Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eight Ways to use Essential Oils with Your Kids!

For a Fever

Peppermint! Peppermint Oil can bring down a fever within minutes. When Liam or Savannah run a temperature, we rub some diluted Peppermint Oil up and down their spine and feet. Another way if your kids swallow pills is to put two drops lemon and two drops peppermint in a capsule. Within minutes their fever will come down. No Motrin or Tylenol needed.
For An Upset Tummy/Constipation

DigestZen! This is a blend that is specific to doTERRA, and is fabulous for tummy issues. Upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea – if your child has a tummy ache, this is the good stuff. Rub a drop of DigestZen, along with a carrier oil like Coconut Oil or Olive oil for dilution, onto your child’s tummy. This one is our go to for Liam. It has been working very well on him for all his stomach issues. 

For Sleep
Lavender and Lemon! I love these oils for lots of things, but for sleep its great. Lavender soothes and calms, and Lemon seals the deal. 1 drop of each rubbed into your child’s feet, and they’ll have a peaceful night of sleep. When Savy is having a hard time winding down from her softball games and late nights this stuff does the trick. She no longer comes out saying I can't fall asleep or I am not tired. Sleeping kid equals happy parents.

For Scrapes, Cuts, and Burns and Bites
Lavender, again! Like I said I use it for lots of things. For cuts and scrapes, a blend of both Lavender and Melaleuca is fantastic. Naturally antimicrobial and antiseptic, they can even clean open wounds (the way you would use Neosporin, except with no unnatural ingredients!). These oils are gentle enough that they work to soothe instead of sting, all while healing the wound. Lavender also works great to heal a burn. I put it on Savannah the other day for a scrap right before school. When she got home she said "look mom its almost healed". Her friend had a scrape and she said "my mom has an oil for that". I love that kid. My mom got bit with awful mosquitoes at my child's softball game. The next day they were itchy, red, swollen and she came over and I rubbed Lavender first on all of them. Then we layered with Melaleuca. With time the itch went away. We put it on again and the redness and swelling was a lot less. The next morning I called her to see how she was and if she needed more oil? She said no I am fine, they are healing up really well.

For A Headache

Peppermint again! Peppermint works great for those nasty headaches that kids get. It super easy just put a dab of carrier oil like Coconut Oil or Olive oil for dilution in your hand with a small drop of Peppermint oil. Rub on forehead and back of neck.

For A Sore Throat or Scratchy Throat

Lemon! Lemon oil is a powerful antiseptic and can help soothe a sore throat. I take a spoon and drop a 1/2 teaspoon of raw local honey with a drop of lemon oil and make my kids swallow it. I have done it on Savy and Liam and both say it takes the pain away. I have also warmed water up in a cup and added the honey and lemon oil for a soothing drink. My kids prefer the spoonful over the warm liquid.

For Ear Infections
Basil! Believe it or not, Basil works naturally and effectively to treat ear infections! While you should never put oil directly into the ear canal, rubbing a little Basil around, behind, and on the flat part of the ear can dramatically turn your child’s ear infection around! No expensive doctor’s visit, no antibiotics! I have not tried it yet on my kids, but know quite a few families that say it works very well.

For Teething
White Fir! I have not used this yet. I was thinking of trying it out when my kids complain of their permanent teeth coming in. Put a very small amount of the oil on the tip of the finger (by just touching the open top of the previously used bottle to get less than a drop of oil) and rub it directly on the gum where the tooth is trying to come through.

If you want to learn more and start treating your family with these essential oils you can contact me at or go to my page here

Note: I am not a physician. Listed above are some of the ways doTERRA Essential Oils are working for my family. Nothing more. Please consult your physician before deciding to go off of any medication. Also, not all Essential Oils are created equal (meaning doTERRA oils and health food store oils are simply not the same). You should NEVER ingest any oils that are not certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Transform your medicine cabinet with doTERRA Oils

This is how you can transform your medicine cabinet with oils
This is what your medicine cabinet could look like if you swapped out the over- the-counter medicines for oils. Modern over-the-counter medicines treat symptoms, are synthetic, may have unpleasant side effects, expire and are time-consuming. Essential oils are true healing, all natural, have positive effects, an extended shelf life, are efficient and simple to use. Best of all, they are kid-friendly! With all the changes and uncertainty surrounding healthcare I knew now, more than ever, I needed to do something about it and that is why I started using doTERRA essential oils.
Examples of how you can use these oils in place of OTC drugs
 Some examples in my house are:

  • Daughter was having a bad case of itchy skin. She usually scratches so much it bleeds. In the past we would put on a cortisone cream to make it stop itching. Now we simply take coconut oil and a few drops of Lavender and rub it over everything that itches. Usually it her belly and arms. Within minutes the itches are gone and she can go about her day. 
  • Liam my 6 year old has Ulcerative Colitis. When his tummy is upset, which is often I rub a drop or two of DigestZen on his stomach and within a half hour he is feeling much better. 
  • Kids get a fever I put Peppermint on their feet and it either goes down to low grade or gone completely. 
  • Have a headache? Peppermint oil on the forehead and PastTense on the base of the neck and your headache will be gone. Its simply amazing. 

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are not a drug, nor are they a cure. However, they do provide your body with the tools it needs to manage your health naturally. Our bodies are amazing things and sometimes just need a boost to do what they are designed to do. Essential oils do just that.

doTERRA essential oils are 100% certified pure, therapeutic grade. In plain English, this means you are getting pure, all natural oils without synthetic fillers, artificial ingredients or fragrances. And best of all, there are no side effects unlike traditional prescription or over-the-counter medicines!

Essential oils can be used in 3 different ways:
  • AROMATIC – Diffuse in a room to purify the air or to change emotion
  • TOPICAL - Apply directly to skin during massage or for topical therapy
  • INTERNAL - Consume as a dietary supplement for targeted wellness

Getting Started With Essential Oils:

An easy way to start using essential oils is with dōTERRA’s
Introductory Kit which includes a 5ml bottle each of:
  • Lemon to clean and freshen
  • Lavender for all things calming
  • Peppermint to cool and invigorate

The Family Physician Kit contains 6 essential oils and 4 essential
oil blends that no family should ever be without. The kit includes Lavender,
Lemon, Peppermint as well as:

  • Melaleuca first aid for the skin
  • Oregano for natural immune support
  • Frankincense the king of oils
  • Deep Blue for muscle and joint support
  • Breathe for respiratory support
  • DigestZen for digestive support
  • On Guard for natural defense

Information shared in this blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any illness or disease. Nor is it intended to replace proper medical assistance. Essential oils work to bring balance back to the body thereby helping the natural defenses to restore homeostasis. My intent is to encourage wellness and personal research by providing informative and helpful resources.

If you have questions or want to change your medicine cabinet today you can email me at or go here and get it coming to you now!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Update on Pumpkin Powder

Liam has been on the Seed Oil Company's pumpkin powder since October and is doing FANTASTIC!!!! I started with a teaspoon in his smoothies every other morning. I watched and waited for something to happen. The good news was nothing did. He did not get a tummy ache or have a loose bowel movement. His little body accepted the pumpkin powder with no problem.

Because he was doing so well I decided to add a tablespoon to his smoothie. Again all was okay. I am so relieved that I can give him a protein powder that is dairy and soy free. I notice on the days I don't put the powder in his smoothie he gets hungrier faster which is amazing. This was by far the best find I found for him. What I love most is that it does not change the taste, color or consistency of the smoothie.
Now that I know he can handle the Pumpkin Powder I throw it into cookies, muffins, and sauces. The kids have no idea and I feel good knowing I am giving them extra  Magnesium, Zinc, Iron and Phosphorus and vitamin K.

Here is his favorite recipe:

1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup pineapple juice
Frozen pineapple
Frozen mango
1 banana
1 Tbl Chia seeds
1 Tbl Pumpkin Powder
Little bit of ice
Blend up and serve!

Why choose doTerra?

Why choose doTERRA?

dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are 100% pure natural aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities. Proper extraction and quality control methods also ensure that dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are free of any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.

To raise the essential oil quality bar, the doTERRA founders defined a new standard for essential oils: “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” or “CPTG.” To meet this new standard, each batch of oil must meet the current “Pure Therapeutic Grade “ standard and then in addition to those requirements, each batch also must go through a mass spectrometry test as well. This test verifies that the amount of each required constituent is correct for each batch of oil to ensure maximum potency. In addition, this test also ensures that no additional ingredients such as weeds, pesticides or synthetics are in the oil. This allows doTERRA to guarantee that every batch is 100% pure, natural and free of synthetics. Read doTERRA's CPTG statement by Dr. Hill here.

CPTG refers to doTERRA's quality control process, which includes:

proper sourcing;
harvesting the plant material properly and at the optimum time;
follow proper distillation methods in the location that it is sourced;
proper analysis of the chemistry of the oils; and
proper handling and production. doTERRA's essential oils go through five types of third party testing, including:

gas chromatography;
mass spectrometry;
FTIR Scan (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy);
Microbial Testing; and
Organoleptic Testing.Find out more about these five types of tests here.

Because of the mass amounts of testing each batch of doTERRA essential oils go through, they are the safest most beneficial oils available on the market. Even individuals that have had a history of problems such as skin irritation or are sensitive to fragrances and have been using other essential oils have found better success with doTERRA oils because of the purity. The difference in quality and purity is easy to identify with a side-by-side test and is very noticeable in the aroma, touch and potency. Read more about what Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade means here, and also this will explain as well.

Safe for ingestion
Most essential oils that you buy at stores, including organic essential oils at health food stores, are not for internal use; whereas, doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are safe for ingestion (depending on the oil) and work perfectly with the body to support the normal functions of your body.

Why I chose doTERRA?
I chose doTERRA essential oils because I want the purest form of oils for my family. My has Ulcerative Colitis and I try and keep his eating and lifestyle as clean as possible. I found that the oils are a safe and pure for his system. I want to be proactive in my families health and not so dependent on western medicine to make the decisions for us. Don't get me wrong I believe there is a place for Doctors and Hospitals, believe me Liam see's his share still. I just am trying my hardest to keep him healthy so he does not have to see so many Doctors and can be the healthy boy I know he is meant to be. 
I am always searching for the scientific side and this website is great!

Here's a link to a short (3 minute video) discussing how essential oils would benefit your life and why doTERRA essential oils are different.

Order doTERRA essential oils

Three ways to order:

Retail price here. (Please don't pay retail price unless you are purchasing 1 or 2 oils for less than $50; becoming a Preferred Member will save you money if you plan on purchasing more than $50 in product).

Preferred member - Save 20% on the retail price for a one-time $10 membership fee (pays for itself if you purchase $50 or more in product) here.
Wholesale member / consultant - Save 25% on the retail price for a $35 membership fee (pays for itself if you purchase $140 or more in product) here

*Please note that by clicking the “Join as an Independent Consultant” does not require you to sell doTERRA products; it allows you to purchase all doTERRA products at wholesale cost.*

Shipping is generally $9.99 for orders in the US Expedited shipping is also available through FedEx (but will cost more).

If you live in Chico, CA you can purchase doTERRA essential oils directly through me at retail price, if you want to save on shipping costs.

Note: doTERRA ships internationally, including: Australia, Central America, Costa Rica, Europe, United Kingdom, French Polynesia, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.

Loyalty Rewards Program

doTERRA offers an opportunity for you to get free oils! The longer you participate in the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP), the more credits you can earn— up to 30% of your total monthly LRP purchases! This is a great way to save up for those more expensive oils or when you simply need that emergency oil. All you do is set up your Loyalty Rewards is by purchasing $50 or more of essential oils a month and start earning free points towards your free oils. This is available for preferred customers and wholesale customers / consultants.

Find out more about doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program here.

If you have any questions, please email Katie at

I look forward to empowering families helping them improve their physical 
and emotional health with 
essential oils.

Doterra Wellness Advocate

Hi everyone,
Well I am off on a new adventure. I am going to be a Doterra Wellness Advocate. My goal with becoming an advocate of Doterra oils is to share with people how I improved our family's health on a physical and emotional level. If you are not aware of my son's health issues, he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 2 years and 9 months. Let me tell you that the day he was diagnosed was the day I set out on my journey to heal him. I continue to research and learn about all kinds of alternative and healthy ways to help improve his health. During this journey I have actually changed myself, husband, both children and many other family members along with friends. You will see on this blog that we changed our diet but now I will share with you other things that we have changed in 2014.
I have to admit I was introduced to Doterra oils a few years ago. I went to a class with a friend and was interested but felt I could not afford the oils. I bought one oil called Past Tense and was given a free oil of Wild Orange.  The Past Tense I just used for stress and tension in my neck and shoulders. It works great, but I never researched what else I could use it for. The Wild Orange I use on my kids to calm them down when they are freaking out. Even though I saw some benefit to the two oils I had I still just put it on the back burner.
My friend Kristin called me a month ago and invited me to a get together because she wanted to share how Doterra oils had changed her and her daughters life. I went to her house and was re-introduced to them. I did not buy any that day, but felt a need to start researching. Through my research I found so many positive stories and families that were getting themselves healthier through these oils. Then I bit the bullet and got some peppermint and lavender. My son happen to get sick and I read that peppermint can reduce a fever. So I thought why not? His fever was 102 and I just simply put a drop in my hand and rubbed it on the bottom of his feet.
Within 30 minutes his fever was gone. I was shocked. Normally I would give him Advil which I hate to do because its not good for anyone especially someone with U.C. A couple hours later the fever started to climb back up and I applied the oil again and within 20 mins fever was gone. I got so excited I started looking up what else Peppermint was good for. I read it was good for headaches, so I rubbed it on my forehead that day along with my Past Tense on the base of my neck as well as on Liam for his headache. We waited and snuggled together and sure enough within 15 minutes we both started to feel better. This was the start of my journey with the oils. I called my friend Kristin up and said okay I am on board how do we do this?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Typical Dinners for us!

A lot of friends ask me what I fix for dinner all the time? Do I follow one Paleo book over another? Honestly I have adapted lots of my recipes to fit a Paleo lifestyle. I will have to do more post on individual recipes, but for now here is an idea of what we eat on a weekly basis. The key to dinners I always say is plan your week out. On busy days try to make a meal in the crock pot so its ready for you. Or prep ahead of time so you can just throw it together and eat right away. I am going to give you two ideas of meals on a given day. That way essentially you will see that there are two weeks of meals in this post. You could arrange them on any day or in any order.


1. BLT's without the bread and Sweet Potato Fries: Bacon wrapped in lettuce with tomato, possibly avocado. For Liam because he can't digest lettuce I just give him bacon with cherry tomatoes with some other veggie like bell pepper or cucumber. He also has a generous portion of Sweet Potato Fries. For the fries I leave the skins on so they some of it is crunchy.

2. Turkey and Beef Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries. I will have to post the recipe I came up with for my Turkey Burgers soon. They are amazing. Even my husband prefers them to beef.


1. Crock pot Marinara with Sausage or Meatballs served on Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini or Rice Noodles. Rice Noodles are not Paleo, but my kids really prefer them. Its a balancing act and since they don't upset Liam's tummy I tend to be a little lenient with them. With the Main course we will have a mixed Salad and sauted Green Beans or roasted Asparagus.

2. Crock Pot: BBQ Chicken ( Put Chicken in Crock Pot and put Barbecue sauce on top, let cook all day) side note make your own sauce or in a pinch I use one from Trader Joes that does not have a bunch of nasty ingredients in it. Side dishes with this meal are coleslaw and cut up pineapple along with green beans or another veggie


1. Herb Roasted Whole Chicken baked with roasted Sweet Potatoes. We usually have roasted cauliflower, roasted Brussels Sprouts or a salad with it. After we eat the whole Chicken I then put it in the crock pot over night and make broth.


1. Taco's: Taco meat (turkey and beef) with sauted bell pepper and onions. We cut up avocado, cherry tomatoes, limes, and cilantro. I use lettuce leaves in place of taco shells. Usually serve with fruit

2. Carnitas (click on it for the best recipe) and shredded salsa Chicken (throw chicken in crock pot and dump favorite jar salsa on top and let cook all day)  have the same ingredients as taco night.


1. Lemon Chicken (Barefoot Contessa recipe is amazing) serve with favorite vegetable and Salad.

2. Dairy Free Chicken Piccata served with steamed Artichokes and Lemon Kale Salad


1. Cobb Salad: I put everything in separate bowls and let my kids make it themselves. Liam eats everything but the lettuce. Our Salad consist of Mixed greens, hard boiled eggs, bacon, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, grilled chicken, mushrooms, bell pepper, almonds and cranberries. I make my own balsamic dressing for all my salads.

2. Asian Salad: Chicken fingers, butter lettuce and romaine lettuce, carrots, green onion, cucumber, red bell pepper, almonds and Asian dressing.


1. Leftover night

2. Breakfast: Eggs, Bacon, Canadian bacon or Sausage, Fruit, and Grain Free pancakes

Hope this helps give you some ideas!