What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant, eliciting profound emotional responses. Yet the use of essential oils goes well beyond their fragrant appeal. Used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, essential oils can be used as natural alternatives in holistic self-care practices. Their unique chemistry allows them to be used aromatically and applied topically to the skin, while other essential oils can be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well being.
Why dōTERRA Oils?
doTERRA® (meaning “Gift of the Earth”) essential oils represent the safest, purest essential oils available in the world today. Each of doTERRA’s
CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essentials oils is carefully extracted by a global network of skilled growers, distillers, and chemists ensuring a consistently powerful user experience. They are 100% pure aromatic extracts and contain no artificial ingredients and are tested to be free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
Do you have to spend heaps of money and buy monthly?
No! Most definitely not. Enrolment is as little as $35 and the cost of whatever single oil or oils your want. You can choose to purchase an enrolment kit starting at $174 and the enrolment fee of $35 is included in that price. No monthly minimum purchases are required. You can buy when and if you want. You have total buyer freedom. If you are a part of our Loyalty Rewards Program then their is a monthly spend of at least $2 to keep your reward points. A simple phone call to Member services can cancel any orders you may have pending or coming up, with no questions asked.
What is a Loyalty Rewards Order?
This is doTerra’s monthly oil rewards club, kinda like a frequent flyer program. This is the best and most cost effective way to purchase products from doTERRA, and it is completely optional. You can set up your monthly order template so that you can spread out your purchases from month to month, and earn a percentage back (up to 30%) from all your purchases and FREE products! You can change your order and shipping date each month. You can cancel at any time. You also earn your shipping back in free product points for placing online LRP orders.
Do I have to sell?
Nooooooo. We just want you to use the oils. Our mission is to purely see you create a healthier and more balanced and holistic lifestyle with these oils. Lessening the toxic load and gaining knowledge of the plant based pure essential oils. We want you to get the best value out of your membership and gain access to Loyalty Rewards. No selling is ever required! Selling is icky!
Is it true these oils can be used Aromatically, Topically and Internally?
Yes, dōTERRA Essential Oils are Pure Essentials oils and go through doTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®* quality protocol employs five different analytical methods to ensure doTERRA’s essential oils are both pure (extracts contain only the volatile aromatic compounds of a plant), and potent (extracts have consistent chemical composition from batch to batch). The testing process include gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, FTIR Scan (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), microbial testing, and organoleptic testing. The CPTG quality protocol requires the use of independent laboratories for standardization and testing.
The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices. You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit. Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil. To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds. Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies. When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted. The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Are Essential Oils SAFE while Pregnant and Breastfeeding?
Okay so this is a personal decision. Some women will choose not to use any oils during pregnancy. Some may choose to use nearly every oil there is. Let a mother use her natural intuition when it comes to essential oils and advise as follows. It is important that your obgyn/midwife or physician is aware of and approves your use of essential oils if you are in any way a high risk pregnancy. Since the skin is much more sensitive during pregnancy, it is important to be mindful to always dilute your essential oils well before application.
There are some oils that are best to AVOID DURING PREGNANCY, even diluted! These are clary sage, myrrh, and any blends containing these oils. These oils can promote uterine contractions and are best saved for use during actual labor, when delivery is intended. Using essential oils at this beautiful time can be a natural and gentle way to balance mood, help immunity and reduce anxiety.
Will I have support and be able to get help learning?
You bet your arse you will! I am here to help you all the way. you will be welcomed into many of our online Facebook groups and tribes. You will never feel alone. I can arrange one on one motoring calls if needed and you will always be tapped into the most extensive resource guides and materials with our amazing leadership group.
Where can you put oils?
Well you really want to avoid putting oils directly into your eyes or ears. Also we have sensitive skin inside our mouths that can be easily irritated by undiluted oils so be super careful with eyes, ears and mouth!
Shit... you got oils in your eyes?
This is a scary one but don’t panic too much! Easier said than done I know! NEVER ADD WATER into your eyes if you have messed up and put oil in your peepers! ONLY use a gentle carrier oil to dilute the essential oil back out of your eyes. Expect your vision to be blurry for a while because of the carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc.) but please don’t stress… it will go back to normal soon enough! I have done this and I am fine!
Can you add oils to a bath?
No better way to use them right?! Everyone loves an warm soak in a relaxing Lavender and magnesium bath… or my personal fav is a Balance bath!!! Never add an oil that is hot, or irritating to the skin in your bath water. Always apply your oils to some kind of carrier before adding to your running waterAs i mentioned I love using: magnesium salts (epsom salt), coconut oil and about 4 drops of you favourite essential oil.
Can you go out in the sun?
Photosensitive oils can react with sunlight when applied to the skin and then exposed to direct UV rays. Make sure to always dilute these oils well, apply them to an area that is not exposed to the sun, or wait 24 hours before spending any amount of time soaking up its warmth! These oils include: lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, wild orange, lime, tangerine, citrus bliss, litsea, cumin, and any blends containing these.
Which oils can cause sensitivity or be a skin irritant?
Always dilute these oils. Never apply directly to skin of a sensitive or fair skinned person. Do a patch test on the inside of the arm if you are typically a person whom is allergic or irritated by certain products. Please DO NOT apply these oil to babies. If used in a blend such as OnGuard, dilute to a very safe ratio of 1 drop to 10ml. This will ensure safety.
Carrier Oils... What are they?
What exactly is a carrier oil? It is any form of vegetable oil that helps to “carry” our essential oil onto and into our skin. Naturally the best one is doTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil, but you can also use avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, cold pressed coconut oil, and many more. Benefits of using a carrier oil are:
-increases surface area of application (imagine rubbing 1 drop of essential oil all over a sore back!)
-decreases your risk for sensitivity to the pure oils
-you avoid wasting so much of that precious essential oil
-gives you a beautiful base in which to create your own blends