Living / 19 October, 2018 / My Baba

Do Essential Oils Actually Work?

This might sound like a sales pitch but I really wanted to share this amazing company with you. I have always been a fan of essential oils but I had no idea about the different strengths and capacities. It took me ages to sign up, firstly because it’s very expensive, and secondly because it seemed like too much information to learn and a bit of a faff.  I thought that everything would really sit in my bathroom untouched, except perhaps the lavender one. Miranda Lewis, who I asked to write a piece on the subject, sent me a few tiny vials of samples, and after testing them I finally bit the bullet and ordered the starter set.  I get terrible migraines and they really did help.  I also started using them on my daughter when she got a tummy ache and was amazed by what the oils were doing. People may think that I am totally bonkers and I probably am, but I really have fallen head over heels for the gorgeous oils. Leonora

We asked yoga teacher and health coach Miranda Lewis the big question:

Do essential oils really work?

I started using doTERRA essential oils when my youngest daughter was about 3 months old. I listened to some information on the top ten essential oils, the ones I am going to share with you in this article, and my jaw dropped wide in amazement. I had no idea that essential oils can do the things that they can do!

Now, there is a caveat to that. I had no idea that doTERRA essential oils can do the things that they can do, because unless they are therapeutic grade essential oils then they most likely can’t. And that is actually the key, so I will say it again (for all those mama’s who are up in the middle of the night!) Unless you use a therapeutic grade essential oil, like doTERRA, it will likely only be a nice smell and nothing more.

On the other hand, doTERRA’s essential oils go through several rounds of both in and out house testing to ensure the purity and power of the molecular makeup of the oil. It is pure plant magic. Completely unadulterated. Nothing but either cold pressed or steam distilled plants from the countries where the plants grow in their natural abundance (doTERRA source from over 40 countries). The oils are beyond organic, meaning there are no fertilisers, pesticides or any chemicals used on the plants as they grow and nothing is added to the oils once they are pressed/steam distilled.

What can essential oils do for you?

I am writing this as a mum of two (gorgeous) girls and sharing my top ways to use the oils, but there are many, and when you buy the oils you will have a (free) consultation with me (via phone or in person) so that you feel completely confident to use the oils effectively for you and your family. Because of the oils purity many can be used on babies and children, and can be an amazing way to do healthcare differently.

I do advise diluting the essential oils and in many circumstances one drop is all that is required. For babies and children the dilution is even greater (roughly one drop of essential oil to 10 ml of carrier oil) and can be used in many ways, but for example for colic, teething, skin issues, to aid sleep, as a nappy cream and I explain all this to you in your consultation once you have purchased your oils.

Most of the oils can be used three ways

  1. Topically:(where it hurts, or soles of the feet – as the skin is not sensitive and has large pores which means the oils are quickly carried into the bloodstream, the motorway system for the body.) Always best to use diluted with a carrier oil.
  2. Aromatically: in a diffuser, from the palms of your hand, or when desperate smelt directly from the bottle.
  3. Internally (for adults only): one drop in a glass of water or used sublingually under the tongue. You can also feel like an apothecary and make up your own capsules. This way of using the oils is only suitable for adults and must be used in a glass, never in plastic, as the oils will pull out the petro-chemicals and you don’t want to ingest them!

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Let’s start with an oil most people already know about – lavender. Lavender is great for calming and aiding sleep and so for my littles I use it in the diffuser at bath time and let it run for an hour whilst they wind down. Of course I also use it for myself in this way! Lavender is also amazing for bites, burns, bruises and rashes. So I keep some lavender in the kitchen at all times so I have it on hand for all those things! Also good for teething and any emotional upset.

Lemon oil

The lemon oil comes from the rind of the lemon which makes it high in antioxidants. It is a great scent to start the day with as it is very uplifting and purifying, so great to have in the diffuser to put a smile on every one’s face to start the day. Also great for adults to drink. Please don’t do this with any other brand though. One drop in some water for similar benefits as a squeeze of lemon (without the acidity or the faff). It is gently cleansing and detoxifying. It also has a magic power – it can remove stains from clothes and sticky marks from stickers off walls!

Peppermint oil

This fact is crazy. One drop of peppermint oil is the equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. I know, right!! So yes it’s fantastic for your digestion and definitely an upgrade to a bag of peppermint tea post dinner. It is a very cooling oil so great used topically for tension headaches and also to calm a fever. It opens up the airways too and really wakes you up. I like to put one drop on the palms of my hands and rub together, then take 3 deep breaths whenever I am lagging. It also works amazingly for car sickness (plus makes your car smell great!)

These three oils can be used together as a natural anti-histamine. Think hay fever, pet allergies, bites etc.


When the wise men visited Jesus, they were indeed very wise, as they brought him frankincense. The king of the essential oils. Frankincense has a long history and is known to be a very grounding oil. I like to use this with lavender at bedtime for my girls. It is also supportive for migraines applied to the roof of the mouth. Frankincense enhances the properties of other oils when combined, as it is anti inflammatory and supports a healthy immune response, so its’ great to add to a mix of anything where you require ‘extra strength.’ It is also very supportive for – dare I say it – ageing skin… as it aids cell renewal, you can add a drop to your moisturiser.


Melaleuca is also known as tee tree oil and is a great antiseptic. No first aid cupboard should be without it. Think grazes, cuts, stings, warts, verrucas, nits!! Yup you need this one for sure! Also helpful for any problem skin, be it dandruff or acne.


When I think of oregano I think pizza, but oregano oil is a powerhouse. It is nature’s antibiotic and one of the oils which you hopefully won’t need to use too often, but when you do, you will be so pleased you have it. It is anti-bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral, septic and an immune stimulant. Caution dilute heavily – this is a hot oil!

On Guard oil blend

On Guard is a blend of oils (it contains orange, cinnamon, clove, rosemary and eucalyptus). This is an amazing blend for this time of year – when the snotty noses and sore throats start to rear their ugly heads. I apply this topically to my girls every day as we leave for school/nursery to help protect them from the germs that they are going to encounter throughout the day. I also take 1 drop in some water if I start to feel like I am coming down with something. I pop this in the diffuser as soon as we get back from school/nursery to kill any air born bacteria and keep the sniffles at bay! But this blend is no joke for its effectiveness – all the individual oils in this blend have countless research studies showing their efficacy at killing bacteria, fungus and viruses.


Air, used to be called breathe, which I think was a much better name for it, as it sums it up in one word. This is the respiratory blend and it contains laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, ravensara and cardamom. This is what you will want to put in the diffuser if anyone comes down with a cold. It opens up the airways and helps you or your littles to breathe better! You can also apply it topically to chest, spine and soles of the feet. Think of it as your natural Vicks, without the petroleum jelly, yuck!


Peppermint is great for digestion – which is why it features in this next blend – the digestive blend (Peppermint, fennel, ginger, tarragon, caraway, coriander and anise). If anyone has morning sickness, this may be one you want to try. But it also works well for travel sickness, tummy aches, upset tummies, tummy bugs, constipation, bloating … basically anything tummy related!

Deep Blue oil blend

The last blend is deep blue, the soothing blend (wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, osmanthus). It contains oils that are anti-inflammatory and work on aiding achey muscles and joints. I used it a lot on my shoulders when I was breastfeeding, and now on my lower back from carrying a toddler around. It’s also great for headaches, arthritis, bruises and growing pains. This is one to only use topically.

So has your jaw dropped like mine did?? And if so I’m guessing you want to know how to get hold of these oils. Please only buy through a representative, like me. Not only does that mean that you get the support and education that means that the oils don’t end up sitting in the cupboard, but it also ensures that you are buying the real deal and not a fake oil that has been put in a doTERRA bottle! These ten oils are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re serious about using natural solutions to support health then there are oils and other doTERRA products that can be used to help balance hormones, emotional support, cellular health, ageing, low-toxin skincare and cleaning.

You can buy the top ten oils with a diffuser by clicking here.

  • Choose wholesale customer, then fill in your details and add home essentials kit to your basket (£243 I also recommend adding a bottle of fractionated coconut oil £12 so that you can use the oils topically and dilute appropriately).
  • Your oils will be sent directly to you and if you drop me a line we can schedule a (free) call to make sure you know how to dilute and use your oils confidently.

If you are ready for a complete overhaul of your home from the bathroom to the kitchen including not just oils but also supplements, cleaning and skincare then click here.

  • Choose wholesale customer, fill in your contact details and ’natural solutions’ at checkout (£565.50).
  • I gift everyone who purchases this kit a free essential oils reference book.

If you would like to know more about the top ten oils discussed above, then follow click here to watch an online webinar.

And if you want to know more but you’re not sure which kit you want to start with, then send me a message or give me a call 07968151063 and we can look at the options!


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