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What are essential oils?

I know I’m not alone when I say I’m always striving to find new ways to live a little bit healthier. It’s no secret that the health and fitness industry is constantly evolving. We’ve seen the trends in wearable technology,we’re drinking our water and kale-packed smoothies like crazy, and making smarter choices about what we put into our bodies. This year – I’ve decided to take my health and wellness to the next level with essential oils.

A few months ago I stumbled across a picture of essential oils while browsing through photos on Instagram. I was immediately intrigued. I did some research and was super surprised with what I found. Fast forward to today, and I’m now what you’d say to be well on my way through my  ‘oily’ journey.

At their most basic definition, essential oils are liquids that are distilled ( by steam or water) from leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other elements of a plant. They contain the truest essence of the plant they were derived from. (Aroma Web)

Simple enough! Now what do you do with them, you might ask?

According to YoungLiving.com, essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.

Don’t you feel calmer just reading that sentence? I know I do!

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There are thousands of different types of oils, and there are a number of ways to use them. The coolest thing about essential oils is that each one has a very unique purpose and use. There’s pretty much an oil for everything, which I quickly learned when perusing through my Young Living Starter Kit. I’ve already found awesome ways to use them.

Some of the ways I personally use essential oils are: diffusing, inhaling, applying to skin, and taking them internally.

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My favorite way to use essential oils is definitely diffusing. In addition to making my room smell amazing, depending on what oil I use, it can be a total mood changer. If I’m looking to relax, I’ll mix some lavender and sandalwood. Every night before bed I mix 5 drops of each in my diffuser and it is so calming.

Young Living Essentials | Explained by The Clean Eating Couple ~TheCleanEatingCouple.comIf I want to feel refreshed – I’ll diffuse some peppermint or lemon. In addition to diffusing, I’ll also inhale these oils for a similar affect. Lately I’ve been turning to peppermint when I feel like I need a little pick-me-up, or to re-focus on something. I also wear these bracelets from Ezzy to Eden that have lava rocks which you can apply the oils too! (You can get free shipping on $50 or more when you use code 50SHIP)

 

Essential oils can also be applied directly to the skin. Some oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc) because of their strength. Others are safe to use directly on skin. (As with any product – you should always consult with a professional, or test on your own to find what works with you.) As someone with eczema, I’m always looking for relief from my itchy, red skin. I frequently apply Lavender to problem areas, which leaves them feeling less painful, and less itchy.

Last week I was sick with pneumonia, and applied peppermint + eucalyptus oils directly on my chest and throat. It brought a cooling sensation on my achy chest, and inhaling the oils immediately helped to clear out my sinuses.

Moving forward, I’m looking to experiment with different kinds of oils for different purposes. I’ve recently become a distributor for YoungLiving Essential Oils. YoungLiving is the world leader in essential oils, and their quality is unmatched. As with all other things, if I’m going to use an oil – I want to make sure it is pure, and going to provide me with the most benefits. There are a lot of essential oil companies out there, but none of them compare to what YoungLiving is doing, and their high standards. You can learn more about it in this video.

 

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In the coming weeks, I’m going to provide some healthy recipes that I use with the oils, as well as an awesome natural beauty recipe that I’m so excited to share!

Everything photographed in this post (with the exception of the bracelets) came in a Young Living Starter Kit. The retail value on these kits are close to $300, but you can get all 11 oils + a diffuser + other samples for $160 when you buy through me. If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, I’d love to chat with you! Drop me a note at thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com or send me a message on Instagram! As a member of YoungLiving, I get to offer people 24% off with my sponsor ID. Who doesn’t love to make a healthier choice, and save some $$?!

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References:

http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatare.asp

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/guide/about

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover

 

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72 Comments

  1. Ooh, I love essential oils! I use my diffuser every day. 🙂 This is a great post to introduce people to what they’re all about.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Gina! I use my diffuser allll the time! In fact.. I actually have two! They make the whole house smell great!

  2. I am a big fan of essential oils! I big fat puffy heart my diffuser, ha! I never take them internally, though. Enjoy your oily journey! I started with a YL starter kit as well! I primarily use plant therapy oils now though!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      LOL! Me too!! I just took them internally for the first time yesterday.. I wasn’t feeling so great and added lemon, thieves and peppermint to hot water. Did the trick! 🙂

  3. I’ve been hearing a lot about essential oils over the past couple years. After reading your post I think I might actually give them a try!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They’re great – Rachel! I don’t know what I would do without them 🙂 Going to send you an email in a bit with a little more info if you’re interested in trying 🙂

  4. I definitely need to look into essential oils more! I was visiting friends for New Years and we were all…uh… not feeling so great on the first. She had us all take a drop of peppermint and I was shocked at how well it worked!!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      LOL! There’s an oil for everything!! Including indulging in one to many drinks 😉

  5. I think using them in a diffuser will be the best use for me! I’ve never done that before.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Diffusing is my favorite way to use them. It makes the whole house smell so great, and always relaxes me! I sent you an email this morning 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Dominique! I’m going to send you a quick email… you might want to re-think buying them in the store… Most oils are NOT what you think they are… I have a link I’m going to send you. Want to make sure you + your little one are getting the absolute best stuff!

  6. I’m so excited to get more and more into oils! I loved my little intro pack and if nothing else they’ve provided me with these little moments throughout the day that I can recharge and take care of me, you know? They’re so fun really work! I can’t wait to order from you when my stash runs low!! xo
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They’re the best, Lindsay!! Totally agree with you… they let me take time out and remember to just pause! We’re always going going going, so they are a nice way to relax 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They’re so wonderful, Rachel!! You should totally try them!

  7. I am very curious about essential oils – I ‘ll be in touch! I think I really need lavendar to help me sleep. I toss and turn every night for an hour or more before falling asleep

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      The lavender is so great before bed time!! I use it every single night!! I’m going to send you an email 🙂

  8. Love my essential oils!! So so good!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They’re the best!!

  9. I’m not sure how I ever lived without my essential oils! They’ve completely replaced most items in my medicine cabinet. The endless uses are truly amazing!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Aren’t they the greatest!? I love mine 🙂

  10. I use Doterra. They are both great companies and I love the effects that oils have. It is so important to get educated about them so I am glad to see you have done your homework! Well done!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Yes – it is definitely important to educate yourself on them, because there are many companies that don’t have high standards! I love mine!

  11. I have been on the hunt for a diffuser for a while now and I am definitely interested in these products! I will definitely look more into purchasing!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      So happy to hear it, Daphne! I just sent you an email.. Young Living has a great deal where you can get 11 oils + a diffuser. 🙂

  12. Thank you for this post. I enjoyed it a lot.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Rolene!

  13. A friend of mine just sent me one for stress relief while my husband is deployed and I’m so excited to try it out. I want to see what all the hype is about haha
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      I’m sure you will love them, Keating! I have a few oils that I use all the time for stress relief 🙂

  14. This was definitely an interesting read. I have heard of essential oils, but never really knew what they were used for or how to use them.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Glad to hear it gave you some info, Michaela!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      So happy to hear you learned something from this post, Kayleigh!

  15. I have several standing around that I bought on a whim but have yet to find use for. I used to put a drop of peppermint into my shampoo when taking a shower. Apparently it’s supposed to help prevent hair from falling out. Can’t say whether it helped or not, but I definitely smelled like a breath mint afterwards. )))

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      LOL! Yes, the peppermint is powerful!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      I love them too! I sent you a DM on insta 🙂

  16. Ohhh, I love my essential oils and think everyone can benefit from them! Great post!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Totally agree with you, Lisa!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Savannah! So glad I could share some info with you 🙂

  17. I didn’t really know what essential oils were but now I do! Thanks!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Brooke! Happy to have shared some info with you 🙂

  18. I’ve never known much about essential oils so I definitely found this post informative and super interesting! I would love to incorporate essential oils as a bit of a relaxation tactic.
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They can definitely be used for relaxing.. that is what I use them for primarily! Just diffusing them makes me feel so much more relaxed! I sent you an email about it. 🙂

  19. Looking forward to your future posts about essential oils, I’ve been wanting to learn more about them and this is an awesome introductory.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Awesome, Kiara!! I hope this was helpful and you learned something from it. I will definitely be posting about them more in the future!

  20. I have heard so much about essential oils. Being pregnant, you can’t take any medicine which stinks, so I think I need to invest in some of these! I’d also love to find out more in using them with babies as I saw on instagram they make rollers to be used in infants.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      These oils are definitely great and SAFE for mommas and little ones! Since they are all natural, they are such a great alternative to traditional medicines! I just sent you an email about making the rollers – they’re so simple to do!

  21. I love essential oils and really need to set up my new diffuser! My favorites are lavender and peppermint too!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They’re so great, Dana! Definitely set up your diffuser – I’m sure you will love it!

  22. I didn’t know about this kit. I’ve been using essential oils for a few years now and I like getting mine from Whole Foods. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      The kit is really awesome, Rosalyn! There are so many different oils 🙂

  23. I love essential oils. I have several different ones myself

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      They’re great!

  24. I love my oils!! I just got grapefruit and cedarwood for Christmas but have NO IDEA how to use them. My favorite is deep relief though and lavender really does get rid of migraines
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      I’ve heard a lot of people put grapefruit in water, and I’m sure cedarwood would be great in a diffuser! Lavender & Peppermint always help my headaches 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Yikes!! That does NOT sound fun!

  25. A lot of my friends are really into Essential Oils! I really enjoyed learning more about them through your post 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      I love them!! You should test out your friends- I bet you’d love them too 🙂

  26. This post is very informative! I have been using essential oils in my diffuser for some time now but didn’t think much of it, only that they made my apartment smell like a spa LOL I’m going to try out some new variants and will definitely checkout what Youngliving has to offer!

    I am looking forward to those recipes, btw. I’m curious as to how adding essential oils to food will affect the taste 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks so much, Travis! I love that the oils make my home smell like a spa too – isn’t it so nice?! I’m super excited to cook with my oils.. I have so many ideas.. now I just need to get into the kitchen!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Definitely save your $$ – the Young Living oils are worth every penny!! They are such good quality and just a drop works wonders for me 🙂 All of the oils you listed are some of my favorites!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Right?!! They smell amazing!

  27. I adore essential oils – right now my favorites are peppermint and grapefruit. I love whipping coconut oil with a few drops of essential oil to make a simple, moisturizing body butter. Its the best!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Peppermint is one of my favorites – I just ordered grapefruit so I’m excited to try that!! I haven’t made any beauty products with it, but this weekend I am making a lavender body cream that I’m super excited about! I plan on posting about it here- so check back next week 🙂

  28. I loved this! At my yoga studio they always use essential oils but I never know how to use them!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Ally! Hope it helped you learn something! I love to use my EO’s when doing yoga- it makes me feel even more relaxed 🙂

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