Essential Oil Favorites...and a giveaway!

April 29, 2014

 Okay my friends today is an exciting day! I am FINALLY getting a chance to share my absolute love for essential oils! I've been using them for a few months now and have been absolutely blown away by my love for them. They are totally a game changer in my book! I got so sick and tired (literally) from constantly being sick thanks to Hudson bringing home daycare germs, so I wanted to find a natural way to defend my family and help us live a more natural, healthy life I use doTERRA oils because I believe they are the purest and best oils out there. Depending on the oil, they can be taken orally (in tea is a great option!), in a gel capsule, rubbed directly on your skin, or put in a diffuser. . I'm no expert...but here is the 411 on my favorite oils....

Lavender
My favorite way to use lavender is to combine it with Hudson's body lotion or fractionated coconut oil and apply it to his feet at bedtime. It helps soothe and calm him down and he has been sleeping through the night (most nights!) and takes amazing 2-3.5 hour naps now! When we were out of town this past weekend I forgot to bring my lavender...and Hudson slept horribly! I'm never forgetting it again! Lavender can also be used on a diaper rash, insect bites, burns, bruises, cuts, scrapes, and for people with allergies. If I had to pick just one oil, it would be this one!

Lemon
This is another must in our home! I use lemon on EVERYTHING in our kitchen and bathrooms because it is a great all natural sanitizer. The smell is amazing and so fresh! I use lemon on a damp cloth to wipe down our stainless steel appliances. I also use it mixed with water in a spray bottle to help sanitize our counter tops. I also add a drop to our dishwasher and our dishes come out spotless! Lemon is also great in tea for sore throat relief.

Peppermint
I love to use peppermint in my tea as a great pick me up! It smells so great and really helps me when I start to drag in the afternoon. It's also great for headaches nausea, diarrhea, swelling, mental fatigue, overheating, inflammation, sore muscles, sprains, upset stomach, motion sickness, rheumatism/arthritis, respiratory infections, viral infections (Herpes simplex, cold sores), itchy skin including poison oak and ivy, bee stings, and the dreaded sinus congestion. Just one drop of peppermint (orally or rubbed on your nose, but diluted for kids) works miracles!

Melaleuca 
My number one favorite use for melaleuca is to help with adult acne! Yep....I'm 30 years old and still get breakouts. When I feel one coming on I dab a little bit of melaleuca to the spot and it's gone by the next morning. Holy cow, this stuff is AMAZING and my skin is so thankful! Melaleuca is also great at helping your body fight off viral and bacterial infections and to help with colds and sore throats. It can be applied directly to the skin and in most cases without being diluted so it can be used on cuts, scrapes, or burns where there is potential for infection. It is one of my favorite oils!

Oregano
Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antibiotic available. Anywhere you might use an antibiotic, oregano is something you can reach for. Oregano is a very hot oil, so you would either need to apply it to the bottoms of the feet or take it internally in a gel capsule.

DoTERRA also makes some amazing oil blends all designed to help your body. Here are some of my favorites:

OnGuard
This is hands down my favorite oil blend and has been my #1 go to for warding off daycare germs. I was so tired of constantly having someone sick in my house! Diffusing it into the air aids eliminating germs and bacteria brought home by your child from school. I rub a few drops (diluted) to Hudson's feet (and on to mine and my husbands!) each night and it is an instant immunity booster!

DigestZen
This oil blend is so great for calming an upset stomach. It can be used internally but I usually just rub some directly on my stomach...or dilute it and rub it on Hudson's tummy. Works wonders!

Breathe
This is another favorite...it's great for people with asthma. If only my husband would try it....anyway, I also dab this on my nose when I'm feeling stuffy and it helps clear it right up! Breathe would also be great in a diffuser. 

Deep Blue
This is an amazing oil blend that helps relieve muscle and join pain, bruises, and headaches. And it smells divine! 

Did you know that you can use oils on your pets too???? Wrigley has itchy skin due to allergies, so on him I combine 2 drops of lavender plus 2 drops of frankincense with water in a 4 oz spray bottle and spray it directly on his skin for relief. (Be sure to dilute oils big time when you use them on your pet. And avoid using melaleuca on dogs. Consult your vet with any questions.) You can also use rosemary and purify (oil blend) as a flea repellent.

You can buy any of these oils from my website HERE, under "shop for products."

If you are looking to get your feet wet with essential oils I HIGHLY recommend the Beginner's Trio, which is a full size bottle of lemon, peppermint, and lavender. Or, if you want to try a few more oils, I recommend the Family Physician Kit. If you have any questions about doTERRA oils, I would be happy to help you. I'm not an expert, but I can provide lots of guidance. Please email me at thegirlintheredshoes @gmail.com

So, want to try these oils for free???? It's giveaway time!

I have worked closely with Sarah from The Oil RN to learn a lot about these amazing oils. She is a registered nurse and works with doTERRA oils. Sarah has been a great resource for me and has offered to give away a Beginner's Trio (lavender, lemon, and peppermint) to one lucky The Girl in the Red Shoes Reader! Yay! Enter to win below.

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Also, these oils may seem expensive, but trust me, they will last you a LONG time! You only use a few drops at a time and most of my oils look barely used after several months....so it's totally worth the money. If you are interested in opening up a wholesale account (it's easy, and it saves SO much money!) or if you are interested in joining my team, please email me at thegirlintheredshoes @ gmail.com


***Please consult your doctor about using these oils if you have any health concerns. Please consult your child's pediatrician before using oils on young children.

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107 Responses to “Essential Oil Favorites...and a giveaway!”

  1. I would love to try the lavender on my non sleeping toddler and anything to help ward off daycare germies with #2 getting ready to start!

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  2. I've been reading a lot about oils and would love to try them!

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  3. At 4.5 months pregnant with my first, I am so interested in these oils for me, my babe and around our home. I use a calming one for my dogs sometimes and am a big believer.

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  4. I have done lots of reading on these oils and have read nothing but GREAT things! I would love to try!

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  5. We use oregano around here, and I HATE it. Honestly I have to be on my death bed to take it, but I didn't realize you could put it on your feet!!

    I really want to try lavender, I am a horrible sleeper, so I'm curious if it would help me sleep :)

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  6. Maybe that's what tucker needs too... But with our luck he'd be allergic to them!

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  7. It seems as if oils are the new "thing" to be doing! I've heard so many friends talk about wanting to try them but I don't think any of us were ready to take the plunge because we don't know enough about them. This post has helped me understand them a little better - thanks!! I'd love to try the lavender especially if it can help everyone in the house sleep better!

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  8. The lavender seems pretty amazing! The lemon, too :) I've been doing some reading on oils and am really anxious to give it a try!

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  9. I have been using tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil as a face wash for the last few weeks and it has made a world of difference in my skin! I have terrible migraines and would love to try the peppermint oil for some relief!

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  10. I have been curious about oils especially for help with allergies! Thanks for sharing how you use the specific oils!

    Rachel

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  11. I have just started using essential oils and already hooked. So far I'm in love with onguard, past tense and citrus bliss. Definitely want to try to the lavendar for my 11 month old and the lemon for cleaning.

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  12. heard so much about this and kinda want the lavender and lemon!

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  13. I've been so interested in essential oils! I keep hearing how great they are. I'm especially interested in their use for congestion and allergies.

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  14. I've been waiting to try these for a couple months now! They sound great!!

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  15. I am REALLY interested in trying some essential oils, especially anything that will help clear my nasal passages and help me stop my pregnancy snoring!! Haha

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  16. This is great! I've been looking into essential oils, and now I will definitely have to try the lavender one, since our toddler is not the best sleeper!

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  17. I love essential oils and would love to get more into them. I haven't used doTerra yet, but I've heard such great things about them!

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  18. I've been seeing your posts in insta and have been dying to try these oils. The lavender would be amazing for my daughter and her nap issues.

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  19. I have been wondering about doTerra for a while - I keep seeing posts on Facebook. I would love to start incorporating them into my home!

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  20. I've looked in to these and would love to try some for attention (Yes, I have major ADHD) and allergies...any recommendations? I know it would be handy to have some on hand for headaches or upset stomachs...eek!! Great giveaway!

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  21. We love our oils! My fav has been On Guard since we were so sick earlier this year. I've been using peppermint, lavender and lemon for allergies recently and it's helped! Fun giveaway!

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  22. After a very sick winter for our family, I need to start using these oils....especially the OnGuard! Plus the lavender might be a game-changer for us if I could get my daughter to nap longer! Thanks for all of the info!

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  23. I love all essential oils, I didn't know about some of these uses. I use lavender on my bad skin!

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  24. Lavender, Melaleuca (Yay Adult Acne :( & Peppermint

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  25. I have been wanting to try oils from doTERRA so bad. Lavender and peppermint are my favorites. I've heard awesome things about doTERRA so I'd love to try these.

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  26. I have been wanting to try these for SO long! I actually follow oilrn on instagram as well :) so informative! crossing my fingers!

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  27. ps-I think the lemon is a must and also the lavendar!

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  28. I'm so glad you did this post! I have been hearing more and more about essential oils but was dying to learn more about them! Can't wait to try some.

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  29. I have lots of friends that use these oils! Something I've very interested in, but haven't tried yet! I would love to try any and every!!!

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  30. I have been thinking of trying some oils on my family, but wasn't sure which ones to use. I would love to win the beginners trio, but I'm sure I will buy some anyway even if I don't win.

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  31. I just recently learned a great deal about essential oils from a party that my friend hosted. I had no idea all of the uses!! I love lavendar, but I am most excited about lemon. My mom was just saying how I need to get stainless steel cleaner for my fridge, but now I'm going to try the water bottle with lemon added. Thanks!

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  32. Thanks for the info on oils. I have been interested for a while but haven't been educated enough to buy any yet. Thanks!

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  33. These sound amazing. I would love to try the lavender on my son to see if he would take longer naps ;)

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  34. I would love the oregano one - I've heard great things about it, and lavender always smells great!

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  35. would love to try, thanks for the info!

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  36. I just ordered sweet orange and peppermint oils to make my own cleaning supplies! Can't wait to give them a try! Love hearing about the other uses for these too, thank you!
    -Lauren
    Home Style Love

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  37. The beginner set would be very cool to try. Great giveaway!

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  38. I have been wanting to use essential oils but am still not 100% sure on how to use them. I suppose it's one of those things that I just have to jump in and try. Thanks for you post. Great giveaway! Definitely would love to try these three out no risk!

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  39. I have been reading about oils all over the blogs these days, would be so great to get to try them out!

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  40. I have wanted to try the peppermint as a pick me up. I am always dragging in the afternoon at work and NEED this. :)

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  41. We diffuse lavender every night in Rae's room, but I've never tried Lemon before!

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  42. I have used peppermint before for numerous reasons and am a fan. It would be nice to have my own bottle of it.

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  43. I've been wanting to try some oils for a while but had no idea where to start!! I have a 10 month old who still nurses through the night - maybe he just needs some lavender!

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  44. I like the idea of the Lavender or Lemon.

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  45. I've been wanting to try essential oils for awhile. I'm so tired of someone always constantly having a running nose. So for that, I'm excited to try these!

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  46. I would love to try essential oils. My daughter is 19 months and I would like to see if the lavender helps her sleep better. Love your blog!

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  48. I've been wanting to try essential oils for awhile and this would be a great opportunity since it's not in the budget

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  49. I have been wanting to try these for a long time now, especially the peppermint. Glad to hear they work so well.

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  50. Thanks for posting this! I keep hearing about essential oils and want to try them out!

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  51. I have been reading about essential oils a lot recently and would love to try these!

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  52. I would LOVE to try these! My husband and I are trying to be much more concious of what we're putting in our bodies and I love the all natural aspect of these.

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  53. I love the idea of treating my little one in a natural way!

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  54. I had ordered a tiny travel set and I have already used up all of my lavender! I definitely need some more!

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  55. I would love for my husband to try Breathe, and of course the lavender for my little guy.

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  56. Great post! I have been wanting to learn more about essential oils! Thanks!

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  57. We use lavender on our baby's feet at bedtime too! It really does seem to relax her and she loves to "help" put it on :)

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  58. I would love to try the lavender oil on my 7 month old to see if that helps him sleep better.

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  59. I've been wanting to try these!

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  60. I have tried and loved lavender, would like to try more!

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  61. I have tried and loved lavender, would like to try more!

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  62. Have been curious about oils for awhile, thanks for this helpful post!

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  63. I was just asking some friends about these oils. I think I'd love the lemon!

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  64. I live the beginner trio! That's exactly what i would pick if I were picking myself.

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  65. I would love to try the lavender and the onguard mix! My son is 14 months old and still doesn't sleep through the night. He also goes to daycare and we have the same issue with all the germs and sickness.

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  66. I would def. want to try the lavendar and digestZen. Always been fascinated with essential oils, but have a hard time with the price.

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  67. I've heard SO many great things about these essential oils. I hope I win!

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  68. I would love love love to try to peppermint for a pick me up but also for headaches!

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  69. I'm excited about the peppermint! I've been wanting to try it for reducing fevers

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  70. I teach preschool, so anything that could boost my immune system and help me sleep sounds wonderful. :)

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  71. I've been wanting to try these for a while now, especially the lavender and on guard.

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  72. I would love to try lavender!

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  73. I have been dying to try peppermint for headaches!

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  74. I LOVE lavender oil and want to start using lemon to DIY some new cleaning supplies.

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  75. I love lavender for calming and sleep and peppermint for headaches.

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  76. The peppermint for headaches!

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  77. Great info! Will have to check out the Melaleuca.

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  78. I'd love to try the peppermint!

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  79. Oh I have been wanting to try essential oils! Especially the lavender...I mean our sleep situation can only improve!

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  80. I've read a lot about oregano, but also am interested in frankincense. Your comments about lavender have me intrigued too!

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  81. I have been meaning to crack into my oils more! haven't quiet gotten into them since getting the kit. Im thinking because I dont have a diffuser. Do you recommend one.

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  82. I have recently started having a ton of breakouts on my face so the melaleuca sound like the trick for me!!!


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  83. The beginner set looks great! Especially want the lemon for cleaning

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  84. I think I need to try the lavender to help me sleep.

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  85. I would love to give these a try!!

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  86. i'm excited to try the lavender.

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  87. I keep hearing about oils. Anything that would help us sleep better sounds good to me!

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  88. I would love to try these oils!

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  89. I have just started getting into essential oils and doing lots of research!! I have not tried doTerra oils but I would love test them out. I am most excited about trying Lavender as it seems like a go to oil for just about anything!

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  90. I have the lemon oil and am so intrigued with trying more.

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  91. I was so excited up you mentioned the trio because as I was reading your post those were the three I wanted to try first! Thanks for breaking down the benefits of these oils as I've heard about them before and I have wanted to try them for a while!

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  92. You had me at "sleeping through the night"! This mama needs some sleep!

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  93. Love the quality ofdoterra

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  94. I love the frankincense. My husband has liver cancer and we use it for the anti cancer benefits.

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  95. Anything to help with joint pains. I swear I feel older than I am lately.

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  96. I'm excited to try Lemon oil!

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  97. Would love to try these out especially with a new baby on the way!

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  98. I use peppermint already, but would love to try the lavender and lemon also!

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  99. I've been wanting to try essential oils but am always overwhelmed with choices. I'd love to try the lemon.

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  100. I would like to try the lemon.

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  101. I am very excited about the lavender oil for sleep and relaxation!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as "Wild Orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  102. I've been hearing a lot about essential oils lately and definitely want to try them. I'm suffer from migraines and am always looking for natural remedies. It's time to try.

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  103. I'd be most excited to try the lemon for cleaning!

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