Essential Oils

A little over a year ago, I attended an introductory class on essential oils. I had heard the term EOs, but really had no idea what they were. I learned that EOs are natural substances from plants that have huge therapeutic and medicinal uses. While I was really interested and wanting to try them, I had a lot of life changes happening at the time (having a baby, moving…)and I put off placing an order until last fall.

I started using the DoTerra brand oils right away, and quickly became addicted to both using the oils for myself and my family and learning more about their uses.

Essential oils can be used for literally everything. You can use them to treat acute and chronic health problems, prevent illness, treat anxiety and depression, clean your house without toxic substances, and make all-natural beauty and baby products. You can even cook with essential oils.

I will admit I am still somewhat of a novice, and am still experimenting every day with my own growing collection of oils. But I have been amazed at the way they have transformed the way I think about and treat health issues in my family.

For example:

  • I diffuse OnGuard protective blend in Charlotte’s room every night and rub it on her and Grayson’s feet every morning and night. It has been proven that this blend is able to kill both bacteria and viruses. While yes, she has been sick, Charlotte has never had to see a doctor or take any pharmaceutical drug for illness. If I could only have one oil, I would have OnGuard.
  • I have successfully treated all of Charlotte’s fevers with peppermint oil. I believe fevers are a GOOD thing and using fever reducers just suppress the fever and don’t allow the fever to do its job. Plus, fever reducers have chemicals and cause side effects, as do all pharmaceutical medications. Peppermint oil lowers the temperature of the fever without suppressing it, and makes Charlotte more comfortable.
  • I diffuse frankincense oil several times a week, and have read about it’s ability to treat seizure disorders. Grayson did not have a single seizure from the time I started diffusing the frankincense until the day a few weeks ago where he had to be hospitalized for a serious illness (which most likely lowered his seizure threshold)
  • I use a single drop of lavender oil in Charlotte’s bath every night and also use a body butter with lavender on her skin at bedtime. It calms her and most of the time she has no issues falling and staying asleep. (I cringe even typing this because you know how much toddlers LOVE to make liars out of us. Sleep, sweet C, sleep)
  • I put a single drop of lemon oil in a pitcher of water and it gives the water the most delicious, refreshing flavor. Lemon also has a huge list of health benefits, and you can use it for cleaning. It’s also great for drying up runny noses.
  • I have several oil blends I have used to help with my stress and anxiety, as well as just to lift my general mood. They work, they really do!

I am in no way opposed to western medicine. I have deep respect for Grayson’s doctors and he is alive and functioning today because of interventions and medications. And because of his Mitochondrial Disease, I have to look at his symptoms and the way I treat them differently than I do Charlotte’s. I do, however, question where we as a society are headed (or really, where we already are) when we run to the doctor and/or the pharmacy for every single health issue, when we do have the option of treating most things naturally first.

Because I am so excited about using essential oils, I have decided I want to start teaching others about them. I love to teach, and actually miss the teaching part of my former job (the grading and paperwork, not so much). I’m still learning from more experienced teachers/experts and am so excited that I’m hosting an Introduction to Essential Oils class at my house next Thursday. The class will be taught by Nicole Vincent, who is an expert on all things oils! I am so looking forward to her presentation and learning even more.

If you are in the Houston area, I would love for you to join us. There will be no pressure to purchase any products, but there will be an opportunity to buy oils at wholesale prices. Come out, listen, and decide for yourself if this is something you’d like to try for your family. If you would like to attend, please message me on Facebook, email me, or leave a comment on this post and I will get in touch with you to give you the details.

If you aren’t local, but are interested in learning more or trying DoTerra oils for yourself, comment or email me and I can answer any questions (or find out the answer if I don’t know it) and help you place an order.


  1. Reagan Leigh on February 20, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I want to order! Call me!

  2. Esperanza on February 20, 2014 at 5:13 am

    I want to order! How do I go about doing that?

  3. aryanhwy on February 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I'm curious what your grounds for saying 'I have successfully treated all of Charlotte's fevers with peppermint oil' are — what is your basis for thinking it was the peppermint oil that cause the lowering of the temperature? Has she had similar fevers where you didn't give her the oil and thus didn't see a lowering of the temperature? Similar questions regarding the OnGuard — why is it you think that it's the oils that have kept Charlotte healthy enough to not need a dr.?

  4. dspence on February 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I would love to hear more! Especially about your earache oil mentioned in the previous post. Also about reducing fever. How do you apply and in what quantities?

  5. Elizabeth on February 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Hi! Peppermint is a known cooling agent. With the fevers, the peppermint oil lowers the temperature within minutes, and makes her more comfortable. It really is quite remarkable how quickly it works. It's important to remember though that frequency of application is important. It's not like Motrin or Tylenol that one dose can reduce the fever for hours. With Charlotte, when she has fever, I reapply the oil (less than a drop on my finger each time, on her spine) every 30 minutes to an hour when she's awake. As for your other question, I do not think it's only the OnGuard at all- I am really diligent about doing other things to keep her healthy as well- Vitamin D, probiotics, elderberry syrup, healthy food, and breastfeeding. I use the OnGuard and other oils along with these other things. And I will say that when I have been sick myself, the OnGuard works in clearing me up faster than in the past using traditional medication. I'm not a doctor, and I am only sharing what I believe is working for me and my family- I was skeptical at first, but I do believe they are making a difference for us.

  6. Elizabeth on February 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Hi! The homemade eardrops are so easy.Garlic is a natural antibiotic and pain reliever and I've found it's highly effective and fast at treating earaches. I pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in a pan with a chopped clove of fresh garlic, cook the garlic for a few minutes and then turn off the heat. It's really important to let it cool completely before you put it in your ear- if not- ouch! Then I put the oil in the dropper and drop 2-3 drops in the ear. Usually I see relief within a minute.

    As for the peppermint oil, I use 1 drop at a time with a few drops of a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. I rub it on Charlotte's spine and on her feet. It is amazing how quickly her temperature lowers. But like I said in reply to the comment above, frequency of application is important.

    If you have any other questions and/or want to order some oils, email me at– I'd be glad to help you out or get you in touch with someone who can (if I don't know all the answers)

  7. Elizabeth on February 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I will email you!

  8. missohkay on February 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    That's really cool – especially about the frankincense and G's seizures. I think being open-minded to this sort of thing can only be a good thing! I hope you blog about it again sometime – so interesting!

  9. Kyla on February 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Sounds interesting actually. I hear people talk about such things often, but you are the only one who has made it sound appealing! LOL!! I can't come next week, but may pick your brain sometime.

  10. basebell6 on February 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    How awesomely interesting! Being a teacher, I'm constantly getting colds and looking for ways to boost my immune system.

  11. Kristi on February 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I'd love to learn more! I've started picking up a few things here and there, but need to do more research. I just might need to pick up a few!

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