The Oil Properties Wheel is a tool designed to help our Wellness Advocates better understand the chemistry behind essential oils. In understanding the basic chemistry of each oil, individuals can more fully understand when and how to use the oils to achieve a desired benefit.
The wheel is divided between two sides: monoterpenes (oils that have a 10 carbon backbone) and sesquiterpenes (oils that have a 15 carbon backbone). The oils are further organized by functional group with the top one or two chemical constituents listed under each oil. Finally, the oils are grouped according to their shared key properties. The shared key properties provide a starting point for understanding how to use the oils. The combination of these different groupings enables individuals to begin to understand the characteristics and properties of dōTERRA’s amazing essential oils.
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Some explanatory notes:
Only the top one or two chemical constituents were used in this construction, with the decision to ignore the minor constituents of the oil, which often have important effects.
Oils with a significant (about 25 percent or greater of the whole) secondary constituent outside of the top constituent’s functional group are included in parenthesis. An example of this is Cilantro (Decenal). Decenal is an aldehyde that is present at about a quarter of the whole oil. The top constituent of Cilantro is linalool, which is an alcohol. Therefore, Cilantro belongs in the monoterpenoid alcohol functional group, but it also has high amounts of an aldehyde.
Melissa (Caryophyllene) and Helichrysum (alpha-Pinene) also have a secondary constituent in parenthesis. Although neither caryophyllene nor alpha-pinene is present at 25 percent of the whole, they serve to explain the uniqueness of these special oils.
Anethole, one of the components of Fennel, is actually not a monoterpene, but a phenylpropene, as noted.
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This is from Emily Wright: The Les Cayes area (vetiver region) is under much water. Many people have asked about our vetiver producers and harvesters in Haiti. Our producers are safe and are checking on the safety of all those who harvest the vetiver root in our behalf. Our partnership distillery has been significantly damaged as you can see from these photos. Georges and Marcel expect the distillery to be operational again in six to eight weeks, which is amazing. The Les Cayes area is under much water and has experienced great loss. The Haitian people have been through so much. Let us keep them in our prayers as well as all of our friends who are in the path of Hurricane Mathew. Please stay safe!
To learn more about our relationship with Haiti:
The dōTERRA Co-impact Sourcing initiative and Healing Hands foundation works with newly formed cooperatives in Haiti to bring the vetiver harvesters steady income, clean water, and desired education. Through dōTERRA, Vetiver essential oil helps these villagers on their way to a better life and hope for the future.
In sourcing doTERRA Vetiver, the profound impact of co-impact sourcing and fostering self-reliance is abundantly clear.
Vetiver is fabulous for stopping the mental chatter and bringing on the calm!
Vetiver, a member of the grass family, is grown for many reasons. Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping to prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. Vetiver has a rich, exotic, complex aroma that is used extensively in perfumes. Due to Vetiver’s calming, grounding effect on the emotions, it is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. It can also be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep. When taken internally, Vetiver can support a heathy immune system.*
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
I absolutely love Rosemary essential oil!
This is one of my favorite to use for healthy hair growth, memory, and I hear it is great for cooking! If you don't have fresh Rosemary, replace about a tablespoon with 1-2 drops (taste to get right amount). Perfect for roasts, soups, and stews.
Rosemary has a woody, evergreen like scent and is part of the mint family. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.
A study was conducted out of Meikai University, School of Dentistry in Japan that interestingly evaluated how 5 minutes of lavender and rosemary aromatherapy affected the salivary cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone) of 22 healthy volunteers.
Native to the Mediterranean, the wooded evergreen has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years to:
More recently, it has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products due to its cleansing, germ destroying properties and researchers are starting to dig deeper into its medicinal characteristics.
10 ROSEMARY USES!
1. HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH! Apply 5 drops of Rosemary oil to scalp and massage in after showers or simply add 3 drops Rosemary oil to your shampoo in your daily shower.
2. MEMORY JOGGER! Research shows inhaling Rosemary can improve memory by 75%! Diffuse 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Lemon, and 2 drops Peppermint to jog memory.
3. REDUCE & RELIEVE SPIDER VEINS! Mix 5 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Cypress, 2 drops Patchouli and 2 drops AromaTouch with 1 tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into legs in an upward motion towards the heart, starting at the ankles and working your way up to the upper thigh.
4. SINUS FOOT BATH! Mix 2 tbsp of Epsom Salts with 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Ginger, and 1 drop White Fir. Mix in a tub of warm water and soak feet for 10-15 minutes to decongest and open sinuses.
5. HOMEMADE VAPOR RUB! Mix 2 drops Melaleuca, 4 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Lemon, 4 drops Peppermint, and 3 drops Cypress in a based of Fractionated coconut oil and apply over chest. Also apply over feet at night covered with socks.
6. MAJOR IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST! Combine 7 drops Rosemary, 4 drops Eucalyptus, 4 drops Lemon, 2 drops Cinnamon, 3 drops Clove and 2 drops Frankincense. Blend together in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to feet covered with socks at least four nights in a row.
7. WARM COMPRESS to ease HEAD TENSION! Mix 2 tbsp Epsom Salts, 4 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Marjoram, and 1 drop Clary Sage together in 1 quart of warm-hot (but not boiling) water. Dip wash cloth into mixture and apply to back of the neck and keep dipping as needed and applying for at least 20 minutes.
8. IMMUNE BOOSTING DIFFUSER BLEND! Add 3 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Clary Sage, 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Melaleuca, and 3 drops Thyme into your favorite diffuser and enjoy it’s purifying and cleansing benefits. Relieves runny nose, cough, night sweats, etc.
9. MORNING SUNSHINE DIFFUSER BLEND! Add 4 drops Rosemary and 4 drops Grapefruit into your favorite diffuser and enjoy!
10. Soothing BLEND: Mix 5 drops Eucalyptus 5 drops White Fir, 3 drops Marjoram, 5 drops Wintergreen (or Birch), 3 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Lavender, and 5 drops Rosemary in a 10ml roller bottle topped with FCO. Apply to areas of discomfort or areas needing help reducing puffiness, irritation or water retention. .
“If your life's work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you're not thinking big enough.” - Wes Jackson
When asked why he does what he does, one of the chef's on the Netflix original, Chef's Table" said that someone once told him that "If your life's work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you're not thinking big enough". I don't normally gravitate toward cooking shows - actually, I don't cook - like, ever. I had heard that this show was amazing from several friends who I trust, so.... Wow. If you want to see what inspiration and passion looks like, I recommend sitting down at the "Chef's Table".
I have seen passion defined as “the energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do.” Tony Robbins defines passion as "the genesis of genius."
What difference does passion make?
When we are in line with where our passions lie, we are more competent, confident, not to mention committed. Working in the area of your passion does not remove all the stressors, it doesn't guarantee any sense of ease by any means. In fact, you may find that living out of a place of passion is much more challenging. We also may find that the degree of challenge we face is in proportion to the reward. This may only be true when we are being stretched in a place we are meant to be.
This past week my experience with living outside of passion was a testimony to the health consequences. I found myself anxious, sad, and feeling tense. My body responded to all of that with stomach upset, head ache, chest tightness and high blood pressure. Time to get serious about change!
🌱Energizes you and fuels your success
🌱Strengthens your confidence
🌱Reduces stress and improves health
Too many people are living life how they have been told makes sense. Living out of responsibility and obligation, working jobs they dread, having only their days off to look forward to. That stress can, at best, can lead to unhappy, irritable people and, at worst, serious physical and mental health repercussions.
Living life how you are meant to - doing what you are "wired" for leads to feelings of fulfillent, contentment, purpose. It makes a HUGE difference!
So, What are you passionate about?
What make you come alive?
What could you stay up late into the night doing or talking about?
🗝Where can you make a difference that you feel is significant?
Think about this, get clarity. Then move in the direction of the life you are designed for.
I get it. You can't just jump out of the nightmare of a job that you are in and into bliss. There is transition time. Every day...move in the direction of the life you are designed for. Be all about it! Don't drift, don't delay. It's scary. It's hard. IT IS WORTH IT! IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
Hopefully you feel inspired to keep shining in the area of your passion - to celebrate that , to share it! Hopefully you feel inspired to move out into genius!
Inspire is a word that comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. In the midst of moving toward where I need to be, using an essential oil to ignite inspiration is just that, fanning the flame of inspiration and passion into what it is your are about right now.
There is a blend of spice and herb essential oils that may help you breath inspiration into life! To be in touch with your passion...to tap into your bravery! doTERRA Passion blend, may be just what you need to find the bravery you need to try something new, as well as discover renewed joy for the current blessings in your life.
This blend contains Fractionated Coconut Oil, Cardamom Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Rhizome, Clove Bud, Sandalwood Wood, Jasmine Flower, Vanilla Bean, Damiana Leaf.
Diffuse in the morning to start the day feeling energized and enthusiastic.
Apply to pulse points and heart throughout the day to feel inspired and passionate.
Diffuse at work to spark creativity, clarity, and wonder.
Ignites feelings of excitement, passion, and joy
Counteracts negative feelings of boredom and disinterest
I would love to hear what you are passionate about, what is that your are wired for...what are you doing with that. Comment below!
Keep dreaming big! Keep moving in the direction of your dreams! I can do it. You can do it!
CLICK HERE if you want to know more about how essential oils can support you as you bravely live the life you were created for!
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN