My Journey Into Natural Health Products & Essential Oils

21 Jul, 2017

WELLNESS, GROWTH & CONNECTION

It will be no surprise to those of you who came to our “New Year, New Intentions” workshop back in January, that I love goal setting!

Last year I completed the incredible Owners Collective 'Mastermind' business program. The first module was on 'entrepreneurial mindset', and I identified my core values as Wellness, Growth & Connection. These three values sit at the heart of both my business and personal life.

REDUCING TOXIC LOAD

Right at the top of my goals list for 2017, was reducing the toxic load on my body. This comes back to my first value – wellness. This value has been high on my priority list ever contracting glandular fever in an Indian Ashram and it recurring regularly in my late twenties/early 30s.

Lifestyle changes, natural therapies, herbs, nutrition and yoga were key to my recovery and to eventually kicking the virus in the butt. Glandular fever was ultimately the catalyst that led me to teaching yoga and it has lit a spark in my soul for helping others on their path to find balance and wellness.

I feel like in recent years I've built a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle – nutrition, sleep, exercise and managing stress via yoga and mindfulness techniques. The time has now come to start reducing my toxic load, starting with the products I put on my skin and use around the home.
 

WHERE TO START?

Like most people looking for advice, I started by asking a friend. I reached out to the inspiring Jen – coach at my gym Crossfit Athletic Mona Vale, Mumma to beautiful baby Bear, yoga student and founder of Naked Paleo. Jen creates the most delicious healthy treat bars ever; she's ’s passionate about natural health products, self-care and being informed. She suggested I start with toothpaste, deodorant and laundry soap berries. A few clicks and my online order was placed. I felt like I was smashing my 2017 goals!

ADRENAL FATIGUE

What I didn’t know was that for the next four months of the year I would be hit with adrenal fatigue, severe food poisoning, candida and two rounds of cold/flu. I was working on my website until late at night (writing content with a toddler awake is impossible! #mumlife), teaching, running a household, training - the list goes on.

Gluten free grains gradually made their way back into my diet as they were quick, and I was too tired / busy to make better decisions. My meditation and yoga practice slipped. I had trouble getting to sleep (so unlike me) and when I woke it was like I’d been hit by a bus.

PEPPERMINT POWER

During this time, a new yoga student came into my life and gave me some doTERRA essential oil samples. I tried the peppermint oil in the shower the next morning placing 1 drop into my palms and  taking deep inhalations. I was blown away by their ability to wake me up and make me feel invigorated. Intrigued, I tried the other oils and very quickly began to feel my energy levels rising.

I also had amazing support from my acupuncture and chiropractic colleagues at Healthspace Clinics, so essential oils were just one part of the puzzle. However they were a simple and unexpected boost when I needed it most. The fast results gave me the momentum to get my health back on track.

GROWTH

This journey into more natural health products also aligns with my second value, Growth. I’ve learnt so much in the past few months:

Did you know pure extracts from plants are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs?

Or that essential oils absorb into the bloodstream in 20 seconds, but has effected every single cell in the body within 20 minutes?

How about that 1 drop of peppermint essential oil -= 28 cups of peppermint tea?!

This knowledge, combined with learning how to apply these oils, has started to enhance my lifestyle, health and yoga teaching.

  • The “Balance" blend helps everyone deal with big feelings and emotions – think keeping yourself sane during toddler tantrums and levelling them out
  • Orange oil perks me up on busy teaching days, or when I have 1 hour at my laptop to be super productive. It’s also amazing during Senses Meditations
  • Lemon oil magically removes the remnants of sticky tape from the fridge door
  • Lavender mixed with fractionated coconut oil helps alleviate toddlers’ teething symptoms. It’s awesome for calming down toddlers pre-bed or helping students relax in savasana

Learning, educating, sharing, experiencing, growth – this stuff makes my heart beat faster and my voice full of passion. As the daughter of not 1, but 2 school principles, it’s in the genes!

CONNECTION

My third value is connection – family, friends, relationships, community, bringing people together, sharing infomation, helping others. Just like yoga, natural health products and essential oils empower people with information and tools to enhance their lifestyle and wellness.

LEARN MORE & CONNECT WITH US

To help you learn how to take care of your health naturally through doTERRA’s pure essential oils and products, myself and Freyja, d?TERRA leader and essential oils consultant are hosting a series of free workshops.

The first sold out so fast we have scheduled another for Friday 7 July, 7.30pm in Mona Vale.

To find out more and to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/free-workshop-essential-oils-tickets-34387935240

Or get in touch if you would like to host a workshop at your place! 

WHY doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS?

doTERRA essential oils are grown and harvested in their natural habits. Each batch undergoes multiple third party tests for purity, so they are the purest oils you can find in the world.

They’re a one stop shop. As well as ordering essential oils, I now get my natural deodorant, toothpaste, skincare and cleaning products from this one supplier.

doTERRA also enables you to start gradually replacing products in your home with essential oil alternatives, whilst being eligible for free products and product points.

HOW DO I PURCHASE doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS & PRODUCTS?

If you would like to start transforming your cleaning cupboards and medicine cabinets with natural solutions, I would suggest becoming member as you will receive 25% off retail price.

Purchasing an Enrollment Kit waives the $35 membership fee, and gives you the most popular oils at a massive discount. 

Check out the Australia Kits. The 'Home Essentials Kit' is the most popular kit and comes with the 10 most popular oils, in full-size bottles, plus a diffuser - and saves you over $200 on the retail cost of these oils.  There are no minimum monthly orders, or selling required. Check out the Australia Kits. 

HOW TO ENROL / PURCHASE

  • Click this link http://mydoterra.com/loukelly
  • Click Join and Save
  • Choose your country and language 
  • Click 'Local'
  • Choose Wholesale (NOT Preferred Member)
  • Enter your personal information, including your Australian Business Number. If you don't have an ABN, just leave it blank.
  • At *Enroller id*, enter my ID 4181406:  (it should display my name)
  • Click verify
  • Set up a password
  • Click over to the next page
  • Select the kit you'd like to order 
  • Enter your Credit Card details and process your order.

You can also purchase single oils by clicking https://www.mydoterra.com/loukelly and clicking 'shop'. 

As my students know, my door is always open. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or I can help in any way via lou@surfsideyoga.com.au 

SHARING IS CARING

This is just the start of my wellness journey with essential oils and natural healthcare products. I’m excited to keep learning and growing, to connect and share with others, and to hear your stories. 

Namaste,

Lou x

PS. Keen to learn more? Don't forget to join us for our next essential oils workshop. Details and registrations here: www.surfsideyoga.com.au/events Or get in touch if you would like to host a workshop at your place.

Louise instructs Mums & Bubs Yoga on Thursday Mornings, Pre-Natal Yoga Saturday Mornings & Sports Recovery Yoga on Monday Nights at Health Space Mona Vale call into the clinic to grab a timetable or you can book your class by downloading the Mind Body App onto your smartphone or PC.