Friday, November 9, 2012

The Goodness of Essential Oils

If you've ever browsed my website, you already know that I am a distributor and user of therapeutic-grade essential oils, but it occured to me that I've never discussed the oils much on my blog! I am currently working at a wellness center where our practitioners use the oils for chiropractic services, massage therapy, and biofeedback so I get to hear a lot of feedback from patients and clients as well as other practitioners about the oils, and I personally use them daily throughout my home and in my day-to-day life.

So, What are Essential Oils?
Plants contain complex and powerful substances known as essential oils. These are aromatic liquids derived from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. These distinctive components defend plants from insects, harsh environmental conditions, and disease. They are vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Referred to as the essence of the plant, these oils are whare you smell when you pick a leaf of peppermint herb and rub it between your fingers to inhale that minty scent. Pure essential oils not only protect the plant, but also determine its aroma. A variety of chemical constituents make up each oil and are unique to each species of plant. This variety of chemical constituents work synergistically within the human body to help support it both physically and energetically, thus promoting health and well-being.

Essential oils have been used throughout time dating back to 4500 BC. From perfumes and aromatherapy to cooking and medicinal purposes, essential oils have been used in everyday life for centuries. Research today shows that pure essential oils can provide similar benefits to humans and animals that they give to plants. This is why essential oils are sometimes referred to as nature's own pharmacopeia. 

Importance of Quality:
Many oils, touted as essential oils and/or sold as perfumes, are derived with harsh chemicals, diluted, or copied and produced in a lab. These oils are not pure plant derivatives. The fact is that cheap copies bring cheap results and have the potential to be toxic. Therefore, it is imperative to take great care in choosing high-quality essential oils.

The Young Living Standard (and why I choose to use these oils in particular)
Young Living offers pure, unadulterated essential oils, essential oil blends, and oil-enhanced products. These oils, qualified as “therapeutic grade” based on laboratory studies, are made from the highest-quality plants, distilled properly to ensure purity, and put through rigorous tests to confirm quality.

You can tell just by smelling these oils that they are of higher purity and quality than perfume oils you can buy in the grocery store. Each drop is extremely potent and powerful. They say that one drop of peppermint or lavender oil has the strength of an entire armful of the herb or flower itself. 

How Do I Use Essential Oils?
There are 3 basic ways to use these therapeutic-grade essential oils: inhalation, topical application, and internal consumption.

Inhaling some essential oils can heighten the senses and have many positive effects on the body.

  • Inhale directly from the bottle
  • Diffuse with one of Young Living's essential oil diffusers, which use water to add the oils to the air, thus helping to purify the air of pathogens and toxins
  • Rub a drop or two of essential oil into your hands and rub them together, then hold your hands over your nose & mouth and inhale
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot, steaming water. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to make a tent, and breath deeply & slowly

Topical Application:
Many oils are safe for topical application and can be extremely helpful when dealing with sore muscles, burns, cuts, scrapes, chest congestion, and a variety of other reasons.
  • Place 2-3 drops on your hand, or directly on to the desired application area and massage the oil into the skin with a circular motion. 
  • Do a test on a small area of skin first, if you have sensitive skin. 
  • If irritation does occur, you can dilute the oils by using a carrier oil such as coconut, olive, or jojoba (or other vegetable oil) or one of Young Living's massage oils. 
  • Use one of Young Living's oil roll-on mechanisms or add an Aroma-Glide mechanism to any oil and roll directly onto the skin. I use my "Stress Away" roll on all the time in my daily life. It lives in my purse. 
  • Apply to the bottoms of the feet

Internal Consumption:
Some essential oils can be used as food flavorings or make for good dietary supplements. Refer to the user's guide to see which oils can be taken internally.
  • Put several drops of oil into an empty gelatin capsule and swallow with water. 
  • Add 1-2 drops to hot water for a tea-like beverage (peppermint is great for this!)
  • Add 1-2 drops into honey or onto a piece of bread.
  • Add 1-2 drops to Ningxia Red, rice milk, almond milk, yogurt or fresh juice. 

Read the Safety Guidelines and Tips prior to the use of any essential oil. Another excellent resource for the how's and to's of essential oils is the Essential Oils Desk Reference. This book  is a wonderful resource to have if you are regularly using essential oils, or just interested in learning more about the history, cultivation, and applications of essential oils and products made from them.

Essential Oil products I personally use on a regular basis: 

  • All of the oils, but most commonly: Peace & Calming, Lavender, Thieves, Peppermint, Valor, Purification, Lemon, Frankincense, Orange, Joy, Aroma Siez, and Stress Relief.
  • All of the Thieves Products - toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, hand soap, waterless purifier, spray, and household cleaner. The scent of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary & eucalyptus makes for a beautiful aroma as you clean your house with non-toxic products! 
  • Stress Away Roll On - my 2nd favorite go-to oil for stress
  • Peace & Calming - my absolute favorite blend, excellent for winding down & stress relief
  • Ningxia Red - a highly antioxidant juice containing wolfberries (aka goji berries)
  • Lavender, Grapefruit, & Cinnamint (my fave!) lip balms

For more information, I will be writing individual blog posts about specific oils and products. See my other blog posts to read more in depth articles about individual oils such as lavender, thieves, and peppermint! 

For more information on individual oils and products, check out my website's Essential Oils Section.  This is also where you can learn more about signing up as a member of Young Living and getting 24% off retail price for all oils and products. 

You can also email me ( for more information regarding membership, or to learn more about how you can turn Young Living into a home-based business for yourself! The Essential Rewards program is how you go about starting your own Young Living business and starting to make money by sharing these amazing oils with your friends and family, and others! I am still new to the Young Living Essential Rewards program, but the longer I am a part of it, the more I learn about the oils and the more I love them and love to share them! It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but Young Living makes it easy to start slowly. 

You can start by signing up as a member to get the wholesale pricing for only $40. This is a one-time lifetime membership fee that will only become inactive if you do not order anything for an entire year, and even then it can always be reactivated again when you wish. You can also start by ordering one of YL's Start Living Kits, which get you started using products, to become more familiar with what they are and how to use them. I started with the "Start Living with Everyday Oils" kit, which gives you the Start Living Kit (comes with one lavender and one peppermint oil, as well as information packets, ningxia red samples, brochures and educational materials to get you started, and a compensation plan flier to explain how the home-based business works) AND the Everyday Oils Kit which includes 1 Lavender, 1 Peppermint, 1 Lemon, 1 Thieves, 1 Frankincense, 1 Valor, 1 PanAway, 1 Peace & Calming, and 1 Purification (all 5mL) bottles of oils to sample and play with. This kit is $150. The Start Living with Thieves kit is also one that I would highly recommend, as I use every single product in that kit on a very regular basis, as part of a non-toxic lifestyle. There are several other kits to choose from as well. I can help you choose the one that's best for your needs, or you can browse on your own and decide for yourself.

If you would like to go to Young Living's website to learn more, or to sign up as a member, please use my membership number to get you started: 
Young Living Distributor#1233089

Also, to read more about how essential oils can be used and how they have changed and improved the lives of people who've used them, check out this site:

Remember: Use pure essential oils, proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements when consuming internally. Dilution and dosage varies with age, health, and size of the individual. Follow the recommended dosage on individual product labels to ensure safety and seek the advice of a medical professional of your choosing before administering oils internally.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

I hope this post has given you some insight into the world of essential oils, and I highly encourage you to visit my website to learn more:

Thanks for reading and happy playing! :)