Essential oils have been steadily gaining popularity in the Philippines as the local scene is becoming more accepting of alternative medicine. More than just aromatherapy, essential oils have other healing properties that can be used to treat common ailments, which is why these oils have found their way to more and more medicine cabinets across the globe.
Because of the many options and many factors to consider, starting your journey into the world of essential oils can be daunting. We talked to JP Abinuman-Cox, Urban Ashram’s resident essential oil enthusiast, to help you have a well-informed start to kickoff your essential oil journey.
JP began her essential oil journey because she wanted to try natural solutions to support the health and wellness of her family. Disappointed with the lackluster performance of essential oils (EOs) from the local market, it wasn’t until JP tried high quality oils from DoTerra when she took essential oils seriously. Since then, she’s researched and experimented with different types of oils and mixed her own blends to help alleviate common ailments such as headaches, sinus allergies, gas or bloating and even monthly cramps.
According to JP, she checks three things to make sure that your bottles are not complete duds: Potency, Purity and Ethical Sourced oils
As most essential oils are extracted from plants, it is very important these plants are grown and harvested in their native origin. The soil composition, weather conditions and time of harvest play a large role in the quality and potency of the oils. DoTerra Oils are harvested where they grow best. The people who have been harvesting these plants have been doing this for generations and are knowledgeable of when it is in its most viable peak.
If you are looking for natural solutions to common ailments, one should get pure, therapeutic grade and independently tested essential oils. Adulterated ones are easy to find and cheaper in price but the effects are also sub par. The Latin name and the plant specie should be specified on your essential oil bottle. Your bottles should have a batch number and an expiry date. You can check the batch test in sourcetoyou.com.
Paying the right amount to help the community and give a respectable income and livelihood for farmers who harvest plants for essential oil extraction. Taking care of these farmers encourage them to preserve their craft and strengthen the yield of their crops.
While essential oils are generally safe, precautionary measures should be taken before use. “There are oils that cannot be used internally and oils are ideally diluted. It is imperative that you do your research or attend workshops that give proper information on the use and safety of EO’s”, says JP. The rise in popularity of EOs has led to a few dubious products in the market which is why you should only get your oils from legitimate and trusted sources. “Impure and unregulated use of EO have bad side effects. It can lead to poisoning at the worst, skin irritation at its mildest”, JP warns. “Responsible usage of EO’s can lead to tremendous results. It can support a healthy immune system, may relieve everyday aches and pains and may help you give optimal health. Research and study so you can proactively secure your health using pure, therapeutic grade EO.”
If you are looking into taking the first steps in assembling your own essential oil kit, JP recommends the following oils to get you started:
On Guard– a DoTerra blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils that procide immunity support.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – great for skin issues like acne, cuts and scrapes
Breathe– a DoTerra blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils for congestions
Digestzen– a DoTerra blend of Anise Seed, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Rhizome/Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils for tummy aches and digestive health.
Frankincense – Dubbed as the king of oils, can be used for anything and everything
Peppermint– May be used for headaches, alertness, analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and invigorating
Lavender– may help for relaxation, sleep aid, minor burns
Deep Blue– A DoTerra blen composed of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus to soothe and cool. Great for muscle aches and pains
Oregano is anti bacterial so really good for fighting onset of infection. Add also lemon for overall cleansing
Rosemary – may help prevent hairloss
Cypress– may help lessen varicose veins
Immortelle– to erase scars
*Doterra starter kits (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint) are available at Urban Ashram Yoga’s studio boutiques.
Amanda Zabat is one of Urban Ashram Yoga’s resident restorative yoga teachers, helping her students find maximum relaxation. She also teaches FNR and vinyasa classes. She recently opened an online shop selling activewear, Flux Movement.