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 ways—ingestion, 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 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?
Frankincense 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.
Lemon 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,
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.