Essential Oils 101

What are Essential Oils?

If you love the scent of flowers, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils! It is the oils in the plants that give them their scent.

Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds which are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in pollination. Essential oils are important to the plant that produces them and are recognized by the human body as all natural – not chemical or synthetic.

Essential oils have been used for a long, long time for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

It is very important to choose essential oils based on their potency and purity. If you want to use Frankincense for its therapeutic value, and the Frankincense you purchase has been adulterated with turpentine (as it is commonly watered down with!), then what do you think will happen? You won’t have any good results from the Frankincense and will probably end up worse off!


These compounds are powerful and highly aromatic when they are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that are patiently harvested from their natural habitats around the world.



There are 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils 


smelling essential oilsAromatic Use: 

Essential oils can enter your bloodstream by inhaling their aroma. You can breathe them directly from the bottle. You can put a drop on the palm of your hands, rub your hands together and cup your hands over your face.  AHHHH!

doTERRA Diffuser

You can also diffuse them into the air with a diffuser, (but not with a humidifier – the oils will begin to eat the plastic). 




Topical Use

Essential oils can be easily absorbed by the skin. It is safe to apply them topically to your body. When they are absorbed by the skin, they go directly into the bloodstream and throughout the body and every organ of the body within minutes. This is one way to get the benefit of the oils internally.


Foot massageIf you are applying them to people will sensitive skin or to an infant or a child, you should dilute them using a fractionated coconut oil or other high quality oil (not water). The oils can restore and calm the skin. They are natural disinfectants.

With children, the elderly and those with sensitive skin, cut the dose in half or dilute 1:12 with fractionated coconut oil

With infants cut the dose in 1/4 (one-quarter) or dilute 1:3 with fractionated coconut oil


Essential Oil capsule

Internal Use:  

Essential oils are considered “dietary supplements”. They help your body do what it already knows to do….but maybe needs to be restored to its original good working order! The oils will support a huge variety of healthy conditions.


Essential oils have different properties…

Some have   ANTIOXIDANT properties….ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ….ANTISEPTIC….ANTIBIOTIC…and so much more!

They have been researched and consistently proven to be healthy for our cells! They repair our bodies at the cellular level. If you are not sure which oil to use – it’s ok! You can use several oils and the body will gain a myriad of benefits!

Many essential oils are generally regarded as safe for dietary use, but SOME oils should not be taken internally. Follow the directions on the label. The bottles are clearly labeled *for* or *not for* internal use.


Basic Instructions for Essential Oils, Topical & Internal Use

Listen to your body – it knows best!

1 – 2 drops per dose is a normal dose.

2 doses per day is a good place to start.

Start with the basics when studying what oil to use….What would be the simplest answer? Use that first.

Check out the chart in our “go-to” book: Modern Essentials for diluting and reflex points to use the oils on.

When oils offend sensitive skin, be sure to use oil, not water, to dilute and calm


Essential Oils do not prevent, treat or cure disease! Your BODY cures disease! Your lifestyle choices can help prevent disease. Your doctor treats symptoms and fixes broken parts. Essential oils soothe, calm and support your body systems.


Q. How Does Essential Oil get Around Your Body?

A. The Oils are Transported into the Body Systems through the systems of your body…


Lymphatic System:  Using oils in areas that transport into your lymphatic system helps to cleanse the body of toxins, fight infection and disease, as well as affect all of the cells in your body. The lymphatic system is made up of the tissues and organs (bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, etc.) that produce and store the cells used to fight infection and disease. The lymphatic system transports immune cells through a fluid called “lymph”.

Use the oil:

  • Aromatically
  • Topically – in bath water; on your palms, bottom of feet, along spine and underarms


Circulatory System:  The circulatory system is responsible for transporting blood to the various tissues throughout the body.

Use the oil:

  • Aromatically: Great to put a drop or two on your hands, rub in, then cup over your nose to inhale
  • Internally: Under tongue
  • Topically: bottom of feet, reflex points on feet, over the carotid artery, heart, under left ring finger, behind left ring toe, above elbow


Endocrine System:  The endocrine system is the series of hormone producing glands and organs that help regulate metabolism, reproduction, blood pressure, appetite, and many other body functions.

Use the oil:

  • Aromatically:  Breathe it in from the bottle, by putting it on your hands or using a diffuser.
  • Topical Use: Over thyroid, liver, kidneys, gland areas, or clavicle area
  • Topical Use: Reflex points on feet, lower back, the center of the body, or both sides of the spine

More Info:

A to Z Guide to Essential Oils & Ailments

What Does a Diffuser Do?

Diffuser Blends

Dilution – Learning How to use Essential Oils Topically

Pure Essential Oils do not cause Allergic Reactions

How do Essential Oils Work in the Body? A little science lesson…

What’s in Your Personal Care Products?










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