My Story - Nikki

Hi' I'm Nikki, one of the founders of our little oil community and this blog.  I'm a mom, a speech language pathologist, a hobby photographer, a team leader, and really that's probably enough to make your head spin.   I am passionate about all things health and wellness, natural living, being the best version of you you can be, and living your best life.  I am constantly learning new things, and I jump into projects and ideas with ease...and pretty much figure it out as I go.  My main goal is to inspire other moms and women to be the best version of themselves, so they can be all the things they want to...a great mom, a devoted wife, a friend, a bad ass business woman....whatever they dream or inspire to be. 

Today I wanted to share a bit about my journey.  It's because of my journey that I share oils with others and that I am so passionate about empowering other moms and women to be the best version of themselves!

My journey with essential oils started as many mom's journeys do - with my kids.  In particular, my son, who at the time did not have healthy respiratory functioning.  I was fed up with the solutions that were offered by traditional healthcare, and was frankly tired of synthetic medications with more side effects than you could imagine.  One afternoon, my very calm and not aggressive at all child walked up to his baby sister and hurt her by twisting her arm so hard he left fingerprints that remained for days. In that moment, I knew there had to be a better way to support his respiratory needs than filling him with chemicals and junk.  I started immediately researching natural alternatives to support his needs.  Of course essential oils were among the top choices, so off I went to the health food store to find the oils we needed.  We started with just a few - peppermint and eucalyptus, and I would add them to his vaporizer every night.  I didn't know much more at the time, and the bottles had warning labels to keep out of reach of children, not to ingest....and more.  I was comfortable with adding them to his vaporizer, and had no idea what a diffuser was at that time. As I look back, it's amazing how much I didn't know! 

A while after that I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils, but did not attend a class or even purchase any oils at that time.  I honestly figured I was fine with what I had.  But my son continued to have unhealthy respiratory functioning.  And now my daughter had some red itchy patches of skin appearing.  During this time, we had also been working towards ditching the chemicals in our home, cleaning with natural products and cleaning up our diet as well. 

Then in 2013, I was invited to an essential oil class by a fellow teacher.  At this point, I was not really sure what I or my family needed, but I knew what we had going on was not working for us.  It was just before Christmas break, and I ordered myself a starter kit.  When it got here, I had my husband wrap it and put it under the tree.  If I had known then what I know now, I don't think I would have waited one minute before ripping open the box and cracking the seals of those bottles containing the precious oils that wouldplay such a huge part in finding the health and support we so desperately needed.  Just the 10 oils in that little starter kit in those tiny little bottles would change our lives forever. 

One of the stories I share with other moms is just how fast the oils worked to help my kids.  My son finally started having healthy respiration, and my daughter's skin began to clear up. After we had those two main issues resolving, I was able to find more ways to support them - healthy immunity, sleep and mood.  Not only did I feel empowered to address our health and emotional needs at home, I was beginning to feel knowledgeable about which oils to use when.  Then, right around this same time, something else amazing happened.  I was so concerned and then pleased with what I saw with my children, I forgot to notice what was happening with my own health and emotions.  Through modeling and examples for my children, I had been using oils too.  And then I started taking doterra's supplements.  Within the first week, I felt I had more energy.  Week after week, I was feeling healthier, with noticeable differences in my skin and hair.  This new found feeling of wellness lead me to try yoga.  Between practicing yoga, taking supplements and using essential oils to support healthy systems, I began loosing weight.  At first it was not as noticeable, but now, with more than 20 lbs lost, and my journey to a healthier me continuing, I get comments almost daily as to the positive difference I have made in not only my appearance, but also my attitude. 

To say the impact these oils have has in our lives is profound is an understatement.  I can not even imagine how our lives would be if I had not made that leap to the unknown, and trusted my gut.  I am sure that the changes we have made in our lives are for the better, and that doTERRA will continue to be an integral part in our journey to natural health and wellness.

Finding Value in Every Drop

One thing we hear a lot is "but the oils are so expensive".  We wanted to take a minute to talk about the value of a single drop. Just a quick look above at the top 10 most used oils tells you just how affordable they are.  Our favorite thing about using pure essential oils from doTERRA is because they are so potent, it just takes a drop or two, and we find our oils go farther and last longer too.  There really is value in every single drop!

Why We Love Phytoestrogen

Over the past few years, we have been making many healthy lifestyle changes at home - eating better, less chemicals in our cleaners and beauty/body products and taking vitamins/supplements that help maintain homeostasis in our bodies.  One of the products we love is doTERRA's phytoestrogen.  Here is why:

Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex Description
Hormones influence virtually every function in a woman’s body. A balance of normal hormone levels will influence a woman’s good health and emotional well-being from her early teens to her transition through menopause. doTERRA Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is a blend of standardized plant phytoestrogens and whole food extracts that support hormone balance gently and naturally.* This doTERRA supplement also includes a concentrated source of flax seed lignans, which may help manage the by-products of estrogen metabolism.* 

Stabilizing hormones begins with healthy lifestyle behaviors such as eating right and exercising, but additional nutritional supplementation such as Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex can help reduce uncomfortable issues associated with PMS and the transition through menopause, and will provide additional support for healthy bones, heart, breast tissue, and other body structures and function as a woman ages.*  

Taking one to two capsules of Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex per day with meals will assist with proper endocrine system function for optimal wellness from puberty through the later stages of life.*

What Makes Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex Unique?
Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex includes a potent soy extract shown to provide health benefits in women.* This soy extract is standardized for 64 percent isoflavone content and a minimum of 50 percent genisteine, phytoestrogens that can bind with estrogen beta receptor cells to provide a number of health benefits. The increased estrogen-like activity provided by these phytoestrogens can help balance hormones and hormone metabolites, and keep them from binding to other cells.*

This supplement also contains a concentrated flax seed extract proven useful in managing potentially harmful estrogen metabolites.* Because hormones are metabolized in the liver, they create a host of bioactive metabolites. An imbalance in some of these metabolites may increase risk for a number of health concerns. The concentrated flax seed extract contained in Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex can help maintain a healthy balance of these metabolites.*

Antioxidants support hormonal balance and are also important for overall health.* Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex includes a standardized pomegranate extract that provides supplemental phytoestrogens and powerful antioxidant support.* The phytoestrogens contained in the pomegranate extract have a gentle estrogenic activity to help support hormone homeostasis. 

Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is contained in all-natural sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetables capsules.

Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex Uses and Benefits

  1. One major benefit of Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is that it gently supports a women through the menstrual cycle.* doTERRA Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is a blend of standardized plant phytoestrogens that support hormone balance both gently and naturally.*
     
  2. As mentioned, the Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex can be helpful for women throughout many stages of life and changes in the body. Among many benefits, this supplement helps diminish the normal discomfort of menopause.*  
     
  3. The Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex also helps support healthy bones, heart, breast tissue, and other body structures and functions as a woman ages.* The proprietary combination of phytoestrogens and antioxidants contained in Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex not only supports hormonal balance, but overall female health.*
     
  4. Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex isn’t just useful during times of menstruation, puberty, or menopause, but can be a useful way to help manage hormone levels through the many stages of life. This supplement can be taken daily to help balance and support normal hormone levels throughout a woman’s life.*
     
  5. Another major benefit of Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is that it has been formulated to provide powerful antioxidant support.* The included standardized pomegranate extract is rich in anthocyanins, offering added antioxidant support.
     
  6. This supplement provides nutritional support for managing estrogen metabolism.* It contains a flax seed extract standardized to 40 percent lignans, which is helpful in managing estrogen metabolism.* Hormone metabolites may raise the risk for a number of health issues; diets rich in phytoestrogens can help maintain a healthy balance of these by-products.*
     
  7. As mentioned, the first steps to managing hormone levels are healthy eating, exercise, and taking care of one’s body. The Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex can be used to complement a program of eating right, exercising, and hormone therapy to help minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of PMS and transition through menopause.*
     
  8. This natural formula is made with sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules for safe ingestion. 

How to Take Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex
Pre- and peri-menopausal women, take one to two capsules daily with food or as needed. Post-menopausal women, take two capsules daily with food, ideally formulated to be taken with doTERRA Women Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex, doTERRA ClaryCalm® Monthly Blend for Women, and the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack®.

Cautions
Pregnant or nursing women and people with known medical conditions should consult a physician before using. Does not contain wheat or milk products. This product is complementary to, but not a replacement for, hormone replacement therapies.

- See more at: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-phytoestrogen-lifetime-complex

Spring Fling Room Spray

We love all the spring cleaning we have been doing.  In between cleaning days, a great way to continue that spring freshness is with this amazing room spray.  Great aroma, and none of the synthetic chemicals!

Looking for the perfect spring/summer room spray? This Spring Fling spray is light, fresh, and has a touch of sweetness and tart.

Ingredients:

20 drops Lemon
20 drops Grapefruit
20 drops Lime
Distilled water
Glass spray bottle

Directions:

  1.  In a glass spray bottle, add essential oils and top with water. Depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may wish to add more essential oils. That’s all! Just give that bottle a shake and spray to your heart’s content. 

- See more at: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-spring-fling-room-spray#sthash.Wkqedmzh.dpuf

Let's Talk Business

One of the things we love best about doTERRA is their amazing compensation plan.  But it might surprise you know that we didn't know that we loved this when we started using our oils.  In fact, like many doTERRA leaders, we had no intention of ever building a business. We just knew we loved our oils. The problem is, of course, that once you find something you love you share it with your friends.  When the commission checks started rolling in they were a welcome gift, but it wasn't until we really started researching the company that we ultimately ended up "doing the business" which led us to where we are today! As we learned more, and began to teach the compensation plan and business side of things to our team members, we had even more to love about doTERRA as a company, as a source of education, and as a family.  The numbers don't lie. This company wants to be known as the one that gets the most people of out debt, in addition to providing natural healthcare solutions in every home. Who can't get behind a mission like that?! If you've been curious about what we do, or the numbers above have piqued your interest, please reach out to us. We'd love to share this incredible opportunity with you. What are you waiting for?

April Promotions

doTERRA has done it once again!  They have extended their awesome "deep blue duo" promotion until the 15th of April!   That means that you can get another set of these two powerhouse oils by placing any 200 pv order!  You can also earn a free 5 ml bottle of digestzen for your LRP order of 125 or more is processed by the 15th.  Of course if you want both - a 200 pv LRP order by the 15th will do the trick!  Not sure how to set up your LRP?  Just ask! Not sure what to order this month?  We would be glad to make some suggestions! 

Happy Oiling -  Nikki & Kelley

10 Ways to Clean with Lemon Eessential Oil

If you’ve been feeling the itch to get some spring cleaning done, you may notice some areas of your home have been neglected for far too long. Luckily, doTERRA Lemon oil can help make cleaning those long-forgotten nooks and crannies easier. Here are 10 ways you can use Lemon to clean your home.

 

1. Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. To ease the pain of cleaning, simply microwave a cup filled with water and a few drops of Lemon, then wipe clean!

2. Dishwasher—Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place this dish in your empty dishwasher and run on high.

3. Stove Top—Lemon oil makes cleaning one of the dirtiest areas of the kitchen easy. Add vinegar and Lemon to a spray bottle, and watch the grime disappear!

4. Appliances—From dust to greasy food spills, appliances collect more dirt than you might think. A simple solution of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar will help you clean toasters, refrigerators, mixers, and more.

5. Garbage disposal—If you’ve been smelling something funky coming from your sink, it might be time to clean the garbage disposal. This DIY for Lemon disposal refreshers should help! 

6. Ceiling Fan—Fan blades collect dust at turbo speeds and cling to them for as long as you let them. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an old pillow case with a Lemon/water mixture and loop the fabric around each blade.

7. Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.

8. Trash Cans—Regularly cleaning out trash cans can eliminate odor. For indoor trash cans, spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then scrub with a sponge.

9. Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel, then move onto ledges and sills with a toothbrush or damp sponge.

10. Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in your home is the air you breathe! Clean vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar and Lemon oil to help eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.

Lemon oil acts as a powerful cleaning agent and the possibilities are truly endless! Share this post and let us know how you like to clean with Lemon oil.

- See more at: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/10-Ways-to-Spring-Clean-With-Lemon#sthash.jx2Y6lum.dpuf

Spring Cleaning with Oils

With spring comes spring cleaning!  What better way to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine!  Your house will be clean and your mood will be amazing - We call that a win/win!  doTERRA has some amazing cleaning DIY's on their blog that we are going to share with you.  First off is THIS one for garbage disposal refreshers. 

Don’t live with stinky garbage disposals any more. These Tangerine and Spearmint Garbage Disposal Refreshers clean and deodorize your garbage disposal in one easy use. Try it and love it! 

P.S. Tangerine is currently available for a limited time in our Sunsational Flavor’s Kit, so make sure to grab one before it’s gone!

Ingredients:

2 cups baking soda
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (any scent) 
15 drops Tangerine
15 drops Spearmint

Directions:

1. Combine baking soda and salt into bowl. 

2. Add castile soap and essential oil into mixture.

3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring with hands until it forms into the consistency of "damp sand". It should stay together when you press it together. If you add too much water just add some more baking soda and salt until the consistency is right.

4. Pack mixture tightly into a small silicone mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, just grab a tablespoon measurement device and scoop packed spoonfuls onto parchment paper. 

5. Let mixture dry for 24 hours or until hard. 

6. Put into glass jar and use the next time you do dishes! Just place 1-2 refreshers into the garbage disposal and turn it on. You will immediately smell the refreshing and cleansing aroma. - See more at: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-tangerine-spearmint-garbage-disposal-refreshers#sthash.gDplJoE9.dpuf

Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite way to use oils for cleaning - We would love to include your ideas and tips into our upcoming posts!

The Sensual Side of Essential Oils

Happy Valentine's Day! Did you know you can use essential oils in the bedroom?! We really aren't kidding when we say "There's an oil for that!" Check out some of these awesome recipes below to boost your Valentine's Day fun.

Tips for using oils in the bedroom:

  • Safety first! ALWAYS dilute your essential oils if you plan on using them topically anywhere that's a little...ahem...sensitive. Remember, oil dilutes oil so if you do get some essential oil somewhere you don't want it to be, grab your trusty coconut oil to help get it off.
  • Latex beware. Pure plant-based oils (including coconut) will actually break down latex. We are not responsible for any essential oil baby-making.
  • Anchors away! Using essential oils as emotional "anchors" has been a favorite aromatherapy technique for many years. When it comes to the bedroom, consistently diffusing or applying a certain oil (we like ylang ylang) just before, and during, sex can actually help increase libido and prompt your body to respond just by smelling it in the future.

Wishing you a happy (and fun!) Valentine's Day!

 

January Promotions

Every month, doTERRA has a new promotion, and every month we wait excitedly to see what it is....with this month being the first month of a new year, we were more than eager to see what doTERRA had in store for us.  They did not dissapoint us!  This month's promotions are incredible!

doTERRA has extended it's frankincense promotion through the 15th of January, which is amazing, because you can earn a free bottle of frankincense with any 200pv purchase - this offer is for currently enrolled wellness advocates as well as those of you who are ready to start your oil journey and become wholesale customers or wellness advocates!

Speaking of new members - how awesome is this offer!  Anyone who enrolls in January with any order of 100pv or more and then places a 100pv order in February is eligible to receive 100 free product credit from doTERRA!

If you are currently enrolled in doTERRA, you can take advantage of this promotion as well - 10% off an athletes kit, and free wild orange for any loyalty rewards order of 125pv or more.  If you are like us, and are ordering your products for the cleanse and some slim & sassy trim shake mix (hello new goals) then your order will be over 200pv, and you will get a free frankincense and a free wild orange when my order is completed before the 15th. 

This fabulous offer is available to all wellness advocates too!  If you are building the business, this is your month to shine.  If you are a wellness advocate who needs every oil - even the precious ones that are not available for sale - this is your chance!  All you need to do to get these amazing oils is share doTERRA with the people in your life! Please contact the person who enrolled you or your upline for assistance with this propmotion!  I can't wait to see all of you earn these amazing oils along with us!