What Are Essential Oils?

 Modern healthcare isn’t working…

I will be the first to stand up and applaud doctors and nurses.  I care deeply for a handful of people that represent the healthcare professionals who truly care about their patients, and I am so grateful for people like that.

My beef with healthcare is that it’s not really healthcare at all.  It’s sickcare.  Think about it; we walk into a doctor’s office complaining of an ailment, so they graciously prescribe a pill that will relieve the symptom.  We take it, and side effects A, B, and C show up, so it’s back to Doc for another pill.  You see, the initial prescription never really fixed the problem, it reduced a symptom.

Antibiotics wipe out all the good stuff along with the bad, and that just makes us sicker.  When we are diagnosed with a virus, we’re told to go home and drink plenty of fluids while we languish miserably in front of too many TV reruns waiting to feel like ourselves again.  Feeling depressed?  Here’s a drug that may make you suicidal.  If you let your weight spiral out of control, there’s promises of miracle pills, and when those inevitably don’t work, there’s always major surgery.  It’s scary how much we’ve come to rely on lab-created substances that are nearly as likely to kill us as they are to make us feel better.

Did you know…

  • A whopping $45 trillion per year is spent on health care world-wide, yet our culture is sicker than ever.
  • The USA is one of the biggest spenders on the entire globe when it comes to healthcare, yet it ranks 37th on the list of the world’s best healthcare systems.
  • More than a quarter of the children and teenagers who live in the US take regular medication.

What can we do differently?

We need to start with building healthy foundations of wellness.  Make healthy choices about our lifestyles and fill in the gaps with natural remedies that have been proven to work throughout centuries.  Our bodies are created to heal themselves; we just have to give them the tools to do so.

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So what’s the deal with essential oils?

Essential oils are derived from plants; which part of the plant depends on the oil. Juniper berry comes from the berries, frankincense comes from the hardened resin of the tree sap, and citrus oils come from the peel of the fruit.  They are distilled either by cold pressing the plant material to squeeze the oil out, or by steam distillation.  Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.  It takes approximately 100 pounds of lavender foliage to create a single pound of lavender essential oil.  If just inhaling a bundle of lavender blooms can sooth us into a peaceful night’s sleep, imagine what a single drop of the oil could do!  Essential oils have been used for thousands of years by a multitude of cultures to treat any number of ailments.  They are so much more effective than pills and cheaper per dose.

 

Essential oils are incredibly versatile.  One tiny bottle can be used for 20-30 different things.  Here’s some examples of common uses for some of doTERRA’s most popular oils and blends.

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This is just a tiny drop in the bucket!  You can read more about how essential oils have changed my life here.  I hear testimonies every single day about health dramatically improving against all odds with the use of essential oils.  I believe in these oils and the science behind them!  If you’re the nerdy type and enjoy reading scientific studies, I encourage you to visit aromaticscience.com.  There is a ton of amazing research speaking to the power of essential oils.

Why  did I choose doTERRA?

There’s a lot of debate about which oil company is best.  Through lots of personal research, I decided on doTERRA.  Their standards for purity are the highest in the industry; and that’s invaluable to me when I’m treating an ear infection or sore gums on my little one.  They search the globe over for the highest quality crops and source all of their essential oils from crops grown in their indigenous locations. Lavender is grown in France, where it has every environmental ingredient it needs to be grown as it was created to: lush, thriving, and healthy. If doTERRA farmed it’s lavender in Utah (where they are based) it would not be as healthy and could require environmental interventions like pesticides and herbicides to survive and that would greatly affect the purity of the oils. They also source responsibly.  If a crop is struggling, doTERRA goes somewhere else or limits the amount of that particular oil to ensure that plant is available for future generations.  Every batch of doTERRA essential oil undergoes rigorous, third party testing to ensure that it is of the greatest purity possible.

If purity and quality were the only factors to consider, I’d still choose doTERRA, but there is so much more!  doTERRA’s culture is one of love; you will never meet a group of people who are more caring and willing to jump at any chance to help each other.  Even when other Wellness Advocates have nothing to gain by offering advise and resources to each other, they always come through!  The company cares about the people who farm their crops, and they go out of their way to make sure the farmers and their communities are taken care of.  You can learn more about doTERRA and co-impact sourcing here.

I’ve been so blessed to be in a community like doTERRA that I have absolutely no desire to look anywhere else for my oils.  If you are seeking high quality oils and a network of people who are knowledgeable and generous with their information, I would encourage you to get in touch with me to learn more!  If your ready to jump right into essential oils and want to get your own, click here.

 

 Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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