed at how quickly I felt my heart assume a normal rhythm  and maintain that for 6-8 hours. I knew then that these oils had the power to alter the physiology of the body. There are times when seeing a physician is the appropriate choice, but often we can maintain our health with educated application, inhalation, or consumption of these amazing gifts of the Earth.

Education about our bodies and essential oils can help us determine which choice is right in which circumstance. I also firmly believe that we all have the gift of intuition when it comes to our body.

Role of Essential Oils

As a family medicine physician, I am grateful to have more to offer my patients than just pharmaceuticals. I have found essential oils to be effective for their health and wellness. Education in essential oils has led me to recommend them to patients with increasing frequency. As I study dōTERRA essential oils and blends and avail myself of the ever increasing volume of literature about them, I am continually amazed at the properties possessed by these plants. The depth and breadth of the chemistry within a single oil is mind-blowing! We have just uncovered the tip of the iceberg in understanding what these oils have the ability to give us.

I am often asked by my colleagues in medicine why I feel comfortable recommending therapies that come from plants. As I have begun looking into natural health, I have found many plant-derived medicines that are commonly used. Most physicians prescribe medications such as Colchicine for gout, Digoxin for congestive heart failure, and Scopolamine patches for sea or motion sickness. All of these are plant-derived compounds. The list of prescription medications that come from plats in long and varied. Therefore, most practitioners of traditional western medicine are already prescribing plant-derived medications on a daily basis. The gap is not as wide as we may have imagined and, as physicians, we need to take that small step of utilizing all the resources available to us, including essential oils. I am confident in the standards that dōTERRA has established and am anxious to learn more about the research and application of essential oils.

Dr. Brannick Riggs has been practicing medicine for 13 years. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson while receiving some of his training in complementary and alternative medicine. He specializes in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He currently practices in Utah and enjoys using the oils in his home and integrating them into his practice to bless the lives of his patients. Dr. Riggs is partnering with dōTERRA in an effort to provide volunteer service with essential oils and hospice. 

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Cinnamon Ornaments Scented with dōTERRA

Cinnamon Ornaments Scented with dōTERRA

Trim the tree this year with gingerbread ornaments scented with dōTERRA essential oils!

The holidays are a great time for fun crafts, great smells, new traditions, and quality family time. With Christmas right around the corner, there are probably many families decorating their trees, so why not add a little dōTERRA spice in the process? These fun cinnamon ornaments are great to do by yourself or with the whole family. They are inexpensive to make and turn into a great quality (and smelling) ornament that you can hang on your own tree and enjoy for decades. They are also great as gifts, or air fresheners.

Ingredients:
2 cups apple sauce
2 cups ground cinnamon
Straw
Ribbon
Christmas cookie cutters
dōTERRA essential oils of your choice  (some essential oils you could use are cinnamon, clove, Holiday Joy, wild orange, etc.)

Directions: 1.

Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix together 2 cups applesauce, 2 cups ground cinnamon, and 15 drops of dōTERRA essential oil(s) in a large mixing bowl until it forms into a ball.

2. Take the cinnamon dough ball and roll onto a piece of parchment paper until it reaches 1/4-1/3 of an inch thick. You might have to divide the ball into 3-4 sections and roll out 1 section at a time depending on counter space.

Tip: To help keep cinnamon from sticking to the rolling-pin or table, sprinkle ground cinnamon on table and rolling pin to help it not stick.

3. Take desired cookie cutters and cut into the dough. Take the cut pieces and place on baking sheet that is lined in parchment paper.

4. Take the straw and poke a hole in the top of the ornament. This will be where you will later tie your ribbon.

Tip: Don’t put the hole too close to the top of the ornament. Leave at least a 1/4-1/2 inch space from top.

5. Put baking sheets in preheated oven and bake for 2 1/2 hours or until ornaments are completely dry. Once dry, transfer to wire rack. Note: You could also dry the ornaments at room temperature. To do this, carefully place each ornament on wire rack and let them sit for 1 to 2 days until completely dry, turning occasionally. 

Trim the tree this year with gingerbread ornaments scented with dōTERRA essential oils!

6. Insert ribbon through holes and tie.

7. Hang tied ornaments onto your tree.

Tip: You can also tie an ornament in your car for an air freshener or onto a present to use as a tag. 

8. When done using for the holidays, store in an airtight container.

Tip: To continually bring back the holiday scent to your ornaments, lightly spritz or put 1-2 drops of essential oil(s) onto ornament and enjoy.

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NEW DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OIL : Arborvitae

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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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