I use these powerful oils from Mother Earth all the fricking time and it really has been a true Love Story. The oils have given me better sleep, happier mornings, glowing skin, emotional balance, hormone balance, deeper meditation practice and so, so much more.
I'll start off by taking a drop of Peppermint under my tounge to kick start my day.
You find Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense in my facial oil. And Frankie you'll also find under my tongue (for cell rejuvenation) and as a mix with all my other oils. Because everything just gets better with Frankie.
When I'm diving into pleasure mode, whether it's pleasure filled work or sensual self care I put Ylang Ylang on my pressure points. It amplifies my femininity.
Lemon in my drinking water, for the lovely taste and detoxification of the liver.
Balance whenever I need, yes more balance. It makes me calm just opening the bottle.
Peppermint in the water for digestive harmony and over my temples and forehead for headache.
And for my night routine. I set my phone on flight mode and then I put Lavender and Vetiver on my temples, forehead, under my nose and under my foots. I send out a prayer of gratitude and then I sleep like a queen (until my son kicks me in my belly that is).
So, what is an essential oil?
Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds of plants. They can be found in the roots, stems, seeds, flowers, petals basically any part of the plant. I want you to think of what a rain drop looks like on a leaf, if you were to put a peppermint leaf under a microscope it would look very similar to the rain drop on the leaf as you could see the essential oil sac sitting on the top. A plant had to figure out a defense mechanism to keep intruders away because it doesn't have legs to move so it was designed with essential oils. You can think of them as the immune system of the plant. They help to protect the plant, help it grow, stay clear of the bad guys and ultimately help it thrive in its habitat. That is why they impact our bodies in such a clear and positive way.
Okay cool, so an essential oil is the plant's immune system but how do they work on us?
Essential oils are carbon based and we as humans beings are also carbon based. So when we use just 1 drop of essential oil on our body all of our foundational bodily systems recognize it as a friend and not enemy (enemy takes form as synthetic junk like fragrance). When you are feeling anxious put 1 drop of Wild Orange in your hand and take a few deep breaths in. It is proven that when you deep breathe wild orange it lowers the cortisol levels in your blood therefore helping to stabilize your emotional makeup.
There are 3 ways to use your oils:
When you smell an essential oil it directly interacts with the smell receptors in your brain which talk to the limbic system. The limbic system is a powerhouse as it effects our moods, emotions and memories.
Some common ways to use essential oils aromatically are:
...Smelling directly from the bottle
...Putting a few drops in a diffuser
...In your hands and taking deep breaths.
...I love diffusing essential oils to help keep my home and my body balanced. We have ditched toxic air fresheners years ago as those are just a synthetic mess.
Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream (like less than 60 seconds) so when we apply our oils topically we can dial in on a specific area very easily and efficiently. It is highly recommended to use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil to apply your essential oil topically. Using a carrier oil helps with skin sensitivity and also allows the essential oil to impact a larger surface area on the body!
Some common areas to apply essential oils topically are:
...Bottoms of the feet
...Chest and abdomen
...Temples and back of the neck
(SAFETY: Please do not put your essential oils directly into the canals of the body (eyes, ears, up the nose) If you do feel some sensitivity to an essential oil use carrier oil to dilute it further.)
This is one of the biggest reasons why I love doTERRA so much. Certain essential oils can be used as a dietary supplement to support a variety of health conditions. Please do not ingest your health food store oils - they are not the real deal and remember when I said you have no idea what is in them!
When ingested via the mouth essential oils enter the bloodstream through the intestines where they then travel through the body and interact with the other organs.
Some common ways to use essential oils internally:
...Place 1-2 drops in your drinking water (or sangria)
...Place 1 drop under your tongue
...Swallow in a veggie capsule
...Cook with them
Why the heck isn't it Eco cert? From co-owner and Vice-Presdient, Emily Wright:
“Many of doTERRA’s essential oils are certified organic, others are ECOCERT, and some do not have any certification. The reason for this is because we source from so many developing countries. The certification requirements and availability differs from country to country. Some countries don’t even have a certification offering.
For example, it costs $2,500 for a grower to receive organic certification in Madagascar. This certification lasts two years. Most of the time, an inspector never even visits the farm to verify that they are, in fact, growing organically. The fee is what matters here. However, most of the growers in this impoverished country cannot afford the certification, although they are all growing by the same standards. Pesticides and herbicides are not used.
The reason doTERRA has chosen not to print “certified organic” or “ECOCERT” on our labels is because each lot has different certifications. Some of our Ylang Ylang may come in with organic certification and another lot may not have the certification. These two lots meet the very same quality standards. They go through the same battery of tests and are both certified not to contain pesticides, herbicides, fillers, synthetics, or added natural compounds. There is no difference in the quality or purity. One producer simply paid a fee to be certified organic and another did not.
When we say that our oils are better than organic, it is because we have the ability to see even the smallest component in each lot of oil. If there is anything contained in the essential oil that was not naturally produced by nature in the plant with nothing added, it is rejected. That’s what I love about our Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade process. We work with the best analytical scientists in the world–nothing gets past them!”