Hillie Odendaal is married to Heinrich and they have 3 adult kids. The family live the moto of Essential Oils South Africa, namely to Help People Become Whole. Hillie has been professionally practising as a Leadership Consultant for many years and has a Master degree in Leadership from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also an Alumni from the Cornell University in the United States. Heinrich is an advocate in South Africa and CEO of an asset management business.
Health and vitality, as part of a holistic approach to healthy leadership, rang true on all levels. Being diagnosed with Steven Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in 2008, after a 6 ½ month journey through a Tuberculosis (TB) protocol, raised a question in her heart about “how to be healthy and stay healthy” in the absence of chemical medication.
It took time to understand that health does not originate in the doctor’s office, but in every choice we make – what you put into your body and onto your body. It became clear that health is ultimately your own responsibility and daily choice – the understanding of why we choose what we choose, that creates the platform for both health and vitality.
Chemical medication was a no-go option and Hillie had to learn about natural healing and natural medicine, as that was her only option in terms of medication, a field not well known to the Baby Boomers, the quick fix and immediate gratification generation.
Hillie’s journey took her into the most wonderful and inspirational minds – mentors, doctors, scientists, nutritionists, wellness advocates – people she never thought would cross her path.
In 2013 she discovered the work of @seasonjohnson and @carrievitt. Both of them incorporated doTerra essential oils as one of their protocol lines, in the healing journey of their families. She discovered the works of Dr Z and Dr J Axe and their use of essential oils for health and vitality. She realised that this was the oil for her, but, unfortunately, it was not available in South Africa.
During this time, she also finished a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University (USA) as well as a certificate in Whole Food Plant Based Cooking (Forks over Knives – USA). Late 2018 doTerra’s oils arrived and their healing properties – the wide variety of options for usage, spoke for itself.
Hillie always tell people: “if oils could speak doTerra’s oils have no problem in terms of their vocal cords”. This beautiful gift of the earth has its own voice and speaks for itself as it assists in the healing of broken souls and broken bodies in a gentle soothing way.