Essential Oil Education

Good morning!! Is it Friday already?? I can’t believe another week has gone by, packed-full-to-the-brim-and-overflowing. I’ m sure most of you can relate. 🙂

The truth is I’ve been working on that big exciting project I promised to announce soon! And there are partners in crime helping me make that happen 😉 … The past 2 weeks especially have been a whirlwind of … well, I’m saving that for early next week! Which day exactly – I am not sure yet… but for now, think Tuesday!

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<Flowers in the garden>

Today I thought I’d share some fun things about essential oils. Last night I was privileged to attend an essential oil class with my mom, at my cousin’s home! The ‘class’ was really an overview of DoTERRA essential oils – some education about their oils, a time of getting to smell/experience their oils, as well as questions & answers. There were 2 DoTERRA representatives there and a nice handful of attendees including almost all of my other cousins and my aunt! It was fun getting to see them again, and I *always* love the opportunity to learn more about essential oils!!

I guess the goal of the meeting was to encourage us to use essential oils – specifically DoTERRA oils… and to educate us on some of the benefits of their oils. While I don’t use DoTERRA oils (for more reasons than one), they do have some wonderful oils! It was fun to learn more about their standards, and to be able to touch, feel, and smell some of the different ones – Lavender, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Frankincense, and Oregano… to name a few.

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3 Ways to Use Essential Oils:

Aromatic: Put a few drops in your hands, or in a diffuser – to inhale.

Topical: Dilute with a little carrier oil to massage into larger areas of skin…  rub some on the bottom of your feet (they are more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream through your feet)… Use ‘neat’ (undiluted) on smaller specific areas to treat various symptoms (on the neck/throat area for allergies or respiratory symptoms, etc.). Always test for sensitivity first.

Internal: Put a few drops in a capsule and swallow with water… add a drop or two to some water or to a recipe you are baking! Always use caution when taking oils internally – a large majority of so-called ‘pure’ essential oils are not safe for internal use… and there are specific kinds overall that should/shouldn’t be used for internal purposes as well. Make sure you know that what you are taking is safe!

So here are some fun facts…

  • 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil = 28 cups of Peppermint leaves 🙂
  • Antibiotics cannot penetrate cell membranes, but Essential oils do – they can kill viruses and bacteria, not only helping with undesirable symptoms, but bringing healing to our bodies!
  • Essential oils are so highly concentrated that they are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs – which is why drinking a cup of peppermint tea is not as effective as putting a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a pitcher of water. 🙂
  • Should you get an essential oil in your eyes, or on your skin (and experience burning), do not try to wash it off with water! Dilute by rubbing a carrier oil over-top – Coconut, Olive, and others are effective. I have personally put Olive Oil in the corner of one eye, after getting a drop of my Headache Oil blend in my eye.
  • With babies and smaller children (usually under about 6 years of age), it is recommended that you dilute essential oils (rather than applying them neat) with a little carrier oil.
  • If you are not sure how to apply an essential oil, you can always rub some on the bottom of both feet. There are charts online that show different locations on the feet that target different areas of the body/different health conditions.
  • Essential oils can be blended together to get the benefit of more than one oil, or layered (rubbing one on first and then another).
  • Essential oils are made up of different properties, most of which can cross the blood brain barrier. While there’s a ton of chemistry and scientific ‘stuff’ behind this that I absolutely LOVE… simply put, three little constituents (Terpenes, Monoterpenes and Sesquiterpenes) can work together to cleanse cell receptors, deprogram miswritten codes, and reprogram with the right codes! This is why the healing that comes through inhaling Essential Oils is often permanent. We are no longer talking about symptom relief here. We are re-writing codes in the brain... this is healing taking place! Check out this fascinating article for the full report! 
  • Helichrysum essential oil (one of the more expensive ones out there… but I absolutely love it!) can be used to quickly stop persistent bleeding (maybe you’ve heard that Cayenne powder has a similar effect). I’ve not tried either one (thankfully the few times I would have wanted to I didn’t know about it and it turned out okay… 😉 ) but I’ve heard great things – always good to have those ‘notes’ filed away for future!
  • Frankincense is a favorite for memory and learning issues – again, that incredible process of inhaling can work wonders for all parts of the body that need healing… but Frankincense is a great choice for the person who has a learning disorder or difficulty learning/memorizing.

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<Flowers in the garden>

And there’s more… so much more! I LOVE this stuff. It’s so completely fascinating. Imagine the health benefits that are harvested from a single little plant such as Lavender! And why in the world would *anyone* prefer to use to a synthetic version of that (most antibiotics are based off a plant that has known beneficial properties) in the situations where they could easily choose so much more?????!!!!!!

With essential oils, so many times we can have our symptom relievers… and we can have healing too. 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!! I’m SO EXCITED about next week!!!!!!!!

But for now… I’m making the most of this lovely <rainy gray> day 🙂

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