The Starter Trio: Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint


Getting started with Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils

This is the first post in a series of posts providing a deep dive into ten of doTERRA’s most popular essential oils.  These oils have been bundled into kits to make it easier to get started with. Checkout our previous post for more information on these essential oils and how to order them today.

Essential oils are able to help you achieve a wide variety of health goals. These include: relieving tension, improving sleep quality, improving energy throughout the day, easing digestion, opening the airways and improving respiration, providing immune support, supporting aching muscles and promoting healthy joint function.  This post will focus on lavender, peppermint and lemon and go over some of their uses and the science behind them.

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Anxious because you had too much coffee and need to calm down? How about some lavender! In one mouse study, mice were dosed by researchers with caffeine and then calmed down through inhalation of lavender or its main chemical constituents (linalool and linalyl acetate) bringing the mice back down to normal activity levels.

You can think of lavender as aiding in relaxation, both for your mind and your skin.  Studies have shown that aromatic exposure to lavender eases tension and discomfortreduces feelings of anxiety and you can also use a topical application of the oil to gain similar tension relieving benefits throughout your body.

Beyond your mood, lavender has been demonstrated to improve sleep quality for normal sleepers, as well as those who have difficulties relaxing and getting into the deepest stages of sleep.

Unlike many essential oils, we have some idea of the mechanism for this activity. This fantastic article from May 2017 looks at the receptor binding of linalool and linalyl acetate and gives us a better understanding of how lavender can have these different pharmacological effects.

For your skin, it can be helpful in with occasional skin irritations, and soothing the redness of distressed skin. You can apply a drop or two topically and massaged into the skin by itself or in conjunction with a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) or as part of a skin cream (like shea butter).

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Peppermint has high concentrations of menthol (not to be confused with toxic methanol) which makes it a great non-stimulant pick me up while on a long drive. Menthol promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing  resulting in improved athletic performance and endurance. It can also feel very cooling and aid in reducing tension . When taken internally, it promotes digestive health and reduces nausea.

Already a peppermint tea drinker? These essential oils are highly concentrated, which means that you only need a drop or two to get the same or greater effect than you would from herbs. For example, a single drop of peppermint essential oil is the equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!


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Love a squeeze of lemon in your water?  Imagine squeezing down 45 lemons into a single 15mL (or 1/2 oz) bottle!  Each drop of doTERRA’s lemon essential oil is full of flavor and health benefits. One of the primary components of lemon oil, limonene, is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your bodies systems from free radicals and improve your longevity. In addition to its dietary effects, it can be used to improve overall gastro-intestinal health.

When used aromatically, lemon has been shown to be uplifting, anti-stress, energizing and improve mood.

Limonene is also a natural emulsifier, making lemon oil able to remove gum and grease, and a key ingredient in DIY laundry products . Limonene is also a key ingredient in DIY laundry projects because it is a natural emulsifier, and can help clean gum and grease.


Like what you see?

If you like these three oils and the research backing their benefits, we have seven more that come bundled together in enrollment kits. For details on purchasing those kits check out this post or contact us directly. 

In addition to lemon lavender and peppermint, we have some oil blends that help with physical discomfort and improving athletic performance, some others that are great at boosting the immune system and Frankincense, one of the most versatile essential oils.

If you would like to connect with us, please join our Facebook group which focuses on having an uplifting conversation about essential oil usage.

As always, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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