Learning about Essential Oils and their uses may feel overwhelming but it does not have to be. Here, I explain the basics, what they are, how long they’ve been around and a few simple guidelines about them.
First off, we can all agree that there are many things off in our Healthcare system…most importantly the variety of side-effects listed for the drugs that are suppose to cure us, that alone is scary. But what about how we are given drugs for the side-effects of the drugs we are currently taking, THAT is crazy, I know you know what I mean.
So how do Essential Oils fit in…what are they and why do we want to use them.
What are Essential Oils?
Simply put Essential Oils are the aromatic liquids of certain species of flowers, trees, and grasses.
The oils are extracted from different parts of these plants, such as seeds, roots, stems, bark, leaves, flowers and fruits. Their costs vary due to the cost of producing pure essential oils. For some it takes several hundred, other several thousand, pounds of plant material to produce a small amount of pure essential oil. That said, no matter how costly it may be, there is no substitution to their benefits. Though chemists can replicate some of the known chemical constituents within them, they have not been successful in recreating the Essential oils themselves.
How long have Essential Oils been around?
Essential oils have been around for centuries. They were mankind’s first medicines. From Egypt to China there have been priests and physicians who have used oils that came from aromatic plants for thousands of years. Myrrh and Frankincense were gifted to Jesus at his birth and often referred to in the Bible, there are over 600 references to Essential Oils or aromatic plants in the Bible alone. There have been jars of alabaster with well preserved oils found in King Tut’s tomb. The Egyptians are most credited for being the first to use Essential Oils but there is history of Essential Oils used in Greece, Rome, Israel, Arabia, and Europe from medicinals to aromatics.
Why do we want to use them…
Because they provide us with the perfect environment for emotional and physical wellness. They do not do the work for us…instead assist us on our journey by supporting our mind, body and spirit.
How to use them…
Aromatically ~ as in aromatherapy, diffusing is the easiest and it can be through a mist diffuser, vaporizer, or simply direct inhalation. As some essential oils can be soothing and calming and others stimulating allowing you to set the mood. Diffusing also helps purify the air of unwanted odors or germs.
Topically ~ through massage, perfumes and baths…the bottom of the feet are the second best fastest body area to absorb oils because there are larger pores there. Other quick absorption areas are behind the ears and the wrists.
Internally ~ As some Essential Oils have an extensive culinary history, they can be taken internally as dietary supplements. Sublingual (under the tongue) is the most effective, also taken in capsules, beverages, through cooking works very well.
The dōTERRA difference…
With all the variety of Essential Oil providers out there, how do you know who’s oils to buy.
Keep in mind that not all Essential Oils claiming to be pure are therapeutic grade. Many are adulterated with synthetics or fillers even though they claim to be 100% pure. If the Essential oils your are using are not pure, then you will not experience the benefits or get consistent results in supporting your body, mind and spirit. In my experience if someone says that Essential Oils don’t “work”, it’s one of two reasons..the Essential Oils they are using are of poor quality or they aren’t using them consistantly, it’s that simple.
So why dōTERRA…lets see where do I begin. I’ve been using Essential oils for over 20 yrs. I’ve researched many sources for the most purest oils. In 2013 I chose dōTERRA because of:
~Potency~ I know the purest Essential Oils come from plants grown in their indigenous regions. Where they can thrive and not struggle with it’s environment.
dōTERRA networks with experienced farmers in over 40 countries all over the world, who know how to properly source the plants in their native environments.
~Distillation/Testing~ I know that the type and temperature of distillation make a huge difference in the purity of the oils. Most Essential Oil seller do only the minimal required testing.
dōTERRA has a quality protocol in place called CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.® They have a team of professionals running this protocol so each batch of oils is subjected to extensive and rigorous testing that ensures the purity, potency, and consistency. Learn more at www.doterrascienceblog.com.
~Safe for Consumption~ I know that some plants or it’s fruit is consumable so those Essential Oils should be as well. I have seen many Essential Oils labeled not for consumption. This is because only a few can be identified with a supplement label indicating a “GRAS” rating (Generally Recognized as Safe) for internal consumption.
dōTERRA has in place effective standard of testing methods that provide us with the highest quality Essential Oils so we can enjoy them in all 3 ways… Aromatically, Topically and Internally.
So what else makes dōTERRA different…
their Heart, their Integrity and their Service to others.
~Through there various webinars, online sites and convention, they teaching us about the uses of the oils.
~For those interested in creating a business they teach us team building, leadership how to obtain debt free living.
~Their sourcing empowers farmers in countries around the world so they can provide powerful Essential Oils, as well as uplifting them and their communities, this is called Co-Impact Sourcing.
dōTERRA, more than just an Essential Oil provider…
With their Helping Hands program they give back to these communities in the form of wells, health clinics, schools, education and so much more including fair wages paid direct to them, no middle man…it’s an honor to be part of the dōTERRA family in helping others.
At any time you can enter your unique Quality ID to view GC/MS (gaschromatography-massspectrometry) test results from an independent, verified third party lab.
So when I think safe, pure and effective Essential Oil…I think dōTERRA! Learn more at www.sourcetoyou.com.
Feel free to connect with me with any questions.