The Science of Soil & Customized Pest Control

The Science of Soil 

Can you dig it?

By Kevin Holyoak, Master Gardner

Soil is more than a medium to support plant life, it is the foundation for all life. Therefore, soil is critical to a gardener’s success. Ideal soil much contain air, water, and nutrients for plants to thrive long term.

SOIL TEXTURE refers to the individual or primary soil particles left after structure is removed. There are 3 types of mineral particles found in soils:

1) Sand – Feels gritty. Composed of particles .05 to 2 mm

2) Silt – Feels smooth and is .002 to .05 mm

3) Clay – Feels sticky and is smaller than .002 mm

Soils consisting of only one particle size are not ideal. A soil composed of 2 or more particles sizes is known as loam, and includes varieties such as sandy clay loam, silty clay loam, or silty sandy loam. However, the most desirable soil is a loamy soil, which contains all 3 size of particles and contains organic matter and secondary particles called aggregates.

This soil can provide the plant everything it needs to thrive. It will have physical support for root structure and provide an environment for air, water, and nutrients to be retrained.

Good Structure

A good soil structure also provides good drainage, which is important to ensure excess salts can be leached through the soil profile and out of the root zone. Drainage can be improved by adding organic matter, deep tilling, planing in raised beds, and installing drains in the soil.

Make Amends

Amending soils with organic matter is the most important thing you can do to improve any soil. The benefits of adding organics are increased water holding capacity, reduced compaction, improved drainage, nutrients for plants, and lowered soil pH. Composts and manures are good sources, but many also contain salts and weed seeds.

Organic Matters

How much organic matter should be added to the soil? Apply a 2-3 inch layer of material if you are improving soil for the first time. Apply 1 inch per year for existing areas that have previously been amended.

DIG IN! Improve your soil this spring before planting anything and your garden will reap rewards all year long!


How can doTERRA essential oils help your garden?

doTERRA Essential Oils are 100% certified pure – free from all fillers or pesticides… and since they come from plants – they are ideal for plant care! Get the ideal pest control without any harmful toxins!

All-Round Insect Repellent Blend – TERRASHIELD

Click here to learn more about TERRASHIELD

Fill a spray bottle with 8 oz of water and 15 drops of doTERRA TerraShield blend, then spay on plants



For specific insect problems, try mixing 8 oz of water in a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon natural soap, and 12 drops of the doTERRA essential oil from the guide below – remembering to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water:

ANTS – Peppermint Oil (add a line to window & door seals)

APHIDS – Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir

BEETLES – Peppermint, Thyme


CHIGGERS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme


FLEAS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint

FLIES – Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

GNATS – Patchouli

MOSQUITOES – Lavender, Lemongrass

MOTHS – Lavender, Peppermint

PLANT LICE – Peppermint

ROACHES – Eucalyptus

SLUGS – White Fir

SNAILS – Patchouli, White Fir

SPIDERS – Peppermint

TICKS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme

WEEVILS – Patchouli, Sandalwood

TIP: Thyme & Lavender oils are great for protecting all vegetables in the garden

Remember – A little goes a long way!

Essential oils are powerful, so apply to plants sparingly. Begin by spraying the solution on the plants, making sure to spray underneath the leaves as well as the top. You can also apply the solution with a brush if you want to be more precise in your application to a specific area. Several applications, every few days, may be necessary.



Essential Oils for Insect/Bug Bites & Stings…

doTERRA Essential Oil Support For 

Insect/ Bug Bites & Stings

Stings and bites from insects are common. They often result in redness and swelling in the injured area. Sometimes a sting can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Insects do not usually attack unless they are provoked. Most bites and stings are defensive. The insects sting to protect their hives or nests.

A sting or bite injects venom composed of proteins and other substances that may trigger an allergic reaction in the victim. The sting also causes redness and swelling at the site of the sting.

  • Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants are members of the Hymenoptera family. Bites or stings from these species may cause serious reactions in people who are allergic to them. Death from bee stings is 3-4 times more common than death from snake bites (for more information, see stings of bees and wasps). Bees, wasps, and fire ants differ in how they inflict injury.
    • When a bee stings, it loses the entire injection apparatus (stinger) and actually dies in the process. A wasp can inflict multiple stings because it does not lose its injection apparatus after it stings.
    • Fire ants inject their venom by using their mandibles (the biting parts of their jaw) and rotating their bodies. They may inject venom many times.
  • In contrast, bites from mosquitoes typically do not cause significant illnesses, unless they convey “vectors,” or microorganisms that actually live within these mosquitoes. For instance, malaria is caused by an organism that spends part of its life cycle in a particular species of mosquitoes. West Nile virus is another disease spread by a mosquito.
  • Other types of insects, bites, and diseases
    • Lice can transmit epidemic relapsing fever, caused by spirochetes.
    • Various mosquitoes spread viral diseases (such as equine encephalitis;dengue and yellow fever in humans and other animals).
    • Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses through their bites or stings.
    • Other insects such as chiggers and mites typically cause self-limited localized itchiness and swelling.
    • Serious bites from spiders, which are not insects, can be from the black widow or brown recluse

The response to a sting or bite from insects is variable and depends on a variety of factors. Most bites and stings result in pain, swelling, redness, and itching to the affected area. The skin may be broken and become infected if the bite area is scratched. If not treated properly, these local infections may become severe and cause a condition known as cellulitis.

You may experience a severe reaction beyond the immediate area of the sting if you are allergic to the bite or sting. This is known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a severe reaction include hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and even death within 30 minutes. If you notice a severe reaction taking place, contact 911 or your local emergency center immediately.

dōTERRA products are safe to use on all ages.


doTERRA Essential Oil Insect / Bug Bite Support:

General Bite/Sting Itching 

Apply 1-2 drops of Lavender Oil 


Bees, Wasps & Hornet Stings:

First: Remove the stinger, and apply a cold compress with Roman Chamomile Oil to the area for 1-2 hours.

Make a blend of equal parts (use as many of the following oils as possible) : Roman Chamomile Oil, Purify Oil Blend, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Peppermint Oil and Thyme Oil – Apply 1-2 drops of blend on area 2-3 times a day until symptoms disappear.


Gnats & Midges:

Mix 3 drops Thyme Oil in 1 tsp cider vinegar or pure lemon juice. Apply to bites to stop initial irritation.

Make a blend of Lavender Oil and TerraShield Oil Blend – apply 1-2 drops to bite area 1-2 times a day until symptoms disappear.



Make a blend of equal parts Eucalyptus Oil , TerraShield Oil Blend, Rosemary Oil, Melaleuca Oil, Geranium Oil and Lemon Oil – Rub 2-3 drops of mix into scalp 3 times a day and apply to bottom of feet, nightly. 



Make a blend of TerraShield Oil Blend, Patchouli Oil and Lavender Oil (If Helichrysum Oil  is available, add as well) – Apply 1-2 drops on feet and over existing bites. 

Add 3-5 drops of mix to 1 Tbs. Fractionated Coconut Oil, and apply to exposed skin to avoid further bites.

Add 3-5 drops to  1-2 oz distilled water in a small spray bottle, shake well, and mist onto the skin or into small openings where bugs may come through.

Diffuse blend in the air. Place 1-2 drop on small ribbons, strings or cloth, and hang around outdoor area to help repel mosquitoes.



Make a blend of equal parts Basil Oil, Purify Oil Blend, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lemon Oil, Peppermint Oil and Thyme Oil – Apply 1-2 drops to affected area as a cold compress… hold for 1-2 hours.



Make a blend of equal parts Patchouli Oil, Veviter Oil and Clove Oil – Apply oil mix around foundation and to soil around wood structures to help repel termites. Also diffuse in the area.



Do not apply mineral oil, Vaseline or anything else to remove the tick as this may cause it to inject poison into the wound.

Be sure to remove the entire tick. Get as close to the mouth as possible, and firmly tug on the tick until it releases its grip. Don’t twist. If available, use a magnifying glass to make sure that you have removed the entire tick. 

Save the tick in a jar, and label it with the date, where you were bitten on your body, and the location or address where you were bitten for the proper identification by your doctor, especially if you develop Lyme Disease symptoms.

Do not handle the tick and wash hands immediately. 

After getting the tick out, apply 1 drop of Lavender Oil every 5 minutes for 30 minutes.


General Bug Repellent:

Blend 1:

Combine 5 drops Lavender Oil, 5 drops Lemongrass Oil, 3 drops Peppermint Oil and 1 drop Thyme Oil.  Apply to feet, add to 1 cup water in spray bottle and apply using a fine mist over body. Or place drops of this blend on ribbons or strings and tie near windows or around picnic or camping area.

Blend 2:

Combine equal parts Clove Oil, Lemon Oil, and Orange Oil  – apply 2-3 drops on exposed skin.

Blend 3:

Place 5 drops Lemon Oil and 5 drops Purify Oil Blend/ or TerraShield Oil Blend in a small spray bottle with distilled water. Shake well, and mist on your skin to help protect against insects, flies & mosquitoes.

Also can diffuse blend in the air.



Underestimated Peppermint!

DoTerra Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil
Mentha piperita

Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid

Peppermint is one of the oldest — and most highly regarded — herbs, and has been an integral part of herbal medicine for thousands of years.  It has a very wide range of uses, from soothing digestion to improving concentration and mental accuracy.

Key properties of peppermint oil

Some of the therapeutic properties ofpeppermint include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, expectorant and stimulant.

Common uses for peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can be used for its calming effect to relieve stress and tension.  It is also effective for relieving the headaches associated with stress or digestive upset, as well as for migraines.  Just apply a few drops to the back of the neck for stress, or to the temples to relieve a headache. (careful not to get in eyes)

During the cold and flu season, peppermint can really prove itself to you.  It works well in reducing fever (just apply a few drops to the bottom of the feet).  It is also great at opening and clearing sinus and respiratory congestion.  It relieves headaches, diarrhea and nausea, and can bring a wide range of comforts to the misery of colds and flu.  (I’d hate to be sick without it.)

 The FDA has certified peppermint as GRAS, so it may also be ingested.  I’ll put a drop or two on the tongue and let it dissolve there before swallowing.

Peppermint is a natural choice to add refreshment to any beverage.  I also add it to purified water to sooth my digestion and to refresh and invigorate me.  It also freshens the breath and reduces the buildup of the bacteria that cause dental plaque and gum problems.

 During the summer months, it offers the added benefits of being very cooling, making hot weather much more bearable.

The fragrance of peppermint oil is uplifting and invigorating.  Applied topically, this oil is very soothing to tired, sore muscles.  It has analgesic properties, and can be helpful for menstrual problems or skin disorders.


Peppermint oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans, as well as many other groups throughout history.  Today, it is very widely used in foods, candies, gums, dental products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  In fact, it may well be one of the most readily recognizable scents and flavors.

However, because of essential oils, like peppermint, gaining mainstream acceptance, it is more important than ever before to avoid essential oils that are impure or of inferior quality.  In today’s economy, anything that is widely accepted tends to get mass produced; but, with high volume production processes, there is generally a sacrifice of quality and purity for the sake of the bottom line.

With essential oils, as with most things, you get what you pay for.


Modern research into peppermint oil

Recently, peppermint has been the focus of several studies that target its known benefits for improved digestion and anti-inflammatory activity in the intestinal tract.  Dr. P. Gardiner, M.D. has done studies on peppermint for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), digestive disorders, as a decongestant and for headaches.

Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems.

Other scientists have researched peppermint’s ability, when inhaled, to restore impaired taste and smell.

Dr. William N. Dember, of the University of Cincinnati, studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy.  It was found that, when peppermint was diffused in a room, the subjects were much more mentally alert, and mental accuracy was improved by about 25%.

Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals.  As you can imagine, this could make peppermint oil a very helpful aide for weight loss


Other uses for peppermint oil

Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.

Add a drop of peppermint oil to herbal tea, to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.

Apply peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain.  If there is a cut, apply thepeppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.

Inhale peppermint oil before and during a workout, to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

To stop hiccups, apply a drop of peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).

Place two drops of peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.  (Note: be careful not to swallow right away; allow the oil to completely dissolve on the tongue before swallowing.)

To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball, and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.

Inhale the fragrance of peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.



Balancing, Uplifting, Refreshing Geranium!

Geranium Essential Oil
Pelargonium graveolens

Geranium offers outstanding benefits for soothing skin and is a common ingredient in many skin care products. Also useful for joint support and tempering minor aches and pains, geranium’s calming effects make it a popular choice for many essential oil users.

Geranium is an aromatic, perennial, hairy plant with serrated leaves and flowers varying from light pink through to deep rose, magenta or red. Geranium essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the flowers, leaves, and stalks.
 It is sometimes described as resembling Rose oil, though a sensitive nose would never confuse the two. It mixes well with Bergamot, Basil, Rosemary, Rose, Wild Orange, Sandalwood, Lemon, Patchouli and Lavender.

Geranium is composed of several potent constituents offering outstanding benefits and a history of traditional uses. It has been used to soothe inflammation and irritated skin. It is a common ingredient in many skin care products due to its healing nature. Geranium is a superb choice for ache, bruises and even burns. Due to its analgesic characteristics it is often used as a topical agent for individuals suffering with arthritis or rheumatism. Geranium stimulates the immune system, aids in poor circulation, is anti-mucolytic, uplifting to the mood and its calming effect on the nervous system is pronounced.

Properties: Anticonvulsant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, astringent, antiseptic, insect repellent, diuretic, sedative, refreshing, relaxing and tonic.

Historical Uses: Geranium essential oil has been used historically for hemorrhoids, dysentery, heavy menstrual flow, inflammation, and possibly even cancer. It has also been historically recorded to help with tumors, bone fractures and wounds.

Possible Uses: doTERRA’s Geranium essential oil may help with bleeding, acne, circulatory problems, burns, digestion, depression, hormonal imbalance, eczema, kidney stones, insomnia, menstrual problems, regenerating tissues and nerves, neuralgia, ringworm, balances pancreas, sores, shingles, wounds and sore throat.

Aromatic Guide: When diffused, it may help release negative memories and take us back to more joyful, peaceful moments. May help ease stress and nervous tension. It may lift the spirit and foster peace, well being and hope.


  • Topically – Can be applied neat when applied directly to the skin. Can be applied to area of concern or on the body’s reflex points.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse.
  • Internally – FDA has categorized geranium as GRAS for human consumption. Take internally with gel caps or with honey or a type of beverage.
Geranium has been reported to reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and candidiasis (single-celled fungus). Improves immune system and is helpful as a stimulant for both lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Geranium is a great balancer, due to it being an adrenal cortex stimulant, and helps regulate moods. Great for women having trouble getting pregnant and for symptoms of menopause because of its ability to support hormone balance. It is one of the most useful essential oils to help eliminate cellulite. Geranium is often included in lymphatic drainage massage blends.
Menopause occurs for most women in their late forties and early fifties. Some women are relatively symptom-free, but many suffer from excessively heavy periods, hot flashes, depression and insomnia. Geranium is a hormonal balancer, while Rose tones and cleanses the uterus, and Cypress helps to relieve excessive menstrual flow. These oils can be used in massage, as well as in baths and as hot compresses over the abdomen
Geranium is effective in working with skin issues: Relieves inflammation, eczema, acne, burns, infected wounds, ringworm, lice, shingles and herpes blisters. Excellent for regeneration of skin cells and great for retarding the development of scar tissue so after burns or deep cuts use Geranium with Lavender to promote healing without scaring; great for our varicose vein blends and relief of broken capillaries.
Geranium is an insecticide, due to its terpene content, and is a very good mosquito repellent that will only improve the skin as opposed to irritate the surface like OTC repellents.
Geranium is excellent for dry cough – apply to outside of throat and inhale.
CAUTION: Geranium oil can lower your blood sugar level. Use it (internally) with caution if you have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Great Homemade Blends using Geranium:

Scar Tissue Healing: 4 teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Geranium 4 drops, Lavender 4 drops, Patchouli 3 drops, and White Fir 3 drops. Apply over area several times a day.

Hormone Help Inhalant: Geranium 3 drops, Rose 1 drop, and Fractionated Coconut 6 drops. Mix and soak wick in gently mixed solution and put in inhaler (purchase from

Quick-Fix Anxiety Inhalant: Geranium 2 drops, Myrrh 2 drops, Ylang Ylang 2 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, and Vetiver 1 drop.

Menopause-Balancing Bath: Geranium 2 drops, Roman Chamomile 2 drops, Clary Sage 2 drops, Coriander 1 drop into 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts in bottom of dry bathtub. Add very hot water, stir until dissolved and then make comfortable to soak and inhale.

Cramp Relief Bath: Geranium oil 3 drops, Marjoram 2 drops, Ylang, Ylang 2 drops, Coriander 1 drop, and Rose 1 drop.

Cycle-Regulating Bath: Geranium 3 drops, Clary Sage 2 drops, Coriander 1 drop, Marjoram 1.

Varicose vein Bath: Geranium 2 drops, Cypress 2 drops, Lemon 2 drops, and Peppermint 1 drop.

Calming Diffuser Blend: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Clary Sage, and Ylang Ylang .

Cool Flash Spray: 8 ounces of distilled water, Geranium 2 drops, Clary Sage 2 drops, Patchouli 1 drop, and Peppermint 1 drop. Put the 1⁄4 teaspoon of Epsom salts in the spray bottle; add oils and then water, screw on spritzer ( Spritz yourself when you feel a hot flash coming on.

Cool-Down Compress Blend: Geranium 3 drops, Patchouli 3 drops, Wild Orange 4 drops, Roman Chamomile 6 drops, Clary Sage 6 drops, and Lavender 4 drops. Add 2 drops of the essential oils to a small glass bottle with 1⁄4 teaspoon of Epsom salts, then add 1 quart of cool water. Gently shake and soak a clean cloth in the water and apply it to your face, forehead, wrists, and back of your neck or other areas of your body (even soak your feet in water) to prevent or cool down hot flashes. Keep compress away from your eyes – will smart.

Cramp Soothing Compress: Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Marjoram and Basil – 1 drop each—apply to abdomen.

Flow Minimizing Oil: Coconut oil 2 ounces, Geranium 4 drops, Cypress 6 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Lime 1 drop. Shake gently and massage the blend frequently over your abdomen and low back, beginning if possible, before the onset of your period.

Energizing Body Oil Blend: 2 ounces of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Geranium 3 drops, Lemon 3 drops, Rosemary 3 drops, and Patchouli 1 drop.

Stimulating Blend that also increases Mental Clarity: Rosemary 10 drops, Lemon 10 drops, Geranium 10 drops, Coriander 5 drops, White Fir 4 drops, Clove 5 drops, and Basil 5 drops.

For Relief of a Restless and Distracted State of Mind: Geranium 2 drops and Frankincense 3 drops.

Massage blends 
(remember to drink lots of water when detoxifying and deep cleansing with dōTERRA CPTG Essential oils): mix in to 4 Teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Detoxifying and stimulating:
Geranium 6 drops, Lemon 5 drops, and Peppermint 3 drops. OR
Geranium 4 drops, Rosemary 4 drops, and Patchouli 3 drops
Calming and Relaxing Massage Blends:
Geranium 3 drops, Wild Orange 5 drops, and Ylang Ylang 3 drops OR Geranium 2 drops, Lavender 5 drops, and Wild Orange 4 drops OR
Geranium 2 drops, White Fir 3 drops, Lavender 4 drops
Immune-Boosting Massage oil:
Fractionated Coconut Oil 4 teaspoons, Geranium 4 drops, Wild Orange 4 drops, Lemon 2 drops, White Fir 2 drops, Frankincense 2 drops, and Myrrh 1 drop.
Sore Throat Massage Oil:
Fractionated Coconut Oil 4 teaspoons, Geranium 3 drops, Eucalyptus 2 drops, Lavender 2 drops, Thyme 1 drop. Gently massage the mixture over your neck and throat to soothe throat and swollen glands.
Candida Immune-Boosting Body Oil: 
4 Ounces of Coconut Oil, Geranium 4 drops, White Fir 6 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Thyme 3 drops, Patchouli 2 drops, and Melaleuca 3 drops. Massage into skin several times a day – apply to bottoms of feet in the evening and put on thick cotton socks.

How Do Essential Oils Effect Pets?

DoTerra Essential Oil

Pet Care

We pet owners love our pets as part of the family and want to share the healing powers of the oils with them as well. We just need to remember that their bodies are built a little different than ours… here are some important tips to remember when caring for your 4 legged friends.



Cats seems to indicate that they are highly sensitive to pine, melaleuca and citrus oils. So sensitive, in fact, that it could be toxic to them by prolonged inhalation or even small amounts topically.


We have heard a lot about the effects of essential oils on people, but I have had great results with Serenity blend on our cat when she was in a stressful situation.  The first time I tried using it on the scruff of her neck was when I needed to take her to the groomer because she was so matted.  Butterscotch is usually meowing and roaming around the car whenever she goes somewhere, and shedding like mad!! After a few drops of Serenity she just laid on my lap in the car!  When we got to the groomers she was so relaxed we actually had to turn her over to get to the other side!!!  It made the whole trip so easy!!!

A few months later we had a vet appointment so I did the same.  I have to say that I only used about three drops on the scruff again.  We had the same  outcome; she was so relaxed the staff at the office commented on what a good, calm kitty she is!  I told them about the Serenity blend and they were really impressed.  In fact, one of the office staff bought a bottle!!! – Kelly


My cat had a gum infection and I rubbed a blend of  Oregano, Frankincense, and OnGuard… diluted with Olive Oil… (3 drops of each oil and a tablespoon of Olive Oil) and it did wonders for him! It caused him to not be so happy with me and he drooled for a little bit… but I noticed a huge difference in his ability to eat and less swelling that evening. -Allyson



Here are some important things to remember when you intend to use essential oils on your dog.

·  Dog’s sense of smell is extremely sensitive. Do not apply the oils directly on or around your dog’s nose or eyes. What smells good to you may be very irritating to your dog, especially if he cannot escape the smell. Try the bottoms of the paws (between the pads) or the ear flap or back of the neck.

·  Be cautious about using stimulant-type oils with your dog if she is pregnant, ill or epileptic. Research your oil for possible side effects before you use it.

·  Always dilute your oils and start with the smallest dose possible until you know how your dog will react. Test the oil by holding the bottle out for him and see his reaction. Let your dog decide if he wants the oil! My dog Willow runs to me when I use Balance and Frankincense and I always share with her.

The book, Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals, by Kristen Leigh Bell, has the 20 best and worst oils for dogs. A few examples include:

Best: Lavender, Geranium, Basil, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus and Frankincense.

Worst: Cassia, Oregano, Birch, Camphor and Wintergreen. -Tanya Swanson


“TerraSheild and Melaleuca both have anti-parasitic properties and should help with fleas. I often put 5 drops on a bandanna and tie it around my dog’s neck. You might also try applying a drop to the bottom of their paws.” – doTERRA Diva, Facebook


“Purify essential oil can be used to sooth and cleanse a pet’s skin from abrasions, cuts and insect bites. It is also great when added to a pet’s shampoo for eliminating odors.” – Allicia Johnson


One of our dogs has had seizures since she was a pup.  She has been diagnosed with epilepsy.  We have done a lot of things holistically to help her but finally this year had to revert to a synthetic drug after she had two sets of horrific seizures that wouldn’t stop.  The vet both times had to put her under and keep her for a couple of days.  It was so hard to see her go through this that we have talked about putting her down if the seizures return though we could hardly bare the thought.

The last few days she has been sick, not eating and very lethargic.  Yesterday she vomited a lot and so I gave her DigestZen and peppermint.  She didn’t throw up after the oils.  But in the middle of the night the dreaded seizures started again.  We have gone through this with her so many times through the years we knew exactly the symptoms and what was coming.  When it goes so far, we know it is going into one seizure after another and the only way to help her is to get her to the vet and put her under.   We always hold her and try to console her.

My husband had her and said, “Here it comes.  This is going to be bad.”  I grabbed frankincense and lemongrass and rubbed a drop of each on each paw – in and around.  The seizure immediately stopped!  Then I gave her lavender which calmed her down.

We were both in awe the seizures stopped so quickly, especially after reaching the point of “no return!”.   She slept peacefully through the night and is fine today, no nausea, no seizures.   I am very grateful for these oils.

 (a few weeks later) – During Thanksgiving our dog had another cluster seizure.  We were in Idaho visiting family and she was outside and no one saw her start seizing.  We have no idea how long it had been going on when her sister made enough racket to call attention to the problem.  We got the dog in the house and as before, grabbed the frankincense and lemongrass and applied one drop each to her paw.  Immediately the seizure stopped.  Lest anyone question whether the last experience with the seizures and these oils was just a fluke, there can’t be any question now!  These oils are amazing. The only downside for me is that people are sick of hearing me talk about them.  So THANKS EVERYTHING ESSENTIAL for providing a safe outlet for my testimonials. -Debbie Huckstep


Check out this video on how the Dog Whisperer helps to calm an anxious dog with essential oils….



How can essential oils benefit my horse?

Nervousness/anxiety relief
Training support
Insect repellent
Wound care, muscle care, fractures, hoof rot and infection care
Strengthen the human-animal bond

Which oils are useful to my horse? 

Anxiety/Nervousness- Serenity blend, Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Juniper, Bergamot Focus- Basil, Lemon, Cypress, Wild Orange

Hoof Rot- Blend 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Thyme, and 1 drop Melissa in 1 tsp. fractioned coconut oil and apply on location.

Infection- On Guard blend

Leg Fractures- Ginger (dilute and apply with a hot compress wrapped around leg).

Muscle Tissue- Apply equal parts lemongrass and lavender on location and wrap to help regenerate torn muscle tissue.

Insect repellent- TerraShield blend Wounds- Helichrysum

How do I use the oils on my horse?

Give your horse the choice. If your horse turns away from the scent of an oil, she may be telling you it’s the wrong oil. Never apply an oil directly to your horse’s nose…as it may be too strong and they will have no relief from it. Always dilute the oils with a carrier oil or cream.

Physical problems require topical use: 1-2 drops of EO  (Essential Oil) diluted in 1 tsp of fractioned coconut oil or other carrier oil is usually plenty. You can reapply the oils as needed. The oils will follow the hair follicle up into the bloodstream.

Emotional problems are better tackled aromatically. Place a few drops in your hands and rub them together slowly. Cup your hands and hold them under your horse’s nose. If you have chosen the correct oil, you should see a difference almost immediately



 Extreme caution should be taken when birds are involved. Tea Tree (or Melaleuca) oil is extremely toxic to birds (including parrots.) Inhaling, absorbing, or ingesting are all lethal. Pine oils can also be hazardous. Parrots are much more sensitive to inhalants than many other animals. The aromas of the oils can cause distress as well.

If you are using oils near a bird, and the bird appears to be in distress, get the bird to fresh air immediately, and consult with your avian veterinarian. has some information on using oils near birds, but it is not a comprehensive site. (I do not represent the website in any way, I’ve merely stumbled across it in looking for resources in regards to parrots & oils.) – Amy Meade



Patchouli : doTerra Essential Oil


Used for centuries in perfumes and fragrances, Patchouli is one of the more aromatic essential oils. Patchouli oil has an easily recognizable rich musky-sweet fragrance and is used widely in the perfume industry.

Patchouli is a species from the genus Pogostemon a bushy herb of the mint family, with erect stems, reaching two or three feet in height and bearing small pale-pink or white flowers. The plant is native to the tropical regions of Asia but is now extensively cultivated in China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, West Africa and Vietnam.

During the 18th and 19th century silk traders from China traveling to the Middle East packed their silk cloth with dried patchouli leaves to prevent moths from laying their eggs on the cloth. Many historians speculate that this association with opulent eastern goods is why patchouli was considered by Europeans of that era to be a luxurious scent. It is said that patchouli was used in the linen chests of Queen Victoria in this way. Studies today suggest that patchouli essential oil may serve as an all-purpose insect repellent.

Patchouli essential oil is known to have a grounding, balancing effect on the emotions while providing excellent mood support. Patchouli is also widely used for wounds and tissue repair, as well as in skin care preparations for these same properties.

Product Tips:

  • To make your own wrinkle cream, add 10 drops of Patchouli, Myrrh, and Geranium to an unscented body lotion or massage oil.
  • For oily skin and hair add a few drops of Patchouli essential oil to your shampoo or facial cream.
  • Diffuse for a calming, soothing effect.
  • Add a few drops to your pets shampoo for a deodorizing effect.
  • As an anti-fungal, patchouli oil has been used to treat athlete’s foot. *Before going to bed put the following mixture on your feet for 7-10 days: Mix 2-3 drops of Patchouli, 3 drops Melaleuca, 3 drops Lavender. For advanced athlete’s foot, substitute Oregano for Melaleuca and add a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil*

How have you used Patchouli Essential Oil?



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