Essential Oils: Gift of the Earth for All to Enjoy
By Jessica L. M. Herzog, MD, FAAP, ABHIM
By Jessica L. M. Herzog, MD, FAAP, ABHIM
Essential oils are for everyone, and all ages can benefit from their therapeutic properties. Here are some simple ways to use essential oils every day that will introduce you to more possibilities of wellness, peace, and happy living.
Today, ongoing research helps us better understand the beneficial properties of each complete oil and constituent. Medical communities are paying more attention to these natural and pure additions to healthcare. doTERRA On Guard® is immune support for several situations including daily strengthening of the body before an exposure occurs, targeted use when the immune system needs more support, and ongoing intensive support when the immune stress has lasted for longer periods of time.* If you are interested in essential oil history, read about the Black Plague in the mid-1300s.
Using Essential Oils for Emotions
In our fast-paced world, having a refuge in our homes is one way to reduce stress. Diffusing essential oils at home is a great way to create a balanced and peaceful atmosphere. Our sense of smell is the most direct way to affect our brain and emotions. Most of us can think of a scent, which takes us back to a cherished childhood memory. Perhaps a certain aroma makes you think of Grandma’s famous baking, or her usual perfume, or her holiday decorations of evergreens. These are examples of how the aromas enter the nose, trigger the nerves in the olfactory bulb, and are processed by the limbic system (our emotional center) and then by the rest of the brain—which brings together emotion and memory. Here are two suggestions for creating an emotionally balanced space.
First, diffuse oils everywhere; use them in the moment to positively influence the mood. Uplift the mood in the home and at social gatherings by diffusing in the kitchen and living room. Create a peaceful sleep experience by diffusing in the bedroom. Reduce tension by diffusing in a work place or study area. Explore the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy® System for more ways to deal with specific emotions.
Second, create new scent-emotion connections. Diffuse the same scent at each birthday celebration. Choose a summer holiday scent and diffuse during parties. Get a car diffuser and keep the aroma going all the way to your vacation destination. Choose a calming oil, like Lavender, for the children’s bedtime routine. By making these simple adjustments, we can use essential oils to relax and connect.
Using Essential Oils at Home
Here are some ideas of how to use the Home Essentials Kit. This kit contains some of the core “gifts of the Earth” for body and mood support for a greater sense of wellness and peace. Be empowered and ready to take action when using or sharing these precious, pure, and potent tools.
doTERRA On Guard®
Take daily (1–2x/day) for immune support, or more often (3–6x/day) for bodily support during seasonal threats or long-lasting immune stress.* doTERRA On Guard is one of my favorite blends because it empowers individuals and families to take charge of their health needs and get results. Whether in doTERRA On Guard Plus capsules, diffused, or topically, I never miss a day.
Apply on the chest before getting into the shower or before a workout for a natural wake up and improved sense of deep breathing.
After an intense work out or after a long day at the computer, treat your muscles. Apply Deep Blue after a hot shower or sauna or under a hot compress for targeted relief. This blend is supportive for discomfort of all kinds. I always finish with taking a deep breath from my hands to mentally let the stress go.
This oil is great to have on hand for frequent use when additional immune support is needed.* Remember, it’s hot. Always dilute heavily if using topically. Try adding 1–3 drops of doTERRA On Guard and Oregano into a capsule for adult internal use.*
Diffuse for an uplifting aroma. Cleansing to the body and household surfaces, including wood. Try adding 1–2 drops to your smoothie or water. Citrus oils add flavor and variety to my water, making it easier to drink more and stay adequately hydrated. I rotate among the citrus oils to expose my body to a variety of constituents, just as you would eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
“When in doubt, use Frankincense.” The historical background and modern research of Frankincense yields impressive results. Try applying doTERRA Frankincense Touch along the spine. This is my favorite single oil because it supports a healthy nervous system.* If you enjoy using Frankincense, then try DDR Prime, a blend that contains it. Remember the power of synergy between oils.
Soothing to summerrelated skin irritations. Calming for everyone from baby to grandpa. Supports an environment for restful sleep. My oldest son’s favorite oil is Lavender because of the connection he has with its calming and restful properties. Most nights he chooses to use it both in the diffuser and on his feet.
Soothe head tension by applying at the temples. Add one drop on the tongue for a breath freshener, or diffuse for a natural perk up at any time of day. For some time, I have foregone all forms of caffeine in favor of this healthier choice.
DigestZen® Supports healthy digestion.* Our digestive track is where most of our immune system resides and where much of our detoxification occurs. Staying regular is key to our body’s effective elimination of toxins. Try DigestZen Touch for a pre-diluted, easy application. I ask my older children if they prefer it “on their belly or in their mouth?” when the need arises. Giving them these choices (topical vs internal) creates a great sense of empowerment to have a voice in their wellness journey. In my experience, it is interesting to note that they choose internal when the need seems more intense.
Essential oils are potent ‘gifts of the Earth.’ Use them wisely by following the drop per day guidelines found at: doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-safety-physiology-recommended-ideal-amounts
*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.