Here’s a quick lesson. Ready?

Essential oils are the life-force of plants; basically their internal juices. They may be distilled from the seeds, bark, leaves, stem, roots, flowers or fruit of the plant.

This is an easy way to look at it: The essential oil is to a plant as blood is to a human. 

Just like our blood helps to oxygenate, regulate and heal our bodies, essential oils do the same for the plant source they are extracted from. They contain all the goodness that protects and maintains the plant, and we can use them to help support our own bodies’ health and wellness.

There are three ways to use essential oils: aromatic, topical and internal (only internally when stated on the label as a dietary supplement).

Once you apply them, it takes 20 minutes for essential oils to reach every cell in your body. There are around 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and one drop of essential oil contains over 40 million trillion molecules! This means every single cell in our body (in 20 minutes!) is covered by 40,000 essential oil molecules.

Essential oils work organically in our bodies to help support health. They aren’t magic bullets. In and of themselves, they don’t cure disease. But, used in combination with a healthy lifestyle, essential oils can can bring about balance and bring our bodies into a favorable state.

For our friends who like cliff notes: Essential oils PLUS a healthy lifestyle is an incredibly powerful combination.

We get this question all the time: Why would you pay $18 for an oil when you can pay $8 at Whole Foods for essentially the same thing? Here us loud and clear, friends: NOT ALL OILS ARE CREATED EQUAL. 

Did you know that the FDA only requires 5% of a bottle’s contents to have come from plant matter for a brand to say 100% pure on the label? You heard us right. 5 PERCENT. Companies can get away with it because essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Store brands often contain synthetics and fillers that degrade the oils, making them not only less effective, but toxins in those “pure oils” can jeopardize the health of the user. Uh, yeah. No thanks.

Let’s talk pesticides for a second. Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of the lemon, and it takes approximately 75 lemons to make one 15 ml bottle of Lemon oil. So…if you’re using a grocery store bottle of essential oil, and those lemons have been sprayed with pesticides. Do you see where we’re going with this? Ew. There you have it. 75 lemons worth of pesticides right in your little bottle of oil. Again, no thanks.

With over 20 years of experience, Young Living is the world leader and pioneer in essential oil research and the distillation process. Young Living is the only company with the Seed to Seal PromiseWhat does that mean for us? That means Young Living controls every factor from the seeds planted, the soil the seeds are grown in, all the way to the on-site distillation, testing and sealing of the bottles, which are then shipped directly to you.

Young Living is the only company we feel comfortable putting our trust in for the well being of our families. 

Room by room, we’re making small changes. As we run out of a “toxic” product, we replace it with a Young Living product. Doing it this way has taken an overwhelming task and made it not-so-overwhelming. It’s actually been fun.

Baby steps, friends. That’s how you begin. You start small, and room by room you make changes.