Essential Oils

Hey, ya’ll! So what’s the deal with essential oils, right? Here’s what you need to know. I’ve tried to compile all the essential need-to-know’s in one place. For me, oils have been a crazy-amazing journey about health and wellness and have unexpectedly led me to connect with some of the BEST people! I didn’t see any of this coming; I just started because I was interested in a different ways to make the people in my house healthier by using more natural solutions. You may be wondering what this is all about or if they even work? Check it out here and then you can decide…

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I discovered essential oils at a time in my life when I had committed to finding an healthier way to reducing toxins and chemicals within my family’s every day life. I did not want to become an all natural – no medication – vegan dietician –  water birth at home type of girl. I’m still not that. I am far from being any of those things and yet there is honestly nothing wrong with those things either. It is just what I initially associated with oils… Only for hippies, right?  I wasn’t sure, but I was willing to give them a try. And I’m tellin’ ya… they have helped us take steps towards being safer, healthier and even happier.  Little did I know they would become something we grab every single day to support our bodies or minds.  Mind. Blown. At first I was really only interested in using oils to support our immune systems; however, the more I used them (and the less skeptical I became because they were working!), the more solutions I discovered. The more often I search for an oil for an answer. We use them now for DIY safe cleaning, natural relief for occasional stress (important for this working mama!), digestive support, and more.

What Are

You’ve probably heard about essential oils by now, but what the heck are they really?  And why are people talking about them?

Essential oils are aromatic, potent, highly concentrated botanical extracts that can be found in flowers, trees, roots, leaves, fruits, seeds, etc. They contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. Blah, blah, right? They are basically the life blood of the plant. The good stuff. And here’s what’s important to me: They are so much more than pretty little bottles! (They are pretty though, aren’t they!?) They oxygenate cells, support the body’s natural detoxification processes, make cells more permeable, and defend against unwanted guests in our bodies. And they have been around for thousands of years. So we aren’t talking about something new here. They are talked about in the Bible for goodness sakes.

How To Use

It seemed at first there was so much to learn about using essential oils.  Don’t be overwhelmed.  They are so versatile and easy to use.  Let me tell you what I did. I saw a Young Living promotion for a starter kit, and then I jumped at the chance to get some of the basics all at once delivered to my home to try. I picked one oil at a time and tried it for one thing, just to see what would happen and get use to that oil.  The next day, same thing, new oil.

Here is HOW you can use them in your home in three basic steps:

TOPICALLY

Which just means applying them to your skin. This is a great way for your body to receive the goodness straight from the essential oils!

  • Place 1-2 drops of essential oil directly  on the desired area and massage in. Repeat as needed. Always follow the labels’ dilution instructions.
  • Essential oils penetrate the skin quickly and reach the blood stream within 2 minutes.
  • They travel through out your body and generally have affected every cell within 20-30 minutes.

NOTE: Essential oils are very potent and may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs apply any pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute.

AROMATICALLY

This is the fancy way to saying you inhale them. Easy enough, right? This can be as simple as opening the bottle and taking a whiff. Or rubbing a drop between your hands and inhaling. My favorite way is diffusing oils using a cool mist diffuser. In addition to providing the health benefits of the oils diffusing in to the air, a diffuser is a great way to replace candles and air fresheners that release toxic chemicals in to your home.

  • Rub 1-2 drops of essential oil between your palms and inhale.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water. Cover your head and bowl with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly. Many people find this very useful for congestion and migraines.
  • Use your favorite essential oils in a diffuser – one of ours is nearly constantly going in our home.
  • When you inhale an essential oil, it only takes 22 seconds for it to reach your brain. That’s quick!

INTERNALLY

This only applies to pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I only recommend Young Living, who sets the bar for commitment to quality and transparency.

  • Place several drops of oil into a gelatin capsule and swallow with water
  • Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a glass of water, NingXia Red, juice, yogurt
  • Add 1-2 drops of oil {to taste} to meals when cooking

NOTE: Always consult individual product labels for usage directions. Young Living essential oils are guaranteed for purity and potency, and all oils that can be ingested are clearly labeled as supplements and are certified GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA. Each oil has specifications and safety info printed right on the label.

Use them often for best results! Don’t wait until you desperately need the extra support. Giving your body the regular love and support from these oils is the best way to reap their benefits.

Want to learn even more about using essential oils?  Email me and we can connect!

Young Living

Ok, this gets into the important stuff. When I first was interested in essential oils, I honestly did not know where to go. I had friends using a variety of companies for oils and others who were purchasing them at a local grocery store. As I started learning about what option to choose, I began to learn about all of the health benefits that you can actually gain from assuring that your oils are pure and of the highest quality. Remember how they enter your blood stream? It’s super important that they are pure, therapeutic grade oils for that sort of stuff! I did not want to replace all of the chemicals in my home with some low quality stuff!

I chose Young Living because of their experience and quality guarantee.  And the more I learn, the more I fall in love with this company every day. Young Living is the world leader in essential oils with over 20 years of experience growing, harvesting, distilling and bottling their oils. And I’m tellin’ ya people, there is NO other company that can say this. There just isn’t, and the thing is it makes a difference with these oils. There are so many factors that impact how potent your oil will be, and I couldn’t find another company that could guarantee me the same quality. Without me rambling on and on about it, you can check out the crazy-diligent steps of Young Living’s proprietary Seed to Seal process here to see how they produce the best, most authentic essential oils. The FDA doesn’t regulate essential oils, so I didn’t feel comfortable with other companies. I wanted to know that I wasn’t getting an oil that was adulterated, diluted, or even artificial.

How to Get Started

There are two ways to get started using Young Living Essential Oils, so you will want to figure out what works for you and your family.

WHOLESALE:

This is how I got started and what I recommend! By purchasing a Premium Starter Kit, you automatically get a Wholesale account. YAY! This gives you 24% off your future purchases, all at wholesale prices. To me, it seemed like an invested, and honestly, it is; however, essential oils is an investment for your entire family! I ordered my Premium Starter Kit in April 2015 and never realized what a crazy blessing the kit would be for my family! It allowed me to try different ones within days of each other, learn how they worked together, and get educated on the oils quicker.

Worried about having a wholesale account or being labeled a “distributor”? I hear this a lot and don’t be! It’s like any wholesale membership, think Costco or Sam’s Club. That’s all. No strings attached, period. No monthly fees, no required orders, no required selling, nothing. Just awesome oils at a great discount. Yes you can earn a little income with Young Living if you want. And if you want to, of course that’s an option and let’s talk about this!

RETAIL:

You can order as a retail customer directly from Young Living, but you pay full price with no discounts. This can be a way to try one or two bottles, but ends up being more expensive in the long run. Just in the Premium Starter Kit alone you save over $100 by purchasing this through a Wholesale membership compared to purchasing all of the oils and goodies individually at retail. I thought of the Wholesale like a really awesome coupon… but again, I digress and please pick what works for you.

More on the Premium Starter Kit.

It is an incredible value and includes a little bit of everything you need to get started using essential oils. It’s also the most economical way to get started. You get a diffuser, 11 super versatile essential oils and  some other references/goodies all for only $160! The kits retail for over $300, so this is a huge cost savings!! A bundled price for new members. And let’s be real about the dollars and cents here. I checked around when I was researching essential oils, and I found that not only is Young Living the standard for quality but is also one of the most affordable starter kits. With a Premium Starter Kit you also get your wholesale pass, which means you save 24% on any future purchases. AND…this is a “no strings attached” wholesale account. No extra fees, no selling required, just amazing oils and an awesome discount for you.

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The kit above is the most popular starter kit, which includes either the Home Diffuser, the Dew Drop Diffuser, or an upgraded diffuser. However, Young Living has a few other starter kits you may choose from. Including the Thieves kit (popular and effective cleaners and personal care products) and the NingXia Red kit (a powerhouse juice made with Wolfberries).

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Let's Do this

So what do you think? Are you ready to give these oils a try and see how they can work for you? I know it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how you want to use them, what all the terms mean. That’s what I’m here for! Young Living is a referral based company so that you get started with a support team to help when you need it and provide resources. And this is the part I love. I have connected with folks all over the country, sharing with them about using our oils, and we definitely help each other find solutions for our needs and answer one another’s questions. I would love to have you on this oily journey with me! This is my jam, and in my heart I want you to find out what it can do for you. Support, education, resources…everything you need to get the most out of using your oils.

You can grab your kit through my referral link to get started.

Here’s what we’ve got going on…

  • Personal support from me to provide guidance and answer questions
  • Online classes
  • Access to a private Facebook groups, Joyful Oilers, for learning and sharing information on essential oils in a supportive community

If you want to see even more about the Premium Starter Kit, check out this video from Young Living showing the unboxing of the kit and all the goodies…

I am not a medical professional. Statements regarding Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All products discussed 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. Information is meant for educational and informational purposes only. You are empowered to make your own health care and dietary decisions.