Intro to Essential Oils

Jennifer & Joe’s Open Road Essentials

2017-02-28 11.53.34

The official FDA disclaimer states: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

 

29339465_1809725459088904_49370395664449536_oI am going to share how to use dōTERRA® products in order to THRIVE.

 
 
The major focus will be on the following:
    • Control your seasonal threats so that they no longer control YOU!
    • Get active and prevent any unnecessary temporary discomfort
    • Clean your home and say goodbye to any toxic filled products
    • Watch your garden blossom without pesticides
    • Maybe a few surprises as well!

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This is probably the question I get asked most often when sharing essential oils because there are so many brands on the market and I have tried most of them, but…

NOT ALL OILS ARE CREATED EQUALLY!

– One of the reasons I chose dōTERRA® is because of their Cō-Impact Sourcing®.  dōTERRA® sources its oils from all over the world so that each oil is derived from its indigenous environment. When they are grown and harvested in the proper altitude, climate, seasons, and soil, you end up with a far superior product. This is where dōTERRA®’s commitment to purity begins!

– The second main reason is that the oils are CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade® (CPTG).   Yes this is a standard developed by the company, but in an industry where there are no regulations, I will always respect an trust a company who has set the quality standard high and expects no less from every bottle they make available.  This is REALLY important because every oil has ZERO fillers, synthetics, dyes, pesticides, or contaminants of any kind. They are just pure, unadulterated oils (meaning no compromise or other plant varieties have been added)

dōTERRA® created this standard as a promise of purity and each and every batch is third party tested so you can be confident in not just their purity, but potency as well.  It is not just about their marketing it is a commitment!

Take a look at this 3.5 minute video explaining CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade® essential oils:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwLbPaIwrow&feature=youtu.be

Now you know, there are 4 grades of essential oils available today.

1) Synthetic grade: these are for perfume and industrial purposes. They’re marketed for aromatherapy and in retail and craft stores. They haven’t been deemed safe for internal use and are highly likely to contain pesticides and artificial fillers.

2) Food (GRAS Standard): these are the oils used to add flavor to foods. They have little to no nutritional or medicinal value and likely contain fillers.

3) Therapeutic grade: these oils are used in aromatherapy and have health benefits but haven’t been deemed safe for internal use. They may contain fillers.

4) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade: these are rigorously tested and are free from pesticides, artificial fillers, preservatives, or other impurities. These are the purest essential oils.

dōTERRA® essential oils are all grown by experienced farmers in their indigenous lands, meaning they are grown in optimal conditions and therefore produce the highest quality of oil. The oils go through rigorous third-party testing to ensure that all of our oils are compliant with our CPTG standards. That means that when you open up your bottle, you’re getting the purest and most potent essential oils available.
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There are three ways to use essential oils:

1.) Topically – Essential Oils are Highly concentrated and should always be diluted when used topically. When you apply your oils to areas of the body that need support, they reach the bloodstream within 20 seconds and are then distributed throughout the body within 20 minutes. Best practice is to always dilute the oils in fractionated coconut oil to avoid skin sensitivity and ALWAYS dilute for children.  

Undiluted, the safest location to apply to the skin are the bottoms of the feet!  This dermal location is a great place to apply the oils as it’s the most porous section of the skin allowing for quick absorption, it is very durable and the chance of skin sensitivity is greatly reduced. Other topical location to apply would be the spine or pulse points (as you would a perfume),  I strongly recommend dilution of these concentrated oils on any area of the skin other than the bottoms of the feet.    NOTE:  essential oils are a volatile compound and are quick to evaporate, so not only does adding them to a carrier oil through dilution slow the absorption and help your cells adjust, the lotion or carrier oil slows the evaporation process.  Making this practice not only Safe but cost effective.

2.) Aromatically – Put a drop in the palm of your hands, cup your hands to your nose and inhale – WOW!!!!   Diffusing is also a great way to get benefits from the oils. Plug in diffusers or fan run diffusers are a great way of freshening a room, support respiratory functions and enhance moods.  You can also get small personal diffusers to wear as jewelry, or place in your vehicle.  Note: for safety, if wearing close to or in contact with the skin, adhere to the safety protocols and avoid oils that are skin sensitive (hot oils) and photosensitive (citrus oils).

3.) Internally – dōTERRA® is the ONLY brand of oil I would trust to use internally, and I do so always with safety in mind.   Please do not assume it is okay to use any brand of oil internally as purity varies greatly.

If safe for consumption, the bottle will clearly be labelled if it is approved for internal use. Just because a label says supplemental us doesn’t mean you can “over use” it.   Like any medicine, essential oils are taken internally for health support. Once you are assured of quality, you can add one drop to your water or tea, but I always add it after mixing with a tsp. of agave or local honey.  Have you ever squeezed a lemon into a glass of water?  The essential oil from the peel is the most beneficial additive to your glass as it is know to help support lymphatic system of your body.  I like any of the citrus oils for this as it helps me drink my daily recommendation of water.

Remember Don’t overdo it!  Essential oils are Not a flavoring agent!!  One or two drops is very effective and it is always best to do so responsibly and with educated instruction. 

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One of the things that I love about dōTERRA® is that every time I feel like they’ve outdone themselves, they find a way to absolutely blow my mind with their desire to give back and to make a positive impact in the world.

Take a look:
dōTERRA® Healing Hands Foundation™: This is dōTERRA’s non-profit organization committed to improving lives through partnering with organizations that offer hope to millions around the world. Healing Hands seeks to bring healing and hope to the world, help those live lives free of disease and poverty, and to ultimately empower impoverished communities with the tools needed to become self-reliant. dōTERRA® covers for all overhead and administrative costs of the dōTERRA® Healing Hands Foundation, ensuring that 100% of all donations go directly to those receiving aid. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ewIlrog8FU

Cō-Impact Sourcing: In addition to supplying the highest quality essential oils dōTERRA® is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of farmers, harvesters, and distillers who contribute to dōTERRA’s oil production. Check this out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q70EFAddZdI

Source to You: This website is AMAZING!!!! You can get access to quality reports on the exact oils that are in your home. Check this out:https://sourcetoyou.com/

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The World Allergy Organization says that as many as 40 percent of the world’s people suffer from at least one seasonal threat, and that in some countries seasonal threats have increased by as much as 50 percent over the past decade.
What is even more disturbing than this statistic is that those who are suffering are most likely using “solutions” that often cause more harm than good.

The most common seasonal threats include:

  1. Pollen
  2. Grass
  3. Dust Mites
  4. Mold
  5. Weeds
  6. pet dander

    Which seasonal threat affect you the most?

29356977_1809744172420366_662610619370831872_o.jpgAnyone suffering with seasonal threats needs to consider TriEase® Softgels!

TriEase Softgels can be consumed safely on a daily basis during times of seasonal discomfort to promote clear breathing and overall respiratory health.*

This product was developed to protect against seasonal and environmental elements and to promote a healthy respiratory system when needed most.*

Each softgel contains equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils, which are known for their ability to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response when combined together.*

  • Lemon Peel: cleansing to the body’s systems and frequently used for respiratory discomfort* 
  • Lavender Flower: renowned for its calming and balancing effects*
  • Peppermint Plant: promotes clear breathing and healthy respiratory function*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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These three oils are really powerful and will support you during times of need.

 

 

Lemon – The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils, not to mention the top-selling essential oil that dōTERRA® offers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm6YPHuchCk.

Lavender – Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjbHnTrTeKc.

Peppermint – The high menthol content of the dōTERRA® Peppermint essential oil sets it apart from others when it comes to quality—making it one of the best-selling favorites among dōTERRA® essential oils. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8cRcpWJboI

Have you ever tried this rollerball recipe?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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All of my clients who suffer from seasonal threats absolutely LOVE the dōTERRA Breathe® Product Line which consists of:

 

 

dōTERRA Breathe – This product is a remarkable blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara. doTERRA Breathe maintains feelings of clear airways and easybreathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats. doTERRA Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote a restful sleep.

dōTERRA Breathe Touch – This product provides the perfect balance of dōTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend with Fractionated Coconut Oil to invigorate and clear your mind.

dōTERRA Breathe Respiratory Drops – This product is formulated from specific oils from dōTERRA Breathe proprietary blend and are wonderful aids in promoting clear airways and supporting respiratory health.*

dōTERRA Breathe Vapor Stick – This product is made up of a powerful combination of the dōTERRA Breathe proprietary blend and additional ingredients that can invigorate and clear your mind in the most convenient way.

Which dōTERRA Breathe® products have you tried?

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When it comes to outdoor protection, no defense is better than TerraShield®.

 

 

This newly updated formula contains a select blend of essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute—all of which possess specific chemical compounds known to protect against environmental annoyances.

The addition of Tamanu oil provides added support and through dōTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing®, the harvesting of Tamanu oil is positively affecting the livelihood of harvesters in Madagascar. TerraShield Outdoor Blend is a powerful yet safe formula that can be used by every member of the family, outdoors, and throughout the home.

What are your favorite outdoor springtime activities?

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This is a must have as the sun begins to peak out from behind the clouds…
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  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Peppermint 
  • 20 drops Frankincense (optional) 
  • Add all oils to a 4 oz spray bottle. 
  • Fill the remainder with either water or fractionated coconut oil. 
  • Shake and apply as soon as possible to the sunburned area. 
  • Repeat every few hours.

    What is your favorite DIY product in the spring? 

A slightly more involved recipe, but it is well worth the effort!

 

 

Ingredients:

 
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup FCO
  • ¼ cup Beeswax
  • 2 tbs Zinc Oxide
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E
  • 1 tbs Shea Butter
  • 12 drops dōTERRA® Helichrysum Oil 

Directions:

  • Add everything except the Zinc Oxide and essential oil in a double boiler or glass measuring cup.
  • Place the cup/bowl in 1-2″ of boiling water.
  • Stir ingredients. Once the mixture is melted, set aside and let cool for 3 minutes.
  • Add the Zinc Oxide and Helichrysum essential oil and mix well.
  • Pour into a mason jar and store in a cool place (fridge is best). Mixture will last 6 months.

    Who plans on using this recipe?


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Check out these three really cool applications for oils:

  1. Apply Coriander to your legs after a long hike
  2. Use Lemongrass to repel insects
  3. Put Peppermint on the back of your neck to keep you cool during outdoor activities

What are some of the unique ways you use dōTERRA®?


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dōTERRA® has such a great kit for athletes and I recommend keeping this in your gym bag, tennis bag, or whatever bag you use if you plan on being active this spring.

Whether in competitive arenas or a local gym, activity is a cornerstone of health. 

The dōTERRA® Athlete’s Kit was designed with athletes in mind and is perfect for supporting healthy lifestyles from competitive to health-minded.

The kit includes key products for those with an athletic lifestyle: 5mL bottles of dōTERRA® Breathe, dōTERRA® On Guard, Lavender, Melaleuca, and Peppermint and a 120 mL tube of Deep Blue Rub presented in a compact, reusable zippered pouch. With the Athlete’s Kit, you can enjoy implementing athleticism in your life.

Primary Benefits

dōTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Blend (5mL): dōTERRA Breathe has been used by a variety of individuals seeking to minimize the effects of seasonal threats.

dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend (5mL): dōTERRA On Guard essential oil assists athletes with the protection against environmental threats necessary to keep up with an active lifestyle.

Lavender (5mL) essential oil is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities. Lavender can be diffused at night, after an event, or even applied to soothe the skin.

Melaleuca (5mL) essential oil, one of the most popular and versatile oils, can be used for a variety of athletic needs for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin.

Peppermint (5mL) essential oil promotes a boost when feeling fatigued or low on energy.

dōTERRA Deep Blue® Rub (120 ml) is perfect for the athlete in your life. Massage Deep Blue into lower back after an energizing day.

Who is EXCITED to get moving this SPRING?


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Now that we are entering into the Spring Cleaning phase of this experience, I want to make sure that you have this one product in your home because I know you will LOVE it!

dōTERRA® On Guard Cleaner Concentrate is designed to be the ideal natural cleaner. It is fortified with the proprietary dōTERRA On Guard Protective Blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, which provide natural protection against certain environmental factors while elevating the overall cleaning capability.

This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment.

The multi-purpose capabilities of dōTERRA® On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.


Uses:


MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER: Mix 2 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

BATHROOMS: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

DISHES: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per gallon of water.

TOUGH JOBS: Apply concentrate directly on designated area and let soak.

Avoid direct use of concentrate on hardwood floors and natural stone.


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Many large companies launch “new and improved” cleaning products that claim to protect your family but what they neglect to inform you is that these common cleaning products are lathered with harmful chemicals that have the potential to do more harm than good.

Whether you clean your own home, have a housekeeper, or a combination of both, I am sure there are two things that bother you:

1. Filth

2. Chemicals

Unfortunately, most people are using common household cleaners like big-box store detergent, hand soap, and dish soap, which are often filled with harmful ingredients that put you and your family at risk.

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to cleaning your home! There are alternatives that are not only safer, but also more effective and cheaper than what you are accustomed to using right now.

Let’s discuss the MUST HAVE basics…

  • BAKING SODA: Absorbs and eliminates odor. Use to clean countertops, sinks, and tubs. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet and vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel.
  • WHITE VINEGAR: Contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits.
  • CASTILE SOAP: Lifts dirt, cuts grease, and eliminates tough stains. Pour a small amount over baking sheets and pans then scrub for a few minutes for clean, shiny results.
  • SALT: Salt is an effective scouring agent. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.
  • dōTERRA® FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL or OLIVE OIL: Great natural cleaner and polisher. Rub it into leather or polish wood surfaces.


BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CLEANING:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Wild Orange
  • Douglas Fir
  • Eucalyptus
  • Melaleuca
  • Purify Cleansing Blend
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend
  • doTERRA On Guard® Cleaner Concentrate

    Here are some additional recipes from doTERRA®:https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-roundup-essential-oils-for-cleaning

    Who is excited to purge their toxic filled cleaning products and replace them with safe and effective alternatives?


29357011_1809781752416608_8801723500994756608_o.jpgI love sharing DIY products that will keep your lawn and garden healthy without toxic chemicals!

Essential oils can be valuable tools for every gardener. Whether you are trying to chase away garden pests, improve the health and growth of plants, or restore those gardener hands, essential oils can help. 

Here are some easy ways you can use essential oils to enhance your natural gardening experience:https://doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-spring-2015-doterra-gardeners-journal

Essential Oils for Garden Pests:

  • TerraShield
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • White Fir
  • Thyme
  • Geranium
  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Arborvitae

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Here are my top 5 diffuser recipes for the spring !

Peace Out Pollen

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemon


Spring Bliss

  • 2 drops wild orange
  • 1 drop geranium
  • 3 drops lavender


Spring Rain

  • 3 drops vetiver
  • 3 drops lemon

     

Sunny Day

  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 4 drops wild orange
  • 4 drops ylang ylang


Lemon Fresh

  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 4 drops lemon

29342560_1809790645749052_8163483977760374784_o.jpgIf you are anything like me, you are probably REALLY excited! 

“What now?” 

“How do I know what to use?” 

“How do I get started?”

I want you to know that you are never alone on your essential oils journey.

We have a really special email series sent to all new oil users that lays a foundation of knowledge and awareness for incorporating essential oils into their lives.

There are a number of ways to get started using oils for yourself, stay tuned!


29366529_1809795275748589_3401718367353044992_oHow can I become a Wellness Advocate?

I remember the first time I was exposed to a class just like this – I was sooooo excited, but also partially overwhelmed by the variety of oils and their seemingly limitless applications.

However, I was assured that I would have support and I absolutely cherished the adventure!

My life changed because of dōTERRA®’s essential oils and I am confident you will have this same experience once you get started.

There are three ways to begin using dōTERRA®’s essential oils:

  1. Purchase oils at the full retail price (most expensive and not recommended)
  2. Pay a $35.00 membership fee (like Costco) and you can then purchase your oils at wholesale price (25% off retail) – TOTALLY AWESOME!
  3. Purchase an enrollment kit. With the enrollment kit, YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEE IS WAIVED and your kit oils are below wholesale pricing.

I would recommend option two or three from above based on your desires and you can visit https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/openroadessentials to purchase your oils or to become a wholesale member with dōTERRA®.

If you are not sure which option would most benefit you and your family, please send me a Facebook message or email me at jen.knourek@comcast.net so that I can help guide you to the best decision for you.

Here’s a quick video explaining the three options from above:

https://youtu.be/mBemyGWSOL4

29339618_1809795299081920_8406883369312321536_o.jpgAnd we are done – but – this is simply the beginning!

I could go on and on about dōTERRA®’s essential oils simply because they have made such a difference in my life and the lives of each person I have shared them with.

Remember, you can get started by visiting https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/openroadessentials.

In addition, I want you to know that my offer stands…

I am happy to answer any questions you have about using essential oils for you and your family as this truly is my ultimate passion. I love having the chance to share something that has made such a difference in my life! Please message me on Facebook or email me at jen.knourek@comcast.net and I will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for sharing this experience with me – I am honored!

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