Oils Spotlight: What are Essential Oils?

Even though some people may view Essential Oils as a new trend, history shows that ancient civilizations used plants for things such as aromatherapy, personal care, religious ceremonies, beauty treatments, and food preparation. Why would they not be of use today?

 If you are like I was, your first question might be (or have been, if you are already an essential oils user) what ARE Essential Oils exactly? So let’s talk for just a moment about that!

“A variety of plants cover the Earth in different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. Many of these plants contain compounds that typically can’t be seen with the naked eye—they hide within the roots, flowers, seeds, bark, or other areas of the plant. These compounds are known as essential oils. They are highly concentrated, making them extremely potent. Also referred to as volatile aromatic compounds, essential oils give a plant its aroma, protect it from harsh environmental conditions and insects, and even play a part in plant pollination.”

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Have you ever noticed the wonderful fragrances left behind on your hands when you touch a rose petal or a basil or rosemary or thyme or lavender or oregano leaf or after you have peeled a piece of citrus fruit? The oils from each of these plants are what you are smelling!

So, how do we get the oils from the parts of the plant into the little brown bottles that we use in our homes?

Check out this blog post on dōTERRA’s website about steam distillation: Click Here
And this blog post will tell you more about cold expression. Click Here
Some of our oils are actually absolutes, not essential oils. Read about that by clicking here.

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For more information on the fundamentals of essential oils, visit the dōTERRA blog spotlight page here. I would also love to have you join us for our next Facebook Class, which is an Intro to Essential Oils Class. Our Facebook Classes are Facebook post-driven events. We set up a special group page JUST for that particular Facebook Class. In order to participate in the class, (and ANYONE is welcome to particpate) you will need to register for the class in advance. Once you have completed the form to register for the class, you’ll receive a confirmation email. This email is SUPER important, as it contains the link that you will need to request to be added to the special class Facebook Group. On the night of the scheduled class, go to the Facebook Class Group page and read through the posts. Be sure to check in and interact by commenting, answering questions and communicating with the other participants in the class and you will be entered to win the drawing for our class prize! If for some reason you can’t participate in the class during the “scheduled” time, the posts will be available for at least 14 days after that time so that you can participate at your convenience. Interested in checking this next class out? Here is the registration link: https://carolholtz.synduit.com/IOFFC0008

We do these classes weekly on a different topic each week. To see the calendar with the upcoming classes and the registration link, check out the monthly calendar, which you can find here: https://teamup.com/ks97eb4090a476fb7a You can either bookmark this link in your browser or go to www.carolholtz.com and choose the Calendar of Events page at any time!

We would love to have you join us for our any of our Facebook Classes, but this Intro to Oils Class is especially good if you have interest in learning more about what they are and how they work! (If you are reading this post after the end of July 2019, be sure to check out the calendar link above to find the next Intro to Oils Facebook Class! We do them regularly!)

What is your favorite way to learn about essential oils and how and when to use them? Let me know in the comments area below! And if you’re not sure, let me know THAT in the comments below also. I would be happy to connect and send you a sample or two, if you don’t yet have your own dōTERRA Account! :)

And if you enjoyed this blog post, be sure to use the form below to sign up for my email list so that you can receive my occasional emails updating you on new blog posts and updates to my website!

Welcome to the New dōTERRA Shopping Experience!

If you don’t have your own dōTERRA account yet, pardon us for just one Blog post as we do a little bit of “Housekeeping”! (Although you are welcome to keep reading to learn with us, if that’s of interest!)

If you DO have your own account, you may have noticed that about a week ago we were gifted a new, updated, clean-looking shopping experience on the website. But, if you are like many of our team members, change is sometimes a challenge! So, to make things a little easier, as is the purpose of this ENTIRE website, jump into this post and learn some of the tips and tricks to navigate these new and improved pages! I’ll forewarn you that this is a LONG post, but we’re going to go step by step and show you pictures, so I really believe it is worth your time! :)

First, let’s talk about getting there! (This might help some of our newer account holders and team members. If this is a “piece of cake” to you, feel free to skip ahead a bit!) Start by going to www.doterra.com and you’ll see this screen:

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In the upper right hand corner of this screen where you see the icon that looks like a head and torso and says “account” click on the icon to show the drop-down box that you see pictured here:

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Click on the “login” button and type in either your email address or your Account ID # (Wellness ID or Wholesale Customer ID #) and password in the appropriate areas as shown here:

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Click on “Login”. If you have an LRP template set up that you have used in the past or that is awaiting an update for this month’s order, your screen will look like this and you’ll click on “Update Products” to update your order:

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OR if you don’t yet have an LRP template set up and want to go ahead and set yours up to take full advantage of all of the benefits of the Loyalty Rewards Program (learn more about that in the “How to Get the Most of Your Membership” part of Oil Camp, found in the Team Holtz tab of my new website at www.carolholtz.com - shoot me an email message to get the password as long as I am part of your dōTERRA upline! If you’re not sure about that, send me an email message to check on that - either way, you can message me here: https://www.carolholtz.com/contactme) your screen will look like this:

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To create a new LRP order, click on the “Create New LRP” text. If you want to create a one-time order, click on the appropriate button, remembering that to be eligible to earn points back toward free product and 100% of your shipping costs back in points toward free product, you will want to place your orders as LRP orders and then proceed with the steps below the area setting up the order date for LRP orders! When you click to create a new Loyalty Rewards Program order, this is what you’ll see next on the screen:

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This screen also offers a reminder of the benefits of having your LRP order process between the 1st and 15th of each month. If those orders are at least 125 PV, you will be eligible to receive a FREE oil each month! So, if you are interested in the possibility, be sure to choose a date between the 1st and 15th of the month. (If for some reason none of those dates are available, contact a Silver or above leader in your upline so they can check on what can be done to fix that for you, or use the “Contact me” section of www.carolholtz.com to let me help you with that, if you are a part of my downline.) Choose the date you want your monthly order to process and keep scrolling down on the page with the available dates until you see…

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The Save Date and Shop button as seen above. (You’ll notice the reminders of what the different colors mean on this calendar). After clicking the “Save Date and Shop”' button, you’ll see this screen next:

You can now either click on one of the categories listed on this page OR use the search bar (with the magnifying glass) to type in the name or part of the name of an item to search for the items you wish to add to your order.

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Next, choose the items that you would like to add to your cart. As you add items to your cart, you’ll notice that the “Item total” and PV amounts will change in the column on the right hand side of the page. You’ll want to make sure that you pay attention to both amounts, remembering that there are differences between the two and that to qualify for different incentives with dōTERRA, the PV amount makes a difference! For example, your PV has to be at least 50 or more to earn points on your LRP order, it has to be 100 PV or more to be eligible for Fast Start Bonuses if you are building a business and it has to be 125 PV or more between the 1st and the 15th of the month and be an LRP order to earn the free POM (Product of the Month). Most of us have missed out on something that we really wanted because we missed the difference between the $ and the PV amount on our orders, so take note of that early on and hopefully you won’t ever have to join that “club”!

As you are adding items to your order, if you have points in your account that can be used to pay for some of them, there will be a drop-down box that you can use to select the option to use points. You have an option, if you have the points available to use, to purchase more than one of any given item in your cart with points. Simply use the arrow in the box to activate the drop-down to choose how many you want to purchase with points. You will not be able to choose more items than you have points for! See a couple of other tips on changing items in our cart here:

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MAKE SURE, if you used points, that your total PV is still what you need it to be before moving on to checkout!

Also, be sure that if you are building a business with dōTERRA, are a Wellness Advocate and the products that you are ordering are intended for your personal or your immediate family’s use and not for resale you have selected the box that says “For Personal Use”. (Wholesale Customers or Retail orders will not have this option, as they are not authorized to purchase our products at Wholesale and resell them to other people!) This changes the amount withheld for sales tax and dōTERRA files those for you so that you don’t have to if you are reselling items purchased! Yet ANOTHER convenience that they offer those of us who are building businesses.

I also encourage you to allow dōTERRA to add at least $1 (if not more) to each of your orders for a Healing Hands Donation! Check out this page for information on what all those donations go to do: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/healing-hands-main . It’s a pretty incredible program, making a difference in lives all over the world!

Next, scroll down on the page to the Payment area. It will look like this:

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NOTE: If you look closely at the picture above, you’ll see at the very top left edge of the picture and area that says “Manage Order Date”. If you need to change the date on your order, this is what you’ll look for to make the change. Keep in mind that changing the date can affect any “freebies” that you might be interested in earning, so make sure you stay within the date range that is needed to earn those things if you change the date!

Also at the very top of the picture above you’ll notice the area where you can change your delivery options. Simply choose the “bubble” by the option you wish to use to change it.

Next, if you need to make any changes to the card that you are using to make the payment, delivery address or email address for notifications, click on the arrow at the far right side of the appropriate box and follow the prompts to make the needed changes.

Scroll back up or down to the spot on the page that either looks like this (for a one-time order):

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Or like this if you are processing a Loyalty Rewards Program order. If it is an LRP order, you will have an option to either “Process Now” or “Save and Process” on your scheduled LRP processing date. It’s important to know that if you are planning to order any Special Offers, sometimes called Limited Time Offers (such as Holiday Gift orders, Mothers and Fathers Day Offers, BOGOs or any other special offers), you will need to be ready to complete and process the order at the time that you finish making any changes or setting up the order. The system will not allow you to save those offers and process them later. Also, if you are placing an order with special offers as an LRP order (and I ENCOURAGE you to do that so that you can earn any points possible on the PV amount of your order), you will need to have at least one additional regular priced item or item regularly in the oils and product catalog in your cart when you process your order.

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Once you have selected the button to process your order, you will see a page pop up that looks like this. This page is your last chance to review your order before it actually processes. Once you’ve gone past this page, making any changes is HIGHLY unlikely and totally based on timing, so you’ll want to thoroughly review this page for any errors or changes that need to be made! Review your order, confirm and submit the order and you’ll be all set! To confirm that it went through correctly, you should receive a confirmation email very quickly after completing the process.

If this was an LRP order, it will save the “template” for this order and you can either process the exact same order next month or jump back in at any time to add to or adjust your order. REMEMBER that if you are building a business with dōTERRA, in order to be eligible to receive Fast Start Bonuses you’ll need to maintain a template that shows your plan to place at least a 100 PV order each month and your actual orders will need to total at least 100 PV by the end of each month to keep any Fast Start Bonuses that you receive! (If you have questions about any of this, either reach out to the person who helped you get your account set up or check out the videos on the Compensation Plan under the Team Holtz Tab at www.carolholtz.com.)

Congratulations!!! You have completed setting up or making changes to your first order in the new website experience for dōTERRA.com! How do you like the new look of the site? Do you find it easy to navigate, once you have a basic idea of what to look for and how it works? Comment below to let me know your thoughts!

Oil Spotlight: Basil

As a regular part of this blog, I am excited to be able to share information with you about some of our essential oils and products and go deeper in our knowledge of how, when and in what ways to use them!

For this post, let’s start with Basil!

If you feel worn out from chasing children in the summer heat, gardening, sitting in the bleachers at a ball game or other activities, rub a few drops of Basil oil on to the back of the neck. As you apply Basil oil topically, your body will experience a cooling and relaxing sensation. Delight in the warm, spicy, and herbal aroma of dōTERRA Basil as it reduces anxious feelings when diffused.

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, and it is also cooling to the skin. The aroma of Basil helps promote a sense of focus and a stress-relieving experience. Source:  https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/basil-oil

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, and it is also cooling to the skin. The aroma of Basil helps promote a sense of focus and a stress-relieving experience. Source: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/basil-oil

dōTERRA’s Basil oil can be used Aromatically (in a diffuser, add 3-4 drops by itself or with other oils to make wonderfully fragrant blends), Topically (1-2 drops with Fractionated Coconut oil or another all-natural carrier oil to aid in clear, clean and healthy looking skin) or Internally (one drop in 4 oz of water OR by itself in a veggie cap to support cardiovascular and nervous system health). *

Basil can be combined with other oils like Wild Orange or Geranium and MANY others for a wonderful massage experience. Caution: Citrus oils used topically can cause photosensitivity and an oversensitivity to sun damage if the area it is used on is exposed to the sun. Wait at least 12 hours after using an oil that could cause potential photosensitivity before exposing it to sunlight.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Basil is also WONDERFUL with citrus and other herbaceous oils to help flavor soups, sauces, salad dressings and more. Check out one or more of these recipes for ideas:

Basil is also WONDERFUL with citrus and other herbaceous oils to help flavor soups, sauces, salad dressings and more. Check out one or more of these recipes for ideas:

And honestly what is more like summer than a fresh Caprese Salad?    https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipe-fresh-caprese-salad

And honestly what is more like summer than a fresh Caprese Salad?

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipe-fresh-caprese-salad

Basil is also known to help renew the mind and restore energy to the body. It is known to help with emotions such as anger, anxiousness, nervousness, stress and fear and has been shown to be helpful in addiction recovery. It supports individuals achieving greater balance and health and to help those who are weary in body and mind for those in need of strength and renewal.

I personally LOVE the scent of the combination of Basil and Wild Orange, Tangerine or Citrus Bliss in my diffuser. It is so uplifting and revitalizing!!!!

What are your favorite ways to use Basil oil? Let me know in the comments below! I would love your thoughts suggestions and ideas!

If you don’t yet have your own dōTERRA Account and aren’t working with someone else, I would love to invite you to join m on your essential oils journey!

To get your own Basil, Wild Orange, Geranium, Tangerine, Lemon and/or Citrus Bliss oils AND to set up your own account so that you can order them at a wholesale discount, click here and follow the prompts. I will receive a message from dōTERRA when you have completed your order and will be in touch with you VERY soon!

I would love to have you as a part of my dōTERRA family! We offer a LOT of education, support, a special Facebook Group Support page (if you are on Facebook!) and a whole new “Oily Family” that we will welcome you to with open arms! :)

How often do you feel this way?

We’ve all been there…

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You spend WAY too much time trying to figure out something on your phone, iPad or computer that you just KNOW the average 8 year old could do without a hitch.

But you can’t figure it out and your frustration is growing worse by the minute!

For some, the natural tendency is to dig in and spend hours and hours trying to “figure it out” on your own, but for far too many, the tendency is to just give up. But you have an idea. Or you’ve used a product that you love and truly want to share with your family and friends. You KNOW that there are opportunities out there to build a business with those products. Or you MAKE something that you have had many people tell you that you should sell online, but social media and the other “free” or almost free ways to spread the word about your product scares you silly and you don’t have the slightest idea how to navigate the basics of those things, let alone setting up your own website or finding someone to do it for you, setting up an online ordering site or anything else that you would need in order to start a business of your own.

THAT is why this blog is here! I have been in small businesses for almost all of my life post-college (that’s almost 30 years…as hard as that is for me to believe). I’ve learned how to navigate and utilize social media out of necessity AND in the last 6 1/2 years, I have helped countless women build their own network marketing business and begin to navigate the online world simply because of their passion for others and their desire to share in a way that can benefit their family financially. I like to refer to that as “the best of both worlds”. We are able to help others while we are also benefiting our own families.

There is nothing that hurts my heart more than to see people who have the desire, but give up because they can’t figure out the “how” on their own.

So, that is why I’m here. It’s the purpose of this blog and and of my entire website.

So, tell me. What is keeping you from starting, developing or growing your own business. What topics specifically can we dive into to help you on your journey. No question is too silly. Comment below this post OR use the “contact me” section of my website to contact me privately and I’ll put your questions in the list of topics that we want to cover in our times together, either as a post on this blog or on the website.

So again, let me welcome you to my blog AND to the world of building a small business. Who do you know that might benefit from this information? First, I’m going to encourage YOU to sign up for my email newsletter list so that you don’t miss any posts or new info on the website and THEN I’m going to encourage you to share this website and blog with anyone you know who might also benefit from being here! I’ll be sharing oil info, but I will also be sharing some practical and simple advice about how to grow ANY small business, so be sure to share this with anyone you know who could benefit from THAT info as well!

As an example of the kinds of things that we will be doing to help you learn on this blog and website, here is a quick video to show you how to go about sharing this post with your friends and family who might benefit from the info included in this blog and website:

How do I use my oils? ~ Application methods

One of the biggest purposes of this website overall is to help with education about essential oils, uses, tips, tricks, hints and to help you learn where to find them!

My Essential Oil Brand of choice is dōTERRA. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll talk more about why that is my brand of choice in more details, but for starters dōTERRA has incredible resources available to us in many different formats and we want to use this website/blog format to introduce you to many of them!

One of my personal favorites are the blog posts and articles that are made available to us!

So…as a way of introducing you to the blog posts and articles available to us from dōTERRA directly, I wanted to share this post about the ways that we use our oils! Here is a quick summary:

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“Due to continual research being done on essential oils, more application methods are being developed. The three methods dōTERRA recommends for using essential oils is aromatically, topically, and internally. Essential oils have a powerful effect on the limbic system when used aromatically. Topical application is commonly used on specific target areas for quick absorption. When used internally, essential oils enter the bloodstream and are distributed throughout the body.”
— https://www.doterra.com/US/en/using-essential-oils

Hop on over to the post here for all of the great info about ways that you can use our dōTERRA Essential Oils. THIS is the dōTERRA difference and one of the biggest reasons that I chose this company AND that I don’t use any other oils. Their quality is not to be beat! :)

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/using-essential-oils

Once you have read this blog post from dōTERRA, come back to the comments below this post and tell me what you learned or what your favorite piece of information in this post was!