The “how to” behind incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle????
Using essential oils aromatically can influence you in a myriad of ways. Our sense of smell affects the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes through physiological pathways. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s response to specific olfactory stimuli. Traditionally, aromatic usage has been aimed at improving a person’s mood. Emotional stability can have countless benefits on your life every. single. day. Direct inhalation of peppermint and/or wild orange first thing in the morning can help you wake up and motivate you to take on the day’s tasks.
Diffuse essential oils, such as peppermint and rosemary, throughout the day to keep you productive at work. Diffusing Lavender or Vetiver at night, or adding a few drops to your pillow, can help you get a much needed restful night of sleep. Using essential oils aromatically can be the boost you need to get through the normal stresses of day-to-day life.
A few of our favorite blends:
- Wake Up: Peppermint + Wild Orange
- Ready for Anything: Serenity + Balance
- Open Air: Breathe + Lavender
- Nite Nite: Vetiver + Ylang Ylang
Topical application is one of the ways you can experience the benefits of doTERRA essential oils. This form of application is unique because it allows for localized effects in the area of the concern in addition to providing whole body support. Essential oils have a chemical structure that allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefits throughout the body.
Topical application is simple, just apply to the area that is causing discomfort. Generally, 1-3 drops is a sufficient amount for topical application. Always dilute with a carrier oil of coconut oil, avocado oil, etc which will ensure better absorption and reduce the risk of skin sensitivity.
If there is any doubt on where to apply the oils, the bottom of the feet is a great default location due to the size and amount of pores. Oils applied to the bottoms of the feet enter the bloodstream within seconds to minutes and service every cell of the body.
Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil. This helps the essential oil absorb into the skin more readily and effectively. There are many benefits to dilution, including increasing the surface area of absorption, enhancing absorption through dry skin, and preventing sensitivity responses.
Classifications of Essential Oils for Topical Use
Neat: Oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution because of their exceptionally mild chemistry. Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Melissa, and Sandalwood are good examples of “neat” essential oils.
Dilute: Oils in this category have potent chemistry and should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. “Dilute” oils include Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme.
Sensitive: “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, and Peppermint are examples of “sensitive” oils.
Essential Safety Tips:
Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.
More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. Start with 1–2 drops and then increase the dosage as necessary.
Dilute, dilute, dilute! Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils and offers many benefits that can enhance your application experience. Conduct a simple sensitivity test when trying a new oil by applying a small amount of essential oil to an inconspicuous area. Check the spot each hour for several hours to ensure no sensitivity has occurred.
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.
Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
Only take oils internally that are labeled for personal consumption with a Supplement Facts guide on the bottle. Oils purchased off the shelves are not considered safe to take internally.
When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.
The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
One of our favorite ways to use essential oils internally is by putting citrus oils in water which aids in detoxification. Simply use a couple drops of the essential oil in a glass or stainless steel cup of water. Use glass or stainless steel only, as citrus oils leech out the harmful chemicals found in plastic or styrofoam.
Oils for Everyday Concerns
Support Restful Sleep
- Serenity®: Calming Blend
- Roman Chamomile
Support Respiratory Function
- Breathe®: Respiratory Blend
Support Digestive Function
- DigestZen®: Digestive Blend
Support Emotion & Mood
- Citrus Oils (Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, etc.)
- Elevation: Joyful Blend
- Citrus Bliss®: Invigorating Blend
- Serenity®: Calming Blend
- Balance®: Grounding Blend
Support Cartilage & Joint Function
- Deep Blue®: Soothing Blend
Maintain Healthy Immune System
- On Guard®: Protective Blend
Promote Energy & Focus
- Orange or Lime
- InTune®: Focus Blend
- Citrus Bliss®: Invigorating Blend
Maintain Hormonal Balance
- ClaryCalm®: Women’s Monthly Blend
- Clary Sage
- Whisper®: Blend for Women