Ways to Use Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Citrus Fresh™ is a relaxing, calming blend of citrus essential oils loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health* while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also makes a terrific air purifier when diffused.

About the Single Oils in Citrus Fresh

Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in studies. It promotes clarity of thought and purpose, improved health, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.Citrus-Fresh-Oil-2012

Orange is a wonderful “happy oil.” It is uplifting to the spirits and may act as an antidepressant.

Grapefruit is emotionally uplifting and refreshing and may help with feelings of depression. It is also used to regulate appetite.

Spearmint is known for increasing metabolism, as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mucolytic, gall bladder stimulant, digestive aid. Well-known uses for Spearmint oil are: Obesity, intestinal/digestive disorders, hepatitis.

Citrus essential oils make terrific air fresheners around the home, kitchens, in offices, schools and public places and very few people object to the scent; whereas synthetic air fresheners mask may mask undesirable odors and often cause people to not feel well and complain about the odor.

Citrus oils are described by aromatherapists as being uplifting, gently stimulating, and conducive to alertness and concentration, while the essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, and Roman Chamomile are described as relaxing and soothing. Read 8 Essential Oils to Create Vision, Creativity and Inner Guidance. With this knowledge, you might choose to diffuse Citrus Fresh in your home or work space for 15 minutes 3 times a day to support your efforts on an important project.

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Ways to Use Citrus Fresh

As a food/beverage flavoring: dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of milk, water or tea. Or, put a drop or two in a smoothie. Or, add a drop to a muffin, cake, or cookie mix for a delightful citrus flavor. Remember, all Young Living essential oils are very potent (they are not diluted, and so one drop carries a powerful flavor).

As a supplement: d-limonene is an extremely powerful antioxidant and I believe a great disease and cancer preventative. Many studies are now showing this to be true, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=d-limonene+cancer To use daily as a supplement you would either put a drop or two in a glass of water -or- you can put a couple drops in a “00” capsule with a tiny bit of olive oil.

Topical: the citrus oils are also known for lightening age spots – but do be mindful that citrus oils can make the skin photosensitive so you would use a tiny drop on a dark patch late in the day (after the sun goes down, for instance) so that my morning the photosensitivity would have diminished by morning. In other words, do not apply a citrus oil topically and then go out boating or sun bathing (tanning booths included, it’s all UV light). Apply this small drop with a bit of V-6 Massage Oil to dilute.

Diffuse: Citrus Fresh can be diffused to impart a lively, fresh, clean and uplifting scent in the home or workplace. The aromatherapy benefits can be enjoyed by all. Diffuse for 15-30 minutes 3-1-3 times a day. More on Diffusers and Diffusing.

Citrus Fresh Window and Glass Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 quart spray bottle
  • White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Fill bottle half way with vinegar. Fill balance of bottle with water and essential oil. Shake and use.

Citrus Ginger Splash Recipe from Chef Mandy

  • 3 medium Valencia oranges, halved
  • 1 medium grapefruit, halved
  • 1 medium lemon, halved
  • 1 large lime, halved
  • 12 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend
  • 6 drops Ginger essential oil

Use a citrus juicer to juice the fruit. Strain the juice for a ! smoother consistency, if desired. Add essential oil. Stir to mix. Serve chilled. Makes 1 pint.

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Notes:

All citrus oils can be photosensitizing, thus citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within twelve hours.

Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute with v-6 Massage Oil before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.

Rotating Essential Oils for Effective Results

For daily use, some find their Young Living Essential Oils to be more effective they ‘rotate’ through different oils on different days. First, when selecting essential oils for an injury, think through the cause and type of injury and select appropriate oils for each segment.

For instance, a broken bone could include muscle damage, nerve damage, ligament strain or tear, inflammation, infection, and bone injury. The emotion of shock, anger, guilt or suffering from long-time pain is another dimension of the injury that needs to be dealt with through understanding and help on an emotional level.[1]SARA-Oil-2013

Addressing the Emotional Trauma of an Injury

To help with the emotional trauma of an injury consider Trauma Life or SARA essential oil blends. Either of these could be applied topically on the wrists, heart Chakra area, or neck. As well as inhaled by placing a drop in the palm, rubbing palms together and then cupping palms over the nose and inhaling.

Connective Tissue Damage (Cartilage, Ligaments, Tendons)

PanAway essential oil blend can help reduce pain and Lemongrass essential oil promotes repair of connective tissue. When Lemongrass is combined with Lavender and Marjoram the combination can work well for inflamed tendons.

Next day, try Deep Relief Roll-On essential oil blend (for helping with pain and anti-inflammatory), and Lavender, and Copaiba (a powerful anti-inflammatory).

The next day, try Copaiba, and PanAway, and Marjoram.Deep-Relief-RollOn-Oil-3

Repeat.

And taking the essential oil supplements MegaCal, BLM, Super C and Multigreens assist further by providing critical nutrients needed for tissue repair.

 Sprains

Lemongrass (5 drops) and Aroma Seiz (15 drops) applied with Regenolone Moisturizing Cream (to act as a carrier oil) can help with sprains, 3-6 times a day with ice packs.

The next day, try Lavender and Aroma Seiz applied with Ortho Sport Massage Oil or V-6 Massage Oil (as a carrier oil) can help with sprains, 3-6 times a day with ice packs.

The next day, try Copaiba and Lemongrass applied with Ortho Sport Massage Oil (to act as a carrier oil) can help with sprains, 3-6 times a day with ice packs.

Repeat.

And taking the essential oil supplements MegaCal and BLM assist further by providing critical nutrients needed for tissue repair.Ortho-Sport-Massage-Oil-2013

Tendonitis (with pain)

On the first day, try Rosemary (10 drops) and Eucalyptus radiata (10 drops) and Peppermint (10 drops) and Palo Santo (5 drops) diluted with Ortho Sport Massage Oil with a cold compress 3-6 times a day.

On the second day, try Deep Relief Roll-On and Valerian (4 drops) and Copaiba (6 drops) and Lemongrass (4 drops) with Ortho Sport Massage Oil with a cold compress 3-6 times a day.

The next day, try Palo Santo, Copaiba, and Valerian with Ortho Sport Massage Oil with a cold compress 3-6 times a day.

Repeat.

Again, taking the essential oil supplements MegaCal, BLM, Super C and Multigreens assist further by providing critical nutrients needed for tissue repair.

Resources

1. Essential Oils Desk Reference 5th edition

Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and for a better understanding of complimentary care. This information is not intended for diagnosing, treating or prescribing.  Please use common sense and see your health care practitioner when necessary.

Peppermint Chocolate Candy Recipe

This Peppermint Chocolate Candy recipe is easy and perfect for the holiday gifts, Valentine’s Day, or a treat for yourself and friends. Do keep in mind that not all essential oils are edible, only those of superior quality can be ingested and used in cooking, such as Young Living Essential Oils.Peppermint-Oil-2013

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

One of my favorite ways to use the Young Living Peppermint essential oil is to put one drop in a glass of water. This is especially beneficial when I’m taking a class or driving and I’m beginning to feel sluggish and sleepy; the Young Living Peppermint oil is delicious and perks me right up!

More essential oil cooking recipes at my group blog the Young Living Circle.

Peppermint Chocolates

  • 1 – 12 oz. bag Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1-2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil (item #3614)
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder (use “unsweetened” unless you happen to like really sweet)

Method:

  1. Melt coconut oil in double broiler, add chips, cocoa powder and peppermint, stir until thoroughly melted.
  2. Using a tablespoon, spoon melted chocolate mixture onto wax paper or parchment in bite size dollops.
  3. After chocolate has firmed put into container, you may want to store the chocolates in the fridge if room temp is too warm.

Aromatherapy: Pretty Feet Melrose Foot Bath

Our feet take a beating, at the same time we want them to feel and look their best. This foot bath recipe will help get your feet on their way to healing, looking great and feeling cared for…Melrose-Oil

Pretty Feet Melrose Foot Bath

You will need:

  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup full fat Milk
  • 3 drops Young Living Melrose Essential Oil blend

Mix all ingredients together and add the mixture to your foot bath water. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes, rinse well, and pat dry.

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6 Additional Ways to Use Melrose Essential Oil Blend

  1. Melrose essential oil blend is excellent for foot and nail fungus. If you’ve not had success with Tea Tree (Melaleuca) you will be quite pleased with the results of Melrose.
  2. Apply a drop or two to broken skin or cuts to help disinfect, cleanse and heal skin.
  3. Apply a drop or two to a burn. For added benefit, spray skin with LavaDerm Cooling Mist spray to promote faster skin healing.
  4. Use a drop or two on skin rashes.
  5. Diffuse to help eliminate bad odors and remove germs from the air! Diffuse 15 minutes in a cold-air diffuser, such as the TheraPro Diffuser, 2-4 times a day.
  6. Skin Healing Bath: in a small dish put 1 cup of Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, add 3-6 drops of Melrose, stir well, pour under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.

Melrose contains these theapeutic-grade essential oils: Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum). The combination of essential oils in this blend are well-known for assisting in the healing of foot and nail fungus’, perhaps it is the synergistic effect of this blend of oils which explains why foot and nail fungus is cleared up quite quickly and why it is found to be more effective than Tea Tree alone.

Aromatherapy for the Home: Lavender Carpet Freshener

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.

How to Make and Use Lavender Carpet Freshener

Mix one cup of baking soda with 4-7 drops of Lavender essential oil in a glass jar that is meant to hold red pepper flakes for pizza’s. Stir well so that the essential oil is evenly mixed throughout.Image

Sprinkle the baking soda mixture around the carpet and let it sit for a few minutes and then vacuum.

Your carpet and room will smell great and you may get the added benefit of feeling calmer and balanced.

For really bad odors, try using Purification essential oil blend in place of Lavender.

This 100% natural carpet freshener will mean that you never have to worry about exposing yourself, children or pets to harmful chemicals. It’s much cheaper than store bought products too!

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12 Additional Ways to Use Young Living Lavender Oil

  1. Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
  2. Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area. For added benefits apply with a little Rose Ointment!
  3. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and to help repel moths and insects.
  4. You may be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging a couple drops of lavender essential oil on or around affected areas. For an added boost in repairing cells, try adding a couple drops of Helichrysum essential oil with the lavender!
  5. Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a wet washcloth to use as a dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry – an easy terrific way to get another chemical laden product out of your home!
  6. Diffuse lavender essential oil to minimize seasonal emotional discomforts.
  7. Rub a a drop or two of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
  8. Diffuse lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
  9. Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work or during meditation or prayer.
  10. Mix 3-5 drops of lavender with 2 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil for a full body massage.
  11. For a relaxing bath: in a small dish, take 1 cup of Epsom Salts or Sea Salt and stir in 3-5 drops lavender oil, pour mixture under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
  12. Make lavender ice cubes to flavor your iced tea or lemonade: stick a toothpick into the dripper cap of your bottle of lavender oil, then swirl the toothpick into the water of your ice cube tray, freeze, put a few ice cubes into your beverage!*

* Caution: NEVER substitute another brand of essential oil (not even “pure” or “organic”) for ingesting! Approximately 98% of all essential oils in the world cannot be used internally due to poor distillation and the addition of toxic chemicals. These tips and recipes are only intended for the use of Young Living Essential Oils.

Aromatic River Rock Foot Bath

This foot bath is very grounding and natural. The inclusion of rocks adds a wonderful texture and sensation to the feet. Here’s how to make your river rock foot bath.. Image

Place a layer of small river rocks or other smooth, rounded stones in the bottom of a large bowl or basin. Cover the stones with warm water and a drop or two of your favorite relaxing Young Living essential oil to 1/2 cup Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, stir this mixture into foot bath water.

Place the basin on a towel in front of a comfortable chair. Sit in the chair, place your feet in the basin, and enjoy the feeling of the smooth stones as you rub your feet back and forth through the stones.

To enhance the relaxation, turn on soothing music, watch a favorite movie you haven’t seen for a while, or read an enjoyable book… or set up another foot bath and chair for a friend and sit and enjoy each others company.

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12 Nice Young Living Essential Oil Blends for an Aromatic Foot Bath:

  1. Grounding™ is a relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence. Emotional chaos can lead to poor decisions. Grounding helps you cope with reality in a positive manner.
  2. Sacred Mountain™ promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection that are a result of being close to nature. This blend of conifer essential oils, including spruce, fir, and cedarwood, evokes the feelings of sanctity found in the mountains.
  3. Release™ combines uplifting, calming oils that stimulate a sense of peace and emotional well-being, which in turn facilitate the ability to release anger and frustration. Repressed negative emotions lie at the root of many health concerns. Release promotes harmony and balance in the mind and body.
  4. Gratitude™ is a soothing blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils designed to elevate the spirit, calm emotions, and bring relief to the body while helping to foster a grateful attitude.
  5. Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.
  6. Awaken™ is an inspiring combination of several essential oil blends that helps bring about inner awareness and awakening. True understanding of one’s self is the first step toward making successful changes and desirable transitions. This blend may help you progress toward your highest potential.
  7. Egyptian Gold™ includes the biblical essential oils rose, cinnamon, balsam fir, and lavender, renowned for spiritual sensitivities. This transcendent blend gently enhances moments of devotion and reverence.
  8. Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
  9. Live with Passion™ revives the zest for life and improves internal energy with a combination of essential oils formulated specifically to help people recover an optimistic attitude.
  10. Magnify Your Purpose™ is a specially crafted blend of essential oils that stimulates creativity, desire, focus, and motivation. It helps foster a positive attitude, encouraging you to rise above adversity, seize the initiative, overcome procrastination and self-pity, and magnify your life’s purpose.
  11. Sensation™ is a wonderfully fragrant, powerfully romantic blend that is extremely uplifting and refreshing. It was formulated to enhance the enjoyment of special [intimate] moments.
  12. White Angelica™ is a calming and soothing blend that encourages feelings of protection and security. It combines oils used during ancient times to enhance the body’s aura, which brings about a sense of strength and endurance. Many people use it as protection against negative energy. White Angelica works great applied to shoulders.

50 Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves essential oil is a blend of powerful essential oils. Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves, the ‘4 thieves’, who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the deadly plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. It is the story of these 4 thieves which brought forth the popular essential oil blend called Thieves.Thieves-Oil-2013

Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms.[1]

  • One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill rate jumped to 99.3 percent.
  • Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

By combining Thieves essential oil with a few basic household items such as; vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, V-6 Massage Oil, or water – you can easily create various different cleaning products and simple home remedies.

The scent of this blend of essential oils is really nice; somewhat spicy, while fresh and clean smelling. And the best part… it is perfect for those who prefer to have an all-natural home!

Not only is Thieves and essential oil but it is an entire line of products! Learn more about the Thieves products and about how to save 24 percent off retail by purchasing the Start Living with Thieves kit.

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50 Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

  1. First Aid Home Remedy for minor cuts; apply 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing. More on making a natural First Aid kit.*
  2. Mix one drop Thieves essential oil with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a scratchy throat.*
  3. Apply 2 drops Thieves essential oil diluted with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil to upper chest and throat to help ease aromatically congestion symptoms.*
  4. Put a drop on your thumb and push thumb on the roof of your mouth for a few minutes to stop a headache.
  5. Put 2-5 drops in a capsule with a little olive oil and swallow to support the immune system and lessen chances of contracting wintertime germs.*
  6. Freshen smelly shoes or sneakers; put several drops Thieves essential oil on a cotton ball, place cotton ball in shoes over night to kill odors.
  7. Put a couple drops of Thieves essential oil directly on the soles of your feet to act as a way to thwart colds and flu.* See more of my immune system tips.
  8. Diffuse Thieves essential oil in your home to keep airborne germ count down. More on diffusers and diffusing.
  9. Breathe in the vapors directly from the bottle when you have congestion.
  10. Use 4-6 drops diluted with 1 cup water in a spray bottle to clean pet cages, creating a healthier environment for them.
  11. Add 2-3 drops to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
  12. Add 4-8 drops to your laundry cycle to sanitize clothes.
  13. Clean and disinfect floors; to a bucket of water add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 8-12 drops Thieves essential oil. If the floor is particularly dirty add several drops of dishwashing soap.
  14. Mix 4 drops in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water as a spray and repel insect pests on your flowers and plants.
  15. Use a few drops on a tissue to dissolve the gummy adhesive from price labels.
  16. Apply 1 drop to bee and wasp stings to neutralize the toxin and help relieve the ouch.
  17. Rub 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil on gums to prevent gum disease.*
  18. Rub 1-2 drops on teeth to maintain healthy teeth and possibly reduce cavities.*
  19. Apply 1-2 drops to gums or tooth for pain relief from toothaches.
  20. Diffuse to solve mold problems.
  21. Add a drop or two to orange juice and drink to help reduce phlegm and congestion.
  22. Apply 4 drops mixed with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil and rub onto joints to ease discomfort.
  23. Put a drop in your cup of tea for flavor and to support wellness when airborne germs are at their worst.
  24. Put a drop on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking.
  25. Mix 1 drop with a little V-6 and dab on lip sores to cleanse and support their healing.*
  26. Dryer sheet; on a damp washcloth place 4-6 drops Thieves essential oil, toss in dryer with laundry, dry.
  27. Rub 2-4 drops mixed with 1 TBSP V-6 and rub on specific joints to ease creakiness.*
  28. Drink a drop in water or juice 1-2 times a day to help prevent wintertime illnesses.*
  29. Place a drop on the tongue and a drop in a glass of water every day for herpes.
  30. Rub 2 drops on the bottoms of children’s feet for protection before school every day.
  31. Diffuse for 30 minutes before children come home from school every day to promote wellness aromatically.
  32. Mix 50:50 with V-6 Massage Oil and rub on location daily for relief of nerve inflammation, see protocol for shingles.
  33. Apply one drop on the wound of a dog to clear it up. Warning: do not use near eyes or very delicate skin.
  34. Diffuse Thieves essential oil in the home or office to stimulate a cheerful mood.
  35. Diffuse in Thieves essential oil the office to increase concentration and work efficiency.
  36. Diffuse at work to dispel airborne germs.
  37. Diffuse Thieves essential oil in the classroom every morning for 30 minutes to reduce student sickness and absenteeism.
  38. Carpet freshener and disinfectant; put 16-20 drops Thieves essential oil in 1 cup Baking Soda, in a container and mix well, allow to sit over night covered so the essential oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle on carpet, let sit for a little while, then vacuum.
  39. Mix 1-2 drops with honey in a teaspoon to help support cough relief.*
  40. Breathe directly from the bottle for sinus discomforts.*
  41. Mix 15-20 drops in a 14oz. spray bottle and mist school or office desks and other surfaces to reduce student or employee sickness and absenteeism.
  42. Put several drops on a tissue and place in the vent of the A/C of a hotel to freshen and purify stale air.
  43. Scented vacuum bag; put 2-4 drops Thieves essential oil on your paper vacuum bag to freshen air while vacuuming.
  44. Mix 4-8 drops in a 1oz. (pocket-size) spray bottle filled with water to spray public restroom surfaces before use to disinfect surfaces.
  45. Carry a bottle on every flight to inhale or rub on soles of the feet to protect you from germs on the plane.
  46. Put several drops Thieves essential oil on a tissue and put in the heat/AC vents of your car to freshen and purify air while you drive.
  47. Sanitize kitchen countertops; put 12-18 drops in a 14oz. spray bottle filled with water and spray surfaces to clean and disinfect countertops and butcher blocks.
  48. Mix several drops with 1 cup of baking soda to scrub and sanitize bathtubs and sinks.
  49. Apply 4-6 drops mixed with V-6 Massage Oil to the toes and feet to help combat foot fungus.
  50. Apply 2-4 drops Thieves essential oil mixed with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil to poison ivy rashes to help relieve the itch.

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1. Effect of a Diffused Essential Oil Blend on Bacterial Bioaerosols

*Disclaimer: These statements are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace conventional professional help when needed. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe any illness or disease. Statements are not endorsed by the FDA.