Walk into our clinic and you'll quickly realize that we absolutely love essential oils. We personally use them for everything from cleaning to cooking to general wellness and are happy to educate both our patients and the general public about them. Essential oils support the body's natural healing response, so they are beneficial in a variety of circumstances and can help almost anyone overcome physical, emotional, and mental health obstacles.
We stock a handful of Young Living's most popular oils at the clinic and all of them can be bought without a "prescription" from our Licensed Acupuncturist. We'll give you a small list of recommended uses for the essential oil when you purchase it, but we always suggest doing your own research into the various ways the oil can be incorporated into your health routine.
Lavender is often called the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils because it has thousands of uses. It's best known for its calming effect, promoting restful sleep and soothing mild anxiety and stress. Also beneficial for the skin, it can be added to lotions, shampoos, mascara, and other beauty products to enhance their scent and give them a therapeutic boost.
Light and floral in aroma, adding a drop to your water or tea will give your beverage a unique flavor. It's also safe for cooking - lavender ice cream is our favorite - and can be added to empty capsules to make your own supplements at home.
Lemon is made from the rind of the fruit, not the juice, so it is not harmful to tooth enamel. This makes Lemon essential oil a great way to flavor foods and beverages - cookies, salad dressings, lemonade, tea, etc. - without having to worry about damaging your teeth. It gives the body a gentle detox while providing an uplifting, refreshing aroma, and it's one of our favorites to diffuse at the clinic.
One caution with citrus oils: While Lemon oil can brighten skin, it will also make skin more photosensitive, so don't apply it topically if you know you'll be spending time in the sun!
Peppermint is well known for its digestive benefits; have you ever wondered why restaurants serve mints after meals? Young Living's Peppermint oil is very strong - one drop is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea - so a little will go a long way! Add a drop to water to freshen breath and aid digestion, or pour a drop or two into brownies for a minty dessert. Peppermint oil also aids focus and energy, so we like to use it before and after working out.
Topically Peppermint will feel a bit like Icy Hot, giving a light tingle and cooling sensation to the skin. If it ever becomes too intense, dilute with a carrier oil.
DiGize is a blend of oils designed to aid digestion as well. We personally like to use Peppermint and DiGize together by making capsules with both or applying DiGize first and then following it with Peppermint, but some people gravitate towards one over the other.
DiGize is very pungent, containing Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Anise, Lemongrass, and Patchouli. It's not a great one to diffuse, but you'll be grateful for it on long road trips, rocky boats, and turbulent flights.
Thieves is a blend of essential oils based on a legend: During the time of the plague in Europe, there was a band of thieves that robbed the dead and dying without getting sick. When they were finally caught, the authorities asked how they were able to not contract this incredibly infectious disease and the band of robbers handed over a recipe of spices that they used to stay healthy.
Thieves essential oil is our top choice for immune system support. Add it to water, apply it topically, and inhale it through the fall and winter - just know that it is a "hot" oil and can tingle! Dilute as necessary when applying it to your skin.
Don't see the essential oil you need? Young Living has hundreds of essential oils and oil-infused products that can easily be ordered online. All you have to do is create a retail account to order what you'd like.
If you really want to dive into essential oils, though, the best way to do so is by ordering a Starter Kit, which comes with a diffuser and TWELVVE bottles of essential oils (including all of those listed above) that cover your day-to-day needs. Plus, by purchasing a Starter Kit you'll become a wholesale member in Young Living and receive 24% off any other products you wish to order.
Please contact us if you'd like more information about either option; we're happy to help you get started with Young Living!
The usage instructions given on this page are for Young Living essential oils specifically as they are of the highest quality. If you are using essential oils from another company, follow their guidelines for usage as there may be additives in the oils that make them unsafe for internal or even topical use. It may sound like we're being snobs about Young Living, but the reality is an essential oil can be labeled "100% pure organic" and consist of 10% poorly processed essential oil and 90% preservatives, fillers, and synthetic fragrances to make the oil smell better. Use caution and do your own research!
One other note: When adding essential oils to beverages, always drink out of glass or stainless steel cups and bottles. Essential oils - especially citrus oils - naturally pull out toxins, including those in plastics, and break them down.
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