What is An Essential Oil?

Do you keep hearing about essential oils but not really sure what they are or how they work? Well, if you’ve ever smelled a rose or peeled an orange you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.

These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. 

There are three ways to use essential oils:

1.) Topically

When you apply your oils to areas of the body that need support, they reach the bloodstream within 20 seconds and are then distributed throughout the body within 20 minutes. It’s best to dilute the oils in fractionated coconut oil to avoid skin sensitivity and ALWAYS dilute for children.

The bottoms of the feet are a great place to apply the oils as it’s the most porous section of the skin allowing for quick absorption. You can also apply on the back of the neck or along the spine.

2.) Aromatically

Put a drop in the palm of your hands, cup your hands to your nose and inhale – WOW!!!!

Diffusing is also a great way to get benefits from the oils. They can support respiratory functions and enhance moods.

3.) Internally

d?TERRA is the ONLY brand of oil I would trust to use internally. Please do not assume it is okay to use any brand of oil internally as purity varies greatly. If safe for consumption, the bottle will clearly be labelled if it is approved for internal use. Once you are assured of quality, you can add one drop to your water or tea. I like any of the citrus oils for this as it helps me drink my daily recommendation of water.

Check out this free guide to learn more.

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