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Four and a half years ago, I was going through a major health crisis. I was 22 yrs old and in college for an Exercise Science degree. Suddenly, one afternoon as I stretched to cool down after a workout, I began suffering from serious difficulty breathing and almost constant anxious feelings. For two years, I dealt with these symptoms and was never diagnosed with an illness. I changed my major, because I could no longer exercise, and tried every elimination diet I could think of. My episodes of difficulty breathing and anxious feelings would hit me unpredictably and I felt helpless. I worked at a small coffee shop where a woman would often bring her diffuser there and discuss natural wellness with friends. Feeling so frustrated, I reached out to her and decided to try a blend of essential oils to see if they’d help. I used that blend every day for a few months and I started feeling better! When I went to a class to learn more, I fell in love with how I felt around essential oils. I heard so many testimonies of people whose health was improving like mine was because of essential oils, and I knew I had to share these incredible gifts of the earth with anyone who would listen. Instead of feeling frustrated or helpless, I felt empowered as I literally felt my health improving! I went on to become a certified personal trainer and exercise to my heart’s content again. Essential oils gave me back my dream job – and my life – and they can do the same thing for you.
Why Quality Matters
Like anything else, quality matters tremendously with essential oils. Before I started using dōTERRA essential oils, my mom purchased two bottles of essential oil from a health food store. We had heard they might help my sister’s irritated skin improve. One oil was Grapefruit, and I think the other was Bergamot. I smelled both of them once and never thought about them again. They didn’t help my sister’s skin improve, so we stopped using them.
My experience with dōTERRA’s oils was completely different from the start. At the first class I attended, my sister won a bottle of Lemongrass oil. We stayed up late smelling it over and over, putting it on our achy muscles to help them relax, and reading all about Lemongrass oil online. My siblings, my mom, and I were SO excited about the things we were learning together that night.
The reason our experience with dōTERRA was so different from that with the other oils is because of dōTERRA’s commitment to purity and potency. With dōTERRA’s Lemongrass, we only had to use 1-2 drops to feel a relaxing effect. That’s because dōTERRA’s bottles contain 100% essential oil, not mixed with coconut oil or anything else, unless noted. It would have taken who knows how many drops of the store-bought essential oils to feel like they were working, because there are no regulations requiring companies to disclose fillers or diluting agents in their bottles, and now I would guess by the weaker aroma from those bottles they had been diluted.
dōTERRA tests the contents of every bottle of essential oil 7 different ways, 3 times between harvesting and bottling (to catch any contaminants that may be picked up in the bottling process). As a mom, this is so important to me because it means my daughter is safe using dōTERRA’s products. I am confident the contents of every bottle are consistent and every bottle contains effective oils. Read more about dōTERRA’s testing processes here.
How to Use Essential Oils
The aroma of a tangerine takes me back to summer nights at my childhood home, when my siblings and I would climb a large tangerine tree in our backyard. Just like that, the aroma of an essential oil can uplift the mood, increase focus, or recall a beautiful memory. Aromatic use can be as simple as opening a bottle of oil and taking a deep breath, or using a diffuser to experience the benefits of essential oils throughout an entire room. When one member of my family has a stuffy nose or is congested, we diffuse a blend called OnGuard to support the whole family’s immune systems. If you don’t have a diffuser yet, place a few drops of essential oils on a cotton ball or piece of felt and keep it with you in a ziplock bag. Occasionally open the bag and take a few deep breaths, and you’ll get to experience the oils’ benefits that way. Or try my favorite portable diffuser: jewelry! I wear a piece of diffuser jewelry almost every day. My favorite is a beautiful lava bead necklace I purchased from Lava Essentials. There are so many good brands out there – just do a google search!
Topical essential oil use has localized and systemic benefits. When my 2 yr. old daughter bumps her head, she says, “I need oil, I need oil!” and we dab a little bit right on. But at night before bed, I put a few drops of oil on my foot. That helps calm my mind so I can rest. Take a look at these reflex points on the feet. You can apply essential oils “strategically” to the bottoms of the feet for benefits throughout the entire body. When I put Peppermint oil on my foot, I not only feel my body temperature cool down, but I feel energized and alert. If my tummy is a little upset, the Peppermint helps calm it down too. That’s four benefits in one! There are countless other good things happening simultaneously throughout my body, all from a little oil on my foot.
With dōTERRA’s essential oils, dilution is easy! “Dilution” is adding a carrier oil, like coconut oil, to your essential oil. You may want to do this for several reasons: to minimize skin sensitivity, to slow the rate of absorption (prolonged benefits to the skin before the oil finishes absorbing), or to just make your bottles of essential oils last longer. dōTERRA’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. David Hill, recommends a 1-2-3 dilution ratio. Essential oils labeled N (for neat, or no dilution necessary) should be diluted at a 1:1 ratio. For every drop of essential oil you use, add a drop of carrier oil. The oils labeled S (for sensitive) should be diluted 1 drop essential oil to 2 drops carrier oil. And for those labeled D (for dilute), add 3 drops of carrier oil to every drop of essential oil. You can find the N/S/D labels in the dōTERRA catalog or back of the Living magazine.
Sometimes I pre-dilute an essential oil in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil, so it’s ready to use when I need it. This is a lot less messy than diluting at each use. Check out my favorite roller bottle blends here (coming soon)!
Internal use of essential oils is an effective way to comfort and assist the digestive system and other internal organs. Read some great info on ingesting essential oils here. I take essential oils every day in my water and I love to cook with essential oils! (1 drop per 4 oz. of liquid is the recommended amount for dōTERRA’s oils.) Many people tell me they drink more water now because they enjoy the flavor of the essential oils they are adding. And that’s without calories, stimulants, or artificial flavors! Wild Orange is my current favorite both for drinking and cooking. Beside making my water taste delicious, Wild Orange is uplifting to my mood, helps calm anxious feelings, contains powerful antioxidants, and has cleansing properties. It’s a yummy addition to smoothies, snack balls, salad dressing, cupcake icing, or anything with chocolate! Just add 1-2 drops to any of those dishes for a vibrant flavor boost.
Read this short paragraph to learn about appropriate dosage, which is typically 20 drops of essential oil per day.
You may purchase essential oils at retail from my website, but to get the most for your money, I recommend opening a wholesale membership with dōTERRA just like you would at Costco or Sam’s Club. For a $35 membership fee, you get every product at 25% off. In order to keep your wholesale membership, you have to purchase one item per year. To renew your membership each year, it costs $25. dōTERRA will send you a bottle of Peppermint oil as a thank you gift for your renewal, every year. Renewal is not automatic.
Instead of “throwing away” the $35 enrollment fee, you may put it toward products by purchasing an enrollment kit, all of which come with significant savings. View all enrollment kits here, then go to my website and click “Join & Save” at the top to get started. I started with a kit very similar to the Natural Solutions Kit and am so glad I did. I not only saved almost $100 by purchasing products that way, but I also received 100 free product credits (like $100 to spend on oils!). And I started earning points back on all my following purchases at a higher percentage than I would have if I started with a smaller kit.
Speaking of free product credits…you’ll want to know about dōTERRA’s Loyalty Rewards Program because it will save you a lot of money. It’s a completely optional monthly autoship order, and it’s very flexible. Every month you may order different products, and you are in control of that order via your online ordering website. You can change the products, the date the order ships, the credit card number, the shipping address – whatever you want! – between orders. The first 3 months you’re on the Loyalty Rewards Program, you’ll receive 10% back in free product credits to spend like cash. For every 100 PV (product value, like $100) you spend, you get $10 back – and you’re already getting 25% off! For the next 3 months you’ll receive 15% back, then 20%, etc. until you reach 30% back! After your first 12 months, for every $100 you spend, you’ll receive $30 back to spend like cash on more products!
Let’s say you purchase 100 PV (like $100) flat every month for 12 months. How many free product credits would you earn? (I’m a math nerd so of course I did the math 😉 ). After your first year, you’d have earned $210 in free products plus dōTERRA gives us our shipping costs back as free product credits, so add another $84 in free product credits (if you use the cheapest shipping option every month). Your second year, you’re earning 30% on each order. That means you’d earn $360 in free product credits plus $84 in shipping credits – a total of $444 in free product! As a conservative spender who gets a thrill out of saving money, I feel like that’s incredible savings. Target, Amazon, and Costco don’t give me back money for purchasing products. Here’s a chart so you can see the math more easily:
Every month I share my monthly order here on the blog. We even get things like detergent, deodorant, and toothpaste on our LRO! Check out that series here.
So go to my website and click “Join & Save” at the top to get started! Email me at [email protected] when you’re ready to order. I’ll walk you through the enrollment process and help you select the kit that best meets your family’s needs!
As a thank you for opening your dōTERRA wholesale membership with me, I’ll send you a welcome packet! You welcome packet will include product samples, a roller bottle, and more tools to help you start using your new essential oils! I’ll also contact you to schedule a virtual 1.5 hr-long membership overview, one-on-one with me to go over how to use your new oils and review the benefits of your membership so you don’t miss out on anything! You’ll gain access to my secret Facebook group to connect with a community of ōily moms, get essential oil tips, DIY recipes, exclusive giveaways, online and local events, and Q & A. And you’ll be plugged in to a community with a myriad of continuing education options so you’ll never feel confused about learning to use your new oils!