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  1. Thank you for the informative article, it clears up some confusion I had. i have tried various essential oil blends before and had mixed results. My daughter found some of them relaxing, but other than that I never really felt any effects from them. Then my Nutritional therapist recommended cedarwood oil on my big toe at night to help shut my mind off so I could sleep (I often wake at night for 2-3 hours with my mind going like a hamster in a wheel!), and I find it helps but not every night and not completely some nights. I still find my sleep disrupted. She also has me on homeopathic remedies and supplements for digestion/ food sensitivities, adrenal fatigue, kidney/liver support, heavy metal detox and stress. I am healing, but very slowly and feel that your EO blends would really help move things along, as well as help my husband and 2 daughters. We all suffer from digestive issues as well as high stress (my husband is a disabled veteran with PTSD.)
    Unfortunately, I would only be able to start with a couple of them as I live in Canada and the exchange rate is terrible right now, making the cost prohibitive. As soon as I decide which ones to start with, though, I will definitely be putting in an order. I am also going to tell my Nutritional therapist about Meo as she loves essential oils and uses them a lot with her family and clients and I feel she would be interested in them.

    One question I had with the Meo Energetics EO’s; because they are being used topically and being absorbed into your system, are they safe to use for someone who is on multiple medications? The one that concerns me is antidepressants. Specifically, what effect would the Anxiety blend have on someone taking antidepressants?

    • Hi Diedra! I appreciate hearing how you have used some EOs on your healing journey, and it sounds like you are working diligently with your nutritional therapist to do a thorough protocol. The Vagal Tone™ oil is our best seller and most highly recommended, and would be supportive to you as your work with your digestion, adrenal health, and detoxification.

      I (legally) clarify that you should seek advice from your healthcare practitioner if you are on medication and considering additional support. Anxiety Release is suitable to use with antidepressants, and I believe it will be very supportive to you.

  2. Your tenacity for integrity has always impressed me. And your capacity for organizing your approach to essential oils feels intelligent, determined, and much needed. I heard that Doterra is trying to monopolize specific oils to prevent the competition from having access.. And then the cynical approach of these big MLMs that we all know to tell its followers to risk their health by ingesting the oils. Not only are you doing everything with the highest integrity for your new company, you are proceeding with the highest principles.

    • Dillard, I feel deeply acknowledged by your kind words. The phrase you used, “tenacity for integrity” is one I live by and wish to define my life… in Empowered Sustenance, Meo Energetics, and my personal life. I do want to open a balanced discussion about essential oils and glad the information I’ve shared has been so well received.

      We’ve been talking with Jimm about the serious concerns that Doterra does seem to be monopolizing certain oils. We can only take it a step at a time, but there is real consideration of the availability of sourcing some of our oils in the distant future, due to Doterra’s approach to contracting small producers.

  3. Great information Lauren, thank you. I have been following your posts since I joined Facebook and I appreciate the care you take with the information you share. I am trying to use oils more and I realize I still have a lot to learn. I especially appreciate the information about ingesting oils. I intend to purchase some of your products and will be sure to give you feedback. Best of luck with your new venture.

  4. Loved this! Really interested in your oils. I have started using Clary Sage and Frankincense recently and absolutely love them. I’ve been looking for oils to help my thyroid (hypo symptoms/goiter) and I’m curious if any of the Meo Energetics would possibly be beneficial. I doing much more to help my thyroid but have really become interested in the power of essential oils. Thank you!

  5. I echo Elizabeth’s question concerning what oils would benefit the thyroid (hashimoto’s/hypo/goiter). Also, how can one identify the purity of one company’s oil over another’s. I have researched and am hoping that my main source is telling me the truth, but would like to be sure. Thank you.

    • Hi there, I would be interested to know what you are doing for your Hypo. I have been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and am looking for more natural solutions to healing. I’ve been using my own blend of lemongrass and peppermint with carrier to massage into thyroid 3x daily and trying some of the Native Remedies tinctures. Any advice would be appreciated.

      Lauren, thank you for all that you do. You are a bright light and so many of your articles, recipes, etc. are not only helpful & inspiring… but delicious! I’m looking forward to trying your EO line.

    • Hi Laura, I would be interested to know what you are doing for your Hypo. I have been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and am looking for more natural solutions to healing. I’ve been using my own blend of lemongrass and peppermint with carrier to massage into thyroid 3x daily and trying some of the Native Remedies tinctures. Any advice would be appreciated.

      Lauren, thank you for all that you do. You are a bright light and so many of your articles, recipes, etc. are not only helpful & inspiring… but delicious! I’m looking forward to trying your EO line.

        • Iodine will actually cause goiters if you have Hashimotos. I was diagnosed with Hasimotos and an alternative medicine practitioner recommended starting iodine (natural form). Within a couple of months it actually caused a goiter. When I went to get another opinion from a naturopath the were shocked that was recommended and has me stop taking immediately. I’ve been using frankincense and sacred frankincense to help with trying to heal and restore the thyroid, as well as shrinking the goiters (which they have!).

  6. I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and love all your tips! They’ve helped me for a lifestyle that is always changing. However, I’d like to know where I can get individual oils from a trusted source!

  7. Hi, Lauren. My husband has ulcerative colitis and PSC (inflammation of the liver bile ducts). He’s currently taking a low dose steroid. Is it safe for him to use one of your essential oils with medication? Which one would you recommend?


    • Where are you located? I am looking into essential oils and want to get the most pure if I can. Do you have your own farms? Is frankencense good for killing cancer cells and what would be the best method to use it? Is it safe to use with “sutent” a chemo drug?

  8. Thank you Lauren for the insights you are finding about essential oils through your coworkers with Meo Energetics. Your information puts understanding to some areas I have been concerned about with Essential Oils as it has seemed unnatural to me to be using them to the degree some regimes suggest. The internalising particularly I felt uneasy about. I run a little Oil Sharing Group and want to bring balance so people use them safely.
    Thank you for blogging this information.

  9. Thank you for your information.
    I do have a question that I am wondering if essential oils could help. My friend is soon to be an empty nester. Her husband travels a lot for work. She would love to have a dog for company. However her husband is quite allergic to all types of pets. He is even sensitive to hypoallergenic breeds. She won’t get a dog and make her husband constantly take allergy pills at home.
    Is there an essential oil that a hypoallergenic dog can be given or have applied to that will help to decrease her husband’s reaction?
    Thank you in advance!

    • I wanted to comment on your question, if I may. I don’t have an answer regarding essential oils being given to pets for this purpose, though perhaps someone else might be able to comment on this. As I’m sure you are aware, what most people react to if they have pet allergies is the dander, which is a combination of shed skin cells, dried saliva, and hair. What many people aren’t aware of is that dander is drastically reduced through the pet’s diet and nutrition.

      Irritating dander is caused by pets eating foods that compromise their immune system–foods that pets are not biologically meant to consume, such as processed kibble made of grains, starches, and poor quality meat by-products. Cats and dogs (especially cats) were made to consume meat, not grains. Generally speaking, the unhealthier the diet, the more dander they will produce and the more likely it is to cause allergic reactions in people. The best way to control irritating dander is to feed your pets a high quality raw diet, or if not raw, with pasture-raised or ethically-sourced meats and no grains, no (or limited) starches, or other additives. Rad Cat mentions dander reduction at the bottom of this article:

      Case in point– we recently adopted a cat from another owner who was feeding her typical “junk food” kibble with wheat, grains, by products, and other additives. The reason the owner had to get rid of her was due to her own allergies to the cat. My husband and I have always had cats, but we feed our cats a high quality diet without grains. For the first few weeks, even my husband and I were experiencing respiratory allergies to the new cat as we transitioned her away from her old food. Once she was eating only the new food, our own allergies cleared up and we’ve never had a problem with her since.

      I am sure this approach would help your friend if she decided to get a dog. Perhaps share these thoughts with her, and maybe she will be able to find a solution so that she can have a dog, and her husband, too. 😉 Please forgive this lengthy response! I hope it helps.

  10. You were one of the very first sites I started to follow when I was looking for a natural way of health. I have since gone back to school to become a health coach that can run lab work on clients and create a natural, customized protocol. I appreciate all the content you put out and how you have influneced my path and passion.

    • Laura, your story just made my day! I’m so glad to hear that Empowered Sustenance has supported you on finding your path… a path where you are doing the crucial work of bio-individualized protocols for your clients! Congratulations on the health coach certification, and for following your passion. Hugs to you!

  11. What an eye opening read! Thank you. I’ve struggled to find quality oils to use for aromatherapy and for health/remedies. I attended a do terra talk and believed the claims. I had no idea they have such a big enterprise (I’m in Australia) and I don’t like to support huge companies with the exception of Jurlique because they actually have their own flower farms here in oz

  12. Really helpful post Lauren! I use essential oils every day and one thing I found that all the essential oils shoud really be stored in airtight dark glass bottles to be preserved properly. After lots of trials with different types of bottles, I found Infinity Jars. They keep my essential oils and all the essential oil made products fresh and in optimal quality for a longer period of time.

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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