Happy weekend loves!!
Last week we looked at better ways to think. I shared a little about my husband and I’s oily life, and why we love using essential oils to help our thought life.
When it comes to healthy practices, the big hurdle is implementing them into the daily routine. This Huffington Post article explains the study done by a health psychology team who examined the habits of 96 people over 12 weeks.
Each person chose one new habit for the 12 weeks and reported each day on whether or not they did the behavior and how automatic the behavior felt. Some people chose simple habits like “drinking a bottle of water with lunch.” Others chose more difficult tasks like “running for 15 minutes before dinner.” At the end of the 12 weeks, the researchers analyzed the data to determine how long it took each person to go from starting a new behavior to automatically doing it.
The study is published in the European Journal of Social Psychology and reports on average, it takes 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. How long it took behaviors to form varied on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In this study, it took 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit.
“In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life.”
I like people to shoot it straight, we can all live more efficiently that way. So in real talk it will probably take several months for a behavior to become part of our daily life. If we truly recognize a behavior as simple and attainable, I think we overcome the biggest hurdle to better living.
A huge part of better living for Michael and I is the following daily uses of doTerra essential oils:
Did anyone grow up playing in the dirt? I did with my siblings, cousins, and our neighborhood friends. I think that is a big reason we didn’t get sick much growing up. We were running, playing, falling in the earth and all its goodness all the time. Essential oils are part of the earth. They come from rinds of fruit, roots, veins of leaves and flowers. (Click here, here, and here for doTerra’s ethical, sustainable, powerful sourcing)
Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils blend together for doTerra’s OnGuard blend. This is a daily oil for Michael and I. Before OnGuard, I often found my eyes wandering up and down the ever-growing organic section of drug stores, grocery stores, etc. looking for a reasonably priced alternative to chemical-filled hand sanitizers, surface sanitizers, and immune support supplements. Yes, OnGuard is extremely effective for all three of these things.
The OnGuard beadlets are an easy way to ingest OnGuard. I used to gargle salt water when I felt a sore throat coming on, now I pop OnGuard beadlets. The natural chemical constituents in this blend fights sick bacteria and strengthens good bacteria. When we sit down on a plane, we pull our OnGuard bottle out, hold a tissue to the top of the bottle, turn the bottle over, and wipe the arms and tray down. You can do this with grocery carts, your car’s steering wheel, tables at restaurants, and any time you feel like you see germs jumping off of surfaces on you and your people. 😉
One 15mL of OnGuard is $32, around 13 cents a drop. Buy a glass spray bottle from Amazon for $4.50, drop 20 drops of OnGuard and fill the rest with water, and you have a $7.10 bottle of simple, pure essential oils and water to clean your home. Reuse the glass bottle and each bottle is $2.60 after that. Added benefit is the scent is wonderful, and good for you to inhale.
I’m used to a significant price jump in anything all-natural, but punch a few numbers with a host of uses for essential oils and you might find you can save money in a number of ways while knowing exactly what is inside – good old oil from fruit and plants which people have used to eat, clean, and heal for thousands of years.
Oh what oils can do for our sleep!
REM sleep, measured by FitBit HR, improved for Michael and I after using Frankincense and Lavender on the bottom of our feet, and in the diffuser on our bedstand. Why the bottoms of your feet? The pores there are surprisingly bigger, so oils get into our blood stream faster. This is also true for our underarms.
If you have little ones in need of better/more sleep, it is easy to dilute oils for young skin with a carrier oil such a jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil.
There is a lot of information swirling around decrying all sorts of nasal spray, decongestants, etc. I have found myself reading information about what’s in the drugstore thinking, “wow we are all going to die and soon.” But that’s not the point of essential oils, or any alternative medicine. There’s a million ways to kill ourselves and making life decisions to avoid death isn’t fulfilling. What is fulfilling is the open airways we get when we put Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, and Cardamom oils on our foreheads, chest, and back of our necks to relieve seasonal allergies, headaches, and congestion. doTerra blends these oils together into their Breathe blend. I try not to focus on all the side effects I am avoiding by using oils, I focus on their own healing effects. There is power in believing yourself to be well too.
Low back pain/Muscle pain
Who hasn’t had low back pain at some point? Or sore/achy muscles? One of the first oils Michael and I used on a daily basis is doTerra’s Deep Blue blend which contains Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus. These oils’ chemical constituents are anti-inflmatory and antispasmodic meaning they will decrease muscle inflammation and relieve pain. We rub this on either side of our spine and focus on our low back and tense shoulder areas. It has a cool, calming effect.
I could list one hundred other simple ways to use essential oils. Really, I think I could list 100 uses that take less than one-minute (many less than 20 seconds) to implement in your life. But I will finish with one of my very favorites because I think it is important, cooking. Cooking, no matter how elaborate or how simple, brings people together. Often times cleanse and cook are not associated with one another, but I believe we can cleanse every day just like we eat every day.
Citrus oils in water are a great way to cleanse your organs. My favorite doTerra oil to drop in my water is lime. I like to mix it up everyday with their wild orange, lemon, and grapefruit as well. Often I don’t have the herbs called for in simple, weeknight recipes and am definitely not getting out in Atlanta traffic to buy a sprig of rosemary or bunch of cilantro. Buuuttttt I will drop cilantro in my rice for the next best thing to Chipotle or rosemary on the chicken and brussel sprout recipe that takes me 10 minutes to make.
Ginger oil adds a lovely zing to stir-fry dishes. Marjoram is a lovely addition to veggie stews and roast chicken. If I don’t have basil leaves, but have tomatoes, I will mix two to three drops of basil oil with olive and balsamic oil, drizzle over tomatoes, add salt and pepper and wha la I have a yummy bruschetta dish. If I have it, I’ll add feta or goat cheese. If it’s spaghetti night, I’ll drop one to two drops of oregano in the spaghetti sauce and it adds so much Italian flavor. Breakfast is the hardest meal to eat square and well. A little meal prep can help. Mash 3-4 avocados in glass Tupperware, squeeze lemon juice over it, and drop a few drops of cilantro in the avocado and mix. This gives you great flavor for avocado toast in the morning. Pop your toast in the toaster, pull the mashed avocado out of the fridge, spread the avocado, dash of salt and pepper, and wha la you have avocado toast in less than five minutes. The avocado mash will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. If you love pepper, you might love one or two drops of black pepper essential oil in your avocado as well. Mmmmmm.
How to try all this goodness? If you want to sample oils, email me and I am happy to send you whatever you want to try.
If you think you want doTerra oils, you can buy retail here. But don’t buy retail! A doTerra enrollment kit allows you to purchase wholesale from doTerra, forever! Wholesale is good because: Lavender is $21 instead of $28. Lemon is $10 instead of $13.33. OnGuard is $32 instead of $42.67. Etc. Etc. An enrollment kit does not require you to purchase anything from doTerra ever again. After joining, doTerra enjoys a 68% retention rate compared to a direct sales industry average of near 10 percent. doTerra wants you to be see results with their oils so their return policy is excellent. doTerra is not worried about securing your initial order, they want you to love their product. When you love their product, it’s good for everyone.
There are several kits you can get started with. The family essentials kit is $150 and comes with the 10 most commonly used oils: lemon, lavender, oregano, melaleuca, frankincense, peppermint, and DigestZen, OnGuard, Deep Blue and Breathe blend. Peppermint and OnGuard beadlets come as well. Beadlets are drops of oil in a vegetable beadlet. This kit is great because of its staple oils, and because if you were to buy each oil separately, you would spend $187 rather than $150.
If emotional aromatherapy is important to you, the emotional aromatherapy kit might be of interest. It is $195 and comes with doTerra’s six blends made for specific emotions. The blends are: Motivate, Cheer, Passion, Forgive, Console, Peace. This kit comes with doTerra’s Petal Diffuser as well.
If the kits seem a little much to you, doTerra offers a membership for $35, accompanied with literature on doTerra oils, and the ability to buy any oil at wholesale prices. If you would like to start with just a few oils, here is the introductory kit with lemon, lavender, and peppermint. It is $22 with tax, comes with multiple ways to use all three oils, and is a great way to venture into the oily life.
If any of the above interests you, email me and I am happy to discuss. If you are eager to get started, visit my website and click the “Join and Save” tab. From there you can get a kit or buy the $35 membership. If there are other oils/products you would like along with your initial order, you can add them to your cart.
Understanding the science, uses, and safety behind pure, therapeutic grade essential oils is important to me so I have these two books, Modern Essentials, and Essential Life on hand. There is also a $7 app where you can easily find oil properties and uses as well as what systems of the body specific oils help and why.
Thank you for reading and I hope this weekend is wonderful because you are well and do well. Don’t forget to scatter kindness like confetti!