WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
By definition, essential oils are the vital (and aromatic) fluids of a plant, shrub, root, herb, flower, seed or tree. You can think of the oil as a plant's "immune system" -- it is essential to the life and health of the plant. Oils are typically extracted through careful steam distillation that ensures all the important, therapeutic, and health-giving constituents of the oil remain intact. That’s why they naturally work so well with our immune system! And if you’re a big nerd like me, there are all sorts of literature showing oils being used all the way back to biblical times for their various properties.
WHAT THEY DO
The ways that essential oils can benefit, and be integrated into your lifestyle, are endless. For myself, I first started with replacing harmful chemicals in our home found unknowingly in our cleaning and personal care products. Laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, makeup, energy drinks, multi-surface cleaners, hand soaps and sanitizers; there are so many safe alternatives to what we were using. Essential oils are now helping to support our sleep (mmmhhh lavender & stress away), immunity, head tension, digestion (love me some digize), Parkers teething, and making our house smell super dreamy, without any carcinogens.
HOW TO USE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS
Aromatically — To breathe in the oils. This is where I started. You can do this by using the diffuser that comes in your starter kit (the dessert mist and aria are my favs!), or you can put a drop or two in your hands, cup them over your nose, and mouth and breathe deeply.
Topically — Apply the oils directly to your body straight from the bottle or by making custom blended rollers! It’s always recommended you dilute your YLEO with a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil). There are so many cute bottles and rollers to be found, you’re going to become obsessed!
Internally — To ingest essential oils by swallowing them. Either in drink or food, or by filling a vegetable capsule to take them like a vitamin. Not all oils are made to be ingested so please refer to the label for usage instructions. Young Living has a specific range of oils, the “Vitality” line, which are very clearly branded with a white label and are Non-GMO verified.
ABOUT YOUNG LIVING
Young living is the world leader in essential oils, with farms and distilleries on every continent (sans Antarctica, because, well Antarctica)
They have been harvesting and distilling oils for over 25 years
It was started by Gary D. Young as a small family business
Young Living developed a seed to seal standard for their oils, exceeding the industry standard, ensuring the purity all the way from the planting of the seed, to the sealing of the bottle
Young Living essential oils do not contain any additives, and have the only essentially oil line approved by the FDA to be ingested internally.
Essential oils are actually used a lot in our every day life, whether we realize it or not. They are used in things like toothpaste and mouth wash to give it that minty kick. You can find them in perfumes, skin care products, and food. But while essential oils are found in many products we use regularly, it is important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Often, oils found in food and cosmetics are typically synthetic, so your body then processes it as a toxin. Synthetic oils are harder to break down and then can be stored in fat cells. These types of synthetic oils work against your body.
Young Living Essential Oils are therapeutic grade and all products have their Seed to Seal standard. This standard involves three pillars; sourcing, science, and standards. Young Living does not compromise by adding synthetics, fillers, or utilizing unethical production practices. The soil their crops are grown in have never been touched with pesticides or herbicides, so that those toxins can never enter the plants and oils.
Their products are tested extensively, undergo ongoing audits, and utilize neutral third party experts to validate their standards.
Through stringent, unyielding benchmarks, they are able to identify the most pure, genuine, and effective ingredients.
Their Lacey Act Compliance Program is the first in the essential oils industry to be reviewed and accepted by the government. Young Living strives to do business responsibility, from sustainable sourcing, giving back to local communities, and complying with environmental and other laws.