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using every day oils (part one)

Now that I have shared why I love using essential oils and why I especially love Young Living as a company, I want to share some specific uses of wonderful oils! Let me first say I love the fact that the Lord knew that we would need something to help us in this broken world. He gave us the plants, leaves, and resins to help us stay healthy and well. I love choosing remedies that are natural with no side effects.

I’ll explain this more on Friday, but when I signed up to be a member with Young Living, I only focused on being a wholesale customer and not a distributer. When I signed up, I chose the Premium Starter Kit not only because of the great value for the entire package that I was receiving, but I got a ton of great oils! I received Lavender, Purification, Joy, Frankincense, Lemon, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and a bonus bottle of Stress Away. Today I’ll tell you about the first half of that list and tomorrow I’ll tell you about the last oils in that list, including why I wear Stress Away every day!

Before I explain about specific oils, let me say that oils can be used on the body in three waysingestion, topical application, or inhalation. You can put these oils (I can guarantee most Young Living oils) into your body. I often put citrus oils in my water, my husband puts peppermint under his tongue, or I sometimes press lavender to the roof of my mouth. This is okay! Some people even buy empty vegetable caps and ingest oils that way. Essential oils can also be applied directly to the skin. I mentioned a couple of days ago that your skin is your biggest organ. Take care of what you put on it! Oils are fine applied by themselves (neat), however some oils are “hot” oils. This means that they may feel tingly or burn, but not hurt your skin. With these oils, you may want to use a carrier oil which is any kind of fatty oil. Olive oil, coconut oil, and almond oil are popular choices to dilute an oil for your skin and to help an oil spread across your skin easier (and farther!). You can apply the oils straight to the effected area, or to vita flex points on the hands or feet. Lastly, oils can be inhaled. Taking deep breaths of peppermint has helped keep a migraine at bay for me. With our awesome Starter Kit, we also received an oil diffuser. I live in an apartment complex that was…ahem…cheaper to live in while my husband and I become acclimated to a new city. With our new apartment came strange, stale, and smokey smells. I diffuse oil (Purification, Thieves, and others) every day and our apartment doesn’t smell yucky anymore! Even when the diffuser isn’t running! Without further ado, let me explain some of my favs:

Lavender-Plant-Flower-Farm-590x300Lavender Lavender is a single oil and it is like a first aid kit in a bottle, or a “swiss army knife of oils.” I use lavender EVERY day! I have an eczema patch on my arm that has all but disappeared with the use of lavender every day for the past few weeks. Lavender aids in my relaxation and in sleep for my husband (Nate) and I. Lavender has uses in the following ways:

  • insomnia to aid with sleep and relaxation
  • earaches never put an EO in the ear directly! You can rub them neat or diluted around the back of the ear or on the lobes of the ears
  • cuts, burns, and bug bites great first aid care and certainly something that needs to be “kick started” (apply oil every minute for 10 minutes, every ten minutes for an hour, and every hour for the rest of the waking day)
  • allergies apply to roof of mouth with thumb, swab inside of cheeks or nose
  • sunburns, eczema, diaper rash when I use this for my eczema, I use this neat on my skin for a little extra potency, but it doesn’t irritate my skin at all (I’ve never heard of it being an irritant).
  • ADHD and anxiety there are so many oils that can be helpful with ADHD, and lavender is just one of them. We often diffuse this at nighttime to help us calm down and get ready for bed.
  • balance blood pressure lavender doesn’t raise or lower blood pressure to extremes, it is a balancer. I’ve been advised to warn others that lavender needs to be taken more than an hour outside of blood pressure medication time.

 

Purification Oh how I love purification! Not only does it smell awesome, I attribute purification to purifying my apartment from all kinds of yucky smells–a “purifying powerhouse.” It kills bacteria and mold in the air. I often diffuse Purification alone or with Joy, Valor, or Lemon. Purification is also great on the skin. Here’s other ideas for this Young Living’s essential oil blend:

  • insect repellant can be sprayed directly onto skin, but it may spread better with a carrier oil
  • insect bites can be improved, heal, and have the itch taken away with Purification
  • earaches Purification rubbed along the bone outside the ear
  • air odors eliminates bacteria in the air…makes me happy!
  • acne this paired with lavender and oregano topically on skin and internally with a capsule
  • candida/yeast overgrowth either under the tongue and/or rubbed exactly where the purifying needs to take place (no sensitive areas, though!)

 

Joy This blend of oils has a pleasant scent, very rosy and…girly? Many use Joy as a perfume, this “nectar of happiness.”

  • skin care because the oils can be drying, I would use this with a coconut oil
  • depression/mood swings I can attest to this when diffused
  • poison ivy because the ivy is so tough on your skin, I’d use this neat to get rid of the poison ivy and worry about the moisturizing later!
  • stress some people have found success with applying Joy over the heart
  • massage y’hear that, Nate?

 

6831075010_f69ca4b1db_zFrankincense that’s right, like what Jesus received at his birth by the Wise Men. Lavender is one of my favorites, but Frankincense is up there as another fav! Frankincense was “valued more than gold” in ancient times and it is mentioned in the Bible twenty-two times. Often when “incense” is written in the Bible, they are speaking of frankincense (you know how translations go). Frank, as I call him because we’re besties, is a “gift of wellness.” Since the year began, I have been working very hard to get rid of the commercial cleaning and self-care products in our home to cut down on the chemicals and toxins. This is one of those oils that I will use like crazy when I can create more products for the home. Frank paired with lavender and lemon is a winning combo for your face–for acne, wrinkles, sun spots, and moisturizing! Other reasons to love Frank:

  • skin care with wrinkles and scars frank repairs skin cells (like lavender) to help with scarring and wrinkles
  • depression and anxiety applied on the head, under nose, or under the tongue
  • moles, stretch marks, skin tags I’ve seen and read so many testimonies of skin tags and moles disappearing with the use of frankincense
  • immune support and stimulant if frank can repair the cells on the surface of your body, is is really far-fetched to think that he could do it for the cells within the body?
  • cysts and fibroids applied to the cyst if visible, apply outside of skin if not (for example the lower abdomen if ovarian cyst). You can also apply this to vita flex points.
  • reduce the amount/size of cancer cells stay with me–Dr. H. K. Lin, MD has found that cancer cells shrink and even disappear in his lab using YL Frankincense oil. Yes, this is in a lab. No, the FDA hasn’t noticed. No, this hasn’t been proven in hundreds of cases in studies.(There is also more here). Can we just rejoice that something is holding promise, even if it’s just a little? Plenty of drugs and treatments for cancer have various percentages of effectiveness. Can we please just be happy that a natural essential oil that Jesus used himself could help us? Okay…I’ll hop off that soap box. I’m done defending my man, Frank.

 

6a00d83452addc69e201a511f634ab970c-320wiLemon this stuff is cleansing sunshine! My favorite uses for lemon oils is to put it in my water for a gentle detox and it fills me up a bit. A word of caution to putting oils ins. Young Living oils are so awesome, they dissolve petrochemicals like those found in plastics and styrofoam. This stuff can literally melt plastic. I don’t want you to drink plastic, so remember to use stainless steel containers of glass when mixing oils with water. Don’t worry, lemon eo doesn’t dissolve the lining of your stomach or anything, it just helps restore balance. I also diffuse it for an uplifting mood and to help me concentrate. In tests in Japan, when peppermint and lemon oil were diffused in an office and testing environments, those observed made fewer errors (clerical) in their work. Many citrus oils are photosensitive, so if you do apply it to your skin, don’t expose that skin to UV rays for 12-24 hours, or you’ll temporarily turn orange! Other reasons that lemon is awesome:

  • alkalizing lemon EO is great for changing your belly from acidic to alkaline, which is what you want! This just means that when your stomach gets out of whack, this oil can help set things right.
  • UTI help when used in water, can cleanse body. Don’t forget to put it in stainless steel or glass!
  • thin mucus with respiratory infections when applied to chest with a carrier oil. You may have to kick start this one
  • kidney stones help those puppies pass!
  • depression and concentration Did I mention that EOs pass the the blood-brain barrier? The blood-brain barrier is that wall of high density cells that protects our brains from foreign substances. Fortunately, Young Living essential oils are good for you! Healing for you! Healthy for you! So I am absolutely excited that lemon eo could help my family members who struggle with depression.
  • immune stimulant with regular ingestion
  • cleansing as I said before, lemon eo can dissolve petrochemicals, I know that it helps to detox my body, especially my liver and intestines
  • fungal growth again, it is cleansing! Topical application is fine, just be mindful of your sun exposure.

 

Tomorrow I’ll continue talking about these every day oils and their uses. I’ll tell you about PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and Stress Away. Have you seen success with any of these in your life? Do you have any testimonies similar to mine? Do tell (below)!

 

Until we meet again,

Kate

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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your diet.

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why essential oils?

Last week, I came out and told the (virtual) world that I am using and distributing essential oils. You may be asking yourself: but why oils? Why Young Living? Why would I use oils instead of tylenol, bengay, benedryl, or pepto? Why should I invest in something that’s not mainstream and well known like OTC medications? I don’t know anything about these things, why should I take the time to learn? Can’t I just read the label? I’ll answer some of these questions and more this week.

 1885585Essential Oils have history. Ancient Egyptians were one of the first recorded cultures to use essential oils. They used them for enhancing their appearance, to prepare their food, and to restore and support their health. They also used essential oils for mummifying and embalming methods. This is not something that I plan on adopting for our family. Essential oils even show up in the Bible (my all-time fav book); 70% of the books of the Bible mention essential oils. Frankincense alone is mentioned 22 times in the Bible and it was valued more than gold at the time. There are waves of essential oil use throughout history and the world–from those BC Egyptians, through the middle ages, to now with cultures through China and India, Romans, the French, to this Kentucky girl.

One of my favorite history lessons about essential oils (besides the Thieves Oil legend that I’ll share later this week), is the story of a French chemist in 1937. Rene Maurice Gattefosse was also a perfumer who was interested in the scents of plants but not necessarily the healing benefits of them. While in his lab, he burned himself pretty severely and thrust his hands and arms into the closest vat of liquid. That vat was pure, undiluted lavender oil. The lavender oil not only helped his burning sensation, but also healed his hand without infection or scar. As a chemist, he also found that essential oils can be absorbed by the body and interact with our body’s chemistry. Essential oils continue to be used today in aromatherapy, health, beauty, cleaning, and with other uses.

Contrary to popular belief, essential oils have been researched, tested, and documented to have many benefits. A variety of essential oils have properties that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, antioxidant, anti-fungal, to support immune health, mental clarity, digestive support, and emotional stability (just to name a few ;)). Young Living has their own research lab staying abreast to the latest on essential oils. Some of you may find that as “cheating,” as if they have their own press secretaries. Just so you know, pharmaceutical companies do the same thing, and then they give crazy money to politicians and lobbyists to get things done in Washington for themselves. But that’s for another time…anyway!

If you’d like more proof about the affectivity of essential oils,  I’ve found the following resources to be helpful: University of Minnesota’s  article in “Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing”,  Questions and Answers about Aromatherapy from the National Cancer Institute, this recommendation from the Mayo Clinic, this study reported on Science Daily’s website, and this from the University of Maryland. Also, this website has some stellar links. The above has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oils are not meant to cure, treat, diagnose, or heal any disease or condition. Please consult your doctor when incorporating oils into your healthy regimens. However, essential oils are used nationwide in hospitals as supplemental and alternative treatment.

One of my favorite ways to learn about the benefits of essential oils are from the users. The testimonies of those who use the oils have been the biggest encouragement to me on my oily journey. I’m a part of a wonderful team of users who share with this public Facebook group about the effects of the oils on their family. I have learned so much from their stories and advice.

Essential oils are the essence of the plants that God gave usIf you were to scratch at a peppermint leaf and tear it, do you know what would happen? The leaf would start producing a liquid (essential oil) to help heal and restore that part which was broken. Essential oils are the plant’s immune response to being roughed up. Isn’t it cool that God gave even the petal of a flower a innate mechanism in which to heal? So cool. My husband and I have been trying to keep whole & natural foods in our house as much as possible–meaning that what is in our pantry, fridge, and freezer is pretty much just what the Lord gave us. It just makes sense that I would pursue healthful supplements and medicine that is the same–straight from The Man himself. This is one reason why I love Young Living oils because they are unadulterated with synthetic oils and substances. But I’ll talk about that more later this week.

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Essential oils are a natural answer to our health needs. Read the back of any OTC drug and you will see a myriad of side effects. Now most of us haven’t (and probably will never) have a bleeding stomach lining from taking aspirin too much, but they need to tell you about it on the bottle. Not because you definitely will, but because someone did. I know someone did, not just because the FDA makes them write that on the side of the bottle, but because my friend, Noah, had a brother who died from eating aspirin like candy. Because of him we now have a label that tells us the side effects and they have specific instructions like, “take with food.” Noah would tell me to tell you, “Eat a few crackers, anything, when you take medication. Just in case.” To put Noah’s worrisome mind more at ease, we could all start using peppermint for headaches with zero side effects.

Here’s something crazy-awesome about Young Living essential oils: they pass through the blood-brain barrier. Stay with me…”the blood brain barrier is a wall of high density cells that restrict passages of substances from the bloodstream into the brain. This protects our brain from foreign substances. Since essential oils are lipid soluble and have very light molecular weight, they can pass through the blood brain barrier and effect their benefits. Frankincense and peppermint can carry more oxygen into the brain this way and some essential oils can also benefit those with Alzheimer’s, memory loss, ADHD, metal toxicity, and more.” This is quoted from here, but there is proper (medical) documentation here.

Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to over the counter medications and even antibiotics. Certain EOs (essential oils) can help balance your body’s alkaline levels, cross the blood-brain barrier, and even penetrate cell walls. Okay, stay with me on this one. Bacteria in your body happens outside of cell walls. That’s why antibacterial medications can work quickly and well, because they can travel through body systems, like your bloodstream, where bacteria can lurk. (Side note–antibiotics can also kill good bacteria like that in your gut. Gut health and overall health are closely linked, so be mindful to restore good bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics! I just try to avoid them when I can, and use that time to build my immune system to super-strong!) Anyway, so bacterial lurks outside of cell walls in our body. Viruses, however, reside within a cell wall. That’s how they get so nasty. Not only are they hard to get to (antibiotics do NOT help!), but they can also replicate and reproduce within your body because they make their home within your cell’s membrane. I have good news! EOs penetrate cell walls. Yup! Those EOs that your body absorbs can help your body on a cellular level. Crazy, right?! Crazy awesome!! Oh, and if you have a virus, get some rest and let your body stock up on vitamins D & C as well as Zinc! A strong immune system is your best defense against being down for the count.

Essential oils can be used at a variety of application sites. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? It’s true! The skin is really great at absorbing stuff, like Vitamin D when you’re outside, or Vitamin E if you are like my Grandma Betty who would pierce a capsule with her teeth and apply the Vitamin E to a cut or zit. Skin absorption can be a scary thought if you think of the chemicals that we come in contact with, by choice or not. Have you ever read or studied about the ingredients in your lotion, face wash, or eye cream? Sure they are just trace amounts of toxins, but don’t you use that stuff nearly every day? Do you think that those toxins could build up in your body over time without proper detox? There are plenty of cancers where the source just can’t be explained…like a lifetime of built-up toxins. I digress…so your skin absorbs stuff! Well EOs can be applied to the wrist, temples (careful of the eyes!), inside of mouth or nose, outside of the ear (never inside the ear), under the tongue (I can only recommend ingestion of oils with Young Living), reflexology points of the feet and hands, the back of the neck, the heart, and other specific helpful areas to focus their potency. Oils can also be inhaled straight form the bottle or from your cupped hands around your face. Young Living oils can be ingested with water or with a vegetable capsule. I love a drop or two of lemon EO in my water for detox purposes. Peppermint applied to the intestines can soothe gas and an upset stomach. Lavender oil (Young Living’s) can be swabbed in the mouth or nose for allergy symptoms. As you can see, EOs can be inhaled, applied topically  with or without a carrier oil, or ingested, but be careful which oils you use for this!

Tomorrow I’ll talk about why I chose Young Living specifically. Do you have experience with essential oils? Do you have questions for me?

Blessings,

Kate

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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your diet. 

Sources: see links above in addition to Esoteric Oils page about oil history, Young Living Oil Lady, Dr. Myhill’s website in reference to infections, Baby Steps website’s intro to EOs, Heart-Centered Sharing by Vicki Opfer . Photo cred: google search “essential oils in history”  and Young Living’s website.