Thursday, April 21, 2011

Herb Oils and Essential Oils (Rambling Review)

This seemed like the perfect product review to add to Herb and Spice Week! I think you'll agree. 

Identity Magazine contacted me in February  to let me know that I had won  a Family Physician Kit from Oil during their February "Love Your Identity Giveaway"! I was so excited. I don't win a lot of stuff, but I had no idea what the "Family Physician Kit" was. So I checked it out.

Family Physician® Kit

The Family Physician® Kit is a collection of ten nurturing essential oils, including six single oils and four blends. The stunning box includes tips for using the oils, as well as an audio CD featuring dōTERRA®'s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David K. Hill. In this audio presentation, Dr. Hill teaches listeners how to care for their family's everyday health needs with simple and safe methods using the ten essential oils included in this kit. Includes 5 ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen®, and On Guard™ to help families address a multitude of health issues.

The company representative Joni Lang was afraid that I wouldn't know what to do with the oils, but I was excited to try them. I'm adventurous. Plus, I had been looking for a more natural way to add flavor to my cooking and baked goods and this sounded like a good option. Joni wrote:

"I'm so glad you won! I was afraid my amazing oils might go to some one who would have no idea what to do with them, and they would just sit on a shelf.  I am so excited for you to get them and try them out.  I think you will be amazed at the purity.  They are not Certified as Organic because they grow wild in their indiginous habitat.  Not sure I would trust the Certified Organic label anyway as the FDA allow 10% chemicals and pesticides, and it can still be called Organic.  The FDA does have a list of essential oils that they have determined to be "Generally Regarded as Safe" or GRAS.  Our oils that meet that standard have a supplement label right on the bottle and are absolutely safe to ingest and cook with.  One of my favorite things is just to add a drop of Lavender in my cupcake frosting. So yummy!"  

Inside the family Physician kit were simple directions on how and where to use the oils.  Joni's website has some great information including an Essential Wellness Guide that showed was awesome. I enjoyed reading her  Introduction to Oils,  and some  Quick Oil References. 
I used a few drops of  the On Guard with a 1/2 cup of water in the morning to help with my immune system during the colds and flu that seemed to hit my family especially hard this year.
Most intriguing to me was the Oil of Oregano.  I have a dear friend who has sworn by this stuff for years. I've never seen her get sick. Why I haven't tried using it is way beyond me...yet there it was, staring at me. Okay. I'm going to tell you right here, it's the devil strong. You can't just put a drop on your tongue. You'll gage. But, I did purchase some empty gel caps and have been using it regularly. It's helped immensely!  
Another one I have come to love is the lemon oil. I use one or two drops in my bottled water with some stevia and I don't even miss Diet Coke. The lemon oil is so light and fresh tasting and it helps as a disinfectant,  for sore throat relief, neutralize odors and bacteria,  and a digestive aid.
I was very excited that this oil was so pure and safe for consumption.  You can't just use the oils in the craft store.  These are different.  Even some massage oils are not safe to eat. 

You can learn more about the Certified Pure Therapeutc Grade (CPTG) standard HERE. 

I've been using the oils to flavor my olive oil for cooking and baking.
4-5 drops of the oil of oregano and 4-5 drops of the lemon oil make a very refreshing addition to any olive oil. Plus, there's not any flecks of herbs in there.  It's an amazing way to impart a ton of flavor without a lot of mess.  Traditionally when I've made herb oils it has taken about a week for the flavor to really reach full potency. This is instant. What's not to love about that?

I'm sure I'll be using these a lot more in the future. Thank you Joni for the chance to use your amazing oils! I'm  so happy with them!
Visit Joni's Oil Essentials website here.


Mardi said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my doTERRA Essential Oils. They have been a huge asset in our home. I used Wild Orange in my yams and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and loved it. I tried the Oregano in a little bit of salsa once and it was just to much for me. Probably just needed more salsa. I also love lemon and wild orange in my water. So refreshing. And On Guard and Frankincense are two of my all time favorites. Enjoy!

J. P. said...

i am in love with this! The lavender oil has got to be amazing.

Wellness Essentials said...

Thanks for the awesome review! I'm so glad my amazing oils went to you!


Chef Tess said...

I was drinking my lemon water tonight and Ace said, "Dude, I can smell that stuff clear over hear! It smells like pie." I wish! It's delicious! Thank you for sharing! I'm hooked!

doTerra Melaleuca Essential Oil said...

using the oils to flavor my olive oil for cooking and baking. It is really amazing.