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Summer Camp is HERE!

What an incredible Master Class series on Orange essential oil! Thank you all so much for not only showing up, but for the level of participation and commitment from so many of you in these live sessions this week. It was so much fun and our team had a giggle trying to keep up (technically) with you all as the comments hit hard and fast during each session.

The replay video for the final Master Class Lesson on Spa Treatments with Orange Essential Oil is now ready to watch or replay!

The videos for the 4 classes will remain available to watch until Sunday June 26th at midnight PST. Don’t forget to download a copy of the slides that go with each lesson – you can find the link just beneath each replay video.

Lesson #4 – Spa Treatments

Download a copy of the presentation slides here!

If you are excited to learn more about using Essential Oils in your daily life for yourself, friends, family or in your business and, if you want to be part of a growing dynamic group of Aroma essential oil lovers and enthusiasts then JOIN US in our Common Scents Community so we can grow together in our knowledge and understanding of how to use these wonderful products and gifts

My lesson #3 – Orange Essential Oil for Sensational Sprays recording is now ready to watch!!

I am so honoured by all your presence these last three days! Here is what a couple of our participants said, “I am so very grateful that you are sharing your wealth with us all over this roly-poly floating rock. Kudos for planting good seeds into all of us good grounded folks!!!” and “As always, your lessons are amazing! Thank you so much!

Lesson #3 – Sensational Sprays

Download a copy of the presentation slides here!

Tomorrow is our final FREE MasterClass for this Summer Camp series so make sure you are Live with us and participating in our quiz, there might be a little surprise for you ;))

This last Master Class is all about Spa Treatments so don’t miss it!

The first two lessons of the Master Essential Oil class are available to you now on replay!!

I hope you enjoyed them

(And Lesson 2 yesterday was pretty fun – we had many comments during the broadcast!)

You can check out the replay below.

Lesson #2 – Kitchen Fun

Download a copy of the presentation slides here!

If you weren’t able to join me live yesterday, try to get caught up on that as soon as you can… so you’ll be ready when I go live again tomorrow, June 22nd at 1pm Eastern (New York) time with Lesson 3.

This one is going to be all about Orange Essential Oil for SENSATIONAL SPRAYS and you’re gonna love it!

I’ll see you tomorrow… here’s the link for when I go live…CLICK HERE for Lesson #3

I’m so happy to see so many of you turned up and tuned in for our Happy Hair session today!

If you missed it (or want to watch it again!!) watch the replay below and join us to keep up to date on this series on Orange Essential Oil!

You’re definitely going to want to check it out today, if possible… because lesson 2 is coming up tomorrow and it is all about Kitchen Fun using Orange Essential Oil for the SUMMER SOLSTICE.

Lesson #1 – Happy Hair

Download a copy of the presentation slides here!

IMPORTANT: Lesson 2 of the Essential Oil Masterclass starts at 1pm Eastern (New York) time on June 21st!

This one’s all about Using Orange Essential Oil in the Kitchen.

You will learn:

  • Why essential oils in food ?
  • The benefits of essential oils in food!
  • How to use orange essential oil in food ?
  • Delicious RECIPES

See you tomorrow at 1.00PM EDT and here’s the link where we’ll be broadcasting live:

We are so excited! TODAY, Lesson #1 Using Orange Essential Oil in Hair Care starts at 1pm EDT in Master Essential Oil Class Facebook group.

If you aren’t in the Master Essential Oil Facebook Group yet?

Watch my video to see how to participate in the Live Stream of Lesson #1 and the prizes you can win!

Summer makes me think of juicy, zesty oranges and all the many ways that we use them. We put them in salads, make drinks with them, preserve them as; jams, cakes, biscuits, candied peels, etc. This gorgeous fruit really is Sunshine in a Bottle!

This Summer Camp series on Orange Essential Oil came about when some of our Common Scents Community members asked me how to make formulations for body-care treatments during the hot months when our hair and skin can dry out from being outside in the garden or at the beach (if you’re lucky enough to get there!) So please don’t miss out on learning more about this fabulous essential oil and the ways we can use it.

I have now opened up registration for our FREE Master Essential Oil Summer Camp Series on Orange – and it’s going to be fabulous CLICK HERE for your seat Check out this video to see what this camp will be all about!

Our Common Scents Community active members are already learning about individual essential oils and so much more so take a look at what their 2022 learning schedule has in store for them!

So next week I’m going to give away a free “ Master Essential Oil class” Summer Camp Series on ORANGE essential oil!

There’s no credit card required. No one-click up-sells.

And… I’m going to deliver it all via live broadcast through our private Facebook Group.

In total, I’m going to have four live lessons… and it’s probably going to be about 6 hours of training… plus videos, PDF downloads, a Facebook support group, and a few extra live sessions. Click the video below to learn more:

In our previous Live Master Class Series we have had so many of you respond so enthusiastically about all the content learning and we are very excited to be running this next one for a little self-pampering!

You can join us live for free for each session and all you need to do is be a member of our private Facebook Group and check our our posts as to when we are going live.

If you are not already an active member then please click the link below and answer the 3 questions giving your email address so we are able to keep you up to date.

CLICK HERE for the free Master Essential Oil class FB link

NOTE: I will be giving you tried and tested formulations to help you with that summer glow!

It’s 100% free, and I guarantee it will change the way you think about Orange essential oil and how it can help you to feel more energetic and hopeful…

CLICK HERE for the free Master Essential Oil class

Summer is now upon us and it’s exciting to be able to get out and enjoy the sunshine while eating healthier with fresh fruit and salads.

Coming from California I just love oranges and I thought why not offer my Summer Camp Series of Live workshops on the fabulous essential oil of Orange through our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/masterclassessentialoil/

Summer sun requires us to take care of our skin and hair so join me for this upcoming FREE Master Class Series starting soon.

We are going to have 6+ hours of live training on how to use essential oil of orange in fabulous formulations!

Dates for your Diary:

Happy Hair-care – Monday June 20th at 1.00 PM EDT (New York Time)

Kitchen Fun – Tuesday June 21st at 1.00 PM EDT

Sensational Sprays – Wednesday June 22nd at 1.00 PM EDT

Spa Treatments – Thursday June 23rd at 1.00 PM EDT

If you are a member of our private group then we will notify you by email when each session is about to start. You can register here to join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/masterclassessentialoil/

Please SHARE this information to anyone you think might enjoy and benefit from this FREE training. Simply share the link above with your colleagues, friends & family so that they can join too.

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Balancing the Gallbladder Meridian with Chinese Herbs & Essential Oils

Our growing Common Scents Community continues learning how to use Chinese Herbs and Essential Oils and this month I taught the LIVE Workshop focusing on the Gallbladder Meridian.

According to Hassler et al., 20 million people in the US have gallstones a year! 

Even if you have had gallbladder surgery, this information will help you bring harmony to your digestive system.  

Click here  to Join and gain access!

You will be learning;

  • What is the Gallbladder Meridian in (TCM)?
  • The Gallbladder Yang
  • What Chinese Element connected to the Gallbladder ?
  • What Season is connected to the Gallbladder ?
  • What is the time of day for the Gallbladder Meridian?
  • Where is the Gallbladder meridian on the tongue
  • What does the Gallbladder Meridian affect?
  • What essential oils and Chinese Herbs to help balance the Gallbladder meridian?
  • CEU NAHA approved

REMEMBER for ALL Common Scents Community Members each monthly live webinar is included in your subscription! I would love for everyone to join us as we continue in 2022 learning how to use Chinese Herbs and Essential Oils to balance each meridian AND SO MUCH MORE. Please invite your family and friends so they can receive this information, too!

Visit HERE to learn the 10 reasons why you should JOIN the Common Scents Community and to see how you can be part of this ongoing training for as little as $19.95 per month. Plus get 12 archives about using Herbs and Essentials for Various Health Concerns.

Join now so we can send you your special code to participate for free as part of your membership. For all non-members this and every month’s Live Workshops are only $35.00.

Ready for an Emotional Clear Out?

Ever feel overwhelmed with emotions and feelings so that you think you will “lose” it? Looking for a way to spring clean your emotional house in order to cope with whatever life throws at you? Let’s clear out the unused and little serving emotions that can hamper our mental well-being and physical health.

Email lorrie@lorriehargis.com to find out when our next workshop will take place!

Emotional Healing Detox Workshop! 

You will learn:

1. How to Unlock the Keys to Change

2. Identify thinking, feeling & doing Obstacles

3. How to process and integrate your thinking, feeling and doing

3. NEW Essential oil & Flower Essences Sprays for Cleansing, Purifying, Calming, and Energizing to help you process and integrate

4. NEW Motivation and Self Confidence Herbal Teas with Essential Oils & Flower Essences to help you process and integrate

5. NEW Exercises to help you process and integrate your thinking, feeling and doing

6. Mindful and Relaxation Techniques with Essential Oils & Flower Essences

7. Keys to Make Changes

8. How to continue your Aromatherapy Journey?

Email lorrie@lorriehargis.com for more information……


NAHA CEU’s available

Ginger, The Spicy Root!

Ginger root from Madagascar

Ginger, the plant! This reed-like plant named Ginger(Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is native to the coastal region of India. It has been used in China before written history began. Marco Polo saw this plant in China between 1280 and 1290 A.D. Its name interpreted from the Greek, Arabic, and Indian means, “Known already to the ancient.” Ginger, the common name is derived from the Sanskrit “gringa” or horn and “vera” meaning body, in reference to the shape of the root. Ginger stimulates the secretions of ingestive fluids that lower cholesterol ( Samadi, 2022), helps with motion sickness (Haniadka, 2013) and morning sickness. The Chinese value this stimulating plant and add it to their meat dishes to detoxify it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, they have used Ginger in their herbal formulations to warm the stomach and spleen (middle) and disperse the cold and alleviate vomiting (Hunt R et al., 2013).

Ginger also has an effect on a circulation, because of the stimulating volatile oils it contains. This valuable root has the ability to purify the blood and is valuable when indications of flu start coming on. It has also been used as a female and male tonic, liver, and kidneys, because of its effectiveness when used with other herbs.

Ginger, the Hydrosol!

Ginger water (hydrosol) along with Thyme water (hydrosol) from the steam distillation has been shown to detoxify and have antioxidant effects. Therefore, it is recommended to use them to avoid alcohol toxicity (Shati, 2009). 3 tbsps daily for 10 days per month.

Try this formulation to help you with Aches and Pains.

Ginger, the Essential Oil!

Warming, delightfully spicy, light yellow to dark yellow, aromatic, and strengthening is the essential oils of Ginger. The root is steam distilled. The Ginger essential oil warms the body internally. “Ginger has a pain-reducing effect and it can modulate pain through various mechanisms: inhibition of prostaglandins via the COX and LOX-pathways, antioxidant activity, inhibition of the transcription factor nf-kB, or acting as an agonist of vanilloid nociceptor (Rondanelli 2020).”

Ginger, the Flower.

Ginger, the Flower Essence

Ginger flower essence was a research flower when I first started using it and this is what my experience was like with this quite beautiful flower. I felt warmer physically, especially in the lower trunk. My mind was clearer and very calm. I was able to handle situations constructively with others. I could speak my true feelings in a warm and calm way. This flower helped me in relationships and communication.

Yellow ginger – Flower Essence

Relaxing to your body and your mind. Helps alleviate anxiety and panic attacks. Brings your energy down into your body, therefore grounding and stabilizing.

When we can relax, we can rejoice and know that all is well.
These flowers are carefully hand-gathered and made into our healing flower essences which: Yellow GingerFlower Essence helps your mind & body to let go and RELAX.

Applications: Excellent used topically and in massage to release muscle tension and pain.

Take 5 drops under the tongue or in water, juice, or tea. Place 10 drops in your water bottle.

Use topically, rub into hands, wrists, back of the neck, and places of tension or tight muscles. (https://hawaiianrainforestnaturals.com/product/ginger-flower-essence-relax/, 2022)

Haniadka R, Saldanha E, Sunita V, Palatty PL, Fayad R, Baliga MS. A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe). Food Funct. 2013 Jun;4(6):845-55. doi: 10.1039/c3fo30337c. Epub 2013 Apr 24. PMID: 23612703 Available https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23612703/ Accessed March 5th, 2022

Hunt R, Dienemann J, Norton HJ, Hartley W, Hudgens A, Stern T, Divine G. (2013) Aromatherapy as treatment for postoperative nausea: a randomized trial, Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22392970, Last Accessed March 8th, 2022

Nunes CP, Rodrigues CC, Cardoso CAF, Cytrynbaum N, Kaufman R, Rzetelna H, Goldwasser G, Santos A, Oliveira L, Geller M. Clinical Evaluation of the Use of Ginger Extract in the Preventive Management of Motion Sickness. Curr Ther Res Clin Exp. 2020 Jun 15;92:100591. doi: 10.1016/j.curtheres.2020.100591. PMID: 32714473; PMCID: PMC7378854 Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32714473/ . Last Accessed March 5th, 2022

Rondanelli M, Fossari F, Vecchio V, Gasparri C, Peroni G, Spadaccini D, Riva A, Petrangolini G, Iannello G, Nichetti M, Infantino V, Perna S. Clinical trials on pain lowering effect of ginger: A narrative review. Phytother Res. 2020 Nov;34(11):2843-2856. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6730. Epub 2020 May 20. PMID: 32436242; PMCID: PMC7754412. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32436242/ Accessed March 8th, 2022

Samadi M, Moradinazar M, Khosravy T, Soleimani D, Jahangiri P, Kamari N. A systematic review and meta-analysis of preclinical and clinical studies on the efficacy of ginger for the treatment of fatty liver disease. Phytother Res. 2022 Feb 1. doi: 10.1002/ptr.7390. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35106852. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35106852/ Last Accessed March 5th, 2022

You can also see my article in AIA Aromatic Journal Summer 2019 in Action called Ginger, the Root of all Spices https://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/

To learn more about Ginger essential oil and herb join me in the Common Scents Community for the Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs and Essential Oils Monthly Live Workshops – https://www.lorriehargis.com/members/join-csc/

Better Health and Happiness,


Anxiety- Emotional Healing with Essential Oils and Flower Essences


Did you know how many people suffer with Anxiety? According to the Anxiety Disorder Statistics. Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

This is a lot of people and it seems to be growing. We can look at society in general and see why everything is going at lightning speed and yes our brains work fast but do our emotions? Well, the answer to that is a BIG FAT “NO” ! We have to have time to process our emotions. It is difficult to go from identifying an emotion and recognizing where it came from and then go straight to solution. It is IMPORTANT that we give ourselves time to process the emotion, recognize why we feel that way and where it all begin otherwise we are constantly being worried by the same thing,  in our present or past that can lead to Anxiety and no solution how to resolve it and let it go.

So Before we go to solution which is what we all want to do instead of going through the process. Let’s look at what anxiety is? Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

We all have some anxiety in our lives at point or another. For example- you could feel anxious before a test, performance or job interview which is perfectly normal. However if you are spending most of your day worrying and it is affecting your day, then you need to recognize it and seek help.

Here are several conditions where Anxiety can be the main symptom:

  • panic disorder
  • phobias such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

Today,  I am only discussing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) which is a chronic condition that causes you to feel anxious about a lot of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. I call it being a worry wart. This is where you are anxious most days and you have a hard time remembering when you felt relaxed. Usually as soon as one anxious thought or worry is resolved, another one appears.

This can cause mental and physical symptoms.

Mental Symptoms:

  1. Trouble sleeping
  2. Feeling restless/ worried
  3. Not being able to concentrate
  4. Irritated
  5. Constantly on “edge”
  6. Sense of dread
  7. Socially withdrawn from family and friends
  8. Find work difficult or stressful and start taking more days off

All these symptoms can lead to more worry,  lower the self esteem and escalate the Anxiety

Physical symptoms:

  1. Heart palpitations
  2. dizziness
  3. tiredness
  4. muscle aches and tension
  5. trembling or shaking
  6. dry mouth
  7. excessive sweating
  8. shortness of breath
  9. stomach ache
  10. feeling sick
  11. headache
  12. pin and needles
  13. difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)

What can trigger Anxiety?

If you know what is causing your anxiety such as a specific phobia like claustrophobia you would know that being confined in a small space will trigger your anxiety. Not knowing what is triggering your GAD then it can intensify the anxiety and you may start to worry that there is no solution.

However, if you have GAD there are  self -help treatments that could be help easy the symptoms of anxiety yourself.

Self Help Suggestions:

Try an online course with a trained therapist or go to a cognitive behavioural therapist

This usually involves working from a book or computer programme for around six weeks or longer. In some cases, you may be closely supported by a trained therapist who you’ll speak to every week or two. Some treatments only involve minimal or occasional contact with a therapist, who monitors your progress. Also cognitive behavioural therapy is very beneficial for anxiety. It can help you understand your condition and learn ways to manage your anxiety by modifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and behavior.


Exercise regularly, particularly aerobic exercise, may help you combat stress because it encourages the brain to release serotonin which improves your mood helping you to not worry so much.

Good aerobic exercises include:

  • walking fast or jogging
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • tennis
  • hiking
  • football or rugby
  • aerobics

Learn to relax

As well as regular exercise, learning how to relax is important.

You may find relaxation and breathing exercises helpful, or you may prefer activities such as yoga or pilates to help you unwind.

You can also try this

Avoid caffeine

Drinking too much caffeine can make you more anxious than normal. This is because caffeine can disrupt your sleep and also speed up your heartbeat. If you’re tired, you’re less likely to be able to control your anxious feelings.

Avoiding drinks containing caffeine – such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and energy drinks – may help to reduce your anxiety levels.

Avoid smoking and drinking

Smoking and alcohol have been shown to make anxiety worse. Only drinking alcohol in moderation or stopping smoking may help to reduce your anxiety.

Essential Oils for Anxiety:

Lavender, Grapefruit and Patchouli are the essential oils that I am going to use today for you to make an Anxiety Spray.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Miller) Lavender Fine has a mellow, peaceful aroma which can be overwhelming. It is good for all kinds of nervous disorders like anxiety, hysteria, panic, mental exhaustion and headaches.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi Macfad) Grapefruit has a fresh and sparkling aroma. It helps with clarity and confidence mentally.

Patchouli ( Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) BenthPatchouli has an aroma which is hot and earthy. It is helpful for depression, stress and exhaustion.

Anxiety Spray:

20 drops Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia Miller)

20 drops Grapefruit(Citrus paradisi Macfad)

6 drops Patchouli( Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth)

2oz. water

2oz. amber glass bottle with sprayer.

Place essential oils in amber bottle. Add water. Roll between your hands to mix the essential oils thoroughly into the water. Shake before using. Spray in all four directions of the room.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy.

Caution: Do not get it on your furniture. Essential oils can possibly damage varnished wood.

You can also check out my Live Facebook Emotional Healing Series where Ansylla Ramsey interviews on How Essential Oils and Flower Essences can help you heal yourself:

Part 1: Series Emotional Live Streaming on How our Emotions affect our Physical Health and How Essential Oils and Flower Essences can help you-

Click here- https://youtu.be/TXEy0nm9DAY

Part  2:  Series Emotional Healing Live Streaming on How to use Essential Oils and Flower Essences for  Stress and Tension:

Click –  https://www.facebook.com/my.hairitage/videos/10212363163108022/

Part 3:  Series Emotional Live Streaming on How to use Essential Oils and Flower Essences for  Anxiety:

Click- https://www.facebook.com/my.hairitage/videos/10212643898646235/

Look for the next Emotional Healing Live Streaming on September 6th at 3:30 pm

Click- https://www.facebook.com/lorrie.hargis

If you would like to learn more about How to Use Essential Oils and Flower Essences for Emotional Healing Sign up for my Emotional Healing Workshop

Click  – http://www.lorriehargis.com/blog/essentials-for-emotional-healing-with-essential-oils-and-flower-essences/

Our Emotional Healing is important. Take care of YOU! You are important.

Don’t Forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents!

Au Revoir,


Emotional Healing Workshops 2022

Essential Oils & Flower Essences 3 Days Total Immersion Emotional Healing
LIVE Online and Exclusive with Lorrie Hargis, RA

1st Dates for 2022 are:

Friday March 11th, 2022 – 1 Day Introduction to Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences Workshop

Saturday, March 12th & Sunday, March 13th 2022 – Total Immersion
Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences Workshop

Do you want to learn How to use Essential Oils & Flower Essences because you are, or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and physical pain? Can’t let go and forgive… find out how you can and emerge into your magnificent self!

We have the tools, techniques, essential oils & flower essences to help you!

I am so pleased to announce that I will be Live Streaming all the way from the California to lead this Emotional Healing workshop!

3 day Total Immersion =
1 day Introduction to Emotional Healing and 2 day Total Immersion Emotional Healing Workshops

Friday March 11th, Saturday, March 12th & Sunday March 13th 2022

11:00 am to 5:00 pm (New York Time)

(3 Day Workshop – $225.00 per person)

You will learn:

Breathe Work to Release Fears, Anger and Anxiety

Free yourself from Physical and Mental Limitations

How Essential Oils & Flower Essences effect the Mind, Body and Spirit

Improve your Daily Life by Integrating Flower Essences & Essential Oils into your Daily Routine

Mindful Techniques for Rebuilding Relationships

Build your Physical Strength and Vitality

How to Make More Essential Oil & Flower Essence Formulations for Life Changing Transformation

Make more Personalized blends each day as you evolve

*Please make sure you bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on, pillow, blanket, journal, pen +paper and sack lunch.

All supplies are provided.

Educational Materials needed –

Please purchase my book, “Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy,”

Flower Essence Repertory from the Flower Essence Society.

Can’t make it for 3 days? Then join us for *1 day – Intro to Essential Emotional Healing with Essential Oils + Flower Essence

March 11th, 2022 – Friday

11:00am to 5:00 pm (New York Time)

Your investment: $89.00

In the Introduction Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences One day Workshop!

Gain the tools needed to heal yourself & those around you, as well as valuable knowledge to reshape your negative past stories, in order to bring healing & balance!

You will learn:

What is an Essential Oil?

How are Essential Oils?

What is a Flower Essence?

How Flower Essences are Obtained?

Safe Selection & Contraindications

How to use Essential Oils & FlowerEssences to Emotionally & Physically Heal

How to Make Essential Oil & FlowerEssences Formulations for Life Changing Transformation!

The Ancient Art of Storytelling for Powerful Healing!

How to Make a Personalized Formulation + 3 other formulations

Only $89.00 per person

Please make sure you have a yoga mat or towel to lie on, pillow, blanket, journal, pen, paper and sack lunch all to hand for your own comfort on the day.

Educational Materials needed – Please purchase my book, “Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy,” and the Flower Essence  Repertory from the Flower Essence Society!

My book Common Scents – Click here 15.00 regular price $18.95

Flower Essence Repertory – Click here the Flower Essence  Repertory 

For Previous Students  who have already attended the 1 day Introduction to Emotional Healing:

Join me for the 2 day Total Immersion Essential Emotional Healing  with Essential Oils & Flower Essences Workshop

March 12th & 13th, 2022

11:00 am to 5:00pm (New York Time)

Any previous Emotional Healing Workshop student can avail of special discounts to attend further training or to refresh their knowledge & confidence – email us at: ruth@lorriehargis.com to be added to our waiting list and to receive special pricing!

* All Attendees must  have taken the Prerequisite – Intro to Essential Emotional Healing to attend the 2 day Total Immersion Workshop.

Don’t Forget Your Essentials, Use Your Common Scents,

Better Health and Happiness in Las Vegas,



Sore Throat – Aroma Gargling!

According to Mayo Clinic, “A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow.

The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.

A study suggests, “Aroma gargling can be utilized as an effective nursing intervention for decreasing thirst, halitosis, and sore throat for patients with spine surgery in clinical practice.”

  1.  In the study, essential oils of peppermint, tea tree, and lemon in a ratio 1:2:2 were used on patients
  2. Significant differences in the degrees of thirst, halitosis, and sore throat according to interaction between group and duration.
  3. In the comparison among 3 groups, aroma gargling provided better oral health by decreasing thirst, halitosis, and sore throat for patients with spine surgery.

Learn how to do aroma gargling with these 3 essential oils.

Aroma Sore Throat Gargle:

2 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

4Tbsps sea salt

1 glass of warm water.

Mix the sea salt and essential oils in a bowl. Place 1 tsp sea salt mixture in a glass and add warm water, continue to stir the water until the sea salt mixture has dissolved into the water. Then gargle twice daily or when the throat feels sore.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy, lactation, or with children under 2 years of age.

Think zinc too, the latest study of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found zinc as a cold remedy between 75mg and 100mg daily in zinc acetate lozenges, reduced the length of a cold by nearly 3 days- close to half the 7-day average. Here is zinc that you can take orally and zinc lozenges to use to soothe your throat.

Leave your comments below and let me know what you gargle with for a sore throat.

Hope this helps your sore throat.

Better Health and Happiness,


Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Signs of the common cold or the flu can be a little sniffle or cough.

How can you tell whether you have a cold or flu?

The most important thing is knowing the difference between a cold and the flu. The common cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract (nose, nasal cavity, mouth, throat, and larynx). Most often caused by common human coronaviruses or rhinoviruses. The infection is typically harmless. A cold might last as little as a few days or as long as a couple of weeks.

Cold Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion

Usually, with a cold, you might only have one, two, or all of these symptoms, and the severity can range from delicate sneeze to room-silencing hacking. While the common cold is unpleasant most people recover fairly quickly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. Each year in the United States, millions of people get the common cold. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.”

The flu, on the other hand, is more serious.
The flu, or influenza, is a dangerous and highly contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. Each year, the flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and results in thousands of deaths. Many flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms. Flu symptoms are typically more severe. A cold might force you to tote a tissue box around for a few days, but the flu can leave you bedridden.

The difference between the cold and the flu is the high fever. The flu comes with a higher fever. Both cold and flu can lead to other health complications. The flu can lead to pneumonia and lung infections, and complications can lead to death. The flu you need to nip in the bud immediately when it comes on. More about that in my next blog post.

Common cold

Several different viruses can cause a cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common cause. Wash your hands often throughout cold and flu season. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, niaouli, ravintsara, and rosemary all contain a chemical constituent called Eucalyptol or 1.8 cineole that is known to help the body with viruses. When you start having some sniffles, runny or stuffed up nose, and feel a cold starting to come on, try these 3 healthy tips with these essential oils.

3 Healthy Tips with Essential Oils for the Common Cold

Runny or Stuffed up nose

Sinus Inhalation:

5 drops Eucalyptus globulous or Eucalyptus radiata essential oil

1 bowl warm water

1 towel

Bring water to boil, add essential oil. Then take off the stove. Place a towel over your head as you breathe in the vapors for 10 – 20 minutes three times daily.

Contraindications: Do not use Eucalyptus in pregnancy, lactation, and children under 10 years old. For children from 3-8 years of age use 1 drop of Ravintsara in 1 bowl of warm water.

Sore throat

Usually, a cold starts with a sore throat. You can immediately start with a throat gargle to help reduce the inflammation in the tonsils and throat.

Sore Throat gargle:

2 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

4Tbsps sea salt

1 glass of warm water.

Mix the sea salt and essential oils in a bowl. Place 1 tsp sea salt mixture in a glass and add warm water, continue to stir the water until the sea salt mixture has dissolved into the water. Then gargle twice daily or when the throat feels sore.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy, lactation, or with children under 2 years of age.

Think zinc too, the latest study of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found zinc as a cold remedy between 75mg and 100mg daily in zinc acetate lozenges, reduced the length of a cold by nearly 3 days- close to half the 7-day average. Here is zinc that you can take orally and zinc lozenges to use to soothe your throat.

Cough due to a Cold


 Coughs are common during a cold and are “productive” getting the germy mucus out of your lungs when you’re sick. Most will go away in a few days. After a cold, though, some “dry” cough lasts weeks or months because coughing irritates your lungs.

Dry Cough formulation:

8 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

8 drops Lemon essential oil

1oz. carrier oil (Almond or Apricot)

1oz. amber bottle

Place essential oils and carrier oil in an amber bottle. Roll the bottle between your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Apply to chest, back, and corresponding reflex points on the hands and feet 3 times daily.

For Children’s formulations see my book, Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy.

Please feel free to ask questions at lorrie@lorriehargis.com

Better Health and Happiness,


It is important to monitor your symptoms. Talk to your doctor if symptoms don’t get better.

For more information on How I overcame Covid.

Sleeplessness due to Anxiety and Depression Case Study

Anna Owusu, Certified Aromatherapist

Title: The Use of Lavender Sleeplessness due to Depression and Anxiety


Kristopher is a 92-year retired journalist.  He relocated to Lorton, Virginia from his hometown of Hayward, California three years ago to live with his daughter because of his ailing health. His former career allowed him to travel around the world and his good nature and gracious personality earned him many friends during his travels. Kristopher loves reading, a glass of fine wine occasionally, storytelling, and spending quality time with his family.


I was first introduced to Kristopher in June of 2017 as his home health care-giver. His family felt he needed a companion to be with him and help him with his daily upkeep while they were at work because of his declining health. He and I got along right from the beginning. Some of the things we had in common included a shared love for reading, appreciation of creative arts, and traveling.

My time with Kristopher was spent by helping him with his meal preparations, transporting him to his doctor’s appointments, Library, and senior recreational centers, reminding him to take his medications, and whatever assistance he needed to improve his quality of life.

The medications he was on included Atorvastatin (to treat high cholesterol levels), Lisinopril (to treat high blood pressure) Donepezil (to treat light dementia), and Latanoprost, Dorzolamide, Brimonidine eye drops to treat glaucoma in his right eye.

In the fall of 2017, Kristopher fell on his way to use the bathroom at night. He broke his right femur as a result of the fall and underwent an emergency hip replacement surgery.  The surgery was successful but the recovery took a toll on him physically, mentally, and emotionally. Daily physical therapy left him feeling exhausted and not being able to go out as he was used to. This left him feeling depressed and anxious. This new development greatly affected his sleep pattern, especially at night.

 It was at this point that I asked and was granted permission by his daughter to help him have a good night’s sleep with aromatherapy.

Essential Oil Selected

Essential OilsBotanical NameCountry of OriginName of SupplierBatch Number
Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia Mill.)FranceNature’s Sunshine17034

Details of Essential Oil Blend

5 drops of Lavender in a diffuser filled with water at bedtime


I chose a single oil because of the client’s age and frail health. I did not want to shock or overwhelm him with different smells all at once.  I wanted to use an oil that was mild and safe and was not going to cause any contraindications with his health medications. I specifically chose lavender because the client’s favorite hand lotion contains lavender and I felt it will be a familiar and comforting smell for him.

The key chemical constituents of Linalool 39.1% and Linalyl acetate 36.2% (Tisserand & Young, 2014) found in Lavender, gives it its antidepressant and sedative properties (Lawless 2013). A study entitled “The Effect of Aromatherapy

on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home” done by (Faydali & Cetinkaya, 2018) revealed that there was an improvement in the quality of sleep quality of nursing home residents who inhaled lavender oil drops on their pillows every evening for a week before sleeping.

Client Response to Treatment:

The client responded very well to the treatment. The floral, sweet, and clean smell of Lavender proved to be relaxing and calming for him. His restlessness and anxiety gave way to relaxation and sleep a few minutes after he inhaled the aromatic treatment. The treatment was administered for a week. This helped to get him back on a sleep schedule. After the first week, aromatic treatment was given as needed.

Conclusion and Reflection

The use of Lavender essential oil proved to be an effective treatment for sleeplessness as a result of depression and anxiety in an elderly client.  As a result of the client being able to get a good night’s sleep, his recovery drastically improved.

 He had more energy for physical therapy and the symptoms of his anxiety became minimized.  I also introduced the playing of` soothing, relaxing, and meditative music in the background during his bedtime. This has helped greatly in setting his mood for a goodnight’s sleep.

This case study has been very rewarding for me as I saw first-hand how single oil can be so instrumental in making such a huge difference in a person’s life. Less is truly more when it comes to Essential oils and the power each oil possesses cannot be exaggerated.


Faydali. S & Cetinkaya F. (2018) The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home. (Abstract)   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29210873

Lawless. J, (2013) The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press. Pg.122

Tisserand. R & Young R (2014) Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Pg. 326

Thank you to Anna for allowing us to share this case study with you.

5 Ways to Slide into Autumn with Optimal Health

The changing of seasons has an impact on your body. Autumn has many things to offer us from picking out our pumpkin to getting out our sweaters, it is a season to enjoy. The thing that it brings is the change of temperature and its effects on your health.

Here are some effects that Autumn can have on the body and the 5 ways to combat it.

  1. Are you feeling depressed ?

Keep your endorphins up by sniffing essential oils known to boost the mood such, as Orange, Bergamot, Lime, or Lemon essential oils due to their high content of limonene and Pine to its high content in pinene! 

2. Experiencing more aches and pains?

Feel achier when Autumn hits? Research shows that joint pain is influenced by weather conditions. Reduce your pain with an Orange and Ginger Massage.

3. Trouble with Allergies?

According to LiveScience.com ragweed allergies are the worst in Autumn also mold spores are more prevalent in the air due to decaying leaves and other vegetation falling to the ground which worsens the allergy conditions. This causes inflammation in the sinuses and bronchial. Alleviate your allergies with the anti-inflammatory properties of Peppermint oil. Peppermint Inhalation – 5 drops Peppermint in a bowl of hot water. Drape a towel over your head and place your head above the bowl and breathe in the vapors of the steam for 5 minutes twice daily. Do not use in pregnancy or with children under 3 years of age.

4. Lack of Energy?

SAD just doesn’t affect your mood it affects your energy. Seasonal Affective Disorder not only makes you feel depressed, but it can also cause you to feel sluggish and agitated. If you are feeling this way then the herb Ashwagandha, known as the Ayurvedic Rejuvenator can help you.

5. Higher Risk of Getting Sick?

As the temperatures drop in Autumn and you are spending more indoors, you’re at risk of coming down with a cold or the flu. Build your immune system with the antiviral and antibacterial properties of essential oils. Learn How to Make a Protecting Essential Oil Spray with my video.

As you see Essential Oils and Herbs are the perfect tools for you to Slide through Autumn.

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