**You do not have to be local to take advantage of this offer. My first taker on my offer is two time zones away. Class must be scheduled within 8 weeks of receiving oils.
As of right now my only open class this month is on Saturday June 20th at 11am at Seed to Sprout in Ireland, IN. Everyone is welcome to attend. We're going to focus on natural insect repellents and summer fun with oils. There will be several raffles at this event!
It seems like the mere mention of Patchouli oil elicits a strong reaction from people. It's a love/hate type of response that I've found is based a bit on preconceived notions of what this oil smells like and represents. I know that when I opened my doTERRA Patchouli, I was hit with the awareness that, like lavender, it didn't smell like how I thought it would smell. So I want to shed some light on this oil and show you that "Patchouli - it's not just for hippies anymore!!".
Patchouli is in the ranks of much more revered (and costly) oils such as Myrrh and Sandalwood because of its high content of sesquiterpenes - small molecules that have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to protect and support brain function. It has been suggested that a combination of patchouli and vetiver can help increase focus in children with certain focus issues. Patchouli is being studied for use in rehabilitation of acute brain injury events such as strokes and to help Alzheimer patients cope better with their symptoms. By being able to cross the blood-brain barrier and have a direct effect on neural function, it is safe to assume that any neurological issue can benefit from this powerful oil.
Patchouli uplifts mood, drives away disappointment, and relaxes tension in the majority of people. These responses are due to the effects of patchouli on hormones and various chemical reactions in the mind and body. It stimulates release of pleasure hormones such as serotonin and dopamine to help feelings of anger, anxiety, and sadness to melt away. It is a sedative that has a roll in sleep blends, muscle soothing rubs, and even unrelenting coughs.
Patchouli is a good oil for the skin as it works not only as an astringent and tonic but also by having the ability to cleanse wounds and cultivate new skin cell generation. It is said to be good for a variety of skin issues that cause eruption/disruption of the normal surface. Like many oils, it has action against fungal overgrowth. And, like many oils, it is not only an insect repellent against many different insects but also a calming agent adding in suppressing reactions to bites.
And, yes, it makes a nice deodorant as well as a base note for natural perfumes/colognes. Patchouli blends well with most other oils including flowery, citrus, and tree based oils. Keep in mind, with the high viscosity of Patchouli and its powerful scent, the aroma sticks around longer than many other oils and a little goes a long way!!
Oil Tip of the Month:
Not surprisingly, garden pests and camping pests overlap. The list above is an excellent place to start. If you are already an oil user, chances are you have a few of these in your arsenal already. If you are new and without a stocked oil case, grab some Terrashield and head out with in confidence that DEET and other nasty chemical ridden insect repellents aren't needed. Depending on your geographical location and particular brand of nasty critters, you might want to boost it with another oil. Have fun and experiment knowing you are using safe, effective ingredients that can be used for many other needs as they arise.
In the Father's Day gift ideas, melaleuca is listed as a great oil to consider. It's not on the list above for garden pests, but it does play an active roll in our harden as it can be used to clean your greenhouse and gardening tools as well. When that mystery bug bit me last year and caused an itchy, raised, red welt the size of a silver dollar within minutes, it was melaleuca at around 10% dilution that made the pain and itching go away in moments. In fact, melaleuca is a great oil to turn to anytime your skin is irritated, itching, or has been injured.
When it comes to gardening, peppermint is your #1 choice for those squash beetles that destroy your zucchini. It also encourages tics to back out. And don't overlook it for outdoor fun as it cools down the body as well as invigorates the body and mind. As a wonderful analgesic, peppermint can provide natural pain relief as well. When you overdo it and end up with a sunburn, peppermint is wonderfully cooling. Pair it with some lavender for soothing relief. Add some Frankincense if you are badly burned for even faster healing.
So many oils can help with poison ivy. After reading a few of peppermint's actions above are you surprised that it can help with poison ivy itching? And that sunburn spray with lavender? Yes. Put it on your poison ivy exposed skin as well!!
We keep lavender and melaleuca together in an "owie" blend for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, diaper rashes, and random itchy areas. No kids? Give it an adult name that rocks, and I'll send you a bottle of the blend!!!!
Honorable mentions for oils in your first aid kit go to Helichrysum oil for its ability to stop bleeding, Myrrh to be "nature's bandage", and Deep Blue for sore muscles and aching joints. Throw them in a small dram and tuck them in your pocket.
"Manly" gift ideas - Father's Day and everyday!!
It was completely unintended and not planned out that my pre-chosen oil of the month would turn up as a general favorite oil for men. Yes, patchouli joins the ranks of cedarwood, cypress, vetiver, ginger, black pepper, and most citrus oils as favorite scents for men.
In terms of function, though, you can't go wrong with melaleuca as being THE workhorse oil for the man in your life. Melaleuca, which you might know as tea tree oil, is your first-aid oil. It is a natural, effective antiseptic and antifungal oil that can be applied directly (undiluted) onto insect bites or stings, cuts or wounds, and skin blemishes such as acne to help the skin heal. Melaleuca is a great one for oily skin especially when blended with lemon and lavender. It's a wonderful oil to add to your shampoo to ease flaking skin and irritation and can also be used post-shaving for cuts and to minimize redness.
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
3 drops Bergamot essential oil
2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
1/2 pt (300ml) 70% alcohol such as vodka
Glass roll on tube or Glass cologne spray bottle (any amber bottle such as you see above)
Mix all together and store in a glass container.
Homemade Natural Shaving Cream (recipe from Dr. Axe, slightly modified by experience)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup shea butter
2 T liquid oil (olive, jojoba, almond, etc.)
15 drops essential oil (such as cypress or cedarwood)
1. Set up a double boiler method (water in a pot with a bowl over the top that doesn't touch the water). Set heat to low-medium.
~alternative is to use a small saucepan and watch carefully
2. Once melted, remove from heat and cool.
~Put in a small bowl if you don't use a double boiler setup
3. Add liquid oil and place in refrigerator until solid, around 30 minutes.
4. Remove from refrigerator, whip around a minute, add essential oil, then whip an additional 3-4 minutes until fluffy.
Note - Now that you realize how easy it is to make a natural, non-toxic, nourishing shaving cream whip up a batch for yourself. I love lavender in mine.
Seasonal Oil Recipe:
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 cup water
Note: This recipe makes about 2 cups of puree and you only need to put 1-2 tablespoons into each cup. So the 1/2 cup of sugar will be divided into about 20 cups of limeade. If you prefer, you could also substitute the sugar with honey or add more raspberries.
Lime essential oil
1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar or honey, and 2 cups raspberries.
2. Cook until sugar has dissolved. Cool and strain.
3. To serve, add raspberry puree (around 2 tablespoons), ice, juice of one lime, and 1-2 drops Lime essential oil to a glass. Top with sparkling water.
4. Garnish with limes and raspberries. Enjoy!
It's time again for a quarterly promotion from doTERRA directly. These 200PV promotions are open to everyone - new members, existing members, and retail customers. You can get up to four of these a month and for current members they do piggyback onto your free Product of the Month (a one time bonus - Fractionated Coconut oil this month). Before buying retail, please check with myself or the doTERRA Wellness Advocate who introduced you to oils so you can save 25% off of retail by getting your own membership! My 200PV bonus is mine for $200. Why pay $250 for yours?
Even cooler is that 5 out of the 6 Enrollment Kits qualify AND the $35 membership fee is waived with these kits, making the overall deal even more lovely. And since doTERRA is giving their current wholesale members a free bottle of Fractionated Coconut oil (seriously the BEST carrier oil I've tried), I'll give YOU a free bottle when you sign up with me this month and qualify for the Sunsational Flavors promotion.