Why Essential Oils?
I love essential oils! I’ll admit, I was late to the game of essential oils, and it took years of thinking they were just nice smelling oils before I really woke up and “smelled the oils!” 😉 But seriously, essential oils have been a game changer for my health and the missing puzzle piece in my holistic health regimen. And I’m excited to share them with you! They will prove to be one more tool for you to use in your “holistic toolbox.” You’ll wonder, like I did, “Why didn’t I use these amazing oils sooner?!” So let’s dive right in and discover what makes these plant-based compounds so effective for your overall health. Keep reading to the end to discover the brand I personally use and recommend (and how to order).
What are Essential Oils?
Basically, essential oils are oils released by a plant in order to protect itself against predators and environmental threats. These aromatic parts of the plant can come from its’ seeds, bark, flowers, leaves or other parts. In order to produce large amounts of a particular essential oil, these parts are then either steam distilled (for the majority of plants) or cold-pressed (for citrus fruits), making them very, very concentrated. For example, one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea! Needless to say, a little goes a long way!
How do They Work?
Essential oils work quickly and effectively at the cellular level. Because of their unique chemical constituents, they are able to penetrate the cell membrane and benefit the body systemically. There are basically 3 ways you can use essential oils:
- Aromatically – You can inhale the oils directly from the bottle or rub a drop between your hands and inhale deeply. You can also put several drops of an essential oil into a diffuser to diffuse the oil into the air. Inhalation of essential oils can directly impact your mood, energizing you when you feel sluggish or calming you when you feel anxious. That’s because our emotions are linked to our olfactory system, which is part of the limbic system in the brain, which controls moods. There are numerous studies showing that essential oils can help to balance moods, which is where the term “aromatherapy” comes from. Diffusing oils also helps to cleanse the air. Better moods and cleaner air? Yes, please!
- Topically – You can also apply essential oils topically. Rubbing oils on the bottoms of the feet is a great way to experience the oils topically as it can nourish your bloodstream in under a minute. You can also apply the oils to any troubled area where you are looking for relief (back of neck, ears, abdomen, etc). For sensitive skin, make sure to dilute with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil).
- Internally – When taken internally, essential oils can help to nourish all systems of the body. For most brands, I recommend that you do NOT take them internally due to synthetic ingredients or possible contaminants in the oils. However, with the brand I use and recommend (because they are the purest, highest quality available), you can enjoy the benefits of taking certain oils internally!
What Brand Should I Use?
I only use and recommend the d0TERRA brand of essential oils. I have tried and researched a number of different brands overs the years, and nothing comes close to the superior quality and purity of doTERRA. They have the CPTG stamp of purity – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. doTERRA sources their oils from all over the world and only chooses plants that are grown in their native habitat to ensure that you are getting the highest quality oils from the highest quality plants. Each batch goes through rigorous 3rd party testing to ensure that there are absolutely no contaminants, herbicides, pesticides or other adulterations (you don’t want something that concentrated having any impurities in it!). In my opinion, these are the absolute best oils you can buy on the market from a top-notch company (they have been named one of the top 10 best mid-sized companies by Forbes!).
Aren’t They an MLM company?
Yes, and Click Here to find out why doTERRA changed my mind about network marketing!
How Can I Get Them?
Now you’re probably wondering how to get your hands on these amazing oils? I’ve got you covered! Head on over to my How To Order Page for detailed step-by-step instructions to begin your Essential Oil Journey and living the Oil Life! Still have questions? Email Me and I would love to try and answer them!
How Can I Learn More?
doTERRA has provided some fabulous FREE Ebooks on Essential Oils for beginners. These interactive ebooks will help answer questions on the basics of essential oils and how you can incorporate them into your everyday life.