Essential Oils featuring Life Love Oils + dōTERRA: Review + Giveaway!

I’d been seeing and hearing more about essential oils when my good friend + favorite neighbor brought them up as possible solutions for ailments in my family. Amy of Life Love Oils gave us samples to try for getting our kids to sleep better and recovering from illnesses faster (more about that below). I’m excited to feature Amy and have her share her knowledge about essential oils with you. 
In her own words…

        Just over a year ago, an old high school friend invited to me a dōTERRA Essential Oils class. I had never heard about essential oils before and I was really curious about what they were and how they worked. Ok, I HAD heard about them once when I was trying out to get on Wheel of Fortune, and another woman introducing herself proudly proclaimed, “I’m Sally and I LOVE essential oils!” But that’s another story… 

As soon as my friend started talking about how she was replacing everything in her medicine cabinet with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, I couldn’t stop listening! She talked about using lavender, frankincense, and melaleuca for her kids bumps, bruises and cuts. I learned that lemon could help me wake up and feel revived in the morning, flush my body of toxins when I drank it in water, and disinfect my countertops with a little bit of vinegar and water! And sleep! Oh, the elusive postpartum sleep issues! I was introduced to Serenity, a calming and relaxing blend, and Balance, a grounding blend that helped me with the anxiety I experienced shortly after giving birth to my second son. And don’t get me started on vetiver… What? You’ve never heard of it? We need to talk. 

I went home that night feeling empowered to take charge of my health, and my family’s health. I started researching essential oils the next day and I haven’t stopped since! Within a weeks time, both my sister and aunt had told me that they, too, had attended an essential oils class and enrolled with dōTERRA as an IPC (Independent Product Consultant.) I enrolled (Wholesale prices for top grade essential oils? Why wouldn’t I?) and ordered the Family Physician Kit and counted down the days until it arrived at my door. And while I waited I told anyone who would listen about essential oils and how they were about to fall in love as hard as I had!

Using essential oils has been an incredible learning experience for me! I am continually learning ways to use them to treat symptoms of illness for my husband and kids. Steve doesn’t run away anymore when I come at him with a new combination, he knows they work! Nate asks for them daily. When his asthma is acting up, he asks for Breathe, a respiratory blend that helps him breathe easier and have more restful sleep. It has been a tremendous help in his asthma care routine. And Luke? He loves his after bath essential oil massages! (And I love having a baby that drifts off to sleep peacefully!)

Personally, I am enjoying the process of learning and immersing myself in something totally new, and gaining confidence as my knowledge grows. I’m having FUN sharing what I’ve learned with other people, and helping them find solutions to their health concerns! I’ve been joking that I don’t want my friends to run the opposite direction when they see me coming, for fear that I’m going to slather them with a new oil. Now they’ll just have to be content knowing that I’ll chase them down anyway!

A bit about dōTERRA

Facts About dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Innovative Standard 
dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest and 
most beneficial oils available in the world today. For an oil to be Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®, the oil must feature … 
• 100% pure, natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants 
• No fillers or artificial ingredients, no dilution of active qualities 
• Verified to be free of contaminants, pesticides or chemical residues 
• Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition 
• Cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure exact purity and composition potency 
• Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal 
environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time 
• Aromatic compounds that are skillfully extracted by experienced distillers verified to ensure purity and composition

Shandell’s Review
I first heard about essential oils when I was in college, I was undergoing physical therapy for a car accident and my PT recommended peppermint oil for my migraines and other headaches. She gave me a sample and I used it for a time. More recently I’ve had several friends using essential oils and telling me bits and pieces about them. At first the price deterred me from even being curious.
I credit Amy with really informing me of their myriad uses. I became convinced when they worked repeatedly in replacement of things that we would have to buy more often. For us peppermint essential oils have replaced tylenol for whenever I’ve had a headache, vapor rub and the scented inserts for the vaporizer, antacids for tummy aches, and more. Just ask Amy, she’ll tell you how to make over your medicine cabinet with Essential Oils! If you’re local to the Eugene area you may even be able to catch her classes on it.

The biggest life changer was dōTERRA’s Serenity blend. Amy supplied us with this oil, first as a friend helping out another mama, and second for the purpose of this review. My boys struggled to get to sleep and stay asleep at night. I mixed a few drops of Serenity with unscented lotion (or coconut oil) and slathered it on their feet and the back of their necks at bedtime. At first Kai wasn’t a fan, but they got used to it as part of their bedtime routine. In the beginning they did drift off a little faster, but Desmond would still wake in the middle of the night. Ben would reapply (now we use a roller, which makes it much easier) and Des would ease back to sleep. After a while, he didn’t wake at night anymore. That alone is worth the price for us! Best of all both are safe for my kids and for me to use while pregnant!

I actually started using Serenity as well when I found I couldn’t fall asleep because my mind was too busy to slow down and let me rest. It helped me fall asleep faster. Then Ben’s sleep “antics”  started to become a problem (he’s been a sleep walker for a long time, especially when he’s very tired or stressed). Neither one of us was getting enough sleep because of his frequent and jolting night waking. We thought about having him see a homeopath because doctors had dismissed his issue in the past, but we’d have to pay out of pocket completely. He decided to try Serenity and it worked! I can honestly say that for the last couple of months the only times Ben has had sleep walking issues is when he’s forgotten to apply the Serenity essential oil blend before bed. Once again, so worth the cost for us. Also, because we’re able to blend it with a carrier oil we only use a couple drops a night. I foresee it lasting us 9 months or longer, for the whole family! 
Amy of Life Love Essential Oils is generously giving away a $30 credit to order an essential oil of your choice from dōTERRA!  Please be sure to follow the directions in the Rafflecopter form carefully. If you need help using Rafflecopter, see my tutorial here or feel free to shoot me an email. 

The BIGGEST disqualifier in the last few giveaways was not following the directions for the mandatory entry. Please be sure you leave a comment and that it’s content pertains to the instructions in the giveaway or your entry will be invalid. 
This giveaway begins on Friday February 21st, 2014 and will end by Wednesday February 26th, 12:00am PT. Contest open to US residents only. 
A winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter, the winner will be announced shortly after the contest ends and notified by email. If the winner doesn’t claim their prize within 48 hours, an alternate will be chosen. Entries are subject to removal. 
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Click for additional disclosures and PR policies.

  1. Kristi Kutcher

    February 22, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Very interested to try the serenity oil for sleep!

  2. kati

    February 22, 2014 at 4:20 am

    i think i need some Balance! 🙂

  3. Anna

    February 22, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I love essential oils and am always up for trying new combos or brands! 🙂

  4. Brock and Heather

    February 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I would love to try any.. but the Serenity sounds nice for us all!

  5. Tiffiny Duke

    February 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I have never heard of Whisper! It sounds very interesting to me and I think I would love to try it!!

  6. Kristina S

    February 23, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Serenity all the way to help my kids stay asleep at night

  7. bekah

    February 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I've been wanting eucalyptus oil this winter! All of the stinking colds!

  8. Alisha

    February 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Love learining new ways to keep my family healthy

  9. The Fam

    February 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I'd like to try lemongrass, never have!

  10. The Fam

    February 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I'd like to try lemongrass, never have!

  11. The Fam

    February 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I'd like to try lemongrass, never have!

  12. The Fam

    February 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I'd like to try lemongrass, never have!

  13. Elizabeth

    February 25, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Could really use something for stress around my house!

  14. Kari Arsenault

    February 25, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I would love to try either the slim and sassy or the deep blue rub. 🙂 Thanks for the chance 🙂

  15. Tami

    February 25, 2014 at 5:16 am

    serenity would be good for graveyard workers.

  16. Elena Vo

    February 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I'd like to try the Lemon essential oil. Have seen it mentioned so many times on natural and health-related blogs I read.

  17. Nidia ruiz

    February 25, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I need some balance oil on my life to help me with my post partum depression 😉

  18. Ashley

    February 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I've been wanting to try oregano essential oil!


  19. lisha

    February 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I have been wainting to dive into this whole oils world!

  20. amandaraecolo

    February 26, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I love essential oils and would love to try any of the doterra blends but probably the breathe or deep blue the most!

  21. AlexisB2007

    February 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Slim and Sassy or Deep Blue!

  22. JACLYN

    February 27, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I'm interested in lemon grass and sweet orange.

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