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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:13:27 PM
Anyone have experiences to share about using essential oils? I have an acquaintance who was literally in a wheelchair a month ago due to back pain and is now up, walking and in minimal pain after using them.

I find the older I get the more I believe in natural alternatives for health issues, but then I also know that I am extremely skeptical.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:16:35 PM
I love essential oils - I primarily use doTERRA. I've tried other brands and types but I've had not so great reactions.

I almost exclusively use oils instead of Tylenol, Pepto, etc.

Of course, I also go to a chiropractor and some people think that's a waste too.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:32:07 PM
I use lavender oil for burns...it works very well.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:33:05 PM
We've used some in yoga and meditation classes.

I bought some cheap bottles online and am not that impressed. I did get a free sample of some doTerra peppermint oil for a 5 mile race that I ran - I used it about a month ago because I was having a lot of pain and tightness in my calves when I ran, no matter how much I stretched. I ran 3 miles and my legs felt great. I'm typically a skeptic and don't know how much to attribute to the oil, but I will tell you whatever magic ingredient worked that day, it was awesome.

I've heard great things about doTerra. I just wish it wasn't so dang expensive.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:44:18 PM
I went to a doTERRA class last night, and I am very curious to see if they would help with any of my kids problems with asthma/allergies/back pain, etc.

Our friends rapid improvement makes me say, DUDE. And part of me is like, "Mary, we are already spending tons of money on healthcare right now, we can't afford any more." And then another part of me wonders if we could possibly spend a little less if we use oils instead of what we're using.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:06:40 PM
Do you have any herbalists or natural health practitioners in your area that aren't affiliated with one particular product line? I'm a little wary of a doTERRA representative giving a doTERRA class, KWIM? Not that the product isn't good but I don't completely trust someone who has everything to gain by me buying into it.

That said, I took several classes with a Master Herbalist at the local college a few years ago and learned a lot about essential oils and I do believe they have their place. As another Pea mentioned, lavender oil for burns is nothing short of a miracle and every medicine cabinet should have it. It's simply amazing. I've also used it for wounds - I had surgery on a cyst on my hand last year and I took a photo the day of surgery and started using lavender on it twice a day and within less than 10 days, you couldn't even see where the stitches or incision had been.

I don't know if I believe they can take someone from a wheelchair to walking, but if you know this person and that's all they have done differently, then I'd be willing to try it as an alternative medicine. Would I ditch conventional treatment completely? No, I personally wouldn't, but I'd surely be willing to learn more about it and try it in conjunction with conventional treatments.





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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:26:51 PM
Burning Feather, I feel the same... I don't think I would ever give up on conventional medicine, either. I will have to look into herbalists in this area, I do struggle with the selling aspect of their classes as well.

I have seen this woman over the last 18 months at soccer games and other social situations, and at the very least she was wearing a back brace, and more recently she has been in a wheelchair each time. Last night, she was using neither. She said her pain went from a 8 to a 0-2. The only difference was the oils.


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My youngest daughter has anxiety issues that lead to severe stomach aches, and my youngest son has ADHD. Along with a small amount of medication for my son, and some counseling for my daughter, they each get a bit of DoTERRA Deep Blue on their foreheads, and DoTERRA DigestZen on their wrists, every morning before school. We call the Deep Blue "good day oil" and the DigestZen "happy stomach oil".

Honestly, I'm as skeptical as they come about many things, but since we started using these oils last year, my son has shown marked improvement in behavior at school, and my daughter rarely has stomach aches now, even if she's stressed. I don't know if they are really helping physically, or only through the power of suggestion, but we're going to keep using them anyway. I often put the Deep Blue on my pillow to help me unwind and sleep. I love the smell.







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My mom is basically wheelchair bound and has degenerative disks in her back, which causes severe pain to radiate down both her legs. Even though she is on pain meds, sometimes nothing will stop the pain except when I rub her legs and back down with Primrose oil, it cost less than $10.00 at wal-mart. I don't know if it's the massage or the oil, but at least once a week I have to rub her down with it. It also helps with her neuropathy due to her diabetes.

I buy it in capsules, and usually cut up at least 2 capsules per leg, and pour out the oil and rub it onto her legs, and or back. It has been a life saver, and she swears by it.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:13:55 PM
I don't have a lot of first hand experience. Except that my massage therapist swears by them! She is who I refer to for many of these natural methods because she has studied a lot of them. She does always warn me that not all essential oils are the same. They have tea-tree oil at Walmart, but it isn't necessarily as good as other brands.

She will often mix different ones for my massage based on what is going on with me/pain etc. when I get there.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:16:00 PM
We have just started using them. My sister became involved with doTerra after using them with her family and seeing results that were very good and made her a believer. They are self employed (her dh is in real estate and they have 6 kids who are 4-15) and she wants families to know that only have major medical or don't have health insurance that they have options. She is a doTerra rep and is doing very well but her heart is to help people because she has been in those shoes. She has always leaned toward the natural route so this wasn't a leap for her but I don't believe she had used essential oils. I know she went to doTerra's convention a couple months ago in Utah so I would guess you have many reps in your area. There oils are $$$ but I do think the quality is much better than what I find at my local health food store too.

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I have started using them this year after hearing about them from my SILs. I have had great results with them so far. One of my SILs has been an essential oils user for many, many years and has found that she gets the best results with Doterra, and finds them to be superior in general.

My mom has started using them about the same time as I did, primarily to treat her asthma. She actually no longer uses any asthma medication (she was using an inhaler daily before) and no longer coughs/wheezes at night or during the day. It really has been great for her, because she has been struggling with keeping her asthma under control for years, even with using a lot of medication.

We also use it to treat DH's dandruff, as well as aches and pains, headaches, for teething for the baby, etc etc. For mood enhancers- lavender works great for all sorts of things like that.

I use lemon to ward off colds, and have been able to prevent myself from getting a cold when I have already felt it coming on with early symptoms. So that has saved me money on cold medicine and all the stuff you buy when you have a cold.

I use purify to make air freshener and to put in when I wash DS's cloth diapers, and that helps a lot. Just oil and water and you have a very safe air freshener. I also use oils (lemon, clove) to make my own household cleaners that are literally safe enough to drink, but still are highly effective in killing germs and getting my house clean.

Sometimes I supplement my water with a drop of a citrus oil (lemon, lime, orange) because it tastes great and they are packed with antioxidants.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:54:40 PM
I'll chime in on the doterra essential oils. I use them now for several things. My friend signed up for Doterra and I started research to disprove all of the claims they were making. I seriously couldn't find anything negative online. I really do think they're the best oils available as they are tested pure and natural. Now, I've joined and use them for everything. Healing scrapes and scars along with several natural health alternatives. (yes, I'm one of those). Lavender has worked wonders for my plantar fasciltis-I can walk almost always pain free.

Do some research on the company online and let me know if you have any questions. I promise I won't even try to "enroll you" but answer honestly and then, if you decide, you can go back to your friend.




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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:02:51 PM
Also, if you are interested in seeing controlled studies showing the effectiveness of essential oils for different purposes, visit

this website.

It has a lot of good information on how to use oils for different health concerns, as well as a little bit about some of the research that has been done on them.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:09:10 PM
Thank you so much for the replies. I have tended in the last few years towards natural alternatives... I mean, I had a baby at home an all. But, I'm really starting to consider getting some of these. Maybe they will help us heal from Lyme faster, or at the very least decrease some of our symptoms?

It might be worth a try. I have looked online and only found positive reviews so far (about the oils, the are some complaints about their marketing or business practices). I will definitely continue to search it.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:17:49 PM
Mary~I peamailed you a site with some great info on Lyme Disease and essential oils.




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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:18:26 PM
I'm the biggest skeptic you will meet! That being said, my friend sells Do Terra and had been bugging me for a long time to try it. when the Dr suggested putting me on a muscle relaxer daily to combat my restless leg syndrome, I called my friend and asked what she would suggest I use instead. I got a bottle of lavender from her and it has been a miracle for me. It takes care of my restless legs within 15 minutes of the application and it knocks me out cold as if I've taken a sleeping pill yet I don't feel groggy in the morning.

I still haven't jumped on the band wagon completely but I whole heartedly swear by lavender. And I enjoy the smell of the citrus oils so much that I keep them around just because they smell yummy. And the Lemon oil takes the stink out of my garbage disposal better than anything else I've tried.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:28:07 PM
I understand that essential oil are used in some hospitals in France, and I know of some doctors here who do too - there are traditional medicine practitioners around the world who use them.

Be careful to thoroughly check on how to use each specific oil - some you can use undiltued on the skin, but most need to be diluted in some way. Some will affect the way sunlight reacts on the skin (makes the skin very sensitive to the sunlight) and these hsould not be used if you are gonig to be exposed to the sun. Oils from the citru family are among this group, but there are others as well.

Some oils should not be used during pregnancy - including Clary Sage, Cedarwood, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, basil.




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My husband is the one who talked me into essential oils. He learned about them in Germany. He is picky about the brands that he will use. He orders them online or gets the ones at the health food store, not Walmart. There really isn't a need to go the doTerra route, unless it's easier for you. My DH has been using them for over 25 years, long before doTerra was around.

We use them for our daughter who has Lyme disease, as well as a chiropractor, Migun mat, homeopathics and herbs. We gave conventional medicine (the route I was raised with) 6 months with her Lyme disease and she just kept getting worse. After that we went the nonconventional route (the route I was always very skeptical of, but the way my husband was raised). My daughter is considerably better with the more natural remedies. It's not "cured" yet, but at least she is able to attend school and is able to concentrate during the day. It also helps with the huge mood swings she gets when she has a "flare". (Ah, the humanity of those mood swings. If we both survive this illness it will be a miracle!) I'm not saying this is the right way for anyone else, but it has worked for us.

Anyway, I love our essential oils! I use the lavender at night to relax and to get a better sleep. We use them to clean, diffuse them in the air and apply them to cuts and burns (be careful, as some are caustic to the skin.) There is a ton of information online and in books. Go to your local health food store, I am sure they will be able to help you or point you in the right direction.

Good luck!


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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:54:52 PM
I wish I liked the smell of lavender more. It seems to do good things for a lot of people, but something about the smell makes me slightly nauseated.

My mom and aunt are DoTERRA reps, and I got a huge kit of oils from my mom last year for Christmas. It sounds like I got a pretty good gift. I've never looked them up to see how much they actually cost .




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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:41:44 PM
Lisa, how are you using the lavender for your PF? My chiro was treating it very effectively but we moved and I'm having a tough time with it.


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I'd be interested to know what everyone recommends for joint (mainly knee) pain? Both my knees are shot. Also what is suggested to help with weight loss? Thanks


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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:26:46 PM
Carla~for the plantar fasciitis I use the lavender if my feet hurt at the end of the day. Just a few drops on my heels and rub it in. My feet no longer hurt when I get up in the morning but when they did, I would put a few drops of peppermint or a mix of peppermint and lemon and then do the morning exercises. I really do feel as if they're healed now as I rarely even use the lavender unless they're really sore. This is what I copied from some info I have:
Apply to the area on the bottom of the foot as well as the calf of the leg just before retiring and First thing when arising in the morning (more often if severe). It is also suggested:

when retiring drive in the oils with a warm compress or some suggest wrapping in a paper towel, saran wrap, and cover with a sock.

when arising take time while sitting to bend the toes forward and backwards or other techniques to loosen the muscles, etc. after applying the oils."

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Look4angel~for weight loss (appetite suppressant) I use a mix of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon & ginger, doterra calls it Slim & Sassy. They all work together to suppress your appetite and help regulate blood sugar. The kind I get is all natural and safe for ingestion. That's something to watch for.





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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:41:02 PM
Thank you Lisa. I'm going to give that a try. My PF has really flared up since we moved a couple of weeks ago.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:59:26 PM
Carla-I also used one of these Socks

I think it helped, too. I just know my feet had hurt for over a year and they're finally better




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Thanks for the peamail, Pink! I can't get my peamail to work right now to reply, but I will read over that link. I appreciate it!


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Posted: 11/15/2012 6:09:58 PM
My sister is OBSESSED with essential oils. She sells Young Living. She has a cabinet in her bedroom and opened it one day to show me something and my jaw dropped, she had about a hundred little bottles of oils in it. She uses them for everything. I only have the Stress Relief oil and love it. I can't get into like she does.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:18:41 PM
I swear by the doTerra Past Tense blended oils. If I can catch a migraine early enough with a drop on each temple and the back of my neck massaged in I can avoid taking my Immetrex altogether. A couple of
tylenol and a Dr Pepper is all I need to continue to function. I've only done 2 Immetrex refills this year so far using the oils and last year I was refilling that stuff every month without fail.
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I've been struggling with anxiety lately after 3 solid months of 3 different houseguests and a house move in the middle of it. Feeling very tense and stressed.

I made my own anti-stress smelling salts (small dark glass jar, 1 heaped teaspoon coarse sea salt, 10 drops bergamot oil, 4 drops lavender, 2 drops each frankincense and clary sage) and have been whiffing them when I need to and it has helped tremendously. I highly recommend these particular oils for destressing, calming, clarity and upliftment.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:42:12 PM
Hi Jen~I've never had any bergamot oil. Maybe next time I'm stocking up!

I'm glad to hear that it's worked to relieve anxiety. You could also try rubbing on the bottoms of your feet. Do you mind if I copy your "recipe" onto my website?




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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:54:27 PM
Oh girls. I am a total skeptic but my husband has terrible fibro and I would buy any potion that claimed to help! We went to a Doterra class and I was SOLD first thing. I personally God created everything we need to live a healthy life - many plants are antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial, calming, uplifting, healing, etc. We have case after case of using oils for pinkeye and strep and ear infections and cuts and all kinds of things. And they work. And even if they are
"expensive" 12 drops of oil vs a trip to the dr, the pharm, OTC drugs- the oils are a much better value. And safer!!

Oh - and DO NOT get me started on cleaning with them. I feel awful that I have cleaned with chemicals my whole life and now I realize the hippies were right!! Orange oil, lemon, lavender, melaluca - better cleaners without the chemical damage. Oh - and the smells! Real lemon, real white fir - no chemical fake pine!! I love my oils so much! I truly do not care about the money thing - I get checks in the mail but my MAIN goal is spreading the word! As healthcare just gets crazier, you cannot LOSE by investigating essential oils! I love them sooo much!

Disclaimer I do swear by doTerra because they are pure and food grade. For example, frankincense is very expensive but good for pain and healing. I bought a bottle at Whole Foods for $14.99 - in reading the bottle, I realized I paid for 2-3 drops of frankincense diluted in jojoba oil. The Doterra Frank is probably $50-60??? but it is an entire bottle of pure food grade frank. I could tell you more about the way the plants are grown, etc but I swear by doTerra and from just what I have seen in OUR area, and IF your area is not flooded, and if you are a believer in natural products, sign up to sell NOW. These products sell themselves and I am so not kidding. People are looking for natural care and organic products. You heard me here girls- sign up now. I have 2 friends who have sky-rocketed in the business end of things - they cannot sign people up fast enough. So not kidding - I want you to benefit from what I have seen!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:58:59 PM
Hi Cindy~my mom has trigeminal neuralgia and swears by the frankincense. And the price, even for doTerra, is much better than the steroids they wanted to put her on. When you google trigeminal neuralgia it comes back as "the suicide disease" because it's so painful. That's hard to read when it's your mom.

They did use frankincense in the Bible and I know it's effective for her




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Something else that I found interesting after I started using the oils was that I noticed that my dentist also uses the oils. I saw a diffuser in his office and remembered that when I got my crown he said he was putting clove inside it to prevent infection and pain. I remember tasting the clove for a week or so.

Clove has been one of my favorite oils- it literally will numb the area that you apply it on so it is really good for pain. I used it postpartum for my after pains when they got to be intense and I was impressed because I could feel that although I was contracting, the area was numb so I didn't feel the pain. Clove is also crazy high in antioxidants. It has more antioxidants than any fruit in the world.

I used frankincense on my baby's first vaccination sites- you know how the first one swells and causes them pain for hours. Well, I put a drop on the swollen part and the redness and swelling (and the screaming!) disappeared literally in seconds. Frankincense is more expensive so I only use it when I really need to pull out the "big guns", but when you really break down the cost per use it is less expensive than say baby Tylenol or other OTC medications.


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I used frankincense on my baby's first vaccination sites- you know how the first one swells and causes them pain for hours. Well, I put a drop on the swollen part and the redness and swelling (and the screaming!) disappeared literally in seconds. Frankincense is more expensive so I only use it when I really need to pull out the "big guns", but when you really break down the cost per use it is less expensive than say baby Tylenol or other OTC medications.





Yay! That's awesome! I diffuse clove all of the time. I think it's great!




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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:39:20 PM

he was putting clove inside it to prevent infection and pain. I remember tasting the clove for a week or s


When DD was a baby (in the mid 80s) I used clove oil instead of teething gel. It worked so much better and didn't have that bitter taste.



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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:55:50 PM
Posting just to mark my spot! I am a big believer in alternatives like essential oils. Need to read this later.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:10:30 PM
I like doTerra but HATE what they have turned into. Here is a better list of what has helped me with essential oils:

Migraine- Peppermint, Lavender and Marojoram
Insomnia- Lavender
Muscle Spasms- Peppermint
Acne- Tea Tree Oil
Stomach Aches-Peppermint
Nausea/Vommiting- Peppermint
Anxiety- Lavender, Lemongrass
Cuts- Tea Tree Oil
Depression, Anxiety- Frankensense
Depression- Grapefruit
Teeth Pain- Clove Oil (it is a hot oil,, use in a carrier oil)
MRSA- tea tree oil
Female Issues- Cypress Oil

There are so many more. I am actually working with one of my friends who is opening a wellnesss center to start my own line of oils. I like doTerra and actually got in October of 2008 before they even launched but I don't like MLMs. And I don't want to alienate my friends. I do like their blends. Deep Blue for example REALLY helped my friend recover from an accident. Elevation helps lift your energy and happiness when you are going through crisis. Serenity helps aid in calmness. Their newest blend In Tune helps focus and helps those with ADHD. I could also list Young Living Oils and Forever Green that I love.

I have been working with oils for over 15 years now. It is my first line of defense. I have seen it help in some major ways but I think doTerra is too pushy. They may be the only one with a certain accreditation but what they won't tell you is that THEY named and picked that term. So of course they would be the only ones. But I am a 100% believer in oil! I used cassia oil the other day and it was HOT. Too hot. It is best to use carrier oils when that happens. I prefer coconut oil but I also have some almond oil on hand which is a little thicker. They are fun to play with and portable. And great in times of emergencies where you may not have adequate access to important medications.

jackietex
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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:36:33 PM
For a few months after I had gastric bypass surgery I couldn't take Tylenol due to the size of the pills, and since I can't take NSAIDS now I often use peppermint oil when I have headaches. It works really well.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 2:45:00 AM
Hi there!

I have used e. oils for 25 years now.
We also use them in the hospice where I work.

BUT BEWARE they may be natural, but can also be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing!

As an op said before be very careful if you are pregnant as those she listed can cause miscarriage,so should not be used at that time.

Also neat oils should always be added to a carrier oil, like almond oil, and only add 3 dropsof E>oil to it ! Or 3 drops to a bath tub of water.
The exceptions to being neat are lavender good far sleep, burns and relaxing
Also Tea tree an amazing anti septic for skin and added to water for cleaning surfaces.
lemon grass ,sage, geranium for odours,


A fab book is Neals Yard [based in Oxford uk] Which is a great starting point.These also sell pure oils that aren't alredy diluted.and will give recipes of oils that can be mixed together for certain ailments.


fairycakes
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Posted: 11/17/2012 2:46:56 AM
just to say dont use lemon grass, sage or geranium neat [ last line could have been clearer!]

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Posted: 11/17/2012 12:11:58 PM

Also neat oils should always be added to a carrier oil, like almond oil, and only add 3 dropsof E>oil to it ! Or 3 drops to a bath tub of water.
The exceptions to being neat are lavender good far sleep, burns and relaxing
Also Tea tree an amazing anti septic for skin and added to water for cleaning surfaces.
lemon grass ,sage, geranium for odours,


Actually, applying an oil "neat" means to apply it undiluted. The oils that specifically say "neat" on them do not need to be diluted; it is the ones that suggest dilution that you should add to a carrier oil.


-Rachelle


*Mommy to Adam, born October 2010, and Tommy, July 2012*



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Posted: 11/17/2012 12:36:37 PM
I have to chime in too.

I love Doterra oils. I can sell them but don't. I can't stand MLM's but if people ask me I share.


4Angel....if your legs are hurting use the Deep Blue. My DD was running a marathon and her friends knees starting hurting. She game them my bottle! (I never got it back BTW!)
but they said it was wonderful and they were able to finish without the pain.

Also the Melaluca is wonderful for burns. It works faster too. I dripped bacon grease all down my fore arm when taking it out of the oven. I was in agony! Then remembered my oils. I have no scar at all.


Now, I'm just curious about your friend in the wheel chair What was wrong...what did she specifically do?

I like hearing stories but I hate the generalities. Oh, I smelled this and I am cured! lol

PS...thanks to whoever mentioned their children and what you used. I will try that on my very high energy child.



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Posted: 11/17/2012 1:17:29 PM
Also, I wanted to add my 2cents about doterra being an MLM....

If you really don't want to participate in the whole MLM aspect of it, you really don't have to. You can sign up online through Doterra's website instead of signing up with a consultant. Sometimes it's helpful to have a consultant if you are just learning and want to get information from them, but you can also do your own research online and through books.

I became interested in it from hearing about it from my SILs, so I technically put my SIL's name down as my "consultant", but we live hundreds of miles apart from each other. I don't go to classes or get any pressure from anyone to buy anything. When I want something, I order it myself online. I get a "preferred customer" discount for having an online membership, too, so I don't have to pay retail price. My mom signed up to sell them, although she doesn't really sell them, so she could buy them for herself at wholesale price. Although now just from talking to people about them others have become interested in using them so they signed up under her, but selling them was never actually her intent. It costs a little extra upfront to sign up as a seller, so that's why I didn't do it, but I think if you buy a kit or something you might be able to get the fee waived so you can get stuff cheaper. Not sure though.


-Rachelle


*Mommy to Adam, born October 2010, and Tommy, July 2012*



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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:14:37 PM
I have used some of the doTerra brand and love them. My son has asthma and I use the Breathe oil on him. I also use it if anyone gets a cold. It helps clear your nasal passage ways. The Digestzen works really well for any stomach bugs, digestion issues, or stomach aches. I love the lavender for anything from bee stings, any type of skin rash/hurt, or irritation. It also helps when I am irritated. It really doesn't seem to do much to help me sleep like some others. I have their peppermint, but don't use it often because I don't like how their version smells. Same with the Oregano oil. It cures a lot of stuff, but you have to be very careful because it can burn your skin if not diluted and it smells VERY strong. The one I use the most is Onguard though. It boosts your immune system and helps with a lot of things. We are using it right now to get rid of a wart on my daughters hand.

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Posted: 11/17/2012 7:57:25 PM
Eh...I don't know that doTerra is an evil MLM. You can approach it that way if you want, but it's fairly simple to just pay a one time $35 fee and get everything at 25% disc. If people want to push it like Amway...whatev.

I think they have great products and offer a great education research area for those that just want to learn.

All in all, I just love the alternative choices that all essential oils can offer.




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Posted: 11/17/2012 11:07:02 PM
Ok coming back to ask some questions ... I looked at doTERRA's site and they don't appear to be very active in Canada. Are there any good books you ladies would suggest for getting started?


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Posted: 11/17/2012 11:14:23 PM
Hi Boo! Actually, the woman that I work with in doTerra is from Canada and I'm from Colorado. I would be happy to give you her email. She's never said anything about it being difficult in Canada. Here is her easy-aromatherapy-recipes




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Posted: 11/17/2012 11:23:19 PM
I don't know all the details on my friend's back... She has scoliosis, I believe. She had a botched surgery on her back 18 months ago and has been in extreme pain ever since. She used to pass out from the pain, she has been hospitalized because of it, she was on a lot of prescription pain killers that didn't help.

That is all I know. I didn't really get to know her until after her surgery, so every time I saw her, like I said, she was in either a brace or a wheelchair.

Thanks for all the replies, I think I am going to pursue this (if I can talk my DH into it). He's very skeptical.


Mary
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