essential oils for stress relief!

Welcome to Herbs on Tuesday! I haven’t done one of these posts in a long time. But, plants offer a wide variety of potential options for people suffering with mild to moderate stress. Essential oils are created from the herbs and plants. They are very potent and powerful. Do not take them lightly because they come from a plant. It is extremely important to buy essential oils from reputable sources that have a safety history, and good practices for creating their oils. I personally like Eden’s Garden, and Mountain Rose Herbs. Essential oils are not regulated by the government, nor have their been enough randomized trials to say they are absolutely safe for everyone. If you are pregnant, a child, have psychosis, trauma, or severe anxiety, severe depression, or any chronic illness you should only use essential oils under the guidance of a trained Aromatherapy expert. Essential oils can also interact with medications you may take, so it is vital that you always tell your doctor of any herbal, or essential oils you use. I took a certificate class on Essential Oils and while they are a great tool, caution should be used if you have any of the conditions I mentioned.

Lavender is probably the most popular essential oil used for stress. There have actually been studies done that show it’s efficacy. I think I am allergic to it, so I don’t use it, but my daughter uses it in a diffuser.

Another thing to consider with essential oils is pets. Some essential oils like Eucalyptus can cause your pets to become sick if they inhale it without realizing it, say via you using your diffuser. So, be sure and consider the safety of your furry friends when diffusing them, or other people that may react negatively to them.

Essential oils can be used in a diffuser, as a massage oil or cream, in shower products, and some people do choose to ingest them though few studies have shown this to be safe. Just putting some on a cotton ball and sniffing it can be enough. There is Aromatherapy jewelry, too. I personally grow Peppermint and it is great for indigestion for both humans and my dogs. I love Peppermint shampoo when I have a headache. I can put it in Coconut Oil and massage on achy muscles too. Not to mention fresh breath!

But, for Stress in particular there is quite a long list of choices of Essential Oils that can be used. Jasmine is by far my favorite, and it is also extremely expensive. According to Healthline there are 18 in total that can be used for Stress or Anxiety.

Essential Oils can make you more sensitive to the Sun, so you need to know which ones cause Photosensitivity. Also, when using a new oil on the skin, you should test it in a small area that will not be noticed should you have a skin reaction.

You can use Aromaweb, and NCCIH to learn more about the profiles, or monographs as they are called, for Essential Oils. Proper mixing ratios is vital if you choose to make your own. Also, never apply undiluted Essential Oils to the skin, or ingest. It is probably best to buy from a trusted company that shares their mixing ratios on their label with proper administration guidelines also on the label. The video below is for basic information only. It does not provide any safety or risk information for the oils it discusses.


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Herbs on Tuesday: Sweet Orange

You may see a lot of adverts for Herbs that can restore or reverse kidney function.  While this may not be a lie, it can be confusing because most Herbs have not been studied in randomized studies for people who suffer from chronic illnesses or take lots of medications.  So, please be careful in your urgency to find a cure for what ails you as it may make it worse.

Herbs and Essential Oils are complicated and can be very potent.  Essential Oils are more potent than the dried herbs they come from, especially in undiluted forms.  If you would like to learn more about using herbs or essential oils for certain conditions, use the contact form at the bottom of this post to message me for a free meet and greet.

Sweet Orange is one of my most favorite essential oils.  I use it in my diffuser, and dilute it with coconut oil as a lotion for my skin.  Soon I will be making into Aromatherapy necklaces to sell in my Etsy shop, and in cleaning products or candles.  I love it mixed with Lemon Balm and Eucalyptus.  I will be experimenting with other scents as well in the future.  If you do decide to use essential oils make sure you are buying from a reputable source.  I like Eden’s Garden, Mountain Rose Herbs, Doterra, and Young Living brands.

Sweet Orange is said to be safe for the kidneys, don’t ever ingest as an essential oil without speaking to Aromatherapist Practitioner first, and there are dried forms available of the herb to drink as a tea.  It is uplifting, great for skin, cleaning, tissue repair, muscle soreness and much more.  Just remember if you buy undiluted oil it must be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin.  Always do a skin test on a small area of the body to check for sensitivity, and avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after applying it to the skin.  So, it would be much better, if applying to the skin to apply at night.  Do not use on infants or children under 6 years old without consulting a specialist.  Same for pregnant women.  Always tell your doctor about all OTC medications and herbs you may be taking.

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Updated 7/26/2020 All Available Health Buddy Plans with Prices

Updated 2/7/ 2021 please refer to the new pages for details of the updated plans. All of the current and available plans are now found on this page.  This makes null any other pages with mention of available plans.  This is the page to find all of my available and current plans. All new customers are entitles to the Health Buddy Promotion of the 1 day a week coaching plan for 25 dollars. If you are interested in any of the plans below please email me at    All plans require a free Meet and Greet unless otherwise stated.  All plans are in US dollars, with Eastern time zone for setting  up meetings.  All plans are prepaid, a contract with return policy, and user agreement will be sent at the conclusion of the free Meet and Greet.  All contracts must be signed, and returned to my email address before official plan can begin.  Always read the Updated Disclaimer.  Use the contact form at the bottom of this post to message me and arrange a free Meet and Greet, or email me at  There are no obligations for the free Meet and Greet, to purchase any other plan.  All plans, and extras are goal oriented.  You must be willing to work towards your health and wellness goals. The meet and greet allows us to meat and discuss what coaching needs you have.   All plans are currently one on one.  I may do groups in the future but for now, no.  I am a Holistic Health Coach, not a medical advisor.  I do not give medical advice, or even personal advice.  It is my job to coach you to make the changes you decided you want or need to make.  As I am a Holistic Health Coach all of my plans encompass the needs of the whole self.  This may include but are not limited to, exercise, weight management, stress relief, family issues, work, etc.  My hours are flexible at this time.  Any of the Integrative Therapy plans can be incorporated into any of the coaching plans, or they can be purchased individually.  

  1. 1 Day A Week Coaching Plan:  This plan is a 30 day plan.  You will get 1, 30 minute one on one session, with me, per week.  Your 30 minutes can be via email, face to face on video chat, texting, Facebook Messenger etc.   You must do a free Meet and Greet for this plan.  The price for this plan is $75 USD via Paypal, after the free meet and greet.   I am looking at other payment sources as well.  All new customers get this plan for 25 dollars for the first month.  The advertised promotional price is only for the 1 day a week coaching plan.
  2. 2 Days A Week Coaching Plan:  This plan is also a 30 day plan.  You will get 2, 30 minute one on one sessions, with me, per week, via email, text, phone, messenger or video chat.   The price for this plan is $125 per month, in USD, paid via Paypal.  
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  4. Extras:  1.  Medication Reminders:  Medication reminders require a free Meet and Greet to discuss your needs in this area.  This is either a text or phone call reminder to take medications.  This is a monthly plan and is $50 dollars per month.  Phone calls are limited to 5 minutes in length.  You do not need to purchase one of the monthly plans to purchase this plan. 
  5. Just Text, Call:  This plan is a stand-alone plan, and is paid by each text or call.  These are still goal-oriented, but less intensive,  and require a free Meet and Greet.  The price for this plan is 10 dollars per 15-minute text, 10 dollars for a 15-minute call. This plan is for people who maybe don’t want to commit to a monthly plan but still have health goals they would like to meet.  You still have to make an appointment with me and agree to terms.  This is not a spur of the moment plan. The free meet and greet for this plan is to be sure you are willing to talk about making and meeting goals and not just a social call.
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  7. Guided Imagery Sessions:  I have now finished the class, and created my first Guided Imagery Audio file.  The price for the audio files is 50 US dollars.  They are in MP3 format.  It is your responsibility to be sure you have a way to listen to the file before you purchase it.  You may not share or give the audio file to anyone else.  It is for your personal use, and of course, once purchased you can use it as many times as you like.  So far I have one for Sleep, Quitting Smoking and Stress.   You can purchase them in my Etsy shop or use the contact form below to message me, or email me at   Only the basic audio files are available in my shop.  Personal request audio files are tailored to your needs and likes.  The price for those Guided Imagery Audio files is $100 US dollars.  If you want a more personal Guided Imagery session, where I am talking to you live, the price for that option is $150 US dollars per live session.  Except for the first option, a free meet and greet is required.  There are no refunds on Guided Imagery packages.  You must be 18 or older to use any of my Guided Imagery programs.  If you have severe Depression, unresolved Trauma or have had any Psychosis then you will need to seek Guided Imagery through a licensed therapist.
  8. Distance Reiki Sessions:  Reiki is a healing energy Integrative Therapy.  It is meant to balance the body and mind. I am a level 2 Reiki Practitioner.   These do require a free Meet and Greet, and the price for a 20-minute session is $50 dollars.  All details will be discussed at the Meet and Greet. Distance Reiki can be performed on consenting adults, children with parent’s written consent and consent of the child, and even pets.   Use the contact form below to message me about this package, or email me at  
  9. Essential Oils for Health and Wellbeing:  I have completed the Aromatherapy course, and I can now recommend, not prescribe,  Essential Oils for Health and Wellness.  Essential Oils can be dangerous and need to be used with caution.   A free Meet and Greet is necessary for this package.  This is a 30-day package with communication via email, text, chat video, or phone once a week, for 30 minutes.  The price for this package is $50 dollars, via Paypal in USD.
  10. Mindfulness Package:  Do you want to learn how to be more Mindful, and or use Meditation to help with Health and Wellness issues?  This package requires a free Meet and Greet.  I am finishing up my Mindfulness Practitioner certificate course.    Our sessions will depend on your needs after the meet and greet is completed.  Mindfulness sessions are 30 dollars per 30 minute session, and you can do up to 3 a week.  Payment to be made via Paypal in USD.  If you are interested in Mindfulness use the contact form at the end of this post to message me, or email me at
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Updated Disclaimer: 6/04/2021

Health Buddy Melissa is a Sole Proprietor website owned by me. I pay my taxes as an Independent Contractor.  This updated disclaimer date 6/04/2021 replaces the outdated disclaimer.  Please read and understand it before requesting coaching services from Health Buddy Melissa.

1-  Health Buddy Melissa  is not meant to be medical advice, or to replace seeing a doctor, or other health practitioner.  Anyone who does so, is doing so at their own risk, not mine.  I will share opinions, or engage in topics and conversations of information that can be found in publications, on the internet, and from my own personal experience.   You may see affiliate links on this blog.  I only use reputable companies to affiliate for when and if I choose to do so.  As a Holistic Health Coach I can help you with many goals such as:  learning about a chronic illness, follow a diet set by your doctor, learn about menu planning and diets to lose weight or build muscle, learn about kidney disease and ways to help manage it, communicate better with your doctor or anyone, time management, deal with difficult people and so many more. I am in the process of targeting my plans to be more specific rather than so broad. You will see wellness replacing health.

2-  Privacy-  Privacy is very important to me.   I will never sell your information, or let others have access to it.  All client info is deleted from my private email account within 7 days of our contract together ending.  If you decide to work with me after that time, a whole new account will be made.  No one has access to my private email account but me.  However, you always have to be aware that things can get hacked.  It is in the news all the time.  I have never been hacked, but a release will need to be signed absolving me of responsibility should it be hacked.  I have purchased a business email through Google Suite.  They assure me it is private, encrypted and safe. 

3-  I am a Licensed Practical Nurse, for 34 years, and that means I have been coaching people for many years already.  I am 51 years old, you do the Math.  I am a  Certified Holistic Health Coach.  I also have certificates in Aromatherapy, Reiki level 2 Practitioner, Herbalism, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Guided Imagery.  I also took a free course on Sports Medicine, but no certificate was supplied. I have a second Health Coach certificate that taught me about exercise and plans. But, I am not a personal trainer. I have taken many Nutrition courses, but I am not a Nutritionist.  I can not prescribe a diet to you legally, but I can help you learn how to eat properly to lose weight and maintain good health.  If you have a prescribed diet from a doctor I can help you to understand and modify your life to follow that plan.  

4-  As your Health Coach it is my job to educate you, motivate you, and support you to reach your health goals.  I will not provide nutrition advice, or medical advice.  It is actually illegal in many states to provide Nutrition advice.  Some states it is allowed.  That will be discussed at the Meet and Greet.  I will not make meal plans targeted to certain nutrition requirements, but I will create general meal plans, unless allowed in your state.  I will, however, teach you to do so yourself.  There is much more to health than just diet, nutrition, and fitness.  I can work with you on any goal you may have.  See some examples below.  I can not help you with serious Mental Health Issues.  I am not qualified to do so, and feel it can be incredibly dangerous.  If you just need someone to listen to you, I do have a program for that, but I will not give opinions, or advice, and if I feel you are suicidal I will recommend the hotline to you.

5-  If you live outside the USA, I can still work with you.  You must speak, write and understand English, and all times of meetings will be Eastern Time Zone.  It will be your responsibility to know what that means, and when the meeting time will be. All payments will have to be made via Paypal in US dollars only.  It is your responsibility to follow your country’s laws for dealing with Health Coaches in other countries.  A disclaimer will be required if you do not live in the USA.

6-  If you need a young, skinny, hot Health Coach, then I am not the Health Coach for you.  However, if you want someone who will care about you, and work hard for you, then I might be the Coach you need.  I will not promise big results.  The results will depend on how much effort you put into meeting the goals you will set.  Health Coaching is about you, not me.  It is not a personal relationship where I tell you all about my life.  It is a professional relationship aimed at steering you towards meeting goals you want met.  If at any time I feel the relationship is no longer professional services will be ceased.  

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