Managing Emotions for parents of children

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Kids! Hamish has been such a joy and a source of frustration. Here’s a photo of him with a Tupperware bowl on his head…

Managing emotions for parents of small children

Being a parent is an emotional minefield. Suddenly you are in charge of a human being who is growing and developing and learning how to be a human. Babies, small children and toddlers do not have the logic and reason and emotional understanding that we do. Often it is frustrating being a parent- especially when a toddler is having a melt down. You can’t reason with them, as they just don’t understand.

Apart from navigating your child’s emotional development, there is your own emotional health to consider. You sleep less, don’t have much time for yourself, or your partner, sex goes out the window, and you never have time for yourself, even on the toilet or in the shower. Your child becomes your greatest love, biggest source of joy and at the same time the trigger of your emotions, tester of patience, source of frustration and sometimes things become overwhelming.

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This is a photograph I took of my son Hamish. He was wearing shoes for the first time and he did not like it. He threw an amazing tantrum and was hysterical. My rationale mind could not understand why he was upset. To me it was a big milestone because he was no longer ‘a baby’. To him, it felt strange and uncomfortable.


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I swear I just left him alone for a moment…


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Children are so curious. Everything becomes a source of fascination for them…


My friend Amelia once reminded me “put your own airbag on first Katische. The children will be fine if you are ok”.  This is a very important statement. No matter the age of your children, they will be fine and will learn to become resilient and able to cope with a wide range of emotions and situations, as long as you are ok. Children absorb the emotions that surround them. They are impacted by your emotional health, so the best thing you can do for them is to look after yourself, and understand how to navigate your own emotions.

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Angus took this photo when we were at Kindermusik. I think it was the first time I saw myself through his perspective. i was sad and mad a lot at that time in my life.


I’m running a class in  Brisbane next week to specifically address the topic. We will be examining the role of essential oils in managing emotions for parents, and also children. Parents of children of all ages are welcome.  My guest presenter is Lisa Coulson, registered Psychologist, and mother of two small children.




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We hope you’ll join us. Please register your interest in the event here.


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Naw, see they were so cute…


To move forward, you have to let something go

To move forward, let it go

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I’ve been avoiding writing this post for a while, because writing things makes it real for me. But now is the time. In January I had three weeks to myself whilst my children were on a fantastic holiday with their father. This gave me a lot of time to think about 2016, and what I achieved, what gave me joy, and what caused stress in my life. It was time for me to take stock of what was working in my life, and what was essentially a fantasy or a dream that I had wanted to work, but actually no longer did. 2016 was a great year, however, I felt like a mouse stuck on a treadmill, trying to do too many things, and follow too many adventures. I worked harder and longer than ever, and made the least amount of money ever. Yes, you read that right. I went completely backwards financially in 2016. Tough decisions needed to  be made and they have.

The biggest decision for me is to acknowledge that the word “freedom” is no longer a core value. Or at least the interpretation of the word freedom. I was defining freedom in relation to freedom of travel and putting travel and the sense of freedom that it gave me as the number one focus of my life. What I learnt is that we are always free, and that freedom is a way of existing, not something that is obtained by getting on a plane.

I thought that travel writing and photography would bring me great freedom and joy, and enable and empower others to travel more and achieve the same freedom. Last year I realised that with two small children and 80% custody, that kind of freedom was not a priority. My kids love routine and stability. They love their friends and their school and are not willing to travel unless they are with friends or family. They don’t want to travel the world at the moment. On school holidays yes, but not as a primary lifestyle. I also became tired of looking for photographic opportunities and thinking primarily about blogs and what needed to be written, rather than truly enjoying the beauty of a location when I went on holidays.

I realised that photographing individuals was no longer my passion. I was great at it, and I had a fantastic time doing it, however, I was not passionate about it, and therefore attracted very few clients in an overcrowded ocean of photographers who are willing to take on a job no matter the income received.

So, I have made the call to take my travel writing and photography back a notch. I’ll still write and take photos and post them here, (you can’t take the wanderlust out of me), and I will certainly write for publications who invite me to, but it won’t be done as my main area of concentration. The original reason I started taking photographs was for mental health- to notice my dark days during my separation and to train my brain to notice shades of grey and eventually colour and then the brilliance and beauty of life. This is what I want to continue sharing with people- the beauty of life and the interesting and sometime surprising things that you notice when you pay attention. So I think this direction is returning to my core beliefs and the true essence of my “why” when taking photographs.

So what did work for me in 2016? Essential oils. I had a really fascinating year absorbing and using essential oils. I was able to help a number of people with their anxiety (including mid panic attack via the phone) and I overcame my own panic attacks. My health improved dramatically as a result of using the oils and I learned how to use the power of neuroplasticity to anchor the oils to achieve mental and emotional states that required in any situation. I realised how my personal experience with anxiety, stress and overcoming the struggles that I have been through over the past 8 years can actually truly help people going through their own struggles. It is this process of struggle, and willingness to learn and try just about anything to overcome it, that creates true transformation. It is this process and transformation that I would like to help others achieve.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has encouraged me to follow my dreams, and assure you that this is just a curve in the journey, not a dead end.  If you would like any information about how essential oils can help you through your struggles please visit my website and read through my experiences and the tools that I recommend. Please reach out, if I can be of assistance.

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Katische x


Problem skin? Try essential oils


Problem Skin? Try HD Clear

Although signs of problem skin may begin in the early teens, it affects individuals of all ages, both physically and emotionally. Many individuals experience skin issues for years, trying numerous products, harsh chemicals, and abrasive treatments to obtain clear skin. dōTERRA has created a better way to address problem skin issues at their core—naturally and effectively. Introducing HD Clear, an advanced line of natural products that combine the power of CPTG® essential oils and plant extracts to produce the results you want and expect—clear, smooth skin.

HD Clear is a three-step system that works synergistically, with each product building on the next to thoroughly cleanse and purify the skin, control overactive oil glands, and deliver optimal hydration for a balanced moisture level. Derived from pure plant extracts, the ingredients in HD Clear are gentle and calming to the skin, but powerfully effective. Using HD Clear every day will help reduce breakouts; promote a clear, healthy complexion; and soothe the irritation of distressed skin. HD Clear provides a natural solution for problem skin of all ages.

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Rescuing Children from sex slavery

We all love our children and hope that they never are hurt or abused. Could you imagine if your child was stolen from you and sold into sex slavery? For many of us this is beyond the realms of our imagination, but for many it is reality. Innocent children are stolen and kept in terrible conditions and then used a tourism prostitutes for those who want “untouched virgins” of either sex or sex with “young” children and teenagers.

One organisation, Operation Underground Railroad is helping to change this by rescuing children from sex slavery. A movie has recently been made about their efforts.

As a part of its’ charitable efforts doTERRA has decided to partner with Operation Underground Railroad. The partnership is in the following ways:

  • Providing cash donations through the Healing Hands Foundation
  • Providing “Hope” essential oil to women and children at risk. DoTERRA is donating “Hope” oil to Operation Underground Railroad, who then distributes it to children and young adults around the world with O.U.R.’s logo and the human trafficking hotline number printed on the inside of the label. It can only be found by pulling the label back.

O.U.R. Director of Corporate Partnerships, Doug Osmond, explains how the “Hope” oil uniquely aids trafficking victims. “The traffickers won’t take it away because it smells good, but it gives the victims a tool to get out,” Osmond says. “It’s amazing what a difference a simple ‘tool’ such as this can make!”

The following video show you the presentation at the doTERRA 2016 convention about the partnership. It is both inspiring and moving.

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Watch the presentation from convention. It will make you feel sick, but also want to help make a change to the lives of these desperate people.

doTERRA has showed support to O.U.R. in unique and essential ways. Osmond says that the Healing Hands Foundation has raised $500,000 for O.U.R., connected with three million wellness advocates to spread awareness, and recently had employees participate in a “Day of Giving” to assemble a 1,000 kits for aftercare programs around the globe. doTERRA’s founding executive and CEO, David Sterling, even joined jump team members on an undercover domestic operation, observing from a safe distance.

doTERRA is now making a special offer to O.U.R.’s supporters.

From now until November 30th, if you make a donation to the doTerra Healing Hands Foundation on their website and choose O.U.R., they will match the donation!

This partnership allows O.U.R. to extend its reach further into the fight against child sex trafficking. “If they continue to contribute and grow with us, we will be able to fund more aftercare programs, rescue missions and get more people aware of the child trafficking issue,” Osmond says. “We are very grateful this partnership has become a reality.”

If you are interested in donating to the Healing Hands Foundation, there are four ways to do so:

  1. PayPal Donations: Donations can be made through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation PayPal website.
  2. LRP Donations: Donations can be made by adding a recurring monthly donation to a Loyalty Rewards Order.
  3. Purchase Donations: Donation can be made when purchasing doTERRA product.
  4. Rose Oil Lotion Sales: All proceeds of Rose Oil Lotion go directly to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.



toxin free cleaning

Eliminate toxins from your house

Eliminate toxins from your house

Toxins: Does cleaning your house make you itchy and sneezy? I believe that we should never have to use gloves when cleaning because gloves are needed when using toxic cleaners that can harm your skin. Why use ingredients that are poisons and made from synthetics concocted in a laboratory when nature has provided us with plants that can do our cleaning for us?

Since partnering with doTERRA I have eliminated the need to purchase cleaners, air fresheners and sprays for my house. I am not a domestic goddess, and don’t enjoy cleaning, however, If I can do it, so can you. Take a few minutes to watch this simple video on how I use lemon essential oil plus On Guard essential oil to clean my house, and freshen the air of stinky areas.



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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil


Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy. Similar to Jasmine, Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies. In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. Ylang Ylang is frequently used in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent and nourishing and protective properties. Taken internally, Ylang Ylang provides antioxidant support.* Ylang Ylang blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, and Vetiver.


  • Put Ylang Ylang into an Epsom Salt bath for relaxation.
  • Refresh your skin with an aromatherapy steam facial using Ylang Ylang essential oil.
  •  Put on your wrists for a sweet, floral perfume.
  • Add Ylang Ylang to dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for a deep hair conditioner.
  • Take internally for antioxidant support.*

How is Ylang Ylang Sourced?

Which blended oils use Ylang Ylang?

Love doTERRA’s blended oils? Me too! Here’s a list of the blends that use Ylang Ylang:
  • Whisper
    • Regarded as the most precious flowers in the perfume and aromatherapy industries, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang’s euphoric aromas combine with the warm and spicy scents of Patchouli, Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Cocoa to make this blend unmatched in complexity and aromatic influence.
  • Peace
    • ​​​​​​​A Reassuring Blend of floral and mint essential oils is a positive reminder you don’t have to be perfect to find peace. Slow down, take a deep breath, and reconnect with the composed, collected you. Everything turning out fine begins with believing it will—and a few drops of Peace Reassuring Blend. –Are life’s anxious moments leaving you feeling overwhelmed and afraid? do​​​​​​​
  • Console
    • ​​​​​​​Losing something or someone you love can be deeply disorienting and painful. Words unspoken and questions unanswered may keep you worried and unsettled. do–TERRA Console Comforting Blend of floral and tree essential oils will help you close the door on sadness and take your first steps on a hopeful path toward emotional healing. Bind your broken heart with Console Comforting Blend.
  • InTune
    • ​​​​​​​InTune is a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance and sustain a sense of focus. No matter your age, staying focused on the task at hand is sometimes difficult. This is especially critical during the formative years when learning and growing create habits and a foundation for life. The carefully selected essential oils in dōTERRA InTune Focus Blend work together, supporting efforts of those who have difficulty paying attention and staying on task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime promote a sense of clarity, while the benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing. The pleasing aroma of InTune Focus Blend makes this essential oil blend an easy and delightful one to use.
  • Clary Calm
    • (My perfume of choice- I always get compliments when I walk into a room wearing this!)
    • ​​​​​​​ClaryCalm is a proprietary blend of essential oils that provides a soothing and calming effect during a woman’s menstrual cycle. A topical blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex, ClaryCalm provide a cooling effect to the skin and help balance emotions.​​​​​​​


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Dealing with resentment



Resentment: Have you ever felt angry and resentful because you felt that someone misunderstood you? The kind of anger that wells up inside you and just explodes because you felt you have not been seen or heard by a particular person? A feeling of injustice that builds slowly over time and gains momentum and then something well intentioned tips you over the edge? Well, if so, you are not alone.

This weekend my anger reached tipping point and it boiled over due to a sense of injustice that I felt. I may be an adult, but I felt like jumping up and down and pounding my fists on the floor and crying with the injustice that this particular person had judged me incorrectly. I felt hopeless, and resigned to resentment. I felt as though there was nothing that I would be able to do now, or ever, to make this person understand me.




And to be honest, how can another person every truly understand us? We present to the world, and certain people a cleverly screened image of ourselves. They can’t be inside our heads, or “monitor” our actions every day- so how do they know that their perceptions are based upon an “old” version of you? That you have changed, and yes, you were once like that, but that you have taken concrete actions to make changes in your life.

What I am grateful for is that I noticed the feeling of anger and resentment, and I reached out and calmed myself by talking with my coach and then with a friend who is a psychologist. I also noted that this feeling of resentment is a recurring theme in my life, because I feel angry but don’t want a confrontation with that person in the heat of the moment. So I stew on it. And as it stews and ferments in my insides, the thoughts become poisonous. But instead of being released and communicated and resolved, it then turns into a festing, fermenting mess in my insides.

Anger and resentment are a poison that we take hurts us. They are valid emotions, and we should not repress them, however, we need to learn how to process them in a positive manner.

So what did I do?

Yesterday, I put a beautiful peaceful blend of essential oils in my diffuser (Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum and Spearmint) to help me stay calm during the evening.  At bedtime I put Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and a protective blend (Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Orange) on my chest where my heart is and I had a great night’s sleep, whereas previously I may have tossed and turned.



This morning I put the same blend in my diffuser, and opened up my You Tube account and searched for a tapping video that would fit my needs. I chose this one. It was perfect, and made me cry, which was helpful in releasing the emotions. I also consulted my emotions and essential oils wheel and examined the negative emotions and found that when you feel unsupported Birch essential oil is recommended. I don’t have this oil so I kept looking, and came across Thyme, which is an oil which helps with resentment.



P.S It’s important to love yourself through this process. Every encounter we have in life that tests us, grows us. Sometimes we just have to realise that the enemy is within.



If you’d like to know more on how essential oils can help support you with your emotions, please contact me– I can’t even pretend to be perfect when it comes to emotions, but I can tell you that I find them amazingly supportive 🙂




Essential oils for digestion




DigestZen- for tummy upsets and digestion


DigestZen is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating.*


DigestZen is known as doTERRA’s “tummy tamer” blend due to its ability to aid in digestion, soothe occasional stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health.* This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.* DigestZen is great to have on hand when stomach upset occurs and is safe and effective. DigestZen is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.*


  • Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.
  • Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.*
  • Take DigestZen with you when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.*
  • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*

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.

Statements with asterisks refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use

Primary Benefits

  • Aids in the digestion of foods*
  • Soothes occasional stomach upset*
  • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion*


Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils.

Aromatic Description

Spicy, sweet, minty, licorice

*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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Lemon Essential Oil: The oil of focus


Lemon Essential Oil

The video below is by the author of the amazing book “Emotions and Essential Oils – A Modern Resource for Healing”.  He explains the emotional benefits of lemon essential oil and is definitely worth watching.  The book can be purchased here.

What Can Lemon Essential Oil be used for?


Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavour of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.* When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.


  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

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.

Statements with asterisks refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.

Primary Benefits

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Promotes a positive mood

Aromatic Description

Clean, fresh, citrus, bright

Collection Method

Cold Pressed/Expression

Plant Part

Lemon rinds (peel)

Main Constituents

Limonene, ß pinenes, γ-terpimene

*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.

Where is Lemon oil sourced from?

This is a great video about the families that grow the Lemon for our essential oil. It makes me smile and laugh every time I watch it! I guess being around so much citrus fruit (which is a mood uplifter) you are going to be naturally happy and optimistic!

My Pinterest board on Lemon Essential Oil

My Pinterest board contains recipes, diffuser blends and product information and videos about doTERRA Lemon essential oils.


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Lemongrass Essential oil: The oil of cleansing.


Lemongrass Essential Oil: The oil of cleansing.


A tall, perennial plant, Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavour and is used in Asian cuisine in soups, teas, and curries as well as with fish, poultry, beef, and seafood. In addition to its unique flavour, Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass can soothe sore muscles and joints, making it an ideal oil to use in massage therapy or applied directly diluted with carrier oil to problem areas. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook.

Lemongrass Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Did you know that Lemongrass essential oil can help support healthy digestion when taken internally?* The chemical makeup of Lemongrass includes aldehydes, which are known for their ability to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function when ingested.* To reap these benefits, add a few drops of Lemongrass to your food or beverages to add flavour and provide dietary support. You can also place a few drops in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule to promote healthy digestive function.* You can even combine Lemongrass essential oil with Peppermint oil in a capsule to support healthy gastrointestinal function and maintain healthy digestion.*
  2. One way to experience the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil is by diffusing the oil in your diffuser at home. Consider diffusing Lemongrass oil when you want to overpower feelings of nervousness, or eliminate mental fatigue. Diffusing Lemongrass essential oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness. Another benefit of diffusing Lemongrass is the refreshing, herbaceous aroma of the oil. If you want to experience the aromatic benefits of Lemongrass essential oil but don’t have time to diffuse it, place one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and inhale softly for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.
  3. The aldehydes in Lemongrass essential oil also make Lemongrass useful for naturally repelling insects. Diffusing Lemongrass oil or even using it topically can help keep bugs away. Diffuse Lemongrass essential oil inside or outside on your porch or patio to keep away mosquitos and bugs. If you are worried about keeping bugs off of your body, rub or spritz Lemongrass oil on your skin before you go outside.
  4. Because Lemongrass is a soothing oil, it is commonly used for massage. The refreshing aroma combined with the oil’s soothing properties make it a popular choice for massage therapy. It also holds purifying benefits for the skin, making it a desirable oil to use during massage sessions. If you use Lemongrass essential oil for massage, dilute it with a carrier oil like doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. Apply the diluted oil to muscles and joints for a soothing sensation that makes for a tranquil massage.
  5. Possibly one of the most common uses for Lemongrass is in culinary settings. For many years, Lemongrass has been a common ingredient to add flavor to Asian soups, curries, beef, fish, teas, and more. It is also widely used in baked goods or candies in the food industry because of its distinct flavor. If you want to utilize the powerful flavor of Lemongrass essential oil, consider adding a few drops to entrees or meat dishes. Looking for an essential oil recipe that uses Lemongrass oil? Try our Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup and enjoy the unique flavors of Lemongrass, ginger root, coconut milk, lentils, and more.
  6. The soothing properties of Lemongrass oil also make it helpful for the body after physical activity. Consider applying Lemongrass essential oil topically where needed after a hard workout to utilize the soothing properties of the oil. You can also dilute Lemongrass and apply it after a long run for a refreshing feeling. No matter what kind of workout you choose, Lemongrass oil can help soothe the body after exertion during physical activity.
  7. Lemongrass contains purifying and toning benefits for the skin, and can be used in your skin care routine to help promote pure, toned skin. Consider adding a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify skin. Similar to Melaleuca, Lemongrass oil can also help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. To experience these benefits of Lemongrass, try combining it with Melaleuca essential oil and apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails to help them look and feel clean.

Emotional Benefits of Lemongrass

Please note that since recording this video on Facebook last year, I no longer dislike it 😉

Sourcing Lemongrass Essential oil.

Harvesting lemongrass is a labor-intensive process, but for families in Southern India, it has been a way of life for generations. doTERRA chose Southern India as a sourcing location because of the high levels of rain fall in the area. A greater amount of rain fall creates a higher citral content in the lemongrass, which makes it superior for essential oil use.

During harvest time, farmers hike five miles up a steep mountain and work for roughly seven days to harvest a 100-acre plantation. Lemongrass is harvested by hand, using a sickle—which is part of what makes the harvesting process so physically demanding. Once the lemongrass is harvested and gathered, the farmers walk the five miles back down the mountain, each carrying a lemongrass bundle on top of their head.

After the lemongrass is harvested, it goes through the process of steam distillation. Once distilled, the crude oil is passed on to a manufacturer who produces the Lemongrass oil. While the oil is with the manufacturer, it goes through stages of refining, filtration, and blending. The oil then undergoes a series of tests before it qualifies for export—the oil must be of the highest quality to be acceptable to distribute. Though the process of harvesting and producing Lemongrass oil requires hard labor and attention to detail, this process matches the high standards that doTERRA has for producing quality essential oils.
To learn more about how doTERRA Lemongrass is sourced, watch this video:

Lemongrass and Lime Martini

Thanks to my friend Kelly for this delicious cocktail suggestion!

Diffuser Blends

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