Rollerballs, Dilution and Essential Oil Safety

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Rollerballs are fast becoming part of the DIY aromatherapy care kit, which is a good thing if you understand dilution rates.

I recently had a question about a well known allergy recipe, that is floating around on various social media sites. The blend uses Lavender (20 drops), Peppermint (20 drops) and Lemon (20 drops). All great oils, but there are three safety issues here. The first is dilution, the second is phototoxicity, and the third is the safety of Peppermint.


A rollerball can accommodate about 0.33 fluid ounces, or 10ml. 60 drops of essential oils is about 2.5ml, leaving 7.5ml for the carrier. A safe dilution rate for everyday use is 10-12 drops total of an essential oil or blend. In this recipe, 60 drops is 10x over what is appropriate for everyday use. The maximum number of drops that should be used in a rollerball is 5-6.


Lemon is a wonderful oil, it is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. Lemon is also phototoxic unless used at a safe dilution rate, which is 12 drops per ounce of 30ml of carrier. At 20 drops in 7.5ml of carrier, this is 3x over the safe dilution rate.


Peppermint is an excellent oil for respiratory congestion, but it is high in menthol, which can cause mucous membrane and skin irritation. Safe use of Peppermint is 5-6 drops, with a maximum of 10-12 drops per ounce of carrier. 20 drops in 7.5ml is 10x over the safe usage rate. It should also be noted that Peppermint can counteract homeopathic remedies, and should not be used in the case of cardiac fibrillation, and for Glucose-6-Phosphate-Dehydrogenase deficiency. Peppermint should not be used with children under 5 as it can be neurotoxic if applied near the face.

Recipe Reboot

1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Lemon and 4 drops of Lavender. Put into rollerball tube first, then fill with a carrier oil of your choice.

NOTE: I do not take responsibility for the misspelling of allergy.

Bugs Be Gone – DIY –

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Don’t let outdoor fun be hampered by buzzing critters – make your own bugs be gone spray and get back outside!

2oz Aloe Gel
2oz of water

4oz atomizer

Essential Oils
Juniper Berry

To the atomizer, add the water and aloe gel, then add 15 drops of Patchouli, 15 drops of Cedarwood and 10 drops of Juniper Berry for a total of 40 drops. This is a 2% dilution, which is 10-12 total drops of essential oil to the carrier. This keeps everything skin safe.

Apply every 30 minutes, or as you feel is needed.


Triple crown of inflammation reduction!

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truama Trauma oil is the triple crown of infused oils. This oil is an amazing infusion of Arnica, Calendula and St. John’s Wort, and these herbs are indicated for inflammation.

To make your infusion, you will need:

A large Mason jar

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Organic Arnica

Organic Calendula

Organic St. John’s Wort

Take equal amounts of each of the herbs (your total should be 4oz), and pour 2 pints of the EVOO over all of the herbs. Seal the jar, and put it in a sunny window for three to six weeks. Shake the jar daily. The color of the oil will deepen as the constituents of the herbs are drawn into the EVOO.

After the three to six weeks (When I make my infusions, I use the six week time period), strain the herbs into a clean jar using cheesecloth and a fine mesh sieve. You may find the finer parts of the herbs left in your infusion. That is okay! It’s organic!

You oil can be used on areas of the body that are sore, inflamed or even bruised. Addition healing can come from adding essential oils such as Lavender, Helichrysum or Carrot Seed.




Dazzling DIY Skin Care

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Last week’s post was an essential oil primer. This week, we focus on natural and easy ways to take care of your skin at home.

“…for nature gives to every time and season for some beauties of its own…” ~ Charles Dickens ~

Here are my top six tips for at-home skin care:

    Wear sunscreen! My favorite is Lavera.
    Wash gently. No need to scrub.
    Cleanse thoroughly. Use a cream based cleanser to gently remove make-up or as a daily cleanser. Our Lavender & Rose Cleansing Cream is perfect!
    Moisturize. Lots of options – from lotions to creams to serums. Use what works for you.
    Use a non-abrasive exfoliant such as oat flour mixed with aloe juice. Serious yum for the skin.
    Use a moisturizing masque once or twice a week. I love using kaolin clay.

Looking to use essential oils in your skin care routine?

Here are my four favorites:

    Carrot seed (Daucus carota) ~ Excellent for cellular regeneration, especially when blended with Lavender!
    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) ~ Lovely oil, perfect for all skin types.
    Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) ~ Helps to balance sebum – recommended for dry, oily or combination skin.
    Frankincense (Boswellia ssp.) ~ Recommended for dry and mature skin.

DIY Ideas

    Herbal facial steam using organic herbs. Dried lavender, chamomile, rose calendula, yarrow and elderflowers all work well. If you have couperose skin do not use a facial steam.
    Make a toner from green tea.
    Serums made from sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, hazelnut or macadamia nut oils.
    Exfoliate with baking soda, oat flour or superfine sugar. Place into a clean pyrex, make into a slurry and enjoy!
    Vinotherapy – 1/2 cup of chianti wine, mixed with 1 cup of plain organic yogurt. Mix thoroughly. Stand in your tub or shower and gently apply this decadent mixture from head to toe. Wait 5-15 minutes and rinse. Pat dry. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.

A Beautiful Morning and EOs!!

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Recently I had the opportunity to spend the morning with my local Moms in Motion group. Moms in Motion, a national group dedicated to fitness and friendship for women, has local chapters that encourage moms to spend some time taking care of themselves!

We had a wonderful hour together – laughing, learning and asking questions.

Here is Part 1 of what we covered!

Essential Oil Boot Camp – My Four Top Essential Oils

Latin: Lavandula angustifolia

Steam distilled from the flowering tops.

This is the most popular and versatile essential oil, and the “mother” of all oils! Like moms, lavender handles many physical and psychological jobs.

Skin (Integumentary)

  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis


  • Aches
  • Pains


  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety


  • Colds
  • Flu

Tea Tree
Latin: Melaleuca alternifolia

Steam distilled from leaves

Tea tree is well known for its broad spectrum properties against bacteria, fungi and viruses.


  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Blisters (yes, really!)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • coughs

Latin: Mentha x piperita

Steam distilled from leaves

Lots of Indications!

  • Digestion – take as peppermint tea, or dilute in a carrier oil and apply to tummy
  • Nervousness
  • Sinus congestions
  • Tired feet – analgesic effects
  • Itchy skin – dilute, dilute, dilute! Use only two drops of peppermint oil per ounce of carrier oil
  • Refreshing to lymphatic system

Latin: Citrus limon

Cold expressed from the peel

Excellent all around oil with lots of indications!

  • Uplifting! Aids in decision-making, also calming for those who are on-edge.
  • Antimicrobial!
  • Mild detox for the lymphatic system – express juice and add to water, or add the essential oil to an unscented lotion or cream.

How to safely use essential oils

Always use essential oils in a carrier – i.e. lotion, cream, vegetable oil.
1% dilution – appropriate for infants and the elderly, chronically ill – 5 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
2% dilution – appropriate for adult daily use and long terms use – 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
3% dilution – appropriate for acute injury or a specific illness – 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

Please, please, please do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils have a large array of chemical constituents that can have contraindications and serious side effects.

Despite what several companies tell you, essential oils are not approved by the FDA. The FDA does not certify any essential oils to be therapeutic, medicinal, pure grade or authentic. Those terms are company specific. You do not have to buy a membership to use quality essential oils.

As a certified aromatherapist, I have over 400 hours of essential oil education, a solid understanding of botany, chemistry and how essential oils affect biological systems. Most important, I understand the practical and safe use of essential oils. I have been trained to work with all populations.

A person who sells essential oils has no formal education in essential oils, does not understand essential oil chemistry or safety, does not understand contraindications, and can make claims that contraindications do not exist with natural products.

Essential Oil Resources
Aromatics International –
Stillpoint Aromatics –

Marharishi Ayerveda – – $29.95
Sweet and Woodsy Aromatherpy – $30.00

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia
Aromatherapy by Kathi Keville
Aromahead Institute –
Aromaweb –