Introduction to essential oils

Have you ever crushed mint in your hand and inhaled the fragrance?  Have you noticed when you slice an orange your hands carry the aroma long after it has been peeled and eaten.  What about when you roll lavender flowers between the thumb and forefinger and then lift to your nostril?  Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to bask in the fragrance?

Essential oils carry the natural aromatic essence of a plant which is found in the seeds, stems, roots, bark, flowers and other parts of plants. Essential oils have been used throughout history for curative purposes and as modern trends move towards a more holistic approach towards health and wellbeing, essential oils play a therapeutic role, in promoting healing in the physical body as well as emotional healing.

Essential oils can be used singly and in blends however, a word of caution.

These days there are basically three categories of Essential Oils.

  • Aromatic essential oil
  • Therapeutic grade essential oil
  • Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil


Aromatic Essential Oil

These oils are widely available and are mostly synthetic.  They are sold for their aromatic properties and are not therapeutic grade.  These oils are commonly used for burning and for fragrance in such items as eye pillows. They are not to be used topically or taken internally.

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil

These oils are on offer in most health food stores, pharmacies and supermarkets. These oils may claim to be therapeutic grade, and some may be pure, however few are subjected to stringent testing for their chemical composition. Some contain artificial ingredients, such as fillers, chemical pesticides and residues.

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial oils obtainable on the planet today. A great example is dōTERRA. The oils are subjected to rigorous testing involving chemical analysis and are cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity as well as the composition potency of each batch. They do not contain any artificial ingredients which would dilute or compromise their active qualities.


Essential Oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as a dietary supplement (if a (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oil).  Essential oils are naturally safe and have few, if any, side effects when used as directed.  They should never be used in or near the eyes, or ear canal.

dōTERRA’s (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils have individual labels that advise application methods as well as warnings regarding skin sensitivity and whether or not the oil is best diluted.

Where essential oils require to be diluted it is recommended you use Fractionated Coconut Oil which is an all natural carrier oil that readily absorbs into the skin.  It is ideal for topical therapies.   It is not greasy like other vegetable carrier oils and is completely soluble with all essential oils, as well as colourless, odourless and does not stain or go rancid.

Other “carrier oils” are olive, almond, jojoba, sesame and macadamia to name a few.


When essential oils are diffused through and ultrasonic diffuser, the natural essence is preserved and as it is inhaled and processed through the olfactory system, the benefits of the aroma are sent to the brain. Using an appropriate diffuser such as the Petal Diffuser (which does not heat oil)  the oil is dispersed into the air in a micro-fine vapour, and there is no compromise of the therapeutic benefits.

This way the essential oils are more easily absorbed by the human body than oils diffused by conventional diffusers, as they are atomized along with the water into minute ion particles and active oxygen ions.

Once you diffuse through heat, candles, steam or lamp rings the heat will destroy the chemical and molecular structure of the oil thereby inhibiting any therapeutic benefits.

Topical Application

Place a few drops of your preferred oil in the palm of your hand and apply to the selected area of the body, such as back of the neck, behind the ears, wrists, inside forearms, bottom of the feet or whatever area you wish to target specifically. If you are using more than one oil in individual placement then it is best to “layer” the oil.  This means place your first oil on a selected area, give it a few moments to absorb, then apply the next oil.

When essential oils are used in massage, then a “carrier oil” is used as a base and drops of essential oil are placed into the carrier oil, to maximise spread and ease of movement.   As stated before Fractionated Coconut Oil is a preferred carrier oil.

** Essential oils applied topically cause photosensitivity, avoid the sun for 12 hours after using on exposed skin

Also be aware of ‘hot’ oils such as Ginger, Oregano, Clove as they can be uncomfortable on the skin without dilution.


You will note that many companies do not advocate the use of essential oils internally.  This calls for discernment.  dōTERRA’s (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils have indicators on the bottle whether or not they can be used internally.  Because of the purity of this brand of oils, and the stringent testing on every batch, most of them can be taken internally.  For example, should you develop a sore throat you can gargle with oil placed in tepid water, (On Guard or Melaleuca) or,  place drops in your water bottle, or even add the essential oil, such as lemongrass to your pot of lemongrass tea, to enhance the flavour. My favourite? Wild Orange Vinaigrette which is great for salads.


Other ways are to place several drops into a vegetable capsule and swallow, or place a few drops in almond or rice milk before drinking.


Another option is to place oil in the palm of your hands, rub them together and inhale deeply, then after a few moments do it again. You can ‘layer’ oils this way too ( as explained in Topical Application section.

Tip:  If you  rub oil in the palm of your hands, (this is great for those who have asthma), shape one hand into a loose fist (so there is an opening through the middle) then place the other hand, palm open, at the base of your fist, then inhale deeply. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Oregano are great to break down congestion.



Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Melaleuca ( Tea Tree), Melissa, Myrrh, Orange (Wild Orange), Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, Vetiver, White Fir, Wintergreen, Ylang Ylang.

These are all available in the dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil range.


Because I am advocating the use of dōTERRA’s (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, I will list some blends they have available and give a descriptive of what each one is.

AromaTouchÒ                Massage Blend

Balance                                Grounding Blend

Breathe                               Respiratory Blend

Cellular Complex          DDR Capsules

Cheer                                    Uplifting Blend

Citrus Bliss                         Invigorating Blend

Clary Calm                          Monthly Blend for Women

Console                               Comforting Blend

DigestZenÒ                      Digestive Blend

Elevation                            Joyful Blend

Forgive                                 Renewing Blend

HD Clear™                          Topical Blend         

Ice BlueÒ                           Soothing Blend for aches and pains (just love this one!)

In Tune                                 Focus Blend

Lavender Peace             Calming Blend

Motivate                            Encouraging Blend

On Guard™                        Protective Blend (another favourite)

Passion                                 Inspiring Blend

PastTense™                       Tension Blend

Purify                                    Cleansing Blend

Peace                                    Reassuring Blend

Smart & SassyÒ              Metabolic Blend (in my water bottle)

TerraArmourÒ               Insect Repellent Blend



Your body is the barometer of your soul (there is a book by that title which is a great reference guide for all ailments of the body).  As such, healing with essential oils is at your finger tips.  This does not mean that the essential oils do the “work” for you, whilst making no change to your eating habits, behaviour, thought processes etc, however they do assist in generating the healing process.  This includes physical healing, mental clarity, spiritual awareness and emotional healing.

Personally I am aware that after years of massaging with essential oils how they have assisted with de-stressing a client, as well as bringing to the surface issues that have been ignored, pushed down or resisted.

If you are interested in the emotional healing aspect that dōTERRA’s (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils will assist you with, I suggest you purchase the manual Emotional Healing with Essential Oils written by Daniel MacDonald.  It is an exceptional tool in assisting with clearing blocks, releasing limiting thoughts and beliefs and healing the heart.


Learn more about  dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and shop for products

Yours in wellness and gratitude,

Happy oiling!

Marie-Elise Allen

dōTERRA Wellness Consultant, Educator and Mentor – ID # 89417

I have quite literally been captivated by the quality, the purity, the smell of these oils and am using them daily in one way or another.  As a qualified Massage Therapist, my clients are blessed with the addition of these dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils to their massage session.  It is a winner!

If you are interested in essential oils and want to know more, I am more than happy to talk with you about the avenues of possibilities available in acquiring these for your own personal use, to use in an a clinic setting or to become a part of the dōTERRA team.

To receive a small sample of the Wild Orange Citrus Oil, known for its uplifting qualities, as well as being the oil of abundance, and an introductory pocket guide which discusses the many way to use essential oils and which oil to use for what, please send an email to

Note:  This information is in no way intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defences to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to “treat” medical problems.


dōTERRA Wild Orange Vinaigrette


1 cup extra-virgin olive oil                                            

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1-2 drops dōTERRA Wild Orange essential oil

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1/2 cup brown sugar

sea salt & black pepper to taste


Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

This dressing is good on all salads. One recommendation is:

Romaine lettuce, sliced apples, dried cranberries and toasted sliced almonds.

STORE IN GLASS JARS ONLY. It will keep in the fridge for several months.