Why do we choose to Suffer?

Why do we choose to suffer?

An even more interesting question to ask, would be, "Why do so many successful people suffer?" If you want to stop suffering, you need to decide there is no longer room for it in your life. Make the decision that life is too short to suffer, and commit to only living in a beautiful state. Did you know when you negotiate with yourself, that you are actually stripping yourself of power?

Let's have a quick chat about your brain. Your brain, as beautiful as it is... is not designed to make you happy. It is designed to protect you, to keep you safe, it is designed as a form of survival. Because the brain wants to live in a state of survival mode, it is constantly looking for what is *wrong*. This is your Fight or Flight survival software... and it's time to go in like an expert hacker and hijack the crap out of your brain. Last time I checked... you weren't being chased by Lions on the regular, so it's time to upgrade your software!

We at least need to be able to notice when our survival software is running, so that we can step out of it when it's necessary. Something else to note, since we aren't being chased by lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!), the new normal "dangers" that we are running from are thoughts... yes thoughts! Be honest, have you ever thought any of these?

  • What are they thinking of me?

  • Do I have enough money?

  • Am I doing well by my children?

  • What's wrong with me?

  • Am I enough?

It's a relief to know that these thoughts aren't yours alone... but knowing this isn't going to shift anything. More important to know and understand... What are your favorite flavors of suffering? Anger? Worry? Frustration? Resentment? Overwhelm? Stress? Loneliness? Depression? Sadness? If you can identify your favorite flavors of suffering you are able to better hijack your own software. It's important to realize that suffering begets more suffering (just as happiness begets more happiness!) and our goal is to stop the suffering as it arises.

What is *wrong* is always available, and so is what is right. It is all about what we choose to focus on. Take control of your mind so that your spirit, soul, and emotions can soar! ⠀

5 years later...

Today we celebrate my 5 year anniversary with dōTERRA. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am... but I will certainly try my best. dōTERRA pulled me out of the darkness in my life. In so many ways... dōTERRA saved me. Our family has been deeply touched by the impact of our essential oils and supplements, in ways that I am so grateful for. Our emotional health, physical health, family dynamic, marital relationship... all have been improved and supported by these little brown bottles.

Over the last 5 years, I have met so many kind hearts and beautiful souls. My community has grown from a few oil lovers, to a family of almost 1,000. As we share these gifts of the earth with others, we are making a difference in their quality of life. We are also making a global impact... David Stirling said this so beautifully,

“What I admire most about the people of dōTERRA is our love of others and our commitment to share and give back. We are you-centric. As a result of this outward mindset is that as we focus on others, we grow in power as a person. We discover who we really are, and who we can really become, as we lead, guide, and walk beside the people in our lives. In that process we also will find that our hearts are filled with a more satisfying joy as those people whom we have helped achieve their goals.”

This is the heart of dōTERRA, the heart of my business, and the heart of my mission in life. It has always been my hope and dream to create a positive impact in the world, and I am so grateful for our High Vibe Oils Tribe. In the last five years I have grown so much, and watched others as they rise, shine, and live a more vibrant and healthy lifestyle.

“You can go after your dreams, and still be the world’s greatest mom, all at the same time. We are teaching our children to chase their dreams.” -Emily Wright

If I have made a positive impact in your life in the last five years, (oily or not) I would love for you to share with me in the comments, and help me celebrate such a beautiful milestone in my life and business.

My 23andMe Results!

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Back in December I purchased two kits from 23andMe as a Christmas present for my Husband. We have been talking about ancestry and DNA forever, so I knew it would be the perfect gift to do something together, and learn more about ourselves, and each other. To begin with, the "extraction process" is super un-romantic, because you have to spit into a tube, over and over again until it reaches a certain line. It is quite entertaining though! We had a good laugh for sure!

We mailed off our samples right away and patiently (well, me... not so patiently) awaited our results. Brien got his back much sooner than I did, and we had fun learning all about his ancestry, and learning which family stories he was told were inaccurate. I grew up hearing from my family that I am

  • German

  • French

  • Irish

  • English

  • Scottish

  • Welsh

  • Romanian

  • Hungarian

  • Italian

This of course I walked through life understanding to be my heritage and Ancestry. My mother moved to the states from Germany when she was 18. My Great-Grandmother spoke Italian. All of this lead me to be super duper curious about what my DNA actually says, and what kinds of things are expressed through me! So.... here are the results from my DNA test from 23andMe!

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Honestly, it's really not too far off from what I grew up with from family stories! One of the things that surprised me the most was the Ashkenazi Jewish, and East Asian & Native American. I also opted to pay a little extra to see my carrier status and genetic health risks. I totally feel like the cost of these kits are worth it, even if it's just a fun little thing you do for your own knowledge!

For instance the chart below shows how many generations ago your most recent ancestor was for each population.This module uses your Ancestry Composition results to estimate the generation range where you are likely to have had a single relative who descended from a single population.These results may be helpful for learning about your genealogy, in figuring out from which ancestors a particular ancestry may have been inherited, or for piecing together the history of their likely migrations. This is mine!

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I also loved learning about my Maternal Haplogroup. I descend from a long line of women that can be traced back to eastern Africa over 150,000 years ago. These are the women of my maternal line, and my maternal haplogroup sheds light on their story. This group is I3.

As our ancestors ventured out of eastern Africa, they branched off in diverse groups that crossed and recrossed the globe over tens of thousands of years. Some of their migrations can be traced through haplogroups, families of lineages that descend from a common ancestor. Your maternal haplogroup can reveal the path followed by the women of your maternal line.

If every person living today could trace his or her maternal line back over thousands of generations, all of our lines would meet at a single woman who lived in eastern Africa between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Though she was one of perhaps thousands of women alive at the time, only the diverse branches of her haplogroup have survived to today. The story of your maternal line begins with her.

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One of the really cool things I learned from this was that Haplogroup I may have been carried to Iceland by the Vikings! Some Icelanders also bear haplogroup I, a suggestion that their ancestry traces back to British and Irish women who were taken away from their homes by Viking raiders during the 9th and 10th centuries AD. But haplogroup I also appears to have been present in Scandinavia during the Viking era. Ancient DNA belonging to the haplogroup was extracted from skeletal remains at an early Christian cemetery in Denmark.

Today, haplogroup I is very rare in Denmark. But it is found at a level of about 4% in Finland and 2% in other parts of Scandinavia.

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I am definitely pleased with the thoroughness of my results and the ability to connect with DNA relatives (some of my actual cousins did kits and also showed up!) and to learn so much more about myself. In a weird way, I feel more at home in my skin, knowing that certain hunches I had were correct, and that I can walk through life knowing where my family came from!

Are you excited to give it a try? Let me know!

101 Questions to ask Yourself before starting 2018!

Successful People Reflect On Their Progress Before They Start The New Year... Some of you have asked me, "How Do I Reflect?". I took some time and I listed some questions I like to ask myself to reflect on every year, before the new year begins. I hope this is helpful and that you kick off 2018 with a bang! I recommend taking 1 hour to yourself, in peace and quiet, to go over the following list before you start taking action in 2018. This can make all the difference to create a successful year! Grab your oils, turn on the diffuser, and let's dig in. We will be reflecting on the 9 most important parts of your life, to help you really dig deep!

Start reflecting on the year...

  • What did I learn in 2017?
  • What did I achieve in 2017?
  • How does this make me feel?
  • What did I learn from failure and success?
  • What am I proud of?
  • Where am I balanced and unbalanced in my life?
  • What do I want to improve in 2018?
  • What do I want to achieve in 2018?
  • What were my 5 biggest strengths in 2017?
  • What are my 3 weaknesses that I can improve to perform better?
  • Am I happy about my results?
  • What am I unhappy about and why?
  • How can I make it better?

My Health

  • Did my health improve in 2017?
  • Did I gain or lose weight?
  • Did I improve my Stamina?
  • How were my eating habits: healthy or unhealthy?
  • How many times a week did I exercise?
  • Did I follow my health plan?
  • Is my body getting all the right nutrition?
  • Did I feel energetic, (younger or older) in 2017?
  • How did I deal with stress?
  • Did I use my essential oils consistently?
  • What is my health goal for 2018?

My Surroundings

  • Who are the 5-10 people I spent the most time with in 2017?
  • Are they bringing me up or down?
  • Are they mostly negative or positive?
  • Are they BIG thinkers or small thinkers?
  • Do we have unconditional or conditional love?
  • How much are they earning a month?
  • Are they working on themselves every day to create a better life?
  • Did I make positive new friends in 2017 that encourage me to follow my dreams?
  • Help me to think bigger?
  • Give me a vision of better life?
  • How can I improve my surroundings in 2018?

Self Education

  • What books did I read in 2017 that made a positive impact in my life?
  • What self-help seminars did I attend?
  • What meditations/affirmations did I listen to that empowered me?
  • Am I reading the right books to bring me to the goal I want to achieve?
  • Am I waiting for somebody to inspire me or do I inspire myself?
  • Which people did I learn the most from?
  • What do I want to learn in 2018?

Money Management

  • How did I manage any money in 2017?
  • Did I have a plan?
  • Did I save?
  • Did I invest back in my business?
  • Did i give to charity?
  • What is my plan for 2018?
  • What is my plan to protect my wealth from inflation?
  • Is my money working for me?

Business Skills

  • How did I follow my Business Plan in 2017?
  • Am I doing this business as a hobby, or as a business?
  • Did I keep records?
  • What did I learn from my records?
  • Is this number going to bring me where I want to go?
  • How can I improve this number?
  • What business skill(s) do I want to learn in 2018?

Love and Relationships

  • How loved did I feel in 2017?
  • How did I show love to my friends, family, and my partner?
  • Did I spend quality time with my friends and family in 2017?
  • Did I love myself in 2017?
  • How did I practice self love?
  • Did I easily forget myself in 2017?
  • What do I still carry with me that I want to let go before I start 2018?
  • Did I forgive others?
  • How did I practice forgiveness? (Take time to forgive and let go now)
  • Did I love unconditionally or conditionally?
  • What do I want to improve in my relationships and love life for 2018?
  • What goals do I have regarding family, love, and friendship in 2018?
  • How can I make my relationships more fulfilling?

My Emotions

  • Did I spend most of my time thinking negatively, blaming, and complaining about what I don't have?
  • Did I spend my time living in fear?
  • Was I concerned too much about what other people think?
  • Did I spend most of my time being grateful, focusing on the good in my life, and the future I can build?
  • Did I spend time helping others?
  • What emotions do I want to feel the most in 2018?

My Habits

  • What daily habits help me to create a better life and growing business?
  • What negative habits hold me back?
  • What new empowering habits can I create for 2018?

My Spirituality

  • Did I take time to sit quietly and Meditate or Pray?
  • How can I do this more in 2018?
  • Was I at peace with myself?
  • Was my mind too busy?
  • How can I be more at peace with myself in the world in 2018?
  • Did I take time to connect with God/The Universe?
  • How can I connect more with God/The Universe?
  • Do I feel lonely most of the time or can I be happy with myself?
  • How can I be more happy with myself in 2018?
  • Do I have faith, or do I worry too much?
  • Do I act out of love or out of fear?
  • Did I follow my heart?
  • Did I follow my intuition?
  • Am I doing my passion, and following my heart's desire?
  • Was I spending time quiet in Nature?
  • Was I grateful everyday for the simple things in Life?
  • Am I happy in the now?
  • Was I flowing in the present or always in the future with my mind?
  • How can I be more present in 2018?
  • What daily habits can I create in 2018 to be more present, more in the flow with nature, more at peace with myself, and more connected to God?
  • What new empowering habits can I create for 2018?

Commitment

  • What am I committed to change and improve on. Why am I committed to this?
  • Do I need a mentor or a coach?

My Why

  • What is my "BIG WHY" to improve my life?

If you are serious about creating an incredible, abundant, and amazing 2018... I totally recommend getting yourself a Success Planner so you can make your New Year Resolutions and reality! If you found value in this, I would love for you to share it with your friends and comment below!

 

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Spikenard

Revered since ancient times for its uplifting, relaxing aroma and ability to promote clean skin, Spikenard essential oil is still extremely useful and beneficial today. Used to promote healthy skin, relaxation, and an uplifted mood, Spikenard oil is known for its distinct, woody, spicy scent that creates a pleasant aroma when diffused or used as a personal perfume. One of the greatest benefits of Spikenard oil is its uplifting aroma that can help promote feelings of relaxation and calmness. Throughout history, Spikenard has commonly been used to manage and uplift mood, or to help promote relaxation. Today, Spikenard oil can be helpful for promoting calm, relaxing, or uplifting feelings when used topically or aromatically.

Spikenard has a woody, musky aroma that is very uplifting and promotes feelings of calmness and relaxation. It is frequently used in aromatherapy and meditation for its grounding properties. It has a long historical significance of being very therapeutic and purifying to the skin, and promotes clean, healthy skin. Let me tell you a little bit more about some of the specific benefits for this powerful oil.

Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. -It can be applied to minor skin irritations to protect them from threats -Deodorant—Many people find it very useful for helping to eliminate body odor. -Digestive—Its stimulating, calming effect is effective in eliminating occasional stomach discomfort. -Its calming quality has long been utilized to soothe nerves and promote healthy sleep. -Respiratory—It is very useful in helping to support healthy respiratory function caused by environmental and seasonal threats. -Antioxidant—It protects the body from wear and tear and from occasional outside threats. -Many people find that just the aroma alone is able to lift them out of depressed moods. -It helps to support healthy digestive function and keeping your bowels running normal -Emotions—This oil is very beneficial for helping to produce mental peace and harmony in the emotions.

Spikenard is a root oil, which helps promote a healthy inflammatory response. It is recommended that you apply Spikenard to your spine, using a downward application, neck to the base of the spine.

Spikenard is special. It is one of the most important Biblical oils. Spikenard is consider Nard in the Bible, although some believe that this could have been lavender. In John, 12:1–10, six days before the passover Jesus arrives in Bethany. In Bethany, a woman called Mary perhaps the sister of Lazarus uses a pound of pure nard to rub onto Jesus’ feet. Many Biblical experts love to use Spikenard especially when there is need to purify and elevate. This is probably why it was used with Jesus. On an emotional level it is used to help people find themselves. It will help them answer the question, “Why was I born?” We all have a mission or divine purpose in life and Spikenard helps you to identity yourself. Spikenard speaks to “I was lost and now I am found.”

Scriptures: Song of Solomon 1:12, 4:13, 4:14; Mark 14:3; John 12:3

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” ~ John 12:3

Some argue that the spikenard mentioned in the bible might actually have been lavender. There are various species of lavender and the one which may be confused with spikenard is that of spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). Spike lavender is a small, aromatic herb or shrub; it belongs to the Lamiaceae plant family and is closely related to true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) and other lavender varieties.

The ancient Greeks and Romans were thought to have used spike lavender for various ailments. The Greeks referred to spike lavender by the name Nardus, after the city of Naarda, whereas the Romans referred to spike lavender as Asurum."

Did you know that Spikenard had such an incredible history?

Douglas Fir

From Christmas trees to telephone poles to a refreshing essential oil, Douglas Fir has a wide variety of uses and benefits. This bristly conifer tree is filled with revitalizing compounds that can purify the skin and help maintain a sense of focus. When used aromatically or topically, its fresh green aroma reflects the tranquility of its native New Zealand forests, creating calm feelings and encouraging an uplifted mood. The unique chemical composition of Douglas Fir essential oil can also promote feelings of open airways and easy breathing.

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Douglas Fir is one of those oils that you will want to keep on hand because it increases focus, uplifts mood, promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing, and freshens the air.

Diffuse this blend to relax, enhance focus, and clear the senses:

  • 4 drops dōTERRA Balance®

  • 3 drops Douglas Fir

  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

  • 1 drop Siberian Fir

Douglas Fir can be utilized both Aromatically and Topically:

Aromatic:

  • Directly inhale or diffuse alone or with other essential oils to freshen the air, uplift mood, and promote a sense of focus.

  • Diffuse 2–3 drops Douglas Fir with 2–3 drops Eucalyptus, or rub into hands and inhale deeply to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.

Topical:

  • Add 1 drop to facial cleanser, bar soap, or body wash for added cleansing benefits and an invigorating aroma.

  • Combine with 1–2 drops of Wintergreen for a relaxing massage experience.

The purposes behind the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative are varied. From ensuring the highest quality essential oil to facilitating humanitarian efforts with communities where our oils are sourced, each “co-impact sourced” oil presents a unique opportunity to have an impact on the world. In the case of Douglas Fir, one of the most unique benefits is the positive impact the sourcing of this oil has on New Zealand’s environment.

“With this Douglas Fir essential oil,” says Tim Valentiner, Director of Strategic Sourcing, “we have been able to create with our partners a truly unique essential oil that provides tremendously positive environmental impacts for New Zealand’s biodiverse landscape, highlighting the environmental responsibility objectives of Co-Impact Sourcing.”

Wilding Pines

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is an evergreen conifer species native to western North America that has been used primarily in the lumber industry. However, in New Zealand, Douglas Fir has been categorized by the government as an invasive species. It was planted originally for the lumber industry, and from there it bred very rapidly and uncontrollably into areas where it wasn’t intended to grow. The trees grow 25 times faster in New Zealand than in North America, and the dense root systems push out all or many of the native species of plants, making it nearly impossible for anything else to grow. Douglas Fir trees, which are known as “wilding conifers” in New Zealand, are also self-seeding. This means that they produce seeds that fall to the ground and replant themselves in that location. These seeds germinate then begin to sprout and grow at the start of the growing season. By the end of the season, new seeds are produced and begin the cycle over again. This, coupled with the rate of growth in New Zealand, is the cause behind the “wilding conifer” problem with Douglas Fir.

doTERRA Solution

To help alleviate the environmental impacts of this wilding problem, doTERRA established an exclusive sourcing partnership with a small-scale company. This company works through government and other programs for the harvesting of these invasive Douglas Fir trees for raw materials, and then distills them into an invigorating and truly unique essential oil. Choosing to source Douglas Fir oil from New Zealand provides doTERRA with an opportunity to participate in a project that is very socially innovative and environmentally responsible—literally turning a problem or pest into a beautiful, sustainable product.

“We are reducing the problem, we are having a great ecological impact, and, in return, we get this beautiful essential oil.” –Dr. David K. Hill

Watch this short video to learn more about how Douglas Fir is Sourced.

I love using Douglas Fir regularly and use it before I put on my deodorant! It really does smell like Christmastime and has such a fresh and invigorating (yet warming) aroma! Is this an oil you think you will add to your arsenal? I can't wait to hear how to plan to use it!

Ylang Ylang

The Ylang Ylang, or Cananga odorata, is a plant characterized by its drooping branches and bright green leaves. Along the green stems of this plant grow stalks from which multiple yellow-green flowers bloom. These flowers dangle from the stalks and are highly fragrant. The pungent flowers also produce green fruits that grow in clusters and turn black when ripe. doTERRA Ylang Ylang essential oil is extracted from the flower of the Ylang Ylang plant. The Ylang Ylang plant is also called the perfume tree, due to its highly fragrant flowers.

Help transform your dreary mood to a cheery mood by using Ylang Ylang essential oil. Whenever you are feeling down or stressed, apply a few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil to the back of your neck for a calming and uplifting effect. Due to one of Ylang Ylang oil’s main chemical constituents, germacrene, the oil contains natural abilities to soothe. Ylang Ylang is also known for its uplifting effects and is a great oil to apply when in need of an elevating boost. Use Ylang Ylang essential oil aromatically or topically for a more optimistic perspective. Ylang Ylang is a powerful uplifting component and helps promote a positive outlook. Ylang Ylang’s rich scent is well loved and has been used extensively for making perfumes. For a wonderful-smelling, natural perfume, put a drop or two of Ylang Ylang on your wrists. This perfume will also give off a soothing and calming aroma.

Create the perfect massage blend for de-stressing with Ylang Ylang essential oil. Massages are a great way to help relax tense muscles and feelings and incorporating Ylang Ylang into your massage will provide the ultimate relaxing experience. Ylang Ylang is known and valued for its ability to soothe and calm the mood while also providing an uplifting effect. To create a powerful and effective massage blend that helps reduce the effects of daily stresses, add several drops of Ylang Ylang to doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into your back and shoulders.

Support your body with Ylang Ylang essential oil. Ylang Ylang oil is known to provide antioxidant support. To increase antioxidant support in your body, take Ylang Ylang oil internally.

Ylang Ylang oil contains great hair benefits that will leave your hair looking healthy and beautiful! Avoid the harmful chemicals found in deep hair conditioners and deep hair conditioning treatments, and go natural! Create your very own natural deep hair conditioner by adding Ylang Ylang essential oil to doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and applying it to your hair.

Two of the main chemical constituents of Ylang Ylang essential oil are caryophyllene and germacrene. These two chemical components are part of the sesquiterpenes group. Ylang Ylang’s unique chemistry and scent promote soothing feelings when used aromatically. A recent study conducted by multiple Korean universities found that caryophyllene helps support healthy cell growth when ingested orally. To learn more about the chemical components of Ylang Ylang oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

Watch this Co-Impact Sourcing video to learn about the sourcing of Ylang Ylang essential oil.

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Fill your home with the rich and sweet scents of the tropical Ylang Ylang flower. This yellow, star-shaped flower is a gem of the aroma industry and its essential oil can be used to create a relaxing atmosphere. To obtain these delightful aromatic benefits, add a few drops of Ylang Ylang to your diffuser. This rich aroma will not just smell good, it will also lift your mood and promote a calming effect.

Ylang Ylang is one of my favorite flower essential oils, and I'm so in love with the Co-Impact Sourcing that comes along with our Ylang Ylang!

Essential Oils for Abundance

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Call more abundance into your life with Essential Oils! If you're already working with the Law of Attraction, you are going to love what I have to share with you today! Get your diffusers and roller bottles ready, because you don't want to miss out on these high vibe oils and what they have to offer you!

When it comes to bringing more abundance into your life, affirmations, meditations, hypnosis, and focused manifestation can only be enhanced with the use of essential oils. Below you will find a list of the oils that can support you in drawing in more abundance. I encourage you to smell all of them, and create a blend using the oils that smell most pleasant to you. Use at least 3 drops each of 3 of the oils. The number 3 in itself is a magical number and powerful for manifestation.

Essential Oils for Abundance

  • Frankincense: Helps to become spiritually open, shields the body from negativity, and encourages connectivity.

  • Wild Orange: Helps to let go of the scarcity mindset, inspires solutions to issues, and promotes the true meaning of abundance.

  • Myrrh: Helps to feel safe and secure, nurturing to the soul, and establishes healthy attachments with others.

  • Patchouli: Helps to feel at peace in the present, let go of body tension, and promotes feelings of confidence.

  • Clove: Helps to release old patterns, let go of the victim mentality, and helps to promote clear boundaries.

  • Ginger: Helps to become present in the moment, promotes commitment to a goal, and empowers to take responsibility.

  • Cinnamon: Helps to let go of the fear of rejections, release shame, and promotes body acceptance.

My choice blend here would be combining 3 drops of Wild Orange, 3 drops of Frankincense, and 3 drops of Ginger, added to a 5 mL roller bottle with a Cinnabar crystal (to promote abundance) and a Quartz crystal point (to amplify the Cinnabar and the oils) and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to the back of the neck, wrists, bottoms of the feet (root chakra), and either the solar-plexus chakra center (just above the navel) or the sacral chakra center (just below the navel), in the morning and in the evening. Use this blend while you are practicing affirmations, meditating and calling abundance into your life, or while you are working. You can also create a diffuser blend with these oils to help inspire you throughout the day.

Are you excited to call more abundance into your life? Let me know in the comments below, and tell me how you blended these oils together!

Vetiver

The Vetiver plant, Vetiveria zizanioides, is a member of the grass family. The grass of the plant is a vibrant green color and grows straight and vertical.  Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. The many roots of the plant grow in large clusters underground. doTERRA obtains Vetiver essential oil from the roots of the vetiver plant. I love how grounding and relaxing this oil is, and I think you will too!

The main chemical constituents of Vetiver essential oil are carvone, isovalencenol, khusimol. Both isovalencenol and khusimol are sesquiterpenes that are part of the alcohols functional group. These chemicals have grounding properties and are what make Vetiver essential oil a grounding oil.  Carvone is a monoterpene that is a member of the ketones functional group. Carvone contains energizing properties that add to the beneficial chemical properties of Vetiver essential oil. To learn more about the chemical makeup of Vetiver oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

The roots of the vetiver plant are unique in their ability to grow downward, creating a thick tangle of roots in the ground. The root of the hearty vetiver plant is the origin of Vetiver essential oil, and produces a fragrance that is earthy and strong. This aroma has been used among many perfume industries and is a notable characteristic of Vetiver essential oil. Vetiver oil is composed of multiple sesquiterpenes, allowing Vetiver oil to have a grounding effect on emotions. This grounding effect makes Vetiver oil a commonly used essential oil in massage practices and topical and aromatic uses.

Vetiver essential oil can also be taken internally to support a healthy immune system. Give your body a powerful boost by adding one to two drops of Vetiver essential oil to your tea or hot drinks during the winter months. Vetiver essential oil contains immune-supporting properties that will help fortify your body against seasonal threats. Traveling always comes with certain risks—environmental threats being one of them. To help prepare your body for traveling and a change in environment, take Vetiver essential oil internally. For best results, combine one to two drops of Vetiver oil with Lemon oil in a Veggie Caps capsule. This powerful combination of oils will help support a healthy immune system.

Vetiver oil’s aroma is sweet, woody, and smoky–emitting a strong, earthy scent. Use the earthy tones of Vetiver essential oil as a base for your favorite DIY diffuser blends. Adding Vetiver essential oil to a diffuser blend will provide aromatic benefits that have a calming, grounding effect on emotions. When experiencing anxious, unnerved, or stressed feelings, use Vetiver oil aromatically or topically. Vetiver essential oil is rich in sesquiterpenes, which contain grounding properties. When used on the skin or inhaled, Vetiver essential oil can help provide a calming and grounding effect on emotions.

Sleep is extremely important for the health of both the mind and body. When individuals do not receive adequate hours of sleep or have too many sleepless nights, body functions begin to slow down. To help promote a restful night’s sleep, rub Vetiver oil on the bottom of your feet. Vetiver oil is a great essential oil for sleep and relaxation and can help give your body the sleep it needs.

The dōTERRA Co-impact Sourcing initiative and Healing Hands foundation works with newly formed cooperatives in Haiti to bring the vetiver harvesters steady income, clean water, and desired education. Through dōTERRA, Vetiver essential oil helps these villagers on their way to a better life and hope for the future. Take a look at this short video to learn more about how Vetiver is sourced.

https://youtu.be/pFYFgNSxYxk

For best use of doTERRA Vetiver oil, here is a simple essential oil tip. Use a toothpick to help get the desired amount of essential oil out of the container if the Vetiver oil is too thick to get out of the bottle. Remember, a little bit goes a long way.

I love using Vetiver with my family, for massages, relaxation and so much more! How do you like to use Vetiver in your home?

Pay it Forward

So many of us love to pay it forward & give back, to our communities, to the world, and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. With countless ways to get involved, today I wanted to share how you can participate and get your hands dirty! I also wanted to share some of my favorite organizations and what I love about them!

As a child, I was very involved in giving back to my community. My mother owned a dance studio, and we regularly performed at nursing homes for the residents. I remember this so vividly, because the residents were always so happy after our performances. Music and dance brought so much joy into their lives, and it was so much fun to bring that light into their day. I remember participating in all kinds of activities as a kid, so giving back or paying it forward has always been something I strongly identify with.

As a grown woman, wife, and mother, things haven't changed much in this arena for me... as my passion for helping others grows more each day. I feel very strongly about particular organizations, and make sure that I do what I can to both raise awareness, and give regularly. Social media has made this even easier for us, since we can share about a cause and our community will see it. Let me share with you which causes speak to my soul.

OUR Rescue

OUR Rescue exists to rescue children from sex trafficking by utilizing some of the world’s experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts. OUR Rescue’s Jump Team, consisting of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives, lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts to rescue children being trafficked for sex. To ensure perpetuity and sustainability of these extraction efforts, OUR Rescue works with law enforcement in the countries where they rescue children to ensure that everything is done legally and with the support of the local authorities. The children rescued from these extraction efforts are then rehabilitated by OUR Rescue’s aftercare program, and the perpetrators are arrested, tried, and convicted to ensure that they don’t traffic children again.

Donate to OUR Rescue

Days for Girls

Days for Girls was founded in 2008 to create a more dignified, free, and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions. They seek to help women and girls discover their potential and self-worth. Women and girls in the program are taught that they are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive, grow, and contribute to their communities’ betterment while ensuring quality, sustainable feminine hygiene. Days for Girls works to provide every girl in the world the education, safety, and dignity that they deserve through direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits; by partnering with nonprofits, groups, and organizations; by raising awareness; and by helping communities around the world start their own programs. Thanks to a global grassroots network of thousands of volunteers and supporters on six continents, Days for Girls has reached women and girls in over 100 countries. Donate to Days for Girls

War Horse Creek

War Horse Creek is a comprehensive retraining program using equestrian therapy to help veterans transition from the military to the civilian world. Our program will provide life skills training, education and career guidance with a focus on post-traumatic growth. It will reframe the military experience to be more beneficial in civilian life. The immersive program is unlike any other. It will enable their clinicians to identify those at greatest risk - many of whom aren't aware they're experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic brain injury (TBI) - and to provide guidance as they reintegrate back into the world.They meet the veteran on their terms, and offer them a way to process their military experiences among peers who understand them.

Donate to War Horse Creek

doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation

Having experienced the life-enriching power of essential oils, a group of health-care and business professionals collaborated with a common goal of creating a new standard of essential oils that would influence individuals and communities around the world. In the spring of 2008, their vision became a reality and doTERRA, meaning “gift of the Earth,” was founded. Since the company’s beginning, high-quality essential oils sourced and distributed by doTERRA have spread throughout the globe, enhancing many lives. In addition to sharing essential oils with the world, doTERRA aspired to serve people and communities with the resources they had. Initially, this meant donating to charities, fundraisers, and community projects, but it eventually grew to be much more. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation was created in June 2012 as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The foundation is one of the ways doTERRA reaches out and serves communities in need. They do this by partnering with organizations and doTERRA Wellness Advocates to offer hope to millions around the world. Through the foundation’s efforts, lives are freed of disease and poverty, and communities are empowered with the tools needed to become self-reliant.

Donate to Healing Hands

Alpha Delta Pi Foundation

Founded on May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi is the oldest secret society for college women in the world. Established at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the first college chartered to grant degrees to women in the world, the story of Alpha Delta Pi is a remarkable one and it all began with a young girl’s dream. Eugenia Tucker was just sixteen years old when she left her family home in Laurens County, Georgia, to enter Wesleyan College. Before the end of her first year she would establish the first sorority in the world. The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation was established in 1983 and helps to provide emergency grants to members in crisis, leadership training for collegiate and alumnae sisters, resources to fight hazing and sexual assault, funding for the preservation of monuments and memorials unique to our history, and so much more!

Donate to Alpha Delta Pi Foundation

Ways to get Involved & Take Action

Let's talk about some simple and practical ways for you to get involved today with your charities of choice! Below, you will find a handful of ideas that you can roll with at any given moment that will help others, and bring on those high vibes the world so desperately needs!

Donating Directly

This is probably the most obvious way to get involved, but of course I have to mention it! Sending in a donation to a charity has never been easier! Most organizations have donate buttons on their websites, and all over their social media. Some of them even have a recurring donation option, when you can choose an amount to donate every month! I love utilizing this feature to donate to the Healing Hands foundation, and also my Sorority's foundation as well!

Volunteering

If the organization you are wanting to support is in need of volunteers, this is an extremely meaningful way to get involved, spread awareness, and also have your friends join you. The sky is the limit with volunteering, as you can volunteer locally, or travel across the world to support your charity in a completely different country! More often than not, organizations are in constant need of volunteers to keep their organization running as well, so see this as an opportunity to stay involved regularly!

Fundraising

I feel like we all vaguely remember participating Elementary school fundraisers... or maybe you have kids that are participating in one right now! Regardless, fundraisers are not only a fab way to collect funds for your cause, but it is also fantastic to raise awareness of your cause too! Here you can find an awesome article that lays out 100 Unique Fundraising Ideas that Actually Work to get your wheels turning, and get a fundraiser off the ground and running!

Wearing Swag

It may seem simple, but what you wear on your body is a walking billboard for your cause. You can purchase merchandise from most charitable organizations, the proceeds are then donated to the cause, and you can raise awareness be sporting their swag. The great thing about this is that it really does start conversations, and can also connect you with people who support the organization as well. I got chased down at a Walmart one day when I was wearing my OUR Rescue shirt, just to be thanked and hugged for spreading awareness. You can make waves with a t-shirt, friend!

Go for a Run

If you do a quick google search, you can find 5k walks and runs in your area that are raising money for a charitable cause. If you can't find one nearby... then grab the bull by the horns and start your own! Not only is this a great way to stay active, but you are also encouraging other in your community to participate! Already signed up for one of these walks/runs? Blast it on your social media and have your friends join you! The more the merrier!

Donate your Birthday

Facebook has a super cool option for you to "Donate your Birthday" to a cause, encouraging your friends and family to donate and raise a certain amount for the organization of your choice. I have personally done this and found it to be so rewarding. As we get older, and we let go of expectations on how birthdays play out... this becomes something you can look forward to for so many other reasons! Celebrate how awesome you are by giving the spotlight to a cause you love!

As I said, there are countless ways to get involved, and this just scratches the surface! I hope you are motivated to get moving with some or all of these ideas, and we can help make the world a safer, kinder, more beautiful place for us all!

Which charities speak to you? What actions are you inspired to take today? What kind of fundraiser will you create? I always love hearing your feedback in the comments, so let me know!

Mala Beads

Mala beads are one of my most treasured items. Over the years, I have had a few Malas in my life. Today I'm sharing with you all about my beautiful new mala, and other goodies I've added to my Spiritual medicine bag! Tons of juicy goodness in this post today, so sit back and enjoy!

This is my brand new mala. I have two others, one that broke, and one that I am allergic to. (Say what?!) Let's talk about that before we dig in. My allergy mala has gigantic sandalwood beads, that leave me with an itch rash on my neck that lasts for days. I cannot wear it. I found this to be so strange as I don't have any issues with Sandalwood Essential oil on my skin. I tried everything to get that mala to vibe with me, but ultimately I had to let go of it as a jewelry piece. When I purchased this new mala, I had the same fear that I would have a reaction... but since I was ordering from a new place, I figured I would chance it! When I got the package in the mail, i could instantly feel the positive energy infused into my new jewelry and I was seriously so in love, from he moment I opened it! I could tell how much love and care they put into packaging their products.

I did have some itching in the beginning, but I'm proud to say that I am not rushing or breaking out anymore and this mala LOVES me back! I even reached out to the company to see if they had any suggestions to remedy this allergy and they WORKED! Who is this magical mala company that rocked my world?

Mama Malas.

I will tell you, they have found a lifelong customer in me! From their mission, to their quality, and their customer service... I am absolutely a fan! Their mission blew me away: "Every mother deserves to feel radiant, adore her life and create her own path. Your Mama Malas take your desires and intentions and turn them into something tangible, touchable and real. Designed with healing stones, they cultivate a life of presence, intention and love.  A life led by your heart and not your head. For every Mama Mala sold, a Clean Delivery kit will be delivered to a mother in need," You can learn more about this on the Mama Malas website.

Mama Malas drops som serious info on what Mala Beads are, how to use them, and more. Check it out!

What are mala beads?

Traditionally made with 108 beads plus a large guru stone that represents the intentions and purpose of your mala. Mala beads are meditation necklaces used to recite an affirmation or mantra that can also be worn as jewellery that offers a tangible (and beautiful) reminder of your intentions.

Why are there 108 beads on a mala?

Each mala is made up of 108 +1 beads since it is said that our bodies contain 108 major physical and subtle energy channels that reach the heart chakra. By chanting or listening to  a mantra 108 times the energy from the mantra permeates both the physical and energetic body. The 109th bead, also called the ‘guru’ bead, signifies the beginning and end of your meditation practice.

Although they are referred to as 108 mala beads, each Mama Mala actually contains 108 Sandalwood or Rudraksha beads plus a gemstone guru stone and gemstone markers that divide the mala into two sections of 27 and one of 54 to allow for a shorter, but still balanced, meditation.

Why are your malas made with sandalwood and rudraksha?

Sandalwood has been used to make mala and prayer beads for hundreds of years due to it’s calming and soothing properties. We love it because of its distinctive scent that instantly calms your mind and brings you into a meditative state. Rudraksha beads are the dried and drilled seeds of the Rudraksha Tree. We love that a tree is contained within each tiny seed, representing unlimited growth, possibilities and an open heart.

How do I choose the right set of mala beads for me?

The best advice we can give for choosing the perfect Mama Mala for you is to go with your initial gut instinct. Oftentimes your heart knows what you need before your brain catches up, so even if the intention doesn’t make logical sense, if you are drawn to a particular mala it’s for a reason.

Go a little more in-depth about finding your perfect mala here. Or take a peek here to see which one calls to your heart.

Should I meditate with my Mama Malas?

Absolutely! While mala beads are beautiful accessories on their own we highly recommend giving mala meditation a try because we believe that meditation is the best way to stay present, intentional and calm during the ups and downs of motherhood. We have also found that mala beads offer the perfect distraction from the “monkey mind” that can make starting a meditation practice intimidating or challenging.

How do I meditate with mala beads?

To meditate with your Mama Malas, begin by setting an intention for what you want to cultivate in your life.  Starting with the first sandalwood or rudraksha bead to the right of your guru bead, repeat your chosen mantra once for each sandalwood or rudraksha bead on your mala until you come back around to your guru bead.  End the meditation at the guru bead by giving thanks to the teachers that have helped you along your path, and setting or reaffirming your intentions. You can also hold your mala during a silent meditation and let it absorb the peace of the practice.

I've heard about mala breakthroughs, what are they?

A mala breaking is considered a sign of karmic progression and is something to be fully celebrated. Gemstones have a way of releasing you when they are no longer useful, and a broken mala can symbolise lessons learned and new beginnings. It has done its work. After having a mala breakthrough it is recommended to sit and meditate on the original description and intentions of the mala and process any breakthroughs or progression. Learn more about mala breakthroughs here.

How do I cleanse my mala beads?

Because gemstones absorb and emit energy, it is important to cleanse them if they feel heavy or "off". How often you cleanse your mala will depend on how often you wear them, and the situations you encounter.

If you encounter a lot of negative energy, many people touch or wear your mala, or you deal with a lot of stress, it is a good idea to cleanse your mala. Think of cleansing your mala as hitting the reset button on the healing properties of your stones. You can cleanse your mala with moonlight, or by burning white sage, palo santo or sweet grass.

To cleanse your mala by moonlight  leave place them outside or in a windowsill to absorb the cleansing energy of the moon (full moons work best for recharging crystals).

To cleanse with sage or palo santo place your sage or palo santo onto a fireproof plate and light it. Blow gently on the flame to allow it to smoulder. Take your hand and waft the smoke around your mala beads with the intention of clearing any negative energy.

No matter which way you choose to cleanse your malas be sure to take the time to sit with them and set your intentions after cleansing.

Pretty sweet right? Mama Malas also carry bracelets, and I am in LOVE with mine! The bottom bracelet you see pictured was a free gift with my purchase, made of Howlite and Rose Quartz beads... called the "I am CALM" gemstone intention bracelet. The one on top, (closest to the blackberries) is the Manifesting Mama bracelet. This is made with the same beads in my Male necklace, minus the Sandalwood. it is Made of Quartz, Labradorite, and Mother of Pearl.

"Clear Quartz is the ultimate manifesting stone, storing the energy of your intentions and amplifying them out into the universe. Labradorite and Mother of Pearl assist you in moving forward without fear of insecurity, and heighten your intuition so you are able to see the signs along the way that will move you closer to your dreams."

You can probably see why I am so obsessed with and pleased with my purchase from Mama Malas. I grabbed the pieces I was most drawn to and the have brought so much more positivity into my life! Coupling my meditations with these Malas and my essential oils is my favorite thing ever!

Find your Perfect Mama Mala

Affirmations

As one of doTERRA’s top selling oils, Lemon oil has a variety of uses and benefits. With a clean, fresh, citrus aroma, Lemon is known for its purifying properties. Often used in cleaning products and air purifiers, Lemon has distinct cleansing and deodorizing characteristics that make it a popular choice for cleaning surfaces and purifying the air. As a versatile oil, Lemon also has the ability to aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally. Whether it is being diffused, taken internally, or applied topically, Lemon essential oil offers a variety of benefits.

What I am sharing with you today is a FREE Lemon Affirmations Meditation, just for subscribing to my email updates! That's it! In addition to the meditation, I will send along an eBook and a few other freebies that I just know you are going to love! Simply subscribe below, and then check your inbox for your free goodies! That's it!

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Yoga Collection

Yoga helps you listen and breathe. Practicing Yoga helps you to be calm and destress, manage your mood, your adaptability, and release your doubt. Combining Essential Oils with a Yoga practice is a wonderful way to support your body, let go of your pain, blame, and uplift your confidence. This is why I am so excited to share the brand new doTERRA Yoga Collection with you!

Like I mentioned Oils and Yoga are magical together! I even recommend incorporating Crystals into this mix, but you can read more about that later! I am always looking for new ways to deepen and expand my Yoga practice. These three new oil blends are the perfect addition to meditation, affirmations, and of course the Yoga flow itself!

Your new doTERRA Yoga Collection will help you to feel balanced and connected, and help to clear out negativity. Free your heart my dear! When you use these 3 oils, you will feel steady and centered. You will feel more more trust, feel closer to your own intuition, develop clear mindedness and deepen your insight. These oils will enlighten you! Your whole body will be connected to every plant's frequency and purpose. Talk about High Vibing, right?!

Anchor: Steadying Blend

Anchor helps support an effective Yoga practice while promoting feelings of completeness, calmness and courage. Anchor encourages a steady foundation from which to move forward. This oil is very supportive to the Root Chakra and also pairs well with Hematite, Garnet, or Red Jasper crystals.

This blend contains Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cinnamon Bark, Sandalwood, Black Pepper, and Patchouli.

The perfect yoga poses to pair with doTERRA Anchor's aroma are Seated Meditation, Seated Twist, and Bhu Mudra (one hand on the heart, the other on the Earth).

Arise: Enlightening Blend

Arise helps support an effective Yoga practice while promoting feelings of happiness, clarity and courage. Arise encourages rising to achieve goals, and improved performance. This oil is very supportive to the Solar Plexus Chakra and also pairs well with Citrine, Sunstone, and Yellow Calcite crystals. Arise can also be used to support the Crown Chakra in conjunction with Quartz Crystal or Moonstone.

This blend contains Lemon, Grapefruit, Siberian Fir, Osmanthus, and Melissa.

Use doTERRA Arise while practicing the following yoga poses: standing arms high, standing side stretch, and Half Moon.

Align: Centering Blend

Align helps support an effective Yoga practice while promoting feelings of self-acceptance, trust, and fluidity. Align encourages harmony and calm progress.This oil is very supportive to the Heart Chakra and also pairs well with Rose Quartz, Malachite, or Amazonite crystals.  

This blend contains Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Basil, Rose, and Jasmine.

Ideal yoga poses with doTERRA Align's aroma are Warrior II, Triangle, and Gate pose.

Check out this extremely long blog post to learn more about how to use Essential Oils and Crystals. You can also use these oils aromatically by diffusing them throughout your yoga practice. This can be done via diffuser, by adding a drop to a piece of Lava Bead Jewelry, or by adding to your favorite Mala and leaving on your mat.

Currently, the oils are not for individual sale, but can be purchased together as a set for $69.33 retail price or $52.00 Wholesale Price on October 2nd.

I want to leave you with these beautiful words that were shared at doTERRA's Convention:

"May you trust. May you thrive. May you nurture. May you dignify. May you remember. May you respect. May you forgive. May you connect."

Elena Brower Blue Diamond and Yoga Teacher

Neroli

I have been patiently waiting for Neroli to become part of doTERRA's permanent product line, and this year... my wish came true! I'm so incredibly grateful that we have access to this oil, with history that dates back to Egypt! There's beautiful history of Neroli for fertility support, calming the emotions, aphrodisiac qualities and much more! We now have Neroli from the beautiful flower of the bitter orange oil.

doTERRA wanted to ensure that out Neroli was affordable, so it is offered as a Touch Roller, pre-diluted and ready for topical application with ease. You can apply to Neroli reduce stressful and anxious feelings by applying over the heart, and breathing it in. Neroli also supports healthy intestinal inflammatory response in the body.

What else can Neroli Essential Oil Support?

  • When applied to a wound Neroli can provide expedited support
  • Shown to promote healthy inflammatory response in late stages of pregnancy
  • Apply on the bottoms of the feet and on the ankles, to promote a positive mood, and encourage relaxation.
  • Improves hormone concentrations and encourages feelings of intimacy
  • Helps regulate healthy cell production and supports apoptosis, similar to Frankincense and DDR Prime.
  • Emotionally, Neroli invites you to let go and release

I am so incredibly grateful to have access to a Pure and potent Neroli oil now! There are so many beautiful ways to use this oil! What are you most intrigued about when it comes to Neroli? Let me know in the comments below!

Siberian Fir

I am super excited to share about our new Fir oil, Siberian Fir! What's that you say? Why do we need another Fir oil? White Fir has sold out as we can't get it in the sustainable sourcing that we want, or the quantity and quality we want. The great news about this... Siberian Fir has more prominent chemistry than White Fir and provides a wealth of benefits that can also be enjoyed by internal consumption! Yay!

Siberian Fir can positivity affect many body systems, and is recommended for topical, aromatic and internal use. This is exciting as this will be our first Fir oil that is recommended for internal support! Why don't we take a look at some of the ways we can use Siberian Fir:

Aromatic:

  • Diffuser Siberian Fir to evoke feelings of relaxation and rest.
  • Inhale to soothe dry airways. A little goes a long way here, Siberian Fir is a powerful oil!
  • Use in combination with rosemary, eucalyptus, cypress for lime for clarifying aroma and respiratory support.

Topical:

  • Apply Siberian Fir to sooth skin irritations (rash, overstressed tissues, wound, bites)
  • Apply to calm overactive tissues and ease discomfort
  • Blend with Melaleuca (tea tree), Cedarwood, or floral oils to eliminate blemishes and healthy skin.

Internal:

  • Use 1-3 drops in a capsule to support body systems
  • Siberian Fir has been used in a variety of different foods as a flavoring agent

Home Cleaning:

  • Combine with Citrus oils for surface cleansing

There you have it! Siberian Fir is a wonderful new addition to doTERRA's permanent product line. This oil will be available for purchase as of October 2nd, 2017, and the pricing is as such:

Retail: $26.67 Wholesale: $20.00

If you would like to become a Wholesale Customer, you can do that at any time to make sure you are purchasing at the lowest price!

Copaiba

There is so much buzz going on about CBD Oil, but I'm about to show you why Copaiba is far more supportive, and a wonderful essential oil option. Let me assure you, there is no miracle oil out there that will do "all the things", our bodies just don't work that way, unfortunately! Copaiba essential oil has a higher percentage of beta-caryophyllene than any other essential oil! I will share more about beta-caryophyllene, the endocannabinoid system, and CB1 & CB2 receptors below.

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Before we jump into science, let's briefly look at some of the benefits of Copaiba essential oil. You can breathe in the aroma periodically throughout the day to calm and soothe emotions and neurological activity. Copaiba can be combined with citrus oils to elevate the mood, or combined with Siberian Fir for a relaxing vibe. This essential oil can also be taken internally. Use two drops in a vitamin capsule, and take in the morning and evening. Blend this oil with Frankincense for increased cellular support. For topical application, apply directly over the affected area diluted in fractionated coconut oil. Combine Copaiba with Blue Tansy for soothing relief to skin irritations and minimize blemishes. Blend with a facial moisturizer and Cedarwood to support the ECM. This oil directly elicits a CB2 response.

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As I mentioned before, Copaiba essential oil has a higher percentage of beta-caryophyllene than any other essential oil. Why is a higher concentration of beta-caryophyllene important?

Beta-caryophyllene supports:

  • healthy nervous system function

  • proper immune function

  • relaxation of the body

We do have other essential oils that contain beta-caryophyllene (including Oregano, not pictured) but they just don't come close to the high concentration level found in doTERRA's Copaiba Essential Oil.

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A higher concentration of beta-caryophyllene means that the essential oil is providing supportive health benefits, so much more effectively! This is so exciting, and I'm so grateful that doTERRA has taken the time to source and work with the right partner to provide the highest quality Copaiba essential oil in the world!

The following was Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS

The Endocannabinoid System

The endogenous cannabinoid system (Endocannabinoid System), the namesake of the plant that led to its discovery, isn’t a controversial topic at all, but one of the most important physiologic systems involved in human health. As recent research is discovering, it is also one of the body systems that can be most positively influenced through the use of essential oils.

Endocannabinoids and the receptors that they communicate with to induce physiological responses are found all throughout the body. Your brain, vital organs, immune cells, and even connective tissue contain endocannabinoid receptors, which are tasked with maintaining the stability of our body’s internal processes while dealing with fluctuations in the external environment. Immune response, inflammatory response, memory, and even appetite are influenced by these receptors. They are a vital link between the brain and the rest of the body, coordinating communication by different cell types.

CB1 & CB2 Receptors

While we speculate that there may be several different types of cannabinoid receptors, we have currently identified two different subtypes: CB1, which is expressed primarily on the nerve cells in the brain, and CB2, which is expressed predominantly on white blood cells within the immune system. Research has shown that CB1 activation influences memory processing and pain regulation, but it is also induces psychoactive effects.1 CB2 receptors support healthy nervous system function, proper immune function, and have soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that of CB1), primarily through their ability to regulate inflammation.2,3 But perhaps most interesting, CB2 activation does not have the same psychoactive side effects as does its counterpart, CB1.4

Beta-Caryophyllene

There is a breadth of research that suggests terpenoid compounds found in many essential oils can have a vast influence on these receptors, but the research is particularly strong in regards to one specific sesquiterpene. Recent research has demonstrated that the bicyclic sesquiterpene beta-caryophyllene has the ability to bind to CB2 receptors (5). What this means is that along with its cellular and skin-health supporting properties, due to its activation of CB2 receptors, beta-caryophyllene may also support healthy nervous and immune function, and have similar soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that prompted by CB1 activation), without the potential psychoactive side effects.*

While beta-caryophyllene is primarily known for its presence in the essential oils extracted from Black Pepper, Clove, Melissa, and Rosemary, the best source is actually the lesser-known oil Copaiba. GC-MS assessments have shown that many sources of Copaiba essential oil are composed of more than 50% beta-caryophyllene, and not surprisingly, the properties of this oil extracted from the oleoresin of Copaifera species trees is becoming a popular topic of research. There have been over 70 peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals in the last few years evaluating the benefits of Copaiba, several of which focus on its CB2-binding properties and the associated health benefits.

Conclusion

Using various usage models, beta-caryophyllene-rich Copaiba essential oil, through its activation of CB2 receptors, has the ability to positively influence our health in ways we are just beginning to understand.

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doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.

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

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