Essential oils for beginners…..
Are you brand spanking new to the world of oils? Have you wanted to start your journey with oils but don’t know how? You don’t know where to start? Which brand to buy? Or how to use them?
I hear ya, homie. It can get real overwhelming real fast.
And here is the thing, most people shy away from essential oils because of all the questions I mentioned above and they are missing out on a more healthy sustainable lifestyle.
I want to help guide you through your oil journey. We will talk about why you should use them, how to use them, which brand I recommend, what to look out for and how you can start your journey now.
First, what are essential oils?
Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds that are derived from a variety of plants. These incredible compounds can be made from the plants leaves, bark, roots, flowers, seeds and any other areas of the plant. The chemical compound of the oil allow the molecules to disperse into the air very quickly. This allows the essential oil to directly interact with the sensors in your brain.
A great question to wonder is…
How are essential oils made?
There are many different sources that essential oils come from. Some are from plants and some come from the resin of trees. So while every essential oil is unique, the most common method is by using a distillation process. This is done by using machinery to separate the oil from the plant.
The best example I can provide is when you take a lemon and you squeeze or bend the rind and you see that little mist of liquid spray, that my friend is the essential oil of a lemon.
Why should you use essential oils?
My strongest argument as to why you should use essential oils in every part of your life is because…..
…essential oils are one of the only medicines your body can actually metabolize.
Mother Nature places these specific plants on earth to keep us healthy. She provided us with all the medicine we need. Essential oils are derived from those very plants she put here for us. Our bodies are meant to accept the natural chemical compounds these oils are made from.
This can sometimes be the hardest thing for people to understand. Most people want a quick fix to their health issues. Allowing body to heal the proper way it was intended, by using food and medicinal herbs as medicine, may take a little longer than western medicine.
But because our bodies are actually able to metabolize these compounds, we are not compromising other areas of health. Most times when individuals take a medicine made up of chemicals our bodies don’t know how to metabolize, the body gets confused and often times negatively reacts, which produces other nasty symptoms.
How do you use essential oils?
There are three ways to obtain the health benefits of essential oils:
The molecules of essential oils are quickly received by the smell receptors, as well as, one of the only molecules that can penetrate the blood brain barrier. For these two reasons, using essentials aromatically can be extremely beneficial.
The smell receptors are directly linked to the limbic system, which is the part of our brain that supports the sense of smell, memory, emotions and behavior.
The blood brain barrier is the layer of fat that surrounds and protects our brains. The molecules of essential oils can actually penetrate that barrier providing your brain with optimal support.
To use essential oils aromatically you can:
- Place a drop or two of oil in your palm, rub together, cup your hands around your nose and inhale deeply.
- Place a few drops of oils in a diffuser.
- Wear on a diffuser necklace.
- Place a few drops in a spray bottle with some water and spray your bed, car, or house.
- Use in homemade house cleaners.
Essential oils are lipid soluble, allowing them to easily penetrate the skin. Once the oil is absorbed by the skin, those beneficial properties will stay local to the area applied, providing it with relief.
When using essential oils topically, you want to use a carrier oil. This is beneficial for a couple reasons:
- Mixing essential oils, which is a fat, with a carrier oil, which is a fat, will extend the life of the essential oil molecule and allow more of the beneficial compounds to penetrate your skin.
- Some oils can be more potent than others, which can possibly irritate the skin. A carrier oil will help protect the skin from getting irritated.
Where to apply them on your body:
- Back of neck
- On arms, legs and bottom of feet
Other ways to use them topically:
- In the bath, just add a few drops.
- Add a few drops to your lotion or body oil.
- Place a few drops on a compress and apply to desired area on body.
Never….Place any essential oil directly in eyes or ears.
Like mentioned before, your body is meant to metabolize essential oils. Taking appropriate essential oils internally can be incredibly beneficial to your health. When taken internally, the biochemical compounds of the essential oil go through your blood stream to all your organs and up to the brain.
When it comes to using essential oils internally there are many ways you can benefit from them.
How to use essential oils internally:
- Culinary uses. This can be incredibly fun. You can add a drop of oregano oil to your delicious homemade spaghetti sauce. Or add a drop or two in your morning smoothie. The sky is the limit my friend.
- Add a drop or two in a veggie capsule. This is one of the most easiest ways to get your oils into your body. Veggies capsules are super easy to get your hands on. All you do is place a drop of whatever oils you are using in the capsule and take like any other vitamin. Boom!
- You can add to milk, water or tea.
What to look out for when purchasing essential oils
I remember always wanting to use oils but for some reason they always freaked me out. The warnings on my lavender bottle that read…..“Do not ingest, use while pregnant or nursing or use on children.” made me feel like lavender was some dangerous stuff that I didn’t want to mess around with.
But here is the thing y’all. Lavender is made for your body to metabolize. It is a plant that you can ingest. It is a plant that you can keep safely near your children.
Here is the thing….
…essential oils are NOT regulated by the FDA. So, when labeling oils, companies are able to use the words 100% or Pure or even Therapeutic Grade on the bottle when in fact that bottle only contains 5% actual essential oil. The rest could contain synthetic oils or other chemicals, which is why most essential oil bottles have warnings on them.
I cannot stress this enough….
…do your research before you start your journey. Find a company that you can trust with your family’s life. Find one that can provide you with third party testing results. That allow you to ingest the lavender essential oil they provide. Find a company that has integrity. These oils are not going to be cheap and that is something that you have to fully understand. Oils that are certified pure oils are going to cost a little more and for a valid reason.
I want you to think about how much you spend on Tylenol or Motrin or allergy medication or Icy Hot or any other over the counter or even prescription medication. That bottle of lavender will be more beneficial than any of those medications. It will last you longer and your body will not be harmed while using it.
I think that is money well spent. Don’t you?!
The one thing that boggles my mind is when people tell me, “I want to invest in my oil journey but I have a few bottles of oils I want to get through first, I am not going to use them on my body or ingest them, I am JUST going to diffuse them to get rid of them.” Diffusing oils are just as beneficial beneficial as taking them internally. You are still inhaling the molecules and they are still entering into your body. So to diffuse oils that can potentially contain 95% synthetic oil or chemicals that can harm your body is not money well spent to me.
Which company do I recommend?
I did a ton of research on oils before I dove in. I wanted to make oils apart of mine and my family’s life but like I mentioned before, all the warnings freaked me out. When I came across doTERRA I thought it was to good to be true.
This company is a company built on integrity, love, and compassion for humanity. They want to provide you with the purest oils and to do that they take care of their farmer. They take care of their people so that those people take care of the product they produce.
For these reasons and the fact that me and my family see a difference every time we use them, I choose this company to be apart of my family.
Some get turned off by the name doTERRA because they immediately go to the fact that they are considered a MLM company, but the fact is…..
…they have superior, high quality, natural products that I trust and feel safe using and because of those reasons I will share this sh!t all day long!!
So how do you start your oil journey?
There are two ways to do this thing yo!
- Sign up as a wholesale account. A early membership fee of $35 is required AND you receive 25% off of all products. Umm hellooooo, yes please! So your oil journey can start now for only $35 and you can pick any single oil your little heart desires to start with. I started with balance and it is just heavenly!
- You can sign up and purchase a kit. These kits are insanely discounted. It would be kinda silly for you not to start with a small kit to build your foundation. The two kits I strongly suggest to start with is the Family Essentials kit and the AromaTouch kit.
The Family Essentials kit comes with 10 oils, 10 y’all!! One being Frankincense, which is the King of all oils. This kit provides an awesome foundation for you to start your journey you get:
Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, OnGuard, Deep Blue, Oregano, Melaleuca, DigestZen, Breathe and peppermint beadlets.
The AromaTouch kit comes with a badass little diffuser that is perfect for any room. And it comes with 8 oils:
Balance, Lavender, Peppermint, Deep Blue, Wild Orange, OnGuard, AromaTouch and Melaleuca.
The best part of purchasing a kit to start your journey is that….
….Your $35 membership fee is waived y’all!!!
What is stopping your from starting your journey? Please talk to me, let me help take that fear or overwhelmingness or unsureness aware. Let me help you get started with a healthier lifestyle that is safe for you and your beautiful family.
Happy oiling y’all!