‘Essential’ Essential Oil Hacks For Your Home
Here are some practical and home uses for some of our favorite essential oils—and the best place to get them
Essential oils are gaining much more interest now that people are more open to the benefits of an all-natural-leaning lifestyle.
If are you still one of the many people who associate essential oils only with a diffuser, then let us enlighten you a bit more. Essential oils are more than just natural fragrances used to make your room smell good; they are actually little bottles of miracle in their own right, packed with so many benefits that you can take advantage of.
Essential oils are a tricky domain. There’s a lot of scientific research that goes into essential oil education and use, but there’s also a lot of voodoo going on behind the scenes when it comes to oils that are not pure or mixed with synthetic diluters. So, before we get into the many uses of essential oils, take note that not all essential oils are made equal.
DōTERRA essential oils
Doterra is a brand based in Utah, whose name has a Latin derived meaning of “gift of the Earth.” Since being established in 2008, Doterra aims to not only offer essential oils, but also establish a standard of quality in an industry that had never had one. This meant that they only want to manufacture and create essential oils that are of the purest grade, through a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade protocol they established to assure people that all of their oils are pure, not loaded with synthetic fillers, contaminants- and pesticide-free, and certified food-grade by the FDA.
In the Philippines, it’s easy enough to get duped by products claiming to be legitimate. We’ve got so many pirated and fake products, most of the time it’s harder to find the legitimate ones.
That’s why when Vicky Chang was introduced to Doterra oils and their many benefits, she knew she wanted to share that experience with more Filipinos.
“It began with me being a millennial, not knowing what to do with my life, not loving the work I was doing, overwhelmed with the expectations of others, of my parents, and worse, myself. This resulted to anxiety, overthinking, panic attacks, and sleepless nights. One day, my mom gave me extra oils that she had and didn’t know what to do with so I started reading about them, trying some out, which did wonders for my anxiety and sleep. I shared some online and it turns out that I wasn’t alone with these struggles,” Vicky shares.
Without realizing it, that’s how Doterra Philippines was born. In 2019, Vicky became “The Essential Queen,” like her handle reads on Instagram, supplying not just genuine Doterra products but also essential essential oil education to Filipino households.
So, before you dabble in anything essential oil, make sure you’re sourcing only the purest and most genuine of oils. That way, you’re not exposing yourself and your family to risks associated with synthetic ones.
Benefits of essential oils
Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants. In the world of essential oils, the superior method of extracting it is through cold-pressing, so that all of the benefits of the plant are preserved into the oil. Take note that essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered “true” essential oils.
Aromatherapy is an old practice that has been used for centuries, where inhaling the scent of certain essential oils can bring therapeutic benefits. The way essential oils work is that our olfactory system captures the scent and sends it directly to the limbic system, which plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. This is how essential oils can work to influence your body—hopefully, in a good way.
While scientific research has been done, and some essential oils have been found by John Hopkins lab to be very potent against certain bacteria, Vicky emphasizes that the essential oil experience is very personal. This means that it may be different for everyone, the same way that not all food tastes good for everyone, or that some people may be allergic to stuff that normal people enjoy.
With this in mind, it’s important to take note of your own sensitivities to essential oils if you plan to use them for therapeutic benefits.
Practical uses for the home
We’ve heard so many things about the healing and therapeutic uses of oils, but did you know that they have so many practical uses around the house, as well?
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of essential oils, especially if you’re a beginner. So, for first-timers who are looking for something that has therapeutic and all-around home use, Vicky suggests the Doterra Introductory Kit—which comes with lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils.
Here are some pro tips from Vicky on how you can use these three essential oils to improve your home.
Essential oil education
The topic of essential oils is a huge world with so many things to discover.
Sensitivity to essential oils, for example. Some people just take more time to adjust to certain things—and that goes with essential oils, as well. Sometimes, people can be sensitive even to the gentlest of essential oils, like lavender. In these cases, Vicky advises to start incorporating essential oils into your routine slowly. Maybe start by diluting one drop of essential oil in one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil first, slowly building up the concentration as you go.
For pregnant moms who want to start using essential oils, they can also start diffusing on their second trimester, which is so much safer than inhaling chemical fragrances.
To help people get to know more about essential oils, Doterra Philippines holds regular online classes on different essential oil topics, free of charge.
To get more information about essential oils, to join a class, or maybe become a member to avail discounts on essential oils, check out @theessentialqueen on Insagram.