Essential Oil Basics:
doTerra CPTG Essential Oils are natural, safe, and therefore can be used freely. However, please note a few cautions:
- Some oils are NOT recommended for use on children or pregnant women. Please do NOT use/recommend an oil for children or pregnant women until you know that the oil is safe for those individuals. If you aren’t sure, please email me or seek out the information (Modern Essentials is a great resource book).
- NEVER PUT ANY ESSENTIAL OIL DIRECTLY IN THE EAR OR EYE. If any oil ever does get in these areas, dilute with a fractionated coconut oil, olive, or vegetable oil. Water will only make it worse. Oil attracts oil; water spreads it out.
- If any oil is too strong or causes irritation, try diluting it with fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or another carrier oil of your choice.
- Remember that essential oils are very concentrated. You only need a drop or two of oil for each application. Also, unlike traditional over the counter drugs, you can apply these more often. It is better to apply a little more often, than a lot at one time.
The following is a list of common issues with a few suggested oils:
NOSE BLEED: Cypress, Lavender, Helichrysum; apply one drop on the bridge of the nose and nape of the neck or wet a washcloth and place a drop of the selected oil in the center, then press the cloth over the bridge of the nose (being sure not to impede clear breathing)PINK EYE: Melaleuca (alternafolia), lavender; Apply to area around the eye. Be careful not to get in the eye or too close to the eye.
RSV: Rub Breathe or eucalyptus on the chest area, and also on the spine. If needed, you can dilute. You can also mix the eucalyptus with peppermint or lemon.
RUNNY NOSE OR CONGESTION: Breathe or eucalyptus on sides of nose—eyes may water when you do this, so either close your eyes for a few minutes, or dilute with coconut oil.
SORE THROAT: Gargle with oregano and lemon. Put a couple drops of each in an ounce or two of water, and gargle as long as you can stand it. (I warn you this is nasty, but one time has usually been enough to take care of it for me, also you may want to have the coconut or vegetable oil handy in case any of it gets on your lips, it may burn a bit.) You can also gargle with the On Guard Blend. Breathe, the respiratory blend, is also good for throat viruses, and you can apply this directly to the throat, for your kids who can’t do the nasty tasting things.
STREP THROAT: Put a couple of drops of the On Guard Blend in some water and drink the water, or gargle with oregano and lemon; Oregano, frankincense, myrrh; rub on throat, chest and back of neck.
TENSION HEADACHE: Apply peppermint or wintergreen on temples, around hairline, across the forehead, and on the back of the neck, can also apply it to soles of feet. Also try Past Tense! A blend specific for headaches.
SINUS HEADACHE: Breathe, Eucalyptus (Radiata), peppermint; Apply across forehead and around sinus area.
SORE MUSCLES: Apply peppermint or Serenity on affected muscles.
STOMACH/DIGESTION: Peppermint, or Digest Zen blend. Rub this on stomach area. For smaller children, you may want to dilute it with a carrier oil. Ginger is also a good one for stomach problems.
DIARRHEA: Rub peppermint or Digest Zen on the stomach.
CONSTIPATION: Rub peppermint or Digest Zen on the stomach. You can also try ginger.
HEARTBURN: Digest Zen, peppermint, lemon, ginger, anise; Put a couple drops in a capsule; Can also add a couple drops of lemon to 8 oz of water. By ingesting lemon juice and/or essential oils, the stomach stops excreting digestive acids, therefore alleviating heartburn or other stomach ailments.
NAUSEA: Rubbing a couple of drops of peppermint behind the ears may help.
MOLD: Diffuse some Purify Blend or On Guard Blend.
PAIN: Deep Blue, wintergreen, peppermint, white fir.
SCRAPES, CUTS AND BRUISES: Lavender
STRESS: Lavender, orange, ylang ylang, lemon, Serenity; diffuse or apply somewhere where you can smell it throughout the day—try the back of your neck, under nose, on chest