Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Basics of Essential Oils

Oil. We hear about it on the news. Prices of oil per barrel. As those prices go up, the price of our gas goes up. Supply and demand. The amount of crude oil in the world. That's not the kind of oil I'm talking about. Although it is an essential oil in the other sense of the word.

Vegetable oil comes from soy beans. Olive oil comes from olives. Coconut oil comes from coconuts. baby oil comes from babies? No, it's actually mineral oil. Have you ever thought about why you can buy gallons of vegetable oil for cheaps while good quality extra virgin olive oil can be exorbitantly expensive? Supply and demand. It is really easy to plant and grow soy beans. And corn, while we're at it. And lots of it. It's easy and cheap to get oil from these plants, too. Hence it's price. As a plant becomes harder to grow, the price of it's oil increases. That's called the basics of economics. But the is the basics of essential oils. 

Some other oils you've probably heard of include peanut oil, canola oil, safflower oil, sesame seed oil, grape seed oil, and tea tree oil. When we talk about their consumption, they are in the same classification as the common fats of butter, margarine, and lard. These are just a few of the healthy and unhealthy oils and fats that we commonly use. They add flavor to our foods, keep our ingredients from sticking to the pan, and, depending on the type of oil, add nutrition to our diets. 

The latest craze in oils comes in the realm of essential oils. What exactly are essential oils? Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever stopped to smell the roses, walked through an apple orchard, or smelled fresh cut cilantro, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination. 

Not only do these oils intrinsically benefit their plants, they have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Even the Bible has over 600 references to essential oils. Remember Jesus' birthday gifts from the wise men? Frankincense and myrrh are essential oils. Some other plants that make wonderful essential oils are lavender, oregano, peppermint, lemon, orange, and even black pepper.

For more historical uses of essential oils, check out this article: History of Essential Oils

So why are these oils so essential? Essential oils are used for their very wide assortment of emotional and physical health properties. A single oil can be used at one time for a specific purpose, like helping you sleep, to give a boost of energy, or even to naturally freshen your breath. Or they can be used in complex blends to help rid toxins from the body, balance and regulate blood sugar and metabolism, or even to heal cancer. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements. 

For more uses, check out this link: Essential Oil Uses 

Interested in learning more about essential oils? Feel free to contact me. I would love to chat. Want to try them? Click this link and begin an adventure into the world of essential oils:
DoTerra Essential Oils 


  1. I'm just starting to get into the essential oil realm too and find it completely daunting! I've only bought a few oils so far and have used a couple a few times. Once I tried lavender oil mixed w/ a carrier to help Esther's itchy rash on her body. It helped somewhat, which was awesome! How did you get interested in essential oils? And are you a doTerra rep now?

  2. I am a DoTerra rep now!! After I graduated Calvin with a speech pathology degree, I went on to get my master's and then specialize in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. I love the nutrition and health side of my job. My friend, Sarah, is a natural health coach and nutrition specialist. She told me about the oils and she uses them in her practice with her patients. I got into them from her. I was skeptical at first, but I've been using them and really love it!! If you're interested, I'd love to talk more about them with you. It can be very overwhelming when jumping in. But there are some great resources out there that make it much more user-friendly :)

  3. What kind of oils do you drink in your water?

  4. I use the DoTerra essential oils. They are certified pure therapeutic grade, meaning they go through rigorous testing to make sure the only thing in the bottle is the oil. That means they're pure enough to drink! I would love to tell you more about them if you're interested!! send me a facebook post or email...pianojulie107@gmail.com

  5. I love to drink the lemon, wild orange, or peppermint in my water. Refreshing!!!