Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Southern Young Living Mondays!!! Science of Essential Oils!

Today starts the beginning of my weekly schedule of events! Mondays will forever more be known as My Southern Young Living Mondays!

My goal each Monday will be to share something with you that will teach you more about how to use Young Living Essential Oils in your daily life, to achieve abundant health and wellness!

Today we are going to talk about WHY Young Living Essential Oils work!

***Please take note! I am NOT a doctor! Any of the information shared on this page, is for education purposes only. Please consult a medical practitioner of your choice, before you begin any therapy. ****

So first let's talk about WHAT are Essential Oils???

•Life force of a plant

Aromatic liquids distilled from plants.

•Extremely potent

1.   One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea.

2.  It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make one pound of rose essential oil.

•Very beneficial to the human body

•Do not contain proteins, polypeptides or amino acids resulting in no potential allergens.

The volatile oil distilled from the plant contains none of the plant proteins or amino acids that are the source of allergic reactions to the plant.

  • Can be applied topically, inhaled or ingested.







What Makes a Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil?

A therapeutic grade essential oils is defined here as one that is specifically distilled from plants that are cultivated organically or grown wild in a clean environment. (Not along a highway) The plants should be from proper genus, species, and cultivar. No chemical fertilizers are added to the soil, and crop cultivation is free of herbicides and pesticides.  Essential oils should be extracted by steam distillation at minimum temperatures and pressures, as was done in ancient times.. No chemical solvents are to be used in extraction process.

There is nothing wrong with producing food or perfume grade oils. The problem comes when such oils are bottled and labeled as therapeutic. As common practice, a decent grade oil is taken and diluted with 90%-95%  odorless, colorless solvent ( usually an inexpensive petrochemical) so that what was a pound of good oil, becomes 10 or 20 pounds of diluted oil.  These oils still carry labels that say Genuine or 100% pure which is indeed allowed by the FDA.

Example- You can be sure that if you see a bottle of Frankincense for $10-$20 for a full fluid ounce, it has been diluted. You simply cannot gather the resins from the Arabian and Somalian Deserts, transport them to France or England to be distilled and then import them to the US for that price and maintain quality and purity.

For every pound of Frankincense distilled, there are dozens of pounds eventually sold.  A pure, unadulterated frankincense should cost around $140 per ounce.

Currently, there are no standards for therapeutic grade essential oils labeling in North America, so labeling fraud is rampant. Therefore, you need to be sure that you know your grower, distiller, packager, and your distributor..any where along this chain of delivery, oils can be compromised.


Young Living Pure Therapeutic

Grade Essential Oils: God’s Medicine


Gary Young, Founder and President of Young Living, reintroduced essential oils to millions worldwide. He is on a mission to educated the world about the benefits of essential oils.


Young Living is the world leader in essential oils. All of the essential oils sold by Young Living are based on oils that have been graded according to AFNOR standards; a set of standards that have been established in Europe that outlines the chemical profile and principal constituents that a quality oil should have. We either meet or exceed AFNOR standards.


Young Living cultivates, distills, and markets the highest-quality essential oils in the world.

What God created for us; pure therapeutic grade essential oils, will never lose its potency and effectiveness for as long as humans exist on this planet as long as the plants exist and someone has the knowledge of how to harvest them…




Young Living follows their product from Seed to Seal....

The key to producing a therapeutic grade essential oil is to preserve as many of the delicate aromatic compounds within the essential oil as possible.


Fragile aromatic chemicals are easily destroyed by high temperature and pressure, as well as contact with chemically reactive metals such as copper or aluminum. All therapeutic essential oils should be distilled in stainless steel cooking chambers at low pressure and low temperature.


The plant material should also be free of herbicides and other agrichemicals. These can react with the essential oil during distillation to produce toxic compounds. Many pesticides are oil soluble and can mix into the essential oil. It is necessary to obtain the purest essential oil possible for the power of essential oils in the realm of personal and holistic healing. No matter how much the cost, the essential oil must not be compromised or diluted.


Because of the complex nature of the hundred of chemical compounds contained in the essential oil, many of the molecules and isomers are impossible to successfully recreate in the chemistry laboratory. Many fragrances have been synthetically made, but they lack therapeutic benefits and may even carry risks.


Therapeutic grade means 100% of all chemical constituents are present in the essential oil; they are not fractionated, adulterated, or cut with other oils. Young Living owns technologically advanced distilleries for the production of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. They conduct stringent testing for purity and excellence.

How are Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Used?

•First Aid

•Stress management

•Pain management

•Diffused into the air

•Improving the quality of life

It is possible to use therapeutic-grade oils as natural medicines because essential oils and human blood share several common properties.
•They fight infection. Many of the oils possess potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. While antibiotics kill the good and bad bacteria, essential oils only attack the bad bacteria.

•They contain hormone-like compounds. Oils like clary sage and sage that contain sclerol, have a strong estrogenic action. Working like hormones helps bring the body back into balance.

•They also initiate regeneration. Some essential oils like clove have the ability to decrease the viscosity or thickness of the blood and can also enhance circulation and immune function.

•Research has shown that when essential oils are diffused, they can increase atmospheric oxygen and provide negative ions, which in turn inhibits bacterial growth. This suggest that EO’s could play an important part in air purification and neutralizing odors. Because of their ionizing action, EO’s have the ability to break down potentially harmful chemicals and render them nontoxic.

Essential oils have a chemical structure that is similar to that found in human cells and tissues. This makes essential oils compatible with human protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body.


Aromatic science is a new field of research that is rediscovering the many health benefits of aromatherapy once lost in antiquity but are now being verified and refined by modern science and improving the quality of human life.

This Thursday June 16th, at 7pm (pacific) I will be hosting a webinar titled The ABC's of Young Living Essential Oils

Click Here to learn more!   And click Here to register for this FREE event!

Keep coming back here, every Monday, and learn how to use Young Living Essential Oils in your everyday life!



DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is solely for educational purposes.  It is not meant to diagnose, treat or mitigate any health condition.  As always you should consult the health professional of your choice for specific health information. The author, products mentioned or Young Living is not responsible for its mis-use.

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