Quick Essential Oils 101

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that have therapeutic properties. They can be found in the plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark or fruit. The chemistry is extremely complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. This is what gives each oil its unique attributes and characteristics. The oils are also the “lifeblood” of a plant. They protect the plant from disease, provide nutrients and help fight off anything it doesn’t want! It keeps the plant (or tree, fruit, bark, root, etc.) healthy and functioning at its best!  When distilled properly, essential oils have the ability to do for us what they do for the plant.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and are far more potent than dried herbs.  Just one drop of Peppermint essential oil is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea!   Because they are highly concentrated, a large volume of plant material is needed to produce very small amounts of oil.  Plant material going through a distillation process.  It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 kilo of Rose oil!

How are essential oils used?

There are three ways to use oils.


Topically means applying the oils directly to the skin.  When applied topically, oils take 2-3 minutes to reach the bloodstream.  Within 20 minutes of using the oil, it has circulated to every cell in your body.  They are metabolized out of the body within 2 hours.  This is why purity of essential oils is so important. 

Young Living Essential Oils can be applied directly to the skin – always remembering to check your labels for dilution instructions!!  Some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grape-seed oil, organic olive oil, V6 oil, etc.) while others can be applied directly on the skin with no dilution (referred to as “neat.”)  Applying oils to the feet is a quick and efficient way to get oils into your system.  Create a roll-on and apply directly to the skin to life your mood or just to smell good. 


Aromatically means that the oil is inhaled through the nose.   Oils can also be inhaled directly from the bottle or after rubbing between your palms.  Diffusers can be used in a room for inhalation as well.  This is actually the quickest way for your body to use the oils. It takes 22 seconds for the oils to reach the brain through smell!   Your home will also smell amazing.


Internally means ingesting the oils.  Young Living has a line of oils labeled for internal consumption.  Vitality oils have white labels.  You can add oils to your water, create capsules and take them as a supplement or use them while cooking. 

Oil Safety

Even though Young Living Essential Oils are 100% natural, we still need use caution and good judgment. Keep the following in mind when using oils…

  • Certain oils are photosensitive, so don’t use if going outside Examples: Lemon, Grapefruit, and most citrus oils
  • On your skin, always watch for redness and dilute with a carrier oil
  • Dilute oils on children
  • Do not EVER put oils near your eyes

Oils like peppermint can cause a burning sensation.  If you’re placing an oil near your eye, apply with a Q-tip instead of tipping the bottle toward your face.  Common-sense, right?

Quality Matters

Young Living sets the standard for essential oil purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the production of their oils through each step. It’s called the Seed to Seal process and involves rigorous quality control to ensure that you’re receiving exactly what nature intended – no more, no less. http://www.seedtoseal.com

Bargain Hunters Beware! You’ll see many essential oils on the market today. They are now more popular than ever. So why not buy oils from the department store or your favorite grocery store?

From Jen’O’Sullivan’s Vitality Life

There are 4 types of oils on the market today.

  • Authentic: 100% pure ~ Single Species
    Authentic essential oils are 100% pure throughout the bottle. There are no added synthetics or other species of oils. They make up the small minority of all essential oils on the market.
  • Manipulated: 100% pure  ~ Multi-Species
    Perfumers are often hired by essential oil companies to help make the final product smell more pleasing and less earthy. They will take away some of the heavier molecules or add very small amounts of another species to enhance the aroma.
  • Perfume: pure + Synthetic
    You will often see an essential oil labeled as “pure” when they are not. There is a percentage of pure essential oil and a percentage of synthetic to enhance the final aroma. These types of oils often cause headaches and do not have any therapeutic action.
  • Synthetic: 100% Synthetic
    These “essential oils” are not essential oils at all. Because there are no labeling regulations on the term “essential oil,” full synthetic oils are able to be labeled as pure and sold to unsuspecting consumers to increase profit. These often smell nothing like the original plant, but they can be very close, and that is why a consumer may not know they are synthetic and have possible severe negative reactions.

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