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What are Essential Oils?

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Recently there has been a plethora of postings over the power of essential oils: what they are, how they can be used, what makes them SO GREAT, etc. For the past two months I’ve experimented with these gems throughout my daily routine, and, I must say, they have extremely powerful properties. I have witnessed dramatic effects in my physical, emotional and mental health. Today I will share with you the essence of essential oils and why you should include them to your daily regimen:

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic, yet volatile liquid components that are found in plants. One can extract these oils from various plants through steam distillation. These oils have been used for thousands of years for many applications, such as religious rituals, treatment for illness, or even medical applications. Today, there are well over 300 essential oils in use by professional practitioners, each with its own centuries confirmed practical application. While this is an extensive list for herbal remedies and treatment, individuals can still receive rewarding benefits from 3 essential oils: Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon.

Your Starter Essential Oil Kit

Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint are great starters for anyone who would like to incorporate essential oils in their daily regimen. There’s so many ways these 3 essential oils can be used, and I highly suggest that you include these in your daily lifestyle. Below are each essential oils medical properties, uses, and application recommendations:

  1. Lemon: Each bottle of Lemon oil is extracted from over 3,000 lemon peels, and it promotes clarity of thought and self purpose. It has been widely used in skin care, in reducing wrinkles and combating acne; it is also great to use in homemade cleaning products, improves lymph drainage and cleanses the body. Lemon essential oil is best as an antiseptic, immune stimulants, memory enhancer and relaxant.

Lemon oil can be best used for circulatory problems, arteriosclerosis, obesity, parasites, urinary tract infections, anxiety, hypertension, digestive problems, and acne.

Simply apply 1 drop of lemon essential oil with 1 tbs olive oil and apply either on desired location, inhale diffuse directly, or take as a dietary supplement. Apply 2-3 drops of lemon oil to help sanitize household surfaces, use as a stain remover for laundry,

Lemon Essential Oil Applications for the Home and Body

Caution: Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 24 hours.

  1. Lavender: Lavender is often identified as the calming, relaxing oil that can enhance balance, both physically and emotionally. It is great as an antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflmmatory, and blood fat/cholesterol reducer.

Lavender can also be used to treat respiratory infections, high blood pressure arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems, skin conditions, scarring, burns, hair loss, insomnia, and nervous tension.

Simply apply 2-4 drops on desired location, inhale directly, diffuse and/or take as a dietary supplement.

5 Ways to Improve Your Health With Lavender Essential Oil

  1. Peppermint: Peppermint is extracted from the leaves and stems of the peppermint plant. It is great as an anti-inflammatory, anti parasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, pain relieving oil, and helps in curbing appetite.

Peppermint can be used for rheumatism/arthritis respiratory infections, obesity, viral infections, fungal infections, digestive problems, headaches, nausea, skin conditions, and back problems.

Simply apply 1-2 drops (diluted with 1 tbs of olive oil) to your stomach to relieve stomach cramps or to your temples to enhance focus and reinvigorate the mind, rub several drops to your feet to cool down after an intense workout, or use 1-2 drops to help freshen breath.

Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe

Why do I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils?

When it comes to essential oils, Young Living sets the standard for purity and authenticity. Young Living carefully monitors every step of the production of the oils from beginning to end through a unique seed to seal process, ensuring the purity of each essential oil and protecting nature’s living energy in every bottle. For more information regarding these essential oils, email me at

Recommendations/ Resources:

Free 14 Day E Course

Thank Your Body

Vintage Remedies 

Essential Oils Pocket Reference, 6th Edition


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This entry was posted on January 19, 2015 by in Health 101, Healthy Living and tagged , , , , , , .

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