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Doterra Essential Skin Care

Even though I have my own line of Cosmeceutical skincare for my clinic, I still also use and love Doterra Essential Skincare.

When the Essential Skin Care line was first launched, it was foundational as the best of both science and nature. However, as skin care technology and ingredients continue to evolve and improve, it was time for the Essential Skin Care line to receive some updates, along with two new products.

Never fear, the elements you have always loved about the skin care line have not changed. This includes features such as the essential oil blends, price (with the exception of the Pore Reducing Toner), formula texture and appearance, package size, and the clinically supported claims of the original products. Ingredients have only been replaced or added when there were better, more effective ingredients and technologies available.**

So what has changed? Aside from the addition of two new products, the Brightening Gel and Anti-Aging Eye Cream, each current product had its formula updated. Read on to find out the new ingredients in each product, and how they contribute to better skin care. Here are the products in order of use:

Cleanse:

Facial Cleanser

New Ingredients: 

  • Quillaja Saponaria Bark and Yucca Root extracts are natural cleansers that help soothe and clarify your skin.
  • Sodium PCA is a humectant derived from a natural amino acid called proline. Humectants are necessary in skin care to help the skin retain moisture.
  • Tocopherol was added for its antioxidants.


Invigorating Scrub

New Ingredients:

  • Greater Burdock Root Extract has antioxidant properties that help with sebum regulation.
  • Jasmine Flower/Leaf Extract and Mandarin Orange Fruit Extract were added for their unique and uplifting fragrances.
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate is a cleansing ingredient.
  • Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate and Glyceryl Caprylate are both emulsifiers, ingredients that are used to combine ingredients that would not otherwise.


Tone:

Pore Reducing Toner


New Ingredients:

  • Watermelon and Apple Fruit Extract are used to tone and balance your skin.
  • Lentil Seed and Fruit Extracts increase hydration, and visibly reduces the appearance of oily skin and pores.
  • Sodium PCA is a humectant derived from a natural amino acid called proline. Humectants are used in skin care to help your skin retain moisture.


Target:


Brightening Gel


If you deal with age spots and inflammation, the new Brightening Gel is formulated with the following ingredients that will help immensely.

Key Ingredients:

  • Bergamot, Juniper Berry, and Melissa essential oils known for their benefits to skin health.
  • Ginger Root Extract assists your skin in its natural repair processes.
  • Daisy Flower Extract promotes even pigmentation in age spots.
  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is an incredibly stable form of vitamin C that improves skin tone and brightness and decreases the appearance of age spots. It is also microencapsulated to efficiently deliver the vitamin to your skin.
  • Biosaccharide Gum-1 moisturizes your skin throughout the day.

To use: push the disc on the bottom of the jar to dispense a small amount of the product. Apply an even layer to your face and neck, or to trouble spots.

Tightening Serum

New Ingredients:

  • Beech Tree Bud Extract noticeably tightens and smooths your skin.
  • Acacia Senegal Gum and Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum both naturally tighten, smooth, and lift your skin.
  • Jojoba EstersCetyl Alcohol, and Behenyl Alcohol are all emollients. Emollients are softening ingredients for your skin. (Both Cetyl and Behenyl alcohols are also known as fatty alcohols, which are not the drying or sensitizing forms of alcohol.)
  • Sodium PCA is a humectant derived from a natural amino acid called proline that helps the skin retain moisture.


Anti-Aging Eye Cream

The delicate skin under your eyes loses elasticity and is prone to fine lines and wrinkles as you age. The new Anti-Aging Eye Cream is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles and also their depth and severity. It also improves elasticity, texture, and puffiness.

Key Ingredients:

  • FrankincenseYlang Ylang, and Blue Tansy essential oils for their skin benefits.
  • Bakuchiol tones and tightens the skin and prevents future signs of aging.
  • Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose and Pullulan are both gums that tighten your skin from the first use.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice acts as the humectant to help your skin retain its natural moisture.
  • Shea Butter and Meadowfoam Seed Oil both act as the emollients in this product.


To use: Press pump until small amount of product appears around the rollerball. Using gentle pressure, apply to under-eye area until absorbed. Use morning and night. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

Moisturize:

Anti-Aging Moisturizer (target visible signs of aging)

New Ingredients:

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2 smooth your skin, improve skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Yucca Schidigera Root Extract purifies your skin.
  • Tocopherol acetate is also known as Vitamin E, a common antioxidant.


Hydrating Cream (for intense moisturization)

New Ingredients:

  • Lactococcus Ferment Lysate is a probiotic. This nourishes your skin, and helps to strengthen its natural barrier and overall skin quality. Moreover, it helps the natural renewal process of the outermost layer of your skin that tends to slow down with age.


**doTERRA will never use artificial colors, Diethanolamine (DEA), formaldehyde donors, Parabens, Pthalates, Propoylene glycol, Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), Toluene, or Triethanolamine (TEA).

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Protocol for Clinic and Salon Use, can also be followed at home

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Doterra Healthcare clinic

Doterra Healthcare Clinic

DoTerra Healthcare

With plans to transform healthcare by offering natural alternatives doTERRA is looking for teams of dedicated doctors, nutritionists, essential oil experts, and wellness coaches, who will “ensure that patients receive the high levels of care in their clinics.

The proposed medical services include: complete primary care, urgent care, wellness coaching, nutrition counselling, essential oil therapies, and genome testing.

They are appealing to the public’s clear and persistent frustration with mainstream care delivery, by promising comprehensive services that integrate conventional medical care with holistic alternatives, including of course use of essential oils as adjunctive therapies. They’re simultaneously tapping practitioner desire for a more humane, less-abusive, and healthy mode of practice.

A Ready-Made Market

doTERRA has over 400 full-time employees, and claims upward of 3 million wellness advocates. That’s a ready-made market of individuals who’ve self-selected for interest in botanical medicine, and other non-pharm alternatives.

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A survey conducted by the company suggests that 85% of patients in the USA want holistic and natural solutions, including essential oils, from their medical practitioner, but only 15% have doctors who are providing that sort of care.

According to the company’s site, 50,000 people pre-registered to join doTERRA Healthcare before it opened.

The flagship clinic will be located in Pleasant Grove, UT, to serve doTERRA’s on-site employees, followed by a roll-out of clinics across the US and beyond.

The pilot is being led by Brannick Riggs, MD, a family physician who trained in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, and David Hill, DC, a chiropractor with broad interests in holistic modalities. Both have extensive experience with essential oils, and with doTERRA as a company.

If doTERRA is able to develop an effective and replicable practice model, it is likely to appeal to many holistic and functional medicine physicians who currently struggle with fiscal and practice development issues.

It remains to be seen how doTERRA will meet the very complex challenges of primary care delivery, but doTERRA have considerable resources,  management know-how, and a committed ecosystem of bright, independent-minded people who are seeking healthcare alternatives which points to success.

What do you think? Would you prefer a more natural approach to health?

Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil


DESCRIPTION

Lemongrass Essential Oil

A tall, perennial plant, Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavour and is used in Asian cuisine in soups, teas, and curries as well as with fish, poultry, beef, and seafood. In addition to its unique flavour, Lemongrass essential oil promotes an overall sense of emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It’s also clarifying and toning when applied to the skin and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that gives you a sense of heightened awareness and positivity.

USES – LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL 

  • Combine a few drops of Lemongrass oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a massage after a hard workout.
  • Use to flavour entrées and meat dishes.
  • Blends well with Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.
  • Dilute oil, then rub or spritz on skin before going outside.

PRIMARY BENEFITS – LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL 

  • Refreshing and invigorating to the senses.
  • Combine with a carrier oil for soothing massage.
  • Apply diluted after a long run for a refreshing feeling.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE – LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL 

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
  • Food additive use: Dilute one drop in 120 mL or 1/2 cup of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimise any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

AROMATIC DESCRIPTION – Citrus, herbaceous, smoky

CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil is also used as an ingredient in perfume, incense, and skin care products.

Frankincense essential oil Uses

In aromatherapy, frankincense oil is typically used for the following conditions:

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Indigestion
  • Ulcers

Frankincense essential oil is also used to alleviate stress and relieve pain.1

When used as an ingredient in skin care products, frankincense essential oil is said to treat dry skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, scars, and stretch marks.

Health Benefits 

While preliminary research suggests that frankincense essential oil may offer certain health benefits, there is currently a lack of research testing the health effects of frankincense oil. A component in frankincense, boswellic acid, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. Here’s a look at the science.

Cancer

Laboratory research on human cells indicates that frankincense essential oil may possess immune-stimulating and cancer-fighting properties that could aid in the protection against breast cancer2 and pancreatic cancer3 . However, it’s important to note that these studies were conducted in a lab (and not in people) and didn’t test the aromatherapeutic use of frankincense oil. More research is needed.

A combination of essential oils including frankincense oil may help sleep in people with cancer, according to a study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2016. For the study, people with cancer were given personal inhaler devices containing essential oils.4

Of those who used the device, 64 percent had an improvement of at least one point on the sleep scale. One essential oil blend found effective included frankincense (Boswellia carterii), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). 

Osteoarthritis

Frankincense appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and several studies have examined its use for osteoarthritis and knee pain.1

One 2018 review of published studies found Boswellia serrata extract shows clinically significant pain reduction for short-term use.5 However, studies showing its efficacy for long-term pain reduction are lacking.

Possible Side Effects 

Research is needed to assess the potential benefits and risks. Ingesting frankincense essential oil may have toxic effects and isn’t recommended, unless under a doctor’s supervision.6

In addition, some individuals may experience irritation or an allergic reaction when applying frankincense essential oil to the skin. A skin patch test should be done before using any new essential oil. Additionally, essential oils shouldn’t be applied to skin undiluted.

Pregnant or nursing women and children should consult their health care providers before using essential oils.

It’s also important to note that self-treating a condition with frankincense essential oil and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Dosage and Preparation 

There is no standard or recommended dose for frankincense essential oil.

When a drop or two is combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado oil), frankincense essential oil can be applied to the skin or added to baths in small amounts.

Frankincense essential oil can also be inhaled after sprinkling a drop or two of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

In aromatherapy, several other essential oils are often used in combination with frankincense.  

What To Look For 

Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA and do not have to meet any purity standards. When purchasing essential oils, look for a supplier who either distills their own material or deals directly with reputable distillers and uses gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to analyze the quality of the product.

When buying pure frankincense essential oil, check the label for its Latin name, Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra. No other oils ingredients should be listed. If you see another oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil, the frankincense is diluted and should not be used in a diffuser. 

Essential oils should be packaged in a dark amber or cobalt bottle and stored out of sunlight.

Other Questions 

I have type 2 diabetes. Can frankincense essential oil lower blood sugar? 

Despite its purported use as an anti-diabetic agent, a placebo-controlled trial published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine in 2018found frankincense essential oil did not have any significant blood sugar lowering effects over a placebo.

Is it safe to ingest frankincense essential oil?

While some essential oil companies recommend ingesting frankincense essential oil for a wide variety of health ailments, there is no evidence to support its safety or efficacy. If you choose to ingest essential oils, be sure you are using certified therapeutic oils and follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully and discuss it further with your doctor.

Can frankincense essential oil be applied directly to the skin?

Frankincense is a mild oil and most people can apply it directly to skin, or neat, without any issues. However, if you experience any burning, tingling, or irritation, dilute the oil by rubbing a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil, over the irritated area. Do not apply frankincense oil close to your eyes as its vapors may irritate eyes.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil Doterra UK

Blue Tansy for a glowing complexion

Maintaining a youthful, glowing complexion enhances your every encounter with the world. Investing in your skin with Blue Tansy Essential Oil will pay off not only in your renewed skin tone, but also in a rejuvenated body and mind after exercise or busy days.

Blue Tansy Plant

Blue Tansy is an annual yellow-flowered Mediterranean plant found in northern Morocco. Chamazulene, a chemical component in Blue Tansy, provides the characteristic indigo colour and is recognised for its skin-soothing benefits.

Blue Tansy Blue colour

Its unique colour, skin-cleansing properties, and subtle fruity aroma make it an oil that is unmistakable and irreplaceable in your daily routines.

Blue Tansy essential oil most notable benefits include: 

  • Creating a glowing complexion. Blue Tansy’s primary constituents – chamazulene and sabinene – have been found to be effective in cleansing, soothing, and clearing blemished skin.
  • Boosting your mood. The light aroma creates an uplifting, positive atmosphere when diffused. It can also be applied during stressful times to help you combat the midday funk and keep that stress at bay.
  • Helping with restorative massage. Its constituents include camphor, which is well-known for its ability to soothe sore muscles. This makes it a great oil to add to a massage oil to apply after intense exercise or a long day.

Add a drop to one or two ounces of your favourite moisturiser or cleanser and apply topically to help reduce the appearance of blemishes or soothe skin irritation.

And after intense exercise or a stressful day, there is no better way to give your body the self-care that it needs to support your hormones than a restorative massage with Blue Tansy essential oil.

Essential oil soap making

If you’ve never made your own soap before, you would probably be surprised by how easy it can be. Adding essential oils to homemade soap is a wonderful way to infuse potent, natural fragrances. Not to mention, it allows you to experience any benefits the oils may hold for the skin. The step-by-step instructions for this DIY Soap are easy to follow, with an end product that smells lovely and you can personalise it to the issue you’re treating or the mood you’re trying to create. 

For example, lavender and arborvitae for sleep and relaxation and peppermint and lemon for an invigorating morning wash!

It’s very important to use safe natural essential oils that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

Items Needed

Olive oil (optional)

A melt-and-pour soap base 

Silicone soap moulds

15 drops of Each essential oil


Optional: Dried or fresh herbs (Note: fresh herbs will turn a brown colour after a couple of days).

  1. Cut off the amount of soap base you want to use and place it into a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add Olive oil if required Olive oil contributes moisturizing properties to soap. It also gives the bars a gentle and creamy lather, making it a great choice for dry or sensitive skin.
  3. Melt the soap into liquid form in increments of 30 seconds.
  4. Add a handful of dried hebrs to the soap mold. 
  5. Add the chosen essential oils.
  6. Mix together and pour into molds.
  7. Let it sit for an hour.
  8. Remove the soap from the mold.

Note: The soap should be fine for many months!