I ordered 5 types of oils, mostly in the citrus category in my November LRP.
The popular Wild Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lime and Litsea. Well, Litsea or may chang is actually a shrub but has a lemon-y smell.
The oils do have an overview on what they are in the Malaysian doTERRA website. It is however very brief and I am sure any well meaning advocate would want to learn more about their oils right? So if the oils are truly what they are, it would not be wrong to say, Google Search ‘Lemon” and read the many , hopefully trustable sites regarding the compounds in Lemon. And how it can add that extra value in our lives.
On another note, reading up on these things are important for me as a medical doctor because you know how in adverts of products, they would put a disclaimer like ‘consult your doctor first” sort of thing. Well, most of my colleagues would be very quick to say ‘nope. don’t’ template answer. However, in my limited experience working as a doctor, I find that patients still go ahead with their intended choices anyway. And their health would deteriorate when there is an inevitable interaction between these substances of natural and modern medicine. So perhaps the best thing that I could do is to read up, learn stuff, see if I can assimilate certain practices or try to achieve the middle road where we give and take with the patient on some routines or practices.
Natural stuff can be poison if it is not consumed or used in a proper manner. Just like modern medicine. Which is why we have regular appointments to assess and adjust medications accordingly and monitor progress or presence of side effects through blood investigation or technical modalities. We cannot for now, measure effectiveness or monitor adverse outcomes of these natural products. The best we have are testimonies/ word of mouth. Therefore it is very important to try and practice what is safe. Boleh share benefit tapi jangan terlalu excited. What may work for Person A may not work for Person B.
Example, a person with a BP of 140/90 may not require treatment yet and can benefit from regular monitoring and if they like, safe use of essential oil. But you cannot advocate the same for someone who has a baseline BP of 200/120, tell them to stop their meds and use the oils only. It would tarnish doTERRA’s good reputation. If as advocates, we start making hyperbola claims then we are no different from those selling fishy products and sponsor a show for example. An advocate would know where the limitations are. doTERRA has clearly mentioned in their manual,
No Curative or Drug Claims
Back to the point of this post. So far, the basic information I gathered regarding citrus is that they;
- are used best to energize and uplift the mood. They are also rich in both antioxidant and antibacterial properties
- are photosensitive because of a compound called bergapten found in almost all these fruits. Hence, it is not wise to apply a citrus based oil on your skin and then sunbathe or go for a tan. Unless you want to be ikan masin.
- apart from being diffused, they can be ingested. However, I must caution that users who intend to do so, must do them at their own discretion and AFTER reading up on what is safe and what is not. jangan diminum mcm air 100 plus plak. Be Safe.
I also chanced upon in my reading regarding organic properties which are specific to certain citrus oils which I feel compelled to share for our own knowledge. I mean, most of the things I write here are available on the world wide web. I am just extracting these findings and documenting it here for my own references.
From pictures, we can say it is close to Limau Purut. Correct me if I am wrong. I bet you can imagine the aroma already. Tak lain tak tumpah gitew. Bergamot in doTERRA is harvested from Italy. In fact, doTERRA have the Global Botanic Network where they work with farms all over the world to help source their oils.
The Statin like property in bergamot was an interesting fact for me. It could be a useful point in assessing my patients with dyslipidaemia.
Grapefruit or the ‘forbidden fruit’ as it is known in Barbados is rich in Vitamin C. It boasts of having a low GI index hence suitable for diabetics, I guess. In our local setting, it looks like Limau Bali.
Interestingly, grapefruit has a compound called furanocoumarin compound in it which may affect the metabolism and clearance of drugs in our system.
As for the remaining oils, I have yet to find any significant compound that could influence a user in how they choose to use them.
Lemon at work in the antenatal clinic
Nowadays, I use my citrus oils more in the diffuser and as a topical application.
Diffusing Lime as a single oil
Sometimes I make a blend. Peppermint & Wild orange is heavenly
I have been making my own Foot Rollerblends too. I buy the glass bottles through Shopee and mix doTERRA oils with carrier oils for safer application. I think I will elaborate more on that in my next post – on dilution and carrier oils. InsyaAllah