Essential What, Why, How, Who on Essential Oils...
WHAT Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are liquid extracts steam-released or cold pressed from seeds, petals, leaves, bark, resin, rind, or roots of plants. They contain potent aromatic compounds which give their distinctive scents as well as provide protective, reproductive and regenerative functions to plants. In plants, these potent compounds serve to ward off unfriendly pests, attract friendly herbivores or insects, and repair from physical damage. For us, essential oils offer a natural, safe and effective first go-to choice for many of our daily needs.
WHY Use Essential Oils?
More than just a nice scent, essential oils provide myriad benefits to enhance our daily living - from food preparations to home cleaning to skincare to health- and spirit-care. For thousands of years, essential oils of aromatic plants have been utilized for the maintenance and restoration of well-being on the multi-layered body-mind-spirit continuum. Essential oils are easy to use, cost effective, delightful in their ability to address our everyday needs, and even miraculous in their powers to stimulate healing and potentiate change.
I chose doTERRA, both personally and professionally, for its commitment to purity, integrity, and caring. Go to my Why doTERRA Page for why it is my chosen vehicle for creating positive change and why I stand behind this brand.
HOW to Use Essential Oils?
When essential oils are pure and free from synthetics, contaminants, and adulteration, they can be safely applied topically, enjoyed aromatically, and in most cases, taken internally when staying within the recommended ideal amounts ranges.
Aromatic: Essential oils released into the air are quickly absorbed by our smell receptors, which have a direct link via the olfactory nerve to the part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including emotions, behavior, and memory. In this way, essential oils can have a powerful effect. Certain essential oils can be uplifting and invigorating, while others can be calming and soothing. They can also clean and purify the air of unwanted odors. Diffuser is a great vehicle for aromatic application, but there are other ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Simply add a few drops to your palms and cup them over your nose while inhaling deeply. Or, add some to a glass spray bottle with water and spritz around the room. Other ways are adding a few drops in your laundry, on dry bed linens, and in household surface cleaners.
Topical: Essential oils easily penetrate the skin due to their low molecular weights and lipid solubility. Topical application methods include direct application, massage, reflexology, auricular therapy, compresses and baths. Since essential oils are potent, they are often diluted with a carrier oil (any kind of pure vegetable oil). Avoid eyes, inner ears, broken or injured skin. Topical application of an essential oil, whether diluted or not, should always be tested first on a very small area for sensitivity.
Internal: Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history for offering flavoring and aromatic qualities to food. With appropriate guidance, many pure essential oils can also be taken internally for their health supporting properties. Some methods of internal application are: use in cooking in place of fresh or dried herbs and spices; add to water, smoothies, and other drinks; place in veggie capsules; mix in foods such as yogurt, apple sauce, and oatmeal; dab under your tongue.
WHO Can Help?
doTERRA Essential Oils are sold through Wellness Advocates like myself whose role is to educate and support the user. We help to simplify the understanding of nature's complexity and make usage informed and friendly. When purchased through a wellness advocate's page on doTERRA's website, you get guarantee of quality and ongoing support. doTERRA is a network marketing company unlike any other, as its model is based on a 'mentor and teach' approach rather than 'recruit and sell' tactics. From the growers, harvesters and distillers, to the users and wellness advocates of the oils, doTERRA offers a vehicle for creating ripples of positive change.
I know you can find doTERRA oils on Amazon, but please note that they are not guaranteed to be genuine, and come with no customer service, returns, or benefits of education. In fact, people have been known to receive tampered with or mis-labeled products.
HOW to Start?
If you are ready to start incorporating essential oils into your life... there are two options.
Retail: If you want just one or two oils, by all means click here to order.
Wholesale: If you are considering ordering three or more oils, it only makes sense to get a wholesale membership. It's $35 for the year and with 25% off retail pricing, you easily make up the fee in savings. Think of it like a Costco membership where you pay a small fee upfront to get everything you buy at a reduced price. If this speaks to you, click 'More on Wholesale Customer' Button below.