What is an Essential Oil?
An essential oil comes from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots and seeds which are extracted through steam distillation, hydrodistillation or cold pressed extraction.  The chemistry of an essential oil is complex but the oils are highly concentrated due to the distillation process. Each essential oil is composed of 200-500 different bioconstituents, making each oil very diverse in its effects. 


Why Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils can be used to:
•    Fight cold symptoms
•    Relax your body
•    Soothe sore muscles
•    Heal skin conditions
•    Improve digestion
•    Spiritual reasons

My favorite essential oils are:

•    Lemon oil (vitality*):  I start my day drinking a glass of water with a drop of my Vitality Lemon Oil.  This is a good way to detox your body first thing in the morning. 

•    Peppermint oil (vitality*):  This is a versatile essential oil.  It works great for sinus congestion, helps with digestion and great if inhaled during mental tasks (keeping you focused).  It also works well as an appetite suppressant. 

•    Thieves (vitality*):  I use this oil when I am feeling a little under the weather.  When I have symptoms of a cold, or feel burned out.  I apply a drop of Thieves on my tongue 3 times a day.  

•    Lavender - Lavender is good to use when you are having a stressful day but I bet you didn’t know that it can also be applied to the skin to treat acne and burns.  Yes indeed, Lavender Essential Oil can be used as an antiseptic and anti-fungal for the skin.

•     R.C. (Respiratory Congestion):  I use this essential oil before and after a nice run.  This oil gives relief from colds including bronchitis and also helps with allergy symptoms. 

•    Sacred Frankincense:  I use this oil when I am meditating.  It helps calm and relax me.  

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*The Vitality line in Young Living Essential Oils defines the usage of their oils between topical, aromatic and dietary use. The Vitality line is for dietary supplement purposes.  Please always follow the usage directions on the individual product labels. 





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Please consult with a medical professional prior to use.