To this day, it amazes me how much there is to learn about essential oils. Like did you know essential oils have been used since ancient times. In fact, one of the oldest and best-preserved documents that we know of, the Ebers Papyrus, documents the Egyptian’s use of frankincense and other aromatics in treating a variety of different ailments. Fast forward to modern day research, there are thousands of clinical papers and research studies on the therapeutic benefits of various essential oils.
The question comes up then, ‘how do I know where to begin?’ Well, in short, we recommend getting started with the basic daily oils, in order to incorporate basic organic wellness habits into your lifestyle. The Home Essentials Kit is definitely one of our most favorite family starter kits, and extremely economical for all of the benefit included in this bundled kit! Once you get started, here is a short list of the top 7 things to know about essential oils:
Using a little daily is better than using a lot sporadically
This is definitely true for any healthy habit… you really have to build “rituals of wellness”, in order to see a true, deep-rooted benefit in your health and well-being over the course of a longer duration. For example, using peppermint daily to help support tension relief in the head is much more powerful than dousing one’s self with peppermint once every month! Prevention is the key to long-term wellness, and using your oils throughout the day, and consistently from day-to-day will allow you to see true results.
Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties
Essential oils such as melaleuca (tea tree oil), lavender, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, peppermint, oregano and lime all have antimicrobial properties. doTERRA’s OnGuard “protective blend’ combines the powerhouse oils of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, rosemary, and eucalyptus to support healthy immune function.* I always make my own foaming hand soap, utilizing OnGuard Oil for the anti-bacterial property of the soap, and lemongrass for the aromatic boost (such a lovely and ‘clean’ scent). Check out the DIY tutorial here.
Essential Oils can get into your blood stream
The chemical constituents of essential oils can quickly dissolve in the tissue fluids of the body, pass through the walls of nearby capillaries and get absorbed into the blood (Turley, 2009). Even dermal (skin) application can allow passage of essential oils into the bloodstream, and allow for systemic (body-wide) benefits. For example, applying
OnGuard Protective blend on the bottoms of the feet (a tremendously effective application spot) can provide immune support benefits to the entire body very quickly.
Aroma-therapy oils and CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) Essential Oils are NOT the same thing
First off, if you see the words “fragrance” or “Perfume” on the bottle, STAY AWAY! Secondly, when you see oils in the marketplace or at a health food store, you’ll notice they are labeled with “Do Not Ingest” because they are not pure therapeutic grade, and contain synthetic, laboratory-created oils and/or other additives such as alcohol or fillers. When using essential oils for therapeutic benefit, it is imperative to utilize well-sourced, pure and potent oils, in order to achieve actual therapeutic results and relief.
There are 3 Main ways to use doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils
Aromatic: Breathing in the oils through the respiratory airways characterizes the “aromatic” use of essential oils. This can be done by applying oils to the palms and inhaling, or by using a diffuser to diffuse the oils into the air. When diffused, essential oils have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and to help create greater physical and emotional harmony.
Topical: Application of the oils on the dermis, or skin, characterizes “topical” application. A very convenient and effective area to apply oils is on the soles (bottom) of the feet, where the skin’s pores are large and less susceptible to any irritation. Please note, for sensitive skin, it is recommended to dilute the oil using a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.
Internal: doTERRA CPTG Essential oils are USDA Approved for internal usage, which can be done by dropping the oil into water, tea, directly under the tongue, or even into a veggie capsule to swallow directly. Internal usage is highly effective for supporting therapeutic needs. Interestingly enough, essential oils can be used in cooking and baking, and add delicious flavor and depth to dishes and recipes.
Essential Oils are fabulous for Skin Beauty
Essential Oils such as frankincense, and helichrysum (aka “immortelle”) have been used for thousands of years by women in ancient times for promoting the beautification of their skin. Frankincense is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging. One of our most favorite doTERRA Products is the Immortelle Blend, which is a blend of
frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, myrrh, helichrysum and rose, that helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful skin.
Layering Oils is a Great Technique for Added Efficacy
When blending oils, a great technique is to layer them individually onto the skin. For example, a favorite respiratory relief protocol is combining the following oils for helping support healthy breathing and reducing discomfort associated with coughs: doTERRA Breathe Oil Blend, Eucalyptus, and Cardamom. It is beneficial to ‘layer’ these oils onto the chest topically, by first applying the Breathe oil, and following up with a few drops of eucalyptus, and then finally cardamom. For sensitive skin or children you should alway dilute with a carrier oil. If it is your first time applying oils to the skin, always dilute first and spot test.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.