Why Essential Oils?
"What a Bunch of Nonsense!"
At least that's what I thought. Here is how I got started with essential oils...
I had been working in my full time job as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, where I was working with patients with severe, chronic mental illness. I had recently come to the realization that what I really wanted to do was to help people save their memories by preventing Alzheimer's disease. So in addition to my day job, I was spending many evenings working on developing a website and potential products to encourage people to contact me.
Then Bam! I got hit with a sinus infection. Most would say “big deal” you had a sinus infection. But this was a monster. It lasted well over 5 months. I couldn’t taste or smell anything. I saw four doctors including two ear, nose, and throat specialists. One of them said, “you need surgery”. This was in January, but he couldn’t do the surgery until July. The other said, “No, you don’t need surgery, you JUST have an infection.” I was on five rounds of heavy-duty antibiotics that didn’t touch the sinus infection but did wreak havoc on my GI system and produced a yeast infection that made me miserable. The last antibiotic made me so sick after just 1 pill, that I missed 2 ½ days of work because of the severe nausea.
During this sinus infection, I still had to work. People kept asking if I was ok. Apparently, I looked and sounded pretty bad! But, I still had to live my life. Then one day, I went to get my hair cut. My stylist said “Kathy, I want you try this essential oil. We use it for my daughter who has cystic fibrosis, and it really helps her when her lungs get tight.”
Well, being a dietitian who believes that there needs to be scientific evidence behind what we use in or on our bodies, I was skeptical. NO, I wasn't just skeptical, I thought this was a bunch of baloney! But, my desperation for relief was stronger than my skepticism. So, I tried doTERRA’s Breathe essential oil. I rubbed it on my feet, under my nose, on my sinuses. I diffused it for a few hours every night. Within 3 weeks of doing these things, my sense of smell and taste came back, I could breathe, I wasn’t coughing anymore. My infection was gone!
It was then that I started researching essential oils. In this research I found thousands of evidence-based research articles on the effectiveness of essential oils. Oils that have been used for over 6,000 years for natural health care. Then I went to a national nutrition conference and there was a dōTERRA exhibitor there. I probably talked with her for an hour and a half about essential oils. I ordered an introductory kit and planned to just use them at home. But then I got to thinking about how helpful these oils could be in my practice to promote brain health.
Why dōTERRA Oils?
Like I said, I want whatever I put onto or into my body to be pure and to actually make a difference in my health. So, I am sure you know there are all kinds of essential oils on the market. But, buyer beware! The fact is, not all essential oils are the same. Actually, not all "essential" oils are even essential oils. There is no regulation for the essential oil industry. So anybody can put some water in a bottle, add a little lemon and call it an essential oil. That is NOT what I want to spend my money on!
The first thing you should know about dōTERRA is the quality of the products that they produce. It is INCREDIBLE and is the gold standard that other companies try and fail to copy. From the beginning, dōTERRA's founders have been dedicated to producing the best product possible. Every batch of dōTERRA essential oil goes through testing at several points to ensure that these oils are pure and potent. Each bottle of oil is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG®). The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. Because of this I feel confident recommending these oils for use internally, topically, and aromatically. dōTERRA has revolutionized the essential oil business by sourcing oils of such high quality that they’ve been untouched by any other company. dōTERRA works with people and communities all over the world to ensure that we’re getting the quality we deserve!
The second thing is that dōTERRA goes to where the plants are native for these oils. We have growers in Nepal, Madagascar, Haiti, Paraguay, Guatemala, Bulgaria, and so many other countries because these are the unique environments where our plants and oils can thrive!
The third reason is dōTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing. This is dōTERRA’s supply chain initiative that seeks to create shared value throughout their global botanical network. dōTERRA is in a unique and awesome position to work directly with farmers, harvesters, and distillers in countries worldwide, including underdeveloped countries. This company believes in providing a fare price for the oils. In doing this they are able to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of these communities.
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