Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in the seeds, stem, flowers, and sometimes rinds, of plants. Often referred to as the “life blood” of the plant, they help protect it from predators, illness, and also aid in its general health and reproductive processes.
Simply put, essential oils are generally either steam distilled or cold-pressed. dōTERRA oils are always extracted in a way that maintains the quality and purity of active beneficial compounds in the oil. Most commercial essential oils are extracted using synthetic or chemical methods that can make them poisonous to consume, which is one of the reasons dōTERRA oils can be taken internally and are of such high grade.
There are three ways that essential oils are commonly be used: aromatically, topically, and internally.
NOTE: There are important things to understand before applying any essential oil topically or ingesting it. You can click here to learn more about application methods.
There are two main categories of information when it comes to learning about essential oils. The first is general information – what are they? How are they produced? Why are the useful? What are the general safety precautions and application methods? The second is specific information about individual oils and their unique properties, which is usually learned one by one as you find uses for them in your life and gain personal experience. It’s important to remember that every person has unique body chemistry. This means that the best sleep oils for me, may not be the best ones for you. It’s important to learn what works best for your body through trial and error, as well as practical experience.
Essential oil information can be looked up as needed and over time, you’ll be surprised at how much you just know without needing to look it up anymore!
There are also 11 major bodily systems (Nervous, Skeletal, Integumentary, Muscular, Endocrine, Circulatory, Respiratory, Urinary, Immune, Digestive, Reproductive) and each oil targets/supports specific ones, so it is easy to pair oils to ailments/health goals based on which systems are being affected.
doTERRA’s Empowered Life Series is a great way to watch topic-based essential oil presentations.
Resources for learning to use the oils are:
An oil is applied “neat” when it applied directly to the skin and is not diluted with a carrier oil.
Learn more about the topical and neat application of essential oils here.
Essential oils can be diluted by being mixed with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil or any light, easy to absorb oil. The difference between fractionated coconut oil (FCO) and standard coconut oil is that FCO is liquid at room temperature, so it’s more convenient to use. You can order FCO in your back-office.
Learn more about topical and diluted application of essential oils here.
Essential oils are extremely potent (50-70 times stronger than herbs), so a little goes a long way. The general recommendation is to start with one or two drops and see what the results are.
To learn more about the basics of essential oils, watch this short introductory video. Please note, this video is NOT compliant to post on social media, but does serve as a great learning tool for you since you are already a Wellness Advocate.
Lesson Attachments: Dr. David Hill – Essential Oil Chemistry eBook, Dr. Axe – Free Essential Oil Basics Guide