Ginger Zingiber officinale

Description – Newly sourced from Madagascar, doTERRA Ginger essential oil is derived from the fresh rhizome of the ginger plant, the subterranean stalk supporting the root system. A featured ingredient in many Asian dishes, Ginger has a hot, fragrant flavor when used as a kitchen spice. In Western tradition, Ginger is most often used in sweets—gingerbread and ginger snaps being two examples. Internal use of Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea.* Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled for a soothing aroma. When used as a kitchen spice, the hot, earthy nature of Ginger adds flavor to a variety of dishes, and can help to support healthy digestion.*

Do you love to try new foods? dōTERRA Ginger is a main ingredient in many Asian dishes for its hot, fragrant flavor. It may be more familiar to you as it’s used more commonly in sweets such as gingerbread and ginger snaps. When used as a kitchen spice, Ginger adds flavor to a variety of dishes and can also help support healthy digestion.* Apply ginger over your lower abdomen for a soothing massage to help reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.*

For a great, healthy breakfast, try dōTERRA Ginger Pancakes by clicking on the link below this image

doTERRA’s Ginger Pancake Recipe

We love to travel, but endless miles and you may sometimes experience occasional nausea from sitting in a car for too long. Something I found that really works for me and others I know is dōTERRA Ginger essential oil. dōTERRA Ginger can help reduce occasional nausea by either being applied topically or inhaled.* I diffuse it in the car diffuser for everyone to enjoy or place a drop of ginger in the palm of my hand and inhale to create a soothing aroma.


  • During a long car ride, diffuse or place drop in palm and inhale.
  • Apply over lower abdomen for a soothing massage.
  • Use Ginger essential oil in your favorite sweet and savory dishes or in a warm spiced tea.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cautions – Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Citrus X paradisi

Grapefruit essential oil can provide an uplifting environment due to its invigorating and energizing aroma, while acting as a purifying agent when added to a skin care routine.


The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes. Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma, Grapefruit helps uplift mood. Grapefruit is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism.*


  • Add to your teenager’s facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes (avoid sun exposure).
  • Diffuse while dieting or trying to lose weight to increase motivation.
  • Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Add dōTERRA Grapefruit to your body scrubs and body wash to stimulate smooth and radiant skin. Enjoy the fruity and spry flavor of Grapefruit in your morning smoothie to *support a healthy metabolism. In moments of distraction, diffuse dōTERRA Grapefruit to bring a sense of focus to the task at hand.

Children can also enjoy the aromatic benefits of dōTERRA Grapefruit with this DIY Alphabet Grapefruit Soap recipe.

For more uses and benefits of dōTERRA Grapefruit oil, read the Product Spotlight here!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Joe Norman Jennie Knourek
Wellness Advocates #2923893

Jennifer is a trained Massage Therapist and Certified in Herbal Remedies with over 15 years experience using Essential Oils for her own health and the health of her friends, family, and clients. email: or visit her site HERE


Cardamom and a Fall recipe

Whenever I think of fall, my mind goes straight to family, friends, and food. There are so many holidays packed with spending time with loved ones and gathering around the table to enjoy delicious meals together.

On these feast days, help ease any indigestion with dōTERRA Cardamom essential oil.*

When taken internally, Cardamom may help soothe occasional stomach discomfort. *

Dilute one drop in a 4fl. oz. of liquid. Not only is dōTERRA Cardamom great for cooking and maintaining overall gastrointestinal health*, it also promotes a sense of openness and mental clarity when diffused or inhaled.

Cardamom and Pear

With Football season starting, enjoy some Cardamom mustard chicken wings while watching the games with family and friends!  Keep reading for a link to that recipe and more!

Cardamom Oil Product Description
Known as the “queen of spices” in the cooking world, cardamom is a popular spice used around the globe in a variety of dishes. While cardamom is a flavorful, distinctive spice, the essential oil that comes from cardamom seeds has uses that reach far beyond the kitchen. With calming and soothing properties, Cardamom essential oil can ease digestion,* promote feelings of clear breathing,* alleviate stomach discomfort,* and more.

Where to Buy Cardamom Oil
If you are ready to buy your own Cardamom essential oil, visit our page and look up Cardamom under the single oils under the Shop Tab to learn more about ordering.

Whether you plan to use Cardamom oil for cooking, topical application, or aromatically, you’ll want to ensure that you are using pure and potent oil. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA ensures the quality and efficiency of the harvesting and distillation process that the cardamom seeds undergo.

Close relationships with growers and distillers in Guatemala allow doTERRA to produce a high quality, potent oil through a proprietary distillation process.

Cardamom Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. The chemical makeup of Cardamom essential oil makes it a calming oil—allowing it to provide soothing effects for the digestive system when ingested. Cardamom oil can be used to slow down muscle contractions in the intestines and to ease bowel looseness,* which is why it is commonly taken to aid in digestion.* Consider taking Cardamom oil internally when experiencing occasional feelings of stomach discomfort, or after over-indulging at dinner.* When taken internally, it is best to dilute one drop of Cardamom oil in 4 oz. of liquid.
  2. Just as Cardamom oil can be used to calm the digestive system, its aroma can also be calming and soothing. When using Cardamom essential oil to promote a sense of openness or feelings of mental clarity, consider diffusing the oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice. Diffusing Cardamom oil helps promote a sense of a clear head, offering an overall soothing and calming feeling.
  3. The calming and soothing properties of Cardamom essential oil can also be experienced when used topically. When you want to soothe or cool your skin, apply Cardamom oil on the skin for a cooling, refreshing sensation. Remember, when applying Cardamom essential oil to the skin, apply one or two drops to the area and dilute the oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to help avoid skin irritation or sensitivity.
  4. Freshly ground Cardamom seeds are used widely in the culinary world; you can use Cardamom oil in place of cardamom seeds to enhance the flavor of many recipes. The minty flavor and scent of Cardamom has made it a popular ingredient in traditional Indian sweets and teas. It is also used in curry dishes due to its warm, spicy aroma and flavor. As a companion to coffees, teas, sauces, and pastries, Cardamom is truly “queen of the spices.” Next time you are cooking, consider adding Cardamom oil to breads, smoothies, meats, and salads to enrich food flavor and to aid digestion.*
  5. Another internal benefit of Cardamom essential oil is its ability to promote clear airways and breathing and aid in respiratory health.* It is a key ingredient in the doTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Blend and Respiratory Drops.
  6. Cardamom essential oil has a unique, pungent aroma that makes it useful around the home when you want an inviting, warm scent to fill the room. Cardamom oil’s spicy, warm, balsamic aroma is the perfect addition to any cozy home—particularly in the fall and winter. If you want to spread the unique fragrance of Cardamom essential oil around your own home, try making your own potpourri with Cardamom oil. You can place it anywhere you want a spicy and warm aroma.
  7. Looking for a way to use Cardamom in the kitchen? This Cardamom essential oil recipe with molasses and oatmeal will be your new favorite once you give it a try. Visit the blog to learn how to make these delicious Hearty Cardamom Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls with doTERRA Cardamom essential oil, and add a new recipe to your book.

Need more ideas for Cardamom oil recipes? Take a look at a few Cardamom recipes from our product blog:
Cardamom Mustard Chicken Wings
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Plant Description
A member of the ginger family, cardamom is widely known for its applications in the culinary world. This perennial is native to Southeast Asia and produces flavorful and aromatic seeds that have many uses—including being harvested for essential oil. Though the plant is popular in several areas throughout the world, it is one of Guatemala’s top export products, and the labor-intensive harvesting process makes it one of the most expensive spices worldwide.

Chemistry of Cardamom Oil
Main Chemical Components: Terpinyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, linalyl acetate, sabinene, linalool

Cardamom is made up of monoterpenoid esters called terpinyl acetate and linalyl acetate. Other oils like Lavender, Clary Sage, and Roman Chamomile also contain monoterpenoid esters, which is why these oils are commonly known for their calming and soothing properties. Due to the high quality production process, doTERRA Cardamom essential oil contains higher amounts of 1,8-cineole than other cardamom essential oils. 1,8-cineole, or eucalyptol, is a monoterpenoid that is commonly known for its positive effects. This chemical component contributes to Cardamom oil’s ability to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.*

Oils that blend well with Cardamom oil

As a versatile, soothing oil, Cardamom blends well with warm, spicy oils, as well as florals and citrus oils. Whether you are creating your own essential oil diffuser blend, or looking for the best companion for Cardamom, consider using CinnamonCloveGingerCedarwoodSandalwoodVetiverFennelPatchouliYlang Ylang, or citrus essential oils.

doTERRA Cardamom essential oil is produced from cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, where doTERRA has established a Co-Impact Sourcing initiative to help local growers improve their quality of life. By providing a new drying facility for the cardamom plants in Sika’abe, Guatemala, doTERRA has helped improve the efficiency of the cardamom harvesting and production process. Before, cardamom growers had to travel far distances to dry the product, which was problematic due to the short shelf life of cardamom seeds. Aside from aiding with equipment and production processes, doTERRA has provided help for cardamom growers in Guatemala by offering education regarding growing, harvesting, and other agricultural activities. This education process has come as a result of efforts of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™.

In the Polochic region of Guatemala, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian to fund the construction of the Sika’abe Training Center—a center that serves as a learning center for community members. At the Sika’abe center, individuals receive certifications and attend classes that teach job skills, new agricultural practices, and more. The objective of this training center is to help families in this area of Guatemala lift themselves out of poverty.

To learn more about the Co-Impact Sourcing initiative in Guatemala, visit these links: 
doTERRA’s Partnership with CHOICE Humanitarian Brings Drying Facility to Guatemala
Co-Impact Sourcing Cardamom
Finding New Pathways

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.




Wellness Wednesday: Nutrition

doTERRAs Orange Cream TrimShake provides a convenient low-fat, low-sodium, low-calorie, sugar-free, lean alternative that is good source of fiber for individuals trying to lose fat or maintain a lean body composition through calorie reduction and exercise.

The Slim & Sassy TrimShake includes the patented weight-loss ingredient EssentraTrim, which, research has shown, helps manage cortisol-a stress hormone associated with fat storage.

It may help control stress-induced appetite, overeating, and carbohydrate cravings.

It may also support blood sugar levels already in the normal range and enhance energy levels while alleviating fatigue commonly associated with dieting and exercise!

Blend one scoop of shake mix in 1/2 cup of almond, rice, or soy milk, or water until smooth and creamy. Also blends well with fruits and vegetables.

For unique flavor options, blend one drop of your favorite doTERRA essential oil in shake.

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Slim & Sassy Blend
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerine
  • Wild Orange
  • Frankinscense
  • DDR Prime
  • Copaiba

Serve chilled.

To learn more about the doTERRA Orange Cream TrimShake flavor, visit the Orange Cream TrimShake product information page on

Looking for a recipe to try the new Orange Cream TrimShake flavor? Check out doTERRA’s blog post with some suggestions.

Slim and Sassy Body Wrap

Body wraps are a big trend right now. Remember, what you put ON your skin, goes right in your body. It’s a great way to super charge results especially just before a big event. Worried about the dreaded “back fat” in your strapless bridesmaid gown? Want a little less thigh giggle for a big beach date? A wrap is a great short term solution! Now, as a health coach, I want to remind you that a body wrap is no substitute for good nutrition and exercise but a body wrap is great way to pamper yourself and see quick results. Here’s my favorite slimming body wrapSlim & Sassy Wrap How to  - @hayleyhobson

What you need:

  • 40 drops Slim & Sassy

  • 15 drops Eucalyptus

  • 15 drops Wintergreen

  • 10 drops Peppermint

  • 10 drops Lavender

  • 10 drops Grapefruit

  • 5 drops Cypress

  • 4 oz. of fractionated coconut oil

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle

  • Plastic wrap


What you do: Take your measurements before wrapping!

  1. Add the required drops to a glass spay bottle.
  2. Fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Spray the Slim & Sassy Wrap Solution on to your target area (tummy, thighs, butt).
  4. Cover area with a layer of muslin directly on the skin and then 3 to 4 layers of plastic wrap. Don’t wrap too tightly! Get comfy!
  5. Leave the wrap on for 1 to 2 hours. …You can go overnight, but it might be uncomfortable and slippery. Be sure you’re not sleeping in your expansive silk sheets!
  6. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water infused with lemon, especially after removing the wrap.
  7. Remove the wrap and cleanse the area.
  8. Take your measurements again.

Many people have reported losing 1- 6 inches with the Slim & Sassy Wrap.doTerra slim and sassy oils - @HayleyHobson - health coach, essential oil expert Interested in learning more about the Slim and Sassy oil collection?

Cypress is on sale in March 2018 and Grapefruit is the FREE Product of the Month with your qualifying LRP order! 

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Be Healthy, Happy, and Strong.

We made the decision to start using essential oils and supportive supplements at the -beginning of 2016, and we are thrilled at the support and the effect the doTERRA products had on us.

Supporting better sleep, balancing mood, aches and pains, fatigue and now we are working on our nutrition and weight management.

doTERRA is a wholesale club for purchasing, which is the best way to get 25% off. But to it’s members, the membership program offers so much more!

During the month of December 2016, qualifying enrollments will receive FREE diffusers, a 15ml Bottle of Frankincense, and memberships are included in the enrollment kits.


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Final Day #5 BOGO Deal!

Welcome to the last day of BOGO Week!
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That’s two amazing oils for just $37.50 wholesale. This offer will be available until midnight tonight!
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Do you find yourself having stomach upsets after eating a particular food?
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We generally take a Terrazyme capsule before meals, but you can also take these on an empty stomach to increase your metabolism.

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Most probiotics on the market are destroyed inside the stomach, making the nearly ineffective. PB Assist is in a double capsule delivery system, which allows the prebiotics to be released in your stomach while protecting the probiotic from harsh stomach acid so it can get to where it needs to go… your digestive tract!
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Winter is approaching… don’t be SAD.

201511-orig-depression-949x534A seasonal change in Neurotransmitters may result in notable symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
Well recognized expert in this field Robert Tisserand shares a wonderful explanation of how these seasonal changes may effect us, and how Essential Oils Can help.

We are sharing his reformatted but unedited article here as a reference to our readers.
Be Healthy, Happy, and Strong!

Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Robert Tisserand

sad girl on the windowsill looking out the windowFeeling unusually sad is not uncommon in the winter months. Classic (winter based) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder, affecting people with otherwise normal mental health. Symptoms include difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends, family and social activities and decreased sex drive. While sharing many symptoms with clinical depression, the main distinguishing factor of SAD is its seasonal character.


There is likely not a single cause for SAD but scientists have identified several physiological suspects: serotonin, melatonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. SAD has been most strongly linked to reduced levels of serotonin, an important “feelgood” neurotransmitter. Since eating carbohydrates increases serotonin levels, this may explain the tendency to binge on carbs. However, even in the general population, postmortem examination of the hypothalamus shows minimal serotonin in the months of December and January, suggesting that this is not sufficient in itself to cause SAD (Gupta 2013, Levitan 2007).

Studies have shown that dopamine depletion causes a temporary worsening of symptoms in SAD patients. Dopamine is associated with “reward” pathways in the brain, and may also be linked to binge eating. Fatigue and lethargy in SAD are very likely associated with low levels of dopamine and also norepinephrine (Levitan 2007).

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland when there is very little light, and it signals our body to sleep. And if we choose to ignore those signals (because falling asleep while driving or in a meeting for example may have negative consequences), our natural sleep rhythms may be thrown off balance. We naturally produce more melatonin in winter months.

Many species naturally decrease their activity during winter months, as food sources are diminished and there is not enough sunlight to go hunting for whatever is still available. Some animals, such as bears and hedgehogs, even choose total hibernation, sleeping through the winter months to awaken when sun is high and food abundant. We humans cannot afford such winter sleep indulgences, and so we need to fight the ramifications of ignoring our natural circadian rhythms (the inner clock that tells us to sleep when the sun goes down).

Common treatments for SAD include light therapy, vitamin D supplements and antidepressants. However, essential oils may also be of great service.

Essential oils

Studies on depression and the sense of smell show that clinical depression is associated with reduced olfactory sensitivity (Negoias et al 2010, Schablitzky and Pause 2014). However, this may not apply to SAD, where researchers find the opposite – an increased olfactory sensitivity, especially in the right nostril, which corresponds to the right side of the brain (Postolache et al 1999). This increased sensitivity suggests that people with SAD may be especially responsive to aromatherapy.

It has long been claimed by aromatherapists that essential oils can positively affect mood, and scientific studies are now providing significant evidence for such effects, as well as explanations of how they work. Inhalation is a very efficient mode of administration for affecting neurological function, as the smell receptor sites in our nasal cavity have a direct link to the brain, via the olfactory bulbs.

In a 2013 article, researchers at Xiamen University, China, commented: “Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine) thereby further regulating mood.”

Many studies have found that vaporized citrus oils are particularly effective for mood enhancement. In one, a mixture of bergamot, orange and lemon (with lemon predominating) was slowly vaporized throughout the day over a two-week period, and depressed patients exposed to this fragrance were able to reduce their dose of antidepressants (Komori et al 1995).

Bergamot and lemon oils are among the most widely-researched for positive effects on mood. Rodent studies show that lemon oil is antidepressant (Komori et al 1995) and invigorating (Komori et al 2006). It also reduces anxiety and boosts both serotonin and dopamine (Komiya et al 2006), two neurochemicals that are often reduced in SAD. In addition to lemon oil, other essential oils that positively impact dopamine and/or serotonin, and are also antidepressant, include clary sage, Atlas cedarwood, eucalyptus globulus and orange (Costa et al 2013, Kako et al 2008, Martins et al 2015, Seol et al 2010).

The citrus oil that has been most widely researched for mood effects in humans is bergamot. Bergamot oil inhalation, from diffusion or water-based sprays, has shown significant effects in the following conditions:

* Reduction of work-related stress in a total of 83 elementary school teachers (Chang & Shen 2011, Liu et al 2013).

* Reduction of anxiety in 53 patients awaiting surgery, compared to 49 control patients (Ni et al 2013)

* Reduction of stress hormone cortisol, along with reduction in self-reported fatigue and anxiety in 41 healthy women, within 15 minutes (Watanabe et al 2015).

* Changes in heart rate variability that indicate relaxation in 25 healthy females compared to 22 controls, within 15 minutes (Peng et al 2009).

Many other essential oils are said to be uplifting – some of these are more stimulating, and some are more calming (see below). However, note that a “relaxed alertness” is also described for some essential oils, as is as an antidepressant effect.

Stimulating oils


Black pepper
Black pepper is the only essential oil that has been shown to significantly increase epinephrine levels on inhalation (Haze et al 2002) and so might be useful where lethargy is a problem, but perhaps not if anxiety is high.


In healthy adults, inhaled grapefruit oil was stimulating and invigorating, increasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system by 50%, and causing a slight increase in skin temperature (Haze et al 2002). Grapefruit oil inhalation slightly increased epinephrine and norepinephrine levels. The effect was not statistically significant, but it may reveal a tendency (Haze et al 2002).

Jasmine absolute is widely regarded as an antidepressant. Vaporized jasmine absolute had a stimulating effect on the autonomic nervous system, resulting in greater blood oxygen saturation and increased alertness and perceived vigor (Sayowan et al 2013).


Rodent studies show that lemon oil is antidepressant and invigorating (Komori et al 1995, Komori et al 2006). It reduces anxiety and boosts both serotonin and dopamine (Komiya et al 2006).


A proven essential oil for those who have difficulty concentrating (Moss & Oliver 2003, Moss et al 2003), rosemary oil also acts on serotonin receptors (Martinez et al 2009). Also see Rosemary Boosts Brain Power.

Calming oils


Bergamot was a key ingredient in the original Eau de Cologne, which was said to have restorative and refreshing properties. According to the research (cited above), inhaled bergamot oil reduces anxiety and stress, and correspondingly causes slight reductions in blood pressure and heart rate.


Clary sage
Clary sage oil increases both dopamine and serotonin levels, and these effects are thought to explain its notable antidepressant action (Lee et al 2014, Seol et al 2010).


Research on orange oil demonstrates that it is calming, reduces anxiety and heart rate, and improves mood (Goes et al 2012, Jafarzadeh et al 2013, Lehrner et al 2005). Orange oil does increase serotonin levels (Costa et al 2013).

Inhalation of rose essential oil resulted in a 30% decrease of epinephrine levels (Haze et al 2002). So this would be an appropriate essential oil for extreme stress, but not for extreme lethargy. Prolonged inhalation of rose oil (24 hours) by gerbils revealed an anti-anxiety effect that was described as being similar to “some serotonergic agents” (i.e. substances that increase serotonin) (Bradley et al 2007).

Traditionally, Buddhists used sandalwood oil as a therapy for anxiety, depression and insomnia, while Tibetan Monks used it to relax the body and focus the mind. Research reveals that inhaled sandalwood oil is calming, while improving mood and increasing attentiveness (Heuberger et al 2006).

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Not everyone should take substances that increase serotonin. In particular, drug interactions are possible. Be aware that a few essential oils, if taken with for example SSRI drugs, could possibly lead to serotonin syndrome, such as I reported here [Interaction with SSRI medication] almost certainly due to blue (German) chamomile oil.

If you have chosen an oil or blend that fits you the best, I recommend using a diffuser with intermittent setting and diffusing oils in intervals of 30 to 60 minutes and then stopping for at least the same amount of time for the greatest therapeutic benefit. This way the nervous system does not habituate or adapt to the olfactory stimulus. And, it’s safer. In a day, 2-3 sessions are usually adequate. If diluted essential oils are being worn as fragrance, body oil etc., these limits won’t apply.

So, get those diffusers and inhalers ready, because the winter still has a long way to go and even if you are not suffering from SAD we can all use some uplifting now and again, especially when the temperatures drop into single digits and blizzards roar outside.


Bradley, B., Starkey, N., Brown, S., & Lea, R. (2007). The effects of prolonged rose odor inhalation in two animal models of anxiety. Physiology & Behavior, 92, 931–938.
Chang, K.-M., & Shen, C.-W. (2011). Aromatherapy benefits autonomic nervous system regulation for elementary school faculty in taiwan. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2011, 1–7.
Costa, C., & Cury, T. (2013). Citrus aurantium L. essential oil exhibits anxiolytic-like activity mediated by 5-HT1A-receptors and reduces cholesterol after repeated oral treatment. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 42, 1–10.
Goes, T., & Antunes, F. (2012). Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(8), 798–804.
Gupta, A., Sharma, P. K., Garg, V. K., Singh, a. K., & Mondal, S. C. (2013). Role of serotonin in seasonal affective disorder. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 17(1), 49–55.
Haze, S., Sakai, K., & Gozu, Y. (2002). Effects of fragrance inhalation on sympathetic activity in normal adults. The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology, 90(3), 247–253.
Heuberger, E., Hongratanaworakit, T., & Buchbauer, G. (2006). East Indian Sandalwood and alpha-Santalol odor increase physiological and self-rated arousal in humans. Planta Medica, 72, 792–800.
Jafarzadeh, M., Arman, S., & Pour, F. (2013). Effect of aromatherapy with orange essential oil on salivary cortisol and pulse rate in children during dental treatment: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Advanced Biomedical Research, 2, 1–10.
Kako, H., Fukumoto, S., Kobayashi, Y., & Yokogoshi, H. (2008). Effects of direct exposure of green odour components on dopamine release from rat brain striatal slices and PC12 cells. Brain Research Bulletin, 75, 706–712.
Komiya, M., Takeuchi, T., & Harada, E. (2006). Lemon oil vapor causes an anti-stress effect via modulating the 5-HT and DA activities in mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 172, 240–249.
Komori, T., Fujiwara, R., & Tanida, M. (1995). Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states. Neuroimmunomodulation, 2, 174–180.
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We welcome your comments and feedback.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and the support and benefit to your families health, please let us know.  If you would like be host a FREE class we would be happy to schedule with you to help you on your road to health.

Be Healthy, Happy, and Strong!

Jen & Joe

Check this out: ‘Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2’

We found this a good reference regarding Diabetes.  Understanding Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and the difference between them.  Also Pre-Diabetes and steps to correct it and be healthier.  

We would like to know what you think?  Do you have or know someone who has Diabetes?  What alternatives or healthy choices have you established to support your health?

Check this out: ‘Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2’ –

And Health Impact News article on using Cinnamon and Cinnamon Essential Oil to support health.

As we all work to balance our own health during a time when we can’t rely on our broken healthcare system, we recognize our own desires to take our health choices and prevention of desease into our own hands.  

Yes, modern medicine has saved lives, and pharmaceutical companies have provided solutions, where before there was none.  

But Big Pharm is now Big Business and our health insurance is forever on the rise and unaffordable and unattainable because of the rising costs to stay alive and stay healthy (in the form of a prescriptions to symptoms of desease).  

Natural, and comparably affordable or FREE, alternatives are and have been available for thousands of years.  But no one (on a large scale) has bothered to teach us what to use, how to harvest, prepare, embrace these practices as a way of life.   – After all, its not convenient, it takes some work, and there isn’t big money to be made by the fast food industry, processed food industry and of course the pharmaceutical companies if desease could actually be prevented.    

As a society, are we lazy or just stupid? 

-Personally, I know we are a bit lazy. But we are getting smarter…

Be Healthy, Happy, and Strong!  

 Jen & Joe


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