I was introduced to essential oils and its therapeutic benefits last Christmas season. My sister showed me this tiny bottle of Breathe which has helped her nasal allergies. Having been always fond of all things natural, I immediately ordered two bottles. Essential oils have long been used in different countries and cultures, their benefits are numerous, but it is only now that awareness is growing. Extracting different parts of plants like flowers, leaves, and bark then distilling them can be used for a wide range of things like all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, health and psychological improvement.
The brand I use is Doterra, founded in 2008 and is certified pure and therapeutic grade. I bought Breathe for those nights when I have a cough or a stuffy nose. It contains Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom which clear the airways and minimize allergy effects. I simply put one drop into the palm of my hands, rub and inhale. It can also be placed in a diffuser and rubbed into the chest.
When I got back to Manila I was delighted to see that I could buy Doterra locally through a Manila seller and immediately bought a few more bottles. This time I bought On Guard which strengthens the immune system. Its’ primary benefits include the following:
- Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
- Protects against environmental threats*
- Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
- Promotes healthy circulation*
- Energizing and uplifting aroma
On guard can be taken orally into a few drops of water (please follow instructions on the link above) but I just put a drop of oil on the bottom our feet and rub. Apparently the soles of our feet have a very good ability to absorb things. We’ve been using it for 3 months and have not gotten sick yet.
Other oils I own include peppermint, lavender and lemon. I usually mix a drop of peppermint and lavender and pat them onto the back of my neck and shoulders for an instant pick- me- upper. A few drops of lemon into my water calms my stomach and aids digestion. I use lavender by rubbing it into my temples and pillow for a good night’s rest.
I love essential oils and now I always travel with them. The instant mood and physical uplifting I get is very helpful. The fact that I know that these are pure oils with no harmful chemicals my body can breathe or absorb makes it even more appealing. I highly recommend these for people who get easily anxious and suffer from respiratory allergies like me and my kids.
Doterra is distributed in Manila through https://www.instagram.com/doterratherapy/ and in Hong Kong by http://www.skinbest.hk/en/97-doterra