Thursday, March 23, 2017

Let's Talk About Essential Oils

Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably heard about (and maybe even used) essential oils. And if you're anything like me, then you probably didn't care to learn more about them or to try them because they just seemed like another health gimmick that would cost money with no real benefits. It wasn't until I started exploring natural ways to help with our infertility struggles that I became interested in learning more about essential oils and their benefits.

I was seeing an acupuncturist here in Nashville for fertility help, and during my weekly treatments she would use oils to help me relax and to treat certain symptoms - like a runny nose, headache, or stress. I was blown away at how they made me feel and that they actually worked! Not to mention, just stepping in her office instantly calmed me because of the oils she was diffusing. This definitely sparked an interest, and I began to research more about oils and their uses/benefits.

In the meantime, I was also reading a book on how to maximize fertility naturally (given to me by my doctor), and I started to learn so much about how everything we put in and on our body really does matter.  Our world is full of toxins and chemicals - which are in all of our medicines, lotions, perfumes, deodorants, cleaning supplies.... everywhere.

Now I know you're probably thinking that you've heard this a million times and that you really don't care about toxins and chemicals because you feel "fine." I was one of those people too. I thought I was pretty healthy. I've never had any major health issues - so why should I care if my environment and everything I eat or put on my body is full of bad things? It wasn't affecting me. Or so I thought.

I'll be sharing more about my health and wellness journey in future posts (I'm even thinking about starting a bi-monthly wellness newsletter - let me know if you would be interested in that!), but for now I'll just say that what I was eating and the products I was using could be the very reason I'm not pregnant yet. Those things could also be directly related to years of migraines, stomach pains, and sleeping issues.

But we'll dive into all that another time... for now I want to stick to the oils. To make a long story short, after using (and loving) them for a few months with my acupuncturist and doing a little research of my own, I decided that I wanted to bring the power of oils into our home. Since then, Chris and I have both experienced the enhancing benefits of essential oils - and now I have one mission: to share it with others!

To get started, I want to share what essential oils are and why you should use them:

  • They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots flowers, and other parts of plants.
  • When the oils are extracted from the plants, they can be used as single oils or in oil blends to increase emotional and physical wellness.
  • If properly extracted (which by the way, the oils you can buy off Amazon or in grocery stores are not properly extracted and bottled, but doTERRA guarantees pure essential oils through our CPTG testing - read more about that here) essential oils have the unique ability to benefit people in all areas of life, whether in food preparation, beauty treatment, or health practices.
  • They are truly "gifts of the earth," which is the latin meaning of doTERRA, and they are now being used in countries throughout the world as a safe, simple, and powerful means of enhancing health and personal well-being.
  • When diffused, certain oils can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Using essential oils aromatically can also purify the air of unwanted odors and enrich your home with the lively benefits of oil fragrances.
  • Oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically to match the needs of you and your family.
  • Oils can also be used internally to support a variety of health needs. The internal use of oils provides a natural way to receive the health benefits your body needs.

Photos | Catherine Truman Photography

So now you have a little background information on why I decided to start using essential oils and hopefully know a little more about them! I signed up with doTERRA and could not be more pleased with their products and the company as a whole. I started with the Home Essentials Kit, which includes 10 of our most popular oils, a diffuser, a product guide, and an introductory packet with all the information you need to understand and use oils! 

There are other starter kits to choose from too - you can look around at all of them on my page here (just click the "shop" tab and then "kits"). If you are interested in learning more or getting started, please don't hesitate to reach out to me! I will even send you some free samples if you are interested - you can email me at or comment below and I will contact you for your address to send you free samples!

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family's health - I hope you'll join me on this oil journey to healthier and happier you! Thanks so much for reading!

PS. You don't have to sell oils to have an account and enjoy their benefits!
PSS. You don't have to buy a kit to get started! You can start small - message me for details!