Essential Oils 101
Essential Oils they’re everywhere these days. But did you know they’ve been around for thousands of years? Did you know that essential oils are beneficial for so many other things than just aromatherapy? Intriguing right? Well that’s just the beginning…
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Simply put they are an oil that comes from plants. These oils are the life blood of plants and are what protects them from diseases. Oils are extracted from the leaves, flowers, stem, roots and even bark of plants. Essential oils are different from fatty oils like olive oil or grapeseed oil because their molecules are much smaller. So small in fact that they can pass through our cells, essentially healing them from the inside out. When oils are harvested and distilled properly they can support every system in our body!
THREE WAYS TO USE OILS…
Using Essential Oils Aromatically
Aromatically// When you get your Young Living Premium Starter Kit you’ll get to pick the diffuser that comes with it. A diffuser is a device that disperses the oil molecules into the air with water vapor. Diffusers are made specifically to withstand the use of essential oils. Low quality diffusers and humidifiers should not be used with essential oils because the oils will break down the plastic not only ruining your device but also releasing the plastic vapor into the air. I still have and use the Young Living diffuser that came with my kit over two years ago! The mist they release is like no other I’ve used. Diffusing or smelling oils right out of the bottle is the quickest way to get the oils into your system. Also, they make your house smell amazing, when you get yours the first thing you should do is throw out your candles!!
Using Essential Oils Topically
Topically// Young Living oils can be applied directly to the skin (my favorite method). The labels on the bottle will tell you if you need to dilute the oil before applying. Oils are diluted using what we call a carrier oil. A list of carrier oils are fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and even olive oil! My personal favorite is Young Living’s V6 oil.
Using Essential Oils Internally
Internally// Young Living has a line of Vitality oils that are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for ingestion. These oils have a white label and will tell you how to use them right on the label. I love adding lemon or peppermint vitality to my water!
My family only uses Young Living’s brand of oils. Why? Because after researching and learning more about the essential oil industry (after I had been buying oils at the grocery store and even TJMaxx…oops) I learned that the quality (and thus the effects) of those oils are not the same as Young Living oils. Our skin is our largest organ so it’s really important to consider everything we put on it. I got into oils to help my family and knew I would use them on my kids so when I found out that oils can say 100% Therapeutic but also contain synthetic ingredients I was not happy. That was until I learned about Young Living’s seed to seal practice and that they are the only company in the world that owns their own farms. Being able to trace where my oils are coming from gives me the comfort I need to use them on my kids. Young Living has the strictest standards for their oils (see below). If it doesn’t meet those standards they throw it out and start over, that’s why I trust them. It’s also made my life easier, at this point I order a lot of our household items from them too! No more flipping bottles or searching EWG, I know YL doesn’t put anything harmful in their products and that saves me time.
WHY YOUNG LIVING
Sourcing. Science. Standards. This may mean nothing to you, I mean c’mon you’re just trying to get oils to help your kid sleep. But here’s the deal. Young Living’s oils are pure, straight up from the earth. Straight, no chaser. You see what I’m saying? Unfortunately that’s not the case for other companies. Just look, I bet you have other oils in your home. Do they contain fragrance (that’s a chemical btw), do they have an expiration date (that means they have something other than the pure oil in them), do you know if they put chemicals on the plant when it was growing?
I know where my oils come from because I’ve actually been to one of Young Living’s farms in Utah. I’ve seen the plants growing, seen the harvest (look that’s me with Juniper!) and I’ve seen the oils being distilled. While we’re on the subject of being distilled did you know that each oil needs to be distilled for a certain amount of time (no more, no less) in order to get all the properties out of it? Oh and it has to be the right temperature.
From harvesting at the right time of day, distilling at the right temperature and time, to testing in house and via third party Young Living does it right. Because they own their own farms and distill their own oils they are able to do it right.
Guys, you pay for what you get. Don’t waste your money on some low grade oils because they cost less. It’s like throwing money out the window. They are not going to work the way pure therapeutic grade oils work. Not to mention they can sometimes be harmful or cause rashes. Spending a little extra for the quality, a product that works and is safe for your family is the way to go.
TIPS FOR NEWBIES
1// Start with the Premium Starter Kit (go here). It is the most economical way to get started. You get a diffuser (which you will need!) and you get all the best oils for first time users. Don’t buy one oil at a time, trust me, take that leap and walk into a life of wellness.
2// When you get your kit, put your oils where you will use them! Valor in your purse, Peace and Calming in the kids rooms, Lemon and Digize in the kitchen, Panaway in the bedroom or bathroom. It will take time but you will get in the habit of using them if they’re there when you need them.
3// Get on Essential Rewards. When I got my Premium Starter Kit it was a life changing experience for us. I wanted to get all the chemicals out of our house. The “natural” dish soap I was using that wasn’t actually “natural” after all, the laundry detergent that contained fragrance, every single cleaning product….they all got the boot. I hopped on ER and loaded up on all the things to get our family on the track to wellness. Through ER I earn points back to buy other things and I get a free oil at months 3, 6, 9 and 12!!
4// USE YOUR OILS. That should be number one. You spent money on this thing now use it. Don’t be scared of the oils. It blows my mind the amount of people that ask me safety questions over and over. I’m like, did you call your doctor 1000x when she told you to give your kid an OTC that contains who knows what? That’s waaaay more dangerous. When used properly oils are completely safe! Dilute when using on children, otherwise experiment and have fun.