We’re fortunate to live in a state known for its natural beauty. Few would argue that it seems as if Utah was given an extra helping of stunning vistas and exhilarating outdoor activities.
It’s little wonder that such a setting would be the backdrop for the founding of a company whose vision is to share some of the Earth’s most potent and effective gifts with the world.
dOTERRA takes its name from a Latin term meaning, “gift of the earth.” The gifts referred to in this name are essential oils. As we observe nature, we can see how plants have evolved to protect themselves, heal from injury and damage, and propagate their species. Much of this work is accomplished by volatile, aromatic compounds called essential oils. These oils aid plants in their survival and health. Fortunately for us, the same qualities and benefits plants enjoy from essential oils can also be enjoyed by us.
When you walk through one of our many forests and feel revitalized by the tangy smell of pine trees, or find yourself feeling calm and serene when smelling roses, you’re experiencing the power of essential oils. Throughout history, essential oils have been used in medicinal, perfumery, and culinary applications. Let’s take a look at the health and wellness aspect found in essential oil use.
Effectively Using Essential Oils
“The use of essential oils is rewarding and provides many opportunities to appropriately manage individual health,” states Dr. David K. Hill, dOTERRA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. “One can either treat specific health symptoms or act through a model of prevention. Effectively using essential oils may provide profound benefits for either scenario.”
Adding essential oils to your health practices takes some careful consideration. The following can help you get the most out of essential oils.
The benefits and uses of essential oils are numberless. WHEN IT COMES TO OUR HEALTH, ESSENTIAL OILS ARE A SAFE,
EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE that can be used by everyone in your family and circle of friends.
QUALITY. Many essential oils available on the market today have been adulterated to improve yield. While the amount of a product can be increased by adding synthetic or other compounds, the purity and quality is diminished. Essential oils are their most potent and effective when they are left as nature created them. Not only are pure essential oils more effective, they are also less likely to cause sensitivities when used. dOTERRA created the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality standard to ensure essential oils are of the highest quality are as potent and effective as nature intended.
VARIETY. One of the more unique features of essential oils is that they share many of the same therapeutic benefits. Because so many oils share similar benefits, there are a variety of them that you can use to achieve a desired result. As you introduce essential oils to your life, use a wide variety rather than focusing on one or two main oils. You will get the broadest benefit from a wide variety of oils.
AMOUNT. More often than not, people assume that more is better. This is not the case with essential oils. Because high quality essential oils, like dOTERRA essential oils, are highly concentrated and very potent, a small dose is all that is needed to achieve powerful therapeutic benefits. It’s best to use smaller amounts of any oil applied more frequently and consistently.
DILUTION. Using a carrier oil, (dOTERRA recommends using dOTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil), increases the benefits of essential oils by slowing the rate of absorption, thus preventing sensitivities and increasing the surface area of absorption.
PERSONAL CONSIDERATION. Because of the versatility of essential oils, their application can be adapted to each individual. Every body reacts differently to the different oils. As mentioned above, using a different oil with similar chemical makeup may be needed. Young children and the elderly can be especially sensitive to topical applications. You can cater to these different needs with essential oils.
How to Use Essential Oils
There are three basic applications for essential oil use: Aromatic, Topical, and Internal.
AROMATIC. When diffused, essential oils can be stimulating, calming, or soothing, depending on the oil. While diffusing essential oils can have a profound effect on your mood, it can also positively impact your environment. Diffusing essential oils can purify the air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens.
TOPICAL. Because essential oils are fat soluble, they easily permeate the skin, entering the body’s blood stream for a systemic benefit.
INTERNAL. Many essential oils are safe for consumption—in fact, our diets routinely include essential oils naturally occurring in the foods we eat. Additionally, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements to support a variety of healthy conditions. Ingesting oils is perhaps the most easily controlled method of essential oil application and can be accomplished by simply adding the oils to foods or drinks. There are some oils that are not appropriate for internal use. Read your label carefully, if it doesn’t state it is approved for dietary use, don’t use it.
Choosing Essential Oils Right for You
dOTERRA offers an impressive collection of single essential oils and essential oil blends. Each provides amazing benefits and uses, and each is certified to be pure, potent, and effective through our CPTG quality standard. Below is a list of 10 of our more popular oils and blends.
FRANKINCENSE. One of the most precious essential oils of the ancient world, Frankincense is incredibly versatile and is a favorite alternative for many health applications.
LAVENDER. Lavender has long been noted for its calming and soothing benefits, such as soothing minor skin irritations or calming anxiety and emotions.
LEMON. Lemon is powerful and versatile. It is known as a purifying aromatic and internal cleanser as well as a non-toxic cleaner.
MELALEUCA. More commonly called “tea tree,” Melaleuca has 90 different compounds, resulting in limitless healthful applications.
OREGANO. Oregano’s use can be traced back to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. It supports healthy digestion as well as respiratory and immune function.
PEPPERMINT. Peppermint promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. It also alleviates stomach upset and freshens the breath.
BREATHE. Breathe is a remarkable essential oils blend that helps maintain clear airways and breathing, supporting overall respiratory health.
DEEP BLUE. This blend provides soothing relief for sore muscles and joints that can be felt almost immediately.
DIGESTZEN. The proprietary blend of DigestZen aids in food digestion, maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract, and soothes occasional stomach upset.
ON GUARD. With its unique aroma, On Guard offers a fragrant, natural, and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support.
Essential Oils for Personal Well Being
The benefits and uses of essential oils are numberless. When it comes to our health, essential oils are a safe, effective alternative that can be used by everyone in your family and circle of friends. Finding out more about essential oils and their uses is as simple as contacting a local dOTERRA Wellness Advocate.
In this first article, we’ve taken a brief look at using essential oils as a supplement to your health. In the next installment, we’ll look at how you can integrate essential oils into your home.