Oils Spotlight: What are Essential Oils?

Even though some people may view Essential Oils as a new trend, history shows that ancient civilizations used plants for things such as aromatherapy, personal care, religious ceremonies, beauty treatments, and food preparation. Why would they not be of use today?

 If you are like I was, your first question might be (or have been, if you are already an essential oils user) what ARE Essential Oils exactly? So let’s talk for just a moment about that!

“A variety of plants cover the Earth in different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. Many of these plants contain compounds that typically can’t be seen with the naked eye—they hide within the roots, flowers, seeds, bark, or other areas of the plant. These compounds are known as essential oils. They are highly concentrated, making them extremely potent. Also referred to as volatile aromatic compounds, essential oils give a plant its aroma, protect it from harsh environmental conditions and insects, and even play a part in plant pollination.”

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Have you ever noticed the wonderful fragrances left behind on your hands when you touch a rose petal or a basil or rosemary or thyme or lavender or oregano leaf or after you have peeled a piece of citrus fruit? The oils from each of these plants are what you are smelling!

So, how do we get the oils from the parts of the plant into the little brown bottles that we use in our homes?

Check out this blog post on dōTERRA’s website about steam distillation: Click Here
And this blog post will tell you more about cold expression. Click Here
Some of our oils are actually absolutes, not essential oils. Read about that by clicking here.

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For more information on the fundamentals of essential oils, visit the dōTERRA blog spotlight page here. I would also love to have you join us for our next Facebook Class, which is an Intro to Essential Oils Class. Our Facebook Classes are Facebook post-driven events. We set up a special group page JUST for that particular Facebook Class. In order to participate in the class, (and ANYONE is welcome to particpate) you will need to register for the class in advance. Once you have completed the form to register for the class, you’ll receive a confirmation email. This email is SUPER important, as it contains the link that you will need to request to be added to the special class Facebook Group. On the night of the scheduled class, go to the Facebook Class Group page and read through the posts. Be sure to check in and interact by commenting, answering questions and communicating with the other participants in the class and you will be entered to win the drawing for our class prize! If for some reason you can’t participate in the class during the “scheduled” time, the posts will be available for at least 14 days after that time so that you can participate at your convenience. Interested in checking this next class out? Here is the registration link: https://carolholtz.synduit.com/IOFFC0008

We do these classes weekly on a different topic each week. To see the calendar with the upcoming classes and the registration link, check out the monthly calendar, which you can find here: https://teamup.com/ks97eb4090a476fb7a You can either bookmark this link in your browser or go to www.carolholtz.com and choose the Calendar of Events page at any time!

We would love to have you join us for our any of our Facebook Classes, but this Intro to Oils Class is especially good if you have interest in learning more about what they are and how they work! (If you are reading this post after the end of July 2019, be sure to check out the calendar link above to find the next Intro to Oils Facebook Class! We do them regularly!)

What is your favorite way to learn about essential oils and how and when to use them? Let me know in the comments area below! And if you’re not sure, let me know THAT in the comments below also. I would be happy to connect and send you a sample or two, if you don’t yet have your own dōTERRA Account! :)

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