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

Lavender and Lavandin

What is the difference between Lavender and Lavandin?

When you drive to Provence en France, there is this amazing moment, when you spot the first purple spot between the trees or bushes ! Yeah!

And then there is the next purple field and the next and then the fields are everywhere - sooo beautiful!

Most of what you will see are fields of cloned Lavandin or cloned Lavender.

Lavandin is a hybrid, it is steril, each and every plant looks exactly the same - hence the beautiful perfect lines of purple lavandin we see en Provence.

Lavandin also has much more yield and so it is cheaper to produce than true Lavender. It is widely used in the perfume and soap industry.

Lavandin has significant more camphor than true Lavender and the untrained nose has a hard time to differenciate between true Lavender and Lavandin.

 ©2017 Nicolas Landel

©2017 Nicolas Landel

Lavandin is the "child" of true Lavender and Spike Lavender.

Lavandin is a great essential oil for cleaning. They even clean animal cages with Lavandin essential oil.

So because they smell similar and Lavandin is much cheaper, a lot of Lavender essential oil that is sold is actually diluted with Lavandin essential oil.  True Lavander on the other side provides a much lesser yield, making it a more expensive essential oil.

The uses for true Lavender are very different ones - true Lavender :

  • is great to enhance the appearance of our skin. So you can put a couple of drops in your chemical free body lotion, cream or in a vegetable oil like coconutoil and nourish your skin. You can also put a couple of drops into your chemical free shampoo. Or create your own relaxing bath salt. There are so many uses in this area!
  • put a couple of drops in your cold diffuser or on your pillow to help you get a restful night.
  • or put a coupleof drops on the soles of your feet before going to bed.
  • put a couple of drops in your cold diffuser whenever you want to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

The difference between Clonal and Population Lavender

If you take a twig from a Lavender plant and grow another plant out of it, it is called a clonal Lavender. It is exactly the same Lavender, the same size, the same smell and the same color.

If you grow your Lavender plant from the seed you will get a great variety of different Lavender plants and it is called populational Lavender. It is different in size, in smell and in color. So these fields look very different from the homoge

Young Living grows only from seeds as they believe in the power of the variety from plant to plant.