What's in my dōTerra keychain kit?

Here's my new handy keychain from dōTerra that holds 8 small vials of essential oils for use on the go.  I've been gradually soaking up the knowledge over the last year-and-a-half of how these oils can help me and my family.  When I started using them, all I knew was that lavender made my bath water smell good, and now I'm carrying fennel in my purse.  Ha!  It's a journey.

So, here are the 8 oils I chose for my keychain:

  • Lemon - There are a myriad of uses, but especially during this season it's great for congestion.  If I rub some lemon (diluted with coconut oil) on the back of my neck and around my throat, it helps stop a stuffy or runny nose pretty quickly.  I've been battling an allergy flare-up with this crazy wet fall weather.  This morning I was at a friend's house, and she made me some hot tea.  I was able to add a few drops of lemon oil to the tea to help soothe my throat.
  • Clary Sage - This is just one of my favorite scents that always calms me.  I figure if I'm having a hormonal day, I can inhale this or rub it on my wrists for some relief.
  • Fennel - Ever since I was pregnant this last time, I'm sorry to say I can't take the smell of DigestZen oil.  Instead, I use Fennel oil (which has a fresh scent, like a vegetable) diluted on the tummy for any digestive issues.   Handy just in case we go to a restaurant where cheese accidentally jumps in my mouth.
  • Purify - I used this oil much more in the summer because it's amazing to take the itch/sting out of bug bites and as a bug repellant.  But it's also great to have on hand to clear the air and neutralize bad smells.  You can add a few drops to a cotton ball and put it in the air vent of your car. This would be great if driving in an area with a lot of heavy exhaust smells - I hate that!
  • OnGuard - This is an everyday oil.  I use this all the time on the girls - I have it in a roller bottle diluted with coconut oil too, and I rub it on their feet before we're going to be around a lot of other kids.  It helps protect against germs, so I feel like it's a little shield that I can have with me at all times.
  • Lavender - What isn't lavender good for?  For me, it opens up my sinuses, calms me, soothes cuts and burns, and so many more things I haven't discovered yet.  Recently, I used it diluted on Norah's chapped upper lip and to soothe a burn on my finger.
  • Melaleuca - This is what I would use to immediately disinfect a cut or to clean an area that's been exposed to something gross. 
  • Helichrysum - This is a miracle oil, I tell ya.  It's pricy, but you get what you pay for.  I was thankful to receive it for free with my bonus points from dōTerra.  Several months ago, I partially shut my finger in the door of my car - yeah...OUCH.  There was a puncture wound at the top of my pointer finger that was swelling quickly and turning purple from bleeding underneath, and thankfully, I happened to have a few drops of Helichrysum on hand.  I put one drop on the wound, and I'm not kidding, this oil stopped the bleeding and actually reversed the bruising and swelling before my eyes.  Amazing stuff.  I also used this on a really bad face scrape my daughter got recently on her nose and under her lip.  I didn't want it to scar, so I applied Helichrysum every night and let it scab over.  I kept applying the oil, and the scabs came off neatly with perfect, unscarred skin underneath.

Honorary mentions:

  • Peppermint - This is another staple oil, but I'm nursing, and peppermint oil can affect milk production for some people.  I didn't want to risk it so I'm avoiding this oil right now.  This is also why I didn't include the Breathe blend, which I normally love.
  • Cardamom - This is a new oil from dōTerra that is also helpful for respiratory issues, and I've been using it instead of Breathe.
  • Balance - It's one of my all-time favorites, but I'm going to be totally honest...the only reason I didn't include it is that I've run out of Balance stickers, and I didn't want a handwritten sticker to "mess up" my keychain.  Haha!  Wow, I might need professional help.

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What are your favorite essential oils to carry with you?  I'd love to know!

If you'd like to know more about any of these oils, my experiences, or oils in general, please contact me or check out my site. I'm still learning, but I'd love to share as I go.