dōTERRA posted a really nice question and answer featuring Susie and I. During the interview, we were able to share some of the experiences we've had over the years as we've tried to grow and maintain our essential oils business. You can view the article on the dōTERRA web site by clicking on the dōTERRA logo below.
dōTERRA is an amazing company and we really had fun giving the interview. Susie and I hope you enjoy reading it!
I wanted to share a video from KUTV (Salt Lake City, UT) that made me feel really good about the way dōTERRA gives back to local communities.
Cardamom is typically used to help soothe occasional stomach discomfort and I really like knowing that when Susie or I reach for our Cardamom, we're also helping the farming communities of Guatemala, where dōTERRA harvests Cardamom.
dōTERRA's Healing Hands Foundation built much-needed stoves in people's homes so they could cook without the harmful side effects like burns or smoke inhalation of open-flame cooking. In the interview, Kirk talks about the Co-Impact Sourcing program where dōTERRA collaborates with local communities to create a responsible sourcing arrangement that significantly enriches the lives of the local residents. I really enjoyed the interview, I hope you do too.
Photo: Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters linked from TheAtlanic Magazine
I was reading about the Gorkha Earthquake that hit Nepal in late April of 2015. The Wikipedia account I read was really heart-wrenching. I wasn't aware of the domino-like effect the quake had on the surrounding area! In addition to the main 7.8 quake that killed more than 8,000 people and left more than 800,000 homeless, there were several major aftershocks affecting even more people. The earthquake even triggered avalanches on Mount Everest and the Langtang Valley, causing more loss of life. I can't even imagine what those poor people were going through.
Being a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, I was happy to hear non-profits like CHOICE Humanitarian and the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation were there to provide support to the Nepalese after the earthquake. They provided food and other needed items to help people during their crisis. I was glad to know that I was, in some small way, aiding that relief effort through my support of dōTERRA's products. You can take a look at their relief effort here.
Many of you know that I've been on a real health kick since moving to Florida, and losing weight was a big part of that. The health benefits of eating non-processed foods has been well known for quite some time. I read an article on dōTerra's web site that was really inspiring and thought you'd like to read it. The article contained a couple of really great links that I'll include below.
1. "What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?"
2. "Asthma and Obesity"
Hayden's Heart Inc. assists families who have children with heart diseases, while raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- doTERRA International recently made a donation to a mother's retreat hosted by the nonprofit organization, Hayden's Heart Inc. The retreat, "Healing of the Heart – A Retreat for Mamas of Angels" held in White Haven, PA was designed specifically for mothers who have lost a child due to heart diseases and defects. The retreat aimed to provide a support system of other mothers to accompany these women on their journey of healing, as they cope with the grief of losing a child. doTERRA's donation consisted of products that were included in gift baskets given to each mother in attendance at the retreat.
Hayden's Heart is a nonprofit organization that was created by Rob and Ady Dorsett after losing their son, Hayden, to a heart condition when he was only a few months old. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) and to help families who currently have children with heart diseases. The foundation assists families with travel expenses and medical bills associated with CHD and other heart diseases. Health insurance doesn't always cover procedures, hospital stays, medication, or home care for CHD, so many families find themselves in financial distress while treating the disease.
Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States. While many parents tragically lose their children to these kinds of heart diseases, there are still plenty of families fighting to save their little ones from the effects of CHD. Hayden's Heart Inc. strives to make it possible for struggling families to keep up with medical bills while they care for their child and seek the best solutions available.
As mothers gathered at the Healing of the Heart Retreat, they received support to help them cope with the stresses and grief that come with losing a child. Hayden's Heart uses fundraisers, events, and community outreach to provide comfort and assistance to families who have lost the battle with heart defects, as well as those who are still fighting. doTERRA was honored to provide products for the retreat and help Hayden's Heart to comfort these deserving mothers. If you are interested in donating to Hayden's Heart, learn more on their website.
About doTERRA International, LLC
doTERRA is a world leader in the sourcing, testing, manufacturing, and distribution of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils through a global network of Wellness Advocates. In addition to a premium line of single-plant extracts and proprietary essential oil blends, the company offers oil-infused personal care and spa products, dietary supplements, and healthy living products for the home.
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As Alzheimer’s patients succumb to pneumonia and infection, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate strives to help.
During her years of college, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Mary Gauldin began volunteering for the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her love of the elderly and her desires to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease connected her with those she worked with, and when her grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it only fed her desire to help the cause of eliminating Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that occurs because of the degeneration of the brain, and it can interfere with memory, thinking, and behavior. These symptoms are likely to influence a person’s ability to perform daily tasks like walking, remembering, and swallowing. The loss of everyday capabilities can also lead to additional health issues such as infection. For example, people with Alzheimer’s are at a greater risk of getting pneumonia because of complications associated with swallowing. Swallowing inabilities can cause individuals to inhale food and liquid into airways which may lead to infections like pneumonia.1 Aside from pneumonia, other infections and side effects that can occur from Alzheimer’s symptoms include urinary tract infections (UTI), the flu (influenza), and broken or fractured bones from falls.2
The Alzheimer’s Association is striving to eliminate Alzheimer’s through raising money for research, advancing research, providing care and support for Alzheimer’s victims, and by promoting brain health to reduce risks of dementia. As part of the association, volunteers, like Mary, help to bring this vision to fruition.
For Mary, her personal mission as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association "is to provide a better quality of life for those living with this devastating disease." She is constantly involved with service projects, fundraising events, and seminars that are structured to support and build those suffering from Alzheimer’s. One of the projects she directed and created was the "Brains, Beauty, and Bunco" event that served as a Ladies Night Out for those in the facility. This fun event is one of many events that help to enhance the quality of living among those she serves. Through volunteers like Mary and through the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts, they are making the difference for the thousands of people fighting against this disease today.
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to learn more or to donate.
1. "Alzheimer’s disease"
2. "Late-Stage Caregiving"
A doTERRA Wellness Advocate volunteers to comfort patients experiencing pre-surgery anxiety at the Nemours Children’s Hospital.
doTERRA Wellness Advocate Deanna Snyder uses her free-time to support and comfort those that pass through the surgery commons area at Nemours Children’s Hospital. After working as a registered nurse for twenty-five years, Deanna was well aware of the anxiety that can accompany worried patients and their loved ones, and now, she is working to combat those feelings of anxiety. Deanna volunteers weekly in a high-stressed area of the hospital to help relieve individuals from their pre-surgery anxiety by greeting them with a warm smile and by comforting them along their healthcare journey at the Nemours Children’s Hospital.
The Nemours Children’s Hospital is a non-profit children’s health organization that provides high quality services for the hundreds of thousands of children they serve annually. Their vision is to do all that is in their power to treat and prevent disabling childhood conditions. Some of the conditions that they help treat range anywhere from various syndromes, cancers, and infections to other health problems like obesity, ADD/ADHD, and asthma.
The hospital also reaches out into the community to enrich lives and prevent health issues. For Deanna, some of the hospital's most notable community outreach programs that she enjoys promoting are the BrightStart! and the 5-2-1-Almost None programs. The BrightStart! is a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly researched program created to target children at risk of reading failure. It allows for reading issues to be detected early on in a child’s life so that they can obtain the literacy help they need to be right on track for their educational pursuits. The 5-2-1-Almost None is designed to prevent unhealthy eating and poorly balanced lifestyles. When individuals succumb to unhealthy lifestyles and eating patterns, they are at a greater risk of acquiring health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and more. This program serves as a standard and guideline to help individuals balance their eating, screen-time, exercise, and sugar intake and avoid the pitfalls of unhealthy living.
Through their programs, healthcare, and friendly service, the Nemours Children’s Hospital and volunteers like Deanna are helping to bring quality care to children and their loved ones all across the nation. To learn more about the organization or how to donate, visit the Nemours Children’s Hospital website.
Insanitation, viruses, and lack of education can result from poverty, but Mentors International is giving microloans to impoverished entrepreneurs to fight these effects.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is contributing to Mentors International’s vision. For years, doTERRA has donated to Mentors International to help them give microloans to impoverished entrepreneurs in developing countries. These microloans will help businesses flourish and increase sustainable living among entrepreneurs and their families.
Since 1990, Mentors International has been successfully assisting impoverished entrepreneurs to get out of the poverty cycle and build their businesses. Many people in developing countries take to the streets to sell food or household items in hopes of raising enough money to support themselves and their families. However, even though they may work 80 hour weeks, the money that they initially borrow from local loan sharks have high interest rates for very small loans, making it difficult for business owners to pay back their loans and still provide the essentials for their families. This problem is the very beginning of a large downward slope.
Because the local business owners have astronomical interest rates that are difficult to pay back, business owners cannot afford basic needs such as toiletries, clean water, food, and proper healthcare. The lack of nutrition and sanitation leads to increased risks of viruses such as diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. These viruses can also lead to an increased weight loss which can threaten lives, especially the lives of children. Poor living conditions, a lack of nutrition, and viruses can stunt learning and working capabilities which make it difficult for children to get an education and will sorely affect their working abilities in adulthood.
The founders of Mentors International are determined to stop this repeating cycle, and they are doing it by giving impoverished entrepreneurs small microloans with affordable interest rates. These microloans help business owners to purchase tools and raw materials, increase product variety and quality, and hire employees. Mentors International also provides training and consulting services so entrepreneurs can make better business and financial decisions.
Mentors International is finding great success with their program. The repayment rates of the business owners have been uncommonly high, and there has been a significant difference in the quality of businesses and living conditions for these entrepreneurs.
To find out more about Mentors International or how to donate, visit their website.