Friday, September 9, 2016

What Are Essential Oils?

Last week, I shared with y'all about how we are trying to pursue a more natural lifestyle. I don't think that all chemicals and medicines are evil and can never be used. Trust me. I just want to be mindful of what I put into my body and how my body reacts to substances.

So you may be wondering, what exactly are essential oils? I'm so glad you asked. There are a million different plants on this earth, and some of them have incredibly powerful properties that can positively benefit our physical, emotional, and mental health. Essential oils are:

1. Aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
2. Plant concentrates.
3. Complete chemical profiles in every drop!

There are three different ways that we can use oils:
1. Topically: You can apply some oils directly to the skin. Other oils need to be diluted first using a carrier oil, like coconut or almond oil, and then can be applied. It is really important to read each label carefully to understand whether dilution is necessary. A little goes a long way, and one or two drops of what you're using can easily get the job done. 
2. Internally: Some oils can be ingested. For example, I was out of mints and gum the other day and instead just put a drop of Peppermint Vitality on my tongue! It worked like a charm. 
3. Diffusion: You can diffuse oils using a diffuser, which creates a cool mist that will allow a room or area to smell just delightful!

When I bought my starter kit, I was super overwhelmed. There are two different kinds of oils. Some are labeled specifically with the word vitality, meaning that they can be ingested. Others are only meant to be used topically or diffused. You can look at the labels to make sure you understand. If you take the time to read each one, it's all there on the little bitty bottle. 
Another thing I did not realize was just how powerful these little bottles are. Less truly is more, and you don't need to feel like you have to use a lot to get the job done. My favorite thing to do is diffuse them for a fresh aroma wafting through our home. I also love to apply certain oils to my wrists or neck, and I find immediate relief!
I'm here to answer your questions, friends. Everyone's got to start somewhere, and there are no dumb questions! If you want to join me on this journey, you can click here to get started. You can also email me at I'm excited to be learning with you!

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