More than just an aroma… Essential Oils can help with health concerns too!
I have used essential oils on and off in my life for many years and now, I use these gifts every single day and have experienced many wonderful benefits. With all the information out there about the use and safety of essential oils, it can be confusing. That is why I went back to school to study aromatherapy am proud to say that I am now a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, an expert in the field! I love learning and staying up to date with the latest information so I can share it with you.
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What brand of essential oils should I use?
dōTERRA essential oils are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world. (read more…)
What are essential oils and how should I use them?
If you have ever enjoyed a flower’s scent, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These are naturally occurring, volatile (change state quickly) aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other plants’ parts. The nature of the essential oil varies from plant to plant. The composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather. Every step of the production process is a critical factor in the overall quality of the product.
How to use Essential oils
There are three ways to use essential oils:
- Aromatic – smelling
- Topical – on the skin
- Internal – ingesting
- The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental and emotional responses.
- Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system.
- The limbic system is part of the brain that supports functions like smell, emotions, behavior, and memory.
- For this reason, essential oils have a powerful effect by an aromatic application.
- Diffusion is one of the simplest methods.
- Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal however, you can also place a few drops in the palm of your hand, cup around your nose and breathe deeply.
- Apply to a cotton ball and place in air vents in your vehicle or in your pillow at night with some lavender.
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist around your house.
- Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer balls.
- Create your own “green” cleaning products using essential oils.
- Topical application is very effective. Because the oils are lipid soluble, they penetrate the skin easily.
- Essential oils can be used during a massage which will increase the blood flow to the area of application and improve distribution throughout the body. For this method, you’d use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, which also helps increase the absorption, slowing evaporation of the oil.
- It is advisable to use a carrier oil, especially on young and sensitive skin when trying the oil for the first time or if it’s a more potent oil. The recommended dilution is one drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil.
- Use several small doses throughout the day rather than one large dose
- Beneficial areas to apply essential oils are:
- Forehead and temples
- Chest and abdomen
- Arms, legs, the bottom of feet
- Other effective methods are:
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a cloth in water, add essential oils and apply to the desired area
- Add oil to lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
- Sensitive areas to be avoided:
- Some facial areas, such as skin around the eyes
- Eyes and inner ears
- Broken, damaged or otherwise injured skin
- Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements. For example, when you use cinnamon on your oatmeal, drink peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your pasta you are consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.
- Essential oils contribute to many health benefits as well as flavoring food.
When ingested, essential oils enter the gastrointestinal tract and are transported throughout the rest of the body.
- The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways.
- Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity and only pure essential oils should be ingested.
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices.
- Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried herbs so start small
- you might only need to dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food rather than adding drops.
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, tea, or other drinks.
- Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt.
- Check out more recipes HERE
Where to start? Try the top 10 essential oils!
- Cleansing, energizing and emotionally invigorating
- Diffuse to create an uplifting environment
- Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water to aid in digestion and cleanse the body
- create green cleaning products using lemon oil
- Use in cooking. Add a few drops to marinades or for a zing in salad dressings. Add to cookies and cakes or smoothies!
Read more about Lemon HERE
- Has hundreds of uses!
- Lavender is all things calming and soothing! We often think about lavender to calm the emotions which it does but it is also very calming for the skin.
- Great for sunburn – use fractionated coconut oil with 4 drops of lavender oil.
- Use without diluting for bug bites (even for kids)
- Add a few drops to a cotton ball and put in your pillow at night.
- Make a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and 7 – 15 drops of lavender or use Lavender Touch – roll on feet, neck, wrist, spine at bedtime.
- Add 4-5 drops to a bath with 1 cup of Epsom salt and baking soda.
Read more about Lavender HERE
- Peppermint is energizing and exhilarating. Try putting 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of wild orange in the palm of your hand, rub and inhale!
- Relieves neck tension, promotes clear airways, supports oral health and soothes the stomach.
- Nice in the diffuser with lavender and lemon.
- It’s cooling. In a small spray bottle mix water with 10 drops of peppermint and spritz your body. Add lavender to use for a sunburn.
- Rub 1 drop between your fingers and inhale through 1 nostril while closing the other to relieve a stuffy nose.
- Use the Beadlets for tummy trouble or to freshen your breath.
Read more about Peppermint HERE
Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
- Best known for it’s purifying properties
- Used to cleanse the skin, encourage healthy nail growth, a healthy scalp, and clear complexion.
- Combine 1-2 drops with facial cleanser or moisturizer or apply a drop directly to a blemish or skin irritation.
- Use as a surface cleaner and purifier – add a few drops to a spray bottle with water.
- Use as a deodorizer in the trash can or even in stinky shoes.
Read more about Melaleuca HERE
- Powerful cleansing properties and supports the immune, respiratory and digestive systems.
- Powerful antioxidant
- Replace 1 tablespoon of dried oregano with 1 drop of essential oil.
- Known as a “hot” oil which means you should always dilute with a carrier oil if using topically.
Read more about Oregano HERE
- Often referred to as the King of essential oils because of it’s powerful health benefits.
- Supports cellular function, promotes relaxation and balanced mood, boost immune and respiratory systems and supports smooth healthy skin. Provides emotional support. Helps with memory and focus.
- Dilute and apply topically to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
- Apply to the bottom of feet to promote relaxation and to balance mood.
- Diffuse with lavender at night
Read more about Frankincense HERE
- Most popular blend dōTERRA sells!
- Immune support blend – mix 1-2 drops with carrier oil and massage on your chest. Carry the Beadlets in your bag to take internally. Each Beadlet is 1/2 a drop.
- Diffuse to cleanse the air, add 3 drops in a diffuser. Try adding peppermint, lavender or wild orange.
- Helps emotionally with the change of seasons.
- Great for cleaning – use vinegar and water for the base then add On Guard and peppermint.
Learn more about On Guard HERE
- Similar to a natural vapor rub. Great for respiratory support – try applying topically to the chest.
- Make a soothing salve
- Nice in the diffuser. Try with lavender at night to relax or with wild orange for stress reduction.
- It’s powerful but also calming.
- Great for times when you need to find your voice and connect to your breath.
Read more about Breathe HERE
- Specially formulated to support healthy digestion.
- Can be taken internally or massaged topically to soothe the occasional stomach issues.
- Helpful in harmonizing emotional imbalances that can contribute to stomach issues like nervousness.
- Use 1-2 drops in a cup of tea to support digestion.
- Mix 2 drops with 3-4 drops of carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on your belly.
- Great for kids tummy troubles.
Read more about DigestZen HERE
- Do not take internally
- Soothing and cooling oil blend
- Great for a soothing massage
- Dilute with a carrier oil, 1-2 drops of Deep Blue with 4 drops of carrier oil.
- Apply on feet and knees before and after exercise.
- Rub on your lower back or shoulders after a long day.
Read more about Deep Blue HERE