Essential Oils for Wellness and Well Being
by Cheryl on October 8th, 2016

Hair Crisis Averted


I had a crisis a while ago that I will not let happen again.  I did not have enough doTERRA Salon Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner and I was leaving for vacation.  Sure I had some coming on my next order but that was not going to show up before we left. 
 
What to do?  What to do?  I could have gone and bought some other shampoo and conditioner before I left.  We were staying in the states, heck, we were staying in state, I could have gone to any drug store or salon and picked up some hair care products but that is not what I did.  I went online and re-routed the package containing my doTERRA Salon Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner so it would arrive at the time-share where  we were staying.  So a change fee and a few days later I had my favorite shampoo and conditioner. 
   
You might be wondering if these products are really worth all that effort and my answer is a resounding yes.  I love this stuff.  My hair is soft and shiny, I can get a comb through it after I towel dry it, and my hair is healthier. 
 
One of the other great things about this shampoo and conditioner is that a little goes a long way.  I have long hair – it is not thick but there is a lot of it and I can use a quarter size dollop of each.  Previously I had used a very expensive salon brand and had to use a strawberry sized glob in order to get a lather and spread the products through my hair.  One bottle lasts me a little over two months.  The same size bottle of the salon brand lasted about 40 days and this costs less than that brand.
 
dōTERRA Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo provides the gentle cleansers necessary to remove dirt, toxins, and other impurities from hair. CPTG essential oils Wild Orange and Lime help to detoxify the hair without increasing mechanical damage to the hair shaft. Protecting Shampoo supports healthy fibroblast growth and collagen production. It contains derivatives from sugar beet (Betaine) which provide protection against damage caused by exposure to UV sunlight.
dōTERRA Salon Essentials Smoothing conditioner contains extracts which have a sealing effect on the cuticle of each hair shaft, temporarily correcting the appearance of damaged hair. By sealing and smoothing the hair shaft, friction is reduced during combing, brushing, and styling, helping to reduce mechanical damage to the hair. Natural extracts help reverse the effects of physiological and environmental stressors that can inhibit hair growth. These extracts support the production of keratin, a vital component of hair growth.
 
The products work together to create healthier scalps and hair.  Both products protect the hair shaft against damage caused by frequent washing, UV sunlight, heat styling, and chemical treatments. Natural antioxidants protect the hair shaft and increase retention of color in treated hair.  In addition, these products work to correct previous damage and improve overall appearance and hydration of the hair.  The result is hair that looks and feels healthier, shinier, and softer. CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils help improve overall health of the scalp and hair, and improve nutrient delivery to the scalp and hair follicles.

​Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email at Cheryl@BeOilRight.com or at her website: http://www.BeOilRight.com 

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on September 22nd, 2016

​I am assuming this happens elsewhere, a weather system arrives and the change in pressure and you find your head feeling like it is in a vice.  Perhaps that old injury you forgot about is suddenly making its presence known again.  It happened to me when Hurricane Hermine came to town.  My head, my lower back, and both knees, if I had an injury there previously it probably hurt that day. 
 
Essential Oils to the rescue....
​My favorite blend for moments like this is pretty simple, I have heard it called many things but to me it is just my Pressure Blend and it is easy to mix up:
 
In a 10ML roller bottle mix:
10 drops of Frankincense
10 drops of Marjoram
5 drops of Roman Chamomile or Helichrysum
 

I keep this mixed up and by my bed for those days when I am feeling this way.   When you are not feeling tip top is the last time you want to have to make up a blend.  
​If you are ready to learn more about using essential oils and being prepared for life’s little emergencies.  Click the contact box at the top of the screen and I will schedule a time with you or you can call me at 850-296-7976.


Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email atCheryl@BeOilRight.com or at her website: http://www.BeOilRight.com 

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on September 9th, 2016

​Hurricane Hermine was an unexpected guest last week.  It has been a while since we faced a hurricane, eleven years to be exact since we got walloped by Wilma in South Florida.  After going through three hurricanes in two years, two of those in the same month we were pretty good at preparations. What I learned getting ready for this one is that I was out of practice.  I thought I had my normal checklist done and was helping with other things but kept coming up with additional things I needed to do.  I got them all done but not nearly as smoothly as in the past.  My system was broken.  
​Using essential oils is like this, they are amazing but you need to be ready, you need to have a system.   What does that mean?
 
Know where they are.   I had someone who bought oils from me a while back give me a call to ask what oils she could use to tame an itch on a rash her daughter had.  I told her lavender.  She asked if lavender from the drug store would work.  I was a little confused and asked where her doTERRA essential oils were and her answer still stings today – “I don’t know.”    Know where your essential oils are, if you cannot find them to use them the essential oils will not help.
 
Learn about oils.  I think experimenting and finding what works for you is one of the best thing about essential oils.  I cannot think of any essential oil that does not have multiple uses.  I love to do some research and decide which oil to try or maybe even find or develop a blend.  doTERRA provides good information on the oils and AromaticScience.com has links to many scientific papers. 
​Use them for non-emergencies.  I cannot stress the importance of using them for the seemingly little things so when you really need them you think of them right away.  I had an experience where I got some bad food and although if it were anyone else I would have got one of my oils immediately but as it was me laying on the floor it took more than an hour to get my doTERRA DigestZen Essential Oil Blend out and give myself some relief.  Now when I have a little something I right away go to my oils as opposed to waiting to see if it passes.  That way it is second nature and the first thought I have when something less comfortable strikes.
 
Have a reference book at your fingertips.  There are a lot of great reference books out there. Take a look at them, ask other oil users, pick one or two, then keep it handy.  I actually have collected a few different books I like but I have my favorite.  I have more than one of that favorite book.  There is one upstairs, one downstairs, one in the vehicle I drive the most, and soon to be one at the cabin that is almost done.  I always have one when I need it.
​Have the tools you need.  Sure, the essential oil is the star but every star needs a supporting cast.  What else could it need you ask.  Carrier oils, roller bottles, spray bottles, to name a few.  I always have my carrier oils handy as I prefer to dilute my oils when using topically.  Roller bottles and spray bottles make application easier.  I also have veggie caps readily available for oils I choose to take internally. 
 
Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scout Movement said, “Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” This should be true for all of us.  We need to be prepared whether for natural disasters or use these amazing essential oils.
 
If you are ready to learn more about using essential oils and being prepared for life’s little emergencies.  Click the contact box at the top of the screen and I will schedule a time with you or you can call me at 850-296-7976.


Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email at Cheryl@BeOilRight.com or at her website: http://www.BeOilRight.com 

by Cheryl on August 13th, 2016

If it is wrong to love your toothpaste, I don’t want to be right.   I love doTERRA’s On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste.   I look forward to brushing my teeth; sometimes I do it just because I want to. 
 
Toothpaste is one of those unglamorous needs we have that I think many of us just use the brand we have always used until we have a compelling reason to change.  My compelling reason to change was fluoride, the more I learned about it, the more I was sure I did not want any in my body.  So I started my quest for a fluoride free toothpaste.  The first one I got was at a health food store, my mouth did not feel clean, my teeth did not look clean, after three weeks I could not take it anymore and used fluoride toothpaste until I found my next brand. 
 
This time I did some research and got one that a lot of people loved.  It was much better than the previous one but my next dental check up was not.  Some of that could have been from the three weeks with the non-performing brand but nonetheless it was out.  I found a clay based one that I really liked and my teeth were clean, my dental check up was good, but the flavor left something to be desired.
 
Then not long after I started with doTERRA someone suggested that I try the OnGuard toothpaste.  I was not sure, finding this toothpaste had been such a challenge but I decided to give it a try.  I am glad I did.   My teeth are clean, my smile is brighter, my breath is fresher.  This is the toothpaste I have been looking for.
 
 doTERRA's OnGuard toothpaste is fluoride-free.  This Natural Whitening Toothpaste combines the protective benefits of dōTERRA’s proprietary On Guard® blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils with other natural ingredients. This formula helps strengthen teeth, reduce plaque and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents. The On Guard® blend of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils provides a first line of defense against germs and other pathogens that can infect the mouth and throat. The addition of essential oils of peppermint and wintergreen and the natural sweetener xylitol give On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste a refreshingly unique cinnamon-mint flavor leaving breath (and toothbrush) fresh and clean throughout the day.
 
One of the great things about this product and other doTERRA products is
dōTERRA’s “NONE OF THE BAD” philosophy.  This means it does not contain artificial colors, diethanolamine (DEA), formaldehyde donors, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), toluene, or triethanolamine (TEA).   Your WHOLE family can safely use this toothpaste.

Why not try it today?
 
If you want to learn more about On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste or other doTerra products call me, PM me on Facebook, or email me.  I love to share these products and how they have helped me.

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on July 11th, 2016

​As I have shared before anytime I travel my essential oils go with me.  Flying with your essential oils is not really complicated, you just need to follow the rules.  For domestic travel the rules are most easily shared with the official TSA language:
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.

Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
​Now that said I have never had an essential oil cause an alarm, a few questions and even a sample to be provided, but never an alarm.  It also means you can take your coconut oil for diluting and a few oils with you on the plane.  I find the best way to do that is pre-dilute any essential oils you usually dilute and take them on the plane that way.  That allows you to fit more in your carry on, for a long trip or an uneasy traveler that is important. 
Remember for carry on you only get one – 1 quart bag per person flying so pick wisely.  If you want to bring other liquids they need to fit in that same bag.  Some will tell you they have got more than one 1 quart bag through but I have seen the TSA take all kinds of things away for not packing per the rules and I am not willing to take that chance.  You can get your bottle of water to hydrate before flying on the other side of security.  Many airports have water fountains with bottle fillers if you want to take your favorite drinking vessel (I carry my Hydro Flask everywhere) empty through the TSA checkpoint.
 
​You can always put your essential oils in a checked bag.  You cannot lock a checked bag or TSA will cut the lock if they decide it needs to be checked.  I am careful to make sure I put any oils I am packing in a zipping side pocket or in my toiletry bag so they do not get missed should it fall out during a check, those bottle are awfully small next to the size of a suitcase.  I recently went on a trip where I had a last minute request to bring an oil for a friend, I opened the top of my suitcase and shoved it in – that oil was not there when I arrived but I think it had more to do with my poor packing than some TSA Agent wanting that blend. ​

If you are flying internationally you need to check to see what you can bring into the other country.  I have yet to find a country that an essential oil has caused a problem but I have heard enough from others that travel abroad regularly that it is worth checking.  The US State Department has an excellent too for this you can access here.  There is a box that says “Learn About Your Destination” and you just put in the country you are traveling to.  
​A few oils to consider carrying with you on the plane: 
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Cedarwood
  • Protective  Blend
  • Digestive Blend
  • Tension Blend
  • Grounding Blend
  • Respiratory Blend
​As you can see there is more than enough room in this 1 quart zipping bag for 11 oils.  I have fit as many as 18 using 10ml bottles and pre-diluting the all but two of the oils.
 
When you pack to head to the airport be sure you put this in a place you can get to it because you will need to pull it out at the TSA checkpoint.  You will also want it in the bag you are placing under the seat in front of you – it would be terrible to know the only thing between you and your oils in the overhead compartment is the guy on the aisle who is sound asleep.
​When using essential oils it is important to be sure you are using oils that have been quality tested and are safe.  If you are interested in the essential oils I use please contact me.

​​Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email at Cheryl@BeOilRight.com or at her website: http://www.BeOilRight.com