Where Did My Essential Oil Blog Posts Go? i.e. How I Lost 67% Of My Blog Traffic

Where Are My Essential Oil Blog Posts and Pins? | Living Consciously Blog

So hey, apparently upwards of 20,000 of you used to visit my blog every month from Pinterest for my essential oil recipes. Recipes that I still use literally every single day, multiple times a day. Where did my essential oil blog posts go? Well, I was forced to remove them all from my blog. Not only my own blog posts, but my entire Pinterest board of other peoples’ blog posts, as well any Twitter or personal Facebook posts where I mentioned how I used essential oils or how they work.

For the record, I’ve never really made discernible income from selling essential oils. I published the recipes for literally thousands of visitors to use and fewer than 20 people ever actually bought oils from links on this blog over 3 years. Even when those people bought oils from my site, I only got gift certificates for the purchase of more oils, at a ridiculous percentage like 5% or 10% of their purchase (I don’t even know because it was insignificant. I think the most I ever got was $10. Which required me to buy product to utilize.). When someone “signed up” under me, I got a one-time payment, but only if I had spent enough on product in the last few months, myself. I have had less than 40 people sign up “under” me in 3 years because I have never pushed oils on anyone. I never contacted anyone who signed up “under” me in order to pressure them to buy or sell oils. I also made sure to always post recipes that could be used with any brand of oil, not just the one that I sold.

I offer all these qualifications, not because I owe them to anyone, but because I want you to understand that I was not making money hand-over-fist from this endeavor. The only entity making money from the posts on this blog were the companies who sold the oils. The same company that came to me and told me that they would disconnect my account if I did not remove all these posts.

Not only was I asked to remove the posts on this blog, but also all the Pins of recipes I had pinned on Pinterest from other people’s blogs. You might say, “hey, no one can tell me what to Pin!”. That’s what I thought too, but apparently I was wrong. Because I tried to preserve some of the recipes on the Pinterest board and the company DID disconnect my essential oils account until I had deleted the entire board. All of the saved recipes, gone. So if you followed that board on Pinterest, that’s why you can’t find them anymore.

Why? Because of the FDA. In January 2015, the FDA sent warning letters to the two primary essential oil companies, who are both network marketing organizations {definition}, to alert them that their company representatives were making health claims about oils that are restricted only to drugs in the U.S. You can read the letters here. If you don’t live in the U.S. or aren’t familiar with the way the FDA works, it is an governmental organization that takes craptons of money from large corporations to put it’s stamp of approval on their products saying those products are safe. This organization is responsible for approving such chemicals as trans fats, in which evidence of serious harm built up for nearly 20 years before the organization finally admitted that the substance was clearly toxic. It had to wait that long to say something because it’s primary source of income is from drug companies, most of which sell drugs that combat the effects of trans fats.

Was it ridiculous that some people selling oils were claiming they could cure cancer and ebola? Probably so. There are also plenty of uninformed people out there advocating the misuse of oils without proper dilution, even now. And yes, that kind of abuse should be regulated by someone. But how far is it ok to take this? For example, a “headache” is a symptom of a number of diseases including glaucoma, brain cancers, and migraines. In the U.S., diseases are only allowed to be treated by FDA approved drugs. Only companies that have paid the FDA for review and approval can claim to cure disease. Therefore, according to the FDA, I cannot tell you that essential oils can help your headache, because that is the same as claiming the oils cure cancer or glaucoma (even though that’s not what I said). Because the essential oil companies didn’t pay the FDA for the right to say that.

As a Pinterest user, you’ll find that Pins about essential oils are being deleted from your boards or that the Pins now link to pages that no longer exist. All the recipes are gone, slowly being removed by the bloggers if they want to keep their personal access to the source of the oil.

For now, if you want to use essential oils daily for wellness as I do, my recommendation is to buy an essential oils pocket desk reference (affiliate link), which contains an extensive index of health issues and the appropriate oils and safe usage to treat them, as well as scientific research to back it all up.

I have deleted all references to the brand I use on this blog and also deleted the personal web site portal that I paid the company to allow me to offer the oils for sale directly online. Honestly, I have considered ending my relationship with the company. Right now, that’s still not off the table completely. But as I mentioned, I do use oils literally every day and believe in their effectiveness. I just can’t tell you about that anymore.

Fortunately, I’ve never been an essential oils blogger. This blog is a chronicle of my ongoing journey for health and wellness. It is indeed unfortunate that I am not longer allowed to share this facet of my journey with you. I hope to be following this blog post with another post about what direction I’d like to take with the blog in the future, as the drastic decrease in traffic leaves me with a bit of a challenge. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

DIY Clay Diffuser Necklaces

Last night I had a get-together at my house with a bunch of fun ladies to make DIY clay diffuser necklaces for our essential oils! This is one of the easiest crafts, ever — and you know that I am NOT a very DIY-type person. Also not a jewelry person. But ever since I made my first diffuser necklaces a few months ago, I have rarely taken them off. Here are the original two:
Heart Clay Diffuser Necklace | Conscientious Confusion

OM Clay Diffuser Necklace | Conscientious Confusion

The heart is actually my daughter’s two fingerprints, inspiration taken from this post. The lower one is the Sanskrit “OM”. The string used on these and the ones we made at the party last night are hemp.

Everyone making clay diffuser necklaces! | Conscientious Confusion
Everyone making clay diffuser necklaces!

For anyone who might be interested in making these easy diffuser necklaces themselves, here’s how I did it.

First, I bought some very basic oven-back clay (affiliate link) at the craft store.

Sculpey Clay

 

A word about the clay: you can get a little more “natural” by purchasing the standard reddish-orange colored oven-bake clay, but if you want to make it “pretty”, you’ll have to go with the dyed stuff. Painting the clay after baking will not work with essential oils. I am not too concerned about the dye used in the clay, since the dye is sealed in when the clay is baked.  As mentioned, I have worn my necklaces nearly nonstop for about 2 months now and so far there has been no color transfer of the dyed clay, despite the pendant being covered in oils multiple times every day. For me, the toxicity level here seems very low. Please feel free to make your own call on that. I love that the colored clays also come in metallic finishes. I think those were some of my favorite finished pieces!

Next: Getting creative

This is where Pinterest came in, for me, because I am NOT a creative person. I spent a little time over the course of a few weeks creating a Clay Diffuser Necklace Inspiration Pinterest board.

Follow Jenny’s board Clay Diffuser Necklace inspiration on Pinterest.

We kept my iPad open on the table and passed it around to look at pictures and get ideas.

One of the best ideas was pressing old jewelry and interesting buttons into the clay! If you are worried about the jewelry sticking to the clay and distorting the shape, sprinkle some baby powder onto the jewelry and/or the clay itself. Several people sprinkled the clay with baby powder directly and it did not change the color of the clay.

Don’t forget to punch a hole somewhere for the string!

Finally, bake the clay in the oven. I did remove the buttons from several of the pendants so they wouldn’t melt, then we glued them back on after baking. If you are wondering whether you can bake sequins safely, the answer to that is: YES.

I wish I had remembered to take a picture of EVERY necklace, but these are some of our faves that I did remember to take pictures of:

DIY clay diffuser necklace for essential oils | Conscientious Confusion

DIY clay diffuser necklace for essential oils | Conscientious Confusion

DIY clay diffuser necklace for essential oils | Conscientious Confusion

DIY clay diffuser necklace for essential oils | Conscientious Confusion

DIY clay diffuser necklace for essential oils | Conscientious Confusion

How to use the necklace: you probably want to wait until the clay is completely cooled before adding the first oil. Just drop your favorite oil (or the one you need the most right now!) onto the surface of the clay and rub it in a little. The first few times you put oil onto your necklace, it will mostly sit on top. The more you use the necklace, the faster it absorbs oil and the longer the scent of the oil will last. I do recommend keeping the necklace away from direct contact with clothing fabric for a little while after adding the oil, to make sure it doesn’t transfer to clothing. I usually shorten my necklaces manually by tying the hemp string at different lengths depending on the neckline of my top.

Now you can enjoy your essential oils anywhere!

My gentle reflexology and aromatherapy experiences

NOTE: I received a few free reflexology treatments with no mention that I would blog about them or even mention on social media, but I have decided to do both because this is a great form of alternative health treatment that I think is often underestimated when done by lesser trained individuals!

Gentle reflexology at Happy Feet, Healthy Body

I’ve been receiving reflexology at Happy Feet, Healthy Body now for 3 weeks to help work on my digestive issues and simply assist my body in maintaining its natural balance, immunity, and ability to function as it should. I didn’t know much about reflexology when I started, but I do know that Tanya (the owner and reflexologist) is an EXPERT in essential oils, and always answers my Facebook and Twitter questions about essential oil usage!

If you’ve ever had “reflexology” at a nail salon or other combination place of business, it was probably nothing like gentle reflexology with Tanya. I do remember at a nail salon once, the pedicurist smashed on my feet painfully for a period of time. Ouch! Gentle reflexology is a soft, sustained touch that focuses on the response of the client’s body. It is done in a quiet, dim room with relaxing music playing, in a zero gravity chair with comfy pillows and blankets. One day I had some kefir before I came in for reflexology and my stomach was particularly unhappy and churn-y. Tanya mentioned that touching the area of my feet corresponding to my esophagus and stomach was actually painful for her! She put some peppermint oil on those areas and after the entire treatment (one hour), I had no more stomach discomfort. Usually when my stomach is that upset, it remains uncomfortable all day long. It was really amazing!

I had an aromatherapy cleanse this week as well, which was so interesting. It is similar to the Rain Drop technique taught by Young Living, where essential oils are dropped onto the spine and absorbed by the body. In the Happy Feet technique, there are a series of 7 oils in progression. One blend of oil is dropped at a time and gently smoothed over the spine. Tanya runs her finger down the spine and stops to apply light pressure at any area on the spine that needs extra attention. During this process, the spine can actually be seen to move and re-align in the same way it would during a chiropractic adjustment! After each blend is applied, the spine is covered and warmed to fully absorb, then on to the next blend in the series. Like a reflexology treatment, the aromatherapy cleanse has a detoxifying effect for me.

I have very much enjoyed experiencing this new form of alternative health treatment and I think I’ll be adding it to my monthly preventative regimen. It is also a good tool for me to use when I have particularly bad stomach flare-ups, because one reflexology treatment can halt the symptoms of discomfort.

Homemade Toothpaste for Kids

It’s all well and good to want to avoid a long list of nasty ingredients in kids’ toothpaste (artificial colors, artificial flavors, SLSs, SUGAR…), but it’s entirely another thing to endeavor to make an actually kid-friendly homemade toothpaste. I made a homemade toothpaste for myself, no problem — there are hundreds of results on Pinterest. But just try to get your kids to put that baking soda and peppermint oil flavored stuff in their mouths.

Go ahead and try it, I’ll wait….Now that you are back and completely covered in a fine mist of spit and homemade toothpaste, you can see why I’ve been working for several months on a recipe for homemade toothpaste FOR KIDS. Specifically for kids who are accustomed to that fake crap that is in most toothpastes. I’m not going to lie, we were buying the fancy organic xylitol kids’ toothpaste that cost $7 a tube, but that stuff still tastes like nothing you could find in nature. Super fake. So I had to create something that tasted kinda fake, but wasn’t. Here are the ingredients I used and why, and then the recipe.

Kid-friendly Homemade toothpaste - approved by kids that are accustomed to the "fake" fruit flavors!

Baking soda – All homemade toothpastes are based on baking soda because that stuff is good for your teeth. It’s even in commercial toothpastes.

Lemon essential oil – ONLY USE FOOD SAFE BRANDS. The only ones I know of that are food safe are Young Living and doTerra. Never put an essential oil marked “for aromatherapy use only” into your mouth. Ever. They are not kidding about that. Lemon is a great EO for cleansing and it adds a good, fruity taste.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide – I get mine at a health food store in the refrigerated section. This stuff comes undiluted and is so potent it will literally eat your skin off. The dilution ratio is 1 oz of the concentrate to 11 oz of water. That will give you the concentration you are accustomed to buying at the drug store. You can also use the kind you buy at the drug store in the dark brown bottle, I think. Most of the recipes I found online seemed to use that, but since I already had food grade, I used it because it seemed safer.

Xylitol – This artificial sweetener is actually GOOD for your teeth. Using it regularly has been shown to fight cavities. It should be present in any good toothpaste, in my opinion. You can buy it in nearly any grocery store, but it is actually usually cheapest online or at small natural food stores.

Vanilla Stevia (affiliate link) – Ok, so I wasn’t super happy that I had to include this but I found that without it, my kids would not touch the toothpaste. No matter how much xylitol I used, it was the vanilla stevia flavor that they love. I try to make up for having to include this by making it a very, very small amount. The bottle is expensive, but you know what? The Whole Foods brand costs the same amount as one tube of fancy organic kids’ toothpaste and it will make more than 20 batches of homemade toothpaste. Worth it.

Homemade Toothpaste for Kids - ingredients

Homemade Toothpaste for Kids Recipe

1/4 tsp. vanilla Stevia (affiliate link)

3 tsp baking soda

1 tsp xylitol (affiliate link)

1/2 tsp hydrogen peroxide or water

2 drops food-grade lemon essential oil

 

Mix all ingredients together EXCEPT the water/hydrogen peroxide, at first. Add the water/hydrogen peroxide a little at a time until you reach desired consistency. Store in an airtight container.

My two year old actually said “I like it!” and licked her lips. I think you could also experiment with other flavors of Stevia, but if you increase the amount of Stevia past 1/4 tsp, you might need to reduce or eliminate the water/hydrogen peroxide.

I would love to hear how this recipe worked for you and your kids! Please leave me a comment if you’ve tried it and any variations you might have liked!

 

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