Young Living Essential Oils 101

young-living-logoThank you for contacting me for more information on the Wonderful World of Young Living Essential Oils!

Before I share with you about these amazing oils I want you to know that I use Young Living Essential Oils, I am a member but I AM NOT a salesperson. My goal is to educate, NOT push someone into buying {however, IF you do decide to sign up with Young Living I would LOVE for you to join my amazing team! There are a ton of resources, including a private Facebook Group} **I have personally selected YL because I feel their process and moral standards are the best fit for my family.

Here a little bit about our family! I wouldn’t really consider us “Granola” or “Hippy” We do like to shop at farmers markets, I brew my own Kombucha {email me if you are interested in learning about this amazing drink} but really we are totally normal. When I told my husband that I wanted to get the Young Living Premium Starter Kit he kind of looked at me with one eyebrow raised. He was a total skeptic! But that was all about to change. Scroll to the bottom to see “How Our Lives Have Changed”

A little intro 🙂

Are you wondering about all the great things essential oils can do for you and your family and which specific oils you would benefit from?! The first thing you should know is that essential oils are incredibly multipurpose!  This is one of the reasons I love them.

Just check out some of the amazing natural properties that Lavender has!

  • Analgesic
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antihistamine
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic

… and the list goes on.

Because lavender contains so many different properties, there are a ton of different ways to use it…

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Bug Bites
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Eczama
  • Depression
  • Sleep
  • Wrinkles 

… and again the list goes on!  

Essential Oils?!

I don’t know about you, but before I learned about essential oils, when I thought “essential oils” I directly thought “fragrance”.  I thought essential oils were just used in fancy candles, air fresheners, soaps, and lotions in order to make them smell nice. I never (NEVER!) considered the fact that essential oils could truly be therapeutic. One of the reasons that I never considered them to be therapeutic is about six years ago a very sweet friend of mine gave me a bottle of Lavender “essential oil” it was supposed to help with a whole slew of things {mentioned above} and it didn’t. Fast-forward about a year and a half ago when a different friend was sharing with me about her experience with Young Living essential oils {I kind of just pooh-poohed it, because my experience with essential oils had been so poor.} But it keep coming up and I was seeing the results…it was getting hard to deny that the was really something about therapeutic oils. 

Since then, I have learned NOT all “Essential Oils” are created equal…in fact they are VERY different. In the store you will find oils that are extracted with solvents. Unfortunately there are no federal standards for labeling and oil. By law the FDA only requires that a bottle has 5% of essential oil in it and the rest can be a carrier oil or synthetic oil {What?}. This means you can go to the store and find a bottle of oil that says 100% pure essential oil and it more than like only has 5%?!? This is extremely misleading and that’s why it’s extremely important to know where your oils are coming from and how they are sourced. Because there are no regulations you really have to find out how the company is creating these oils. Young Living has made it their mission, to produce these oils safely and correctly more the maximum benefit. They have been around for more than 20 years! They have a process called their ” Seed to Seal Promise” which is very high standards when it comes to the way the seeds are grown and the in the soil that they are grown in, the growing conditions, the way that they are harvested and distilled. They take the proper care to do all of this at the correct time and temperature. Over the years they have perfected this process so when they produce a bottle of essential oils it is pure therapeutic grade oil!

What is an “Essential Oil”?

Essential oils are the lifeblood of a plant in the same way that we have blood that runs through our veins, a plant contains essential oils as part of its immune system to help us fight disease, ward off sickness and to heal.  Depending on the plant, its unique essential oil can do many things including protecting the plant from pathogenic microorganisms (think fungi, bacteria, etc.) and healing plant injuries.  Because essential oils contain these protective and healing compounds, they can have these properties and more:

  • Powerful antioxidants
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-cancerous
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-infectious
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antitumor
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiviral
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic

When great care is taken in cultivating the plants and distilling the oils, the end product can have these same therapeutic properties present in the very plant from which it came.  Even though this sounds like a scientific breakthrough, the effectiveness of oils is not a new discovery.

Here are some AWESOME things Young Living Essential Oils

  • They are actually healing instead of masking!
  • They have the ability to affect cells down to the nuclear us and can cross the blood brain barrier!
  • They reach at the every cell in your body within 20 minutes!

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. {A carrier oil is – coconut oil, olive oil, or Young Living’s V-6 blend.}  You can apply some oils neat, which means without diluting. {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.}
  • 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 medicinal grade, many of them can be used internally or 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!”)
  • Household Uses

A few Cautions:

  • 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 (for an earache, for instance).  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.  If an oil causes discomfort, it is because it is pulling toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, poisons, parasites, and mucus from the system.  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.

What do I love?

  • They are therapeutic grade- meaning they are completely pure and you can even ingest them {NOT all essential oils can be ingested!! Because of Young Livings  Seed to Seal Promise they are safe and DO NOT contain chemicals or solvents. In fact the bottles say “100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Supplement” DO NOT ingest unless they are YL!!}
  • There is an oil or oil blend for just about everything! Did you get cut, or have a headache, or feverish, or allergies, or tired, or just plain grumpy? There’s an oil for that and just about anything else you could think of!
  • They can make your home smell nice without also putting toxins in the air (as most candles, sprays and wall plugins do)- in fact they actually purify the air AND give you healing benefits!

“How Our Lives Have Changed”

What’s Changes in our home?

  • Less Emotional Breakdowns
  • Better Sleep for EVERYONE!
  • Sickness was knocked out faster than any OTC medication would’ve ever done. {been there, done that}
  • The seasonal allergy Monster can’t even be found in our house anymore.
  • My Sinus headaches are actually stopping…this is HUGE!

Just to name a few!

With the Premium Starter Kit you get all kind of awesome educational resources! You also receive the Everyday Oils kit, a Home Diffuser, and a “Stress Away” single bottle with roller fitment!

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Everyday Oils Essential Oil Collection includes: 1 – 5 ml Joy™ 1 – 5 ml Frankincense 1 – 5 ml Lemon 1 – 5 ml Lavender 1 – 5 ml Peppermint 1 – 5 ml Purification 1 – 5 ml Panaway 1 – 5 ml Peace & Calming® 1 – 5 ml Thieves® 1 – 5 ml Valor®

I can honestly say that we used every single oil in our Everyday Oils kit! I’m already getting ready to place another order for some other oils that fit my families current needs!

Since I mentioned the Lavender that didn’t work all those years ago let me share a little bit about the Young Living Lavender!

About 4 months ago our oldest son was coughing a ton through the night. It just so happened that he had his yearly check up so we asked the doctor about it. Turns out he has severe seasonal allergies {for all seasons} The doctor recommended that we start using nightly and over-the-counter allergy medication. We went to the store to check out the suggested medication and  it turns out that it was going to cost us hundreds and hundreds of dollars per season for medication…suggested by a doctor who in his own words said “it may or may not help” After chatting with the above-mentioned friend who introduced me to the Young living oils we decided to give Essential Oils a chance first! He is started drinking one drop of lavender oil and water before bed {ONLY ingest Young Living} There has zero coughing through the night! He wakes up completely able to breathe that was not the case just a few weeks ago!!! In addition to this amazing allergy relief in our son, my husband has also been doing a Young Living “allergy bomb” {two drops of lemon two drops of lavender two drops of peppermint in the carrier oil and you can either take this internally or you can rub it on the back of your neck and on your chest} It works wonders.

3575Lavender is fantastic for cuts and scrapes! In fact yesterday my youngest son fell off the roof of the doghouse {why he was on there I don’t know}unfortunately, the shingles on the doghouse cut his arm pretty nastily 😦  He is the kind of kid that does not want cuts to be cleaned or touched…he completely freaks out! We usually have to hold him down, get it cleaned , get a Band-Aid on it and then he has to comb down. When he came in crying he immediately asked “mommy can we put an oil on this?” I grabbed the lavender! After it was cleaned with warm water and cloth I dropped one drop of lavender oil directly onto the cut. There was no pain no burning nothing it actually see with it so we put a Band-Aid over it and before bed last night he wanted to take the Band-Aid off and it just looks like a slightly red scrape I was absolutely amazed when we remove that band-aid!! I can already tell you I am going to be stocking up on lavender my husband is one of the most accident prone people I have ever met in my entire life continuously gets cuts scrapes bruises everything and two of our three children follow in his footsteps so I Lavender will absolutely always be in my purse in the car in the bathroom and kitchen I will always have it on hand guaranteed!

Lastly, lavender has been my go to for my nightly face cream I like to mix one or two drops into my nightly moisturizer.

Lavender is great for:

  • Inhale, diffuse or take internally {only Young Living} for allergy relief.
  • Apply to minor burns to relieve discomfort and avoid blistering.
  • Inhale or diffuse to calm emotions.
  • Place a drop or two of lavender on a cotton ball and slip in pillow case for sleep aid.
  • Apply to cuts and scrapes to clean or disinfect.
  • Apply to bridge of nose to stop nosebleeds.
  • Rub lavender over chapped skin to aid healing.
  • Place a washcloth with a few drops of lavender essential oil on it into the dryer for sweet smelling laundry.
  • Spray lavender water on sunburn gently to minimize burning.
  • Drop 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil onto stings or bites to reduce swelling.

Lets talk about two more of these oils have helped!

3423Thieves: This is a Blend of Clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus and rosemary. It is amazing for the Immune System.

The day our starter kit arrived Elias had just started getting sick so I applied thieve diluted in coconut oil on his chest and throat to help with his cough and on the bottoms of his feet {the feet have the largest pores so the oils are absorbed very quickly} I also diffused 5 drops in my diffuser. With in a few days he was no longer coughing and back to his normal self!

Thieves is great for:

  • Diffuse to ward off germs and airborne bacteria. {If I have a sick kiddos I diffuse in their bedroom over night!}
  • Breathe in diffused vapor when you have chest congestion.
  • Rub on the bottoms of children’s feet before going out and about.
  • Put a drop in hot tea, coffee or water for delicious flavor and to stay healthy.
  • Place a drop on thumb and press on the roof of mouth for a headache. {Whoa its spicy but works!}
  • Add to washing machine and dishwasher to boost cleaning.
  • Apply to gums and teeth for pain relief from toothaches.
  • Apply one drop to toothbrushes to sanitize.
  • Diffuse to resolve mold problems.

3429Valor: This is a Blend of Spruce, rosewood, blue tansy and frankincense in a base of coconut oil.

For more than 15 years I have suffered for EXTREME anxiety and panic attacks. I made the decision not to go on medication because I am not comfortable with the side effects. So over the years I have waking up most nights in a total panic. So before I even got my oils I VERY intrigued by Valor. As it happens something occurred that caused an anxiety attack. My skeptic husband is actually the one who said “grab the Valor” I rubbed it over my heart and on my wrists. I was totally calmed within minutes and was able to separate my self from the attack {sometimes anxiety attacks at least for me take over my thoughts, emotions and end up ruining my entire day/night} I was able to fall asleep hours later and stayed asleep until morning! Since then I apply valor both in the morning and ALWAYS at night!

Another amazing testimony about Valor comes from my husband! He suffers from two fairly extreme conditions that effect his sleep and anxiety level. After the first night of me using Valor he decided to give it a try! Yes, this totally, completely, ‘look at me like I’m crazy’ skeptic! Since the first night he has been sleeping better…not waking up though the night…This is HUGE! Also, he is able to keep his previous over whelming anxiety at bay. When he feels it starting he grabs the Valor! Bonus it smells AWESOME! {I purposely did not mention his conditions for our families privacy}

Valor is great for:

  • Helps relieve anxiety, depression and panic attacks when rubbed into wrists, back of neck, over heart or behind ears.
  • Diffuse Valor to support a balanced, confident mood. {I do this when tensions run a bit high at home. It *really* helps.}
  • Apply two drops along jaw line twice a day for TMJ relief.
  • Apply Valor to injuries to reduce bruising.
  • Rub on big toes to relieve snoring at night.
  • Calm the children by rubbing Valor on their big toes before bed. {it works for adults too.}
  • Rub Valor on joints for arthritis relief. {I do this on a regular basis}
  • Helps children {and adults} with focus and attention issues when applied topically or diffused.
  • Wards off tension headaches…rub into the area where head hurts – forehead, neck, temples.

So that just two of the oils! Two of my other favorites are Peace and Calming and Lemon {I add 4 drops to ice water every morning and it tastes DELIGHTFUL!}

**Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I’m just a mama sharing our family’s experiences this information is based upon my personal research and use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

My other Posts on Young Living Essential Oils

Finally lets talk product and price!

I mentioned that you get Everyday Oils kit and a Home Diffuser with the Premium Starter Kit. This is the only starter kit that comes with those oils and the diffuser so that why I encourage getting this one if possible. It’s $150 + shipping – but to put this into perspective the Everyday Oils kit is about $160 alone! This is truly the most bang for your buck!

The Oils are amazing and truly are Everyday Oils! They cover a HUGE range needs! You get 5ml bottles {about 85 drops in each bottle!}

The Diffuser is fantastic! It’s really easy to use! All you do is remove the lid, fill with water to the fill line, add 5 or so drops of oil, replace the lid and press the start button! Something that I absolutely adore about this diffuser is that once the water runs out it shuts off {about 2-2.5 hours!} No worrying about the motor burning up if you forget about it and leave the house! I also love this feature for the kids rooms. If we are heading to bed and notice raspy breathing we can fill it up and start it in their bedrooms and head to bed knowing that it will shut off!

Later this week I am getting another diffuser and I can wait to try it! It commonly known as the “best for kids” I’m just a tad excited!

Why become a member?  I know I know “member” I immediately thought “crap this is a pyramid scheme” I promise its just that a membership {Think of it like a Costco Membership}

  • You get wholesale prices! 24% off retail!! {you have the option of earning free product too!}
  • You DON’T have to sell Young Living Products so you don’t have to carry inventory!
  • You DON’T even have to tell any one about them!
  • You DON’T have to make it into a business
  • To maintain your member ship you only have to spend $50 a year! If you are regularly using the oils you will have no problem with that!

*If you do want to tell others about Young Living, you can absolutely do that, but becoming a Wholesale Member does NOT commit you to doing that!

If you are like me and have been holding off and now you are ready in becoming a member consider using me as your “Sponsor/Enroller”

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Are you ready to get started with your own Essential Oil Collection?

If you want the biggest bang for your buck I’d recommend the Premium Kit. You receive the 10 Everyday Oils, AND a 5ml Stress Away, AND a Roller Fitment which allows you to make any essential oil bottle a roll-on, AND 10 popular essential oils samples, AND 2 packs of Ningxia Red, AND a Home Diffuser! That’s over $300 value for $150! {wow, that’s a lot of ANDs}

Here are step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

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1. Click here to begin the quick and easy enrollment process.
2. Wholesale Member will already be selected. This is the wholesale membership. *Note: If you select “Retail Customer” you will not receive wholesale pricing and will pay retail which is 24% more than wholesale.
3. Make sure my member number (1792602) is in both Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.
4. Add all your personal mailing information and set up your user name and password
5. Choose the Starter Kit
6. Pick your Essential Rewards **NOTE: You do not have to order an Essential Rewards kit to join. Essential oils reward will place you on an autoship program to get free oils. If you’d like to be part of this program you can sign up at a later date and you still won’t have to purchase a kit to be part of it.
7. Add your billing info and click next
8. Done! Your oils are on their way.
If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate contact me! 

Not sure what to use for what? I highly recommend getting a copy of The Quick Reference Guide to using Essential Oils {by Alan and Connie Higley}higley I take this baby everywhere and use it at least 4-6 times a day! This little book is fantastic! It has photo illustrations for the Raindrop Therapy technique!  Photo illustrations for the Vita-Flex technique! Quickly look up over 600 health related topics! Check out all my other recommendations on the right sidebar! 

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