Friday, April 28, 2017

Phototoxic Essential Oils - Which Essential Oils to Avoid While In the Sun



Warm weather season is here! You got a call this morning from your friend who invited you and the kids to the beach for the day! Overjoyed to FINALLY get out in the sun after this long winter and rainy spring, you pack up your beach bag, get the kids suits on, and finally get yourself ready for the day. As you are about to head out the door, you apply the new citrus essential oil perfume you just made last week to your neck and wrists. Aaahhhhhh…..it smells like sunshine.

After a full day in the sun and your feet in the water, you are tired and ready for bed. As you are washing up, you notice that your neck has pink stripes all over and your wrists are itchy. After further investigation, you see a few small blisters on your neck too. What the heck?  How did you get “sunburned” there, but not anywhere else?

Well…guess what….it is NOT a sunburn!

Did you know that some essential oils should be avoided in sunlight or UV rays?

That is a correct fact!
Do you know which ones to avoid?
NO?

Enter ME!


Using some essential oils topically with sun exposure (or while in tanning beds) can actually damage the skin, making them photosensitive or phototoxic.


Why Do We Use Essential Oils Topically Anyway?

Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.


What Does Photosensitivity Mean?

Everyday People Description: According to Essential Oil Safety, photosensitization (also knowns as photocontact dermatitis) is, “a reaction to a substance applied to the skin that occurs only in the presence of UV light in the UVA range, and it may be either phototoxic or photoallergenic.”

Scientific Description: Photosensitization is the process in which ultraviolet (UV) radiation combines with a particular substance and causes chemical or biological changes. Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of constituent that can cause photosensitization of the skin. The most commonly found furocoumarins in essential oils are bergapten and oxypeucedanin. The chemical structure of these molecules (and their metabolites) allows them to form cross-links with skin cell DNA, in turn making the skin especially susceptible to UV radiation. During the process, free radicals and singlet oxygen are also formed and can inflict damage on cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins. If exposed to sunlight (which gives off UV radiation) after topical application of a photosensitive oil, the skin may become temporarily darkly pigmented, red, or irritated. Exposing photosensitive skin to sunlight can also increase risk for cancer.

***This blog will focus on the phototoxic reactions, because they are the most common.

Phototoxic Essential Oil Reactions

Phototoxicity happens when certain chemical constituents bind to DNA in the skin and then react with UV light, killing the cells and damaging tissues. These types of burns can show up anywhere from 1-24 hours after sun or UV exposure, cause anywhere from first to third-degree burns, and the resulting discoloration can last up to several months. Some other visible signs may be:
⟹ Severe redness
⟹ Darkening of skin
⟹ Edema (swelling)
⟹ Blistering


Which Essential Oils Are Phototoxic?

Citrus oils are well known for causing phototoxic reactions, but even then it is not that cut and dry. How the oil is extracted makes a difference. Cold pressed or expressed citrus oils contain higher levels of the phototoxic constituents, while steamed distilled oils do not. Some expressed citruses are highly phototoxic (e.g., bergamot or lime), and some are relatively safe by themselves (e.g., sweet orange or mandarin). Though, when you blend these together, you increase your phototoxic risk, making it more convoluted. Separate from the citrus oils, there are a few others known to be phototoxic and there are yet a few more where the phototoxic risk is yet unknown.

Here are some of the known phototoxic or photosensitive essential oils that doTERRA has.
• Bergamot
• Grapefruit
• Ginger
• Lemon
• Lime
• Wild Orange
• Cumin
• Citrus Bliss
• Tangerine
• Breathe (Lemon)
• Citrus Bliss (Bergamot, Lemon)
• Clary Calm (old version)
• Elevation (Tangerine)
• On Guard (Wild Orange)
• Purify (Lemon, Lime)
• Slim & Sassy (Lemon, Grapefruit)
• Whisper (Bergamot)
• Zendocrine (Wild Orange)
• Motivate
• Forgive
• Cheer



How to Use Them Safely

Remember, all phototoxic oils can be used, as long as they’re applied to areas of the skin that will not be exposed to the sun!  Using a diffuser, aroma stick or aromatic jewelry can provide great therapeutic benefits all summer without risk.

Wash-off products, such as shampoo or soaps, that are that are completely rinsed off the skin are considered safe techniques.

Citrus oils can generally be used without phototoxic concern if you stay within the proper safety guidelines. Here are some useful guidelines for using citrus oils and avoiding phototoxicity. This information is pulled directly from the Essential Oil Safety book.

Tisserand and Young recommend using four (4) drops total of any citrus fruit essential oil combination per 30 mL of a carrier oil as a safe general rule of thumb (Tisserand & Young, 2014).

Safe Dilution Levels:

Bergamot – 0.4% (2.4 drops per oz)
Grapefruit – 4% (24 drops per oz)
Lemon – 2% (12 drops per oz)
Lime – 0.7% (4.2 drops per oz)
Cumin – 0.4% (2.4 drops per oz)


Final Thought

Phototoxic reactions are fairly uncommon, but erring on the safe side this summer should be a priority. Avoid sunlight (UV light and tanning beds) for at least 12 hours after applying these oils to your skin. Do not include any of these oils in sun tanning lotions or creams, because it will not make you tan easier or faster.


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If you aren’t already enrolled, consider doing so this month so that you can get points back on your doTERRA Mother’s Day special in May when you purchase it through the Loyalty Rewards Program. With every order, you get your entire shipping cost plus up to 30% of what you spent back in points to spend on MORE of the highest quality, safest, most effective essential oils and essential oil products.

Click here for more information about becoming a wholesale account member!


References:
IFRA Standards Library. (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2016
Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety (2nd ed.). London: Elsevier.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mother's Day 2017 Citrus Oil Set



Each year, doTERRA releases a Mother’s Day special and this year it is amazing! It is a BRAND NEW TRIO of citrus oils – kumquat essential oil, Sunny Citrus blend, and Red Mandarin essential oil. Can you say AMAZING?

These oils will be released on April 18th, 2017 and will only be available to wholesale members at a wholesale price of $28.50 – for the entire set! That is a steal! Members are limited to 2 per account and are available while supplies last, so grab yours quickly!

Kumquat Essential Oil
Uplifting for the mood and energy levels
It may support a healthy immune system
Promotes a healthy metabolism
May support digestive health
More HERE

Red Mandarin Essential Oil
May help to support the digestive system
May support cellular health
Has calming and soothing effects
More HERE

Sunny Citrus
Diffuse while at work for an uplifting environment
Apply to the wrists, temples, and the back of your neck
More HERE

If you are looking for other Mother’s Day gift ideas, here are some other ideas for you!


For Chef Mom
The Summer Sunsations kit features doTERRA Tangerine, Cumin, Dill, and Spearmint essential oils. A great way to share essential oils with mom’s who love to cook! These oils are also a limited time offer, so get them quickly before the Mother’s Day rush!  Flavor your cakes and cookies with doTERRA Tangerine essential oil, make tacos with doTERRA cumin essential oil, salad and pickles with Dill,  and fresh drinks with Spearmint!

For Pampering Mom
Every mom deserves to be pampered, even if she is at home! Did you know doTERRA has a complete spa line featuring essential oils? Yep! These luxurious spa and shower products would make a wonderful gift for your Mom…or for yourself!  You deserve a Mother’s day gift, too!  Enjoy the special benefits of essential oils each time you use your soaps, shower gel, lotions or shampoo!

For Emotional Mom
Every mom gets stressed out and goes through the ups and downs of emotions when “life” happens.  Maybe the 2 year old is going through the “terrible twos” stage, the hubby is out of town for work, or she is playing chauffeur for 3 kids in sports! This is where the Emotional Aromatherapy kids comes to the rescue! Six different essential oil blends that are special and unique… just like Mom!  Each blend benefits emotional health and balance.  The beautiful aromas could simply stand alone as a natural and non-toxic essential oil perfume. The doTERRA emotional aromatherapy kit contains: Motivate blend, Cheer blend, Passion blend, Forgive blend, Console blend, Peace blend, Petal essential oil diffuser. Or just get the Emotional Aromatherapy Touch kit, which is the same oil blends, but already pre-diluted in rollerball form!


Not A Member Yet?

If you aren’t already enrolled, consider doing so this month so that you can get points back on your doTERRA Mother’s Day special in May when you purchase it through the Loyalty Rewards Program. With every order, you get your entire shipping cost plus up to 30% of what you spent back in points to spend on MORE of the highest quality, safest, most effective essential oils and essential oil products.

Click here for more information about becoming a wholesale account member!

Sunny Citrus Essential Oil Blend Uses & Benefits


If this blend doesn't make you think of a sunshine day...I don't know what will. This blend sounds divine! It is one of the newest doTERRA citrus blends – Sunny Citrus Essential Oil Blend! It is a blend of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Peel, Orange Peel, and Peppermint Plant essential oils. This will be available in a 5 mL bottle as part of the Mother’s Day Trio this year. It will likely go quickly!

Price:
$28.50 Wholesale 25 PV
$38 Retail

So, what can you do with this oil?  Check out doTERRA’s CPTG Sunny Citrus Essential Oil!

Do you need a good quality essential oil? Check out my How To Buy page. I can help you get 25% off retail price – because NO ONE should pay full price.


Sunny Citrus Essential Oil

Key Benefits

  • Positively affects mood with energizing and refreshing properties
  • Helps reduce stress and uplift mood
  • Helps promote positive feelings


Uses

  • Diffuse Sunny Citrus to promote positive feelings and increase feelings of confidence.
  • Diffuse Sunny Citrus in the morning while getting ready to promote an invigorating feeling to start your day.
  • Rub Sunny Citrus blend over your heart, temples, or wrists for an uplifting boost. 



More Information on the Product Information Page.

Kumquat Essential Oil Uses & Benefits


One of the newest doTERRA citrus oil – Kumquat Essential Oil! Citrus oils in Spring and Summer? Who wouldn't love that! AND just in time for Mother's Day! This Asian oil will be available in a 5 mL bottle as part of the Mother’s Day Trio this year. It will likely go quickly!

Price:
$28.50 Wholesale 25 PV
$38 Retail

So, what can you do with this oil?  Check out doTERRA’s CPTG Kumquat Essential Oil!

Do you need a good quality essential oil? Check out my How To Buy page. I can help you get 25% off retail price – because NO ONE should pay full price.


doTERRA Kumquat Essential Oil

Key Benefits:

  • It may support a healthy immune system
  • May support digestive health
  • Promotes a healthy metabolism
  • Uplifting for the mood and energy levels
  • May help support healthy cardiovascular, digestive, immune, metabolic, and nervous system health*
  • Can be used as a surface cleaner as well as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser*


Uses:

  • Add one to two drops to a homemade surface cleanser for added cleansing properties.
  • Add a drop to a glass of water and drink to support your digestive system
  • Put a few drops of the Kumquat Essential Oil into a veggie cap and take to before meals as part of your healthy weight management routine
  • Diffuse or wear on your wrist, temples, and the back of your neck to uplift your mood
  • Add one drop to your facial cleanser, shampoo, or toothpaste for added cleansing properties.
  • Combine in a diffuser with Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, or Bergamot for a refreshing citrus aroma.
  • Diffuse to cleanse the air and energize mood.
  • doterra kumquat essential oil benefits uses


More Information on the Product Information Page.


Red Mandarin Essential Oil Uses & Benefits


One of the newest doTERRA citrus oil – Red Mandarin Essential Oil! Known as the Temple Orange, it is one SWEET citrus oil! This will be available in a 5 mL bottle as part of the Mother’s Day Trio this year. It will likely go quickly!

Price:
$28.50 Wholesale 25 PV
$38 Retail

So, what can you do with this oil?  Check out doTERRA’s CPTG Red Mandarin Essential Oil!

Do you need a good quality essential oil? Check out my How To Buy page. I can help you get 25% off retail price – because NO ONE should pay full price.


Red Mandarin Essential Oil


Key Benefits

  • May help to support the digestive system
  • May support cellular health
  • Has calming and soothing effects
  • Uplifts mood
  • Clarifying and toning to the skin


Uses

  • Add 2—3 drops to your favorite cleanser or toner for additional clarifying properties
  • Diffuse first thing in the morning to energize and uplift mood
  • Add 2—3 drops to juice, tea, or healthy drink for digestive benefits
  • Diffusing Red Mandarin uplifts mood while easing tension
  • Can be combined with your favorite cleanser or toner to improve the appearance of oily skin.
  • Red Mandarin is beneficial for the digestive system when used internally
  • Can be purifying to the skin and air.



More Information on the Product Information Page.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Leadership New Products Announcement



NEW products announced at the 2017 doTERRA Leadership Retreat are now available for purchase! The new products are:

dōTERRA® Spa Serenity Bath Bar

  • Reformulated! 
  • Available for single purchase or 3 pack.
  • It's the new Moisturizing bath bar formula, with the new restful blend from convention 2016.
  • The old formula will be sold side by side until we run out of inventory. Stock up on the old one bar if you prefer it.


32 oz Protecting Shampoo & Smoothing Conditioner

  • Bigger, better bottle!
  • For the Protecting Shampoo, it's only $1.40 per ounce versus paying $2.30 an oz for the 8.34 oz bottle. That saves you about 40% off!
  • For the Smoothing Conditioner, it's only $1.56 per ounce versus paying $2.71 an oz for the 8.34 oz bottle. That saves you about 42% off!


Vegan Microplex VMz

  • Now available in Vegan! 
  • The price is slightly higher because the vegan alternatives are harder to source and are sourced at much smaller quantities.


Vegan Lifelong Vitality Pack (VLLV)

  • Now available in Vegan! 
  • Cart within a cart will be available on VLLV, with the same options as the LLV. We cannot substitute VLLV's in other kits that contain the LLV. 
  • The price is slightly higher because the vegan alternatives are harder to source and are sourced at much smaller quantities. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 April Promotion - April Fools


Announcing April promotions!
There are 3 great promos this month. Check them out below!






Promo #1: Save 10% on Breathe Vapor Stick
Enjoy the convenience, quick absorption, and smooth application of doTERRA Breathe Vapor Stick. This unique delivery method of doTERRA Breathe proprietary blend can be used anytime, anywhere to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. The natural formula of this vapor stick glides on the skin with ease, without leaving a greasy or sticky after-feel. The power of doTERRA Breathe essential oil blend can be felt immediately, providing a cooling effect both topically and aromatically.

The small and convenient package of doTERRA Breathe Vapor Stick is perfect for traveling, and only a small amount is needed to feel its immediate effects. The vapor stick works in conjunction with the other doTERRA Breathe products, providing powerful support for you and your family.

Primary Benefits
  • Apply topically to the chest and breathe deeply to enjoy a cooling, invigorating vapor.
  • Quick, convenient delivery system
  • Provides a cooling, soothing effect both topically and aromatically
Uses
Apply to chest and neck area as needed to soothe airways

Wholesale: $8.50
Retail: $11.33
PV: 5
For more information: Click Here




Promo #2: Product of the Month: DigestZen
Current wholesale members earn a FREE DigestZen (5mL) by placing any single 125pv order by April 15, 2017

Description
DigestZen is known as doTERRA’s “tummy tamer” blend due to its ability to aid in digestion, soothe occasional stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health. This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. DigestZen is great to have on hand when stomach upset occurs and is safe and effective. DigestZen is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.

Primary Benefits
  • Aids in the digestion of foods
  • Soothes occasional stomach upset
  • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion

Uses
  • Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.
  • Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.
  • Take DigestZen with you when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.
  • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
For more information: Click Here

Watch this video about DigestZen




Promo #3: Deep Blue Duo  
Earn a FREE 10 mL of Deep Blue Touch & Deep Blue Rub (retail value $94.67) by placing ANY single 200 PV order from April 1-15, 2017.

Description
Formulated to soothe and cool, doTERRA Deep Blue serves as an enriching blend of oils perfect for a massage after a long day or an intense workout. doTERRA Deep Blue is perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of work. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus work together to soothe and cool. After long hours on the computer, try rubbing Deep Blue proprietary blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck. A few drops of Deep Blue Soothing Blend diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil can be part of a cooling and comforting massage.

Primary Benefits
  • Soothing and cooling oil blend
  • Comforting part of a massage

Uses
  • Apply on feet and knees before and after exercise.
  • Massage Deep Blue with a few drops of carrier oil onto growing kids’ legs before bedtime.
  • Rub Deep Blue on lower back muscles after a day of heavy lifting at work or during a move.
For more information: Click Here