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Essential oils and Chakra Balancing

Using Essential Oils To Balance Your Chakras

“Chakra”, which is the Sanskrit word for “wheel”, refers to seven site specific concentrations of energy emanating from the body. Each of these Chakra centres govern its own expression of associated bodily, emotional and spiritual energy, yet each are linked and in tune with all the others.

When one or more of the chakras is over- or under-expressing its associated energy, itmanifests as an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. When all of the chakras are balanced in their expression, then the physical, mental and spiritual well being is manifested.

Essential Oils Promotes Chakra Balancing

Within the practice of aromatherapy, the influence that aromatic plant essential oils have on the body, mind and spirit, can be adapted to promote greater balanced chakra functioning. By applying essential oils one can either activate and energize sluggish chakra functions or calm and quieten over-active ones. Balancing oils are good candidates for maintaining support of well-regulated chakras.

A combination of both activating and calming oils will tend to have an overall balancing and supportive benefit to the chakras. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Root Chakra – (Nutmeg / Cloves / Patchouli / Vetiver / Bergamot) A foot massage is a great way to balance the root chakra which regulates your sense of groundedness and stability. Nutmeg will activate a sluggish root chakra, while patchouli and vetiver calm an over active one. Choose a balancing essential oil such as bergamot to help maintain a smoothly functioning root chakra.

Sacral Chakra – (Cardomom / Orange / Ylang Ylang / Neroli / Bergamot / Sweet Orange / Sandalwood) The sacral chakra, which influences your sensuality, benefits from a lower back massage. Spicy cardamon essential oil awakens a dormant sacral chakra, while ylang ylang and neroli calm . Look to sweet orange and sandalwood to maintain a well functioning sacral chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra – (Chamomile / Eucalyptus / Juniper Berry / Vetiver / Helichrysum / Citrus Bliss / Grapedruit / Lemon) A gentle tummy massage influences the functioning of the solar plexus chakra which influences your gut instincts. Apply eucalyptus and juniper berry to activate the solar plexus, and vetiver or helichrysum to calm an over active one. Good balancing oils to apply to an already well expressed solar plexus chakra are citrus bliss, grapefruit and lemon.

Heart Chakra – (Palmarossa / Lavender / Sweet Marjoram / Geranium / Rose)

The emotional centre that is the heart chakra readily benefits from a supportive perfumed annointing oil, applied to the breast bone or massaged into the middle back area. Palmarossa essential oil will open the heart chakra, while lavender and sweet marjoram will quieten it down. Try regular applications of geranium or rose essential oil to maintain a well functioning heart chakra.

Throat Chakra – (Lemon / Lavender / Roman Chamomile / Vanilla / Coriander Seed / Ginger) A body spray applied to chest and neck areas is an efficient way to influence the functioning of the throat chakra which influences your expressiveness and communication. Turn to lemon essential oil to open a sluggish throat chakra, and vanilla or Roman chamomile to calm. Coriander seed and ginger are balancing oils to maintain the even expression of the throat chakra.

Third Eye Chakra – (Rosemary / Clary Sage / German Chamomile / Frankincense / Sandalwood) The visionary, awareness supporting third eye chakra can be influenced with an anointing oil applied to the forehead or through simple diffusion and inhalation. Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils will open a sleeping third eye chakra, while German chamomile will stabilize and focus this visionary chakra. Frankincense or sandalwood are good choices to maintain a clear and balanced third eye chakra.

Crown Chakra – (Lavender / Neroli / Vanilla / Frankincense) A room diffusion applied to the airspace around you is the best way to balance the transcendent crown chakra which occupies the space above the crown of your head. Spicy sweet lavandin clarifies a low functioning crown chakra, while neroli or vanilla calm. Look to frankincense to maintain a well functioning crown chakra.

Essential oil for weight loss

Smart and Sassy Oil Blend

SMART & SASSY

This essential oil blend is designed as a natural way to manage hunger cravings, calm the stomach and uplift your mood. It’s a blend of five essential oils: Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, and Cinnamon.

Boost your energy before exercise: Finding the energy and enthusiasm to exercise can sometimes be tricky. Add a few drops of Smart and Sassy to your water before you head to the gym, exercise class, put Joe Wickes’ [cruel] workout video on, or go for a run. It’ll give you a revitalising energy boost.

Help control your cravings: Add 8 drops of Smart and Sassy to 1/2 litre of water and drink throughout the morning.

Diffuse during a workout session: With its vibrant, spicy aroma, Smart and Sassy is perfect for lifting your mood and energy levels during a workout. Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

How Many Drops are there per Bottle of Essential Oil?

15 mL bottle = 250 drops. A 5 mL bottle = 85 drops. Easy as that! When you buy doTERRA’s CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) Essential Oils you want the oils to last while. It’s an investment in your family’s health but you also want to know exactly how many drops and if it’s worth a chance.

There’s about 170 drops or very approximate rolls in a 10 mL roll-on bottle. This is harder to measure unless you are taking the cap off and not using it as a roll on.

Essential Oil Journal

Keeping an Essential Oil Journal

An Essential Oil Journal is a wonderful way for essential oil enthusiasts to keep detailed records of their oils, blends, recipes, and more

From recording an issue you want to resolve and trying different oils and recipes to help with it.

To experimenting with blends and advising others and keeping track of how people are getting on with samples.

Whenever you find an interesting idea or project using essential oils, write and store it in your journal.

Running out of an oil? Make a shopping list ready for your next order or LRP date.

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Zendocrine blend

Zendocrine Detoxification Blend

Zendocrine detoxification blend is a fairly new essential oil blend to support the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances,  cleanse the body of toxins and support healthy liver function, while also purifying and detoxifying systems of the body.

With more people turning to essential oil blends to promote overall health, I wanted to look into the benefits of Zendocrine.

What is Zendocrine?

Zendocrine is on of our doTERRA essential oils blend products. This detoxification blend offers a host of benefits, but primarily its uses include:

  • Supporting healthy liver function.
  • Detoxifying systems of the body.
  • Body system purification.
  • Supports the body’s ability to cleanse the body of toxins.

Essential oil blends are volatile aromatic compounds found in the bark, flowers, roots, seeds, and stems of the plant. What is a volatile aromatic compound? They are small organic molecules changing from a liquid or solid state into a gas; all at room temperature. When volatile aromatic compounds move through the air, they in-turn affect the sensory glands; making essential oil blends ideal for use in aromatherapy.

Benefits of Zendocrine

While doTERRA offers key benefits of Zendocrine, there are additional benefits of essential oil blends. The primary benefits of Zendocrine include:

  • Body system purification.
  • Claims to cleanse the body of toxins.
  • Supports healthy liver function.
  • Additional benefits of essential oils include:
  • Complementary treatment to massage therapy and acupuncture.
  • Positive effects on nausea and vomiting.

INGREDIENTS

Zendocrine Ingredients

Zendocrine ingredients are listed in a proprietary blend, including:

  • Tangerine peel
  • Rosemary leaf
  • Geranium flower/leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Cilantro herb

Tangerine Peel

Tangerine, as with other citrus fruits, has been studied extensively for its health benefits. The Chemistry Central Journal concluded, “metabolites in Citrus…work synergistically to exhibit anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory properties.”

Rosemary

Rosemary is used in culinary dishes throughout the world, but also offers health benefits. According to the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “uses of rosemary are antibacterial, antioxidant, improving cognitive deficits, and anti-inflammatory.”

Additionally, the journal Psychiatry Research found “smelling rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol levels.”

Geranium

Geranium is an essential oil studied for its benefits on stress reduction. According to the Journal of Caring Sciences, “Aroma of essential oil of geraniums can effectively reduce [stress]…and can be recommended as a non-invasive anti-[stress] aid.”

Juniper Berry

Juniper is native to Europe, North and South America. According to the journal International Scholarly Research Notices, juniper has been used in “herbal medicine…as [an] antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic.”

Research presented in the journal Antioxidants concluded, “antioxidant research of juniper essential oil provided the existence of several mechanisms which enabled [free] radical scavenging.”

Cilantro

Cilantro is another plant often used in culinary dishes possessing both nutritional and medicinal properties. Based on research presented in the journal Fitoterapia, cilantro offers “anti-inflammatory properties.”

Zendocrine Uses

Aside from the claimed benefits of Zendocrine, uses of the essential oil include:

  • Aromatic
  • Topical
  • Internal

Aromatic

As a part of an aromatic essential oil regimen, users will add Zendocrine to a diffuser of their choice. You’ll add three to four drops of Zendocrine to your diffuser.

Topical

Zendocrine can be used topically. You can create a Zendocrine detox bath by adding three or four drops to your bath. Some also add Epson salts as well. An additional topical application of Zendocrine is applying directly to the skin. The company recommends applying one to two drops to a particular area. doTERRA suggests diluting Zendocrine with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil) to minimize skin sensitivity.

Internal

You’ll add one to two drops of Zendocrine to your citrus drinks, water or tea. doTERRA suggests diluting one drop in four ounces of liquid before adding to a dink.

Zendocrine Side Effects

Instead of focusing on side effects found in Zendocrine blend, I have looked at any potential side effects of Zendocrine ingredients.

Tangerine Peel

One of the potential side effects of using tangerine essential oil is skin reactions. According to the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, “To avoid any possible adverse skin reactions, it is recommended to dilute Citrus oils with a carrier oil before topical use.”

Something often missed regarding side effects from tangerine essential oil is the potential interaction with prescription medication.

Rosemary Leaf

While there’s no mention of adverse effects of using rosemary essential oil, there are some positive side effects. According to the journal Scientia Pharmaceutica, in an animal study, mice were exposed to “.5 mL of rosemary for a period of an hour [resulting] in locomotive activity of mice was increased.”

Geranium Flower/Leaf

Some users may notice side effects from this particular ingredient. However, according to the Dental Research Journal, research has “not observed any reportable side effects in patients receiving Geranium.”

Juniper Berry

According to Toxnet Toxicology Data Network, some reported side effects of juniper include “difficulty in breathing, wheezing, and coughing.”, so I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone with asthma or respiratory conditions.

Cilantro

Cilantro is generally safe to use. However, according to the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, cilantro may have a “sedative” effect.WARNINGS

Zendocrine Warnings

There are warning and cautions mentioned on the official website regarding Zendocrine.

  • Possible skin sensitivity.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Consult a doctor if you’re pregnant, nursing or under the care of a doctor.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, inner ears or sensitive areas.

Where to Buy Zendocrine

You can buy Zendocrine from the official doTERRA store. You’ll spend:

  • 15-milliliter bottle – £28

Customers signing up for a wholesale account receive a 25 percent discount; lowering the price to:

  • 15-milliliter bottle – £21

If you don’t like the taste and want to just take internally there are Zendocrine Capsules also available.

Zendocrine Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • There is research to support health benefits of some ingredients in Zendocrine.

Cons:

  • May cause skin irritation.
  • Science shows possible side effects.

BOTTOM LINE

What Users Are Saying

“Suggest to rub 3-6 drops on to your liver area under your right ribcage before bed. I find it relieves fatigue, helps with digestion and reduced headaches if I stay out too late. it smells a little funky but washes out easily from clothes and bedding.”EDH

“Smells amazing, but with a hint of stink bug, but overall the smell was divine after about ten minutes. I didn’t think that the product did anything for my gallbladder which is the reason for the purchase.”Miajoycat

The Bottom Line on Zendocrine

Zendocrine is a detoxification blend from doTERRA International with claims to cleanse the body of toxins, promote body system purification and support healthy liver function. As a part of an essential oil regimen, Zendocrine is an ideal solution for cleansing the body of free radicals slowing down bodily systems, leaving you feeling heavy and weighed down.

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Why Doterra?

Potency & Purity

doTERRA sources their oil from those locations around the world where each oil will have the highest potency and therapeutic benefit.  As an example, although lavender grown in locations such as Sequim, Washington will have a lovely fragrance, when distilled for essential oil, the quality cannot compare to oil derived from lavender grown in the high altitudes of France.  The soil and weather conditions contribute tremendously to the potency and therapeutic value of the oil. This is true for all of the oils doTERRA offers.  Where the plant has been grown makes all the difference.

The purity of an essential oil is its most important characteristic. Proper methods of not only growing the source plants, but also harvesting and distilling are essential in maintaining the purity of the oil.  Due to the development of synthetic essential oil variations, it has become impossible to accurately identify a pure essential oil without it undergoing scientific analysis. The analysis of the constituents in an essential oil is a huge part of quality assurance.

Co-Impact Sourcing

doTERRA partners with growers and communities around the world to not only ensure a sustainable supply of oils, but to also ensure growers and harvesters are paid a fair wage that will allow them to support their families.

doTERRA is creating jobs and incomes for individuals and families and areas of the world that greatly need it.

Another reason to choose doTERRA is their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of farmers, harvesters, and distillers who contribute to dōTERRA’s oil production.

doTERRA carries over 100 essential oils in its product line, and sources its oils from over 40 countries — more than half of these are developing countries. To ensure that small scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas are treated ethically, dōTERRA has created an initiative called Cō-Impact Sourcing.

doTERRA's coimpact sourcing makes a difference around the world

Cō-Impact Sourcing is an initiative with the goal of developing long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with growers, harvesters and distillers while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in these underdeveloped areas.

dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing fair prices and on-time payments. These growers and harvesters are supported in forming cooperatives to share collective benefits and bargaining power, while at the same time, improving skills and capacity.

doTERRA is making a difference around the world.

Healing Hands Foundation

Another great thing about doTERRA is the Healing Hands Foundation, which partners with other organizations around the world to bring hope, relief and support to those in need.

  • The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ partners with CHOICE Humanitarian, to help empower impoverished communities with the tools needed to become self-reliant.
  • By partnering with organizations like Days for Girls, the Healing Hands Foundation seeks to bring healing and hope to the world and to make possible lives free of disease and poverty.
  • doTERRA also partners with Operation Underground Railroad  to support those working tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate children who have been sexually exploited and to bring an end to child slavery.
  • Our partnership with the micro-lending organization, Mentors International, provides credit to those who would otherwise not have financing opportunities or whose only lending options are with unethical and even dangerous lenders.
  • doTERRA even supports the projects of many individual wellness advocates, providing matching funds for worthy humanitarian causes such as orphanages, medical clinics, providing clean water, and more.
doTERRA Healing Hands provided temporary homes in Nepal

In April 2015 when the devastating earthquate hit Nepal, doTERRA’s quick action provided $100,000 in immediate aid to some of the most damaged areas in Nepal.  They also matched donations of wellness advocates around the world to bring the total aid contribution to $635,903.34 for food, water, shelter and other needed supplies.

doTERRA’s Healing Hands was able to get supplies in to devastated areas weeks before other humanitarian agencies, and began building temporary shelters for families.  Donations contributed through the Healing Hands foundation have assisted in providing medical care, building schools, and funding countless other relief efforts.

Essential oil bath bombs

Essential Oil Bath Bombs

Bath bomb fun

Bath bombs are amazing fizzy balls of joy. Drop one into your bath and get ready to have an amazing and relaxing bathing experience. When you toss them into the water they begin to fizz releasing wonderful scents and skin beneficial ingredients for your skin.  

Give the bath bomb gift

They make excellent gifts for both adults and children. When making for kids, try adding some color to the mixture. Not only will they love that the water changes colors, but they’ll also love the fizz from the bath bomb. Note: If you don’t have a bath, these bath bombs can still be effective in a shower. The water will help dissolve the bath bomb and release the aroma of the essential oils into the steam. 

Ingredients

1 cup citric acid

1 cup baking soda

½ cup cornstarch

½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

8–10 drops favorite essential oil 

Recommended oils: 

For relaxation, try Lavender or doTERRA Serenity®. For a mood boost, try Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss®, or Peppermint.  Note: Citric acid can be found at most major supermarkets in the canning section. 

You can also use almond oil or olive oil in the place of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. 

Instructions

  1. Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl.
  2. Add eight to 10 drops of the essential oil or blend of choice.
  3. Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct. 
  4. At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture. 
  5. Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.
  6. To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.

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Why do we store essential oils in amber bottles?

Essential oils are extremely precious and should be treated with respect – they can also be very expensive.

They can become damaged by ultra-violet light and therefore deteriorate more rapidly.

Essential oils should be stored in amber glass bottles. If you do store your oils in blue bottles they need to be kept in the dark. This is less important with brown bottles. Never decant the oils into clear glass or plastic bottles because they are so powerful they could actually dissolve the plastic!

They should never be placed in direct sunlight, so avoid sunny windowsills or shelves on radiators no matter how attractive the bottles look. Essential oils do not like extremes of temperatures. They are highly volatile which means that they evaporate rapidly. Always replace the caps immediately and ensure that the tops are tightly closed when the oils are not in use.

Pure essential oils will last for approximately three years from the bottling date. In excellent storage conditions (amber bottles in a cool place) they will keep for about five years. Citrus oils tend to have a shorter shelf-life due to their high proportion of terpenes, as do absolutes and resins which thicken even more with age and the smell of solvent becomes more noticeable.

Once essential oils have been diluted in a carrier oil, the shelf-life reduces dramatically. For maximum benefit use freshly made-up blends. A blend will keep for about 3-6 months if it is stored in an amber glass bottle in a cool place away from sunlight. If sweet almond oil is added then the shelf-life is approximately 6-9 months. If the smell alters and the oil becomes sour smelling then you should definitely discard it.

Do’s & Don’ts of Buying & Storage

We recommend only purchase essential oils if they are certified pure therapeutic grade.

*Always buy oils in amber glass bottles. Clear glass or plastic bottles do not contain pure essential oils. 

*Do not store your oils in direct sunlight

*Are the essential oils all the same price? If they are, then you are definitely not purchasing pure essential oils. For instance, pure essential oil of rose and Frankincense will be far more expensive then lavender, rosemary or wild orange essential oil.

*If purchasing oils that are diluted, always verify the date they were blended.

*Essential oils should always be kept away from young children. If they are taken internally some essential oils can be highly dangerous.

*Never leave bottled pure essential oils standing on plastic, polished or painted surfaces which can be damaged by the chemical constituents.

Top middle and base notes

Essential oil “notes”

Essential oil notes

Once you become more experienced with essential oils and as your collection grows you may want to learn more about blending.

Although you may simply be looking at blending a therapeutic oil for a certain ailment, the fragrance should still be “balanced” and in harmony and this is where the fragrance notes come into play.

Essential oils are classified by their “notes” or scent characteristics.

Top, middle and base

This chart shows the typical classification and can be used in combining essential oils.

Top Notes

Essential oils that are classified as top notes normally evaporate very fast and typically have anti-viral properties. They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting in nature and are usually inexpensive. Top notes are highly volatile, fast acting, and give the first impression of the blend. However, they are not very long lasting due to the evaporation.

Middle Notes

The bulk of essential oils are considered middle notes and normally give body to the blend and have a balancing effect. The aroma of middle notes are not always immediately evident and may take a couple of minutes to establish their scent. They are normally warm and soft fragrances.

Base Notes

Essential oils that are classified as base notes are normally very heavy and their fragrance is very solid. It will be present for a long time and slows down the evaporation of the other oils. These fragrances are normally intense and heady. They are normally rich and relaxing in nature and are typically the most expensive of all oils.

Blending

Blending does not only rely on the notes alone, since some oils are extremely fragrant and in some cases, overpoweringly so.

When using these very strongly fragranced oils, it is best to add a drop of oil at a time to prevent it from overpowering your entire blend.

Have fun and experiment

Blending oils can be fun, so remember that the end result should be to your liking, so it is no problem if you do not follow the guidelines about using the different notes at all – they are only guidelines to help you along.