My journey into essential oils started January, 2014. I was tired of my lil’ princess being sick (what seemed) ALL THE TIME…I mean, literally we were in the doctor’s office every 4-6 weeks; not to mention she’d been to the pediatric department emergency room FOUR times! BUT, that’s not even HOW I came across the oils. My son has Tourette’s and after learning about nutrition and how to help him through removing foods he’s allergic to and implementing a cleaner diet (as well as supplements) I knew there was more to it. I always knew it but studying about his condition, I realized it could be so much worse than it is. The answer to Tourette’s is typically anti-psychotic medications. THIS was not an option for us! I refused to have my son’s brain altered through drugs that were going to cause him troubles with sleep and basically alter his personality. Due to his “focus” problems in school his dad has been pushing ADHD medication for years (and may I interject he has NEVER been diagnosed w/ this co-morbid), this medication would not only cause a plethora of issues I will not begin to address at this point but they would cause his tics to worsen! I discovered through research that the OTC pain and allergy medications were making them worse so I was not about to introduce Ritalin or Haldol to his system. “Essential oils” kept coming across my screen…but what are these essential oils? Where do they come from? What are they? What do they do?
Now, let me back up a bit to share…I had heard of “essential oils” though I was unsure of what they were. I didn’t know a soul familiar with them, I had nobody “pushing’ or “helping” me to make the decision to go with this company or that brand. I did my own research on my own time without any guidance. I chose to go w/ doTERRA because I feel them to have the purest quality, I appreciate the integrity of the founders’ values, I like that they harvest these oils from their indigenous areas and I love, love the education they offer. doTERRA is latin for “gift of the earth” and they “give back”! doTERRA doesn’t just “pay” their farmers, it’s not always monetarily, they HELP these farmers. Just recently a group of doTERRA “tourists” went to Jamaica to plant GINGER! How many of you have ever thought of going to a “foreign land” to HELP OUT…like a mission trip?
Essential Oils are pure plant botanicals extracted from every useful part of a plant, tree or flower (bark, seeds, rinds, leaves and roots). They are volatile aromatic compounds, tiny organic molecules w/ protective, reproductive and regenerative purposes to help heal infection. They are highly concentrated, approximately 50-70% more potent than the plant/herb. But I call them nature’s first medicine. I’m not going to give you a bible lesson but when asked what’s so special about essential oils I have to start w/ the fact that God intended plants to become our medicine when we need healing. They are God breathed therefore contain power from his actual words—created w/ his voice! Essential oils are divinely ordained as medicine for God’s children and are meant to be used w/ his guidance accompanied w/ prayer :)
Obviously there are drugs that can and do save lives and I am grateful we have them available. But I felt like I was becoming too reliant on them. I don’t know about you, but I hated that feeling of being stuck and having no choice but to drag my kids to the doctor for every little sniffle because I couldn’t help them at home. In recent years we have learned that pharmaceuticals are not necessarily the best first line of defense for a healthy lifestyle. There is still a place for medications but if I have a choice between a natural or a synthetic, I’d rather stick with the natural line of defense. Furthermore, chemicals are pervasive in our current modern way of life and this has negative consequences on the lives of our children. We are now seeing that in order to lead a healthy life we need to reduce the chemical footprint on our families. This is why essential oils have resurfaced and are becoming a key addition to a healthy lifestyle…they are a step back to a natural way of life and reducing some of the chemicals we are bombarded with each and every day.
WAIT…I have a huge announcement to make…I AM NOT A DOCTOR! I have NO medical education. Everything I know, I learned on my own studies, or having my own experiences. I’ve taken some nutrition classes, every essential oils class available and have a library of books at my disposal but I am first of all just a mom trying keep my family in good health as naturally as possible. YES, I’m of the understanding that you can find information to support everything you believe in….and I believe in doTERRA’s essential oils! I spent numerous hours researching every aspect of essential oils before taking the plunge into purchasing a “kit”. I looked at the background of the “big” names, taking time to read up on the founders of those companies and learned where and how the oils were sourced!
When doTERRA’s seven founders started up the company they each put up their own properties/assets up as collateral and they agreed they wouldn’t receive an income until the company was self-sufficient (they went 13 months w/ no income, to me that’s integrity!). They opted to NOT allow outside investors which would compromise the product because investors would be more concerned about the almighty dollar than about the quality of the product. Rather than owning all the farms growing these plants doTERRA “helps” already established farmers growing them in their indigenous countries also making them more beneficial than say Lavender grown in NC. And they are harvested at the optimal time of year. (Frankincense/Oman, Lemongrass/India, Ginger/Jamaica, Hawaiin Sandalwood/Hawaii, Vetiver/Haiti, etc..) This is called co-impact sourcing… Growers in foreign lands are often unorganized with limited access to information and layers of “middle men”, limited resources and capacity, harvesting immature plants out of season with little incentive to produce higher quality but then doTERRA sees the potential of these lands! “They” step in with teaching, training, capacity building and coordinated services helping them become organized in cooperatives. It helps improve growing and harvesting practices to achieve optimal oil yield and ensure sustainability. doTERRA has a “Healing Hands” foundation which funds projects to benefit grower communities for improved overall livelihoods. THIS was the company I wanted to be a part of!
I will say, I believe that a nutrient dense diet is THE BEST thing for my family’s overall health (and yours too). As for the effectiveness of the oils, I personally don’t think essential oils should ever take the place of a good diet, but I think well-made oils from a reputable source can help aid the body in recovery and promote better health. I’ve learned ways they can be used in combination with the right diet to help treat acute conditions like headache, rash, respiratory issues, a virus, or a bacterial infection and I’ve also seen in certain cases, how they can benefit people with more chronic conditions like autoimmune diseases, diabetes or cancer.
As far as other oil companies go…I ain’t gonna lie, my mama always told me if ya can’t say somethin’ nice then don’t say nut’n at all~ Do the research! Make your own decisions! But if you’re ready to join my doTERRA team go to http://www.mydoterra.com/chellespark and sign up as a Wellness Advocate to receive the deepest discounts (25% off retail). Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have before getting started ;)