Essential Oils 101
By Ali Smith on August 24, 2015

It seems like over the past five years, I kept hearing things about essential oils; especially after I started having chronic tension headaches. People would say I should try essential oils, but they weren't exactly specific. It was a general suggestions. I didn't know anything about essential oils. Honestly, to me, it sounded like something hippies would use. Then I began seeing people I knew use them - people who I would not have considered "hippies" or "strange". I began to look into them for myself. I wanted to live a healthier and more natural lifestyle as well as start using less toxic chemicals. Maybe oils was one way to do that.

I am definitely not an essential oil expert now, but I am beginning to learn and try them on my own. After hours and hours of reading blog posts and probably hours of pinning, I finally decided to spend the money and begin the essential oils journey! During my hours of reading, I read about different essential oil companies and the more I read, the more I heard about Young Living and the more I liked what I heard (more about that later). I think I can say that it was Jennie at Bargain Blessings that sealed the deal for me. I ordered the Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit and became a Young Living Wholesale Member! 

This post is an introductory post for those wanting to learn more about essential oils. I hope I answer any of your questions regarding what an essential oil is and how to use them. Towards the end I will tell you about some of the ways I use essential oils every day! 

What is an essential oil? 

An essential oil is a substance derived from plants so it contains the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. However, not all essential oils are of the same quality. 

4 Grades of Essential Oils:

1. Therapeutic grade oils are of the highest quality. They are considered pure essential oils and they are extracted from sustainably raised plants and contain optimal levels of natural plant compounds found in organic botanicals. 

2. Organic essential oils can pass growing standards for plants, but may or may not contain optimal levels of important plant compounds. 

3. Extended or altered oils are considered fragrance grade oils because they are used for their aroma only. They contain minimal or no important plant compounds. They may smell nice, but they probably won't do anything for your health. 

4. Synthetic oils are created in a laboratory. They are not naturally derived from plants. 

Young Living Essential Oils are pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. They own their own farms and grow their own plants - they see the process through every step of the way - Seed to Seal. I LOVE this about Young Living. There are a lot of other essential oil companies out there, but not many see the process through every step of the way. I also love how you can go and visit their farms! 

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Producing the purest of essential oils can be very costly because it can take several hundred pounds or even several thousand pounds of plant material to extract one pound of pure essential oils. 

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You can use essential oils three different ways: aromatically by inhaling or diffusing, topically by applying it to the skin, and internally by adding them to water or placing them in a capsule. See the graphic below for more information! 

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Essential Oil Safety & Quick Tips

In order to use oils safely, there are some guidelines you should follow. Always look at the directions on the bottle before use. Young Living has provided directions for each individual oil for its primary use. NEVER put an oil in your ears or eyes! There are some oils that you can apply to the outside of your ear or around the eye area, but never place an oil inside your ears and eyes. 

When in doubt, dilute! Essential oils are highly concentrated. One drop can go a long way. Diluting oils with a carrier oil can help spread it over a large area. If you have sensitive skin, it is also best to dilute first to see how your skin reacts. 

Citrus oils can be photosensitive. Do not spend time in the sun after applying them topically! 

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How I use essential oils: 

I started using essential oils in May of 2015 and I am in-love! I have started making my own blends for roll ons, cleaning products, and beauty products. I am beginning to realize how versatile essential oils really are! Purchasing the Young Living Premiums Starter Kit was the best decision I have made for myself and my family's health. Since using oils, I haven't fallen ill, I've gotten better sleep, had more energy, less stress, and better emotional health! 

Here are all of the oils in the Premium Starter Kit: 
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Lavender is one of my all time favorite oils. It is the one I use the most often and it is the most versatile of all oils. I use it for a restful night's sleep - it's always one of the oils in my diffuser at night. Lavender is in the blend Stress Away and the blend RutaVala - both blends promote calming and relaxation.

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First of all, lemon smells AMAZING! I love love love citrus smells. Lemon oil has been widely used in skin care throughout history. It is also known for helping improve mental accuracy and concentration. Lemon essential oil just like all the other citruses are cold-pressed from the rind meaning the oil doesn’t contain the acid that the pulp does. Drinking water with lemon EO is much easier on your teeth than lemon juice.

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Peppermint, oh peppermint. I never liked the smell of peppermint. I never liked the taste of peppermint. So I was very cautious of this essential oil when I first started. BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH NOW! This oil is amazing for supporting digestion as well as healthy gut function. It is also great for boosting your energy and supporting you before, during, and after exercise. It's great to add to your ningxia red or making things like peppermint brownies.

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Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. (*If it is good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me!) Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. Diffuse or inhale Frankincense oil to promote a feeling of meditation and a prayerful atmosphere. Inhaling Frankincense can help promote a state of peace as well as a happy mood. Put a drop of frankincense oil on your hands, circle your hands together, then cup your hands over your nose and inhale the delicious aroma!

Apply a couple of drops of frankincense oil to the chest followed by a hot or warm wet washcloth, a layer of saran wrap, and a towel. This opens the senses and is soothing and grounding especially in the fall and winter months.

Frankincense oil is also an incredibly powerful oil for the skin. Apply a drop of frankincense oil diluted in a quarter teaspoon of olive oil or a natural moisturizer to help reduce redness, smooth wrinkles, and brighten the complexion.

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Purification is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca (aka: tea tree oil), and Myrtle. Diffuse Purification oil to naturally improve the aroma and quality of the air in your home without all those nasty chemicals. Purification oil can help clear the air of cooking smells, paint and other chemicals, bathroom and litter box smells, and more! Make a homemade Purification oil spray and keep it in bathroom or close to a litter box to neutralize odors. You can also spray it on stinky sneakers or in musty closets. Just add about 20 drops of Purification oil to a 4 oz. glass spray bottle filled with distilled water, shake, and spray!Do you like to spend time outside? Next time you venture into the great outdoors, spray your skin and clothing with the Purification oil spray. Dab Purification oil neat on any outdoor skin irritations if you forget to wear it in the first place.

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PanAway is an essential oil blend of Helichrysum, Wintergreen, Clove, and Peppermint. Apply a drop on the temples and neck to cool and soothe minor tensions. Apply PanAway along the arches of the feet where the spine reflexes are. Next, stimulate these areas with Vitaflex or reflexology.

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Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, & Rosemary. This blend is inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. In exchange for a more lenient punishment, they revealed what they used. Thieves essential oil blend is highly regarded for its ability to support the immune system.

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Digize is a blend of Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Lemongrass, and Juniper. Use DiGize Vitality essential oil to help you enjoy each and every meal! This proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils is a great mealtime companion and addition to your wellness regimen. Some cultures munch on fennel seeds after meals, and the use of this potent plant even dates back to ancient Egypt. Experience the power of Fennel Vitality and these other essential oils for yourself!

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Copaiba, unlike any other essential oil, is tapped directly from the tree rather than distilled. It’s the main ingredient in stress away – an essential oil blend – and it can be used aromatically to promote a sense of calm. Add 1–2 drops of Copaiba to a vegetarian gel capsule and take internally daily to promote overall wellness. Add 1 drop to an herbal tea such as chamomile or rooibos to enjoy the complex flavor and to support your health regimen. Mix with honey and warm water to create a tea

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R.C. is an essential oil blend that contains Eucalyptus Globulus, Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lavender, Cypress, Black Spruce, and Peppermint. R.C. essential oil blend helps you get inspired and uplifted for early morning workouts. It features three varieties of Eucalyptus essential oil, as well as Cypress and Spruce. Just apply a few drops to your chest before jumping on the treadmill or grabbing your weights, and when it’s time to wind down for bedtime, give your feet a relaxing massage with R.C. to create a positive, comforting environment that helps you get mentally and physically ready for tomorrow’s workout.

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Stress Away is an essential oil blend that contains Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, Lavender. Stress Away has a lovely aroma that promotes relaxation and letting go of stresses and tensions. Diffuse or inhale. Apply on the chest, neck, or feet to help one cope with stress more effectively.

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Still have questions? Ask them below! I'd be more than happy to answer them for you.
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor! The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

About The Author

Ali Smith

Ali is a student, wife, typewriter collector, board game player, and lover of travel. She writes about her DIY projects, typewriter collecting, subscription boxes, personal stories and social issues.