How to Safely Use Essential Oils

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It’s no secret that my family loves essential oils. Today I wanted to talk a bit about the accessories that we use with our essential oils to get the maximum benefit from these oils while maintaining safe practice.

Dilute essential oils in a carrier oil

Essentail oils are very potent, and many can cause skin sensitivity (clove, for example, is a “hot” oil that you ALWAYS want to dilute before applying topically as it can burn. Water will not dilute an essential oil. Using a carrier oil (a pure vegetable based oil) will dilute the oil safely. Our company sells a fractionated coconut oil, which is a non-fragrant coconut oil that stays liquid and absorbs quickly.

For babies, the standard safe dilution is 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. For children 2-6, it’s 1-3 drops in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.  For adults, it will depend on skin sensitivity, and especially skin integrity (for elderly adults with delicate skin, for example, I would prepare a dilution for babies).

While I typically use the coconut oil I get from the company we use, you can also use olive oil, regular coconut oil (though that doesn’t usually work well with roller bottles), avocado oil, or jojoba oil. Keep in mind that these oils will leave you with varying levels of a “greasy” feeling after you apply.

Roller bottles

Roller bottles make application a breeze! He can squirm and fuss and all I have to do is swipe one of his feet with the roller bottle and I know he got the proper amount for his little body. Even he knows this now and will actually take a break from fussing when he’s uncomfortable when he sees me heading for his roller bottle bag. In the past, I have purchased roller bottles from AromaTools and MyOilBusiness, but I know friends who have ordered from Amazon as well. Just be sure to label your blends or you will have to do the sniff test to figure out what is what (go ahead, ask me how I know this…).


This is something we wish we had gotten right away! Our little diffusers are small but works very well and we use them All. The. Time.

I hope these tips are helpful!  If you are interested in starting to use essential oils, please leave a comment!

Happy oiling!

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My Daily Oil Routine

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One of the most common questions I get about essential oils is “how do you use them?” The concern is that at first glance, they look expensive, and people are understandably concerned that they would invest and, not knowing what to do with them, the oils would end up sitting in the closet.

So in effort to answer that question, today I chronicled every essential oil that I used, why, and how.  And there are pictures. 🙂


Daily dose of the LifeLong Vitality Pack supplements (Peter and I split a full dose, so we take 2 capsules of each instead of 4).



9 am

After I got ready for the day, I put a few drops of Fractionated Coconut oil in my hand, along with a drop of Purify and a drop of Lemon. These are detoxing and deodorizing oils, and I’ve been using them this summer as an effective deodorant substitute.  In the winter I will switch back to my heavier coconut oil/baking soda/arrowroot deodorant and add in some essential oils, but I’ve found that it’s too heavy and a bit greasy for summer.


9:02 am

Add a drop of lemon and a drop of lime into my stainless steel water bottle for a refreshing citrus flavor and gentle detox. {Please do your own research regarding internal use of essential oils. Personally I only ingest doTERRA’s oils that are approved for internal use.}

9:03 am

Take a big sip of water.  Yum.

9:04 am 

Consult my oil collection, decide what oils I need to be using this morning.  I decide on In Tune because I’ve been rather spazzy the past few days, and I really want to make the most of my day today! I apply a few swipes of In Tune to the back of my neck – and instantly feel more focused and “in the zone.”



I also decide that I should probably use some Balance, because the upstairs neighbors are loud and lately I’ve been lacking in an afternoon nap because they decide to play street hockey and yell about there being too much noise in their apartment (true story).


I applied this to my wrists like a perfume and a drop to the bottoms of my feet.

12:30 pm

Pregnancy hot flashes are no fun!  A quick swipe of peppermint to the back of my neck and the insides of my elbows and I’m back to normal!



3:35 pm

My back is sore.  Time to do my stretches and rub some Deep Blue on my back!  Ahhhh…..

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10:57 pm

Time to get ready for sleep.  Tonight’s choice: Lavender.  Sometimes I use a mix of Serenity, Balance, and Vetiver in a roller bottle, but our wakeup time has been getting earlier so I don’t want to be *too* knocked out! Applied to big toes and bottoms of feet.

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I honestly don’t remember how I used to function without my oils!  I’ve been able to incorporate them into every facet of life, and I feel so much healthier!

If you are interested in learning to use essential oils in your life, I would love to share more with you! Email me at!


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DIY Coffee Grounds Facial Scrub

I think it’s safe to say that my love of coffee comes slightly under my love of my husband.  And that it’s a much bigger deal to me to not be able to go get my $12 bag of organic, fair-trade, locally roasted whole bean coffee every few weeks than it really should be.

So when I realized that cutting the budget meant cutting my specialty coffee (we could save $5 a month and go to no coffee at all, but really – who wants that?), I started saving my specialty coffee grinds. Why, you ask?

Because I’m a crunchy hippie, and crunchy hippies recycle.

Also because I heard about this idea for a coffee grounds facial, and I wanted to try it.

Putting coffee grounds in scrubs is a popular DIY technique. The caffeine in the grounds is thought to be beneficial for firming the skin, thus making it a go-to option for combating wrinkles and cellulite. This is also a good scrub to do in the shower as a full-body exfoliating scrub. Bonus: your shower will smell like the local coffee shop!

Here’s the recipe:

The ingredients

*Raw honey (I use this brand)

*used coffee grounds

*essential oils of choice (I used doTERRA’s Elevation blend)

Mix together and apply to face. Rinse off with warm washcloth.

In hindsight, mixing in my hand wasn’t the best way to do it.  It was messy, coffee grounds went…everywhere…and I wasn’t able to get the honey as incorporated as I would have liked.  This would have gone better if I had done things: a) put the honey/essential oil mix on first and applied the coffee grounds directly on my face, or b) mixed it in a cup with a splash of olive oil for extra moisture.

It was very cleansing and I feel fresh and clean.  The best part was that it all came from my own supplies and I didn’t have to go out and buy anything special.

How do you use used coffee grounds?

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