I have been using essential oils for quite a while, but I didn’t really get into learning in depth about them until recently. As some of you may know, I studied horticulture, I garden (clearly) and know most plants in my area. And if I don’t, my super knowledgeable husband does.
I use herbs on a daily basis for cooking, healing, consuming, it only makes sense to incorporate essential oils into my daily life.
Now, here’s the thing, I truly believe everyone wants to be healthier, live healthier and doesn’t want to use toxins or chemicals. So I’m going to share some information that will help you see that essential oils aren’t just for crunchy, homesteading mommas. Oils are for everyone!
First, let me tell you what exactly IS an essential oil. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant compounds that are usually distilled but sometimes other methods can be used. These oils contain the essence of the particular plant, which give them their fragrance. Pure essential oils can be made from many different parts of a plant such as the flowers, roots, leaves and even resin. It takes many, many plants to make a single bottle of pure essential oil (more on this later). Not all essential oils are pure and the sad truth is, some companies label their oils as ‘100% pure essential oil’ but, regulations only require essential oils have at least 10% pure oil to be considered “pure”. Make sure that you are only buying pure essential oils from a well known, reputable company. Which is why I use Young Living. Check out their website to learn about their Seed to Seal promise.
Essential oils can be used in many ways. They can be used in a diffuser or just inhaled for immediate results since when you breathe in, the oil gets into your blood stream. Many oils are most commonly used in spas because when you breathe in certain essential oils, you will immediately feel calm, relaxed and at peace.
Essential oils can also be used topically for a multitude of reasons. I always carry Young Livings Stress Away when I am out-because anyone that has taken kids shopping MUST have stress away for when your 5 year old has a meltdown because he wants 3 bananas instead of 5 or his T-shirt suddenly is itchy…you get my point. I usually use a carrier oil when applying essential oils to my skin. Here are some that I use often: coconut oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, etc.. However, you can use some essential oils neat (or straight out of the bottle).
There are some select essential oils that are used for ingestion. Check oil the ‘vitality’ line of essential oils. I use this one Thieves Vitality in tea and this one Lemon Vitality in my water everyday. My husband suffers from digestive problems so he uses Digize and it has made a huge difference for his overall well being. You can also put the essential oils into capsules to easy consumption. Check out the Young Living website for more in depth info on that.
On to cost effectiveness. Now, some more rare oils aren’t cheap, but for the most part, they actually save you tons of money. Think about how many products you could replace by using only organic, plant based products. Think of all of the chemicals you use on a daily basis. What is that doing to your health? What is it doing to the health of your children? Not that long ago, I was using chemical cleaners to clean my floors, bathrooms and even my kitchen with. The same place my kids eat. I was using chemicals to wash their dishes, to clean the floor they put their little bare feet on. We all know that the skin is the largest organ on the human body and it absorbs what is in our environment. Scary stuff. So, would I prefer to spend slightly more for a much better product that won’t harm myself, my kids or my pets? You bet. However, since starting using oils and replacing the toxic chemicals in my home, I have found that they are actually cheaper in the long run. Most of the cleaners (even shampoos and soaps) from YL can be diluted. Especially the thieves cleaner…. where else can you get organic, plant based, toxin free cleaner for just about $1 a bottle!? It’s unheard of. So, there are ways to really save money. With the essential oils, you literally only use a drop or a few drops (depending on what you are doing) and there are so many drops per bottle!
I am a firm believer that if you start on a more healthier path, you will make healthier choices in the long run. Instead on grabbing that soda at lunch, bring Ningxia from your monthly wellness box (eek! Ask me about the monthly wellness boxes-You customize your box every month and you can adjust how much and when) instead for an healthy alternative. When you start making smaller changes, the easier it will be to switch to a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living is priceless in my opinion. I want to set a good example for my kids. And I want to make sure that I am healthy to stay alive to see my grandchildren and their children.
There is so much to learn and it can really be overwhelming. I would love to help you! I would be happy to meet with you and discuss how oils can help you have a healthy home and life. We can chat via phone, text or email. If you are nearby, I’d love to grab a cup of tea and talk or come to one of my parties! I have at least one a month! I can help you find the perfect oils and products to start out with.