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About Essential Oils

Basic Essential Oil 101

Whether You Are a Complete Newbie to The World Of Essential Oils Or An Experienced Essential User there is always more to learn!

coconut oil with peppermint, lemon, lavender

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are the volatile plant essences, in their purest most concentrated form, that have been extracted for use in aromatherapy. Oil is “essential” in that it carries the essence of the plant it was extracted from.

  • Extracted from flowers, leaves, seeds, wood, stems, of plants.
  • Produced by plants to protect from bacteria, fungus, insect attack, and decay.
  • 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.
  • Wide range of uses, from cosmetics to foods to natural health solutions.

What’s In An Essential Oil?

Essential oils are made up of very tiny particles that enter the body either through the nose, by breathing, or through the skin where topically applied.  This is why they are also called volatile oils or aromatic because they evaporate or turn to gas quickly.  The definition of volatile is to be vaporous

The Primary Chemicals Found In Essential Oils Are:

Terpenes, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, ketones, & phenols.

Synergistic Blends:

Essential Oils With Similar Beneficial Properties And Attributes Are Combined And Blended To Make A Synergy For An Enhanced Aroma, And Uses.

I like to blend ginger, cinnamon, and clove with fractionated coconut oil for digestive support, and to aid in curbing a strong appetite.

Another blend I enjoy is a few drops each of rosemary and ylang-ylang rubbed into my hair and scalp in the morning.  I smell like I just left the ‘Spa’!  I also love the shiny way my hair looks and feels.

Examples of oils that I often use along with acupuncture are Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium, Wild Orange, Clary Sage, and Thyme. These oils that are great at calming the mind and relieving tension in the body.

Licensed acupuncturists can dramatically increase the effectiveness of acupuncture by using essential oils.

History Of Essential Oils: 

They have been used throughout history, although most notably in the last century or so. The last decade or two research and science backing have shown us greater and greater potential of their benefits, and expanded our awareness of how to use them safely and effectively, even through pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.

The human body is intelligent and that the essential oils (found in every- day food and drink) are no stranger to the human metabolism.  We have evolved with plants and are adapted at metabolizing them. The body knows how to break them down and utilize them to balance the human physiology…As is evident, most oils are suitable for use during pregnancy; the real danger comes when the dosages are incorrect or irresponsible. Essential oils work with the body, not against it. The body always remains in control with proper dosage of oils.

Essential oils can have various properties and attributes.  Their uses include:

    • Calms skin irritations
    • Stimulating and energizing
    • Promoting relaxation and sleep
    • Respiratory Support
    • Supports Immune System
    • Use against environmental threats
    • As a circulatory stimulant
    • Relieving muscle tension
    • Relieving head tension

 

      • Relieving menstrual cramps
      • Digestive Support
      • Promoting skin health
      • Regulating hormones
      • As a Insect repellent
      • As a stimulant for the immune system
      • Used for occasional aches
      • That’s a long list of good things!

Angelica, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, and other citrus oils are photosensitive and may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 3-4 days after application. If you are planning to be in the sun-do not use these oils, or if you suffer from photosensitivity.

Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should use caution with hyssop, basil, wintergreen/birch, nutmeg, rosemary, peppermint, sage, tarragon, and tansy oils.

People with sensitivities should test a small amount of oil on an area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the upper arm, for 30 minutes, before applying the oil on other areas.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Do you need help ordering your own doTERRA essential oils?

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Essential Oil Spotlight

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Ylang Ylang

Today, I am excited to talk about one of my favorite doTERRA essential oils, ”Ylang Ylang! For me, the

unique, sweet, and uplifting scent of Ylang Ylang essential oil makes it a must-have in my essential oil

collection. I often use Ylang Ylang in my diffuser blends because it has a rich, versatile fragrance that

seems to improve any blend. Ylang Ylang oil is also known to promote healthy skin and hair, so I often

add a few drops into my moisturizer or shampoo for added benefits. Some may think that floral

essential oils are only useful for their nice smell, however, Ylang Ylang essential oil has so many uses and

benefits that you probably haven’t thought of! You can learn about the many benefits of Ylang Ylang oil

with this Essential Oil Spotlight blog post on the doTERRA product blog:

Essential Oil Spotlight: Ylang-Ylang

Not only will this post give you tons of ideas about how to use Ylang Ylang oil, but you can also learn all

about how doTERRA sources Ylang Ylang from Madagascar through one of their Co-Impact Sourcing projects. If you haven’t used

Ylang Ylang yet, read through this post for all the information you need

about this amazing essential oil.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Do you need help ordering your own doTERRA essential oils?

Schedule Your Essential Oils Consultation 

 

synergistic blends or single oils

synergistic blends or single oils

 

 

    

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