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I have been through a lot in life–food allergies, eczema, Asperger’s, adrenal burnout, heavy metals.  I have learned a lot, and though it seems the learning is endless, I love sharing what I can with my great community of readers.

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2.  Questions about Diet and Health:

I receive emails daily from readers wanting to know if I have ideas regarding their health situation.

First of all, as I have stated many times, I am not a doctor.  Or anything like that.  I was Pre-Med in college and read a lot about health.  One day I hope to get more training.  However–not yet.

I so love helping others, but this blog takes a lot of time and while I would love to give out free advice all the time, I just can’t afford to do that.

If I can respond quickly to your question, I will try, but please understand that I am a busy homeschooling wife, mom, and blogger and my family has to come first.

3.  Essential Oils Company Questions:

I get loads of these daily, asking me what I think about different companies.  I so wish I could answer all of these, but I can’t.  I am trying to juggle this blog, family, community, church and homeschooling and I just can’t investigate every company out there.  Most are buying from the same “experts” and so my answer will typically be the same.

If you are wondering about a company and whether I would recommend it or not:

Please read this post that has some guidelines on the qualities of a good essential oils company.

Thank you :).

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  1. Stacey T says:

    I saw that you advise against antibacterial soaps. So what do you use to clean your hands when you have just prepared raw chicken? Thx!

    • I personally use my foaming soap. In so many studies it shows that it is just as effective as washing with those soaps. Here is that info on Mayo Clinic’s website. Enjoy! It’s cheap too!

    • I use a silver sol solution to spray down my countertop and hands after handling anything that might be really contaminated.
      But otherwise the use of regular soaps is very effective!

    • Here are two recipes that I have used for my family. Also made both as gifts this year! Getting all the ingredients might be a bit spendy, but WELL worth it in the end. ( I actually re-used the mix from the soap to make another batch for myself, and it works great!) Got this from another blog, can’t remember which one!
      Herbal Four Thieves Blend Liquid Hand Soap Recipe
      Herbal Blend based on the “Four Thieves” Essential Oil Blend posted by Mountain Rose Herbs on their blog back in February 2012. Here is what you need to make approximately 16 ounces of “Four Thieves” Liquid Hand Soap:
      A Stainless Steel Pot with a lid?
      A fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth?
      A 2-cup measuring cup?
      2 1/2 cups of Water?
      4 tablespoons of dried Soapwort Root, crushed?
      2 teaspoons of Whole Cloves?
      2 teaspoons of Dried Lemon Peel or 1 teaspoon of fresh Lemon Zest?
      1 teaspoon of Cinnamon Stick pieces?
      1 teaspoon of Eucalyptus Leaves, broken into pieces?
      1 teaspoon of Rosemary?
      1 teaspoon of Lavender Buds?
      1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerine (optional, but it will help with making suds)?
      3 ml of Rosemary Antioxidant?
      Soap dispensers
      Place the water in the pot on the stove and bring to a boil.?
      Boil for one minute. ?
      Place the Soapwort and all of the herbs into the water. Stir them around to make sure they are all immersed in the water.?
      Cover and let steep for at least 1 hour.?
      Strain into the measuring cup through the fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.?
      Stir in the Vegetable Glycerine and the Rosemary Antioxidant.
      Mix thoroughly.?
      Decant into soap dispensers.?
      Use as you would any liquid hand soap.
      The recipe for this blend is believed to have originated from thieves during the 15th century. According to popular theory, the concoction was created by a group of four thieves® and grave robbers to protect themselves from contracting the plague while robbing the bodies of the gravely ill and deceased. When apprehended, the thieves admitted to using the formula and disclosed the recipe in order to receive a less severe punishment for their crimes.
      Whether or not this story is true, the essential oils in this blend are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They will stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more. Modern testing has shown the effectiveness of this blend and studies have found it to have a high kill rate against airborne bacteria.
      This is a classic recipe, but you can customize it by adjusting the quantities or adding other antibacterial essential oils such as Tea Tree, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Ravensara, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Hyssop, Bay Laurel, or Scotch Pine.
      • 40 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
      • 35 drops organic Lemon essential oil
      • 20 drops organic Cinnamon Bark essential oil
      • 15 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
      • 10 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
      Mix all essential oils together in a dark glass bottle.
      – See more at:

  2. I love your site but am wondering if you would offer Kindle books for Canadians. Amazon will not allow Canadians to purchase Kindles from their American site. I’d love to get your Kindle books!!

  3. Are you familiar with NYR Organic (Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic)? This 32-year old British company and a true pioneer in the world of organic skincare, cosmetics, and aromatherapy, is recognized as the UK’s first certified organic natural health and beauty company, the first UK retailer of certified organic essential oils, first to achieve the Soil Association certification for organic non-food items, a “Champion” signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics choosing to fully disclose all ingredients in their products, and practicing cruelty-free standards by not testing on animals.
    After selling products in stand-alone stores in the UK for 30 years, they now sell products worldwide from the homes of true believers, who know the product and the company to be of high integrity and inspiration to the many who purchase and enjoy its products.
    I would love to know your thoughts?

  4. Cheryl Reed says:

    I came across your blog as i was searching essential oils, a friend posted on FB about YL and that got my curiosity going. After reading your reviews on the oils it has gotten me interested in NAN, but to be honest it is very overwhelming. I have fibromyalgia and I want to try and find something that helps me with this. Topical/ ingestion, carrier, copal, diffuser…. is all confusing to me. Does NAN have a guide book on what to use and how? Was just curious how to understand these things better.
    Thanks so much! Cheryl Reed

    • Hi Cheryl. I can ask the owner at NAN about your conditions. They do have a book that is pretty good. Let me know what you would like to ask. I have had fibro symptoms that got tons better on the anti-candida diet. Have you tried that? Also I have a reader w/ fibro whom I believe got relief using the probiotics that I use.

  5. Do you have an opinion about water filters as far as drinking water & whole house water filers or softness? So far I have not located any discussion on the topic in what I’ve read in your blog so far. Thanks

  6. I was reading through some of your blog posts on essential oils. I’ve never used them before, but am hoping to purchase some soon. I read that your favorite is Native American Nutritionals, which is the company I will most likely purchase from. I was wondering though, have you done any research on Floracopeia or Aromatics International? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • yes, I did. At least on the first one. I believe they are in the comments section of the final post. Not thrilled w/ Flora. Just found info on the other one. I am going to be putting together info about all these companies. Not thrilled. They say they have “Organic, wildcrafted, and unsprayed pure essential oils and butters”on their website, when you go into the single oils they are all cultivated. That is just the beginning (that is for AI). Hope that helps.

  7. I was just reading your post about degassing beans and am interested in trying the two herbs you suggest. I went to Mountain Rose Herbs and was able to find the Ajwain, but not the Epazote. Do they no longer carry it? Are you purchasing from another site? If you still get this item from Mountain Rose Herbs, will you please post a link? Thank you!

  8. I just got an email from Tropical Traditions and saw where they have EO’s for a really reasonably price. I went to the web site and it all sounds so impressive but I don’t know enough about the jargon to know what it means and if it’s really as good as it sounds. It almost seems to good to be true for the prices yet I know many of you including myself trust TT for a lot of items. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for all your hard work….it’s appreciated.

  9. I am new to essential oils. In my own search I found and have been reading your blogs on ‘Which Essential Oils Company is Best. Thank You for all the work you have put into this. It saves me a lot of time for sure. I have been introduced to YLO first, than another friend says she loves DT and another uses NOW Essential Oils (purchased at a whole foods store). In a comment on your blog you said you needed to do more research on NOW Oils. You did say they were not Organic. I recently received an email stating as follows: We have both Organic certified and regular for many. Both are quality tested.
    Try a search on our website. For example here are both of the Lavenders:
    Thank you for your inquiry,
    NOW Product Information Group
    Information in this response refers to product labeled for sale in the USA unless otherwise indicated.

    I’m not sure which is sold in our health food store I just know that the price per 1oz bottle on most oils were $9.99 per bottle. Than alone confused me. I just thought I ‘d add this, it’s here nor there to why I am writing but may help someone else if they too run across them.
    I have also found a company called Butterfly Oils. A statement from one of their distributors says: You can be assured that Butterfly Express Essential Oils are the highest quality oils made with love and care from Butterfly Express LLC in southeastern Idaho. They are certified pure and most of them are made from organic plant material. They are as good as our competitor’s (Young Living and DoTERRA) oils.
    OK, MOST of them – are made from organic plant material. Which ones? Also she says their oils can be ingested but recommend not to ingest them. Also said “We are FDA GRAS certified”. I cannot find THEIR list of oils on any GRAS list. Have asked for a list, still waiting for a reply.

    So my concern is the statements that in your earlier blogs when you were a YL rep was that only YL claims they are the only oils you can ingest. I realize this is one of the claims that YL makes and is used to sell their oils. Question is: What do we look for in a company for using oils internally?
    YL reps are thinking why am I looking elsewhere when I already found one. It’s the price. Affordability. Plus, YLO was the first and only time I heard of essential oils. I never shopped around. I jumped right in! So now I’m shopping to see if they really are the only EO Company that claims you can ingest.
    I am asking about ingesting the oils because some men do not want to take the time to rub oils on themselves, they would prefer to take a pill. For ex: Lemongrass can be used for lowering cholesterol. Suggested application: Flex point over heart and on arms. Yes…he’d rather take a pill.

    In search of other oils, I have purchased some Butterfly Oils because of the statement ” Our customers attest that the quality of our essential oils is “just as good as”, if not better, than the competition.” (with access to a comparison chart) Taking the Peppermint oil from BO and the Peppermint from YL there is a difference in the smell. BO essential oil does have more of a candy smell. Not knowing what this meant until after reading your blog.

    Forgive me for the ‘book’ that I have written.
    As I am ending another question pops into mind. You are now representing NAN. How did you become a representative? What kind of commissions do you receive? I can’t remember if this is or is not a MLM company or not.

    Thank You

    • YL is not the only company saying you can ingest their oils. doTERRA says the same thing. And NAN says that as well, but NAN’s owner fears that Young Living and doTERRA are recommending too much internal use and I think he is correct.

      I think my post on GC/MS testing is a good guide to look at.

      I wasn’t pleased with Butterfly Express for a number of reasons. I think I addressed it in these comments. One thing being they wouldn’t give me much time on the phone. I don’t recall seeing Organic status on their oils, or much sourcing info at all. Perhaps that has changed? Thanks.

      I am not an NAN rep….I am an affiliate. I just asked if we could work something out once I knew I was going to recommend them. It is not an MLM company. Thanks!

  10. Jennifer Bahr says:

    Hi, I came upon your website while I was trying to find reviews on ESS aromatherapy. They have great prices and I found them in Universal Companies spa catalog but cant seem to find any reviews on them. Do you know anything about them?

  11. Patricia Rebsch says:

    I read your thoughts on THM fb about adrenal fatigue. Could you comment about what you have used.
    You mentioned you have spent thousands. I want to avoid spending thousands of dollars. Please help.
    My adrenal glands are working at approx. 66%. And, I am very tired. Thank you!

  12. J Wallace says:

    Can you suggest the best place to send a water sample for contamination testing? I’m specifically concerned to test water from a spring fed creek for heavy metals and any other contaminants. I called the state dept of environ quality and the price to have testing is more than I’d anticipated. Thank-you!

  13. I have developed Tendonitis in the base/palm side of my index finger (also known as Trigger Finger). I have had it for almost a year now. What essential oils would you reccomend to fully cure it?

    Thank you!

    • I can’t medically advise but I used peppermint and lemongrass for my tendon issues and found it to be very helpful. A heating pad on top of the oils after applying seemed to drive them into the affected area. Hope that helps! I can ask the owner of Native American if you’d like.

      • Thank you for your help! I, too, heard Lemongrass works particularly well in treating tendons. The heating pad use is new to me though and I will definitely try it. I would really appreciate you asking the owner of Native American as well and getting back to me.

        • This is from the owner of Native American:

          Three things — a pain relief oil like Relieve Me, True Blue, or Sports Pro and mix that 2 parts to one part Lemongrass. Rub on location as needed. Also the Defense supplement should speed the healing process along.

  14. Mary Cayot says:

    Hi Adrienne!

    I discovered your blog via a Facebook group I subscribe to. I first started reading b/c of your essential oil articles & after considering what you had to say (& all the other research I’ve done), I’m probably going to purchase from NAN. The suggestion to use essential oils is due to my 4 month battle with Candida. My nursing 2 yr old & 5 month old also have Candida (in the form of diaper rash & Thrush). I am on a pretty strict Candida diet. I’ve been looking thru some of your Candida friendly pins & it seems that there are some things (such as cashews) that I don’t do. I’ve tried searching your site for how you handled your diet but haven’t come across much. Can you direct me to some posts?

    Also, I am certain we have heavy metal issues (lead paint – my 2 yr old tested high). I came across Zeolites elsewhere & seeing them on your blog has me considering them even more. Do you have recommendations for reading more about them? Again, I’m breastfeeding so it seems a lot of things may or may not be safe. I was exposed to lead & mercury while pregnant so I want to detox my 5 mo old as well…

    Thanks a bunch for all you do!
    A researching, stay-at-home, not yet homeschooling mom!


    • Hi Mary and welcome. I always have alternatives in my posts (at least I try to) and I do know that cashews can be a real issue for many. I appreciate your bringing that up b/c I should note that in Candace’s post as well as tell her. If you search for candida there are a bunch of posts that will come up but I haven’t written too much about what I did b/c it is still a bit of a mystery to me but these should help:

      I am doing a ton better but I am doing some pretty deep nutritional work right now and will hopefully have more to write on the other side of this.

      As far as the zeolite, I highly recommend it (but it’s not medical advice). I just can’t believe the experience I had w/ it and I still use it. I did a lot of reading and talking to a health food site owner and am glad I did. I can’t recommend things for breastfeeding moms so you would need to make that decision for yourself. That being said, the owner of the zeolite company told me that kids use it all the time.

      Thanks and blessings!

  15. Teri Ross says:

    I am looking for the fellow THM that posted an amazing idea for teaching kids of finance with envelopes, bi monthy paying, saving etc. in hopes that it is you?? Thanks Teri

  16. Roslyn Robinson says:

    Hello, I have been reading your site. THank you for all the valuable information. I am now a YL distributor, but I’m not selling the product, only did it for the oils (for family and self). I only have had them for 3 days. I have sinsus infections and acid reflux (hiatal hernia) constantly, but I see everyone talking about the sinus infections and how they were cured, but not telling what products to use. I see where you tell others to email you. can you please let me know what products you’re using for sinsues.

    Thank you

  17. THIS WEBSITE IS DRIVING ME CRAZY. I was trying to send you a message about how page 7 – final answer of the essential oil research – cannot be viewed. It only freezes up. I gave it a break, tried looking it up a different day and in every different way I could thing of, same results. SO frustrating. When I went to the comments page and began to send you an email it just redirected me randomly to here. I don’t even know where I’m posting and I don’t care any more. I’ve wasted more time on this site without getting the info I was trying to. PLEASE get it worked out. I read your whole essential oil series years ago and found it super informative. I just couldn’t remember which oil you ended up choosing. I think I’ll go with the Native something or other, the one you have advertised somewhere on your site, since I remember you ended up being an affiliate. Whatever. Thanks.

  18. Bonnie Catlin says:

    Hi! I am interested in essential oils, and read all the posts you had on there, leading up to recommending Native American Nutritionals. I have looked at their oils, and blends, especially, and have a little concern about the “spiritual” overtones in some of them. Do they do anything”spiritual” while producing their oils? What company was Paul Dean from?
    I just have a little caution on that note.

    What would be your second best choice of oil companies?

    Thank you for doing all that “legwork” for us – it was very helpful.


    • Hi there. They don’t do anything to them to my knowledge, whereas some of the companies that I talked to did muscle testing (perhaps spiritual) and more than that during the preparation of oils and blends.

      Mr. Dean used to work with Young Living. I can ask if there were other companies but I don’t believe that there were.

      If there is a sentence or 2 that you are concerned about please let me know. Mr. Dean claims to be a Christian. I have talked to him about some similar concerns with other companies so I know he is open to hearing criticism on this. Thanks!

  19. Susie Yuhas says:

    Thank you for all your research, it truly is apprectiated. I homeschooled and taught once a month cooking. My children are out of the home but bless you and your family. I noticed you mention about church being important and you lived in Japan. What denomination affiliation was that with? Just curious as I love hearing stories about people who have done that. Thank you and God bless you

    Susie Yuhas
    Back In Shape Chiropractic

    Cant wait to try the oils I ordered from you

    • Hi there. Thanks for commenting! I wasn’t affiliated with any denomination. I just went on my own – which wasn’t entirely a wise decision :) I didn’t have much support there and it was pretty rough going. I didn’t know much and chose to be a tentmaker. Good to be in touch and hope you like the oils – they aren’t “from me” per se but I do like the company :).

  20. Lisa Miller says:

    I am wanting to order a 5 tray dehydrator 3000 series w/timer black. Do I do that through you here? I want to be sure to receive the discount price. This is a gift and I wondered how long it takes for shipping? Thank you so much. My daughter in law and both of my grandchildren have Lyme disease and I want to help them get the best possible nutrition.

    • Hi there. It’s easiest if you email me at wholenewmom at gmail dot com. I will give you the discount for sure. The machine is shipped right after I order it and comes FedEx from the West Coast so it depends on where you live – what a great gift!!

  21. i tried to contact do terra about the titanium dioxide in their Onguard toothpaste. what is the latest on this?

  22. N Alberstadt says:

    You stated you have used the oils internally. How? By mouth or some other private way?
    And would Lavender be a good oil to use internally?

    Please reply via my EMail

  23. You mentioned in one of your posts that you had been using the Nutritional Balancing for yourself and your family. I just wanted to know how long you tried it and what your results were. I’d really appreciate it if you could respond as I am seriously considering this for my family. Thanks :)

  24. Amanda Klepper says:

    Just wondering what kind of make up you recommend. I am switching to more natural and I have no idea where to start. I am so glad I found your blog just in time, by the way! I will be ordering from Native American Naturals very soon.

  25. Hi,

    I realized recently I wasn’t seeing your fabulous conglomeration of allergy-free recipes in a while. I checked my inbox, and the last one was October!! (Time flies!). I don’t know what happened, bu please put me back on your list. Your recipes and free kindle books (more recipes!) help this home-cooking, busy, single mom. Thank you.

  26. Annette D. says:

    I have been reading your website and I am getting ready to take the jump into essentials oils. One thing I am wondering. NAN doesn’t seem to have the “start up” kit that includes a diffuser, etc. like YL does. Is it best to just start with a few oils I think would be beneficial and purchase the diffuser, etc. as I go along? The one I would like is out of stock currently and expensive. The initial start up cost is a little overwhelming!! Any advice anyone could give would be appreciated.
    thank you!

    • Hi there. They do not have a startup kit like that – you are correct, but they do have kits that you can save some money on here. (affiliate link) I never tried the YL diffusers, but I did try the doTERRA one (Lotus) and didn’t care for it at all. I love the NAN ones.

      I would get the oils first and then the diffuser if you have to make a choice.

  27. Lynne Genser says:

    Here is a challenge for you: how about a low-sodium vegetarian broth mix? My husband follows a low sodium diet and I have started making just about everything from scratch. At present, I just substitute water for broth mix in all sorts of recipes, but having a broth mix substitute would be nice.

  28. Hi, I click the link for the free trail membership but nothing happened. Can you help me? thanks

    • Hi there. I’m sorry but what free trial membership do you mean? There is a free report on essential oils being offered. Let me know – thanks!

  29. Debbie Denke says:

    I saw that #4 on your store list was something for liver health but did not see anything to purchase….help?

    • Hi there. I am sorry – you didn’t see the Liver Support in the store? If you’d like to get it and don’t see the store just email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com. Thanks!

  30. Can you suggest a whole house water filter? We want to remove the very nasty things like lead, arsenic, etc. and wiggly growing critters too!! I remember you said you had purchased a filter system so I hope you have some info on this subject. Thank you Adrienne, Sharon M.

  31. Debbie Dunn says:

    I cannot remember which article/post I was reading, when I read in the comments section that someone was asking you about treating scoliosis with essential oils. Is that really possible–have you heard of such a connection? I am 59 and my scoliosis is getting more noticeable, along with frequent back pain. I am very interested in arresting the progress of this condition. Thank you. –Debbie D.

  32. miriam oneil says:

    I want to place an order from you,to our store in the Netherland.I would like to know if you can ship here and accept credit card as a form of payment.
    Reply back asap
    miriam oneil

  33. Hi I am sorry but so confused here. I am trying to find out which company is best for essentials oils. Been reading for a long time and can’t find the info. I thought DoTerra was a good company. This is soo confusing, but I do appreciated your website. Could you please email me the best company you are commenting on? Maybe show me exactly where your comments are at? I clicked on best company for oils but can’t find it.. Thanks..No offense but it’s like who does one believe? Someone told me who does compliment on DoTerra that if the bottles say pure t……whatever (sorry cant remember the statement) my question can we believe that?

  34. Hello,

    Really appreciate you sharing all the information on-line! I want to make my own spices/herbs and have a dehydration machine. Where can I find the info for making homemade original and blend spices and herbs? what is the best place to purchase different types of flour?

    Thank you,

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