The simple answer is EVERYTHING! I’ve been experimenting with doTerra essential oils for about 6 months now…and have really noticed changes in my health, weight, skin and overall mood.
Not all essential oils are created equally, so beware of the brand you choose.
Essential oils are extracted from the flowers, seeds, bark and roots of different types of plants. doTerra essential oils contain the highest, purest extracts that I have found. I like the company’s philosophy; they literally farm their oils from all over the world. The determining factor is where can they get the purest, most potent oils? It doesn’t matter if they have to go to Lebanon or Iowa. What matters is where the purest, most organic form of the oil found. Their Peppermint Oil comes from the Northwestern Region of the United States, Wild Orange comes from the Dominican Republic, Cardamom comes from Guatemala, Lime comes from Brazil, Juniper Berry comes from Bulgaria, Sandalwood and Lemongrass come from India, Ginger comes from Sri Lanka, Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) comes from Australia, Patchouli comes from Indonesia, Ylang Ylang comes from Madagascar and Frankincense (my personal favorite) comes from Somalia.
I recently learned that Frankincense is a tree…I did not know that previously. There is a resin the tree produces which is harvested by hand and separated by grade (color, size and clarity)…sounds like diamonds, doesn’t it…well, I think this is a diamond of an oil. It can be used for just about anything; for me, it is the scent that I just can’t get enough of…it is uplifting every time I smell it.
I work with flowers, plants and foliages all the time. I know most of them have been sprayed with pesticides and I’m pretty sure many are sprayed with very, very unhealthy/toxic pesticides.
So many flowers, plants and foliages now come from outside the United States. Other counties don’t have the same environmental protections we have in this country. I remember reading about a book, the name of the book I don’t remember, but the book was about the production of flowers in other countries and a grower was quoted saying something to the effect, “I wouldn’t bath in these rose petals”. I think most people don’t even give that notion a second thought.
I have been asked by brides and venues to provide rose petals to float in cocktails. I have also been asked to provide rose petals for the bath and to decorate the bed of a newly married couple for their honeymoon suite. I have told them all that I don’t recommend it based on what I read. Some decide that “looks” are more important than health and one dose of pesticide covered rose petals won’t kill anyone…seriously, they have said they want them anyway. The only way to do this safely is to order organic rose petals…and up until very recently, that wasn’t so easy to do. There is also a premium cost to buying organic.
Organic rose petals and the “essence” of the rose petals are an incredibly healing resource. According to Homeopathginatyler’s Blog,
“Ancient doctors used rose water to treat upset nerves, fumed patients suffering from lungs diseases with rose incense and gave extracts of rose petals to patients suffering from heart and kidney diseases.
Attar of roses is the basic medical component of roses; it stimulates and harmonizes people’s immune and nervous systems. It also improves activity of endocrine glands, removes sclerous disorders in organs and revives cells. Attar of roses is good for digestive tract as it heals mucous membranes, fights disbacteriosis and fermentative deficiency in stomach and intestine.
Rose petals contain vitamin C, carotene, B group vitamins and vitamin K that is essential for haemopoesis. Almost all mineral substances of Mendeleyev’s periodic table can be found in rose petals. They contain calcium that influences metabolism and assimilation of foodstuffs; also potassium which is important for normal heart activity, copper that participates in haemopoesis and improves activity of endocrine glands; iodine that is good for thyroid gland can be also found in rose petals. The list of rose’s virtues is long enough which allows us to call rose a universal natural medicine.”
Organic flowers are becoming more and more popular; it has to do with the whole farm to table movement. Consumers are becoming better educated on the dangers of hormone infused beef and vegetables and flowers sprayed with pesticides.
It is important that the “organic” thought process is carried over to everything we put on our skin and ingest.
I feel very new at these essential oils, but wanted to share with you what I know…if you’d like to chat about the oils, feel free to contact me through my website. I may not be able to answer all your questions, but I know someone who can!
Angie Zimmerman has been creating floral designs practically her entire life. It started as a hobby and became a career. Angie LOVES to share her knowledge and experience with other floral designers and lovers of flowers. Angie teaches floral design through Lovegevity/Wedding Planning Institute and her own traveling Extreme Floral Design Workshops. For the novice or flower hobby people she offers super easy floral design instruction at her other website, http://flowerarranging101.tv.