What is an Essential Oil?
essential oils (plural noun)
- a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted
Essential oils are concentrated, potent, highly volatile (meaning they easily vaporize, a quick change of state from their solid or liquid state to a gas at regular room temperature) aromatic compounds that are sourced from roots, stems, leaves, petals, bark, rinds and seeds of plants. We like to say they are pure plant MAGIC in this house! An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” that plants fragrance. When you first open a bottle of pure, beautiful essential oil, you will notice how rich and potent the aroma is, and can often smell it from some distance away.
The physical and chemical properties of these different compounds allow them to travel quickly through the air and directly interact and influence the olfactory sensors (up in our nose). This is what makes essential oils ideal for use in aromatherapy (use of oils to help maintain a healthy body and mind) as well as many other applications. The TYPE of aromatic compound present in a specific oil not only determines the oils aroma but also the benefits it can offer to the body.
Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date! The nature of an essential oil changes from species to species, plant to plant. The extremely delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it its very specific benefits.
Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes, religious ceremonies, cooking and hygiene for thousands of years in a variety of different cultures. It seems that they are, just recently, being discovered by the Western world. Today they are used for massage, alternative therapies, hygiene and beauty and overall well being. The uses are endless!
These amazing essential oils can be used for a very broad range of emotional and physical wellness. There are many, many applications for oils in your household, trust me when I say there is an oil for everything! They can be used in their single form or blended together in custom blends that can target the users desired effect. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, feel free to read more about them with doTERRA or send us an email (or message through Facebook), we love to chat oils all day everyday!
Essential oils can be used three ways:
▪ Topically–Essential oils are immediately absorbed by the skin and into the bloodstream, therefore they produce fast-acting results. They are commonly used in massage for their restorative and calming effects. Essential oils reach the bloodstream in a very short period of time and can affect the entire body within minutes
▪ Aromatically–Inhaling essential oil is often used for soothing or other emotional issues, inhalation allows the oils to reach the limbic system of our brain, which supports a variety of functions including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction
▪ Internally–Some essential oils are used in dietary supplements to maintain well-being or promote healing of specific conditions. While many essential oils are safe to ingest, some aren’t. When choosing an EO brand please research deep enough to find out if they can be taken internally. Never ingest an essential oil without advice from a professional.
Now, how can you get them you ask? Take a boo below!
Oil Price List
With warehouses in both Canada and the US it is super easy to bring oils into your home! Check out the price lists below for a full list of doTERRA essential oils and products available
Starting with essential oils can be overwhelming, take a look at the starter kits doTERRA has put together below, they help take the guess work out of where to start. Check out Become an Oiler (top of page) and ask us how you can get your own Wholesale membership and get 25% off retail cost too!
Click below to read the entire list of Approved Claims that doTERRA has put together on the vast majority of their oils, as well as which oils and products are now labeled as Natural Health Products (NHP) and their NHP numbers, which can be submitted through some extended health plans for possible coverage!
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