First, I want to talk about why I chose doTERRA oils over other brands of essential oils. The following comes right from their FAQ section on their website, and I think it's important- because I wanted an oil that was safe to use on my children.
"Although there are good essential oils available to consumers, many products claiming to be essential oils often are not pure aromatic extracts and often contain fillers and non-aromatic compounds. Furthermore, there are no current regulatory standards for the descriptive use of the “therapeutic grade” for products labeled as essential oils. The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® mark represents dōTERRA’s own internal standards for sourcing and testing pure aromatic botanical extracts using independent laboratory analysis. The dōTERRA brand and registered CPTG® mark represent dōTERRA’s guarantee of pure essential oil extracts that meet high standards for both purity and material composition and for accurate product labeling."
"We have found that a primary key to superior essential oil quality is the location in which the plant is grown. For this reason, we carefully source our essential oils from all over the world, rather than from a few locations that are not native habitats for the plants. For example, our Lavender is grown in the high altitudes of France, our Lemon comes from Italy, and our Frankincense is sourced from Oman. Because our management team is trusted and respected by global producers, we are able to secure precious crops for essential oil production from preferred suppliers."
I've talked to a lot of people over the past couple of weeks about how wonderful doTERRA essential oils have been for my family and their first question is usually, "how do you use them??"
There are three ways to use doTERRA oils and I have tried all three with success-
1. Aromatically- diffusing oils into the air or simply rubbing oil in palms and breathing in the scent. Certain oils can be stimulating (I use these in the morning), and others can be calming (I use these after work/school). Diffusing certain essential oils can also purify the air in your home or office (cigarette smoke, pets, smelly dinner) and can rid your home/office of some airborne pathogens. Essential oils can also be used to clean your home (all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, dish washing soap, etc.).
** I diffuse Peppermint and Wild Orange in the morning and it is amazing how quickly it wakes me up. I used to need my coffee immediately after waking up and now I don't feel that need anymore. After we get home from work/school I diffuse Serenity or Lavender in whatever room we are playing in with the kids and it calms everyone down after a busy day. On the days I am home with the kids I usually diffuse On Guard or Purify since we have been stuck indoors and the air can get stale. I want to mention that you can't use just any diffuser for essential oils. You should use low or no heat diffusers so you don't change the chemical properties of the oil you are inhaling through the air.
I have just started using the oils for cleaning and laundry and I'll do another in-depth post about that later. Let me just say- no harsh chemicals and toxic bottles to hide from the kids is a great thing!!
2. Topical Uses- essential oils are easily and safely absorbed by the skin because of their natural molecular composition and because of this composition, the oil is absorbed into the bloodstream for internal benefits throughout your body. When you apply oil to an area of concern it can have an immediate benefit- I've seen and felt this many times. Each oil has many different uses and they have restorative and calming properties. They are also natural disinfectants. Essential oils have been proven to kill the flu virus and MRSA. DoTERRA's On Guard blend has been published as being the leader in killing 17 different strains of viruses and stopping the H1N1 virus from replicating. Amazing right? We use it every.single.day. I can't wait to try all of the On Guard products.
** I use 1-2 drops of Balance, Serenity, On Guard & Frankincense on the soles of my feet every morning and night. If I feel stressed or anxious during the day I just rub a couple of drops of Balance in my palms, take a deep breath of it and then rub it on the back of my neck. For the kids, I use 1 drop of Balance and On Guard on their feet morning and night and I rub 1 drop of lavender behind their ears and down their spine before bed. We have also rubbed DigestZen on all of our stomachs for tummy troubles and for Gavin's reflux. Essential oils in the bath is another favorite for helping our kids relax at night.
3. Internal Uses- essential oils can be used internally to support many health conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties and others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. The great thing about doTERRA oils is- if you can take it internally it has a dietary supplement facts on its label. If you shouldn't take an oil internally there will be no dietary supplement label.
** I haven't used my oils internally as much; but I have used Lemon in my water (amazing detoxifier) and I put a drop of peppermint under my tongue every morning to clear my sinuses. I have some empty capsules on order so I can take some of the stronger tasting oils internally because I have heard great things about their benefits for depression, gut health, and many other uses. There is also an oil called Slim and Sassy that boosts your metabolism- I'll be getting that in my next order!!
The great thing is- you don't have to use much oil at all for it to work. The oils are so concentrated that it only takes a drop or two to get the desired effect. So one bottle of oil can last quite a long time!
A few other things I have found in my research/learning:
This video was shown to me when I was first introduced to doTERRA oils and it really amazed me. Watch it!!
The Oil RN is one of my favorite websites to learn about different uses of essential oils.
I also want to let you know, I'm not getting anything for writing these posts. I'm just so excited that the oils have been working for me and my family; I want to share my experiences with everyone! And of course, I'm not a doctor- so do your research and educate yourself before trying anything new.
I am just starting out as an LPC for doTERRA so if you would like to purchase any oils you can shop through my site here or you can contact me if you're interested in getting your oils at wholesale prices.