My favorite essential oil resources

Best resource books with reliable information Get an EODR – essential oils desk reference. Yes, there’s one for animals too!

You Tube videos
Dr Lindsey Elmore Young Living
Dr Jim Bob Haggerton

Both have hundreds of videos on any topic you might desire.

The EOC Essential Oils Club (Young Living)
Envisage Aromatics (the sister page to this website!)
Many more options once you are a YL member with me. There are some great ones!

New York Institute of Aromatic Studies – This is where I got my aromatherapy certification. Leans toward the British School, but has a French Aromatherapy course that is fantastic. Has a great free blog. There is a free intro class, just understand it is coming from the British school of thought.
Young Living has a fantastic blog and great information about where oils come from. YL is known for its quality. It is the original that everyone wants to copy!

Pubmed at
See what research is being done. Put an oil in the search bar to see! You will see names of YL scientists in the accreditations section.

Oil Testimonials at – This is a gold mine! Just say that I, Gwendolyn Rodriguez, referred you and it is completely free to access the thousands of testimonies of real people and what worked for them.

These are my favorites. Enjoy!

Essential oils at the atomic level

The concept of essential oils having energy is just a part of God’s perfect design. Let’s take a look at chemistry made simple. I have to simplify things for myself and give myself visuals to really understand. This is worth it, believe me!

Back in Chemistry 101, we learn that all matter is composed of atoms that have a nucleus with various numbers of protons and neutrons. Until recently, drawings and models had been made, but it was all hypothesis. In a major advance in science, we can now see a hydrogen atom for the first time with a quantum microscope. Guess what? It looks like the models and drawings. Who knew?hydrogen atom

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Do you see the electron zooming around the nucleus? A hydrogen atom has one electron, one proton, and one or two neutrons. I see them!

That electron is making clockwise laps MILLIONS of times per second (measured in megahertz).

Most essential oils are made of combinations of Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Sulfur, and Nitrogen. Carbon atoms like to form chains and rings, called benzene or aromatic rings, and they form bonds with other atoms to build the essential oil molecules we all love. There are trillions of possibilities!

Just like with the Hydrogen atom above, scientists have made drawings and models of what these molecules look like. For the first time, we now have a real life picture! (Same source as picture above.)bezene ring molecule-imaged-for-the-first-time-640x353

The hexagonal shapes are the benzene, or aromatic rings. Don’t they look like the drawings? Scientist have been drawing these for over a hundred years, not knowing if they were right or not. They were SPOT on. (Each angle represents a bond that a carbon atom has.)

Remember the electron zooming around the nucleus of the Hydrogen atom? Think of an aromatic ring as a neighborhood with kids (electrons) playing. They don’t just play at their house, but they visit every house all the time. Not only do they play “ring around the atoms,” but whenever there is a double or triple bond – do you see double or triple lines in the drawing? – you will find this amazing sharing of electrons, so it can happen outside of a ring too.

This is an inside look at what is going on in that little drop of essential oil. It is a powerhouse, pulsating with energy, more than just a collection of molecules. The good news is that God made essential oils to help support the functions of our body. The better news is: “For in him we live and move and have our being,” says Acts 17:28. What a great God we have who sustains this world and us in such a magnificent way!

Looking at “fragrance” in a different way

INGREDIENTS: Decreased ability to think, control emotions, manage your life; may also include memory and concentration problems, confusion, sleep disorders, muscle weakness, anxiety, lack of motivation, panic attacks and depression; inert ingredients include pain disorders, lower or upper respiratory problems and personality changes.

No one would use a product with these ingredients!

Wait a minute… All I did was look up the most common neurological EFFECTS of an “ingredient” in most household cleaners, personal care products like shampoo and soap, and perfumes. Sometime these symptoms show up right away, with others it is after many years of exposure. It can progress to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS, which is basically chemical poisoning from many sources in the environment.

The mystery ingredient is “fragrance.”

Fragrance is everywhere and in everything. It is covered under the “trade secrets” of a company, so it is a mysterious concoction that the company does not have to reveal. However, it is easy to do a search of the basic ingredients in most scents.

Most immensely tiny molecules that reach the olfactory bulb, the smelling sense organ in the nose, are perceived as smells. The olfactory bulb is directly linked to the brain. The only one of the five senses to bypass the prefrontal cortex which handles reasoning, it directly affects us on an emotional level. Smell was given to us to help our survival: We instinctively back away from foul-smelling things.

Problem: Danger now lies in what we perceive as GOOD smelling things, or at least in the copy-cat, laboratory-produced, synthetic/artificial fragrances that actually do all the harm that is mentioned above. Sometime these symptoms show up right away, with others it is after many years of exposure. It can progress to full-blown Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS, which is basically chemical poisoning from many and varied sources in the environment.

What can you do? Be an ingredient reader! Avoid the use of anything that contains the word “fragrance” and all laboratory produced perfumes. Nature has provided us with perfume already in the form of pure, natural essential oils. You can create your own scented products as well. You will be supporting your health, not undermining it. You may not be able to avoid all harmful chemicals in your life,  but you do have control over the ones you purchase or choose not to purchase – especially if you love scented things!

I can connect you with essential oils that may support your health. I am a certified aromatherapist, trained to educate you in how simple changes can change your life.

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How it started…

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My journey began ten years ago when the unexpected happened. My family was going on its merry way when my five year old was attacked by a dog. Our whole world changed in that moment.

He healed physically, but not emotionally. He became a frightened, withdrawn, anxious little boy who could not sleep.

A friend told me about the amazing way her own son had experienced healing with essential oils.

I was desperate and ready to try anything.

We used oils.

I got my son back.

And that was just the beginning…