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What are Essential Oils?

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are nature’s living energy and thus are the most potent part of the plant. The oils are distilled from shrubs, bushes, trees, flowers, resins, roots, herbs, and rinds.


Support for your body

Essential oils can be used to support all your body systems including your skeletal system, muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system, respiratory system, immune system, and hormones.  They support brain health and healthy weight.  Essential oils are used extensively for emotions and for spiritual support in your prayer life. An oil in a diffuser can soothe your tough day at work and provide a healthy alternative to toxic cleaning chemicals in the home.  You can literally start swapping out every single chemical cleaning toxin in your home to live a purer lifestyle by using essential oils and oil infused products, and you can do it without breaking the bank!


Ways to use essential oils

Essential oils are easy to use.  There are three main ways to get oils into your system: the English apply it topically – rub it on the skin; the French ingest and cook with it; the Germans diffuse and inhale, which can be the most effective method because it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system.


Essential oils in history

Essential oils were used by the worlds’ oldest cultures. They are mentioned in the Bible over 1100 times. Jesus was given Frankincense and Myrrh by the wise men.


Different qualities of essential oils

There are different qualities of essential oils. All oils in the world fall into one of 4 categories: Grade A, Grade B, Grade C, and Grade D.

  • Grade A – Seed to Seal Premium Grade, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures. Pure and unadulterated. No added synthetics or ingredients. Represents a very small margin of Essential Oils in the marketplace.
  • Grade B – Natural Grade. May be labeled organic or therapeutic, however, may have added ingredients to enhance aroma or volume. May contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders, or carrier oils.
  • Grade C – Perfume Grade or Synthetic. Often contain adulterating chemicals. They usually use solvents, for example, hexane, to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents can be cancerous and are in many store-bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-95 percent with alcohol. Because there are no labeling regulations, some may be inaccurately labeled as “pure” or “therapeutic.”
  • Grade D – “Floral Waters” – Aromatic only and is usually a byproduct of Grade A distillation. After all the oil is pulled out, the leftover trash water is sold to companies which will fill 5 percent of the bottle with this “leftover trash water”, fill the rest with carriers, and label it “pure”. Often used in hair and skin beauty products. Contains minimal essential oils. Often synthetic or adulterated.


All of Young Living’s Essential Oils are Grade A and organic.

They are the best quality oils available and are very potent. One to three drops are all it takes for an application. Young Living either owns the farms on which the oils are grown or partners with and oversees each step of the process, from Seed to Seal. A better seed grown in optimal soil, farmed without chemicals, harvested at the right time, and distilled in the best way, produces more powerful essential oils. Then Young Living rigorously tests the oils and rejects any batches which do not meet their strict standards. No other company can match Young Living’s expertise in growing, distilling, and testing their oils.  


Why do oil companies sell oils more cheaply?

Many companies cut corners with essential oils to make a greater profit. If they use pesticides, they get more plant and using chemical solvents provides more essential oil. Many essential oils are adulterated with synthetic chemicals or extended with carrier oils or combined with cheaper oils to get a larger quantity of product. The oils may smell great but have no therapeutic value. They cannot support your body systems and may be harmful to ingest, place on your skin, or inhale. More lavender oil is sold in the world than is grown. If you want the best quality essential oil for your family, choose Young Living.


Get Started

To get started with Young Living essential oils, simply contact Karen at karen@karenharrison.net to purchase a Starter Kit. Or you may go to www.youngliving.com  and click on Become a Member. Then enter Karen’s number as sponsor and enroller – 251044. Choose your kit. I recommend the Premium Starter Kit with Everyday Oils that comes with a diffuser. It’s the best value for getting started with essential oils and competitively prices at half-price off retail. Fill out your shipping and payment information. Welcome to Young Living!

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