How to use essential oils

AROMATIC

Whether you’re putting a drop or two on your hands and taking a deep breath in or putting 5 or 6 drops in your favorite diffuse, aromatic use of essential oils can be powerful!

Examples: Inhale directly from bottle; 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; make a natural household surface cleaner with OnGuard, Purify, Lemon and water (or your own blend of cleansing oils); add a few drops to your shower floor, or, of course, diffuse with your favorite diffuser!

TOPICAL

Did you know . . . applying essential oils to the bottom of our feet allows the therapeutic properties to get into our bloodstream faster because the pores are larger.

doTERRA oils can be applied directly onto the skin or mixed with carrier oils and other personal care products.

Examples: Apply to neck, forehead, temples, wrists, chest, abdomen, arms, legs, back, or bottom of feet. The pores located on the bottom of your feet are larger, which make it a popular and effective way to quickly absorb the oils. Another option is to add a few drops of oil to a warm bath, or mix oils with your daily moisturizer. Contact me for a DIY sugar or salt body scrub recipe!

Areas to be avoided: eyes and eye area, inner ears, broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin.

To decrease the likelihood of a skin sensitivity occurring, especially on children or sensitive skin, it is recommended to use a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. Start with the lowest dose (1 or 2 drops of essential oil), if no sensitivity occurs then increase your drop amount (3-5 drops of essential oil). It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose.

INTERNAL

Some doTERRA oils can be used internally. The oils that can be taken internally will have supplemental facts on the bottle (if you received sample bottles which don’t have supplemental facts, contact me for guidance on which oils are beneficial to take internally).

Examples: Add oils to beverages such as water, tea, etc. (using glass or stainless steel), take doTERRA essential oils supplements, put a drop of oil under your tongue. Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace herbs, spices, citrus, and other flavorings.