Essential Oils 101
It’s easy to incorporate essential oils into your daily life, eliminating chemicals and benefiting from their therapeutic properties. However, there are a few very important things you need to know before you get started:
- Quality counts. Not all essential oils are created equal. When reading most essential oil labels you will likely see “100% pure essential oil”, regardless of the manufacturer. Don’t be fooled, the FDA only requires five percent of the content of that bottle be the essential oil, and they do not require the other ingredients to be listed. This makes it very difficult to know what you are getting. Common fillers include water, alcohol or a carrier oil.
- Young Living Essential Oils have a “seed to seal promise”. Because they own the organic seeds, plant and cultivate them on their own farms, harvest the crop and distilled many of the essential oils themselves they can verify their purity from start to finish. For example, a bottle of Young Living Peppermint Oil contains twenty-five pounds of leaves. Period. No fillers and no chemicals. You can find more information here SeedtoSeal.com.
Essential oils may be used three ways: diffused, ingested and applied topically.
Each oils has different therapeutic benefits and it’s important to know the safest and best ways to use each oil.
- When purchasing a diffuser make sure you choose one that’s ultrasonic which uses electric frequencies to create vibrations to disperse the oil. Avoid using heat as it destroys the therapeutic benefits of the oils.
- Some oils may be ingested. This can be done be adding a drop to a beverage or a teaspoon of honey or you can put a few drops of extra virgin olive oil in a gel cap with a drop or two of an essential oil and swallow it. Young Living’s Vitality Collection is FDA approved for ingestion.
- Lastly, essential oils may be used topically. When applying oils to your skin it’s best to use a carrier oil (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc.). This does not dilute the benefits of the essential oil; but makes it easier to apply and can help stretch your essential oils. For example, add 2 drops of lavender to a teaspoon of coconut oils and massage on a tired muscle. Keep in mind some oils are “hot”. This means they may be sensitive to your skin – clove, cinnamon, peppermint, etc. Always dilute them with a carrier oil and start with small, test patch on your arm before applying it to a larger area. If it is hot add more carrier oil. Do not wash with water. Oil and water don’t mix. Should you get an essential oil in your eye, grab some carrier oil, wipe it over your eyelashes and then wipe with a tissue.