So what IS an essential oil?
Don't be embarrassed! Most people don't know. Essential oils actually come from plants. Think of them as a plant’s blood, circulating through stems and leaves much the way blood circulates through our bodies, bringing in nutrition and carrying out waste. (That’s what makes essential oil “essential.”) Have you ever torn a leaf and seen “goo” ooze out of the tear? That’s oil “bleeding” out of the wound to help the plant start to heal.
And guess what? Essential oil can do the same thing for us!
Essential oils are highly concentrated and more powerful than dried herbs. They have hundred of chemical compounds which help them:
Support our body's many systems including endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems
Help us metabolize our nutrients, minerals, and vitamins
Support the natural defense of our immune system
And that’s just the beginning!
Because they are so versatile, each oil has a wide variety of uses. Some people use essential oils to enliven an environment, support different body systems, or just for their great scents. However you choose to use essential oils, chances are someone else has tried that same use in the past. If you still don’t know where to start, rest assured that each essential oil is labeled with instructions for use. And being part of our team, The Drop Shop, means we are excited to help you find the resources you need to know how to use your oils!
What's this about them being Volatile?
Yep, essential oils are a volatile substance which take on the natural smell and characteristics of that plant. And I'm sorry to disappoint, but volatile does NOT mean they are explosive (and all the men in the room cried. I know you guys love blowing stuff up!). In this case, volatile means the scent rises quickly in the air and then evaporates. This is why we love to diffuse our oils for their scents and helpful properties OR use a carrier oil on our skin. This helps the oils stay put longer and not evaporate off our skin.
So what makes Young Living Different?
To understand that you need to understand that there are 3 different grades of oils
Grade C oils are perfume grade - found in candles, air fresheners, shampoo… and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. They also usually contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents are normally cancerous. This is what’s in the store bought perfumes and other scented products.
Grade B essential oils are food grade - found in flavored foods (i.e. peppermint ice cream). They may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils. With all those unnecessary toxins. I find it hard to imagine how these can be approved as ‘food grade
The above represents 98% of all essential oils sold in the world.
What you are actually looking for is:
Grade A essential oils are pure therapeutic quality and are usually made from organically grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation. This the category that all of Young Living’s essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products are in.
Unfortunately, terms like “pure,” “organic” and “all-natural” mean nothing in regards to quality. Young Living’s farming practices are impeccable, no fertilizers used, no pesticides… steam distillation- not chemically distilled- tests every batch of oil yet only 28% of the oils meet the standards for bottling. Nearly every company that you will buy from online and especially at your local health food stores are not nearly as concerned with purity as they might make you think from their labeling.
but we are!
Young Living is the world leader in essential oils. We believe that your family deserves to harvest the benefits of nature’s solutions every day, without compromise. Our commitment to purity and stewardship is embodied in a unique, proprietary process we call Seed to Seal. No other company can match what Young Living does to ensure the purity and potency of the highest quality essential oils on the market.
HOW to Use Essential Oils (and What to Use Them For)
It’s pretty simple, really. There are four basic ways to use essential oils.
1. Topically – As in, apply it to your skin. Thanks to their molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed and in less than 30 seconds will have made their way to your blood stream to start spreading goodness through your veins. It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?
NOTE: DO NOT EVER put essential oils in your eyes or ear canals. It’s a seriously bad idea and you will regret it. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
2. Direct Inhalation – A fancy term for sniffing. Did you know fragrance is the substance of memories? It’s scientific! Inhaled aroma causes the olfactory nerve to send messages to the limbic part of the brain, which activates thought and memory. The pituitary gland, which hangs out in that part of the brain, is then stimulated to release chemical messages that travel via the blood to glands and organs that create physical body Hence, in less than a second, a scent can activate a number of physical and emotional responses. Ever smelled a cookie straight out of the oven and been transported to Grandma’s house? Or caught a whiff of ocean breeze and suddenly you’re back on that fabulous beach vacation? That’s your olfactory nerves and pituitary glands at work.
3. Diffuse – Misting the air with a device called a diffuser. Like direct inhalation, diffusing gets your olfactory-pituitary team off the bench and into the game. The advantage to diffusion is it has the ability to clean your environment, spreading the goodness to everyone in your home or office. And it’s easy: you put some oil(s) in the diffuser, add water (most of the time), and turn it on. The diffuser breaks down the oils into tiny particles and sends them into the air in a mist. Not only is this a great way to absorb the oils, purify the air and your home will smell wonderful!
4. Internally – Yep, you can swallow oils but again, this is something that is ONLY advised when using a oil that is not dilluted with chemicals or solvents (remember, we learned about that?) Taking oils orally will support many body systems, depending on the chemical constituents of the oils.
A Brief Word of Warning: Before you haul off and start splashing, sniffing, diffusing, and swallowing any oil that comes your way, you should know two things:
1. All oils are not created equal, which is why I only use Young Living oils.
2. Not all oils are meant to be ingested so before you knock back a shot of something you might regret, it’s best to do a little info-gathering to find the best method for that oil. There are tons of resource materials available for this and of course, Young Living always indicates on the back of their bottle which oils are meant for digestion.