September 21, 2012

Guest Post: Essential Oils

Dear healthy people,

I am VERY excited to do my very first ever guest post on The Nutritionist Reviews and to give you a heads up about something that is quickly catching the attention of health nuts everywhere! I spend my time consulting, researching and educating people about something revolutionary: doTERRA Essential Oils! So please allow me to share some of what I have learned with you! So, without further ado....  
{doterra for dummies}: Everything you need to know about essential oils.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS? Essential oils are natural compounds that are found in the seeds, bark, rinds, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They always come from the LIFE ROOT of the plant. They give plants, flowers, fruit their aromatic smell and are therefore heavily used in aromatherapy.

Fact: It takes as much as 12,000 rose blossoms to distill 5 ml of therapeutic- grade essential rose oil. AND It takes one TON of peppermint leaves to make one GALLON of peppermint oil.

  Many people are frightened, more or less, by the word OIL. When people think of OIL, they might think of vegetable oil, Crisco, Vaseline or other yucky, slippery substances that would give you bad acne for a week or two. Oils are NOT water based and they are NOT made of fatty lipids or the acids found in animals and vegetables that we use to cook with. Essential oils are very CLEAN and CRISP, and are immediately absorbed by the skin. SO don't be fooled... doTERRA essential oils will NOT make you break out!

 Fact: One DROP of peppermint oil is strong enough to make 28 CUPS of peppermint tea. Can you believe that?

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS USED FOR? Essential oils should be used as an alternative to over-the-counter and prescription medications! doTERRA oils are used for a WIDE variety of emotional and physical reasons. The list is literally endless. IBS, migraines, cold sores, bladder infections, asthma, name it! There is an oil for EVERYTHING! And what better way to treat an illness than with something NATURAL and PURE?
  • Everyday illnesses- common cold, influenza, stomach flu, food poisoning, allergies, headaches, migraines, , and many more.
  • Respiratory issues- asthma, RSV, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.
  • Skin problems- acne, eczema, rashes, allergic reactions, warts, moles
  • Joints- arthritis ,aches and pains, bruising, swelling, tennis elbow
  • Sleep disorders- insomnia, trouble sleeping
  • Mood disorders- depression, bi-polar, anxiety, etc.
  • Digestive Issues- irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, cramps, PMS, diarrhea, lactose intolerance, gluten allergies, celiac disease
  • Others: Diabetes, metabolism, weight loss, hormonal issues, pregnancy issues, morning sickness, etc.
PHEW! That wasn't even close to all the uses for the oils. But you get the idea! Check out my blog for many more uses of essential oils!
Fact: The On Guard essential oil blend KILLED the flu virus 90% of the time in an in-depth scientific study. Check out the study here!

  • Aromatically- Oils are widely used for aromatherapy. Some of the oils are very stimulating, while others are used to calm and relax the body. To use the oils aromatically, put a few drops into a no-heat diffuser or rub underneath the nostrils.

  • Topically- Essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin and are totally safe to apply topically. Using the oils topically is great for immediate application when the problem is localized. It is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream for internal benefits throughout the body. Some oils are very strong and potent, and should be used in addition to a carrier oils such as virgin olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. 

  • Internally- Many people are surprised to find out that many doTERRA oils can be taken INTERNALLY! It is interesting to note that many brands of oils give a warning label on the bottle that says "DO NOT INGEST." But not with doTERRA! A good deal of the oils can be taken strait on the tongue or in water. I also like to put my oils in an empty pill capsule and swallow them. **Please note that there are some oils that should not be taken internally**

**The great thing about doTERRA is that is if you don't know how to use something or how to apply it, there are TONS of resources to tell you how. The book MODERN ESSENTIALS is one of my favorite guides on how to use the oils!**

WHY USE doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS? As the field of alternative medicine expands, there are many new products claiming to be "essential oils." Most claim to be natural and of THERAPEUTIC GRADE, but many of these products do not use 100% pure essential oils and often use fragrant synthetic chemical substitutes to dilute or replace more expensive essential oil extracts. Unfortunately, there are no regulatory requirements or standards that must be met before claiming that something is "THERAPEUTIC GRADE." This means that anyone can slap a "therapeutic grade" sticker on a bottle of anything and call it good! You can go pick some oils up right now at your local health food store, but I promise you that they will not hold a candle to doTERRA oils.

doTERRA uses a higher standard for their oils. CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE. You will see this mark on every bottle of doTERRA essential oils so you know it is of the highest quality and is completely safe to use. 
"dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are guaranteed to be 100% pure and natural and free of synthetic compounds or contaminates. They are subjected to rigorous mass spectrometry and gas chromatography testing to ensure extract composition and activity. dōTERRA's 100% pure essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial essential oils available today." (

Essential oils are revolutionary! They help your body to help itself by stimulating neurons and organs to function properly. I invite you all to visit my blog to learn more and get your hands on some essential oils to witness the wonders they perform!

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  1. Essential oils are very beneficial. There is so much information on the topic, and it's all fascinating. My favorites are Lavender, Peppermint, Neroli & Jasmine.

  2. This is such a great and informative post! I actually just bought an essential oil beginner kit and I'm so excited to start using it :)

    I've used essential oils in the past and they've really helped me, especially with relaxation and headaches.


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