What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils (EO) are the natural oil, “fragrance” characteristics from plant extracts. These extracts are known as the aromatic volatile molecules, which are the fundamental structure of the plants. The extracted oils are increased in potency typically by steam distillation. The concentration of potency compared to the actual plant is typically 1:2000 to 1:3000 ratio; so very potent! The chemistry of essential oils are very similar to the chemistry in our human body. This allows for the essential oils to affect and communicate with our body at the cellular level, as well as the molecular level where our DNA is. Essential oils have been used historically for thousands of years and used for medicinal and health purposes.
It is important to know that not all Essential Oils are created equally. Some brand’s oils are created from rancid sources or distilled using alternative methods leaving the essential oils less potent. I personally use dōTERRA. I have researched the company and discovered they produce high quality, therapeutic grade, essential oils from fresh sources, using steam distillation.
The oils can be expensive for a small bottle, but they do last a long time.
How to use Essential Oils?
It takes between 15-30 minutes for the oils to fully get in to your bloodstream. With that being said, essential oils can be applied in many varieties of ways such as: Aromatically, Topically, or Internally. The application depends on what you are trying to accomplish.
Aromatically can be used in under your nose, back of the neck, or in a diffuser.
Topically can be applied to a specific area on your skin. Two great areas for application are the back of your neck and your feet. It is important to use a Carrier Oil (vegetable oil) as a Base before application. This allows for the essential oils to fully absorb in you body. I personally use Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You can use a variety of other oils, but make sure they are of high quality and do not have any additional fragrances or ingredients. Additional fragrances or ingredients can counteract with the essential oils and remove the benefits. Note: A carrier oil isn’t required, but it definitely improves absorption of the essential oils for a stronger benefit.
Internally can be used as placed directly in your mouth, diluted in a water, or taken in a gelatin capsule.
Blends are a great way to get multiple benefits of the oils all-in-one!
Please be careful and read the uses of each type of oil before choosing the application type. From personal experience, I know how great Oil of Oregano is for anti-bacterial purposes, so I put a few drops in my mouth as a rinse. It gave my mouth a feel of an insane “hot sauce” burn which I don’t recommend, this is due to the high potency of the oil. Also avoid taking high doses of essential oils internally, as you may have an adverse reaction.
Best Applications for Essential Oils:
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death world-wide. Recently new studies and research has been released in the overall effectiveness of Essential Oils as an addition to current cancer treatments. I’m not saying it is a cure, but it definitely can help. The most effective oil to use is Frankincense Oil, the benefits are extraordinary! Frankincense has the special ability to regulate cellular epigenetic function, which influences your genes to promote healing and repair. This is possibly due to the high amounts of phytochemicals in the oil.To use this, you should apply the oil to your neck and bottoms of you feet 3 times a day as well as consumer in internally either in a capsule or mixed in water, juice, or food.
Some other great oils for cancer treatment and prevention as well as PubMed research:
- Frankincense Oil – (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
- Black Pepper Oil – (1)
- Cinnamon Oil – (1)
- Clary Sage Oil – (1), (2)
- Clove Oil – (1)
- Fennel – (1)
- Helichysum Oil – (1)
- Melaleuca Oil – (1)
- Oil of Oregano – (1), (2), (3)
- Peppermint Oil – (1)
- Rosemary Oil – (1)
- Thyme Oil – (1)
We have a variety a cleaning methods with the use of Essential Oils. For our carpets, we use a mixture of baking soda + few drops of Citrus Oil and Peppermint Oil. We then apply the fresh smelling baking soda blend over our carpet and allow it to site between 12-48 hours and then vacuum up. For an all-purpose cleaner, we use several drops of Tea Tree Oil mixed with water in a spray bottle, smells great and kills germs and bacteria.
Peppermint Oil has research driven results to improve your physical performance and stamina (1), (2). We use mix a few drops with some water and drink it during workouts and we also take some gel capsules for convenience.
For allergies both long-term and seasonal, we diffuse Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, or Peppermint Oil. The best treatment for dust mite allergies is diffusing and applying to a pillow Peppermint Oil. It’s nice to wake up without a stuffy nose.
For our dogs and cats, they like to go play outside. Playing outside exposes them to fleas,lice, ticks, and other bugs, which in turn, come to our home. With 4 pets, we decided we were going to get Frontline. It is applied every 30 days, so the cost for our pets to be treated during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons would cost around $400. After a little research in to applying essential oils as a repellent and treatment, we tried it out. The results….worked flawlessly. Our cat had ticks all over and the special shampoo was far from perfect. We applied Peppermint Oil to the fur and within seconds, the ticks climbed out.
What we use is either, Rose Germanium Oil, Peppermint Oil, or TerraShield Oil. We apply the oil, every few days, by rubbing a few drops on our hands and then pet all the fur. The great part of the oil is that it smells great and covers up the pet odors.
For getting to sleep quicker or reducing stress, we use the following oils in a diffuser or even on a pillow: Lavender Oil, Serenity Oil, Balance Oil, Roman Chamomile Oil. We use AromaTouch Oil topically.
For hydration of skin and removal of scaring, we topically use Lavender Oil.
My Go to Oils
Essential Oils are not cheap by any means. We have experimented with all the previously listed oils and have come up with the best ones to always have around:
There are kits/collections available as well if you are getting started with essential oils. If you happen to order from dōTERRA, my username is merissalluetjen, the oils are significantly cheaper if you’d want to Join as a wholesaler or preferred member.
For additional information or questions, feel free to contact me.