An Intro to Oils
For a few months now, I’ve been researching essential oils. While essential oils are by no means something new (they’ve been around for thousands of years), there seems to have been a sudden burst of interest in them. My experience with them is new, and I take anything that could potentially affect the health of my family very seriously. I began by using oils sparingly. I first experimented with Thieves, and then Lavender. Once school was back in session and my life got much more hectic, I wore an oil diffusing necklace, and it helped tremendously. In my quest for a cleaner, greener lifestyle, I even started using natural household cleaners made with essential oils.
After attending a brief informational session on the benefits of, and how to use essential oils, my experiences with cleaners and jewelry, and even more research, I was ready to make them an everyday part of my families lives. I looked into several companies and decided that Young Living was the best fit for my family (in my research I learned that oils vary greatly from company to company). I was impressed with Young Living’s Seed to Seal Process which, according to their site, “preserves the integrity and potency of essential oils through every step of the production process.”
I eagerly ordered the Premium Starter Kit with the Dewdrop diffuser. When my package arrived I started diffusing right away, and I haven’t stopped yet. I’ve tried nearly each of the 11 oils in my diffuser and have loved them all. I’ve applied Thieves topically on myself and the kids (diluted in coconut oil), and applied Lavender and Peppermint topically as well.
I’m still a newbie, but so far I’m loving the products and already have another diffuser on the way for the kid’s rooms. While the smells are amazing, I’m most interested in the health benefits of the oils.
If you’re considering using essential oils, here are a few need-to-knows:
1. All oils are not created equal. Do your research. As mentioned, Young Living’s Seed to Seal Process ensures that all oils are pure, genuine, and free of synthetic chemicals. Read more here. Some companies sell oils that are “perfume-grade” which obviously won’t provide health benefits.
2. Carrier Oils. While most oils can be applied directly to your skin, my children have super sensitive skin and excema, as do I. This means we need to dilute using a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Essential Oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil when using on children.
3. Store oils in glass, in cool temperatures. Heat shortens the shelf-life of oils. Essential oils should be kept in dark-colored glass containers, in a cool area of your home.
If you have tips to add for beginners, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!
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