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7 Benefits to Using Essential Oils

Essential Oils Benefits

Essential oils are a big thing now. So many people are using them as part of their everyday lives. However, there are many more people that are not using them, or using them incorrectly. In addition, there may be others that don't know the benefits of using essential oils. Essential oils are a great addition to your health and wellness lifestyle. 

The benefits of using essential oils are great! Essential oils can improve your life so much even if you eat well and exercise. Essential will add even greater benefits to your healthy lifestyle.

Benefit #1: Improves Sleep

If you're having a hard time getting to sleep at night using essential oils can help. One can add 1 drop of lavender oil along with 1 TSP of a carrier oil and rub it on your tummy because your tummy is one of the most absorbent parts of your body. Of course you can also place up to 5 drops in a diffuser and let it run while your sleep or you can diffuse doTerra's Serenity: Restful Blend oil. Lastly, you can take a detox bath using 1 cup of Epson salts, 1 TBS of jojoba oil and one 2 to 3 drops of Serenity blend. 

Benefit #2: Reduces Stress & Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are a very common part of our society. With so many things to do, so many deadlines, so many interruptions, and not enough time in the day one can get stressed out and with stress, anxiety can build up. In fact, studies have shown that high levels of stress can lead to illnesses like high blood pressure. Essential oils can help keep one calm. There are a variety of oils that can help reduce stress like ylang ylang, neroli, Roman chamomile, orange, and frankincense. You can breathe in the aroma straight from the bottle without applying it, or you can diffuse up to 5 drops from one or more of the essential oils mentioned. You can also diffuse dōTERRA Balance: Grounding blend, which helps you stay calm during moments of tension. 

Benefit #3: Improves Mood & Energy Levels

Essential oils are great for improving your mood. Smell can bring up so many happy memories or allow you to think positive lovely thoughts. Some oils can actually increase oxygen to your brain. Oils to diffuse include bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary , and doTerra's Elevation: Joyful Blend. You can also get a massage home using doTerra's AromaTouch® Massage Blend.

Benefit #4: Reduces Brain Fog

Brain fog affects people of all ages. Unfortunately, the food or non-foods, as I call them, that are in our processed foods affect our body chemistry, which aside from leading weight gain it also leads to brain fog, and ADHD. Although one may stop eating such foods, you may still experience brain fog just due to all of the shiny objects around us. Diffusing essential oils while working or applying them to your wrists may help you stay focused. Try diffusing vetiver, peppermint, frankincense or a blend of the oils I just mentioned. You can also apply doTerra's InTune to your wrists to help reduce brain fog. 

Benefit #5: Helps Balance Hormones

Essential oils do not have hormones but they do help balance them. Oils, like clary sage, geranium and thyme, are known to help to balance one's estrogen and progesterone levels. These oils can help improve hormone conditions like infertility, PCOS, PMS and menopause symptoms. In addition, doTERRA® Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex, which is a supplement made with plant-based phytoestrogens, flax seed extract, and pomegranate extract. The purpose is to work with hormone deficiency or decrease the affect of harmful metabolites or block xenoestrogens. Also, during your menstrual cycle you can use ClaryCalm, which helps ease the pain.

Benefit #6: Improves Skin & Hair Beauty

Adding essential oils to your skincare or purchasing skincare that contains essential oils will improve your skin's texture, reduce acne, reduce signs of aging, and brighten it's appearance. Many conventional skincare products are full of toxic chemicals that can affect our hormones in a negative way. In addition, studies have shown to help one's hair grow. The best oils for your skin and hair include, lavender, Roman chamomile, frankincense, tea tree, geranium, myrrh, helichrysum, rosemary and clary sage. You can also try doTerra's skincare and haircare products. All of which have safe and effective ingredients as well as using their very own essential oils. 

Benefit #7: Reduces Pain

Essential oils are great to reduce minor pains and aches. I personally use peppermint oil on my temples to reduce headaches. You can add the following oils topically lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary, majoram, thyme, frankincense, turmeric, ginger and myrrh depending on where the pain is. Make sure that you apply with a carrier oil so that you don't burn your skin. ClaryCalm, for example, is a great ready made blend from doTerra to help reduce menstrual cramps. 

All in all, essential oils are a great addition to your health and wellness. However, I must note that essential oils do not replace eating health and exercising. Essential oils just completes one's wellness journey.

Resources:

  1. Axe, Josh. “101 Essential Oil Uses and Benefits.” Dr. Axe, Dr. Axe, 5 Mar. 2018, draxe.com/essential-oil-uses-benefits/#.

  2. “DoTERRA Serenity | DōTERRA Essential Oils.” DoTERRA Fact Sheet | DōTERRA Essential Oils, 16 May 2018, www.doterra.com/US/en/p/doterra-serenity-oil.

  3. “Elevation Joyful Blend | DōTERRA Essential Oils.” DoTERRA Fact Sheet | DōTERRA Essential Oils, 16 May 2018, www.doterra.com/US/en/p/elevation-oil.

  4. “Women's Hormonal Health: Finding Balance | DōTERRA Essential Oils.” DoTERRA Fact Sheet | DōTERRA Essential Oils, 16 May 2018, www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-living-winter-2013-2014-womens-hormonal-health.

  5. Zielinski, Eric. The Healing Power of Essential Oils: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way. Harmony Books, 2018.

5 Essential Oils Safety Tips for Children

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We can never be too cautious when using essential oils on children. Essential oils are very potent and safe but nevertheless must be used correctly to avoid any mishaps. Remember that although essential oils are safe, applying it to children needs to be done carefully because they are very delicate. It's best to test one oil at a time every 24 hours. 

Safety Tip #1: Learn How to Dilute Essential Oils

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Only apply 1-2 drops of oil diluted with a carrier oil on a child's skin every 24 hours. Make sure you read the label on the oil. Each oil is different. Applying one drop of lavender topically feels very different than applying one drop of oregano. If diffusing essential oils, only diffuse them 20 minutes a day and no more than twice a day.

Safety Tip #2: Do Not Ingest Oils

I personally don't like the idea of ingesting essential oils. They're very potent and can leave your tummy feeling uneasy. I'm an adult and if I feel uneasy, then I know that giving essential oils to your child will cause more harm.

Safety Tip #3: Avoid Sensitive Areas

Remember, a child's body is more sensitive than an adult's body. For this reason, it is important that you avoid applying essential oils around the eyes, broken skin, irritated skin, inner nose and ears. Also, an adult should be the one to apply essential oils.

Safety Tip #4: Beware of Sunlight Sensitivity

Not all oils are meant to be applied topically with the intention of going outside. One must read the labels of all essential oils. Some oils are prone to sunlight sensitivity. Citrus oils have a higher probability of creating sunlight sensitivity when worn outdoors. Some labels will clearly say to stay out of the sun or UV rays for up to 12 hours. 

Safety Tip #5: Keep Your Essential Oils Safely Stored

Essential oils need to be placed in a medicine cabinet or far away from the reach of little ones. Because essential oils are so potent, they should be not be played with or taken internally. It is important that you supervise your older children when applying essential oils and only an adult should apply essential oils to younger children. 

Knowing these five tips will help you use essential oils wisely when applying them to your children or diluting them around your children. Also, remember to ask your doctor if you want to apply essential oils on your child, especially if your child is under 18 months. 

Resources:

  1. https://www.doterra.com/US/en/promotions-class-powerpoints

  2. https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/heo2018-expert-panel-watch/

How to Use Essential Oils Safely on Children

Essential Oils & Kids

Essential oils are aromatic compounds located in various parts of plants like stems, leaves, bark, seeds, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are very potent and can be diffused, applied topically, and some people even will include a drop of food in their meals, drinks or in a capsule. Not to mention that they have very beautiful fragrant. 

When applying or diffusing essential oils around children, one must know how to do so safely. Although essential oils are typically safe, children tend to be more sensitive to them than adults, which is why it's important to know how to apply them safely on children. If one doesn't know how to use essential oils, they can be unsafe even for adults. 

First, use a brand of essential oils that have a reputation of creating high quality, free of contaminants and is safe to use. This requires testing gives us consumers a peace of mind that we are only using the safest products on us and our children. I personally use doTerra Essential Oils and am very happy with that company's commitment to only deliver the best oils to everyone.

Second, when applying essential oils on children use carrier oils. Essential oils evaporate pretty much on contact and may not be as efficient as when using them with a carrier oil. Carrier oils are the base oils. The oils are virtually oder less and are very hydrating. Great carrier oils include:

  • Avocado Oil: great for dry flaky skin

  • Coconut Oil: great for making body butters.

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil: fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil that has had the lauric acid removed in order to stay liquid during cold temperatures.

  • Sweet Almond Oil: nourishes the skin and is great for babies. However, do watch out for itchy skin. My skin get a little sensitive with it.

Third, the best essential oils for children are lavender, Roman chamomile and Sandalwood. doTerra also has wonderful pre-made essential oil blends called Calming Blend and Grounding Blend, which are great to diffuse in your child's room. 

Finally, the best way to make sure that you are using essential oils safely on children is to first use the essential oils on yourself. Make sure you read the labels and instructions carefully. Educate yourself on a specific essential oil before applying it on your child. 

Safety First: It is important to consult with your child's doctor about any specific health issue before using essential oils on your child. Also, if your child drinks essential oils on accident, call Poison Control 1-800-222-1222. Some of these essential oils can cause lots of harm and in some cases even be deadly when used improperly.

Check out next week's blog post on 5 Essential Oils Tips for Children.

Essential Oils Safety During Pregnancy

Essential Oils & Pregnancy

Although essential oils are natural, pregnant women need to be extra careful with them. Not all essential oils are safe during pregnancy because they can mess with your hormones. First thing you should do is speak with your doctor or health care provider and see if using essential oils is right for you. So before you or someone you know that is pregnant wants to start incorporating essential oils into their routine, please read this article first. 

Essential Oils that should NOT be used during pregnancy are the following: 

  • Angelica

  • Aniseed

  • Basil

  • Birch

  • Black pepper

  • Cedarwood

  • Camphor

  • Cardamom

  • Cassia

  • Cinnamon

  • Citronella

  • Clary sage

  • Clove

  • Cumin

  • Cypress

  • Eucalyptus

  • Fennel

  • Fir

  • Geranium (during the first trimester)

  • Horseradish

  • Hyssop

  • Idaho tansy

  • Jasmine

  • Juniper

  • Lemongrass

  • Manuka

  • Marjoram

  • Melissa

  • Mugwort

  • Mustard

  • Myrrh

  • Nutmeg

  • Oregano

  • Pennyroyal

  • Roman Chamomile (Debatable. Ask your doctor.)

  • Rosemary

  • Rose

  • Sage

  • Thyme

  • Wintergreen

The following essential oils are considered safe during pregnancy:

  • Frankincense

  • Geranium

  • Ginger

  • Grapefruit

  • Lavender

  • Lemon

  • Orange

  • Peppermint

  • Roman Chamomile (Debatable. Ask your doctor.)

  • Sandalwood

  • Ylang Ylang

Roman Chamomile, lavender, geranium and grapefruit are great essential oils to dilute and diffuse to encourage restful sleep. Inhaling ginger can help with nausea. And applying carrier oils like rosehip oil and coconut oil on your tummy can help minimize the looks of stretch marks. 

If you know someone who is expecting, please forward them this blog so they are more informed about which essential oils to avoid. 

Resources

  1. Axe, Josh. Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine. Destiny Image Publishers, 2016.

  2. Babcock, Jillian. “CHEAT SHEET: How to Use Essential Oils Safety.” Dr. Axe, Dr. Axe, 7 May 2018, draxe.com/essential-oil-safety/.

  3. Snyder, Mariza. Smart Mom's Guide to Essential Oils: Natural Solutions for a Healthy Family, Toxin-Free Home and Happier You. Pgw, 2017.

How to Safely Use Essential Oils Topically

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Our skin is the largest organ on the human body and it is for that reason that we need to take care of our skin and treat it well because it is very delicate. When we place essential oils onto our skin, the oil literally is absorbed into our bloodstream. 

To make the most of your oils, make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil. If you just place it on your skin, it can literally evaporate into the skin while if you dilute it with a carrier oil, you can spread the essential oil and allow it to do more for you.

The best places to place your oils are on the head and neck region, the chest, stomach and back, your arms including hands and fingers, and your legs including your toes and feet. My favorite place to add essential oils is to the head and neck, tummy, and legs and feet. 

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Again, it is very, very important to dilute them. One of the more popular carrier oils is fractionated coconut oil. However, there are many carrier oils out there that are great for diluting your oils. 

Essential oils are very potent and can cause a negative reaction if you're using them improperly or if your body's chemistry doesn't react well to that essential oil. You may get rashes, bumps, sores, which is why using essential oils directly on the skin is not the best way to use essential oils. In addition, if you apply certain essential oils like bergarmont and citrus oils directly on your skin and then go outside, you can have extreme burning and skin sensitivity. 

Lastly, if you're going to use essential oils on children, it is especially important to dilute the essential oil because children can be especially sensitive to essential oils. And for any children under two do not apply essential oils just dilute them and remember to have a window opened or a fan blowing.

Remember that essential oils are great to increase your health and wellness but not diluting them can cause a negative reaction. Make sure to dilute them before applying them directly on the skin. 

P.S. If you are new to oils and want to learn how to use them safely and effectively, join my How to Oils Facebook group. I would love to have you there! 

Resources:

  1. DoTerra Essential. DoTerra Essential.

  2. Zielinski , Dr. Eric. “Essential Oils for Abundant Living Masterclass: Lesson 3.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Jan. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYp-MviY6Mk.

4 Ways to Enjoy Essential Oils Smell

Essential Oils Uses & Benefits

Do you ever get headaches from certain smells, even if they're very "subtle"? I absolutely do. Especially strong potent smells. Most of the smells that give me a headache come from synthetic fragrances. These are chemically made fragrances that are meant to mimic a natural scent.

These synthetic fragrances have been linked to autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and even cancer. Although it's difficult to get away from synthetic fragrances all together, it is possible create a lifestyle to minimize one's exposure to synthetic fragrances. 

Inhaling different essential oils can improve one's mood and purify there are of unwanted smells and odors. It's also the safest way to use essential oils. Listed below are just a few examples of how essential oils can help:

  • Inhaling peppermint oil can help boost energy levels

  • Inhaling lemon oil can help decrease nausea

  • Inhaling orange oil can help with depression

When creating blends, rotate the essential oils. You can make calming blends as part of your night time routine or invigorating blends as a wonderful way to start the day. To fully enjoy the experience of essential oils, try one or more of the four ways to enjoy the smell of essential oils:

  1. Diffusers: Add water to the fill line then add 5-7 drops of oil in the water. Place the diffuser on a cloth of some sort to absorb any oil and to not damage your furniture.

  2. Opening up a bottle and smelling the scent.

  3. Cupping: put a drop in your hand, rub your hands and place by your nose and take a deep breathe. Great for anyone who needs support with nausea, anxiety and stress.

  4. Spritzer: You can create hand sanitizers or create personalized perfume by mixing oils with a carrier oil.

Safety tip:

If you have children or pets, make sure you always use a diffuser in a ventilated room. You don't want to lock the smell in a room because it can agitate them. 

These are just a few ways to enjoy the smell of essential oils. Let me know below, which way you want to try next time.

P.S. If you're interested in learning more about essential oils and learning how to use them safely and effectvely, join my How to Oils facebook group. 

Resources

  1. “Safety and Usage.” DōTERRA Essential Oils, 20 Mar. 2018, www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-for-kids-safety-and-usage.

  2. Zielinski , Dr. Eric. “Essential Oils for Abundant Living Masterclass: Lesson 2.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Jan. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_D4iNnUJnM.