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I was a skeptic.

When I first heard about essential oils I thought they were quack.

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 (Read on to hear my not so short story, or just skip to the end if you are already a believer.)

But I was desperate. Ever since my son was born, he has seemed to pick up any cold within a hundred mile radius and introduce it to his lungs. A normal cold for any other kid, goes straight to his lungs and he has to be on breathing treatments just to get enough oxygen. This has happened about once a month since birth. What to do? I made my three other children wash their hands right when they got home from school, I stopped taking him out in public and when I went shopping, I loaded up my stroller instead of a grocery cart to try and protect him from coming in contact with more germs and getting sick again. These didn’t help.

I started panicking a bit when our trip to Disneyland got closer. How was I going to protect him from germs at Disneyland!?! I finally caved and called my friend (who had previously mentioned essential oils and I thought was crazy) for an emergency bottle of OnGuard. It can’t hurt right?


 I started rubbing his feet with On Guard a couple nights before we left and then every morning and night while we were there. Did it work? He started coughing the second day we were there and had a little runny nose. I kept rubbing. The next day it was gone. Coughing and runny nose ALWAYS lead to at least a week of being sick and most likely breathing treatments in the past. I couldn’t believe it. In fact I called our Dr. when the coughing started and he called in a prescription for treatments. I picked it up later that day, but never used it. He didn’t need it.  Even our cousins that went with us got sick, but not my son. I should have trusted it then, but the skeptic in me still said it was a fluke. But I kept rubbing just in case. ;) He has only been sick two times since I started rubbing his feet and even then, it was only for one – two days max and NO breathing treatments. Just OnGuard on his feet and Breathe on his chest.

Could it be that he is just getting older and able to fight off the bugs better, sure. I am sure that is part of it. But that wouldn’t explain why my other kids haven’t gotten sick either. As soon as they complain of a sore throat or any mild symptom, I start rubbing their feet with OnGuard and it goes away.  I have even been able to get rid of my own stomache aches with the digest blend and skin breakouts with melaleuca. I relied on Sudafed every time I had a stuffy nose until they started selling it behind the counter and it didn’t work anymore. I didn’t think anything else would work, utnil I tried Breathe. Cleared me right up. I don’t know, it seems like everything I try works. The more I talk about it, the more I meet people who have had the same experiences.

In fact, Alysha asked you to finish this sentence on facebook, The best tip I’ve learned for zapping a cold fast is……a lot of you said you use OnGuard and Breathe.

It is crazy and the skeptic in me still wants to say it is a fluke, and believe me, I am still looking for an excuse as to why it is working other than it actually works – but I haven’t found one yet.

I am not trying to cure anyone. I am just wanting to share something that has helped our family.

If you are ready to give it whirl, you can check out the products here, then Click on shop in top right corner. I recommend starting with OnGuard and Breathe.

After you realize you love it, do yourself a favor and sign up for the membership ($35.00 sign up fee) to get wholesale prices (25% off retail). This will save you a LOT of money. Click here, then Click on Join in top right corner. I recommend this family physician kit.

 It has a great assortment of oils and blends for common ailments with instructions on how and when to use them.

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If you are looking for a way to supplement your household income
from home, dōTERRA may be your answer. Jennifer has been using
and studying essential oils for years. She had already checked out
dōTERRA to see how good their essential oils are and what kind of
company they are. She shared her thoughts with me.
These are her conclusions:
“dōTERRA as a business is appealing on a number of levels.
The essential oils themselves. I have bought and used all of
their essential oils and find them to be of the highest quality in purity
and potency. The bonus is, dōTERRA has other wellness products as
well which seem to be equally good. I can see why the company is
growing so quickly. It’s like your best recipe—you want to share it with
everyone and everyone wants it. Essential Oils are powerful in giving
the body what it needs to heal, regenerate and overcome.
As far as I can tell from observations and research, the founders
of dōTERRA are people of integrity (in spite of the naysayers) with the
sincere desire and intent of making a positive difference in people’s
lives, health, and financial status. The company is in good hands, I
think. Plus, the CPTG guarantee is pretty awesome. Testing is crucial
in the “essential oil boom” to really know you are getting a quality oil.
The fact that all dōTERRA’s testing and certifying is third-party goes a
long way in building my trust in the brand.
doTERRA has structured the company so that normal people,
who have the desire, can actually create income and even support their
families. You have the flexibility to grow income
and still be the parent, the volunteer, the artist, the student, etc. It seems
like a win-win scenario.”
If you are ready to sign up, click here, then click on Join.
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Try it and you may. Try it and you may, I say.

Then come back and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your stories.

In the meantime…

Here are a few other fabulous posts that feature doTERRA essential oils:

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  1. March 31st, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    Jennifer Eden Clark says:
    I didn't know you thought I was crazy! ;)
    Well, I'm glad you tried them and got to see the benefits in such a dramatic way.

    I have loved using essential oils on my children for many years now and they rarely get sick. What a blessing!

    When they do start to get the sniffles I blend equal parts of Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Melaleuca and put 3 drops on their pillow when they sleep. It rarely gets any worse and goes away quickly.
  2. April 1st, 2012 at 8:35 am
    chrissy says:
    natural remedies are generally milder, with fewer side effects, and often have other benefits besides what's being treated. as long as you're using pure, high quality products, or, better yet, you're growing your own, natural, as in herbal and nutritional remedies, can be your best source of improved health. i'm a convert and a believer after having relieved myself of gall bladder problems, eczema, migraines, and other problems without allopathic intervention.
  3. April 2nd, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Lara says:
    My little boy is the exact same way. The doctors assume he has childhood asthma, but he's too young to test for it. EVERY time he gets a cold he gets a horrible cough that lasts for 2 weeks sometimes. We do breathing treatments with him every time he gets that horrible cough. I feel like it cripples our family. I can't go anywhere, do anything. In January after our family had been sick for 6 weeks straight I caved and went and bought some on guard. I seriously didn't think it would even work, but I too was desperate. I have been shocked, we haven't been sick once since we started using the oils. I have bought a few more here and there and love every one. My husband was the biggest skeptic, and now he is begging me to get more because he takes them faithfully every day. I can't say enough good about these oils. You have to try them to believe in them ;)
    • April 3rd, 2012 at 3:48 pm
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      That is SO cool! The other thing that works really well if you do get a cough, sinus problems/infection, or a respiratory infection--including pneumonia is doTERRA Breathe and Lime together 1:1. I recommend either diffusing it when the "patient" sleeps (or in the water in a humidifier) and/or diluting it in a vegetable, nut, or seed oil and putting on the chest and neck. I recommend OnGuard in conjunction with that on the bottoms of the feet.
  4. April 2nd, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Shelley says:
    I am a HUGE believer in natural remedies. I can't wait to try essential oils.
  5. April 2nd, 2012 at 10:06 am
    Cristi says:
    I reently started using the Doterra oils and LOVE Them! I too was a bit of a skeptic when heard the word "essential oils" (mostly because I had no what that was) but I have seen the amazing benefits for fighting colds and preventing them to begin with!

    I just got the Onguard toothpaste and Onguard foaming handwash in the mail the other day and LOVE them! Give them a try!
  6. April 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 am
    Cassie says:
    I use doTerra also, but was curious how you use melaluca for your breakouts? My face was doing good, but it all of a sudden got worse again. I think it was the lifelong vitality from doTerra I was taking. I stopped taking them because I ran out and didn't want to pay for them again. I think that is what was helping to clear my skin, I am ordering more this month :)
    • April 3rd, 2012 at 3:50 pm
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      You can use Meleleuca neat (undiluted) on pimples. Just put a drop in your hand, dip your finger in and dab it on. doTERRA also carries Clear Skin foaming face wash and Clear Skin essential oil blend in a roll-on.
      • April 3rd, 2012 at 8:36 pm
        Cassie says:
        I have used melaluca with lavender on my face, I didn't notice much difference. I will try the skin line if the LLV vitamins were not really helping my face :)
  7. April 3rd, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Nanci says:
    I will definitely have to try this. I have had asthma since I was five. I lived in Washington for 10 years and was exposed to mold on a constant basis so now each time I get a cold it does the same thing. Straight to my lungs and I have to get steroids, breathing treatment meds and antibiotics. I work in a grocery store and come in contact with people from all over the world because of the location of my store. Most of the people living in this area are from the Middle East or Asian countries so you can imagine what their travels bring back in the way of disease and illness. I figure in the event of a world plague I am either dead or have the immunity of Superman. Considering my cold effects I am thinking it will be the first. Thanks for the info.
    • April 3rd, 2012 at 3:53 pm
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      Check my response above. Breathe on it's own works great for asthma. Simply inhale it from the bottle or dilute it in Fractionated Coconut Oil or other vegetable oil and rub it on the chest. It's great for oxygenating your blood and for reducing inflammation in the lungs.

      What an interesting place you work! I bet it's fun coming in contact with such a variety of people.
      • June 22nd, 2012 at 11:33 am
        Jamie says:
        Jennifer, how about infants with food there anything you would recommend trying for that? I have a 6 month old with a milk and soy allergy.
    • October 17th, 2012 at 2:35 pm
      Nadia says:
      I've only just recently gotten into natural remedies, I used Wally's Ear Oil from Whole Foods in desperation once for ear infections and haven't looked back since. By the way - way to dis Asian people. We read this blog, too!! And just because we're Asian doesn't mean we can afford to travel all over the place and bring diseases back here. We're hard working and children-loving and I love this blog! I quilt, I cross-stitch, I'm a stay at home Mom who cooks from scratch for my three little ones. I was born in Norway and raised in TX and am now in MA. But I'm still Asian!
  8. April 3rd, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    Emily Beitz says:
    If you like those then you should become a Melalueca preferred customer. I have been for over a year now and love the over 350 products containing melaleuca oil. Everything from cleaning to pharmacy to makeup line etc. I will be glad to help you if you want more information just email me
  9. April 3rd, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    Alyssa says:
    Can Canadians buy/sell these? And if so, how much is the shipping :)
    • April 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 pm
      Cassie says: Here is the canadian website. Shipping in the US is $9.95 mininum through the post office. They have locations in different countries.
  10. April 3rd, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    Christina says:
    DoTerra works! I swear by it!! I have many testimonial stories with them as well!!
  11. April 3rd, 2012 at 8:15 pm
    Yemyem says:
    Yes, they ship to Canada! The cost depends on how much you order.
  12. April 5th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    Sarah says:
    So crazy I just saw a pin on pinterest linking me to this post and I nearly fell off my chair. I literally just got some samples of these oils from a friend and I thought ya sure ok whatever I'll try it but I too was skeptical. It has only been a week but I have been using the melaleuca on my acne (which is out of control like a teenager again) and I think it is actually working!!! Can't guarantee this is the solution to my problem but I am very optimistic! I can't wait to try some of the other oils now too!
  13. April 6th, 2012 at 11:55 am
    katie says:
    I use tea tree oil when I brush my teeth. Just one drop along with your regular toothpaste (it doesn't taste very good though). It has helped my gums so much that even my dental hygenist noticed. No more bleeding sore gums!
  14. April 10th, 2012 at 9:24 am
    Kay says:
    Okay, I'm an oils preschooler here, but I'm willing to try anything at this point. My son gets sick all the time, and we too are on a nebulizer. I'm just confused about what I'm supposed to do. Use Breathe on his chest and On Guard on his feet? And do you use it even when they're not sick, or start back up when something starts coming on?

    Are there instructions included for beginners? :) Sorry if I'm asking all obvious questions...
    • August 9th, 2012 at 12:55 pm
      Missy says:
      No - not obvious at all - I was confused at first as well. But I just put about 1 tsp. coconut oil in my hand and then dropped two drops breathe and 1 drop lime and then rubbed it on his chest, neck, shoulders and upper back. I also rubbed 1 to 2 drops of on guard on his feet 1 - 3 times a day when he was sick. When he is not sick, I use the on guard on his feet when he is going in public or when traveling or when someone else in the house is sick. Jennifer told me you can also diffuse it in their room when cold season starts to help with prevention.
  15. April 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am
    Brenda Jarjoura says:
    I have been using Doterra products for years! My absolute favorite is Deep Blue--in the roll-on bottle!!! Amazing for sore/aching muscles! I also love using Doterra's diffuser in my living room!... So many fantastic options!
  16. May 25th, 2012 at 11:37 pm
    Analia says:
    So, its almost midnight and I am 38 weeks preggo and having the worst cold ever... fun! I remember your site for homemade remedies and decided to read about it again... I used the oils for my girls all the time and they work like magic, i have not idea why i haven't use them for me yet! So slow today,,, I am going to blame the pregnancy and buggers on my brain!! I have all the oil and love them so... thank you for the remainder! I am sure i will be able to sleep if I use them!
  17. June 13th, 2012 at 11:33 am
    Ty & Tracy says:
    My son, Ty has Down syndrome and along with that comes lots of illnesses, health quirks, gobs of medical testing and even more gobs of visits to doctors and specialists.

    In my experience, doctors are constantly trying to get me to give Ty this medicine, or that medicine to help with xyz-illness, etc... When I was a new Mom, sure, I went along with it and pumped him full of any medicine I could get my hands on, all recommended by docs, of course. Now that Ty is 9 and I have 2 more little monsters, I'm stronger in my beliefs and able to stand up to docs nowadays and tell them, "no, thanks, we'll stick with our more natural course".

    I found doTerra oils about 3 years ago in a fevered search for help with Ty's Sleep Apnea. Trying to dodge the doctor recommended surgery, I tried Breathe on Ty at night and noticed a HUGE difference in his sleep and behavior during the day (due to the increased restful sleep) thanks to Breathe opening up his nasal passages. Due to the great outcome the Breathe had on Ty for sleep (& the Hubby's snoring!), we gave Balance a try for focus in school, or anytime we go in public (restaurants, soccer games, bday parties, etc...). I have noticed a big shift in his behavior when he has Balance on. We also use Rosemary for migraines, Peppermint for upset tummies & Marjoram for seasonal allergies.

    I swear by the oils I have tried and love testing new ones. Great post, looks like I need to give OnGuard a try, too!
    • June 13th, 2012 at 11:37 am
      Ty & Tracy says:
      Oops! I meant to leave my blog, Ty's Adventures if you'd like to pop by & say HI! or just chat about essential oils some more ;)
      • February 24th, 2014 at 3:19 pm
        Krissy says:
        Oh wow! You guys sound like us - I have a 9 year old son with DS and 2 little monsters below him (Also one VERY scary pre-teen but that's for another blog. :)) Aidan has had multiple surgeries and up until about 3 years ago was hospitalized every year for 2 weeks with respiratory distress. Right now, he's sick again but I've opted not to take him to the dr. We have been giving him albuterol but I'd really like to find a more natural remedy which is what led me to this site. He's vastly improved from 5 days ago but still has coughing fits, keeping us all up at night. I just ordered the OnGuard and Breathe this morning. In the meantime, I tried a steam bath with peppermint & lemon and rubbed oil of oregano w/ olive oil on his feet. I am SO new to this natural stuff so I just used what was in my house and followed some instructions. I am incredibly nervous about not taking him to dr. Everyone around me is strongly advising me to go. My hubby and I however are really trying to stick it out this time to see what happens. We have a pulse-ox & of course we wouldn't be stupid - he's not turning blue or anything. His fever has been gone for 3 nights now. It's just that cough... Praying this will work. I will check out your blog about Ty! Take care!
    • June 14th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
      Jennifer Eden Clark says:
      I really enjoyed reading about your experiences and successes. Thanks for sharing!
  18. June 13th, 2012 at 8:52 pm
    Jena says:
    Are any essential oils good for mood/temper in kids and also for Type 1 diabetes?
    • June 14th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
      Jennifer Eden Clark says:
      Yes! Balance works really well for kids with ADD/ADHD to be pleasant and less argumentative and contrary.
      Citrus Bliss is great for teenage girls to smooth over some of that adolescent girl moodiness and such.
      Either and both will also work for younger children as well. Serenity is a beautiful blend whose name speaks for itself.

      The following protocol has been used with success for Diabetes:
      ~Balance rubbed on the bottom of the feet in the morning
      ~8-10 drops of Basil in a capsule during the day
      ~Lavender rubbed on the bottom of the feet at night
      ~Taking the Life Long Vitality supplements (These have many positive benefits, i.e. energy, mood lifter, balance the body systems.)
      ~On Guard on the feet or in a capsule with the Basil, helps to balance blood sugar and will boost the immune system.

      To save 25% on doTERRA products join the How Does She doTERRA Team! We'd love to have you. Besides, there's no obligation - just great products that really work!
      Go to Gordon Clark will come up as the Enroller and Sponsor.
      Email me with questions - or if you want me to walk you through the process.

      All the best,
      • June 14th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
        Jennifer Eden Clark says:
        For clarification, when you get to the homepage for click on "Join".
  19. June 15th, 2012 at 11:54 pm
    Serah says:
    My husband suffers from terrible allergies. He is always sucking and blowing and making some of the awfullest sounds that wake people in our house up from a dead sleep! Is there something you could suggest that will help him find some relief? He is totally miserable and stays that was from spring until winter. Thanks so much for anything you can suggest to help bring him relief!

    • June 22nd, 2012 at 3:25 pm
      Jennifer Eden Clark says:
      There are a few things that can help. First is Breathe, a blend from doTERRA. He can put it over his sinuses and on his chest before sleeping by putting 1 or 2 drops in his hand, dipping a finger in it and placing a small amount over the sinuses above the nose and eyebrows, over the nose and under the eyes, then 2-3 drops on his chest rubbed around. You can also diffuse it in the air by putting 4-5 drops in a humidifier or cool (as in no heat) essential oil diffuser.
      In conjunction with that, many people have success with 2 drops each lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils in a capsule and swallowed, 1 or 2 times a day. It works for me. You may have to take this for a couple days to see a response or it may be immediate. You can also put a few drops of lemon in water and drink that. It helps to dry up mucus.
      Disclaimer: These suggestions are for use with doTERRA essential oils. I trust them and know they work because they are of the highest quality. If you try other brands of essential oils they may not be as effective.

      You can buy doTERRA oils at retail prices at If you want to save 25% on retail prices you can purchase a wholesale membership at by clicking on join and selecting the Independent Product Consultant option. There is no obligation to buy or sell, you just get the discount and the opportunity to sell product, make a profit and grow a business if you wish.
      • June 22nd, 2012 at 3:40 pm
        jennifer Eden Clark says:
        Me again. To clarify - over the nose, means across the bridge of the nose. Under the eyes - would read better as below the eyes, just under the cheekbones. You never want to put essential oils any closer to the eyes than just above the eyebrows or just below the cheekbones. You also never put them directly into the ears or nose.

        FYI - A proper use of essential oils in the ears is this. For earaches or ear infections a very effective remedy is to put one drop each of Lavender and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) on a cotton ball and place it in the affected ear. They are both antibacterial, and Lavender is also anti-inflammatory, a bit analgesic -to help with the discomfort, and soothing.
  20. August 9th, 2012 at 11:50 am
    Shana says:
    Missy, how old is your son? My daughter is 17 month old and your post reads exactly like the last 6months of our lives - I am so glad I came across this post today! And like Kay's comment below, I also wanted to check on whether you use the oils daily or just as needed in response to a cold...I will do whatever it takes to put the nebulizer away for good! Thanks :) Shana
  21. September 25th, 2012 at 12:37 am
    emily says:
    Can you make any recommendations to help a child with motor and vocal tics?
    • September 26th, 2012 at 11:19 pm
      Jen says:
      Hi Emily,

      My experience has been that tics are often caused by anxiety and/or stress. Do you think this is true in this case?

      If so, then there are many oils which can alleviate those conditions. We can tailor the oil to the person with a little more information.
  22. October 17th, 2012 at 10:47 am
    Jessica says:
    I too have recently discovered how awesome Essential Oils can be! We just got this same kit! I LOVE IT! I posted a baby wipes recipe I got from there magazine on my blog. It is amazing! My girls no longer get bumps and it helps with diaper rash too so I don't have to buy diaper rash cream either! My girls just got a cold so I'm going to use lots of on Guard &Breath the next couple days to see if they can kick it. I used the breath in the humidifier last night and they didn't cough as much so that's good! So ya, thanks for sharing this post!
  23. October 17th, 2012 at 11:03 am
    Jessica says:
    I must correct my spelling *Breathe*
    And tell you I also LOVE the Lemon on too. (ok, all of them I've tried so far have been amazing!). I put a drop of lemon in my water thermos and I've got some awesome lemon water that helps boost my energy all day. There are so many uses it's awesome! I just put the Breathe and On Guard on my girls just now and they stopped sniffling and coughing...I didn't think it would be that quick!! I was also a HUGE skeptic but thought, what can it hurt to try right. I fall in love with everyone I try!
  24. October 18th, 2012 at 9:07 pm
    Sara B. says:
    I cannot possibly thank you enough for suggesting these essential oils, especially the OnGuard and Breathe! My 3 1/2 year old son has the exact same problem. Every time he gets sick it turns in to a breathing issue and now he's on daily breathing treatments, ugh! I've become such a germaphobe because I'm so afraid of him getting sick. Can't wait to try these!
  25. October 22nd, 2012 at 10:08 am
    Jenny says:
    I saw a product called In do you use it and has anyone tried it on their child? I have a 10 year old boy who is easily distracted but doesn't have ADD. However I think he gets distracted a lot more then the average 10 year old. He's currently on Fish Oil and it does seem to help.
    • October 23rd, 2012 at 3:43 pm
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      In Tune is pretty new so I haven't heard a lot about how it's being used or people's successes yet. It comes in a roller bottle. They say the best place to use it is down the sides of the neck and down the spine.
      You can find it at
      Some related products that may help are the a2z Children's Chewable multi-vitamin and the IQMega that is a blend of Omega 3's similar to the fish oil your son is taking. doTERRA's products are carefully researched to be effective and very pure.
      I don't know if there is a connection but when I went to Parent Teacher Conference a couple weeks after my son had started taking the chewable his teacher said that for approximately the last two weeks he was getting his classwork done whereas before he really struggled because he was always getting distracted. Hard to say. :) I'm going to add the IQMega now after hearing your story. I've known it is supposed to help but have a hard time remembering to give it to him. He didn't even mind the taste of it when he initially tried it. Good luck!
  26. November 6th, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Amanda says:
    Thanks for this info, I would LOVE to try these essential oils with my 3 lil ones! Do you know of any other brands that also make the "On Guard & Breathe" that works just as well? Thanks for your help :)
  27. November 29th, 2012 at 10:31 am
    Tonya says:
    Too funny that I just found this. We moved to Oregon from Utah a year and a half ago. Every other week since we moved my 2 year old has had bronchitis. Awful bronchitis. No sleep and lots of coughing. We kept trying medicine after medicine. Flovent, singulair, claritin D, flonase. NOTHING was helping. My friend sent me a sample of onguard and breathe. I was totally skeptical. My husband's a doctor and we believe in medicine. However, it wasn't working. Nothing was. Desperate I started putting on the oils. She still got bronchitis, but the crazy part is that it turns her can't breathe cough into a mild productive cough and we can SLEEP. It's been a miracle in our house. She's had bronchitis three times since we started using the oils and it's not even 1/10th as bad as it used to be. I had to realize that even though she still gets sick, it's not nearly as devastating on our family financially and mentally. These oils have been amazing! I'm anxious to learn more and more. Glad they worked for you too. Love your blog! ;)
  28. December 11th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Laura White says:
    I am in a similar situation with my 4 year old and 3 month old. 4 yr old is in preschool larttime and brings home EVERYTHING! The house has been sick pretty consistently since September. I have purchased On Guard and Breath after reading this testimonial. I can't seem to find directions on doterra's website regarding how to dilute to apply to children's feet/chest. Also, concerned about safety for 3 month old. Would love more detailed directions, how much On Guard and what to dilute with to apply topically
    • December 12th, 2012 at 1:01 pm
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      Hi Laura,

      I sent you an email but I'll respond here too so other people can benefit.

      I feel your frustration! Here are some answers.

      Yes, you can use oils on your infant. For both children and for adults here are some guidelines.
      Child's dose is 1-3 drops. Adults 3-5
      You can dilute essential oils with any vegetable oil (canola, olive, etc.) by putting a small amount in your cupped hand then adding the essential oil. Rub your hands together and apply to the bottom of the feet, On Guard, or the chest, Breathe or On Guard (for the infant I'd stick with the feet). Besides applying to the chest for everyone you can also put 4-6 drops of Breathe in a cool mist humidifier and running it while the "patient" sleeps.
      For the ear infection you can try rubbing 1 drop of diluted OnGuard around the ear.

      For the adults you could try the "bullet" for illness. It's 2 drops each of Oregano, On Guard, and Lemon in a capsule. Many people take it as soon as they feel something coming on and avoid getting sick. You would want to take this 2-3 times a day with food until the symptoms are gone. Lemon is a mucolytic among other things so is great for colds. It also detoxes and is antibacterial.

      Here's a suggestion if you feel like taking this further. There is a Family Physician kit which contains a 5 ml of each of the above oils plus 6 others. They are for alleviating all the common ills of families. The best way to get it, meaning saving money, is to enroll as a Preferred Customer (20% off, $10 fee) or Independent Product Consultant (25% off, $35 fee) and use it as your enrollment kit. It comes with a free 15 ml Slim & Sassy. Go to if you're interested in doing that. If you have questions or want to talk about it more you can email me,

      Good luck! I hope you'll be able to get some sleep! I think the Breathe in the humidifier will help your little one sleep.
  29. January 14th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    Chris says:
    I've been wondering about doTerra for quite a while. One question I have, are essential oils safe for pregnant women?
    • April 10th, 2013 at 11:43 am
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      Sorry I didn't see your comment sooner.

      Yes, they are for the most part. There is a wonderful book written by a midwife who uses essential oils from before pregnancy, to help with infertility and preparing your body, to using them on a newborn and postpartum mom.

      Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, & Babies by Stephanie Fritz
      You can find a link on my website:
  30. January 18th, 2013 at 9:35 am
    Julie V says:
    I love the oils also. One thing that I have found is that Basil behind the ears on the bone has worked really well for my family when they get an earache.
  31. January 19th, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    Liz says:
    hi, quick question. I'm a new doterra user, I have three young kids, and it appears onguard is the best oil on them when they get sick&for prevention. my question - any suggestions for how to rub the oil on little ones feet without drying out mommas hands? thank you!
  32. February 16th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    carinarg says:
    you ask "it can't hurt"? well, actually IT CAN. you were lucky this time, but giving up traditional medicine in favor of aromatherapy, homeopathy, bach flowers and all that C*AP, CAN HURT.
    • March 5th, 2013 at 1:30 pm
      jennifer Eden Clark says:
      It sounds like you've had a bad experience and I'm sorry.

      Missy gave up the traditional medicine route, in this case, because it wasn't working, in exchange for something that is working and isn't hurting. It doesn't mean she gave up traditional medicine all together. She didn't. I haven't.

      It would be too bad to give up all of the alternative treatments because of a bad experience with one. Moderation is always best. Most people still have faith in traditional medicine even though people die from mistakes in it's use.
  33. April 18th, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    Sarah Egan says:
    Serenity saved my sleep! When I started using it my daughter was 9 months old. She was waking up often during the night to nurse. I didn't mind except that I was waking up exhausted every morning from not getting quality sleep. I decided to try the serenity blend. The first night I used it, despite being woken up a number of times, I woke up feeling refreshed and energized. Amazing!

    Life long vitality supplements made me feel like myself again. Since my daughter (now 10.5 months) I have been dealing with post partum anxiety. I did what I could without medication. I exercised, ate well, talked to a counselor, and though these all made me feel better, I still didn't feel like myself. I was taking my prenatal still but something told me I wasn't getting what I needed from them. I started taking the life long vitality supplements and within a week I felt like myself again. Again, amazing!

    Essential oils are life changing. I love them!
  34. April 18th, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    Chris says:
    I love oils, but have a question about the biz. Are individuals required to make an order each month (like with melaleuca)? In other words, if i don't need product one month, does one get automatically shipped/billed to me? Also, since you seem to wanto to sign new consultants up, are you offering any discount on the $35, free products, trials, incentives, etc.

    Thanks so much for the information!
  35. May 21st, 2013 at 11:09 am
    Jasmine says:
    My sister in law sells doTerra and loves it, but the thing I am most curious about is the blend for women that is supposed to even out hormones etc.... But haven't really heard any conclusive reviews on it? Wondering if anyone here has? Thanks! :)
  36. June 11th, 2013 at 5:21 pm
    Mayra@cellulite treatment cream says:
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  37. January 18th, 2014 at 10:47 pm
    Jessica wilkinson says:
    I work for Doterra on their research and product development team! I love reading stories of people discovering them and working to solve problems for them. I was the same skeptic at first to be honest :)
  38. January 29th, 2014 at 9:51 am
    Corinne says:
    I LOVE essential oils and have been using them for years! I will be honest -- I was not that impressed with the DoTerra brand of oils. I would recommend Butterfly Express ( Their oils are pure, potent and extremely high quality! They sell carrier oils, tinctures, books, salves and all kinds of wonderful things!! Whichever company you use, essential oils is the way to go to protect your family!!
  39. February 5th, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    Gail Speis says:
    Hello, I am interested in becoming a consultant, could you contact me with how to go about it? Thank you- Gail
    • February 5th, 2014 at 10:20 pm
      Missy says:
      Just email and she will get you hooked up! She is fabulous to work with!
  40. April 1st, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    Susan says:
    There is a company out there besides DoTerra & Young Living (and butterfly express) that doesn't require a distributorship, minimum monthly purchases, etc. It's called Spark Naturals. Excellent quality, great customer service. They have a blend called Jeddy's Blend that has been really helpful for those with focus problems whether it is ADD or menopause :D It was developed by a mom searching for help for her son. Terrific product. I've been very pleased with their products after having used doTerra. it is a LOT easier on my finances also.
  41. April 1st, 2014 at 9:07 pm
    Kimberly says:
    While I resoundingly profess the benefits of essential oils, I don't recommend multi-level marketing businesses.

    My roommate's 3 year old got into some poison oak and got the blisters/rash along his waistline from his pants. The next morning she was going to take him to the dr. I suggested we try some tea tree oil on it in the meantime. By the next morning, all that remained was just a few faint red marks. After that, her two boys would come running asking for tea tree oil if they got a bump or a scratch. It saved her an expensive trip to the dr.
  42. April 21st, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    Joy says:
    I follow on pinterest.
  43. November 12th, 2014 at 5:57 pm
    Jennifer says:
    i just signed up today!! I am excited for it to come in the mail. I have been using the oils for a few months now and they make a big difference. I love peppermint and the hammer blend for my insomnia. I am hoping that I can try using one for my sons eczema and that there will be a big change. I am also looking forward to sharing the oils with friends and family and turning them on to what they can do for us.
  44. November 6th, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Amanda says:
    Can anyone tell me if the doTERRA products are sold locally in any health stores in Florida, or can this only be ordered on-line?? Thanks :) All 3 of my kids have been sick for like 2 weeks & my 10m old was diagnosed with RSV yesterday :( we have been doing the breathing treatments with her, but I would really like to try the oils, is she of age to use these? Also for my 2.5 yr old who has had a nasty cough & runny nose...
  45. November 7th, 2012 at 10:18 am
    Shelley says:
    I believe these can only be ordered online. -Yes! You children are old enough to use them. Missy uses them on her baby all the time. :)
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