Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Essential Oils 101, Part 2

As promised, here is the second segment of the "Essential Oils 101" post.

First, I want to talk about Young Living's Seed to Seal process, which includes five steps:

  1. SEED: Potent essential oils come from plant species that have been authenticated by Young Living and industry experts through scientific research, field study, university partnerships, and on-site planting certification. Selecting seeds that produce the highest value is a vital first step in the Seed to Seal process. 
  2. CULTIVATE: Young Living's knowledge of soil preparation, balance of sun and water, responsible weed and pest control, and wild craft harvesting ensure that stringent standards are met, both on our own farms as well as with our carefully monitored partner farms. We continue to conduct research and remain dedicated to growing the highest quality aromatic plants. 
  3. DISTILL: Combining ancient and modern techniques, Young Living's low-pressure steam distillation process ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in each batch of essential oil remain uncompromised. This step is completed at just the right time to ensure all beneficial constituents are present to maximize the quality of the oil. Additionally, Young Living uses tree resin hydrodistillation for select oils and cold pressing techniques for most of their citrus essential oils. 
  4. TEST: Young Living never accepts diluted, cut, or adulterated essential oils. To guarantee consistent quality, their essential oils are tested in their own internal labs, as well as in third-party facilities, to ensure that they meet demanding specifications, exceed international standards, and contain optimal levels of natural bioactive molecules. 
  5. SEAL: Young Living completes their Seed to Seal process by carefully sealing and inspecting each bottle of essential oil at their 107,000-square-foot state-of-the-art clean-room facility and then shipping to members worldwide. Individual bottle labels are encoded with detailed tracking information that allows Young Living to trace each bottle of essential oil back to its source. 
Now, on to talking about each oil in the Everyday Essentials Kit! Click here to order:

Frankincense: an earthy, balsamic aroma that is highly revered for its ability to increase feelings of spirituality and inner strength. Known for its broad range of uses, Frankincense is a prominent feature in Young Living's skincare line.
  • Apply 1-2 drops to the face and neck to add a healthy-looking glow to skin and support clear skin
  • Diffuse to enrich prayer, yoga, or meditation for a deeper spiritual connection
  • Apply 2-4 drops to moisturize dry skin
Lemon: one of the most useful essential oils to have on hand. Great for cleaning, and it also supports the immune system with its powerful antioxidant d-limonene component. Used in NingXia Red, Young Living's superfruit supplement.

  • Use Lemon essential oil as a dietary supplement in your daily routine
  • Substitute Lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasoning to flavor seafood, vegetable, beverages, and desserts
  • Keep Lemon in a purse or backpack, or car so that it is always in reach when you need it
Peppermint: The fresh, energizing aroma of Peppermint essential oil helps maintain feelings of vigor and vitality. Great for flavoring drinks. Supports a healthy digestive system. We love it for breath freshening!
  • Add 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil to a glass of water and incorporate it into your daily diet
  • Add 1 to 2 drops in a capsule after a mealtime to help support normal digestion
  • Add 1 drop to herbal tea or coffee to enhance flavor and to help aid healthy digestion 
Lavender: one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils, and the uses for this plant are almost endless. Lavender essential oil is part of many Young Living products because it offers a host of benefits and a sweet, floral aroma.
  • Add 8-12 drops to water and spray under beds and in closets for a fresh, pleasing aroma
  • Apply 2-4 drops to skin to moisturize and enhance skin radiance
  • Diffuse at night for a calming aroma during sleep
Tea Tree: also known as Melaleuca alternifolia and can be found in a wide spectrum of skin care and spa products. Less known are the powerful properties that have made it a skin care mainstay in many cultures. Tea Tree oil can comfort and beautify the appearance of skin. Wonderfully fresh and clean scent.
  • Comfort the skin by rubbing 1 to 3 drops of Tea Tree oil into the palms of your hands and gently massaging over areas of concerns
  • Add Tea Tree oil to your favorite massage oil to elevate your massage experience
  • Diffuse Tea Tree oil to help moisturize the skin
Joy: the magnetic energy of this blend brings a beautiful feeling of joy to the heart, mind, and soul. Its uplifting aroma inspires romance and love. Joy may also help bring peace to individuals when diffused.
  • Wear 1 to 2 drops as a cologne or perfume to inspire a feeling of romance and togetherness
  • Diffuse with Peppermint to both promote and uplifting but also relaxing feeling
  • Rub 1 drop of Joy between your palms and then spread over the face and neck after a calming shower or bath
  • Put several drops of Joy on a scarf or in a diffuse to enjoy and share this beautiful aroma
Purification: Neutralize odors and enhance the air in your home with the crisp, refreshing aroma of Purification. When diffused, Purification helps purify and cleanse the air from stubborn and lingering odors. This uplifting blend is also an excellent choice for cleansing and soothing dry skin. 
  • Massage 1-2 drops to cleanse and soothe dry skin
  • Combine several drops with water in a spray bottle and spray to eliminate unpleasant smells such as smoke, mildew, and stale food odors
  • Diffuse to clean the air and neutralize foul smells
  • Put a few drops on your pet's collar to help support a pest-free coat
Thieves: the blend that was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century thieves in France who formulated an aromatic blend composed of cloves, rosemary, and other botanicals to use while robbing the dead and dying. This one-of-a-kind blend can be found in many of Young Living's most popular products. Taken internally, it can help to support a healthy immune system.
  • Place 2-3 drops in a capsule and swallow daily for immune support
  • Diffuse to support a healthy household during flu season
  • For toothache, apply a drop to a cotton ball and tuck inside the mouth between cheek and tooth
Panaway: a soothing blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint that is great for supporting healthy joints
  • Apply topically after a strenuous workout for a refreshing cool down
  • Apply several drops onto the bottoms of the feet for a soothing, relaxing foot massage
  • Place 3-4 drops onto a hot towel and hold over abdomen for a cool, refreshing effect
Stress Away: contains ingredients such as Lime essential oil, included for its energizing properties, are coupled with Lavender essential oil with its unique attributes. Copaiba is a powerful Amazonian essential oil, while Vanilla absolute gives this dietary blend a distinct aroma and pleasant flavor.
  • Add Stress Away to water following exercise
  • Add 1-2 drops of Stress Away to natural fruit or vegetable juice throughout the day when life is demanding
  • Diffuse 8 drops of Stress Away and 4 drops of Peppermint to uplift and unwind
Okay! Now that you've learned about all of these great oils and their uses, here's more info on ordering: 
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DIY All Natural Perfume Roll-On

This is not a fancy post. I would have loved to create an adorable and attractive meme, but alas, this basic one will have to do! 

I came up with a perfume roll-on recipe using Young Living's Joy essential oil blend, along with a few other Young Living oils, plus a tad of vanilla extract. This blend I think falls into what perfumers call the "chypre" category. Sharp, woodsy, mossy. Its lingering base notes of patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver, and vanilla will last on the skin for a few hours and help to bind together the other elements of the fragrance.
Here's the recipe:
6 drops of Joy
2 drops lavender
1 drop patchouli
1 drop basil
1 drop cedarwood 
1 drop rosemary
1 drop vetiver
1-2 drops of vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. coconut butter
sweet almond oil: enough to fill up 1/2 oz roller bottle

Drop essential oils into a 1/2 oz roller bottle (as pictured), add vanilla and coconut butter, and then fill remaining room left with sweet almond oil. Shake well and apply onto skin as often as desired.

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