Essential Oils 101 with a True Expert

In this week’s episode of Body Wisdom, Dr. Michele Summers Colon interviews Kate Garland.

Kate Garland is a Yoga therapist, self-care specialist and essential oil educator.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and the Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University, she has taught Yoga for over 15 years, and in 2007, founded kate | yoga, a boutique Yoga studio and private Yoga therapy practice.

Kate’s extensive knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, Positive and Pre Natal Psychology, nutrition, Yoga Nidra, Chakra and Energy work, all flow into her Yoga and essential oil teaching, creating individualized counseling that is truly holistic and transformative.

Main Questions Asked:

  1. How did you get into essential oils?
  • Many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to essential oils. Kate’s business was suffering due to an odour problem and after discussing a essential oil diffuser, she managed to eliminate the issue.
  • Kate learned about the various properties of essential oils and her family found some amazing benefits from them.
  • Essential oils are simple natural solutions to a wide variety of health problems that face people today.
  • Kate’s mother had a cyst on her thyroid, which is something that is becoming more common in postmenopausal women. Kate showed her mother how to use Frankincense by applying it to her skin, after a few months of use the thyroid nodule was gone.
  1. What’s the difference between the essential oils you can find in a store and the one’s that you sell?
  • There is no regulation of essential oils in the US, 75% of the essential oils on the market are NOT actually essential oils. They are most often synthetic chemicals created in a lab.
  • Essential oils are a very specific chemical derived from particular plants, they help at a cellular level to protect and heal.
  • They are extremely concentrated and potent, you should only be using one or two drops at a time.
  • 15% of essential oils on the market are impure.
  • If a bottle of essential oils says “unfit for human consumption” that means that there are undisclosed ingredients in the oil.
  • A good test for an essential oil is by putting a drop onto a piece of paper, the drop should be the color of the original plant because it will contain the chlorophyll.
  • Kate’s essential oils come from a company called doTERRA, they source their essential oils from the native regions of each plant and the oils are distilled on site.
  1. What are some of the major conditions you treat with essential oils?
  • One of the major benefits of essential oils is they work very rapidly.
  • The most common uses of essential oils are increasing energy, decreasing stress, encouraging sleep, reducing joint pain, and supporting the respiratory and immune system.
  1. What is the oil people should use for plantar fasciitis?
  • Deep Blue was originally developed as an oil to relieve muscle pain.
  • Adding a drop of lemon grass to Deep Blue, it increases its ability to relieve joint pain.
  • The bottoms of the feet are mainly soft connective tissue, so Deep Blue mixed with lemon grass and white fir can quickly relieve the pain due to plantar fasciitis.
  • Most people stop treatment once they feel better, but the proper way is to continue treatment for weeks afterwards.
  • The healing process of the feet is much slower than other parts of the body because they are always in use. You have to give yourself time to heal properly.
  1. What is your best advice to someone who wants to start using essential oils, but doesn’t have any idea where to begin?
  • The health care system is not going to change unless we change as consumers.
  • The best oil to deal with colds is called On Guard, it has antimicrobial properties that make it very effective.
  • On Guard will help support your immune system and general self care.
  • Diffusing it for four hours a day is a good base for your immune system but it can also be used topically, ingested, drank as a tea and more.


Links/Contact Info:

Location:      kate | yoga

146 E. Colorado Blvd.

Old Town Monrovia, CA 91016

Phone: 626.599.YOGA





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