My day is infused with essential oils! Within the very first hour of the morning, they may support my mood, hair, skin, immune system, digestive system and home.
- After I wake up, I breathe in the invigorating aroma of peppermint and wild orange.
- I drink water with lemon essential oil, which tastes great and also cleanses and
- My shower includes melaleuca essential oil in my shampoo, lavender oil in my face wash
and a drop of eucalyptus on the shower floor to open airways.
- After the shower, I apply an immune boosting blend to the bottom of my feet. This blend
includes cinnamon, clove, wild orange and rosemary essential oils.
- A morning meditation is enhanced by sandalwood oil.
- I add a drop of cinnamon or cardamom oil to my coffee to add flavor, support immunity
- I use my nontoxic cleaner of water, vinegar and lemon oil to clean the coffee spill off my
- If the ants are visiting, a few drops of peppermint oil will keep them away.
Essential oils are all around us!
They are in the rose petal, the lavender flower, the peppermint leaf, the orange peel. These beautiful, potent, aromatic compounds occur naturally in the seeds, stem, roots, bark, flowers, leaves and other parts of many plants. They play a vital role in the plant’s life, protecting them from environmental threats and attracting pollinators. Amazingly, they can also protect and support us. The chemistry of essential oils are very compatible with the chemistry of our bodies. Using essential oils on a daily basis can benefit us on many levels. These benefits can range from physical, to emotional, mental and even spiritual.
How can essential oils support our bodies, our families, our homes and work spaces?
They work on a cellular level and are able to bring balance to the body. These tiny powerhouse molecules have the ability to support a healthy metabolism, cardiovascular system, immune system, respiratory system, and gastrointestinal system. In addition, they may sharpen focus and cognitive function, promote healthy skin and aid in detoxification. In our homes and work spaces, they can be used to clean everything, purify the air, and deter pests. With essential oils, making bath salts, therapeutic lotions, cleaning products, soap, perfumes and your own remedies is safe, fun and easy.
Not all essential oils are created equal.
When using essential oils for health and home, it is important to trust that they are pure and unadulterated without any harmful synthetic material, fillers or contaminants. You may see essential oils in your local store or market, but you do not know what is actually in that little bottle. I only buy essential oils that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). The CPTG standard ensures that the plants were grown and harvested in their indigenous region (very therapeutic), the oils are not adulterated or contaminated (very pure), and they are extensively third party tested to ensure purity and potency. CPTG essential oils are so very potent. They are 50-70 times more potent than the herbal equivalent. For example, one drop of peppermint oil has the therapeutic value of 28 cups of peppermint tea. A little bit of essential oil goes a very long way. I use small, frequent, daily doses to support my health.
CPTG essential oils can be used aromatically, topically or internally.
What we breath and put on our skin enters our bloodstream and impacts our health. Aromatic use is an effective way to address the emotions, balance the mood and regulate the physical body. This method can also purify the air and open airways. When applied topically, essential oils can support localized concerns (ex: stomach ache, sore muscles, skin abrasion) or promote systemic balance.
One drop of oil can service every cell in the body. Within 20 seconds of topical application, an oil enters the bloodstream. Topical use cleanses and nourishes the skin, relaxes muscles, relieves pain and supports a healthy inflammatory response in the body. Diluting oils with a carrier oil (coconut, almond, jojoba) for topical use is recommended for sensitive skin and “hot” oils (cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano and thyme). It also helps drive the oils into the body and cover a larger area. Safe internal use of CPTG essential oils can support the digestive, urinary and detoxification systems in the body. A drop can be added to a veggie cap, in water, under the tongue, in drinks or in food.
Every essential oil has a wide range of benefits and potential uses.
Studies continue to uncover what users have experienced: the oils are safe, effective and a powerful tool for our health. Personally, I cannot imagine my life without them!
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Jodi Marcus is an essential oil educator and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. She offers essential oil education and helps people bring therapeutic oils into their lives. During the school year, Jodi is a special education teacher and an elementary school counselor. She created a Facebook group with her friend and colleague: Emotional Wellness for Children. Jodi lives in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys outdoor adventure, dancing and quiet moments of reading and writing.