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How Essential Oils Can Keep You Healthy During the Holidays

Essential oils have enhanced lives for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  With so many options to keep you healthy, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 essential oils to keep you healthy this holiday season.



1. Lemon Oil – get a hit of happiness

Researchers have found that those suffering from depression lowered their dose of antidepressants by simply sniffing lemon oil.  The scent helps normalize hormone levels.

2. Lavender Oil – calm and soothe

Evidence shows that lavender is the universal essential oil used for a reason.  It is one of the safest (never apply without dilution, however), helps induce sleep, decrease pain, and alleviates PMS.

3. Tea Tree Oil – treat the icky, nasty, yucks

The oil that is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal fights off your everyday variety of common colds and illnesses.

4. Peppermint Oil – Give a shot of alertness

Smelling peppermint makes you perkier, gives you energy, and decreases nausea.

5. Eucalyptus Oil – Get rid of the sniffles

The scent reduces stuffy noses and sinus pressure.


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What You Didn’t Know About Mascara



Prolonged chemically-laden makeup use causes cellular deficiency.  In other words, the longer you wear a chemically-laden mascara, the worse the damage will be to your eye and surrounding tissue.
Do you know what else happens?

The follicles of the eyelashes are associated with a number of glands.  When the follicle and sebaceous glands clog, your body goes into overload to try and ‘fix’ the clog.  If your body cannot clear it, a stye can form.  This is certainly a BIG HINT that whatever has been on your eyelashes is not good!  Your mucous membranes are trying to keep the chemicals from most mascaras OUT of your body & bloodstream by keeping the follicles clear and healthy.

And this occurs too. 

Damaged follicles will make your lashes grow stubby and in weird directions.  Many typical allergens and irritants are hidden in the ingredients in most mascaras, which can cause this damage.  Even mascaras labeled ‘natural’, ‘hypo-allergenic’, and ‘organic’ will more than likely have these ingredients.

Here are the MAIN OFFENDERS to avoid in mascara:

Acrylate Copolymer, and Polyvinylalcohol (PVA):   MAN-MADE CHEMICAL PLASTIC.  Typically created using acrylic acid (Dow chemical) and a pre-polymer.

Tromethamine:  This is an anti-inflammatory, used in the drug Toradol.

Ehtylhexylglycerin, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol:  ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVE.  Irritant.  Synthetic preservative.

Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Propylene glycol, and Polybutene:  petroleum by-products that clog the eyelash and skin pores.  Irritant.applying-mascara


We make it easy for you to find and use a mascara you can not only feel good about, but one that will actually make your eyelashes fuller, and healthier!  Our Natural Mascara contains NO HARSH CHEMICALS.  Check out our ingredient listing below.

Check out our FULL ingredients:  Water (aqua), *Chamomile hydrosol, Carnauba Wax, Mica, * Coffee Powder, *Rice Powder, *Sunflower Oil, *Corn Starch, Lecithin, Vitamin E, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Goldenseal, *Lemon Peel Extract, * Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vanilla Plantifolia (Orchid) Extract, Iron Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide.

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 Lips NaturalDid you know that the skin on your lips is highly sensitive?  Just kiss somebody; you will see how sensitive your lips really are!

Lips are often the forgotten part of us when it comes to skin care, and one of the first areas to show our age.  First, let’s get into the chemistry of how lips age.

Skin aging happens when collagen in the skin is damaged and loses its elasticity.  Our skin also begins to become drier due to glycosaminoglycan’s (large, sugar-like, molecules in the skin) losing their ability to retain water.  When this happens, your lips will start to lose the nice, plump look and feel.  Thinner, duller, less colored lips are what you can expect as you age.lips

The good news is that the skin is thinner on the lips, there is more opportunity to reverse the signs of aging!  Lip care should begin in your youth; lip balms are needed to protect the lips, and the earlier you start, the easier it will be to keep your lips young and supple.

5 Steps to Beautiful Lips

  1. Hydrate! Take a water bottle with you wherever you go, to keep your lips hydrated and moist.

  2. Use a humidifier.  Add moisture to the air, and keep your lips (and skin) hydrated.

  3. STOP the licking!  Over licking of the lips can cause the barrier to breakdown (saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down this barrier).  This can dry out the lips.

  4. Exfoliate! Exfoliate the lips on a daily basis.  This will smooth out the lips (great for chapped lips), and allow the balm to soften and smooth.

  5. Apply the Balm. Choose a lip balm that uses natural ingredients, such as natural oils, cocoa butter, and beeswax.  Steer clear of balms and sticks that can dry the lips, which may contain these ingredients to stay away from:  petrolatum, Vaseline, paraffin wax, lanolin.



Mocha Sugar LiLipScrubLp Scrub – if you’re not intrigued already by the name, which is a yummy organic chocolate concoction, just wait until you try it to exfoliate!

Vitamin E Lip Balm – no added flavor or scent, just a good ‘ole lip balm!LipBalmsL

Grapefruit Mint Lip Balm – specializes in keeping your lips healthy, with a bit of tingly goodness!

Pomegranate Lip Balm – Sweet and sassy, perfect for the season.

Tea Tree Lip Balm – for those needing extra care, Tea Tree essential oil helps ward off bacteria, viruses, and more.  Use for cold sores, blisters, and for the prevention of them as well.

By |February 8th, 2016|Essential Oils, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized, What is natural|0 Comments


Tea has been gaining popularity as a delicious, comforting drink to enjoy while relaxing.  Usually connected with ‘relaxation’, it is not uncommon to be offered a cup of tea while you wait for your spa appointment.

Benefits from Herbal Teas

Natural loose leaf tea

1.  No Caffeine!  Also called ’tisanes,’ herbal teas contain no caffeine like a typical black, green or white tea has.

2.  Hydration!  A typical cup of tea will provide 8 oz. of water.

3.  Stimulates the senses!  Herbal blends provide more than just a great tasting tea.  They give your body, mind, & spirit support as well.

4.  Many ways to enjoy!  Hot or cold, on ice, or mixed with another beverage.  Herbal teas are versatile, and can be changed up depending on your mood!

5.  EVEN more ways to enjoy!  Loose leaf herbal teas make a great bath infusion, steam tent for the face, and can help soften the feet by adding to your foot soak!

Daisy Blue Naturals SIMPLICITEA, is a loose-leaf herbal tea blend, containing the following herbs & essential oils:

Organic Lemongrass, Organic Peppermint Leaves, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Orange Peel, and Tangerine Oil.


Loose leaf tea is superior to bagged teas, which may contain chlorine, pesticides, and other chemical additives.

Choose healthy this holiday season, and drink tea, ‘simplicitea’!


By |November 3rd, 2015|Essential Oils, What is natural|0 Comments

How to Determine the Quality of an Essential Oil

What is Aromatherapy?   

Aromatherapy is a concept tied to the scientific advances of the 20th century, that is rooted in Western, industrialized, and science-biased societies of our times.  The term,

‘aromatherapy’, was first introduced by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist who is considered the father of Aromatherapy.

He discovered the healing properties of lavender essential oil by accident.  He had badly burned his hand during an experiment, and plunged his hand into the nearest tub of liquid, which just happened to be lavender essential oil.  He was amazed at how quickly his burn healed, with very little scarring.  This started the fascination with essential oils, and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals.

The definition for aromatherapy reads, “The use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical wellbeing.”

How Essential Oils Work

I like to keep this simple, and call it the 3 P’s of how an essential oil works.

  1.  Psychologically – scent has an enormous impact on our psyches, as it brings about memories evoked by certain smells.  A scent can bring about different feelings & thoughts.  For example, smelling vanilla may unveil a happy feeling, and a memory of cookies baking in the oven from childhood.
  2. Physiologically – Once an essential oil is absorbed through the skin, (which is quick and easy due to their lipid-solubility and extremely small molecular size), and enters the bloodstream, studies of a ‘before and after’ blood sample will detect a change.  Depending on which essential oil was used, detectable amounts of the main chemical constituents of the oil are found in the bloodstream.
  3. Pharmacologically – The natural remedy for what the essential oil is used for.  As René-Maurice determined, lavender essential oil healed his burn quickly. & PURITY

There are two well-known terms that are used when determining ‘how good’ an essential oil is.

Purity – refers to the authenticity, the promise, that the product is unadulterated.

Quality – grade of an oil, which can be influenced by growing, processing, or extraction methods. 

Unfortunately, there is no standard for the purity of an essential oil.  Like many people, it is assumed that if a product is labeled ‘essential oil’, it is natural and pure.  Just like with the word, natural, this is not always the case.  Most fragrances (including those labeled as natural or essential oils) used in the skin-care industry can be synthetic, including those found in natural food stores and coops.


As part of the quality determination of an essential oil, they may be given a certain grade.  Typically, essential oil producers will grade their oils in one of the following acceptable categories:

  1. Conventional – traditional growth and extraction.  Majority of essential oils.
  2. Organic – grown organically, using traditional growth and extraction methods.  Harder to source, and can be cost prohibitive.
  3. Food-Grade – these oils carry an FCC rating approved for use in food flavorings or additives, and can be used in skin-care as well.

What about therapeutic grade?

Unfortunately, there is no official or standardized definition of the word therapeutic, in regards to essential oils.

The term ‘therapeutic grade’ is used as a marketing term to elicit the idea that the essential oil is of a grade that is ‘purer’ or ‘better’ than one that is not labeled therapeutic.

The amount of effective chemical constituents in essential oils can vary from season to season, based on the time of the year the essential oil was harvested, where the plant was grown, and how it was extracted.

What is the FDA’s involvement in regulating essential oils?

“Essential Oils” and “Aromatherapy”

There is no regulatory definition for “essential oils,” although people commonly use the term to refer to certain oils extracted from plants. The law treats Ingredients from plants the same as those from any other source.


The FDA regards an essential oil as a DRUG, when a claim is made in which the given essential oil will cure or treat a certain condition.



Labeling is the first indicator – although it does not always ensure purity.  The label should state the common, and INCI / botanical name, for the given essential oil.

Example:  Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) Essential Oil.

Now, this can be taken a step further.  Quality essential oil companies will list, (or give you the information when requested), the origin of the essential oil, how it was extracted, and will give you the MSDS, Product Specifications, and any Certifications (kosher, fair trade, organic), when applicable.

Finally, trust in the purity of the product.  Knowing where your product is coming from is just as important as the items listed above.



Kurt Schnaubelt, Medical Aromatherapy, Healing with Essential Oils, (Frog, Ltd.  1999).

René-Maurice Gottefossé,  Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy:  The First Book on Aromatherapy, (Girardot & Cie, Paris, 1937, 1993, 1995).

Kathie Keville and Mindy Green, Aromatherapy:  A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, (The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA, 1995).

U.S. Food & Drug Administration,

Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, (New World Library, 1991).

The Quality of Essential Oils, Jade Shutes, BA, Dipl. AT., Cert. Herbalist,

By |October 8th, 2015|Essential Oils, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

Essential oils that provide aphrodisiac qualities ~ just in time for Valentine’s Day!




What’s an aphrodisiac?

An aphrodisiac is generally defined as a substance that enhances or stimulates passion and sexual arousal.  There is no essential oil, herb, food, chemical or other substance that will magically or immediately arouse someone who does not want to become aroused.  Individuals that are physically or emotionally exhausted, under stress, lacking proper nutrition, depressed, anxious or physically ill have a significantly more difficult time enjoying intimacy.  Substances, including essential oils that are considered aphrodisiacs are substances that can help dissipate the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal. [1]

What makes us get ‘in the mood, and combat some of the physical, psychological and emotional blocks?’  Let’s take a closer look at the essential oils blended in our Sensual body line.


The first essential oil that you will experience is the organic lemongrass.  Originally from India, lemongrass is an important medicine in South America and Southeast Asia.  It is one of the best-selling essential oils in the world.  The fragrance is very sedative and soothing, and helps treat muscle cramps and headaches.[2]




Ylang-Ylang Flower

The next essential oils you’ll experience are the scents of are ylang-ylang and jasmine. 

Jasmine flower

Jasmine flower

Ylang-ylang is an oil derived from the dropping yellow flowers from the trees.  A strong sedative, ylang-ylang is antispasmodic and lowers blood pressure.  The fragrance tempers depression, fear, jealousy, and frustration.  It is an aphrodisiac in low doses[3], like in our Sensual blend.


Jasmine absolute has an exquisite floral aroma that is strong; warm, floral, and intoxicating.  It is considered an aphrodisiac, and offers uplifting, depression fighting qualities.[4]



Last, you will experience the tingle and cooling effect of peppermint.  Known for its refreshing qualities, peppermint has been used by many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians, no doubt because of its extremely useful health-promoting properties.[5]  Peppermint is a cooling stimulant and anti-inflammative.[6]

Sensual Product Line available at

Sensual Product Line available at



[2] Keville, K. & Green, M., Aromatherapy:  A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 1995.P. 60

[3] Keville, K. & Green, M., Aromatherapy:  A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 1995. P. 70


[5] Worwood V., The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991

[6] Schnaubelt, K., Medical Aromatherapy, Healing with Essential Oils, 1999


By |February 4th, 2015|Essential Oils, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

FDA Issues Violation Letters to Essential Oil Companies

Just like many of you, I enjoy using essential oils (following the top 12 Aromatherapy Safety Rules posted below) in place of over the counter medications and other synthetic alternatives.  However, I feel strongly that the use of essential oils by the general public has gotten out of hand, and they are not being properly trained and educated on the ill effects of using essential oils incorrectly.

lab flask and herbs

First, ESSENTIAL OILS ARE MEDICINAL!  Often referred to as the ‘fragrant pharmacy’, essential oils need to be respected and understood before using them.  This modality does have a place in our holistic healing environment, and should be offered in the virgin form by licensed practitioners to ensure the patient is receiving the correct oil, dose, etc.  It can be a wonderful alternative or companion to our Western medicine options.

At a recent training I conducted, I was drilling home that cinnamon bark essential oil (less than 1% in our Cranberry Fizz Lotion) may cause redness and burning on the skin – at 1% concentration.  Roughly 5% of the population have provoked skin sensitization when applied topically.

Imagine if you were to use cinnamon at full strength, 100% concentration, not knowing that this oil promotes strong allergenic reactions and skin sensitization?  Maybe you read that cinnamon bark is antiseptic (which it is) and can improve cardiac function.  Without being properly trained on HOW to use this oil, you could potentially burn your skin and cause skin sensitization.  In some cases, the misuse of essential oils has caused death and organ failure (by ingesting the oils).

By the way, I was so glad to have one of the guests at the training come up to me afterwards to thank me for always having their safety in mind.  If we are willing to talk about the 5% or less that may have a skin redness using 1% cinnamon bark in our product, it eased her mind knowing that we are not out to trick the masses and blow off a seemingly ‘safe’ product in it’s virgin form.

My advice?  Do your research.  Become educated and make wise choices.  When searching for home-based business companies, visit to verify that the company is a member.  This is our stamp of approval that we are following strict code of ethics in our business practices regarding multi-level marketing and party plan.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?  My past business colleague Kayla is a licensed aromatherapist, and has written some pretty amazing books and blog posts regarding essential oils and aromatherapy.

You can learn more at:

Here’s an excerpt:  Today (September 24th) the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) sent doTerra and Young Living Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations Warning Letters. This is huge news. In light of the comment wars that went on in my blog post Warning dōTERRA and Young Living Won’t Tell You (SHARED BELOW)  it is clear that many misunderstand the law as it applies to essential oils.

Letter to Young Living from the FDA
Letter to dōTERRA from the FDA
More from Kayla:
My Top 12 Aromatherapy Safety Rules from Chapter 10   The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy – Kayla Fioravanti
History and safety testing have given us useful aromatherapy data. For review of this chapter, please study the following twelve rules that I think are the most important when it comes to using essential oils safely.
Rule #1
Never consume essential oils. Even if you read a book by an aromatherapist from a country that uses essential oils internally, they should never be consumed. The practice of consuming essential oils is dangerous and was designed to be done under the care of an aromatherapist trained in that form of therapy. In addition, studies have shown that topical aromatherapy is more effective than internal aromatherapy methods.
Rule #2
Always dilute your essential oils before applying them to the skin. There are a very small handful of exceptions to this rule including lavender and tea tree which can be occasionally applied neat, or directly, to the skin. In different aromatherapy books there may be recommendations of essential oils over 3% in massage oils but it simply isn’t necessary. Less is more in the world of essential oils. There is no need to overdose and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Essential oils are incredibly potent and need to be dispersed into a carrier before applying them to the skin. You wouldn’t wrap your body in 30 lbs. of plant material so don’t apply that much or more directly onto your skin.
Typically, essential oils are diluted into products at 1 to 3% – sometimes less and sometimes more, but that is the general rule of thumb. Some essential oils have an intense aroma and price tag combination that allows for their use as low as 0.1% Take jasmine, blue chamomile and neroli for example.
Raindrop therapy is a good example of how undiluted and too high of concentrations of essential oils can be dangerous. This method of applying essential oils is the practice of dripping pure undiluted essential oils directly onto the skin which has many adverse effects. People have had burns, skin irritation, and intense detoxification effects that could have been avoided if this dangerous practice was no longer taught. The human body does not need to detoxify at such a rapid rate, and the skin should not come in direct contact with undiluted essential oils. Please report injuries at the Atlantic Institute.
Rule #3
Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children; they are notorious for putting everything in their mouths. Compared to adults, essential oils should be used in half the dosage rate for children for topical application. They are not miniature adults, and their bodies were not designed to process the same ratio of essential oils on their skin. I have safely used aromatherapy on all three of my children since 1998.
I heard of a case of a woman who read that tangerine essential oil would help with hyperactivity in children. She decided to put undiluted tangerine essential oil directly on the palms of her child’s hands. Thankfully, tangerine is a safe enough essential oil and the child suffered no serious ill effect. But she had decided to try it on a day that the child had a big test to take at school, and the high concentration of tangerine oil knocked the child out for the entire day and he slept through his test, lunch, dinner…and into the next morning.
Rule #4
Stay with the tried and true essential oils. Avoid ones that are not the common essential oils used historically in aromatherapy. Unless you understand the chemistry, it is best to stick with the commonly used essential oils. A trained aromatherapist can read the chemical composition of an essential oil profile and make an educated decision about the safety of an essential oil. But without that training you would not know whether you should avoid or use essential oils based on their chemical composition of aldehydes, esthers, ketones, phenols, and monoterpene hydrocarbons.
Rule #5
Know which essential oils to avoid or use with caution. Avoid them even if you like the way they smell or the properties that you read about them.
Essential oils to be avoided altogether include: unrectified bitter almond, basil ct. methyl chavicol, birch, boldo leaf, blue cypress, bitter fennel, bog myrtle, buchu, unrectified cade, calamint, calamus, (brown, blue or yellow) camphor, cassia, cinnamon bark, costus, davana, dog basil, elecampane, fig leaf, horseradish, jaborandi, lantana, melaleuca bracteata, mustard, mugwort, parsley seed, pennyroyal, rue, dalmatian sage, santolina, sassafras, savin, tansy, tarragon, tea absolute, thuja, tonka bean, verbena, wintergreen, wormseed, and wormwood.
Essential oils that should be used with caution or at very low dosages include: yarrow, dill, tarragon, caraway, white camphor, hyssop, spearmint, rosemary ct. verbenone, and tagette. Essential oils that should be heavily diluted due to potential skin irritation include: cassia, cinnamon leaf, cumin, lemongrass, oregano, clove stem, clove bud, clove leaf, wild thyme, and red thyme.
Rule #6
Always wear protective gear while handling essential oils. Remember that essential oils are very concentrated and should not be applied directly to the skin. If you wear gloves while handling essential oils you lessen the chance of spilling undiluted essential oils directly onto your hands. Even if it doesn’t hurt at the moment, it could hurt later. A good example is how peppermint essential oil spilled directly onto your hands might not hurt at the moment, but later when you touch your eye, it will burn like crazy.
Rule #7
Work in a well-ventilated area. Remember that essential oils can enter the body through inhalation. Some essential oils can cause euphoria, sleepiness or can be extremely stimulating. In a closed space with poor circulation the essential oils can become overwhelming.
Rule #8
Use extra caution when using essential oils on children and the elderly. The dosages should be at least half that of what you would use for a healthy adult. And essential oils are toxic to cats so never ever use essential oils on them.
Rule #9
Use common sense. Essential oils are safe when used in moderation. Many substances on earth are toxic when used in the extreme. Too much water can lead to water poisoning, and carrots, tomatoes, saffron, and mustard will all cause illness when consumed in excess.
Rule #10
To safeguard your business, do not make healing claims about your products. That would transform your cosmetic into a drug. The rules and regulations for drugs are completely different, and aromatherapy does not qualify on any monograph for approved over-the-counter drugs.
Rule #11
Always use the botanical name for essential oils when ordering. I never make an aromatherapy decision without reviewing the botanical name. The botanical name tells the genus and species of the plant and includes information about the variety, cultivar, chemotype, and hybrid when needed. Often these details are the difference between an essential oil being safe for use or not.
Rule #12
Check contraindications of an essential oil before using it. You don’t want to be making a sleepy time bath with essential oils that are contraindicated for insomnia like peppermint, basil, lemon verbena, cornmint, or rosemary.
FYI (from earlier in Chapter 10) on the Seriousness of Ingesting Essential Oils
There has never been a reported case of a woman or baby being harmed by topical or inhalation therapy used during pregnancy or labor. Aromatherapists all warn their clients away from pennyroyal essential oil due to a case in the USA in which a woman drank a large dose of pennyroyal in order to induce an abortion that proved fatal to her (Gold and Cates, 1980). One out of four cases in which pregnant women accidently drank camphor oil instead of castor oil resulted in the death of the baby (Weiss and Catalano, 1976).
Another reported case in which pennyroyal and parsley seed were taken in large doses caused hepatotoxicity which resulted in the death of the baby.
There are two other cases in which women consumed the same large doses of pennyroyal (100 to 200 times the recommended topical application) in which both the mothers and the babies survived unharmed. It is cases like this that give essential oils their warnings and contraindications.
Other Safety Topics
Chapter 10 of my book The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy also includes other safety topics including: essential oil testings, grades of essential oils, drug claims, essential oil adulteration, contraindications, more safety warnings, the use of essential oils during pregnancy, the history of aromatherapy warnings in pregnancy, MSDS information along with my top 12 aromatherapy warnings. You can find it in paperback and on Kindle.

Kayla Fioravanti

What make me qualified to teach about aromatherapy? I am a Certified and was a Registered Aromatherapist with more than a dozen years of experience. The references for this article and my book can be found here. I was certified by a school approved by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and was registered by The Aromatherapy Council.





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