Because doTERRA essential oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils, some of our clients have asked us whether these essential oils are too potent for everyday use.
The short answer is that we recommend using doTERRA essential oils every day to receive their maximum therapeutic effect. And, there are five things about using essential oils every day that you ought to know.
1. Not all essential oils are created equal
Some are more potent than others. Essential Oils that contain a higher concentration of phenols (phenolics) and aldehydes are more potent than oils with lower concentrations of these chemicals. Phenols and aldehydes have strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
Essential oils that contain higher concentrations of phenols include Clove, Wintergreen, Oregano, and Melaleuca (tea tree oil). Oils that contain a higher concentration of aldehydes include Cinnamon Bark, Lemongrass, and Citronella.
We’ve all heard the adage that “variety is the spice of life.” When it comes to using essential oils every day, a little variety goes a long way. Why? Because many essential oils share similar properties, so it’s smart to rotate the oils you use every day. This way, your body doesn’t get a chance to adapt to one particular oil or blend, and you continue to receive the highest benefit from the oils. For example, Lavender essential oil, Balance essential oil blend, and Serenity essential oil blend are all effective in helping you get a good night’s sleep. Rotating between these oils enhances the benefits of all three.
3. More is Better, Right?
Not always. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are highly concentrated. So a few drop is all that’s required to achieve a therapeutic effect. If you are using essential oils every day, you want to use the smallest amount that provides you with the highest level therapeutic effect. There’s no rule here that covers all essential oils. Our advice is to be smart and start slowly. Try a couple of drops at first, and then see if increasing that amount provides a benefit. You’ll be surprised how potent doTERRA essential oils are.
4. The Dilution Solution
To minimize any sensitivities you may have to CPTG essential oils, we recommend that you dilute these oils to slow the absorption rate. This precaution is especially important for people who have sensitive systems. We recommend diluting the essential oils you use every day with a high-quality carrier oil like organic jojoba, almond, or olive oil. Try one drop of essential oil for every 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil. This concentration is a generally well tolerated.
5. Safety First
On Guard by doTERRAIf you are new to using a particular essential oil on your skin, or new to using essential oils every day, we recommend using the dilution formula from the previous section on a small patch of skin before you cover larger sections of your body. A small area on your abdomen or the underside of one upper arm is safe place to start.