Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
Formulated specifically to promote emotional balance and a sense of relaxation, the doTERRA Balance® Grounding Blend is a proprietary combination of essential oils valued for their calming properties. Whether you’re trying to promote a specific environment in your home or you are providing an AromaTouch® Technique to a loved one in need, doTERRA Balance is the perfect essential oil for emotional support.
There’s an evidence-based reason why doTERRA Balance is the first essential oil in the AromaTouch Technique: the blend contains a proprietary mixture of essential oils with a long history of use and modern scientific validation for their calming properties.
Spruce Leaf essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to promote a relaxing environment, and modern scientific investigation has discovered why. The volatile aromatic compounds steam distilled from the leaves of the Picea mariana tree are particularly rich in the bicyclic monoterpene, bornyl acetate. Although it has a wide spectrum of well-being supporting benefits, a myriad of research shows that bornyl acetate is the most effective when inhaled. In human clinical research, inhalation of Spruce Leaf essential oil was shown to promote feelings of calm and relaxation1.
Interestingly, despite being extracted from the leaves of a tree, Ho Wood essential oil is dominated by a volatile aromatic compound primarily associated with floral and herb essential oils: linalool. All the linalool-rich essential oils are known for their calming properties and multiple experimental studies have shown that they may promote relaxation when inhaled2,3.
One of the most prized essential oils, Frankincense has been valued since antiquity for its beautifying and grounding properties. Frankincense is a great source of alpha-pinene, and offers a warm and slightly spicy scent that provides a soothing and balancing experience whether diffused or applied topically.
Blue Tansy Flower
The aerial parts of the Moroccan native Tanacetum annuum plant produce an essential oil with a diverse chemical makeup. Blue Tansy essential oil contains significant concentrations of sabinene, camphor, and chamazulene, as well as other potent terpene compounds. Blue Tansy has a characteristically mellow, almost balsamic odor, which is perfect as part of a restoring and relaxing massage.
Blue Chamomile Flower
Blue (or German) Chamomile essential oil has a much different chemical profile than the more widely-known Roman Chamomile. It is particularly rich in chamazulene, the same aromatic compound that gives Blue Tansy and Yarrow its bright blue hue. Like many other floral essential oils, Blue Chamomile is valued for its calming effects when experienced aromatically.
From the same botanical family as Jasmine, Osmanthus fragrans is an Asian native shrub that produces flowers full of precious volatile aromatic compounds. Osmanthus essential oil is rich in beta-ionone, part of a group of (ionone) compounds that are often referred to as “rose ketones” because of their presence in a variety of floral oils—especially Rose. Along with having a fruity aroma that is very distinct among floral oils, Osmanthus has been shown in clinical research to reduce feelings of stress when inhaled4.
Formulated specifically to support relaxation, as part of the AromaTouch Technique, doTERRA Balance Grounding Blend is the perfect complement to the relaxing benefits of human touch.