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1) WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?
 
An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile (defined as "the tendency of a substance to vaporize") aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.
 
Each type of essential oil has a different chemical composition that affects how it smells, how it is absorbed, and how it effects us. Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. They are made up of tiny molecules that can deliver healing properties to the systems that control our physiological state.
 
The best way for the body to absorb the therapeutic components of essential oils is a combination of inhalation through the olfactory system of the nose and absorption through the surface of the skin.
 
 
 
2) WHERE DO ESSENTIAL OILS COME FROM?
 
The aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
 
 
 
 
 
3) WHAT EXACTLY IS A VOLATILE AROMATIC COMPOUND?
 
They are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. They evaporate!
 
 
 
 
4) WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
 
Super Important!! - First, you need to ensure the oils you buy are pure, therapeutic grade oils!!!
 
It is estimated that at least 77% of essential oils on the market are synthetic. These oils not only have little to no therapeutic value – they can be toxic and dangerous to use. Roughly 21% of essential oils on the market are adulterated with fillers and/or toxic chemicals. That leaves a tiny two percent of essential oils on the market that are the real thing, meaning the plant ingredients are properly grown and distilled so that their therapeutic phytochemical content is what it should be.
 
In the United States, essential oils are not regulated or certified which means there are no quality control guidelines in place for essential oils whatsoever. As a smart consumer it is up to you to learn about what you are buying, and the practices of the company that manufactures the oil. We are proud to use and suggest "doTERRA" CPTG® Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils.
 
Whats CPTG® you ask... It stands for Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. and is a registered trademark of dōTERRA. . The dōTERRA brand and registered CPTG® mark represent dōTERRA's guarantee of pure essential oil extracts that meet high standards for both purity and material composition and for accurate product labeling.
 
Basically, doTERRA self inflicted stringent guidelines for sourcing and processing/distilling the plants so that we can benefit from the potency, purity, and consistency.
 
For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be:
 
  • Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants
  • Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities
  • Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues
  • Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition
  • Cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure exact purity and composition potency
  • Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials werecarefully harvested at the right time
 
 
 
 
5) NEW TO ESSENTIAL OILS?
 
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So what are essential oils and why should you try them? Lets start with the formal explanation. ...Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. Plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark are distilled. The result is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted. It contains the true essence of the plant it came from. Which includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics. While the oils are still in the plant, they provide the plants with protection against predators and disease, and also play a role in plant pollination.
 
When they are properly grown, harvested and distilled we can use these same oils for our own health and wellness support. It is very important that the essential oils you choose are therapeutic-grade oils. This means there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants that would reduce efficacy.
 
Okay, now onto the not so formal explanation... Its the good stuff inside plants that help it to grow, thrive, defend against disease and live! Its the plants immune system. If the plants are grown in the right areas and harvested properly, the result is therapeutic grade oils that we can all benefit from.
 
 
 
6) HOW DO I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
 
 
Application methods are considered safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness. Using a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods: AROMATIC, TOPICAL AND INTERNAL.
 
AROMATIC
 
Diffusion and Inhalation are used for the aromatic method. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors. These receptors have a direct link to the 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. For this reason, essential oils have great effect with aromatic application.
 
Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.
 
You can achieve the same effects by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand (neat or dilluted) that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply. Please be sure to note which oils are considered "HOT". Avoid placing hot oils directly on skin. All Oils from doTERRA have clearly marked application and sensitivity identifications as well as directions and cautions on the product page. Icons are listed just about everywhere you look. They resemble the below image....
 
 
 
TOPICAL
 
Dilute, Dilute, Dilute. That is the rule of thumb when it comes to topical application. Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils and offers many benefits that can enhance your application experience.
 
Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil—a pure vegetable oil that helps “carry” the essential oil onto the skin.
 
Classifications of Essential Oils for Topical Use
 
Remember the key we introduced above.... scroll up... yes that's the one, well here is a more detailed explanation of the little icons and what they mean
 
NEAT: Oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution because of their exceptionally mild chemistry. Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Melissa, and Sandalwood are good examples of “neat” essential oils.
 
DILUTE: Oils in this category have potent chemistry and should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. “Dilute” oils include Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme.
 
SENSITIVE: “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, and Peppermint are examples of “sensitive” oils.
 
Essential Safety Tips: Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.
 
 
WHERE DO I APPLY OILS?
 
Typical areas of general application include: Feet, Wrist, crown of your head, behind the ears, to your neck and temples
 
  • Over the Area of Concern: You can elect to apply the oils to the chest, the abdomen, back of the neck, or directly over the area of concern (diluted as indicated). You can also apply to the energy centers of the body.
  • Over the Reflex Points: But probably the best, most effective, and yet gentlest option for how to use essential oils, especially for sensitive skin, children, or elderly, is to apply the oils to the reflex points of the feet, hands, and even ears ( diluted). The feet especially are beneficial because they still quickly the oil into the blood stream, but they are tough enough to make the likelihood of irritation much less if your skin is prone to reactions, and they are easy to cover if you don't like the aroma or if you're applying to a child and don't want them touching it (cover their feet with socks). The reflex points of the hands and feet also correspond to the different areas of the body by way of the nervous system. Learning how to use essential oils is made easier with visual guides to reflexology to understand which reflex points to massage the oil into based on the area of the body you wish to support.
 
 
INTERNAL
 
Important: Not all essential oils can be used internally. The FDA has listed certain essential oils as "Generally Recognized as Safe" for internal use. But they still come with precautions.
 
There are several ways to take oils internally; you can cook with the oils , take them in beverages, or put them in a veggie capsule to swallow.
 
Internal usage requires careful application and caution, it is still possible to use essential oils internally to benefit your body and promote overall wellness..
 
OILS THAT ARE NEVER SAFE FOR INTERNAL CONSUMPTION * Keep in mind that due to their chemistry, there are certain essential oils that are never safe for internal consumption These include: Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus, Spikenard, White Fir, and Wintergreen essential oils should never be taken internally, in any amount. (not all inclusive)
 
If you experience sensitivity in the digestive system after using an essential oil, you should immediately stop using it. If you consumed a large amount of oil, it is best to contact poison control. When using essential oils internally, if you ever experience a sensitivity reaction that becomes severe or prolonged, you should seek medical attention to ensure your safety. It is never reccomended to take essential oils internally without the use of a veggie capsule.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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