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Essential Oils 101

What is an essential oil?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of Essential Oils.

These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential Oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, Essential Oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices. Typically one drop of a dōTERRA® essential oil has a powerful effect making them affordable at just pennies per use! View a short video clip introducing essential oils HERE.

How do I use essential oils?

You will soon learn that there are hundreds of ways to use dōTERRA® essential oils, including relaxation, personal hygiene, household cleaning, cooking, and supporting a healthy body. Every oil has at least one of three application methods: Inhalation, Topical, or Internal.


One of the most well-studied areas of aroma research is the effect of smell on EMOTIONS and MOOD.

The AROMA of an ESSENTIAL OIL is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings in a variety of settings.

The SMELL receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, an area that governs the body’s EMOTIONAL responses.

This close connection between AROMA and EMOTION becomes obvious in our everyday life as certain odors trigger MEMORIES or specific FEELINGS. Some AROMAS directly impact MOOD (for example calming, balancing, or invigorating), while others trigger memories of a specific experience, often one tied to a strong EMOTION.

There are many acceptable ways to use Essential Oils for their AROMATIC properties. One method is to DIFFUSE the oil into the air. Not only does diffusion make the oil accessible to the body, but research indicates that there are also AIR PURIFICATION benefits when diffusing oils.

When diffusing oils, use of cold air or hydrodiffusion is best because burning or heating Essential Oils can ALTER their delicate chemistry. If a diffuser is not available, simply DROPPING Essential Oils into the palm of the hand and then cupping around the nose and breathing deeply is a CONVENIENT METHOD for using Essential Oils at ANY time, in ANY situation.


Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefits throughout the body.

Simply apply to the area that is causing discomfort. 1-3 drops is perfect for topical application. Please always dilute with a carrier oil of coconut oil, jojoba oil etc. Some oils are “hot oils” and should always be diluted. Clove, cinnamon, oregano are a few “hot oils.”

When you are unsure where to apply essential oils put a few drops onto the bottom of the feet. Oils applied to the bottoms of the feet will enter the bloodstream and service every cell of the body.


Certain Essential Oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements for targeted wellness. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

Only take oils internally that are labeled for personal consumption with a Supplement Facts guide on the bottle. Oils bought off the shelves are not considered safe to take internally.

Simply add a drop of essential oil, to a glass or stainless steel cup of water or beverage. Do not use plastic as citrus oils leech out the harmful chemicals found in plastic.

What are some basic safety tips?

1) Photosensitivity – No sunbathing after applying citrus essential oils. Citrus oils are sensitive to the sun since they are made from the rind of fruit. Avoid direct sunlight to the exposed area for at least 12 hours of that location may have a skin irritation or burn. Oils applied underneath clothing should be fine.

2) Hot Oils – If it starts to burn, skip the water. Use a carrier oil or whole fat milk. Because essential oils don’t mix with water, applying water to the area can actually drive the burn in deeper. Ouch!

3) Avoid These Areas – Never put essential oils in your eyes, inside ear canal, or up nose. However, you may apply oils around the eye bone in a C shape, on ear cartilage and behind ear bone, or diffuse essential oils.

4) Dilution – Use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil when applying essential oils topically to avoid skin sensitization.

5) Safe Storage – The majority of all adverse reactions to essential oils by children have been as a direct result of accidental overdose and ingestion in large amounts. Keep out of reach of children. Use child proof safety caps.

What are the most commonly used essential oils and their uses? 
Click on each bottle below to enjoy 1-min informational video clips.


Grounding Blend

  • Creates sense of calm and well-being
  • Promotes tranquility and sense of balance
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Respiratory Support

  • Clears airways and promotes easy breathing
  • Use with diffuser at night for restful sleep
  • Use for seasonal respiratory discomfort
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Deep Blue

Muscle & Joint Suppor

  • Apply to tired, aching joints
  • Use before and after exercise to reduce discomfort
  • Use for deep tissue massage
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Digestive Support

  • Eases digestive discomfort
  • Motion sickness or indigestion
  • Use at mealtimes for healthy, comfortable digestion
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Powerful and Versatile

  • Clean and dress minor cuts, bites and sores
  • Calms stress and tension
  • Supports immune function
  • Lifts mood and awareness
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All Things Calming

  • Reduce anxious feelings
  • Soothes emotions
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Supports restful sleep
  • Calms bee stings
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Cleans and Freshens

  • Soothes throat discomfort
  • Neutralizes odors
  • Elevates Mood
  • Antioxidant and detoxifier
  • Use to clean kitchen
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First Aid for the Skin

  • Skin blemishes
  • Beautify the skin
  • Healthy scalp and hair
  • Apply to feet and toenails
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On Guard

Natural Defense

  • Protective mouth rinse
  • Immune support
  • Cleanses and purifies
  • Eliminates airborne threats
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Natural Immune Support

  • Natural defense for kids and adults
  • Use internally as a part of a monthly cleansing regime for GI health
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Cools and Invigorates

  • Invigorates lungs
  • Increases alertness
  • Cools body
  • Calms head tension
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Wild Orange

Revitalizing and Uplifting

  • Energizing and revitalizing aroma
  • Elevates mood
  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
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Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Breathe®, DigestZen®, On Guard®

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Deep Blue®(5mL), Petal Diffuser, The dōTERRA® Essentials Booklet

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OreganoFrankincenseDeep Blue®Breathe®DigestZen®On Guard®

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Motivate®Cheer®, Passion® Forgive®Console® , Peace®

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