Why We’ve Chosen dōTERRA Essential Oils

I get this question at least once a day – “There are so many oil companies out there, it’s confusing. Why did you decide to go with dōTERRA?”

And I either say or type out exactly what I’m about to tell you here. Many times a week. So, for the sake of convenience, let’s have it all out in one post that both you and I can point people to!

There ARE a lot of oil companies out there. Two big ones, really. It’s a huge decision, because oils aren’t candles or bags (both of which I love), they are products that are actually going ON and INTO your body, so you want to make sure that you’re making a wise choice. So, without further adieu, here’s how we made our decision.

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1. Natural Sourcing

Sourcing is very important to us. Plants grow best in their indigenous environment – where God intended for them to grow! Rather than creating their own farms, dōTERRA works internationally with local farmers to both better their way of life AND get the highest quality plants that have grown in the environment best suited for that plant. So, our Lavender comes from France, and our Frankincense comes from Oman, etc. Top quality plants, naturally sourced from their indigenous environment. This was a no brainer for us. You can watch a couple of short videos on sourcing here.

2. Purity

dōTERRA certifies their oils as pure, therapeutic grade. They are extensively tested and purity is ensured. If even one drop is contaminated, they will not approve the bottle. Purity is SO very important when it comes to oils.

You know those oils in the health food store? Since the FDA doesn’t regulate essential oil production, the rule for labeling those bottles is that they are only required to contain one single drop of pure oil in order to be labeled 100% pure. Isn’t that insane? (I felt pretty duped once I found this out!) So that bottle of oil labeled “100% PURE”, may only contain a few drops of pure oil, and then be topped off with synthetic & filler oils. These synthetic & filler oils are NOT pure, and this is where people end up writing off oils as “not working” or “harsh”.

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils contain no synthetic agents, no fillers, and possess all of the therapeutic qualities of their plant of origin. THESE are the safe, pure oils you want to be using. Not those bottles from the health food store. dōTERRA ensures that their oils are of the highest, purest quality. You can read more about the 5 ways they are tested for purity here.

3. Focus

dōTERRA focuses on oils, products, and quality. They are very straightforward about the therapeutic properties of the oils, but there is no religious affiliation with the company. We found that with other companies, some of the product descriptions as well as the focus of the product have a much more new-age/spiritual focus that we were not completely comfortable with. We appreciate dōTERRA’s philosophy.

“dōTERRA® is a company founded on a wellness philosophy of healthy lifestyle choices and informed proactive participation in one’s own health-care alternatives. dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and other wellness products are specifically formulated to support a wellness philosophy of eating right, exercising, resting and managing stress, and reducing toxic load. dōTERRA also teaches informed self-care alternatives and encourages people to take a proactive role in their medical care. Our mission as a company is to teach people to live more healthy, productive lives and to share with others the blessing of a lifetime of wellness.” – dōTERRA’s Philosophy

4. Education and Support

dōTERRA provides unlimited resources for personal education and support! From dōTERRA University, to numerous YouTube trainings, to incredible leaders, we are covered. We always have people to go to with questions, leaders to follow for support, and well researched & supported education on oil usage and application.

5. Income

This didn’t play an initial role in our decision, since we did not plan on pursuing the business side of things at first. But now that we have, it’s a HUGE part of why we’ve stuck with it. dōTERRA’s compensation plan is really different. The structure is actually opposite most direct sales companies, and because of this, it’s more stable and dependable. Building your team is like working as a family – it actually benefits you to help others grow and completely eliminates the “need” to compete.

We have been working with dōTERRA for almost a year and a half now, and in that time, we’ve built a business that completely enables me to stay home, is helping us pay off debt at a MUCH faster rate than we possibly could have before, and will allow both of us to work from home within a couple of years, if we choose to do that. Because we have a solid team that works together to grow all of our businesses, our income continues to grow each month.

You have the opportunity to earn a $50, $250, or $1500 bonus EACH MONTH. And every month!

You have the opportunity to earn a $50, $250, or $1500 bonus EACH MONTH. And every month!

We have been SO surprised at how legit the business side of things is. We never would have considered network marketing before, but now our dōTERRA income actually equals Jon’s take-home pay each month. And after we reach the next rank, it will have surpassed Jon’s income (almost doubling it). Plus, we absolutely love our team members - we’ve rekindled so many old friendships, and gained so many new ones through dōTERRA!

These averages are pretty spot on, if not a little conservative. And these are MONTHLY incomes.

These averages are pretty spot on, if not a little conservative. And these are MONTHLY incomes.

So there you have it. That’s my loooooong short-version. :) We have been so very happy both with the oils and the business of dōTERRA. We are Silver leaders, leading an awesome team, and it’s a whole lot of fun!

Okay… I’m In!

If you’ve been on the fence about oils and you’re ready to hop off, this is really the best month to do it, and you’ve only got a few days left. This month, the purchase of a starter kit, plus setting up one order for next month, gets you at least $100 in free oils (you can get up to $500 in free oils, depending on your starter kit!), PLUS the Modern Essentials guide for free! It’s honestly the best deal all year, and you know how I am about deals.

$100 in FREE Essential Oils!

You can enroll yourself by clicking here and following the instructions, OR you can email me and I’ll give you a call and we can get you enrolled over the phone. You’re totally welcome to do it on your own, but if we can talk on the phone (or even chat on Facebook), I can make sure that you get the most bang for your buck, and recommend oils for your specific needs. But do it fast, cause this promotion ends on February 28, 2015.

Most of all, I hope this has answered some of those pressing questions for you! If not, share your questions in the comments!

What oil questions do you have?

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For When Your Discipline Isn’t Working

For when your discipline just isn't working

I picked her up and put her in front of me, held her hands and looked into her eyes, and I felt the yell coming. She did too, I could see it in her face.

So I took a deep breath. I shot up a quick prayer for sanity and patience and the right words.

And they came. (Like a miracle, because the yell was seriously right there.)

“Emmy, it seems like you’re having a hard time today. You’re disobeying and talking rudely and arguing with mommy, and because of that you’ve had a lot of consequences today. I know it’s hard to make good choices, but if you’re having a hard time, you can ask for help. Come tell mommy that you’re having a hard time making a good choice, and I will pray with you, and we can ask God to help you. We can’t make good choices without Him, and He is so very happy to help us.”

I braced myself for more arguing, but it didn’t come. Her response?

“I’m sorry, mommy. Can we pray?”

I half-prayed for her while I half-looked to the heavens in disbelief. Because for my kid? Apologies don’t come easy. And if they do come, they are often forced. (She comes by it honestly. Her momma is the same way.)

Generally, I’m a yeller. I wasn’t a yeller until I got married and had kids, mind you. But those three bring out something in me that brings my voice to it’s full volume and my eyes to their full craziness. So this change, this different approach to parenting, was a bit of a breath of fresh air for both of us, I think.

I was raised in a house where it was mom & dad’s way, or the highway. That’s how our house is too, but what I missed growing up was a little bit of the gospel. Not just grace - undeserved favor when I’d messed up, but the actual GOSPEL.

I’ve spent much of my life trying to do everything the right way. Make the right choice, live by the rules, don’t mess up. It’s good to want to do the right thing, but sometimes, living so strictly by the rules leads you to believe that everything in your life depends on your behavior – good or bad. If you live right, you’ll get good things. If you don’t, you wont.

There are two problems with this way of thinking.

First, life just doesn’t work that way.

My marriage is my greatest example of this in my life. I did EVERYTHING “right” when it came to dating and marriage. Jon was my first boyfriend. We didn’t hold hands for a few weeks (and he was the first guy to ever hold my hand). It took waaaaaaay longer than that to get to our first kiss. We didn’t sleep together until we got married. I played by the Christian rules. There was no straying.

I assumed that, as a result of doing things the “right” way, I’d get the marriage I’d “earned”. Easy. Pure. Selfless. Clearly, real marriage is none of those things, at least not all the time. But figuring out that my spotless dating behavior didn’t secure a spotless marriage was a shocking revelation for me, the girl who had been raised to do everything right. My marriage struggles seriously shook my belief in God’s trustworthiness, His goodness, and His love for me. All because I thought that the way my life turned out depended on my behavior – I’d do my part, and He’d do His.

The second problem is that we simply can’t do good things apart from Jesus.

The truth of the Bible says that we are sinful beings. Our hearts are desperately wicked! And Scripture tells us that ALL good things come from the Lord. So to be expected to live up to a standard of perfection is both destructive and completely unrealistic. We can’t! Not on our own. We absolutely need Jesus.

This is the message I desperately want my kids to know. Yes, I want them to obey, and respect authority, and be quiet when adults are talking, for goodness sake. And there are plenty of consequences in our home as we train our kids up to be respectful adults. But I also want them to know how much they need Jesus. I want them to know that I struggle to obey as much as they do, and our only hope is Christ. I want them to know that life is not about a set of rules, it’s about understanding that we are lost in our sin, acknowledging Christ’s saving work on the cross, and asking Him to change our hearts as we share His message of new life and freedom with those still held captive.

I’m still learning this myself. I’d like for my kids to learn it faster than I have.

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I don’t always handle discipline this way. Like I said, I tend to be a yeller. But watching Emily’s almost instantaneously repentant (and genuine!) heart, I know I need to make some changes if I want my discipline to continue to reach my daughter’s heart. 

Less yelling. More deep breaths. More gospel conversations.

How about you? Is there a time when you’ve been surprised by how well (or how badly) your approach to discipline was working?

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