Have you been hearing all about essential oils, but feel a bit overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? I totally get it and felt the same way; I knew nothing about essential oils when I first got started. The best and easiest way to start is to identify your top three priorities. For me, this was: my kids immune system, having beautiful clear skin (naturally), and my husband’s digestive system.

If you are open to natural options to support your body, you will quickly fall in love with how empowering essential oils are and how simple it is to use them in your home.

What are essential oils?

They are the aromatic properties of a plant. When you smell a rose, you are actually experiencing the essential oil of a rose. Essential oils come from plants. They are steam distilled from the roots, stems, leaves, needles, flowers or cold pressed from the rind of a citrus fruit. The essential oil is a fatty sack that sits on the plant and it is what the plant uses to ward of predators or illness. This is basically the immune system of the plant. So in essence, we are using the immune system of a plant to support our immune systems.

Why do they work so well?

Essential oils are carbon based, as are humans. When you use an essential oil on or in your body, your body recognizes it and instinctively knows where to utilize the oil in order to support your body. This means there are no side effects when you are using essential oils, just side benefits. For example, if you are using a drop of Frankincense under your tongue for the anti-inflammatory properties, you will also get the emotionally calming and balancing benefits of this oil.

As a Western culture we always want to know a dosage amount. That is actually one of the best parts of using oils. Less is more, so one to two drops every 20-30 minutes, until you feel like you have gotten the therapeutic benefits is ideal.

How much? How often?
The doTERRA Difference

When it comes to supporting my family’s health, only the top-of-the line essential oils will do.  As I testified earlier, I wanted to use these on my babies, so I had to be 100% confident that what I purchased was not only free from adulterations, pesticides and synthetics , but was also backed by a company whose core vision has always been sourcing and producing pure essential oils.

As this industry continues to grow at the rate it is, you will see “essential oils” popping up from companies or stores that don’t know the first thing about them, much less what a true certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil is. This should make you step back and question.

I often wonder how many people are seeing essential oils come to the forefront of wellness and automatically think that your local organic market would be the best place to snag them up. I have to be honest, the old me totally would have. There can’t be that big of a difference…plus it says 100% pure, it has to be okay right? WRONG!

There are two major factors that play a role in the effectiveness and quality of essential oils:

1. Plant Potency

When selecting which plants are to be used for essential oil production, it is important that the plant is grown in the correct soil, temperature, and climate. When these factors are optimal, the plant will be able to reach its highest potency.

One of the defining  differences between dōTERRA and any other company is the fact that dōTERRA sources their oils from all over the world, wherever that plant grows best. This is actually the main reason why I chose to get started with dōTERRA.

2. Oil Purity

When oils contain fillers or other elements that dilute and alter their purity, their ability to function at their highest capacity is compromised. In order to enjoy all of the benefits of essential oils,they must be used in their purest form.

Every single batch of dōTERRA essential oil is put through a seven step, third party testing, to ensure every single bottle of oil that is purchased is 100% pure essential oil. Again, tracing back to the fact that I wanted to use these oils on my kids: there needed to be clear-cut, unbiased testing done to ensure that the oils were not only pure but that they held the therapeutic properties that I was looking for.   

Did you know there is no governing agency over essential oils? Many of these bottles that claim to be “100% pure oil” are actually very poor quality and/or highly diluted/adulterated. This is why dōTERRA has set the bar for essential oil purity and potency. dōTERRA’s quality standard for essential oils is called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Our CPTGexceeds industry standards.

For complete transparency on doTERRA essential oils and our purity, please visit sourcetoyou.com.
How to use Essential Oils
Aromatic Uses

This is the easiest way to use your dōTERRA essential oils. Here are a few ways to use your oils aromatically:

  • You can use an essential oil diffuser. With your diffuser, fill it with water, add in 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil and turn it on. All dōTERRA diffusers have an auto turn off,  which means it will turn off when the water is low or when the time is up, depending on which happens first.

  • You can put a drop or two of essential oil in your palms, rub your hands together and cup them over your face, inhaling deeply a few times.

  • You can put a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball or clothes pin and place it in your air conditioner vent. This is extremely helpful if you get motion sickness!

I love diffusing because it is quite possibly the simplest way to get the aromatherapy benefits of your oils. This is a perfect way to relax/stimulate your mood, support your airways, cleanse the air, or support a restful night’s sleep naturally.

Topical Uses

There are so many benefits to using your oils topically. Due to the molecular composition of essential oils, they are easily absorbed by the skin and can enter the bloodstream in less than a minute. Since essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to and dissolve in fatty substances, it is recommended to use a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) to help spread the oil further and drive the oils deeper. Using a carrier oil also helps with any skin sensitivity, which is especially important when applying oils to little ones or sensitive skin, it also prolong the life of your oils.

One of the most common places to apply your oils is on the bottoms of the feet. Our feet have the largest pores and the thickest skin, which makes it an ideal place to apply oils. If you are familiar with a reflexology chart, you know that the bottoms of our feet correlate to different spots in our body, so when in doubt, this is a great place to apply your oils. For our little ones, the feet are an extremely convenient place to apply your oils. After applying oils to their feet, make sure to put socks on them so they don’t grab their feet and rub their eyes.

You can also apply your oils to any specific place on your body that is needing concentrated support (i.e. temples and neck for head tension, joints or muscles for extra support, or over the heart and down the neck and spine for emotional support.)

Please note: you do not want to drip oils into the eyes, up the nose or into the ear canal. Also, if you ever get an oil somewhere that is uncomfortable, use a carrier oil to dilute it out. Pour the carrier oil on, wipe it off and continue until skin sensitivity stops. Do not use water and soap as water actually will drive the oil deeper.

Internal Uses

Now, this is a BIG reason why I use and trust dōTERRA.  Any of our bottles that have a “supplement” label on it can be taken internally while bottles that just say “ingredients” should only be used topically or aromatically. Essential oils can be used as a daily dietary supplement to support a healthy functioning body. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties, while others help to support a healthy inflammatory response to support your cells.

I personally love to put one or two drops of Lemon essential oil in my water daily for the gentle detox benefits. When drinking your oils, please make sure that you are using a glass or stainless steel water bottle. Do not use plastic water bottles with essential oils. You can also purchase little pill pockets called veggie caps from dōTERRA and take your oils internally like a pill. This method is necessary when taking warmer oils, like Oregano.

Disclaimer: I only recommend  the ingestion of dōTERRA oils  as each bottle is 100% pure essential oil. Please do not transfer this information to any other brand as the quality of essential oil is unknown.

Lastly, do what you are comfortable with.

As you are getting started on your essential oil journey, I want you to be 100% comfortable with HOW you are using your oils. If topical or internal use is not in your comfort zone right away, that’s okay! As you can see, there are numerous ways to get the benefits of your oils, so stick to what works best for your family.

Getting Started

So you are ready to get started with dōTERRA? Let me show you the easiest way to jump in! You can open up a wholesale membership for $35 and customize your kit at wholesale pricing, or you can select one of our enrollment kits which will waive the $35 fee and include your wholesale membership for the next year. A starter kit truly takes any of the guess work out of getting started with doTERRA, as they are bundled with the most popular oils and products.

Lifestyle Overhaul Starter Kits

The Diamond Kit

The Every Oil Kit

Most Popular Starter Kits

Natural Solutions

Home Essentials

The AromaTouch Diffused Kit

The Family Essentials

Mini Starter Kits
The Diamond Kit

KIT PRICE: $2,650

This kit includes the Every Oil Kit PLUS more! It is $794 in savings off wholesale pricing due to it being bundled. You will also be eligible to get an additional 400pv ($400) in product points and you will automatically advance in our Loyalty Rewards Program, where you will start out getting 25% back from dōTERRA by placing a qualifying order the next month rather than starting at 10% and working your way up.


The person who begins with this kit is ready for a big shift in their life. They are ready to completely overhaul and cleanse their home and health. They want to have every single oil and product at their fingertips right away and are ready to be a part of the health conscious oil movement. They may also be open and ready to create a residual income with dōTERRA.

The Diamond Kit gives you all the tools you need to keep your home, body, hair and skin all toxin free. You will get the full supplement line and EVERY SINGLE OIL that dōTERRA sells.

The Every Oil Kit

KIT PRICE: $1,825

That is $311 below wholesale pricing.  You will also be eligible to get an additional 200pv ($200) in product points and you will automatically advance in our Loyalty Rewards Program, where you will start out getting 20% back from dōTERRA by placing a qualifying order the next month rather than starting at 10% and working your way up.


This kit is for the person who wants every single oil at their fingertips. They love the health benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy is their first thought when it comes to supporting their moods. This kit is a perfect fit if they are the type of person who loves to share a good thing when they find it, and the idea of mixing up blends for themselves and loved ones makes their heart flutter. This kit comes with the Aromalite diffuser, a perfect carrying case to store and carry oils safely, and every single oil that dōTERRA sells.

The Natural Solutions Kit


This kit you will save you $220 off wholesale pricing.  You will also be eligible to get an additional 100pv ($100) in product points and you will automatically advance in our Loyalty Rewards Program, where you will start out getting 15% back from dōTERRA by placing a qualifying order the next month rather than starting at 10% and working your way up.


The Natural Solutions kit is my MOST POPULAR starter kit and it is for a good reason. This perfectly packaged kit gives you all the foundational tools you need to revamp your wellness and care for your family. You get the oils that support a healthy immune system, promote focus and relaxation, support healthy joints and muscles, provide a mid-afternoon “pick me up,” and support a restful night sleep. What I love about this kit is it includes the Lifelong Vitality Supplements (hyperlink video) which are the foundation to good health. You get the top 13 oils to address emotional support and a healthy body. You also get a taste of the OnGuard immune boosting line, the Deep Blue rub, the Aromalite 8-hour diffuser (my fave!) and a perfect wooden box to store your oils in.

The Home Essentials Kit


This kit saves you $86 off wholesale pricing and gives you the TOP 10 most popular oils that every home needs plus the Petal diffuser (runs for up to 4 hours).


This kit is for the person who wants to get their toes wet with essential oils and wants to have the top 10 most popular oils at their fingertips. They are ready to diffuse during the day to cleanse the air and keep their family healthy and they want to create a relaxed, serene environment at night.

The AromaTouch Diffused Kit


This kit saves you $32 off of wholesale pricing and includes the Petal Diffuser, a bottle of fractionated coconut oil, and 8 of our top oils in the smaller 5ml bottles that are wonderful to support relaxation, immune support, muscle support, and so much more.



This kit is for anyone who wants to get their toes wet with essential oils at an affordable price.

The Family Essentials Kit


This kit saves you $37 off of wholesale pricing and includes the top 10 oils in the smaller 5ml bottles and our OnGuard Beadlets and Peppermint Beadlets.


This kit is the mini version of the Home Essentials kit (minus the diffuser) this is a great kit to get started with oils on a budget. I would recommend to add on the Petal Diffuser, as you will need one in the near future!

Ready to get oils in your home?

If you know what kit you want to get started with, follow these instructions to get started.

  1. Go to www.mydoterra.com/jdonovan

  2. Click on Become A Member (this gets you 25% off)

  3. Select your account type.

    1. Wholesale Customer if you only want to purchase and use doTERRA.

    2. Wellness Advocate if you may want to share the oils to get your oils paid for, and/or create an income. Both memberships have the same perks and cost, the only difference is as a Wellness Advocate you can earn commissions. You can also upgrade at any point for free.

  4. Referral Information, it should have my ID number as the referral but just in case it is 936043, click VERIFY.

  5. Select your enrollment kit – any of doTERRA’s enrollment kits automatically include your wholesale membership so the $35 fee is waived! You can also add on any additional items at wholesale pricing below your kit. Just type it in. (I always recommend adding a Fractionated Coconut oil with the smaller kits). Or select the $35 Welcome Packet and add the oils that you want to your cart. 

  6. Review your order, select your shipping and enter your payment info and your order will be to you within 3-5 days!