Herbs. They are such a big part of a homesteader’s life. We plant them in our garden. We use them to treat ourselves and our animals. We cook with them. We make teas. There isn’t a space in my home that hasn’t been touched by herbs.

I have been devouring books about herbs and treating our family holistically for years, but I still wanted to learn more. I enrolled in the Herbal Academy of New England. What a great place to really dig deep and learn EVERYTHING about herbs. The education I received from HANE has been priceless! After learning the how and why’s of how herbs work I still wasn’t satisfied. I didn’t just want to learn everything, I wanted to incorporate what I learned into our everyday life on the homestead.

That is when I started incorporating essential oils into my family’s everyday life.

What are Essential Oils

What are essential oils, you might ask… Essential oils are the extracted oils of plants are part of an herbal healing tradition which goes back thousands of years. They are called “essential” because they present a strong scent of the original plant, the “essence.”

The oils are used in much the same way their herbal counterparts are, but because of the processes used to produce them, they are often concentrated, which means they pack a lot more bang for their size.

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Essential oils are usually sold in small amounts, but they can be used in quantities as small as a single drop, with the full impact of the plant. Essential oils have been a part of natural healing since at least the First Century, where they are mentioned by a Greek physician in a pharmacopeia that was used in Europe.

They can be used in aromatherapy, where the scent of the oils is used to created a specific impact in a person (mentally, physically or emotionally).

They can also be applied topically. Applying the oils usually requires the use of a carrier oil: Any light, inert and food-grade oil that won’t interfere with the essential oil’s use. Almond, coconut and olive oils are often used.


Why did I start using doTerra essential oils?

You know the saying – I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Yeah that was me. Asthma, allergies, Fibromyalgia, back pain, anxiety… I am putting it all out there. That was me.

One uneventful day, I happened to be looking through essential oil recipes and stumbled upon this one particular recipe that made a strong and immediate change in my life. It was a roller ball recipe that incorporated sage, patchouli and bergamot mixed with jojoba oil. As soon as I unscrewed the bottle and placed it underneath my nose, it immediately uplifted my mood. I call it my magic lifter. It was then that I really begin to think about ways to incorporate essential oils into my health and wellness routine.

Different essential oils have been shown to fight infections (even MRSA), soothe emotional issues, aid the body in healing itself, and provide families all over the world with a natural alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals.

The power that I felt when I created something from nature that made me feel better was a life changer. I was becoming a healer in my own home. My medicine cabinet has been made over with essential oils!

I’ve spent my share of time trying different brands of essential oils and yet time and time again I found myself coming back to DoTerra. Even though they’re slightly more expensive than my local health food store’s brand, I found them to be the most effective. They last a long time and I feel secure knowing they are certified pure therapeutic grade.

doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are guaranteed to be 100% pure and natural and free of synthetic compounds or contaminates. They are subjected to rigorous mass spectrometry and gas chromatography testing to ensure extract composition and activity. doTERRA’s 100% pure essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial essential oils available today.

Learn more about doTERRA, the history behind the company, and their dedication to providing the BEST oils on the market HERE.

What do I use essential oils for?

  • Homemade cleaners – I use them to make my own all purpose spray, laundry detergent, stain removers, and more. No more toxic, store bought, chemical laden cleaners. We make our cleaners from scratch!
  • Digestive problems – tummy troubles are no longer treated with a pink liquid but instead with natural alternatives.
  • Calming coughs
  • Healing eczema
  • Aromatherapy – no more candles – we now diffuse oils that not only make our home smell amazing, but also uplift spirits and moods.
  • Homemade toothpaste
  • Wound treatment on our family and our animals
  • Respiratory/asthma relief
  • Stress Reliever/Mood Uplifter
  • Sleep Aid


How do I purchase doTerra Essential Oils?


It costs $35/year to sign up as an Wellness Advocate (aka a wholesale account.) It’s a lot like purchasing a membership to Sam’s Club or Costco- one annual fee for savings all year long. Each year past the first is $25 for membership renewal (though you do get a free bottle of peppermint oil too!)

There are a variety of enrollment kits available. Purchasing a kit is not a requirement, but it’s a great, cost-effective way to get your medicine cabinet stocked! You can view available kits HERE.


1. Click over to the sign-up page HERE.
2. Select “Join as a new Wellness Advocate”
3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you. But if not, enter 982296 in both boxes.
4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked to list your social security number is for earnings/tax purposes.)
5. Select your time zone and choose a virtual office password.
6. Agree to Terms & Conditions and the Virtual Office User Agreement.
7. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which enrollment kit you would like or if you’d rather not start with a kit, simply select the Introductory Packet ($35) option. You can also purchase other items at this time if you wish.
8. Set up your optional Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP). This is not a requirement, although it is a money-saving way to build your oil collection.

What is a Loyalty Rewards Program?

It’s basically a monthly subscription plan. You choose whatever products you want, easily changed from month-to-month. doTERRA ships them automatically to you on a date of your choosing each month. That’s it!

doTERRA’s Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) provides free product credits for monthly purchases ordered on the program and is the most economical way to purchase doTERRA oils. As a participant in the Loyalty Rewards Program, you will immediately begin to earn product credits that can be used as cash to purchase doTERRA products (and yes, they sell much more than oils! Check out all they offer HERE!). The longer you participate in the LRP, the more credits you can earn–up to 30% of your total monthly Loyalty Rewards purchases. If you decide that this is something you are interested in, select the products you would like to ship in your first LRP order. You will also need to select a ship date.

Essential Oils have made a dramatic change in my life. I can’t stress enough the increase in my own personal well-being. If you are interested in ordering essential oils at wholesale prices – please email me. I would love to talk to you about the changes they have made in my life and what they can do for you!

OR you can click here to see the step-by-step guide on how to purchase the oils to transform your medicine cabinet.

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(Melissa is a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA essential oils).

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