Are you ready for mosquito season?

Lavender, Melaleuca, & TerraShield - Your team against bugs!

Lavender, Melaleuca, & TerraShield – Your team against bugs!

I don’t know about you guys, but so far our experience this year is looking at each other thinking, “Is it just me or are the mosquitoes on steroids?”  Last night, we had our first bonfire of the year – something I look forward to… the smell of the fire, hosting friends at our house, enjoying delicious s’mores – and we were glad we were prepared with our collection of doTERRA oils and blends.

NATURAL BUG SPRAY

With perfect timing, my monthly Loyalty Rewards order arrived yesterday afternoon and included our first bottle of TerraShield, doTERRA’s proprietary repellant blend.  My husband is terribly attractive to mosquitoes – so bad that I can almost go out without bug spray because they will ignore me in favor of him.  So, we were excited to give TerraShield a try.   I made a spritzer of the blend mixed with regular tap water (to make it a bit more sprayable and last longer).  It smelled wonderful and worked amazingly!  My cousin, his fiancé, and her sister were over last night and all of them commented on how it definitely smelled better than other brands of bug spray… the sister even going as far as to compare spraying yourself with perfume/cologne.

I emerged after enjoying hours outside around the bonfire free of ANY mosquito bites!  That is simply unheard of – even in past years when I used things like Off and Cutter sprays!  I usually still ended up with a few bites… but, with TerraShield, nothing!   I was thoroughly impressed!

BUG BITE BLEND

My husband had gone outside without fully spraying himself – neglecting the tops of his feet at first and ended up with a few bites.  I made a blend of Lavender and Melaleuca (mixed equal parts with Fractionated Coconut Oil) in a roll-on bottle to help with the itchy bite areas.

If you would like more information about TerraShield or the blends I referred to in this article, email me at doterralisa@gmail.com.

A Mini Facial at Home…

Are you looking for a special gift experience for your mom for Mother’s Day (it’s coming up next Month on May 12) or a way to give yourself a little pampering?  Consider doing a doTERRA mini facial at home!  It’s only two easy steps for a little bit of extra decadence to your daily ritual.

1. Start by washing your face with the Invigorating Scrub with warm to hot water.  I personally like doing this in the shower with water as hot as I can stand so that the pores of the face can start to open up to release some of the oils that can cause acne and blackheads.  I have actually found that the doTERRA scrub is less abrasive than other scrubs that I have used in the past for exfoliation, but my skin still emerges from the shower soft and radiant.  If you want more of that deep exfoliating, you may want to mix in a bit of epsom salt or sea salt – taking extra care to avoid the soft skin around your eyes!

2. Finish your mini facial with an aromatherapy steam session by following the simple directions found on doTERRABlog.com.

Bonus: Take the indulgence and relaxation to the next level by using the AromaTouch hand technique on yourself.  If you have a willing spouse, they could complete the full back technique for you as well.  If you are interested in learning more about the AromaTouch technique, I would love to talk to you.  E-mail me at doterralisa@gmail.com for more information.

doTERRA and Yoga

I believe I may have posted information about doTERRA essential oils and essential oil blends being used with yoga before but today I had a wonderful experience and I wanted to share it.

This morning, my husband and I completed a yoga DVD together (Power Yoga by Rodney Yee, available for approximately $9.00 on Amazon).  It had been the first time that our scheduled had aligned for us to do a workout video together in a long time.

While the husband set up the DVD, I got out my diffuser and chose to put Purify in for during our session.

 

Purify - doTERRA's cleansing blend

Purify – doTERRA’s cleansing blend

I found myself to be much more calmed and relaxed afterwards than usual and the air smelled fresh and clean.  Purify is the cleansing blend available from doTERRA and is designed to clean air and surfaces.  You can even make a simply yoga mat cleaning solution mixing Purify with water in a spray bottle.  It contains lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca, and cilantro.

I highly recommend considering diffusing doTERRA during yoga if you haven’t already done so.  Look at my post about yoga and essential oils for some ideas of what to diffuse.

Namaste!

Picture of Purify with checklist is from sustainablebabysteps.com.  Check out their article about Purify, here!

The Silver Lining…

So… Although St. Patrick’s Day is usually considered to be lucky… It was on this day that I accidentally knocked over the diffuser.  But, the silver lining is, after I sponged up most of the dampness with a towel, we were left with Citrus Bliss-scented carpet. :)

I love “house parties!”

Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting close friends and family members of someone that I met through having a booth at the Living Well Expo earlier this year.  I have always loved doing house parties (oil classes/house classes), but before, during, and immediately after the party is when how much I like it is the freshest in my mind.  I even got to head home from the party with cupcakes to bring home to my husband.

I love that I was able to share doTERRA with 15 (a big house class!) tonight and some of them decided to get these oils into their homes immediately by ordering them tonight.  I look forward to following up with them and answering any questions they may have as they contemplate ordering or start to use their oils and oil blends.

If you would like to share doTERRA oils with your friends and family, contact me (doTERRALisa@gmail.com) about hosting a house party – I love sharing the oils and offer host/hostess gifts and giveaways! :)

AromaCandles

Light up someone’s life with these fun aromatic candle creations! These creations are simple and inexpensive to make, and are a fun way to share the aroma of natural essential oils with others.

Materials Needed:

  1. Beeswax: Beeswax can be found in either blocks, or pellets, in either a natural golden color, or in a bleached white color. It is often available in craft stores, health-food stores, or from candle and soap-making suppliers. You will need about 2-3 compacted tablespoons for a small creation.
  2. Candle Wick: You can buy ready-made candle wicks at many craft and health-food stores, or you can also use a natural string.
  3. Candle Holder: Many glass or crystal candle holders are available at craft stores, floral supply stores, dollar stores, and many other locations. Tea-light holders work well. You can also use a small glass canning jar or baby-food jar.
  4. Grater: A regular kitchen grater with the ability to grate finely works perfectly for this project.
  5. Essential Oils: Used to add a natural aroma to your creation. You will need about 10-20 drops for a small creation.

Instructions:

  1. Using a fine grater, grate the beeswax until you have approximately 2-3 tablespoons (compacted) of grated wax (this amount works well for a small tea-light holder; increase the amount for larger containers).
  2. Mix 10-20 drops of your desired essential oil or blend into each 2-3 tablespoons of the grated wax.
  3. Place enough of the grated wax to cover the bottom of your desired candle holder in a thin layer.
  4. Place the wick or string in the center of this bottom layer.
  5. Add the wax a little at a time around the wick, compacting it firmly into the container. Continue adding wax until it is just below the top of the wick, or until the container is nearly full. Trim the wick if needed to about 1/8″ above the top of the wax.
  6. To use your aromatic creations, place them in a location that is safe for candles, and light the wick. As the flame warms the wax and oils around it, the aroma will be diffused into the air.

Extra Ideas

  1. Create a colorful layered candle creation by mixing food coloring into some of the shredded wax and letting it dry before adding the essential oils to the wax, then layering different colors into a clear candle holder.

Source: http://www.aromatools.com/Easy_AromaCandle_Creations_s/225.htm

Everybody’s got their something…

Everybody’s got their something….

There’s always something that’s going on… your friend complains about their headaches on the phone… your best friend tells you about the stomach issues she’s having over coffee… your husband is always telling you about his back pain…

The great thing is that there’s an oil for everything!

Please let me know if there are any ailments, issues, or conditions that you suffer from and I would love to look into essential oils that could be used to support your body’s functions and systems naturally and effectively.  You may even see a post or two specifically highlighting the issue – we won’t say who requested the information.  Email doTERRALisa@gmail.com to learn more.

Focus On: Wintergreen

doTERRA Wintergreen

doTERRA Wintergreen

Wintergreen

I apologize for the length between posts on the blog… I’ve definitely been busy with a couple of classes and following up with a couple of people interested in hosting house classes (I do love house classes, e-mail me if you are interested in hosting one – doTERRALisa@gmail.com).

My husband’s aunt asked us a question regarding Wintergreen and I realized it was one of the oils or blends that I hadn’t “focused” on yet.

Wintergreen oil is distilled from the small leaves of the plant.  Some other producers of not pure oils distill from the bark.  Methyl salicylate is the main constituent of wintergreen which, when made synthetically, is a main ingredient in aspirin.

Wintergreen is a recognizable scent from different rubs and candies or sweets, including chewing gum.  It has the following properties:

  • analgesic
  • anti-flammatory
  • anti-rheumatic
  • bone stimulant
  • disinfectant
  • warming

Wintergreen should be used either topically or aromatically (not taken internally).  If you have sensitive skin or experience sensitivity after applying it, be sure to dilute with fractionated coconut oil well.

Wintergreen’s essence can stimulate powerful responses on a deep level as the mind and body responds to the oil. This oil can provide an analgesic (numbing) effect in whatever tissue it is applied to.  It can help to clear obstructions to blood in tissues and increase circulation in general and bring warmth to areas it is applied.  Wintergreen can help to prevent liquids from building up in tissues, congestion, and waste materials.

Wintergreen can be used for the following ailments:

  • bladder infection
  • acne
  • eczema
  • reducing fever
  • infection
  • kidney stones
  • joint discomfort
  • cleansing the lymphatic system
  • urinary tract disorders
  • increase, elevate, and open sensory system awareness

Note: Wintergreen should be used cautiously during pregnancy and should be diluted.

Sources: http://www.butterflyexpressions.org/Singles/Wintergreen.html; http://www.doterra-aromatics.com/products/singles/wintergreen.html; http://www.trydoterra.com/wintergreen-essential-oil

Natural Cleaning: On Guard

Last night, my niece was sick while at my mother’s house.  She wasn’t sure if it was some kind of flu, food poisoning, or anything else, but she was in need of disinfecting of toys at her house to make sure that the other grandkids would stay healthy and not catch anything if it was contagious.

I told her to make a mixture of On Guard and water, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it over the toys and hard surfaces.

On Guard

On Guard – doTERRA’s proprietary protective blend

She was thrilled to learn about using On-Guard to clean her home.  She grew up knowing Lysol as being widely known for being able to clean and disinfect, but as it’s not safe to spray that on items that may be touched or teethed on (my youngest niece is almost 9 months old and puts everything in her mouth) she wanted a healthy alternative.

This mixture of On Guard and water (approximately 15 drops for every 6 ounces of water) can be used on doorknobs, piano keys, hands, steering wheel of vehicle, gearshift of vehicle, shopping carts and handles, public telephones, computer keyboard, computer mice, deodorant, clean hands before and after shaking hands, air freshener, spray on gym equipment, spray on yoga mats, desks in a classroom, tables in a classroom, shower and bathtub

Why is On Guard great to use for cleaning?

On Guard is formulated for immune function.  The blend features wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary for a natural and effective alternative to synthetic cleaning and immune support options.  It is safe on counter tops as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces and can also clear the air when it is diffused in a space.  On Guard can help eliminate and control pathogens due to the potency of the essential oils in the blend.  Depending on the concentration, it can be 40 – 90% effective in reducing your chances of contracting the flu.

On Guard is safe for internal use for babies, children, adults, pregnant women,… everyone! :)  doTERRA even offers On Guard Cleaning Concentrate, Soothing Throat Drops, and Whitening Toothpaste.

Other uses for On Guard:

  • mix with water and gargle for 1 minute at the onset of a sore throat
  • mix 5 drops of On Guard and 5 drops of oregano in a veggie cap and taken at the onset of a cold or flu
  • rub into the soles of children’s feet at night during cold & flu season for immune system support
  • put 50 drops in a spray bottle with 30 oz of tap or distilled water, shake often and use for sanitizing in kitchen and bathroom
  • add to dishwasher for a micro clean
  • add to mop water
  • natural antibiotic recipe: On Guard (5 drops), Oregano (4 drops), Frankincense (3 drops), Peppermint (2 drops), and Lemon (1 drop) in a veggie cap
  • natural carpet cleaning: add 15 drops to a cup of cornstarch and sprinkle over carpet, rake/brush/sweep carpet, leave for 1 hour, and vacuum

Source:

“52 Uses of On Guard” http://doterra.squarespace.com/storage/education-tab/information-sheets/52%20Uses%20of%20On%20Gaurd1.pdf

There’s an oil for that: Weight Loss

Are you trying to shed a few pounds or keep off the weight you’ve already lost?

There’s an oil for that.

The new year is right around the corner and with the new year usually comes resolutions to lead a healthier and happier life.  A lot of people we know make the same resolution year after year.  The resolution to lose weigh.  Different people set different goals – get back into my “skinny” jeans, lose the baby weight (when the baby’s heading off to college next year), lose 30 pounds – but everyone wants to get healthier and feel better about themselves.  The problem is that losing weight is hard and many people give up on their resolution before they even start to see results.  Now there is a way to kick start your metabolism, decrease your appetite, kick those cravings, and increase your energy levels to help you stay on track this year and finally stick with your resolution and meet those goals.  How, you ask?  With the help of a proprietary blend of essential oils brought to you by dōTERRA.  Essential oils for weight loss?  You bet!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with essential oils, here is a brief synopsis:
Essential oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark, and other parts of plants.  Most everyone has heard about the medicinal benefits of many plants – after all, a lot of the modern medicines are made from plants or, at the very least, modeled after some beneficial plants.  Essential oils have been used throughout history in several different cultures for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.  One of the things that makes essential oils so effective is the fact that they are natural substances and not artificially created like “drugs.”  This is why essential oils are able to get into your body’s cells – with some crossing the blood-brain barrier – which makes them effective against both bacteria and viruses.
Essential oils can be effective against a wide range of chronic conditions as well as short term ailments and illnesses.  From headaches to cancer, acne to warts, if it’s going wrong and you want to fix it, there’s an oil for that.

dōTERRA’s proprietary metabolic blend is called Slim & Sassy.  Each of the essential oils in the blend – cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, grapefruit, and lemon – play a role in helping you to lose weight and also to keep weight off.

Cinnamon

The primary function of cinnamon in Slim & Sassy is to help prevent your body from producing new fat cells.  Cinnamon essential oil can also help combat the health risk factors of obesity by improving your living function, decreasing liver damage, helping to regulate cholesterol, and improving your body’s ability to reduce insulin resistance.

Ginger

Ginger essential oil helps to stimulate weight loss by increasing your body’s ability to release fat – instead of storing it in your bootylicious behind or muffin top.  It also helps to calm upset stomachs, which can be common in people who are in the process of changing their eating habits.

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil helps to curb your appetite and reduce cravings.  It can also increase the sense of fullness after eating, as well as improve the flavor of the foods that you eat.

Grapefruit & Lemon

Grapefruit and lemon essential oils are listed together because they serve a similar purpose in the blend.  Citrus family oils can help reduce appetite.  They also help to keep your body from producing new fat cells and help your body shrink by releasing the fat that is already stored (like we mentioned above, the bootylicious behind and the muffin top).  Citrus oils also have the ability top help facilitate the release of harmful toxins from your body.  They also can elevate your mood – keeping you feeling happier, prouder, and more content with the new, healthy choices you are starting to make.

Please note that Slim & Sassy should be used as a part of an overall wellness program which includes eating healthier foods (one less slice of pizza) and increasing exercise (one more walk around the block).

How do I use Slim & Sassy?

There are multiple methods for how you can add Slim & Sassy to your daily health regimen.  You can use any of the methods listed below, with success, however the recommended way to use Slim & Sassy is to drink it in your water throughout the day (if you can tolerate the taste).  When taking Slim & Sassy, try to ingest the oils approximately 1 hour before meals whenever possible.

  • Place 3 – 5 drops on your tongue, 3 – 5 times a day
  • Place 3 – 5 drops in a glass of water and drink 3 – 5 times a day.  You can use this method by drinking water from a glass or metal water bottle throughout the day.  (It is not recommended to mix oils into water and store in plastic bottles or cups.)
  • Place 3 – 5 drops in a small cup of water and drink it quickly like a shot.
  • Place 6 – 10 drops in a pull-apart capsule (like dōTERRA’s Veggie Caps), 3 times a day


For more information about the science behind this metabolic blend, check out this video.  Towards the end of the video, there are testimonials from people who have found weight loss success using Slim & Sassy.

Also available to help you meet your weight loss goals are Slim & Sassy Trim Shakes in Chocolate and Vanilla or the Slim & Sassy New You Kit, which provides you with everything you need at maximum savings.  There are multiple options to make Slim & Sassy a part of your weight loss plan.

For more information on essential oils, click here.  To order these products, click here.

Have questions or comments about Slim & Sassy or dōTERRA in general?  E-mail us at doTERRALisa@gmail.com

Why choose dōTERRA?
dōTERRA essential oils and blends are 100% natural and Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG).  The only thing in a bottle of essential oil from dōTERRA is essential oil.  No filler, no preservatives, just effective and safe natural plant extract.  dōTERRA’s commitment to 100% natural is so strict that they will only extract oils from plants that are grown in their natural environment.  To ensure the highest quality and level of purity, dōTERRA has each batch of oil tested by a third party laboratory.