The second post on caring for your immune and respiratory health using essential oils focuses on using doTERRA's Breathe blend products.
Deep breathing is cleansing, freeing, and invigorating. It elevates our minds, and energizes our bodies. It is the essence of life, the reassurance of vitality. The remarkable blend of essential oils found in doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend can be applied topically to the chest for a cooling, invigorating vapor.
Using the Breathe Blend topically and aromatically will do wonders for your respiratory health. Simply by applying a drop or two to the palm of your hands, cupping your hands around your mouth and nose and taking a few deep breaths helps clear your airways. This will also help with deep breathing especially when congested and stuffy.
The Breathe Blend not only comes in oil form but also in a pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil, ready-to-use, roller bottle, a vapor stick for easy application, and respiratory throat drops.
One of the best ways to care for your immune and respiratory health is to begin with limiting the amount of toxins in your home. I made the switch to On Guard products when I found out I was pregnant and wish I would have done it sooner! On guard products consist of toothpaste, beadlets, protecting throats drops, foaming hand soap, laundry detergent, and cleaning concentrate.
dōTERRA On Guard®, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support.* As one of dōTERRA’s best-selling blends, dōTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.* dōTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function.* It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner.*
The cleaner is by far my favorite of the collection. It's a concentrate so a little goes a LONG way. No joke, one bottle of concentrate makes EIGHTEEN 16 oz. bottles of multi purpose cleaner. At $14.50 that means each of your 18 bottles is only $0.80... I would say that means more $$ on Mommy's Starbucks card. This replaces ALL of my harsh chemical cleaning products.
The other On Guard products in the collection certainly don't fall short. It's amazing what removing toxins from your home can do for your and your families health, more specifically your immune and respiratory systems. Keep your home clean and protected against seasonal threats with these plant based products with ZERO preservatives added.
This morning I woke up extremely stuffy. You know, when one nostril is completely plugged up and the other is squeaking/whistling? And no matter how many times you try to blow your nose nothing alleviates the congestion?? That's what I had. And it was annoying as hell. And being pregnant I'm a freak about taking any sort of cold medicine. Actually any medicine besides my prenatals. So I put a few drops of Breathe essential oil in the bottom of the shower and also a drop in my hands and inhaled. Took a nice long shower and was sure to breathe deep and take in what may be one of the last few relaxing showers I have left before baby boy arrives. I immediately started to feel congestion relief and by the time I wrapped up my shower time I could breathe again. With BOTH nostrils. And actually for the duration of the day I felt fine. Just as a precaution I'm diffusing a few drops more of breathe in the bedroom tonight. Fighting a cold at 37 weeks is one of the last things I'd like to do. If you are pregnant and fighting a cold 1) I'm sending you warm and healing thoughts because I'm sure it sucks 2) try essential oils. An all natural option to help you feel better immediately. Why wouldn't you try it? Do away with harsh chemical medicines. Your body and your baby will be better for it. I promise you.
Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, doTERRA Breathe™ is a remarkable blend of essential oils that promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. This proprietary blend helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats and can be applied topically or diffused at nighttime, allowing for a restful sleep.
Novembers LRP Order
This has been my most exciting doTERRA order to date! Let me tell you why:
-I focused on MY needs
-I was able to get some holiday shopping done (okay, so I thought of others too ;))
-I cashed in just under $200 worth of FREE product points that I have accrued over just a few months simply by enrolling in the Loyalty Rewards Program.
Here's what I ordered and what it's good for:
On Guard cleaner concentrate: well I'll state the obvious first, it's a cleaner. And we have a very tidy house and wipe down surfaces on a borderline OCD basis. Up until now we have been using harsh chemical cleaners and buy many, many spray bottles at a time, goodbye $$. This cleaner concentrate is a perfect replacement. Combine only TWO table spoons per 24 oz. of water to create your own cleaning spray. This specialized formula is derived from plant-based ingredients, with dōTERRA On Guard essential oil, for exceptional cleaning power and natural protection. Because it is non-toxic and biodegradable, it is friendly for the whole family as well as the environment. Since we have a little one arriving in under one month I am choosing a healthier and safer option for cleaning our home.
DōTERRA detoxifying mud masks: I ordered two of these last month. One is gone just from people wanting to sample and the other one is ALL MINE. So I bought another one for sampling purposes and the second one for a certain family member for Christmas. The Mud Mask is a natural clay mask that provides purifying and detoxifying benefits while reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. And it smells a-ma-zing.
Fractionated coconut oil:
I've been creating a lot of my own roller bottle recipes for certain things lately and was in need of some more. I'll post those recipes soon. dōTERRA®'s Fractionated Coconut Oil is an all-natural carrier oil that readily absorbs into the skin making it an ideal oil for topical therapies. Its feather-light emollient effect provides a soothing barrier without clogging pores and is excellent for dry or troubled skin. It leaves skin feeling silky smooth, not greasy like other vegetable carrier oils.
Serenity Restful Complex Softgels:
Almost ALWAYS when I'm talking to women about essential oils and how I use them and their benefits the husband chimes in with "do you have anything that can help me sleep?"... YUP. These bad boys.
dōTERRA Serenity Restful Complex is a unique combination of Lavender essential oil and natural plant extracts in a vegetarian softgel to help you get the refreshing sleep you need without leaving you feeling groggy and sleepy the next day.
Lip Balm Trio: Because we are moving into winter and I am a chapstick/lip balm maniac/pack rat. dōTERRA SPA Lip Balm is a natural formula containing plant oils, botanicals, and essential oils to hydrate and soothe lips while delivering the unique scent and taste of essential oils.
Cassia essential oil: I mainly got this because I saw a diffuser blend called "oatmeal cookies" that had this oil in it and I didn't have it yet. This oil also promotes healthy digestion, Supports healthy immune function and as a Warming, uplifting aroma.
Breathe Blend: I go through this oil rather quickly. When the sniffles hit me or a cough or even the slightest hint of any cold or seasonal bug I immediately turn to my breathe oil. I compare it to Vicks vapor rub. Except an all natural, liquid version that doesn't give you nightmares of your mother smothering you in it when you were little. Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, doTERRA Breathe™ is a remarkable blend of essential oils that promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. This proprietary blend helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats and can be applied topically or diffused at nighttime, allowing for a restful sleep.
Lavender essential oil: I have one of these in almost every one of my monthly orders. The benefits of lavender are endless. And it's a huge part of my bedtime routine. I put a few drops in the base of the shower before getting in, it really helps to relax my mind and body and slow my brain down allowing a restful nights sleep. Lavender helps with everything from blisters, anxiety, burns, concentration, to fever, mood swings, teething pain in littles and even stretch marks.
Vetiver essential oil: This is another one I didn't already have in my collection and heard nothing but fabulous things over and over. So of course I had to get it. Properties of this oil include-Antiseptic, antispasmodic, calming, grounding, immune stimulant, rubefacient (locally warming), sedative (nervous system), stimulant (circulatory, production of red corpuscles).Vetiver may help acne, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, breasts (enlarge), cuts, depression (including postpartum), insomnia, muscular rheumatism, nervousness (extreme), skin care (oily, aging, tired, irritated), sprains, stress, and tuberculosis.
Fennel essential oil: I bought this oil to help with breast feeding as I hope to do so for my son when he arrives. A few drops in a roller bottle topped off with fractionated coconut oil applied to the breast (but not the nipple) a few times a day for 2-3 days should boost your milk production. This is to be used on occasion and not consistently. You can also take fennel internally. However, I had no idea what to expect as far as smell... and it smells like black licorice to me. Fennel has been used for centuries for its many health benefits. Fennel essential oil is often used to relieve occasional indigestion, and to support the healthy functions of the stomach.
And FOUR bottles of Holiday Joy essential oil: yippee!!! This is part of dōTERRA's holiday collection and they have a limit of four bottles per account. So I maxed out. It's Christmas in a bottle and I'm keeping one for myself and gifting the three others. Even though I selfishly want to keep them all. With the traditional holiday scents of Wild Orange, nutmeg, pine, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, and vanilla. Fill your home with memories as you tantalize your senses with the inviting fragrances of the season, embracing all who gather with the warmth of the holidays. There seriously isn't a cozier oil blend than this one.
And that's a wrap!!
And because of my loyalty rewards I paid for my lip balm trio and my four bottles of Holiday Joy essential oil and received the rest FOR FREE. This is THE best reward system and I can't wait to dig into these new oils and products.
I almost always have shampoo and conditioner in my monthly orders. I love having an extra set in the spare bathrooms for guests to use. And they always comment how much they LOVE how it smells and makes their hair feel. A unique combination of plant extracts and essential oils of wild orange and lime provide gentle lathering and a cleansing boost to remove impurities collected on the hair and scalp.
Spa Hand and body lotion: a light, non-greasy formula that contains jojoba and macadamia seed oils, murumuru and cupuassu seed butters, and nourishing plant extracts.
SPA Detoxifying Mud Mask: a natural clay mask that provides purifying and detoxifying benefits while reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Infused with Myrrh, Juniper Berry, and Grapefruit essential oils—known for their cleansing and smoothing benefits.Shea butter provides moisturization and balances the skin. Malachite extract is rich in copper and provides detoxifying benefits
Refreshing Body Wash is a natural, oil-infused body wash that provides a rich cleansing and aromatic spa experience. Bergamot essential oil purifies and soothes skin and provides an uplifting, yet grounding aroma. Grapefruit is cleansing to the skin and has an energizing scent that uplifts mood and Cedarwood essential oil promotes relaxation
Mito2Max® is a proprietary formula of standardized plant extracts and metabolic cofactors that supports healthy cellular energy production. Mito2Max supports optimal mitochondrial function, aerobic capacity, and stamina naturally without the use of harmful stimulants. Use Mito2Max as a healthy, long term alternative to caffeinated drinks and supplements for increased energy and vitality. My husband LOVES these and has only been on them for a few days. As an auditor working long office hours, drinking lots of coffee and many many meetings, these give him an added boost of energy that make it all a little easier to handle ;)
Let's get down to the bare bone basics here and talk about how exactly to use your essential oils. This particular post is for beginners. If you're an oil pro leave comments below on ways you have implemented oils into your lifestyle!
There are three basic ways use essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally.
Here's what that means...
Aromatically: Using essential oils aromatically means through the gift of smell. This can be as simple as opening a bottle and taking a deep breath, or using a diffuser to disperse the oils into the air in which you breath. Other ways I like to use my oils aromatically:
Topically: Using essential oils topically means physically applying them to the top of your skin. Some oils are too potent to apply directly to your skin so be sure to read the labels or ask your wellness advocate. When using oils topically with children you should always dilute. I suggest using fractioned coconut oil. A few ways I like to use my oils topically:
Lastly, internally: Using essential oils internally means digesting them. Again, not all oils are safe for consumption so please be sure to research your oils. Some fabulous ways I use my oils internally:
There's a basic summary of how to use your essential oils! With every purchase and enrollment of essential oils we offer a free consultation to meet with you either in person or over the phone to make sure you have the knowledge and confidence to use your oils to get optimum benefits.