Monday, April 13, 2015

FARMACY: ESSENTIAL OILS + HOW TO USE THEM


This is a guest post on essential oils by expert + dōTEERA wellness advocate Chelsey Miller
Recipes by yours truly are at the end of the post

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS | Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever peeled an orange and enjoyed the fragrant oils of the rind, you have experienced the gift of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease due to their various properties such as anti-viral, antibacterial, anitseptic, cleansing, regenerative, insect repelling, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, disinfecting and more. 

Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

THERAPEUTIC GRADE E.O.s + BENEFITS |The dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully 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. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade dōTERRA essential oils.



USAGES + SAFETY| Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body's predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. 

Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for systemic benefit throughout the body.

Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

CHELSEY'S STORY|I discovered essential oils for my family after a friend introduced them to me while I was pregnant with my 2nd baby, a girl. It was so relieving to have a safe alternative to over-the-counter and prescription drugs during my pregnancy. I used lavender in my diffuser to help with sleep, DigestZen on my abdomen to help ease digestion and relieve nausea and On Guard on my feet to help ward off illness. It helped immensely and I felt better that pregnancy than my previous one with my son, I was healthier and happier and had more energy and when the time came to give birth to my beautiful daughter I was able to cope with natural labor and delivery with the aid of Balance essential oil which has calming properties. After that experience I was suddenly shouting about oils from the rooftops, telling everyone who would listen about their glorious benefits, and that's why I come to you today. I want to share that gift with you and allow you to experience the various benefits of essential oils and how they can transform your life in more ways than one. 

You can find my website here + my instagram here. If you'd like to purchase oils at a significant discount with no obligations or if you are interested in the business opportunity please contact me by email: chelseykm@gmail.com  

Note: Be sure to use only 100 percent pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply any vegetable oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, to the affected area. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care.

RECIPES
I use these bottles for the blends below + use fractioned coconut oil as the base
head + muscle ache |10 drops each of peppermintfrankincense, 5 drops of deepblue + lavender
immunity |10 drops each of onguard, oregano, + frankincense 
cuts + scrapes |10 drops each of lavender, melaleuca, + white fir
tension |20 drops of lavender, 10 drops of sweet marjoram, 5 drops of ylang ylang, 5 drop of sandalwood
sleep |15 drops each of lavender + cedarwood
digestive|10 each of peppermint, ginger, + digestzen
surface cleaner |combine 1/2 vinegar + 1/2 water along with 25 drops each of melaleuca + lemon