5 Day Trip Essentials

One of the best parts about summer is the DAY TRIPS! 

We load up the car, with all of our gear, and head off to make some great memories! 

The problem is, people are filling their summer bags with ILLNESS. They are spraying themselves with SO many toxins just to enjoy their time outside without coming in burnt or bitten. It's completely unnecessary and detrimental to their health.

Luckily, we have some amazing and safe options that really work! 

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Let's chat really quick about why we avoid DEET. It's kind of a BIG deal.

DEET
+ Neurotoxin - literally damages the nervous system
+ Cancer-causing
+ Disrupts the endocrine system/hormones
+ Causes birth defects
+ Growth and development issues
+ Impairs the cell function in your brain
+ modifies behavior
+ inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase

Young Living's Insect Repellant has ZERO DEET. It is also free from parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic colorants.  

Also, those NANO PARTICLES in most natural sunscreen have been called the asbestos of the 20th century! They are microscopic and known to irritate the lungs and wreak havoc on our body systems, potentially even causing cancer.

Young LIving's Mineral Sunscreen has only non-nano particle zinc oxide alongside plant and mineral-based ingredients that truly protect our bodies without harm. 

Does your sunscreen and bug spray actually BENEFIT your body while it does its job? Cause mine does!

You get 24% off ALL of these things, along with the hundreds of other clean-living, essential-oil infused products Young Living offers by getting yourself a Premium Starter Kit! If you're still grabbing your summer essentials at the grocery store, it's time to get *better* ingredients without leaving your house! 

Kimberly Laird
ESSENTIAL FALL COLLECTION
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FALL.

Boots, scarves, pumpkin everything, and all the warm, comforting essential oils. These are the fall oils you'll want to have in your collection. They are so good in the diffuser and almost any combo will be amazing. They also carry into winter seamlessly and will fill your home with festive, delicious smells!

FALL TIPS:

YOUR FAVORITE SCARF MAKES A LOVELY DIFFUSER FOR ANY OF THESE OILS OR COMBINATIONS.

USE A DROP OR TWO OF THE VITALITY OILS IN PLACE OF DRIED HERBS IN YOUR FAVORITE FALL RECIPES (PIES, SOUPS, MULLED CIDER, ETC.). THE DIFFERENCE IS CRAZY!

MOST OF THESE OILS ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND STAYING ABOVE THE WELLNESS LINE THIS SEASON.

ESSENTIAL FALL COLLECTION

  • Bergamot
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Christmas Spirit
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Exodus ii
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Stress Away
  • Thieves
  • Vetiver

** You can swap cassia out for Cinnamon Bark if you haven't yet purchased the Oils of Ancient Scripture Collection that has Cassia in it. That said, you NEED Cassia - there really is no other oil quite like it!

 


FALL DIFFUSER BLENDS 

These blends are great for the diffuser, making linen or room sprays, or even roll-on scents.

 

There are endless combos and smells you can come up with using these oils. Try mixing them with oils you already have in your collection, too! Sacred Frankincense, Sandalwood, or Myrrh smell really nice with these warm, spicy, fall scents. Maybe even play around with adding a floral scent into the mix and see how you like it! There's no wrong combination!

Kimberly Laird
ESSENTIAL SUMMER COLLECTION

SUMMER.

Time to bust out the flip flops and sundresses! The sun is shining, vacation is on the calendar, and it is time to soak in all the summer fun! 

SUMMER TIPS:

YOUR FAVORITE LIGHTWEIGHT SCARF OR THE BRIM OF A SUNHAT MAKES A LOVELY DIFFUSER FOR ANY OF THESE OILS OR COMBINATIONS.

ADD A FEW DROPS OF PEPPERMINT TO THE BACK OF YOUR NECK OR CARRY IN A SPRAY BOTTLE FOR AN INSTANT COOLDOWN.

MANY OF THESE OILS ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF FEELING ENERGIZED AND EMOTIONALLY CENTERED. PERFECT FOR WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU.

ESSENTIAL SPRING COLLECTIONS

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Blue Tansy
  • Citronella
  • Copaiba
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Lime
  • Neroli
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • Sacred Frankincense
  • Sacred Mountain
  • Sacred Sandalwood
  • Sage
  • Stress Away
  • Tarragon
  • Vetiver

ESSENTIAL SPRING COLLECTION ADD-ONS*

  • Jasmine
  • Patchouli
  • Tangerine
  • Valor
  • Ylang Ylang

Have fun with these blends. Try swapping the different florals or citrus oils out for another - for instance, try tangerine in place of orange, or jasmine in place of neroli.

SUMMER DIFFUSER BLENDS

Kimberly Laird
the undoing | MY STORY PART 1

It's hard to know where to begin a story that has been unfolding my whole life. When our health unravels, we have to pause and dig through past chapters to start seeing where the undoing began. 

There are certain moments that leave us changed and transformed. In those moments, we become more of who we were always meant to be.

Most of these moments happen without us realizing the gravity and importance they carry for our story. It's in hindsight that we see the weight they carry.

So let me begin with the day I sat in the doctor's office and felt my mind go blank as he cooly informed me that I had Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid disease), that there was no cure, and that there was nothing he could do for me. My thyroid had nodules and was slowly killing itself. He could remove it eventually or kill it off faster with radiation. He said thyroid meds wouldn't help, so there was no point. I walked out of his office with a Rx for a beta-blocker to address my racing pulse and heart palpitations with strict instructions not just to go off of it once I began taking it - I never filled it. I was crushed. I felt helpless and powerless and couldn't understand how we'd gotten to this point. Mostly though, I was angry!

My youngest daughter at the time was 1 year old and had just been diagnosed with asthma, and given the same life-sentence with no hope for freedom from inhalers, ER visits, and illness. I felt like I'd failed her as a mother. How did we get here? 

That was the day I became a warrior. I drove home with tears in my eyes and a rage in my soul. I made a decision that day that I would stop at *nothing* to reclaim our wellness! I would not accept this life sentence and a life of Rx meds. 

 Quincy and I just before we were given our life-sentences of asthma and Hashimoto's

Quincy and I just before we were given our life-sentences of asthma and Hashimoto's

The year leading up to that day had been so incredibly hard. Quincy was our third child and they were all 22 months apart. Growing and nurturing all these beautiful little people had taken it's toll on my body. I was tired. When she was 8 weeks old, we all caught a cold. It came and went for the rest of us, but Quincy was only getting worse and seemed to be having some trouble breathing. We made our way to the doctor and within 2 minutes of walking into the exam room, we were sent to the hospital to be admitted. She had a terrible case of RSV and I was so scared. We spent 3 long days in the hospital getting poked and prodded, doing breathing treatments, and waiting for her breathing to normalize. It didn't.  We were eventually sent home with a nebulizer and bags full of meds. I found myself sleeping less and less as I stayed awake to watch her breathe - I was never able to get her breathing under control and I was never able to relax. Fear never left my mind.

I began to notice that things would happen that should bring me joy and I wasn't feeling anything. I was numb. I was a whole new kind of tired that surpassed any exhaustion I'd felt through pregnancy or even when my oldest kept me up all night for months with colic. I started noticing my heart would race and skip beats. My chest was always tight and I felt like I'd had too much coffee all the time. More fear. I was sure something was wrong with my heart. I worried I was depressed. I didn't know what to do. We were in the middle of packing to move from Mississippi to California (our 8th move in 7 years) and I was busy around the clock. 

One night, I had just given Quincy her breathing treatment and started to drift to sleep, when suddenly a tingle shot up my left arm, my chest got so tight it was like being squeezed, and I started convulsing, eventually passing out. When I came to, I was more afraid than I've ever been in my life. I literally ran down the hall to escape the fear. I knew I was dying.  An ambulance came and within 10 minutes, it became clear to me that I wasn't having a heart attack. I was having a panic attack. I was so confused and so ashamed. Anxiety, depression, panic attacks... these were not things I had EVER dealt with before. I didn't even recognize myself. 

Over the next year, I went to more doctors appointments and a few doctors and nurses tossed around ideas that I may need to go on antidepressants or that it could be my thyroid. My thyroid panel came back normal though and I refused to go on meds for depression. Quincy's asthma only got worse when we arrived in California. We were living in Lemoore, where the air quality was as bad as could be, and she spent most of the year in a cycle of getting sick, spending a lot of time in the ER, and getting admitted for days at a time when her oxygen saturation dropped dangerously low. My anxiety and panic attacks continued to plague me and my hair began to fall out to the point that I was sure I was going to be bald. I'd had postpartum hair loss - this was so much worse. My eyes hurt all the time and so did my throat. My joints were sore, my shoulder would freeze, and I felt like I was falling apart.

Finally, I asked my doctor to do a *full* thyroid panel and we saw my antibodies were high. She sent me to an endocrinologist and the next week I had my life sentence. Hashimoto's.

I didn't see it then, but that diagnosis put me on a path to healing. I knew where to start digging and began reading *everything* I could get my hands on about autoimmune disease and Hashimoto's. Most of what I found echoed what the doctor had told me... but then there were those stories of healing. THOSE were the stories I began to search for. Those were the stories that would eventually light the way.

Be a Laundry Room Baller
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Laundry rooms are likely the most toxic room in our homes.

Dryer sheets are the worst. Because they are designed to stay on the clothes, rather than be rinsed off, we are left living our lives clothed in toxic chemicals.

With dryer sheets, we wrap our family in toxins known to:

+ cause skin irritation

+ inflame the lungs/throat or even cause asthma

+ disrupt hormones

+ bring on headaches

+ cause cancer

+ ...and a whole lot of other awful stuff

Here's a tricky bit: Manufacturers are actually not required to list all ingredients. So, even if you *think* you are making a good choice, you may still be getting the very ingredients you wished to avoid. It's hard to be an informed consumer when you aren't actually being informed. You may unknowingly be tucking your babies into a sea of toxins at night. 

Don't worry, there's hope.

DRYER BALLS are the new dryer sheets.

Just toss 3-5 dryer balls in with your clothes. If you want to infuse your clothes or linens with aromatherapeutic benefits, just drop a few drops of your favorite oil on the ball.

(I got my dryer balls about 5 years ago and have a family of 6. Mine are still going strong!)


OILS TO TRY:

+ Tea Tree or Purification are both great for defunking and refreshing clothes!

+ Lavender or Stress Away are nice for bedsheets or baby clothes.

+ Orange and Joy together for an uplifting summer scent.

+ Eucalyptus Radiata or Raven for towels to add a spa-vibe to your bathroom.

+ Lemon Myrtle because it smells like nature's candy. Seriously.


If you don't have oily yet, the Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started! You'll instantly have 11 oils, a diffuser, a 24% off member price, and a tribe full of encouragers! A year from today, you'll wish you began today. 

Kimberly Laird
Essential Wood Care
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Spring Cleaning is in full force over here and I am taking a few extra steps to protect some of our nicer wood pieces. Citrus Oils are the perfect companion for wood furniture and there is no reason to reach for toxic furniture care products when it is SO easy to make on your own.


CITRUS DUSTING SPRAY | Step 1

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp Thieves Cleaner Concentrate
  • 4 oz Distilled Water
  • 2 oz Walnut Oil
  • 15 drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blend

MIX TOGETHER ALL INGREDIENTS IN A GLASS SPRAY BOTTLE.

SPRAY ON FURNITURE IN NEED OF CLEANING AND FOLLOW BEHIND WITH A DRY, SOFT CLOTH.


LEMON WOOD POLISH | Step 2

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz Walnut Oil (could substitute olive oil or coconut oil)
  • 1 oz Vodka (or homemade vanilla extract to give it a sweet Meyer lemon smell. Recipe below.)
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

STIR ALL YOUR INGREDIENTS TOGETHER IN A GLASS CONTAINER (essential oils and plastic don’t mix).

SHAKE BEFORE USING THEN USE A SOFT CLOTH AND RUB ONTO WOOD IN CIRCULAR MOTIONS UNTIL NICELY POLISHED.

 


ORANGE WOOD WAX | Step 3

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 1 oz beeswax
  • 1 oz walnut oil (could substitute olive oil or coconut oil)
  • 10 drops orange essential oil

LET BEESWAX AND WALNUT OIL MELT TOGETHER OVER LOW HEAT IN A SMALL POT. POUR INTO GLASS OR METAL JAR AND STIR IN ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL. LET COOL.

USE THIS EVERY MONTH OR TWO AFTER CLEANING TO KEEP YOUR WOOD FURNITURE WELL PROTECTED AND CONDITIONED.

Kimberly Laird
Which Frankincense Do I Choose?
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Frankincense. It is one of the most popular essential oils and one that many of us fondly refer to simply as Frank. We love Frank and give a whole lotta franks about it.

Frank is a jack-of-all-trades and we find ourselves reaching for it many times each day! Versatile is the name of the game here!

Did you know that there are over 50 biblical references to Frankincense?  This amazing resin has long been considered more precious than gold, which is why it was one of the gifts given by the three wise men at the birth of Jesus Christ.

But here’s where things get a little tricky! There are a few different varieties of Frankincense to choose from! Which one do you choose? Let’s clear things up!

TO PUT IT SIMPLY:

  • FRANKINCENSE | AROMATIC & TOPICAL – A wonderful way to enhance prayer and meditaiton, as well as your yoga practice.. Known for its ability to promote and support healthy skin, as well as for its everyday calming properties.
  • FRANKINCENSE VITALITY | INTERNAL – This is specifically for use as a supplement to support a healthy immune system and overall wellness.
  • SACRED FRANKINCENSE | AROMATIC & TOPICAL – Used primarily to create a heightened sense of spiritual awareness, and for moments of deep, personal meditation.

Want more details? Read on for lots information on each of these amazing essential oils and to see some favorite uses for Frank!

 

FRANKINCENSE | BOSWELLIA CARTERII

 

USES

  • Diffuse during prayer or meditation to find your sense of grounding and purpose.
  • Use for a massage after activity such as workouts, athletic events, or just a long day.
  • Add to your favorite moisturizers to smooth and refine your already radiant look.
  • We think Frank pairs nicely with our BODY BUTTER or SILKY LOTION BASE. 

CAN BE FOUND IN

Abundance™, Awaken™, Brain Power™, Forgiveness™, and Highest Potential™. Oola Balance™, Valor™ essential oils, and Boswellia Wrinkle Cream™, amongst others!

FUN FACTS

It’s no surprise that Frankincense has been sought after since ancient times. The name “frankincense” is derived from the Medieval French word for “real incense” and has long been used as a “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East. The complex aroma of this oil can elevate many aspects of your life.

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness, as well as to find your focus and collect your thoughts.

In addition to elevated spiritual experiences, Frankincense can also help you maintain radiant skin. Its ability to smooth the look of healthy skin makes this oil a great choice for adding to your beauty routine!

With an amazing ability to support a healthy immune system, normal cell function, and brain health, it’s a great one to use every day. When our immune system is properly supported and strong, illnesses have a much more difficult time sneaking in! Frankincense can also be very supportive of the respiratory system and helpful for loosening muscles. It is definitely one to keep stocked!

 

FRANKINCENSE VITALITY | BOSWELLIA CARTERII

USES

  • Support your well-being and normal cell health by taking internally as a dietary supplement. Just add 1–2 drops to an empty capsule and take with a glass of water or drop into your daily shot of NinXia Red.

FUN FACTS

Distilled from the resin of trees in the Boswellia carterii tree family, Frankincense Vitality™ oil contains the naturally occurring constituent alpha-pinene, which is what gives it its distinctively rich, balsamic scent.

Known for its unmistakably complex, sweet, and woodsy flavor and aroma, the benefits of Frankincense Vitality essential oil go far beyond its taste and smell. It also supports well-being and normal cellular health when taken internally.

 

SACRED FRANKINCENSE | BOSWELLIA SACRA

USES

  • Diffuse 5-8 drops in your diffuser during prayer, meditation, or yoga to deepen your connection.
  • Drop a few drops into the palms of your hands, cup over your mouth and nose and inhale deeply for several minutes to promote a calm, steady mood and increased focus. Try this before prayer, meditation, or yoga.
  • Apply with a carrier oil to the skin to support cellular health and healthy immune function.

CAN BE FOUND IN

Freedom Sleep™ and Freedom Release™ Collections, Common Sense™, RutaVaLa™, Progessence™ Plus, and Trasformation™ essential oils, and ART® Sheerlumé Brightening Cream, amongst others.

FUN FACTS

Sacred Frankincense is a Young Living exclusive essential oil, as Young Living is the first and ONLY curator of Omani Frankincense, aside from Omani citizens and Saudi royalty. After 15 years of research and 15 trips to Oman to meet and negotiate with Omani officials, Gary Young was granted permission to build an on-site distillery in the country and to export this amazing oil out of Oman. Young Living has contracted with local harvesters to secure our supply of Omani resin. This marks the first time any Westerners have been able to experience the unique spiritual properties of Sacred Frankincense oil!

Sacred Frankincense is regarded all over the world as the rarest, most sought-after aromatic in existence. Sacred Frankincense essential oil supports and maintains the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and has a grounding, uplifting, and inspiring aroma. Sacred Frankincense includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, limonene, and boswellic acid. Google those and you’ll learn all sorts of amazing things!

 

HOW ARE THE DROPPERY MEMBERS USING THEIR FRANK?

“I use it mixed with Argan oil every day as my facial moisturizer. I’ve come to LOVE the smell of it!” – H.W.

“…on my forehead when I want an extra focus boost while working!” -J.V.

“I make my moms ‘wellness capsule’ that includes a drop or two of frank.” -K.B.

“I start and end my day with Frank. I diffuse Frankincense in the morning with Lemon for a confident and focused boost to start my day! I also use it in Argan oil with Myrrh for my evening moisturizer.” – M.P.

“I had my baby about 4 months ago, it was mixed with P&C as a back and foot rub, we used it to anoint baby C with a prayer and blessing.” -M.L.

“I call it my “overnight facelift”… when I’m not getting good sleep (hello, teething!) it’s my go-to for looking a little bit more awake.” -L.M.

“I like to diffuse for unwinding after work. Love the smell!” -R.W.

“I use frank in my face cream for night (frank + lavender + whipped coconut oil!), and across my forehead whenever I’m feeling a bit unfocused at work. Does the trick RIGHT away and everyone walks by going “oooh what’s that smell???!” -C.C.

 

As you can see the possibilities with Frank are endless! This one oil on its own makes the PREMIUM STARTER KIT worth it! So, which Frank is your favorite? What is YOUR favorite use?

Kimberly Laird
The Droppery Does Whole30
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We've all heard the quote "Let thy food by thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." We all know that what we eat dictates how we feel and look. Life is so busy, though. We are going non-stop and taking care of others to our own deficit.

There have been a couple of times in my life that I've seen a HUGE shift in my overall wellbeing.

One was when I went from eating a standard American diet, to eating Paleo just after I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and was desperate to feel better! I changed my diet, added in oils, and felt drastically better within a month.

The second was last October during my first Whole30! By the end, I had more energy than I'd had in years, my skin was glowing, my hair was shinier, my waist had shrunk, I'd lost 14 pounds, and I was sleeping like a baby. I am HOOKED and do a round every 3 months now.

Without fail, eating with intention will transform your life! It doesn't have to be complicated. Simple is key. To me, our food choices go hand-in-hand with using essential oils and clearing toxins out of our lives. It's a lifestyle choice that is always worth the effort. 

We are not about perfection - just about learning to make better choices with our food and encouraging each other to push past our comfort zones within our relationship with food.

This is for EVERYONE and I would love to have you join us! Invite your friends and come hang out! You do *not* have to be a member of The Droppery. The Droppery Does Whole30 runs every January, April, July, and October. Jump in for one of them or all of them! 

You are worth feeling your best. You are strong enough to power through and do this. You are not alone in this, friend. Choose wellness and radical self-care. 

Let me be real with you about this. It isn't easy. It is mentally challenging, physically challenging, and ultimately transformative. It's totally worth the challenges! There is a basic Whole30 Timeline that breaks down the different stages most people experience during their Whole30. 

I thought it would be fun to make a diffuser recipe inspired by each stage to help get us through! So, don't mind the crazy names. If you click over to the Whole30 Timeline, they'll make a LOT more sense! Cheers to striving to feel your absolute best! 

Kimberly Laird
Essential Oils & Frequency
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Okay, friends. Let’s up the FREQUENCY of our discussions on FREQUENCY around here. No, it’s not woo-woo! It’s physics and it's game-changing info to understand. I know it’s a word that can cause eyes to glaze over, but we’re gonna change that cause it’s SUPER awesome! 

Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philsophy. This is physics.
— Albert Einstein

Albert knows y'all. He knows. So, everything has a frequency and that includes essential oils. Understanding what that means will help us truly grasp the power that these drops contain. 

WHAT IS FREQUENCY? Frequency is the measurable rate of electrical energy flow that is constant between two points. Again, everything has frequency.

WHAT DOES THE FREQUENCY MEAN? The state of our health and well-being is directly affected by the frequency of our body, and our frequency is affected by the frequency of the things we come in contact with.

Essential oil frequencies have a wide range from 46 MHz up to 580 MHz. Healthy people have a smaller range and our bodies function well between 62-72MHz. Disease begins at 58 MHz. Each organ and part of our body operates at it’s own frequency and each responds to other frequencies in their own way. For example, your heart resonates at a different frequency than your skin or your bones. Using a wide array of essential oils with varying frequencies can help support ALL the systems of your body.

HEALTHY HUMAN ORGAN FREQUENCIES

  • 71-90 MHz | Brain
  • 62-68 MHz | Thyroid and Parathyroid
  • 65-68 MHz | Thymus Gland
  • 67-70 MHz | Heart
  • 58-65 MHz | Lungs
  • 55-60 MHz | Liver
  • 58-65 MHz | Stomach
  • 60-80 MHz | Pancreas
  • 50-63 MHz | Colon

FREQUENCIES OF PEOPLE AND THINGS

  • 47-580 MHz | Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
  • 62-72 MHz | Healthy human body
  • 58 MHz |Human body with cold symptoms
  • 57 MHz | Human body with flu symptoms
  • 42 MHz | Human body with cancer
  • 25 MHz | Human body beginning to die
  • 20-27 MHz | Fresh Herbs
  • 12-22 MHz | Dry herbs
  • 10-15 MHz | Fresh produce
  • 0 MHz | Processed or canned foods

Because our vulnerability to disease increases as our frequency decreases, understanding some different factors that can affect our frequency is important.

RAISES FREQUENCY

  • Focusing on uplifting news or positivity
  • Giving or Receiving prayer or good thoughts
  • Rest
  • Good nutrition and plenty of water
  • Fresh air
  • Using high-frequency essential oils

LOWERS FREQUENCY

  • Stress or focus on negativity or fears
  • Drinking coffee
  • An acidic diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Unhealthy food choices (processed foods, sugar, etc)
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Feeling or being exposed to negative emotions, stress, anxiety

These are just some examples. The choices we make every day directly impact our frequency. Our body systems each respond to different frequencies. By using high quality essential oils with varying frequencies, and making wise lifestyle choices, we can affect our body’s frequencies so that it can be equipped to handle the day-to-day as well as seasons of additional immune stressors.

I’ll leave you with a list of some of our favorite essential oils and their frequencies. Grab some and use them! Diffuse, apply and enjoy.

  • 580 MHz Idaho Blue Spruce
  • 320 MHz Rose
  • 181 MHz Helichrysum
  • 150 MHz Thieves
  • 147 MHz Frankincense
  • 124 MHz Ravintsara
  • 118 MHz Lavender
  • 112 MHz PanAway
  • 105 MHz Myrrh
  • 102 MHz Acceptance
  • 98 MHz Sandalwood
  • 78 MHz Peppermint
  • 75 MHz R.C.
  • 64 MHz AromaSiez
  • 56 MHz Relieve It
  • 52 MHz Basil
  • 48 MHz Melrose
  • 46 MHz Purification
The Skinny on Citrus Oils
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Citrus fruits. They taste as amazing as they look and they smell even better! Just removing the peel on a juicy lemon or orange will leave the entire room smelling fresh and happy! But did you know that there is value in that rind that you toss? Citrus essential oils harness the goodness in the rind for you to enjoy drop by drop. Not only can they do amazing things for your body, they can also help cheer you up! Citrus fragrances induce relaxation and invoke feelings of happiness.

Interestingly, citrus oils are not technically essential oils at all. They are expressed oils – pressed from the rind of the fruit and rich in terpene alcohols. So, how do you choose which one to use? What are they used for, besides smelling and tasting amazing? We’ll go over that, as well as some basic usage info here, so you know exactly which citrus oil you want to use and why.

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LEMON – Cold pressed from the rind, lemon has a strong, purifying citrus scent. It contains 68% D-Limonene, which provides antioxidant support! Both energizing and uplifting, it is a great choice for helping improve the mood. It is also thought to improve memory, boost the immune system and cleanse the body. It is used both aromatically and Lemon VItality is used to enhance the flavors of foods and drink.

USAGE SUGGESTIONS:

  • Add a drop of Lemon Vitality to your glass of water
  • Use a few drops of Lemon to remove goo, gum or residue from most surfaces
  • Combine Lemon with water in a spray bottle to make a purifying surface spray
  • Diffuse Lemon to help purify the air and improve the mood while adding a refreshing lemon scent to the room
  • Add a few drops of Lemon to baking soda and place in the refrigerator or trash to eliminate odors
  • Place a few drops of Lemong on a cloth in your laundry as a booster to help remove grease from clothing
  • Make a batch of Lemon Soft Scrub by mixing Lemon with baking soda and a little Thieves Household Cleaner to thoroughly clean surfaces in your home.
  • Add several drops of Lemon to body butter and apply to cracked heals

 

LIME – Lime essential oil has an invigorating and stimulating effect and one of the strongest fragrances of all the citrus oils. It is well known for stimulating the immune system and supporting healthy skin. When taken internally, it can provide antioxidant support and may help aide in weight management.

USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Add a drop of Lime Vitality to your glass of water to add amazing flavor
  • Add a few drops of Lime Vitality to your salsa & guacamole for an amazing boost in flavor
  • Diffuse or apply Lime diluted to the chest in a salve to support the respiratory system
  • Combine a drop or two of Lime Vitality with olive oil to make a delicious marinade
  • Substitute Lime Vitality oil for lemon in recipes for a change of flavor
  • Apply Lemon to your skin to improve complexion and shrink pores

 

ORANGE – Orange essential oil has a rich, fruity smell that lifts the spirits, calms the body, and brings peace and happiness to the mind. With a flavor as delicious as it’s aroma, Orange Vitality makes a great addition to foods and drinks. Similar to lemon, orange is rich in d-limonene. Orange encourages emotional balance and improves skin.

USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Add a drop of Orange Vitality to your glass of water for amazing flavor
  • Add a drop of Orange Vitality to your orange juice or smoothie to enhance the flavor
  • Diffuse Orange to uplift your mood
  • Use one drop each of Orange Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, and Frankincense Vitality in a spoonful of honey. We call this Spoonful of Wellness.
  • Add some Orange Vitality to your favorite vanilla dessert.
  • Add 1 drop each of Orange Vitality and Thieves Vitality to warm water for a delicious, immune boosting tea
  • Add 10-20 drops of Orange to a spray base for happy home cleaning!

 

GRAPEFRUIT – Grapefruit has a fresh, citrus aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is nourishing for the skin. Grapefruit Vitality is wonderful used to enhance the flavor of foods and drinks, and is often used to support weight loss.

 USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Add a drop of Grapfruit Vitality to water to support healthy and gentle detoxification
  • Take 3-5 drops of Grapefruit Vitality in a capsule to help kick food cravings and maintain a healthy metabolism
  • Add several drops of Grapefruit to body butter and apply to areas of cellulite to promote smooth skin
  • Diffuse Orange to encourage a good mood and positive outlook

 

TANGERINE – Tangerine is a calming essential oil with a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to orange. Like grapefruit, tangerine is rich in d-limonene and nourishes the skin. An excellent oil to help uplift the spirit, it helps calm and bring about a sense of security, while minimizing occasional feelings of nervous irritability. Tangerine Vitality is often used to enhance the flavor of foods and drinks.

 USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Add a drop of Tangerine Vitality to water to encourage healthy weight management
  • Diffuse Tangerine next to the bed to promote a restful night of sleep
  • Apply Tangerine diluted to the feet and chest to combat feelings of irritability
  • Take a few drops of Tangerine Vitality in a capsule to support proper digestion
  • Make a summer linen spray of 10 drops Tangerine & 10 drops Lemon Myrtle in a spray base

 

JADE LEMON – Jade lemon has a stronger and richer aroma than regular lemons. Unlike regular lemons, jade lemons remain green even when they have reached full maturity and their oil is only released when the fruit is picked. Rich in the antioxidant d-limonene, jade lemon helps invigorate, uplift, and energize, as well as support clarity of thought and purpose. This oil supports healthy skin, may help open and release emotional blocks, and is used to clean, detox, and purify.

 USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Drink Jade Lemon Vitality in water first thing in the morning to wake up happy
  • Diffuse Jade Lemon for an uplifting and powerful aroma
  • Add 15 drops of Jade Lemon to a healing salve base and apply around fingernails to encourage soft, healthy cuticles
  • Add several drops of Jade Lemon to playdough for a mood-boosting sensory activity for kids

 

BERGAMOT – Bergamot has a fresh, sweet, citrus scent. Many recognize Bergamot Vitality as the main flavor in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It is especially useful for oily and troubled skin.

 USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Apply Bergamot to your wrists and heart as perfume to uplift the spirits
  • Add Bergamot to the silky lotion base and apply to your body at night for happy skin
  • Add 4 drops each Bergamot and Tea Tree to 1 cup of dead sea salt for a purifying bath soak
  • Add Bergamot to body butter and apply to face at night when dealing with breakouts
  • Make an Earl Gray Tea by dropping 1 drop of Bergamot Vitality into warm water and adding honey to taste

 

CITRUS FRESH – Citrus Fresh is a blend of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon and spearmint. With it’s fresh, citrusy aroma, it calms the body, uplifts the spirits and awakens the mind. It may bring about a sense of well-being, creativity and feelings of joy.

 USAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Diffuse Citrus Fresh to help purify the air in your home
  • Drink Citrus Fresh VItality in water to energize and support body’s ability to detox
  • Add 15-20 drops Citrus Fresh to a spray base for a lovely room spray

CITRUS OIL USAGE

CITRUS OIL PRECAUTIONS – Citrus oils are Photosensitizing. This means that their natural constituents (particularly furanocoumarins) react when they are exposed to the sun’s rays. This can cause blistering, redness and burning of the skin. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid this. Simply apply citrus oils on skin that will *not* be exposed to direct sunlight, or apply at night to allow at least 12 hours before sun exposure! Citrus oils are different than regular essential oils, in that they are not merely the essence of the plant, but contain proteins from the plant. If you have a citrus allergy, you will also likely be allergic to the expeller-pressed citrus oils and any citrus oils should be used with caution. 

CREATING BLENDS WITH CITRUS OILS – Citrus oils are a favorite for diffusing and using in linen sprays because of their uplifting and purifying properties. A good blend contains top notes, middle notes and base notes. Your citrus oils are your top notes, so try pairing them with oils from the other two categories for a nice, full-bodied aroma-therapeutic experience. Some middle notes are cardamom, cypress, geranium, lavender, nutmeg and rosemary. Some low notes are cinnamon, clove, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, valerian, vetiver and ylang ylang.

SLOW AND STEADY – Lemon in a glass of water is a great starting point for using citrus oils. Be sure to start off slowly using any of the citrus oils internally. They are known for supporting detoxification within the body and detoxing quickly can cause some uncomfortable side effects, such as itching or redness of the skin, as well as head or body aches. Just take it slow, use one drop a day, then slowly increase to using more than that. This will give your body time to slowly start detoxing without all the side effects.

LearnKimberly Laird