Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: DōTERRA Oils by Gina Lillie





My dear friend, Gina Lille is a product consultant for doTERRA oils and has really opened my eyes to the health benefits you can receive from high quality essential oils. When it comes to quality, it doesn't get better than doTERRA. doTERRA oils are only available from independent distributors and are designed to appeal to both the expert and novice.

Their product descriptions are very clear so you have a good understanding of what you will be receiving. High quality essential oils will be pricey, but cheap oils are just that: cheap. There are a lot of factors that come into play when determining quality and many things can impact it, such as harvesting, distillation, manufacture, distribution, and storage.

doTERRA is committed to providing the highest quality possible and has this to say in their mission statement:

We at dōTERRA are committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil enhanced wellness products with the world. We will do this by:
  • Discovering and developing the world's highest-quality therapeutic-grade essential oil products through a leveraged network of highly-educated and experienced botanists, chemists, health scientists, and health care professionals.
  • Producing our essential oil products to the highest standard of quality, purity, and safety used in the industry—Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™.
  • Distributing our products through Independent Product Consultants who, working from home, introduce, educate, and sell dōTERRA™ wellness products locally through person-to-person contact and globally through personalized web shopping sites.
  • Providing educational opportunities for all people interested in learning how therapeutic-grade essential oils can be used as a self-care wellness alternative.
  • Bringing together health care professionals of traditional and alternative medicine to encourage further study and application of therapeutic-grade essential oils in modern health care practices. 


For those of you completely unfamiliar with essential oils, let me explain a few of the ways they can be used.

~ As an aromatheraputic application, you can place the oils in some sort of diffuser or burner. I use a small ceramic diffuser that has a spot for a tea candle and a basin above that in which the oils go. You place several drops of oil in the basin and light the candle underneath. The heat from the candle activates and warms the oils so the fragrance fills the air. There are also diffusers that work like vaporizers. I have no personal experience with those. 

~ You can use many oils topically as you would a perfume or a massage oil. Not all oils are safe for topical application and most need to be blended with a carrier oil such as grapeseed or fractionated coconut oil. The essential oil should clearly state on the bottle the ways in which you may use it.

~ Many oils can be used internally and have a surprising array of health benefits. Make sure you read the label before you take any essential oil internally!


For my review, I received 3 full sized bottles of their blended oils. I chose Balance, Serenity and Citrus Bliss.

Balance is a blend of spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy and has a very earthy smell. It helps calm anxiety and "promote a sense of calm and well-being." I suffer from anxiety issues and this blend definitely helps me feel more calm and focused. 

Serenity is a blend of lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean and has a sensual, sweet but not overpowering fragrance. It helps promote relaxation, as the name implies.

Citrus Bliss is a blend of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine with a hint of vanilla. It has a very bright, clean smell and is my favorite of the three. Citrus has been known to improve mood and reduce stress. I like to blend this with my Balance oil in the diffuser. The two combined have actually stopped a migraine headache for me.

I also received sample bottles of Clary Calm, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Grass, Peppermint and Purify oils. Clary Calm is my favorite of those. I blended it with lavender and placed it in my diffuser to help my four year old sleep at night. It works wonderfully.


I've had lots of fun looking up recipes for things to make with my oils. I've already used the Citrus Bliss blended with vinegar and water to make an all purpose cleaner for around the house. It works great on glass and surprisingly well for removing stains from the carpet.


Citrus Bliss All-Purpose Cleaner

1 cup vinegar
2 cups water
20 drops doTerra Citrus Bliss Essential Oil Blend.

Mix together in a spray bottle and shake vigorously before using.

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The next thing I plan to make is a room spray using the Serenity oil and also, a face scrub with the Balance oil. Look for future "How-tos" from me, featuring essential oil blended products.

There are so many blends and single oils that I can't wait to try. If you have any questions about essential oils, Gina is the expert to contact! She has been so helpful to me and very prompt in finding answers to questions I've had along the way.

You can order doTERRA Oils at DoTerra by Gina Lillie And you can also find more great information, including recipes at Gina's DoTerra Facebook Page.




 

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25 comments:

  1. I love them too! I host a link up each week on my blog for people who use oils and other home remedies. Would love for you to come link up there! Oil me up Wednesdays at My lamp is full!
    Janine

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  2. I have never tried these - they sound really interesting!

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  3. Wow, there are so many more uses than I thought, I really need to look into these! What a great review :)

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  4. I have heard a lot about these. I may look into this further...

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  5. A lot of people sure do love Do Terra. I have not tried them. My eyes are very sensitive and scents make them burn so I kind of stay away from anything with a scent. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  6. Love that you made an all-purpose cleaner with the Citrus Blend! I have a friend who sells DoTerra Oils and she swears by them. I haven't tried any of the oils yet but I'm hoping to in the near future. Thanks for the review :)

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  7. My sisters and I are going to be making homemade cleaning products and we'll be using essential oils. I love how they are so versatile.

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  8. I like making salves - these oils would be great components for them.

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  9. I have not used any yet, but they are peaking my curiosity. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  10. I use them in atomizers in my car and home.

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  11. these things work!! i was skeptical at first but after i tried it, its true

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  12. I was familiar with essential oils, but not blends of them so much. Thank you for the information!

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  13. I would use mostly for muscular issues and stress issues. Ahhhhh!!!

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  14. Headaches are my biggest complaint, and the oils really truly help with it!

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  15. I'd love to try lavender for relaxing at night.

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  16. I was familiar with essential oils, but i've only used my friend's . Thank you for the information!

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  17. The citrus essential oils sound fabulous! I would like to try this blend! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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  18. If you would have asked me a year ago what essential oils were or dōTERRA, I would have gave you a blank stare. I've learned a bit about them in the past year and am very interested in learning more. I'm especially interested in the health benefits and what all you can make with them!

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  19. I am a new essential oils users. I use lavender to help my daughter sleep better. I mix peppermint and lavender for headache and allergy relief. I so want to try Deep Blue, Past Tense, and Lemon. I hear that Lemon oil can be used for a variety of uses including weight loss, cleaning, and more.

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  20. I love essential oils. I'd like to try specific ones to calm the social anxiety in my son.

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  21. I use the oils I have (lavender + lemon) for household cleaning. I plan to buy more oils for medicinal use. :)

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  22. I don't know a ton about them but right now it seems I have very little immune system. I keep getting sick. I would be interested in trying some essential oils to see if they helped with this!

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  23. I would use these to help improve my mood.

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  24. I'd love to use peppermint for nausea.

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  25. I love the idea of using essential oils as a homemade cleaning product, that way you know what exactly is in your cleaning supplies.

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