So, I am big into meditation. My husband and I meditate together every morning at 5:30 a.m.
A good meditative state can be hard to accomplish. You need peace and quiet—which is sometimes impossible to achieve with three young kids. You need an atmosphere that is Zen-friendly, and to me, that means aromatherapy.
You can burn incense if you like, or, like me, you can diffuse some essential oils. There are a few essential oils powerhouses, and perhaps the biggest of them all is doTERRA.
Founded a decade ago, doTERRA is a multi-level marketing and direct-selling company that offers quite a few products, most of which are based on essential oils. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, essential oils are the pure natural oils derived from all kinds of plant material from orange peels to eucalyptus leaves. They have a strong fragrance and various properties, depending on the plant.
The company listed over 3 million distributors in 2016. That’s a lot. While doTERRA operates overseas, about three quarters of the business is conducted right here in America. To me, that says the market may be saturated and that choosing to run a home-based doTERRA business now may be a challenge.
Like all other MLMS, doTERRA is built on salespeople recruiting other salespeople to increase their own profits. Maybe if this was 2010, you could find enough people who had never heard of doTERRA but catch on to the vision. That would be a great market environment for making a real home-based business. Since that isn’t the case, I’m not sure how lucrative a doTERRA business may be.
That being said, doTERRA has a lot going for it. That’s mainly because it offers such a wide range of products, including hundreds of different essential oils and blends. (When you blend together different oils, you get all sorts of aroma combinations. Some are great for relaxing, while others are great for cleaning, detoxifying, etc.)
In other words, I recommend being a doTERRA customer over a doTERRA distributor. They company’s website has a lot of useful information about each of its oils, including ways to use them and tap into their natural properties.
I have been using essential oils for years now—in my meditations and in everyday life. I keep some in my car for when I need to calm down during traffic jams. I also rub lavender oil on my kids’ feet every night to help them sleep. I will rub peppermint oil on my temples when I need a pick-me-up. I even use lemon oil and other citrus oils in cooking recipes.
I have probably purchased essential oils from half a dozen suppliers or so, and about a third of those I got from a girlfriend of mine who is a doTERRA distributor. One word of warning: Essential oils are not cheap. A small bottle of certain oils can cost over $25, so be prepared. The good news is that a few drops go a long ways, especially if you diffuse your oils.
Last, while doTERRA’s essential oils are, in my opinion, a bit pricey, there are alternatives. Other companies may not have the wide selection of oils that doTERRA has, but they do offer a better value.
You just have to make sure the oils you buy are rigorously tested and 100 percent pure. Some companies sell cheap oils, but they contain all sorts of impurities. However (hint, hint), the next company we’ll look at has 100% pure essential oils at a fraction of doTERRA’s cost.
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