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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Essential Oil Guide

Photo credit: Young Living Essential Oils
What are essential oils? Essential oils are vital fluids extracted from plants. They're referred to as "essential" because they are literally the part of the plant keeping it alive.
And though it may seem like essential oils are the "new fad", they've actually been around and used by people for thousands of years. You can diffuse them or simply smell them to lift the feeling of your room or even your own mood. They also have properties that can be used as a chemical free cleaner and even part of a daily beauty routine. 
Let's talk about how essential oils work! They are actually made up of molecules that are so tiny that you can find 40 million-trillion molecules in one drop. And yes, that's a big number but also consider this, it's also 40,000 times the number of molecules that exists within our bodies. It's their tiny size that makes it so easy for them to absorb into our bodies when applied topically. 
I can tell you with confidence, that the very best way to learn how essential oils work is to try them! Young Living has created a kit for people just getting started on their oily journey. In fact, it's how I got started too! It's called the Premium Starter Kit. I'll tell you more about it.
The Premium Starter Kit
*Please note: The kit described below is the one available in the U.S.A. If you live in a different country and are interested in what your starter kit consists of, please email me at
The Premium Starter Kit is hands-down, the best way to get started on your oily journey with Young Living. While you will find other options, this is the way you want to go if you're frugal like me and want to get the best bang for your buck. The value is outstanding and the kit starts at only $160. Every starter kit comes with:
  • The Premium Starter Kit Oils ($150 value) which consists of ten (10) 5 mL bottles of essential oils: 
    • Lavender 
    • Peppermint 
    • Lemon 
    • Frankincense 
    • PanAway 
    • Copaiba 
    • Thieves 
    • Purification 
    • R.C. 
    • DiGize 
    • (One or more of the Flex oils may be substituted in the event of sourcing or supply constraints: AromaEaseCitrus FreshLemongrassOrange, or Tea Tree.)
  • 5 mL *BONUS* bottle of Stress Away
  • A Diffuser ($83-$296 value, depending on which you choose)
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment
  • Two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
  • Two sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves
  • Ten sample oil bottles
  • Ten sample business cards (to attach to the sample oil bottles)
  • Product Guide & Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine 
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Let's take a closer look at the 10 oils included in the starter kit! {Descriptions of following oils have been taken from the Young Living website;}

Copaiba essential oil may promote wellness, and can be an important part of a daily health regimen*. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituents beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene, and can be mixed with honey and warm water for a warming, essential oil-infused tea.

 DiGize™ is one of Young Living's exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils, and includes naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen. Use DiGize with every meal, along with Essentialzymes-4™, to support a daily wellness regimen*. When traveling abroad, use DiGize as a dietary supplement in your water. DiGize is an ideal complement to the nutritional supplements ComforTone® and JuvaTone®.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during meditation for grounding and purpose. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender essential oil may compliment your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Lemon may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

PanAway® has a stimulating aroma and is a popular and original combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils formulated by D. Gary Young. This blend is ideal to apply topically after exercise, and supports the appearance of healthy skin coloration. The essential oils in PanAway include naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and eugenol.

 Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.*

 Purification® Essential Oil Blend helps freshen the air and eliminate odors with its unique combination of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle essential oils, and includes naturally occurring compounds cineol, neral, and geranial. Add Purification oil to Animal Scents™ products to moisturize skin and improve the appearance for healthy looking skin or apply topically to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free.

 R.C.™ Essential Oil Blend is a unique combination of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora) oils, and includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire, or massage three drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort. R.C. can also be used in place of Aroma Siez™ in Young Living’s Raindrop Technique®.

Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, can be found in all of our Thieves products. When taken internally, Thieves supports healthy immune function*, and it includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system.* When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves is an ideal complement to a daily wellness regimen.*

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**Disclaimer:  The info I shared is based on my own research and experience(s) with Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. The FDA has not evaluated my statements, the products I've mentioned, or even the technique I use. Therefore, these statements are not made with intent to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any kind of ailment or disease. Please have a conversation with your doctor before introducing these if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, and/or have any kind of medical condition. 
I'm simply sharing information and my personal story for readers to use as a reference in a "take it or leave it" fashion. My hope is to motivate you in learning more about essential oils as they may pertain to your own life and/or family. Please do your research as you see fit. 


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