Essential Oils 101

get in the drivers seat with your health

With things like cancer, infertility, and other health challenges on the rise, there is no time like the present to kick all those nasty harmful chemicals in your everyday products to the curb. It is time to give your body what it deserves: clean products that support your body rather than make it work harder.

Health Care VS. Sick Care

With clinics on every corner and around 6,000 registered hospitals in the US, we are armed and ready to be sick. But what if we as a society made a shift, and were better at HEALTH care than we are at sick care?

So often we react to issues versus coming at them prepared and ready. Being proactive with our health can be highly beneficial if we’re willing to do the work.

Are you ready to put your health first so you can have more days with your loved ones, your babies, your grand-babies? This class will show you just how simple that is.

Ditch and Switch

I know that making healthy lifestyle choices isn’t always easy. Do you struggle to order the salad over the burger? Been there! Maybe you struggle with choosing to exercise regularly or maybe it’s hard for you to get solid sleep. Maybe your house is filled with questionable products and you don’t know where to start. Been there too!

Making these changes does not have to be overwhelming. You can take small steps that add up to big ones. Young Living is here to help you create a wellness LIFESTYLE, starting with the products in your home. Ditching the chemical-filled, hormone disrupting cleaner for a SAFE, plant-based cleaner infused with the best essential oils is a GREAT start. Then maybe you decide to ditch that toxic shampoo and switch it out for one that’s made from ingredients that are truly safe for you. Then maybe you move on to replace your laundry soap and so on. Small changes lead to big results.

With ingredients that actually support a healthy body, Young Living oils and products are absolutely worth the investment. From skin care and makeup to a kid and baby line, pet products, supplements, food, and so much more, YL makes it easy to support everyone’s health!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the liquids extracted from plants. Think of them as plant concentrates. Essential oils help the plant stay healthy, and they can do the same for us. Use them for aromatherapy, home cleaning, personal care, and support for every system of your body. The thing is though… not all oils are created equal. How do you know which one to choose?


How does Young Living compare?

Well, for me, it all came down to something called Seed to Seal and Young Living is the ONLY company that provides this. Seed to Seal is a quality commitment unlike anything else; they have control of the ENTIRE process, from the seed to the sealed bottle. You can rest assured that you’re getting a quality product made with the highest quality essentials oils and other naturally-derived ingredients.

Check out some of the strict guidelines they abide by to fulfill their promise in sending only the best products to your home.

  • plant material that is grown on corporately-owned farms or carefully vetted partner farms (that you CAN visit!)
  • sustainable farming and sourcing practices, providing the purest oil
  • great care taken to preserve and protect natural resources
  • hand-weeded fields and ZERO use of pesticides
  • oils that retain all their natural constituents and therapeutic properties
  • use of food-grade distillers with state-of-the-art design and distillation methods
  • low pressure and low temperature distillation, without the use of solvents or synthetic chemicals
  • rigorous testing on each batch by internal labs and third-party facilities
  • oils that are carefully reviewed through every step of production in order to meet or exceed industry safety and purity standards (beyond organic!)

And the best part… if the oils do not meet these high standards they are rejected and will not be bottled as a Young Living product. Check out more info on their Seed to Seal promise at

How do you use essential oils?

Before we dive into the most popular oils I want to explain how to use them. Well, it’s rather simple! Just pick a way and go for it! Anyone can use essential oils – no aromatherapy training needed.


You can apply them to your wrists, neck, back, feet, etc. Just keep them out of your ears and eyes, directly. If you get oil in your eyes, don’t rinse it with water. Instead, apply a fatty carrier oil around the area.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some oils are gentle enough to put directly on your skin without diluting. If you notice it getting hot or making your skin a little red, just throw some carrier oil on (coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, etc.). For kids and elderly people, dilute it more heavily. Don’t overcomplicate it; keep it simple!


Another way to use them is aromatically. Crack open a bottle, and breathe it in. It can be that simple! Add your oils to a diffuser and enjoy the therapeutic benefits from diffusing. Put a drop in your palm, rub your hands together, and cup your hands over your nose. Breathe deeply and enjoy! No matter how you do it you still reap the benefits.


Add a drop (or more) of a Vitality oil into an empty vegetable capsule, a cup of tea, or a glass of water. You can even cook and bake with them! Try some Lemon Vitality in your yogurt or a toothpick tip of Oregano Vitality in your next batch of spaghetti sauce… so delicious! One thing to note: citrus oils can break down the petrochemicals in plastic so it’s safer to use stainless steel, glass, or ceramic when adding oils to your dishes and drinks.

Now, before we go any further… I want to make sure you know the difference between a Vitality oil (white label) and the “regular” oils (solid-color label). The Vitality oils are labeled for internal/dietary use so they can be ingested. The solid-color bottles are labeled for aromatic/topical use. However, they are the SAME oil. The ONLY difference is the color of the label. It just makes it easier for us to know which oils can be safely ingested. Does that make sense?



First up… Lavender, which is probably one of the most well-known essential oils. They call this one the “swiss army knife” of oils because it is extremely versatile and can be used for so many things! Being that I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose, treat, or prescribe anything to you, an essential oil reference book comes in handy when getting to know your oils. Be sure to connect with me after you get your oils so I can show you some!

What’s so great about Lavender?

  • It may promote feelings of calm due to its balancing properties that calm the mind and body.
  • It fights occasional nervous tension.
  • It may help cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations.
  • It may help reduce the appearance of blemishes and support aging skin.
  • It can be very soothing to the skin after a day in the sun.

Did you know? Lavender also comes in a Vitality version (same oil, different label). It can improve sleep quality for occasional sleeplessness, supports general wellness, and contains cleansing and antioxidant properties. Lavender Vitality supports the integumentary system, nervous system, and cardiovascular system when taken as a dietary supplement.


You guys! This oil is like the MAC DADDY of oils! Remember in the Bible how the wise men brought Jesus some Frankincense? Yep… this is it – REAL Frankincense – and it is oh so wonderful.

What’s so great about Frankincense?

  • It promotes the appearance of healthy-looking skin.
  • It may help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones.
  • It has a sweet, honey-like, and woody fragrance that’s very uplifting.
  • It can create a safe and comforting environment when diffused.
  • It can enhance your spiritual and meditative practice.
  • It is perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness.

Did you know? Frankincense also comes in a Vitality version (same oil, different label). It contains properties that can help support overall well-being and a healthy immune system when taken internally. It also supports the respiratory system and the integumentary system.


This oil… ahhhhhhhh. That’s what I say every time I use it. It just makes that _____ go away, like the name implies. It has the smell of good ol’ fashioned root beer and feels like heaven when applied. #YouNeedThisOil

What’s so great about PanAway?

  • With Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils, PanAway has a refreshing, cooling sensation when applied to the skin – shoulders, neck, and scalp.
  • It offers a refreshing, stimulating aroma when inhaled.
  • It includes the naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and eugenol.
  • It cools the skin after physical activity.

Did you know? PanAway contains Wintergreen, which is high in a constituent called Methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate is used as the active ingredient in many sports creams, but usually from a synthetic source. Young Living uses the real deal.


“If I just breathe… everything is alright if I just breathe.” Remember that song? Ya, this oil will make you do just that – breathe and breathe well. Raven is a cool, refreshing combination of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen essential oils.

What’s so great about Raven?

  • It creates a cooling sensation and provides a comforting aroma when applied topically to the chest and throat
  • It provides a refreshing aromatic experience when diffused or inhaled directly.
  • It may be used as part of your exercise routine to help promote the sensation of deeper breathing.
  • It may give you that boost of energy and motivation you need to conquer the day!

Easy Uses:

  • Diffuse in any stuffy environment for a fresh, crisp atmosphere.
  • Add a few drops to a wet washcloth and set outside the stream of water during a hot shower for an invigorating experience.
  • Add a few drops to Young Living’s carrier oil, V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, and create a relaxing massage oil.
  • Add a few drops to some coconut oil and stir for a quick chest rub.


What’s so great about Valor?

  • It is a unique blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, Geranium, and Frankincense – a true member favorite.
  • It encourages a positive attitude and promotes feelings of courage and confidence.
  • It has a great woodsy, grounding aroma that is great for massages and perfect for wearing as a personal fragrance.
  • It helps freshen the air when diffused and creates an uplifting, positive environment.
  • It may also enhance the appearance of healthy-looking skin when applied topically.

Did you know? Valor is the first oil in the “Great Day Protocol” lineup, created by the late Young Living founder, D. Gary Young. You should google it – it’s pretty amazing!

Peace and Calming

The name says it all with this blend. It’s my go-to oil when things get crazy and we need a little CALM to come over us… which is pretty much all the time! Ha! Where are my moms at??

You can wear this one on diffuser jewelry, on your neck or wrists, or pop some in the diffuser. You can even get a little creative with it and add a drop or two some homemade playdough for the kids!

What’s so great about Peace & Calming?

  • It’s a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy and is one of Young Living’s most popular blends.
  • Tangerine and Orange contain some of the highest naturally occurring levels of the constituent limonene.
  • It has a comforting, fresh aroma.
  • It helps freshen the air when diffused.
  • It offers a peaceful environment for yoga and meditation.
  • It can provide a relaxing environment for yourself, your kids, or your pets.


    Stress Away

    Stress Away is another popular oil because it does just what its name suggests. It’s one you will never want to run out of. You might want to add it to a Subscribe to Save order just to be safe.

    What’s so great about Stress Away?

    • This blend contains a unique combination of Lime essential oil and vanilla extract, giving it a “beach in a bottle” type of aroma.
    • It also contains a mix of Copaiba, Cedarwood, Ocotea, and Lavender – such an incredible blend of well-rounded oils.
    • It promotes relaxation and a calming environment.
    • It has an inviting aroma that helps calm the mind.
    • It can relieve occasional stress and tension.

    Take the roller fitment top from your starter kit and replace the plastic reducer in the Stress Away bottle. Now you can roll it right on! Keep it in your purse, car, office, diaper bag, or anywhere else you find yourself needing a little happy.

    Lemon Vitality

    So far we have talked about some popular topical and aromatic oils. Now we are going to talk about a few oils that are labeled for ingestion… also known as Vitality oils.

    First up – Lemon Vitality. This oil can add such a bright and dynamic flavor to your dishes with just ONE drop! Use it to add flavor to savory foods like fish and chicken or sweet foods like pastries and cakes; it’s so versatile! You can sub it for lemon zest or juice and still pack a punch. Try it!

    We also love to add it to our drinks – water, teas, smoothies, juices, homemade popsicles, etc. It’s so tasty! Be sure to use a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel container; citrus oils can eat away at the petrochemicals in plastic and you don’t want to accidentally ingest plastic. Yuck!

    You could also grab some empty veggie capsules from Young Living and add a few drops to take as a dietary supplement. Like I said, so versatile!

    What’s so great about Lemon Vitality?

    • It has antioxidant properties.
    • It supports the immune system.
    • It provides circulatory support.
    • It contains cleansing properties.

    Cool Fact: Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit so it doesn’t contain the high acid content that the inside of the fruit does. Therefore, it’s not hard on your tooth enamel. #WinWin

    One more thing, this one comes in a solid-label bottle too. That means it can be diffused or applied topically as well. Remember – same oil, different label.

      Peppermint Vitality

      What’s so great about Peppermint Vitality?

      • It supports gastrointestinal system comfort.
      • It enhances healthy gut function.
      • It maintains efficiency of the digestive tract.
      • It may support performance during exercise.
      • It reduces feelings of discomfort after large meals.
      • It provides a refreshing, minty flavor to food and beverages.

      How awesome is that?! Peppermint is SO much more than a flavor – when you get the real deal. Just like other Vitality oils you can add this one to food like brownies, cakes, cookies, candies, fruit dishes, etc. You can also add it to drinks like water, tea, or protein shakes. You can also take a few drops in a veggie capsule as a dietary supplement – whatever works for you!

      One more thing, this one comes in a solid-label bottle too. That means it can be diffused or applied topically as well. Remember – same oil, different label.

      DiGize Vitality

      This oil is a powerhouse for the digestive system. Seriously – it works in seconds flat. DiGize Vitality is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli essential oils. Put your googling fingers to work and do a little research to find out how amazing those oils are for your body! You’ll be amazed. You can take this oil internally with a veggie capsule, in food or drink, or directly under your tongue.

      What’s so great about DiGize Vitality?

      • It helps support and cleanse the digestive system.
      • It’s a great companion to Young Living’s enzyme supplements when taken with meals to support your wellness regimen.
      • It includes antioxidant properties.

      One more thing, this one comes in a solid-label bottle too. That means it can be diffused or applied topically as well. Remember – same oil, different label.

        Citrus Fresh Vitality

        This oil is such a refreshing gem! It’s a mix of Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, Lemon, and Spearmint essential oils and can be added to food, drinks, or taken internally with a veggie capsule. Add a punch of flavor and pizazz to chicken, salmon, and gourmet salads. You can use it to keep yourself motivated and hydrated by adding a drop or two to your water. This one also tastes amazing when added to NingXia Red (a red antioxidant drink), which we talk about soon! Don’t forget to use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel containers as citrus oils can eat away at the petrochemicals in plastic.

        What’s so great about Citrus Fresh Vitality?

        • It has an invigorating citrus flavor.
        • It contains antioxidant properties.
        • It supports overall wellness.
        • It has cleansing properties.
        • It includes the naturally occurring constituents limonene and carvone.

        One more thing, this one comes in a solid-label bottle too. That means it can be diffused or applied topically as well. Remember – same oil, different label.

        Thieves Vitality

        Now for one final oil. I saved the best for last – Thieves! There’s even an entire line of products that contain this powerful combination of oils; it’s THAT good. Thieves Vitality is a sweet and spicy combination of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, and Lemon essential oils.

        Did you know? The name ‘Thieves’ was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. The story goes on to say that when the thieves were caught they were offered a lesser punishment if they would divulge to the king the secret to their immunity, despite being exposed to a highly infectious, deadly disease. Pretty interesting, huh??

        What’s so great about Thieves Vitality?

        • It provides immune system support.
        • It’s cleansing to the digestive system.
        • It contains antioxidant properties.
        • It provides general wellness support.

        Again, because it’s a Vitality oil, it can be added to food or drinks, taken in a veggie capsule, or placed directly under the tongue. Some people enjoy it added to oatmeal, parfaits, coffees, desserts, honey, or NingXia Red. Try a few things and get creative; the possibilities are endless!

        One more thing, this one comes in a solid-label bottle too. That means it can be diffused or applied topically as well. Remember – same oil, different label. I love diffusing it with a little citrus oil like Lemon or Orange for a boost of aroma.

          NingXia Red

          So far we’ve talked only about essential oils, but those are just PART of your wellness toolbox. You need supplements and household products as well so we are going to talk about a few before we wrap up. First up – one of the most popular YL supplements – NingXia Red.

          Ningxia Red is a whole-body supplement. It’s a blend of the Ningxia Wolfberry (also known as goji berries, a superfruit) along with plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts plus pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils. It also has an incredibly high antioxidant rating. Antioxidants make for an unfriendly environment for free radicals. If you don’t know the effects free radicals have on your body, go look it up. You need NingXia in your life!

          What’s so great about NingXia Red?

          • It supports whole-body wellness.
          • It supports normal cellular function.
          • It supports normal energy levels & eye health.
          • It’s rich in antioxidants & d-limonene.

          You can add it to smoothies, juices, drink it straight, or even make fun things like popsicles and gummies with it. It’s recommended that you consume 1-2 ounces a day and it’s best served chilled. I love adding my own Vitality oils as well for a custom flavor! Bottoms up!

          Thieves Spray & Hand Sanitizer

          We are almost done, friends! Last up is the Thieves Spray and Thieves Hand Sanitizer, both of which are amazing! Let’s find out why.

          Thieves Hand Sanitizer 

          • Kills 99.9% of germs and eliminates common, harmful bacteria
          • Formulated with powerful essential oils and plant-based ingredients
          • Lightly moisturizes with aloe vera and vegetable glycerin
          • Perfect for on-the-go
          • Leaves no chemical residue behind
          • Contains no petrochemicals, mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, or toxic ingredients

          Thieves Spray

          • Contains naturally derived, plant-based ingredients
          • Doesn’t require rinsing after use and has no harsh fumes
          • Easy to throw in a backpack, purse, or luggage with its on-the-go size
          • Cleans many different surfaces, such as counters, sinks, toilets, and door handles
          • Safe to use around the whole family, including children and pets