Everything You Need To Know about Essential Oils

What are essential oils?

Have you ever heard someone talking about stopping to smell the roses? Turns out there’s a reason for that! When you smell the fragrance of a flower, you are also smelling its unique essential oil. Essential oils are naturally occurring aromatic compounds. They are found in every plant; in the seeds, bark, stems, leaves, flowers, or roots. Information about essential oils can be found all over the internet. They are at your local big box store. Everyone seems to either love or hate them. So what’s the deal? Here is my ultimate guide to essential oils. I’m sharing everything you need to know about dōTERRA essential oils and how to use them. This is my ultimate guide to sharing the power of oily wellness and science with you.

Why Should I Choose dōTERRA?

dōTERRA is the largest essential oil company and distributor in the world. With over 4 million wholesale customers, dōTERRA helps families and individuals use natural solutions for their everyday life. People turn to us when their current approach to wellness isn’t achieving the results they need or leaves them with unwanted side effects. We help when you are tired of using chemicals on literally everything. When you need more energy without harsh stimulants to live a better life, we are here. Additionally, when you feel confused by all of the natural options out there and are looking for a guide and mentor. We help you find what works best for your unique needs.

Purity is Important!

Now, we need to preface our chat. Not all essential oils are created equally. Did you know that there is virtually no official oversight in the essential oil industry? This means that little bottle of oil you picked up at the big box store might not be what it appears. It is likely to be impure. This means it has potentially harmful ingredients. dōTERRA, on the other hand, has raised the bar in the essential oil industry in the last 10 years. Their oils have no fillers, artificial ingredients, chemicals, or dilutions. The plants are grown in their ideal environments around the globe.

Next, dōTERRA uses 5 rigorous levels of testing to ensure purity and potency. The testing is done both in-house and by a thrid-party lab. We even publish each purity test for EVERY bottle online for anyone to read! No other essential oils company comes anywhere close to dōTERRA’s high standards for purity. Certainly, no one else has this level of openness to share with customers. This means when you get dōTERRA, you can be assured you are getting the highest wellness benefits.

Co-Impact Sourcing

I absolutely LOVE that when I purchase a bottle of oil to help my quality of life, I’m also supporting families across the globe with co-impact sourcing! dōTERRA sources their oils from over 40 different countries, half of which are considering developing countries. They create sustainable jobs and give above fair wages, In fact, they pay on-time or pre-pay and even using profit-sharing programs in some areas. They also create long-term relationships with growers and distillers with multi-year contracts, which is extremely rare. Not to mention, what I love the most is that dōTERRA funds community-based projects through their 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Healing Hands Foundation.

Healing Hands Foundation

This non-profit foundation is one of the many ways dōTERRA positively impacts the global communities. They partner with organizations and dōTERRA Wellness Advocates to offer hope to millions in need. I’ve had the honor of hearing from Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad. He shared how work and donations from Healing Hands has funded several operations and countless supplies to rescue children from sex trafficking. In fact, we even have an entire oil, Hope Touch, dedicated to giving 100% of proceeds to Healing Hands Foundation initiatives to heal the world.

Emily Wright, one of dōTERRA’s Founding Executive, greeting the people of Nepal after the 2015 earthquake on an Healing Hands aid trip

Support: Educational, Emotional, and Oh So Much More

Of course, the benefits go on! When you purchase a bottle of oil through me, you are gaining access to my entire oily family. My oily family is composed of hundreds of people who live in the United States and internationally. I will connect you to our members-only educational groups. Here you can learn from other people’s experiences, share your story, ask questions, and stay up to date on the latest oily news and classes. You will also have optional access to my exclusive email series along with exclusive classes. You can have unlimited wellness consultations with me for quick or longterm guidance. Best of all, you qualify for my exclusive drawings and prizes! The level of support you receive is completely up to you!

Petitgrain oil

How Do I use These Oils?

dōTERRA essential oils can be used aromatically, topically, and internally (Yes! You read that correctly). Because each oil’s chemical makeup is unique, the usage for each oil will be different. Every bottle of oil lists the correct usage on its label.

Aromatic Use

All of dōTERRA’s oils are wonderful to diffuse. Read to the science section below to read how Vanderbilt Medical Center diffuses dōTERRA. When you diffuse, you have the power to uplift your mood, detox your body, boost your immunity, increase energy, and so much more.

Topical Use

Most of these oils can be applied topically, directly to the skin, without dilution. There are two exceptions. First, there are some oils that are considered hot. Oregano and Cinnamon are two examples of hot oils. All you need to do is dilute a drop of a hot oil in a drop of carrier oil. dōTERRA’s Fractionated Coconut Oil is AMAZING! It’s perfect for diluting oils, has no scent or color, and absorbs into the skin quickly. There is no greasy residue which is awesome. The second exception is for young children. Because their bodies are smaller, they will need a smaller amount of oil and require dilition.

Internal use

Finally, most dōTERRA oils can be taken internally as well. Did you know, that one drop of pure Peppermint oil is equivalent to drinking 28 cups of peppermint tea (the dried herb)? When you get a bottle of dōTERRA Peppermint oil, you know that there is nothing in that bottle besides Peppermint. Personally, I start each day with a galss of grapefruit oil! It boost my metabolism, supports hormone balance, and naturally detoxes my body. Always check your label to make sure it lists internal as a usage. It’s important to note it is only safe to ingest pure oils from dōTERRA. I do not advocate ingesting any other brand!


Here are the most popular uses for our top ten essential oils…

  1. Breathe: To open airways, apply to chest or over the bridge of nose. Whether seasonal threats or occasional stuffiness has you down, you’ll love Breathe.
  2. Deep Blue: Apply 3-6 drops (can add to FCO for a massage) to achy joints and muscles. It works great at preventing ocassional discomfort from exercise. Apply before and after workout for best results.
  3. DigestZen: Apply 2 drops to your belly for any type of stomach upset. Apply in a clockwise motion to “speed up” the system. Apply in counter-clockwise motion to “slow” the system.
  4. FrankincenseIt’s called the king of oils for a reason! It promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness. Apply 2 drops to the bottom of your feet daily to support a healthy immune system and a healthy inflammatory response.
  5. Lavender: Apply 2 drops to your chest and sinuses to combat seasonal threats in the spring. Apply to your big toe to lessen stress and naturally lower Cortisol levels (stress hormone). 
  6. Lemon: Clean sticky surfaces (even super glue!), purify the air when diffused, and naturally detox the body when taken internally.  I love it in hot tea and smoothies!
  7. Melaleuca: Apply 2 drops to support skin health, breakdown biofilm, and cleanse nails.
  8. On Guard: Apply 2 drops to the bottom of feet daily to support a healthy immune response. Apply or Diffuse with Frankincense for an added boost! Create your own DIY surfaces cleansers and toxic-free hand sanitizer.
  9. Oregano: Most powerful oil to “crushing the crud”. HOT OIL: be sure to dilute in FCO!Ask me for the Crud Crusher Recipe!
  10. Peppermint: Apply 2 drops on the back of your neck to cool down when working outside. Apply to your chest to open airways, apply to your stomach for relief, and inhale for a refreshing energy boost.

Sounds nice, but is it scientifically based?

Finally, I was super skeptical when my mother asked me to go to an essential oil class with her. I mean, it sounds nice and all but at the end of the day it’s just a bunch of smells and a placebo effect right? Well, I quickly found out I was completely wrong! Much to my surprise, I found that dōTERRA is leading the way in revolutionizing healthcare. We have a medical advisory panel with 8 board certified physicians with degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University just to name a few. They also have third-party scientific advisors and research partnerships.

At convention last year, I had the honor of hearing Vanderbilt Medical Center R.N., Teresa Sturges, discuss how a study on diffusing dōTERRA’s essential oils in their Emergency Room and Trauma Department transformed their view on natural wellness and oils. Read the study here.

Furthermore, a quick search with the term “essential oil” on PubMed, a free database of references and abstractions on sciences and biomedical topics, will reveal 1,004 pages consisting of 20,074 peer reviewed studies on the positive impacts of essential oils. Titles will include “Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases,”  Does the Fragrance of Essential Oils Alleviate the Fatigue Induced by Exercise? A Biochemical Indicator Test in Rats,” and “Antimicrobial and Virulence-Modulating Effects of Clove Essential Oil on the Foodborne Pathogen Campylobacter jejuni.” Another source I recommend is AromaticScience.This is an extensive database of essential oil research.

Seriously, grab a cup of tea (with dōTERRA Lemon Oil 😉 ) and go spend some time reading these studies. It’s incredible!

I’m Ready, How Do I Get Started?

Finally, you know what oils are, how they work, how they can support your wellness goals, and that they are scientifically based. Whew, that was a lot of information.

Are are as excited as I am??

So, now you are ready to give this oil thing a try. I’m so excited to support you and watch your life transform!

You can get an obligation-free 25% discount with a wholesale membership from dōTERRA, and let me tell you this is really the only way to go! Unlike most “memberships,” this requires NOTHING on your part. As a wholesale member, you are not obligated to purchase a certain amount of product a year, you do not have to sell or host parties, and you never have to order again. But let’s be honest, you’re going to fall in love with these oils! With the membership, you are 100% in control. You decide if you want to place an order and when you place that order. You’ll receive your own login info, get your oils with 25% off, and it will ship directly to your door in 2 business days! You also gain access to all of my exclusive offers I mentioned earlier in this post.

Get all of the details and my recommendations on where to start at the shop link here

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Loren is a wellness advocate, a recent college graduate in Special Education and Counseling, a substitute teacher, a tutor, and hospice volunteer. Hiking, tea, visiting local breweries with her fiancè, photography, chocolate, and reading, are some of her favorites. 

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