starting at the roots: oils 101
What is an essential oil?
Essential Oils come directly from plants, and can be used for a multitude of health benefits. They are extracted from leaves, flowers, tree bark, seeds, or rind of fruit in concentrated amounts, which is what makes them so potent and effective. If you've ever stopped to smell the beautiful aroma of a rose, you've experienced the power of essential oils. One drop of a dōTERRA® essential oil has a powerful effect with only a single drop. View a short video clip introducing essential oils HERE.
How do I use essential oils?
You will soon learn that there are hundreds of ways to use dōTERRA® essential oils, including relaxation, personal hygiene, household cleaning, cooking, and supporting a healthy body. Every oil has at least one of three application methods: Aromatic, Topical, or Internal.
For Aromatic Use
Breathe in or use a diffuser to open up airways, improve mood, or freshen the air.
For Topical Use
Use a carrier oil when applying to bottoms of feet or affected areas to target specific needs.
For Internal Use
Drop in water, under tongue, or in veggie capsule to support mouth, throat, digestive system,and overall health.
What are some basic safety tips?
1) Photosensitivity - No sunbathing after applying citrus essential oils. Citrus oils are sensitive to the sun since they are made from the rind of fruit. Avoid direct sunlight to the exposed area for at least 12 hours of that location may have a skin irritation or burn. Oils applied underneath clothing should be fine.
2) Hot Oils - If it starts to burn, skip the water. Use a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, etc.). Because essential oils don't mix with water, applying water to the area can actually drive the burn in deeper. Ouch!
3) Avoid These Areas - Never put essential oils in your eyes, inside ear canal, or up nose. However, you may apply oils around the eye bone in a C shape, on ear cartilage and behind ear bone, or diffuse essential oils.
4) Dilution - Use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil when applying essential oils topically to avoid skin sensitization.
5) Safe Storage - Keep out of reach of children. Use child proof safety caps.
What are the most commonly used essential oils and their uses?
Click on each bottle below to enjoy 1-min informational video clips.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. If you have any illness, disease, or chronic health condition, you should seek out a trained professional. You remain responsible for what you do with this information, determining for yourself if you might benefit from anything here, in pursuit of your health and wellness goals.