A few weeks ago we were graciously gifted a bag of essential oil goodies from our friend, Miriam Wiggins, who is in process of receiving her Aromatherapy certification. We didn’t waste any time and dove right in trying all the products. I have personally used them for a couple of years but never on a super consistent basis – only because I don’t do much of anything consistently. I do, however, truly love them so I was excited to try a few of the products that were new to me. Sam, an oil virgin, was even more excited to learn and experience what they have to offer.
Now what would a review be without a boring obligatory disclaimer? So here it goes… These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Blah, Blah, Blah. Now that is out of the way let’s talk essential oils, shall we?!
So what was in our bag?
1. Sleep Rollerball – Young Living Lavender EO and Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
We rolled this bad boy on our wrist, bottoms of feet, chest and the back of our neck. I was so relaxed (or high off lavender), I think I feel asleep within 5 mins.
Lavender is an adaptogen essential oil, so it gives your body what it is needing at that moment – currently inhaling a big whiff as we speak.
2. Muscle Rollerball – Fitness Blend EO & Peppermint EO & Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
Sam and I are very active and work out most days of the week. We almost fist fought over this rollerball. (I am sleep deprived and a little punch drunk at the moment. The visual of Sam and I fist fighting over a rollerball has me lol’ing alone in my office at almost midnight. Which means we probably should have fought over the Sleep one instead). Ok ADD here, I’ll get back on track. I used this ball over my muscles the day after a hard workout. It was really fantastic. I defiantly felt the relief.
3. Lavender Essential Oil
This oil is so versatile. It helps support skin, sleep, mood. You can add a few drops to your laundry, wool dryer ball, a few drops in your shampoo, body wash or lotion. Diffuse it to support healthy respiratory and nervous system.
4. Peppermint Essential Oil
Add a few drops to a carrier oil (Coconut, olive or Jojoba to help prevent skin irritation) for a soothing back massage. Diffuse a few drops for respiratory support. This oil is great for getting rid of odors as well. Make a room spray with Peppermint, Lavender & distilled water in a glass spray bottle – recipe for different sprays here –
5. Nourishing Bath Bombs – Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Lavender Pedals, YL Lavender EO, Cornstarch, Epsom Salts, Citric Acid, Baking Soda
I just have one word when it comes to this bath bomb – SOLD!!!! I loved it, I was so relaxed and my skin felt extra soft afterwards. Highly recommend!!
What are Essential Oils and Where Do They Come From?
So now that you know what was in our goody bag, let’s talk about what essential oils are and exactly where they come from. Miriam answered all of our questions in several paragraphs below.
Essential oils are nothing new. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their health- supporting benefits. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Europeans, and Chinese have used them for centuries for health, beauty, fragrance and spiritual practices. There are also many references to essential oils in historical tests, which signifies their importance in history. They are mentioned directly or indirectly in Scripture 1100 times!!
Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. Often referred to as the Immune System of the plant or plant juice works too!
Most essential oils are extracted from plant sources using a steam distillation and are highly concentrated, making them far more potent then dried botanicals.
Essential oils are volatile, which means that the scent of the oil rises quickly into the air.
They are also versatile, with a wide variety of uses. Some people use essential oils to enliven an environment, support different body systems or just for their great scents.
In humans, they provide support for EVERY SYSTEM in the body: your skeletal system, your muscular system, circulatory system, your endocrine system and your hormones, respiratory system and immune system. They are used extensively for emotions and for spiritual support in your prayer life.
How to use essential oils
There are three ways to use essential oils. You can use some aromatically, some topically, and some can even be taken internally. Test have shown the oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in 3 seconds when inhaled; They were found int he bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. Expulsion of essential oils takes 3-6 hours in a normal, healthy body. That’s CRAZY COOL!!!
Topically – Typically used with a carrier oil (Coconut, Olive or Jojoba).
Aromatically – Diffusion is another great way to use essential oils. By creating a fine, aromatic mist, diffusers allow you to create a spa-like atmosphere and enjoy the benefits of essential oils in any environment. Good news, when you enroll and as a new member, you will receive a diffuser in your premium starter kit.
Internally – Some people choose to use them internally by adding them to water or liquid, placing them in a capsule, or taking one of Young Living’s oil-infused products.
So friends, if you have been curious to try out oils, I would highly recommend you giving it a shot. As promised I am going to link a few of my favorite diffusing recipes below for you to try.
Please comment with any questions and we will make sure they get answered. Once, again, if you are interested in trying products, please visit Miriam’s website, www.myyl.com/miriamwiggins