DIY Mouthwash with Essential Oils

www.dropsofnourishment.comA recent trip to the dentist got me thinking about essential oils and mouthwash. I know what you are thinking, okay that’s odd, but let me explain.

First, I am not a fan of going to the dentist, at all. Scraping at my teeth and “near”, (<— I use that work loosely), my gums is not my idea of a good time. In fact I think its torture to human kind. I know your suppose to go once every six months but once a year sounds more doable to me. 🙂 I was given the bad news that I have two teeth that are starting to develop cavities, I know what your thinking, probably because you don’t go to the dentist enough, but I haven’t gotten a cavity in the last 10 years so I was doing great . The dentist told me to brush and floss more, I do the brushing part just fine but flossing is my weakness. Every time I get back from the dentist I tell myself okay its time to floss more, which lasts for about a couple of weeks and then dies off. This time is going to be different, I just need to make it apart of my night and morning routine.I got this!

Second, I want to add essential oils to my teeth care regimen . I have heard and read that essential oils have amazing therapeutic and healing qualities. Cinnamon’s antibacterial qualities help fight mouth bacteria, peppermint is effective at killing anaerobic bacteria, spearmint is a great antiseptic and is soothing to gum tissue, and clove has been used for hundred of years to help relieve tooth pain. These are just a few that can be great to add to anyone’s oral care.

Don’t get me wrong this is not to replace the dentist (no matter how badly I want it too 🙂 ) and I’m not saying that essential oils is going to magically make my cavities disappear, but I could sure use whatever help I can get.

Third, You might be wondering why I don’t just go buy some mouthwash from the store, well let me tell you. Have you ever noticed how painful it can be to use mouthwash from the stores. I have tears come to my eyes after about 10 seconds of swishing. Also, did you know that most mouthwashes are filled with harsh chemicals such as: Alcohol, Sorbitol, Aroma, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium saccharin, Eucalyptol, Methyl salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium fluoride. Why in the world would I want to put those harmful chemicals in my mouth when I can make my own mouthwash with Cinnamon and/or Clove Essential Oil that can be just as effective without the pain of “oh my gosh, if I don’t spit this out right now my mouth is going to have second degree burns”. Plus no toxic ingredients.

After doing some research I noticed that making your own mouthwash is pretty easy and will only take about 5 mins of your time, not to mention it can save you some money if you already have the ingredients, which I did.

What you need:

2 cups of Distilled water, filtered water, or boiled water (if you use boiled water be sure to let the water cool down first before making)

10 drops of essential oil (Cinnamon, Clove, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Peppermint, and Spearmint are all great ones to try, individually or mix some together)

1 glass bottle (you can recycle one from your kitchen if you don’t want to buy one. I reused my maple syrup bottle.)

1/2 -1 tsp of sea salt (helps reduce inflammation in your gums and helps heal cuts)

Mix all ingredients in a bottle and use twice a day. I would make enough to last a week but I wouldn’t suggest making more than that. This make require a few tempts to figure out how much you use a week.

How to use:

Shake bottle before each use, swish the mixture around in your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit out.

Too much Cinnamon Essential Oil can be irritating so start with a drop or two first. For my mixture I just did two drops of each oil mentioned above (excluding myrrh).




Are All Multivitamins Good For You?

www.dropsofnourishment.comThere are so many brands of multi – vitamins that it can feel a bit overwhelming. They have some just for women, just for men, just for kids, in swallow form, in chewables, the list can go on forever.

It all started with research showing the average adult does not get enough vitamins and minerals in a daily diet. So multivitamins came into play in the 50’s and 60’s. However over the years multivitamins have evolved and many companies believed well more must be better, but too much can be harmful. In fact studies show mega doses on Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene, folate, and selenium can have negative side effects.

Let’s also look at this from another point of view. The FDA does not regulate multivitamins, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but companies who are dishonest take advantage of it. They can add as much or as little, some have been exposed for adding fillers, and some for claiming to have certain vitamins and minerals in their multivitamin when they did not. I am not accusing all multivitamin companies out there to be bad, but it should encourage you to do your research and pick the best one for you and your family.

I am sure you are probably curious about what kind of fillers to avoid that can be found in most multivitamins. Let’s go over some.

Hydrogenated Oils – the same ingredient you can find in processed food and bakery goods. Hydrogenated oils can cause stroke, heart problems, nervous system problems, block the absorption of fatty acids, upset blood regulation and more.

Artificial Colors – This has been linked to problems from cancer to hyperactivity in children. This is added to multivitamins to make them look more appealing so they can sell more.

Magnesium Stearate – This filler is controversial in the supplement world about its toxicity. Not enough research has been done to prove it to be harmful but at the same time one study showed that it linked to a compound to creating a suppressed immune system. Other studies showed that it will create a biofilm in the body that will block the body from absorbing the needed nutrients.

Titanium Dioxide – Basically this filler is metal and is used in vitamins as a pigment. Just like other metal this one too can lead to problems with the immune function in the body.

My hope is to help others be more aware of the multivitamins that are out there. Stick with whole food vitamins and stay clear of the companies who are owned by pharmaceutical companies. Most importantly do your research before you go buy some multivitamins.

No matter how high quality of a vitamin you are taking, it does not replace a good balance diet. Eat healthy foods, like fruits, veggies, and whole grain foods, so your multivitamin can work for you.



Cinnamon Essential Oil Spotlight

www.dropsofnourishement.comThis week I want to give a shout out to Cinnamon Essential Oil. I absolutely love the smell of cinnamon and I love the taste even more! We are not talking about the fake cinnamon – cassia, this is the real stuff! Opening the bottle and taking a whiff just reminds me of fall and holidays. It also reminds me of those red hot candies when I was kid.

First lets start with how great cinnamon essential oil is shall we? Some of my favorite benefits are:

  • Supports healthy metablic function
  • May promote healthy circulation
  • Maintains healthy immune system
  • Naturally repels insects

Cinnamon has been long used to flavor food and for its internal health benefits. It is also used in mouth rinses and toothpastes for a healthy mouth.

Next are some ways you can use Cinnamon essential oil. Give these a try:

  • During the winter months, dilute with a carrier oil to create a warming massage for cold, achy
  • Place two to three drops in a spray bottle with water for a quick and effective cleaning spray
  • Place one to two drops in a veggie cap to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Place one drop of cinnamon essential oil in hot water or tea and drink slowly to soothe your irritated throat.
  • This is also a great oil to diffuse, it is fabulous!

Speaking from personal experience this oil is a hot oil so use with a carrier oil before applying to skin. I’m not kidding! 🙂

This oil is one of my favorites, although I feel like I say that with all my essential oils. What can I say, I love my oils! How do you like to use cinnamon essential oil?

Ways to help Anxiety


www.dropsofnourishmentI had the pleasure of dealing with anxiety this last week. (In case you were wondering I was being sarcastic) I actually didn’t know I had it until I put the signs together. I was worrisome and a little nauseous whenever I thought about the subject, and it felt like I had a pit in my stomach that would not go away. Luckily I don’t deal with anxiety a lot (which is probably why I didn’t realize I had it right away), but I was lucky enough to recognize the problem (a week later) and solve the problem.

Unfortunately that is not always the case with some people. Different cases of anxiety included social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.Anxiety is considered a mental illness and can be crippling when you are constantly feeling overwhelmed with fear and worry. For me it felt like all my attention was on this one problem. I knew then that I had to do something.

My case was a little easier then some cases, I was able to make the problem go away. That brought instant relief for me. However, if you have social anxiety or a spider phobia, making those problems go away is not always possible. No matter how much I would love to make spiders go away. I am no doctor and I am not here to diagnose or cure anyone, but what I would like to do is inform. The way I felt when I had anxiety made me realize how debilitating it can be. I wanted to find ways that can help me in the future (which I hope is never) and anyone else who may suffer from anxiety as well. We may not always be able to make our anxiety problem disappear but there are ways to help us deal with and hopefully lessen our anxiety. Of course there are those severe cases where seeing a doctor may be the best solution for you.

Stay physically active: exercising is a great way to reduce stress, and stress is a key factor in anxiety. When I workout it does so much for my mind as well as my body. Find a routine that works for your schedule and stick with it.

Things to stay away from: tobacco, coffee, sedatives and alcohol – these substances can make your anxiety even worse.

Meditation: It may sound weird but you’d be surprise on how well it works. Yoga, visualization techniques, and meditation can help ease and lessen your anxiety.

Sleep: Why am I not surprised! It’s kind of like when your sick and your told to get some sleep to help you feel better, but you can’t sleep because your sick. This feels the same way. Anxiety can make it hard to sleep for some, but if you can, do your best to get a good nights sleep. If you can’t sleep and are having a hard time, you may want to go see a doctor for help.

Eat healthy: There is still more research that needs to be done on this theory but eating healthier is always a good change to make. Try more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and fish to help ease your anxiety.

Essential Oils: If you are into more holistic ways, then you may want to give this a try. Smelling essential oils can help improve your mood almost instantly. Citrus oils are my happy oils. Other essential oils to try are lavender, peppermint, chamomile, frankincense, rose, vetiver, or ylang ylang. You can use these aromatically (diffuser, inhaling from bottle, or from hands), or topically, (on back of neck, temples, wrists, or chest area).

*Be sure you do not ingest or use your essential oils undiluted without proper training or medical supervision. Always test the essential oil you want to use on a small area first for any skin sensitivities*




Probiotics, Should You be Taking Them?

www.dropsofnourishment.comEver wonder what probiotics do and how they can be beneficial for you? Probiotics are important and studies show they are good for your digestive system and immune system. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast, it is also known as “good” and “helpful bacteria” and keeps your gut healthy.

Not everyone knows that your body has good bacteria and bad bacteria, but that good bacteria is important to have to keep our digestive system healthy. You get probiotics in foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sour pickles (preferrably soaked in water and sea salt), kombucha, Sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, or in supplements. says, “Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help: Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics, Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, Treat irritable bowel syndrome, Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections, and Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu”

However with modern medicine we have been killing our good bacteria when we use too many antibiotics. I found on WebMD’s website “Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with antibiotics may be contributing to rises in chronic health conditions such as obesity, asthma, and cancer.”

Modern medicine is great and has its uses but its important that we don’t over due it on the antibiotics. Martin Blaser, MD, who heads the department of medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center says “there’s no question that antibiotics, when given appropriately, save lives.

But they’re not always used appropriately. Studies have shown that doctors often prescribe antibiotics before they know whether an infection is viral or bacterial. If the problem is a virus, antibiotics don’t help.”

This is another good reason why we should use natural medicine first, and if we do have to take antibiotics we should take probiotics with it to help slow the growth of candida by filling our gut with beneficial bacteria. This will also help reduce the side effects of antibiotics.

If you are interested in taking a probiotic supplement be aware that probiotics are regulated by the FDA as food, not as medications. Which means companies who make probiotics don’t have to show that they are safe and that they work. So be sure to talk to your doctor about which brand would be best for you and your situation.

Using Essential Oils Aromatically

There are great health benefits when we use essential oils aromatically. They can help support the respiratory system, immune system, elevate mood, help with relaxation and cleanse the air. I have used my essential oils for all of those reasons.

The most popular way to use essential oils aromatically, is with a diffuser. This comes in handy when there is sicknss in my home. I diffuse to help kill germs in the air, to help support our immune systems, and respiratory system when we have colds. Another good use is to help clean the air especially when you have stinky kids or smelly trash. I do recommend taking the smelly trash out to help with that problem. 🙂 I also like to use mine at night and put calming essential oils in it to help me sleep at night.

However diffusers are an extra expense that some people just can’t afford right away. Not to worry, because diffusers are not the only way you can use essential oils aromatically. There are other ways you can use it that will cost you little to nothing.

  1. Place a drop in the palm of your hand, rub together, and inhale. Great for when you need a pick me up, peppermint and orange mixed together is a great for an energy booster.
  2. Drip 2-3 drops onto the floor of the hot shower, but be sure to put it away from the water path, and breathe in. This would be great for when you need help opening your airways. Hot steam and eucalyptus together is amazing!
  3. Add a couple of drops to your pillow and bed linens. Lavender and Bergamot  are great to help your body wind down for a good nights sleep.
  4. Add to household surface cleaner (or your homemade one), or to your load of laundry.
  5. You can buy necklace and/or bracelet diffusers. Put your favorite essential on it and smell it throughout your day to keep you energized, or relaxed.

Don’t let not owning a diffuser stop you from enjoying the health benefits from using essential oils aromatically. It can give you that boost you need to get you through the normal stresses of day to day life.

*Studies show convincing evidence that simply inhaling the aroma of an essential oil is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings in a variety of settings.

My favorite calming blend:

2 drops of lavender

2 drops of grapefruit

My favorite pick me up blend:

2 drops of peppermint

2 drops of orange

If you have a favorite essential oil blend that you would like to share please leave a comment.

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper is a pretty common cooking spice you use in the kitchen, but besides it making your foods flavorful it has other wonderful health benefits. Black Pepper essential oil is steam distilled and giving you a hot, sharp, fruity, and spicy aromatic scent. This essential oil blends well with Cardamom, Clove, and Juniper Berry. It is recommended to dilute black pepper essential oil due to skin sensitivity.

Natural Head Lice Prevention/Treatment

It’s official as of last Monday my kids are now back in school. My house is a lot more quiet, and I have more time to get things done around here, except for when my 3 year old daughter isn’t occupying my time. I will admit it was a great relaxing summer, getting to sleep in, not having to worry about making lunches in the morning, doing homework in the late afternoon and getting my kids into bed in time so they will get a decent nights sleep. I now have to get into the swing of things, and get back on schedule. Which means I should probably get to bed at a decent hour, so I can help my girls in the morning getting ready. This also means I need to go back to taking a few extra precautions in keeping my kids healthy this school year, and not have them bring home every sickness they come across. We all know if just one kid brings it home, we’re all eventually doomed!

Let’s start with head lice. It feels like every school year I get a dozen notices from the school of how they found head lice in one of my girls grades. I have a house full of girls, every lice dream home, I really don’t want to risk bringing lice into my home. So I take some extra precaution and use the wonderful essential oil tea tree! Tea tree oil is wonderful and all natural lice repellent that can save you a lot of trouble and headache. There are a few ways you can use this oil, so pick and choose which will work best for you.

What I like to do is put tea tree oil in my kid’s shampoo to help keep the lice away. Every time you open a new bottle of shampoo don’t forget to put the tea tree oil in it. I like to add 10-20 drops depending on the size of the bottle. If you don’t like that idea then you can do it the way some of my friends do which is to put tea tree oil (about 10-20 drops) in a spray bottle with water or hair detangler and spray your kids hair every morning to keep the lice away.

Now what happens if you’re too late and your kid already has lice. Well, there are lots of over the counter products you can buy, but a lot of them only kill the bug itself not the eggs, not much of a help if you ask me. Tea tree oil will kill it all. Use a tea tree shampoo either one you bought or made and let sit for 30 minutes. Wash with warm water and comb out the dead lice. For problem areas, put a couple drops of the essential oil on the spots that are really bothersome, cover hair and sleep overnight with a towel on your pillow. In the morning wash your hair with warm water and comb out the dead lice.

I had a friend who had lice as well as daughter and tried over the counter products to get rid of them, but wasn’t having much success. So she used tea tree oil to try and kill it. She wasn’t taking any chances and used a lot of oil on her hair and let it sit overnight, but it worked, next morning she was combing the dead lice out her and her daughter’s hair. She did it 2-3 times until no more lice came out.

I however suggest you do not take any chances and start using preventative measures now, so you won’t have to deal with the headache later.

**Before using tea tree oil be sure to test a small portion on your skin to make sure you do not have any skin irritation or allergies.**

Cedarwood Essential Oil

I first want to apologize for not posting anything recently, it has been one busy summer around here. However, once school starts next week, things will get back to normal for me, Yay! I plan on doing more posts like this, they are simple, but I find very helpful. They will help you learn more about different types of essential oils, what they do, and how you can use them in your daily lives. Today’s post is about Cedar wood essential

Cedar wood has a rich hue and warm, woody scent. It is steam distilled from it’s wood. Cedar wood blends well with Bergamot, Juniper Berry, and Cypress essential oils. Cedar wood grows in in cold climates in high altitudes and can grow up to 100 ft tall.

The primary benefits from using Cedar wood essential oil are: supports and maintains healthy respiratory function, helps skin recover quickly, promotes clear, healthy skin, relaxing and soothing aroma is perfect for massage therapy.

You can use Cedar wood essential oil aromatically and topically. For possible skin sensitivity dilution is recommended.

Oregano Essential Oil Saved My Tomato Plants!

www.dropsofnourishment.comGardening to me seemed overwhelming because there was so much to learn and I knew nothing about it! I didn’t even want to attempt to try it, until I had tried my very first garden tomato from a neighbor! Oh.. My..Gosh! It was absolutely delicious, flavorful, meaty, and juicy, it was nothing like a tomato you would get at a grocery store! That moment I made my decision to start my own garden next summer.

Well, next summer came and I had no idea what to do. We picked an area in our yard that had good sunlight and was out of the way from my kids. We picked out some plants that we wanted and planted them in the garden. Lucky for us we live in Maryland otherwise gardening would have been a lot harder, but Maryland soil is great and there is always rain to water the plants. I was so happy to see my garden grow and even more excited at all the vegetables we were getting.

Being new gardeners we may have planted too many tomato plants that year, but that was a problem I can live with. We ended up having a lot of fresh salsa and homemade brushetta- yummy! Its all about experimenting and learning. We learned that lettuce is better in the spring and  fall. Peas also are better in the spring. All in all it was a great success and knew this was going to be something I do every year!

This summer we have our garden for the 2nd year in a row and planted a little less so we wouldn’t have too much like last year. Our tomato plants were doing great but as they started to produce tomatoes in late June they started to die. The leaves were turning yellow with spots, which was killing the plant.  I didn’t know what to do I am no garden expert so I did what everyone does when they have a problem they can’t solve. I googled it. I found a YouTube video that said there is no cure but you can stop the disease from spreading by adding water and baking soda in a spray bottle. While I think it was helping I still noticed the plant was dying.

I told a friend of mine about my garden troubles and she said she had the same problem last year with her tomato plants and she sprayed oregano essential oil in some water on her tomato plants. She had great results, so I thought I would give it a try. I added the oregano oil to my water with baking soda and sprayed my plants everyday, well almost everyday. At that point I had to be patient and wait and see. After about 2 weeks I saw new leaves and new blossoms which was a great sign. About a week or so after that new tomatoes started coming in, I was ecstatic. Tomatoes are my favorite thing to grow in my garden so I would be greatly disappointed if I didn’t get very many this year.

I suppose I could have gone to the store and asked for their help, but I didn’t want to spray chemicals on my plants, that was the whole purpose of growing my own garden, to be free of chemicals. I love having natural options that work. I think one thing to remember when using essential oils is to be consistent to see results!

What essential oils do you like to use in your garden?

What’s in Your Skin Care Products?

www,dropsofnourishment.comThere are so many skin care products out there that it can feel a bit overwhelming as to which line and/or brand is best for you. Did you know that a lot of those products have harmful ingredients in them with scary side effects. Dyes are a popular ingredient, specificall Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green, that you will find in Food, Drug, and Cosmetics. If you see on the label that Blue 1 (for example) are FDC approved that means that Blue 1 is approved to be used in Food, Drug, and Cosmetics. Some examples of what some of these dyes are associated with are: FDC Red dye #3 has been linked to thyroid tumors, FDC Blue #1 is known to be a skin and eye irritant in many studies, FDC Green dye #3 is a carcinogen and many research has shown it to be linked to many types of cancer. Also there are a couple of yellow dyes that have been banned in other countries, but not necessarily in here in the states. These dyes make the product look nice so that consumers will want to purchase them, and consider it a small enough risk to use them in their products. Feeling better about what you are putting on your skin? Scary to think about isn’t it.

Unfortunately the bad news doesn’t stop there. Some other ingredients you may want to steer clear from when buying cosmetics is diethanolamine. Also known as DEA, this is a chemical used as a wetting agent in Shampoos, lotions, creams, and other cosmetics. This is what gives you that rich lather in shampoos and soaps, that we all look for, and it gives us that favorable consistency in our lotions and creams. When used by itself it isn’t harmful but whats interesting is DEA can interact with other ingredients when sitting on the shelf or in your cabinet at home that forms an extremely potent carcinogen. DEA is used in brake fluid for your car, de-greasers, and anti-freeze.

Another chemical to be on the look out for is phthalates. Phthalates are a family of industrial chemicals that are used as plastic softeners or solvents, in many different consumer user products. This chemical is linked to birth defects, damage the liver, kidney, the lungs, and reproductive system, especially the developing testes.

Parabens is an inexpensive preservative that helps prolong the shelf life. There is a lot of research with arguments on both sides about whether Parabens are good or bad for us. So I will just tell you what they have been linked too. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer. It is also undecided or unknown on how parabens effect the growth of babies and adults.

A couple more ingredients I want to go over is propylene glycol. Propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. and according to the environmental working group it is rated 4 which is categorized as a moderate health issue. It is shown to be linked to cancer, developmental reproductive issues, allergies, immunol toxicity, neuro toxicity, endocrin disruption, and a skin irritant. These issues have been arising with as little as a 2% amount of this ingredient, but cosmetic company’s are allowed to put in as much as 50% of propylene glycol in their cosmetics.

This post isn’t meant to scare everyone, but to inform. I just want people to be aware of what they are buying so that they can do their own research and get the best cosmetic products that are not harmful or full of chemicals with unknown side effects. As consumers we have the right to know what the ingredients are in the products that we use and also how it effects us negatively or positively.

Not all products out there are bad and there are several companies that use all natural ingredients that won’t have harmful side effects. In fact one company that I know and use has great products. They have wonderful facial products and in different varieties for all the different skin types. They have Anti-aging, moisturizing for dry skin, acne, and scrubs. You can buy them as kits or if you like to keep things simple when you get ready, you can pick and choose and buy them separately. Email me at for the website and/or for further information.



Lavender Essential Oil Uses

www.dropsofnourishment.comNot only does lavender essential oil smell wonderful, but it does some pretty amazing things. Lavender has been used for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and its many therapeutic benefits. It is most known for its soothing properties, helping you relax from whatever stress is ailing you.You can use lavender topically to help reduce muscle tension or you can inhale it to help promote relaxation for a restful night’s sleep. Some of the primary benefits from using Lavender are: helps skin recover quickly, soothes occasional skin irritation, ease muscle tension, and used for its calming and relaxing qualities. Below you will find a list of some of my favorite uses of lavender essential oil.


1. Apply on a burn. Provides relief and promotes healing. This also works for sunburns too.

2. Rub some lavender oil on the back of your neck and temples to help relief the occasional head pain.

3. Diffuse lavender oil at bedtime to help promote better sleep.

4. Use 2 drops of lavender, peppermint, and lemon oil to help with seasonal allergies

5. Use with a carrier oil for diaper rashes.

6. Mix lavender oil with water in a spray bottle to help neutralizer bad odors in the air.

7. Pregnant and have an itchy tummy? Mix lavender oil with coconut oil and apply on your stomach.

8. Apply on a bee sting/mosquito or insect bites, for fast relief and to reduce swelling.

9. Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

10. Use on small cuts and scrapes to stop the bleeding and clean the wound.

11. Mix lavender oil with coconut oil to help with acne. Lavender oil has antiseptic properties that can help manage acne.

12. Use topically to help calm and soothe a rash

13. Use lavender oil and Epsom salt in a bath for a relaxing soak. Eases the muscles and reduces stress.

14. Rub lavender oil and tea tree oil diluted behind the ears to help soothe ear aches. Massage with the oils rubbing in a downward motion to help with drainage.

15. Lavender oil can be applied on and around the throat for relief, when you have a scrathy throat.

There are so many more uses you can find using lavender essential oil but these are my
favorite and used in my house. A helpful tip: even though lavender oil is a mild essential oil I always recommend using it with a carrier oil when using topically. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, always test the essential oil on a small part of your skin for senstivity or allergic reactions, before applying to a large area on your body.

What’s your favorite use for Lavender essential oil?


DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

www.dropsofnourishment.comDo you ever get tired of breathing in chemicals while you clean your house? I do! I want a germ free home just like anyone else, but not at the expense of my health! Curious of what’s inside some of your household cleaners? Phthalates, Perchloroethylene or “Perc”, Triclosan, Quarternary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats, Butozyethanol, Ammonia, Chlorine, and Sodium Hydroxide are just a few dangerous toxins you find in your cleaners. Each one has a health side effect that range from mild to serious. Some include, severe skin burns, sore throats that last for days, respiratory irritant, thyroid disrupter, can develop chronic bronchitis and asthma, narcosis, pulmonary edema, severe liver and kidney damage, dizziness, loss of coordination and reduced sperm count for men.

Here are some homemade household cleaner recipes you can use to clean your house and keep your good health at the same time. What a concept! *These are not my recipes but some I found that have good reviews and want to try or some I have already used and liked!*

Air Freshner:

Glass Spray Bottle

10 drops of Cleansing Blend Essential Oil per 8 oz of water

5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil per 8 oz of water

a pinch of Epsom salt

8 oz water or more (remember to double your oils if you double your water)

Glass Cleaner

1/4 – 1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap

3 tbsp Vinegar

2 cups Water

10 drops of Essential oil of choice (Peppermint, Lemon, or Wild Orange)

Glass spray bottle

Multi Purpose Cleaner

2 tbsp of Protective Blend Concentrate per spray bottle

24 oz of Water

Spray Bottle


16 oz glass spray bottle

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 3/4 cups water

30 drops of essential oil (Lavender and Lemon, Eucalyptus Peppermint and Orange, Protective Blend, or Grapefruit and Protective Blend)

1 tsp of borax

DIY Carpet Freshener and Deodorizer

1 cup of baking soda

10-15 drops of essential oil (recommended: Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Tea Tree, Protective Blend, Cleansing Blend, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Rosemary)

A jar to hold it in

Mix ingredients until well blended. Store in jar. When using sprinkle on carpet let sit for an hour (the longer the better) than vacuum the area.


What’s your favorite DIY household cleanser recipe? Please share!





Weight Loss, Healthy Metabolisim and Help Curb those Cravings

Losing weight is hard, I get it! I had to go through the process 4 times after each baby! I am not one of those girls that slim right up after the baby comes. Sure nursing helped some but to get back to my pre-pregnancy size took a lot of hard work and it took time. In today’s world when we want something we usually want it NOW! However, that is just not the case with losing weight. There is no magic diet out there that will make your fat disappear, and if it does I can almost guarantee the fat will come right back once you stop the diet. So how do you lose the weight?

With good old fashion healthy eating and exercising! Yup, that’s the secret. Losing weight is not a fad, its a life change, and if you aren’t ready to make the necessary changes it takes, than don’t bother. If you are than great!

Something to keep in mind when you are on your weight loss journey is every one’s body is different! What I mean is, some people can lose weight with little change to their diets but as long as they stay physically active they will be good. Other’s have to keep a food diary and have to really scrutinize what they put in their bodies. Whatever category you fall under, just keep plugging away and you will get to the size you want. Sometimes hiring a trainer can really help, it especially gives you someone to answer too, and someone to push you when you want to stop.

My weight loss journey started when I started to run, which made me want to eat healthier. Nothing dramatic, I still like certain foods, but I switched to whole grains, more fruits and veggies, fat free milk, and less junk food. I still had my desserts, but what worked for me was everything in moderation. No binging!

Being human and all, I still struggled with food cravings, and those are the worst, especially when you are at home, able to eat whatever and whenever you want. I was pretty good for the most part but I had some failures along the way. Something I could have used back then for those food cravings is a Metabolic Blend Essential Oil!

The Metabolic Blend was designed to promote a healthy metabolism and to help manage hunger cravings. Just to be clear, using this product will not magically make you skinny again, but was designed to be used with a well balanced diet and exercise. The best part is its all natural, containing a blend of essential oils!

Metabolic Blend

www.dropsofnourishment.comThe Metabolic Blend combines powerful essential oils known for their detoxifying qualities to promote weight loss in a natural and healthy way. The flavorful blend helps manage hunger throughout the day while boosting metabolism and promoting a positive mood. This blend contains Grapefruit and Lemon, both of which have a high limonene content to help purify and cleanse the body while Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon provide a stimulating and positive effect on the endocrine system to assist with weight loss. When taken with a healthy eating and exercise plan, the Metabolic Blend can help you reach your weight loss goal and maintain a healthy weight for life.


• Add to water or tea and drink before working out for a revitalizing energy boost.

• Consume before meals to help control appetite and overeating.

• Apply to the back of thighs, abdomen, and other problem areas to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Whatever product you choose just remember to use it with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise to really help slim up that waist line!

Need Help Getting Started with Essential Oils?

Being new to essential oils can feel a bit overwhelming when you know very little about them. When I first got mine I had no clue what to do with them and unfortunately they sat in my bedroom for a few months unused. However, slowly over time I educated myself and did a lot of researching with websites and reading several books on how to use essential oils. I am no expert by any means, but I did want to share some helpful tips I wish I knew when I first started.

Tip No. 1 – Educate Yourself

www.dropsofnourishment.comI have found it very helpful to have a few books on essential oils. I love how they have helped me understand what they are, how they work, how to apply them, and how you can benefit from them. There is so much information out there about essential oils that it’s almost impossible to remember it all, at least right away anyways. If I or someone in my family has something wrong like ear pain or head pain, I can look in my book for a good protocol that would help. In fact I just did this the other day for my daughter who was having ear pain. I looked it up used the oils they suggested and applied it how they told me and the next day my daughter’s ear pain was 80% better. I kept applying until the pain was gone. Just saved myself a trip to the doctors, score!

Tip No. 2 – Use a Carrier

A carrier oil will help your skin absorb the essential oil. When you use the essential oil neat; up to 80% of the oil evaporates before your skin absorbs it. Also using a carrier oil will help prevent skin irritation. Some oils such as Oregano are hot oils and can burn the skin when used neat. Other oils like Peppermint are skin sensitive and can cause skin irritation like a rash or a cooling sensation.

The most common carrier oil used is Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is not the same as regular coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is always in liquid form. There are many other carrier oils you can use and for more carrier oil options click here.

Tip No. 3 – Make it Convenient 

www,dropsofnourishment.comThe easier it is the more likely you’ll use your essential oils. Having roll on bottles makes using essential oils very convenient. This is also great if you have kids that use the essential oils. They are more likely to use it if they can apply it themselves. With a roll on bottle you don’t have to worry about your child pouring to much or spilling it. I would however, still recommend adult supervision.

The roll on bottles comes in different sizes. I have 10 ml bottles for mixtures that we use a lot of, 5 ml bottles, and I think its 2.5 ml bottles. All very great and have their own unique purpose. The 2.5 ml bottle is great for traveling or putting in your purse.

Tip No. 4 – Location, Location, Location!

Be sure to place your oils all over your house. I live in a two story house and have my essential oils on both levels. They are located in my room, my bathroom, my kitchen, my kids bathroom, and my 2 year old’s room (out of reach, of course). It is great that when I need something upstairs I don’t have to go downstairs to get it or vice versa. Knowing me if I had to go upstairs to get an essential oil I need, chances are I won’t even bother.

If your thinking how expensive that would be to buy several bottles of Lavender to place around the house you don’t have to. That’s another great reason why to buy some roll on bottles, put some oil in them and place them around the house.

Tip No. 5 – Have Healthy Habits!www.drops of

To get the most out of your essential oils be sure you are eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising! You can’t expect miracles from these oils if you don’t take care of yourself first!

Your body is amazing at taking care of itself when you provide it the proper nutrition, supplementation, and tools to do so.


I hope you enjoy your essential oil journey as much as I have and I hope these helpful tips will get you off to a successful start. If you have helpful tips you would like to share please leave them in the comments. I am always looking for new wonderful tips.



A Safe and Natural Pest Control

I cannot express how happy I am that the weather is finally getting warmer. I am originally from Las Vegas, NV and March weather is awesome. It’s in the 70’s and 80’s. So all of my family out there are posting nice pictures of them and their kids hanging outside while I’m looking out my window and seeing snow. So not fair, but our time has come and we are finally get some warm weather which really puts me in a great mood.

Until the insects come out of hiding and decide to make my home their home. That is just unacceptable. We use to have a pest control come out quarterly and spray around the house. While this was very helpful at first, it would last for a month or so and those pesky ants and spiders kept coming back. So we decided to stop that service and get rid of another monthly bill that was draining us.

I had to find my own way to get rid of the bugs and preferably a more natural way I have a little toddler who is into everything. I tried salt, corn starch, and many other natural remedies you read about online but those ants kept coming back.  The spiders weren’t quitters either. Then I read about using essential oils for pest control and I was intrigued. I already had two of the oils that were mentioned and one was peppermint, the other is Repellent Blend essential oil. This oil is a blend of Skimmia Laureola, Catnip Plant, Amyris Bark, African Sandalwood, Cabrueva Balsam, Wild Orange Peel, White Fir Needle, Cedarwood, Citronella Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Genet Absolute, and Rose Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. I was already using this oil on myself to keep the mosquitoes away.  Let me tell you, it worked better than those nasty smelling sprays you find at the store, not to mention it was DEET free and all natural. Best part is I didn’t have to make my own concoction, it was already done for me.

Since it worked well with the mosquitoes I thought I would try it in my house. So I got my Repellent Blend and sprayed it around my back and front door hoping and praying the ants would finally leave us alone. You know what, it worked, those little buggers stayed away for a while. Just like any other pest control, this is something you will need to do several times, because it will wear off, but the good news is I am not paying a couple www.dropsofnourishment.comhundred dollars a quarter to do it.

I spray peppermint essential oil in my basement. I love the smell of peppermint but luckily for me spiders don’t, it actually helps keep them away. I spray around my windows, doors and some corners where they like to live. I’ve also heard soaking a cotton ball in peppermint placed in a small dish does the trick too. Just put it where you often see the spiders in your house. Not only does peppermint oil work on spiders it also works for ants, mice, and most other insects.

Not only did I find something that works and I can do myself, it also costs less too! Wondering how to use it in your house? Mix 10-20 drops (I like to start with a little first and if it doesn’t work than add more, saves money) of your essential oil of choice and mix with 4 oz of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray! I suggest shaking it before every use to mix the oil and water.

What essential oil do you like best for repelling bugs?

The King of Essential Oils

www.dropsofnourishment.comIts no wonder why Frankincense Essential Oil is referred to as “The King of Essential Oils”. You read about it in the bible, when the Three Kings brought gifts to baby Jesus with one gift being Frankincense. The ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for skin ailments. This wonderful essential oil can be used for a variety of issues you may deal with.

Frankincense is wonderful for the skin. It’s soothing and beautifying properties help rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. I like to add it to my face moisturizer for an all natural wrinkle reducer. If you don’t use moisturizer you can apply it with organic coconut oil, all over your face or in certain areas you want help with.

I have a customer who absolutely loves the smell of frankincense and carries a small sample with him everywhere he goes. So whenever he is feeling stressed he can whip it out breathe it in and feel more calm and at peace. I think its safe to say we have all had those kind of days where we feel like pulling out our hair. When you inhale or diffuse, Frankincense it induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

I recently cut my hand pretty deep, deep enough to get 5 stitches in it. I didn’t use any oils on it at first, but I was getting tired of how long it was taking for my hand to heal. I am a mother of four with my youngest being 2 years old, doing things one handed is very inconvenient and sometimes down right impossible. Have you tried changing a messy diaper one handed? Let me tell you, it takes some skills, skills I didn’t have. So I finally came to my senses and put some frankincense essential oil on it, and with in a couple of days  I noticed a pretty big difference. I was able to use my hand more without it hurting. Doing dishes was a little easier, gripping a sippy cup so I could take on and off the lid wasn’t such a struggle anymore. Now, its not completely healed, but it is looking and feeling better, and you can bet I will keep using it to help with scarring.

The more I use it the more I understand why it is “The King of Essential Oils”. It has become my go to oil. I have used it to help relieve back pain, minor headaches, to treat blemishes, that I was pretty sure I would have outgrown by now, and I’ll also use it when I feel a little tickle in my throat coming on. This is a must have essential oil in my house.

What have you used frankincense for?




Which Carrier Oil is right for you?

Do you use essential oils? Then you might be interested in this post about carrier oils. One of the most popular carrier oil used is fractionated coconut oil. What’s the difference between fractionated coconut oil and regular coconut oil? Fractionated coconut oil is always in liquid form, never solidifies, where the regular coconut oil can be melted into liquid but hardens once it cools off.

However not everyone can use fractionated coconut oil due to allergies. So I thought I would post different kind of carrier oils you can use. Keep in mind that the smell of some carrier oils can interfere with the smell of the essential oils.

Carrier oils are used with essential oils for safety reasons. Essential oils are very potent and a drop can go a long way. Some essential oils can be skin sensitive and can cause a rash if not diluted with a carrier oil. Oregano is a hot oil and can burn the skin if not diluted. Another thing carrier oils can do is help your skin absorb the essential oil. When you apply an essential oil straight, up to 80% of that oil can evaporate before your skin can absorb it, therefore depriving you the many benefits from it.

Below you will find an image of the different carrier oils you can use and what they are good for. While I always like to dilute all of my essential oils the ones listed on the bottom should definitely be used with a carrier oil.

What’s your favorite carrier oil?


What can you do with Protective Blend Essential Oil?

Its winter, which means it’s cold outside and cold and flu season is in full swing! I don’t know about you, but I am a little paranoid about sending my kids to school or my husband to work afraid of what germs they will bring back home to share with the family. Or at least I use to be before essential oils.

We have been a lot healthier this winter. I am not saying we never get sick, but the amount of times and the severity of sickness has definitely improved. Curious on how? Let me introduce to you a must have in my house, Protective Blend Essential Oil. This wonderful blend has a warm and spicy aroma that includes Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. Protective blend is a natural and effective way to protect you and your family from environmental and seasonal threats. The essential oils it contains are known for their positive effects on the immune system.

The Protective Blend essential oil  can be used internally, topically, and aromatically. If you have sensitive skin be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil. I like to use a carrier oil with all of my essential oils to be on the safe side. This is one bottle I make sure we have around our house during the winter months. I use this on mine and my kids bottom of the feet as well as in my diffuser to boost immune systems and purify the air.

Below you will find 52 uses for this wonderful blend so you will know how to use it in your home.

1. Mix with a tbsp of water, gargle for 1 minute then swallow at the on-set of a sore


2. Put 5 drops Oregano and 5 drops Protective Blend in a capsule and take 3 times daily at the on set of cold or flu symptoms.

3. Put on the soles of children’s feet at night during cold & flu season to support immune system (be sure to put cotton socks on after applying the oil).

4. Put several drops in a bowl of  hot water and breathe in the vapors as it begins to volatilize when you have lung congestion.

5. Put 50 drops in a spray bottle with 30 oz of distilled water. Shake often and use to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces (cleans great too).

6. Add to your dishwasher for micro clean dishes.

7. Add to your laundry cycle for micro clean clothes.

8. Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.

9. Apply to bee and insect stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.

10. Gargle and brush daily for healthy teeth and gums and to prevent and treat gum disease.

11. Apply to gums and teeth, or swish with 5 drops of on guard & 1 tbsp of water for pain relief from toothaches and after dental work.

12. Diffuse in homes or business to kill air borne pathogens, inhibit mold and build immune systems.

13. Put a few drops on air filters when changing them to kill pathogens in the duct work.

14. Add to Emergen-C or orange juice to help congestion and fight flu and cold.

15.Put a drop in your mouth and push or squeeze it around to relieve smoking urges. (Enhance with an extra drop or two of clove.)

16. For warts, apply topically, rotating between Oregano & Frankincense.

17. Apply a drop on a pet sore or wound to enhance healing (should also mix with carrier oil).

18. Have the diffuser going in your home when the kids come home to ward off germs.

19. Make a natural anti-biotic blend using the Protective Blend (5 drops), Oregano (4 drops), Frankincense (3 drops), Peppermint (2 drops), and Lemon (1 drop) in a gel cap.

20. Add 15 drops to every cup of corn starch, mix and sprinkle on carpet. Rake carpet, leave for 1 hour, then vacuum for micro clean carpet.

21. Mix 2-3 drops of Protective Blend and 2 drops of lemon Essential Oil with honey or agave in a teaspoon for a cold or cough relief medicine for kids.

22. Gargle with 1 tbsp of water and 1 drop each of Lemon and Protective Blend hourly for laryngitis.

23. Put several drops on the HVAC vents of a hotel room or office to kill airborne pathogens and germs.

24. Mix with baking soda to clean bathtubs.

25. Apply neat to the toes and nails to combat fungus.

26. Combine 2 tbsp of water with 5 drops of Protective Blend in a small glass and store your toothbrush overnight to sanitize.

27. Use a 50/50 mix of Protective Blend and purified water and spray onto oven interior. Leave for 15 minutes, and then wipe away greasy spots.

28. Apply to hands to remove stubborn, sticky substances like tree sap.

29. Add to the water in your vacuum cleaner/steamer to disinfect the carpet.

30. Put a few drops in your vacuum bag to kill pathogens.

31. Put 15 drops in a 6 oz spray bottle, shake and spray rooms, desks, or bed sheets to protect against pathogens.

32. Clean the upholstery and dashboard of your car.

33. Gargle with On Guard and 1 tbsp of water prior speaking engagements or singing performances.

34. Rub on stains as a pre-wash stain remover.

35. Add 3 drops to your tooth brush and brush every day for a healthy mouth and to prevent cavities, gum disease.

36. Apply to teeth that have been damaged or broken to help them heal.

 Make a Protective Blend spray with 15 drops for every 6 oz of purified water, use the spray for:

37. Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.

38. Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.

39. Use to clean children’s hands when traveling.

40. Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.

41. Use on public telephones to remove germs.

42. Use on public computer keyboards and mice.

43. Use as an underarm deodorant.

44. Spray on hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.

45. Spray in public restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.

46. Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.

47. Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.

48. Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.

49. Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.

50.Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.

51. Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.

52. Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to disinfect and remove mold.



There are products already made with Protective Blend in it that you can buy, such as: Toothpaste, soft gels, beadlets, laundry detergent, multipurpose cleaner, hand wash, and protecting throat drops.

Looking for ways to get those toxic chemicals out of your house? Look no further!

If you are interested in buying some of these products or the Protective Blend Essential Oil please email me at pam@dropsofnourishment so I can give you the details.

The Benefits of Epsom Salt

www.dropsofnourishment.comIn lieu of my latest post I thought I would post how beneficial Epsom Salt is. Taking baths are rare for me. I really enjoy taking baths, but I never have the time to do it. Being a mom of four girls, starting my own business, blogging, and my other responisibilites kind of leave me with very little time for myself. While I was looking for a great bath salt recipe for my doTerra class I noticed that there were so many different salts you can add to your bath, but the most popular one that was in all of them was Epsom Salt. Now, again I don’t take baths, so I wanted to know why Epsom Salt was in all the recipes I wanted to know what it did and how important it was?

I can say that I ended up learning a lot about Epsom Salt. For example did you know the name Epsom salt, got its name from a bitter saline spring in Epsom located in Surrey, England, where the salt was produced from the springs. Epsom Salt is a magnesium sulfate, a chemical compound containing magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It has been around for hundreds of years and has been used as a natural remedy to treat numerous ailments.

Feeling Stressed

Epsom salt helps relieve stress and relaxes the body. Stress drains our bodies of magnesium. Epsom Salt helps replenish it by absorption through the skin. This results in our brain creating more serotonin helping us to feel calm and more relaxed.

 Need help with Pain and Muscle Cramps

Epsom Salt can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. If you suffer from sore muscle, bronchial asthma, or head migraines try soaking in a bath with Epsom salt for soothing comfort. It also heals cuts and helps reduce soreness from childbirth (your welcome ladies).

 Helps Muscles and Nerves Function Properly

Epsom Salt is known to be critical in the proper use of calcium in cells. Studies show that magnesium is an electrolyte and supports proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes.

Can Help Prevent Hardening of Arteries and Blood Clots

Epsom salt is believed to help lower blood pressure, protect the elasticity of the arteries, prevent blood clots, and reduce the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.

Have Diabetes

Epsom Salt helps increase the effectiveness of insulin which helps reduce the risk or the www.dropsofnoruishment.comseverity of diabetes.

Suffer From Constipation

Many studies show that Epsom Salt can also help treat constipation. The salt acts like a laxative. It increases the water in the intestines and can bring temporary relief from constipation. However, be sure to talk to your doctor as it may prove to be harmful in some cases.

Now don’t you feel like you should be taking baths with Epsom Salt more often. I sure do!




DIY Bath Salts and Sugar Scrub

www.dropsofnourishmentI recently had an essential oil class. I don’t know if I would call it a class really, because it was very low key. We were visiting while smelling and talking about essential oils. The class varied from people who use them every day to some who only heard about essential oils, but knew very little about them. What I really loved is that everyone was giving their advice/opinions on certain topics, not just me! The “class” was really fun because the guests were fun to be with for starters and there was no pressure on any one.  After discussing about the oils we did my favorite part of the evening and made some bath salts and sugar scrubs for the guests to take home and try. What’s so great about this is the guests got to be involved and they got to smell the different oils that they would want to put in their bath salts and sugar scrubs. I’m not a big fan of being the center of attention, so this kind of class was perfect for me. Below are the recipes we used in my class if you would like to give it a try!

Bath Salts:

2 cups of Epsom

4 tablespoons of Baking Soda

6-8 drops of your favorite Essential Oil

Mix really well the Epsom salt and baking soda. Add your favorite essential oil and mix well.

Suggested Use: Add a couple of spoonful’s to your warm bathwater and enjoy!

Relaxing: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense

Anxiety: Calming Blend, Joyful Blend, and Grounding Blend

Body Aches and Pains: Soothing Blend, Lemongrass, and Sandalwood

Colds and Flu: Protective Blend and Rosemary

Sugar Scrub:

½ cup White

½ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

10-12 drops of your favorite Essential Oil

Mix sugar and coconut oil together, then add essential oil and mix well.

Suggested Use: Put some of the sugar scrub on your hands and rub together, let sit for a couple of minutes for extra softness. Rinse off with warm water and apply your favorite lotion afterwards.

The sugar scrub is my favorite of the too! My hands felt so soft and smooth, even my daughters loved it!



Mood Management Part 3 Calming Oils

We’ve talked about happy and stimulating oils for when you’re down or need a pick me up. Now let’s talk about oils that are calming and/or good for sleeping. At the end of a long day your body is physically exhausted and screaming at you to go to bed, but when you do your brain doesn’t cooperate and it won’t stop thinking. Or maybe it’s the opposite way around for others. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there and if you haven’t, I hate you. Just kidding, but seriously, how lucky you are to be you!

One of my favorites that I use every night before I go to bed is Balance. This essential oil promotes whole body relaxation and evokes feelings of tranquility and balance. I rub this oil on the bottom of my feet and sometimes diffuse it too. Another essential oil I use every night is Lavender. Inhaling Lavender promotes relaxation and a restful night’s sleep. I like to put Lavender on my temples and the back of my neck, this eases muscle tension and you also receive the benefits from smelling it.

I like to use the Calming Blend Essential oil on my 2 year old. This is a blend of Lavender Flower, Sweet Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute. It has a Sweet, warm, powdery smell. This calming blend is known to calm the mind, relax the body, and soothe the soul, providing a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. In the picture you will notice more oils like Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood, they too can also help to calm your mind and body. Keep in mind that every person is different and their reaction to each oil may not be the same. While Lavender may work for you, your sister may do better with Roman Chamomile. That’s what I love about essential oils, there are tons of options for you to choose from.

So the next time you are lying in bed with a mind that won’t shut down or a body that can’t relax, try opening that bottle of Lavender or Sandalwood to help you get the beauty sleep that you need and deserve! Or maybe you are a stay at home mom and your kids are driving you crazy (although that never happens to me, yea right!). Rub some of the grounding blend on the bottom of your feet or diffuse/inhale some Sandalwood to feel grounded and at peace. Your family may thank you for it. 🙂

What essential oil do you use to help you calm down or sleep?

I hope you enjoyed this 3 part series on Mood Management, I know I did. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!


Mood Management Part 1 Uplifting Oils

A lot of us focus on our physical health and forget about our emotional health, but did you know that emotional stability plays an important role in our overall health? Essential Oils can help improve or resolve emotional issues safely, no side effects.

Let me explain why aroma affects the brain so powerfully.  According to Dr. David Hill, D.C. (Chief Medical Advisor Chairman and Scientific Advisory Board for a large essential oil company), he explains how it works in the following. “The olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system in your brain. This is also known as our “emotional brain”. Odor stimuli in the limbic system release a series of brain chemicals. Lavender for example triggers serotonin, which has a relaxing effect on the mind and body. The olfactory bulb is the only place in the body where the central nervous system is exposed to the environment. Our brain is designed to use aroma to heal and soothe itself.”

When we get a cough, a sore throat, or a scrape we probably don’t hesitate to go use some essential oils, but when we are feeling down, stressed, or unable to relax; is our first instinct to use essential oils?

Uplifting Oils and How to Use Them

Citrus oils are great oils. I always feel better after smelling orange or lemon. Peppermint is also a good one, I find it very invigorating. The best way to find out which one works for you is by smelling and sampling it. It’s all about experimenting and finding the right oil for yourself. What works for one person may not work for you and that’s normal.

Here are some helpful suggestions on how to use the essential oils.

1. Diffuse uplifting oils during your morning routines for a great beginning to your day.

2. Don’t have a diffuser yet, no problem. Clear your mind and inhale directly from an open bottle, or rub a drop of oil between your palms and breathe in the aroma. Do this through out the day as many times as needed.

3. You can also apply your oils topically. Best places to apply are bottom of your feet, chest, temples, and pulse points.

4. Enjoy baths? Add 2-5 drops of an essential oil of your choice to the bath water. Oils to avoid in baths are Peppermint, Cinnamon, Cassia, Clove, Oregano, Wintergreen, and Lemongrass.

These suggestions are safe for children but start slowly and use small amounts. When using topically use with a carrier oil to avoid skin sensitivity. Please avoid applying where a child may rub oil in their eyes. If an oil is uncomfortable apply a carrier oil to help dilute and/or remove the essential oil, water does not remove oil and can make it worse.

Benefits of being Happy

According to research and studies, being happy has great benefits to your health. Since this isn’t a college  paper I am not going to list all the research down, I’ll let you do all that “fun” stuff. I will however, tell you what I found.

Being happy helps you stay healthier. Happy people don’t get sick as much compared to people who are unhappy, and when they do their symptoms aren’t as bad. It also helps you lower your risk of Cardiovascular  Diseases. That one isn’t a big surprise, we see it today, people who are stressed are more at risk, but did you know if you suffer from depression and other negative emotions you are several more times likely to have a heart attack and suffer from hypertension.

When you are happy you have more energy. Something I have noticed when I am in a good mood. Being happy helps you have better relationships. When you are happy you are more fun to be around and your happiness is contagious. When I am happy I notice I treat people way better then when I am not, and I know everyone wants to be treated nicely. If you work did you know being happy helps you be more productive, make better decisions, and think more creatively? I thought that was pretty awesome! With your better performance at work it could help you make more money by earning raises and/or promotions, who doesn’t want to earn more money. Last but definitely not least being happy can help you live longer. After all that I just mentioned it’s kind of easy to see why! Hey, don’t take my word for it go ahead and research how being happy makes you healthier, you might be surprised at what you find.

Stay tuned for part 2 where we talk about Stimulating oils for when we are dragging mentally and/or physically.

What is your favorite essential oil to use that is uplifting?



Peppermint Essentail Oil

Peppermint is frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health.  It has a wide variety of uses that you will find most helpful.

Peppermint Oil is one of my favorites. I use this oil probably at least once a day, whether it’s for me or for my kids it gets plenty of use in my house. Before you use Peppermint Essential Oil please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. I dilute my oil with a carrier oil when I use it on my kids as well as myself. It has a cooling effect when applied on the skin that is a bit strong. Definitely avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Remember that one drop is quite potent and goes a long ways, so keep that in mind if you are using it in food and beverages, as well as in your mouth.

Below are my favorite top ten uses for Peppermint Oil.

  1. Use for upset stomachs by rubbing a drop on the belly or use it aromatically in your diffuser. (Don’t have a diffuser, simply put a drop in your hands, cup and bring to your face to breathe in.
  2. For allergy season, and cold and flu season keep a bottle of Peppermint handy to promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.
  3. Have a headache you want to get rid of? Try a few drops of Peppermint dabbed on your temples, neck and sinuses for some relief.
  4. Peppermint is great to cool down fevers, or if you’re suffering from hot flashes. Some great place to apply would be the forehead, back of neck, and/or down the spine.
  5. Enhance your chocolate with some Peppermint. Try it in your hot chocolate, brownies, frosting, and whatever else you want to liven up.
  6. Want an all-natural insect repellant? Diffuse in the air or spray around the baseboards to keep those annoying critters away. (Ex. spiders, ants, beetles, cockroaches, and mice). *note: it does not kill them just forces them out.*
  7. Rather then grabbing an unhealthy snack mid afternoon, re-energize by applying Peppermint to the palms of hands and deeply inhaling.
  8. Don’t know how to remove a tick? Bathe the tick with some peppermint oil with a cotton swab. The tick will stop burrowing, remove its head and then he’s yours to kill.
  9. Kids dragging with their homework? Spray some peppermint on your kid’s shirt, put a drop in their mouth, or diffuse in a diffuser to help improve your child’s concentration and alertness.
  10. Need some help to get you motivated to exercise? Give your Peppermint oil a good whiff that will immediately awaken your senses and get you in your right mind to burn some fat.

What is your favorite use for Peppermint Essential Oil?


Diffuser Blends

Looking for some blends to put in your diffuser? Below you will find different blends to choose from for whatever suits the mood you are in. The Immune Booster is great one to diffuse in the winter, especially with all the sickness that is going around. Need to wind down from a busy day, try the relaxation blend or stress reliever blend. One of my favorites is the focus/energy blend. I love the smell of peppermint and wild orange together. I find it very uplifting.

Whatever you’re in the mood for I hope you enjoy the aroma and benefits as much as I do. What’s your favorite blend to diffuse?

Hoarding Your Oils?

www.dropsofnourishment.comA phrase stood out to me while I was listening in on a conference call that my team put on. The lady speaking said “I realized I was hoarding my oils and trying to make them last as long as I could. Only I realized that my family and I suffered more because of it. We got sick more often and were not able to receive the many benefits from these wonderful oils.” So I ask myself, do I hoard my oils?

I’m sure there’s a handful of us out there that have been trying to make our oils last longer in hopes that we will spend less by not buying more. I know I am guilty of doing it. Well, after listening to this call and coming to the same realization the lady on the phone had, I decided that I am no longer going to hoard oils. These last few weeks I have not been applying oils on my kid’s feet like I have done in the past. I can’t even remember why I stopped. I’m sure I just got busy and forgot, but because of my forgetfulness or laziness, my kids have been sick. My two year old has suffered the most; my older kids have had stuffy noses and have a hard time sleeping at night because of it.

The main reason why I got into essential oils was to reduce sickness in my house and to have a healthier family. That can’t be accomplished if I am not using my oils on a daily basis. I consider myself lucky that my girl’s sickness was not worse than what it was. If they had gotten strep or the flu I would’ve had to take them to the doctor’s, which would have cost me a co pay and a prescription, something that could’ve been prevented with the oils.

Let’s break this down for a better perspective. One 15ml bottle of Protective Blend costs $32.00 (Wholesale). A 15ml bottle holds 250 drops that’s $.13 per drop (I rounded up). www.dropsofnourishment.comLet’s say you use 2 drops a day on the bottom of your feet to help prevent sickness. That comes to a grand total of $.26 spent. If you use it on your kids and spouse then just multiply .26 times the amount of people you use it on. For me there are 6 people in my family. So .26 x 6 = $1.56 spent a day. I would say that’s pretty doable. That could be less if you do what I do and dilute the oil with fractionated coconut oil. This will not lessen the benefits of the oil in any way. Some of my kids have sensitive skin so I have to dilute a lot of my oils.  The ratio I use is 1:1, for my 2 year old with really sensitive skin I have to do 2:1.

If one of us got Strep or something worse and had to go to the doctors, I would have spent $25 for copay and another $10 for generic prescription. That would have cost me $35. If the rest of the family were to catch it 35 x 6 = $210. Which is very likely for my family. We seem to enjoy sharing germs (insert sarcasm).  I’m thinking essential oils can save us a lot of money.

Let’s not forget about time. When we are feeling ill we feel like resting and that usually means taking time off of work, whether you work at home as a mom, or in an office, time can be very precious. I am a stay at home mom and there really aren’t any sick days. I still have to take care of my kids, still have to make meals, do the laundry, help with homework, and make sure my 2 year old isn’t into everything! If I can avoid being sick then I am all for it. Also, not everyone has paid time off and if they call in sick then that is a whole day with no pay- not good! If you find you are hoarding your oils, I hope reading this article will change your mind!

I love hearing how oils benefit people. So please leave a comment below on how essential oils have helped you and your family!

My Top 10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

www.dropsofnourishment.comLemon essential oil is a great oil that I keep finding myself using. Which is fine by me because it’s also one of the cheaper ones. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it on my 2 year old who always manages to get into my permanent markers!

First, a little about Lemon Essential Oil. To make this essential oil they cold pressed the lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Lemon is a powerful antioxidant that can ward off free radicals.

The list below are ways you can use Lemon essential oil for your health, food/cooking, and/or everyday use at home.

1. Put 2 drops of lemon essential oil in a glass pitcher. There is nothing else out there that tastes so refreshing like lemon water. 2 drops is perfect for that hint of lemon taste without it being too sour.

2. Use it to make some of your favorite desserts like Lemon pie, Lemon bars, Lemon cookies, or Lemon frosting.

3. Spray some lemon oil on your cut up fruit to help preserve it. This comes in handy when your kids in school want their apple cut up for their lunch but don’t want it brown.

4. Lemon oil makes a great all purpose cleaner. Works great for wiping off pen marks on computer screens, wiping permanent marker off a toddler’s skin, getting lipstick out of carpet, cleaning off dried up grease on glass baking pans, remove sticker residue on containers or get gum out of  kids hair.

5. You can replace your toxic cleaner and use it too clean your shower. You don’t need that gas mask anymore.

6. Purify the air when your trash starts to stink, kids shoes start to reek, dirty diapers piling up, or any other unpleasant smell you want to get rid of.

7. If you live with humidity like I do, and have a hard time getting that moldy mildew smell out of your washcloths add some lemon oil to your detergent and let it soak overnight. Wash it out the next day and let it dry.

8. Brighten up your complexion by making your own scrub to exfoliate. Use 4-5 drops of lemon oil to a small amount of oatmeal and water.

9. Use Lemon oil to calm a sore throat. Add lemon to some honey and water for a soothing drink. A couple drops is all you need to help soothe your sore throat, slow a nasty cough, and fight a fever. When I am in a hurry I put a tsp of honey on a spoon with 2 drops of Lemon essential oil on it and then eat it. It reminds me of a honey lemon cough drop. Lemon is great for fighting bacteria as well as viruses.

10. Take care of those unsightly cold sores. Apply 1 drop of  lemon oil or use a Q-tip . Now you can go to school/work feeling confident again.

What have you used lemon essential oil for?




Homemade Orange Mango Body Butter

I love the smell of a fresh peeled orange! Orange essential oil smells just like that. Put that oil into a homemade body butter and you’ll never stop smelling your skin, or maybe that’s just me. I found this recipe in an essential oil Magazine. After reading the ingredients it was a must try for me.

I made this body butter using organic mango butter, grape seed oil, and wild orange essential oil. I’m sure you can use whatever essential oil you like the most. This is an easy recipe if you have all the correct ingredients and steps.


1 cup mango butter (I got mine at bulk Apothecary online)

1/2 cup grape seed oil (you can get at your local store)

20-25 drops of orange essential oil (if you don’t have some you can shop for some here)

Air Tight glass jar(s) (I recycled some glass baby food jars)


Step 1: Melt the mango butter. Put your mango butter in a glass bowl. Then get a large pot fill 1/3 with water. Boil the water and put your glass bowl with the mango butter inside the pot. Make sure it is completely melted.

Step 2: After you have completely melted the mango butter remove the bowl and add the grape seed oil and your essential oil, then stir. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator until it has a soup texture. I let it sit in the fridge for about 20 -25 mins and is wasn’t doing much so I stuck in the freezer for about 5 mins and it was ready.


Step 3. Once you have achieved a soup texture use a hand held electric mixer to whip it up. You will want to whip is until it is nice and creamy and starts to peak.

Step 4: Quickly put the body butter in an air tight glass jar. It starts to harden up so don’t take to long on this step.

Now you can enjoy your all natural chemical free Orange Mango Body Butter!


I made enough for me as well as some for gifts to give out for Christmas.

Tips to Staying Healthy in the Winter


Winter is here, and so are all the colds, flu’s, stomach bugs, and all other illnesses you don’t want in your house. Especially when you have a house full of kids, and I have noticed the one thing they don’t mind sharing is germs! Below are some helpful tips to help keep you and your family healthier this winter.

  1. Exercise 30 minutes a day. Run, walk, cycle, any kind of physical fitness will work. Did you know that exercising helps your immune system fight off colds and the flu. The number and aggressiveness of your immune cells (natural killer cells) can increase as much 50%-300% according to WebMD.  It’s also a good way to relieve stress, which can help keep you healthy. Yet another good reason why we should be exercising.
  2. Lay off the Sweets. Eating or drinking too much sugar can curb your immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect can at last for a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks. Makes you think twice about that soda doesn’t it. Try to eat more fruits when you have a sweet craving and eat plenty of vegetables, full and rich in vitamins and minerals. Eat a wide variety of brightly colored fruit and vegetables.
  3. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWash your hands often. Whether you are sick or not, this is a good rule of thumb for everyone. If are able to carry around some hand sanitizer with you, it can be very effective if not more effective then washing your hands with water and soap. I like to make my own with my essential oils, that way I know what is in it.
  4. Don’t forget to take your Vitamins. While trying to eat healthy is best, sometimes life gets a little busy and a nutritious meal gets replaced with a Big Mac at McDonald’s. If you are looking for a good supplement to take dĹŤTERRA has some awesome supplements called the Life Long Vitality Pack that will help keep you healthy and energized.
  5. Use your essential oils. If you do use essential oils don’t be skimpy with them. Now is the time to be using www.dropsofnourishment.comOn Guard on you and your kids to help keep your family healthy. Rub a drop or two on the bottom of your/their feet for a great boost to your immune system.
  6. Diffuse. Don’t forget to diffuse your essential oils in your home to help clean the air from germs. Breathing in the oils is another way to get the benefits from your essential oils. If you don’t have a diffuser dōTERRA sells some you can probably find with in your price range.
  7. Stay warm. I know as an adult you know how to dress warmly, but please make sure your kids are doing the same. I am surprised at how many kids I see in the winter wearing shorts, or a light jacket when its freezing outside.
  8. Get plenty of sleep. 7-9 hours for an adult is key for good health.

Winter is a long season, but with the right habits it can still be enjoyable when your healthy. If you have any other helpful tips to staying healthy in the winter please share them below.

Essential Oils my Life Saver as a Mom

Recently I had a sick husband home from work. Normally I love spending time with my husband when he is home. However, this was a little different because he had germs and he was contagious. You see, my kids and germs really get along, in the past if one person in the house got sick then we were all bound to get sick. It  felt like we didn’t have any immune systems.

I tried my best to keep the sick family members away from the healthy family members but my girls can’t quite grasp the concept of personal space. When they talk to you it is up close and personal sometimes. They love giving out hugs and kisses (which I am a huge fan of when they don’t have germs to spread). If my two year old gets sick then I get sick. Being a stay at home mom I spend every waking moment with her, and for some reason she only needs to cough when I am holding her faced towards me, very convenient.

Well this time I was determined for all of that not to happen. I was a great wife and took great care of my husband. I was rubbing essential oils all over him 3 times a day. I might add that he did not mind in the least. It was like getting a foot rub three times a day, who wouldn’t like that? I used our diffuser filled with On Guard throughout the day to kill germs in the air. I also used Breathe essential oil (open’s the airways) in the diffuser at night to help him sleep.  From past experience I knew if I were to get sick I would not have the same luxury of having someone stay home and take care of me, I find this very unfair. So getting sick was not an option for me.

I’ve heard many moms claim how their kids avoided sickness that was spreading around all because they would use On Guard essential oil on the bottom of their kids’ feet. I was ready to test this theory on my kids. Every morning they got ready for school I would put the Protective Blend and the Grounding Blend on the bottom of their feet. They didn’t mind, in fact they kind of enjoyed it, they thought it tickled. Even my two year old would sit there patiently for a minute while I put the oils on her feet.

www.dropsofnourishment.comSo I guess the big question is “did it work”? After all my hard efforts I am happy to announce that everyone is healthy. The only person who suffered was my husband (if only he would let me use the oils on him for prevention then he wouldn’t have had to suffer either). My two year old was all over my husband too while he was home sick. She loves Daddy and is a big Daddy’s girl. There’s no way to keep her away from him when he is home, but she did not get sick. My other daughters did not get sick either and they sat on the couch cuddled up with their sick Dad watching television. I, the person who took care of him, and slept in the same bed with him, did not get sick (on a side note I always get sick when he does because of the whole sharing the bed thing).

So, am I happy with the results of this experiment? Oh, definitely yes!  I could not be more pleased with how well the essential oils worked! Now that the cold and flu season is upon us I will continue to keep putting the Protective Blend essential oil on their feet. No need to risk more sickness in the house.

For those who have never heard of the Protective Blend let me explain what it is. The Protective Blend essential oil is a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. By applying this essential oil to the bottom of your feet you are supporting a healthy immune function, and are protecting yourself against environmental threats. Other benefits from this oil include an all natural cleanser for surfaces, purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation, is energizing, and has an uplifting aroma.

What do you like to use in your home to help with prevention of sickness?

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