🧕dÔTERRA : Deep Blue & Peppermint, the Minci experience

We all know the usual essential oils (EO). The safe ones that we are most familiar with are for instance Lavendar, Lemon and Peppermint. You can never go wrong with these scents. Regardless which company you prefer.

But I found gems in dÕTERRA with the Home Essential Kit. And like any dÔTERRA user, we feel inclined to share if we find it good and useful. I guess I am a Sharer now. A mini advocate. 

1. dÕTERRA Deep Blue

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If only I discovered this oil sooner when I was working in the Emergency Unit in the hospital, I think my stress levels would be lowered by at least 50% at bedtime. It is because I was on my feet almost all the time and the leg sores were aggravated when I was pregnant. Now that I am in a clinic setting, I work less on my feet but my back still hurts from the long hours of sitting down and holding the bladder. LOL.

Deep Blue from how I understand it, is a Soothing Blend. Perfect for a massage after a long day at work. Or an essential item in your gym/zumba bag. In a way, when you run out that LMS Cream you have to beg for your doctor for, or that minyak kuda you have trouble looking for – consider Deep Blue. DO NOT CONSUME IT! RUB IT!

I have been using Deep Blue to massage my feet before going to bed at night. I personally love that minty, airy, tingling sensation it leaves on my feet. I would be fast asleep in less than 5 minutes because it is really soothing. Not surprising as the blends have an assortment of ingredients such as peppermint, wintergreen, Ylang Ylang, Cammomile to name a few.

If I need to use it to massage my lower back, which is a lot more surface area – I will dilute it with the Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO). It’s safer to apply on more sensitive skin. Furthermore, it comes in a 5ml bottle , so of course I would like it to last longer before I buy another bottle. Hehe..

Fun Fact : The oil is seriously blue. 

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2. PEPPERMINT

Sounds ordinary. Normal. But the effect is immense and refreshing. We all know its common benefits. And famous uses in toothpastes, breathmints, mocktail, in tea.

But here is what I discovered for myself. MYSELF. 

When I diffuse peppermint as a single oil, meaning I don’t add in other oils – I can feel the minty freshness sticking on my face. Like candy. In a good way. Especially when the diffuser is very near to me – like on my study table while I get some after work studying done.

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Another eureka moment was when I diffused peppermint while doing my household chores. My chores can easily take up one day which means I will not shower until I get them done. Can you imagine how terrible it can get for a lady to smell in the hot, humid weather of Malaysia doing chores in her kaftan? Dengan peluhnya. Tengiknyaa. Until Peppermint came into my life. Blessed. You feel fresh despite the sweat because the particles diffused somehow got stuck to you. So you would feel alright delaying the shower for a bit just so you can finish your chores.

Tak payah mandi, diffuse saja peppermint. HA HA HA.

I have made orders for a more citrus-y selection next month in my November LRP. I hope I could find more favourite oils to use. I am aiming to transform my guest bathroom into a wellness-spa like ambience fueled by doTERRA products. We will see how that goes. It should be a fun project.

🧕doTERRA Home Essentials Kit (Malaysia)

I bought my dÕTERRA Home Essentials Kit and enrolled as a member under Madam Fera’s team. Such a lovely lady and very helpful with her advice. Enjoyed going through her materials in the watsapp group as well.

The kits costs me RM1249.00 (promo) which included the membership fee as well. I signed up as a member because I want to buy my oils at my own pace whenever I want to without having to go through the hassle of ordering it through someone and then followup with them, then pay them online thereafter. And maybe, just maybe later, if I really love the idea of thoroughly incorporating EO’s into my daily life – I might become an active Wellness Advocate. Until that time comes, I am just going to explore and enjoy it as it is and share whatever I love about it with my family first.

As a member, I can plan my purchases accordingly. Of course, there a few types of membership plans. But that is not the purpose of this post. Today, I am just going to elaborate my thoughts on the Home Essential Kit.

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First of all, who on earth assembled this kit? Mat salleh kahhhhhhh.. Coz I think some of the selections are like.. uh.. ok… perhaps for the True Malaysian edition – they would consider replacing the Oregano with Lemongrass? Or Cinnamon? Aku nak tuang mana EO Oregano bebanyak ni. Actually, I did try putting a few drops in my spaghetti. It was gross. I think I put in too much because I got too excited. So first lesson learnt;

LESS IS MORE

Once I got my kit, I took all my oils out and labelled them. This is to make sure that I will use every single one of them. Not one is hidden. The kit comes with an introductory packet which is awesome. At least you know a few things about the founders of the company and their mission statement. doTERRA clearly mentioned that their oils are not drugs that heal medical illnesses. They are supportive measures. So if you have a treatable medical condition, please seek advice accordingly.

Mohon Hadam wahai pengguna2 yang overclaim. We do not want to dampen the efforts  or tarnish the clean image made by the founders .

This kit has 10 oils + 1 bottle of fractionated coconut oil which can be used as an oil carrier/dilution for topical application + 1 petal diffuser. Kecik sebenarnya diffuser tu. Dlm gambar nampak besau. Tapi cutelah.

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I was caught by surprise when the lavender and peppermint smelled so different to what I was used to. Now I know how an original lavender oil scent should be instead of the commercial, chemically fragranced ones in the market. The lemon smells real. And most comforting because of its familiarity. I will have to get used to the other natural scents of the earth soon.

Perhaps my tips before deciding on a purchase for the first time are;

  1. Try to join one of those Free Oiling Classes held from time to time. Just so you could try the oils first and see if you like them. Takdelah mcm aku, beli pastu terkejut semua bau macam pekat dan tengik. In the beginninglah.. later on.. you find that you would prefer the natural scents more. Furthermore, by joining these classes, it saves you time from having to research and study the benefits of them on your own. Plus, you make new friends.
  2. Do not be greedy. Perhaps you might want to try the Introductory Kit first. But if you really want everything – then go ahead. jadilah tamak haloba macam I. 
  3. Or if you are adventurous, go for the other available collections such as the AromaTouch Technique Kit and Essential Collection Kit. These kits cost less than RM1K.
  4. Read blogs and reviews. Watch Youtube videos on doTERRA. Or any other brands of your choice.
  5. Know what you are looking for. So that the advocates can assist you to find what you need.

On top of this kit, I have purchased additional oils through the LRP programme. I even have favourite oils and blends too nowadays. I will write about that later.

Review : Grand Blue Wave Hotel, Shah Alam (2018)

Posh, Modern, Islamic hotel

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I booked a room in this hotel because I had a conference there. Furthermore it was walking distance to the mall, several restaurants and the famous Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah blue mosque.

My pre-conference forum was at the mosque and I was in awe of not only its majestic structure but also how imarah it was – bustling with activities in the early hours of the morning. And I am not talking about just acts of worship like performing the Dhuha or attending a tajwid class at the mosque – there was in fact a CPR workshop taking place there, alongside other beneficial classes including my forum.

The mosque felt so welcoming to all as it celebrates knowledge  of all kinds that mankind could learn and benefit from. And it should be – if only we all see it that way!

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I arrived Shah Alam by bus at 10 pm. My initial plan was to hail a cab to bring me to the hotel but I couldn’t find any. Plus the area was very dark. So, I frantically downloaded the Grab App on Google Playstore, booked a ride, muttered millions of alhamdulilah because my driver was a lady and I arrived at the hotel safely. And boy, were the reception so friendly despite the sudden top-up transactions I had to do that night – mainly the SST and Ee’s breakfast buffet. Yes, we have to pay for him now.

The room has the standard amenities I prefer : mini fridge, a kettle, free WIFI, a bath tub, sejadah, complimentary daily English newspaper, many sockets to charge your phone and stuff. I am puzzled that they do not have an in room iron though. Tak cukup mahal lagi kahhhh ini bilik.. maybe it is a safety issue.

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The breakfast buffet spread was wonderful. Loved the nasi lemak rendang and pastries. I had to stay alone and have breakfast alone for the 1st two days as Ee still had school and my husband his work. They came later on the Friday evening to lepak2 at the hotel. I honestly missed them a lot. I don’t think I have ever said that enough.

I did not get the opportunity to visit the hotel’s spa. At the 4th floor. Or the pool. But I did get to soak in the bath tub during the nights when my kids were not there yet. I was also glad that the hotel had this mini poster of suggestions of places to go around Shah Alam. I thought that was a good touch. The malls are within walking distance. Otherwise, you could always hop on the FREE BUS or use GRAB.

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This hotel also has a certified halal japanese restaurant. I did not get to try that as well since the conference itself fed me well. Maybe next time.

I spent RM550 for the conference and the forum.

My room in the hotel was a Deluxe Room. As usual, booking platform is Agoda.Com. It was a 5D4N stay amounting to a total of RM1,146.20 minus tax. YUP. One of my biggest spends this year. For knowledge. InsyaAllah – may Allah be pleased with my efforts.

This is about The Battleship Island (2018) and how it ends

I watched this movie in a Korean audio and an English subtitle on ASTRO TVN. In short,

The gangster died. The comfort lady died. The musician was heavily wounded and died. His daughter survived. And finally Song Joong Ki.. he lived. And escaped with other Koreans on a ship freighted with coal.

There you have it, WikiMinci. 

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From left : Gangster, musician and daughter, SONG JOONG KI, comfort lady

WHAT HAPPENED?

This took place in a war. Koreans were deceived into working overseas with good pay only to discover that they were forced labour in a mine. Working condition was horrible and any attempts to escape were foiled.

The ladies and young girls on the other hand were sent to comfort houses. It tugged my heart to see the young Sochee (musicians daughter) trying her best to escape from sexual predators.

The visuals in this movie are quite graphic and violent.For instance, a bayonet prodding through a young boys stomach, twisted several times with the boy screaming until he died. Like literally in front of your very eyes. No censorship whatsoever.

 

doTERRA after 1 month

Sometimes I just want to use an essential oil as it is. For just aromatherapy and topical appliation contohnya. This is my 2nd month using doTERRA. And I still have a lot to explore. Bukan nak mencaci or finding fault with the oil. Cuma when you’re a medical doctor – kau cakap makan betik sebiji selang sehari selama seminggu untuk improve power mata rabun pun orang boleh percaya. 

So I have to be careful with what I use, eat, topically apply or simply talk about especially concerning areas of complementary or alternative therapy. I want to share the goodness of aromatherapy as a relaxation technique which happens to be through doTERRA but still I need to be certain that it’ll be safe. Sebab orang memang akan tanya punya. Sedangkan pakai bra yang ada underwire pun orang risau boleh dpt breast cancer, what more things like oil.

In a world where founders of products tend to make benefit claims on a mega scale ( 1 oil cure cancer for all kinda thing), it’s pure purposes would unintentionally be ridiculed. For instance, I love the Lemon Scent. Apart from its wonderful citrus scent to perk you up, I do understand that it can be used as a cleaning substance and how a toothpick dabbed in the Essential OIl (EO), stirred in a cup of tea could help get rid of our sniffles. [NOTE : if the sniffles are mild. If you’re turning blue and have breathing difficulties or your symptoms are not improving after many cups of lemon tea, please seek appropriate medical attention]

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BUT once over enthusiastic advocates begin to make claims that it could cure Grade 4 tonsillitis or heal the inflamed appendix – tuh dah mengarut sangat lah kan. 

I am not sure how other doTERRA Wellness Advocates in Malaysia are sharing their oils success stories. So far, the ones I have come across are OK. For instance, to calm a person with autism or help someone with problems sleeping. I really hope I wouldn’t see discussions of hyperbola miracles. I’d end up rolling my eyes and holding my breath for the next hour. And die. 

Because to me, it is too good to be true when;

One oil (minyak pati) has about 15 healing properties of illnesses that occurs from different mechanisms. Example, minyak kapak applied on the temple of your forehead – we all know it could help with a headache. But if the founder of minyak kapak suddenly say it can cure diabetes or epilepsy – surely you would question which component of the minyak kapak is soooo multipurpose neeehhh?

I have just made my LRP Order. It took quite a while for me to understand how to go about it. And the membership stuff. But I will break it down here later as how I think I understand it. Till the next post.