What are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is a concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile, ethereal oils or aetherolea, or simply as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not as a group need to have any specific chemical properties in common, beyond conveying characteristic fragrances.

Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. Other processes include expression, or solvent extraction. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soap and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for scenting incense and household cleaning products.

Various essential oils have been used medicinally at different periods in history. Medical application proposed by those who sell medicinal oils range from skin treatments to remedies for cancer, and are often based on historical use of these oils for these purposes. Such claims are now subject to regulation in most countries, and have grown more vague to stay within these regulations.

Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades with the popularity of aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine which claims that the specific aromas carried by essential oils have curative effects. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer or by heating over a candle flame, or burned as incense, for example.

How long have oils been used?
Essential oils were probably mankind’s first “medicine”.  From Egyptian and Chinese records we can see that essential oils have been used for thousands of years.

Why recommend the doTerra Oils?
There are many companies selling great quality oils including Therapeutic Grade oils.
We can make a commission on these or various other brands of essential oils, but before recommending any oils we wanted to make sure it was something we’d use and be proud to share with our own family and friends.  We happily and successfully do both of these with the doTerra Oils.

Some great points about the doTerra oils…

doTerra oils are:
1. CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade)
2. Taken from plants in areas where they grown naturally, as they produce the better quality oils.
3. Tested in every batch (most companies randomly test the batches of oils)
4. The only oils we’ve found to be guaranteed herbicide and pesticide free. (Especially important for taking internally and I believe helps with sensitive skin)
5. Highly concentrated so it only takes a drop or two to do the job.  (Their 15ml bottles have over 200 drops per bottle so it’s good price for the amount)

This doesn’t mean you have to buy the doTerra oils to follow the advice given on this website.  But please make sure to get Therapeutic Grade oils to make sure you aren’t getting other additives/chemicals in your essential oils.  (We found a Peppermint oil at a reputable natural health store that smells like Peppermint alcohol compared to the doTerra Peppermint oil.)
Make sure you get great quality!  Your body and mind will thank you.