Discovering the Benefits of Essential Oils

Have you discovered essential oils yet? Or maybe you’ve heard of them, but aren’t sure what they are, what they can do, or why they’re popular?

Now’s your chance to find out!

I’ve been using doTERRA essential oils regularly, and have been pleasantly surprised at the benefits I’m already gaining from the three vials I own from the doTERRA Beginner’s Trio Kit, which includes lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils. Each can be used for their own specific wellness purposes, and you can mix and match these oils together to create a personalized cocktail of aromas. I also have the doTERRA Petal Diffuser to aromatically release the oils in small areas of my apartment, though essential oils can be used topically and consumed in food and beverages.

doTERRA has dozens of essential oils, ranging from earthy, sweet, spicy, floral, and more. The company also has blends made of different oil combinations that provide their own special wellness benefit. There are quite a few I’d like to try in the future, such as Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Citrus Bliss, and Sandalwood.

It’s common knowledge that lavender is primarily a scent for relaxation, and many nighttime bath and body products specifically use the herb to encourage calming sensations — especially for children as they prepare for bed. I mostly use this essential oil in my diffuser on my night stand, and I’ve noticed a significant change in my sleep quality. I’m a very light sleeper, often toss and turn, and usually wake once each night to either use the bathroom or feed my whiny cat. However, when I use lavender in the diffuser and leave it on after I turn out the light, the tossing stops, and I don’t stir until my alarm rings. Consider me impressed! I try to make sure I use it every night during the workweek. Lavender essential oil can also be used during a bath, in unscented lotions, or even directly on the skin to soothe mild skin irritation.

I love citrus scents, so lemon is probably my favorite of the trio. This oil smells so fresh and squeaky clean! I diffuse this smell when I need a mood booster, or when it’s a rainy day. Lemon makes me think of a warm summer’s day. In addition to diffusing, a drop of this oil can be added to your glass or bottle of water instead of fresh slices. It could also be coincidence, but I seem to become motivated to tidy up my apartment when I use it, and I’d be willing to bet it’s because I associate lemon with household cleaning products. And guess what? You can use this essential oil to do just that on your kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances.

I never would have guessed peppermint being useful besides being the flavor of gum, toothpaste, and candy canes during the holidays, but I found myself really enjoying this essential oil when it’s diffused. Then I learned of all the benefits it has! It may be the most versatile essential oil out there. I diffuse this when I’m getting tired in the middle of the day and need to perk up for a while, or if I’m working on a project (or blog post!) that I really want to focus on. If I’m carrying the vial with me while I’m on the go, taking a whiff of peppermint helps clear my head and my airwaves, and can calm headaches. When taken internally, it can aid digestion issues. During the summer, adding it to a cold compress can help you cool off. For ladies, one or two drops of peppermint essential oil in a lip balm or liquid lipstick can give your lips an instant plumping effect!

In my opinion, the diffuser is such a simple and efficient way to enjoy essential oils. There’s little maintenance and it’s incredibly easy to use, which I love, but my favorite feature is the built-in timer. That means I can set it and go about my business or sleep without worrying if I left it on. The light option is convenient, too!

Now, for those of you who enjoy candles, like me, you should be aware of one thing: the diffuser is not going to fill your home with a scent so strong it’s the only thing you’re aware of. Diffusing allows the oils to work their magic without being overpowering. The scent is very subtle, depending how many drops you use. Personally, I’ve found that I enjoy five drops, and I usually set the diffuser for the four-hour limit. And not to worry, diffusing is almost silent.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, check out this podcast from Dr. Anthony Youn featuring essential oil expert, Dr. Mariza Snyder. In the episode, she shares her tips and tricks, as well as the oils she always carries with her. She also discusses which oils to start with if you’re a beginner, and why it’s important to purchase real essential oils and not just any oil from the store. Take a look!

If you’ve been wondering about essential oils, or haven’t purchased any because you don’t know where to start, I hope this post helped! If you use essential oils, which are your favorite and how do you use them?

For even more information on how to use essential oils, go here!

—K

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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5 Responses to Discovering the Benefits of Essential Oils

  1. Mom says:

    Great post & I enjoyed the video, too. Thanks!

  2. Nancy Pommerenke says:

    Started using lavender and peppermint at night, sometimes add sweet orange. Best sleep of my life. Don’t even hear Gordie snoring most of the time.

  3. Nicole says:

    I need to check my stock… I’m running out of a few important ones! I’ve been using a combo of lavender/peppermint/eucalyptus when the kids are coughing at night. Peppermint helps to calm nausea if you rub it on the tummy. 🙂 I am also a fan of their “DigestZen” blend.

    • Karin says:

      Definitely a great combo for breathing well – I’ve used Olbas Oil in the past for the same effect. Great tip about peppermint and nausea too – I wasn’t aware! Ya know, I have tiny sample vials and one is DigestZen, but I have yet to try it. Loving these oils!

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