What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the bark, seeds, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of the plant. Essential oils role in the life of a plant is to protect it from invades and provide essential nutrients to the plant. They've been used for thousands of years for their rich, natural, and powerful health and emotional benefits and are still being used today.
They generally about 50-70 times more potent than herbs, yet are gentle enough to use on all ages. A little goes a long way with essential oils so you only need a small amount at a time (about 1-4 drops).
They're used today to help support the body's natural functions and maintain your health!
Why use ESSENTIAL OILS?
So, why should we use essential oils? Essential oils are a safe, effective and affordable natural solution. They are fabulous at helping with things like: uplifting mood, maintaining healthy respiratory function, immune system support, relieving occasional tension, soothing discomfort, and promoting a restful night sleep.
How do i USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils can be used in three main ways: aromatically, topically, and internally. A typical dose of essential oils is 1-4 drops per application. Because of how potent they are, less is more. You can apply essential oils as frequently as needed. As a rule of thumb: use less, more often.
Essential oils can be use aromatically by putting a drop in your hands, rubbing them together and inhaling or using a diffuser that helps to disperse the molecules into the air. Aromatically is a great way to use our oils when we want to help clean and purify the air, improve respiratory function or when we want to help positively improve and elevate our moods.
Essential oils can be used topically when trying to get the oils quickly into the blood stream or for direct application. Some of the best places on the body to apply essential oils are the bottoms of the feet, spine, and back of neck. When dealing with abstract things, such as the immune system, apply to the bottoms of feet. When looking for more a targeted support, apply directly to the area of the body you'd like to address.
If an essential oils feels uncomfortable to the skin, when using oils on children, or if you have sensitive skin, you will want to use a carrier oil along with your essential oils, like coconut, almond, jojoba, etc. My favorite is fractionated coconut oil. Some oils that will ALWAYS need to be diluted are: clove, cinnamon, cassia, thyme and oregano. Never apply those oils directly to the skin without a carrier oil.
Certain grades of essential oils can be used internally. Make sure that the bottle has a "Supplement Facts" box on the label before ingesting. Some methods of internal use are in a glass of water, directly under the tongue, or in a veggie capsule. This method is great to use when dealing with digestive system, looking to support the immune system, and help aid the body in cleansing and detoxifying.
Please note that when using citrus oils in your water, make sure to only use a glass or stainless steel cup.
You know that there's tons of essential oil companies out there and you may be wondering how to chose the best one. I know I felt confused and a bit overwhelmed when starting out. Ultimately I went with dōTERRA for a few reasons.
1. they offer the highest grade of essential oils available
There's lots of different grades of essential oils out there: synthetic grade (think beauty products, perfumes, Glade® plugin's, etc.), food grade (lemon, peppermint, lavender oil for cooking, cinnamon or peppermint chewing gum & mints, etc.), and therapeutic grade (some therapeutic benefit but usually only for aromatic use and sometimes topical use). However, there's very few companies who go above and beyond these normal grades and dōTERRA really leads the front on this. They have what is called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ or CPTG essential oils. This means a few things:
- Verified safe & pure
- Free of fillers, pesticides, & foreign contaminants
- Stringent 3rd party testing
dōTERRA makes sure that the oils you get from them are completely safe, pure, and effective. They do lots of internal and external testing to ensure purity and potency so that when you use your essential oils, you can be sure that they will be highly effective and totally safe for the whole family.
2. They utilize what is called Cō-Impact Sourcing to source all of their essential oils
This is one of my VERY favorite things about dōTERRA. Not only do they source their oils from all over the world, but about 80% come from developing countries. dōTERRA quickly realized what an incredible impact they could have on these communities and began working with local farmers and co-ops to create jobs, fair wage income, education, clean water, and other practical needs.
You can see why it was easy for me to chose dōTERRA. They truly go above and beyond the industry standard to bring you the highest quality essential oils in the world!
10 essential oils you need to have on hand
Here are some of the most commonly used essential oils and how you can use them to take care of yourself and your family naturally.
Peppermint is popular in countless forms—from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid.
- Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
- Alleviates occasional stomach upset
- Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health
Perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils, Frankincense is highly sought after by modern consumers for its many uses—including relaxation, immune support, and mood enhancement.
- Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system
- Promotes cellular health
- Reduces the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin
- Supports healthy immune system function
- Promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness
Protective Blend is a unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function. Orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. Protective Blend, with its unique aroma, is one of our most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to clear the atmosphere by diffusing. Protective Blend is superb for protecting against environmental and seasonal threats.
- Supports healthy immune function
- Protects against environmental threats
- Cleans surfaces
- Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
- Energizing, uplifting aroma
Recognized by its more common name, ‘tea tree’, melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. It has over 92 compounds and limitless applications.
- Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin
- Promotes healthy immune function
- Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
Respiratory issues are prevalent in modern society. Essential oils are a perfect way to ease breathing consistently for a sustained benefit. Respiratory Blend is a remarkable blend of essential oils that help you breathe easier. A proprietary blend including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for nighttime diffusion allowing for restful sleep.
- Maintains clear airways and breathing
- Supports overall respiratory health
- Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats
Lavender, our most popular oil, has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and acknowledged for its calming and relaxing qualities
- Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
- Soothes occasional skin irritations
- Helps skin recover quickly
- Eases muscle tension
This essential oil powerhouse is cold pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Lemon is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser and can be used to complement many other oils. Diffusing lemon in a room can cleanse the air and uplift mood. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaning booster.
- Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
- Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
- Helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits
Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional healthy practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. High in antioxidant activity, oregano contains phenolic acids and flavonoids.
- Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
- Provides immune-enhancing benefits
- Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function
- Excellent source of antioxidants
Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. Digestive Blend is a blend of Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander, and Anise which each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend. When used internally, Digestive Blend brings soothing digestive relief.
- Aids in the digestion of foods
- Soothes occasional stomach upset
- Supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract
Soothing Blend is the solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects on both the mind and body are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, Soothing Blend's cooling effect can be felt almost immediately.
- Soothes sore muscles and achy joints
- Supports healthy circulation
SPECIFIC OILS FOR COMMON NEEDS
We all have specific needs. Here are some of the most common needs I come across and some of my favorite essential oils to use for each need.
support restful sleep
- Serenity®: Calming Blend
- Roman Chamomile
Support resirtatory function
- Breathe®: Respiratory Blend
SUPPORT Digestive FUNCTION
- DigestZen®: Digestive Blend
Support emotions & mood
- Citrus Oils (Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, etc.)
- Elevation: Joyful Blend
- Citrus Bliss®: Invigorating Blend
- Serenity®: Calming Blend
- Balance®: Grounding Blend
SUPPORT CARTILADGE & JOINT FUNCTION
- Deep Blue®: Soothing Blend
MAINTAIN HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
- On Guard®: Protective Blend
Promote Energy & Focus
- Orange or Lime
- InTune®: Focus Blend
- Citrus Bliss®: Invigorating Blend
Maintain Hormonal Balance
- ClaryCalm®: Women's Monthly Blend
- Clary Sage
- Whisper®: Blend for Women