I've been an essential oils educator for three years, and am a Gold leader with Young Living Essential oils. We have an awesome community, the Wellness Collective, to help the members of our Young Living family learn how to use their oils, share stories, and create healthier homes. As an essential oils educator, it's my job to help you kick chemicals out of your home and replace them with plant-based, economical, and effective alternatives. When you allow me to help you get your first set of oils and diffuser, you jump right into our Wellness Collective family - I can't wait to help you get started! 

Essential Oils Basics:

What are essential oils? They are the aromatic, volatile liquid extracted from flowers, trees, shrubs, roots, bushes and seeds.

Using essential oils for therapeutic purposes is a way to take advantage of the fact that plants have been adapting to their environments, creating chemical constituents to fight pathogens, intruders, weather, temperature, light, etc, for anywhere from thousands to billions of years.

These oils are potent! When using a new oil, we recommend diluting with 3-5 drops of the essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil (we love Young Living’s V-6 and coconut oil), some oils like frankincense, lavender, and Purification can be applied neat, but it’s always good to start with dilution and see how your body responds. It is recommended to dilute all essential oils for babies and children, about 1-2 drops per tablespoon. We also recommend you test on yourself before using an oil on children. 

Knowing HOW your essential oils are processed is extremely important! Young Living’s Seed to Seal process guarantees the highest quality essential oils on the market. From the planting of each seed to the bottling of the oil, Young Living is 100% involved in the process, so we know that their guarantee actually means something! Young Living also uses a patented steam distillation process and then follows up with in-house and third party testing, ensuring the purity of the essential oils they are extracting. As we continue learning about essential oils here, we are only talking about using Young Living essential oils!

There are so many ways to use essential oils! Some of these include:

·       Inhalation – We can obtain the therapeutic benefits of essential oils by inhalation, and the most common ways are by inhaling from the bottle, from a drop on the hands and cupped around your nose and mouth, and in a diffuser! Inhalation is a great way to reap the aromatherapy properties of an oil. Diffusion is an especially helpful way to get oils into the whole household, reaching every member of the family with just a few drops!

·       Topical Application – Topical application is a great way to support your skin because essential oils are easy to use and provide quick benefits. If you have never used essential oils, one great area of the body to apply them topically is to the feet. Essential oils can be applied “neat” (straight out of the bottle) or diluted with a vegetable-based carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or sweet almond oil (you can find most of these in your kitchen cabinets!). We also love to use Young Living’s V-6 carrier oil which is a combination of 6 different vegetable-based carrier oils--it goes on smoothly and absorbs wonderfully into the skin! Another mild and effective application of EOs is to add them to a bath – add 2-4 drops of oil to bath salts or baking soda and mix in with your bath for a 20 minute soak!

·       Ingestion – Many Young Living oilers choose to ingest oils for greater absorption and overall wellness support. Because Young Living has the Seed to Seal guarantee, we can be sure we are putting the purest oils into our bodies! Our Vitality line of dietary essential oils as well as our wide range of supplements makes internal usage decide to ingest oils for your health and wellness goals! If you choose to use essential oils in your water, be sure you are utilizing a glass container such as a glass water bottle or mason jar. Many people also make their own capsules for perfect customization!

The most common and cost effective way to get started with Young Living essential oils is to order a Premium Starter Kit, which sets up your wholesale membership! It includes your choice of diffuser, eleven oils (Thieves, Purification, RC, PanAway, DiGize, Stress Away, Lavender, Copaiba, Lemon, Peppermint, and Frankincense) a number of samples, and sample bottles for you to take along or share with your friends! Enroll here, and your kit will be on it's way to your doorstep!

As a member of our Young Living family, you get access to our exclusive members' group, our educational videos and resources, and our community-wide challenges and giveaways! Should you decide to start your Young Living business, you'll have access to our team training and leadership resources and one on one coaching with your sponsor! Our team is doing BIG things with Young Living's Wellness, Purpose, and Abundance mission - if you are ready to make a shift in your family's health, mission, and finances, you have found the right place!