Essential Oils – What’s the Hype?

 WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

There’s a buzz on the street.  You’re in the grocery store, at the gas station, dropping your children off at school, and one thing keeps coming up…….Essential Oils.

“My aunt had blood sugar issues.  She’s doing great!”  

“My skin has never been clearer!”

“I’ve removed all the chemicals in my home!”

“I have SO much energy now!”

Have you heard testimony’s like this before? I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal,” right?  I’m naturally a skeptic.  Also, as a very busy full-time teacher and Mommy, my time is limited. It takes a lot for me to “jump” on board with the new, latest thing. In summary, I wouldn’t take the time and effort to share this with if I didn’t believe in the power of essential oils!

SO MANY QUESTIONS!

When I was first introduced to essential oils, I had one goal in mind.  I wanted to find a way to improve my family’s health, naturally and efficiently. There were so many questions I didn’t even know where to start. If you’re interested in essential oils, but don’t know the basics, here are the answers to the fundamental questions.

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotional uplifting properties. Seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants are primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing. The purest essential oils are far more beneficial than the botanicals from which they were extracted.  Each drop is a highly concentrated, therefore containing all of the ingredients, in which it was extracted from,  powers. Below is an example of what one bottle of your favorite oil, may contain.

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WHY SHOULD I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils are not only used for fragrance or massage.  Every oil or oil blend is unique. Each bottle, depending on the composition of its ingredients, can have a variety of uses.  Essential oils are a natural and non-toxic alternative that protect you and your loved ones from the dangerous chemicals used in our everyday lives. There are four main categories in a person’s daily lifestyle in which essential oil can be incorporated.

1. CLEANING AND HOME

2. BEAUTY

3. EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

4. HEALTH/NATURAL REMEDIES

Essential oils are a simple change you can make to replace items in your beauty, cleaning, health, and emotional/spiritual routines.   

 HOW DO THEY WORK?

Essential oils are made up of minute molecules that are quickly absorbed. Each oil has a unique chemical composition of terpenes, esters, oxides, alcohols, phenols, ketones, and aldehydes. These components interact with bodily systems, and depending on the essential oil support various systems of the body.¹  These components allow oils to enter your body through inhalation and absorption through your skin.Essential Oils have shown to be beneficial in a person’s social-emotional and physical health. According to Cancer.gov, ” Many studies of essential oils have found that they have antibacterial effects when applied to the skin. Some essential oils have antiviral activity against the herpes simplex virus. Also, studies in rats have shown that different essential oils can be calming or energizing. When rats were exposed to certain fragrances under stressful conditions, their behavior and immune responses were improved.”²  To learn more check out, “A Scientific Look at Seed to Seal.”

WHICH Brand SHOULD I PURCHASE

I personally only trust Young Living Essential Oils due to their Seed to Seal® promise. In my personal experience, I have found out that other companies aren’t careful about the creation of their products.  They do limited testing, and the oils they sell have often been exposed to chemicals and other pollutants, which is what you don’t want for your family. Young Living makes sure that each oil goes through a series of tests to determine the purity and potency of our essential oils after distillation.  These tests can quickly determine if the oils have been subjected to dilution, cutting, or adulterated processes. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected. Additionally, tests confirm that the optimal level of beneficial constituents is present in each batch. Any oils that do not meet established levels are discarded. Young Living only seals and ships oils that meet both purity and potency standards. Young Living uses its internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that Young Living purity and potency standards are met. (click here to purchase essential oils).

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HOW DO YOU USE THEM?

Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is labeled with directions. These instructions vary based on location. Please consult with the product label for appropriate use guidelines. Make sure to use carrier oils, when suggested. A carrier oil ensures that EOs applied topically are comfortable, and prevents waste due to an excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should not be used.  Oils that are considered “hot” oils should primarily be mixed with a carrier oil. Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensation. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves. Try always to conduct a “patch test.”  To perform a “patch test” do as follows:

PATCH TEST

1. Apply 1-2 drops of EO to on the forearm.

2. Observe for 1-2 hours

3. Usually, reactions occur within 5-10 minutes.

4. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add V-6 carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed

Here are some quick tips when using Essential Oils.

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WHEN Is the right time?

Simple answer…..NOW!!  Essential oils can are used for something as simple as cleaning or something as complicated as emotional support.  Our world is full of toxins that are poisoning your family daily.  Purchasing essential oils is quick, simple, and easy to do.Ones of the best things about oils are that a little goes a long way!  Only one to two drops of an oil in a cleaning product, beauty product, or even your morning water, reaps SO many health benefits! Already have your kit?  

WHere can I purchase essential oils?

Buying essential oils is simple, and you can do it, right here, on Modifying Mommy.com!  Click the link below for a step-by-step guide on how to purchase oils your and your very first Premium Starter Kit!

Click Here to Purchase Essential Oil

 

Check out the DIY recipes below!

DIY ALL-PURPOSE CLEANERS

DIY BATHROOM CLEANERS

DIY KITCHEN CLEANERS

DIY HOME MISCELLANEOUS 

DIY BODY

DIY FACIAL CARE

DIY ORAL

DIY HAIR NAILS

Resources;

  1. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/aromatherapy-pdq#link/_49
  2. http://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/2014/02/24/skeptics-guide-essential-oils-work/