Essential Oils

How Do I Get Started with Essential Oils?

There is so much to learn and know about essential oils that simply getting started can feel like too much. Let me help you with these first steps so that you can get your feet wet and begin enjoying the benefit of doTERRA essential oils.

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Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Can I say what everyone here is thinking?

“Getting started with essential oils is super overwhelming!!”

There. Feel better? I just thought we should acknowledge the elephant in the room. Now, why on earth do I think that you, already a super busy person, should take the time to get started anyway?

Because there is no better time than NOW to become the advocate of your own wellness
To learn how the systems of your body work
To invest in YOU and invest in becoming the happiest, healthiest, fittest YOU that you possibly can
So that you can get back to living life and doing all the other things but as someone empowered to take care of her (or his) own needs and to make informed decisions about your health

For example, for years and years I said things like, “I’m really bad at sleeping.” “Oh, I guess I just don’t need that much sleep.” and, in my more arrogant adolescent moments, “Sleep is for the weak.” (insert huge eye roll here). Since learning more about my body systems and essential oils, I found that I actually can support my body to be really awesome at restful sleep through high quality supplements (the Lifelong Vitality Pack) and diffusing CPTG essential oils (I have many night time favorites, so that will have to wait for another post). What ever the THING is that you’ve just resigned yourself to enduring, maybe just start there to see if you can begin using oils to support your way back to health. Maybe you’re just going to learn how to use oils one challenge at a time, or maybe you want to go all in and pursue a radically less toxic, more natural, more supported lifestyle. Either way, getting started with essential oils is really just three simple steps:

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Step 1: Have an Introduction

There are lots of ways to “meet” your first doTERRA essential oils. Maybe you see a post on social media or watch/ attend an Essential Oils 101 class or are offered some samples by me or a friend. If you haven’t had an introduction yet, here are a few resources:

If you have had an introduction to doTERRA essential oils, but you have questions before continuing to Step 2, email me at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Step 2: Enroll as a doTERRA Member and Join the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP)

Yes, you really do want to join. No, it is not scary. Why you should join:

  • Save 25% off retail price

  • Be eligible to participate in the Loyalty Rewards Program (which is code for GET FREE PRODUCTS)

  • Have access to me as your wellness guide (remember, you’re going to be your own advocate. This is all about empowering you— but I know everyone needs a cheerleader and having a guide to learn from and facilitate community is a lot of fun!)

  • Have the option to join the business and empower others to discover and use doTERRA too!

And, in case you’re wondering, no, you are not obligated to order monthly, and, no, you are not required to do the business. My priority is getting YOU to experience the joy and results of using the oils and other products regularly.

How to join doTERRA:

  1. Click here or go to

  2. Click “Join and Save”

  3. Select your language and country of residence

  4. Choose “wholesale customer” (oils just for you) or “wellness advocate” (interested in the business). Not sure yet? Start as a wholesale customer— you can become an advocate later

  5. Fill in your personal information

  6. Where it says “enroller id,” make sure you see my number 5246186 then click “verify” to see my name, HollyAnne Knight, appear

  7. Choose an enrollment kit (which waives the membership fee) OR choose the $35 membership fee only

  8. Select any single oils or products to add to your order

    I highly recommend adding a bottle of fractionated coconut oil (FCO) so you are ready to mix and dilute oils to use topically (on your skin.

    While I love to recommend the Home Essentials Kit + FCO as a great starting place, I recognize that may be too much of an investment for some folks just to get started. If you want to try doTERRA on a budget, I recommend joining as a member and ordering the Introductory Kit (lemon, lavender, peppermint) + FCO. In fact, here’s an idea of all the things you can do with just these three oils.

  9. Enter payment info and place order

  10. Happy dance because you just made an AMAZING choice for your health!

BONUS STEP: Joining the LRP

You can join the Loyalty Rewards Program during your enrollment process or from the “Products” page after you join. The LRP gives you a percentage of each order back in points to use for free product (up to 30% of your order), makes you eligible for the FREE Product of the Month, and, most importantly, if the easiest way to stay intentional about your wellness with a monthly, customized subscription box arriving at your door (and you can change what’s in it every single month— that’s the fun part!)

(If you feel like you have more questions than answers about the LRP, check out this post from doTERRA and/ or send me an email at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)com )

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Step 3: Use Your Oils (with friends whenever possible)

The day comes— your first purple doTERRA box arrives at your door! Now what??

“Now what??” is a common question, that’s why I have a private Facebook group called the Essential Oil Rockstars where I offer continuing education and tips. When you enroll in doTERRA through me, I’ll invite you to the group so that you can start connecting with other oil users and get ideas about the best ways to jump in with your new oils. I’d also love to hope on a phone or Zoom call with you to answer your specific questions. My goal is to help you see how oils fit into your day to day life and routines to support your wellness!

Still have questions? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)com

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Welcome to April 2019!

doTERRA offers new specials each month, and I’m excited to share with you about this month’s highlighted products: TriEase, DeepBlue Rub and Oil, and the Breathe Touch Stick— plus the while supplies last Mother’s Day Specials!

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Spring into Warmer Weather with doTERRA Essential Oils and HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

It’s Spring here in the US (and heading into Fall in the Southern Hemisphere), and seasonal changes usually wreak havoc on my respiratory system (I live in Georgia— EVERYTHING is yellow right now), but also make me want to be constantly outside. The solution? These three amazing oil-infused products that support my whole body (and yours) as we enjoy the gorgeous natural world around us.

doTERRA TriEaseLearn about Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story


These glorious gel caps of essential oil make me so happy! After years of seasonal discomfort, etc., I finally found something that promotes clear breathing without making me feel foggy. TriEase contains equal parts lemon, lavender, and peppermint oils to conquer some of spring and fall’s most discomfortable effects. Lemon is just as cleansing for your body’s systems as it is for your counter; Lavender is soothing inside and out; and Peppermint is both invigorating and calming. In short, this really is a triumvirate of body supporting goodness all neatly encapsulated for easy use. I take one each morning and evening to keep my respiratory function optimal in spite of seasonal and/ or environmental threats.

doTERRA DeepBlue- Learn about Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

DeepBlue Rub & Oil

I’m not even sure how I worked out before DeepBlue. I adore this selection of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus CPTG essential oils. In plain English, I put it on before my warm up to ease my muscles into exercise, and I put it on after my workout to soothe my muscles as they cool back down. After long hours quilting, I put it on my neck, shoulders, and arms to help me relax and feel renewed before my next quilting session. And, arguably the BEST part, is that the rub doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy (serious pet peeve). Instead, it’s smooth and moisturizing, and feels amazing. The oil is wonderful because it can be used in refreshing diffuser blends or used to make a roller for easy application to muscles and joints on the go.

Breathe Touch Roller

I’m not really sure how we handled respiratory stuff pre-Breathe CPTG Essential Oil Blend. At home, it’s a great one to diffuse if any of us are having trouble sleeping because of seasonal or environmental junk . What’s awesome about the Breathe Touch Rollers (and all the rollers— get yourself a bunch of rollers!) is that it’s easy breathing made portable! Keep it in your purse for respiratory support on the go, sneak into your kids’ rooms and roll it on their backs or chests if they’re having a restless night, and roll it on your chest (beware of photosensitivity) pre- and post-workout to support one of the most vital bodily systems for your athletic success.

How to Get these Gems

All of these products are available via doTERRA. This month (April 2019), you can order TriEase at 10% off, get the DeepBlue Rub and Oil FREE with any 200PV order, and get the Breathe Touch Roller for FREE with a 125PV LRP order (before the 15th). If you’re unfamiliar, doTERRA works like Costco, there’s a reasonable annual membership fee in order to purchase at wholesale prices (do not miss out on wholesale prices!), no required minimum order, but the possibility to earn awesome reward points if you do choose to order monthly through the loyalty rewards program (best freaking deal ever). If you’re having seasonal respiratory issues, this is literally the PERFECT time to start your oily journey.

How I Use Essential Oils to Promote Feelings of Peace & Calm

When the day gets derailed or the bad news comes, how do you cope? Is there a way to use essential oils to promote feelings of peace and calm in the midst of chaos? Let me share my favorite tips with you!

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How to Use Essential Oils to Promote Feelings of Peace & Calm with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

We’ve all had weeks where it feels like everything goes sideways. Last week was definitely one of those weeks in our house between Jem getting four stitches in his chin on Tuesday and John getting in a car accident on Friday night. Honestly, it was stressful. I’m still feeling it in my body. My brain feels fuzzy and my shoulders are tight. But, we walked through the week with surprising calm in spite of our circumstances, and our doTERRA essential oils were a critical part of the journey.

Note: I’m using a couple recent events as examples in this blog, but my recommendations are the same for a variety of circumstances. These have been my protocols through longer stretches of anxious feelings, through grief, though uncomfortable social situations, etc. Also, as always, I am not a health professional. I am speaking form personal experience and if you have ongoing feelings of anxiety or sadness, please talk to a mental health professional.

How to Use Essential Oils to Promote Feelings of Peace & Calm with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

What oils do I use to promote feelings of calm?

Balance (Grounding Blend)- Promotes feelings of stability and centering. Apply one drop neat (dilute for children or sensitive skin) to bottoms of feet and massage. Sit quietly and breathe deeply for one minute.

Frankincense- Promotes feelings of unity. Put a drop neat (diffuse for sensitive skin and children) along the hairline of the forehead, the part of the hair, and the base of the neck. Diffuse (alone or with other oils).

Lavender- Promotes feelings of calmness, regeneration, and healing. Roll diluted onto back of neck and wrists before stressful situations or at night time.

Lemongrass- Promotes feelings of flow. Diffuse a few drops (alone or with Frankincense).

Peace Blend (Reassuring blend)- Promotes feelings of courage, composure, and flow. Primary ingredients include vetiver, lavender, ylang ylang, and frankincense. Diffuse and/or roll diluted over heart, wrists, and back of neck.

In the Moment

When a stressful event occurs, one of two things is likely to happen. Either, you immediately go to bits and can’t think clearly or you become terrifyingly “calm.” In either case, it may not feel natural to reach for oils, because you’re either totally overwhelmed or busy doing something important like stopping the bleeding on your kid’s face. Train your brain to reach for the oils ASAP. When Jem split his chin this week, I remembered to grab oils before we left for the Urgent Care. I applied a Peace roller on both of us— over our hearts, on our wrists, down our necks and spines— and immediately felt us exhale. A couple hours later, right before Jem got his stitches, I applied lavender on him the same way and watched the exhale. He was able to breathe deeply and calmly and be exceptionally chill while the doc did her work (and the nurse told me the room smelled amazing— I love the side benefits of essential oils!).

Just like my mama instincts include things like, “Stop the bleeding then clean and cover cuts” and “deep cuts might need stitches,” I also want my mama (and self-care) instincts to include oils. Just like I put a bandage on a cut finger without really thinking about it, so I want to put oils over my anxious-feeling heart without really thinking about it. I want essential oils to be an emotional wellness habit!

How to Use Essential Oils to Promote Feelings of Peace & Calm with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

In the Aftermath

Both Wednesday after Jem’s stitches and Saturday after John’s accident, I could have done better about applying oils to our family to continue promoting feelings of calm. Don’t forget that negative emotions will often kick in stronger later as our “fight or flight” instinct wears off and we begin to really feel the stress. This is especially true in situations where grief or healing follows an event— keep using those oils. First calming ones, then, as you feel inclined, more joy-promoting oils.

With Kids

Just a quick note: I use the same oils on my kids to promote feelings of peace and calm that I do on myself, I just dilute theirs in roller bottles (see this post for notes about diluting) for easy and safe application). If your kids are able, let them give input about what oils you use on and around them. Kids have good instincts.

How to Use Essential Oils to Promote Feelings of Peace & Calm with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

At Night

I love to diffuse at night. All of the oils listed above are in my rotation of night time favorites, but this week I’ve been especially drawn to 3-4 drops of lemongrass with 3-4 drops of Frankincense. These are oils that help me feel calm and flowing (you know that feeling when you lose track of time while quilting? That feeling), and I think I’ve been drawn to them because I don’t want to feel emotionally “stuck” in recent events. While both Jem’s stitches and John’s car accident were stressful situations, I want to focus on the good stuff (they’re both okay!!), and look ahead to the other side of healing. During times of stress, if diffusing alone doesn’t help me sleep well, I will also roll lavender or Peace over my wrists to absorb them through my skin and breathe them closer to my face through the night.

I don’t diffuse in my boys’ room yet (because I’m concerned the diffuser would get destroyed in the happy chaos), so I will roll lavender on their wrists or pillowcases before bed to help them settle.

How to Use Essential Oils to Promote Feelings of Peace & Calm with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

With Other Healing Practices

The most important things I can emphasize to you are 1) Use your oils when emotions run high and 2) Use your oils WITH other self-care practices. On an airplane, safety protocol ALWAYS dictates that you put on your own oxygen mask first, then put on the masks of others. Similarly, under times of stress, especially if you are a nurturer by nature or role, self-care/ “me time” / personal hobbies, etc are often the first thing to “give.” However, here are some key practices to hold on tight to and to use your oils alongside.

Drink enough water Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Drink from a glass or stainless steel container, and add a drop of citrus oil to make it taste yummy and help keep your gut healthy while you navigate life.

Eat Healthy Just trust me that you will in fact feel better if you eat lots of fruits and veggies instead of sweets. I love to use a drop of lemon oil in a bowl of water to clean our produce. Just soak for 3-5 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Move Your Body Stretch or do some yoga flow. Run. Walk. Go to the playground and swing. Movement, fresh air, and sunshine are some of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. Don’t break your movement routine when stressful events happen. Instead, use movement to keep your emotions moving and balanced just like your body. In addition to the oils listed above, I love to apply lemongrass diluted topically to my joints before I exercise, and DeepBlue to major muscle groups afterward. Put a drop of peppermint under your tongue beforehand too for respiratory support and a nice “wake up” feeling.

Get Creative Quilt, write, paint, sculpt. Whatever your creative outlet is, DO THAT. Truly, carve out time. Even just a half hour a day. When emotions are high, I like to do a bit of a “sandwich”: Diffuse some oils (either one or more of those above, though wild orange is also a favorite of mine in the sewing room), and stretch a bit first, then get creative, then stretch a bit more at the end. For some creatives, this time is really a “working through” time. If that’s your jam, embrace that. For me, I usually prefer to leave my troubles at the door and just be in my happy place when I sew. It gives my brain and my body a break from whatever is going on.

Closing Thoughts

There are two reasons using essential oils to promote feelings of peace and calm during stressful events is important. First, our bodies chemically interact with the oils, and they help us regulate our feelings and more. This is a physical and emotional benefit that’s happening in our body systems. Second, aromas act as an “anchor” in the brain (If you’re not sure what I mean by that, pause and think about how your two or three favorite places smell. Or think about how valuable something like a sweatshirt of a loved one becomes if they pass away or go on a long trip and you want them to feel closer). This is why it is worth making essential oils a habit, especially if you regularly experience anxious feelings. Identifying a couple of favorite oils to use habitually when releasing one emotion and calling in another will build the association in your brain that says, “When I want to feel (blank), I smell (blank).” As the association strengthens, it will feel easier to release the negative emotion and embrace the positive. At the end of the day, we have the ability to be more empowered about our emotional wellness than we often recognize, and essential oils are a vital part of a healthy emotions toolbox.

Curious about essential oils but haven’t gotten started yet? Let me show you how to get the best essential oils on the planet through doTERRA: