Essential Oil Bag

Fresh off the Sewing Table!

This will be a fairly short post today as I need to get back to my Sewing Table and get more of these Essential Oil Pouches done. Click here to see more pictures and for the product description.

I wanted to share this one for sure as I have been using this little bag like nothing else in the past 5 month for my oils. I mostly carry two of these bags with me. One for kid needs and one for my needs.

Essential Oil Bag, doterra
Holds three 15ml bottles

This bag is oil cloth lined and has interfacing for extra stability.
They are great for little gifts, incentives for your EO business or for pretty much any occasion.

This bag holds one of the following bottle combinations:
Four 5 ml
Three 15 ml
Four roller bottles
Combination of 5ml & roller
Combination of 15ml & 1 roller

After a while it takes on the best Essential Oil smells. So good!

P.S. Bag only. Oils not included.

Soon I will have more fun patterns as well but take a look at this cute french one or at some of my Lavender Sachets as well. See you at my Etsy store!

Hugs Katrin

Essential Oils – How and Where to buy them?

In Theory you could just go to this site and buy my favorite Essential Oils. (Update 14 Dec. 2016: I’m using many other companies at this point as well).

However, I do think you should read on first and learn a bit more about Essential Oils if you are new to them.

Here I’m, writing my own blog about Essential Oils and how they have changed my life – 20 years ago, when I added my first drop to one of the ceramic diffusers with a clay top and a small candle at the bottom, I felt happy and joyful.

Essential Oil Diffuser

The smell of my oils did something almost magical to me. The apartment often smelled like a rose garden. With some lemon and orange trees in the corners of the garden.

Not knowing a lot about Essential Oils I assumed that this is as far as I can go. Diffuse them with a bit of water in my room. DANG – Was I wrong!

I ran into one of my friends at a Birthday Party for our little girls and mums seem to chat at these parties. A lot. (I think sometimes they have more fun than the kids). So I asked what she would be doing these days and one of the first things she mentioned was that she is working with Essential Oils. Well that caught my attention!

20 years later I’m not only diffusing them and here is my list:

  • I still diffuse them (nowadays I use modern devices like these Diffusers)
  • I use them topically
  • I use them internally
  • I use them for cooking
  • I use them with my children
  • I use them in the car
  • I use them in my laundry detergent
  • I use them in all my household cleaning products
  • My latest and most fun part is to use them in my new homemade cosmetics (I will write about some findings and recipes soon)
  • I use them in my gardening projects as well (critters)

So you are probably thinking one of a few things right now:

  1. She must be a lunatic (Yes!)
  2. Heck, this is just amazing. I would like to know more. I DID NOT know that I can use Essential Oils internally and for cooking and cosmetic etc. (Yep – I did not know either and this is how I started out-get more details on Wholesale pricing here)
  3. I did know but I don’t know where to get the SAFE essential oils which are 100% pure therapeutic grade meaning you CAN use them as described above. Send me a shout!
  4. I know but I would like to learn more in either a classroom setting or through webinars. Send me a note here)

Well any of the above is fantastic and I applaud you for putting your health first.

Please do your homework and make sure you are using the oils as recommended and make sure you are choosing pure therapeutic grade essential oils. What does that mean? Please read on and feel free to drop me a note either here or below in the comments field.

Things you want to look out for when buying Essential Oils… I love our local health food stores BUT I DO NOT buy my Essential Oils there. Reasons why I chose to buy my oils from doTERRA you can find here LINK but here are a few points what you need to look out for:

  • Don’t buy any Essential Oils which include words like fragrance, nature identical, perfume. These words indicate extremely poor quality. The supplier uses either synthetics (chemicals) or water as fillers. They are not safe to use topical or internal. It will also say that somewhere on the bottle in small letters.
  • Any oils you buy should come in dark glass containers. Especially when buying them online. A lot of essential oils (5ml and above mostly) are being shipped in plastic containers so they don’t break during shipping. Pure Essential Oils however can dissolve any plastic containers due to their potency. That should be a sign of poor quality and should ring your alarm bells.
  • Please watch out for any retailers & suppliers using the term “aromatherapy” for their own gain of sales.
  • Make sure to buy your essential oils from reputable sources, such as doTERRA, where you will find the Latin (botanical) name of the plant on the bottle itself. Make sure you source your information for the oils. E.g. Extraction method as well as Origin. Peppermint Essential Oil, doterra
  • If you seriously think about using Essential Oils like I do, make it a point and choose the right company. Do your homework. Look for indigenous plant sourcing (highest quality!) and harvest methods. Make it a priority to help farmers around the world through purchasing their Oils. You can make a change. Not only in your world but in a farmer’s life as well. Video: Sourcing Wintergreen Essential Oils
  • Price is important. Though it might not always be true but in most cases cheap oils will buy you Essential Oils from uneducated sources. Quality matches the price in most cases in this industry. Farmers are being paid fair wages, vendors are doing their homework to find the highest quality sources, elaborate testing (high fees) and educational information to the consumer are only a few things that increase the price of high quality oil.

So here is a simple easy way to start out: Contact me and I will set you up. You have options!

Become a Retail customer and purchase your Essential Oils as you need them.



Become a Wellness Advocate and receive Wholesale pricing on everything you order (no minimums required)

You receive savings of 25% off every order

A FREE product of the month (I will explain how)

Shipping Rewards Program (Earn back any shipping)

An optional Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP)

A chance of building a business with Essential Oils if this is something you desire

You will have access to a lot of support, educational materials such as videos, talks, Product knowledge, Facebook groups

We have a Business Training program available as well. FREE.








Our move to Portugal from Santa Cruz, California – my husband’s point of view

A little about my husband

I love my husband’s uncensored point of view of life, health, possibilities and political topics. Read his Blog here.

His inquisitive mind can be challenging. In a good way only. The questions he asks nobody else would dare to ask. At least not a good German!

I have seen countless open mouths, tilted heads, a lot of different “Ummmm”s and a lot of “Seth? What do you mean by that?”

He does what everybody else should do:

  • Ask if you are curious about something
  • Ask if you don’t understand something
  • Ask to trigger somebody’s “other” side. Tickle them
  • Don’t just believe because your parents told you so
  • Don’t take a “No” always for a “No”. There might be just a different way to your goal around the corner
  • Don’t stop being optimistic

He has inspired me (and our children) in so many ways. Over and over again. He has a heart of gold.The way he takes care of me confirms that I can be who I am. I don’t need to adjust – AT ALL!

  1. I can be bitchy and he smiles (and believe me, I can be bitchy and wag my finger good).
  2. I can be crying and he will hold me
  3. I can be laughing and he will be laughing with me
  4. The best of all (and I’m sure it has been our ruin at times too) he is as crazy as I’m. Never getting tired of new adventures. Never stopping to believe that the “Uncertain” will become “Certain”.

When people stop him after his first question (which hardly happens), I smile, thinking that they might miss out on a great conversation.


I don’t own this person and I love him. Unconditionally.

Here you can find his posts:

Starting June 12, 2015 Katrin and Zed’s BIG Move to Portugal

What are Essential Oils?

What are Essential Oils ?

Essential oils come from nature. From the lemon tree you have seen and smelled I’m sure and from the leaves of trees which surround you. The oils have been been there all along. Essential Oils are nothing new to the human kind. In fact they have been used in every way possible – since a few hundred years.

What are Essential Oils made off?

They are made of small glands that can sit in completely different parts of a plant:

  • on the leaves ( such as with Eucalyptus , Lemonbalm or Lemongrass )
  • in the flowers (like Jasmine, Rose , Chamomile)
  • on the peel ( all citrus fruit )
  • in wood ( for example Cedar- or Sandalwood )
  • in the roots ( as with Ginger, Orris root and other )
  • in the bark ( Cinnamon )
  • in resin ( Myrrh or Frankincense )

The word ” ätherisch (german) and ethereal (english) ” was derived from the Greek ” aither ” , which means something like   “delicate, exquisite, dainty, elegant, graceful, beautiful, lovely” or “heaven scent ” . The substances are indeed volatile but you receive an incredible concentrate of each plant.

Thus , they are also sometimes referred to as “fragrant souls of plants” .

A little history from the ESSENTIAL OIL brand I’m using which is doTERRA (watch a small video about doTERRA).

Essential Oils, History, Egyptians, Greeks
The History of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and in religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

Borrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties.

In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burnt hand with pure lavender oil. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils

Source: History of Essential Oils – doTERRA link

Feel free to contact me (contact me – click here) if you would like to learn more about our Essential Oils or if you would like to order these state of the art oils!

I’m here to help you discover a new way of taking charge of your own health and your family’s one! Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for reading!


Using Essential Oils in Dentistry


NEW Classes Santa Cruz: Essential Oils

FUN & FREE CLASSES about Essential Oils in Santa Cruz.

See below for some of our upcoming events. Click the “Agenda” view in the top right corner of the calendar. This view gives you more details about each class.

These classes will give you an opportunity to receive a great inside what Essential Oils are and how to use them. Guaranteed. Feel free to contact me for any details below or send me an email to

Soon we will bring Essential Oil Classes to Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned. So much fun 🙂