Essential Oils 101

What is an Essential Oil?

An essential oil is the essence of a plant – it gives the plant its unique scent. When carefully extracted from trees, flowers, herbs, rinds of fruit and other parts of a plant, it provides therapeutic benefits. Essential oils are so much more than a pretty smell, and can be used to support so many different areas of our body. Molecules reach our brain within 22 seconds and reach every cell in our body within 20 minutes!

Ways to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used topically to your skin, aromatically in the diffuser, or internally.

  • Topically: Essential oils can be applied topically to help support your body in so many ways! Within 2 minutes, essential oils can be found in your bloodstream after being applied to the skin. You can create your own roller blend or apply directly to an area that needs support.
  • Aromatically: Diffusing allows essential oil molecules to disperse into the air so we can breathe them in & experience the benefits: less stress, better mood, relaxation, deeper sleep, immune support and the best smells ever without zero toxins or artificial fragrance. You can also breathe an oil straight from the bottle.
  • Internally: Young Living essential oils are the highest quality – so we can safely ingest vitality oils (bottles w/ white labels) and use them to support our health and body in targeted ways. Add 1-2 drops to tea, water, or other drinks. You can also add them into a veggie capsule, use while cooking, or place a drop under your tongue.

Carrier Oil

Carrier Oils are fatty vegetable oils which are used to dilute essential oils and help “carry” them into the skin. When you use a carrier oil, it changes the concentration of the oil, but not the amazing benefits! You should always use a carrier oil when applying oils to little ones or when you use “hot” oils. If you check the label on any YL bottle it will tell you if the essential oil you’re using needs a carrier oil. You can shop my favorite carrier oils, rollers, and oil resources here!