Essential Oil Basics: Getting Started

HEALTHY BASICS

Being healthy is an all encompassing task.  It involves all parts of our being: body, mind and spirit.  It involves many small and big decisions day in and day out, some of which contradict our nature and wishes, made in the knowledge and understanding that our bodies and lives will be better because of them.  That being said, sometimes we just don’t know where to start.

1.  Eat Healthy Foods.

One of the first and easiest ways to start is by making healthy food choices.  There are an abundance of great books, literature and blogs on the topic of eating well and I even allude to some on this blog from time to time.  Because of this abundance of resources, I won’t spend a lot of time on this topic now except to say that food can be our medicine in so many ways.  Fresh produce along with fresh and dried herbs have energy that they transmit to our bodies, making us healthier when we eat them in a balance diet of lean protein and healthy carbohydrates and fats.

2.  Use positive thoughts and words and pray.

A second way to be healthy is to use positive thoughts, words, and prayers.  The interaction between the mind and matter is supported by science (simply go here and enter the search term “mind body connection” to pull up a whole host of scientific articles exploring the topic).  Human thought and intent also has energy that transmits to our bodies, making us healthier when we use them.  While this can also be a difficult task, there’s also a wealth of resources in addition to communities of people who dedicate their lives to helping people make these positive changes.  So, again, I’ll move my focus on to the third way I’ve found to be healthy, a way in which I believe there are less resources and support available.

3.  Use therapeutic grade essential oils.

A third way to be healthy is to use therapeutic grade essential oils.  Despite our best attempts to eat well and think positively, for most of us, life catches up and we find ourselves stressed and busy, eating poorly and struggling to find something “nice” to say or even to think a coherent thought at all.  In situations such as these, some turn to modern medicine, but since I’m more happy and comfortable with a natural approach, I believe this is where therapeutic grade essential oils can be very helpful in overcoming struggles and getting back on track with a healthy diet and thought life.  Essential oils have been a life-changing part of my life for the past several years and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve learned!

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So, for my first three posts on health and wellness, I’m going to talk about essential oils.  I recently told a friend about essential oils and was looking for a good, basic yet informative site to direct her to.  Since my search came up void, I decided to write this series.  In this post, I’ll tell you about the basics, what essential oils are, where I buy oils and why as well as some thoughts to consider when selecting an essential oil distributor.  In the next post, I’ll move on to some different techniques for use and application.  And, finally, since I’m a chemist and a lover of details, I’ll go into the science behind what essential oils are, where they come from, and how they work.

WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?

Essential oils come from plants.  They are “essential” because they sustain the life of a mature plant, by directing vital processes in plants such as metabolism, nutrient absorption, regulation of plant functions, protection, healing, repair, and reproduction.  And, they are “oils” because they are made up, primarily of hydrocarbons (atoms of hydrogen and carbon), which are also known as “oils.”  (A special note: because they are light weight, which we’ll talk about in my third post on the chemistry of essential oils, they are not greasy like the heavier weight vegetable oils many of us are more familiar with.)

By virtue of their “vital” purpose in plants, therapeutic grade essential oils have the potential to assist us in many similar ways they assist plants.

ESSENTIAL OIL DISTRIBUTORS

One of the most important things to understand is that not all essential oils are created equal.  With the boom in natural health over the course of the past decade or so, many companies have jumped on the essential oil bandwagon, but taken shortcuts along the way that have compromised the integrity of their oils.  If your desire is to use essential oils for health and wellness, to assist you in supporting an ailment, I would encourage you to do your research on the company you’re buying from.  Please make sure you’re buying a pure, organic, therapeutic grade essential oil, which will have the most healing properties available to you with no fillers or contaminants.  Just as there are many essential oils distributors selling low quality products, there are several distributors selling high quality oils, too.  So, do your own research and find one that works for you.

I like Young Living because they are one of the leaders in the essential oil industry.  They set a high standard with their organic seed to seal process, they own all their farms, and have over 20 years of experience.  They test every batch of oils using a highly calibrated gas chromatograph, comparing each batch to a high standard of a known standard; any batches that fall short are thrown away.  Young Living oils are pure, therapeutic, and potent.  Young Living is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, while I understand that that is a turn-off to some, I like it in the essential oil market because of the supportive community/team you become part of when you join an active Young Living group.  While I enjoy Young Living essential oils, I have friends and family who love doTERRA, which is also an MLM company.  I also have friends and family who love Rocky Mountain Oils, which is closely allied with Native American Nutritionals, neither of which MLM companies.

For me, using essential oils is about natural health.  While modern medicine certainly has it’s place, many believe it has become overused.  Not to mention that a lot of over the counter and prescription medications simply don’t work for me, which has led me down a path of looking for natural alternatives.  When I first started using essential oils, I didn’t know what to expect, but using high quality essential oils, I’ve experienced amazing results for many ailments.  I have personally used my oils for colds/flu, headaches, mood support, household cleaning, oral care, relaxation, routine skin care, rashes, cleaning, stomach aches, canker sores, sunburn, bug bites, muscle pain, and more using aromatherapy, topical application, and ingestion (the topic of my next post).  As you know from my blog, I am passionate about natural health and wellness as well as a good deal.  For those reasons, many of my friends and family members have asked me my thoughts on getting started with essential oils.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

If you’re ready to get started I highly recommend the Premium Starter Kit for a few reasons.  Getting started with the kit qualifies you for a 24% wholesale discount on all your future purchases.  There are no yearly membership fees, no commitments or strings attached, it really is as simple as it sounds.  Starting with the Premium Kit gives you will have a whole arsenal of oils (11 to be exact) to test, experiment, and play with.  Buying single oils or smaller kits means it will take a lot longer to build a collection as well as to determine which oils work best for you.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH THE KIT?

The Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • 5 mL bottles of the following essential oils:
    • Frankincense (supports youthful skin and spiritual connection)
    • Lemon (supports detoxification and cleaning)
    • Lavender (supports skin irritations and relaxation)
    • Melaleuca Alternifolia (supports immune function and skin)
    • Peppermint (reduces muscle soreness and digestive issues)
    • Joy (supports happiness and love)
    • Purification (helps in cleaning)
    • PanAway (reduces pain and inflammation)
    • Thieves (supports immune function, helps colds/flu)
    • Stress Away (reduces stress and tension)
    • Bonus: Citrus Fresh (supports immune function, purification, and calming)
  • Home Diffuser 
  • Aroma Glide Roller Fitment (which allows you to turn any oil into a roll on)
  • 10 sample packets for travel or sharing
  • 2 samples of NingXia Red (an antioxidant supplement)
  • Lots of helpful literature on oil usage and the Young Living company

BUYING YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

When you are ready to sign up you have two options.  The first is a retail account, which I don’t recommend because you pay 24% more than you need to.  The second option is a wholesale account.  I believe this option, along with the Premium Starter Kit, is the best value.  In addition to getting 24% off all your purchases, you will also be eligible to sign up for their Essential Rewards program to earn free oils and, if you ever decide to be an independent distributor, you will have that option available to you as well with a wholesale account. There is no obligation, commitment, hidden fees, or strings attached to the wholesale account.  If you believe this is the next step for your family’s health, click here.

As an MLM, if you click the link above, you’ll see that I’m providing you with my Young Living ID in the sponsor and enroller ID boxes.  I’d love to sponsor you and, thereby be able to help and support you on your essential oil journey and to help you find answers to your questions about essential oils and their uses.  In fact, it would be my honor.  Please know that this is not about numbers, sign-ups or making money for me.  I simply want to make sure that everyone seeking answers about essential oils finds them either from great books, articles, and resources or from an active, supportive community like our private Facebook group.  I’ve received a lot of information and support from my essential oil community.  I believe that’s one of the reasons I’ve seen so many benefits from essential oils.  I want that for you, too!

So, whether you choose Young Living or another high quality essential oil distributor.  Whether you’re looking to make more natural changes in your health or that of your family.  Or, whether you’re trying to reduce your exposure to toxins and harsh chemicals.  Or, if you simply have more questions about essential oils that you want answered, I hope that you’ll stick around for the rest of this series to learn more about essential oils.  I will not be making any more product pitches after today; my inspiration for this post came from my friends and family wondering where I recommend starting and why.  The remaining posts will provide information that will be useful to any user of therapeutic grade essential oils.  Up next, I’ll write about different techniques for essential oil use and application.

 

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FDA Disclaimer: The products and statements made about specific products in this presentation have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat cure, or prevent disease. All information provided during this presentation, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging, is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. Any testimonials presented are based on individual results.

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