Young Living Essential Oils

About Essential Oils

Essential oils, known as nature’s living energy, are the natural, aromatic volatile liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs.

While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast—which makes them much more than something that simply smells good.

Historically, essential oils have played a prominent role in everyday life. With more than 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Bible, essential oils are said to be used for anointing and healing the sick. Today, essential oils are used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, emotional wellness, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.

Young Living Essential Oils, the leading provider of essential oils, offers more than 300 essential oil singles and blends. All Young Living essential oils meet the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard. This means that every essential oil Young Living distils or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximise the desired effect. Only Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils should be used for the primary methods of application, which include inhalation and application.

Historical Use of Essential Oils

Essential oils are considered mankind’s first medicine and have been used around the world for centuries. Essential oils and other aromatics have been used in religious rituals, to treat various illnesses, and for other physical and spiritual needs.

Research dates the use of essential oils back to 4500 BC. Ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance, and records demonstrate that oils and aromatics were used for treating illness and performing rituals and religious ceremonies in temples and pyramids. In fact, three oils that are still commonly used today—cedarwood, myrrh, and frankincense—were used in the embalming process.[1]

According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians used oils thousand of years before the time of Christ. There are more than 188 references to oils in the Bible, and some precious oils like frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, cassia, and cinnamon were used for the anointing and healing of the sick. Additionally, biblical prophets recognised the use of essential oils as protection against disease.[2]

The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since that time essential oils have been used traditionally to kill harmful germs, as well as spiritually to balance mood, lift spirits, and dispel negative emotions.

The key to producing a quality essential oil is to preserve the delicate compounds of the aromatic plant through expert distillation. The proper process of steam distillation—passing steam through the plant material and condensing the steam to separate the oil from the plant—is strictly adhered to with all Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils. Proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored. This ensures that the naturally-occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels.

Distillation of Essential Oils

The key to producing a quality essential oil is to preserve the delicate compounds of the aromatic plant through expert distillation. The proper process of steam distillation—passing steam through the plant material and condensing the steam to separate the oil from the plant—is strictly adhered to with all Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils. Proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored. This ensures that the naturally-occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels.

Using Essential Oils

The following methods are ideal ways to use essential oils and experience their wellness-enhancing benefits:

Inhalation

Inhaling essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous desired responses in the body. Follow these guidelines when using essential oils for inhalation:

  1. Inhale directly—simply smell them.
  2. Diffuse the oils using a diffuser,  which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapour into the air. The diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.
  3. Use with a humidifier. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. (Do not put essential oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapour and may cause damage to your humidifier.)
  4. 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.

Topical Application

Topical application of many essential oils is safe and can offer an enjoyable, relaxing experience. For topical application, follow these simple steps:

  1. Carefully tip the oil bottle and place 2–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area.
  2. If dropping oil in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application. If applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin. Repeat if desired.
  3. Caution: Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply pure vegetable oil such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to the area to dilute. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.

 

Massage Therapy and Essential Oils

Massage therapy—the treatment and practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and psychological goals—involves massaging a person’s body in a way that increases overall wellness. Targeted pressure on the body is usually applied with hands and elbows and is said to have numerous health benefits.

Massage therapy dates back more than 3,000 years. Used by the Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Persians, and ancient Greeks, the benefits of various types of massage have been documented for centuries.

Massage Therapy for Improved Wellness

Touch, body work, and massage have many positive effects on the muscle, joint, circulatory, and other body systems, and when combined with essential oils create a relaxing, luxurious experience that balances the mind, body, and spirit.

Offering only the purest, most potent natural properties from each plant source, Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oils contain the optimum level of beneficial constituents for the most beneficial massage results.

The Science of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been shown to have a wide array of benefits. From anxiety reduction and pain relief to improved circulation, the effects of touch promote all aspects of wellness. Essential oils further support the benefits of massage therapy by enabling targeted aromatic and topical relief. Topical application of these specific oils to various areas of the body brings balance and harmony while fostering a truly holistic wellness experience. Here are some commonly used techniques for self-massage:

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  • · Head massage: Rub essential oils into the base of the skull, the crown of the head, or on the temples in a circular motion.
  • · Face massage: Place a few drops of essential oils onto your hands and rub them together. Lightly cup your face in your hands; the warmth of your hands and aroma of the oils will aid in relaxation.
  • · Jaw massage: Rub 1–2 drops of oil into the soft spot just below your ear lobe to release tension.
  • · Torso massage: For a quick energy boost rub oils into the area above the kidneys.
  • · Foot massage: There are many pressure points in the feet that correspond to other body systems. Rubbing the soles of the feet with essential oils is a great way to release tension.
  • · Valor: Empowering combination of grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body.
  • · Peppermint: Excellent for relaxing tense muscles.
  • · Lavender: Relaxing oil that is renowned for its skin-enhancing benefits.
  • · White Angelica™: Helps ward off negative energy.
  • · Relaxation™ Massage Oil: Promotes relaxation and restores vitality to body, mind, and spirit.
  • · Sensation Massage™: Can help stimulate romantic feelings.
  • · Cel-Lite Magic™: Tones and nourishes the skin.
  • · Ortho Sport: Provides relief to tired muscles.
  • · V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex : Used to dilute essential oils and create custom massage oils.

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