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26 Nov 2016

dōTERRA for Athletes

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-2-21-20-pmIn the world of sports, essential oils have many benefits for athletes. A university with an NCAA Division I athletic program now works with doTERRA to receive instruction on essential oils and the AromaTouch® Technique. All of their campus training facilities have implemented doTERRA products into their training and physical therapy approaches with impressive results.

The Training

To help the trainers understand the benefits of doTERRA products, the university welcomed more information and training on essential oils. The trainings focused on oils such as Deep Blue®, doTERRA Breathe™, Lemongrass, White Fir, Lavender, and doTERRA On Guard®. doTERRA shared tips with the full staff of athletic trainers about how to dilute for sensitivity with Fractionated Coconut Oil, and the uplifting benefits of diffusing essential oils. The trainers, in particular the Coordinator of Football Performance, were impressed with the idea of first working oils such as White Fir and Lemongrass deep into the tissue with manipulation, and afterward applying the Deep Blue Rub.

Another significant challenge many athletes face is howto manage stress effectively. Balancing the emotional and physical demands of a taxing schedule can be tricky for students. The trainers had a particular interest in learning about the AromaTouch® Hand Technique to help relieve some of that tension. Samples of Lavender and other oils were also given to the trainers. One trainer shared, “Athletes often ask us for something to help them relax and sleep better. It’s not something you might always think about when dealing with sports. And I’m happy to be able to offer an athlete a natural solution first.” As they began to use the products, many trainers came back with questions about how they could better benefit from the products, not only to help those who already had problems, but also how they could use them to keep their athletes healthy.

The Impact

Not surprisingly, Deep Blue® is now a favorite of most of the athletes, from the gymnasts on the balance beam to the football players on the field. The runners especially love Deep Blue rub to quickly get the relief and support they need. They quickly feel the powerful effects of Deep Blue and it helps them to keep going during training and therapy. The head trainer for the track team says, “When they put on the rub, they feel the warmth for a long time. This helps our athletes feel better physically and mentally.” One football player added, “Deep Blue works so well! I use it before and after my workouts and it helps me finish my workout strong.”

During the initial product training session athletic trainers asked about the benefits of diffusing essential oils aromatically. Once trainers started setting up their Aroma Lite diffusers with a blend of doTERRA On Guard® and doTERRA Breathe™ in the training rooms, athletes and trainers alike noticed a big difference in the smell and positive atmosphere. One trainer in particular came back after a recruiting trip and immediately noticed a change. He says, “The football training room has never smelled so good—I had to know what had changed.” Once he found out that the diffusers made the difference, he asked if there was any way he could get three diffusers for his home. Other trainers also implemented what they were learning at home—the head football trainer even uses the hand technique and Lavender to help his daughter relax and get a better night’s sleep.

The Benefits

From the outset trainers were anxious to learn about the safety and benefits of essential oils, knowing that when they can pass along the benefits of a powerful, natural product to their athletes it makes a real difference. Over time, the trainers’ confidence in essential oils has grown as they have used the products themselves and seen the performance of their athletes improve. The Director of Sports Medicine says, “I love the changes I am seeing with all our teams as they continue to use the products and learn more. We’ve seen a difference in the general atmosphere of our training rooms and our athletes are experiencing the benefits of essential oils thanks to doTERRA. The effect isn’t something I had expected but I’m very pleased with the result.”

Tips To Improve Athletic Performance Pre-and Post-Workout

Whatever sport you participate in, trainers recommend using different oils in both pre- and post-workouts.
Before any workout or therapy use Deep Blue rub, and then reapply post workout.
An AromaTouch® Hand Technique treatment before or after an event can help relieve tension.
Pre-workout some runners like to use Peppermint or doTERRA Breathe essential oil for a feeling of clear airways. Apply four to five drops to the chest five minutes before exercise or an event.
For improved confidence, use doTERRA Balance™ essential oil.
Post workout, place four drops of Lemon into 16 ounces of water and drink, then apply Lemongrass to calves.
Also try White Fir, Wintergreen, and Frankincense essential oils during post workout for muscle tension.

PRODUCTS USED: White Fir, Lemongrass, doTERRA Breathe™, Lavender, Deep Blue®, Deep Blue rub, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Aroma Lite diffuser, AromaTouch® Kit, doTERRA On Guard®, and doTERRA Breathe Throat Drops.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Although there are an abundance of wonderful things about the holidays, many of you probably spend a portion of it feeling stressed and overwhelmed. The pressure of preparing the perfect thanksgiving spread, braving the shopping crowds on Black Friday and dealing with dinner table squabbles – these are just a few things that might give you pre-Thanksgiving heart palpitations.

We can’t guarantee that your pumpkin pie will taste as delicious as Grandma’s, or that Uncle Frank won’t pick an argument with Cousin Joey. What we can do is give you these 3 tips to help ease holiday stress so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities to the fullest:

1. BE PREPARED
Cooking up a Thanksgiving meal for 10+ family members and friends can be rewarding and daunting at the same time. Do yourself a favor and think of ways that you can prepare in advance so that you’re not stuck inside, laboring in the kitchen all day.

1 week before Thanksgiving: Avoid the crowds and long line ups by doing your grocery shopping before the holiday rush.
2-3 days before: Stock up on goodies by doing your holiday baking in advance. Choose quick and easy recipes like these Pumpkin Spice Bars or Chocolate & Coconut Snowball Cookies.
The night before: Slice up your veggies, set the table and make a few side dishes ahead of time. Try this simple and delicious Autumn Chop Salad recipe.

2. CHOOSE YOUR FRIDAY: #GREENSPAFRIDAY VS BLACK FRIDAY
We get it – it’s hard to resist those Black Friday deals, especially with December fast approaching. We’re not implying that you should skip the shopping all together, we’re simply asking you to reconsider the way you shop this year. Instead of braving the busy shopping malls on Black Friday why not head to The Green Spa instead? Unwind with a facial or a massage and pick up a few items on your holiday shopping list while you’re there. Our Gift Sets are great for anyone on your list.

3. EXPRESS GRATITUDE
gratitude research suggests that feelings of thankfulness have “tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stressThe most important way to de-stress during Thanksgiving? It’s simple – be thankful. It’s scientifically proven that gratitude improves health and overall happiness (Forbes). In fact, gratitude research suggests that feelings of thankfulness have “tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress” (WebMd).

So whether you’re thankful for your loved ones, your career, health, freedom – or all of the above – practicing gratitude leads to a more relaxed Thanksgiving holiday, and a healthier and happier year ahead.

How do you de-stress during the holidays? Tell us in the comments below

Part of this post was written by Christine Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner we thought we would share some delicious holiday recipes, but with a healthier doTERRA twist. The first recipe is a Sweet Potato Casserole with pecan topping and spiced with doTERRA Cinnamon essential oil. This side dish is sweet, creamy, and highlights many fabulous fall flavors.

Health Highlights:
Most holiday meals leave us feeling sluggish and maybe a little guilty, but there is a silver lining to this tasty Thanksgiving treat. Check out some of the health benefits that this casserole contains:

Sweet Potatoes: Though they are “sweet,” these vegetables still offer plenty of nutrients. Due to a low glycemic index, sweet potatoes can be helpful in maintaining energy and controlling blood sugar, which is helpful for everyone, especially those with diabetes.

Orange: The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C in oranges help support heart health. Increasing potassium intake can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg can act as a sedative, and helps with inflammation, muscle pain, arthritis, and more.

Ingredients:
4 cooked sweet potatoes, peeled
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 orange, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
4 drops Cinnamon essential oil

Pecan topping:
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 drops Cinnamon essential oil

Directions:
Place cooked sweet potatoes, coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, nutmeg, orange juice, and Cinnamon essential oil into a large bowl.
With a hand mixer, blend until everything is combined. If desired, you can add more maple syrup or essential oil.
Spread into an oven-safe dish and set aside.
Combine all topping ingredients until pecans are well coated. Sprinkle on top of sweet potatoes.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until pecans have slightly browned. Serve warm.

Tip: For additional deliciousness, drizzle maple syrup on top.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

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Find these great gift sets and more at The Green Spa & Wellness Center!
Start your holiday shopping early!

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Eminence Firm Skin Starter Set

This set is beautifully packaged with a one-month’s supply of targeted organic products to treat aging skin types.

 

 
 

 

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Eminence Age Corrective Starter Set

Cleanse, treat, revitalize and moisturize to correct the appearance of aging with powerful ingredients formulated to create an ageless look with the complete Éminence Age Corrective routine. A luscious combination of bamboo, monoi, coconut and neroli infuse the skin with nourishing properties while Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apple Stem Cell Technology repair the signs of aging.

 

 

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Eminence Must Have Minis Starter Set
Your skin deserves the best care nature has to offer, so we’ve put together a collection of our best selling products just for you. This starter set includes a travel size cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer, facial concentrate and eye serum along with a convenient zippered pouch that’s perfect for traveling. It’s a complete skin care routine that’s suitable for all skin types and makes collecting our most popular products a one-stop shop.

 

 

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Jane Iredale Starter Kit

An introduction to the foundation of our line, this makeup starter kit gives you the chance to discover just how beautiful your skin can be — all bundled in a chic travel-sized case to take wherever you go.

 

 

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DoTERRA Family Essentials Kit

The doTERRA Family Essentials Kit contains 10 essential oils and blends—the “feel better” essentials that parents need on a daily basis to care for their families. Experience the infinite ways that doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils can help you help your family.

 

 

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DoTERRA Introductory Kit

The Introductory Kit is ideal for anyone who is eager to share with friends and family.

 

 

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DoTERRA Athlete’s Kit

The perfect companion to a healthy lifestyle, the doTERRA Athlete’s kit can help support healthy athletic activity, while counteracting the taxing effects of exercise on the body.

 

 

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Coola Suncare Travel Set

Our signature Go Green Not Red!™ COOLA Travel Set includes a quartet of our most popular luxury organic and natural suncare must haves, all in TSA approved carry-on sizes! Our high-performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba and phthalates. All in a reusable, travel-friendly and limited edition COOLA travel clutch!

 

 

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Guinot BiOxygene Gift Set

This set contains a full-sized Guinot BiOxygene Cream with a complimentary travel-sized BiOxygene Cleansing Foam. These two products are essential for a beautiful and healthy complexion that glows. BiOxygene is suitable for all skin types.

 

 

 

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Healthy, glowing skin means giving your body the best nature has to offer. That includes eating plenty of organic fruits and veggies as well as feeding your skin with products that are chock-full of natural and organic ingredients.

How else can you flush the toxins this fall? Getting a good night’s sleep, sweating it out and drinking plenty of water are just a few more ways that you can detox naturally. Add to that list our favorite go-to for detoxification: a simple smoothie. With inspiration from the fall harvest, this Autumn Detox Smoothie incorporates fresh fruits and veggies of the season that are packed full of antioxidants, nutrients and plenty of detoxification properties.

Below are a selection of key smoothie ingredients that can help you cleanse and detox the natural way:

Beets (a.k.a beetroot) – Not only are they rich in fiber (and color), beets are also a potent source of vitamin A, manganese and nitrates. This purple veggie works hard to purify your blood stream and deeply cleanse your liver (Veg Kitchen).

Pears – As one of the highest-fiber fruits, 1 pear meets your daily requirement of 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day. This fruit cleanses your colon, prevents belly bloat and keeps your digestive tract in check (PopSugar).

Apples – High in vitamins A and C, calcium and fiber, apples help clear the digestive track and expel toxins from your system (Best Health).

Spinach – When it comes to detox, leafy greens are your friend. Greens like spinach boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive tract which helps rid your body of toxins (PopSugar).

Ginger – In addition to its liver cleansing properties, ginger has approximately 40 antioxidant properties that fight free radicals and provide anti-aging benefits.

THE RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium beet
  • 1 cup of organic baby spinach
  • 1 pear
  • ½ red apple (we used an organic Red Gala apple)
  • ½ green apple (we used an organic Granny Smith apple)
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves (chopped)
  • ½ ripe banana
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp of honey (or to taste if you prefer a sweeter tasting smoothie)
  • ⅓ cup of water (coconut water or coconut milk optional)
  • 5 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Chop beets, pear, and apples into small cube sized pieces.
  2. Grate ginger and chop mint into smaller pieces.
  3. Place all ingredients in blender, with the exception of the beets.
  4. Bring water to a boil on the stovetop and add beets. Boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove beets from boiling water and add to blender with other ingredients.
  6. Squeeze lime juice into the blender on top of the ingrdients.
  7. Add honey, water (or coconut water/milk) and ice cubes to the mixture and blend on high until all ingredients are combined.
  8. Option 1: Pour into glass and serve.
  9. Option 2: If you prefer a cold smoothie, we suggest pouring the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze for several hours. Once frozen, put cubes back in the blender, add approximately ¼ cup of water and blend on high until smooth.

Serves 1-2

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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From gothic lips, to dewy skin and glitter-dusted eyelids, fall’s biggest beauty trends begin with the ultimate base: flawless, glowing skin. To perfect these on-trend looks, prep your skin with some of your favorite Éminence products.

GOTHIC LIPS
With deep plums, rich reds and vampy blacks gracing the New York Fashion Week runway, this season’s lipstick trend is to “go bold or go home” (InStyle). For a picture-perfect pout that won’t dry out by day’s (or night’s) end, prep your pucker with our Lip Trio KitAn Alicia Keys favorite, this three-step treatment exfoliates, plumps and hydrates lips for a silky smooth, lipstick-ready finish.

DEWY SKIN
We love this season’s luminous, barely-there makeup. To give skin a dewy glow, Gucci Westman – the makeup artist behind runway looks for Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Rag and Bone – preps models’ skin with our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream and Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist. Parisian makeup artist Bruno Segni swears by our Tinted Moisturizers to deliver a sheer, natural finish and lit-from-within glow.

GLITTER-DUSTED EYELIDS

This fall, swap your go-to matte eyeshadow for a dash of sparkle. Celebrity makeup artist Gita Bass suggests modifying the bold catwalk look by applying a softer, subtle shimmer to your lids: “Keep the summer celebrations alive with a bit of glitter layered over black eyeliner or applied just to the bottom lash line for a hint of sparkle” (Byrdie). For an eye-popping look, first apply our Wild Plum Eye Cream to reduce dark circles and brighten the eye area.

What beauty trend are you trying out this fall? Tell us in the comments below!

This post was written by Alisha Whitley from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

pumpkinsmoothie

Forget about Pumpkin Spice Lattes–try this doTERRA On Guard® Pumpkin Smoothie. Fall in love with the flavors of fall with this delicious treat infused with doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend.

Health Highlights:

Almond Milk: This type of milk is cholesterol free which can help enable a healthy heart. Almond milk can also aid in maintaining and lowering blood pressure.

Pumpkin: This vegetable is a great source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help decrease the development of particular cancers, such as prostate cancer, and can help reduce risks of getting heart disease and asthma.
Bananas: Potassium is a significant nutrient found in bananas. Consuming a good amount of potassium and lowering intake of sodium are great choices to help reduce risks of cardiovascular disease and heart disease. Bananas are also a great food choice when fighting off viruses because they are easily digested and can get you nutrients without making your stomach upset.
Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
2-3 drops doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend
1 cup ice
Directions:
Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
Note: For a garnish, add some whipped cream and pumpkin pie seasoning.
Makes 4 servings.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog <a href=”http://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy” target=”_blank”>here</a>

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