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I am needing to apply Frankincense oil on my Dads tumor on his neck. He is on Coumadin. I read it can’t be used because of blood thinners. Just want to apply to skin area. I can also ask him to take less Coumadin if needed.
Any thoughtful ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!


Hi, Thanks for writing. I think Frankincense applied topically might be beneficial for your father, and yes there is a chance that it might interact with his Coumadin. The key here is consistency. For example: my father is on Coumadin as well. He drinks a Salty Dog ( grapefruit juice and vodka) every night. He knows that grapefruit interacts with Coumadin, but he justifies this by having the same amount consistently on a daily basis. Therefore, he does not have to constantly adjust the amount of Coumadin he takes. To my knowledge, I have not seen any documented interactions with frankincense and Coumadin, but I did come across some studies that showed Frankincense to have heparin (another blood thinner) like effects on the blood, and therefore should be used cautiously with Coumadin. But again, in my opinion, if used consistently, and Coumadin levels monitored closely, I think the benefits would outweigh the risks. Hope this helps.



I take Warfarin. What oils should I avoid?


Wintergreen, Birch, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, and Cassia are ones to avoid with warfarin. These have been proven to have potentially severe interactions. There are other oils that have moderate to low risk for interactions. Meaning that it is probably ok to use, but just keep a close check on your INR and discontinue use of the oils if you start to drift out of range, or you develop any side effects. These oils are: Thyme, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Myrrh, Ginger, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, and Clove.  I would strongly advise you to consult with your physician before using any oil, so that he/she can document them in your records in event of any interaction


These are the medications I am on. What oils must I avoid to your knowledge?
1, Lisinopril 5 MG 1 X day
2. Carv1edilol 3.125mg 2 X day
3. Ticagrelor (Brilinta) 90MG 2 X day
4. Letrozole 2.5 1 X day
5. Venlafaxin HCL 75 MG 1 X day
6. Atorvastatin 40 mg 1 X day
7. Levothyroxine 0.05 MG 1 x day
8. Aller-tec 24 hour
9. Bayer asprine enteric coated 81 mg

What oil would be best for me to help keep my liver cleaned from all of the meds.?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. I have always believed in whatever is necessary to prevent medication.


Unfortunately you are on several medications that have numerous interactions with may essential oils. Brilinta is a newer anti-platelet medications and too my knowledge, there is no data currently available on that medication. To be safe, I would treat it as any other blood thinner and advise against use of Eo’s that interact with that class of medicine. Oils to avoid: Birch, Black Pepper, Cassia, Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, Myrrh, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme, Wild Orange, Wintergreen, Ylang Ylang. I know this is an extensive list of oils to avoid, and is probably disheartening for you to read. As a nurse, I tend to err on the side of caution… Several of the medications you take (Brilinta, Atorvastatin,Carvedilol, and Levothyroxine) can have serious interactions and side effects, thus making it difficult for you to use many of the Essential Oils. Lemon and Lime interact with your allergy medicine. That particular interaction is increased side effects from the medicine. If you can avoid the allergy medicine, or tolerate the side effects(if any) I would suggest daily use of Lemon to help with your liver detoxification. Peppermint might be ok, if used in moderation, as it might interact with your Brilinta. You could use Lemon/Lavender/Peppermint or TriEase in place of your allergy medicine… That would be one less synthetic medicine to take every day. Hope this helps.

I’m so happy to learn that you help people with questions about using essential oils and I want to thank you in advance for helping us.

My husband is a cancer survivor from Lymphoma. He has finished all treatments five months ago and is in remission. We have just been introduced to deTerra oils – Frankincense and Aromar Touch. But he is currently taking the following medications:
Provastatine, 40mg;
Pantoprazole, 20mg;
Flomax, 0.4mg
Gabapentin, 300mg (for numbness of fingers and feet- side effects from chemo)
Vitamins B complex, B6, B12, and D3

Would you please give us some guidelines on using the oils and any interactions with the above mentioned medications? Also, is the “Lifelong Vitality Pack” be safe for him to take?

Your help will be greatly appreciated!


I am pleased to hear your husband is doing well after his treatments. The only medication that will be of any concern is the Pravastatin. He should avoid the following oils as long as he takes that particular medication: Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, and Wild Orange. All of these oils have moderate to severe interactions with statins particularly Grapefruit and Wild Orange. I would strongly advocate the use of Frankincense daily for use in his recovery, as it will help repair the damage caused by the chemo agents. LLV contains wild orange, so I would not recommend its use. If he was not prescribed the Statin, I would strongly suggest it. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.



Hi, Thank you for offering the help to answer questions! I’m new to DoTerra and wondering the cholesterol lowering drugs like Statins will be an issue for using EOs and if so, which oil(s) should I stay away from?


Unfortunately, statins interact with several Essential Oils and can have moderate to severe interactions Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, and Wild Orange should all be avoided by someone taking statins.


What oils would you recommend for someone who has had his gall bladder removed? Are there any that should be avoided?


Assuming this person takes no medications, and has recently had their gall bladder removed, you could suggest Digestzen for any GI upset that frequently occurs after gall bladder removal, as well as taking LLV to help facilitate healing. I would use caution with Helichrysum as it stimulates bile production. That is not to say that he/she should avoid use, but just to be cautious, and discontinue use if having any increased and pain or discomfort. As always, they should consult with their physician prior to using any essential oils.


What oils/regimen would you recommend for someone recovering from a stroke that left the right side of the body non functioning? Also, are there any drug interactions that should be taken into consideration? Not sure of what she is taking, but considering she’s in the hospital, I’m sure they have her on all sorts of meds.
Thank you so much!!!


I am hesitant to suggest any protocol without knowing what medications she is taking. If you can provide me with a list of medications, I will be able to suggest a proper protocol. That being said, Frankincense and Melissa have both been shown to increase cognitive function and have neuro-protective abilities in post CVA (stroke) patients. Both of which have some medication interactions.

I have a friend who wants to start using DoTERRA Essential oils, but she must take coumadin daily. Is there any risk to her using the oils or are their any oils she must/should avoid?


Unfortunately there are many oils that react with coumadin. Among those: Birch, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Thyme, Wintergreen, Aromatouch, Slim and Sassy, Deep Blue, Zendocrine, Cassia, Myrrh, Rose. Coumadin is a necessary but dangerous medication when taken alone. I strongly caution anyone on coumadin and using essential oils. Many of the oils can potentiate or negate the effects of coumadin, putting that person at serious risk either way.


I have been using deep blue rub for an ankle injury/tendonitis, alternating on occasion with layering lemongrass, marjoram and lavender. Yesterday morning I wrapped it in an ace bandage and 10 minutes later removed it, feeling I’d wrapped it too tight. Several hours later (my ankle remained unwrapped all day) I experienced more pain and some tingly loss of feeling in my ankle/leg. Then I saw a warning on the deep blue rub to not bandage tightly after applying deep blue rub.

I was concerned yesterday that I should perhaps go to a doctor, but decided just to stop use of oils for a day or two. I am sure I’ll probably be fine. I can wiggle my toes and the pain and tingling has gotten slightly less this morning, though it is still present. Let me know if you have any thoughts.


I would wager money that the problem is from the ace wrap and not the oils. Most people have the tendency to wrap too tight. This will cause the tingling sensations and numbness. Ace wraps should be rolled on without stretching them. Ice and elevation while wrapped will help the pain and swelling considerably. Oils should be applied once the ankle has been unwrapped. Hope this helps


I have a family member who was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting radiation therapy next week. She’s very concerned about side effects (radiation burns, etc) and interested in using oils to help. Can you recommend a daily routine with oils she could use? She may need chemo next, but it’s too soon to tell. Thank you!


Lavender has been highly touted in both scientific and historical literature for it’s use in healing burns.  I would suggest topical applications of Lavender as well as Frankincense to the affected areas several times daily.  I would also strongly advocate the topical use of Grapefruit oil to the breast tissue as well.  Grapefruit has the highest concentrations of D-Limonene, a substance found to be highly effective at inducing apoptosis (cellular death) in breast cancer cells.

Before starting chemotherapy, any and all essential oil use needs to be reviewed with her oncologist, as there are many oils that interact with chemo-agents., in particular grapefruit oil.  I have listed a few studies that may be beneficial to you and your family member:


I have a friend who is on Lovenox and Warfarin for a blood clot.  What oils would be safe to use to help with the blood clot and not have negative interactions with the meds?



Deep venous thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside a part of the body. It mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh.


DVTs are most common in adults over age 60. But, they can occur at any age. When a clot breaks off and moves through the bloodstream, this is called an embolism. An embolism can get stuck in the brain, lungs, heart, or other area, leading to severe damage.

Blood clots may form when something slows or changes the flow of blood in the veins. Risk factors include:

  • A pacemaker catheter that has been passed through the vein in the groin
  • Bed rest or sitting in one position for too long such as plane travel
  • Family history of blood clots
  • Fractures in the pelvis or legs
  • Giving birth within the last 6 months
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Recent surgery (most commonly hip, knee, or female pelvic surgery)
  • Too many blood cells being made by the bone marrow, causing the blood to be thicker than normal

Blood is more likely to clot in someone who has certain problems or disorders, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Certain autoimmune disorders, such as lupus
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Conditions that make it more likely to develop blood clots
  • Taking estrogens or birth control pills (this risk is even higher with smoking)

Sitting for long periods when traveling can increase the risk of DVTs. This is most likely when you also have one or more of the risk factors listed above.


DVT mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh, almost always on one side of the body. The clot can block blood flow and cause:

  • Changes in skin color (redness)
  • Leg pain
  • Leg swelling (edema)
  • Skin that feels warm to the touch

Exams and Tests

Your health care provider will perform a physical exam. The exam may show a red, swollen, or tender leg.

The two tests that are often done first to diagnose a DVT are:

  • D-dimer blood test
  • Doppler ultrasound exam of the legs

Blood tests may be done to check if you have an increased chance of blood clotting, including:

  • Activated protein C resistance (checks for the Factor V Leiden mutation)
  • Antithrombin levels
  • Antiphospholipid antibodies
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Genetic testing to look for mutations that make you more likely to develop blood clots, such as the prothrombin G20210A mutation
  • Lupus anticoagulant
  • Protein C and protein S levels


Your doctor will give you medicine to thin your blood (called an anticoagulant). This will keep more clots from forming or old ones from getting bigger.

Heparin is usually the first drug you will receive.

  • If heparin is given through a vein (IV), you must stay in the hospital.
  • Newer forms of heparin can be given by injection under your skin once or twice a day. You may not need to stay in the hospital as long, or at all, if you are prescribed this newer form of heparin.

Depending on your medical history, fondaparinux may be recommended by your doctor as an alternative to heparin.

A blood-thinning drug, for example warfarin (Coumadin), is usually started along with heparin.

  • Warfarin is taken by mouth. It takes several days to fully work.
  • Heparin is not stopped until the warfarin has been at the right dose for at least 2 days.
  • You will most likely take warfarin for at least 3 months. Some people must take it longer, or even for the rest of their lives, depending on their risk for another clot.

When you are taking warfarin, you are more likely to bleed, even from activities you have always done.If you are taking warfarin at home:

  • Take the medicine just the way your doctor prescribed it.
  • Ask the doctor what to do if you miss a dose.
  • Get blood tests as advised by your doctor to make sure you are taking the right dose.
  • Learn how to take other medicines and when to eat.
  • Find out how to watch for problems caused by the drug.

You will be given a pressure stocking to wear on your leg or legs. A pressure stocking improves blood flow in your legs and reduces your risk for complications from blood clots. It is important to wear it every day.

In rare cases, you may need surgery if medicines do not work. Surgery may involve:

  • Placing a filter in the body’s largest vein to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs
  • Removing a large blood clot from the vein or injecting clot-busting medicines

Outlook (Prognosis)

Many DVTs disappear without a problem, but they can return. Some people may have long-term pain and swelling in the leg called post-phlebitic syndrome.

You may also have pain and changes in skin color. These symptoms can appear right away or you may not develop them for 1 or more years afterward. Wearing tight (compression) stockings during and after the DVT may help prevent this problem.

Blood clots in the thigh are more likely to break off and travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus, or PE) than blood clots in the lower leg or other parts of the body.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of DVT.

Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if you have DVT and you develop:


To prevent deep vein thrombosis:

  • Wear the pressure stockings your doctor prescribed.
  • Moving your legs often during long plane trips, car trips, and other situations in which you are sitting or lying down for long periods.
  • Take blood thinning medicines your doctor prescribes.
  • Do not smoke. Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting.

Alternative Names

DVT; Blood clot in the legs; Thromboembolism; Post-phlebitic syndrome; Post-thrombotic syndrome

Although most DVT’s can be treated successfully, they should not be taken lightly!  There is a tremendous risk of complications associated with DVT’s as well as the medications used to treat them.  There are a few oils that are considered safe for use with Coumadin and Lovenox.  Clove, Cypress and Helichrysum have no known interactions with those meds.  Although there are no documented interactions with Frankincense, it has been shown to have mild heparin (blood thinning) like effects, so I would not recommend use of Frankincense…. This is one of the few instances you will ever hear me advise against use of Frank!

I would suggest a topical application of Clove, Helichrysum, and Cypress to the affected area 3 times daily.  Apply with a good carrier oil to dilute and very lightly apply to the skin.  DO NOT MASSAGE!  Massaging the area of a DVT can cause it to break loose and send the clot to their lungs.  Even though their are no documented interactions, advise them to be aware of any new side effects and to discontinue use of oils if any unexplained bleeding or side effects occur.  And always, consult with their physician prior to use.



I take Sulfasalazine and Cymbalta for my Osteoarthritis. I am wondering if there are any interactions that I should be concerned about where doTerra oils are concerned. I use oils every day, sometimes lots of them. I appreciate any information you can share. Nancy M


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes pain, swelling, and reduced motion in your joints. It can occur in any joint, but usually it affects your hands, knees, hips or spine.

Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When you lose cartilage, your bones rub together. Over time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include

  • Being overweight
  • Getting older
  • Injuring a joint

No single test can diagnose osteoarthritis. Most doctors use several methods, including medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, or lab tests.

Treatments include exercise, medicines, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Sulfasalazine is a Photosensitizing medication meaning that it will increase your chances of burning when exposed to UV light (sunlight, tanning beds).  Use caution with oils that increase photosensitivity.  Most of the Citrus oils are photosensitizing.  You may want to try daily use of Ginger and Frankincense for their anti-inflammatory properties. Deep Blue, Geranium, Marjoram, and Oregano for acute pain.



Any suggestions for Crohn’s/Colitis?


Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  IBD typically manifests itself in people between the ages of 15 and 34 years of age.  There is currently no known treatment for IBD and is managed by treating the symptoms and avoiding the trigger mechanisms.  Here is what the NIH has to say about IBD:

Crohn’s disease is a disease where parts of the digestive tract become inflamed.

  • It most often involves the lower end of the small intestines and the beginning of the large intestine.
  • It may also occur any part of the digestive system from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Ulcerative colitis is a related condition.


The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. It occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue (autoimmune disorder).

When parts of the digestive tract remain swollen or inflamed,  the walls of the intestines become thickened.

Factors that may play a role in Crohn’s disease include:

  • Your genes and family history (People of Jewish descent are at higher risk.)
  • Environmental factors
  • Tendency of your body to over-react to normal bacteria in the intestines
  • Smoking

Crohn’s disease may occur at any age. It most often occurs in people between ages 15 – 35.


Symptoms depend on what part of the digestive tract is involved. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups.

The main symptoms of Crohn’s disease are:

  • Crampy pain in the abdomen (belly area)
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling that you need to pass stools, even though your bowels are already empty. It may involve straining, pain, and cramping.
  • Watery diarrhea, which may be bloody
  • Weight loss

Other symptoms may include:

  • Constipation
  • Sores or swelling in the eyes
  • Draining of pus, mucus, or stools from around the rectum or anus (caused by something called a fistula)
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Rectal bleeding and bloody stools
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender, red bumps (nodules) under the skin which may turn into skin ulcers

Exams and Tests

A physical exam may show a mass or tenderness in the abdomen, skin rash, swollen joints, or mouth ulcers.

Tests to diagnose Crohn’s disease include:

  • Barium enema or upper GI series
  • Colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy
  • CT scan of the abdomen
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • MRI of the abdomen
  • Enteroscopy

A stool culture may be done to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.

This disease may also alter the results of the following tests:

  • Low albumin levels
  • High sed rate
  • Fecal fat
  • Low blood count (hemoglobin and hematocrit)
  • Abnormal liver blood tests
  • High white blood cell count



You should eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Include enough calories, protein, and nutrients from a variety of food groups.

No specific diet has been shown to make Crohn’s symptoms better or worse. Types of food problems may vary from person to person.

Some foods can make diarrhea and gas worse. To help ease symptoms, try:

  • Eating small amounts of food throughout the day.
  • Drinking lots of water (drink small amounts often throughout the day).
  • Avoiding high-fiber foods (bran, beans, nuts, seeds, and popcorn).
  • Avoiding fatty, greasy or fried foods and sauces (butter, margarine, and heavy cream).
  • Limiting dairy products if you have problems digesting dairy fats. Try low-lactose cheeses, such as Swiss and cheddar, and an enzyme product, such as Lactaid, to help break down lactose.
  • Avoiding foods that you know cause gas, such as beans.

Ask your doctor about extra vitamins and minerals you may need, such as:

  • Iron supplements (if you are anemic)
  • Calcium and vitamin D supplements to help keep your bones strong
  • Vitamin B12 to prevent anemia


You may feel worried, embarrassed, or even sad and depressed about having a bowel disease. Other stressful events in your life, such as moving, a job loss, or the loss of a loved one can worsen digestive problems.

Ask your doctor or nurse for tips on how to manage your stress.


You can take medication to treat very bad diarrhea. Loperamide (Imodium) can be bought without a prescription. Always talk to your doctor or nurse before using these drugs.

Other medicines to help with symptoms include:

  • Fiber supplements may help your symptoms. You can buy psyllium powder (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel). Ask your doctor before taking these products or laxatives.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for mild pain. Avoid drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) which can make your symptoms worse.

Your doctor may also prescribe medicines to help control Crohn’s disease:

  • Aminosalicylates (5-ASAs) – medicines that help control mild to moderate symptoms. Some forms of the drug are taken by mouth; others must be given rectally.
  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone – treat moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. They may be taken by mouth or inserted into the rectum.
  • Medicines that quiet the immune system’s reaction.
  • Antibiotics – treat abscesses or fistulas.
  • Biologic therapy- used for severe Crohn’s disease that does not respond to any other types of medication.


Some people with Crohn’s disease may need surgery to remove a damaged or diseased part of the intestine. In some cases, the entire large intestine is removed, with or without the rectum.

People who have Crohn’s disease that does not respond to medications may need surgery to treat problems such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Failure to grow (in children)
  • Fistulas (abnormal connections between the intestines and another area of the body)
  • Infections
  • Narrowing of the intestine

Surgeries that may be done include:

  • Ileostomy
  • Removal of part of the large bowel or small bowel (link to surgery)
  • Removal of the large intestine to the rectum.
  • Removal of the large intestine and most of rectum

Support Groups

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American offers support groups throughout the United States.

Outlook (Prognosis)

There is no cure for Crohn’s disease. The condition is marked by periods of improvement followed by flare-ups of symptoms. Although Crohn’s disease cannot be cured even with surgery, treatment can offer significant help to most patients.

Possible Complications

You have a higher risk for small bowel and colon cancer if you have Crohn’s disease. At some point, your doctor may recommend tests to screen for colon cancer.

Those with more severe Crohn’s disease may have these problems:

  • Abscess or infection in the intestines
  • Anemia, a lack of red blood cells
  • Bowel blockage
  • Fistulas in the bladder, skin, or vagina
  • Slow growth and sexual development in children
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Lack of important nutrients, such as vitamin B12 and iron
  • Problems with maintaining a healthy weight

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

  • You have very bad abdominal pain
  • You cannot control your diarrhea with diet changes and drugs
  • You have lost weight, or a child is not gaining weight
  • You have rectal bleeding, drainage, or sores
  • You have a fever that lasts for more than 2 or 3 days, or a fever higher than 100.4°F without an illness
  • You have nausea and vomiting that lasts for more than a day
  • You have skin sores that do not heal
  • You have joint pain that prevents you from doing your everyday activities
  • You have side effects from medicines you are taking for your condition

There have been some studies that show that Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense) to have great potential in managing chronic colitis.  The jury is still out on the use of Probiotics in the treatment of IBD.  Some studies show benefit, while others show that they can increase the symptoms.  In my opinion, I would recommend daily use of Frankincense to help with the management of your symptoms.  I do strongly advise that you consult with your gastroenterologist first, before starting, and ask their opinion on the benefit or risk of probiotics as pertaining to your condition.  I have listed a few studies on Frankincense and IBD that you may find useful:


Dear Jason and Kim, I am a DoTerra consultant and real new in the oil business. I just bought your mad oiler book but I really need some feedback from you since you are a RN and you have researched. I have a dear friend whose 18 year old has the worst case of Chronic Epstein Barr virus. They have been to many doctors and all have told him there is nothing they can really do for him except put him on some high dosage of chemo treatment called something like a Z pack. At any rate I am thinking maybe some oil treatments might work but not sure about medications on him. Can you give me a save recipe that wouldn’t interfere with medicines. He also has rheumatoid arthritis. I found a recipe of 3 drops on guard, 3 drops oregano or thyme, 3 drops lemon, 3 drops frankincense in a veggie cap three times a day. Balance to diffuse. Would these be okay? I really want to help this child. He has lost 15 pounds because he is always sick. Can’t eat, is drinking ensure. He is very depressed. He had to give up his job, his swimming and may not even get to start college. I would appreciate any help. Your book didn’t give all of these oils so I am coming in hopes of a little help. Thank you.

Also, thank you for your service. my husband is a chaplain in the U.S. Army through the National Guard of Georgia. 


First of all, give your husband a big Thank You for his service!  Epstein Barr virus is a relatively common pathogen, that for most people causes nothing more than flu-like sx.  But for some, it can lead to chronic and debilitating conditions.  Here is what the CDC has to say about Epstein Barr Virus:

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is a member of the herpes virus family. It is one of the most common human viruses. EBV is found all over the world. Most people get infected with EBV at some point in their lives. EBV spreads most commonly through bodily fluids, primarily saliva. EBV can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses.


Symptoms of EBV infection can include

Sick child in bed
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • inflamed throat
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • enlarged spleen
  • swollen liver
  • rash

Many people become infected with EBV in childhood. EBV infections in children usually do not cause symptoms, or the symptoms are not distinguishable from other mild, brief childhood illnesses. People who get symptoms from EBV infection, usually teenagers or adults, get better in 2 to 4 weeks. However, some people may feel fatigued for several weeks or even months.

After you get an EBV infection, the virus becomes latent (inactive) in your body. In some cases, the virus may reactivate. This does not always cause symptoms, but people with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop symptoms if EBV reactivates.

EBV Spreads Easily

EBV is spread by saliva through

  • kissing
  • sharing drinks and food
  • using the same cups, eating utensils, or toothbrushes
  • having contact with toys that children have drooled on


EBV spreads most commonly through bodily fluids, especially saliva. However, EBV can also spread through blood and semen during sexual contact, blood transfusions, and organ transplantations.

EBV can be spread by using objects, such as a toothbrush or drinking glass, that an infected person recently used. The virus probably survives on an object at least as long as the object remains moist. There is no evidence that disinfecting the objects will prevent EBV from spreading.

The first time you get infected with EBV (primary EBV infection) you can spread the virus for weeks and even before you have symptoms. Once the virus is in your body, it stays there in a latent (inactive) state. If the virus reactivates, you can potentially spread EBV to others no matter how much time has passed since the initial infection.

There are several research studies that have shown that herpetic viruses are highly susceptible to certain Essential Oils.  Melissa, Clove and Peppermint have all been identified as effective at inhibiting viral replication and the infectivity of herpetic viruses.  These should be safe to take with Azithromycin (Z-Pack).    I agreed with the protocol that you had mentioned in your question as well.  In my opinion, that protocol, in addition to the Melissa, Clove and Peppermint, should help combat the virus.  I would advise that the family discuss the use of these oils with his medical doctor before using and review all his medications to ensure that there is no risk of interactions.

Keep us posted on his progress.  Would love to know how he does.




My husband has really inflamed knees, and is going next week for a pain shot injection.  Are there any oils that I should avoid?


Most likely they will be giving him an Intraarticular ( In the joint ) steroid injection in his knees to decrease the inflammation and pain.  Assuming he is not on any other medications, it should be safe to use your choice of oils.  I would advise daily internal use of Ginger and Frankincense 3x daily, with topical applications of Deep Blue.


My eyebrows are going away.  Any oils to help with this problem?


Yes!  Many people have experienced eye lash and brow growth using Lavender oil.  Here is a repost of some information from our archives:

I was brushing my teeth one morning and noticed Kim staring at the top of my head with this weird grin on her face.  “What?” I said, feeling slightly uncomfortable.  She said “Your hair is growing!”  I looked in the mirror, and yes!  Yes it was growing!  Where there was previously bare smooth skin on top of my head, there stood small sporadic little tufts of hair.  I said it must be the LLV supplements.  I had been taking them for about 6 months.  Shortly after starting on the LLV, my family physician took me off of my Antihypertensive meds due to my blood pressure normalizing.  This is great!  First my blood pressure normalizes, and now I am growing hair again!  How much better can things get?

Anyway, once again, my curiosity was aroused, so I took to researching this phenomenon.  Take a look below and see what I found out about Essential Oils and hair growth:
Beautiful-Lavender-Fields-Of-France5 Suffering from thinning hair?  Good news!  According to one study found in, a blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, Rosemary, and Thyme may help regrow hair by up to 44% after daily applications for seven months!  Mix 10 drops of each oil in a glass bottle.  Shampoo and rince hair.  Apply oil blend to scalp, gentry massage in and leave.  Do this once a day.  Your hair will smell great!  Try it and send us those before and after pics in Seven months!



Is lemongrass safe to take with synthroid?


Yes!  Lemongrass has no known medication interactions, just be aware that Lemongrass is unsafe for use during pregnancy.


My only medication is Synthroid 100 mcg, 1 tablet every morning. At night I take vitamins; multi, B-complex, Calcium with D. My T4F level was 1.39 (range 0.76-1.46) and TSH was 0.32 (range 0.25-4.74) in 2014. Can’t find labs from January 2014. Told it was on the low range level. I was curious if there was something I could take to give my metabelism a little boost. Back in 2012-2013 I had increased my intake of raw spinach, broccoli, almonds, blueberries, beans, tomatoes, avocado, oat meal to lose weight and get my borderline sugar level down. I was successful with this and lost 20 pounds. Towards the end of 2013 to present, this is not helping, my weight is steadily increasing and I have put 10 pounds back on. I am trying to do something to turn this around. Any recommendations with Doterra? Thank you


I would suggest the Slim and Sassy Blend to help with your metabolism, along with a healthy diet avoiding processed foods as much as possible.  Increase your physical activity and get on an exercise regimen.    Do be aware that  the Grapefruit oil in Slim and Sassy can interact with your Synthroid.  The reaction is listed as Moderate risk.  Meaning that there is a moderate potential for increased side effects and or alteration in the way that your body metabolizes the medication and could affect drug levels.  If you do decide that you wanted to go that route, discuss it with your medical provider first and be aware of any side effects.


I have a question about the slim and sassy witht the grapefruit content. J******* told me your fiance had done extensive research about the drug interaction that is warned about. And I was curious because my roommate is very interested in the products, but we want to make sure it is safe. Jane had mentioned something about the difference being the oils coming from the rind and not the meat of the fruit possibly? can you elaborate, or point me in the right direction for info? I appreciate it so much!


Unfortunately, the Grapefruit oil will interact with many medications.  Each essential oil is comprised of hundreds of compounds.  Many of these compounds will interact with certain medications.  If you provide me with a list of her medications, I will be happy  to  help her find some oils that will be safe for her to take.

You had mentioned the oils being obtained from the rind verses the meat of the fruit.  This has more to do with food allergies.  Most people who are allergic to certain fruits and plants are able to take essential oils without any problems, but I would advise extreme caution when doing so.  Start with a small skin test to see if there are any signs of reaction.


To follow up with a previous question the medication is Seroquel XR 200mg once a day. My roommate is interested in taking the Slim and Sassy, and would like to make sure it is safe with the ‘do not consume grapefruit’ warning. But then being told it may be a different reaction with pure oils. Thank you for any information you can give on this Jason! And I love that you can post these to your page for others to have the info as well. This is a great resource!


I have not found any interactions with Seroquel and Grapefruit Eo in my research. I did find several web references addressing interactions, but most were on sites like web md and forums. Interestingly, after reviewing Astra-Zeneca’s safety sheet on Seroquel, I did not find any interactions listed. One of the common interactions of grapefruit is to affect how quickly the liver breaks down certain medications, thus leading to increased side effects. I would err on the side of caution and advise your roommate to address this with their provider prior to taking. If he/she does decide to take Slim and Sassy, I would just pay close attention and be on the lookout for any increased side effects.


I take synthroid b/c I no longer have a thyroid. In addition, she checked something called thyroglobulin which should be less than 20 (meaning undetectable) and mine was 25 which could I guess mean possibility of cancer? I had it removed and they found 2 mm of papillary carcinoma 2 years ago. She said to have that test done again in 2 months. But this vitamin d.125 I have not heard from her yet about her thoughts. Thanks so much.
I have been having lots of blood tests done b/c of all the kidney stones and one thing that came up weird was my vitamin D1.25 is elevated. Should be between 18-72 and mine is 78, When I googled it, I wasn’t happy with what I saw. Any thoughts or knowledge on this?

Hypervitaminosis D, also known as vitamin D toxicity, is a rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when you take in too much vitamin D. Excess amounts of vitamin D can cause abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood, which can affect bones, tissues, and other organs. Left untreated, this condition can lead to high blood pressure, bone loss, and kidney damage.

This condition is usually caused by taking high-dose vitamin D supplements, and as such, treatment involves discontinuing or lowering your intake. Your doctor may also recommend that you lower the amount of calcium in your diet. Careful monitoring is necessary until your vitamin D levels are back to normal.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity

Excessive amounts of vitamin D in the body can cause calcium levels in the blood to rise. This can lead to a condition called hypercalcemia (too much calcium in your blood), which can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • excessive thirst
  • excessive urination
  • dehydration
  • constipation
  • irritability, nervousness
  • ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea, vomiting
  • dizziness
  • confusion, disorientation
  • high blood pressure
  • heart arrhythmias

Longer-term complications of untreated hypervitaminosis D include:

  • kidney stones
  • kidney damage
  • kidney failure

excess bone loss

  • calcification (hardening) or arteries and soft tissues
  • increase blood calcium which can cause abnormal heart rhythms

Causes of Vitamin D Toxicity

It is unlikely that you would take in too much vitamin D from the foods you eat or from exposure to the sun. In most cases, this condition is caused by taking more than the recommended daily value of vitamin D supplements. Failure to read the amount of Vitamin D in your multivitamin and then supplementing your nutritional mineral intake with added calcium and Vitamin D. Commonly prescribed medications such as thiazide diuretics used to treat high blood pressure and digoxin, used to treat heart diseases, can cause an increase in Vitamin D in the blood.

Elevated levels of Vitamin D have also been reported with the use of estrogen therapy, long-term use of antacids and isoniazide, an anti-tuberculosis medication. (

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin D for most adults is 600 international units a day (IU). Doctors may prescribe higher doses to treat medical conditions such as vitamin D deficiency, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, these prescription doses are only meant to be taken for a short period of time. Daily use of high-dose vitamin D supplements for several months has been shown to be toxic (Mayo Clinic, 2011).

You are at increased risk of vitamin D toxicity if you take vitamin D supplements and have other existing health problems such as:

  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • tuberculosis
  • hyperparathyroidism
  • sarcoidosis
  • histoplasmosis

Treatment for Vitamin D Toxicity

Your doctor will likely advise that you stop taking vitamin D supplements immediately. Your doctor may also recommend certain measures to offset the excessive amount of calcium in your blood, such as lowering the amount of calcium in your diet temporarily. In some cases, corticosteroids or bisphosphonates may be used to suppress the release of calcium from your bones (prevention of bone resorption) (Merck). Your vitamin D levels must be frequently monitored until they return to normal.

I would suggest daily use of Frankincense and Ginger (6 drops each) taken internally.  Frankincense works on a cellular level to repair the cell’s DNA and restore proper cellular function.  If that cell cannot be repaired, it will induce cellular apoptosis (cellular death), helping prevent that malfunctioning cell from causing further problems (cancer).  Ginger, in addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory, has renal protective properties and will help prevent damage.