What are essential oils and how do they work?


essential oils

The ancient plant wisdom contained in pure essential oils has been used for thousands of years to balance the body and support wellness. There is an enormous amount of research on the plant kingdom, and approximately 40% of prescription drugs in the United States are based on compounds found within plants. “Essential” refers to the unique volatile fluid coursing through each plant form (seeds, roots, flowers, bark, leaves, peels, rinds) that gives it therapeutic properties. We like to think of it as the “soul” of the plant, or its life force.

During a low-heat, slow-steam distillation process, the microscopic molecules that make up essential oils become highly concentrated. Because these molecules are so incredibly small, they are able to penetrate every cell in our body, and can even cross the blood-brain barrier.

There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil. These molecules are made up of compounds, the most common being phenols, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These compounds, which are found in certain essential oils, have the ability to clean cell receptor sites, which help to support a healthy body, deliver oxygen to cells and tissues, and can de-program miswritten codes in cellular memory (Stewart, 2005).

Ok, so why Young Living?

The Joyful Oilers are very particular when it comes to which products we use in our homes and what we feed our children. We read labels and want to know the source. This also applies to how we choose which essential oils to use. Quality matters. Young Living cultivates, harvests, and distills oils on farms that they own or partner with so they have the unique ability to verify purity and quality at every step of the process. We appreciate the extensive laboratory testing and third-party audits, and it’s no wonder they have routinely exceeded industry-leading quality standards since 1993. They are global stewards of our planet.

There are many brands of essential oils available, and while there are other reputable brands, we only use Young Living (YL) in our recipes. YL uses non-GMO seeds and sustainable farming practices (no chemical pesticides or fertilizers). We appreciate that we can visit their farms across the world. We know their oils are unadulterated and they don’t use fillers, toxic extenders, or synthetic materials. YL only uses first distillation oils for maximum potency (i.e. when you use a tea bag for a strong cup of tea, instead of re-using it to make a second or third weaker cup.) Thus, it may require many more drops from another brand, to achieve what a single drop of YL oil can do. They are pure enough to use on our children, and we don’t take that lightly!

YL follows and tests every batch of oil from when the seed is planted in the ground through the seal being placed on the bottle before it is sent out. They are the only company that offers a SEED to SEAL guarantee. Learn more by watching this video:


When you’re ready to join the Young Living family, contact your favorite Joyful Oiler to help get you started. For more information on the best way to get started, click here, or if you already know you’re ready to roll, click here to buy the Premium Starter kit now. Happy oiling!



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