1. What are essential oils?

Essential oils are natural organic compounds found in plants and contain amazing healing properties. They are the life-blood of the plant and protect the plant from illness and disease. Since we have a similar chemical makeup, we can also harness the healing benefits of plants for our own health.

So why not just use the plant? Well, extracting the essential oil from the plant results in a highly concentrated oil with powerful health benefits. For example, it would take 28 cups of peppermint tea to equal one drop of peppermint essential oil!

Although they have been used historically for multiple health benefits, modern scientific study and movement towards holistic and integrative solutions are fueling a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications. Certified pure essential oils are now used in medical settings and the trend is growing.

2. How do I get essential oils?

There is a good, better, and best way to get pure essential oils. See get some oils for more information.

3. What can I use essential oils for?

Essential oil benefits are as varied as the plants they come from. If you consider oils for the most common health concerns, you can replace many of your synthetic products with natural oils that can:

  • Boost immune system
  • Relieve stress and manage mood
  • Soothe aching muscles
  • Ease occasional discomfort
  • Balance hormones
  • Improve skin conditions
  • Alleviate or improve digestive issues
  • Reduce wrinkles and aging skin
  • Aid in weight management

4. Why should I use essential oils?

Did you know that most synthetic solutions have their roots in plants (no pun intended)? They seek to mimic what plants do naturally. Unfortunately, synthetics often have side-effects and addictive tendencies. Pure essential oils is a natural alternative. There may be circumstances where synthetic solutions are necessary, but when appropriate, essential oils can be your first line of defense.

5. How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are comprised of very small molecules that can penetrate our cell walls and in some cases cross the blood-brain barrier. They enter our bloodstream and cells to help our bodies eliminate health threats, inhibit the spread of unwanted substances, boost our immune system, as well as deliver other benefits to strengthen and protect our bodies.

6. How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in oil blends depending on the desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally.

  • Aromatic Uses
    Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also purify the air of unwanted odors and some airborne contaminates. Aromatic is the fastest way to get an effect of the oils.
  • Topical Uses
    Pure essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Applying EOs topically can have an immediate, localized benefit. In addition, the chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the entire body. Some EOs can or should be diluted with a neutral carrier oil, especially when applying them on children or those who are sensitive. See Are essential oils safe below for more information.
  • Internal Uses
    Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements to support our health. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others promote healthy inflammatory response in the body. 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. See Are essential oils safe? below.

7. Are essential oils safe?

Pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be used safely by your family for a variety of wellness applications. However, there are several safety guidelines that you should follow when using essential oils and essential oil products.
The most important guideline is to be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions.

Some people can be sensitive, if redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area.Keep in mind that essential oils are very concentrated and a normal “dose” is usually 1-2 drops.

Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with vegetable oil NOT water.

Not all oils are meant for digestion. Do not consume an essential oil internally unless labeled with a Supplement Facts box with specific dietary supplement use instructions and warnings.

Although rare, it is important to discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.

When using on children, apply a very small amount of oil to test skin or other sensitivity. Some oils are better diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. Do not use oil on a child’s hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth.

Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care or have other safety questions regarding essential oils.

It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care.

Consulting with someone who has experience with essential oils will make your first experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding. As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same.

8. How do I know if an essential oil is good or bad quality?

Quality is the most important thing to consider when you look at essential oils. Without exceptional quality, you will get pesticides, synthetics, fillers and other foreign contaminants that cause harm to your body. Essential oils are found in many products, but are often not pure and contain synthetics. Since there is currently no regulatory standards for products labeled with essential oils, it is important to do your homework. Here is what we can say about what we recommend:

  • They are non-GMO, organic, and do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities.
  • Proper extraction and quality control methods verify that the oils are free of any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
  • They select the optimal plant species for the desired benefits from the best regions of the world. These plants have been grown in the right environment, harvested at the right time, and distilled under the right conditions by competent people.
  • Every single batch of their essential oils undergoes independent testing to ensure purity, potency, and the correct composition of the active natural compounds. This is done at a third party facility with one of the foremost experts of essential oil chemistry in the world, Dr. Robert Pappas.
  • Their essential oils are guaranteed to be 100% pure and natural, free of synthetic compounds or contaminants, plus have the correct composition of active compounds for maximum efficacy. Get essential oils here.

9. How do I know which essential oil to use?

Essential oils may contain hundreds of compounds and each compound may have a health benefit for our body. At the same time, many of the oils contain similar compounds. Different oils can therefore work for a particular health condition. If you are not certain where to start, contact us and we will help you get what you need.

10. How are essential oils extracted?

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are most often extracted via a low-heat steam distillation process in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material liberating the essential oils into the steam. As the steam mixture cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected in its pure form.

11. Where can I learn more about essential oils?

Have you taken our free webinar on essential oils? There is a lot to learn and this is a great place to start!

Looking for a great overview of the oils we recommend, plus some awesome recipes and DIY projects? Check it out here.

In addition, when you join BE WELL, you will have access to our team portal with advanced training and our interactive social media groups.

12. How can I work with essential oils?

Working with essential oils part-time, full-time, or as a hobby can be a fun and rewarding venture. Find out more about how you can work with essential oils here or contact us directly.

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