Why Essential Oils?
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as medicine. In fact, their chemical make-up is mimicked in modern medicine synthetically in an effort to mass produce at lower costs, and in a way that industrial manufacturers can manufacture. Did you know you can’t patent a plant? Unless it’s genetically modified… The great thing about natural solutions, particularly essential oils, is that the side effects are usually a good thing–the body shedding toxins in one form or another. Unlike the risks you assume with prescription medications, addictions, overdoses and other long-lasting side effects are rare (if even existent). While responsible usage is paramount with any medicines–that’s a part of taking control of your health care. Learning the ways to use essential oils will equip you with simple, safe and powerful tools to live a naturally healthy life. Wouldn’t you like to avoid or eliminate medications using natural alternatives?
Essential oils are like nutrients–our body absorbs them and they are used to support natural body functions. They are not interrupters as most synthetic meds tend to be, but enhancers. They are absorbed through lipid cell membranes and can aid every cell function appropriately. They can communicate and even know the difference between irregular cells and faulty DNA, Essential Oils can assist the body in removing and repairing these problematic issues.
Essential Oils Market:
One of the first steps in using essential oils is choosing a product. Sadly, the market is saturated with mediocre options, and often plain-old fakes. Because the industry falls into the ‘supplement’ category, there isn’t thorough testing, or purity standards that all companies must abide by. And essential oils are gaining popularity, which means the market is filling up with copy-cats trying to take advantage of this boom.
You and your loved ones deserve the best. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
85% of the market is synthetic, diluted or concocted unnaturally. Many oils are grown and harvested in ‘synthetic’ environments, outside of their native environments and in ways that powerfully effects the potential health benefit the oils can offer.
The label ‘Pure Therapeutic Grade’ is common, but oils with this label are often heavily diluted with other saturated oils, alcohol or water.
Does your oil stain your clothes? can you smell a ‘chemical’ undertone? Does it sting when applied to cuts or scrapes? Is it murky? Does it change over time? Does it take more than 2 drops of peppermint in a hot bath or shower to fill your bathroom with strong scent?
Some are ‘random batch tested’, but any testing standards are completely up to the determination of the company itself–not some outside regulator, and often no testing is done at all. Does the label say ‘Not for ingestion?’ According to FDA standards, all but a few essential oils are GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe for internal consumption)
Farmers are often neglected, deprived and even starving as many of these plants are grown and harvested in third world regions. The land is depleted and the third parties that often peddle the oils to wholesalers are often dishonest.
We can help you navigate these murky waters. We work with oils that are sourced directly from the farmers. Our distiller/bottler works with farmers setting up fair trade opportunities, contracts, reliable income and even economic and sociologic infrastructures like running water and schools. Every bottle of oil from this company benefits both the consumer who uses it to improve their health, but the earth it’s grown in is preserved through sustainable farming techniques, and the farmers are able to depend on income that is guaranteed. It’s true hope by the drop.
Watch the video below to learn about Cō-Impact sourcing by dōTerra!
How to use the oils?
Pure essential oils, from the company we work with, are safe to use in three ways. Our oil bottles are labeled with the three letters, A, T or I so consumers know the appropriate ways to use each oil.
By far the most common and popular way to use them is to simply smell! Taking a deep breath of an essential oil is a fast way to reap its benefits. Oils quickly reach the brain and enter the lungs when inhaled improving the mood and offering quick and effective support for the respiratory system.
Diffusing is an effective way to disperse the oils into the particles of air in a way that smells great, cleans and purifies by breaking down toxins and other airborne threats, and offers a wonderful healthful beneficial alternative to burning candles (usually scented with synthetic ‘fragrance’) or using other ‘air-freshening’ products that contribute to the toxicity of your environment.
Some of our favorite ‘diffusions’: the Protective Blend to kill germs and boost the immune system. Patchouli & Cedarwood to fend of gnats and flies and give a woodsy feeling. Wild Orange & Peppermint for an invigorating and joyful smell. Lavender and Cedarwood to promote very restful sleep.
This very powerful way to use the oils is simple and easy. Most of the oils are safe to use NEAT (directly on the skin), however–you increase absorption by diluting, and also decrease likelihood of sensitivity by spreading the oil over more area. doTERRA essential oils can be diluted up to 90% and remain healthfully beneficial! So, using a good carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, or unscented lotion is a great way to also stretch your oils, making them last even longer!
For many needs, applying the oil directly to where you’re having an issue is the best. Achy muscles? Apply the soothing blend there. Stomach discomfort? Apply the digestive blend or peppermint on the navel. Stinky feet? Apply Melaleuca to the toenail beds.
There are also reflex points on the feet, hands and ears that are wonderful spots to apply oils for even more effective support.
Many of the oils have anti-oxidant benefits, like Lemon & Clove. When taken internally either in a glass of water, or in an empty gel cap, they work to help your body eliminate toxins that can build up and cause long-term health issues. An intensive cleanse can be a really great way to return to a more balanced state. Learn about our 30 day herbal & essential oil based cleanse here.
1 drop of lemon (or any citrus oil) in a glass of water is delicious. However, avoid using plastic or synthetic bottles as many of the oils break down petro-chemicals and will even eat through plastic or styrofoam. This is great for us–as anything in our bodies that is petro-chemical needs to be broken down and eliminated for optimal health.
Empty vegetarian capsules are easy to fill with the oils of your choice. There are several combos that are great to boost the immune system.
We often touch the top of a bottle, for example the Digestive Blend, and then touch under our tongue. This is a fast way to get the oils into the bloodstream while avoiding evaporation. Stomach discomfort, throat discomfort and more can find great relief from this quick method of internal use!
What oils for what ailments?
Our top 10 for daily use are: Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Protective Blend, Balancing Blend, Respiratory Blend, Soothing Blend, Digestive Blend.
We use these, and many more, for everything from cooking, to sore muscles, to indigestion and acid reflux, to panic attacks and sleep issues.
When using oils, it can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you know which oil to use for what need? We have a great text reference that we love to share! It’s a wonderful book full to the brim of resources and usage ideas. Based on science and ancient traditions, this book is bountiful with basic application information to more complex blending and scientific compositions. Having this book in your hand equips anyone, aromatherapy expert and new oil user alike. Contact us to get one!
They’re also magnificent in cooking and baking, for use in the farmyard on animals and as very effective and safe pest and fungus control in the garden as well!