How Essential Oils Work and why they help you
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Apply a drop or two of the essential oil topically to the desired area. Additionally, oils may always be applied full strength (neat) to the bottom of the feet as the feet contain the largest pores in the body and absorb oils well. As you learn more, you can apply oils to specific Vita Flex Points on the bottom of the feet as well as to Vita Flex Points on other parts of the body.
Inhale the essential oil directly from the bottle or pour a drop into your hand and cup over your mouth and nose. You may also utilize a quality diffuser or atomizer to disperse the essential oil into the air. We also like to use personal inhaler tubes for commonly inhaled oils.
Because Young Living oils are never adulterated or chemically distilled, many of the Young Living oils are so pure that they can be taken internally. This is not the case with most essential oil companies so please read the label of any essential oil from any company before taking it internally.
As a treat we love to add add a drop or two of citrus oil to our water as a refreshing treat or a few drops to a spoonful of honey. Please note that you should only add oils if the beverage is in a glass or metal container. See our testimonials page for some of the ways we have successfully used oils.
For less tasty essential oils, you can utilize vegetarian gel caps.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
The Essential oils in Young Living’s collection are life-enhancing gifts from the plant kingdom, revered for centuries for their restorative properties to body, mind, and spirit.
Essential Oil Basics
Essential oils are used all over the world, and have been in use since the dawn of time. In fact, sealed casks of essential oil have been uncovered in Egypt dating back thousands of years that still test with full therapeutic grade potency today.
So what are Essential Oils? Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants. Essential oils contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins and other natural elements that work on many levels. Note: They are 100 to 10,000 times more concentrated than the natural potency of herbs.
Essential oils are volatile, which means that they easily convert from a liquid to a gas making them easily utilized at a cellular level. Being volatile, also means that while they easily diffuse from a liquid into a gas, they fill the air with wonderful chemical-free fragrance. However, there is more benefit to diffusing Essential Oils than just the pleasant aroma. But more on that later …
Not all Oils are Created Equal
There are significant differences between synthetic fragrance oils and pure essential oils. While most oils on the market today are synthetic (NOT suitable for ingestion or topic use). Young Living produces ONLY therapeutic grade, truly pure essential oils.
Pure essential oils, like precious gold or fine wine, are treasures of nature. They are the quintessential life force of aromatic plants, sometimes called the “soul” of the plant. People who truly appreciate the qualities of pure essential oils consider each drop liquid gold. Each drop is to be valued, enjoyed and protected.
Essential oils are absorbed into the fluid surrounding the cells beneath the skin’s surface for a variety of effects including deep cleansing, nourishing, rejuvenating and balancing.
Extraction of Essential Oils
To extract essential oils in the most effective manner while preserving their therapeutic benefits, they are either distilled or expressed. The two methods are briefly explained below.
1a. Steam Distillation
Pure essential oils are most commonly extracted from plants through the process of steam distillation. In this process, steam is introduced into a distillation chamber which contains the plant material. The steam breaks down the plant tissue, causing it to release its essential oil in a vaporized form. The vaporized essences, along with the steam and other substances, pass into a pipe through cooling tanks. The vapors return to liquid form and are separated from the water and captured as pure essential plant oil.
1b. Chemical Distillation
Some companies choose to chemically distill their oils instead as chemical distillation tends to yield larger overall quantities of oil. However, the unfortunate reality is that if oils are chemically distilled, you can never fully recover the chemical resulting in toxic chemicals present in your oils thus diluting their therapeutic effects and even potentially being harmful.
Note: If using Young Living Essential Oils, look at the label for a nutrition guide as most (but not all) of Young Living’s oils are edible. Now, not all plants are safe to eat so likewise, not all oils are edible. However, as crazy as it sounds, most other companies’ oils, even normal food oils like lemon, thyme, or oregano, etc say NOT to ingest. It’s scary, but some even say not to apply topically … for aromatic use only. As if breathing in chemicals is any safer! If they are pure, then why not? Hmmm, makes you wonder! See our page Not All Oils Are Created Equal.
2. Expression / Cold Pressing
Expression, also known as cold pressing, is done exclusively with citrus oils. In this method, the oil-containing outer layer of the fruit is pressed and filtered to yield pure essential oil.
Cost of Essential Oils
It takes 50 pounds of Eucalyptus, 150 pounds of Lavender, 500 pounds of Rosemary, 1,000 pounds of Jasmine and over 2,000 pounds of Rose just to make one single pound of that essential oil! As you can imagine, the price of each essential oil is directly related to the amount of plant material needed for distillation.