Siberian Fir for Calming and Soothing

The Siberian fir tree is a tall, light in color, conifer tree native to Russia and Canada. Siberian Fir essential oil has a refreshing, woody scent that is known for its calming and relaxing properties. Siberian Fir has a unique chemical composition that is predominately bornyl acetate, which provides a majority of the easing benefits of this essential oil. Siberian Fir can be very soothing to the skin, making it an ideal essential oil to add to a comforting massage. When diffused, Siberian Fir can help promote feelings of easy breathing, while calming the emotions and providing a grounding effect.





Aromatic Description

Green, woody, fresh

Collection Method

Steam distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

Bornyl acetate



  • After strenuous activity, massage into skin for soothing comfort.
  • When working through difficult circumstances at home, work, or school, diffuse Siberian Fir to help reduce stress.
  • Apply topically to skin to help soothe minor skin irritations.
  • Inhale deeply and experience the refreshing aroma.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Primary Benefits

  • Helps balance emotions and soothe anxious feelings
  • Diffuse for a relaxing aroma
  • Provides a soothing effect when used in massage




Copaiba Essential Oil: β-caryophyllene and Endocannabinoid System

Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil.

Similar to Black Pepper essential oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.*

Although Copaiba does not contain cannabinoids, the main component β-caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.* It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.*

Now, I am not a doctor or a scientist, but I have been reading up on some of the research on this fascinating oil. You can click HERE to read about a study I found on Copaiba. The conclusion from this study states:

“In this study, we provide the first experimental evidence that COR is an anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective agent following an acute damage to the CNS. COR sesquiterpenes, including β-caryophyllene, are likely responsible for the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects here described. This hypothesis should be investigated in further studies using molecular biology techniques in different in vitro and in vivo experimental models of CNS disorders. Considering that β-caryophyllene is already an FDA-approved food additive, these natural sesquiterpenes have an enormous potential to decrease the burden of inflammation-induced damage following neural and nonneural diseases.”

You can also find some valuable information about β-caryophyllene and the body’s Endocannabinoid System at

“The endogenous cannabinoid system (Endocannabinoid System), the namesake of the plant that led to its discovery, isn’t a controversial topic at all, but one of the most important physiologic systems involved in human health. As recent research is discovering, it is also one of the body systems that can be most positively influenced through the use of essential oils.

Endocannabinoids and the receptors that they communicate with to induce physiological responses are found all throughout the body. Your brain, vital organs, immune cells, and even connective tissue contain endocannabinoid receptors, which are tasked with maintaining the stability of our body’s internal processes while dealing with fluctuations in the external environment. Immune response, inflammatory response, memory, and even appetite are influenced by these receptors. They are a vital link between the brain and the rest of the body, coordinating communication by different cell types.

CB1 & CB2 Receptors

While we speculate that there may be several different types of cannabinoid receptors, we have currently identified two different subtypes: CB1, which is expressed primarily on the nerve cells in the brain, and CB2, which is expressed predominantly on white blood cells within the immune system. Research has shown that CB1 activation influences memory processing and pain regulation, but it is also induces psychoactive effects.1 CB2 receptors support healthy nervous system function, proper immune function, and have soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that of CB1), primarily through their ability to regulate inflammation.2,3 But perhaps most interesting, CB2 activation does not have the same psychoactive side effects as does its counterpart, CB1.4


There is a breadth of research that suggests terpenoid compounds found in many essential oils can have a vast influence on these receptors, but the research is particularly strong in regards to one specific sesquiterpene. Recent research has demonstrated that the bicyclic sesquiterpene beta-caryophyllene has the ability to bind to CB2 receptors (5). What this means is that along with its cellular and skin-health supporting properties, due to its activation of CB2 receptors, beta-caryophyllene may also support healthy nervous and immune function, and have similar soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that prompted by CB1 activation), without the potential psychoactive side effects.*

While beta-caryophyllene is primarily known for its presence in the essential oils extracted from Black Pepper, Clove, Melissa, and Rosemary, the best source is actually the lesser-known oil Copaiba. GC-MS assessments have shown that many sources of Copaiba essential oil are composed of more than 50% beta-caryophyllene, and not surprisingly, the properties of this oil extracted from the oleoresin of Copaifera species trees is becoming a popular topic of research. There have been over 70 peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals in the last few years evaluating the benefits of Copaiba, several of which focus on its CB2-binding properties and the associated health benefits.

Using various usage models, beta-caryophyllene-rich Copaiba essential oil, through its activation of CB2 receptors, has the ability to positively influence our health in ways we are just beginning to understand.”      Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS



Aromatic, Topical, Internal
Plant Part:
Resin from Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii
Extraction Method:
Steam distillation
Aromatic Description:
Spicy, woody
Main Chemical Component:




So how do you use Copaiba essential oil?  Let’s look at the benefits, and some ways to use it daily:


Benefits of Copaiba Essential Oil:

• Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems*
• Powerful antioxidant*
• Helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system*
• Promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes

Here are some ways you can use Copaiba essential oil:

• Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, or tea to support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory system.*
• Provides antioxidant support when ingested.*
• Take internally to help soothe and calm the nervous system.*
• Apply topically to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.


DoTerra Copaiba Essential Oil
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Retail: $46.67

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*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.

Essential Oils for Surgery

I’ve had several friends go under the knife recently and it’s had me thinking about essential oils for surgery.

Surgery can be a daunting and scary experience. Even elective procedures can have their risks. So how can we support someone as they prepare for their operation?

First- help address their needs. What are their biggest concerns?  Are they worried about nausea or vomiting when coming out of the anesthesia? Are they concerned about achey muscles, or not sleeping well during their recovery? What about infection, swelling, or even anxious feelings leading up to the actual operation?

There are lots of options, so check out the list below for some ideas. (And be sure to talk to their doctors about these ideas prior to surgery!)






If you’d like to read up on some studies,  this one on  reported that “Findings indicate that ginger essential oil inhalation has implications for alleviating postoperative nausea and vomiting in abdominal surgery patients.”

Another study, also on, found that “Lavender aromatherapy had beneficial effects on PVC pain, anxiety, and satisfaction level of patients undergoing surgery.”

There is lots of great information here as well:  Hindawi Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  So read up, and get prepared!

And of course… Before starting anything new, be sure to talk to their doctors about everything.


Essential oils can be a great complementary therapy to help patients feel more comfortable, relaxed, and peaceful about their procedure. It can also help them during the recovery period. If you have questions about how to use these oils, let me know. I’m happy to be a resource for you!






Essential Oils for Mothers and Babies



It’s natural to have questions about using essential oils for pregnancy, birth and babies. Join us for this webinar and learn from two experts!

Hear recommendations for essential oil use to create and maintain the perfect space during pregnancy, labor, and delivery from: Stephanie Fritz, Certified Professional Midwife.
You’ll also get a closer look at essential oil safety from Dr. Paul Winterton, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Wednesday, April 12
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Thursday, April 13
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Register for the Webinar here:


Launching a Leadership Revolution

When I was in college, I had a lot of crazy jobs.  My freshman year I worked as a stadium cleaner– after football games we’d clean the bleachers and the entire stadium.  After the games all my friends would go out for ice cream while I got to scrape nachos off the bleachers, and pick up dirty diapers. Fun, right?
Some other jobs I had during college- I cut up fruit and made fruit trays at 4:30am every morning– That was pretty fun too.  I can remember a few nights where I barely went to bed before 4:30, so getting up that early was quite challenging. I remember actually falling asleep once, while standing up!  I was standing there, chopping fruit with this huge knife, and I was…. dozing… off…  Yikes! Not something you want to do while wielding a very sharp knife.
Then I got a job at the campus bookstore, which seemed like a total dream after those other jobs.  Working during daylight hours?  Yes please!   Working with no nacho cheese involved? Yes please!
One day I was working at the bookstore when a friend of mine came in. We were both art majors.  Actually, I was working on my bachelors degree, and he was working on his Masters degree– but we were both in the art program. He told me that he had just come from an interview at the Museum of Art on campus, and that the person interviewing him said that he was overqualified for the job… because he was a Master’s student.
So did that mean I WASN’T overqualified?   He said I should call her.  And I did. She said “Can you come over now?”       I was in the middle of my shift at the bookstore, but I asked to take a 15 minute break and then ran across campus as fast as I could.  I ran through the bookstore, across the quad, through the art building, down the stairs, across the main floor, up the stairs, out the doors, through the sculpture garden, and… into the Museum of Art.   I was huffing and puffing. I was sweaty.  I walked into that interview with no preparation at all…  but I got the job!
Her name was Ellen Powley. She was the head of the Museum’s Education department, and despite my huffing and puffing, we had a great interview.  She said she felt really good about me, and offered me the job. I was shocked. I ran back to my other job, totally elated and ready for this new chapter in my life.
I didn’t know it then, but Ellen Powley would dramatically change my life.
Ellen Powley saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.  She gave me tasks that I felt were above my skill set– with the full expectation that I could (and would) do them. She believed in me. When executives or important guests visited the museum she would go out of her way to introduce them to me, as if I were the VIP. She would say “Oh, you have to meet my assistant Mandi!  Mandi is an art student…” and then she would sing my praises for several minutes.
She treated me with such respect- always giving me her full attention- always wanting to hear my opinion- always ready to help me succeed.
I suddenly felt a dramatic shift in my life. I was more confident. I discovered new talents and skills. I realized that I was capable of so much MORE in my life. I knew I could succeed. Ellen believed in me, so I believed in me.
Although I didn’t realize it until many years later, the qualities that I so admired in Ellen and the ways in which she affected me so dramatically– all those qualities and traits can be summed up in one simple word.
Ellen was a leader. She saw the very best in me, she edified me, and she helped me discover my potential. She inspired me.
All the problems in the world- war, hunger, greed– they are caused by a lack of leadership. Even problems in our families are caused by leadership problems. We have bosses, we have managers, we have politicians. But there are very few true LEADERS.
“Leadership is the influence of others in a productive, vision-driven direction and is done through the example, conviction, and character of the leader.”
am working on my own leadership so that I can edify and inspire the people in my family, my team, my tribe. One of my greatest wishes is that everyone would read this inspiring book “Launching a Leadership Revolution” and would begin working on their own leadership skills. Think how we could transform our families, schools, and neighborhoods if more of us were leaders. Think how this would transform our cities, our nations, and our planet! Let’s launch a leadership revolution!
I will be forever grateful to Ellen Powley, and the many great leaders that have changed my life. I hope to be that same kind of leader for my children, my friends, and everyone within my circle. Leaders change lives!

What is STRESS doing to your Body?

Stress is a response to challenges in life that your brain interprets as a call to action. It’s your body’s preparation for “fight or flight”  as adrenaline and stress hormones are released throughout the body. These hormones affect your actions, thoughts, and emotions.

When in a dangerous situation (being chased by a bear) your heart will pump faster so that you can run away. Your body will also slow down digestion and reproduction functions– and funnel that energy to other parts of the body so it can run faster. Your body also perceives mental stress (a bad job review) the same as physical stress (being chased by a bear) so you feel tense, on edge, and like you’re ready to run, or ready to bite someone’s head off.

So here’s the real problem:  Your body is designed to be in this fight-or-flight mode for very short bursts– and NOT long term. Chronic stress wears out your adrenals. It causes health problems. It causes mental problems.

Sustained levels of stress lead to:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Digestive problems
  • Infertility
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sweating and rapid breathing
  • Sleep problems
  • Poor immunity
  • Asthma


We live in a time where “busy” is glorified. We wear our stress like a badge of honor. We talk about how stressed we are, blame things on stress, and use it as our scapegoat. But it’s just not sustainable. We can’t keep doing this to our bodies!

If you’re ready to step away from that kind of lifestyle, make that choice and then do it.

You can take action over stressors that you CAN control–your own habits, behavior, environment and relationships:

  • Define the problem
  • Think about what you want to happen
  • Brainstorm possible solutions
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of possible solutions
  • Make a plan and then do it.
  • If the first solutions doesn’t work, try others.

If a source of stress is beyond your control, then try something to calm and soothe yourself. Send your body clear messages that you’re safe, and it’s time to relax:

  • Put on some essential oils
  • Listen to calming music
  • Take a bath
  • Have lunch with a friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Do yoga
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Meditate
  • Take a nap
  • Serve someone else


If stress has become part of your daily life, decide today that you want to make a change. It’s affecting your health. It’s affecting your relationships. Your body is sending you messages that something needs to change! Take a serious look at your life and see what you need to release. You should also think about what you need to add.

If you haven’t tried meditation before, I highly recommend starting with this one. It’s so simple, and you can do it anytime you’re feeling stressed.

It’s a Kundalini Yoga Meditation, and it’s called The Meditation for a Calm Heart. You will love it!



Ginger Pear Green Smoothie

Happy new year!

My hubby and I just spent the last week doing a detox. We ate nothing but smoothies and salads (raw fruits and vegetables) for 5 days. We could feel our bodies getting healthier, less toxic, and our taste buds changing. We started to appreciate how sweet and delicious fruit is again (as opposed to all the goodies we ate over Christmas) and even shed a few pounds. It’s awesome!

Since we’ve been back into smoothies, it’s been fun to experiment with different recipes. Check out this one for a Ginger Pear Green Smoothie– which is packed full of vital nutrients, fibers, and minerals to keep your body fueled and functioning properly. This green drink is so easy and yummy—you’ll be craving it for breakfast, lunch, and dessert!

Ginger Pear Green Smoothie

Health Benefits:

Spinach: Abundant flavanoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.[1]

Pears: Most of the fiber in pears is non-soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which means that it acts as a bulking agent in the intestines. It accumulates the food and adds bulk so it is easier to pass through the intestines. Furthermore, it stimulates secretion of gastric and digestive juices so food moves through the body more smoothly.[2]

Almond Butter:
 Some of almond butter’s health benefits come from its calcium and copper content. Both minerals play a role in brain cell communication and keep your nervous system functional, while calcium also aids in muscle function and keeps your skeleton strong. Copper enables you to make melanin, which is a pigment that helps protects your skin from the sun.[3]



  • 1 heaping cup fresh spinach
  • 1 heaping cup diced frozen pears (cut fresh pears and freeze for 1 hour)
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop of Ginger essential oil



  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.



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Why Forests are Good For You

Forest of trees, terpenes in the airWalking through a thick forest is an exciting experience, with its varied medley of plants, animals, and terrain.

Did you know that in addition to the visual beauty you are experiencing in that forest, you are also inhaling a large amount of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes?

Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are the main components of essential oils. Researchers have learned that forests contain an astonishing array of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted into the air in mass quantities by trees and other plants. Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are some of the principal VOCs emitted by forests.

Do you recognize any of these terpenes: alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, limonene, carene, myrcene, alpha-terpinene, beta-phellandrene, sabinene, para-cymene, ocimene, and gamma-terpinene? They are top components of some of your favorite essential oils and are just a few of the terpenes emitted by forests.

No wonder we feel so happy and blissed-out while camping or hiking in the forest!  …Or when experiencing the scent of our freshly cut Christmas tree!

Those monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are mood-elevating, balancing and soothing to our minds and body. Let’s all go for a hike!


DIY Mask for Dry Winter Feet and Hands

You don’t have to stress about dry hands and feet this Winter. Try this nourishing hand/foot mask, made with Bergamot essential oil (and other healthy ingredients) for nourished and beautiful hands and feet. You can make this easy DIY mask!

DIY mask for dry winter hands and feet. Moisturizing for dry winter skin.
Why use a hand/foot mask?
 Since our feet have the most pores per square inch than any other area of the body, it is important to remember to treat the feet! And our hands are often exposed to cold weather, wind and weather so they can be red, dry and cracked. What you put on your skin will absorb into the rest of the body, so do your best to gather high quality, organic ingredients for this mask.


1/2 cup organic Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons organic raw honey
2 splashes doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 stalk organic celery
6 drops Bergamot essential oil


Notes about ingredients used:

  • The probiotics in Greek yogurt help deliver beneficial proteins and the lactic acid it contains rids the surface of old cells, making way for radiant, fresh skin.
  • Celery is rich in zinc, which helps to repair dry, cracked skin. Celery also carries vitamins and is cleansing and detoxifying.
  • Raw honey is a natural humectant, contains beneficial enzymes and antioxidants, and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Bergamot essential oil is calming and soothing to the skin. It also boosts self-esteem and self-love.


  1. Grate stalk of celery and drain excess moisture in strainer or with paper towel.
  2. Add celery and remaining ingredients to food processor or blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Ready a wet washcloth or sit by tub.
  5. Apply mask immediately to entire foot with fingers or brush. Then apply to your hands.
  6. Let sit 15–20 minutes while enjoying mask’s cooling sensation and the calming effects of Bergamot essential oil.
  7. Rinse off and enjoy your beautifully nourished hands and  feet.


The NEW Holiday Joy

Holiday Joy has always been one of my favorite oil blends, and it’s only available during the Holidays. But this year it’s even better! They’ve changed up the formula a bit, and added Siberian Fir essential oil.  Its delicious!

Every time I have it in my diffuser, and people come over, they say “Wow- your house smells amazing!”  or “What are you baking? It smells delicious.”  They also think my fake Christmas tree is REAL.

And the best part…. it smells this good with none of the toxic chemicals that are in scented candles and air fresheners.  Just 100% pure essential oils. That’s it!

I’m telling ya, this stuff should be called Holiday MAGIC.  It’s magic in a bottle.


Holiday Joy from DoTerra