Mind & Body
Essential Oils: Ancient Healing Power in Today’s World
8/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Essential Oils

In our quest for good health and wellbeing, many of us search for natural remedies that will do the job without chemicals or side effects. One popular alternative that has actually been around since ancient times is the use of essential oils. 


Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor of their source. Distinctive aromatic compounds give each oil its unique "essence.” These oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic elements have been extracted, they’re combined with a carrier oil to create a product that's ready for use. Carrier oils (such as base oil or vegetable oil) are used to dilute essential oils prior to aromatherapy and before they are applied to the skin in massage. This is a critical safety practice, as oil should not be applied directly to the skin unless it has been properly diluted. 


Essential oils work with the body to address issues and root causes on a cellular level, and can be used aromatically, topically, and internally.


Cindy Webb was introduced to essential oils in 2016 when she started taking Yin Yoga classes. Her yoga instructor offered essential oils, and after trying them out, she was hooked. The following year, Webb became a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils.


"After seeing the emotional benefits I was experiencing, I decided I wanted to use essential oils on a daily basis,” she explains. Webb attributes the popularity of essential oils to the fact that people are looking for more natural solutions to address their health concerns. "I have been amazed at the relief essential oils have given me for my health issues,” she adds. 


As far as safety goes, Webb says that Certified Grade Pure Therapeutic (CGPT) Essential Oils are natural, effective, and safe without side effects. 


There’s an essential oil for almost everything that ails us. The key is to use it properly.

"To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity when using topically, use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and also when trying an oil for the first time,” Webb explains. "The recommended dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.”


Webb advises using several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. "Start with the lowest possible dose, such as one or two drops,” she says. "A topical dose can be repeated every four to six hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary based on size, age, and overall health status.”

Webb says she loves being able to reach for a natural solution first for any health issue that comes up.  "Of course, you should always consult with your doctor before changing your routine,” she advises.


Webb offers weekly classes on essential oils. See her Facebook page for more information, @cmwebbessentialoils or go her website, mydoterra.com/cmwebb.



The Essential of the Essentials


Here are some popular essential oils and the health claims associated with them: 


Peppermint:  Boosts energy, helps 

with digestion.

Lavender: Relieves stress.

Sandalwood: Calms nerves, helps 

with concentration.

Bergamot: Reduces stress and 

improves skin conditions such as 

eczema.

Rose: Improves mood and reduces 

anxiety.

Chamomile: Improves mood and 

encourages relaxation.

Ylang-Ylang: Helps headaches, 

nausea and skin conditions.

Tea Tree: Fights infections and 

boosts immunity.

Jasmine: Helps with depression, 

childbirth and libido.

Lemon: Aids digestion, moods and 

headache.

Rosemary: Boosts concentration.


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