Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.
Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in colour from crystal clear to deep blue.
Try this at Home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is the Essential Oil.
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) Essential Oils
In early 2008, a group of healthcare professionals came together to pool their resources, knowledge and all their experiences of essential oils to bring to the world a new standard of CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils under the dōTERRA brand.
Their Mission Statement reads:
“dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils and essential oil enhanced wellness products with the world.”
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils are 100% pure natural aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They do not contain filters or artificial ingredients, are free from any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues, and as such do not carry a use by date.
To truly maintain a CPTG standard for each essential oil, plants are sourced only from their indigenous location. The sourcing of indigenous plants is a vital component in consistently delivering CPTG standard essential oils. The potency of the active compounds in essential oils is directly related to the location from where the plant is harvested. For example, Rosemary Essential Oil is native to Morocco. While Rosemary grows well in a number of countries throughout the world, the level of many of the active compounds naturally found in Rosemary are lower in those countries outside Morocco.
CPTG certification ensures the oils have gone through rigorous testing to meet the highest of standards, thereby producing the purest and safest essential oils on the market today. The testing looks not only at the purity of the oils. Each batch of dōTERRA essential oils is subject to additional testing to ensure the correct compositions of the active natural compounds are present. It’s this focus on ensuring the correct compounds in the right amounts are present in each batch that delivers both pure and therapeutic grade essential oils. They represent the safest and most beneficial essential oils available today.
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils have now been discovered to have a wide range of applications. Oils can be used through the application of a single essential oil or single oils can be combined (blended) to form one compound and then applied.
The most common ways to use essential oils is by topical application (first ensuring that the oil may need to be diluted by using a carrier oil), aromatically by simply inhaling the aroma of the oil or through diffusing into the air and in some cases with CPTG essential oils taken internally. It is however very important to seek experienced advice before taking any essential oil internally.
Essential oils are widely used to work with both physical and emotional issues. There are an increasing number of studies exploring the chemistry and effectiveness of essential oils on a wide range of health issues. What is being discovered is the chemistry of these natural aromatic liquids has the ability to effectively address an every growing number of health issues and as natural plant based compounds there appears to be little evidence of any unwanted side effects.
The many different aromas of essential oils also can deliver significant benefits. These can include assisting with relaxation, calming the mind, promoting a sense of well being or helping to lift the spirits. Many essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.
The simplest way to use an essential oil in the home is to diffuse the aroma into the atmosphere. This can be achieved by using either an ultrasonic diffuser that uses a high vibration frequency to mist oil and water into the air, or a ‘cold air’ diffuser that blows the aroma out into the atmosphere. Diffusers are becoming very wide spread and come in many different styles. They are simple to use and only consume a small amount of essential oil.
Essential Oils can be very effective when correctly used in many household situations. As with all products it is important to use them correctly and to seek proper advice on their application. Always seek advice from your health care practitioner if symptoms persist.
Three of the most popular Essential Oils are Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint. They have many functional uses for around the home; for the mind and body, as well as for cooking.
Lavender: Great for relaxation. A couple of drops on pillowcases will ensure a restful sleep for the whole family. Add a couple of drops to water in a spray bottle and you can chase away stagnant closet smells from stored linens, as well as repel insects.
Lavender is known as the Swiss Army knife and is the oil to use when you are not sure what to use. Spray lavender onto sunburn to sooth the inflamed skin it as cools and repairs and is especially effective for children. Gently apply a couple of drops to sooth tired and sore muscles or use in your car as a refresher for stale air and smells.
Used for aromatic purposes in soaps, laundry and even in candles, your potpourri or diffuser is great for spreading the therapeutic aroma in the home. Lavender can also be added to your cooking to add a delightful sugary twist to your desserts and sauces. Lavender has great disinfectant properties, therefore is used for minor burns and for relief of cuts and scrapes and is great for targeting acne problems at their source.
Lemon: Lemon will stop grease in its tracks! Whether on your hands, on your stove, tables, counter tops through to bathroom surfaces. Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle and you can eliminate early stages of tarnish off your silver, your jewellery and your stainless steel appliances.
Lemon is a great disinfectant for cleaning bacteria from your chopping boards, through to controlling pesky bugs from your favourite roses in the garden. It is also a natural pesticide that kills aphids and their larvae on contact, but leaves your plants looking lovely.
Add a couple of drops of Lemon to a cup of warm water and drink every morning as this essential oil will dissolve the plastics in your body. Lemon is also great for cooking or to spice up a sauce so drizzle it over your salads, vegetables, seafood and steak.
For colds, wheezing and respiratory problems, Lemon is wonderful in the diffuser. Great to strengthen nails, fight nail fungus and take the heat off cold sores. Use as an exfoliate to reinvigorate and smooth skin and remove dead skin cells on crusty feet.
Peppermint: This essential oil is fabulous for relieving upset stomachs through to awakening the mind, dissolving a numbing headache or for when you have brain fuzz. You can take it internally, rub some on your tummy or on your temples or simply diffuse it in the room.
Peppermint has over 164 natural defence properties and acts as an expectorant. It can provide relief for colds, cough, asthma, bronchitis, or when the sinuses are blocked. Use it as a refreshing mouth rinse that leaves a lasting crisp, clean feeling. Or use it to perk you up for when you are ‘burning the midnight oil’.
Of course you can have Peppermint Tea; how wonderfully soothing and cooling it is for your system. Enhance your hot chocolate with Peppermint essential oil as well as your chocolate brownies, mints, ice cream and home made peppermint patties, yum!
Peppermint has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties and is a great cleaning agent. It can also be used as a concentrated natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, especially with painful gums, teething or recent dental work.
There are so many uses for these three Essential Oils and I have just shared a few ideas with you. Basically it’s up to you to see how creative you are with them. A must have in every home!
dōTERRA Essential Oils give you back the power. Once you understand the properties of these oils and their many uses, you have taken back control of your lifestyle.
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