Essential Oils: A Natural Solution to Non-Toxic Living
While they’re gaining popularity nowadays, essential oils have been around for thousands of years (there is even clear evidence of oils in the Bible!). Science is catching up with what people have known for centuries: essential oils can have a positive impact on your mental, emotional and physical health while presenting an effective and natural solution to the harsh toxins that are so widespread today.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants. They are either steam distilled or cold-pressed from the leaves, stems, bark, roots or rind of the plant. This is where it gets cool: Each plant has a unique property that can be used to benefit our health. These aromatic compounds are produced by the plant in response to the environment they’re in—to either protect or attract. Like us, plants are vulnerable to disease (from bacterial and fungal infections to parasites, pests and animals). They also need to attract pollinators so that they can reproduce! These compounds can be used to our benefit and are a great tool alongside a nutrient-dense diet of whole foods.
How do I use essential oils?
Essential oils are extremely versatile which is just one reason they’re in my toolkit. Use them to support various systems of your body, to clean your home, to change your mood, to heal a scrape… the list goes on. Here are three main ways to use essential oils, although it doesn’t end here!
Aromatically (Place a drop or two in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and inhale. Alternatively, place a few drops in an essential oil diffuser)
Topically (Dilute a drop or two in fractionated coconut oil and apply to the area of concern or focus)
Internally* (Dilute a drop in water, place under your tongue or in an empty veggie capsule) *If the bottle does not say the oil is safe to ingest, then please don’t!
How do essentials oils even work?
Like I mentioned above, essential oils are the regenerating, protective and immune-strengthening properties of plants. Made up of tiny molecules, they deliver these healing properties to our cells within 20 minutes and then will be metabolized like any other nutrient. For example, placing a pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil over the liver (like Rosemary) induces enzyme activity in the liver which increases it’s ability to remove toxins. They strengthen our bodies’ natural processes and can help alter our physical, emotional and mental states.
Does the source matter?
Like all other things that you’re consuming, smelling or applying to your skin, the source (and ingredients) matter. Essential oils are not regulated by any governing agency and still fall under the category of “beauty product” in supermarkets. According to beauty product standards, the item on the label only has to be 10% of the ingredient list to be marked as “100% pure”—and any other ingredients are not required to be listed on the label. This is alarming on so many levels. You can bet that the majority of those little bottles are synthetic and toxic, completely defeating the purpose and doing more harm than good. While we should be able to trust a label, it’s simply not the case.
Do you recommend a specific brand?
After much research, I ended up trying out doTERRA a couple years ago and haven’t looked back. doTERRA (which means “gifts of the earth”) sources their oils from 40 different countries which is special for more reasons than one. For starters, the medicinal properties of a plant are always more potent in it’s native environment so I can rest assured that each and every oil I receive is the most pure, potent oil I can get my hands on. They not only test each batch of oils through a third party but they are also completely transparent with the results and publish them for anyone to see. I also appreciate that they source their oils in a sustainable way and provide long-term jobs for those who are growing, harvesting and distilling the oils. Love that!
How do I purchase doTERRA essential oils?
Want to buy oils at the retail price? Head over to this link and browse all of the amazing oils and products.
Want to buy oils at the wholesale price? Become a member for $35 for a whole year (just like Costco, but cheaper!) and receive 25% off retail prices. No obligations, no minimums, just wholesale prices. This is what sold me!
Click on this link to get started
Go to the menu bar at the top and click “Become a Member”
Click “Wholesale Customer”
Fill out your information and choose whether or not you’d like to start off with a kit or not
Done! Start browsing and enjoying that discount :)