Support Your Healing Journey with Aromatherapy
Essential oils have been used for centuries to induce healing and wellness (Aromatherapy). I personally recommend and use Doterra essential oils. Doterra essential oils are sourced from nature and are extracted naturally from seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Each part has a volatile aromatic compound which allows the scent to quickly move through the air and interact with the sensors in the nose, otherwise known as Aromatherapy. The compounds that are present in the essential oil determine the oil’s aroma and its benefits.
There are three ways to use Doterra essential oils for Aromatherapy:
Doterra Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors in the nose 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, behaviour and memory.
Doterra essential oils have different properties which means they will support you in different ways. Eg. Calming or uplifting.
Aromatherapy uses for Doterra essential oils:
- A diffuser which uses cold air or water to disperse the Doterra essential oils
- Place a couple of drops in your hand, cup them and inhale
- Mix oils in a spray bottle and spray over furniture, carpet or clothes
- Add oils to the washing for a fresh smell
- Use in cleaning
- Place a drop on your pillow at night to help you sleep
- Place some on your clothes to smell throughout the day
Doterra essential oils can be used as aromatherapy on the skin and will easily penetrate to become absorbed into the body. It is advisable to use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to dilute the Doterra essential oil so that likelihood of skin sensitivity is decreased. You can use Doterra essential oils throughout the day.
Effective areas you can apply Doterra essential oils for Aromatherapy:
- Soles of the feet
Topical Aromatherapy uses for Doterra essential oils:
- Add to a bath
- Mix with your moisturiser and apply to your skin
- Use as a natural perfume – instead of chemical laden store-bought ones
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel and adding Doterra essential oils and apply to the desired area.
Some Doterra essential oils can be used in cooking and as an aid to support your diet. When ingested, Doterra essential oils enter the blood stream and are then transported throughout the rest of the body. Each of the ingestible Doterra essential oils have a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Internal Aromatherapy uses for Doterra essential oils:
- Use Doterra essential oils in recipes for cooking to replace herbs and spices (start by using a small amount because the oils are more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices. For more potent oils, use a tootpick and dip the end in the oil to add to the food rather than adding drops)
- Add Doterra essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea and other drinks
- Take Doterra essential oils in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yoghurt