What you need to know about essential oils

Posted February 26, 2015 in essential oils, healthy living, Young Living, headaches, health, wellness


Ever since I got my Young Living USB Diffuser as a gift last December, I've been interested in learning more about essential oils. The extent of my knowledge about oils = lavender is relaxing and peppermint is energizing.

I've been using my diffuser in my office, and I like it, but I never really knew all of the benefits.


I invited my Healthy Dinner Club girls over to learn more about essential oils.

Before I tell you what we learned, I want to share the snacks that I made for the get together!

I stuffed fresh raspberries with dark chocolate chips (yum!) and I made my pre-workout energy balls, which also make for great party snacks. I could seriously eat a million of those energy balls. So good. 

Back to essential oils...

Essential oils have gained popularity in recent years, but they've actually been around for centuries. Historically, oils were used to heal the sick, as perfumes and for spiritual practices. (source)

The other bit of historical info that I found fascinating was the origin of thieves essential oil. It was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves in cloves, rosemary and other aromatics while robbing victims of the plague. The blend is effective in supporting the immune system. (source)

So obviously essential oils have been around for a long time. So what are essential oils? They're not actually oils, but highly concentrated plant components. Many oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibiotic properties. (yes, antibiotic!). Their fragrance also stimulates your sensory experience, which impacts brain chemistry, emotional well-being and spiritual wellness. (source)

Essential oils can be used to get rid of headaches, get over colds faster, reduce stress, keep you energized and so much more.

So what do you do with essential oils? We learned that we could use essential oils three ways - topically, inhaled or by ingestion. Most oils should be diluted or used with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc.).

After talking about the benefits of specific oils, we each made our own essential oils spray. I loved this! We simply added a few drops of essential oils into a bottle with epsom salts, then added hot water.

I made a blend that can help with hormonal headaches - sage and lavender.

My mom made an energizing blend that she can use at work during her mid-afternoon slump - cloves, cinnamon bark, orange, frankincense and the joy blend. Everyone else made their own mixture of oils.

A great book to use to figure out what oils to use for specific things is the Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils. The website www.abundancehealth4u.com also has more resources.

I'm going to be totally honest, I'm a little obsessed now. 

I'm also thinking about getting a diffuser necklace by The Half Hippie. They are so beautiful, and you can have your essential oil of choice with you everywhere you go! Check out The Half Hippie Facebook page here. The necklace below is now on my wish list!

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Do you use essential oils or have you been interested in learning more about essential oils? Tell me how you use them or what you want to learn about essential oils.

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