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Essential Oils 101

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Guys, I love essential oils. My first experience was using Tea Tree Oil and I was hooked. I’ve been trying to learn a little bit here and there…and I thought you mind find it interesting too. My friend, Allison, from The Life of a Novice sells oils from DoTerra, so I’ve asked her to give you a little look into oils if you’re wanting to get started using them. They’re AMAZING! Thank you, Allison!!

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When my son was born, everything in my world changed. It was just amazing. People tell you your life will change when you have a child, but I am pretty sure one cannot understand to what extent until they experience it for themselves!

One thing that was a huge eye opener for me was all the chemicals and harmful things we come into contact with daily. I had never been one to reach for the Aspirin as soon as I felt a headache coming on, but I became even more aware of these things after my son arrived. I didn’t want to put anything on or in this precious little bundle unless it was as natural as him! And I didn’t want to be cleaning with anything that could be harmful either. So I began seeking out natural alternatives and that is how I started my journey with Essential Oils!

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Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are simply amazing. The things they can do to aide our bodies in doing what they are made to do naturally is just fascinating!

When my son has a fever, I don’t run for the children’s Motrin, I grab my Peppermint Oil! A few dabs on the bottom of his feet and his fever is naturally brought down. Essential Oils take 30 seconds to enter your blood stream when applied to the bottom of your feet. Sure beats the 20+ minutes it sometimes take for an over the counter med to start working!

When he is teething and having a hard time falling asleep as night, a dab of Lavender and viola! A sleeping angel in no time flat! To think this is all natural! It seems magical if you ask me!!

Everyone has been to the doctor before, only to hear the dreaded ‘you have a viral infection and you just need to let it run its course’. Antibiotics do nothing for viruses that are inside your cells. But guess what – Essential Oils DO! Essential Oils are able to get inside your cells and effectively fight off viruses and bacteria. So next time your doc tells you there is no prescription he can write that will help you, try taking 3 drops of Oregano Oil, ‘nature’s #1 antibiotic’, in a gel tab every few hours. You will feel like a new person in no time flat!

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And Essential Oils don’t just stop at your health. They are effective in your homemade cleaning supplies and you can even COOK with them too! The possibilities are endless. Don’t spend money on fabric fresheners filled with chemicals! Add 20-30 drops of Lavender, Lemon or your favorite scent to water in a spray bottle and spray down your furniture, beds and your kiddo’s crib for a peaceful night’s sleep!

For those just starting out with Essential Oils, my top picks to arm yourselves with would be the following:


The Swiss Army Knife of Oil. Lavender is the most versatile and popular oil. It is great for burns, taking away pain and limiting blistering! It is a wonderful calming & sleep aid. It also works as a natural antihistamine providing relief from insect bites and allergies – rub it directly onto the sting or bite for relief. It also works wonders on diaper rash!


It has been double-blind studied against Tylenol and was proven to be just as effective in treating tension headaches. It is fantastic for digestive issues and works wonder on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When inhaled, Peppermint stimulates the brain to increase alertness.


Use a drop of lemon every day in your water to keep your body acid free (alkaline). Lemon helps clean your lymphatic system.  Lemon oil will clean ninety-nine percent of bacteria so be sure to add it to your homemade cleaning solutions! It works wonders as a wood furniture polish too!

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Melaluca – (Tea Tree Oil)

Melaluca is antibacterial and works wonders for acne.  It is also great for most skin conditions: general rashes, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, and MRSA.  You can rub it on your head to control dandruff and on your chest for coughs. Any knicks, cuts or scrapes your kiddos come home with can be dabbed with some Melaluca!

OnGuard (a dōTERRA blend)

This essential oil blend helps to strengthen your immune system. The US National Library of  Medicine now shows that dōTERRA’s OnGuard is effective in destroying the H1N1 virus. It has also been shown to kill 17 different strains of MRSA. OnGuard is great for disinfecting via a diffuser in your home – especially when you have company.  Rub it on your feet every night for cold prevention – this is a must for the kiddo’s when it is back to school. You can also make your own hand sanitizer using OnGuard and Coconut Oil.

NOTE: Please research all oils before using them. They are very potent and should be used carefully. Some oils are not safe for pregnancy or other conditions.

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(*Allison Preiss is a dōTERRA essential oil educator! Contact her today for your free consultation on how you can use Essential Oils to treat your ailments naturally!)


My name is Allison and I am a wife, mother to a wonderful boy, and passion animal advocate! My husband and I have lived on our farm for a little over four years. When we were looking for houses, it was my goal to purchase property where I could move my horse home with me – the property we chose just so happened to have an apple orchard on it! So, we are now self taught apple farmers! We sell at local farmers markets and have a small client base that come directly to the farm for pick up. I try to be as much of a Locavore as possible, eating fresh & homemade…and I love making homemade baby food. :)  

Allison blogs at The Novice Life. You can also show her some love by adding her Facebook page to your list.

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Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. I have an off-the-wall question based on my own experiences. Does Patchouli oil help with migraines? I have had success with simply the smell of Patchouli easing my migraines and I wondered if this is a common use for Patchouli. Thanks!!

    • Rebekah – yes! Patchouli can help with migraines/headaches! it is not one of the more common oils for this use, but everyone is different and this is one that had helped people!! That’s awesome for you!

  2. How do you “try taking 3 drops of Oregano Oil, ‘nature’s #1 antibiotic’, in a gel tab every few hours. ” I looked at the website and didn’t see gel tabs.

    • Hi Tamara – You can purchase empty gel tabs from any local health food store, like a GNC if you have one in your area, or even some larger stores like a target may have them.

  3. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would like to know some more specifics on just how to use the oils. Some she explains, but in other cases she says you can use it for ____ but I’m left guessing if I should put it on the soles of my feet or what?

    • Yolanda, I usually look things up online…maybe she can recommend a good book. :-)

    • Hi Yolanda! Most oils can be used multi-purpose. All can be applied to the bottoms of your feet and since doterra oils are all certified pure theraputic grade, they can all be ingested. It really just depends on what you are taking it for that helps determine how to use it.

      For example, Oregano on the bottoms of your feet to help with a cold you feel coming on usually works just fine, but if you feel like you need more ‘power’ and want to knock the cold out ASAP, you can ingest the oregano and do so a couple times throughout the day.

      There is a book, Modern Essentials, that can be purchased from that is a wonderful resource. Or, feel free to email me with any questions too! allison [dot] preiss [at] hotmail [dot] com

  4. Wow, thanks for this! I hear people talking about essential oils all the time but don’t really know what they are. Too bad I can’t stand the smell of lavender though 😉 I’ll have to stick to other oils!

  5. Oh, i love using essential oils when I”m making homemade cleaning supplies. I usually buy a brand from Acacia…but a lot of my friends also use essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, too…either way, essential oils are wonderful and they smell so good. My favorite is lemon and citrus :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  6. I have a good church friend who has a lavender farm. I’ve known her for nearly 3 years and I got my first bottle of lavender oil 2 weeks ago… Bit slow on the uptake! I use it for just about everything…

  7. This is a great article! I’m just now getting into EO’s and reading up all I can!

  8. Just wanted to say that although essential oils are amazing, make sure you research them. Some of them can be deadly. For example, peppermint oil placed near the face of an infant or child can cause them to be unable to breathe. (For adults it has an opposite affect–helps relieve congestion.) Please research the oils before using them. Thanks

    • You’re very correct. It’s always important to research medical treatments…that’s why I put this disclaimer at the bottom. :-)
      NOTE: Please research all oils before using them. They are very potent and should be used carefully. Some oils are not safe for pregnancy or other conditions.

    • Another general rule of them I tell people when teaching an oil class also is to never put oils near your eyes or nose. And of course, applications and amounts do vary from baby to child to adult. Thanks for noting!

  9. I’m interested in making some homemade bath salts for Christmas gifts. Would these oils be good for that? I keep reading to not put oils directly on skin and to always dilute it so I’m just a little uncertain on what to use. Thanks!

    • They should work fine…they’d be diluted in the bath water, right? I just add straight eucalyptus oil to the bath when we’re sick and it doesn’t cause any harm at all.

  10. Jannis Gather says:

    I am just starting with essential oils and pretty excited about their uses. You relayed that it takes only 30 seconds for them to enter you blood stream when applied to your feet which is excellent! Do you have any source you could point me to regarding this?

  11. This information was taken from the DoTerra website. :-)

  12. I am also new to using essential oils and have had great success this winter with fending off colds!

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