Earth Day 2017: Why Oils are Essential...and How They Have Changed My Family’s Life

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

Why Oils are Essential...and How They Have Changed My Family’s Life

By, Michelle Pritt

You might be wondering what the big “hype” with essential oils is. Do they really work? Why all of a sudden are so many people bringing essential oils into their homes?

Read on and I will share with you “Why Oils are Essential” to your life and home. Using doTERRA oils has been life changing in our home.

The journey of essential oils began in 2014.

My second son’s entrance into the world was not at all how we had planned. Shortly after he was born, he began having respiratory failure and pneumonia. It was such a scary time in our lives, but thankfully he recovered. Due to his weakened lungs, he is more susceptible to pneumonia and then became ill. So I started to look for more natural options to help him get well and fight getting sick. That’s when I found out about essential oils. This was a Godsend. It helped tremendously, and I was immediately drawn to the beauty of essential oils.

You might ask how essential oils work.

In a diffuser the ceramic disk at the bottom vibrates extremely rapidly, which creates that misty effect, and the molecules of the essential oils, which are very tiny, are dispensed into the air. Whether you are diffusing an essential oil or breathing it on your hands—or if you just open the bottle and breathe it in—the molecules enter your nasal passage.

If you know a little bit about anatomy, you understand that the nasal passage runs close to the olfactory part of your brain, which transports the tiny chemical molecule into the limbic part of your brain, which is also your “emotional brain” that controls your emotions and some language skills and motor skills.

Essential oils are able to break through the blood-brain barrier and pass through into the limbic part of your brain where they send messages to different parts of the body. It’s pretty cool.

You don’t even have to let an essential oil touch your skin. You can just smell it and get the same benefits as applying it to your skin or ingesting it.

What is an essential oil? Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds and small organic molecules distilled from seeds, bark, stems, roots, and other parts of plants, which are highly valued for their health benefits. They are chemical molecules. They have a super-charged potency, making them 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.

“An essential oil is to a plant, as blood is to us.” -- I just love the beauty of how essential oils work with our bodies.

Using oils one drop at a time is the best way to start. When I first began using essential oils, I would diffuse. Diffusing is an excellent way to receive aromatic benefits and relaxation. I’m a mom who loves to make things homemade – so for me, making my own dilutions is so much fun. Diluting essential oils with carrier oils makes them safe for application directly to the skin. Using essential oils this way will give you even more health benefits.

Make and Take Classes

I offer “Make and Take” classes so you can experience the simplicity and fun of making your own mixtures. Currently I offer monthly classes – tailored to seasonal changes. I would love to teach you how to make your own dilutions such as Allergy Trio Inhaler with Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint; Out Like a Light Roller with Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, and Lavender; All-Purpose Healing Stick with Lavender, Myrrh, and Melaleuca; and On Guard (Protective Blend) Hand Cleanser Gel.

Here is a project you can do, and it is so very simple. It is called “The All-Purpose Healing Stick.” Let me introduce you a super powerful team of essential oils – Lavender, Melaleuca, and Myrrh. Together paired with a good quality witch hazel like Thayers Alcohol-free Petal Witch Hazel, you can experience some of the amazing properties of these oils.

“The All-Purpose Healing Stick” Recipe

For this recipe you will need the following:

10mL roller bottle, Himalayan salt, 10 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of Melaleuca, 10 drops of Myrrh, and a top-quality witch hazel.

Drop in a pinch of Himalayan salt and the essential oils, and top off with Witch Hazel. Snap on the roller ball top, and give it a good shake. Use as needed for any kind of boo-boos, bug bites, etc.

It has been a pleasure sharing my knowledge and passion for oils with you.

Let's Meet the Author

Michelle Pritt is a consultant with doTERRA, which is a company that is committed to creating partnerships with farmers, harvesters, small-scale growers and distilleries in over 40 countries – many are Third World, under-developed countries. She loves being part of an organization that counts “People” and not “Dollars and Cents”. Their CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today – they undergo six different tests for purity, safety, and therapeutic levels.

These essential oils may be enjoyed aromatically – by diffusing or inhaling; topically – by applying a dilution through a roller ball; and her favorite – internally. She loves to add one or two drops of essential oils to her water. You may boil a cup of water and add a black tea bag, and then add two drops of bergamot essential oil and teaspoon of honey – aka “Earl Grey Tea.” So refreshing!! She feels so much better when she takes these oils internally – but you must always read the labels first. The label will tell you whether it is suitable to be taken internally.

To chat further with Michelle you can email her at to discuss sampling oils, hosting a class with her, or discussing doTerra products. She is confident these oils will change your life and home as they have hers.

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