This week is all about essential oils!
No, I’m not a professional, and no, I don’t have a medical degree, and yes, there are lots of people who know a lot more than I do about essential oils and how they help us and our bodies. This is just my own experience with oils and how they have changed the ways I treat myself and my family for health issues that we face.
So what are they?: Essential oils are the “blood” of the plant. What our blood does for our bodies, essential oils do for plants – healing, providing life, and extremely important to the survival of the plant.
How are they good for us? Do you know what people did for treating ailments before there were doctors and pharmaceutical companies? They used essential oils (and other plant-based methods of treatments) for healing. It’s 100% natural and not chock-full of synthetic materials.
Skeptical? My husband was extremely skeptical at first. He’s come around, though! He uses the oils as often as I do! And consider this: we will pop pills all day long if the box says it will treat [fill in the blank] and yet something is labeled as natural, and we shy away for fear of it not working. But hello! We never question the synthetic medicines we put in and on our bodies,
Here’s a quick video by my friend Erin that explains a little about essential oils and what they are. Watch it!
• Essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier.
• Oils bring oxygen to our cells.
• Oils initiate regeneration of our cells.
• Cells need to communicate to be healthy. Oils help clean out communication receptors in our cells.
• Other companies can bottle oils that are up to 90% synthetic and still label the bottle as pure. Young Living uses 100% pure oil in their bottles and their products are completely absent of synthetics.
• Young Living owns all the farms that their plants grow in and manage the process from growth of crops to bottling the oils.
Now for the fun part! Let’s talk about the oils! Here is each oil (in the starter kit, pictured above) with a fun fact and a description of how I use it:
FRANKINCENSE: great for your skin!
How I use it: mixed with a drop of Purification in my facial moisturizer. It’s great for reducing acne and blemishes on your skin!
LEMON: powerful antioxidant, detoxifies your body of petrochemicals, great morning pick-me-up in a glass of water, reduces congestion
How I use it: 2 drops in my glass bottle of water. Great taste while also supporting my nervous and sympathetic nervous system!
STRESS AWAY: blend of oils including lime, vanilla pure, copaiba, lavender – great for calming nervous tension.
How I use it: a drop on my wrists to relax me when I’m feeling some nervous energy. Also great for my dog during thunderstorms!
PEACE & CALMING: great for relieving tension
How I use it: diffuse for a relaxing atmosphere, especially when trying to fall asleep
PEPPERMINT: amazing for digestion and pain treatment!
How I use it: rub a drop on my temples at the first sign of a headache
PANAWAY: amazing blend of wintergreen, clove, peppermint and others – perfect for pain relief!
How I use it: along with peppermint, rub on my temples at the first sign of a headache, run a drop on my jawline when I’ve been clenching my teeth
VALOR: perfect for increasing positive energy, eases anxiety, stops snoring! (not kidding!)
How I use it: rub a drop on the bottom of mine and my husband’s big toes to stop snoring..no joke!
LAVENDER: incredible antihistamine, calming to mind and body, great for dry, chapped skin
How I use it: diffuse at night for restful sleep
JOY: exotic blend formulated to boost mood
How I use it: diffuse during the day to lift our moods (especially when my kids are playing together!)
PURIFICATION: very cleansing to the skin, soothes bug bites, cuts, scrapes
How I use it: mixed with a drop of frankincense for my skin
THIEVES: incredible for killing germs, great for oral health
How I use it: diffuse with Joy or Purification for clean, fresh air in my house, rub a drop on my gums for toothache
[These oils mentioned are in the starter kit which includes some literature, additional samples, and an ultrasonic diffuser, (valued at $100) which pumps the oils into the air through a fine mist. The diffuser might just be my favorite part!]
I’ve just BARELY scratched the surface with each of these oils and how I use them. They are so much more than what I’ve listed here. Each oil has multiple purposes and even overlap allowing me to find exactly what works for me. Additionally, these are only the oils in the starter kit. There are a bajillionty other oils that cover a bajillionty other health issues and daily uses. I love this! From weight loss to digestive issues, from skin care to respiratory care, from our kids’ health to our pets’ health – everything is covered! #theresanoilforthat
This is not necessarily a sales pitch (although I’m definitely available if you’d like to purchase an oil to try!). I just want to share something new that has been working for my family! Come back tomorrow for some DIY “medicine” that I’ve been using!
P.S. If you are local to upstate SC or are willing to drive, I’m co-hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00 am. Come hang out, eat snacks, and chat about oils. There may even be some giveaways courtesy of my co-host, Katherine! If you are interested in more info, shoot me an email!