Autism & Essential Oils

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that presents families with significant challenges. Children diagnosed with ASD experience a different world than their peers. Bright lights, and loud noises can easily frighten them, and they can also have a hard time coping with any sudden changes to their routine.

On top of these anxieties, children with ASD often have trouble socializing and communicating, so they may be unable to express if and when something upsets them. When they become overwhelmed, they may erupt into a meltdown—an out-of-control outburst where they become emotionally devastated and impossible to console. Meltdowns can be long, grueling episodes, and may discourage parents from ever bringing their children out in public.

There is no cure for ASD, and the conventional therapies available to treat the challenges associated with the disorder are limited, so many parents seek alternative options.

One treatment that’s been getting a lot of attention is essential oils. A growing number parents claim that these chemically complex plant-based compounds can help ease their child’s anxiety and restlessness, and can even curtail an epic meltdown.

Case Study Shows that

Lavender – increased and calmed by 5%

Cedarwood – increased and calmed by 83%

Vetiver – increased and calmed by 100%

Essential Oils have the ability to detoxify and oxygenate the body, something that research has found to help children on the Autism Spectrum.
Calming Oils:

Vetiver: Many parents who use Vetiver states that this oil helps with many things. It not only calms the mind down, but may help control anger, irritability, and neurotic behavior. To use this relatively thick oil, you’d want to first dilute it with another neutral oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Then, you’d smear it on the back of your child’s neck from the base of the brain stem all the way down to where the spinal cord would meet their shoulders. This oil will also help with focus, so again, it has many uses.

Cedarwood: This oil will help calm and purify. Cedarwood works by stimulating the pituitary glands and can increase the melatonin in the brain naturally. Thus, you’d probably want to use this oil at night for sleeping. Many people use diffusers for essential oils to get the scent out into the air, so this would likely work best this way if you use it for sleep.

Lavender: Most people already know that Lavender helps calm and relax the nervous system. You can use lavender so many ways! You can put a few drops into the bath at night before bed, put some on your child’s pillow at bedtime, or use a diffuser for this one.

Peace: This oil furthers relaxation and may even help calm the overactive or easily angered child. You may also use Ylang Ylang & Lavender Peace for other things, like depression, anxiety, stress, or insomnia. If your child has a tantrum or meltdown, you can use a diffuser with this oil to help calm them, or you could place it on your child’s feet at bedtime. You might also put some of this oil on the pillow or any special blanket they use to help them sleep.

Focusing Oils:

Frankincense: Though you might also see Frankincense used for calming, it may also help develop a higher level of consciousness. It stimulates the limbic system of the brain, which controls instincts and mood (which is why this oil reportedly helps with calming as well). You can apply this oil topically, inhale it using a diffuser/vaporizer, or ingest it in small amounts. I don’t know enough about how much to ingest per body weight, so you’d probably do best to consult a reference guide or a doctor about using it this way prior to attempting it.

Cleaning with essential oils

Cleaning with Essential Oils
boosts the power of your natural cleaning formulas!

Fragrances are very personal choices and trigger strong and specific memory connections. Certain scents may stir vivid memories and emotions; there may be comfort in the aroma of baking bread; a whiff of a certain perfume may instantly remind you of someone you know. A particular scent can immediately bring you back to a single moment in your life.
When it comes to cleaning products, we’ve been programmed by manufacturers to connect strong fragrances with effective cleaning. That makes it hard to switch to natural and unscented formulas. The problem is that commercial cleaning products contain synthetic fragrances that can cause strong allergic reactions and sensitivities.

But there is a way to have the best of both worlds!

When you create your own home cleaning formulas, you can choose to add natural essential oils to make them smell “clean” and familiar. Use them alone or create a signature blend of all the scents you enjoy. Cleaning with Essential Oils can add a completely new dimension to your natural cleaning.

This is a short list of some of the most popular scents and their special properties. The oils listed here are antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, and will make your natural cleaning formulas smell great!

You can buy small single bottles of each of these in my…  Work With Me – Page (link here)  …. Follow the steps 1-2-3 and you too will have them arriving at your door.


Basic Room Freshening SprayUse this essential oil recipe with your favorite scents!

In a small, clean spray bottle, add 1 cup of water (preferably distilled), 30mls of inexpensive vodka and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. You can adjust the amount of scent to your preference. (The high-proof alcohol content in the vodka will help emulsify the oil and water together, and will help with rapid evaporation. Rubbing alcohol is not a good choice because the alcohol content is not high enough for this purpose). Shake well and spray. Safe, effective, clean!


 

Lemon and Wild Orange
Citrus fragrances are the most universally familiar and definitely remind us of “clean!” They are excellent grease-cutters, and both are anti-bacterial. Use them to clean your table tops, benches, bathroom vanity, fridge, sink and dishwasher … Add them to your baking soda cleaning formulas, and when used with vinegar formulas, they will mask the strong smell. Anything sticky? Place some of your Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball, hold for a second and watch the sticky residue wipe off.. no elbow grease!

Lavender

Many commercial household products now contain lavender. This lovely floral scent evokes calm and soothing memories, and has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that will complement any natural cleaning formula. A few drops on a damp washcloth can be used in place of dryer sheets.

Aborvitae 

Has natural preservation properties, essential oil from the native Canadian Arborvitae tree acts as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent, while providing a warm, earthy aroma. It is my go to for cleaning my wooden furniture. Mix with your Fractionated Coconut Oil ( 50c worth) and 3 drops of your Arborvitae essential oil … It tops the good old Mr Sheen, anyday!

Eucalyptus

Instantly familiar, the woody and medicinal smell of eucalyptus can be a great addition to your cleaning. Teamed up with lavender, this fresh-smelling oil will boost your cleaning with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic agents. When added to laundry detergent, it may kill dust mites in bedding. It is also a very effective deodorizer, and has traditionally been used in floor cleaners.

 

Why use doTERRA oils and products

It’s the beauty of the essential oil .. Let me fill you in.

The reason why essential oils (when they are therapeutic grade) .. are so wonderful for our health and wellbeing is because they are liquid energy lovingly distilled from the shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds of their origin.

Using Essential Oils are apart of my daily routine .. I can’t go a day without using them.

You will feel luxurious when you do too!

While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast, which makes them much more than something that simply smells good. They are the lifeblood of all plants promoting growth, encouraging evolution, allowing environmental adaption and life for the flora itself.

Using essential oils for many purposes including healing is certainly not new. For centuries, ancient civilisations have been using oils in everyday life to promote health and wellness.

Now in our “modern” society we are continuously evolving the potential for essentials oils in our everyday lives. Practices such as Aromatherapy, Massage, emotional wellness, personal care, first aid, nutritional supplements, household solutions are just some of the numerous applications that essential oils can be used for.

Amazing doterra oils are available in more than 40 single oils and 19 blends  and they are all created to the doterra Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade ™ standard.

The Benefits of Essential Oils

General Wellness

Essential oils have an amazing capacity to soothe and strengthen the mind and body to promote health and wellbeing.

As the fragrance of the oil arrives at the reticular system of the brain stem a change is enacted depending on the oil that is being inhaled.

When applied directly onto the skin, oils are inhaled as well as absorbed directly into the body through the skin to assist the body’s natural healing abilities.

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  • Restore energetic balance
  • Encourage calm and relaxation
  • Soothe muscular aches and pains
  • Heal cuts and abrasions, as an essential part of a first aid kit
  • Nourish skin and boost general body health
  • Keep you feeling wonderful with infused personal care products
  • & my fav…. They support us and our emotions. This is what actually enlightened me to Join and educate people to overcome there blocks, demons and thoughts with essential oil living.

Vitality & Wellness

The doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Program makes taking the first step on the path toward a lifetime of vitality and wellness convenient and affordable. The three core products of the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Program—Alpha CRS®+, xEO Mega®, and Microplex VMz®—are formulated to provide you with targeted levels of essential nutrients and powerful metabolic factors for optimal health, energy, and longevity.

Did you know that cleansing can help you break the stranglehold that a high-calorie, low-nutrient diet can have, and help you move to a healthier way of eating by removing the junk food cravings?

It’s the perfect way to begin the next stage for a healthy and happy life!

In the Home

onguardproductlinedoTERRA essential oils are the ideal way to reduce or even eliminate the nasty chemicals that you may be using to clean your home and keep your family safe.

Essential oils, when used according to directions, do not have the side effects of some of the strong cleaning solutions.

Instead, they are gentle on the nose and the skin and are a natural solution to keeping your home sparkling, naturally!

Hightlighted* – doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate is designed to be the ideal natural cleaner. It is fortified with the proprietary doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, which provide natural protection against certain environmental factors while elevating the overall cleaning capability. This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.

Boost Nutrition

doTERRA essential oil supplements and nutritional products can help you fill the dietary gaps that a hectic lifestyle creates. If you are struggling with eating a balanced and nutritious diet everyday, doTERRA has designed a whole range of products that can help you to feel strong, energised and focused every day.


 Here are some of my fav supplements!

TerraGreens®

  • Provides the body with essential nutrients
  • Supports immune health*
  • Supports digestive health*
  • Supports weight management*
  • All natural ingredients
  • GMO and gluten free
  • Vegan friendly

DigestZen TerraZyme®

  • Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods*
  • Supports conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy*
  • Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance*
  • Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes*
  • Proprietary blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes
  • Contains the doTERRA tummy tamer blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway Seed
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules
  • Safe and effective

Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex

  • Supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin*
  • Supports normal self-detoxification functions of the cleansing organs*

PB Assist®+ Probiotic Defense Formula

  • Promotes a positive balance and proliferation of beneficial bacteria*
  • Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
  • Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
  • Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
  • Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of food*

dōTERRA kids a2z Chewable™ and IQ Mega® Pack

Inspired by the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack®, these two products come together, making it easy to enjoy taking omega-3s, whole food nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in convenient liquid and chewable forms. Kids love them because they taste great; adults love them because they are easy to swallow.

PB Assist® Jr

  • Provides 5 billion live cells of 6 strains of friendly flora selected for both their unique stability at room temperature as well as their remarkable ability to survive the harsh extremes of acidity, alkalinity, and digestive enzymes in the digestive system
  • Includes prebiotic FOS to help sustain a healthy balance of beneficial friendly flora*
  • Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
  • Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
  • Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
  • Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of nutrients*
  • Probiotic administration during childhood offers a means of promoting healthy microflora balance and favorably supporting immune and gastrointestinal system function*
  • Probiotic consumption during childhood has established health benefits and may support long-term well-being*
  • Maintaining a healthy GI tract is also important for healthy brain and nervous system function*
  • Promotes healthy lung and respiratory tract function*
  • Contributes to an internal balance and support for the health of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract, as well as the female reproductive system

Women’s Health Kit

doTERRA Women is a line of products formulated to address the unique and changing health needs of women. Normal hormone levels influence a woman’s good health and emotional well-being from her early teens to her transition through menopause. doTERRA Women gently supports a woman through the menstrual cycle and helps to diminish the normal symptoms of menopause.* doTERRA Women supports healthy bones and heart as women age, while the essential oil blend provides temporary relief from heightened emotions related to regular hormone cycles in women. The doTERRA Women line of products provide natural support throughout the different phases of life.

This kit includes:

  • Promotes a healthy response to free-radicals.*
  • All the benefits of DDR Prime in an easy-to swallow softgel.*
  • Protects the body and cells from oxidative stress.*

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex®

  • Patent-pending, fast-acting frankincense extract shown to help support muscle and joint comfort and function*
  • Includes proprietary, standardized extracts of ginger, curcumin, resveratrol, and other polyphenols to soothe occasional aches and discomfort*
  • Can be used in tandem with Deep Blue Rub or Deep Blue Soothing Blend
  • Contains the doTERRA Tummy Tamer blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway Seed
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules

dōTERRA On Guard®+ Softgels Protective Blend

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*

  • Protects against environmental threats*

  • Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*

  • Promotes healthy circulation*

  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

TriEase® Softgels Seasonal Blend

TriEase Softgels were developed to protect against seasonal and environmental elements and to promote a healthy respiratory system when needed most.* Each softgel contains equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils, known for their ability to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response when combined together.* Used by both veteran and novice essential oil users, this well-known blend is frequently mixed together for its respiratory health benefits.* Now, with TriEase Softgels, this combination can be consumed quickly and easily when traveling, attending outdoor events, or when seasonal or environmental elements are particularly high. TriEase Softgels can be consumed safely on a daily basis during times of seasonal discomfort to promote clear breathing and overall respiratory health.*

Link added if you would like more info on any particular supplement

https://doterra.com/US/en/c/supplements 

Elissa xx

13 ways to use your LAV

If you only use one essential oil, this is it!
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
Here are 13 ways you can incorporate lavender in to your daily life:
1. Calming
Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
2. Sleep aid
Place this queen of oils in your diffuser. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
3. Bee sting / Insect bite
 
Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
4. Minor burn
Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I burnt my finger with my curling iron whilst trying to juggle the iron and bouncing baby on my bed lol … yes the joys of motherhood!  Went straight for my lavender. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!
5. Cuts
Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
6. Eczema / Dermatitis
Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. I have a dear friend who suffers from severe eczema and swears by this.
7. Nausea or motion sickness
To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
8. Nosebleed
To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
9. Dry or chapped skin
Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
10. Chapped or sunburned lips
Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
11. Hay fever.
Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
12. Dandruff. 
Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
13. Cold sores. 
Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore with some tea tree. Gone within 2 days. WORKS WONDERS and I have been a bigggg sufferer my whole life.
As you can see, Lavender is an essential oil that can uplift your life (and mood), heal and entice in a variety of ways. It’s a great secret weapon to have on hand at all times!
Please leave a comment below with any essential oil questions and tell us what your FAVORITE uses for oils are!

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is a powerful, cleansing oil with both external and internal benefits, making it ideal for purifying anything from your body to your home to the air you breathe. It can add a burst of energizing zest to your life when you add a few drops to your water or favourite dishes each day. Lemon is truly an all-purpose essential oil that has come to be a topseller and necessity in households across the world.

With its incredible variety of applications and benefits, it’s no surprise that Lemon is consistently one of dōTERRA’s most popular oils. It’s a powerful, non-toxic cleaner that can be used throughout the home to purify the air and to clean tables, countertops, and other household surfaces. Simply add Lemon to a spray bottle with water or put a few drops on a wash rag and you’ll have everything you need to make your home shiny, clean, and safe from grime. When you mix a few drops with olive oil, Lemon also makes a great, natural furniture polish that cleans, protects, and shines wood finishes. And to protect and preserve your precious leather, soak a cloth with several drops of Lemon and use it to clean furniture, shoes, or other leather items you may have.

When you start to notice tarnishing on your silver, jewelry, and other metals, Lemon is a great remedy for making them shine like new again. It’s also great for removing other tough stains, like the grease that gets on your hands after changing the oil in your car. With the power of Lemon, the grease will wash away like magic. In addition to serving as an excellent household cleaner, Lemon also cleanses your interior systems by aiding in digestion and supporting healthy respiratory function. To enjoy the internal cleansing benefits of Lemon, try adding a few drops to your water or favorite beverage for a healthy and refreshing boost to help you feel energized, light, and uplifted all throughout the day. Another way to enjoy the internal benefits of Lemon is to add it to any dish or dessert to enhance the taste and create a flavor that you and your guests will rave over. So the next time life gives you lemons, ask for more!

General Uses

  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
  • Add dōTERRA Lemon essential oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces.
  • Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.
  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces.
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function.*
  • Diffuse to promote a positive mood.
  • Put on rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces.
  • Wash hands with Lemon oil to remove grease after changing your oil.

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