Essential Oils for Upset Stomach

Essential Oils for Upset Stomach

DigestZen is my go-to essential oils for upset Stomach.

But first I have a really beautiful story to tell you that goes along with DigestZen. It is one of the first oils I used regularly at the beginning of my journey toward health. I was having all kinds of health issues around how my body processes food. This one oil made such a difference in my life because it reduced my discomfort while I worked to figure my food allergies and other issues like stress.

So when two children arrived unexpectedly at my house to live with us in foster care DigestZen was one of the first oils I used with them. Every night the same complaint came to my ears, “I can’t sleep. My stomach hurts.” Every. Single. Night. Was it tummy trouble or was it the head or heart that hurt? I did not know a lot about oils then, but I knew DigestZen worked for me even when my problems were a combination of head and digestive system issues.

Every night I started putting a drop of diluted DigestZen in their belly button and they were able to calm down and rest. I did not know why it worked. I just knew it worked every night. Years later, those children are adopted into my family and I am doing research for this article and read this paragraph from Essential Emotions and now I know why it works and continues to work even now when the problem is physical, mental, and emotional.

DigestZen combines powerful oils to support the body and spirit in assimilating new information and events. It increases One’s ability to receive new information, new relationships, and new experiences and be open to new possibilities. This blend aids individuals in digesting life’s many experiences.”

DigestZen is my first line of defense for all kinds of tummy trouble. I keep a DigestZen touch bottle in my purse, by my bed and in my drawer in the kitchen. It is so powerful to alleviate discomfort and keep all the parts of my digestive system functioning as it should.

What oils are in DigestZen?

I love using the book Modern Essentials to look into oils, learn more about how to support systems or find a quick relief for discomfort. I use it all the time. I have also done some research on the doTerra web site and I have linked those articles where I could find them. I hope this list inspires you to do your own research.

Ginger has a warm and uplifting scent. It calms the digestive system, can ease nausea and motion sickness.

Peppermint has an invigorating scent. It is soothing and cooling to the systems of your body.

Tarragon has the ability to support your digestive system by reducing intestinal spasms and flatulence.

Fennel may improve digestive function by supporting the liver.

Caraway aids digestion and relieves flatulence.

Coriander is yet another antispasmodic with anti inflammatory properties that aid digestion and relieves discomfort throughout the digestive system.

Anise has calming properties and may strengthen the digestive system.

Other DigestZen products

DigestZen is one of those oils I am never without. I especially keep it with me if we are traveling. It is one of those oils that I keep downstairs in the kitchen, upstairs in my bathroom, and around town in my purse.

Doterra has a whole line of DigestZen products. I can say that I have used them all!

The 15 ml oil so so versatile for making making your own gel caps or touch oil. This is where I started.

DigestZen Touch is in my purse at all times.

DigestZen softgels are the easiest way to take a few drops if DigestZen internally.

Digest Tabs are always in my bathroom. I used to pop an antacid to settle my stomach now I crunch two of these after a spicy dinner instead.

TerraZyme is a great addition to your supplement regime. When you have trouble digesting, this will help.

Thee bottles of supplements

Links to more info from doTerra about DigestZen

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Oregano Oil Benefits and Uses

Oregano Oil Benefits and Uses

Oregano essential oil has so many benefits for your life. It is so powerful and versatile but first I have a funny story to tell you. A friend of mine is a homeschool mom and she was on her way to the zoo with her kids and her mom was driving for this field trip while she was putting drops of oils in a veg cap. She was feeling like she might be coming down with something so she was putting all her immune boosting anti-viral goodness in a gel cap so she could keep going and make it to the zoo and beyond for this incredibly long day. Well, just at that moment when she had a full bottle of oregano in her hand, her mom hit a pothole and she spilled oregano all over herself. The whole van erupted as the smell moved through the vehicle. It was strong, so strong that they had to stop at Walmart so that she could go in and get a new shirt and tie the old shirt up in the bag, but the smell lingered and followed her throughout the long day. They made it to the zoo that morning and had a wonderful field trip, but the day was not over. When they got back into town she could not go home. They got back just in time to get her son to his basketball game. She came into the gym and sat down next to a friend and told her story. They both laughed as her friend said, “Oh, that’s what I smell.” The smell had dissipated but it was still hanging on and following her everywhere. The game started and the husbands started to show up after they got off work and as they were all leaving the husband of her friend leans over and says, “Let’s go out for pizza, I don’t know why I’m craving pizza. I was sure they were selling it in the concession window. They said they weren’t but I can smell it and now all I want is pizza.”

I tell you that story to illustrate how strong oregano oil is. It is so powerful to help you keep going when you start to feel that tickle in your throat. I use it as my first line of defense and if I end up laying in the bed resting to let my body recover. Either way, it is never too late to grab a bottle of oregano.

Properties of Oregano:

Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-parasitic, Antiseptic to the respiratory system, Anti-viral, and immune stimulant

Ways to use Oregano:

Be very careful using this oil topically. It is considered a hot oil and can be hard on the skin. If you choose to use it as a compress for congestion in the lungs, use it diluted in a carrier oil, and be warned, it is strong and can cause skin irritation. I really like the oregano touch for this method because it comes diluted and easy to apply.

Diffuse it when you are recovering from an environmental threat that has you all stuffed up. It is really powerful in The Sniffer. It is the first thing we do at our house when we have a stuffed up nose. You can read more about how we handle a stuffy nose here.

Take it internally with other immune boosters in a veggie cap. I pair cinnamon and clove with it to really boost my immune system and fight invaders.

This is a great culinary oil. Add it to tacos, or Italian dishes. But only one drop at the most as it is much more powerful than dried oregano leaves.

Oregano is a powerful oil that I am never without! It comes in the basic kit which is a clear sign that it is a great oil to start for beginners with a lot of applications.

How to get a bottle of oregano:

Getting your hands on a bottle of doTerra oregano essential oil is pretty simple. The 15 ml bottle comes separately or in this kit. The 5 ml bottle comes in this kit.

The 10 ml oregano touch bottle is a necessity that can be purchased separately or with a bunch of other necessary touch oils in this kit.

Both single oils are in this cart. As always you can add or subtract any product from this cart to make your own shopping list.

More information about Oregano from doTerra here. More about the 10 ml Oregano touch here. More info on supporting the immune system here.

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With Blessings, Heather

Support For Your Kidneys

Support For Your Kidneys

Your kidneys are a pair of organs that do so much good for you. When they are not functioning well you are sick! Healthy kidneys convert the waste and water in your system into urine so that toxins can be eliminated. When you are trying to support your kidneys you want to look especially at the oils that have powerful detoxification qualities.


This oil is super powerful! The list of Common Primary Uses is long because its properties are antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and revitalizing among lots of other good things.


This oil has so many uses. It is highly antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, antiseptic.


This is one of my favorite oils! It has properties that make it a very useful oil. Along with all the properties of Thyme add anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, supports healthy digestive function, neuroprotective properties.

As with all citrus oil, it is photo sensitive. If you apply it to your skin you should avoid direct sun light or UV light for 72 hours after use.

Juniper Berry

Over the centuries Juniper has been use as a purifier for wounds and cleanse infection. I put this oil in my bath on Sunday afternoons for those detoxification and grounding qualities.


I fell in love with geranium oil early. It is great for supporting you through hormone shifts. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, mood lifting, relaxing and refreshing.

Clary Sage

I pair this with geranium and wear it as a perfume. Along with smelling great and supporting my premenopausal hormone changes it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, sedative, soothing and warming.


This is an oil that is good for almost everything. It tastes delicious and is known for its detoxing qualities. There is a reason that doctors tell people who are prone to kidney stones to drink lemonade, lemon water and suggest a wedge of lemon for their tea. This oil can bring all that goodness in one drop.

Detoxification blend – Zendocrine

This is a blend that supports the endocrine system and promotes hormone balance. It comes in an oil and in capsules to make internal use easy and mess free.

The oils in it are some of the ones included in the list above: rosemary, cilantro, juniper berry, tangerine and geranium.

Zendocrine to support your kidneys

How to use these oils to support your kidneys:

  • 1. A warm compress of these oils and a carrier oil over your kidney is a great way to target a body system. I get the oils I will be using in the compress ready along with my carrier oil and get a paper towel wet with hot water then add a drop or two of each oil with a carrier oil, then place it on the lower back. You could also use a heating pad on low or a hot water bottle to have a longer concentration of low heat.
  • 2. Make a roller ball blend of the oils listed with a carrier oil and roll the oils on your lower back, in the kidney area, regularly throughout the day. My roller ball recipe includes lemongrass, Juniper berry, geranium, and clary sage.
  • 3. Take the oils internally. A drop of lemon oil in your water daily will do you so much good. I suggest the Zendocrine supplement and I take theses oils in a veggie cap: lemongrass, thyme, bergamot.
  • 4. Take a bath! These oils are great oils for soaking. You will smell amazing after your time in the tub. I do not put the citrus oils in my bath. I like to use florals and tree oils in my bath and then make a big glass of water and put my citrus oils in there to drink as I bathe.

Use any and all of these protocols to support your kidneys as they support you. Your kidneys are essential for your health.

You can click on any of these oils to buy them separately or you can find all the oils and supplements in this article already loaded in a shopping cart here. You can add or take away any oils as you plan your protocol this just makes things super easy.

Do you want to learn more and go deeper? Here is an article on Drinking your oils!

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:

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.

Breathe Respiratory Blend by doTerra

Breathe Respiratory Blend by doTerra

Do you have trouble breathing sometimes? I do. DoTerra’s respiratory blend, Breathe was probably my first daily use oil. Just before I put my head on the pillow, I put a drop in the palm of my hand and then rub my hands together and cup them around my nose and inhale deeply. Let me warn you now, it’s addicting.

What makes Breathe so powerful?

It is a blend of oils that soothes the tissue of the respiratory system and has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties to help your body fight environmental threats. Several of these oils also have anti-inflammatory properties and act as an expectorant.

Oils found in doTerra’s respiratory blend and how they help your body:

Laurel Leaf: antiseptic, anti-fungal
Peppermint: antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, cooling, soothing, dilating
Eucalyptus: profound antiviral properties, reduces inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane
Melaleuca: antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, expectorant properties
Lemon: antiseptic, invigorating
Ravensara: antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, dilating
Cardamom: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, helps with congestion

Ways to use Breathe:

-Apply with a carrier oil to the bottom of feet and the chest or the back
-Apply with a warm compress and a carrier oil to the chest or back
-Put a drop on your pillow so that as you move in the night that smell is released into the air and you get another hit just when you need it
-Diffuse into the air with a diffuser (links to diffusers bellow)

I want to make this personal note about diffusing Breathe. I love this oil. I use it all the time, but I don’t diffuse it. The smell of oils can change when they are diffused and this one changes for the worst in my opinion. When I need to diffuse something that will open me up and soothe my nasal passages, I use peppermint. You can add a drop of eucalyptus or wintergreen to bump it up a little like I do when someone at my house is fighting congestion. I have a friend who has been struggling with her sinuses for years and she always sleeps with a diffuser beside her pumping out peppermint. It really helps her breathe while she sleeps.

A photo tutorial on Breathing:

  1. drop in hand
  2. rub hands together
  3. inhale
  4. smile

Diffusers options:

The amount you put in the diffuser will be up to you but start with the premise that less is more. Between 3-10 drops is all you need. But you will need to experiment to find what is exactly right for you.

Large room diffuser
small room diffuser

This information was compiled from personal experience and research. My favorite go-to for oil research is Modern Essentials. Please see our disclosure statement on how to use this information. We are not doctors. We are moms who like to help people make life nicer with oils.

More information and resources to learn more about Breathe

This is a great article from doTerra about Breathe. Click here to read it.

There are lots of products in the Breathe line:

Don’t go another winter without Breath drops in your cupboard. They are the best cough drops you can have on hand when you feel that post nasal drip irritating the back of your throat. They are so soothing and the vapor action opens up your sinuses like no other cough drop on the market. I always have some of these in my purse and in the medicine cabinet.

Do you use a menthol vapor rub? Well, the Breathe Stick will be your new favorite. It is in a push up stick so it is easy to apply to the chest and under your nose. I love to have this on hand when my people are suffering from a stuffy nose or a cough. This is a great rescue that soothes and opens airways.

There is also a Breathe Touch rollerball. I love the touch oils for lots of reasons. They come diluted with coconut oils which makes it easier to grab quickly when my kids need them. They are easy to carry around in my purse. This rollerball can be applied on the chest or under the nose, or on the balls of your feet. It is so quick and simple and makes my life easier!

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