Friday, April 19, 2019

AromaTouch Technique

Have you tried to use the AromaTouch Technique on a loved one?

It's a beautiful way to connect and support a loved one with 8 healing oils, including
  • Stress Management - Balance grounding blend and Lavender
  • Immune Support - Melaleuca and OnGuard protective blend
  • Calming - AromaTouch massage blend and Deep Blue soothing blend
  • Homeostatus - Wild Orange and peppermint
    Here's a quick reference guide on how to do it, and videos too!

    Our family's experience 

    (I wrote this 6 years ago...)

    Our family has just gone through a very stressful time as my seven year old son recently spent 12 days in the hospital. It was difficult for all of us, and made even more difficult because the hospital is a scent-free environment and I was unable to freely use my essential oils. (Although, I still snuck a drop of frankincense on the bottoms of his feet in the morning and at night).

    Today was our first full day back at home, and I offered my son an AromaTouch Technique session. Since he is like his dad and can't lie still for long periods of time, I didn't follow the technique to a tee, but I applied ~ 2 drops of each of the oils to his spine and gently massaged them along his spine. He told me that it helped his belly, which was sore, and it also helped to relax him.

    It was a beautiful experience for the two of us to share as I comforted my son with my loving touch and the healing oils. And inhaling the scents of all 8 of the oils layered over each other was very healing for us both.



    This technique is so calming and balancing for the system. My friend, Jaime, typically picks a couple of the AromaTouch technique oils (usually lavender, AromaTouch, Balance and sometimes wild orange), and puts them on her young daughters' backs and feet. She finds that the girls are extremely mellow and relaxed after. 

    Clary Calm for hormonal support

    Clary Calm is our favourite blend for regulating our hormones and emotional balance. It's great for PMS symptoms, hot flashes, pre-menopausal symptoms and more. It can help balance your mood throughout the month, not just during menstruation.

    Clary Calm is a blend of
    • Clary Sage
    • Lavender
    • Bergamot
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Ylang Ylang
    • Cedarwood
    • Geranium
    • Fennel
    • Carrot
    • Palmarosa

    Lemon kale chips

    I love Kale chips!!!  Try this recipe for original flavored kale chips or spice them up with other herbs and essential oils for more options. Try garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and Lemon oil for an Italian twist, or cumin and Lime oil for Mexican-style chips.

    Ingredients
    1 large bunch kale, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 drops Lemon oil
    Salt & pepper

    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
    2. Wash and dry kale thoroughly.
    3. Combine olive oil and Lemon oil in large mixing bowl.
    4. Add kale and toss. Make sure kale is well coated with oils.
    5. Once coated, place on baking sheet in single layer.
    6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    7. Bake on the center rack for 45–50 minutes or until crispy.
    Tip: Keep an eye on the smaller pieces and take them out if they are done earlier; otherwise they will burn.

    Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Why doTERRA?

    doTERRA is unequivocally the most tested and most clinically verifiable source of pure essential oils in the world.

    They utilize both in-house and third party testing. Each bottle has a source code which links to publicly available, third party test results online.

    They don’t just test one batch of oils one time and provide a single analysis. They test every single bottle produced, every single time.

    Third party testing is done through Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC). Their lab specializes in the identification and quantification of pesticides, micro organisms, heavy metals, allergens, and synthetic chemicals.

    They utilize 43 different testing methods including Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Enantioselective or Chiral GC-MS, Gas Chromatography with flame ionization (GC-FID), liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry (LC/MS), and physical constant testing including: Optical Rotation, Specific Gravity, Refractive Index, Colorimeter (to name just some).

    The APRC recently tested 50 different essential oil companies (from major names to small artisan distillers) and found out of the 50 tested, only 3 were actually providing truly pure essential oils.

    Recently John Hopkins University partnered with doTERRA to conduct essential oil research with infectious diseases because, according to the Johns Hopkins representative inna public address, “doTERRA was the only verifiably pure essential oil provider they could find.”

    In addition, the Huntsman Cancer Institute recently partnered with doTERRA, and Prime Meridian health care centers are slated to open 30 medical centers across the country recommending doTERRA’s essential oils in conjunction with allopathic medical protocols.

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Prime Meridian Health Clinics

    Did you know that doTERRA has opened four Prime Meridian Health Clinics in the US, where board-certified physicians offer integrated health care, including recommendations for essential oils? There are plans for 30 additional health clinics.

    doTERRA is not looking to simply improve health outcomes, but also to turn the entire axis of healthcare worldwide with patient-centered care, better accessibility, and cheaper costs. Welcome to Prime Meridian Health Clinics™.

    The vision of Prime Meridian Health Clinics can be summarized in four points:

    •allopathic and holistic
    •lower costs
    •ease of accessibility
    •improved health outcomes.

    No more focusing on addressing symptoms; Prime Meridian offers preventive and holistic answers to your medical questions. With the direct primary care model, Prime Meridian offers a proven model to drive down your healthcare costs. You’ve seen the numbers, healthcare accessibility is a major issues. 

    This spring, Prime Meridian Health Clinics are opening in Utah (Pleasant Grove and St. George), Nashville and Phoenix.  Plans are in place for clinics to open all over the U.S. and globally. These are exciting times!
    doTERRA is revolutionizing health care.

    Find out more at https://pmhclinics.com/






    Friday, March 8, 2019

    Loyalty Rewards Orders

    Your Loyalty Order is Your Own Personal, Customized Monthly Subscription Box. And doTERRA is the finest subscription box I’ve ever received, and the only one with which I continue year after year. Why?

    1. CUSTOMIZED FOR ME. I love choosing what I need for the month, every month. With other subscription boxes, the items are chosen for me.

    2. SPENDING LESS FOR HIGHER QUALITY, SAFER PRODUCTS. Replacing toxic, retail-priced, store-bought options with safer, wholesale-priced, plant-based options from doTERRA feels better. I'm now paying wholesale for my toothpaste, hand soap, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, mud mask, facial care, house cleaner, laundry detergent - and then I use the points I earn each month to receive Essential Oils for free.

    3. TINY MINIMUM ORDER. Unlike other subscription boxes, I choose to purchase what I want - even if it's just one item each month (which never happens, but it’s nice to know I have that option). For as few as 5pv (one Toothpaste), I get to keep the points I've earned thus far.

    4. FREE GIFTS. Each month, I receive a free product with my order, as long as the order is over 125 pv and ships before the 15th. Which I always do.

    5. FAR LESS EXPENSIVE. I receive 30% off retail prices with my monthly box of wellness, as I earn points each month. The longer you've been with doTERRA, the more points for free oils you'll receive. After one year of consistently ordering, I currently earn 30% back on all of my purchases. So every $100 I spent, I receive 30 points back for future orders. (That's the equivalent to a free lavender and lemon essential oil every month - but you get to choose which oils you get for free).

    6. FREE SHIPPING. Whatever I spend on shipping, I receive back as free product credits to spend on future orders.

    7. CANCEL ANYTIME. It's super easy to cancel anytime. But I’ve been on my monthly order for 6+ years now.


    Find out more here.

    Why copaiba essential oil is a must-have


    Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils

    doTERRA essential oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG).

    What does that mean?

    doTERRA conducts 54 separate tests to ensure purity and efficacy of our product. Eleven are performed by Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC) and 43 are performed inside doTERRA's state-of-the-art testing labs. No other company can afford nor manage the processes executed by doTERRA.

     This is why doTERRA essential oils are so resonant, pure and also effective.





    Sunday, March 3, 2019

    In our home: Deep Blue Soothing essential oil blend

    Our family uses Deep Blue essential oil blend and Deep Blue Rub every day! I apply it to my neck and shoulders every morning to help with neck and shoulder tension. Hubby likes to use it on his sore muscles after a work-out and we have used it on sprains too. I know individuals whose arthritic pain was soothed by Deep Blue essential oil blend. For a more intensive treatment, we like to layer the Deep Blue Rub over an area where we have applied the Deep Blue essential oil blend.

    Deep Blue Soothing essential oil blend contains:
    • Wintergreen
    • Camphor
    • Peppermint
    • Ylang Ylang
    • Helichrysum
    • Blue Tansy
    • Blue Chamomile
    • Osmanthus
    I love its fresh wintergreen / peppermint scent!

    Chocolate avocado mousse

    This mousse is gluten-free, dairy-free, and your mouth will be none the wiser.
    Ingredients
    2 bars (or 6 oz.) dairy-free fine chocolate 
    2 large ripe avocados
    2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder 
    2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
    1 vanilla bean pod
    6 tablespoons maple syrup
    ¼–½ cup sugar
    1 (5.4 oz.) can of coconut cream 
    6–12 drops Peppermint oil 

    Instructions
    1. Cut one bar in half, reserving half of one bar for shavings.
    2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water.
    3. Break the remaining chocolate into the bowl and stir, allowing it to melt. 
    4. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.
    5. Meanwhile, halve and stone the avocados, then scoop the flesh into a food processor or blender, discarding the skins.
    6. Split the vanilla bean pod down the middle, scoop out the beans, and add them to the food processor.
    7. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse for a few seconds. Scrape down the sides with a spatula, then pulse again to combine.
    8. Pour in the cooled chocolate, then pulse a final time until creamy and smooth.

    Healthy Habit for Life Tour

    doTERRA isn’t just about using essential oils, but about cultivating a healthy lifestyle with products that are pure, natural, and safe for the whole family. This can’t-miss event will answer your questions, offer inspiration, and empower you to use creative essential oil solutions with your family and friends. With advice straight from health, business, and oil experts, the "Healthy Habits For Life" event will teach you to take advantage of every benefit that the doTERRA lifestyle has to offer.

    doTERRA will be coming to a city near you sometime in April, May or June. Check out the schedule here.

    Orange creamsicle lip balm

    Lip balm is a common must-have, but unfortunately it can contain chemicals, artificial fragrances, and salicylic acid which can actually irritate lips and cause dryness. Go natural with this DIY lip balm full of health benefits and great flavor.

    Ingredients
    ½ ounce beeswax 
    ½ ounce coconut oil 
    ¼ ounce shea butter 
    ¼ ounce cocoa butter 
    30 drops Wild Orange oil
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

    Instructions
    1. Place everything, but Wild Orange oil and vanilla extract into glass measuring cup or bowl.
    2. Fill large saucepan with one to one and a half inches of water. Bring to boil.
    3. Once boiling, place glass measuring cup in center of saucepan. 
    4. Stir every few minutes until ingredients have melted and are combined. 
    5. Once all wax is melted, remove from heat and let sit three minutes.
    6. Add vanilla extract and Wild Orange oil.
    7. Pour mixture into lip balm containers and let cool.

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Co-impact sourcing

    One of the many reasons that I love doTERRA essential oils.

    Not only are do they enrich the lives of those who use essential oils, but they also enrich the lives of the growers and the distillers in countries like Bulgarian, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and Somaliland.

    doTERRA cultivates partnerships with artisans, small-scale growers and distilleries.They help organize growers into cooperatives, creating jobs and improving income. They empower growers, families and communities in impoverished nations.


    Friday, February 1, 2019

    Date night diffuser blend

    DIY recipe - Aromatic hand warmer

    Microwaveable hand warmers are easy to make and reuse. For fabric consider upcycling an old cotton or flannel shirt, but be sure to select a fabric that is natural, as synthetic fabrics may melt or burn when heated. Store with clothing or linen to freshen your closet, replenish hand warmers with essential oils when desired, and enjoy!

    Items Needed
    Fabric
    Thread
    Flax seed
    Essential oil of choice

    Instructions
    1. Cut out two 4 inch x 4 inch squares for every hand warmer desired.
    2. Sow right sides of fabric together, leaving a few inches open on one side.
    3. Turn fabric right side out.
    4. In a medium bowl mix flax seed with essential oil. Use three to five drops of oil for every cup of grain (this results in a pretty strongly scented hand warmer.) Mix and allow to sit for 5–10 minutes.
    5. Use the grain to fill the hand warmers about ¾ full and then stitch closed. 
    6. Heat hand warmers 25–30 seconds in the microwave, allow to sit for about 30 seconds and then place in pockets to warm your hands.
    Tips: To fill the hand warmers you can use wheat, rice, flax seed, or even cherry pits. For this DIY we used flax seed which seems to hold heat well and has a less distinguishable smell than other grains.


    DDR Prime essential oil blend

    Lately, our son has been asking for evening massages with essential oils before bedtime. One of my go-to oils to use on him is DDR Prime cellular complex blend, which is healing to the body on a cellular level, strengthens the immune system, and supports the health of the brain and nervous system. I rub it on the soles of his feet and along his spine with a carrier oil.

    Primary benefits:
    • Supports healthy cellular integrity
    • Protects body and cells from oxidative stress
    • Promotes overall cellular health
    • Supports the health of the brain and nervous system
    • Aids in a healthy immune response

    Sunday, January 6, 2019

    Essential Oil Bubble Bath

    Taking a bubble bath can be a fun treat for kids, or part of a relaxing night in for adults. However, most commercial bubble baths are full of artificial chemicals and fragrances and can be irritating to your skin. To reduce the chemicals in your home, but still enjoy the benefits of a bubble bath, we recommend making your own bubble bath with essential oils and other ingredients that are gentle on your skin.

    While you could add essential oil directly to your bath, essential oils are not water soluble, meaning they won't dissolve in water alone. To resolve this issue, you would normally add essential oils to epsom salt or soap and add it to the water. In this case, the other ingredients in our DIY bubble bath help disperse the oil throughout the water in the same way.

    Including an essential oil in bath time is a wise choice when you want to create a specific atmosphere. For example, for a relaxing bath, use Lavender or doTERRA Serenity® essential oils. For a rejuvenating bath, use Citrus Bliss® to wake up.

    Ingredients
    1 cup unscented castile soap
    ½ cup vegetable glycerin
    2 tablespoons water
    15 drops preferred doTERRA essential oil

    Instructions
    1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl
    2. Add essential oils
    3. Stir until well combined
    4. Pour into glass container.
    5. To use, add ¼–½ cup of the essential oil bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.
    Note: These bubbles are not going to provide big fluffy bubbles that last a long time since it doesn't contain the synthetic ingredients that create the high amounts of lather or foam. However, this chemical-free bath will provide enough bubbles for a relaxing and therapeutic bath you will enjoy even more.

    Slow cooker Thai hot chocolate recipe

    • 1 cinnamon stick or quill
    • 2 whole star anise
    • 4 whole cloves
    • 1-2 drops Ginger essential oil
    • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground fennel seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 8 cups (2L) milk
    • 400g dark chocolate, finely chopped
    • Ground cinnamon, to serve
    1. Cook the cinnamon stick or quill, star anise, cloves, cardamom, fennel and allspice in a small frying pan over high heat, stirring, for 30 secs on until aromatic. 
    2. Transfer to a slow cooker. Season with pepper. Add the milk, chocolate and Ginger essential oil. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour or until mixture is smooth and heated through.
    3. Divide among serving glasses. Sprinkle with chocolate and cinnamon. 


    Copaiba vs cbd oil

    Have you been wondering about the difference between CBD, Cannabis & Copaiba?

    CBD interacts with our CB2 receptors and gives us incredible therapeutic benefits such as: pain relief, decreased inflammation, reduced anxiety, cancer prevention, nervous system support, seizure prevention, lowered insulin levels, cardiovascular health, and more!

    THC is the component that interacts with our CB1 receptors which is responsible for causing the "high" associated with marijuana.

    What you may not know is that there's a THIRD type of cannabinoid--BCP (aka Copaiba). BCP is the long lost relative we always hoped we'd find! Last year dōTERRA released Copaiba essential oil. Within 10 days of its release an entire years supply was sold out!

    While it's different from CBD, it directly affects the same CB2 receptors. Meaning, it provides the same benefits as mentioned above . One major difference is that BCP is much more concentrated so the therapeutic benefits are way more apparent!

    For example:
    CBD derived from hemp has a 2-4% concentration. CBD derived from cannabis/marijuana has a 5-35% concentration. dōTERRA’s BCP is 60%!!

    dōTERRA is the first company ever to formulate their Copaiba using 4 different species making it the highest concentrated cannabinoid available, yet because it is not a cannabis derivative it will never show up on a drug test or make you high.

    Use dōTERRA Copaiba Softgels to receive antioxidant support for your cellular health. The softgels also support the health of the respiratory system, the digestive system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system. Take one softgel daily to address concerns with any or all of these systems. When taken on a regular basis, your overall health can improve!

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Daily Health Habit Guide

    Happy 2019 to everyone!   Our wish for all of you is to have health and happiness for the New Year.  It is so true that happiness plays a big part in our health but also the opposite is true, when we feel healthy it in turn makes us happier and more hopeful. 

    Dr. Hill recommends using the following oils and supplements daily to promote overall health and wellness.  This list is such a good foundation for all of us to have and then we can add and layer on top with other oils and supplements to support specific needs.
    • doTERRA Lifelong Vitality® Pack
    • DigestZen TerraZyme®
    • DigestZen PB Assist®+
    • Deep Blue® Rub (can substitute with Deep Blue® Soothing Blend)
    • doTERRA Balance® Grounding Blend
    • Frankincense
    • Lavender (can substitute with doTERRA Serenity® or doTERRA Serenity® Softgels)
    • Lemon (can substitute with Tangerine or Grapefruit)
    • doTERRA On Guard®

    Welcome Back Promotion


    If you have not placed an order for 4 or more months (no orders since August 31, 2018), you are eligible for the following promotion!

    • Place a STANDARD order of 100PV or more and receive a FREE Breathe. Promo Code: JANBREATHE2019
    • Place a Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) order of 100PV or more and receive a FREE Breathe AND On Guard essential oil. Promo Code: JANGUARD2019
    • These freebies CAN be combined with the other monthly promos such as the FREE Frankincense and Grapefruit so long as you meet the criteria for them. For example, if you place a 200PV or more LRP order by Jan. 15, you will receive a FREE Breathe, On Guard, Grapefruit, AND Frankincense! ($137.75 US Wholesale Value)!

    Lifelong Vitality supplements

    I start each day with doTERRA's Lifelong Vitality supplements. I find that these supplements help me with sustained energy, better mental clarity and emotional balance, and I really notice the difference if I run out of them. 

    A pilot study published by the Journal of Dietary Supplements in 2018 involving 16 participants found that after two months of using Lifelong Vitality supplements, participants in the study had the following markers improve:
    • HDL cholesterol, 
    • LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio, 
    • fasting insulin, 
    • homocysteine, 
    • serum vitamin E, 
    • eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 
    • arachidonic acid (AA) / eicosapentaenoic acide (EPA).

      These findings demonstrate that the supplementation had significant positive effects on biochemical indicators of cardiovascular health, antioxidant status, inflammation, and blood glucose regulation. All of the outcomes in the 16-item qualitative survey were improved after two months of supplementation. Twelve of these outcomes were significantly improved. The participants reported more mental clarity, energy, motivation, control, balance, and happiness, while reporting less back pain, muscle pain, cold and flu incidence, anxiety, frustration, and irritation at the end of the two-month supplementation period.

      You can read the full article here.