How do I use essential oils safely?
All application methods are safe when used appropriately, according to published dōTERRA® guidelines, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in blends in one of three methods:
The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.
Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. However, on the go you can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit. It is always best to dilute essential oil with fractionated coconut oil prior to application. In fact, when used on the tender skin of children you should always use fractionated coconut oil.
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils:
- Forehead and temples
- Chest and abdomen
- Arms, legs, bottom of feet
When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used internally for more targeted and potent health benefits, but it is always important to use the published guidelines by dōTERRA®. Internal use is a very safe and effective because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies. Not all brands of essential oils are natural, so it is important to understand we are not clearing all brands of “lemon oil” for internal use. We are only referring to dōTERRA® essential oils. And even then, not all of the dōTERRA® essentials oils should be ingested.
When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.
While these oils are safe for ingestion, proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed.
The Veranda is implementing dōTERRA® essential oils into our integrated behavioral health program in hopes of offering support options and wellness. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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