However, after attending a class in Spring 2016, which introduced me to the Home Essentials Kit, as well as experiencing these oils myself, from samples I had received, I soon realised the incredible benefit they could bring.
Essential oils are a plant’s natural immune system: it’s what they produce to protect themselves in the wild, in the absence of sharp teeth or a hunter’s instinct! We, like plants are carbon-based, so if a plant has properties that protects it against environmental/seasonal threats, and/or contains naturally occurring antioxidants, then these are transferred to our body’s immune system so it can be strengthened to support us in the same way.
Essential oils can support our bodies physically, but also play an important role in supporting our emotional and mental wellbeing through their aromatic use.
Of course, they can, and have been for centuries, also used for food preparation (a drop of Wild Orange in some home-made raw chocolate, for example), toxin free cleaning, toxin free beauty and hygiene regimes.
And apart from their physical and emotional benefits, it’s essential oils that give flowers and plants their beautiful fragrances, which we can bring into our homes without the chemical nasties that come with artificial air fresheners.
Some examples of how we use the essential oils:
Peppermint to help reduce bloating or gas, and to aid with clear breathing
Lavender to help ease the discomfort of itchy skin
Deep Blue to help reduce the tension around your forehead
Clary Sage to help provide comfort from pre-menstrual symptoms
Digestzen to aid digestion and maintain overall digestive health
Melaleuca to cleanse the skin, and can promote a healthy immune function
On Guard to protect against environmental threats and help support a healthy respiratory function
Many essential oils are topped up with fillers, carrier oils, and cheaper oils, not to mention they can frequently contain chemicals and pesticides. Whether you choose to put these oils in your bath, diffuse them, or apply them topically onto your skin, they go into your blood system, and then beyond that into your cells, so you must ensure their purity.
dōTERRA essential oils, through ethical/chemical-free growing and processing techniques, as well as in-depth testing, including using a third party for the final tests, are of the highest grade. They set their own standards, CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade), so they can guarantee to us that these oils are 100% pure and potent – when used responsibly (something I am passionate about teaching) they are safe and they work!
How to use
There are four application methods, all of which are safe when used appropriately, each having their own purpose and benefits.
Via a diffuser using cold water, the benefits of which are:
Orally (not for children under the age of puberty)
This is essentially topical application in the mouth:
Internally (not for children under the age of puberty)
When used in appropriate amounts (to be found on labelling recommendations and other professional guidelines), taking essential oils internally in a capsule can support our over all well being, particularly our digestive health, as well as adding flavour to food and drink.