For Parents: Essential Oils 101
Essential oils are making a huge presence these days - you'll find them more and more in spas, salons, and even your local grocery store. Many parents I work with think that essential oils are mainly for relaxation - but that's not always the case! Below are some myths and fun facts on essential oils that you may not know - check out my $2.99 PDF e-guide on Essential Oils for Families for more info! :)
Myths and Fun Facts:
1) Myth: Essential oils are like perfume - only to be smelled.
Fun Fact: There is a variety of ways to use these beautiful oils! You can diffuse them at home, work or in any space where you would like a scent to uplift, relax, purify and so on. You may also use them on the skin (diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil for sensitive skin - and some of DoTerra's products already come pre-diluted for you!) in places such as the wrists (similar to perfume), back of the neck, stomach, bottoms of the feet and for aching muscles, etc. Lastly, certain oils are great for cooking and baking, too!
2) Myth: Essential oils are all the same.
Fun Fact: Essential oils are not all made the same way. I, myself, prefer to use DoTerra's oils because I know that they are sourced from their country of origin in a way that is harmonious to the environment, laborers are compensated well and the products we receive are tested rigorously numerous times before being sold so that you receive the real deal.
3) Myth: Essential oils are expensive.
Fun Fact: While a certain product may be expensive, each bottle of oil (if using 1-2 drops daily as each drop has enough of an effect/benefit) can last, on average, 3-6 months.
4) Myth: Essential oils cannot be used on children.
Fun Fact: Depending on the age (babies to teens), it is best to diffuse a certain essential oil or only use it on the soles (bottoms) of the feet and diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba, grapeseed, or even a good quality olive oil. The older the child (pre-teens and teens), the safer it is to apply certain oils diluted on the back of the neck or soles of the feet.
5) Myth: Essential oils are not safe to carry around, as they will leak.
Fun Fact: There are a variety of carrying cases and bags available that are specifically-designed to hold oils and the 5 ml, 10 ml, etc. size bottles which oils normally are sold in. Favorite oils can also be carried around in small sample bottles and larger roller bottles for your convenience.