Essential Oils 101

If you've been hanging out with me here, or on any social media channel, you'll know that I'm a big fan of doTERRA essential oils. Today I'm sharing the basics of essential oils - what they are, how they are used, and WHY I love them.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They’ve been used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, for example, to calm anxiety, aid in digestion, and improve mood. 

How do you use them?

Based on the oil, they can be taken topically, aromatically or internally :
- Topically - Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically (either directly or mixed with lotion or carrier oil)
- Aromatically - Certain essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odors.
- Internally - Certain essential oils can be used as dietary supplements, others can be used to add flavor to food and drink (yup, you can cook with them!).

Why I LOVE essential oils:
Essential oils are an essential part (see what I did there?? ) of my personal wellness routine and yoga practice. They are my natural medicine cabinet, my air fresheners, my perfume, and even part of my personal care. I love that I know exactly what they are, and that they are gentle yet effective. Head over here for the full scoop on the oils that I used every single day. 

Where can you get some?
Don't go buying oils from just any old place, especially if you plan to use them on your skin and in your body! I only recommend doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils as they are the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today.  
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Whether you are brand new to the oils, or if you already use them daily, I hope that this post has given you inspiration to explore these amazing products more. As always, I'm here for you! If there is a question I didn't answer, a specific oil you are curious about, or a remedy you are searching for, let me know in the comments below!