A few months ago I finally got around to attending an essential oil workshop at my friends house. I had a feeling I would like it but I didn’t realize how life changing it would be for me. For real. As I sat listening to her talk about all the ways she uses oils in her life it was like the missing piece of my life was being explained to me.
I used to hear people talk about essential oils (or EOs as we call them) and I thought it was just a bunch of people who felt relaxed by nice smells. I like smells, I thought, but I can’t imagine why they are SO into them. Then I went and learned. EOs are the oils of various plants that are extracted through specific distilling practices that allow them to retain various healing compounds. Just in the same way that eating herbs and spices can be very healthy for us, consuming EOs, through inhalation, application on the skin or internally feeds our body with those same healing compounds. They help to support our body’s systems to bring it back to balance. They are also full of super high levels of antioxidants.
My friend’s talk was about Young Living essential oils specifically. I was a little skeptical about why these oils would be worth so much more than the oils at health food stores but after her talk and then doing a lot of my own research it all made sense. Young Living owns 9 of their own farms around the world where they grow, harvest, distill and bottle most of their own oils using BEYOND organic and sustainable practices. They use essential oils instead of pesticides and weed by hand. I’m big into organic gardening and permaculture so this is important to me. They have also been around for over 20 years with this same mission.
All of the other companies I could find seem to source their oils from a variety of places and can’t have the same level of oversight in the production. That’s really important since EOs are a largely unregulated industry where companies can pop up overnight and claim to be “therapeutic” or “100% pure” without any oversight. Many EOs on the market are completely synthetic, have fillers, were made with chemical solvents or were made with high heat and high pressure distilling practices which affect the healing qualities of the oils. It’s definitely a time where you get what you pay for. It takes 27sq ft of lavender to make enough pure essential oil to fill a 15ml bottle. If you find it somewhere for $5 then there is NO WAY it’s actually pure oil. It just doesn’t add up.
Essential oils each have distinct fragrances as well as individual healing components. My favorite is Frankincense, which is high in sesquiterpenes which stimulates and oxygenates the limbic system of the brain which helps to elevate our mood and helps us relax. I LOVE it when I’m feeling stressed out in the afternoon or before a meditation. It’s SO good!
Another favorite oil of mine is Thieves Blend. This one contains clove oil, which is one of the highest antioxidant oils available! I like to put a drop in my tea or on the soles of my feet when I’m feeling run down. It tastes great and really helps me to feel better fast!
Lemon oil is probably the one I go through fastest! I like to have a few drops in a big glass of water with a sprinkle of mineral salt (which helps it to disperse) to start my day. I can really feel the difference when I forget to take it! Lemon oil is great for helping to cleanse the body and support the liver and lymphatic system. It’s also awesome as a natural version of goo gone and for helping to soothe acid reflux when rubbed on the throat!
RC is my husband’s favorite blend. It helps to support the respiratory system and he likes to put it over his sinuses when he’s feeling congested. It has the added bonus of helping him to breath better and cuts down his snoring!
Peppermint is one of the strongest oils and Young Living’s peppermint really packs a punch! It’s very soothing when applied to the temples if your head is aching. It’s also nice on sore muscles and is even helpful for digestion when you rub it directly over your stomach or have it in a drop of water!
Peace and Calming II is the oil that my daughter asks for the most. It’s a lovely blend and she says,”it helps me feel calm and control my body better”. Many parents swear by this or the original Peace and Calming (which is often out of stock due to the seasonal availability of Blue Tansy) for helping kids calm down from tantrums. It’s also very soothing for adults and I like it as an everyday fragrance!
I could go ON AND ON!!! Just ask my friends! Lol. But really, essential oils have been such a positive addition to our lives. They have helped me to get rid of a lot of toxic products around the house and have give me so much more energy and I feel better than ever!
After hearing my friend present I knew that I NEEDED to get some Young Living oils for myself and that because I would OBVIOUSLY be telling everyone about them I should probably just go ahead and make a hobby business out of it. Definitely let me know if you are interested in getting started on your own oily journey! Sharing these amazing oils brings me so much joy 🙂
The best way to get started with Young Living essential oils is to become a member by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit. The kit includes eleven of their most popular oils, an essential oil diffuser and a bunch of samples. Becoming a member is a no stings attached way to get your Young Living oils at 24% off of the retail price for LIFE as long as you spend $50 a year to keep your account active. I always recommend becoming a member and starting with the Premium Starter Kit as it’s the best way to really start USING your oils! The kit has a great assortment of oils and you have something on hand to help with anything that comes up. Becoming a member also gives you access to our members only Facebook groups where you can connect with lots of other Young Living members and hear about all of the ways they are using and loving their oils. Below is my link to get started. I also offer ongoing classes locally in Westchester County NY and occasionally in Maine. Send me an email if you need any help or have questions!
If you want to read more about how Young Living works read my post on it here: