Star Anise Essential Oil

Star Anise Essential Oil

For a limited time, Star Anise Essential Oil is available as a part of the doTERRA Harmony Aroma Handcraft Essential Oil Collection.

This fragrance kit includes 5 mL bottles of Star Anise, Pink Pepper, and Green Mandarin essential oils, as well as two 10 mL roll-on bottles, pipets, labels, and a booklet with over 30 fragrance recipes.

Available in US and Canada, as well as Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore NFR markets.

SKU: 60205374
Wholesale: $38.50
Retail: $51.33
PV: 35

Limit two per account, per household, while supplies last. Shop now, chose the country you live in and then importantly click on NFR (International Not For Retail) so that it selects the USA shop.  Then fill out your details, and add the wholesale membership packet to your account and type in the SKU60205374 in the search bar. This will give you the Harmony Kit. Add it to the collection and check out.

 

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St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Do you like to get in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day? Whether you’re of Irish descent or not, it’s fun to mix it up with a little colour themed fun. Here’s a selection of fun diffuser blends, beauty treatments and recipes all naturally green for St Patrick’s Day. Put the green food colouring away and use the natural colour of food to colour your life.

St Patrick’s Day Diffuser Blends

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St Patrick’s Day Recipes with Essential Oils

 

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Please ensure that you use only food grade doTERRA essential oils in these recipes. I can guarantee the purity of these oils, and each bottle has a number on the bottom which you can actually track and read the chemical analysis to ensure you don’t have any nasties and no preservatives or fillers!

Are you of Irish decent? What’s your favourite way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon Essential Oil

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What comes to your mind when you think of Cinnamon? Warm freshly baked donuts sprinkled with Cinnamon and sugar? or do you smell Christmas baking?  If you’ve ever tried freshly grated cinnamon instead of the powdered variety, then you know that there is a difference in potency and flavour. So too, the difference between Cinnamon and Cinnamon Essential Oil.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the bark, making it super concentrated and potent. It’s not an oil that you want to muck around with, as it is hot and can cause skin irritation. However, treated with care, this essential oil packs a punch.

Properties of Cinnamon Essential Oil:

  • Anti bacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti microbial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti viral
  • Astringent
  • Immune stimulant
  • Sexual stimulant

Phew! To read more about the health benefits of Cinnamon, you may like to visit this blog.

 

Cooking with Cinnamon Essential Oil

It’s no exaggeration that you need the teensiest tinies bit of Cinnamon Essential oil in your cooking as it packs a punch. Here’s a few recipes you might like to try:

The best part is that Cinnamon has amazing metabolic properties, so when you use it in your cooking, you win!

Emotional benefits of Cinnamon Essential oil

According to the book “Emotions and Essential Oils” Cinnamon is the oil of Sexual Harmony, as it “supports the reproductive system and helps heal sexual issues”.

“It assists individuals in accepting their body and embracing their physical attractiveness. Cinnamon dispels fear of rejection and nurtures healthy sexuality. It rekindles sexual energies where there has been repression, trauma or abuse. It can also bring clarity to souls who struggle with their sexual identity. Cinnamon also assists individuals in relationships where insecurities are shown by jealousy or control. It encourages the soul to let go of control and allow others to be free. Cinnamon can nurture strong relationships based on mutual love and respect. Where there are other insecurities covered by pretense, facade and pride, Cinnamon invites individuals to be honest and vulnerable, thereby allowing true intimacy to emerge”.

 

 

 

Additional information about Cinnamon essential oil can be found here.  To purchase Cinnamon essential oil, click on the image below.

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Lavender-Blueberry-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Shake

Back in Brisbane and absolutely sweltering! I need one of these!

Lavender-Blueberry-Banana-Coconut Ice cream shake

Lavender-Blueberry-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Shake

Ingredients:


1 cup vanilla coconut milk ice cream
½ banana
¼ cup blueberries
½ teaspoon raw honey
2 cups full fat coconut milk
Sprinkle of cinnamon
4–6 drops Lavender or Lemon essential oil

Tip: Freeze fruit for a thicker consistency. For low fat coconut milk, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup coconut milk

Directions:
Using a blender, blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Serve in tall glasses.

Want more recipes? I have an amazing collection of essential oil recipes that I can email you- one simple recipe per week.

 

 

Ancient Secrets of Essential Oils

Ancient Secrets of Essential Oils

Been wondering about the ancient secrets of essential oils? Why are they “suddenly” so popular? It’s time to reflect on man’s journey from natural remedies to modern medicine and pharmaceuticals and back again. Come join the tribe of people who are tired of having their health owned by drug corporations who are happy to list “death” as a side effect of their synthetic remedies. In this video we look at the ancient civilisations and how they used essential oils, and then we look at how a brain reacts when exposed to the aromas of essential oils through inhalation. It’s truly fascinating!

 

 

Interested in watching the full version of the movie? Click here to watch it for free.  This movie is non company specific- it does NOT mention brands or companies, only the benefits of essential oils, the historical references and uses of essential oils, and some amazing examples of brain scans whilst inhaling essential oils. I learnt more than I expected and highly recommend it!

If after watching this movie, you are interested in purchasing essential oils, please contact me or go to the shop to get started right away!

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Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh Essential oil

Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh Essential oil

Myrrh Essential oil is a beautiful thick, sticky essential oil made from the resin of the Commiphora myrrha.

Native to regions in Africa and Arabia, the Commiphora myrrha is a small tree that produces a sap that hardens into the resin known as myrrh. Typically a thorny tree or shrub, the myrrh tree produces few leaves and rugged, angled branches. Due to its highly aromatic nature, myrrh has been used since ancient times for medicine, perfumery, incense, religious purposes, and burials. When extracted, sap from the myrrh tree, also referred to as myrrh gum, eventually hardens and dries into myrrh resin. When the myrrh tree is harvested, it “bleeds” the tree sap, which then turns hard and glossy. Through steam distillation, myrrh resin is converted into an essential oil with a dry, woody aroma.  Source: doterra.com

According to Modern Essentials, because of its chemical constituents Myrrh is

It has been used historically as incense in religious rituals, in embalming and as a cure for many ailments including herpes, cancer, leprosy and syphilis. The French have also used it medicinally to help with a wide range of issues including respiratory and digestion related issues and thrush.

Myrrh is also reputed to be fantastic for oral health and if you watch the video below you will find out about how Myrrh and other trees were linked to the origin of the humble toothbrush!

 

Myrrh essential oil for beauty and Skincare

Researchers have found that the topical application of Myrrh essential oil can help decrease sebum damage and protect skin from damage.

Due to its chemical design, Myrrh oil has proven to be helpful for cleansing, improving the appearance of skin, and promoting grounding feelings or the balancing of emotions. The sesquiterpene ethers in Myrrh essential oil are known for their soothing properties, which is why Myrrh is useful for soothing the skin or soothing emotions. One of the primary sesquiterpene ethers in Myrrh oil, curzerene, is commonly added to skin care products because of its ability to improve the appearance of skin.

 

Myrrh essential oil is an active ingredient in the dotERRA Spa Clarifying Mud Mask and in Salubelle (Imortelle in USA), both pictured below.

 

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Blends using Myrrh Essential oil

My favourite oil to blend with Myrrh is lavender, but it is a match made in heaven with Sandalwood and Frankincense and also Cedarwood, to achieve deep rest and relaxation.

 

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DIY: Razor Relief Serum

DIY: Cuticle Cream

Emotional Properties of Myrrh:

Emotions & Essential oils- A Modern Resource for Healing identifies Myrrh as the Oil of Mother Earth due to its nurturing properties.

Myrrh oil nurtures the soul’s relationship with its maternal mother and with the earth. This oil supports individuals who have had disturbances with the mother-child bond. Whether it is a division between the child and the biological mother or whether it be mother earth herself, Myrrh can help bridge the gap and heal the disturbance. This division or lack of attachment may be related to adoption, birth trauma, malnourishment, experiences of abandonment or other childhood issues. Myrrh helps the soul to feel the love and nurturing presence of mother. Similar to the nutrient-rich colostrum found in mothers milk, Myrrh oil inoculates individuals from the adverse and harmful effects of the world. Like the warmth of a mother’s love for her child, Myrrh assists individuals in feeling safe and secure”. 

 

To purchase Myrrh essential oil, click on the image below and follow the instructions.  In December 2017, Myrrh is 10% off with a wholesale price of $83.25 AUD for Australian customers or $110.29 AUD for retail customers.

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Best essential oils for summer

Best Essential oils for Summer and the Silly Season

Summer’s almost here and on top of that it’s the silly season, and the kids are about to be off school for 8 weeks! So here’s my top tips for surviving the heat, the crowds, and your kids with your sanity intact! I recorded a Facebook live from my Facebook page for you, otherwise below the video I will outline my top tips.

 

 

Christmas Tips:

Beat the bloating and “overfull” feeling after your Christmas feast with DigestZen Essential Oil.  It’s comprise of Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, Coriander, Tarragon and Fennel Essential oils and helps your body digest that abundance of alcohol and food. You can place one drop in a glass of water if you enjoy the licorice and aniseed flavours, diffuse in your diffuser or rub onto your abdomen. For children and those with sensitive skin always dilute in a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil.

Balance Essential oil is fantastic to keep you and the kids and the entire family calm during Christmas shopping!

Get your skin beach ready!

Grapefruit and Cypress Essential oils are your best friend. Grapefruit helps smash out those lumps and dimples in your legs, and Cypress works wonders with those veins.  My favourite thing to do is to make up my own body scrub with raw sugar, 10 drops of essential oil and enough coconut oil to cover and mix through. I keep it in a sealed container in the bathroom and scrub my legs before shaving- it makes my legs all nice and lubricated, so I don’t have to use soap on my legs.  If you prefer, doTERRA has a gorgeous body scrub in the Day Spa collection which is made with Bergamot essential oil.

 

Get prepared for the great outdoors!

Lavender is your best friend for bites, stings, burns and sunburn and blemishes. Apply directly to the source of irritation.  Terramour is our special blend of essential oils which you can use instead of those nasty chemical laden DDT bug sprays. It comes in a 15ml bottle or in a spray bottle for easy application. This is a blend of fractionated coconut oil, Ylang Ylang, Tiamnu seed oil, Nootka Oil, Catnip Oil, Litsea Oil, Arborvitae Oil, Lemon Eucalyptus oil, and Vanilla Bean extract.

 

 

 

To purchase any of the products mentioned in the video click below and follow the instructions

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Essential oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Essential oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does Seasonal Affective Disorder get you down in autumn and winter? Don’t be SAD, let me help you. It’s not uncommon to feel a little blue when the hot bright sunny days give way to rain, and cold grey days and snow. Seasonal Affective Disorder is common and characterised by changes in emotional health. Most people may feel that they just don’t feel like their usual self, and lose interest in their hobbies, without realising what is causing it.

Robert Tisserand describes the symptoms as “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.”

Essential oils are a powerful tool for dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder because our sense of smell involves our olfactory system.  The olfactory system is linked to our limbic system which helps us create changes in emotional state.

How does the olfactory system work?

Let’s not get too complicated- a simple video will explain to you how your body uses your nose to smell, and how what you breathe aromatically can create direct changes in the body:

Essential oils stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine helping combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

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.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23531112.

Research has shown that citrus essential oils have a positive effect on boosting mood.

Robert Tisserand continues:

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)

 

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Which citrus essential oils are good for Seasonal Affective Disorder?

  • Lemon
  • Lime,
  • Orange
  • Kumquat
  • Mandarin
  • Petitgrain
  • Neroli
  • Grapefruit
  • Bergamot
  • Tangerine

Other essential oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Rose
  • Clary Sage
  • Litsea (otherwise known as May Chang)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cedarwood

Helpful blends for Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Cheer (Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Star Anise Fruit/Seed, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, Nutmeg Kernel, Vanilla Bean Extract, Ginger Rhizome, Cinnamon Bark, Zdravetz Herb)
  • Motivate (Peppermint Plant, Clementine Peel, Coriander Seed, Basil Herb, Yuzu Peel, Melissa Leaf, Rosemary Leaf, Vanilla Bean Absolute)
  • Elevation (Lavandin Flower, Lavender Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Tangerine Peel, Melissa Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Elemi Resin, Osmanthus Flower, and Lemon Myrtle Leaf essential oils)
  • Citrus Bliss (Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute)
  • Sunny Citrus (Grapefruit, Wild Orange and Peppermint)

How to use essential oils to feel uplifted rather than SAD this winter:

  • For portable support, use the essential oils on a piece of aromatherapy diffuser jewellery such as lava bead bracelets and earrings and necklaces.
  • When at home, diffuser using a diffuser- 4-6 drops in a diffuser should be enough. Diffuse as required.
  • Use “touch” rollerballs, portable roll on versions of the essential oils, which have been diluted in fractionated coconut oil for ease of application. Wear it like a perfume and apply to pulse points when required.

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To purchase these essential oils, and a diffuser so that you can diffuser the aroma in your home and workplace, click on the image below.

 

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  • Please note that these are the reference articles provided by Robert Tisserand on his website.

Bradley, B., Starkey, N., Brown, S., & Lea, R. (2007). The effects of prolonged rose odor inhalation in two animal models of anxiety. Physiology & Behavior92, 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 : eCAM2011, 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 Medicine42, 1–10.

Goes, T., & Antunes, F. (2012). Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humansThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine18(8), 798–804.

Gupta, A., Sharma, P. K., Garg, V. K., Singh, a. K., & Mondal, S. C. (2013). Role of serotonin in seasonal affective disorderEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences17(1), 49–55.

Haze, S., Sakai, K., & Gozu, Y. (2002). Effects of fragrance inhalation on sympathetic activity in normal adults. The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology90(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 Medica72, 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 Research2, 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 Bulletin75, 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 Research172, 240–249.

Komori, T., Fujiwara, R., & Tanida, M. (1995). Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states. Neuroimmunomodulation2, 174–180.

Komori, T., Fujiwara, R., Tanida, M., & Nomura, J. (1995). Potential antidepressant effects of lemon odor in rats. European Neuropsychopharmacology5, 477–480.

Lee, K.B., Cho, E., & Kang, Y.S. (2014). Changes in 5-hydroxytryptamine and cortisol plasma levels in menopausal women after inhalation of clary sage oil. Phytotherapy Research28(11), 1599–1605.

Lehrner, J., Marwinski, G., & Lehr, S. (2005). Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office. Physiology & Behavior86, 92–95.

Levitan, R. D. (2007). The chronobiology and neurobiology of winter seasonal affective disorder. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience9(3), 315–324.

Liu, S., Lin, T., & Chang, K. (2013). The physical effects of aromatherapy in alleviating work-related stress on elementary school teachers in Taiwan. Evidence-Based Bomplementary and Alternative Medicine2013, 1–7.

Martinez, A., & Gonzalez-Trujano, M. (2013). Antinociceptive effect and GC/MS analysis of Rosmarinus officinalis L. essential oil from its aerial parts. Planta Medica75, 508–511.

Martins, D.F., Emer, A.A., Batisti, A.P. et al (2015). Inhalation of Cedrus atlantica essential oil alleviates pain behavior through activation of descending pain modulation pathways in a mouse model of postoperative pain. Journal of Ethnopharmacology175, 30–38.

Moss, M., Cook, J., Wesnes, K., & Duckett, P. (2003). Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. International Journal of Neuroscience113(1), 15–38.

Moss, M., & Oliver, L. (2012). Plasma 1,8-cineole correlates with cognitive performance following exposure to rosemary essential oil aroma. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology2(3), 103–113.

Negoias, S., Croy, I., Gerber, J., Puschmann, S., Petrowski, K., Joraschky, P., & Hummel, T. (2010). Reduced olfactory bulb volume and olfactory sensitivity in patients with acute major depression. Neuroscience169(1), 415–421.

Ni, C., Hou, W., Kao, C., & Chang, M. (2013). The anxiolytic effect of aromatherapy on patients awaiting ambulatory surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2013, 1–5.

Peng, S., Koo, M., & Yu, Z. (2009). Effects of music and essential oil inhalation on cardiac autonomic balance in healthy individuals. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine15(1), 53–57.

Postolache, T.T., Doty, R.L., Wehr, T.A. et al (1999). Monorhinal odor identification and depression scores in patients with seasonal affective disorderJournal of Affective Disorders56(1), 27–35.

Postolache, T.T., Wehr, T.A., Doty, R.L. et al (2002). Patients with seasonal affective disorder have lower odor detection thresholds than control subjects. Archives of General Psychiatry59(12), 1119–1122.

Sayowan, W., Siripornpanich, V., Hongratanaworakit, T. et al (2013). The effects of jasmine oil inhalation on brain wave activities and emotionsJournal of Health Research27(2), 73–77.

Schablitzky, S., & Pause, B. M. (2014). Sadness might isolate you in a non-smelling world: olfactory perception and depression. Frontiers in Psychology5(45).

Seol, G., Shim, H., Kim, P., & Moon, H. (2010). Antidepressant-like effect of Salvia sclarea is explained by modulation of dopamine activities in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology130(1), 187–190.

Watanabe, E., Kimura, M., & Rauwald, W. (2015). Effects of Bergamot (Citrus bergamia (Risso) Wright & Arn.) essential oil aromatherapy on mood states, parasympathetic nervous system activity, and salivary cortisol levels in 41 healthy femalesForschende Komplementärmedizin22, 43–49.

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Friday Feels Diffuser Blend

Friday Feels Diffuser Blend

Friday feels like freedom. It’s the start of the weekend, and after a long hard week, there’s nothing better than that Friday afternoon feeling. So grab a glass of wine, your friends and loved ones and set your diffuser up with this divine Friday Feels Diffuser blend.

Let me know what you think!

If you are looking for other essential oils to change your emotional state, check these pages out.

 

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Citrus Trio: get in quick

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doTERRA have release a limited time collection of gorgeous uplifting essential oils: Red Mandarin, Sunny Citrus and Kumquat essential oils.

The set features three 5mL citrus essential oils in a gift box:
Kumquat
Red Mandarin
Sunny Citrus Blend (Blend of Grapefruit, Wild Orange, and Peppermint)

$28.50, 25 PV, 60201640

Limit 2 per account, per household. While supplies last. Order in your virtual office or call customer service at 800.411.8151. Available for U.S. and NFR orders (with the exception of AUS/NZ).

Contact me to set up your account for the first time, or log into your account if you are an existing member and select USA shop.  Please note the price is in $US and is shipped from the USA.

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