What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruits, rinds, resins and herbs.
What can they be used for?
In humans they support a healthy brain and weight and can be used extensively for emotional and spiritual support.
Oils in a diffuser not only leave your home smelling amazing, but can create a calm and soothing environment or re-energise the family. They can soothe a childs tough day at school or purify the air and leave your home feeling fresh and clean or even help focus and concentration at work!
Oils can even be used as an alternative to toxic cleaning chemicals in your home. You can literally start swapping out every single cleaning toxin in your home with natural plant based alternatives, that are not only better for your family but the environment (and even your budget).
You do not need to be an aromatherapist to use essential oils but you do want to ensure that you use pure essential oils for the full benefits, and to ensure that you are not replacing one chemical with another.
In order to be labeled ‘pure essential oil’ a bottle only needs to contain 5% pure oil and can be topped up with various fillers and extenders. Essential oils can be graded into 4 categories
Grade A: Therapeutic grade, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures
Grade B: Food grade, but may contain pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders and carrier oils.
Grade C: Perfume oils that often contain adulterating chemicals. They are usually distilled with solvents to produce a higher yield but these solvents remain in the oils. They can even be diluted up to 90% with alcohol.
Grade D: “Floral water” this is aromatic only and is the bi-product of grade A oil distillation process. The left over water is bottled and topped up with carrier oils and labeled as pure!
Companies and stores selling cheap ‘pure’ essential oils are most commonly selling these lower grade oils because by diluting them down with chemicals, solvents and carrier oils they can produce much larger quantities without the quality.
This is why it is important to choose company that has high quality standards and controls the process from the beginning. From planting, to harvesting and right through to distillation. Young Living has this in place with their seed to seal process along with stringent testing and quality standards, so you know you are getting Grade A oils in every bottle.
So how are essential oils made?
Being a concentrated distillation of the plant means it takes a lot of time, and plant matter to make pure essential oils;
- 60,000 rose blossoms to provide only 1 ounce of Rose oil
- 220 Pounds of lavender to produce just 7 pounds of oil
- 8 million handpicked jasmine blossoms yields just 1 kg of oil
- A Sandalwood tree must be 30 Years old and 30 feet tall before it can be distilled.
But when using quality oils you only need a small amount, between 2-4 drops each application. A 5ml bottle contains 90 drops while a 15ml bottle contains 250 drops.
How do I use my essential oils?
Essential oils can be used in 3 ways:
Topically- apply it to the skin, diluted with a carrier oil of your choice
Aromatically- diffuse and inhale- the quickest and most effective way
Internally- through ingestion (not all oils are suitable for this).
Tests have shown that oils reach the heart, liver and thyroid in 3 seconds when inhaled and that they were found in the blood stream within 26 seconds when applied topically. They are normally expelled from the system withing 3-6 hours (in a healthy adult).
Are essential oils safe?
Some oils (primarily citrus oils) are photosensitive- meaning you shouldn’t apply to areas that will be exposed to the sun for at least 12 hours.
not all oils are suitable for internal use and you should always check before consuming any oils. Young Living has many oils that have been approved for internal use and all bottles are clearly marked so you know at a quick glance.
When using topically always watch for any redness and irritation and apply a carrier oil to dilute if this occurs. Some oils are considered ‘hot oils” as they should always be diluted before being applied topically as they can create irritation.
Oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil when being applied to children as their skin is quicker to absorb the oils.
What is a Carrier oil?
Any fatty oil can be used as a carrier oil- from olive oil to coconut oil. Jojoba oil is great for the skin, Sweet almond oil is really lightweight leaving no ‘greasy feeling behind and avocado oil is great for hydration. While an essential oil is the aromatic part of the plant fatty oils are pressed from the seeds and fruits and contain larger molecules to help slow the absorption of the oils as well as spread them further across the body.
What about around my home?
Everyday we spray toxic chemicals in our air and on our surfaces, we inhale and ingest them without a second thought. Take a look in your cleaning cupboards and see how many products you should wear gloves and use only in well ventilated spaces, how often are you cleaning twice, one to clean and once to remove the cleaning products. You can replace all of these products with one simple cleaning concentrate, your own choice of oil for aroma and household products you already have, all at better than supermarket prices (approx $1.50 for a 1 litre bottle when mixed). Personally I love Young Livings Thieves household cleaner and products. From my laundry to my kitchen and by bathroom replacing everyday products like surface cleaners, glass cleaner, laundry liquid, soap, mouth wash and even dental floss with natural plant based alternatives is such a simple choice.
How do I get started?
The best value way to gets started is to sign up as a wholesale member- this locks in the discounted wholesale price and allows you to earn reward points along the way. There is no minimum monthly spend and you only need to spend 50PV per calendar year (approx $100 AU) to keep this membership.
Getting started with a premium started kit is the best value. You not only a diffuser, but also 11 amazing and versatile oils to get you started and some great samples and ways to share the oils with family and friends.
If you want to start removing all those toxic chemicals from your home check out the Healthy Homes Premium starter kit with diffuser and 6 oils as well as 8 Thieves cleaning and body products.
If you want to try everything (this was me) but need to space out your orders you can sign up for essential rewards, this way each month you get an auto shipment at reduced postage and with great rewards so you can choose what you get each month and earn points to spend as you go.
It is so easy to get started with Young Living and if you join my team you will get access not only to my own support and resources, but to a fantastic community of like minded individuals. Living from my heart has become a driving force behind so many of my choices this year and I am passionate about sharing that with others so if you want to join me and get started on your own Essential oils adventure click here 🙂