Turmeric + Purify: Why Every Home Needs Both

If you’re anything like me (the chick who loves every second of BOGO’s and can’t sleep the night before they usually announce), I was a little shocked when they threw in a Turmeric + Purify. DoTERRA loves to keep us on our toes and see just how great we are at educating on the powers of these bad boys.

I sat back and really thought about all the ways we use these two oils in our home, and was consistently reminded of all the ways they save us.

First off, if you haven’t seen yet, today (Tuesday July 9th) is a super special pop up BOGO. If you buy one Turmeric, you get a bottle of Purify for free.

Grab yourself a cuppa java (or wine if you’re reading this after Noon and anything like me), and read on to see all the ways I use and LOVE these two.

PS: Moms of boys + those of you who are or have athlete husbands and children… You need to read extra close :D

TURMERIC

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  • Helps support healthy glucose and lipid metabolism

  • May enhance cellular antioxidant enzymes (e.g. glutathione)

  • Helps support healthy nervous and cellular function

  • Has been shown to increase curcumin potency and absorption

  • When diffused, Turmeric provides an emotional lift and may help improve mood

  • Supports clean and healthy-looking skin while reducing the appearance of blemishes

  • Use in cooking as a replacement for Turmeric spice OR use together to increase absorption

  • Take internally for daily antioxidant support and to improve immune response.

  • As metabolic support, use Turmeric when trying to get back on track.

  • When needed, use Turmeric as a spot treatment or in an all-over face mask to help reduce the appearance of blemishes or for a healthy-looking overall glow.

  • Diffuse Turmeric or put a drop or two into your hand and inhale to promote feelings of positivity and to improve mood.

  • After strenuous activity, incorporate Turmeric into your recovery routine for a soothing experience. Apply with Deep Blue to the area of concern and rub deeply

  • Athletes + gym goers: Take internally daily in a capsule to reduce inflammation and speed up muscle and joint recovery

Now, you have to go make this.

TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK LATTE

Not only is this bad boy immune boosting but its anti inflammatory, so its epic for helping to reduce the inflammation and pain in your body. Whether you went on a long run, are dealing with inflammation in your organs or are just looking for an overall boost, this baby has you covered.

Combine everything into a blender, blend until smooth and put into a pot to heat up!

1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk (or your mylk of choice)

1 spoonful of honey (or maple syrup)

1 spoonful of Almond Butter (or PB)

4 drops Turmeric (doTerra ONLY)

2 drops Cinnamon Bark (doTERRA ONLY)

1 drop (or less.. I sometimes use a drop on a toothpick and swirl) of Black Pepper (doTERRA ONLY)


PURIFY

Ingredients

Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils

  • Diffuse to purify and freshen the air.

  • Freshen smaller rooms (or a car) by placing a few drops of Purify Cleansing Blend on a cotton ball and putting it into the air vent.

  • Add 5 drops to a small spray bottle with water and use to wipe down countertops.

  • Use to soothe away irritations from bug bites.

  • Add a few drops to the rinse cycle when doing laundry to help eliminate odor.

  • Apply to pimples to reduce the redness + speed up healing

  • Add ten drops to a spray bottle of water (and a tbsp of vodka) and spray in shoes, on gym equipment or sports equipment. It saves the day with stinky hockey equipment!

  • Add a drop into the bottom of your compost bucket or garbage can before you put a new bag in

  • Apply around the ear socket to decrease ear pain or congestion

My Must Have DoTERRA Products + My Top Tips For Using Them

So you’ve already snagged your starter kit, or you just embarked on a 21 Day Healthy Habits journey with me and you’re ready to dive in with some other goodies. This will be the perfect place for you to hangout for a little bit.

Whether you grab your shopping list or simply read through with a coffee or tea, stick with me for a bit while I walk you through my favorite products + rituals.

These products are my go-tos for everyday use. People will often say that it must be overwhelming using so much, all the time but the truth is that I implemented these rituals and routines over the course of the past few years. It wasn’t a quick switch. I found what worked and slowly but surely made it habitual.

PS: For those of you who wanted to jump on board with these, you’ll always want to purchase your oils through Loyalty Rewards so you can snag free oils from each purchase. It’s a win win! I wrote an entire blow post on the topic here.

SKINCARE

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The Verage Skincare collection is my holy grail. Literally I cannot live without it, and it’s the only thing that truly cleared up my acne prone skin + scars.

The Brightening Gel is amazing for those of you with skin that needs a bit of a boost. I use this daily as my primer underneath my makeup!

Yarrow|Pom is like a spa day for your skin. The anti-oxidant properties are higher than that of vitamin c and the pomegranate leaves your skin silky smooth.

The Reveal Facial system is something I use once a week to slough away any dead skin cells and leave me with a bright and dewy glow. I will use the exfoliator in step one more often if I feel like my skin needs a scrub.


BODY CARE

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I love to scrub my skin with the body scrub once a week. My favorite tip is to use it on the skin DRY and in the shower before you turn the water on. It’s intense but works so incredibly well!

I am addicted to this Beautiful body spray. Like full on, becoming an issue. I absolutely love using it in the morning to give my legs and collar bones a nice glow and will rub it on in the evenings after my shower or bath. You can any oils you wish to sweeten the experience!

I’m always asked my favorite trick for cellulite, so bookmark this! I add a few drops of Slim + Sassy to a palm of unscented lotion or body spray and load it on my belly, arms and legs to combat the cellulite. It works miracles!!

Adding oils to my bathtub has become a favorite past time. Baths are amazing but oils in your bath make it that much more incredible. Marjoram, Lavender, Deep Blue (only a little) or Aromatouch are my absolute faves.


EVERYDAY MUST HAVE OILS

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Frankincense under my tongue every single morning to combat inflammation and dis-ease in the body

Balance on the soles of my feet upon waking to help cultivate calm + reduce overwhelm before your day begins

A quick roll of peppermint touch over your temples + down the back of your neck before you head off to work or take the kiddos to school. Re-apply anytime you feel a drop in energy!

A few drops of Tangerine in every single cup or bottle of water I drink through the day. It’s invigorating, full of Limonene and helps boost energy + mood!

Whisper as my daily perfume, applied directly to my wrists and neck. It’s delicious and I get SO many compliments!

Lavender on the soles of your feet + in the diffuser before bed

Deep Blue Rub for my workout buffs or shift workers with sore tired muscles. I love applying right before bed to let it soak in while I sleep


SUPPLEMENTS

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LLV every single day without fail. I take two of each at lunch and two of each with dinner

Digestive enzyme with each meal to help breakdown fat and carbohydrates

Mito2max in the morning on an empty stomach for long term, sustained energy. I’ll also pop one 30 minutes before my workout for an added boost!

Probiotic every evening before bed!


CLEANING/REDUCING TOXIC LOAD

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On Guard laundry detergent is the only thing that leaves our clothes clean, smelling great AND free of chemicals!

On Guard cleaner concentrate is a need in every home. We use it in a pinch on clothing stains, in my sink, with water as an all purpose cleaner, in my toilets + showers, on the floor. You name it, I use OG for it!

For me, diffusing has become one of the absolute easiest and best ways to reduce the toxins in your home. Click here for my absolute favorite diffuser blends for the living room + really absolutely anywhere!

 
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With the amount that I travel (for business and pleasure), it’s not surprising that I get asked this question a lot. I love travelling more than anything but with all the bugs that are circulating, the bacteria thats piled high in planes and the sinus issues I deal with... Travelling can sometimes be less than enjoyable.

When I first started using oils, I was the most excited to take them travelling with me and I can't even explain to you how much of a difference they made. From dealing with sinus pressure on the plane, to disinfecting surfaces, to cleansing the air in your hotel room. They literally do it all.

First I wanna talk about what you can + cannot bring on the plane. The TSA or airport security can sometimes be sticklers for things like oils, but can absolutely depend on the person who’s checking you. I always carry oils with me on the plane, so please do not let this deter you considering oils are a NEED in my books when it comes to flying.

I will typically travel with a maximum of ten oils on the plane and any others I will toss into my suitcase. I carry on the oils that I know I will need between leaving my house and arriving to my destination. This usually includes:

  • Balance: Because you’re flying and lord only knows the chaos that may ensue

  • On Guard: Because bugs and gross stuff. I take a drop under my tongue and will put a drop into my palms and rub together as a hand sanitizer

  • Lavender or Serenity: Because sometimes I need to sleep and have you ever tried dozing off on a plane? It sometimes doesn’t work.

  • Breathe: Ok friends, this here is my absolute must have and if I’m without it I get horrible anxiety. I suffer from awful sinus pressure when I fly so I dab a drop under my nose every 30 minutes to open my airways. I just got back from a trip to Vegas and I had no issues there or back (and its a 5 hour flight!)

  • Deep Blue or Peppermint: Because with sinus pressure usually comes a headache or migraine so these two are staples. I apply them to my temples + back of neck. Bonus: They double as pain relief for those super sore muscles from carrying all the bags!

  • Beautiful blend (or your fave floral as perfume): I absolutely love this blend as my perfume and you know that off putting smell of a plane? Yeah, we usually smell like that after too so I always load up on my natural pure-fume throughout the flight and the second that I land.

 
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Ok, now for what I put into my suitcase.

Believe it or not, I carry most everything on the plane with me and will pack a couple of extras.

  • My diffuser: I love to travel with either the Petal Diffuser (the cord fits in the water reservoir so its the best to travel with) or the Brevi diffuser (this was limited edition but launched April 1st for Mothers Day)

  • Vetiver: This isn’t one that I typically need on the plane BUT if you’re travelling somewhere with a slight time change, you have to have it on hand. I love using it at bedtime on the soles of my feet to ensure it’s lights out and to help my body adjust to the change in time

  • Yarrow|Pom: I don’t need this one on the plane and given that the bottle is a little bit larger (and expensive.. HELLO!) I pack it. I use this nightly on my skin in my Verage serum to help combat dry skin from travelling

  • Frankincense: Again, this one is a part of my nightly skincare regime but is also a key ingredient in making sure that my body works at its very best. I take a drop every morning and night under my tongue to ensure inflammation stays at bay and my immune system is humming!

  • Clary Sage: This may seem like a weird one cause who needs hormone support on a trip, but let me tell ya just how epic it is. I use this the moment that we arrive in our hotel room to cleanse the air (with On Guard) and to cleanse out any energy that’s lingering. Sage is an amazing oil to use to get rid of anything unwanted!

What oils can you not travel without?!

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ZEN BLEND

TWO DROPS SANDALWOOD

TWO DROPS CLARY SAGE

TWO DROPS LAVENDER

TWO DROPS WILD ORANGE

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

FOUR DROPS CITRUS BLISS

FOUR DROPS WHISPER

HERB GARDEN

FOUR DROPS LEMON

TWO DROPS BASIL

BATHTIME BLEND

TWO DROPS CYPRESS

TWO DROPS LAVENDER

TWO DROPS EUCALYPTUS

ODOR ELIMINATOR

TWO DROPS LEMON

ONE DROP TEA TREE

ONE DROP LIME

ONE DROP PURIFY

ANTHROPOLOGIE BLEND

TWO DROPS WHITE FIR/SIBERIAN FIR

TWO DROPS GRAPEFRUIT

MAGIC

TWO DROPS FRANKINCENSE

TWO DROPS SANDALWOOD

TWO DROPS CINNAMON BARK

TWO DROPS GRAPEFRUIT

TWO DROPS PATCHOULI

KARMA

TWO DROPS LAVENDER

THREE DROPS BERGAMOT

ONE DROP FRANKINCENSE

MAN CAVE

TWO DROPS SIBERIAN FIR

TWO DROPS CYPRESS

TWO DROPS WINTERGREEN

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PUMPKIN PIE

FIVE DROPS CINNAMON BARK
ONE DROP CLOVE
ONE DROP CASSIA
ONE DROP WILD ORANGE

INTO THE WOODS

FOUR DROPS WILD ORANGE
ONE DROP PATCHOULI
ONE DROP GINGER
ONE DROP DOUGLAS FIR

FLANNEL SHIRT

FOUR DROPS DOUGLAS FIRE
FOUR DROPS SERENITY

CRISP BREEZE

THREE DROPS DOUGLAS FIR
TWO DROPS ORANGE
TWO DROPS ON GUARD

SNICKERDOODLE

FOUR DROPS CINNAMON BARK
THREE DROPS CEDARWOOD
TWO DROPS CASSIA
TWO DROPS WILD ORANGE

CRUNCHY LEAVES

FOUR DROPS CLOVE
FOUR DROPS ORANGE
FOUR DROPS CEDARWOOD

FIRESIDE

FOUR DROPS YLANG YLANG
THREE DROPS VETIVER
TWO DROPS CINNAMON BARK

ORANGE SPICE

FIVE DROPS ON GUARD
FIVE DROPS ORANGE
ONE DROP CINNAMON BARK

FALL WREATH

FOUR DROPS EUCALYPTUS
FOUR DROPS ROSEMARY
FOUR DROPS DOUGLAS FIR

UP AND AT’EM

FOUR DROPS WILD ORANGE

2 DROPS PEPPERMINT



Oils + Dogs

Since I've been on the topic this week of purity, potency + the difference between doTERRA and other oils on the market, I wanted to talk about a topic that has become HIGHLY controversial.

Oils + Dogs.

I get it, all we want is the best for our Fido and in my opinion, essential oils (doTERRA only) are the best.

Ever since day one we have used oils on Leo, our 70 pound, 3 year old golden retriever.

But..

My dog experienced liver + kidney toxicity from diffusing essential oils..

My dog started acting weird when they smelled my bottle of peppermint..

My cat got really sick when they were around my diffuser...

I've heard it all and just like my last post, I can't help but laugh a little because the reality is that most vets (like doctors) have no idea what they're talking about. There is a lot of misinformation out there because of the lack of education around essential oils.

I’m going to drop this incredible Living magazine right here for you. If you scroll through a few pages you will find a Q+A with Janet Rourke who is a veterinarian and is a member of our vet board. She has been researching oils + animals for many years and can weigh in a bit more. She also has an incredible oils page on Facebook.

Are the oils from Target, Walmart + Costco harmful to animals? Absolutely, but those oils don't compare to doTERRA because of the purity + potency. Unfortunately, these are the oils that are written about online and the oils that most vets have experience with.

doTERRA essential oils are 100% safe for pets when used in moderation.

Are there oils that are harmful to pets? 100%, just like there are oils that can be harmful to humans when used in excess but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Here are a few ways we are cautious about oil use around Leo.

  • We limit the use of Tea Tree on him unless absolutely necessary or in the form of Correct X for a sore or cut. Tea Tree can be harmful to dogs, so diffusing, topical or internal use CAN be toxic.

  • We diffuse in open spaces + make sure that he has the option to remove himself from the space. I do find that he loves to be around the diffuser though as it helps to limit his anxiety

  • I make sure to diffuse small amounts. Due to doTERRA’s potency, you should NEVER have to add more than 4-5 drops to a diffuser. Oils that call for 10-25 drops are not pure and should not be used around animals. That is much too strong.

Ever since we brought Leo home from the breeder, we have used oils on him. Not only did they save our sanity at the very beginning, they quickly helped to ease his anxiety. He suffers from separation anxiety and we quickly found a regime that helped drastically.

Below you can find a list of what we use regularly for Leo but first I wanted to lay out some of the things non-oil related that we do.

Leo eats a raw meat diet (beef + turkey only), I add in fruit or veggies based on whatever I’m eating at the time and a raw egg, gets probiotics in the form of pill OR raw goats milk (we alternate because just like humans they benefit from changing up the strains), and he has limited vaccinations.

Heres our oil regime:

  • I take a bottle of doTERRA coconut oil + add to that four drops oregano and four drops frankincense. Get gets a squirt of that morning and night. Oregano helps the digestive system and helps to kill any bacteria that may start to fester in his body. Frank is amazing for inflammation

  • He gets a half dose of Lifelong Vitality every morning

  • I use Correct X on hotspots, any cuts + broken toe nails

  • He gets a digestive enzyme cracked into his food at night

  • I use Serenity, Copaiba or Vetiver on his collar when he’s anxious or when we have company coming over

  • I diffuse regularly in our home but when I leave I will often diffuse Serenity or Lavender to calm his anxiety

  • I add a drop of peppermint to his toothbrush when we brush his teeth

  • I use cinnamon + honey when he gets a cough (he tends to get a bout of kennel cough/a cold once a winter even though he isn’t around other dogs)

  • I use Digestzen touch on his belly if he has gas or stomach issues (which are few and far between)

  • During the summer months I use Terrashield spray directly onto his coat + will soak his collar in Terrashield and water. This helps to fend off ticks + fleas (we don’t treat against either)

  • I use doTERRA shampoo + conditioner on him and it helps his coat stay luscious without the chemicals

Please remember that Leo is a 70 pound dog and has had oils used on him since he was 8 weeks old. If you’re looking to implement oils into your dogs routine, start slowly and in small doses. Their olfactory system is MUCH stronger than ours so they smell much more than us.

If you have any questions at all about oils + dogs, please let me know.

Frankincense: The Ins + Outs of this MAGIC Oil

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I remember when I was first introduced to Frankincense and told all of the incredible things it could do, it was overwhelming. I so desperately needed relief from the inflammation in my digestive tract, I needed a product that was natural but could perform like the $1000 skincare products and I was in need of something to help with my migraines and headaches.

Its safe to say that I was falling apart.

I won’t say Frankincense is a cure all but it sure is magical so I just wanted to take a few minutes to write down my thoughts on this powerhouse and share with you the top ways that we use it in our home every single day.

Those uses I mentioned above? Frank will be your bestie for all of them. Pinky promise.


The History

Let me just give you a bit of brief history about my friend Frankie though.

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Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today.

It was brought to Jesus by the three wisemen and was revered by the roman emperors over jewels.

Why we ever decided to resort back to chemicals when we knew the power behind Frankincense is beyond me but thats a story for another day!

I knew that the moment I received my Frankincense, I had to figure out what it was all cracked up to be. Stay with me as a share below how we use it.


Everyday Uses

This oil has become a staple in my everyday life and that of my families. We cannot live without it and I promise you that once it becomes a part of your everyday repertoire, you won’t be able to live without it either.

  1. I add a drop to my am and pm moisturizer every single day. I always pay close attention to my eyes and forehead which are always the first to see the effects of sun damage.

  2. I take a drop under my tongue every single morning for a ton of different reasons. Frankie is a known anti-inflammatory so this method helps to reduce inflammation in my cells, digestive tract, muscles, etc. This helps to reduce DOMS from exercise or sport and for me helps significantly reduce digestive troubles. Frank is also powerful against the big C, which runs in my family history so any prevention is great!

  3. I apply a drop to my thumb and press to the roof of my mouth when I’m experiencing head tension or migraines. This right here is a POWERFUL step in relieving the symptoms that come with migraines or headaches and its super fast acting!

  4. I add a drop onto my finger and apply under my eyes to help combat under eye bags or swelling from a night on the town

  5. I love adding it to massage oil with Deep Blue and using it on sore muscles and joints. Deep Blue will give you the soothing relief and some inflammatory support from the Helichrysum but Frank digs even deeper to get to the route of the pain. Its splendid!

  6. I love adding a few drops to a capsule of Tea Tree and Oregano when I am coming down with an illness. Again, back to the inflammatory support. Frank brings down inflammation which is often a cause of illness

  7. Massaged into the back of my neck or temples when I’ve had a long day at the computer and the tension is sinking in

  8. Applied to the base of the skull and apply a hot compress multiple times a day to treat the symptoms of concussions and to help with brain healing

  9. Diffused at home throughout the day with Citrus or in the evenings with Lavender or Cedarwood for the most calming and grounding aroma. Its just delicious!

  10. Used aromatically from your palms or from the bottle before yoga, meditation or a spiritual practice. Frank helps to connect you deeper to spirit and is an incredible addiction to these types of practices!

Warm + Cozy Winter Lattes

Yup, you heard that right.

Lattes have got to be one of my favorite things when it comes to winter and as much as I love a good ‘ol Eggnog latte at Starbucks I do my very best to make my own at home!

TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK LATTE

Not only is this bad boy immune boosting but its anti inflammatory, so its epic for helping to reduce the inflammation and pain in your body. Whether you went on a long run, are dealing with inflammation in your organs or are just looking for an overall boost, this baby has you covered.

Combine everything into a blender, blend until smooth and put into a pot to heat up!

1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk (or your mylk of choice)

1 spoonful of honey (or maple syrup)

1 spoonful of Almond Butter (or PB)

4 drops Turmeric (doTerra ONLY)

2 drops Cinnamon Bark (doTERRA ONLY)

1 drop (or less.. I sometimes use a drop on a toothpick and swirl) of Black Pepper (doTERRA ONLY)


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LAVENDER LATTE

I am addicted with this recipe either with OR without the coffee. In the evenings I love it without and drink it before bed for its incredible calming benefits but in the morning, this is oh so delish. You still get the calming benefits but do get that nice pep from the java.

6 oz of dark brewed coffee

1/2 steamed and frothed non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)

1 tsp coconut sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer

1 drop Lavender essential oil (doTERRA only)

Mix’er up and enjoy! If you omit the coffee, add more mylk

The Two Products I Can't Live Without During the Winter

It’s the question I get the most, so I figured it would be the perfect fit for a blog post.

There is a major difference between THRIVING and just getting by when it comes to the winter.

Most people are barely getting by and it kills me inside to watch happen when I know there are hundreds of alternatives out there.

Over the course of the past four years, I have discovered and perfected a winter wellness plan that keeps both me and my family healthy. Sure, the odd time we will get hit with a cold but for the most part we’re good.

Here are my two faves:

ON GUARD

I use both On Guard the oil and On Guard softgels regularly during the winter months.

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  • A few drops diffused all winter long is my first line of defence before kicking it up a notch with internal and topical use.

  • I love adding a drop to my smoothies or a drop in my coffee for an added boost. It makes for a delicious, spicy addition.

  • A drop or two massaged into yours and your kiddos feet before heading out into society is a fantastic way to boost immunity without even realizing. Your feet suck up whatever is applied to them and gets into your system within seconds, so its a fantastic way to use especially with the kiddos.

  • A drop massaged with a carrier oil into your neck, glands and chest is a fantastic step when you start to feel something coming on. Its warming but also helps the oil to get directly into where its needed

  • When you are sick, I like to kick my on guard use up a few notches. I will add a few drops to a capsule up to four times a day to help my body do what it knows how to do; Heal itself.

  • I love adding a few drops to my homemade cleaners. Studies show that On Guard works better at killing off super bugs than Clorox bleach or common household cleaners. Adding a few drops to your cleaners is an amazing way to ensure we stay well over the winter season

You can view the entire On Guard product lineup here.


BREATHE/EASY AIR

Oh friends. This baby here is literally my saving grace during the winter months.

I’ve dealt with asthma ever since I was a kiddo and my breathing gets a little crummy during the winter months. It always feels like a moose sitting on my chest.

Breathe diffused and inhaled directly from the bottle literally saves me.

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  • I add a drop of Breathe to the base of my hot shower every morning or evening (depending on when I shower.. No rhyme or reason) to help open up my airways and whisk me into a spa like heaven. I find this is also amazing for helping to boost my mood, especially when the SAD strikes

  • I diffuse Breathe every single night either with or without Lavender. It helps to keep my airways open and the aroma helps me fall asleep. It also works for the snorer in your home

  • Prior to working out (in winter and not) I love to add a drop to my chest and a quick swipe underneath my nose. It opens everything up and literally reminds me to breathe when I feel like dying

  • When I do happen to come down with something and the congestion strikes, Breathe really just makes everything easier. It turns a cold from a death sentence to a jail cell, so improves it quite drastically. Just a swipe under my nose, on my chest and in the diffuser and its epic

The Diamond Drop Society 2018 Holiday Gift Shopping Guide

Call me crazy but the moment Halloween is over, pull out the Christmas tree + give me all the peppermint infused things. Anyone else?

We've pulled together some incredible gift ideas for the people in your life you love the most. Whether these peeps have been introduced to essential oils already or they are brand new and you're throwing your obsession with oils at them (whoops!), this guide will help make your holiday shopping a breeze. The best part about shopping through doTERRA for friends and family is it allows you to stock up your LRP cart, helping you hit the 125v mark to get your free product of the month or opening up a few other opportunities for goodies. Win win!


Without further adieu, lets get started with our gift guide!

GIFT GUIDE FOR MAMA

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  • Verage Skin Collection: Your mamas skin deserves the absolute best of the best. This gorgeous collection scores 2 on the EWG scale for safety (the best rating I've seen for a product that actually works!)

  • Rose Touch Roller: This gorgeous oil supports graceful aging and has the highest vibrational frequency on the planet, helping to ease stress + anxiety.

  • Peace Roller:  Whether your gorgeous mama uses it to calm the body after a long day chasing after the kids or grandkids, uses it to encourage a restful sleep or daily as perfume, this blend will be a purse or bathroom counter staple.

  • Lumo Diffuser: This brand new diffuser is a fave in our house for its long diffusing time + for how gorgeous it is! With its solid wood base + gorgeous white top with the option of a multitude of colors, its the perfect addition to your home decor!


GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR GORGEOUS GRANDMA

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  • Healing Hands Rose Lotion: Rose always takes me home to my mama and grandma. They both used Rosewater body wash for years and the scent is beyond comforting to me. Both mama + grandma love this one. Bonus? 100% of proceeds go towards the Healing Hands Foundation supporting humanitarian work worldwide.

  • The Aromatouch Kit: Only $150 and complete with all of the oils needed to support a healthy immune system, balance the emotions and soothe sore arthritic joints. It also comes with a bottle of fractionated coconut oil to make use super simple + easy!

  • Holiday Joy: My grandmas fave part about the holidays are the memories over the years, and what better way to bring that back than with the smell of clove, nutmeg + fir? Teach her to create her own scented potpourri or simply add it to the diffuser before your holiday gatherings.

  • Jasmine Touch Roller: The most gorgeous floral aroma thats grounding + calming to the mood. Applied to your palms, inhaled and applied to the hair for its amazing benefits.


GIFT GUIDE FOR THE NEW MAMA

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  • Jasmine Touch Roller: the most gorgeous essential oil to help support our reproductive health. Its incredible for supporting sleep, supports erratic hormones and is a gorgeous natural perfume that won't harm baby.

  • Frankincense Touch Roller: Helps to ground + balance emotions, regenerates cells, boosts immunity and is completely safe for baby!

  • Roman Chamomile: Supportive for both mama + baby from the moment babe enters this world. Helps with colic, soothes mums tummy and is the perfect addition to the nightly routine. If the aroma is too strong for you, Serenity is another incredible addition including lavender, roman chamomile, vetiver + cedarwood.

  • Serenity softgels:  These softgels are a staple in our household and are a fave of the mamas in our life. Totally safe for mama and non-addictive. They are all natural, herb infused capsules that stimulate the production of the sleepy, calming hormone. The Essential Midwife approves for pregnant and nursing moms.


GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR BESTIE

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  • Neroli Touch Roller: Gah this one is my fave!! This gorgeous oil sourced from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree is equal parts floral and herbaceous, and incredible. Its amazing on its own or is made even better when layered with passion or frankincense. This oil helps to open the heart chakra and allows you to connect openly with others, making it a perfect bestie gift.

  • Moroccan Reed Diffuser: This beautiful handmade pottery is unique just like her, and will look gorgeous in her office or bathroom.  It comes with a bottle of the brand new Holiday Peace, but I recommend throwing in a bottle of Wild Orange because we all need a little more uplifting in our lives!

  • The Travel Set: Four 5mL bottles of oil to keep on hand wherever her travels take her: Lavender, Aromatouch, Wild Orange, Peppermint.  These 4 little bottles will help her keep everything together when things may seem to be going a bit nutty!

  • Mud Mask: We love our besties so much, why not give her something that helps to detox her skin giving her the perfect Friday evening glow in under 10 minutes!


GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

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  • Copaiba: It will help him sleep soundly and reduce his stress levels. Every hard working guy deserves sleep + less stress.. It makes them better humans!

  • Onguard softgels: These capsules pack one powerful punch and will keep his immune system in tip top shape all year round!

  • Athlete’s Kit:  This features 5mL bottles of Breathe, OnGuard, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, as well as the Deep Blue lotion, all in an easy to use zip pouch that he can throw in his gym or hockey bag.  These incredible oils address opening the airways, boosting immunity, sore muscles and reducing stress. Who doesn't want that? Think he may be a bit overwhelmed with all that? Stock up on some Deep Blue Rub. Its a male favourite!

  • Body Wash: Scented with Bergamot, Grapefruit, & Cedarwood, it is refreshing, uplifting and has the perfect manly smell. 

  • Deep Blue Polyphenols:  Gosh forbid the mister in your life is feeling less than stellar, these capsules will have them feeling better, quick. These little caps are an all natural supplement that targets sore, achey muscles and inflammation. They're made from whole foods so you won't have to stress about what he's putting in his body!


GIFT GUIDE FOR THE KIDDOS

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  • A Whale Diffuser for their room (or a petal diffuser if they’re older): Kids know best and are always drawn into essential oils for the way they make them feel.

  • Serenity bath bar: Toss it in the bathtub, they can have a good play and come out having benefitted from the sweet aroma of Serenity.

  • PB Assist Jr.: These packets taste like a pixie stick, but are full of double encapsulated probiotics to keep their digestive system running at its best.  With natural watermelon and strawberry flavors, they'll look at it as their daily treat!

  • Console Touch Roller: Empowered children are a force to be reckoned with, so why not allow them to manage their feelings when they're feeling less than stellar? A quick roll of this incredible, consoling blend and they'll be back to their usual self in no time. 


GIFT GUIDE FOR TEENS

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  • Shampoo & conditioner: This is the age where they start to become concerned about how they look and feel. This haircare set fills them with the aroma of Lime, Wild Orange + Peppermint without littering their bodies with hormone wreaking fragrance. 

  • ZenGest Touch Roller: A quick swipe across the belly when experiencing tummy troubles and they'll be golden quick! The best part? Its easy to conceal in a backpack!

  • HD Clear Roller: Teenage acne has got to be one of the issues that everyone experiences. This blend is formulated to target breakouts, naturally while reducing the amount of chemical products needed. Bonus? Its incredible as a unisex deodorant! Who woulda thought!

  • Motivate Touch Roller:  Find the teen in your life struggles to get up in the morning? This blend topically as perfume or cologne and applied to the palms and inhaled midday is the perfect addition!


Using Aromatouch + Marjoram to Cultivate Self Care

Morning Friends!

Man, am I ever stoked to jam about this topic. I tend to say that often but I really mean it. 

Over the past little while, the topic of self care has become like a buzz word in most peoples vocabulary. Truthfully, its kinda annoying watching all the peeps post about the baths they take or the spa vacays they're on with the hashtag #selfcare. We've all done it, including myself but what I wanted to really jam on today is what cultivating real self -care looks like. 

You're probably wondering, what the heck do these two oils have to do with cultivating self-care and the truth is... Not much, but they have taught me how to really lean into what self care means for me (and they're often front + centre in my recipes.. always)

I want you to think for a second: what does self care mean to me? 

If its currently baths + spa days, amazing! Thats what it was for me too initially.

Self care is the act of caring for yourself; physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially. 

Now, has your concept of self care changed a bit? 

Here are some ways that I cultivate self-care in my life (complete with Aromatouch + Marjoram) that you may enjoy:

SPIRITUALLY

I'm Catholic, but my religious practice took a bit of a backseat over the years. Lately I have been catching up a bit with a devotional that I read daily. 

I've also found the act of serving, leading + loving that I do daily has brought out a spiritual side of me that I didn't really realize was there. 

Listening to gospel music. Typically, during the day my house is littered with the sound of gospel music. It makes me happy + lifts me up! Self care at its very best!

EMOTIONALLY

How often do you just unplug? Did you know that its not just a nice thing to do from time to time, but its actually needed? 

One day a week I will typically unplug from the online world and just spend time with my love + fur love. 

If you have a job thats emotionally charged, how can you pull yourself a way for a minimum of once a week? 

If you have children, how can you take care of your emotions by pulling away for a few minutes to hours to regroup? 

This is where Aromatouch comes in for me. It grounds me. Soothes my emotions and reminds me regardless of how I'm feeling in the moment, that its just temporary. One drop inhaled + applied to the back of the neck works like a darn charm!

Another way I love to self care in the emotions department, is through meditation. Typically I will apply one drop of marjoram to my palms, inhale deeply and swipe the rest onto the soles of my feet. The aroma is one that soothes the mind and the body allowing for a deeper meditative experience. I love an app called Calm to meditate and they also have some beautiful bedtime stories that you can listen to, to whisk you off to sleep in the evening. 

PHYSICALLY

This one here is the one most people focus on when they share their #selfcaresundays online. The physical side of self care is the one that most people hone in on, simply because its the easiest. It requires limited thought and doesn't make you dive much deeper beyond the surface. 

The key with self-care though, is making it habitual. Its wonderful to have a bath every once in awhile, but if it hasn't become a habit then it isn't self care. 

I receive bi-weekly massages to keep my shoulders and neck loose. We carry stress in our back and for me, this is the only way (paired with yoga) that I release it. Wanna know a top secret though? Ask your massage therapist to add one drop of Aromatouch to their body oil and just watch the magic that happens. Its calming, soothes your sore muscles and whisks you off to the land of chill.

I take baths, sometimes daily. For me baths are my way to unwind (and warm the heck up) when I get overwhelmed. I soak while listening to a podcast or audiobook and stay in until the water gets cold. I typically mix four drops Marjoram and four drops Aromatouch into a cup of epsom salts and add into the water. These two work beautifully together to calm the crazy and a bonus is that they both soothe sore, tired muscles!

I walk. Anyone else thoroughly enjoy a long walk? My walks are one of the greatest forms of self-care. Its just me, nature, the dog and sometimes a podcast or book. Thirty minutes and my mind and body are completely rejuvenated. 

FINANCIALLY

Well, isn't that the most forgotten one? The thing is though, that if this area of your life is being neglected then so are the other areas. Financial stress weighs us down in all areas of our lives and soon it becomes a ripple effect. I'm not asking you to go out and pay your house and car off, but what I am asking you to do is set up a plan for yourself so that you aren't stressed out 24-7. 

I have a notification on my calendar every Friday that reminds me to go in and transfer money to bank accounts. I'm paid every Friday, so I go into my account and move everything to the specified accounts. My budget accounts are based on my current goals which funny that you mention it, include self care + travel. 

Although I don't often carry a balance on my credit card, the months that I have to I make sure to set up automatic payments on them so that its one less thing for me to think about. 

Do you have a small emergency fund? Something that would cover an air conditioner, new tires or god forbid.. medical bills? Toss a small amount every month into your DO NOT TOUCH: FOR EMERGENCY ONLY fund to start building a little lump sum that will ease just a wee bit of your worry. 

Go and see a financial advisor. Seriously, it scared the shit out of me and I sweat through the entire meeting BUT it also helped me to cultivate a self care routine with my finances that I now look forward to.. Who the heck would've thought. Marjoram can't really help here, but a drop to calm the financial crazy can absolutely help!

Peace + Balance: The Worlds BEST Oils for Managing Moods

When I first started using essential oils, I thought they were just something that smelled beautiful. The way the aroma wafted through the air captivated me and made me wanna lean my head over the diffuser all day. But that was all. Thats all oils could do. (enter eye roll here)

It didn't take me long before I realized just how incredibly powerful essential oils were, especially for mood management. They whisked you away from anxiety and into a place of grounding and comfort. Shortly after this realization, I started implementing oils into my everyday routine to help balance my confused female emotions. 

It started with a quick application of Balance on the feet in the morning and some Serenity diffused at night. From there I started adding emotional aromatherapy oils like Peace and Console, based on what my body needed. 

Given my thorough research background, I wanted to know WHY these oils reacted this way in my body. 

Essential Oils are mixtures of volatile aromatic compounds. These compounds interact with the smell receptors in the nose (our olfactory system). Smells have a profound effect on our emotions. By simply inhaling an aroma, memories can be triggered that almost instantaneously effect our current state of being, and our bodies elicit an emotional response.

Memories and the connections we make between memories and certain smells are one of our most basic, but most powerful tools we have ingrained within us as part of our basic survival. Scent makes us FEEL, and the reactions that our brains have to smell, which in turn effect our moods, are profound. Most of the time our responses are automatic and we don’t choose the response. This happens on a subconscious level, however, if we pay close attention to how we feel when we come in contact with different aromas, we can use that acquired knowledge to alter our state and improve our moods, consciously, and during our moments of need! Cool, eh? 

This is a skill that comes with a bit of practice, but if you remain aware of the powerful tool that you have at your finger tips (therapeutic grade essential oils), you will quickly be able to improve your mood, as soon as you feel that you need to. 

Now, moving onto the two oils that transform my mood almost immediately; Balance + Peace!

BALANCE

A blend of Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

The warm, woody aroma of Balance Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. Its the perfect blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and relaxation. Spruce, one of the oils in Balance, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.

I love applying a drop of Balance to the soles of my feet every morning to start my day calm and grounded instead of anxious and overwhelmed. I keep a bottle on my nightside table and it has become a quick morning routine that I can't live without. 

A drop of Balance massaged into your neck or chest when experiencing any feelings of overwhelm or anxiety for a gentle calming experience. 

Balance and Serenity diffused through your home during trying times or at night for the most beautiful relaxing aroma. 

Two drops in a cup of Epsom Salts or Milk and added into a warm bath for its grounding and calming benefits.

PEACE

A blend of Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, Spearmint Herb.

Are life’s anxious moments leaving you feeling overwhelmed and afraid? Peace Reassuring Blend of floral and mint essential oils is a positive reminder you don’t have to be perfect to find peace. Slow down, take a deep breath, and reconnect with the composed, collected you. Everything turning out fine begins with believing it will—and a few drops of Peace Reassuring Blend. 

I love adding a drop to my nighttime to diffuser to calm, ground and reassure before bed. 

This blend here is the most beautiful bath time addition following a hectic or overwhelming day. It grounds, reassures and reminds you to just breathe. This blend always reminds me that I have complete control. 

It makes the most beautiful office diffuser blend when mixed with your favourite citrus oil. I love adding it to a diffuser of Wild Orange and Balance. So yummy!

Peace completes my bedtime routine with a quick swipe onto the soles of my feet. The vetiver makes for the sweetest dreams. 

 

 

Top Tips for Sweet Sleep

The most common question I'm asked on an ongoing basis is, what do you recommend to help me sleep. The truth is, most people don't know whats causing their sleep interruptions and something as simple as an essential oil or a change of sheets may help but others may need to investigate a little deeper.

I've determined the perfect sleep factors for me, a woman who has never had gigantic issues sleeping but can definitely suffer from insomnia from time to time. I've nailed down the perfect additions to my nighttime routine that I hope help YOU get some sweet zzz too!

Invest in a GOOD set of Organic Flannel sheets

I thought this step was unnecessary, until I found a set on sale at Target and I was instantly sold. 

They encapsulate you in the coziest cocoon that I struggle to roll out of in the morning. 

If your room is anything like ours, these flannels will keep you cozy all night!

 

Snag yourself a high quality set of essential oils

I thought I slept soundly, until I started implementing essential oils into my sleep routine. My life was forever changed. 

For many people, a few drops of Lavender into a diffuser nightly will do the trick but let me share a little secret with you. 

We diffuse Lavender nightly with a few drops of Easy Air/Breathe essential oil but the magical nightly addition is a little bit of Vetiver. 

Vetiver is a sedative and helps to relax and calm the body. The best part? Its an essential oil and completely safe for the entire family. One drop applied to the bottom of both feet (lets be real.. Its like maple syrup when it comes out so its more like a dab or two) and its lights out. I swear, your life is about to be totally changed. 

I also wash our above flannels in a blend of on guard and lavender. It creates the freshest smell that lingers on the sheets until the next wash. Immune boosting and sleep enhancing sheets? Sign me up!

 

Serenity softgels

Any of you struggle so much getting to sleep that you find yourself grabbing for the melatonin or sleeping pills EVERY night? I feel ya. I was introduced to melatonin in university and it was incredible.

Wanna have a daytime nap but you're not actually tired? Melatonin.

Drank too much coffee during the day and can't sleep? Melatonin. 

That was, until you tried to get up in the morning after that incredible sleep. You were groggy and exhausted for the entire day. 

I was introduced to the Serenity softgels by doTERRA at their annual convention a little over a year ago. They were created to support a restful night sleep and they do just that. I pop one or two before bedtime and they whisk me away into the best sleep without that morning exhaustion. 

The best part is that these are also incredible for any daytime anxiety or panic. They don't knock you out and instead offer this incredible sense of calming and relaxation to the body. Hate flying? Pop a couple and you're good to go!

 

Grab yourself a matching pair of pjs. I promise, its the best!

I never ever slept in a matching set of PJ's before. I would wear whatever I had which was often an old concert t-shirt and boxers. SO glam. 

Once I started working from home and hanging in my PJ's a little longer than necessary, I figured I should probably swap out the ugly ones for something a bit prettier. 

Let me tell you, a gorgeous set of pjs sure makes for a glamorous wakeup. You feel a heck of a lot less frumpy and will often have a "I woke up like this moment."  No promises but just embrace it. 

I love anything from Aerie, the sale rack online at Victorias Secret or believe it or not, The Bay. 

PS: a drop of Serenity on the collar before bed is heaven!

 

What are some of your faves that you implement into your routine to ensure a restful sleep?!

 

The Diamond Drop Society Holiday Gift Shopping Guide

Call me crazy but the moment Halloween is over, pull out the Christmas tree + give me all the peppermint infused things. Anyone else?

We've pulled together some incredible gift ideas for the people in your life you love the most. Whether these peeps have been introduced to essential oils already or they are brand new and you're throwing your obsession with oils at them (whoops!), this guide will help make your holiday shopping a breeze. The best part about shopping through doTERRA for friends and family is it allows you to stock up your LRP cart, helping you hit the 125v mark to get your free product of the month or opening up a few other opportunities for goodies. Win win!

Before we get started, I wanted to link the official doTERRA Holiday Gift Guide for you to peek at: 2017 doTERRA Holiday Gift Guide


Without further adieu, lets get started with our gift guide!

GIFT GUIDE FOR MAMA

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  • Verage Skin Collection: Your mamas skin deserves the absolute best of the best. This gorgeous collection scores 2 on the EWG scale for safety (the best rating I've seen for a product that actually works!)

  • Rose Touch Roller: This gorgeous oil supports graceful aging and has the highest vibrational frequency on the planet, helping to ease stress + anxiety.

  • Peace Roller:  Whether your gorgeous mama uses it to calm the body after a long day chasing after the kids or grandkids, uses it to encourage a restful sleep or daily as perfume, this blend will be a purse or bathroom counter staple.

  • Lumo Diffuser: This brand new diffuser is a fave in our house for its long diffusing time + for how gorgeous it is! With its solid wood base + gorgeous white top with the option of a multitude of colors, its the perfect addition to your home decor!


GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR GORGEOUS GRANDMA

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  • Healing Hands Rose Lotion: Rose always takes me home to my mama and grandma. They both used Rosewater body wash for years and the scent is beyond comforting to me. Both mama + grandma love this one. Bonus? 100% of proceeds go towards the Healing Hands Foundation supporting humanitarian work worldwide.

  • The Aromatouch Kit: Only $150 and complete with all of the oils needed to support a healthy immune system, balance the emotions and soothe sore arthritic joints. It also comes with a bottle of fractionated coconut oil to make use super simple + easy!

  • Holiday Joy: My grandmas fave part about the holidays are the memories over the years, and what better way to bring that back than with the smell of clove, nutmeg + fir? Teach her to create her own scented potpourri or simply add it to the diffuser before your holiday gatherings.

  • Jasmine Touch Roller: The most gorgeous floral aroma thats grounding + calming to the mood. Applied to your palms, inhaled and applied to the hair for its amazing benefits.


GIFT GUIDE FOR THE NEW MAMA

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  • Jasmine Touch Roller: the most gorgeous essential oil to help support our reproductive health. Its incredible for supporting sleep, supports erratic hormones and is a gorgeous natural perfume that won't harm baby.

  • Frankincense Touch Roller: Helps to ground + balance emotions, regenerates cells, boosts immunity and is completely safe for baby!

  • Roman Chamomile: Supportive for both mama + baby from the moment babe enters this world. Helps with colic, soothes mums tummy and is the perfect addition to the nightly routine. If the aroma is too strong for you, Serenity is another incredible addition including lavender, roman chamomile, vetiver + cedarwood.

  • Serenity softgels:  These softgels are a staple in our household and are a fave of the mamas in our life. Totally safe for mama and non-addictive. They are all natural, herb infused capsules that stimulate the production of the sleepy, calming hormone. The Essential Midwife approves for pregnant and nursing moms.


GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR BESTIE

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  • Neroli Touch Roller: Gah this one is my fave!! This gorgeous oil sourced from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree is equal parts floral and herbaceous, and incredible. Its amazing on its own or is made even better when layered with passion or frankincense. This oil helps to open the heart chakra and allows you to connect openly with others, making it a perfect bestie gift.

  • Moroccan Reed Diffuser: This beautiful handmade pottery is unique just like her, and will look gorgeous in her office or bathroom.  It comes with a bottle of the brand new Holiday Peace, but I recommend throwing in a bottle of Wild Orange because we all need a little more uplifting in our lives!

  • The Travel Set: Four 5mL bottles of oil to keep on hand wherever her travels take her: Lavender, Aromatouch, Wild Orange, Peppermint.  These 4 little bottles will help her keep everything together when things may seem to be going a bit nutty!

  • Mud Mask: We love our besties so much, why not give her something that helps to detox her skin giving her the perfect Friday evening glow in under 10 minutes!


GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

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  • Copaiba: It will help him sleep soundly and reduce his stress levels. Every hard working guy deserves sleep + less stress.. It makes them better humans!

  • Onguard softgels: These capsules pack one powerful punch and will keep his immune system in tip top shape all year round!

  • Athlete’s Kit:  This features 5mL bottles of Breathe, OnGuard, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, as well as the Deep Blue lotion, all in an easy to use zip pouch that he can throw in his gym or hockey bag.  These incredible oils address opening the airways, boosting immunity, sore muscles and reducing stress. Who doesn't want that? Think he may be a bit overwhelmed with all that? Stock up on some Deep Blue Rub. Its a male favourite!

  • Body Wash: Scented with Bergamot, Grapefruit, & Cedarwood, it is refreshing, uplifting and has the perfect manly smell. 

  • Deep Blue Polyphenols:  Gosh forbid the mister in your life is feeling less than stellar, these capsules will have them feeling better, quick. These little caps are an all natural supplement that targets sore, achey muscles and inflammation. They're made from whole foods so you won't have to stress about what he's putting in his body!


GIFT GUIDE FOR THE KIDDOS

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  • A Whale Diffuser for their room (or a petal diffuser if they’re older): Kids know best and are always drawn into essential oils for the way they make them feel.

  • Serenity bath bar: Toss it in the bathtub, they can have a good play and come out having benefitted from the sweet aroma of Serenity.

  • PB Assist Jr.: These packets taste like a pixie stick, but are full of double encapsulated probiotics to keep their digestive system running at its best.  With natural watermelon and strawberry flavors, they'll look at it as their daily treat!

  • Console Touch Roller: Empowered children are a force to be reckoned with, so why not allow them to manage their feelings when they're feeling less than stellar? A quick roll of this incredible, consoling blend and they'll be back to their usual self in no time. 


GIFT GUIDE FOR TEENS

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  • Shampoo & conditioner: This is the age where they start to become concerned about how they look and feel. This haircare set fills them with the aroma of Lime, Wild Orange + Peppermint without littering their bodies with hormone wreaking fragrance. 

  • ZenGest Touch Roller: A quick swipe across the belly when experiencing tummy troubles and they'll be golden quick! The best part? Its easy to conceal in a backpack!

  • HD Clear Roller: Teenage acne has got to be one of the issues that everyone experiences. This blend is formulated to target breakouts, naturally while reducing the amount of chemical products needed. Bonus? Its incredible as a unisex deodorant! Who woulda thought!

  • Motivate Touch Roller:  Find the teen in your life struggles to get up in the morning? This blend topically as perfume or cologne and applied to the palms and inhaled midday is the perfect addition!


If you don’t already have an account with doterra, email us at thediamonddropsociety@gmail.com, or reach out to whomever shared this post with you!

I've Got My Oils, Now What? Your First Month

You've enrolled, your kit was drop shipped to your door, the box has been sitting on your counter staring at you, now what? 

The key with using oils is forming habits right off the bat. Making oil use habitual will lead to an easy transition from what we currently know to one free of synthetics or harmful chemicals. 

Introducing oils into your home should be one thats free of overwhelm + sets you up for a lifetime of oily success.

NIGHT ONE {OF FOREVER}

A simple evening routine:

+ pop the diffuser out of the box and set it up in your bedroom adding in two drops lavender + two drops breathe/easy air about an hour before bedtime

+ run the bath and add two drops lavender and two drops frankincense to a cup of scent free epsom salts. Soak for as long as you wish with a Spotify playlist of your choice

+ if you prefer a shower, add one drop of breathe/easy air to the back of the shower and inhale deeply, letting your day go and opening up your airways before bed

+ add one drop frankincense to your serum or moisturizer and give yourself a facial massage paying special attention to your temples and under your eyes (we hold the most tension here)

+ before hopping into bed for the night, give yourself a shoulder and neck massage with one drop deep blue and one drop lavender. Apply the remainder to the soles of your feet for sweet sweet zzz


WEEK ONE {OF FOREVER}

Your first week using oils is the absolute perfect time to play around with recipes + DIY's and to familiarize yourself with their uses. If you're every needing some further guidance, this blog here breaks down the top ten oils and some of our fave uses for them. Its an awesome one to bookmark!

Your first week would also be the perfect time to snag yourself some DIY products so that having your oils directly at your fingertips is both easy + overwhelm-free. 

Heres where we stock up on some of our goodies:

Oil Resources:

You can snag both The Essential Life Book + Modern Essentials at any of the below stores. You may be able to find both of them on Amazon but chances are you will pay a little bit more money. 

CAD: My Essential Business (located in Toronto + allows for you to pickup if you wish!)

USD: Aromatools (you will pay a bit more in shipping from this company if in Canada)

 

Roller Bottlers, Spray Bottles + Containers

CAD: 

USD:

DIY Supplies (Castile Soap, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, etc)

I always order my coconut oil from doTERRA but all of the below places will also sell it. The quality is amazing + it is completely scent free. I use this one for all my DIY projects but also use it on my body and to oil pull with in the mornings. 

  • Your local grocery store (most groceries have the products you're looking for above. You can find your hardened coconut oil anywhere and most stores will sell fractionated coconut oil)

  • Costco (they have both large tubs of hardened coconut oil and liquid coconut oil at a fraction of the cost. You can also stock up on your white vinegar + baking soda here!)

  • Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

  • Well.ca


MONTH ONE {OF FOREVER}

Your first month will be all about getting super comfortable using your oils. My hope is that through Month One, you will start to DIY some products and start to experiment with what oils work the best for you!

Simple + Easy Morning Routine

+ add two drops of lemon essential oil into a tall glass or stainless steal bottle 

+ set up your diffusers, fill with water and diffuse my morning blend of three drops peppermint, three drops lemon

+ add one drop cinnamon to your coffee grounds before brewing for the most delicious, blood sugar balancing coffee

+ add one drop of on guard to your kiddos (and yours!) toes before school or daycare to boost their immune system

+ toss all veggie/fruit ingredients for your days recipes into a sink full of water and five drops of lemon essential oil to pull the waxy substances off the surface

+ once you've completed your morning routine, toss your tooth brushes into a glass jar of water and five drops of on guard. Do this once a week to improve your oral hygiene!

Simple + Easy Evening Routine

+ setup the diffuser in your kitchen and diffuser two drops lavender and three drops lemon to start winding down for the eve

+ using a clean cloth, wet + drop two drops lemon and two drops on guard to wipe down counters, stove and tables before bed

+ add two drops lemon to your dishwasher detergent for some added degreasing properties

+ apply one drop of frankincense to the back of the neck and two drops lavender to the toes for sweet dreams


WHAT'S NEXT?

I hope that your first oily month has been an exciting one and that oil use has become something that is second nature. They sure are the best!

If you haven't yet started on your oil journey (and were just preparing yourself for when you receive your box of goodies) pop over here to get started or email me brittanyamclean@gmail.com to get started. 

B xo

Setting Up + Using Your Diffuser

It may seem like the strangest thing to some, but my favourite part of my house is my diffusers. The way they make me feel, the ambience they create for our guests and the scent they fill our home with is intoxicating. 

I wanted to walk you through simply how to get your diffuser set up from the box, how I clean mine + some fave diffuser blends you can make with your starter kit. 

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SETTING UP YOUR DIFFUSER: THE BASICS

+ always remember to use clean, room temp to cool water in your diffuser. If you have reverse osmosis or filter water in your house, use that. It will prolong the life of your diffuser (we use RO and rarely even have to wash our diffusers out!)

+ plug your diffuser in + make sure the plug is connected to the diffuser itself (petal is at the back thank the gods, all other diffusers are on the bottom)

+ add 5-8 drops of essential oil. You are welcome to add more for a stronger scent or if you're filling a larger space, or less if the room is small. I usually experiment with my oils and have come to know what oils let off a stronger scent than others

+ avoid placing your diffuser in direct sunlight 

CLEANING UP YOUR DIFFUSER

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+ make sure to unplug your diffuser before cleaning (to save both you + the diffuser from a horrible death)

+ dump the water out of the back of the diffuser so we don't soak the buttons

+ wipe out the inside of the water tank with a paper towel or tissue

+ dump in some vinegar or rubbing alcohol, let it soak for a few minutes, dump + give it one last wipe

+ if you're finding the diffuser still has some extra residue, use a q-tip to wipe out the bottom part a bit more


OUR FAVORITE STARTER KIT DIFFUSER BLENDS

These blends below are some of our absolute favourites to get you started on the right foot, using the starter kit you purchased. 

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Fave Fall Diffuser Blends

PUMPKIN PIE

FIVE DROPS CINNAMON BARK
ONE DROP CLOVE
ONE DROP CASSIA
ONE DROP WILD ORANGE

INTO THE WOODS

FOUR DROPS WILD ORANGE
ONE DROP PATCHOULI
ONE DROP GINGER
ONE DROP DOUGLAS FIR

FLANNEL SHIRT

FOUR DROPS DOUGLAS FIRE
FOUR DROPS SERENITY

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CRISP BREEZE

THREE DROPS DOUGLAS FIR
TWO DROPS ORANGE
TWO DROPS ON GUARD

SNICKERDOODLE

FOUR DROPS CINNAMON BARK
THREE DROPS CEDARWOOD
TWO DROPS CASSIA
TWO DROPS WILD ORANGE

CRUNCHY LEAVES

FOUR DROPS CLOVE
FOUR DROPS ORANGE
FOUR DROPS CEDARWOOD

FIRESIDE

FOUR DROPS YLANG YLANG
THREE DROPS VETIVER
TWO DROPS CINNAMON BARK

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ORANGE SPICE

FIVE DROPS ON GUARD
FIVE DROPS ORANGE
ONE DROP CINNAMON BARK

FALL WREATH

FOUR DROPS EUCALYPTUS
FOUR DROPS ROSEMARY
FOUR DROPS DOUGLAS FIR

Copaiba Essential Oil: What it is + How it reacts in our bodies

A few months ago, while in conversation with some fellow doTERRA wellness advocates the topic of CBD and THC oil came up. We started talking about how both contribute to the body in varying ways and how we wished doTERRA would release a product that would react similarly in the body without the "high" that came along with it. 

Fast forward a month, and the topic came up again but this time while chatting with a doTERRA executive. They warned that they were launching a product at convention that would blow the top off all products on the market, including those within the world of endo-cannabinoids. I was blown away and tried my very best at keeping this ground breaking news to myself. 

This past week at doTERRA's Global Convention, they launched an essential oil by the name os Copaiba. I finally was able to put a name to the research I had seen. 

Before I dive into how I've been using + adoring this oil, let me share some background and scientific information. 

Copaiba is an essential oil that is made from the resin that grows on the Copaiba trees in Brazil. It is high in something called Beta-Caryophyllene, which has the ability to bind to CB2 receptors. 

As per doterra.com, while we speculate that there may be several different types of cannabinoid receptors, we have currently identified two different subtypes:

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CB1, which is expressed primarily on the nerve cells in the brain, and CB2, which is expressed predominantly on white blood cells within the immune system. Research has shown that CB1 activation influences memory processing and pain regulation, but it is also induces psychoactive effects.

CB2 receptors support healthy nervous system function, proper immune function, and have soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that of CB1), primarily through their ability to regulate inflammation. But perhaps most interesting, CB2 activation does not have the same psychoactive side effects as does its counterpart, CB1.

Recent research has demonstrated that the bicyclic sesquiterpene beta-caryophyllene has the ability to bind to CB2 receptors. What this means is that along with its cellular and skin-health supporting properties, due to its activation of CB2 receptors, beta-caryophyllene may also support healthy nervous and immune function, and have similar soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that prompted by CB1 activation), without the potential psychoactive side effects.

While beta-caryophyllene is primarily known for its presence in the essential oils extracted from Black PepperCloveMelissa, and Rosemary, the best source is actually the lesser-known oil Copaiba. GC-MS assessments have shown that many sources of Copaiba essential oil are composed of more than 50% beta-caryophyllene, and not surprisingly, the properties of this oil extracted from the oleoresin of Copaifera species trees is becoming a popular topic of research. There have been over 70 peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals in the last few years evaluating the benefits of Copaiba, several of which focus on its CB2-binding properties and the associated health benefits.


While research into Copaiba will be ongoing, I have fallen in love with the soothing properties of this oil. I have been using it regularly for the past week and the changes I have seen within my body are unlike anything I have ever experienced. 

- I have been diffusing it with Arise, the new yoga collection blend during the day for its zen properties

- I have been taking it internally every morning with Siberian Fir + Frankincense for its immune boosting, cardiovascular improving and relaxing properties

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- I have been applying it to the back of Leo's (our almost 2 year old Golden Retriever) neck diluted with coconut oil to calm him down and help reduce his separation anxiety. Its working like a CHARM! 

- I have been applying it behind my ears or over my chest when I feel the hint of overwhelm or anxious feelings come on

- In the bath with the new yoga oil, Anchor after a long, exhausting day!

- Applied to the soles of my feet in the mornings before a long day of walking in heels. It worked MIRACLES on my sore feet!!!

I haven't felt overwhelmed or stressed out when I typically would be. I have been sleeping like a champ (I slept in till 10am today.. OOPS!). I have been able to sit down at my desk and pop out hours worth of work that would have usually taken me days. I am super clear on where I am being led in my business like never before. 

Thank you doTERRA for always keeping up with the current research and discovering the newest and best oils to improve the lives of many around the globe. NOW, how can Copaiba help you?!

How to Leverage the Best Points Program (LRP) in all the Land!

Hey there friends!

If you have not heard about doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program, grab yourself a glass of wine + a pen to write out your wishlist because it sure is juicy.

You likely stumbled upon this blog post as you read through some of the others so I'm going to get straight to the point.

Here is how it works:

When you order a minimum of 50 points in doTERRA product of your choice on the monthly-basis LRP program, you start off by earning 10% back in free product points.

For each monthly order, you get 10% back in points, and your points manually save in your account. You can see here, I have over 400 points to use for free product, at the time of this blog post! (I took a screen shot from my personal wholesale account.)

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How it works is, you then get bumped up to 15% back in points after ordering that minimum of 50pv each month for 4 months, and then you go up to 20% at 7 months and it just keeps going up like the image below breaks down.

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Eventually after 12 months, when you spend a minimum of 50 pv per month, you get 30% of that back in free product. Thats currently where I sit as you can see by the picture showing the points. Its quite incredible! 

Yes you heard me. You can get yourself free products strictly for taking epic care of yourself. HELLO! There is nothing out there on planet earth like this! 

Essentially, doTERRA is rewarding you, as you become healthier + put yourself first.

You of course get to decide what products you want in your LRP cart each month. And, if you wanted a break for a few months, as long as your LRP cart fires off something, let's say a lip balm for 5 points, you won't lose your free product points. It just needs to be at 50pv, or higher,  in order to keep growing on the points back scale.

Lastly, you can cancel at any time. Nothing sketchy here. Its completely up to you how long you use it for. 

This link here explains the program well if you want to read through a different example. 

So here is what I do.

I order doTERRA's Lifelong Vitality Pack each month. The top of the line vitamins that give me energy + vitality for days!

Then, I use my points to order my fave essential oils, the laundry detergent, fluoride free toothpaste and and my skincare line all for FREE.

Seriously, it can't be beat! 

If you are ready to commit 100% to your wellness journey and you're ready to make the leap into feeling your absolute best, while empowering your family to do the same, I encourage you to try LRP for a few months. I even have a special little promo in collaboration with doTERRA for my team only, called 'Oil of the Month' club. Basically when you commit to trying LRP for three months, doTERRA sends you 3 free oils. And, I add on a special prize as well, as a 'high five' for taking a huge upgrade. 

Step 1 is to join as a wholesale member though me (brittanyamclean@gmail.com) and then I can explain all of this though more direct communication with you.

Chat soon!

B xo