Essential Oils 101

What is an essential oil?

 

Essential Oils are made from plants for physical and emotional benefits. They are distilled from leaves, flowers, tree bark, seeds, or rind of fruit in concentrated amounts. Typically one drop of a dōTERRA® essential oil has a powerful effect making them affordable at just pennies per use!

 

How do I use essential oils?

 

You will soon learn that there are hundreds of ways to use dōTERRA® essential oils, including relaxation, personal hygiene, household cleaning, cooking, and supporting a healthy body. Every oil has at least one of three application methods: Aromatic, Topical, or Internal.

 

For Aromatic Use ~ Breathe in or use a diffuser to open up airways, improve mood, or freshen the air.

For Topical Use ~ Use a carrier oil when applying to bottoms of feet or affected areas to target specific needs.

For Internal Use ~ Drop in water, under tongue, or in veggie capsule to support mouth, throat, digestive system, or overall health.

 

What are some basic safety tips?

 

1) Photosensitivity - No sunbathing after applying citrus essential oils. Citrus oils are sensitive to the sun since they are made from the rind of fruit. Avoid direct sunlight to the exposed area for at least 12 hours of that location.

 

2) Hot Oils - These are the oils we label as "dilute" because of the sensation they give if used topically.  Some examples of hot oils are: cinnamon, cassia, clove, thyme, and oregano.

 

3) Avoid These Areas - Never put essential oils in your eyes, inside ear canal, or up nose. However, you may apply oils around the eye bone in a C shape, on ear cartilage and behind ear bone, or diffuse essential oils.

 

4) Dilution - Use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil when applying essential oils topically to avoid skin sensitization.

 

5) Safe Storage - Keep out of reach of children.

 

What are the most commonly used essential oils and their uses?
 

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Balance

Grounding Blend

  • Creates sense of calm and well-being

  • Promotes tranquility and sense of balance

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Easy Air/Breathe

Respiratory Support

  • Clears airways and promotes easy breathing

  • Use with diffuser at night for restful sleep

  • Use for seasonal respiratory discomfort

Deep Blue

Muscle & Joint Support

  • Apply to tired, aching joints

  • Use before and after exercise to reduce discomfort

  • Use for deep tissue massage

DigestZen/Zengest

Digestive Support

  • Eases digestive discomfort

  • Motion sickness or indigestion

  • Use at mealtimes for healthy, comfortable digestion

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Frankincense

Powerful and Versatile

  • Clean and dress minor cuts, bites and sores

  • Calms stress and tension

  • Supports immune function

  • Lifts mood and awareness

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On Guard

Natural Defense

  • Protective mouth rinse

  • Immune support

  • Cleanses and purifies

  • Eliminates airborne threats

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Lavender

All Things Calming

  • Reduce anxious feelings

  • Soothes emotions

  • Soothes irritated skin

  • Supports restful sleep

  • Calms bee stings

Lemon

Cleans and Freshens

  • Soothes throat discomfort

  • Neutralizes odors

  • Elevates Mood

  • Antioxidant and detoxifier

  • Use to clean kitchen

Melaleuca

First Aid for the Skin

  • Skin blemishes

  • Beautify the skin

  • Healthy scalp and hair

  • Apply to feet and toenails

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Oregano

Natural Immune Support

  • Natural defense for kids and adults

  • Use internally as a part of a monthly cleansing regime for GI health

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Peppermint

Cools and Invigorates

  • Invigorates lungs

  • Increases alertness

  • Cools body

  • Calms head tension

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Wild Orange

Revitalizing and Uplifting

  • Energizing and revitalizing aroma

  • Elevates mood

  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent

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