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Note: We use, and recommend, dōTERRA essential oils because of the company’s strict third-party testing, as well as their commitment to sustainable sourcing and only selling the highest quality, therapeutic grade oils. All of the recommendations from this article are based on the use of dōTERRA oils
Essential oils are highly volatile aromatic compounds of which there are over 3,000 identified varieties. They are very concentrated (50-75 times more potent than herbs), and are made up of such small molecules that they don’t contain protein, vitamins, or minerals. This is why, for example, lime oil is a tasty addition to water without the negative effects on your teeth like you get with the fruit.
Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically, or internally. They support our immune, digestive, respiratory, and nervous systems, as well as our skin, hair, and emotional well-being. But you may be wondering, “Do the aromas of essential oils really impact our well-being? Does aromatherapy actually work?” And the answer is yes! When we inhale essential oils, scent molecules travel from our olfactory nerve receptors to our brain and impact our amygdala. The amygdala is the emotional center of our brain, so inhaling oils is going to be the fastest way that we can use oils to impact our emotional wellness. While all essential oils can be used aromatically, not all can be used topically and internally. So before making an essential oil mocktail, make sure to do your research :)
Below, we cover some of our favorite oils, how they can be used, and what their benefits are (all of these oils can be used topically, aromatically, and internally):
Lavender: Can be used to calm nerves and lessen anxiety; is great for healing burns quickly and fully; can also be used to alleviate skin irritations.
Peppermint: Helps with digestive problems; can be used to lessen nausea; supports healthy respiratory function; can be used as a natural bug repellant.
Wild Orange: Energizes; supports concentration; can be used to purify surfaces or air; supports healthy immune function.
Tea Tree: Rejuvenates skin; purifies air; can be used to lessen skin irritation; great to help rid the skin of acne; has antiviral and antifungal properties.
Lemon: Purifies air and surfaces; supports healthy digestion; helps to purify your body when taken internally; promotes healthy respiratory function.
Cassia: Is a warming oil that helps support healthy immune function; may support a healthy GI tract; can be used as an alternative to a laxative.
Clove: Cleanses the teeth and gums; stimulates and energizes; has antioxidant properties; can support cardiovascular health when taken internally.
Copaiba: When ingested, can support health of the cardiovascular, immune, and digestive system; has antioxidant benefits; can soothe the nervous system; promotes clear and smooth skin; can promote healthy immune and inflammatory responses.
Oregano: Is powerful, cleansing, and purifying; can be used to clean surfaces; has antibacterial properties; when taken internally, can support healthy immune, digestion, and respiratory function.
Frankincense: When taken internally it can support healthy cellular, immune, nervous, and digestive function; can help promote peace; can be applied topically to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
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This article was written by Haley Lovejoy of A.G.A.P.E. Wellness
Photo Cred: Chelsea Gates