We have all heard the buzz on essential oils and how they can help you or your family with common concerns such as colds, allergies, inflammation, infection, pain or sleeping. But what exactly are these essential oils, and can they really help as well as prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in various parts of plants and herbs. These oils are the immune system of the plant, and without the oils, the plants would die. These same oils can help with many types of health concerns within our family too, including emotional issues, illnesses, infections, pain and allergies. Essential oils are 50-70 times more potent than the herbs themselves, so they can be extremely powerful.
As with any type of herb or natural medicine, make sure you are using only the highest quality essential oil on the market. doTERRA essential oils use third party testing to ensure the quality, purity and potency of their oils. doTERRA is one of the only companies that provides certified therapeutic grade oils. doTERRA ensures that their oils have no added fillers and that there is no traces of pesticides, herbicides or other harmful ingredients.
So now that you know how to choose certified pure therapeutic grade oils, lets talk about the top 10 essential oils to have in your oil cabinet.
Lemon essential oil has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is cleansing, purifying and invigorating, making it one of the most versatile essential oils.
Melalueca has been known as one of the most beneficial and useful essential oils for years. Melaleuca can be used to treat almost any common ailment.
Lavender, with its light, floral and powdery aroma, is a universal oil that is great for almost everything.
*helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and is often used for calming and sleep and has been shown to relieve insomnia. Two to 3 drops of lavender can be diluted with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut oil and massaged into the feet, or added to a hot, relaxing bath, to help with anxiety and to promote a more restful night’s sleep, or add a few drops of Lavender to pillows and linens.
The Peppermint plant is a hybrid of the watermint and spearmint plant. The high menthol content of the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil sets it apart from others when it comes to its quality, making it a favorite oil to many.
*can help to alleviate bad breath and promote better oral hygiene, and can be used, along with organic coconut oil and baking soda, to make a non-toxic toothpaste, or can be added to water with Lemon essential oil for a healthy, refreshing mouth wash.
*can help to alleviate occasional stomach upset by diluting 1 drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid, or with using 1-2 drops diluted with fractionated coconut oil and massaged into the abdomen area. One to 2 drops can be added to a veggie capsule and taken to alleviate stomach upset.
*Assists with promoting a healthy respiratory function and clear breathing and can be diffused as needed when the respiratory system needs support, due to a cold or seasonal allergy threats.
*Placing a drop of peppermint in the palm of your hand and taking deep inhales, can support more clear breathing, and also gives a nice pick-me-up feeling as well.
DigestZen is the perfect oil to help soothe the occasional upset stomach, aid in the digestion of food, and to reduce bloating and gas. DigestZen is commonly used for heartburn and indigestion, along with any other sour stomach issues. DigestZen is commonly known as doTERRA’s “tummy tamer” blend, due to its ability to soothe stomach issues, and to maintain overall digestive health. DigestZen has a unique blend of oils, including Ginger, Fennel and Coriander, which assist with easing occasional stomach discomfort and indigestion, while its other oils of Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise and Caraway, will aid with digestion and assist with maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
doTERRA OnGuard protective blend is a blend with a warm, woody and spicy aroma. OnGuard protective blend provides a natural and effective alternative for immune system support. With its blend of essential oils Clove Bud, Wild Orange Peel, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus and Rosemary Leaf/Flower, the OnGuard blend supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses and helps to protect against environmental threats. OnGuard protects against environmental threats with these essential oils that are known for their positive effects on the immune system.
doTERRA Deep Blue is perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of work. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus work together to soothe and cool. After long hours on the computer, try rubbing Deep Blue proprietary blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck. A few drops of Deep Blue Soothing Blend diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil can be part of a cooling and comforting massage.
Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function.
When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.
doTERRA Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom. doTERRA Breathe maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats. doTERRA Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote a restful sleep.
Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties.* The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties.
Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin. One drop taken daily can help maintain healthy immune function; Oregano can be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further support the immune system.
In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano also supports healthy digestion.
Oregano acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends and can help support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.