Make Your Own Essential Oil Roller Bottles

At my wellness class last week, I invited all of the attendees to make roller bottles for allergy relief (which we will all find super useful when spring begins to roll along, I’m sure!). Roller bottles are great because 1) they make it super easy to apply essential oils, 2) the oils are already diluted so they’re safe for the skin, 3) it helps essential oils last longer because you’re using less at a time, and 4) you know exactly what is in them, especially if you make them yourself.

I should note, if you don’t want to buy the supplies and make these roller bottles yourself, or if you’re worried to get ratios wrong, etc., I love the doTERRA Touch Kit (retail $225.33), also part of the Family Wellness Enrollment Kit (wholesale $275, and gives you wholesale pricing for a year). These oils come pre-diluted in fractionated coconut oil, so you just open the package and start using! No need to buy oils, supplies, mix, and label. It’s all in one kit, and that has been super convenient for me. These Touch oils are always floating around by my bed, in my purse, in my bag if I’m traveling—everywhere. Contact me if you’re interested in getting these!

If you want to make your own, here is the best, most cost-efficient way to do it.

Supplies

doTERRA* Essential Oils

Fractionated Coconut Oil (buy)  

Roller Bottles (buy

How To

1. Roller bottles come in three parts: bottle, roller, and lid. Set aside the roller and lid for now!

2. Determine how many drops of essential oils you want to use in your roller bottle. I usually do between 8-12 drops. This chart by Joleigh Blonde is a great resource if you’re trying to determine how to best dilute oils especially for babies, children, or people with sensitive skin!

3. Carefully add in the appropriate amount of essential oils to the roller bottle.

4. Fill the rest of the roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil.

5. Push the roller into the bottle. Make sure it is sealed! Sometimes you have to push it a bit harder to seal it.

6. Then add a lid! Label your roller bottle. And now you’re done!

Here are some of my favorite, easy, go-to roller bottles to make: Allergy Relief (lavender + peppermint + lemon); Earache Relief (lavender + peppermint + melaleuca); Sleep Aid (lavender + cedarwood); Headache Relief (peppermint).

And there you have it! What are some of your favorite essential oil combos? Tell me in the comments!

* I trust doTERRA above any other essential oil company because I know exactly what is in each bottle. I’ve tried multiple brands and these are pure and potent, and you can tell just by the smell/touch. To show transparency, doTERRA does more testing on each batch of oil than any other company, and they share all of this information at sourcetoyou.com. Simply put in the batch number (found on the bottom of each bottle of oil) and all of their testing on that specific batch of oils is there for you to view. I love this. I trust them. I buy these oils then dilute them myself with fractionated coconut oil or any other pure carrier oil, so I know exactly what I am putting on/in my body. (Or I use the doTERRA Touch oils, which have been pre-diluted, as I shared earlier).

** This post contains affiliate links. If you do want to buy fractionated coconut oil or roller bottles, it would be great if you could do it from these links so I get a bit of change back from the sale! Thanks!

Book Review: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

I had heard of affirmations. I knew what they were. I knew that these positive statements could help counter negative beliefs or incorrect “truths” that we tell ourselves. I made some affirmations to counter some of those negative beliefs about myself. I had heard of this book but I thought, affirmations are affirmations. How can you write a whole book about them?

Turns out, it is absolutely possible to write a book all about the power of affirmations, and it can be a darn incredible book. (In fact, a friend referred to it as her “second Bible,” which may be what kept this book on my mind long before I finally listened to/read it for myself).

When I finally picked up the audiobook, I soaked it up. Then I bought the physical book to mark up and refer to. This book doesn’t just tell you what affirmations are, it shows you their power. It dives into how you can use affirmations in more ways and in more areas of life than I had ever considered. It talks about both our minds and our bodies, and how they are connected, and how to use affirmations toward the healing of both. And only at the very end does Louise share details about her own turbulent life, and you think, you can heal your life. Affirmations are powerful.

I truly believe that the thoughts and beliefs we have about ourselves and the world around us dramatically impact our day-to-day happiness and our ability to reach our divine potential. I know that not only because the book tells me so, but because I have seen how my thought patterns (and the use of affirmations to counter negative core beliefs) affect my life.

Recently, noticing an area I wanted to grow stronger in, I referenced this book, using it to help me define what I was feeling and to find an affirmation that felt right for me. I took a picture of one of the affirmations at the end of the chapter and set it as the background on my phone. I truly believe having these words become part of my life helped me weather situational and internal storms. I read it often and find myself thinking the words to myself even when I’m not reading the affirmation directly. This affirmation has brought me hope and stillness in my soul. I’m healing my life, one moment, one belief at a time.

If you want an extra little boost, I highly recommend this book. It’s beautiful, uplifting, and informative.

* The physical book is great for marking up and to reference. The audiobook is great if you want to feel the comfort of a grandmother-figure bestowing her wisdom upon you… and also for the entertaining weird space-country-twang instrumentals that are played at the end of chapters when Louise reads the affirmations!

Why I Finally Decided To Get On The Bandwagon

In summer 2015 it seemed like everything I ate made me sick. I started cutting foods out, then realized that I was losing weight in an unhealthy way, still not feeling better, and that this was more than just food sensitivities. I went to the doctor. She ordered some tests. I completed said tests, went back for a follow up, and she told me that everything came back just fine and it was probably just stress-induced acid reflux, and to go get a box of Prilosec from the grocery store for under $10. A few weeks later I began receiving a series of bills totaling probably about $400—all to be told to buy Prilosec (which did work, by the way. It’s great stuff).

I felt a lack of control and a desperation about money. A year earlier I had gone back to school for a certificate program, had cut my work schedule back significantly, and had very little money, and certainly no money for a really disappointing doctor’s bill. I had lightly used essential oils for about four years at this point and had been playing with the idea of enrolling with a wholesale account for quite a while, but could never seem to justify that $150 for the Family Physicians Kit to enroll. After that doctor’s bill though, $150 seemed like a very small investment for a better first defense in my wellness routine.

I was right. I now use essential oils every day, in a variety of ways. I diffuse oils to help balance emotions, I take doTERRA vitamins as a part of my wellness routine, and I have my favorite oils and products to help ease upset stomachs, achy muscles, congestion, and more*. I have no problem seeing doctors or taking medications, but I feel like I am more mindful of my body, my health, and my overall wellness. From here I began exploring other home remedies outside of essential oils. I have options now, and that is empowering to me. I turn to essential oils, yoga, exercise, rest, hydration, herbs, etc. first, and then go from there.

Click HERE to learn more about doTERRA, sign up for a wholesale account, and more!
 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sick Days & Gentle Yoga

When I get sick, it goes straight to the lungs and sinuses. I’ve rarely had the flu or any other illness, gratefully, but I get bad colds, and they linger. A month ago I was running over 6 miles. Over the last couple weeks, I don’t even want to breathe more than I have to, let alone run! Or even get upside down in yoga (sinuses!)

The worst of the cold brought an incredibly tired body. I’m doing a lot better since then, but I’m still taking it easy. It’s going to be a little while before I’m running again. This week I’ve started to be more intentional about stretching in the mornings. In bed, I’ll stretch my arms up, twist my body, crawl forward to Child’s Pose, roll up to all 4’s, snake my spine, and do some Cat/Cow’s. All from the comfort of my bed. I keep my bolsters on my bed (it’s a big bed and I’m a single lady, so there’s room!) and sometimes I’ll grab the round bolster and throw it under my hips, propping my legs up to let the blood flow to my heart. I’ll then slide over the bolster, letting the bolster arch my back.

Stretching my body first thing in the morning makes a world of a difference for a tired, sick, tight body. If that’s all I can do in a day, I’ve still done something.

* I’ve grown to be a big fan of in-bed yoga—it’s a great way to naturally start the day! Intentional stretching. I talk more about this in my free e-book, “Wake Up Well,” available as a download when you sign up for my email newsletter.


Sick Days & Home Remedies

It started with a dry throat one evening and turned into sinuses draining, then a full blown cold. My body was heavy and I felt so tired. I sniffled and coughed for days. I’m still sniffling and coughing, but gratefully my body has its strength back. Ironically, I’ve spent my sick days planning for a home remedies class I’m teaching this week. Ha! I guess you can trust me—I’m using these remedies right now!

When I start getting sick, I pull out all the stops. I’m hydrating, resting, taking elderberry syrup, using various essential oils in various ways, taking warm showers, cleaning out my sinuses, drinking herbal teas—anything I can think of. I ended up also adding Sudafed in the routine. I am not against modern medicine at all. I just love knowing that I have tools outside of those to rely on first, and continuously through the sickness. It’s empowering knowing that I can care for myself, my family, and my friends with ingredients I already have on hand in my home.

Two products I love to have on hand for myself are doTERRA OnGuard and Breathe. I go for doTERRA essential oils because I know for sure what is in them (if you go to sourcetoyou.com, you can put in the batch number printed at the bottom of each bottle of essential oil and it will show you the testing that has been done on that particular batch of essential oils). The OnGuard essential oil blend contains wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary lea/flower—all oils that are great for immune system support. I dilute and roll this oil on my feet (pores on the feet are bigger than on the rest of the body and can absorb oils faster), or take it in the form of a softgel or throat lozenge. I also love the Breathe blend, which contains Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, and Ravensara Leaf, and is great for respiratory support. I like to diffuse this oil at night when I’m sleeping, or roll the Breathe Vapor Stick (like Vick’s Vapor Rub) on my chest to breathe in the soothing aroma.

I’ve begun feeling better, like I said, but I’m still using these two oil blends regularly as I’m on the tail end of recovery. I can’t recommend them enough!

Back to that home remedies class I mentioned. I’m teaching this class at Harmony this Thursday night at 5:30pm. It costs $15 and attendees will be bringing home a bottle of elderberry syrup (to help shorten the duration of the flu/colds), a shower disk (to help with congestion), an essential oil rollerball to help with either allergies or earaches (you choose!) and a handout detailing all of my go-to natural remedies. I love teaching, and I particularly love this topic. I can hardly wait to share it with you!