Essential Oils – what you NEED to know

EO - what you need to know

The Basics

Hello Brilliant World!  Did you know that Essential Oils have been around for thousands of years in several cultures?!

What is Essential Oils?
Essential oils are found in small sacs found on a plant's surface or inside the plant; some are in the flowers, some are in the leaves, some are in the stem.  These sacs are extracted through one of four ways Steam Distilling, Cold Pressing, Resin Tapping or Absolute Oils.  Every oil has its own unique benefits, and none are alike.

Essential Oils can be used topically and aroma therapy.  EO's are even ingested - be careful of this you need to TRUST your oil brand before doing, and make sure you know how much to ingest.
Personally I have gotten GREAT results with using oils topically, aromatically, and internally.
The oils are attracted to fat, which helps them penetrate into blood and tissues, which makes them great to use topically.
I also LOVE diffusing them they give such an uplifting feeling, and the health benefits also are fantastic.

Oils are EXTREMELY concentrated, 100 to 10,000 times more than an herb, which is why is is so important to understand the basics before diving into oils.

How to Use?

There are three ways - Aromatic - Topical - Dietary.

Today we will touch base on Aromatic and Topical, as Dietary needs to be researched to your personal needs.  There is tons of research out there for dietary needs and essential oils, however, it is a very indepth topic, and professionally I do not want to direct you with out proper guidance and knowing which oil is being used and why its being used.

Aromatically -
Scents can trigger memories and moods which can help balance your life. Smell is the only sense that is connected to the limbic lobe of the brain - which is the emotional control centre.
- Place a few drops directly in your palm, rub your hands together and then place your hands over your nose and breath in.  This is a quick efficient way to give you a boost almost instantly.
- Diffusing - This started out small for me but now I have diffusers in almost every room of my house. My daughter has one in her room, I have one in my living room, bedroom, and at work.  A diffuser takes water, and a few drops of oil with it.  A diffuser simply mists the oil and water into the air giving a spa like feeling to an entire room.

Topically -
Placing oils directly on your skin.  Most people will want to use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil because EO's are so strong they can be irritating if not used with a carrier oil.
- Always start with 1 - 2 drops on your forearm to test.  Usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes; If you experience a hot or burning sensation, or if you develop a rash, apply a carrier oil the the affected area as often as needed.
- A few oils that have a warm sensation when applied are Peppermint, Oregano, Thives, Thyme and Clove - so be sure to dilute these when using.

Carrier Oils -
Customers prefer Coconut oil or apricot oil, however there are many out there.  Vegetable Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil and even Rosehip Oil.
I personally make body butters and add essential oils to them! Oh My Goodness, you will be addicted in no time.

Lavender Field

Quality Matters

Quality really does matter in this.  This is where you really need to pay attention to where you buy your oils.
A few companies I personally TRUST and use are Young Living, Plant Guru, and It Works Global.

I was going to try and describe this myself but Young Living did such a great job wording this   -

"Understand the different grades of essential oils in the essential oil industry."

Not all oils are created equally.

Synthetic  |  Created in a laboratory to mimic natural essential oils.

  • Synthetic Fragrance oils are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific plant.
  • A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences reported that 95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins and synthesizers.

Extended or Altered  |  Fragrance grade.

  • Sometimes referred to as Fragrance Oils.
  • Many fragrance oils contain diluent, cutting agents, that ultimately reduce the strength of a fragrance oil.  A common diluent is DPG (Di Propylene Glycol).
  • 98% of essential oil volume produced is used in the perfume and cosmetic industry. It does not contain the beneficial qualities and is used only for its fragrance.

Natural and Certified  |  Pass oil standard tests but may not contain any or just a few beneficial compounds.

  • Note that there are no real parameters to the use of the word “natural”.

Therapeutic Grade  |  Pure steam-distilled essential oils containing all desired beneficial compounds.

  • The key to producing therapeutic-grade essential oils is to preserve as many of the delicate aromatic compounds within the essential oil as possible.
  • Fragile aromatic compounds are easily destroyed by high temperature and pressure."
Citrus

A few other things to note

- Be careful around your eyes, ears, and private areas.  These areas are extra sensitive and if using near them will need to dilute heavily.

- Many citrus oils can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Eseential oil's such as Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamont, and Tangerine.

- Pregnant or Nursing? Do research before you use oils; there are some you need to avoid!

- Have children in the home? Oils can be great for children.  Some oils are more potent than others and you need to be aware of which ones to not use on or around a child.  There is an app from Young Living that really helps guide me on the oils.

The Cost

Essential Oils cost is all over the place.  I would highly recommend doing your research before buying - All oils are not equal.
When I started in the oils I had no idea about them and ordered whatever I found on Amazon.  If you can't find alot of information on the company and the oils, move on to the next, probably isn't the best of grades.  When you think about cost of oils remember that no oil is the same and they all cost different amounts.

Did you know that it takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil and it takes 1 pound of raw peppermint to make one 15 ml bottle of peppermint essential oil? Oils are extremely potent and concentrated, this makes them very powerful and able to provide rapid benefits. Over 5,000 pounds of rose petals are required to distill 1 pound of pure rose essential oil, making it one of the most expensive oils on the market. The amount of plant material required for distillation differs from plant to plant and this is why some oils are more expensive than others.

To give you an idea of how much is really in these bottles  there are 250-300 drops in a 15ml bottle and each application is on average 2-5 drops.

Customers have found that Young Living, Plant Guru and It Works all have reasonably priced oils - and are favorites knowing they are pure.

If you are really not sure where to start with oils, let me guide you just a little bit...
- If you are a starter and have NO CLUE about oils and just want to try.... haven't done much research on the health benefits start with It Works Global's oils, they have limited options, which makes it easy to start and not get overwhelmed with options.  They carry Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon, Eucalyptus and 4 blends - Boom, Chill, Defend, and Clear.  It Works Global Oils are the highest grade and unaltered so you know you are still getting the quality and at a good price.

- If you have been hearing about oils and started doing research but don't want to spend a ton of money because you just aren't sure about it all yet - Try Plant Guru.  They are sold on Amazon, and have high grade unaltered oils.  They have a great starter kit with Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Orange, Tea Tree, Lemon, Lime, Clove, Spearmint, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Grapefruit.

- If you know this is for you, and you want to grow your oils collection, and plan to use them often Young Living is the way to go; they have 100's of oils.  In addition to all the oils they offer there are tons of resources to help you and ask questions.

I personally have a collection of all three!

If you have chosen to go with It Works of Young Living please check out my One Stop Shop for links!

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