Friday, June 26, 2009

Introducing On Guard Foaming Hand Wash

Hand-washing may seem like such a simple thing to do, but it plays such a big part in protecting our health and the health of our loved ones!

dōTERRA's new On Guard Foaming Hand Wash takes all the hassle out of hand-washing and makes it pure fun! With a thick foam, citrus aroma, plus the natural skin-softening and cleansing properties of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, On Guard Foaming Hand Wash is perfect for every sink in the home and office. Protect your family's health every day with simple hand-washing routines.

Blog Giveaway
Do you have fun, creative ways to encourage family members or co-workers to wash their hands throughout the day? We're looking for the most creative video (2 min. or LESS) on how you encourage others to wash their hands. Do you have your kids sing the ABCs? Do you post funny signs throughout the office? Send us your video, and if we think your video is the most creative, you will win 1 FREE 16-oz bottle of On Guard Foaming Hand Wash and a twin pack 8-oz. Foaming Dispensers (Retail value $30.00).

Here's how to enter:

1. Send us your video by midnight (MT) July 30, 2009.

2. Video must be 2 min. or less and include someone washing their hands with On Guard Foaming Hand Wash.

3. Keep it clean!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Many Uses for Marjoram Essential Oil

Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil is indigenous to the Mediterranean region: Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. It was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. The ancient Greeks used marjoram in cosmetics, fragrances and medicines; Greek physicians also used it as an antidote to poison. In 16th century Europe, sweet marjoram was used in bags to scent the bath water and for washing. In Egypt, it was known for its healing properties and was also anciently used to aid grieving.

dōTERRA sources its sweet Marjoram Essential Oil from Egypt. Many use marjoram for alleviating migraines, arthritis, headaches, respiratory infections, sinusitis, insomnia, anxiety, nervous depression, asthma, bronchitis, colds, constipation, flatulence, grief, menstrual difficulties (including PMT) and stress.

Other Uses of Marjoram
Sweet marjoram oil is also used as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and detergents; it is also found in meats, sauces, and seasonings.

Culinary Uses of Marjoram

When cooking with marjoram essential oil, remember that doTERRA oils are in their purest form, which makes them very concentrated. Only a tiny amount is needed to flavor meats, sauces, or seasonings. When substituting marjoram essential oil for the dried or fresh herb, begin with the toothpick method. Dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl into the sauce until the desired taste is achieved. For larger quantities, one drop of the oil will add plenty of flavor.

Recent News about Marjoram

A recently published article in Martha Stewart's Whole Living refers to Marjoram Essential Oil's ability to treat eczema. Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder. Although eczema is not contagious, it is very common—estimates are that more than 15 million people in the United States have eczema. One clinical study evaluating essential oils for treating children with eczema concluded that massage with essential oils was effective in improving the dry, scaly skin lesions. The essential oils most often chosen by the mothers in the study included sweet marjoram, frankincense, German chamomile, myrrh, thyme, benzoin, spike lavender, and Litsea cubeba.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Give Dad the Gift of Better Health This Father's Day

This Father's Day, give dad a gift that will help him enjoy greater health and happiness: introduce him to pure essential oils! Our Father's Day promotion includes 15 ml bottles of Peppermint essential oil and Grapefruit essential oil, plus a FREE dōTERRA specialized water bottle.

Health Benefits:
  • Peppermint is the perfect essential oil to add to any exercise or fitness routine that dad enjoys. Have dad apply a few drops of peppermint to the back of his neck or temples before his workout, or place a few drops in his palms and have him inhale deeply. The energizing aroma will keep him pumped up to workout and get healthy!
  • Peppermint is also great for easing tired, sore muscles AFTER a good workout. Massage the oil neat or with Fractionated Coconut Oil to the area that is sore.
  • Grapefruit and Peppermint essential oils help improve the digestive system. Adding just a few drops of either of these essential oils to water helps improve digestion, eliminates bloating, and removes toxins. With this specialized water bottle and essential oils, dad will stay hydrated while enjoying more flavorful water!
  • Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oils are excellent mood elevators. These are perfect oils to diffuse in the home or office to create positive, uplifting feelings and to reduce stress.
  • Grapefruit's fragrance has been studied for its ability to help people LOSE WEIGHT. The aroma encourages feelings of fullness, and taking it internally helps with digestion. Maintaining a healthy weight is vital to a longer, healthier life!

Using Scent to Create a Scent-sational Home Environment

Just a few drops of essential oils can make life at home look, smell, and feel more pleasant!

Even though there is plenty to enjoy outdoors during the summer months, most of us will still be spending some time indoors (at home, in hotel rooms during summer travel, or perhaps a cabin on campouts).

Adding the fragrance of essential oils to your summer space is the perfect way to create an inviting atmosphere for friends and guests, while also creating an UN-inviting environment for pesky insects.

  • Diffuse uplifting fragrances such as Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, and On Guard to purify the air and to create a fresh, clean smell.
  • Take your essential oils along when you travel. When staying in hotels, add a few drops of essential oils to a tissue or washcloth, and place over the air vent or fan in the room. This will disperse the oils into the air and rid the room of any odors and airborn pathogens.
  • If you're sending your child to camp, send him/her with a spray bottle and a bottle of Purify. By adding a few drops of Purify to water in the spray bottle, your child can spritz the air in the cabin or tent, as well as any mattresses or sleeping bags to rid them of insects or musty odors.

Here are additional tips on how to keep your home environment smelling fresh and staying free of insects by using all-natural essential oils. Simply add a few drops of the following essential oils on a cotton ball and place in corners or areas where insects are found; sprinkle a few drops of the essential oil directly from the bottle along baseboards; or add the essential oil to a water bottle, shake, and spritz the area to send bugs running away.

Ants- TerraShield, peppermint, rosemary
Aphids- peppermint
Beetles- TerraShield, peppermint, thyme
Chiggers*- TerraShield, lavender, lemongrass, thyme
Cutworm- thyme
Fleas*- TerraShield, Purify, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint
Flies- TerraShield, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
Gnats- TerraShield
Mosquitos*- TerraShield, lavender, lemongrass
Moths- TerraShield, Purify, lavender, peppermint
Plant lice- peppermint
Spiders*- TerraShield, Purify, peppermint
Ticks*- Purify, lavender, lemongrass, thyme

*In case the insects find you before you use your oils, the same oils that repel insects also relieve the effect of the bites. (Special thanks to IPC Jan Meredith from Oregon for compiling this list!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Enjoy the Outdoors with our All-Natural Bug Repellent

Outdoor recreation provides benefits for your mind, body, spirit, and the economy. Dr. Andrew Lepp, assistant professor of recreation, park and tourism management at Kent State, offers the top 5 benefits of outdoor recreation in this online article.

There are numerous activities and sports that you and your family can enjoy outdoors. Here's a quick list of fun ideas and tips to make this summer special for your family members:

1. Plan a game day with the kids in the neighborhood. (Click here for some great ideas!)
2. Go hiking, biking, or walking on a nature trail, then enjoy a picnic (sprinkle or spritz Purify around the picnic area to keep bugs away).
3. Learn a new sport as a family (tennis, swimming, soccer)
4. Camp out in your backyard! Enjoy cooking s'mores and counting the stars.
5. Take the kids fishing! (Be sure to bring your lemon essential oil; it tastes fabulous on fish.)

Worried about those pesky insects spoiling your outdoor fun? Looking for a safe, all-natural (deet free) bug repellent? doTERRA's Repellent Blend, TerraShield, is a super-concentrated insect repellent formulated with a proprietary blend of 15 Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that have been scientifically shown to repel insects more effectively than other synthetic insect repellents. TerraShield will provide powerful coverage and lasts up to 6 hours per application. It can be used SAFELY by everyone in the family.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Introducing PB Assist-Probiotic Defense Formula

We're pleased to announce the launch of our potent probiotic formula-
PB Assist! This proprietary blend of friendly probiotic microorganisms is safe to use by all members of your family.

PB Assist:
  • Supports healthy digestive functions and immunities
  • Boosts GI immunities to prevent digestive infections such as traveler's diarrhea
  • Helps manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Supports optimal absorption of food nutrients and energy metabolism
  • Helps support healthy skin conditions

To learn more about how probiotics benefit the body, read our Product Information Page here.

With the summer travel season upon us, PB Assist is a must-have for any vacation. Medical science has suggested that probiotics prevent digestive infections such as TRAVELER's diarrhea. Keep yourself and family members healthy while on vacation with PB Assist.

To kick off the season, we're offering our first blog giveaway!

Enter to Win a FREE PB Assist and Lifelong Wellness Pack

How to enter the giveaway:
1. Submit a comment on this post about PB Assist. (1 point)
2. Email a photo of yourself and/or family members on vacation (or staycation) with your box of PB Assist to (1-3 points, depending on photo creativity)
3. Link to our blog on your site (2 points)

This contest ends on June 25, 2009, (midnight MT). The prize winner will be notified in a post on this blog at the end of June, so be sure to check back often!

Monday, June 1, 2009

At Home Spa Treatments Using dōTERRA Essential Oils

On the May 4th episode of Fox 13's morning show, Michelle Howard, Spa Director at the Zermatt, promoted the use of dōTERRA essential oils. Michelle shared several spa treatment recipes using dōTERRA essential oils that make perfect pampering gifts for Mother's Day. To view the news video, click here.

Make any day special for yourself or a friend by sharing these recipes and dōTERRA essential oils. If you get the chance, be sure to visit the fabulous Zermatt Spa for one of their signature treatments!

Home Spa Recipes
(by Michelle Howard, Spa Director, Zermatt Resort)

Brown Sugar Scrub (Can be used for full body exfoliation or for hands and feet)

½ cup Brown Sugar
2 heaping Tablespoons of dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil (Almond or Olive Oil can be substituted)
3 to 5 drops of your favorite dōTERRA essential oil

Mix well. To apply wet skin and massage gently, rinse with warm water and apply favorite moisturizer

Peppermint Hot Oil Hair Treatment (Stimulating & Refreshing to scalp, deeply moisturizing for hair)

½ - 1 cup Olive Oil (amount can be adjusted depending on length of hair)
5-6 drops of dōTERRA Peppermint essential oil

Gently warm Olive oil by putting it in a glass cup or jar in a pot of hot water; once the olive oil is warm add the essential oil and apply immediately to scalp and massage the remaining amount through entire hair. Cover with a shower cap to hold in the heat. Allow to sit for up to 20 minutes, to finish shampoo & condition hair.

Oatmeal/Yogurt Facial Masque (Good for all Skin Types, nourishing and moisturizing)

1 Tbsp Oatmeal
1 Tbsp plain organic yogurt (skip all the pre-sweetened types)
A few drops of warm honey

Mix all the ingredients together and gently apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse with steaming washcloth and apply favorite moisturizer.