Working with Aromatherapy can enhance your life and the life of others around you. Essential oils are a powerful tool that everyone can use for different purposes. No matter if you seek out essential oils for emotional well-being, and pain management, want to use them in your house for cleaning, or apply them to your pets or children. However, it is essential to start at the very beginning and become familiar with the oils, their application, and their use. This article will help you to dive into the world of essential oils safely and consciously.
In my shamanic work and private life, I only use doTerra essential oils, as those oils are 100% pure and only harvested sustainably. Furthermore, doTerra provides a range of educational ebooks and accessible classes that you can attend to learn more about the fascinating world of Aromatherapy.
1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books
Choose just one or two books to start your aromatherapy library. Select books that are general resources, which will give you some basic information and help you discover the areas in which you are most interested. You can also download one of the “FREE” doTerra Ebooks here; they provide a wealth of information.
2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums
Facebook Groups, Instagram pages, and other forums are great resources for aromatherapy beginners. This allows you to read past discussions, ask questions, and learn from others.
When joining doTerra as a member, for only £25 a year, you have access to hundreds of live classes, oil protocol, educational events, and doTerra University, where you can meet like-minded people.
You can find more information about joining the global community here.
3. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start
Though you may be tempted to buy more, try to begin with just five or ten different essential oils. The good thing about doTerra is that they offer different Starter Kits that allow people to choose suitable oils. Essential oils can be expensive; however, if you want to work with oils of the highest quality, this is something to consider. Especially with doTerra oils, once you are a member, you qualify for monthly promotions and Free products every month, which allows you to discover the world of essential oils even further.
4. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils
There are so many different oils on the market now that it is difficult to know where they are coming from. Moreover, if they are pure and 100% unadulterated essential oils. Again doTerra is a well-known and reputable manufacturer. Their whole company ethos is purity, sustainability, and helping others. Many of their essential oils are even safe to use internally.
Synthetic, fragrance, and perfume oils are not essential; they contain man-made chemicals and have no aromatherapeutic value.
5. Buy at Least One Carrier of Oil
For nearly all topical aromatherapy applications, you will need to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil. Good all-purpose carrier oils include sweet almond oil, sunflower, and grapeseed oil. Buy cosmetic grade carrier oils, and use only a few drops of essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oil. When using doTerra oils, there are many oils that you can apply directly on the skin, just read through each description as it will tell you.
6. Store Your Oils Properly
You should store your essential oils only in dark glass containers. Since essential oils are volatile, keep the lids tightly closed. Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. Carrier oils will go rancid eventually, so it’s best to buy smaller quantities and take note of their expiry date, so you know when to stop using them.
7. Learn How to Do a Patch Test
Some essential oils can cause adverse reactions due to allergies or sensitization. You can easily do a patch test helps to determine whether you might react to a particular essential oil. Learn how to perform a skin patch test on yourself with each new oil you want to use topically.
8. Don’t Use Aromatherapy with Children or Pets
Until you are thoroughly familiar with essential oils and associated safety issues, don’t use them on children or pets or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Cats, in particular, may be adversely affected by essential oils. Make sure essential oils are kept out of reach of children. Doterra provides an excellent “FREE” Ebook on how to use essential oils on children and pets. You can download it here…
9. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils
You will probably read conflicting information about taking essential oils internally. However, doTerra has very clear guidelines on which oils can be used internally and which ones are unsafe to use this way. Some essential oils that are relatively safe to use topically may be toxic if taken internally.
doTerra is different
That is why doTerra offers educational classes, printed books, Ebooks, and other Live Events to share knowledge and educate people about the benefits and use of Essential oils. In addition, some essential oils may interact with prescription or over the counter drugs, you can check those by reading through the doTerra University or attending one of their online classes. There are also many oily protocols available which will give further information about the safe use of each oil
As you experiment with and learn more about aromatherapy, you will become more confident using essential oils. There is so much to explore, so be safe and have fun!