Dr. David K. Hill is an expert on wellness and essential oils and is the Chief Medical Officer at dōTERRA.
How do I use essential oils to meet my personal needs?
There are always indicators with our health. We have indicators in what types of foods are good for us and which ones aren’t. This is a normal process we go through. The same holds true for essential oils. It may not always be the case that each essential oil will affect each of us in exactly the same way. It’s that individual characteristic of the oil matched with the individual characteristic of our own personal need and health that allows us to achieve the benefits we are most looking for. Finding that requires that we spend a little bit of time learning how the essential oils interact with our own unique circumstances. Once you master that—once you have that basic understanding—essential oils provide something for you that cannot be found anywhere else.
Why does the aroma of an essential oil sometimes vary?
One of the benefits of essential oils is the variability they offer. Essential oils are pure botanical extracts that will have slight variances from time to time. This variance is sometimes caused by uncontrollable environmental factors including weather conditions, temperature, sunlight, moisture content, and soil conditions at the time of harvest. On the other hand, there are many things that affect the quality of an essential oil that we can control through proper sourcing, distillation techniques, production procedures, and quality testing. Humans have a keen sense of smell, so even slight variances can be detected, even if the therapeutic properties of the oil remain unchanged. It is important to remember that although aroma is important, it is often a reflection of environmental factors and not always an indicator of quality. These natural variances are in no way a sign of a low quality product, but instead demonstrate the incredible versatility of plants and their ability to adapt to their environment. This adaptability is one of the many reasons individuals continue to have great experiences when using essential oils.
What are the basic fundamentals I should follow for enhancing immunity with my family?
We tend to be extra conscious of our immunity during the winter months when cold and flu season is upon us. It is important to develop a daily routine of essential oil use that includes diffusion, surface contact, and personal application during this time when the immune system may be especially compromised. Along with essential oils, good nutrition is another key aspect in maintaining strong immunity for all members of the family. The Lifelong Vitality products and citrus oils are powerful immune stabilizers that should be used daily. Citrus oils can increase the production of glutathione. We know that glutathione fortifies cellular structures of the immune system, so improving glutathione levels gives us greater resiliency in all tissues of the body. We also need to be aware of immune detractors (stress, poor diet, etc.) and similarly manage these issues through lifestyle modification and daily use of essential oils.