What are essential oils?
They are the most powerful part of the plant.
They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs.
Oils consist of over 100 different, natural organic compounds.
In humans, they provide support for every system in the body: your skeletal system, your muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system and your hormones, respiratory system and immune system. They support brain health and healthy weight.
They are used extensively for emotions and for spiritual support in your prayer life. An oil in a diffuser can soothe a child’s tough day at school and provide a calming effect when you’ve had a stressful day at work. Oils can be used as an alternative to toxic cleaning chemicals in the home. You can literally start swapping out every single chemical cleaning toxin in your home to live a purer lifestyle, and you can do it without breaking the bank!
There are about (or over) 300 oils on the earth, but you only need ten to twenty of them to build a good kit.
You do not need to be an aromatherapist to use them. In most cases, just rub it topically into the skin. There are three main ways to get oils into the your system: The English apply it topically–rub it on the skin; the French ingest and cook with them; the Germans diffuse and inhale, which can be an effective method because it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system. Personally, I use all three methods.
How Do I Use Essential Oils?
3 Ways: Inhalation, Topical Application, and Internally
Inhalation is a very effective way to get the benefits from essential oils. The molecules in essential oils are small enough to cross cell membranes and the blood-brain barrier.
Sometimes a good deep breath is all you need!
You can inhale directly from the bottle, apply a drop to your hands, rub clockwise once or twice and cup over your nose and inhale deeply, or diffuse so everyone in the room gets the benefits.
Tests have shown oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled; they were found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically.
You can diffuser the oils, smell straight from a bottle, add a couple of drops to a wooden clothespin and clip to an air vent in your car, or use a drop or two on diffuser jewelry that contains leather or lava stones. My kids love to put a drop of their favorite oil on their stuffies or blanket so they can smell the oil through the night.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, so topical application of essential oils can help in many ways. Whether used for a full-body massage or on location for those sore post-workout muscles, essential oils can bring relief. It only take about 2 minutes for the essential oils to be circulating in your blood stream!
You can also use oils topically on Vita Flex points—a network of reflex points that stimulate all the internal body systems. There are points all over the body, but the most commonly used areas are the feet, hands, and spine. For example, using RC on the lung area of your feet can help with opening up your airways.
Do be aware that some oils are “hot” oils. Cinnamon, clove, oregano, lemongrass, peppermint, wintergreen, and oil blends that contain these can be a little strong for some skin types. A carrier oil is a fatty oil like avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil, and can be used to dilute essential oils. This doesn’t “lessen” or “weaken” the essential oil, it just slows down how fast your body absorbs it. A great rule of thumb is to “Start low, and go slow.” Often I won’t even use a full drop of oil, just put my finger over the orifice, tilt the bottle, and use what’s left on my finger. If you use an oil and find it’s a little strong, just apply a carrier oil over the top of it.
Some essential oils can be ingested. Please note that not all essential oils are created equal and are safe to ingest. Only ingest pure, therapeutic grade oils, such as Young Living Essential Oils.
Lemon, Peppermint, or Thieves are great in hot water for a tea much more powerful than the dried version with these plants. A few drops on lime in your guacamole, lemon in your ice water, orange in a citrus salad dressing, or peppermint in a batch of brownies not only brings a big boost of flavor, but a boost to your immune system, too!
To help you know which oils are great to take internally, Young Living has a “Vitality” line of oils. If you see an oil with a white label and “Vitality” in the name, you know it’s a good one to cook with, drink, or take in a capsule! Is there ANY difference between lemon and lemon vitality? NOPE. It’s the SAME EXACT OIL…with a different label to appease big brother.
Needing the strength of an oil you don’t love the taste of? Try taking it in a capsule!
How are essential oils made?
From the time the seeds are selected and planted, to the cultivation, harvesting, distillation, testing, and finally bottling and sealing, Young Living essential oils are carefully monitored and treated with the utmost care and respect. I could tell you more, but this website will give you a fantastic overview of our process–take a look!
It takes a great deal of work to produce a tiny amount of essential oil!
- 60 thousand rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil
- Lavender is abundant – 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil
- To maximize the fragrance of Jasmine oil, the flower must be picked
- at night before sunrise, on the very first day they open, adding to the oil’s mystique and allure (and price!). Additionally, this precious oil requires more than 10 pounds of flowers to make one 5-ml bottle. It takes 8 million hand-picked blossoms to produce 2.2 pounds of oil
- A sandalwood tree must be 30 years old and 30 feet high before it can be cut down for distillation
But a little goes a long way. Most oils are $10 to $30 a bottle. A 5 ml bottle contains about 90 drops, and a 15 ml bottle contains about 250 drops. Each application is one to three drops, meaning even a small bottle will get you 45 to 90 applications.
Thieves cleaner is made of plants only and costs about $1.50 a bottle to make. You can’t even get that in the organic section at the grocery store! It replaces a multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, laundry booster, stain remove, grout cleaner, and in a pinch can be used as hand soap or dish soap. The organic versions of those can run you $4 to $6 a bottle.
Does Young Living do any testing?
I love when people ask me if Young Living tests their essential oils.
After distilling and before any bottling, we do about 20 different tests on each oil, including gas chromotagraphy (GC), gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS), viscometry, densitrometry, polarimetry, refractometry, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Inductively coupled plasma atomic optical emision spectrometry (ICP-OES), Fourier transform infared spectrometry (FTIR), automated micro-enumeration, disintegration testing, pH, flash point, microscopy, combustibility, chiral chomatrography, and finally Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS), of which we are the ONLY essential oil company in the world to own not one–but two.
Those are most of the tests but in all we test 20 different ways, and then send them out to at least two other labs so every test is done in triplicate. Young Living can’t share the names of the other labs for legal reasons (we have about a half dozen other labs we send to), but they were able to tell us these labs work with the FBI and Scotland Yard (we have distilleries worldwide), specialize in forensic analysis, were the labs responsible for analyzing the content in the shoe bomber that led to arrests, and analyzed the air mass in the envelopes with anthrax when that was going on in 2001. So these aren’t hokey mom and pop labs 😉
So not only is every single oil tested at least 20 times, and then in triplicate, BEFORE they are bottled, but we do this same testing AFTER bottling as well–so every single oil you use has been tested approximately 120 times.
Of all the oil we produce, we only bottle and sell about 30% of it that tests up to our standards.
We also have the only gas chromotagraph in the world with such powerful capabilities in our lab in Ecuador, as we are constantly bringing in new species from the Amazon and surrounding rain forests to test their chemical constituents. We have the largest database in the world when it comes to essential oils and their compounds and constituents.
So yes, we test 😉