Purposes for Diffusing Essential Oils

Not only does diffusing essential oils smell good but they serve therapeutic purposes as well.

Choose one or two of the oils at a time for the purpose under which it is listed.

To Breathe More Easily

·         doTERRA Breathe

·         Eucalyptus

·         Lavender

·         Peppermint

·         Tea Tree

To Disinfect the Air

·         doTERRA On Guard

·         Eucalyptus

·         Lavender

·         Rosemary

·         Tea Tree

To Energize     

·         Eucalyptus

·         Lemon

·         Peppermint

·         Pine

Ease Hyperactivity, Motivate, and Improve Concentration

·         doTERRA Motivate

·         Frankincense


Stress Free, Calming


·         Grapefruit

·         Lavender

·         Lemon

·         Orange

·         Frankincense (meditative,                      relaxing, warm)

Insect Control

(on Porch or Patio) 

·         doTERRA Terrashield (safe for direct application to the body, for both children and adults


Available at our Office. Call 281.298.6742 or e-mail admin@twihw.com to order. Pick up or shipping available.































Available in our Office. Call 281.456.4289 or e-mail admin@twihw.com to order. Pick up or shipping available.

By |2020-04-30T14:45:59-05:00May 1st, 2020|General|

Protect, Prevent, Prevail

By Mila McManus, MD

One of the most interesting questions that medical personnel are asking during this viral event is “Why do some people get the infection and never have symptoms while others get critically ill or die from it?”  One clear pattern continues to surface: those with compromised immune health and multiple health issues have been at greatest risk for poor outcomes.

Now, more than ever before, we see the value of taking care of our health so that we are able to mount a protective response to external threats such as viruses, parasites, bacteria, and toxicants.  Reflected in the reports regarding fatalities from the Coronavirus is the clear message that those who were, and continue to be at greatest risk, are those who suffer from chronic disease, such as obesity, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, cardio-vascular disease, and otherwise compromised immune systems. Overall health matters more than ever in these uncertain times. While we cannot control what’s in the environment, we have at least some control over our body’s ability to cope with environmental assaults.

Protect: First line minimum considerations for good health include a number of foundational lifestyle choices.  Because our food, even at its best, does not offer all of the nutrition we need, supplementing with a multi vitamin and a probiotic is first line for everyone. A healthy diet is important, and first and foremost, eliminating sugar is critical, as sugar suppresses immune function.  Stress also suppresses immune function. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and removing unnecessary stressors are important for good immune and overall health. Quality and quantity of sleep is also foundational since it’s when we sleep that the body performs major maintenance, healing, detoxification, and resetting. And finally, washing hands frequently, and keeping them off your face, remains tried and true.

Prevent and Prevail: The minimum, however, may not be quite enough.  Especially if you are already compromised, have more exposures (healthcare workers, teachers, frequent travelers)  and/or simply want to be more vigilant (and we recommend that!), there is more you can do.  Combinations of the following are also excellent protections to build immunity and prevent infection.

  • Choose to regularly visit a wellness physician (aka functional medicine specialist) to prevent illness and address issues at the root cause. (We appreciate your referrals to The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness!)
  • Improve nutrition, sticking to whole, real food that stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Take care of your mental health, manage stress and deal with emotional baggage.
  • ONDAMED Energy Therapy and InfraRed Saunas are excellent immune defense therapies.
  • Essential OilsOnGuard, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), and Eucalyptus are just three good air and hand sanitizers, can be diffused, used on dryer balls and in cleaning solutions.
  • Additional Supplements
    • Immune Strengthening: Wholemune, Viracid, Transfer Factor Multi-Immune
    • Vitamin C – oral and Mega Dose IV therapy
    • Zinc – 25mg daily (twice daily for 2 weeks with acute exposure or if ill)
    • Vitamin D – at least 2000iu daily. If potential viral exposure, then 25,000iu daily for 3 days.
    • Silver Biotic – oral liquid and topical gel. Excellent hand sanitizer and a natural anti-microbial.
    • L-lysine – 1000mg twice a day
    • Quercetin Bromelain Forte -Combination of quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C. Immune boosting and antiviral properties, as well as antihistamine properties. 
    • Protease – work up to 1 capsule 3 X a day between meals (2 hours away from food). This can cause upset stomach or diarrhea, so start with 1 capsule and increase daily as tolerated.  If you take any blood thinners, consult with your doctor, or pick other options listed here.

If you or someone you know needs help getting well and staying well, visit The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness so that next time a virus floats through town (and it will), you will be ready to protect, prevent and prevail!

By |2020-05-01T06:13:41-05:00May 1st, 2020|Articles, Ask Dr McManus, General|

Ann Marie

Ann Marie

Ann Marie

Annmarie Skin Care was founded by healthy lifestyle bloggers Annmarie and Kevin Gianni in 2009. Our goal since then (and will always be) is to provide you with the best natural, wildcrafted and organic skin care, all natural makeup, and natural and organic essential oils.

Each product is handcrafted using our proprietary Honest. Wild. Beautiful. process—where we select the highest quality ingredients, infuse them in skin healthy oils and aloe then additionally craft them with potent plant extracts and nutrients to make them the most effective for different skin types and conditions. The result is beautiful, glowing skin.

Available at The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness

By |2017-12-02T13:45:30-06:00December 2nd, 2017|General|

Homemade Toothpaste

Healthy DIY Toothpaste Recipetoothpaste

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 4-6 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered xylitol or stevia
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils

If needed, warm the coconut oil until it becomes soft, but not liquid.  Add the baking soda, essential oils and your sweetener of choice.  Stir well until ingredients are well incorporated, then whip the mixture until it becomes light and creamy.  Store in a shallow, resealable jar.  Ideal essential oils to consider are peppermint, cinnamon, orange, and myrrh.  Trace Mineral drops are also a healthy choice to help remineralize the teeth.  Consider chocolate toothpaste too!  Add crushed cacao nibs, which also help to remineralize the teeth and remove the biofilm in the mouth¹. Who knew?  Yes, chocolate toothpaste can be a good thing.

By |2016-05-24T16:23:50-05:00May 24th, 2016|General|

Supplement of the month- On Guard Essential Oil Blend

On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system. OnGuard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function as well as used on surfaces throughout the home as a disinfectant and non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, On Guard helps purify the air, supports healthy respiratory function, and can be very energizing and uplifting. Applied topically, On Guard provides cleansing and purifying benefits while promoting healthy circulation.


Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark,

Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, and Rosemary

Leaf/Flower essential oils.

Aromatic Description:

Warm, spicy, camphoraceous, woody


• Gargle with a few drops of On Guard as a healthy mouth rinse or for an irritated throat.

• Add to a dishwashing sponge or cloth to purify and eliminate odors.

• Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops of On Guard for a healthy, immune-boosting snack.

• Combine a few drops of On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser.

• Use on stainless-steel surfaces to eliminate tough, caked-on spills.



Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use:

Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use:

Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are

pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Information obtained from doTerra’s product information pages.

By |2015-02-10T00:29:45-06:00February 10th, 2015|Articles, General|

Supplement of the month- Breathe Blend of Essential Oils

Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. A staple in the dōTERRA essential oil line, Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all embers of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.


Laurel Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Eucalyptus Leaf/

Stem, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara

Leaf, Cardamom Seed essential oils

Aromatic Description:

Minty, hot, fresh, airy


• Diffuse, inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest or feet when seasonal and environmental threats are high.

• Use when outdoors to minimize the effects of seasonal changes.

• Diffuse in room to promote clear breathing and at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.

• For the snorer in your family, rub Breathe on his or her chest before bed for a better night’s rest.



Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Topical use:

Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Information obtained from doTerra’s product information pages.

By |2015-02-10T00:22:59-06:00February 10th, 2015|Articles, General|

Using Essential Oils in the Kitchen

Most likely, without really being aware of it, you have experienced essential oils in your food for a long time. Chewing gum is one example. Candy makers have been long time users of essential oils, though the quality and health benefits of these oils is arguable. When you use pure, superior quality essential oils in food preparation, however, you not only add delicious flavor, but also increase the healthful benefits of your food.

Essential oils that come from edible plants are safe and perfectly suited to enhancing the flavor and health benefits of the foods you prepare every day. The essential oils that have been listed as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA include:

Basil, Bergamot, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime Melissa, Melaleuca, Marjoram, Myrrh, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, Vertiver, White Fir, Wild Orange, and Yling Ylang.

The simplest way to begin incorporating essential oils into your everyday food preparation is to substitute the companion essential oil for the dried herb, spice, fruit zest or juice used in your recipe. The most important thing to remember when using high grade, essential oils is that they are undiluted and extremely potent. For example, one drop or less may be enough to flavor a big pot or bowl of your favorite recipe. Only 2 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to a 2-ounce bottle of dried herbs! So remembering the potency is important. A very good “rule of thumb” when working with essential oils to flavor food is to start with only one drop of essential oil and check taste. You can always add another drop if needed. Another good practice if a recipe calls for less than a teaspoon of an herb or spice is to use the “Toothpick Method”. Take a toothpick and dip it into the center of the dripper cap wetting it with essential oil, then stir the recipe with the toothpick to release the essential oil. This is the ideal practice for hot or spicy herbs such as basil, cinnamon bark, clove, ginger, marjoram, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, and coriander as one tablespoon of these dried herbs is usually equal to about ½ to 1 drop of the essential oil companion. Essential oils for lemon, lime, orange and tangerine can easily replace the zest of one fruit by using 8-14 drops of companion essential oil. Finally, be aware that high heat can evaporate the essential oils used in the recipe, so if it involves high heat cooking, get that done first and then add in your essential oil right before serving.   Because basil, oregano and rosemary are very strong, they work very well with a low temperature simmering for a time to release their fragrant bouquet.

In our wellness journey, we are always seeking opportunities to increase antioxidants, detoxify and cleanse the body, improve digestion, beat fatigue and brain fog, relax and reduce stress, relieve pain and reduce inflammation and irritation. How exciting to know that we can support our wellness journey while also making our food please our sense of taste and smell through the use of high grade essential oils in our culinary endeavors!

Source: http://www.eondreamteam.com/using-doterras-essential-oils-for-cooking



By |2014-08-24T11:47:24-05:00August 24th, 2014|Articles, General, NANCY’S NUTRITIONAL NUGGET|

The Essentials on Essential Oils

essential oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used throughout history by many cultures for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. With growing scientific validation and expanding markets for natural approaches to healing and wellness, interest in the use of essential oils is on the rise. Essential oils are natural compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. Their constituents include naturally occurring chemical structures that offer a variety of favorable effects including anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, cancer cell inhibitors, antiseptic, sedative, mood enhancing, antispasmodic, and fever-reducing, just to name a few. Known for their aromatic properties, essential oils can be applied in three different methods: aromatically diffused, applied topically to the skin or taken internally in supplements, food or beverages. They are very popular fragrances in many natural body care products and soaps.

Just as our food can be over processed and chemically damaged, it is important to seek out high quality, properly extracted essential oils. The highest quality oils will be extracted using the lowest heat and pressure needed to release the valuable oil. Too little heat and pressure will not release the oil, however too much heat and pressure will fracture the chemical composition of the oil and alter its therapeutic value.   It is also important that essential oils be extracted from healthy, properly harvested plants of the correct species and age to get the quality therapeutic grade essential oil extract.

Essential oils are naturally safe and have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed. It is very important to understand, however, that with regard to essential oils, more is not better. Essential oils are highly concentrated, some more so than others, and they are used in very small amounts for optimal results. It is wise to learn about each kind of oil, its effects, and the effective methods of application to avoid irritating skin or using too much. For example, Peppermint Oil can be used effectively to refresh the mouth, cool the body when overheated or mixed with Lavender oil to calm stress and tension. But it is also important to know if you are breastfeeding that Peppermint Oil can also dry up milk production. This example points to the importance of learning and gaining understanding of individual oils. Another key point is that not all essential oils can be ingested internally. An excellent resource to learn about essential oils is a book called Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide To The Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, published by Aroma Tools. Your own copy of the book can be ordered through our office at TWIHW.

With so many oils available and an endless number of combinations and applications, why not get started? We recommend that the novice choose two or three of the most popular and useful oils and practice with them first. Easy oils to begin with include lemon, lavender, and peppermint. For example, Citrus Limon (lemon essential oil) can be used in the following ways:

  • Add a drop to your water bottle or restaurant water as an internal cleanser
  • Diffuse aromatically to remove odors
  • Combine with peppermint oil for a refreshing mouth wash
  • Apply topically for mood elevation
  • Add to a drop of honey to soothe an irritated throat
  • Dilute with coconut oil for a daily fingernail conditioning treatment
  • Add to olive oil for a non-toxic furniture polish
  • Use the oil to remove gum, label adhesives and greasy substances from fabric
  • Add to vinegar water to clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces

As you can see, essential oils can provide a healthy alternative to chemically toxic products such as fragranced room sprays and candles, personal care products and household cleaning products. They can also be used in recipes and applied to the body to restore, heal, and protect. Come see us at TWIHW to see our selection, and start using essential oils in your wellness journey.

By |2014-08-24T11:29:40-05:00August 24th, 2014|Articles, General|

Lemon Tarragon Dressing (using lemon essential oil)

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh Tarragon, or 1 tsp. dried

    Lemon Tarragon Dressing


  • 1 Tbsp. fresh Basil, or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1-3 drops doTERRA* lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients well and use as a salad dressing, or topping for fish, as well as steamed or grilled vegetables such as asparagus or grilled tomato.  Adjust the number of drops of lemon oil to suit your taste.

*available for purchase at TWIHW





By |2014-08-24T11:05:26-05:00August 19th, 2014|General, Recipes|

Terrashield Natural Insect Repellent made from Essential Oils

no more mosquitos!

no more mosquitos!

Terrashield is a unique blend of essential oils including Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), and 12 other carefully balanced oils blended in a base of 100% pure fractionated coconut oil.

To make this natural insect repellent, place 10 to 30 drops (you can start light and add more drops as needed) of doTERRA Terrashield essential oil blend in a 4 ounce spray bottle of distilled water. Apply a fine mist to all exposed areas of skin to repel insects. For stronger effect, you can dab the undiluted blend directly onto wrists and ankles and other areas.*

*Please be aware that essential oils can cause skin sensitivity in some individuals. Be sure to check ingredients and avoid if you have known allergies to any of the ingredients. If unsure, or tend to be very sensitive, you can test the product on a small area of the skin first. Additionally, consult your medical provider if you are pregnant or nursing before using.

Terrashield and a 4 ounce glass spray bottle are available at TWIHW.

*The product information provided is for educational purposes and is not intended as either diagnosis or treatment of any disease, nor does it replace professional medical advice. 

*Warning: Please consult a health care professional before using these products.

By |2014-08-19T09:56:28-05:00August 19th, 2014|Articles, General|
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