Essential oils have been gaining traction in the natural health community lately, and for good reason.
These little bottles of plant juice are GOLD.
Essential oils have been used for centuries for their powerful health benefits and are an effective natural alternative without any dangerous side effects. They are growing in popularity as people are becoming more interested in holistic healthcare and natural remedies.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately specific to what essential oils are and how they can be used. Since I’ve been using therapeutic essential oils for over 5 years now, I’d love to share a little of what I’ve learned along the way!
My journey with essential oils began during a transition to a healthier, more natural lifestyle. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease) a few years ago, but thankfully am able to live fully and support my body through natural lifestyle changes. If you’re interested in reading more about my personal health journey, check out a couple of my previous posts – Living Vibrantly with Hashimoto’s and How I Reversed Hashimoto’s.
Lifestyle changes like switching to a whole foods diet, healthy stress management, and living as toxic-free as possible has made all the difference in my health and wellness. I integrate essential oils into my daily life as a natural way to support my health and endocrine system, which is huge when managing the thyroid and balancing postpartum hormones.
So what exactly are essential oils? I wasn’t kidding when I referred to them as “plant juice” – essential oils are actually the most powerful part of the plant! Therapeutic essential oils are the highly concentrated oils from plants and offer powerful healing compounds. (For the sake of this post, I am only referring to therapeutic, unadulterated oils that have been distilled for aromatherapy purposes, not the fragrance oils that are sold at chain retailers.)
Therapeutic essential oils are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs, making up about 300 oils on the earth. I’ll review the benefits of a few commonly used essential oils and some of my personal favorite blends shorty, but first . . .
A little info on how essential oils can support our health:
🌱Essential oils are the life blood of the plant. They have protective properties which are the plants natural defense mechanism, and they work the same in us which is why they have healing properties. Therapeutic essential oils have the very unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout our blood and tissues. They are one of the only participles small enough to cross the blood brain barrier which separates our circulatory system from our nervous system.
Ready to hear the coolest part? These oils affect our body at its cellular level. Tests have shown that essential oil components reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled, and are found in the bloodstream within 26 seconds when applied topically. Expulsion of essential oils takes three to six hours in a normal, healthy body.
🌿Essential oils provide support for every system in the human body:
- Skeletal system
- Muscular system
- Circulatory system
- Endocrine system
- Respiratory system
- Immune system
- Brain health
- Emotional & spiritual support
Just a few of the well-known benefits of oils include their ability to fight infections, boost immunity, balance hormones, support mood, energy levels and mental clarity, and relieve aches and pains.
Pretty amazing stuff, right? Now what do we do with them?!
There are three basic ways to use Essential Oils: topically, aromatically and internally.
✨Topically: Apply directly onto your skin with or without a carrier oil. I personally use carrier oils when applying topically. Carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil but rather they ensure that essential oils are a comfortable strength. Another bonus with using carrier oils is that you use less essential oil, which prevents waste due to excessive application.
✨Aromatically: Inhaling the oils allows the oil particles to influence the brain, which can contribute to remarkable benefits. Essential oils are highly concentrated and have a strong aroma. Aromatic usage is a highly effective way to receive the benefits of these oils. Key benefits of aromatic use include the oil’s ability to affect mood, kill bacteria and destroy viruses, and open airways.
Understanding the aromatic benefits of oils heightened my awareness of other scents in my home, such as wall plug-ins or air fresheners. Did you know that 75% of American households use synthetic air fresheners? I used to for years… and THAT IS SO SCARY because formaldehyde is in them! When I purchased my diffuser, I had at least 3 plugins around my home. Now I have replaced those with my diffuser and I keep my home smelling awesome naturally with added health benefits from the oils.
✨Internally: Many Young Living essential oils can be used internally or taken orally as a dietary supplement. Young Living offers a VITALITY line that is specific to internal use. I love adding a drop of grapefruit or lemon to my water! ALWAYS read the bottle to see if a specific oil is safe for internal use.
👇 These are a few of my favorite essential oils that I use almost daily:
- Lavender: Emotional support, relaxant, sleep aid
Peppermint: Digestive support and increases focus
Stress Away: Emotional support (love to wear as daily perfume!)
Lemon: Uplifts mood, invigorating and great to clean with
- Thieves: Immune support
Raven: Supports the sinuses and respiratory system
Frankincense: Emotional support, skin support (think anti-aging)
Citrus Fresh: Immune support, relaxant
- PanAway: Muscular support (natural alternative to Bengay or Icy Hot)
- Di-Gize: Digestive support (promotes healthy gut flora)
Copaiba: Supports the body’s natural response to injury or irritation (anti-inflammatory)
Young Living offers an incredible value for those looking to get started with essential oils – the Premium Starter Kit! This is exactly how I started my own oily journey many years ago. This kit includes the oils I mentioned above along with a beautiful home diffuser for aromatic usage (ordering instructions below, or click here to purchase your starter kit).
Choosing Young Living over other oil companies was an obvious choice for my family due to the company’s Seed to Seal promise. Young Living’s sourcing, science, and standards far exceed any other company I have researched, and I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what is in the oils that I am using around my family.
With the purchase of a starter kit, you receive a membership lifetime savings of 24% off all future purchases.
I am passionate about helping families transition to a more natural lifestyle and getting the toxins out of their homes. I am part of a community that provides resources and continuing education to Young Living members, so the kit is only the starting point!
I am committed to helping those who purchase oils through me understand how to confidently integrate them into your lifestyle. I have a private oil education Facebook group where we answer your questions and provide you with additional resources like an online handbook, file full of recipes, safety info when using EOs around babies and small children, ongoing classes, etc.
My goal is for you to use your oils safely and love your oils! I know they will be as much a blessing to you and your family as they have been to mine.
If you are ready to start your oily journey:
🌱Click WHOLESALE member and fill in the fields.
🌱Add your premium starter kit
🌱Enroll in Essential Rewards (it’s our monthly box program and will give you points back that you can use on an oil in the future)
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🌱Complete your order and send me a PM so I can get you plugged into our oil education group and your resources sent to you!
Live vibrant & abundant,