I've said a few things here and there but I've decided I can't help but say more so I am going to try "doTerra Tuesdays" here on Parisienne Farmgirl and I invite you to join in.
Last month a fellow blogger contacted me and said God had put me on her heart about joining doTerra. She knew I was a naturally bent kind of girl and I must have mentioned essential oils (from the healthfood store) before. I called her, listened to her schpeal and said, "Great. I'll do it." It was a total no-brainer for me.
Ironically FIVE days later another gal from another oil company came to me and I had to tell her the good/bad news!
These girls know me well!
So - yes. I am a "Wellness Advocate" for doTerra essential oils (and more).
I've got a big oils story I want to share with you but I'm gonna start light and today just share how my family and I got our feet wet with doTerra and how we began using oils in more than just homemade candles and when I need a lavender bathtime.
Silly me. I didn't know oils were for healing. I didn't know they get right to the cells of your body and go to work for you. I didn't know they were the prescription medicine of the natural world.
But now I know.
And there's no stopping me.
I was a bit overwhelmed... where do I begin I thought as I perused the website?
I started off by trying doTerra's products and ordering the little basic starter kit. "The Introduction to Essential Oils Kit"
Lemon. Lavender. Peppermint.
I listened to the CD.
I went to YouTube and watched and Essential Oils 101 class.
I was sold.
I was beyond excited to incorporate these oils into the things we do in this family to stay healthy.
Here's how we used our intro kit...
It's summertime but the schoolyear is closing in fast. At this time of year I start to wean the kids off the night time craziness and head our bedtime routine back in the direction of structure and a healthier nights sleep than summer independence often brings.
My kids love routine so I said, "Kids, tonight Mom is going to give you an oil treatment like Momma gets at the salon." (Asha always does an essential oil scalp treatment before your shampoo). So each night after the kids have laid down for each child I put a drop of lavender oil and a drop of peppermint oil on my hands, rub them together, hold them over their face and have them breathe in deeply, I then rub the oils into their hairline, on the bottoms of their feet and whatever is left on their chest and pillowcase. My kids are smoogey, cuddly little ones and they just LOVE this. It's really helped wind them down after bid days of frogs, baby bunnies, chores and running wild.
Of course, Joel and I are indulging in the same treatment.
I have also been giving the Peppermint oil to them, 1 drop in 4 ounces of water every time someone complains of a tummy ache. Tummy ache's gone within five minutes EVERY time.
I also have been rubbing it on my forehead and even a TINY bit under my nose before I start my big Turbo Fire workouts. Gives me a ZING to get going!
For health reasons (I'll explain more in coming weeks) I've cut out MOST of my caffeine intake and in the mornings if I'm in a fog I will put a drop in hot water for a peppermint tea. POW! Perks me right up.
I never thought you'd ask...
Look at this list from Mercola.com
1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Peppermint oil capsules have been described as "the drug of first choice" in IBS patients,3 as it safely helps alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in "total irritable bowel syndrome score" among 75 percent of patients who tried it.4
2. Colonic Spasm and Gas
Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs like Buscopan for reducing colonic spasms.5 It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain. Try peppermint oil or leaves added to tea for gas relief.
3. Gastric Emptying Disorders
In people with functional gastrointestinal disorders, peppermint may be useful to enhance gastric emptying.6
4. Functional Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach and Indigestion)
Supplementing with 90 milligrams (mg) of peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, "much or very much improved" symptoms of functional dyspepsia in 67 percent of patients.7 If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added.
5. Infantile Colic
Peppermint is at least as effective as simethicone in the treatment of colic in infants.8
6. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage
Peppermint water helped to prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers.9
Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helped to rapidly regress tuberculosis inflammation, with researchers suggesting it may help prevent recurrences and exacerbation of the disease.10
8. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
Extracts from peppermint leaves may inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.11
9. Shingles-Associated Pain
A topical treatment of peppermint oil resulted in near-immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain, with the results lasting for two months of follow-up treatment.12
10. Memory Problems
The aroma of peppermint has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.13
11. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea
Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.14
12. Prostate Cancer
Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.15
13. Radiation Damage
Peppermint may protect against DNA damage and cell death caused by radiation exposure.16
14. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Peppermint has been shown to help inhibit drug-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1.17
15. Dental Cavities and Bad Breath
Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities.18 Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste.
16. Respiratory Benefits
Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms.
Peppermint oil may help relieve tension headache pain. For headache pain, try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.
Peppermint oil is cooling and energizing. Add a few drops to your bath, or dap a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for near-instant stress relief. You can also put the oil into a burner for a stress-relieving aroma.
19. Hair and Skin
Try blending peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, bodywash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help cool your skin and remove dandruff (and lice) from your scalp.
Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary), which may help to reduce inflammation-causing chemicals in people with asthma.
21. Muscle Pain
Peppermint may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging its essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your bath water for muscle pain relief.
My kids just love the tingle and lung opening that happens. It relaxes them.
Now how about lavender oil... We LOVE lavender oil in this house and use it for just about everything but here's a small list of it's benefits from Mercola...
- Relieve pain. It can ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area. Lavender oil may also help lessen pain following needle insertion.
- Treat various skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds,19 cuts, and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.20 According to Texas-based dermatologist Dr. Naila Malik, it's a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness.
- Keep your hair healthy. It helps kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.21
- Improve your digestion. This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Relieve respiratory disorders. Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer.
- Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
- Improve your blood circulation. It helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
I've been using a drop of lemon oil in my water all day long. But check out these other uses*
- Mix 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of the Purify oil blend in a spray bottle, along with distilled water, shake well to disperse the oils and spray into the air, to help freshen the air in the bathroom.
- To remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon, rub with 1-2 drops of lemon oil.
- Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
- For homemade lemonade, mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water in a blender. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
- For corns, callouses or bunions, rub on a drop of lemon oil, mornings and evenings.
- To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water. If you have an apple, and only want to eat half of it at that time, you can also put a drop of lemon oil on the part you want to save. It will prevent oxidation (browning) of the fruit, and adds a really nice flavor to the apple.
- To sterilize cutting boards, counter tops, cupboards and table tops, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to water and spray them. Or, you could just add the oil to a pan of water, soak a cloth in it for wiping down surfaces.
- To disinfect your dishcloth and kill germs, soak it overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of lemon oil.
- Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
- Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
- Use a paper towel, soaked with several drops of lemon oil, to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
- Place a drop of lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers, to lessen pain and aid healing. (What also works wonders for this is melissa oil.)
- Put a drop of lemon oil on gums that are bleeding because of gingivitis or tooth extraction.
- Put a drop of lemon oil on oily skin or acne, to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands). It offers other benefits for the skin, and can be added to lotions or creams to improve skin tone and texture.
- Rub several drops of lemon oil on cellulite, to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
- Rub two drops of lemon oil topically onto the feet, to clear athlete's foot.
- Rub several drops of lemon oil on varicose veins, to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
- Rub a drop of lemon oil on a wart, morning and night, until it disappears.
- Rub a drop of lemon oil to clean a butcher's block or other cutting surfaces.
- Put 10-15 drops of lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution, to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room. Mixing several drops of lemon oil into baking soda, and sprinkling it over the carpet before vacuuming is also very effective. (It works for your dog, too; although I don't recommend the vacuuming part. A brush works just fine.)
You can get your own Intro Kit for $26.67 ($20 wholesale).
If there is one this I hate, it's going to Walgreens and trying to find some crappy remedy for my family. I also hate heading into town to the health food store. It's so overwhelming between the selection and the traffic!
If you are a health junkie like me check out the "webinar" above- you will learn SO MUCH. Seriously, if you are skeptical of how easily our doctors write prescriptions for us, if you are looking for ways to QUICKLY treat your family for what ails them, if you love the idea of using a 100% pure, plant derived product for your health then essential oils are for YOU and yours!.
I have a big story to share with you soon pertaining to my personal health but I'd thought I break you in with the "Intro Kit" and how we use it.
Have an awesome day.
If you want to try them for yourself here's my online store and it's always on my sidebar. If you want the product for you and your family for wholesale shoot me an email - that's the route I decided to take. firstname.lastname@example.org. I've been learning so much, if you have any questions about something you are experiencing I'd be happy to try and point you in the right direction.
Got a health issue? I'll bet there's an oil for that!~
More on Eat Like a Parisienne coming later this week!
*list found at doterra-aeromatics.com.