Dr Fawcett Collaboration

 

It was an honor to have Dr Robin Fawcett contribute to our safely diluted and gentle "Baby Bottles" recipes.

Recently, she was a featured speaker at the 2018 doTERRA European Convention and was selected to be on the doTERRA Medical Board.

Her clinical interests are preventative and integrative medicine and child well-being. Dr. Robin is an American GP practicing in the UK. She enjoys educating others on essential oils and integrating them into her practice

Recently she was selected by TEDx to discuss the National Healthcare System in the UK.

 

Essential Perfumes Insider Tips

“Essential Oil Perfumes make Scents!”

The Essential Perfumes Make & Take Kit allows for a non-toxic, natural way to enjoy perfume blends. An excellent tool for those wanting to showcase the fun and versatility of essential oils in a class format!

Which is better Vodka or Carrier Oil to add to my perfume?
You can definitely use a carrier oil of your choice - which some prefer over Vodka since it can be sticky. If you use Vodka, we recommend at least 151 proof (IE: Everclear® 190 proof Vodka) since it is high in ethanol (read more on this here) and you can purchase from a local supermarket or liquor store. Vodka is also ideal to use since it doesn't have a scent. If you go with a carrier oil, I’d recommend a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil since it doesn’t have a scent.

We DO NOT recommend using Witch Hazel as this is another water-based medium that can change the scent of the entire blend and won't inhibit bacterial growth like Vodka will.

 

CREATIVE IDEAS FOR USING THE KIT

  • If you're not holding a class and want a small version to make for yourself, consider purchasing a small DIY Kit that includes a recipe sheet, label sheet and the bottles you need to make all the blends.
  • Make a spray version of the kit using the 2 oz Fine Mist Spray Bottles and “Essential Perfumes” Labels. Simply add oils to spray bottle then add 1/4 C distilled water in the bottle.
  • To add a color to your perfume, there are many skin safe colorants on the market you can add.
  • Make up mini rollerball perfumes by using the recipes and putting them in small travel-sized rollerball bottles and using “Essential Perfume” Lid Stickers.
  • If you'd like a solid perfume substitute the carrier oil/fixative with beeswax.
  • Re-purpose antique atomizers and old perfume bottles - give them new life with a beneficial essential oil fragrance and be sure to add a lid sticker to the bottom of the bottle so you remember what blend is inside.

CREATIVE CLASS IDEAS

  • Towards the end of your teaching segment on essential oils, offer those that are purchasing an enrollment kit, one free recipe of their choice.
  • Setup a different class each week and charge accordingly. EX:  Week 1 you only do “Bliss” recipe. Determine your rate for that specific recipe and let people know ahead of time what you’ll be making and the cost. Week 2 is “Harmony”, etc. You can also offer those that enroll get one free.
  • Use the Essential Oil Perfumes Tear Sheet that comes with 25 sheets chock full of information as a handout for your class.
  • Gift a kit to your downline to encourage them to host a class!
  • Make up the entire kit and offer it as a free incentive with a large enrollment kit purchase!
  • Set out unscented lotion for guests to make their own sample lotion and add the recipe to it. Give them a lid sticker to go on their sample container so they know what perfume blend to use again.
  • These would be fun for a camp project, tweens, girls night or to make as gifts!

CUTTING COSTS

  • Buy Bulk - even better, buy when they are on sale!
  • Subscribe to our enewsletter (at the bottom of each page) so you can buy items - including kits - when they're on sale!
  • Reuse funnels! Simply mix vinegar and water together and let them sit for 30 minutes and rinse.
  • Buy your oils when they are on sale or when they are the POM and stock up!
  • Once you have the Kit, you can save money by purchasing the labels, recipes and invites separately rather than purchasing the entire Kit again.

ADDITIONAL RECIPE IDEAS
Not all essential oil companies have all single oils readily available for purchase including valuable and highly regarded scents popular in fragrances such as Rose, Jasmine, Neroli and Vanilla. Furthermore, it may not be cost prohibitive to do a class with a $500 bottle of oil! Therefore, we chose to offer the common oil blends within the kit and have these as additional recipes you can create if you have access to these oils.

  • Aquatic Oriental Hawaiian Blend: 2 Hawaiian Sandalwood, 3 Jasmine, 4 Ginger
  • Floral: 6 Geramium, 4 Ylang Ylang, 4 Jasmine, 2 Patchouli, 1 Neroli, 1 Bergamot (use in 20 ml bottle or cut recipe in half for 10 ml rollerbottle)
  • Floral: 6 drops Jasmine, 3 Ginger, 1 Grapefruit
  • Spicy Citrus Blend: 5 Bergamot, 4 Coriander, 1 Jasmine
  • Woody Oriental Blend: 6 Sandalwood, 4 Tangerine
  • Mossy Oriental Blend: 5 Jasmine, 5 Vetiver
  • Warm & Sweet: 2 Rose, 3 Vanilla, 2 Myrrh, 1 Marjoram
  • Spicy & Woody: 3 Frankincense, 3 Cinnamon, 1 Coriander, 1 Fennel
  • Soft Oriental: 3 Jasmine, 3 Clove, 3 Vanilla
  • Floral Oriental: Rose & Patchouli
  • Floral Oriental: Jasmine & Ylang Ylang
  • Beautiful Blend: 4 Lime, 3 Bergamot, 1 Tangerine, 1 Lavender, 1 Frankincense
  • Vetiver, Rose, Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood, Juniper Berry, Vanilla
  • Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Bergamot
  • Rose & Geranium
  • Jasmine & Vanilla
  • Orange, Vanilla, Jasmine

TEACHING SAFETY
ANY interaction you have with people new to essential oils, it is your duty to share the benefits as well as proper safety precautions to ensure they have a positive experience with essential oils. Just because they are natural doesn't mean they are safe! ALWAYS promote research PRIOR to using any essential oils.

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Janet Roark DVM Collaboration

We are overjoyed to have Dr Janet Roark, DVM develop the recipes and information for our Fido & Felix and Horse items!

Dr Roark was recently selected to speak at the 2018 doTERRA US Convention on a Veterinary Panel.

Dr. Janet Roark is a Veterinarian practicing in Austin, Texas. She is a graduated of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys educating others on essential oils and integrating them into her practice.

Dr Kara Hanks Collaboration

Dr Kara Hanks Collaboration

We are so very fortunate to have worked with Dr Kara Hanks on our Chakra line of products. Her knowledge in the field of energies, crystals and essential oils is extensive. For those wanting to know more about Kara, please read on.

I am a seeker. A seeker of my truth. As a child I was born with tremendous fear. I continued to own and live by that fear well into my thirties. 

My experiences have guided me along a journey of incredible personal growth. By choosing to seek, my life has been blessed with amazing teachers – sometimes in the most unexpected ways. I have improved my physical well-being, healed emotional wounds, expanded spiritually, and my journey continues.

Life is full of challenges. It is my perception and approach to challenges that has shaped who I have become and how I have chosen to impact our world. I have come to embrace each challenge as a great opportunity to learn and grow. 

As a Registered Nurse, I developed a keen awareness of physiology and the limitations of allopathic medicine in its application to chronic issues and the emotional/energetic roots to imbalances and illness.

In earning my Doctorate Degree in Natural Health, I discovered the body’s innate ability to heal. I reconnected with the hope that my body could be vibrant instead of tired and sick.

A love and passion for essential oils and the therapeutic use of essential oils for physical, emotional, and spiritual support.

Dedication to an intensive Shamanic Healing Program opened my intuition and created my foundation for energy healing work. I realized I could seek answers within myself instead of always outside of myself.

Constant Spiritual Devotion and a deep desire to “know” has awakened my heart and nurtured a profound awareness of Oneness, Energetic Evolution, and the importance of our participation in this process at this time. 

As I have stepped into my Mastery, I have created greater clarity in my perception of the journey of life. It is my deepest desire to lead other seekers in their journey to greatness by offering expertise, guidance, and light.

Kara is the owner of Sacred Evolution and you can also follow her on her Facebook page.

Please visit YouTube to hear Dr Kara talk about why energy is important and how using essential oils and crystals together can support the energy body quickly and easily, yet powerfully and deeply.

DIY: Aromatherapy Play Dough

Aromatherapy Play Dough is an exceptional sensory activity that kids of all ages and learning ability love!

The following skills and senses are used when playing:

LOGICAL-MATHEMATIC
If they are helping you make the recipe, this can also be a great time to teach mathematical concepts as they measure, cut and count. Math concepts can be taken further if you cut the mass into pie shapes and discuss fractions.

TACTILE MANIPULATION
The malleable properties of playdough builds fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and hand and finger strength. Children learn that matter can change shape when you roll it out, poke it with your finger, hit it with a rolling pin, push it inside a mold, cut it, etc. Discuss what will happen if you roll it into a long snake and then hold one end in the air. Have them make predictions and talk about the differences in the playdough versus other objects. What else can we make out of the Play Dough?

TEAM BUILDING & INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
When mixing the dough as a group this becomes a team building exercise. As the kids play with others the opportunity for language development and communication skills presents itself when they listen to others and interact with other children.

This activity is also great way for children to learn about aromatherapy, mood management and essential oils. Have them smell the playdough and ask if it makes them feel sleepy, calm or energized.

SMELL & COLOR ASSOCIATION
Use a variety of oils and colors to help kids learn new scents. Hold a bottle and ask the children to take a whiff of the essential oil and ask the kids to tell you what it smells like. Ask the kids what Essential Oil to use with each colored dough ball. Why did they pick that scent over another? What does the scent remind them of?

Aromatherapeutic Benefits:

  • Uplifting: Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Rosemary, Wild Orange
  • Calming: Lavender

What You Need:

2 cups Flour
2 cups Colored Water
1 cup Salt
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
5 drops Essential Oils

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a large saucepan and stir until combined.
  2. Once combined, put over medium heat. Using a spatula, continue to stir ingredients together until it forms a ball. Note: Don’t overcook as it will lead to dry play dough.
  3. Remove from heat and cool on parchment paper.
  4. Once cool, add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil and knead until thoroughly combined.
  5. You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.

How to Dilute Essential Oils

Does diluting essential oils give you a headache? Or the thought of diluting for your baby give you a panic attack? Looking for a simple graphic that's easy to understand and know how much carrier oil and essential oils to use?

When using an essential oil topically, most should be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil to use them safely. Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and are too potent to be used straight from the bottle. You many only need a drop or two to achieve a specific outcome. To use more than necessary will waste your oils and increases your chances of having irritation, sensitization and phototoxicity.

Dilution makes your oils last longer, reduces adverse reactions, prolongs aromatherapeutic effects and doesn't dilute the effectiveness of the essential oil.

DERMAL IRRITATION
You may come across the term “hot oils”; this pertains to oils that must be diluted prior to using. These oils can cause severe burns, blisters, burning sensation or sensitization when used straight from the bottle. Examples include but are not limited to: Cinnamon bark or leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

DERMAL SENSITIZATION
Certain essential oils can cause sensitization; a type of allergic reaction often displaying as skin irritation, inflammation or photosensitization. Examples include but are not limited to: Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), Cinnamon bark or leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

PHOTOSENSITIZATION
Phototoxicity or photosentisization will cause burning, blistering or discoloration of the skin and can occur when using certain essential oils - primarily citrus - and then spending time in the sun or UV light. Photosensitive oils include but are not limited to: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), Distilled or expressed Grapefruit (low risk) (Citrus paradisi), Expressed lemon (Citrus limon), Expressed lime (Citrus medica), Bitter Orange  (expressed) (Citrus aurantium)

Once you’ve diluted your oil, do a small test spot on your skin to see if your skin is sensitive to that particular oil in that particular location. If irritation develops, dilute the oil with more carrier oil and it should subside. If you have a reaction where the spot is inflamed for several hours, discontinue use and avoid that oil as you are allergic to that oil.

Top Certified Aromatherapists around the world repeatedly recommend a safe dilution ratio range of .5 to 5%.

The chart below illustrates 0.5% to 3% dilution ratios. To determine the dilution ratio, consider who will be using the essential oil and how often they will be using them.

Fore example, if you're an adult using the item daily, you would use a 2% dilution. For a 10ml Rollerball bottle, you would only need 4 drops of Essential Oils, TOTAL. Let’s look at the math on that. A 10ml bottle holds approximately 200 total drops. Thus, 4 drops essential oils and 196 drops (or so) carrier oil.

If you were making a blend for your Child (1% dilution) and wanted to put it in a 10ml Rollerball, you would use only 2 drops of essential oil and 200 drops of Carrier Oil.

Anything more than the guidelines is wasteful and can be unsafe. Don't waste your oils or compromise your safety. Be smart about using essential oils and educate yourself prior to using.

Worth noting... top Certified Aromatherapists don't recommend using certain essential oils while pregnant [link], [PDF download] and stress that extreme caution should be used.

MYTH: If essential oils are pure, they are safe to use undiluted.
Just the opposite! If essential oils are pure, they are highly concentrated and should be diluted. Though Lavender is considered one of the most mile, people have reported sensitization from prolonged Lavender use.

MYTH: Only "Hot" oils or those with sensitive skin should dilute oils prior to using.
"Hot" oils and mostly all other oils should always be diluted prior to using.

MYTH: If using an oil neat and there is a skin reaction, this is a "detoxifying" process.
Not true. A reaction is something to be taken seriously and can be permanent.

MYTH: "I use oils all the time neat and have never had a reaction"
Possibly true that you may not have had an outward reaction. Not every risk is outwardly apparent. Think of long-term prescription drug, tobacco, drug or alcohol usage.

These are general guidelines and should be considered a starting point. For those with sensitive skin, health issues, and frequency of use, these ratios may be different.

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