Essential Oils 101

What is an essential oil?

Pure essential oils are ultra-concentrated aromatic compounds that have been pressed or distilled from plants or parts of plants such as stems, leaves, root, fruit, or flower, a gift from the earth, prepared for you to bring the power of nature into your home.

How to Use Essential Oils

How do you use essential oils effectively? Rest assured that you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the wide array of benefits that essential oils offer. All you really need is a basic understanding of how to apply essential oils safely and simply as part of your daily routine.
If you’re ready to learn more, we can show you how to use essential oils. Once you learn how to use essential oils, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Benefits of using Essential Oils

Essential oils are beneficial to the body, mind and spirit and even to your bank account, are affordable at just pennies per use.

Essential oils have been used by ancient civilizations across the globe for:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Personal care
  • Healthcare practices
  • Religious ceremonies
  • Beauty treatments
  • Food preparation

Essential Oil Safety

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when you are learning how to use essential oils: 

Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

  1. Avoid applying oils to sensitive areas like the nose, ears, eyes, or broken skin. Avoid using “hot oils” on the face.* 
  2. Always read labels and package instructions before using an essential oil for the first time. 
  3. Use dilution to minimize skin sensitivity.
  4. Be aware of oils with sun sensitivity warnings.
  5. Practice safe storage—keep oils out of reach of children.
  6. Always supervise young children when applying essential oils.
  7. If you have specific health concerns, talk to a healthcare professional before trying essential oils.

*Hot oils or strong oils include Cassia oil, Cinnamon Bark oilClove oilOregano oilThyme oil, and others.

Learn more about best practices for essential oils here:

Essential oils are quickly perceived by smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system and can provoke powerful physiological, mental and emotional responses simply by perceiving an aroma.

The limbic system is part of the brain in which a variety of functions are developed, including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have a particularly powerful effect through aromatic application.

Aromatically diffusing an essential oil is one of the simplest methods of inducing the edifying, calming or stimulating effects of essential oils. The best tool to achieve this is to use diffusers that use cold air or water, such as the petal diffuser dōTERRA. Another easier and more practical way to enjoy its benefits is by placing a few drops directly on your hands, rubbing and carrying them to the nose to take a deep breath of its delicate aroma.

Additional aromatic uses:

  • Apply a few drops to a cotton swab and place it in the ventilation holes of your vehicle.
  • Mix oils in a sprinkler bottle and fill with water to spray on furniture, carpets or bedding
  • Add a few drops of oil in the washer before finishing the drying process.
  • Use it to clean household surfaces.

Essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, meaning that they penetrate easily into the skin and once absorbed, remain in the applied area for localized benefit, for that reason it is a very effective method to apply them.

Although essential oils are easily absorbed, there are many ways to increase their absorption by Topical use. Through a light massage, the blood flow in the area of application is increased and the distribution of oil throughout the body is improved. In the case of dry or flaky skin, you can support yourself with a carrier oil such as Coconut Fractionated Oil dōTERRA, as they help moisturize the skin, slow the evaporation of the oil and increase absorption.

For Topical application on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil to dilute the most potent oils or when using an oil for the first time to avoid sensitivities and redness. The recommended dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

It is recommended to start with low doses (1-2 drops) and repeat throughout the day every 4-6 hours as needed, rather than applying a single large dose. Topical use doses may vary for each individual depending on size, age, and overall health.

Suggested areas to apply essential oils:

  • Neck
  • Temples and nape of the neck
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, and soles of feet

Other effective methods of topical application

  • Add a few drops of oil during a hot bath
  • Add a few drops of oil to a damp towel to create a hot or cold compress and then apply to the desired area.
  • Add a few drops of oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply it to the skin.

Sensitive areas to avoid:

  • Some facial surfaces such as the eye contour
  • Eyes and inner ear canal
  • Areas of skin with wounds or tenderness.

Certain essential oils have an immense culinary history and can be used with everyday diet foods to obtain their benefits, as well as aromatic properties in foods. Every time you make a cup of mint tea or spaghetti with fresh basil, you’ll be enjoying the plant compounds contained in the essential oils.

Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application. Because of the human body’s sophisticated physiological processes, each time essential oils are ingested, they enter the bloodstream directly through the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported through the rest of the body, and are easily absorbed by all organs of the body, including the brain, then metabolized by the liver and other organs before being evacuated.

The composition of essential oils is highly complex; each component possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react in different ways with cells and organs. Although these mechanisms of action are not fully understood, it has been shown that the end results are positive, however, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils.

To find out which essential oils are for internal use, refer to the Reference Guide and follow the recommended dosage according to label specifications. It is suggested that you consult a health care professional before consuming them.

Effective methods of internal application

  • Replace fresh or dried herbs and spices with essential oils in recipes for cooking and baking. Remember that essential oils are much more potent, so start with a very small amount.
  • For more potent oils, administer the dose with a toothpick (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food).
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to water, shakes, milk, tea or other beverages for flavor.
  • Add a couple of drops of essential oil in a vegetarian capsule before consuming.
  • Add a small amount of essential oil to the applesauce or yogurt.
Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

What are the most commonly used essential oils and their uses?

Each oil is unique, making it easy to find a natural solution for your specific health concerns.

Some of the most popular essential oils are those with multiple benefits and application methods.

These oils tend to become household favorites.

Here are the 10 most popular essential oils:

1.Frankincense oil

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Powerful and Versatile
  • Clean and dress minor cuts, bites and sores
  • Calms stress and tension
  • Supports immune function
  • Lifts mood and awareness

2.Lavender oil

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All Things Calming
  • Reduce anxious feelings
  • Soothes emotions
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Supports restful sleep
  • Calms bee stings

3.Copaiba oil

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  • Promotes body comfort
  • Promotes a healthy inflammatory response
  • Aids inmune function

4.Lemon oil

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Cleans and Freshens
  • Soothes throat discomfort
  • Neutralizes odors
  • Elevates Mood
  • Antioxidant and detoxifier
  • Use to clean kitchen

5.Wild Orange oil

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Wild Orange

Revitalizing and Uplifting
  • Energizing and revitalizing aroma
  • Elevates mood
  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent

6.Peppermint oil

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Cools and Invigorates
  • Invigorates lungs
  • Increases alertness
  • Cools body
  • Calms head tension

7.Tea Tree oil

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Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

First Aid for the Skin
  • Skin blemishes
  • Beautify the skin
  • Healthy scalp and hair
  • Apply to feet and toenails

8.DigestZen Oil

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Digestive Support
  • Eases digestive discomfort
  • Motion sickness or indigestion
  • Use at mealtimes for healthy, comfortable digestion

9.Grapefruit oil

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  • Energizing
  • Invigorating
  • Renowned for its cleansing effects

10.OnGuard oil

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On Guard

Natural Defense
  • Protective mouth rinse
  • Immune support
  • Cleanses and purifies
  • Eliminates airborne threats

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