See, we can’t even get a ‘sensible’ family photo:
High energy, lots of ‘discussion’ (physical and verbal), testosterone all over the place. I have one room that allowed to be ‘girlie’ (my office) but the rest is overtaken by the male members of the family. I like to think that I have positive female influence in my household and one recent way I’m having this is through the use of essential oils.
I’ve never really been a ‘smell’ person. Leigh is. He has always had a more sensitive sense of smell and has been the one that has sought those smelly incense sticks and candles. I’ve never really liked them, they make me feel a bit sick. I used to put essential oils into the same category, I just thought they were smelly hippy things. Now I know differently. Now I know that they are used for many many more things than smells (+ I’ve worked out I LIKE their smells because they are clean, pure smells, not chemical or artificial ‘fragrances’…. more more on that topic see this article).
Essential oils can be used therapeutically to support health and wellness physically and emotionally. You can also cook with them, hello, can you see my interest?! Inspiring Wellness is my mission, so doTERRA essential oils fall right up my alley so to speak.
Let me share with you how my men (& men in the making) are using essential oils and which ones in particular they love.
My Man’s Favourite Oils & Ways to Use them
- Leigh loves smells as I said before, he loves it when the diffuser is on at home – particularly with earthy/woody oils eg Cedarwood with lemongrass, white fir, Balance and his all time favourite is Hawaiian Sandalwood. He also has a diffuser in his office and he has a key chain with his favourite oils to diffuse at work. (BTW essential oils are great if you have a stressful workplace to diffuse as many can help create a calm environment)
- As a facial moisturiser. Gone are the days where men don’t look after their skin. Leigh uses the Salubelle (has gorgeous oils like Frankincense, Sandalwood and Helichyrsum) mixed with a carrier oil (jojoba or fractionated coconut oil) as his facial moisturiser. He loves the smell and the feel. This is part of the anti-aging range as yes, he is worried about wrinkles!
- In food – whilst I do most of the cooking, Leigh loves the ‘burst of flavour’ that cooking with essential oils adds to food. His favourite is peppermint in his choc-mint bliss balls.
- He’s used OnGuard, oregano and easy air with the winter bugs going around.
My Men in the Making
My boys have mixed feelings about the oils. Some are more receptive than others. The youngest is the most keen. All have used them, benefited from them and all breathe them in at home and have them applied to their bodies in some way whether they like it or not! Here are a few of the ways I use the oils with the boys:
- Balance – I use to diffuse in the afternoons to reign in the craziness and I wear it like a perfume to calm myself down!
- In Tune is going on their wrists and back of their necks before they go to school to help with focus.
- I’ve rubbed Digestzen on a belly or 2 to help with various occasional digestive complaints eg bloating, constipation, gas.
- Peppermint has got rid of hiccups
- Purify or lemon has been diffused to get rid of ‘boy smell’ in their rooms.
- Lavender Peace + Vetiver are put on their feet at night to help with a good night’s sleep. Very calming!
- On Guard to build immunity with all the winter bugs going around – none of them have been very sick. One has had a slight cold and used Easy Air as a natural ‘vicks’ alternative.
- Ice Blue Rub applied as a cool and comforting massage.
Other popular male essential oil products
- If you’re a hipster/facial hair type, the root to tip hair serum is meant to be fabulous. It’s on my next order for my hair (not facial!).
- Ice blue oil and the ice blue rub are very popular with sporty/manual working types as it’s very cool and soothing before and after exercise on your muscles. It’s main ingredients include Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy oils.
Want to know more?
If you want to know more about how men use essential oils, I’m running a class for men – I promise it will be practical, tasky and relevant. I’d love you to come along. Saturday 3 September 3-5pm at The Gap, Brisbane (Address provided after registered). Click here to register via the Facebook event.
Want to buy doTERRA essential oils?
By far the best way to buy the oils is to open a wholesale account, it works similarly to Costco in that you pay a wholesale membership fee and then buy everything at wholesale prices (25% off). The membership costs $35 when putting together a custom kit or is included in the dōTERRA enrolment kits . There is more info on this on my website at www.whatannabelcooks.com/
The other wholesale option is to put together a personalised kit. This way you pay the $35 membership fee then buy the individual oils you’re after eg the oils mentioned above. Here is the complete price list. Just look at the wholesale column.
As a wholesale member (Wellness Advocate), you’ll enjoy:
If you haven’t become a member yet and you want to take advantage of the discounts and open a wholesale account, this is what you need to do:
- If you are from outside Australia or Amercia, you can still buy from doTERRA, just contact me for the best way to buy.
- Call me, tell me what you want to do and I can do all the paperwork for you OR
- Go to http://mydoterra.com/whatannabelcooks
- Click the tab ‘Join & Save’
- Choose the OTG local warehouse (unless you are in the USA)
- Choose wholesale access option
- Choose the kit you want or choose the $35 enrollment option & then type in the names of the oils you want. Here are the kits to choose from.
- Follow the prompts.
You can purchase the oils/diffuser at retail prices without opening a wholesale account but generally if you are purchasing a couple of oils it works out cheaper to go the wholesale route. To order retail go to the ‘shop’ tab on www.mydoterra.com/whatannabelcooks and select the items you’d like to order.