Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

I’m so excited about Doterra’s Product of the month and promotions for September 2017 

Summer is ending and if you’re anything like me it can be bittersweet.  I hate seeing the days get shorter and losing sunrises to the fog up here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Not to fear, dōTERRA’s Cheer touch is here.  This is one of my favorite blends, it is so uplifting and is the perfect scent to wear as we move into fall.  It is one of my all time favorite perfume substitutes the warm citrus scent is like a bottle of sunshine regardless of the weather outside. 

The sweet part of  this bittersweet time is remembering all the parts of fall I love. The turning leaves, pots of soup on the stove and cuddling up with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea. 

This being fall, and back to school season, the second  part of this Months Doterra Essential Oils promotion reminds me of when I returned to college 9 years after graduating high school at the age of 27, which I thought was ancient at the time. Because it had been so long since I had “studdied”  I took a little study skills lecture. One of the things they talked about was a study that shows that scents can trigger memories and that students who use a specific scent while studying and then again while testing scored better.  At the time they suggested butterscotch hard candy, but using peppermint touch is so much better for a number of reasons. Peppermint Essential Oil has the added benefit of relieving tension and increasing focus.  Peppermint touch is free with any 100 pv Loyalty Rewards Program order placed before the 15th of September 2017, and is prediluted with fractionated coconut oil in a rollerball.  Just throw it in your backpack and go ace that test!!!!! 

I hope you enjoy this transition into fall as much as I will.  

Xo

S

Peace in Haiku

Peace in Haiku

 

 

I have a daily routine.  After I get ready in the morning, I have my tea and read the trending news.  I read it from many sites to ensure that I get a well rounded view of what the right and left are both thinking on any given topic, then I form an opinion.  What I have noticed is that in today’s political climate it is becoming so difficult to be respectful and tolerant of others views when most of the time someone is on the hateful other end.  It is such a shame, I’ve never seen such a polarized community;  I worry that we could end up in serious civil unrest.  I mean why are we above it, you watch it happen in other civilized nations.   The thing that keeps screaming in my head is that we need to find peace….  I wish it for all of you, here is todays Haiku about Peace, Roll some on, roll with the punches, and love your neighbor, even if you don’t appreciate their values and opinions, chances are their heart is good.

 

Blood Rushes, Tides Rise

Drowning in Rage; Peace is Our

Flotation Device

 

Although I am very aware that essential oils can’t cure the worlds problem (and trust me I wish they could), I do know that essential oils can affect emotions.  I’ve been wearing this grounding calming blend for a while.

 

Peace be With you,

xo

s

 

Manuka Oil…Benefits and Uses

Manuka Oil…Benefits and Uses

Manuka Oil Latin name Leptospermum Scoparium is a great oil, I wish we could have it in the United States but for the time being we will have to live vicariously through our friends down under.  It makes sense that it would be offered in New Zealand and Australia first since the Manuka bush is native to New Zealand.

In order to make the oil, all the parts of the bush are steam distilled including the flowers leaves and stems.  It generally grows next to kanuka bush and care must be taken to seperate the differing plant materials prior to distilling them.    History tells us that Manuka was the original tea tree and Captain James Cook, wrote back in the day that the plant has “a very agreeable bitter taste and flavor when the leaves are recent, but loses some of both when they are dried”.  It looks like this, and it is so beautiful that I would love to have it in my backyard. Maybe when I buy a vacation home in New Zealand.
Interestingly, I heard about manuka honey before the oil itself, because Manuka Honey is all the rage in the alternative health circles right now.  And the great thing is that it’s not even like humans are infusing the honey with plant parts. But the pollen of the manuka bush is so strong that they honey that the bees make from it, as tremendous healing benefits that researchers at New Zealand University at Waikato attribute to higher enzyme content in the honey.

So, thats what it is, but What can it do?

Manuka has been a part of the Mouri medical system or, Rongoa Maori.  Rongoa Maori is a holistic approach to health that predates New Zealand’s British collinization, and along with some of their native Mauri arts, this health system is still alive today.   One of the plants featured in this system is Manuka, of which the essential oil that is widely used to heal cuts, infections, burns, scrapes, sores and topical problems of all kinds. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, Manuka has been intensively studied by scientists for its first aid applications, for which it is highly effective as was written in this Fox News article.  ( disclaimer, I do not usually use Fox News as a reference because I don’t agree with most of what is on the network, but this article was actually good.) And in a 2014 study Manuka was effective in batteling 2 types of candida, staph and e.coli, so it’s a pretty baddass oil.

What does it smell like you ask?  Well it has a very rich spicy herbaceous scent that is calming and grounding.

Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-histamine (think about the antihistamines you take for allergies)
  • Natural cough reliever
  • Reduces scaring on skin (cicatrisant)
  • Cytophylactic (helps regeneration of cells)

10 Uses for Manuka Essential Oil 

  1. Put a drop on a bee sting or insect bit to get relief
  2. Use it in diy deodorants to keep your pits smelling delightful
  3. It helps wounds heal and has been administered to patients after surgery to promote healing
  4. Put a drop in your moisturizer to help with dry skin
  5. Put a drop in your shampoo to help with dandruff
  6. Apply with lemongrass to relieve sore or achy muscles
  7. Mix with water and spritz in sneakers to freshen the smell
  8. Massage on feet daily to zap toe fungus and athletes fut
  9. Diffuse in your home to calm your heart and your mind
  10. Zap a zit.  Manuka helps fight acne because of it’s antibacterial qualities

It really doesn’t have any warnings which is awesome, but I still wouldn’t recommend drinking a bottle of it or anything,  Use your common sense.
Heal Your Heart Diffuser Blend

  • 2 Drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 Drops Frankincense
  • 1 Drop Manuka
  • 1 Drop Red Mandarine

Red Mandarine Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Red Mandarine Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

I am so freaking excited.  I just ordered my mothers day trio of spanking new, never been released before oils from doTERRA.  Included in them is Red Mandarine, Kumquat, and Sunny Citrus Blend.  In my world, this rocks.  So while I am trying to get ready for their arrival with the anticipation of someone waiting for the stork, I thought I would share all my preparatory research.

WTF is Red Mandarine is my first question, and other than I citrus fruit being my first inclination I have no idea.  Thank god for the inventor of the internet.   Red Mandarin Essential Oil is sweet, and  floraly, it smells a little like orange blossoms. Red Mandarine and Tangerine have the same scientific species name, but tangerine is an american term for the red mandarine, they are the same thing but as the variety of the tree was spread across the world, the nutrients in the soil have yielded surprisingly different tasting fruits, with different chemical constituencies.  So one must look at both the latin name of the plant, and the sourcing location.  I have emailed doTerra to find out exactly where theres is sourced and will update ya’ll when I hear back.

 

What I do know is that like other citrus, Red Mandarine is high in d-limonene, and let me tell you d-limonene is our friend.  Sounds silly but that d-limonene has been shown to reduce cholesterol, among other things like fighting off cancer cells as explained in this Alternative Medicine Review.  Ummmm Yes Please!!!!!

 

Benefits of Red Mandarine Essential Oil

  • It has a soothing and balancing energy.  that makes it great for yoga or to add to any of these meditation blends.
  • It has superior anti-spasmodic properties and can be used in massage blends to soothe the muscles and relieve tightness.
  • It is great for your skin.  Historically it has been used to clear acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and scars
  • It reduces pain and anxiety when used aromatically
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • circulatory
  • cytophylactic (stimulates generation of new cells)
  • depurative (a.k.a detoxifying and purifying)
  • digestive
  • hepatic (good for your liver)
  • nervous relaxant
  • sedative

Uses for Red Mandarine Essential Oil

  • Put a drop  in your nighttime facial moisturizer to reduce acne, and improve cell regeneration while your body is resting.
  • Instead of drinking orange soda try putting a drop of this in your soda water for a delightful tasting bubbly water.  Make sure you use glass as oils deteriorate plastics and you don’t want to drink that.
  • blend with lemongrass and coconut oil to massage on sore muscles
  • Add 4 drops to a diffuser during your meditation or yoga practice
  • Make a room spritz and deodorize rooms that have stagnant air

 

Red Mandarine Diffuser Blend That is Spicy Grounding and sweet

  • 3 Drops Red Mandarine
  • 1 Drops Basil
  • 1 Drops Black Pepper

 

And just in case you think I’m a freak,,,, check out this guy… I love this song, and even more, this parody.

 

If you haven’t started on Your Essential Oil Journey yet, I’d love to get you started  Visit this page to get started

 

That’s it for now

xo

s

Essential Oils & Cocktails..?

Essential Oils & Cocktails..?

Today I decided to post my new favorite essential oil recipe…. Cocktail Recipe that is.  Why  haven’t I thought about using Essential Oils in booze before!!!  Yeah… lets combine 2 of my favorite things, and after all that’s what being an essentialoilsgangsta is all about; livin life my way.

 

We named it  “That’s Delightful” first because it was the first thing we said after tasting it.  The second name we thought of was the “New Gin and Juice” but then we remembered that the gin was in the french 75 not this one.  So were back to “That’s Delightful” Although I might change the name if I think of something that makes me laugh out loud. I may have to drink a lot more of them in order to get there though.

Peppermint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 drops doterra peppermint essential oils

Heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves and let cool, then stir in the peppermint oil.  Keep stirring until the peppermint oil actually incorporates into the mixture, don’t just leave it with it floating on the top.  If you’re thinking that oil and water don’t mix, the sugar is an emulsifier, so it will blend, it just takes a little time.

 

To make the Drink

  • 1/8tsp Peppermint Simple Syrup or if you have a pipette, use 10 drops
  • 12oz of Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz of Champagne

Mix all ingredients and sip the day away, this really is delightful!

 

What Would You Name it?

 

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We took it to an abandoned house to photograph it.  It looked so pretty and with a name like “thats delightful” I had to photograph it in a place that gave it some grit.  Your welcome.

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DōTERRA Essential Oils vs.Young Living Essential Oils, Which One is Right for You?




Doterra Essential Oils vs. Young living Essential Oils; Which One is Right for You?

I have been using Essential Oils for 15 years, but a few years ago, I learned about different Essential oils brands and different qualities of essential oils and wanted to up my game to make sure I was getting the absolute best essential oils.  While I can’t necessarily tell you which company is right for you, I can tell you how I decided which company was right for me.

I was first introduced to Young living essential oils, and I thought they were great, I still do. I purchased a couple of bottles to take with me for 9 weeks in Thailand at a hot yoga teacher training where I would be doing 3 hours of hot sweaty yoga every day for 9 weeks.  I purchased an uplifting oil, a mat cleaning spray and some oils to put in my water.  Once I got to Thailand my roommate had a Doterra essential oil blend that we began applying, it smelled sooo great.

When I got home, I was faced with a decision and some research; I knew that I wanted to continue using and improve my essential oil knowledge and collection.

After Researching both Doterra and Young living this is what I came up with:

  • Both Young Living and Doterra essential oils great.  Both companies do extensive testing, and have “beyond Organic” practices.
  • Both Young Living and Doterra are committed to advancing scientific and medical research on the efficacy of essential oils.   Both companies have teamed up with hospitals and research facilities to dispel rumors and wives tales and approach using essential oils from a scientific standpoint. This is something I greatly appreciate, as I value experiential knowledge, but I love a scientific confirmation of that knowledge.

 

So Why Did I Choose Doterra Essential Oils over Young Living?

Ultimately I thought that both companies were good, but I had to choose a company to work with.  I chose doterra, here are my reasons:

  • I love the seed to seal concept. I am a master gardner, and wine enthusiast.  What made sense in my brain was this: Plants absorb all the nutrients in the soil around them, which is why a master sommelier can tell the difference between a wine made from grapes grown in Sonoma, than one grown in France. Doterra ensures all the plants that they distill oils from are grown indigenously,  where the plants is healthiest.

 

  • If all oils were created equal I would choose Doterra again because of Co-Impact Sourcing. It is something that I really do believe in, and although Young living does a lot of great things in the world too,  This is the farming deals that doterra makes with farmers in villages all over the world. Doterra pays the farmers a fare wage, year round instead of just during harvest season, in addition doterra goes into villages and works with the local people to identify needs in the that will improve the lives of the entire community.  They drilled a well in a village in Haiti that didn’t have fresh water, they have built schools, they have helped re-build entire villages following natural disasters.  I want to be a part of an organization that participates actively in creating a positive global community, and I feel that doterra does that daily… Yes Please!

Watch this Video to see how co-impact sourcing helps villagers

 

More Reasons that persuaded my decision in Young Living vs. Doterra debate

 

  • The Healing Hands foundation is a not for profit founded by doterra.  Healing Hands mission is to help impoverished communities become self reliant.  Doterra covers all the administrative costs and fees of running the foundation so that 100 percent of the proceeds go to the foundation.  Yet another thing I respect and want to support.
  • Supportive Up-lines were another in my growing list of reasons that I chose doterra.  I love the structure of the compensation plan as it fosters mentoring and help.  Whether you are trying to learn about how to use oils, or you are trying to grow a small business, the compensation plan rewards leaders for helping the people under them. I had read this, but I can now personally vouch for it.  It truly is amazing to be a part of something where so many people want to see you succeed.
  • The People  While initially I was leaning towards Young Living because I knew the lady that initially sold me the oils, Ultimately, the things I learned about doterra and the people involved with doterra changed my mind.  I like the positive environment, I love my team; they are like family, I love the products, and the corporate culture.  Ultimately, you just have to make the best decision for you, find out which company is more in line with your personal values?

 

I’m ready but, Where Do I Start?????

 

If you’re ready to start your oil journey but not sure which oils to start with, click here  I would love to chat with you and help you pick the oils that will help you achieve your personal health goals.

I always recommend starting with a kit, because you get a well rounded variety of oils, at the deepest discount.  Kits vary between $150-$2500 dollars and many price points in between.  My favorite kit for the beginner is the Home Essentials Kit….. unless you are ready to take the leap and makeover your whole house, then definitely go bigger, get the diamond kit!

 

Home Essentials Kit

10 most popular and useful oils plus a diffuser

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Start your journey before Today with a home essentials kit and get these great bonuses:

  • Free Copy of 150 Uses for the Home Essentials Kit
  • Free 30 minute mentoring call to get you started with your oils
  • Free Access to exclusive team facebook pages
  • Free 5ml Bottle of Wild Orange Oil

 

Already know what oils/kit you want.  Start Today!

 

Just in Case you didn’t want to read all of that, here it is in Video Format!

 

 

Not your Grandma’s Lavender Oil!

Not your Grandma’s Lavender Oil!

Let’s get off on the right foot!!!!!

Lavender Oil is great to give to your friend that talks too much:

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Ok, so now that we’re off to a good start, we can talk about lavender with as much seriousness as I can muster.  Which is quite a bit because it’s early and I haven’t had any wine yet.

Lavender Essential Oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume.  And while this all sounds well and good, you’ve probably read it a thousand times because Lavender oils is the oil of grandmothers.  It is comforting and has been around (rightfully so,) for ages.  The reason Lavender oil is so boring, and because it is tried and true; it is safe and it is effective. Today, lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation, which produces a much different product than was used in ancient Egyptian or Roman times.  Today oils are much more pure (depending on the source) and some say thinner than oils distilled in ancient times.  One thing for sure is that with todays testing, (with the oils I use at least) you can make sure that if you are buying a great brand of oils, you will get consistency from bottle to bottle.

Recently a lot of research is being done around essential oils and using them medicinally, which I am super excited about.  A couple of studies that I recently came across taught me a couple of things that I didn’t know.

Recent research shows that Lavender Essential Oil improves blood circulation and reduces blood pressure. Improved circulation, increases oxygen that is available to your cells, organs, brain and skin.  Since oxygen is necessary for proper cell regeneration and function, lavender essential oil can be a great thing to add to your health arsenal.  It has also been proven to treat insomnia in a recent study which may be why everyone talks about putting a drop on your pillow; don’t you love how science is catching up with experiential knowledge of centuries ago.

Linalool is one of the major naturally occurring chemicals in Lavender oil.  Linalool is an anxiolytic, which means natural stress reducer. Although Linalool is available from a variety of plants, Lavender has it in very high concentrates.  In this study linalool from coriander seeds was shown to prevent the growth of HepG2 cancer cells, and since the amount of linalool used in the studies was equal to 25 drops of lavender oil, it could prove to be a promising tool in the fight against cancer, but of course more research will need to be done.

Camphor is another of the naturally occurring chemicals in Lavender Oil.  It is the part of the oil that is antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative and nervous pacifier, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and insecticide substance.  WOW, that is a mouthful.  It is the part that gives Lavender a ton of other benefits beyond those your grandmother was telling you about.

Lavender oil reduces the appearance of surface skin imperfections. Now Were Talking…. You say wrinkles, and my ears poke up.

 

“Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it.” -Mark Twain

 

15 Uses for Lavender:

  • Take a Lavender Bath. Put 5 drops of Lavender into 1 Cup Epson salts then add to your bath water for an ultra-relaxing experience.
  • Head to Toe Rest! After a hard work out or a long day on your feet, rub lavender along with Lemongrass on your legs and feet.  It will help soothe sore muscles and allow you to fully rest.
  • Take the Acrid Out of Vinegar. Add 4-5 drops of Lavender oil to your Vinegar Cleaning Mixture for a better scent.
  • Quick Fix. Mix three parts fractionated coconut oil with 1 part Lavender essential oil in a small glass spray bottle or in a roller ball and roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing.
  • Bring on the ZZZS. Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
  • Enjoy a fresh and Clean Mattress. Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops Lavender essential oil all over your mattress.  Allow the mixture to sit for an hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up.  You can also add Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove or Rosemary.
  • Ouch! That’s Hot! Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!
  • The Oatmeal Secret. Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, add 5-8 drops of Lavender oil, When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub.  A little goes a long way
  • A sleep time Trick. A few drops of Lavender oil placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Flavor Twist. Lavender is a flavor enhancer Lavender Sea Saltis a welcome addition to many savory dishes adding to risotto and rice, and makes a fragrant rub for chicken, fish, or lamb, and an unusual and subtle flavor enhancer for freshly cooked vegetables, especially asparagus. Lavender Sugar, you’ll love the flavor it adds to your baked goods and drinks. Try stirring into hot or iced tea, use to sweeten scone and muffin batter, sprinkle over sugar cookies before baking.
  • Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
  • Take the Ouch Out. 1 drop of pure Lavender Essential Oil will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions or after too much sun
  • Clear the Mind. Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
  • Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
  • Therapeutic Dish and Laundry Soap, If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add Lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience.

 

Lavender flavored Sea Salt & Sugar

  1. Add 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to 1/4cup Sea Salt or Sugar and Mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in a Glass Container or Give in a Jelly Jar.  Add a Label to make a Perfect gift for all the foodie’s in your life.

 

Then Just in case you need a place to store your pencils while letting everyone know what you think, I made this:

And you can get it here https://www.zazzle.com/essential_oils_pencil_case-256252344218509735