Essential Oils: Top, Middle, Base notes

What are top, middle & base notes?

Since I have started my Aromatherapy Certification Program with the Aromahead Institute I’m in a daily daze and I’m stunned at the details we already know about our beloved Essential Oils in a scientific way. It is an absolute amazing path I have chosen and I’m SOOOO happy I took this step.

Anyway, the other day I made a blend based on my mood. I had a slight stiff neck and I just felt a bit down due to a bad night of sleep.

I figured I’m going to mix 3 oils together by just smelling them individually. Without giving it too much thought I grabbed Vetiver, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Grapefruit (I’m in love with Grapefruit. Oil or not. It can’t run away from me).

I’m always using now 30ml (1 oz bottles) to make my mixing process consistent. I chose a 2% dilution (10-12 drops combined) for massaging it on my neck and shoulders as well as below my feet.

It’s a blend made in heaven. If you would like to try it out find the exact recipe below.

I did read later that Vetiver might help with mental fatigue, insomnia, depression, maintain nerve health and much more. It has calming properties. No wonder I love this oil. I use this blend now at night as well. 

So why I’m talking about this specific blend has two reasons. First, trust your instincts and your nose. This blend made my day just better. The smell of all three oils were just what I need that day.

Second, this blend has a beautiful synergy. It has all three notes in it. Top (Grapefruit), middle (Lavender) and base (Vetiver) note.

Top notes are uplifting. They give you happiness. They are first to arrive to your nose and first to leave your nose. They evaporate fast BUT they put a smile on your face. Try it. Open up Grapefruit and smell it! It will make you happy. I promise!

Some top notes:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin

Middle notes will bring harmony & softness to your blend. They are right in the middle where your heart sits.

Some middle notes:

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Spikenard
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram

Base notes are grounding and soothing. They are mostly “heavy” oils as Vetiver is. They will be present for a long time and slow down the evaporation process of your top and middle notes.

Some base notes:

  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Vetiver

I hope you enjoyed the above. I surely did 🙂 And now to the recipe:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) amber glass bottle
  • 30ml Jojoba Wax (or any other carrier oil you have on hand)
  • 5 Drops Vetiver
  • 5 Drops Lavender
  • 5 Drops Grapefruit

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I buy my oils currently at different sources and if you have your own trusted source use them. This blend I have created with doTERRA oils.  If you don’t have any oils I can recommend doTERRA & Aromatics International.

Definitely and as always, go for the best oils (purest!!!) for the greatest benefits! Let me know if you have questions. I’m right now at the source 🙂

Hugs & Love

~Katrin

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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.

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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

Katrin

 

 

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

Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/490741579/essential-oil-bag-cotton-snap-pouch

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.

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

Essential Oil Substitutes

Ran out of an Essential Oil?

Below chart might help you to substitute some Essential Oils.

Essential Oil Substitutes

A beautiful quote for your weekend.

Quote 1dōTERRA Essentials Oils ~ Katrin Birkholz

Almond Orange Scrub

This just sounds wonderful for a Saturday morning start.
Just be careful with sun exposure while using any citrus essential oils right after the scrub.

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Exfoliate with Wild Orange

Which Essential Oil Company?

If anyone has doubts which Essential Oil company to use for their Family, in Aromatherapy, as a Health Coach or just for yourself you can watch this video, which will take that question away and leave you with an answer!

4 minutes that’s all it takes.

Happy watching!

~Katrin

Vitamins! Look, feel, and live younger, longer

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dōTERRA LIFELONG VITALITY PACK – 1 MONTH SUPPLY

My Vitamin Trip

Since my move to America I have been introduced to Vitamins and Supplements in a small pill form in mass production. For a very long time I found it completely unnecessary to go down the road of purchasing expensive vitamins. How do I know if they will help? And if they help on which level should I see results? Is there a way of knowing?

I have been reading and experimenting with a lot of brands and different combination in order to see full results. Most of the time I have not seen or felt a difference. Quite the opposite. My body got rid of any excessive vitamins, which resulted in money wasted. When it comes to vitamins; more is not better. The quality is important.

I had more obvious results doing my juicing, detoxing, fasting and eating my 80/20 raw food diet. Also another amazing way of a daily start is my Lemon, Turmeric & Ginger drink. This is another subject matter though.

I did finally come across vitamins which leave me with more Energy, Better Skin and a Boosted Immune system.

Do you have those days where you feel you can’t get out of this lethargic and foggy state you are in, the missing mental focus you needed to perform another great presentation at work, the missing immune system when your kids bring all their germs from school home? Breaking of your nails and dull skin?

Often these are signs that your body is missing something.

For me, I found, that I was doing most of the basics: Healthy diet, Exercise and some days I had better sleep than others. I knew I needed to get my stress level way down (hence the move to Portugal and away from a corporate job) but in addition I wanted to boost my Immune system and keep a balanced level of vitamins in my system which can’t be derived from natural food sources anymore or are rarely accessible. Especially in the US.

After using my doTERRA oils for a while and seeing great success, I wanted to expand my self-tests to the next level. I stumbled over the vitamin section of doTERRA.

I heard a lot of good things about their choices on how to combine the necessary vitamins. Watch a video here.

They provide potent levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, co-factors of cellular energy production, and a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.

These daily vitamins have become a routine and part of my staple diet. I do feel a difference once I don’t have my monthly supply available. I have them now on my monthly and automated order system with doTERRA and I can only give praise. At the end they are also doTERRA’s #1 seller.

It is a given that a body won’t heal, feel energized and complete if we don’t treat it the way it deserves to be treated.

If we don’t exercise, eat right, reduce our stress to a manageable amounts or if we try to conquer the world with non-natural  toxic sources we most likely will experience a let down at one point in our life.

I would say, you decide. Just make sure that you take the good, plant-based vitamins and don’t waste money.

Thanks for reading!

Katrin

MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO PURCHASE THESE OILS AND VITAMINS.

If you are already part of our dōTERRA community you should definitely add them to your next order! And good for you to have made that choice! Especially with your wholesale account you will save a good amount of money and get points!

If you are not familiar with dōTERRA send me an email and I will give you a free 101 Essential Oil Training class and I will also be able to give you many details about Pure Essential Oils you have not heard about before!

Classes in person if you are in the Lisbon, Portugal area or an Online Class. Both options will give you everything you need to know to change your life and become aware of possibilities and ways to enhance your health.

A great starter kit to vitamins is our: Cleanse and Restore Enrollment Kit

This kit includes:
• Lifelong Vitality Pack
• GX Assist®
• PB Assist +®
• Lemon Essential Oil, 15 mL
• Terrazyme
• Zendocrine Softgels
• dōTERRA IPC 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.

EU: Retail 233,33 Euro + VAT

USA: Retail $259,93 + Tax

Wholesale 175,00 Euro + VAT 140PV (Learn how to become a Wholesale member and save on your purchases with doTERRA)

We have many other kits, oils and vitamin pack options available. You can customize each order. Email me for the best pricing option for you.

 

TerraShield – Insect Repellent

Highly effective for the upcoming mosquito season – Order here

No more Mosquito Spray Toxins for your body! Choose the natural way:

TerraShield combines a proprietary blend of highly effective and safe essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil to help ward off insects. A primary function of essential oils in plants is protecting against insects and other predators. Unlike other products that contain synthetic and toxic chemicals, TerraShield is a natural approach to managing exposure to biting insects. TerraShield’s fresh, light citrus scent is wonderfully invigorating and can be used safely by everyone in the family. One application provides coverage that lasts up to 6 hours.

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doTERRA’s Mosquito Repellent

In the video below Dr. Hill explains the effectiveness of this Essential Oil blend a bit further!

dōTERRA’s Dr. David Hill explains the benefits of using TerraShield® as a safe and natural insect repellent.