How to Label Essential Oil Roller Bottles

How to Label Essential Oil Roller Bottles

 

If you have entered the world of essential oils, you are probably using roller bottles.  If you aren’t, check out this  DIY tutorial to learn how to make rollers.  It’s easy, safer, and saves you money.

And if you are making roller bottles, PLEASE label them.  If not, you will quickly find bottles laying around and you’ll have no idea what’s inside.  Trust me on this.  It happens.  More times that I would like to admit.

How to Label Essential Oil Roller Bottles

Tip:  Before you get started and attach any label, make sure the bottle is clean and dry.  It’s best to label your bottle first and then create your concoction. Otherwise, any oil on the bottle can prevent labels from sticking.

1. The most basic way to label is with paper and packing tape.  On a small piece of paper, write out the oils or blend name.  Cover this fully with clear packing tape.  Remember to cover the edges of the paper.  This isn’t the prettiest but it’s waterproof and it works.

2. Use round bottle cap labels.  These are designed for the top of bottle caps but they work very well on the side of bottles.  You can easy see the oils in the bottle.  You an even add a little number on the label to identify the number of drops in your blend.  Tip:  Cover these with clear packing tape.  Otherwise, oil will get under the labels, over time, and cause them to lose stickiness.

If you have a doTerra account, you can order these labels through the company.  If not, you can order them from Amazon.  You can purchase pages of individual labels and a book over at Oil Sharing Tools.  I love my book.  Ordering refills sheets is inexpensive and they keep shipping reasonable.

 

3.  You can create beautiful labels with a Circut or Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutting machine.  I had one of these and never took the time to learn it.  Fortunately, I have many friends who use and love their machines.  I’ve had them make gorgeous labels for me, including these.  Aren’t they pretty?

 

4.  Another option is washi tape.  Decorative washi tape makes super cool labels.  You can write on it, too.  Again, to keep it fully waterproof, cover with clear packing tape.

5.  I have found the perfect label maker!  After doing research, I purchased this Brother P-Touch.  And it is fabulous!  You can create quick labels or plug into your computer and use simple software to make more customized labels.  The 1 inch labels are perfect for including a name, recipe,  and instructions.  Labels are waterproof and come in clear and a variety of colors.  It’s the best!

These are my favorite methods to use in case you were wondering how to label your essential oil roller bottles. You can also find some super cool labels online. Here’s a few of my favorites:

There ya go.  A few of my favorites. What is your favorite method to use? Is there something I’m missing.  If so, let me know!

How to Make an Essential Oil Roller Bottle

How to Make an Essential Oil Roller Bottle

If you have just entered the world of essential oils, welcome! It can be super confusing.  I’m totally here to help. And today, we are going to talk about how to make an essential oil roller bottle.

Roller bottles are convenient, safe, and economical.  And they are simple to make.

Collect your supplies.  Here’s what you will need:

  • First of all…roller bottles.  If you just want to purchase a few, I recommend these.  I’m partial to the stainless steel rollers. They glide and work well.
  • A carrier oil.  Fractionated coconut oil is a good choice because it’s light on the skin and has a long shelf life.  
  • Essentials oil.  I choose doTerra.  They are awesome quality.  
  • Labels.  Trust me on this.  Otherwise, you’ll have tons of roller bottles around the house and have no idea what’s in them.  I speak from experience.

A good recommendation is to dilute to 10%.  This means that you will have 90% carrier oil and 10% essential oils.  Check out this article for more info on diluting.

A 10ml roller bottle holds 180 drops of oil.  This means you would use about 18 drops of essential oil and the rest carrier oil. Make sense?  

How to make an essential oil roller bottle:

  1. Add your essential oils.  Again, with a 10ml roller bottle, you will use about 18 drops of essential oil. You can use a single oil or a combination.
  2. Fill with your carrier oil.
  3. Pop the roller on (trick:  just press it in lightly and screw the cap on.  The pressure of the cap will tighten it snugly).
  4. Label your bottle.
  5. Roll on as needed.

Voila.  You’ve made your first roller bottle!  And this doesn’t mean that you’re a hippy, eat organic, or use cloth diapers on your kids.  It just means that you are open—minded to other options. Good for you!

Now, let’s talk about labels.  You can easily use bottle cap labels.  If you order from doTerra, just add them to your cart along with your next order.  If not, look here.

And if you really want to up you game, I’m using this Brother label maker and it’s absolutely awesome.   

Now you know how to make your own essential oil roller bottle. But the real question is…..what are you going to put in it?  

Best Essential Oils for Sleep

Best Essential Oils for Sleep

 

I talk with people a lot about their health issues.  Wanna guess the top things that most people mention? 

  • Stress
  • Body aches
  • Anxious feelings
  • Sadness
  • Sleep

Who needs better sleep?!?!  If you don’t, then you are a rarity.   Many people don’t get enough sleep. And if they are in bed for 7+ hours a night, often they are up and down, tossing and turning.  Essentials oils aren’t a magical cure but, when it comes to sleep, they can help tremendously. 

Sleep is when our bodies heal, regenerate, and rejuvenate.  According to the CDC, adults who sleep less than 7 hours a night are more likely to have chronic health conditions such as depression, diabetes, asthma, cancer, COPD, arthritis, and strokes. Sleep is necessary for our bodies to function properly.

 

 

If you’re trying to decide the best essential oil to use for sleep, you’re in luck.  You have several options.  I suggest starting with lavender.  As you purchase more oils, add in a few others.  You may find that lavender is all you need.  Or it might be that a combination does the trick.  We are all wired differently so it may take some play to determine what’s best for you.

 

The Best Essential Oils for Sleep 

  • Wild Orange:  The essential oil promotes deep rest and helps to calm a racing mind. It is commonly used for nervousness and reducing anxious feelings.
  • Marjoram:  Often used to reduce body aches, Marjoram has sedative like properties and this makes it beneficial for rest.  
  • Lavender:  Lavender is known for it’s soothing and restful properties.  It’s calming and relaxing. It’s a very mild essential oil and a great choice for babies, toddlers, and children.
  • Vetiver:  Vetiver is an earthy scent.   It impacts the nervous system and also has grounding and sedative like properties.  
  • Juniper Berry:  Juniper helps you to unwind and relax.  It helps you to go to sleep more quickly and rest more deeply.  
  • Cedarwood:  Cedarwood is another essential oil that impacts the nervous system and has sedative like properties.  It is an excellent aid that will help you rest.
  • Spikenard:  Spikenard is another earthy scent.  It was highly prized in Biblical items.  It promotes relaxation and is grounding.
  • Roman Chamomile:  Like lavender, Roman Chamomile is a great option for the littles.   It is mild, calming, and relaxing. It’s one of the best essential oils for sleep.  

 

Stay tuned for more.  In a few days, I’ll let you know exactly HOW to use essential oils for sleep.

How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

 

My 13 year old daughter, Willa Blue, and I developed an addiction to Lush bath bombs.   While these bath bombs are absolutely amazing, they can be pricey.  The Karma Bubble Bar, my absolute favorite, is $12.  Yikes!

With this in mind, we wanted to find out how to make fizzy bath bombs on our own. I purchased some supplies and let my daughter have free reign in the kitchen.  After experimenting with a variety of recipes for a few weeks, she did it.

Before we jump in, you will need all of the ingredients listed as well as molds.  We like the round orb molds and ordered this kit.

This recipe will make 3 large bath bombs or 5-6 medium or small bombs.  I’ve added links to the ingredients.  If you are making in bulk, it’s much cheaper to order on Amazon.

How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

1. First mix together the dry ingredients:

2.  In a small bowl, mix the following wet ingredients:

3. In a larger bowl, alternating mixing the dry and wet ingredients together.  1/3 dry, 1/3 wet.  Repeat til mixed.  This will be about the consistency of damp sand.

4. Pack your molds tightly.  Very tightly.  If you are using the orb molds, pack both sides until overflowing and press together firmly.

5.  Let sit for about 30  TWO minutes and carefully remove from molds.  (edited to add: we discovered that they pop out much easier if you leave them in for shorter times)

6.  Allow to dry on wax paper and harden overnight.  If using orb molds, dry with the seam horizontal.  If the seam is upright, sometimes, they will split in half.

 

This has been a big trial and error for us so I want to note a few things:

Pigment.  We discovered that bath bombs with a lot of color can leave a ring in the tub.  This washes off easily but it’s something to keep in mind.  Personally, I don’t want to clean any more than I have to so we don’t make bold and bright bath bombs. We keep our colors lighter.

Humidity.  Humidity can impact your bath bombs.  Try making them on a dry, less humid day.

Molds. If you bath bombs are sticking to the molds, you can oil them down with coconut oil or almond oil beforehand.

 

Why are these DIY bath bombs so awesome?

  • Citric acid and backing soda have a chemical reaction and create carbon dioxide which creates the fizz when dropped into water.   As a homeschool mom, I’m calling this science!
  • The epsom salts are a great source of magnesium.  This helps with aching muscles and improves sleep.
  • You get the smell and added therapeutic benefits of essential oil.

 

Now you know how to make fizzy bath bombs!  Stay tuned for more fun recipes as we are already working on bath melts and a few other fun concoctions.

35 Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

35 Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

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In the essential oil world, frankincense is knows as the King of Oils.  There’s a good reason for this.  It is potent, powerful, and amazingly versatile.  Frankincense is considered a tonic as it has a positive impact on all of the body’s systems:  respiratory, nervous, digestive, urinary, muscular, immune, etc.

Most of us know frankincense as one of the three gifts given to the Christ child.  Along with myrrh and gold, frankincense would have had considerable value and was a lucrative trade item from 1000 B.C. – 400 A.D.   But what exactly is frankincense?    It’s actually dried sap from trees in the Boswellia genus family.  These trees are native to  Oman, Yemen, Somalia, and Ethiopia.  After collecting the sap, it is allowed to harden into a resin which is later steam distilled producing an essential oil.

Chemically, frankincense essential oil is a complex mixture of monoterpenes such as alpha-pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, and beta-Pinene. What does this mean to the average person who doesn’t have a degree in chemistry? The diverse chemistry works together to provide many benefits and therapeutic properties.  Let’s take a look:

35 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

  1. Stress
  2. Anxious feelings
  3. Stretch marks
  4. Reduced inflammation
  5. Indigestion
  6. Aches & pains
  7. Improved skin appearance
  8. Neurological support
  9. Itching
  10. Relaxation
  11. Acne
  12. Balance mood swings
  13. Supports healthy menstruation
  14. Congestion
  15. Headaches
  16. Cuts & scrapes
  17. Soothes coughs
  18. Improved cellular function
  19. Slow down signs of aging skin
  20. Boost the immune system
  21. Reduce feelings of sadness
  22. Reduce the appearance of scarring
  23. Constipation
  24. PMS
  25. Improves circulation
  26. Nausea
  27. Lift sagging skin
  28. Improved breathing
  29. Joint pain
  30. Insect bites
  31. Healthy blood pressure
  32. Better sleep
  33. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  34. Improve the mood
  35. AND….it boosts the performance of all other essential oils

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Amazing, right?  Now let’s talk about how you actually use this stuff.  In general, we use essential oils in 3 ways: aromatic, topically, and internally.

  • Aromatically.  You can pop off the top and inhale.  Put a drop in your hand, rub your hands together, cover your nose and inhale.  It’s pretty simple.  To receive more lasting benefits, try diffusing frankincense in an essential oil diffuser.  Diffusers break up essential oils into tiny molecules which can be easily dispersed throughout the air.  Everyone in the room receives the benefits.
  • Topically.  Frankincense can be applied topically to the skin.  We generally add a drop to fractionated coconut oil and massage into the needed area.  Here is a dilution chart with suggested dilution ratios.  When applying to the face, I add a drop of frankincense to my moisturizer.  Frankincense is a mild oil and can be applied neat but, interestingly, essential oils are often MORE powerful when diluted.
  • Internally.  Occasionally, you may choose to use frankincense essential oil internally.  This can be particularly effective for GI issues.  Simply add a drop of frankincense to 8 oz of water and drink.  My daughter often has horrible head tension.  A drop of frankincense pressed to the roof of the mouth really helps!

There you have it.  Everything you wanted to know about frankincense but were afraid to ask.  To find out how to get a bottle of frankincense FREE, click here.  You need this stuff!

 

 

Sources:  Dr. MercolaModern EssentialsLive Science 

Essential Oils & Broken Bones

Essential Oils & Broken Bones

essential oils and broken bones

 

A few days ago, I shared how we are using supplements and natural treatments to assist my daughter in mending a broken leg.  We are having great success and I’m confident that she will have a 100% recovery.  Still, it’s a slow process and we are learning to be patient.

Of course, we are also using our essential oils.  And, of course, they are really helping.  Essential oils are incredibly versatile and have some pretty awesome health benefits.  Here’s just a little bit about what we are using and how we are using it.

Essential Oils & Broken Bones

  • Lemongrass. Lemongrass is good for connective tissue and tendon support. It also helps with the normal aches and pains associated with a broken bone.   Lemongrass relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation.
  • Cypress. This essential oil is good for the circulatory system. After knee surgery, the circulation in my daughter’s foot was poor. A little massage with Cypress quickly brought blood flow back.
  • Deep Blue. This is a propiratory doTerra blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus.  Individually, these oil support healing for the bones and ligaments and help with pain and inflammation.  It’s a powerful combination.
  • Immortelle.  This is another doTerra pr0piratory blend. It consists of frankincense, Hawaiian sandalwood, lavender, myrrh, helichrysum, and rose essential oils. If you know essential oils, then you know that these are all individual powerhouses. Mostly, I’m using this blend to help improve the skin and prevent scarring.
  • Marjoram.  Marjoram helps with pain, sprains, and muscle spasms. It’s a much under-used essential oil but one to keep on hand to support aches and pains.
  • Frankincense. Frankincense helps reduce inflammation and also helps to reduce scaring.  It is knows as the king of oils and for good reason. When we are dealing with a major issue, we always add in frankincense.
  • AromaTouch. This is a doTerra propriatory blend containing cypress, peppermint, marjoram, basil, grapefruit, and lavender. Notice that we are already using a few of these single oils. Because we are using the oils several times a day, sometimes I will opt for using just AromaTouch and frankincense. It’s just a bit easier.
  • Correct-X. This is an ointment that contains frankincense, helichrysum, melaleuca, cedarwood, and lavender. It soothes the skin and promotes physical and internal healing. We have been using this on the incisions on my girl’s leg. It keeps the area clean and will help the area heal nicely.

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With essential oils, consistency is key.  I try to use the oils a few times a day.  I don’t use them all. Generally, I’ll pick a few and layer them.  So, in the morning, I might use cypress, Deep Blue, and frankincense.  Mid-day, I’ll grab AromaTouch and frankincense.  At night when her leg is tired from the day’s activities, I use them all.

For ease of use, I have these pre-diluted in 10ml roller bottles.  A 10ml roller bottle holds 180 drops so I will use about 20 drops of essential oil and then top with fractionated coconut oil.  Diluting essential oils actually makes them even more effective because the essential oil absorbs more readily into the skin.  You can read more on diluting essential oils here.

The oils have been a tremendous help.  Often, my daughter will ask for them.  Her pain is reduced and the scars are healing very nicely.  Be sure and talk with your doctor about using alternatives.  They really are a great addition to your healing.

Happy oiling!