Essential Oils 101: What Are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are fragrant, volatile liquids that live within shrubs, trees, flowers, roots, bushes, seeds, and peels.  They are the essence of a plant, and therefore essential.  This essential aspect is where you find the healing properties unique to each tree and flower and root.  These natural liquids are aromatic and therapeutic to the body.

Just take a walk through a field of peppermint or lavender and try not to feel something happening to your senses and well-being.  Think about the last time you walked through a forest and breathed in the crisp scent of pine.  These essential oils are not only the essence of the organism, but are essential for you.

Pure essential oils are clean and absorb easily into the skin.  These powerful botanical extracts are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and give support to the immune system.  These aromatic compounds are unadulterated, and each have unique properties.  Some essential oils are crystal clear and thin, while others are more viscous and take on brilliant green or deep blue hues from their parent plant. As you strive for lifelong wellness, essential oils are a key component to natural living and building what I like to call my “homemade medicine cabinet”.

The plant kingdom continues to be the subject of an enormous amount of research and discovery.  A high percentage of prescription drugs are based on naturally occurring compounds from plants.  Each year millions of dollars are allocated to private laboratories and universities that are searching for new therapeutic compounds that lie undiscovered in the bark, roots, flowers, seeds, and foliage of jungle canopies; river bottoms; forests; hillsides; and vast wilderness regions throughout the world. (source, page 1)

What about the Science?

Essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since the beginning of time and are considered by many to be the missing link in modern medicine.  They have been used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses and to combat insect, bug, and snake bites in addition to treating all kinds of mysterious maladies.  Oils and extracts stimulate tissue and nerve regeneration. (source, page 1)

I love that quote.  It’s almost exactly what I feel in my gut about why I am drawn to natural medicine, and essential oils in particular.

I am currently in the process of studying essential oils to my intellectual satisfaction.  I am on this journey with you, and I will share every

I’m a naturally skeptical person.  I like to wait for the evidence of something before I trust it.  Science is endlessly riveting as I discover the latest studies, findings, and cool factoids.  But speaking to a more personal note, science is the purest information I can find “out there”.  And when I read studies that validate my natural living mindset, I like to know about it.

But if I’m being honest I’m not just skeptical of conventional medicine.  I’m also skeptical of natural medicine.  I have tried herbs that don’t work for me.  I have tried homeopathic remedies that did nothing at all.

Then there are the endless barrage of studies that show that “essential oils cure everything!” and “essential oils have cured nothing ever for anyone in the history of the world!”  Both of those camps get a big ol’ eyeroll from me.

And so I weave together the parts that work for me from both worlds.

1.  I use my carefully chosen tools from conventional medicine: I have a handful of doctors, a pediatrician for my children, and if I have a health concern that requires medication or surgery, I listen to the wisdom of modern medicine.

2.  I also use my carefully chosen tools from alternative medicine: I generally avoid homeopathic remedies, I utilize herbs in teas and tinctures, I order essential oils every month, and I just share what I find works for me.  I’m not saying I have the answers.  I am just saying that these are the things that have shown results for me and my family.

My Real Medicine Cabinet

Now, I feel empowered with a natural “medicine cabinet” full of the best quality oils I have been able to find. They are my first line of defense, and in many instances they are all that I need.

Essential oils have replaced the vast majority of my bath and body products and medicines in my home. It’s a not only a natural medicine alternative for me and my family that works, but it’s cost effective as well.  I don’t have to worry about as many side effects from drugs and prescriptions, because I keep them to a minimum.  Using essential oils as my first stop for wellness keeps me healthy, and consistently surprises me with how well they work.  I know I shouldn’t be so shocked, but there really is power in these living oils.

Why do I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils?

When it comes to the best essential oils, Young Living is the one company I trust, and it’s the one I know inside and out.  Young Living sets the standard for purity and quality. They carefully monitor every step of the production of the oils, and the proof is in the pudding.  I take these oils internally and give them to my family, without any worry.   They ensure the purity of each essential oil by a special seed-t0-seal process, which retains a living energy in every bottle. Go poke around their website and see their growing process!  They want to share it with you.  Their unparalleled dedication to excellence yields the safest and most effective essential oils you will find, so you can feel confident in their use.

There are very essential oils I would consider taking internally.  Without any hesitation, I can use Young Living oils because their quality is that high.  At my house, we use a lot of peppermint, Peace and Calming, lemon, and Thieves.  You can find all four of those oils I just mentioned in the Premium Starter Kit.

The Premium Starter Kit is the best value, by far

When you order your own premium starter kit, you are entitled to wholesale pricing on all Young Living products.  This is a 24% discount. Share this with your friends and family by ordering for them, or have them enroll to get their own kit and discount. The Premium Starter Kit is valued at over $300. As a Wholesale Member you get this for 50% off.  But even if you don’t order the Premium Starter Kit, it’s still cheaper to sign up as a wholesale member and order your oils at a discount as you need them.

The Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • Ten 5 mL bottles of essential oils including: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Purification, Valor and Joy.
  • A home diffuser (retail value alone on this one is $96)
  • mL bottle of Stress Away
  • Aroma Glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll on)
  • Two sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves (for you to share with your friends)
  • Two NingXia Red 2-ozsamples (this is a great supplement for energy)
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