What are essential oils?
Essential oils are basically the lifeblood of the plant. Obtained by steam distillation, they are the most powerful part of the plant.
They aren't hippie, witchy-woo-woo, or some new age fad. Essential oils have been used for thousand of years.
How do you use them?
3 ways: Inhalation, Topical Application, Ingestion.
For inhalation, you can open the bottle and sniff, or add a few drops to a diffuser. Did you know that oils can reach your organs within 3 seconds when inhaled? How cool is that?!
Topical application just means rubbing the oil on your skin. You can do this neat or with a carrier oil. A carrier oil just another oil that you can mix with your essential oil that slows down the rate of absorption because essential oils can be absorbed into the body within 26 seconds. It is recommended that young children and people who are new to essential oils always use a carrier oil when applying oils topically. Some oils are "hot oils," which means they cause a tingling sensation when applied to skin, and should therefore be used with a carrier oil. Please refer to the recommendation on the bottle when applying oils topically.
Internal uses for essential oils would be using a drop for cooking, putting a few drops in a vegetable capsule, or adding a drop to a glass of water or tea. This topic an be controversial, so please be sure and use caution and do research. I do not recommend using any essential oil internally that was not part of Young Living's vitality line.
Why is Young Living so much better than oils I can buy from Amazon?