• Christina Ehrlich

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that have therapeutic properties. They can be found in the plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark or fruit. The chemistry is extremely complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. This is what gives each oil its unique attributes and characteristics.

The oils are also the "lifeblood" of a plant. They protect the plant from disease, provide nutrients and help fight off anything it doesn't want! It keeps the plant (or tree, fruit, bark, root, etc.) healthy and functioning at its best!

Essential oils should smell exactly like the plant they come from – nothing more, nothing less. Often, companies will add things like vanillin to make them smell sweeter. Do your oils smell like a plant or a dessert? If it says 100% pure but it smells sweet, chances are something else has been added. This means that the therapeutic properties are either decreased or nonexistent.

Essential oils are NOT the same as vegetable and/or olive oils. Vegetable oils are obtained from the fatty parts of a plant like nuts, seeds or kernels, and are greasy. They can also go rancid over time. Young Living’s essential oils do not go rancid or expire – sweet! In the essential oils world, we refer to the kitchen oils (olive, coconut, avocado, grape seed, etc.) as carrier oils since they are often used to dilute the potency of therapeutic grade essential oils when applying to your skin.

Young Living’s essential oils do the following:

-reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes when applied topically to the body

-eliminate toxins in your body

-work on emotions via the limbic system of your brain when inhaled

-release emotional trauma, relax and clear the mind

-transport nutrients to starving human cells

-act as powerful antioxidants

-increase atmospheric oxygen

-remove toxins in the air

Three methods of use are topical, aromatic, and internal.

Young Living Essential Oils can be applied directly to the skin - always remembering to check your labels for dilution instructions. - - Some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grape-seed oil, organic olive oil, V6 oil, etc.) while others can be applied directly on the skin with no dilution (referred to as “neat.”)

- Oils can also be inhaled directly from the bottle, or by using a diffuser. This is actually the quickest way for your body to use the oils. And your house will smell amazing.

Lastly, because of Young Living’s therapeutic grade of oils, there are many oils that can be taken internally as a dietary supplement. You can add oils to your water, or even into a capsule. The Vitality line is clearly labeled for this use.

The EOs from Young Living are all therapeutic grade oils that can be diffused, applied topically or sometimes even ingested. So we use them for basically everything in our home and we are obsessed with them!!

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