What in the world is a carrier oil? Do I even need one?
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The best way to get started with essential oils!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs. They are the most powerful part of a plant --the lifeblood of the plant.
In humans, they provide support for every system in the body, they support your brain health, and are used extensively for emotional and spiritual support!
Support the body’s natural defenses
Are more powerful than a dried herb and more extensive than vitamins and minerals
Aid in maintaining normal cellular regeneration
Are mood elevating, and boost stamina and energy
Are high in antioxidants
Help you relax and manage stress and frustration
Improve mental clarity
Promote overall health, vitality, and longevity
There are certain oils that are photosensitive, meaning you don’t want to wear them and go out in the sun. These are mostly citrus oils like grapefruit, lemon, etc. When using on your skin, always watch for redness and dilute with a carrier oil. Always dilute oils on children, because their skin is more permeable and absorbs the oils more quickly.
What about internal use?
NAHA one of the top Aromatherapy schools in the US dosen’t advocate essential oils for internal use. Why? Most oil companies don’t carry any GRAS (Generally regarded as safe) essential oils with have been cleared by the FDA. NAHA also bases a lot of their decisions on the British model, which advocates topical use only. Many of the British studies are flawed, for example, done at extremely high doses or in ways that oils are used, like pouring a bottle inside your body. Young Living utilizes all 3 models, British, French, and German. The French have been using some essential oils internally for decades. Young Living has created a Vitality line with distinctive labels so you can easily recognize which oils are safe to take internally.
On the flip side…
Look at the ingredients list of what you have in your bathroom & in your kitchen. Everyday we put products on our skin, in our bodies, and breath them in, but many of these products contain damaging chemicals. The average woman applies 300 chemicals a day just through soaps, makeup, shampoos, and hair care products. 80 of those products are applied before breakfast everyday!
Store your oils in a cool, dark place to keep their compounds from altering
Keep oils out of your eyes and ears. If they accidentally get where they shouldn't go, use a carrier oil (not water) to rinse it out
It's always wise to start slow & small and consult your doctor before use.
Always put oils in glass. They are incredible at pulling toxins out of things, but if you are going to drink water with EOs in it, you don't want to also drink plastic ;)
Check the bottle before ingesting an oil to be sure that it is labeled as a "dietary supplement" so you know it is safe for taking internally!
Always dilute with a carrier oil for kids.
Only diffuse around newborns. We never apply topically until our littles are at least 6 months old, and then we dilute heavily!
And of course, use Young Living. It's the safest out there!
A carrier oil is a fatty oil like olive oil or coconut oil, and its molecules are much larger than those of essential oils. Using a carrier oil with an essential oil slows down the rate the body can absorb the essential oil, because it has to ping pong through the large molecules of the carrier oil to get into your skin.
Carrier oils extend essential oils when they are applied to a large area, and can decrease skin irritation as well. When applying essential oils to children, always use a carrier oil. Examples of common carrier oils include coconut oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin e oil, sweet almond oil, and olive oil.
Diffusing essential oils is a perfect way to improve your home, work, or living environment. Diffusing can purify the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke or other odors as well as protect you and your family from harmful things we breathe in the air. Diffusing can also help with mood regulation.
Quality & Purity
Young Living is the only company out there that has what is called the “Seed to Seal” promise, or anything like it. This has such a huge impact, you guys! It means that Young Living controls every single aspect of their production line. They own their own farms. They plant their own seeds. They cultivate their own crops. They use essential oils on their plants. They oversee everything, literally, from planting the seed to sealing the bottle. They can say with a 100% guarantee that they know what is inside each and every bottle, and that they are pure beyond a shadow of a doubt.
This is hands-down one of those cases where you get what you pay for. Yes, you *can* buy a
cheaper bottle of oil elsewhere, but *buyer beware* you’re receiving an inferior product.
How to Get Started
Young Living's Premium Starter Kit is the absolute best way to get started with essential oils. It includes a gorgeous diffuser, which uses ultrasonic technology to disperse millions of tiny essential oil particles into the air and benefits us greatly. It's about so much more than smelling good. It also includes some literature about Young Living, a Resource Guide, info about Seed-to-Seal, sample packets of a few essential oils to share with friends, samples of Thieves Household Cleaner, Ningxia Red, and the best part... 11 essential oils.