Have you ever wondered what on earth you’re supposed to do with Essential Oils? At first glance the sound of sniffing, rubbing and digesting them may sound slightly odd, however let me tell you these jars of doTERRA® Essential Oils are something to rave about and adopt into your lifestyle and home stat!
Meet doTERRA® Essential Oils Wellness Advocate and friend Laura Brown who’s kindly accepted my invitation to offload her knowledge on these precious liquids.
So Laura, what do they do?
Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods including:
- Aromatic – Essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.
- Topical – Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- Internal – Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of health conditions.
I choose doTERRA® Essential Oils as they are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognise the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.
How can incorporating essential oils into the home benefit us?
Essential oils can affect us on both an emotional and physical level. One of the most common uses in the home would be diffusing the oils aromatically in an ultrasonic diffuser – avoid old school oil burners or humidifiers as heating the oils will destroy their therapeutic properties. This not only creates a beautiful aroma (warm, uplifting and/or sensual experience, depending on the oils you use) but some oils, such as Eucalyptus and Tea Tree will kill any airborne viruses due to their antibacterial properties and Lavender has long been heralded for its calming abilities so is great for bedtime or to unwind after a stressful day.
Another incredible use for essential oils is in the creation of DIY non-toxic household cleaning products. Almost all commercial cleaning products are full of some really nasty chemicals which not only cause short term adverse reactions (skin irritation, burning eyes/throat) but studies are now starting reveal the potential long term effects of these (diabetes, obesity, cancer, hormone disruption, ADHD, autism etc).
A lot of household cleaning products are actually labelled as poison on the bottle making the underneath of our sinks a chemical storage plant! But never fear! There are actually a lot of natural, non-toxic ingredients on the market to make your own safe cleaning products that actually work (and save you a tonne of money). I use essential oils in all of my cleaning recipes not only for their individual unique aroma but for their ability to cut through grease (all citrus oils but particularly Lemon), eliminate mould (Clove oil) and kill germs (Tea Tree).
What are your favourite top three oils, their uses and why are they important to you?
Only three?! Well here are my top three right now but it changes regularly depending on what I need to support me at the time.
- Peppermint is a big favourite of mine at the moment. November/December are huge months for me with family events, social gatherings and the last push to finalise outstanding projects before end of year. A drop of peppermint on my tongue really gives me the burst of energy I need without having to resort to yet another coffee! A drop on my palms and inhaling does the trick too. It makes me feel alert and energised.
- Lavender should be a staple in everyone’s essential oil cabinet. With such busy day, leaving the house early and not coming home until late, sometimes it’s hard to unwind. I diffuse Lavender next to my bed at night to aid in restful sleep and help quiet those thoughts about all of the things I still have left to do tomorrow! If I have time I’ll treat myself to an epsom salts bath with a couple of drops of lavender and I’m in relaxation heaven!
- Lemon is another versatile oil which I use every day. I put a couple of drops in my water bottle and drink throughout the day as it’s a great detoxer. Lemon oil can breakdown and eliminate petrochemicals and as such you should always use a glass or metal water bottle or the oil will corrode the plastic overtime and then you’re ingesting those chemicals. I use Lemon oil in most of my cleaning products (laundry powder, dishwashing tablets, and multipurpose spray) as it’s powerful at cutting through grease and grime.
Can you kindly share a recipe for your favourite safe and natural cleaning product?
Taking the plunge and replacing my commercial store-bought washing powder with safe, natural ingredients was the best decision I ever made! I was nervous about replacing this product and I was fully prepared to re-wash the clothes if they didn’t turn out exactly as they had with my previous washing powder.
Well, after the first wash they definitely didn’t turn out exactly as they had previously…they were even better! The cleanliness was on par with my previous store-bought washing powder (tick!) but what I also noticed is that my clothes didn’t have that “film” that they sometimes get where they feel like they still have soap on them. Well not anymore! I’m lucky enough to have one of those husbands that enjoys cleaning and he is the primary clothes washer in our house and he swears by this recipe so if I can convince him, I can convince anyone!
- 1 ½ cups Borax (this can just be found in the cleaning aisle at Coles, $4.52 for 500g)
- 1 ½ cups Washing Soda (again, cleaning aisle at Coles, $4.24 for 1kg)
- ½ cup Baking Soda ($3.70 for 1kg at Coles)
- 1 bar natural, unscented soap
- 10-20 drops essential oils of choice – I use doTERRA Lemon oil (to help break down grease) and Lavender oil (for it’s beautiful scent)
- Finely grate bar of soap – this is the most time consuming part of the recipe and takes about 5mins
- Mix Borax, washing soda, baking soda, grated soap and essential oils together in a large container
- Pour into a metal or glass container (I purchased a cute Laundry Powder tin from Kmart for $9 which includes a scoop)
- Use one scoop of powder per medium sized load
Note: this recipe works out at approximately 90c/load and I’m comforted in knowing that my family and I are not wearing toxic substances on our clothes each day and it’s good for the environment to boot!
Thank you so much Laura for sharing your wise oil-words-of-wisdom. If you’d like to find out more about these incredible oils or purchase your very own, please contact Laura via her Facebook page.
So tell us DIYer, do you currently use essential oils?