Lindsay Rapp was one of the first people I met networking in St. Louis and I have come to know her as a kind, generous soul! She has built a successful business with dōTERRA essential oils and truly wants to help people live their healthiest lives…this is the story of her finding her passion and going after it!
Seven years ago, if you had asked me about essential oils, I would have said, “I don’t like smelly stuff. I am not a potpourri-scented-candle-perfume-kind of person. My husband doesn’t like smelly detergents or cleaners either, so we don’t have any use for essential oils.” I had NO idea that some essential oils have therapeutic uses, or that they could actually replace a lot of (expired) products sitting in my bathroom cabinets. If I had simply read something about healing properties of essential oils on the internet, I am sure I would have remained skeptical for a long time. Luckily, I learned about dōTERRA essential oils from a trusted friend.
Crystal shared her experience with having used lavender and tea tree oil in the past, and how when she reached out to a childhood friend as a courtesy to try the dōTERRA brand of essential oils, she was blown away by their efficacy compared to what she had used in the past. It was a pretty critical time for her family because her youngest son, who was only about 1 at the time, had a very stubborn ear infection and had suffered a serious negative reaction to a prescription antibiotic. When she explained that, in addition to essential oils being helpful for boosting our little one’s immune systems, people also found them beneficial for emotional and behavioral support, well, I was intrigued, to say the least. I had to try them for myself (meaning, I had to get the one called Balance and test it on my tantrum-prone 5-year-old, stat!)
I started with 2 of dōTERRA’s most popular oils, and in a matter of about 2 weeks I ordered my first kit, which contained dōTERRA’s “Top Ten” oils. I was eager to get the most use out of these little brown bottles, so I quickly learned how to make simple household cleaners and personal care products with inexpensive, non-toxic ingredients. I saved time and money with fewer trips to the store and began learning about the various healing properties of each of my oils. I kept a reference book on the table next to my recliner, and every time I heard mention of any sort of ailment, I looked in my book to see “if there was an essential oil for that.” I not only learned more about the properties of different types of plants, I also learned a lot more about organs and body systems and the many dysfunctions than can occur in our bodies.
Is there an essential oil for that?
Learning about essential oils was a natural (pun intended) next step in my journey as a mom. When I became pregnant the first time, I started paying a lot more attention to what I put ON and IN my body, which in turn spurred my desire to keep my babies as safe and healthy as possible after they were born. When choosing baby food, I concluded it was both safer, healthier, AND a lot less expensive to make my own…even when buying organic. What initially began as a simple quest to bring more health and harmony to my own home quickly grew into a desire to bring the same healing solutions into the homes of my friends and family…and eventually into the homes of complete strangers, haha!
I never intended to start a business. Well, I suppose in my late teens and early 20s I considered it a possibility, as I did choose a university that only offers business degrees and promotes entrepreneurship…but it wasn’t my intention as a stay-at-home-mom at the age of 35. I already had a full plate. My husband traveled occasionally for work, so it helped that I didn’t work outside the home. I volunteered for a local MOPS group, at our church, and of course in my kids’ classes and for special events at school. One year I even volunteered at a school my kids didn’t attend, which was 30 minutes from my house! I knew how to stay busy and help others; that is for certain. I was content, and we were comfortable financially.
I never intended to start a business..
However, as the months passed, my perspective started to change. First off, the changes we were seeing with our own health, as well as those around us who had started reaching for essential oils as a first line of defense, were undeniable. Second, the more I learned about dōTERRA as a company and the compensation plan it offered, the more I knew I had to seize the opportunity. I had been sharing health tips and SAHM hacks with friends for years, just for the satisfaction of building community. I had no desire to go back to school or get a 9-to-5job, but my husband had spent about 8 years being the sole bread winner for our family, and I could certainly reduce his stress by easing some of that burden. Lastly, I sat down and started to dream about making an impact on the world around me. I realized that I could trade some of the time I spent volunteering for monetary donations to the people and causes I cared about most, both locally and around the world, if I started my own business and increased our household income.
So, in 2014, I stopped treating dōTERRA like a hobby and made it my business. The supplemental income helped me trade time for money. Where I once had the time to volunteer and stay on top of all the household chores, I now had money to spend on a cleaning service and donate money when volunteering wasn’t possible. The bigger blessing was that as my income increased, it gave Mark the flexibility to be able to switch jobs. He wasn’t a slave to a certain salary, so he could choose a job based primarily on the work itself.
Now, nearly seven years after I purchased my first bottles of dōTERRA essential oil, I can hardly fathom life without them. I regularly look back on my pregnancies and my years of having babies and toddlers and wish I had known then what I know now. All those little (and sometime big!) bumps and bruises and sicknesses could have been soothed more effectively if we had had essential oils at our fingertips.
As you’re reading this, I will have just returned from my 7th annual dōTERRA Global Convention in Salt Lake City. Even though it is “old hat” now, the excitement doesn’t fade. I will have 13 new products to share, along with tons of educational, scientific information from leading experts in essential oil research.If you are curious to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, or where dōTERRA is headed as a company, I would love to grab a cup of coffee with you.