What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants. They are made using a distillation process. Essential oils have been used since biblical times! Essential oils are the plant’s natural defense and protective mechanisms. They work the same in our bodies as they do in nature. They penetrate cell membranes and disperse into our blood and tissues. One drop contains 40 million trillion molecules that affect the body at the cellular level. These particles are one of the few things small enough to cross the blood brain barrier. Their purpose is to help support all of our body systems by keeping our bodies clean and our systems functioning as they should. Let me help you understand just how concentrated essential oils are…it takes 60,000 roses to make just 1 OUNCE of rose essential oil. They are truly powerful!
Essential Oils are used to –
* Support body systems (immune system, digestive system, endocrine system, etc.)
* Support the body’s natural defenses
* Support a normal mood
* Boost stamina and energy
* Help manage normal stresses we experience in life
* Support mental clarity
* Promote overall health and wellness
There was a time not long ago when essential oils were unheard of. Nowadays, there are essential oil companies popping up everywhere and you can now buy them almost anywhere. I can tell you that 2 years ago, that was not the case. I started using essential oils 10 years ago, so I consider myself to be very experienced. It was only a matter of my dear friend introducing me to a wonderful company called Young Living. When it comes to the health of myself and my family, I want only the best. I will even pay more for it.
Why do I love Young Living essential oils? In my search for the perfect essential oils, I couldn’t look passed Young Living. I was amazed to find they have also been around for 20+ years! They have the experience and research to prove their loyalty and commitment to 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I was shocked to discover that they are the ONLY essential oil company with their own farms offering a seed to seal guarantee. They own over 50 farms across the world! Young Living farms are ORGANIC and the weeds are hand-picked! They do not contain any pesticides or chemicals during any part of their production process. Check out the website www.seedtoseal.com to learn more about their amazing production process. This won me over since day 1!
I personally use Young Living essential oils for all of the recipes I post – from natural household cleaners to homemade makeup and body care! Not only that, but I have been amazed by how heathy I have become since using Young Living oils. Lavender, oh lavender, I have never slept better in my life. The Progessence Plus oil? I can’t live without that hormonal support! Gentle Baby oil? My favorite for calming myself, my toddler and infant. The list goes on and on for me!
Ways I Use Young Living Essential Oils
Scents are powerful and the fastest way to reach the mood center is through our nose! In less than a second, essential oils hit the limbic system and have the power to affect our mood.
It’s crazy to think that 75% of American homes use synthetic air fresheners that contain numerous amounts of chemical agents that have been linked to cancer (like Formaldehyde)! When you see the term “fragrance” remember that it can contain 300 or more toxic chemicals but it only says “fragrance”. So instead of air fresheners and candles, I diffuse essential oils!
You can benefit from essential oils aromatically by diffusing them, inhaling them by placing a drop or two in your hands, cupping your hands over your nose, and taking a few deep breaths, or “tenting” – pour boiling hot water into a glass bowl, drop 2-3 drops of essential oils in the bowl of water and breathe in the vapors while covering your head with a towel over the bowl.
My favorite way to benefit from the aroma of essential oils is by diffusing. I diffuse at least one a day…in my room, my toddler’s room, my baby’s room, the living room, the kitchen, the bathrooms, the car, you name it, haha! Diffusing can support the immune system, respiratory system, limbic system, and cleanse and purify the air.
Essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin, which is not surprising considering the skin is the largest organ of the body. You can apply essential oils neat or diluted, depending on the oil. Neat implies you are directly applying the oil on your skin, while diluted means you are mixing the essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.
Applying essential oils to your feet is a great way to absorb the oils into your body. With over 2,000 pores in each foot, they have some of the largest pores on your body. They can also be applied using Young Living’s Vita-Flex foot chart (image shown) or by using their Raindrop technique (a technique involving a certain selection of oils and how they are systematically applied to various areas of the body during massage). You can also bathe in essential oils. It is best to mix them with epsom salt.
When applied topically, it takes 2-3 minutes for an oil to reach the bloodstream, 20 minutes to affect every cell in the body, and 2 ½ hours to fully metabolize.
My favorite way to benefit from the topical use of essential oils is by exchanging massages with my husband using essential oils and coconut oil, applying them to the bottoms of our feet (my kids’ too), and using it on my skin wherever it needs it most! I also use essential oils in my homemade deodorant, facial toner, body butter, the list goes on and on!
I also use Young Living essential oils by putting them in empty vegetable capsules or mixing them in water, tea, or Young Living’s NingXia Red antioxidant drink. I also cook with essential oils! Please be aware that other essential oil brands that say “do not ingest” or “for topical use only” on the label are not therapeutic grade, but perfume or cosmetic grade and should not be ingested. All Young Living essential oils are considered safe to ingest except for Jasmine and Neroli because they are absolutes (meaning they were extracted using a solvent and not through distillation).
My favorite way to benefit from essential oils internally is by taking them in veggie capsules, especially when my body needs some extra immune system support.
**Disclaimer: These statements and the content on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or disease. Please be aware about their proper usage and precautions. Consult a medical professional for medical advice. Some essential oils are not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children or those with medical issues or unusually sensitive skin. Some oils are also sensitive to sunlight. Use essential oils at your own risk. Use of recommendations is at the choice of the reader. This website is not intended to substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. This is an educational website. Posts on this website are based off of personal experiences only. I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe oils. I cannot diagnose, treat or cure you.