Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Essential Oils & Headaches

Suggested Essential Oils

  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Clary Sage 
  • Coriander 
  • Eucalyptus dives
  • Frankincense 
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper
  • Lauren Leaf
  • Lavender 
  • Mastic
  • Myrtle
  • Neroli
  • Niaouli ct 1,8 cineole
  • Palo Santo
  • Peppermint 
  • Ravintsara 
  • Sage (Spanish)
  • Saro
  • Spearmint
  • Yarrow

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Headaches

1.  Essential Oil Inhaler
Choose 1 or 2 essential oils from the list above that you love.  Add 15 total drops of essential oils to a blank cotton wick, drop the wick inside the tube and click on the bottom to seal.  To use, place the inhaler at the edge of the nostril, gently inhale, close eyes and take a few deep breaths.

2.  Cotton Ball
Choose an essential oil from the list above that you love.  Place a few drops of an essential oil on a cotton ball.  Gently inhale the vapors from the cotton ball.  Place cotton ball into resealable plastic bag to re-use as needed.  

3.  Massage Oil 
Choose 2 or 3 essential oils from the list above that you love.  In a 1-ounce container, blend 15 - 18 total drops of essential oils with 1 ounce of a carrier (for a 2-ounce container, use 30 - 36 total drops of essential oils, etc.).  Shake well before using.  Massage well on location.  Avoid direct eye contact.  Suggested carriers = jojoba, castor oil, sweet almond oil, sesame oil, olive oil.  


Avoid or reduce exposure to:

  • Caffeine 
  • Plug-in’s
  • Colognes
  • Perfumes
  • Dryer sheets 
  • Air fresheners
  • Artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Sweet'n Low)
  • Commercial laundry detergents, e.g., Tide, All, etc.
Incorporate stress relief activities into daily life, e.g., yoga, meditation, gentle stretching, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, aromatherapy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DIY Lemon Household Cleaner

What You'll Need
  • 32-oz spray bottle
  • Label
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Permanent marker
  • Water
  • White distilled vinegar
Place 1 - 2 cups of white distilled vinegar into a 32-oz spray bottle. Then add 20 - 25 drops of Lemon essential oil and fill the bottle up with water.  Create a label for the cleaner, listing the ingredients or give it a fun name.  

Shake well before using.  Safe for use on toilets, countertops, sinks, showers, tubs, linoleum floors, etc. Avoid direct eye contact.

Why Use Lemon Essential Oil for Cleaning?  Because it is:
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-viral
  • Degreaser
And did you know?
The main component in Lemon essential oil has been found to stimulate the immune system so while you're disinfecting surfaces you're also helping to support your Immune System.

Where Can I Buy Lemon essential oil? 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Healthy, Easy Green Pesto

Greens are in abundance now. In past summers, I purchased too many greens and ultimately they went to waste.

This summer I've gotten in to the habit of creating large batches of pesto that I freeze right away. Here's a healthy, easy way to enjoy your greens...

What You Need:

  • Any greens: Spinach, Swiss chard, Kale, Basil
  • 1 whole organic lemon (yes, the whole lemon!)
  • 3 - 4 garlic cloves or 1 - 2 TSP garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of grated Pecorino Romano (goat) or Parmigiano-Reggiano (cow) cheese
Clean and rinse the greens in a salad spinner. Fill a food processor with your greens, turn it on and gradually add enough olive oil till the greens turn a thick paste, slice your lemon in half and drop it down the chute, then add enough garlic and cheese to taste. Delicious!

Make extra batches for friends - or freeze and enjoy during winter months!
What to do with It:

  • Spread it on whole grain bread with kalamata olives, artichokes or sundried tomatoes and broil in the oven
  • Serve with whole grain pasta, garnish with pine nuts or walnuts
If you're still buying greens this time of year from a big supermarket, shame on you. There are tons of local farmers and markets to support. Find one near you at Local Harvest.

Victoria Boutenko wrote a great book called Green for Life. This book shares how greens play a vital role in making unhealthy individuals healthy again. It's filled with great recipes for blender drinks using greens. Borrow a copy from your local library.

Please include a comment if you have a healthy recipe for greens. I'd love to hear from you. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Essential Oil Blending Workshops

During these fun and hands-on workshops, I will teach you how to blend essential oils safely for use with infants, children, during pregnancy and for acute situations, infection and pain.

Outline - Essential Oil Blending Workshop
I. What are essential oils 
II. What are carrier oils
III. Essential oil history

IV. How do essential oils work

V. Quality 
VI. Storage 
VII. Safety 
VIII. Essential oil drop-by-drop blending guidelines
IX. Resources

We will also discover which essential oils are beneficial for a variety of health needs:
  • Colds & Flu
  • Pain & Inflammation 
  • Skin Care
  • Emotional Support
Recent Feedback
"Thank you Amy for coming.  I LOVED your class.  Using oils is great, but you’re missing out if you’re not buying the proper oils and mixing them correctly.  Great instruction, very, very knowledgeable.  Thank you for sharing your passion." 

"I love the way Amy engaged everyone during our oils blending workshop; she’s so knowledgeable and patient. The information and materials she provided about essential oils was super and it helped everyone in the class create their own perfect wellness blend."

"I had a wonderful time at your workshop, and it was quite informative! I appreciated all the handouts, and it really peaked more interest for me in aromatherapy. I tried my potion on my son, rubbing his feet, and he loved it, he didn't want me to stop.  Thanks again for a lovely time."

"I thought that it was a great class. Very informative and a great overview of different uses of oils and applications. I would happily take another class from you."

To schedule an Essential Oil Blending Workshop, please email me at or call 585-261-2648.  

Thank you.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Essential Oil Safety

Truly pure Essential Oils are very concentrated and therapeutic substances so they should be handled with care and used with respect.

Here are some safety guidelines to understand before using Essential Oils.

General Safety:

  1. In the event of eye contact, flush with a carrier oil, i.e., olive oil rather than water.
  2. People with allergies can test sensitivity to Essential Oils by patch testing a small amount of Essential Oil inside the arm.
  3. Keep Essential Oils, Diffusers and Burners out of reach of Children and Pets.
  4. Citrus Essential Oils are photosensitive, which means they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to DIRECT SUNLIGHT or UV rays within 12 hours after application. Citrus Essential Oils: Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Bergamot.
  5. Avoid direct eye contact when using Essential Oils. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes unless you have thoroughly washed your hands with soapy water.
  6. Never drop Essential Oils directly into the ear.
  7. Vary Essential Oils that are used and diffused.

Store Essential Oils in a cool, dark place, away from heat and light.

Pregnant women should avoid using Essential Oils during the 1st trimester and dilute Essential Oils at 1% (5 drops for every ounce of carrier oil) for all following semesters.

Bath:Since Essential Oils are not completely water soluble, they must be first blended with an all-natural bath gel base, i.e, Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Castile Soap.

Children: Avoid placing the following Essential Oils (or Essential Oil blends containing these Essential Oils) on or around the nose or mouth of Children 5 years and younger.

  • Basil (1,8 cineole)
  • Eucalyptus dives (1,8 cineole)
  • Eucalyptus globulus (1,8 cineole)
  • Eucalyptus radiata (1,8 cineole)
  • Laurel Leaf (1,8 cineole)
  • Myrtle (1,8 cineole)
  • Peppermint (menthol)
  • Ravintsara (1,8 cineole)
  • Rosemary ct camphor (1,8 cineole, camphor)
  • Tea Tree (1,8 cineole)
Use extra caution with the following Essential Oils as they can be irritating to mucous membranes and can cause skin irritations.

  • Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Lemongrass
  • Melissa
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme ct carvacrol
  • Thyme ct thymol
  • Wintergreen

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIY Scour Power

Popular scouring powders contain ingredients known to cause cancer, respiratory distress, lymphoma, lung cancer, lung tumors, allergies and skin irritations.

We can create our own scouring powder at home with affordable and simple yet very effective ingredients.

What you will need

  • Essential Oils
  • Baking soda (alum-free preferred)
  • Glass sugar shaker (available at local dollar stores)
How to:
Fill the glass sugar shaker with baking soda, then add 25 total drops of Essential Oils. 

I recently used 20 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of Eucalyptus globulus, which are antiseptic and anti-infectious. This combination smells fresh and light, too!

Suggested Essential Oils:

  • Pine
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Thieves*
  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Citrus Fresh*
  • Christmas Spirit*
  • Eucalyptus globulus or radiata
Suggested Use:
Shake well before using. Simply sprinkle on surface (linoleum floors, sink, tub, shower, toilet) and clean using a scrub sponge, then rinse with warm water. For deodorizing carpets, simply sprinkle on carpet, wait 1 hour, then vacuum.

Safety & Storage:
Avoid direct eye contact. Store in cool, dark cupboard out of reach of children and pets.

Make 1 for a friend.

Learn more at Prevent Cancer Coalition

* = Young Living Essential Oils blend

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yes and No Moisturizers

* Truly Moisturize and Nourish our Skin
* Save Money. Buy in Bulk
* Use Natural Products on your skin; it's natural
* Support Your Health, Healing

* Relieve Dry/Cracked Skin* Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles* Avoid Waste of Product Containers

YES (these all-natural moisturizers are perfect for using on their own, blended with each other or with Essential Oils):
Another resource for Butters and Oils is: Aromatics International

NO (these brands of lotions and moisturizers are filled with synthetic chemicals, FD&C dyes, parabens, alcohol, fragrances and other unhealthy and very unnecessary ingredients):
  • Aveeno
  • Bath and Body works
  • CeraVe
  • Cetaphil
  • Eucerin
  • Jergens
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lubriderm
  • Mary Kay
  • Oil of Olay
  • Neutrogena
  • Victoria Secret

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