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Eucalyptus Essential OIl Shower Melt DIY

I hope making these will make your cold season a little better. There has been a lot of controversy about using Eucalyptus with children under 6. I myself was a little cautious at first. I will give you some science of course. But I will also inform you that I have now 3 times seen organic eucalyptus roller balls in the baby aisle of target, Fred Meyers and whole foods labeled to help with infant congestion. I thought to myself, If it is so dangerous for children how on earth would they be approved to sell and market it directly to parents of infants. So I decided it was time to weed out the garbage and get some more solid evidence.

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Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion. This makes Eucalyptus a favorite during the cold winter months.

Eucalpytus radiata is a different species than the commonly found Eucalyptus globulus. Children and infants should use Eucalyptus Radiata which is the species produced by Doterra While Eucalyptus globulus is safe for adults, it should not be used on children under the age of 2.

The essential oil safety guidelines state that “The cineole present in eucalyptus oil can create nervous and breathing related problems in children. That said, some distilled versions of eucalyptus oil contain lower amounts of cineole.”

Make sure children and babies do not ingest eucalyptus oil intentionally or accidentally. The side effects might be more severe if the family has a history of respiratory problems such as asthma.

The scientific review of eucalyptus injuries and side effects in children were with ingesting 3-5ml of the essential oil. That is ALOT of essential oil and would never be recommended to ingest that much of ANY essential oil.  Read the full reviewed info in this Pub Med article .

I use Eucalyptus Essential oil Diffused only for my kiddos but If you are not comfortable using eucalyptus that is OK! You can always use Frankincense, Lime and cardamom to help open airways, improve congestion, cough, cold, and sore throats.

You can try out this awesome shower melt recipe next time you need to clear those airways!

 

Eucalyptus Shower Melts Recipe
Ingredients

1 cup baking soda
2-5 tablespoons water
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (substitute Frankincense, Lime and Cardamom)
10 drops lavender essential oil
Soap colorant (optional)
Silicone mold

1 cup of cornstarch
• 4 Tablespoons of water
• 6 drops of essential oil (Eucalyptus)
• Optional drop/s of green food coloring
• An ice cube tray

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DIY vapor rub

Both boys woke up congested this morning. Tis the season of dry air, coughs and stuffy noses. We have been able to teach our oldest child how to make an elephant trunk when he coughs (with help from one of my friends) as to not spread his germs. A cough can spread droplets up to six meters and a sneeze up to eight so it is really important to cover your mouth in your elbow  and to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs all year round but specifically during the winter when we spend so much more time indoors!

Use On Guard foaming hand soap for best results!

At the end of the day, no matter how hard we try, we cannot always avoid all germs. So in those times I have this awesome homemade vapor rub to open up the chest and sinuses and improve respiratory function and it is a strong antibacterial.

In the Science world one of the strongest studies is a randomized double blind. This study is a prospective randomized double-blind controlled trial whose aim was to investigate the clinical effects of aromatic essential oils in patients with upper respiratory tract infections. They were treated with eucalyptus, peppermint, oregano and rosemary essential oils. “Researchers found that 20 minutes after using the spray, those in the essential oil group reported a greater improvement of symptom severity compared to those in the placebo group. The symptoms measured were sore throat, hoarseness and cough.”

The results obtained from this study showed that “essential oil of the leaves of E. globulus has antimicrobial activity against gram negative bacteria (E. coli) as well as gram positive bacteria (S. aureus).”

 

So Check out our awesome recipe below and let us know what you think!

 

 

HOMEMADE VAPOR RUB
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 30-60
Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup grated bees wax
20 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Glass jar

Directions:

Pour the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a jar.
Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.
Place jar in saucepan and allow oils to melt. Stir to combine.
Once combined, allow to cool slightly and add in essential oils.
Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set.

 

Lather and apply to chest or feet as needed to open those airways and calm down those symptoms!

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Feeling Gross!

IT HAPPENED! My 9 month old was crawling around on the floor at the doctor and the next day he was sick! We used his open airways blend (Cardamom, Frankincense and FCO) and diffused breathe, but on Sunday he secured my fate by sneezing his green snot all over my eyes and mouth! I really hate calling in sick because in my line of work there are more people affected then just me.

Menthol containing Essential oils are starting to have some supporting research showing they have a positive effect with inhalation on “mucus clearance in chronic airways obstruction.”

Menthol containing Essential oils are : Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Breathe, Deep blue and spearmint!

So for today’s post I will outline what I did to make myself functional and feeling better in 3 days!

Breathe Vapor rub stick on the chest and feet to open my airways!

On guard throat drops: AMAZING!

On Guard beadlets

Diffuse on Guard and breathe with serenity

Apply motivate and cheer in the morning and as needed through the day

Drink Starbucks citrus defenders and Lime water with raspberries

Use Elderberry drops (Thanks to my colleague Becky!)

And Lastly the use of my home made eucalyptus shower melts!

Here is the recipe!

To make your own shower melts you will need:

1 1/2 cups cornstarch
20 drops Breathe essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel (optional)
Food Coloring (optional)- DID NOT USE!
Water – 3 to 4 tablespoons to start, more will likely be needed
ice cube tray or silicone molds
medium size bowl
mixing spoon

 

Step #1 – Add your cornstarch, essential oils, witch hazel and food coloring to medium sized mixing bowl. Stir. It will be very powdery and clumpy.

Step #2 – Add water, starting with 3 Tablespoons. Mix well… it will start as a dry, crumbly mixture. Add water a few drops at a time and mix well. Then a few more drops and mix some more. Repeat until you get JUST past the crumbly point and the color is mixed in. If the mixture gets too wet, add a little more cornstarch.

Step #3 – Spoon the paste into the ice cube tray or silicone mold. Gently tap / shake to work out the bubbles. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

 

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Diffusing for all things today. What do you need? Tell me what you want to learn more about!?

Pain Relief

Pain?

Who has Low back pain? I DO! After carrying around my sweet boys all day, doing the laundry, yard work and other house hold tasks my back is pretty toast! I am also a Physical Therapist Assistant during the day, I do all of my exercises (and you should too!) but the pain still lingers.

Based on this randomized clinical trial the use of Ginger Essential Oil with massage was an effective treatment for low back pain and should be considered by medical professionals!

I tried it out and was very impressed with the results. It is not a long term answer but it defiantly cut the pain!

Some other awesome DoTERRA options I have been using are the following:

I also use the DEEP BLUE RUB: the oil is not as effective for me as the RUB so I suggest trying it if you have not had success with the Oil. Comment below if you want a free sample!

From DoTERRA Directly:

Ingredients
Wintergreen: With chemical components that provide renewing properties, Wintergreen oil is often used to provide a warming, soothing massage after physical activity. Along with it restorative properties, Wintergreen also has an uplifting, fresh aroma that can stimulate the senses.

Peppermint: Peppermint oil is known for its energizing properties, and gives Deep Blue Rub a minty, invigorating scent. Commonly used to promote alertness and stimulation, Peppermint essential oil lends itself to the cooling, refreshing nature of Deep Blue Rub.
Ylang Ylang: As mentioned, the Deep Blue Rub formula is designed to moisturize skin without leaving it greasy or oily. Ylang Ylang oil has long been used to improve the appearance of skin, and offers soft, gentle properties for the skin in the Deep Blue Rub blend.
Eucalyptus: Like Wintergreen, the chemical makeup of Eucalyptus oil makes it a renewing essential oil. Along with its renewing properties, Eucalyptus is also known to promote feelings of relaxation, which make it an important ingredient in Deep Blue Rub.
Helichrysum: With countless benefits for the skin, Helichrysum is a helpful oil to include in any blend to help promote moisturized, soft skin. In addition to its benefits for skin, Helichrysum oil holds renewing properties that provide a soothing sensation upon application.
Ylang Ylang: As mentioned, the Deep Blue Rub formula is designed to moisturize skin without leaving it greasy or oily. Ylang Ylang oil has long been used to improve the appearance of skin, and offers soft, gentle properties for the skin in the Deep Blue Rub blend.
Cautions
For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use on wounds or damaged skin. Do not bandage tightly after application or use with a heating pad. Keep out of reach of children to avoid accidental ingestion. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

 

Copaiba under the tongue: I was skeptical about internal use but OH MY GOODNESS this works amazing! Check out this Breakdown of the science here. 

Also HERE: It is suggested that the naturally occurring sesquiterpenes present in the copaiba oils seem to be responsible for the anti inflammatory response.

Copaiba Essential Oil is most exciting as it’s an extremely versatile oil and there are many ways to incorporate it into your life…

1 – Most of the body can benefit from Copaiba—it supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and immune system. To take advantage of these benefits for any of these systems, add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea by using warm water and honey.

2 – Copaiba blends well with Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Ylang Ylang. Use any of these oils that appeal to you and create your own personal fragrance in a roller bottle. (Fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.)

3 – Keep your skin clear and clean while reducing the appearance of blemishes by adding Copaiba to your toner or by applying it directly to skin before applying moisturizer.

4 – When you’re facing a stressful day ahead or feeling worried, diffusing Copaiba’s woody scent can help calm any anxious feelings you may be experiencing.

5 – Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to take advantage of the antioxidants—the substance that stops potential damage to your cells from oxidation.

What will be the first way you use your Copaiba essential oil?

 

 

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Black or Earl Gray…

Very calming

Have you ever wondered what sets Earl Gray tea apart from the black English breakfast tea? The quick and most accurate answer is the unsung hero of essential oils…Bergamot. Whether you pronounce it like the french or with a hard “T” it is a great oil for calming anxiety and settling down from a long day.

This oil can help with insomnia, relaxation, and reduce agitation.

There was a study conducted that shows bergamot and lavender blended decrease feelings of anxiety and depression which is very awesome. One step closer to helping people control their mental health and feel empowered to have the tools on hand to combat those feelings!!

Please remember that bergamot is a citrus oil and may cause skin sensitivity when exposed to sun up to 12 hours after application!

Bergamot blends best with the following oils: Cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, and ylang ylang.

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Relaxed Clean

Today is my day off from work and I am stuck at home waiting for the longest time slot appointment ever from the septic company for our inspection. So, I am cleaning. I guess I will be productive if I a hostage at home!

I used our On Guard cleaner for the counters, I added lemon and peppermint into our steam mop (Smells good but oils are damaged when exposed to heat so no cleaning properties), and I vacuumed the floors ( I add peppermint and orange oil to cotton balls and suck them up first to make the vacuum clean and fresh).

The focus of my post however is the new blend I create today! I am so excited about it, it smells amazing, purifies the air and keeps everyone in the house nice and balance, 2-year-old included.

I think I have made it pretty obvious how much I love DoTerra’s Grounding Blend. We use it daily diluted for our 2-year-old to balance his emotions, for me to be more patient and we even diffuse it to make our little dog less anxious ( the jury is still out on this last one).

Balance can promote a whole-body sense of relaxation, may help ease anxious feelings and evoke feelings of tranquility and balance.

Purify is a blend we like to diffuse for its refreshing aroma, the fact that it can replaces unpleasant odors and clear the air and how it may protects against environmental threats.

We use purify for our toilet bombs, fabric spray and our air deodorizer (can you say stinky diapers?)

According to DoTerra Eucalyptus oil has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus is effective in helping lessen tension.

Lastly we have an oil that is quickly becoming a new favorite (let’s be honest I love almost all of them) Copaiba.

This is a newer oil that DoTerra released last year. The primary make up is 60% beta-Caryophyllene or BCP which binds to CB2 receptors which are found mostly in the immune system. According to this study Copaiba does not have toxic effects and may be useful in treating pain disorders.  Copaiba can be comparable to CBD but 100% drug free with zero risk of containing THC and 100% legal.

I added this to our diffuser today to help me with my back pain while cleaning and I have no pain! I will do a very detailed post on Copaiba but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek on the research I am doing and how amazing it is!

 

Have a wonderful clean and pain-free day!