Essentials with Syd – Interests
Story by Sydney Turner | Jan 01, 2018
How essential oils make your life happier, healthier, and cleaner.
Are you looking to revitalize your health and wellness in the new year? Are you interested in being the best smelling person in the room? How about having the warmest, most welcoming home on the block? Look no further than essential oils.
Essential oils have supported me through the ups and downs of daily life since I was in seventh grade; I’m now 27 years old. How many things can you count in your life that have supported you for that long? What began with one little bottle has grown into something much bigger, and now I use Young Living Essential Oils in every aspect of my life.
Interested? Well let’s start with the facts.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and more powerful forms of your favorite flowers and herbs, but not all essential oils are created equal. Though many claim to be “pure,” most contain synthetic materials that can be harmful to your health. FDA labeling standards only require a product to be five percent of the pure ingredient for it to be labeled 100 percent “pure” and “natural.” Shocking, right? By contrast, Young Living’s oils are 100 percent pure (really), right down to any carrier oils included in some blends, which are always disclosed on the label.
Many people are familiar with the use of essential oils for their smell, but there’s so much more that you can get out of them. You can use essential oils for health and wellness, aromatherapy, cleaning, washing produce, cooking, diffusing, DIY personal care products, skin cleaning, animal care . . . the list is endless! But let’s start with the top three uses:
Aromatic: Inhale the aroma directly from the bottle or use a cool mist diffuser to diffuse.
Topical: Apply directly to the skin, often with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.
Dietary: Swallow one to two drops; mix with liquids such as water, juice, or plant-based milk; place in a capsule and take orally.
When you diffuse oils into the air they oxygenate the air, helping you maximize their beneficial properties. During seasonal changes, my favorite oils to diffuse are equal parts peppermint, lemon, and lavender. The lavender supports a healthy nervous system, the peppermint awakens energy, and the lemon brings balance and immune support. Through their effects combined, they make my day! My favorite diffuser runs for eight hours, and that whole time I’m getting the benefit of my favorite oils, and I don’t have to think about it. I even have a small USB diffuser I run at my desk while I’m at work.
A question I get a lot is “Which oils are OK to ingest, and how do I know?” With Young Living, it’s simple. If an oil has a white “Vitality” label, then it’s safe for consumption. They’re the only company who has permission from the FDA to label our oils for dietary consumption. Flavoring your food with essential oils may seem intimidating, but it’s easier than you think. They’re very versatile, but they’re also very potent — a little goes a long way. Simply use Vitality essential oils in place of or combined with spices you already have in your kitchen. (I keep mine in the same place for easy access.) Some of my favorite Vitality oils are thieves and lavender. I add one drop of Thieves Vitality to my chai tea for an extra cinnamon-y boost to my healthy immune system, and I add one drop of Lavender Vitality to chamomile tea to help me relax before bed. I’m also a big fan of adding a toothpick of Black Pepper and Basil Vitality to a pot of chili to enhance the flavor.
Whichever way you choose to use them, I find the best way to begin is to incorporate them into your preexisting daily routines. Need to relax? Roll some Stress Away on the back of your neck. After a workout, apply one to two drops of PanAway where your body brings you heat. Worried about how you’ll feel after a heavy meal? Take one to two drops of DiGize Vitality in a capsule before or after to support a healthy digestive system. Need to drink more water? Add a drop of Lemon Vitality to give your drink more flavor and lift your spirits. Apply a few drops of frankincense to your face for a brightened and more vibrant complexion —it also serves your nervous system.
I fell in love with Young Living Essential Oils because they brought energy, vitality, and new attention to my life. Bring essential oils into your home and, before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier, cleaner life for you and your family. Who doesn’t want that?