Essential oils can be found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plant. The benefit, nature and aroma changes tremendously from species to species of plant.
After the plant material is harvested, it is distilled, either through a low heat steam or cold press process
Essential oils act as a defence mechanism, providing protection against pests and diseases that try to attack the plant.
The doTERRA Difference
While there are others who cut corners in the essential oil industry doTERRA are relentless at providing the highest quality essential oils available to you and me.
The Essential Oil Industry
doTERRA's goal is to make sure that their essential oils are the most pure and potent oils on the planet.
They achieve this with their state of the art testing facility. Every single batch of essential oil, after it has been distilled from the plant material is meticulously tested to ensure that it earns the right to receive their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) stamp of approval.
doTERRA's CPTG quality protocol includes the following tests
Heavy Metal Testing
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
This link will take you to doTERRA's website and it provides more details about these tests.
HOW TO USE
Essential oils can be used in 3 different ways and all application methods are safe when used appropriately and can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness needs. They can be used as a single oil one at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:
When we smell anything our brain responds- whether it's a favourite perfume or a rotten nappy! It's no different with essential oils. Our olfactory bulb connects with the limbic system in our brain to determine how that smell makes us feel. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application (breathing it in).
Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects like Wild Orange while others are more calming like Petitgrain.
Putting 1-2 drops of your favourite oil in your hand while taking a big deep breath of the aroma is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically and impacting our body.
Using an ultrasonic diffusers is another common way to use essential oils aromatically. They come in all shapes and sizes but basically you place some cold water inside with 4-5 drops of your chosen oil. The diffuser then atomises the water which contains some oil. These are great to use next to the bed or in the living room.
Topical application or putting the oil directly on your skin is a very effective method for applying essential oils.
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 recommended 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.
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
Forehead and temples
Chest and abdomen
Arms, legs, bottom of feet
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application
Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:
Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
Eyes and inner ears
Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin
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.
Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Effective Methods of Internal Application
Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt