I regularly take my doTERRA oils internally. Taking them internally is the most efficient, most controlled and most bioavailable way to use essential oils. You can place them in a capsule for about 80-95% bioavailability; under the tongue for 95-100%. It is a powerfully effective way to use your doTERRA oils.
doTERRA provides many oils in a softgel form. Our xEOmega Essential Oil Omega Complex has 9 essential oils in it. OnGuard+, DigestZen, DDR Prime, Slim & Sassy, Zendocrine and TriEase all come in convenient softgels.
But it's It's easy to make your own essential oil-filled capsules for your own customized needs. Whether for discomfort after exercise, to support your immune system, for seasonal or environmental threats, for better sleep, to lessen feelings of anxiousness or for tension in your head, neck or shoulders, etc. -- here's how.
You need these tools:
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Open the capsule and using an eye dropper add about 12 drops of Olive Oil FIRST, then add the essential oils you desire. Some have the hand-eye coordination to drip the essential oils right from the bottle into the capsules, but not me! I have to use a dropper. The wooden capsule holder really helps me, too.
In my experience, adding some Olive Oil first protects the Veggie Cap, even from hot or citrus oils -- i.e. the Veggie Cap doesn't melt! I've been able to even make a set capsules ahead of time that had Oregano, OnGuard and Melaleuca in them. These will last at least a week.
See the graphic below for a safety chart and some ideas of what oils to use for your needs.
I like to add 1 drop of DigestZen to my capsules but this is totally optional. Then I use my dropper and fill the capsule the rest of the way with more Olive Oil.
Here you see the filled capsules with the tops put on. If you are making enough capsules to take over the next few days, place the little wooden holder in the fridge and take a capsule as needed.
Last thing -- When taking an essential oil capsule -- especially if it is a HOT oil -- but really pretty much all the time, take with plenty of water and eat a little something after taking. A cracker, a few raisins, a few cashews or a couple of grapes. Just something to push the capsule all the way down.
Here is a listing of HOT oils:
* When you see the SUPPLEMENT FACTS label on your doTERRA bottle, this means that the oil has been rated GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA and is okay to take internally.
Take ONLY doTERRA oils internally. Most of the other brands out there are cut with or are 100% synthetic. You will do more harm than good if you take those internally.
Ideal Amounts for therapeutic benefit
This chart, above, shows you both the "per capsule" amount and the maximum daily amount of oils to take. "Internal" refers to taking oils via a capsule or softgel. Oral use refers to essential oils taken in water or other liquid, or under the tongue. Dermal. of course, means topical use -- applying the oils to your skin. More information can be found in this article here.
As the article above states: "It is important that essential oil users stay within the Ideal Amount ranges to derive the maximum benefit from using the essential oils."
You can listen to Dr. David Hill, doTERRA's Chief Medical Advisor, discuss internal use of doTERRA essential oils here (plus he answers other questions). The discussion about internal use starts at about 15 minutes into this 23-minute long question and answer session (totally worth listening to!).
I would use the chart above as your jumping-off point if you're just getting started out using our pure and potent oils. You can adjust as needed but remember this essential rule -- smaller amounts used consistently and frequently is the best way to use our oils.
Ideas for ways to use oils in capsules for internal use:
For Seasonal threats: 1 drop each of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. When extra support is needed I add 1 drop of Melaleuca.
For Environmental threats: 1 drop each of OnGuard, Melaleuca, and Lemon.
Sleepytime: 1 - 3 drops of any of these as singles or in combination (maximum 4 drops): Lavender, Roman Chamomile and/or Ylang Ylang.
For Discomfort or Tension of any sort: There are so many options! Here are some to try -- 1 - 3 drops of any of these as singles or in combination (maximum 4 drops): Lemongrass, Frankincense and/or Marjoram.
For Digestive Support: 1 - 3 drops of any of these as singles or in combination (maximum 4 drops) Peppermint, Fennel, Ginger, and/or DigestZen.
Extra Immune Support: 1 drop each of Oregano, OnGuard, Melaleuca and Lemon
For clearer breathing: 1 drop each of Basil, Peppermint, Bergamot and Rosemary
Healthy Blood Sugar Support: 1 - 3 drops of any of these as singles or in combination (maximum 4 drops): Cinnamon, Rosemary, Basil, and/or Slim & Sassy
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