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Essential Oils: What Are They? and Why Should We Use Them?

01 May 2014

When first learning about essential oils, it can seem overwhelming and confusing. I have researched for months, literally, to gain a better understanding of these oils. I wanted to have a thorough understanding of what I was going to be using for myself and my family. I would never promote anything that I wasn't willing to use for myself or on my family. I believe in these oils and that they have incredible health benefits.

First of all - what are essential oils?!? 

Essential oils are the volatile liquids distilled from plants. They are most often extracted through steam distillation and can be taken from the seeds, flowers, leaves, roots, or other parts of the plant. Essential oils are very complex and contain hundreds of compounds, all of which have incredible health benefits. The purest essential oils are extremely powerful and deliver quick and very effective results. Young Living Essential Oils are guaranteed 100% pure therapeutic grade.

The potential danger of an essential oil is generally relative to its level or grade of purity. Many essential oils are designed exclusively for their aroma-therapeutic quality; these essential oils generally should not be applied directly to the skin in their undiluted or "neat" form. Some can cause severe irritation, provoke an allergic reaction and, over time, prove hepatotoxic. Non-therapeutic grade essential oils are never recommended for topical or internal use. Source.

This means it really does matter where you get your oils.


Why Choose Young Living Essential Oils? 

-- Young Living owns their own farms.
-- They guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides have been used in the growing of any of their oils. They use essential oils for pest control, and all weeding is done by hand.
-- Young Living Essential Oils are first-distillation oils only. This means they do not add chemicals to try to get more out of the plant.
-- Every batch of oils goes through rigorous testing, including in-house, as well as third-party testing.
-- Every bottle is back by Young Living's Seed to Seal® promise.
-- Young Living is in charge of their essential oils farming operations. They don't outsource through a broker to buy their oils.


What are Essential Oils used for? 

It almost seems like the better question is what aren't they used for. The benefits are endless from allergies to arthritis. Headaches, anxiety, you name it. Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. They are actually referenced in the Bible over 180 times! They have such healing properties. This is a chart that shows just some of the uses for the oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit.

We are currently using them daily at our household. They have done wonders for our allergies, which are just awful right now. But, running a diffuser with a mixture of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint is incredible (and smells great too).

A couple weeks ago we were visiting my in-laws and went to the beach for the day, but we forgot a swim diaper. We honestly didn't even think anyone would get in the water because it was still pretty cool. Well, Karis is a water baby and could not stay away. However, wet regular diaper + sand = major diaper rash. It was awful. She got it on a Monday, and all we had with us was regular diaper cream. By Thursday her rash was so bad it had open sores; she would scream if she had to get in the bathtub because the water burned. It was awful. I felt awful. On Friday morning I started using a mixture of coconut oil and Lavender - it was completely healed on Saturday. You wouldn't even know she had just been in so much pain.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be going more in depth with each oil, and giving some more hands-on ideas and uses for the oils. I became a "believer" and now see the benefits for my family daily. I hope you will too. If you would like more information or are interested in diving in yourself, check this out.

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