Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day 56 - 90 Day Challenge - Oils of OnGuard, Featuring Wild Orange

Today I'd like to look at Wild Orange oil, which is the first oil in OnGuard. If you have a sample of Wild Orange and OnGuard, I'd invite you to open up both and see if you can detect the Orange within the OnGuard. Surprisingly it's not the first smell I detect! It seems as though the Cinnamon is the more dominant smell, and it reminds me of when I've had wassail at Christmas parties. 

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I know the orange (often in the form of slices) is there, but the cinnamon and other spices stand out more. Speaking of wassail, a quick way to turn apple cider into wassail is to add just a touch of OnGuard. But you may want to opt for dipping a toothpick in to flavor it with, as the OnGuard will be quite strong for just one cup! 

doTERRA's Wild Orange is scientifically called Citrus sinensis. If you see some places referring to "Sweet Orange", this is the same variety. It has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. Antiseptics are agents that destroy and prevent the development of microbes. In one of the upcoming updates we'll look at Cinnamon, which is twice as powerful as W. Orange in this realm, but due to Cinnamon's ability to warm the skin, it's apparent that a base oil was needed to add the Cinnamon to have it not be too overpowering. Wild Orange is a perfect match.

(Thanks, crazy-frankenstein.com!  Love this pic!)

Emotionally, Wild Orange is an oil inspiring abundance. It can buoy the heart in times where feelings of lack are prevalent. It also supports those with high levels of fear and anxiety. I call it a bi-polar oil, because I have heard it both helping people stay awake as well as fall asleep. I've never dared try it at night, because it has been so effective in helping me wake up in the morning.

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Chemically, Wild Orange is said to be up to 95% monoterpenes. What's a monoterpene? You can find more in depth info on this in the Modern Essentials book (5th Ed.) on p. 12. Put briefly, (and forgive me if I'm butchering this chemistry,) monoterpene describes something with a chemical makeup of C10, meaning there are two isoprene units connecting to the carbon molecules. What does that translate into for us? It means that oils high in monoterpenes are highly solvent, meaning that these oils can help discharge toxins from our bodies, especially the liver and kidneys. That also translates into being powerful solvents around the house, meaning they help dissolve grease and grime from surfaces. They can also dissolve synthetics, so take care when applying directly to man-made materials.

I love using this oil when I'm feeling a bit stuck with my motivation to get doing things I need to do. When visiting one of our team members' homes this past spring, I noticed she replaced her lid with an eye dropper cap (available at www.aromatools.com) so that she could add it to her water and be able to better regulate the oil flow. (It can run out of the bottle very quickly!) If you do add this to water or other liquids, again keep in mind that as an oil high in monoterpenes. It would be best to use it in glass or stainless steel containers, as it could very quickly and easily dissolve plastics and styrofoam cups or bottles.

Others love using it in conjunction with vinegar and water for a floor and surface cleaner. I also love diffusing it in my home, especially when I have company coming over. The Emotions book suggests placing 1-3 drops under the navel, diluting if desired. It has a wide variety of uses, further listed in the Modern Essentials book under "Wild Orange" on p. 102.

A word of warning with this oil: avoid sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours after applying this oil. Severe burns may occur under direct exposure so please take care when using it topically.

What are your favorite uses for this oil? Please feel free to respond to this email if you'd like to share your experiences. Let me know if you'd be comfortable if your ideas are shared.

~Jen


Sources:
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed., p. 12, 102, 119, 290, 291.
Emotions & Essential Oils, 2nd Ed., p. 59, 102.
A Golden Guide, Herbs and Spices, p. 138-139.

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Day 55 - 90 Day Challenge - Oils of OnGuard, a Warm Introduction

As we head into the school year, I find it pretty thoughtful that dōTERRA opted for both InTune and OnGuard as our specials this month. InTune is so helpful to have when studying, and OnGuard is one of the most life changing oils, in terms of wellness! It's pretty brilliant to have this on hand as many of us start a new school year, or encounter those around us experiencing changes in pace this next month. I cannot count how many people have shared with me that adding OnGuard to their daily routine has supported the overall wellness of the home. Too bad I haven't kept statistics running to share how many people have told me that! But it's definitely accurate for my family. As some of you received a free bottle of OnGuard with your Loyalty Rewards order, I'd like to focus on its benefits and characteristics for the next several posts.

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OnGuard is formulated as a protective blend. In describing oils, getting acquainted with the lingo dōTERRA uses to describe these oils is a wise idea, as we need to take care not to make medical or diagnostic claims. From the official websites, offered to each Wellness Advocate with membership: "On Guard is dōTERRA®'s unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function. Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. On Guard, with its unique aroma, is one of our most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to purify the atmosphere by diffusing. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use."

Versatile is right! This oil blend is used in so many of our products. On Guard oil blend. On Guard throat lozenges. OnGuard toothpaste. OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate. OnGuard beadlets. OnGuard+ capsules. OnGuard hand soap. Did I miss anything? Why is it integrated into so many items? These are all immune support products, and geared toward eliminating pathogens from our bodies and environments. Over the next few days we'll examine each oil in this blend in greater detail, as well as some tips and uses on how to get the most our of your OnGuard blend. I also hope to examine what it does for us emotionally and spiritually, so that we can use this oil in a truly holistic manner.

Until then, what are your thoughts and favorite uses for OnGuard?

In love and light,
~Jen:)


*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 54 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 6 (Wrap-up)

This update is part of a set of updates discussing this month's doTERRA special, InTune! It is 10% off this entire month (August 2014). This is our "focus blend", and I love using it when I really need to get my head in gear. Lots of times when trying to manage life, I have so many things on my plate that I'll mix things up entirely. InTune is a really great oil for helping keep me on task. Many users find this to be profoundly supportive for children and adults with ADD and ADHD, as well as other symptoms related with the Autism Spectrum.

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How do I use it, when I use it? I love putting a drop on my forehead. I know some team members put it on their neck, and as one member shared, her body chemistry made it smell like "Love Potion #9"! haha! Another team member makes homemade Terracotta necklaces, and places a drop on the back, where it rests on the wearer's skin. This is a highly aromatic oil blend, so this is a great solution for users who are in spaces where the aromas are not as well appreciated by others.

Digging in to the remaining oils in this blend...

Previously we've looked at Amyris, Patchouli, Frankincense and Lime. The last three oils in this blend are Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Roman Chamomile. All three of these latter oils are also in Serenity blend, which we looked at in great detail last month! So rather than rehashing through all of those, I'm going to link to those posts for easy reference. Here are some detailed insights on those:

Ylang Ylang: http://www.jenheadjen.blogspot.com/2014/07/day-46-90-day-challenge-insights-on.html
Hawaiian Sandalwood: http://www.jenheadjen.blogspot.com/2014/08/day-47-90-day-challenge-insights-on.html
Roman Chamomile: http://www.jenheadjen.blogspot.com/2014/07/day-45-90-day-challenge-insights-on.html

As those posts are regarding their inclusion in Serenity, I will suggest some ideas why they may be included also in InTune. Unfortunately we don't know the ratios and proportions in which these fill InTune, except that they are in decreasing volumes as we get later on the ingredients list. All three of these are very calming oils, and both Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood are described as demonstrating sedative properties. (See Modern Essentials, 5th Ed., p. 118.) Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile can be thought of as somewhat middle notes, having a consistency that lingers a moderate amount of time, aromatically. Sandalwood is a base note, so its aroma may linger quite a long while. It is also noted in the Modern Essentials book to be up to 98% SESQUITERPENES! There's that beautiful name again. See here if you'd like to read a discussion on why those are important.

Interestingly, all three of these oils have been used as flavorings in candies and soft drinks.  If you decide to give them a try that way, be sure to remember how concentrated they are! They can definitely change the taste of a dish!

If you have any thoughts or experiences you'd like to share with these, please leave me a comment below.  I hope you have gained some insight on how this oil might help you or your loved ones!

~Jen:)

Sources: 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
A Golden Guide to Herbs & Spices, p. 113, 81, 153

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day 53 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 5 (Lime)

Today we continue looking at InTune!  Lime is the 4th oil in this awesome "focus blend". This one might be a bit easier to envision what it looks like, as lime is a fruit many of us are quite familiar with! 

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As is common with citrus oils, lime oil comes directly through cold pressing of the peel. In studying up for this post, I found a really fun story!

Ever hear of in pirate talk, the word "Limey"? Here's some fun back story on that, and what it has to do with limes!

"To prevent scurvy during the 19th century, British sailors were issued a daily allowance of citrus, such as lemon, and later switched to lime, which was not as effective at preventing scurvy but was easier to obtain in Britain's Caribbean colonies. It was later discovered that the greater effectiveness of lemons derived from the four-fold higher quantities of vitamin C contained in lemon juice compared to the West Indian limes used by the British. This was initially a closely guarded military secret, as scurvy was a common enemy of various nations' navies, and the ability to remain at sea for lengthy periods without contracting scurvy was a huge benefit for the military. The British sailor thus acquired the nickname, "Limey" because of their usage of limes."

Fun, right? Arrgh! haha! I never knew that!!! So what can we do with our lime oil, and why was it added to InTune to help with focus? 

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Lime on its own is one we need to definitely take care when using, as it can cause skin photosensitivity when followed with direct sunlight. It is advised to avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical use, as severe burns could result! That said, it is a wonderful antibacterial, antiseptic, and a mild antiviral oil. Imagine what this could do to freshen a bathroom, add to a diffuser, or as I did for a class tonight, add it to salsa! Yum!

Emotionally this is one of my *favorite* oils for heart wellness. During times of grief, this is one of the first oils on my list. It is said to restore a "zest" for life, and supports one in rising above the mire. This is one of my favorite oils to send to loved ones dealing with the passing of family or friends, as it is incredibly buoyant and restorative to the heart. I truly love it.

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Why is this in InTune? Consider when and why we might use InTune. While the oils in this blend so far have helped with promoting oxygen flow to the brain, this oil perhaps could be envisioned as "cleaning" out the junk, whether it's emotional or physical. See if you can't detect it when you smell your InTune!

As always, I would love to hear your experiences with Lime or InTune. Feel free to share with me via email, or on my Facebook page.

Wishing you a great day!
~Jen:)

Sources: 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
Emotions & Essential Oils, 2nd Ed.

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day 52 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 4 (Frankincense)

Frankincense is the third oil in InTune! Of all the times I've talked about InTune to people, I never realized Frankincense was in there! Why is this oil useful in the "focus blend"?

Back to the idea of sesquiterpenes, Frankincense is definitely a contributor. This is an oil often referred to as an oil that "crosses the blood-brain barrier", and is believed to help support brain health. That's a heavy claim! We could probably spend a whole month on this one oil, and the studies done on it, but I think I'll save the serious study for December. (That's the month doTERRA historically has had a special Frankincense deal. Keep an eye out!) For tonight, I'll keep it a little more simple. 

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Regarding Frankincense, the variety doTERRA uses is called Boswellia frereana, and while much Frankincense is produced in Somalia, doTERRA sources theirs from Oman. Both countries are very arid climates. The tree from which Frankincense grows is noted to be extremely hardy, even growing in and through rocks! To be harvested, the trees are literally slashed with cuts, and the sap seeps or sweats from those cuts. As it is collected it hardens, and turns into resin, which is later steam distilled to extract the essential oil. While many of us have taught that this oil has been found in King Tut's tomb, I have learned that this is a myth! Sad but true! Dr. Pappas shares on his Facebook page that steam distillation only was invented to extract oils in the 11th Century AD. So it appears that the Frankincense referenced was in a different form. That's ok! We still love it, right? :) 

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In some cultures and countries, they actually eat the resin. It's said to be even stickier than gum, but has a variety of health benefits. I have heard from various individuals on their personal experiences with this oil. One woman, a professional singer, used this oil on her throat when dealing with laryngitis for an extended period of time. She said she dropped it onto her throat, at least once a day for some time. (I wish I could remember the details - it's been almost 3 years. Karyn Grant was her name, and she does classes on this oil.) I have heard other stories of this oil being applied on post-surgical scars, and the users saying how efficiently it supported rapid healing. I personally have used it when I had a seriously upset stomach, and had no other oils with me. It worked great! It is well known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant oil. It is included in doTERRA's Lifelong Vitality Pack vitamins, because it is beautiful as a daily supplement especially for conditions like arthritis.

I would love to hear your personal experiences with this one!  Certainly a favorite of mine!

~Jen:


Sources:
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed. 


*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

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