doTERRA (Malaysia) – beneficial or placebo. Thinking of getting on the LRP?

I have been using doTERRA Touch Peppermint quite a lot recently at work. My intrigued colleague who was sharing the work desk hence asked whether I think essential oils has a therapeutic effect or just a placebo.

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I told him that I believe there is a biochemistry pathway as to how these oils work, only we haven’t got enough research or trials to measure its effectiveness. Which results in us, healthcare professionals not being able to endorse it as having medicinal properties to cure a certain ailment. And as we all know, testimonies are the lowest form of evidence in science although ironically, in modern society, it ranks the highest.

I am convinced of such pathways (existing benefits) because of two scenarios I’ve experienced in my life.

  1. We puke when we smell something putrid. The sense of smell sends signals to the brain causing our body to react accordingly. The free smell of Famous Amos makes you salivate and want a cookie. And maybe the smell of some other substance will make you feel full and not hungry. Hence, diffusing oils makes sense to me.
  2. When a patient has paraquat poisoning, we remove every single clothing from the patient and wash him/her with enough soap and water. We also protect ourselves by wearing appropriate barrier clothing. It is because the poison exerts its effects in such a way that if you have enough paraquat on your skin and is absorbed through the layers, it can shut down the whole bodily system.  Therefore, topical application makes sense to me. I take note on the caution to dilute the oils when used in certain age groups and am keen to understand the layering method. I wish hard to find a class (locally) where I can learn about Aromatouch massage techniques.

I am very particular on which oils I take internally because for me Natural is not always safe. Unless they’re from credible sources. I mean, if you were lost in a jungle, are you confident to eat every single fruit/leaf there just because it’s natural? Tak kan.. so we should use the same approach for oils. Yes, I know that the plants of which we extract the oils from are not alien or less than strange but still, until thorough research is done, as a person trained in medicine and does not wish for my licenses to be revoked, I would really like to know its Therapeutic Index. We will get there one day, doTERRA! I believe in you!

So far, I feel safe ingesting the citrus groups. I have no qualms when it comes to putting a drop of lemon in my tea. Or grapefruit in my drinking water. What more wild orange in my hot chocolate. But I am a bit wary of oils I am not familiar with. So I take a step back, read a bit and make an informed choice. Perhaps later, I will gain confidence to try the others.

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I AM ON THE LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAMME (LRP)

Next month is my birthday and since I am a member on the Loyalty Rewards Programme (LRP), I cannot wait to redeem my free birthday oil. I hope it is a good one. 10 months into doTERRA, I do feel that it has brought on significant changes to my life. Despite the many perceptions that it is expensive,to me it is a long term investment for ones health. If you know how to manipulate your LRP and purchases, you can actually save a lot over the months and gradually years. Even if you spend less than RM250 per month, or RM50.. on the LRP programme, you can still gather the rewards. 

Take a look at these oils from my personal collection.

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Each oil here cost less than RM100, a few less than RM50. I can actually be on the LRP programme and 50PV worth of oils  monthly to get at least 10% back in product points  from my purchase, which I can collect and redeem within a year to get free oils. The maximum percent I can get back is 30% and that is worth a lot of oils.

1 PV = USD 1. So, if you convert in RM, that’ll be about RM 4? So, here comes the catch.

WHATS THE CATCH? 

  • I must buy something every month. At least just above RM200 to grow my percentage. But if I do not have a budget for that month, I can keep the account active by buying something less than 50PV. Consequently, my points would not ‘mature’ but if say, I am already at a 20% priviledge, at least that is maintained and kept on hold. My previous PV points accrued are also maintained. I get to collect more points and go up my percentage once I begin to purchase at 50PV (minimum) again.
  • You can only max out to 30% of credit points. And to collect PV, your expenditures per month still need to be above 50PV. So be prepared to fork out at least RM250 per month cause shipping is a flat rate of RM15. Unless, you choose pickup option at the centre.
  • I will receive a package every month and thankfully the packaging has become more eco-friendly. So rumah tak semak dengan kotak. 
  • If budget is a factor, I must be very patient as I buy these oils bit by bit every month just so I could use them. But fret not, if you have Speedy, ‘Greedy’ friends like Yours Truly, you can ask from me for samples. Knowing myself, memang akan bagi punya. Ha ha

I am currently curating my LRP order for August. I have just a few points under 100PV to finish off and I am thinking of getting a Jasmine DT roller for my point redemption items. It’s one of those expensive ones. LOL. I just wish doTERRA would have more diffusers. Especially the cute ones for kids bedroom. At a reasonable price! I would definitely buy one. Or two. Maybe 3. he he

If you need a one to one consult, send me an email at yasmin0508@gmail.com. I advocate in Melaka, Selangor and occasionally Kuching. If you live elsewhere, I can help you connect with a fellow advocate near your respective locations. Or if you’re like me, who may prefer to explore at your own pace and enroll yourself, do use my personal link. And later if you want to keep in touch and want me to guide you, you can also drop me an email.

InsyaAllah you will never go wrong with doTERRA.

I had too much People today

Working in a Primary Care setting demands a certain set of skills. Apart from having the best clinical acumen across a breadth of medical knowledge, you must be prepared to talk. A LOT.

Consultation is the word.

Patients take this for granted in Klinik Kesihatan because they just pay RM1 at the registration counter. Which explains why some people throw a fit when GP’s charge them a fee for consultation in cases where medicine is not prescribed . The public fail to realize that for every

“saya nak tanyalah doktor… ” 

the answer comes with a fee that is glaringly noticeable in a private setting.

Anyway, back to what I was saying – talking can be a chore. A burden. A pain. An energy draining job for people who have an INFJ personality. Today, for instance… I just had too many ‘people’. I was basically talking, counseling, taking a history and god knows what from 730AM to 4PM. I was just glad that I get to finish early because I don’t think I can talk for another hour or so.

To reward myself, I bought a handbag that I could bring for my short trips to Tesco or shopping mall without the kids. It’s a fresh breath of air as I do not have to carry a big bag which is almost always an equivalent to a diaper bag.

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The bag is from Vincci and it costs me RM99. Gosh, mentioning the price reminds me #cikepal. I think people forget that as a full time lifestyle blogger – it’s part of her job description to Advertise, Show & Tell. Inevitably these characteristics tend to spill into their daily lives. Which I get it, can irk some netizens. But you cannot blame cikepal for that as she was wired, ‘trained’to blog for probably more than a decade. It is part of her intrinsic traits to share her experiences. Like every single detail. And trust me, it is not easy.

Like how I would try to look for reliable evidences before advocating Peppermint EO cures cancer (it doesn’t, I am just taking this as an example). It is because apart from calling myself a doTERRA advocate, I must first remember that I am a medical doctor. Kau mislead public with health related information using your doctor title, bersedialah kena tatatertib. Which can be suspension or termination. Its part of my trait to take testimonials as the lowest credible form of evidence to a claim.

Please do not get me wrong. I have no problems with advocates or sellers using testimonials to help convince their prospects/ buyers. It’s just that, because of my profession, I cannot lah duplicate their method 100%. I still want to keep my job. Although I hate the talking part. I feel that I have yet to find the field or terrain in medicine where this flower can bloom at its best.

I had actually wanted to vent this matter out as my status on Facebook but I realized that my agonizing little problem of forcible talking in my daily job is nothing compared to some of the things my friends went through today. A divorce, a case in court, and just a few hours ago.. a family members death. Sometimes you are just at lost of words of what to say, but I feel that if you speak of things from the  heart – the message will get there, to where its gotta be.

Which is why I am thankful for this space in the blogosphere. I can pour out my woes here who could be looking for a cyber friend to sulk with. I rarely journal about sad and stressful stuff in my HoboMinci as it is supposed to be perceived as a book where I highlight positive agendas of my day. Ha ha.

I think my People battery has been recharged to 75% having bought the bag, had an avocado juice, a pretzel, a slice of pizza, my kids kisses and hugs and stories of their days, a sniff from my doTERRA diffuser (its Sandalwood + Bergamot tonight) and of course blogging. As for the remaining 25%, I’ll just do some work to top it up.

Thank you Allah. Alhamdulilah. For all the blessings you have given me today.

Why I did not join an oil sharing session prior to my enrollment

When I enrolled with doTERRA on my own – meaning I registered myself under a sponsor without any consult, I did not attend any oil sharing classes. I did not even join the brand competitors oiling class.

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Most of the time, if I choose to commit to something for a long time, for instance my Hobonichi – I’d have studied independently the matter of interest for a few months already. I get my information through the company/brand website or social media and process on how these products seem to portray itself at first sight and evaluate if their corporate values coincide with mine.

Then, I would do a hashtag check and see if the people using the brand/product are people who I’d like to be around with. Meaning are they kind? Are they being honest or pure malicious plus greedy? Again, first impressions count.

Then I would (still) go blog hopping and read on reviews. Especially blogs that highlight words like ‘fake’, ‘waste of money’ or a blunt scam. Of course at the end of the day, I make an informed decision of whether I still want to make the purchase despite the negative review (if any). Although the option of joining the free classes are there, I still didn’t go.

orang kata hati kering. Part of the reason is how I choose to prioritise my time. You know how a session due to start at 9am can end up being delayed an hour later? malaysian time.  Other reasons being, I worry that once I attend these classes I would change my mind due these factors.

  • overconfident claims or pure bullshit stories
  • advocates not knowing their stuff (gosh, now I am one, I feel so pressured to fulfill my own expectations)
  • pushy advocates – they make you feel guilty for not signing up. Trust me, these people exists. They shouldn’t be called advocates for all they care about is enrollments and how they could earn commissions.

 

In a way, this also highlights how powerful social media is if you know how to use it properly. I was influenced to use doTERRA by 2 main individuals. Mr Iman Wan & Fera (my sponsor).

I like that in Mr Iman’s personal family instagram account – he does not push doTERRA to our faces in every single post. There’s a bit of show and tell but they were not the main highlights of his IG account. Therefore, as a person interested in the oils, we do not feel overwhelmed. Instead, there will be moments of “oooh” or “aaahhhh” which would intrigue you to find out more.

Which brings on to Fera’s personal accounts. Her IG is more ‘outspoken’ when it comes to introducing the use of essential oils. Her strength in her social media presence was that she was able to make us relate to her personal experience using the oils. We feel that we could also integrate the use of such EO’s in our daily lives. In fact, the message is so clear, honest and true that once I started using the oils, I felt that I have finally found what I was looking for to make my life better.

In short, social media can be so powerful nowadays in promoting things. Thus, also open to criticisms. Which can be destructive sometimes. It is only now that I have started to join doTERRA activities and oil sharing sessions hosted by my more experienced fellow advocates. The aim is more to consolidate what I know with regards to the use of the oils and of course to meet nice, like-minded people.

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🧕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.