Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dear David

Dear David,

Happy Anniversary my sweet, incredible, loving, handsome, husband.  I struggle to put words to how much I love you.  You will never know how much you have shown me what love is and how to do it well.  Its crazy to think that 15 years ago we would be celebrating today our 11th anniversary.

Our story is so cool.  We raised 3 beautiful girls and are now God has us raising another 3 kids together.  I listen to our girls talk about you.  I have listened to them talk about how much they love you and how they want a husband just like you.  You came into our lives when we needed you most.  You have been a daddy to all our kids that most kids wish for.  Your special relationship with each of them is so precious for me to watch.  You had missed so many years of our older girls life but you spent everyday asking questions and learning about them.   Today it is as if your were there from the beginning.  I can remember the day that they called you daddy for the first time.  I could see in your eyes how much your heart grew.  They love you so much.

I had not known the Lord that long and was longing to know him more and you helped me.  Your love for him, that you had known for a lifetime, made me want to know Him more.

Many people knew you.  They knew this quiet man who spoke very little words and yet had a servant heart like know one they knew.  You have always been so loyal to all your friends.  You have always lived a life of your yes meaning yes and your no meaning no.  Everyone knows if you say your going to do something you will die trying to make it happen.

It amazing to me that a man who has seen and experienced in his life so much pain can turn that around and give so much love.  You speak very few word in public because you hear very few of them correctly, which has hindered how you say words.  If only every person knew what I knew.  If only they got to hear you speak more openly about your love for the Church, your family, and your God they would know why I love you so much.

We are the couple that many would never expect to be together.  This extrovert who sticks her foot in her mouth much more then most people.  She had just meet the Lord and was raising 3 young kiddos all on her own.   She meets this sexy volleyball playing, children's volunteer who was passionate about life and had know the Lord all of his, introvert.  We had our own plans for our life but praise God He had another plan.

Many saw what we did not see.  We were so happy to just be the best of friends.  I'm so thankful to Curtis and Jennifer for providing a safe place that we could just come and be ourselves.  I loved bible study and hanging out at their house like no place we have ever found sense.  Our love grew for each other there because they loved us and showed God to us like no one, or no one place I had been before.  Wow writing about them makes me miss them even more than I do regularly.
I am so thankful for those days.  Or as Curtis would say, my BD(before David).  Lets not forget me and Jennifer praying in our small group for a good wife for you!!!  Boy did God answer big for you......  :)

David as I sit down and reflect on our life I am truly amaze.  Not about you, not about our marriage while both of those are amazing.  I am truly blessed at how God took this broken momma of 3 and turned my life around.  He took ashes and turned them into this beautiful story, our story, His story.  I was a women seeking and He came to my rescue.  He showed me that while I believed I was unloveable that was a lie from the pit of Hell.  He rocked my world and continues to do so today.

I am in AWE of our great God.  After he showed me Him, He showed me you.  I had never in my life known what unconditional love was.  Not even by my mother or father.  I was looking to my God and expecting only what I had been modeled.  He had a new way for me to relate to love.

He would tell me everyday that His love was forever and that He was not the God I had pictured.   That He was not just waiting to reprove me when I messed up.  I believe that he sent me you to show me more of Him.  To show me just a glimpse of how much He loves me.
 
I have never been loved so much by a person.  You love me for who I am.  You have never raised your voice at me, you have never talked to me in a tone that was not loving.  God knew what I needed and He gave me you.

I love you so much David Leon Livingston.  I am so glad that I get to live this life with you.  Thank you for loving me and always excepting me, warts and all.  Thank you for gentle talking to me when I mess up.  Thank you for loving my kids like a daddy would.  Thank you for being the head of our house and leading us like Christ leads his Bride.  Thank you for putting up with me, that is 2 full time jobs.

So today on our 11 anniversary I want to tell you how much I respect and love you.  I hope that you know how much you mean to me.

Love always and forever,
Your blushing Bride
Me


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Orange Truffles

Doterra Orange Truffle Recipe

So the one area I have not touched on very much is the ability to cook with Essential Oils.  Yep they help you feel better, stay better and you can use them for cooking.  

So where do I start.......Yep with Chocolate

Is there any place better to start........

NO

So here is a recipe to try.  If you are interested in getting some Orange or Lemon Essential Oil to try these wonderful morsels.


The picture is lemon Truffles, I made orange!!!  

So yummy

A must try

Contact me if you have questions
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Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Use.....


One of the questions I get the most is how do I use these oils?  Where should I put the oils?  Here is a video to help you.  






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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Babies and essential oils

Can I use essential oils on my baby or young kids? 


Watch the video below and let me know what you think!!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Three Types of Essential Oils

The Three Types of Essential Oils

Three Categories of Essential Oils

Essential oils can be divided up into three categories:
Phenols
Monoterpenes
Sesquiterpenes

PSM Translated
Let me give you a new way to see these large words.
P for Purify
S for Stop
M for Mend and Repair

The Car Wash:  Phenol Essential Oils
Phenol essential oils purpose is to purify your cells.  Imagine that each cell has a physical door.  Due to chemicals, toxins, and cellular damage from life the door into your cells can become blocked.  When this happens you see the decline of your health.  Cells are often damaged by man-made products and medicines.
Essential oils high in phenols are like a car wash.  These essential oils cleanse the outside of the cell membrane so that OTHER essential oils, like monoterpenes, can then begin to do their job.
Examples of phenol essential oils:
wintergreen
clove
basil
fennel
melaleuca
peppermint
cinnamon
Note:  Phenol essential oils help rid the body of parasites.

Enter the Police: Sesquiterpene Essential Oils

Once phenols have done their work, now the door into the cell wall is accessible.  Sesquiterpene essential oils will enter through the doorway and stop or erase faulty information in your DNA.  You could say that sesquiterpenes are like the police of essential oils.
Examples of sesquiterpene essential oils:
cedarwood
sandalwood
ginger
myrrh
vetiver
chamomile
black pepper
ylang ylang

Enter God’s Doctor:  Monoterpene Essential Oils
Thanks to the hard work and messy job of the first two categories of essential oils, along come the monoterpenes.  These oils seek to mend and repair the damage to your cells.  While they won’t reverse aging, they will help to “reset your DNA to factory setting.”  Monoterpenes are like God’s doctor here on earth.
Examples of monoterpene essential oils:
grapefruit
orange
lemon
frankincense
cypress
marjoram

What Do you Do With This Information?
Well, I think we stand in awe at God’s creativity and foresight.
After that?  Evaluate the state of your health.  Are you just beginning your health journey?  If so, you might begin using the “Car Wash” essential oils more than “God’s Doctor” oils. 




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Friday, March 13, 2015

Digestzen



This is one of my favorite oils.  I use this oil when ever I hear the words "mommy my tummy hurts".  Here are a ton of other ways you can use this amazing oil


25 Ways to Use DigestZen:

Acid Reflux
1-2 drops under tongue, in water, or in an empty gel cap.  You can do this several times throughout the day with no adverse reactions. You can also apply to the reflex points on hands and feet – will assist in digestion and nutrient absorption.
Seasonal Head Issues
Apply DigestZen to stomach in a clockwise motion.
Bloating
Apply to stomach in a clockwise motion.  Use a warm compress over the area.
Yeast Build Up
1-2 drops under tongue or in a small glass of water before eating will help keep the candida at bay.  Sometimes when a person is new to the oils and applys DigestZen on the stomach, the first couple of times a little rash may appear. This is just Candida that was already present in the system and the oil has helped it to release through the skin. Discontinue use on the tummy area and just ingest or apply to the bottoms of the feet.

Rub on bottoms of feet and apply to stomach in a clockwise motion.   (May be diluted in a carrier oil) – for really small babies, just apply to bottoms of feet
Cold/Head Congestion
DigestZen applied on the forehead will help relieve cold and sinus infection congestion, applied along the nose and on the cheeks can relieve more congestion. – Dr. Sue Lawton
Intestine Issues
DigestZen 3 drops, Lavender 2 drops, Melaleuca 2 drops
Can't go to the betApply to stomach in a clockwise motion.
Cramps
Apply to reflex points on feet and wrists, as well as apply directly to stomach
Esophageal Burning
Apply to wrists and in a clockwise motion on the stomach
Flatulence/Gas
Apply to stomach in a clockwise motion.
Upset Stomach caused by bad food
Put 1-2 drops directly under tongue, or drink in a glass of water
Gagging
Apply at base or bottom of the throat.
Head Tension
For headaches associated with flu, cold, cough or sinus issues, apply DigestZen to bottoms of feet, especially the big toe and the bones behind the ear (may dilute with coconut oil if you have very sensitive skin) on the headache points of the hands and wrists.
Indigestion
Apply DigestZen to wrists.  Can also apply directly to stomach and/or drink 1-2 drops in a glass of water.
Lower Back Pain
Apply to lower back and massage in a circular motion.
Mold (Ingested or Inhaled from the air)
3 drops of DigestZen, 2 drops of Melissa, 2 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Oregano in a capsule 2 times a day.
Morning Sickness
Apply 1 drop on outside of ear or earlobes.  (Use with caution during pregnancy)
Motion Sickness
Apply to wrists and/or stomach to ease motion sickness.
Nausea
Apply to stomach in a clockwise motion.  Apply to bottoms of feet.  Or take on drop directly under tongue or in a glass of water.
Parasites
Add 2-3 drops to 1 Tbs. fractioned coconut oil, and apply as rectal retention enema for 15 minutes or more. Dilute as recommended, and apply to abdomen and reflex points on the feet.
Head Presure
Apply to stomach in a clockwise motion, or rub across nose.  (This may not smell very good to some people, so rubbing on the stomach would be my first suggestion) J
Ulcer
Dr. Hill recommends DigestZen, Oregano and Lemongrass in capsules 3-4 times a day to heal ulcer and balance H-Pylori that may have been the cause.
Throwing Up
Apply to wrists and in a clockwise motion on stomach

PS: The advice shared here has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Earache what to do?

Essential Oils for Earaches 

How great that we can treat earaches without going to the doctor! I have heard several amazing stories of how essential oils have soothed and healed ear aches. I have used the now on my son and on my granddaughter, I am thankful to have this protocol on hand. Did you know that 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Melaleuca cost around  $0.64! Compare that to the car gas, your time, co-pay, and the cost of antibiotics! And guess what, this is natural with no side effects and can be done in the middle of the night when you baby wakes up crying and pulling at their ear.

Essential Oils I Use.......




2 drops Lavender
2 drops Melaleuca


Add to cotton ball and put into ear (never put oils directly into ear canal.) Gently secure with tape if necessary and leave in ear overnight. You can also apply the oils around the ear (in front, behind, and along jawline) every 15-30 minutes at the first sign of symptoms, working up to every hour.

*Add in BasilFrankincense, and Grapefruit for additional relief. 



I would not trust just any oils on my family.  We use Doterra Essential Oils.  And because they go to the source for their oils so should you.  Contact me to find out how to you can get your families oils.   

Monday, February 2, 2015

I've signed up, What should I do now?

I've signed up, What should I do First?


I've signed up with DoTerra, as aWellness Advocate, what is the first things that you need to do?

1. Make sure your back office is set up. – you will receive an email that will link you to your virtual office (doterra.myvoffice.com)
a. DASHBOARD – Will show you your Loyalty Reward Point (LRP) Standing, your Qualifications, your Earnings
b. SHOP – Where you can adjust your LRP monthly order, and make additional purchases
c. TEAM – Find the details of your Organization
d. MESSAGE CENTER – Where you can SEND and RECEIVE messages and notifications
e. WEBSITE – Immediately visit this section and establish your Business Site Name. You can order business cards (a suggested site to order cards:  http://www.essentialoilprint.com ). With cards you can have people visit your site and order products. If they order you will receive a 25% commission. 
2. Once you receive your packet and initial oils, ENJOY THEM!  Realize that you have an amazing product in your hands.

3. Write down every question you have about what you have received. In the beginning you will have a lot of questions. ITS NORMAL!

4. Visit mydopro.com and sign up so that you can watch videos and begin to educate yourself.
Please contact me if you have questions.  
I get asked questions about how to use the oils all the time and asked the question myself when I started this journey.  The answer that I will give to you is the exact one told to me...open the bottles and just start.  Make sure you have a Modern Essential book it will be your Essential Oil Bible.  

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Friday, January 16, 2015

DIY Teething Blend

I figured it was about time that I made a roller bottle because they are just so convenient (especially for oils/blends that you reach for time and time again.) 
If you have a baby or a GRAND baby who is teething or going to start teething this is the blend for you.  

DIY Teething Blend

10 drops Lavender
10 drops Roman Chamomile

Add oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Easy peasy. Gently shake before use, and apply to jawline. You can even roll a little on your finger and apply to baby's gums.

Let me know if you try this blend.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to Purchase Essential Oils



dōTERRA Purchasing Options


I love dōTERRA! Not only are the oils beautiful, pure, balanced, and powerful but their healing potential is so outstanding that you can’t help but want to shout it from the rooftops and share these natural medicines with all your loved ones.
dōTERRA offers us the wisdom and power to heal our bodies and inspire our loved ones to do the same.
doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils and essential oil wellness products are sold exclusively through Independent Product Consultants who, working from home, introduce, educate, mentor and sell dōTERRA products for which they receive sales commissions. The dōTERRA home-based business opportunity represents a part-time income for many Independent Product Consultants who share their personal enthusiasm for our products with friends and associates via in-home demonstrations and by referring people to personalized web shopping sites.
To learn more visit Doterra's website
Wholesale Customer / Consultant: Best value for product users and business builders!
Click here to buy wholesale!
(Select “Join at the top and then click on new Wellness Advocate”)
One of the most common questions asked is “Do I have to promote or sell doTerra products in order to set up a wholesale account”? The answer is absolutely not. The wholesale program is in place to offer product users and business builders deeper discounts on dōTERRA’s many wonderful products. The wholesale program allows you to purchase products at 25% off retail prices. If you’re only interested in using dōTERRA products for personal use, but want to save money on all purchases, great. If you’re interested in building a business and taking advantage of the dōTERRA opportunity, wonderful! There are many advantages of being part of the team, including 100% support, training and a proven marketing system to help build your dōTERRA business.
If you’re interested in the wholesale account because you want to earn uni-level commissions, fast start bonuses, team bonuses and take advantage of the dōTERRA opportunity then a monthly 100pv autoship order is required. We know that building a business takes time and spending $100 per month before you even have a team in place is unrealistic to most. So there is no obligation to start the autoship program until your business is growing and you can recoup some or all of your investment in commission checks. This could take some 30 days – others a year, it doesn’t matter. You build your business at your pace!
The cost to open a wholesale account is $35.00. All wholesale accounts come with a free business website and virtual back office where you can place orders, track orders, access product information and business building tools. The only obligation to keep your wholesale account active so you can continue to enjoy 25% off on all dōTERRA products is you must place one order per year (no set amount) and there is a $25.00 per year renewal fee, but dōTERRA sends you a free 15ml bottle of their delicious Peppermint oil to offset the cost, so really only pay $5.
Advantages of opening a dōTERRA wholesale account:
  • Saving 25% off retail prices on all dōTERRA products
  • Cheaper than a Costco/Sam’s membership, plus you get money back (commissions).
  • Track and place orders through your own private virtual office.
  • Take advantage of the dōTERRA opportunity, if you want to.
  • Earn reward points for FREE dōTERRA products by participating in the Loyalty Rewards Program
  • Receive your own dōTERRA personalized business and shopping website. No monthly fees!
  • Free marketing tools and training provided by dōTERRA.
  • Share the life enhancing power of essential oils with your family and friends.
  • Sponsor new consultants or customers and receive bonuses on their product sales and their personally sponsored Consultant product sales.
  • Proven marketing system to help build your dōTERRA business.
  • Enjoy the tax advantages of owning your own business.
  • Be a part of a inspired group of Consultants dedicated in helping you succeed.
  • No monthly fees
  • dōTERRA is becoming a global movement
  • Highest quality essential oils in the world – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
  • Make a real difference in peoples’ lives
  • Save money on doctor visits, hospital visits, co-payments, prescriptions, etc.
Preferred Customer: Good value!
Click here to join as a preferred customer.
(Be sure to select “Join as a Preferred Member”)
This option is great for those that just want to enjoy the benefits of dōTERRA Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and save money on every purchase. As a Preferred Customer you can purchase products at 20% below retail prices. There is a one-time $10.00 fee for this option but there are no minimum order amounts. With this option, you are not allowed to promote or sell dōTERRA products or take advantage of dōTERRA’s incredible compensation plan.
Benefits of Preferred Customer:
  • Savings of 20% off retail prices (a one-time fee of $10 is required)
  • Earn reward points for FREE dōTERRA products by participating in the Loyalty Rewards Program
  • Order online direct with your Preferred Member ID
  • May upgrade to wholesale account for $25 at any time
Retail Customer:
As a retail customer you will be purchasing dōTERRA products at retail pricing. There is no membership cost associated with a retail account.
(Push shop at the top of the screen and begin to pick your product)

Friday, January 2, 2015

I don't do feet.....

So if you have known me for any amount of time you know that I don't like feet.  Feet and me just have a dislike for each other.  
With that said I took an Aroma Touch Massage Class while back to get certified and guess what??????
In order to get certified you had to perform an Aroma Touch and you have to be given the massage.(yep some touches your feet)

Well, long story short......I had to touch someones feet I did not even know.  Thank you Lord she had small feet and they kind of reminded me of a child's feet.   
Anyway I spent the whole time praying for this beautiful women and that I would not throw up.  
 God Loves me I made it through!!

Any Who, there is a lot of talk about putting Essential Oils on your feet.  I find this fascinating.  Why?  the feet, have you looked at those things YUCK.

God did something amazing with those two things we walk on.  He put tons of pores on them.


Did you know there are 4,000 pores on the bottom of our feet? When you apply essential oils to the bottom of the feet it hits your blood stream in 30 seconds and goes into each cell in 20 minutes. The oil can pass through the lipid membrane of the cell because it's made of oil.   



This is amazing to me.  Sometimes people don't want to use oils because they feel they will have to wait to long for results, like with tension in your head.  This is just not do the oils hit the blood stream and start doing their thing in minutes. WOW


So where on the feet should you put the oils? 

I'm including a chart to help you know where to apply the oils.  

If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils, want to try a sample of an oil, or want to know how to take charge of your own health care contact me I'd love to help you.  
Now you have the chart, what oils do you need?  Let me Know!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lavender Does All That





So if you have kids this is an oil you should know about.  I took 2 of my kids to have a Zyto scan (will talk more about this in another post) They both scored very high for needing Lavender.  If you are like me and your kids get hyper and hard to calm down then this is your new best friend.  I love it.  
Now many use this oil for sleep.  For some reason it did not work as well on our family for sleep.  We use cedar wood instead and LOVE it.  Remember our body chemistries are different so if an oils does not work like it did for your friend don't be discouraged another oil will work for you.  

**I want to put this out there.  I have had people tell me "oh I can't use lavender I'm allergic or it breaks me out.  I want you to know that the lavender candles and scents you smell in laundry detergents or lotions are not 100% Therapeutic grade oils.  So give Lavender another try you will be amazed.**   

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.

Here are 13 ways you can incorporate lavender in to your daily life:

1. Calming

Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.

2. Sleep aid

Use the cupping method.  All you do is cup put a drop of oil in the palm of your hand and the cup your hands around your nose and mouth.  Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.

3. Bee sting / Insect bite

Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.

4. Minor burn

Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!

5. Cuts

Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.

6. Eczema / Dermatitis

Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. 

7. Nausea or motion sickness

To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.

8. Nosebleed

To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops.

9. Dry or chapped skin

Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

10. Chapped or sunburned lips

Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

11. Hay fever. 

Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.

12. Dandruff. 

Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.

13. Cold sores. 

Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.

Remember  #educationispower

Saturday, November 29, 2014

My Thanksgiving

 My Thanksgiving was so wonderful.  It may have been the best Thanksgiving ever.  I have had many Thanksgivings but something was different this year.  It was not that we were blessed this year more than years past but it was definitely how I looked at this year compared to others.  

This year was filled with such JOY.  Joy for all that has been given and Joy for all that has been taken away.  I have so much to be grateful for this year.  I sat and counted and began to lose track of the number due how much He has blessed me.  

I guess some may feel that I need to not boast but because of Him and all he has done, for that I boast for that I will tell others, for that I will not keep quiet.  I will not stop telling of all that He has done and all He promise to do.  

This year I spoke to my children about the Pilgrims and all they went through to be able to Worship God.  I spoke of Squanto the Indian who was taken from his home to finally return many many years later to his home, and be able to help the Pilgrims.  

Nothing happened back then and nothing happens now that God does not know about.  

I am amazed at how God can take even the bad things that happen like a mother not talking to you,  lost friendships, diagnoses that no mom wants to hear, and the list goes on and on and do such great healing.  This year above all others I have learned to not look at my situation but at him and then stop and  praise Him in all things.  Hard yes, everytime no, but I'm still learning.

This year I have learned to stop and find His blessings in all things.  Some of these things have been hard.  Some of them have hurt and yet in all of them I have seen his hand.  

Here are some pictures from My Thanksgiving Day.  It started off with David and Keisha running a 5k.  It ended with me counting my blessing for my husband, for my children, for friends, for hurts and even for broken relationships.  Yes a lot has happened but in all things I will Praise Him.  For He is good all the time.


(These are people that mean more to me than they will ever know)
Oh how I love this guy.  He makes me smile like no other human has ever been able to do.  He still, to this day, makes my heart skip a beat when I see him across the room.  He is so special to me! 

 Not my favorite picture but the days of hiding behind the camera are gone.  I want my children to have memories of their momma.  

This girl is such a daddy's girl! Boy does her daddy love that!!
  

 Matt and Kristie have the best Chaperon.  D is always between them.   
We had a total of 19 people for Thanksgiving.  God had the exact number of people at our house.  We enjoyed every ones company.  It was such a blast.  

Thank you Lord for my family.  I love them so much.  Thank you for my Wonderful Husband who is truly the best.  Thank you that even though I mess up, you still love me.  Forever I am yours.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Are your Essential Oils Pure??? Mine are!!!

This is an article that I read today.  It is very good.  This is why I choose to use Doterra on my family and why I tell everyone I know about these oils.


Essential Oils: From Seed to Bottle


essential-oil-confusion
Determining which company has the highest quality of essential oils can be a very daunting task. Many companies say they offer “Organic Essential Oils”, “100% Pure Essential Oils”, or “100% Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils”. What does all of this mean though? Are different producers really that different and does the quality of the essential oils really matter?
Essential oils can be life-changing when used properly. Their uses range from mood enhancement to reducing seizures, and everything in between. For those who have found pure essential oils they will tell you that quality definitely matters and that all companies are in fact not the same. These amazing bottles have changed the way we look at ailments and how we treat them. Gone are the days of cancer-causing, stomach-eating, liver-damaging OTC products that mask symptoms. We now use the best quality, safest, and most pure essential oils to address the health concerns of our families.
The United States does not have a regulatory committee that oversees the production of essential oils. To which, you’re probably asking yourself this question, “How do I know which company offers the best essential oils then?” The answer is…Research.
It takes a lot of time to personally research all of this though…and is probably the last thing you want to spend your precious time doing. So we’ve done it for you. We have taken the time to find out the different methods of growing, extracting, testing, and bottling, as well as learning how to use them safely. Below is what we have found to be the most important factors in determining what company really does offer the purest essential oils.
It’s important to note that in our research, we found that most companies that offer essential oils do try to produce what they consider to be a high quality product. Sadly, many of them fall short of actually accomplishing that though.
Here is what we determined to be the most important aspects of producing essential oils and what you should look for.
1. Sourcing
Sourcing refers to the location of which the plant is harvested prior to extracting the oil.  Many think that lavender oil is lavender oil no matter where it is grown, but as we studied we discovered that the active aromatic compounds of a plant actually changed based on the environment it is grown in.
What to look for:
Each plant should be sourced from a location that promotes the growth of the plants natural concentrations of active aromatic compounds (basically the plant should be sourced from where it grows naturally to keep its original and intended compounds intact).
  • No pesticides or chemicals are used to protect or enhance the growth of the plants.
  • The grower harvests the plant at a specific time of day when all the aromatic components are present.
  • The grower harvests the correct part of the plant that produces the best quality essential oils… eg. the bark, seeds, or the flower.
2. Extraction
Extracting essential oils from plants is a delicate and complex process that not all companies pay close attention to. The composition of essential oils makes them very vulnerable during extraction because they evaporate easily and can be compromised.  Essential oils are most often extracted from plants through distillation, a process in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material, thus liberating the plant’s aromatic compounds into the steam. As the steam cools, the mixture condenses and the essential oils are collected in their pure form.
What to look for:
  • Strict monitoring of heat and pressure during distillation. Too little heat and pressure will not release the aromatic compounds of a plant, while too much can alter the delicate chemical composition and potency of the extract.
  • Ensure that the plants are not treated with chemicals or alcohol. Not only can the chemicals be damaging to the plant, but it also leaves a residue in the oil which you then apply to your body or inhale aromatically.
3. Testing
This step can be one of the most confusing of all because of the wide variety of testing standards…or lack thereof.  Two of the basic tests that some companies will promote are the Gas Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectrometry (MS) tests. Essentially what these tests do is separate the compounds within the oil, verify that there are no foreign contaminants, and make sure that the oil has it’s normal number of elements.
While two essential oil extracts may be pure, they can differ dramatically in their active constituents depending on plant selection, growing and harvesting methods, and distillation. Ensuring correct composition of an essential oil requires both precise testing and accurate interpretation of results by credentialed chemists with expertise in essential oils.
What to look for:
  • Credentialed independent third party testing.
  • Every batch of oil needs to be tested with both the GC and MS tests. We were surprised to find many companies who only test once or twice a year or only when they found a new supplier. This allows for a great deal of fluctuation in potency and purity. Also, to pass the GC test by itself only 3% of the essential oil needs to be present. The MS test is what verifies if it is all essential oil or if it has been diluted. As Beth mentioned earlier this week, some companies don’t even conduct the MS test at all.
  • Total Plate Count – the TPC is designed to test the essential oils against bacteria, viruses, and mold. This test is not conducted by most companies but is an extremely  important test because it determines if the oil is potent and can be used to aid in fighting illness and other ailments.
  • FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectophotometer) test makes sure the oil is of organic origins. It also identifies the species of plant the oil comes from and whether or not it comes from one source. Here’s why this test is ran. Some oil producers will isolate a particular element found in, lets say Geranium, which is also found in Frankincense. They will take that element along with other frankincense elements that are found in other oils and make a cocktail of sorts and call it “frankincense oil” when in fact it isn’t at all. The FT-IR can determine if it is actually all from the same organic origin or not.
  • Organoleptic Testing – designed to test for the right color, viscosity, feel, odor, and taste. One thing we found in our research was that synthetic oils can smell the exact same as  pure oils. While it is important to make sure that the oils have all of these things it’s also important that this is not the only test that is conducted because many synthetic oils will pass this test.
  • Shelf Life Test – With everything having expiration dates these days, it’s in the forefront of our minds when we look at products. How long will this stay good? When treated and processed with care, most essential oils can outlive you. Citrus oils are different since they are processed differently but they can still last for several years.
4. Bottling
While this step does not sound very important, it is in fact one of the most important steps.  We discovered that when it comes to bottling the essential oils, some companies would use filler oils to dilute and make their resources go further. These companies label their bottles “100% pure essential oils” because that was all that was needed to pass the Gas Chromatography testing and make it to your home or health food store as a “safe and natural” product for you and your family.
What to look for:
Again, because synthetic oils can pass the “smell” test it’s important to make sure that the FT-IR & MS tests have been conducted. They determine whether or not the oil has been diluted and if it is a cocktail or the real thing. Some companies will use synthetic oils because they feel it is no different than the real thing, or they will dilute the oil so that it stretches further. This is why there can be a huge difference between the potency and benefits from different brands of oils. The proof is in the actual user-experience. We have found people that use large amounts of Oregano or Peppermint daily and when we offer to try our oils they are blown away by the difference.
Also, an easy test that you can perform is to put a drop of your existing oil onto a piece of paper. Allow it time to dry completely (an hour or so). If it leaves behind a residue or watermark, that is a good indicator that your oils have been  diluted with a carrier oil.
5. Application
While application refers to the user experience of the oil, we include it here in our research as a critical piece of the essential oil puzzle.  Many companies simply place their oil on a shelf and expect potential customers to understand what each one can do and how to use it safely. Finding a company that recognizes the importance of education and safe practice of their oils is key to a safe and user friendly application of the oil.
What to look for:
  • The company teaches and facilitates the responsible use of essential oils in health applications.
  • The company works closely with healthcare professionals of traditional and alternative medicine.
  • The company collaborates with universities and other research institutions to encourage continued study and application of essential oils in modern healthcare practices.
6. Now what?
Now that you know the “ins and outs” of producing the purest essential oils, where do you find them? After all the research that we conducted the only company that we have found that does all of the above is dōTERRA. We encourage you to conduct your own research and determine what you feel is best for your family but dōTERRA is the company we felt we could trust and that we could stand behind. Their products have empowered us to be in control of our family’s health.
While this post is not intended to sell you anything we recognize that there are going to be people who want more information about these products and how to get them in their homes.
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