What are Essential Oils?
I find it fascinating researching the words “essential oils”. The Bible speaks about plants being used as medicine in Ezekiel 47:12 when it says, “The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.” The Reference Guide for Essential Oils states that there are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. Plants and essential oils have been used to support the body since the beginning of time. I truly believe it was God’s gift to us, creating plants and then later creating man (Genesis 1). He put man in the garden of Eden, providing man with the food and plants that he needed to live. Essential oils have been used for many things throughout history.
Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants. Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally to inspire a positive emotional state, enhance physical wellness, purify your home and refine your skin. There is no regulation on essential oils in the US, so it’s important to know where your oils are produced and how. That is what I love about Young Living, from the seed that goes in the ground to the seal on the bottle, they have a hand in the process the entire way. Learn more here.
How do I use essential oils? There are three ways to use therapeutic grade essential oils (I am speaking only of Young Living Essential Oils).
The first is topical application. Many of the oils are safe to use directly on the skin. Some of the oils need to be diluted as you use them with a carrier oil. The thing that I like is that on every bottle it lists if it needs to be mixed with a carrier oil (such as 1 drop EO and 4 drops carrier). I use the V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex from Young Living. It is not as greasy as some other forms of carrier oil that I’ve used. Whatever you use for your carrier oil needs to be organic, virgin, and cold-pressed for it to be most effective with the essential oils. As I said, the oils are super concentrated, therapeutic grade so normally you only need one drop! Less is more when dealing with essential oils.
The second is inhalation or aromatic use. For some, simply taking a whiff of the bottle is enough. You can also use a diffuser to make the aroma particles go into the air, this is my favorite way to aromatically use essential oils. You could also pour hot water into a bowl then a few drops of essential oil. Then cover you head and bowl with a towel in a tent like fashion and breathe in deep & slow. Yet another way to inhale the essential oils would be to put a drop in your hand, rub your hands together and then cup it over your nose and take some deep breaths. You could also purchase a piece of diffuser jewelry – there really are so many options for aromatic use of essential oils.
The third way is internal consumption (Do NOT do this with oils from a grocery/health food store…they are not approved or safe for that). Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. Young Living has made it easy for you to know what oils can be used internally as dietary supplements because they’ve created a whole line called the Vitality Line. They are the same quality as the standard labeled essential oils and blends, but are labeled specifically for dietary use. I only trust Young Living’s oils to be used internally. Personal preference here because I know of the quality and have visited one of the farms. The Vitality Line are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) to be used for internal consumption.
How do I know which oils to use?
There are many places that you can find what oil to use for different things. Some of my favorites are the Reference Materials at AbundantHealth4U.com (including the app!!) and also LifeSciencePublishers.com. You also can use our friend Google, but please know that anyone can put anything out there. Some information you’ll see will not be true or helpful. My go-to are always the reference materials that I spoke about above.