Skin Tag be GONE!

I have a really irritating problem during pregnancy. Skin tags. They plague me and seem to grow everywhere!

Previously I have gone to the doctor and had them frozen off with liquid nitrogen, but now, on my natural journey I decided to try a more natural approach – Melaleuca Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.

What you can see in the photo below is 2 skin tags before and after treatment. The big skin tag (number 1) was causing me the most issues. Obviously rubbing away under my enormous pregnant breast, it had become inflamed and sore. The smaller skin tag (number 2) was not so troublesome, but beginning to feel uncomfortable and the third little pink dot (number 3) you can see is just a blemish!


I apologize for the terrible photography and art skills, but I hope you can see the improvement! Admittedly the area around where the large skin tag is, is pretty pink. This is because I covered the Melaleuca Oil after application with a plaster. I don’t recommend this! (I will explain why and how I got rid of my skin tags below). However, the smaller skin tag has cleared completely leaving no mark at all. The time between the 2 pics is 1 week and application was for just 4 days.

How I did it

  1. I checked in with my doctor that what I had was in fact a skin tag and not a mole.
  2. I used a 100% pure, certified therapeutic grade oil. In doing so I neglected to consider how very potent and powerful this remedy is and how it therefore might irritate! (I did do a small skin patch test first to check sensitivity, as if I know an oil is going to irritate, I use with a carrier oil). I made the mistake of covering the Melaleuca with a plaster thinking that it would keep the oil on the tag longer and succeeded in giving myself a blister that popped and left the pink!
  3. I cleaned the skin tag and the area around it with warm water and a natural soap
  4. I placed one drop of Melaleuca Oil on my finger and swiped it onto both skin tags. I repeated this 3 x during the day then cleaned and refreshed with an organic ‘Mother’ Apple Cider Vinegar soaked cotton wool ball before I went to bed and again in the morning before reapplying the Melaleuca Oil again throughout the day.

By day 2 the skin tags turned black. By day 3 the smaller one wiped away with the ACV and on day 4 the bigger one did the same, admittedly with a big sting and a little drizzle if blood (I realised taking the plaster off at the end of day 1 the mistake of putting it on in the first place as the blister had come up!) I have since been healing the blister with colloidal silver and enjoying the lack of sore irritated skin tags under my boob!

I would say Melaleuca is another one of my go-to oils that I use regularly for its antiseptic and other properties! What have you found this oil to be good for? Please feel free to share your success stories below!

Much love x x

Clare, The Essential Mum



Christmas Morning Muffins

Christmas Morning Muffins

It is tempting to go all out with breakfast on Christmas morning (Christmas is for eating, right?) – pastries, croissants, ham, smoked salmon, cheese, fruit, champers! But what about for those with an appetite for something lighter and for those staying away from dairy, egg, gluten and prefer to be sugar free?

These cute little muffins are special in every way and are perfect as a lighter option and for those with dietary restrictions.  They are #EdenFriendly, made with wholesome quinoa flour and almond meal, fresh fruit and essential oils for flavour.  What’s more, if you measure out the dry ingredients the night before and put the muffin cases in the muffin tin, you don’t need to do anything more labour-intensive on Christmas morning itself, other than preheat your oven, whisk up the wet ingredients and mix them all together!

These healthy Christmas morning alternatives are naturally sweet, cinnamony and orange-scented, perfect for Christmas to make your kitchen ooze with festive flavours and you can use fancy, christmassy muffin cases and even decorate the tops!

Here is the recipe and how to:

Makes 12 Muffins

1 cup quinoa flour

1 cup almond meal

3 tbsp arrowroot

1tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp himalayan salt

1 sachet of any fruity baby food (I use one that is mainly apples)

1/4 coconut oil (melt to liquid)

1tsp pure vanilla extract

Orgran Egg Replacer (to replace 2 eggs)

1 drop 100% pure CPTG Cinnamon Essential Oil

1 drop 100% pure CPTG Wild Orange Essential Oil

Up to a cup of rice milk or other dairy free alternative

1 cup mix of fresh blueberries and chopped strawberries (make sure ripe and succulent!)

Preheat the oven to 400 deg F (200 deg C).  Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with your christmassy muffin paper cups.

Mix up all your dry ingredients in one bowl.

Mix up all of your wet ingredients, apart from the milk, in another bowl until smooth.

Make a well in your dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients.  Add milk a little at a time until you have a batter.

Fold in your blueberries and strawberries until just blended.

Divide among your muffin cups and bake for between 15 and 30 minutes until golden and can insert a toothpick into the centre to come out clean.

Transfer to a rack to cool.

And voila!

Buy your 100% pure CPTG essential oils here.

Geeky Oil Info!

The Cinnamon Essential Oil is sourced from the tropical Cinnamon tree common to Southeast Asia, where the highest quality Cinnamon is grown. It is distilled from the bark of the tree.

The Wild Orange Essential Oil, one of my favourites that is GREAT for the immune system, is cold pressed from the orange peel. It is one of
dōTERRA’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits.  Read more here!

Happy baking and much love! x x

No More Moments Missed!

we are family

I have been a little quiet lately!  I have good reason… I am enjoying my last couple of weeks of pregnancy before we welcome another little miracle into our world.

Pregnancy is a very reflective time, don’t you think?  I feel excited about the future as a family of four (six if you include the cat and the dog!), have a little trepidation after the experience we had with Eden, but also a lot of hope that things will be different with this baby, in many ways. My approach to my wellness and the wellness of my family is now certainly very different and improved!  Also, with my beautiful Eden I had to go back to work when she was just a year old and I found this so hard.  I plan for things to be different this time.  I know that I should be grateful that we had that full year together, as many people don’t even get this long, but for me and Eden it was just too early.  I think about all those moments missed – the smiles, the developments and all those times she needed me and looked for me and I wasn’t there for her.  We were blessed to find a wonderful carer, so I never worried about Eden’s welfare and knew she was being loved and looked after just as if she was this lady’s own daughter, but even still.

In the same breath I have reflected a lot in the last few weeks how for some reason, each time I have been employed, I have not only lost out on time with my daughter, but the essence of who I am, what makes me ME and the things that make me happy, even if I love the job I am in. Working for myself enables me to choose how I spend my time, what I think about, who I connect with.  And call me a sensitive soul, but this really affects my happy bubble!  And of course the best thing about working for myself is that I can be a mum to Eden and I will be able to be a mum to this next baby and see his or her first smile, first crawl, first walk and it’s not just all the “firsts”! My husband and I are so surprised each day how much Eden develops, what she learns and how she learns it, instead of guessing like I did when she was in childcare I am part of that journey every day.

Don’t get me wrong, she still spends some time away from me!  I don’t think I would get any work done at all if she didn’t.  However, our days work for both of us – lots of mummy and Eden time, we go to Playcentre twice a week and on the days we don’t want to go anywhere at all, we don’t!  I get to be there at her athletics sessions, take her to the beach, to the library and we have endless fun at home painting, reading, creating.  I try to fit my work around her naps or get her settled into an activity, so that I can spend an hour on the laptop or phone here and there – to our convenience.

Earning from dōTERRA does take a little time and certainly depends on how much you put in to your business, but this is like any business.  The key is to have a solid business plan and support.  The great thing about dōTERRA is that you have so much support from so many angles – the person who enrolls you becomes your personal mentor, there is training and support available to develop your business plan, facebook, pinterest and instagram have a wealth of information and inspiration aboout the use of oils and you become part of an extensive and already successful team (I am one of the most successful teams in Australia) who you can always turn to for help and you are constantly learning along your path about ways to improve your own wellness and the wellness of others.

You can sell  dōTERRA products in isolation or like me, incorporate dōTERRA into a wider business idea.  I make customised blends to help a variety of skin, hair and emotional issues and I also blog to support other mums on a healing journey which is where I learnt the capabilities of essential oils.

On my page “Join Me” I talk about becoming a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and joining my team as a way to work from home and earn an income or supplement one and understanding the purpose for essential oils in your own life is the first step in doing this, so that you are using them daily yourself and in your family to experience healing and wholeness in your body, mind and spirit.

The best way to experience dōTERRA’s essential oils is to purchase a Home Essentials Kit.  For NZ$410 you get 6 single oils – Lemon, Oregano, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint and Melaleuca – and 4 blends – On Guard (to support healthy immune function), Deep Blue (a soothing solution to sore muscles and joints), Digestzen (to help restore normal balance in the digestive system), and Breathe (respiratory benefits), plus a beautiful Petal Diffuser.  You save NZ$130 on products if you buy this kit, rather than all of the products independently.


Included in your $410 is a year’s wholesale membership with dōTERRA which grants you a 25% discount on all future purchases and a one-on-one session with me to understand how you can use the oils day to day to relieve specific health concerns, boost wellness and/or just respond to daily needs like cleaning, beauty and first aid better – without nasty toxins, drugs and chemicals.

Because it is Christmas, I would like to offer a free gift to anyone who signs up in the next 7 days (before 9th December).  In addition to this I will give a free business building consultation to understand how you can begin building a residual income from  dōTERRA immediately, if this is something you want to explore.  It is possible to reimburse the cost of your kit within 3 months to begin earning a residual income with a good business plan in place.

You can begin working with me from anywhere in the world.

And you can purchase your kit here. Just click into the JOIN & SAVE link at the top.  If you don’t feel that the Home Essentials kit is right for you, please browse other options here or contact me to discuss your options.

Stop working for money and start working for YOU, your health and the health of your family in 2016.  Grow spiritually and give yourself permission to dream big and live the life you want to be living.  dōTERRA may be your opportunity to do this, just like it was for me when I started Essential Mum and for over a million other people worldwide who are reaping the health benefits of beyond organic & 100% pure alternatives to synthetic medicines and harsh chemicals, which cost a whole lot less, while earning amazing livings by sharing the products they love.
Enquire now about your one-on-one Wellness Consultation and take your first step to a better future and wellbeing…