Learn about essential oils?
The next time you drive by a field of fresh lavender or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils.
Have you used an essential oil before? Essential oils are a great way to support your whole-body wellness and enhance every aspect of your life.
The next time you drive by a field of fresh lavender or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils. Essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts are your path to the lifelong wellness we are committed to helping you discover. Essential oils are useful, powerful allies in your quest for wellness!
The more you learn about essential oils, the science behind them, and how they interact and support the body, the more confident you will feel in using them yourself and sharing them with others.
WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?
Volatile liquids and natural compounds found in shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes, etc.
Carefully obtained through distillation or cold pressing.
Each essential oil contains hundreds of different constituents.
Highly concentrated and potent.
Essential oils are aromatic, concentrated plant extracts that are lovingly harvested from farm-grown and wildcrafted plants, herbs, and trees. They are carefully obtained through steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. These pure essential oils are more potent than dried herbs and far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted.
Essential oils are stored in small, glandular like sacs found on the plant’s surface or the inside of the plant material. For example, the lavender oil sac is found on the surface of the lavender petal, while citrus essential oils are found on the inside of the fruit’s peel.
Young Living offers hundreds of single oils, blends, and oil-infused products, each containing the optimal levels of specific, naturally occurring constituents to maximize their potency. Whether you use oils for aromatherapy, personal care, or household solutions, every aspect of daily life can benefit from a drop or two of essential oils!
- Each essential oil contains hundreds of constituents which make them very diverse in their effects. Each constituent offers its own unique health benefits. No two oils are alike.
- Essential oils are fat soluble, this means they are attracted to fat and mix readily with other oils.
- They are a highly concentrated form of the source plant. Essential oils are 100 to 10,000 times more concentrated than the herb.
WHAT MAKES ESSENTIAL OILS SPECIAL?
What makes essential oils unique and different from herbs, is that they are potent, volatile, and versatile.
When you dry an herb, most of the essential oil is dried out of it. The essential oil is what contains molecules that support your whole body wellness.
Did you know that it takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil and it takes 1 pound of raw peppermint to make one 15 ml bottle of peppermint essential oil? Oils are extremely potent and concentrated, this makes them very powerful and able to provide rapid benefits. Over 5,000 pounds of rose petals are required to distill 1 pound of pure rose essential oil, making it one of the most expensive oils on the market. The amount of plant material required for distillation differs from plant to plant and this is why some oils are more expensive than others.
Essential oils are also volatile meaning they quickly change from a liquid to a gas. Try putting a few drops of oils in your hand, rub your hands together and cup them over your nose. Take a few deep breaths and notice how the aroma can help help positively impact your mood and environment.
There are endless ways to use essential oils! Essential oils enhance wellness in ways that we are just beginning to understand!
Historical Uses of Essential Oils
There is a common misconception that essential oils were only recently discovered and that they are a new health fad. This is far from the truth, essential oils are nothing new. Essential oils have been enhancing lives for thousands of years in many different cultures, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious uses. Essential oils were used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Europeans and the Chinese. In fact, oils are mentioned in many historical texts and are well documented for their uses and benefits in ancient times. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern times and has introduced millions to life-changing emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness.
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Chinese/Indian
- Ancient Greek/Roman
- European Middle Ages
- Middle Eastern Golden Age
WHERE DO ESSENTIAL OILS COME FROM?
Essential oils come directly from plants. Each essential oil is extracted from different parts of the plant. Some essential oils are found in the flowers, while others are found in the leaves or stem. This is also a contributing factor to each oils’ unique benefits.
PLANT PARTS USED TO DISTILL
There are four ways to extract our essential oils from the plant.
Steam Distilling | Used to extract delicate materials in a heat and pressure controlled environment.
- Depending on the oil, different parts of the herb or plant are used – Flower, flowering tops, grasses, leaves, roots, seeds, wood, bark, needles.
Cold Pressing | Used to extract fatty oils and citrus essential oils.
- Just as it sounds, the product is pressed to extract the oil.
- We use this process for our citrus oils because using other methods can break down the delicate citral molecules and cause the oil to become bitter.
- Fatty oils such as Olive, almond, jojoba, coconut are also extracted this way even though they are not “essential” oils.
Resin Tapping | Pulling resin from trees and taking it to be distilled.
This is accomplished by cutting the external plant parts, causing distress to the tree which then secretes a resin.
- Essential oil is steam distilled from resin
- Resins can also be chewed like gum
Absolute Oils | When oils are in very delicate material, solvents must be used to extract essential oil
- The only essential oil we extract this way is Jasmine