Is It Safe To Ingest Essential Oils?

Is It Safe To Ingest Essential Oils

I wanted to cover somewhat of a controversial topic in this blog post —> ingesting essential oils. Because you might be asking yourself, “Is it safe to ingest essential oils?” Young Living does list dietary supplement directions on several of its essential oils. However, avid oil users tend to be quite opinionated over the issue. And to put it lightly, people on both sides tend to get pretty wound up when discussing whether it is safe or not to take essential oils as a dietary supplement. I’m going to blog on about the topic, but please…no oiling arguments in the comments please – I much prefer a positive blogosphere. :)

There are 3 models when it comes to using essential oils:

Therapeutic use of essential oils follows three different models: the English, German, and French.

  • 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 (usually under the guidance of a practitioner).

Young Living subscribes to all three models of essential oil use. As a result, some Young Living essential oils are labeled as a dietary supplement. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living essential oils, has worked alongside many aromatherapy experts across the world for the past 20+ years and feels confident in embracing the internal consumption of essential oils. Some oilers don’t agree with this. However, the internal consumption of essential oils is legal per the FDA (you can easily Google the GRAS list of essential oils per the FDA to see the official list).

Do you have to ingest Young Living essential oils?

When I want to use essential oils, I always look up the body system that I want to support in a reference guide. My reference guide lists various essential oils that may be helpful and how each of those oils can be used (topically, aromatically, and/or internally). The body can usually be supported through aromatic use or topical application of essential oils. On occasion, you will notice that an oil can be taken internally for support. However, the internal consumption recommendation is usually listed alongside another recommendation that suggests aromatic and/or topical application of essential oils. This means that if the thought of taking essential oils as a dietary supplement makes you a tad nervous, you certainly don’t have to ingest them…you can pick the other option/s listed. :)

Do I feel safe ingesting essential oils?

Yes! My husband and I definitely feel safe moderately ingesting our Young Living essential oils (when they are designated for this purpose as listed on their label). My hubby and I always felt that the benefits of ingesting essential oils far outweighed any potential risk to us. So far, so good! Neither of us have experienced any adverse effects from taking our oils as a dietary supplement. We have only seen great benefit!

How often do I ingest essential oils?

Most of the time, my hubby and I use our oils aromatically and topically. However, there are a few things that we prefer to address through moderate (0-3 total drops per day) internal consumption of our Young Living essential oils. We like to use a drop of Peppermint in our water for digestive support. We also like to take a drop of Thieves in a capsule for immune support. On occasion, I will add a drop of essential oil to water, tea, or a smoothie.

Should you ingest your Young Living essential oils?

Young Living is a leader in the aromatherapy world. Know that much research, experience, and knowledge has gone into the dietary supplement usage instructions listed on the back of each Young Living essential oil bottle. Additionally, Young Living’s Seed to Seal promise guarantees that you are provided with a chemical free, pure, therapeutic grade essential oil. However, also know that I am NOT here to tell you whether you should ingest your Young Living essential oils. I’m not an expert. I am simply an avid essential oil user who feels confident and safe using my essential oils and embracing Young Living’s oiling philosophy. I personally feel 100% a-ok ingesting my Young Living essential oils. However, I encourage you to do your own research and pick the option that best suites your needs and comfort level. There are many people who ingest their oils, but there are also many people who do not. If you decide it’s not for you, know that you can experience great benefit from aromatic and topical essential oil use! You can make it just fine in the oiling world without ingesting your oils. A Young Living essential oils distributor should NEVER twist your arm into ingesting oils. Ingesting essential oils is a personal choice and something you should feel comfortable with if you decide to do it.

Some helpful tips if you decide ingesting essential oils is for you:

  • Always check the back of your essential oil bottle to be sure that your essential oil can be taken as a dietary supplement.
  • Essential oils can be taken as a dietary supplement by putting them in a clear vegetable capsule with a carrier oil (and taking it just as you would any other pill), in a spoonful of honey or agave nectar, or by adding them to yogurt, juice, milk, tea, or water. I enjoy certain oils in tea and water, while others, like Oregano, taste terrible and I much prefer to take via capsule. When adding essential oils to a drink, it is recommended to use a glass cup (because essential oils will dissolve the petrochemicals found in less durable plastic). Consuming essential oils in a drink may irritate the lips and/or mucus membranes of some people (because essential oils are oil soluble, not water soluble) – just something to keep an eye on and be mindful of.
  • Discontinue ingestion of essential oils if you experience any unwanted side effects.
  • Expect to get the oil burps shortly after you ingest an essential oil lol! They are short lived and for me, a small price to pay. :)
  • Once you know that your essential oil can be taken internally, refer to the dietary dosage recommendations on the back of each essential oil bottle. Know that increasing the recommended dosage is at your own risk. You’ll see many graphics and blog posts listing recipes that exceed the recommended dosage. Please keep in mind that these are from people who have tailored their oiling regimen to fit what they feel meets their needs and are not always appropriate for the general public. These graphics and blog posts are for educational purposes (to spark further research on your part) and should never be a substitute for a research based reference guide or a consult with a professional.
  • The “Essential Oils Desk Reference” recommends that you consult a professional if you plan to consume essential oils on a regular basis (continuously, for more than a few days).
  • Because babies and young children are so small and essential oils are so potent, ingestion of essential oils is typically not recommended for them.
  • I feel confident when using my oils and I feel like I have made the right decision for MY  heath, but as stated, I am not an expert. Therefore, please consult a professional as needed or when in doubt over oiling safety and appropriateness. You are in charge of your own health and it is your job to assess the risks and benefits. Happy oiling!

For more essential oil safety and usage guidelines, please click here.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here.

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Why Are Essential Oils So Expensive – Or Are They?

Essential Oils Are Too Expensive

Are you wondering why essential oils are so expensive? If you are someone who isn’t quite sure if you should invest your $150.00 in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit (11 bottles of essential oil, 10 sample packets of essential oil, diffuser, free reference guide from me, a 24% wholesale discount), I am here to tell break down some of the numbers for you! :) You’re getting much more for much less than you think!

First, let’s break down the cost of applying essential oils to the skin…

Each 5-ml bottle of essential oil in the Premium Starter Kit contains about 80 drops of oil. When you apply oils topically to the skin (for an adult) you typically use 1-3 drops of oil at a time (less is more in the oiling world). This means that…

  • 1 drop of essential oil per application = about 80 applications/servings per 5-ml bottle.
  • 2 drops of essential oil per application = about 40 applications/servings per 5-ml bottle
  • 3 drops of essential oil per application = about 25 applications/servings per 5-ml  bottle

Each essential oil has SEVERAL uses, but here is a generalized cost analysis for each oil in the Premium Starter Kit (using 1 drop of oil per topical application):

  • Lemon: enhance the flavor of food and beverages for $0.04
  • Peppermint: soothe and support the digestive system  for $0.08
  • PanAway: relieve occasional tension and soothe muscles for $0.40
  • Lavender: promote a restful nights sleep for: $0.09
  • Purification: enjoy the outdoors annoyance free for $0.07
  • Thieves: support the immune and respiratory system for $0.13
  • Stress Away: reduce occasional stress for $0.11
  • Citrus Fresh: bring about a general sense of well-being for $0.06
  • Melaleuca: beautify the skin for $0.10
  • Joy: uplift your mood for $0.15
  • Frankincense: overcome nervous energy for $0.28

I don’t know that anyone can actually say they don’t have $0.13 to support their immune system. One dose of Thieves is 3-5 times cheaper than other immune supporting supplements on the market. 

Now, let’s break down the cost of diffusing essential oils (it’s cheaper than a super nice candle)…

Did you know that when you subtract the cost of the 11 bottles of essential oil and 10 sample packets of essential oil from the cost of the Premium Starter Kit that you are technically getting the Home Diffuser in the Premium Starter Kit for $7.76!? Seriously – nowhere else will you find an essential oil diffuser for less than $10.00 (and a good one at that)!

  • I use about 6 drops of essential oil each time I run the diffuser. The diffuser has a continuous and an intermittent 30 second setting. The diffuser will run continuously for 3.5 hours (7 hours if on the intermittent setting). I actually prefer the intermittent setting.
  • You have got to look at the info below! Diffusing essential oils is typically cheaper AND better for you than a high quality candle that is 50% off! WHOA!

Bath and Body Works 3 Wick Candle (25-45 Hours)

  • Regular Price: $0.50-$0.90/hour
  • 50% Sale: $0.25-$0.45/hour
  • No health benefits

Yankee Jar Candle (110-150 Hours)

  • Regular Price: $0.18-$0.25/hour
  • 50% Sale: $0.09-$0.12/hour
  • No health benefits

Young Living Home Diffuser (using the intermittent setting) – BEST DEAL!

  • Depending on the essential oil, diffusing usually costs $0.03-$0.24/hour. THIS COSTS LESS THAN CANDLES!
  • Plus, diffusing essential oils offers MANY health benefits. Click here to read more!

Before you say “no” to essential oils, you might want to reconsider!

I am encouraging you to really think about how much money you spend on candles, air fresheners, cleaning supplies, body care products, and over the counter health products…many of which are terrible for you! All of those little purchases for each product you buy at your local grocery or drug store really add up, and most likely end up costing you more in the end! Just think about how easy it is to spend $25.00 or more in one simple trip to the store. Then, think about how many simple trips to the store you might make in a week or one month. It really adds up! When you think about it, is the Premium Starter Kit really too much money for your budget? Or does it just feel like it is too much money (because it is one simple purchase VERSUS the several you may currently make in that very short amount of time)? This kit should REPLACE some of the things you currently purchase (not be an additional cost)!

Essential oils (and products you can make from them) are simple and require minimal effort to use. Essential oils are natural and safe (of course, when used correctly)! They help maintain wellness in the body and can be used to support healthy muscles, bones, skin, hair, and emotional balance, AND the immune, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, hormonal, and nervous systems! You can’t put a price on health…oh wait, I just did! And the truth is, the Young Living Premium Starter Kit is actually a pretty inexpensive way to make your house smell AMAZING and support your overall health and wellness.

Convinced? Want to purchase your own Premium Starter Kit? Click the graphic below!

Why Are Essential Oils So Expensive

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Win an Oil Moxie Monogrammed Tote Bag

Young Living New Year Promotions

Happy New Year! To start the New Year off, I am giving away an “Oil Moxie” monogrammed tote bag to one lucky Young Living Wholesale Member in my downline this month. Below is how you can enter. :)

Not yet a Wholesale Member – here’s how to enter:

For those who are not yet a Wholesale Member of Young Living, but would like to be, you can do so by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit through my blog. Just click here. To be entered into the tote bag giveaway this month, all you need to do is purchase the Premium Starter Kit and sign up for the Essential Rewards program. Since you are purchasing the Premium Starter Kit this month, simply sign up for your Essential Rewards order to take effect in February. You can sign up for the Essential Rewards program at the same time you purchase your Premium Starter Kit, or after. After you purchase your Premium Starter Kit, I’ll invite you to Oil Moxie. In Oil Moxie, you will find directions for the Essential Rewards program.

Already a Wholesale Member in my downline – here’s how to enter:

For those who are already part of my downline, all you have to do is place an Essential Rewards order this month (in January). If you are already enrolled in Young Living’s Essential Rewards program, simply place your regular monthly Essential Rewards order…you don’t need to do anything else to enter. If you are not yet enrolled in the Essential Rewards program, but would like to be, there are details and directions for this over at Oil Moxie (www.oilmoxie.com).

If you win…

At the end of the month, I’ll draw a winner from all eligible members in my downline. If you win the tote bag, I’ll simply ship it to you the first week in February. Good luck and happy oiling! :) Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to assist. –Sarah

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here.

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Young Living January 2015 Monthly Promotion

It’s the beginning of the month and that means the start of a new Young Living monthly promotion. And just in time! The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has ended and it’s time to slow down, relax, re-center, and get back on track with the Young Living January 2015 monthly promotions. You can earn freebies whether you are a Young Living Retail Customer or a Wholesale Member. Your freebies are way better if you are a Wholesale Member enrolled in the Essential Rewards program though (so you might want to consider joining as a Wholesale Member and signing up for the Essential Rewards program).

January 2014 Young Living Promotion

190 PV standard order: Any Retail Customer or Wholesale Member who orders at least 190 PV will receive a 5-ml bottle of Spearmint essential oil.

190 PV Essential Rewards order: A Wholesale Member who orders 190 PV for their Essential Rewards order will receive a free 5-ml bottle of Spearmint essential oil and a free 5-ml bottle of Copiaba essential oil.

250 PV Essential Rewards order:  A Wholesale Member who orders 250 PV for their Essential Rewards order will receive a free 5-ml bottle of Spearmint essential oil; a free 5-ml bottle of Copiaba essential oil; plus a $20 enrollment coupon.

300 PV Essential Rewards order: A Wholesale Member who orders 300 PV for their Essential Rewards order will receive a free 5-ml bottle of Spearmint essential oil; a free 5-ml bottle of Copiaba essential oil; a $20 enrollment coupon; plus Sleep Essence.

*This is the Young Living January 2015 Monthly Promo for the United States.

*In the event that the supplies of any of these items becomes unavailable, Young Living may replace promotional products with products of similar value.

Young Living’s Spearmint essential oil:

Young Living’s Spearmint essential oil is both sweet and minty. Spearmint is softer than Peppermint. ItSpearmint helps soothe and support the digestive system. It may also help calm occasional nausea. 

Young Living’s Copiaba essential:

Unlike other essential oils, Young Living’s Copaiba essential oil is tapped directly from the tree rather than distilled. It is often used to support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. Copiaba is one of those catch-all type of oils as it supports overall wellness. Copaiba nicely compliments other essential oils, which is why it is often seen in many oiling recipes. 

$20 enrollment voucher: 

The $20 enrollment voucher is an ideal tool for sharing Young Living with your friends and family who are wanting to become fellow oilers! Look for a discount code in the notes section at the bottom of your qualifying 250 or 300 PV order invoice. You can give this code to a friend or family member to use when they join Young Living as a Wholesale Member with the Premium Starter Kit. The Premium Starter Kit is normally $150, but with this coupon, they will save $20 and only pay $130 (plus tax and shipping)! To redeem the voucher, the new member must sign up online, select the Premium Starter Kit, and enter the voucher code upon checkout. LOVE THIS!

Young Living’s Sleep Essence supplement:

Young Living’s Sleep Essence supplement is a simple way to support a restful night’s sleep. Sleep Essence combines Lavender, Vetiver, Valerian, Mandarin, and Ruta Graveolens essential oils with melatonin. To use, take 1-2 capsules 30-60 minutes before going to bed.

Not yet a Wholesale Member of Young Living?

Sign up under me with the Premium Starter Kit, add an additional 90 PV worth of Young Living product to your order (the Premium Starter Kit is worth 100 PV; the PV is listed next to each item when ordering) and get the free 5-ml bottle of Spearmint essential oil! PLUS, you will just over $20.00 worth of oiling gifts, a free membership to Oil Moxie, and a 24% wholesale discount on all future purchases from Young Living! No commitments, no catches! Just click the graphic below.

GET YOUR OWN OILS

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