Mito 2 Max

cola beverage


As I am weaning myself from all beverages caffeinated, I have a new found appreciation for Mito 2 Max.  Now, as a part of my daily vitamin regimen, I am sure to include the Mito 2 Max.  Because of it, my workouts are more intense, my mind more focused and I really and dig in and get things done without feeling that deep fatigue that comes by mid-day.  As with anything, I immediately became intrigued by what was in the Mito 2 Max and quickly found out that what sets it apart from other supplements is that it doesn’t stimulate cells with caffeine or Taurine, but rather regenerates the cells themselves.  I want to share what I found….

dōTERRA Mito2Max is a proprietary formula of standardized plant extracts and metabolic cofactors that supports healthy cellular energy production. Mito2Max supports optimal mitochondrial function and aerobic capacity, and it supports stamina naturally without the use of harmful stimulants. Use Mito2Max as a healthy, long-term alternative to caffeinated drinks and supplements for increased energy and vitality.*




CONCEPT: Trillions of cells make up each human body. It is remarkable to reflect on the synergy that occurs between those cells to create life for each of us. The “energy” for life comes from within each of these cells and is known as the mitochondria. As we age, our body’s mitochondrial function becomes less efficient. This leaves us with lower levels of energy and more toxic cellular exhaust. The sports and activities we enjoyed in our youth can become less enjoyable. Some people try to boost their energy levels through caffeine and other stimulants that can provide a quick buzz but often leave us feeling worse. Mito2Max contains dōTERRA’s proprietary energy and stamina complex that enhances mitochondria function, supports stamina and endurance, helps the body adapt more quickly to the diverse activities of life, and helps to increase mental energy.* Acetyl-L-carnitine, a primary ingredient, supports mental health, mitochondrial function, and circulation to the brain. Ashwagandha root extract, which has been called the “herb of the ages” due to the many uses that it provides, has been studied for generations and has been utilized for boosting energy levels and supporting immunity and libido, while also reducing the effects of anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Perhaps the greatest quality is its ability to support regeneration of cells from damage caused by molecules knows as free radicals. A great antioxidant that can help prevent the spread of free radicals is Ginkgo Biloba, which improves blood flow to the brain and acts as an antioxidant. Mito2Max is the perfect way to boost your exogenous antioxidant intake, controlling the spread of free radicals and maximizing your mitochondrial energy levels each day.



  • Promotes efficient production of ATP in the mitochondria of cells*
  • Enhances stamina and efficient use of oxygen*
  • Supports metabolic adaptation for diverse activities, from movie watching to marathon running*
  • Improves mental energy*

Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI

Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis S)

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) Root Extract.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Leaf Extract

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Coenzyme Q10

Quercetin Dihydrate

Some take Mito 2 Max as needed; doing so will help you notice a more pronounced effect.

Dr. Oz takes Herb Based Healthcare Mainstream

This is an amazing segment that recently aired on the Today show.  Dr. Oz talked about the medicinal compounds found in herbs and of course anyone with knowledge of essential oils knows the value of supporting our health using natural compounds.  I am passionate about this subject and have experienced, first hand, the value of treating your health with these “gifts from the earth.”  Dr. Hill, the chief medical officer at doTERRA states:  “essential oils themselves are not smart, but our bodies are smart and know how to respond to natural medicine.


There are so many valuable uses for essential oils, there’s immune support, decreasing toxic load as well as creating emotional balance.  Fortifying these aspects of our health are vital to our longevity and overall quality of life.  Tap into the power of essential oils today!  


There are a great number of variables that influence the actual essential oil you receive in the 15 ml bottle that contains approximately 300 drops of oil that you will carefully use for the well-being of you, your family, and friends. That 15ml was extracted and distilled from up to 300 pounds of plant matter.  Consider the following to be of utmost importance to you:

Where and how was that plant grown?  What were the soil conditions?    What were the water conditions during the growing season?  Were there any insecticides, pesticides, or herbicides used?  Is it truly organic?

When and how was the material harvested?  Was it the right season?  The correct maturity of the plant?  The optimum time of day?

What about the processing?  Were proper cleaning and preparation made with the equipment?  Were the correct parts of the plant used in the distillation process?  Were temperatures maintained at proper levels?  Were the clean and viable containers used during the process and for gathering?

What about packaging and distribution?  Were the clean and viable containers used during the process and for gathering?  Was there any cutting (adding other similar and hard-to-detect less expensive oils) done to lower the cost of the oil?

These and other questions are very important to each of as we use essential oils and their derivative products.  Unfortunately it would be impossible for any one of us to answer all these question.  Fortunately, dōTERRA is making it their business to answer each of these questions.  The first two items in dōTERRA’s Mission Statement are that they will see that we, as their customers, receive the best-sourced and best-processed essential oils in the world.  Then they will use the most modern Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy testing (see below the dōTERRA description of this testing)  through a third party to assure us that testing standards will meet or exceeding ISO and AFNOR standards.  As a pledge of this quality they will label these products with their trade marked seal of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, CPTG® .

dōTERRA’s products, as explained above, stand alone as Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, CPTG® .  Below this in guaranteed purity in the industry are these grades of products.

Grade A essential oils are pure therapeutic quality (highest grade) and are usually made from naturally (often organically) grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation. This is the category that all of DōTerra’s essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products start from. Beyond this they are tested and certified as described above.

Grade B essential oils are food grade; they may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils.

Grade C oils are perfume grade and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. They also usually contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil.

Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process and can be very high quality if it comes from a Grade A distillation process. Accordingly it is of very low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillation processes.

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, CPTG®  is the label you will see on dōTERRA Essential Oils.  Of lesser-guaranteed purity will be those with labels such as “Pure Essential Oil or “Pure Therapeutic Grade”.

Our admiration to the dōTERRA founding team for their commitment to our safety and well-being.

dōTERRA’s own description of CPTG® testing:

CPTG® Testing Methods

dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®* quality protocol employs five different analytical methods to ensure dōTERRA’s essential oils are both pure (extracts contain only the volatile aromatic compounds of a plant), and potent (extracts have consistent chemical composition from batch to batch). The CPTG quality protocol requires the use of independent laboratories for standardization and testing.

Test 1: Gas Chromatography

After the aromatic compounds (also called essential oils) are carefully distilled from plant material, samples are tested for chemical composition using gas chromatography. In gas chromatography, volatile essential oil compounds are vaporized and passed through a long column called a gas chromatograph. Each individual compound travels or “elutes” through the column at a different rate and is measured as it exits the column during the testing period. Using gas chromatography, quality control engineers can determine which compounds are present in a test sample and, as importantly, at what levels.

Test 2: Mass Spectrometry

In addition to gas chromatography, essential oil samples also are tested for composition using mass spectrometry. In mass spectrometry, samples are vaporized and then ionized and each individual compound in a sample is measured by weight. Mass spectrometry provides additional insight to the purity of an essential oil by revealing the presence of non-aromatic compounds, such as heavy metals or other pollutants, which are too heavy to elute along a gas chromatograph. The combination of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry is sometimes referred to as a GC/MS test.

Test 3: FTIR Scan (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)

After an essential oil passes the gas chromatography and mass spectrometry tests, it is transported to a manufacturing facility for filling. Before being released into the facility, the essential oil “batch” is held in quarantine while additional quality tests are performed. Those tests include an FTIR Scan which, similar to GC/MS testing, is also a analysis of material composition. In an FTIR Scan, a light is shown at the material sample and the amount of light absorbed by the chemical constituents of the sample is measured. Results are then compared against a historical database to ensure adherence to composition standards.

Test 4: Microbial Testing

Before a batch of essential oils can be released from quarantine to manufacturing, it must be tested for the presence of bio-hazards such as bacteria, fungus, and mold. In microbial testing, samples are drawn from each batch of essential oils and applied to growing mediums in dishes or “plates.” After an incubation period, each plate is analyzed for growth of microbes. This test is performed on all incoming material to the manufacturing facility, and also performed on finished product to ensure no harmful organisms have been introduced to the product during the filling and labeling process, and to ensure shelf-life stability.

Test 5: Organoleptic Testing

Organoleptic testing brings a human touch to each step of the CPTG quality control process. Organoleptics include those attributes of an essential oil that can be tested with taste, sight, touch, and smell. From growers and harvesters to essential oil chemists; from manufacturing engineers to essential oil practitioners; dōTERRA’s global network of essential oil providers carefully monitors the quality of each CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil. The extraction of essential oils is very much an art form that can be enhanced by, but not replaced with, mechanical analytics. The wisdom and experience of dōTERRA’s essential oil experts are an indispensable part of the CPTG quality control standard


121 Things to Do on a Budget

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Just because you’re strapped for cash doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Whether you enjoy being outdoors or would rather kick back at home, there are plenty of ideas to choose from.  Not only will you stay on your target budget, but you’ll still have a guaranteed good time and may even find something new and unique to do! If you’re looking for something to do, check out these 100+ activities that won’t break the bank!

  1. Smell pure lavender essential oil.
  2. Sign up for a free class.
  3. Cook a new recipe using essential oils.
  4. Reread a book you own.
  5. Rearrange your furniture.
  6. Organize your closet.
  7. Make a playlist on Spotify.
  8. Have a movie marathon with close friends.
  9. Play some board games.
  10. Swap clothing with friends.
  11. Go swimming.
  12. Visit a local park or playground.
  13. Sunbathe.
  14. Try a new hairstyle at home.
  15. Watch reruns of your favorite TV show with DVDs from your local library.
  16. Practice new makeup looks.
  17. Plant some flowers in your garden.
  18. Go sightseeing.
  19. Paint your nails.
  20. Host a dinner party.
  21. Use YouTube videos for karaoke.
  22. Take your pet out for a walk.
  23. Go on a bike ride.
  24. Paint or sketch something.
  25. Photograph local sights.
  26. Visit a museum on a free day.
  27. Write in your journal.
  28. Watch the sunset.
  29. Go hiking.
  30. Make a scrapbook.
  31. Take a nap.
  32. Practice yoga.
  33. Go on a walking tour.
  34. Make your own ice cream in a bag using essential oils and other natural ingredients around the house.
  35. Write a song.
  36. Practice playing an instrument.
  37. Wash your car at home.
  38. Volunteer for a local organization.
  39. Visit with family or friends.
  40. Catch up on laundry.
  41. Organize the pantry.
  42. Mow the lawn.
  43. Paint a pot.
  44. Do some arts and crafts.
  45. Start a DIY project using essential oils.
  46. Exercise.
  47. Put on a garage sale.
  48. Bake some cookies or other sweet treats from scratch.
  49. Put together a list of your favorite recipes.
  50. Write a bucket list.
  51. Shoot some hoops.
  52. Get rid of clutter.
  53. Go for a run around the neighborhood.
  54. Do spa treatments at home using essential oils.
  55. Build a bookshelf.
  56. Dance.
  57. Take a bath.
  58. Repair holes in clothing.
  59. Make a quilt from old t-shirts.
  60. Clean up your email.
  61. Organize old photos into an album.
  62. Write a letter.
  63. Window shop.
  64. Have a picnic.
  65. Listen to a podcast.
  66. Knit.
  67. Build a fort.
  68. Finish a puzzle.
  69. Play card games.
  70. Start planning your next getaway.
  71. Organize the pots and pans in your kitchen.
  72. Listen to new music online.
  73. Play video games.
  74. Gaze at the stars.
  75. Watch the sunrise.
  76. Write a poem or short story.
  77. Work on your to-do list.
  78. Update your résumé.
  79. Get creative and make a costume with old clothing items.
  80. Try a new hobby.
  81. Download free apps.
  82. Make your own jewelry with old beads, buttons, or chains.
  83. Tie-dye a t-shirt.
  84. Practice origami.
  85. Make a card.
  86. Have a bonfire.
  87. Throw a potluck.
  88. Put your favorite photos in a frame.
  89. Work on handmade gifts.
  90. Replace old lightbulbs.
  91. Watch home movies.
  92. Organize your makeup.
  93. Arrange flowers in a vase. Or better yet, upcycle an old bottle into a cute vase!
  94. Organize your bulletin board.
  95. Update your social media profiles.
  96. Make a new board on Pinterest. Check out our Pinterest account for awesome DIYs and tips!
  97. Have a sleepover.
  98. Organize old receipts.
  99. Browse the farmers market.
  100. Explore the downtown area of your city.
  101. Pick fruit that you grew at home.
  102. Go fishing at a local lake, pond, or pier.
  103. Go to a free event.
  104. Make s’mores.
  105. Dress up.
  106. Play volleyball.
  107. Fly a kite.
  108. Play tennis.
  109. Go for a drive.
  110. Go sledding.
  111. Practice a new language.
  112. Make a collage of old photographs or magazine cutouts.
  113. Repurpose old clothing into a pillow, drapes, or blanket.
  114. Upcycle your old jeans into shorts.
  115. Play frisbee.
  116. Make your own pizza.
  117. Clean out your garage.
  118. Listen to the radio.
  119. Go camping in your backyard.
  120. Daydream.
  121. Video chat with a friend.

Natural Antibiotic in a Bottle

We are always looking for essential oil uses.  Here are 52 uses for On Guard…..thanks


ON GUARD – natural antibiotic in a bottle”

52 Top uses for On Guard antimicrobial blend of essential oils.

1. Mix with a tblsp of water, gargle for 1 minute then swallow at the on-set of a sore throat.

2. Put 5 drops oregano and 5 drops on guard in a capsule and take 3 times daily at the onset of cold or flu symptoms.

3. Put on the soles childrens feet at night during cold & flu season to support immunesystem.

4. Put several drops on a bowl of hot – hot water and Breathe in the vapors as it begins to volatilize when you have lung congestion.

5. Put 50 drops in a spray bottle with 30 oz of distilled water. Shake often and use to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

6. Add to your dishwasher for micro clean dishes.

7. Add to your laundry cycle for micro clean clothes.

8. Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.

9. Apply to bee and insect stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.

10. Gargle and brush daily for healthy teeth and gum’s and to prevent and treat gum disease.

11. Apply to gum’s and teeth, or swish with 5 drops of on guard & 1tbsp of water for pain relief from toothaches and after dental work.

12. Diffuse in homes or business to kill air borne pathogens, inhibit mold and build immune systems.

13. Put a few drops on air filters when changing them to kill pathogens in the duct work.

14. Add to Emergen-C or orange juice to help congestion and fight flu and cold.

15. Put a drop in your mouth and push or squeeze it around to relive smoking urges. (enhance with an extra drop or two of clove.)

16. For warts, apply topically, rotating between oregano & frankincense.

17. Apply a drop on a pets sore or wound to enhance healing.

18. Have the diffuser going in your home when the kids come home to ward off germs.

19. Make an anti-biotic blend using On Guard (12 drops) Oregano (6 drops) Frankincense (2 drops) in a 00 gel cap.

20. Add 15 drops to every cup of corn starch, mix and sprinkle on carpet.  Rake, leave for 1 hour then Vacuum for micro clean carpet.

21. Mix a 2-3 drops of on guard and 2 drops of lemon EO with honey or agave in a teaspoon for a cold or cough relief medicine for kids.

22. Gargle with 1 tbps of water and 1 drop each of lemon and on guard hourly for laryngitis.

23. Put several drops on the HVAC vents of a hotel room or office to kill airborne pathogens and germs.

24. Mix with baking soda to clean bathtubs.

25. Apply neat to the toes and nails to combat fungus.

26. Combine 2 tbps of water with 5 drops of on guard in a small glass and store your toothbrush overnight to sanitize.

27. Use a 50/50 mix of on guard and purified water and spray onto oven interior. Leave for 15 minutes, then wipe away greasy spots.

28. Apply to hands to remove stubborn, sticky substances like tree sap.

29. Add to the water in your vacuum cleaner/steamer to disinfect the carpet.

30. Put a few drops in your vacuum bag to kill pathogens.

31. Put 15 drops in a 6oz spray bottle, shake and spray rooms, desks, or bed sheets to protect against pathogens.

32. Clean the upholstery and dashboard of your car.

33. Gargle with on guard and 1 tbsp of water prior speaking engagements or singing performances.

34. Rub on stains as a pre-wash stain remover.

35. Add 3 drops to your tooth brush and brush every day for a healthy mouth and to prevent cavities, gum disease.

36. Apply to teeth that have been damaged or broken to help them heal.

Make an on guard spray with 15 drops for every 6 oz of water : use the spray for…

37. Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.

38. Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.

39. Use to clean childrens hands when traveling.

40. Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.

41. Use on public telephones to remove germs.

42. Use on public computer keyboards and mice.

43. Use as an underarm deodorant.

44. Spray on hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.

45. Spray in public restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.

46. Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.

47. Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.

48. Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.

49. Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.

50. Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.

51. Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.

52. Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to disinfect and remove mold.


Diet Soda Study

cola beverage

This was a fascinating feature on NBC Nightly News tonight that I wanted to share.

Over time, we are learning more and more about the health implications of consuming soda pop.  This study specifically addresses the consumption of diet soda pop and its effect on middle aged women.

I love a good Diet Coke from time to time and there are days when I partake.  However, more and more, as I’m reading and researching these important studies, I am quickly losing my appetite for these synthetic substances.

As an alternative to soda pop, I have a growning appreciation for water with CPTG citrus essential oils like lemon, lime or grapefruit.  One drop of CPTG doTERRA essential oil in 8 oz of cold, filtered water is a healthy alternative to diet sodas and I notice that it curbs the craving for pop.  Now I just need to get my kids on board with it.

Healing Emotions with Essential Oils

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There’s a great new book on the shelf titled ‘Emotions & Essential Oils’.  This important book outlines the different and the specific uses for supporting wellness using doTERRA essential oils.  The book reminds us that we we experience physical healing and health, we are invited to enter the emotional realm through five stages of healing, including:

  1. Assist in healing our physical body
  2. Assist in healing the heart – Essential oils raise the vibration of the physical body; as a result, lower energies become unbearable and the body wants to release – stagnant anger, sadness, grief and judgment.
  3. Assist in releasing limiting beliefs – must release in order to make space to receive.
  4. increase spiritual awareness and connection – higher energies attract more, higher energies on a spiritual plane.
  5. inspire the fulfillment of our life’s purpose – restores healing, self-awareness and self confidence.

A list of oils that support emotional healing include:

Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Black Pepper, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Melissa, Myrrh, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Thyme, Vetiver, White Fir, Wild orange, Wintergreen, Ylang Ylang.

My “go to” oils for emotional wellness include Lemon, Grapefruit and Juniper Berry.

For a full description of the oils’ emotional properties and the emotions addressed using each oil, you can reference the book Emotions & Essential Oils – Second Edition.  

10 Natural Foods to Eat – Post Workout


What you eat right after a good workout will determine the final outcome for your efforts at the gym.  The way we eat, with an accelerated metabolism, will help us in the way our body builds muscle and sheds unwanted fat; however, if you don’t eat the proper foods right after the workout, your exercise effort could be all for naught.  Here are a few natural suggestions:

1. Eggs – with only 70 calories each, eggs pack a 6.3 grams of protein and are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D.

2. Quinoa – few grains can compete with the vitamins and nutrients found in quinoa.  It also contains far more fiber and protein than brown rice.

3. Orange Juice – Much better for you than gatorade, this healthy, natural drink gives you much more vitamin C and potassium (an important electrolyte) than sugary sports drinks.

4. Kefir – One cup of kefir has contains 11 – 14 grams of complete proteins which don’t occur naturally in the body.  These proteins are essential for maintaining lean muscle mass and accelerating weight loss.

5. Bananas – Very high in the good kind of carbs needed after a hard workout.  These fast acting carbs assist in restoring glycogen levels, which helps to rebuild damaged muscles.

6. Salmon – Filled with protein as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3s, this important food is excellent for rebuilding muscle mass and increasing performance.

7. Blueberries – Offer a huge antioxidant boost and triple your rate of recovery after intense workouts.

8. Whole grain pita and hummus – A meat free option that’s filled with protein and very easy to prepare.  The slow release carbs found in whole grain pita will help maintain energy levels after a tough workout.

9. Dried Fruit and Nuts – A handful delivers both carbs and essential proteins.  Soy nuts are especially helpful in building muscle.

10. Pineapple – Filled with bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory agent, this wonder fruit has proven to heal bruises, sprains and swelling.  Also high in Vitamin C, a key component in repairing tissue.

Often, we get caught up in the idea that working out without eating will help accelerate weight loss.  However, studies have shown that working out without eating is actually detrimental to our bodies. Instead of shedding fat, we end up shedding important muscle mass.  When you’re done at the gym, it’s so important to just eat.  Studies show that eating within 15 minutes after finishing the gym is always best to help maximize your metabolism and accelerate muscle healing.

Remember, the use of doTERRA’s life-long-vitality pack (filled with essential vitamins, minerals and essential oils) is also useful in the process of  rebuilding muscle mass and helping the body to heal.


Diamond Club Promotions

If you are considering enrolling in doTERRA and purchasing essential oils, now is the time to do it.  During the next three months, doTERRA sponsors what’s known as Diamond Club.  This “travel club’ allows Product Consultants, like me, to travel outside of my market to share doTERRA and enroll new customers.  If you would like me to come to where you live and teach a class, that’s what I’m going to be doing for the next few months.  As a part of all of this, there are several, monthly promotions that offers lots of free products.

As you enroll in doTERRA during the month of February with a 100 PV order, you will receive a free 15 ml bottle of Grapefruit oil.  With an enrollment order of 400 PV or more, you will get a free 15 ml bottle of Grapefruit oil and a 15 ml bottle of Balance.


There are so many essential oil uses and there are so many ways to improve your health naturally.  There’s  a lot of tremendous value with these amazing promotions that makes enrolling easy.  Ask me about other promotions that includes a 125 PV credit when you establish a monthly Loyalty Reward Program (LRP).  Enroll today!