5 Need to Know Facts About Essential Oils

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Everyone seems to be enjoying the benefit of essential oils. Whether it’s the smell of a single oil or a blend that leaves you feeling relaxed or refreshed, here are a few facts you might want to know about essential oils.

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  1. Essential oils are extremely concentrated. 256 pounds of peppermint leaves are used to make one pound of peppermint essential oil. With that in mind, consider that one drop of peppermint essential oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea. Be careful how much you use….a little goes a long way.
  2. It’s not a good idea to use undiluted essential oils directly on your skin. Due to the level of concentration and the various properties of each essential oil, some oils can cause a reaction such as a rash or burn. There are oils such as citrus oils or oils such as lemongrass that can be irritating to the skin and are definitely never to be used undiluted. Every time you use an oil, make sure it’s diluted in a carrier oil or other emulsifier.
  3. The internal use of essential oils is not recommended. Think about it this way...a small  amount of essential oil can be equivalent to 10-50 cups of herbal tea. Just because an essential oil is made from a herb like thyme or basil, it does not mean it’s safe to use in your favorite recipe.
  4. Keep your essential oils stored in a dark spot and make sure they are not stored in plastic bottles. Remember….they are potent and could potentially eat through plastic.
  5. Pregnant women and children should be cautious when using certain essential oils. Oils such as basil, pennyroyal and wintergreen should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Check this safety list for do’s and don’t during pregnancy Use the same precautions when using essential oils with children.
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Ways to Use Essential Oils


Essential oils are extremely versatile and can be used in multiple ways. As long as you remember to keep in mind how powerful the oils can be, you will become more comfortable with using them in different ways. Explore the various oils and find out what scents are your favorites.


In the Bath
Having a scented bath with essential oils is a great way to relax. Make sure the oils you choose are mixed with an emulsifier like a carrier oil, milk or salt. Oils without an emulsifier will float on the surface of the water and have direct contact with the skin. A safe dose is 5-10 drops mixed with ½ cup to 1 cup of salt or emulsifier. Avoid spicy oils such as cinnamon, thyme,oregano or citrus oils. Mild oils such as lavender or rose are non irritating.

Dilutions should be about 2.5% for adults which is about 1 ounce of carrier oil and 15 drops of essential oil. Children under 12 should use a 1% dilution.


Two types of diffusers are common; candle diffusers and nebulizing diffusers. Candle diffusers are simple to use and provide a wonderful ambiance. Nebulizing diffusers break the oils down into small particles and blow them into the air...they are more effective at maximizing the therapeutic benefits of the oils.


For muscular aches and pains, bruises or other minor conditions, put 10 drops of oil in 4 ounces of hot water. Soak a cloth well in the mixture and put it directly on the affected area.

Around the Home
Add essential oils to water when washing countertops or floors or add a few drops to your washer when washing clothes. Adding drops to a vacuum cleaner helps to distribute the scent throughout the house or add oils to sprays or baking soda and vinegar when cleaning your bathroom or shower.

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March Divine Guidance - I Ching


I Ching

The oracle of the I Ching, or Book of Changes can be traced back as far as 3,000 years. The ancient method of divination relied on stem stalks of the yarrow plant; the modern oracle relies of coins that are tossed and interpreted.

There are 64 different life situations the I Ching identifies and each one is represented by a hexagram with broken and unbroken lines. It sounds complicated, but if you remember that the broken lines are “yin” and the unbroken lines are “yang” you can get a sense of the energy each hexagram represents.


If you want to use the I Ching, throw three coins six times. Have a question in mind as the answers are meant to reflect the current time and not the future. Values are assigned to the coins’ sides (heads or tails) and once you have thrown your coins six times, you have built your hexagram from the bottom up. Look up the hexagram configuration in an I Ching book, and you get an interpretation for your question.

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Pisces ~ "I Believe"


February 19 - March 20

Ruling Planet: Neptune
Symbol: Fish
Flower: Water Lily
Stone: Aquamarine
Lucky Numbers: 7, 12, 16, 21
Likes: creativity, daydreaming, variety, helping others
Dislikes: rules and restrictions, being under pressure, cruelty

In the depths of the ocean you can discover Pisces; depth and intuition are synonymous with this sign. As the twelfth sign of the zodiac, they bring together characteristics of the eleven signs
that come before. Selfless, spiritual and focused on their inner journey, Pisces put great weight on their feelings.

Fluid and easy going, Pisces can relate to the duality of yin and yang. They are sometimes difficult to understand as they are hard to pin down. Their sensitivity and romantic nature creates a lush dream world where they can retreat in order to share their compassion with the world.

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