The Gift

Sometimes an event or condition that seemed terrible when first encountered turns out to be a great gift. Just such a thing happened to me recently, and it is the subject of this week’s post.


Earlier this month, I spent several days in Atlanta, Georgia at a doTERRA Leadership retreat. It was a colorful, exciting, and busy time, filled with information and fun. On my last evening there, I had the great pleasure of spending a couple of hours with a local friend whom I’d gotten to know on Instagram over the course of a year or more. We had a delightful and leisurely dinner, the perfect ending to the week. As she drove me home, I started to feel “off”. Not food poisoning off, but maybe allergy or head cold off (the flowering trees were in bloom, fresh grass was being mowed, my eyes had been tearing and itching occasionally throughout the week – so lots of possibilities). I shrugged it off, went to our team rental house and started to pack. I assured myself that I had been taking all my preventative supplements, so it was probably just the adrenaline high slipping away.

The “off” got worse. A team member who was sharing a room with me suggested that I use my iTOVi bioscanner to see if my top recommended oils would help us to figure out if it was allergies or a cold. Among all of us at the house, we would surely have oils to deal with whatever came up. The scan report showed that the top three oils that would be most helpful would be Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, and OnGuard Protective Blend. DEFINITELY not allergies. I had Frankincense and OnGuard with me and a DIY blend that had Roman Chamomile in it, so I applied them topically to my throat, on the space between my eyebrows and on either side of the bridge of my nose (for sinus support), and on the bottoms of my feet. Then the coughing started in earnest. We had been diffusing Serenity for relaxation and sound sleep at night, but that night we changed it to Purify Cleansing blend – for the sake of the air as well as for both of us. I sucked on OnGuard throat lozenges to coat my throat and did my best to get some rest and not to wake her.


Saturday morning was a heavy-headed blur. Everything ached, and my legs felt like rubber. I felt toxic and tried to keep a distance from others as we got Ubers to the biggest airport in the country and stood in fast-moving but endless lines followed by sitting at a huge gate in the middle of other huge gates for a few hours. My friends were solicitous, but I just wanted to wrap myself in my hooded raincoat and muffle my coughs. By the time my husband Johnny picked me up in Pittsburgh, all I could do was put the bags in the car, crawl into the back seat, and lie down. It was flu. At that point, it didn’t matter where or how I picked it up. All that mattered was that I would soon have access to all my oils and plenty of quiet. I remember thinking how grateful I was that I had just refilled the DIY recipe I always use when I feel that kind of attack coming on. This time, I had not had it with me, so I was about a day late in starting.

This is the blend that I use:

To a 10ml glass rollerball bottle, add:

5 drops Frankincense
5 drops Lemon
5 drops OnGuard
5 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
5 drops Arborvitae
1 drop Oregano
1 drop Melissa

Fill the glass container to the shoulder with a pure carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Press the rollerball top to seal and twist on the cap. Shake well for about 30 seconds to mix. Then apply to the throat, behind the ears, and to the bottoms of the feet.

The best protocol is to start applying the blend as soon as early symptoms appear. I believe that my 20-hour delay allowed the attack on my body to be worse than it should have been. {{In the past, there has only ever been a 2-3 days total application time needed for me or anyone to whom I recommended it.}} Apply at least 3 times a day, more as needed.

Sunday and Monday were lost days to me. I ate a little rice each day, drank lemon water, was so nauseous that I couldn’t take my supplements, and basically stayed in a foggy bubble. Cancelled my appointments for Monday (and eventually Tuesday), and felt like I existed to expectorate. I didn’t get any worse than I had been on Saturday morning, though, which meant that I could get up when I had to. By Tuesday morning, I was feeling pretty good. Had gotten a good night’s sleep and wanted to do all the unpacking, laundry, etc. that I had intended to do on Saturday. Everything went pretty much as planned, and I ate a little real food a couple of times. Everything, that is, except for the coughing. Usually the coughing doesn’t hang on.


The coughing Tuesday night was horrendous. I thought at one point that I was going to choke before I could catch my breath. I was applying some Breathe Respiratory Blend in ointment stick form to my chest each night, and I started applying Peppermint around my naval (always helps me to calm any stomach upset and dissolve mucus). Kept drinking hot water for comfort and to stay hydrated – sometimes with honey or blackstrap molasses and matcha powder, sometimes with licorice root tea, but the coughing wouldn’t stop enough for me to get to sleep. Around 4 am I was desperate, knowing that I had food shopping to do in the morning that couldn’t be put off any more. I went to the bathroom thinking that I would put some Blue Tansy on my chest for its antihistamine support. Just to be sure I wasn’t missing anything (sleep deprivation and constant coughing does not help critical thinking), I grabbed one of my oils resource books. As I decided that Blue Tansy was really not the answer, I realized that the next oil listed was Cardamom.

And right there at the top of the list of primary uses was sinus issues, sore throat (which I definitely had by now), and coughs! Of course! Cardamom is a spice related to Ginger that is grown in Guatemala and is included in doTERRA’s DigestZen Digestive Blend. The digestive and respiratory systems are tied together, so that made total sense. I have used and loved Cardamom as a digestive tea for many years, so I was excited to see how effective it could be. I applied it to the brow and bridge points and to the bottoms of my feet AND I started diffusing it. At some point not too long after that, I was asleep and didn’t wake up until 7:30. SOOOO grateful. The coughing backed off and basically stayed silent while I moved around. It came back some whenever I sat or talked and got worse the closer I got to prone. I taught an online class for an hour in the afternoon. Made it through, but my throat was sore. I decided to go for the additional suggestion in the resource book – to gargle with Cardamom. Worked like a charm!

By Wednesday evening, the mighty flu had become a whimper just needing a good sleep.


Now you have walked with me in discovering the gift in all this. It is the realization that:

  • Despite how sick I had gotten, my body was better in 3 days
  • I had a wide variety of safe, effective, and easy to use natural solutions – and the resources to know how to use them – at my fingertips
  • They worked quickly and as anticipated
  • Delays were because I hadn’t been as prepared as I could have been – an easy misstep to correct for the future
  • My confidence has been strengthened, my arsenal of solutions has expanded, and my dedication to spreading the word has deepened

This is one tiny story in the rapidly unfolding WELLNESS REVOLUTION underway in our country and around the globe. Plant power! Sometimes these beautiful solutions help immediately and dramatically. Sometimes, as in this case, they take a little longer – though never with worrisome side effects. Sometimes, you may have to go to a medical professional. On average, though, with education, products, and protocol resources you too could handle 80% or more of whatever might come up.

Would you like to feel this empowered on behalf of yourself and your loved ones?

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