I’m not going to lie I was a HUGE skeptic at first when I started researching oils. I had a friend who had recently had some amazing results getting her little one to stay in bed and I thought she was nuts. And it certainly wasn’t something I jumped into lightly. There are a ton of companies out there and the price differences are all over the place, but what I did learn after lots and lots of research is that a lot of the companies are using synthetics and fillers. Now that may be ok if you just wanting something to smell pretty but if I’m going to use them as medicine I want them to be as clean as possible. And even scarier is not knowing the percentage of pure oil vs filler. Just not worth it to me! I fell in love with Young Living. I loved that they were using non GMO seeds and not using pesticides. Your skin is the largest organ on your body so when you are putting oils on there they ARE soaking into your body! Just the thought of what chemicals could be soaking into our bloodstreams and our children’s bodies is so scary. Now this is nothing new. Essential Oils have been around much longer than modern medicine. (remember frankincense and myrrh?) There were Egyptian temples dedicated just to the production and blending of oils. There 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. 188! You can read a little more about the Seed to Seal process here.
So how do they work?! Well essential oils are the vital fluids of the plants. They are the very volatile liquids that are distilled from plants. The chemical constituents of the oil are what determine the therapeutic value of the oil. Now these can be affected by a number of variable including the part of the plant the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (chemical or organic), the region the plant was grown, climate, altitude, when it was harvested and the methods used and the distillation process. Are you following me as to why choosing a company is not something to take lightly?! Its very difficult to find pure therapeutic grade essential oils because the process is time consuming and costly. It means not cutting corners or sacrificing quality.
Now the essential oils are made up of tiny molecules that are able to enter our bodies and make their way into the cells to administer therapy at the most fundamental part of our bodies. Molecules are made up of compounds and there are 3 different compounds that are found in essential oils. They are phenols, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
Phenols are made up of some of the most powerful antibacterial, anti-infectious and antiseptic constituents in all of the plant world. They have antioxidant properties and are wonderful for the nervous and immune system.
Anise, Clove, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon bark, clove, fennel, peppermint, tarragon and wintergreen are just a few examples of phenols.
Monoterpenes are in most essential oils and can have different activities. Most of them inhibit the accumulation of toxins and help rid the existing toxins in the liver and kidneys. Some of them are antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, analgesic and expectorant. Some specific terpenes have anti fungal, antiviral, antihistaminic, anti rheumatic, anti tumor, hypotensive, insecticidal, purgative and pheromonal properties. Monoterpenes are able to get in and reprogram miswritten information in our DNA. When cells disfunction we end up with diseases, including cancer.
Anis, Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Frankinsence, German Chamomile, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang are a few examples.
Sesquiterpenes are found in a lot of essential oils too. They are antibacterial, highly anti inflammatory and hypotensive and sedative. They soothe irritated skin and tissue and are calming. They have the ability to surpass the blood-brain barrier and enter into the brain tissue. These molecules can actually go in and deliver oxygen molecules to cells.
Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Ginger, Goldenrod, Melissa, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang are just a few examples.
Whew! So what do you do with these? Well you can use them a few different ways. Topical Application where you apply the oils directly to the skin, Compresses, Inhalation (by smelling or using a diffuser), and ingesting oils.
How do you even get started?! I highly recommend starting with the premium starter kit. It comes with a variety of oils to treat common household illnesses, fevers, scratches, bug bites, cleaning, oh the list goes on……
Here is a little about how I use them in my day to day life:
Thieves: This one is great for illnesses! Now thats not to say you are never going to get sick but it can help boost your immune system and even shorten the time you are sick. I use it as a preventative measure and have a rollerball filled with grape seed oil and thieves that I rub on the bottom of my kids feet every day before school. I also put it in my diffuser (that comes in the kit too) while they are doing their homework after school.
Lavender: We use lavender a number of ways! I put it in sleep cream to help the little ones get to sleep, add it to their hair conditioner along with tea tree to help prevent head lice (I’m gagging just thinking about it!), soothes sunburns, soothes bug bites too, and diffuse it just to relax. i also use it in my mascara to help with lash growth (i’ll write a post on the science behind that another time that will make you wish you never knew)
Valor: Don’t tell my husband I told you this one but I put it on his feet and it keeps him from snoring. 😉 I also put it on my spine to help with alignment and back aches. It also great to help with focus!
Panaway: This is my go to oil for muscle aches and cramps. I use it for menstrual cramping as well. And its my last resort for horrible migraines when peppermint just isn’t enough.
Peace and Calming: I use this in our nightly sleep cream to help the little ones go to sleep. I also use it on myself to help with teeth grinding at night.
Peppermint: This is one I always carry with me. I get really bad headaches that quickly turn into migraines and if I’m able to use this quickly it stops it in its tracks. (if not I add pan away) We also use it for tummy aches, general aches and pains and I diffuse it in the mornings to help everyone wake up for the day.
Lemon: I use this along with frankincense in my nightly face regimen to help with breakouts. I clean with it, use it to freshen the room in the diffuser, and occasionally use it in the laundry I seem to always forget I left in the washer.
Frankinsence: This is one I will forever use in my night cream. It erased so much of the sun damage from my tanning bed days I was shocked! Its a wonderful healer and I use it any time the kids get scrapes along with lavender. It boosts immunity and is uplifting and helps with sadness and anxiety. I’ve seen lots of people have great success with it for PTSD.
Purification: I love to diffuse this with lemon and it cleans the air in the entire room. I make my own bug spray with a mixture of this witch hazel and lavender. I dab it on any breakouts and it clears them up quickly. And I have a spray bottle with purification, distilled water and lemon I spray in my car to freshen it up.
Joy: This I use daily and start my day with. I apply it over my heart and reapply anytime during the day when I’m feeling sad or stressed. Its wonderful for stress, anxiety, sadness and insomnia. I diffuse it when the kids are fighting with one another and it helps calm them (i add a little peace and calming too)
Stress Away: This one isn’t pictured but comes in the kit as a bonus. Its my favorite oil and I have one in my purse and one for at home. I apply it throughout the day when I’m feeling stressed and it immediately calms me. Plus I love the smell! 🙂
I hope that answered questions and helped! Feel free to email me with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org