What Are Essential Oils? [And How To Choose Essential Oils?]

Essential oils - All you need to know before using them - Pretty Blooming; As my love for essential oils grow with every day, so does the number of articles I write about them. When I first started using essential oils, I had a lot of questions: 'What are essential oils? What should you look for when you choose yours? How can you guarantee an essential oil is pure? etc.' If you are essential oil enthusiast and have similar questions regarding these plant extracts, I invite you to read this post. Learn all you need to know about essential oils and how to choose them.

As my love for essential oils grow with every day, so does the number of articles I write about them. When I first started using essential oils, I had a lot of questions: 'What are essential oils? What should you look for when you choose yours? How can you guarantee an essential oil is pure? etc.'

If you are essential oil enthusiast and have similar questions regarding these plant extracts, I invite you to read this post. Learn all you need to know about essential oils and how to choose them.

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How I Got Started

Events In Life

There are certain events in life that can make us undertake significant measures for our health. One such event was me getting a chickenpox at the age of 28. When experienced as adult the virus could be very strong and leaving gigantic and deep scars on the skin. 

Faced with this challenge (I saw it as a tragedy at that time), I had to try all kinds of remedies to heal and replenish my skin. So I take measures like changes in my diet and kicking out all harmful chemicals from my skin care products. Quite radical, I know. But the scars... they had to go.

The Commitment 

So I start eating vegan diet in order to cleanse my blood from the toxins, and along with that I started applying rosehip oil. I read that rosehip oil is magical for scars, spots, blemishes and wrinkles. Along with my research about rosehip seed oil, I learned about essential oils. 

The idea of replacing all my skin care with natural remedies and oils sound so great that I buried myself in literature about essential oils. 

My First Experience With Essential Oils

Before making the commitment to swap all store-bought cleansers, moisturizers and creams with handmade ones, I only have had one experience with essential oils. A few years ago, I tried to get rid of my acne by topically applying undiluted tea tree oil. You can read why this wasn't very smart in my post about diluting essential oils

History Of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for ages in religious ceremonies, remedies, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, and for perfumes. Plants and oils have been used for medicines for thousands of years and today they are still the root of pharmaceuticals.

Egyptians are given the credit to be the first culture to use aromatic extracts for spiritual uses, beauty care and culinary uses. It is believed that essential oils were also used in China and India at nearly the same time. 

Many of the specific uses for essential oils, as well as recipes for essential oil blends we know and use today, are a direct result of biblical references.

Essential oils that are mentioned in the bible include frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, cinnamon and myrtle. One of the most well-known biblical references to essential oils is of the frankincense and myrrh being two of the three gifts brought to baby Jesus. 

What Are Essential Oils

Choosing Essential Oils - All You Need To Know About Essential Oils Before Buying a Single Oil - Pretty Blooming; As my love for essential oils grow with every day, so does the number of articles I write about them. When I first started using essential oils, I had a lot of questions: 'What are essential oils? What should you look for when you choose yours? How can you guarantee an essential oil is pure? etc.'  If you are essential oil enthusiast and have similar questions regarding these plant extracts, I invite you to read this post. Learn all you need to know about essential oils and how to choose them.

In Essence

Essential oils are aromatic liquids that comes from inside flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. 

Essential oils are being called the lifeblood of plants because they carry oxygen and nutrients within the plant and are part of the regenerative process of the plant.

Essential oils are more than pleasant scents. These plant extracts consist of powerful compounds that offer a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious use.

Things to have in mind

The way to use them is simply to mix them with a gentle carrier oil and apply on the skin. 

Dilution is necessary because essential oils are highly concentrated and too potent to be used directly on the skin.  

Another thing to consider when trying a new oil is a patch test. After you have diluted it, apply a few drops on your wrist and wait for about 20-30 min. This is to make sure you are not allergic to a particular oil before you apply it to your face.

Does the process of extraction matter?

You bet it does!

To ensure you get the best out of oils, you should always be looking for products that weren't extracted through heating.

Oils obtained through chemical processes (e.g. refined products) are not considered essential oils.

You can find essential oils extracted through 3 different methods.

  • 1
    Steam Distillation - In this method, steam is directed through the plant material. The lighter chemical within the plant are being vaporized. This rich steam is then condensed through a cooling process. This method generates two products: the essential oil (oil-soluble product) and a hydrolat (water-soluble product).
  • 2
    Expression - Expression is usually used for obtaining essential oils from citrus fruits. The process of scraping the peel of a citrus fruit to release the oils is called expression. The challenge here is to capture the oil extracted. Expression does not involve heating.
  • 3
    Super-critical Extraction This process uses CO2 (carbon dioxide) as a solvent. It is once added and then eliminated to help produce higher-grade oil which is very close to the raw composition of the plant it is made of. It is said to be richer in the chemical molecules found in the plants then the distilled oils. 

Benefits Of Essential Oils

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Young Living Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser - Photo Courtesy of Young Living

Essential oils have many beneficial uses in our daily life.  We can use them for relaxation and better sleep, for supporting a healthy immune system, for healing wounds and rashes, for nourishing ski, for treating anxiety and for boosting energy.

I personally use essential oils to to nourish and heal my skin, to uplift my mood, for meditation, and recently I have started experimenting with adding essential oils to my laundry. You can use them for massage, aromatherapy, cleaning your house, in your hair care routines, for treating migraines, and so much more.

How To Choose Essential Oils

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For the purpose of skin care, hair care, aromatherapy and massages, you should only be using  100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Unfortunately only about 2% of  the essential oils out there are considered therapeutic grade.

I wish there was some kind of a standard so we as customers can be assured that if the label says 'essential oil', it is essential oil that we get. Many of the oils you can buy from natural food stores may be already diluted or adulterated and can actually contain harmful ingredients.

My choice of essential oil is Young Living Essential Oils. They own their farms and set a standard for planting, growing, harvesting, distilling, and producing essential oils.  

Why I Choose Young Living

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Young Living's Lavender Farm in France - Photo Courtesy of Young Living

When researching what essential oils I wanted to use, I was really impressed with Young Living's history, ethics and guarantee. Owning their farms give them the freedom to control the harvesting practices and the distillation process. 

They have farms on six continents and presence on more than 25 markets. With locations on six continents and more than 25 open markets, Young Living's global presence is undisputed. 

I trust their essential oils above all other brands because they are pure, unadulterated and manufactured for therapeutic purposes and not only just for smell.

I am a wholesale member, meaning that I save 24% on all of my essential oils.

How To Get Started With Young Living

There are 2 ways to get started with Young Living essential oils: as a Wholesale Member or as a Retail Customer through their website

In my opinion, the absolute best way to buy oils is becoming as a wholesale member. This way you become a distributor for Young Living and get amazing discounts (24% off) on all of your essential oils. 24% is a lot, isn't it?

Here is how you sign up for the Wholesale membership:

1. Head over to the Young Living signing page
2. Choose a membership. Remember, the awesome 24% discount on all your oils is only for Wholesale members.
3. Choose your country & language.
4. If you like to join my essential oil community, you can also state it was me to introduce you to membership program, by typing the my ID 17089634 (make sure it appears in both  sponsor ID' and 'enroller ID').

What does it mean to be a distributor for Young Living?

And don't be scared by the word ‘distributor’. There is no responsibility, such as finding customers and selling. The only thing you need to have in mind is that by joining the Wholesale discount group, you agree to order a minimum of $50 per year. If you buy 2 or 3 times a year, you easily reach the $50. But don't worry,  there is no penalty if you do not do that; your account will simply go inactive.

As a Wholesale Member, you don't have to sell anything, but in case you this is what you want, you have the option to do it. You can promote your favorite oils and earn commissions. I have helped several of my teammates start a successful business this way. 

The Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Young Living Premium Starter Kit - Pretty Blooming;

High-quality therapeutic grade essential oils are pricey. Getting started can be overwhelming both in terms of experience and price. Good news is that Young Living has an amazing Premium Starter Kit which you can get when becoming a Wholesale Member.

When I began using essential oils I chose the Premium Starter Kit because it was (and still is) the most economical starter kits for newbies. 

What does the Premium Starter Kit Include:

It comes with eleven 5ml bottles of essential oils - Lemon Vitality, Copaiba Vitality, DiGize Vitality, Thieves Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, Panaway Raven, Citrus Fresh, Frankincense and Lavender + Stress Away (retail $165).

The kit includes also: roller fitment, sample packets and an aromatherapy diffuser (retail $90).

The Premium Starter Kit retails for over $300, but as a wholesale member, you get for $160. 



Final Thoughts

​This is definitely not the last article I write about essential oils, benefits, uses and getting started, so be sure to stay on the outlook for upcoming posts.

​Do you need help with getting started or signing up for Young Living membership? Feel free to reach out and I will be glad to assist you.

Thank you for reading my blog, I truly appreciate it. 

Stay healthy and take skin care 🙂

RESOURCES:
Essential Oils Academy - http://essentialoilsacademy.com/history/
Young Living website - https://www.youngliving.com

DISCLAIMER

The Information on this website has not been evaluated by FDA and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. The information is not intended as a substitute for advice or medical care of a qualified healthcare specialist. The information on this website is for educational purposes only. You should seek the advice of your health care practitioner before undertaking any health changes. Before applying anything on your body and face, please do a patch test first. 

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