Citrus Oils

We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year here and things are a wee bit chaotic. I actually secretly love this time of the year because the kids are soo excited for summer break and even though our schedule gets a bit crazy with art shows, awards ceremonies and graduation events, all of those things are the culmination of their hard work and it is fun to celebrate!!

Like any busy time in life, it is easy to get bogged down and not be able to eat as well as we’d like, or drink as much water as we know we should.  There are a lot of things that kind of fall by the wayside but that is okay, I think it is super important to give yourself grace and take care of yourself in the ways that you can.  I just bought a new stainless steel water bottle so that I can up the amount of citrus water that I am drinking.  In my mind this makes up for all of the take-out Mexican food I’ve been eating, it really is super tasty though!! I’ve had lemon water, orange water and most recently bergamot water which was new.  All of those oils (and any citrus oil) are really good at breaking down petrochemicals and detoxing our body, but they happen to also be really tasty!!  You can also add citrus oil to your teas or juices.  I sometimes make a mocktail with Ningxia, grapefruit oil and La Croix or Perrier which is delish!!!  I would encourage you to incorporate citrus into your lifestyle, there is a reason so many articles and professionals suggest drinking lemon water everyday, it’s a great detoxer, just imagine the power of the concentrated form you get in the oil!!!

I can’t write a post without including a second suggestion, diffusing citrus oils.  Orange and tangerine oils are some of my absolute favorite to diffuse!!! They are PERFECT for the start of summer because they smell so bright and I think they are really powerful in the diffuser and help to elevate your mood.  In the month of May with the purchase of a premium starter kit you receive a FREE bonus 15 mL of tangerine!!! If you haven’t ordered your kit yet, this is a great time to do it 🙂

Hope all is well! XOXO  ~Amber

Passionate Past Times

Passionate Past Times

I decided to give an update on three things that are part of my life that contribute to my health, wellness and happiness.
1.  I got the nod on Wednesday that I will be testing for my next belt in TKD.  I’m getting stronger and have passed the goal of getting a yellow belt someday.  Orange belt test is May 20th.
2. We are harvesting lettuce,spinach, radishes and green onions from the garden.  I love the first salads from the garden.  What better way to feel good about what you eat than to go outside, pick the veggies and have salad for dinner.  Gives a whole new meaning to picking up a salad.
3.  Sewing is a passion that keeps me busy, joyfully.  Two years of retirement has  included lots of sewing projects- grandkids projects, quilt for the hubby and lots of aprons.  I even made a quilted case for Amber and I to carry our essential oils in our purse or on a trip.  These can carry 8 oils or 4 if you want to fold it over.  I’m thinking about making a few smaller ones too.
They say you’re more busy in retirement. I’m busy doing all the things I love.  Sure hope you can make time for something you really enjoy.
– Cathy

Kids and Oils

I think it is clear that the subject of this post is FAR TOO SIMPLE.  There could be hundreds of posts on how to use oils with children.  This is simply a starting point for what I have had great success with so far.


This was the first oil I introduced to my kids for its immune boosting properties.  I started with simply rubbing it on their feet before bedtime and before school to help ward of the crud.  Since then I have also used it in their diffuser at bedtime as well as daytime if there is something going around.  It has been unbelievable at keeping my kids going during seasons of illness at school!! This was my “AHA” oil that made me a true believer because when I looked back over time my kids hadn’t missed any school and I was getting texts from their doctor saying “We miss you”.  Hate to say it doc, but the feeling is not mutual!

Inner Child

I am going to say this is a favorite of mine to use with my children but in all honesty it is a favorite to use on myself as well!! Inner Child smells incredible!! I wear it almost every day just as my perfume.  It is amazing with the kids though.  Whenever we start having a bit of a meltdown for whatever reason I use this on them.  I just rub it on their wrists and the back of their neck and rub their back for a few minutes and voila, our mood has been lifted.  I have had so much success with this that I am planning on making a rollerball with it to keep in my purse for when we are out of the house and start feeling out of sorts!!


This oil has a really interesting smell.  I wasn’t a huge fan of it at first but it has completely grown on me! We use this mostly in the afternoon at homework time.  I made a rollerball with it and labelled it “Focus” which is very fitting because it really does help them to chill out with the distractions and just get going on their homework.  We’ve had so much success that sometimes they ask for it themselves just to get going in the right direction!!  I also like to diffuse this in my office when I have a lot of work to get done!

These are just the tip of the iceberg but they are a good place to get started! With summer right around the corner we will have some DIY recipes coming to help with your kids and yourself in the summer elements.

Hope all is well!!


Hot Oil Surprise

Recently, Paul and I went to see our son and his wife in Texas.
I know that Ryan and Jess have some basic oils so  I just packed the supplements we use and roller balls for  cold sores (that I get often) and  sleepy time.  I put everything in a pouch so I could get to them easily.  About half way there I realized I had LEFT EVERYTHING AT HOME!!  Almost immediately a little core sore popped up  probably because of the stress.  We arrived without any other incident. (Did I say I forgot my pouch and was stressed out?) After visiting a bit, I asked to use some oregano because of the anti-virus properties.  I tried putting some on my lip with my finger but that didn’t go well. It was just too hot.  After a nice evening, I put on some of their  Stress Away and went to bed.
The next morning I tried again but this time I put a Q-tip on the opening of the  oregano and turned the bottle over quickly.  I touched the Q-tip to the bump on my lip.  I knew the oil was there because I could smell it but there was no sting or discomfort at all.  I reapplied every few hours. The best part is that the oregano and Q-tip worked great.  The cold sore didn’t get bigger and dried up almost  immediately. I don’t know if I invented this method or just discovered it out of necessity but I will use this Q-tip method again.
You know the old saying,” When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” but in this case use oregano and a Q-tip.

Fun Blends


Happy April to you!! This post is the result of a happy accident/surprise.  I picked up these glass spray bottles a while back with the intention of making linen sprays, bug spray, etc… I hadn’t yet made them because life can be a little hectic sometimes but this week I had a real reason.  My littlest munchkin wasn’t feeling well and got sick on my bed 🙁  After stripping the bed and getting the sheets in the wash I was trying to think of the best way to proceed without introducing any moisture to my mattress.  I decided to try Thieves in one of the spray bottles because obviously it would help with any actual germs, and I added lavender because it’s a bed I guess (not really sure what compelled that move).  What a happy accident!! They work great together, and not only did it solve my mattress problem but my whole bedroom smelled amazing for HOURS!! I added 10 drops of each oil and topped it with tap water.  I gave the mattress a good spritzing but I didn’t go crazy because I didn’t want it to actually get wet.  That is something I would do again for more than just linen spray! I’ve never really been big on room spray or anything like that but I think these make a great one 🙂

This is completely unrelated but these two oils, rosemary and tangerine, are like heaven in the diffuser.  I read somewhere years ago that if you want your house to smell like a Williams Sonoma to boil rosemary and lemon peels in water.  I’ve tried that and it’s okay but this is much better, simpler too!!  Honestly, the rosemary goes great with all of the citruses that I’ve tried.

Hope all is well!!!


Bath Time

Bath Time

When I was a young mom, taking a bath was my retreat from a long day.   I remember Amber sticking her fingers under the bathroom door when she was little.  Amber also learned the joys of a hot bath as she got older.  It’s my son who takes hot baths for a different reason.  He has trouble with his bum that includes swelling, oozing and pain.  His wife has used essential oils to help him find real comfort.  She makes bath bombs using a basic bath bomb recipe but adds lavender, PanAway, lemon  and oregano essential oils.  He only uses one bomb in his bath and it gives him some noticeable relief.  Lavender for relaxation, pan away for pain, oregano for anti-inflammatory properties and lemon because it smells good.
Jess’ recipe:
Dry ingredients
8 oz baking soda     .
4 oz epsom salt
4 oz citric acid
4 oz corn starch
1-2 T lavender buds ( optional )
Wet ingredients
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops pan away essential oil
5 drops oregano essential
5 drops lemon essential oil
1 T water
3 T coconut oil
A little bit of gel food coloring (optional)
Mix all the dry ingredients first.  Mix the wet ingredients separately. It is important to add the wet ingredients a little at a time to the dry mixture stirring constantly. If the mixture starts to fizz, stop adding wet and stir vigorously. When fizzing stops, continue adding wet to dry.  Pack firmly in ice cube trays or a silicone mold.  Flip the trays on wax paper.  You might need to tap the tray firmly to remove bath bombs.  Let dry 48 before using.
The essential oils can be adjusted to fit your personal needs.  Just add about 25 drops of your favorite oil. Jess used gel food coloring to keep the amount of liquid to a minimum or you can just leave it out.

Sleeping Well

Everyone knows that part of taking good care of yourself is getting enough sleep.  I sometimes battle with my kids about this (especially the older ones) but it is really very important!! Without proper rest your body gets worn down and is more susceptible to illness and crankiness!! Most of the people I talk to about this struggle with getting to sleep or staying asleep even when they have the best of intentions.  We have developed a few tricks that we use at the Murphy house to help us when it comes to sleeping.

A Rollerball!!

We have tried both the pre-made Young Living rollerballs and I have made my own at home.  Both options have been successfull for us, it really is a matter of preference.  The pre-made rollerballs are really nice, the consistancy is perfect and the oil is powerful!!! I also like the DIY version because we can tweak it for us.  My personal favorite recipe is 15 drops lavender, 15 drops cedarwood and 2-3 drops of vetiver topped off with grapeseed oil.  The empty rollerballs can be found easily on Amazon, my only recommendation is that you find one with a metal rollerball attachment.

The Diffuser!!

One of my favorite things that happens at our house has to do with our bedtime diffuser routine.  Frankie, my 8 year old, LOVES the diffuser at night.  If I ever forget to fill it up, he comes down to let me know that it is out of water and I need to get upstairs STAT!! I love that he gets so much comfort from the oils!  For the kids I usually diffuse lavender and cedarwood and we switch up the third oil depending on the circumstances.  If there is a crud going around school we go for a preemptive strike and add thieves.  Otherwise, I may add vetiver, one of the many eucalyptus options or peace & calming.   Josh and I stick with the lavender, cedarwood and vetiver combo or go with peace & calming.  Diffusing really helps with great sleep, not only do the oils work with your body to support sleep but the sound of the diffuser is theraputic as well.

Shutting your Brain Off!!

This may come off as preachy, but I really believe this wholeheartedly.  You have to give your brain a chance to slow down before you ask it to go to sleep.  The biggest part of this has been putting my cell phone down and turning off the television a little while before I go to bed.  It’s nice to just have a few minutes to completely unwind at the end of the day.  Sometimes it is as simple as just sitting quietly for a few minutes and other times I will pick up a book I’ve already read and just check out a bit.  Whatever it is,  getting away from screentime is a great way to signal to your body that the day is coming to a close.

Hope these tips can help support better sleep for you and your loved ones!!


Spring in Albuquerque

Spring in Albuquerque 

The beginning of spring is always exciting because it means getting out into the garden.  The radishes, lettuce, beets, spinach and peas are popping up out of the ground with the promise of fresh veggies around the corner. Yesterday we transplanted tomato seedlings from their starter cups to the next size pot. We will transplant one more time before we put them out in the garden. This helps make a strong root system.  We grow most of our food from seed so we get the varieties that we like best, it’s fun for us and it’s cheaper.
The not so fun part of spring is the wind we get every year and the watery eyes and sniffles that go with it.  In the past I have taken over the counter tablets starting in late February.  I admit that I bought them this year but I have been able to leave them on the shelf.  I’m diffusing equal parts lemon, peppermint and lavender all day long. I have an open kitchen, dining room and living room so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When I go outside and come back in, the smell is heavenly so I know the diffuser is working in this large space. On tougher days like today when the wind is to blow 40 mph I put one drop of each on my wrist and rub my wrists together.  All three of these oils come in a starter kit. Give it a try.  And try growing a few tomatoes too.
Happy Spring,

Welcome to Oily Shenanigans!!!

I think the best way to start this blog is with a little bit of info on who we are and what we’re doing here.  First, thank you for taking the time to check it out, our hope is that it will be a blessing to you and the people around you!!
I’m Amber Murphy, a wife, mother of four, and lover of Jesus. I love healthy but delicious food and am therefore a healthy cookbook hoarder.  I am completely obsessed with taekwondo and it has been a big part of my family’s healthy lifestyle for years. I have always been very concerned with what kind of food I am putting not just in my body but also those of my husband and four kids but I haven’t always condsidered the impact that our surroundings can have on us as well.  I’ve learned all about the toxins in our homes and feel 100% compelled to share it with you!! I’m really excited to share the journey of using essential oils to help clean up the nasty chemicals in our lives and help support a more natural wellness.  I shared essential oils with my mom over a year ago and together we have never looked back.
The quick answer of who I am is Cathy Bell, a retired teacher who loves great food, gardening, and taekwondo.  Each of these parts of me is how I came to this place of enjoying a more natural way of life.
I’m a lover of great food but also a woman who has struggled with extra weight since having my first child, Amber.  A few years ago I decided to get serious about those extra pounds and started reading everything I could find about food.  That began the path of real awareness about cutting out the processed food and focusing on real food.  It naturally followed that I would start growing as much of my own food as possible, all organically. The garden started with 4 raised beds and has grown to nearly 30.  If you want to know what you are eating, grow it yourself.  After retiring from teaching, I added taekwondo as a form of exercise and it was love at first class. I love that it is a sport that includes every part of the body as well as the mind. 
As a teacher I am naturally curious and love learning. So when Amber introduced me to Essential Oils, I was interested to see how that worked.  I’ve learned A LOT.  It is the perfect addition to the health and wellness that has become so important in my life.  
Our goal with this blog is not only to share essential oils and what we are doing with them, but also healthy recipes we have had success with, gardening ideas and whatever other things we find that we are loving.  Hope to have you back again soon!!