Ditch the toxins in your life: embrace a healthier lifestyle with simple, convenient changes
Discover Essential Oils
Hello! I'm so glad to see you're interested in learning more about essential oils! After spending nearly a decade with chronic health issues, I embraced a wholly natural, healthy lifestyle. This has sparked an intense passion as my life has evolved from chronic health issues to living vibrantly and helping teach you to do the same.
Nicole Graber
What Are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is the aromatic, volatile liquid that comes from distilling flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. Many people refer to essential oils as the lifeblood of plants because they carry oxygen and nutrients within the plant, are considered the plant's immune system, and are part of the regenerative process of the plant.

Because our bodies instinctively recognize the constituents in essential oils, we are able to use them for boosting our immunity, relaxation and better sleep, stamina and boosting energy, and for uplifting our spirit.
Do You Need Essential Oils?
Other than smelling amazing, essential oils have many properties that help you feel better without any nasty or toxic chemical additives that potentially could produce annoying or dangerous side effects.
Supporting your muscles and bones
 Supporting your circulation
Boosting your immune system
 Enhancing your sleep
Giving you an overall sense of well-being
Replacing toxic ingredients in personal care products
Replacing toxic ingredients in your cleaning products
Reducing stress and tension
Supporting your digestion
Supporting your lungs and respiration
Supporting your mental health and emotions
Helping you focus and enhance your memory
And so much more...
You can use them to make healthy bath and body products, chemical free household cleaners and to make your home smell fantastic (one of my favorite uses).

It is so important to provide our bodies with boosters that support healthy functioning in a world where we are constantly bombarded by toxins everywhere!

Essential oils truly have been a blessing to use everyday, helping my family heal from exposure to toxins, instead of just applying another "band-aid" over symptoms, and I know you can have similar results!

I've been so impressed and excited about my results and the results of those I coach, that I find it too difficult not to talk about them. Therefore, I'm sharing them with everyone!
Why I use essential oils:
While I was on active duty in the Navy, I developed a couple autoimmune and neurological issues that left me unfit for duty and unable to work. I was plagued by seizures, chronic pain, chronic weakness, digestion troubles, a compromised immune system, migraines, low blood pressure, fainting, massive confusion, memory difficulties, strokes, depression, self-doubt, and suicidal desires. 

My health issues suddenly came on late 2005. In 2012, I was hospitalized for liver failure and pancreatitis after a nasty reaction to the 14th anti-seizure medication I was given to try. At that point upon receiving several links to blogs about people reversing their health using food as medicine, I asked my neurologist if we could try a more holistic approach. He laughed at me, saying a natural health lifestyle would just kill me faster. While in the back of my mind I was thinking that would be nice, I also felt that no stone should go unturned and I should at least prove those blogs wrong. Worst case, changing my dietary intake would do nothing. Best case, it would end my suffering one way or another.

So, I started a modified Paleo diet "designed" for people with autoimmune issues. And life backfired! ​My seizures slowed from 6+ a day to 2 each week. My migraines slowed down too. I also noticed I felt more physically capable, which was super impressive. I went from not being able to stand long enough to cook a meal, to actually being able to stand up while cooking and washing dishes. AND I was actually suddenly able to cook 3 square meals a day PLUS wash all the dishes in the same day!

That by itself was quite eye opening, and had me thinking... if removing prepackaged foods with questionable and toxic ingredients, what would happen if we kept the theme going and did a major overhaul to the personal care and cleaning products we use??

We ditched everything with a questionable ingredient, a toxic ingredient, and also items without sufficient labeling. We based most of our findings off of The Environmental Working Group's databases. That website is incredible at helping you figure out product and ingredient safety, and gives ratings on the safety of products. We stick to items rated 0-2. I also have a list of common personal care toxic ingredients I avoid too, if you want to check it out and compare it to what you're currently using.
Items we replaced
 Air Fresheners
"Fragrance" is a scary ingredient. According to the FDA, "fragrance" can be any combination of natural or synthetic chemicals (300+) to create a desired scent. The chemicals used in "fragrance" do not have to be disclosed on ingredient labels because of "proprietary secrets." Many of these ingredients are carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors, and neurotoxic. Many air fresheners even cause respiratory ailments too!
 Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies really anger me. Many of them are guilty of "Green Washing," which is where they claim to be environmentally friendly and "nontoxic," but they aren't. Check out the EWG databases and see how your cleaning products measure up! It was a massive eye opener to me that products I grew up using was actually poisonous! Many cleaning products list "detergents," but not which kind - which I find to be very misleading and dishonest. If people truly knew what was in their cleaners, popular companies would be out of business or executives jailed for false marketing and public endangerment! 
 Personal Care Products
You wash your hair, your body, your face, with the intention of cleaning. Surprisingly, if you get your personal care products from local department stores, like Walmart, Target... etc... chances are, they contain dangerous or potentially dangerous ingredients (check out my page talking about specific common personal care ingredients I avoid).
Disturbing fact: Since WWII, there have been over 80,000 new synthetic chemicals created. 10,500 of those are regularly used in the cosmetic and skincare industry. 10% of those have safety data available, not all have fully sufficient safety data. 1,500 have safety data that indicate they are toxic to humans. 

It only takes 22 seconds for your skin to absorb what you put on it. From there, it is absorbed into your blood stream. From the time you slather a lotion or cream on your skin, it takes less than a minute for the components to reach your brain. 
I cringed at first, noticing we filled up 2 entire large trash bags. I was throwing away a cleaner for everything. Window cleaner... kitchen cleaner... bathroom cleaner... floor cleaner... stove cleaner... oven cleaner... toilet cleaner... soft scrub... tub and shower cleaner... heavy duty cleaner... carpet cleaner... laundry detergent... laundry fabric softener... stain remover... dryer sheets... I threw out several shampoos and conditioners... deep conditioners... hair masks... hair spray... body wash... soap bars... liquid hand soaps (bye bye triclosan!)... lotions... face creams... deodorant... and a drawer full of makeup.

I felt anxious, like I was throwing away money. However, I also knew replacing those items could potentially do so much for my health that was finally starting to regain after 8 years of pure misery. Turns out it was the best thing I could have ever done!
I replaced everything with essential oils
and essential oil-infused products
 Instead of air fresheners, we diffuse essential oils.
 Our hair care items (shampoo, conditioner, hair spray) were switched to a fully natural, truly nontoxic products that are infused with essential oils.
 Our cleaning product (just one) replaced the plethora of cleaners I had taking up the entire sink cabinets in both bathrooms and the kitchen. Who would have thought... you really only needed ONE cleaning item!!! Now, that ONE cleaner (mixed with some baking soda when I need a soft scrub) manages ALL my cleaning needs.
 Our laundry detergent is infused with essential oils, and void of toxic or potentially hazardous ingredients. I use vinegar instead of fabric softener, and I use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
 Our skincare is all fully natural and nontoxic (some is homemade) and is infused with essential oils (which are magnificent for promoting healthy skin).
Then something unexpected happened - not only did my seizures and migraines completely stop a month later, but my husband and I were able to conceive a child, after being told for years that I was unable to and if by chance I was miraculously able to, my health condition would kill us both. That boy is now 3 years old with a 4 month old brother... both are the most healthy children I've ever met.
My husband and I began to feel incredible
 Emotionally, I felt hopeful. I felt lighter. I felt happier. I felt competent.
 Mentally, I felt clearer. I was able to think without massive confusion.
 I was healthier. My immune system improved, and I wasn't feeling sick all the time.
 I felt more energetic, and was actually able to start going for family walks with the dogs - AND keep up
 I felt more capable, and had a renewed sense of purpose.
 I felt like I was just given a second chance at life!
So much changed so quickly. I went from laying on the couch all day for years on end, wishing to take a nap and not wake up... to THRIVING, and all in a relatively short amount of time. All because of seeking a nontoxic lifestyle that I (along with my family and doctors) once thought was a hoax.

I can honestly say, we've been healthier and happier since making the switch. This is absolutely the best decision my husband and I have ever made. It enabled us to have our son; it allowed me to regain my health; it gave me a reason to live. Without family and health, there wasn't much for me to live for.

This alone changed everything.​

Now, I'm a believer. 

I now believe the body is miraculously designed to heal, when given the proper nutrients, and starved of constant toxin bombardment.
How To Find A Good Essential Oil Brand
Contrary to popular belief... not all brands are created equally. Many people start out purchasing one oil at a time, scouring local stores and the internet for the best prices. I was one of them too, though I quickly learned not to buy from Amazon because many of them are counterfeit and contain unwanted synthetic compounds that contradict the therapeutic qualities you're searching for (lessons learned the hard way when I reacted to some, and some just didn't smell right at all).

After hearing about France producing approximately 50 tons of true and clone Lavender while brokers end up exporting 250 tons doesn't necessarily give warm and fuzzies about knowing whether or not what you buy is what the label says it is. In fact, for an essential oil to be labeled "pure" it only needs to contain 5% essential oils. This means a 100% pure essential oil could actually be 75% vegetable oil (or 95% vegetable oil) and still fit within the legal label laws!

Pure, unadulterated essential oils can be expensive because of how concentrated they are. For example, it takes anywhere from 500-2,000 pounds (or more) of a plant's material to produce just 1 (ONE) pound of essential oil!

Most places do not guarantee the quality of the oils they sell, or refuse to show exactly how the plants are cared for, how the distillation is done, and whether or not any chemicals are used in the process. 

If you're looking at the cheapest options, they are guaranteed to be dissolved with synthetic compounds instead of steam distilled at low temperatures and pressure for long periods of time. This can negate the effort you're using to ditch toxins. 

Places like Walmart sell "essential oils" that actually have no traces of any essential oil in them! It can become a very misleading game trying to navigate the essential oil world. 

Many other companies use "pure" in their labels to lure customers, but don't actually know what is in their products because they're purchased from an essential oils broker and relabeled.

If you're anything like me, then you're one of those people who needs to know what is in the products you use, and like seeing complete transparency within the company. 

The questions listed above are critical to know exactly what you're spending your hard earned money on, and have the peace of mind that it will contribute to your health. 
How To start a nontoxic lifestyle journey
Deciding where to begin when initially seeking a nontoxic lifestyle can be overwhelming. Thankfully, I have a caring team of healthy lifestyle coaches here to help you, taking the overwhelm out of getting started.

The best part of using my team... when you join us, we will personally send you my favorite resources and reference material, along with provide you with personalized coaching to maximize your experience with essential oils.
New To Essential Oils?
Want more information? Introducing our new Essential Oils eCourse!
What you'll learn:
How to find quality essential oils
Simple ways to use essential oils without changing your lifestyle
Essential Oil Safety
How to store essential oils
Creating a Wellness Toolkit
5 of the most common essential oils, and how to use them
How to save money using essential oils
About the author
Nicole Graber is a research analyst who developed a passion for helping others navigate natural health alternatives after overcoming numerous autoimmune and neurological health issues. 

Feeling like she has a second lease on life, Nicole is using her knowledge and research skills to help you overcome your life challenges so you can live with more happiness, health, and purpose.
Copyright © 2018 - Nicole Graber