My husband had just left with the kids to run some errands, at least that was what I thought, when the door opened and he came back in. He had accidentally closed the car door on his hand which left a big gash on his thumb. My first thought was to grab my oils and I ran for my lavender. I could see he was in pain and the gash was nasty. He rinsed his finger and put some pressure on it. He was a bit resistant about using the lavender but he finally did relent and immediately I could see he felt some relief. We put a few drops on, bandaged him up and off he went. When he took the band-aid off later that day he was amazed at how nicely his wound was healing. His comment to me was something like you need to tell everyone about this stuff!
This post is about using oils every day as an at-home apothecary for boo-boos and wrinkles and everything in between. I invite you to leave comments about your favorite oils and how you use them. All of these oils are safe to use on children unless otherwise noted.
I know I say this in every post but quality really does make a difference. If you want therapeutic results than you have to use a therapeutic grade essential oil. Otherwise, you may have a nice smelling oil without the therapeutic benefits.
From the Young Living website:
“The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.”
The four P’s are – Plants, Preparation, Purity, Potency. By planting the right plants, in the right place, distilling them at the right time and in the right way, testing every batch to insure purity and using the highest standards to maximize the effectiveness of the oil. See this link for more details on YL’s four P’s.
Lavender – I have to start here because it is my go-to oil for injuries. When in doubt, use lavender. Lavender was used in WWII in field hospitals to relieve pain and speed up the recovery process.
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns – apply as quickly as possible and as often as needed
- Calms the nervous system, aids better sleep, may help prevent snoring – rub on the back of the neck, the chest, the wrists or feet
- Great for skin, stretch marks
- Wrinkle recipe – 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop frankincense – use at night directly on face
Thieves – is a Young Living blend that has clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. It is an antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial combination that has been shown to kill mold more effectively than more traditional cleaners, like bleach. What’s more, it’s not toxic. Use to boost immunity and to prevent sickness.
- Take internally when you think you might be coming down with something start with 3 drops in a capsule – add 2 drops of oregano if available
- Rub on the bottom of the feet for general immunity
- Take a drop on the tongue or add a drop or two to a small glass of water and gargle for a sore throat
- Drop on the thumb and press to the roof of the mouth for a headache
- Apply directly to warts or nail fungus
Valor - has become one of my favorite oils. It is a great grounding blend and is known to support energy alignment in the body. It can also quickly reduce swelling caused by injuries.
- One drop on wrists or one on each foot to help align the body
- Use with Harmony, Joy and White Angelica as part of the mood elevating protocol
- Use as much as needed as quickly as possible on injuries like broken bones or “goose egg” bruises. When my son broke his nose valor was the first oil I was able to put on him and I noticed a visible difference in the swelling after applying. It’s truly remarkable to see.
- also good to use for trauma, postpartum or grieving
These are just 3 of the 9 oils that are part of the everyday oils collection and of course, these are just a few of the ways you can use these oils to enhance a healthy lifestyle.
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Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils. You can find more posts at http://www.younglivinglife.wordpress.com