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Essentail oils for face care

Posted by [email protected] on July 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Chamomile (German and Roman) - Great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis. This is a more expensive oil. Geranium - Great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, dermatitis, and other problematic skin conditions. It also brightens and revitalizes dull skin. Geranium is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. Grapefruit ??? This essential oil tones the skin and is extremely cleansing for oily skin. Frankincense-good for mature or aging skin, scars and elasticity. Helichrysum is said to occur at a cellular level, restoring the cell structures that spread and thin with age. This is a more expensive oil. Lavender ??? Very gentle and good for all skin types, including very sensitive skin. Lavender for healing and rejuvenation Perfect for mature skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Effective in soothing itchy skin. Lemon- great for oily hair or clogged pores. Patchouli - Antimicrobial, astringent, fungicidal, and deodorant. Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin. Peppermint ??? Cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. Has astringent properties, making it perfect for acne. Rosemary - Rosemary is stimulating and restorative. Rosemary reverses free radical damage is a big part of the appearance of aging, and reduces cortisol levels. Useful for acne, eczema, and dermatitis. Sandalwood ??? Useful for acne, dry, cracked, and chapped skin. Also great for wrinkles and mature skin. This is a more expensive oil. Sweet orange - One of the only citrus essential oils that is not phototoxic*, sweet orange is helpful for dull or oily skin. Tea tree - May be useful for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin. Using too much may actually create a drying effect. You may need to experiment a little to find the right amount for your skin.

Essential oil detox

Posted by [email protected] on July 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
As well maintaining good health and physical and emotional wellbeing, some essential oils have been known to be powerful detox aids both for the body and the mind. Detox essential oils can be used separately or in combination, diluted and applied directly onto the skin, in the bath, or inhaled. When using oils in your bath, wait until the bathtub is full before sprinkling 8 to 30 drops of your chosen oil or oils, as they tend to evaporate quickly. Avoid immersing yourself completely, as the oils should not come into contact with your eyes. It's preferable not to use soap in an essential oil bath as some soap might interfere with, and neutralize the essential oil action. Rose, black pepper, cypress, juniper berry, fennel, coriander, parsley, sage, frankincense, carrot seed, grapefruit, sweet orange, lemon and nutmeg are all known for their detoxifying properties. Always mix essential oils in neutral base oil such as almond or vegetable oil before applying to the skin. Natural salt baths are a great way to relax and as a bonus, each of the baths below helps detoxify us too. Epsom salt baths are well known to relax the muscles while neutralizing acids in the body at the same time. Baking soda baths are known to remove radiation as well as alkalize the body. Quality sea salts are especially beneficial as they clear negative energy from our bodies - which is particularly helpful after a stressful day or encounter. With any of these, just add one or two cups to any bath - and jump in and relax. Essential oils can also be added to any bath, and some popular ones include lavender, rose, rosemary, or tea tree oils. Lavender is known for relaxation, rose for reducing nervous tension, and rosemary for mental invigoration. Tea tree is great for skin problems, including acne, fungal and bacterial problems. Use about fifteen drops of essential oil in each bath. A blend of essential oils believed to have powerful detoxifying effects on both the skin and the internal organs is a mixture of lemon, juniper berry and fennel oils. Another potent detox blend is fir, fennel, patchouli, and helichrysum, mixed with neutral base oil. It has an immediate detoxifying action. Middle and lower back pains are often related to liver toxicity, and headaches sometimes result from excess toxins too. This blend is extremely cleansing for the body and should be applied directly onto areas of toxicity. If you're not sure of the source of the problem, apply to areas of weakness or use it to massage the soles of your feet. A Liver and lymphatic system detox blend is geranium, rosemary, Roman chamomile, fennel, carrot. This combination cleanses the liver and the lymphatic system of high levels of toxins. It assists in the process of breaking up any anger and hate that is stored in the liver. Apply over liver, solar plexus or use for whole body massage. For mind detox and stress relief, use a mixture of lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang and roman chamomile. This blend helps release emotional trauma from the body. It assists in the freeing of cellular memory of various past traumas and experiences. It's also very effective for detox of the liver. It's a great blend to use in case of emotional distress. Generally the solar plexus, liver and forehead are good areas to work on. You can also use it to massage your feet. Please avoid using the blends above or any other essential oil before seeking medical advice if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant.


Posted by [email protected] on July 11, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)
FUN FACTS ON RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY AND ESSENTIAL OILS: From It is said that: In the ancient church, people were anointed, for healing purposes because healers were also priests or holy men and women. In some cultures, people go to a Shaman or Medicine Man or Woman for healing on all levels not just for the physical body. Essential oils are mentioned over 600 times throughout the bible. Jesus taught his disciples how to use essential oils and to do energy work. Incense is mentioned 68 times in the Bible ??? where 54 of these instances the oils of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Galbanum referenced. Incense actually means ???lebanoh??? which in those times was frankincense. Frankincense is a symbol of holiness and righteousness. The gift of frankincense to the Christ child was symbolic of his willingness to become a sacrifice. The Hebrew word for anointing means to rub or massage a person with oil. This meant using healing oils of the Bible to bless that person on a physical and spiritual basis. True anointing is another lost art and science. Jesus??? feet were anointed with oil several times in the Bible with Spikenard (lavender). HOW DOES TRUE HEALING OCCUR? It wasn???t until the 20th century that physical and spiritual healing got completely separated. Allopathic medicine does not truly heal ??? however, it does get us out of crisis; and therefore while it is a necessary part of modern day society, it is not a cure all. And it certainly does not address the emotional and spiritual issues of dis-ease. In Mark 6:12-13, Jesus gives instruction to his disciples to ???anoint the sick with oils and heal them???. He also says that for healing one must repent which means that we must take mental accountability for our emotional and physical health and be open to healing by changing our belief systems or anything else that stands in our way. For complete healing to occur it must come from within self; and be in harmony with God (III Chronicles 7:14). So many of us believe that our doctors can heal or cure anything, but honestly the only one that can heal you is yourself. I am continually reminded that just 60 years ago modern medicine as we know it today didn???t exist. But again, there is a place for it. And I encourage everyone to seek medical attention for themselves or animal when it is needed! Here is an example of a blend I sell: SERENITY: made with neroli, frankincense and white fir essential oils. NEROLI helps with shock, trauma, grief and depression. FRANKINCENCSE is for emotional release, fear of change or death and helps link past with future. WHITE FIR: helps us to connect with our higher self and enhance meditation. All three are grounding in nature. I highly recommend for anyone doing therapy for mental health. This is a good choice for anyone in ???emergency response??? jobs. Also, great for those seeking a higher connection with their spiritual self.

Medical Marijuana: THC VS. CBD

Posted by [email protected] on January 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)
You've probably heard people using abbreviations like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). You have probably wondered why there are so many names for marijuana. The Cannabis plant can be bred into marijuana (containing THC) or Hemp bred basically without THC. Hemp is used for its fibrous stalk to create many household items such as paper and clothing. Hemp seeds are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and other dietary needs. Hemp contains CBD and provides therapeutic relief for a range of medical conditions. Research has found there are as many as 66 other cannabinoids that provide therapeutic benefits. What is most interesting, though, is the synergy between these cannabinoids and the hundreds of other chemicals found in cannabis. The interaction of these chemicals is called the "entourage effect." The entourage effect has sparked the use of whole plant extracts in cannabis oils and analgesics intended for pharmaceutical use. A 2015 study by researchers in Israel showed the superior anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of CBD-rich whole plant extracts. The researchers attributed their results to the entourage effect of CBD with other chemicals in the plant. CBD oils are gaining popularity because of their ability to medicate without any psychoactive effects. I personally have been able to use CBD oil instead of a narcotic for pain. Researchers have identified over 400 different chemicals in cannabis. Some of them include amino acids, ketones, limonene, linalool and other terpenes. Recent research suggests that the synergistic effects of the compounds in cannabis(with terpenes in particular) often counter the less-desired effects of cannabis. For example, linalool, a terpene found prominently in lavender, helps reduce anxiety. Why am I sharing the chemical components? Because they are the same components found in many essential oils. Like CBD oils, Cannabis Sativa essential oil is now available in all 50 states. There is no need for a card because they contain almost no THC. Cannabis Sativa essential oil is steam distilled and therefore does not contain enough THC for psychoactive effects. The essential oil can be used for pain relief, reduce side effects of chemotherapy, reduce muscle spasms, lower blood pressure; and relieve symptoms of asthma, constipation, depression, epilepsy and insomnia. Please be your own best advocate and research what is best for you. I have only scratched the surface of information in this article. Don't be afraid to talk with medical professionals as the stigma associated with medical marijuana has been dwindling. Feel free to contact me about making a personal essential oil blend for you. 1. Find referenced study here: 2. Information taken from: 3. Information taken from: Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules by Christelle M. Andre, Jean-Francois Hausman, and Gea Guerriero Simply Lavender LLC makes proprietary aromatherapy blends. Jeanie McDuffee is a Certified Aromatherapist from NY and has been practicing for 15 years. She works from home, just give her a call 607-345-1474. Find her webpage and online store at She offers classes at Northland Pioneer College in Show Low.


Posted by [email protected] on November 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)
SPICED POMANDER BALLS You'll need: 1 cup cinnamon 1 tablespoon cloves 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 cup applesauce 2 tablespoons white glue 8 drops of sweet orange essential oil whole cloves and ribbon to decorate (I added a tablespoon of Orris root for preservative) 1. Combine powdered spices in a small bowl. 2. In a large bowl combine and stir together the glue, essential oil and applesauce. 3. Combine the 2 mixtures together 4. Stir and use hands to make a "cookie dough" consistency, you'll want it to be a little dryer than most cookie doughs for better handling (add more applesauce if too dry, cinnamon if too wet). 5. Pinch off enough dough to form into small balls, use a skewers (or pens) to form a hole through the center 6. add the cloves, to keep the ball's form, be sure to roll over (or you'll get a flat side) 7. Put pomanders in a dehydrator at 215 degrees for about 2 hours. I put them in the oven to dry 200 degrees for an hour. 8. String them with dehydrated orange slices, cranberries, popcorn or pinecones to make a garland for your tree. Or string each one for an air freshener for your car. This will be Christmas presents for my visitors this holiday season.

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs and Horses

Posted by [email protected] on October 26, 2016 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Did you know dogs and horses can benefit from essential oil use? It is considered a natural way to treat common issues. However, only use essential oils with your pets when you need to address a concern and not to ???prevent??? a health issue. Avoid using essential oils with puppies under 10 weeks of age. Please note that Cats should not be directly exposed to essential oils as they are considered poisonous to them. They are unable to process the oils and they will eventually go into liver failure. Essential oils for dogs and horses can be used topically for spot applications on skin and paws. Inhalation therapy can also be used. Just apply oils to your palms and keep your hands around their nose, or you can use spray bottles to mist the air around them. Always dilute essential oils before applying to your pet. See recipes below for dilution guidelines. Using essential oils on your dogs is similar to using them on children. Highly dilute oils to be safe. Here is a list of essential oils and some common uses. Always dilute your essential oils with any vegetable oil before applying on your pet. I suggest coconut or olive oil. Lavender: Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, and nerve-calming. Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid. Chamomile: Antispasmodic, analgesic, and nerve-calming. Good for soothing the central nervous system. Effective for relief of muscle pains. Calming for dogs with car ride anxiety. Eucalyptus: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and an expectorant. Good for relief of chest congestion. Also, effective in repelling fleas. Peppermint: Antispasmodic, stimulates circulation, and insect-repelling. Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains. Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness. Geranium: Gentle and safe. Antifungal. Good for skin irritations or ear infections. Helps to stop bleeding. Effective in repelling ticks. Ginger: Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts when properly diluted. Good for motion sickness, aids digestion. Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains. Tea Tree: Anti-microbial so it???s great for wounds. Kennel Cough: Mix 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of eucalyptus with one ounce of a carrier oil. Coconut or olive oil are commonly used as a carrier oil. Add chamomile for a soothing effect. If using a diffuser omit the carrier oil. Recipe For Flea And Tick Control: (PETA approved) Please note that essential oils may stain fabrics. 8oz Spray bottle 7oz distilled water 1oz distilled alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka) Mix with peppermint, tea tree and lavender: 5 drops each essential oil for dogs up to 30lbs 7 drops each for dogs 30- 75 lbs 10 drops each for dogs over 75 pounds 15 drops each for horses Shake before every use as the oils will not blend with the water. You may spray directly onto dogs and horses, apply to their bedding or mist into the air. This is a very universal spray. May be used as a wound cleaner. You could even use this recipe on horses as a cooling spray and to deter flies. This spray will also work on mattresses for bedbugs. There are many other ways to treat your pets, please do your own due diligence and research specifically what you would like to treat. I was able to find a great resource.

DIY household cleaner recipes

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that most of our "allergies" come from over exposure to fragrances and chemicals found in our cleaners, air freshenders and laundry supplies?

Window and Stainless Steel Cleaner: 16oz

4 oz. distilled white vinegar
12 oz. distilled water

A Gentle cleaner: safe for eye glasses, and computer or TV screens when used with microfiber cloth. Check manufacture guidelines.

Granite, Marble and Tile Cleaner: 16oz

12 oz. water
4 oz. grain alcohol
*This mixture works for mold and mildew and disinfects too!
{Tile floor: ¼ c vinegar, TBSP liq Castile, 10 lavender to bucket of hot water}

Hard Surface Cleaner: 16oz

8 oz. distilled white vinegar
8 oz. distilled water
10 Tea Tree Essential oil
*Use this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.

Furniture Oil: 8oz

4 oz. distilled water
1 oz distilled white vinegar
4 oz unrefined cold pressed olive oil
5 drops vitamin e
15 drops lemon, 10 lavender, 5 drops peppermint essential oils

*Shake well and spray onto your rag or directly onto furniture. Buff dry immediately with clean cloth.

Dishwasher Soap: 8oz
3 oz. borax
3 oz. washing soda
1 oz. citric acid
1 oz. kosher salt
15 lemon, 5 lavender Essential oils
*Use 1 TBSP per load, not suitable with hard water.

Dry Dish Soap: 8 oz

4 oz borax
4 oz washing soda
12 drops lemon, 12 drops lavender

Laundry Soap:

8oz use warm water
4oz Castile soap grated (1/2 bar)
2 oz washing soda
2 oz borax
10 drops of bergamot and lavender Essential Oils

Use 3 TBSP per load, be sure to use warm or hot water for better results. if you have hard water you may need to add vinegar to the rinse cycle.*Add 1 Tablespoon of oxy clean to warm water loads to remove stains and brighten whites.

Reusable Disinfecting Wipes:

I've seen lots of recipes for reusable wipes using old wipe containers, however, I find the best way to keep them is in wide-mouth canning jars...I use quart jars, but I have seen 1/2 gallon jars readily available these days. You can make your own wipes by cutting up old cotton t-shirts, or microfiber cloths. I have 2 jars, one for my Hard Surface Cleaner and one for my Granite Cleaner.***

Homemade Baby Wipes

1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp. baby bath or shampoo (I suggest Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap)

1 Quart wide mouth jar, with plastic lid
12 baby washcloths or old cotton t-shirts cut to 4" squares

Mix the liquid ingredients, place in jar with cloths, wait a day and your good to go!




DIY shampoo

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

DIY Shampoo

1/2 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup Castile soap

15-20 drops essential oil  (see below for hair types)

2 tsp jojoba oi

1tsp vitamin E oil

Combine all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle and shake well to mix all the ingredients.

Essential oils for dry hair: rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender and geranium.

Essential oils for greasy hair: Basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, tea tree, chamomile, lemon, lemongrass, cypress, sage and rosemary.

Essential oils for normal hair: geranium, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary.



"Cold Killer" Herbal Tea

Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)


4 slices of fresh ginger root

1/2 lemon squeezed and throw the rest of that half right in

Local honey to taste (always use local it helps with allergies)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup hot water


Feel free to doctor it to your liking. However the 4 ingredients are what really helps a cold, cough or flu!


Romantic Aromatherapy!

Posted by [email protected] on February 29, 2016 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Romantic Aromatherapy! By Jeanie McDuffee, Certified Aromatherapist

Essential oils have been used for centuries to enhance health, fertility and love. Create your own sensuous, aromatic experience at home or even when staying at a hotel. Light some candles, get out your essential oils and discover how aromatherapy can really spice up your love life!

“Our sense of smell is over 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste, and researchers continue to investigate how certain aromas excite the brain, causing activation of the hypothalamus gland, the pituitary gland and the body’s hormones. Aromas also stimulate the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls sensations of pleasure, emotions and memory. Research has revealed that essential oils influence the brain by causing its complex chemistry to subtly change. During controlled experiments it has been observed many times that essential oils will produce specific and repeatable emotional responses in an individual.” Quoted from

Rose, jasmine and sandalwood are the oils most chosen for use as an aphrodisiac, however they can be quite costly. If you want to try them you may want to find an “absolute” which has been diluted with another oil to keep cost down. Ylang ylang, neroli, rosewood and patchouli are more reasonably priced and just as effective. Ylang ylang is known for its ability to help with frigidity and impotence as well.

There are many ways to put these oils in effect. You can simply apply to your pulse points or place in a diffuser. You can get creative and place some in your bath and have a bath for 2. If you have a hot tub you can put essential oils in there. Give each other a massage by adding oils to an unscented lotion. You could also make a hydrosol to spray the air or your linens.

Find Simply Lavender’s Facebook page, like us and post “you’re feelin’ frisky” and you could win a 10 ml roller bottle of our “Feelin’ Frisky” our 50 shades of fun blend. This blend contains ylang ylang, geranium and rosewood in a carrier oil so you can use it right out of the bottle. Simply Lavender LLC blends can be purchased online at, Visionary Wellness Co-op in Taylor or at The Crystal Dragon in Show Low.

Simply Lavender LLC makes Personalized Aromatherapy Blends. Jeanie McDuffee is a Certified Aromatherapist from NY and has been practicing for 15 years. She works from home, just give her a call 607-345-1474.Find her webpage and online store at She offers classes at the Visionary Wellness Co-operative in Taylor and NPC college in Show Low and Snowflake.