It's Elementary!

It's Elementary!

With the growing desire to live our lives in a more natural, non toxic way, 'it's elementary' to understand the elements nature provides with Essential Oils.

It's Elementary!

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It's Elementary, my dear Watson“, sometimes quoted as, “Elementary, dear Watson“, is one of those phrases that everybody knows the character of Sherlock Holmes said.

With the growing desire to live our lives in a more natural, non toxic way, 'it's elementary' to be like Detective Sherlock Holmes and investigate the elements nature provides with Essential Oils.

A Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil is safe for pregnant women, babies, children and adults. Knowing how to use them safely is the key. Consulting an educated wellness advocate educator can be of great benefit.

Scent of a Rose

scent of a rose

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.

Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.

Not all oils are EQUAL

Having knowledge and understanding of the compounds of the essential oils is vital in making the choices to use them, especially as plant based medicine.

With the growing awareness and desire to live our lives in a more natural, non chemical or toxic manner, essential oils are becoming once again popular.

For thousands of years the oils have been used for medicinal purposes long before pharmaceuticals took hold of the world! Let’s talk about their history.



Egyptian essential oils

In the history of mankind it seems that the Egyptians were the first people to extensively make use of aromatherapy and aromatic herbs and included their use in religion, cosmetics as well as medicinal purposes. Aromatic essence and resins were also extensively used in the embalming process. The Egyptians had access to the distillation method via the Mesopotamians as distillation pots have been found at Tepe Gawra dating back about 3,500 BC.

China and India

At the same time the Chinese also made use of herbs and aromatic plants and this was also taken up as an integral part of the Indian Ayurvedic medicinal system.


The medicinal wisdom of the Egyptians were taken over and absorbed by the ancient Greeks - and the most well-known physician of that time - Hippocrates (c.460 - 377 BC) was also a firm believer of treating the patient holistically and included aromatherapy massage as a treatment.


The Romans again took over the medicinal wisdom of the Greeks and were great believers in hygiene to promote health and also place great stock in aromatherapy and the power of fragrances.

Arabian Empire

After the fall of the Roman Empire and the subsequent Dark Ages we saw the emergence of the Arabian empire which was in the position to draw not only from the Greek and Roman teachings, but also those of China and India. It is the Persian physician Avicenna (980 - 1,037 AD) that is being credited with perfecting the distillation process of essential oils.

The Dark Ages

During this time it was the monks housed in their monasteries which tended after the sick and kept herbal medicinal wisdom alive, yet folk medicine as practiced by illiterate village herbalist normally lead to persecution of such people as witches. Since the Church saw bathing as sinful, great stock was placed on aromatics to keep stench at bay, and most of the aromatics used also had anti-bacterial and anti-pesticide properties.

During this time, the holistic approach of Hippocrates all but disappeared.

The Renaissance

During this time there was a swing back again to the holistic treatment of illness and the most noteworthy of physicians were Paracelsus (Phillipus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim 1493 - 1541). He once again turned to look at the wisdom of folk medicine and did not discount such knowledge as unimportant - much to the disgust of his contemporaries, yet proved his mettle by having great success in curing leprosy.

Aromatherapy (Modern)


The term aromatherapy as we know it today was first coined in 1937 by the French chemist and perfumer Rene Maurice Gattefosse. He was not a believer of the natural health movement but was interested in the properties that essential oils exhibited. In 1910 he burnt his hand badly in his laboratory and being the first available compound handy, treated his badly burnt hand with pure undiluted lavender oil, which not only immediately eased the pain, but helped heal the hand without any sign of infection or scar.

He also found that minute amounts of essential oils are absorbed by the body and interact with the body chemistry. During the second world war, as a result of Gattefosse's experiments, Dr. Jean Valet used essential oils to treat injured soldiers with great success.

In the 1950's Marguerite Maury started diluting essential oils in a vegetable carrier oil and massaging it onto the skin using a Tibetan technique which is applied along the nerve endings of the spinal column. She was also the first person to start the use of "individually prescribed" combinations of essential oils to suit the need of the person being massaged.

Since the late 1970 and early 80's the use of essential oils and aromatherapy has become a major part of alternative and holistic health systems, and has a huge following across the world.

Today more and more companies are producing a line of essential oils because of the new found interest and that is why, as mentioned above, it is important to know about the oils you choose to use for your personal care.

Four types of essential oils

Synthetic - perfumes

Food - flavouring

Therapeutic - Health Stores

Certified Therapeutic Grade - medicinal taken internally safely

It's Elementary!

My personal Choice

I personally choose doTERRA Therapeutic Grade Oils.

WHY doTERRA?    They are Beyond Organic!

'it's elementary' to understand the elements nature provides with Essential Oils.

When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Choosing oils grown indigenously, from their native growing region and distilled on site; gives them more potentcy and purity. These oils are 100% of 100% - no fillers, additives, no GMO.

Each doTERRA essential oil is carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Our third party testing is done by Essential Oil University, one of the foremost advisors on the science of essential oils.

Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.

Here is the doTERRA Story

Want to learn how to use essential oils?

As a Wellness Advocate and Educator, Lee can design an education class specific to your wants and needs. Contact Lee to arrange a FREE information class.

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