A Basic Introduction to Essential Oils

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Welcome to Support Essentials!  We are all about showing you the best way to use essential oils in your special needs home.

After the recent buzz in the special needs community about essential oils and the benefits they can provide to those with ASD, ADHD, ODD anxiety and other disorders, you might be curious about what they are and how to use them.

So we are starting right here with a short and basic introduction to essential oils. 

What are essential oils and how do they work?

Essential oils are compounds that contain the ‘essence’ of the plant they come from.  They have the ability to quickly transform from their liquid state to a gas state at room temperature.  This is why their scent is usually the first thing you notice about them.

Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behaviour, and memory. 

From here, the unique chemical composition of an essential oil has the ability to do a number of things including calm, soothe, energize, uplift, warm or even cool a person.

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How do you use essential oils?

There are three main ways to use essential oils:

Aromatically – The aromatic use of essential oils consists of benefiting from the natural properties of the oils by way of breathing in the aroma. While topical and internal application require the body to come in contact with the oil, aromatic application merely requires the essential oil to pass through the nose in order to offer the benefits.

Aromatic use is typically achieved by diffusing or inhaling essential oils directly.

You can read more about the aromatic use of essential oils in doTERRA’s Aromatic Use of Essential Oils eBook.

Topically – Topical use is the direct application of an essential oil to the skin or the body.  This is usually done by mixing the essential oil with a carrier oil or lotion, and then rubbing it on to the skin.

While aromatic use allows users to enjoy essential oils through the air, and internal use consists of consuming essential oils, topical application is a simple way to experience the power of essential oils— providing significant benefits for the skin and entire body.

You can read more about the topical use of essential oils in doTERRA’s Topical Use of Essential Oils eBook.

Flavoring Use – Cooking with essential oils is a fun, simple way to make creative meals, or to make your favorite meals a bit more interesting.

How you use essential oils for cooking will depend on your own personal taste, what kind of food you are making, and which oil you are using.

By following a few simple guidelines, you can easily enjoy the benefits of cooking with essential oils. 

NB Not all essential oils can be used this way.  Please check the label of your essential oil to ensure it is suitable for flavoring use.

You can read more about the topical use of essential oils in doTERRA’s Cooking With Essential Oils eBook.

What’s next step?

Looking for more information?  Here are some more great reads to help you get started.

doTERRA’s Essential Oil for Beginners eBook

New here?  You might also be interested in reading our FREE guide:

Including the following chapters:
1: A Basic Introduction to Essential Oils
2: How Essential Oils Support Neurodivergent People
3: The Essential Oils to Use and Why
4: How to Purchase Essential Oils + What to Buy

Using Essential Oils in Your Neurodiverse Home >>> FREE GUIDE

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Have you checked out our printable doTERRA essential oils blend index yet >>> FREE doTERRA Blend Index

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