Spring Cleaning for You and Your Home

It’s Spring ! Time to freshen everything in  your home, including yourself!

We had a Spring Cleaning for You and Your Home Class here in San Antonio.

Check out the recipes below.

For information on how to order Young Living Essential Oils and products, check out my website


Thieves Cleaning Wipes – These are so handy.  I keep this small size in the camper and use it on campouts. It is also great for the car. I have a larger container in my  home.

Use a cylindrical one quart container:

(I use this one: Zip Loc Twist n Loc, Medium Rounds https://www.amazon.com/Ziploc-Twist-Medium-Round-Containers/dp/B007J46WRU/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1489971570&sr=8-1&keywords=ziploc+quart+container)

You can also use a coffee can but wash in dishwasher first!

Add to the quart container:

1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner

½ cup of water

Saw a regular size ( not wide) paper towel roll in two (using a serrated knife like a bread knife or an electric knife)

Place the ½ roll in the quart container with the Thieves cleaner and water

(You may need to remove some of the paper towels for it to fit in the container)

Turn upside down until the paper towel roll is soaked through. Then remove the cardboard roll. (It comes out easily when it is soaked). You can now pull up the wipes from the middle of the roll.

This makes a great size container for the car or camper.

For the wider (more common now) paper towel rolls, get a larger container from Target, etc. You can keep this larger size in your kitchen.

Thieves Household Cleaner – How did I ever do without Thieves Cleaner? I always have it on hand now. Great for the kitchen, bath, removing stains, etc.

Add 1 capful of Thieves Cleaner concentrate to 24-32 oz spray bottle.

Fill spray bottle w water.

Replace spray nozzle.

Use for cleaning in kitchen, bath, glass, outdoors.

I keep a spray bottle of Thieves in the kitchen, bathroom, and utility room.

Foaming Orange Botanical Face Wash – This is great for mature skin (I use it) and also teens love it.

Add 2 tsp YL Orange Blossom Botanical Face Wash to a 2 oz foaming pump bottle.

Fill w water.

If using an 8 oz foaming pump bottle, add 2 Tbsp of the face wash and fill w water.

Foaming pump bottles can be found on Amazon and Bulk Apothecary

The Orange Blossom Botanical Face Wash will last a LONG TIME this way!

Lavender Makeup Remover Pads  – These are one of my favorites! No more running to the drug store for make-up remover. I just make my own with natural products. It works for waterproof mascara, too.

  • Add to 4-ounce airtight glass container (Mason jar is good):
  • 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 4-5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • Add round cotton pads. Turn upside down until pads are soaked through.

Lavender Limeade – Everyone loved this recipe.  I think it’s even better than lavender lemonade!

Long (Hand-squeezed) Version (adapted from Young Living blog):

7 limes, juiced

1⁄2 cup honey (or agave nectar)

2 drops Lavender Vitality essential oil

Ice water, about 10 cups


  1. Combine lime juice, honey, and Lavender Vitality in a large glass pitcher.
  2. Add water to taste.
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Garnish with sprigs of lavender if available

Short version (how I did it)

Simply Limeade (from HEB;~2 quart size)

Add slices of 2-3 limes

Add 2 drops of lavender (Vitality) essential oil

Serve in pitcher with ice.

Guacamole – You won’t believe how a couple of drops of lime enhances the flavor!

Use your favorite guacamole recipe or buy from HEB

Add 1-2 drops of Lime (Vitality) essential oil.

Happy Fall, Y’all

Hello All!

Fall is in full swing here in Texas, although warmer than usual.
Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, the color, and especially the scents and the flavors. Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, apple, cranberry, and more. We had a Fall Make and Take recently here in San Antonio, and featured some of these aromas in the take-home goodies.

Along with all those good things, it is also the beginning of flu and cold season. We made a Thieves Honey for to keep the immune system strong and supported through during the season. You can add a drop or two to tea, coffee, water, or your favorite drink.

The Warm Vanilla Room Spray features orange, cinnamon, and clove. It is lovely for a nice autumn scent and a natural deodorizer.

Check out the recipes below and on www.yldist.com/janpatterson

Happy Fall and Happy Oiling, Y’all!
Jan Patterson MD MS


Warm Vanilla Room Spray
Add to 2 oz glass spray bottle:

2 Tbsp vanilla extract
6 drops orange essential oil
5 drops cinnamon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
Fill to top w distilled water and add spray top.


Thieves Honey
Add to 2 oz glass spray bottle:

5 drops Thieves essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil
1 to 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Add ~2 oz raw honey to fill to top.
Replace dropper.
Add 1-2 drops to tea, coffee, or water for immune system support


Combating Antibiotic Resistance

You may have heard about the White House report released this week “National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.”  It is a victory that this issue is on our national agenda.  As an infectious diseases physician, I have seen the life-saving and life-improving capabilities of appropriate antibiotic therapies many times.  I have also seen, however, the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria occurring over several decades. It has accelerated such in the past decade that we now see patients with bacteria that are resistant to all our usual antibiotic choices, and have to resort to toxic antibiotics used in the past, or sometimes no antibiotic at all.  The CDC estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year in the US alone.  In case you haven’t read all 62 pages of the report, I am highlighting some of it here.

The goals of the National Action Plan (NAP) are:

  1. Slow the Emergence of Resistant Bacteria and Prevent the Spread of Resistant Infections
  2. Strengthen National One-Health Surveillance Efforts to Combat Resistance
  3. Advance Development and Use of Rapid and Innovative Diagnostic Tests for Identification and Characterization of Resistant Bacteria
  4. Accelerate Basic and Applied Research and Development for New Antibiotics, Other Therapeutics, and Vaccines
  5. Improve International Collaboration and Capacities for Antibiotic-resistance Prevention, Surveillance, Control, and Antibiotic Research and Development.

Our medical specialty of Infectious Diseases is thrilled to see this multi-pronged approach, and we have long advocated for judicious use of antibiotics and accelerated pathways for new antimicrobials.  As an essential oiler, I would like to focus on goals #1 and #4.

  1. Slow the Emergence of Resistant Bacteria and Prevent the Spread of Resistant Infections

While many of the multi-drug resistant pathogens we see are in the hospital, the bulk of human antibiotic prescribing in the US is done for outpatients.  It is estimated that 50% of antibiotic use may be unnecessary.  In 2010, 258 million courses of antibiotics were prescribed, or 833 prescriptions per 1000 persons.  The CDC’s campaign “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” educates the public and health providers that antibiotics aren’t always the answer.  For many common illnesses like viruses and flu, antibacterials will not help and can have harmful side effects, in addition to increasing drug-resistant bacteria.  We in the oily community are already aware that antibiotics are not always the best answer, and we use essential oils that have been shown to have some antimicrobial activity to fend off impending infection and also use oils to relieve symptoms of infection when they occur.  The NAP calls for monitoring of antibiotic use to assure appropriate use in both outpatient and inpatient settings.  In addition to this, wouldn’t it be great for providers and patients to know about the benefits of essential oils?

Surprisingly, 70% of antibiotics used in the US are given to livestock and poultry.  While the plan falls short of adopting antibiotic-free meats, the plan does recommend that more is done to decrease the use of antibiotics important to humans in growth promotion for animals.  Kudos to Chipotle, Panera, and Chik-Fil-A for deciding to buy antibiotic-free meats, and to McDonald’s for plans to stop using chicken raised with antibiotics important to humans!  This is progress.

4. Accelerate Basic and Applied Research and Development for New Antibiotics, Other Therapeutics, and Vaccines

This is where goal #4 comes in.  While there will be emphasis on developing new antibiotics, the goal also aims to identify new therapeutics.  And get this (from page 44 of NAP):

“Examples of non-traditional therapeutic strategies include:……

      • Identifying natural compounds with antibiotic activity (e.g., phytochemicals, essential oils,

organic acids, animal-derived lytic enzymes, and small interfering RNAs).”

So you see, essential oils are mentioned in the National Action Plan to combat antibiotic resistance! And why not?  There is already in vitro (laboratory) data and we know of many anecdotes.  We are just lacking clinical trials to demonstrate effectiveness in humans.  I found this mention of the oils in the National Action Plan very exciting.  We oilers are ahead of the game!

New vaccines for pathogens that become drug-resistant are also included as a therapeutic strategy and this is important.  Vaccines are one of the most significant public health developments of the 20th century and the more we can prevent infections, the less we have to use antibiotics!

So, the National Action Plan is a step in the right direction and even suggests developing alternatives such as essential oils.  While we love the benefits of our oils, it is no shame to use antibiotics when we do need them.  It is about using all the tools available to you—and using the right one at the right time!

References for more information:


Hicks LA, Taylor Jr TH. U.S. Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing, 2010. N Engl J Med 2013;368:15

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.  http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/index.html

Chao SC, Young DG, Oberg CJ. Effect of a diffused essential oil blend on bacterial bioaerosols. J Essent Oil Res 1998;10:517-23.