An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) chemical compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An essential oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.
The term “essential” used here does not mean indispensable or usable by the human body, as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid, which are so called because they are nutritionally required by a given living organism.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression, solvent extraction, sfumatura, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, wax embedding, and cold pressing. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products.
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil—that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents waste due to excessive application.
Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.
There are 3 Aromatherapy models for Essential oils usage:
– The English model: advocates diluting a small amount of essential oil in vegetable oil (a carrier oil) and massaging the body for the purpose of relaxation and relieving stress.
– The French model: prescribes the ingestion and neat (undiluted) topical application of therapeutic grade essential oils. A common form of internal use is to add a few drops of an essential oil to blue agave nectar or honey, a piece of bread, or a small amount of vegetable oil. Many French practitioners have found that taking the oils internally yields excellent benefits.
– The German model: focuses on inhalation of essential oils. Research has shown that the effect of fragrance and aromatic compounds on the sense of smell can exert strong effects on the brain – especially on the hypothalamus (the hormone command center of the body) and limbic system (the seat of emotions).
We use the Young Living Essential Oils in all 3 ways and we are especially able to use them in the French approach because Young Living produces the finest essential oils in the world and they are extremely pure. You will not use a non-therapeutic essential oil in the same manner in which we use the Young Living oils.
Choose the method of use that works best with the challenge you are attempting to address. For e.g. If you are using the oils to effect moods and emotions, diffusion and inhalation often offer tremendous results when the aromatic compounds enter directly via your sense of smell into the limbic brain. If you are addressing a localized pain, direct application is usually most helpful. If you are needing the oils in your circulatory or digestive system e.g. to address an allergic symptom, ingestion may offer more immediate results.
Young Living meets all industry AFNOR and ISO standards. In addition to these external regulations, Young Living also sets and exceeds a higher internal standard, built upon Young Living’s own rigorous requirements. These stringent “Therapeutic-Grade” requirements are what set Young Living’s Oils far apart from most other labels in the market.
Additionally, Young Living’s essential oils are “subjected to isotopic ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) analysis. IRMS testing determines whether a particular essential oil is naturally sourced or synthetic (created in a lab). Young Living’s personalized sourcing approach, combined with state-of-the-art testing, ensures that each and every essential oil—from balsam fir to wintergreen—is of the highest, most potent therapeutic quality, just as nature intended.”
(Excerpt from a Young Living Statement)
Most people respond wonderfully to therapeutic essential oils and the body welcomes the naturally non-invasive way of rebalance. However if your body is more “toxic” in nature (due to poor diet, frequent medication, high stress levels, toxic environments – smoke, chemicals exposure etc); you MAY experience these symptoms: redness on skin, itch on skin; and we have the occasion few who might even have detoxing bowel movements.
These are not allergic symptoms. The very nature of essential oils is to break down and extract toxic substances from our body.
As a start, if you prefer to approach the use of the oils with care; choose to dilute the oils at least 50:50 with an organic cold-pressed vegetable oil base (Young Living has their own V6 blend). You can eventually progress to using the oils neat. Keep a vegetable oil on standby and rub on irritated areas immediately should they occur. Drink a lot more water to help the body clear the detoxing matters.
Dr. Peter Minke has taught and shown scientific studies that an essential oil reaches the height of its efficacy around 20-30min after entering the body. It then begins to exit the body and would be almost gone in 2 hours time.
If you pay attention to your body’s response, you will usually pick up signs (physical or emotional responses) of how it is responding to the oil within 20-30min. From that, you can decide if that would be an ideal oil to continue working with.
With the research gathered and presented by Dr. Peter Minke, they indicate that an Essential Oil should be re-applied every 20-30min; when you have fallen ill. The body’s immunity is already under distress when one is ill and it is necessary to introduce resources in that interval frame to keep it well supported.
Learn to pay attention to your body or watch for tell-tale signs of immunity under attack e.g tiredness, mild sores, mood changes. At the onset of these signs, use the oils as frequently as every 20-30min and you will have a good chance at stopping a full-blown illness from setting in.
On an average day, 3-4 applications in a day are good enough for a healthy system. Each application will still serve to increase the body’s electromagnetic frequency at keep it in check at the healthy range.
Determine what your short-term goal for using the oils is. Are you exploring healing from a particular health situation, looking at improving immunity or preparing for natural home remedies? These are broad categories of challenges most people are dealing with. Here are our quick suggestions of oils and supplements to use. This is not exhaustive and you can definitely find more details and suggestions from resource guides or online sources:
– Thieves, ImmuPower, Lemon, Purification, Melrose, Melissa, Raindrop Oils, Egyptian Gold, Exodus II, RC, Eucalyptus Blue/Radiata/Globulous, Myrrh, Inner Defense, Longevity Capsules, Life 5, Essentialzyme-4, Ningxia Red
2) MINOR ACHES & PAIN
– PanAway, Deep Relief, Copaiba, AromaSiez, Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Sacred Frankincense, Raindrop Oils, Alkalime, Ningxia red, OmegaGize
3) SKIN SUPPORT
– Lavender, Gentle Baby, Frankincense, Myrrh, Rose Ointment/ Animal Scent Ointment, Sulfurzyme, Essentialzyme-4, Life 5, OmegaGize
4) HORMONAL SUPPORT
– Geranium, Endoflex, Progessence Phyto Plus, Idaho Blue Spruce, Nutmeg, Sclaressence, Clary Sage
5) COGNITIVE SUPPORT
– Cedarwood, Brainpower, Clarity, Frankincense, Valor, Peace & Calming, Vetiver, Valerian, Rutavala, Sulphurzyme, Detoxzyme, Power Meal, OmegaGize
– TraumaLife, Sacred Mountain, Peace & Calming, Valor, Frankincense, Joy, Idaho Blue Spruce, Lime, Hinoki, Lemon, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Believe
7) HEALTHY WEIGHT SUPPORT
– Grapefruit, Lemon, Slique Essence, Ocotea, Cel-lite Magic, Essentialzyme4, Power Meal/ Balance Complete, Wolfberry Crisp, Ningxia red. Also refer to oils used under EMOTIONS
There are so many wonderful websites with sharing from distributors and users from all over the world; as well as independent 3rd party resources. The following are our links and the ones we recommend:
1. One Drop Website: Clearly, you are here on our website, but don’t stop on this page! Do surf around and explore the site. There is tons of information on the oils and how to maximize your account so that it is the most beneficial for you.
2. One Drop Vault: One Drop has a learning vault especially for our members. Click on the Learning Vault from the top menu on this website to enter a whole new world of resources. The vault is password protected. If you should require the password, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. One Drop Facebook: Private Group: This is One Drops member only facebook group which is a platform for our members to interact and to take part in exclusive One Drop promotions and educational material.
4. Essential Oil Desk Reference: This is the definitive guide written by Gary Young and covers information on Singles, Blends and an entire section based on symptoms. It is available in a small ring bound version (highly recommended for new users), a large complete folder (recommended for those who are looking for deeper knowledge) and an online version. You can order it online from the link above.
5. Young Living Blog: Young Living’s blog site packed with information about products, diffuser blends, DIY recipes etc.