doTerra Family Essentials Kit: Getting Started

The doTerra Family Essentials Kit is not only a fantastic way to get 11 of the top essential oils for you and your family, it's also incredible value! Maybe you want to get started with essential oils, but you're not really sure which oils to buy. Or maybe you've already bought a doTerra Family Essentials Kit but you don't feel too confident in using the oils and getting the most out of our your investment.

Fear not!

We know that getting started with essential oils can be a bit tricky and overwhelming, so we've put together this fantastic beginners guide to the 10 essential oils in the doTerra Family Essentials Kit.

First off, what's included in the doTerra Family Essentials Kit?

doTerra's Family Essentials Kit includes a fantastic range of 11 essential oils, all in 5ml bottles. These bottles are small but mighty and they'll last you much, much longer than you'd ever think!

  1. Lavender

  2. Lemon

  3. Peppermint

  4. Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

  5. Oregano

  6. Frankincense

  7. Deep Blue

  8. Breathe

  9. Digestzen

  10. On Guard

  11. Smart and Sassy (comes as part of the Family Essentials Enrolment Kit)

If you buy the Enrolment Kit version, you also get an annual enrolment as a Wellness Advocate included (£24). If you bought these oils individually, you'd pay much more than the Kit price, so it's a great way to get started.

But what do I actually do with these essential oils?!

All of these oils can be used in an almost endless number of ways on you and your family. I've downloaded the Modern Essentials app for my phone and I use it whenever I want a bit of inspiration for using the oils, or when I've bought a new oil and I need some guidance on how to use it.

If you do a quick search online for 'doTerra' and the name of the oil, you'll find fantastic guidance pages called Uses and Benefits. Each oil has its own Uses and Benefits page. I've linked to each below.

As ever, always read the label, and you can find all the important information on the relevant Uses and Benefits page.

Here are our top ways to use each of the oils in doTerra's Family Essentials Kit:

Lavender

Lavender is best known for its calming and relaxing qualities. doTerra's Lavender can be used to support a good night's sleep (yes please!) and can reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and irritations. There are countless ways to use this wonderful oil, known as 'the Swiss army knife' of essential oils! Here are a few of my favourite:

Skin irritation including sunburn and nappy rash: Add 2-3 tablespoons of doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil to 5-7 drops of doTerra Lavender. For nappy rash, see Melaleuca below for a homemade cream.

Relaxation and tension release: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser (I use the doTerra Petal Diffuser) or apply to the back of the neck and temples.

Beautiful aroma in your home: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser, sit back and let it work its magic!

Cooking: Add 1-2 drops to a cake of biscuit mixture and a tiny amount to frosting mixture - yum!

A good night's sleep: Rub a drop or two on the bottom of feet or put a few drops on your pillow. A lovely way to use this oil on your children.

Lavender blends well with: Bergamot, Citrus Bliss, Marjoram and Basil essential oils.

Read more about Lavender essential oil.

Lemon

This oil is zingy, fresh and has lots of uses. It's known for its purifying properties and so it can be used to cleanse and deodorise surfaces and the air. It also aids digestion and supports healthy respiratory function. It typically takes 15 lemons to fill the 5ml bottle in the Family Essential Kit!

Here are just a few ways to use Lemon essential oil:

Start your day with a refreshing, cleansing drink: Add 1 drop (just one! This oil will last you!) to a glass of water. It will naturally cleanse the body and aid digestion.

Lift and energise your mood and help cleanse and purify the air and surfaces: Add 3-4 drops  to a diffuser for a fresh, bright and clean smelling home. Blend 2 drops of Lemon with 1 drop of Lime, 1 drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Rosemary for a "Clean Summer Kitchen" aroma.

Add a sweet lemon zing to your smoothie or dessert without the sugar: Add 1 drop to a smoothie, or try these sugar and gluten-free blueberry lemon muffins.

Natural cleaning agent: From glass cleaner, to all-purpose cleaning sprays, using your Lemon oil as part of your household cleaning routine is a wonderful way to eliminate nasty chemicals. You can find super-simple 'recipes' here. It uses american measurements, so FYI 1 cup of liquid is just under 250ml.

Get rid of sticky residue: If a price tag has left a sticky mark, or your toddler's sticky hands are all over the wall, floor, chair, table...basically everywhere, then add a bit of Lemon oil to a cloth and gently rub.

Lemon essential oil blends well with: Grapefruit, Lime or Bergamot essential oils to bring out the bright energising scent of Lemon. It goes well with spicy essential oils like Wild Orange and Cinnamon. It also compliments Douglas Fir and Wintergreen.

Read more about Lemon essential oil.

Peppermint

So. Many. Uses! This oil is amazing! Let's dive straight into just some of the ways you can use it:

A fresh, energising addition to water and smoothies: Add 1-2 drops to your smoothie for a refreshing twist. Add 1 drop to a cup of water with some sliced fruit for a deliciously infused drink. These tasty drinks will help promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.

A quick pick-me-up: Wake up your senses and promote a feeling of energy by putting 1 drop in the palm of your hand and inhaling deeply. Add 1 drop of Frankincense (included in the Family Essentials Kit) and 1 drop of Wild Orange to lift your mood (Orange), promote feelings of relaxation (Frankincense) and promote a sense of soothing (Peppermint). You'll feel energised and relaxed in no time!

Pimp our massage oil and shampoo: Add a drop or two to your favourite message oil, or combine with doTerra's Fractionated Coconut Oil, for a cooling and soothing feeling. Add Lavender as well, and you've got the perfect mix. Add a drop to your shampoo to pamper your scalp.

Repel bugs and spiders: Many bugs don't like the potent smell of Peppermint, so add 1-3 drops to a cotton ball and put in the corner of the rooms the creepy crawlies love the most!

Black Bean Brownie's with Peppermint: Sounds a bit strange to make brownies with black beans, but they have a very mild flavour and are extremely rich and creamy. The Peppermint adds a refreshing, cool flavour.

A soothing and relaxing aroma: Add 2-3 drops to your diffuser.

Peppermint oil blends well with: Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano (all included in the Family Essentials Kit), Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Marjoram, and Cypress. Try a blend of two or more in your diffuser.

Read more about Peppermint essential oil.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Did you ever put Tea Tree oil on a spot when you were a teenager and wince as it stung your skin, while you prayed it would get rid of the spot before school the next morning?! I know I did! Truth is, high quality, 100% natural Melaleuca (Tea Tree) from doTerra will not sting at all and will  reduce the spot and redness before morning! There are endless other ways to use this versatile essential oil:

Purify and freshen the air: Add 3-4 drops to your diffuser. Try a lovely revitalising blend in your diffuser: add 2 drops of Lemon (included in the Family Essentials Kit), 2 drops of Eucalyptus, 1 drop of Melaleuca and 1 drop of Peppermint (included in the Family Essentials Kit). Add an extra drop or two of Lemon, Peppermint or Melaleuca if you haven't got Eucalyptus - when it comes to blending your oils, there aren't any rules - just give it a try. Some oils go better together than others.

Purify and tone the skin, and soothe occasional skin irritations: Apply 1-2 drops of doTerra's Melaleuca oil to the irritated area/spot. Use with doTerra's Fractionated Coconut Oil if your skin is sensitive. Add 1-2 drops to your facial cleanser or moisturiser for added cleansing properties.

Natural cleaning agent: Just like doTerra's Lemon oil, Melaleuca is great for cleaning purposes as it protects against environmental and seasonal threats with a wonderful scent.

Natural alternative to Sudocrem, Bepanthem and other nappy creams: Try this homemade, super-simple cream recipe if you're looking for a more natural way to sooth your baby's bottom. You'll be making great use of not only your Melaleuca oil, but your Lavender as well. Again, in American measurements. Try this handy converter.

Melaleuca blends well with: Peppermint, Lemon (included in the Kit), Eucalyptus, and Lavender.

Read more about Melaleuca essential oil.

Oregano

Before I found doTerra's essential oils, Oregano was just the herb that sat in the back of my kitchen cupboard gathering dust! Oregano essential oil can help support a healthy immune system, healthy digestion and respiratory function, is an excellent source of antioxidants and can even be used as a household cleaner.

Because of Oregano oil's high phenol content, caution should be taken when diffusing or inhaling - only one to two drops are needed. This oil packs a punch! When applied topically, Oregano should be diluted with doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Natural household cleaner: This is a powerful cleansing and purifying agent, so it is ideal for surfaces and countertops. Add 10 drops to 300ml of water and use in a clean spray bottle.

Help maintain healthy immune function and support healthy digestion: Add one drop to a glass of water each day.

Add flavour to your favourite Italian meals: One drop of Oregano essential oil can replace one tablespoon of ground oregano.

1 + 1 sometimes = 3! Some essential oils work even better when they are combined with a second oil. Combine Oregano and Peppermint (included in your Family Essentials Kit - yay!), for a more powerful result. Try this combination in your diffuser.

Diffuse in your home for a cleansing, green, sharp aroma: Add 1-2 drops to your diffuser.

Oregano oil blends well with: Peppermint, Lavender, Melaleuca (all included in the Kit), Basil, Rosemary, Bergamot, Cypress and Cedarwood,

Read more about Oregano essential oil.

Frankincense

This is known as 'the king of essential oils', and for a good reason! The fact that it comes in the Family Essentials Kit is one of the best things about the Kit! It's one of the more expensive essential oils, so it makes the Kit incredible value.

Frankincense is a powerful essential oil known for its ability to beautify and rejuvenate skin when applied topically, and promote cellular health and immunity, among other benefits. The aroma promotes feelings of satisfaction, peace, relaxation and overall wellness.

I have this in a roller bottle and I was totally amazed when I first rolled it onto my face wrinkles (shhh!)...I could see an improvement almost immediately! I'm not claiming I've banished them forever and that I now look 21 again, but I can absolutely see the difference in the health and appearance of my skin. You can get inexpensive empty roller bottles from eBay.

DIY room spray: No more nasty chemical room sprays! Try combining Frankincense with one of the oils it blends well with (Lemon, Lavender, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Lime, Geranium, Sandalwood and many others). Here's a nice recipe to try out. With the room spray, you not only get the incredible aroma, but you and your family also experience its relaxing and peaceful benefits.

Create a peaceful, relaxing environment: If you're into yoga or meditation, or just want to relax, diffusing Frankincense's aromatic properties will give you a positive and focused lift, helping you to feel peaceful and relaxed.

Relieve stress: If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed, apply Frankincense to the bottom of your feet (1 drop should be enough) to help you relax and balance your mood.

Revive dry hands and fingernails: Add a few drops to a moisturiser to help hydrate your skin. Why not buy an non-fragrant, inexpensive moisturiser and have it to hand whenever you want to combine it with an essential oil. There's something quite satisfying about turning an inexpensive moisturiser into a luxury Frankincense cream!

Frankincense blends well with: Lime, Lemon, Wild Orange, Lavender, Cypress, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Geranium.

Read more about Frankincense essential oil.

Deep Blue

This is a wonderful oil to use for a massage as it provides a cooling, soothing sensation. It can be used to soothe muscles and relax the body after strenuous activity [READ: any normal day as a parent!].

The Deep Blue bottle is the one with the bigger cap - used to differentiate it from other oils because it should not be ingested.

Deep Blue is a blend of eight essential oils: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus.

Growing pains: If your children are having a growth spurt and their legs are feeling the effects of 'growing pains' and occasional aches, combine a few drops with doTerra's Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub onto their legs before bedtime.

Soothe muscles before and after exercise: Rub a few drops on muscles before and after exercise to reduce discomfort. Combine with a carrier oil such as doTerra's Fractionated Coconut Oil for sensitive skin.

Tension headache: Rub a few drops on the back of your neck and temples.

Massage heaven: Either combine with a carrier oil such as doTerra's Fractionated Coconut Oil or your favourite massage oil for a deeply soothing massage.

Soothe joint and muscle pain: If you suffer from joint ache, use Deep Blue alongside your regular treatment. Rub directly onto affected joints.

Read more about Deep Blue essential oil blend.

Breathe - Respiratory Blend

Breathe is a blend of eight essential oils: Laurel, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom.

It is known for its ability to maintain feelings of clear airways and helps cool and invigorate, promoting feelings of easy breathing. It can also be used to help you have a restful sleep. It has an airy and fresh mint aroma.

Promote clear airways: I use this on my children when they have a bit of a sniffle. I rub a few drops onto their chest at bedtime so they can breathe in the cooling and invigorating vapour.

Diffuse for a restful sleep: Fill your bedroom with a fresh and minty aroma and you will feel calm and restful.

Reduce seasonal threats: When the seasons are changing, you're spending more time outdoors, or you're feeling the effects of the seasons, diffuse 3-4 drops of Deep Blue, rub on the bottom of feet or add a few drops to the palm of your hands and take some deep breathes in.

Breathe blends well with: Peppermint, Wild Orange, Bergamot and Lime.

Read more about Breathe essential oil blend.

DigestZen - Digestive Blend

DigestZen has the nickname as the 'tummy tamer' blend! It's a blend of seven essential oils: Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Tarragon, Anise, Caraway and Peppermint that combine to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and aid digestion. It has a spicy, sweet, minty, liquorice aroma.

If you're prone to motion/travel sickness, this is the blend for you.

Assist your digestive system: Add 1 drop to a glass of liquid or other drink.

Soothe occasional stomach upsets: Rub 1-2 drops to your writs, temple, bottom of feet or stomach. Massaging it directly onto your stomach will be soothing and comforting. Combine it with Fractionated Coconut oil so it is easier to massage.

Aid digestion of heavy meals: If you're off on holiday or are going to a family get-together, add a few drops to a glass of water and drink.

Travel sickness: Rub DigestZen on your stomach before or during a journey to ease sickness and nausea.

Read more about DigestZen essential oil blend.

On Guard - Protective Blend

This is the oil for any parents out there or, in fact, anyone who can't help but reach for the hand sanitiser on a day trip - this is your new alternative!

On Guard is a blend of five essential oils: Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary - it even sounds clean!

As well as the bottle of On Guard essential oil that comes in your Family Essentials Kit, you might like to try the wider On Guard product range. I use the foaming hand wash and the natural whitening toothpaste.

Here are just a few ways to use the pure essential oil:

Naturally support the immune and respiratory system: Add one drop of On Guard to a glass of water and drink.

Sense a bug or the sniffles lurking?!: If your children have brought home a sniffle or mild bug, reach for On Guard. Rub a drop or two on the bottom of their feet. Defend against sniffles, by proactively rubbing it onto their feet before school, particularly at the start of term. Combine 1 tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil with 1-2 drops of On Guard.

Natural hand cleanser: Make up your own little bottle of hand cleanser by combining On Guard with Fractionated Coconut oil. Rub it on yours and your children's hands and fingers when you're out and about.

Natural household cleaner: For a natural, nontoxic cleaner, add a couple of drops of doTerra On Guard to a small spray bottle with water and use as an effective all-purpose surface cleaner. It's got a lovely warm, woody, spicy aroma as well.

Immune boosting smoothie: Add a few drops to your homemade smoothies. Given its spicy, woody aroma, it might not taste great with all smoothies, so try this pumpkin smoothie recipe.

Uplifting, purifying and energising aroma: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser to cleanse the air and surfaces and create an uplifting, purifying and energising fragrance throughout your home.

Read more about On Guard essential oil blend.

Smart & Sassy

This essential oil blend is designed as a natural way to manage hunger cravings, calm the stomach and uplift your mood. It's a blend of five essential oils: Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, and Cinnamon.

Boost your energy before exercise: Finding the energy and enthusiasm to exercise can sometimes be tricky. Add a few drops of Smart and Sassy to your water before you head to the gym, exercise class, put Joe Wickes' [cruel] workout DVD on, or go for a run. It'll give you a revitalising energy boost.

Help control your cravings: Add 8 drops of Smart and Sassy to 1/2 litre of water and drink throughout the morning.

Diffuse during a workout session: With its vibrant, spicy aroma, Smart and Sassy is perfect for lifting your mood and energy levels during a workout. Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Read more about Smart & Sassy essential oil blend.

Where can I buy the doTerra Family Essential Kit?

You can buy the Kit at normal retail price here. To save 25% on your order and future orders, join doTerra as a Wellness Advocate. There are other great benefits too. Find out more here. There is an annual fee of £20, but this is included in the Family Essentials Kit - yay!

If you'd like to know more, need some more advice on getting the most out of your doTerra essential oils, would like me to host an essential oil session for you and your friends, or would like me to enrol you as a Wellness Advocate, just get in touch.

The Family Essentials Kit is just one of the many ways to get started with essential oils. If you'd like to try some FREE samples before investing, then get in touch and I'll send some out to you. If you live in Surrey, come along to our next session to find out more. All events can be found on our Facebook page.