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Those of you who have read my most recent book The Art of Simple  will know of my deep love for essential oils. They've become an essential piece of the puzzle for keeping our home happy and healthy, and not only for their soul-soothing scents, but for the ability they have to touch all aspects of our life, be that spiritually, physically or emotionally.

Weaving essential oils into the rhythm of your day can be as simple as diffusing wild orange, lemon and bergamot to purify the air in your home, massaging a diluted blend of frankincense and lavender in to your shoulders to help relieve stress, or perhaps you might enjoy whipping up your own glorious-smelling cleaning and beauty products that are satisfyingly simple and fun to make. There’s so many ways to incorporate these beautifully scented oils in to your life, and once you experience their magic, you might begin to wonder how you ever lived without them. 

How it all started

My journey with essential oils started a about 5 years ago, when I become (slightly) obsessed with creating a healthier, less-toxic home for my family. I knew that they were natural, and that they smelt lovely, but I never understood the truly profound impact they can have on our health, wellbeing and emotions.

And then, ta few years ago, my family and I were going through a bit of a rough time due to a number of things. I had experienced two unfortunate car crashes in the space of 18 months from which I sustained head injuries, and was struggling to think clearly, which as you can imagine, impacted my emotions and the way I felt on a daily basis.

During this time,  my beautiful friend could see I was struggling and gifted me a small box of doTERRA oils, containing lemon, peppermint and lavender oil. And without expecting it, they spoke to me in a way that I had never experienced before. I just knew that I had to find out more. 

Fast forward to now, and I’m completely and utterly hooked. Most days, I wake up feeling clear-headed, and full of energy, and I love knowing that I can ultimately take control of my health and emotions, and feel empowered in the choices that I make for my family and myself. Each time I experience the powerful magic of doTERRA oils, I’m in awe of their incredible beauty, and how privileged I am to be able to use and share something so magnificent. I also feel that for the first time in my career as a health, food and lifestyle writer, that I am able to truly make a difference through doTERRA's Healing Hands foundation, and many philanthropic organisations. 

So, what are essential oils you might ask?

Essentially, they are the life blood of plants. Leaves, petals, stems, bark, resin, fruit and herbs are all examples of the beautiful parts of our natural world that produce these incredibly powerful, and highly concentrated oils, most being 50-70 times more powerful than the plant in it’s natural form.  

Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation and cold-pressing, not all essential oils are created equal, and after years of experimenting with different brands, I was introduced to dōTERRA essential oils by a close friend,  and fell head over heels in love.

The majority of us have come to ask where our food and clothing come from, and when it comes to our wellness, I’m sure we all know that quality is what makes the world of difference. dōTERRA is one of the only companies that goes to outstanding lengths and vigorous testing to ensure they achieve the purest, safe, and effective essential oils on the planet. 

And there’s another (very cool) reason I’m proud as punch to support them. Their oils are sourced from more than 40 countries, two thirds of which are developing nations. Each essential oil is grown indigenously, to ensure the humidity, soil and sustainability practices will produce the best quality oil with the absolute highest therapeutic qualities. They are then gently and carefully distilled from the plants that have been harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers for the most ideal extract composition and efficacy. 

In addition to supplying the highest quality essential oils, dōTERRA is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of farmers, harvesters, and distillers who contribute to dōTERRA’s oil production. It's a heart-driven business that has humanitarian work as one of its core values, who are also incredibly transparent about their entire process.  

Each and every time I buy a bottle of essential oil, I know that I’m consciously choosing to vote with each dollar, and support every single person involved in the supply chain. Each, and every bottle has an individual code on the bottom, and when entered in to, you can read the exact testing this particular oils has been through to ensure it's 100% pure and rigorously tested to confirm it’s free of pesticide or herbicide residue, weeds, synthetic fillers, imitation oils, carriers or any other forms of adulteration. 

I'd love for you to watch this video below if you are interested in finding out more, as for me, it reinforces why I love, use and share these wonderful oils with the world.

You might also like to read about the Healing Hands Foundation, an organisation created to bring healing and hope to the growers communities, for lives free of disease and poverty, and to ultimately empower impoverished communities with the tools needed to become self-reliant.
Projects include building or sponsoring existing medical clinics, installing drinking water and irrigation systems, building schools, and providing other educational resources such as vocational training programs. 

And there are many other projects that dōTERRA directly support such as their work to end child sex trafficking through supporting Operation Underground Railroad and Days for Girls Feminine Hygiene Education. You can read to your hearts content about the Healing Hands Foundation's projects here

Join our essential oil community  

I’m so thrilled to be part of a wonderfully supportive team under the name 'The Essentialists'. We are a community of lovely ladies who share a mutual passion for essential oils and living a simple, natural lifestyle. We're holding weekly classes, retreats and fun get-togethers around New Zealand to help educate and empower those who have joined us, and are growing by the day.

I believe these oils are the most beautiful gift you could give yourself. Use them for your family, and for keeping a naturally clean and gorgeous-smelling home, but most of all, use them to honour, love and take care of yourself. Because when you feel happy, healthy and vital, your love will overflow in to the lives of those you love.  

By becoming part of our community, you'll gain access to our private Facebook group, receive my weekly newsletter filled with seasonal tips, recipes and ideas on how to use them, as well as guidance and support from me when you need it. 

Click here to create your own wholesale account, and join our essential oil community.

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A life where you can feel beauty and abundance on a daily basis. A life where you can truly help others, feel valued, and experience unbridled self-growth. A life where your biggest dreams are fulfilled, and you can do what you love, every, single day.  The business of doTERRA allows you to work from home, and gives you the flexibility to work around your family and the things that matter most. It allows you to create life on your terms ( and smell freaking amazing whilst doing it!).

If you're waiting for a door to open, then perhaps this is it.

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