A HEALTHY DOSE
As someone who advocates for natural approaches to health, I am always trying to learn more about different types of healing. One of my more recent discoveries is the power of essential oils to cure common illnesses and soothe body, mind, and soul. Someone who knows quite a bit about these is Taylor Morneau, a wellness advocate for doTERRA essential oils, and I reached out to her so that she could spread her knowledge on this topic.
What exactly are essential oils?
Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of the plant. When properly extracted, essential oils have the unique ability to increase emotional and physical wellness. Producing the purest of oils can be very costly, requiring several hundred pounds or more of plant material to gain only one pound of essential oil. Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils can provide the body with an array of support at a cellular level. In fact, essential-oil constituents have the potential to affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients. Our body’s cells are similar to those of plants, so as soon as the oils enter our cells, our body knows how to distribute and use them. Essential oils have been around for many years, with evidence of their use dating back as far as 1553 BC.
How did you first become interested in EOs?
I first became more interested in essential oils when I was an employee of the Rutland Area Food Co-op. It was there I started to learn more about using and selling essential oils. Last August I became a wellness advocate for doTERRA essential oils, and it has been a life-changing experience for my entire family. Learning more about essential oils for family use, sharing my oils with others who are interested, and creating a business around something I’m passionate about, are only a few of the benefits these essential oils have had on me.
What are a few of the ways you use essential oils?
Throughout the course of one day, I will use many essential oils for various reasons. There are three ways to benefit from pure, therapeutic essential oils; aromatically, topically and internally. Aromatic use is when oils are diffused into the air through a diffuser. Topically, when directly applied to the skin with a carrier oil like coconut oil, essential oils are easily absorbed through the skin. There are some oils that can be taken internally as well. I always apply On Guard (a blend of wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary) to the bottoms of my feet and often in our diffuser for daily immune support. I also use lemongrass in my diffuser to clear out any negative or stagnant energy and uplift the mood. One drop of lemon oil in my water daily helps detoxify my liver and other digestive organs. My favorite essential oil would have to be lavender. I use this oil daily to help relieve stress and promote relaxation.
Do you use them for your kids?
We use essential oils on all three of our children, along with fractionated coconut oil, which is coconut oil that has been heated slightly and the fat extracted so it can carry essential oils into the body easier. Any oils I would use for myself, I would also use for my children. In the evening I will often diffuse serenity, lavender, and ylang ylang in my children’s rooms to promote relaxation and a restful sleep, not to mention it smells amazing!
Have you been able to replace western over-the-counter medicines with essential oils?
Our medicine cabinet is our doTERRA essential oils box. When one of our family members starts showing symptoms of illness, we immediately go to our essential oils. On Guard is the oil we seem to use the most of in our home. This particular oil blend has been designed with oils that have been studied for their strong abilities to kill harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses. We use peppermint oil for fevers and headaches. The Deep Blue blend is amazing for soothing tired, sore muscles. For skin-related concerns, I always turn to tea tree oil. The oil blend called Breathe is often used in our house for respiratory support, and to combat bacteria and viruses that could be harmful to the body.
We have had much success using oils to support our wellness instead of using western over-the-counter medicines. When someone comes to me with an ailment or a wellness concern, there are always a few oils that I can recommend. Through my work with doTERRA, it has been amazing to see just how diverse each oil is and to witness others having wellness success using essential oils.
Lindsay Courcelle, CMT is a Myofascial Release therapist, part-time vegetable farmer, and natural health advocate. Email her at alchemyMFR@gmail.com.