I want to tell you a little bit about three of our Essential Oil Blends that people often misunderstand.
First, Bug Out.
Bug Out was formulated when I began to see a naturopathic doctor a few years ago. As she read my test results, she called out several pesticides that were in my system and asked if I used a bug spraying company at my house. Yes, I did, and the test results were showing it! I had been absorbing the chemicals and they were wreaking havoc on my system. I wondered, "If it's affecting me this much, and I don't roll around on the floor...how much is it affecting my children to spray our baseboards and doorways?" I began to do a little bit of research regarding bugs and found that there were some essential oils that are particularly good at repelling bugs. The Bug Out blend trial began. Since then, I've been using Bug Out regularly as a baseboard spray in my home, and weekly in my mop bucket with vinegar and a squirt of natural dish soap.
When I use Bug Out in my mop bucket, I see very few bugs. I might see a spider on occasion or a camel cricket. I spray the baseboards a couple of times in the spring time, as the bugs re-appear, and then a few months later in mid-summer. Again, in the fall, I'll spray a couple of times as the bugs try to find their winter home. During the winter, I rarely, if ever, spray the baseboards. Unfortunately, I haven't found an oil that repels flies well enough to keep them away (though diffusing will keep them away short-term). If I find one, I'll let you know! In the mean time, Bug Out is a great way to relieve yourself of unwanted pests along with unwanted chemicals and bug spraying company bills. We're saving roughly $400 a year by being healthier and the oils are working great!
Next, Purity (formerly Cleanse).
The original Cleanse blend was formulated as a sort of copy-cat version of Purification, by Young Living. I had discovered that Purification worked great on my family for repelling insects in the wild, and it was great for pulling out wasp/bee stings, and for killing bacteria. Over time, the blend changed as my preferences did, and we ended up with the oil we carry now. It's clean, refreshing, and it kills bacteria and mold. I've used it to pull snake venom out of my dog's face (and she's still alive, 5 years later!). It works great for repelling mosquito, chiggers, and ticks around our house. (Peppermint also repels chiggers, if dropped onto a cotton ball and rubbed across the chigger-prone areas of the body, but use caution because it might burn.) Purity destroys stinky smells, too. Once, someone smoked in my car a LOT while they were borrowing it. I couldn't get the smell out for anything. Eventually, I put 6 drops of Purity on a wash cloth and hung it from the rear-view mirror for a couple of days. When I got into the car, I couldn't believe it -- the smell was completely gone, and was replaced with the wonderful scent of Purity oil!
This blend was formulated with burns, cuts, and scars in mind. I first created it because we seem to always have a toddler in the house who falls a lot while learning to walk, climb, etc. I needed something that reduces inflammation, cleanses the skin, and soothes upset babies. This was the answer!
Because it has so much beta caryophyllene, Copaiba is said to be the most powerful anti-inflammatory oil available today; and, it is safe for even the smallest person to use. Tea Tree oil is exceptionally good for the skin, and it's anti-bacterial. Lavender is anti-bacterial, soothing to skin, and calming. The three together make a powerful, effective, and safe oil for everyone in my family.
So does it work?
I've been using Extinguish for a long time on scars, bruises, inflamed cuts, and burns. Once, I put my hand into the oven while it was wet and accidentally touched the rack (I know...duh). It peeled my skin back immediately, leaving a nasty open wound. For three days, I put Extinguish on the spot, and it healed quickly, neatly, and painlessly! Extinguish works quickly and amazingly effectively when our little guy falls and bumps his head. If we put the oil on, generally, there is no bruise. If we don't put it on, he has an inflamed bruise for days. A friend used Extinguish on her son when he had a skateboarding accident, and a nasty scar had begun to form on his face. It healed very nicely and helped remove the scar tissue quickly. I highly recommend giving this oil a try!
I hope this information helps you better understand how to use these oils. Give 'em a try! And let me know if you have any further questions.
This is the video of the class we did on 12/28/14. Hopefully, you can understand all of the dialogue between people. It is important that you scroll down to the bottom of the videos (about 45 minutes between all three of them) and print off the handout, because the entire class is based on the oils listed therein. I hope you are blessed by this information!
Here's the PDF of Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Labor, and Children that you'll need to follow along with the videos:
When we first began using oils, I wasn’t sure which ones I should have on hand at all times. And, because I really didn’t understand which oils were good for what purposes, I had a difficult time figuring it out on my own. But what good is a bunch of oils sitting in my bathroom if I can’t use them? And, it’s a bit of an investment to get this many bottles of oils at once!
Legally, I can’t tell you how you should use the oils – nor do I want to do that. You should do your own research to find out exactly what works for you and how to use them. Everyone’s chemistry is different, so the oils will react slightly differently to your family than they do to mine. I will, however, tell you how my family uses the oils.
The First Aid Kit:
Lavender: Lavender is probably our most used oil. We use it every day, whether it’s me mixing it in coconut/olive oil to put on my face or a child getting it dropped on his boo-boo. It is calming and anti-bacterial, which is an excellent mix when dealing with children! We especially like lavender for burns, bruises, and cuts.
Frankincense: Frankincense is one of our more expensive oils, but well worth its money. It has been used at our house on warts, infections, and in both of our calming blends. It can be added to water to flavor and enhance the health qualities of the water (just a drop at a time!). When my kids get sick, I blend 1 drop frankincense, 1 drop oregano, and one drop protect in honey and each of them takes a teaspoonful.
Helichrysum: This is one of my “won’t do without” oils because we use it to stop blood flow. Bloody noses – gone in seconds (or a couple of minutes if the nose is broken…). It’s often used for hemorrhage and any other type of excess bleeding. It’s one of the most expensive oil we carry, but if possible, we are never without it.
Peppermint: When my oldest son was three years old, he came down with a nasty case of poison ivy. We put peppermint on it neat (uncut) on the red splotches, and it went away in a couple of minutes. Several hours later, a few splotches came back, and we repeated the application. It was gone until a few years later when he got into poison ivy again! If my husband lands himself in a chigger patch while picking black berries, he does the same thing with those red dots, and the itching subsides and swelling decreases. We use peppermint to reduce fevers by striping it across the forehead, on feet, or down the spine (just keep it out of the eyes and away from baby hands!); but, we are never interested in completely removing a fever, because fevers are your body’s way of removing some unwanted toxin. We also sometimes use this in tea, and to flavor other foods at times (frosting!).
Oregano: When we come down with a nasty bug and we need the strongest, most potent infection fighter, we go to oregano. We especially like to take 1 to 3 drops each of Oregano, Frankincense, and Thyme in a capsule, up to 3x a day.
Cleanse: This blend has a very clean smell about it, and rightfully so! It’s anti-bacterial, which makes it great for cleaning. I use it in my all-purpose cleaner (32 oz spray bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide and 2-4 drops essential oil). In the past, people have used it to remove smoke, mold, and other nasty smells (like urine). We also put it in a spray bottle and douse ourselves before going out into the woods to protect us from bugs. Cleanse is in the first aid kit because I've personally used it to pull out rattle snake venom on my dog's face. It is said to also work on brown recluse and black widow venom.
Digestion: This blend was produced when a friend asked me to make a copy-cat of Young Living's DiGize. We had several people test it for us on everything from throwing up to gas to indigestion and dizziness. It's effective and refreshing. We find it to be really uplifting and energizing.
Protect: These oils are known to kill germs and bacteria. Scientists have been studying a blend like this for some time now for its anti-bacterial properties, and they’re getting great results! We take protect when we’re sick (in water or a teaspoon of honey), and every night when we brush our teeth, I put 2 drops on a cotton swab and run it along my gum line. My husband often brushes with Protect, alone. We have a Protect Balm that is great to take in the purse and smear on everyone’s hands before going out in public. It’s moisturizing and protecting!
Pain Out: This is a copy cat of Young Living's PanAway blend. We don't use it much, but when we need something for serious pain (think broken leg, head injury, etc.), this is our go-to.
Wintergreen: Wintergreen is our anti-pain go-to – we never need Tylenol. If someone has pain, smearing a little wintergreen on gets them going again. We don’t use this one too often, thankfully, but for those late-night pain attacks, when nothing is open and everyone else is sleeping, wintergreen is amazing.
Tea Tree: We often swab Melaleuca in our ears with a cotton swab. It is anti-bacterial, which is beneficial to kill anything that’s fighting our immune systems. Tea Tree is very gentle, and can even be used on infants. It’s great for the skin, too, so if baby gets cradle cap, I can use Tea Tree on that, too! It’s also good for cleaning kitchen counters or wounds.
Congestion: We keep one of these roller bottles on our night stand for those times when a child comes in at 2:30 a.m. coughing or congested saying, “Mom, I can’t breathe!” We roll it on their chests/backs and send them back to bed, breathing perfectly fine. ... or snuggle them up in our bed. :)
Inhale: This is what we use for deep congestion that is beginning to look like it’s going to stick to the lungs and never come out. The blend used here packs a powerful punch against mucus in the lungs, and within minutes of applying Inhale to the chest and back, we usually hear the child coughing up phlegm.
Extinguish: This blend, which I’ve never seen anywhere other than Joyful Mountain, is great for removing scars and dissipating inflammation and bruises. When someone gets a bump that looks like it’s going to turn into a nasty bruise, I put a drop of Extinguish on it and gently rub it in or follow it with an ice pack. Because of the calming properties of the lavender, not only does it heal quickly, but the child is usually up and running around immediately.
Bottom Balm: We love Bottom Balm! My littlest always asks for it when we’re changing his diaper, even if he has no need of it. It is soothing to the skin, and quickly heals any type of rash we’ve ever had, including bacterial rashes. It is safe for my cloth diapers. And, it’s completely safe for us, even to ingest. We use it for everything from rashes to dry skin and lip balm around here. I am absolutely never without at least one large container of Bottom Balm.
Of course, there are a few more oils that I love having around my house, like B'Nai Shalom (which I need on occasion….only occasionally, mind you!). I love diffusing eucalyptus when cold season comes around. I love dropping lemon oil into my kids’ tea when they aren’t feeling well, and using thyme oil for those really nasty bugs. But, you can’t put everything into your first aid kit and call it “first aid!” What other oils might you add to a first aid kit? Let me know! Perhaps I’ll add them to this one…