Why Doterra Essential  Oils


Understanding that ALL physical illness begins as an energetic imbalance is important. Illness and disease begins in the energetic body and if not corrected in time, will eventually move into the physical body as symptoms of a disease or illness. Chinese medicine has known and addressed this for years, but identifying imbalances in the energetic body and addressing them BEFORE they become physical illness. Things always happen on an inner level, before they appear on the outer level. Issues even from childhood, stored trauma, fear, anxieties, anger and such can create energetic imbalances that have profound effects on health and wellbeing if left unchecked.

We spend a great deal of time immersing ourselves into work, TV, activities and staying busy, which often provides us with ample distractions that keep us from ever having to look inside and the emotional and energetic imbalances deep within. This is why so many individuals have difficulty with quiet time. Far too much on the mind and most prefer to not be left alone with their thoughts and when the mind is full of fear, doubt and judgement, then the emotions are not met and cleared from the body.

We are living from our lower self, ego The ego is ,which you think is you. It’s unconscious. It’s your separation from your true self. Undo the false you and the real you shines which is effortless. Undoing your ego gives you a way home.

Essential oils are vibrational medicine, which allows us to work on the inner being! There are different frequencies at which illnesses resonate, as well as at which essential oils and other natural remedies resonate. When the body is maintained at a higher frequency or vibration, it is scientifically proven it is no where near as susceptible to illness. Many foods and herbs, even though we know they are good for us, still have a frequency that is far below many illnesses. Essential oils however, resonate at some of the highest frequencies, far above where the human body and even the brain resonates.

If you use essential oils long enough, they will open the door to emotional and inner energetic healing, because they raise the overall frequency that allows you to do that. This is important, as we really can’t do a lot of the heavy emotional work until our bodies are healthy enough to withstand it. DoTerra’s high vibrational essential oils accelerate the work. If an individual is using essential oils and doing the inner work, their work will go 2 – 3 times more quickly than if they were not using them. The high vibration helps support the physical body, but also the energy body facilitating healing and release.

At Shunyata retreat we specialise in emotional healing with doterra essential oils, The Journey pioneered by Brandon Bays which addresses emotional blocks on a cellular level from childhood.
Paru has been working with people for over 15 years helping them to be with their emotions.
We were never taught at school how to do thi. Depending on our ego type,, some of us numb our emotions, some of us run from them and others use drugs, alcohol and food to push them down. The enneagram addresses which pattern and helps you with awarness to clear and come to live from your higher self.

OnGuard – on the physical level is a protective blend strengthening and protecting our immune system. On the energetic level, it also plays a protective role in shielding from negative energy, codependent relationships, and people that suck your energy! If the immune system is threatened or weakened in any way, we are also more susceptible on energetic and/or spiritual levels. Mind, body and spirit are intimately connected and cannot be separated.

Let’s look at the 4 citrus oils and see what role they play in the emotional/energetic body:

Lemon is for the left, analytical brain. Lemon activates the left brain helping us to think, focus, and learn. Perfect for children having difficulty concentrating at school! It also increases memory and improves information recall. Left brain is also connected with our identity or ego, and is related to the stomach, and on a physical level is good for liver, stomach, digestion and alkalizing. On an emotional level, lemon helps support someone who has suffered a trauma and self-identity has been damaged and can help rebuild the self-image.

Bergamot is similar to lemon, but is actually more related to self worth.

Wild Orange is for the right, creative brain. It activates creative thought & spontaneity. It helps to connect us to your inner child and to be optimistic and hopeful. It’s an oil of abundance.

Lemon and Wild Orange are great used together, to support both sides simultaneously. Since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa, you would want to use Wild Orange on the left side of the body and Lemon on the right side to balance those hemispheres. You can even do them on your temples. They can be used over the stomach, on the bottoms of the feet, or simply inhaled or diffused.

Lime oil is for the heart. Lime helps us to cleanse the issues from the heart if there is grief, sadness, trauma, and/or depression in the heart, it can help dislodge that and facilitate movement and release. It also helps us to look at our inner motives, to see if our intentions are clear and pure. Lime also fills us with a zest for life!

Grapefruit is for the body. Grapefruit is fantastic for cravings of any kind. Many people use grapefruit to lose weight and help slim the body, but often misuse it in terms of judgment of their body to change it. They don’t realize they could be using it to align with integrity in their bodies. Intention is important here. Grapefruit is really more about coming into integrity with the body and honoring the body, learning how to listen to its subtle messages. In doing this, we then can begin to have more
control over our weight, fitness and other areas we may have been seeking grapefruit to regulate. In our modern culture, we have not learned how to listen to our body when it’s tired, when we’re hungry, when we need certain nutrients. When dealing with addictions, place grapefruit directly on the forehead or brow for great results. The pineal and pituitary glands have easier access here, directly above the bridge of the nose (3rd eye), where as the hippocampus can be addressed better above the brows, and the hypothalamus covers the majority of the remainder of the top of the forehead. So when covering that whole forehead area, you are really better accessing all of the glands of the brain.

An awesome oil to use for this also is Imortelle. Highest vibrational oils on the planet all packed into one oil! It’s incredible for brain function and all the glands.

If we use all of these citrus oils together, we can support each of these physical, emotional and energetic levels!

Another fantastic oil for emotional work is Cypress. Cypress is connected to the element of water. Cypress supports an individual who is either stuck, stagnant, or blocked in their emotional life and it’s VERY powerful in this way. If you use it on a regular basis, you will notice a surge of emotions coming to the surface. Each individual has has experienced negative things in their life that become buried deep below the surface that to some degree are covered in a ring of amnesia, if you will.
Although we may not be aware of it, they effect us day to day on every level. It effects us physically, by not address our emotional issues. If effects us emotionally, if we don’t feel the negative emotions that are trapped there, it creates a numbness that impacts our emotional range, which becomes increasingly narrow. Doing emotional work allows us to expand our emotional range, not just in
terms of vocabulary, but in terms of feeling and depth. In allowing ourselves to feel the negative sides of emotion, such as anger or pain, we also allow ourselves to then feel those opposites, such as
true joy and happiness, which many of us have never truly experienced. In our culture today, we actually numb, subdue and even medicate out our abilities to feel emotions such as joy and happiness. So unlike medications, essential oils do not make the problems go away, they do not fix you, THEY SUPPORT YOU in your emotional work! They don’t, however, do your emotional work for you,
they support, supplement and quicken it, even 2 – 3 times as quickly. If you use essential oils and do not address your emotional issues, they will not make things any better. In fact, they may make
you more uncomfortable, as they invite emotional release. Put cypress on the kidneys, because the kidneys are responsible for the flow of water throughout the body. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are also a meridian that is responsible for removing toxins and negative energy out of the system. You can also place cypress on the feet or simply inhale or diffuse it. Be mindful and careful not to project
what is coming up towards anyone else when using cypress. As the emotions come up, it is easier to become angry if you do not recognize the source of your current feeling state.

In emotional healing work, there is something called catharsis, where we re-experience something from the past that was once hurtful, traumatic, or painful. When we re-experience this in the present, it is able to release from the cellular memory of the body and from the energy or emotional body itself, bringing permanent healing to that issue, meaning NOT something that continues to come up again and again later. In this way, cypress oil causes emotional catharsis. This is not an oil to play around with, it’s for those who mean business and want to get to the core issues that are keeping them stuck.

Lavender is an excellent oil for supporting the voicing of our emotions. It’s also important as we
learn to deal with our emotions, that we learn how to put them into appropriate language, which happens in the throat chakra. We have a tendency to not speak what we feel, as our culture is not necessarily supporting of transparency, vulnerability and honesty about feelings.
It rather teaches us to mask and hide true feelings. When we are uncomfortable, our throat completely shuts down, not allowing us to verbally express our true feelings and emotions, especially when fear
is present. One of the greatest tools in emotional healing is to begin the process of writing, or journaling, which gives emotional voice to what you are feeling and begins to open the throat. Lavender supports this process. Lavender calms fears, it calms hypertension, hyperactivity, it’s relaxing, but it is also specifically for opening the throat, and giving courage and strength to the individual who needs to voice what they feel. Put lavender on the throat for great results.

Geranium is often called the emotional healer because of its powerful resonance with the heart. Geranium is also called “poor man’s rose”, as it is similar in properties to rose. Geranium is great for expecting mothers, in that is opens and prepares the heart for acceptance and love of the coming child. It’s great also to use with infants and children, to keep the heart open and not effected by negative influences. Geranium is especially good though for opening and restoring a heart that has been injured or traumatized. It’s one of the greatest facilitators of doing inner child work, or regression work. The heart is something that needs to be healed within each of us. Put geranium on the heart for great results.

There are often many people who ask about supporting issues such as addiction, depression and anxiety. While there are certainly oils that can support those issues, it’s very important to realize that these issues are not the real problem, they are just symptoms of the problem that is much, much deeper. Much of what is medicated today are actually symptoms of much deeper emotional and spiritual imbalances that have remained unaddressed. If we would be willing to go to those deepest levels and heal those issues on the deeper levels, we would find those symptoms disappearing in almost every case. This is a continual process, and not a one-time venture! There are MANY physical issues that just cannot be healed in any other way. ALL (Yes I did say all!) physical issues are symptoms of deeper imbalances, when if addressed, we find those physical symptoms going away.

Here are just a few examples of how traumas in birth can effect our later lives. We often don’t connect the behaviors we display throughout our lives as related necessarily to anything. Here are some specific examples that have been scientifically tied to birth traumas and issues in later life.

Children who were late, in other words born significantly after their due dates, will often find the behavior throughout their lives of running late for many things.

The umbilical cord is only supposed to be cut AFTER it stops pulsing, after delivery. As long as the cord is still pulsing, there is still a need for that child to be attached to the mother. In infants whose cords were cut while still pulsing, there is often found a lacking mentality, such as “there’s not enough for me” or “there’s not enough nourishment”, which can then physically carry over to malnutrition issues and smaller frames. These are just 2 examples, but there are things that happen throughout our childhood that play a role in how we perceive and respond to things. Everything in our lives happens from what we experienced in childhood, as it creates a lens through which we view everything else that happens in our lives. So in essence, what we do in emotional work is re-confront those things and ask ourselves is it true. There are some views that are developed in childhood that do not serve us well in adulthood, otherwise we can become isolated. Even periods while in the womb, the baby is aware of environmental stressors and issues and will often take on many of the issues of the mother.

So many of you may be asking how we can help our children heal and not be impacted by these things that might effect them later in life in negative ways. The short answer is the best way to help your children is to do your work on yourself! Many parents are willing to pay thousands of dollars a month for supplements, interventions and therapies for their children, yet when they are asked to be a part of the emotional work and healing themselves, they will not comply. They are willing to pay for assistance for their children, but are not willing to change themselves to help their children, which is very sad, as those changes in the parents, as they do their own emotional work, will give way to helping their children in dealing with their own. The issue here is that these children can be treated in facilities that have the supportive environment to address their issues, but as soon as they are put back in the home, they will become just as sick again in most cases.

This is not to be said that there is guilt and/or blame for the parents, as that’s not in any way helpful. What is helpful is to be able to look a the issues, acknowledge them, and then ask how we can make it different from here on out. How can we change in order to support our children? Parents will quickly find that as they begin to work on their own issues, they will begin to see changes happening in their children as well. Much of this has to do with the energetic shift that happens in an environment where people begin the process of true healing, and it does effect others in the same environment.

We can be supporting our children with essential oils though, which can nurture their hearts and spirits. Many times when the parents are numb and medicated, there is no “connection” with the child, and the child goes through life building a framework and a belief system that says “I’m all alone and I have to do everything alone and for myself”. You can even look at these children at an early age, and rather than looking vibrant and alive as a child should, they actually look sad and beaten up! This is the impact that these early belief systems have in their lives and are often carried into adulthood, because they are never recognized, addressed, healed and released. Essential oils can begin the healing process. They can nurture and support. It’s a good thing to come out of the dark of denial on the emotional level, but WITHOUT judging or guilting ourselves about it, as that serves no one. Using oils on your children, or even other family members or friends, also provides physical contact and affection, that is significantly lacking in today’s environment. But the oils themselves are also nurturing the mind, the heart, and the body.

Many children who were adopted from orphanages or foster homes that have issues with abuse, abandonment, and/or other self-identity and worth issues would be geranium. Geranium has the ability to connect individuals with their heart and begin nurturing and healing that heart. Much of this will also depend on some of the deeper root issues of course, but some of the other oils that come to mind would be Myrrh, which is all about connection to the earth and mothering energy, and for someone suffering from attachment issues. Marjoram is also incredible for individuals with some attachment issues and those who are a bit aloof and closed off in their heart in a way where they do not want to connect to people and seem a bit cold. It helps them to connect more fully with life and with other people.

** Please remember more is not better! Sometimes it’s better to use a small amount of oil to go to the deeper levels than to use far too much and overwhelm the system!

In terms of oil placement, here are few things to think about. We have spoken already about placing oils on the forehead, heart, kidneys and stomach. Some of the other areas of placement, though this is in no way an exhaustive list (Use them where they make sense!) would be the back of the neck, which is tied to inflexibility, whether in thought, rigidity, holding onto ideas and only wanting to do things in one way, this shows up in stiff necks. A fluid and loose neck shows openness to new ideas. The front of the neck is more connected with communication. The feet are an incredible place to use the oils. They help with connecting us to our lower bodies, connecting us to the earth, but they also act on reflexology as well, so you can address every organ and gland in the body all through the feet.

TerraShield literally wards off pests! In the physical body, it’s used for a bug repellant on our bodies, it is also emotionally a “bug repellant” and plays a role in protecting us, especially with people who are attaching to us.

There are certain personality types, sensitive and empathic, that feel really vulnerable and don’t like public places, they don’t really like being around people, TerraShield and OnGuard are excellent oils for them because of their protective nature.

Individuals who may have bi-polar or an aggressive or violent behavior are often judged, or put into therapy or centers where they are told “don’t do that” or “that’s bad behavior”. What serves them much better is recognizing that these behaviors are actually symbolic of other underlying issues and they are giving us information through their actions that can help us to help them address the underling problem on the deeper level. Often, to the degree people are violent, they often feel violated in one way or another. For instance, a child can love a parent dearly, and yet have another part of themselves that suffers from a trauma or negative incident that is still impacting them. These displays of violence are generally displays of anger and hurt. Anger is one of the most important issues to address when dealing with emotional issues. Rather than trying to shut the anger down, it’s better to try and find a channel for it in a healthy outlet. Writing, communicating and learning how to let that out makes incredible strides. Depression is often linked to suppressed anger. Often when anger is thoroughly addressed, violence and depression will lift.

Obviously lavender is incredibly in helping individuals to learn to communicate their anger and feelings. In terms of bringing it forward and allowing the body to begin cleansing it, lemongrass is a highly cleansing oil. It really helps placing these over the liver, as the liver is the anger center of the body. Supporting the liver can really help in releasing these kinds of issues.