Essential Oils 101

Overwhelmed by what all these oils do and are? Read this section for an overview of some of the most popular oils from Young Living. And remember, just use them! Try them and figure out which ones work for you.

So what in the world is an Essential Oil?

In basic terms it’s an oil from a plant. The oil will come from either the flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, or peel of the plant.

Understanding Essential Oil Chemistry

The power of an essential oil lies in its constituents and their synergy.  Each essential oil is composed of 200-500 different bioconstituents, which make them very diverse in their effects.  No two oils are alike.

Essential oils have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and travel throughout the blood and tissues.  The unique lipid-soluble structure of essential oils is very similar to the makeup of our cell membranes, and the molecules of essentials oils are also relatively small, which enhances their ability to penetrate into the cells.  When topically applied to the feet or soft tissue, essential oils can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes.

So what do these Essential oils do for us?

  • They increase oxygen within our cells, which helps our cells to release toxins.
  • They enhance our immune system.
  • They support our bodies. Depending on which oil it is, they can:
    • Boost stamina and energy
    • Help you relax
    • Help manage stress and anxiety
    • Help reduce the appearance of aging
    • Improve mental clarity
  • And they Promote overall health, vitality, and longevity

Ways to Use Essential Oils

Topically – Essential oils can be applied topically to the skin.  Some oils require dilution with a carrier oil before rubbing them on the skin, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or Young Living’s V-6 blend.  You can apply some oils neat, which means without diluting.

Aromatically – Essential oils can be inhaled from the bottle or diffused in the air with a diffuser.  They can also be dropped on a cotton ball or wet cloth and inhaled.

Internally – Because Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade, many of them can be used internally and taken orally as a dietary supplement.  ALWAYS read the bottle to see if a specific oil is safe for internal use.  NEVER use a lesser-quality brand of oil internally (the bottle of another brand usually says “Not for internal use!”

Other Oil Information

  • A 15ml bottle of oil contains about 250 drops; a 5ml bottle contains about 80 drops.
  • The body absorbs oils the fastest through inhalation (breathing) and the second fastest through application to the feet or to the ears (outside of the ear – NEVER put oils into the ear). 
  • One drop of essential oil can cover every cell in our body with 40,000 molecules.  Start slow, sometimes less is more when it comes to using oils!
  • Putting oils on the feet is a quick way to get them into the body, and this method rarely requires dilution.  Consult a reference book for more information.
  • You can use a warm wet cloth as a compress to drive oils deeper.  Remove when the cloth is cool.

How To Use the Essential Oils From Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit



This is one of the essential oils that I use the most so of course we are going to talk about it first! It’s one of those things that you can just use for everything. It is considered the swiss army knife in essential oils. When in doubt try Lavender! It is a very gentle oil and safe for most skin types.

1. Sleep and Relaxation

Since I have started using this on Bryce, he falls asleep in 10 minutes vs. 45-50. I put a drop or two on his feet and will also diffuse it at night while we are getting ready for bed. It just works.

You can place a few drops on your pillow, just smell from the bottle, or diffuse. Also great in bathwater.

2. Supports healthy skin

For the support of healthy skin, try a 1 oz salve jar full of a skin oil (like coconut, almond, argan, grapeseed) and add 15-20 drops of lavender. Lavender is great in DIY skin care products because it is so gentle for many skin types and helps renew your skin. Also try on your minor bug bites, burns and cuts. Lavender promotes healing.

3. Butterflies/Nerves

In research, it has been demonstrated that Lavender may be helpful for a normal stress response. Try diffusing it for 3-4 times a day (20 minutes each) or placing a drop or two behind you neck and wrists a few times a day.

There are many more ways to use Lavender. Try and see what works for you.



DiGize is a fabulous essential oil blend that contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils; and includes naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen.

1. Support and Maintain Digestive Health

Try ingesting a drop or two before or after a meal to help support normal and healthy digestion. You can also apply 1-2 drops on your belly to help digestion issues. Great for bloating, indigestion, constipation, heartburn and gas.

2. Travel

When traveling, bring DiGize because it’s a great way to support your digestive system when trying cuisines your body may not be accustomed to.



Purification is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca and Myrtle. It is great to use in your diffuser for everyday house odors and has a nice clean scent.

1. Odor Removal

Every house can use some help in the freshening department. Odors are everywhere! Great in the diffuser to freshen the whole house, you can also try using some sort of medium (baking soda in a sock, cotton balls) with a couple drops of purification to place inside of stinky areas (like shoes) to help remove odors.

2. Skin Helper

Purification can help repel insects and help relieve bug bites and stings.



Lemon is one of the biggest powerhouses in the essential oil world when it comes to cleaning both your house and your body. It tastes great in water and baked goods, and is amazing at removing stains. In my house Lemon has removed permanent marker, tomato stains on Bryce’s highchair tray and has cleaned my oven. This is a MUST in your oil cabinet.

1. Cleaning Cabinets

Try using lemon mixed with a little olive oil to clean your cabinets. It really makes them shine and look like new!

2. Adhesive Remover

Apply 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.

3. Detox

Try ingesting 2 drops of lemon twice a day to help your body and give a feeling of wellness.

4. Enhances Concentration

Diffuse in the morning for a quick pick me up. Or place 1-2 drops on your wrists and inhale.



Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestive upsets. This is one of my favorite essential oils because it’s good for so many things! I love diffusing this with Lemon and Lavender.

1. Muscle Aches from working out

Peppermint is a go to for post-workout aches. Put 1-2 drops of peppermint directly on your body when you feel achey from working out.

2. Hair Care

Peppermint can help support a healthy scalp. Try adding to your conditioner or shampoo in the shower.

3. Indigestion

Take 1-2 drops a day in your water or other beverage. You can also rub it over your belly to help maintain healthy digestion. Try adding to hot water and drink as a tea!



PanAway is a blend of oils designed to ease discomforts of an active life or everyday twinges and pain. It has a nice cooling effect and minty smell that is calming to me.

Ingredients are Helichrysum, Wintergreen, Clove and Peppermint

  1. Supports a Healthy Muscular System

This is great for all sorts of minor muscular discomfort of daily life– just make sure you dilute with some body oil as applying straight may irritate sensitive skin due to the cooling effect.

  1. Post Workout Relief

Add 2-4 drops to 1 TBSP or more of coconut or other oil and apply to achy, sore, or tired muscles from working out. No massage needed!

  1.  Relaxing Post Workout Bath: You can also take a soothing epsom salt bath with PanAway: 1 cup of epsom salt with 4 drops of essential oil.


This is one of the most famous and oldest essential oils.  It is considered as another jack of all trades oil and can be used in many wellness recipes. Here are a few uses.

1. Skin Care

Frankincense is known as one of the best natural ways to support healthy skin. I personally use this oil at night with my Argan face oil. It helps brighten the skin and is fading my sun/age spots. Also great for wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. In my opinion, Frankincense and Lavender are pretty much the powerhouses of skin care and help keep a fantastic complexion naturally.

2. Emotional Health

Diffuse or take daily to help with emotional issues like anxiety and stress.

3. Relaxation

I just love frankincense when I need to relax. There is nothing like it! I dare you to take 5 deep whiffs and tell me you don’t feel calmer, relaxed and just ready for the rest of the day! It is also great to diffuse during meditation or yoga.



Thieves is a blend of essential oils that support your health and wellness.

Ingredients are Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. If you or someone in your household is coming down with something, try diffusing some Thieves or putting a drop or two on your feet.

1.Multipurpose household cleaner.

Cleans everything from floors to mirrors to produce!

2. DIY Powerhouse

Economical and powerful in DIY recipes for cleaning like Hand Soap, Toothpaste, Bar Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Cleaning Spray and mouthwash

3. Support Health and Wellness

Diffuse to support your immune system.


Stress Away

Stress Away is a bonus in the Premium Starter Kit. Normally you can purchase it two ways: The bottle or the Roll-on. The Premium Starter Kit comes with a roller filament so you can change your bottle to a roll-on!

Ingredients are Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea and Lavender.

  1. Stress Buster

The Premium Starter Kit comes with one Roller Filament to make an essential oils a roll-on application. I love putting it on stress away! I keep this in my purse and I will roll it on my wrists, neck, or behind my ears when I need a little Stress Busting power.

  1. Perfume

I love this as a perfume. It’s really is a light, happy and fresh scent. I prefer to just roll it on using the roller filament because its easy.

  1. Relaxing Bath

You can end your day with a stress away bath to help get rid of the every day tension.



RC is a blend of essential oils which contains a unique combination of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora) oils, and includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene.

1. Exercise

Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire.

2. Support your Respiratory System

Massage a few drops on your chest or diffuse when needed.

3. Invigorate

Diffuse RC anytime you want to be invigorated and revitalized. It’s amazingly clean and pure which is just exactly what I want my home to smell like!



Copaiba is one of my very favorite essential oils! It’s good for just about everything it seems like.

1. Supports The Body

This essential oil may help support many of the body systems such as the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, muscular system, skeletal system, neurological system and more. Try ingesting 2 drops daily.

2. Uplifting and Relaxing

I love adding this to my diffusing blends. It helps relax me.

3. Powerful Essential Oil!

Copaiba contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known essential oil.

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