Essential Oils

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, rinds and herbs.  Essential Oils are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.  For instance it takes 60,000 rose blossoms to produce 1 oz of Rose oil and 220 lbs of lavender will yield 7 lbs of oil.  Amazing, right?!

Essential oils help to support every system of the body: brain, immune, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, and circulatory.  They also help to support weight, emotions, and hormones. Oils can also be used to enhance your recipes and to replace your chemical filled cleaning products. Young Living has a whole line of Vitality Oils with a different label for ingestion.  There are 4 different grades of essential oils so it is really important to know where your oils are coming from. 

  • Grade A- 100% Therapeutic. Organically grown and distilled at low temperatures. 
  • Grade B- Food grade oils that may contain synthetics, fertilizers, pesticides, carriers and chemical extenders. 
  • Grade C- Perfume grade that often contain adulterating chemicals. These chemicals include solvents that can be cancerous and are often found in store bought oils. 
  • Grade D- This grade is known as “floral water.”  This grade is for aromatic use only and is a byproduct from distillation.  

With Young Living’s Seed to Seal Process (http://seedtoseal.com/en/process) our family feels confident in using only Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils. The plants have been hand-weeded and never sprayed with chemicals and pesticides. Young Living does not cut corners. Not all oils are created equal and some other brands may be adulterated by synthetics or mislabeled so please do your own research.

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How to Use

The main uses of Grade A essential oils are internally, topically, and aromatically; either through direct inhalation from the bottle or by diffusing using cold-air diffusers specifically made for essential oils.  Our family absolutely LOVES to diffuse!  Did you know that smell is the only one of the five senses that is directly linked to the limbic system (the emotional command center of the brain).  Tests have shown that oils reach the bloodstream within 26 seconds when applied topically and reach the thyroid, liver and heart within 3 seconds when inhaled.  Expulsion of essential oils in a normal, healthy body takes about 3-6 hours. 

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Grade A oils are safe to apply topically however, I would recommend referring to the bottle labeling for proper instructions on the use and dilutions especially with children.  When using a single oil or blend for the first time, I would recommended testing a small area first.  

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Never apply too close to your eyes. If you do happen to get oils in your eyes or need to dilute then DO NOT USE WATER. Oils are not water soluble and water will help to drive them in further.  Instead dilute with a carrier oil.  Carrier oils are any vegetable based oil such as olive oil, avocado oil, Young Living’s V-6, jojoba, grape seed, etc.
  • Dilute oils when applying on children under the age of 12.
  • Never put oils inside your ears (although it is okay to apply oils around them).
  • Always skin test an oil on a small area of skin and wait 30 minutes.  If you happen to get any redness or irritation then dilute right away. 
  • Dilute “spicy” or “hot” oils such as Oregano, Cinnamon, Thyme, Peppermint, etc. Essential oils are very potent so a little goes a long way:) You may also choose to dilute oils so that you are able to cover a larger area when applying them.
  • Only put oils in glass or stainless steel when adding them to your water to take internally.

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