Essential oils are truly incredible, and are the perfect compliment for a healthy plant-based lifestyle because, they are plant-based of course! There are a few key things to know when selecting essential oils to care for your health, and your family's health, using natural tools. Here are three cool things about essential oils.
1. They are SAFE
doTERRA essential oils are 100% natural and safe. There's nothing added to the oil, or taken away from the oil. They're just simply pure essential oils with no side effects and no addictions. They're safe for babies, children, adults, and the elderly.
Oils are extracts from plants that have amazing health benefits. A pure oil is about 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. One drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to drinking 28 cups of peppermint tea!
What I LOVE about these oils from doTERRA is the CPTG standard. It stands for Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, and it means these oils are completely pure and potent.
Pure means there are no foreign contaminants or fillers. Potent means that each plant was grown in a part of the world where that plant grows best, resulting in the absolute best natural chemistry for the plant. When you have the ideal natural chemistry, the essential oil extracted does exactly what we want it to do for our health.
2. They are EFFECTIVE
Let's take it back to Biology 101 for simplicity's sake. The cells in our body are protected by an oily cell membrane. It keeps all the good things in and all the bad things out. Two of the things that are harmful to our cells are bacteria and viruses. Bacteria form on the outside of the cells, while viruses duplicate the DNA on the inside of the cells.
When you go to the doctor's office with a bacterial infection they prescribe an antibiotic, right? And you take it for 7-10 days, all the while wreaking havoc on your gut, hormones, and immune system - essentially wiping the microbiome clean of everything, including the good bacteria.
If you had a virus on the other hand, they would recommend that you go home and get a lot of rest, fluids, and let it run its course. If you've ever wondered why, the answer can be found in basic biology.
You see, most of the modern recommendations are water-based synthetic medications. We know that water and oil don't mix, so the medications are ineffective at treating the virus on a cellular level, and they simply mitigate the symptoms, allowing you to feel slightly less ill. These also frequently come with side effects and addictions, another factor to consider when following doctor's orders.
Essential oils are different! Because they are oil based, they are able to penetrate the cell membrane and work on a cell level, without causing any side effects or addictions. They can both combat bacteria on the outside of the cells, and prevent duplication of viruses on the inside of the cell. For this reason, basic biology, essential oils are more effective than the modern to health problems.
*Western medicine does have its place though, ie trauma medicine.
3. They are AFFORDABLE
When you think about what it costs to go to the doctor's office for every little thing, what does that include? Do you have a copay? Need to pick up a prescription or something over the counter? How about the time to take off of work and the gas for the car? Even if you have a great health plan, there are still associated costs with getting sick - mostly the time that it likely takes to deal with it in the onset and the time it takes to recover.
When someone in my house gets a scratch in their throat, for example, I make a sore throat soother tea with ginger and lemon essential, honey, and hot water. We send them to bed with OnGuard or Breathe in the diffuser and they wake up feeling like they've bounced back before anything really settled in. This is what proactive healthcare is all about.
This remedy costs a mere 73¢! That's much better than needing to run to the store to pick up an over the counter medication, right? We save hundreds of dollars a year in medical costs because of essential oils. You can't afford NOT to use natural solutions!
Plus, with the oils on hand, you can enjoy their benefits in a number of other ways to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Lookout for the next post on three ways to use essential oils!
Learn more about doTERRA and their CPTG essential oils at my.doterra.com/cheflaurendagostino