What Are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are the natural, aromatic compounds that are distilled from plants. They come from every part of the plant: stems, roots, resins, leaves, petals, grasses, even the rinds of some fruit! Their purpose is to protect the plants from predators, attract pollinators, and give them their aromas. 



Fortunately for us, God made plants and people to go together, so we can take advantage of the benefits of these oils as well.



Essential oils are very powerful!!!


And very concentrated.


In fact, they are 50 to 70 X more powerful than herbs.


And just 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!


Here are just a few ways various essential oils can be used to support your body’s systems:


  • Minimize the effects of seasonal threats
  • Maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
  • Promote feelings of relaxation
  • Balance mood throughout the month
  • Promote a restful sleeping environment
  • Reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Promote healthy metabolism & help manage hunger cravings*
  • Cleanse and purify the air and surfaces
  • Help reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion*
  • Support the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
  • Provide effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support*
  • Promote a restful sleeping environment


doTERRA Top 10 Oils

We use most of these oils every day! I like to give my kids a little extra immune system support by diffusing On Guard while they eat breakfast before they head out the door to school. I put Lemon in the majority of my DIY cleaning products (no toxins, yay!). Peppermint is sooooo versatile, especially great to help non-morning-people wake up and soothing for head tension. My son, who needs a little extra respiratory support, diffuses Breathe every night, while I prefer Lavender for sleep. Melaleuca is a daily must now that we have a preteen who’s experiencing skin breakouts. DigestZen has saved more than one road trip! Frankincense helps us all chill out and relax (especially awesome for Mom Bosses who are running a household and a business at the same time!). My hubby is the primary Deep Blue user in the house (why do men think they can exercise the same way in their 40s as they did in their 20s???) but it’s also great for kids’ growing legs and writers who sit at the computer all day. Oregano is probably the oil we use the least, but boy am I glad to have it when we need even more immune support (or just want to flavor a spaghetti sauce).

For more in-depth info on the benefits of the Top 10 Oils, check out these videos.



ideas for summer oil use



“Essential Oils . . . that’s the latest fad, huh?” is something I hear a lot.


Actually nothing can be further from the truth! Essential oils have been used for centuries, going all the way back to 3500 BC, when the Egyptians used plants for health, food, religious, and beauty purposes.



Essential oils are tried and true natural wellness solutions, and I feel confident using them for my family. 


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.