Exploring Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

Home, Field, Clinic, or Operating Room:

Exploring  Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

-by Dr. Paul Winterton, MD

“The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in the western medical tradition.”

We have all experienced join pain and muscle aches, regardless of our age and activity level. The causes range from simple aches following exercise to debilitating pain from a serious accident, surgery or chronic illness.

Alleviating these symptoms and treating the source of pain is sometimes a challenge for the practicing orthopedic surgeon. In addition to desiring confirmation of a particular diagnosis and treatment plan, patients following a slip and fall, or with chronic bone and joint illness are often desperate for relief from pain and stiffness.

Essential oils, have become a frontline therapeutic modality for me in my practice. Their powerful anti-inflammatory effects can be utilized in many athletic and clinical settings. Whether at the finish line of a marathon, in the clinic seeing patients for injuries, or conducting preoperative evaluations and postoperative follow-up, essential oils are a mainstay of treatment in my orthopedic practice.

When patients arrive at my clinic, they are immediately introduced to oils as they inhale the ultrasonically diffused aromatic compounds in my lobby and every exam room. The antiviral and antiseptic properties of essential oils have been demonstrated in many laboratories and provide excellent cold, flu and infection prevention for my patients and employees. In the exam room, every patient is a given a therapeutic warm, moist towel compress with essential oils, followed by an application of anti-inflammatory rub on the area of tenderness of post-operative incision site. I also recommend capsules of essential oils to take internally.

In the locker room or on the field, I instruct the chiropractic physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers in application of anti-inflammatory essential oil rubs. They have also utilized ultrasonic (Phonophoresis) and electronic (Iontophoresis) devices during massage to improve penetration, absorption, and distribution of the essential oils. The symptomatic relief has been wonderful for my patients, and certainly reflects well on me as their physician.

Finally, patients can treat themselves and their families with essential oils as they become acquainted and comfortable with their topical, aromatic, and internal applications. Use of essential oils in the home, in tandem with healthy lifestyles, can be a powerful preventive measure for avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room or clinic.

The CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in western medical tradition. Every product has been harvested from its unique environment, meticulously processed and analyzed for its therapeutic purity and potency. This is extremely important to me as a physician. We trust manufacturers for traditional, FDA approved, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, that every pill in the bottle has the same concentration of medicine. Likewise, ever time a patient leaves my clinic with a sample of oil, I need to know that the purity and potency is the same in every bottle.

I look forward to working more closely with my musculoskeletal colleagues regarding the clinical applications of essential oils, and hope to expand their use at home, on the field, in the clinic, and in the operating room.

Paul W. Winterton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, and a member of doTERRA’s Scientific Advisory Board. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and completed his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1998. Following residency, he completed two fellowshops at The Institute For Bone and Joint Disorders in should and knee reconstructive surgery/sports medicine,  as well as foot and ankle reconstruction in Phoenix, Arizona.

Currently, Dr. Winterton serves on the Board of Councilors for The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He is a strong proponent of the practical use of essential oils and dietary supplements in the home, as well as in the traditional western medical clinical setting, particularly with regard to bone and joint well being.



All Natural Bursitis Support

doTERRA Essential Oil Support For:


Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sack located close to the joints that provide lubrication for tendons, skin, and ligaments rubbing against the bone. Bursitis is caused by infections, injury, chronic over use, or diseases such as arthritis and gout. It causes tenderness and pain which can limit movement.

Sometimes the cause cannot be determined. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip. Other areas that may be affected include the Achilles tendon and the foot.

Chronic inflammation can occur with repeated injuries or attacks of bursitis.

Those with Bursitis have noticed:

  • Joint pain and tenderness when you press around the joint
  • Stiffness and achiness when you move the affected joint
  • Swelling, warmth or redness over the joint

    doTERRA Essential Oils work perfectly with the body to support normal functions of the body and dōTERRA products are safe to use on all ages.


    doTERRA Essential Oil Users Have Found The Following To Assist In Bursitis Support:

    Take 2-3 drops Frankincense Oil , Basil Oil and Lemon Oil  in capsules daily

    In the morning: Apply 1-3 drops each of Balance Oil Blend, White Fir Oil  and Basil Oil on location. Alternate cold & hot packs (10 min cold then 15 min hot).

    During the day:  Rub 2-3 drops of AromaTouch Blend then Rub a dime size of Deep Blue Rub on location.

    In the evening: Apply 6 drops Marjoram Oil on location (and surrounding area) and wait 6 minutes. Then apply 3 drops of Wintergreen Oil  and wait 6 minutes. Then apply 3 drops of Cypress Oil.

    Apply Balance Oil and/or Roman Chamomile Oil to bottoms of feet, nightly.


    Additional Help:

    Take LifeLong Vitality Pack Supplements daily (they contain Tumeric (very effective anti-inflammatory. In animal studies turmeric was as effective as cortisone, and it didn’t have any side effects)

    EAT FRESH ORGANIC PINEAPPLE: Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that studies have shown reduces inflammation in sports injuries, such as bursitis, and reduces swelling

    HEEL: If you have bursitis on your heel, you probably got it because of improperly fitting shoes. The solution is simple: Toss the shoes, and put on a better-fitting pair.

    KNEES & ELBOWS: Search for ways to adjust the activity or habit that sparked the pain to lessen the stress it puts on your joints. If crawling around in the garden or laying flooring has left you with bursitis of the knee, get yourself a low stool to sit on instead or buy a pair of sturdy, well-cushioned kneepads. If leaning on your elbows while reading has caused your elbows to swell and ache, use a book holder to prop up your reading material and take the weight off your arms.

    SHOULDER: Another gentle exercise you can do to restore your shoulder’s range of motion is to crawl your hand up the wall, like a spider. Make it a laid-back spider, however. Anything other than slow, controlled movement within the joint’s natural range of motion during the healing process may do more harm than good.



These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

All Natural Scleroderma Support

doTERRA Essential Oil Support For:


Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. It is a type of autoimmune disorder, a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.

The cause of scleroderma is unknown. People with this condition have a buildup of a substance called collagen in the skin and other organs. This buildup leads to the symptoms of the disease.

The disease usually affects people 30 to 50 years old. Women get scleroderma more often than men do.

Some types of scleroderma affect only the skin, while others affect the whole body.

  • Localized scleroderma usually affects only the skin on the hands and face. It develops slowly, and rarely, if ever, spreads throughout the body or causes serious complications.
  • Systemic scleroderma, or sclerosis, may affect large areas of skin and organs such as the heart, lungs, or kidneys. There are two main types of systemic scleroderma: Limited disease (CREST syndrome) and diffuse disease.

    Skin problems of Scleroderma may include:

    Fingers or toes that turn blue or white in response to hot and cold temperatures,  Hair loss,  Skin hardness, Skin that is abnormally dark or light, Skin thickening, stiffness-(tightness of fingers, hands, and forearm),   Sores (ulcers) on the fingertips or toes,  Tight and mask-like skin on the face

    Bone and muscle problems may include:

    Joint pain, Numbness and pain in the feet, Wrist pain, Pain, stiffness, and swelling of fingers and joints.

    Breathing problems may result from scarring in the lungs and can include:

    Dry cough, Shortness of breath, Wheezing

    Digestive tract problems may include:

    Bloating after meals, Constipation, Diarrhea, Difficulty swallowing, Heartburn


    doTERRA Essential Oils work perfectly with the body to support normal functions of the body and dōTERRA products are safe to use on all ages.


    doTERRA Essential Oil Users Have Found The Following To Assist In  Scleroderma Support:

    Initial Cleanse

    The Life Long Vitality supplements are a must. Start taking them as soon as possible.

    Do the GX Assist and the PB Assist in a protocol of 10 days GX, 5 days PB, wait 10 days and repeat, wait 10 days and repeat. Wait two months and repeat again. This is a cleanse specifically designed for auto immune disease.

    Drop 2-3 drops of Frankincense  under the tongue 4 times a day for two weeks.

    Ongoing Support:

    Continue the Lifelong Vitality supplements

    Apply Deep Blue Rub (see below) to area of concern each morning, at least once mid-day and anytime extreme pain occurs. ( little goes a very long way)


    Topically apply Peppermint to the bottoms of the feet.

    Take 3-4 drops each of Peppermint, DigestZen Oil Blend, Frankincense,  and Basil  in capsule

    During the day:

     Add 1-3 drops of Lemon to each glass of water. (drink lots of water-use glass containers ONLY)


    Take 3-4 drops each of  Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Marjoram in a capsule.

    Topically apply 2-3 drops of Frankincense to the bottoms of the feet as well as  2-4 drops each of Geranium Oil and AromaTouch Oil Blend.

    Specific Issues:

    Breathing Issues:

    Rub 2-4 drops of Peppermint and/or Breathe Oil Blend on chest and nasal passages.

    Digestive Issues:

    Rub 3-4 drops of DigestZen over abdomen 


    Details of  Recommended Oils:

    Deep Blue Rub:  It is a blend of some of the most effective analgesics, and anti inflammatory oils that exist. Blue Tansy, Camphor, Helichrysum, Osmanthus, Peppermint and wintergreen to name a few. Wintergreen is an oil often associated with analgesic creams such as icy-hot and Ben-Gay. Primarily because these products use a synthetically produced chemical (methyl salicylate) that originates from wintergreen (gaultheria procumbent) and has proven effective as a warming pain reliever. However by using Deep Blue, you actually experience the product in its natural 100% pure state.

    Click here for more Deep Blue Rub info

    Geranium: Due to its analgesic characteristics it is often used as a topical agent for individuals suffering with arthritis or rheumatism. Geranium stimulates the immune system, aids in poor circulation, is anti-mucolytic, uplifting to the mood and its calming effect on the nervous system is pronounced.

    Lemongrass: is for healing ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, it helps with regenerating connective tissue, circulation, repairing ligaments, tissue regeneration, muscles and bones

    Marjoram: is for muscles, spasms, rheumatism, sprains, stiff joints, aches, neuralgia, pain, tension—good for muscles and bones

    AromaTouch: is great for pain, inflammation, spasms, circulation and healing.

    Basil: It is noted as a natural nerve tonic, with the ability to be stimulant and/or restorative depending on the body’s needs




    Feel free to email me with any questions:



    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

I’m Dreaming of a WHITE…. Fir!

doTERRA Essential Oil

White Fir

White Fir is recognizable as the common Christmas tree

Derived from the soft needles of the tree, white fir is a favorite among essential oil users for its ability to relieve and soothe muscle aches and pains when applied topically.

Fir also increases poor circulation, is effective with genital and urinary infections, and reduces asthma and coughing.  It is also used as a disinfectant and decongestant.

Properties: Antiarthritic, antiseptic, expectorant, analgesic, anticatarrhal, and stimulant. (anti-inflammatory)


White Fir is an excellent direct topical massage oil, and is used often as a surface disinfectant.  White Fir diffused can be an airborne antiseptic and is antimicrobial.


  • Historical Oil Uses: White fir essential oil was used for fever, rheumatic and muscular pain, and respiratory complaints.

    Possible Uses: White fir essential oil can help to fight airborne bacteria and germs, asthma, reduce pains from the flu and colds, arthritis, supporting the blood, bronchial obstructions, fevers, rheumatism, coughs, urinary tract infections and sinusitis.


  • Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
  • Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage for dietary supplement (not for children under 6 yrs of age.  Use in caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 yrs of age).
  • Diffuse to create a feeling of grounding, anchoring, and empowerment.
Immune-Boosting Massage oil:
Fractionated Coconut Oil 4 teaspoons, Geranium 4 drops, Wild Orange 4 drops, Lemon 2 drops, White Fir 2 drops, Frankincense 2 drops, and Myrrh 1 drop.
Candida Immune-Boosting Body Oil: 
4 Ounces of Coconut Oil, Geranium 4 drops, White Fir 6 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Thyme 3 drops, Patchouli 2 drops, and Melaleuca 3 drops. Massage into skin several times a day – apply to bottoms of feet in the evening and put on thick cotton socks.

Sweet & Spicy Fennel Oil

doTERRA Essential Oil


Deep Cleansing, Purifying and Revitalizing

Used for centuries for its many health benefits, fennel essential oil has pronounced antioxidant properties and is considered a tonic.

Sweet Fennel has compounds that are anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogestic, positive hormone activity within the body to support hormonal balance –male and female – amazing positive support for gastro-intestinal and urinary tract systems.

Fennel’s sweet yet spicy aroma is balancing and may bring to mind licorice.

Fennel is a hardy biennial or perennial herb, growing to a height of two meters (six feet), with fine, feathery leaves and umbels of golden-yellow flowers. The essential oil is produced from the crushed seeds.

The use of Fennel as an herb stretches back to antiquity, featuring in the culinary and medical arts of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and India, as well as in Anglo-Saxon Cookery. Fennel (sweet) has clean, sweet, aniseed top notes and earthy, spicy, peppery undertones.

It blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Frankincense and Lemon.


Properties: Analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aperitive, carminative (settles digestion), depurative(purifies and cleanses the blood), cholagogic (stimulates the flow of bile from the gall bladder into the intestines), digestive stimulant, diuretic, emmenagogic (promotes and regulates menstruation), expectorant, lactogenic, oestrogen-like, expectorant, splenic, stomatic, relieves colic, indigestion and excessive gas.

Fennel has a tonic effect on the smooth muscle of the intestine, which is valuable in colitis, and in some cases of constipation, as it strengthens peristalisis (the rhythmic contractions of the intestinal muscles which move the partially-digested food mass through the intestines).



Fennel is a good urinary-tract antiseptic, excellent for alleviating flatulence and digestive problems, local massage combined with drinking Fennel Tea is recommended.

Fennel is very supportive of the respiratory system in that it can relieve coughs and nervous asthma.

Fennel helps eliminate water retention issues, cellulite and obesity if
enough water is consumed on a regular basis (both apply topically and ingest as a Tea several times a day) – makes happy Kidneys and Spleen

It also can be helpful with gout, arthritis, etc. to prevent the build-up of toxic wastes in the body, which precede the inflammatory condition of the joints.

Fennel is one of the plants that has been known for thousands of years for its effects on the female reproductive system. It now seems probable that this is due to a plant hormone – a form of oestrogen – in its structure. It can help to regularize the menstrual cycle, particularly where periods are scanty and painful, with cramping pains. It has been found to reduce symptoms of pre-menstrual stress, and also the water retention, which many women experience in the few days before menstruation is due.

A few drops rubbed between the palms of the hand and inhaling has an amazing positive effect inside and out.  Fennel encourages us to express ourselves!  Fennel Oil releases our urge to create. It helps us to find, like oil of Ginger, productive outlets for the active mind.


Application Blends:

Cellulite Massage: Fennel 6 drops, Coconut oil 10 drops – make blend and massage into areas of skin where Cellulite may have collected unwanted wastes – twice a day -while focused on eliminating weight and changing eating habits.

Cellulite Massage: Fennel oil 2 drops, Rosemary 2 drops, Cypress 2 drops, Lemon 4 drops, Patchouli 1 drop; gently blend and apply to sides of thighs in upward motion am and pm.

PMS Body Oil: 4 ounces of coconut oil, Fennel 5 drops, Ylang Ylang 4 drops, Clary Sage 5 drops, Roman Chamomile 6 drops, Lime 4 drops, Coriander 5 drops; gently blend together and massage the oil over your body daily, as needed

Cycle Regulating Bath Oil: 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Fennel 2 drops, Coriander 2 drops, Geranium 3 drops, Clary Sage 3 drops; add oils to Epsom Salts and then into bath water – soak for 15 minutes and pat dry

Menopause Balancing Bath: 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Fennel 1 drops, Geranium 1 drop, Clary Sage 2 drops, Roman Chamomile 2 drops; mix oils into bath salts and then into bath water-soak 15 minutes.

Cramp Relief Bath: 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Fennel 2 drops, Lavender Oil 1 drop, Ylang Ylang 3 drops, Marjoram 2 drops; gently blend oils into Epsom Salts and then into bath water –soak for 15.

Appetite-Suppressing Inhalant: Fennel 6 drops, Bergamot 9 drops, Patchouli 6 drops; gently blend and add to wick and seal the inhaler and use to reduce cravings and stretch time between meals.

Courage Boosting Blend: 1 tablespoon coconut oil, Fennel 3 drops, Thyme 4 drops, Black Pepper 1 drop, Ginger 1 drop; gently blend and apply to bones behind the ears  and the backs of the knees.

Appetite-Suppressing Stomach Rub: 2 ounces of coconut oil, Fennel 8 drops, Patchouli 4 drops, Grapefruit 5 drops; gently blend and apply to tummy.


Caution: Best used after pregnancy is completed and avoid if seizure disorders have happened!


Relaxing, Luxurious… Lavender!

doTERRA Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
Lavandula angustifolia

Our most popular oil, lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities.

Its name, Lavender is derived from the Latin word, lavandārius, which comes from lavanda meaning “things to be washed.” The Romans added Lavender to bath water to soothe, calm and to treat the skin, while the Greeks crushed and burned it to create a calming fragrant atmosphere. They named Lavender Nard, after the city Naardus, located on a canal between the Tigris and Euphrates River, in the Baghdad, Iraq area. As a hub for Jewish study, the bible records the use nard in the Gospel of Mark, calling it Spikenard. In the ancient Mishna a Hebrew passage refers to it as Shibolet Nard, naming it as one of the ingredients in the Holy Incense.

Properties: Anticoagulant, analgesic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, antihistamine, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antitumor, antitoxic, cardiotonic, sedative and regenerative.


  • Topically – Can be applied neat directly to area of concern or reflex points.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse lavender
  • Internally – Lavender is classified as GRAS by the FDA for human consumption. Take internally when fighting hay fever or allergies. Take with food/beverage or in gel capsules.
Aromatic Guide: Diffusing lavender promote health, love, peace and a general sense of well being.

What makes doTERRA’s Lavender Oil Different?

Lavender is one of the most versatile and affordable of all the essential oils available on the market.  Lots of people absolutely love the smell of lavender and that it why it has been formulated as a synthetic fragrance in so many different things – including soaps, perfumes, potpourri, and even lavender scented blankets and dolls.  What people are missing out on when they buy these things are the healing and calming properties of lavender as a pure essential oil.

Grown in its native environment and harvested at the correct time lavender becomes a hugely powerful healer.  Lavender is steam distilled from its flowering tops.  The best lavender plants to use are the lavandula angustifolia.  Grown natively in northern France and Bulgaria, doTERRA combines these two oils equally to create the most powerful and potent lavender available on the market.

There are many people aware of the calming properties that lavender has to offer, but many are not aware at how quickly they can calm and they are especially not aware of calming they can actually be.  Essential oils are so powerful that they can work within minutes, and often within only seconds.


CPTG®,Certified-Pure-Therapeutic-grade lavender oil has been highly regarded for the skin.  It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations.

The French scientist, René Gattefossé was the first to bring these benefits to the attention of the modern world.

Having burned himself in a laboratory explosion, he applied lavender oil to his burns.  Dr. Gattefossé noted such remarkable healing, that he began to study the oils for their medicinal applications, and so was born modern aromathérapie (the medicinal application of aromatic substances).


Properties of lavender oil: Its fragrance is calming and balancing: both physically and emotionally.  It has also been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects.

Because lavender oil is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.  It has such a wide range of uses, if you’re unsure which oil to apply, try it first.

Possible Uses: It may help arthritis, anxiety, boils, asthma, bruises, bronchitis, cold sores, carbuncles, depression, convulsions, fainting, earaches, hay fever, gallstones, heart irregularity, headaches, hives, reduce high blood pressure, insect bits and stings, hysteria, influenza, infection, insect repellent, injuries, migraines, laryngitis, mouth abscess, nervous tension, reduce mucus, rheumatism, sprains, skin conditions, sunburns, sunstroke, throat infections, tuberculosis, tension, typhoid fever, wounds and whooping cough.

Apply Lavender to the bottom of your feet or on your temples and neck for a calming and relaxing sensation.

A few drops of Lavender in the palms of your hands and cupped over the nose can quickly and easily eliminate stress and anxiety.

Lavender is perfectly suited to calm the mood and entice restful sleep when used at bedtime for adults and children alike. Simply add a few drops to your bathwater, pillowcase, or diffuse in the bedroom.

Due to its soothing nature, Lavender can be applied directly to cuts, abrasions, and burns for a disinfecting and healing action.


Lavender in the News

A recent article at Star-Telegram.com reported that, in a recent study at the Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, 14 intensive care nurses, working 12 hour shifts, rubbed essential oils on their forearms.  They were then asked to rate their stress levels.  Half were given a true lavender and clary sage essential oil, while the other half were given a placebo oil, made from almond oil.  More than half of the nurses using the lavender essential oil reported a decrease in perceived stress.  The article emphasizes the importance of using a pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil that has not been diluted or spiked with chemical fillers.

Lavender was also mentioned at Chron.com, in a reference to a study reporting that just five minutes of exposure to a mild lavender scent helps curb the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that can trigger inflammation and lead to premature aging.  Other studies are reported to demonstrate lavender’s support in fighting insomnia and working as a calming agent.  Lavender also has antiseptic properties, and can be used to calm headaches, when rubbed onto the temples.


Lavender Testimony:

I have severe allergies.  I am horribly allergic to animals, pollen and mold.  When I moved into a house with two cats, I woke up every night with an itchy throat, itchy eyes and runny nose, and my larynx became inflamed.

After becoming frustrated with the results I had with Zyrtec, Clariten and Nasonex, I decided to turn to essential oils.  I put two drops each of peppermint, lavender and lemon in a capsule and swallowed it before bed.  That night, I slept through the night and woke up without puffy eyes!  I have been using the oils for a week and have had amazing results, without any of the side effects I had from the prescription drugs I previously used.  dōTERRA® oils are amazing!

— Adrienne M., Highland, UT



Underestimated Peppermint!

DoTerra Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil
Mentha piperita

Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid

Peppermint is one of the oldest — and most highly regarded — herbs, and has been an integral part of herbal medicine for thousands of years.  It has a very wide range of uses, from soothing digestion to improving concentration and mental accuracy.

Key properties of peppermint oil

Some of the therapeutic properties ofpeppermint include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, expectorant and stimulant.

Common uses for peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can be used for its calming effect to relieve stress and tension.  It is also effective for relieving the headaches associated with stress or digestive upset, as well as for migraines.  Just apply a few drops to the back of the neck for stress, or to the temples to relieve a headache. (careful not to get in eyes)

During the cold and flu season, peppermint can really prove itself to you.  It works well in reducing fever (just apply a few drops to the bottom of the feet).  It is also great at opening and clearing sinus and respiratory congestion.  It relieves headaches, diarrhea and nausea, and can bring a wide range of comforts to the misery of colds and flu.  (I’d hate to be sick without it.)

 The FDA has certified peppermint as GRAS, so it may also be ingested.  I’ll put a drop or two on the tongue and let it dissolve there before swallowing.

Peppermint is a natural choice to add refreshment to any beverage.  I also add it to purified water to sooth my digestion and to refresh and invigorate me.  It also freshens the breath and reduces the buildup of the bacteria that cause dental plaque and gum problems.

 During the summer months, it offers the added benefits of being very cooling, making hot weather much more bearable.

The fragrance of peppermint oil is uplifting and invigorating.  Applied topically, this oil is very soothing to tired, sore muscles.  It has analgesic properties, and can be helpful for menstrual problems or skin disorders.


Peppermint oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans, as well as many other groups throughout history.  Today, it is very widely used in foods, candies, gums, dental products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  In fact, it may well be one of the most readily recognizable scents and flavors.

However, because of essential oils, like peppermint, gaining mainstream acceptance, it is more important than ever before to avoid essential oils that are impure or of inferior quality.  In today’s economy, anything that is widely accepted tends to get mass produced; but, with high volume production processes, there is generally a sacrifice of quality and purity for the sake of the bottom line.

With essential oils, as with most things, you get what you pay for.


Modern research into peppermint oil

Recently, peppermint has been the focus of several studies that target its known benefits for improved digestion and anti-inflammatory activity in the intestinal tract.  Dr. P. Gardiner, M.D. has done studies on peppermint for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), digestive disorders, as a decongestant and for headaches.

Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems.

Other scientists have researched peppermint’s ability, when inhaled, to restore impaired taste and smell.

Dr. William N. Dember, of the University of Cincinnati, studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy.  It was found that, when peppermint was diffused in a room, the subjects were much more mentally alert, and mental accuracy was improved by about 25%.

Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals.  As you can imagine, this could make peppermint oil a very helpful aide for weight loss


Other uses for peppermint oil

Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.

Add a drop of peppermint oil to herbal tea, to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.

Apply peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain.  If there is a cut, apply thepeppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.

Inhale peppermint oil before and during a workout, to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

To stop hiccups, apply a drop of peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).

Place two drops of peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.  (Note: be careful not to swallow right away; allow the oil to completely dissolve on the tongue before swallowing.)

To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball, and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.

Inhale the fragrance of peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.



Balancing, Uplifting, Refreshing Geranium!

Geranium Essential Oil
Pelargonium graveolens

Geranium offers outstanding benefits for soothing skin and is a common ingredient in many skin care products. Also useful for joint support and tempering minor aches and pains, geranium’s calming effects make it a popular choice for many essential oil users.

Geranium is an aromatic, perennial, hairy plant with serrated leaves and flowers varying from light pink through to deep rose, magenta or red. Geranium essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the flowers, leaves, and stalks.
 It is sometimes described as resembling Rose oil, though a sensitive nose would never confuse the two. It mixes well with Bergamot, Basil, Rosemary, Rose, Wild Orange, Sandalwood, Lemon, Patchouli and Lavender.

Geranium is composed of several potent constituents offering outstanding benefits and a history of traditional uses. It has been used to soothe inflammation and irritated skin. It is a common ingredient in many skin care products due to its healing nature. Geranium is a superb choice for ache, bruises and even burns. Due to its analgesic characteristics it is often used as a topical agent for individuals suffering with arthritis or rheumatism. Geranium stimulates the immune system, aids in poor circulation, is anti-mucolytic, uplifting to the mood and its calming effect on the nervous system is pronounced.

Properties: Anticonvulsant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, astringent, antiseptic, insect repellent, diuretic, sedative, refreshing, relaxing and tonic.

Historical Uses: Geranium essential oil has been used historically for hemorrhoids, dysentery, heavy menstrual flow, inflammation, and possibly even cancer. It has also been historically recorded to help with tumors, bone fractures and wounds.

Possible Uses: doTERRA’s Geranium essential oil may help with bleeding, acne, circulatory problems, burns, digestion, depression, hormonal imbalance, eczema, kidney stones, insomnia, menstrual problems, regenerating tissues and nerves, neuralgia, ringworm, balances pancreas, sores, shingles, wounds and sore throat.

Aromatic Guide: When diffused, it may help release negative memories and take us back to more joyful, peaceful moments. May help ease stress and nervous tension. It may lift the spirit and foster peace, well being and hope.


  • Topically – Can be applied neat when applied directly to the skin. Can be applied to area of concern or on the body’s reflex points.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse.
  • Internally – FDA has categorized geranium as GRAS for human consumption. Take internally with gel caps or with honey or a type of beverage.
Geranium has been reported to reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and candidiasis (single-celled fungus). Improves immune system and is helpful as a stimulant for both lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Geranium is a great balancer, due to it being an adrenal cortex stimulant, and helps regulate moods. Great for women having trouble getting pregnant and for symptoms of menopause because of its ability to support hormone balance. It is one of the most useful essential oils to help eliminate cellulite. Geranium is often included in lymphatic drainage massage blends.
Menopause occurs for most women in their late forties and early fifties. Some women are relatively symptom-free, but many suffer from excessively heavy periods, hot flashes, depression and insomnia. Geranium is a hormonal balancer, while Rose tones and cleanses the uterus, and Cypress helps to relieve excessive menstrual flow. These oils can be used in massage, as well as in baths and as hot compresses over the abdomen
Geranium is effective in working with skin issues: Relieves inflammation, eczema, acne, burns, infected wounds, ringworm, lice, shingles and herpes blisters. Excellent for regeneration of skin cells and great for retarding the development of scar tissue so after burns or deep cuts use Geranium with Lavender to promote healing without scaring; great for our varicose vein blends and relief of broken capillaries.
Geranium is an insecticide, due to its terpene content, and is a very good mosquito repellent that will only improve the skin as opposed to irritate the surface like OTC repellents.
Geranium is excellent for dry cough – apply to outside of throat and inhale.
CAUTION: Geranium oil can lower your blood sugar level. Use it (internally) with caution if you have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Great Homemade Blends using Geranium:

Scar Tissue Healing: 4 teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Geranium 4 drops, Lavender 4 drops, Patchouli 3 drops, and White Fir 3 drops. Apply over area several times a day.

Hormone Help Inhalant: Geranium 3 drops, Rose 1 drop, and Fractionated Coconut 6 drops. Mix and soak wick in gently mixed solution and put in inhaler (purchase from aromatools.com).

Quick-Fix Anxiety Inhalant: Geranium 2 drops, Myrrh 2 drops, Ylang Ylang 2 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, and Vetiver 1 drop.

Menopause-Balancing Bath: Geranium 2 drops, Roman Chamomile 2 drops, Clary Sage 2 drops, Coriander 1 drop into 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts in bottom of dry bathtub. Add very hot water, stir until dissolved and then make comfortable to soak and inhale.

Cramp Relief Bath: Geranium oil 3 drops, Marjoram 2 drops, Ylang, Ylang 2 drops, Coriander 1 drop, and Rose 1 drop.

Cycle-Regulating Bath: Geranium 3 drops, Clary Sage 2 drops, Coriander 1 drop, Marjoram 1.

Varicose vein Bath: Geranium 2 drops, Cypress 2 drops, Lemon 2 drops, and Peppermint 1 drop.

Calming Diffuser Blend: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Clary Sage, and Ylang Ylang .

Cool Flash Spray: 8 ounces of distilled water, Geranium 2 drops, Clary Sage 2 drops, Patchouli 1 drop, and Peppermint 1 drop. Put the 1⁄4 teaspoon of Epsom salts in the spray bottle; add oils and then water, screw on spritzer (aromatools.com). Spritz yourself when you feel a hot flash coming on.

Cool-Down Compress Blend: Geranium 3 drops, Patchouli 3 drops, Wild Orange 4 drops, Roman Chamomile 6 drops, Clary Sage 6 drops, and Lavender 4 drops. Add 2 drops of the essential oils to a small glass bottle with 1⁄4 teaspoon of Epsom salts, then add 1 quart of cool water. Gently shake and soak a clean cloth in the water and apply it to your face, forehead, wrists, and back of your neck or other areas of your body (even soak your feet in water) to prevent or cool down hot flashes. Keep compress away from your eyes – will smart.

Cramp Soothing Compress: Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Marjoram and Basil – 1 drop each—apply to abdomen.

Flow Minimizing Oil: Coconut oil 2 ounces, Geranium 4 drops, Cypress 6 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Lime 1 drop. Shake gently and massage the blend frequently over your abdomen and low back, beginning if possible, before the onset of your period.

Energizing Body Oil Blend: 2 ounces of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Geranium 3 drops, Lemon 3 drops, Rosemary 3 drops, and Patchouli 1 drop.

Stimulating Blend that also increases Mental Clarity: Rosemary 10 drops, Lemon 10 drops, Geranium 10 drops, Coriander 5 drops, White Fir 4 drops, Clove 5 drops, and Basil 5 drops.

For Relief of a Restless and Distracted State of Mind: Geranium 2 drops and Frankincense 3 drops.

Massage blends 
(remember to drink lots of water when detoxifying and deep cleansing with dōTERRA CPTG Essential oils): mix in to 4 Teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Detoxifying and stimulating:
Geranium 6 drops, Lemon 5 drops, and Peppermint 3 drops. OR
Geranium 4 drops, Rosemary 4 drops, and Patchouli 3 drops
Calming and Relaxing Massage Blends:
Geranium 3 drops, Wild Orange 5 drops, and Ylang Ylang 3 drops OR Geranium 2 drops, Lavender 5 drops, and Wild Orange 4 drops OR
Geranium 2 drops, White Fir 3 drops, Lavender 4 drops
Immune-Boosting Massage oil:
Fractionated Coconut Oil 4 teaspoons, Geranium 4 drops, Wild Orange 4 drops, Lemon 2 drops, White Fir 2 drops, Frankincense 2 drops, and Myrrh 1 drop.
Sore Throat Massage Oil:
Fractionated Coconut Oil 4 teaspoons, Geranium 3 drops, Eucalyptus 2 drops, Lavender 2 drops, Thyme 1 drop. Gently massage the mixture over your neck and throat to soothe throat and swollen glands.
Candida Immune-Boosting Body Oil: 
4 Ounces of Coconut Oil, Geranium 4 drops, White Fir 6 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Thyme 3 drops, Patchouli 2 drops, and Melaleuca 3 drops. Massage into skin several times a day – apply to bottoms of feet in the evening and put on thick cotton socks.

Amazing Benefits of Coriander

Doterra Essential Oil

Coriander Essential Oil
Coriandrum sativum

Popular across many cultures for various uses, Coriander essential oil is extracted from the seed of the coriander plant. Coriander’s healthful therapeutic benefits, which can be attributed to its extremely high linalool content, range from digestive support to supporting a healthy insulin response.

For aromatic, topical, or internal use.


Historical Uses: Chinese culture has used coriander for piles, dysentery, nausea, toothache, measles and painful hernias.

The Chinese incorporated Coriander into their medical practice as long ago as 207 B.C.E. and believed that Coriander could bestow IMMORTALITY.

In India, Coriander was a remedy for constipation and insomnia, as well as for easing the pain of childbirth. Women consumed the seeds regularly to promote fertility. During the Elizabethan era, candy coated coriander seeds were served as a sweet after meals and to guard against gas. Coriander is also a natural deodorant


Possible Uses: Coriander essential oil may  help with arthritis, anorexia, colic, colds, digestive spasms, diarrhea, flatulence, dyspepsia, gout, flu, general infections, migraine, measles, nausea, muscular aches and pains, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation, piles, rheumatism, oily skin and stiffness. It may help control pain related to menstruation.

Many individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes benefit from ingesting Coriander on a regular basis. Patients have reported when acute stress or sustained tension starts a high ―sugar‖ response – applying Coriander directly over Pancreas and Stomach mitigates the symptoms (profuse sweating, dizziness, disorientation, etc.) almost immediately.

Coriander is a circulatory stimulant and encourages the release of toxins from the body, thereby improving conditions such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, gout, rheumatism and a sluggish lymph system.


Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-depressive, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory (topical application) antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, stimulant (cardiac, circulatory, nervous systems)


Mental Benefits: Can provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear when diffused into the area. Can be stimulating to those who are suffering from low energy when diffused. Comforts the intellect and uplifts the mind benefiting those who are both worried and emotionally bereft.

It improves memory and mental functions. It promotes Happiness and Joy by reducing worry. This is considered a protective oil and helps to increase feelings of spontaneity and passion and seeks to achieve stability without denying Joy. Coriander seed oil is ideally suited, therefore, to complex, creative individuals who find it difficult to cope with predictability and routine.


How to use:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat to skin at reflex points and/or directly to area of concern.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse.
  • Internally – Categorized as GRAS for human consumption by the FDA.

The aroma is soothing to some and may be used for its soothing properties by diffusion. Consider as a rotation oil used with other oils to add variety for not only the aromatic benefit but the antibacterial properties as well.

It may be applied directly (neat) for help with muscle pain or for rheumatism and directly on the abdomen or back for digestive difficulties. For digestive difficulties, it may be taken internally mixed with water or other liquids with honey or agave added to sweeten the taste.

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What is the AromaTouch Technique?

Doterra Essential Oil Blend…

Massage Blend

dōTERRA®’s proprietary massage blend combines the therapeutic benefits of oils well-known to relax muscles, calm tension, soothe irritated tissue, increase circulation, smooth and tone. AromaTouch® combines our CPTG® essential oils of basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender in a perfectly relaxing blend which adds many important benefits to various massage techniques. For topical use


AromaTouch was developed for several world-class spas.

I’ve found it to be very effective at stopping restless leg syndrome and twitching muscles.


Basil: Antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Aids in relaxing spastic muscles, especially those that can cause migraines and headaches.

Cypress: Antiseptic, anti-infectious, lymphatic decongestant, mucolytic, relaxing and refreshing. May help improve respiratory issues, muscle cramps, and lung circulation.

Grapefruit: Sedative and calming properties. May help with stress and fatigue.

Lavender: Analgesic and antispasmodic properties. May help with sore muscles, sprains and headaches.

Marjoram: Relaxing and calming properties.  May help with sprains, spasms, migraines, headaches, bruises, and sore muscles.

Peppermint: Anti-inflammatory, cooling, soothing. May reduce fevers, vomiting, candida, nausea, and is a respiratory strengthener.



Optimal if applied on location for muscle use. Can be diluted with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil

What is the AromaTouch Technique?

dōTERRA’s AromaTouch Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body.

The AromaTouch™ Technique improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The technique is simple and intuitive using dōTERRA®’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for an unparalleled grounding experience.

The AromaTouch Technique includes four primary steps designed to minimize systemic stressors to autonomic balance. Each step includes the application of two essential oils or essential oil blends specifically formulated to support healthy emotional and physiological functions for wellbeing. The technique requires 40 minutes per application, and multiple applications can be serviced with one set of dōTERRA’s essential oils.


Step One: Stress Management (Balance & Calm) The AromaTouch™ Technique begins with dōTERRA®’s Balance Grounding Blend of spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy followed by Lavender to support calming, de-stressing, and relaxation.

Step Two: Immune Support (Cleanse & Strengthen) After establishing a state of calm and tranquility, Melaleuca Essential Oil is applied as a cleanser and detoxifier, followed by an application of dōTERRA®’s On Guard™ Protective Blend of pure therapeutic-grade wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils that stimulates and supports the body’s own external and internal defensive immune functions.

Step Three: Inflammatory Response (Stimulate & Soothe) Step three begins with application of Aroma Touch™ Massage blend of basil, grapefruit, cypress, majoram, peppermint, and lavender to help stimulate blood flow to surface tissues, followed by a comforting application of Deep Blue® Soothing Blend of wintergreen, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus to help support a healthy inflammatory response in the body.

Step Four: Homeostasis (Invigorate & Center) The final step of the technique includes an invigorating application of pure Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oils that refresh, rejuvenate, and center the body, mind, and spirit in strength and serenity.


AromaTouch™ Technique Kit

Increase the benefits you experience with CPTG® Essential Oils by incorporating the AromaTouch™ Technique into your healthy lifestyle philosophy. This kit contains 5 ml bottles of the 8 CPTG oils used in the AromaTouch Technique (Balance, Lavender, Melaleuca, OnGuard™, Aroma Touch™, Deep Blue®, Wild Orange & Peppermint), as well as the AromaTouch overview booklet and presentation box.

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