Cindy DeCarolis

Essential Oils Basics

The History of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. One of the earliest noted uses was as perfume. Clay tablets, dating back to 4,000 – 3,000 BC, have been found with perfume recipes used by the Sumerians. In other ancient civilizations, essential oils were used in religious ceremonies, marriage ceremonies, cosmetics, funerals, and healing. In 1937, French Chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé published Aromathérapie, a book about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are aromatic, volatile compounds found in plants. Essential oils can come from the leaves, flowers, bark, stem, roots, resins, or seeds of plants. Citrus oils come from the rind or peel of the fruit. In nature, the role of essential oils is to protect the plants from predators or other threats, as well as attracting pollinators. Essential oils are comprised of chemical constituents. The unique combination of chemical constituents in an oil is what gives the oil its distinctive properties.

Citrus oils are extracted by cold pressing. Other essential oils are extracted by steam-distillation. Skillful extraction yields pure and potent essential oils. Extracting oils using chemical processes or solvents results in lower quality oils – these oils will not have the benefits of pure essential oils.

Why I choose doTerra Essential Oils

I choose doTerra because they are the best essential oils on the market today. With no accepted standards for essential oils, doTerra created Certified Pure Tested Grade® (CPTG®.) The CPTG® process includes rigorous testing of each batch of oils – more than fifty tests. Many of the tests are conducted by third parties. doTerra’s promise is to provide 100 percent purity and potency.

doTerra sources essential oils from around the world. Their co-impact sourcing initiatives guarantee that growers are paid fairly and their Healing Hands Foundation funds projects, such as clinics and schools, in developing countries where oils are sourced.

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils work for two reasons. The first is that the molecules of the active compounds in essential oils are extremely small, allowing them to absorb easily into the skin, permeate the cell membrane, and in the case of certain oils, cross the blood-brain barrier. The second is that human beings, like plants, are carbon-based, making essential oils compatible and beneficial to humans.

When used appropriately, essential oils are natural and safe. They address the root causes of health issues, assisting the body in healing itself. In addition, essential oils are affordable. At just pennies per dose using essential oils can help you to save money.

How do you use essential oils?

When using essential oils, a small amount goes a long way. Begin with one or two drops and repeat several times throughout the day. There are three ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally.

Using essential oils aromatically can be powerful because the sense of smell is our strongest sense. Our sense of smell is connected to the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for emotions and long-term memory. Diffusing essential oils can calm or lift the mood, open our airways, and freshen the air.

Used topically, essential oils provide a more localized benefit at the point of application. Methods of topical use include direct application, massage, reflexology, and adding a few drops to a bath. For best results dilute with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil.

Some essential oils, such as citrus and herbal oils, can be taken internally. Keep in mind that when using essential oils internally it is critical that they are 100 percent pure. Oils can be taken in a cup of tea or milk, used in cooking to substitute for herbs and flavors, or put into a veggie cap with a drop of olive oil for dilution.

Getting started with essential oils

Keep it simple. There is so much to learn it can become overwhelming. A fantastic way to begin is with a diffuser for aromatic use. Choose several oils that you enjoy and diffuse them in your home. Then as you learn more you can add different oils and explore other ways to use them.

*The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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