Intro to Essential Oils

Let’s chat for a minute {or five} 😉 about a topic that helped to ignite my passion for health and wellness – essential oils. Maybe you’ve dabbled in some Lemon here, or some Lavender there, maybe you’ve never touched a drop because you’re a total skeptic, or maybe you’re an avid user – wherever you are on your journey, my hope is that this post will give you a peek into what these beautiful gifts from the Earth are, what they have done in my family’s life, and what they can do in yours.
Before I began using essential oils, I was interested, but I felt like there was SO MUCH to learn and really, did I have time for all that? I will only even attempt to do research-y stuff after my kids go to bed, and that’s time I could be, you know, binge watching Game of Thrones…um, I mean…doing something really productive. But when I first started looking into oils, I found myself using that er, valuable time googling random things I didn’t want to ask people – because I’m not joking when I tell you I knew nothing. I vaguely remember looking up “how do I use a diffuser?” and I definitely remember spending some time confused about carrier oils. {“Fractionated coconut oil?! How is this different from regular coconut oil?!”} (Already saved you some time with those links. ;))
So if you don’t know the first thing about essential oils and you’re a little hesitant to dive in, trust me when I say I’ve been there. And if you already know what a diffuser is, you’re way ahead of the game.
Like anything worthwhile, understanding what essential oils are and how to use them requires a little bit of effort. But the good news is that I’m here to tell you – I took the leap and found that the impact on my family’s overall health and wellness was SO worth it.
So a natural next question might be – what exactly ARE they and which kind of oils do I use?
Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They’re not a trend or a fad – on the contrary, they’ve been used since waaay back when for healthcare, beauty, and more. For more detail, just give this a click and get your education on.

Now that we’re caught up on the ‘what,’ let’s talk about ‘which’. There are tons of essential oils out there. In fact, you can walk into most health food stores and see some sitting on the shelves. But here’s the thing to note: essential oils are NOT all created equal. Actually, there is no governing body that is responsible for regulating essential oils – what’s in them, what claims are made about them, etc. So what that basically means is, we have to be careful. Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are sourced around the globe where they grow naturally and abundantly are the only oils we should use. Knowing what we are putting on and/or into our bodies is so crucial – so this is very important.
With this knowledge, I knew I had to find a company that was committed to providing the best quality oils available to us – and that is what I found in doTERRA. I used some of my normal Netflix – I mean – extra productive time when my kids were sleeping to dig deep into how essential oils are tested and sourced and easily found that doTERRA’s pure and thoroughly tested oils are the only ones I will use for myself and my family. One thing that’s made this really clear for me is the fact that doTERRA provides a place for us to view the results of their GC/MS testing on every single bottle of essential oils. This is huge! (For more on this, click here)

I’ve also found in doTERRA a beautiful culture and community that provides endless education and support – remember when I said getting started with oils could feel overwhelming? Getting plugged in to this tribe has made the learning process enjoyable and simple.
So, let’s really get to it – what can oils DO for me? I’m glad you asked! 😉 Truly, the possibilities are endless when you have these natural solutions at your fingertips. My husband and I started out just trying to find some ways to cut down on the toxic load in our home, and once we realized essential oils made that simple, we discovered that we could also support and enhance our family’s health naturally and easily. It is an amazing feeling to have tools to support everything from our immune systems to our emotional health to our sleep habits – and the list goes on and on. We will be sharing a lot here about ways we love to use them in our daily lives, so keep an eye out! Oils have become a huge part of our life, and that’s how I developed a passion for sharing them with others – seeing people I care about become empowered to take control of their wellness in a natural way is a beautiful thing.
If you want to know more about how to get started on your own journey, feel free to check out my getting started guide, and don’t hesitate to use the contact feature here to reach out to me if you have any questions along the way! I truly love to help people get started on the road to natural living – and when paired with a healthy lifestyle, essential oils can play a big role in doing just that.

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