How To Use Essential Oils

How To Use Young Living Essential Oils

How To Use Young Living Essential Oils

One of the first questions someone I’m sharing Young Living with asks me is, “How do you use the oils?” Most are really shocked when I explain to them how easy it is to use 100% pure, therapeutic essential oils such as those of Young Living.

There are 3 ways that you can use essential oils on yourself and your family (as with all things pertaining to babies and children, err with caution please).

  1. Aromatically
  2. Topically
  3. Internally – although this is only designated for essential oils made of the highest quality like Young Living’s.

Let’s talk about using essential oils aromatically. This is an extremely simple method for using an essential oil and one of the quickest ways for the therapeutic components of the oil to be absorbed within your body. One method of using an essential oil aromatically would be simply to remove the cap from the bottle and simply sniff the contents, however, don’t put the bottle directly beneath your nose. Some oils can be irritating to the nasal passages when so closely inhaled.

A second method for using essential oils aromatically would be to boil some water, and then pour it into a mug or ceramic bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil to the water and allow the vapors to permeate the air. This works especially well when one is congested nasally and a respiratory supporting oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus or rosemary is used.

Finally, the most common way essential oils can be used aromatically is to use an essential oil diffuser, like the Home Diffuser that is included in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. If you’ve read some of my other post, you’ll see I’m really a big fan of Young Living’s Home Diffuser and use it quite regularly. For this you would simply add a small amount of water to the diffuser’s fill line, and then add 5-10 drops of Young Living Essential Oil. Young Living’s Home Diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to disperse a fine mist of water and essential oil into the air filling the room with fragrance.

To use essential oils topically, is also another very quick method for the therapeutic properties to be absorbed into the body. One of the best places to apply essential oils is on the bottoms of one’s feet. The bottom of the feet have the largest pores of the body, therefore they absorb the oils more quickly. Other places of the body where essential oils can be applied are along the spine, a troublesome area, the temples, forehead, back of the neck and the chest. For babies, it is usually best to apply to the bottoms of their feet, as this is the least sensitive area of their body…which leads to another important topic about topical application.

Some essential oils must be diluted before topical or internal use with a carrier oil. These carrier oils sort of act as a buffer and a driver for essential oil absorption. If this all sounds a bit tricky, I promise you it’s not, and with a little practice you’ll have it down in no time. Young Living sells a high quality carrier oil called V-6 that nourishes the skin, has a long shelf life, and won’t clog pores or stain clothing. However, any seed oil can act as a carrier oil and commonly used ones are coconut and fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil and even olive oil (although this is a very thick oil and would not be my first choice).

Young Living makes it extremely simple by listing on their essential oils back label how to dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil. Always follow the directions on the back of your Young Living bottles. With babies and children, certain oils may need extra dilution, and there is a wonderful book called Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Young Children if this is something you are interested in.

The last method of how to use an essential oil is internally. Internal usage simply means that you ingest the oil, either by drinking a few drops in a liquid such as tea or almond milk, or add a few drops to a veggie capsule. Now, internal usage is sort of up for debate, as it has not been a common method in traditional aromatherapy, but it does have its benefits and its place. I would not try this with any essential oil that is not 1. 100%, PURE THERAPEUTIC Essential Oil (and unfortunately those essential oils that you find at your local drug store or GNC are not) and 2. say on the label not suitable for ingestion or internal consumption.

I personally have no problem adding a few drops of my Young Living Peppermint oil into an herbal tea when I have occasional stomach upset to aid with proper digestion. Why? Because Young Living Essential Oils ARE 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade with no additives or solvents used to stretched the oil and cheapen it, and Young Living jumps through the proper hoops to be able to have the OK to list on the back of this oil’s label suitable for use as a dietary supplement. Again, not all oils are suitable for use as a dietary supplement, not even all of Young Living’s. Please read the back of your labels.

I truly hope that this post has been helpful and informative! I encourage you to contact me if you are interested in Young Living’s products, wholesale membership or business. I am not shy and would love to help answer any question you might have.

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