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Just as we can classify essential oils based on differences in chemistry, we can categorize them based on their aroma. Three main aroma groupings exist: calming/soothing oils, uplifting oils, and grounding/balancing oils. What is interesting, how- ever, is that we cannot separate the aroma from the chemistry. When we look at oils that are uplifting, we observe interplay between the aroma and the chemistry that allows these oils to affect the body systemically.
Diffusing an uplifting oil during the winter months can elevate the mood, and can also be invigorating to other body systems as a whole. Essential oils that fit into this category are those with distinct top notes such as Basil, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and all citrus oils. One of my favorite pairings is Wild Orange mixed with Peppermint. These oils are most effectively used either by diffusion or by direct topical application.
How does aromatic use of essential oils affect the body and mind?
It is a general misnomer that when we use essential oils, we can only affect the body or the mind, but not both. In reality, when we influence one system of the body, the effects extend systemically. The limbic system, also known as the body’s emotional control center, is critically important when it comes to aroma because it is so easily influenced by our environment. What we taste, what we see, what we hear, and especially what we smell heavily influence this system. Part of the limbic sys- tem is the hypothalamus, which in addition to regulating the limbic system, has direct links to neurochemistry stimulation throughout the body. So when we inhale the aroma of Lavender, not only will it calm our mood, but will benefit the entire body. By far the fastest way to take advantage of
the effects of essential oils is to use them aromatically, but no matter how we apply the oils, the effects will be far-reaching.
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• Soothes sore muscles and joints • Assists with clear breathing
• Acts as a cooling agent on skin
• Supports healthy digestion • Soothes aching muscles
• Purifies and tones skin
• Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
• Alleviates stomach upset
• Frequently used oral health
• Assists with clear breathing • Supports respiratory health • Soothes tired, sore muscles
What makes an essential oil therapeutic?
The therapeutic value of an essential oil is derived from more than its individual chemistry. How that chemistry develops and to what extent it develops within the plant are other important considerations. Additionally, at times, production processes may either enhance or reduce subtle, yet critical chemical components needed for optimal health benefit. For dōTERRA, it is not a single expert or singular process that determines best practices for quality, but rather a multifaceted co-operative effort which includes experts collaborating for the best possible outcomes. This unique and distinguishing approach consis- tently allows dōTERRA to provide unsurpassed quality and benefit in our essential oils.
• Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
• Immune-enhancing benefits • Energizing to mind and body