Chart Your Own Course with Emotional Aromatherapy!

Ever feel overtaken by knee-jerk emotional responses? Want to be less reactive and respond proactively? Need to feel more joy and happiness in daily living?
Emotional aromatherapy can help! That was the hopeful message delivered in a recent class by Amanda Porter—certified emotional healing facilitator, co-founder of Enlighten, and co-author of Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing.


Life is an Emotional Journey

Everyone will feel a full range of emotions throughout their life. We may think of emotions in contrast to rational thought, but Amanda asserts, “We’re intelligently designed to have emotions. Their purpose is to teach us, but too often we focus on feeling guilty about them instead. We have to accept, learn, and then change our response in order for emotions to serve us.” Otherwise, emotions can act as overbearing back-seat drivers, taking us where we don’t want to go—again and again!

Get in the Driver’s Seat

One of the most important neurological findings about emotions is that they exist as part of a chemical process in the brain. When an emotional stimulus is repeated, a pre-programmed chemical response becomes more entrenched.

An exciting property of essential oils is their ability to help create new neuropathways. Inhaled aromas directly stimulate the limbic system, which is responsible for processing smell, memory, and emotion. The unique chemical signals of essential oils offer new information to the brain, helping to interrupt old responses and create a new emotional experience.
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To prompt desired shifts in feeling and behavior, essential oils that correspond to emotional states should be used both routinely and in the moment. Besides this chemical support, important helps such as meditation, prayer, and perhaps counseling or therapy should be part of an overall wellness pattern.

One of Amanda’s practical tools is the “Emotions & Essential Oils” Wheel, a double-sided, laminated chart that aligns 51 oils and blends to over 100 emotions—positive and negative. A companion resource book, Emotions & Essential Oils, helps further identify and understand emotions and oils. Rounding out the products are a companion CD and a new tear pad sheet, “Take the Wheel.”

This post is a review of a Wellness Wednesday class at Elevé™ Event Center—sponsored by AromaTools®. Click here to see more articles about Wellness Wednesday classes.

Muscle Testing and Essential Oils for Emotional Healing

One of the beauties of essential oils is that each one has multiple properties and uses—both physical and emotional. Another marvel is that different oils may suit the same purpose. So how do you know which oils can help your particular emotional needs?

That’s where muscle testing comes in. At her free Wellness Wednesday class at Elevé™ Event Center, Kellie Johnson, a licensed massage therapist, shared how she uses muscle testing and essential oils to release negative emotions. “Muscle testing for emotions related to physical problems—and for oils that correspond to emotions—really helps with progress in massage therapy,” she says.


How Muscle Testing Works

Muscle testing allows the subconscious mind to reveal to the conscious mind what’s happening in the body. “The subconscious mind has all our experience recorded in it. It knows where emotions may be stored—or trapped—and how to release them,” Kellie adds.

Like other physiological responses in a polygraph test, the muscles of the body react certain ways when presented with true or false statements about emotional and physical states. The interrogator—yourself—just needs to know how to frame the questions and read the answers.

The simple “sway test” will get you started. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Relax the knees a bit. Breathe deeply. Say or think, “My name is ______.” Within a few seconds, your body will sway forward slightly in an affirmative response. If you substitute someone else’s name, your body will sway backward in a negative response. (This is the easiest but not the only way to test.)

How Oils Enhance Emotional Release

Once you’ve made a connection with your subconscious, you can begin asking about emotional blocks. A series of true-or-false statements (or yes-or-no questions) will narrow down the source of a problem. Kellie recommends two books about the process: The Emotion Code and Emotions & Essential Oils.

In her class, Kellie used the “Emotions & Essentials Oils” Wheel—a laminated card of negative and positive emotions—to identify emotions and matching oils. She released emotions from several participants with repeated swiping hand movements along one of their governing energy meridians. (In this case, anywhere along the forehead, over the head, and down the back.) “Once a negative emotion is released, it’s also helpful to promote the corresponding positive emotion,” she says. This is done with a reverse movement along the meridian.

“Muscle testing will help you determine the best way to use your oils in the healing process,” Kellie concludes. “You can test for which oil to use, whether to blend it with other oils, how much to use, and how to apply—topically, aromatically, or internally.”

Kellie believes that when your body connects with the right energetic frequency for healing, it will attain it. Muscle testing and essential oils help get you there.

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Kellie Johnson has been a licensed massage therapist for 7 years. Natural healing has always been a passion of hers, and essential oils fit perfectly with what she was trying to accomplish in her massages. While working on her clients, she started noticing that essential oils would calm their muscles down quicker than a regular massage. When she was introduced to Emotions & Essential Oils, her massage approach changed. Now, she muscle tests the trouble areas of the body to see if an essential oil will help her client. Because of this book, she is able to help her client understand why he or she is holding emotional-based pain and tension in his or her body. This allows for a more complete healing treatment.

Get Organized with an Essential Oil Business Binder!

Do you have an essential oil business and need a way to stay organized? Keeping your business-related documents organized can help you push forward in your business-building adventures. This binder can help you keep the documents you need together and accessible for when you go to business meetings, mentor business builders in your downline, and keep track of information that you can use when filing your taxes.


To create an essential oil business binder, we suggest getting a 3-ring binder and including the below sections and pages. We have designed a few different files that you are welcome to print off and include in your binder. Here are the sections we have included:

My Business Goals Page

If you really want to make your business into something that will provide an income, you need to set some goals to help you stay focused as you build your business. This page provides space for you to set 3 goals and list the steps you need to take in order to accomplish them. If you have more goals than this, try to narrow them down to your top 3 goals so you don’t get overwhelmed. As you accomplish these goals, make new goals so you can continue pressing forward. This page should be placed somewhere that you will see it often to help you remember where to focus your energy. For general help making goals, click here.

Essential Oil Business Planner

This section includes a 2016 calendar, a monthly calendar, and a weekly goal-setting page. The 2016 calendar gives you a general view of the year. The monthly calendar is not specific to a month, so you can print off as many pages as you want and fill in that information. Another way this calendar can be used is to laminate it and write on it with a fine-tip dry erase marker. The weekly goals page can also be laminated and be used to help you plan out your week and assign smaller goals (or the steps to the larger goals) to your week.


Essential Oil Business Contacts

This section includes a contact information page that can help you keep track of the contact information of your upline, downline, AromaTools™, or other business contact information. We also suggest getting business card–size sleeve protectors to help you store your own business cards and those you receive from others.

The other page in this section, called My Business Builders Info, will help you keep track of the people in your downline that also want to build an essential oil business. This page will be useful in keeping track of information that you can use to help mentor them. One of the best ways to build a good downline is to teach and mentor those who are also interested in building a business; so use this page to take notes about them and their goals so you can follow up each time you do a mentoring session.

Essential Oil Business Samples

The best way to get someone to buy essential oils is to offer a sample that they can try. People often fall in love with the essential oils and the benefits they receive when using the oils. Giving a person the chance to simply try out the oils before making a purchase will increase the likelihood of making a sale or signing someone up under you. An important thing to keep in mind is that some people just like free stuff and have no intention of purchasing, so we suggest you don’t give out more than 3 samples per contact. The Sample Tracker page helps you keep track of who you have given a sample to so you can follow up with them at a later date and see how the oils worked for them. Following up on the people you gave samples to will help make sure your samples aren’t going to waste and that you are getting a return on your investment.


The Essential Oil Sample Inventory Page is useful if you make a number of samples ahead of time, so you can keep track of the oils you are giving out in samples. This can be useful information for a number of reasons such as:

  • knowing what oils are the most popular,
  • helping you keep popular samples in stock,
  • and analyzing your costs for samples.

The Essential Oil Business Inventory pages can also help you keep track of the oils or other products that you are using solely for business purposes. There is also a Wishlist page where you can write down oils or accessories that you want to get when you place your next order. On the Wishlist page, you can include a note about where to buy the item, how many you want, or who you are buying it for.

Essential Oil Business Tracking Sheets

Included in this section are a number of tracking sheets that may help when filing taxes. These tracking sheets are the following:

  • Expense Tracker
  • Income Tracker
  • Mileage Tracker

If you are reporting your essential oil business with your taxes, it is useful to keep track of your income and expenses so you know exactly what to report. If you travel a lot for your business, you can keep track of your mileage to report as a business expense.


Essential Oil Business Information

This section is a great place to include any business information, such as how your specific essential oil company compensates or the benefits they provide. Anything with the marketing icon on can be used to help promote your essential oil business.
AT_EOBB_EOInformationThe following are some of our most popular products that would be great to include with your binder:

Essential Oil Business Notes

This lined page helps you keep your notes in one place. We suggest printing this page double sided and including a few in your binder. If you tend to write a lot of notes, you can include a notebook instead. Use this section when you attend classes and gather information or when you are being mentored by your upline members.

Files Available for Download

We have created 4 different designs and some simple refill pages if you wish to save printer ink for the files that you tend to print multiple copies of.


We hope you are able to utilize some of our ideas to help you get your essential oil business organized this year!

Don’t have an essential oil business? Check out our Essential Oil Notebook for staying organized with your personal essential oil use.

Orifice Reducers – FAQs


What is an orifice reducer?

If you are new to essential oils, you probably have never heard of an orifice reducer before. The orifice reducer is the clear/white thing inserted at the opening of an oil bottle. Basically, it makes the bottle opening (or “orifice”) smaller and reduces the flow of oil so only a drop comes out at a time.


Why do some orifice reducers work better than others?

Not all orifice reducers are the same, and some control the flow of oil better than others. The factors that usually determine this are the size of the opening in the orifice reducer, the placement of the flow stem (some are in the center; others are on the side), and the viscosity of the essential oil contained within the bottle. One other factor that is fairly easy to control is positioning the air hole according to the oil’s viscosity. How you do this depends on the type of orifice reducer you have.

Side Drip Orifice Reducers with a Center Stem
If you have an orifice reducer with a center stem (also called a “side drip orifice reducer”), the stem is the air hole, and the tiny hole between the 2 circles is the oil hole (hence the name “side drip”). This type of orifice reducer is common on essential oil vials from essential oil companies. To control the flow of oil with these orifice reducers, just find the tiny hole between the 2 circles; then position it down for thicker oils to help a drop come out, and position it up for thinner oils to slow down the number of drops. Positioning the oil hole at the bottom allows thick oils to flow more easily, since the hole is under the oil level, and allows air to flow into the bottle better because the stem is above the oil level. Both of these factors help the orifice reducer release a drop of the thick oil. When you position the oil hole at the top for thin oils, the opposite occurs, and it slows down the oil flow, preventing multiple drops from being released at the same time.

Center Drip Orifice Reducers with Side Stem
If you have an orifice reducer with the stem on the side, like the orifice reducers we carry, the oil comes from the center hole, and the air hole is found between the 2 circles where the stem is located. This type of orifice reducer is called a “center drip” orifice reducer. To control the flow of oil with these orifice reducers, just find the tiny hole between the 2 circles; then position it up for thicker oils to help a drop come out, and position it down for thinner oils to slow down the number of drops. Positioning the air flow stem at the top for thick oils allows the air to flow more freely, which releases pressure inside the bottle, allowing the thick oil to drip. When the air flow stem is positioned down (or at the bottom), the air can’t flow as freely, so the oil flow is slowed down. This helps control the flow of thin oils so only one drop is released at a time.

Why are orifice reducers important?

Because an orifice reducer is used to reduce the flow of oil so only a drop comes out at a time, we are able to better control the amount of oil we use. Without an orifice reducer, it would be hard to get a single drop of oil out alone.

I sometimes have a hard time getting oil out of my sample vials. How can I make this easier?

Most orifice reducers have a small hole that allows for air flow, but some of the small orifice reducers (like those found on sample bottles) don’t have an air flow hole. To get a drop of oil, simply tap the bottom of the vial a couple times. Note: The hole is a little small to get a full drop of oil, so it’s pretty safe to assume one tap is about equal to a 1/4–1/2 drop.


How do you insert an orifice reducer?

For regular size essential oil bottles, the orifice reducer and cap come together (sometimes called a Euro cap). The orifice reducer fits inside the cap and will pop into the bottle as the cap is screwed on.

AT_9568OPrestoFor sample vials, an orifice reducer may need to be pushed in with your thumb, at least a little, before screwing the cap on and finishing the job. If you are putting together a lot of sample bottles, the O Presto tool may come in handy and save your hand a little pain as well as save some time. The O Presto has a slot for the 1/4 dram bottle size and the 5/8 dram bottle size. Simply place the bottle in the correct slot, place an orifice reducer on top, and push the wooden bar down to easily insert the orifice reducer.

How do you remove an orifice reducer from the bottle?

For regular size essential oil bottles, you can often easily remove the orifice reducer by placing the cap angled on the bottle, so the bottom catches the orifice reducer as you push the cap off to the side. Another way is to pry your fingernails underneath and gently pop the orifice reducer off.

For regular bottles and sample vials, the easiest way to remove the orifice reducer is with the aid of an Oil Key for Orifice Reducers. This handy tool has different slots for various types of orifice reducers, including orifice reducers on regular oil bottles, sample bottles, and roll-on bottles. The Oil Key can also help you put the orifice reducer back on when you are finished. You can attach this tool to your key ring or to the zipper on your oil bag so it is handy when you need it!

Because the tiny orifice reducers on sample vials tend to be more difficult to remove and can be ruined in the process, you can get extra orifice reducers here. If you are wanting to refill the sample vial with the same oil, it is much easier to leave the orifice reducer on and just use a small pipette to insert oil through the little hole.

Where do I purchase extra orifice reducers?

If you are cleaning and reusing your essential oil bottles or need extra orifice reducers for sample vials, you can purchase them at a low cost at
Orifice reducers and caps for 5 ml, 10 ml, 15 ml, and 30 ml essential oil bottles
Orifice reducers for 1/4 dram, 5/8 dram, and 1 dram sample vials

Essential Health and Wellness with Modern Essentials™

At the start of a new year, many are refreshing their goals of being more active or improving their diet. If these are your goals, we would like to show you how essential oils can help you achieve them. The information below is a compilation from the new sections, “Essential Living for a Balanced, Healthy Life,” “Nutrition and Essential Oils,” and “Exercise and Essential Oils,” found in the 7th edition of Modern Essentials™.

Physical Health: Nutrition

Modern research is finding that food may be the most basic of preventative medicines. There is no magic concoction that will guarantee that you get all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs. Eating properly is the easiest way to control your health and ensure that your body is provided with all the nutrients it needs.

Developing a healthy diet depends on daily consistency. Following the below guidelines will provide a solid foundation to a healthy diet that will quickly become second nature.

6 Principles of Good Nutrition

1. Adequacy: Getting enough of what you need.
Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are 3 necessary nutrients that provide fuel for the body. The other 3 nutrients—vitamins, minerals, and water—are chemicals used by the body to convert carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into energy.
Sufficient amounts of water are needed to regulate the body’s chemical processes, excrete waste as urine, control body temperature through sweat, and humidify the air we breathe. Eating a nutritionally-dense diet is the easiest way to guarantee the consumption of needed nutrients in adequate amounts. Fresh foods, rather than process foods, are more likely to provide the proper amounts of nutrients needed by the body.

2. Balance: Getting the right amount of what you need.
Cells need the right balance of nutrients to thrive. Too much of a nutrient or too little of a nutrient can cause disease. Eating nutritious foods is the best way to ensure you that you are harvesting all your needed nutrients from your diet. Nutrition supplements are meant to supplement good eating, not replace it. Fad diets, that list main food groups to avoid, will not help and will probably do more damage than good. The more restricted a diet is, the more likely a diet will be nutritionally deficient. If you are following a diet, you will need to plan a little more carefully to ensure you are still getting all the basic nutrients.

3. Calorie Control: Getting the right amount of energy.
Energy intake is directly associated with energy expenditure. Active adults, growing teenagers, and pregnant women require different calorie consumption than the average adult. The most effective way to control calorie consumption is by spreading out food intake over the whole day. Eating small, nutrient balanced meals throughout the day will help maintain a level energy state and avoid excessive hunger.

4. Nutritional Density: Getting the most from your calories.
In general, the more processed a food is, the less nutritionally dense it is. We are bombarded with nutritionally weak food choices that will fill us up but leave us deficient in many needed vitamins and minerals. When trying to determine which foods are nutritionally dense, remember that real foods, like fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans, will provide more nutrition that processed foods, like potato chips, fruit juices, and white bread.

5. Moderation: Getting just enough—not too much.
Eat an assortment of grains, vegetables, fruits, protein foods, and dairy. Most people will not have a hard time eating moderate amounts of these basic food groups. However, foods rich in salt, sugar, and fat should be eaten moderately. Some suggest that if you crave sweets or processed foods, you can eat 100 calories of it without doing damage to your body. Eating just a little can help you satisfy your craving and move on.

6. Variety: Getting nutrients—not bored.
A monotonous diet is likely to produce deficiencies in certain food groups and even certain nutrients. Trying new foods and recipes is an exciting and enjoyable way to add variety to your diet.

Physical Health: Exercise

A strong argument can be made that regular, sustained exercise is even more important to maintaining a healthy body weight than just limiting the number of calories we consume. In addition to contributing to overall health, regular exercise can help increase energy, build muscle, promote healthy body weight, enhance cardiovascular health, increase flexibility, and contribute to better mental and emotional health.


Essential oils can support the body and mind in many different ways to help enhance success during exercise. Modern Essentials™ contains more information about the many ways exercise can support the body and some of the many ways essential oils can help support the body before, during, and after physical activity.

3 Principles of Healthy Activity

1. Regular: Building Habits
A study showed that people who binge exercised throughout their life only had a slightly lower chance of heart disease than people who didn’t exercise at all. On the other hand, it is estimated that those living a sedentary lifestyle have approximately twice the risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who exercise regularly.

2. Type:

  • Aerobic: Building the Cardiovascular System. Aerobic exercises include activities such as dancing, walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling, hiking, tennis, or basketball.
  • Resistance: Building Muscle. Some resistance exercises include weightlifting, elastic resistance, push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and yoga. Keeping up your muscle mass is important because it helps your body keep dexterity and bone mass. Increased muscle mass can help increase overall metabolism in the body, as muscle tissue naturally burns more calories than fat tissue.
  • Flexibility: Building Range of Motion. Sufficient flexibility of muscles, tendons, and connective tissue is important in maintaining proper posture and helping to prevent injuries. Stretching before and after strenuous physical activity can be a good way to help prevent injury and to keep muscles loose.

3. Variety: Building an Active Lifestyle.
It is important to change up your exercise activities so you don’t get bored. Find things you enjoy doing, and do something different every day.

Principles of Making Goals

GoalWithoutPlanIsWish_600When making exercise and nutrition goals this year, try utilizing these principles so you can keep your goals.

  • Take a good, hard look at where you are now. It is important to be honest with yourself.
  • Determine where you want to be. Be positive as you do this.
  • Keep goals SMART:
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Time Bound
  • Be accountable to someone. Talk about your goals to others, ask a friend to follow up with you, and write a letter to yourself so, at the very least, you are accountable to yourself.
  • Break larger goals into smaller steps. If your goal has more than 5 steps, your goal may be too big or too broad, and it may be better to convert it into 2 goals instead.
  • As you narrow down the steps to your goals, be realistic and figure out where your barriers or pitfalls will be and how you will overcome them. This is where essential oils will be the most useful. Modern Essentials™ can be a great tool in helping you discover ways essential oils can be used to help you overcome the barriers and pitfalls that may prevent you from realizing your goals.

For example, let’s say your desire is to increase your physical activity, and you determine that your goal is to exercise 6 days a week for 30 minutes. Your first step may be to wake up at 6:30 am. One barrier to this step may be that you have a hard time waking up that early. Maybe you can’t wake up in the morning because you have a hard time falling asleep at night. Maybe you are too anxious at nights or you have a hard time breathing or you just need something to help you relax. Once you determine the reason, you can look in Modern Essentials™ for some essential oils to try.

Here is a worksheet you can use to help you set your goal, determine your steps, and figure out the barriers and how you can overcome them. You can also use this paper to hold yourself accountable and track the results of your success.

Teaching a Class on Health and Wellness with Modern Essentials™

Last Wednesday morning, we taught a class at the AromaTools™ building in Pleasant Grove, UT, on this topic. We want to share the class with you so that you can learn and then be able to hold a class of your own to share this information with others.

In preparation for this class, do the following:

  • Review this article and read Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, pp. 66–74; 78–80.
  • Print out a goal worksheet for everyone attending the class. You may want to print extras in case the attendees want to take more than one home.
  • Be prepared with at least one Modern Essentials™ for your attendees to reference, though more than one copy is preferable. Old editions will work for referencing conditions.

When teaching this class, do the following:

  • Start with an introduction to good nutrition, exercise, and setting goals.
  • Brainstorm, as a group, ways you can improve your diet or be more physically active.
  • Allow participants time to fill out the goal worksheet, and look up ways in Modern Essentials™ to overcome potential barriers by incorporating the use of essential oils.

Extra Ideas:

  • Encourage discussion and participation by handing out nutritious snacks such as apples or mandarin oranges when comments are made.
  • Provide essential oil and fruit–infused water with strawberry and/or lemon slices and  lemon essential oil.

Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Use of Essential Oils, 7th Edition, pp. 66–74; 78–80

Essential Oil Stocking Stuffers

Are you looking for fun ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers? We’ve come up with lists of great essential oil–related stocking stuffer gifts for every member of the family! These lists include fun gifts that are also great tools for incorporating essential oils into your healthy lifestyle.


Stocking Stuffers for Her

  1. 9172 – Silver Misting Spray Bottle – This bottle is perfect for holding homemade perfumes.
  2. 0205 – ChocOILates – These sweet treats are enhanced with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.
  3. 9842 – “Drop of Cheer” Holiday Mug – Enjoy a glass of peppermint hot chocolate or honey-infused tea.
  4. 9511 – Aroma Ready™ Travel Case
  5. 8733 – LavHa Bracelet Diffuser – Add a drop or two of essential oil, and enjoy your favorite fragrance all day long.
  6. 8760 – Lotus Flower Diffuser Locket – This locket can easily be converted into a solid perfume locket.


Stocking Stuffers for Him

  1. DT61BLK – Men’s dōTERRA® Branded Leather Wallet with Magnetic Clip
  2. 9394 – Car Diffuser – Keep your car smelling nice with natural, pure essential oils.
  3. 1154A – “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” Booklet – Be prepared to address everyday questions and concerns with essential oils and this handy, pocket-size reference.
  4. 5530201029 – Men’s dōTERRA® Branded Gray Socks
  5. 9840 – Glasstic Water Bottle – Try filling this bottle with our sparkling limeade.


Stocking Stuffers for Kids

  1. 0205 – ChocOILates
  2. DT57 – dōTERRA® Branded Teddy Bear
  3. 8897 – “Basil Is Brave” Activity/Coloring Book


Stocking Stuffers for Teenagers

  1. 2221 – All-Natural Lip Balm
  2. 9307 – Whispi™ Personal Pump Diffusers – Try these with our Stress Less Blend or our Energizing Blend.
  3. 9504 – Aroma Ready™ Key Chain Case
  4. 5530102019 – dōTERRA® Branded Gray and Black Beanie Cap
  5. 0110P – Spry® Brand Mints with Xylitol

And if you’d like to add a touch of homemade to any of these stockings, try this great recipe for a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub:

Gingerbread Scrub Recipe

Click here for downloadable recipe cards and labels for this gingerbread scrub! You can print the label template onto these blank labels.

Also, if you are looking for a great holiday class idea, we’ve put together a class outline and handout for teaching your own class on essential oil stocking stuffers.


Happy holiday planning!

Week of Wellness: Birth Kit Essentials

During the Week of Wellness at AromaTools™, Stephanie Pearson came to teach a class on using essential oils during pregnancy and labor as well as using oils to help care for yourself and your baby afterward.


Stephanie Pearson has worked with herbal medicine for over 25 years and is a clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, and clinical aromatherapist master, in process. She created an e-course, Essential Oils for the Birth Kit, that is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and unbiased five-hour course on using essential oil therapy during each phase of pregnancy and in infant care.

General Safety Guidelines for Essential Oil Use During Pregnancy

“The most confusing part about using essential oils during pregnancy is trying to figure out what is safe to use and what isn’t,” Stephanie explains. One major issue is that it isn’t ethical to do research on pregnant women, so there just aren’t many studies on the subject. Because of this issue and a couple others, there isn’t a definitive list for safe essential oils. So, Stephanie suggests you follow these four guidelines:

  1. Use essential oils only in normal, healthy pregnancies.
  2. Receive the mother’s consent.
  3. Work within the scope of your practice. If you are not a licensed practitioner, then you need to be careful what you are recommending essential oils for.
  4. Use only high quality essential oils.

The key to using essential oils correctly is to use high quality essential oils with the proper dose and recommended dilution amount.

Stephanie recommends using the French dilution equivalents, since the French have been using essential oils for therapeutic use for quite a while. The best application of essential oils during pregnancy is to dilute the oil in a carrier oil and apply it topically or aromatically. When first starting out, Stephanie suggests using the greatest dilution (1%) and working your way to more as needed. If it doesn’t seem to be working, use a higher concentration the next time.

Some general safety guidelines Stephanie recommends include the following:

  • Start with the lowest effective dose, as mentioned above.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to any one oil.
  • Test for skin sensitivity. Your sensitivity may change during pregnancy; so even if you used oils neat before pregnancy without any issues, always start with a dilution and test for skin sensitivities when pregnant.
  • Keep essential oils out of reach of children.
  • Avoid internal use during pregnancy unless formulated by a physician or reputable company.

Stephanie also recommends knowing the herbal actions for the essential oils you are using. As an example, she showed the following list:

  • Photosensitizers – citrus peel, bergamot, fennel (These oils may cause a skin reaction when exposed to sunlight.)
  • Cardiac stimulants – nutmeg, cinnamon, cassia (These oils may increase heart rate. If you are pregnant, your blood volume is nearly double, so it is prudent not to influence circulation unnecessarily.)
  • Uterine contractors – clary sage, jasmine, myrrh (These oils are more appropriately used once labor has naturally begun.)
  • Hormone influencers – fennel (Avoid internal use because of potential oxytocin levels.)
  • Emmenagogues – lavender, Roman chamomile, peppermint, clary sage, black pepper, fennel, frankincense, jasmine, orange, rose (Used appropriately, these oils are fabulous during pregnancy.)

Knowing the herbal actions of essential oils can help you know how to use the oils properly. For example, clary sage is not recommended during pregnancy because it could cause the uterus to contract, which isn’t advisable, but if used after labor has begun, it can increase the effectiveness of the contractions. Stephanie Pearson suggests putting a few drops of clary sage on a handkerchief during labor and inhaling in between contractions to help each contraction be more effective and to reduce pain.

General Safety Guidelines for Infant Care

When using essential oils on infants, Stephanie suggests following these guidelines:

  • Apply to breasts after nursing so baby doesn’t get oils in the eyes.
  • Use very small doses: 1 drop essential oil to 1 Tbsp. carrier oil.
  • Always dilute in carrier oil.
  • Disperse in emulsifier before adding to baths. Some emulsifiers that are good in baths include hand soap, whole milk or cream, and Epsom salts.
  • Test oils on skin for sensitivity.
  • Never put essential oils in ears, nose, eyes, or mouth.
  • Do not use internally.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Use gentle oils only.

One thing Stephanie mentioned during the class is that you want your baby to be able to also experience the smell of her mother because this is part of the learning process and brain development. Don’t overwhelm your baby with so many essential oils by using them every day. Only use the oils when needed, and make sure to give your baby a break from the oils often. When you do need to use essential oils on your baby, a good way to do it is to apply topically on the bottoms of the feet or chest before bed or during a diaper change. You can also use essential oils in a bath, but mix the oils with an emulsifier before mixing into the bathwater. This helps the oils spread throughout the water rather than staying in clumps on top of the water.

An essential oil formula that Stephanie uses for colic, teething, respiratory issues, diaper rashes, fussiness, sleeping, etc. for the baby is 1 drop Roman chamomile and 1 drop lavender mixed with 2 Tbsp. carrier oil. She suggests rubbing this on the bottoms of the baby’s feet or on their chest during a diaper change.

Sunny concept pregnant woman showing hands in shape heart in sum

Tips and Blends from Stephanie

Stephanie shared various tips and essential oil blends that she uses for specific prenatal conditions. We would like to share some of them with you!

Stephanie’s Tips:

  • Take a lavender bath with the essential oil mixed with heavy cream first and then added to the bathwater. You will feel amazing!
  • For morning sickness, put 1 drop of peppermint in your vomit bucket because it may help ground you and may help with the nausea.
  • Use 1 tsp. of vegetable glycerin with essential oils in a spray bottle, and add water for a linen spray or air freshener when you need a pick-me-up or need help sleeping. The vegetable glycerin is an emulsifier and helps the oils spread throughout the water.
  • Breathe in peppermint and frankincense when you are tired or during labor to help your energy.
  • Frankincense, black pepper, and white fir are good oils for back labor. Use with a hot compress (apply oils on back; then place a hot water-soaked towel across the back).
  • Frankincense is useful for extreme anxiety during the transition phase of labor. Apply a little on the forehead during this time.
  • Lavender may support healthy blood pressure.
  • Lavender may help relax mother and baby, but be careful when using it during labor. It may also be a sedative to a midwife or doctor and exaggerate hypotensive effects if drugs are used during labor.
  • Cypress may help with postpartum hair loss. Massage into scalp or add to shampoo.

Pregnancy skin care

Stephanie’s Recipes:

Stretch Mark Blend:

5 Tbsp. sweet almond oil
1.5 Tbsp. macerated carrot oil
8 drops each: frankincense, lavender, patchouli, lemongrass
Apply twice daily.

Perineum Care Blend:

6.5 Tbsp. fractionated coconut oil
10 drops each: frankincense, lavender, helichrysum
Apply to perineum twice daily.

Edema Foot Bath

A bowl of hot water
1 tsp. dissolved salt
1 drop cypress
1–2 drops lemon, grapefruit, or orange
Soak feet for 10–15 minutes.

If you would like more information on using essential oils during pregnancy, try the following links:
Essential Oils for Pregnancy on the AromaTools™ Blog
Books, brochures, and tear pads on
Stephanie Pearson’s e-course: Essential Oils for the Birth Kit

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StephaniePearsonStephanie Pearson has a unique distinction in her field for integrating traditional practices in nutrition and herbalism with principles of evidence-based research and constitutional medicine. She is a certified clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, and clinical aromatherapist master (in process). Stephanie is a professional educator and presenter at universities and for wellness conferences and webinars. Her 25 years of botanical medicine study expand outside the classroom and cross-culturally, enriched by field studies in Native American, Western Eclectic, and Latin American herbalism.

Week of Wellness: EssentialYoga Workshop


Overlooking a view of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains from the Elevé™ Event Center, a group ranging from beginners to experts participated in the June workshop from “The EssentialYoga Program” conducted by Marty Harger and Stephanie Smith. The program consists of monthly workshops designed to provide yoga instructors with “the knowledge and steps to confidently integrate six to seven essential oils into a theme-based monthly EssentialYoga workshop.” This is a great way to naturally introduce others to the benefits of combining essential oils with yoga.

In the class, Stephanie Smith led participants through yoga poses as essential oils were integrated aromatically, topically, and internally during the workshop. Marty Harger explained the benefits of essential oils using information from Modern Essentials, Living Healthy and Happily Ever AfterEmotions and Essential Oils, and Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit.

The oils paired with yoga are beneficial to both mind and spirit. The oils support individuals with more clarity, focus, stamina, and the ability to breathe deeper. The theme for the June workshop is to breathe and be open to life.

“Let go and open to life” is inspired by fresh, summer citrus essential oils and their scents. The crisp and uplifting citrus aromas combined with the circular energy movement of this practice are the perfect fit for a summer yoga practice. Inspired by an all-levels vinyasa flow style of yoga, this workshop focuses on side-body lengthening and healthy function of the kidneys. Combined with the uplifting qualities of citrus oils such as lemon and grapefruit, this practice creates a powerful antidote to our linear world, helps to remove blinders, and opens peripheral vision.

The following chart is an excerpt from the program and shares the oils that were introduced in the class along with their physical and emotional benefits.

The program is also very committed to helping with causes and encourages those who conduct their workshops to give a portion of the proceeds from the workshop to charity. During the Week of Wellness, although the classes were free, participants were encouraged to donate $5.00 each. 100% of the $5.00 cash per person suggested donation went to the Healing Hands Nepal Earthquake Relief fund.

This is a wonderful program of workshops. Be sure to purchase the book to get the complete details for the June workshop and the entire EssentialYoga Program.

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Marty Harger was introduced to yoga while attending freestyle ski camp in Wyoming in the late 1970s––her first trip to the western USA. Her introduction to oils came a few years later as did her increasing awareness of the body’s powerful ability to heal itself with natural approaches. In midlife, Marty hopped off the big-city corporate fast-track and began her personal and professional journey to find her niche in the healing arts. It was during that year of massage school in Chicago that her passion for essential oils really took hold. What began with aromatherapy studies evolved into the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils as she was introduced to the oils in 2008 at the wellness center she owns in the Mountains of Heber City, Utah.


Stephanie Smith‘s path from the dance studio to the yoga studio began when she was a young girl exploring ballet, jazz, and tap. After a few years as a college dance major, she left her home state of Utah for a professional dance career in Los Angeles. That road led to ventures in personal training and fitness as well as teaching dance to others since 1984. Her love of yoga began in 1996 as she explored Bikram, or hot yoga. Ever curious, Stephanie continued her yoga instructor training in many forms over the years with a growing interest in the mind-body connection. Her unique style brings a sense of curiosity and inquiry into the studio as she meets yoga students where they are and helps guide them to a deeper understanding of their body, mind, and spirit.

Week of Wellness: Modern Essentials Workshop

Last Wednesday evening, over 100 essential oil enthusiasts joined AromaTools™ employees to learn how Modern Essentials provides genuine compliance, genuine ease-of-use, and genuine education.

Genuine Compliance

Throughout the years, AromaTools™ has provided the most accurate and reliable information about essential oils. Within the last year, AromaTools™ has made many changes to Modern Essentials, including updating the images, adding cutting-edge research, and expanding the science and application section. Some of these changes were made in an effort to help Wellness Advocates comply with the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. This law is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the body of government that holds regulatory power over dietary supplements (which essential oils are considered).

The U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 states that a dietary supplement may not be labeled with health claims. A label can mean the actual label attached to the product or any publication that is considered to be a part of the packaging or selling of the supplement.

Published educational materials about dietary supplements, like Modern Essentials, are not considered to be labeling claims if they are true, generic, fair, and balanced, and, “if displayed in an establishment, is physically separate from the dietary supplement” (SEC. 403B. (a)(4)). As a truly independent, third-party publisher, we have worked hard to make sure that Modern Essentials is true, generic, fair, and balanced. If you are selling essential oils, you are responsible for maintaining the separation to ensure you are not using Modern Essentials to make claims about your product or the brand you represent. The best way to maintain separation is to separate education of essential oils from the marketing of an essential oil brand.

To maintain this separation, top essential oil advocates:

  • Avoid making or advertising health claims about a specific brand of essential oils based on the research and common essential oil uses contained in Modern Essentials to sell essential oils.
  • Allow individuals to try essential oils and discover the amazing benefits for themselves from their own use and research.
  • Keep business and sales meetings about specific brands or trademarked products separate from educational events.

Education Class Ideas:

Use Modern Essentials to help you prepare for classes on the below subjects:

Educational Party Ideas:

Use Modern Essentials to help you prepare for fun parties on the below subjects:

  • Essential oils spa night
  • My favorite essential oil recipes
  • Essential oils for school
  • Essential oil summer kit
  • Essential oil hot chocolate social

Marketing Class Helps:

  • Avoid mentioning health claims when selling a specific brand of essential oils.
  • If a class member asks a question about a specific health claim, answer the question using body system statements (“lavender supports the immune system”) rather than health statements (“lavender is beneficial for sore throats and colds”). Body system information for single essential oils is located in the Single Oils section of Modern Essentials, and information about other products is listed in the Appendix of Modern Essentials.

The following resources are great to hand out or use in a marketing class:

Genuine Ease-of-Use

Since developing the intuitive, easy-to-use format of our Personal Usage Guide, we’ve seen many attempts to imitate it. We believe you will agree that the original is still the best.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few genuine reviews from the past month:

  • “Everything is explained very clearly and makes it almost impossible to make a mistake in deciding what you need.” –Linda from Hickory, PA
  • “This is an excellent resource for essential oils that I will use often and share with many friends and family.” –Kathleen from Dickinson, ND
  • “Love it! Clear, easy to use, helpful resource.” –Esther from Florence, WI

Genuine Education

Throughout Modern Essentials, we have added easy-to-understand explanations of how essential oils interact with the body, are tested for purity, and are extracted from plant material.

In the Personal Usage Guide and Single Oils sections, we have included detailed explanations of the most recent and cutting-edge articles about essential oils. These explanations describe what kind of research was conducted within the article. For example, in vitro (Latin for “within the glass”) describes an experiment that was conducted on living cells, usually within a petri dish or other controlled environment. On the other hand, in vivo (Latin for “within the living”) describes an experiment that was conducted on a living organism, like rats or flies. Research conducted on humans is also included in Modern Essentials.

Using Modern Essentials to teach others and yourself about essential oils will help you to better understand the oils and how they can benefit your life. The material included throughout the book is written to help you learn more about using essential oils properly and most effectively.

If you would like to teach others about this information, you are welcome to use the PowerPoint presentation we created.

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Analisa Edmonds is the Publications Project Manager for AromaTools™. She has worked extensively with the 6th Edition of Modern Essentials. Specifically, she wrote “How Essential Oils Interact with the Body” and “Ensuring Essential Oil Purity and Quality,” both included in the Science and Application section of Modern Essentials. She studied Neuroscience at Brigham Young University and loves researching how essential oils can influence the different structures of the brain.

Week of Wellness: Happy Colon, Happy Brain

Last week, AromaTools™ is hosted a full week of free health classes like this one by Sue Lawton, PhD—“Happy Colon, Happy Brain”—to celebrate the Grand Opening of our AromaTools™ retail store in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Click here to read other posts on classes given during the Week of Wellness. Also, check back with us throughout this week for more blog posts on timely health topics.

Happy Colon, Happy Brain (and Body)

The better your digestive tract runs, the better your mental and emotional state—not to mention physical health. That was Dr. Sue Lawton’s impactful message at her class, “Happy Colon, Happy Brain.”

Dr. Lawton—a psychologist and biochemist—demonstrated with a larger-than-life intestinal model how a corrupt diet, dehydration, and negative thoughts and feelings sabotage our sense of self worth and shorten our lives. “Only your body can heal itself. Essential oils and everything else can only help—or hinder—the process,” she says.

Happy Colon, Happy Brain Class by Sue Lawton

Brain-Gut Connection

According to Dr. Lawton, the body’s nervous system is divided in two: the central nervous system that reports to the brain and the enteric nervous system than resides in our gut. They are connected by the vagus nerve; so when one system gets upset, the other does too. Nearly every chemical that controls the brain has been identified in the intestinal tract, including hormones and neurotransmitters.

“It shouldn’t surprise us, then, that poor digestion—including constipation in children—is linked to depression,” says Dr. Lawton. “Chronic stress can kink up the colon. And negative states of mind compromise the immune system, 80% of which is contained in the intestinal tract.” Essential oils—ingested, taken topically, or even diffused during dinner—are amazing because they can physically support digestion and promote positive emotions at the same time.

Don’t Eat That!

As taught by Dr. Lawton, artificial ingredients and refined foods confuse the colon. It recognizes them as unnatural and can’t absorb them as readily as food in its natural state. But the enteric nervous system is also “intelligent” and compensates as best it can for a poor diet. Finally, though, irritation can cause perforations in the intestinal lining, allowing partially digested foods into the bloodstream and triggering allergic reactions.

That is why people can “suddenly” become sensitive to certain foods, Dr. Lawton teaches. And it tends to be worse with genetically-modified foods (GMOs)—wheat being chief among them. (Gut bacteria contains the same metabolic pathway found in plants that is targeted and disrupted by the herbicide genetically integrated into wheat.)

Gluten intolerance is a growing epidemic, and white flour’s evil twin—refined sugar—is poison to our bodies and the number one addiction in America. “Sucrose consumption is linked to nearly all our major health problems: cancer, inflammation, diabetes, yeast infection, arthritis, and insomnia, to name a few,” says Dr. Lawton.

According to Dr. Lawton, essential oils have been shown to strengthen our body systems against disease, but they are supplements to our own good self care. Let’s get rid of the bad stuff so healing can happen! Under right conditions, the body can literally rejuvenate itself every 21 days. Essential oils can help ease sugar withdrawal symptoms.

Drink This!

Soda pop is a main culprit for kidney stones and kidney failure. “If you wanted to invest money in medicine, consider dialysis,” says Dr. Lawton. “It is one of the biggest businesses in the United States, since soda-drinking baby boomers are retiring and reaping the consequences of poisoning instead of purifying their bodies.”

Drink water! It is absolutely crucial for replacing dead cells, distributing oxygen, and eliminating waste. Sufficient water ensures proper bulk in stools and keeps the parastaltic (wavy) motion of the intestines going. The body is more than 80% water. Bottom line: the more water you drink, the younger your body stays.

Gut Feelings

Dr. Sue Lawton (far right) demonstrates how the parastaltic motion of digestion can be disrupted by poor diet, dehydration, and negative attitudes.

Dr. Sue Lawton (far right) demonstrates how the parastaltic motion of digestion can be disrupted by poor diet, dehydration, and negative attitudes.

Bad nutrition is not the only thing that can compromise the intestinal lining, allowing toxins to spill through the intestinal wall, into the bloodstream, and throughout your body. “Negative thoughts and self hate will do it,” Dr. Lawton asserts. “Unexpressed frustrations or expectations. Failure to forgive and let go.” Negativity in any form compromises the immune system, down to the cellular level. “Every cell in your body has a memory just like your brain. And your cells react to everything your mind says,” concludes Dr. Lawton. “So stay positive, and you will strengthen your entire body.”

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SueLawtonDr. Sue Lawton is an RN, has two PhDs (the first in clinical physiology and the second in basel chemistry), and has been using essential oils for over 40 years. Between her continued book study and hands-on experience, she’s a perfect example of knowing a good oil and the effects it should create when used properly.

Dr. Sue lives in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, John.