Uses and Benefits
Essential oils are used in aromatherapy for their properties that allow them to treat a large number of diseases. These oils are concentrates of plants (flowers, herbs, branches and seeds) that possess the natural healing characteristics of each plant. Thanks to their properties essential oils can be used for hair treatments, in the skin, to treat pain and of course to relax.
Everyone who uses essential oils does so because of their many benefits. As we mentioned before, these oils are totally natural, and do not cause any side effects in your body. A very common use is in skin care, it can be to moisturize the skin, eliminate expression lines and even treat wrinkles.
Other uses for your essential oils are to breathe better, relax, help you sleep, have better concentration, help your immune system and in some cases can even treat wounds.
For a better use of your oils we recommend that you use a diffuser. This is the best way to get the particles into your system and take advantage of the therapeutic properties. Only use it topically for massage or use as a skin moisturizer.
Essential Oil Safety
In addition, of the uses and benefits offered by essential oils, you should know if they are safe. Of course we say yes, they are safe. They are a highly recommended natural product, but because they are highly concentrated you need to use them with caution.
When applying essential oils directly to the skin, we recommend that they be diluted first. Use any carrier oil, use the same amount of your essential oil mixture with a vegetable oil, such as coconut or jojoba. Apply to neck, temples, wrists, chest and scalp.
In case you want to use it as part of your aromatherapy, the oils are very safe. In fact, it is the most recommended method to use them. Spread 5 or 6 drops of your favorite fragrance around you and let the therapeutic properties do their work on your body.
If you want to ingest essential oils you must be more careful, as not all of them can be ingested. Only lemon and ginger oil can be consumed in low concentrations. However, Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils was approved in 2019 by authorities in the United States and Canada as a dietary supplement.
This means that all Young Living Vitality oils are officially safe to consume. By being approved by the FDA, you can be completely safe when consuming these essential oils.
How Are Essential Oils Made?
Essential oils are produced in two ways. The first is direct extraction from the plants, leaves, or flowers. In this process the oil is extracted under pressure and cold, the most complicated way to obtain essential oils.
The second way to obtain oils is through distillation. In spite of being a slower process, it is much simpler. It consists of putting the plant or its parts in a container with water and making it boil until the precious liquid is in the form of oil.
The method of distillation is the most widely used today, as extraction is still only used for citrus oils.
The Best Smelling Essential Oils
For you to have a home where you can breathe fresh, pure and healthy air, all you have to do is spread essential oils. If you opt for a chemical aromatizer this will not give you the benefits that you have in the oils. Also, chemicals disguise odors and do not eliminate the bacteria that cause them.
To have an excellent aroma and the best benefits, use a diffuser in any part of your house. You can diffuse relaxing aromas such as Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Sandalwood oils.
Other rich aromas are Eucalyptus, Mint, Lemon, Orange, Vetiver, Grapefruit or Tea Tree. All of them give you fresh air and bring you countless health benefits.
To accompany your essential oils you should use a carrier oil. Many use water, but it is best to use a vegetable oil that can be diffused with the essential oil. The best ones for this are Apricot kernel oil, Sweet Almond carrier oil, Coconut carrier oil, Avocado carrier oil and Olive carrier oil.
Of course you can use other carrier oils such as Jojoba, Safflower or Flaxseed. But keep in mind that the best ones are the ones named in principle.
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are the literal essence of the plant. Because they are the most pure way to use benefit from a plant they make a wonderful choice for internal treatment. You should note that essential oils are extremely concentrated and because of this you will only use one or two drops. If you are suffering from cold or allergy congestion you can add 1 or 2 drops to a glass water bottle full of distilled or purified water. Stir with a glass stirring rod to properly disperse the oils. If you dislike plain water and are avoiding sugar filled beverages such as soda you can add a drop of lemon, tangerine oil, orange or grapefruit oil to your water to add a healthy energy boost to your daily water intake. Oregano oil will also add a lot of zest to your favorite Italian or Greek dishes. You can also add a drop of Basil oil to any of your favorite sauces to replace fresh Basil if you do not have any on hand.
The most simplistic way to utilize essential oils is through aromatherapy. You can have a young living diffuser in your office, your home and even in your car. Diffusers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs wherever you are. The aromatherapy benefits of essential oils are nearly endless. If you suffer from car sickness or are experiencing a stomach flu you can settle your nervous or sick stomach with a little bit of peppermint diffused in your car. You can also replace your morning coffee with some uplifting and energizing essential oils.
Diffusing lemon, grapefruit, Bergamot, cinnamon, rosemary, or peppermint can help give you a boost right when you wake up in the morning. These oils also serve a double purpose because they are known to naturally increase focus. This means you will be naturally awake and alert without the intake of caffeine. During cold and flu season you can have diffusers going in different rooms of your house to help provide much needed comfort to all family members in a variety of ways. Those who are having a difficult time sleeping due to congestion or sore throats will find peace and rest with a bit of lavender diffusing near them.
Tea tree oil provides antimicrobial properties and Oregano oil is sometimes considered a natural antibiotic. Diffusing these two together in the busiest part of your house will help remediate lingering germs and create a healthier environment. You can also diffuse lemon and tea tree oil near family members suffering from sore throats. During stressful times that are filled with hectic schedules a bit of lavender, rosemary, clary sage or orange can all help increase calmness and decrease stress levels. These are natural mood lifters that promote over all emotional well-being.
No matter which way you enjoy using your essential oils you should always follow a few rules before use. Avoid eyes, ears, mouth and nose directly. Essential oils are very concentrated and can burn if applied to these areas. Most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin but should rather be cut by being added to carrier oil. Always test a small amount on your body before you apply liberally.
Watch for any allergic reactions. When applying essential oils to children you should apply to their clothing and not directly to their skin. Once you follow these basics you will begin to find all types of new uses for your essential oils. You may find yourself on Pinterest or other sites looking up exciting new recipes for your favorite essential oils. Before you know it you will be creating your own cleaning products, lice repellent sprays, flea, tick and bug repellent, bath salt soaks, linen sprays and even beauty products. Your essential oil creations will replace pricey store bought products and you will quickly feel the benefits of incorporating all natural products into your daily routines. Don’t forget to get an essential oil recipe book so you can keep track of all of your new all natural recipes and share them with other essential oil using friends.
At one point or another you have realized that your home is full of chemically created products that have ingredients you cannot even pronounce. You decide that you want to start living a healthier life style by incorporating all natural products and this means you need to become educated in the usage of essential oils. Essential oil uses are nearly limitless once you become comfortable with using them.
As far as using your essential oils you have three options to reap the benefits of each essential oil. Young Living Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically or internally. Different methods of use will provide different treatments. Essential oil benefits the mind and body when they are applied topically. The comfort of massaging the oil in with the carrier oil will help relieve tension and the scent released is appealing to inhale. Many Young Living essential oils create nearly instantaneous results when they are applied to sore muscles, upset stomachs or foreheads suffering from sinus or tension headaches.
Topically used essential oils can benefit you for more than just for ailments that may be causing discomfort. Lavender essential oil blended with a bit of your favorite carrier oil is extremely relaxing. A simple massage of this oil on your feet, temples and neck will help provide a restful sleep at night time. Speaking of rubbing oils into your skin; if you have dry skin you can add a few drops of Bergamot essential oil to vitamin E or coconut oil. Massage liberally over any dry or damaged skin. The healing properties of the essential oil combined with the carrier oil will replenish your skin, heal the dryness and make it smoother and healthier looking. You can also benefit topically from essential oils by utilizing them in your bath. Add a few drops of lemon oil and tea tree oil to some Epsom salt and pour into a filled tub. The combination is antimicrobial and awakening. This is a great way to start your day refreshed and energized.