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Amazing Oils

Hi there!

Oils are crazy, that is the subtitle.

I wanted to share with you something that has been rocking our worlds, affecting our lives in crazy and amazing ways, some of which I still can’t even believe.

Since I last wrote about Essential Oils, a few things have happened.

First, I got a few emails from people who purchased and used them for the first time after hearing about them here–and it blew me away.

The first one was when Finley wasn’t feeling well the other morning and I posted on Instagram about how much we love the Breathe Oil, and how it opened his poor, drippy airways and he could breathe and rest.


Which is great.  I am still always amazed each time I use oils, I just wasn’t raised on them, and it’s still just amazing to me how well they work.  But then, more amazing than that, I got a comment that was one of the best I have ever received,  it made my whole day to know someone else’s life was changed because they tried essential oils, she wrote: “Thank you for your tips on Serenity! We finally tried it and it worked. After 3 years of horrible sleep patterns, our little boy has been sleeping great for two months now!!!”

There is just NOTHING like a well rested child, I feel so honored and blessed to be able to share about essential oils with families. THREE YEARS!?! Oh my, rest well little one! Thank you, Serenity.  I emailed with her a few times since then and asked her about it.  Her message also encouraged other mamas to email about this special oil that helps little ones sleep, rest and feel their best because of it.  I asked her if I could share and she said yes:

Once he went to sleep, he would wake up around 2:30 am and it would take another two hours of putting him back in his room every few minutes to get him back to sleep. Looking back, the only sleep he probably got, was out of pure exhaustion. After seeing a post you had written on essential oils, I was curious, but honestly, I didn’t think it would work for Ryan..nothing else had.  We started using it that night and for the first time in his life, he was asleep by 8:15!!!! He has slept from 8:15pm until 6:30 am every single night since we started using it…almost two months now! The change in his has been amazing. He isn’t a little “monster” any more because he is rested!  Nothing else has changed…the bed time routine is the same, everything is the same…we just added the oil! I’m still in shock.”

Right, that’s how it is, cause ‘oils’ sounds so weird, but then–they work like crazy.  It really is shocking.

This is the kind of thing that sends my heart soaring.  I am the kind of person who so longs for people to be just doing well, feeling well, I’ll go out of my way for that for someone.  I know for us once Elijah started REALLY resting, he had a huge growth spurt physically, but also a big burst in his language, too–sleep is big.  Kids just need their sleep, and moms need them to sleep, too 🙂

So happy for that little household.


Another story, this one about me and my brother.  The other day, 2 weeks ago, on a Saturday I had the WORST stomach ache, I told Andrew I had to go lay down.  I had just heard the OilRN who used to be a nurse, but now helps people with oils, talking about oils and how to use peppermint.  She said that as opposed to something like motrin, which you have to wait many hours in between using it, you can apply oils as often as you like.  So I hoisted my pitiful self up and touched the peppermint oil onto my stomach.  It was better instantly.  So I didn’t believe it.  My skin kind of tingled as you would imagine pure peppermint oil would do, so I just thought I was feeling that and it was masking the pain.  But then I got up, and went into the kitchen.

“Feeling better?”

“Um…yeah, I used that peppermint oil, on my stomach.  And I feel better….”  It was so weird.

15 minutes later it started hurting again, but I remembered about being able to apply it right away.  I did, it went away and the pain never came back.  What. The. Heck.

So, fast forward that same day, my brother was supposed to come over to help Andrew dig a drain under the avocado trees.  He texted us that he was icing his stomach, it hurt so bad.

“COME OVER I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU!!!” I told him, yelling in all caps.

He limped in, we put on the oil.  He instantly (you guys….) felt better and worked with Andrew all afternoon and finished the darn drain!!!  He was so into it, he started coating his whole body in it before I batted it away, “I JUST GOT THIS!” I told him, “STOP!!”  I showed everyone all the weird/amazing ways to use the peppermint since I now loved it, and was kind of in awe of it in a new way; like put one drop on the palm of one of your hands, rub your hands together, cover your nose and mouth and take a deep breath.

It dramatically increases the uptake of oxygen into your brain and it’s like a wake up, similar to coffee, but with no stimulants.  It clears your mind and makes you alert.  I have Maria do this ‘self diffusion’ while doing school work.  Or if Andrew is slowly waking up from a power nap, and I want it to be fast, I secretly put the oil on my hand and cover his nose…cause I am super loving.  HAHAHA, and he’s UP!  It’s cool, guys, it’s natural! 

Put a drop in your mouth if you got stank breathe, a drop in your water makes it taste great, and is good for your insides.

Peppermint: Found in Single Oils


Lavender:  Lavender is all things skin.  So here’s something that is making me feel real joyful these days, connecting with other adoptive families as a helper.  I love helping people, talking to people (Some would call that an extrovert ; ) and in my little circle of special needs adoptions, it’s been really fun to research with them the best oils for things like open sores, eczema, sleep issues, digestion issues–I can’t get enough.  The thing with oils, as opposed to over the counter items is that all the side effects are good side effects.  The phycological side effects to these oils are powerful and healing.  When your whole body relaxes because you are applying oil in one part of the body, it has an entire, systemic healing.

So, lavender.  My husband rocks his red hair, and sometimes, if we’re not careful, the sun rocks him.  If I am sunburned, it will usually go away the next day.  For him, the burn can last even 2-3 weeks 🙁  A couple weeks ago, he was burned, and since my confidence in the abilities of these oils has been increasing, I told him I’d put it all over his burned back.  Well, first off, there’s nothing much more relaxing than the scent of lavender, and the connection of human touch that is often overlooked these days, but when he woke up, most of his skin was healed, only a few patchy red spots left, much duller.  My major skeptic of a husband looked at his healed back and couldn’t believe it.

Lavender: Found under Single Oils.


I made my very first ‘order!!!’  It was so exciting, I took a picture of it when it came, as you do.

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My friend Savannah was over when it came.  The first one we saw was Elevation, the ‘Joyful Blend.’  We doused it on our wrists, and I literally felt it go straight to my brain, and we were laughing and smiling with each other.  When my kids woke up from their naps, it’s pretty hit or miss on emotions–that delicate witching hour before dinner, when you need to cook and get things moving…we rubbed a drop on their little chests and they were happy, dancing, making music, playing quietly.

We haven’t stopped using this one since that day.  Actually, I am going to go out on a limb and claim this one as my current favorite oil.  And that’s saying a lot.

For instance, during homeschool review of grammar–the one thing that can cause death–I didn’t die.

“I think what makes a good teachers is when if she likes her teacher.”

Me, smiling, high on elevation and not dying, “A good teacher isn’t usually characterized by liking their teacher, lets keep brainstorming!” 🙂

Oh Elevation, where have you been…

I digress…

I asked my friend Kelly who is my oil friend who is also a doula if she has ever tried Elevation it since it was rocking our worlds over here and she said, “Yes, I diffuse it during births!!  I love it.”  #Genius.  We all need a little joy during birth 🙂

Elevation: found under Oil Blends


I also got Clary Calm–which I have yet to use, will let you know, and Wild Orange, that probably the best smell of the bunch, but I have yet to use it, too.  But the Oil RN said that once a month, her husband will just grab the Clary Calm and hand it to her, and doesn’t need to say much more 🙂


Deep Blue:  I got this one for Andrew, it’s for deep pain within the body.  He has pain in his upper back, forearm and ankle.  Chronic pain and the body is not healing itself through it.  He asks for it to be rubbed everyday, just for the moment of relief.  I rubbed the Deep Blue into his forearm just to see how he would like it.

He said it felt better right away.  He said he felt it doing something inside of his arm, “And it’s way better than Bengay which makes me feel horrible.”  I asked him right now how he thinks those three areas are doing now since we’ve applied it three times, “I think maybe, they are getting a little better…maybe.  Especially my arm, it actually feels a lot better.”

Ok, if you know Andrew, especially if you are in his family, you know that these are big for him to be saying.  If you don’t know him and are reading this, it may not sound like much, and that’s ok, I’ll share more as time goes on and we keep using it longer term.  He is usually such a skeptic, that I feel very encouraged by his response.  We watched a video about it, since we were intrigued and we learned that it works on three levels:

1. It anesthetizes the spot of pain within or on the body.
2.  It is a blend of calming and soothing oils so help your body relax because if someone is in constant pain, usually their whole body is tense.
3.  It is systemic in it’s tissue pain healing, and even when you put it on one spot of your body, people often will feel it effecting pain in other parts of their bodies.
So, if you are at my house, and you are not feeling well, just know I will probably be putting oils on you.  You have a headache during our BBQ, I’ll grab the Peppermint and Frankincense and put them on your neck and temples.  Expect to feel relief.
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If you have ever wondered about essential oils, or any ailments that are bugging you, there’s an oil for that, and I would love to help you figure it all out, my joy.  If you have a little one who needs rest, try the Serenity–the name says it all.  It also works to calm a tantrum, to which I can attest.(Serenity -Oil Blends)
An added bonus, all sales go towards our adoption costs of our littlest.  If you’ve always wanted to try them, but are skeptical, I hear you, I’ve been there, but they are worth a shot.  Shoot, just tell yourself they smell amazing at bare minimum and are healthy and good for you, one step more.  You’ll have to see if they work on your own from there 🙂

What’s good and powerful is that we as consumers today have such better access to research and information, and just aren’t satisfied with putting toxic, strange or synthetic things into our bodies or the bodies of our children.  We want better, and we know there are better options out there.  In this case, the the simplest option, most natural, made from plants.  Some people think that oils are ‘New Age-y’ when in reality, oils for healing have been around for millennia, and are even talked about in the Bible over 300 times.


You can look around the shop here: www.mydoterra.com/tinygreenelephants and email me here: amy@tinygreenelephants.com if you want to chat anything oils.  Or adoption, or anything , really 🙂


Thank you for reading, and I hope you try one that will fit your family and have the same crazy and amazing results we have had.
So I loved asking last time, what are you favorite oils and why?  Are you someone who uses oils often, what is your experience?  Or have you never used them, what are your thoughts?  Skeptics like us?  Please share!  I learned a lot from your comments last time!
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  • Melissa September 10, 2014, 11:26 am

    We love oils! Love, love, love. My skeptic hubs–he asked me how many gallon drums we were getting for the cost of the starter kit, lol–has become an oily dude. He now asks for oils on his feet. He’s a mail carrier, and a few months ago he was having bad, bad pain in his knee–so severe he thought he might have to quit his job. I got out the PanAway (we use YL oils, nothing against doTerra-my first oil was ‘sleek and sassy’ and started me on my oily journey) and the peppermint and a few minutes later he said “Wow, what did you put on me??” Much much better than BenGay! He loves an oil called ‘StressAway’ and we both use it morning and night on the backs of our necks. I also use a protocol for him with Cedarwood, Vetiver and Lavender for his ADHD and he said he could feel a difference. I use Thieves regularly (I think it’s called ‘OnGuard’ or ‘TerraShield’ in the dT line). I made a spray using Lavender and last night my hubs was spraying it all over the place before bed. LOL! Oils are awesome.

    • tinyteam September 11, 2014, 8:29 am

      So awesome! I think the best part too is not just how well they work, but how good you feel about using them, just pure natural #BengayIsGrossssss 🙂

  • Alyssa September 10, 2014, 9:00 pm

    So this question came from my sister and mother during a discussion we were having. They said, “If oils work so well and have such consistent healing results, then why wouldn’t all doctors be using and prescribing them?”

    I thought perhaps you might have some insight into this?

    • tinyteam September 11, 2014, 8:31 am

      Such a good question, I think for a long time people assumed chemical things were better, like when formula came along, people assumed it must be much better for babies because doctors created it. Plus, the health care industries and prescription companies are big bucks–so many downsides that that involving addiction and dependancy.

      Here’s a short video with some info: http://vimeo.com/86167476

  • Heather September 10, 2014, 10:36 pm

    My oh my, I love those oils! My mom had to have both of her knees replaced within a few weeks of each other and the Dr. put Helichrysum in the knee before closing her up (yay for open minded Dr.’s!) She healed amazingly well and the scar was beautiful! My favorite oil right now is Lemongrass. It’s amazing on headaches and pulled muscles. Just simply amazing. doTERRA is blessing for sure!

    • tinyteam September 11, 2014, 8:32 am

      Seriously, doTerra is a blessing, we love it. Lemongrass, huh? I well have to save that one, I’ve heard other people saying the same! Thank you for the advice!

  • Sarah September 13, 2014, 8:30 pm

    I am so grateful for you writing about these oils. After your first post, I bought all three that you wrote about (Breathe, OnGuard and Serenity). Since then I’ve gotten pregnant and started back up at work at a school. The Serenity is really helping me to sleep – I was having cramps and other uncomfortable feelings that come along with early pregnancy and it helps me not be up every hour. Started feeling like I had a sore throat recently and used OnGuard – gone the next morning! And allergy season is in full swing – so I use Breathe while I sleep with the window open. Love it.

    Curious if you have any suggestions for nausea! That is my ongoing issue now!

    • tinyteam September 15, 2014, 8:38 am

      YESSS! Double yes, first, so glad you tried those first three, they ARE amazing.

      Secondly, single oils: Ginger and Lemon, amazing. http://www.mydoterra.com/tinygreenelephants/
      You can apply them onto your skin, take them internally, or, what I would do in the mornings is diffuse them. You can get diffuser, and diffuse them in the air to start breathing the oils in, which is nice aromatically, but it is continuing the healing process of the oils throughout the morning, or whenever you are diffusing them.

      Also, CONGRATS!! How exciting. Are you thinking about encapsulating your placenta or is that totally crazy to you? 🙂

      • Sarah September 22, 2014, 6:09 pm

        Thanks so much! I will probably order those! I am not feeling TERRIBLE but a little boost will help me I’m sure. The Breathe has helped SOOOO much with my allergies recently – and my snoring!!

        As for my placenta, YES! I am seriously considering encapsulating. I have been reading about it and a friend had an awesome experience with it. I’m worried about breastfeeding and I think that it helps with that. I’m NOT however a natural birth momma… bring on the epidural! I’m going to have to have oils during birth for sure..

    • Carla September 15, 2014, 1:53 pm

      Sarah, which oil helped you get pregnant? Or was it all 3? We’ve been trying for 6 months so any help would be welcome!!

      • Sarah September 22, 2014, 6:13 pm

        Thanks so much! I will probably order those! I am not feeling TERRIBLE but a little boost will help me I’m sure. The Breathe has helped SOOOO much with my allergies recently – and my snoring!!

        As for my placenta, YES! I am seriously considering encapsulating. I have been reading about it and a friend had an awesome experience with it. I’m worried about breastfeeding and I think that it helps with that. I’m NOT however a natural birth momma… bring on the epidural! I’m going to have to have oils during birth for sure..

        Carla, I didn’t use oils to get pregnant – but I can tell you that I tried for a year before it happened. And I was charting and everything. Just be patient – and see your dr when you get frustrated. I saw mine at about the 9 month mark and discovered I had a thyroid issue. Fixed it and got pregnant shortly thereafter.

  • Lauren September 14, 2014, 6:33 pm

    Hi there! Just curious as to how long a 15 ml bottle of Serenity would last if I were to use it once daily? Thanks!

    • tinyteam September 15, 2014, 8:33 am

      Awesome question, I’m not sure exactly, but a very long time. We have our same bottle of OnGuard we use often from two years ago in Russia.

      We have used our Serenity multiple times a day on multiple children and I am looking at the bottle now and it is not half empty yet, but close. With oils–it’s just one drop at a time, because each drop is so powerful.

  • Carla September 15, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Can you get immune to an oil? If you use one every single day for months, will your body eventually stop accepting it? Sort of like what happens to people who constantly take advil or Cold FX every day?? Just curious. I’ve never used oils but just received a few samples from a friend. I think you need to do up a cheat sheet with all these ideas and tips to be printed 😉

  • Nikasha September 18, 2014, 9:22 pm

    Here’s another type of use – peppermint oil will keep mice away. One year we moved into a rental that clearly had an existing mouse problem. We didn’t yet have kids, but had dogs, so I was very cautious about how to deal with the mice. I put cotton balls in various places around the house, each with a couple drops of peppermint oil on them. We never saw a mouse in that house again! (Put something under the cotton balls to keep them from leaving oil marks on surfaces.) I use this trick in my office at work too.