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How-To Tuesday: Using Catnip For More Than Just Entertaining Your Cat

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Catnip is forever infamous as a treat that rushes our feline friends into a euphoric state of bliss. But, did you know that Catnip is invaluable as an essential oil for the humans in your life too?

Nepetalactone, the active ingredient responsible for the kitty frenzy, is also what makes Catnip exceptional at defending humans from the flying outdoor pests that are waiting to turn us all into an all-you-can-bite buffet. Studies show that a dilution of just 1% Catnip Essential Oil can deter those vile creatures.

Catnip has many more great uses that go far beyond deterring mosquitos!

#HowToTuesday- Catnip #EssentialOil from Beeyoutiful.com (2)1) Helps calm and soothe. Catnip’s sedative nature encourages rest and peace. It is a great option to combine with other calming oils to help decrease restlessness and combat insomnia.

2) Soothes the tummy. Catnip can be very soothing to the tummy, particularly when experiencing flatulence. Combine 5 drops of Catnip Essential Oil with 1 teaspoon of Jojoba Oil and rub on the stomach and back. Catnip can also be partnered with essential oils such as Marjoram, Lavender, Spearmint, and Peppermint to bring additional support.

3) Regulate cycles. Does Aunt Flo have a hard time keeping appointments on schedule? Is her visit especially unpleasant? Catnip has been studied to show a positive impact on hormonal health, encouraging regular cycles and balance.

4) Encourages healthy skin. Astringent properties make Catnip a terrific choice in skin care. It helps to tone and tighten skin, as well as decrease the likelihood of infection. Using a concentration of 5 drops to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil, Catnip Essential Oil can be applied to the skin or wound. (Please test for sensitivity before applying to large areas of skin.)

5) Say goodbye to dandruff. Adding a drop of Catnip Essential Oil to a daily shampoo has been shown to help decrease and even eliminate dandruff. Lather and rinse as normal.

6) Quiet the head. Catnip can be used either by itself or with other oils to help soothe a throbbing noggin. Combining with Peppermint, Marjoram, Ginger, or Lemon may help provide additional synergistic relief.

7) Expel excess water. Massaging the body with a mixture of one teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil and 5 drops Catnip Essential Oil can help encourage elimination of excess water that is being retained.

8) Quit the cramps. Catnip’s sedative effects help to decrease spasmodic events in the body by helping to relax and soothe tensed area. Diffusing Catnip intermittently during a coughing spell could help decrease the spasms during the cough.

9) Spark the brain. Catnip is an incredible support for the brain, helping function to remain optimal, especially in conditions like ADHD, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

10) Pest control! Use Catnip Essential Oil in bug sprays or on cotton balls on window sills or at doorways to help deter insects from entering your home. Over the years we’ve noticed that mosquitos have seemed to increase in severity and number, and wanting to avoid toxic chemical deterrents, we began using natural bug spray options. Unfortunately, some of these didn’t help as well as we would have liked! But we discovered that adding Catnip in just 1% concentrations to our homemade recipes has worked over and beyond our expectations. (Don’t want to make your own? Our own very effective Bee Outside proudly includes Catnip!)

Catnip Essential Oil offers all this and astonishingly, it’s still considered kid friendly! NOTE: Catnip is not considered appropriate for pregnant women, and nursing moms should check with a Certified Aromatherapist or their own healthcare practitioner to ensure it is appropriate for their situation.

Can you add to our list of ways to benefit from Catnip Essential Oil? We’d love to know how it’s in use in your home!

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Eager for more recipes and tips on Essential Oil usage? Our email series 101 Uses for Essential Oils is packed with information you can put to use right away! And don’t miss our list of 6 Crucial Things You Need to Know BEFORE Using Essential Oils. 

Unexpected Keys to Supporting Kids with ADHD

Unexpected Keys to Supporting Kids with ADHD from Beeyoutiful.com

Esther writes:

I grew up in the denim jumpers and homemade bread era of homeschooling, and wanted nothing more than to be like all the other cool kids who got to eat bologna sandwiches and wear jeans.

As a second generation homeschooler, I came to the table with more than my fair share of things I was going to do differently in educating my children.

I wasn’t going to be mean like my mother and have my children crochet daisies while eating bean soup and talking about Uzbekistan.

No siree, my kids were going to get dressed every day and sit at reclaimed Anthropologie-esque desks while we did school properly with real home work and tests and grades.

Dill Pickles, Hedgehogs, and Lemon Trees- Unexpected Keys to Supporting Kids with ADHD from Beeyoutiful.com Find out today how our friend Esther Ramsey’s experience really turned out over at Hip Homeschool Moms.

Then come back and read Esther’s other helpful post about building a toolbox to support her children’s brains!

Does someone you love struggle with focus and attention? Which strategies have worked for you? Let us know in the comments below; we’d love to learn from you. 

10 Reasons You Won’t Want To Be Without Cedarwood Essential Oil

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When we first considered carrying Cedarwood Essential Oil at Beeyoutiful, cheers went up among the men, because its hale and hearty woodsy aroma is definitely favored by the masculine members of our team.

10 Reasons You Won't Want To Be Without Cedarwood #EssentialOil from Beeyoutiful.com But then the more we Beeyoutiful women learned about and used Cedarwood, we found its benefits and subtle aromatic nuances were delightful for both genders and all ages! It’s a team favorite now.

Considered appropriate to use with children, Cedarwood Essential Oil is a fantastic support for the respiratory system and skin health, and aids in calming and quieting a restless soul.

Here are just a few of the incredible ways we’ve already learned to use Cedarwood Essential Oil.

1. Add 7 drops of Cedarwood to 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond or Jojoba Oil and massage on the chest, neck, back of the spine and heels of the feet to support the respiratory system.

2. To soothe an overstimulated child or adult, diffuse Cedarwood for 5 minute intervals until relaxed. May also mix with complimentary oils such as Bergamot, Cypress, Cinnamon, Frankincense,  Lemon, Lime, Lavender, Rose, Neroli and Rosemary.

3. Add 1 drop of Cedarwood to your facial wash to help avoid acne or other facial blemishes.

4. Clean your floors with Cedarwood!

Freshly Cleaned Floors
1/4 cup Vinegar
5 drops each of Lemon, Cedarwood, and Tea Tree Essential Oils
drop or two of liquid castile soap
Mix together and add to mop water.

5. Add 2-3 drops of Cedarwood to your shampoo to chase away dandruff.

6. Mix one drop of Cedarwood and one drop of Marjoram into Sweet Almond Oil, and use the mixture to massage stiff and sore joints.

7. Cedarwood helps to repel bugs and rodents; take advantage of this by dispensing a few drops onto a cotton ball and placing it in areas where pests are seen.

8. To support kidney health, add 3-4 drops of Cedarwood to Bath Salts. Mix thoroughly and then add to the bath water. Soak for 30-45 minutes.

9. Make your own “Cedar Balls” by putting several drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil on a piece of fabric. Put in a lingerie bag or organza bag and hang with clothing that needs protection from moths.

10. Cedarwood is calming and appropriate for kids!

Settle Down Massage Blend
2 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Orange Essential Oil
2 ounces carrier oil
Massage on to the back, neck and feet to help bring calm to children and adults.

10 Reasons You Won't Want To Be Without Cedarwood #EssentialOil from Beeyoutiful.comThese are just a few ways we have discovered that Cedarwood has rapidly become invaluable to us. We would love to know how you have used it; please share your ideas with us!

Get your own bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil here, or as part of our discounted Men’s Magic and Dream Team essential oil combination packs. Cedarwood’s also an ingredient in our kid-friendly blends, Easy Peasy Breathie, Immuni-T, and Bee Focused.
Eager for more recipes and tips on Essential Oil usage? Our email series 101 Uses for Essential Oils is packed with information you can put to use right away!

How-To Tuesday: Using Bergamot Essential Oil

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Bergamot is well known for its pairing with Black Tea, producing the much-loved flavor of Earl Grey. But did you know that Bergamot Essential Oil has some amazing benefits that go much further than just tea? Join us for How-To Tuesday and learn some of our favorite uses for this citrus oil.

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Refreshing Facial Mask

2 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
3 tsp French Green Clay powder
Distilled Water to desired consistency

Using a non-reactive, non-plastic bowl, mix Bergamot, clay powder, and water together thoroughly. Once water has been thoroughly absorbed (a few lumps are okay; green clay is notoriously clumpy), apply to face. Let dry for 20 minutes, then wash and rinse. Optional: Add 1 drop of Spearmint Essential Oil for an even more refreshing tingle!

Jazz Up My Day Diffuser Blend

Add one drop each of Bergamot, Cassia, and Clove essential oils to your diffuser’s reservoir, then fill up the rest of the way with Eucalyptus.

Bergamot it Up! Cleaning Spray

10 drops Thyme Essential Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tsp Liquid Castile Soap

Mix in a spray bottle and add water. Shake well before use. Spritz on surfaces, then scrub and clean all those dirty corners!

#HowToTuesday- Using Bergamot Essential Oil from Beeyoutiful.comSunshine Day Massage Oil Blend

1 drop Bergamot Essential Oil
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Geranium Essential Oil
2 Tbs Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil

Put all essential oils in a glass bowl or container and then add carrier oil. Use as a refreshing and cheerful massage oil. Store in a dark colored glass bottle. Refrigeration will extend shelf life. Bottle can be gently warmed after refrigeration by sitting in warm water for a few minutes before using in a massage.

What’s your favorite use for this fragrant essential oil? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook how you use Bergamot

 Eager for more recipes and tips on Essential Oil usage? Our email series 101 Uses for Essential Oils is packed with information you can put to use right away!

How-To Tuesday: 8 Simple Ways to Put Black Pepper Essential Oil to Work For You

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#HowToTuesday- 8 Simple Ways to Put Black Pepper #EssentialOil to Work For You from Beeyoutiful.com1) Black Pepper Essential Oil is kid-friendly and great to use in oil blends! When using topically, always dilute this oil with a ratio of 4 drops of Black Pepper to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil.

2) Add a drop each of Frankincense and Black Pepper to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage in joints for support during sore or painful times.

3) Diffuse Black Pepper and Lemon Essential Oils to increase focus and attention.

4) Add 4 drops of Black Pepper to 1 teaspoon of Jojoba Oil and gently massage the abdomen and spine during digestive complaints.

5) For a quick immune booster, add 1 drop Black Pepper, 1 drop Tangerine, and 1 drop Frankincense to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the chest and bottom of the feet.

6) Dilute 4 drops of Black Pepper in 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil. Massage the bottom of the feet to provide a warming affect.

7) After a hard workout or an injury, 4 drops of Black Pepper in a teaspoon of carrier oil makes a great massage oil. Apply to the area and then add warm, moist heat.#HowToTuesday- Black Pepper #EssentialOil Bath Salt Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

8) When you are feeling a bit under the weather, take a warming and soothing bath.

1 cup Bath Salts or Epsom Salts

1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil

1 drop Black Pepper Essential Oil

1 drop Tea Tree Essential Oil

1 drop Thyme Essential Oil

1 drop Lemon Essential Oil

Add ingredients to a glass bowl in order listed. Mix thoroughly to disperse oils throughout salt. Run a tub of hot water and add  salt mixture, agitating well to dissolve.

Eager for more recipes and tips on Essential Oil usage? Our email series 101 Uses for Essential Oils is packed with information you can put to use right away!

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils from Beeyoutiful.com

​We’re often asked about how to choose, use, and care for an essential oil diffuser, and we want you to have the information you need to make a great decision! Here are the answers to many of the questions you’ve asked us over the years. 

Why choose an atomizing diffuser instead of one that uses heat or water?

The nebulizing diffusers that we recommend use only cool air to naturally atomize the essential oils without damaging their molecular structure or powerful therapeutic properties. ​​

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils from Beeyoutiful.comSome aromatherapy experts suggest that the beneficial chemical compounds in essential oils (especially the cold-pressed citrus oils) can be altered and damaged by heat. Heat-based diffusers also tend to have a limited coverage area and offer scent alone, rather than the full range of aromatherapeutic benefits found in most essential oils. The heated molecules that do make it into the air tend to be larger and are usually filtered out in the nose rather than passing through into the body.

We choose to offer nebulizing diffusers because they are very efficient, capable of covering far more cubic feet than the water diffusers. The added humidity from water diffusers is typically undesirable, unless you reside in a very dry area and need the extra moisture in a targeted area.

How often should I clean my diffuser?

With regular daily use, you might want to clean your diffuser once a week or so. If you notice a decrease in output, or have been using an especially viscous oil, you may need to clean more frequently. If you intend to not use your diffuser for an extended period or are packing it away for storage, you should always clean it first.

Do I need to clean out my diffuser when switching oils?

Unless you want to make a point of diffusing only one scent at a time, you do not have to clean out the diffuser or empty the bottle when switching.

How should I clean the diffuser atomizer on my Breeze?

Quick clean: Simply diffuse Lemon or Orange essential oils (they’re natural cleaners!).
Deeper clean: First, unscrew the atomizer from the bottle and disconnect from the tubing and air pump (​never​ submerge the air pump!). Submerge the atomizer nozzle in either hot soapy water or rubbing alcohol for one hour. If you see visible clogs, you might try gently loosening it with a small pointed tool such as a safety pin. If any residue is left after soaking, run rubbing alcohol through the diffuser very briefly (about a minute or so) in a well-ventilated area to help loosen any leftover residue. Let the atomizer dry thoroughly before reassembling and once again diffusing essential oils.

Does the specific oil used affect how often I’ll need to clean the diffuser? 

Yes! Some oils are thicker than others and, over time, can gum up the diffuser’s passageways. Oils that are more resinous, such as Myrrh, can build up faster than a more slippery, quick-diffusing oil such as Eucalyptus. You will probably have to clean out the diffuser more often with the “stickier” oils.

How fast do essential oils diffuse?

There is no clear answer to this question, because it depends on many factors, including the viscosity of the specific oil and the rate of air flow in the diffuser. Output will also vary somewhat with oil volatility, humidity in the air, and ambient air temperature.

Can I add water or carrier oils to the diffuser to help extend my expensive essential oils?

​NO. If you are using a nebulizing diffuser from Beeyoutiful.com, ​never​ diffuse essential oils that have been mixed with anything else! You can diffuse a combination of essential oils, of course, but do not add water, carrier oils, or any other liquid.

If you want to extend the diffusing power of a bottle of a more expensive essential oil, consider pairing it with a more economical kind (such as Eucalyptus or Orange) to stretch it a bit. Of course, make sure the fragrances are compatible!

Water and oil do not mix, and our nebulizing diffusers are not built to diffuse the two together.

Carrier oils are great for “carrying” the essential oils across the skin in topical uses, but the natural composition of carrier oils is much different than that of essential oils and they should never be diffused. Carriers are typically made up of less refined liquid waxes and fatty acids, rather than being a single true distilled oil in the way that most essential oils are. The heavier chemical structure of carriers such as Almond or Jojoba Oil does not lend itself to diffusion and inhalation, and will result in a damaged nebulizer and a sticky mess in the air and on surrounding furniture. (You would probably not disperse a can of non-stick pan spray into the air in your home!)

How large an area can my diffuser cover?

The Breeze can cover 1500 square feet of open area. If your home is divided into smaller rooms, you will likely need to move the diffuser around for best coverage.

The Aromis diffuser will cover about 900 square feet of open area. If your home is divided into smaller rooms, you will likely need to move the diffuser around for best coverage.

Will it hurt my diffuser if it runs when the oil bottle is empty?

No. Because there is no heat involved in the oil reservoir, it won’t be damaged. However, we recommend that you do turn off the machine when not in use, to extend the life of the air pump.

Is there a timer? How can I make it intermittent?

The Aromis diffusers have built-in timer settings. The Breeze has no internal timer; however, you can plug the diffuser into an external appliance timer (available at hardware stores) that then plugs into the electrical outlet.

Will I get the most benefit from my essential oils by running the diffuser intermittently, rather than continuously?

The answer depends on your objective. For example, if you’re diffusing Eucalyptus to attempt to kill mold spores in a problem area, or you’re trying to “fumigate” an enclosed space against spiders and other creepy crawlies, then non-stop diffusing for several hours (even a day or more) can be beneficial. If you’re looking for aromatherapy benefits, or to freshen the air in the home, then intermittent is ideal.

Is it safe to diffuse essential oils around children and pets?

Some oils are very kid-friendly (see some suggestions here), and others are decidedly not. Some essential oils are extremely toxic to animals. Please consult a reliable essential oil reference book (here’s our recommendation) or a certified aromatherapist about the specific oils you have in mind, always taking into consideration age, current health issues, and medications when choosing oils. You’ll need to consult an animal-centered resource to see what’s appropriate for your pets.

How readily available are replacement parts for my diffuser?

We keep some replacement parts on hand; please contact us to confirm what we currently have in stock. We do not carry plastic tubing for the Breeze, but it is easy to find at hardware stores.

Product Comparison

Breeze

  • Pros: Durable, sturdy, hard to break (kid-friendly!). Travels well. Inexpensive. Long run time when drawing from a full bottle. Quieter than some diffusers. One year warranty.
  • Cons: Requires a stand (included, fits .5oz bottle, also included) for the oil bottle, or else be careful not to knock it over. No built-in timer.

Aromis

  • Pros: Built-in timer. Sleek, classic design.
  • Cons: Includes delicate, breakable components. Higher price.

We’ve done our best to answer frequent questions based on our own years of experience using diffusers in our homes. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please give us a call at 1-877-623-3968 or email customercare@beeyoutiful.com and we’ll do our best to help you out!

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We read 50 books about Essential Oils. Here’s our top pick.

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness from Beeyoutiful.com

One of the hardest aspects of trying to be an informed consumer over the past few years has been attempting to determine good usage practices amongst the many (often conflicting) voices in the essential oil world.

Which applications are considered safe, which ones are risky, what oils are appropriate for which ages and in which contexts? How to mix, when to mix, where to slather, breathe, diffuse after they are mixed? Maybe it’s okay to use this or that essential oil, because my neighbor’s friend’s cousin’s daughter did, and it fixed her problem…

These questions (and so many more!) pop up on a daily basis for me, so I’ve spent years reading and researching. I have nearly 50 essential oil books, written by all sorts of experts in their respective areas. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness from Beeyoutiful.comI’ve read through them all, and followed many experts in social media and on blogs and websites. Out of my personal journey and experiences grew an article with the vital information that I wish someone had shared with me at the beginning of our family’s essential oil journey.

During my own discovery process, the world of essential oils has exploded into the mainstream. There are now many resources available to consumers who, like myself, want to be as informed as possible in how to use these powerful tools.

One of the absolute best of the library of resources I’ve come across in all my years of research is The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Burchon and Lora Cantele.

Combining high-level best practice safety guidelines with user-friendly information and age guidelines, this handy volume also has the bonus feature of more than 450 remedies and suggested uses for essential oils. As helpful as the proactive tips and excellent suggested usages are, the cautions section is just as important to give guidelines on which oils may not be the best choice in various situations.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you want to safely and knowledgeably use essential oils,The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness is a must-have. (As with any of our recommended books, if your budget won’t allow you to purchase it right now, we suggest that you request a copy it from your local library, or perhaps purchase with a friend and split the cost of the book.)

Eager for more recipes and tips on Essential Oil usage? Our email series 101 Uses for Essential Oils is packed with information you can put to use right away!

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