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May 2015 

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To enjoy, I mean really enjoy and get the most from your life, you need to have good health
and a strong belief in yourself.

Using Essential Oils to Make Life Better
Mental Clarity Try any one of these. . .
Combine oils like Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, and Hyssop.

I use a blend of 2 drops each of Orange and Peppermint essential oils - to increase alertness, or when I need a quick pick-me-up.

I like diffusing equal parts Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Lavender oils.  This remedy works well if I can have the diffuser near my head while it is being used.

When I really want to Focus I combine 2 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Vetiver, and 4 drops of the blend of  Strength. Love this!

Spruce, one of the oils in Strength, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body.
This is what I swear by, Helichrysum along with Antispasmodic.  I apply it every 20 minutes when my headache is severe. In a carrier oil, I apply it on the base of my neck, away from my eyes, on my temples. It works, here's why:

“The hypotensive action of helichrysum improves the condition of blood vessels by lowering inflammation, increasing smooth muscle function and lowering high blood pressure, according to a 2008 study done by the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Durban. The observed cardiovascular effects of using helichrysum oil support the basis for its use in the management of high blood pressure and the protection of heart health — just like it’s been traditionally used for many years in European folkloric medicine.”

Helichrysum - Known to be an antispasmodic, blood purifier and anti-inflammatory, helichrysum has been used as a liver stimulant and detoxifier for centuries. It’s commonly used in folk medicine to treat liver disease and to help the body detoxify from toxins, heavy metals, bacteria and air pollution.”
Need an Energizer. . .
Combine earthy oils like Frankincense and Ginger with powerful green herbs like Basil, Peppermint, and Rosemary to increase your energy levels.
For my  Workout Time, I diffuse 2 drops each of Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oils. Sometimes I add 2 drops lemon, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils. 
To boost the overall energy level in your environment  8 drops Grapefruit, 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Lemon , and 2 drops Basil essential oils in your diffuser.
Aromatherapy Recipes for help with Anxiety. . .
Blend #1

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Blend #3

To set the perfect mood for a romantic encounter, try this. . .
Combine 7 – 10 drops Sandalwood, 2 drops Vanilla, and 1 drop Jasmine or Ylang Ylang in your diffuser.
Or by combining 2 drops each of Black Pepper, Grapefruit, and Jasmine essential oils.
To keep the creepy-crawlies away,
Try diffusing a combination of 1 drop each Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Thyme, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils.
This insect-repelling blend  will also help to cool you down on a hot summer day.  Diffuse a mixture of 4 – 6 drops Spearmint, 3 – 5 drops Peppermint, 3 – 5 drops Citronella, and 1 drop Lemongrass essential oils.

10 ml Bug Stick - Essential oil blend by Garden Essence in a roller bottle for your convenience.
When you’re feeling stressed. . .
Try using the soothing power of Lavender, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Citrus, and Floral oils.
Combine 4 drops Roman Chamomile, 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Geranium, and 1 drop Ylang Ylang in your diffuser.
To help you wind down, diffuse this Relaxing Woodsy . . . 4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Orange or Petitgrain, 1 drop Palmarosa or Ylang Ylang, and an optional 1 drop of Vetiver essential oil.  “It’s a nice aromatherapy diffuser essential oil for men (with the  Palmarosa) because it’s not too girly. Adding a drop of Vetiver will give this recipe a smoky undertone.”

For stress relief  4 drops Lavender, 3 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Ylang Ylang, and 1 drop Marjoram in your diffuser.
Entertaining Family and Friends
To create a wonderful atmosphere when friends and family are gathered together, try this . . .
Combining 3 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Geranium, and 3 drops Lavender essential oils in your diffuser, or. .

4 drops Happy Memories, to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and energized mind and body.

This is a nice uplifting blend, 4 drops Citrus Blend this is especially good for children with the addition of 4 drops Spearmint.
Emotional Healing Blend of  - 2 drops each Orange, Bergamot, Cypress, and Frankincense essential oils in your diffuser.
Maintain Clear Breathing and a Healthy Immune Response. . .
During the spring and summer months  2 drops each of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils.

To strengthen respiratory function during cold and flu season, try blending 1 drop each of Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus essential oils.

Cold Combating Blend, a combination of 20 drops Orange, 10 drops Eucalyptus, 10 drops Juniper Berry, 10 drops Pine, 6 drops Basil, 6 drops Ravintsara, and 4 drops Ginger essential oil.  When you feel a bug coming on, add a few drops to your diffuser to help your body fight it fast!

Also for Cold and Flu Prevention -
5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Ravintsara, and 2 drops Bay Laurel essential oils
Allergies - For allergy symptom relief   2 drops each Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender essential oils.
Purify the Air - Clean Air an Essential oil combination by Garden Essence
To create a relaxing atmosphere . . . 
Create a Calming & Relaxing Blend using 2 drops each of Lavender, Marjoram, and Orange, with 1 drop each of German and Roman Chamomile

Create a Great Relaxer and Soother by combining 6 drops each of Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Lime, as well as 4 drops Ginger and 2 drops Sandalwood essential oils in your diffuser.
Falling asleep. . .
Use a  blend of 1 drop each Bergamot, Lavender, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang essential oils along with Roman Chamomile, and Clary Sage to help you relax and get a better night’s rest.

Homemade Gifts You'll LOVE
Stop spending money on expensive body lotions or ones filled with chemicals, and try making your own from budget-friendly, natural ingredients. Personalize the all-natural cream with your favorite scent for a soothing and lovely smelling moisturizer that costs less than $1 per bottle to make. This DIY lasts up to two months and also makes a memorable homemade gift for someone special

What You'll Need:

  • Small bowl
  • Grater
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shaved beeswax
  • 10 drops essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • Hand blender
  • Small funnel


  1. Add the coconut oil to a small mixing bowl that's either safe to use in the microwave or fits over a small saucepan to create a double boiler. Coconut oil creates a smooth slightly sweet-smelling lotion that's also high in antioxidants, which is great for your skin. Grate and add the beeswax to the bow.
  1. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for short bursts until melted, stirring after each heating. Or place the bowl over a small saucepan filled half way with water and melt over medium heat.
  2. Once the coconut oil and beeswax have melted, carefully place on a folded towel and add your favorite essential oil. Or use rosemary essential oil, which adds an earthy scent to the lotion and helpful antibacterial properties. Let the mixture cool for 10-minutes.

Now emulsify with the addition of one to two tablespoons water and the help of a hand blender. Don't have one? Add the mixture to a blender and pulse until the lotion is the consistency of thick pudding.
Use a small funnel or spouted measuring cup to pour into a container and your homemade lotion is finished! Store out of sunlight for best results.

Lip Balm
  • 1 part beeswax (example- 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 parts shea, cocoa or mango butter (example-2 tablespoons)
  • 2 parts coconut oil (example-2 tablespoons)
  • 20 drops of essential oil of choice (or more or less to your preference) I use 20+ drops of peppermint essential oil for a cooling and refreshing lip balm.
  1. Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a small pan and turn on medium heat.
  2. Place a small (pint size or smaller) jar in the water, being careful not to get in water inside the jar.
  3. Place all ingredients except the essential oils inside the glass jar and slowly melt, making sure not to get any water in jar. I use 2 tablespoons each of the butter(s) and coconut oil and 1 tablespoons of beeswax. This fills about 18 tubes.
  4. When all ingredients are melted, stir well and turn off heat, but leave jar in the water to keep warm.
  5. Stir in the essential oils.
  6. Use a glass dropper to quickly fill the containers. I leave the jar in the water but turn off the heat to keep the ingredients liquid while I do this.
  7. The mixture will settle slightly as it cools, so I also re-top the containers after about 2 minutes as they start to harden.
  8. Let sit without touching for several hours or until completely hardened.
  9. Store in a cool dry place (they will last for at least a year if stored correctly).
  10. Enjoy!
Sugar Scrub
Gifts made from scratch allow for customization and creativity. Whip up a decadent (but cost-effective!) sugar scrub with a few candy canes, pour it into a retro glass jar, and you've got a savvy, chic, and fabulous gift that everyone will love.

What You'll Need:


  1. Measure and pour the sugar into a mixing bowl. Give things a stir to break up any clumps. The sugar works as a gentle exfoliant that leaves your feet and hands wonderfully smooth.
  2. Now add the olive oil to the sugar, and stir. The mixture should resemble wet sand that isn't too saturated. Olive oil offers the best results (with skin-soothing qualities to boot!), but sunflower or almond oil are good options too. If one cup of oil doesn't seem to be enough, then add another quarter cup.
  1. To finish the mixture, add the peppermint oil, which boosts the refreshing peppermint scent of the scrub. And peppermint is a natural anti-inflammatory, which soothes sore muscles.
  2. Place a handful of your crushed candy canes in a ziplock plastic bag, and make the pieces even smaller with the help of a rolling pin. You can also pulverize the candies in a clean coffee grinder or blender. You want the candies to become superfine, similar in size to the white sugar.
Bath Salts Recipe
  • Stress relief
  • Reducing muscle aches
  • Improving circulation
  • Better nutrient absorption
  • Headache relief
  • Speeding up wound healing
  • During illness, especially respiratory illness
  • For children to help mineral absorption and improve sleep
  • For acne, eczema or other skin problems
  • For joint pain relief
  • To help relieve poison ivy or skin reactions
  • Improving skin hydration
Lotion Bars
that keep your hands moisturized all day
These lotion bars are so handy — they'll keep your hands moisturized throughout the day.

What You'll Need:


  1. Place the coconut oil and beeswax in small metal or glass bowl, and heat using a double boiler, or melt slowly in the microwave until the mixture has come together.

Now add any extras, such as lemon rind, grated cinnamon, or a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour the mixture into a silicone mold, or pop a few muffin liners in a muffin tin to use for molding the lotions. It's that simple!
Pop the lotion bars in the fridge, and let harden for at least one hour. Carefully pop them out of the molds or peel away the muffin liners, and you've got lotion whenever you need it!

Get creative! The addition of Peppermint is so invigorating. Orange is so refreshing.

Bug Off Lotion Bars


10ml Bug Stick - Essential oil blend by Garden Essence roller bottle for your convenience.

lemon zest hand scrub
Gardening enthusiasts, rejoice. This lemon zest hand scrub is perfect for gently removing dirt, grime, and plant oils from hands while leaving them wonderfully soft. Even if you don't have a green thumb, it is so nice on hands, exfoliating and cleaning just like a mini spa treatment. And you can personalize with your favorite essential oils, making it a must have for right next to your kitchen sink.

What You'll Need:

  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup liquid dish soap
  • 5-10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Zest one lemon and mix together with the coconut oil. Lemon zest has natural oils that gently clean skin, and coconut oil adds soothing relief to hands that have been digging in the soil or doing dirty work around the house.

Now add the sugar and dish soap, and mix together until it forms a paste. Take the scrub to the next level and add tea tree essential oil, which is a natural disinfectant, healing any nicks or cuts on hands, and a touch of peppermint essential oil, adding a soothing tingle. Or drip in a few drops of your favorite scent, which leaves hands smelling amazing. You can also leave out the essential oils, and the scrub is still fabulous.
Store in a seal-able glass container, and the hand scrub is safe to keep on the counter for use until it's gone. And you might find yourself reaching for it whenever you need to wash your hands — it's really that wonderful!

Sleep Salve. . . z z z

What You'll Need:


  1. Place the coconut oil, olive oil, and grated beeswax in a metal or glass bowl, and heat over a double boiler or slowly warm in the microwave in short bursts. Once everything has melted, give it a stir, and then remove from heat.
  2. Now blend together the essential oils to create the dreamy mix of scents. Lavender is so soothing while orange and cinnamon help calm nerves. Cedarwood, sandalwood, and ylang ylang offer grounding, earthy smells. And peppermint does a great job of easing muscle pains. Using around 50 drops of each creates a great blend. Add to the coconut oil mixture.
  3. Now carefully ladle the warm sleep salve into clean jars, let cool until room temperature, and then cap. Your sleep slave is ready to use! Keep it close to your bed and smooth onto feet, cover with socks, and snuggle down on nights you're having a tough time drifting off into dreamland. The larger pores in your feet allow the essential oils to quickly absorb and flow through the body, helping you relax. Or massage into hands, sore muscles, or even your temples for instant calm.
Bath Fizzies


  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • About 6 drops food coloring
  • 10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)
  • Special equipment: 2-ounce travel-size spray bottle, plastic pipette, silicone ice-cube tray, storage jars
  1. Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a glass measuring cup.

  2. Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Stir in sugar.

  3. Fill spray bottle with water, and add food coloring. Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) until you can pack mixture with your hands.
  4. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Using a metal spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture will begin to dry out; when this happens, spritz until packable again).
  5. Spoon into ice-cube tray, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently. Transfer to jars.

Natural Cat Repellent
In a 2 oz glass spray bottle, I added 2 drops each of Lemon, Orange, and Lavender essential oils, and then topped it off with enough water to fill the bottle. Cats are several times more sensitive to smells than humans, so they will tend to steer clear of particularly strong scents like citrus. Apparently they don’t like lavender either

Other oils you could try that are supposed to repel cats include Eucalyptus, Lime, and Lemongrass

Spring Time Sinus Health Tips: 
Surprising Secrets for Sinus Health
Here are some all-natural ways to gain freedom from sinus suffering.

To Ease Sinuses:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops tea tree
2 drops eucalyptus
*2 drops ravintsara
Pour boiling water in a mug while still steaming add, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops tea tree. Cup hands and slowly inhale for at least 3 minutes.
* Note eucalyptus can be drying, you could replace it with 2 drops ravintsara.

 • Clear your sinuses and your mind with a steamy stovetop spa. Add a few drops of wintergreen oil to a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam. Take care not to be burned by the vapor.
 • Herbs and spices like ginger, scallion, basil, garlic, oregano, cayenne peppers, white pepper, horseradish and turmeric will have your sinus passageways unblocked in no time!
 • The supplement bromelain - a papaya and pineapple-based enzyme - helps reduce histamine release, the body's natural allergic response.
 • Clear your nasal passageway daily for healthy, happy sinuses. Add 1 tsp of sea salt, 1 drop of oregano oil, and 1 drop of wintergreen to a cup of warm water. Fill a small-spouted squeeze bottle with this warm solution. Squirt into one nostril at a time and blow out through the nose. Alternate nostrils.
 • Press one clove of garlic, mix with 1 tsp of olive oil and soak a clean cotton ball with the oil mixture and place in nostrils after having washed the nostril with warm salt water. Leave in for 20 minutes and repeat three times a day until the symptoms clear up.
 • These two simple self-massage practices that follow are incredibly effective for relieving sinus congestion. For both, sit at the tip of a sturdy chair with your back erect, spine stretched, and your head tilted slightly forward.
     1. Inhale and gently press your forehead just inside the temples with your palms. Exhale and release.
         Repeat three times.
     2. Cross your middle and index fingers by placing the tips of your middle fingers on top of the
          fingernails on your index fingers. Rub the sides of your nose 36 times in a circular motion,
          warming your fingers first if they're cold.

What you eat affects your sinus health
      Avoid the foods that produce mucous and dampness: dairy products, cold, corn (including corn syrup), and simple sugars. Choose whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and brown rice instead of wheat, rye and barley, which are typically high allergy grains. Opt for papaya, cranberries, pear, pineapple, cherries, mango, and citrus fruits. Eat more green vegetables such as artichoke, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and spinach.
     Both alcohol and smoking should be avoided during a sinus flare-up as they irritate the respiratory tract and worsen nasal inflammation. Also, sinus congestion is often worse with lack of quality rest so be sure to get plenty of sleep and keep your stress level low.
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