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Why essential oils?
You are seeing, reading, and hearing about essential oils everywhere. So much so, that it seems like it's just the latest and greatest fad, right? Really what you're witnessing is the transition from essential oils being an important part of self-care for a small pocket of alternative healthcare seekers to them becoming more widely used among everyone.
I am a firm believer in using the best from all types of healthcare. Broke your arm? Go to the ER. Dealing with chronic back pain? See an acupuncturist (me!). Need home remedies to support your everyday wellness? Use essential oils.
I don't think you'll disagree with me that there are some flaws in our healthcare system, our food production, our emotional support systems, and our toxic environment that all combined can negatively affect our health day in and day out.
Essential oils have been around for decades (well, really millennia if you do historical research) and they have become a very important tool that you can use at home to start getting and staying healthy.
How I started with essential oils
I remember going to my very first acupuncturist in my early 20s and she had me get an oil from the health food store to do a steam for facial symptoms. I didn't really know much about them and had other interests at the time, so after that, it completely fell off my radar for years and years.
Another time, someone donated a couple of open bottles to me as she was cleaning out her cabinets. I tell you, I hadn't a clue what to do with them. They sat in MY cabinet for ages until I ended up just getting rid of them. Which is funny to me now as I think back on it, because I'm an herbalist. I love plant medicine. Why was this not a bigger part of my life sooner?
Then essential oils started hinting their way into my life faster and faster - I was getting treated by another acupuncturist from school and she was using them in my treatments for me to inhale while I was resting (a little bit of heaven!), a patient of mine shared her positive experiences using doTERRA oils (now I'm intrigued), and a close colleague of mine shared Breathe drops and Breathe oil with me when I was getting over some respiratory issues (And, BAM! Now I'm hooked - there's really something to this stuff).
I love oils. I love what they have done for my own health. I love the changes I see in people when they start using them. I love the positivity and well-being they provide. I love how they encourage proactive wellness care instead of just symptom relief. I love how they make my acupuncture treatments more effective when patients add them in to their routine. I love oils and I don't want to go back to life before oils.
There are so many essential oil brands to choose from, especially now - it seems like there are new companies popping up left and right - it's crazy overwhelming! Even hardware stores are carrying essential oils - say what?!?
My priority is healthcare. My profession is healthcare. Oils are great for pleasing aromas in your home, or swapping out in recipes, or using for household cleaning. But the single most important factor to me, is that these oils are going to be absorbed by our bodies in various ways - you breathe in aroma from a diffuser or absorb it through your skin, your largest organ.
Your body has to process the oils, use what it needs, and eliminate the rest, just like it does with food.
Do you think there is a difference in how your body is affected by a fast food hamburger that never rots because of all of the chemical preservatives in it vs. a locally-raised, grass-fed organic hamburger that you prepared at home? You bet.
Do you think there is a difference in how your body is affected by a synthetic-chemical, filler-added essential oil from a discount box store vs. a highly tested, pure oil grown in the best climates from a company who stakes their reputation on caring about every person and plant involved in the process from growing to distilling to testing to using the oils? You bet.
After spending months researching essential oil companies, doTERRA was my clear choice simply because of the extensiveness of their quality control testing. Most tested, most trusted.
Then, the icing on the cake for me was learning over the years about the heart of the company. I won't go into all of it here but I recommend you look at their Co-Impact Sourcing and Healing Hands initiatives. From the founders of the company all the way down, they demonstrate over and over their philosophy of "If it isn't good for everyone, it isn't good for anyone." I like that. A lot.
Ready to experience oils?
To order doTERRA oils at the regular retail price, click Shop Retail. (This is more expensive, so I only recommend this option if you really think you'll only ever use one or two bottles of oil over the course of a year.)
To get the best price, sign up for a doTERRA wholesale membership - you'll pay a $35 membership fee and receive a beautiful oils reference book plus 25% off anything you purchase during the year. (You only have to place one order a year to keep your membership. The yearly renewal is $25 and they gift you a free bottle of Peppermint oil.) You can also get the membership fee waived if you start with an enrollment kit. To get your wholesale membership and discounted oils, click Become a Member.
Unsure where to begin?
I offer a free one-on-one mini wellness consult either in person at the clinic or over the phone where we can talk about your health goals, which oils will help best, how to place your order, and ideas on how to start using them. Click Request a Free Consult and I'll get in touch with you to set up a good time to talk.