10 Ways to Use Essential Oils

I’ve been asked to do a bit of research into essential oils. I don’t have a lot of personal experience using them. Which may surprise a lot of you.  

But I do have some experience.  

Like when I first started public speaking I would add a couple of drops of organic peppermint essential oil to the bottom of my feet, on my neck, and directly under my nose. I had read it would help keep me calm when doing something that made me nervous. It helped me to feel alert and able to face the crowd. Did it help? Seems like it did. Was it a placebo effect? Maybe. But even if it was, it worked, so I’m good with that. 

Now, I no longer use that trick because I enjoy public speaking.  

I have used organic orange essential oils in making raw food cookies. They were delicious.  

And back in the days of being a massage therapist, I used to use essential oils on some of my clients to reduce stress. They swore by it.  

My favorite is using organic eucalyptus essential oil on a cloth or pillowcase when I have a cold. It does open up the sinuses!  

That’s the extent of my personal experience. So, to address the request for information I had to search the internet.  

Here’s what I found:

Essential oils are the oils extracted from flowers, herb roots, and fruits.

10 ways to use essential oils

1. Energy.  As mentioned above, peppermint oil can increase alertness and also a person’s mental and physical energy. 

2. Sleep.  Lavender has SO many uses. One of those uses is adding a couple of drops to your pillow to relieve tension, stress, and help a person fall asleep. 

3. Muscle pain.  Using one, or a mixture of, Lavender, Black pepper, Arnica, Helichrysum, and Peppermint helps reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.  

4. Skin Care.  Adding Grapefruit essential oil is said to help reduce cellulite. Carrot seed essential oil to reduce wrinkles. And Frankincense essential oil is said to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which is great to help fight acne.

5. Relaxation.  Lavender, Rose, and Chamomile are all lovely for using during a massage, yoga, or simply when you’re trying to relax and chill out from the day’s stress.

6. Cleaning. Lemon essential oil is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and also antibacterial. It’s good for cutting through grease and grime. You can use it in your kitchen and your bathroom. Lavender can be used to fight viruses, bacteria, and fungus on your home’s surfaces. And Orange essential oil is great for cleaning. You’ve likely noticed it advertised on some cleaning products in your local grocery store. It has antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. 

7. Illness.  Thieves is a pre-blend that is used in a lot of massage therapy locations to help fight off germs between clients. It’s great to fight against the flu. I had forgotten I used to use it to stay healthy in the cold and flu season. (I’ll be picking some up now 🙂 ) Peppermint can help reduce a cough and cold. 

8. Bug repellant.  You may have purchased Citronella candles before? They’re known to help keep the mosquitoes away. Also, Lemongrass, Rosemary Geranium, and Spearmint are good for fighting off pesky bugs.

9. Hair growth/health.  Clary sage essential oil and also Tea tree essential oil are both said to help improve hair health and growth. Ylang-ylang is good if you have dry scalp, but it’s best not to try it if you have oily hair.

10. Mood-boosting and health. Bergamot reduces blood pressure. Peppermint aids in relieving indigestion, nausea, and headaches. Lavender gets rid of lice and fleas on dogs… plus it smells great. And it also helps reduce blood pressure. Clary sage, Caraway and Lavender are among the many essential oils that improve mood.

Overall, essential oils seem to be a great source of clean remedies. But they do have a downside. I didn’t find scientific evidence of these claims, although I have experienced and used some of these and find them to work.


Some essential oils are dangerous for pregnant woman and children!

Some essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats! 

If you decide to delve into the world of essential oils, find organic. Purchase from a reputable company; so you know what you’re getting is real. And follow the instructions they give you. Essential oils are potent and too much can cause the person harm.  

Some essential oils can be used internally, some ONLY externally. Ask before you use! 

Mountain Rose Herbs is a great company. (I have no affiliation with them. I simply trust the company). They have reasonable prices, use top-grade products and are organic. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com

I hope this help! 

Cathy Ostema 


Your brain is made of fat, do you deprive it of its main structural component?

And how’s that working for you?

Do you, or any of your loved ones have foggy thinking, memory loss, or cognitive decline? Do you want to help them, or yourself, restore that loss?

Did you know that the brain is made up of 60% fat? Let me restate that. Your brain is made up of 60% fat!

Think about that for a minute. Let it sink in.

And how do you get that fat into the brain?

There is a difference between healthy fat and unhealthy fat. Do you know which you are consuming?

I’ll answer that in a minute.

Your brain weighs in at around 3 pounds. Not much, right? And it has a tremendous responsibility. It’s our thinking center. It’s our cherished memory center. And it tells our body to function while we go out living life and not thinking about all the nitty-gritty details involved; like breathing. 🙂

Things you can do to maintain healthy cognitive function.

1. Your brain is also about 75% water. Do you stay hydrated? You can’t think clearly when you don’t feed your brain. You have 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your brain. Maybe an extra glass of water will help all that blood flow better?

2. Your brain also uses 20% of your total oxygen to run efficiently. It needs oxygen to work. Slow down and take a deep breath. Have you ever noticed that when you’re relaxed and your breathing is calm you feel like you can make better decision? You’re more creative? You can think more clearly? Because when you’re stressed out and flustered you take shallow breaths and deprive your brain of oxygen.

3. And a big question, have you ever thought about the fact that what you eat is feeding your brain? What are you feeding your brain today? There was a study done with 1 million students in New York. The study looked at those who ate clean, meaning no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes and those who did not eat clean, and ate foods with artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes. Those who ate clean did 14% better on IQ test. Something to think on while you’re enjoying your lunch today.

4. Sleep is also important. Your brain works 24/7. Even while you are snoozing away in deep blissful sleep; your brain is working for you. In fact, that’s its favorite time to package up and store all your memories you created today. When you get a lack of sleep you make it hard for your brain to keep those memories. So, my question for you is; which part of your day did you want to lose forever? Hopefully that was the part that was lost, instead of that really cool thing that happened. Or you could schedule yourself more sleep. Lack of sleep affects memory.

Okay, now we can talk about healthy fat vs unhealthy fat.

We need healthy fats. To explain, let me start with cholesterol. Cholesterol is produced in the liver. Only animal (including humans) livers can produce cholesterol. That means you can only get cholesterol from animal products not plants or minerals. You cannot survive without cholesterol. It’s the bases for every sex hormone you have. It makes bile so you can digest foods that have fat in them. Cholesterol is a part of the makeup of every single cell in your body. There is a long, long list of what it does for you, but my favorite one is: it’s so important for the function of the brain that the brain gets to have 25% of your cholesterol so it can function optimally.

Did you know that in the elderly, those with the best working memory functions are those with the highest cholesterol?

Now, I’m not saying to let your cholesterol go ramping up a ladder and who cares about your numbers! But I am saying that cholesterol is vitally important for your body and your lifespan.

Most of your cholesterol is produced in the liver. The body is so smart that it sees how much you are getting in your food and it makes up the difference for you by using the fat you ingest.

Eating healthy fats helps the body function better on all levels.

Consuming non-organic meats filled with hormones and antibiotics, trans-fatty oils such as canola oil or soy, corn, or sunflower oils, or peanut oils are not healthy. These oils may be healthy when they are delivered to the oil factory, but they don’t stay that way. Take canola oil, they heat it so high and actually bleach it, and then steam it so the color is appealing, and the odor is removed, that what you end up with is a trans-fat oil. I recommend you don’t go there! These do more harm than good for your body.

Eating olives, olive oil, avocados, avocado oil, coconut oil, nuts, and seeds are all healthy oils. And so is eating small fatty fish. Write this down. SMASH sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon (wild caught), herring. That’s your list of healthy fish. This list of healthy fats are all good for the brain and can enhance your memory function and help you think clearly.

So, the answer to the question, “How do you get that fat into the brain?” is by eating healthy fats. Your body will transport the healthy fat molecules across what’s called the brain barrier for you so you can go enjoy life and not worry about it. And the next day you can recall that funny thing that happened at the office.

Feed your brain what it needs to function. It’s the only one you have. And brain replacement parts are hard to come by on this planet

There are many causes of cognitive decline. There are also solutions for the different causes. If you or someone you love or care about is experiencing memory concerns let me know, so I can help you.