Essential Oils for Beginners
Essential oils have been around for centuries but only recently began a rise to fame with the onset of popular oil producing industries such as DoTerra and Young Living.
As a wellness advocate for DoTerra and a certified level I aromatherapist, I love sharing my knowledge and expertise with oils with my clients. It is my intent to do so now with this article, to bring awareness and education to the general public of the wonderful, therapeutic benefits of essential oils as well as answer some popular questions concerning my involvement with an oil company.
Let’s start at the beginning.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural, aromatic compounds extracted from seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of a plant. Essential oils contain natural and unique properties that can have powerful benefits on a person’s health and wellness.
How do you use essential oils?
There are three known methods for oil usage but one of them is debatable in the oils community. Let’s discuss each:
- Aromatic: This is the most popular use of oils. Smelling them! This is also the easiest and safest way to use oils. All you have to do is buy a diffuser, drop 1-2 drops (more and it is too strong for me) in the water and voila! Beautiful smells in your room and therapeutic as well.
- Topical: You can use essential oils topically which means applying them to your skin. There are two ways to do this (depending on the nature of the essential oil), neat or diluted. Diluted means these essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil to prevent sensitivity for the wearer. A carrier oil is a lipid based substance use to dilute oils (common carrier oils are coconut or jojoba oil). Neat means an essential oil can be applied topically to the skin without dilution because this particular oil has mild chemistry.
- Internal: Essential oils that can be used internally by adding them to beverages, food, use essential oil supplements or adding them to veggie caps for consumption. This method is the most controversial in the oil community because some say it is dangerous and risky and some say it has been done throughout history and it is fine.
How do I include oils in my daily regime?
There are lots of ways to use oils! Here are a few of my personal favorite oils and methods in using them:
- Can be used topically or aromatically to increase relaxation and reduce stress.
- Add a few drops to your pillow or diffuse at night time for restful sleep.
- Add a few drops to a bath to soak away stress and relax the body
- Can be used on temples and back of neck for headaches and relieve tension.
- Add to shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating scalp massage.
- My personal favorite is to add to my morning shake to add a pepperminty taste and alleviate stomach upset.
- Add to a spray bottle of water to clean kitchen surfaces (works so well!).
- Add to water to create alkaline water for consumption.
- Use to remove gum, glue or any other sticky residues.
4. Melaleuca (Tea Tree):
- Apply to facial cleanser or after shaving for added cleansing properties.
- Good for cuts, infections or wound healing.
- Use as an effective surface cleaner like lemon oil.
- Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles!
- Diffuse during meditation for relaxation and balance.
- Take internally to support healthy cellular and immune function.
Bottom line is simple, there are many oils and many therapeutic benefits associated with each oil. You don’t need to figure it out yourself! This is where someone like me and my team come in. We take the necessary training and have the experience with each oil to share our information with you.
If you are in the Northern Virginia area, stop by one of our monthly Essential Oils 101 classes. You can find a calendar of our oil events here: www.meetup.com/thelotusandthelight.
If you have been clicking on the links to each oil, you would have been taken to my website and seen the retail prices. My advice is simple, sign up for a membership and get the wholesale price for the oils. If you are interested in adding oils to your daily routines this is my recommendation:
- Contact me today to discuss your options and what products you would use for your goals.
- If you wanted to do it on your own without my help, check out the products on my website www.mydoterra.com/lotuswellness1. You can either sign up for a wholesale account (think Costco for oils! You pay $35 annual fee and can get the lower prices) or buy them retail.
- Whichever option you go with, my suggestion is to get the Home Essentials Starter Kit. If you worked out the pricing for the 10 oils, free gift, diffuser and an annual enrollment fee, it works out to be an inexpensive option!
I have felt so empowered following the oil track and being able to take care of myself and loved ones. And that to me, is the greatest gift I can give myself.
Love and light until next time,