Essential oils. I wouldn't want to be without them. I use them from morning to evening to support my (and my family's) physical and emotional wellbeing. As a mum, wife and business owner, using essential oils are small gestures of self care I can do every day. And small daily gestures add up. I can hand on my heart say since I started using them I am healthier and happier.
Essential oils are the volatile compounds distilled from different parts of plants (flowers, roots, leaves, bark etc). The plants use these compounds to defend and nourish themselves as well as reproduce. We use the oils to support and maintain a healthy body and mind.
Quality matters when it comes to essential oils - just as a home made organic burger isn't the same quality as one you can buy in a fast food place, it's the same for oils. At the moment there's no regulatory body for essential oils, so companies are free to add synthetics and additives to their bottles. Before, I used to buy my essential oils from the pharmacy, going for the ones labelled organic and pure, but knowing what I know now, I choose döTERRA. These oils are:
- Beyond organic
- Fair trade thanks to döTERRA's Co Impact Sourcing model
- 100% pure - free from fillers, synthetics and harmful contaminants.
- Rigorously tested to meet CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) standard
- Third party tested
- Scientifically studied for the strongest chemical profile to provide us with maximum therapeutic benefit
- The most pure, potent and effective essential oils in the world
My Mum "got into" essential oils in the 90s and she used to make us blends which made the house smell amazing and me feel loved. Learning about aromatherapy was on my bucket list for a few years, but something I never got round to. I only used them for cleaning and putting them in the washing machine from time to time.
Just before we moved at the end of 2015, my lovely yoga teacher invited me to an essential oils class and I jumped at the opportunity. That hour I spent with her, learning about the top ten oils and how to take care of myself with natural products, was so gorgeous. I ordered my starter kit and I drove home, my hands and heart fizzing. The next day I googled everything I could about the company (döTERRA). The oils were like nothing I'd ever smelled before. I had fallen completely and utterly in love.
As soon as I received my kit, I started using the oils. I'm 100% sure that Serenity (the calming blend) helped me to relax and sleep well before and after our move. I'm 100% sure that On Guard (the protective blend) helped us stay healthy during and after our move in winter by supporting our immune function. I love how empowered I feel being able to take care of our family's wellness using essential oils. I also love how they help me tune in to my emotional needs by being proactive about how I want to feel throughout the day - grounded, creative, confident, connected, focused, uplifted, relaxed - there's an oil for every emotion.
In all my googling about döTERRA, I watched a lot of gorgeous videos, with lemon trees and talk of heart-centredness, giving back and beyond organic products. And while that made my heart sing, I have to say I was skeptical. Could a company like this really exist?
In early April 2016 I flew to the UK to participate in a döTERRA business bootcamp. But really it was to get a behind the scenes peek at the people involved in döTERRA. To see if they lived up to the ethics and values being promoted in the lovely videos.
I came back home a changed person. Now, I have met many many lovely people in my life but these döTERRA people? They're among the most heart-centred, caring, humble, mission driven souls I've ever met. And that includes the beautiful couple earning $120'000/month (that's not a typo). I'm grateful every day to have these people in my life, who inspire and motivate me, who are nothing to do with ego and everything to do with heart. Just like döTERRA. Like attracts like and that goes for business too.
Since April I have jumped all, completely in. There is no doubt in my mind about the quality of the oils or the values of the company. I see first hand, daily, the amazing impact these oils have on families around the world. How they are improving lives, not just for us 3+ million oils users but also for the growers, the harvesters, the distillers; those people who work so hard to produce these oils and who in the past have been ripped off, poorly paid (if at all) or suffering from market lows. It feels so good to know that using these oils for the good of my family is also a way I can have an impact, I can make a difference, to many many people around the world. I dreamed of this as a kid, and I still dream of it as an adult. It feels amazing. The Co Impact Sourcing model is my absolute favourite thing about döTERRA, and why I choose it over every other essential oils company.
Very quickly I decided I couldn't keep these oils to myself, and started to talk about them with my friends and family. As I learn more, I share, and as my team learns more, some of them also decide to share. When you are utterly in love with a product and completely aligned with the values of the company, something amazing happens. Today there are over 700 people in my community in 20 countries and we are growing fast.
This time last year, the thought of calling myself a leader was unimaginable and scary, but today I feel I can't hold my voice in anymore. I can be a leader and I can still be (introverted) me. I absolutely love sharing these oils and coaching the business builders in my team. Helping them define and break through barriers and blockages. I have so many dreams about where this essential oils adventure could take my team and my family. The ideal of doing work every day that makes my heart sing has become a reality. I'm doing work that gives me purpose, flexibility, freedom, physical, emotional and financial wellness and so, so much love and joy.
When you stop caring about what others may think or say and listen only to the whispers of your soul, amazing things happen. You start living with passion, clarity and joy. Your values are aligned with your soul.