Nepal Bound

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Nepal and the Himalayas have been on my bucket list and calling me for years. I never imagined though that I would be able to visit the foothills of the Himalayas not as a tourist, but on a service trip.

Building A School In Nepal

In 3 short weeks, my daughter and I will be joining doTERRA, and a small group of other essential oil educators, to help build a school in a community devastated by the Spring 2015 earthquake.

doTERRA’s Commitment to excellence  is not just to their products and customers. The company is dedicated to the people and communities from which the essential oils are sourced.

 doTERRA seeks to reduce poverty through their program called Co-Impact Sourcing which helps by generating jobs, ensuring fair labor conditions, providing fair and on-time payments, promoting cooperatives and facilitating in community development. 

doTERRA sources their essential oils from the countries to which they are indigenous  which makes them highly potent, pure and effective. Their oils are not synthetically produced like so many of the essential oils we find in our stores!

Wintergreen Essential Oil from Nepal

Wintergreen native to Nepal is harvested by local villagers then distilled by community-owned distillation facilities. This process creates increased economic opportunity for very remote regions in rural Nepal.

The community where we will help to build a school is in the Ramechhap District, about 10 hours from Kathmandu. The community is in walking distance to the wintergreen fields and I’m super excited to be able to see first hand  how Wintergreen is grown, harvested and distilled. 

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Wintergreen essential oil comes from the leaves of a creeping shrub, commonly found in coniferous areas. In order to thrive, Wintergreen requires a cool climate in a shady, heavily forested area, with very specific soil conditions.  The unique growing requirements for Wintergreen make Nepal and China the sole providers of “wild harvested” Wintergreen in the world. Though many companies produce Wintergreen synthetically, the highest quality natural Wintergreen oil comes from these secluded foothills.

Wintergreen Harvesters 

To harvest Nepalese Wintergreen, harvesters must travel through steep, muddy mountainsides, removing Wintergreen leaves from the shrub. Many of these harvesters are women, who leave their families early in the morning and carry heavy baskets of Wintergreen leaves on their backs until they are nearly overflowing. Full baskets are taken to the local distillery where large stills are filled to the brim with collected wintergreen leaves. The distillation process takes roughly 14 hours to complete—yielding a small amount of oil.

The Benefits of Wintergreen

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I love to run, bike and hike and Wintergreen is an essential oil I massage onto my knees on a daily basis.

  1. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally. Great for a warming soothing massage after exercise
  2. Has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating
  3. Wintergreen is frequently used in gum, candy, and toothpaste for flavoring.
  4. Massage into hands, back, and legs for a soothing and warming sensation after exercise.
  5. Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag. Wintergreen’s strong scent will work to mask any odor.
  6. Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.


Would You Like To Help?

It’s Easy!

1 .Families in Nepal are continuing to rebuild their lives. If you would like to help the Nepalese, the easiest way to do so is to buy the essential oil. Your purchase will  help to improve the lives of the people devastated by the earthquake.

Go here to purchase. I suggest getting a wholesale membership ($35.00) so that you can get 25% off the retail price, not only for this purchase but for all purchases you make during your membership year. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

2. You can also help by sharing this blog and bringing attention to the people and how we can come together to help!

Wish Us Luck And Thank You For Reading And Caring!

Top 4 Essential Oils To Improve Your Workouts

 The healthiest tools to use to enhance your workouts and athletic performance are found in nature, not in the supplement store. In fact, synthetic products are developed by copying what’s in nature, so why not go right to the source? Use these 4 essential oils to improve your workouts and athletic performance. 
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If you’re active, or just starting to develop an active lifestyle, then I encourage you to use natural tools to take care of your body.

No matter where you are in your health journey, essential oils have the potential to improve your physical, emotional and mental performance.

I love to run, bike, swim and hike and the following essential oils naturally give me energy, help me focus and soothe my sore muscles.

These 4 essential oils will help you commit to your workouts.
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There are so many reasons to incorporate essential oils into your life, but my focus here is to share some benefits of essential oils when it comes to training and workouts.


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How It Helps:

  • Natural energy boost! Are you dragging or maybe you have a really tough workout ahead? Apply peppermint oil to the back of your neck, your wrists and/or joints for that needed boost of energy.
  • Improves respiratory function and clear breathing.   In this study, taking Peppermint essential oil  internally was shown to improve respiratory function and exercise performance.
  • Improves digestive health!   I also use Peppermint internally to promote good digestive health.
  • Cools you down – add 5 drops of Eucalyptus and 5 drops Peppermint to a 2 oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cool the body during summer training!

   improve your workouts with natural solutions



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How it Helps:

  •  Helps ease feelings of tension in the body.
  •  Helps promote a good night sleep.
  •  Improves mood.  This study showed it actually helped improve sleep and mood!

How to Use it:

  • Diffuse it while you sleep.
  • Apply to skin irritations, sunburn, or tense areas.
  • Add to bath water or mix with water and mist onto pillows and bedding.



  natural solutions to help soothe muscles and relieve tension

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 Breathe essential oil blend contains the following essential oils: peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, melaleuca, ravensara, laurel leaf, and cardamom.

How It Helps:

This essential oil opens your airways and allows for easier breathing like no other oil! This is the go-to-blend for respiratory issues.

How to Use It:

  • You can try adding a couple drops of BREATHE to your chest for easier breathing, or diffuse it.


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Deep Blue is a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus.   It’s perfect for a soothing massage after a long workout (or after long hours on the computer).

How It Helps:

  • Comforts tired and sore joints and muscles.
  • Supports circulation to muscles and joints.

How to Use It:

  • Rub  Deep Blue on your  wrists, shoulders, knees and neck, before and after exercise.

Essential oils are amazing and if you are truly committed to your health then it’s time to incorporate them into your life.

I’m more  than happy to help you choose the right oil for you, or if you’d like to get your own starter kit (like the Athlete’s Kit pictured below!) contact me here.

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