Perseverance and Courage – Affirmation and Essential Oil Blend

Perseverance is the only way you will get through this situation. It may seem an impossible task, but you need to have faith and courage in your original intentions and see this project through to the end. Take heart in the many times in your life where you have felt like giving up, but instead you persevered and were ultimately successful.

Boost Courage and Persevere


3 drops of Fennel

4 drops of thyme

1 drop black pepper

1 drop ginger

Top off with carrier oil

15ml Roller bottle

Affirmation: I am joyous and full of courage. I look to the future, live in the present, and let go of the past.

As always you can purchase essential oils and fractionated coconut oil here.


Frankincense – with Guest Blogger – Victoria Sexton

                                  Why I Love Frank and You Should Too!

No, I’m not talking about my husband, I’m talking about Frankincense.

I love essential oils and one of my favorites is Frankincense. And when I say Frankincense, yes I’m talking about Frankincense like the Frankincense and Myrrh that the 3 wise men brought to baby Jesus.

Frankincense was one of the first oils I fell in love with. It’s earthy and had almost a dark and mysterious component to it. What does it smell like? Earthy, yet spicy, it can be used as either a middle note or a base note (if you’re into perfuming or oil blending).

Frankincense is actually a hard gummy resin that forms on the surface of the tree when it is cut; it’s called, “Weeping.” The Frankincense essential oil is a distillation from this resin. The resin is a maple color that hardens into a nugget.

Historically, Frankincense has been used for thousands of years for medicinal (antiseptic and anti-inflammatory) purposes. The Egyptians used it for everything from insect repellant to healing skin salves. They even used the charred frankincense as eye liner. Frankincense is still used in Chinese Medicine today to treat many health conditions.

There are some substantial reasons why really you want to keep Frankincense in your arsenal of essential oils.

Reasons for using Frank:

1) Frankincense induces Apoptosis.
Apoptosis – the cell terminates itself without doing any damage to the body. Why is apoptosis a good thing? It flushes out cells with DNA damage, which reduces the likelihood of cancer.

2) Frankincense also has Antibacterial/anti inflammatory/antiseptic properties, this makes a great addition to something like an owie spray or owie stick for kids who tend to get lots of cuts and scrapes.

To make your own owie spray, use the following:
Fractionated coconut oil

Add 10-20 drops of each oil, depends upon how strong you want it. Fill the spray bottle with fractionated coconut oil and use as necessary.

3) Frankincense has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies. Both Frankincense and Myrrh have been burned as incense in churches, depending upon the denomination. And Frankincense can be used to ease “monkey mind” or mind chatter. I like to use some right before yoga to deepen meditation. I love it so much that I created a blend called Monkey Mind that you can find on my Etsy site.

4) Because of the fact that Frank induces apoptosis, it balances skin growth and development, which helps to maintain skin thinness. Meaning, the older cells are cleared out, decreasing your chances of having mutated cells. All of that translates to the fact that it’s great for your skin. Try adding a few drops to your night cream.

At a cellular level, frankincense is great healer. Emotionally Frankincense is the Oil of Truth and helps with abandonment, spiritual disconnection, and encourages you to go deep inside. Talk about an oil with more than one use.

If you’re just starting out with oils or even if you’re not, Frankincense is a great high value oil to have on hand.



Victoria Sexton is a mom, entrepreneur, blogger, DIY skincare enthusiast, essential oil fanatic, and pay-it-forward-er.
After getting her MBA and working in corporate America, she became a mother. She also became obsessed with making sure everything going on her (and her baby’s) body was natural.

This obsession lead to a long journey of making her own skincare products and studying aromatherapy at the world renowned Bastyr University.

You can read more about her and her adventures in her blog, check out her products on her webpage, or attend/host a make and take class.

Victoria Sexton
Natural Goodness, LLC
Natural Goodness Blog

doTERRA VS. Young Living – Hummmm



I have been seeing this ALL over the internet, on blogs, websites and Facebook and for the most part I pretty much ignore it. Then all of a sudden I find I am on the receiving end of some pretty mean attacks from the competition. Why? I mind my own business, I use my oils, I share and when someone tells me they buy from a competing company I say, “YEA! Aren’t you so pumped and excited you discovered essential oils?”  

To me it’s all about the wonder of essential oils and the difference they have made in my life and my family’s life. My dream is that one day everyone in the world will discover this wonderful gift God has given to us!  Unfortunately, I feel I have been drug into the arena on the doTERRA vs. Young Living issue so here are my thoughts.

1)   Are you happy? Are the oils working for you? Do you get the results you want and are you happy with the quality? If you answer yes, then why worry about where you get your oils and give others the same respect.

2)  Are you getting paid to bash your competition? Is it paying off for you in some way? I can only assume the answer is, “NO!” All this negativity is not good for you physically, emotionally or spiritually, it’s time to let it go and concentrate on more important things.

3)  What if we took the energy that is being put into bashing each other and put it into something more rewarding like say, volunteer work, spending time with family, talking a walk, or praying/meditating? WOW! What a world we would have if we all did this!

4)  No one really cares how the competition got their start; no one cares about any fight or law suit that is happening. People won’t remember what you spew at them; they will only remember how you made them feel.

5)  Let it go, let it go, don’t hold onto to it anymore! (Imagine the tune from Frozen with this!) I think it’s time we let it go, there are more important things to go on rampages about. Say…child abuse, homelessness, poverty, wars, etc.

Whether you are on one side or the other really makes no difference to me, in the long run it won’t to anyone else, really.  It’s just a waste of precious time and energy.

So, please stop making nasty remarks to me on Facebook because I will just delete them and move on, just as you should. In reality we are on the same side, we want to bring essential oils to the world. So let’s lay down our weapons and quit bashing each other. Let’s offer each other a smile and wish each other the best in life. At least that’s what you can expect from me.


Update: Sunscreen with higher SPF!! Summer Survival with Essential Oils: Natural Sunscreen, Sunburn Spray, Bug Spray and Owie Spray!


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Summer is almost here and it’s time to head outside and have some fun! Along with this we also pull out our chemical filled sunscreen, sunburn spray, bug spray and owie spray. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have natural alternatives for these? Well, there is!  My Summer Survival Kit consists of: All Natural Sunscreen, Sunburn Spray, Bug Spray, Bug Bite Roll On and Owie Spray. I never leave home without them!

Organic Lifestyle Magazine published an article on the dangers in sunscreen and how they can actually contribute to skin cancer. To read the full article click here: Sunscreen Dangers

There are many carrier oils which have a natural SPF that you can add to your homemade sunscreen to increase the SPF. Here is a chart with a selection for you to try. To purchase these oils you can find them on my Resource Page at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Here are Three sunscreen recipes for you to try:

1) All Natural DIY Sunscreen made with Essential Oils

This recipe is roughly around SPF 30+.  Zinc oxide can absorb ultraviolet radiation of sun and protect the skin from sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation. Because it absorbs the broadest spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, the FDA has approved its use in sunscreen, lotions, creams, makeup, deodorant, soaps, and more.

*Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.

What you need:

1/2 cup olive oil  (SPF 2-8) or Avocado Oil (SPF 4-15)

1/4 cup dōTERRA Coconut Oil (SPF 2-8)

1/4 cup beeswax

4 tablespoons zinc oxide (25% which is 30+ SPF)

1 teaspoon vitamin E

2 tablespoons Shea butter (SPF 3-6)

12 drops dōTERRA Helichrysum or Lavender essential oil

Add 10-15 Drops of one of the oils listed with High SPF in the chart above- I like Carrot Seed Oil


Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium sized glass mixing bowl.

Fill a medium double boiler with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.

TIP: Use a Popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.

Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat.

Add the zinc oxide and Helichrysum/Lavender essential oil and stir well to mix.

Note:  Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor.

Pour into a pint-sized tin or Mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.



If you are in a rush to head to the beach or pool, you can still make an effective sunscreen with fewer ingredients.

What you need:

1 tube dōTERRA Spa Hand and Body Lotion

12 drops of  dōTERRA Helichrysum/Lavender essential oil

2 tablespoons of zinc oxide


Add ingredients to an 8-10 ounce empty lotion bottle and mix well by either stirring the mixture with a straw or shaking vigorously. Apply before sun exposure and reapply every couple of hours.

Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.

These recipes were originally featured in dōTERRA’s Spring/Summer 2013 Summer Living Magazine.

3) Homemade Sunscreen Bars

Sunscreen bar Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil 
  • 1 cup Shea, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 cup)
  • 1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of Zinc Oxide (available online or in many stores on the diaper aisle, just make sure it is pure zinc oxide- For those concerned about contaminants or nano-particles, this version has larger particles)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for  this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient)
  • Optional: a few drops of vanilla or essential oil for scent (do not use citrus oils!)

How to Make:

Combine all ingredients (except zinc oxide and essential oils if using) in a double boiler or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:

Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and essential oils.

Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.

Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicon baking cups, though any mold would work. This recipe exactly filled 12 silicon baking cups when I made it.

Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for valentines, flowers for Mother’s day, etc.) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

They can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage. Keep below 80 degrees or they will melt! Adjust coverage to your needs and be careful not to burn while determining how long you can spend in the sun with these.


Now, for those times when you do get a sunburn here is a wonderful sunburn spray that I have used. It stops the pain and swelling and prevents peeling!

Sunburn Spray

15 drops of one of the following – (or all 3!)

5 drops doTERRA Lavender

5 drops doTERRA Melaleuca

5 drops doTERRA Roman Chamomile

2 ounces of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut oil

Glass Spray Bottle or Glass bottle

Apply frequently to sunburned skin!

Going camping? This all natural bug spray is a must!

Bug Spray

4 drops TerraShield essential oil
4 drops lemongrass essential oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil
4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil
1/4 cup pure witch hazel
1. Add all ingredients into a small glass spray bottle. Shake & Spray! Apply liberally

Opps! You got bit!


You can make a blend of Lavender and Melaleuca (mixed equal parts with Fractionated Coconut Oil) in a roll-on bottle to help with the itchy bite areas.

15 mil roller bottle

7 drops each of Melalecua and Lavender

Fractionated Coconut Oil to top off bottle



Scraped knees or elbows? Try this owie spray that my kids LOVE!

Owie Spray

15 drops Melaleuca

15 Drops Lavender

Fractionated Coconut Oil

15ml Spray Bottle




Where can you purchase the above items?

Essential Oils: Here

Fractionated Coconut Oil: Here

Carrier Oils – On my Resource Page there is a link to Mountain Rose Herbs

Bottles/Containers: Here


Hope this helps keep your summer be the best one yet!

Upcoming Classes on Essential Oils!



If anyone lives in the Seattle area I would love to invite you to one of my ongoing Essential Oil Classes. They are free and full of information on how to use essential oils!

Healing with Essential Oils-Continuing Education Classes

May & June 2014

Bethany Williamson – Healing with Essential Oils

June 3rd – Summertime Survival Oil – Bethany Teaching – Bothell

June 10th – Essential Oils and Dogs – Bethany Teaching – Kirkland

June 17th – Mood Management and Focus for Kids – Bethany Teaching – Kirkland

June 24th – Medicine Cabinet Make Over – Sebrina Teaching – Bothell


Email Me for Location Address!


Grind…Grind….Grind….There go Those Teeth AGAIN!


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Grind…Grind….Grind….there go those teeth AGAIN!

  My daughter is a HUGE teeth grinder at night; she can wake me from a dead sleep when she is in the same room! I too, according to the dentist, grind my teeth! There are many reasons why people grind their teeth, anxiety, stress, digestive problems, asymmetrical teeth, irregular or disturbed sleep patterns to name a few.  Magnesium or calcium deficiency can cause it as well.

Whatever the reason, grinding destroys our teeth! I have found a simple remedy for my daughter’s teeth grinding and hopefully mine as well. I use doTERRA’s Serenity Essential Oil Blend. I put about 15 drops in a 15 mil roller bottle and fill the remainder up with fractionated coconut oil. I roll the bottle between my hands to blend it. Starting at the base of ear/top of the jaw I roll the oil on the jaw line all the way down and around to the base of the opposite ear/top of the jaw.

Let me tell you when I forget to put this on my daughter at night I can hear her teeth grinding a mile away! It also has the added benefit of being a relaxing and calming oil blend so it aids in her falling to sleep! Double win!

Here is where you can find everything to make your own!

Serenity Essential Oil Blend

Fractionated Coconut Oil

15 mil roller bottle


Let me know if you try this and how it works for you!


Feeling Over Tired and Sleep Deprived?


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My 18 1/2 year old Bichon Frise passed last Monday. It was a hard day and a blessing, for him and for us. This past month he has not been able to get comfortable or move around well. My husband and I were up 3 times each a night helping him. I am EXHAUSTED! Both physically and emotionally. So, this blend will come in hand right about now. I hope you like it! 

Feeling over tired and sleep deprived?  

Try this blend

In a 10ml roller bottle:

4 drops Frankincense
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Rosemary
3 drops Basil
4 drops Tangerine (if no tangerine try Wild Orange or Grapefruit)

Top off with fractionated coconut oil. . Roll some on the inside of your wrists and the back of the neck.

Let me know how it works for you!


Taran’s Blend – Focus, Anxiety, Calming, Concentration and Self Esteem


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Last summer in one of my Essential Oil classes at Bastyr we decided as a class to come up with an essential oil blend. We took my son, Taran as the “client” and customized it just for him. Here was the process:

1) Symptoms – easily distracted/focus, anxiety, easily aggrevated, low self esteem, overly energetic, mind chatter, and reactive.

2) Properties we want in an oil – calming/soothing, balance to the CNS and ANS, sedative, grounding, anxiolytie, stimulate the mind/concentration.

3) The oils we selected: vetiver, cedar wood, frankncense, lavender, bergamot, wild orange, 

4) Here is the blend reicpe listed in the order we put in a 30mil bottle and topped off with carrier oil – fractionated coconut oil

Vetiver – 2 drops

Cedar Wood – 2 drops

Frankincense – 3 drops

Lavender – 4 drops

Bergamot – 3 drops

Wild Orange 2 drops 

Roll the bottle between your hands to blend. 

To purchase the above oils that I used click here. 

Please let me know how it works!!


Sneezing, Itching, Blowing and Watery Eyes! Seasonal Discomfort!


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It’s that time of year when I find myself sneezing, blowing and itching until I want to scream! I have spent years trying every over the counter and prescription drug I could get my hands on only to find temporary and not complete relief. Until that is…… I tried essential oils!

A year ago February when my allergies started up again I decided to give essential oils a try. So every day for 5 days I put 2 drops each of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Melaluca in a glass of water and drank it down. The relief came within about 15-20 minutes and lasted all day. I did this for 4 days more even though I did not have any symptoms, just in case.

What is amazing to me is that I didn’t have any of the “Seasonal Discomfort” symptoms for an entire year, (My husband as well!!) until this past February when the sneezing, blowing and itching started again. This time I reached for a brand new product that doTERRA had just released, “Tri-Ease Seasonal Discomfort Blend.” This product has the oils in a soft gel capsule. I just pop in 1-2 pills and relief is in sight! I have done this for several days and my symptoms are nonexistent!

I love the fact that I am using an all natural 100% pure solution to my seasonal allergies. I don’t have any side effects and I can enjoy being outside without carrying a box of tissues with me, even more important is that my kids and husband are enjoying the same benefits from Tri Ease. Let the flowers bloom!

If you would like know where you can purchase Tri Ease or the 4 essential oils I mentioned, click here!


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Lemon: Cleansing to the body’s systems and frequently used for respiratory discomfort.

Lavender: Renowned for its calming and balancing effects, both internally and externally.

Peppermint: Promotes clear breathing and healthy respiratory function.

Essential Oils in the Holy Bible


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I wanted to do a blog on the use of essential oils in the Bible. I have a couple of books on the subject and started reading them to help with writing the blog. I then came across this blog post from My Oil Buisness and thought, why reivent the wheel! I loved this blog post so I am copying it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

As Easter approaches, it is amazing to reminisce upon the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Not only did Christ bring hope, healing and love but he continues to give life, healing and hope to the world. Essential Oils also bring healing and hope, which have been used in many ways anciently including as incense in the temple (aromatherapy), in the process of anointing, cleansing and as medicines and ointments.

How Essential Oils Were Used in the Bible

In Ancient Days, daily applications of essential oils were extensive and expensive. Thirty-six of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and ten of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, mention essential oils or the plants that produce them. These were the holy ointments and medicines provided by God, as the manifestation of His love for His Children, in a pure, molecular form. They were used in the sacred art of anointing, to show love, respect and honor and point the way to the shedding of the lifeblood drops of the Savior’s blood, bringing about The Atonement of Jesus Christ.

The Ancients held “precious oils” in very high esteem. Paul chose to compare devout Christians as “sweet savors,” “fragrances,” or “aromas” spreading the Gospel “among the perishing.” In Ephesians 5:2, he admonishes his fellow Christians to be imitators of Christ “who gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Anciently, essential oils and herbs were used for many purposes.  Spiritually, the oils were used in meditation and known for their ability to open the pituitary gland to receive more light and inspiration. Essential oils were used, anciently, for emotional and physical well-being.

Easter-4God provided gifts of the earth, the lifeblood of essential oils, to heal, bless and likewise, anoint our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits in modern days. The lifeblood of the plant was the original source of healing and that connection from heaven to earth is still available to us today. The gifts of earth, were first, the gifts of heaven, offered to humanity to bless one another physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.



12 Essential Oils in the Bible

- Frankincense Proverbs 21:20
- Galbanum Exodus 30:34
- White Fir 2 Samuel 6:5
- Cassia (Oil of Gladness) Psalms 45:8 
- Spikenard Mark 14:3 and Song of Solomon 4:13-14
- Myrrh  Esther 2:12
- Myrtle Isaiah 55:13
- Cedarwood
- Calamus Song of Solomon 4:13-14
- Sandalwood
- Jasmine
- Cinnamon Song of Solomon 4:13-14
- Juniper Berry
- Cypress
- Hyssop Exodus 12:22
- Olive Oil Samuel 16:13

Some Basics About Cedarwood, Frankincense and Sandalwood:

Cedarwood is an oil that is the highest in sesquiterpenes; ranking at 98%.  Sesquiterpenes are chemical constituents which oxygenates the brain, by crossing the blood brain barrier and opening the mind for greater spiritual sensitivity.  Sesquiterpenes help to erase miswritten information imprinted in the DNA.  Sesquiterpenes can be very uplifting to the mind, heart and spirit. Cedarwood was an integral part of biblical purification rituals, one for lepers and another for those who were impure for touching dead bodies.

FrankCIRTwo other biblical oils, high in sesquiterpenes, Frankincense and Sandalwood were both used for healing of the body and mind.   Frankincense follows Cedarwood as a close second, at 94% rich in sesquiterpenes. this oil truly effects the inward life of the spirit, and it is physically grounding and spiritually elevating. Frankincense has many uses and applications because of its truly healing capabilities.

Sandalwood, a musky scented aromatic is also rich in this chemistry, with 92% sesquiterpenes. In ancient days sandalwood was used in ancient temple worship as incense. Sandalwood assists in clarifying and clearing the mind bringing a new sense of connections spiritually and emotionally with oneself and God.

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