Essential Oils Starter Kit - What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the life blood of the plant - the oxygen carrying substance, it fights infection, contains hormone-like compounds and initiates regeneration in the cells among thousands of other things. What our blood does for us, that's similar to what an EO does for the plant. Therefore that makes it ESSENTIAL. Essential oils have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. These particles are one of the only things small enough to cross the blood brain barrier.
EO's have protective properties which are the plant's natural defense mechanism that work the same in us and therefore have medicinal properties. The key to producing therapeutic grade essential oils is to preserve as many of the delicate compounds within the EO as possible. Constituents can be affected by the plant which the oil was produced, soil conditions, fertilizer, geographic region, climate, altitude, harvesting methods and distillation processes.
Young Living uses only plants material-free of herbicides and agrichemicals. These chemicals can react with the EO during distillation to produce toxic compounds. Many pesticides are oil-soluable so they can mix into the EO. Young Living tests every batch of oil yet only 28% of all oils are accepted and bottled. That's some rigorous and persnickety standards! (And I love it!)
Essential Oils Starter Kit
Young Living carries a wonderful kit called the Everyday Oils Kit. These are oils that can be used every single day in hundreds of ways. It has 11 oils in a kit plus a diffuser, including all of the oils you see below.