There’s a lot of great uses for essential oils so I have a guest post from my Young Living Essential Oils educator and former client, Stephanie Bader!
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant--the most important part. They are volatile (that just means they evaporate quickly into the air) natural compounds derived from roots, leaves, stems, flower petals, tree needles, tree bark, resins, and citrus fruit rinds. They can support every single system of the body as well as emotions and mood. Essential oils are extracted through steam-distillation, resin tapping, and cold-pressing.
ALL OILS ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY!
Why Young Living Essential Oils? Because all essential oils are not created equally. There are four grades of essential oils on the market right now. Finding and using 100% pure therapeutic grade with transparent information about where the plants are grown and how they are harvested and distilled is of the utmost importance. Know where your oils are coming from. Lesser qualities oils can be diluted with synthetics or carrier oils. They could be harmful to use and they almost always contain NO therapeutic benefits for your health. Young Living is called to be a good steward of our Earth, owns its own farms or partners with approved farms, and promises a guarantee--from seed to seal--that its oils are at the ultimate, industry-leading standards. You can learn more about the Seed to Seal promise here: seedtoseal.com
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils can be used in one of three ways: aromatically, topically, and internally.
1. Aromatically: the quickest and most effective way to get essential oils into your system! Breathe in the essential oil straight from the bottle; put a drop or two in your hands, rub together, cup over your nose, and inhale; or use the high-quality medical grade ultrasonic diffuser included in your Premium Starter Kit to diffuse essential oils into the air.
2. Topically: Apply a drop or two of essential oil to your skin. Always consult the bottle's label for instructions on how to safely dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil (fatty oil like avocado oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to make sure they do not cause any skin irritation. Many essential oils are safe to apply "neat" (right out of the bottle) and some are considered "hot" (can cause a hot or tingly sensation on the skin) and require dilution. Diluting also allows an oil to spread further on the skin, therefore making your oils last longer. It also allows the oil to penetrate the skin at a slower rate, which is great for children whose skin is thin and sensitive!
3. Internally: Any Vitality Essential oil with a white label is safe to ingest. You can use these oils in your beverages, cooking and baking, or in an empty capsule to be taken like a supplement! When drinking or storing citrus oils for your cooking or baking, be sure to use a glass or stainless steel container and a stainless steel straw.
OILS AND THE SUGAR DETOX
Many Young Living essential oils and products can support you during and after the Wellness Warriors Sugar Detox.
Sugar Cravings: Grapefruit, Peppermint, Black Pepper, Stress Away and especially Dill essential oils are all wonderful for curbing sugar cravings. These oils can be diffused, applied topically to the skin, and some can even be used in water or with a drop under the tongue.
Digestion: Peppermint, DiGize, AromaEase, and TummyGize are all oils that support healthy digestion. These oils are best used topically for this purpose. Be sure to always dilute these oils with some lotion or carrier oil before applying them right to your stomach in a clockwise motion because they are all "hot" or contain ingredients that are "hot."
Sleep: Lavender, Frankincense, Stress Away, Cedarwood, Tranquil, Peace & Calming and many more can all be used to promote a healthy night's sleep. They can aid in falling asleep faster and staying in a deeper sleep longer. The most popular ways to use them are to diffuse overnight or to apply diluted to the back of your neck or to your feet.
Stress: Stress Away, Lavender, Frankincense, Tranquil, and many oils derived from trees like Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Idaho Blue Spruce work with the limbic (emotional) system of the brain to ease stress and anxiety. You can diffuse them, apply them topically, or wear them in diffusing jewelry like a bracelet or necklace.
THESE SOUND PRETTY GREAT, SO...HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
The best, easiest, most cost-effective way to get started with Young Living Essential Oils is by becoming a wholesale member with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit. Your starter kit includes a medical-grade diffuser of your choice (the Desert Mist runs for 8 hours--all night—or 10 hours on intermittent mode) 11 everyday oils (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Copaiba, Thieves, Citrus Fresh, DiGize, PanAway, Raven, and Stress Away), a product guide, a copy of the Essential Everyday magazine, sample bottles, informational business cards to give with oil samples, a roller top to add to one of your bottles, samples of Young Living's antioxidant drink, Ningxia Red, a 1 oz. sample of Thieves Household Cleaner (enough to make a 20 oz. spray bottle of cleaner!) PLUS a 24% discount on all purchases and access to our vast bank of past and continuing education.
Young Living is referrals-based and we want YOU on OUR team, the Harmony Droppers because we are committed to linking arms with you to show you the way right from the start. You are never alone when you're a Harmony Dropper and a JoyDropper. We are here to answer questions, point you toward resources, and get you using your oils comfortably and confidently, so you can take even more steps toward vibrant wellness. You can unlock your wholesale membership and select your kit by visiting Beth's link here: bit.ly/mhtoils. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or by sending a Facebook message to Stephanie Pupo Bader and I can help you to enroll if you need assistance!
Feel free to post any questions you may have by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am here to help you feel good about starting to use essential oils to improve your overall health and wellness!