Do Essential Oils Ever NOT Work?

This was a question that I was asked recently, and a question I asked as well when I was first investigating oils. So let’s take a look together…

The most important thing is to be realistic with your expectations. Oils are a TOOL and they need to be USED and also used correctly and in conjunction with other associated lifestyle changes. So the example I love to give is that if you stay up until midnight drinking Red Bull, eating chocolate and watching a scary movie then you crawl into bed and put a drop of Lavender on your pillow and expect to suddenly have a good night sleep….you will be disappointed. However, if you are having a nice relaxing shower, going to bed at a regular time, unwinding and maybe reading a calm book or doing some journaling and then using the Lavender oil, of course, it’s going to support your body in achieving a good night’s rest.

“Be realistic with your expectations. Oils are a TOOL and they need to be USED and also used correctly and in conjunction with other associated lifestyle changes.”

You also need to remember that QUALITY is one of the most important considerations when using essential oils. Too often I talk to people who hear about how amazing doTERRA’s oils are, but they aren’t ready to invest so they go and buy a cheaper oil at the pharmacy. Then it doesn’t work (as it’s full of synthetic fillers), so the logical conclusion is that essential oils don’t work. If you are going to have an effective oil then you need to be confident that the oil is 100% pure and that it also contains the correct chemical constituents to be effective. Thankfully, all of doTERRA’s oils are independently tested so we can be confident that our oils WILL work when used appropriately.

While some oils will have an almost instant effect (you take a drop off peppermint on your tongue and bam you will instantly feel it!) other oils are more subtle. So while you might not be able to tell straight away if it’s “working” there may be a gradual improvement.

Another thing to remember too is that everyone is different and the oils will react differently with everyone. While I can say that confidently that Lavender has a chemical constituent called Linalool which is known for it’s calming properties, I can’t say exactly what effect Linalool will have you on you specifically. We all have our individual preference, I personally love Douglas Fir and think it’s the single most amazing smelling oil ever made. My mum thinks it smells like a tree and can’t stand when I diffuse it.

You also need to be taking into consideration the frequency of application. Our bodies metabolise oils in around 3-4 hours, so it’s better to take small amounts throughout the day rather than one big amount once a day. When my baby shows signs of being unwell, I’m applying the On Guard (protective blend) and Melissa oil on his spine and Oregano on his feet every 2-3 hours, as well as diffusing it. I’m also making sure he’s drinking lots of fluid, resting, and having nourishing meals. I can’t just put a drop of On Guard on his spine and then drag him to the play center and make him run around all day.

I know that sadly there are many people who are not supported in their oil journey and so they say “it didn’t work” but on further discussion they didn’t know how to use their oils or what oils to use so they either used the wrong oil, or didn’t use the oils at all. This is why everyone who enrolls with my receives a free wellness consult so that you know how to get the most out of your oils!

I know when I was first starting out and I kept hearing everyone rave about oils I was highly skeptical. I read lots of journal articles, asked my friends, googled loads, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t until I got my oils and had my own AMAZING personal experiences that I was convinced. If that is you, and you’d like to give the oils a try please send me a message.

For those who do LOVE their oils, I’d love if you would share below your AH HA moment when you first realized how amazing these oils are.

💜 – Jill

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