Essential Oils 2.1 – Branching Out

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Once I get my starter kit and my house fell in love with oils, we began to branch out exploring others. We looked for oils to support our emotions, sleep, occasional discomforts.

I thought I would share my list of favs outside of the starter kit and how they can be used.

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I have recently been letting our boys pick two oils each night for their diffusers. It is said that your body will gravitate to the oils it needs. Nate picked Gentle Baby and Valor II. Cooper picked Palo Santo and Peace and Calming.

All of their picks promote calming and restful sleep which was awesome.


Cedarwood is one of the first oils I recommend for just about anyone, and here’s why: sleep. Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, and most of us get to the point where we just accept that we aren’t going to get one.

A really nice combination is diffusing 4 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Cedarwood, and applying a drop of each to your big toes before bedtime. It might just be the best night of sleep you’ve had in a while.

Cedarwood can also be used to help support healthy hair growth or used with your skin care products to support healthy looking skin!

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Orange essential oil is a very versatile oil, especially when it comes to diffuser blends. It pairs well with a spicier blend like Thieves, or with milder oils like Lavender and Frankincense.

Along with its bright, citrusy scent, Orange has calming properties that help even out moods and uplift. I really like diffusing 3 drops of Orange with 4 drops of Thieves to help support my family’s healthy immune systems, and when my kids are playing I like to diffuse 5 drops of Orange by itself for a sweet aroma that promotes a sense of peace and harmony.

Diffusing isn’t the only way to use it either. You can add a couple drops to your nightly moisturizer to support healthy looking skin and a youthful appearance, or combine 5 drops of it with 5 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense in a roller bottle and fill the rest with carrier oil and roll it on the bottoms of your kids’ feet before they go to school or behind their ears while they’re studying for extra help focusing and staying on task.

Do be aware, as with any citrus oil, Orange is photosensitive, so do not apply it on areas of the skin that will be exposed to the sun within 12 hours.


 Grapefruit Vitality has a refreshing, crisp bite to it, much like the fruit. Cold pressed from the rind of the fruit, one of Grapefruit Vitality’s main constituents is Limonene, which can play a big part in a healthy weight management program.

Add 2 drops of Grapefruit Vitality with 2 drops each of Lemon Vitality and Peppermint Vitality in a vegetable capsule and fill the rest with carrier oil as part of a daily regimen to help support a healthy immune system and keep you on track with your healthy goals.


Lime is a super fun oil to combine with other oils to add a unique twist to your diffuser combos.

With a crisp, fresh scent, Lime pairs well with Thieves (5 drops Thieves, 3 drops Lime) to help support a healthy immune system, or combine Lime with Lemon and Peppermint (2 drops of all three oils) for a boost during your midday slump or to start your day off right.

For a refreshing twist on your nightly moisturizer, add a drop of Lime to help support healthy looking skin.

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Lemongrass essential oil has a very crisp, purifying aroma, which is why it’s one of the main ingredients in Purification essential oil blend. Diffusing Lemongrass by itself will remind you of the clean, pure air of a spa, and if you need just a little extra purifying after a particularly stinky meal or after all your kids have had every other kid from the neighborhood in your house, add 2 drops of Lemongrass and 1 drop of Peppermint to 5 drops of Purification in your diffuser and those smells will be long gone.

Lemongrass is also a great invigorating addition to a post-workout massage!


Most of us are familiar with the scent of this fresh herb, but there are a lot of benefits to using Rosemary essential oil that you might not know about. For instance, diffusing Rosemary can help combat mental fatigue and create an atmosphere of clarity and focus.

I like diffusing 3 drops of Rosemary with 4 drops of Lemon, as both have been shown to help people focus and stay on task. It can also be diffused or applied topically with a carrier oil to help support healthy respiratory function.


Nutmeg is one of those oils that sneaks under the radar, but it is SO good. If you do a quick internet search of diffuser recipes for Nutmeg you’ll find a bunch of different ones that range anywhere from Fall type scents to diffuser blends that will leave your home smelling like fresh baked cookies.

But the thing that I really like Nutmeg for is using a few drops with a carrier oil and massaging it into my lower back or other affected areas after a strenuous day or a workout.

Plus, the aroma of Nutmeg is one that I find oddly soothing. If you add 3 drops of Nutmeg with 5 drops of Thieves you’ll have a spicy, delicious scent that will help calm you while supporting healthy immune function.

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Anyone who has children or needs help easing feelings of anxiousness definitely needs to get a bottle of Vetiver. A key ingredient in Oola Balance, Peace & Calming II, and Valor II, the constituents in Vetiver can help put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on the task at hand instead of the worries of the world.

Not everyone prefers the smell, but diffusing 2 drops of Vetiver with 3 drops of Frankincense and 4 drops of Lavender is a great combo that fills the air with a pleasant, relaxing aroma.

Vetiver is also great when added to a post workout massage, and is one of the main ingredients in Cool Azul, Deep Relief Roll-On, and Ortho Sport Massage Oil.


Lemon Myrtle has one of the most unique, uplifting scents of a non-citrus essential oil (don’t let the name fool you, Lemon Myrtle is made by distilling the leaves of the plant).

Diffuse 2 drops of Lemon Myrtle with 2 drops each of Lime, Tangerine, Rosemary, and Sacred Sandalwood for a truly delightful aroma reminiscent of a popular candle but with all the benefits of these amazing essential oils. Lemon Myrtle helps support healthy respiratory function, healthy immune function, and can promote concentration and focus.

Slightly sweeter than other bright scents, you’ll have a lot of fun pairing with the different oils you have.


Wintergreen essential oil is a must have for anyone living an active lifestyle. As one of the key ingredients in PanAway, Wintergreen can help soothe those muscles that are protesting the workout you just did.

It’s great for everyday uncomfortableness as well.

And for a fun twist on diffusing that will relax you and clear your mind, diffuse 4 drops of Stress Away with 3 drops of Wintergreen and you’ll be treated to an aroma very similar to a root beer float.

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Citronella is well known for its ability to be used when you’re headed outdoors and want to enjoy it annoyance free, and the essential oil is no different.

Now that the weather is nicer and much more of our time is going to be spent outside, combine 10 drops of Citronella with 8 drops Purification, 8 drops of Lavender, and 6 drops of Peppermint in a glass spray bottle and fill the rest with Witch Hazel and distilled water. Shake it well before each use and enjoy your time outdoors without worrying about pesky annoyances ruining your day.

Citronella is also a great addition to any diffuser blends that need an extra crisp scent.


Cinnamon Bark is one of the main ingredients in Thieves essential oil blend and it’s what gives it that spicy aroma. So when you’re diffusing Thieves, if you want to kick up the spice a little bit, add a drop or two of Cinnamon Bark.

Or if you want to make things interesting, diffuse 5 drops of Stress Away with 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark and 1 drop of Nutmeg to make your house smell like Snicker Doodles and to help support healthy immune function all at the same time. 😉

That’s a win win situation if I’ve ever heard of one.

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