How to Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils contain hundreds of natural compounds, which makes them quite versatile when creating your own unique blends.
By ATANASKA ADAMS
When I was first introduced to essential oils back in 2010 I was vaguely familiar with them. I knew about herbs, because I grew up with a natural lifestyle in my old country of origin Bulgaria. We always grew plants, so I was familiar with over 50 different healing plants. I appreciated them very much for their benefits.
I smelled my first essential oil in 1990. It was eucalyptus. A German professor who visited my family used it. I liked the smell and it immediately opened up my sinuses, but I forgot about that experience until 2010 when my best friend introduced me to dōTERRA essential oils. I was amazed by them. Seriously, I opened the bottle of lemon essential oil and I said, ‘Where have I been all these years? How come I haven’t known them all this time?” I also told myself, “The world needs to know about them.” So, since then my mission has been to educate people and let them experience the amazing power and benefits of essential oils.
Here are some basic tips about essential oils. Keep in mind that I am only talking about the highest standard of essential oils, pure and unadulterated, not synthetic, nor partially synthetic. Only the highest and purest can be used in the way described below.
Seriously, I opened the bottle of lemon essential oil and I said, “Where have I been all these years? How come I haven’t known them all these years?” I also told myself, “The world needs to know about them.”
3 Amazing Things About Oils
#1 They are 100% Natural & Safe
The first amazing thing about dōTERRA essential oils is that they’re 100% natural and safe. There’s nothing added to the oil or taken away from the oil. They’re just simply pure essential oils with no side effects and no addictions. They’re safe for babies, children, adults and the elderly. Oils are extracts from plants that have amazing health benefits.. A pure oil is about 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. One drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to drinking 28 cups of peppermint tea. So they’re really potent!
To feel how powerful dōTERRA essential oils are, put a drop of Peppermint in your palm. By the way, if you ever get oils in a sensitive part of your body, just use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, and directly apply it to the affected area. It will take the sting away fast. You can actually use a lot of different carrier oils like canola oil or olive oil. The reason why we like to use fractionated coconut oil is it’s really good for your skin and it doesn’t leave an oily residue, plus the molecules are the smallest so it can penetrate the skin fast and drive the essential oil deeper, thus having a longer lasting effect.
Now don’t be afraid and dab the tip of your finger in the oil and then press your finger onto the roof of your mouth. The other way we’ll use it aromatically is by rubbing it between the palms of your hands, and then cupping your hands together and breathing in deeply. See if you can breathe that in for 30 seconds. You will immediately feel the power of that essential oil. Remember that one drop of peppermint was the equivalent of you drinking 28 cups of peppermint tea.That’s how powerful these oils are!
What I love about these oils is the CPTG standard. It stands for Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, and it means these oils are completely pure and potent. Pure means there are no foreign contaminants or fillers. Potent means that each plant was grown in a part of the world where that plant grows best, resulting in the absolute best chemistry for that plant. When you have the ideal natural chemistry, the essential oil extracted does exactly what we want it to do for our health.
#2 Effective & Versatile
I have used essential oils for multiple things: to support the brain, heart, liver, muscles or joints, the respiratory system, for cognitive function, for occasional sleeplessness, for head and neck tension, for sadness and anxious feelings, to calm my emotions, to soothe away tension, to relieve restlessness and irritability, to help with weight loss plan, to help with focus and staying on task, to support bone health, to treat mild acne, to relieve occasional or mild indigestion or occasional upset stomach, to aid digestion, to alleviate gas or bloating for occasional nausea or motion sickness, for occasional constipation, to relieve minor pain following exercise, to help restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue or drowsiness, for seasonal or environmental threats, and others.
Essential oils are oil-based, which means they can permeate that cell membrane, which consists of essential fatty acids, meaning it’s oily too. That’s why we say that they work on a cellular level. They permeate the cell membrane, do their job, fast and effectively, and they exit the body just as fast and easy. Their molecules are very small and that’s another reason why they work so well and so fast.
There are hundreds of natural compounds found in an essential oil. That’s why they are so versatile. Take lavender, for example. I’ve used it in a diffuser for better sleep. I put it in my bathtub for relaxation, I’ve used it for minor oven burns as it soothes skin irritations. I’ve used it for bug bites. I’ve used it for joint discomfort and seasonal threats. So, you can see how complex and versatile these precious essential oils are.
When someone in my family has an ear discomfort, we rub two drops of lavender and two drops of melaleuca around their ear, and put them to bed. 12 hours later the ear infection is cleared up. It costs us about 64¢. They literally saved us a lot of money. In addition to that I have had more peace of mind than ever before. I know that I have natural solutions in my home and I am prepared for almost any little, and sometimes not so little life emergency.
3 Ways To Use Essential Oils
The first way to use essential oils is aromatically. Right under the bridge of your nose is your olfactory nerve. This nerve sends messages to the limbic system in your brain, which in turns sends messages all over the body. Sometimes people think it’s hokey to say oils could affect the body just by smelling them, but let me illustrate:
When we breathe in natural compounds from Essential Oils they hit our olfactory nerve and the olfactory nerve sends signals to the limbic system which in turn sends signals to the rest of our body. This can happen in as little as 30 seconds.
There are a few ways to use essential oils aromatically. You can breathe them from your hands, use them in a diffuser, or breathe them right from the bottle.
If you inhale a drop of Wild Orange essential oil from your hands, not only does it smell really good, but it also has natural compounds that help with stress, anxious feelings and sadness. I take wild orange, or any other citrus essential oil or citrus blend with me wherever I go.
The second way to use essential oils is topically. You can apply oils directly to the skin. For children and people with sensitive skin, you’ll want to dilute them with fractionated coconut oil. It’s just as effective; it just takes a little longer to absorb.
You can even apply oils to the bottoms of your feet – including babies – and it won’t bother them. The pores on the bottom of your feet are really big and the oil is absorbed very quickly into the bloodstream. There are also over 7000 nerve endings on the bottom of the feet and each of those nerve endings leads to a specific organ, or affects a specific function in your body. It’s a great way to get oils into your system fast.
Some examples of using essential oils topically are:
Deep Blue rub supports cartilage and joint function.
Lavender, Serenity, Peace, used on the pulse points, neck and shoulder areas reduces sad and anxious feelings; also, helps you relax, calms emotions, soothes away tension, relieves restlessness, eliminates irritability.
Tea tree and Basil applied around the ear helps with occasional ear discomfort.
Peppermint, Wild Orange, Digestzen, applied on the stomach relieves occasional or mild heartburn or acid indigestion.
Past Tense applied on the forehead, neck and shoulders, relieves head and neck tension.
Slim and Sassy applied on the stomach helps with weight loss plan.
Tea Tree or HD Clear helps treat mild acne.
Ginger or DigestZen on the stomach helps occasional nausea or motion sickness.
The third way to use essential oils is internally. The CPTG standard means these oils are safe to ingest. You can put them in your mouth or drink them in water. If you don’t like the taste, you can put them in a veggie capsule.
Examples of internal use:
Lemon, Slim and Sassy, Cinnamon, Wild Orange, in water or in a veggie capsule, along with better dietary and exercise patterns, can contribute to better health.
DigestZen in water can be used for occasional upset stomach, and to alleviate gas or bloating.
OnGuard in water or in a capsule supports the immune system.
These are just a few examples of the three ways to use essential oils. I would be happy to share many more. If you’re ready to order click on the buttons below or contact me if you need help choosing which kit to start with.
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