28 February, 2014

Muscle Recovery with Essential Oils

I have always been kind of a wimp when it comes to working out, preferring lazy, er gentle exercise over rigorous routines. One thing that prevents me from challenging myself at the gym is the fact that it hurts. Am I

However, I am realizing, like many other aspects of life, change doesn't happen to our bodies unless we push beyond what is comfortable. 

Recently I discovered a few ways to challenge my muscles to get the results I want without limping around or taking three consecutive "rest days" following a tough day at the gym. 

1) As I am working out I drink Slim and Sassy in my water. I find that it gives me energy and detoxifies my body. 

"Slim and Sassy" is kind of a misnomer  since this blend is formulated to restore a metabolism to health and is helpful for people who are underweight or overweight. A beneficial side-effect for those who are overweight is weight loss. For guys who may be reading this: don't let the name scare you. My husband used this throughout his training for a Tough Mudder and didn't become sassy at all. Try it and see. 

2) Another helpful way to speed muscle recovery is to use Frankincense and Marjoram. You can apply it directly to sore muscles in a blend with Fractionated Coconut Oil or take a few drops internally in a veggie cap. I've been doing this after really tough workouts and I am able to hit the gym the very next day, and the day after that. These are two multi-purpose oils, but I think the credit can go to Frankincense's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and Marjoram's analgesic, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties. 

3) Perhaps the most crucial part of my routine is the Lifelong Vitality Supplements. This supplement system has been the game-changer for my health and my husband's. I used them during pregnancy and nursing which is as physically grueling as any exercise program. Listen to developer and expert, Rob Young explain the benefits to trainer and rugby player, Paul Holmes: 

In my own family and on my dōTERRA team, we have countless stories about the benefits
we have experienced from these supplements because they give our bodies the tools they need to perform well. Any time Dr. Oz announces the new must-have supplement trend, I check my ingredient list and see that I am already taking the therapeutic value of that item. Rob Young is way ahead of the trends in his research and is able to incorporate them into the formulas. 

This supplement system is nearly $200 for a month supply at retail, and worth every penny, but wholesale members can get them at cost. ($74.50) Even though dōTERRA is an essential oil company, this is their #1 selling product. It is definitely on my desert-island-must-have list. 

Those are my top 3 ways I am being less of a work-out wimp. What are you trying? 


23 February, 2014

Aroma and Memory

Here's an interesting mood management trick that will get you through the rough moments of your work week: When you are relaxed and happy, use an essential oil you enjoy. Apply a drop to your hands, cup them over your face, and inhale deeply.

{Because memory and aroma are stored in the same part of the brain, you can use this kind of recall to

pull yourself out of anxious or stressful moments!}

When the going gets tough, get the oil you have chosen and repeat the exercise you did while you were relaxed. I like Balance, Wild Orange or Serenity for this, but it can be any oil you like. It works for all ages and any type of anxiety.

What are your memories that are tied to aroma? Fresh baked goods always remind me of my grandma.

15 February, 2014

Super Tub Scrub

"Greening up" my cleaning has been a slow, deliberate process, but honestly, the "green" option doesn't always get the result I'm after. Years ago, I tried a baking soda tub scrub that didn't quite get the job done, and I've gone back and forth between more- and less-green options. I was starting to feel like a shiny shower might just be worth the chemical exposure when I thought to try this little recipe:

Like the other baking soda scrub I tried before, you begin with baking soda, then add just enough water
to make a paste. Then add my favorite cleaning secret--On Guard Cleaner Concentrate.

{We use this stuff in every aspect of cleaning nowadays. A little bit goes such a long way and it works to kill germs, remove grease, crayon, wall scuffs, dog drool, mildew, mold, laundry odors, etc. I could go on all day about it. When a pregnant friend was taking care of her children with flu symptoms, I rushed a bottle of pre-mixed all purpose cleaner to her house and it kept the sickness from spreading. Everyone should have this on hand!}

Mix the ingredients together in an old bowl and apply it to your damp tub and shower with a scrub brush. Think of it like toothpaste for your tub. Get some on the brush, smear it on the shower, scrub and repeat until you've coated the whole surface, including fixtures.

If the tub is especially grimy, spray the coated area with white vinegar. The vinegar and baking soda will react to foam the grime away. It's like the "scrubbing bubbles" without neurotoxins and pollutants! {Hooray!} This would be a great chore/science experiment for older kids, especially since the ingredients are all safe.

Spray the shower walls and tub with hot water to rinse away the mixture, and wipe it dry with a clean towel. Your shower and fixtures should be shiny like mine. No chemical exposure necessary!

This is also the more economical option. $.60 worth of On Guard Cleaner Concentrate and pennies worth of other ingredients. Win, win, win.

04 February, 2014

Toxic Threshold and Disease

Today is "World Cancer Day" and lots of Facebook profile pictures are turning purple for awareness. We all know someone who has battled or succumbed to cancer, so of course it is good to draw attention to this matter. 


For those of us personally touched by cancer, however, we don't need a reminder on a certain day. We are well aware that it exists, destroys, terrorizes someone we love. I think we need to take it a step further and ask "why?" 

Not just, "Why me, Lord?", but specifically "Why are we so sick?"

According to cancer.org only 5 to 10% of all cancers are inherited. Let that sink in for a moment. 

5 to 10%! That means something else is causing the other 90 to 95%. 

Things to consider: 

Our food supply. Processed foods, Genetically Modified foods, artificial colors, pesticide-coated foods, etc. 

As a species, humans have only been eating like this for a few decades, and new diseases and food sensitivities are cropping up all the time. Seriously, did your grandma have a gluten sensitivity? Did your grandpa have a peanut allergy? Not likely. We are posing as willing participants in a terrific, horrifying science project. 

Eat real, organic, raw foods as much as you can. Begin where you are and build from there. 

Household toxicity.  If there are (or should be) Mr. Yuck stickers all over your cleaning products, consider greening things up. Even if you don't care about the environment, do it to reduce your toxic load. Here are some tips

Give consideration to your hygiene products and choose better options. 

Filter your water and air as best you can. 

Replace candles with a diffuser like the one featured here

EMF's. (Electro Magnetic Fields) We are surrounded by technology we can see, and what we can't see: wifi signals, cellular signals, microwave radiation, etc. (If you didn't think I was a lunatic before, you may now. Keep reading anyway.) 

Watch the trailer for this movie: http://fullsignalmovie.com/trailer-credits.html

Again, as a species, we haven't been at this technology-in-every-aspect-of-our-life thing very long. When you and I were babies, we weren't holding on to iPhones, but now there are hundreds of apps designed for babies and toddlers. We can't know the long term ramifications, but we can practice moderation. If you have a wireless router in your home, turn it off when you aren't using it, especially at night. Reduce the amount of microwaved food you eat, or scrap it altogether. Use earbuds rather than holding your phone next to your brain. 

I cite Andrea Fabry's site frequently and remember hearing about her family's journey with toxic mold as they were going through it. Currently the Fabry family lives in the dry climate of Arizona recovering from severe illness caused by mold exposure. I heard her explain that all of us have only so much threshold for exposure to toxicity. Think of it like a bubble or protective coating around you. Over time, we wear away at that threshold and can begin to get sick. When her family was unknowingly poisoned by toxic mold, they were suddenly unable to tolerate anymore toxicity. She is blogging about their journey of restored health at "It Takes Time".

It does take time. It is a journey. Research what will work best for you and your family. If someone in your family is fighting cancer or another disease, however, don't waste any time. Get to work right away. These suggestions are the tip of the iceberg, but you have more control over this than it may seem. 

Other sources:
Any Michael Pollan book. 
This article about what Cancer eats
Prescribe Nutrition
All of these scholarly articles on natural ways to fight cancer. 

21 December, 2013

Peppermint Mocha Recipe

One of my favorite things about Christmas time is the Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks. Yum! 

The only thing is, that little pepperminty friend is full of calories and costs a few dollars. If you add the numbers at the end of Mocha season…well, don't. 

I have been working on a recipe that is more wholesome and less expensive to make and enjoy at home. 

(Unless you live in an area where coconuts grow, you will need to purchase packaged coconut milk. Make sure to read the ingredients and avoid added sugar, additives, preservatives, etc. This is a good, clean brand.)


13 oz. coconut milk or creamed coconut
2 T. cocoa powder 
2 T. sweetener (raw sugar or agave)
1 t. salt
5 drops doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil


Coconut milk can separate as it sits on the shelf. The fat, like any raw milk, will rise to the top. Add all of it to your mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for about 4 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and *sweetener and continue to mix. Add the salt and about 5 drops of **doTERRA Peppermint EO. 

Add about 2 T of the mixture to your mug and top with coffee. It will even create a little froth on the top. 

Store leftovers in a glass, airtight container in the refrigerator. It will solidify as it cools, but will melt and mix in hot coffee with no problem. 

have used both raw sugar and agave in this recipe with good results. You can substitute stevia if you would like, but stevia makes me shaky for some reason. And for Pete's sake, avoid those artificial sweeteners! 

**I'm not just saying this because I am a doTERRA consultant: NEVER, NEVER ingest oils other than doTERRA. If you purchase an oil from a health food store or other oil company and it says, "Do not ingest" or "For external use only" take that seriously. Many other oils are extracted by chemical means or have potentially dangerous fillers, carrier oils or additives. A simple smell comparison would let you know other oils are inferior, but doTERRA third-party tests its oils to maintain the highest standards of purity and potency. Click here for more info on that standard (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). 

Go to my Facebook page and share my post about this recipe for a chance to win a 5ml doTERRA Peppermint Oil! 

16 December, 2013

Survive the Holidays with Essential Oils

It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? 

Isn't it? 

I think it can be! We just have to be intentional about certain things. 

If you are a Christian, it is a time to be intentional about Advent--expecting Christ. (Ann Voskamp has an achingly beautiful Advent series going on over at her blog.) 

Take care of your spiritual self first. Then be intentional about taking care of your physical self. Here are a few of my favorite oils to have on hand for the holidays: 

On Guard: I mention this protective blend frequently because it works! It is a tremendous line of defense for your entire family. It can be applied and diffused daily to prevent illness. There are many other On Guard products in addition to the essential oil blend to attack germs from every angle. To me this blend smells like Christmas too!  

Digest Zen:  This blend works to restore balance to your digestive tract, no matter what kind of tummy trouble hits your family. Digest Zen serves in the place of everything from antacids to laxatives. It is great to have on hand for travel sickness and holiday party over-indulgence. 

I also like to apply it over my sinuses to quickly relieve congestion. 

Slim and Sassy metabolic blend will be a helpful tool to have on hand to avoid too much munching. Add some to your glass of water throughout the day to help balance blood sugar and curb cravings. 

Balance, Serenity and Wild Orange are my favorites for managing stress. 

The Holiday Joy Blend and Peppermint are a fun, festive way to scent your Christmas cards and wrapping paper! 

Finally, don't forget to claim your FREE FRANKINCENSE ($93 value) before the end of December. Contact me with any questions you may have about this generous offer from doTERRA! 

For more information on Frankincense, watch this video from Justin Harrison

It is not to early to begin thinking about classes for the upcoming year! If you're in central Ohio, let's schedule a class! 

doterracatherine (at) gmail (dot) com

08 December, 2013

The Best Way to Purchase dōTERRA

Once someone learns about the benefits of CPTG® essential oils, the next question is, "How do I get them?" There are several ways to order dōTERRA. Hopefully this post helps you find the option to suit your needs. 
Option 1: Retail

The retail option is great for people who want to try one or two oils. If I am the first person to share dōTERRA with you, please go to http://www.mydoterra.com/catherinek/

If you decide to purchase more than two oils, the next option usually pays for itself.

Option 2: Wholesale (Save 25%)

Enroll with a wholesale membership for $35 and pay 25% below retail. You may order as frequently as you need with no obligation to purchase on a regular basis. If you wish to renew your membership the following year, the cost is only $25 and dōTERRA sends a complimentary Peppermint ($21 value) as a thank-you. It’s as if you’re paying $4 for your wholesale membership!

I recommend starting with one of dōTERRA's popular enrollment kits

Let me know when you enroll and I will walk you through your first wellness consultation. You may also "Like" my Facebook page to get news, updates and support. 

Option 3: Below Wholesale

As a wholesale member or IPC, you have the option to participate in dōTERRA’s Loyalty Rewards program and earn an increasing percentage back each month in free product credit.

Wholesale members are also eligible to earn dōTERRA’s free Product of the Month on orders of 125PV or more placed between the 1st and 15th of each month.

Loyalty rewards members also have access to dōTERRA’s renowned LifelongVitality Supplements at cost!

Option 4: Team Builder

As a wholesale member or IPC you have the option to participate in dōTERRA’s generous compensation plan. Even if you’re not the type of person to recommend something to a friend, you will find yourself sharing this amazing discovery with everyone who will listen. 

Rather than relying on traditional advertising, dōTERRA uses direct sharing to grow their company. You don't need to be an expert to begin. You just need the desire to serve others by assisting with their health and financial goals. 

It is up to you to decide if you would like to earn enough to pay for your monthly order or replace your entire income. I am happy to offer free business mentoring to you along the way.

If you are interested in these incentives and dōTERRA's generous compensation plan, don't hesitate to contact me

For more information on compensation, view this helpful video from Oils Mentor. 

02 December, 2013

My Favorite Essential Oil Resources on the Web

There are so many people talking about essential oils on the internet these days. Thanks to information sharing on Pinterest and other social media, ideas circulate quickly. Unfortunately, they aren't always good ideas!  

You may not know this about me, but my background is in writing and I used to teach Freshman Composition. Any of my former students can tell you how passionate I am about finding excellent sources. 

Now that I have been in the essential oil world for three years, I would like to share with you my favorite, tried and true sources. 

Aromatic Science just posted its one-thousanth article on essential oils. If you enjoy digging into the scientific complexity and wonder of essential oils, this site is for you. 

If your doctor is wondering about your latest essential oil protocol, send him or her to this site. Doctors, labs and universities are doing quality research on essential oils and it can all be found here. 

Search by topic or browse popular articles. Create a login to participate in the forum. 

Everything Essential is nearly as helpful as the Modern Essentials resource manual I am always talking about. You can search by ailment or oil to discover how to incorporate essential oils into your life. 

Tabs for testimonials are also helpful if, like me, you are interested in what worked for other people. 

If  you are a doTERRA wholesale member or IPC, log into www.mydoterra.com to manage your orders. Get important updates on specials, promotions and news from the company.

Keep track of earnings if you are a participant in doTERRA's compensation plan. 

You can also get to important sites like www.doterraeveryday.com and
www.doterrauniversity.com from this portal. 

Justin Harrison's website Oils Mentor has in-depth product and business training. He also  provides helpful downloads and videos. 

Mydopro.com features a helpful community of doTERRA users and builders. Get the latest product information, testimonials, and helpful tips. 

You will also have access to a giant library of helpful resources and downloads. 

30 November, 2013

Save Money with Essential Oils

It is very common for people to think they can’t afford the best quality essential oils, but I have found resourceful ways to get the best. After all, that is the only way to achieve optimal results.

Most essential oils on the market are synthetic or diluted with filler oils, and can actually cause more harm than good. When shopping for essential oils, it is safe to assume “you get what you pay for.”

Just by smelling or experiencing different oils, we can tell which may be more potent or pure, but doTERRA goes to great lengths to be sure they achieve the safest, purest, most-effective standard. Each liter is third-party tested to ensure no foreign contaminants are in the oil, and specific chemical constituents are present. doTERRA calls this Certified Pure Therapeutic Gradeor CPTG

Essential oils are often safer, less expensive, and more effective than the items you may already be purchasing. 

Get a Medicine Cabinet Makeover

One way to begin saving money with essential oils is to use them in place of items in your medicine cabinet. The complex chemistry and potency of essential oils allows them to serve many purposes. A single oil can often replace several items in a medicine cabinet. Oregano essential oil, for example, is a powerful anti-biotic, can remove warts, treat athlete’s foot, and remove skin tags.

I encourage people to have oils on hand and begin using them at the start of symptoms. By treating an ear infection at home with a few drops of Basil essential oil will save you a trip to the doctor’s office, insurance copay, and prescription cost. The Basil’s analgesic properties will remove the pain as it allows your body to fight the infection. 

For more complete information on this concept, see the video below: 

Cleaning Supply Makeover

By making your own cleaning products with simple ingredients and essential oils, you not only save money, but you also remove harmful toxins from your home.

Lemon essential oil is strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. Add a few drops to freshen your laundry, polish stainless steel or remove permanent marker and sticky residue from surfaces. 

Make a paste with baking soda, water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a powerful shower scrub. Not only is it safer and more powerful than chemicals, it costs pennies on the dollar and provides an aromatherapy experience while you clean! 

Moms Aware is my favorite resource for natural cleaning recipes and tips. 

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg for creative ways our family has saved money by replacing common items with essential oils. We are also protecting our long-term health in ways we will never fully know. I'm so glad to know this and to share it with others!