Each bottle has instructions for best use as well as warnings. Read, and find out what works for you.
Always keep oils on a shelf out of reach of children. These bright-colored bottles are magnets for little hands, we teach that they are "mamas oils" and therefore, I need to administer them. (Daddy helps from time-to-time, too...)
Also, keep oils screwed really tightly when transporting.
Avoid direct contact with eyes, and do not insert in ear canal.
Hot Oils are a real thing- they may create a quick, sharp sensation when first applied. Peppermint, clove (in thieves), oregano, are a couple hot oils.
Essential Oils break down petrochemicals so are no good in plastic- always drink out of glass. (Young Living diffusers are hospital-grade plastic, so the oils won't break them down). They also can cause photo-sensitivity, so be careful about applying on skin before sun exposure.
A Little Goes a Loooonng Way
Young Living Oils are extremely concentrated & pure. This means that you can use sparingly, we'll talk about more ways to do that, but start with your diffuser - the manual directs you to use 8 drops I think, but I've found that usually just a couple drops is plenty. Also, you don't have to fill it the whole way with water, if you are feeling like diffusing for a short amount of time and don't to waste product.
|Jar of coconut oil + a few favorite oils|
There are ways you can help the oil distribute better. Like, using a carrier oil when applying oils topically. I always use a carrier oil for my girls, and I often use one on James and I, too, usually Coconut Oil, which we keep in little jars in each room. I just grab a small amount in my palm, add one drop of Young Living Oil, and massage between my hands, then I'm ready to apply.
I also use coconut oil with a drop of thieves, frankincense, or tea tree for Oil Pulling every so often.
You should also use a 'carrier' to use your oils in the bath. If you just drop the oil in the water, it won't disperse throughout, and if it is a hot oil, it might hurt! So, put a pump of bodywash or bubbles (we use Honest), and add a few drops in your hand. Mix it up a bit before putting under the spout. OR, add to epsom salts, which has become a great thing to do (and is a great way to soak up all the oil from your applicators when you are recycling tops you have replaced with roller fitiments.
Essential Oils work very well topically beyond just the area you rub it on. This is evident when pushing a drop of peppermint to the roof of your mouth for a headache, or using minty oils on feet to reduce a child's cough. Think of a nicotine or birthcontrol patch, while you are only putting this on a small part of the body, the product works beyond that area to make a change.
I have also started adding apricot oil to bottles that are getting down there and caped with a roller for easy application! Since Young Living oils are so potent, this has been an amazing way to extend the life of my oils and make diluted roll-ons of favorites like thieves and peace & calming for my girls.
They call it aromatherapy for a reason. Inhaling, or smelling, these oils can be the best way for your body and mind to heal. When you are trying oils, feel free to take time, and just experience the aroma. Start noticing the scent when you first open the bottle. Slowly bring it to your nostrils, try inhaling through each one separately, then together. It might sound a little strange, but opening up your nose does a lot for your pituitary gland! I love sharing the smells with our little girl and talking about them!
I've also started noticing that the scents stay with me, and it feels like they can help set my mind on a better wavelength or tone. Peace & Calming and Endoflex are two of my favorites for that reason.
|Not every order looks like this, but don't you want to smell them all?|
Drink Water. Lots!
When you begin using the oils, they can start a detoxing effect on your cells throughout your body, helping . Think of the effects of a massage. If you don't drink enough water, you may feel achy and sore or get a headache. Same with eo's, so drink up.
Look for the Little Dot
The big hole you see in the center of your bottle is not where the oil comes out, it's actually a little tiny hole to the side. If you can find this (especially with the faster-flowing oils), it will be easier to control the amount you use.
|Hard to see, but it's right above my thumb here.|
Give yourself time.
On first smell, some, few, or many of the oils might smell strange to you. There is a saying in the apothecary world that if you really don't like the smell of a certain oil, it's actually because there is a component in that oil's makeup that your body needs. What?! While that might seriously sound like crazy talk, I have found it to be true. When I first smelled "Joy", I didn't like the smell. Now, wearing the scent makes me happier and helps me feel more balanced when I'm feeling hormonal.
Use a Resource You Like, and Keep Learning!
I've gotten started with downloading the Reference Guide for Essential Oils App on my phone and have loved reading the uses, properties, and applications of the different oils. I also bought the Gentle Babies book, and it is a great resource to have on hand for treating non-emergency issues that come up for children & mamas. You can also check out this oily testimonial site. While these are just personal stories (which is why you have to sign up for the site & verify you are a real person), they can give you a good idea of how oils have worked for other people and some ideas to try if you have a specific issue you are trying to solve.
Find what works for you.
There is so much information out there about essential oils, they have kindof exploded on the internet/mom blog/pinterest scene. There are differing opinions on many aspects of the oils, and they are being researched for their benefits in many areas of medicine, and the FDA has been getting involved as well. I know this for sure: Oils are different than modern medicine, they come from Mother Nature herself. They are not synthetic and while they don't always give you that instant change (although diffusing lavendar + lemon + cedarwood has helped me feel big relief in this month of allergies), they also won't give you side-effects like so so many of the prescriptions on the market. Use your intuition and your intellect, you know your family and you know yourself.
If you have any questions about essential oils, feel free to comment, facebook or email me! Oh, and I have an instagram account where I try to share things I'm learning, it's called MamasOils if you want to follow. Have a great weekend!