A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils
Aromatherapy has become trendy again. Over the last few years there has been a resurgence of Essential Oil so we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to essential oils to get you started using them.
So what is all the hype about then? Essential Oils can be used to treat a wide range of health ailments and as various side effects are identified with modern medicines more people are turning to healthier alternatives to treat themselves and their families. Essential Oils are a natural way to treat your physical, mental and emotional health.
A Beginner’s Guide to Essentials Oils
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What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are volatile aromatic compounds that are found in nature. They come from plants, seeds and bark of trees, grass, stems, roots and skin of fruits.
Have you smelt freshly cut grass before? What about the scent from a rose? If you have then you have experienced the aromatic qualities of Essential Oils. Essential Oils give plants their unique smell and one of the jobs of an essential oil is to protect the plant.
Each Essential Oil has different aromatic compounds and is made up of different chemistry. This gives each plant a unique signature and healing quality.
Just as an Essential Oil protects plants, when applied to the human body it can also support the human body in the same way.
What are the benefits of using Essential Oils?
Essential Oils have been used for over 5,000 years by different cultures for different purposes. Some of their main uses are for relaxation, beauty purposes, food flavoring and healing ailments.
Some of the benefits of using Essential Oils to heal ailments include fighting infections, expanding the airways, reducing fever, supporting healthy immune function, healing skin conditions, improving digestion, balancing hormones, relaxation and more.
Top 10 Essential Oil Health Benefits
Lavender: Helps relax the body and is also natures antihistamine so is great for stings, bites and any other irritation of the skin.
Lemon: Clears petrochemicals from the body and is an excellent glass and stainless steel cleaner. Lemon oil is also a natural deodorizer.
Peppermint: Fever reducer, supports digestion, expands airways and is great for headache and muscle relief.
Frankincense: Reduces inflammation, builds immune health, supports brain function, anti aging and may also help reduce growths in the body. (Fight cancer)
Tea Tree (Melaleuca): Antiseptic and anti bacterial. Good for cleaning and supports immune health.
Oregano: Natural Anti-biotic, kills fungus and colds quickly.
On Guard: doTERRA specific blend of Orange, Rosemary, Clove, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon. Supports healthy immune system and great for oral health.
Digestzen: doTERRA specific blend of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon and Fennel. Digestive health and relief.
Easy Air: doTERRA specific blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cardamon, Ravensara. Complete Respiratory support
Ice Blue: Deep Blue doTERRA specific blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus. Relieves any muscle and joint pain.
Blending of different oils together can enhance the benefits of single essential oils.
How to Use Essential Oils
It is recommended when using essential oils on the skin to dilute with a carrier oil. Some types of suitable oils include coconut oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.
Diluting the oil will help it cover a wider area of skin as well as decrease skin sensitivities.
As a general rule when diluting for use on babies or those with sensitive skin the ratio is 1 drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil otherwise a 1:1 ration for others is fine.
Not all essential oils are created equally so please do your research on the brand (make sure it is 100% Essential Oil and there are no fillers or other things added) before ingesting.
Internal use of Essential Oils is safe as long as you make sure you use a reputed brand. You can take a drop or two in water or buy empty vegetable caps from a local health shop and make your own pills.
Internal use of essential oils is very nourishing for the throat and mouth as well as the digestive tract.
Essential Oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle or by using a diffuser.
When using a diffuser for Essential oils it is important to use a non-heat version. When pure essential oils are heated they loose some of their Therapeutic benefits.
Ultrasonic diffusers do not heat oils and use vibration to expel the essential oil particles into the air, therefore it is recommended to use this type.
When you use an Ultrasonic diffuser the essential oil particles will be suspended in the air for up to 2 hours. Your skin will slowly absorb the oils so not only will your room smell good but you will be getting health benefits as well.
What is doTERRA?
doTERRA is an Essential Oil company that was founded in 2008. doTERRA Essential Oils are certified pure therapeutic grade. The company is very particular about co impact sourcing and making sure the Essential Oils they offer are the purest most potent oils on the market.
Third Party Testing:
To make sure the oils are 100% pure, doTERRA have them tested by a third party. The company will do all it’s own checks onsite and then in the lab.
The third party will then be used to double and triple check that the oils have not been contaminated at any part of the process.
If there are any contaminants found the oil will not make it to market.
Co Impact Sourcing:
2/3rd of doTERRA Essential Oils come from developing countries. There are a couple of reasons for this one being that they choose countries where the plant or tree has been grown for thousands of years.
This means that the plant will be more potent and the farmers that distill the oils have expert knowledge about how to harvest the plant and get the best quality oil.
Many times these farmers are families who have passed this knowledge down through generations.
To give you an idea of some of the countries they source their oils from the Frankincense comes from Oman and Somalia, Wintergreen comes from Nepal, Vetiver comes from Haiti, Cardamom comes from Guatemala, Ylang Ylang from Madagascar and Lavender from Bulgaria.
Another thing doTERRA does is that it invests in projects to help local communities where they get the oils from. A recent project in Haiti saw clean drinking water installed to a village and a school for underprivileged kids.
Healing Hands Foundation:
doTERRA likes to invest in projects to help local communities where they get the oils from. A recent project in Haiti saw clean drinking water installed to a village and a school for underprivileged kids.
One charity that doTERRA also supports is Underground Railway where the donated money is used to help rescue children from sex trafficking. Wellness advocates can donate money directly through doTERRA or purchase products where the whole amount is donated to help this organization. (doTERRA Hope oil where 100% of funds go to supporting this organization.)
They also support other worthy organizations including Kiva a mirco lending initiative that is implemented into many of the communities where the oils are sourced. They believe in giving people a hand up not a hand out.
Essential Oils are changing the lives of many people around the world. In the history of time there has never been more potent and pure Essential Oils available on the market.
Join the revolution and start changing your meds for natural plant extracts that really work.
About the Author: Iri Morgan is a Gold Leader with doTERRA. To find out more information including how to purchase go to this link.
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