Why I became interested in essential oils
For a long time I have had an interest in the additives in our food and personal care and cleaning products. It began at around 10 years of age when my GP informed me that I had an allergy to certain preservatives (sulphides) and I started reading food labels. As I got older I read some books on the subject and was horrified at some of the chemicals that have made their way into our lives and homes.
I am particularly worried about the way in which the general public put their faith into the government and assume that our standards and regulations will prevent anything truly dangerous hitting the shelves. A gentle reminder that you can still go out and purchase cigarettes any time of the day or night, even though they are known to cause lung cancer and a myriad of other health issues.
Like many others, my immediate family have been hit by cancer. I can’t say that there is a direct link to chemicals and additives, but it has made me incredibly cautious about what I put in and on my body, what I breathe in, and what I am exposed to.
Back in 2014 I started following Jessie Reimers of Get a Fresh Start on social media as she took on the Heart Foundation in protest of their ‘tick’ program and their questionable nutrition guidelines. Jessie started using essential oils, and I quietly watched at first, seeing what she was using them for and the benefits she was finding.
After reading about her experiences for around 6 months I just had to try them for myself. I’ve never looked back. I now use them daily, helping to support both my physical and emotional wellbeing. I feel much more comfortable using them instead of potentially toxic chemicals to clean my house. I feel much happier using an aluminium-free deodorant with the added benefits of essential oils. If I need an emotional pick-me-up, I have a number of uplifting aromas to choose from. And there’s plenty of options if I need something to assist with restful sleep as well.
I can’t recommend essential oils highly enough, try them and I’m sure you’ll be hooked like I was! Following is some general information, but you can also contact me for a one-on-one wellness consultation, or a group class.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are pure extracts from plants – they are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. They are nature’s defence mechanism for plants and cells. They are highly concentrated (1 drop of peppermint essential oil = 28 cups of peppermint tea!) and are safe, effective, affordable, and an alternative to many synthetic products and remedies.
Essential oils don’t replace traditional medication, but provide a natural alternative to commonly used medicines. They have the ability to address the problem rather than masking the symptoms. The oils and associated products can be used to replace household products containing possible toxins.
How do I use essential oils?
Oils can be used:
- topically – when applied to the bottom of the feet it enters your bloodstream within 30 seconds, and can service every cell of your body
- aromatically – inhale or use a diffuser to affect your mood, ease breathing, and kill germs in the air
- internally – added to water, drop under the tongue, or put in a capsule to nourish the whole body (not all oils can be taken internally)
As well as oils, doTerra offer plenty of other household products, including toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, cleaning products, etc.
You can also use the oils to make your own safe products. Jessie from Get a Fresh Start has a heap of recipes on her website.
I choose doTERRA because of the high quality, and their commitment to sustainable and ethical practices. Every batch of doTERRA oils undergoes multiple third party tests for purity, and doTERRA have instituted a co-impact sourcing model and source the oils where the plants naturally thrive. They support farmers and communities, particularly in developing countries.
How can I get doTERRA oils?
You can purchase oils at retail prices by clicking here and selecting ‘Shop’.
But I recommend becoming a member, which gives you access to member-only benefits such as 25% discount off retail prices, and access to the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP). Membership is $35, but this fee is waived if you purchase a kit upon enrolment! You can view the available kits and the entire price list here.
What is the Loyalty Reward Program (LRP)?
The program is like a frequent flyer program – only way better! Members are rewarded for making ongoing monthly purchases. We receive points that can be redeemed for doTERRA products. The longer you participate, the more points you earn – but there are no lock-in contracts and you can choose if and when you participate in the program.
Every doTERRA product has a ‘PV’ (Personal Volume) value. If your loyalty rewards order totals 125PV and ships on or before the 15th of the month, you receive a FREE product of the month!
You also receive your shipping cost back in points!
How do I join?
Click here, then click ‘Join and Save’, and choose the AU OTG local warehouse, WELLNESS ADVOCATE option, end either pick the kit you would like, or choose the $35 enrolment option and type in the names of the products you want.
The enroller ID should prefill but if it doesn’t my ID is 1589755. Enrolling with my ID number means that I will support you in learning about essential oils, and also gives you access to a members only Facebook group of over 1000 passionate and knowledgeable members who share their experiences and learnings.
Which kit is the most popular/best value?
The Home Essentials Kit comes with our 10 most popular oils and a beautiful petal diffuser. To buy all this separately WHOLESALE would cost $415 plus $35 enrolment fee. Retail it would cost over $500.
The kit only costs you $330, which includes your enrolment package, wholesale membership, your own doTERRA website and ongoing support!
The bottles are 15ml or 250 drops/bottle whereas the Essential Collection Kit (still a great budget friendly option) includes 5ml bottles. The Home Essentials Kit is three times the value, plus a diffuser, for less than twice the price!
I’m interested in sharing doTERRA, selling retail, saving money, or using oils in my business!
You may want to share oils with family and friends – you can do this to assist you in getting free oils, or you can choose to take it further and supplement or replace your income. It is entirely up to you to choose the level of involvement that suits you, and you can always start small and build later. Whatever you choose to do, I will gladly support you on your individual journey!
If this information is all too overwhelming, or you want to experience the oils first-hand or discuss an individual health or emotional concern, please feel free to contact me and I can give you a call to discuss it further. But please, don’t wait – once you have these amazing oils in your life you’ll wish you’d done it sooner!