Who we are, and what we're about, at dōTerra Aromatics™
Company Info (the short version):
We at dōTerra Aromatics™ are Independent Product Consultants (IPCs) of dōTERRA® (IPC Number: 1135). dōTerra Aromatics™ is a sole proprietorship company, one of the family of online ventures under the Anson Digital Concerns umbrella. Founded in August 2000, ADC is a home-based business, operated mostly online, on a part-time basis.
dōTerra-Aromatics™ company structure
dōTERRA® is a Multi-Level/Network Marketing company offering aromatherapy products for sale. These products are offered here at retail, but can be purchased directly from dōTERRA® at discounts, for registered members.
As Independent Product Consultants of dōTERRA®, we do not purchase or repackage bulk oils, nor do we deal with oils from other sources. We do not import or export products (non-domestic orders of any size will be routed through dōTERRA®).
We at dōTerra-Aromatics™ are not licensed healthcare professionals
Although dōTERRA® products are suitable for the clinical setting, we are not trained or licensed healthcare professionals. We are merchants. Although we are knowledgeable about the products we sell, and would be glad to assist you in choosing products appropriate for you, we cannot diagnose or prescribe anything for your healthcare needs. (See our disclaimer statement.)
But really, just who are we, anyway?
Beyond the dry company info above, it seems only fair that, if I ask you to invest your money in my products, you should have some idea of who I am. So, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Tom Anson. I've been married since 1987 to a wonderful lady named Linda. We have no children, but we did have a very large dog. He was a Great Pyrenees that we got through the Pyrenees Rescue of Nebraska. His name was Xanti (a Basque name I found on the internet).
Throughout the years of our marriage, our hearts have been set on ministry. It's very literally the why of our decision to get married. This business fits well into that desire — but does not actually fulfill it.
Where our hearts are
Linda has always had a heart for helping others in very practical ways. She worked as a home health aide some years, and then spent the better part of a few others assisting in the care of a terminally ill brother.
I was training for the ministry when my health finally gave out completely (in 1977) and forced me out of school. I've been disabled ever since. (You can read more about that in my story.) But, while in school, I played guitar and sang semi-professionally in Christian coffee houses in the Minneapolis area. I was on the verge of entering the professional circuit when my health gave out.
In college, I met another love: writing. And during the years of my disability, I researched and wrote a book on the church life of the first generation of believers, tracing the decline of the church since then, focusing on key eras in that sad history. It has been an exhilarating project; but the need to dig a little deeper into a few key subjects dealt with there has kept me from publishing the work. I'm hoping to put it on-line at www.zetousa.com sometime soon.
Serving where we find opportunity
Despite the fact that we have not been able to work in a full-time ministry, as opportunity allowed over the years, we've given ourselves to ministering to others in whatever ways we could. In heart-to-heart talks with others and in letters, we've encouraged those with whom we've come into contact. It seems like a small thing; but those are the best of times for us.
And in a way, this business is an extension of that, giving us the opportunity to minister in another way. That is, after all, where our hearts are.
But, this business is something else, as well. It's what might be referred to as "tent-making" (with reference to Paul, the apostle — along with Priscilla and Aquila — who supported their ministry in the gospel by making tents).
But why this business?
How any of the above applies here has to do with the needs created by my health problems, and the things I've discovered and learned as a result.
Why These Products:
The products we offer on this website, and at Essential-Vitamins.com™, have been of untold benefit to us. A few years ago, I was so severely disabled, any though of doing what I'm doing right now would have been a very wild dream. In terms of work, I was functional for only a few days a year. Now, with the support of these products, I am able to start this business. In the first few years since our start-up date (August 22, 2000), I had done more than I had in the previous 25 years. (You can read more here.)
A Happy Coincidence:
While, in compliance of FDA regulations, I must state that these products really are intended for entertainment purposes only, I am intrigued by the coincidental spontaneous remission of my disabling condition, when I began using therapeutic-grade essential oils. While it would not in any way offer any scientific proof of the benefits of these oils, I would still be very interested in seeing the statistical probability of the many experiences of coincidental spontaneous remissions noted in the lives of myself and so many others, relative to the use of these products.
I've been disabled since 1970 (my sophomore year of high school), after struggling for over eight years prior to that with failing health. By 1977, I had to drop out of college (my academic load of six hours was just too much to handle); and by the spring of 1978, I was severely disabled.
Over the years, it was clearly demonstrated that there was nothing — medically — that could be done for me; so, I searched out a lot of alternatives in healthcare.
Linda and I both had our amalgam fillings removed, and replaced with bio-compatible composites. This has helped a lot, in more ways than I can go into here. We've also learned a lot about nutrition and supplementation. We've worked with therapeutic magnets, acupressure and Touch for Health (meridian therapy), and now, with therapeutic-grade essential oils.
The results we've had with these have been truly amazing. Along with nutritional supplementation, the essential oils have taken me from severe disability to being able to start my own business.
Although (as the FDA would require that I assure you) none of what we did has had any genuine impact on my overall health, in my on-going muddled condition, I feel a sense of excitement about these products, and would like to share them with you. I feel that all the pain and frustration and loneliness I've endured for so many years have some meaning (beyond what they have worked in my heart, by the grace of the Lord), because they gave impetus to my search for answers, which I'm delighted to be able to share with you.
These products are very literally life-changing; "a mystery … which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed." That's why we're in this business.