Essential Oils for Wellness and Well Being
by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on June 29th, 2016

​I love working in my garden but when I really get going and spend some time out there I often come in to realize just how much I overdid it.  I am hot, tired, sore, and parched.  So I reach for a handful of oils I know along with a hot shower will help me feel better to tackle the rest of my to-do list.  Peppermint, Lemon, Marjoram, Frankincense and immortelle are just a few of my go to oils to get back to being me. 
 
 
​Peppermint essential oil is so cooling.  I actually take a 16 oz spray bottle with 20 drops of this little wonder and topped off with water out in the garden with me.  A mist on the back of my neck helps to cool me off when I am getting hot.  I often spritz my body again right before I step in the shower. 
 
Lemon tastes so good in my water and helps me to get that hydration level back to where it should be. 

​Marjoram is another post gardening essential oil must for me.  I keep a 10ml roller bottle with 15 drops each of marjoram and frankincense topped off with fractionated coconut oil to rub on my sore muscles.  The frankincense relaxes the muscles while the marjoram soothes tired, stressed muscles. 
 
Frankincense is mixed with my body lotion, 1 drop for a silver dollar size dollop of lotion to help that often dried out skin be rejuvenated.  

​Finally, I use immortelle on my face especially around my eyes (I am a squinter in the sun regardless of hats and sunglasses) and where I got exposure to the sun.  Immortelle provides a soothing sensation when applied and helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin.  We all want to look as young as we can for as long as we can.
 
When you are using essential oils on your skin it is important to be sure you are using oils safe for topical use.  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

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on June 26th, 2016

​One often overlooked aspect of a clean garden is taking care or your tools.  I had a friend who had put so much time and effort into an organic garden but after her time in the garden she was using bleach, a name brand disinfectant, and motor oil to care for her tools.  YUCK.  What good is it to care for your plants and soil with only organic items then care for your tools with chemicals? 
 
I have a few things I do to care for my tools that seem to be working very well and no chemicals!
  1. ​I use a good steady spray from the hose to get the debris off my tools.
  2. If there is something really sticking or some rust use some elbow grease and steel wool or a steel brush.
  3. For sticky residue try a mixture of 20 drops of lemon essential oil and 3 oz of coconut or olive oil.  (some people use canola oil but I won’t put that in my body so I am not putting it in the garden).  Apply with a rag, give it a good rub, and rinse as needed
  4. Oil down your tools.  Admittedly I only do this at the end of the season which is twice a year here in FL. Any high quality oil you are willing to cook with will do.  Just pour a little on a rag and rub down the metal parts of the tools.  I have also heard of people using a 5 gallon bucket with a mixture of sand and cooking oil and placing the tool heads down in the sand.  
​With proper care your tools will last a life time of gardening. 
 
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

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on June 16th, 2016

​Like many of you one of my past times is gardening.  I initially started out with a vegetable garden so I could have more control over my food source.  I found I really enjoyed it.  Not only did I have really fresh fruits and vegetable to enjoy but I felt better.  I was getting exercise, producing something, and enjoying the benefits of the dirt.
 
A CNN article from 2011  touts the many benefits of gardening which includes the reasons I cited as well as some surprising benefits: stress health, better mental health, and brain health.  Who is not looking for ways to improve in those areas?  For me the reduction in stress was immediately noticeable, I seemed to be less on edge and when I do get stressed a little time in the garden does wonders for me.  I never thought weeding would be therapeutic but is sure is for me.  There is just something about getting my hands dirty that I have found makes me very happy.
 
I have to share that my oils go out there with me, too.  I have several things I use my essential oils for in the garden and I invite you to check out my class about using essential oils <link> in the garden but want to share a few of the quick ones with you.
 
Peppermint – most rodents and pests dislike peppermint.  When I start having issues with bugs and rodents I quickly put some peppermint essential oil on a piece of cotton or a cotton ball and place strategically in the garden.  I find just hitting the four corners of my 12 x4 raised bed can take care of most problems.  I know some people grow peppermint for that reason but it can be so invasive that I prefer to keep the peppermint plants growing in pots.
 
Lemongrass – pollinators are important in the garden and with the decline in their numbers I have, on occasion, needed to attract them to my garden and yard.  A drop of lemongrass essential oil on an organic cotton swab and stuck in the garden does wonders for attracting bees and the like. 
 
Lemon – finally once I bring that produce in I like to clean it by soaking it in a sink full of water with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil.  I leave it in for a few minutes then take it out and give it a good rinse and pat it dry or put it in my salad spinner. 
 
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

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on June 7th, 2016

​​With the holiday weekend we, like many of you, were outside more than we are most of the time.  I made the mistake of not putting on my favorite bug spray (more on that another day) and got bug bites.  I whipped up this little blend that pretty much helped me forget those pesky bug bites were there:
 
10ml roller bottle
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of melaleuca (aka tea tree) essential oil
5 drops of frankincense essential oil
Top the bottle off with fractionated coconut oil (jojoba, hemp, or almond oil would be good as well)
 Why these oils you ask?  Peppermint is cooling and sometimes those bites sting.  Lavender is soothing and great for itchy skin.  Melaleuca is great for skin irritations. Finally, Frankincense promotes healthy cellular function and is soothing.  I like to use fractionated coconut oil in these recipes for a carrier oil but you can use the carrier oil of your choice. 
 
I used this blend a few times after the bites started to itch and really forgot they were there.
 
When you are using essential oils on your skin it is important to be sure you are using oils safe for topical use.  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

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on January 1st, 2016

3 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup onion, diced
1 drop cilantro essential oil
2 drops lime essential oil
(Optional) 1 drop cumin essential oil
4 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (including seeds)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
Stir the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, essential oils, jalapeno pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Serve.

 
When you are cooking with essential oils it is important to be sure you are using oils safe for consumption.  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 atCheryl@BeOilRight.com or at her website: http://www.BeOilRight.com