Important Answers about Essential Oils that You Need to Know
Since the brith of the internet, information explosion has overcome us. The fact that people can lie, tell the truth, and basically say ANYTHING they want about everything makes finding the truth really challenging. Today I want to address some basic questions people have about Young Living oils.
Does Young Living use pesticides?
We do not use pesticides at our Young Living farms or our partner farms. Both our farm practices and finished products are held to strict standards, and with the measures we have in place, we feel confident that we offer our members the best, purest products available.
Are Young Living products tested on animals?
Young Living has a policy against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young Living’s products are formulated to be safe for nearly all users, and animal testing is neither required nor performed in our product development process.
Are Young Living essential oils certified organic?
Young Living prides itself on offering the purest and most effective essential oils possible, and we are often asked if our oils are certified organic. The organic certification, while important, is far from the only standard of quality by which to judge essential oils. Young Living practices a unique Seed to Seal® quality process that goes beyond the current organic standard in many ways. At Young Living, we don’t just rely on others to verify the purity of our oils. We work directly with our farms, growers, and distillers to ensure the quality, integrity, and authenticity of every product we produce. Our passion and commitment is to produce 100-percent pure, unadulterated essential oils that retain all of the natural constituents and therapeutic properties nature intended.Our Seed to Seal process ensures the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils through careful monitoring of every step of essential oil production—from the time a seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle. Every batch of our essential oils, whether cultivated on our own farms or by one of our carefully vetted partner growers, is rigorously tested and subjected to careful review through every step of production and meets or exceeds industry safety and purity standards. Young Living’s dedication to quality ensures that we provide pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with the complete, optimal blend of plant constituents to provide maximum potency and results.As millions of satisfied members and customers across the globe can testify, Young Living sets the standard for purity and quality in the essential oil industry. While standards and guidelines can vary and be modified, our dedication to providing the safest, most beneficial essential oils in the world will never change.
What tests does Young Living conduct on their essential oils?
Young Living uses its own internal labs and third-party facilities to verify that Young Living purity and potency standards are met. Each batch of essential oil is sent through six rigorous tests and must meet established quality benchmarks to pass through successfully.* Mass Spectrometer—Identifies the names of each constituent (plant chemicals) in the oil.*Gas Chromatograph—Measures the percentage of constituents in the oil.*Refractive Index—Measures the density of the oil using a concentrated beam of light. *Specific Gravity—Measures how heavy the oil is as compared to water.*Flash Point—Ignites the oil and tests it against standard flash temperatures.*Optical Rotation—Measures the molecular structure of the oil.Once the tests are complete, the results are compared to the vast library of information Young Living has amassed over 20 years. This library of oil data is unmatched in the industry. If the incoming oils do not meet the established profile, they are rejected and not allowed to be bottled as a Young Living product. (At a trip to the farm, Gary told us they will actually dispose of oils that do not meet standards because they should NEVER be on the market. Most companies will sell them to someone else.)
What is the shelf life of Young Living oils?
Young Living’s essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and beneficial properties virtually indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, out of sunlight, and in cool temperatures.
Are Young Living essential oils distilled multiple times?
Each batch of Young Living essential oil is only processed/distilled from plants once before bottling.
How are Young Living essential oils created?
Essential oils are aromatic liquids distilled or extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, and seeds. Most Young Living essential oils are extracted using steam distillation. Our food-grade stainless steel distillers are based on a state-of-the-art design that uses very low pressure and low temperature, which is critical for preserving all of the fragile therapeutic constituents of essential oils. Plants are steam distilled in small batches for extended periods using a special low-pressure, low-heat vertical steam technology. Our citrus oils are cold pressed from the rinds of their designated fruit, such as bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. No solvents or synthetic chemicals of any kind are used or added in either method.
Is it possible to be allergic to essential oils?
Essential oils do not generally contain the proteins responsible for allergic reactions, which minimizes the likelihood of an allergic reaction. However, individual sensitivities do vary, and people can still experience sensitivities to essential oils. When using a new essential oil, dilution and a skin spot test is a good idea to ensure that you do not experience any sensitivity to that particular oil.
Can essential oils be ingested?
Many essential oils can be ingested. All of our oils that can be ingested feature a white Supplement Facts box on the product label and dietary usage instructions online. Research indicates that some oils are more effective when taken orally. Only pure essential oils, proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements, should be used internally. Dilution and dosage is dependent on the age, size, and the health constitution of the individual. Follow the recommended dosage on individual product labels to ensure safety or seek the advice of a health professional before administering oils internally.
What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition?
Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? – If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with EOs prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).
Can essential oils be used on children?
Many EOs are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some YL products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to EO, and use of a carrier oil is recommended. One – 2 drops of EO such as SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby and Peace & Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of the feet.
Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?
As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in EO usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia&sclarea), Sage (Salvia&officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum&vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus&officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum&vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria&procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.
If you have any other questions, please feel to comment below– I will answer them there!
Personally, I believe one of the best ways to learn something is to passionately pursue teaching it to yourself. Obviously to do that, you need to find experts to learn from, and places with great information.
Although teaching about essential oils is something I’m passionate about doing, I am restricted in what I can say here on my website in order to protect you from misinformation…basically… the government wants to protect you from people who would dupe you into buying something that didn’t work. And that is not a bad thing!
In light of that, I wanted to provide you with some links and learning tools so that you can do some exploring on your own! Here are my top favorite places to learn about essential oils…
“Peace I leave to you. I give my own peace to you. It is not as the world gives that I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not have fear.” John 14: 27 (from the Aramaic to English New Testament)
Jesus gave us His own peace. This is not a peace we conjure up, find through eastern meditation, or talk ourselves into possessing. It is a total gift, and will be completely different than what the world will offer us. That’s how you will know it–that it didn’t come from your natural, and it didn’t come from the world—but it came from God’s Presence.
There isn’t a pill, an essential oil, a psychic counselor, or medical treatment that can give you this peace.
Although loving friends, good doctors, and natural supplements are healthy for us, they do not replace what comes from Jesus alone.
Peace given from Heaven is received by our renewed spirits when we spend time in intimacy with God. Even as people who carry the Holy Spirit within us, we still have choices to make. That’s why it says “do not let your hearts be troubled and do not have fear.” We can choose to be intimate with the Lord, and cultivate friendship with Him—or we can choose our flesh and attempts to find peace within the realms of this world. If we choose the latter, we will be repeatedly taken down by trouble and fear.
God’s OWN peace is a gift to us. Choose to recieve this gift, bask in intimacy with God, and rest through every circumstance that you face.
It takes time to be close and intimate with anyone. The same goes for God! Spending time with Him is the best choice you will make for you spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.
Every woman has some encounter with hormones in her life. It’s just a natural, normal part of life! Every woman may also need some extra support in this area from time to time. Essential oils are the perfect wellness supporter!
Did you know every drop of essential oil contains 40 quintillion molecules…that’s 40,000,000,000,000,000,000! You have 100 trillion cells in your body; therefore, on drop of essential oil is enough to cover every cell in your body with 40,000 molecules. Less is more.
So, let’s rediscover natural harmony with unique plant extract formulations and essential oils. This is a short list of my favorites to get you started.
Progessence Plus is a pure serum that is designed specifically for women. Along with wild yam and vitamin E, Progessence Plus is formulated with Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils. The pleasant smell and portable bottle makes application convenient and enjoyable, especially in public. The product’s clear bottle showcases the purity of this unique formulation.
Apply 2-4 drops daily onto soft areas of the skin and gently massage in. Do not exceed 2 applications per day.
• Keep out of reach of children.
• If pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult a health practitioner prior to use.
• Do not use in conjunction with contraceptives.
• Keep in a cool, dark place.
Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil contains natural phytoestrogens. It has a mellow, warm, herbal scent that is uplifting and relaxing, making it a perfect choice for supporting a normal, healthy attitude during PMS. It is also supportive for menopausal women.
Dragon Time™ is a blend of calming and soothing essential oils, including clary sage, which contains natural phytoestrogens – the perfect choice for women’s emotions during special times and needs. Its balancing properties make it a perfect choice for supporting normal, healthy emotions during the female monthly cycle. Dragon Time is recommended for young and mature women.
Normally I will only use Young Living oils on my family, but in a pinch, when Young Living doesn’t have something I need, I will also use one other brand of essential oils –Original Swiss Aromatics. Young Living does not carry Vitex oil, so I use OSA Vitex Oil. Vitex oil balances estrogen and progesterone. Just one to two drops per day may support hormonal balance in healthy women. These two brands of oils are the ONLY brands I use, or recommend.
Supplementation is also critical for totally hormonal wellness. With out busy lifestyles and lack of nutrient rich food, supplementation is very supportive to health!
Thyromin™ is a special blend of porcine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils in a perfectly balanced formula that maximizes nutritional support for healthy thyroid and adrenal function. The thyroid gland regulates body metabolism, energy, and body temperature.
Super B™ is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing eight essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular function, and helps with internal enzyme reactions. With the new addition of B5, Super B now also assists with mood support.
Supporting your body intentionally with nutrients and God given herbs and essential oils is a must for good hormonal wellness. Stop the crazy, support your body with clean, non toxic products.
Over the last 18 months, I have been under the mentorship of a truly Godly, sweet, older woman. Dr. Lavonne Atnip groomed me personally each month to grow and become more of what God made me to be. We spent a special amount of time going over her 101 ways to minister to your husband. We only made it about one third of the way through because we’d discuss each suggestion thoroughly before moving on to the next topic.
This past week Dr Lavonne passed away after a very, very short battle with cancer. She was taken so suddenly, and so fast. The notebook I now own, filled with wisdom and counsel from her, is a very treasured possession to me. In honor of her memory, I wanted to share the first 10 ways to minister to your husband that she taught me.
I’m not going to comment, or give extended teaching on each. Most of these things are actually practical wisdom that should be commonplace. But something about the way she shared them gave me fresh revelation for how I should treat my husband. I’m praying that today as you read these, God will speak to your spirit and give you fresh revelation as well!
1. Communicate with him. Never close him out.
2. Regard him as important and let him know he is important to you, second only to God.
3. Be interested in his friends, and give him time to be with his friends.
4. Ask his opinion of any given thing frequently.
5. Value what he says, even if it’s a different opinion than yours.
6. Let him feel your approval and affection. Speak into his emotions.
7. Protect his dignity on a daily basis.
8. Be tender with him, realizing he has feelings also.
9. Foster an atmosphere of laughter in your home and look for ways to laugh together.
10. Avoid sudden major changes with discussion,– giving him time to adjust.
Should Christian use essential oils? What does the Bible really say about essential oils AS WE KNOW them today?
This certainly is a controversial subject. I’ve had people write me and say they can’t use essential oils because they are new age, tell me that only some companies are suitable for Christian folk, or just plain state that medicine is more “holy” than natural solutions. Today, I want to give you my perspective, as a Christian, and hopefully demystify some of the issues surrounding essential oils use.
The First mention of oils in the Bible is in Gen. 37:25. After that, there are many, many references to essential oils in the Bible. Now, keep in mind, the Bible implies a lot about essential oils and aromatic plants, more than it outright explains. It seems that most people were very familiar with them, such as we would be with a lot of over the counter tools that we use today. We might write a history of our family, but never include instructions for using first aid anointment, because we “know” how to use it—it’s a given in our culture.
Here are some terms used in the Bible:
Ointment (balm, gum, spices, anointing oil)
(An oily or unctuous substance, usually compounded of oil with various spices and resins and aromatics, and preserved in small alabaster boxes or cruses, in which the delicious aroma was best preserved. Some of the ointments have been known to retain their: fragrance for several hundred years. They were a much-coveted luxury, and often very expensive. –ED.)
Cosmetic . –The Greek and Roman practice of anointing the head and clothes on festive occasions prevailed also among the Egyptians, and appears to have had place among the Jews. (Ruth 3:2)
Funereal . –Ointments as well as oil were used to anoint dead bodies and the clothes in which they were wrapped. (Matthew 26:12)
Ritual.–Besides the oil used in many ceremonial observances, a special ointment was appointed to be used in consecration. (Exodus 30:23,33; 29:7; 37:29; 40:9,15) A person whose business it was to compound ointments in general was called an “apothecary.” (Nehemiah 3:8) The work was sometimes carried on by woman “confectionaries.” (1 Samuel 8:13)
We actually know more about how oils were used in the Biblical culture from reading other ancient texts. For example: the Egyptian embalming process included Cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, juniper and cinnamon. In the New Testament, sandalwood (aloes) was also common for burial. The woman who anointed Jesus feet used “costly perfume” which in that day was essential oil before we had ways to produce chemicals in a lab.
But, let’s back up for a moment, and think foundation-ally. Essential oils were designed by God; they are the “lifeblood” of the plants that HE created. Furthermore, it indicates in Ez 47:12 and Revelation 22:2 that God intended or intends plants to be used for wellness. This includes dried herbs, tinctures, essential oils–and yes–when needed, medicine.
Since God created plants, and essential oils come from plants, essential oils are NOT new age, or satanic. They are CREATIONS OF GOD.
With the foundation in place, now we can examine where the New Age influence comes in, and if it impacts whether we should, or should not use essential oils in Christian homes.
Mis-Belief #1 Essential Oils Contain God.
False! Essential oils are not little molecules of God. Anyone who says this have a false belief. They are creations of God, but they do not contain God. All healing comes from God. This is where it gets tricky to understand… how does all healing come from God, yet certain substances seem to produce XYZ reliable results? The power is not in the essential oil, but in God. God created the earth and all that it contains. He set up laws, and workings within the earth, and gave each thing a purpose.
Mis-Belief #2 The Medical System is More Godly than Natural Solutions
The church in general has buried it’s head and refused to have anything to do with a lot of natural solutions. We rely on science and logic to treat things that plague us instead of seeking God. This is a very sad mis-belief.
The medical field has been a wonderful gift to mankind and if I was in a car accident, I wouldn’t want someone standing over me with essential oil…I want a paramedic!
The problem comes into effect when we place all our faith in a man made system. Our wellness should never be 100% in the hands of another human. We should take responsibility for our own health! WE should not be surrendered to a secular health care system that tells us what to do like robots, but should be seeking God’s healing through prayer and healthy lifestyles as He told us how to live.
Mis-Belief #3 Essential Oils Are New Age
Piffle farts! We already established that God created plants, and He owns all creation. There is no way that essential oils in and of themselves are New Age. Christians need to stop being so terrified of a BIG devil and acting like they have a small God. God is so much greater than anything counterfeit, He is REAL. He is TRUTH. You are not going to be accidentally drawn into the occult by using essential oils. As Christians, we should not be allowing the New Age movement to take and twist what God created to be good for people.
And as to what company you should buy your oils from? You can make a stink about that when you stop shopping at the local grocery store that sells pornographic magazines, and start shopping at only Christian owned stores who only buy from suppliers who are also Christian. Sorry, just not valid argument unless you’re willing to carry it all the way.
How SHOULD Christian be using essential oils?
The Bible clearly speaks of prayer AND anointing with oil. The fascinating thing about what we read in the Bible, and all the ways God told the Israelites to conduct themselves, is that today, Science and practice prove there was reason for everything God commanded. For example; the washing that God commanded kept His people from getting a lot of disease. We know that today, and practice it in all hospitals now. For that reason, I have to assume there is something important about the combination of praying and anointing with oil.
One of the ways I use essential oils is by waiting on the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to show you what to use, how to use it, etc.. Learn more about what is found in nature. Learn more about His foods that He created for us to sustain us. It’s all about God, not about becoming “pharmacists” of essential oils. The separation of God from medicine is a deadly mistake!
Anointing is mentioned 156 times in the Bible, (usually referring to oil, but occasionally to mud, or a spiritual anointing). Anointing oil always contained aromatics, if not 100% aromatic. The word “Anoint” actually means to “cover, rub, or smear the head or body with oil.”
And not just people were anointed with oil, but also things in the temple, food, shields (Is 21:5).
We can anoint each other and pray, anoint our doorposts and pray, anoint ourselves while praying… etc…
Am I against science? NO! Not at all! I think God hid things for us to discover! But we as Christians should not rely on science, or believe that science provides all the answers to life. Science should no become a false God. Christians should not DEMAND evidence from science. Science cannot explain God, but we believe in God…we cannot expect science to explain life. We are not above those in the Bible who worshipped idols…When we do not seek God first for healing, but look to someone on earth to fix our issues, are we not the same Essential oils and herbs also have the potential to become an idol.
There are so many benefits to drinking lemon water every morning—from cleansing your system to supporting a healthy liver—I would have to write an entire article to list them all. Squeeze half a lemon in warm/hot water, and drink it every morning as a simple way to support health in your body. Need to know more? Read this article.
#2 Converse with God
Relationships are about talking, listening, and just spending time together. We understand that when it comes to human relationships, but somehow tend to think that since God is God, He knows everything about us, so we don’t really need to take time to talk to Him. Wrong! He longs to hear from us, He desires to speak to us, and He wants to just spend time with us. Never neglect this time. It is the backbone of all life.
#3 Lay Hands on Your Children and Spouse and Pray/Prophesy Over Them
Laying on of hands and praying over your family is a very, VERY Biblical action which is missing from a lot of modern day evangelical homes. Speaking a blessing, calling for gifts, and praying scripture over your family is spiritual warfare of the highest degree. It will make your home a mighty fortress of God and cause your children to turn their hearts toward God and love Him.
#4 Learn Something New
Expand your mind, broaden your skills, have some fun! Try to learn something new every single day. Whether it’s reading a good Theological book (my favorite), learning to paint, reading about health, or trying a new recipe, do something that isn’t the “same ole, same ole” routine!
#5 Exercise for at Least 20 Minutes
I love exercise. I hate it too, but mostly I love it. My favorite workout right now is Revelation Wellness TV because I have access to MANY MANY different workouts, and I can do something different everyday. I really enjoy the admonishment in the Lord and Godly inspiration sprinkled throughout these workouts as well.
Other great workouts would be T-Tapp, a wonderful wellness workout that I taught for many years. Or getting a personal trainer online who can workout with you via Skype. I’ve worked with Jessica Vaughn and had FABULOUS results!
#6 Use High Quality Supplements
There is a lot of great supplements out there, and it’s a little overwhelming to decide which supplements would be most beneficial to you personally. The best I can do for you is to simply share what I use daily, and why I choose these from the millions.
Most importantly, I use essential oils daily. I feel this a big reason that my family enjoys very good health the last 4 years. We use oils for everything you can image! Our personal choice of essential oils is the Young Living brand.
Most days I make myself a protein drink. I like to mix my protein powders, and I like to use plant based proteins because I have an intolerance to cows milk. I mix Power Meal (rice based) and Hemp Protein. I also like to add a little Maca powder for adrenal support. I’ve recently started taking JuvaPower in Pineapple juice and JuvaTone tablets everyday as well to support my liver. I will probably do this for a month on, two months off, or some such schedule.
Other supplements I use off and on, listening to my Body’s needs include: Gaia herbs adrenal and thyroid supplements. I LOVE enzymes Essentialzyme and Detoxzyme. I also love Super B for energy. I give this to my teenage daughter when she needs it as well. Life 5 probiotics is something I try to take every evening before bed, on an empty stomach. And of course, I drink NingXia Red every single day for antioxidant support and energy! All Young Living Supplements can be purchased with a Wholesale account which you can get here! Open a Wholesale Account Young Living produces the highest quality supplements which are used overseas at health clinics for chronic diseases not mentioned here. 😉
#7 Connect with Friends
Relationship is very important. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your life, and in your world, and what your doing and not cultivate the relationships in front of you. This is especially dangerous for those of us in the online world. God placed you in your location for a reason. The people in your circle are there for YOU to connect with, and love on. Don’t miss out on them!
This is it. My true confessions about Young Living, their oils, their company, and the whole idea of Network Marketing.
Confession #1 -I Have Wondered if Essential Oils are Legitimate
For real? Sniffing something makes my body more healthy? (Arches eyebrow) For real?
Even after I started using Young Living essential oils, I wondered if they REALLY were the best, or if they really were just hype. I got results…but…I needed to know. Do we really make great oils? Do we really make a pure product? Is there something better than what we offer out there?
I don’t want to waste my time or my money, and I especially do not want to waste my integrity selling something that isn’t the best.
After spending time at our farms, seeing the plants, seeing the distillation process, and hearing Gary Young’s heart, I was MORE THAN FULLY convinced that this is a honorable company selling a superior essential oil.
And no, he didn’t put a spell on me. 😉
Confession #2 -I Have Thought that Network Marketing Was “Criminal”
At least, that’s the best word I can think of to describe what I thought about network marketing for most of my life. Where do we get that idea anyway? If you think about it for 30 seconds, all marketing is networking. All products, every single thing you buy, is marketed and sold by someone, somehow, somewhere. Furthermore, marketing is a Biblical concept….I mean….what’s the other option? Stealing? Communism?
I think people should be able to create GREAT products with ideas that God gave them. And I think other people should help them sell these great products. That’s all Network Marketing is…selling great products.
Confession #3 -I Have Worried About Whether Or Not I Can Help You
Will my essential oils make a difference for you like they have for me? Can I teach you how to build the business you want? A successful business like mine?
I worry about these things.
Recently God has been convicting me about my worry in this area. He’s saying, “as long as you’re doubled minded about this, you’re not gonna help anyone with your oils, or help anyone really build a great business.”
How true! So with single minded focus, I want to confess; ESSENTIAL OILS WORK! They are awesome!!!!!!! I also confess that I have the skills and the desire to help others build a great business with this wonderful product! In fact, I hope that you will get to come visit the farms in in Idaho, and if you do, we can hang out there together in person. But for now, I would be honored to help you get started with your first step. Whether you want to try using essential oils simply for the the health benefits with a wholesale account, or if you want to step out and create a whole entire culture of vibrant life in a website, I would love to be part of it!
Hit reply and tell me your hopes and dreams! If you already like–“SIGN ME UP“—then jump over here to my webpage and let’s get started! I can do phone calls, email, facebook support or whatever fits your lifestyle best.
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