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ins & outs of essential oils

I know i just published a post on perfume, but let's talk scents again. Actually, let's go beyond scents: let's talk essential oils. I've been a fan for years because essential oils can do almost anything: I use them to clean my yoga mat, ease sore muscles, and knock out cooking odors -- salmon, anyone?

I only have a few oils in my collection and wanted to learn more, so enter local essential oil queen Ellie McMillan. Ellie is one of the warmest people you'll ever meet, and guaranteed you'll want to hug her every time you see her. Truth. Check her out on Instagram, she's @leadfromyourheartyoga.

She's a gifted yoga teacher who incorporates oils into her practice, and into many areas of her life for that matter. Well-being, natural household cleaning, you name it. I asked her to share how she got into essential oils, which ones she enjoys most, and how she uses them.

Here's what Ellie had to say:

"When I was growing up, I got my first few bottles of essential oils from my parents with a book on how to make homemade lotions and potions. I was hooked! I loved the smells and learning what they were traditionally used for. My first oil practice was to anoint myself with them to influence my emotions.

A few years ago I was reintroduced to essential oils in the form of plant medicine through yoga and meditation. I dove head in to using them for my practice and creating blends for my students and friends to help them stay grounded, making studio and mat cleaners, and adding a layer to my teaching through touch and aroma.

The first time I used doTERRA oils, I instantly knew they were different. I had a profound experience using their On Guard to help me through a seasonal cold and so it is an oil that I use on the regular now.

I began teaching people how to tune into their own wisdom through the aroma of the oils. It's funny, I questioned how this was going to impact people but I had such a strong calling to just do it anyway. Now when I have people tell me that they go home after a stressful day and use their intuitive blend to reground themselves, I know what that calling was.

These oils have completely changed my life, and I can't wait to share that with you!"

Ellie, thank you *so* much for sharing your story with us! Do you folks wanna dive into these gorgeous, ethically-sourced essential oils? Ellie is a local doTERRA stockist and can ship them all over Canada! Shop here.

essential oil workshop

Are *you* peeps curious about essential oils? Ellie is hosting an workshop called Intuitive Blending: Essential Oil Basics on Sunday April 9, 2017 at Makerspace North.

Her workshop will teach you the basics of using essential oils and tuning into your intuition. You'll even blend your very own aroma spray to take home! $20/person and space is limited, so grab a ticket here.

But you know me and giveaways so...


Ellie and I put together the best smellin' giveaway in town! This one's a whopper worth $225 smackeroos including plenty of goodies from her favourite essential oil brand, doTERRA.

This massive essential oil giveaway includes:

  • 2 tickets to Ellie's workshop (bring a friend!)

  • ​​1 doTERRA Wholesale Membership

  • ​Lemon essential oil

  • Lavender essential oil

  • Peppermint essential oil

  • doTERRA Petal Diffuser

  • Modern Essentials App for your smartphone

  • 1-on-1 Wellness Consultation

  • Online Community Resource

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below (all entries are optional), and the more you do the better your chances of winning!

You must be local to win because you'll collect your massive prize when you attend Ellie's workshop on April 9.

Contest closes at 11:59pm EDT on Monday April 3, 2017. Good luck!

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