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Essential oils have so many uses and can enhance practically every aspect of our lives. But we may not always be making the most of the oils we have on hand. These four "musts" will help you get every drop of value from your essential oils.
1. Buy quality oils.
Not all oils are created equally. Prices and quality vary considerably and the old adage, "you get what you pay for" holds true for essential oils. Lower cost products are rarely pure essential oil and often contain synthetic chemicals. Essential oils are available in several grades. doTERRA produces only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. They have created their own strict standards to ensure that all of their oils are of the highest quality and are safe, potent, and effective. These standards encompass the entire production process from growing, harvesting, and distilling all the way through testing, bottling, and distribution. Find out more about CPTG testing and the high quality of doTERRA's oils in Differences in Essential Oil Quality.
I love doTERRA's sourcing model. It is one of the reasons I am so committed to them for my essential oils. This video gives a great overview of their sourcing standards and their efforts to impact communities where sourcing happens.
2. Open your bottles.
I don't extoll the virtues of essential oils simply to get people to buy a product. I do it because they have made such a huge difference in my life and I know they can do the same for you. So, after you purchase oils, I want you to open those bottles and use them! They aren't doing you any good sitting on a shelf unopened. Keep them where you will see them often in a location that is easy to access. (Remember they should be kept out of reach of children.) Read Storage Ideas for Your Essential Oil Collection for tips on organizing your oils for maximum usage.
3. Use your Oils. Daily.
There are three basic ways to use your essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally. Check out How to Use Essential Oils for an overview of each method as well as some general essential oil safety guidelines. doTERRA's Dr. Hill gives some great advice in this video. He is often asked how to best use essential oils. He responds, "I think what we really want to focus on is consistency of use and using the right amount. Smaller amounts is always better and consistently is always better. That way we receive the most benefits that we can from the essential oils."
Because it is best to use essential oils in small amounts, they are very cost effective. Just a few drops in a diffuser and you can change the mood in an entire room. Use them to enhance your food and beverages, for homemade cleaning and body care products, for physical wellness. Do something with them every day! Even if it is just holding a bottle to your nose and inhaling. Try this with Lemon or Peppermint when you get up in the morning and with Lavender as you are laying down to bed each night. You will quickly see the difference it makes. The more you use them the more benefit you will see. After all, you invested in essential oils not to have some cute little bottles in a drawer somewhere. You invested in their potential to add value to your life.
One way to get a lot of value from your oils is with this super easy surface cleaner. Just add water, white vinegar, and a few drops of a citrus essential oil (Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit) to a spray bottle.
Need more ideas? Check out Best doTERRA Essential Oil Uses.
4. Keep it simple.
Oils don't have to be complicated. Trust your intuition, use safe applicaton methods, and keep trying new things. At some point we were all beginners. All we knew was that as we started using them, we saw positive results in our lives. I know you can too!
If you start doing these 4 things, you will begin to see why so many people LOVE their doTERRA essential oils.