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ESSENTIAL OILS

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"The land is the real teacher. All we need as students is mindfulness. The land knows you, even when you are lost"

- Robin Wall Kimmerer.

 
 

let me share some beauty straight from the earth.

Our earth, the sun and plants have a symbiotic relationship, meaning they depend on each other to function in beautiful harmony.  Our Earth provides water to our plants, the plants produce the sweet, satiating oxygen that exists all around us, and sunlight feeds the plants to become strong, immune and thriving.  And let's not forget the light source and warmth gifted to us by our solar star, as well as the hormonal regulation that goes hand in hand with exposure to the sun.

To begin, let me just share this quote by Richard Louv. He’s an American nonfiction author and journalist. He is best known for his seventh book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, which investigates the relationship of children and the natural world in current and historical contexts.

"Nature is more than just a nice place to be. Imagine if your liver developed the notion that your body is just a nice hangout spot, from which it could close itself off if it pleased.

This absurd idea parallels the way in which we separate ourselves from the natural world. We dichotomise humanity and nature, seeing the latter as a set of objects offered up for our use and amusement. We forget that the Earth is a container and context within which we are wholly embedded.

And more importantly, we forget that the Earth is a living, unified super-intelligence—a hyper-dimensional Mind, the thoughts of which form the basis of our biological existence."

Ummmm. YES. SO. MUCH. YES.

Reading this book left me with one question in mind:

Where is this ethos still alive and thriving today?

Native American cultures.

The medicine of Native Americans was a combination of practices gathered from more than 500 nations that were in the Americas over the centuries, and has been documented back to at least 2000BC (with a lot of claims that it dates back 10,000 years). It is documented that in native american tribal lore, man is far from being dominant over nature, man is seen as interdependent with other living beings and physical forces, and as such, an association called NAH was developed - Native American Healing, which uses tools from the earth to thrive and heal.

Middle and Near East – 3000 BC in the ancient Mesopotamian period. In Egypt, 1995, younger generations were failing to learn about the medicinal plants and treatments of their ancestors, and the Middle-Eastern Medicinal Plant Project was started to collect information and also to research the medical legacy.

The Maori culture in New Zealand.

Traditional Maori healing, still in use in the country today and passed down by medical practitioners through generations, takes a holistic approach. Mauri (spark or life force), wairua (spirit), and tapu (natural law) along with Whakapapaor, or genealogy, was part of healing.

China.

Traditional Chinese medicine is thousands of years old, and it is holistic in the true sense of incorporating both alternative medical treatments with herbal medicines and also various mind and body practices like acupuncture and tai chi.

India.

Ayurvedic medicine, as the traditional medicine practiced in India is termed, is about the same age as the tablets from Mesopotamia. At 3,000 years old, the practice is one of the oldest medical systems in the world.

Indigenous Australians.

When Aboriginal people did fall sick, they used plants in a variety of ways to quell their ills. Some plants, like goat’s foot, were crushed, heated and applied to the skin. Others were boiled and inhaled, and occasionally drunk. There were also saps which were directly smeared on the skin, and barks that were smoked or burned.

Professor Joanne Jamie, a medicinal chemist from Macquarie University, in Sydney has compiled a database on Aboriginal plants. Many of those plants, she found, contained anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory compound that are known to western medicine.  “When plants are used in a customary way, there is a far greater success rate in them having biological activity,” she says.  Indigenous Australians favour a couple of natively grown health tools:

1. Tea tree oil

(Melaleuca alternifolia)

Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales crushed tea-tree (or paper bark) leaves and applied the paste to wounds as well as brewing it to a kind of tea for throat ailments. In the 1920s, scientific experiments proved that the tea-tree oil’s antiseptic potency was far stronger than the commonly used antiseptic of the time. Since then, the oil has been used to treat everything from fungal infections of the toenails to acne.

2. Eucalyptus oil

(Eucalyptus sp.)

Eucalyptus leaves can be infused for body pains and fevers and chills. Today the oil is used commercially in mouthwash, throat lozenges and cough suppressants.

THE COMMONALITIES BETWEEN THESE CULTURES IS THEIr USE AND LOVE of earth treasures (including ESSENTIAL OILS), AND THEIR RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP WITH and reverence for mother earth.  

I love that this is still alive and thriving in many cultures today, and how I can see a resurgence of this traditional earth wisdom rising in society now - I’m absolutely in awe of cultures steeped in tradition and history and earth magic. I love learning from history and bringing in the gifts of today - technology (such a gift to us now) to share the beauty in this. 

My goal is to ignite remembrance of this way of living.  The old way, made new.  I bring these old ways back into the spotlight so women everywhere can have access to the greatest form of healthcare, purpose-built for human beings; nature. 

 
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"Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away"

- Robin Wall Kimmerer

 
 

LET ME TELL YOU SOME MORE …

My major message about DoTERRA essential oils is this: 

  • They are safe (as proven in over 1500 researched and peer reviewed studies)

  • They are effective (there are over 1500 proven studies published on our top 10 oils ALONE).  

In a recent study, it was found that the average OTC medication will bring about between 2-6 side effects in users, and effectiveness of the product varies between 50-73%.

The average incidence of side effects in essential oils is 0.006%, with the majority of these incidents being a result of minor skin irritation due to misuse.

So. 

Take a moment and answer these questions:

  • Would you like to feel more emotionally grounded and stable? 

  • Would you enjoy being able to turn to a tool/practice when life got overwhelming/stressful/scary that would help you feel at peace and calm? 

  • Would you like a more natural alternative to OTC drugs when it comes to headaches, period pain, muscular pain, joint discomfort, back pain, arthritis, general discomfort and inflammation? 

  • Would you like to sleep soundly and peacefully?

  • Would you like to heighten your meditation experience and connect more deeply to your intuition? 

  • Would you like better athletic performance? 

  • Would you like to infuse your food with therapeutic nutrients (and yummy flavours)? 

  • Would you like to counteract "flu season" with preventative measures and maintain health all year round?

  • Would you like to clean your home with products that have no toxic chemicals, and are safe for your whole family to be around (yep, even if your kids lick the floor)? 

  • Would you like to breathe easy, relax and unwind?

  • Would you like your kids to grow up in a toxic free environment?

If you answered YES to any of those, essential oils can support you in your life, my friend - so exciting! 

These Oils.

“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us".” 
― Robin Wall Kimmerer

Healing Hands. 

The relationships that doTERRA has with their growers, farmers, harvesters and distillers are not the typical transactional relationship you might expect. DoTERRA foster long-term, cooperative, family-like bonds to grow beautiful, deep collaborations. Working this closely with communities only highlights our privilege here at home even more.

That’s where doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation comes in.  The burning questions we have for our farmers, are 'What do you need in your community?  And, how can we provide assistance?"

DoTERRA listen intently to the needs of our sourcing communities.  We don't have all the answers, so we go straight to the source so we can support them in the most impactful way.   Sometimes the needs of our sourcing communities differ, but very often, the threads the weave through their needs are similar; Water, medical, schooling, health education.

In Haiti, the children were walking hours each day to bring back a few gallons of water for their tribe. They now have fresh drinking water that flows freely from a faucet.

In Somalia, the Frankincense harvesters requested that doTERRA build schools for their sons. ‘You must allow your daughters to be educated, too. If yes, we will build schools for you". Do you see the level of elevation occurring here?

There are currently dozens of Healing Hands projects taking place all of over the globe, and as doTERRA wellness advocates, we get the opportunity to contribute to these projects by donating, as well as knowing that every single time we buy or sell an oil, we are radically impacting the lives of people globally.

Co-Impact Sourcing. 

This fills me with so much heart-bursting, can't-wait-to-tell-you-about-it pride. DoTERRA truly gives a fuck about their workers.  We're not about bargaining our harvesters, distillers and farmers down to the lowest price - we're about fair, on-time payments. And more than that, we're about creating sustainable jobs and reliable income in underdeveloped areas. (we source from over 40 countries, and more than half are considered developing). 

We're about long-term relationships centred around reciprocity and nurturing. This Co-Impact Sourcing thing is changing the world. 

Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity (hell yes to that!).

Additionally, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation (which I mentioned above) helps support development projects in sourcing communities. Projects include schools, health clinics, improved infrastructure and clean water systems. 

These communities have some of the best raw material for oils on the planet and we have the largest market in the world for them.  

These farmers, growers and distillers get paid fairly, on time and often receive a profit share of their batches. They’re able to provide for their families, send their children to school, and go to sleep with peace of mind knowing with certainty that they will have work tomorrow - and that is HUGE in these communities.

With over 5 million customers, doTERRA has the largest database in essential oil history, and this is happening because we're gettin' woke and we know how we want to spend our money. 

So, please know that when you buy your pink pepper, you are giving to our harvester, Veronica's family (her husband died in 2014 and she has 5 kids) and local community in Kenya.  When you buy your Wintergreen, you are supporting the beautiful old women who hold the traditions of Nepal in their hearts.  There is a story for each of our oils, and they are all just as impactful.

Testing. 

You're entering one of the least regulated industries in the world, wild one (I always knew you were a rebel).  And so, I advocate hard core for these oils because we have the most stringent testing protocol in the world, and have set the industry standard for the best unadulterated, pure, powerful, potent and therapeutic essential oils.

Experts estimate that 80% of commercially available “pure” essential oils are adulterated in some way.  And, as a consumer, unless you are asking for full testing results, you have no way of knowing what's in that bottle.  

We are different. 

7 different types of testing are done on EVERY batch of essential oils: Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, microbial, organoleptic, FTIR (fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), chirality, isotopic and heavy metal testing.

Not just that, we also test at multiple points in the extraction and distillation process and we use an independent third party research lab to test every batch. We give every customer access to those test results when they purchase their oils.

We work closely with APRC (our 3rd party testing lab) to ensure every single bottle that lands on your doorstep, is as majestic and full of Earth Magic as possible. 

You have access to the testing results of every single oil that is produced by DoTERRA and their incredible farmers. 

Indigenous Sourcing.

Ok.  So, how simple would it be to just whack a bunch of plantations in at our home base (Utah), bulk produce the plant source of our oils, reap the oils, and sell it?  Very simple, right?

So, why do we go to over 40 different countries to source our beautiful oils? Why not just stay at home base? 

Because where the plant natively thrives and grows is important.  We know, through testing (and our own experiences) that natively sourced oils have a more complete constituent profile with more profound therapeutic effects.  So yeah, its important. 


We source our oils far and wide ...

  • Lavender from Bulgaria

  • Vetiver from Haiti.

  • Oregano from Turkey.

  • Wintergreen from Nepal.

  • Frankincense from Somalia.

  • Cardamom from Guatemala.

  • Ylang Ylang from Madagascar.

  • Douglas Fir from New Zealand.

  • Lemon and bergamot from Sicily.

  • Lemongrass from Southern India.

  • Tea Tree and eucalyptus from Australia. 

It matters.  

And, ya know what else matters?  WHO is harvesting the plants. 

You may have picked this up from the Co-Impact Sourcing section above, but we are in right relationship with our farmers, and the reason we have carefully selected those exact people to harvest your oils, is because they are custodians of the land of their oils.  Their families have quite often, worked that land for generations.  

They hold the earth, and the plants themselves, as sacred, and this leads to a beautiful, more complete and revolutionary bottle of essential oil.