Essential Oils. Why consider an Aromatherapist?

I recently became a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and a Student at the Aromahead Institute. Eye opening!

In the past couple of years I have been working with Essential Oils intensively. I use them for myself, in my family, I converted my entire house into a chemical-free zone by using only homemade cleaning products, I use the oils for cooking, in my body products, facial serums, sicknesses, muscle pain, menstrual cycle cramps & neausea, in my car and you name it. There is no halt for me anymore. I LOVE them. They are in every corner of my house and if every bag. I sometimes have them double and triple.

Essential Oil bag by Petal and Stem
Essential Oil Bag. Peppermint Print. This one and others are in every bag of mine. Holds 3 x 15ml bottles. $12.

I also contacted different Essential Oil companies to question statements and get more details. Some with success and others not so much. I have been reading studies about cure and danger of these potent friends. I have been getting questions like: “Are you promoting doTERRA oils because you keep on mentioning them”. I have to shuggle. Yes. doTERRA oils and many other companies. One of my latest favourites being Florihana a french distiller. My goal is to go all the way back to the distiller and cut all the middle men and MLM companies. Not completely as doTERRA has some great products (and I’m sure so does YL) but the prices are sometimes just way to high with YL or doTERRA to make them available for lower income folks.

As some of you know I started out with doTERRA Essential Oils as a friend introduced me to them but I never felt 100% comfortable introducing them to others before I haven’t tested them myself or did my “homework” especially when using them internally or with kids which often the MLM companies suggest.

I have gotten so sick and tired of all the pros and cons and reading negative and positive reviews while this world of Essential Oils is seemingly exploding into many directions. We have many companies popping up left and right. A single person would feel overhelmed and confused and one just doesn’t know what to believe and use anymore.

You really would like to believe your next door neighbor that YL or doTERRA are the best oils, you want to believe your best friend that you can make a lot of money with any of these MLM companies. “Yes it is hard work but so rewarding”.

But let’s face it; how many of the Wellness Advocates and Independent Product Consultants, especially when they start out after a short introduction from their neighbor, know that Peppermint and some varieties of Eucalyptus can be very dangerous for children and can cause seizures.

That YlangYlang could cause miscarriages.

That there is a pretty long list of oils which are phototoxic meaning when applied and exposed to sunlight imediatly after application it could cause “allergies” (severe redness-just like sunburn, swelling-edema, darkening of the skin and sometimes even blistering of the skin).

There is a big difference between steam distilled oils and cold pressed ones. Those oils should be bergaptene free in order to not be phototoxic….The list goes on.

So when you make your own potions and lotions stay away from phototoxic essential oils but if you are adding the oils into soap products, it will be fine. With products which you can shower/ wash off  you don’t pose a risk. Also if you have the right ratio you most likely will be fine. Be aware that the rations of those oils differ as well. Grapefruit: 24 dropz to 1 oz but Lemon only 12 drops to 1oz of carrier oil. Please make sure you inform yourself. A good start is Robert Tisserand’s book: Essential Oil Safety

Here is a list of oils which are phototoxic.

  • Angelica
  • Angelica root
  • Bergamot oil (if it is bergaptene-free oil it should/ will be called: Bergamot FCF. Bergaptene free bergamot oil is steam distilled. Stillpoint Aromatics offers this oil)
  • Cassia
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fig leaf
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lovage
  • Bitter orange
  • Rue
  • Tagetes
  • Verbena


Citrus oils that are not phototoxic:

  • distilled Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • distilled Lemon
  • Satsuma
  • Tangelo
  • Yuzu

ALWAYS ASK your supplier. You have the right to know.

So I could go on and on. All I want to really say is; that if you use high quality and potent oils, if you love them, if you can’t be without them (just like me) and if you don’t want any bad awakenings educate yourself. Really well. Maybe consult an Aromatherapist which has been certified by one of the many good schools. Here is a list of Aromatherapists in the US and Canada.

This post was not to scare you or bad mouth any companies as I’m using them myself but to bring some awareness. Essential Oils are medicine and should be treated as such. Just as you would not just take any Antibiotics if they were available over the counter.

Now I will get back to oiling, sniffing and creating!

Love & Hugs




Unicorn Cosmetic/ Essential Oil Bag Etsy listing available in my shop

Check out this item in my Etsy shop

How many drops of Essential Oils in a 10ml Roll-On bottle?

It’s not a riddle once you know it. Let me help you a bit with my below chart. If you would like to find out more about doTERRA oils, feel free to fill in the contact form below please. There are many great oils out there. Below is a list of companies I buy my oils from as well.

Please do make sure you test your oil mixes on a patch of skin before applying it liberally.


Where I buy my Essential Oils, Carrier Oils and Supplies:

WINNER Announcement from the Essential Oil Bag Drawing

We have TWO Favs!

Congrats! You’ve won a FREE Essential Oil Bag!



To claim your prize, please follow these steps:

  • Confirm that you meet all of the entry requirements (access to Etsy & pay for shipping $3.50)
  • Send an email to within 5 days to claim your prize and we will send you the CODE to get your bag for FREE!
  • In the email, please confirm that’s it OK for us to publish your name on our social media channels
  • This one is totally optional, but if you’re excited about winning, we’d love for you to share your win with our Fans and Followers! Send us a picture of your bag in use!

If you have any questions, just email me at – I’m happy to help 🙂

Cheers, Katrin

Here are the names of the winners…so excited 🙂 AND Thank you again!

Amanda Pax
Angelia Allison
Angie Pickel
April Walton
Becki Strunk
Cassie BitterSweet
Celia Durant
Cherie Stabile
Cindy Lutjen
Dawn Ash
Debra Lynn
Doretta King
Isabel Strid
Jackie Harrison Husband
Jeni Laymance
Jeni Wash
Jodi Walsh
Kim Gomes
Kymberly Hudson
Latona Arn
Lauren Lemos
Lisa Fortunato
Lisa Rappolt Jackson
Luana Benton Moore
Margaret Bandy
Mauriceta Green
Max Frisbee
Michelle Patlan
Nicole Showalter Smith
Pat Watson Simmons
Peggy Jean Smith
Riley B-l
Sharon Welborn
SherrieSue Stagner
Shirley Norman LeBlanc
Stephanie Mike Molsbee
Susanne Wisnieswki
Tisha Davis
Tonja Woods
Tricia Robbins
Twila Jean Lafferty
Virginia May Hewitt
Zed Reisender

Bags are in the making and they should arrive to your home before Christmas!

Etsy listing available in my shop

Check out this item in my Etsy shop

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie

I have heard of cilantro being a killer ingredient when it comes to vitamins and detox. I’m just not a cilantro fan but might be able to drink this combination.

I have taken Cilantro Essential Oils in Veggie Caps as a cleansing & detox oil. This might be another option. Add 2 drops of Cilantro Essential Oils to the smoothie if you don’t have the fresh herb avaialble.

2 bananas
2 cups wild blueberries
1 cup cilantro
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp barley grass juice powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 small handful of Atlantic dulse
Optional: water to blend

In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. If a thinner consistency is desired, add up to 1 cup of water. Enjoy!

Read more about the individual ingredients here.

Source: Medical Medium

RAW Applesauce with Essential Oils

This one is for the whole family! So very good and healthy. No cooking involved!raw-applesauce

Please make sure that you use only high quality oils which are meant for internal use. Such as doTERRA or Young Living.

Amazon Handmade vs. Etsy

I have been thinking a long time if I should become a Seller on Amazon.

I decided against it for obvious and many reasons. I read a lot of reviews and I really did not want to compete with China products. Nothing against products from China but they have their place in life but I’m mostly supporting small businesses myself. So it didn’t seem right to sell on Amazon for years.

Now Amazon has created Amazon Handmade (for other Designers interested in Amazon Handmade click here) and one has to apply in order to get accepted. So I tried and I got in. Their interface, as a seller and buyer, is still lacking a lot of beauty. Their intro was surely nice but once I got in I dealt with a funky interface.

Etsy is really easy to navigate for both sides, I find. Yet as an online seller we have to try different online venues. So I will be trying this for a while and see how it works. I’ll let you know. You can find my shop here now: Petal & Stem Amazon Handmade.

I have also created a new website through Etsy’s “Pattern” option. My own website with my own domain name. Pattern powered by Etsy  allows you to create your on domain website: e.g. versus It does cost money of course. $15/ month.

I, for myself, have decided that there is no “versus” but just an “and”.

I would love to hear what other Designers think of Amazone Handmade and/ or any other platforms available other than Etsy.

Cheers ~ Katrin

Portugal. 2 adults. 2 children. 3 cats. 2 dogs. 8 chickens. No p — A Nossa Quinta

This is just another day in Portugal.

It’s more of a Photo read than a blog write up. Max, my son, took the pictures. This is how we truly feel. At times. Maybe.

Homemade Coconut Shampoo

The shampoo…I keep on trying new recipes and refine old ones. I added some Rosemary to this recipe. Smells beautiful in the combination with Wild Orange.

Depending on your hair length (mine is shoulder length) I take a good full tablespoon of my homemade shampoo and start at the ends massaging my way up to the scalp. I let it sit for 1-2 minutes before I rinse it all out. You can stop here or rinse it with Apple Cider Vinegar which adds some shine to your hair.

Please remember that every change (away from chemicals to 100% natural products) will take some time for your body and hair to “get used” to. I encourage you to give it a couple of weeks to have some beautiful results.


I would keep mine regridgerated in warmer climates. I usually make a weekly batch.