There are three different ways to experience essential oils, each with its own purpose.

 
 
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Breath in!

The safest and easiest way to experience essential oils is to smell them - or to experience them aromatically. Our sense of smell is powerful and essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the brain's limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory, making the aromatic experience very effective. Here are a few simple ways experience essential oils aromatically:

 

  • If you feel car sick, smell peppermint from the bottle or apply to drops of essential oil to your palms and cup around your nose

  • Mix lavender essential oil with water in a spray bottle and mist over your pillow before bed for a calming sensation

  • Apply a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and use where needed, such as using cedarwood to make a chemical-free mothball

  • Put your favorite oils in an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxing environment or to clear pathogens

 

Put it on!

Topical use of essential oils can be extremely effective because they are easily absorbed into the system through the skin. Because they are lipophilic (mix well with oils), it is recommended to use a carrier oil (ex. fractionated coconut oil) to help the oils penetrate more easily and to prevent the skin’s potential sensitivity to some undiluted oils. Using essential oils topically will be of greatest benefit to the area you apply it - great for something like joint pain - and will also get into the blood system, allowing for whole body support for things like relaxation and immune support. I recommend with a small dose (1-2 drops) every 4-6 hours rather than one large dose. Due to variability in body chemistry, size, age, and overall health status, your dose will vary.

Best areas to apply essential oils, depending on desired effect: neck/spine, chest, stomach, bottoms of feet, and areas of localized pain.

Suggested uses:

  • Add a few drops to a warm bath

  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and apply

  • Mix with fractionated coconut oil and apply for localized discomfort

  • Dilute essential oils with fractionated coconut oil in a rollerball for ease of application. 

Note: sensitive areas should be avoided, such as the skin around the eyes, inner ears, and broken/injured skin. It’s best to test essential oils diluted with fractionated coconut oil on the bottom of the feet to test for sensitivity. Find out more on topical use here. For those who are photosensitive, be sure to read the notes on the product labels and follow instructions. 

 
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Down the hatch!

Essential oils can provide health benefits and flavor food or beverages. In this concentrated form, they can be used to target specific health issues since they enter the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract and are then transported to the rest of the body, including the organs and brain.

Only the highest therapeutic grade oils should be considered for internal use. Note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA and therefore companies can apply labels that may not be true. To ensure only the highest quality, dōTERRA uses unbiased third party testing on its bottles which are made available so YOU can be certain that your oils are the highest quality. Simply enter the code on the bottom of your bottle at www.sourcetoyou.com to read the reports. Within dōTERRA, those that have supplement information on the side, can be taken internally. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

Suggested uses:

  • Add 1-2 drops of citrus oil to your water in the morning for extra zip

  • Stomach troubles? Try 1-2 drops of DigestZen in water or DigestZen softgels

  • Making pasta sauce and want a burst of oregano flavor? Try half a drop (using a toothpick) of oregano essential oil. At less than $0.10 per drop, it’s cheaper than running out to get fresh oregano!

  • If you don’t like the taste of an essential oil, you can put the dose in a capsule and take with water