All About Essential Oils

These ‘gifts of the earth’ have had a profound effect on my family and the way we view health care.

As an ex pharmacy assistant, I have seen first-hand how ‘big pharma’ can negatively affect people’s lives. dōTERRA has allowed me to support my family with a holistic approach without side effects. Over the past few years we have slowly started to detox our home and lifestyle. Essential oils are now our ‘go to’ for supporting our immune systems, healthy digestion, mood, general health, tox-free cleaning, personal care products and more.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are pure and potent extracts from plants that act as a natural defence mechanism by protecting against threats such as mould, fungus, bacteria and viruses. Essential oils are safe, effective, affordable, and an alternative to synthetic remedies to support our health and mood.  To get the benefits spoken about below, the essential oils used must be free of all adulterations.

Why dōTERRA?

Founded in 2008 by a group of health care professionals whose vision was to share the highest quality therapeutic grade essential with the world, dōTERRA are committed to providing quality and pure essential oils that are gently and carefully distilled from plants.

To achieve this level of quality, currently unmatched in the essential oil industry, the executives established – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade – a standard with rigorous third-party testing to ensure the world’s highest quality essential oils. That means no fillers, synthetics, fragrances, perfumes, solvents, pesticides, herbicides… just 100% pure essential oil.

Indigenously sourced and sustainably produced, these oils help local communities to improve their own economic futures through its Co-Impact Sourcing model and the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. Other humanitarian partnerships include:

  • Operation Underground Railroad (rescuing children from sex trafficking)
  • Days for Girls (providing young girls and women with access to feminine hygiene products)
  • Mentors International Micro-lending (a microfinance organisation that helps the impoverished in developing countries achieve self-sufficiency).

Lastly, dōTERRA’s vision was to create a business that anyone could succeed in. Click Here to find out more.

The Top 10 Essential Oils

These are dōTERRA’s most versatile and popular oils that can be used for physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental health:

The top 10 essential oils can be found in the following kits:

Home Essentials Kit

Purchase here

Contains dōTERRA’s 10 most popular and versatile oils in 15ml size. It provides foundations for physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental health with a free Petal Diffuser and free wholesale membership for an entire year:

Natural Solutions Kit

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The most comprehensive, best value kit with incredible savings of over $460 to overhaul your home plus FREE wholesale membership for a year.

It comes with dōTERRA’s 10 most popular oils in 15ml size PLUS a Petal Diffuser, Wooden Display Box, Ice Blue Rub, Easy Air Vapor Stick, Fractionated Coconut Oil, On Guard Toothpaste, On Guard Foaming Hand Wash (with 2 dispensers), On Guard Beadlets, Clary Calm Roll On, PastTense Roll On, Lemongrass, Purify, Smart and Sassy, Lavender Peace, Citrus Bliss and AromaTouch.


(Lavender Angustifolia)

Lavender is one of the most versatile and calming oils that can be used topically, internally and aromatically.

  • Apply to your bedding or the bottom of your feet to promote a restful night’s sleep
  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings
  • Apply to minor skin irritations or imperfections
  • Apply to tired and aching muscles
  • Use as a flavouring to drinks, baked goods and desserts
  • On an emotional level, Lavender is known as the ‘Oil of Communication’ and can promote open communication, relaxation, expressiveness, emotional honesty and feelings of being heard


(Citrus Limon)

Lemon is dōTERRA’s most popular oil and is a powerful cleansing agent and detoxifier. It can be used topically, internally and aromatically.

  • Dilute with water or fractionated coconut oil and use as a natural cleaning agent in the home and to protect and clean leather and wood articles;
  • Take internally in a veggie capsule or glass of water to reduce the discomfort from seasonal threats and environmental threats;
  • Gargle a few drops in water or dilute in fractionated coconut oil and rub on the throat area to reduce discomfort;
  • Diffuse to help energise and uplift the mood and as a natural deodoriser;
  • Enhance the flavour in your cooking and drinks;
  • On an emotional level, Lemon is known as ‘The Oil of Focus’, and can promote focus, energy, mental connectedness, mental clarity, rationale and joyfulness

Caution – avoid sun exposure for up to 12 hours after applying Lemon oil topically



(Mentha piperita)

The high menthol content of dōTERRA’s Peppermint essential oil sets the standard for quality. It can be used topically, internally and aromatically.

  • Diffuse to uplift and energise
  • Take internally to reduce digestive discomfort
  • Add to tea or use as a flavouring in bliss balls and other desserts
  • Use as a healthy mouth rinse or breath freshener
  • Diffuse or apply to the stomach to reduce uneasiness from motion/travelling
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and apply as a cooling spray or dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the bottom of the feet when feeling overheated
  • On an emotional level, Peppermint is known as the ‘Oil of a Buoyant Heart’. It promotes feelings of buoyancy, optimism, renewal and strength to face emotional pain


(Origanum vulgare)

Oregano is a powerful cleansing agent that offers powerful antioxidants when taken internally. It can be used topically, internally and aromatically. Ensure that is heavily diluted with a carrier oil when applying topically

  • Take one drop internally in a veggie capsule to promote healthy digestion and immune function;
  • Use in cooking in place of the fresh herb, try adding a small amount to the dish first by dipping a toothpick in to the oil;
  • Apply to the bottom of the feet as a natural defence;
  • On an emotional level, Oregano is known as the ‘Oil of Humility and Non-Attachment’. It promotes humility, non-attachment, devotion, a willingness to be wrong and encourages one to be teachable and flexible


Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

(Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea Tree or Melaleuca as it’s known in the US is a powerful purifying and cleansing oil. It can be used topically, internally or aromatically.

  • Take internally to support healthy immune function and to prevent against environmental and seasonal threats
  • Add to a cleaning spray to help protect against environmental threats
  • Apply to minor skin irritations to promote healthy skin
  • Apply to toenails and fingernails to keep nails looking healthy
  • Add to your shampoo and conditioner to promote a healthy scalp and hair
  • On an emotional level, Tea Tree is known as the ‘Oil of Energetic Boundaries’ and can promote positive energetic boundaries, respectful connections, empowerment and resilience



(Boswellia carterii, frereana and sacra)

Frankincense is often referred to as the ‘King of Oils’, and it is commonly said ‘if in doubt, use Frankincense’. Frankincense is a powerful oil that supports the immune, nervous and digestive system and it can be used topically, internally and aromatically.

  • Take internally or apply to the bottom of your feet to reduce anxious feelings and promote feelings of overall peace and wellness
  • Take internally to support cellular health and promote a healthy inflammatory response
  • Apply to the face to promote a youthful appearance
  • Apply to minor skin irritations, imperfections, scars and stretchmarks
  • On an emotional level, Frankincense is known as the ‘Oil of Truth’. It can promote feelings of enlightenment, protection, wisdom, discernment and spiritual openness and being loved


On Guard

(Protective Blend)
  • On Guard is a powerful blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. It helps to maintain a healthy immune function and supports a healthy cardiovascular system.
  • Take internally in a veggie capsule to prevent against seasonal and environmental threats
  • Dilute in a spray bottle with water for a powerful surface cleaner
  • Dilute with water or fractionated coconut oil and rub into hands as a healthy alternative to endocrine system disrupting hand sanitisers
  • Diffuse to protect against airborne environmental threats
  • For a healthy immune boost, soak sliced apples in water and a few drops on On Guard
  • On an emotional level, On Guard is known as the ‘Oil of Protection’. It promotes feelings of being protected, integrity, strength, independence and healthy boundaries

Easy Air

(Respiratory Blend)

Easy Air (or the US named Breathe Respiratory Blend) is a blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravensara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils. It promotes healthy respiratory function.

  • Diffuse to promote feelings of clear breathing
  • Diffuse before going to sleep or apply to bedding to promote a restful night’s sleep
  • Diffuse or inhale a drop directly from the palm of the hands when exposed to seasonal and environmental effects
  • Inhale a drop from the palms of your hands to open airways and reduce anxious feelings
  • Add a drop to the corner of the shower and let the steam disperse the aroma and to help calm the senses
  • On an emotional level, Easy Air is known as the ‘Oil of Breath’. It promotes feelings of being loved, cared for, healed, courage, solace and the courage to be fully open and receiving


(Digestive Blend)

DigestZen is a blend of Anise Seed, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Rhizome/Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Tarragon Plant and Fennel Seed essential oils. It eases digestive discomfort and maintains overall digestive healthEasy Air (or the US named Breathe Respiratory Blend) is a blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravensara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils. It promotes healthy respiratory function.

  • Take a drop internally to reduce feelings of gas and bloating
  • Dilute with a carrier oil and rub on the stomach when travelling to alleviate discomfort associated with motion
  • Take internally when travelling to reduce discomfort when trying new foods
  • Take internally in a veggie capsule, water or tea to maintain gastrointestinal health
  • On an emotional level, DigestZen is known as the ‘Oil of Digestion’. It promotes feelings of enthusiasm, interest, being nourished and the assimilation of new events

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods: Aromatically, Topically or Internally.


The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behaviour, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.

Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.

You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

Additional aromatic uses For Essential Oils Include:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
  • Use in household surface cleaners


Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils:

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, bottom of feet

Other Effective Methods of Topical Application:

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes and inner ears
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin


Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.

Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavouring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.

When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.

The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils.

Proper dosing according to labelling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

Effective Methods of Internal Application

  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices

    Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount

  • For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
  • Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt

Remember to check the bottle to see if the oil is suitable for internal use, as not all of them are.


Safe Dilution Guidelines

Topical use of essential oils may induce a sensitivity response, especially on young or sensitive skin. To decrease the likelihood of developing a sensitivity, it is advisable to use a carrier oil to dilute the more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically 1 drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. A diluted mixture can be prepared in advance by mixing the oils in an empty glass bottle or for a single dose by mixing the oils directly in the hands.

There are 3 main classifications of oils for topical use: Neat, Dilute, and Sensitive


Essential oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution on most people. These oils are considered mild and generally do not induce skin sensitivity. Examples of “neat” essential oils are frankincense, lavender, melaleuca, melissa, and sandalwood.


If categorized as “dilute,” essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. Oils that fall into this category are those with a high proportion of constituents that are especially potent, such as phenols. Examples of essential oils that require dilution are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.


“Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Examples of “sensitive” oils are peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and black pepper.


Please click here to download Blending and Usage Chart

Recommended Ideal Amounts

Dr. David K. Hill, D.C. shared these recommendations at the 2015 dōTERRA’s Convention. To create these recommendations, he balanced effective ranges of essential oils with known safety data. It is important that essential oil users stay within the Ideal Amount ranges to derive the maximum benefit from using the essential oils. In fact, overwhelming the body with too much essential oil can sometimes lead to unwanted outcomes. This is because cells in the body utilize complex chemical reactions to metabolize the oils. It is never appropriate to exceed the metabolic capacity of the cells.

The Ideal Amount column states how much total essential oil a user should take at a time. This amount can be repeated every 4-6 hours, for amounts no greater than the 24-hour Maximum amount. Internal use refers to taking essential oils in a capsule or a softgel form. Oral use refers to essential oils taken in water or other liquid, or under the tongue. There is no recommendation made for aromatic use, as this greatly depends on the size of the room and other variable factors. As always, moderation is best.

These are general recommendations that don’t take into account the individual health and experience levels of the user. dōTERRA’s essential oils are very potent and each individual will react differently to them. It is important to be aware of one’s own unique health circumstances and adjust accordingly. A key point from Dr. Hill’s presentation is that we should be more moderate with our essential oil use when our health is in anyway compromised.

These recommendations are meant as introductory guidelines, and individuals should take into account their own personal experience and the direction of their health care provider in pursuit of wellness through essential oil use.


Learning Resources

So, you have taken the plunge, ordered your enrolment kit and your oils have arrived!

But what next?

Well, to start with, don’t be like me! To be completely honest, I enrolled because a friend recommended the oils and they smelt amazing…but when I received my kit, I still had no idea how to use them, so they sat (sadly) in the kitchen drawer for six whole months! How does that old saying go? Out of sight, out of mind!

Had I known the vast potential at that time, they would have taken their rightful place in my home, somewhere where I could see them and access them daily, like my kitchen bench where they now reside (actually, I have them spread throughout my home, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, even the shed!).

*NB: keep out of reach of small children.

I didn’t know about the many learning resources that we can all access. The internet, apps, heaps of essential oil books, in-person classes and workshops…we have it all at our fingertips.

Here are some of my favourites

Modern Essentials Phone App ($10.99)

(Available from iTunes or Google Play on your smart phone)

This is a budget friendly and convenient resource app for your phone and a must have for new oilers! Use the search function to find quick details about a particular ailment, essential oil or blend or application method.

Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

This is my favourite book, I find it a great resource for beginners with it’s simple, practical and easy-to-use format. You will be able to quickly find important information: An A-Z section with hundreds of health conditions and essential oil recommendations, how to safely and effectively apply them and ways to incorporate oils into daily living.

Available from:

Essential Life Book

This is my second choice for a reference book. It is a great addition to your essential oil library. This book provides easy to use steps, usage tips and advice along with in-depth, expert-level knowledge. It is the perfect essential oil reference guide for either the novice & expert oil user.

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Essential Emotions Reference Phone App

(Available from iTunes or Google Play on your smart phone)

The Essential Emotions App references the powerful support of essential oils, allowing you to look up what essential oils best support the emotion you are experiencing. The app guides you to know how and where to apply the oils for maximum support.

Emotions and Essential Oils – A Modern Resource for Healing

This is a user-friendly guide for helping you taking charge of your emotional health. The guide first describes the innate emotional properties of common oils and blends. Then, a reference chart and comprehensive index help you choose oils and blends for a wide variety of emotional states.

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Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies by Stephanie Fritz, LM, CPM

In this book, you will find essential oil recommendations for common conditions with pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care.

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Websites and Facebook Pages

Here are some other useful websites to help you on your dōTERRA journey.

dōTERRA Everyday Australia – The official dōTERRA Australia website for monthly specials, corporate information and events, business tools and other essential information.

dōTERRA International – The official US website that features product information, dōTERRA company news and many other resources.

Source to You – A fantastic reference for the sourcing, testing and quality of dōTERRA essential oils. Discover the origin of the oils, the growers, harvesters, distillers and scientists that work with dōTERRA in their co-impact sourcing model.

Aromatic Science – The scientific source on essential oil research.

dōTERRA University – dōTERRA University is a place for you to find new and updated education about useful and impactful ways to implement, share, and use dōTERRA essential oils to improve your life, help your friends and family, and build your business.

Dr Axe – Dr. Josh Axe is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with an abundance of information about essential oils.

Share Success – Everything you need to know about sharing essential oils and building a dōTERRA business.

Little Miss Believer – Your one stop shop for all of your learning resources and essential oil accessories. Enter the discount code RED EARTH ESSENTIALS to receive $5 off your purchase.

Aromatherapy tools and resources

AromaTools Australia

AromaTools (US)

dōTERRA Australia Facebook Page 

dōTERRA International Facebook Page