Why the HEK is our new BFF

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

doTERRA is the new black. Didn’t you hear?!

I was at a Polish wedding the other day anointing everyone with the contents of some little brown bottles. Lemon oil in some, Zendocrine in others and DigestZen for those who already felt their stomach churning. The wedding events were spread over several days (because celebrations should be drawn out, amirite?) and by the final day, there was a beeline of people who were demanding that I must anoint them with my magical oils.

A lot has changed for me in the past four months, and this was a prime example – my solution is now oils first, and for a damn good reason! They’re so effective.

I get that I don’t really seem like the person you’d think of that’s into oils. I get there’s a stereotype and maybe that’s why we’re a little resistant to having them in our lives. But I love to turn up to a class with my Gucci in tow, explaining all the ways these babes can help your hangover, soothe your belly after a binge or uplift your bad mood.

I haven’t shared a lot about the oils on PB, so I thought the perfect place to start would be with one of my favourite collections – The Home Essentials Kit.

On first glance, you might think oils like Lavender and Lemon are a little basic bitch, but these are the oils you’ll reach for the most. I’d recommend investing in the Modern Essentials App because it’s like a textbook in your phone. So when you have that mystery rash, you won’t need to post about it on your Facebook wall for answers, you can head to your phone instead and use one of your HEK oils to help.

Feel free to download this recipe book that shows you ALL the things you can do with your HEK. (please note, if you’re willing to say hell yeah to oils, you always want to get them as a wellness advocate as you get the MOST perks)

doterra lavender home essentials kit


If you need to calm your farm in a flash, lav is going to be your BFF. She helps with sleep, calming anxious moods and anytime you need permission to just relax. Place her in your diffuser or apply her topically and prepare to feel zen AF.

Plastic surgery junkie but don’t want people to know? Lavender is your secret weapon. I used it on my lips to bring down a bruise post lunch-time jab. Any skin woe, cut scratch or scrape, Lavender will be your best bet and for an extra oomph, she pairs really well with Tea Tree and Frankincense.

Lavender takes the sting out of things, including burns, so it’s an oil for your first aid kit. Apply neat to a burn and notice how it brings the heat down. The same goes to sooth your skin after sun exposure. In a spritz bottle mix Lavender with Peppermint and water.

Ironing not your thing? Place 8 drops of Lavender in a spritz bottle and fill it with water. Spritz your sheets, smooth it over with your hand and watch the wrinkles disappear before your eyes (if only it was that easy for our skin!).

doterra frankincense home essentials kit


If it’s good enough for the baby Jesus (or was it Mary who got it? Baby shower gifts are usually for the kids right?) then it’s good enough for you.

Touted as the KING of oils, he grounds, he calms, he relaxes and is perfect oil to diffuse for meditation. He also blends beautifully with Lavender for a relaxing powerhouse combination perfect for sleeping, relaxation, meditation and more.

He smells divine with citrus oils for when you need focussed pep. And the reason he plays so well with others is because he’s an enhancer – whatever you pair him with, he enhances the benefits of that oil.

He makes up 1/3 of my Jesus oil blend of Frankie, Tea Tree and Lavender which is perfect for any cut, scrape, scratch or rash (except the funky kind on your bits. Dr please)

His talents include targeting inflammation, helping with focus and calming the farm and lessening that knickers-in-knot feeling of irritability.

When men ask me what oil they can use I jokingly say “frankincense on your balls”, but did you know our Frankie boy is actually great for skin?

tea tree home essentials kit


He’s antibacterial
He’s antifungal
He’s antiviral
He’s antiseptic

Although he can seem like a negative Nancy full of all the anti’s he is actually a pretty cool guy. You’ve got a pimple? He’d love to help. Athletes foot? He’ll fuck that right off. Nits? They’re scared of him. How about a random skin issue, bite or cat scratch? He’d call upon his BFF’s of Frankie and Lavender to come to help (they’re like the dōTERRA equivalent of power rangers).

Unlike your husband, this one loves to clean. And he actually does a damn good job too. The only issue is you can’t marry Tea Tree. But you can use him in your cleaning, first aid kit, roller bottles for sickness and cuts and so much more.

He can play solo, be married together or even works well in an orgy of other oils.



If you like gross stuff, oregano is your friend.


This MOFO is so strong he will literally burn a wart off your body. Magical right? Okay, stop looking for warts and continue to read.

He’s potent (hello, wart killer) and he’s kinda like natures antibiotic – or hit man as I’ve nick-named him.

Warts and serious sickness is when he comes out to play. He won’t be one you use all too much, but he likes to help out in a flu bomb roller, calling on his slew of other hit men to get you better (he will literally punch the sickness away).

Like tea tree, he’s great at cleaning. And he’ll kill it dead (he’s a hit man, remember). He doesn’t want anyone having projectile squirts anymore than you do, so salmonella has no chance against this guy in your bench spray.

But he isn’t just good for wart removing and boring cleaning. Add him to anything saucy and trust me when I say one drop will do!

lemon doterra home essentials kit


All party girls have lemon in their handbag because it’s the universal drink flavourer. Vodka tastes a little ho-hum? Add some lemon. Too much vodka with lemon? Add lemon to your water for an easy detox. She flavours dishes beautifully, but doesn’t contain the acidity that ruins teeth enamel – bonus!

She gets you want to live a more organic lifestyle, but maybe you would rather spend your money on luxury goods. Health vs wardrobe, hard decision, right?! But in 1x15mL bottle, she contains the equivalent of 45 organic lemons and she only works out at mere cents per drop.

She also gets you hate the smell of nasty cleaning products and chemicals, and for that reason she is PERFECT to create your own cleaning products with.

Taken a guy home and he’s Stinky McStinkerson? Chuck Lemon with some Tea Tree in the diffuser and mystery stink be gone (but you still need to get rid of the guy).

peppermint doterra home essentials kit


If you’re after an oil where you can crack the cap, have a whiff and feel motivated to run a marathon, I’m going to call it and say it’s our lady Peppermint. On first whiff, Peppermint is going to wake you up better than a triple shot espresso which is why she features in a lot of our uplifting blends.

Peppermint teamed with any citrus is a fabulously uplifting combination to diffuse or even apply topically. It’s your combo when you want to get shit done or show the universe who’s boss today.

Any gastric woe, Peppermint would love to help. She works well with a drop in water, under the tongue or diluted down and rubbed straight on the belly.

She enjoys playing with Lavender and the two work well to cool the body and even to alleviate a headache. If you have Frankie boy on hand, add a few drops of him to the mix to enhance their powerful properties (he’s an amplifier, remember!)

digestzen home essentials kit


Food poisoning?
Think-I’m-about-to-Shit-myself cramps?
Belly pains from food intolerances?
Motion sick?
Gassy as a petrol station?

This guy is about to become your new best friend.

Whatever hole it’s coming out of, DigestZen is for you. He contains all the things that help you digest well, like anise, peppermint, ginger, fennel and more. It’s like peppermint on steroid and he goes with me everywhere.

You know how I bang on about that hairspray I love so dearly that I said would be in my MySpace Top 8? Well, DigestZen would make my top 3.

He is the guy with the most personal testimonials out of any oils I know. You can put a dab in your water, crack the cap and have a whiff or even dilute down and rub on your belly



Sore throat from kissing too many boys out the back of the belmore? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

He’s made up of everything to help protect you and keep you well. Containing a party of immune protecting ingredients like wild orange, clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus, OnGuard is designed to protect you against environmental and seasonal threats.

Sore throat? Combine half a glass of warm water with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and honey with 1 drop of OnGuard. Stir and gargle or drink to soothe the lurgy.

Put him in a sickness support roller. 2 drops OnGuard, 2 drops Oregano, 2 drops Tea Tree, 2 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Lemon.

Husbo has man flu and can’t seem to cover his mouth when he coughs and you can literally see the saliva going everywhere? Put OnGuard in your diffuser, and imagine pacman eating the sickness up.



Ain’t nobody got time for getting sick, but what happens when sickness actually happens? EasyAir, my friend.

When your respiratory system is shot, you’re snotty, you’re sniffly and coughing up a lung, this oil is going to be your saviour. If you feel well enough to get crafty in the kitchen, you can even make your own salve to be better than a natural vicks.

Or if you’re a little lazy, simply chuck it in your diffuser and breathe. Add a drop of oregano to make it a more powerful combination if you feel like you need to punch the sickness away.

But it won’t just be your friend when you’re sick, use EasyAir when you’re feeling stressed or like you need help calming and breathing. The oily ingredients promote air purification and for that reason, it blends beautifully with Tea Tree and Lemon.



Ice, ice baby! This is your muscle rub on steroids. For when you’ve been out on the town having a boogie, fell down the stairs from too much alcohol or your body is aching from a bit too much bedroom fun, this oil will help to soothe sore muscles and make you feel human again.

It’s a potent combination of oils like Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Peppermint and Chamomile, one drop is enough to service your entire back or area that needs attention.

This is an essential for my peeps who exercise, my peeps who are always injured or ones who feel like their body constantly aches. It also comes in a rub format but please keep it out of your bedside table because the tube DOES resemble KY… and yes, we’ve gone there.

The best part of these 10 oils? They feature in our Home Essentials Kit with a free diffuser worth $330.

The HEK is the best value way to start because it waives your membership to doTERRA, you’ll automatically be playing with the cool kids on Team PB and I’ll even educate you on how to use them including the biz side if you really wanna go there.

It has every oil you’ll need to start and whenever shit hits the fan and your bacon needs saving, there will be an oil in here to do just that.

If you’re reading this and it’s an epic HELL YEAH to getting oily (just quietly, there’s some amazing perks for starting this month!) you can find buying instructions here, just make sure you buy them with the WELLNESS ADVOCATE option.

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Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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