Essential Oils 101

Are you open to learning about natural healthcare and wellness with essential oils? Excellent! You’ve come to the right website, and I will be sharing what I’ve learned over the last 4 years using dōTERRA Essential Oils.

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils are volatile aromatic liquids, produced by low-heat distillation from the flowers, fruit, leaves, stems, bark, sap or roots of the plants, or are cold-pressed from the rinds, as in the case of citrus oils. These oils are the plant’s natural defense mechanism and protection against predators such as bugs, mold or bacteria. They are very beneficial to humans and animals, as they are basically plant remedies that our bodies can assimilate and use at a cellular level. 

The oils are very powerful, as they are concentrated, and depending on the plant, are 50-70 times more powerful than the live or dried plant, as in the case of herbs. When using oils, a drop is a ‘dose’, so it’s best to start small, and use a little more if needed.

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HOW DO YOU USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

3 ways you can use dōTERRA Essential Oils:

  • Aromatically
  • Topically
  • Internally 

The oils can be used aromatically, as in aromatherapy, and used in an ultrasonic diffuser, or inhaled straight from the bottle. Another easy way is to put a drop or two into your hands, rub them together, then cup your hands over your nose and mouth, and take in 3 or more deep breaths. 

They can be applied to the skin topically, either ‘neat’ which means straight out of the bottle without dilution, or they can be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, etc. 

Using oils internally should only be done with dōTERRA oils, as many of the oils sold in stores are 100% pure SYNTHETIC oils, or have only a very small amount of pure oil mixed with carrier oils or solvents, and are not the real deal. Any of dōTERRA’s oils that have the Supplement Facts label means they are safe for internal consumption. This is unique to dōTERRA only, so please read the labels. The oils that can be used internally are basically food, so they must be labeled as such by the powers that be. 

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Essential Oil Spotlights below:


Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Oil Product Description

Derived from the leaf of a tall evergreen tree, Eucalyptus oil offers many topical and aromatic benefits. Because the main chemical components of Eucalyptus oil are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, this essential oil has a soothing, cooling vapor.

These effects make Eucalyptus oil ideal for a soothing massage, and I love to use this oil in the shower… makes me feel like I’m in a super relaxing spa. The benefits of Eucalyptus oil can be easily obtained through inhaling and diffusing. Aromatically, the compounds of Eucalyptus oil can promote feelings of a clear mind and relaxation. Eucalyptus oil also contains strong purifying properties that are advantageous for the skin and can be used to cleanse surfaces and the air. Due to its cleansing properties, Eucalyptus oil is found in mouth rinses to freshen breath and promote oral health.

Eucalyptus Oil Uses and Benefits
  1. Keep your surfaces clean and fingerprint free with the cleansing benefits of Eucalyptus oil all-purpose spray. To create this simple cleaner, mix 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil, Peppermint oil, and Wild Orange oil with 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 3/4 cup water in a 16 oz glass spray bottle. Then, simply shake the bottle and spray on needed surfaces. This spray is perfect for a quick clean around the house and smells great!
  2. Make your shower experience even more relaxing. Place two drops Eucalyptus oil directly onto the shower floor while you are showering. The steam from the water will create a natural diffuser for the Eucalyptus oil, leaving you with a clear, invigorated feeling.
  3. After a long day, let your tense feelings go with the help of Eucalyptus oil. Put some Eucalyptus oil in a diffuser before bedtime. The aroma of Eucalyptus oil will promote feelings of relaxation, preparing you for a better night’s sleep.
  4. Don’t just settle for a run-of-the-mill lotion. Transform your moisturizer into a beneficial product for your skin and your senses. Add one drop of Eucalyptus essential oil to a moisturizer of your choice. Rub this mixture together and then apply it to your skin for revitalizing benefits.
  5. If you are feeling tension but have little time to relax, don’t stifle your feelings, let them go with the help of Eucalyptus essential oil.  Next time you feel tension, place a few drops of Eucalyptus oil into your hands, cup your hands over your nose, and inhale deeply. This simple and quick process will give you a calming yet energizing boost.
  6. Use Eucalyptus oil in your massage practices to create a soothing massage experience. Eucalyptus can be easily combined with a cream or lotion of your choice to help spread the effects of the oil while also bringing moisturizing benefits to your skin.  The chemical components found in Eucalyptus oil also produce a soothing, cooling vapor, which makes it an ideal oil for massage use.
  7. The aromatic benefits of Eucalyptus oil can be easily obtained when diffused. During the winter months or on a cold, dreary day, use Eucalyptus oil to invigorate, soothe, and uplift.
  8. Yoga and meditation can both be calming activities that can help unify and revitalize your body. Part of what makes these activities so renewing is having time to clear the mind of unnecessary or cluttered thoughts. To help enhance your yoga or meditation experience, incorporate Eucalyptus oil into your practice, as it helps clear the mind.

Plant Description

The eucalyptus plant is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 50 feet in height. Growing from this perennial are hundreds of eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus leaves are thin, long, and green in color. Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted from the leaves.
 
Chemistry of Eucalyptus Oil 
Main Chemical Components: Eucalyptol, alpha-terpineol
The two main chemical components of Eucalyptus oil are Eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. Eucalyptol is one of several prominent oxides found in a specific group of essential oils. These oxides provide many powerful benefits, most of which are found in Eucalyptus oil. Many oxides, such as Eucalyptol, offer powerful cleansing benefits and a produce a soothing, cooling vapor. When specific oxides are applied topically, they can also rejuvenate and invigorate the skin. Eucalyptus oil contains a very high concentration of Eucalyptol, which makes Eucalyptus oil an ideal oil for obtaining many of these oxide benefits. For more information about Eucalyptol and other organic chemicals found in essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.
Oils that Blend Well with Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus blends well with ThymeRosemaryMarjoramLavender, and Cedarwood essential oils for diffusion.
Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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