I’ve chosen to work with Young Living so I can share their wonderful Essential Oils and other products. From May 2018 I’ll be available for classes, to demonstrate to you and your loved ones how essential oils can benefit your lives! I use essential oils every day now, I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them!
My April favourite is #ylpurification… Great for deodorising your home while you #springclean and is just a gorgeous uplifting oil. I diffuse it every day!
What are essential oils?
They are the most powerful part of the plant.
They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins and herbs.
Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.
In humans, essential oils provide support to every system in the body:
Your skeletal system Your muscular system Your circulatory system Your endocrine system Your hormones Your respiratory system and immune system.
They support brain health and a healthy weight.
They are used extensively for emotions and for spiritual support in your prayer or mindfulness.
An oil in a diffuser can sooth a child’s tough day at school (or at play!) and can provide a calming effect when you’ve had a stressful day at work or home… In fact if you use essential oils in your home on a daily basis, stress levels will come down considerably!
There are around 300 oils on the earth, but you only need ten to twenty of them to build a good kit.
You so not need to be an aromatherapist to use them. In most cases, just rub it topically to the skin.
There are 3 main ways to get oils into your system:
The English apply it topically, rub it onto the skin;
The French ingest it and cook with it;
The Germans diffuse and inhale, which is the most effective method as it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system.
Tests have shown oils reach the heart, liver and thyroid in 3 seconds when inhaled and in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. Expulsion of the oils from the body takes 3-6 hours in a healthy body, longer when you are in need of the oils!
The history of essential oils
Some of the oldest cultures on earth used essential oils. The Babylonians loved Cedarwood, Myrrh and Cyprus. The Egyptians used the oils for beauty and embalming and have the oldest recorded recipe for deodorant using essential oils.
Pakistan and Rome used essential oils in their communal bath houses.
Essential oils were used by the Medieval Europeans, many of whom brought back oils during the Crusades. It was only after World War 2 when essential oils were ‘rediscovered’ and the science on their uses grows with every single year!
Do essential oils work?
I have used essential oils for around 15 years in my home, in fact I first came across Tea Tree oil in 1994 when I went to college! I’ve used lavender at night time but I’ve only ever used chemist bought essential oils, which were very cheap. Now I know why…. There are no regulations when it comes to essential oils.
All oils in the world fall into 4 categories;
Grade A, Therapeutic, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures.
Grade B, Food grade, may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilisers, chemical extenders or carrier oils.
Grade C, Perfume oils, often contain adulterating chemicals. Usually contain solvents, eg. Hexane to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents can be cancerous and are I many store bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-90% with alcohol.
Grade D, Floral water, aromatic only and a byproduct of grade A distillation. After all the oil is extracted the left over ‘dirty’ water is sold to companies which will fill 5% of the bottle with this ‘dirty’ water, fill the rest with carrier oil and label this as ‘pure’!
Grade A is the only true oil and Young Living pride themselves on always guaranteeing their 100% Pure Grade A Essential Oils, NOT diluted, NO additives.