03 March, 2015

March Specials

Most anti-bacterial soaps contain Triclosan, a harmful chemical that has been shown to cause endocrine disruption in lab-tested animals. We all know hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, but we can do without the endocrine disruption, right? 

Here is a peer-reviewed study about the OnGuard protective blend and the flu virus (H1N1 strain). This choice seems like a no-brainer. The OnGuard hand wash is a better choice. Stock up while it's 10% off! 

Loyalty Rewards members: get a free Wild Orange oil with your 125PV purchase by March 15. We call this one 'Sunshine in a bottle', so it will be just the thing
to get you through until the real sunshine reappears! 
If you're not sure what Loyalty Rewards is, let's talk! You don't want to miss out on all the free points and products you could be earning. 

Deep Blue oil and rub are other favorites in our household. This was the product that finally swayed my skeptical brother-in-law. He is a runner and triathlete and Deep Blue worked better than anything else he had tried for pain. 
When he and my husband ran a Tough Mudder obstacle race he requested some from my sister. 
It is also a favorite for arthritis sufferers and anyone with chronic pain. Unlike most muscle rubs, a little bit goes a long way to soothe  the inflammation rather than just masking pain. Both the oil and rub are FREE with any 200PV purchase! 



24 February, 2015

Natural Diaper Spray with EO's

This one is for all the mommas like me who are changing diapers or potty training their kiddos. 
Get a 2 oz. glass bottle and add 15 drops each of Frankincense, Melaleuca and Lavender. Top it off with water and shake before each use. I have found this to be the BEST for diaper rash because the Melaleuca has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Frankincense and Lavender are both soothing for any skin issue.
It also smells wonderful and has calming aromatic qualities for everyone involved. Keep one at your changing table and one in the diaper bag. 

Shop for oils here.

13 May, 2014

Ready for Anything With doTERRA




Spring Esteppe is a hilarious former ICU and ER nurse, turned doTERRA Wellness Advocate. She gave this wonderful presentation on being prepared in emergency situations and using doTERRA as our first line of defense. 

Spring said she realized early in her career that western medicine was failing people. She had been raised in a home where holistic medicine was used, but she never felt like it worked very well either. When a friend introduced her to doTERRA, she was reluctant to try it because she didn't want to be like her mom who was always using tinctures, herbs and tea tree oil. Yet, her experience in healthcare and her experience with CPTG oils was much different, and helped her to see how 
they partner together beautifully, especially in emergency situations. 

Rather than working with a reactive model for medical care (waiting until something is wrong and taking a medication to block the signal or manage the symptom), we should work with a proactive model (taking the best possible care of ourselves while we are well to stay well). She suggested we as individuals should work with our doctors to address the over use of prescription medication. We can get into the habit of using oils for everything first, every day. Our children will also observe us doing this and will know what to do when a need or emergency arises. 

Her recommendations for emergency oils to keep on us at all times are: 

Helichrysum: Analgesic, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Astringent, and Disinfectant properties. 

Frankincense: Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Cellular protection, Diuretic, Expectorant, and Sedative properties. 

Lavender: Analgesic, Antibiotic, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Diuretic, Disinfectant, and Sedative properties. 

Digest Zen: addresses Congestion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Motion sickness, Nausea and Stomach aches. 

On Guard: addresses Bacteria, Immune system support, Mold, Topical disinfectant, Virus protection. 

Past Tense: addresses Headaches, Stress, Tension 

Balance: addresses Anxiety, Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity, Nervousness

Spring mentioned how studies show two drops of Lavender under the tongue has the calming effect equal to an Ativan for anxiety and stress. 

It is important for us to remember that healthcare is an industry and the goal of an industry is to make money. The goal we should have for ourselves and our families is to be our own advocates who take ownership of our well-being--this will change the face of healthcare. 




12 May, 2014

Why doTERRA? Why Now?

A few years ago I had the privilege of hearing Justin Harrison give a presentation called "Why doTERRA? Why Now?" When I saw the same title come up on the Midwest Conference Agenda several years later, I was curious. 

It turns out the "Why doTERRA?" part is the same. We have the best quality essential oils commercially available. Third party testing proves it, and the results we have experienced speak for themselves. That's why doTERRA is also the largest essential oil company after only six years of business. In fact, our next largest competitor is only one-third our size! For more information on doTERRA's quality, check out this link on the established standard: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade or CPTG.

The "Why Now?" part is really exciting and a much different than what it was several years ago. Most businesses fail in the first five years. More than that, most direct selling companies have a growth curve that looks like this: 





As you can see, a company typically gets off the ground, perhaps because of hype and momentum, then plateaus and declines. doTERRA's growth curve over the five-year period looks like this: 

 

This is the same growth curve as Facebook or Apple computer, two of the most widely recognizable household brands today. One exciting difference is that doTERRA is on track to hit the billion dollar mark in less than seven years, even faster than Apple, yet the products are much less expensive. The growth in year 5 was greater than years one through four combined. Simply stated, we're just getting started.

Who is doTERRA for? 
One of the greatest benefits of direct selling is that everyone can participate. Compared to starting another type business, there is almost no capital investment required. Enrolling with a wholesale membership for $35 entitles anyone to their own website. Initially, you will need a few oils to share, some business cards and a hand out or two. Free training is available everywhere. doTERRA University and Mydopro.com are wonderful resources, and I am more than happy to mentor those who are on my team.  

The main reason why doTERRA is different from other direct selling companies is because our focus isn't on selling; we are product and people focused! 

The rising cost of health care is also causing individuals to consider taking control of their health. Pure essential oils are increasingly recognized by medical professionals and can revolutionize the way families care for their health and well being. 

How much can I expect to earn by sharing doTERRA? 




After comparing several sets of numbers and charts, it boils down to this: the average doTERRA Wellness Advocate can earn three times more at each level and work toward those earnings years sooner than other direct selling companies. 

This makes me very excited for what is to come for this company and for my family. If you think it might be a good fit for you, feel free to contact me or the person who first introduced you to doTERRA! 

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
right?  

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. 

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, the developer of this supplement pack, 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 must-have list. 

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



Sources:
http://www.everythingessential.me/Oils/Marjoram.html
http://www.everythingessential.me/Oils/Frankincense.html
http://www.doterratools.com/lifelong-vitality-products/lifelong-vitality-pack/

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.

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.)


Ingredients: 

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

Directions:

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! 

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. 

26 November, 2013

Raw Foods and Essential Oils

Last week I had the opportunity to hear from Marisa DiCenso-Pelser, "The Raw Trainer" at a class on the benefits of raw foods working in conjunction with our essential oils. 

Though I am always grateful for my leaders who schedule these wonderful education sessions, I have to admit I was reluctant to sign up for this one. Eating raw foods is much, much easier to do in the summertime, but this time of year I could eat soup with bread for every meal. I mentally prepared for the "challenge" a raw food diet would pose and signed up for the class. Surprisingly, Marisa's approach was much more doable than I imagined, and she shared several recipes with us that were all delicious!


Her Story

Marisa is a raw food chef, personal trainer, and figure competitor (that means body building!).  She is also a wife and mother of two toddlers, has a B.S. in Exercise Science, and owns a Pilates studio with her husband.  

A high-protein diet seems like a necessity for a body builder, but Marisa noticed her body was achy, her muscles weren't recovering quickly from workouts, her skin was breaking out, she had frequent heartburn and headaches while she was eating lots of animal protein. 

When a friend invited her on a retreat introducing her to green smoothies, Marisa noticed positive changes. The first morning after cleaning up her diet was the first morning she woke up without a headache in a long time! This made her dig into research and begin incorporating green smoothies into her diet with great success. 


Why Raw Food? 

Marisa shared with us maps from the CDC similar to the ones below to show the increase of obesity in the U.S. She also cited a list of obesity-related conditions which, most of the time, can be prevented by diet alone. (Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, asthma, sleep apnea, gallstones, kidney stones, infertility, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.) 



In 2012 Americans spent $190 billion on medical costs. On average, obese people spent $1,429 more. 

It is plain to see from this evidence, this is a problem. Marisa doesn't propose a "diet" as a solution for this epidemic because, "a diet has an end in mind" and people often gain weightback once the diet is over. 

By integrating more raw foods into our daily routines, we can give our bodies what they need to perform well and maintain a healthier weight. Raw foods are often low in calories, but high in fiber, nutritional value, enzymes and healthy fats. 

They also improve digestive function, normalize weight, reduce the risk of disease, and support better sleep. Eating raw foods helps us avoid the harmful substances in most processed food. We also avoid feeling deprived and hungry because we can eat as much as we like! 

Fresh fruit is alkalizing to our bodies (an alkaline body is unfriendly to bacteria, viruses and cancer!). It also curbs our cravings for sweets, provides vitamins, fiber and regulates our appetite. 

There are many more reasons why raw food is great for our bodies. Check out one of Marisa's books to learn more. 


Daily Plan from the Raw Trainer


Marisa recommends starting the day with a glass of water with Lemon essential oil. Our bodies detoxify as we rest at night. Flush those toxins out safely and efficiently! 

Remember to take your Lifelong Vitality Supplements. 

Incorporate greens for minerals and fiber. Lettuce, celery and cucumber are easily digestible. 

Phytonutrients (from green food) support immune function, prevent disease and reduce inflammation. 

Make a smoothie for breakfast. 

Have a salad before lunch and dinner. When you snack, munch on raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Just by incorporating those ideas, your diet can already be 50% raw! 

Drink water with Slim and Sassy between meals to balance blood sugar and further detoxify your body. 

Marisa's tips to make raw food more practical:

Save money and eat better by shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. 

When it is cold and you want warm food, use spices, cook on low heat, drink hot tea and get plenty of exercise!

Take time once a week to prep your vegetables and put smoothie ingredients together. 


Raw Foods and Essential Oils

Like raw foods, essential oils serve as tools to help our bodies function as they should. Because essential oils are distilled from the living plant, they are very powerful and potent. 

If you own a high-end sports car, you don't put diesel fuel in it. It isn't designed to use diesel, therefore the engine will be badly damaged or even destroyed. Our bodies are the same way. They weren't designed to run on highly processed foods, refined sugars, and microwave dinners. Give it the good stuff if you want it to run well for the long-haul. 




These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.