an introduction to oils
I am going to share with you our 11 oils that come in the starter kits, since they are the perfect beginners oils + can benefit the whole family. This is the best place to start as a beginner, but also oils that any seasoned oiler keeps in stock b/c they are ones you will use every day! But first, let's start with the basics...
what are essential oils?
So what exactly are these magical little bottles of oils?!
We actually use essential oils everyday. They are in our toothpaste, our laundry detergent, perfume, candles, candy, deodorant, and shampoos. Anything that has been scented has essential oils in them. But not all oils are created equally. Food and perfume grade oils are typically synthetic, unless stated otherwise. These two types of oils cannot be used therapeutically for the benefits of your health. Synthetic oils, in fact, can do more damage to your body by using them because they can store as toxins, unable to be released.
Essential oils are the “lifeblood” of a plant. But what IS that? They protect plants from disease and provide nutrients. Plants rely on the essential oils to grow and adapt to their surroundings. The way our blood helps our body to regulate itself, oxygenate, and heal our bodies – that’s what an essential oil does inside of the plant. Essential oils are used by the plants in somewhat the same way they are by humans – they fight infection, contain hormone-like compounds, initiate cellular regeneration, and work as chemical defense against fungal, viral, and animal foes. Despite their foliar origins however, essential oils have a similar structure to some compounds found in blood and tissues, allowing them to be compatible with our own physiology.
Essential oils can be found in a plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark or fruit. They are usually extracted through steam distillation. Essential Oils are very complex, containing hundreds or thousands of different chemical compounds; this is what gives each plant its unique healing attributes and characteristics.
They were man’s first medicine! You may just be learning about essential oils for the first time but they have actually been used for thousands of years. Today, essential oils are still used to bring health and wellness to the body – mentally, emotionally and physically!
Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can:
+ reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes when applied topically
+ help eliminate toxins in your body
+ help support the different systems of the body: digestive, nervous, muscular, and more.
+ promote cellular regeneration
+ pass through the blood-brain barrier
+ work on emotions via the limbic system of your brain
+ promote healthy emotional wellness and relax and clear the mind
+ transport nutrients
+ be powerful antioxidants
+ remove toxins in the air
+ promote healthy, breathable air
+ be a great alternative to chemical or toxic fragrances.
These little bottles of oils are essentially powerhouses full of amazing, natural constituents that benefit our body systems. In our fast paced world filled with toxic food, cleaners (and just about everything around us), these babies can provide a great alternative to how we care for ourselves + our environment around us.
- the oils of the starter kit -
A classic favorite - sometimes called the unicorn oil, because what can’t it do?! Lavender has a fresh floral, clean + calm scent. Lavender is a great beginner + a must have for every home! Wonderful to diffuse at night or roll on the bottom of your feet for sleep support. It's also a skin supporting oil... add 1-2 drops to to your daily moisturizer or to some aloe vera after too much sun exposure. Great for all sorts of minor cuts + burns. It smells so great, I love mixing it with most oils in my diffuser.
An invigorating + enhancing oil that is great for promoting health + purification. Cold-pressed from lemon rinds, Lemon essential oil has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. It contains 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. Lemon can also be used to enhance the flavor of foods and water and may be beneficial for the skin. It is also nature's goo gone! Use it to get old sticky labels or gum or even your kiddos wall coloring off! I love adding a drop to dish water or laundry soap when I have a musty load.
Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for head tension + muscle aches. When your day is dragging—through a workout, class, or day at work—enjoy some Peppermint oil benefits by applying it to your head and neck. The refreshing aroma will give you a boost of positivity! Also great for digestive support + seasonal support. One of my favorite diffuser + roller blends for seasonal support is Peppermint + Lemon + Lavender!
It’s no surprise that Frankincense has been sought after since ancient times. The complex aroma of this oil can elevate many aspects of your life. Diffuse Frankincense oil to refine your sense of purpose or add it to your beauty routine for a luxurious experience. It oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience. This is another great skin supporting oil + honestly has a multitude of benefits for your healthy (I suggest looking this one up!)
Digize is an excellent meal time companion with it's digestive supporting properties. It is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise + Patchouli. This is a great oil to keep on hand when traveling when our diets + mealtimes often change and can throw off our usual digestive clockwork. This is a vitality oil and can be added to capsules or in a warm mug of tea + honey. I typically apply it directly to my stomach area when needed and am always impressed with it's effectiveness! This is one oil to keep in your purse to have on hand when needed.
Citrus Fresh is such a happy, uplifting oil. It's a blend of our favorite citrus oils including Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin + Sprearmint. It's a refreshing aroma that instantly deodorizes + neutralizes the air. I love diffusing this oil in the kitchen or dining area, and it is my absolute fav added with Stress Away! #dreamsicle You can add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball and stick in the bottom of your trashcan, in your fridge, in your car air vents, in your clothes drawers... anywhere you want a refresh! It's also super yummy added to your daily Ningxia Red. Or if you accidentally leave your laundry load in too long before putting in the dryer, rewash with some added Citrus Fresh, or add a few drops to some wool dryer balls for the drying cycle!
Thieves oil is an excellent blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus + rosemary, and was specifically designed to support the body’s natural defenses. It was developed based on the ingredients found in the “Four Thieves Vinegar” or “Marseilles Vinegar”, which was prepared by thieves that worked in the spice industry and robbed graves to generate income in the 15th century! Great for your immune system especially when you are going to be around alot of people. I keep a roller top on one of my bottles to roll on the bottoms of my feet for daily immune support. When feeling under the weather I will add it to capsules or a hot cut of chamomile tea with honey.
Made with the gum resin tapped from the copaiba tree native to Brazil and is known for its beta-caryophyllene content and sweet aroma. Copaiba Vitality has a pleasant, complex taste, and when taken internally, it can promote wellness. Helps to elevate mood + combat nervous tension. It is believed to amplify the effects of any other essential oil. It is also great to support teething babies. I keep a bottle of this by our bed for those middle of the night teething spells. It can also be a wonderful oil to add to a massage oil to bring relief to muscles.
A blend of Wintergreen, Clove, Helichrysum + Peppermint created for topical use to soothe achy muscles + create a stimulating aromatic experience. It is invigorating + cooling, and promotes well being. You can combine Panaway with a carrier and rub into the back of your neck and shoulders after exercise for a cool, stimulating aroma. Rub a drop into your temples when you are in heavy traffic or a crowded area. Apply diluted to the bottoms of your feet for an invigorating massage. Make some DIY bath salts for a muscle relaxing bath.
Raven essential oil blend is a cool, refreshing combination of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen essential oils. A chilly, minty blend with sweet undertones, Raven creates a cooling sensation and provides a comforting aroma when applied topically to the chest and throat. Like an effervescent breeze through a grove of eucalyptus trees, Raven provides a refreshing aromatic experience when diffused or inhaled directly. The naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol, menthol, and methyl salicylate provide an invigorating and empowering experience, particularly before or after a workout or when winding down for the evening.
Stress Away essential oil blend contains a unique combination of Lime essential oil and Vanilla extract. It’s this distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime that gives Stress Away its unique and pleasant aroma, among other benefits. Stress Away also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties in topical application; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol. These ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of Ocotea, a unique Ecuadorian-sourced essential oil. Diffuse in your home after a long day to unwind. Apply to neck and wrists when working on a hard project. A a drop to a cotton ball and add it to your car vents on a long drive home. Stress Away’s sweet citrus scent helps you step away from the many tasks that fill your day to momentarily unwind and relax in a personal oasis
- the samples of the kit -
Formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend, Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrated, versatile solution that gives you a deep clean when scrubbing, degreasing, spot cleaning, dusting, and more—all without harsh chemicals. With its spicy-sweet aroma and plant-based formula, it’s great to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Create a clean, welcoming space that’s perfect for everyone with the fresh, inviting scent and sparkling clean of Thieves Household Cleaner.
NingXia Red® is a delicious superfruit beverage that combines whole Ningxia wolfberry puree; a superfruit blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices; natural stevia extract; grape seed extract; pure vanilla extract; and Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils.
Add NingXia Red® to your diet to enjoy the benefits of this powerful, whole-body supplement. This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits.
Young Living NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.*