Essential Oil Basics

Essential Oil Basics

Please note that despite my total obsession with essential oils, I am not an expert and like many of you reading this, I am always learning. I have chosen to take charge of my health by embracing all three models of essential oil use (as Young Living does): the English, German, and French models.  

  • The English model heavily dilutes a small amount of essential oil in a large amount of a carrier oil for massage.
  • The German model focuses primarily on inhalation of essential oils.
  • The French model prescribes undiluted topical application of essential oil as well as ingestion of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (often under the guidance of a practitioner).

As with anything, there are differing opinions among experts, reference guides, and everyday essential oil users. Please use the below information to spark further research on your part so that you can also feel safe and confident when you use your essential oils. As always, consult a professional as needed or when in doubt over oiling safety. 

1. Purchase an essential oils reference guide – every oil user should have a reference guide!

An essential oils reference guide is a MUST! There are a lot of great reference guides available for you to purchase (my favorite places to purchase them from are Abundant Health and Life Science Products & Publishing). A reference guide will tell you which essential oil to use and how to use it (aromatically, topically, and/or as a dietary supplement) for areas of the body you want to support.

*If you have a medical condition, please consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils.

2. Know how to dilute your essential oils.

Most essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin (to decrease the risk of skin irritation and sensitization). Common carrier oils are: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, Young Living’s V-6 oil, etc.

If an essential oil is primarily used topically, the label on your bottle of essential oil will provide you with dilution instructions. A reference guide will also provide you with dilution instructions. For example, each drop of Young Living’s PanAway essential oil blend should be diluted with 4 drops of a carrier oil when applying it to the skin.

Some aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users recommend diluting essential oils further than what the label instructs. For example, some use dilution ratios of 0.5-5% (then, part of the dilution is applied to the body). More carrier oil is always ok.

DILUTING ESSENTIAL OILS

 3. Use with caution and further dilute essential oils for use on babies and children.

Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users sometimes have differing opinions on if and which essential oils are safe to use on babies and young children (as well as the topical dilution ratios to use). Please use a reference guide that you trust and consider consulting a professional and/or doctor if you plan to use essential oils on babies and young children. The below information is summarized from “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils” (which includes a section on children and infants).

Essential oils that are typically thought to be safe for use on babies and children are: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Orange, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Gentle Baby (a Young Living essential oil blend). Young Living KidScents Oil Collection is typically safe for children ages 2-12. There are many oil users who use other essential oils on their kiddos, but those listed here may offer a good starting point.

It is typically not recommended that babies and young children ingest essential oils (because babies and young children are so small and oils are so potent). If an essential oil is ingested, give the child an oil soluble liquid such as milk, cream, or half and half. For your protection, you may want to consider calling poison control and/or seeking medical attention.

Always heavily dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil when applying to babies and children. When applying essential oils to babies, dilute 1-2 drops of essential oil in at least 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil. For children 2-5 years of age, dilute 1-3 drops of essential oil in at least 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Then, apply a small amount of that mixture to your kiddo. Making roll-ons are a convenient way to apply oils to your kiddo – check out the graphic below!

BABIES AND CHILDREN ROLL-ON RECIPE

4. Use essential oils with caution if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users sometimes have differing opinions on which essential oils (and how they can be used) are typically thought to be safe and helpful to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please use a reference guide that you trust and consult a professional and/or your doctor if you plan to use essential oils while pregnant, if you plan to become pregnant, or while breastfeeding. The below information is summarized from “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils” (which includes a section on pregnancy and motherhood).

Avoid the following essential oils during pregnancy: Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Lavandin, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Di-Gize, Dragon Time, Exodus II, Grounding, Mister.

Use the following oils with a bit more caution during pregnancy: Angelica, Cedarwood, German/Blue Chamomile, Cistus, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Black Cumin, Cypress, Davana, Fennel, Laurel, Marjoram, Mountain Savory, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Vetiver, Yarrow.

5. More essential oil is not always better.

Essential oils are very potent – a little goes a long way. Per “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils,” use no more than 6 drops of essential oil at a time (for an adult) as a large amount of oil can cause you to feel uncomfortable. Generally speaking (and in my personal experience),  1-3 drops of essential oil is usually adequate for topical and dietary use. If you would like to cover a large area of the body (ex: legs, back, etc) with an essential oil, use more carrier oil to further spread that essential oil over the skin.

6. Drive essential oils deeper into into the tissue for faster relief.

Use a hot moist compress over the area of topical application to drive the essential oil deeper into the tissue.

7. If you get an essential oil in your eye or it burns your skin, do not rinse with water – use carrier oil instead.

Essential oils are not water-soluble, they are oil soluble. Therefore, use a carrier oil (coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, Young Living’s V-6 oil, etc) to dilute an essential oil if needed. If you apply an essential oil to your skin and it feels too strong, rub carrier oil over the skin to further dilute the essential oil. If you get a rash from an essential oil, discontinue use of that oil.

If you get a Young Living essential oil in your eye, do not rinse it with water (as water will drive the oil deeper into the tissue and cause your eye to sting even more). Instead, apply a carrier oil around and in your eye until the discomfort subsides.

8. Essential oils can be applied to MOST areas of the body.

For topical application, essential oils can usually be applied to the area of the body that you want to support. When in doubt or for generalized support, you can apply oils to the bottom of the feet, on the wrists, on the outside of the ear, behind the ear, and/or on the back of the neck.

Essential oils can be applied on a cotton ball, which can be placed in the ear. However, essential oils should never be put into the ear canal. Additionally, essential oils should not be used in the eye.

9. Keep essential oils out of the light and out of extreme heat.

Your oils will last much longer if stored properly.

10. Some essential oils are photosensitive.

Avoid using the below essential oils before or during exposure to direct sunlight (or UV rays) as it may cause a rash, pigmentation, or increase the chance you will get a sunburn. Each bottle of Young Living essential oil contains a label that will tell you if an oil is photosensitive.

11. The Vitality essential oils are labeled as a dietary supplement and include directions for internal consumption.

Young Living sells 42 Vitality essential oils, which are labeled as a dietary supplement and include directions for internal consumption (for adults, not babies and children). Refer to the dietary usage directions on the back of each essential oil bottle. Increasing the recommended dosage is at your own risk. Essential oils are often added to water, juice, milk, yogurt, smoothie, spoonful of honey, capsule, etc. If adding essential oils to a drink, use a glass cup (or glass water bottle) instead of a plastic one (as essential oils break down cheaper plastics). Use caution when setting a bottle of oil on a painted surface as the oil may dissolve the paint.

*Each Vitality essential oil has a regular counterpart. For example, Young Living sells Lemon essential oil and Lemon Vitality essential oil. Each Vitality essential oil is the exact same oil as its regular counterpart (ex: Lemon and Lemon Vitality is the same essential oil). The only difference is that each Vitality essential oil includes a label with instructions for internal consumption, while its regular counterpart includes a label with topical/aromatic instructions. Young Living separated the uses on different bottles to offer you multiple ways to use essential oils and to satisfy the marketing requirements of the FDA.

*While Young Living promotes and teaches ingestion of some of their essential oils, this is a controversial practice in the aromatherapy world. While I feel totally safe ingesting some of my oils, if this makes you uncomfortable, know that you can still experience AMAZING benefits just from inhalation and topical application of your oils. After all, this is about YOU and YOUR health/comfort level! :) 

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Sources:

1. The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley

2. Essential Oils Desk Reference (2014 Sixth Edition) by Life Science Publishing

3. Aromahead Institute: Introduction to Essential Oils: http://www.aromahead.com/courses/online/introduction-to-essential-oils

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Which Essential Oils Should I Start With?

WHICH OILS SHOULD YOU START WITH

There are hundreds of different essential oils, but you don’t need that many essential oils in your medicine cabinet to reap their benefits. One essential oil can be used SEVERAL different ways. Therefore, an essential oil collection of 10-15 oils is really all you need to assist in supporting, affecting, and maintaining overall health and wellness. If you are just getting started on your essential oil journey, I highly suggest the Premium Starter Kit because it includes a diffuser and 11 versatile bottles of essential oil. Plus, when you purchase your kit from me, I’ll send you just over $20.00 worth of gifts and a 14 day Members Only E-Course. You’ll also get access to our Oil Moxie resources for support!

The 11 essential oils from the Premium Starter Kit can help maintain wellness in the body and can be used to support several of your body systems! Below is some information on each of the 11 essential oils from the Premium Starter Kit – and this info only scratches the surface!

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Lemon

  • Has a fresh, zesty aroma
  • Use it to enhance the flavor of food and beverages
  • Includes the naturally occurring constituent d-limonene. Google “d-limonene” if you don’t know what what that is!

Lavender

  • Lavender has a sweet floral aroma
  • Extremely gentle and extremely versatile – is considered the Swiss army knife of essential oils! The uses for Lavender are almost endless! When in doubt, use Lavender!
  • Relaxes and calms
  • Promotes a restful nights sleep
  • Supports skin health – is used in many body care products

Frankincense

  • Has an earthy, balsamic aroma
  • Highly revered for its ability to increase feelings of spirituality and inner strength
  • Often used during prayer, yoga, or meditation
  • Promotes mental balance – inhaling it can help you spiritually refocus
  • Helps overcome nervous energy
  • Great for promoting youthful and healthy looking skin

Peppermint

  • Has a fresh, energizing aroma
  • Supports normal digestion – use it after mealtime
  • May support performance during exercise

Copaiba

  • Has a rich, complex aroma
  • Nicely compliments other essential oils – as a result, it is often used in essential oil blends and recipes
  • Supports the body’s natural response to injury and irritation
  • Promotes overall wellness
  • Contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known essential oil. Google “beta caryophyllene” if you don’t know what that is!

PanAway

  • PanAway was created by Gary Young following a severe injury to the ligaments in his leg
  • Has a warm/cooling sensation – use on muscles after exercise to soothe and comfort them
  • Reduces minor discomfort from everyday activities like sitting in front of the computer
  • Rub on the temples to ease minor & occasional tension

Purification

  • Has a crisp, refreshing aroma
  • Dispels and neutralizes stubborn and lingering odors
  • Soothes the skin
  • Apply to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free – think summer BBQs and campfires!

RC

  • Contains three unique varieties of Eucalyptus, among other aromatics
  • Diffuse or apply to the feet, chest, and throat to comfort and soothe
  • Oilers love this oil in the wintertime
  • A great oil to use before exercising or just before bedtime

Thieves

  • Has a pleasant, spicy aroma
  • One of Young Living’s most popular essential oil blends
  • Based on research of 4 thieves who covered themselves in aromatics while robbing plague victims
  • Highly effective in supporting healthy immune function
  • May help maintain a healthy respiratory system
  • There is a whole line of Thieves products including: toothpaste, mouthwash, mints, floss, lozenges, wipes, spray, hand purifier, hand soap, bar soap, household cleaner, dish soap, fruit/veggie soak & spray, and laundry detergent

DiGize

  • A blend of sweetly aromatic essential oils
  • Contains essential oils known for comforting and supporting the digestive system
  • Use for support before or after a meal, or  while traveling

Stress Away

  • Unique combination of Lime, Vanilla, and other essential oils
  • Created to combat normal stresses that creep into our everyday lives
  • Reduces occasional nervous tension
  • Induces relaxation

The 4 Flex Essential Oils

If one of the above essential oils is out of stock (due to unforeseen harvest issues), Young Living will substitute a flex oil in its place – so not to delay your oiling experience! :) These flex oils will also provide you with versatility and a well rounded essential oil experience.

Want your own kit? Click HERE!

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The Best Way to Start Using Essential Oils

I hope you’ll join me in living the oily lifestyle! Don’t know how to use essential oils? No prob! The Young Living Premium Starter Kit includes enough oils to get you started and my welcome gift will show you how to use them! :)

The BEST WAY to purchase oils is as a Wholesale Member with the Premium Starter Kit! 

  • The Premium Starter Kit is the BEST way to begin using essential oils – it includes 11 bottles (5-ml each) of essential oil (Thieves, Copaiba, DiGize, RC, Frankincense, Lemon, Stress Away, Peppermint, PanAway, Lavender, Purification), a diffuser, samples, and info. Plus when you purchase the Premium Starter Kit, you’ll automatically become a Wholesale Member, which means that you’ll save 24% whenever you sign in and order at www.youngliving.com! You do NOT need to sell oils and you do NOT need to purchase product regularly.
  • Plus you’ll get some awesome oily gifts when you purchase your Premium Starter Kit from me. :)

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If you reside outside of the USA, you ARE eligible for a free gift from me, however, you ARE NOT not eligible for the product samples (due to shipping costs and restrictions).

APRIL PSK GIFT

The Premium Starter Kit is $160 (with Home or Dew Drop diffuser) + tax and shipping = $178! Investment? Yes! Well worth it? Yes! *Max one gift per new member. 

PSK Ordering Directions

  1. Click HERE – you will be taken to the Young Living website.
  2. Choose “Member.”
  3. Be sure the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID sections are filled out with # 1583415 (so you get the free gifts from me).
  4. Choose your country and  language (if you live outside of the USA, please contact me prior to ordering so we can discuss your welcome gift – as it will be different than those listed above).
  5. Choose your Premium Starter Kit from the tabs titled Premium Kits, Other Premium Kits, or Specialty Kits (NOT Basic Kits).
  6. Choose whether you would like to enroll in the Essential Rewards program. You are NOT required to join this monthly autoship program. You can opt in or out of this program at any time. Click HERE for details on this program.
  7. Add any optional additional items to your cart (you’ll receive the 24% wholesale discount right away). Be sure to keep the monthly promotion in mind.
  8. Fill in your personal information (name, address, email address, phone number).
  9. Create a username, password, and PIN number for yourself. WRITE THIS INFO DOWN! Hang onto this info for future logins and purchases at www.youngliving.com.
  10. The ‘Commission Processing Information’ section is optional (as selling oils is optional). I’d suggest filling this information out just in case you decide at some point to refer others to Young Living (Young Living Corporate would use this information for tax purposes), however, it is completely optional and you can skip this section if you’d like.
  11. Choose your shipping method and enter your payment information. Note: As of 4/23/17, I do not have any enrollment vouchers available to anyone – it is rare for a distributor to have one of these to give to a new member.
  12. Click HERE to receive your FREE WELCOME GIFTS!

*To receive the gifts from me, you must purchase your Premium Starter Kit during the same month you begin creating your wholesale account. 

If you have any questions, feel free to call or text me at: 262-707-5071. If I don’t answer your call, please leave a message. I would be happy to return your phone call. :)

Purchasing oils as a Wholesale Member is the most cost effective way to use oils. However, you can also purchase at full retail cost by following the directions below:

  1. Click HERE – you will be taken to the Young Living website.
  2. Click Retail Customer.
  3. Leave my Enroller and Sponsor ID # 1583415 on the form where it asks you who introduced you to Young Living (so I can assist you if you have any oiling questions).
  4. Fill in your personal information (name, address, email address, phone number).
  5. Create a username, password, and PIN number for yourself. Hang onto this info for future logins at www.youngliving.com.
  6. Shop away!

If the screen freezes, you get an error message, you had to back out of your order (for whatever reason), or you aren’t sure if your order went through, follow these steps:

  • Exit out of the Young Living website (don’t worry, you will log back in).
  • Click this link: https://www.youngliving.com. Select your country. In the upper right corner, click “Sign In.” Log in with your username and password you just created and finish your order.
  • If you are still having trouble, you can contact the Young Living Member Services department at 1-800-371-3515. If the wait time is long, choose the call back option (wait to be disconnected after typing in your phone number instead of hanging up yourself – this is to be sure your place is saved). When you speak to a Member Service’s representative, tell them that you are having trouble joining Young Living and completing your order (as a Retail Customer or as a Wholesale Member with the Premium Starter Kit. Ask to join under Enroller and Sponsor ID # 1583415.
  • If needed, you can also email me at sarahbiskobing@theoilessentials.com. I would be happy to help you get things sorted out!
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How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, seeds, etc. These oils, also known as nature’s living energy, contain unique constituents that provide therapeutic benefits. Wondering how to use essential oils? Follow the guide below – along with the individual instructions on each label – to experience the amazing, health supporting benefits of essential oils. Please also read the information on my “Essential Oil Safety and Usage Guidelines” page.

Inhalation

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Inhaling certain essential oils heightens the senses and can have many positive effects on the body. Try these ideas to use essential oils for inhalation:

  • Inhale directly from the bottle.
  • Diffuse with any of Young Living’s diffusers (the Premium Starter Kit includes a diffuser).
  • Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly.
  • Place a drop or two on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball near you.

Topical Application

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Many essential oils are safe to use directly on the skin:

  • Place 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area. Massage onto the area of concern. Be sure to check the label on each essential oil bottle (or your reference guide) to see if the essential oil should be diluted with a carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, Young Living’s V-6 oil, etc).
  • Use one of Young Living’s essential oils that come with a roller ball attached. Or add a roller ball (aka: AromaGlide fitment) to a bottle of essential oil for targeted application. I just love the AromaGlide fitments!

Internal Consumption

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Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. The label on each bottle of Young Living essential oil will tell you whether it is intended to be used as a dietary supplement. To take essential oils internally, try these tips:

  • Place 1-2 drops into a gelatin capsule and swallow it with water.
  • Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water, NingXia Red, tea, juice, or yogurt.
  • Add 1-2 drops (to taste) to your meals when cooking (I like some of my oils in smoothies).
  • Add 1-2 drops to a teaspoon of honey or agave nectar.

Check out the “oils 101” tab on the top of my blog to learn everything a beginner essential oil user might want to know. :)

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Source: Most of the above information is taken from the 2013 Young Living Product Guide.

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