MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
1. How do I learn to use essential oils?
a. The Modern Essentials Book-my #1 go to reference book
b. doTERRA Trainings with Dr. Hill or other company representatives
c. Other experienced oil users, including your doTERRA organization leaders
d. Educational Books, websites, etc. (Some of my favorites are www.eeoils.me www.oilsmentor.com and www.doterraeveryday.com )
2. How often can I apply the oils?
There is really no set rule for how often to apply the oils. You have to make a mental shift from how we view using western medicine. For many of the things you will use the oils for, a couple of times a day is probably adequate to see results. However, other problems may require more frequent application.
3. How do I know where to apply the oils?
The sole of the foot is a good place to start. Applying oils to the feet helps absorb into the system better than almost anywhere else. However, often it is better to apply to the area that is affected. For
example, if you have digestion problems, apply the oils to the
stomach, for a headache, apply the oils on the temple and hairline, for
minor scrapes and cuts apply the right oil directly to the injured
area. Keep oils away from eyes and ear canals.
4. What combinations of oils are good to diffuse together, how do I know which oils to diffuse together?
The more you use the oils, the more comfortable you will be with which oils make good combinations. There isn’t really a bad choice. Start with combining a peppermint with lemon or another citrus oil. As you evaluate the results you are hoping for, combine oils that will help you get the overall results. If
someone has a cold, you may want to try Breathe or Eucalyptus, if you
need a more calming environment, use the Serenity blend. As a general rule, when you are diffusing a blend, do not mix it with other oils.
5. Can I overdose on the oils? How do I know if I am using too much, or applying too often?
Moderation in all things is a true principle-less is more.
6. Are the oils safe to use on my children? Are they safe to use if I am pregnant?
There are some of the oils that you need to use with extra precautions on children or if you are pregnant. Consult the Modern Essentials Book for a list of oils you may want to avoid.
7. Do I have to dilute the oils before applying them topically?
Because of the potency of the oils, I highly recommend dilution. Each person’s skin is different, and each person’s tolerance or sensitivity to the oils will vary. Some oils are very mild, like lavender, and can be applied without dilution on most people. However, lemongrass and oregano will require some dilution. Start out by diluting the oils, or by applying a small amount to the wrist. If it begins burning, apply a carrier oil to help dilute it. Dilution is a good practice for young children.
8.When applying multiple oils, do I need to wait between applying each oil, or can I apply one immediately after the other one?
You do not need to wait between application of the different oils, they can be applied immediately on top of each other.
9.What is a diffuser and how does it work?
doTERRA's exclusive essential oil diffuser uses highly efficient real time
ultrasonic atomization technology to effectively diffuse our essential
oils into the air. The essential oils are atomized into
minute ion particles and active oxygen anions, which are more easily
absorbed by the human body than conventional thermal diffusers.
The doTERRA Lotus
diffuser uses modern air purification technologies such as nano-silver
filtration, cold catalyst filtration, active carbon filtration,
electrostatic filtration, and so on. This ensures that the
active ingredients in our essential oils are completely discharged
allowing it to naturally release the full efficacy of the oils
aroma-therapeutic effect. The atomized moisture contained
in the mist also helps skin retain its moisture and is especially
suited for air conditioned rooms and dry environments.
My blog post comparing the 2 diffusers offered by doTERRA: Ace Vs. Lotus
10.What is the difference between doTERRA Essential Oils and Health Food or other retail store brands?
doTERRA provides Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ (CPTG™) essential oils. Most essential oils found in health food stores are not Therapeutic Grade. There
are four grades of essential oils – 1) Grade A essential oils are pure
therapeutic quality (highest grade) and are usually made from naturally
(often organically) grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures
using steam distillation. This is the category that all of doTERRA’s
essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products are in. Gas
Chronometer and Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) testing standards will be used
to “Certify” the highest quality standards in the industry, meeting or
exceeding ISO and AFNOR standards.
For more information on CPTG check out this brochure