Essential Oils Information

Get all the best information on how to use therapeutic grade essential oils and learn what they can do for your family.

Essential Oils Information - Get all the best information on how to use therapeutic grade essential oils and learn what they can do for your family.

5 Ways Essential Oils have Changed My Life

Here are my thoughts on 5 ways essential oils have changed my life. I hope these thoughts encourage others to investigate how oils can help them with their life and health too.

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  1. I realize I have other options besides over-the-counter medications and that oils work faster. Up until now, I used homeopathics and herbs to help with various ailments when I didn’t want to tax our bodies with medications. It’s not that I am against OTC or prescription medications, it’s just that we haven’t NEEDED them. When you find something that works well, works fast, and has no side effects, why would you have a need to use anything else? too.
  2. All my over-the-counter drugs have expired and I don’t think I will have to buy them again. This is such a liberating feeling to be able to simplify our medicine cabinet contents. Our oils can be used Young Living Idahofor first aid, but also for our overall health. They don’t sit in our medicine cabinet. They sit in a drawer in our kitchen because we use them so often and love having them available to us.
  3. Essential oils have helped me realize the emotional roots of pain and illness. This could take quiet a while to explain, but for now, you just have to trust me that Young Living oils have helped us with emotional issues. Sometimes these emotional issues were caused by an imbalance in our bodies and sometimes they were from an event. Either way, when essential oils are applied, they immediately start working to balance the body in whatever area is needed.
  4. I have always liked helping people with health issues. Now I have a simple way to show people how they can use oils to improve their life and health. I’ve been able to help people over the years, but now I can help even more people with even quicker results in most cases. People seem to be more open to using essential oils than herbs because they don’t have to wait quite as long to see results. Essential oils are 100-10,000 times more potent than herbs, so you can see why the results can be quicker. Many people are also not getting results for their ailments with conventional medicine. So many are dealing with emotional instability, muscle aches, joint discomfort, and unexplained illnesses that are just not getting any better. When I share how essential oils have helped us, many of those people are seeing results too. It IS a step of faith to use oils, but is well worth the step. I’ve never had anyone tell me that they regretted using oils.
  5. I have been able to get rid of even more harmful chemicals in our home. I’ve always know that chemical cleaners and many of our personal care products were bad for us, but I just didn’t find good alternatives in the natural market. The natural cleaners didn’t clean as well and the personal care products weren’t really effective either. Now with the Thieves Cleaner and toothpaste and the recipes I use with essential oils for deodorant, hand soap, and shampoo, our lives have really been enriched. These items work just as well, if not better than regular store brands and they are much safer for us.

Here’s more about my journey with essential oils:

If you would like to know more about how to use Young Living oils to help change your life in a positive way, feel free to get my free ebook Taking Charge of Your Family’s Health or read the post at Confused about Essential Oils?

I want to mention that I ONLY use Young Living oils. Over 95% of essential oils on the market have been adulterated in some way. According to the labeling laws in the United States, a label can say “100% pure” and only be 5% pure. I know it’s aggravating, but that’s how things are here.

I don’t want to apply oils that have chemicals in them or that are diluted in any way. My family is too valuable to me to risk this. I want to use essential oils that are as close to how God designed them as possible. That is why Young Living therapeutic grade oils are only oils that will be used in our home.

Natural Remedies for Illness During the Winter Illness Season

Finding effective natural remedies that work can sometimes be difficult when using supplements and homeopathics. Essential oils are quite effective for seasonal winter illnesses and work quickly and easily for all family members.

When people send me testimonials like this, it’s hard to argue that anything else works better:

Sadly, I am no longer allowed to post these testimonials due to the new FDA regulations. I am truly sorry about this, but there is not much I can do about it. You will just have to use the oils mentioned here and experience your own testimonials.

As a disclaimer – I am not a doctor. This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not designed to treat, diagnose, or cure any illness. The wonderful part about using essential oils is that it empowers YOU to make health decisions for yourself and your family. Do your research and ask God to guide you on which oils to use for your family.

Essential Oils to use for Seasonal Illnesses:

Thieves oil blend – this is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. It’s properties include antibacterial, anti-infectious,thieves essential oil blend antiviral, and antiseptic. We rub this on the bottom of our feet, diffuse in the air, drink a drop in a cup of almond milk, or ingest in a capsule several times a day. Children under 2 need to have this oil diluted with olive oil, coconut oil, or V-6 from Young Living. We also apply on our throats if we have a scratchy throat (may need to dilute if skin is sensitive).

Lemon oil – properties include antitumoral, antiseptic, and immune stimulant. We apply to feet, around ears, or on our chests to help our bodies fight off illnesses better.

RC oil blend – includes Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Myrtle, Pine, Spruce, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, and Peppermint. “Gives relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, coughs, and respiratory congestion. It decongests sinus passages, combats lung infections, and relieves allergy symptoms.” We apply to feet, chest or neck and throat area when we have any of the above symptoms. This is also a great oil to put in a diffuser to help the whole family feel less congested.

ImmuPower oil blend – includes Cistus, Frankincense, Oregano, Idaho Tansy, Cumin, Clove, Hyssop, Ravintsara, and Mountain Savory. “This blend strengthens immunity and DNA repair in the cells. It is strongly antiseptic and anti-infectious.” We like to use this at first sign of illness or if someone else is ill and we don’t want to get what they have. As with all Young Living oils, this blend can be diffused, inhaled directly, or applied to the skin (suggestions include navel, chest, temples, wrists, or feet).

Peppermint oil is great for respiratory issues, viral issues, digestive issues, minor aches and pains, and nausea. We use it for any type of pain and on feet or chest to help reduce fevers. We like to inhale it to help clear our sinuses. I apply it directly under the bones under my eyes and on my forehead to help with colds and sinus infections (always being careful not to get it in my eyes).

Lavender oil – Often called “first aid kit in a bottle.” This is a great oil to have on hand for sinus issues, respiratory issues and any type of skin issues. Its properties include antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, relaxant, and anti-infammatory. This is my husband’s favorite go-to oil when he feels sinus issues coming on. Most of the time the sinus issues never develop into anything if he applies this oil under the bones under his eyes and on his forehead several times a day.

So far this year we have avoided any sinus issues or scratchy throat. We love our Young Living oils and wouldn’t use anything else. I’m serious about this! Do NOT just purchase any essential oils! Young Living is the industry leader and has been distilling therapeutic grade essential oils for 20 years. Do NOT put any other brand on your family!

I was able to throw away many expired over the counter medications in the last month and I am confident that I won’t need to purchase anymore as long as we have these oils. I encourage you to use Young Living oils and empower yourself to overcome illnesses quickly, spend less time (or no time) off work for being sick, and find ways to use these oils in even more ways than I have mentioned here.

All quotes and oil references were taken from the Essential Oils Desk Reference.

Most of these oils are in a starter kit called the Premium Kit which includes the 10 most popular oils along with a free diffuser. This is the best value for oils for a family. If you want more information about how to start using essential oils for your family, feel free to contact me. I do free phone consultations to help people know the best way to use oils. Oils mentioned above can be purchased at retail at www.getpureoils.com, but who wants to pay full price? Get in touch with me above for details of how to get what you need for the lowest price.

Overcoming Sleep Issues with Essential Oils and Sleeping Well Every Night

Many people have trouble overcoming sleep issues or they don’t sleep well at night. Essential oils can easily help with this without drugs or fancy equipment in many cases. Diseases like diabetes or fibromyalgia can contribute to sleep problems.essential oils for sleep If someone has a disease that contributes to their sleep issues, it’s important to support the body to overcome the disease while treating the sleep problems. Cleansing the body, eating well, and using the proper supplements are important to help support the body in the healing process. Getting proper rest is also and important part of helping the healing process.

Essential Oils to use for Restful Sleep

Lavender – “University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation.” (EODR 3rd edition). Lavender is known to be calming, relaxing and balancing both physically and emotionally. It can be applied to the heart, temples, wrists or bottom of the feet or diffused to help promote a sense of relaxation that helps most people fall asleep in about 15 minutes. This is my first choice oil when I have eaten something that contains caffeine or I just can’t seem to fall asleep for some reason.

Peace and Calming – This oil blend “promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being, helping to dampen tensions and uplift spirits. When massaged on the bottom of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. It may calm overactive and hard-to-manage children.” (EODR 3rd edition) This oil blend is a combination of blue tansy, patchouli, tangerine, orange, and ylang ylang oils.

Valerian – This single oil is known as “sedative and tranquilizing to the central nervous system.” (EODR 3rd edition) If someone uses the other 2 oils mentioned above and still has trouble sleeping, this oil should be used. It is commonly used for sleep issues and can help people sleep well.

Use Essential Oils to Sleep Well Every Night

Young Living essential oils have made our lives better in so many ways and getting better sleep is one of those benefits. If you or a family member has trouble falling asleep or sleeping well, I encourage you to order any or all of these Young Living essential oils. You can purchase these oils at retail at www.getpureoils.com or you can contact me and I can help you get a wholesale account if you are not able to get a wholesale account on your own here.

My Findings on Effective Natural Plant-Based Cleaners

Many people are switching to more “green” cleaners, but finding effective natural plant-based cleaners is usually quite difficult. You can find plenty of cleaners, but finding ones that are effective is another story.

Are Natural Cleaners Effective?

When you use vinegar and baking soda to clean, you are using natural and safe ingredients. The only problem with this method is that vinegar and baking soda don’t kill mold, bacteria, e-coli, strep or MRSA. On the other hand, the good news is that Young Living essential oils can help these pesky problems. When we combine safe products like vinegar and baking soda with essential oils, we can come up with safe and effective cleaners that really work.

In my experience with natural cleaners, I have often been disappointed. In the past, anytime a solution didn’t include chemicals, it also didn’t work very well either. But how do you find something that cleans well that doesn’t make you cough and wheeze from the chemical smell?

Up until a few months ago, I thought this wasn’t possible. I have been using Young Living products for over a year and trust their integrity, so I decided to try their Thieves Cleaner. I had used their Thieves oil blend, Thieves toothpaste, and Thieves lozenges, so I figured I would try the cleaner too. Fortunately I remembered to take pictures of what I was working on.

Results from Thieves Cleaner use:

effective natural plant-based cleaner

It’s a little hard to see the stain, but believe me it was there for YEARS! I had tried all kinds of cleaners and even my favorite Magic Eraser, but none of them worked.

What’s interesting is that the Thieves Cleaner is a plant-based solution that is completely safe. There are NO warning labels on the package that say anything like “If swallowed, drink 2 glasses of water and induce vomiting. Call Poison Control Center if ingested. Harmful if swallowed.”

Here is one more stain that was removed:

Thieves Cleaner

There were a couple more stains on my bathroom floor that were removed by the cleaner, but I neglected to get “before” pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me on those. They had also been there for YEARS and couldn’t be removed with any other cleaners I had used.

Specifics of this Effective Plant-Based Cleaner:

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, Thieves Cleaner is “A nontoxic, biodegradable, cleansing solution that uses therapeutic-grade essential oils as emulsifiers and germ-killers. It contains Thieves Essential Oil Blend, which is documented to kill over 99.96% of bacteria it comes into contact with.”

The Young Living essential oils included in the Thieves oil blend are clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.

I have also add the Thieves cleaner to my natural laundry detergent because I figured if it worked this well on stains that had been there for years, it would have to work well as a laundry detergent.

Another great thing about the Thieves Cleaner is that it makes 85 bottles of cleaner! That comes out to .26 per bottle! Not only is this cleaner effective, but it’s also cost effective.

Besides an all purpose cleaner, you can also make oven cleaner, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, heavy and light degreaser, and much more. I love making things simple for myself and this cleaner fits right into that plan. Instead of having multiple cleaning products in my cupboard, I can have just one that works better than anything else I have tried.

I hope this helps you have a safe, clean, and chemical free home. There is no reason to use harsh chemicals to clean your house when you have this Young Living cleaner available to you.

This product can be purchased retail or wholesale here. Send me a message for a simple way to purchase at wholesale.

Essential Oils Training Class

Have you heard about oils and just want some essential oils training before you get started? There are so many oils and so much information available that it introduction to essential oilscan sometimes be overwhelming for even the most educated person. I like to help people, so I offer Introduction to Essential Oils Classes online at www.anymeeting.com/heidijo. It’s fun to do online essential oils classes especially if we don’t live near each other. Technology now allows us to attend and teach classes even though people live miles apart.

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If you have been hearing about essential oils or were just introduced to them, it’s nice to have someone available who can hold your hand and show you the ropes. Like I said, I like helping people and I have a real passion for helping people be well without having to take a lot of drugs that might eventually cause damage to their stomach or liver.

The class I teach just touches on what essential oils are, where they come from, how they differ from carrier oils, the difference between therapeutic grade and oils you can buy at a health food or retail store, where oils are mentioned in the Bible, how we can use oils for pain management, stress management and many other issues. I also touch on ways that we can use essential oils if health care becomes too expensive or unavailable.

Common Essential Oils

A good part of the class will be spent highlighting 10 of the most common oils. We’ll go through each oil, it’s properties, what it’s commonly used for, and how Iessential oil class have seen this oil used in our family and with friends. Of course, the best way to experience an essential oils class is to apply and smell the oils for yourself, but when that option is not available, online is the next best option.

If you have already been to one of my classes in person or online, please share this information with others who might be interested. If you haven’t been able to experience one of my classes in person, please join me online when you can.

Here are the online class details for any upcoming classes:  

Click on this link www.anymeeting.com/heidijo to see the next essential oils class on my calendar. You can register for the class and it will send you an email a day before and an hour before the class. Then click the link 5 minutes before the class. You should be able to see the slides on the screen and hear my voice for the class.

Let me know if you have any questions or problems.

If you missed this class and would like to attend the next online class, please email me so I can let you know when the next online class is scheduled! Contact me at “Ask a Question” tab above.

Confused about Essential Oils?

If you’re confused about essential oils and just don’t know where to start, then I recommend you start somewhere. The more you use essential oils, the more you will gain experience and knowledge. Using a good desk reference tools helps tremendously, but if you don’t have any oils in your hands, you can’t use them.

If you have Young Living oils already, do you have the Everyday Oils Kit? If you only have one or two oils, you will be frustrated and confused and possibly think that oils don’t work. Even if someone lives alone, the 10 everyday oils are essential to have in your medicine cabinet. If someone has a family, then these oils will probably be used every day like they are in our house.

Benefits to Membership:

  • Purchase oils at 24% off
  • Eligible to earn free oils with purchase each month
  • Eligible to take advantage of Essential Rewards – Young Living’s rebate program. You earn 10-20% of your purchase in free products each month.
  • Access to Scan Days in Greenwich – Zyto scan machine is a great tool we use to help people know how to get their bodies back in balance with oils (see link down the side of this page). It’s a 5 minute hand scan that is very accurate!
  • Access to private Facebook group where you can ask questions and see questions and answers to lots of oils questions posted.
  • Free Quick Reference Guide to Using Essential Oils ($25 value) with Premium Kit purchase.

I thought I would create a post on how to get these 10 Everyday Oils along with the oil blend Stress Away which everyone can use. Maybe you have been to the website and just don’t really know what to get and where to start, so here you go:

Young Living Website Link – Go Here

You will see this website (no need to be confused) :

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The sponsor and enroller info should be filled in for you, so you don’t have to worry about that part.

Then you add your personal information which should be fairly easy:

young living websiteHere is where you enter your email address and website access information. The username and password guidelines are to the right of each of those. Just pick a username and password you will remember and be sure to write it down! When you go to www.youngliving.org to place another order in the future, you will need these!

The 4 digit pin # is needed only for when you call the company. They will ask for this before they will talk about your account with you. If you decide to call the company for a future order, you’ll need this pin # on the phone with the rep.

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Now for the fun part! You get to pick your kit. The 10 everyday oils that I recommend are in the Premium Starter Kit. Now the premium kit also includes a free diffuser! This was not available when I enrollled, so you are very fortunate to have this option. The Basic Starter Kit only has a bottle of Stress Away and some sample oils with a starter book.  The Premium Starter Kit is really the best value, but it’s up to you. You get 11 oils, samples, starter book, and home diffuser! Plus with a Premium Starter Kit you also get a free Quick Reference Guide to Using Essential Oils book from me ($25 value).

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This is the area where you can choose an Essential Rewards Kit that will come every month. This is part of Young Living’s rebate program although you can choose any products you want and can change it at any time up to your order date. This program also has reduced shipping. Oh, how I hate to pay shipping costs! Reduced shipping and a rebate are a great way to save on oils. If you don’t want to join this program right now, just click on “No Thank You” and move on.

young living essential rewardsThen you can add your credit card information. I always choose the “Ship Together and Maximize Discounts” option.

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You’re almost done! Just check the box to agree to the Distributor Agreement. You’ll be able to confirm your order and I think there are options for shipping. I always choose the 3-5 day shipping since it takes a whole week to get to my house from Utah, but the regular shipping is good too. Once you confirm, you will receive an email.

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Let me know if you have any questions or problems by contacting me on my Contact Page. Welcome to Young Living and a great team!

Having this selection of oils in your hands will help you no longer be confused about essential oils. You will have the oils you need for almost any ailment that will come your way. You have the support of people who know what they are doing and are willing to answer all your questions. I’ve been using these oils for over a year and I still learn new things almost every day. When you start using oils, you will find out how powerful pure oils are and that you don’t have to be confused anymore. The important step is to get oils and start applying them on your skin and diffusing them!

How Pure Essential Oils are Produced

I heard Gary Young speak last month about how pure essential oils are

young living oilsproduced. He gave us detailed information and showed slides helping us understand how he uses proper cultivation, crop rotation, and other techniques to produce quality oils. Poor farming practices produce poor quality plants and then oils that are sold all over the world. There is NO regulation on essential oils in the entire world! Gary is working to change that.

How to Test for Pure Oils

Young Living uses instruments such as optical rotation and HPLC to help determine if there are any synthetic compounds in an oil. Even though Young Living has many farms in many continents, they cannot grow all the plants that they need for the oils they produce. Hence the need for stringent testing procedures to insure that their oils are pure.

There are only a few noses in the world that can tell a pure essential oil from an adulterated one and Gary has one of those trained noses.  Gary has also trained Dr. Herve Casabianca in France, Dr. Hans Bashier in Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, and Dr. Radwin Farag at Cairo University.

I didn’t realize that nature identical oils can be manufactured in a laboratory, so it’s very important that companies have very strict testing to make sure their oils are pure.

How are Oils Adulterated?

The most common ways to dilute or alter an essential oil is to add chemicals to it. Adding chemicals changes the dilution but doesn’t affect the aroma, hence the reason most of us can’t tell the difference between a pure oils and a diluted oil. Another way that other companies alter oil is to add cheaper oils that are similar such as adding lavindin to lavender oil.

Gary Young planted his first garden of lavender in Spokane, WA. He brought his seed straight from France in 1985. He brought more seed from France in 1991 & 1992 and planted it in St. Maries, Idaho. He also brought clary sage seed from France and it was grown in St. Maries, ID from 1993-96 but is now grown on the Young Living farm in Utah.

Gary Young knows that aromatic plants need good soil to produce good oils so he uses over 5 million tons of cow manure each year on his fields. He also uses red worms and worm houses to create liquid fertilizer and castings every day. This is applied to the fields on a rotation basis. Young Living works hard to replenish the soil they use.

Here are a few quotes I wrote down when I heard Gary Young speak:

“Oils are made from God’s creation with man’s management”

“God gave us dominion over pain – take charge!” – every bone in his body has been broken once or twice.

He uses these oils on his wife and sons, so he HAS to get it right.

I am continually impressed at how pure essential oils are produced and what great care Gary Young and the employees of Young Living take to make sure that we are getting pure oils. I recently looked at a bottle of “100% pure essential oil” from another company that produces essential oils. I was surprised to see that the although the label said 100% pure, it also said “not for internal use”, “not for topical use.” What good is an essential oil that you can’t apply topically or use internally?!

My daughter has done some research and keeps telling me that any product only has to be 5% pure in order for the company to be allowed to put “pure” on their label. This is outrageous! This makes me even more impressed with the fact that Young Living oils go through stringent testing to make sure we are getting PURE essential oils. I wouldn’t put any other brand on my family!

Are Hot Flashes Really Necessary?

I learned some information recently that made me ask, “Are hot flashes really necessary?” It turns out that hot flashes are really just a precursor to a heart attack because during a hot flash our arteries are inflamed! When our bodies have hot flashes they experience a wave of inflammation in the arteries that is similar to the wave of inflammation that occurs during a heart attack. If you have done any reading on health lately, you know that inflammation in the body is never a good thing.

I had never heard this hormoneinformation about hot flashes before so I wanted to let all my friends know this! Tell your friends that they don’t need or want their bodies to go through this! If you think about the age that you usually hear of a woman having a heart attack, it’s often someone in their 50s; right around the height of menopause for most women. Why has no one spelled this out before?

What is the cause of hot flashes?

The basic cause or root is low progesterone. Many people think that the answer to this problem is to just go to their doctor and get a pill to raise this, but that’s now really what our bodies are asking for. Our bodies need to address the symptom of a hot flash at the root with natural progesterone. When you use natural progesterone you don’t have to count days or worry about the side effects of long term medication usage.

Since I know that essential oils are powerful, I only recommend the natural progesterone oil blend called Progessence Plus (bottom of page) produced by Young Living.

How to use Natural Progesterone:

With the new FDA regulations, I am no longer allowed to tell you how I use progessence oil. I do encourage you to look up hormones in the Essential Oil Desk Reference and it will give you some guidelines on how to use this great product.

While you are waiting for the Progessence Plus to kick in, use Young Living’s therapeutic grade peppermint oil to cool the changes in your body in just a few minutes.

Other benefits of natural progesterone: cools arteries, endocrine balancing, aids in weight balance, decreases monthly skin breakouts in younger women, elevates mood, helps you sleep better, and helps alleviate occasional nervous irritability.

The P4 in Progessence Plus is NOT equivalent to synthetic progesterone. Even if something is “bio-identical” as stated with some synthetic progesterone, it is still a chemical! Young Living uses P4 that is molecularly identical to human progesterone you make in your body and is super micronized for tiny particle size for better absorption.

You can order Progessence Plus and Peppermint Oil from Young Living at my website (choose wholesale or retail at top of page). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to order these oils at the wholesale cost instead of retail.

Can You Ingest Essential Oils?

Some people have asked me “Can you ingest essential oils?” Although most essential oils that are sold in the stores state on the bottle, “Do not ingest,” Young Living therapeutic essential oils ARE pure.

Why can you ingest pure therapeutic grade oils?

Young Living oils are therapeutic grade A oils and are produced so that they caningest essential oils be ingested. Although applying oils to the skin and inhaling them can be beneficial, sometimes ingesting the oils is even more effective. Almost every bottle of Young Living oil says that it can be taken internally or applied.

People can put a drop or two of essential oils into milk to drink or drop into empty gel capsules and swallow. Empty gel capsules can be purchased from Young Living; 250 capsules for $9.87 retail.

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference (3rd edition) there are 2 basic dosages for capsules. There is a “00″ size which would contain a 400mg dose when filled with a 50-50 dilution. There is also a “0″ size capsule which contains a 200 mg does when filled with a 50-50 dilution of oil. If “0″ capsules are not available, someone could fill a “00″ capsule 1/2 full.

Other ways to ingest essential oils . . .

Other ways to take oils internally include adding it to rice milk or goats milk. Someone can also add essential oils to Blue Agave nectar or Grade B maple syrup.

Many times when someone is applying essential oils to the skin or inhaling them and they are not seeing results, ingesting oils can give them the boost that they need. Oils can help with minor sore throat, boost the immune system, promote oral health, and even help bad breath. Use your reference books and use those oils on your family!

Let me know if you have any questions about how to use essential oils by either leaving a comment or filling out the contact form on this blog.

 

How to Use Essential Oils

When thinking about how to use essential oils, the first point I want to clarify is that you make  sure that you are only using pure therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living. The recommendations I am making here cannot be used with any other types of oils. It’s just not safe for your health. Now that we have how to use essential oilsthat out of the way, we can get to some directions that will help you.

I always thought that carrier and essential oils could only be used in recipes and occasionally on the skin. There are three basic ways to use essential oils and I will outline them here for you.

1. Apply to the Skin – If you are just starting out with essential oils or are applying them on a child, you’ll probably want to use a carrier oil with it like olive oil, coconut oil or V-6. Young Living essential oils are pretty potent so a little bit goes a long way. The usual dilution rate is 50-50, so if you use a drop of carrier oil, you mix it with a drop of essential oil.

Anywhere you have inflammation, pain, a burn, sore, or any other issue, you can apply oils there. The main reason why people think that oils don’t work is that they don’t apply enough and don’t apply them often enough. We’re so used to taking prescriptions twice a day, but with oils we can’t overdose on them so they can be applied every half hour if we want.

Start by applying oils 3 times a day and see what that does for you. If it doesn’t take care of the issue you are having, then, chances are, you need to apply them more often.

2. Smell or Diffuse Them – Smelling oils can also be very therapeutic. For example, sniffing peppermint oil can help reduce your appetite if you smell it before a meal. Smelling Peace and Calming can help you relax or get through a stressful situation.

Diffusing is a little bit different process than just smelling oils. If you have an oil diffuser, you can put oil into it and allow the smell to waft throughout your house.

Basically, the diffuser breaks the oil down into even smaller particles and allows you to smell them for a longer period of time. If you just shook a bottle of oil into the air, the oil particles would just fall to the floor. A diffuser allows the oils to be lighter than air and drift around the room.

When family members are sick, diffusers are great to have around because they not only help the sick person feel better, they can also help protect the well person(s)  from catching the illness. Oils like Thieves blend, lemon, lavender, and Immupower blend are just a few oils that can be used in a diffuser when someone is sick.

3. Take Them Internally in a Capsule – This may sound like a crazy thing to do, but it is perfectly safe to take Young Living oils in a clear capsules and ingest them. You can’t make them up ahead of time though because the oil will probably melt or destroy the gel capsule if you let it sit around too long.

I took 2 drops of peppermint oil in a gel capsule when I felt a bout of the stomach flu coming on and was able to totally avoid it. Taking capsules with oils in them can be used for all kinds of ailments, pain, and diseases. Check the Essential Oils Desk Reference for specific oils and recipes of what to use with each ailment.

I hope that has given you a good idea of how to use essential oils. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on this site.