Essential Oils Basics

10 Reasons You Should Use Essential Oils

You have probably seen lots of DIYs using essential oils these days, from bath bombs to drier sheets. And you are probably thinking, “Sure they smell great but what is all this hype about? Why are they such a big deal? Do they have other benefits ? Why everyone and their mother swears by them?”

These are great questions! How exactly an essential oil will help you?

Since starting using essential oils, my family and I have seen several benefits:

  • Leaving a healthier lifestyle because we switched to use chemical free products.
  • Helping us relax before bed and improving quality of sleep without use of medication.
  • Promoting concentration while studying or working.
  • Providing support to improve mood swings.
  • Helping us cope with stressful situations.
  • Enjoying uplifting scents without the use of chemical loaded air fresheners.
  • Helping support with our immune system.
  • Overall wellness.

If you are wondering if essential oils are for you, here are 10 reasons to help you decide:

1. There are multiple ways to use them and they are very easy to use
You can apply oils topically to your skin, use it aromatically by diffusing or inhaling, or take it internally. Not all types of essential oils can be taken internally, and not all type of essential oils can be directly applied to the skin. Many essential oils will feel “hot” to your skin, those need dilution with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, among others. Always check the label for appropriate usage. Taking essentials oils internally is very controversial. NAHA, one of the top aromatherapy schools in the United States, doesn’t advocate essential oils for internal use. WHY? Most companies don’t carry any GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) essential oils which have been cleared by the FDA. So, if the essential oil does not have Nutritional Facts label, that means that the FDA did not cleared for consumption. DO NOT take it internally. There are many companies out there that says that you can take them internally but they are not FDA approved. I know only one company that has a special line of essential oils that can be taken internally, the brand is Young Living and the line is Vitality. That is one of MANY reasons I only use Young Living.

2. They enhance your physical wellness
We are so busy these days that we don’t always can take care of our physical health. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxins can leave the body unbalanced and drain our energy levels. Essential oils and essential oil-infused products can provide targeted solutions you need to restore balance and make you feel your best. The number two cause of death in the U.S. is cancer, and according to the American Cancer Society only 5% to 10% of all cancer cases are from gene defects. That means that 95% of the cases are things we can control and are allowing into our bodies and home. When you eliminate toxic chemicals from your diet and products you use, you start living a better and healthier lifestyle. Essential oils will help to get there! They are simple and easy to use.

3. They can help you clean and purify your home
The National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health studied almost three thousand ingredients in cleaning products. They found close to 900 toxic ingredients which about 300 of them caused biological mutations, around 200 caused reproductive problems, and 146 of them are known to cause cancer. Harsh chemical formulas aren’t your only option when it comes to cleaning or deodorizing your home. Essential oils is a better way to have your home clean and smelling fresh. Essential oils are the essence of a plant, there is nothing else in a bottle of a good quality essential oil but that essence. For example, the only ingredient in Lemon Essential Oil is cold pressed lemon rinds! Nothing else. EXCEPT if the essential oil is not good quality and from a reputable company. You need to be aware that there is no rating system for essential oils in the United Stated. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle essential “pure” or “therapeutic grade”, the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5% essential oil! That is crazy! You need to make sure you buy your essential oils from a good company. That is another reason why I chose Young Living essential oils. They produce the purest and highest quality essential oil out there.

4. They can be used in personal care too
In ancient Egypt, it is known that Cleopatra had many beauty secrets. Her secrets? She used essential oils on her beauty routine! Essential oils help promote a clear-looking complexion, soften the appearance of signs of aging, and nurture healthy-looking hair. The average woman applies 300 chemicals to her body a day, 80 of them before breakfast! Many beauty and personal care products out there contain unsafe ingredients and a loaded with chemicals. Purge unsafe ingredients from your personal care products and rediscover your natural glow by doing it like Cleopatra!

5. They promote emotional support
Each essential oil’s complex, pleasant, and unique scent evokes emotions and memories, which can help in your search for a more fulfilling and balanced life. Several studies show the power of the sense of smell to the brain and nervous system. Did ever experience smelling that freshly baked batch of cookies and it brought you back to your childhood? Or just smelling a certain scent can make you feel happy and uplifting? The use of essential oils aromatically can trigger deep feelings and can assist you breakthrough your mental and emotional blocks. Essential Oils can help you rediscover peace, balance, and joy!

6. They enhance spiritual awareness
Incense and essential oils from plants have always played an important part in religious and spiritual ceremonies, helping participants transcend the trivial and connect with something larger than themselves. The pure constituents in these oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. To enhance your spiritual practice, dilute and apply empowering essential oils directly to wrists, feet, and behind the ears or diffuse the oils in a quiet space.

7. They are safe 
Have you noticed the medication commercials out there ? The side affects for certain medication sounds worse than the disease itself! Look at the ingredients list of what you have in your kitchen and bathroom products. You cannot even pronounce most of them. Because essential oils are plant based, you know what you are using. When you get a bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil, that bottle should contain only steam distilled peppermint essential oil. There are no additives and chemical toxins in a good quality essential oil. Of course you should use common sense. Use the essential oil as directed on the label. Check if it needs dilution with a carrier oil. Make sure that can be ingested before taking it internally. Before using an essential oil the first time, try it in a small are and watch for redness or irritation.  Always dilute oils to use in children and small animals. Don’t use oils near your eyes, inside your ears, or private areas.

8. They can reach every part of your body very quickly
The essential oils molecules are soooooo minuscule that it is absorbed by the fatty layer under your skin and it can reach the bloodstream very fast. In average, it takes 26 seconds for the essential oil to be found in the bloodstream when applied topically. It also can go through the blood-brain barrier and reach the brain and nervous system because of their molecular size. Tests have shown that, when used aromatically, it can reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in 3 seconds. It takes about 3 to 6 hours, in a normal healthy body, for the essential oil to go through your body systems.

9. One type of essential oil can be used different ways and for different purposes
Each essential oil consists of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. Each compound can have a different effect in your body depending on the application used. For example, when you use Lavender aromatically is promotes feelings of calm and relaxation but if you apply it topically, it improves the appearance of the skin. Essential oils are extremely versatile on their purpose to help your well being.

10. They are cost effective
Essential oils are extremely concentrate and potent. One little drop goes along way! You don’t need much to get their full benefits. In average a 5ml bottle of essential oil contains 90 drops and a 15ml contains 250 drops. That is a lot of applications! You can make a cleaning solution with 4 cups of distilled water and 5 to 7 drops of Thieves® essential oils or 1 cap full of Thieves® Household Cleaner (Thieves® and Thieves® Household Cleaner are Young Living products) for less than $1.50! That is amazing!!!! You cannot get a bottle of cleaner for less than $2 and if you want the good stuff or chemical-free products you will be paying close to $6.  That is almost 6 times more expensive!!! I have been switching all my cleaning products to Young Living Thieves® product line and I am already saving money! Specially because I order my essential oils and other products using Essential Rewards and I get credit for future purchases. This month my laundry detergent was FREE!

This is something you NEED to take it seriously. No one is looking for the best interest of you and your family but you. You are the gatekeeper of your home and you can control what comes in.

Your family matters! You matter! Your friends matter! Take control of your own health and well being and stat living a better and healthier lifestyle with wellness and abundance!

Read ….

How You Can Start Enjoying the Full Benefits of Essential Oils

All About … Thieves® Essential Oil Blend 

All About … Lavender Essential Oil

Want to know more? Contact me at mvollero@lifeshift2wellness.com for details.

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