Using Essential Oils Safely

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Using dōTERRA essential oils have  provided amazing benefits for my familys and friends. When people try them for the first time  I have found that they ALWAYS go into this skeptical, but they return AMAZED at the benefits they are now experiencing. I love  that I am providing natural solutions to concerns or ways to make my home a place with less chemicals (cleaning products) for  my family.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The contents are not intended to provide a professional medical diagnosis, opinion or to recommend any particular course of treatment

As you begin to use essential oils you need to take the following precautions.

  • Keep oils out of the reach of children.
  • Use only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils.
  • Follow all label warnings and instructions.
  • Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, on open wounds or in the ear canal
  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes.  After applying oils, keep hands away from eyes.
  • Dilute oils when using on infants, young children and those with sensitive skin.
  • Do not use on a child’s hands as they may transfer oils to the eyes, additionally, cover a baby’s feet with socks after applying oils so they will not put their feet into their mouth.
  • Some oils are “hot” such as cassia, cinnamon and oregano.  Always use caution and dilute.
  • Many essential oils are just as effective when diluted down to 5%. I have a previous post about carrier oils and dilutions you can read.
  • If redness or irritation occurs when using topically, apply vegetable oil (olive, coconut or almond oil, etc) to the affected area.
  • Do NOT consume an essential oil internally unless the product is FDA approved as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). Many doTERRA oils may be used internally. Look at the bottle for this information if you  are not sure.
  • Avoid the sun after using citrus oils which cause sun sensitivity.
  • Consult with your physician before using essential oils,  particularly if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care.
  • If pregnant, avoid most essential oils without doing further research.
  • Do your research if you even if you are not pregnant.  😉 Empower yourself!!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Essentially Nanna – Barbara


Carrier Oils- Everything you wanted to know!


When you use an oil topically, you can use them neat (no dilution except for sensitive skin or with hot oils) and/or you can dilute with a carrier oil. You can also dilute any oil you that want to make it spread easier. I make lots of roller ball recipes to use at home.

What is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is named such because they “carry” an essential oi to the skin. Carrier oils refer to base oils that are used to dilute essential oils before applying them directly to your skin. Carrier oils are usually cold-pressed oils that are produced from fatty portions of a specific plant

Why use a carrier oil?  Carrier oils are used for so many reasons.  You might use a carrier oil in order to help you cover a large part of the body.  For example, if you are massaging your  legs,  you could add a few drops of  essential oil to the carrier oil in order to apply to the entire area easier.  Carrier oils are also used as a safety precaution they are very powerful.  When using EOs on someone with skin sensitivity or an infant or child, it is “essential”  to dilute them.  Carrier oils are also used tohelp the oils absorb more rapidly into the skin.

Some carrier oils  and some info on the oils are outlined below.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • Light
  • Doesn’t go rancid
  • Leaves no residue
  • Good for all skin types

Almond Oil

  • Soothes dry, irritated skin
  • Slightly Oily
  • Good for beauty and health recipes

Grapeseed Oil

  • Good for delicate skin types
  • Commonly used in cosmetics for its many benefits
  • Relatively odorless

Jojoba Oil

  • Closely resembles natural oils of skin
  • Waxy and relatively expensive
  • Non-greasy feelings
  • Relatively Odorless

Olive Oil

  • High in vitamin and mineral count
  • Excellent for hair
  • Heavy and oily
  • Strong Odor

Oils to Dilute

Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Oregano Thyme, and the followings need to be diluted for sensitive  skins, Bergamont, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium Ginger, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, and Wintergreen

Suggested Dilutions  or how much carrier oil do I need to use?  This all depends on your purpose.  I’ve read lots of research that indicates that an essential oil maintains its therapeutic benefits even when diluted down to 2%, 5%, or 10%.   The Modern Essentials guide to essential oils has a great chart that shows dilution ratios.  These are very  light dilutions.  Remember, it’s o.k. to dilute at a much heavier ratio.  In fact, it can be safer and more effective.  I say….dilute!

Infants are not listed on the chart but it is recommended that one drop of essential per Tablespoon of carrier be used.


Here is another chart with heavier dilutions.


Here is a link to a chart that shows some of the oils and how they are used.

What happens if I burn myself or get an EO in my eye?  Use your carrier oil.  If you apply an oil and it starts to tingle, just add  ;ittle carrier oil.  You will find that it immediately takes away the tingle or burn.   If an oil gets in the eye, you can also use your carrier oil around the eye area.   I speak from experience, it helps.   Trust me, my grandson got some in his eye!! Not fun, but this worked. DO NOT USE WATER!!!!!!  Diluting or trying to wash off an oil with water will not work.   Water will only drive it in further as oil and water and oils do not mix.

So, there you have it.  Everything you wanted to know about carrier oils but were afraid to ask.

Do you use a carrier oil?  Tell me, what is your favorite?

Time is running out! Get $100 in free oils!

Feb prom


Don’t miss out on this promotion! It ends on February 28th. You just need to enroll with a $100 dollar order and then order $100 in March. Then, you will receive $100 in free oils! YOUR CHOICE of oils.

I will send your a promotion code and tell you how to earn the oils once you sign up.

This is my favorite enrollment kit and the one I signed up with.

Home Essentials Kit


This kit is $275

  • Frankincense (15 mL)
  • Lavender (15 mL)
  • Lemon (15 mL)
  • Melaleuca (15 mL)
  • Oregano (15 mL)
  • Peppermint (15 mL)
  • Breathe (15 mL)
  • DigestZen® (15 mL)
  • On Guard® (15 mL)
  • Deep Blue® (5 mL)
  • Petal Diffuser
  • dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet*

The dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet includes a Living dōTERRA Naturally, Sharing dōTERRA Naturally, Building dōTERRA Naturally, Product Guide, cap stickers, and a welcome letter.

There are less  expensive kits and one of them is The Family Physician’s Kit.

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This kit is $150

  • Family Physician® Kit: 5 mL bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen®, and On Guard®
  •  Slim & Sassy®
  • Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet*
  • Enrollment

The dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet includes a Living dōTERRA Naturally, Sharing dōTERRA Naturally, Building dōTERRA Naturally, Product Guide, cap stickers, and a welcome letter.

Here is a link for uses for the Family Physician’s Kit.

The difference between the two kits is that the Home Essential Kit has more 15ml bottles than the Family Physican’s Kit. There are a few differences with the oils listed above and the Home Essential’s Kit comes with the Petal Diffuser. P.S. I diffuse oils each night when I sleep!

Here is a link to my store and the other enrollment kits you can purchase. There are more expensive kits too! These kits of course have more oils and other products included in them.

Using essential oils have impacted my life in such a positive way. If you have been wanting to try oils, NOW IS THE TIME. I use them to soothe minor skin irritations, to ease occasional indigestion or nausea. They promote respiratory  health (my son swears by this one) and use them as a powerful cleansing agent. I could go on and one and if you join my team, I will provide regular training information on all these oils are GREAT for.

I will be here to provide training to you and if you sign up for the Home Essentials Kit or above I will also provide you with a Modern Essentials Book. This book I have found to be “essential” in the many ways to use essential oils for my families’ well being.

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If you sign up via my store I will be in touch with you. If you have questions before you buy, contact me at or go to my Facebook page and message me.

I look forward to talking to you!

Essentially Nanna (Barbara)

Diaperbag Makeover with dōTERRA Essential Oils

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I am a Nanna to 4 beautiful grandchildren (soon to be 5 in September) so this is a topic near and dear to my heart. How wonderful to have a choice of natural products to use on your baby. I am including a link to the  dōTERRA page for your review.

There are recipies for three items to use at home and in your diaper bag for your baby or grandbaby.

  1. Diaper Cream – This  recipe is free from petroleum and artificial ingredients that can further irritate skin. –
  2. Talc Free Baby Powder – Your baby’s skin is delicate and very sensitive to chemicals that could be irritating. This safe and effective talc-free baby powder will make your baby’s skin soft, dry, and smooth.
  3. Homemade Baby Wipes  – Commercial wipes are made with ingredients that can irritate a baby’s delicate skin. This easy recipe is great on the go, just place wipes in a wet bag

Homemade Diaper Cream:


What You Need:

  • 1/2 ounce bees wax
  • 3 1/2 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 2 drops each: doTERRA’s Melaleuca Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil
  • (1) 4 ounce glass jar – (Tip: Use a Baby Food Jar!)
  • Spoon or stick for stirring ( I found that  a popsicle or craft stick is best)


  1. Put the beeswax into the glass jar and place in the top portion of a double boiler. Gently melt it over simmering water, stirring until smooth.
  2. Slowly add the Fractionated Coconut Oil
  3. Remove from heat and add essential oil. Stir, then let cool.
  4. Label your cream and done!
  5. Tip: If it’s too firm, reheat and add more fractionated coconut oil.

 Talc Free Baby Powder

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot powder
  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • 1-2 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup finely ground oats

Note: You can find Arrowroot powder at most health food stores.


  1. Mix well and put in a shaker style bottle.
  2. Tip: Use an empty spice jar with a sifter lid.
  3. If you don’t have finely ground oats, combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until finely ground. –

baby wipes

What You Need:

  • 1 roll premium paper towels
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Melaleuca essential oil
  • An airtight storage container/empty wipe container/wet bag

Note: Use cloth for reusable wipes.


  1. Cut paper towel roll in half with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now, and half later.
  2. Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and essential oils in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture over the paper towels and then cover with the airtight lid letting the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.
  4.  Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and discard the cardboard middle. Just pull the wipes from the center when you are ready to use. Store in container of your choice.

 dōTERRA recommends the following essential oils for babies

 Respiratory Blend—Apply alone or with a carrier oil onto the chest to open airways

Basil—Gently apply on the ear with a cotton ball, avoiding the ear canal, to help relieve earaches.

 Digestive Blend—Massage clockwise onto an upset tummy or rub on the bottoms of feet.

Roman Chamomile—Soothes irritated skin Lavender—Calming, relaxing, and soothes irritated skin

Melaleuca—Soothes irritated skin and has strong anti-fungal properties. –

Here is the pdf for this information.  The link  has information about what to do when having a dōTERRA themed baby shower. But, it has lots of information. I can see just such a shower in my son and daughter-in-law’s future. 😉

I will be posting more about babies and children in the future. But, I thought this was a great start.

Enjoy Your Day!

Essentially Nanna (Barbara)

WIN A FREE doTERRA Intro Kit – We have a winner on 2/22/15


WE HAVE A WINNER! Thanks for helping me reach my like goal on Facebook. I will have another giveaway in March.


This is the doTERRA Intro Kit. As you can see there are three 5ml bottles in this kit. The oils  are Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. Here is a link with 101 uses for this kit.

All you need to do for a chance to win this kit is go to my Facebook page – Essentially Nanna  and find the post that is pinned to the top of the page about this give-away.

As soon as my page gets to 50 likes (it is close) I will draw a random winner. All you need to do is:

  1. Like my Facebook Page Essentially Nanna
  2. Like, comment on and share the post about the free give-away. Like I said above, it is pinned to the top of the page.

I am new to this and trying to grow my business and my increase my social media presence. I hope you join me for this journey and I look forward to growing with you. I would also appreciate any follows on this blog! It is a work in progress, but, I am excited!


Barbara – Essentially Nanna

What are essential oils?

I have copied this information from doTERRA to help explain what essential oils are.  There is more information on this site should you decide to go to this link telling about essential oils throughout history for example.

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade dōTERRA essential oils.

Why do I use essential oils? And other random stuff.

I am new to blogging and still a little unsure of what I am doing! However, I know I want to share what essential oil use has meant for me. I did a lot of reading and researching on essential oil uses prior to making my decision. My choice was to go with doTERRA. I can not say enough how much I value this company and the benefits they bring to my family. My medicine cabinet has been purged as well as cleaning products. I do it all with oils now. Over time, I plan to share natural solutions for your family’s well-being and natural cleaning products for your home.

I am about to be a Nanna again (YAY) and I am looking into diaper cream for babies, talc free powder and more. There is a diaper bag makeover I will share in the next few days too.

Essential Oils, by doTERRA, can be used three ways, aromatically, topically (typically with a carrier oil) or some can be used internally. I can’t wait to share different uses and how they have helped me.

The first oil I used was Serenity. My oldest grandson (Ethan) lives with us and we both can not sleep well. WOW is all I can say after using it the first night. The next morning we woke, up looked at each other and said the same thing, at the same time!! “I feel rested!” Ethan is becoming quite the expert on which oil to use for what concern he has! He is only 13 and is learning how to seek natural solutions for his health!!

I grew up in a small farming town and when we were sick my grandmother would go outside and bring in some bark, herbs or something else and make something for me to drink, rub on, etc. I always got better. I see this as getting back to basics.

Now, my husband, Jeff has not embraced this as quickly as Ethan and I have. He calls them my “witch oils”. But, on an almost daily basis now, he comes to me with a concern and asks if I have an oil for that and I always do. He keeps some roller balls and other oils in his truck and golf bag now. He still says he is not sure, but he can not argue with the results he is getting.

I hope as you join me you have patience as I learn to blog and share parts of my day with you. Some blogs will be about my family, my friends and our adventures, how I am eating gluten free (I have a severe gluten allergy) and life in general.

Let’s learn together and through this all I will share my growing knowledge and love of essential oils. You can contact me at  I would love to help you learn to explore natural solutions for your family and for your home.

We are expecting snow and ice here in Georgia over the next two days. I don’t like the cold. I am in front of the fire, nervous about publishing this for the first time.

Talk more soon!

Barbara – Essentially Nanna