Most people I come in contact with aren't entirely sure what essential oils are. I get it. When I first heard about them, I thought they were some hippy-ish, all-natural healing oils 
that smelled pretty good. And to be honest, the hippie-ish part of it sort of turned me off.  I may be a lot of things, but hippie is not one of them.  

What are essential oils?

In a nutshell, essential oils are aromatic compounds found in the flowers, stems, seeds, roots, bark and other parts of plants. They occur naturally and are what give plants their 
beautiful, fragrant and distinctive smells.  

They also play an important role in protecting plants and in plant pollination.  Basically, they're a plant's protective immune system. In addition to these benefits to plants, 
essential oils have been used for health-care practices, beauty treatments and even food preparation for hundreds of years.  Today essential oils are used for a wide variety 
of emotional and physical wellness applications, and you likely know at least one person (if not more) that uses oils on a regular basis.

How I got hooked

I was first introduced to them by my sister…she's one of those people who lives the ultimate healthy lifestyle - you know the type: vegan, master Pilates & yoga instructor, 
competitive triathlete.  I was the opposite. Living in NYC, eating fast-food on the go, rarely exercising, working insane hours in a high-pressure job as a TV producer and 
raising two kids as a generally harried single mom. 

At the time I was having a tough time falling asleep - can you relate? Anyone else have that problem? My sister was raving about essential oils so I finally decided to give 
them a try. I bought a diffuser and a bottle of oil – a blend called Serenity, mostly because I loved the name (and because it reminded me of that 
Seinfeld episode with George Costanza yelling “Serenity now!”).

And guess what?! It totally worked! I admit, I was surprised, but I was legit experiencing a sense of calm, and was sleeping better right away.  
they worked. I actually did experience a sense of calm once the diffuser was on, and I also began sleeping better.  

That was the beginning of my obsession with essential oils. Now I use them every day on myself, my kids and even my initially-reluctant husband, for all things health 
and beauty related. I see and feel results on a daily basis that I just can't deny, (even though I hated to admit my earth-mama, Grateful Dead-loving sister was right!). 

How to use essential oils

There are three ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically and internally.  

Aromatically is basically utilizing the benefits of the oils through the sense of smell.  A great and easy way to do this is by using a diffuser – just add water and a 
few drops of oil and it mists out into the air.  

Using essential oils topically means pretty much what it sounds like - applying oils directly to your skin. You can apply them to your hands, face, neck...anywhere 
on your body that you might need them. The bottoms of your feet are a great place to apply the oils, because the pores allow for quick absorption.
Essential oils can sometimes be taken internally, if they're Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. I only use dōTERRA essential oils and am only referring to dōTERRA oils 
in this regard. You can add them a drink for flavoring, added health benefits and as a dietary supplement. My daily vitamins and supplements are infused with essential 
oils, so I know I'm getting just the right amount for the benefits I'm looking for. I'll often add a drop or two to my smoothies or a glass of water throughout the day for a 
little something extra.

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils (and why I love dōTERRA)

It's pretty much impossible to talk about essential oils these days and not hear about dōTERRA, the biggest essential oil distributor in the world. The company was founded 
in 2008 with the mission of sharing therapeutic grade essential oils around the globe, and is on track to reach $2 billion dollars in sales (even Apple didn't grow that fast in 
10 years!). The company prides itself on both setting the bar for the highest levels of scientific testing on every batch of essential oil, and for its humanitarian missions 
worldwide, which give back to and empower impoverished communities where many oils are sourced. The company has also been featured more than once 
as one of the top companies to work for in Forbes magazine. As a Certified Aromatherapist I only use (and recommend) dōTERRA CPTG essential oils.

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