Essential oils are the aromatic compounds extracted from plants through a distillation process. These compounds are what gives the plant aroma and flavor. Essential oils are the most potent form of plant material - just 1 drop of essential oil can contain hundreds of compound constituents and is very potent. doTERRA sources our essential oils in their natural habitat, where climate and soil conditions are ideal to provide the most pure, potent & therapeutic essential oil to benefit our bodies.
INHALING: place 1-2 drops of oil in your hands and rub together, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale through your nose. One of our favorite tips is to take an extra minute and inhale the extra oils from the palms of your hands after any topical oil use. Or you can breathe deeply straight out of the bottle to make it even easier on yourself!
DIFFUSING: This is an excellent method for purifying the air, boosting your mood, and creating an overall healthy atmosphere in your home, car, desk at work- anywhere! Simply add a few drops of an essential oil(s) of choice to a diffuser in order to gain benefits of aromatic use.
Place 1-2 drops of desired oil into your hands and apply to the targeted area. When beginning topical use, dilute every oil with fractionated coconut oil (fco) and start by applying to the bottom of your feet. Over time if there are no sensitivities than you may move to applying the essential oil neat, although applying with FCO is always recommended. Some of our favorite places to apply our oils topically are the bottoms of the feet, the inside of the wrists, and along the base of the neck & spine. Remember that when plants are distilled for the extraction of essential oils, the properties are concentrated. Essential oils are more potent than whole plant material.
A good tip to remember regarding taking oils internally, is to always look for the Supplement Facts on the label. If it says "Ingredients" it would be best to use the oil topically or aromatically instead. You want to make sure the oil is 100% pure and safe for ingestion. There are many opinions on ingesting essential oils and it is important that you do your own research and use this method as you see fit in your life. Dosage guidelines for internal use vary depending on the age and size of the person as well as the individual's health status.
The methods we suggest for ingesting essential oils include placing a drop of oil under your tongue for immediate absorption; placing oil in a glass of water, in tea, food; or filling an empty veggie capsule (remember to take these quickly as the capsule will disintegrate with time). When drinking oils in liquid, be sure the the container you’re drinking from is either glass, aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic as certain oils will deteriorate plastic. Keep in mind, that a single drop of essential oil is obtained from a large amount of plant material. One drop of essential oil can contain hundreds of compound constituents and is very potent.