What Are Essential Oils?

Ever smelled a flower and instantly felt more serene? Or a tasted a fresh squeezed lemon and felt more refreshed? How about a whiff of peppermint tea that helped you feel more alert? If so, you’ve already experienced aromatherapy. Therapeutic scents can literally help us feel better inside and out.

Essential oils are the volatile liquids of the plant. They are obtained from properly distilling different parts of a plant including the seeds, roots, bark, stems, leaves, fruit, flowers or branches.
The key to producing therapeutic-grade essential oils is to preserve as many of the delicate compounds within the essential oil as possible. The essential oil constituents can be affected by the plant from which the oil was produced, soil conditions, fertilizer, geographic region, climate, altitude, harvesting methods, and distillation processes.

Essential oils have protective properties which are the plants’ natural defense mechanisms. These properties work the same way in us as they do in the plant and therefore have medicinal properties. Essential oils support the body to come back into balance without the harmful side effects of chemical-based products.

Essential oils can immediately penetrate the skin and cell membranes and then diffuse throughout the blood and tissues in a matter of seconds! Essential oils have oxygenating properties and because they contain oxygen molecules, they can transport nutrients to cells that are nutrient and/or oxygen deprived. Healthy cells need oxygen. Therefore essential oils can have a tremendous impact on our body's ability to achieve and maintain balance.

Essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain that control our mood, emotions and beliefs so they can also help us with our ability to handle stress, anger or other emotions that we are dealing with.

Essential oils can support us through many of our everyday activities and life changes but there are different grades of oils so it's extremely important to understand that not all essential oils yield the same results.

To benefit from essential oils, it is crucial to use therapeutic grade essential oils that are NOT adulterated. Adulterated oils contain synthetic chemicals or compounds. And, they could actually be harmful to our bodies. Unfortunately, in the United States there are no standards for testing therapeutic grade essential oils and the FDA has very loose standards on labeling oils.
I researched and learned about essential oils for a long time before I decided on a brand. I knew I wanted to use essential oils myself and be able to share them with my clients so I had to make sure that I had the best, safest, and most effective ones. I was very particular and thorough when it came to making this decision because I knew that the quality of the oil was most important and would determine the effectiveness and safety.

I chose Young Living for many reasons and not only do I feel confident using and sharing these oils but I am also grateful for how they have helped transform my own health and the health and lives of all of the people I have shared them with.

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How Can Essential Oils Be Used?

There are three main ways to use Essential Oils... let me say that again, there are three main ways to use Young Living Essential Oils! Please do not use these guidelines for any other essential oils unless you have thoroughly researched the company and learned directly from them that they can be used this way. Or simply, just use Young Living Oils!


Inhaling essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous desired responses in the body. Follow these guidelines when using essential oils for inhalation:

  • Inhale directly from the bottle or put a drop in your hand and simply smell them.
  • Diffuse the oils using a diffuser, which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air. The diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.
  • Use with a humidifier. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. (Do not put essential oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapor and may cause damage to your humidifier.)
  • Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Put a towel over your head and the bowl in a tent-like fashion. Breathe deeply and slowly.
  • Mix essential oils with bath salts (such as Epsom salt) and put it in your bath and enjoy the aroma as it fills the air.


Topical application of many essential oils is safe and can offer an enjoyable, relaxing experience. For topical application, follow these simple steps:
  • Carefully tip the oil bottle and place 1–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area.
  • If dropping oil in your hand, gently rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application. If applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin.
  • You can also dilute the essential oils, adding them to a carrier oil such as coconut oil or other pure massage oil to enjoy a fragrant and healing massage.
Caution: Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, if you get it in your eye or ear canal or if it feels hot, immediately apply a fatty carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil to the area to dilute. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.

Get Started with Essential Oils


Many Young Living essential oils make excellent food flavorings or dietary supplements. To use essential oils for internal consumption: 

  • Place several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow the capsule with water.
  • Add 1–2 drops to a glass of water or milk.
  • Put 1–2 drops on a teaspoon of coconut oil or honey or add to your meals when cooking.
  • Drop directly onto or under the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this method. Many essential oils are potent and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of oil to be used.

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