How to Use Essential Oils
10 Different Uses for Essential Oils
Essential oils are naturally occurring aromatic compounds extracted from various parts of a plant. For example doTERRA essential peppermint oil is steam distilled from the leaf and cardamon is from the seeds. The properties in these oils once tested for purity have therapeutic benefits that support well being.
Traditionally essential oils have been predominantly associated with massage but now millions of people worldwide are using essential oils in their lives. If you have used essential oils in the past you will have questions on the subject of internal use. This is a new concept in the U.K. but not one we need to be anxious about when using doTERRA essential oils. Their is a comprehensive list of ‘Food Grade’ essential oils and I can qualify that during my cancer journey I used them everyday to support my body. So other questions maybe, How do you use essential oils? What are their benefits? And, which products from your cupboards will you no longer need once you begin using them?
Each essential oil can be used in at least one of three ways: aromatically, topically and internally.
Underneath these three categories sits a diversity of ways in which essential oils can be used in our daily lives, for relaxation, cooking, emotional health and physical well being. In countries worldwide the use of essential oils has replaced medicines and cleaning products in the home and workplace, so this naturally has added benefits by reducing peoples daily exposure to synthetic chemicals.
The daily use of essential oils can kill bacteria, viruses and fungus’s in the body couple this with good nutrition and mindfulness the immune system is then able to cope with the day to day stresses of life.
With so many different uses for to essential oils, it would be hard to list them all, so we’ve selected some of the must-know uses for essential oils.
Here are 10 different uses for essential oils that you can benefit from in your everyday life:
When my children were small using products in the home that were chemical free was a priority, every mother likes to feel they are doing the best for their little ones and big ones. DoTERRA essential oils have antiseptic and antibacterial properties which is great for kitchen or bathroom use. For a refreshing alternative to household spray cleaners, mix a few drops of lemon oil with water in a spray bottle and use to clean your kitchen surfaces, bathroom and even your oven.
Essential oils for the skin
Teenagers generally struggle with the reflection they see in the mirror and how they feel about themselves so try using lavender oil topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes. We know that when people use an oil and experience the results instantly the mood is lifted, teenagers need all the help they can get so lavender in its diversity of uses is also calming to the soul, its a win win for both, the parent and the child.
We have so many oils that support the body when under stress, I think my favourite is Serenity known as the Calming Blend.
- Diffuses into a subtle aroma ideal for relaxation.
- Lessens feelings of tension and calms emotions.
After my diagnosis of cancer my stress levels were off the scale as you can imagine, I was in ‘fight or flight’ everyday. Although Serenity essential oil wasn’t my first oil of choice because initially down to the intuitive feeling I needed to work with my lymphatic system. Months later when I was able to feel and acknowledge the magnitude of what I had gone through came to the panic attacks. Serenity essential oil was my ‘go to’. As soon as I applied the oil topically I instantly felt calm and was able to carry on with my day or if I needed to I could work with my anxieties healing myself in a holistic way.
If you struggle with digestive complaints and are looking for a natural remedy to ease symptoms, just one drop of doTERRA’s Zengest® in water can ease the uncomfortable feelings of having eaten the wrong foods or having a sensitivity to types of foods.
Zengest Essential Oil Blend
This blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*
If you are a user of over the counter tablets and you are not yet confident with the use of essential oils internally then try the DigestTab® Chewable Tablets as an alternative. These are tablets of calcium carbonate which is a mineral that the lymphatic system needs to function as we know the lymph system is our filtering of toxins out of the body and the acidity in the stomach is neutralised when we use these tablets.
- Specifically designed for individuals with sensitive stomachs.
- Combines the unique digestive benefits of calcium carbonate along with pure essential oils from plants traditionally known for providing soothing support to the gastrointestinal tract, including Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, and Anise.*
- A unique and powerful synergistic blend of natural ingredients designed to relieve occasional heartburn and indigestion, while promoting the overall health of the gastrointestinal tract.*
- Use with or between meals as needed, for relief from occasional stomach upset, indigestion, and heartburn.*
- Provides relief from the uncomfortable burning of occasional acid indigestion and helps reduce unwanted belching and bloating.*
When the mind doesn’t switch off as your head hits the pillow then try Lavender it is historically known for it’s calming and soothing benefits. Dot a few drops on your pillow before you go to sleep, or add to your oil diffuser for a relaxing night’s sleep. Although we like to use this oil in a foot massage before we crawl into bed. This is such a good remedy for children because dōTERRA Touch® Lavender has been especially formulated for children and can be applied to the temples, back of the neck, bottoms of feet, or pulse points to experience its calming, grounding effects.
Wake up your day
Sometimes despite having a good sleep you need that little boost to wake you up, add three drops of the essential Inspiring Blend to your shower base in the morning and feel the aromatic benefits of starting your day with the aromatic benefits of Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla & Damiana.
The fastest way to benefit from essential oils is aromatically because our limbic system is the hub of emotion, behaviour and memory so when an oil vaporises and all of those tiny molecules are in the air we have a response that is triggered through the olfactory bulb which is connected to the limbic system that elicit emotions that enable us to feel good.
Clear your Mind
At the end of the day give yourself sometime, shut the bathroom door, run the hot water and add three drops of essential oil into the bath. Soak and relax, rid yourself of brain fog and regain mental clarity by inhaling cardamom oil. Promoting clear breathing, cardamom oil will leave you with a sense of openness and a clear mind during moments that require full focus.
Boost your Energy
If like many others, you begin to flag in the late afternoon, pop a peppermint beadlet into your mouth it will do two things wake you up and freshen your breath enabling you to deep breath and feel energised. Three o’clock is the time we normally have that slump so try it and see how different you feel !
- Dissolve one beadlet in mouth to freshen breath.
- Take after meals to promote oral health and digestion.*
- Have a bottle on hand when traveling to ease occasional stomach upset, nausea, and motion sickness.
Curb your cravings
For serial munchers in need of something to curb cravings, doTERRA metabolic blend is an essential oil that magically helps you to stop focusing on food. Cravings at bay you can enjoy your food and eat to enjoy. This essential oil can be used directly in water or ready made capsules. Love the ease of this metabolic blend.
With a little insight into how to use essential oils as part of a healthy lifestyle, we hope you’ve learnt lots of new and exciting ways to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life. Now it’s time to go through your cupboards and throw away all those unneeded products!