The Oils My Man Loves: Essential Interview with a doTERRA-minded Husband

I'm starting something called Essential Interviews where I interview fellow oil-users to see how they incorporate doTERRA's products into their daily lives. And guess who our first guest is? My #1 supporter and husband, Jon Taylor. Although he is very naturally minded, he didn't start using the oils from day one like I did. He was fine with me using them on me and our kids, but it took a little time for him to see how he could use them for his own health concerns. But once he did, he was hooked. Let's get started. 

ME: We've had doTERRA's products in our home for almost 2 years now. What is your favorite doTERRA product (non-oil)? 

JON: Mmm...good question. Probably the On Guard toothpaste. It's a really good toothpaste, tastes great and I love that it contains the On Guard blend so it's a great immunity booster. I love that we're not consuming any crappy crap that is typically out there on the market. 

ME: Crappy crap?

JON: Yep. There's so many toxins out there and it's a great product at a great price. 

ME: So, what is your favorite oil?

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JON: Balance. Because I put it on our son's feet every night and have him smell it to calm down but it helps me relax after a long day. 

A close second for me would be Citrus Bliss - helps me connect to nature while at work. I can close my eyes and it feels like i'm in the middle of an orange orchard and it's uplifting too and really helps me to feel reinvigorated in the middle of my day. 

ME: Citrus Bliss is awesome. So I've noticed that many people experience a WOW moment with doTERRA's oils. What was your first WOW moment?

JON: I think the blend that I made for my cold sore was what did it for me. I was frustrated that I had another cold sore coming on so I googled essential oils for cold sores and built my own custom blend based on what we had (BRE: so proud). It accelerated the healing in just a couple days compared to what used to take over a week. I was really amazed. 

ME: Sometimes you share with guys or people you know about the oils and what I do. When you talk to other people, specifically men, about essential oils, what do you say?

JON: That they're a safer way to deal with chronic issues instead of always reaching for medicines. They basically can go straight to the brain and heal from within which is much kinder to your body. I always talk about how we use them with our kids as well just in case that particular dad wants to share all the benefits with his wife and family. I also mention the income potential of it too because sometimes guys will connect to that much quicker than to the product. A lot of times they're like "essential oils what?" but if they tell their wife about the income potential and their wife contacts Bre about doTERRA and, in turn, falls in love with the oils, then it's a great partnership moving forward because both have things they love about doTERRA. 

ME: Very true. So a while back, you came to me wanting your own go-to bag of oils. Mind my asking what's in it? 

JON: Breathe for congestion, Frankincense for stress migraines, DigestZen for any poor food choice days, of course Balance and then Citrus Bliss. I also love Deep Blue for muscle aches at the end of a long day. 

ME: You went with me to Leadership Retreat this past March and we got to hear from the doTERRA founders and leaders about the integrity of the company and the opportunity. We noticed that many of the active Wellness Advocates there were women. It's like that episode of Friends when Chandler says, "Where are all the men?!" What would you tell someone, and specifically men, about the opportunity with doTERRA?

JON: I would say to them - that it does pay off but you have to support and partner with your wife in this business venture - so that may mean helping with the kids in the evenings or weekends, or picking up some slack around the house so she has time to build the business because eventually it will overtake what your income is. We're not there quite yet but we see the potential is there and it's on the horizon for us. This business could become your primary income so you want to engage with your wife on that so she has all the support she needs...and find a place that you fit in if you are passionate about the oils too. 

ME: Awesome. Thanks for sharing your point of view. 

Essential oils can be for everyone, especially the men in your life. So don't be afraid to share with everyone - even those that are initially hesitant. And here's a few other tips and ideas for essential oil uses for men. 

doTERRA Oils Men Will Love:

Cedarwood - Jon is a woodworker so he of course loves the smell of Cedarwood but it also has great therapeutic benefits. If the man you know isn't a fan of the more floral scents like Lavender or Serenity, Cedarwood is a great substitute to encourage good sleep. We roll on some diluted Cedarwood on the bottoms of our feet every night before bed. Zzzzzzzzzzzz!!

(#EssentialTip: Cedarwood paired with Wintergreen in the diffuser is a *great* blend for men - great for confidence and self-esteem.)                                Retail: $26.67  Wholesale: $20

Balance - this is a very woodsy scent which is why a lot of men probably gravitate to it. It is a blend of Spruce, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Ho Wood, and Blue Chamomile Flower. GREAT for a homemade aftershave lotion or just for applying to the bottoms of the feet at the beginning of the day.                                                                                    Retail: $26.67  Wholesale: $20

doTERRA Products Men Will Love:

Lifelong Vitality Pack

Provides the nutrients your man needs for a healthy heart and mind with whole foods, not synthetics! 

Alpha CRS - proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy to help you live younger, longer.
Microplex VMz - an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets.
xEO Mega - unique formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and proprietary blend of marine and land-sourced omega fatty acids. Supports healthy joint, cardiovascular and brain health!          

Trio Pack - Retail $99.33  Wholesale: $74.50

Jon takes 2 of each, with breakfast and dinner. Plus TerraZyme before every meal. Our food is zapped of healthy enzymes which is what helps us digest our food properly and then your body knows what to do with all those nutrients you’re putting in. Terrazyme gives you enzymes to help with that!

TerraZyme - Retail $50.00  Wholesale: $37.50

On Guard Toothpaste

doTERRA’s fluoride-free toothpaste provides the protective benefits of therapeutic-grade On Guard essential oils against germs and other harmful pathogens, while also reducing plaque, and whitening teeth with gentle polishing agents. On Guard’s unique cinnamon-mint flavor, with xylitol, also leaves your breath (and your toothbrush), fresh and clean.
Retail: $11.33    Wholesale: $8.50

Some other great DIY Goodies for Men

DIY After Shave Lotion - I love using my favorite blend Balance
Cologne Blends 
Grill Cleaner

 

Why We're Getting Chickens

Did you hear? We're getting chickens. Real 'cluck cluck', scratch at the dirt, poop everywhere chickens. The response from friends and family have been a mix of "So cool" to a reserved and quiet "hmm, neat?". If you didn't already know, we live 3 minutes from downtown Dallas...pretty urban. But we do live in the Chicken Owning Hipster section of Dallas according to this map so I guess it's okay. ;) (By the way, I need to grab coffee with some of those artisanal yarn bombers. I've always wanted to learn how to do that.)

But, seriously, we have our reasons for wanting to get chickens and some are valid and some are just for fun. So here goes:

1. Homesteading Training - Now, we're not about to move off onto 500 acres somewhere and live off the grid (although some days I'm totally tempted). But we are wanting to lean less on others and more on ourselves...and not in a circle-the-wagons kind of way but in a why-not-provide-rather-consume kind of way. I'm almost finished with Joel Salatin's Folks, This Ain't Normal (get.it.right.now.and.read.it.tomorrow). It is SO good. It beautifully illustrates how, yes, we've come so far as a culture in the last 100 years but is that really a good thing? Have we gone too far in some ways? I think so. Did you know that the food shelves at your local store is only 72 hours (prob 24-48 in an emergency situation) away from being totally emptied. 

"Long distance distribution now defines the modern food system, and yet as recently as 1946 the average food-miles in America was less than one hundred....Today, in Canada and the United States, only 5% of the food consumed in a bioregion is actually grown there. In other words, when you go to the supermarket, 95% of what's for sale came from some other state."

So when a natural disaster or weather storm (or God forbid something more serious) stops transportation, your food supply gravy train is halted. Another great reason to shop local, yes, but even more of a great reason for us to have a consistent food source right out in the back yard. Some nice garden beds are soon to follow (my poor husband is not excited about all this building in this Texas heat). It may just be a few hens but they will provide our family enough eggs (and then some) and we help 'free up' if you will eggs for another family. It also encourages our children to learn about responsibility in the chores that they can help with and a sense of pride and accomplishment when they see what their contribution has brought (eggs). 

2. Money - There is an initial investment when you're getting hens but it really does come down to how creative and resourceful you are. We set a budget of $500 for building the coop, buying feed, supplies and of course the chickens. You can go way lower than this or you can WAY higher.

Coop - We actually found a LOT of free scrap lumber and metal from family and friends so the main cost of what we spent was on the hardware cloth and hinges/locks. The other bit of money went to new metal feeders and waterers. I did see feeders and waterers on craigslist but they were all plastic and with our summer heat, I really wanted to go with metal. With feed and grit, our supplies cost came to $264.

Chickens - We opted to start with pullets (i.e. - teenager chickens). They're not laying quite yet but they're not babies who need a ton of care. Sure, we'll have to deal with late night curfews but it'll be worth it. jk ;-) Getting pullets are definitely more expensive than just starting out with baby chicks but we really wanted to get eggs coming soon and didn't want the time and stress of babysitting the chicks (although I think it will be great fun once my own little human chicks are a smidge older). We got some breeds that are well-suited for our north Texas heat and that have been fed non-GMO feed and fully free ranged (something that is important to us) so that put them at more of a premium price point than others that may be out there. For 5 pullets, we spent $150. 

So, we stayed under budget (yay!) and they should start laying within the month. We spend between $56 and $70 on eggs every month (we buy local, free range ones) so it should take about 6 months to start seeing a return on investment. Like I said, we could've taken an even cheaper approach and got chicks or bought used feeders/waterers but we had our reasons for going the route we did and believe the investment to be worth it. Plus, our reasons for getting them were for more than just money. Which leads me to...

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3. They're fun! - We don't have any pets due to allergies (and sanity). We're not opposed to a future pup or cat but, for now, the hens will fill that void. What I like is that they will encourage my kids to be outside more. We limit their TV/iPad time as much as we can and, although they have fun things outside to do, the chickens provide a whole different level of entertainment. Watching the chickens in their element fosters learning about God's creation, nature and the circle of life more than any re-run of The Lion King ever can. 

 

I'm sure over time we will find even more reasons that having our own chickens was a good idea for our family (and, yes, I'm sure we'll find other reasons that make us second guess the whole thing!) But, all you can do is go for it, right? That's what makes life fun.

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Finding Balance with Essential Oils

Our bodies are an amazing, intricate creation. Cells, vessels, blood, organs, bones and that's just the physical body! Having a healthy body really requires a holistic approach and the body is at its strongest when it is in homeostasis - a fancy word for 'in balance'. Our bodies are constantly working to maintain homeostasis. So, a great example of this is our temperature. When you get too hot, your body sweats to cool down. When you get too cold, the body shivers to stay warm. 

Maintaining homeostasis requires a holistic approach and, oftentimes, that boils down to having a healthy lifestyle and making good choices. Here's some things our family does to support balance in the body.

  • A healthy diet following a Nourishing Traditions mindset - local, pastured meats, raw milk, good probiotics, fermented foods, etc. Anything we miss nutritionally we gain by taking the Lifelong Vitality Pack and, for our children, the A2Z Chewables and IQ Mega
  • Reducing our exposure to drugs (illegal obviously but also OTC), alcohol and other toxins.  I clean with natural cleaners (homemade with natural ingredients)
  • Keep stress down. This can be hard because I am prone to anxiety and stress but exercising when I can helps as well as unplugging from technology more often. (oh and I just don't even watch the news. just depresses me and stress me out!)
  • Sleep! (wait, I have two toddlers under 4, what's sleep?) But seriously, our bodies do most of its repairing while we sleep so less time sleeping is less repairing. 
  • Herbs and Essential Oils, especially with the AromaTouch Technique (what's that? let me explain)

So if you know anything about essential oils, you know how amazing they can be for our body's homeostasis. They can positively affect our mind, body, mood and soul. But it's not that they themselves are healing although they do have healing properties. They are a support to our body's own natural healing - and especially a great support to promote homeostasis. 

My 4-year-old son who has a Sensory Processing Disorder *loves*  the AromaTouch and will actually lay there for the full 30 minute session!

My 4-year-old son who has a Sensory Processing Disorder *loves*  the AromaTouch and will actually lay there for the full 30 minute session!

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a training to become certified in a special technique called AromaTouch. The AromaTouch Technique incorporates simple hand techniques with the power of essential oils to create a whole body wellness experience. I have seen and heard amazing miracle stories about how much AromaTouch has equipped the body to heal, including a quadraplegic walking again!

It was developed by Dr. Hill, a leading expert on the use of essential oils for medicinal benefit. Dr. Hill discovered the right oil combinations to combat four systemic constants: stress, toxic insult, inflammatory response, and autonomic inbalance. All of these constants are often found at the core of illnesses. Using this technique brings the body back to a state of balance.

Photo Credit: http://thedoterramalaysia.blogspot.com/2014_03_01_archive.html

Photo Credit: http://thedoterramalaysia.blogspot.com/2014_03_01_archive.html

And the best part is that you don't have to go to a training yourself just to administer this great therapy for those you love. There is actually a training DVD available with the kit of oils that shows you just how easy it is. And the other bonus is the affordable price for this technique. It's less than $5 per therapy session! When you break down the cost of drops per oil and how many drops per session, you get the following:

Total Cost: $4.82 (wholesale)
Retail: $5.86

*Some people prefer less or more drops for their session but, on average, it is 5 drops per oil. These prices are based on wholesale membership prices, which is 25% off retail.

That comes out to at least 15 AromaTouch Techniques! That's a lot of healing! I highly recommend you strive for all the ways to balance the body - food, less toxins and stress, more sleep - but definitely consider this approach too. It is an affordable option and the benefits greatly outweigh the investment.

If you’re interested in buying this kit, visit my retail site or to save the most savings, join the wholesale account and receive 25% off for the whole year!

The AromaTouch Technique Kit is available to you for a discounted price of $100 if you sign up to be a wholesale member for an additional $35. Based on how many drops of oil are in the bottles, you are paying $5.88 for an AromaTouch session, and can do 17 sessions from one kit! Compare that to how much a massage therapist charges you and the greater health benefits of AromaTouch. This is not a deal you'll want to miss!

Also, for those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I would love to provide you with an AromaTouch Technique session AND teach you how to do it yourself to benefit you and your family's health. Visit my AromaTouch Page for more information. 

Free AromaLite Diffuser Giveaway

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Hello. My name is Bre and I am addicted to diffusers.

Nice to meet you Bre.

But, seriously, I have in almost every room, one I take outside when we're on the patio, one in my car, even a necklace diffuser (jewelry that absorbs the oils).

I'm talking e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.

Diffusing is one of the best ways to use essential oils! In case you didn't know, oils don't just smell good, they have powerful therapeutic benefits!!

"Essential oils are readily volatile and are quickly absorbed by the olfactory receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Apart from direct emotional responses, emerging clinical evidence suggests that aromatic use of essential oils may be beneficial for killing airborne pathogens and improving productivity.

Diffusion is the most efficient method for applying essential oils aromatically and many types of diffusers exist. Some work directly on the whole oil by transforming it into a micro fine mist, while others use water to distribute the essential oils as microscopic droplets."

              -AromaticScience.com

One of my favorite diffusers, the AromaLite, is an example of the microscopic droplets diffusion.  If one of my little ones has a cold, this is the one I reach for. I love it because it has a timer with a 4 hour and an 8 hour setting and also the directional delivery so it is great for diffusing over them as they sleep. I usually put some Breathe and Eucalyptus and set it at 8 hour. It gives a nice soft purple glow which they love but that can be turned off as well if you prefer.

Make sure you keep your diffusers clean so that they diffuse more efficiently.  I try to soak my diffusers once a week with a little bit of vinegar and Lemon oil and brush out any build-up with an old toothbrush.

This month, I am giving away an AromaLite to one lucky winner. To earn an entry, place at least a 100PV order in July. This is for any wholesale members already on my team**, anyone wanting to enroll on my team (whether with me or one of my team members) or for retail orders.

*If you are already a wholesale member, place your Loyalty Rewards Order at 125PV or higher by the 15th and receive a free bottle of Serenity!
**If you are a wholesale member but unsure of what team you're on, contact me and we'll try and figure it out. :)
 

Also a word of caution:

"Because of the delicate nature of the oil’s chemical profile, essential oils should never be used in diffusers that work by burning or heating the oil, as this can alter their chemical structure. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices. You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply." - AromaticScience.com

Celebrate Freedom with FREE Oil Samples

To celebrate freedom and the 4th of July, I am offering FREE sample week again. Contact me (info to the left) or Facebook message me with a current health concern for yourself or an immediate family member and receive a free oil sample. Promote my FB page and share this post to receive TWO. Register for *and plan to attend* one of my July webinars and receive THREE samples! 
This offer is for anyone who has not yet enrolled in the wholesale membership. There are only 10 spots left.

For webinar schedule, visit www.nourishingthehome.com/classes