Our doTERRA Story
As someone who studied biology in college, I have always been interested in alternative wellness and the way nature can work to bring our bodies back into balance as God intended them to be. I am thankful for the world of conventional medicine and I definitely think it has its place, but I also think that we have abused it to the point where our society is suffering just as much trauma from the world of prescription drugs as the diseases that they are aimed at treating. I have had my share of health issues over the years, including some major ones due to the use of powerful antibiotics. While I am thankful for the medicines that I truly needed at the time, my body was thrown completely out of balance by them. I was severely ill for four years afterwards. I believe that had my physicians educated themselves (and me) on how to care for my body with natural supplementation alongside the prescription drugs, I could have saved myself much physical pain and emotional turmoil. Throughout my own holistic wellness journey, I have discovered through trial and error which things work best for me and my family. The world of natural medicine can appear daunting and overwhelming when one begins to explore the myriad of alternative paths to balance that exist today, but it doesn't have to.
Why Essential Oils?
In addition to my core belief that there is a better way, my personal experience has forced me to seek it out. Not only due to the reasons I stated above, but also because the costs of health care in the U.S. have skyrocketed. Our family has not only been forced to switch health insurance providers, but our co-pays and premiums have increased significantly. This is alongside of the glaring fact that the quality of care we are receiving has not. I do not blame the practitioners who are on the ground level doing the best that they can with what they have been given, but on a health care system which is broken. The future of medicine is moving into a realm where the patient will have to be his or her own primary advocate. I choose to see this as a positive thing. We have given over our power to the system for too long. Instead we can, and must, empower ourselves with the knowledge necessary to oversee our own health care regimens.
One of my favorite quotes is from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Throughout the book, Gladwell refers to a certain prodigy, Christopher Langan. Langan reads thousands of books and constantly seeks answers to the deepest questions. He says, “I always feel that the closer you get to the original sources, the better off you are.” What Langan provides in his statement, I believe, applies to all of life. It's one of the reasons why I chose to begin looking into the use of certified pure, therapeutic-grade (CPTG) essential oils in order to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. God gave us plants not only for food, but also for their therapeutic benefits. Man has known this for millennia and we know that the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese have been using plant essential oils medicinally since ancient times. When I learned that the oils work not to change the body chemically, but instead to restore our cells to their proper function through oxygenation and proper regeneration, I realized that this is truly the best way to bring about beneficial, long-term balance to our systems. Our bodies already have everything present within themselves to function at optimal levels, but when our systems aren't communicating properly on a cellular level, true homeostasis cannot be achieved.
My first “Aha! moment” with the oils came when I decided to try and tackle an issue that had affected me for over twenty years. Eight months ago, I couldn't have told you the last time I had experienced a good night's sleep e.g. slept 6-8 hours uninterrupted. This problem not only affected my life both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but the lives of those closest to me as well. I began to experiment with the oils and within a few short days, I was (and still am) enjoying my best sleep in years. This has truly been a blessing! Since that time our whole family has been experiencing the benefits provided by doTERRA Essential Oils. My kids focus better when doing their schoolwork, my husband is less agitated at work, and when he experiences the discomfort and soreness that comes from a hard day of physical labor, he has oil blends that can relax and soothe his aching body. I have been able to nearly eradicate the hormonal issues that most women endure during their child-bearing and pre-menopausal years (my family is pretty thankful for that one too)!
Why doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils?
We all know that there are chemical additives and preservatives in many of the foods and even nutritional supplements we use daily. It's also common sense that foods and supplements without these additives are preferred as they are better suited to work in harmony with our bodies. Our bodies are 100% natural, and they only recognize natural substances when it comes to food and supplements. Unfortunately, many essential oils available on the market today do contain these less than beneficial additives and preservatives. This is why I chose doTERRA's CPTG oils over others. DoTERRA has considered a wide range of things when choosing a plant for its medicinal benefits. Some of these considerations include: the time of year (and in many cases, the time of day) in which the plant is harvested, the fact that the plant is grown in its indigenous environment, and the temperature and pressure at which the plant is distilled. These things all affect the amounts of beneficial chemical constituents present in any given oil, thus affecting their overall potency. Because doTERRA's oils undergo a stringent third-party testing procedure to ensure that ONLY the the oil is contained in each bottle, we can purchase and use their products with confidence. When used as directed, these precious gifts of the earth can help us in ways we never imagined.
One other significant positive aspect of doTERRA is that they have chosen to partner with those professionals in the health care industry who have the desire to bring their knowledge of traditional Western medicine and their desire to use the oils as complementary therapies together to provide the very best in health care options for their patients. I see this as a huge step in the right direction!
My hope is that you will consider the things I have said above when choosing essential oils as an alternative way to care for your own health and that of your family. If you would like to know more, please contact me at OilsCanDoThat@gmail.com. I will be happy to answer your questions and to help you get started on your own journey toward health and balance!
* Andrea is also a guest writer for Shear Miracle Organics & you may read some of what she has written on our blog.
*The information contained in this website is not provided in order to diagnose, prevent, cure, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The information presented herein is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.