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My journey in life as a stay at home mom building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband. Balancing life, family, and the unexpected. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more about essential oils or a business opportunity kollette@weeklyessential.com. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected in life and how to deal with it.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Simple Holiday Gift Recipes for Sugar Scrubs & Salt Bath

Sugar Scrubs and Salt Bath Recipes for Simple Holiday Gift Giving.


Sugar Scrub
What you will need
Sugar or brown sugar (Grocery Store)
Fractionated Coconut Oil (www.kollettechambers.com)
4oz. to 8oz. Container (www.Aromatools.com or local craft store)
Essential Oils (www.kollettechambers.com)

This recipe is for the 8 oz. container. For the 4 oz. container just half the recipe.
1/4 Cup Fractionated Coconut oil or Vegetable oil of choice
3/4 - 1 Cup Sugar
4-8 drops of Essential Oils of Choice 

Wash and Sterilize Containers, Fill Container with Sugar, then add the vegetable oil. Then add Essential Oils of choice and mix together. 
Add a ribbon and the gift is ready for giving. A wonderful Sugar Scrub.
Oil and Combination ideas
Lemon and Lavender
Rosemary and Eucalyptus
Wild Orange and Peppermint
Coriander and Lemongrass
Lemon and Wild Orange
Lavender
Ginger and Lemon (great with brown sugar)
You may use salt instead of sugar, just make sure it is a fine salt. I like using the Fractionated Coconut oil as it is not greasy and does not stain clothes. 

Salt Bath Soak
What you will need
Epsom Salt (grocery store)
Fine Sea Salt (I get mine from San Francisco Salt Co.)
Gift Bags or Zip locks and have kids decorate (Craft Store/grocery store)
Ribbon (Craft Store)
Essential Oils (www.kollettechambers.com)

The Recipe 
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
4 -8 drops of Essential Oils

note: You can mix a bag of Epsom Salt with Sea Salt ahead of time. Just make sure you use equal amount of each.

Mix the salts together, then add the Fractionated Coconut oil and then the Essential Oils. Hold bag closed, shake it all together. Put a cute ribbon around it and it is ready for gift giving. 

The Salt Soak is a great holiday party idea for everyone to make and take home. It is a great gift for anyone. 

More Essential Oil Combinations and ideas are Wild Orange and Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary,  Roman Chamomile and Lavender, any oils with Lavender. You can use what every you'd like and these are a lot of fun to make. Enjoy!

I enjoyed sharing the salt soak in my sons first grade class for a project I had to bring into the class and do with the kids. The kids had a blast making them and they got to go home and give mom a gift or keep for themselves.

Have a Fun and Enjoyable Holiday!






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Monday, November 19, 2012

SAVORY SANTA FE STYLE CRANBERRY DRESSING



This is one of my favorite recipes for the Holidays. We now enjoy it every year. It is great on Turkey, Ham, Cream Cheese, Cheese cake, and more. I had to share because I am so thankful that Linda shared this with me a few years ago. Enjoy!







Savory Santa Fe Style Cranberry Dressing
1 package Cranberries un-cooked, minced (mind you do not chop them too fine or they will become juicy).


3-5 Finely Chopped Green Onions
Fresh Jalapeno (to taste) Finely Chopped
1 tsp. Cumin

1 C. Sugar
Cilantro (Fresh Hand Full) San Stems or 1 toothpick Cilantro Essential Oil


Mix Ingredients and allow to set before serving. I love this with Roasted Turkey and 
all the Trimmings and Ham too!




It is also wonderful on Sandwiches with Cream Cheese following the main dinner. Or for an appitizer poured over a block of cream cheese, served with crackers.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!


 




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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Holiday Relief with Essential Oils

Last night I hosted a Holiday  Relief with Essential Oils class. We had such a great time. I really enjoyed meeting new people and sharing the oils with them. I showed them all a simple hand massage with the Essential oils, some gift ideas and more. We passed around the oils for Stress Relief and Shifting moods. It was a wonderful evening of sharing.

The Power of Aroma
The holidays can be a stressful time. Being around family can be overwhelming, when it should be full of joy and love. With today's stresses in life we sometimes forget to be loving and remember the important things in life. By Diffusing Essential oils you can lift peoples moods, relax the mind and body, relieve tension and clear the mind, improve concentration, alertness and mental clarity. This way everyone can enjoy the Holidays and find Peace and Joy!

Suggested oils for diffusing during the holidays
Single Oils: Lavender, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, White Fir, Roman Chamomile, Wild Orange and Peppermint.


Lavender, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood and White Fir are great for calming, raising the spirits, enhancing moods, decreasing anger, sedating, purifies and stimulates the mind.

Four oil blends recommended for Mood Management, email me for more information on these amazing blends.


Applying the oils topically and internally can also help through those unexpected times

Topically - Apply to the feet or hands. If you see someone or you yourself are stressed through the holidays or anytime, place a drop on and rub. You can rub on the bottom of your feet or on your hands, give someone a hand or foot massage.

Internally - Enjoy Lavender or Roman Chamomile. in a warm cup of water with honey to relax before bedtime or anytime to help calm nerves and relax.

Have a Wonderful and Calming Holiday Season.







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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I am so excited for today. This is such a fun day for the kids and I so enjoy my children.  Tonight for dinner I am making Chicken and Cheese Enchilada Chowder with some Cilantro and Lime Essential Oils added. Can't wait to eat before we go out Trick or Treating. Yum.

Last night at bedtime, I noticed my daughters voice getting a little hoarse, then after she went to bed, I hear her coughing. I already had her diffuser going in her room, so I added Oregano to it. I know it stinks but it is great while they are sleeping. I went and laid by her and put some Protective Blend on her feet and on her back.  I got up around mid-night to check on her and put some more Protective Blend on her feet and back. Then again at 4:00am. She has slept all night and didn't even notice I came in to check on her.

For what I thought was going to be a rough night we all got sleep and most important my daughter did. I put 6-8 drops of the Protective blend in a roll on with Fractionated coconut oil, it is very convenient for application.

All my children are different and have there oils of preference. My oldest loves Ginger and Lemon when he gets cough on his chest with a warm compress, my middle child likes the Respiratory Blend and Eucalyptus on him and my daughter likes the Protective Blend. I will diffuse Thyme and Melaleuca or Oregano at night while they are sleeping. I also put the Protective Blend on all my children everyday, they love there foot massages.

My daughter is awake and feeling great, I have not heard her cough this morning and she is going to school and wants to go Trick or Treating. Thank you Essential Oils. I am so grateful I can treat my children's symptoms from home and make them feel better. It makes me feel so good as a mother.

Supports Healthy immune function blend is an amazing blend and is what attracted me to Essential Oils in the beginning. There are other great products with  the oils of this blend, like Hand soap, toothpaste, and Throat drops. This Blend has Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Wild Orange.

The Protective Blend addresses,
• Supports healthy immune function
• Protects against environmental threats
• Cleans surfaces
• Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
• Energizing, uplifting aroma

Recipes
Apply to surfaces to kill germs and pathogens. Diffuse in rooms.

Apply topically with massage to feet, back, neck and shoulders.
Apply with lymphatic massage at the onset of or during illness. The oils included in this type of blend are GRAS.

Take 2-3 drops per day orally for 3 days prior to surgery and apply with massage to strengthen immune system and guard against infection.

Take orally with honey, agave, or juice at the onset of nagging symptoms.

At the onset of ..... place 2-3 drops in ¼ cup of water, gargle, swish and pull for 5 minutes, then spit. Take 2 drops internally.

Add 2-3 drops of protection blend and 1 drop of Lemon in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and take internally every hour up to 8 hours while relief comes from gallbladder attacks. One can apply similarly using digestive blends.

Add several drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and use the mixture to disinfect surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.

Here are 52 Ways to Use The Protective Blendby Robert James

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Melaleuca


This week the weather changed. It got cold and even snowed a little. I woke up this morning with a swollen glands. My dad and his wife are coming in today to visit for a few days. I have so much to do before they get here. I got out of bed and went into the kitchen and grabbed my bottle of Melaleuca (tea tree essential oil) and put a drop on my tongue.

I made some coffee, picked some things up that didn't get put away the night before. About 10 minutes later I put another drop on my tongue. It was so relieving  you can feel it working, up ythrough your head, loosening everything up and killing what ever is trying to get in. I put a load of laundry in and then got a cup of coffee. Before I started my coffee I put one more drop of Melaleuca on my tongue. Occasionally this will take care of the problem.


About Melaleuca

Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin
• Promotes healthy immune function
• Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
• Promotes a clear, healthy complexion
• Soothes minor skin irritations
• Helps purify and freshen the air



Melaleuca oil or tea tree oil, (TTO) as it is often referred, was named by Captain Cook who often used it as a tea. An Australian chemist, A.R. Penfold, studied tea tree leaves and discovered their antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil subsequently became a standard treatment in Australia for the prevention and treatment of wound infections. During World War II, the Australian government classified tea tree oil as an essential commodity and exempted producers from military service.  

Melaleuca Essential Oil is from the botanical family Myrtaceae, with the oil being processed by steam distillation from the leaf of the tree.


Application
Apply topically and neat (undiluted). 

Add a 5% dilution to shampoo to address scalp problems.  Gargle or oil-push a 5% dilution of Melaleuca to effectively address mouth and gum problems.  Melaleuca is  supportive of the immune system when diffused. When you feel those germs attacking and coming on, put one drop on tongue every ten minutes for a half hour. Thank you Modern Essential book for the information. 









These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Supporting Common Chakra Issues with Essential Oils

A few years ago, I didn't know what chakra's were and thought the person who shared them with me was crazy. Just like I thought Essential Oils were voodoo medicine. (I have been called the voodoo witch doctor) LOL. Then I did my own research. I have to remember where I was and I knew nothing about any of this. Then a tragic life learning lesson changed my life, it was the opening of a new chapter in my life just at the right time. I have to say things got worse before they got better. But things got so much better and I am learning who I am. Wow! I really like myself. This may or may not be the time, but I invite you to find out who you are and why you are here. Get out of the routine of society and enjoy life. I am opening the door if you wish. Go on in and explore, you just might enjoy it.

I have learned so much and keep growing and learning. Life is truly an amazing journey. I love it! Remember who you are, how precious life is, to be kind and grateful and most of all to love yourself and others. Also remember the four agreements; Don't make assumptions, Be true to your word, Don't take anything personally and always do your best! 

I am excited to share the seven Chakra's and Essential Oils with you. Essential Oils have changed my life, my family life is so many wonderful ways.


Supporting Chakra Issues with Essential Oils 

Chakra Summary: We are all composed of two main aspects: the visible, dense, physical aspects of our being, and the invisible, subtle, energetic parts of our being that make up the human energy system. Chakras are a part of that energy system, they are invisible wheels of circulating energy located along the spine. There are seven major chakras in the human energy system. This covers the seven major energy centers (chakras) and their thematic emotional issues.

ROOT CHAKRA:
Crystals Gem Stones - Smokey Quartz Crystal, Ruby, Bloodstone & Hematite
Belonging
Primary indications: Feeling unsupported, feeling that one does not belong, disconnected from family, negative generational patterns or issues such as: addiction, abuse, alcoholism, co-dependency, eating disorders etc.
Positive qualities following transformation: Sense of belonging, feeling safe with one’s family, positive connection with family, generational healing.
Supporting oils: Birch, White Fir

Grounding
Primary indications: Ungrounded, not fully present, difficulty connecting to one’s body, joyless in life, not wanting to be on the earth, disconnected from nature.
Positive qualities following transformation: Grounded, present, full participation in earth life, solid connection with one’s physical body.
Supporting oils:  Myrrh, White fir

SACRAL CHAKRA:
Crystal Gem Stones - Carnelian Agate, Tiger’s Eye, and Onyx
Emotional Health
Primary indications: Poor emotional circulation, stuck, stagnant energy held within the energy system, not progressing emotionally, unable to experience one’s emotions.
Positive qualities following transformation: Emotional circulation, dynamic movement/progression, emotional transformation, dynamic feeling life.
Supporting oils: Cypress, Vetiver, Geranium, Ylang Ylang

Child-like

Primary indications: Workaholic, over serious, over-doing, unable to laugh or enjoy life.
Positive qualities following transformation: Relaxation, sense of fun, connection to inner child, creativity, relaxed state of heart and mind.
Supporting oils: Ylang Ylang, Wild Orange, Balance,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rosemary - The Smell of Success

Can Rosemary Essential oil make you smarter?
Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver from Northumbria University had the same question. They then devised an experiment that would test if the aroma of 1,8-cineole (one of the main chemical components of rosemary) would improve brain performance and mood.
For their experiment they had 20 volunteers perform math and visual tests. Some were exposed to the rosemary aroma for 4, 6, 8, or 10 minutes while some were not exposed at all. After testing and analyzing results, they found that those in the rosemary-aroma room scored better on the test and were in a better mood than those who weren’t. They also found that participants with the higher blood levels on 1,8-cineole (those who smelt longer) had greater speed and accuracy on their test.
So, yes, just smelling rosemary essential oil could make you smarter. So grab your Rosemary and go diffuse!

Other uses for rosemary essential oils:*
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints 
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
  • When using internally, dilute 1 drop rosemary essential oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage.
  • Blends well with basil, frankincense, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and marjoram.
  • Two drops in a pot roast in the crock pot with Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Black Pepper.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus radiata

Not feeling well? Feeling down? Try eucalyptus essential oil to lift you up. Eucalyptus is a calming oil that eases breathing and is a key ingredient in cough and throat medicine and chest ointments.

Eucalyptus has been distilled from at least 1788 when two doctors, Hohn White and Dennis Cossiden, distilled Eucalyptus piperata for its use in treating chest problems and colic. This was in Australia where the Blue Mountains of New South Wales are so called because of the extraordinary blue haze that exudes from the resin of the eucalyptus gum and envelopes the entire landscape. Eucalyptus is marvelously versatile and useful oil. It cools the body in the summer and protects it in the winter. There is a wide range of eucalyptus.


Properties: Antibacterial, analgesic, anti-infectious, anticatarrhal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and insecticidal.

Possible Uses: Eucalyptus essential oil Assists with clear breathing • Supports overall respiratory health • Soothes tired, sore muscles • Purifies and cleanses • Helps to lessen stress • Promotes oral health • Supports healthy immune system function

Application: Topically – Can be applied neat. Apply to reflex points or directly to area of concern. Dilute with a ratio of 1:1 for those with sensitive skin.
Aromatically – Diffuse.

My Children love using Eucalyptus when they are feeling down. I will rub on the bottom of there feet, diffuse and rub on there chest or down there spine. If they need it,  I will add a warm compress to the chest. We have not had to do that for a long time, thanks to the essential oils. We use them daily for health care prevention.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fly Relief for Horses - Insect Repellant

It is a beautiful day, we just got home from soccer games and started working around the house. My husband came in and said to me, get your oils on the horses the flies are horrible. So I made my mixture of Peppermint and Lavender. I filled a 4oz bottle with water and placed 7-10 drops of each. Shake well and went out and sprayed the horses. Some horses don't like to be sprayed so I spray on my hands and then rub them down. This blend also works great to keep other insects away so we spray it in the barn.



I also put  Lavender on my hands and let my horses smell and I spray on the fly mask before applying. Peppermint is also very cooling and horses love it, avoid around the eyes and dilute the peppermint if putting directly on the nose. Do not spray mixture in the eye, ears or nose. You may place on hand and rub on but not in. If you do not have all these oils, that is okay. Make a mixture with water and oils of choice. Use 10-15 drops with 4oz. water if using a single oil. Apply every 3-4 hours or as needed. Every horse is different and my like different oils. The TerraSheild Blend works great as well.  My horse loves Lavender and my other horse likes Peppermint.

Horses are sensitive so you can rub on hands first then let them smell your hands.
My horses are so happy. The flies were covering there fly masks. I felt so bad for them and was so happy I could provide them with some relief. I did not use Rosemary but it is suggested to use that one too, if you do make sure you dilute it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Back to School Routine with Lavender and Wild Orange

Every year my children are so excited to go back to school. Which means emotions are wild, new schedules and the excitement of it all. I am so grateful for Essential Oils. It is hard as a parent to send your kids off to school. I remember the knot in my stomach. I wish I would have had something to calm my nerves. Lavender Essential Oil is very calming. If you place a drop of Lavender on the back of neck or on a cottonball so the child can have in pocket and with them to smell throughout the day as needed.

The Routine. The first few days we started with Lavender. We begin each day by Diffusing, then it is time for foot massages with Wild Orange and before we head out the door a drop of Lavender on the back of the neck. The kids carry a small bottle of Both Wild Orange and Lavender in there back packs just in case they have stomach issues or need calming or hurt themselves while at school. Now they are good for the day.
When I return home, I difusse Wild Orange as it is uplifting to the body. When I pick the kids up I have a spray bottle with water, peppermint and Lavender that I spray on there hands as they get into the car before we leave so nothing from school come home with us. When we get home, for a little pick me up, we diffuse peppermint and wild orange and at homework time it is Peppermint and Rosemary, which helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue. When it is time to calm down for the evening we diffuse Lavender with Lemon (kids favorite). Then another foot massage with Wild Orange which protects against seasonal and environmental threat.

Recipes
For Extra Defense during the school year, fill a roll on bottle with Fractionated Coconut oil or any vegetable oil of choice and put 6-8 drops of Wild Orange, Rosemary, peppermint Essential oil. Rub on children's feet at bedtime and in the morning before they head off to school. It is a very special bonding moment for parent and Child. My children love the foot massage and being touched and having that time with me.

For Hand Sanitizer fill a 4oz. Aluminum Spray bottle then put 10 drops of Lavender and 10 drops of Peppermint. Spray on hands for hand sanitizer. Also works great for head tension, sunburns and air freshener.

Kollette






Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fifteen Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

Thank you all for letting me share Essential Oils with you. The Weekly Essential has been a weekly email newsletter for two years now. I have decided it was time for a change and to start a blog.  I will be sharing about oils, ailments, experiences, ideas and more. This weeks feature is Frankincense which comes from Oman. Enjoy!

Fifteen Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil


1. Beautiful Skin (use neat or mix with lavender and apply to face morning and night)
2. Caring for Cuts (apply a few drops on cuts and scars)
3. Immune Support (take a few drops in a gelatin capsule)
4. Jaw Comfort (mix with Deep Blue Soothing Blend to provide relief)
5. Bedtime Lullabies (mix with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to children’s feet at night)
6. Back Relief (apply neat on lower back for soothing comfort)
7. Pick-Me-Up (mix with Peppermint and apply to bottom of feet)
8. Stress Relief (apply to temples for soothing comfort)
8. Cough Comfort (apply on neck and throat to soothe irritations in throat or with coughs)
10. Forget Frustrations (apply behind the ears and on wrists to erase frustrations)
11. Home Sweet Home (diffuse in the home for a pleasant aroma) love it with Lemon oil
12. Bug Bites Beware (apply on itchy, scratchy skin to soothe irritations)
13. Walk With Me (apply and follow with heat on knees to ease discomfort)
14. Anxiety Anyone? (apply a few drops to cupped hands and breathe deeply)
15. Mood Balancer (diffuse or apply to neck to find harmony and clarity)


I use Frankincense everyday, a drop on my tongue and I also make a gel capsule for my mother with Frankincense, Rosemary and Peppermint for her memory. My father uses it on thumb for joint discomfort. Frankincense is a very diverse oil and blends well with other oils. When in doubt use Frankincense.

For an introduction to Essential Oils email me at kollette@weeklyessential.com and I will email you a link.

Kollette