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Lavender…calm in a bottle

Lavender…calm in a bottle

When my husband reached into the oven to pull out a pan and the oven mitt didn’t quite protect his hand, my first thought is to grab the lavender.  I live in an area that literally turns yellow from pollen in the spring, first thought if I’m going outside…lavender. Bug bites? -lavender. Muscle tension? -Lavender.  Mind racing at the end of the evening and can’t fall asleep?…lavender. The list of uses for lavender is nearly unending. From calming bug bites to calming anxiety lavender supports the body in a variety of ways. It is no wonder I carry a whole bottle of it in my work apron. 

At work I apply lavender any time I start to feel overwhelmed or start to feel overly reactive about whatever is going on. I work at a really fun retail store. I enjoy being there and what I do but there are times when I can tell I’m letting things pile up in my heart; when I forget what is true and start to feel like the world will end if someone doesn’t get their sofa or the pillow wall doesn’t get organized. The truth is I do not have a high pressure job with the weight of the world on my shoulders but I act like it sometimes and lavender is my way back down. It turns down the emotional static and allows me to reset. It’s calm in a bottle. I apply it on my wrists and neck and inhale deeply. This is an oil that can be applied neat meaning it doesn’t need a carrier oil like almond or coconut before applying it the skin. I love the way using essential oils keeps me in tune with my body and gives me a way to handle concerns.

Serenity now for my Mast Cells

Serenity now for my Mast Cells

I’ve struggled with allergies since I was little.  First to animals.  Then to pollen.  Then to anything else that came along with stress.
But a few years ago I had a reaction to some meds I was prescribed.  The meds caused my gut flora to be off and I had a bad rash on my neck.  I went to an ENT who explained it was from the drugs.  This all happened during allergy season.  So the next time my body felt allergy season come along, it decided to break out in the rash again.  My friend who loves oils AND is a nurse told me about mast cells.  This helped me connect it all.

What is a mast cell?

A mast cell is a cell filled with basophil granules, found in numbers in connective tissue and releasing histamine and other substances during inflammatory and allergic reactions.  They’re best known for their role in allergy and anaphylaxis, but they also protect us.  They’re involved in wound healing, angiogenesis, immune tolerance, defense against pathogens, and blood-brain barrier function.  So we would like to keep them happy.

Mast cells are part of your immune system.  When something comes into your body that isn’t supposed to be there, your mast cells dump a bunch of histamines to alert you.  The rest of the body then responds by rushing to the scene.  This is an inflammation cascade.  Your body is looking for something to attack.  You have mast cells that destabilize easily and one major reason for mast cell degranulation is STRESS.   And holy moly was I stressed when my mast cells overreacted.
Serenity Softgels from DoTERRA help stabilize mast cells.  I’ve been using them daily for a year.  This has definitely been my best and most allergy symptom-free Spring since moving to the South.

Here’s what I use daily during high pollen:

Serenity Softgels

Lifelong Vitality Pack

Tri Ease

PB Assist  (You’ve GOT to use a good probiotic to keep that gut healthy!)

I also drink:


And lemon, lavender, and peppermint in my ice water ALL DAY LONG

Here is more information that will help you understand the role of mast cells:


When Your Kid is Intense

When Your Kid is Intense

Cora is my 13-year-old.  She has an amazing brain. She was an intense baby in and out of the womb.  I knew within the first days of conception that I was growing something fierce.  When she was tiny I didn’t know how to make her okay.  She wasn’t my first baby but she was so different.  I just couldn’t calm her.  I would strap her in her carrier next to my chest and vacuum to get her to calm down.  Only her dad’s will and strength were a match for hers. There was so much intensity and frustration and we didn’t know how to help her feel comfortable in her body.  Teachers would say they’d love to be in her brain to see what it feels like.  Her first teacher told me she may need an alternative school. You could almost watch the cogs trying to turn and getting stuck.  She was sweet as could be but the daily things of life were sometimes so overwhelming that she looked at us begging for help.  And breaking down. When we first got oils she was the one who they resonated with the most.  I applied Balance to her wrists and her entire demeanor changed.  She was able to get through really hard things.  Like doing homework or finishing her lunch on time or getting her shoes on. Over the past four years, we’ve grown our arsenal of oils and have been able to learn what makes her feel better.  We’ve found what works best to support her body and brain.  Life looks very different from what it seemed like it was going to be.

Be Consistent

Consistency is key with any nutritional supplement.  So it is with essential oils.  

Here’s what we use DAILY to support her super amazing growing brain:

*doTERRA’s kid’s multivitamin

*a shot glass with juice and a tsp of IQOmegas and 3 drops of DDR Prime (this is one we NEVER want to skip)

*Peace and Cheer rolled over her heart

*InTune rolled on the back of her neck (brain stem)

*Balance on her wrists*Clarycalm on her throat (over thyroid to keep hormones balanced)

She’s now a straight-A student and is on the soccer team.  She plays all day with her sisters and has good friends.  She’s learned how to support herself.  Her own brain.  Her own emotions.  She goes straight to the oil drawer as soon as she feels “off”.  She’s empowered and the little details of life aren’t getting in the way of what she is here to do. I cannot wait to see what it is.  These little oils make parenting so good.

Drink Your Essential Oils

Drink Your Essential Oils

Opinions abound on this issue. There are a lot of voices saying all kinds of things. I am going to tell you what I do and not what you should do. I am comfortable drinking doTerra oils. Here are some details.

The cautions on drinking essential oils are founded. These are the precautions I take for ingesting oils:

  • I will only take doTerra oils internally. I know and trust the source. That is vital and it means I do not buy oils labeled doTerra from anyone but doTerra. When you buy doTerra oils on Amazon or eBay it is common to find that someone has refilled their empty bottles with an inferior oil. Just get them straight from the source.
  • I take 1-3 drops at a time, not an entire bottle. One of the principals of using oils that I follow especially at the beginning of using a new oil or protocol is the idea that less is more. Say that with me, LESS IS MORE.
  • Not every oil can be taken internally. You have to do your research here. A good rule is that if the oil comes from something you would eat, then it is probably safe to ingest. But be sure to look up every oil before deciding to take it internally, just to be safe.
  • Use the appropriate container. I use glass glasses and water bottles because essential oils can degrade plastics over time.

All the ways to “drink” your oils

1-Add them to a beverage

This means adding a drop of a citrus oil to your water. Lemon is the most frequently used, but I like to switch it up with some lime and tangerine or wild orange. I add them to tea just as often as I add them to my water.

Here is my recipe for a really yummy cherry limeade tea:

16 oz of brewed tea sweetened to your taste
1/4 of a lime
1 drop of doTerra lime essential oil
a shot of cherry extract
(The amount of extract will vary based on the quality and flavor of your extract. I make my own so it’s delicious and does not taste fake.)

Stir and enjoy! Then play with some variations, lemon, orange, and mint are also delicious in tea.

I also add a drop of essential to my hot beverages. I crave a drop of ginger in my hot tea or cinnamon in my coffee when fall arrives. Be careful with the steam when using a “hot” like those two if the steam gets in your eyes it will hinder your coffee fix that morning.

I put a drop in my smoothies. I will bump up the flavor with a citrus oil or I will add a drop of frankincense, copaiba or turmeric to help my body fight inflammation.

Slim and sassy is a great oil to drink in your water to help you manage cravings.

2-Take them in a shot glass

My daily shot: one drop each copaiba, turmeric, and frankincense, DDR prime and ginger

This is my go-to method for helping my body fight environmental threats and systemic inflammation. I put one gulp of water in a shot glass and add my oils, then I take them all in one swallow.

Allergy season: one each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint

Immunity booster: 1-3 drops of on guard, gargle and then swallow

Inflammation: one drop each copaiba, turmeric, and frankincense

3-Take them in a veggie cap

The shot glass method takes some getting used to. I did not start there. I started with veggie caps. You can put a drop of all the oils mentioned in a little capsule and take your oils that way if the taste bothers you.

4- A drop right under the tongue

This is a great rescue method when timing is everything. Sometimes I have to swish with coconut oil and spit to calm the sensation of the oil but it is worth it for relief from a headache or stomach distress.

If I feel a serious headache coming on, I can put a drop of turmeric under my tongue at the first sign and the anti-inflammatory properties kick in and rescue my day from the grip of that tightening vice.

If my stomach is upset from something I ate this a great way to find quick relief. I use a drop of Digestzen if I ate too late, too spicy, too much and my system just needs support and calming. I use a drop of lemongrass if I had too much dairy. My system has trouble with certain dairy products like ice cream. Lemongrass has lots of detoxing power and it helps me so much.

5- Don’t forget your supplements

I can feel the difference when I neglect my daily supplements. When I take my supplements consistently my body is like a fine-tuned machine. I had to figure out when is the best time for me to take them and it is with lunch.

6- Add them in your food

Let me tell you, a drop of lime oil in your avocado is just amazing. If you use herbs in your cooking, you should think about ways to add a drop of essential oil to boost the flavors of your dishes.