Introduction to Essential Oils: A Scroll and Learn Class
I wrote this class to be presented in a Facebook event, but honestly I rarely have time to put those together. It also isn't my preferred format. I decided to post this on my blog so I can link to it anytime and everyone has continuous access. Read on and feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Since I worked my butt off (well, my fingers - lots of typing) I ask that you respect my work and ask permission to borrow these notes. Chances are I'll say yes, but at least flatter me and tell me you love it so much you're using them.
2. What are Essential Oils?
An essential oil (EO) is the highly concentrated oils of a plant. These oils are comprised of various chemical constituents, each having a special purpose or “job”. Modern science makes it easy to manipulate or control the chemical constituents in products, so selecting an essential oil with high quality is important.
To extract these oils from their original plant material, they are steam distilled or cold pressed, and then put into a bottle for our use. It takes approximately:
- 27 square feet of lavender plants to produce one 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil
- 1 pound of raw peppermint material to produce one 15ml bottle of peppermint essential oil
- The rinds of 75 lemons to produce one 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil
Essential oils are not anything new and have been around for centuries. They can be used to support our bodies, our health, our minds, and even our homes. It’s not hard to believe that these oils can work. You might have already tried some “gateway tasks” that put you on a path to using essential oils:
If you’ve ever used one of your grandmother’s homemade remedies when you weren’t feeling your best.
If you’ve ever felt euphoric after taking a deep inhale of your favorite scent.
If you’ve ever used a familiar scent while studying for a test and took the same scent with you on exam day to trigger your memory.
If you’ve ever applied a rub to your feet with socks.
If smelling a familiar perfume or cologne triggers an emotional response.
Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, green cleaners, soaps, lotions, oral care, supplements, etc… too many to list! Any products you use which have “fragrance” on the labels contain essential oils, although often not in their purest form.
The basic science behind how they work is fascinating and is something I’ve only begun to uncover. For an in-depth look for some of the science behind essential oils I highly recommend listening to this podcast: https://revolutionoilspodcast.com/revolution-podcast/essential-oils-vs-pharmaceuticals
3. Why Young Living?
The essential oils industry is an unregulated industry. As I mentioned in the last post, modern science makes it easy for companies to alter or simulate essential oils. When you buy a bottle of oil there’s little guarantee that what you are purchasing is 100% pure, regardless of what it says on the bottle. Knowing what essential oils are and how many plants it takes to make one bottle you can appreciate the cost of maintaining quality. This is why purchasing that $5 bottle of essential oil is not the same as purchasing oils from a company you trust.
So why do I trust Young Living?
They have been in the business since 1994, and were the first to bring essential oils to the US.
They own their own farms or partner with farmers around the world to grow plant species in their natural habitat which most agree produces the best EOs.
Oils go out of stock to protect quality, and some oils are only in stock during certain seasons.
They have the Seed to Seal guarantee, which means they control the entire process from planting the seeds to harvesting to distilling to bottling.
Please visit www.seedtoseal.com to learn more on how Young Living maintains quality through their Seed to Seal process.
4. How do I use Essential Oils?
You can use essential oils in 3 different ways. A few suggestions on how to use them are as follows...
Place just a few drops in a diffuser or on a diffuser necklace/bracelet/earrings
Inhale straight from the bottle
Place a drop in your hands, rub together, cup over your nose and inhale
Topically: On your skin with a carrier oil or “neat”
Place a drop or two in your hand and rub where you need it most
Place a few drops in a roller with carrier oil for easy application
Put a drop or two in a handful of your favorite beauty product (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) and apply as usual
Mix vitality oils with water or your favorite beverage
Hot - adding honey helps disperse the oils in water
Cold - many use them straight, but I find a pinch of salt helps disperse the oils
Add to a capsule and swallow
Place a drop under your tongue
If you are not comfortable with ingesting oils, topical and aromatic uses are still amazing ways to get the benefits of essential oils.
Depending on where you’re needing support depends on how you use them. Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science! For example, if you need support for healthy breathing, apply over your chest and throat and inhale directly. If you need digestive support, take the vitality oils internally to get the oils directly into the stomach and intestinal area. For skin support, apply on the desired areas. For emotional support inhalation allows the oils to reach the limbic system of the brain, so take a few deep inhales of your favorite oil when you need a pick me up or emotional grounding.
If you’re still confused on what to use and how, simply look in a reference guide for details. This is something I send all my new members - I want you to feel empowered. If all else fails follow your instincts. The wonderful thing about our team and using essential oils is we want to empower you to trust yourself with your own health. If something feels right just try it.
While Essential Oils are natural, there are a few basic safety guidelines:
Avoid applying directly in your eyes, ears and mucous membranes. If you do get essential oils in your eyes, flush with a carrier oil and not water.
Only use citrus oils in glass or stainless steel containers (they break down some plastics).
Avoid applying citrus oils like lemon to the skin if you’ll be out in the sun for a long period of time.
If any of the oils feels too warm to the skin topically, aka a “hot” oil, dilute with a carrier oil like coconut, grapeseed, or olive oil. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.
Dilute more when using on small children or babies.
When using essential oils in your bath, add a few drops to Epsom salt first, then put salt into bath water. This will help the oils adhere to something, so that you don’t have them just sitting on top of the water.
If you apply an oil topically and it feels uncomfortable, apply a carrier oil over it, then wipe away with a cloth. The carrier oil will carry the essential oil off of your skin, water will repel it and push it deeper into your skin.
Please keep your oils stored in a cool, dark place and avoid extreme temperatures, hot or cold. This will ensure the quality of your EOs is maintained.
While it is in our nature to believe “more is more”, with EOs “less is more”. While you might be inclined to apply your EOs straight out of the bottle, or “neat”, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more oils into your system. Essential oils are volatile compounds, which means they evaporate. Mixing them with a carrier oil prevents them from evaporating before they can be absorbed into your body.
6. Vitality Oils
Young living takes their high quality essential oils and bottles them in their vitality and vitality blends (look for the white labels). These are intended for internal consumption. The essential oils in the vitality collection are what the FDA considers GRAS - generally regarded as safe (for consumption).
You might be asking “but how are the vitality essential oils different?” I’m going to let you in on a little secret, so lean close… ready?
Shhh… they aren’t different.
"Really?" Yep! The oils inside the vitality bottles are no different than the oils labelled for aromatic and topical usage. It is an FDA requirement that the same product marked as a “cosmetic” can not also be labelled for “consumption”, so the oils go to two separate labelling lines in the bottling department at Young Living and head off on two separate adventures.
7. What is all the hype about the Premium Starter Kit (PSK)?
This is where most MLMers get all sales-y on you. Me? I like to keep it real and shoot straight. I'm not one for sales pitches. I can smell them from a mile away and before you open your mouth I've already stopped listening. So what the heck convinced ME to purchase a PSK?
Young Living has over 160 essential oils and blends to choose from. That is an overwhelming amount! Where do you even start?
Enter the Premium Starter Kit from stage left...
Young Living took 11 of their most popular essential oils and put them in a package with everything you need to get started, and these 11 oils can cover a lot of territory. Trust me, there’s something for everyone and everything.
As if 11 oils weren't enough, the starter kit also includes:
2 packets of Ningxia Red - a powerful antioxidant supplement (more on NingXia in a future blog)
A roller fitment for your Stress Away essential oil (or oil of your choosing)
10 adorable little sample bottles (Fill for travel, throw them in your purse, or to share with friends)
A diffuser of your choice (more on diffuser choices in a future blog)
A sample packet of Thieves Household Cleaner (more on this magical stuff in a future blog)
This is one of the easiest and least intimidating ways to get started with essential oils, not to mention a great value. I won’t bog down this class with my spreadsheets, but you can read more on the value of the starter kits here: PSK Comparisons
On to the oils. I'll highlight a few items for you:
- if it single oil or blend of several oils
- ingredients (including scientific names in italics)
- some uses
Ingredients: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil
Uses: For restful sleep, healthy skin, emotional support, stress relief, seasonal comfort (Spring)
7.2. Lemon/Lemon Vitality
Ingredients: Lemon (Citrus limon) peel oil
Uses: Tummy support, removing sticky residue, healthy skin, mental clarity
7.3. Peppermint/Peppermint Vitality
Ingredients: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaf oil
Uses: healthy breathing, cooling the body, head tension, tense muscles, alertness/concentration, digestive support, supporting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort
Ingredients: Frankincense (Boswellia carterii ) oil
Uses: Healthy skin, emotional support, healthy cellular function, uplifting
7.5. Copaiba/Copaiba Vitality
Ingredients: Copaiba (oleoresin) (Copaifera officinalis) wood oil
Uses: Teething babies, tense muscles, sore joints, tummy support
7.6. DiGize/DiGize Vitality
Ingredients: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) oil, Ginger (Zingiber officinale) root oil, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil, Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) oil, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) oil, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) oil, Anise (Pimpinella anisum) seed oil, Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) oil
Uses: For all things tummy and bathroom support, travel, amusement parks, aerobatics
7.7. Thieves/Thieves Vitality
Ingredients: Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) bud oil, Lemon (Citrus limon) peel oil, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) bark oil, Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaf oil
Uses: Healthy immunity, overall wellness, blend that is included in all of Young Living’s cleaning products
7.8. R.C. (New Kit? Raven)
Ingredients: Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus globulus) leaf oil, Myrtle (Myrtus communis) oil, Marjoram (Origanum majorana) leaf oil, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) leaf oil, Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil, Eucalyptus citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora) oil, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil, Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) leaf/nut/stem oil, Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil
Uses: Healthy breathing, comfort during winter months, overall wellness, rub on chest while meditating or exercising
Ingredients: Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora), emon (Citrus limon), Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)
Uses: Healthy breathing, comfort during winter months, overall wellness, rub on chest while meditating or exercising
Ingredients: Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) leaf oil, Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) flower oil, Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) bud oil, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil
Uses: Muscle support, tension, healthy skin, post workout
7.10. Purification (New Kit? Citrus Fresh)
Ingredients: Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaf oil, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) oil, Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) leaf oil, Lavandin (Lavandula hybrida) oil, Myrtle (Myrtus communis) oil
Uses: For combatting odors, healthy skin, wellness support
7.10.1 Citrus Fresh
Ingredients: Orange (Citrus aurantium dulcis) peel oil, Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) peel oil, Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) peel oil, Lemon (Citrus limon) peel oil, Mandarin orange (Citrus nobilis) peel oil, Spearmint (Mentha spicata) leaf extract
Uses: Freshening the air, Sleep, Emotional Support, Making a room feel like summer
7.11. Stress Away
Ingredients: Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), Ocotea (Ocotea quixos), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Uses: Everyday stressors, emotional support, restful sleep, concentration, vacation in a bottle, motivation
8. What is this "ditch and switch"?
Essential oils are just the beginning to a healthier lifestyle. No one makes this change overnight, trust me I’m still a long way from my goals. The first step is to make a choice to start “ditching” products in your home which may not be contributing to your health goals and “switching” to products that do. There are many DIY recipes available to replace toxic chemicals and products in your home, and if you aren’t the DIY type Young Living makes many products ready to use.
Here is a quick exercise to try:
Go to your app store and download the FREE app “Think Dirty” (https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com). This will be fun, but not “that” kind of fun… stay with me here.
Go to the cabinet you keep cleaning supplies in or to your bathroom. Choose a few products and scan the barcodes. Everything is fair game.
Share with me one product which surprisingly was labelled more “dirty” than you thought.
My homework is to share with you a Young Living product or DIY recipe to replace that product.
Need incentive? I triple dog dare you!
Ok. Ready? Set… GO!
9. Where can I find out more?
There are so many resources out there and it can be confusing. First let me say if you look for the bad, surely you will find it. There is plenty of negative information out there about Essential Oils and Young Living. I prefer to look for neutral resources when I can find them. As one friend recently said, “I try to be Switzerland”.
Pubmed.gov - May I suggest starting your search here with “Essential oils”? You’ll know where to go from there.
Scholar.google.com - Google is scary, and leads you to a lot of personal opinions and blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good personal opinion and blog (you're in one now), but if you’re looking to avoid that try this version of Google.
Here is a list of resources written specifically for Young Living products (there are a lot of independent resources and guides for Young Living, remember they’ve been around since 1994):
- Discoverlsp.com - Life Science Publishing has a large library of books and information for purchase. I highly recommend their material.
- abundanthealth4u.com - Abundant Health has oily supplies as well as reference material. Their app is my go to: Search "Reference Guide 4 EO" on your device.
- Revolutionoilspodcast.com - If you don’t have a lot of time to sit and read, but would still like to absorb some information, this is one of my favorite podcasts.
Not enough? I have a whole page dedicated to my favorite education resources here. Hop on over!
10. Have questions?
This is where I have the most fun; hearing from you! Post in the comments below, come find me on Facebook/Instagram, or drop me an email via my contact page.
If you made it to the bottom of this page then give yourself a big ole pat on the back. Thanks for sticking with me! ❤️