MYTH: The best quality essential oils come from the first distillation of the plant material



MYTH:  The best quality essential oils come from the “first pressing” or first distillation of the plant material.

FACT: First let me say if you are using terms like “first pressing” then you’ve really got some catching up to do on your essential oil education. Most all essential oils are steam distilled, in fact this is inherent to the very definition of an essential oil. The only oils that are considered to fall under the definition of the term “essential oil” and are not produced by steam distillation are the citrus oils, which are cold pressed from the citrus peel (and if its done properly there would not be any oil left in the peel for a second pressing LOL). So when one refers to the so called “first pressed” essential oils they does not even portray an accurate method of production of almost every essential oil out there, since almost every oil is produced by distillation, not by pressing. Please avoid this “pressing” terminology unless you want to just sound like a complete novice to the field. When the pressed method is applicable, in the industry we use the terms COLD PRESSED or EXPRESSED to describe the production of citrus oils (some citrus are also distilled but that’s another issue). So this brings us to the whole issue of the claimed “multiple distillations” of the same plant material. Consider this quote from a popular blog:

“Peppermint is an interesting plant in that it yields more oil than most others. As such, large farms and distilleries extract a bunch of oil from the peppermint plant.  Smaller farms do a first distillation of peppermint that they sell to oils companies for the highest price. The peppermint is then re-distilled at a higher pressure and higher temperature for a 2nd distill, and the resulting oil is sold for less money to soap companies, and the like, that want a lower cost oil, but still desire a slightly “herby” smell. The plant is then re-distilled one more time at a yet higher temperature and pressure for a 3rd distill, which is sold to companies wanting the candy-cane smelling oil.”

I hate to be harsh here but what an utter load of pure NONSENSE!!! First let me say that I live in Indiana, one of the largest mint producing states in the country. I have visited mint distilleries and farms on several occasions (you can see some photos of one of my visits in the album entitled “Mint Farm in Northern Indiana”). NOBODY STEAM DISTILLS THE SAME MINT LEAVES MORE THAN ONE TIME!! The plant is distilled for basically 2 hours and its done, no more oil is coming out so they shut the still down. Its absolutely ridiculous to think that the distiller, after watching his oil come over, seeing that his oil level is not growing, shuts the still down and then later thinks to himself “gee, I bet if I fire this still back up (wasting thousands in feul and labor) we can get some more oil out of that spent mint leaf we distilled yesterday.” Where do people come up with this stuff!!?? Now the MINT OIL can, and often is (thank God), taken for some further redistilling and/or fractional vacuum redistilling that can take place to further improve the quality of the oil by removing nauseating components of the whole oil (just tiny amounts of very bad smelling components get removed in this process). But NOBODY distills the mint biomass a second or third time. This is generally true, not just for mint, but for essential oil distillations in general.  When I tried to explain it to the person posting this rubbish she basically did not believe me because her “research” of talking to retailers of essential oils apparently was of higher credibility. If people would just use some common sense they could look at this kind of misinformation and come to the conclusion that none of it makes sense. From an energy standpoint, why would anyone plan to shut down their distilling process just to start it up again later? The amount of energy required to get massive amounts of water boiling and enough steam generating to liberate the oil from large vats of biomass is quite astonishing and costly. Why not just keep distilling and just start collecting the oil produced at the tail end of the distillation in a separate container, if you want to collect what you think might be a different quality at the end of the run than at the beginning (by the way this is done with Ylang Ylang oil which is why there are the different grades of extra, I, II, III and complete). But aside from ylang ylang most all essential oil distillations are collected in one combined lot. And the only time I have ever seen a distiller shut down his process and restart it later was because of mechanical problems, running out of fuel, or just getting too physically tired to continue (in the case of sandalwood for example the distillation can go on for more than 24 hours and oil is still in the wood). I hope that this post will finally do some damage to this myth that has been circulated for decades now and we can finally put it to bed. Please share this post with as many people as you can and firmly admonish anyone who continues to state that “my oils only come from the FIRST distillation.” Yeah right buddy, just like everybody else’s oil. LOL

Author: Dr. Robert Pappas @ Essential Oil University

Myth: Pure, unadultured essential oils with no synthetics added should last forever


Myth: Pure, unadultured essential oils with no synthetics added should last forever.

Fact: I am not sure I know of anything that will last even as long as the earth remains, with perhaps the exceptions of diamonds and human ignorance LOL.   The truth is that while the oil may last in the sense that it “exists” for a long time, there is no question that most oils, pure or otherwise, will eventually go bad due to oxidation reactions that are unavoidable unless you could somehow store them in an oxygen free atmosphere (basically impossible for most people).  Even if stored in an inert atmosphere there is still the possibility of some EO molecules reacting with themselves over long periods, changing the oil, many times for the worse.

Most oils do degrade with age due to oxidation but there are some oils, such as sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, etc. that actually get better with age, at least to a certain point (I am not sure anyone knows what sandalwood looks like after say 5000 years and I am pretty sure well before then the oil would “resinify” and become solid). Its typically the heavier oils that are high in sesquiterpene alcohols that get better with age.   However, most oils, especially the citrus oils and the blue oils will degrade with age (at least within human lifetimes).  Citrus oils are especially prone to degradation due to the high levels of limonene which oxidizes relatively easily.  Even very small amounts of limonene oxide formation can totally destroy the odor of a once good citrus oil.  In addition, wax formation in citrus due to monoterpene polymerization is also quite common over time.  For this reason its best to go through citrus oils within a year, if possible.

In the case of the blue oils we see evidence of oxidation when the blue color becomes green over time.  This is due to the degradation of chamazulene, the hydrocarbon responsible for the blue color in things like German chamomile, blue tansy, yarrow, etc.  Its for these reasons that I always recommend that people refrigerate any of the blue oils and be sure to always keep a minimum amount of airspace in the bottle that you are storing these oils in so that the “greening” effect will be slowed down.  Of course keeping airspace to a minimum is a good practice for all the essential oils but its absolutely crucial for the blue oils and for citrus oils.

One unfailing principal of science is that of naturally increasing entropy which relates to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.  All things naturally head towards maximum entropy (disorder).  Entropy is inescapable on this earth, and we all know it takes constant energy to fight against this natural degradation of all things.  Left alone, things don’t naturally become more ordered over time, we all know this whether or not we are familiar with the term entropy.  Entropy is why you cannot create a perpetual motion machine, why your houses naturally get messy over time, why your car engine eventually breaks down, why your body eventually can no longer sustain itself and you die and why the earth must eventually come to an end.

Author: Dr. Robert Pappas @ Essential Oil University

Myth: There is no such thing as a “Therapeutic Grade” essential oil


Myth: There is no such thing as a “Therapeutic Grade” essential oil

Fact:  Ok, so I have spent a lot of time on here debunking the myths put forth by glassy eyed cult followers and over zealous mlm reps and the main stream aromatherapy community loves it when I do this.  But turnabout is fair play.  Now its time to clear up a myth on the other side of aromatherapy.   I see almost daily where people say things like “therapeutic grade” doesn’t exist or there is no such thing as a therapeutic grade standard.  But to say there is no such thing as a TG standard is like saying there is no such thing as essential oils.

The truth is that there are MANY therapeutic grade standards.  The problem is, which one do you trust?   Its important for people to realize that all of these standards are INTERNAL standards developed by the company themselves and may or may not include quality control by a third party lab.  Furthermore, if a third party lab is used, does this lab really know what they are doing?  It’s also important to know what the company defines as being “therapeutic grade”  does it simply mean that the oil is pure or does it mean something beyond purity and carry with it a quality standard as well?  Let’s face it, an oil can be pure as the driven snow but still be low quality, I see this on a daily basis in the samples I analyze for my clients in order for them to make good buying decisions.  Judgements about essential oil quality take more than just good chemists and good equipment, they require many years of experience in odor evaluation and knowing what specific minor components are desirable in an oil and not just focusing on the major components.

So if you are among those in the denial crowd please rethink your position about TG.  You may not like the promotion of TG but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  I think a better response instead of just saying “there’s no such thing” would be to say that “while many companies promote their own therapeutic grade standard, one should be aware that there is no independent body that certifies essential oils as therapeutic grade.”  That is a fair statement that makes you look like a rational, logical and thoughtful human being instead of knee-jerk mlm hater.   If you want a make a difference to people who are being fed a bunch a garbage by a narcissistic eo messiah then you must remain as objective, scientific and as non-emotional as possible.  If you come off antagonistic it will be a barrier to productive dialog.  I hope my friends in the traditional aromatherapy communities don’t take offense at this and look at it as just some friendly advice.  I am not taking any sides here, the only side I am on is the side of truth.

Author: Dr. Pappas @ Essential Oil University

New doTERRA Products – Convention 2014

At the 2014 doTERRA Convention, ten new products were announced! You can read more about each of the products below by clicking on the product image.

Veráge™ Skin Care Collection

verage skin care collectionVeráge is an exclusive system of natural skin care products that nourish and hydrate skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. The advanced plant technology used in Veráge promotes an optimal lipid balance—the same balance found in healthy, youthful-looking skin. Each product is composed of true gifts from the Earth: nourishing plant extracts, pure and potent CPTG® essential oils, and select natural ingredients. The dōTERRA Veráge Skin Care Collection delivers results you can see and feel, naturally.

Harnessing powerful plant extracts, emollients, and CPTG essential oils, Veráge provides your skin with everything it needs. Using the same stringent standards found in our CPTG essential oils, the ingredients used in Veráge are of the highest quality and purity. Each product in the Veráge system contains plant extracts that have been extensively researched and shown to promote youthful-looking skin. Veráge has been scientifically formulated to provide a natural and efficacious system that brings skin back to life. Using Veráge daily will promote a smooth, resilient, glowing complexion.


HD Clear™ Facial Kit

HD Clear Facial KitAlthough 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.


Correct-X Essential Ointment

correctx-smFrankincense, Helichrysm, Melaleuca, Cedarwood, and Lavender—all CPTG® essential oils known to help assist in soothing skin irritations—form the base of dōTERRA Correct-X. This multi-purpose, all natural ointment helps soothe skin and enhance the natural process of skin returning to a healthy state after being distressed. Correct-X provides a moisture barrier that helps protect against additional damage while simultaneously soothing and hydrating the skin. This petroleum-free, preservative-free ointment absorbs quickly and is gentle and non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

Apply onto affected areas as needed.


On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste Sample Packets

ToothPaste_Samples_smdōTERRA’s fluoride-free Natural Whitening Toothpaste combines the protective benefits of dōTERRA’s proprietary On Guard® blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils with other natural ingredients that help strengthen teeth, reduce plaque and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents. The On Guard blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils provides an extra cleaning boost. Additional essential oils of Peppermint and Wintergreen, and the natural sweetener xylitol, give On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste a refreshingly unique cinnamon-mint flavor that leaves your breath—and toothbrush!—fresh and clean throughout the day.



doterra-essential-oil-Arborvitae_smKnown as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.



A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor. dōTERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CPTG® testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.


Breathe Respiratory Blend – Now with Cardamom!

doterra-essential-oil-blend-Breathe (Small)Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. A staple in the dōTERRA essential oil line, Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all members of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.

Primary Benefits

- Maintains clear airways and breathing
- Supports overall respiratory health
- Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats


Breathe Respiratory Drops

Breathe_Respiratory_Drops_smBreathe is a long-trusted essential oil blend and has helped many with oils such as Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and now Cardamom. Respiratory issues are not fun and we all turn to anything that will help, but very little ever does. Breathe essential oil is a tried and true support to this age-old foe.

Breathe all-natural drops are a blend of selected oils from Breathe CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oil blend mixed into a respiratory drop to make it more convenient to enjoy the benefits of these oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils all help to clean and soothe airways and now they can be delivered straight to your mouth and throat in these great-tasting lozenges.



TerraGreensdōTERRA TerraGreens™ is a proprietary blend of whole food fruits and vegetables combined with superfruits and dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Essential Oils. This powdered mix packs a daily boost of fruits and vegetables into a mix that can be stirred into 8 oz. of liquid for easy and convenient nutritional supplementation.

Primary Benefits

• Provides the body with essential nutrients
• Supports immune health
• Supports digestive health
• Supports weight management
• All natural ingredients
• GMO and gluten free
• Vegan-friendly


dōTERRA Petal Diffuser

Petal-DiffuserThe dōTERRA Petal Diffuser is a small, user-friendly diffuser that delivers health-promoting benefits to your family and home. It has a relaxing mist and soft white ambient light, making it ideal for nighttime diffusion, and can cover up to 100 square feet. The Petal Diffuser has three timed settings—1, 2, and 4 hours—allowing you to customize the release of essential oils into the air. This convenient diffuser is stable, light, and easy to use—perfect for home or office use.

The Petal Diffuser permeates an ultra-fine, yet substantial mist output into the air, releasing the aromatic and therapeutic benefits of dōTERRA CPTG® essential oils quickly and safely. This high quality, affordable diffuser is perfect for both novice and experienced essential oil users who want a reliable, easy-to-use essential oil diffuser.

Is Water A Basic Human Right?

Or should someone be profiting from it? Nestle’s CEO Peter Brabeck believes that access to water should NOT be a public right. Hear more on this and his other ideas in this video…

He also shares his beliefs that “Organic is NOT best”. It is a bit worrisome to me that this man is at the head of one of the world’s largest corporations.

What are your thoughts? Do you think water is a basic human right? Speak Your Mind Below.

9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

I’m posting this because I am one of those people who thinks they need a maid. This article was obviously NOT written by someone with children because there is no way that if you didn’t do your dishes each day that at the end of the week there would only be 15 dishes! I wish!! Haha! In our home if we leave all of the dishes for a full week there are at least three dishwasher loads full of dishes. You’ll see what I mean – Read on.

Dark Hard Wood Flooring In Living Room

Okay, so here are their suggestions.

1. They put away their clothes every night.

When you’re changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don’t fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your laundry hamper or return them to your closet. You’ll be thankful that you won’t have to spend extra time rounding up stray socks all over your room when it’s laundry day. Same could be said when you’re trying on an outfit or when you’ve just finished doing your laundry.

My thoughts: I need to clean out my closet and my dresser of old clothes so that I have enough hangers and room to put the clothes I wear. My personality is the guilty kind…I have a hard time getting rid of stuff (especially clothes) because I *may* need them in the future. Seriously though…I still have shirts from high school (I graduated 17 years ago). I think it’s time for a run to Deseret Industries (my favorite place to take our second hand items). 

2. They don’t own extras.

What are you going to do with a dozen sets of sheets or five cheese graters? If you don’t need it: Edit, edit, edit. You’ll be saving much more space.

My thoughts:Yes, 5 extra cheese graters are probably not necessary but having 5 spatulas is when you have a home of 5 people. So are 10 plates in three sizes each, 6 glasses in two sizes each, 10 bowls in 2 sizes each, plus a myriad of storage containers, cutting boards, pots, pans, baking dishes, etc… I do want to live in my home and actually feed my family.

3. They keep a paper trail to a minimum.

It’s easy to leave stacks of junk mail, delivery menus, and old newspapers on every surface of your house. Create a good filing system to save the important documents and toss the rest.

My thoughts: Honestly, they lost me at “create a good filing system”. If I knew how to do that it would have been done 14 years ago. I don’t have an organized brain – just ask my poor husband. Maybe I need to hire a professional organizer as well. Ha!

4. They wipe down every surface after use.

Let’s be real, the less grime build-up, the easier it is to clean. Mildew, grease, and food stains are not a good look for your house.

My thoughts: My problem in the past was that I hated using the washcloths because I would have to get a new one out everyday because they get the nastiest smell on them after sitting out for a day. I did solve this problem with getting Norwex cloths though! LOVE them. Still though, it takes doing step 7 in order to make this one even possible.

5. They don’t have beds piled up with too much stuff.

Sure, it’s nice to have some decorative pillows and throw blankets to maintain a perfectly styled bed, but let’s keep it to a minimum. The fewer steps it takes to make your bed every morning, the more likely you’ll actually do it.

My thoughts: Why oh why didn’t I get this naturally in my genes? When I was a kid I wouldn’t sleep under my covers just so I didn’t have to make my bed (crazy thing, my 12 year old daughter is now like this). I guess I just feel like I have a full day and I get sucked into it first thing. I do want to add this to my list of things to do though because I love getting into a freshly made bed at night (which is usually when I make it – right before I get back into it). Ha! 

6. They put their shoes and coats away.

It’s common for an entryway to have a shoe pile-up or for coats to be haphazardly placed on the entry bench, but it sure doesn’t look tidy. Put your shoes in your closet or place a shoe rack near the door. Make sure to hang your coat as soon as you take it off.

My thoughts: No problem here! We’re still in flip-flops so we don’t have to worry about a plethora of warm weather clothing.

7. They never let dishes pile up.

This one’s pretty much a no-brainer, but taking a few minutes to do three or five dishes is way better than doing 15 at the end of the week.

My thoughts: I already shared my thoughts on this at the top…15 dishes! Please!! :)

8. They put things back where they came from.

If you do this, you won’t have a precarious stack of DVDs, magazines, books, and toys on your coffee table. This habit makes the panic-filled, 5-minute clean-up before guests arrive a little better.

My thoughts: This one is a great idea. It’s a little harder to implement with a three year old who likes to take things back out once they get put away. :)

9. They dust and vacuum on the regular.

A few minutes of dusting or vacuuming at least 2-3 times a week will save you from doing a deep clean on the weekend when you could be relaxing.

My thoughts: Again…lost me at 2-3 times a week! Haha!

Final Thoughts…I think I do still need a maid. Here’s why. We recently hired lawn care guys to come and weed our flower beds, mow the lawn, edge, etc… They are in and out in less than 30 minutes. For us to do that it would take a few hours (You should see their mad weeding skills! I don’t have them, nor do I want to “practice makes perfect” that aspect of my life either). Just like yard care, house care takes me a ridiculous amount of time. It isn’t something I love, it isn’t something I desire to do, and I know there are people who do have an amazing gift for cleaning. Why not support local businesses in doing something they want to do (it helps take care of their families) since it isn’t something I want to do but is something I want done. Here’s the only reason why I haven’t at this point…I worry about the impact on my kids, I worry about having a stranger in my home, I always feel like I have to clean before someone comes over to clean (I know it’s weird).

Would LOVE to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below.


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Magnesium Deficiency and What Kind Is Best To Take?


magnesium deficiency

I have been fighting extreme exhaustion for at least 7 months and before that just an overall tired feeling for several years. Some days have been so bad that I would get up in the morning, shower and get ready for my day and have to lay down. I needed a nap almost everyday, which was fine when my toddler was taking naps and then he stopped about a month ago and I felt a little panicked. One chiropractor told me that my adrenals were shot, one told me that my neck placement could be affecting everything in my body, a reflexology lady also told me that my adrenals and thyroid were drained and that I needed magnesium and iodine, and a chiro that is also a nutritionist agreed with all the above and ordered blood work.

My husband being the genius that he is when it comes to nutrition and research started looking into thyroid, and adrenals, and the pituitary gland (which controls both of the previous two). It led him to look extensively at magnesium and what it means to be magnesium deficient. Here is a list of some of the symptoms he found:

(the brief list)

  • tiredIrritability and anxiety
  • Lethargy
  • Impaired memory and cognitive function
  • Anorexia or loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Vertigo
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat

It is estimated that between 68 to 80 percent of the United States population is magnesium deficient. So it isn’t too far of a stretch to think that this is the reason why I’ve been feeling the above symptoms for the past several months.


There are several foods that contain this essential mineral naturally. The downside is that the soil used to grow these foods is so depleted of this mineral that we are not getting nearly enough magnesium from our diets. If you want to include the following foods it certainly wouldn’t hurt though!

  1. kaleKale
  2. Spinach
  3. Swiss Chard
  4. Pumpkin Seeds
  5. Sesame Seeds
  6. Cashews
  7. Quinoa
  8. Avocados
  9. Bananas
  10. Brown Rice


  • Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability and is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency.
  • Magnesium malate is a fantastic choice for people suffering from fatigue, since malic acid — a natural fruit acid present in most cells in the body — is a vital component of enzymes that play a key role in ATP synthesis and energy production. Since the ionic bonds of magnesium and malic acid are easily broken, magnesium malate is also highly soluble.
  • Magnesium citrate is the most popular magnesium supplement, probably because it is inexpensive and easily absorbed. Since citric acid is a mild laxative, magnesium citrate functions as a constipation aid as well as a magnesium source. It is a great choice for individuals with rectal or colon problems but is unsuitable for those with loose bowel movements.
  • Magnesium taurate is the best choice of magnesium supplement for people with cardiovascular issues, since it is known to prevent arrhythmias and guard the heart from damage caused by heart attacks. Magnesium taurate is easily absorbed (magnesium and taurine stabilize cell membranes together), and it contains no laxative properties.
  • Magnesium chloride contains only 12 percent magnesium, but has better absorption than others, such as magnesium oxide, which contains five times more magnesium
  • Magnesium carbonate is another popular, bioavailable form of magnesium that actually turns into magnesium chloride when it mixes with the hydrochloric acid in our stomachs. It is a good choice for people suffering from indigestion and acid reflux, since it contains antacid properties.

According to Dr. Mercola “it’s important to maintain the proper balance between magnesium, calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D”. You can read more about balancing these supplements here.

I hope that you have found this post to be helpful! If there are any other topics you’d like to learn more about please leave a comment below!


Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera

I love Aloe Vera! My Mom had a plant all growing up and it was the first thing we applied when anyone got a sunburn. In fact, this past weekend we were at my Moms and my daughter got sunburned pretty bad on her face. After applying my Burn Cream we applied Aloe on it.

Aloe is super easy to grow. Once it has mature leaves you can just cut one off, slice it lengthwise and apply directly on the skin. It’s so soothing! You can also find Aloe Vera gel in most health food stores. Be sure to check the ingredients though as some contain alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, etc…


Here are some other great uses for Aloe Vera!

Shaving gel

Aloe vera is a perfect natural substitute for those awful, chemical-laden shaving gels and creams found in drug stores. Firstly, the plant consists of approximately 95 percent water, so it provides a nice, slippery surface that allows for a pleasant, close shave. Secondly, it is packed with anti-inflammatory enzymes, making it good for treating shaving nicks and rashes. Lastly, it moisturizes and nourishes the skin, leaving it feeling soft and rejuvenated. You can use aloe vera gel alone for this purpose, or mix it with other skin-friendly ingredients, such as almond oil or eucalyptus oil, for an even more luxurious shave.

Treats bad breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a common medical condition that affects an estimated 1 in 4 people on a regular basis. Though commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes can help treat it, their aggressive and unnatural ingredients often leave a lot to be desired. Instead, consider aloe vera. Aside from being a potent antibacterial, aloe contains an anti-inflammatory compound named beta-Sisterol that is known to soothe acid indigestion, which (along with oral bacteria) is a common cause of bad breath.

Though aloe vera does work alone as a mouthwash and toothpaste, mixing it with baking soda seems to have a particularly powerful effect. Aloe vera oil can also be used for oil pulling, the ancient Ayurvedic practice of cleansing the mouth by swishing oil around it for between 15 and 20 minutes.

Makeup remover

Unlike commercial makeup removers, which often contain harsh chemicals that dehydrate the skin, aloe vera gel is a natural and gentle way to remove makeup (including makeup around the eye, where the skin is most delicate). Simply squeeze a dollop of the gel onto a cotton ball and gently rub the makeup from your face. Incidentally, refrigerated cotton balls soaked in aloe vera make an excellent compress for tired and puffy eyes.


Is There Only One Essential Oil Company That Sells Pure Oils?

is there only one essential oil company that sells pure oils

Since we have an online presence and promote the use of essential oils, we’ve been asked this question more time than I can count.  The simple answer is – I’m sure there isn’t. The complicated answer is – Good luck trying to find them. What I mean is that the process of getting pure oils starts with the soil the seeds are planted in and gets more and more complex from there. To find a company that is aware and cares about every aspect of the growing, testing, and bottling process is going to be like finding a needle in a haystack. Believe me, when I got started using essential oils I looked at several companies. I wanted to make sure that I had chosen the best company for my family. What I found was a little overwhelming (do you know how many companies sell oils?) and at some points amusing (companies certifying their oils were pure via prayer or by smell alone).

Dr. Pappas from Essential Oil University recently wrote a post about this very topic and I thought it was a great opportunity to echo my thoughts. He wrote:

There are many companies in the world producing pure essential oils. But finding those companies may not be the easiest of tasks, and even if you find them, they may not be selling their product in small retail bottles. As a general rule, the farther down the supply chain you go the less likely you are to be getting pure product. There are a lot of companies out there selling essential oils and most of them have no ability (or in many cases no desire) to do the necessary quality control to verify what they are getting from their supplier before they pass it on to their customers. Additionally, pure does not necessary equate with good quality. A pure oil can be distilled incorrectly or could have been obtain from a particular variety of plant species that was not ideal. Furthermore, with regards to therapeutic grade, we need to be diligent at discerning what the claim really means. There seems to be a misconception that there is some kind of independent body that certifies oils as therapeutic grade, but to this date there is no such body, at least not one that is widely recognized. Does this mean there is no such thing as therapeutic grade? No, but just realize that any therapeutic grade standard out there right now is an internally derived company standard. Now this standard may be an overall great standard and perfectly acceptable to me or any other analyst or aromatherapist out there but it just needs to be noted that its not an independent standard. Some of the company standards that I have been privileged to access have in fact even been quite exceptional in some cases, surpassing the conventional standards of ISO, etc. In the end, for most people who don’t have access to their own GC/MS, it all boils down to who do you trust to give you the pure oil.

Trust is very important to me and was at the foundation of what I was looking for when I started searching for companies. What I found and love about doTERRA (which is the company we selected after doing our research) is that the founders do have a high level of integrity and I do trust them. I’ve been using these oils for almost 4 years and there is no doubt in my mind that these oils are pure and beneficial. People get hung up on doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade standard but there are two thoughts I have on this. One, do you really want the government to be telling you what is good and what isn’t? As I’ve become more aware of the FDA, EPA, and other governmental regulatory committees, there is no way that I would blindly follow their recommendations. For example, the FDA has approved fluoride, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and a myriad of other poisonous substances and said they are safe for human consumption…I’m not inclined to trust their “standards”.  Two, every company has internal standards. doTERRA has just shown us what their standard is so we know what to expect.

If you’re going to choose alternative methods of healing, don’t you want to choose the best? Do your research! If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA here are several resources you can look at.

If you have additional questions feel free to leave your question or comment below or send me an email.

Stop Berries From Molding

stop berries from moldingI have to say that I haven’t tried this yet simply because we don’t usually have berries going bad. I have two boys that can’t let berries stay in the fridge for more than a few days. I do want to share the info for anyone who does have berries go bad in the fridge. Harvest season is also coming for a lot of areas across the countries. Life is busy, it is always nice to buy an extra few days.

I’ve had a lot of people share this quick fix and have reported great success with it. I say it’s worth a try!

After you purchase your berries, before you store them in the fridge, wash them with a vinegar solution. Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (I’ve heard white vinegar is the best) to ten parts water. For example 1/2 cup vinegar in 5 cups water if you have a lot to wash or 1/4 cup vinegar in 2 1/2 cups water.  Next, place the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse, and store in the fridge.

The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit. I’ve heard Raspberries will last a week or more and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

Have you tried this? We’d love to hear from you! What other ways do you keep your berries fresh?