WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose or peppermint, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.

These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.

Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. So what do they do for us?

WHAT MAKES doTERRA DIFFERENT?

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doTERRA is the largest essential oil company in the world growing at the same rate as Apple.

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doTERRA employs a global network of farmers who knows intimately the process of growing plants for essential oils.

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doTERRA is committed to providing the purest, most potent essential oils possible.

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Every doTERRA essential oil is put through the highest standard of rigorous and thorough testing and sets the bar for quality, purity, efficacy, and consistency.

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HOW TO USE doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS

As the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, we are gaining a greater understanding of application methods.

All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. Yes, we said internally. That is because of the purity and quality of doTERRA essential oils. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

AROMATIC

Essential oils have pleasant aromas that freshen the air, invoke memories, and create a welcoming environment. Essential oils labeled for aromatic use are very popular for these reasons.

Some scents may be described as uplifting or invigorating while others are considered calming. Diffusing is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.

You can achieve the same benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

Additional aromatic uses for Essential Oils include:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
  • Use in household surface cleaners

TOPICAL

Essential oils labeled for topical use can also be applied different ways. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they are easily absorbed by the skin.

Using a light massage will increase absorption and improve distribution across the target area. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommended dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, bottom of feet

Other Effective Methods of Topical Application 

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

Sensitive Areas to be avoided:

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes and inner ears
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

INTERNAL

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used to flavour food and drinks. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.

Essential oils labeled for use in food can be taken internally in many ways. For example, you can add a drop to water as well as to favorite recipes.

Effective Methods of Internal Use 

  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
  • Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
  • For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks

For all application methods, be sure to read and follow the labels for specific instructions and safety information.

More on the Proper Usage of Essential Oils

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