Essential Oils


You may have seen a post on Instagram, heard someone talking about them, or even seen some oils at your local health market, leaving you wondering what are these oils that everyone keeps talking about. Essential oils are just that, oils. They are oils found in plants and are used to heal and protect these plants within their environments. When these oils are extracted with great care (you can read more about Young Living’s seed to seal process here) they can aid in keeping our bodies healthy & happy; they way they were intended to be. Oils are made up of TINY molecules. Molecules so small that they can make their way into our cells and basically access the most fundamental levels of our body. These oils are different than your cooking oils which are made of fat. While they’re beginning to become pretty popular,this isn’t a new thing.
 
It is really important to know that not all essential oils are therapeutic grade and safe to use in the ways Young Living essential oils are. For example, those oils you saw at the health market probably cannot be ingested the way Young Living oils can. After researching Young Living’s “Seed to Seal” process and seeing that many other essential oil brands contain synthetic oils, I knew it was the product I felt safest using. I started using Young Living oils for my own health reasons. I never thought I would become a part of the company as a distributor!

 There are many ways to use oils, including topically, aromatically, and internally. Young Living Essential Oils can be applied directly to the skin. Before doing so, ALWAYS check the label on the bottle of oil for dilution recommendations. Some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (i.e. grape-seed oil, organic olive oil, V6 oil, etc.) while others can be applied directly on the skin with no dilution. Applying oils to your feet is actually a super quick way to get the oils into the body! Oils can also be inhaled directly from the bottle, or via diffuser! This is the quickest way for your body to absorb the oils. Lastly, because Young Living’s medicinal grade of oils, there are many oils that can be taken internally as a dietary supplement. You can add oils to your water, or even into a capsule for swallowing. Again, just be sure to read the bottle guidelines before taking internally.
 

FUN FACTS ABOUT YOUNG LIVING'S ESSENTIAL OILS
  • When applied topically. they can reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes.
  • They can eliminate toxins in your body and remove toxins in the air.
  • They transport nutrients to starving human cells
  • They increase ozone and negative ions that inhibit bacterial growth
  • ... and so much more!


Why choose Young Living?

Young Living is not a third party broker of oils, but is a company which embraces each and every step of the essential oil process in order to provide the highest quality oils possible. They have been around for over 20 years and they have an exclusive Seed to Seal process which is a promise of purity in five careful steps. Their Seed to Seal process ensures us that they cultivate their seeds, plant them on their own farms, weed by hand, harvest, distill on site, and package in house. They are a company who is driven by their product, not profit. They do NOT believe in using fillers or synthetics just to sell a product.



Seed: The best essential oils come from specific plant species that have been specifically studied for their therapeutic value and carefully selected.
Cultivate: The second step involves an understanding of farming: soil preparation, balance of the sun and water, responsible weed and pest control, and wild craft harvesting.
Distill: Low pressure steam distillation ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in each batch are not compromised.
Test: Young Living never accepts diluted, cut, or adulterated essential oils and all oils are tested in internal as well as in third-party (external) facilities to ensure they meet demanding specification and exceed international standards.
Seal: Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process by carefully sealing and inspecting each bottle.


How do essential oils work?
Essential Oils can be used three ways:

1. Topically (applied to the skin)
2. Aromatically (inhaled directly or diffused)
3. Ingestion (dietary supplement)

Be sure to check the label so you know how to safely use each particular oil.



TOPICALLY
Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. A common example is applying lavender oil to a burn or melrose to areas of dry skin.

Different factors can affect absorption of essential oils through the skin. If you massage the are first, it will increase circulation to that area, thereby causing an increase absorption of essential oils. Heat will likewise increase circulation and thus enhance absorption.

Some essential oils need to be diluted before being applied to the skin. These are often referred to as "hot" oils. Dilution is done with the use of a carrier oil such as grapeseed, jojoba, almond, or fractioned coconut oil. The great thing about diluting an oil is that it does not lessen it's effect. So you are able to reach a greater surface area without lessening the effects of the oil.


AROMATICALLY
Another way that essential oils enter the body in inhalation through the nose or mouth. Common exampled include inhaling eucalyptus radiate essential oil to cleanse and freshen the air or inhaling wintergreen essential oil to provide an overall feeling of energy. My favorite way to inhale my essential oils is by using a diffuser.

The olfactory system includes physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to, the sense of smell. When we inhale through out nose. airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and almost immediately, the brain. Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can support the body through several systems and pathways.

During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the "emotional brain".


INGESTION
The third way that essential oils enter the body is by ingestion. The only essential oils that should ever be ingested are 100% pure, sustainably grown, essential oils labeled specifically as dietary supplements.  The only absolutely pure essential oils that I know of and trust are Young Living's essential oils (see Young Living's Seed to Seal purity promise here). They have a Vitality line of oils that are all Dietary oils, safe and intended for internal use. 



Beware of the Knockoffs
Did you know and essential oil can be labeled as "pure" as long as no less than 5% of it is actually pure? Only FIVE percent! The remaining 95% of the bottle can be anything (fillers, additives, etc.)! So that bottle of essential oil from you local organic market that you thought was a better deal does NOT mean it's safe to ingest. Find a company that guarantees the oil to bee 100% pure! Remember, not even all 100% pure oils are okay to ingest, so always follow the instructions on the bottle's label.



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