What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, roots, fruits, bark, resin and herbs. Oils contain more than 100 different natural, organic ingredients.
In the body you provide support for every system: the skeleton, the muscles, the circulation, the hormonal system, the respiration, as well as the immune system. They can support the brain and maintain a healthy weight. They are used to support feelings, spiritual, as well as prayer.
An oil that is fogged in the diffuser can relieve the tiring day at school and have a calming, balancing effect after a hard day’s work.
The oils can also be used as an alternative to chemical household cleaners. In principle, you can replace every single chemical cleaner in your own household and thus discover a gentler lifestyle for yourself.
There are currently about 300 oils worldwide – but we only need 10 to 20 to have a good home base. You do not need to be an aromatherapist to use them for yourself. In most cases, they are applied to the skin. There are 3 ways to use the oils:
After the English aromatherapy: apply to the skin
After the French aromatherapy: ingest and cook
After the German: diffuse and inhale
The last method can also be the most effective as the oils do not have to pass through the gastrointestinal tract first.
How long does it take to work and how long do they work?
Tests have shown that oils on inhalation reach the heart, liver and thyroid within 3 seconds; within 26 seconds, they can be detected in the blood when applied to the skin. In a healthy body they work between 3 and 6 hours.
The history of essential oils
They are already mentioned by name in the Book of Genesis (chapter 37) – ‘they carried spices, balsam and myrrh with them`. Oils are mentioned 1,100 times directly or indirectly in the Bible. The Christ child received gold, myrrh and frankincense. Frankincense alone has over 10,000 modes of action.
Some of the oldest cultures in the world knew the effects of essential oils. The Babylonians used cedar, myrrh and cypress. The Egyptians used the oils for beauty and relaxation.
How do essential oils work?
For a long time I have used essential oils. Take a bottle of lavender at the farmer’s market or at the organic market, even from the pharmacy. It smelled good, but it does not matter. Meanwhile, I understand why:
To call an oil as pure essential oil, it only needs to contain 25% pure essential oil!
All the essential oils that are available fall into one of the following categories:
- Grade A is therapeutic, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures.
- Grade B oils are food grade but may contain synthetic substances, pesticides, fertilizer or carrier oil.
- Grade C oils sinmd perfume oils containing often falsifying chemicals. Solvents are often used, e.g. Hexane for a greater yield from the harvest. Solvents can be carcinogenic and are found in many oils available in stores. They may also be extended with alcohol.
- Degree D is also referred to as `Floral-Water`. This is purely aromatic and a by-product of Grade A distillation. When all the oil has been extracted, the leftover water is often sold to companies who fill it with carrier oil and call it ‘pure oil’.
Grade A is the only pure essential oil and the oil we want!
Before we decide to buy an oil we should check if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields and supervises the entire production process of `seeds for sealing`. Pesticides, pollution and what was once cultivated in the countryside – all this affects the quality of an oil. The oils of Young Living are A grade oils.
The seed to seal process is unique to Young Living and a promise of integrity. Gary Young says: I do not make oil for profit but for its benefit! Saat zuu seal here means weed is pulled by hand, no pesticides are used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at the right time and subjected to a precise process – then they are delivered by the farm directly to our home. Saat zu Siegel is not a slogan but a promise. See seedtoseal.com.
Why are cheaper oils elsewhere?
To save money. If the company sprays the crop with pesticides, it has more harvest to distill. If she uses chemical solvents to make the oil, she gets more out. Many oils are mixed with cheap carrier oil to stretch the clean oil. Most of the essential oils that are sold cheaper are therefore companies that take shortcuts.
How are essential oils produced?
It is very expensive to produce a – in proportion – tiny amount of oil!
- 60,000 rose petals are needed to make 1 ounce (about 30 ml) of rose oil
- Lavender is very rich: 220 pounds make up 7 pounds of lavender oil
- Jasmine flowers are picked by hand before the sun gets too hot on the very first day of their opening – this makes jasmine one of the most expensive oils in the world! 8 million hand picked flowers are needed to get 2.2 pounds of jasmine oil
- A sandalwood tree must be 30 years old and 30 feet high (9m) before it can be used for distillation
Nevertheless, most oils are available for 11 to 30 euros per bottle. A 5 ml bottle contains about 90 drops, a 15 ml bottle about 250 drops. Approx. 1-3 drops are needed per application, which means that even the 5 ml bottle is enough for about 30-90 applications.
Thieves Cleaner is made from pure plants and is highly concentrated – to make a bottle of detergent from it costs about 1 Euro per bottle, because it is extremely efficient and usable for everything. You do not get that cheaper in the health food store.
Are essential oils safe?
There are some oils which are photosensitive, i. they should not be used in places that are exposed to the sun afterwards (under the feet, as a deodorant or at the rear hairline are alternatives). These are mainly the citrus oils, grapefruit, lemon, …
If applied directly to the skin, it can be diluted with carrier oil on sensitive skin (or nose). In children, a carrier oil should always be used, as their skin is more permeable and absorbs the oils much faster. What is a carrier oil? A fatty oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil or V6, its molecules are much larger than the essential oils. Using a carrier oil slows down the absorption of the essential oil.
Be careful when applying the oils near the eyes. Some oils, such as peppermint, can cause a burning sensation. Always neutralize with carrier oil, never with water!
What about the intake of essential oils? Young Living has the Vitality Plus line specifically recommended for ingestion, as it has been using French aromatherapy for decades.
On the other hand…
… we look at the ingredients of the products that are in our kitchen or in the bathroom. Every day we use products with ingredients whose name we can not even pronounce and apply to our body and breathe it. The average woman wears 300 chemicals per day, with shampoo, shower gel, body milk, perfume, 80 of them before breakfast.
If you apply Young Living Lemon Oil it will contain: Lemon
We have now addressed many issues and that may seem overwhelming at first glance. The easiest way to get started is the Young Living Starter Kit. It is the only product of YL that is available at half price – it contains 11 oils and a diffuser. The new starter kit will even contain 12 oils (orange)!
Frankincense: one of the main oils for the skin, also one of the key ingredients in Young Living’s `Brain Power` oil blend. Very pleasant to come to rest, grounding.
Lavender: The relaxation oil! Great in the diffuser to create a relaxed atmosphere. Soothing in the evening are a few drops in the bathtub. Also a great skin oil. Also called the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ among the oils for its many different uses.
Peppermint: can aid the digestion, pleasant in the diffuser to promote the concentration, to use by its cooling effect in the summer as `air conditioning`
Purification: in the diffuser it cleanses the air of unpleasant odors and refreshes when spray mixed with water applied it can protect us and our animals from mosquitoes
The thieves: promote a healthy airway system and support overall well-being, can support the immune system
Stress Away: promotes wellness, well-being and relaxation. One of the most pleasant ’emotional’ oils.
Lemon: delicious in daily water, a key component of Thieves and Ning Xia Red, can support the immune system
Pan Away: relaxing after workouts to support the muscles, applied on the back or neck for a warming experience
Copaiba: supports general well-being, supports all body systems, great skin oil
DiGize: THE oil to support the digestive system and promote healthy bowel function
R.C .: promotes the well-being of the respiratory tract, very pleasant in the diffuser, promotes a comforting atmosphere