You keep hearing about essential oils, right? Whether it’s comments from friends and family members, or articles and even blog posts you read online (hello!), essential oils are news. Perhaps it’s because essential oils have so many uses, yet they are natural and organic. Essential oils (EOs) don’t contain the man-made chemicals and toxins found in many products on supermarket shelves today.
Whether you’re and EO veteran or just getting started, you may have questions about essential oils that you’ve always wanted to ask. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about essential oils.
What exactly are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the fragrant essences that are made in plants. When essences are extracted from plants, they become essential oils.
Powered by the energy of plants enriched from the sun and soil, essential oils are one of nature’s indispensable bounties. Essential oils have become more and more popular over the last two decades, as more people are discovering their many uses.
What is the history of essential oils? How long have they been used by humans?
Essences of plants have been extracted for thousands of years across many cultures, including ancient China, India, and Egypt.
Beginning in the middle ages (fifth to 15th century), humans discovered ways to extract essential oils from plants. Essential oils have been used for everything from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual sacraments and rituals.
What makes Essential Oils so special?
Essential Oils have many beneficial properties. Studies suggest that essential oils work by sending pleasing olfactory messages to the part of the brain that regulates moods.
In addition, dietary essential oils like peppermint can help support healthy digestion.
Are there any guidelines I should keep in mind when using essential oils?
Always check individual labels to find out if an oil needs to be diluted before using it on the skin of ingesting it. Pure essential oils are concentrated, so they are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted.
Some oils are considered gentle and generally safe to apply directly to the skin, like Lavender. Other oils– such as Cinnamon Bark and Oregano–should be diluted before they are applied to the skin. Remember that each oil is different, so always check the label on the bottle.
How should I use Essential Oils?
There are countless ways to use essential oils: in the kitchen or at the gym, diffusing them or applying them to the skin–the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few of their uses:
TUMMY TAMER- Add a few drops of Peppermint Vitality to a glass of water to support digestion.
HEADACHE HELPER- Dab a few drops of your favorite essential oil on your temples and forehead (avoiding the eye area). Try Stress Away Essential Oil Roll-on.
MUSCLE MASSAGE- Feeling fatigued? Rub your favorite essential oil on muscles and joints for an invigorating, relaxing aroma. You might opt for Young Living’s Panaway Essential Oil blend.
SOOTH AWAY- Cool down and relax after a hard workout by rubbing Cool Azul on fatigued areas.
A great place to start using EOs is to experiment with your own custom essential oil diffuser blends to find the scents that speak to your soul. Check out the Young Living blog and YoungLiving.com for tips and tricks on using EOs for a wide variety of purposes and to learn the distinction between topical essential oils and digestible oils like Young Living’s Vitality collection.
Are essential oils safe to use for children and babies?
It depends on the oil. Some oils are safe for children and babies, and some need more caution and dilution for the littlest of humans. For instance, essential oils such as Grapefruit, Lavender and German Chamomile are safe for children and babies. However, some EOs–such as Wintergreen should be avoided (or very well diluted) for children or babies, and even while pregnant or nursing.
Before using Young Living products with your little ones, carefully review the label for full information on appropriate age usage and any cautions. Always test a small amount on children and babies to make sure no irritation occurs before applying to a large area.
To make it easier to identify which EOs are safe for children and babies, Young Living has created essential oil blends and essential oil-infused products specifically for them. (See the Young Living Seedlings and KindScents collections.)
How are Vitality EOs different from regular EOs?
Vitality oils are labeled for dietary use. The classic essential oils (the colorful labels) are labeled for topical and aromatic use. The oils in each are the exact same. For example, Lavender Vitality and Lavender Essential Oil both contain the exact same oil. This just allows you to use these oils in all three ways. In you, On you, and Around you!
Why should I use Young Living Essential Oils as opposed to other brands?
Young Living’s standards for purity are unmatched. All Young Living Essential Oils are 100% therapeutic grade and never contain synthetics, contaminants or cheap fillers. Young Living EOs are sourced from their own farms and carefully vetted suppliers, and are tested extensively for product quality and efficacy.
If an essential oil doesn’t meet strict testing requirements, it’s rejected and can’t be used in any Young Living product. It’s all part of their Seed to Seal standard. (For more information visit SeedtoSeal.com.)
In short, Young Living’s essential oils are the best of nature distilled. Nothing more, nothing less.