Back to School with Essential Oils!

I love having natural options for the back to school time, when concentration, focus, energy, and sleep are all needed more than ever! Come learn as I share how you can use essential oils and natural products to strengthen your body, mind and spirit to thrive during this season!

Back to School with Essential Oils

 

I start all of my essential oils classes with some beginner information, in case any of you who are joining me are brand-new to this!
What Are Essential Oils?

What are Essential Oils and Why Do We Use Them?

Essential oils and essential oil infused supplements help antioxidant support in our body.

Essential oils are steam distilled or pressed from plants – from the leaves, roots, bark, stems, rinds or seeds.

They are much more concentrated, and therefore, more potent than dried herbs. 1 drop of peppermint oil is the same as 26 cups of peppermint tea! 1 drop of lemon oil is the same as 16 lemon rinds!

They are the lifeblood of the plant that initiates regeneration into the cells. They support the immune system of plants, and they work the same for humans. Anything that our blood does for us is what the essential oils do for the plant.

Essential oils can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin, and from there diffuse throughout the body in the blood and tissues

They can affect the body at the cellular level by supporting cellular health and normal cellular regeneration and by supporting the immune system.

Essential oils work synergistically with the body to support normal body processes because they are recognized by the body as nutrients.

Oxygenate the cell, support the body’s natural detoxification processes, make cells more permeable, defend against unwanted guests in our bodies. Some can cross the blood brain barrier, like Cedarwood, Vetiver, and lavender. Those oils are helpful for supporting ALL body systems ­- skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive and integumentary body systems.

Each oil, just like every living thing, carries a scientifically measurable frequency.  Essential oils have the capacity to raise your body frequency. The more you are applying oils on yourself and family, the higher your body frequency and the potential for better overall health increases. Use them often for best results.

Essential oils also carry an antioxidant value called the ORAC score. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity which is basically the oils capacity to inhibit free radicals. When you think of an antioxidant what do you think of? Blueberries. Well, clove essential oil contains the highest ORAC value at over 1 million vs. blueberries at 2400.

Just as our bodies are constantly changing and adapting to the environment, so are plants and thus essential oils adapting to the environment, weather, soil, etc. This is the beautiful thing about therapeutic grade essential oils. They are always a bit different and will vary from batch to batch because they aren’t made up in a lab.
Young Living's Seed to Seal Commitment to Quality

Why Young Living is the Best Essential Oils Company In the World

I have been using essential oils for many years now, but for most of the time, only used them in cleaning supplies. I bought the cheapest oils I could find on Amazon and online, they smelled nice for my homemade cleaning supplies but didn’t work when I used them for the health of me and my kids. I thought all essential oils must be a quack and pretty much gave up on them for about 2 years.

That all changed when I started buying Young Living. I used them the first day my Premium Starter Kit arrived, and I was amazed at the quality, scent and effectiveness. They worked right out of the box!

One thing that’s good to know is that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, so you do have to do your own research to make sure you’re buying a truly pure oil. Their only requirement is that 5% of the oil be pure therapeutic grade oil for it to be called, “pure, therapeutic grade.” Companies are allowed to add fillers, water, synthetic chemicals and more!

Young Living was founded in 1993, and is the oldest, most trusted essential oil company in the world. Young Living has 21+ years of research and experience, and is the only company that has the Seed to Seal® guarantee. Our guarantee is the heart of our commitment to purity and authenticity. You deserve products that are genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and of unmatched purity, and that is what you get with the Young Living.

So, I’m going to walk you through that Seed to Seal process.

Seed

Young Living uses the proper species of seed, the one that is most robust and will yield the highest potency of oil. This is very important for making a high quality oil that works.

Cultivate

Next, all the plants are organically grown beyond certified organic standards (composting, total sustainable farming), so no pesticides or herbicides are used. The weed control is literally done by hand! And this is perhaps most important of all, and something a lot of companies skip – the plants are harvested at the appropriate time of year when they are fully mature and contain the most constituents.

Distill

Young Living preserves the oils’ full range (hundreds to thousands) of chemical constituents by using low­ temperature steam distillation. The proper part of the plant is distilled, without any chemicals, and only done once. What does that mean? Young Living Oils are first distillation only. Think of making coffee. The first cup is rich, dark and very tasty. If you keep those same grounds in the coffee maker and run the water back over them, that second cup would be watered down and brown, but might still taste okay. Do it again and again and soon enough, you have nasty brown water. Young Living distills plant matter one time and then composts it, like that first cup of coffee!

Test

Young Living uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that international purity and potency standards are met and surpassed. They complete 8 different tests on every batch of oil that is made.

Seal

All of the oils are bottled with care and labeled at our warehouse in Spanish Fork, Utah. And last, Young Living owns it’s own farms unlike most other companies. They control the entire process at each farm. Anyone is welcome to visit farms and view distilleries. Young Living is a full disclosure company!

Three Ways to Use Essential Oils - Aromatically, Topically, Internally

Three Ways to Use Essential Oils

Now before we discuss the three ways to use essential oils, I want to share an important note about the FDA. They require Young Living to label their oils as either dietary and cosmetic. Young Living had to choose the PRIMARY usage for each oil, since they can be used in so many different ways. YL follows the French model of essential oil usage because of the high quality of our essential oils. If in doubt about how to use an oil it’s always great to start with the primary usage on the label and then go from there as you see fit for your family.                               

AROMATICALLY: When inhaling, it takes 22 seconds for an oil to reach the brain. The only way to reach limbic system is through smell, which is why oils are such a great option for those for those needing emotional support and support for their nervous system.

Diffusing is another way we inhale oils (point out diffuser in room), it purifies the air, makes your home smell good without chemicals, great for respiratory support, stubborn spouses and crazy kids. Having more than one diffuser is a plus too.

TOPICALLY: Because of their molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin. Sometimes when you apply an oil to the skin, it almost seems to disappear into the body. When applied topically, it takes 2­­3 minutes for an oil to reach the bloodstream, 20 minutes to affect every cell in the body, then metabolized within 2 1⁄2 hours. It’s not rocket science ­­ apply oils to the area where you want to provide support. Some favorite places are wrists, behind the ears, neck, temples, stomach or especially feet. We also suggesting using the Vita Flex Reflexology technique of applying the oils to the nerve pathways on the bottoms of the feet, hands, and ears as it is very effective for getting the oils to where they need to go.

INTERNALLY: In water/drinks, cooking/baking, in capsules etc. Be sure to use glass or stainless steel when drinking essential oils in water. Citrus oils especially can digest petrochemicals, so it’s important not to use plastic. Young Living now has oils that are labeled as Vitality Oils for dietary/ingesting purposes. This helps to make it easy to know which ones are recommend to be used that way.

Proper Essential Oil Topical Dilution RatiosProper Essential Oil Topical Dilution

This is advice I’ve gotten from both Young Living’s guidebooks and aromatherapy experts.

Let’s talk about carrier oils. They are non-essential oils used for dilution. There are many to choose from, including, olive oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed, fractionated coconut, coconut, and jojoba.

Proper usage is indicated on each essential oil label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful, so start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the essential oil you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions.

 

Basic Essential Oil Safety Tips Basic Essential Oil Usage and Safety

Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and ensure their maximum benefit, please follow precautions.

  • Do not put essential oils directly in eyes or ear canal, it will burn.
  • If an essential oil gets in your eye, put milk or a carrier oil around the eye for relief. Do NOT use water as oil and water don’t mix!
  • If an essential oil feels hot to the skin, immediately apply a carrier oil on the area for relief.
  • If a rash occurs at any time after application of an oil, refrain from applying topically for a few days, and start back slowly with dilution of a carrier oil.
  • Pregnant women, epileptics, and those with high blood pressure should consult their doctors as there are a few oils that should be avoided.
  • Essential Oils are not recommended orally or topically for anyone undergoing chemo or radiation. Inhaling the oils for relaxation purposes, emotional purposes, or occasional nausea is okay if your doctor approves.
  • I do not recommend peppermint, rosemary, sage or eucalyptus under the age of 5, and wintergreen under the age of 12. If previously applied to a child with no reaction, you may continue the use of the oil.
  • Citrus oils are photosensitive, so if applied topically, avoid being in the sun for a long period of time.

Wake Up with Essential Oils! Oils to help get you out of bed

Wake Up with Essential Oils!

Let’s get to the fun part! Let’s start off at the beginning of the day, and go in chronological order.

EO’s can be very stimulating and energizing, very effective to help wake up during those early morning hours. Here’s what I suggest you start with.

  • PEPPERMINT
    • Most known for ability to support the digestive system, it is actually very mentally stimulating!
    • Studies show it can increase accuracy by 28%
    • One of my favorite scents to diffuse as a natural pick-me-up and to lift my spirits
    • Peppermint should be diluted as it is strong and be careful on using on children under the age of 5.
  • CITRUS FRESH
    • Blend of Lemon, Mandarin, Tangerine, Orange, Grapefruit, Spearmint
    • Very energizing, helps with mental clarity and even creativity – what a great way to start the day!
    • Use by inhaling directly from bottle, diffusing, or put 1 drop in a 16 ounce glass of water and drink
  • LEMON
    • Very mentally invigorating. Emotionally it is very uplifting, a literal drop of sunshine! It helps you think more clearly and many teachers have noticed their students have much better concentration and focus when lemon is diffused in the classroom.
    • You can inhale directly, diffuse, or put a drop in a glass of water.
  • AWAKEN
    • A blend of a BUNCH of oils! Much cheaper to buy as a blend – there are 5 blends in Awaken – Joy, Present Time, Dream Catcher, Harmony and Forgiveness. Isn’t that a wonderful combo to have on a daily basis? We can all use a little more of those things!
    • Awaken™ is an inspiring combination of several essential oil blends that helps bring about inner awareness and awakening. True understanding of one’s self is the first step toward making successful changes and desirable transitions. This blend may help you progress toward your highest potential.

Hearty, Healthy Breakfast with Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix from Young Living

Hearty, Healthy Breakfast with Young Living’s Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix!

It is SO important to start the day off on the right, especially for young minds. Sugar is especially harmful to their minds, as is food that contains dyes, preservatives and chemicals. Help them to do their best at school by feeding them what their bodies NEED.

Einkorn wheat has just 14 chromosomes of gluten, as opposed to the hybridized wheat of today that is grown with massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides and contains 44 chromosomes of gluten. It’s no wonder so many of us suffer from gluten intolerance.

This pancake mix contains whole grain einkorn flour (Triticum monococcum), Brown rice flour, Amaranth flour, Tapioca flour, Sorghum flour (Sorghum bicolor), Dhokla flour (Indian flour made from chickpeas) and comes in 2 lb. boxes. 

Young Living grows Einkorn wheat in France and in their new Northern Lights farm in Canada.

Ningxia Red - A powerful antioxidant supplement that every home must have!

No Day is Complete Without Ningxia Red!

No day is complete without this nutritional powerhouse! I love this stuff – I drink it everyday and have noticed wonderful health benefits like healthy digestion, hair, skin and nails, and so much more. It gets it’s from the town in which the wolfberries grow – Ningxia, China.

NingXia Red® combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient. Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.

KEY BENEFITS:

  • Sustain energy with the combination of select wolfberries and other superfruits. Contains powerful ingredients which are involved in many antioxidant processes and may help prevent against oxidative stress.
  • Balanced ingredients make NingXia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for health and wellness support
  • Delivers citrus essential oils containing d-limonene, a powerful component in citrus oils.
  • Halal and Kosher certified in 750ml bottles (Halal Certified in 60 ml sachets)
  • Powerful formula includes wolfberry which is touted for its health benefits

All most people need is 1-2 ounces a day, so give your kid a quick shot of this amazing supplement for natural energy and immune support!

Thieves - A Powerful Immune-Supporting Essential Oil

Old Faithful – Thieves!

One of the words that’s synonymous with school is germs. It’s inevitable, so what can we do to keep our bodies healthy? Well, the usual solutions still work well – lots of sleep, keep stress to a minimum, eat real, healthy food, watch your sugar intake, and use essential oils and natural supplements. So, let’s start with Thieves!

Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, can be found in all of our Thieves products. When taken internally, Thieves Vitality oil supports healthy immune function*, and it includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system.* When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves Vitality Oil is an ideal complement to a daily wellness regimen.*

 

See La Later Germs! Stay Healthy with Tea Tree, Frankincense, and Lavender Essential Oils

Get and Stay Healthy with Tea Tree, Frankincense and Lavender Essential Oils

These three oils Tea Tree, Frankincense and Lavender, are classics that are strong, but are safe for the youngest to the oldest. The way to get the best bang for your buck on these three is to diffuse lavender or frankincense at night (or another favorite) and put Tea Tree on the bottoms of the feet every morning and night. It’s like a healthy bubble that’ll keep the good in and the bad out. Here’s a little more about each individual oil:

Tea Tree: also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, was used for thousands of years by the Aborigines of Australia, can be found in a wide spectrum of skin care and spa products that can comfort and beautify the appearance of skin.

Frankincense: comes from the original source in Oman (located in the Middle East) (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during meditation for grounding and purpose. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity.

Lavender: Lavender has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender essential oil may compliment your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

How to Use Essential Oils While at School

How to Use Essential Oils at School

Now, you’ve woken up, your oils have put you and your kids in a good mood, you’ve gone off to school and work, supported your immune system and you want to continue to use them throughout the day, but how?

There are a couple of easy ways. Some schools do allow teachers to diffuse oils in their classrooms. Others have put them on cloths and placed them on the childrens’ desks. Of course, common sense applies here – check with the parents and administration.

For individual children, you can use leather jewelry and apply the oils straight to the leather. Anytime the child wants to smell it, they can! It’s like wearing a perfume, but way safer and actual promotes healing.

You can also use a diffuser locket necklace and place a piece of leather inside.

You can give your child a roller ball bottle that has their favorite oil already diluted inside. Let them apply it throughout the day, or if necessary, give to the school nurse or teacher to administer.

Healthy, Hearty After School Snack with REAL Food

Wolfberry Crisp Bar

Wolfberry Crisp™ bars are delicious, naturally-sweetened meal replacement bars – great for when the kids come home after school hungry and need fuel to do their homework and activities! These delicious bars will satisfy your appetite, provide an antioxidant boost to your immune system and supply high-quality protein for muscle building. Wolfberry Crisp bars are all-natural and certified dairy kosher.

Calories: 240 per bar

Total Fat: 10 g per bar

Total Carbohydrate: 22 g per bar

Protein: 16 g per bar (4.3 grams of Whey protein per bar and 6.87 grams of soy protein per bar. There are approximately 5 grams of protein from other sources [nuts and wolfberries] per bar.)
Contains raw pumpkin seeds, cashews, walnuts, carob chips, Ningxia wolfberries, raw almond butter, and more!

Essential Oils Make Excellent Brain Food!

Essential Oil Blends Brain Power and Clarity – Brain Food

So, now we are back home and it’s time for homework and after school sports and activities.

OILS are fantastic brain food! I think the best way to use them as such is by diffusing them. Next would be to put them in a roller ball bottle and rub them on the temples, back of neck, and wrist, or put in a diffuser necklace. It also helps to sniff them straight from the bottle. Both of these blends are high in sesquiterpenes, which are hydrocarbons and larger constituents found in essential oils. They have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier because they are so small.

  • BRAIN POWER
    • A blend of Frankincense, Helichrysum, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Lavender and Blue Cypress
    • Helps clear brain fogginess that can come from exposure to the chemicals we come into contact with on a daily basis
  • CLARITY
    • A blend of a BUNCH of oils! Much cheaper to buy as a blend – Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Roman Chamomile, Rosewood, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Jasmine, Palmarosa and Cardamom
    • Excellent for mental clarity and focus
    • I’d suggest using it right before a test, a big presentation, meeting or before doing a mentally challenging task. Great to diffuse during homework time, or when homeschooling.

Other oils that would be great for the brain are peppermint, lemon, vetiver, Citrus Fresh and cedarwood.

Tranquil Essential Oil Blend - For a Good Night's Sleep

Tranquil Essential Oil Blend for Rest and Relaxation

Sometimes it is hard for kids to turn off their active minds, and for us parents, too! Here’s a roll on blend that can help with that. Tranquil!

This is a proprietary blend of lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile essential oils formulated to calm and relax the body and mind. Using the roll-on application, Tranquil provides convenient and portable relaxation.

I also highly suggest diffusing the oils that come in this blend individually as they all promote rest and relaxation.

SleepyIze Essential Oil Blend - Formulated and Diluted for Kids!

SleepyIze Essential Oil Blend for Kids

I love to use this one in my kids’ diffusers at night – it smells SO wonderful and really promotes a peaceful, calm environment. Plus, I just love knowing they are breathing in these pure gifts from nature each night to help them stay healthy.

It contains lavender, Geranium, Roman chamomile, Tangerine, Bergamot, Sacred Frankincense, Valerian, and Rue essential oils.

The Premium Starter Kit from Young Living - the Cheapest and Easiest Way to Get Started with Essential Oils

The Premium Starter Kit – the Cheapest and Easiest Way to Get Started

Now, I want to share with you how you can get these oils, because they are not sold down at Whole Foods or your corner Walgreens. The oils sold there are much less potent, and some are even adulterated. But Young Living’s oils are very high quality, therapeutic grade oils.

The way that Young Living has decided to sell them is through individual members sharing with others – they don’t pay for an advertising department and use us instead so we can offer you support. When you buy oils in store or online from just anywhere, you won’t get a team of support helping you learn how to use the oils. And especially when you join my team! We offer monthly Facebook classes, webinars, promotions, giveaways and blog posts so you are always learning!

You can purchase the oils we just discussed for $163 and that would be the retail price. No sale or discount. But there’s a much cheaper way to get them and that’s as a wholesale member!

You can actually get this Everyday Oils set, plus a home diffuser, PLUS this little starter kit with an extra oil in it, Stress Away, Ningxia Red samples, and little sample sachets you can share or throw in your purse, all for $160! You save over $150 this way. At the same time, you automatically become a wholesale member which means you get 24% off everything!

Now, don’t let the term member scare you. There are no monthly minimums or order requirements. In order to keep your membership after one year, you just need to purchase about $50 worth of products the next year. If you don’t want to, that’s fine! No one is going to hunt you down – there are no penalties or cancellation fees and you could reinstate your membership at any time.

Click Here to Buy Your Premium Starter Kit!

All the Options to Get Started with Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit

All the Options to Get Started with Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit

There are now six Premium Starter Kits that Young Living offers. The only thing that differs between the first four you see in the picture are the diffusers – one is a Dewdrop (reaches about 200 sq. feet), next is the home (250 sq. feet), Bamboo (350-400 sq. feet) and the Aria (reaches about 400 sq. feet, plays yoga music, has LED colored lights, and a remote!).

The other two kits are the Thieves Starter Kits and the NingXia Red Premium Starter Kits.

The Essential Rewards Program from Young Living - Save Money & Get FREE Oils and Products!

The Essential Rewards Program – Save Money, Get FREE Oils and Products!

Another way to save money that you’ll want to look into, is the optional, and I stress optional, Essential Rewards program. You get a monthly shipment on your doorstep of your favorite products from Young Living and earn store credit and get reduced shipping at the same time!

Think of Essential rewards like a frequent flyer program, or like Kohl’s cash. When you’re purchasing every month (which is easy to do when you see how well these oils work!), you’ll earn points back from your purchases that you can use as cash in the Young Living store. For instance, this past year I’ve earned about 700 points, which is $700 worth of FREE products! I have saved so much money, and am saving even more now that my percentage is at 20%

I’m also giving everyone who joins this program an aromatherapy necklace as well!

 

DISCLAIMER: Yep, I gotta say it. So, here it goes! I am not a medical professional. The information shared in this class is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice. Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically. Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk.

I am not an expert, and the great news is, you don’t need to be an expert to make better choices for your health and wellness! It just takes some research and experimentation. There are many wonderful reference guides, books and resources available about how to use essential oils. Find them at places like Amazon, Life Science Publishing, and abundanthealth4u.com. Ask your sponsor for more details and which books are their favorites!
I believe that when you give the body the support it needs, it can then heal itself.

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

Comments

  1. Hi,
    I want to start the No-Poo (no shampoo routine) and it suggests using essential oils but not which ones.
    I want a pleasant smell but I also don’t want to smell like an old lady or a peppermint shop.
    Any suggestions?

  2. It’s a great blog,I learned a lot of information.Thanks for sharing I appreciate it.

  3. Sarah! Crazy question… And it’s not related to the video, well not so much LOL but just wondering what you use to do your videos? Also, do you have a microphone that you use separately? Everything just comes through very clear and wanted to let you know that. I wanted to contact you separately but wasn’t sure how. LOL Love all your videos! Thanks very much!

    • Hi Jenn! They were recorded during a WebinarJam webinar session, using a $50 mic I plug into my computer. It makes ALL the difference in the world, and thankfully, it’s not expensive!

  4. Barb Roeder says:

    when you talked about the Ningxia, you didn’t mention how you take it. Do you dilute it in water or just drink it from the bottle? Also, I purchased the starter kit awhile ago but would like to purchase individual oils like the awaken, clarity and sleepize that didn’t come with my kit. How can I do this?

    • Hi Barb! To purchase more oils, you need to login to your account at youngliving.com – I just sent you an email with more details on that so you’ll know how to do it :). With the Ningxia, if the taste is too strong for you, then I suggest diluting it in water, then it tastes like a flavored water or light juice. But me and my kids love the taste, so we do drink it straight from the package!

  5. Bridget Rice says:

    Hello, I love your Back to School with Essential Oils. I was wondering, since you have a printer friendly version, can the graphics be used as well for a class? Can I make it into a PowerPoint for myself to use? I am an YL independent distributor.

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