I have been meaning to write this blog post for so long, but I am glad I have taken some time to use my essential oils starter kit to see what works for our family and to get a better understand about what using essential oils really means. This post is on the longer side because I want it to be both educational and yet personal to share what we are learning and finding is working for our family.
Grab a cup and get comfortable. This post is full of good stuff to help you on your essential oils journey.
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Let’s start with the basics:
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the most vital and powerful part of plants. They’re distilled from shrubs, bushes, flowers, trees, rinds, resins and herbs. Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.
How do you use essential oils?
- Topically – you can put a drop right on your skin OR use a carrier oil which basically slows down the absorption rate and spreads out the oil to make it go further.
- Diffusing – You’ll need an oil diffuser. You add water to the diffuser and a few drops of oils. The oils sit on top of the water and the diffuser emits a cool mist through ultrasonic vibrations and the oil particles ride on those water molecules through the air. You can also inhale an oil from the bottle. It’s one of the most effective ways to get oils into your system because it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system.
- Ingestion – some people do, some people don’t. I will put a drop of lemon in my water to add some flavor or even peppermint when my stomach is a little upset. You can get veggie capsules from the health food store and put a drop or two of an oil in, fill it with carrier oil and take it as a dietary supplement.
Essential oils come in four different “grades”.
- GRADE A– therapeutic, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temps.
- GRADE B– food grade, but may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders or carrier oils.
- GRADE C– perfume oils that often contain adulterating chemicals. They usually use solvents like hexane to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents can be carcinogenic and are in many store-bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-95% with alcohol.
- GRADE D– called “floral water” which is aromatic only and is usually a byproduct of Grade A distillation. After all the oil is pulled out, the leftover trash water is sold to companies which fill 5% of the bottle with this leftover floral water, fill the rest with carrier oil and synthetics, and label it “pure” because the FDA allows for that.
Grade A is the only true pure oil. Grade D would be like walking to the fridge, taking a glass of orange juice and diluting it 95% before you drank it. You wouldn’t have the full benefits of the orange juice. That’s why you want Grade A oils. Before you purchase any essential oil, check to see if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields and controls the entire process from seed to seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle. Pesticides, pollution, previously farmed land…all of it can affect the quality of an oil. Young Living’s oils are Grade A.
The reason I decided to start my essential oils journey with Young Living was because they have been around for a very long time. They own all of their own farms. They don’t use pesticides (everything is weeded by hand…!), chemicals or weed killers. Their plants are harvested at their peak and put through a vigorous testing process. Then, they go from the farm directly to your home. They are the real deal and I know I am getting the real deal when I use their oils. You can find more information about the seed to seal process HERE.
When I found out how much work goes into one little bottle of essential oils, I was amazed. Sixty thousand rose blossoms provide an ounce of rose oil! Lavender is abundant so 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil. Jasmine flowers must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open which is why it is one of the most expensive oils in the world. It takes 8 million hand-picked blossoms to produce 2.2 pounds of oil. A sandalwood tree has to be 30 years old and 30 feet high before it can be used for distillation. Isn’t that amazing???!!!!
With all of that said, a little goes a long way with the oils. Most oils are $10-$30 a bottle. A 5 ml bottle contains about 90 drops and a 15 ml bottle contains about 250 drops. Each application is 1 to 3 drops, meaning even a small bottle will get you 45 to 90 applications.
Now that we have gone through Essential Oils 101 Training with all the facts, I want to share our essential oils journey. I have known and heard about essential oils since my first full-time job out of college. I was the Daycare & Preschool Director at a natural herbs warehouse where oils were produced and the entire atmosphere was about natural everything. Back then, I wasn’t interested at all. I was there to do my job. My focus was on all of the children and staff I was in charge of every day and I never really took interest in what they were doing upstairs.
Fast forward to about a year ago when I stumbled upon The Market Beautiful and Jana Roach. Jana was sharing her journey with oils and her stories intrigued me and made me want to learn more. After about a week of back and forth, I decided to order my very first essential oils starter kit from Young Living.
To be very honest, when the essential oils starter kit came in the mail, it sat in the box for a few weeks. I was intimidated and not sure how to use the oils. Then, I joined the Floral & Pine support group where all of my questions were (and still are) answered and I couldn’t wait to get started.
In the past year, I have learned so much about my essential oils starter kit. More importantly, our family has seen some real benefits from using the oils. I do need to say that I am learning new things every day about the oils. There are so many different uses for each oil and I am learning that for me, the best way to learn is to jump in with both feet and start using them. Don’t be intimidated. Get them out of the box, smell them, use them, diffuse them to see what works.
I am not making any health claims about essentials oils. It is more about wellness for our family. We still go to the doctor, we still take medications when we need them and I am still known to burn a candle in our home from time to time. 🙂
Now, I want to talk about our favorite oils that come in the Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit:
- Lavender: This oil is so good for sleep. I put it in a roller bottle with a carrier oil and stress relief and roll it on all of our feet every night before bed. I also diffuse it on my side table every night.
- Peppermint: This is so good for tummy issues and also headaches.
- Lemon: Great for water and enhances immune support.
- Thieves: Antibacterial and great for immune support.
- Digize: This oil STINKS, but it works. Any tummy issues we have, we put this on and are always amazed how well is works. We can’t be without it.
- Stress Relief: This stuff smells amazing. It comes in a roller so I will just roll on the back of my neck when I need it.
- Panaway: Great for sore muscles.
- Copaiba: – This one promotes overall wellness. It supports nearly every body system!
There are many different essential oil starter kits you can get through Young Living. You can find them all HERE.
Once you pick your kit, you can enroll in Essential Rewards (this is totally optional, but it is the route I went with because it saves me money). Then, fill out your information and I will get an email informing me that you got your essential oils starter kit so I can add you to our private Facebook group, Floral & Pine. This group makes all the difference in your oil journey. So many people who know what they are talking about who are open and willing to help with whatever they can.