What are essential oils?
Essential oils are liquids or vital (and aromatic) fluids of the plant that are distilled or pressed from plants, shrubs, roots, herbs, flowers, seeds or trees. You can think of the essential oil as the "immune system" of the plant. Essential Oils are highly concentrated and powerful, so a little goes a long way! Oils are absorbed easily by our bodies because the makeup of the oil compounds are so similar to that of human cells. The use of essential oils is not a new thing (they have been around for centuries) and they can be used in a variety of ways!
We actually use essential oils a lot in every day life. They are used to flavor foods and can be found in things like toothpaste and mouthwash to give it that minty kick. Oils are also in perfumes and skin care products. They are many places that you wouldn't guess but not all oils are created equally. Oils found in food and cosmetics are typically something that is synthetic, your body processes it as a toxin therefore it becomes harder to break down or can be stored in fat cells. These types of synthetic oils work against your body.
Oils are typically extracted through careful steam distillation that ensures all the important, therapeutic, and health-giving constituents of the oil remain intact. Young Living Essential Oils are therapeutic grade which gives them the ability to work with your body. Within 20 minutes of applying oils they can be found in every cell. These pure oils are distilled from the "life blood"of plants and contain the plant's own immunity, hormones, and scents. When you pick a rose and break off the stem, you'll always notice there is a bit of watery substance. This is the source that the pure essential oils come from. This God given source was intelligently created to benefit our whole body.
It is a highly temperamental process to distill oils from plants and it can not be rushed. Young Living is a part of the entire process from "Seed to Seal". They make sure that the soil the crops are planted in have never been touched with pesticides or herbicides so that toxins are never present in the plants or in the oils. Young Living oversees each step ensuring that the correct temperature is used for the correct amount of time so that every constituent is intact. They go above and beyond to guarantee that every drop of oil is what we call "beyond organic."
Why Young Living?
We chose Young Living because they have been around for over 20 years, offer over 150 oils and many more products to choose from like safe cleaning products, personal care, supplements, makeup and more!! More importantly, they monitor the production of oils from beginning to end through their unique Seed to Seal process. You can learn more about that process at www.seedtoseal.com
One of the reasons that Young Living cares about the quality of their oils is because oils are a non-regulated industry. In a non-regulated industry is was super important to me to trust the quality of what I am putting in and on my body. There is a big difference in the different grades of oils, so please do your research!
Y O U N G L I V I N G :
+ Young Living is the world leader in essential oils.
+ They have been harvesting and distilling oils for over 20 years.
+ Young Living was started by Gary D. Young as a small family business.
+ Young Living has developed a seed to seal for their oils, ensuring the purity from the planting of the seed to the sealing of the bottle.
+ Young Living essential oils do not have any additives and can be taken internally.
+ Young Living owns their own farms and distilleries across the globe.
"We believe that you and your family deserve products that are genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and of unmatched purity. Seed to Seal® is both a promise to you and a reflection of our sense of global stewardship. Through each step of our production process on both our own and partner farms, we use the most exacting standards possible to make our products, your life, and the earth better. Only one company can make the Seed to Seal promise. Only Young Living."
A few safety tips:
1. Not all oils are made for ingestion & can actually be dangerous if they are not of good quality. Never ingest an oil that is not GRAS (generally regarded as safe as a food additive by the FDA)
2. Never put oils in your eyes or your ears.
3. Dilution is always recommended for kids, people with sensitive skin, and new oil users.
4. Store your oils in a cool, dark place and avoid extreme temperatures, hot or cold. This is so your oils don't lose their potency.
5. When adding oils to your water, always use a glass container!
6. Purity & quality are SO important which is why we are so proud to use Young Living!
7. READ YOUR LABELS!!! The info is all there!
8. When in doubt, ask! Our team is a GREAT resource and always here to help!
Wondering how you use Essential Oils??
INHALE: Straight from the bottle or from a diffuser. PS Diffusers are AWESOME and you will quickly want one in every room of your house ;)
INGEST: You can make gel capsules at home, put a drop in your water, or even a drop straight under your tongue. (Remember, I am only talking about YL oils because I am confident of the quality)
TOPICALLY: Apply the oils (just 1-2 drops) on the desired area using dilution ratios suggested on the bottle
**QUICK NOTE: WHAT IS A CARRIER OIL?? A carrier oil is an oil that you add to the essential oils to either dilute it for sensitive skin OR to cover a larger surface area of your body. Some examples of carrier oils are: coconut oil, V6 blend from Young Living, grapeseed oil, or even organic unscented lotion.**
Suggestions made on this website are are specific to Young Living and should not be used with any other essential oils. Statements made here have not be evaluated by the FDA. This information and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent and disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult a physician. If you are currently taking medication, please do not stop taking it. We do not take the place of your health care professional. Seek your licensed health care professional about your medications and possible interactions with what you are currently taking.