What’s in your product: body spray

doTERRA "Beautiful" body mist

My favourite “pure-fume” scent.

Perfume was definitely one of the first things to go when I started removing the toxins from my self-care routine. That was years ago and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been settling for smelling like the essential oils I add to my all-natural deodorant, which is not a bad thing at all 😉

Lately, the fad seems to be body mists. You can smell massive wafts of it walking by certain stores in shopping malls. Problem is, along with the pretty smell, you can usually also smell the synthetics they carry.

Remember: it’s been said that your body absorbs about 60% of what you put on it. Plus, the particles you breathe in go directly to your brain…

In this blog post from the “What’s in your product” series, I cover the doTERRA Spa body mist which happens to include my favourite-smelling essential oil blend. It rates super low according to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database. Here’s the EWG scale:


And here are the ingredients plus how they rate on this scale:

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: used to moisturize and replenish the skin. Scores as a 1 on the EWG scale.
  • Coco-Caprylate: acts as skin conditioning agent and scores as a 1 on the EWG scale.
  • Octyldodecanol: fragrance ingredient that rates super low as a 1 on the EWG scale.
  • Citric Acid: I talked about citric acid in my last post in this series. It’s also used in food products so I found it surprising that it rates as a 2 on the EWG scale. This is still relatively low.

The rest are natural oils, essential oils and extracts. So, needless to say, I now have a pure-fume body mist back in my self-care routine! I also love keeping a bottle in my gym bag. In addition to just smelling good, the essential oils in this mist have the added benefits of being uplifting, calming and confidence-boosting.

You can feel (and smell) good spraying this body mist on your skin!


You can always email me at rustikhealth@gmail.com for more information about these products or join my community and get some delivered to your home 😉

Essential oils and vaccines

Mother's hands, child's hands, doTERRA zendocrine essential oil detoxification blend

This is so much more than simply plant essences to my family and I.

This doesn’t make much sense but I am vaxxed (by “way-back-when” standards), my son is somewhat vaxxed but I am TOTALLY anti-vaccination. Let me explain…

Although I had started on a natural health path well before I ever became pregnant, when I found out I was expecting I became really hard core. I started making everything myself: what I applied to my skin, most of what I used around the house and I ensured that every food product that went in my mouth had maximum nutritional value. Can you believe I didn’t consume any chocolate during my whole pregnancy because of the minimal caffeine content?! That’s how hard core I was… and I have zero idea how I survived that… I’m sure I lost my mind for 9 months. LOL!

I had never thought twice about vaccines until I became pregnant. I remember getting some shots in middle school and I know from my parents that I got some when I was younger also. But the whole concept freaked me out when I delivered my son. I had been reading up on it months before and my gut instinct just didn’t feel right about it. The whole concept of vaccines is pure genius but the actual execution of it is completely suspicious to me. Plus, the exponential increase in the number of vaccines administered to kids from when I was born to now is alarming in my opinion.

I managed to hold off on vaccinating my boy until he was 5 years old (MMR). In fact, he might never have been vaccinated at all had his dad and I not gotten divorced. It became a losing battle for me after the split because, let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of support out there for anyone that questions the medical status quo. We’re all a bunch of quacks.

So when I knew I’d have no choice but to see my son get some shots, I feverishly researched what I could do to support his body before and after vaccination. I wasn’t going to just let my kid get injected with sh*t and hope for the best. The first thing I learned in my holistic nutrition studies was that illness/disease is dependent on TWO factors: exposure AND susceptibility. I might not have much control over exposure but I was going to do EVERYTHING I could to reduce my son’s susceptibility.

As I was researching, looking for gentle and safe protocols for detoxing vaccinated children, that’s when I discovered essential oils. Most of the natural health tools I read about I already knew but the one that stood out to me was a specific blend of essential oils called Zendocrine. It was recommend I include this oil in an Epsom salt bath for my son. I immediately ordered a bottle and so became the obsession with essential oils as part of my holistic health lifestyle.

Since then, my son got vaccinated another two times. Once at 6 years of age with the DTaP vaccine followed by another dose at 8. Even though I have a bunch of natural tools at my disposal to support his body through this, I still haven’t become comfortable with the whole process. I might feel slightly more comfortable with vaccines if they at least contained ONE healthy ingredient. Like, seriously… we can’t have one vitamin, mineral, macro-nutrient, phyto-nutrient, antioxidant, etc.??? This is the ingredient list of the last vaccine my boy had:

  • Pertussis toxoid
  • Pertussis filamentous haemagglutinin
  • Pertussis fimbriae types 2 and 3
  • Pertussis pertactin
  • Diptheria toxoid
  • Tetanus toxoid
  • Aluminium phosphate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Water

I felt sick to my stomach typing that. All that sh*t went straight into a young child’s bloodstream – bypassing important processes in the body’s immune system. Oh, but wait… it had water. That’s healthy, right?! For the first time ever, my son had an adverse reaction to a vaccine and I can’t even begin to describe how upset I was. You can bet he won’t be getting another shot for a LONG time!

I’m not writing this post to fuel the whole vaccine debate. How other people take care of their health is none of my business. I’m just here to share some tips for others that don’t feel quite right about vaccines but either choose to or are forced to go through with it:

  • Nutrition is the foundation of health. Make sure your child consumes as much nutrient-dense food as possible before and after. I make my boy chug down a green smoothie. It often takes coaxing and bribing, but you gotta do what you gotta do…
  • Let’s face it… it can be hard to get your child to make good food choices. To compensate, include a high-quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement in his/her diet.
  • Fish oil and probiotics: these are non-negotiable, if you ask me!
  • Epsom salt bath with Zendocrine essential blend nighly for the next week or two. They may comment that it smells funny… but it small price to pay for amazing benefits.
  • Helichrysum essential oil with coconut oil applied around the injection site for bruising.
  • Lots of love and cuddles.

You’ll find other steps you can take but these are just the ones I ended up following through on. Most of these are things I also do on a regular basis just to maintain my son’s overall health.

I hope this helps others that felt scared and helpless like I did just a few years ago…


Disclaimer: please don’t take this post as medical advice. The intent is to encourage you to be proactive with your family’s health. There are simple, safe and effective tools out there to empower you and ensure you don’t leave you family’s health outcomes to chance. You are more powerful than you think…






What’s in your product: kid’s probiotic


Remember Fun Dip when you were a kid? This probiotic powder tastes just like that!

I decided to do a blog mini-series on the ingredients of key products and supplements that I use with my family. I find it astonishing how many people blindly apply to their skin, ingest, inject and inhale products without ever having read or taken the time to learn about the ingredients.

Granted, I am definitely guilty of occasionally doing this myself and so I’m making a conscious effort to really understand what I bring into my home. I spent a few hours this weekend totally nerding it out and reading scientific abstracts. Be assured I won’t reference any random health blogger or profit-seeking corporation info (even though I shamelessly do represent this brand).

This first post is going to be about PB Assist Jr., a probiotic I give to my son and personally use on a regular basis. Yup, I take a kid’s probiotic because it just tastes so darn good that I crave it and thus never forget to take it 🙂

And this is why I don’t want to forget to take my probiotics or give them to my son:

There is increasing evidence in favour of the claims of beneficial effects attributed to probiotics, including improvement of intestinal health, enhancement of the immune response, reduction of serum cholesterol, and cancer prevention. ” (Source)

In addition to the 5 billion live cells of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium strains in this probiotic formula, and the fructo-oliogosaccharide prebiotic, this product includes:

Xylitol and erythritol: these are known as “polyols”, “sugar alcohols” or “indigestible sugars”. They are safer sweeteners with side benefits. For example, xylitol can apparently reduce blood glucose, trygliceride and cholesterol levels (source and source). It’s been studied a lot in the context of dentistry as it has been shown to have beneficial effects on the oral flora, reduces the accumulation of dental plaque, promotes mineralization by increasing the flow of saliva and decreases the risk of caries in children (source).

(Note: xylitol, and to a lesser degree erythritol, can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances in some people and xylitol should be avoided by those on the FODMAPs diet. Eating fiber at the same time can help prevent this. Also, know that this issue will go away as soon as you stop consumption.)

Silica: silica is a food additive and acts as an excipient for drugs and vitamins. I didn’t know what “excipient” meant either so I googled some definitions and found that it’s an inactive substance that confers a therapeutic enhancement, such as facilitating the absorption or enhancing the solubility of something. So it sounds like it’s basically helping something work better.

There’s data to suggest that silica is actually essential for health but there is no established RDI. Deficiency induces deformities the skull and peripheral bones (yikes!), poorly formed joints, reduced contents of cartilage, collagen and disruption of mineral balance in some bones (source).

Citric acid: citric acid is found in fruit and also acts as an excipient due to its antioxidant properties (source).

And well, there’s natural strawberry melon flavor… I’m sure that’s what has me addicted to this product (lol). This information is likely proprietary so I’ll have to trust in the good faith of the company for this one.

I hope this was helpful! These ingredients are in many other natural health products so now you know what they do 😉