Essential Oils

What is an essential oil?

Essential oils are natural compounds that are found in the seeds, bark, rinds, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They give plants, flowers and fruits their aromatic smell and have been used for thousands of years for a variety of health concerns and goals. The oils in the plant are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties mother nature created in such a way that they work synergistically with our bodies on a cellular level.

Many oils have anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and cleansing abilities. They have the ability to pass through the cell membrane, due to their lipophilic properties, and can therefore penetrate each cell in our bodies to fight viruses and help our bodies heal. Prescription drugs and antibiotics cannot do this, which makes them a great option. 

Are they safe?

Doterra essential oils are natural solutions from plants for the body, mind, and home. For small children, babies, and those with sensitive skin it's best to dilute (click for ratios) by combining the essential oil with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or any other vegetable based oil such as olive oil.  

Some essential oils are considered "warm oils" (cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, or thyme for example) and these should always be diluted because they can irritate the skin. Avoid on broken or tender skin. Other oils to consider diluting include: black pepper, citrus, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, lemongrass, peppermint, and wintergreen.
Store/use citrus oils in glass or stainless steel because the compounds in the oil can break down plastic. Also worth noting, if applying citrus oils to the skin, wait at least 12 hours before exposure to direct sunlight.
Do not use oils in eyes, ear canal, or mucous membranes. If irritation occurs, apply carrier oil. If oil gets in eyes flush with milk or another fatty liquid.
Do not ingest arborvitae, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, white fir, or wintergreen. *Always check your Doterra bottles for supplement facts.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have liver or immune issues talk to your doctor about ingesting oils.

How do I use essential oils?
Aromatically: breathe them in through inhalation or by using a diffuser (a small electric appliance that vaporizes the oils into the air to provide emotional, respiratory, and immune benefits.) Inhale by adding a drop to your palm, rubbing hands together, and cup them over your nose and mouth. Add oils to water in a misting bottle, spritz onto skin, linens, or air as desired. When inhaled, essential oils travel through the mucous membranes in our nose to the olfactory nerve. This nerve is connected to the limbic system of our brain where emotions are controlled and the oil then influences our mood state. 

Topically: apply oils to the bottoms of the feet or back of the neck, or other targeted area of concern. They absorb readily into the skin. Dilution recommendations.

Internally: in food (such as baked goods, pasta sauce, smoothies, and we'll get to the brownies…), water (a drop of lemon oil in water in the morning), or capsule form. (*Note:  Doterra CPTG oils only.) Check for the supplement facts label.

How much do I use?
Essential oils are ultra-concentrated so a little goes a long way. Just a drop or two to start used consistently over time.

What can I use essential oils for? 
Everything! You name it, there's an oil for that. Among some of the common applications of essential oils:

Weight Management
Skin Care/Eczema
Head tension
Insect Bites
And more!

Ready to get started? Email me. Or go to my Doterra site.

Want to learn more? Watch this natural solutions class, visit the Doterra website and blog, or ask me your questions.

You can also check out my Facebook videos on using essential oils, along with classes for writers, creatives, and people who feel all the feels!
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