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When we inhale a distinct aroma, the scent is processed through the brain’s olfactory system, the sensory system responsible for controlling our sense of smell. The olfactory system is connected to the limbic system, an area of the brain where memories and emotions are stored. At this point, the limbic system produces a distinct response to the aroma based on memories that are associated with the particular smell—creating a rush of feelings that follow. Essential oils can produce responses that can be used to enhance well-being and manage emotions, like stress and anxiety. 

Transition Blend

For kiddos nervous or stressed about starting school, help them transition to the first week of school by trying this rollerball on their feet and down spine.

In a 10ml Roller ball:
2-3 drops Balance
2-3 drops Vetiver
Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil
Apply night before and the morning of School

One of my favorite essential oils to help with anxious feelings is  Balance.

promotes a grounded state of mind and balances emotions, calms nerves
The topical application of Balance essential oil blend will help ease anxious feelings when they arise.

To use Aromatically: Diffuse a few drops of Balance + Wild Orange or Serenity to experience the aromatic benefits

With essential oils, there are many different oils and blends to try and see what would work best. Here is just one idea of a rollerball peace and calm Rollerball for kids. Follow correct dilution ratio for your child’s age.

Back to School Stress Relief Rollerball for Kids
In a 10ml rollerball
2 drops Balance
2 drops Wild Orange
1 drops Frankincense

Fill with fractionated coconut oil
Swipe on neck, spine, or feet.



Are you a teacher or a mama busy getting ready? Try this Rollerball to keep you calm & grounded during the crazy fall season.

Balanced Mom/Teacher Blend:
In a 10 ml Rollerball:
10 drops Balance
6 drops Clary Sage
4 drops Frankincense
Fill with fractionated coconut oil
Swipe on neck, spine, or feet.

Looking to find Anxiety Relief, try this Anxiety Rollerball Recipe:

Anxiety Relief Rollerball 

In a 10ml rollerball add:
20 drops Serenity
10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Wild Orange
Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil

If making Rollerballs seems too much for you, I highly recommend the Touch Line. The Touch Line oils are pre-diluted rollerballs that ensures the proper dose of these precious oil without over-dispensing due to its steel ball roll-on applicator.

4 oils I recommend  to help combat anxious feelings heading back to school are Lavender, Cheer, Peace, Frankincense, & DigestZen



Lavender– all things calming

  • Apply to the temples or back of the neck for a relaxing, calming effect.

Cheer  This convenient and gentle roll-on can be applied to the skin to counteract negative emotions and provide a boost of happiness and positivity when one is feeling down.

  • Promotes feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, and happiness
  • Counteracts negative emotions of feeling down, blue, or low

Peace– Use the doTERRA Peace Touch Blend to promote feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance when anxious feelings overwhelm your kiddos.

  • Counteracts anxious and fearful emotions
  • To calm an upset or restless child, apply to bottoms of feet.

Frankincense  Frankincense Touch is the must-have oil blend to have on hand to provide a calming, balancing effect on emotions throughout the day.

  • Promotes feelings of relaxation

DigestZen– Anxiety or stress may cause tummy troubles, swipe around the tummy once to ease stomach discomfort.

Vetiver– Vetiver essential oil is rich in sesquiterpenes, which contain grounding properties. When used on the skin or inhaled, Vetiver essential oil can help provide a calming and grounding effect on emotions. After a difficult day at school, help your child relax by applying Vetiver oil to your child’s neck and feet. This will help promote calm and grounded feelings.


Diffuse Oils when kiddos arrive home from school to create a relaxing and welcoming environment. Here is a diffuser blend to help the whole family take a deep breath.

Questions? Email Katie//
Don’t have these amazing essential oils in your home yet? Click here to pick the perfect kit for your family.


Today we are kicking off a Back To School/Fall Season with Essential Oils blog series. Many of the tips this week will be geared for helping our kids with essential oils, but I will be popping in tips for adults each day as well.

Today I am laying the foundation for a strong School and Fall season, and that is immunity. Most of us suffer from the transition colds that plague most schools and homes this time of the year. We can’t avoid all sickness, but we sure can be proactive in keeping them at bay. 🙂

Healthy Nutrition– Nutrition is a key factor in healthy immune system; if cells don’t have the energy they need to provide critical safeguards for the body, pathogens can more easily penetrate and multiply. Taking sugar out of your diet is a huge first step! High sugar diets may cause genetic mutations that directly influence our risk for chronic disease.

Vitamin D –  The American Academy of Pediatrics currently suggests that all infants, children, and adolescents receive 400 IU of supplemental vitamin D daily. In the winter months, I personally take 5,000 IU. Kids usually fare better than adults thanks to outside play, assuming they live in a place where sun exposure is easily obtained. However, children certainly spend far more time indoors today than in past generations. Children may need a supplement just like their parents to meet optimal needs.

Benefits of Vitamin D

  • Contributes to overall health & wellness*
  • Provides calcium balance in the body*
  • Supports a healthy immune system*
  • Helps build strong bones*
  • Maintains cognitive function*

A2Z Vitamin– doTERRA a2z Chewable supplement is a great base supplement for wellness because it addresses the cellular level. Toxic byproducts called free radicals can damage living cells and tissues in a process called oxidative stress. Cells can then defend themselves against damage by using molecules called antioxidants found in doTERRA a2z Chewable, like vitamins A, C, and E.* In addition to providing the external antioxidant protection against free-radical damage, the polyphenols in doTERRA a2z Chewable also support the internal production and recycling of antioxidants made by the body.*

Probiotic– So much of our health is involved in our guts, making it even more important to populate the gut with good bacteria as early in a child’s developmental years as possible. Probiotic colonies start to develop during the birth process, and continue to develop with the consumption of breast milk. Through these natural processes, and then by adding even more probiotics through supplementation, children can promote optimal microflora balance, long-term digestive and immune system health, and general overall well-being.

PB Assist Jr., with its five billion live cells from 6 strains of friendly bacteria and prebiotics, promotes healthy microflora balance and by doing so supports the immune system along with the gastrointestinal system.

Omega’3 -doTERRA’s IQ Mega contains quite a few benefits, from supporting joint health, to assisting the brain, and promoting cardiovascular health and a healthy immune system.

Essential Oils to Support Immunity:

On Guard

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
  • Protects against environmental threats*
  • Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
  • Promotes healthy circulation*
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma


  • When you are experiencing the shifts of the season, diffuse doTERRA Breathe essential oil blend in your home or workspace to lessen unwanted effects.
  • Breathe maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats. Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote a restful sleep. doTERRA Breathe provides a natural solution to help minimize the effects of seasonal threats.

Oregano is a powerhouse oil you want on hand. Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used since ancient times in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties

  • Provides immune-supportive benefits
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent


  • Promotes healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats

Diffuse Essential Oils Regularly:

Scientific study demonstrates that diffusion of essential oils can purify and cleanse the air, providing added protection when the seasonal threats are high. I recommend diffusing essential oils every day. Lemon and On Guard Protective Blend contain powerful cleansing properties that purify the air we breathe, delivering positive effects on the immune system.

Use your Immunity Rollerball:

I roll an immunity rollerball 1-2x a day down the spine or feet of my girls, as well as my Husband and I. If I feel we need the extra support or we’re fighting something, I’ll do every couple hours. There is a lot different variations of essential oils you could try that would work for your family. Below are 2 recipes, one diluted for younger kids, the other for adults.

Young Kids Immune Boosting Rollerball:
In a 10 ml Rollerball
1 drop On Guard
1 drop Melaleuca
1 drop Frankincense
Fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil

Adult Immune Boosting Rollerball
In a 10 ml Rollerball
Up to 20 drops On Guard
Up to 20 drops Lemon
Up to 10 drops Melaleuca
up to 10 drops Oregano
Fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil

OnGuard Hand Sanitizer:

On Guard hand cleansing spray is an easy and convenient way to clean your hands and keep the germs away. We keep a bottle in my purse, my car, and Branden’s office.

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  1. In spray bottle, combine aloe vera and doTERRA On Guard.
  2. Fill the rest of bottle with water. Shake until combined.
  3. To use, spray on hands and rub together.

Try this Summer-to-Fall Transition Blend

Rub on bottoms of feet 4 consecutive nights. Helps protect against seasonal and environmental threats.

In a 10 ml Rollerball
3 drops Clove
2 drops White Fir
4 drops Lemon
Fill the rest with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

For more information on Kids Immunity, this is a great educational video to watch below.

Questions? Email Katie//
Don’t have these amazing essential oils in your home yet? Click here to pick the perfect starter kit for your family


Have you been wondering what all the buzz about essential oils is really about but scared to jump in & try them?

If this is you, I have a special online event coming up created just for you!

where you will get *Spoiled with Oils* while getting tools, training, personal education as you discover more how you can personally invest in your health and wellness with essential oils…. all while having FUN. There also will be daily videos, opportunity to ask your questions, raffles and giveaways for those who participate.

Sound like this is for you? Keep on reading. 🙂

Your Spoil Box will include oils/products for:
1. Muscle discomfort
2. Energy
3. Sleep
4. Anxiety
5. Reducing Toxins

My 3 Requirements to get your Spoil Box are:
1. Have a true interest in learning more about essential oils
2. Aren’t previously enrolled with a doTERRA account
3. Willing to participate in the online group all 5 days from September 11-15th (about 5-10 min a day)

Are you ready to try my 5 favorite oil products? Then let me send you a Spoil Box!
To get your Spoiled with Oils Box, fill out this form here >>

Registration closes soon! 
Questions, email Katie //

Do you have a passion for people, health and natural solutions?

I am looking for Brave Dreamers who want to use their unique gifts to partner with, as together we share the good news of Healthy & Natural Solutions.

If you are anything like me, fear stood in the way. But I am so thankful I said no to those fears and went for it anyways. Sometimes you just have to take steps of faith even when we are scared. You can read a part of my story here, if you haven’t had a chance yet. If my husband never gave me the push to go for it I would still be waiting for the perfect timing. 🙂 Don’t wait for life to be all perfect before you say yes, take a step forward, with messy imperfections in tow.

If this is you, if you are interested in having the flexibility and freedom to dream, to build your business by sharing the joys of essential oils and natural living, email me:

If you are like I was when I first started out….you just ordered your first essential oil kit and like a kid on Christmas morning, you are patiently awaiting its arrival. Your pretty little purple box finally arrives on your door step, you open it all enthusiastic for your new natural lifestyle… and then you freeze. You completely forget what diluting means, what to do with all your oils, or what you need to make the perfect rollerball blends. 🙂 That is why I created these quick tips to get you started on the right foot.

Here are my top 5 essential oil must-haves to starting out on your essential oil journey.

*There are links to the products for your ease, some are affiliate links.

Alright lets get started…

#1. A PRETTY BOX: I know it sounds simple, but if you don’t have your oils out and in eye sight, you will forget to use your oils. Put your oils in a place that is convenient, and that you will see them everyday. For our family, I have a box on our kitchen counter, and one in our bathroom.

#2.COLBALT BLUE ROLLERBALLSOne of the things you’ll need on hand are glass rollerballs so you can make your own personal blends.  Looking for some fun rollerballs? Try these colorful ones.

Pre making rollerballs to have on hand making using your oils that much more easy. Some of my top pre-made rollerball recipes to have always ready are: Happy Mama, Tummy Tamer, Immunity, Sleep.

#3 FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL : To make your rollerballs you will need Fractionated Coconut oil to dilute your oils. Fractionated Coconut oil stays in liquid form and won’t solidify like regular coconut oil

#4 THE ESSENTIAL LIFE (or the Oil Bible as we call it in our home): To learn what recipes to make, this is the book you need. This essential oil reference guide provides easy to use steps, usage tips and advice along with in-depth, expert-level knowledge. Whether you’re new to essential oils or an advanced user, the Essential Life book will quickly become the ONLY essential oil guide you’ll need.

#5 A DIFFUSERWhen starting out, sometimes the easiest place to start is by diffusing. A diffuser  delivers health-promoting benefits to your family and home in an easy and convenient way.


>> If you don’t have your essential oils yet, click here to get started