Do’s and Don’ts Of Direct Sales

When someone mentions direct sales in conversation, I see people cringe! That is crazy to me as Direct Sales Companies have been around MANY years and are such a great way to earn an income. Yet the reason people cringe…..social media has gone direct sale crazy! Every time I scroll through my newsfeed, I see a gazillion posts claiming people are earning great money posting online, or have a magic product to solve all your needs. That is why people cringe! Or the best….when you get a friend request from someone you haven’t seen in 10 years, and they instantly ask you if you want to buy something from them. AWKWARD!

Do’s and Don’ts Of Direct Sales

 

I personally have worked in direct sales for 5 years. It has allowed me to pay off my school loans, buy a beautiful home, send my kids to extra curricular activities, go on vacation, buy a fence for our yard, build a HUGE back deck, even pay off my car!! The list goes on and on! Needless to say, I love direct sales!!! But to be successful in it, you have to do it the RIGHT way! That means getting off social media, getting outside your comfort zone, talking to people, and building relationships. One quote I have always loved, is “sell the problem you solve, not a product”. This is so true! Stop trying to sell things, and start listening to what people need!

Do's and Don'ts Of Direct Sales

 

One reason I have this blog is because I’m a firm believer in not everything works for every person. I make a really good income in my job, but I don’t poach my friends and bug them to do this with me! I have friends in many other direct sales companies and we all respect each other, and our businesses! Yes we help each other out and buy from each other, but we don’t spam, don’t bash other companies, or pressure people. I think one of the main things you need to be successful in a work from home business is class. It goes a long way! Here are a few more of my Do’s and Don’ts of direct sales.

 

Things NOT to Do…..

Spam People This is such a big way to lose potential customers! A few things that make it spam…messaging someone asking them to buy/host a party/share a post. Friend requesting a person and immediately asking them to try your product, or adding them to your group. Joining a group and posting “buy my products” non stop. Posting about your products on social media multiple times a day. All this is spamming. Direct sales is about sharing and advertising in a respectful and classy manner.

Be Fake Gotta love when that person you haven’t talked to in 10 years invites you to their online party, you shop from them, then never hear from them again. Or the first time you reconnect with an old friend on facebook, they message you with “hey, you have to try my magic product…” Or the best! “lets meet for coffee” and then they pull out their inventory for you to shop on the spot. No No No No!! Be sincere! If you are reconnecting with an old friend, don’t you dare mention your company! If they ask what you do, share in a few words then move on. If they want to know more, they will ask YOU! I may eventually (like months after we have reconnected if the relationship is in a good place

Tell Lies This is another I see often in direct sales. Many people live with the motto “Fake it til you make it” No, just NO! Be honest!!! If your business is just getting started, don’t say you are making tons of money. Say “I’m just getting started but hope to earn a great, full time, income one day!” Or another is “get paid to post on social media”….yep that’s another no no! Unless you are really getting paid, by social media, then don’t say it like that! Say “sell products and get paid” because you really only get paid when the products sell! Or “my team is growing like crazy” when in reality they have one person who is REALLY working the business side.

Do's and Don'ts Of Direct Sales

No income claims, no fake lifestyles…that can hurt people if they think they can quit their job and earn big bucks right away. Be honest, have integrity, and always remember to present yourself and your company in a positive and truthful way. ((You can also get in SERIOUS trouble from your company for doing these things. It’s against the policies of the Federal Trade Commission))

((Always ask to see what someone has earned for the past year! I found many people will show you their biggest check, but not their smallest. Or even their average for a year! Always ask. I got tricked myself because of this so make sure you see what they are truly earning before doing business with them. It also shows you if they are a truthful person or not!))

Be Rude You think this would be common sense in life…but nope! Be respectful to people! If you just start a new business, do not right away message every person you know! I’ve been a work from home Mom for 5 years and I always find it funny the people who have NEVER supported my business, but are the FIRST to ask me to buy from them. Karma people! Also, kindness is just something we need more of! In every situation, use kindness! If someone doesn’t want to work with you, that’s ok! If you ask someone for details on what they do, always respond even if it’s to say “no thank you”. Remember to treat other business owners how you would want to be treated!

Company Jump Yes it can be hard to find a good company to work for, but what I see all the time is people jump from one to the other to see where they can make a big buck fast. It can take 5 years to build a successful business, and each time you jump, you lose potential customers! I personally don’t buy from people who do this, nor would I ever sign up to be a business partner with someone like that. The reason is, they are supposed to train me, but what if they jump to another shiny new company? I’m left all alone! Build a reputation! Build it slow and steady. Be the type of person people trust and want to work with.

Don’t Work For Multiple Direct Sales A few reasons behind this and a whole blog coming on the topic. One reason, it’s not allowed! Just about every company out there has a policy on it if you take the time to research and learn. Some do allow you to work for more than one, BUT you can’t post them both on your social media accounts, or have products that are similar. Many also do not allow you to recruit business partners if you work for multiple companies. The reason is, your time would be split training two teams and people would be neglected. It also tells people you aren’t making a good income if you have to work two jobs. Most people don’t want to work two jobs! Pick one!! The more time you work toward building it, the more successful you will be!

 

Things To Do….

 

Share what you LOVE. This is what can be amazing about direct sales! You get an inside review from people you trust! The other day I was thinking of buying something, so the first thing I did was ask my friends for their opinions on it! Direct sales gives you a chance to buy an amazing product, from someone who loves it enough to sell it as their job, and you also can show support of your friend, instead of a giant corporation where the CEO could care less if you shop from them. Share your products, why you love them, why other people love them, why you choose to sell them, why you love the company. Share, don’t sell!

Do's and Don'ts Of Direct Sales

Utilize social media respectfully. Starbucks make over a million dollars in one day with their unicorn drink being posted on social media. That shows you social media is a powerful tool! If used the correct way. People were sharing the drink, what they thought of it, how it truly tasted….none of them were trying to sell it! Remember that, when you share something, it work’s much better then selling. A few tips on social media (I’ll keep it short as I could go on all day about this!)…

Don’t over post! Social media experts recommend 1-3 times a day to post. Too much and it’s seen as spam and less and less people will actually see your posts. Too few and you aren’t relivent.

Use the 90/10 rule. 90% of my posts never have anything to do with my business. It’s just my life! 10% might be about my work, or the lifestyle I’m thankful for. It’s better to do less business otherwise people will unfollow you, then they will never see a single post!

Present yourself in a positive manner. If you are using social media to find customers or business partners, make sure your social media presence is uplifting, positive, respectful, and drama free. Try not to complain (yes life is tough but you can share in a good way such as “I had a rough day but I’m thankful to know tomorrow will be better”). Try to focus on the positive in every situation. People do NOT want to work with those that complain all the time, it will bring them down to! Create a social media presence that other people would want to be a part of. Social media gives you an inside peak in someone’s lives, so it lets them know if that is a life they want to be apart of. Make sure your pictures

Invest in your business A lot of time I hear from people who say they want a job that won’t cost them a dime, and that is just NOT realistic. Especially if you are building your own business! I first started working from home as a personal trainer, and every 2 years I pay a hefty chunk to renew that certification! Most jobs do require some type of costs, and that’s ok as it’s an investment! Just make sure it is a realistic investment. I see a lot of work from home jobs that charge you $500-$1000 or more to join….that is NOT very relastic. One thing I always ask those people is how long did it take you to make that back? Ask that questions, request proof! Don’t just throw down your credit card. Things I do encourage….small thank you gifts for customers. It could be as simple as just a card, but something to show you appreciate them. Also, offer fun deals if it helps you get close to your goal! For example, one of my friends sells jewelry and was close to a $500 bonus. She offered each purchase over $50 a free ring. It cost her $25 to do that, but she got her bonus so yes she was out a total of $100, but she pocketed $400 in her bonus plus more from commission. That is a good investment! Also things like social media training’s (make sure you use LEGIT ones, the new popular thing is for people to claim to be a social media expert and teach you how to succeed when in reality they themselves aren’t successful), networking events, ways to advertise your business, those are all good investments!

Set Long Term and Short Term Goals This is something I highly encourage with people I work with! Decide each month what your goal is, but also set a long term goal. For example if you are brand new with a company, your short term goal might be 10 customers your first month. Your long term goal for a year from now might be 50 customers plus 5 people to work with business with you. The short term goal helps you focus each month, and the long term goals gives you something to keep pushing for plus lets you know what your progress is. I also recommend sharing your goals with something so they can help hold you accountable and can give you tips and a push when you need it!

Be Realistic Work From Home jobs are NOT get rich quick jobs. In fact, they often take more take to start pulling in a good income. BUT! What if you worked hard for 2 years, and then for the next 40 years, you are your own boss! Wouldn’t that be worth it??? I think so! This summer my family took 3 different vacations! Each day with my kids, we did whatever we wanted! I have that flexibility not because I am lucky, but because I’m willing to work harder than anyone else to hit my goals. That is what is takes to be successful working from home….hard work! You also need to be able to see the long term benefits. Many people focus on instant gratification and don’t think about where they could be 2, 5, or 10 years from now!

Use Manners You would think this is common sense, but nope! In the past 5 years, I have encountered it ALL! People standing me up, asking for free stuff then pulling a vanishing act, asking for information and then never responding, even people asking me to buy from them, but never once asking what I do….you name it, I’ve seen it haha. It still shocks me so one thing I tell everyone, treat others how you would want to be treated! Yes I am always happy to help someone in a new business, but please remember to do the same! Treat social media the same as talking in person! If someone messages you, don’t ignore them, just say no thank you. Never ever ever bug people. If they say no, respect them and walk away! Manners will get you so far! Be classy, don’t start drama, be negative….be so positive that people want to be around you all the time! Trust me, how you act rubs off on others!

 

Remember direct sales are a wonderful way to earn an income, if you do them the right way!

 

And for everyone who dislikes direct sales, still support your friend! You never have to buy from them to support them1

Dana

10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

If you have followed my blog for awhile, then you know health and wellness is one thing I am very passionate about! It started years ago after I battled an eating disorder and learned I’d rather be healthy and strong, then skinny. Many years later, I am so thankful I learned that lesson as one of the joys of an autoimmune disease can be weight gain. No matter what you do. Funny part is though, that no longer bothers me. 10 years ago? Oh yes!! Big time!! But now my battle is on a deeper level as I work every day to keep my body from giving in to this horrible disease. It’s kinda crazy how such a bad situation, can help you focus on what really matters!

 

As I work each day to help my body fight this disease, I’ve come across many interesting way to use natural ingredients to improve your health. One of those is coconut oil! I heard of it a few years ago, mostly when people talked about “oil pulling” but when I began to be very careful with what I eat, I discovered coconut oil was a great alternative for butter and oils! The more I used it, the more I found other benefits it had!! At first, I wasn’t sure I could use it as I can’t stand coconut, but it doesn’t have that strong of a taste to me and blends well with foods!

10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

One of the top benefits I learned coconut oil has is with heart health!

“Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol) in your body, but also help convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By Increasing the HDL in the body, it helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.”

 

“Coconut is full of diverse health benefits from protecting against heart diseases to preventing tooth decay! … Protect against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol. Helps treat malnutrition because it is easy to digest and absorb.”

10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Some of the other top benefits of coconut oil are:

  • Balance Hormones
  • Burns Fat
  • Improves Cholesterol
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Improves Energy
  • Better Digestion
  • Boost Immune System
  • Skin Moisturizer
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Reduces Hair Loss And Damage

 

Those are a lot of benefits just by using coconut oil! Its easy to add it into your daily use, not very expensive, and you can use it in many different ways! My person favorite is I cook my meats and veggies in it! I don’t use butter anymore, but really this tastes much better to me! Plus it has so many healthy side effects. Here are some other suggestions on how you can use it….

  • Cream for your coffee! I know this sounds weird, but a spoonful of coconut oil along with a little vanilla extract….tastes AMAZING!
  • Sautéing your foods using coconut oil! I also spread some of it on a baking dish when I cook fish or chicken in the oven!
  • Smoothie- add a tablespoon or two to a smoothie!
  • Toast- I make gluten free bread from time to time and I learned that coconut oil actually tastes better on it then butter!
  • Sweet Potato Topping- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil plus some cinnamon goes great on a baked sweet potato
  • Popcorn- Most people put butter on it, but you can also do coconut oil instead!
  • Cooking- When a recipe calls for oil, you can substitute it for coconut oil instead!
  • Lip Balm! You can find recipes online on how to make homemade lip balm using coconut oil!
  • Homemade Toothpaste- I’m not a fan of making stuff myself (not enough time) but with coconut oil, if you have the time, you can make just about any of your personal care products!
  • Oil Pulling- This is a very popular one as it helps improve the health of your mouth just by swishing coconut oil! You do have to do it for awhile though…..
  • Energy Pick Me Up- a spoonful of coconut oil and some chia seeds make for a great afternoon energy increase!

 

As you can see, coconut oil has a ton of benefits and can be used in many different ways! Of course if you don’t like any of those, you can always just eat a spoonful of it and call it a day! My favorite place to buy coconut oil is Aldi’s! Its cheap, organic, and right around the corner from my house! If you don’t have an Aldi’s near you, more stores are beginning to carry it! Just look for an organic or natural brand, and compare prices! Thrive Market online is another place you can get a good quality one, or stores like Trader Joes and Whole Foods.

10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Give it a try and see what you think!

Dana

Christmas Shopping Catalog

Christmas is coming!!! For many people that can be a stressful time of the year as you have to find time to SHOP! I don’t know about you, but shopping with 3 kids is no easy task! I’d much rather spend my time making cooking or checking out Christmas lights. And I’m sure many busy Moms are just like me! Soooooo, I found a way to help people save time on their Holiday Shopping, AND support small business owners at the same time!

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For the past few years, I’ve had the honor of helping small business owners over the Holidays with getting their products out to more people! Last year we did a Christmas Shopping Catalog that was viewed by over 100,000 people!! This year Christmas Advertising will be even bigger and better!

 

This was special to me because not only did it help busy people with their Christmas shopping, but it also encouraged people to shop from small business owners. And they could easily share the catalog with all their friends and family too!!!  My goal is to encourage more and more people to shop from small business owners, instead of a large corporation!

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When you shop from a small business owner, you are helping a Mom be able to stay home with her kids. You are helping a family take a vacation. You are enabling parents to start putting money aside for their kids college education. You are helping people not stress about spending extra this Christmas season. It’s so important to help small businesses be successful as that puts more money back into the economy!! I encourage everyone to shop for at least one item from a small business owner this Holiday Season. And encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 

Our Christmas Catalog will help with that! It will be emailed out to all our website and facebook followers starting in November! You also have the option to join our online Christmas Bazaar Event to learn more about the products being offered and to share your products (must purchase a half or full page ad to participate in this event).

Want to be listed in our Christmas Catalog???

  • You can receive a quarter ad, half sheet, or full sheet ad to broadcast your products/business!
  • You also receive FREE Advertising In Our Private Group If You Buy A Full Page Ad! (Over 9,000 members!)
  • Only two reps per company will be allowed
  • The Christmas Catalog will be shared in multiple groups, websites, and social media sites every day during November and December
  • Christmas Catalog will be viewed by approximately 15,000 viewers from our website, 55,000 viewers from our Facebook Page, and 30,000 viewers from our Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter Followers.

Choose your ad size below, and after checking out, make sure to email us ( worfromhomemommas@gmail.com ) ASAP to confirm your spot!

 

 


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Dana

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

I’ve been a work from home Mom for almost 5 years now! The time has really flown, but one thing that I have been blessed with is never missing a moment with my kids! I’ve seen them do all their “first’s”, I’ve been present for every school party, every after school activity, all their play dates, and every day I get to spend it with them!! Before having kids, I never knew how important that would be to me. I loved working and staying busy and thought I would be fine putting my kids in daycare. Then my first child was born and I knew I didn’t want someone else watching him, I wanted to do it all!! I set out looking just to make a few extra hundred bucks a month. Enough to help pay off my college loans, and eventually get a new car. I also wanted to start college funds for my kids and one day take a family vacation. But finding a work from home job was hard. That’s in fact one reason I started this blog, and the page on facebook, to show women all the different jobs you can do. I get the daily email of how do you find a work from home job? SO today I’ll share a few of my tips for finding a job!

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job

How To Find A Work From Home Job

First thing to figure out is what type of hours you can work, and to be realistic. I knew with young kids at home, I could not work set hours. Maybe during nap time and bed time, but that’s only about 2-3 hours a day. That cut out my option of doing a customer service job from home or via the internet. Those require set hours each day, a quiet space, and no interruptions. That was a bummer for me as I liked the idea of a set income each month, as that was what had been normal for me before having kids. Most Mom’s though are in the same boat and can not do set hours. That’s ok!

 

Second thing to figure out is how much income you need to bring in. Are you looking for $500 a month extra, or $2000. Knowing what you need ahead of time will also let you know how much you are going to need to work. A job working one hour a day usually will not bring in $2000 a month.

 

Third thing, and this is something I stress all the time to people who email me, be realistic! Work from home jobs usually require people who are self motivated, passionate, and have a non excuse attitude. You have to be your own boss, and while that sounds amazing, for some it is not a good fit. My background is in personal training, and that is one reason I’m able to be successful working from home. I don’t require someone telling me to work out each day, I am able to motivate myself. That is the same with working from home. You have to motivate yourself to show up to work, do it daily, and do a good job. You also need to be realistic about the time you put in and the income you earn. Yes many women who work from home, have the potential to earn a six figure income, BUT it does not happen over night and it does not happen by posting once on facebook everyday. It takes some serious work over a long period of time. The average to build an income from a restaurant is 3-5 years….the same for a home based business. Another thing to think of is the type of jobs you can do from home….there are a few options but not many. Employers can pay people with a Masters Degree minimum wage, so they aren’t going to pay you big bucks, and then let you work from home. Many home based companies where people work set hours actually have a high turn over rate. That costs the company money when they have to keep advertising, training, and hiring people.  Because of this, work from home jobs usually pay less. So if you truly want to work from home, be open and willing!

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

The most common work from home jobs are direct sales. Now, I know what you are thinking, “Ugh I can’t stand all the sales posts in my newsfeed!” Mine is the same way, but that is NOT how direct sales are supposed to be run. Don’t judge them all just by a few bad apples. There are tons of amazing companies, with amazing products, and amazing compensation plans. Yes the social media spamming is annoying, but the good news is, it should be going away soon! More and more companies are getting in trouble for that as the purpose of social media is to share, not sell. I’ve heard of 5 companies lately that will be banned from using social media soon. How direct sales is supposed to work, is sharing a product you love, and showing others how they can get it too! Most direct sales products are things people already have in their homes….makeup, candles, cleaning products, snacks, coffee, fitness programs, bags, clothes etc. All that we buy! The purpose of direct sales is to shop from a person you personally know then a CEO who could care less about your business. Think of it like this, if your best friend became a hair stylist, you would use them! You wouldn’t chose a stranger who you had no clue if they would do a good job, over your friend who you knew was wonderful at their job. The same goes for direct sales! I have a friend who does amazing with her makeup, I trust her over a sales lady at the mall who I have no clue if she even uses that makeup! Its just switching who you shop from. And of course, if you chose this option, do NOT spam your friends! No mass messages, no befriending people and asking them to buy from you, no posting 5 times a day about your products. You have to do it with class to be successful!!

 

The second most common work from home job is a virtual customer service position. These are great for Mom’s as it’s a set income, and you can do it from your home! It’s also set hours so this one is good for Mom’s who have kids in school. You can do it part time, or full time. With these jobs, you do usually get paid minimum wage, but for those just looking for a little extra each month and don’t mind being on the phone, this is a good option! I like to look on indeed.com as that’s a good place to find some. We also list quite a few on our page. Now, they aren’t always hiring, but you can send in a resume for them to keep on file. Here are some that hire pretty often: Customer Service Jobs 

 

You can also find jobs that pay you based on the tasks you do, like doing surveys, data entry, secret shopping, even being an online jury person! There are tons of random ways to make an little extra money from home. Here is a list of some people do, and enjoy: Jobs From Home

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

Another great way to finds jobs from home is to ask your friends and family! A lot of time, word of mouth is the perfect way to find something, and with someone you already have a connection with. I get a lot of referrals from people I know, as they know I work from home, and they are happy to send people they know my way! That way they aren’t sending their friend to a stranger, but to someone they know makes a good, and legit, income from home. You can also google, but this is not my favorite way to find a job. The reason is there are so many scams out there, and you can get just about anything put up no google even if it is no where close to being real. Also watch for things that seem too good to be true. Last year a scam was going around about email processing. This year there is one about posting on social media and getting paid for each posts. Remember you have to actually WORK in order to get paid.

 

A few other tips, don’t be afraid of a start up cost! All jobs have some type of costs, but they must be reasonable! I’m a personal trainer and every two years I pay a fee to renew my certification. I also pay to take classes for continuing education credits and I pay to renew my CPR certification. It’s a legit job, but I pay hundred’s to keep my certification! With any job that requires a start up cost, make sure you are getting something! The average I have found is less than $100, which is reasonable for getting started supplies and training’s. Anything over that…be cautious. Also, just because you love a product, does NOT mean it would make a good job. I see so many people fall in this trap! I love ice cream, but I would not enjoy driving an ice cream truck! You need to make sure the company has a good reputation, is in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission, is Debt Free, and has mostly customers, not just people doing the business side. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of what people earn! I always suggest asking what their “average” paycheck is.

 

There are tons of different ways to work from home, you just have to look and find something that is a good fit for you! Once you find one you love, stick with it! Don’t company jump (I could write a whole post on how bad this is), don’t try to do multiple companies (again, I could write a whole post on how bad this is, plus not allowed by MOST direct sales companies), and don’t spam on social media. Build your business the right way, and you could one day be one of those Mom’s making a six figure income from home! Above all, find what works for YOU! I personally tried a few multi level marketing companies and found what I liked, not other people did haha. It took me making mistakes, trying over and over, researching many different companies, and finally quitting the multi level marketing world to find a job I loved!! Now I market for a grocery store and it’s the perfect fit for ME. Don’t be afraid to take your time in picking a job. When you find one you love, it opens the doors to a lifetime of freedom and flexibility!

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

Dana

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Last year my family became a big user of essential oils, and I’ve been amazed at how many different things they can help with!! It’s kinda funny I fell in love with them, as I was a skeptic for a long time!! You see them everywhere and most people can’t help but wonder if they are a fad, or truly do work. I know your first thought’s reading this are probably…. “oh goodness, another person jumping on the essential oil bandwagon!” Before judging though, I’d love for you to read how I fell in love with essential oils!

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Reason 1:

My oldest son has asthma, and it went un-diagnosed for quite awhile. Nothing worse as a Mom as fighting with doctors and trying to tell them what they were suggesting, wasn’t working! We spent many nights with my son coughing so much he got sick, missing over 30 days of school, and spending hundreds of dollars on medicines and tests (finally we got a referral to an allergist…surprise surprise, Mom was right and he did have asthma and a few allergies!). I turned to essential oils for help while we tried to find a diagnoses and not only did they give him peace at night, he was also able to recuperate faster!

Reason 2:

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I’m one of those people who really doesn’t like to take pills. Sure I have some I have to take everyday, and I do, but other things like Tylenol for joint pain, or allergy medicine….I just don’t like to do it! Well me doctors actually recommended trying to avoid medicine as much as possible. That was scary! At the time I was having really bad headaches almost daily! I also was getting severe sinus infections which put my on antibiotics every 4-6 weeks (yes, I know they kill the good bacteria in your gut…which Is why I turned to oils!). A friend of mine suggested peppermint oils for my headaches, along with an allergy blend, and an oil to boost my immune system. Not only did my headaches go from daily down to once or twice a month (if that!)….I haven’t had a sinus infection in 8 MONTHS! I had 6 in a four month period, plus the flu, plus strep throat!! That’s HUGE!! An autoimmune disease means a weakened immune system, but thanks to oils and a few other things, I’ve done much better in not catching things!

Reason 3:

Oils can boost your immune system and help with many condition! My kids were in 1st grade and Pre-K and brought home so many germs!! For awhile it seemed someone was always sick! I found an oil that boosts their immune system and started mixing it with coconut oil, and rubbing on their backs and feet each night. Second half of school….neither of them got sick!!! And if they did start to feel down, I would put a few oils in a diffuser in their rooms, and the next day they were back to normal!! (Disclosure: I did also start giving them probiotics, and a REALLY GOOD kids vitamin!)

Reason 4:

ADHD…..this is something so many kids are diagnosed with these days, especially boys! My oldest son was first thought to have this in Kindergarten, but at the time we didn’t know much, so didn’t do much! By 1st grade, it got much worse. He fell behind in learning, his grades suffered, and each day of school was miserable because he struggled. I wanted to avoid medicine if I could after reading too many scary stories and my own husband having issues with it! I began to research and learned a lot! Such as it’s most common in boys and their brain develops slower, plus most boys are just higher energy than girls. I did a few different things to help him (good vitamins, especially omega vitamins, no junk food, lots of activities, etc) but one of the biggest was oils! I used an oil to help him pay attention, and one to help him calm down. Not only did his grades go from failing to A’s, he also began to enjoy school! He went from being behind, to excelling in all his work! The joy on his face showing me all his good grades makes all the research and changes we did worth it!!

 

So that’s it! That’s how I fell in love with essential oils!! Everyone has different stories and different results, but if you haven’t tried oils, I really recommend it!

 

For those new to the oil world, I’d love to share a little more about them! Now, I am not an expert by any means (luckily I have a good friend who is and I pick her brain often!), but here is just some generic information on oils, how to use them, and picking brands to try!

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Essential oils come from plants and are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. The oils are removed from the plant through a process called distillation using steam or water.  They also use different parts of the plants such as seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, etc. The end result is a highly concentrated oil from the plant which carries the fragrance of the plant along with some of its healing properties. So when using oils, you literally are using plants to help heal you!

 

Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine! In fact, research shows they have been used for thousands of years by physician’s and priests. They were even found in alabaster jars in the tomb of King Tut!! In the temple of Isis on the island of Philae, a sacred room was used for emotional clearing using oils and oils baths! There are over 180 references to essential oils in the Bible! A few you may recognize are rosemary, myrrh, and frankincense….two of these were presented to the Baby Jesus by the wise men!

 

What can essential oils help with??

  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Nausea
  • ADHD
  • Digestion
  • Balance Hormones
  • Skin Conditions
  • Joint Pain
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Cold and Flu Symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

The list goes on and on and on!

 

Where can you get oils?

This one is very important!!! I have read many horror stories of people being hurt by buying bad quality oils, or not using them in the right way! One tip is never buy cheap oils from the grocery store, amazon, or a drug store.  If it looks too good to be true, just say no!!! Buy them from a company that is well experienced in making high quality oils. I personally have bought oils from FIVE different companies  and loved them all. They were all high quality oils, from organic farms, some were much more expensive than others which was one reason I kept trying different companies.  I did try and find a chart showing different oil testing that is done, but it was hard to do as the oil business is very competitive and most charts were made by a company to make themselves look good haha. I would also suggest asking friends which oil company they use as there are quite a few! And then compare prices! I have found the quality on the 5 companies I tried was all the same….it came down to the price differences. Things to look for are testing such as GC/MS, organic, proper label with information, and price (should be reasonable and not too cheap!).

Also, do NOT ingest oils! While writing this article, I came across a few articles on the FDA saying never to ingest, unless working with a certified expert.

101 Uses For Essential Oils

FDA-Use Oils Responsibly and With Proper Instruction

Choosing An Essential Oil

 

You can use oils for so many health issues, but also fun things too! I’ve done bath bombs and sugar scrubs with them, bug repellent luminaries, toilet fizzes, car fresheners, and more!! They truly are amazing and can help with many different health benefits. No they are not some crazy fad seeing as they have been around for thousands of years. Don’t take my word for it, give them a try!

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Dana