Essential Oils 101 Lovingly harvested from farm-grown and wild crafted plants, herbs, and trees, essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained by careful steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. These pure essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted. Essential oils are the “lifeblood” of a plant because the oil protects the plant from disease, provides it nutrients, and helps it to fight off anything it doesn’t want. It keeps the plant (or tree, fruit, bark, root, etc.) healthy & functioning at its best! Essential oils have obviously been around for a long time since they are extracted from plants. They were mankind’s first medicine! Even today, they are still used to promote health in the body, both physically & emotionally.
Why Young Living? Essential Oils come in all shapes and sizes. However, they are not all created equally! When I began experimenting with Essential Oils, I bought some online, at a local department store, and even at a grocery store. “Underwhelmed” doesn’t even quite describe it. While most oils on the market are all called “essential oils,” they are not all the same. There are very little regulations when it comes to essential oils sold. Did you know that an oil can be sold as a “pure” essential oil in a store just by having a small percentage of actual essential oils in them? A lot of the oils you see in stores have fillers in them or are heavily diluted. An effective essential oil should be potent, volatile, and effective. You should be able to notice a difference when using high quality oils quickly. If you don’t, consider whether the oil is a high quality essential oil or not. My family chooses and loves Young Living Essential Oils. I truly have been so impressed with this company. Young Living is the only company out there that has what is called the “Seed to Seal” promise or anything like it. It means that Young Living controls every single aspect of their production line. They own their own farms, plant their own seeds, cultivate their own crops… They do everything from the time it gets planted in the ground until it actually gets placed in the bottle. That’s why they call it the “Seed to Seal” promise. Young Living can say with 100% guarantee that they know what is inside of each and every bottle, and they are pure beyond a shadow of a doubt. That makes me and my family feel good about using these oils!
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How to Use Essential Oils
Aromatically Diffusing essential oils is a perfect way to improve your home, work, or living environment. Diffusing can purify the air and neutralize odors as well as protect you and your family from harmful things we breathe in the air. Diffusing can also help with mood regulation.
Internally A lot of people are surprised by the fact that you can ingest certain essential oils. Several oils are generally regarded as safe for ingestion by the FDA. Always check the product packaging and do your research before ingesting an essential oil. Young Living labels several of their oils as â€œVitalityâ€?, which means that it is safe for ingestion.
Topically Direct application onto the skin is one of the easiest ways to use essential oils. It is also a highly effective method since essential oils can easily pass through the lipid membranes of cell walls. They are able to penetrate cells and disperse throughout the body within minutes. The bottom of the feet is a good place to apply oils directly because many nerve endings are found there and the pores of the skin are large in that area. See page 6 for more information.
Diluting Oils for Topical Use Carrier oils are usually overlooked because they don’t contain the therapeutic constituents of other essential oils, but they can play an indispensable companion of topically applied oils. Let’s take a closer look at these carriers and why they deserve a place on the shelf of anyone who uses and loves essential oils!
What Are Carrier Oils? Carrier oils are naturally derived from vegetarian sources and have a neutral smell. They aren’t volatile like essential oils, which makes them an excellent medium for dilution and application. Below are some of the more popular carrier oils: Young Living V-6 Oil Jojoba Oil Olive Oil Fractionated Coconut Oil (What I use) Grapeseed Oil Shea Butter
How Are Carrier Oils Used? Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate rapidly and contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. This can make them too strong to apply undiluted. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have a strong aroma, making them the perfect pair for diluting especially strong essential oils—reducing the concentration of the essential oil without altering its therapeutic qualities. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, you can also control its concentration before applying. Carrier oils can vary widely in their consistency, absorption, aroma, shelf life, and other characteristics. Carrier oils can be blended to change or combine their properties, so you can mix and match until you find the blend that’s just right for you!
Vita-Flex Application Vita Flex is said to have had a long past, but perfected in the 1960’s by a man named Stanley Burroughs. The Vita Flex technique means “vitality through the reflexes”. Many people are familiar with reflexology and this is similar to that. We have a complete network of reflex points on our bodies that stimulate all of our internal body systems. This technique is often times done on the feet (see chart below) and focused in on the body system you’d like to support. Using the pads and nails of your fingers (it’s good to have short nails), you use a rolling motion going from pads and all the way over to the topside of your nail(s). This produces an electrical stimulation into the body through the reflex points. The pressure used should be light to medium. Repeat this rolling and releasing technique until the entire vita flex point or area is covered. Place a drop or two in your left hand and take the pads of your fingers on your right hand and rub in the oils (usually in a clockwise motion). Finally, apply it to the foot on the lower half, above the heel as shown on the chart. Make sure and do the rolling and releasing motion all across the foot to make sure and get all those digestive organs. Repeat it for the other foot.
Why a Young Living Starter Kit? If you’re just starting out with Essential Oils, the Premium Starter Kit is the best place to start. The Premium Starter Kit includes 11 different essential oils. Each essential oil was chosen specifically for a whole body approach to living above the wellness line.
Benefits of a Starter Kit By purchasing a Starter Kit, you become a Young Living Member. As a member, you no longer have to pay the Retail Price for all Young Living Oils & Products. Members are eligible for Wholesale Pricing 24 percent off any Young Living product. As a member, you are also eligible to enroll in the Essential Rewards program and earn as much as 20 percent of each monthly order in Essential Rewards points. There are multiple continuing education opportunities at your access. You will never be left confused! You can text me at any time with any questions you may have. If I don’t have an answer – I’ll find one for you! The network of resources available to members is one of my favorite parts of being a member! I will also add you to our Floral & Pine Facebook group with exclusive resources, classes, and information. Purchasing such a wonderful kit should NOT leave you confused as to what to do! We have so many systems set in place that you will be wondering why you hadn’t purchased yet!
Included in the Starter Kit Member Resources There is a complete product guide and product price list, Essential Oil Magazine, Essential Edge and lots of member resources to help you on your way.
Premium Essential Oil Collections The starter kit includes 11 different oils. These oils are chosen for the four Health & Wellness Categories: Home, Wellness, Balance, & Beauty. See pages 9-14 for facts and suggested uses about each oil.
Diffuser Depending on the kit you order, you receive a diffuser. You can transform your home, workplace, or hotel room into your personal aromatherapy oasis! With our elegantly designed diffusers, you can infuse essential oils into any setting, and create a spa-like experience anywhere life takes you.
AromaGlide Roller Fitment Transform any of your favorite Young Living essential oils into an easy-to-use roll-on bottle with the patents pending AromaGlide™ advanced roller fitments technology. Each fitment is customized to fit a 5- or 15-ml bottle with an “Sb” marking on the bottom.
Refresh musty carpets by adding 5 drops of Thieves to a cup of baking soda; combine well and let sit overnight until the oil is absorbed. Sprinkle over carpets and vacuum thoroughly. Diffuse 6–8 drops of Thieves to help create an environment of peace and security. Customize your Thieves experience by adding a few drops of Orange, Tangerine, or Nutmeg essential oil. Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed as a dietary supplement. Put a drop of Thieves Vitality essential oil in your morning juice, tea, or coffee. Put a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a head discomfort Diffuse in your home to keep safe from germs Add to your dishwasher or washing machine for cleaner dishes & clothes Mix 8-12 drops with 4 oz. of water in a spray bottle to repel insects on your flowers and plants Apply orally to maintain healthy teeth and cavities Use to make your own household cleaners It’s a natural expectorant, so it can help you cough up that yuck that gets in lungs during colds
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
After a tough workout, dilute a few drops of Peppermint in a carrier oil, and use it in a refreshing post-workout massage. Create your own home spa! Add Peppermint and Eucalyptus Radiata to hot bath water and enjoy the relaxing, invigorating scent and aromatic steam. Diffuse with Lavender and Rosemary for a fresh aroma that uplifts the spirit. Take a drop and rub it over your belly for an digestive support Add a drop to warm tea to aid digestion after a big meal Combine with a small amount of carrier oil and rub on temples, across forehead and on back of neck for a headache coming on or take a drop and press it into the roof of your mouth Breathe it in the palms of hands and, if your eyes can tolerate it, a little in the sides of nose for congestion Great diffused with lavender and lemon for seasonal discomfort Helps with itchiness from bites and stings Put a drop on your tongue for bad breath
Add to a glass of cold water or iced tea for a fresh drink to start your day. Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed. Combine with savory foods such as chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetables and with sides such as noodles, rice, or pasta salad. Natural “Goo-Gone” to get rid of sticky labels Add 1-2 drops with 1 drop of Thieves and a tsbp of raw honey in hot water for immune support Can help clarify skin and reduce appearance of blemishes when added to a moisturizer (Note: lemon is photosensitive so apply 12 hours before going out into the sun) Add to vinegar and water for natural cleaning/disinfecting of surfaces Use as a produce wash. Bathe fruits and veggies in water and 1-2 drops of lemon to get rid of harmful bacteria and residue Diffuse for a fresh, clean scent
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Use as an “oil magnifier” and apply a drop on top to magnify the properties of any oils underneath Rub a drop of PanAway on sore muscles and add a drop of Copaiba on top You can also try adding a drop or two of Copaiba Vitality to your herbal tea, such as chamomile or rooibos, to enjoy its complex, soothing flavor. Add Copaiba Vitality to a Clear Vegetable Capsule and take daily as an important part of your health regimen to help cleanse the body and detoxify the system When used as a diuretic substance, can help everything from incontinence to bedwetting Diffuse to lighten spirits and improve mood Apply to temples to ease head discomfort
Add 1–2 drops to a gel capsule & take it as a dietary supplement every day or as needed. Give your water a twist and add 2 drops of DiGize Vitality and 1 drop of Peppermint Vitality. DiGize Vitality is a great complement to Essentialzymes-4. Take both before every meal to support your wellness.* Flavor honey with 2–3 drops of DiGize Vitality for a sweet, spicy treat without the refined sugar. Rub a drop with a carrier oil onto abdomen or the sternum for digestive support Putting a drop of Peppermint, Orange, or Lavender over it can help cover up the smell if it bothers you
Topically ● Internally
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Invite elevated spiritual experiences every day by diffusing this oil in your home Add Frankincense to your daytime lotion or night cream for a custom moisturizer that highlights your natural beauty. Incorporate Frankincense into your yoga ritual by diffusing this oil during your routine and following up with a post-practice massage. Support your well-being and normal cell health! Take Frankincense internally as a dietary supplement by adding 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule Mix with a carrier oil and use on face and neck in the mornings to help with natural DNA repair and cell regeneration. Helps make skin glow! Mix with Lemon oil to rub up and down spine for immunity support Diffuse for peaceful sleep or to relax and meditate Apply to wrists and back of ears to relieve occasional stress Apply to joints and cartilage to keep healthy Helps fade stretch marks and scars Antiseptic qualities make frankincense oil a useful measure against oral issues like bad breath, toothaches, cavities, mouth sores, and other infections. Mixed with Lavender and Peppermint to fight head discomfort Apply to abdomen to promote a healthy regular menstrual cycles
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Diffuse lavender for a comforting and calming scent Treat yourself to this aroma by adding a few drops to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products. Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath. Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil. Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage. Use Lavender as part of your evening routine: o Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed o Spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle o Amazing diffused for sleep with Cedarwood oil Create a DIY room freshener with Lavender or diffuse it to banish stale odors. 1 drop with a carrier oil on face/neck at night. Great for skin and so relaxing before bed. One drop in a fresh, new mascara to help grow healthy lashes
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Diffuse or put a few drops in your palms to combat stress, relieve fear, and wind down before bed Add a drop on your inner wrists for a great pick-me-up Add a drop to your water for a great flavor punch and to help with detoxification Apply on the neck to wear as a perfume or cologne Add a few drops to water and freeze in popsicle molds to a great summer treat Put a drop on the bridge of the nose to clear up your sinuses Put a few drops in your water or in a vegetable capsule to boost your metabolism and curb your appetite Diffuse to freshen your home for any lingering orders Diffuse with peppermint to have a bright start to your day Smooth dimples on your legs by diluting with a carrier oil and rub on your legs after a warm shower or bath (it’s a photosensitive oil, so be sure and wait 12 hours before sun exposure after application) Add a few drops to Thieves Household Cleaner to boost its cleaning power
Aromatically ● Topically
Diffuse at night when combating colds, sore throats, lung infection Rub on your chest and back of the neck before an early-morning workout. Use with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex for a foot or back massage after your gym routine, outdoor adventure, or yoga practice. Place a few drops in a hot bath or shower. The warm water will calm and soothe you, and the oil will diffuse with the steam for an invigorating experience. Brighten your outlook during early-morning errands by applying Raven oil to your chest and wrists. For infant respiratory support, place a drop on the baby’s bedding, but not too close to the face. Can also apply to the baby’s feet. Diffuse to support healthy lung function and respiratory system Diffuse or apply to neck at night to help with snoring
Dilute and apply topically on location as needed or use in a massage Apply 1 drop on the temples, forehead, & back of the neck for head discomfort Massage into sore muscles after a vigorous workout Dilute with carrier oil and massage into location of growing pains Apply to hips of pets to ease pain of hip dysplasia and promote joint comfort
Aromatically ● Topically ● Internally
Diffuse or inhale directly to keep the “stress away” Dilute with a carrier and apply to wrists and back of the neck Put roller fitment on top and roll on neck, chest, wrists, and on the bottoms of feet Add 5-10 drops to ½ cup Epsom salts and shake well. Add to a warm bath and inhale deeply Make a sugar scrub for exfoliating in the shower Add 2-3 drops to a glass of water to enhance flavor and promote wellness
Diffuser Recipes Any oil can be diffused individually, but some combinations can up the power! Plus, I find these â€œstretchâ€? out my oils. All of the following amounts can be adjusted to your liking to either lighten or strengthen the scents. All of the following can be made with oils from a Premium Starter Kit. See my Google Doc for more suggestions with other Young Living Oils.
3 drops Copaiba 5 drops Lavender
3 drops Lemon 4 drops Stress Away
Ick Be Gone
4 drops Citrus Fresh 3 drops Peppermint
4 drops Lemon 4 drops Thieves
Immune System Boost
3 drops Stress Away 3 drops Lavender
4 drops Citrus Fresh 3 drops Thieves
Focus & Energize
4 drops Lemon 3 drops Peppermint
4 drops Citrus Fresh 5 drops Raven
4 drops Thieves 4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Lavender 3 drops Lemon 3 drops Peppermint
Reflect 3 drops Frankincense 4 drops Lemon
Wake Up Right
3 drops Copaiba 3 drops Lavender 3 drops Stress Away
4 drops Stress Away 4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Peppermint 3 drops Lavender 3 drops Stress Away
4 drops Frankincense 3 drops Copaiba
4 drops Lemon 4 drops Citrus Fresh
3 drops Thieves 3 drops Lemon 3 drops Frankincense
4 drops Peppermint 3 drops Lavender 2 drops Frankincense
4 drops Raven 4 drops Peppermint
Roller Bottle Recipes By signing up, you will get a Roller Bottle from me as my gift. There are several great things about rollerball bottles. They are premade mixtures – which saves time. Just roll it on your feet, your neck, your wrists and you are ready to go. They also stretch out oils, making them last longer by using a carrier oil. By using a carrier oil, you are not diluting the effectiveness of the oil, you are just giving your oil more coverage with help of something to carry it where you want it to go. All of the following can be made with oils from a Premium Starter Kit. See my Google Doc for more suggestions with other Young Living Oils. Here are a few things you need to know and have before you can make your roller bottles: 5 or 10 mL glass roller bottles (can be found on Amazon) Carrier Oil (see Carrier Oil section) Essential Oils
Woman’s Best Friend
Seasonal Discomfort Relief
15 drops Lavender 10 drops Peppermint 3 drops PanAway
10 drops Lemon 10 drops Lavender 10 drops Peppermint 10 drops Copaiba
Apply on abdomen & VitaFlex points as needed.
Sleepy Time Roller
Apply to sinuses, upper forehead, VitaFlex points. Consistency is key. Avoid sun exposure.
10 drops Lavender 10 drops Stress Away 5 drops Copaiba
Apply to bottom of feet (big toe) at bedtime.
10 drops Peppermint 10 drops Lavender 10 drops Stress Away
Apply to brain stem and temples.
20 drops Digize 2 drops Citrus Fresh
Apply on abdomen or Vita Flex points
Stress Away Roller 10 drops Stress Away 10 drops Lavender Apply to wrists, heart, and back of neck
Germ Buster Roller 10 drops Thieves 10 drops Lemon 10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Peppermint 6 drops Lavender 5 drops Frankincense 5 drops PanAway Apply on the temples, brow bones, forehead, or base of skull.
Loosen Up 10 drops PanAway 10 drops Peppermint 10 drops Copaiba Apply directly on any muscles
Apply to bottom of feet or spine.
DIY Essential Oil Spray Recipes By signing up, you will also get a Spray Bottle from me as my gift. You can make sprays to cover more area. Linen sprays are the best! All recipes below are made for 2 oz glass bottles. If you use 4 oz bottles, just double the recipe. All recipes can be made with oils from the Premium Starter Kit. Here are a few things you need to know and have before you can make your sprays 2 oz glass spray bottles (can be found on Amazon) Witch Hazel (found at most grocery/drug stores) Distilled water (tap is fine, but distilled water keeps the sprayer from clogging) Essential Oils
Lavender Linen Spray
15-20 drops of Lavender 1 teaspoon of witch hazel Fill rest with distilled water
10 drops Thieves 5 drops Peppermint 5 drops Lemon ½ Tsp Sea Salt 1 Tbsp Honey Distilled Water
Spray on sheets and pillow for sound sleep
After-Sun Spray 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera gel 5-10 drops Lavender 5-10 drops Peppermint Fill rest with distilled water
Put salt in bottle first. Drop oils into bottle. Allow 5 minutes for the salt to absorb the oils. Add honey then fill the rest with water. Seal & shake. Spray in the back of throat for a soothing feeling!
Spray generously on sunburned skin & allow to dry. Re-apply as often as needed.
Fresh Room Spray
Thieves Spray 10-15 drops of Thieves 1 teaspoon of witch hazel Fill rest with distilled water
18 drops Lavender 7 drops of Peppermint 3 drops of Lemon 3/4 cup Distilled Water 1/8 cup Witch Hazel
Spray to clean toddler toys, cutting boards, freshen gym bags, wash fruits & vegetables, and sanitize public areas (like nasty restrooms!)
Spray throughout the room to freshen the scent.
Hand Sanitizer Spray ½ teaspoon of sea salt 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil 10 drops Thieves Fill rest with distilled water
5-10 drops Frankincense 5-10 drops Lavender 5-10 drops Tea Tree 1 tablespoon witch hazel Fill rest with distilled water
Spray on germy hands.
Spray on “owies” that are best not touched.
Other Essential Oils DIY Recipes The amount of DIY projects you can do with your Premium Starter Kit are unlimited! These are a few of our favorites that you can make with the PSK essential oils.
Respiratory Chest Rub
Thieves Hand Soap
2 ounces Coconut Oil 20-25 drops Raven Oil 2 oz. Glass Jar
1/3 cup unscented Liquid Castile Soap 10-12 drops Thieves Distilled Water Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser
Melt coconut oil. Add the Essential Oils & stir. Cap & store in a cool, dark place.
Bath Salts 1 cup Epsom Salt ¼ cup Baking Soda ¼ cup Sea Salt 8-10 drops Essential Oil(s) Choose any mix of oils from the diffuser or roller bottle recipes. Mix the baking soda, Sea Salt, & Epsom salt together. Add drops of oil and shake well.
Lip Balm 5 tbsp Coconut oil 3 tbsp Beeswax 12 drops Essential Oil Lip Balm Tubes Melt coconut oil & beeswax in a glass pourable measuring cup. Add Essential Oil & pour into empty lip balm tubes. (Yields: 15-20 lip balms)
Sugar Scrub 2 ½ cups of Sugar 8 oz of Carrier oil 30 drops Essential Oil ½ pint Jars Mix together & place in jars. Add 1 tbsp carrier oil to the top to prevent drying before closing lid. (Yields: 4 half pint jars)
Combine castile soap & oil. Fill remainder of soap dispenser with distilled water.
Peppermint Foot Soak ¾ cup Epsom Salts ¼ cup Baking Soda 2 Peppermint Tea Bags 6-8 drops Peppermint Small Jar Cut open tea bag. Pour tea bag contents into a bowl then add epsom salts, baking soda, & peppermint essential oil & stir until well combined. Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid until ready to use.
Night Face Cream ¼ cup Shea Butter ¼ cup Coconut Oil 8-10 drops Frankincense 5-7 drops Lavender 4 oz. Jar Melt shea butter & coconut oil together until liquid. Remove from heat & let cool for about 30 minutes. Stir in essential oils. When mix partially solidifies, whip with your hand mixer until you achieve a butter-like consistency. Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid until ready to use.
Let’s Do This! Ready to become a Young Living member and start on your path to living above the wellness line? See below for pricing and information to purchase your very own Young Living Premium Start Kit. Price for the entire kit varies based on which diffuser you purchase.
How to Order Your Premium Starter Kit
Go to www.floralandpine.com/melissacunningham Click on the link below “Steps to Purchase a Young Living Starter Kit” Make sure that “Member” is checked & click “Continue” Step 1: Choose your diffuser Step 2: Leave blank if you don’t want to sign up for Essential Rewards Step 3: If you want to add more products, you can do so by clicking “Add More Products” Click Next and then click Continue Enrollment o It will pop-up a confirmation about declining the Auto-ship program if you declined Essential Rewards for now o Just click Continue Enrollment if you don’t want to sign up for Essential Rewards Fill in the Member/Sign-in Information. Complete Billing & Shipping Information, confirm your order, and you're done!!! 18
Still Not Sure? Making the leap to buying a Young Living Premium Starter Kit and starting a more natural lifestyle isn’t easy. If you’re not quite ready to dive in, you can purchase any oil or product Young Living offers as a Retail Customer instead of purchasing at the Wholesale Price. However, if you love a deal, buying the Starter Kit really is an amazing one! It’s a savings of $240.10 over purchasing each oil at retail! Wow!
Disclaimer I am in no way a medical practitioner and do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe in any shape, manner or form. The items in this document are simply from my own research and experience. Always discuss with your medical practitioner before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information, content, and product descriptions contained within this site are for reference purposes and are not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis. Contact your health care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem. Information and statements regarding Young Living products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.
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