5 Step Guide for an Essential Oil Novice

If you have not been living under a rock for the last few years, you have seen an explosion of essential oils enter just about every store you enter. Even companies that focus on selling nothing relative to natural health and wellness (or even fragrance) have entered the essential oil land. You see them on Amazon, in Walmart, the Dollar Store, and every boutique you enter. This is confusing because there is also a lot of information out there about the health benefits of essential oils. Synthetic chemicals are what many people are trying to avoid by using essential oils for therapeutic effects on the body, but the reality is— the essential oil land is ridden with adulterations including synthetic, harmful substances that shouldn’t even be used in your home as a fragrance. 

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When I first started using essential oils, I was concerned with all of this information. Where do I start? Who do I trust? There is a lot of information out there and a lot of it is conflicting or just down right wrong. So I am going to provide you with my list of what I compiled when I was searching for essential oils. Let’s get started! 

 

1. First of all… what the heck is an essential oil? 

Plants contain compounds within the roots, flowers, seeds, and bark that can’t be seen with the naked eye- they must be observed under a microscope. These compounds, known as essential oils, are extremely concentrated, making them exceptionally potent. In fact, they are approximately 50-70 times more potent than dried herbs! What is the function of essential oils for the plants? They give a plant its aroma, they protect it from harsh environmental conditions and insects, and even play a part in pollination.

2. Are Essential Oils a trend?

You may have seen a surge of essential oils pop up everywhere you turn your head, but plant-based remedies and extracts have been around for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations used plants for aromatherapy, personal care, health practices, beauty treatments, and food preparations.

3. But why did you choose dōTERRA?? Aren’t they an MLM? 

I am so glad you asked! As a healthcare professional, I see that just one modality alone doesn’t lead to overall wellness success. We need balance and plant based wellness is the perfect addition to add into your wellness routine as a complement to EVERY avenue of health and wellness. I ultimately chose doTERRA because I am very picky about the products I use with my family. They must meet my quality standards and they must have a quality assurance that they will be the same every time and be safe to use. The reason I looked to essential oils for wellness was to avoid unnecessary synthetic chemicals that can wreak havoc on every organ system in your body. What I found when researching essential oils was that most companies don’t have a testing protocol and when third party tested, they were adulterated and fake, although they were marked 100% PURE. This is unacceptable! Here are the reasons I use doTERRA:

Purity: While others in the essential oil industry cut corners during the planting, growing, and harvesting process, or even try to “extend” pure oils by adding less expensive ingredients, doTERRA is uncompromisingly selective. Purity starts in the soil and continues in the care taken to the plant materials, harvested at the right season and even at the right time of day to ensure the most potent and complete chemistry. 

Cō-Impact Sourcing: Truly the dōTERRA difference. In order to work with committed partners and to ensure the best growing conditions, dōTERRA sources essential oils from across the globe. With an ever-expanding product line that includes over 100 different essential oils sourced from over 40 nations, dōTERRA truly offers Earth’s best gifts. Sourcing essential oils in impoverished nations, your purchase has the ripple effect of creating jobs, hospitals, schools, water wells, homes, and more projects to come that best suits the grower and the communities needs as they move forward. Having these extensive sourcing partnerships, it empowers dōTERRA to produce exclusive, proprietary oils and blends that preserve the purity and potency of each plant. Eighty-four percent of doTERRA single oils and oil blends are exclusive, ensuring that essential oil users receive a product that is truly unique and unrivaled.

Third Party Testing: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils are defined by the rigorous testing procedures that go into verifying each and every bottle. dōTERRA utilizes 13 different methods of testing to provide such CTPG oils. Each one of these tests is run 7-8 times through a 3rd party laboratory before essential oils are bottled! THESES TESTS INCLUDE: Stability, Heavy Metal, TCP/Microbial, Pesticide Analysis, Chiral GC, Isotope Carbon 14, Biochemical Pairing, Taxonomy, VOC Volatile Carbon Analysis, Thin Layer Chromatography, LC/LCMS. For a company to say that they only perform GC/MS testing, this is not enough to ensure that the oil is unadulterated. These essential oils are the most tested essential oils in the world.

Scientific Investments: dōTERRA is a science company and has partnerships with over 100 medical professionals, hospitals, researchers, and scientists. dōTERRA goes beyond a multi level marketing company, they have become a form of healthcare that is supported by science. 

Healing Hands Foundation: The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® brings healing and hope to the world by providing global communities with the tools needed to become self-reliant. In addition to sharing essential oils with the world, dōTERRA aspired to serve people and communities with the resources they had. Initially, this meant donating to charities, fundraisers, and community projects. Now they partner with other charitable organizations and dōTERRA Wellness Advocates to offer hope to millions around the world.

 

 

4. What are the best starter oils? Here are oils that are cost effective at under $25 wholesale Each!

LAVENDER

Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension

doTERRA BREATHE®

The refreshing aroma of doTERRA Breathe, a popular essential oil blend, can be used to create feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while helping to minimize the effects of seasonal threats.

WILD ORANGE

With multiple health benefits and an energizing aroma that can uplift the mind and body, Wild Orange will quickly be one of your favorite smelling essential oils. 

MELALEUCA (TEA TREE)

Melaleuca is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function.*

PEPPERMINT

The high menthol content of doTERRA Peppermint essential oil sets it apart from others. Frequently used for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function.*

 

5. How do you use essential oils for health and wellness?

You can use them three different ways! 
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Aromatic-

One way to experience the benefits of essential oils is aromatically, or by breathing them in. This application method has multiple benefits, especially helpful in improving or managing mood. Depending on the chemical composition of an essential oil, it may provide invigorating or uplifting effects, or it might produce calming or soothing feelings. My favorite way to use essential oils aromatically is via diffusion. Diffusion is the most effective way to enjoy essential oils aromatically and is most efficiently accomplished by using an essential oil diffuser. Essential oil diffusers take a whole oil and transform it into a mist, or microscopic droplets, that allow the user to experience the aroma of the essential oil for an extended period of time. This provides the aromatic benefits to everyone in the room by using less essential oil than passing the oil bottle around, making this delivery method cost effective. It is important to remember that essential oils have a delicate chemical structure, so you never want to use a diffuser that could alter the chemical profile of the oil by using heat. It is best to stick with diffusers that use water or cold air to diffuse the oil. You don’t have to have a diffuser to experience the wonderful benefits. Simply opening the essential oil bottle and smelling it out of the bottle, or placing a drop in your hands, rubbing the palms together, and inhaling the scent will allow you to benefit from this route of application. For a breakdown of my favorite diffusers click HERE.

Here are a few more ways to benefit from aromatic application of essential oils:    

1. Fill a gass spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil. Spritz to freshen clothes when traveling that have been in a suitcase. Or as a linen spray.

2. Drip 2-3 drops of essential oils on the shower floor away from the stream of the water and allow the aroma to quickly relax and enhance your senses. 

3. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in the air vents in your car on a long trip. I like to do this with either peppermint for alertness and focus or with lavender to keep the back seat calm.

Topical-

Topical application just means rubbing onto the skin. The benefit of using essential oils via this route is that you can quickly support an area of the body in a localized way (supporting muscle groups that are sore after an intense workout or using in skin moisturizer for blemishes). Essential oil molecules are very small and easily absorb into the skin not only assisting your localized needs, but supporting your body overall. I always advise people to apply essential oils diluted in a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. The benefits of applying oils diluted are to decrease the amount of essential oil used, to minimize sensitivity reactions, and to decrease evaporation of the essential oil- so the essential oil actually gets absorbed instead of being evaporated. 

Internal-

While internal use of essential oils is a mystery to some, research has found plenty of safe, beneficial uses for essential oils. When an essential oil is ingested, it is transported through the gastrointestinal tract, directly into the bloodstream, where it is then carried throughout the rest of the body. As lipid soluble compounds, essential oils can easily be transported to all of the body’s organs, even the brain. Because essential oils can be delivered to the organs of the body, they are processed (like other things we consume) through metabolization by the liver and other organs, and then excreted.

While our bodies are designed to metabolize and process natural compounds like essential oils, it is important to remember that the body can only handle essential oils in appropriate doses. A little goes a long way no matter the route you are using essential oils. Here is a great starting guide for ideal amounts. By considering the chemistry and recommended dosage for each individual essential oil, it is possible to safely reap the benefits of internal usage. While many have debated the internal use of essential oils for years, the practice is continually confirmed and validated through research and studies (See Bibliography). Researchers continue to confirm the safety of internal use of essential oils, and there is substantial information to help users stay within the safe parameters of internal use. 

Ready, Set, GO!

Now that you know what essential oils are, the longstanding historical uses of essential oils, information on why I have partnered with the leading essential oil company in the world, the affordability of essential oils, and the three main ways we use essential oils, you are ready to get these into your home! You may have wondered if they could support your emotions, promote healthy respiratory function, provide soothing support to minor aches and irritations, promote a restful night sleep, or help you call in sick to work less often, etc. Click below to download my Simple Guide to a Better Immune System PDF as a gift to you! 

xoxo

Missy Sanders

The Natural RN

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Missy Sanders