I know there are a lot of you out there wondering the the heck I am doing talking more about Essential Oils and not as much DIY and decorating. I assure you, DIY and decorating will always be a part of this blog, it’s a HUGE passion of mine. I have however added the element of Health and Wellness to Restore Interiors. 2013 is a year for my family to “RESTORE THE INTERIORS” of our bodies. I talked a little about that here. If you had told me a year ago I would be talking about alternative medicine I would have called you crazy. HAHA. However, I believe now that it is extremely important for us all to know how to take care of our families if we were ever in a situation where healthcare was unavailable or unaffordable. For whatever reason, the Lord has intrigued me with this whole alternative medicine world. I am slightly obsessed. I want the tools in my house that I can use to treat my family for any malady that may come our way in the event we can’t see a doctor. I have no idea why, I’m just saying I feel strongly that it is important. I love that I can use a pure, therapeutic grade oil with medicinal properties that will benefit my body and its cells rather than pop a pill every time I feel an ache or pain. There is no worry that a prescription or over the counter medicine may be discovered as harmful such as a simple Z-pack. If you have not heard about the Z-pack, you can read the article here. Crazy stuff! I have also been using these oils for making my own chemical free cleaners, deet free bug repellant, to rid my home of odors and even to add flavor to drinks and food.
So I’ve just randomly talked about oils here and there on the blog since January but never really given you a full explanation of what they are and why I use them. So I thought I would do a week long series on Essential Oils starting today. I’ve been studying and reading A LOT on this subject and continue to learn new things along the way.
What is an Essential Oil? I’ve been asked this question a lot so I decided to start here.
An essential oil is that aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds that is usually extracted through steam distillation. The chemistry is extremely complex and may consist of hundreds of chemical compounds. They are HIGHLY concentrated and way more potent than dried herbs because of this distillation process. Amazingly, it requires large volumes of plant material to produce very small amounts of oil. For example, Rose takes 5,000 pounds of petals to produce 1 kilo of oil. Crazy right? Now, I only use Young Living Oils because they are the only company that has been around for a while that still uses organic heirloom seeds and adds no synthetic ingredients. Young living also only distills once. Other companies will take the plants through several distillation processes, making them less potent and more watered down.
Young Living Oils are completely unadultarated. This makes most of the oils safe for ingestion. Obviously common sense and proper instruction should be used. Although they are completely natural, you must respect their power. Users should have a basic knowledge about the safety of the oils.
Here is what Young Living Says about their process…
Here is what Young Living says about their process.
The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.
An oil’s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also by where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it’s harvested.
Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. Only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of therapeutic compounds are selected.
Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched throughout the essential oils industry.
To meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade distillation standards proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut or adulterated oils. Every product Young Living produces—essential oils, oil blends, nutritional supplements, or personal care—meets strict purity standards.
Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected.
The culmination of the preceding three stages, Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Without strict adherence to the Young Living Therapeutic Grade standard in the Plant, Preparation, and Purity phases, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired effect.
So what can an Essential Oil do for you?
The ability of an Essential Oil to act on both the mind and the body is what make them truly unique amongst natural therapeutic substances.The fragrance of some oils can be very stimulating both psychologically and physically. The fragrance of some may be calming and sedating helping to overcome anxiety or hyperactivity. Some may stimulate immune function and regenerate damaged tissue. They may combat infectious disease by killing viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. We personally have used them for fever, viruses, eczema, asthma, allergies, heart burn, nausea, sunburn, skin tags, headaches, liver cleanse, these just naming a few.
I got starting with my oil collection with an Everyday 9 Essential Oils Kit. It comes with 9 oils, 2 bonus oils and a diffuser coupon, giving me a great head start.
Monique and I both will be talking about what you can do with these 9 oils this week so be sure to stay tuned! It’s going to be a fun week! AND at the end of the week, I will be giving away two of my favorite oils as a wrap up to the week of oils series. I’ll give you the details on Friday.
And if you just can’t wait to get started,you can go to Granola Convert and use my number, Kelli Wright – 1367019, and get your membership kit today. You can get a membership, much like Sam’s or Costco for as little as 40.00 or you can buy the big starter kit like I did for 150.00. Either way, you get wholesale pricing and access to some of the best therapeutic grade oils, vitamins and other wellness products in the world.
Come back tomorrow! I will be talking about one of my fave oils and at some point this week there may be a video involved, DIY style. *wink*