Super Scents - The Essence Of Natural Wellbeing
16 November 2010, 3:18PM
More and more New Zealanders and Australians are turning to essential oils as a wellness alternative as new, natural and powerful 100% pure DoTerra oils hit our shores.Up until now essential oils, which are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants are most often used in the beauty, cosmetic and health industries for their amazing fragrances and for minor medicinal ailments says Sheena Hendon, DoTerra representative, nutritionist and owner of Auckland based natural health centre Elementa. “The greater purity and potency of DoTerra oils than anything else on the worldwide market means they now have powerful therapeutic applications for everything from calming and sleeping for kids, seizures, cancer, viral infections, lupus, eczema, migraines, depression, muscular dystrophy and diabetes neuritis,” she says. Depending on the oil it can have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant, antifungal, detoxifying or purifying properties. This is because all oils are made up of 200 to 800 different chemical constituents: grouped as: monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, ketones, phenols, oxides. And because of their small molecular size they can be absorbed almost immediately in the system as well as pass through the blood brain barrier. “One of the most exciting and ground breaking possibilities of the oils is their powerful antiviral effects,” says Mrs Hendon. “Doterra’s On Guard oil blend has been used with considerable success to prevent and minimise growth of bacteria and superbugs in hospital environments. Further research is currently being carried out at the University of Oklahoma to verify these findings.” “Dr David Hill, DoTerra’s Clinical Director in the US has done studies where essential oils have been diffused into a room filled with 16 different kinds of bacteria and viruses. Within 12 minutes 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses are killed,” Mrs hendon says. “The potential of these oils as an alternative to antibiotics and in reducing viral infection is phenomenal.” Sheena adds that because of their purity many of the DoTerra oils can be taken internally and many can be safely used by babies and children. “DoTerra has gone to great lengths to not only meet the industry standards to enable them to be labelled 100% pure or therapeutic grade, but to far surpass them in quality by having each batch tested by an independent laboratory with additional purity testing, by using oils that come from where they are naturally grown and by ensuring they are grown, harvested and kept in best possible way from soil conditions, organic fertilisers, geographic region and distillation process. The more pure and potent the better the health benefits from it.