Category: Essential Oils

DIY: Beard Balm

Remember our Beard oil post.  Pretty simple huh? Just combine carrier oils with desired essential oils shake and go!  Well beard balm is almost as easy but we are adding some bee wax to solidify the end result and contribute to some styling hold.

What’s beard balm and what’s it all about?
Beard balm is another beard care product that is perfect for both making your beard softer and styling it.

So, what do I choose? Beard oil or beard balm?

Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that beard balm replaces beard oil but it’s more like a great addition to your beard care kit if you want to soften your mane and shape it while keeping it naturally soft.

Yes, naturally soft as opposed to using beard wax.

More specifically, beard wax is mainly used for styling and some waxes give a bit of unnatural hold -depending always on the actual product. Therefore, the beard balm falls right in between beard oil and beard wax both in terms of softening your beard and styling it.

But let’s talk about what beard balm consists of.

Most all natural beard balm recipes are made of four types of ingredients.

Beeswax
Butters
Carrier oils
Essential oils
If you remember from the beard oil recipes that we discussed in a previous article, a beard oil is a mix of carrier and essentials oil. Now, with the beard balm recipe, you need to add two more ingredients.

If you or the man in your life is the proud owner of a beard, you may already know that beard hair can be coarse, bushy, dry and tough to tame.

This beeswax-based balm helps maintain the luster of coarse facial hair, making beard grooming more manageable. Beard balm makes a wonderful gift and is also fabulous for unruly eyebrows and mustaches.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp. apricot kernel oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2-3 drops clary sage essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler, or in a small glass jar set inside a pot of warm water.
  2. Once wax has cooled, but is still liquid, stir in oils.
  3. Pour mixture into a jar or tin and cool completely.
  4. Rub balm onto hair at the roots and work through to ends with a comb.

Why would you want to make your own beard balm?
That’s a very good question…

I think that there are essentially four reasons why you would want to make your own beard balm recipe.

Save money
Most beard balms that are available on the market cost between $10 and $30 for 1oz to 4oz.

Making a beard balm at home will surely save you some money. But this was something you already thought about.

Let’s get to the calculations then and understand what I’m saying.

Say that you want to make the most basic beard balm recipe which requires only a few ingredients. For the sake of argument, we assume that these are beeswax, shea butter, argan oil, sweet almond oil and tea tree oil.

Another simple recipe could be the following:

1 tablespoon of beeswax
1.5 teaspoon of shea butter
1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon of argan oil
4 drops of tea tree oil
This beard balm recipe gives you approx. 3oz worth of product.

All these ingredients would cost you a total of around $35.38.

Have you thought how much beard balm can these ingredients make?

If you use the entire volume of all the ingredients, you can easily end up with 30oz of beard balm!

$35.38 for 30oz beard balm…

Cost of 30oz – DIY beard balm recipe Vs retail beard balm
, even if you buy the cheapest beard balm that is available on amazon, for 30oz worth of product you’ll end up paying a bit below than $195.00…!!!

Now, comparing it again with the Honest Amish beard balm in a 2oz can, the cost of making your own beard balm with beeswax -and put in a 2oz can, would a bit above $2.

Cost per oz – DIY beard balm recipe Vs retail beard balm
How does a homemade beard balm sound to you now?

 

Additional Recipes

Manly Recipe

2 tbsp Beeswax
3 tbsp Shea butter
3 tsp Jojoba oil
2 tsp Sunflower oil
3 drops tea tree oil
2 drops of Bergamot essential oil

O.R.E.O Woodland Balm

2 Tbsp beeswax, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp shea butter
1 Tbsp cocoa butter
3 tsp jojoba oil
2 tsp rosehip oil
4 drops Siberian Fir
4-8 drops cedar essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil

Basic Beard balm recipe

2 tbsp of beeswax
4 tbsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of shea butter
5 tbsp of almond oil
10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Spiky Frank balm recipe

1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons cacao butter
2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
20 drops Spikenard
14 drops Frankincense
5 drops Clove

OREO balm recipe

Woodsy Yet Sweet
2 tbsp of beeswax
2 tbsp of jojoba oil
1 tbsp of shea butter
1 tbsp of rosehip oil
4-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
8 drops of Siberian Fir essential oil
6 drops of Balance blend essential oil
4 drops of Frankincense essential oil
2 drops of Rosemary essential oil
2 drops of Bergamot essential oil

 

D.I.Y. – Tasty Drops for Constipation

Let’s talk a little about the important difference between occasional bouts of constipation and chronic issues.

Constipation can occur for any number of reasons including stress, dehydration, poor diet, or holding it because you are too shy to use public facilities.  However, research suggest that chronic constipation may indicate a more serious issue such as an imbalance of gut flora, allergies, hypothyroidism or inadequate levels of minerals in your system.  (source, source, source)

How often during a  physical exam have we advised our physician of chronic constipation, only to be referred to a daily dose of Miralax instead of working to identify and address the root cause.  And those of you with little ones have heard the same thing as well.  As our Children are often effected with chronic constipation due to developing digestive systems.   This is one of the many reasons we are empowered to support our health first at home and why we seek a new practitioner willing to partner in our health.

So why Not Miralax?

Shockingly not so long ago, according to pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen, Miralax is often prescribed to children for months and sometimes years.  “We literally give it like water,” he told the New York Times.

  1. Miralax is not even approved for children.
  2. Recommended for a maximum of seven days in adults.

Getting Things Moving with these Tasty Drops

There are natural and dietary way to encourage normal bowel function.  The use of Coconut Oil has become more and more popular in our current society and for good reason.  I have read that the medium chain triglycerides that make up coconut oil don’t cause a person to store the fat, and they have limited absorption in the small intestine so it tends to pass right through.  That is why this is a key ingredient in this recipe.

Just two-four servings of these taste drops and between 8-10 hours later, relief.  Keep the children at two drops and Adults can take four and possible more for the desired results.

Constipation Tasty Drops

INGREDIENTS

20180104_1654131 CUP – organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted

1/4 – 1/3 CUP – lemon juice (mix and taste as you go along)*

8-10 drops – doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil

2 Tbls – local honey, maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar

1/4 Tsp – pink Himalayan salt

  • Note:  You can also reduce the lemon juice and add pureed fruit.  Just be sure if the fruit is frozen that it is completely thawed and pureed before mixing it with the coconut oil.  You could also use a sugar free jam for added flavor and color.  Our second batch picture was a 1/4 cup of frozen blue berries and raspberries that were thawed and pureed prior to mixing with other ingredients.

EQUIPMENT

1-2 Silicon molds ( I use silicone small ice-cube trays)

Food Processor or Immersion blender

INSTRUCTIONS  (Very Simple)

To prevent separation prior to freezing, place the molds in the freezer while you are blending the ingredients.  (note: the white drops in the picture are the first batch I made with just the lemon juice and although my molds were chilled there was some separation of the drops and they weren’t completely solid in form)

Combine ingredients in a processor or handheld mixer and pour into the molds.

Everything has to be very well blended into the oil, so make sure as you are pouring that bit isn’t sugar or honey-heavy.

Place molds into the freezer for an hour.  Then you can store them in a mason jar in the fridge and enjoy as needed.

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Other Things That May Help

Aloe Vera Juice

Slippery Elm Bark Powder

Squatty Potty

 

 

 

Oral Health: Remineralizing tooth powder

 

My toothpaste is one of my most visited posts and I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people who have switched and love it. After my husband and I both remineralized our teeth and reversed cavities, I’m definitely a convert to natural toothpastes and a supportive diet.

The only downfall to my homemade toothpaste is that i can leave a residue on sinks and there can be some concerns with the coconut oil if you have a septic system (as we do).

I’ve also recently discovered the many benefits of healing clays and wanted to figure out how to incorporate this into our oral health regimen, but there were some definite texture issues with the clays and coconut oil.

I wondered if a healing tooth powder would work and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is easier to make than the toothpaste and you can use actual powdered herbs and spices instead of the essential oils which saves money. I’ve recently started using a mix of this and doTERRA’s OnGuard Toothpaste and my teeth have never felt cleaner (and are continuing to whiten!).

Why Tooth Powder?

The main ingredient in this tooth powder is Bentonite Clay, which I’ve recently become a huge fan of. Not only does it bind to and draw out heavy metals and toxins (a huge plus for the mouth!), but it is alkaline and full of minerals.

It can be taken internally to help with toxin removal so it is safe for use in the mouth and it contains calcium, magnesium and silica which are nourishing for the teeth! According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an “electrical charge”. Its highest power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay’s structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly drawing them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository.

To state it another way…

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.

It is also extremely gentle and has a milder taste for kids. I also use Bentonite Clay for facial masks, healing poultices and when drying hair naturally to keep color on.

The other ingredients are supportive of the mouth as well:

  • Baking soda is alkaline and contains minerals. It also helps remove stains.
  • Calcium powder provides extra calcium to provide minerals and whiten.
  • Cloves powder is naturally antibacterial and gives a great taste.
  • Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth.
  • Mint tastes great and is soothing to the gums.
  • Xylitol– completely optional and adds sweetness.

make your own inexpensive tooth powder for clean teeth without chemicals

Tooth Powder Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  • 3 Tablespoons Calcium Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or can use essential oil)- Powder in blender, food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder (or this kind)
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Cloves Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol Powder
  • Essential oils for taste- completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good.

Tooth Powder Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl or pint size mason jar and store in a small glass jar with a lid. We actually have a separate small glass jar for each family member since we dip our toothbrushes in it. Mix with a spoon or shake to incorporate ingredients. This recipe makes about ¾ cup of tooth powder which lasts us for months. You can adjust the recipe up or down (Use teaspoons instead of tablespoons for smaller amounts).
  2. This will last indefinitely on the counter since there are no liquid ingredients and all of the ingredients naturally discourage bacterial growth. You can customize the powder to your taste and all of the herbal ingredients are optional. Bentonite or baking soda would actually work alone or together as a tooth powder, this one just tastes great. You could also add more cloves, mint and cinnamon for an even more concentrated powder. This type of cinnamon has a higher concentration of beneficial oils and tastes sweeter.

How to Use Tooth Powder

Wet the toothbrush (I use a soft brush since it is super gentle on the gums and cleans better) and dip into the powder. I also add a few drops of doTERRA OnGuard Blend. Brush using the Bass Brushing Technique until teeth are clean. Rinse with cool water. Can be used daily (or multiple times daily) and is fine for adults and kids.

My Oral Health Regimen

My teeth have never been whiter or healthier (according to my dentist) thanks to my oral health regimen. It includes a healthy diet that supports oral health and a specific brushing regimen. This is what I do daily (that reversed cavities for both my husband and me):

  • Brush with activated charcoal powder to kill bacteria, remove toxins and whiten- Don’t do this everyday now but every couple of days.
  • Brush with Tooth Powder or OnGuard Toothpaste with a few Drops of Myrrh Oil.
  • Rinse mouth.
  • Finish my rubbing a few drops of OnGuard on my gums and tongue to discourage bacterial growth, especially at night (and because it tastes great!).
  • Repeat one or more times a day!

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it may be beneficial for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth!

What is Oil Pulling?

Short answer: Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil (usually Sesame, Sunflower or Coconut) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health.

The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with Oil Cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.

The practice of oil pulling (also called gundusha) started in India thousands of years ago, and from my research, was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling seems to be a practice with a plenty of anecdotal support but a lack of extensive scientific studies (though times they are a changing and there are more every day… see below). Most sources do agree that oil pulling is safe, but debate you will always find a debate on the effectiveness of the protocol. Personally I’ve noticed the benefits and dozens of bloggers swear by its effectiveness as well.  Fundamentally it make sense but like any natural solution to commercial practices, if you don’t do it it won’t work for you.

In my research I found hundreds of testimonials online from people who experienced benefits from oil pulling, including help with skin conditions, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more.  When you understand the importance of detoxifying and balancing the body, it is not hard to understand why thy are making these claims.  And where Oil Pulling may not have been the sole reason for the relief of systemic symptoms of their ailments, I am confident it saying that it certainly didn’t hurt.

I’ve heard several experts explain how bacteria and infection can enter the blood through the mouth, it does make sense that addressing these infections could have an impact in other parts of the body.  At the very least, I think that oil pulling can be very beneficial and has no downside as long as a quality oil (that is high enough quality to eat) is used and it is done correctly.

Oil pulling is a very inexpensive therapy that could potentially have great benefit on oral health, so I see no downside to trying it and I have used it myself for several years.

How to Oil Pull

The concept is incredibly simple. Basically, a person swishes a couple teaspoons of a food grade nut or vegetable oil (coconut, sesame or olive) in the mouth for 20 minutes and then spits it out and rinses well. Oil pulling is best done in the morning, before eating or drinking anything, although in Dr. Bruce Fife book Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing he suggests that it can be done before each meal if needed for more severe infections or dental problems.

Oil Pulling Instructions

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth. The oil traditionally used in oil pulling is organic sesame oil, and this is also the oil that has been the most studied for use in oil pulling. It is also possible to do oil pulling with organic coconut oil or pre-made coconut oil chews. Whichever oil you choose, place 1-2 teaspoons in the mouth. I also pour a few drops of OnGuard: Protective Blend or Myrrh Oil into the mix.  You can re-purpose a stopper bottle or get something like these resealable glass flasks with essential oils already added to the oil of your choice or a covered mason jar to hold the coconut oil chews (drops or unprocessed coconut oil which are first melted to add the essential oils and then added to Mini Ice Cube Trays with Flexible Silicone Bottom For Easy Release Pop out | here is a Set Of 3 Ice Molds BPA Free and cooled in a freezer until re-solidified.  I will link a DIY article for that soon)
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes, but you can work up to it and 5 minutes is better than nothing.
  3. Spit oil out, not down the drain. Don’t spit into the sink! Esspecially if you are using unprocessed Coconut oil which may thicken and clog pipes. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and puss!  Nasty!  Have a container or you can use an empty Supplement bottle to spit into until it’s full or a paper towel and then throw it in the garbage.
  4. Rinse well. Warm water works better than cold and you can also use a Organic mouth rinse or Apple Cidar Vinegar which you can keep by the sink for mouth rinsing.  I swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth and then some Homemade Mouth Rinse.  Some sources recommend swishing with warm salt water.
  5. Brush well. I prefer to brush with On Guard Protective Blend Toothpaste to make sure any remaining bacteria is killed, or you can make your own healthy toothpaste.

This can also be done with coconut oil, which is naturally antibacterial and has a milder taste that other oils. Anyone with a sensitivity to coconut oil or coconut products should avoid using coconut oil in this way. Sesame oil was traditionally used in the Ayurvedic tradition and is another great option, just make sure to use an organic sesame oil.

Is Oil Pulling Safe?

Thankfully, this is one point that all sources seem to agree on! Some sources claim that oil pulling  doesn’t have the benefits often attributed to it or that it doesn’t actually detoxify the mouth, but all of them agree that it shouldn’t hurt anything.

All of the oils that are often used are completely edible and considered to be healthy when eaten, so they aren’t problematic when swished in the mouth. The only potential danger I’ve seen is if the oil is swallowed after it has absorbed any bacteria or toxins from the mouth.

When I asked my own dentist about oil pulling, I was told that while the research is lacking, it could be considered an effective and safe alternative to mouthwash and that there shouldn’t be any harm to trying it.

What Oil Should Be Used for Pulling?

It depends.

If the goal is whitening the teeth, I’ve found coconut oil to be most effective (especially when combined with this unusual remedy). Coconut oil is also slightly more effective at removing certain bacteria from the mouth, including the Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is known for causing dental caries (source).

Sesame oil is recommended by most sources (though this is partially because it was one of the more widely available oils when the practice first started years ago) and it is also the most well studied and considered safe for those who are not allergic to sesame seeds. Olive oil is sometimes used, though some sources claim that it is too harsh for the teeth. The main thing is to avoid using any high Omega-6 or chemically created oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, etc.

  • Peppermint:  Peppermint is good for giving you an energy boost both mental and physical, give you lovely fresh breath,  and helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • OnGuard: Protective Blend also has clove in the blend which helps with sensitive teeth and may support your healthy immune system.
  • Orange: Orange is very uplifting and tastes amazing.
  • Grapefruit: Grapefruit is fresh, invigorating and tasty and is often used when managing weight loss.
  • Lemon:  Lemon is good for so many things including cleansing, detoxing, uplifting, supporting a healthy immune system and easing everyday stresses.
  • Oregano:  Oregano is traditionally used to help cleanse the mouth so it’s a good oil to be used with oil pulling.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary supports a healthy lifestyle regimen and smells and tastes wonderful.

You get Peppermint, OnGuard, Oregano, and Lemon as part of the many of the starter bundles and can get all others a wholesale pricing when you join doTERRA

Who Can Do Oil Pulling?

Children: Several practitioners I’ve asked about this said that oil pulling is safe for kids once they are old enough not to swallow the oil.

Pregnancy: According to what I have found out it is generally considered safe for pregnant women, especially after the first trimester. Oral health is especially important during pregnancy. Just consider it like brushing or using mouthwash.  As with anything, check with a Doctor, Doula or Midwife before doing oil pulling, especially if pregnant.

Nursing: Generally considered safe but check with a dentist or doctor to be safe.

Dental Issues: Generally considered safe but check with a dentist or doctor to be safe but check with a doctor or dentist to be sure, especially if you have any metal fillings, crowns, or dental problems.

Note: Some people supposedly notice a detox reaction for the first few days of using oil pulling that usually includes mild congestion, headache, mucous drainage or other effects. I personally didn’t notice any of these effects, but have read cases of others who did.

Does Oil Pulling Work?

My only personal experience is yes, with the oral health benefits and I continue doing it for this reason.  I had chronic bleeding in my gums due to gingivitis and my gums continue to get healthy.  The most comprehensive resource I’ve read on the topic is the book “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.  There are additional books available like Teeth Healing Through Oil Pulling: by Tammi Diamond

Though the research is limited, there are some scientific studies that support the benefits of oil pulling, including those showing its benefit on different types or oral bacteria, on dental caries, on plaque/gingivitis and on oral micro-organisms:

Studies About Oil Pulling

S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar

TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF)African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)

HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and GingivitisJournal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007; 1(1):Pages 12-18

S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon. Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm ModelsAsia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)

FAQs

There are several questions that are repeatedly asked in the comments, so I’ve compiled them here, along with the most common answers and any research I could find:

Does Oil Pulling Help Bad Breath?

This is one benefit of oil pulling that all sources seem to agree on. Likely because of its ability to help wipe out harmful bacteria in the mouth, oil pulling is known for its ability to help improve breathe and reduce plaque in the mouth.

Do I Have to Swish for 20 Minutes?

It can be difficult to swish for the full 20 minutes when first starting oil pulling. Though this is recommended, it isn’t a hard and fast rule. Neither is the recommendation to use a tablespoon of oil.  If you only use a teaspoon and swish for 5 minutes, start with that and don’t stress about it.  Some people also find that adding a drop of essential oil helps the taste and makes oil pulling easier.  Just make sure that any oil you use is safe to use internally.  I personally like to use Myrrh for gum support and Spearmint for the flavor.  I also find that a good time to oil pull is in the shower, since this is a time of fewer distractions.  Just remember to keep container for spitting out the oil near by so you don’t spit down the drains.

Can I Swallow the Oil? Or Where Should I Spit?

Please do not swallow the oil after oil pulling. It may contain bacteria, dead skin or other residue from the mouth and the whole purpose of oil pulling is to remove these things from the body. Especially with coconut oil, it is also important not to spit this in the sink, shower or toilet as it may solidify and clog the drain. You can use an old supplement container and spit the oil in that each morning and throw away when it is full.

Can People With Fillings Try Oil Pulling?

Check with a dentist to see if this would be appropriate for your particular dental situation.

Rosemary

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

While it is frequently used for cooking, Rosemary has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent.

 

 

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue*

 

Aromatic Description

Camphoraceous, Herbaceous

Collection Method

Steam Distilation

Plant Part

Flower, Leaf

Main Constituents

1, 8-Cineole, α-pinene, camphor

Description

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion* and internal organ function.* Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy. Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*

Uses

  • Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration.
  • Take internally to help reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*
  • Add 1–2 drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats and favorite entrées for flavoring and to support healthy digestion.*
  • may support healthy hair growth

Rosemary

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 a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional cautions below.

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.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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Quick and Simple Recipe for Dry Shampoo:   Combine 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and 2 drops Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oil for a simple dry shampoo.  For a simple recipe, visit:  http://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-dry-shampoo

Clove Essential Oil

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Clove

Eugenia caryophyllata

Known for its ability to cleanse teeth and gums, Clove essential oil is also a stimulating and energizing oil that produces a warm, woody aroma.

Description

Clove has been used for years in dental preparations, candy, and gum for its flavor and ability to cleanse the mouth, yet it provides a myriad of benefits. Its main chemical component, eugenol, makes it a very stimulating and energizing essential oil that can be used as a warming massage oil. Clove contains powerful antioxidant properties and supports cardiovascular health when taken internally.* As a cooking spice, Clove adds a spicy flavor to any dish or dessert while providing internal health benefits.* One drop can clean the teeth and gums while promoting fresh breath.

Uses

  • Add one drop to toothpaste to clean teeth and gums.
  • Place one drop in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect.
  • Take in veggie capsules to support cardiovascular health.*

    Clove

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: Dilute one to two drops with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area.

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.

Primary Benefits

  • Powerful antioxidant properties*
  • Supports cardiovascular health*
  • Helps clean teeth and gums

Aromatic Description

Very spicy, warm, woody with subnote of leather

Collection Method

Steam Distillation

Plant Part

Bud

Main Constituents

Eugenol

 * This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

 

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Copaiba Oil

We are fortunate to have Copaiba oil available from a quality producer because it is so supportive.  There are a lot of questions about Cannabinoids and Copaiba oil but we are not comparing them to each other, so let’s simply address them so it’s easy-to-understand.

 

Let’s start with some definitions….

Cannabinoids: Any chemical compound that affects one or both cannabinoid receptors in the human body, CB1 or CB2. Some cannabinoids are legal (CBD and those found in oils) and some, like THC from cannabis/marijuana, are not legal.

Here are 3 types of Cannabinoids:

CBD: CBD, or CannaBiDiol, is a naturally occurring component of the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD made from hemp has a low concentration around 2-4%. If derived from cannabis/marijuana CBD has a higher concentration around 5-30%.

Most if not all CBD extractions contain some amount of THC (the part of the plant that makes you feel high) though some are low enough to be legal in our country.  CBD is often said to be legal in all 50 states but that is controversial.

Benefit claims include pain relief, reduces anxiety, effective against cancer, treats seizures and other neurological issues, prevention of diabetes through lower insulin levels and promotes cardiovascular health.  (source)

THC: THC, or TetraHydroCannabinol, is also a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant. This is the part of the plant that makes people feel high when they smoke marijuana or use products that contain THC. Supplements that contain THC are only legal in a few states. THC resembles another cannabinoid naturally produced in our brains, anandamide, which regulates our mood, sleep, memory, and appetite. (source)   …hence the reason THC makes you relaxed,and hungry (so they say…).

BCP: BCP, or Beta-CaryoPhyllene, is the dietary cannabinoid found in our recommended Copaiba oil in very high amounts – 60%!!!

While this is a different type of cannabinoid than CBD it directly affects the same CB2 receptors in amazing ways and is present in a much higher amount. It’s also found in lower levels in other essential oils, in lower amounts, like Black Pepper and Melissa (which is why we often recommend these oils as well).

What are cannabinoid receptors?

We all have cannabinoid receptors in our bodies and they are super important. They are found all over the body, in the brain, organs, tissues, glands and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis. We have two different types of receptors – CB1 and CB2.

CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. (source)

The CB1 receptors are the ones that THC interacts with and causes psychotropic effects.

The CB2 receptors are the ones that do not make you “high” when affected. These are the target when using CBD oil and Copaiba essential oil. CBD actually indirectly interacts with CB2 receptors while the main constituent of Copaiba interacts directly. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system, and they seem to reduce inflammation and certain kinds of pain.

So to summarize …

THC comes from the cannabis or hemp plants and is illegal in most states.

CBD oil from hemp contains only trace amounts of THC and is legal in all 50 states. It does not make you high but it does help with neurological issues, pain and more by indirectly interacting with CB2 receptors in the body.

BCP, caryophyllene, is a cannabinoid found in very high levels in doTERRA’s Copaiba and it interacts DIRECTLY with CB2 receptors.

Why is it important to know this?

When taken internally, the BCP in Copaiba possesses strong antioxidant properties, promotes healthy cellular function,  may help support immune function while supporting overall circulatory health, and may help support the health of the gastrointestinal tract and colon. Additional research has shown that Copaiba essential oil (with all its constituents) may help keep the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy looking. Topically applied Copaiba oil may also help keep the skin clean and clear while helping to reduce the appearance of blemishes.  Another interesting experimental research study found that Copaiba taken internally may help to support uterine health and ease menstruation.*

Copaiba Oil is –

  • 100% drug free with zero risk of containing THC and 100% legal
  • Not from the cannabis plant so using Copaiba has 0% chance of affecting a drug test
  • DoTERRA does more testing than any other company in the world. So you know it is free of pesticides, heavy metals and contaminants.

How to use Copaiba essential oil

Copaiba is a versatile oil. See some of our favorite ways to use Copaiba below:

  1. Keep your skin clear and clean while reducing the appearance of blemishes by adding Copaiba to your toner or by applying it directly to skin before applying moisturizer.
  2. Copaiba blends well with Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Ylang Ylang. Using any of these oils that appeal to you, create your own personal fragrance in a roller bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  3. Most of the body can benefit from Copaiba—it supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and immune system.* To take advantage of these benefits for any of these systems, add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea using warm water and honey.
  4. When you’re facing a stressful day ahead or feeling worried, diffusing Copaiba’s woody scent can help calm any anxious feelings you may be experiencing.
  5. Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to take advantage of the antioxidants—the substance that stops potential damage to your cells from oxidation.*
  6. Use in a calming bath by adding two to three drops to body wash before mixing it in the water.

Fun facts about Copaiba: 

  • The Amazon rain forest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rain forests. doTERRA is proud to partner with a large network of Copaiba harvesters that sustainably collect their oleo resin and ensure that the trees will be around for years to come.
  • Copaiba trees can grow to more than 100 feet tall.
Interested in trying Copaiba essential oil? It is now available for purchase! Click here to learn how to buy this essential oil, and join our community to learn more about safe usage and protocols.
If you are having success with Copaiba let me know below!

 

*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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