“My name is Tony Christensen. I am 46 years old, a father of two teenagers, and an avid ultra marathon trail runner and cyclist. My first experience with dōTERRA essential oils came just a few minutes after completing the Bear 100 in September of 2010. The Bear 100 runs from Logan to Bear Lake and is a 100 mile endurance race. After 33 hours and 45 minutes of running up and down mountain trails, there was my wife Kathy at the finish line. She was carrying several bottles of essential oils for my blistered feet and sore knees.
After managing to peel my shoes off, Kathy applied Melaleuca and Lavender essential oil to my blistered feet to aid healing. Earlier in the day, at around mile 85 in the race, I was barely able to continue. The blistering was bad and I had stopped to apply Neosporin, second-skin, and band-aids. Fortunately those helped for the remaining 15 miles but at the finish line my feet were in need of something more. In the previous 100 mile races I had entered, I had suffered from the effects of blisters, walking gingerly for nearly a week. I wanted to avoid this as much as possible.
Also, as expected, my knees were shot. I had descended from the mountains nearly 4000 feet to Bear Lake. I knew from previous experience that my problem was patellar tendonitis. I knew that this could prevent me from walking up and down stairs for days after, and I could not run. I needed to try something new. Kathy applied Deep Blue essential oil between ice applications to my knees.
Running through the night in cold mountain air also had me developing a cough. Kathy put a few drops of On Guard essential oil on my left hand and a few drops of Peppermint essential oil on my right. She had me cup my hands around my nose and mouth and take long deep breaths. This was repeated periodically. Soon the cough was gone and I was sleeping peacefully.
So how did the dōTERRA oils help me? My blisters and tendonitis, with continued application of essential oils healed. I returned to work with little ill effect on Monday, and my knees hardly bothered me at all. In fact, on Tuesday, I was headed down to Moab for a 100 mile mountain bike ride on the White Rim Trail with some college friends – to unwind. My leg muscles were still fatigued, but I barely noticed the monster blisters and sore knees I had suffered from three days earlier.
I plan on continuing to use dōTERRA oils for these ailments and others for many miles to come!”