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Courage, Chakra's, Emotional Anatomy and Oils

Practical tools to empower you to be courageous

COURAGEOUS. When was the last time you felt it?

I am working with women all the time who are brave, strong, intelligent and impactful - yet they regularly show up feeling fearful and anxious. Worried about who they are, whether they're doing the right thing, are they enough? It's crazy and yet it's so common, myself included!

Recently, I was reminded of the courage within. As our eldest took an enormous leap of faith in letting go of one her bedtime rituals that she has held onto for months and months - terrified of letting it go. She would tell me, "no, I'm too scared" and I would get so frustrated knowing how capable she was, and yet she didn't know it.

More recently I felt a shift in her. She's been more confident, taking more risks, being more independent so I decided to raise it again with her, and again she said "no, I'm too scared". This time though I guided her to focus on her body, walked her through some affirmations and drew the links for her about how she felt different depending on what thoughts and words she chose to express. We practiced using positive words to replace fear, and she noticed the difference in her body. So with a gentle nudge she chose to have a go, to trust in her body, to have faith in herself.

And her PRIDE. Oh my goodness! Heart explosions everywhere. Literally, I felt my heart expand both for how she felt about herself, and how I felt about her. In this moment she has conquered the world and she is masterful. And I thought "my goodness she's so brave!". Am I that brave?

Quite literally, the heart chakra is all about acceptance, self-acceptance.  Courage and pride are the most magnified expressions of self-acceptance.

It reminded me of how much courage we have as children. When the world is so big, new people, places, concepts, skills, feelings everywhere - and yet we ask them to be brave. EVERY DAY. And they are, repeatedly.

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Then we grow up and somewhere between then and now, we get full of fear. Our horizons narrow and we focus on what we feel we can't do, what could go wrong, what other people will think. EVEN THOUGH, everyday we ARE being courageous. Every day we are navigating new terrain, mastering new skills in life, growing ourselves, doing our best.

Courage is not something that you get from the store. It is within. And like any muscle, it gets stronger the more attention we give and the more exercise it gets.

Focus on your courage. Know that you are enough. You are capable. You can do it. Give your energy to that which serves you, starve the parts that don't.

NEVER STOP BEING COURAGEOUS.

What to do when you’re not feeling courageous? Well, first step is to tune in - what’s going on, what fears are surfacing? Getting clear about the fear supports you to be targeted in your response. Just blanket going hell for leather without understanding what’s motivating you is both dangerous and ineffective. Courage sits in the heart chakra, but fear sits in the root. So it is worth looking at long term fears that you hold regarding your security, foundations, your belonging and survival. Keep enquiring and exploring until you hit on the issue that feels right. You’ll know it, we all do. Sometimes we don’t want to accept it, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know it. Challenge number one, don’t turn away ;)

I always use a rounded approach to working through growth because there is never a single answer. No all curing pill. No one inspirational quote. It takes a suite of tools and I’m passionate about empowering myself and others with a full hardware store in our back pockets! So, with personal growth and busting through fear in mind, these are my go to’s:

  • Oils, oils, oils: essential oils have been used for millennia to shift mood and feelings, and dōTERRA has the highest quality in the market. In order to get an effect from an oil it MUST be 100% pure, otherwise forget it, your human cells know the difference between mama nature and synthesis (check the research that confirm this here). For this kind of space I use oils that support a sense of safety, belonging and transformation and that ground me back to the earth, stop me from running away with my emotions. Manuka for being upheld and supported, Marjoram for connection, Cedarwood for community, Bergamot for self-acceptance, Arborvitae and Balance for grounding and reconnecting me to the energy of the earth and DDR Prime for transformation.

I hear you, you reckon it’s crazy. These oils can’t make you feel this way! On the contrary, these oils are your fast track to hijacking your emotions and taking control. As I said, millennia. These descriptions are derived from a combination of historical use (how people have felt in response to using each essential oil or plant), and biochemistry (what pathways are influenced by the essential oil chemistry, and what neuro-chemical changes occur as a result). Ancient wisdom meets, and surpasses modern science :)

  • Emotional Anatomy: lean into who you are. Develop your understanding of your over-riding mind-body type and use that insight to connect with your deepest potential.

So much of my personal story is tied up in my Base and Sacral chakras and the more I understand it, the more I can see it expressing itself, the more I can give it the space to be processed and let go, or integrated. I now use this information to choose what type of yoga I do, what kind of foods I eat, what time of day I do certain activities etc., so that I’m working with my unique expression rather than blindly adopting whatever is going in the hope that some benefit will rub off.

  • Desire Mapping: far from just being an awesome planning tool, identifying your Core Desired Feelings is another way of facilitating behavioural change. How many times do you commit to some goal, some new behaviour (exercise, saying no etc.) only to start out strong and then completely fall off the wagon? The way Desire Mapping happens, the guided process of enquiry, its deep. It gives you the opportunity to connect with what makes you tick, what drives you, in a truly heart-centred way. And once you have them, those Core Desired Feelings become your beacon, your talisman. Every decision you make, every move, every action is held up against these feelings and given a hell yes, or a no way! Your guidance system is dialled up to full throttle, and your intuition finally gets a permanent seat at the table. Do it.

And if I happen to uncover something that really stirs up my emotions, then I’ll use EFT and more oils, to support me to process and get to the root of the issue. Do you know what I love most about these tools? Anyone can use them. These are all totally accessible SELF help tools which is awesome, because taking responsibility and helping yourself is empowering. It is the very definition of empowerment. If you want to learn more about Emotional Anatomy, oils or Desire Mapping you can join my facebook group (search for Team Alchemy) - it’s free and there’s a bunch of resources, short courses and videos to guide you in your journey.

Big love to your bad-ass xx

Connection: why you're feeling out of whack and how to fix it

When was the last time you felt connected?  Like truly connected on a deep level, to something? As I journey through this part of my life, I am realising more and more the value of connection.  

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Humans have an innate need for connection.  We were designed as communal beings who lived and evolved together in tribal communities, connected to each other, the earth, the stars and universe.  We've come a long way, and yet despite our incredibly busy, autonomous and distanced lives (or perhaps because of) we still yearn for deep connection.  

Without connection we are isolated, alone, insecure, fractious - we fail to thrive.  Connection is as necessary as food, water and shelter.

There are many ways in which we can be connected.  We can nurture our relationships by spending time with one another - even if it's via FaceTime - celebrate each other's wins and birthday's, and be present when circumstance calls.  Acknowledgement of each other in the present moment without judgement or interference, embodies deep connection in our relationships.

We can connect in our workplace.  Take a few minutes to say hello to your colleagues, even the guy who is always staring at his computer and never says hello to you!  You have no idea what is going on in his life, he could be dealing with incredible adversity and a simple hello could be the highlight of his day.

Get out in nature.  Being connected to the earth's energy is incredibly important for our physiology and psychology.  The earth is negatively charged, we are positively charged.  Spending time barefoot and connected to the earth has a balancing effect on our otherwise polarised energy.  This grounding is hugely beneficial for reducing inflammation and supporting the immune response.  In addition to that (in case it needs to be said), nature is where all of LIFE resides.  Birds, trees, flowers, insects, water, earth and all living things are out in nature.  Spending time amongst the 'living' brings us closer to the energy that is ever-present and constantly exchanging between all beings, including you and me.  Connection with nature has demonstrated numerous benefits for physical and mental health including reducing cortisol levels and inflammation, and improving cognition.  So get outside, eat your lunch in the sun, walk barefoot on the grass or on the beach.  It doesn't matter what you choose, only that you do it.   

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And most importantly, connect with yourself.  'But what does that even mean?', I hear you ask.  At conception through birth and infancy we are connected with ourselves - we function on intuition, instinct and in the present moment.  As we grow we learn the idea of separation, that we are separate from each other, the earth, all living beings.  The medical model in which most western cultures operate, separates the body from the mind, treating both in isolation.  Traumatic events, traditional school systems, and the lessons and beliefs taught to use by our families reinforce separation of mind and body.  And in that separation, we lose ourselves.  We start to doubt, we look to external sources to validate our feelings and ourselves.  We adopt identities formed on the basis of expectation and belief, and we work hard, like really hard, to prove our worth.  We seek out more and more opportunities for external validation - building empires and acquiring all the accoutrements of a successful life.  And then we ache.  We literally ache, in the emptiness.

Despite having everything that apparently makes us happy, 1 in 10 Australians are on anti-depressants (the 2nd highest rate in the world).  Marriage rates are going down, as we insulate ourselves against imperfect relationships.  Children are living out the lessons of separation and comparative value, evidenced in bullying across the globe.  And more than 58% of all deaths, every year, are attributable to lifestyle choices.  Alcohol, tobacco, lack of exercise and stress.  All coping mechanisms for our lack of connection, to ourselves and each other.

So how can we shift the tide?  It's not rocket science, but it takes vulnerability.  And THAT can be scary.  Vulnerability is uncomfortable and in general, we go to great lengths to avoid it.  But it can lead to incredible rewards when we put ourselves out there, because that is where ultimate joy resides.  Think about the moments you feel closest to someone, it's when they are truly themselves with you and vice versa.  In vulnerability is where we find each other, we accept each other and ourselves.  Stop running from every moment of discomfort.  Turn and face yourself, there is much to be admired!  Emotional anatomy is an incredible practice for reconnecting to your true self.  Indeed it is not for the faint-hearted but the spoils are grand for those willing to go the distance.

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The mind and body connection will support us in every way, if we allow it.  It is the future of medicine, where the physical will no longer be considered in the absence of the mental and emotional. There are innumerable ways to get into the practice of mind-body connection. Yoga, meditation, bodywork, dance or camping all work. Use essential oils to harness your natural chemistry and support you through fears and EFT to process your emotions, find clarity and redefine how you feel in life. And Desire Mapping? Wow.  That process will take you deep into connection with yourself, to find out what you truly want in your life. I find so much comfort in using these tools daily. Most importantly, I have a regular routine of using grounding oils on my feet because I have a tendency to be all up in my head, overthinking and analysing 24/7. So always, grounding oils on my feet and base of my spine to re-establish my connection to the earth. Generally I use Balance, Arborvitae or Cedarwood with a drop of Frankincense. Second, oils on the shower floor. I’m a morning shower person, you know? I am just not awake unless I’ve been under a stream of water! And a few drops of Aromatouch on the floor is a beautiful way to open my heart, awaken my body and senses through the energising and renewing properties of Peppermint, Basil, Cypress, Grapefruit, Marjoram and Lavender. I LOVE this blend. Consider all the emotional properties in this bottle - renewal, motion and flow, honouring the body, communication, buoyant heart and connection. Like hello, what a way to start the day! Throughout the day I use oils that support my physical and emotional needs, always with a view to bringing balance back to the body. And then comes the end of the day. I find the night a very sacred time, probably because it’s a rare opportunity for true quiet! I always choose my oils intuitively, tuning into the emotions of the day and what’s going on in my heart. I’ll diffuse oils that support me through those emotional issues, and therefore a good nights sleep. Rest is imperative to every system in the body and while I don’t always achieve it (musical beds and the demands of small children) my aim is that whatever rest I get is the very best quality it can be, so that it is restorative. I honour my body-mind’s need for deep, restorative connection at the physical, emotional and energetic levels.

Oils, EFT, Emotional Anatomy and Desire Mapping - yes these are all services that I offer, because that's what has worked for me. But connection looks different for everyone!  Maybe you adore rock climbing and you experience connection while you're hanging off a cliff face with your fellow rock climbing crazies.  Or maybe you need to dance naked around a fire-pit drinking cacao under a full moon!  What ever it is, you'll know it when you feel it.  It's blissful.  It's pure.  It's solid.  And it's easy.  Wasn't easy to get there, but easy once you are there.  You know?

I’d love you to share the ways in which you find connection, leave a comment below so we can all be a little more connected xx

Make your account work for you

So you've got your amazing oils in your hot little hands, what now?  You've made a fair investment, you're excited to know more and learn about how to get the most out of your oils, ditch the toxins and get on your way to your best health yet.  BUT - it's all a bit confusing!  Sometimes it seems that people are speaking in tongues - LRP, OV, PV, PoM - what does it all mean?  How do you make the most out of this smorgasbord of goodness you're now standing in front of?

Never fear, the answer is here :)

Making the most of your dōTERRA account is easy, it just takes a little planning, understanding a few basic principles and most importantly - using your product!

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First up LRP - Loyalty Rewards Program.  By far, this is the most intelligent way to get your oils and all the other goodies in dōTERRA's range.  Why?  Just like QANTAS, Woolworths or whatever your local airline or supermarket is, customer loyalty is rewarded.  The program functions on a monthly order which you can stop anytime you like, no contract.  The commitment from you is to purchase a minimum of one product a month, of any value.  In return, dōTERRA rewards you with points - all shipping costs plus a percentage of your total order.  Everyone starts at 10%, and increments every 3 months by a further 5%, up to a maximum of 30%.  Points pile up in your back office, and you can use these to purchase product - making your investment much more cost effective in the long run.

Basic rule - to increment you need to purchase a minimum of 50PV.  Here are some example 50PV orders that give great benefit to every household:

  • Shampoo & Conditioner (26PV, $39), Balance Grounding Blend (24.5PV, $27) + Shipping $7.95 (8PV).  Total cost = $73.95, you get 13 points. Your hair will look and feel amazing and you'll be calm, centred and grounded - very zen.  And, already enough for a free Lemon Oil!
  • On Guard Cleaning Concentrate (10PV, $18), On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste (5PV, $10.25), Clove Essential Oil (16.5PV, $18.25), Purify Essential Oil blend (21.50PV, $27).  Every thing you need to clean your house, keep mould at bay and treat your teeth and gums to an holistic overhaul.  Total cost = $73.50, you get 13 points. 

Spend Swap - Take advantage of the fact that dōTERRA has a full range of personal care, wellness, spa and cleaning products that caters for many of your regularly purchased items.  Consider items such as deodorant, laundry detergent, household cleaning products, toothpaste and skin care then swap them out for dōTERRA's low tox version.  By using your Loyalty Rewards Program to purchase these products you'll earn points regularly, which not only reduces the cost of your household budget over time but also drastically decreases the amount of toxic chemicals you're exposing yourself and your family to, every single day.  

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Do It Yourself - make your own roller balls, spray bottles and spritzers.  What for?  Because it's makes everything way cheaper!  In a 10ml rollerball bottle you're generally going to add 15-20 drops of essential oil.  With 250 drops in a 15ml bottle of essential oil, that gives you 12 - 15 rollers from one 15ml bottle!  By making your rollerballs, it extends the life of your oils by eons.  Making spray bottles and spritzers (small spray bottles) for cleaning products, linen or pillow sprays, hand sanitisers, room fresheners also makes sense.  Mostly these recipes are water and oils, and are again a great way to get the most out of your oils.

Product of the Month - freebie, freebie, freebie!  When you order 125PV and ship between 1 - 15th of the month, dōTERRA will send you free product :) This is a no-brainer, but also benefits from a little planning.  Put together a list of extra items, like a wish list, of things you might not ordinarily order but that would boost your total to 125PV.  Maybe it's a top shelf oil, or some spa products to treat yourself, or a gift for someone else.  Product of the Month is advertised on the 1st of each month, so you can check and see if it's something you lust after.  If it is, great! Add some of your wish list items to your cart to get your 125PV total.  If not, simply go ahead with your one or two products, and save your bigger order for next month.

Are you sharing oils?  Obviously the major benefit to be gained from your membership is income.  Sharing is the term we use for oil lovers who want to cover the cost of their orders, but are not actively building a business. You can do this by placing a 100PV order.  Be efficient by planning ahead - save your bigger orders (over 100PV) for the months where you are hosting a workshop, or someone you know wants to enrol.  That way your biggest expenditure will co-incide with the months when you earn income. 

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Purchasing with points - when you decide to use points to purchase product, choose the products that save you the most cash while using the least amounts of points.  For example, Peppermint Beadlets and Fractionated Coconut Oil both cost $16.50 when paying in cash.  However, the beadlets will only cost you 11.5 points whereas the FCO will cost 15 points - so it makes sense to pay for the FCO in cash and use your points to get the beadlets.  Value will differ for each person depending on your priority, so just remember to review both the Redemption Value and the cost when you are placing your order.

BOGO - buy one, get one free!  Again, who doesn't love a freebie!  If you're serious about getting value then DO NOT MISS BOGO deals.  By far the best value is buying one oil and getting another absolutely free.  When BOGO runs it goes for five days, Monday to Friday.  A new deal is posted each day, and is available only for that day while stocks last.  Yes, you need to ship each order individually.  If you use your LRP, you'll get all your shipping back in rewards points, so double bonus!!

Use your oils!  Seems silly to say right?  Behaviour is hard to shift though, so if you are new to using oils then make sure you use them, every day.  Build them into your daily and nightly personal care routines, use them for cleaning, set aside some for your medicine cabinet and get them into your kitchen.  Get them into your gym bag and hand bag.  Make some rollers up for the kids school bags.  Because guess what, you definitely WILL NOT GET ANY BENEFIT IF YOU DON'T USE THEM.  You won't be reducing your toxic load, you won't be feeling calm, balanced and sleeping well.  You won't have increased energy and focus during the day and your hormones will still be all over the shop.  USE. YOUR. OILS.

So, there you have it.  Some major tips for getting the most out of your dōTERRA membership.  Are there other tricks and pointers that you have that you'd like to share? We'd love to know, post a comment!

OMG you smell ahhh-maaaayyy-zing!

I often get complimented on my fragrance.  People say, "you always smell so lovely" and it's such a nice compliment to receive!  When they ask what I'm wearing I rattle off whichever oils I have applied that day, and a conversation is often sparked about how they've always been interested in oils but didn't know how to use them or where to start. 

When I started using essential oils one of the most foundational elements for me was that I could finally participate in the world of aroma.  My senses were awoken and I felt my whole body come to life and respond to the different oils as I opened each bottle, with each one evoking a new feeling and sense of being.  I was deeply moved, still am, every time.

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My whole life I have had both hay fever and been very sensitive to smells, so we couldn't have flowers in the house and I would often develop severe migraine headaches in response to the fragrances being worn around me.  It was torture jumping in the car to go to school with both my mother and my grandmother who were doused in Chanel No.5 or Christian Dior.  I would literally hang my head out the window all the way to avoid being nauseated before the day even started!  One day I was already in the sick bay with a headache waiting to be picked up when a teacher walked by wearing a very strong perfume, it tipped me over the edge and I ran out the door and vomited all over the bushes outside the school Secretary's window.  They took me seriously after that :)

So when I hit my teens and all my friends were discovering their favourite fragrances I was left out.  No matter what I tried it either gave me a headache or made me feel sick.  In the end I gave up and resolved that it was one less thing for me to spend my very limited 15 yr old wages on!  Unbeknown to me at the time, I have saved myself years of toxic insult as the harsh chemicals used to create fragrances are now known to be hormone disrupters.  Fancy spraying a whole bunch of toxins directly on your throat, every day, directly over your thyroid?  No thanks.

My decisions about which oils I dress in tend to be emotionally driven.  That is, I use the oils to invoke different emotions that support me through out the day.  So it's not a particularly technical blending approach, but I do honour the basic principles of blending because things work out better that way.

There are many resources available to guide you in the art of blending, but here are the basics.  Blending is very much like wine-making, part art and part science, and it is equally as personal as wine.  What you like will be completely offensive to someone else, and vice versa.  Whether you take a serious approach or a more intuitive one, you're looking to combine different characteristics that create a certain profile.  Each oil has two specific characteristics that you want to become familiar with:

 

Notes

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The concept of notes is extremely important in perfumery.  A good blend should be a balanced synergy of top, middle and base, in order of volatility- how quickly the oil evaporates - from very light (very volatile) to heavy (least volatile).

  • Top: first aroma experienced by the sense of smell, initial impact.  Usually fresh citrus and light, green, fruity notes.  These oils create the blend's initial impression, giving brightness and clarity.
  • Middle: second aroma experienced, sometimes after a few minutes, the heart of the bouquet.  Middle notes last longer, imparting warmth and fullness to the blend.  
  • Base: deep resonating aroma, lingering scent and acts as a fixative.  Base notes have a strong influence on the mental, emotional and spiritual plane and have a sedative and relaxing effect.

 

Blend Classification

Enhancer, Equaliser, Modifier, Personifier.  A great way to explain this concept is to imagine you are in a room blindfolded, and someone wearing an essential oil enters the room.  What does the aroma tell you about their personality, what kind of interests might they have and what type of clothes might they wear?

  • Enhancer: pleasant fragrance, will modify the blend without over-powering it.  Should be the predominant oil, enhances the properties of the other oils. Can be up to 50-80% of the blend (Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Geranium, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rose, Lemongrass)
  • Equaliser: smooth out the sharp edges in the blend, they balance the blend and allow it to flow.  10-15% of the blend  (Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Rose, Lemongrass)
  • Modifier: give the blend a lift and contribute to it's distinctive personality.  Mild, short aroma that adds harmony.  Use sparingly, not more than 4-8% of the blend (Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Rose)
  • Personifier: very sharp, strong and long-lasting fragrance.  Dominant properties with strong therapeutic action.  Use very sparingly 1-5% of the blend (Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Orange, Rose) 

Yes, some oils possess multiple classifications - just to keep it easy!  

 

My all-time favourite blend (so far!)

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Even though I choose my oils intuitively every day, there is a staple combination that I keep returning to.

  • Arborvitae (1 drop): Intense, medicinal, woody, earthy.  Enhancer and Equaliser. Top to middle note.  Grounding, calming, spiritual awareness, connection to truth.
  • Frankincense (3 drops): rich, deep, warm, balsamic, sweet.  Enhancer and Equaliser.  Base note.  Eases impatience, irritability, restlessness.  Promotes resilience and truth.
  • Geranium (1 drop):  Sweet, citrus-rosy, fresh.  Enhancer and Equaliser.  Middle note.  Eases tension and stress, very balancing, softening, nurturing.
  • Hawaiian Sandalwood (1 drop):  Soft, woody, spicy, sweet, earthy.  Heaven in a scent.  Modifier and Equaliser.  Base note.  Calming, harmonising and balancing.

In this blend you'll notice there are three Enhancers, that make up the majority of the blend.  The modifier is used sparingly and all four are equalisers (secondary to being Enhancers).  There are also top, middle and base notes in appropriate proportions.  But guess what?  I didn't plan any of that!  When I chose these oils I followed my nose and my heart, and put together something that felt good and smelt delicious to me.  Check out the emotional profile for each oil, I'm clearly aiming for calm, grounding and softness.  Tune into your senses and do what feels right and smells good to you.

Other combinations I love are Bergamot, Frankincense and Cedarwood for similar reasons to the above, it's just a lighter version of that blend.  And for those times when I'm wanting to bring forth the feminine then I layer the florals - Neroli, Jasmine and Rose.  Together these three create a bouquet that is floral without being fluffy, it's womanly as well as feminine, strong and soft, and those qualities come together to create just a hint of seduction, confidence and prowess.  You know, for THOSE kinds of days :)

So before you get all confused and stop yourself before you start, just have a go.  Play with oils that you like, that resonate with you.  Tune into how you feel when you smell different oils.  Do you feel elated, soft, strong, seductive, energised, focused - the list is literally endless.  Take 2-3 oils and hold the bottles together, equal distance from your nose.  Which aroma is strongest?  What would you like to smell more of ?  What is missing altogether?  You can move the bottles up and down to make one closer to your nose than the others, then do another pass to see how the blend has changed.  Once you find something you think might work just test it by adding the drops to the palm of your hand with some Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Try it on.  Apply it to your wrists and neck and see what happens.  Do you enjoy the scent?  Does it change after a little time?

Relax.  Enjoy.  These beautiful products were put in your hands to improve your life.  Let them!  I would love to hear about your blending experiences, drop a comment below to let us know!

 

Hosting a dōTERRA Event

Class.  Party.  Workshop.  Gathering.  Session.  Catch-up.  What do you call it?

I like 'event', do you know why?  Because lots of people have some weird-ass feelings about hosting what is essentially a product party.  I totally get it - I was one of them!

Up until two years ago I had been to a sum total of one (yes, singular) product party and hosted zero.  The reason?  Waaaaaayyy back in my early 20's I was invited to a friends BBQ and ambushed by her father into an Amway demo.   I was ropable!  Like seriously seething.  My trust in a relationship had been broken and I had been cornered.  Luckily at the time I was able to say 'no thanks', but only after spending a very uncomfortable hour in a place I didn't want to be, and losing a lot of respect and fondness for someone I had liked immensely.  Unfortunately this experience is common and many people have been put off the idea of getting too close to anything that remotely resembles network marketing or direct sales.

Fast forward 20-odd years.......whilst at home on maternity leave I discovered Norwex.  Family and friends raved about the products, and I respected their opinions so when I called their rep to get some info, she asked if I would host a demo for a few friends.  Whilst I felt a bit squirmy, I agreed.  When I met my friendly Norwex rep, I realised that she was just another Mum like me, who wanted a more flexible life.  She'd had a professional career but when she discovered Norwex, she developed a passion for the product and decided to give the business a go.  And she was great at it!  Our demo was very relaxed, not at all pushy, informative and a really lovely gathering.  Some women bought products, some didn't.  No awkwardness, just shopping on the comfort of our deck with a very informed personal rep.  Was I asked to become a member of her team?  Yes.  What did I say?  No thanks, not for me.  What did she say?  Ok, well if you ever change your mind you know where I am.  That was it.  No pestering, no convincing - just an offer of an opportunity and a respect for my decision.

When I joined dōTERRA I fell in love with the products really quickly, pretty much overnight.  And I decided to build a business straight away.  Having attended a sum total of two product parties by then (I bought a Thermomix), I wasn't what you'd call experienced!  BUT, it didn't matter.  Why?  Because I loved the products and I could see the potential in the business opportunity.  Flexible work, generous income, supportive and engaged community.

My first event was at a friends house.  She invited a bunch of her pals, laid out some nibbles and we gathered to talk and play with essential oils.  We kept it simple.  I think 5 out of 6 women enrolled on the night (the 6th has since enrolled later), everyone enjoyed themselves and we created a bunch of happy oil users.  No biggie and I could see the enormous value of the group dynamic.  People love being together, especially us gals!  We share stories and experiences, and create a community very quickly.  

Hosting an event is also the best way to get your oils for free.  Does that sound good?  Who doesn't want free oils!  Sharing with your peeps means that you can earn commissions to cover the cost of your order.  Easy peasy.  Here's how........

  1. Pick a date / time that works for you 
  2. Invite 10-12 peeps, knowing that at least half won't be able to make that date / time (all good, you can host another one later!)  I'll do up a cool digital invite for you to send out.
  3. Send a couple of reminders - people get busy and forget their commitments!  
  4. Get some nibbles and your choice of beverages (sparkling water is great to showcase your fave citrus oils)
  5. Relax, enjoy the company of your friends and soak up the oily fun! 

A couple of tips to make your event awesome :)

  • Inviting in person is always best, isn't that how you like to be asked to things?  Have a coffee, give them a ring.  Follow up with your social sharing / text / digital-comms so your peeps have a record of the all the details
  • Keep you nibbles simple and easy
  • If you're keen to share some drinks, leave it until after the info session is done.  That way everyone can relax, chat and mingle over oils 

So, next time you're asked if you're open to hosting an event, just say yes!  You'll nab yourself a host gift and could even cover your own order!  And your friends will be stoked.  I would love to know your host experiences, share your story in the comments and inspire others to join in the fun :)

Jo x

How You Can Bring Hope to Children Caught in Sex Trafficking
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$2500 to save one child from sex slavery.

That's a pretty small price.  Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) is a NON-PROFIT organisation that partners with doTERRA to undertake this most challenging, traumatic and necessary work. Setup by an ex-US Homeland Security Special Agent, OUR has rescued over 1000 children and assisted in the arrests of more than 400 traffickers.

doTERRA created the Hope Blend specifically to support this work, by donating all proceeds from every sale - that’s all $26 - not just the profit, to the organisation.  At that rate it takes 100 bottles of hope to be purchased, to save the life of one child.

I’m going to share a little bit of my story with you here. As a child I was subjected to violence and sexual assault. That only ended because friends ‘rescued’ us - in the middle of the night, and we got away. We had to live in a new place, and then we moved state.  When I think about this time I am reminded how traumatic it was, but I am also struck by how lucky we were.  We were enormously gifted to have people that both cared enough and were in a position to actually help, that we got out. These children don’t have that opportunity. They have nothing, except the work of organisations such as OUR that dedicate their lives, their freedom, their gifts, to helping those that can’t help them selves.

This is an incredibly easy solution for you to be a part of.  Purchase this beautiful blend of Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot for yourself or gift it to a friend.  If you’ve got a monthly order going, make it a regular purchase - it’s five coffees a month and give it out everytime there’s a birthday, mother’s day, baby shower, bridal shower - the oils will help you feel calm, relaxed, soothed and uplifted.  Share the stories, share the work and we'll continue to rescue innocent children from depravity and give them an opportunity for a different life.  An opportunity to grow in safety, to be loved and valued and to grow up to not repeat the mistakes of their childhood.  To understand and experience a different way to live and create life.

At $26 it’s unfathomably inexpensive.  Five coffees a moth.  A couple of bottles of wine.  One bottle of reasonable bubbles.  All these gifts we share in our extraordinarily privileged lives, and that's coming from me, someone who could easily be bitter, consumed by my own story and perpetuating the pain.  Instead I choose to be part of the solution.  I choose to be the change agent.

Let's be clear - I will not profit from purchases of this oil. It has 0 point value, and all commissions in doTERRA are paid on point value.  doTERRA don't even cover their costs on this, they pass the full price, all $26, onto OUR so they can continue their work. 

It's just the right thing to do.

Please share this post far and wide, because every child is worth saving.

Jo x

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils

How are you using your essential oils?  Sometimes I meet people who only use their oils in one particular way, are you one of them??  I find it crazy because you're missing out on a whole world of fun and benefits!  By using essential oils aromatically, topically and internally you can really take advantage of every benefit they have to offer and fully integrate them into your life.  The more you use them, the more benefit you'll gain and the more value you'll get.

I thought it might be useful to put the basics together for you in this neat little video, because you know, it's a nice change from all the writing!

What's your favourite way to use essential oils?  Post a comment, I'd love to know x

Weekend Alchemy: Saving Face

How's your face looking?

About 10 years ago I developed pigmentation all over my cheeks and forehead, almost overnight.  I remember it happened really quickly.  I consulted doctors and dermatologists and no-one could give me any solid indication of what caused the change.  Everything from being on the contraceptive pill to sun-damage, diet and genetics (or a combination) were proposed as possible reasons.  They offered plenty of products, all topical, all synthetic and all of which I tried to no avail.

Recently, I decided to turn to my essential oils to see what they could offer.  After doing a stack of research on different types of base oils and using oils for skin care, both cleansing and moisturising.  I decided to make the switch, and my skin has never looked better.

The first step was to remove soap based products from my skin care, which meant no more foaming cleanser.  That was a hard one for me to manage because I am so used to that squeaky clean feeling that I wasn't sure I could feel like my face was clean without some suds!  However, in the pursuit of benefit, I gave it a go.

Using oils to cleanse your skin is not new.  There are many resources available for you to do your own research on the ins and outs of the process, so here I will share with you what I chose, why and how I use it.

I chose to use Coconut Oil because it's anti-microbial, anti-yeast and makes a great makeup remover.  I could have used Jojoba Oil (expensive option, so I saved it for my serum) or Castor Oil (BAD childhood memories!) so I chose Coconut.  It's also relatively inexpensive for a good quality, organic product that I always have on hand anyway.  There are two ways I cleanse with coconut oil:

  1. Eye-makeup remover: gently massage PLAIN coconut oil over eye, without getting IN your eye, to remove make-up. Wipe off with a warm face washer or cotton pad.

  2. Face cleanser: add a drop of Lavender or Tea Tree oil and gently massage over your face for 2 minutes, paying particular attention to the oily areas. Take a hot face washer and hold it over the face to steam the pores, then wipe off. Repeat a couple of times until the residual oil is gone.

Note: do NOT use essential oils on the eye area.  That's why this is a two step process.  Plain coconut oil for the eyes, add Lavender or Tea Tree for added anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties for the rest of the face.

Cleansing with this method leaves my skin very clean and soft, not at all tight the way soap-based products have.  After cleansing I use a spritzer with filtered water, Juniper Berry and Lavender oils to tone and tighten the pores, then onto my serum.  This is where the magic happens :) 

  My A.M and P.M Skin Perfection Serums

My A.M and P.M Skin Perfection Serums

Firstly, I decided that just as I would normally have a morning and a night a cream, I would create a morning and a night serum.  Our skin does most of its regenerating at night while we are asleep (if we're lucky enough to be getting any!), so I wanted something more intensive to maximise the natural healing processes, and a lighter one for the day that would nourish and protect, and still be a good base for make-up.  

Next, I considered which base oil to use knowing that the majority of the serum would be comprised of this oil.  I went with  a blend of Jojoba Oil (because it suits my skin type) and Rosehip Oil for it's regenerating properties (for both the pigmentation and my age).  To this base I added some super-concentrated Vitamin E to the night serum for its anti-oxidant properties and to protect against free-radical damage.  Vitamin E naturally occurs in the skin but is depleted with time and sun damage, and is clearly depleted in mine!  I only added the Vitamin E to the night serum because it is quite thick and creates a bit of shine on the skin, perfect for night time :) 

Time to navigate the essential oils and choose ones to target my pigmentation and deliver all the other benefits I want from my skin-care such as keeping the wrinkles at bay, creating a youthful glow, smoothing and evening tone etc.  Does Miranda Kerr come in an essential oil?? 

There are many essential oils that are beneficial for the skin and it really is a case of trying and testing which ones suit you.  These are the oils I started with: 

  • Arborvitae (promotes clear and healthy looking skin)

  • Blue Tansy (reduce appearance of blemishes, hydrates and soothes)

  • Copaiba (clears, smoothes, reduces appearance of blemishes)

  • Frankincense (reduces appearance of imperfections)

  • Geranium (smoothes and beautifies)

  • Helichrysum (revitalises, reduces appearance of wrinkles, promotes glowing, youthful complexion)

  • Lavender (soothing)

  • Myrrh (reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles)

  • Patchouli (reduces appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, imperfections, smoothes)

  • Hawaiian Sandalwood (reduces imperfections, smoothes and promotes glow)

  • Spikenard (softens and smooths)

It's quite the list isn't it?  I narrowed it down by selecting some all-rounders for the morning and keeping the star performers for the evening, and by excluding oils that I don't love the aroma of (eg., Lavender, Myrrh, Patchouli and Spikenard) - after all, they're going on my face!  I referenced my previous experiences with the oils - I have seen Helichrysum stop bleeding on a number of cuts, Frankincense reduce bruising and heal cuts, abrasions, bites etc., Arborvitae really ground and calm me, and Hawaiian Sandalwood just opens me up - I love it. I also considered the price of the oils and how much I would need for each batch, as I wanted the serums to be cost effective so that others could try them out too!  Here are the recipes I created:

A.M Serum 30ml

  • 17ml Certified Organic Jojoba Oil

  • 5ml Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

  • 15 drops Frankincense

  • 10 drops Geranium

  • 10 drops Arborvitae

Total cost to produce: $21.18.  Using 5 drops per application, batch lasts approx. 84 days, $0.25 per day.

P.M Serum 30ml

  • 17ml Certified Organic Jojoba Oil

  • 5ml Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

  • 20 drops Vitamin E Super Concentrate

  • 15 drops Frankincense

  • 10 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood

  • 10 drops Helichrysm

  • 6 drops Blue Tansy

Total cost to produce: $54.06.  Using 5 drops per application, batch lasts approx. 89 days, $0.60 per day.

AND, you've only used a small amount of your essential oils which you can use for all their other beautiful benefits or save and make more batches of your unique, tailor-made for your skin, perfecting face serum.

And look at the result! I'm really happy with it!!  And that's after 30 days. I'm looking forward to comparing my skin in another two months!  You may not think it's much but for me, this is a huge improvement.  Nothing has made an impact on this pigmentation for years, so to start to see it diminish is great progress.  

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Yes, I'm not the best photographer and yes the lighting is different, but you can still see the improvement in even-ness and reduction in pigmentation on both lower cheeks and above the eyebrows. 

Is it time to improve the appearance of your skin? Or even better, for all you young poppets with gorgeous skin - get in early before the damage starts and protect it. Imagine what this type of healing can do for your skin NOW instead of later!

Totally natural, 100% synthetic and toxin free. So simple to make and less than $1 a day, how good is that!  Do you use essential oils in your skin care?  I'd love to hear your story!  Leave a comment below so we can share and inspire others to ditch the soap and chemicals :)

Jo x

Low Tox Cleaning

Glamorous?  Nope.  Sexy?  Nope.  Spiritual?  Not in my world!  I doubt that cleaning is a the top of any of our 'favourite pastimes' list, but at the end of the day we all have to do it AND household cleaning products are one of the easiest ways you can get rid of a bunch of harmful toxins, without even trying.  Plus, I can never clean without thinking of the incredible Freddie Mercury cavorting around in fishnet stockings and a patent leather mini while vacuuming - so at the very least it can bring a little cheeky humour to my day.  If we're not in the same vintage and you have no idea what I'm talking about, do yourself a favour and check this out - you get that bonus for free!

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Why use essential oils to clean your home?  

Think about it.  You have do it anyway, and you have to spend the money anyway - so why not swap out your toxic junk for 100% safe, natural and effective products that do the job, keep you healthy AND give you greater value by earning points for you.  Win win.

There is so much info, it’s hard to know what to leave out.  To avoid overwhelming you, I’m just going to stick with the basics…..

Oils

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  • all oils have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial properties but they vary in strengths and composition which is why you might use one oil for one purpose, and another for a different purpose
  • my go to cleaning oils are Lemon and Wild Orange (citrus is a great degreaser, sticky residue remover), On Guard Protective Blend (shown to be resistant to MRSA), Clove (mould inhibitor) and Tea Tree (anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-microbial).
  • I also use Lavender, Lemongrass, Cedarwood and Purify Cleansing Blend, in the laundry - because they boost the germ killing power of a cold wash, and I like the way they smell :)

 

Other products

  • dōTERRA's On Guard Cleaning Concentrate - made with the uber-popular and effective On Guard Protective Blend, this concentrate can clean your dishes, bathroom and laundry or be combined with bi-carb of soda for an all natural cleaning paste.  A great item to add to your monthly order so you earn points for cleaning, yay!  Again, win win.
  • Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner - super concentrated, only need a small amount in a spray bottle with essential oils and it does a great job.  It may seem expensive but it literally lasts months in our house…….maybe that means I don’t do enough cleaning???  I find that when I clean using this with EO’s, it takes longer for the mould to come back - more winning!
  • Spray bottles - use glass if you are using citrus oils, plastic is fine otherwise.  I have a glass one for the Kitchen Counter Spray because it has citrus oils, the other ones are plastic.
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Some people like to use vinegar and bi-carb, I just find a soap-based product cleans better and I don’t have to work so hard.  Plus, I hate the smell of vinegar. 

I should add, each dōTERRA essential oil bottle is 15ml and contains 250 drops.  In a standard spray bottle from Woolies (your local supermarket!) I use 1-2 tbsp of either On Guard Cleaning Concentrate or Dr Bronners, and about 10 drops of oils.  And then that cleans the bathroom about 4 times.  So they go a long way when used efficiently! 

What are your go-to recipes for DIY household cleaning?  Or maybe you'd like to know more specific recipes?  Let me know in the comments and I'll put together a post with your favourites :)

 

Jo x 

Resources to Support Your Essential Oil Journey
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#educationequalsempowerment!

You've got your oils, now what?  I bet you're all excited, your purple box arrives and gleefully you open it up and..........now what?

So many times people tell me that they don't know what to do with their oils.  I can't really fathom this, because I don't understand investing in something and then not using it, but I get that it happens.  So, I thought it might be helpful to put together a post about support resources.  Some things that will help you understand how your amazing oils work and give you ideas and inspiration about how to use them, in your daily life.

Ain't no use in them sitting on the shelf looking pretty!

First of all, education is key.  You have to learn about your oils, what they are, how they work, why they work that way. The more you know, the more effective you will be and pretty soon people are going to be asking YOU for advice!

Here are the books I love for my education and knowledge base:

Modern Essentials Handbook, 9th ed.

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You can find this book on Aromatools (if you're in Australia make sure you use the Australian site! au.aromatools.com.au), it's well-priced, comprehensive and easy to understand.  All the single oils, blends, wellness supplements and personal care products are explained in detail with great information about the most common primary uses and how to apply them. There is also a comprehensive usage guide where you can look up hundreds of conditions and get specific recommendations for which oils will best support you.  I LOVE this book.  Super handy and informative.  If you attend one of my classes I generally have copies for sale at cost, because I think it is so important to be educated!

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy

Much more comprehensive, this book is a reference text for aromatherapy.  It includes in depth information about all elements of aromatherapy including quality control of essential oils, chemistry, subtle aromatherapy and essential oil safety.  If you're after serious study, then this is your guide.  You can find this book online at various outlets, a google search will turn up several options.

Emotions and Essential Oils

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The folks at enlighten Alternative Healing deserve to be blessed.  This book is a god send, a bible for understanding the emotional profiles of essential oils.  Targeted, holistic and so articulate this book is a must have if you enjoy the emotional benefits of essential oils, if you are using essential oils to support you through growth or just day to day life.  A single page is devoted to each oil or blend (which is great, not overwhelming), with options for blending and application.  You can purchase this book on Aromatools, or at one of my workshops. 

Other books in my arsenal...

I also regularly use Evidence-based Essential Oil Therapy, The Ultimate Guide to the Therapeutic and Clinical Application of Essential Oils by Dr. Scott A. Johnson for comprehensive review of research, and Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Bill Fifield.

I cannot stress enough, the importance of being informed and educated!  Did I mention that already?  I am not your doctor and neither is any other Wellness Advocate.  You are responsible for understanding what works for you, and whilst I will always advocate working with your GP or health provider, I am also passionate about self-education so you can have informed discussions and take an active role in you and your family's health management. 

I also have some books that are my go-to for DIY and practical tips for using oils in my daily life:

The Naturally Clean Home - 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning

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Now, I cannot believe I have this book in my collection!  And yet, I do.  Who have I become?  The crazy oil lady, that's who!  Seriously though, one thing I have become passionate about is reducing toxic load.  In our food, our home and environment.  There are innumerable ways in which you can ditch harmful chemicals, and cleaning is one of the easiest.  Common household toxins are now well-established by research as being linked to allergies, skin conditions, hormone production, fertility issues and cancer.  I'll take the green cleaning option thanks.  This little book is practical, informative and absolutely loaded with easy ways to use essential oils to clean your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, carpet, garden and office!

Modern Essentials Living

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Cooking recipes, craft, body care, cleaning and class ideas - this lifestyle book is a great all round resource.  Simple to make recipes, easy ingredients and real, practical products such as Dishwasher Cleaner, counter sprays, lens cleaner, carrot cake, ice blocks and scented bubbles or play dough for the little ones to play with, make this a top book to add to your collection.

Sot there you have it, my most used and loved resources to support living an essential oils life.  Get educated and be informed.  dōTERRA's essential oils are powerful, potent plant medicines that need to be understood and respected.  Be responsible, grab a book and get learning!

Weekend Alchemy: Chai Spiced Raw Chocolate
  Nutty Chocolate with a batch of Wild Orange Jellies!

Nutty Chocolate with a batch of Wild Orange Jellies!

Do you have a little pull to creativity?  That little spark that nourishes as you collect ingredients in your head for a meal, or as you re-design your living room to usher in a new vibe?  Essential oils provide endless opportunities to create and weave passion into your life.  Gifts, self-care, nourishment are all contained in these little bottles of magic.  I am often inspired by things I see around me that I want to create my own version of - face cleanser, body wash, bathroom cleaner, fabric softener, bliss balls, salad dressings, green smoothies, ice creams.

Recently I have been loving the Peppermint Black Bean Brownie's and Black Pepper & Lime Raw Chocolate.  I tend to mix up the oils for chocolate recipes to match whatever is taking my fancy on the day - things like Wild Orange with Cardamom, Ginger or Black Pepper have been regular features.  However, since ditching coffee I have been enjoying the world of chai, and was inspired to make a raw Chai & Nut Chocolate!  Don't you think that sounds amazing?

With small people in the house it's important to me to create healthy versions of all the sweet things, so that they can learn to appreciate the difference in flavour of whole-foods rather than their synthetic, factory made, toxic impersonators (feeling the love there!).  A small piece of raw chocolate is a great dessert / after dinner sweet, and highly treasured in our house. My recipe is from Jo Whitton and Found Kassab's Life-Changing Food cook book.  It's loaded with healthy protein and fats, you can adjust the amount of honey for sweetener and the textural element of toasted nuts makes it extra special.  For this version, I've added some of my 'chai' spice oils and used pistachio nuts to give the chocolate a gorgeous exotic nuance.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 

Chai Essential Oil Blend

If you're looking for a recipe you might get a little freaked out here!  I like to experiment with my oils (and cooking in general), so I'm going to share the foundation oils with an instruction to go forth and play.  We are all so different, and Chai is no exception, some people prefer more Cardamom or no Ginger, or less Cinnamon.  It's completely up to you.

Start with Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger and Black Pepper.  You may like to add other spices such as Fennel, Coriander or Wild Orange for a unique blend that speaks just to you.

Have all the bottles in front of you, remove the lids and then just pick two.  What do you most like when you get a Chai latte?  Pick your favourites and hold them equal distance from your nose.  Take in the aroma, how does it make you feel?  Does your mouth start to water?  Do you back away from it?  Move one a little closer to your nose, then wave them around so you get a sense of what the blend will be like if you add more or less of one oil.  Keep doing this until you have hit the perfect balance.  You may have 4, 5 or 6 oils in your hands all at different heights!  Take note and then mix up a blend in the proportion that fits.  More of the oils that were closest to you, less of those that were further away.  Start with a half batch so you can tweak it as you go.

Enjoy xx

Important:  When using essential oils in cooking, only use those that have been GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) rated.  This standard is issued by the FDA and means that the product has met strict criteria to ensure it is safe for human consumption.  In addition, remember that doTERRA essential oils are incredibly potent so only add 1-2 drops to start with and go from there.   

Bringing ease and grace into your new year
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The new year is often a time of reflection and planning.  We assess our selves, try to understand the unfolding of the past so that we can make some sort of shift in the year ahead.  It’s a perfectly natural cycle.

For me, 2017 was all sorts of crazy.  So much growth, expansion, healing and so much sickness.  It didn’t actually make sense to me until now, that during a year when I was ‘doing’ the healthiest things of my life, I was also the sickest I have ever been in my life.  But when you’re clearing out your garbage, debris, emotional and energetic dead wood - all that stress makes it’s way out of the cells of your body so that it can be expelled, and in the process your immune system fights the good fight but it’s a big, heavy load.  Three sinus infections, influenza twice, two separate respiratory infections that required steroids and antibiotics and two tooth extractions that ended up with dry sockets.  All issues of the heart and throat chakras - think unexpressed emotions and true self finally coming to the fore and the inner struggle that ensues when your soul wakes up and forces you into transformation!  It’s actually quite comical when I look back.  

So, when I started looking towards 2018 I attuned to this vastly different landscape that I find myself in and asked, where am I going now?  As these waters settle into gentle waves, what do I hear, see and feel for the year ahead and which essential oils will support and safeguard my journey?

  • Frankincense and Geranium:  I find myself being called to nurture, to soften into the love I have for myself, my children, loving husband and broader family as well as my business.  These oils are very comforting in the resilience and calm of Frankincense, and the soft, feminine and balanced nature of Geranium.  Both oils blend beautifully with each other and other oils, and are perfect for aromatic dressing.  Taking the moment to self care, 
  • Blue Tansy:  to reinforce the call to action, to keep moving and not get side-tracked by the million distractions that are ever-present!  This oil is amazing for overcoming vacillation, avoidance or procrastination.  As an Aries with a predominant Pitta dosha, I don’t tend to procrastinate!  But I can vacillate and avoid with the best of them, so a drop of Blue Tansy on my solar plexus does wonders for committed and purposeful action.
  • Lemon, Zendoncrine and LLV:  I feel this year is going to be a lot cleaner.  A few years ago I made some reasonably drastic nutritional changes to support my health and it worked wonders.  No dairy or gluten, included fermented foods and low alcohol - it worked wonders for my physical and mental health but it was hard to maintain during my second pregnancy (not the alcohol bit!).  My youngest is now two years old, so it’s time to clean up my act again.  Lemon is a wonderful detoxifying oil, it supports the liver and kick starts metabolism, so Lemon up everyday!  Zendocrine is specifically formulated to cleanse and purify but I don’t love the flavour, so I’ll be applying it over my liver each day.  And, the Life Long Vitality keeps my metabolic processes running optimally to combat oxidative stress, provides the antioxidants of 12 serves of fruit and vegetables in a bioavailable format and includes a balance of EPA and DHA fatty acids.  These are my go-to life support!  You can read more about these quality supplements on the dōTERRA blog here and about some of the research behind them here
  • Clary Sage, Forgive and Motivate:  These oils are all about maintaining alignment with goals and vision.  Clary Sage has long been used to dispel darkness, clear creative blocks and encourage openness and expansion.  Forgive makes the list because I have a tendency to be critical and get caught, pretty quickly, in a negative, snarky mindset.  Forgive is amazing at softening the heart, returning to compassion and objectivity.  Motivate - do I really need to explain?  Two small children, a business, a job - tiredness can be overwhelming.  A drop of Motivate on my pulse points and in 15 minutes I am uber-functional and effective.  Don’t leave home without it! 

Essential oils are a part of my daily life combined with fave practices whether it be a yoga class, a brisk walk, an EFT session, a green smoothie or a 20 minute meditation on the bus on the way to work.  This is what I’m doing for 2018.

What will you do differently this year?