Category Archives: Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Spice Traders Essential Oil by Carly Turner


Oh, the holidays- the cool air, the fresh weather, the warm scents. It invites cheer and giving, sharing and receiving, and sometimes... of the bacterial variety. The oil blend Spice Traders has been historically known to help keep away cold and sickness, and can help this holiday season to keep away the gloom!

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Spice Traders is also known as 'thieves' or 'four thieves'. There are many other 

similar versions of this sold around the world. It is well-known historically for being an anti-plague remedy. 

This is a great-smelling spicy and warm holiday-oriented scent. It was historically used to aide in protecting the body from the onsets of flu, candida, colds, viruses, and plagues. It was also used to assist in infections, including ones of the mouth. 

There exists a vinegar recipe similar to the Spice Traders blend that is hung in the Museum of Paris since 1937. The recipe was apparently used during an episode of the plague. Wormwood, wild marjoram, sage, meadow-sweet, rosemary, horehound clove, and camphor are all put into a vinegar and left to steep for two weeks then the mixture is strained and bottled.*1

Indigo Mountain Spice Traders synergy contains essential oil of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, thyme, orange, oregano, nutmeg, rosemary, mandarin, ginger root, and citronella. All of these lovely oils have been historically known to either be cleansing, antibacterial, or uplifting. In the past, an oil mixture like this may not have just been used to keep away sickness but also to consecrate and anoint as well.

The use of cinnamon was mentioned in the bible,


“...the Lord said to Moses,

‘Take the following fine spices:

  • 500 shekels of liquid myrrh [~6g]
  • Half as much of fragrant cinnamon [~3g]
  • 250 shekels of fragrant calamus [~3 kg]
  • 500 shekels of cassia [~6g]
  • And a hin of olive oil [~5 quarts]

“Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.'” (Exodus 30:22-29)




Use for diffusion in the air, can be mixed with wax for wax melts, or used in an oil warmer. Mix into a spray bottle with distilled water for a room spray or bathroom spritzer. 


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Spice Traders has been historically known to help with various different bodily issues. It may help pull slivers, blackheads and other things out of the surface of the skin.

If you have ultra-sensitive skin it is not recommended to apply directly to the body without first diluting it in a carrier oil, lotion or water. 

When applying to the body places one may wish to apply to are the wrists, behind and on the ears, at the base of the neck, temples, inside of elbows, bottoms of feet, and behind the knees. If using a lot on the body it is definitely recommended to dilute, dilute, dilute! A little can go a long way. 


Use while brushing or mix with water or oil for a mouth rinse. The oil blended into a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and adding the oil to your toothpaste may help with teeth pain, mouth sores, or sore gums.  Spice Traders has been used historically to help canker sores. This blend can be used in a mouthwash or as a gargle to help sore throats when mixed with water. 

For example, it has been documented that there is evidence that it may be very antibacterial. The most well-documented study from 1996 showed evidence of antibacterial properties.  Micrococcus luteus (Fleming strain), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Staphylococcus aureus (Golden staph) were all tested against the oil mixture.  Fleming strain was reduced 82%, P. aeruginosa reduced 96%, and golden staph reduced 44% within 10 minutes of diffusing the oil.*2

Tip: Alternating with other oils that we carry like Aura and Fortify can help balance the use of oils when being used consistently. Using the same oil regularly is not recommended. Using the same oil or synergy too often can be ineffective. 


For pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant it is important to discuss essential oil use with your health care provider for advice and to use discernment with their use.

This synergy could possibly result in contact sensitization. Should be used with caution if susceptible to epilepsy.*3  

There is not much research on whether or not oils can cause drug interactions or any contraindications. There are also not many studies on how essential oils can interact in long-term use. Individuals who use essential oils should discuss what they are using with their doctor or health care providers and use with caution or discretion. Properly diluting one's oils before use on the body can help make sure that you have more safety when using very concentrated oils. Cinnamon bark oil can burn your skin with direct contact- dilute, dilute, dilute! 

1*Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy (CW Daniel Company, Ltd. First published in Paris, France in 1937 by Girardot & Cie.), 85-86.


3*pg. 149, Reference Guide for Essential Oils compiled by Connie and Alan Higley.



Natural Remedies to Help an Urinary Tract Infection or UTI

The Urinary System by cuteimage at FDPIf your a female, at some point in your life you will probably deal with an urinary tract infection or UTI.  If you suspect a UTI, you will want to talk to your doctor.  Men do get UTIs and these remedies will work for them as well.

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection can be:

  • Pain or burning when you urinate.
  • The need to urinate frequently and urgently.
  • Your urine smells off and can be cloudy or even bloody.
  • You may even feel the need to get up at night to urinate.
  • Lower abdominal pain and pressure.
  • A mild fever.
  • Not feeling well.

A bladder infection can spread to the kidneys if not treated.  If this happens you will have a higher fever, shaking and chills, nausea and even vomiting.  You may even experience pain on the back or side around waist level.  Always seek medical care if this happens.

If you are put on antibiotics, be sure to take them according to the directions given you and finish your antibiotics.

One challenge many face, is that a round of antibiotics doesn't clear up the infection.  Talk to your doctor about solutions and you may want to try some alternative remedies in addition to your doctor's recommendations.  Always tell your doctor what you are doing.  It is important to heal the body in addition to clearing up the infection.

It is possible to treat a bladder infection effectively with alternative treatments.   Nature has provided many natural anti-biotics.

Be sure to drink plenty of water.  Yes, I know you will need to urinate even more, but it is important.  Every time you empty your bladder you get rid of the bacteria causing the problem and help flush your bladder.  This is a good thing.  So keep the water coming or even better, add some of the teas listed below.

Many people reach for cranberries to treat a UTI.  They can be a helpful remedy.  It is thought they interfere with E. coli attaching to the bladder wall and help the pH of the bladder.  Cranberry capsules or fresh cranberries are a better option than commercial juices. Cranberries don't work for everyone.  And they don't cure the infection or help with inflammation, they just make it harder for the bacteria to stick to the bladder.  So you should use other remedies as well.  Cranberries do not appear to be as effective once you have symptoms.  But they can be a great support for several months following an infection.  If your infection is not caused by E. coli, cranberries may not be useful.  But do be cautious as it can cause stones to form in people that tend to get oxalate stones.  If you are on blood thinning medications, you should avoid cranberries.

Other remedies that can be very helpful in treating a urinary tract infection are not so common.  But we have found them to be very beneficial.

  • Dr. Christopher's Bladder Formula has been a very effective herbal remedy to treat UTI's and helps prevent reoccurring infections.  It also helps to heal the urinary system after an infection.   This formula contains many herbs that have traditionally been used to treat infections and all bladder and kidney infections.
    • Ingredients:  Black Cohosh Root, Ginger Root, Gravel Root, Juniper Berries, Lobelia Herb, Marshmallow Root, Parsley Root, Uva Ursi Leaf and White Pond Lily.
  • Parsley - yes the stuff used as a garnish on your plate, is a great remedy for the bladder.  It is the number one herb for the bladder.  You can make parsley tea or juice parsley.  It can support Parsley by James Barker at FDPyour healing and can often heal an infection.   Parsley is full of vitamins and minerals including providing lots of vitamins A and C which are important when fighting an infection.  Parsley literally helps clean out the bladder and the kidneys and is a wonderful diuretic.  And recently Germany's version of our USA FDA approved parsley as a treatment of kidney stones and bladder infections.  It is easy to grow in the garden.  To make a cup of tea use about 1/4 cup fresh parsley with one cup boiling water and allow to steep about 5 minutes.  Add raw honey, stevia and/or lemon and enjoy.  If juicing, just grab a handful and juice.  We feel that parsley is best used fresh.
  • Cranberry & Buchu Concentrate Capsules combines the detering effects of cranberry with Buchu herb.  Buchu has often been referred as woman's best friend.  It is rich in selenium.  It is a diuretic and urinary tract antiseptic as well as helping with inflammation.  Please research as there may be contraindications with Buchu.  Buchu may even help a yeast infection.
  • Cleavers is an herb that has been used for a very long time.  I have seen it give relief for a bladder infection in just a day or two.  It is an effective diuretic.  It helps rid the kidneys and bladder of gravel and stones.  It can clear the urinary tract of infections.  It helps alleviate prostate disorders and other acute urinary diseases.  Cleavers is generally considered safe with no contraindications.
  • Take extra Vitamin C or consume foods high in Vitamin C.
  • Eat foods that will help to alkalize the body.  Being too acidic helps the bacteria to grow.  Avoid acidic foods, which also included refined foods - especially sugar.0137d8e93bb6c27c7db910ab789d43dd1d6c12913f
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice in water may offer benefits of cleansing the body and helping to alkalize the body.
  • We don't recommend commercial yogurts as the processing they go through destroys most of the beneficial good bacteria and they can often be full of sugar.
  • We do recommend cultured foods.  Check out that link to cultured foods to see how she cured her UTIs with these foods.  Cultured food include:  kefir, kombucha and cultured veggies.  They are a good preventative for UTIs.  We make homemade kefir nearly everyday and it provides us with tons of helpful good bacteria. If you do take antibiotics, you will want to get on homemade cultured foods to balance your system.
  • You may also benefit from taking a good probiotic supplement.
  • Goldenseal contains berberine and other alkaloids that kill bacteria and stimulate the immune system.  They also inhibit bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall.  It is a wonderful natural anti-biotic and is known for treating UTIs.  You can drink a tea, take the extract or use capsules.   And it is excellent combined with Echinacea.
  • Uva Ursi is an herb used in Europe to treat UTIs.
  • Homeopathic remedies can be very helpful for a UTI.  It is based on a philosophy that 'like cures like'.   We like the NOVA Bladder Complex and find it to be very effective.  It contains key remedies known help a bladder infection and address the symptoms of painful burning and/or soreness when urinating, and the frequent urge to urinate.  It comes in a liquid and is easy to take.  Even better, you can take more frequently at the onset of symptoms.  Just don't take immediately with food - wait 20 minutes before or after and don't use with essential oils as they counteract each other.
  • Essential oils can also be an effective treatment.  You will want choose some essential oils and put them in a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil at about a 20% dilution.  Apply to the lower abdominal area and on the back where the kidneys are two times a day while treating an infection.
    • Some good oils to choose from are:  bergamot, cedar-wood, chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, juniper berry (don't use for a kidney infection), lavender, pine needles, fennel, tea tree, and thyme.  Choose one or more and see what works for you.


Whatever your course of action, you will benefit from increasing your water intake and improving your diet.  This is the case whenever there is sickness.  Discuss with your health care practitioner your concerns and desire to use alternative remedies.  You may find they are very supportive as many doctors are fully aware of the dangers of over prescribing antibiotics.  Many people are now finding themselves in a situation of having reoccurring bladder infections that antibiotics are not helping.  Some people dealing with candida and other conditions are even finding themselves A Kally editedhaving reactions to antibiotics.  If you do take antibiotics, these remedies may be helpful in healing your body and preventing future UTIs.   Be persistent and if something doesn't work, try something else.  I have seen people make a simple tea and see results that day.  Others, do not see results for a couple of weeks.  If your symptoms become severe, please go see your doctor.

Natural remedies support and heal the body and work differently for each person.

Do you have a favorite remedy that has worked for you?  Please share.


This information is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Indigo Mountain, the owners, the editors, the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies.   Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before starting any new therapeutic technique. 

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Our First Aid Kits Including What We Take Camping and Hiking

Bag Of First Aid by m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe have a few interesting items in our first aid kits from essential oils, to charcoal tablets.  And when we go camping or send our kids off to camp, they take these along with them.  Join us and find out what we keep in our 1st Aid Kits.  Catch the latest show here.

You will find the basics in our first aid kits like standard band aids and elastic bandage wraps; but you will also find aloe vera, colloidal silver, charcoal tablets and even essential oils.  Plus we teach our family to scavenge the immediate area for healing plants like plantain.  Of course you will want to know what plants you're dealing with before using them as a first aid remedy.  Nearly every community has local classes to help you get in touch with local plants.  One of our favorit additions to our 1st Aid kit is cayenne powder and extract.

Tune in to find out why we stock these items and what things you see in our first aid kits.

Remember call 911 for emergencies.  These items and comments are only to assist and render immediate first aid.  It is a good idea for everyone to learn some basic first aid and most communities offer free classes.

I like to get a 1st Aid Kit from a company called Melaleuca.  They sell them every summer.  If you are interested in one, I can hook you up.  I have one at home, my office and my car.  More recently, my son just took one with him for his mission to Brazil so he would have all the basics in a nice bag.  This kit has the basics and then I add to it.

I include a book from Kurt King, a master herbalist called 'Herbs to the Rescue, Herbal First Aid Handbook'.  I also like to include laminated pictures of the 3 poisonous plants for identification.

Broadleaf PlantainWe use plants around us for food and remedies.  I encourage everyone to be familiar with the plants around them.  Most communities have someone in the area that does 'Herbal Walks'.  Learning to identify plants that can feed you, provide water, and render first aid could save your life.  I once went on a kayaking trip down in South America for a whole week.  On day 1, I got a huge blister that was making it impossible to paddle.  When we stopped for lunch, I scavenged the area for plants that could help.  I hit gold and found plantain (not the banana).  I mashed the leaves and applied to my thumb and after lunch the blister had drained and a hard layer of skin had formed as protection.  I was able to easily use my thumb the whole week with no pain or problems thanks to miracle of plantain.  I love plantain and it grows nearly everywhere and it truly an amazing plant.  It is edible so you could survive on this plant if needed.  It helps with mosquitoes also.  I nibble on the young leaves to help protect from bugs.  That is just one of the healing plants around.  It is a good idea to identify others.   You will also want a list of emergency numbers.

If you want a list of what I include, keep on reading.

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Here is my full list of the items in my first aid kit.

  • Alcohol prep pads in single packs for travel and a small bottle of alcohol in my home kit.
  • Clear Defense moisturizing hand sanitizing wipes in single use packs and travel size gel from Melaleuca and doesn't have harmful chemicals.
  • A good antibiotic ointment.
  • I like to keep Melagel from Melaleuca, it has tea tree oil in it and is great for cuts, scraps, bug bites and even minor burns.
  • An anti-fungal cream.
  • Super Lysine cream and/or Dr. Christopher's Cold Sore Relief Balm, I have kids that can get cold sores so I always have this on hand.  Plus it is in my smaller kits.  You need to keep items like this that your deal with often.
  • And anti-itch cream with hydro-cortisone.
  • Dr. Christopher's plantain ointment and comfrey ointment.
  • Homeopathic Sting Stop or similar for bug bites.
  • A soothing gel for sore muscles like Pain-A-Trate from Melaleuca, Tiger Balm, Cayenne ointment, or Jason's Muscle ointment.
  • Silver Shield from Nature's Sunshine
  • Arnica ointment or gel.
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy

Here is the list of essential oils that I might include.  You can pick and choose what works for you.  The synergies are Indigo Mountain Scentsations oil synergy blends.

  • Tea Tree (melaleuca):  many uses
  • Peppermint:  headaches, sunburn, tummy aches, gas
  • Oregano:  poisonous bites, stomach flu, flu, food poisoning
  • Lavender:  many uses, sunburn, headaches, itch, insomnia
  • Rosemary:  stimulating, anti-spasmodic, strengthening, colds and flupeppermint bottle
  • Bug Off Synergy and if you like you can add lemon eucalyptus to this
  • Purify (contains lemon eucalyptus which is great for mosquitoes):  bug, ant bites, odor control, purifying and can be used as a hand sanitizer.
  • Evelyn:  cuts, wounds and bruises
  • Sport Pro:  bumps, bruises, and sore muscles
  • Aura:  colds and respiratory
  • Vitality:  energy and I keep it for tooth aches
  • Tummy Rub:  car sickness, stomach aches, gas
  • Spice Traders:  colds, flu, sore throat, dental issues
  • Fortify:  builds the immune system and protects
  • You could combine Spice Traders and Fortify in a blended bottle for camping.
  • Helichrysum, White Lavender in foraha for serious cuts and wounds
  • A spray bottle of water, distilled aloe vera, white lavender, lavender and peppermint for sun burn and burns.
  • A spray bottle for Bug Off to chase away bugs.
  • A spray bottle of Purify
  • Instant cold packs
  • Heat / Cold Gel Beads
  • Guaze pads of various sizes and rolls
  • 1st aid tape
  • varying sizes band aids
  • butterfly band aids
  • large cloth for band aids, wrapping, splints, etc.
  • New Skin liquid bandage
  • Mole skin for blisters
  • Self-adherent bandage (it sticks to itself)
  • Ibuprofen or appropriate pain killer for your family
  • antihistamine for allergies
  • decongestants
  • anti-diarrhea medicine or herbal remedies
  • laxatives for constipation
  • Cough drops
  • sterile eyewash or saline (even contact lense solution works)
  • Elastic bandage wrap with velcro
  • latex or non-latex gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissorsarnica clik pak
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife
  • Snake bit kit
  • Q-tips (many uses including helping to remove tics)
  • cotton balls
  • needle and thread
  • safety pins
  • exact o knife or razor blades
  • bulb syringe
  • thermometer
  • tongue depressor (good for splints on a finger)
  • Emergency blanket (for hiking, camping or traveling)

This is my basic list of remedies that I keep on hand.

  • Black Cohosh, Plantain and Echinacea extract for venomous bites
  • Echinacea extract
  • Elderberry Extract
  • Super Garlic Immune Formula
  • Immune System Formula from Dr. Christopher
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Lysine capsules (because of cold sores)
  • Charcoal caps:  upset stomach, stomach flu, poisoning
  • Calmacid from Melalueca an herbal stomach remedy with ginger
  • Food enzymes
  • Colloidal silver, also in a spray bottle
  • Homeopathic Bug Bouncer (helps you avoid bug bites)
  • Cayenne extract and/or capsules
  • Arnica tablets
  • Emergency remedy from Australian Bush Flowers or Rescue Remedy
  • Powdered clay like bentonite or green
  • Witch Hazel
  • Mineral, natural sunscreen
  • As natural as possible bug spray if the other remedies don't work.
  • After sun care, we like the Aloe gel from Melaleuca
  • Lotion for dry chapped skin
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons and menstrual pads:  need always for feminine needs, but tampons are useful for a bloody nose that wont stop or a puncture wound.  Pads are great for absorbing blood on a bad cut or wound.
  • Paper and pencil
  • Flashlights and extra batteries.  I like solar powdered lights.  You will need to check these at least annually.  I also like a headlamp so I can be hands free.
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Fire starter (flint and cotton balls)
  • candles
  • water bottles full of water (especially for a car first aid kit)
  • Nikken sports water bottle or Lifestraw to filter water
  • Zip lock bags and trash bags

With this list, I can handle just about every emergency.  The over the counter medications we have just in case, but we usually end up tossing them unopened when they expire.  The herbal remedies and essential oils take care of nearly all our needs and emergencies.  Depending on the trip I'm taking determines the items I take with me.  Sometimes this whole kit goes with me.

Short List for HikingTravel First Aid Kit by Mister GC at FDP

  • Melagel
  • Small bottle of black cohosh, plantain and echinacea extract
  • small amount of first aid tape wrapped onto a pencil (broken in half)
  • gauze
  • band aids, various sizes and butterfly band aids
  • a small piece of folded paper
  • individual packs of hand sanitizer and alcoholElastic Bandage ” by blackstock at FreeDigitalPhotos.come
  • mole skin
  • arnica tablets
  • scissors (unless they are on a pocket knife)
  • pocket knife
  • tweezers (unless included in a pocket knife)
  • charcoal tablets (4 to 6 tabs in a small baggie)
  • pain reliever (a few in a small baggie)
  • A very small bottle of tea tree oil
  • Elastic bandage wrap
  • snake bite kit
  • sunblock if needed
  • lip balm

I will also include the following items to send off with my kids for camps or short trips for ourselves.

  • Anti-itch cream and anti-fungal if needed
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • Plantain ointment
  • sting stop for bug
  • small pain-A-Trate
  • small arnica gel
  • Bug Off synergy
  • Sports Pro
  • Aura
  • Tummy Rub
  • Purify
  • Evelyn
  • Oregano
  • Spice Traders with Fortify
  • after sun care
  • Sometimes I send an aloe vera leaf
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • safety pins, sewing needle and thread
  • emergency blanket
  • Immune booster herbal remedy like echinacea
  • Cough Drops
  • colloidal silver
  • cayenne
  • flashlights and batteries
  • water filter
  • bags
  • Any other remedies and medications that may be needed individually

I might be over the top.  But I have had 7 kids, many vacations, camping trips, and I have sent them all off to various camps around the country.  Over the years, this is the list that been created from what we actually use or have packed for emergencies.  I used to travel with a long list of essential oils and I've narrowed it down a bit.  You will want to pick and choose the items that work for you and your family.

So if you still with me here after that long list, you may want to listen into the radio show if you haven't already as we tell about some of these items.

What items do you keep in your first aid kit?  What do you find the most beneficial?

Mark and Kally

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The Hows and Whys of Essential Oils

DSCN0967This week on Get Real! with Mark and Kally - The Hows and Whys of Essential Oils,  Essential Oils 101.  Learn how to use these amazing remedies in your daily life.  Aromatherapy is a multifaceted healing art which uses the essential oils of aromatic plants and trees to promote health of body and mind.

We are not selling a MLM company selling essential oils.  Kally has been using essential oils for over 15 years.  She started buying them in bulk from their source to get the best quality available.  Pretty soon, family and friends wanted the same great oils.  For over 10 years now, Kally has been a great source for pure essential oils and great information.  She regularly teaches classes on using them and supports a Facebook group - Scentsations, to help people learn to use the oils better.

Essential oils are a wonderful tool for the body, but not the only tool.  They should be used with caution and knowledge.  It is not advisable to use them in large quantity or to take them internally.   Women who are pregnant or for use with DSCN2982small children should seek professional advise.

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My favorite, Rose essential oil.  It is expensive, but to me so worth it.  When I smell its heavenly scent, it takes me back to my childhood.  My grandmother always had roses and they were not only beautiful, but smelled amazing.  When I smell rose, it makes me feel happier.

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We are not diagnosing or prescribing.  Please seek professional help when dealing with illness.  We are presenting some safe practices and historical information on the use of essential oils.