There are various ways to use essential oils, whether for their therapeutic properties, to enhance well-being or purely for pleasure. This is a general guide on the options.
Massage with Essential Oils
There is nothing quite like a massage to make you feel soothed or energized. Pure essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, they need to first be diluted with a carrier oil, such as V-6 Massage Oil. To do this, mix up to 5 drops of pure Young Living essential oil, or blend of oils, with 1 tablespoon of V-6 Massage Oil.
Using Essential Oils in the Bath
Bathing with pure essential oils is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of aroma-therapy. Just before getting into a full bath, add 8-10 drops of your chosen Young Living essential oil, or blend, with up to 1 cup of Epsom Salt or Sea Salt; add this mixture to the running bath water to disperse. While you relax in the bath, the skin absorbs a small amount of essential oil and the heat of the water slowly evaporates the rest.
Diffusing Essential Oils
The properties of pure Young Living essential oils make them ideal for use in a diffuser. Select one of the many essential oils in our line to achieve the desired results you are looking to obtain. Each essential oil has its own combination of attributes and compounds that can facilitate countless desired results.
To create the ambience of your choice, follow the instructions for use on the Young Living diffuser you have chosen for your home or workplace.
The Aria Diffuser uses water vapor to put your essential oil into the air; the effects can be more subtle because very little essential oil is used in this diffuser. The Aria Diffuser is a terrific diffuser for creating ambience.
The TheraPro Premium Diffuser has a built-in timer, multiple speed settings, and puts a micro-fine mist of your essential oil into the air and is consider more of a serious work-horse. The TheraPro Diffuser is more versatile because if you are battling a houseful of cold or flu germs, mold, stubborn nasty odors, the amount of essential oil going into the air is more likely to tackle those challenges. There is much more detail on diffusers and diffusing here and selecting the right diffuser for your purposes.
Some pure essential oils, such as eucalyptus with its wonderful clearing properties, are ideal for inhalation. Add 3-5 drops of pure essential oil to a bowl of very hot water (not boiling) and inhale the vapor for 5-10 minutes with eyes closed. If this method is not convenient, simply add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale – this method is ideal if you are out and about or flying on an airplane.
Using Essential Oils for First Aid
Anyone who has been using essential oils for a while enjoys the benefits of using a solution that does not contain unwanted ingredients, such as petro-chemicals and artificial additives. Of course, when using your Young Living essential oils in minor First Aid events always use common sense and refer to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, and seek appropriate medical attention when necessary.
As you learn more and more about the benefits of using essential oils in first aid situations, when applied with care, the results will most likely turn you into a believer for life. Countless stories for the air when oil user’s come together, sharing their experiences and the results. Most oil user’s could never dream of using any other products in these situations, particularly due to the nature of the oils not producing undesirable side-effects. Here is a simple guide that most use as a reference for making the switch to essential oils.
On the Safe Use page you will find the basics and what to be mindful of, and on the 68 Uses of 4 Essential Oils provides a primer not only for first aid but dozens of other uses around the home.
Some of the most common first aid uses include: aches and pains, headaches, cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns and sunburn, insect bites and stings. As well as the aromatherapy benefits for: uplifting mood, easing fear and confusion, reducing anxiety and stress, and supporting restful sleep.
Household Cleaning and Air Freshening
Again, this is another very popular way to use your Young Living Essential Oils. Whether you use one of the blends YL has formulated, or you create your own; using your essential oils for cleaning, disinfecting, or deodorizing, the experience is very empowering because instantly you have taken action to stop using cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals. The lack of cleaning chemicals in your home and the environment is a huge step many are taking in their quest to deepen their conscious lifestyle to make a difference in their lives and in the natural world.
It is unbelievably easy to make your own cleaning products with essential oils and common ingredients that you already have in your kitchen cabinets. Here are a couple of examples:
Soft Scrub Recipe
In a small bowl put 1 cup Baking Soda and 10-20 drops of your chosen Young Living Essential Oil (Thieves or Purification would be an excellent choice), mix all ingredients well. Sprinkle the mixture on your dampened bath tub and sinks, scrub with sponge or cloth, rinse. This recipe can also be used to clean the toilet too – it really gets rid of that nasty toilet bowl smell!
Air Freshener Recipe
In a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water add 10-18 drops of your chosen Young Living Essential Oil. Shake, spritz into air or on surfaces to disinfect and eliminate odors. You can also use a 32oz. spray bottle, add a total of 25-35 drops of your chosen essential oil(s). Make an extra bottle to keep in the bathroom to use as an air freshener!
Spray Cleaner for Countertops and Floors
In a 32oz. spray bottle, add a total of 25-35 drops of your chosen essential oil(s). Shake. Spray onto countertops or floor, wipe clean with rag or sponge.
Cooking and Flavoring Beverages with Essential Oils
It is estimated that about 98 percent of essential oils available to consumers is of lower quality, even if the label states it is “pure”, “wild-crafted”, or “organic” – these terms are never any indication that the essential oil is high enough quality to ingest. When a label states it is “Not for Internal Use” or “For Topical Use Only” – do NOT ingest that essential oil as it is not safe to consume. Always look at the label!
Any of the Young Living Essential Oils that do come from edible plants have been thoroughly tested for purity and have been recognized by the US government as safe for use in flavoring foods and beverages.
You will have to remember these essential oils are extremely potent and that too much can spoil the flavor of even your best recipe. Since cooking with Young Living Essential Oils is a topic unto its own we recommend that you read the Cooking with Essential Oils before you start. Follow the tips and guidelines for the greatest success. Young Living does have two cookbooks with recipes which we highly recommend.
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