About Essential Oils

What is an essential oil?  

It is the essence of what flows through a plant and keeps it healthy and free from disease and pestilence.  The essential oil has been compared to the blood in our bodies, because it is literally essential to the life of the plant.  When we use essential oils on our bodies, they can have positive and beneficial effects for us as well.  Essential oils support the different systems in our body, depending upon the need.  

How are they acquired?

Most essential oils are steam distilled from the plant, tree, or shrub using a complex system utilizing the lowest amount of heat possible to protect the chemical constituents of the finished essential oil.  Essential oils need to be distilled with the greatest of care from a high quality plant that has been grown in an ideal growing environment.  When they are distilled properly, the proper chemical constituents will be protected, thus giving the oil therapeutic benefits for our bodies.  

How potent are they?

Essential oils are chemically complex and are highly concentrated.  For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one kilo of Rose Essential Oil.  Most of the time, when using an oil topically, it only takes one or two drops to get the desired benefit.  

Are essential oils something new? 

Essential oils go back thousands of years.  There are over 200 references for aromatics, incense, and ointments in the Bible.  We know that they were commonly used to treat all types of ailments in historical times.  When gold, frankincense, and myrrh were brought to Jesus, the Frankincense was considered more valuable than the gold.  In the United States, we have seen a resurgence of interest in holistic health and thus, the essential oil industry has experienced a surge in popularity!

How many drops are in Young Living bottles?

Young Living sells two sizes of bottles-5 ml and 15 ml.  The 5 ml bottles contain around 85 drops of oil and the 15 ml bottles contain around 250 drops.  Typically, people use 1-2 drops per application.  That’s a lot of oil, friends!