Essential oils- what they are & why you need them in your home!
We love essential oils at our house, & I really can’t say enough good things about them. I started using them as a way to eliminate some of the chemicals in my home -mainly plug in air fresheners and household cleaners – & now I’m hooked.
I’ve been using essential oils for a little over 3 years & as I’ve learned more about them and how to use them, I’ve slowly been able to replace air fresheners, dryer sheets, chemical cleaners & many over the counter medicines we used to keep on hand. They’re so versatile they have pretty much replaced my cleaning closet and my medicine cabinet.
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Essential oils have been a hot topic over the last several years. Even though they have become much more popular recently, essential oils are really nothing new. They’ve been used for thousands of years, dating back to biblical times. It seems like most people either love them or hate them, but they’ve gradually been gaining popularity again. Up until a few years ago I didn’t know anything about them.
What exactly is an essential oil?
An essential oil is the highly concentrated natural constituent found in a plant. A what? That doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, either. Really, it’s what gives the plant its scent & healing properties. Essential oils are extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, petals & seeds by one of three ways- steam distillation, resin tapping, or cold pressing. Once they’re extracted, essential oils are much more potent than the plant they came from, and they can be used for many things – like aromatherapy, natural medicines & cleaning products.
It really wasn’t that long ago that our ancestors used the power hidden in plants for everything. It’s what they had – what God had created in nature for us. Now a common conception is that essential oils are just weird. We don’t think twice about guzzling a neon energy drink, but we have to research lavender essential oil before using it on ourself or our kids. Humans are funny like that.
When our oldest son was having trouble sleeping, a friend recommended trying essential oils. At the time I had never used them before & I thought they were a little weird. And I thought people who used them were a little weird. But I ordered an essential oil starter kit from Young Living anyway & I started reading up on them.
And I learned that just because something is unfamiliar to me doesn’t mean it’s weird.
Right around the same time I thought it’d be fun to make up some freezer meals…I’m not sure why I thought this would be fun, but I did – since then I’ve learned that unfortunately, freezer meals are not my thing. Maybe some day I’ll grow to appreciate them. Anyway, I browned up a bunch of ground beef with onion & green pepper to use in some recipes…and the smell hung around the house for days. And I couldn’t get rid of it.
And then my starter kit arrived. I was desperate to get the stink out, so I plugged in the diffuser, added some water & Purification essential oil and waited – and it completely cleared up the meat/onion/pepper smell in less than 2 hours. I couldn’t believe it. It was enough to intrigue me, & I gradually started using essential oils more & more. The more I saw them work for different things, the more I used them.
Probably the biggest way I’ve seen essential oils work for us is with my family’s health. Thankfully we’ve always been a pretty healthy family, but with both of our boys in school for the first time this year I wondered what kinds of crud they’d come home with. Within the first 2 weeks of school they came home saying some of their friends were out sick already. We’re talking mid-September, & colds, resporitory stuff, & stomach bugs were already making their rounds.
I had been putting a roller bottle of Thieves essential oil (an immune boosting power-house of an oil) on the bottoms of my boys’ feet every morning & night for weeks, & I was curious to see what would happen. Once in a while I would ask their teachers what kind of illnesses were going around & how many kids had been out sick so I could watch for symptoms in my boys. So far we’re 4 months into the school year & the most they’ve come down with is a runny nose, & neither of them have missed a day of school yet. For us, Thieves has been a miracle in a bottle.
Since we haven’t been sick, we haven’t been to the doctor for anything other than a well child visit in almost 3 years. That means no sitting in a waiting room full of sick kids, no office co-pays & no prescriptions to pay for. The oils have paid for themselves – and then some. No down time being sick, taking care of sick kids or being sick myself. We’re also eliminating pharmaceuticals & other chemicals from our home, which is a huge plus to me. We are the healthiest we’ve ever been & I’m grateful.
(I’m not a doctor & would never advise you against seeing your doctor if you or your child needed one. I am just sharing what has worked for me & my family.)
When it comes to choosing a great essential oil, quality is crucial. There are so many available on the market today it can be difficult to settle on just one brand. Using an oil that has been diluted with fillers or synthetics of any kind will not have the same effect on your system as a pure, undiluted version. It will actually have a negative impact on your body, because it will be putting more chemicals in your system, whether you’re using them topically, internally, or by diffusing.
Oil companies are only required to put a minimum of 5% pure essential oil into each bottle in order to label it as a pure essential oil. That means the contents of the other 95% of the bottle are likely synthetic fillers & chemicals.
This makes it even more of a challenge to find high quality essential oils. Because of their Seed to Seal Guarantee, my family uses the world leaders in essential oils, Young Living Essential Oils. Many oil companies dilute their oils with fillers to make them more affordable, but Young Living promises that their oils are pure & unadulterated essential oils, not compromised by any synthetics. This increases their effectiveness, however you choose to use them. They even have their oils tested by a third party to guarantee purity & quality.
Young Living also offers tours of their farms to the public so you can see first hand the processes they use to plant, harvest & distill their oils. The quality and purity of Young Living oils are unmatched.
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils or beginning your own oil journey, it’s easy to start!
Go to www.youngliving.com & click on ‘Member Sign-Up’ at the bottom of the home page, or follow the instructions here. If you choose to become a member, as opposed to a retail customer, you will be able to buy all of your oils wholesale at a 24% discount.
The only requirement to becoming a member is that you will need to purchase one of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits. This will get you a high quality diffuser, samples of several Young Living products, information on how to use your oils & 11 bottles of the most popular & versatile essential oils. This allows you try several different oils at a highly discounted rate & see what you think. If you decide they’re not for you (I hope you won’t feel that way – oils are amazing!) you are under no obligation to make any future purchases.
Since becoming a member is risk free (and there’s really no.good.reason.whatsoever to sign up as a retail customer!) click the box next to ‘Member’, & fill in the Membership Details at the bottom of the page. I would love for you to check the ‘referred by a member’ circle & enter 1886576 in both the Sponsor ID & Enroller ID areas!
Next, choose which Premium Starter Kit you would like. The most affordable kit (and the one I started with) is the Dewdrop Diffuser Kit. Step 2 on this page is optional. It gives you the option to sign up for Young Living’s Essential Rewards program – it’s an amazing program that I highly recommend & comes with many benefits (like earning free products, discounted shipping & other extra bonuses), – if you’re ready to dive in, then go ahead & sign up for it! If you’re still feeling things out & want to take it slower, just move on to Step 3. You can always sign up for Essential Rewards later if you want to.
On the next page click on ‘Continue Enrollment’. Fill in all of the Membership Information on the following page- goodies like your name, address, username & password. If you think you might be interested in selling essential oils and becoming a distributor, you can add your SSN for tax purposes under the Commission Processing Information section. Otherwise just click on the first circle next to ‘Individual’. Agree to the terms & conditions, add payment information & you’re done!
I love essential oils! They have been such a game changer for my family & I love finding new ways to use them . I hope they are as helpful in your home as they have been in mine!
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