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Maybe you don’t even know what essential oils are. Maybe you’ve heard of these magical liquids but you’re wondering why YOU need them. Maybe you’ve seen pictures floating around the internet and you just want to know a little more. This is for you!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are volatile liquids derived from various parts of plants (what does volatile mean, you ask? It just means that the liquid easily evaporates). Young Living uses primarily steam distillation, although our citrus oils are cold pressed from the rind of the fruit. Essential oils are very potent; usually, using one drop of an oil is enough. Since essential oils are volatile, you will notice that the scent of the oil rises quickly into the air. Essential oils are versatile, as well. The unique constituents of each different essential oil provide a host of benefits. Essential oils work with your body to help it function optimally.

How do I use essential oils?

There are three primary ways to use essential oils, all appropriate for different situations, and all three can be used for Young Living essential oils (if you have a different brand, I cannot vouch for the safety and purity, so I don’t recommend using them any of these ways).


The simplest way to use essential oils is to simply open the bottle and smell. You can get a little fancier and put a drop in your hands, rub them together, then cup your hands around your nose and smell. Or, even fancier than that, essential oil diffusers put the oil into the air (some diffusers use water, too, similar to a cold mist humidifier) for you to smell that way. My favorite oil to diffuse is Christmas Spirit, and my favorite one to smell straight out of the bottle is melissa.

Topical application

Many essential oils can be applied directly to the location where you feel you need to use it. A great oil to apply topically is PanAway, which will feel great applied after exercise.


Young Living offers some essential oils that can be ingested and are labeled as dietary supplements. They have a white label and have the word “Vitality” in the name. Lemon Vitality is delicious when you add a drop or two to your water (use glass, not plastic).

Who should use essential oils?

Everyone! We have a saying that oils are great “from the womb to the tomb.” We have many mamas on our team who have been using oils since before their babies were conceived, then used them all throughout their pregnancy and on their babies after they’re born, and we also have grandmas and great grandmas (including a sweet 103 year old lady!) on our team who use oils regularly! Common sense is important, especially when using essential oils on or around infants (for instance, use less oil than you would on an adult and you likely should dilute). But you don’t need to be scared to use essential oils. There are trusted resources out there that can help guide you (here’s a hint: Google isn’t a good resource; check out for books that our team uses).

Now what?

Now that you know a little more about essential oils, head over to this page to find out how to get your own! Or if you’re the kind of person who likes more details, head over to our Seed to Seal page where you can learn more about the process the plants go through to become oils!

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