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So, you’ve heard of Essential Oils, but you’re not sure what they do, how they are used, or what they even are… This post is for you and will hopefully answer most of your questions in a nutshell.

Essential oils are the most powerful part of a plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs. Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.

While this very basic definition of essential oils is useful, I assure you, there is so much more to understanding the incredible power of essential oils. This is a topic about which I am VERY passionate. But before we delve into my story, let me give you a bit more information about how essential oils are used.

There are three ways to use essential oils: rub them topically, ingest them or cook with them, and diffuse them into the air and inhale them.

You do NOT need to be an aromatherapist to use them. Tests have shown that oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled; they were found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. Expulsion of essential oils takes three to six hours in a normal, healthy body.

Essential oils have been around for millennia. They are first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 37, when Joseph was sold to slave traders. The traders carried spices, balm, and myrrh (an essential oil!) Essential oils are mentioned directly or indirectly 1100 times in scripture! Many ancient cultures, including the Babylonians and the Egyptians, used the oils. Jesus Christ received the gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh shortly after his birth.

I first began using the oils about two years ago. A dear friend gave me some Frankincense Oil, and I used rubbed it topically on my chest to support my lung function during my cardio workouts. I had told her that I often became quickly short of breath early in my workouts, and I was not able to finish them. I noticed an almost immediate difference when I started using Frankincense! It definitely helped me to have more endurance. Then, another friend told me about a Young Living product that has become my best friend—Thieves cleaner! This is a real gem. I ordered my bottle of Thieves cleaner for $22, and it has lasted me over a year and a half. I clean my floors with it, and I use it to fill spray bottles to clean any and every surface—countertops, wood, glass, my bathroom, my stove top—everything! I love the Thieves cleaner because it doesn’t have a harsh smell like other cleaners that contain harmful chemicals such as bleach and ammonia. And I loved the feeling of mopping my floors with something completely pure and plant-based, with NO toxic chemicals at all. It made me feel so much better to have my baby son crawling around on a floor that had been cleaned with a natural cleaner!

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils

If you want to pursue a chemical-free life for you and your family, the quality of the oils that you use MATTERS. I chose to buy my essential oils from Young Living because of their Seed to Seal process. Let me tell you about it. All of the plants that are used to make Young Living essential oils are hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. Each plant is harvested at its peak. Then they are put through a rigorous testing process. They are tested for quality not only in Young Living labs, but also in a third party lab. This is why I fell in love with Young Living, because they are a company of integrity. Other oils, like what you would find at a store, are cheaper than Young Living because the company cuts corners in their processes. The only FDA requirement for a product to be labeled an essential oil is that the bottle must contain at least 5 percent oil. What is the other 95 percent??? To me, this defeats the purpose of using oils to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in our bodies.

The average woman applies over 300 toxic chemicals a day to her body just through soaps, makeup, shampoos, and haircare products. This is scary stuff! Why am I putting things on my body with chemicals that I can’t even pronounce? These products can permeate your skin to other systems in your body, and many of these chemicals can cause cancer, infertility, allergies, and a host of other serious illnesses!

I was blown away when I downloaded the Think Dirty App. It is a free app that has a barcode scanner, and you can use it to scan products to see how harmful a product is on a scale of 1 to 10. It also tells you what chemicals are in a product and what illnesses those chemicals are linked to. I went on a rampage in my bathroom and under my kitchen sink, scanning all the products in my house. I was SHOCKED. I was ALARMED. The shampoo that I have been using for years was a 9!! The baby body wash that I use on my son was a 9 for toxicity!! No wonder cancer is so rampant with all of the chemicals that we come in contact with in our lives every single day!

When you buy Young Living’s oils, you’re using a product with ONE ingredient. No additives. No chemicals. I started my oils journey by buying the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It comes with 11 bottles of oil and a diffuser. The oils included are simply amazing! If you are interested in ordering your own Premium Starter Kit, you will receive Frankincense (great for your skin), Lavender (which has MANY uses, including being a calming oil), Peppermint (supports gastrointestinal comfort and healthy gut function), Purification (eliminates odors), Thieves (supports a healthy respiratory system), Stress Away (promotes wellness and positive emotions), Lemon (helps support the immune system, also can be used in cooking), PanAway (soothes muscle aches and pains), Copaiba (promotes overall wellness, good for every system in the body), DiGize (supports the digestive system), and R.C. (supports a healthy respiratory system).

Young Living Essential Oils are one of the absolute best investments in your family’s wellness that you can make. Not to mention, after you purchase your Premium Starter Kit, Young Living also has a monthly rewards program that you can enroll that can actually help you get other Young Living products for a discounted price. It is called Essential Rewards, and I am enrolled in it, and it is amazing! This is really, really important to enroll in Essential Rewards if you are really serious about detoxifying your home and moving your family to a chemical-free lifestyle. Use my member ID, 12296741, and leave a comment here!

What are you waiting for?!? Get over to Young Living and order your Premium Starter Kit today! You will NOT regret it!