A Very Oily Christmas

If you’d like to buy someone special a Christmas gift that will keep on giving way past Christmas day, then look no further.

If the person you’re buying for appreciates quality, ethical sourcing, and 100% natural products that support their health and amplify their wellbeing from the inside out, then we got you covered.

DoTERRA produces 100% pure certified (i.e. actually tested so you have proof that it is indeed pure) therapeutic grade essential oils, and essential oil-based products. This is THE stuff if you want the goodness and infinite intelligence of mother nature in your life. Trust me, once you’ve felt supported by these oils you won’t go back to life without them. It’s the difference between living in black and white or full-spectrum colour!

Here are my favourite gift ideas for the holiday season.

Beginners Trio/Introductory Kit

The Beginners Trio contains 15ml bottles and the Introductory Kit contains 5ml bottles of three of the most popular and versatile oils: Peppermint, Lavender and Lemon. A lovely and simple place to begin experiencing the life changing impact of working with plant power in this super accessible form.

Pure-fumes

Perfumes are so last season. Consumers are increasingly aware of the toxicity of many common perfumes, with the endocrine-disrupting chemical -mayhem that they bring,  savvy buyers are ready for better solutions, but we all want to smell lovely, so why not try some of nature’s finest pure-fumes.

Any oil that your like the smell of can work well as a perfume, but if you’re buying for a special someone here are my top three picks. Jasmine, Neroli, and Rose, and three powerful, potent plants that add a touch of beauty to any moment.

These three oils are extremely labour intensive to produce and the result is a precious and delicate plant essence.

A friend smelled by Neroli Touch and commented that it was like sticking her nose in  a bunch of flowers. Essentially, this is what the experience is. Imagine giving someone that beautiful sensation of the smell fresh flowers, but in a form that they can carry around in their pocket, that will last them months and months, if not years, and that they can pull out to brighten their day whenever they need it. Pretty awesome right? Unlike toxic perfumes, these natural pure-fumes smell great and have side-benefits. Their aromatic compounds reach our brains in 22 seconds, enter our bloodstream within two minutes, and can reach every cell in our body in around 20 minutes. They can shift our whole inner state in a very short time. A powerful tool to elevate our wellbeing. Now is that a gift or what?

 

The Yoga Collection

Is there a special yogi in your life? Or maybe your the special yogi looking for a Christmas treat. Well the Yoga Collection could be your best gift this Christmas. Anchor, Align, and Arise are the perfect blends to enhance your life and yoga practice. These blends provide aromas to steady, center, and enlighten your spirit through every breath while strengthening and stretching your body. And as a little bonus, here’s a beautiful worksheet to guide you in using these three.

Hope

This is a very special blend, which given the season of giving and compassion for all is definitely one to consider. The full purchase price of each doTERRA Hope Touch bottle is donated to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ which supports efforts to fight sex-trafficking worldwide. When you purchase this you’ll be giving someone a beautiful gift and making a charitable donation. Sounds good right?

Emotional Aromatherapy Touch Kit

The doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Touch line contains six unique essential oil blends combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil in 10 mL Roll-Ons for convenient and gentle topical application. These proprietary blends provide targeted emotional health benefits for the entire family and can be applied every day to specific points on the body to help balance and brighten your changing moods.  With names like Peace, Cheer and Passion, you’ve an oil for every need. These make great Pure-fumes also! The great thing about these collections is you also have the option of breaking them out into several individual gifts.

The Home Essentials Kit is the one I point almost everyone to initially. As the name suggests it’s the essential collection for all your home needs. From cleaning the house in a green and healthy way, to making your own gorgeous beauty and self care lotions and potions, right through to managing all the common ailments like the sniffles, digestive issues, stress, sleep issues. There’s something in this kit for pretty much anything you can think of. It includes a 15ml bottle of Frankincense which, well, search ‘Frankincense’ on pubmed and check out the research, you want this wise old man in your life. It also comes with the beautiful petal diffuser so you can enjoy your oils in all three ways, aromatically, topically and internally (where appropriate).  If your budget allows this is the best value for money kit.

Christmas Specials

DoTERRA have a selection of limited edition oils and sets which you can view here.  These are available while stocks last.

 

This page will be a work in progress, I’ll update as I gather more gifts for my loved ones and let you know of new suggestions.

If you’re ready to get going head over here or check out my getting started guide if you need more guidance.

Got questions? I’m here to help 🙂

 

 

Essential Oils for Sadness and Grief

The lessons from these oils keep on rolling in. I’m constantly surprised by their gentle power to shift my mood and physical experience in the space of a minute, or less!

Breathe (now called Easy Air, but it’ll continue to be Breathe in my mind for a while yet!)  is another oil blend I didn’t care all that much for to begin with.

Don’t judge an oil by its smell

The more I work with these oils the more I discover that smell isn’t everything, and our responses to the smell changes at any rate. It runs a lot deeper than whether you like the smell or not at first encounter. They are complex creatures. You have to spend some time with them. Get to know them. Experience the full-spectrum of their personalities.

Sometimes you need to be around people who will quietly and softly listen to you and hold space gently. Other times you need people who are going to give you the truth-bombs-no-more-bullshit-talk.  And so it is with the oils. Their unique profiles and personalities come into their own at different times in our lives.

So if you don’t like the smell at first, don’t write-them-off. Ever meet anyone you weren’t sure about at first, but then when you got to know them you began to love their quirks and uniqueness? I’m finding this is so with these oils.  Oils I really did NOT like at all are now my best buddies. Yes, I know I sound like a mad woman.

And Breeeeeeeeathe

Breathe/Easy Air is the respiratory blend and is good for, well, all things respiratory.  I have another lingering cold from the nursery bugs and a drop rubbed around my nostrils cleared my airways beautifully. They aren’t miracle cures. If you’re heavily bunged up a drop won’t miraculously make the cold go away, but it certainly helps.

Oils + Emotions

More importantly, or at least equally, on an emotional level, I’ve been experiencing some serious heart woes recently. Sorrow and grief have been around for a while and this is the best oil for sadness and grief of all types.

According to Chinese medicine the heart and lung area is where we store these emotions. I’m sure you’ve felt this in your own body. You don’t feel sadness and grief in your stomach, or knees, you feel it in your heart and chest area. Applying this oil invited me to breathe deeply and easily, making way for these emotions to move through (emotion = in motion, they are supposed to move through us, not get stuck in our body as we fight to resist them and push them away).

I love making little balms with the oils to carry with me. This one was so nice today rubbed onto my chest and neck 🙂

Breathe helps us experience our sadness and grief fully, without fighting, resisting or trying to hold it still to avoid the pain we fear. It supports us in letting this part of our human experience come through and move out, in a healthy way.

I’m astounded by the intelligence of these plants and their power to support me through this complex, interesting, challenging and beautiful journey that is life.

Are the oils whispering to you too??*

*it’s OK, I won’t tell anyone 😉

If you feel these oils are calling your name (they quite likely are) and your curiosity is spiked, then I recommend heading over to the shop and investing in the home essentials kit.  This kit includes the top 10 ‘essential’ essential oils that every home should have. These are pure certified therapeutic grade, which is important if you want to experience their healing properties as well as enjoy their aroma.

When you’ve worked your way through this kit you’ll know what these oils can do for you and what, if any, role they will play in your life going forwards. DoTerra offer so many wonderful oils and oil-based products, but my summary is that it’s the 80/20 rule. You will get 80% of the benefit from just these 10 oils. The kit also includes a beautiful diffuser so you can get those little dudes into action right away.

The offer here in the UK this month is a free bottle of copaiba with every home essentials kit.  Copaiba is an incredible oil, the most anti-inflammatory substance on earth. I’ve been using a drop under my tongue since he came into my life and I find he soothes my nerves wonderfully.

So, the short of it:

 

Go here to buy a home essentials kit, before the end of July if you’d like a free bottle of copaiba

Then go here to schedule a free half hour ‘I’ve got my oils, now what?’ session (subject to availability, so don’t delay!)

Diary Of An Oil Junkie

If you’d told me this time last year that essential oils would be my new obsession, hobby and a new addition to my wellness business I’m not sure I’d have believed you.

I’ve gone from occasionally using some questionable oils in an old candle burner, to owning a veritable collection of gorgeous therapeutic grade oils and using them for pretty much everything. If you’re not oil-obsessed you probably wouldn’t believe how versatile they are.

So for you, dear, curious friend, here goes, my day through the eyes of my oil collection:

MEDITATION

My bedside companions

My ideal day starts with meditation, but it really depends if I rise before my little human decides to get up. It’s about 50/50 as she’s an early bird! If I can, I roll on some sandalwood in between my eyes and around the back of my neck, and also on my palms. I take a few deep breathes, enjoy the sandalwood and the sweet memories and feelings of my time in an ashram in India that come with the aroma. I meditate until the boss wakes up and sets me to work. 😉

DENTAL CARE

I brush my teeth with the On Guard toothpaste, this is a fluoride-free toothpaste made with a combination of oils that are excellent for oral health including cinnamon and clove

I’ll also add a drop of tea-tree or On Guard to some water and swish around for a natural mouthwash.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

I make all my own beauty products now, it’s so quick, easy, and cheap, to make beautiful all-natural products that make your skin smile with these lovely oils.

The picture opposite is a simple body scrub made from a base of baking soda with rosemary, tea tree and lavender. Amazing!

Sometimes I’ll just add a drop of an oil I’m liking a lot into the palm of my hand, run my dry brush through it, and then do a quick dry brushing session before hopping into the shower. Your skin feels amazing from the dry brushing and the gorgeous aroma is released with the hot water, enveloping you in a beautiful smell.  Better than chemical-laden shower gel, right?? It’s a totally different vibe.  Way to start the day! I’m loving Rosemary at the moment.

 

If I don’t feel like dry brushing I might just add a drop of oil to the bottom of the shower.  I don’t use any shower gel or other products in the shower – just a little castile soaps on the old pits. You don’t need anything else!!

 

 

 

 

Post-shower I apply some oil to my body and face. I have a blend I use for my face which includes frankincense and sandalwood; both great for skin and smell amazing together.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll pick an oil to wear as perfume on my pulse points. A lot of perfumes have hundreds and thousands of chemicals in them, some of which are endocrine disruptors and really not great for us, so I just use oils for fragrance now. They have the added benefit of actually assisting you in terms of managing your mood and general wellbeing.  I’ll pick an oil depending on what I need that day. I’ve been feeling a bit beaten down recently by the grind of life so I’ve been using the Passion blend. Passion is the inspiring blend that helps individuals who are feeling burdened find a more playful and spontaneous side to life, and to remember that there’s more to living than working and obligations.

 

I’ll apply my homemade deodorant. Baking soda is another key ingredient in this one, man that stuff is versatile. I use anti-bacterial oils like lavender for this one.

 

If it’s hot I’ll apply my homemade sunscreen. The key ingredient is zinc oxide, and there are certain oils that are great for harmonising the effects of sun exposure. I think this one merits a separate post.

 

 

CLEAN AND CLEAR HOME

After that, the diffuser goes on in the living room with something uplifting to get the day off to a good start, peppermint, wild orange, lemon, or the cheer blend are all used frequently in various combinations.

I’ll clean my kitchen and surfaces with a homemade spray consisting of vinegar, water and drops of On Guard essential oils.

FOOD FOOD FOOD

Sometimes I’ll even include some oils in my food.  These wild orange bliss balls live in the freezer for when I need a little sweet treat.

And I’ll often add a drop to my water. I’m using Slim and Sassy at the moment which is the metabolic blend designed to help with weight loss. I’ve got a bit of excess baby-weight to lose and I’m struggling with it. This blend doesn’t just work on the physical side by helping to curb cravings but supports individuals in releasing the heavy emotions which contribute to physical and emotional pounds. Now that’s where the real work is. Emotional eating is a whole quagmire that I’m very much stuck in thanks to post-baby-survival-mode. Interestingly enough I really disliked the taste and smell of this oil at first, as well as all the other oils that are recommended for this issue. Sometimes our patterns are so strong that we’re attracted to them even though they’re painful and not working and we actively avoid anything that might disrupt them and lead us in a better direction.  The jury is out on this one, but I’m working with it to see what happens.

END OF DAY SELF-CARE

I also use oils when oil pulling. Oil pulling is best done in the morning but I find it fits my daily routine better to do it in the evening, so that’s when it gets done, and done is better than perfect!

Peppermint leaves my mouth minty fresh, or clove and on guard are great for all-round mouth health.

 

By the end of the day I’m usually frazzled and I’ve got a massive sleep debt to pay off thanks to 10 months of pretty hardcore sleep deprivation. My favourite oils to use in the evening are Peace and Serenity. If my mind is all-over the shot then I’ll anchor down with Balance, the grounding blend, rubbed onto my feet and paired with a few moments of meditation, works miracles.  Another favourite evening combination is cedarwood and lavender in the diffuser, or massaged onto the soles of my feet with a little coconut oil.  

I give my face a quick wash at the end of the day, washing away the day. I apply my homemade frankincense and sandalwood infused-oil and roll-on a little Immortelle under my eyes.

And that is my typical day in oils….it’s a lot of oils right? Consider how many products you use in a day. Have you checked what’s in them? We’re routinely exposed to a ridiculous amount of chemicals. They certainly aren’t all toxic and lethal, but most of them probably aren’t beneficial either. I use A LOT of oils because I’ve slowly replaced dubious chemical-concoctions with plant-powered and fabulously-fragant home-made products. 

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