Your yoga instructor is using them in class, your hippie neighbor rubs them on her baby’s feet to help with sleep, they’ve even made it on the shelves of your grocery store.
They’re EVERYWHERE! But, what exactly are essential oils?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that have therapeutic properties. The oil can come from the stem, flower, root, leaves, bark, or fruit of a particular plant and are the life blood of that plant.
When grown and harvested in the right conditions, the oils can enact change in the human body; aid in keeping our bodies healthy, well and happy, just as they were meant to be.
So, how exactly do they work?
Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules. They are so small that they can easily pass through our tissues into or cells. Our body systems are incredibly efficient and can transport those molecules all over the body within minutes.
Different oils support different body systems – some support many of them, Lavender, for example is a calming oil – it can calm your skin after a day in the sun or after a bite from a bug, it can also calm emotions and help support sleep.
Why does quality matter?
I found a 3oz bottle of lavender in my favorite discount store for 5 dollars, there are a million brands on Amazon, and there’s a lady at the farmer’s market that makes her own essential oils. Everyone seems to have jumped into the essential oil production business, right?
So how do you know where to start?
If you’re trying to use essential oils for therapeutic benefits, you need high-quality oils. Cheaper, inferior quality essential oils deliver unpredictable results, meaning ultimately you will have wasted your precious money, rather than saving any.
At best, nothing at all will happen. In other words, you will not receive any benefits, and at the very worst you may have an allergic reaction to the oil and experience skin irritation, sensitization, or other side effects. This is typically because the essential oil has been adulterated with a synthetic chemical component, or perhaps because it is entirely synthetic.
Most essential oils on the market are created to add fragrance to candles, lotions, soaps and other cosmetics.
Fragrance grade oils are not high-quality oils. They are intended to be used for smell only. Unscrupulous oil companies will often ‘stretch’ expensive oils by adding cheap synthetics to them to make the product more profitable for their business. This can cause problems for unsuspecting customers who then attempt to use these oils in aromatherapy – sometimes with disastrous results. Many people are allergic to synthetic compounds. In the USA, the cosmetics industry is unregulated. The FDA regulates food and drugs and the USDA regulates agriculture, but there is NO REGULATORY AGENCY IN THE UNITED STATES stating what companies can or cannot put into cosmetics–including shampoo, soaps, lotions, makeup, cleaners, and, yes, essential oils. Yes, a company can slap a leaf on their label, put the word “ganics” in their name, but not have to follow any rules for being more health-conscious or eco-friendly.
Why Young Living?
Top 10 Reasons we use Young Living
- They smell amazing and don’t give me a headache like candles and air fresheners.
- My skin has cleared up SIGNIFICANTLY since switching to essential oil-infused skincare and makeup.
- Cleaning with Young Living’s plant-based, oil-infused cleaning products make me feel so much better about the air quality in my house and the safety of my 3 kids.
- Using Young Living products has helped us change our mindset–we focus more on preventative care and staying healthy, rather than waiting until we get sick to prioritize our health.
- They grow their plants in their native lands, so they are grown in the best conditions with their natural soil and climate.
- It’s a great way for my family to use natural products, avoiding as many harmful toxins as we can. The oils are made from just steam and the plant. (they run A LOT of tests on the oil after distillation to verify this)
- They use sustainable farming and distilling practices, keeping the earth and waste reduction at the forefront of their business.
- My kids (and my husband and I) sleep better and longer when we diffuse in the bedrooms and put oils on their feet.
- Young Living is the ONLY company to own their own farms. Since they don’t subcontract to any vendors, they can control the process from seed to seal.
- They work.
How do we use them?
Three methods of use are topically, automatically, and internally.
You can apply them directly to the skin – always remembering to check your labels for dilution instructions. Some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grape-seed oil, olive oil, V6 oil, etc.) while others can be applied directly on the skin with no dilution (referred to as ‘neat.”)
Oils can also be inhaled directly from the bottle, or by using a diffuser. This is actually the quickest way for your body to use the oils (and your house will smell amazing!).
Lastly, because Young Living can verify their oils are unadulterated, they have a vitality line, which is GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) certified by the FDA as food additives and food flavorings. Only oils in this vitality line are safe for ingestion. You can add these oils into your favorite food and drinks. We love to add them into salad dressings, marinades, baked goods (peppermint brownies!), smoothies, tea, etc. When you get your oils through me, I’ll add you to our online oil education community, where you can get lots of recipes.
One thing to remember regarding essential oil ingestion is that oils are potent. A little goes a long way. Once you purchase your oils through me, please refer to our oil education community for resources regarding safety and essential oil ingestion.
Statements regarding Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care provider before using these products.