Essential oils are 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. By inhaling, ingesting or absorbing the essential oils, the organic healing compounds within the plant essences enter the bloodstream through the lungs, nasal cavities, GI tract and skin.
Volatile aromatic compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for aromatherapy to help maintain a healthy mind and body. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers.
Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits.
At Pure Body Health we only use and sell high quality CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils by doTERRA. Essential oils can be added in with massage treatments and paraffin wax treatments for further therapeutic benefits
There are many benefits to the use of essential oils. Each oil has its own unique properties that influence the mind and body. Here are just a few of the benefits of the most commonly oils that we use at Pure Body Health:
When adding aromatherapy to a treatment, it will be diffused in the room, and applied topically. Depending on the goals it may be added through the massage oil and applied over the areas being treated and/or applied to specific areas such as the soles of feet, top of feet, ankles, abdomen, upper back, neck, behind ears, temples or crown of the head.
Essential oils 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 in one of the three methods:
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, behavior, 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.
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.
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 in 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 recommend 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.
Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath. Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area. Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin.
Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes and inner ears. Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin.
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy 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 flavoring 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 of therapeutic grade essential oils 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 blood stream 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.
The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils.
Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
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 yogurt.
When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils. 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. The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.
Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.
Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. doTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind. Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.
doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today. For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be:
|Basil (Ocimum basilicum)||May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid during pregnancy.|
|Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)||May cause skin sensitivity. Do not use on children under 4 years old.|
|Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)||Phototoxic – avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.|
|Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)||Strong irritant in high doses.|
|Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron)||Strong irritant in high doses.|
|Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron)||Can cause skin irritation so use in low dilutions only.|
|Cardomon (Elettaria Cardamomum)||Will irritate sensitive skin and can cause allergic reactions.|
|Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)||Do not use during pregnancy|
|German Chamomile/Roman Chamomile||Use in low dilutions. Can cause dermatitis.|
|Camphor||Use with caution. See “camphor” page on website.|
|Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum)||Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use during or in conjunction with chemotherapy.
Skin irritant – use in low dilutions. Cinnamon Bark is for inhalation only
|Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)||Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid drinking alcohol. Strong sedative!|
|Clove Bud (Syzgium aromaticum)||Very potent oil, use in low dilution and with caution. Clove leaf and clove stems are not safe to use.|
|Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)||Avoid during pregnancy|
|Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)||Avoid if epileptic or high blood pressure. Do not use on children under 2|
|Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)||Avoid during pregnancy and in epilepsy. Can cause skin irritation.|
|Frankincense (Boswelia caterii)||Avoid during 1st trimester of pregnancy|
|Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)||Avoid during 1st trimester of pregnancy. May irritate sensitive skin.|
|Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)||May irritate sensitive skin.|
|Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)||May irritate sensitive skin.|
|Juniper (Juniperus communis)||Avoid during pregnancy and if suffering from a kidney infection / disease|
|Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)||No known contraindications.|
|Lemon (Citrus limonum)||Phototoxic – do not expose skin to direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.
Do not use during the 1st trimester of pregnancy.
|Lemongrass (Cymbopogon)||May irritate sensitive skin.|
|Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)||Phototoxic – avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.|
|Mandarin (Citrus madurensis)||Phototoxic – avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.|
|Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)||Do not use during pregnancy.|
|Melissa (Melissa officinalis)||Avoid during pregnancy and during breastfeeding period.
Avoid on children under 2 years old.
|Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)||Do not use during pregnancy.|
|Neroli||Avoid using on children under 2 years old.|
|Orange (Sweet) – Citrus sinensis||Phototoxic – avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.|
|Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini)||No known contraindications.|
|Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)||No known contraindications. Smell might be a bit much for some people.|
|Peppermint (Mentha piperita)||Low dilutions in pregnancy
Not to be used on children under 2 years old.
Avoid if epileptic or with any heart disease.
Can irritate sensitive skin
|Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)||Avoid during pregnancy.
Do not use if epileptic or with high blood pressure.
|Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)||Phototoxic – avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.|
|Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)||No known contraindications but may irritate sensitive skin.|
|Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)||Strong, use in low dilutions
Avoid during pregnancy.
Do not use if high blood pressure.
. May cause skin irritation.
|Ylang Ylang (Canangon odorata)||Use in low dilutions.|