Essential Oils 101

I am so glad you stopped in today! I am an independent distributors for Young Living Essential Oils who is incredibly passionate about essential oils and the jaw-dropping things they can do. I’m a normal, everyday person who has found something powerful (and natural!) to get my family through our days with optimal health. This has resulted in cutting down on all the toxic products we used to put in and on our bodies every day. It is my hope that every single person I know will jump in with both feet because I’m confident about how much it will help everyone enhance and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Essential Oils 101

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

First things first, let’s talk about what essential oils even are, since apparently “they’re magic bottles of goodness” doesn’t really count. 😉

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. The way they are extracted is by resin tapping directly from a tree, cold pressing citrus rinds, and one of the most common ways they can be extracted is through the careful process of steam distillation of a plant’s root, stem, leaves, or flower petals. Because of how they’re extracted, the benefits found in essential oils are much more powerful and targeted than the plants they come from. Not only do they have unique scents, but they also help support the systems of the body, and as part of a daily regimen can help you achieve your goal of whole body health. We’ll get into more specifics about which oils do what in a minute, but let’s take a look at the basics of essential oils.

Since essential oils are highly concentrated and very strong, using them safely is important. The general rule of thumb is “low and slow,” which means to start out using a small amount until you know how you and your body respond to each oil. Each bottle of essential oil will be labeled according to how it should be used: Topical, Aromatic, or Dietary (for internal use). Based on those labels, here’s how you would use them.


Topical: apply the essential oils directly to your skin or with a carrier oil, depending on the oil and what the label recommends. Good carrier oils to use with essential oils are Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Avocado oil, and others like them, whichever you prefer.

Aromatic: these oils can be diffused using an ultrasonic diffuser or inhaled directly from the bottle. Diffusing is the most popular method for this as it breaks down the oils and disperses them into the air for all to breathe in and enjoy their benefits.

Dietary: these oils can be ingested and used as a dietary supplement, allowing the oils to be dispersed through your body in a different way. You can put these oils in a vegetable capsule and fill the rest with carrier oil, or place a drop directly in your mouth, or add them to food or drinks in order to easily digest them and get the benefits that they provide. Young Living’s line of dietary oils is called Vitality oils, and that lets you know that the oils in those bottles are safe to ingest when used properly.

NOTEnot all oils are safe to be used topically or internally. In fact, some essential oils aren’t really good for you at all because of the fillers and synthetics used in them. That’s why I only use and recommend Young Living. We’ll talk a little bit about that soon. 🙂 

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HOW DO I USE EO’s SAFELY?

Safety is important when it comes to using essential oils. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information available, but using common sense and starting gradually will help ease any sort of intimidation you might feel as you begin using essential oils in your everyday life.

1.When storing essential oils (EOs), it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark place with lids tightly closed (and always out of reach of children). You’ll also want to keep carrier oils (like coconut, olive, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, etc.) on hand for dilution. Always use and store EOs in glass containers, especially when drinking them in water, since most plastic products contain chemicals that can be broken down by the oil.

2. Most EOs are generally safe for use during pregnancy, but need to be used with common sense. As with any health program, you may want to consult with a health care professional beforehand. A great resource is the book “Gentle Babies” by Debra Rayburn.

3. Citrus oils are photosensitive and when applied to skin, they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays or direct sunlight within 1-2 days after application of citrus oils.

4. Keep EOs away from eyes and never put them directly into the ears. Should irritation or accidental contact with eyes occur, never use water to clear the EO (they are not water-soluble). Instead use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil to cleanse the area and reduce discomfort.

5. Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should use extra caution when using EOs with high ketones like basil, rosemary, sage, or tansy.

6. For people with allergies or sensitive skin, it’s best to test a small area (like the inside of the upper arm) then wait 30 minutes before applying to other areas. In general, the bottoms of the feet are safe for topical application.

7. Direct inhalation (not the same as diffusing) can be a deep and intensive application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. This method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day without first consulting a health care professional.

8. When adding EOs to bath water, start with 1-3 drops first mixed with Epsom salt to help disperse the oil. Never use more than 10 drops in one bath. If a dispersing agent is not used, serious discomfort can be caused because the oil tends to float undiluted on top of the water.

9. Young Living states right on the bottles if an oil is able to be consumed as a food additive. Also, they now have a “Vitality Line” that provides oils made for consumption. Please do not use any Essential Oil internally until you check to make sure it is an oil that can be ingested.

Essential Oils 101

WHY CHOOSE YOUNG LIVING?

Young Living has been the leader in essential oils for over 20 years, and they are constantly ahead of the pack in innovation and ensuring that their members get the absolute best in essential oils. I researched quite a bit before deciding to put my trust in Young Living and gave their oils a chance, and I’m so glad I did. The thing that eventually convinced me is their Seed to Seal guarantee. They take a lot of care to make sure that their members get the absolute best essential oils. They own their own farms and only partner with farms that meet their strict Seed to Seal guidelines. They plant their own seeds. They cultivate their own crops, and they guarantee no pesticides or chemicals or anything toxic is ever being used on them. In fact, YL treats their essential oil crops with their own essential oils! They oversee everything from planting to harvesting to distilling, then bottling and sending it to your door. They know what is in those precious little bottles – 100% pure essential oil. Not just 100% pure oil, which could mean as little as 11% essential oil mixed in with a carrier oil or other unknown substance.

Here’s a basic breakdown of what Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee is.

Seed: expert seed evaluation and selection.

Cultivate: sustainable growing and harvesting methods that meet the most rigorous standards.

Distill: an innovative combination of ancient and modern techniques to ensure the purest product and result.

Test: internal and third party testing to make sure the essential oils meet the most stringent specifications.Seal: a dedicated facility to provide careful sealing and inspection before shipping to your home.

As if the quality guarantee wasn’t enough to ease your mind, you can also rest assured that with Young Living, you’ll have the most vast choice of singles and blends. They offer over 167 essential oils, plant based cleaning products, natural mineral makeup, beauty line, baby line, supplements, an animal line, a line of products just for kiddos, a line of products for a healthy and fit lifestyle, and more!! Young Living has the biggest selection of essential oils and even allows us access to certain EO’s that no other company offers – due to their extensive farm ownership in several continents. You are not just getting oils… you’re getting the BEST essential oils which are grown in their land of origin.

Another thing I love about Young Living is that they start you with a variety of oils to help with all kinds of everyday issue that we all face. In fact, the premium starter kit comes with 11 oils, a diffuser, and other goodies. Let’s talk about the oils that come with it and how they can change your life. I know they did mine.

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WHAT ARE STARTER KIT ESSENTIAL OILS & THEIR USES?

The Young Living Premium starter kit comes with 11 oils, a diffuser, samples, and information to help you get started. Let’s talk about these oils and their uses for a moment.

Lavender: Soothing and refreshing aroma. Use for winding down and relaxing before bedtime. Diffuse to create a calming and comforting atmosphere. Add to your favorite hair, body and beauty products. Diffuse to eliminate odors. Contains many constituents that contribute to a vast range of uses.

Lemon Vitality: Takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle. Invigorates the mind and body by supporting the nervous system. Cleans your bodily systems. Supports proper nasal function. Supports healthy respiratory function. Flavors water. Perfect replacement for lemon juice or seasoning to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages or desserts. Contains the powerful constituent limonene. Use to remove sticky residue from stickers, or to remove crayon/pen marks.

Peppermint Vitality: Supports gastrointestinal system comfort. Promotes healthy bowel function. Supports proper digestive function. Natural breath freshener. Helps promote focus and clarity by supporting a healthy nervous system. Helps with occasional constipation. Helps with occasional gas. Helps relieve minor aches and pains associated with daily life when taken internally. Helps alleviate nausea. Encourages proper respiratory function. Supports proper joint and cartilage function. Provides nervous system support during times of stress. Suppresses appetite. Relief of occasional heartburn.

Frankincense: Supports healthy skin when applied topically. Promotes feelings of calmness and balance. Increases spiritual awareness. May help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking, aging skin. Rub on bottom of feet to alleviate nervous energy. Add to your daily skin care regime as an excellent moisturizer.

Purification: Neutralizes odors in the air. Purify and cleanses the air of stubborn or lingering odors. Uplifting & invigorating aroma. Perfect choice for moisturizing occasional dry skin. Put a few drops in shoes to remove odors. Add to a cotton ball and put in vents of car to help freshen stale air. Use as part of your daily facial cleansing regime.

Copaiba Vitality: Supports the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. Aids in easing common digestive discomforts when taken internally. Helps the body regulate its natural immune responses. Main ingredient in Stress Away; it can be soothing. Promotes a youthful appearance from the inside out.

R.C.: Rub on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire. Massage 3 drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort. Diffuse to create a comforting aroma. Contains three different types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora), all of which are high in the naturally occurring constituent eucalyptol.

PanAway: Designed to relieve occasional muscle soreness and tension. Helps counter stressed nerves. Peppermint and wintergreen essential oils soothe sore joints and ligaments after exercise. Add to massage oil for use with occasional tension. Perfect for localized soreness after gardening, shopping, working out, or any other physical activity.

Thieves Vitality: Supports healthy immune function. Complements daily wellness regimes. Helps maintain a healthy respiratory system. Key component for the entire Thieves line of products by Young Living. Helps freshen stale air when diffused. Use a drop or two in a spray bottle with water for cleaning. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary & other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying.

DiGize Vitality: Supports a healthy digestive system. Helps alleviate nausea & upset/sour stomach. Supports a healthy immune system. Useful for occasional irregularity or constipation. Can offer relief from occasional heartburn. Alleviates fullness, bloating and occasional gas from overeating. Antispasmodic.

Stress Away: Help reduce nervous tension and induce relaxation. Use to add a fun and fresh flavor to water. Supports the nervous system when exposed to occasional stress. Invigorating and refreshing. Helps to reduce stressors so that normal sleep patterns can be maintained.

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HOW DO I GET STARTED?

I would absolutely love for you to join my team and I on this “Oily Adventure!” When you purchase the premium starter kit, you automatically become a Young Living member & will then receive their 24% off wholesale discount on future orders. I’m here to help and won’t let you go on this journey alone!

You do not have to renew your membership… the kit is a one-time purchase and you will remain a member as long as you spend $50 in a year. Your kit covers your whole first year & you will never be charged a renewal fee. If for some reason you choose not to make any further purchases, your membership just goes inactive after 12 months. 

In addition you will receive continued support from me personally, a little welcome gift from me and if you are on facebook I have an amazing oils education group with tons of resources and added support.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, I am here to help and love what I do!!

If you are ready to jump in and grab your Premium Starter Kit, here are some incredibly simple sign-up steps!

 

  1. Go to Young Living

  2. Make sure “Member has a checkmark in the box

  3. Scroll down and you will see Sponsor and Enroller  # 2588702 click continue

  4. Choose your Premium Starter Kit. There is 4 different diffuser options to choose from. (all 4 include the oils we went over, the only difference is the diffuser)

  5. Choose if you would like to be on Essential Rewards. This is a monthly box shipped directly to your door, you choose what products you would like each month (never has to be the same), you earn points each month for your order that works like store credit; months 1-3 you earn 10% back, months 4-24 you will receive 20% back, and months 25+ you will receive 25% back. You can change your ship date, can cancel anytime (just be sure to use your points first), receive reduced shipping on your order, qualify for free bonus oils each month with monthly promos when you spend 100, 190, 250, or 300. There is a monthly minimum of 50. (don’t worry if your not sure what you would like to add for your first order can skip this part if you would like for now and join Essential Rewards anytime)

  6. Choose if you would like to add anything additional to your order, my suggestions is Thieves Household Cleaner, it’s AMAZING I literally clean my entire house with it and costs 50 cents a bottle to make. Then Click Next

  7. Fill out your membership information, sign in information (write this information down so you can easily log in later), choose individual commissions processing, read terms and conditions and click agree and continue

  8. Add payment information and that’s it!!

Once you have completed this to start learning right away, log into your virtual office at Young Living sign in and check out the “Getting Started” tab. Welcome to Young Living, I look forward to connecting with you. You will be receiving an email from me shortly with your getting started package details.

 

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3 thoughts on “Essential Oils 101

  1. Great post! I am new to the oily community and have been getting acquainted with my oils over the past couple of weeks and have been loving them so far! I’m excited to get my ER order in next month so I can try out some new things!

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