What are the benefit of essential oils?
When you first hear about essential oils, you may be wondering what they are and how they can benefit you and your family. Click here to learn more about essential oils themselves. Continue reading to see the actual benefits that await you and your family.
One of the most unique attributes about essential oils is they are amazingly multipurpose. This was one of the easiest things for my husband and I to pick up on. To bring to light what I mean, let’s look at Young Living’s lemon essential oil and several different uses:
- diffuse or inhale while studying to support retaining information and promote clarity of mind
- use 1 drop in a glass of water to support normal digestive function, and relieve heartburn
- add a few drops to a glass spray bottle of water for a DIY window and mirror cleaner
And that’s just the beginning of the many, many uses of lemon essential oil! Since essential oils are all so chemically diverse, each one can perform several different functions. If you’re not yet familiar with using essential oils, we found that one of the best ways to experience their power is by using them to support your body’s health and wellness.
When you begin looking for natural, holistic remedies to aid in living above the wellness line, you don’t have to look any further than Young Living essential oils and products. It may seem overwhelming in the beginning, so we recommend starting with one area of wellness at a time. If you’re looking for relaxation and calming benefits, smoother skin, natural ways to support your immune and/or digestive system, you can’t go wrong with purchasing a Premium Starter Kit. All of the oils in this kit were carefully selected to help you get started in being an advocate and taking control of your own health in the most simplest way.
Being an advocate for your own health also requires some research. Doing your own research can help you better understand how these essential oils can be used for specific areas of concern. Keep in mind that there is a plethora of information so be sure you are getting information from credible resources. There are also many reference guide materials that are a must-have. Click here to see some that we recommend.
The information on this page ONLY applies to Young Living essential oils, which are true therapeutic grade oils. This list is not all-inclusive, please see a reference guide for more information!
Ways to Use Essential Oils
Topically – Essential oils can be applied topically to the skin. Some oils require dilution with a carrier oil before rubbing them on the skin, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or Young Living’s V-6 blend. You can apply some oils neat, which means without diluting.
Aromatically – Essential oils can be inhaled from the bottle or diffused in the air with a diffuser. They can also be dropped on a cotton ball or wet cloth and inhaled.
Internally – Because Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade, many of them can be used internally and taken orally as a dietary supplement. ALWAYS read the bottle to see if a specific oil is safe for internal use. NEVER use a lesser-quality brand of oil internally (the bottle of another brand usually says “Not for internal use!”)
- Essential oils are NOT water-soluble, they are oil-soluble. If an oil gets in your eyes or begins to burn your skin a little, DO NOT try to remove the oil with water – it will only drive it in deeper. Use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6, to dilute an oil if you have used too much.
- Some oils are photosensitive, meaning they should not be used on your skin before exposure to direct sunlight or UV rays. Using a photosensitive oil prior to sunlight or UV exposure could lead to pigmentation changes or rashes or cause your skin to burn. Photosensitive oils include lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, angelica, etc. A reference book can provide in-depth guidance on which oils are photosensitive.
- Caution should be used in pregnancy when using oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity such as clary sage, sage, and fennel. Although no adverse reactions have been recorded in humans when using these oils during pregnancy, caution should be used. Again, please see a reference guide for more information.
- Dilute oils for infants and small children 1-2 drops of pure essential oil to 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of pure vegetable oil (coconut, V-6, etc.). Check a reference guide for more information.
- Do not drop oils directly in the ear canal, though they can be used diluted on the outer back area of the ear, under the ear lobe, and down the throat. Oils can also be placed on a cotton ball, which can then be placed in the ear.
- Do not drop oils directly in the eye since it will most likely sting and cause the eye to water (though it will not damage the eye). If oils get in the eye, a drop of V-6 carrier oil in the eye will provide immediate relief.
- Keep oils away from light and heat (over 90 degrees). They can maintain their maximum potency for many years if stored properly.
- Dilute or stop applying an oil if it causes discomfort. Either stop applying the oils to make sure the body isn’t detoxifying too quickly, or dilute the oils until the body catches up with the releasing of toxins.
- Oils can dissolve plastics, petrochemicals, and paint. If adding oils to a drink, use a glass cup instead of plastic. Use caution when setting a bottle of oil on a painted surface – if oil gets on the paint, the paint may dissolve right off!
- Young Living’s Essential Oil Safety Guide can be found here.
Child Safety Information
- If you are looking for safety information on using oils on infants and children, please see this Young Living post here.
Other Oil Information
- A 15ml bottle of oil contains about 250 drops; a 5ml bottle contains about 80 drops.
- The body absorbs oils the fastest through inhalation (breathing) and the second fastest through application to the feet or to the ears (outside of the ear – NEVER put oils into the ear). Testing on the heart, thyroid, and pancreas showed that the oils reached these organs in three seconds.
- Each oil has a frequency, and each of our organs and body parts has a frequency. The frequency of an oil is attracted by a like frequency within the body. Low-frequency oils may make physical changes in the body. Middle-frequency oils may make emotional changes in the body. High-frequency oils may make spiritual changes in the body.
- One drop of essential oil can cover every cell in our body with 40,000 molecules. Start slow, sometimes less is more when it comes to using oils!