24 May, 2015

Meet the Team

I would like to say thank you and WELCOME to our new readers. We have been doing introductions of the Essential Oils Daily team leaders on our social media accounts, so I thought I would share that information on the blog as well. As the internet explodes with chatter about essential oils, we hope to educate you about why doTERRA is your best option. If you are interested in learning more about oils and you're not already working with a wellness advocate, any of these folks would be happy to help. 
Hi, I'm Catherine Kayse 
To start, I am Catherine Kayse. I have been using essential oils since 2010 and I began educating others about them informally when I saw how well they worked to increase my energy, strengthen my immune system, and promote overall wellness. After my first child was born in 2012, I realized I could make a career of sharing this message with others and that's what I am doing. 
I have had a blast working with my dear friends to help empower others to take care of their health,
and in some instances their finances, through doTERRA. It has been an honor to watch others grow in their knowledge and passion for these God-given "gifts of the earth". When I began, my suggestions were often met with eye-rolling and skepticism, but now doTERRA is well respected among medical professionals, scientists and moms alike.
My areas of interest are reducing toxicity from your daily routine and integrating oils as part of the "big picture" of wellness.

Lara Coulter
Lara Coulter was my first team member and she is one of my oldest, dearest friends. She is a wife and mom with nearly 10 years of professional experience in the medical industry. She began using essential oils in every aspect of her life several years ago, including making over her medicine cabinet and cleaning supplies. When oils supported her son's immune system enough to clear up a recurring MRSA infection he had contracted in a hospital as an infant, Lara became a full believer in doTERRA. For years, they had used stronger and stronger antibiotics without lasting results, but oils finally gave his body what it needed to stop the cycle. She loves empowering other moms with these tools. 
Lara has also become an expert when it comes to creating a safe, green beauty routine. (Obviously, she's beautiful and you should take her advice!) Visit her page: https://www.facebook.com/eolifewithlara




Julie
Julie Carter is a wife and mom of two boys, and my sister! She turned to doTERRA out of desperation several years ago when her infant son (now 4) was sick with a high fever on a Friday afternoon and their normal pediatrician wouldn't see them. I had been using oils for a few months and offered to come over to watch her older son so Julie could take the younger one to urgent care. When I arrived, we applied oils to the baby's feet and within moments the fever broke and he began showing signs of improvement, cooing, smiling and nursing well. That was a pivotal moment for us. Julie has incorporated oils into all aspects of her life and is passionate about educating others.

Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/wellnessissimple



Beth





Another one of our oil experts is Beth Hawks. Beth and I met each other in college. When I was teaching an oil class in her neighborhood, I invited her just to catch up. She ended up buying a Family Physician kit! 
Beth is a full-time Digital Marketing Consultant for The Bonanno Group, Inc. She began using doTERRA in 2013, when she was pregnant with her son, Cole. Over the years, Beth has integrated essential oils into her family's everyday life for preventive medicine and as a replacement for OTC drugs. She has successfully replaced all of her chemical cleaning products with handmade, safe alternatives. She also recently started a personal care products company under the name, Hawks Homestead. Hawks Homestead makes simple, handmade products for a healthier, happier life; each product contains quality essential oils. 
Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bethhawksdoterra
And Instagram (@ Hawks Homestead ) The Hawks Homestead

Nicole 
I have known Nicole Madison since the first grade! I won't tell you how many years that is, but we can say we've known each other longer than we ever didn't know each other. wink emoticon Nicole is a wife, and mom of two girls with a third on the way. She has also been a registered nurse for nine years. Nicole began using doTERRA in March of 2014 to help her daughter's severe respiratory issues when modern medicine just wasn't working. As she incorporated oils into her daily routine, Nicole and her family saw over and over how well the oils worked. Nicole brings a unique perspective as a once-skeptical nurse who has been convinced time and again of the power of nature's medicine. 

These are just a few of the leaders on my team, and we have many more bright, capable people who know how to use oils, share oils, and build a successful business while serving others. If you've been hearing all the hype, but need a friendly face to guide you, we are your gals. 

05 March, 2015

My TERRAfit Challenge Experience: Part 1

One of my team leaders decided to try the TERRAfit program as an accompaniment to her healthy routine. This isn't an official doTERRA sponsored program, but the developer, Allyse Sedivy, is a Presidential Diamond Wellness Advocate. 

After seeing her success, I decided to join in a challenge. I began on February 16th and have already experienced great results. To be honest, my diet hasn't been perfect either. 

I will be updating my progress here for the remainder of the challenge. 

Here's my story:

I delivered a baby in early December after a very healthy, active pregnancy. However I still had gained about 50 lbs. and my baby was less than 9 lbs.--you do the math. 

My darling Bible study friends, family and a neighbor brought food for our first few weeks at home--mostly comfort food--and comforted I was! Factor in the 6 weeks postpartum for my body to recover enough to exercise and the dietary minefield of Christmas--you get the picture. 

I signed up for doTERRA's Slim & Sassy Lifestyle competition in January, but quickly realized the Peppermint in the Slim & Sassy blend was decreasing my milk supply. 

The TERRAfit challenge involves accountability through teams and suggested workout routines with a schedule. My team can win prizes and money if we participate and lose weight, so I am motivated to at least match their dedication. Knowing I will also log in each day and
keep track of my diet and exercise helps me to make better decisions throughout the day too. 

I get extra points for taking the Lifelong Vitality Supplements (which I couldn't live without) and using TERRAgreens and Trim Shake (which make me feel amazing!) It's a win-win.

Less than 20 days in, I am already seeing results. I can't wait to see what the remainder of the competition will bring! 

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.