Homesteading.. What is that?

If you’re not familiar with the homesteading lifestyle, imagine this: you and your family are self-sufficient. The degree to which you homestead is entirely up to you, but it typically involves growing or raising your own food, home preservation, and more. It’s not defined by where you live, but how you live.

As homesteaders, we are well aware that anything can happen at any time. We know that goats get wormy, chicks get pastey, dogs get wounded, turkeys fly the coop, pigs escape, slugs eat seedlings, the roof blows off the barn… so on and so on.

With so many opportunities for disaster, you need to feel more empowered to take control.

And doTERRA essential oils have done just that for us.

Our goals of sustainability seemed far off. We have a mortgage on our property which just won’t pay itself, no matter how hard we try to convince it! And to make the farmstead work, most homesteaders pay for farm projects by getting an outside job or have a great inheritance!

Either way, the essential oils, the resiliency most homesteaders have, and connecting with nature is the perfect storm.

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Our story is evidence of just that.

We use the oils constantly for all those unplanned animal emergencies…

Many essential oils, such as Lavender, Frankincense, and Melaleuca have antiseptic and cleansing properties, so they should be your go-to for wound care on your homestead.

Many essential oils, such as Lavender, Frankincense, and Melaleuca have antiseptic and cleansing properties, so they should be your go-to for wound care on your homestead.

When you live on a homestead and you want to be self-sufficient, you try anything to avoid sickness. And if you’re looking for a more holistic way of boosting your immune system, look no further than On Guard, Basil, Frankincense, Thyme oils!

While boosting your own immunity helps, there are also essential oils which prevent the spread of sickness and nastiness because of their anti-microbial properties. Oils like Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Sage!

Make Self-Sufficiency Possible!

Use doTERRA’s essential oils as a means to live out your self-sufficient dreams. Not only can you use them in your daily life as natural healthcare, but you can share your holistic and homesteading remedies with others and support yourself!

We wish we could be 100% self-sufficient, but in the world today, bills still have to be paid and you can’t always grow or raise all the food you enjoy eating. So support your land, projects, and family with natural essential oils that coincide with your family’s values.

How to use the oils?

Pure essential oils, from the company we work with, are safe to use in three ways. Our oil bottles are labeled with the three letters, A, T or I so consumers know the appropriate ways to use each oil.

By far the most common and popular way to use them is to simply smell!  Taking a deep breath of an essential oil is a fast way to reap its benefits. Oils quickly reach the brain and enter the lungs when inhaled improving the mood and offering quick and effective support for the respiratory system.

Diffusing is an effective way to disperse the oils into the particles of air in a way that smells great, cleans and purifies by breaking down toxins and other airborne threats, and offers a wonderful healthful beneficial alternative to burning candles (usually scented with synthetic ‘fragrance’) or using other ‘air-freshening’ products that contribute to the toxicity of your environment.

Some of our favorite ‘diffusions’: the Protective Blend to kill germs and boost the immune system. Patchouli & Cedarwood to fend of gnats and flies and give a woodsy feeling. Wild Orange & Peppermint for an invigorating and joyful smell. Lavender and Cedarwood to promote very restful sleep.

This very powerful way to use the oils is simple and easy. Most of the oils are safe to use NEAT (directly on the skin), however–you increase absorption by diluting, and also decrease likelihood of sensitivity by spreading the oil over more area. doTERRA essential oils  can be diluted up to 90% and remain healthfully beneficial! So, using a good carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil,  or unscented lotion is a great way to also stretch your oils, making them last even longer!

For many needs, applying the oil directly to where you’re having an issue is the best. Achy muscles? Apply the soothing blend there. Stomach discomfort? Apply the digestive blend or peppermint on the navel. Stinky feet? Apply Melaleuca to the toenail beds.

There are also reflex points on the feet, hands and ears that are wonderful spots to apply oils for even more effective support.

Many of the oils have anti-oxidant benefits, like Lemon & Clove. When taken internally either in a glass of water, or in an empty gel cap, they work to help your body eliminate toxins that can build up and cause long-term health issues. An intensive cleanse can be a really great way to return to a more balanced state. Learn about our 30 day herbal & essential oil based cleanse here.

1 drop of lemon (or any citrus oil) in a glass of water is delicious. However, avoid using plastic or synthetic bottles as many of the oils break down petro-chemicals and will even eat through plastic or styrofoam. This is great for us–as anything in our bodies that is petro-chemical needs to be broken down and eliminated for optimal health.

Empty vegetarian capsules are easy to fill with the oils of your choice. There are several combos that are great to boost the immune system.

We often touch the top of a bottle, for example the Digestive Blend, and then touch under our tongue. This is a fast way to get the oils into the bloodstream while avoiding evaporation. Stomach discomfort, throat discomfort and more can find great relief from this quick method of internal use!

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