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Essential Oils for Exams

When it comes to uplift and an increase in cognitive abilities, the citrus oils are flying high - high in their percentage of monoterpenes (one type of chemical constituents of an essential oil – and found in all essential oils).  Monoterpenes, in general, have a stimulating effect, although interestingly, Bergamot, which has a much lower percentage of monoterpenes, is useful for calming rather than stimulation so use Bergamot for emotional and performance stress and to help reduce any anxious states.  Bergamot also works beautifully with fear… fear of the known and unknown... watch how many beautiful ways Bergamot works in a blend, adding a soft caress of citrus to lift the blend and elevate the mood.

Oils for Focus and Concentration


  • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
  • Supports a healthy respiratory function
  • Brings clarity to the mind
  • Assists in lifting a brain fog or mental fatigue
Other citrus oils and oil blends to consider:
  • Grapefruit (helps reduce mental and physical fatigue)
  • Lime (positively affects mood, promotes emotional balance and wellbeing, inspires creativity)
  • Wild Orange (uplifting to mind and body)
  • Tangerine (use to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress)
  • Invigorating Blend (reduces stress, uplifts and positively affects mood, energizing)
  • Joyful Blend (elevates mood and increases vitality, energizing, helps to lessen anxious feelings)


Peppermint is a great oil to clear the head of any stuffiness and to promote clear breathing and a healthy respiratory function.  Add a drop to your water bottle (glass or stainless steel, never plastic) to increase oxygenation, clarity and performance.  As we breathe properly and deeply it opens us to performing at our optimum and to receive the gifts of life.  This essential oil is VERY potent – one drop is all you need.  Great to relieve head tension and pain.


  • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
  • Great to assist with memory retention
  • Bathe with one drop of Rosemary and one drop of Lavender in Epsom salts to relieve muscular tension or mental strain


For those who find Peppermint too overwhelming, consider Spearmint.  Spearmint promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood.  It has a sweeter note to it and can also be added to food like Peppermint. Spearmint cacao bliss balls are divine, energising and perfect for on the go nourishment!  See the recipe in this newsletter.

Focus Blend

  • Enhances and sustains focus
  • Supports efforts of those who have difficulty paying attention and staying on task
  • Promotes healthy thought processes
  • Beautiful as a purefume

Encouraging Blend

Known as the motivator in the new Emotional Aromatherapy kit, this versatile blend can be used to clear the mind, stoke one’s confidence, lift one’s self esteem and is beautiful at shining a light on all the reasons why you are perfect as you are! One drop rubbed into your hands and rubbed over your head/hair and clothes is all you need to give you that extra boost to take a step into the world, with confidence and your head held high.

Ingredients: Peppermint plant, Clementine peel, Coriander seed, Basil herb, Yuzu peel, Melissa leaf, Rosemary leaf, Vanilla bean

This synergistic blend can be further enhanced when blended with White Fir… let go of that which no longer serves you (i.e. limiting self beliefs)… allow yourself to be present to what is (you are perfect as you are) … return to the now (and receive life’s many gifts).

Study Recall

Try this tip to help you recall what you have studied before and during exams.  Place the oil(s) used while you were studying onto a tissue or cotton ball.  Place that ball inside a sealable plastic bag.  Before the exam, take the tissue/ball out and breathe deeply to help you with recall.  Continue to breathe the tissue/ball as needed.  Alternatively, make up a roller bottle of your favourite study blend and apply the blend to your pulse points just before sitting your exam.

When I was studying I often had Rosemary in my blend to help me retain what I was learning. So I would take a drop or two on a tissue and place that on my person and would breathe it in during the exam. You can also add it to your lava jewellery.  See Chempaka Designs at

Mental Overload


  • Elevates the spirit and uplifts the mood
  • Assists with respiration, thus assists us with clarity of mind and performance


  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Lessens anxious feelings
  • Enhances memory function
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Sharpens focus while studying or reading
  • Blend to diffuse: Basil, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary to enhance memory retention and recall and maintain focus

Physical Body Release and Relaxation

Long periods of study, often when a body is in a fixed position for a long time, can cause muscle soreness and tension – especially the neck and upper body from too much bending over books and iPads.

Massage Blend

  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Dilute 1-2 drops in a tsp of carrier oil (I love using fractionated coconut oil by dōTERRA, it is like liquid silk!) and massage over neck and tension points, taking care to avoid the eyes and sensitive parts of the body

Tension Blend

  • Provides grounding and balanced emotions
  • Soothing effects on both the mind and body
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation and calm emotions
  • Apply to the neck, shoulders, or behind the ears to help calm emotions while breathing in the cooling, distinctive aroma

Soothing Blend

  • Soothing Blend is a wonder for sore, cramped muscles
  • The oil is fast acting, and the cream long lasting.  You can use the rub and oil together - start with the oil first then the rub. (Dr Hill)
  • Soothing Blend is specific for soft tissue pain – it comforts tired and sore muscles (Dr Hill)
After hours studying, it is important to take the time to calm the brain down before attempting to sleep.

Good calming oils and oil blends include:
  • Calming Blend
  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Frankincense
  • Grounding Blend
  • Reassuring Blend (Peace) – new, in the Emotional Aromatherapy Kit
  • Renewing Blend (Forgive) – new, in the Emotional Aromatherapy Kit
Help to turn off your mind with this little ritual…

One drop of Grounding Blend and one drop of Franki boy (Frankincense) in your hands, rub them and gently cup them over the nose and inhale.  Inhale, then rub the two oils over the back of your neck and over your for head (the Grounding Blend is suspended in carrier oil and is safe to apply onto the skin with Frankincense.)

As you inhale, feel the love streaming in… let yourself be cocooned in love.

As you exhale connect with everything you are grateful for and send that out into the world.

On your feet, massage one drop each of Marjoram and Cedarwood (and if you are really wired and need an extra boost for sleep add one drop of Vetiver) into a small bowl with 1-2 tsp carrier oil…massage your feet lovingly, giving thanks to your feet and your body and the day. Focus on the big toe which is the head in reflexology… soothing it with the oils and your touch.

Take deep breaths… rub a drop of Lavender onto your hands and then rub it over your bedding and pillow and pj’s (for those that wear them)… and as you nestle into bed you are breathing in the Lavender. If you are not a Lavender fan use Frankincense or Cedarwood.

Autumn Hand and Body Scrub

1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp olive oil
2 drops Spearmint essential oil
1 drop Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop Lavender essential oil
Combine well.  Massage over hands, feet and all over the body. Rinse well with warm water, then follow with this succulent aromatic dressing blend.

Aromatic Dressing Blend

10ml fractionated coconut oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Frankincense essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
1 drop Patchouli essential oil


Brain Buster Bliss Balls


15 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Pinch Celtic or Himalayan salt
Optional – ½ cup walnuts
1 tsp spirulina (I use Hawaiian Pacifica brand)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cacao nibs, extra for rolling if desired (I like to grind them in a mortar and pestle for rolling)
1 tbsp coconut oil, softened (not liquefied)
2-3 drops Spearmint or Peppermint essential oil


Blitz seeds/nuts first to fine texture.

Add remaining ingredients, on medium speed combine ingredients. Check for taste, adding more oils if needed (start with 1 or 2 drops and add more as you go. Remember they are pure and potent so less is more).

Kitchen Notes

  • You can use any nuts or seeds
  • Dry figs are divine in this also
  • If you are not a fan of the mints, choose Wild Orange or some of the spice oils like Cinnamon Bark or Ginger and Lime
One of the most versatile plants on the planet, hemp can be used for most anything; you can create so much with it! On top of that it is an eco-balancer when growing in nature and is friendly to the land adding its vital force as it goes.

I mention these most every food class because they are sooooo good for you.  They are wonderful to use topically as well as internally to balance your body.  They are a great protein source and are easily digested, they contain all 10 essential amino acids and the omega-3, omega-6 and omeg-9 and GLA essential fatty acids (which our body does not produce on its own and is required for a balanced, healthy body.  You do not need to soak these gifts from the earth as in the form we buy them they are non-germinating.  With its lovely nutty flavour, hemp have extremely high amounts of essential fatty acids, which are vital for brain health, memory, mood and concentration.

Protein Dip

The sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and avocado fill this with protein and great fats.  This is best eaten immediately so the avocado does not have a chance to oxidise.


1 large avocado
1 cup green leaves (rainbow chard, spinach, kale for example)
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tbsp hemp oil
Juice and zest of one orange (do not use zest of citrus fruits if you are not using organic or spray free produce)
1/8 tsp cayenne
Handful of parsley or coriander
Optional: add 6 drops Lemon or Lime essential oil and 1 drop Black Pepper


Blend all ingredients to a smooth consistency and enjoy this delicious dip any time of the day!  I love increasing the oil by adding more olive oil and creating a dressing with it.

Serve with raw carrots, broccoli and peppers or dehydrated crackers.
And make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Consider adding the following oils to flavour up your water: Lemon, Lime, Wild  Orange, Peppermint, Fennel & Lemon or Digestive Blend.

Upcoming Events

Food Classes

Mediterranean Delights – A Taste of Italy

Date:      Thursday, 12 May 2016
Time:      11am – 1pm
Location: East Fremantle.  Address emailed 2 days before the event.

In this class we explore my home country.  Using fresh, seasonal and plant-based produce, you will learn how to make mouth-watering culinary delights of Italy with magnificently simple peasant fare.  Places are limited so book in fast.  Come with an appetite and a friend to share in the many delights that will unfold from garden to plate.

Investment $35 per person or $25 per person when you bring a friend.

Ticket sales close 6pm 11th May to allow time to prepare.



A Taste of India

Date:      Sunday, 15 May 2016
Time:      11am – 1pm
Location: East Fremantle.  Address emailed 2 days before the event.

Enter the world of exotic spices and scents as we explore and create Indian cuisine to suit a busy life style.  We will feast on aromatic rice, vegetarian curries, and raita to soothe the palate.  All meals are plant-based, seasonal, family friendly, colourful and simple to make.

Places are limited so book in fast.

Come with an appetite and a friend to share in the many delights that will unfold from garden to plate.

Investment $35 per person or $25 per person when you bring a friend. 

Ticket sales close 6pm 14th May to allow for preparation time.



Essential Aromatherapy for Men – with Paul Ovens

Tuesday 24th May 2016
East Fremantle - address supplied a few days before event.

Join Paul Ovens, doTERRA Presidential Diamond, in this Essential Aromatherapy for Men workshop, a class dedicated to men’s health and wellbeing.

Paul will take you through his aromatherapy journey, showing you the essential oils and products he loves and why they have made such a difference for him.

This free workshop is open to both men and women whether they are new comers or existing Wellness Advocates.  Bookings essential through Eventbrite.



2-day Business Training 21 & 22 May 2016

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Leadership Retreat 24-25 June 2016

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$39, Eventbrite tickets on sale until 12th June 2016 unless sold out prior.  Includes live entertainment.

2016 doTERRA Global Convention Utah, USA

14 - 17 September 2016

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This is a small sample of ways to use the oils.  Visit my website for more inspiration!

If you are new to essential oils and would like to find out more, please go to my oils page.  I explain why I love these oils so much, and show you ways to use them, including delectible food recipes and blends.  I also explain how easy it is to open your wholesale account, saving you 25%. I would love to help you on your essential oil journey.
* It is very important you only use food grade essential oils, and I use and recommend dōTERRA essential oils.  If you would like to know more about these exquisite oils, please go to my website.

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doTERRA Specials of the Month

May is 200PV Special Month

Offer runs from 1st May to 15th June 2016.

10% off is Salon Essentials (Local)

Product of the Month - Cedarwood

  • Before exercising, massage one to two drops into your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout
  • After a difficult day, diffuse Cedarwood to relax the mind and the body
  • When a child wakes up scared, apply to the bottom of feet to return a peaceful feeling
  • Naturally repells insects
  • Place a drop on a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes, or other areas to keep moths at bay

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DVD "Raw Food Adventures"

If you would like to see me demonstrate how easy it is to make delicious raw food (sweet and savoury), my new DVD "Raw Food Advenues" will get you started!

Recipes demonstrated:

  • Raw Choc Cheese Cake
  • Tropical Bliss Cake
  • Raw Chocolates
  • Chocolate Caramel Cups
  • Raw Chocolate Mousse
  • Raw Pasta
  • Raw Tomato Soup
  • Raw Beetroot Dip
Until next time, in Joy and Love
Vanessa Jean

About Vanessa Jean

Vanessa Jean, founder of Food Alchemy, motivational speaker, dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and Queen of Cacao, is passionate about teaching people how to live a life inspired by joy and love. 

Using food, aromatherapy, sound healing and her own joy for life, Vanessa Jean inspires people with her recipes, healthy lifestyle, joy and purpose.




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