Guacamole Magic by Elaine So

This is it.  The guacamole that has everyone begging you for the recipe.  Note there are a lot of additions that you can opt to either include or omit from your own recipe (I just go with whatever we happen to have on hand at the time).  As long as you've got the basics and your doTerra essential oils, it will ALWAYS be super delicious.

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INGREDIENTS
2 avocados
2 drops doTerra Basil oil
2 drops doTerra Cilantro oil

ALL OPTIONAL ADDITIONS
1 large handful shredded kale leaves
1/3 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup fine chopped spring onions
small amount of chopped red onion

METHOD
Rough mash the avocados, stir in your oils and season with S+P to taste.  If you’ve chosen any of the optional additions, add and fold through before serving.

Let me know how you go! We have this at least twice a week in our house, either with roasted sweet potatoes or a mexi style bowl with brown rice.  So YUM x

 

Top 4 Essential Oils every mother MUST have by Elaine So

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Whether you are a full blown alternative health nerd or you are simply curious, as a mother, these are the Top 4 doTerra Essential Oils we feel would best serve an array of common issues that pop up in the everyday lives of a family with children.  Below are just a few (there are so many more but we won't overwhelm you straight up) of the simple ways in which this magical Top 4 could make your life so much simpler and introduce the highest quality, plant based + chemical free alternatives into your household.

Easy Air / Breathe (depending where you live)

+ As the name suggests, may aide with relief of a blocked nose, any sinus or breathing issues.
 

Lavender

+ Can be used for burns, sleep issues, calmingrelaxation, to relieve cuts/bites/scratches and earache complaints.
 

On Guard

+ Can be used for colds, flu, viruses, teething.  We definitely recommend using as a preventative measure when sickness is going around amongst other children or family members. 


Peppermint

+ Can be used to help relieve fevers.


If you'd like any more information make sure you contact us here or if you'd like to have access to our ongoing support and also access wholesale pricing (the same prices we pay) then head here to purchase your essential oils.

* We always recommend starting with roll ons as they are pre-diluted which means they are best to use when first starting to use essential oils on your children.  

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Everything you need to know about the new 'Yoga Collection' by Elaine So

Anyone can enjoy the beautiful benefits of the new doTERRA Yoga Collection. Created with the help of Elena Brower, (doTERRA Blue Diamond, author of Art of Attention, and creator of Teach.yoga), the collection consists of three 5 mL blends called Arise, Anchor, and Align.

These blends are for everyone, whether you are just beginning to experience yoga or you have been practicing for a lifetime, you will enjoy using each distinct blend in your practice. Each blend is carefully designed with a unique combination of essential oils to provide different scents and benefits.
 

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doTERRA Arise Enlightening Blend
At moments when discouragement and opposition affect your ability to reach your goals, doTERRA Arise Enlightening Blend can provide a joyful, encouraging aroma to uplift and help you rise up. Featuring Grapefruit, Lemon, Osmanthus, and Siberian Fir essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Arise’s fresh scent is both happy and inspiring and will help you continue to reach higher. 

Our Favorite Uses

  1. When you wake up, apply two to three drops of Arise on your heart while practicing daily affirmations to help you rise up and face the day with clarity and joy.
  2. When practicing challenging yoga poses, apply Arise to help yourself achieve the next level.
  3. Apply several drops to diffusing jewelry to remind you of your goals throughout the day.


Ideal Yoga Poses with Arise

  • Standing
  • Arms high and standing side stretch
  • Half Moon


doTERRA Anchor Steadying Blend
When uncertainty affects your world, doTERRA Anchor Steadying Blend can help to restore balance and stillness in your life. Featuring Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Black Pepper, and Patchouli essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut oil, Anchor’s aroma is earthy, woody, and rich helping you feel rooted and grounded.

Our Favorite Uses

  1. When faced with challenges or big decisions, apply two to three drops of Anchor on your heart to help encourage a steady foundational sense on how to move forward.
  2. Apply to ankles, base of spine, and bottoms of feet to promote feelings of completeness and calmness.
  3. Apply two to three drops to desired areas while meditating to feel steady, complete, and calm. 


Ideal Yoga Poses with Anchor

  • Seated Meditation
  • Seated Twist
  • Bhu Mudra (one hand on the heart, the other on the Earth)

 

doTERRA Align Centering Blend
It’s easy to feel disconnected and out of control in the busyness of everyday life. Combining the properties of the doTERRA Align Centering Blend with certain yoga poses can help align and create a sense of peace and purpose. Align is made with a unique blend of oils such as Peppermint, Basil, Geranium, and Jasmine Flower to create a fresh, green, and herbal scent.

Our Favorite Uses

  1. Before starting the day, apply Align over your heart, wrists, and the back of your neck to promote feelings of self-acceptance and fluidity.
  2. Add two drops of Align to diffusing jewelry to enjoy the scent during your yoga practice.
  3. Apply one to two drops to your heart or other desired areas while practicing aligning yoga poses.
     

Ideal Yoga Poses with Align

  • Warrior II
  • Triangle
  • Gate pose

Excited about this trio? The new Yoga Collection is now available,

* Information in this post was taken from the DoTerra official website.

Adaptogen Elixirs + Essential Oils was so much FUN by Elaine So

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Back in early September, we held our first Adaptogen Elixirs + EO workshop together with our gorgeous friend Natalie Warner of Greene Street Juice at the incredible space Greenfields Albert Park.

WOW.  We had so much FUN!

With a group of like minded individuals, we played with essential oils, demonstrated and tasted a range of delicious medicinal adaptogen elixir recipes created by Natalie and shared tips on shooting and editing your best food snaps.  We also enjoyed a super yum Organic breakfast and great conversation to finish. 

AND.  It's happening again.  If you'd like to join us for our next workshop, just follow this link and we look forward to meeting you x

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Photography, Madeleine Gill

Photography, Madeleine Gill

Ah - Choo, Hello Spring by Elaine So

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If you're a hayfever/allergy sufferer, this needs no explanation.  Here in Melbourne, Spring has begun.  Queue sneezing, runny/blocked noses, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and laboured breathing whilst you try to get your beauty sleep in.

In the past, (I'm talking over 5 years ago now), I had tried everything available to humans over the counter and off the shelves.  Nothing worked for me, not even the double strength, prescription only, blah blah amazing wonder pill.  Just nothing.  No results.  No symptom relief.  For anyone who experiences hayfever, you know what I'm talking about.

When the hayfever kicks in for me, it KICKS IN and the only relief I have ever found, is from DoTerra essential oils.  While I could go on and on about this forever, you may as well have a look for yourself, if you're looking for some ideas on how to relieve your symptoms, click here to download our Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies Tips if you've got any questions about the oils, be sure to get in touch x

There's so much more to essential oils than just a 'nice smell' by Elaine So

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Yes, essential oils do smell nice but that is just the very beginning, just the very tip of the iceberg.  Imagine it’s natures way of luring you in to the magic that is plant based medicine. 

Plant based medicines, pure, potent extracts have so much value and magic to add to our lives.  Whilst there is so much knowledge to share and learn, beginning along an alternative pathway is so very simple.  And the beauty is, it is FUN and it is FREE.

We regularly hold free introduction to essential oils workshops for anyone who doesn't already have an existing DoTerra account, so come join us to learn about and experience these incredible alternatives for yourself and see how they may play a part in your everyday life.  Take a look at our upcoming dates here or contact us here for any other enquiries.

Why it's time for an Alternative by Elaine So

I have been interested in and practiced alternative health for 10+ years and my world changed significantly back in 2015/16 when I became a Mother.  My enquiry was heightened as I navigated the choices in front of me regarding my childs health and the home environment we were bringing her up in.  Alternative health no longer felt like a personal journey that I could play around with and I wanted to ensure, as any parent does that we are making the best decisions for our family when it comes to our health.    

Being a part of Pana Chocolate (which is 100% Organic) and then founding ACE cookies, also Organic, it meant that I had a background understanding of why we were choosing chemical free and feel lucky enough to be able to always choose Organic within our home. It didn't happen overnight for us but it did happen.  And it is still happening.

It was and still is an ongoing journey of enquiry, sharing, discussing with friends and experimenting. Mine has gone a little like this -

Wholefoods, alternative health practices (essential oil use, kinesiology, chinese medicine, reiki, meditation amongst many others), chemical free body products, reduction in household chemicals are likely areas to explore that spring to mind followed by the not so obvious

Funnily enough something that had been completely escaping my mind for years ... my make up.  I had realised that my baby Willow's skin was touching my face a lot but the penny only dropped for me when she started to lick my face.  At which point, I totally panicked and had to find an alternative, immediately.  Cue the incredible Emmily Banks from Depths of Beauty and Sarah Di Orio's incredible Organika salon (check them both out and you will discover heart centred women, contributing to the most inspiring positive change).  Both introduced to me by my gorgeous friend Natalie Warner from Greene St Juice.

And now seems like the perfect time to share, an Alternative Way with others who are looking for something more and something different.  

*It's an important note and reminder to myself that regardless of what we think, feel or decide for our family, all parents are doing what they believe is best for their child.  We are all trying our best.

Why quality always wins by Elaine So

If you want quality, of products and results.  Then don't compromise.  Be uncompromising in your respect for your health and your body.  Maybe you're not up for reading all the finer details but lets just remember this, when it comes to our bodies and our health, we can choose to prioritise these things.  After all, if we don't have our health, what do we really have?  With respect to ingesting, topical application and diffusing of oils into the air we breathe, it just isn't worth compromising for the short term savings.  It's your health and we're not about band-aids, we're after long term, vibrant living.

Not all ‘essential oils’ are created equal. Country or region of sourcing, distillation and testing processes all play a vital role in determining purity and potency of essential oils. It is also important to recognise that price often reflects quality based on the extra attention given to sourcing and testing methods. When purchasing an essential oil for a relatively lower price, there is often no guarantee this ‘essential oil’ will not contain fillers or synthetics and that is both pure and potent.

doTERRA created its own testing process, calling it CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. doTERRA then goes a step further, putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency batch to batch. The CPTG testing begins immediately after distillation with each oil being reviewed for its chemical composition. A second round of testing is carried out at our production facility to ensure that what was distilled and tested is the same essential oil as was received. A third review of the chemistry of the oil is conducted in a three-phase procedure as the oils are packaged into the bottles we use as consumers. Each of these tests confirms that the essential oil is free
of contaminants and unexpected alterations during production.

The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol
includes the following tests:

Organoleptic testin: Sight, smell, taste and touch.

Microbial testing: No contamination during filling proces.

Gas chromatography: Determines composition of the oi.

Mass spectrometr: Synthetics are not presen.

Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR): Ensures potency
and consistency of each batch of oi.

Chirality testing: New testing method to ensure synthetic free,
can sometimes be missed in the mass pectrometry test.

Isotopic analysis: Determines the level of the chemical building
blocks (isotopes) present in the oi.

Heavy metal testing: Shows if any heavy metals are present,
pure oils have none.

As a takeaway and to keep it simple to remember,
every batch is tested at more than one stage from distillation.