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Like all moms, I wear many hats. I’m a nurse, cook, therapist, and teacher. I homeschool my little boy and girl, but my teaching hat extends beyond my children through my essential oils classes, both locally and online. What does that mean? I teach people how to use essential oils as a safer, more effective, and cheaper alternative to drugs.

One of my family’s most powerful testimonies about essential oils remains the fact that we haven’t had a sick doctor visit since we started using them four years ago! Think about the time, hassle, and money saved. That doesn’t mean they never get a cold or a tummy bug, but it does mean that sickness is RARE, and if we do get anything, we have total confidence in these precious oils to give our bodies what they need to restore themselves to wellness, without the disruption and side effects of synthetic medications.

Recently, I’ve heard reports of people getting the flu in droves, which is my motivation for this blog post. In fact, my daughter had a minor anxiety fit at the thought of getting the flu. Finally, I just looked at her and said, “So what if we do get the flu? What do we have here to help us?” She smiled and said, “Oils!” Even my young daughter knows the power of essential oils.

Below, I share our tips for getting and staying well, but first, I want to stress the importance of researching the oils you are using. I know you want the best for your family, just like I do. We want to be sure the products we are using are safe and that they work! The two things to research before selecting your essential oils are: (1) sourcing and (2) testing.

With regard to sourcing—do the oils come from indigenous regions where those plants and trees grow naturally in the right climate and soil? Are they grown without harmful chemicals? Many in the essential oil industry cut corners or even try to “extend” pure oils by adding cheaper ingredients.

As for testing, ask the company (yes, contact the company directly) to find out how they test their oils. How many different types of testing do they do? Is it unbiased, third-party or in-house testing? Will they reveal their test results to ensure that what they say is in that bottle is actually in that bottle, be it peppermint, lavender, etc.? Most essential oil bottles that say “100% pure” are actually full of contaminants and fillers.

With this criteria in mind, my family and I (and hundreds of medical institutions around the country) only trust doTERRA oils because they do not compromise in the purity of their oils.

Now that we understand the importance of purity, let’s get down to business with some helpful tips. My very favorite immune-boosting, sickness-fighting blend is OnGuard. Check out this (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994788/) study on the OnGuard Protective Blend against the flu. Woohoo! Oh, how we love OnGuard in our home.

Tip #1 – The very first thing I ever did to protect my family is to create my Germ Away Spray. We use this spray on our hands after we’ve been around people. And we avoid hand sanitizers like the plague. Sanitizers laced with chemicals strip the natural protective layer off our skin leaving us MORE vulnerable to the next germy surface we touch.

Germ Away Spray:
In a 1 oz. or 2 oz. glass spray bottle,* add 5 drops each of OnGuard, Melaleuca (more commonly known as Tea Tree), Lemon, and 1 tsp. of fractionated coconut oil. Then fill to the top with non-chlorinated water.
*I get my spray bottles here: Amber Boston Round Glass Bottle with Fine Mist Sprayer

Tip #2 – Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse. We regularly diffuse virus- and bacteria-killing oils, like OnGuard and/or Breathe, to kill airborne pathogens and support the immune system of everyone breathing in the room. Did you know that if you diffuse for just an hour, the oils stay suspended in the air for several hours afterward?

Tip #3 – Get rid of toxic chemicals in your cleaning products, soaps, etc. Those toxins negatively affect the immune system (and the entire body). I’ve made these DIY foaming hand soaps (https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-foaming-hand-soap) and cleaners (https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-roundup-essential-oils-for-cleaning) using germ-killing oils that are effective and safe for my whole family.

Tip #4 – Probiotics! (While this is not an essential oil, it is important enough to include on this list.) Did you know that gut health is about 80% of the immune system?? 80%!!! Did you know that one single round of antibiotics can kill all of the healthy gut bacteria that is such a huge part of your immune system? Whether you’ve used antibiotics recently or not, it’s important for all of us to maintain a healthy gut using probiotics. Again, research the quality of your probiotics. Be sure that they are double-capsuled so they are not eaten up by stomach acid. You can learn more about the importance of probiotics in this video by Dr. Dave Steuer. (https://www.facebook.com/DrDaveSteuer/videos/1397124340300481/?query=probiotics)

 

Tip #5 – I want to leave you with one last thing—what happens if you DO get the flu? Our family hasn’t actually gotten the flu, but whenever we feel something coming on, we start using our F.L.O.O.M. bomb to keep it at bay.

F.L.O.O.M. Bomb:
In a 10 ml roller bottle, add 8-10 drops each of Frankincense, Lemon, Oregano, OnGuard, and Melaleuca. Fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on the bottom of the feet every 2-3 hours.
*For children under 50 pounds, use 1-2 drops of each oil and omit Oregano.

My heart is to inspire more moms to take courage and have hope when it comes to caring for our families naturally. Just four years ago, I was the person who ran to the drug store for all kinds of over-the-counter remedies. Now, I feel empowered every day, even in my PJs and rocking the bedhead, to help my family with anything that pops up, using the true remedies sitting right on our counter—and I want to help other moms feel exactly the same way!

About the author

Stephanie Kutterer

Stephanie is a busy work-at-home and home-schooling mom of 2. Though many days are challenging, she is grateful to be living her dream of being home with her kids --and the surprise blessing of a thriving business doing something she loves. Even as a little girl, she believed that the painful things in her childhood would one day be used to minister God's healing touch to women of all ages, but a fear of public speaking kept her bound and withdrawn. A few years ago, she was introduced to essential oils by her best friend. After her family's own powerful experiences with essential oils, she decided to become an essential oils educator to teach others how to safely use them to address a myriad of health concerns. It was a decision that freed her from the fear that kept her bound for so long. As a result, she loves to encourage and inspire others to take those steps of courage outside of their comfort zone where the truly great stuff happens!