WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants. Their chemistry consists of hundreds of unique chemical compounds and they can be obtained from the roots, seeds, shrub, flowers, leaves and trees.
Essential oils are considered the core life blood of the plant that initiates regeneration into the cells. Anything that our blood does for us is what the essential oils do for the plant. They carry nutrients & oxygen through our body and can effectively combat the damaging effects of toxins, impurities and harmful substances in and around our bodies. The fragrance of the oils work on the limbic system in the brain where emotions are stored and can help relax and clear the mind.
fun facts about Young Living's Essential Oils
• When applied topically, they can reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes.
• They can eliminate toxins in your body and remove toxins in the air.
• They transport nutrients to starving human cells.
• They increase ozone and negative ions that inhibit bacterial growth.
• ...and so much more!
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WHY CHOOSE YOUNG LIVING?
Young Living is not a third party broker of oils. They are a company which embraces each and every step of the essential oil process in order to provide the highest quality oils possible. Young Living has been around for 24+ years and they have an exclusive Seed to Seal Process which is a promise of purity in five careful steps. Young Living's Seed to Seal process ensures us that they cultivate their seeds, plant them on their own farms, weed by hand, harvest, distill on site and package in house. Young Living is a company that is driven by their product, not profit. If one of their crops has a bad season, then they won't distribute the oil. Young Living does NOT believe in using fillers or synthetics just to sell a product.
Seed: The best essential oils come from specific plant species that have been specifically studied for their therapeutic value and carefully selected.
Cultivate: The second step involves an understanding of farming: soil preparation, balance of sun and water, responsible weed and pest control and wild craft harvesting.
Distill: Low pressure steam distillation ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in each batch are not compromised.
Test: Young Living never accepts diluted, cut or adulterated essential oils and all oils are tested in internal labs as well as in third-party facilities to ensure they meet demanding specification and exceed international standards.
Seal: Young Living completes the seed to seal process by carefully sealing and inspecting each bottle.
HOW TO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?
Essential oils can be used three ways:
TOPICALLY (applied to skin)
INGESTION (dietary supplement)
Be sure to check the label so you know how is safe to use each particular oil.
Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. A common example is applying lavender essential oil to a burn.
Different factors can affect the absorption of essential oils through the skin. If you massage the area first, it will increase circulation to that area, thereby causing an increase in absorption of essential oils. Heat will likewise increase circulation and thus enhance absorption.
Some essential oils need to be diluted before being applied to the skin. These are often referred to as "hot" oils. Dilution is done with the use of a carrier oil such as jojoba, almond, or fractionated coconut oil. The great thing about diluting an oil is that it does not lessen it's effect. So you are able to reach a greater surface area without lessening the effects of the oil.
Another way that essential oils enter the body is inhalation through the nose or mouth. Common examples include inhaling Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil to cleanse and freshen the air or inhaling Wintergreen essential oil to provide an overall feeling of energy. Our favorite way to inhale our essential oils is by using a diffuser.
The olfactory system includes all physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to, the sense of smell. When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain. Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can support the body through several systems and pathways.
During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain”.
The third way that essential oils enter the body is by ingestion. The only essential oils that should ever be ingested are 100% pure, sustainably grown, essential oils labeled specifically as dietary supplements. The only absolutely pure essential oils that I know of and trust are Young Living's essential oils (see Young Living’s Seed to Seal purity promise here). They have a Vitality line of oils that are all dietary oils, safe and intended for internal use.
BEWARE OF KNOCKOFFS
Did you know an essential oil can be labeled as “pure” as long as no less than 5% of it is actually pure? Only FIVE percent! The remaining 95% of the bottle can be anything (fillers, additives, etc.)! So, that bottle of essential oil from your local organic market that you thought was a better deal does NOT mean it's safe to ingest. Find a company that guarantees the oil to be 100% pure! Remember, not even all 100% pure oils are okay to ingest so always follow the instructions on the bottle's label.