WHOLE SELF WELLNESS
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic compounds from plants. They may be produced from seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, roots, or peels of some fruits. They do more than just smell good; they can provide a multitude of therapeutic benefits.
WHAT CAN I USE THEM FOR?
Oils can be used for pretty much anything! They are great for a variety of physical, mental, and emotional complaints, as well as for general wellness. People also use them for energetic healing and to increase spiritual connection. Some of the more common uses include: pain management, skin conditions like acne and eczema, cold/flu symptoms, headaches, increasing clarity and concentration, anxiety or depressed mood, and promoting relaxation and relieving stress.
HOW DO I USE THEM?
There are three main methods for use: TOPICAL, AROMATIC (diffused), and some can be INGESTED. I love making my own personal care and cleaning products- no chemicals in my house!
If using TOPICALLY, essential oils can be diluted with a carrier oil, such as: coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. You want to make sure to use food-grade oils, or the same ones as you would cook with, since they are absorbed through your skin.
When using oils AROMATICALLY, it is best to use an ultrasonic diffuser, which does not use any heat, because it can destroy many of the therapeutic properties of the oil.
INGEST with caution. If you are not well-versed in aromatherapy, I suggest that you consult with someone that is prior to ingestion of oils. It is also crucial to be careful with the brand of oils you choose, since they are not regulated, and many are contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, or synthetics. Young Living Vitality line are safe for ingestion.
ARE THERE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS?
In general, oils should be diluted. There are some exceptions. For the most part, oils should not be used for babies less than 6 months of age, with the exception of a diffuser in the general area of an infant, which is considered acceptable. Any direct use (topical or ingested) should be avoided with cats. When diffusing in a room, make sure a door or window is open to give small pets the opportunity to leave the room.
Certain oils should be avoided for people with seizure disorders: Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Pennyroyal (Mentha puleguim), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Thuja (Thuya occidentalis), Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium)
The following should be avoided, or used with expert consultation during pregnancy or breastfeeding: aniseed, basil, birch, calamus, camphor, cassia, cinnamon bark, hyssop, Idaho tansy, jasmine, lavandin, mugwort, parsley, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, tansy, tarragon, thuja, thyme, wintergreen, wormwood. *Peppermint on the abdomen should be avoided during pregnancy.
The following should be used with caution during pregnancy or breastfeeding: angelica, cedarwood, chamomile (German/blue), cistus, citronella, clary sage, clove bud, cumin (Black), cypress, davana, fennel, bay laurel, majoram, mountain savory, myrrh, nutmeg, peppermint, rose, spearmint, vetiver, yarrow.
WHERE CAN I GET OILS?
It is so important to have done your research and find a company that you trust. Not all oils are created equal; there is such a wide range of quality, purity, and prices. Sadly, labels are often misleading, "100% pure" or even "organic" oils do not necessarily mean that they are actually pure or have therapeutic benefits. Find out why I choose Young Living.