I made one resolution in 2014 and that was to enter into the world of essential oils. I know I have a lot of readers who are leaps and bounds ahead of me on this — and I am eager to learn from you and share with you.
The rest of you, I hope you are coming along for the ride because I am really excited about this!
What are Essential Oils and Why Use Them
Essential oils are the natural, aromatic liquids that protect plants against disease, insects, and other environmental conditions. Their innate properties make them powerfully therapeutic for humans as well, promoting overall health, and supporting both physical and emotional well-being.
In a world where most medicine is chemically produced, record numbers are now turning to essential oils – to improve health without exposure to side effects.
Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils
When it comes to essential oils – farming, distilling, and sourcing is everything! Young Living is the only company with carefully curated farms all over the world.
Due to the wide-use of synthetic chemicals in the distillation process, a vast majority of essential oils on the market today are useful only for perfumes and cosmetics. They should never be ingested or inhaled.
Young Living essential oils however, are never diluted, cut, or adulterated in any way.
Young Living uses a proprietary, low-temperature, distillation process that’s entirely chemical-free. Carefully monitoring every step of the production of essential oils from beginning to end, through a unique seed to seal process, Young Living ensures the purity of each essential oil.
3 Ways to Use Essential Oils
- Aromatic. Aromatic is the process of breathing in the essential oil. This can be done by using an essential oil diffuser, inhaling directly from the bottle or by adding a few drops to hands and cupping over nose and mouth.
- Topical. Topical application is the process of applying essential oil directly to the area of concern along with the ears, hands and feet. Some oils can be applied directly and others need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Oils can also be added to bathwater or in a warm compress.
- Internal. Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. Essential oil can be added to a liquid and drinking or to a veggie capsule and swallowed.
Everyday Essential Oils
I started my essential oil journey with the premium starter kit because it was the best value! Along with the diffuser, it included 5 ml bottles of the basic ten everyday essential oils:
- Peace & Calming
- And today’s featured Everyday Essential Oil, Peppermint
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.
Jean Valnet, MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.
Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water.
Basic Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
- Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
- Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
Check out my ebook! Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home, is an incredible resource for essential oil users of all skill levels. In this book, we show you just how simple it is to make healthy, natural and effective essential oil recipes that will rid your body and home of toxic chemicals.