Essential Oils for Wellness and Well Being
by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on November 1st, 2015

​We just had some new wood floors put in our master suite so I used that as an excuse to freshen up some furniture.  With three easy recipes I wiped down all the wood furniture, cleaned the leather chair and ottoman, and the cleaning the fur smell of cat from our white couch.  In total I probably spent 5 minutes making the cleaning concoctions and 2 hours cleaning but what a difference it made.
 
The leather chair and ottoman has made it through three houses with us and been in a TV room, the family room, the living room, and now my office.  It is a beautiful burgundy leather chair with nailhead trim and a matching ottoman.  In fact it is so pretty that the cats love to chill on it when they hang out in my office.   I also have a bad habit of stacking things on said chair.  It really needed a good cleaning.  This was so easy and quick I will take better care of the chair now.
Leather Cleaner
   ½ cup olive oil
   ½ cup vinegar
   15 drops lemon essential oil
   8 oz or greater glass spray bottle
​I just mixed it all up in a spray bottle and working side by side sprayed the chair and with a clean cloth worked the cleaner then let it sit about 10 minutes.  Basically by the time I got all the sides sprayed and worked the cleaner in it was time to go over it and wipe off the extra oil.  So easy to do and the chair and ottoman look great, even the scratches are harder to see now.
 
Next I decided to tackle the wood furniture.  My armoire and bureau are cartoon big but since everything was already cleared from the areas to be cleaned I decided to clean that as well.  I use this recipe for all my wood furniture and floors.  
 
Wood Cleaner
   1 gallon warm water
   2 tbsp liquid castile soap
   15 drops of Citrus Essential Oil (Lemon, Wild          Orange, or other citrus oil)

​Just mix it all in directly in a bucket.  Using a rag or sponge apply to the furniture without leaving any puddles or the piece to wet.   The best part is that there is no need to rinse.
 
​Finally I attacked my white couch.  Did I mention I have four cats who love to rest, nap, fight, and just be on my white couch and that none of my cats are white or even light colored.  By the time I got to the couch it was covered in an interested mixture of dust from the work being done and fur from the cats.  I vacuumed the couch very thoroughly removing all the pillows and cushions and vacuuming them as well.  Then I used this little gem of a recipe.
Upholstery Cleaner
   ¼ cup of baking soda
   5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (I used cedarwood for this job)
   Water
   12 oz Spray bottle
 
Put the baking soda in the spray bottle and add the essential oil.  Fill the bottle with water (I use filtered) and shake it until all the baking soda has dissolved and the ingredients are mixed together. Spray on to eliminate the odors and freshen up the upholstery.  Voila!  You are done.
​I do recommend with all of these doing a test as you would with any cleaner to make sure it does not damage your furniture.  I have used them a number of times with no issues but better to be safe than sorry.

So again with those three simple recipes likely made with things you have in the house (if you need essential oils contact me and I can tell you all about my favorite kind and even help you get some) and a few hours I cleaned all my furniture so they were as pretty as my new wood floors.  
​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 August 1st, 2015

​It sure seems like I have been on the road a lot lately.  Both air travel and driving can take a toll on you.  As you well know, I don’t leave home without my Essential Oils.  Why you ask?  My essential oils go everywhere with me because they are small and versatile and I depend on them.
 
To me the hardest thing about traveling with oils is selecting which oils to bring with me.   When I first started using essential oils I made the rookie mistake of bringing every oil I had with me on trips.  The thing is you don’t have to because each oil serves so many purposes.  Now I have a pretty set way of packing them which ensures I can care for the things I need to and have the other oils I want to have with me.
 
I start with the ones I use daily:
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Clary Sage
  • Cedarwood
  • Grapefruit
  • Myrrh
  • Black Pepper
 
Since ten of my sixteen cubby holes are filled, I have to be selective with my last six spots.  The remaining items really depend on where I am going, what I am doing, and whom I am going with.  Some of the frequent travelers are:
 
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Wild Orange
  • Helichrysum
  • Eucalyptus
  • Wintergreen
  • Lemongrass
  • Cassia
 
As you can see I need to make choices and when you add in a few other variables and it gets harder.  If I am visiting someone I think can benefit from a certain oil or oils I take that with me.
 
One other that is always with me is Fractionated Coconut Oil.  I can use this for washing my face and oil pulling; I also use it as a carrier oil.  A carrier oil is a vegetable oil like coconut oil, grapeseed, or avocado oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Dilution with a carrier oil does not diminish the effects of the essential oil.  It is used to make blends and helps to reduce waste, as the oil is more effectively spread over an area.
 
The key is having the oils you need and looking at ones that do double duty as much as possible.
 
Now when you are traveling by car it is easy, you put the case with the oils in your purse or other tote bag that is easily accessible while you drive and go.  Flying is a little trickier.  I carry my case with its sixteen oils onboard, I do not carry any other liquids.  I carry them on because I might need them en route and because I do not want to be without them when I get to my destination.  That said the rule is your liquids need to fit in a one quart zip lock bag and I carry one just in case I need to prove to TSA that they do fit in the on quart bag I just use my case to protect my oils.  Most don’t seem to worry but I am not willing to throw away my oils if and when I find the ones that do get upset.
 
Make sure you don’t miss out the next time you travel, the hardest decision you will need to make will be which oils to take.

​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 July 13th, 2015

Yes I live in Florida and yes I love hot cocoa.  On any day that I deem "cold enough" I enjoy a cup.  I hate the powdered stuff in the envelope and opt for making it myself.  I really do not think it takes that much longer to make it from scratch than heating up water and stirring and I get to be in control of what goes in it.
​I am never one to leave something alone.  I find a recipe I like and still tinker with it and because of that  have a new favorite cocoa recipe.
 
2 Tbsp of Coconut oil
4 Tbsp of Unsweetened cocoa
3 Tbsp of sugar (I use raw or coconut sugar)
2 cups of milk
1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil
 
Melt the coconut oil in a pot.  Add the cocoa and sugar and stir.  Add the milk a little at a time stirring as you go.  Heat until it starts to bubble, do not let it come to a boil.  If desired add a drop of quality peppermint oil and serve.  Of course you can always add whipped cream, too.

by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on June 6th, 2015

​I got called to do my civic duty a few weeks ago and was summoned to jury duty and was selected.  It was my first time being called much less seated on the jury.  To say I had no idea what was coming would be an understatement.  Don’t get me wrong I am so happy I could serve, it is our duty and quite honestly our privilege to be able to be part of the judicial system.  Yet, those were two long days.
 
You know me, I had my trusty Essential Oils with me and they were a lifesaver.  I started early the day I had to report – too early 4AM.  I had to be at the courthouse by 8:30 and I made it and got quite a bit of work for my day job done before I left home.  Boy was I was tired.  I grabbed the peppermint, put a few drops in my hands and took a few deep breaths through my hands.  I used peppermint to get my second, third, fourth, and fifth winds that day. 
 
Peppermint is not the only oil I used, not by a long shot.  Of course I had lemon essential oil for my water with my trusty Hydro Flask (never use citrus essential oils in a plastic container).  I was glad I had the Hydro Flask with me I was able to get some ice and keep refilling all day rather than buying bottled waters.  The bottle of Protective Blend was the next thing out of my little oil case.  There were so many people under the weather and I knew my immune system needed some extra support.  I sure don’t have time for that.
 
Oh my aching head!  I think the attorneys were getting paid by spoken word count and therefore there was a lot of talking.  It was not long before I had tension building, I reached in my oil kit and got out my frankincense and put two drops under my tongue.  Now I know not everyone it comfortable using essential oils internally but I am with the essential oils I use.  Alternately, you could apply on the back of your neck, forehead, or temples.  Frankincense promotes general wellbeing.
 
During our first break one of the other jurors shared with me that she wanted to try my oils.  I pulled out my bottle of respiratory blend, put a drop on her hands, had her rub them together, and take a few deep breaths through her hands.  By the time I had refilled my water and added a few drops of lemon she was already telling the others how quickly the Essential Oil Blend helped her.  On that same break I had the Soothing Blend out to use on my knee that is still tender from a fall a few months ago that I aggravated the previous week at Relay for Life.  My knee was feeling better within a short time. 
 
Over the next 4 hours all of those essential oils came out again.  It did not end there, I got home and finally got to bed I could not sleep, so I turned to Vetiver and was out in a few minutes.
 
The next day looked much of the same way and all the same essential oils came out to get me through the day Lemon, Peppermint, soothing blend, protective blend, and Frankincense.  Also, after all those hours in a very uncomfortable chair I turned to the massage blend, just two drops massaged into my shoulders helped my neck and shoulders and all of me feel better.  .
I had the respiratory blend out for myself during deliberations as I find it helps when my head feels cluttered.  More than one other jury member was using my digestive blend for stomach issues – we were all eating food we were not used to eating over those two days.
 
When the verdict was turned in and we were allowed to leave.  I left happy I was able to serve, glad it was over, and feeling like a wrung out washrag.  I know I stopped and picked up some dinner but I do not remember eating.  I do remember getting out the Bergamot for the diffuser and that gave me some energy to spend some time with my husband and stay awake until it got dark out.  I love Bergamot because it helps me relax and gives me endurance at the same time.
 
Now that it is all said and done the verdict is in - those sixteen little bottles in the case in my purse were found necessary for this trial.  I cannot imagine how I might have felt or what I might have come down with had I not had my oils to rely on.  They kept me going, cleared my head, took care of those occasional aches and pains, hydrated me, and supported my immune system.  I am always thankful that I found essential oils and was especially grateful when it came to this chapter.
 
 
Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is the President of Be Oil Right, LLC.  My 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 ​Laurie Neumann and Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on May 21st, 2015

​You have seen those pantries that are just so – they blanket the pages of magazines.  We may have a few friends with them.  Even the most dysfunctional families on TV seem to have incredibly well organized pantries.  Here is what you don’t know - with a few hours, some initiative, and some upkeep, you can have a perfect pantry too.  The best thing is it not only looks nice and will make your friends envious, but as you go through your daily life, it will save you time and money.  Are you ready to get started?
​Step One: Declutter Your Pantry
  • Before starting this project, clear off a counter or table near your pantry to use as you empty your pantry
  • Empty the pantry, starting with the top shelf, working left to right.  Empty one shelf at a time.
  • Sort the items onto a counter or table as you remove them.  Keep like items together – cans, snacks, cereals, baking, paper products, small appliances, etc.
  • Check expiration dates on packaged food products and discard anything that is expired.
  • Set aside anything you no longer want to keep.  Discard anything that is stale or no longer fresh enough to use.  Unopened unexpired food can be donated to a local food pantry.
  • Set aside anything that does not need to be in the pantry.  This is especially important if you have a smaller pantry.  Infrequently used items may be able to be stored elsewhere in your home.
​​Step Two: Cleaning

Now that you have an empty pantry, it is time to clean.  Cleaning green is all the rage and that is the next step.  If you have not tried cleaning with essential oils, it is an inexpensive way to clean without chemicals.  Essential oils are natural products that come from plants, trees, fruits, and flowers.  Through either steam distillation or cold pressing, the oils are extracted to provide a compound that is 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.

First, vacuum or sweep the bottom of the pantry. Then clean off the shelving.  Here a few cleaning recipes to get your pantry clean:
​Closet Maid or wire shelving system
Fill sink with water and add 1 cup of vinegar and 5 drops doTERRA's On Guard Essential Oil for every gallon of hot water.
Put shelves in sink and clean with a cloth.  
Dry well before putting back.

Solid/Formica/Glass Shelves and Floors
​1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
10 drops Lemon or Wild Orange Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Shake well before use.

Wood Shelves and Floors
​1 gallon warm water
2 tbsp liquid Castile soap
10 drops of Citrus Essential Oil (Lemon, Wild Orange, or other oil)
Mix in bucket.  No rinsing needed.

The Hard Stuff
Use Lemon Essential Oil either full strength on the sticky substances or marks on the wall.  Will not take care of every problem but works on of a lot of them.
​Step Three: Organize and Store Pantry Items

Three important concepts to remember when organizing your pantry:  Zones, keep like items together, and containers.
  • Establish zones in your pantry, areas dedicated to one category. Zones can be separated into smaller categories. Consider zones for:
    • Cans
      • Soup
      • Vegetables
      • Fruit
    • Jars
    • Oils
    • Condiments
    • Pasta and Rice
    • Baking
    • Herbs and Spices
    • Cereal
    • Beverages
    • Coffee and Tea
    • Paper Products
    • Appliances
  • Keep like items together.
  • Return items to your pantry, one category at a time.  Store items with the labels facing out so you can read them.  Put the items expiring soonest in the front.  This makes it easier to find what you need and use the food you have purchased before it expires, saving you money.  It also makes it easier to determine what you need at the grocery store.
  • Use containers for items that are difficult to keep neat such as bags or items purchased in bulk. Square or rectangular containers use space more efficiently than round containers.  There are containers that fit every budget.
    • Use plastic containers with tightly fitted lids for flour and sugar.
    • Bulk cereal can be placed into tall containers with a spout to pour out the cereal.
    • Bins or baskets can be used to corral items like granola bars, pouch mixes.
    • Use vented bins or baskets for perishables like potatoes or onions.

Some additional tips
  • Keep items used frequently (daily or several times a week) within arms’ reach.  Store less frequently used items higher up.  If you are storing any heavy appliances, keep them on a lower shelf.  Keep safety in mind if storing anything that needs to be out of the reach of children.
  • To encourage healthy snacking, store nutritious snacks at eye level, and store junk food and treats on a higher shelf.
  • If your shelves are deep or do not pull out, you may want to consider tiered organizers so you can see the products that are at the back of the shelf.  
  • If you are tight on space, a side wall or the inside of the pantry door maybe an option if you need extra space.  Mount a rack or add hooks if this works for your pantry configuration.
​Step Four: Staying Organized
  • Show other household members how you have organized the pantry.  Ask them to help keep it organized.
  • Label the zones to help you and the other members of your household find what they are looking for.  Labels help them put things back in the correct place too.
  • By keeping like items together, it is easier to see what needs to be added to the grocery list.
  • Before you grocery shop, look through the pantry to see what you need.  Know what you have in your pantry to keep you from overbuying or running out of something you need.
  • When you unload your groceries, put items directly in their designated place.  This takes less time than going back and reorganizing your pantry again.  Place the newer items behind the older ones to be sure to use the oldest product first.
  • Use what you have in your pantry.  Once a month, look through your pantry and plan to use anything that has been stored for more than a couple of months.
  • Every six to twelve months, declutter your pantry.
  • Keep the bugs out. Two tricks are Bay Leaves and a drop or two of Peppermint Essential Oil on a cotton ball. With either trick, just put one on the floor and another on a higher shelf.
  • You can keep your pantry smelling fresh by taking a Mason jar filling it halfway with baking soda, add 3-5 drops of the essential oil of your choice, poke some holes in the jar lid, and place in the pantry.
​Laurie Neumann is a Professional Organizer and owner of The Innovative Organizer,LLC.   Her mission is to help people leverage time, space, and technology to simplify and be more productive.  Laurie can be reached by phone at 847-893-9163, by email at Laurie@TheInnovativeOrganizer.com, or at her website, TheInnovativeOrganizer.com.

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 12th, 2015

​Well it finally happened I did something trendy.  I had no idea it was when I got started but oil cleansing is what the “in people” do.  The oil cleansing method or OCM is essentially nothing more than using an oil to clean your face in place of a soap or other cleanser.  According to the website CrunchyBetty.com it is one of the most popular searches inside their site. 
 
So about a year ago I started using coconut oil as my nighttime cleanser. I pretty much discovered it by accident - I knew that I loved the way my skin felt after I used coconut oil on it so I tried using it for washing my face at night.  It was amazing – it washed away dirt and make up and left my skin moisturized.  If that was not enough because I use coconut oil for so many things I am never out of it.   Bonus!  And even better it is simple one step.
 
I still use my favorite facial system every morning.   But I cannot climb into bed and go to sleep now, no matter how tired I am, until I have cleaned my face with coconut oil.  There is something about the clean that is very soothing to me.  I have never been one to wash my face before bed or really to do any skincare routine before bed – I have tried so many times. This is the one for me – quick and easy.
 
So what do I do?  Let me tell you:
 
  1. I turn on the hot water as hot as it will go.  We have a tankless water heater so I have some time to burn while that is heating up.  
  2. I get my clean washcloth – I bought a pack of 10 100% organic cotton washcloths at Target for about $15 a while back.
  3. I get about a teaspoon of coconut oil out and start rubbing between my hands to liquefy it (you can use fractionated coconut oil and skip this step) and add a little hot water to make it smooth.
  4. I massage the coconut oil into my face paying attention to my problem areas.  I take it down my neck and go over my eyes and eyelids to get the eyeliner off.  This even takes off those fiber lashes people are wearing. 
  5. Once I have massaged into my face I grab my washcloth and run it under the hot water.  I wring it out and lay it on my face.  I usually leave it there for 10-15 seconds, longer on a day when I am stressed out. 
  6. Then take it and wipe my face off really well.  Many times I will rinse out the washcloth, wring it back out, and wipe my face off again.
​Since I am not one to leave well enough alone, I decided to try something new.  Now twice a week I add Myrrh Essential Oil to the coconut oil when I wash my face.  I figure if it was good enough for Queen Esther I at least need to give it a try.  Since I started doing that a few months ago people have commented on how “fresh” my face looks.  You have to love when someone tells you that your 40+ year old skin looks fresh. 
 
As you add essential oils like Myrrh remember not all essential oils have the same level of quality, in fact many are synthetic or have large amounts of carrier oil in them.  If you are interested in learning more about the oils I chose just contact me and I will be glad to share.  I can be reached via email at Cheryl@BeOilRight.com, by phone at 850-296-7976, or by entering a message via the contact box.

by Cheryl on November 26th, 2013

Oh my gosh!!!!  We have a strange obsession with butter mints, there are some restaurants who would be better served to charge us for the mints and give us our meals for free.  I have always fretted over how unhealthy they are.  I now have a solution.
 
I made my own butter mints today using Essential Oils. 
 
2 sticks of unsalted butter (not margarine)
2 lbs of confectionary sugar
8-10 drops of high quality, safe to ingest Peppermint Essential Oil (start with 8 and test to see if you want more peppermint)
2 Tbsp of Water
 
Put all ingredients in stand mixer or food processor.  Mix until it makes a dough (think thick like pizza or cookie dough).  If it is not coming together add more water 1 tsp at a time. 
Separate into about 8 sections.  Take each section and roll out in a round “spaghetti” with a diameter about the size of a dime.  Slice up and let dry.  I did this last part on my pie/pastry mat.
   
When using essential oils for cooking remember that not all essential oils have the same level of quality, in fact many are synthetic or have large amounts of carrier oil in them.  If you are interested in learning more about the oils I chose just contact me and I will be glad to share.  I can be reached via email at Cheryl@BeOilRight.com, by phone at 850-296-7976, or by entering a message via the contact box.

by Cheryl on November 19th, 2013

I love Thanksgiving.  I have so much to be thankful for and sometimes I need to stop and remember all of my blessings.  I also love to host the meal, I want to show family and friends how much I appreciate them.  I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.  

I also want to thank all of you.  I am grateful for all of you who are learning about Essential Oils and living a healthier life with me.  So as a thank you of sorts, here is a recipe book which shares the recipes I make using essential oils when I prepare Thanksgiving dinner.  Enjoy!

Download the PDF here.