Uses & Safety

When using Essential Oils we must respect their potency and use them with care.

Always follow instructions on the bottles, use a ‘less is more’ approach with them by starting and using small amounts only.  Take extra precautions around young children, those who are pregnant or those with medical conditions.  Always consult your doctor or medical  professional for medical advice or with any health concerns.

Oils And The Sun

Certain oils (mainly citrus oils) contain organic compounds that make some people’s skin more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation. For this reason it is not recommended you use them on your skin and then expose your skin to sunlight or other artificial UV rays for up to 12 hours. Common oils that are considered phototoxic are: lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, lime, cumin, and any blends containing these oils. You can find a more detailed explanation on this and the oils and blends labelled photosensitive here.

If you get too much essential oil on your skin or a sensitive area ALWAYS apply a carrier oil and do not wash the area with water. Wipe the area with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Sweet Almond or even good old Olive Oil will do!

If you get too much essential oil on your skin or a sensitive area ALWAYS apply a carrier oil and do not wash the area with water. Wipe the area with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Sweet Almond or even good old Olive Oil will do!

doTERRA have created some downloadable e-books on the following topics:

  • ​Essential Oils for Beginners
  • Aromatic Use of Essential Oils
  • Internal Use of Essential Oils
  • Topical use of Essential Oils

I encourage you to use the doTERRA website as a fabulous research resource but please make sure when you are ready to purchase your oils you come back and use my link so that I can provide you with support and assistance.

Aromatic

Our sense of smell can elicit powerful mental, emotional & physiological responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by our smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. Our limbic system is the  part of our brain that supports many functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. This is why, essential oils have an very powerful effect via aromatic application.

We know that some essential oils have an  uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of our favourite simple methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal, because it works with the oils for you benefits.

You can gain the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cup your hands around your nose and breathe deeply.

Other aromatic uses  Include:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle for a non toxic alternative to air fresheners
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens, another wonderful way to reduce the toxic load in your home
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
  • Use in household surface cleaners, On Guard has been studied to have antimicrobial effects

Topical

Topical use is a great way to use your oils, 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, which we love for our Deep Blue Blend for relief from aches and pains.

Essential oils are easily absorbed, and there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage to increase blood flow to the area is a great way, in turn your also  improving distribution throughout the body. Using carrier oil can also aid absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation, increasing the benefits even more..

To decrease 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 smart to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose take that advice seriously. 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

  • Neck
  • 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 with epsom salts
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area, castor oil is a great carrier
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin, great for dry flaky 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

Internal

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.

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

 

Resources:

Essential Oil Safety – E-Book: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/healthy-living-top-ten-must-have-oils

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/empowered-life-series