Do Essential Oils Cure Disease?

It’s nuts how much of a huge, heavily debated topic this simple question is.  5 words that demand a dissertation (which I have not written) to answer.

There are so many debates about essential oils these days as they grow in demand and supply.  I have heard it all from essential oils curing cancer to essential oils being nothing more than snake oil, and gotten hate mail from both sides of the story.  After letting my pendulum swing back and forth from one extreme to the other, I find that the truth lies somewhere in the middle and with careful wording.

In order to prove that essential oils cure anything there needs to be evidence.  And yes, I do consider experiential knowledge evidence, but keep reading.

To be completely convinced I would need to see a study that conclusively that essential oils, or any essential oil eradicated disease.  And that evidence simply does not exist at this time.

I know about, have heard of, and have witnessed first hand people who have cured many diseases and have used essential oils during that process.  The thing that gets me is that unless it is a double blind study you can never doubt the effect that the mind plays in the process. Let me explain:

There is evidence that your immune system and neurological system and communicating ie, your immune system can listen to your thoughts. So if you are convinced that essential oils are curing your ailment or disease and you are thinking about that, you are sending your immune system a very different message than you are if you know you have a disease and you aren’t doing anything about it.  So it is impossible to contribute essential oils alone to healing.

My second issue with the hate mail and “proof” that people give about how essential oils have cured them is the fact that in most cases when people take a step toward improving their health and healing their bodies and mind (like incorporating essential oils into their lifestyle), they typically take a couple of steps such as trying to think more positive, getting a bit more exercise, drinking more water and  eating a little bit better.  All of a sudden, you have many variables that have changed, hence 1 can not be proven to be the cure.

So I am not of the camp that essential oils can cure anything alone yet, as the evidence just isn’t there…yet.

I do think that science is moving that direction and if we can get some studies published that are double blind, then I will be singing a different tune.

Do I think essential oils play a huge role in helping your body ward off disease, absolutely!  Do I believe that essential oils can help your body heal 100% yes.

Are there too many people touting that essential oils can do more than what science has yet to prove, Overwhelmingly Yes.


How to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Essential Oils (Hint: Don’t Use Plastic)

Many of us consider our essential oils an investment in our health, a way to naturally keep our bodies and homes in tip-top shape. Storing your essential oils correctly is the best way to protect that investment.

The Shelf Life of Essential Oils

You may have heard the myth that essential oils with expiration dates on them are not “pure” essential oils. But the FDA requires any essential oil that may be used internally (that is, put inside your body) to carry an expiration date, just like medications and vitamins. That’s because over time, the chemical composition of all these items changes, eventually leaving you with a different substance than what you started with. This goes for all essential oils, not just those that come with an expiration date on the package.

Different kinds of essential oils change at different rates. For example, sandalwood and patchouli actually get more potent over time, while oils derived from wood or roots can last up to ten years. It pays to know a little chemistry when it comes to determining an essential oil’s shelf life. The numbers below represent the average shelf life of essential oils when they are stored properly:

  • Essential oils high in monoterpenes or oxides have the shortest shelf life, usually about 1-2 years.
  • Those with more prenols can last up to 3 years.
  • Oils higher in ketones, monoterpenols, and/or esters generally last about 4-5 years.
  • Essential oils that contain high levels of sesquiterpenes or sesquiterpenols usually last up to 6 years.

What’s the difference with these ingredients? Their evaporation rate. Essential oils are considered volatile, which means they are easily evaporated at normal temperatures. Lighter components, such as monoterpenes, evaporate more quickly than do heavier ones like sesquiterpenols. Essential oils are also prone to oxidation, so any interaction with oxygen will begin to change their chemical composition. Proper storage helps protect against both evaporation and oxidation.

How to Store Essential Oils

Even if you’re relatively new to using essential oils, you know that a little goes a long way. So one bottle could last a very long time—if it’s properly packaged and stored. Your essential oils have three primary enemies:

  • Air: Any exposure to air will cause oxidation, which usually progresses more and more rapidly over time.
  • Light: Although not enough research has been conducted to understand exactly why, exposure to sunlight and other UV light will cause essential oils to break down.
  • Heat: Heating essential oils above normal room temperature accelerates evaporation, quickly leaving you with an entirely different compound than you started with.

You’ve probably noticed a running theme here: essential oils are prone to chemical interaction with their environment—which also includes their containers. This is why it’s best not to store essential oils in plastic: the essential oils can interact with certain kinds of plastic, potentially causing the plastic to break down or melt over time. Again, the essential oil’s composition determines how it will interact with plastic; citrus oils are particularly well known for interfering with the chemistry of plastics. doTerra uses only HDPE plastics for its plastic parts. Plastics bearing the #1 or #2 are also safe.

Tips for Storing Essential Oils

  • If your oils come with a reducer cap (plug), always keep that in the bottle to reduce exposure to air when you open the oil.
  • Though reducer caps don’t usually come into contact with oils when you’re not using them, they may still break down over time. Keep extras on hand so you can replace reducer caps that show any signs of deterioration.
  • If your oils don’t come with reducer caps, invest in a glass dropper. The dropper itself shouldn’t be used as a lid because the bulb is made from a pliable rubber. Clean the dropper with alcohol after each use and store it in a glass jar.
  • Store essential oils in dark glass bottles, which help block UV light. Keeping all your bottles in a wooden box or padded carrier case will further protect them from UV exposure.
  • The ideal storage temperature is 40-80 degrees, so never leave essential oils where they’ll be exposed to heat, such as a window sill or in your car.
  • You can refrigerate essential oils. Cold storage might change the consistency of some essential oils, but it will not change the oils’ chemistry.
  • When you’ve used about half of a larger bottle of essential oil, transfer the remainder to a smaller bottle: less air in the bottle helps slow oxidation.
  • Signs of oxidation include cloudiness and a change in smell. You can still use oxidized oils for cleaning or in your diffuser, but do not use them internally.
  • When you cook with essential oils, don’t add them directly to food as it cooks. Instead, add them to your finished dish or drink.

Have a question about storing or using essential oils? I’m happy to help! Contact me today. 

Summa Summa Summa…Tiiimmmeee

Every time summer rolls around I go back to the days of playing in water parks and Will Smith singing that song that I carried with me through my childhood like a treasured accessory.  It will forever bring up memories of popsicles, boons farm, and sneaking out to meet boys as I listened to it from the time I was 8 years old until I was 25.

A couple decades later, when summer hits all I do is try to hide from the heat and limit my sun exposure (it’s already triple digits in Dallas and it’s only June).

There are a couple of oils that I keep around both for their cooling affect, but also for their medicinal benefits.

Here are my favorite Essential Oils for Summer and Staying Cool (both literally and metaphorically).

Peppermint Essential Oil:  It is extremely cooling to the body and can decrease your body temperature.  Not only that but it Freshens your breath, smells delightful and is energizing.  I will definitely use this one early evening when I need a little boost because I started with happy hour and have to get dinner started.  It is also a bug deterrent, so there’s that to be said for it.

Lavender:  Helps for cell regeneration.  This little nugget is great for cuts scrapes, itchy insect bites and burns.  It will also help you fall into a deep relaxing slumber at the end of the day.

Citrus Oils:  Who Doesn’t think about lemons, grapefruit and limes during the summer.  Seems like the perfect compliment to the summer heat, right?   Well it is and if you want to add it to your water so you will drink more of it, or to your coctails, you couldn’t be more right.  Most citrus oils however have a naturally occurring chemical that magnifies the harmful uv rays of the sun and will compound a burn.  So while I encourage adding a drop to beverages and dips, don’t apply them topically unless you want a trip to the emergency room.

Last but not least, Terrasheild essential oil blend, which is an essential oil blend that is all the bug deterring oils mixed together and will keep pesky critters away. This is one that I wear as perfume, which may sound weird, but it smells so delightful (with vanilla undertones) that I apply it regularly.  I like to smell good, but definitely don’t need west nile!

So one of my favorite concoctions is this: 20 drops Peppermint and 20 drops Lavender in a 1oz spray bottle that is topped off with water.   Shake it up and spray it on any area that you are a little “sun kissed” and fear you might have a burn the next day.  It will turn that pinkness into a tan and you can start again.

I hope this helps you even if just a tiny bit to get a little reprieve from the heat.




Aroma Ace Essential Oil Diffuser Review….

I’ve been hearing about the Aroma Ace Essential Oil diffuser for ages and kept wondering if it was worth the price.  After a couple of years of near constant usage of ultrasonic diffusers I decided to look into it.  I spent the dough to get one, and I’m happy to say that it has become a powerhouse in my diffuser arsenal.

diffuser world aroma ace essential oil diffuser reviewThere are a few things I love about the aroma ace, but the first thing is that I Love that it doesn’t use any water!!!!  Yep you heard that right, unlike most other diffusers it doesn’t take water because instead of being ultrasonic it operates as an atomizing diffuser.  I am always carting little pitchers of water around to start my diffusers, but with this little gem, I don’t have to.  Guess what else that means, I don’t have to clean out a water reservoir either.  They had me at low maintenance!  This diffuser has a great design where you just screw the bottle of oil into the machine, and it does its job.

Another thing that I’ve heard on the con side of this diffuser is that it uses tons of oil, so you go through it pretty fast.   There are three knobs on this diffuser.

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  1. The first knob gives you 5 minutes – 20 minutes of run time, which will decide how long the device will emit mist.
  2. The second knob gives you the choice of 0 minutes of rest to 20 minutes of rest, or the amount of time that the diffuser and is not dispersing oils.
  3. The third knob is an output amount which is a sliding scale that allows you to choose how much oil is dispensed during the active periods

So, I felt compelled to see if the rumors were true, I didn’t see how they could be with all of the controls.  It turns out they were a little true.  It does use more oils, but it also packs a punch in terms of smell, because you aren’t getting a few oil particles suspended in water, instead you are getting straight micro particles of oils into the air.

Diffuser World, the supplier of this diffuser actually tested the air and found that Essential Oil Particles could be found in the air for 70 minutes after diffusing had stopped, so you really can increase the rest time without feeling like you are losing the benefits of oils.  Armed with this information, I also got a timer that plugs into the wall so that I could set the timer on the wall to turn on once an hour for 15 minutes, then I set the timer on the machine to run for 5 minutes, rest for 10 and there you have it, My Aroma Ace runs for 5 minutes every hour between the time we wake up in the morning and when we go to bed at night.  On this schedule, a bottle of oil lasts me about a week, and my house smells amazing during our waking hours.

The third thing that I heard about this diffuser was that it is too loud.  Much louder than a traditional water diffuser.  Well that is also sort of true also.  It sounds like an aquarium pump which is a much deeper vibration than other diffusers, but again after using it, I keep coming back to “It Packs a Punch”, and is so much stronger than other diffusers.  I did opt to get the silencer for it, and that really helps tone down the sound, and I have noticed that it gets louder when the bottle nears empty, which is how I know it is time to re-fill the bottle.

I also love that this little power house will fill 1,000 sq feet, (company says 1,500) it is hard to find a water diffuser that will cover anything close to that big.  I have an aroma ace in my open concept living area and it fills the whole area.

The other place that I have one is in our master bath.  We live in an old house (1948) and there isn’t an exhaust fan in the master bath.  There is a ton of moisture in there, and consequently I used to have to clean the tile in the shower constantly or I would get mildew.  Not so much anymore.  I read about some oils that kill mold spores but didn’t want to put even more water in the air with a water diffuser.  Boom, this was the perfect solution, No more mold,,,, and no more cleaning tears.

Another great selling point for the aroma ace is ease of use. You can simply buy a bottle of essential oil and screw it into atomizing attachment and pop it onto this machine.  I got a bundle that had the noise reducer and 3 extra atomizing attachments, So I blend my oils, put the atomizing attachment on them and store them in the drawer under the diffuser.  When I want a change of scent I open the drawer and pop on whichever one suits my mood.  Changing scents is so easy with the Aroma Ace, sometimes I’ll change it 3 times in a day, sometimes I’ll change it once a week.  Either way, it is so much easier than dumping the water, which always makes me feel like I am wasting oils, and then re-filling water and mixing oils.  This sooo much simpler to use.  

Scott, my husband was sick a couple of months ago and the aroma ace came to the rescue again.  I popped an immunity blend in this and put it by his bed, the next day he woke up feeling like brand new.  Because it is straight oil and so concentrated, he was able to recover way faster than I believe he would have had we used 6 drops of immunity blend in a water diffuser.

Overall I will say that the aroma ace is my favorite diffuser.  It took me a while to get used to it, and get the timing down, but now that I have worked out the kinks, it is the powerhouse of my house.  It keeps everything smelling good, keeps us healthy and keeps the mildew out of the shower.  While it is a little louder than a water diffuser and it does use more oils, it is really a strong diffuser and we have grown to love it.

The cons of the Aroma Ace:

  • It’s expensive compared to water diffusers (but comes with a 5 year warranty)
  • It uses more oils than water diffusers
  • It is louder than most diffusers

The Pros of the Aroma Ace:

  • Aroma Ace from Diffuser World Comes in 5 colors you can choose from (I chose copper)
  • Aroma Ace is Low Maintenance
  • Aroma Ace is Easy to use
  • Build in timers allow you to choose how frequently it goes on and off
  • Aroma Ace mist is pure oils so your family receives the health benefits faster
  • Aroma Ace  covers a large square footage (1,000sq ft)
  • In a study non water diffusers like the aroma ace were shown to kill mold and mildew when used in combination with certain essential oils.
  • Diffuser world has a great Customer Service Staff and online video library

I believe that the benefits way outweigh the negatives, and the Aroma Ace was an excellent choice for my household. Get an Aroma Ace for your home.

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!

Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram essential oil is new to me, but I am always curious about oils I don’t already have and I opened it and LOVE it….. It has a mild herbal scent that has clean, sweet undertones.  It is delightful, which is why I have 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops marjoram and 2 drops lavender in my diffuser right how.  This combo was recommended by one of my books, which says this blend has historically been used to create a very relaxing and soothing environment.  I’m sure you could dilute it in a roller ball and use it topically as well, so long as the area you apply it to isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. It smells so great and is very relaxing.

In ancient Egypt marjoram was used to heal, disinfect, and preserve.  Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to have cherished this herb.  The Greek name “Marjoram” translates to “joy of the mountain,” and it was used to make wreaths and garlands for weddings and funerals.  It already sounds great, right?

Marjoram Origanum morjorana has a variety of health benefits including stimulating the digestives system’s ability to move waste through the body (peristalsis), but conversely can help soothe intestinal spasms (Tisserand, p252).  Because of its anti bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-infectious properties, it is also often used as a substitute for Oregano Essential oil, although it has a more refined scent.

Tisserand goes on to explain that while not a disease, clergymen used marjoram to control excessive sexual impulses for many years and used it in asylums for orphans to control excessive masturbation and nymphomania, especially when associated with hysteria or anxiety.   I like to think we all have a history, but who knew I was going to come across that while researching lovely smelling essential oils today?!  I guess a practical modern application would be to diffuse this in your teenager’s room if you feel like they is “too busy” in there.

This historical practice documented by Tisserand is substantiated by Margaret Ann Lembo (p209) where she describes the mental uses as “relaxing the body enough to release the grasp on repetitive and/or negative thoughts associated with fears, phobias , and obsessions.  Sweet marjoram also helps you to speak your truth with love and beauty.” Interesting!

This pubmed article shows that a mixture of marjoram, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint diluted in a carrier oil comprised of almond oil, apricot oil and jojoba oil, reduced pain in the arthritic group and reduced depression in both the control group and the study group.  That’s great news.

Additionally this pubmed article shows that a blend of essential oils including marjoram, Black Pepper, Lavender and Peppermint may help neck pain by improving pain tolerance of the trapezius muscles after applying a cream comprised of 3% Essential Oil Solution.

Key Benefits of Marjoram Essential Oil Organum Majorana

  • Relaxes Tense Muscles
  • Aids the digestive system
  • Lessens cramps and spasms
  • Boosts skin health
  • Relaxes the mind and clams nerves
  • Benefits the Respiratory system
  • Boosts Immune System

Here is a night-care oil for normal to oily skin that many people rave about.

  • 10 drops juniper berry
  • 15 drops petitgrain
  • 5 droops frankincense
  • 5 drops marjoram
  • 10 drops orange

Mix the oils in a container and then add the following to that mixture:

  • 10 drops rosehip seed oil
  • 10 drops blueberry seed oil
  • 5 drops evening primrose seed oil

Put 2-3 drops of this mixture in each 5ml roller ball topped off with hazelnut oil. Apply a small amount of that mixture to your dampened face and neck at night, avoiding the eyes.  After a few minutes dab with a tissue to remove excess oil.  Enjoy!

Contraindications:  Avoid use during pregnancy.

*This content is strictly the opinion of Shannon Brunskill, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Shannon Brunskill nor the publisher of this content, Yes Please LLC takes no responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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.





Dryer Sheets are full of Chemicals, Try these DIY Natural Dryer Sheets or Wool Laundry Balls Instead.

Dryer Sheets are a terrible thing to use in your house.  The average dryer sheet is laden with more than 10 known carcinogens, but because the products have less than 1% of the total product being any of each of those carcinogens and because the carcinogens are printed on the label, it is totally legal.  So they coat your clothes with these chemicals which then transfer to your skin and are absorbed by your body.  The worst thing is we are trained to believe that they are good smelling and that the chemical “scent” is a sure sign our clothes are clean.  Ironic, it seems like we should really clean our clothes after we launder them with some of these chemicals.

Here is a video where I list 2 alternatives to dryer sheets to keep your laundry soft, your static down and your home a little bit less toxic.  And Here are links to 6 Dryer Balls for $10 and a Natural Sponge for $13




Want to change dōTERRA uplines? considering switching dōTERRA teams? Read this first!

I get tons of emails and comments on my youtube channel from people looking to change doterra teams.  If your wondering how to switch doterra teams, I’m here to tell you that it sucks, and if there is any way to stay where you are and “grow where you’re planted”, you should, it will make your life much easier.

Here’s a couple of things that I would suggest you do in order to avoid moving teams.

  1. Be very clear with your upline about what support you need.  Do you need weekly mentoring calls.  Do you need instructions about how to use the oils?  Do you need monthly check ins?  Do you need recipes? Do you need help with your back office? Get very specific so your upline knows exactly what you need from them.  Many times people sign up with someone they don’t even know, and then when the upline falls short of expectations, you want to jump ship.  If your upline is doing doterra as a business, I can almost guarantee that they really want to meet your needs, but if they don’t know exactly what it is that you need, they don’t know how to support you.  A simple conversation will may solve the problem.  Sometimes it can be difficult to do, but I promise you moving teams is way harder than having a conversation.
  2. Another thing I hear all the time is “when I asked my upline for help, they told me to watch videos”. (I literally hear this a couple of times a week from people) If you have the conversation about what you need and your direct upline isn’t any help, I suggest going into your back office and looking at your “upline listing” find the person closest to you that is the rank of silver, it will list their email address and contact them to ask for the support you need.  This has worked for several people I know.  Sometimes your upline moves, or quits doing doterra as a business, but once someone hits silver, they’re invested in the business and will help you.  On the off chance that they don’t keep going up until you find someone that will.  While this may sound arduous, I promise, this also is easier than switching teams.

In my case it wasn’t a matter of my direct upline being the problem, in fact I really loved her, she had been my friend for years, so here is the first reason I do not recommend changing teams, 1) It will damage the relationship with the team you are leaving. My friend and I haven’t spoken since I left. Feelings will always be hurt.  Even if you don’t know your direct upline, there is always a sense of failure when someone wants to leave you or your team.  Also, know that it doesn’t just affect your direct upline, but people 7 above them.  Yes that is right people who don’t even know who you are, care if you are on their team, and not just because they are receiving commission from your purchases, but because somewhere in that 7 people there is someone who is trying to do a business, and who will wish you had reached out to them because if you leave, they’ve failed.

You might be wondering then why I left.  Well it is complicated. Lets just say that our Presidential Diamond was very alienating to some people by not being tolerant or understanding about diversity.  And their were instances where I felt very taken advantage of financially.  What I do know about business in general is that a corporate culture starts at the top and works it’s way down.  This team was no exception; at many levels of that team I was seeing the very same behaviors of our Presidential Diamond and quite frankly it made me sick to my stomach.  I didn’t want to create a business under, and continually fund, people that didn’t have tolerance or inclusion of all humans regardless of their spirituality, sexuality, race, gender or religion.  Additionally, I love doterra products and I didn’t want my relationship with my oils to be soured by my experience on that team, I want my experience with doterra products to be one of love, healing and empowerment.

The first time I looked into looking into switching teams and I read “grow where your planted” I thought What about plants that are planted in environments that are not natural; Roses don’t bloom in the desert and cactuses don’t grow in the rainforest.   I was definitely a rose in a desert, or a cactus in a rainforest, I simply could not stay on that team, someone planted me in the wrong place.  But it sounded simple enough, call cancel my lrp and don’t order for 6 months.  After 6 months email placements and tell them what team I want to be on…. simple right…..wrong!!!!

Once I made the decision to leave, it was Blow after Blow.  I learned that at the rank of elite or below you cant order oils for 6 months, and once you’re Premier or above you can’t order oils for 1 year!!! What?  I didn’t want to be without my oils,,,, so it really sucked.  This might sound like a harsh rule, but it is in place to protect all the hard working wellness advocates out there.  Which I totally get and support.

I then signed my account over to someone my upline found to slide into my slot.  I had to leave my whole team of people in some strangers hands, that was the only way to protect my direct upline (who was my friend) from losing her rank, and I didn’t want to screw here because I couldn’t stand some of the people above her.   The thing is that whether you sign over your account or not, you don’t get to bring your team with you, you leave them all behind.  For me because I committed to those people when they signed up for doterra, I was still supporting them, only someone else was getting paid the commissions for my work.  The girl that took over my account never bothered to reach out to her new team and introduce herself as their new leader.  In fact I got a call with a question from someone on that team last night.  When I say you have to leave your old team behind, that means you have to leave them all behind.  Encouraging people to jump teams or poaching people from other teams is expressly against Doterra’s policies and you don’t want to risk involuntary account suspension, and even though they were your team once, the minute you decide to move, they aren’t any more, and trying to get people to move with you is expressly against the rules.

In order to have 6 months of account inactivity, you cant order on your lrp, so not only can you not order, but when you start up after 6 months, you start at your 10% points back on purchases and have to work your way back up to 30% on the Loyalty Rewards Program.  So that really sucks too.  I like 30% way better!

Because I purchased my convention ticket before I made the decision to switch teams, so not only did I have to go to convention by myself, but they wouldn’t let me purchase a convention kit, without re-starting my account on my old team.  I even tried paying cash to avoid re-activating my account, no dice, no kit.

Throughout the time I was inactive, people kept telling me to sign up under my husbands name, or under my LLC, with a different credit card and get a po box, use a different email address, all of which are expressly against the rules.  Doterra is very clear that you can only have one account per household.  Aside from it being against the rules, one of my personal mottos has always been “if you’re going to be stupid, you gotta be tough”.  I knew the consequences when I decided to move and i didn’t want to taint my relationship with doterra by breaking the rules, or get caught and have the account suspension be longer.  This again totally sucked, watching all of the promotions, product of the month, new products. I missed out like crazy.

Not only did I miss out on the oils and the products but I missed out on business.  People wanted to sign up with me and I had to tell them I couldn’t sign up anyone until my 6 months was up.  And some of those people I would have loved to have on my team.

After my 6 month period, I emailed placements and requested a change of team, which of course took 2 weeks for a reply, and when they replied they needed more information which I responded to, only to wait another 2 weeks for that reply, So in total my 6 month period turned into 7.

Right before I made the decision to leave my old team, I made this video about what to look for in a doterra team.  Hoping to help other people from making the same mistake I had made by joining a team that wasn’t a fit for me.  In the video I discuss things to look for in a potential team.  While I was inactive I tried to follow my own advice and reach out to some people who’s team I was considering joining after my inactive period.  I wanted to find out about team training, team culture and make sure that I didn’t repeat my same mistakes. The crazy things (it’s actually not crazy at all) is that most other team leaders would not talk to me.  Because it is against the rules to poach other peoples teams, they all told me to call back after my period of inactivity, which makes total sense, I didn’t want to get anyone else in trouble either.  The thing is when people say doterra is like a family, it really is.  The six month period when you are an “orphan” can be really lonely.

So after all of that, I have found a really exceptional team full of yoga teachers, energy workers, authors, lovers of life, and empowering individuals.  I took my time (I had 7 months to research) and found a delightful team.  I couldn’t be more happy with where I landed. If you asked me if I would do it again, my answer would be “I’m not sure”.  I know that the team I’m on now is way better fit for me, and that I have deep issues with some of the culture of my last team.  But there were some great people on that team too, who I no longer have contact with.  My advice to anyone else would be to try and make your team work,  make moving a very last option.  Having said that if you know your a cactus trying to grow in a rainforest, be prepared, that 6 months can be a killer.

On a side note, if you are a current doterra person that is building a business, and you are telling people to “watch videos” to get the support that they need, you should probably also know that they might also find a new team leader in those videos,  I did.

Best of Luck to you all,  people always say that doterra is a journey, and it sure as heck has been a wild ride for me.

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
  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.