doTERRA BOGO: Peace & Motivate

Hey friends! I woke up at 5:30 this morning just so I could see the BOGO deals and spread the word before my kids woke up. Well, turns out Noah was already up and talking to himself, but he knows not to get out of bed yet. Anyway, moving on…

Today only if you purchase a doTERRA Peace Touch, you will get a doTERRA Motivate Touch for free! Now their Touch line is amazing. doTERRA’s Touch line is the same essential oil you love, diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil in a rollerbottle. So it’s great to use for younger kids or for those who may be sensitive to some essential oils.

Peace Touch (Reassuring Blend): This blend consists of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum Leaf, and Spearmint. I love this oil. I like to use it as a natural perfume because it has an amazing floral woodsy smell to it that is calming and subtle. It provides just what it claims to: peace and reassurance. If you deal with anxious or fearful emotions, just roll this over your pulse points. If the demands of your work day start to overwhelm you, roll this on your wrists and breathe deeply. If your kids seem to be bouncing off the walls at bedtime, roll this on their cute little feet and diffuse it in their bedroom. This is an oil I use often, and it’s one that I like to have in my purse or diaper bag when I’m out of the house.

Motivate Touch (Encouraging Blend): This blend consists of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla Bean Absolute. Y’all if you can’t tell by this lineup, this blend smells amazing. It has a citrusy mint aroma that’s intoxicating. I love using this in the morning to help wake  up and get moving. It can also help promote feelings of confidence and belief, while eliminating feelings of doubt and pessimistic. I like to roll some on before I teach a doTERRA class or step on stage when I’m networking. You’ve got to try it!

Do you want in on this deal? Then head on over to my website today! Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber If you want additional savings, you should get a wholesale account by clicking “Join & Save.” This gives you wholesale pricing for an entire year, and no sales or monthly orders are required! PLUS anyone who enrolls in a wholesale account from me will receive a welcome gift with some additional items to help you start on your natural health journey.

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This One’s for the Girls: doTERRA Essential Oils for Menstrual Relief

Y’all, I’m just gonna keep it real with this post today. First, here’s a warning to all the men out there: This post is related to women’s issues and hormones. Specifically how doTERRA essential oils can be used to bring relief when you’re on your period. I’m going there today. So hang on tight, you’re in for a fun ride!

Many times I can predict when I’m going to start my period because I notice a few signs: I’m emotional, I tend to breakout a few days before starting, I start getting cramps and back ache, and my craving for chocolate goes through the roof. These issues continue while I’m on my period, and then I feel “normal” again when the week passes. Did you know you can make these week (and the days before) much more manageable by incorporating essential oils throughout the week.

ClaryCalm (Monthly Blend for Women): Does anyone else experience mood swings before their period? I do! I tend to get weepy and irritable before I start my period. Once that happens, I have 2 oils that I turn to. The first one is ClaryCalm. ClaryCalm is a blend of essential oils specifically designed to help women during this time. It consists of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarose, and Vitex essential oils. The aroma has a pleasant sweet and earthy smell to it. You can start applying it pulse points when you’re hormones seem to be all over the place, and you can apply it over your ovaries if you tend to have a heavy menstruation or cramping. I apply this oil topically right where I’m cramping, and then heat up a heating pad and place it on my stomach as well. The combination provides a lot of relief for me.

Melaleuca: Commonly known as tea tree oil, Melaleuca is known for its cleansing and purifying properties. Melaleuca can help with those blemishes and breakout that tend to happen during this time. I simply rub some on my hand and apply it right on top of the pimple. I like to combine it with the next essential oil that I’m going to highlight.

Frankincense: Frankincense is my favorite essential oil. It is kind of the “all purpose” of the essential oils. During my period, I combine this essential oil with Melaleuca and use for clear my skin because it has great soothing and cleansing effects on your skin. It’s also my second oil of choose to calm my unpredictable emotions. I also like to use it topically for emotional support as well, along with the ClaryCalm.

Grapefruit: This may seem like a random essential oil to use right now, but Grapefruit essential oil can help to curb sugar cravings. I like to put a drop of this oil in my glass of water and continuously drink this to curb those cravings. (Reminder: I only recommend taking doTERRA essential oils internally, and encourage everyone to do their research when purchasing essential oils.) Citrus oils also pair beautifully with frankincense to uplift your mood, and it’s a great diffuser blend. This will help to uplift everyone’s mood during this time!

Deep Blue (Soothing Blend): Deep Blue is a blend of essential oils designed to bring relief to occasional sore muscles or joints. It is made of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus essential oil. I dilute this essential oil with some doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, and apply it to my aching back. I also will utilize a heating pad, and use a heating pad on my back after applying this essential oil. The combination of the essential oil and heat is amazing!

Well folks, I hope you found this post helpful. These are my go to oils when I’m on my period, and I’m so glad I found natural solutions to help with this week that creeps up every month. I’d love to hear from you: Do you have another essential oil that you utilize during your period?

DIY: OnGuard Hand Cleansing Spray

I feel like I was just picking my kids up for their last day of school, and now their first day of school is quickly approaching. We were getting my oldest son’s back to school supplies this past weekend, and do you know what was on the list? Hand gels. Yikes. Most traditional hand cleaning gels have ingredients like alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and other chemicals I’d like my young kiddos to avoid.

We have stopped using conventional hand gels the past couple of years, and now we just make our our hand cleansing sprays using doTERRA essential oils. So I’m here today to share how you can make this easy and economical hand cleansing spray. The great thing is, this spray also doubles as a throat soothing spray if you have a sore throat.

*For the record, I bought the hand gels because his classroom shares community supplies, but I’ll be sending a hand cleansing spray for him in his lunchbox so he can use it before lunch. Sometimes, the situation isn’t perfect, but we do what we can.*

doTERRA OnGuard Hand Cleansing Spray

 

Ingredients:

1 (2 ounce) glass or stainless steel spray bottle

10 drops of doTERRA OnGuard essential oil

1 squirt of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Water

Directions:

1. Place the drops of OnGuard in the spray bottle.

2. Add the Fractionated Coconut Oil.

3. Top with water.

4. Put on the spray cap, and give it a good shake.

5. Enjoy! Use this to cleanse your hands, the shopping cart, tables at restaurants, airport bathrooms, and any other surface that seems a little sketchy.

Notes:

1. If you are currently out of OnGuard (this has happened to me before), you can use Melaleuca in a pinch, but OnGuard is definitely my first choice for this spray.

2. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a squirt of witch hazel to the mix, but I normally do without unless I happen to have witch hazel on hand.

3. doTERRA doesn’t sell the empty spray bottles, but you can find them at retailers online.

Here are some great ways to use doTERRA OnGuard essential oil blend. What is your favorite way to use this oil?

Back to Basics: Foundations for Your Health

Ok, friends, I feel like I should warn you before I dive into this post. It is not going to be the most entertaining post you’ve ever read. It’s not going to be the most enlightening post you’ve ever read. Honestly, it probably won’t be the most memorable post you’ve ever read either. So, why the heck am I even writing about this? Because it’s so foundational that everyone needs to read it. (So please read it! I promise the next post will be more entertaining.)

I’m going to be posting more often on this blog, on social media, and on my podcast about doTERRA essential oils, holistic health remedies, and some natural DIYs. I’m doing this because my heart is truly to show others that we really can take control of our health and wellness naturally. HOWEVER, it is extremely imperative that we get the foundation right. For example, I’ve chatted about how essential oils can help support your immune system, but if you’re filling your body with Twinkies, and not sleeping or exercising 24/7 then you’re going to run into some issues. We’ve got to get the foundation solid… Not perfect, because I love a cupcake every now and then, but solid. So, let’s dive in!

1. Nutrition: We’ve all heard it. “You are what you eat.” It’s so true. My normal routine and habits have gotten thrown off (Let’s be clear, I did the throwing. I’m not blaming circumstances) and I can feel it. It’s been more difficult to get up early in the morning, I’ve been less productive, and just kinda felt blah. I’ve just spent a couple of days getting back to my normal and I’m already feeling better. I’m not going to get into vegan/paleo/keto/gluten free argument. I will say, we all probably need to up our veggies. So start with that, and pound the water. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. Flavor it with some doTERRA citrus oils to keep it interesting.

2. Rest: There’s this Daniel the Tiger song that always get stuck in my head… “When you’re sick, rest is best, rest is best.” I wish I could sing it to you, because words on a page doesn’t do it justice, and if you don’t have kids in your house under the age of 5 you probably have no idea who Daniel the Tiger is. That’s okay, you get the point. When we’re sick, when we’re well, and every day we need adequate rest. Maybe if you’re in your twenties you can rock your day on 3 hours of sleep, but trust me, you will perform and feel much better if you get at least 6 hours of sleep in your system. Some people even feel the best when they get 10 hours of sleep, but let’s not get crazy. Find how you function the best.

3. Love Yourself: I know it may not seem like it at the time, but negative self talk doesn’t serve your body or emotions at all. You’re actually physically harming your mind and body when you beat yourself up with negativity. Be gentle and kind to yourself. Treat yourself with the same care you would treat someone else. Give yourself grace. Start speaking love and life over yourself. It sounds cheesy, and it even feels awkward when you start speaking love instead of hate, but get over the awkwardness. Your love for yourself will bleed over to how you love others. It will make the world go round. Ok, not that last part, but you get my point. If you want some science to back this up, then go and check out the book Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. It’s very eyeopening.

4. Movement: I used the word “movement” here instead of “exercise” because I feel like we associate exercise with grueling, intensive workouts that are only for the elite athletes. However you want to word it: movement, exercise, working out… you need to do it. Pick a movement you like: going for a walk in the woods, having a dance party with your kids, hard core sweat sesh, running, yoga, whatever. Find what you love and do more of that. Movement releases toxins in your body and pumps you full of endorphins. I can use all the endorphins I can get!

Now, I could go on and chat about supplements, probiotics, meditation, sunshine, and much more, but those will be other posts for later days. This truly was meant to be a very basic and general post. Help me out though: What are some foundational steps you take towards enhancing your health and wellness?

Chasing My Dreams: Meeting Gary Vaynerchuk Along the Way

Two weeks ago, I met Gary Vaynerchuk. Now, I’m blogging about this for a couple of reasons: 1. I want to remember this experience for all eternity. 2. I want to challenge y’all to go out and fight for your dreams. They are worth it. You are worth it.

In order to document this experience, I need to take you back to April. The night of April 15, 2017. I had a dream I was sitting in a business meeting with Gary. Now I don’t remember details, because right as this dream began, I was woken up by a kicked from my 4 year old who is notorious for crawling in bed with us.

So, I thought that was kinda weird, but started getting ready for Easter service at church. I’m applying my mascara when I hear Gary offer his 30 Pitches giveaway. Basically, he offered 30 people to come to New York, pitch their business to him within a 30 second time frame, and he would provide you with feedback.

Now a lot of thoughts went through my head: I should really post about Jesus on my feed and not Gary Vaynerchuk… There’s no way I’m going to get chosen… He’s gonna have thousands of people apply… Will I even be able to afford to fly there if I did get chosen? Whatever. Screw it, I’m gonna go for it.

So I entered the contest. And then I got chosen. And then I freaked out. And then I found cheap flights (thanks SouthWest!). And then I left my 4 kids and went to New York City for the first time in my life. And then I freaked out again. And then I went to VaynerMedia. And then I freaked out again, but only on the inside while I tried playing cool on the outside. But what do I know about being cool? I spend my days with my 4 little kids, so my version of cool is singing all the lyrics to Moana. Whatever. My kids think I’m cool. I got this. Breathe.

I get to VaynerMedia, and mingled amongst the other business owners. There was such an interesting crowd: from social media consultants, to coffee roasters, a volleyball coach, and luxury soap creator. We made our way to a conference room, shaking DRock’s hand and chatting with Tyler while we waited.

 (Tyler is super tall, y’all!)

Gary called us back one by one to give him our pitch. So there I went: a stay at home mom from Texas with a heart for natural healthcare and big dreams. I gave him my 30 second pitch that roughly went like this:

“So, I’m a stay at home mom to 4 kids 6 years old and under, and today I’m pitching to you my side hustle. I’m a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and what I do is educate about natural and holistic health, and I point people in the right direction as to what essential oils would be best for them and their family. Then I help them learn how to use the product correctly, and reach their health goals.”

To which Gary responded: “Great.”

Then: LONG. AWKWARD. PAUSE.

Me: “That’s my pitch.”

Gary: “Ok, so what are you wanting from me?” Panic set in. I wasn’t prepared for this. I just thought he would spit out advice. So I responded by telling him I was just looking for advice.

He starts telling me I already know things he is going to say (which is true for anyone that’s been listening to his content for longer than a week): patience is key (which is funny because I was planning on wearing his Patience is Key shirt, but changed my mind last minute). He talked about collaborating with more people, doing 5-10-20 more people at night when I’d rather be sleeping, and he also mentioned trying out Anchor, and providing a daily podcast highlighting a different product each day. (By the way, my Anchor station is up and running, you should check it out).

We ended with a book signing and selfie. It was quick meeting, and I’ve gotten some really crazy looks when people found out I flew to NYC for a 3 minute meeting… But it was so much more than a 3 minute meeting. Not only did I meet Gary, but I got to brush shoulders with others on his team, and the culture that’s in that building is truly inspiring.

One of my favorite parts about the day was the friendships I made with the other business owners in the room. We stayed and chatted for hours, sharing stories and dreams. I told many about our desire to grow our doTERRA business to a full time income, and my family’s desire to give to our community in big and powerful ways to further the kingdom of God.

To top off the day, after a group of us went out for pizza, we walked across the street to take a photo across the street in front of graffiti wall. The words along the wall read “and maybe I had a dream about you…” I couldn’t have been more thrilled. We took a group photo, and I had a take a photo by that caption, because that’s how it all started. With a dream. I’m still chasing and working towards my dream, now go chase yours!

I’d love to encourage you as you work towards your dreams. What are some of your dreams and goals?

Clean Skin Routine

The past year I have simplified my skin care routine dramatically. When I decided to try something new, I was coming from a place of disappointment and frustration. I already wasn’t impressed on the chemicals I was using to address my skin care issues, and I felt like I was wasting money on so many products and systems. Sadly, many of our skin care products are filled with chemicals and toxic ingredients that can be harmful for our bodies. Here’s a look on my journey for a clean skin care routine.

Rewind about a year and a half ago. I was pregnant with our baby girl, and breaking out all the time. So “naturally” I turned to the grocery store, looking for a face wash that claimed to get rid of acne and promote clear skin. This was just a habit I had from my teen years when I dealt with acne so I thought it was the way to go. What I found was disappointment after disappointment.

On top of that, my skin was really dry. I found that any moisturizer I tried just left my skin feeling heavy and greasy, and I’d have to reapply the moisturizer just a couple hours later because dry spots would return to my skin. I never thought at 30 years old that I would have more skin issues than when I was 13 years old.

I continued to struggle with this even after Sarah was born. I was casually chatting with one of my sisters about it, and she mentioned that when she eliminated diary completely her acne cleared up. At this point I already wasn’t drinking milk, but decided to get rid of the cheese and yogurt too. I also added some doTERRA essential oils to my routine and ditched the typical store bought face wash.

My routine now looks like this:

*Wash my face with bar of soap (I’m not specific on this. Just any bar of soap where I know all the ingredients) once a day.

*Use (diluted) doTERRA Immortelle as my moisturizer twice a day.

*Limit my dairy intake. I still eat cheese occasionally, but instead of diary every day, it’s more like once a week.

That’s it y’all. Now I’ll go into more detail about the specific benefits of doTERRA Immortelle in my next post, but a few basic benefits are: anti-aging, fights blemishes, and combats age spots and wrinkles. It comes in a roller bottle, undiluted, but I get the most bang for my buck by diluting half of it and putting the other half in an empty roller bottle and dilute it as well. So it’s like getting 2 bottles of Immortelle for the price of one! I’ll be posting a YouTube video on this soon, so if you’d like to see the process be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Amanda Gerber.

I highly encourage everyone to simplify their skin care routine. Even if you’re not struggling with acne or dry skin, I urge you to be aware of what you’re putting on your skin every day. When you start the process, just know that your skin may need to detox and it could take a few weeks for your skin to adjust, but your body will thank you in the long run.

I know everyone’s skin is different and responds to different things. I’d love to hear from you: How do you naturally care for your skin?