Welcome to the spectacular world of Essential Oils! These wonderful gifts of nature are very valuable and can be used daily in so many different ways.
What are Essential Oils? Quite simply, they are potent extracts from the roots, stems, leaves and barks of plants. They provide powerful support for overall health and wellness and have been used for thousands of years safely and effectively. They have extremely small molecules that easily cross the blood-brain barrier and work within the limbic system of our brain, which is responsible for our emotions, behavior, long term memory, and our olfactory sense (which is why aromatherapy is especially efficacious).
How to Use Essential Oils: Each person is unique and will experience the effects of oils differently, but there are 3 methods to use doTerra Essential Oils:
- Aromatically (Inhalation)—this is done by dispersing the oils in the air through a diffuser, which stimulates the olfactory sense and travels directly to the limbic system, and can result in improved immune and respiratory function, reduce mold and unpleasant odors, and enhance mood.
- Topically—the oils will work by absorption through the skin, our body’s largest organ, and will help relieve pain, tension, skin rashes, dry itchy skin, allergic reactions, and insect bites, to name a few. Massaging the oils, especially on the affected areas and on the soles of the feet, has been shown to reduce or eliminate symptoms quickly. Applying a carrier oil locally on top of the essential oil will help the oils penetrate more deeply into the cells and tissues, as well as the application of warm or cold compresses to the area where the essential oils are applied.
- Internally—this method MUST be used with caution and recommended with the guidance of a Certified Essential Oils or Health Coach. Internal use is another very effective use of the essential oils to help with symptoms and health challenges.
What to Look for: Quality is critical, as most oils are not tested through the entire process from harvest to bottling, and most are not completely free of toxins (even if they are labeled “organic”). It’s very important to understand the distillation and production process, and I chose to partner with doTerra because of the stringent quality control and purity that they guarantee with each and every bottle they produce.
Essential Oil Essentials
Essential Oil Essentials – January 2020: Dry Winter Skin
Essential Oils effectively help with moisturizing and soothing dry skin, cuts and abrasions caused by severe dryness.
Top 3 oils to remedy this:
Apply one or combination of these oils “neat” to the skin (no diluting with carrier oils): 3 drops on affected area(s), or mix with carrier oil of your choice: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil.
Add to shampoo, moisturizers at a recommended dilution of 2% (download dilution chart here).
Note: During the winter months I would frequently get cuts on my fingers due to dry air and having my hands immersed in water. Applying 1 drop Frankincense neat on my open cut(s) 2x/day has significantly reduced healing time, pain, and I now get fewer cuts than I did before I regularly used Frankincense.
Essential Oil Essentials – February 2020: Benefits of using Essential Oils Pre & Post Workouts
Post-Workout: Add 3-5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to moisturizing lotion or apply to directly on muscles. Massage with movement toward the heart and be sure to apply carrier oil of your choice (fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil) on top of the Eucalyptus to help it penetrate more deeply into the muscles and tissues and to avoid any skin reactions. Eucalyptus helps to break down the lactic acid buildup, which is responsible for muscle soreness after workouts. It is the perfect solution to help your body pre and post workouts!
Essential Oil Essentials – March 2020: Natural DIY Remedy
With Spring nearly upon us, having reset the clocks to Daylight Savings Time, and the weather in most places in transition, our skin can react and have unwanted eruptions or break-outs. Using Essential Oils can definitely help your skin and the reactions to these rapid weather and temperature changes:
Melaleuca: Sourced from the leaf of the Melaleuca Tree through steam distillation, this oil is well known for it’s cleansing and rejuvenating properties, especially for the skin.
Lemon: One of the most popular and versatile oils, it’s cold-pressed from lemon rinds. Lemon has powerful cleansing properties and has a wonderfully, refreshing scent.
Lime: Cold-pressed from fresh lime peels, Lime is a perfect solution for cleansing and clearing skin impurities.
NOTE: avoid exposure to sunlight for up to 12 hours after application using any citrus oils (both Lemon & Lime are citrus based Essential Oils).
Blending these 3 Essential Oils from doTerra with fractionated coconut oil will provide powerful, effective resolution to skin eruptions. Blend in a 10ml roller bottle with a 3% dilution rate as follows and apply to affected areas in the morning and before bed on clean skin:
- 4 drops Melaleuca
- 3 drops Lemon
- 2 drops Lime
- Fill the rest of the 10ml roll-on bottle with carrier oil of your choice (fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil).
Enjoy and say hello to clean, fresh, clear skin!
Essential Oil Essentials – April 2020: DIY Essential Oil Hand Cleanser Spray
Many suppliers are out of stock or charged ridiculously inflated prices for hand sanitizer. Below is a simple way to make hand cleanser that works and won’t dry your skin the way Isopropyl Alcohol will.
- 1 ounce pure Aloe Vera Gel (preferably squeezed from the leaf)
- 25 drops doTerra On-Guard Blend
- 15 drops doTerra Thyme
- 5 drops doTerra Rosemary
- 5 drops doTerra Clove
- 1 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil
Pour the Aloe Vera Gel into a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. Next add either the On-Guard blend or the mixture of Thyme/Rosemary/Clove, then add the Fractionated Coconut Oil. Shake well. Apply to hands as needed.
Essential Oil Essentials – May 2020: Stress Reduction
It’s been quite a stressful spring for the entire world, and as we grapple with the events and chaos in our lives, we need to manage our stress levels more than ever. Using essential oils to relieve stress is easy and effective. Here are some tips on how to help your body’s stress response to support relaxation, as well as support the immune system.
Diffuse: Fill diffuser with distilled water and add the following:
- 3 drops doTerra Vetiver
- 3 drops doTerra Lavender
- 4 drops doTerra Balance Blend
- 5 drops doTerra Bergamot
Topical: In a 10ml roll-on bottle, blend the following essential oils & the fill the remainder of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut OR Sweet Almond Oil:
- 10 drops doTerra Frankincense
- 5 drops doTerra Lavender
- 5 drops doTerra Roman Chamomile
- 5 drops doTerra Wild Orange
- 5 drops doTerra Tangerine
- 5 drops doTerra Lemon
- 5 drops doTerra Petitgrain
Apply to bottom of feet, back of neck. Can also apply to wrists for additional support. Use as needed.
Note: Rotating essential oils enhances the effectiveness. Additional essential oils to help reduce anxious feelings (may mix & match any of the above or below listed essential oils using a total of 40 drops for a 10ml roll-on to ensure a safe dilution ratio):
Basil, Birch, Blue Tansy, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Fennel, Geranium, Rose, Spikenard, Ylang Ylang
Essential Oil Essentials – June 2020: DIY Essential Oils Insect Repellent Spray
As the summer approaches, it’s a good idea to protect against insect bites, Besides the annoyance and discomfort bites cause, many bugs are carriers of vector borne pathogens (viruses and bacteria). Below is a simple but effective remedy to keep the bugs off you!
- 2 ounces boiled water (let cool down before adding other ingredients)
- 1 ounce of Witch Hazel
- 20 drops doTerra Melaleuca
- 20 drops doTerra Eucalyptus
- 25 drops doTerra Peppermint
- 1 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fill a 4 ounce glass spray bottle with the water, add the witch hazel to the water, then add the 3 doTerra essential oils to the mix. Shake well. Spray onto exposed skin (can also spray on clothing). Be careful to avoid spraying in eyes, nose, ears or mouth. May reapply every 4 hours, or as needed. Store in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.
Essential Oil Essentials – July 2020: Cooling Mist
When we feel overheated during the summer, especially after exercising, using a cooling mist infused with the essential oils listed below provides instant relief and a cooling sensation throughout the whole body. And you’ll have a pleasantly minty aroma too!
- 2 ounces Distilled Water
- 1 ounce of Witch Hazel
- 15 drops doTerra Peppermint
- 10 drops doTerra Spearmint
- 10 drops doTerra Lavender
Pour the Distilled Water into a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, add the Witch Hazel, then add the essential oils. Spray on back of the neck, wrists, chest, and feet. Apply as needed.
Essential Oil Essentials – August 2020: Summer Moisturizing for Skin & Hair
The hot sun during the summer months often takes a toll on skin and hair for both sexes of all ages. We should be mindful of taking extra care of our skin & locks during summertime. Adding essential oils to our daily regimen will be very effective in minimizing skin and scalp inflammation. And most importantly, will replenish the moisture lost from the sun, especially if you’re exposed during the hours of 10am-2pm when the rays are strongest.
Top 5 Essential Oils to add to skin moisturizer:
- doTerra Lavender
- doTerra Helichrysum
- doTerra Myrrh
- doTerra Hawaiian Sandalwood
- doTerra Frankincense
Top 5 Essential Oils to add to shampoo/conditioner:
- doTerra Rosemary
- doTerra Cedarwood
- doTerra Peppermint
- doTerra Bergamot
- doTerra Lavender
General Dilution Guidelines: For every ounce of carrier oils, lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, add 12 drops of essential oils for the recommended and safe 2% dilution ratio. Shake well.
Note: Choose 1 essential oil to add to any 1 product at a time
Essential Oil Essentials – September 2020: Immunity Support for Fall Season
As Fall 2020 approaches, the cold and flu season is right around the corner. Adding doTerra’s On-Guard products to your daily regimen can help support the body’s natural defenses. On-Guard is a pre-blended essential oil that’s comprised of clove bud, cinnamon bark, cinnamon leaf, wild orange peel, eucalyptus leaf & rosemary leaf.
doTerra offers a full product line of On-Guard products including toothpaste, hand sanitizer, foaming hand wash, concentrated all-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, whitening toothpaste, throat lozenges, and softgels, in addition to the 15ml bottle of pure essential oil.
So let the doTerra family of On-Guard products help you & your family this Fall & Winter season!
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Essential Oil Essentials – October 2020: Fighting Mold & Mildew
During the Fall, when many regions begin to cool down, mold spores rise. For millions of years, plants have defended against mold in the environment to survive. Mold thrives in damp, cool areas, and there are numerous different species of mold.
Essential Oils can be effective in helping fight against mold & mildew in your home, on clothing and furniture, and your body. They can be applied topically on skin, but you must proceed with caution and dilute with a carrier oil (download FREE dilution guide here). For internal use with doTerra essential oils, it’s best to consult with a certified health coach or essential oil coach.
Diffusing essential oils can also be an effective way to combat mold and is effective in cleansing and purifying the air (and delightfully pleasing to the olfactory sense). These oils can be added to a spray bottle and diluted with water to spray on linens, furniture, and into the air.
The top 5 mold fighting essential oils are:
►Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
It is very important to note that the oils listed above are “hot” oils and must be used with caution when coming into contact with skin, as they can cause burning sensation. Be sure to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after using these oils.
Essential Oil Essentials – November 2020: Addressing Holiday Anxiety
As the holidays approach, unfortunately many people begin to experience anxiety in anticipation of family gatherings, gaining weight, and all kinds of negative connotations & thoughts that the holiday season can trigger.
An excellent way to help prepare for the holidays is to plan and keep our goals realistic and keep our anxiety in check. One of the best ways to reduce and manage anxiety is to use essential oils aromatically. I like to diffuse a mix of top notes (lighter oils with citrus, sweet & fruity aromas), middle notes (usually floral & woodsy scents) and base notes (rich, heavier, earthy oils) for the most efficacious blends.
Here’s a couple of my favorite aromatic blends for anxiety:
Vetiver (base note): 4 drops
Cinnamon (middle note): 6 drops
Wild Orange (top note): 5 drops
Frankincense (base note): 4 drops
Lavender (middle note): 4 drops
Eucalyptus (middle note): 4 drops
Bergamot (top note): 5 drops
I encourage you to get creative and make your own blends. Diffuse daily, relax & enjoy the holidays!
Essential Oil Essentials – December 2020: Gingerbread Recipe with Essential Oils
It’s a Christmas tradition in my house to make gingerbread & gingerbread cookies. For those that love gingerbread, below is a fantastic recipe. Adding essential oils gives this recipe (and all recipes) a super-charged boost of flavor, and while baking, the aroma is beyond delightful!
Mix dry ingredients together
- 2.5 cups Flour
- 1.5 tsp Baking Soda (non-aluminum)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Cloves
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
- 1/2 cup Grass-fed Butter (Kerry Gold is an excellent choice)
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Molasses
- 1 cup Hot Water
- 5 drops doTerra Ginger essential oil
- 2 drops doTerra Cinnamon essential oil
- 2 drops doTerra Clove essential oil
Cream butter & sugar, add beaten egg & molasses. Then add the essential oils & blend well. Next add the dry ingredients. Add hot water.
Mix all ingredients until smooth; batter will be soft & runny. Pour in greased & floured 13×9 pan. Bake 35 minutes at 325 degrees. Enjoy!
Essential Oil Essentials – January 2021: Relieve Under-eye Inflammation
After the holidays, many people experience inflammation all over the body. Overindulging in food, sweets/alcohol, chronic sinusitis and allergies are the main culprits driving the inflammatory response. Under-eye inflammation is particularly bothersome, and is also aggravated by dry indoor heat.
Since I struggled for years with sinusitis, I was always seeking natural ways to help reduce inflammation and dark circles under my eyes.
Here’s a blend that I’ve found success with when my under-eyes are inflamed from lack of sleep, crying, seasonal allergic reactions, or if my sinuses do act up (it’s seldom these days):
In a 5 ml roller bottle combine the following:
►doTerra Frankincense 8 drops
►doTerra Lavender 6 drops
► doTerra Hawaiian Sandalwood 4 drops
►Fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oils of either almond or argon oil (these oils also have properties that soothe skin)
Apply twice daily: in the morning after cleansing your face (before applying moisturizer & make-up) & before bedtime on clean skin. Frankincense & Lavender are both very rich in terpenes, which are large volatile compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, and also help defend against bacteria that cause skin eruptions, and can help minimize appearance of fine lines. Sandalwood helps to hydrate and smooth the skin, as well as fight acne.
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