Aroma Therapy

Essential oils

We automatically assume that medicine is developing further and further (linearly)! But unfortunately this is not the case, as impressive examples from the history of medicine show:

Reflexology, anaesthesia and even complicated eye surgery were already known in 4500 B.C. In 1200 A.D. cataracts could only be operated on in Spain’s remains of the Caliphate of Cordoba. And later, between 1500 and 1900, nowhere at all!*

*The healing secrets of Paracelsus, Dr. Michaela Dane, 2019 edition winterwork, ISBN 978-3-96014-566-0

Although plants have been used for thousands of years to fight disease and relieve pain and discomfort, many people are only now discovering the amazing health benefits of pure, natural essential oils.

dōTERRA produces and distributes essential oils of the highest, organic quality worldwide. The company attaches great importance to sustainability, fair trade and supports many charitable projects.

CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade TM essential oils

When you inhale the refreshing, uplifting scent of pine, the soothing aroma of lavender or the invigorating scent of lemon, you experience the magic of essential oils – powerful, natural aromatic compounds.

In nature, essential oils are found in the roots, stems, leaves, resins, flowers and the bark of plants. Essential oils help plants to adapt to constantly changing environmental conditions, protect them from danger and have beneficial, healing properties.

By distilling the aromatic components of the plants for their purity, potency and effectiveness, one obtains powerful oils that can maintain the health and well-being of the whole family.

In our practice we use essential oils mainly as a supplement to our offer.

How do I use essential oils safely?

Traditionally, certain application methods for certain essential oils have been preferred or even exclusively used. New research results on essential oils bring new knowledge and a better understanding for the application of the oils. If done properly, all application methods are safe. This includes aromatic, external and internal applications. To cover a wide range of emotional and physical aspects, one or more application methods can be used. Single oils or even complex mixtures can be applied using three different methods.

Aromatic

Scent can produce powerful physiological, mental or emotional effects. Essential oils become is quickly absorbed by the olfactory receptors. These are directly connected with the limbic System connected. This in turn is a part of the brain that supports many different functions, including smell, Emotions, behavior and memory. This is the reason why the aromatic application of essential oils is so effective.

Some essential oils have an uplifting, revitalizing effect, while others have a calming effect. Diffusion is the easiest way to use essential oils in an aromatic way. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal for this. However, you don’t need a diffusion device to apply essential oils aromatically.

You can produce the same benefit by rubbing a few drops of oil into the palms of your hands, then placing your hands over your nose like a bowl and inhaling deeply.

Further aromatic applications of essential oils:

  • Put a few drops of oil on a cotton ball and place it over the air intake in your car.
  • Put some oil in a spray bottle with water and spray furniture, carpets or other textiles with it.
  • Add a little oil to the washing machine with each wash cycle or put some oil on dryer cloths.
  • Add some oil to your household cleaner (e.g. surface cleaner)

External use

The external application of essential oils is very effective. Since essential oils have a low molecular weight and are fat-soluble, they can easily penetrate the skin. After they have penetrated the skin, they remain in the respective region and act locally.

Even if essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin, the absorption capacity can still be increased. A gentle massage increases the blood circulation in the respective area; this way the active ingredients are better distributed in the body. Use a carrier oil that can increase absorption. Especially in areas where the skin is dry or scaly. This way the skin is moisturized and the oil does not evaporate as quickly.

To reduce the likelihood of skin irritation, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (e.g. fractionated coconut oil) to be used. This is especially important for young and sensitive skin, when using a oil or if it is a very strong oil. Normally the recommendation is one drop mix essential oil with three drops of carrier oil

It is better to apply several small doses daily than to apply a large amount once a day. Start with the smallest possible dose (1-2 drops). External use can be repeated every 4-6 hours as needed. Since every person is unique, the dose is not always the same. It depends on the size, weight and general state of health.

Areas of the body where the local application of essential oils is particularly effective

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples, chest and abdomen, arms, legs, soles

Other effective methods of external application

  • Put a few drops into a warm bath.
  • Put a few drops of oil on a hot or cold compress (damp cloth) and then place it on the desired body area.
  • Add some oil to your body or moisturizer and then apply it to the skin.

Sensitive areas that you should avoid:

  • Some area of the face, e.g. area around the eyes Eyes and auditory canal
  • Open, fragile or otherwise injured skin

Internal use (ingestion)

Certain essential oils are traditionally used in the preparation of food and can be used as food supplements. They support a number of functions that have a positive effect. When you put some cinnamon on your oatmeal, drink a cup of peppermint tea or put fresh basil on your spaghetti, you are ingesting volatile aromatic compounds of essential oils.

Essential oils contribute to health. They also add flavour and intensify the aroma of food. In concentrated form, essential oil can be used as a targeted, effective food supplement. Due to the highly developed physiological processes that take place in our body, internal consumption is a very safe and effective form of application.

Essential oils, which are ingested as food, pass through the bloodstream directly into the gastrointestinal tract. From there they are transported to the rest of the body. Since essential oils are fat-soluble, they are quickly transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Essential oils, like everything we ingest, are eventually metabolized by the liver and other organs and eventually excreted.

The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each component has unique biochemical properties. Properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Even though the mechanisms are not yet fully understood today, the positive results are visible. However, the body can only tolerate a certain amount of essential oils.

To avoid poisoning, recommendations and guidelines must be followed.

Other effective methods of internal application

Use essential oil for baking and cooking to replace fresh or dried herbs.

Remember that essential oil is much more effective than dry or fresh herbs. Therefore take only a very small amount at the beginning. With very strong oils, it is often better to dose them with a toothpick than to take a whole drop (dip the clean end of a toothpick in the oil and then spread it in the food).

Contextual source: www.doterra.com_DE_de_DE_university_living_using_essential_oils.pdf