Preparing to go back to school with doTERRA
I had so much fun at my class today sharing with my friends how to make this upcoming school year a more successful one. Well, at least one person didn’t have kids, and others admitted that the products were for themselves, so I guess it is more accurate to say we are just going to have a great year, school or not. I’ll try to record the class for all my long distance “students,” but might not get that done before school starts. So in the mean time, here is the info I handed out: class handout You can see that most of the info applies to all of us, like how to keep from getting sick, focus on our work, combat anxiety, and recover from a tough workout.
Of course, we went much more in depth, demonstrating how to apply some oils, discussing things like not diffusing citrus oils around cats (toxic to the poor things), and how to get the doTERRA Essential Oils at the best price. So you will probably have questions, just ask!
It is so much fun when we get to try out the oils out, and especially watching everyone’s reactions to the oils. Did you know that we tend to be drawn to the oils our bodies need most? So when I put the Melissa Essential Oil (aka Lemon Balm) on the roof of my mouth, I just love it, but a person at class tried it and….well…. didn’t care for it. Now we know she should stick to aromatic application! That’s why I love doing in person sessions. That, and because I am demonstrating how to apply the oils, I end up putting quite a few on and smell delicious AND feel awesome by the end.
Watch out for more upcoming classes, or schedule a 1-on-1 consultation, and try the oils out yourself!
Question: What was your favorite subject in school?
Well, okay, maybe the equation is a little more complicated than that, but my doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil at least made it POSSIBLE for me to love the cats.
I have been allergic to cats since I was a little girl. Not deathly allergic, but mega itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing type allergy. I have a time or two been in a position where I have to live with cats, such as my current situation, when I moved in with my BF who already was the proud owner of two cats. I have found that as long as I don’t touch the cats, stay away from areas where they like to sleep and therefore have accumulated hair, don’t touch them, clean regularly, don’t touch them, keep them out of the bedroom, don’t touch them, and stay on allergy medications, then it is tolerable. That’s fine if I’m visiting for a weekend, but full time living with them makes it a little harder, and this does not lead to a situation where it is easy to fall in love with cats. It stinks living with two sweet cats that you can’t touch! Especially when they come up to me meowing for pets….sigh….I feel like such a meanie! I was forced to harden my hearts against the cuties, so I wouldn’t be tempted to pet and snuggle them. I would ignore them, and they got used to it. After about a year and a half of this, Boddington had decided he had enough! He was claiming my lap as cat territory.
This picture documents the day it all changed. I gave in and let him up, but refused to touch him! But he decided that was good enough and forced his way onto my lap every day after that. Time to try something new to fight my allergies. The over-the-counter allergy medications, and even some prescription ones I’d tried, wouldn’t allow me to pet the cats without breaking out with itching and sneezing, even when the cats were freshly out of a bath! So I started trying the doTERRA “allergy shot,” which is 2 drops each of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint.
The first day I started with about 5 doses of this, and then cut back to 2 times a day (mostly because I would forget to take it). I tried it on my brother too, but he couldn’t handle the taste of them all mixed together, so I started experimenting with different combinations that I could recommend to him, and found that for my cat allergy (pollen may be a different story once fall comes), that Lavender alone was working for me. So now I take 4-5 drops of doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil twice a day, and am able to pet the cats finally! I may not dig my face into their fur in a turbo cuddle (I haven’t tried this yet), but I can touch them and brush them without worrying. And now Boddington and I can be friends finally!
Preparing to go back to school with Essential Oils
I can’t believe it’s that time yet, but in some parts of the country, kids are ALREADY back in school! If you want to learn more about how to keep your kids healthy, focused, well rested, and fight anxiety and back to sports pain, please check out my class! If you can’t make it, I will post the info later, but it will be way more fun if you can come to class and try the oils yourself!
Purify, mildew nemesis!
I was on vacation earlier this month, visiting some friends and family who were nice enough to let me crash in their guest rooms and use all their facilities, including laundry. I am going to protect the identity of my test subject here, but suffice it to say they were one of said friends or family. I went to do some laundry while they were at work, and audibly gasped when I pulled out the soap tray of their front load washer. It was half black! At least that’s how it was in my memory. This is what it really looked like:
Okay, not exactly half black, but black enough that I was NOT washing my clothes in there! To be fair, this is a common problem with front load washers, especially if you aren’t set up in a way that you can leave the drawer and door open to fully dry between washes. And as the spots were mostly on the bleach cup they probably aren’t using, they probably didn’t think much of it.
But I did, and I was immediately glad I had brought my brand new bottle of doTERRA Purify Essential Oil Blend, which is great on mildew, and some empty spray bottles (to leave with my newly converted-to-doTERRA-loving, friends and family for their various around-the-home-oil uses). So I raided the kitchen and found some white distilled vinegar and a scrubby sponge, and went to work. I filled the 4oz glass bottle with some Purify (I can’t remember exactly how much, I think 20 drops), and filled it the rest of the way with the vinegar. In hindsight, I should have tried soaking the trays first, but instead i just grabbed my sponge and my spray bottle and got to work!
Oh man, the further I got into cleaning, the worse it was! I also found that there was a decade or so of hard water and soap scum build up cemented over the mildew, lots of soap buildup globbed on, and lots of tight little crevices I had to get into. Good thing I like the smell of the Purify so much, it helped cheer me up a little while I was cleaning. :)
Eventually I persevered, at least it was close enough. I am sad to say I couldn’t get into that little corner in the back of the washer, but I did darn good considering my tools, and there was no nasty chemical smell, I didn’t have to worry about it bleaching my clothes, and I didn’t even have to worry about it tearing up my hands! Which is good because I couldn’t find any rubber gloves. Actually, my hands were in even better condition than they usually are from just washing dishes. Although, in hind sight, I probably should have worn gloves to protect me from the mildew! I am usually so worried about protecting myself form the chemicals, I didn’t even think about the mildew.
Finally, I was ready to do my laundry. I also did something nice for my host, and left them with a full bottle of vinegar/Purify mix to spray in the drawer area after every wash to help keep the mildew away, so hopefully we never see those black spots again!!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy to have a safe, all natural, and EFFECTIVE cleaner for my home, one step in many to help me detoxify my life. I hope to feature many more cleaning tips using doTERRA Essential Oils.
Any cleaning solutions you want to see?
Happy Birthday to Oilladylaura.com!
Can you hear me singing the birthday song to myself? Can you also imagine me eating these delicious Peppermint Brownies?
I am so excited to finally be launching oilladylaura.com, something I have thought about for about 5 months now. What better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake and flowers! Well, this is close enough to cake at least. So delicious and so easy to make! Your guests will think you really did something special for them, when all it takes is box brownie mix, the ingredients on the back of the brownie mix box, and 10 drops of doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil (EO).
Not only does it taste AMAZING, but it’s also better for you and purer tasting than just peppermint extract. Of course, with 10 drops total for the whole batch, and some of the EOs getting “cooked out” in the baking process, each brownie is giving you less than a half drop, but there is still SOME benefits in there. At least that’s what I tell myself so I can justify eating more.
So how to make them: follow directions exactly as on the box, but add 10 drops of doTERRA Peppermint EO to the vegetable oil before adding to the rest of the ingredients, which will help it distribute more evenly. If you forget this step, you can add it right to the brownie batter, but I can’t guarantee you won’t have peppermint “patches” in your brownies instead of an even consistent taste.
I wouldn’t recommend doing this with any Peppermint EO, doTERRA is one of the few companies that recommends you take the oils (at least the ones with the nutrition label on the side, which this one does) internally, so be careful what you add to your food! See more about why doTERRA is different here, and enjoy your delicious treats!