We’re rounding the corner to the end of our 5 days series and I am really excited about today! We’ve talked about HOW to get your oils, WHAT to do when your kit arrives, WHEN to use your oils and today is all about WHERE.
My goal this week is to walk you through the beginning with using oils so you’re not wondering what on earth you would even DO if you got some Young Living oils! I always need a walkthrough when I am trying something new. Sure, I figured this out mostly by myself but it took me a couple of years to really embrace the oils and discover how amazing they are (that was 10 years ago!). I had a few bottles and used them regularly, but I didn’t realize the ways I could use them for wellness and daily blessings. I thought they were only for crisis situations.
I still use them for times when we are less than healthy, but now I use them daily for staying way above the wellness line. We diffuse them during school time to help the boys focus and learn, I use them when I need a boost of encouragement or bravery, when I get nasty comments online or even just when I have a lot to do that day (which is every day). While I’m writing my books I always have oils and supplements nearby that support my mind and lift my mental clarity.
We all have different tasks everyday and our bodies are uniquely and wonderfully made, so the oils I love most may not be your faves. But the oils in the kit are staples for most people. Peppermint, lavender, frankincense….oh my! I wouldn’t go through a day without them now. I use frank every morning to uplift my mind, peppermint throughout the day for many reasons and lavender each night on my wrists for relaxation. I probably use 10 oils daily and my kids use 4-5.
My other favorites are Valor, Peace & Calming, Abundance and Fitness. But that’s today. Tomorrow it may be different. That’s the beauty of having a bunch to play with, they’re so versatile!
OK, so let’s get to the topic of WHERE:
- WHERE do I put the oils on my body?
You can use them anywhere, but there are some guidelines that may help you get started. First, I am careful what I put on my face. I always use them diluted there because when they’re neat (that’s the word for straight out of the bottle) they bother my eyes. So be careful about using them around your eyes. The skin on your face is more sensitive so dilute whatever you use there with V6 or coconut oil (or even unscented lotion). The same goes for kids…always dilute them for kids.
When I do want something for my face, let’s say I want to help support my sinuses. Just a normal day, I am not talking about healing or cures here. 😉 I will dilute an oil, maybe peppermint and lavender together, then rub it right over my sinuses. I might also put some around my ears because it’s all connected and I want to maintain my health. Just don’t get it too close to your eyes.
When you’re using them to support a specific area of the body, use the oil right there. For instance, if you’re reaching for digestive wellness then rub it right on your stomach or lower abdomen. Oils like PanAway, DiGize and RC are some that are great for this kind of use. After that, there are some charts in your book that will help you find other topical ways to use them. Find the Vitaflex chart and look at the areas on your feet that you can use the oils.
I always use one as a perfume each day (right now I am using Joy or Valor for this!). I will apply it just like I would a perfume, on my wrists and my neck. You can also apply it across your forehead if you’re using them for mind or emotional support. Try different things and see what works best for you.
2. WHERE do I use them in my home?
The home is another incredible way to use your oils. First, the diffuser. #heaven If you love candles, then you will doubly love the diffuser. You can get beautiful smells in your home that are actually beneficial to the health of your family and not just scents. Two birds-one stone.
When you start you’ll likely only have one diffuser (the one that came in your kit). You can move it from room to room wherever you go. We have one going in our dining room/school room during the day and in the bedrooms at night. I’ll diffuse in the bathrooms as needed. #stinky I even carry a small diffuser with me when I travel to use in our hotel room!
You can also use oils for cleaning. Young Living has an incredible line of Thieves Cleaners that we use for everything from bathrooms to windows. It’s been a transformation in our home. You can try a few drops of Thieves or lemon in some water and wipe down your counters, doorknobs and light switches.
3. WHERE do I turn if I can’t figure it out?
Start with your book (or books!). Google some things and see what you can find. Soon you will discover that you have absorbed information and can learn more. It doesn’t take much time at all.
Then, ask your leader or other YL member friends. I say to do this after looking on your own because the best way to learn is to find out for yourself. But once you’ve tried and still can’t figure it out, ask your friend that you joined with (like me!) and they should be thrilled to help either find the info for you or lead you to where to look.
Don’t be intimidated with these oils, they are just the liquid goodness from plants. There’s no mystery. God gave us the plants to use in this way!
Fun Fact: Did you know that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center? This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses — taste, sight, touch and hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain.