What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the natural, very concentrated, aromatic liquids that are within trees, flowers, leaves, shrubs, roots, seeds and even grass and are usually extracted through steam distillation.

Essential oils support the plants in their growth and adaptation to the environment as well as play an important role in defending against insects and diseases.

And essential oils are very complex and are made up of hundreds of different, unique chemical compounds.

It requires a large amount of plant material to produce a small amount of essential oil, for example, it takes 2500kg of rose petals to produce 1kg of rose essential oil! Wow!

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Why Quality matters?

The Quality of an essential oil is really important. Actually, it is the key to have an essential oil with optimal levels of the specific, naturally occurring constituents that characterize each plant!

When working with and using essential oils they will obviously end up in each cell of our bodies.  Every chemical constituent of the essential oil. So the quality of the oil determines whether there is a favorable action or a damaging action in our bodies.

That's why you want to use therapeutic grade essential oils. The best!

Check out Young Living's Seed to Seal® Process or even better, lets go and visit one of the many Young Living farms!

Where and how to start with the oils?

Young Living offers so many single essential oils and great blends, which can surely be overwhelming if you are new to the oils! So where to start?

From Young Living's 20+ years of experience, they picked the most used essential oils and created a Kit to start your essential oil journey with.

There are 3 different Premium Starter Kits that offer a great, easy yet effective way to start using the essential oils and products every day!

 1. Premium Starter Kit: Here you'll get 11 most used essential oils in 5ml bottles as well as the Dew Drop Diffuser which helps a lot to start using the oils in a simple and safe way! Along comes valuable information, essential oil samples for you to share with your loved ones and samples of the yummy NingXia Red juice.

2. Premium Starter Kit Aria: This Kit is the same than the "normal Premium Starter Kit with all the essential oils and samples, but with the elegant Aria Diffuser instead of the Dewdrop diffuser.

3. Premium Starter Kit NingXia Red: start healthy with 2 bottles of NingXia Red, 1 pack of NingXia Nitro, 30 sample packages NingXia Red for on the go as well as 5ml StressAway ! This is a wonderful way to start to boost your everyday well-being!

 Premium Starter Kit with the Dew Drop Diffuser

Premium Starter Kit with the Dew Drop Diffuser

 Premium Starter Kit with NingXia Red

Premium Starter Kit with NingXia Red

Quality

Are you also getting into the habit of checking labels of the things you buy in the stores?

Most of us know about the differences if we buy our vegetables from our local farmer or biostore or from the supermarket chain. Most of us know that there is much less harmful things in grassfed beef than in the industrial meat .

And most of us have become more conscious about what we put into and on our bodies over the last years.

Young Living is truely unique with their promise for and deep commitment to purity of their essential oils and products!

Young Living is the only essential oil company that owns their own Farms with destilleries around the globe. With their Seed to Seal Process, the whole process of the production of essential oils stays actually in one hand. From the soil to the seeds, the fertilizer and the weeding, the harvest and ( most important) the destillation, up to the testing and then bottleing of the oils, everything happens under the control and with the vast knowledge of Young Living.

So you and I can be sure to benefit from the highest quality essential oils!

 LAVENDER FLOWERS                                       HELICHRYSUM                              HELICHRYSUM FARM CROATIA                           PLANTING HELICHRYSUM

LAVENDER FLOWERS                                       HELICHRYSUM                              HELICHRYSUM FARM CROATIA                           PLANTING HELICHRYSUM

Each and every essential oil contains specific plant compounds that offer the greatest potential benefit in their natural,  unadulterated state. Think of a mosaic or an orchestra: if a couple of stones or instruments are missing, something will be slightly off. Some of us will notice it right away, for some of us it will take a while. The same happens when a stone or an instrument is replaced by a synthetic one. You can even mimic an orchestra with a synthesizer, but we will hear the difference.

The same is true for the quality of essential oils!

The best way to experience this transparency is to visit one of the global farms and check it out! If you want to know the next event near you, just contact me!

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The Farms :

  • In the US in Mona, Utah and St.Maries, Idaho ( where Young Living started)
  • The Northern Light Farm in Fort Nelson, Canada where - amongst other- the amazing Black Spruce essential oil is distilled.
  • In Guayaquil, Ecuador where they have the largest distillery in South America
  • In Iquitos, Peru where YL Purchased more than 3400acres of Amazon Rainforest
  • In Salalah, Oman: this is really special because Young Living is the only essential oil company that was given permission to distil and export Sacred Frankincense!
  • And, of course, en Provence, France in Simiane-la-Rotonde
  • This April 2015 YL opened their newest farm in Croatia where we got to plant the precious Helichrysum plant this spring!
 YL Farm Croatia, April 2015; happily planting Helichrysum

YL Farm Croatia, April 2015; happily planting Helichrysum

Application

Historically there are three models of applying an essential oil: the german model only used essential oils by inhalation; the english model applied essential oils topically, meaning on the skin and the french doctors subscribed them to be used internallyIn the EU we are only allowed to talk about the first two models because essential oils are registered as cosmetics.

Make sure you read the label on your bottle of essential oil before using it.                                                                   

 Many Young Living essential oils are safe to apply directly/ neat ( without a carrier oil) onto your skin.

  1. INHALATION:

  • inhale directly from the bottle
  • put one drop into the palm of your hand, close your eyes and breathe it in.
  • put some drops in your cold diffuser like this one ( link).
  • place a couple of drops on a cotton ball and place in your drawer for nicely scented clothes.
  • pour some hot water into a bowl, add a few drops of essential oil and cover your heade with a towl ( like a tent). Breathe in deeply.

      2. TOPICAL

  • dilute a couple of drops of essential oil and dilute with a carrier oil. Then apply to and massage the desired area.
  • add a couple of drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of seasalt or epsom salt and then add to your hot/warm bath.
  • add some drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil to your Massage oil.
  • a great, safe way to use your essential oils topically is to apply them on the soles of your feet.

      3. INTERNAL

  • in Europe Young Living now offer the Plus oils for internal use. In the States these are called Vitality oils. These essential oils are officially registered as nutritional supplements .
  • we use them in our cooking and baking
  • we add a couple of drops to our smoothies and drinking water
  • we take them in vegetable capsules

Historically there are three models of applying an essential oil: the german model only used essential oils by inhalation; the english model applied essential oils topically, meaning on the skin and the french doctors subscribed them to be used internally.

In the EU we used to only be allowed to talk about the first two models because essential oils are registered as cosmetics. However since Octber 2016 we have essential oils that are officially registered as nutritional supplements! These essential oils ( Plus and Vitality)  are wonderful and safe to take internally.

Make sure you read the label on your bottle of essential oil before using it.    

Safety

  1. never put essential oils into your eyes! ( If it happens, wash your eyes with a fatty/ vegetable oil like olive or coconut oil, milk, joghurt etc, NOT with water! Water will drive the essential oil faster into the tissue.)
  2. never put essential oils directly into your ears!
  3. store essential oils in a dark and cool place;
  4. keep essential oils out of the reach of children;
  5. if you are pregnant always consult with your midwife or doctor to ensure safe application!
  6. if you have any health condition always consult with your healthcare provider and doctor to ensure safe application!
 DEW DROP DIFFUSER

DEW DROP DIFFUSER

Some Inspirations for application:

  1. put a couple of drops of essential oil Lemongrass or the essential oil Blend Purification on the inside ( the cardboard part) of a toilet paper roll for a nice fresh smell in your bathroom.
  2. add a couple of drops of Lemongrass, Purification, Lavender or Tea Tree essential oil to your softener compartment of your washing machine for fresh and clean smelling laundry.
  3. diffuse essential Oil of Lavender before bedtime for a calming aroma; you can also put one or two drops of Lavender on your pillow.
  4.  enjoy a revitalizing foot bath with some sea salt and a couple of drops ofLemon essential oil before a pedicure.
 PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL AND USB DIFFUSER

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL AND USB DIFFUSER

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL AND USB DIFFUSER