I <3 OnGuard in so many ways!



OnGuard Beadlets, OnGuard+ Softgels, & lets not forget the classic OnGuard Oil itself!


I have to tell you I was SO impressed with OnGuard the past few weeks!  I have always loved OnGuard, but since using the oils I have not *really* had the opportunity to test its true strength because I have been so well!  I am going to tell you a story of woe from myself, and a testimonial from a friend of mine where I ran over to play nurse (can’t have a sick buddy when on vacation this weekend!)


So the hubby & I came home from camping and I had a nice sinus infection and being the caring wife that I am, thought Eric would want some of my ick :) YAY A HOUSE FULL OF BLEGH! So I was using Clary Sage and Breathe and it was helping a lot.  I really had no idea what was going on as at the time I just thought my sinuses were clogged.  Well the 2nd day of not feeling well I went to the Doctors to get a legit diagnosis so I knew what I was fighting.   I went to the doctors and after sitting in a waiting room for 30 minutes I was led to another ‘waiting area’ for my blood pressure & weight.  After about 10 minutes of nonsense I was finally brought to my room to see the doctor in.  At this point it was already moving in on an hour at the doctors office surrounded by all sorts of sick people and I was getting anxious to get outta there!  Well, I was waiting for so long I ended up napping.  I was in the room for THIRTY MINUTES before the doctor came in.  He was in and out within 10 minutes.  I mean yes, its a sinus infection (which I am grateful to know) but the rush he was in followed by the minimal bedside manner just frustrated me.
Ok so now that I am done with my rant on the local GP lets get to the good stuff.  Why am I writing this blog today – OnGuard+ Softgels vs Traditional Antibiotics! My husband went the next morning and was diagnosed with a sinus infection as well.  However, he is not as diligent with his oils throughout the day so he opted for the antibiotics.  Our first real life comparison! (spoiler: I always win!)



Colleen:  I am taking two OnGuard+ Softgels in the morning, and using Breathe topically & both of them in the diffuser.  I also take 1 OnGuard+ Softgel every 1-3 hours.  I am feeling so much better by the end of the day.  I got some nose rockets going on, and a nasty cough, BUT I feel great.  No achey body, no headaches, just snot & cough – Not only can I handle that, but I am able to do my 2 miles with the dogs AND start back at the gym with a personal trainer! ( If you don’t know me, I am a BIG BABY when I am sick and I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over a year)

Eric: He is taking his antibiotics as directed.  He feels like crap.  Achey, sore, exhausted, snot everywhere, coughing – I mean the full works.  He comes home from work, barely eats dinner and goes to bed without our TV time or anything!  I mean I feel bad for him but he made his choice!


Day 2

Colleen: So I am on the same regimen, and can’t believe how sick I felt the day before.  This is technically the 3rd day from the moment of feeling less than 100%.  When I get sinus infections I am usually out for the count for a week or two due to my chronic sinusitis.  I am beside myself that I feel so good so soon! I mean I knew it was good stuff but HOT DIGGITY DOG!!  The only thing left is a lingering cough.  No snots, nothing else, just a cough.

Eric: He is on the mend but very slow going.  He is not really feeling any better.


Day 3

Colleen: I’m walking on sunshineeee eyyy hey! Yup, I am right as rain and ready for a BNI Networking meeting today!  I was really pumped to share with them how I kicked my sinus infection in 3 days.  Random occasional cough ( like 5 times the whole day) but other than that 100%

Eric: He is functioning better.  Still feels crummy, but not totally exhausted 100% of the time.  Body ache & headache has lessened.  Still snotty and coughing all over.


Day 4

Colleen: Well, I am kicked butt at the gym and my 2 miles with the dogs.  Cleaned up about the house a bit.  Got some work done.  Yeah, not sure what else to say here – I was totally back to normal

Eric: Energy is returning, headache is gone, Body ache is lingering.  Still snotty & coughing all over.


Day 5

Colleen: Hung out with my nieces today.  It was gorgeous outside. Yeah, I <3 OnGuard.

Eric: Energy is back, Ache is gone, still snotty & coughing.


Day 6

Colleen: Yeah, I am already better dude.

Eric: Much much better!  Not 100% but darn close


Day 7

Colleen: Still good over here

Eric: Finally cleared everything out! YAY He isn’t sick anymore!



Morale of the story?  OnGuard is great but OnGuard+ soft gels are AAHHHHMAZING!


On Guard Plus (1)

Sidenote & Testimonial.  I am going to Dragon*Con this weekend, well I am leaving in a few minutes actually.  My friend who was coming with was not feeling well.  She had ran out of OnGuard so me being awesome went on over to help her feel better.  I brought her OnGuard & OnGuard+ Sofgels (because they were made by Unicorns & Leopluradons – google it, you’ll thank me later!).  The next morning she messaged me telling me she felt like she normally would have 5 days from then! so YAY No sick people in the car for 12 hours!!
*dance party*


Sooo yeah – OnGuard+ Softgels: If you don’t have them, get them. This is a household staple.

When an Oil Speaks to You

It’s a fascinating moment when someone peruses my collection of oils and delicately pauses a little too long over one that has stood out to them. “What does this one do?” That’s always the question. Easy to ask, but not always easy to answer.

lotus diffuser

A diffuser is the best way to use essential oils for mood management and emotional effects.

There are a lot of scientific reports on how oils affect our physical systems. Open a Modern Essentials book and many of the pages have those tiny little footnotes listing out study after study. What’s harder to get an angle on is the emotional effect of oils. And the little question that’s so big — “What does this one do?” — a lot of the time it’s tricky to answer because the person in front of me is asking it for an emotional reason, not a physical one.

Let’s take me for an example. What’s speaking to me strongly this past month is this blend in my diffuser:
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Myrrh
1 drop Lime

It’s a nice blend. To me it smells like potting soil and lemongrass. That’s a good smell, but not a good enough smell that I should be so crazy for it.

One of many possible explanations for why I’m craving this blend so much, if we only look at the physical level, is that I have a bacteriological infection, tuberculosis, and dysentery that I don’t know about. I am so healthy that I practically glow like a firefly every day, so I’m pretty sure this would not be a correct guess.

But move to an emotional perspective and a (thankfully) different message comes out: Lime relates to zest for life. Myrrh is about healthy maternal connection. Cedarwood is community. The message? On some level I’m actively and enthusiastically defining my home as a place for family (with me as the center), friends, and enjoyment of life.

Oh, that’s way better that a repugnant health decline!

I think my message in writing this to you (other than to share a blend I can’t get enough of) is to tell you to trust yourself. There are resources for understanding the emotional effects of oils. Most popular among those I know is the spiral-bound volume called Emotions & Essential Oils. But such books are built out of experience and intuition, not out of double-blind studies, as we don’t have a good way of scientifically distinguishing a sense of community from a sense of maternal connection.

Those guides are a great starting point, but the ending point is in you. It’s your intuition. And I think it’s important to follow that. When an oil speaks to you, it can be a message to yourself about what you need and what you’re aiming for in life in that moment. It’s good information. And it’s valuable to support yourself emotionally through whatever you are facing.

I’m wishing you the best in your self-discovery, and would love to hear what oils are speaking to you these days.

Cooking with Wild Orange Essential Oil

DōTERRA’s Wild Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) has always been a dōTERRA favorite due to its wonderful citrusy aroma and its ability to uplift mood, but it is also great when added to foods and liquids as a natural flavoring. Our wild orange essential oil is cold pressed from orange peel. Orange essential oil can be added as a flavoring to smoothies, dessert recipes such as orange rolls, frosting, or ice cream, sauces like salad dressing or orange chicken. Wild orange essential oil can be substituted in any recipe that calls for orange juice or orange extract. Simply substitute one drop of wild orange essential oil for one teaspoon orange extract or orange juice. Enjoy all the benefits of wild orange essential oil plus the great taste in the following summer recipe:
Orange Peach Smoothie
• 3 ripe peaches peeled and pitted
• 1 cup plain yogurt
• 1 T Honey
• 4 ice cubes
• 1-2 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
Mix in blender and enjoy!


LRP – What is it & How does it benefit me?

I get asked all the time about the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP for short).  Some people are uncertain of committing to a monthly order, others don’t understand why they should use it if they aren’t sharing to earn commissions.  Below is a great intro video as well as a sheet that gives you examples of some everyday use items that you can purchase from doTERRA to detoxify your home and simplify your day-to-day shopping.  Wouldn’t it be nice if your laundry soap, shampoo, & conditioner just arrived at your home?  No more running to the store for “just one thing” and coming home with a shopping cart full of stuff you didn’t intend on buying?  Well with doTERRA’s Loyalty Rewards Program not only can you do that but you can earn tons of free products whenever you buy anything!

If you aren’t sure if you could *really* buy something from doTERRA each month, check out this great sheet we’ve made which gives you some ideas on how you can use doTERRA products by simply redirecting your spending!

Redirect Your SpendingHere is a link to the LRP program direct from doTERRA


doTERRA Mexico is LIVE!



For those of you who have contacts in Mexico, it is now available to build a team there!  You can enroll as a wellness advocate, have products shipped to your home, and have commissions paid in local currency!
Click here for more information!


Dr. David Steuer & OnGuard in Dentistry & Oral Health

heritage-dental-on-guardDr. David Steuer has spoken about the clinical use of OnGuard in dentistry at East Coast Conference and now there is a YouTube video!  This is an amazing oil that I have personally used for oral health and has made a huge impact in my life.  My mother used to have a receding gum line and bleeding gums but through the use of the OnGuard toothpaste and using the OnGuard oil her gums are healthier then ever!  I cannot recommend this oil highly enough and below is a link to the YouTube video for you to learn more!

Using OnGuard on a daily basis can enhance your oral hygiene.

Shipping Reward Programs

Shipping Rewards



CLICK HERE to learn more about our new Shipping Reward Program.

So doTERRA LOVES giving away free things and with that being said there is a new Shipping Rewards Program.  The basic gist is that if you are on the Loyalty Rewards Program and process your order online you get 100% of your shipping costs back as product credit!! How cool right?  There are some more ways it can be utilized if not on LRP and if you change your order over the phone so be sure to check the details for all that information.


Save 10% in July & Product of the month

save 10% in july


During the month of July you can save 10% on the ClearSkin Foaming Facewash which is amazing for any troubled skin.  One pump is all you need for clearer skin.  This is great when paired with ClearSkin Topical Blend.

Also, if you have a 125pv order processed on or before July 15 you will receive a free 5mL bottle of Serenity the Calming blend.  I personally use serenity every night with Vetiver for a very peaceful night sleep.  I highly recommend you try it!

Share the gift of the earth! Get 50pv FREE with enrollment!

Share the gift 50pv free



Enroll with a 100pv order in July and get 50pv for FREE! That’s like getting a free Balance, Lavender, & Lemon!


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Natural Skin Care by doTERRA!

Skin Line reveal


So we had an AMAZING workshop yesterday taught by our lovely Kirsten Sheridan yesterday.  I have been using the SkinCare line for over a year now and had NO idea about what I was really doing, I just knew that my skin was awesome because of it.

Some of the really good stuff I learned:


  • Exfoliation is really important (seems like a gimme right? Well, I knew it felt good but the massive impact it has is way beyond my thoughts).  Did you know that you can exfoliate 2-3x a week?!
  • The Reveal System is the #1 thing to recommend to someone for dramatic results with the simplest solution!
  • Geranium is a very hydrating oil for the skin! I mean like really, really good for your skin.  If you don’t know much about me I am a typical Ginger who fries out in the summer sun here in Northern Virginia.  I am always looking for a way to care for my skin better during the summer.  I am now adding this to my after sun summer spray!
  • You apply essential oils to your face before you apply moisturizer and you also do not want to mix the oils with the facial moisturizer.
  • Scary fact: We shed 5,000,000 (YES MILLION) Skin cells a day!

I hope you all enjoy the powerpoint & video as much as I enjoyed being at the workshop!

doTERRA Skin Care PowerPoint

Click here to view the Skin Care workshop Video & Click here for the video part 2