Essential Oil Basics

Here are a few of my favorite essential oils, and the ways they can be used.

For more information, or to purchase any of the oils listed here, please see my Essential Oils Website You can also browse that page to find more recipes for home made cleaners, bath bombs and even food!
NOTE- I use only dōTERRA Essential Oils and the information contained on this page relates only to this brand. Other brands may not have the same properties or results.

Ice Blue

One of the best remedies I have come across for soothing sore muscles is the doTERRA Ice Blue blend. As the name suggests, it has a cooling quality on the skin. Amazingly this is good for any kind of pain, physical and emotional. A drop rubbed over the heart area is beneficial whenever I feel overwhelmed by grief. After long hours on the computer, rubbing this oil blend on my fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck will helps soothe, and relieves RSI tension.
Key Ingredients
• Wintergreen
• Camphor
• Peppermint
• Ylang Ylang
• Helichrysum
• Blue Tansy
• Blue Chamomile
• Osmanthus
Ice Blue comes as the pure essential oil, or as a rollon already diluted with coconut oil to apply to sensitive skin, and also as lotion. Great for massage too.

Breathe (Easy Air) Blend

A doTERRA proprietary blend to help support the airways.
Ingredients
Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils
Primary Benefits
• Maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
• Promotes a restful nights sleep
• Helps minimize the effects of seasonal allergies and hayfever
• Asthma relief
• Helps recovery from chest infections, colds and cough
Uses
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Precautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product (on the area applied).

DIGESTZEN

This dōTERRA proprietary blend is awesome for all types of digestive upsets. For nausea and vomiting, the relief is almost instantaneous!
Constipation
Diarrhea
Bloating and gas
Nausea
Vomiting
Gastric reflux
Nervous stomach
Motion sickness
Hiccups

The ingredients are Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Tarragon, Anise, Caraway, and Peppermint essential oils.

The best way to use this oil is one drop in a little water to take internally (for adults). Its also very soothing when massaged on the abdomen. Its great for kids too – dilute with fractionated coconut oil and rub the tummy.
Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

FRANKINCENSE

Highly valued as far back as baby Jesus, Frankincense is one of the most well researched of the essential oils. It is even being studied for its anti-tumor effects on certain types of cancer. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and the way the oil inhibits the body’s inflammation response make it great for pain relief. It has been proven to be effective in the treatment of brain injury. Inhaling this oil stimulates a part of the brain which can help improve memory, balance hormones, reduce stress and negative emotions. The relaxation properties of Frankincense make it a good oil for promoting sleep. It can boost the immune system if taken internally and has been effective in the treatment of digestive disorders ranging from cramping, nausea and bloating to IBS and leaky gut. It can be used topically to fight infections, or orally for gum disease. Using it on the skin can also be beneficial for scarring and stretch marks. Add some to your moisturizer to give the skin a more youthful appearance!

Blend frankincense with lavender in fractionated coconut oil in a roll on bottle, and keep it handy to use whenever you feel anxious and stressed out, or for skin irritations.

TEA TREE OIL

I have been using tea tree oil forever, as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic. All my cuts and sores get swabbed with it, I put it in foot baths to combat that flakey foot thing and nail fungus, I have used tea tree shampoo for scalp issues and eradicated my eczema with it. I even tried tea tree deodorant. Apparently it’s also good for combating head lice, scabies, acne, psoriasis, respiratory infections and as a household cleaner.

OREGANO OIL

I admit I had this unopened in my collection (it came with my enrolment kit), for a year before I discovered its amazing benefits. Here are some of the main ones, but you can find a lot more information about it on this link.
Diffuse it, dilute with a carrier oil to apply topically or use internally (in a vegie cap is best). You can always use it in your cooking (one drop in spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, soups and stews) – always add the oil just before serving.

Health Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil
• Treats Respiratory Conditions
• Anti-inflammatory Properties
• Prevents Infections
• Antifungal Properties
• Prevents Viral Infections
• Acts as Antiparasitic
• Anti-oxident
• Regulates Menses
• Anti-allergenic
• Promotes Digestion

Recently a health practitioner friend of mine sent me some very interesting information about Streptococcus, and I am taking a drop a day now. See the recipe for MY NEW FAVORITE SMOOTHIE

dōTERRA ON GUARD BLEND

Ingredients: Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.
This oil, also known as Protective Blend, is a great cleaning oil with its antibacterial properties and spicy scent. It can also be taken internally, and comes in handy beadlet form for this purpose, as well as losenges. I take a beadlet the moment I feel a sore throat or runny nose, if I am around people who are coughing, or in an aeroplane.
The oil on its own is versatile and you can add it to many of your usual cleaning applications or use it ‘neat’. I put a few drops on a cotton pad and wipe all my door handles. Its an amazing stainless steel cleaner and gets rid of the white water spots. I always put it in my diffuser if I have had a guest with a cold or flu in the house.
You can also purchase ready-made On Guard cleaning and healthcare products, such as-
• cleaner concentrate for surface spray and wipe
• foaming hand wash
• toothpaste
• laundry detergent
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
see the recipe for HAND SANITIZER

LAVENDER

Inhale the fields of France! This calming and soothing oil can be used to –
• promote better sleep (a drop on the pillow or in your diffuser)
• sooth skin irritations (cuts, minor burns, dermatitis, stings and bites, dry skin, sunburn and cold sores)
• eliminate dandruff
• reduce the effects of hayfever
• soothe headaches (a drop on the back of the neck or between the eyebrows)
• help alleviate nausea or motion sickness (a drop on the end of your tongue, behind the ears or around the belly button)
• enhance the flavors of your favorite chocolate recipe, or salad dressing

To use this oil, rub a drop in the palms and inhale, or massage into the bottoms of your feet. It’s a great oil in the diffuser either on its own or blend with other oils of your choice. (My favorite blend is Lavender, Cedarwood, Wild orange and Marjorum).

PEPPERMINT

Well known for its invigorating scent, peppermint oil can be used for a variety of applications both internally and externally. The most common peppermint oil uses include:
• Soothes stomach aches and nausea
• Aides digestion, reduces indigestion
• Freshens the breath
• Relieves headaches
• Antimicrobial properties
• Improves mental focus
• Clears respiratory tract, and allergy relief
• Boosts energy
• Relaxes tight muscles
• Reduces hunger cravings
• Hair and scalp conditioner (can reduce dandruff)
• Soothes itchy skin
• Insect repellent
• Cooling sensation reduces fever
• Acne treatment
• Sunburn relief
• Can help infants with colic and teething

see the recipe for PEPPERMINT SLICE

LEMON

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lemon is a top-selling dōTERRA favorite because of its versatility. It is a popular natural cleaning agent in the home, creates an invigorating aroma when used in a diffuser, and can be used in cooking.
USES
• Add to hand soap to help eliminate grease after working on a car or bike.
• Incorporate into skincare routine to give complexion a refreshed, healthy-looking glow.
• Combine with baking soda and coconut oil, rub on teeth for two minutes, and rinse for a brightening effect.
• Add two drops to water for a thirst-quenching flavor.
• Use in favorite dessert recipes for a refreshing citrus flavor.
• Place a few drops of Lemon on a rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue.
• Combine a few drops of Lemon with white vinegar to use as a stain remover (this really works!)
• Add to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, counter tops, and other surfaces.
CAUTIONS
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid applying the oil on skin that is subjected to direct sunlight as it may cause sunburn.
see the recipe for LEMON MOUSSE