|I especially like my oils with a side of Real Housewives.|
I first got into oils when my meditation teacher, Gabrielle Bernstein, suggested using them for my practice. I bought a couple of blends at Whole Foods, and even though I kept insisting to myself that they were working, after a few weeks I had to admit that all they were really doing was making my wrists smell nice. Which totally bummed me out, but also propelled me on a mission to find some that actually made me feel more in tune and serene during my practice.
Fast-foward to a few months ahead - I'm digging into my old friend Sara's blog, and I notice that she talks about doTERRA essential oils a lot. Sara's one of those types of whip-smart and discerning people where, when she recommends something? You listen. In a fun event of serendipity, it just so happened that a local friend was hosting a doTERRA class at the studio space I shared with my friend Meg. So I went to the class, bought my first oil - Elevation, a.ka. "The Joyful Blend" - and, thanks to that oil and a couple of the samples I took home from the class, I was hooked. (So hooked that when Sara announced that she was looking for leaders for her doTERRA team, I jumped at the chance...but we'll talk about that later this week).
Since then, I've seen the oils work some serious, ridiculous magic. Seriously you guys: It's like having a box of potions in your house. Always wanted to be a wizard, nerds? Here's your chance. These things can pretty much do anything when it comes to curing ills, heightening happiness, and bending other people's emotions and thoughts to your own personal will.
That last part is maybe not a doTERRA sanctioned use, but.
And because I love the oils so much and they've become such a big part of my life, I obviously wanted to start sharing about them on here. We've created some intimacy here, you guys. It doesn't do our relationship any good to keep things from each other, you know? And I don't want to hide this from you. Not anymore!
So here are my favorite tricks when it comes to using doTERRA essential oils:
Like Sonny and Rico driving a boat in the opening credits of Miami Vice, Lavender and Cedarwood smoothly cruises in to save you from yourself. You give yourself a sweet little foot rub with the Lavender (how come no one else is ever around to rub your feet? NEVERMIND, don't think about it now, we can discuss this tomorrow) and massage some Cedarwood onto the back of your neck. Before you know it, you're making eyes at Ricky Schroeder while Kirk Cameron spins you around the dance floor at the Bayside Ball.
Of course those are references from three different shows. Dreams aren't supposed to make sense, sillyface!
If you can manage to shuffle the distance from your bathroom to the kitchen, grab a glass (a real glass, not a plastic one, son), fill it with water, and spill in a few drops of Lemon essential oil. Drink it down. Next, grab your rollerball of Past-Tense and rub some on your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck. Take a few minutes to drink another glass of water, and BAM! You'll be over that hangover so quick you'll be able to stomach loud noises like BAM! before you can say "Hey, why don't you shut the hell up with your BAMs."
You're all, "I'M GONNA DO THIS" when it comes to working out, so you start lifting weights and doing that Couch 2 5K gig (C U L8R, body fat) and doing a bunch of stuff that lazy people like me normally don't really understand. You're committed to your fitness, and you get on a streak - there's no stopping you now! One day you're doing squats with a kettlebell, and then that night you go for a run (which is crazy, tbh - why are you working out twice in one day? Do you not have a job?). Halfway through your run, though, you notice that your inner thighs feel really tight...so tight that you have to stop running. Looks like you just pulled a groin muscle, pro.
WHAT ARE YA GONNA DOOOO? IF YOU QUIT NOW, YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO START AGAAAAIN!
Answer: You massage some Deep Blue Rub onto your inner thighs (haaaaay) before you go to bed that night, and in the morning, you stretch out to discover that all that muscle tightness? GONE, BABY.
Also, your inner thighs now smell really sweet, and you can't help thinking about how it kind of reminded you of that KY His & Hers stuff that you and that one "hey, commitment doesn't have to mean boring" boyfriend used to break out during your love sessions.
This stuff is versatile, yo. I'm not here to judge you on what you use it for.
The Crimson Wave
So you're tending bar and this lady keeps asking you where she can get really big cords of woods and if you know of any local loggers in the area, and you're starting to get a splitting (HA!) headache because A. You're a not a fucking Google Search and B. Do you LOOK like you know any local loggers? (Trick question: You did, because you dated them all, but you don't anymore, because you dated them all). And you absolutely cannot let this conversation or headache continue, because you've still got four hours of work ahead of you + plans to go out tonight...BIG plans. Plans that include live music, friends from out of town, and meeting up with your latest crush. So you dig out your Lavender if you're basic or some Past-Tense if you're a baller and you rub some on your temples and the back of your neck. 10 minutes later, your headache is gone, you feel calm and serene thanks to the bonus of the sweet smell of the oil(s), and you're ready for action.
Just as soon as you tell this lady to go get herself a Yellow Pages and then get lost.
I mean, that doesn't really compare to the value of making out with someone super hot, but it's still cool.
So you're working when suddenly there's a weird tingle in your throat. A weird sort of grogginess starts to fill your brain, and then you notice that your muscles are feeling all achy. "Oh god...am I getting sick?!" you wonder. Which, on any other day, you'd be all, "YAY! Screw you guys, I'M GOING HOME", but today is different because you have a billion things that you actually want to get done for work, and also, you have a date tonight with someone so devastatingly attractive that every time he goes in for a kiss, you kind of feel like you're going to die from a heart attack (but that's a risk you're still willing to take). If you guys were in that place in your relationship where you could be all, "Oh noes! I'm sick :-(" with the viable expectation that he'd offer to come over and make you feel better with movies and ice cream and back rubs, then game on. But you've only been on enough dates yet where you're still pretending to be flawlessly perfect and he's pretending to believe you, and you're pretty sure that if you don't keep up the momentum that you two have built up over the last couple of weeks, you're never going to get to see this guy naked. So you need to find something that stops that sickness in its tracks, STAT. So you grab a glass of water, shake a few drops of both Lemon and On Guard essential oils into it, and gulp it down. Your lips feel tingly from the cinnamon in the On Guard and the Lemon soothes your throat, and with every drink, it feels like the flavored water is flushing away the illness in your body. You drink a couple more glasses, and by the time you're done with work, you're in tip-top shape and thinking about which one of your bras is going to look better on your floor tonight after he rips it off of you.
So you're at work (AGAIN. Ugh) and it's the middle of the afternoon and all you want to do is lay down and take a nap, but instead you have to work plus deal with the 500th question from the new girl about how to do this thing that she's already asked about and done 500 times before. And snapping, "How did you even manage to stay alive this long? Like, how is it possible that you haven't been picked off the herd of the human race by now?" is not something that you wish to do as your best self, so instead you dig into your bag for your doTERRA keychain, which contains a 1/4th dram bottle of your personalized mix of Frankincense, Peppermint, and Wild Orange, which you've aptly named "2nd Wind." Like an 80s Legal Eagle dying for her next coke fix, you hurriedly shake that little dram so a couple drops spill into your palm. Then you rub your hands together, cup them around your nose, and inhale. And inhale. And inhale again. And then literally exhale with a huge "Ahhhhhhhh." The Wild Orange clicks into your brain's happy epicenter like your favorite middle school Snap Bracelet, the Peppermint makes your energy rocket into David Lee Roth air splits, and the Frankincense gives you that peaceful "Oh please, I gots alla dis" serene, collected feeling that you need to get through the rest of your day with your coworker (who is, by the way, now marveling at the miracle of the knowledge bomb you just dropped about limes growing on trees. #TrueStory).
So even though you might come off as a snarky and loudmouthed when you write and tweet and stuff, you're actually a pretty zenned-out person in real life, and your meditation and yoga practice is all part of that. Howevs, because it's a practice, that means it's not perfect. Sometimes you feel so scattered and sporadic and negative that you don't even want to meditate (even though you know that's exactly *when* you need to do it), and sometimes yoga is hard and exhausting and you just want to end your session in the middle of your practice so you can go back inside and check Facebook. So first you try Serenity when you meditate, because it's quickly become your favorite oil, and you literally feel like a cool drug user when you put some in the palm of your hands and then inhale - it feels like it immediately triggers a total serene high, which you definitely dig during meditation. Then you read about putting Frankincense on your heart space and third eye to help you "tune in" during meditation and yoga, and it totally changes everything - you feel super blissed out and present all at the same time. (So much so that you're like, "Maybe I should do this all the time...maybe I should go in for my yoga certification and teach classes!" But then you realize that that would be crazy and kind of boring and so you decide to just stick to using the oils and looking really good in yoga pants). You also start to put Breathe and Balance on your wrists, shoulders, chest, and knees, so that whenever you're in a pose, you can breathe it in and let the Breathe open up your heart center and the Balance create better...um...balance. And THEN you learn that, much like a daily meditation and yoga habit, using those oils a little bit every day actually strengthens their affects, which you had been wondering about because you're starting to feel a lot more zen and blissed out during your entire day and not just right after you practice. Plus, now you feel like the word "practice" doesn't so much necessarily mean "gotta do it even when we don't want to" but more "Hey, I'm getting so much better at this and pretty soon I'm going to dominate the whole world with my meditational mind power + bless my future boyfriend with my bendy acrobatics." Everything zen, y'alls!
You never really given a shiz about your dental health until you've had to. Actually, that's not true - you didn't give a shiz about your dental health until you saw this commercial of this really beautiful woman whose face was falling apart as she was trying to put make up on it, and then you cut to the end where she's brushing her teeth and spitting blood into the sink and then she smiles and she's missing, like, 15 teeth because she has gum disease.
Yeah. That freaked you the fuck out.
So even though you hate buying toothpaste almost as much as you hate buying tampons because it's money taken away from your New Boots Fund, you start paying attention to the toothpaste selection in the grocery aisle. Then you get annoyed, because all the toothpaste you see in the grocery store says that they only prevent gum disease...what if you already have it? What if, maybe, because you traveled around a lot and moved a lot and were kind of a starving artist at one time and then worked for a really shitty company that didn't have benefits, you skipped going to the dentist a lot? And even though you brushed your teeth two times a day and flossed daily, that still wasn't good enough to prevent gum disease? You don't wanna lose your teeth!! You need them, and for lots of things...like, for smiling at boys and winning at selfies and for pretending you have lockjaw when you don't like a guy enough and wanna get out of co-duty (and that thinly veiled threat just will not work if you're working with a mouth of toothless gums). So what good is a toothpaste that prevents it when you need one that will fight it? Enter in the doTERRA On Guard toothpaste, which came with your starter kit and which you weren't exactly psyched to use (because it's toothpaste), but after investigating, you learn that On Guard totally fights gum disease...doesn't just prevent it, but fights it. So you start using it, and you LOVE it. You never ever thought that you would ever love a toothpaste, but you love this one - it tastes great, it makes your teeth whiter, and your mouth just simply looks healthier. And then you get kind of scared, because now are you going to turn into the kind of nerd who buys their own dental kit and talks a lot about gum health and tooth decay at parties? Naaah, you decide. You're just gonna be a really hot older lady who still has all of her teeth.
And knows how to use them. #haaay
Deep, Restful Sleep
Let's just be honest: For you, sleep is a spiritual practice. Tyra Banks once said, "Everybody says that sex feels so good, but I think sleep feels better", and even though that sounds slightly Crazy Town, even for Tyra, you also kind of get it. Nothing compares to the way you feel after a good sleep. But lately, you've been waking up a lot in the middle of the night, or you've hit the snooze button a billion times because you're still super tired after sleeping for 8 hours. Which, like, just does not work for you, because poor sleep makes you cranky and emotional, and before you know it, you're crying over that Honey Maid "This Is Wholesome" commercial. So you do a little research and find out that adding a few drops of Serenity and Balance to your diffuser is supposed to help with deep, restful sleep. So even though you haven't really used your diffuser since you got it because you felt like all it was gonna really do was make your room smell good, you decide to give it a whirl. That night, after you climb into bed and turn the diffuser on, you immediately notice how amazing the air smells...that Serenity, man. You could smell that stuff forever. Also, the subtle sound the diffuser makes is really calming, and before you know it, you're waking up the next morning, feeling so relaxed and well rested that you almost can't believe how blissed out you feel. If you had had sex at any point in the last 6 months you'd probably compare it to a really great trip to Pound Town, but you haven't and so this is all you have right now and we're all going to be really okay with that, okay? Hoping the diffuser thing wasn't a fluke, you try it the next night: Same thing. Soon, lying in bed and reading the newest New York Times Bestseller (okay, US Weekly) while letting the diffused Serenity and Balance relax and calm you before you drift off to join the Dream Team is one of your favorite parts of the day.
Ready to try some of this magic for yourself? I'm here to help you with your wellness wizarding needs: There are so many rad starter kits to take the guesswork out of ordering, and if you wanna learn how to get your grubby little paws on some awesome oils for a sweet price (and maybe even earn your oils for free)?
I love helping people with this stuff, and being email communicators will also be helpful when you're ready to take me out to a nice steak dinner to thank me for making your life so amazing.
See? This gig works for the both of us.