DōTERRA Flash Sale 3/22/18

So here is something I have never seen dōTERRA do before…. a Flash sale and let me tell you, it is a good one. For Today Only there is 25% off select items that you can get to by logging onto your doterra membership portal, go to the shopping page, then click on special offers….. TADA!!!!! There’s the list for today’s sale items which will expire at 1159pm MST. If you don’t have a doterra membership, click here to learn more about it.

Here’s what Today’s Flash Sale has:

Arborvitae… a lovely grounding cedar wood tree. Known as the tree of life, Arborvitae is an underrated powerhouse.

One and Aspire. Essential oil blends that previously were only available at convention gala’s

Cassia, a lovely oil in the spice family that smells a bit like cinnamon with softer notes

Meleluca (tea tree). Antibacterial and antiseptic properties great for cleaning or for your skin.

Mothers Day Promo: A cute little satchel that comes with 5ml bottles of citrus bliss and

My all time favorite diffuser and what I think is the best diffuser, the petal diffuser. It goes for 4 hours and I love that when it is finished the reservoir is completely dry so there isn’t any water left in the bottom. I love this diffuser.

I hope you get all the items on your wish list, let me know if you need help getting started.


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Cyprus Essential Oil: Learn about Cypress Benefits & Cypress Oil Uses

This is an oil that I recently started using and am  currently loving.  Here is everything I know about cypress essential oil or Cupressus Sempervirens.

Cypress is an evergreen tree that can grow to over 100 feet. It is named after an island where it used to be worshiped (Tisserand 215). The oldest living tree, located in Iran, is more than 4,000 years old, which is fitting because the word literally translates to “ever living” in Greek. The wood from the tree has commonly been used in furniture because of its ability to repel bugs, wormwood specifically. This is the reason that the ancient Egyptians used it in their sarcophagi and possibly why historically it is a symbol of death… yikes.

It isn’t all that depressing, though; in ancient Chinese medicine the cones or nuts of the cypress tree are considered nutritious and fattening (Tisserand p 216).  The oil is steam distilled from the twigs, stems, and needles, and produces a relaxing feeling that helps the respiratory system fight infections. It aids the liver in detoxification and helps to relieve anxiety (Worwood)

While there is a bit of historical evidence that Cypress oil was used in ancient medicine, there is mounting evidence in modern medicine of its benefits as well. In this pubmed study it was shown that one of the chemical constituents camphene was effective in prohibiting the growth of bacteria and yeast… yippee… And even better in this study the oil was shown to reduce cholesterol and have benefits for the liver and detoxification processes.  So maybe this is good to diffuse the morning after you’ve had one too many adult beverages… Just saying.

So there are some definite physical benefits to this oil, but there are also some emotional ones, with the most prominent being that it promotes self-assurance. After two weeks of regular use, cypress oil has been shown to increase self confidence (Worwood P115).

Top Five Uses for Cypress Essential Oil

cypress Learn about cypress Essential oils benefits and doterra cypress oil usesYou’re probably wondering what you do with cypress oil. Check out these suggestions:

  1. Balance oily skin: Add two drops to your mud mask on a weekly basis to get your skin in check.
  2. Diffuse with a citrus oil:  I have been loving Cypress and Lemon. My house smells like a fresh forest, and cypress oil is cleansing for the air, so it clears my mind and my house.
  3. Promote circulation: Dilute in a carrier oil and apply to legs and feet before a workout.  It will help get you going before you actually get going.
  4. Prevent water retention: Dilute and apply to your wrists, neck and ankles during a long flight.  Because cypress essential oil helps stimulate circulation, it also prevents water retention.  After my 26-hour flight to Thailand, I had ankles that looked like the elephants that were native to the country.  I wish I had known this back then!
  5. Fight varicose veins: Dilute cypress oil in a carrier oil and apply to varicose veins.

Get cypress oil and other essential oils at wholesale prices. I would love to have you as a customer!

DoTERRA Verage VS Essential Skin Care

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “What is the difference between the different skin care lines that doTERRA has?”  and “Is the doTERRA Verage or doTERRA Essentials skin care line better?”.  Both are excellent questions.  Here is how I understand it.

The HD Clear skin care line is for acne-prone or problematic skin.   It consists of a foaming face wash; an oil blend to prevent breakouts and promote clear complexion; and a moisturizing lotion.  Think teenagers or people with acne-prone skin.

The Verage Skin Care line is for average skin and has many anti-aging properties.  This is going to nourish and feed healthy skin and help keep skin healthy and young, while reducing the visible signs of aging using all natural .  It is delightful and consists of a face wash, toner, serum, and moisturizer. This is a great regimen for people in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s to keep skin young and healthy.

The Essential Skin Care line is for more mature skin and formulated using all plant extracts to reverse the signs of aging, getting rid of fine lines and the dreaded “W” word.

Having said all of that, I don’t use just one collection.  I have tried all the products and use them in different ways.  I started by ordering the Verage kit, but as items ran out, I started trying different things and ultimately came up with the following:

I love the invigorating scrub (so does my husband), and we use it daily when we are in Texas.  It smells great, is gentle and you can feel it tingling your skin.  However when we are at our cabin in Washington and out in the sun all day, my skin gets a little more oily, so I will use the HD Clear Foaming Face Wash.

I LOOOVVVEEE the Verage toner and use it exclusively.  It smells great and I like that you just spray it on for really even coverage.  You can also spray it over your make-up to set your make-up.

I use the Skin Essentials Tightening Serum. How can you go wrong with the word “tightening” when you are dealing with aging skin?  And by aging ,I mean I’m 40 and have never taken good care of my skin.  Throughout most of my 20s I was lucky if I even washed my face (let alone moisturized it).

I use the the Anti-Aging Moisturizer when it is cold outside or at night because it is a little bit heavier than the Verage moisturizer. Then I use the Verage moisturizer during the day or when it is really hot because it is lighter.

I am in love with the anti-aging eye cream and the applicator, and use that over my moisturizer in the mornings and at night.

So there you have it, those are the differences between the different lines, but I feel like within each line there are times when I use some products over others.  I hope this helps you decide.

 

xo

s

 

Is Doterra a Pyramid Scheme? Can You make money with Doterra?

There is a common mis conception out there that all Multi Level Marketing Companies and doterra are pyramid schemes.  People wonder and negate the possibility that people can make money with doterra.  In reality, it is great that people are careful about different “opportunities” that are out there. In my experience and by definition Doterra Essential Oils is Not a pyramid scheme… Let me Explain Why.

 

The definition of a pyramid scheme is:

pyr·a·mid scheme
noun
  1. a form of investment (illegal in the US and elsewhere) in which each paying participant recruits two further participants, with returns being given to early participants using money contributed by later ones.

So if I were to take money from someone Person A and then collect money from persons B, C and D to return the money to person A, that is a pyramid scheme.  I’m not selling anything to person A except the promise that I will pay them back.  Often times this is used as an investment “opportunity” and I would promise person a that they will be paid back their initial investment plus interest; all of which I would collect from persons B,C and D.  Person B is made the same promise of re-payment plus interest which I can only make back by promising more people the investment opportunity and using other people’s money to repay their initial “investment” plus interest.  You can see here that there is no actual opportunity other than your belief that I can sucker more and more people into giving me their money for this investment.  At some point the “investors” run out and anyone that hasn’t been re-payed loses.

 

The thing that makes doterra different than a pyramid scheme is that doterra reps sell essential oils.  So when you buy oils from me, you get oils.  It is as simple as that.  The confusion comes in when we are talking about the compensation structure for people that actually want to sell doterra or be doterra distributers.  It’s true the compensation structure is shaped like a pyramid, but that doesn’t make it a pyramid scheme. Your compensation each month is a direct reflection of your ability and willingness to sell the product, like any other sales job where a person earns commission.

Often times people believe that doterra is a pyramid scheme because they are sold a bunch of lies.  What is the truth about making money with Doterra can it be done?  Here are a few of the myths that are often perpetuated among MLM communities.

Myths that Multi Level marketing People tell Clients

The mis leading things that one might hear that lead people to have a bad experience with Doterra and Multi Level marketing in general are things like:

“The product sells itself.  If you invest in this kit you’ll have no problem getting rid of your inventory”. 

In truth, nothing sells its self.  In order for a sale to be made there has to be a sales person to conduct the business, an online presence, or a brick and mortar store where people can go to purchase their items.  Doterra is no different.  While I do believe that the products are great.  They don’t sell themselves. The great thing about doterra is that you don’t have to buy your inventory, your customers buy it directly from doterra. So there isn’t a big initial investment.

“You can earn your money back in no time”. 

Well here again I’m going to tell you that while you can earn your money back fast, it does take quite a bit of your time making contacts, calling people, hosting classes, developing a social media presence.  That is the opposite of “no time” in fact it can be quite a bit of your time, and the amount of time you put into this will be a direct correlation to the amount of time it takes to make money with doterra.

“There isn’t any fear of Saturation”.

I’m not sure this is entirely true.  Even at Doterra where less than 1% of the world is using essential oils, the truth is that there is a lot of the world population that couldn’t afford to use their oils if they tried.  And while I really don’t think there is any fear of immediate saturation, there is no doubt that the most prolific people that put in the most hours creating in person classes and online content are the ones who will snap up most of the customers.  I am also a believer in always always always giving the best customer service that you can because customer retention (85% for doterra) is key.  You take care of your customers and they will continue ordering.  The product is that good, but I am not surprised when I hear of people leaving distributers because they simply aren’t being taken care of.

“Doterra is a great way to build residual income”

Residual income is just a fancy word for “extra” income.  Most distributers use it in the context of passive income or income that you don’t have to work for.  This is not true.  Even with a team of people there are always questions and a good distributer is always finding ways to support their downline.  While after a period of time you are getting way more money for the hours you spend on doterra, you will have to put in the time.  Having said that, I take 3 months off during the summer where I answer emails and field telephone calls from our off the grid cabin, so my work is limited and I am still earning commissions which is awesome.  I do believe that doterra is a great way to make semi-passive income, and for me it allows me to be bi-coastal, manipulate my schedule to my liking and work from anywhere. It however is not a completely passive income.

“MLMs are Cults in Disguise”

Wowza, this one comes around quite a bit.  We go to conventions, get t-shirts and spread our oils all over the place, and in a lot of ways are a great big family.  Could it become cultish, absolutely.  I think that anytime anyone blindly follows a group of people without ever taking a second to critically think about what is being said or what they are repeating it is somewhat problematic.  Having said that at the doterra convention it is filled with the latest scientific research on essential oils, leaders who are making fortunes explaining how they developed their businesses, and explanations about how doterra is impacting different communities.  I will say I was suspicious my first convention.  I have looked and have not been able to find anything that is false; a simple search in pub med will corroborate their findings.   So I think it depends on the critical thinking skills of the individual to determine if it has the potential of becoming cultish.

So to answer the question at hand is doterra a pyramid scheme,  No, not by definition and I do believe that it is a great opportunity to build a business with flexibility.  Like any other business though, it requires hard work and dedication.  Just like Nordstrom had to build a reputation and presence in the marked to attract people to go into their stores.  Doterra reps also have to build a presence and reputation to attract people to reach out and buy oils from them.   Similarly, just like Costco had to develop a reputation for taking great care of their employees, doterra reps have to build their reputation as a good supportive leader before people will want to come on board and sell oils with them.

While I like to believe in the good in people and that nobody would intentionally scam their customers by not giving them the entire picture, I am not beyond knowing that it does happen.  Primarily by people just repeating what they hear and not investigating what it actually takes to build a doterra business.

I hope this helps you on your journey whether it is just to purchase oils from doterra or to find a team where you can thrive selling oils yourself.

 

xo

s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doterra BOGO Best Friday of the Year 2017 | Better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday Doterra BOGO Week Presents…

Doterra BOGO Best Friday of the Year 2017 | Better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday  Doterra BOGO Week Presents…

…Doterra BOGO Week Presents: Buy a Petal Diffuser get both Wild Orange and Cassia Free

Thanksgiving is officially over and while most of the country is going crazy with Black Friday and Cyber Monday I offer you Doterra Best Friday of the Year Bogo for 2017  This Friday Buy a Petal Diffuser get both Wild Orange and Cassia Free… While Supplies Last on this one, so make it quick.

Petal Diffuser doterra bogo week Friday nov 2017
Isn’t doterra’s Petal Diffuser so freaking Cute.  It is one of my favorite Diffusers… and I have a lot of diffusers

Buy One Petal Diffuser, which is one of my favorites you can set it to run for 2 or 4 hours and it has the option of running solid or intermittently and I personally love the option of shorter timers so because it is perfect for evenings.  I also love that it leaves the reservoir completely dry.  Other diffusers will leave a little water in the bottom which can get a little yucky after a couple of days.  I use this in my guest bedroom so that if it takes me a couple of days to get in there to clean and strip the bed I don’t have to worry about stagnant water in the diffuser.

Cassia Wild Orange doterra bogo week Friday nov 2017

Cassia

Get One Free,  And it is a sweet little thing worth it’s weight in gold literally.  It is similar to cinnamon but sweeter.  In fact a lot of oil companies will cut their cinnamon with cassia because cassia costs less to source than cinnamon, so you have to be careful of that.  It is one of the 50 traditional Chinese herbs, which the Egyptians imported from China to use in their embalming process.  In the middle east during ancient times it was considered worth its weight in gold.  So what are the therapeutic qualities of this little bottle of gold?

  1. Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
  2. Boosts Metabolism
  3. Warms Cold Extremities (dilute and give yourself a foot massage after skiing)
  4. Encourages Lung Detoxification
  5. Natural Antidepressant.

Wild Orange doterra bogo week Friday nov 2017

Wild Orange

Get one free oil is great, but two is always better… right.  Wild Orange is a great oil that is energizing and uplifting full of antioxidants that also curbs your appetite.  I feel like some orange oils are very sweet, this one has spicy undertones that make it really nice.   As with most citrus oils, avoid putting it on topically and then going out in the sun.

5 Ways to use Wild Orange Essential Oil

  1. Diffuse it in the car to keep your spirits high and your temper low
  2. Add a drop to your smoothie or sweet bread recipe
  3. Add to chocolate recipes for orange chocolate flavor
  4. Put it in a carrier oil and massage on calluses to soften skin
  5. Diffuse in the house for uplifting energy

How Do You Get Your Hands On This Deal?

To order your Doterra Bogo click here  You can click shop now and pay retail prices, or if you have been thinking about getting a wholesale membership (similar to Costco), click join and save to get 25% off for an entire year.

A wholesale membership is 25%off  retail pricing, with the option to get reward points back for your shipping cost and continued purchase. (who doesn’t want product points?).

From there choose wholesale membership, which means you have no interest in sharing with friends and family or Wellness Advocate which means you can earn sales (and commissions) when the people you care about most sign up to improve their health too.

Whether you select Wholesale membership or Wellness Advocate, you can shop at leisure, select the introductory packet and purchase oils a la carte.   You also have the option of choosing an enrollment kit, which are discounted normally, but discounted an additional 20% in November 2017.  These enrollment kits include your $35.00 membership and include our most popular oils to fit anyones expertise from beginner to expert.

To Finish, just enter your information like you would any other shopping experience and your oils should arrive within the week…. Congrats

If you need a little more guidance, contact me and I’ll be happy to help you select the oils and or kit that help best meet your needs at the lowest price available.

 

 

Essential Oil Books for General Information about Essential Oils

Over the years I have read a lot of books on essential oils, but the market has never been more flooded than it is right now.  I want to tell you about my favorite resources for finding general information on essential oils.  To make it easy, the title of each book has a direct link to amazon.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.  This book is over 600 pages of awesomeness.  Mrs. Worwood has a PHD in complementary medicine, is the chair of the research board of the International Federation of Aromatherapists and is a consultant of clinical aromatherapy.  She knows her stuff and it shows throughout the 600 pages.  The index is to thorough that it is not difficult to find what you are looking for and it covers a range of topics from the science of oils, to a whole section on carrier oils as well as literally hundreds of recipes for men, women, babies, children and even pets.  If I could only choose 1 book, this would be it, it might be the best $19.00 I’ve Spent.  If you’re interested in it you can buy it here.

 

My Second Favorite Book is The Art of Aromatherapy by Robert B. Tisserand.  Mr. Tisserand is a pioneer in the aromatherapy field and while this book has a lot of information, it is a little different.  It covers fewer oils, but is a great source of history.  It covers how ancient civilizations used oils and some ancient recipes as well as current ones.  Sections in this book include “The Body”, “The Mind”, “Aromatic Baths’, “Massage” and “Skin Care” among others. Click Here to get your hands on this little gem.

Another book that I have loved for so long that the corners were chewed on by my dog, Donkey when he was a puppy (he is now 7) is Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles is a book of 175 recipes and herbal formulas for your skin.  This book is less about essential oils and more about making wholesome products for your skin. It was through this book that I learned how to make homemade lotion, how oils and waters can combine and a whole slew of other things.  It is truly a great book, however I will say that some of the skills you learn through this book take some time to hone in.  My first lotion recipe was a disaster, but over time I have mastered it thanks to this book.  And at $15 bucks it was a great addition to my library.

Rounding out my library is The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo.  This book is entirely different as it focusses on the energetic level of essential oils and how they combine astrologically, or with different gemstones, or plants, numbers or colors.  With each oil it gives a positive affirmation to use with the oil either throughout the day or in a concentrated meditation practice.  I know there are a lot of people who think this type of things is absolute craziness, but if you are into energy work at all, this is a great resource.

Another tremendous resource is an app that has a companion book called Modern Essentials.  I love the book, but love the portability of an app.  If I am at the yoga studio and someone asks me what oils is good to support muscles after a rigorous class, I can just whip out my phone.  I love that this app and book list the many different oils that may help as well as they way to use them, and in some cases with recipes.  The book is awesome, but the app is a lifesaver when I’m on the go.

The final place where I keep current on studies that are being done about essential oils is the pub med websight where there is currently 17,077 articles that mention essential oils.  Yowza, it is all pretty sciency and some of it is hard to follow, but it is a tremendous resource none the less.

I hope this helps you to make some decisions on where to get information.. Leave me a comment about what Essential Oil Books are in your library, I love finding new treasures.

 

xo

s

Introducing Doterra Copaiba Essential Oil 

Introducing Doterra Copaiba Essential Oil 

Today Doterra announced the introduction of Copaiba Essential Oil to their already robust line of Essential Oils.

While different species of Copaiba typically yield slightly differing therapeutic outcomes, Doterra is offering their Copaiba Essential Oil which is a blend of 4 different species of copaiba plants to achieve optimal health benefits.

The cannaboid debate continues, it is important to know that there are three main cannaboids this one has no cin effect (won’t get you high) but comes in direct contact with your cb2 receptors in the brain directly helping your immune and endocrine systems, and it’s completely legal (Doterra would never do anything illegal)

This oil is a liver detoxifier, is great for your cardiovascular system and improves metabolic function,,,, who doesn’t want that right!!!  Another great reason to have this little gem in your arsenal is because it helps support a healthy digestive system Woot Woot!!!!

Therapeutic Qualities of Cupaiba:

  • Analegisic
  • Antifungal
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Cicatrizing
  • Circulatory
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Stimulant

If you’re wondering what this delightful oil blends well with, try one of these:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • German Chamomile
  • Roman Chanomile
  • Coriander Seed
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Greenland Moss
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Manuka
  • Majestic
  • May Chang
  • Thyme
  • Niaouli
  • Ravensara

Top Uses for Copaiba

If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with this little oil, look no further:

  1. Add to epsom salt bath and soak to ease joint and muscle pain
  2. Diffuse to support respiratory wellness
  3. Apply topically for metabolic support
  4. Diffuse to for a calming environment

Contraindications: None known at this time.

 

See you in the next post, don’t forget to subscribe.

Ciao,

S

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits 

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits 

Litsea seed essential oil (litsea cubeba) has a long list of uses and benefits that make it a great addition to your health arsenal.

Also known as May Chang, Litsea Cubeba is a small plant found in tropical areas of Japan and Taiwan The leaves are typically a vibrant green with a pleasant, lemony smell. It produces small, pepper-like fruits from which the essential oil is extracted.

Many data indicated that Litsea Cubeba essential oil possessed antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiparasitic activity, acute and genetic toxicity, cytotoxicity as well as being a potential cancer prevention agent (Wang et al., 1985; Gogoi et al., 1997; Luo et al., 2005; Ho et al., 2010; Wang and Liu, 2010; Wang et al., 2012; Huang et al., 2013).

While the thoughts of words like antiseptic and antimicrobial conjure up memories of offensive odors in institutional disinfectants, Litsea  has a pleasant smell that is more citrusy than Melissa, without the musty tones of lemon grass making it great to blend with Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Rosemary, and Ylang-ylang.

While humans, for the most part find the aroma calming, insects don’t.  In one study Litsea oil was found to be an effective Natural Insect Repellent which is why it is used in many “outdoor blends” of essential oils, which I can’t live without!

While it deters bugs it also has been used for years in Asian medicine to feature enlarged pores and help with oily skin… Yes Please! Just put 5frops of Litsea in 1tbsp of carrier oil and dab it on your face a couple of times a day.

The benefits don’t stop there.  In an article published by PubMed, one study showed that vapors from Litsea Cubeba have anti-cancer properties and were able to (through a series of biological responses) arrest cancer cells.  Which makes sense right, natural products help our bodies function naturally.

Uses For Litsea Cubeba

  1. Use as a natural disinfectant around your house
  2. Add to your deodorant recipe to fight the bacteria that cause body odor
  3. Use as a natural insect repellant
  4. Diffuse to boost immunity during cold and flu season
  5. Add to custom blend perfumes as your top note.
  6. Use aromatically to sooth your nervous system when going into stress inducing situations (I’m thinking public speaking…yikes).
  7. Dilute and apply to feet to prevent athletes foot.

So there you have it, I hope you find some uses for this little gem around your home.

Xo

S
Contraindications:  don’t use while pregnant or nursing, avoid exposure to direct sunlight when using topically for 12 hours after use.

Please note, I am not a medical practitioner and this is not meant to be a substitute for medical advise.