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Essential Oils have been used for tens of thousands of years and were revered for their healing properties and therapeutic qualities. In today’s fast-paced world filled with chemicals and additives, we are so far removed from what nature has gifted us.

Here at Anna’s, we are all about staying connected to nature and embracing its simplicity whenever possible.  We also strive to continuously provide nothing but the best products to our friends and family, which is why adding DoTerra Essential Oils to our shelves was a no-brainer.

The exciting part was, in order to carry DoTerra here at Anna’s Flowers we first had to be approved as a vendor.  Not only did we do our homework to ensure that DoTerra aligned with our core values but they did the same and luckily it was a match on both ends!

 

You may be asking yourself, what are Essential Oils? If so, keep reading as we will be discussing the basics of Essential Oils!  Since the folks at DoTerra are the expert the below information has been compiled using their website and reference guides… ENJOY!

What are Essential Oils and where do they come from?

In short, Essential Oils are the extracted volatile, aromatic compounds which are found in the flowers, leaves, bark, stems, roots, resin, seeds of plants or pith of citrus fruits and they’re prised for their wide range of uses.


What are the safe and effective uses of Essential Oils?

DoTerra recommends using Essential Oils in the following manners: aromatically, topically and/or internally…

1) Aromatic

The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential Oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which 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, behaviour, and memory. For this reason, Essential Oils have an especially powerful effect via 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 health benefits by simply placing a few drops of Essential Oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

Additional aromatic uses for Essential Oils Include…
– Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
– Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
– Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
– Use in household surface cleaners

2) Topical

Topical application is a very effective method for applying Essential Oils. Because Essential Oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

Although Essential Oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially on skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommended dilution ratio is typically one drop of Essential Oil to three drops of carrier oil.

It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.

Beneficial areas you can apply Essential Oils…
– Neck
– Forehead and temples
– Chest and abdomen
– Arms, legs, bottom of feet

Sensitive areas to be avoided…
– Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
– Eyes and inner ears
– Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

3) Internal

Certain Essential Oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of health conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic Essential Oil compounds.

Essential Oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavouring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, Essential Oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.

When ingested, Essential Oils directly enter the bloodstream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential Oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, Essential Oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.  Please note: proper dosing according to labelling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

Effective methods of internal application
– Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
– Remember that Essential Oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
– For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
– Add Essential Oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
– Take Essential Oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yoghurt

Common uses of Essential Oils?

– Reduce pain and inflammation…
– Balance and boost the immune system…
– Promote deep and restful sleep…
– Nourish the digestive system…
– Support emotional wellbeing…

Why DoTerra?

The overall quality of Essential Oils is also very important when using them therapeutically.  The most important factor when selecting Essential Oils is that they are tested and certified to ensure purity, potency, and authenticity.  You may notice that the cost of DoTerra Essential Oils is higher than most of its competitors or the Essential oils you find in most stores, not only are their oils purer but they are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world.

Not to mention, each doTERRA Essential Oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict quality protocol, which certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their Essential Oils that would reduce their efficacy.  While there is a science to the distillation of Essential Oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques.

Essential Oils really are amazing and powerful little tools, which can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single Essential Oils or in complex Essential Oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Want to learn more about Essential Oils?  Email info@annasflowers.ca or come by the store today!

 

Source: DoTerra International

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is meant for educational and informational purposes only and the products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.   Please do your homework before beginning your Essential Oils journey and be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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