Welcome back to Day 2 of the Abundance Essential Oil Beginnings Course
We begin Day 2 with Module 9
Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile of all essential oils.
Diffuse lavender at night for a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Or, add lavender essential oil to Epsom salt for a soothing and comforting spa-like bath.
You can also dip a toothpick into Young Living’s Lavender Vitality essential oil and then stir the toothpick into a pitcher of fresh, organic lemonade for a light floral flavor boost.
> EXTRA ACTIVITY: Want to see an actual lavender harvest that took place at Young Living’s Mona, Utah farm? Click the quick 2-minute video beneath this module’s information.
COOL FACT: Did you know it takes approximately 27 square feet (picture a room that is about 9 feet in width by 3 feet in length) of lavender plants to make one 15 ml bottle of lavender essential oil?
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY: Take a minute and type the word “lavender” into your favorite search engine; use your notepad and pen/pencil to make notes of what you discover during your search. Remember, this is for your own personal reference and should not be shared here in this class due to federal regulations.
Read more: Abundance Study Guide pages 6 and 7
Brief Safety Tips
++ Never place essential oils in your eyes or ears.
++ Dilute and patch test before first using any essential oil.
++ Obtain essential oil resources to make informed decisions about how best to use essential oils for you and your family.
++ Start small and slow.
++ Begin with just 1-2 drops of essential oils when first diffusing.
++ Take time to read all of the FAQs below.
Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and ensure their maximum benefit, Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, working with Director of Global Education and Health Sciences Dr. Lindsey Elmore and other product experts on her team, has created this helpful safety guide. Refer to it to learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.
++ 1. I’m new to essential oils. How are they used? – Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is labeled with directions for how that oil can be used, and these directions vary based on the guidelines for your country, Young Living is located in many different countries around the world. Please consult with the product label for appropriate usage directions. If you have issues reading the label, please contact the person who introduced you to Young Living or email Young Living’s Product Support department but be sure to state your country when writing, their email is email@example.com — they will be happy to assist you.
++ 2. I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it? – A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. Some consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of its strong aroma and thick viscosity.
++ 3. What is a hot oil? – “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensation. Young Living recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of essential oils to a patch of skin, such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction; usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add a carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.
++ 4. What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation? – If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil, and apply a carrier oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents, and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuation of these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the essential oil again, perform a patch test (see above) and dilute with carrier oil as needed. Water drives oil into the skin and the eyes. If essential oil gets in your eye, flush with a carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort. Discomfort should be alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention. Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water. Young Living suggests that you dilute with carrier oil to ensure that discomfort is alleviated as quickly as possible.
++ 5. Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas? – Young Living recommends that you avoid contact with essential oils and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals, and mucous membranes. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil to 5-10 drops of carrier oil.
++ 6. How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use? – Proper usage is indicated on each essential oil label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful– start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the essential oil you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions.
++ 7. Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing? – As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in essential oil usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.
++ 8. Can essential oils be used on children? – Many essential oils are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some Young Living products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to essential oils, and use of a carrier oil is recommended. One-2 drops of an essential oil such as; SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby, and Peace & Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of the feet.
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY: You can read more about “essential oils in the nursery” on this Young Living blog post by clicking/touching the following link: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/essential-oils-in-the-nursery/
++ 9. How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use? – Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. All Young Living essential oils and oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing (see above), dilute, and apply the oil to skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensitivity. Young Living beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.
++ 10. What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? – If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with essential oils prior to using an essential oil. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).
Any time you hold a bottle of Young Living’s powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of wellness-supporting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally. Let’s discuss some oil applications.
> VIDEO: Take just a minute and watch this brief video that will walk you through the various ways you can use essential oils.
Inhalation: Did you know that in 2004 when the human genome was mapped, more covered the olfactory system — sense of smell — than any other part of the body? Take two to three drops of a topical/aromatic oil in your palm, rub it together gently, cup your hands over your nose and mouths, and inhale slowly for six to eight minutes. You may use up to three oils at a time, and diluting an essential oil for inhalation is not generally necessary. Oils travel through the nasal passages into the lungs and then to every cell in the body. They also pass into the brain via the limbic system.
You may smell straight out of the bottle as well. To really encode the smell of the oil, close one nostril, hold the bottle up close to the open nostril, and deeply and slowly inhale. Move the bottle away and exhale through the mouth. Repeat with the other nostril and then smell with the nose completely open. Don’t snort the oil though as the vapors can irritate the nasal passages, and, while no harm is done, you’ll be slightly uncomfortable for a while.
Aromatherapy is the science of smell and how it affects the body, mind, and spirit. Smelling through inhaling, diffusing, and topical application may bring up old memories — some good, some not so good. This is a great time to deal with those negative emotions that may be holding you back from achieving your highest potential, release the past, and move forward.
Diffusing: If you don’t yet own a diffuser, we highly recommend you purchase one of the Young Living diffusers soon. There are several to choose from that offer a variety of features. When diffusing, always use a cold-air diffuser, so as not to harm the many molecules. Diffusers can be moved from room-to-room and run for about 15 minutes twice per day, not just for a great smelling home, but truly fresh air in your home.
Now let’s talk about topical applications.
Topical (aka, neat) applications of oil to the skin: the word neat here means to apply the oils without diluting. Most books on essential oils suggest that you dilute essential oils 50/50, meaning one drop of essential oil to one drop of carrier oil (sweet almond or jojoba oil, for example), for topical applications. If you are new to oils and you do not know how they will react to your skin type, diluting is a good way to begin.
Many report that they do not often dilute except with infants, small children, when using some of the “hot” oils or those persons with sensitive skin. The word “hot” is used to describe the sensation when the small molecules of the oils move quickly as they move down through the layers of the skin, creating friction. Nothing is wrong the oil just brought blood to the surface of the skin quickly.
Full-body massage is another excellent way to experience essential oils. The selected oils are diluted in a carrier oil — this could be Young Living’s V6 enhanced oil blend or olive, sweet almond, or jojoba oil. A good ratio is 30 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Then the blend is massaged over the whole body. There is nothing like a massage to relax and recharge your mind, body, and soul.
Ingestion is our next topic. The FDA has approved many essential oils as Generally Regarded As Safe, or GRAS, when ingested. This applies to Young Living’s new Vitality line of essential oils. However, just because we can safely ingest these oils, does not mean it is the best application. Always check the label, Young Living literature, or a resource of your choice for suggestions.
Select an oil and drop it directly from the bottle into empty capsules, replace the cap, and swallow the capsule with water. Some prefer to dilute essential oils in the capsule with olive oil 50/50. A size 00 capsule diluted 50/50 will give you approximately 400 mg of the essential oil. A size 0 capsule mixed the same way will give you about 200 mg. You can also place the oils in a spoonful of maple syrup, honey, or agave and add it to almond or rice milk, or spread on a cracker, and ingest.
**Because several have missed this, please note the below “Extra Activity” is for NON-YL MEMBERS ONLY. Please respect that we cannot freely share something like this with every YL member. We do, however, FREELY give of our time and marketing designs. We hope you understand. Thank you.**
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EXTRA ACTIVITY: Let’s end with something fun (for non-YL members ONLY, please), it will also tell us who has made it this far into our “essential oil use” segment. Send your name, mailing address, and date of this class to firstname.lastname@example.org, type “Peppermint Trick” as the subject of the email, and we will send you a free sample of Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil. We will provide you with instructions for a neat little “pepperminty” trick to try at home. Be sure to write and let us know what you experienced when you performed the trick!
Read more: Abundance Study Guide page 5
> MODULE VIDEO: Together, we can change the world, one home at a time. We could not present this information any better than the wonderful people at “healthy child, healthy world;” take just a few minutes to watch this informative video. It is only about 3.5 minutes long, all visual, but “speaks” volumes about the world we are living in now.
Young Living products are safe for you, your family, your pets, your home, and your environment. They truly are stewards of the land. You can feel good about having and using these products in your home.
We have another educational course, which focuses on the topic “Home Cleansing: Cleaner, Greener, Safer.” Let us know if you would like access to this course.
Thieves essential oils is an oil blend that Young Living is best known for . . . YL’s infamous Thieves blend was developed in 1992. It is one of Young Living’s top selling products.
Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying.
Diffuse Thieves essential oil blend for a wonderful, holiday-like aroma. The aroma may remind you of pumpkin pie or apple cider.
Thieves Vitality essential oil blend may support a healthy immune system when taken as a dietary supplement.
Add a drop of Thieves Vitality with 1-teaspoon coconut cream to a cup of hot green tea for a soothing and warming beverage.
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY: Read more about Thieves essential oil in Young Living’s Thieves booklet found on their ISSUU website. Click this link to view the booklet now: http://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/thieves_booklet_issuu
Thieves essential oil blend contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus (radiata), and rosemary essential oils.
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY: Take a minute and type the words “Thieves essential oil blend” into your favorite search engine; use your notepad and pen/pencil to make notes of what you discover during your search. Remember, this is for your own personal reference and should not be shared here in this class due to federal regulations.
> VIDEO: Take a look at the Everyday Oils Collection and their various uses with wonderful visuals and information. This is a quick and colorful 5-minute video.
Read more: Abundance Study Guide pages 16 and 17
Your home is your sanctuary—a place where life unfolds with family, friends, and memories. Here, you strive to live better, promote wellness, and create an environment for living with great purpose.
Having the best for you and your family is about being surrounded by all things healthy, natural, and non-toxic. Young Living is your partner in this pursuit. From the cleaning products you use to the toothpaste in your bathroom cabinet, your home is the place where total wellness begins.
Young Living offers a full line of Thieves-infused products to help you to provide a safe home environment. Here is a list of some of Young Living’s Thieves-infused products:
- All-Purpose Household Cleaner
- Foaming Hand Soap
- Toothpaste, Mouthwash, and Floss
- Dishwashing Soap
- Laundry Detergent
- Fruit and Veggie Wash
- Hand Purifier
- Cleansing Bar Soap
- Cleaning Wipes
- Small Surface Spray
- Hard Lozenges
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY (if you looked at this from Module 13, you can skip this extra activity, as it is the same booklet): about the power of Thieves and Young Living’s Thieves-infused products by clicking/touching this link: https://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/thieves_booklet_issuu
> VIDEO: Wonderful video to walk you through all the uses for Young Living products around your home. It is a short 3 minute video.
PanAway essential oil blend has a stimulating aroma and is ideal to apply topically after exercise and supports the appearance of healthy skin coloration.
Dilute with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or sweet almond oil) and massage on your knees and/or back of your legs after a long day of walking for a relaxing aromatic experience.
Add PanAway essential oil blend to a carrier oil and apply to the neck and back for a soothing aromatic experience.
PanAway essential oil blend contains helichrysum, wintergreen, clove, and peppermint essential oils.
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY: Take a minute and type the words “PanAway essential oil blend” into your favorite search engine; use your notepad and pen/pencil to make notes of what you discover during your search. Remember, this is for your own personal reference and should not be shared here in this class due to federal regulations.
Read more: Abundance Study Guide pages 14 and 15
Maintaining a healthy weight is all about using the right tools. Young Living’s extensive, proven Slique line offers the right solution for your weight management needs.
++ Slique Bars — To support any weight-management plan, Slique Bars are loaded with exotic baru nuts and wholesome almonds, which promote satiety when combined with protein and fiber. We also use a potato skin extract that, when ingested, triggers the release of cholecystokinin in the body, increasing the duration of feelings of fullness.*
++ Slique Essence — Slique Essence combines grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea with stevia extract in a unique blend that supports healthy weight management goals. These ingredients work together to help control hunger*, especially when used in conjunction with Slique Tea.
++ Slique Tea — Slique Tea is an exotic drink from Young Living that has been formulated with natural ingredients to help support individual weight goals.* This blend is rich in flavonoids, a dietary compound generally associated with helping maintain certain normal, healthy body functions. It also contains polyphenols, which may be useful as part of a guilt-free weight-management regimen when combined with a healthy diet and physical activity. This unique blend is enhanced with 100% pure therapeutic grade Frankincense powder.
++ Slique Gum – Ancient travelers throughout the Middle East used raw frankincense resin for its nutritional content and ability to help control hunger. Slique Gum offers those same benefits in a modern delivery system that helps control food cravings and improves oral health.
++ Slique Slim Caps — Slique Slim Caps contain two powerful, patent-pending formulas that combine essential oils, dietary fibers, and other key ingredients into a dynamic, dual-action weight-management supplement. When taken as directed, Slique Slim Caps may help in managing satiation—which plays a factor in weight gain*
++ Pure Protein Complete (Chocolate Deluxe or Vanilla Spice) – A comprehensive protein supplement, Pure Protein Complete delivers 25 grams of protein per serving.
In addition to Young Living’s Slique line, there are other products that may support a healthy weight management program. Products such as; NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro, Balance Complete, as well as, Grapefruit and Lemon Vitality essential oils.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
Lemon essential oil contains the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Diffuse lemon for a refreshing and uplifting scent. It’s perfect for diffusing on those evenings when the aroma of dinner may overtake your kitchen.
Lemon Vitality can add a bright, dynamic flavor to many dishes. Its versatility in sweet and savory recipes is what makes this fruit a popular item in kitchens around the world. Use Young Living’s Lemon Vitality essential oil to add flavor to savory foods like fish and chicken or sweet foods like pastries and cakes.
Lemon Vitality oil has a bright taste you’ll want to keep on hand for almost anything you whip up. Instead of zesting or juicing, use Lemon Vitality for a convenient way to use this great flavor. Start small with a single drop of oil.
Here is a helpful tip — add a drop or two of Young Living’s Lemon Vitality essential oil to warmed grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut butter and drizzle over roasted vegetables and/or seafood.
You can also add a drop of Lemon Vitality to your morning glass of water or stir into your favorite plain or vanilla yogurt.
COOL FACT: Did you know it takes approximately 75 lemons to make one 15 ml bottle of lemon essential oil?
>> EXTRA ACTIVITY: Take a minute and type the words “lemon essential oil” and then “limonene” into your favorite search engine; use your notepad and pen/pencil to make notes of what you discover during your search. Remember, this is for your own personal reference and should not be shared here in this class due to federal regulations.
Read more: Abundance Study Guide page 24 and 25