There’s an Oil for That! Essential Oils and How to Use Safely
by Lisa Black
When we think of the word ESSENTIAL, we think of things that are necessary and extremely important. Essential oils have become that for me and I hope they will be become important to you too.
Essential oils are derived from flowers, leaves, roots, barks and peels using steam distillation, cold pressing or CO2 extraction. For an essential oil be a true essential oil it can not contain chemical solvents. For it to be truly therapeutic it must be extracted through methods that keep the original compounds in their natural state. Also, they should be bottled in dark glass containers to protect them from oxidation and sunlight.
If you are interested in using essential oils or have been using them for a while but unsure about your chosen brand, keep reading…
You have to trust the company in which you are purchasing your oils and know their standards. Plus, if the price it too good to be true…it’s probably not a therapeutic essential oil.
4 Things to Remember when Purchasing Essential Oils
- Is it from a reputable company?
- Is it certified organic?
- Is the price in line with reputable companies? ex: Young Living
- Does the label provide legitimate information including common and Latin name?
Did you know it takes 27 sq. ft. of lavender plants to make 1 15mL bottle of lavender oil? It takes 75 lemons to make 1 15mL bottle of lemon oil. This coincides with the price of the oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little bit goes a long way. Essential oils can be used topically, inhaled or ingested. You can use in food, drinks, capsules or in a diffuser.
- Aromatherapy – use 5 to 7 drops in diffuser with filtered water
- Topical – 2 to 4 drops to affected area or in carrier oil
- Internal: 1 to 3 drops in beverage, in honey, or coconut oil
One of the most popular ways to use essential oils is with a diffuser. You must use a quality diffuser or you may not get the results you are looking for. One of my favorite essential oils to diffuse during the fall is Cinnamon Bark. It helps fight infection and fights free radical along with many other benefits and it just smells amazing for fall.
You can also use essential oils directly on your skin. If you use too much you may find it causing skin irritation and it may be damaging to put essential oils directly on damaged, diseased or inflamed skin. It is always recommend to use a carrier oil or lotion when applying. When considering using on infants and children please remember their skin is more sensitive to essential oils.
Did you know essential oils can be used on pets?
What is a carrier oil? One of the most common carrier oils is coconut oil. However, there are other options, for example: almond oil, avocado oil (one of my favorites), argan, jojoba, olive oil, and shea butter.
I personally have been using Young Living Essential Oils for years. I had the opportunity to visit the YL Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah. I was so amazed by the information provided and the process they use. They are very aware of the quality of their product. I am proud to represent them as a distributor.
If you are interested in purchasing Young Living Essential Oils at retail prices or becoming a member and purchase at wholesale price and also take advantage of the other benefits use this LINK.
Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your oily journey.
Note: This blog is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place and treatment from your physician. The owner of this blog does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person reading of following the information in this blog.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.