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WTFrank are Essential Oils Anyway?

So WTF (Frankincense) are essential oils anyway?  It seems like a simple enough question.  It is certainly one that any of us wellness advocates out there really want you to think is super simple.  While the use of essential oils is pretty simple, what they actually “ARE” – well maybe no so much – and that is okay – really!

You see, there are no wasted efforts by Mother Nature.  Nope – none – Nada – Zilch.  So what does that mean to us in terms of essential oils?  Well, it means that every little thing that we take for granted is actually important.  No really.  Think about it.  The fragrance of a flower, the smell of an orange, or the scent of a pine tree – all of these serve a very specific purpose vital to a plants survival.  What we perceive as fragrances or scents are actually volatile aromatic compounds.  Yep!  Little tiny organic molecules that serve a variety of protective, reproductive, and regenerative purposes.  And we thought they were simply smelly.  Nope.

 

So what are some of these purposes?  Well, these compounds can help ward off unfriendly pest like fleas and ticks that mess with your buddy Fido or your favorite rose bush.  The compounds can also attract friendly herbivores (ya know, plant eaters) and insects and eve help the plant heal from infection and physical injury.  These little buggers are like super powers for plants.  I’m a bit jealous!

 

Some good news is there are over 3,000 identified varieties of aromatic compounds.  Each variety has its own unique and functional chemical constituents that provide different aromas and benefits to the plants – oh yeah – and us too.  From the petals of a daisey to the leaves of a spider plant, the rind of a Lemon, or the resin of a Birch tree – these volatile aromatic compounds are all around us.  Makes you feel a bit warm and fuzzy now doesn’t it?  Distilled directly from their plant sources, essential oils are multifaceted agents that seem to have an endless application to our health as well as the plants.  Do you want to hear even more good news?  You can get the benefits of essential oils aromatically, topically, or internally.

 

To ensure maximum potency, and therefore reaps the most benefits, it is important that essentials oils maintain a delicate ratio of aromatic constituents.  These constituents can vary depending on the time of day, part of the plant that is being harvested,  the lifecycle of when the plant is being harvested, the geographical location and weather where the plant was grown or even the method and duration of distillation.  It is for all these reasons that it is vital that essential oils come from a trusted source.  A source that is committed to not only producing unadulterated essentials oils (i.e. no crud is put in and no goodies are taken out), but to adhering to strict production protocols.

Hey, mother nature isn’t a slouch.  There is no wasted efforts in nature and neither should there be in the health care you provide for yourself and those you love.   So, now you know – essential oils are simple to use but are not simple aromatic compounds.  Yet, you don’t have to worry about that part.  The main thing I suggest you keep an eye out for is that the source you select is a good one.  I happen to like doTerra.  I also think that Young Living is a good source as well.  What sources do you trust?

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Welcome to Magic Bridges

Hello Everyone and Welcome.

Magic Bridges is going to be a different kind of company.  Why?  Well, because like all of you, I am different.  I am a working mother, but also an entrepreneur.  I work from home a lot, so I struggle with many things stay at home mom’s struggle with.  Yet, I also work out of the house sometimes, so I know what those mom’s struggle with.

I also have four children.  My kiddos are still young.  I have a 4, 6, 8 and 11 year old.  My six year old is autistic.  I am a wife.  I am a Mom.  Again, like many of you, I have a lot of roles that I have to fill in my life.

One of the things I figured out on this journey into motherhood was that we are all not that different after all.  I have always been that person that connected the dots where others didn’t see dots.  Then, as my journey with my autistic child started and my life took a new turn, I started seeing my odd ability to connect things others wouldn’t think to connect as a real skill set.

So, I am the Mom that uses essential oils.  I am also a 20 year technologist with a background in software development.  I have boys and girls.  I have worked in an office, remote, and full-time at home.  So, I am here to help show everyone one else the odd connections, the magic, that I was able to find.  The magic that connected my crazy life and bridged a whole bunch of connections that I didn’t know were there.  These life hacks, these essential oil recipes, these entrepreneurial short-cuts — all of these will begin to be documented here.

My hope for you is that you join me in the journey to connect the seemingly disparate dots and find new solutions to your struggles.  You will find there isn’t really much that is new, only things you have not yet discovered.  We often tend to look where we are familiar.  So, I am going to be the magic that helps you bridge those gaps.  Together, we will find the solutions you are seeking.  Oh, and I will do my best to give you essential oils tips and tricks so you can bring a whole lot more nature into our digital life.

I can’t wait to hang out with all of you!  Check in often.

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Best Essential Oil User Resources

Below are some different websites you will find supplies, reference materials and different essential oil tools.

Oil Life– Oil Life is a great resource for both the essential oil user and the essential oil entrepreneur.

My Oil Gear– My Oil Gear is another great resource.

Aroma Tools– Aroma Tools has supplies and tools for both the essential oil user and essential oil entrepreneur.

Reference Resources

Below are science related websites where you can find a wealth of information on the science behind essential oils:

Aromatic Science– Aromatic Science website contains published scientific studies on essential oils. The information on the website is for personal education purposes only and does not promote any specific brand.

Pub Med– Pub Med is another great free scientific website that publishes references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.

Don’t see a resource you feel would be a great added addition. Send me a message via Contact and I will review to consider adding.

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Best Oil Builder Resources

In the world of essential oils, it can be even more overwhelming for an essential oil entrepreneur than a general essential oil user. There is so much information to learn and so many different resources to tap into to help you grow your business.

As an essential oil entrepreneur myself, my goal is to create a one-stop resource for my team members. There are so many resources out there to consider and one can certainly find themselves spinning with a ton of information not knowing where to start.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of different resources including supplies, reference materials, programs, and website resources to help you grow your business and create your own content.  There may be affiliate links on this page.  For example, Kajabi is an affiliate link.

I will continue to update this list on an on-going basis as I find more resources I feel that will help benefit anyone looking to build a business.

Essential Oil User Resource List– A listing of essential oil resources for supplies, tools and reference materials.

Canva– A website where you can create designs with the web or for print. Canva is a free resource, but you can also choose to use some of their designs or backgrounds for a small fee. I use Canva for many of my graphics. My rollerball and diffuser recipe freebie was created using Canva.

MailChimp– If you are looking to create your own monthly newsletter and e-mail list this is a great resource to start with! MailChimp is free up to 2000 subscribers, and 1200 emails per month. If you are just now starting out in your business, MailChimp is a great free resource. Not on my list yet? Subscribe today and check out my beautiful newsletter I created all on my own.

VistaPrint– I order a lot of my printed items here. I have ordered business cards, thank you cards, magnets, business banners and personalized stationery. Create an account with VistaPrint and watch for different promotions and coupon codes to save money. I generally will never order anything at full price.

PayPal– This is a great option to have for both your customers and yourself. PayPal is a great alternative for my customers ordering directly from me versus my replicated website. Additionally, PayPal has some great invoicing and shipping features.

Kajabi Training System – This is an awesome program that allows you to create easy online training programs.  You add video, a few pieces of text, and they do the rest for you.  This affiliate link will give you 15% off your program if you decide you like the software.  (I think you will!)

Zoom – This is the video conferencing software that I am using.  If you click on this link, you will be taken to my referral link.  I get points towards saving on my subscription.  Hope you like it.  Let me know if you like something else better.

Don’t see a resource you feel would be a great added addition. Send me a message via Contact and I will review to consider adding.