Yeah yeah yeah. Oils are great. But how do I actually use them?
Can’t you just give me all the quick tips?!
Let’s get into it!
Smell the crap out of them
Have you ever walked into a store and immediately been taken back to a childhood memory?
Maybe you’ve visited a friends house, they’ve baked scones, and you immediately think of Sunday afternoons at your grandparents house when you were young?
Your sense of smell is actually your most powerful sense. When you smell something, the scent travels to the limbic part of your brain via olfactory receptors. The reason your sense of smell is so powerful, is because the limbic system not only affects how you respond emotionally, but is the box seat for your memories too! Cool, huh?
So if your main priority for using essential oils is to support your emotions, then get smelling girlfriend!
Here are a few ways you can smell your oils for benefit:
Keep a few bottles in the shower and add three drops to the corner (away from where the water runs) or the back of the shower head morning and night. Morning picks: 2 drops each of Peppermint and Wild Orange. Night picks: 4 drops Easy Air. You can read more about this here.
Take the lid off your favourite bottle and take a few deep breaths
Add a drop of your fave oil to your hands, rub hands together, cup over nose and take a few deep breaths!
Lather in them!
Because essential oils have a natural molecular composition, they are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically with a carrier oil. We use fractionated coconut oil.
The only difference between this and the coconut oil that you cook with is that fractionated coconut oil has had the fat extracted, meaning it is always liquid, non-greasy and doesn’t stink of coconut!
Applying essential oils in this way can have an immediate effect on the targeted area of application. The ‘reach’ of the targeted area can also be increased by diluting essential oils with fractionated coconut oil.
How do I do it?
Add a squirt of fractionated coconut oil and add 1-2 drops of essential oil in your hands, mix together and apply to the targeted area. Similarly, using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body.
See my FAQ for a list of carrier oils you can use and what oils to avoid applying neat (i.e. without a carrier oil).
Beneficial areas you can apply essential oils
Forehead and temples
Chest and abdomen
Arms, legs, bottom of feet
Other effective methods of topical application
Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath (I like to combine with epsom salts and a dash of Fractionated Coconut Oil so it disperses a little better).
Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
Add oil to a lotion or moisturiser and then apply to skin
Add them to food!
One of the worst additives in food is food flavouring! And it is in everythingggggg, including a household staple such as yoghurt. So why not flavour with some oils? *Note: please don’t use this if you are not using dōTERRA. It MUST be 100% certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils!
Ever had Pana Chocolate?
Well then you’ve eaten dōTERRA :)
When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oats, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent benefits. Use as a food additive is effective because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
Ways to use oils for food flavouring
1 drop Peppermint in bliss balls (you can get my world famour bliss ball recipe by subscribing to our email list here)
2 drops of Peppermint in mint slice
2 drops Wild Orange in homemade chocolate
10 drops Lemon in this skin loving slice
1 drop Frankincense under tongue morning and night
1 drop Yarrow|Pom under tongue morning and night
2 drops Lemon/Wild Orange/Tangerine in my water
1 drop Bergamot/Cinnamon in my cup of tea
1 drop Peppermint, Ginger, Cinnamon and Wild Orange in my bulletproof coffee
As you can see, we use essential oils for EVERYTHING!
It’s so nice to be able to implement really quick and easy tips to wake you up in the mornings and get you implementing some really easy self-care tips!
If you are not yet using essential oils and would like to join our epic community (with some recipe eBooks to boot!), then I’d love to hear from you!
I also share a TON of tips in an EPIC email series just for you.