Note: This is a duplicate of the same posting as found on my Namaste from Duluth blog, dated 1/19/2015.
I have taken the plunge into the world of quality essential oils.
Back in 2007 I made the switch to cleaning with more "natural"
products: baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, etc. You can read my
post on it How I Learned To Clean My House, Part I and How I Learned to Clean My House, Part II.
years later, I'm still cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and
essential oils. The only thing that didn't work/hasn't worked for me
was the homemade toilet bowl cleaner, and I strongly suspect it's due to
the calcium and mineral content in our well water. I can cope with
buying store bought for that.
Recently I have taken
the next step in DIY cleaning products and bought doTerra essential
oils. I have been researching several brands, including Mountain Rose,
Young Living, Wyndmere, while using Aura Cacia and and a brand whose
name I forget - real memorable, eh?
I've talked to two
separate doTerra representatives (one who I liked, one who I didn't),
I've talked to a soap maker, and fellow yogis at yoga workshops. I
received a free 5ml bottle of doTerra Basil at the Minneapolis YogaFit
Mind Body Conference last June, and because I'm not one to waste, I've
been using it.
So why the upgrade? Because I want to
start using oils on more than my kitchen floor and in my bathroom. If I'm
going to be squirting stuff on my counters or cutting boads, and putting
oils on myself (or my Husband) and breathing them in, I want to make sure
they don't have the chemicals I'm trying to avoid in conventional store
doTerra seems to be the top in quality and environmental commitment. So I went with them.
These are my observations to date:
- This was my introduction to doTerra. I've been using it on my achy
knees, and more recently a strained knee tendon. I put a couple drops
on my knees at night, focusing on the uber tender tendon and rub in. I
was dubious at first - was it really making a difference in the
morning? Or was it my imagination? The evening I forgot, I noticed the
next morning. Yup. It was making a difference. Wow.
(Tea Tree) - I still use this one for cleaning. I add numerous drops
to my homemade soft scrub as a disinfectant (be sure to let mixture sit
on surface for a couple minutes to do it's thing!). I also keep a
squirt bottle of water and oil as a natural bathroom air freshener
spray. For, you know, "those" moments. No chemical air freshener concoction in my
bathroom - phew!
Lavender - Ditto Tea Tree above. I
used this in my first DIY diffuser with a vase of water and rattan
sticks, but it wasn't the best system and eventually, my sticks got
moldy. Bleh. With my Petal Diffuser I can freshen any room with tap
water and a couple drops of lavender. Not that I'm saying my puppies
can be, ah, fragrant... (skunks, anyone?)
I also have
problems sleeping through the night and lavender has shown benefits to
helping provide a more restive sleep. Something we all could use more
Lemon - reading the literature on quality lemon
oil, it sounds like this is perhaps one of the most versatile of the
single blend oils. I'm embarrassed to say, I haven't even scratched the
surface with what I can use this one for. So far I've used it to wash
the kitchen floor as a disinfectant, de-greaser, and deodorizer. I did
NOT get the usual "ugh, lemon pledge!" reaction. My kitchen smelled
bright and spring-like! Yay! (I won't tell you about the grossness I
pulled out from under my fridge in my spurt of spring cleaning, but even
there got a good disinfecting.) I look forward to to using this one
Breathe Blend - this oil I've been putting in my
bedside diffuser (the one I bought). First time I put in too many drops
by accident and it was a bit overwhelming. But the combination of
humidity and the blend has become a nighttime favorite. I'm waiting to
see if this helps the Husband and his sinus's which do suffer during the
dry winter months. This blend is also touted as providing more restful
sleep, which is something I need, as I mentioned above.
(a 'Thieves Blend"). doTerra's blend of orange, cinnamon, cloves,
eucalyptus, and rosemary. Mmm! Yummy! I use this one on my hands as a
disinfectant and on my feet especially after any gym visit. Currently
I'm trying it mixed with a bit of water for gym use, but I'm thinking
I'm going to go "straight" when this mixture is finished. I have a
little bottle I carry with me that I can shake a few drops out for a
quick "disinfectant". My palms smell sooo good! This will come with me
for any airline travel this year.
experimenting with Frankincense, Oregano, Peppermint, and DeepBlue and
DigestZen (both blends). I'm not a fan of Peppermint, but everyone
seems to rave about how fantastic it is. I don't have a lot of tummy
troubles, but DigestZen could be handy for traveling, especially to
Mexico. DeepBlue is like say, Tiger Balm or maybe BenGay - good for
those sore muscles. I know it was a hot seller at the YogaFit
Conference. Lol and duh! I should be using this one after TRX and
Kettlebells on Fridays! Need to toss it into the gym bag, I bet this
would be awesome after a sauna.
I'm super excited
about this new step and direction. With a handful of single oils and a
couple of blends, I can see so much application in household application
and my personal wellness.
Want to know more about doTerra and the oils they offer? Check out the link on the left hand side of the page to my doTerra webpage.
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