You may have heard your friends talking about using oils as part of their anti-aging routine, or to treat things certain health conditions. Essential Oils have been around for thousands of years, and Carey Locklar from Young Living Essential Oils tells Cherish Lombard they’ve gained popularity again recently after they were pushed aside during the development of the pharmaceutical age and medical advancements. She says essential oils are the “life blood” of the plant, intended for healing. She says if plants had blood running through them like we do, it would be these oils.
Essential oils can be applied in three different ways:
- Topically, rubbed on an affected area, for example over sore muscles or joints, or on temples or neck for a headache
- Aromatically, inhaled straight from the bottle or using the Young Living diffuser
- Internally, ingesting the oils through capsules, drinking them with a glass of water, cooking with them
The diffuser combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer and aromatherapy all in one. There’s a well inside you fill with distilled water and a few drops of your favorite oil, and turn it on. It breaks down the oils and releases an instant cold mist into the air. A combination of lemon and peppermint, for example, is supposed to make you feel alert and promote mental clarity. Carey says studies have shown that diffusing lemon in an office environment resulted in 54% fewer errors and diffusing during test taking resulted in scores increasing by as much as 50%.
Carey says essential oils can be used to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, allergies, asthma and can even help with weight loss. She says lavender helps treat insomnia, anxiety, bruises, burns, allergies, skin conditions like acne, eczema and stretch marks. Peppermint is used to treat headaches, muscle aches, fever, nausea, tummy troubles and respiratory infections.
She says unlike many prescription medications which may interact with one another, combining essentials oils produces a complementary effect. For example, lavender, lemon and peppermint are known as the allergy trio which Carey says are wonderful for relieving itchy eyes, sneezing and the overall crud feeling that comes with allergy season. The trio can be applied topically behind the ears and behind neck, ingested in a capsule or put in a diffuser.
Carey says Young Living’s primary goal is to produce pure essential oils of the highest quality. They offer a Seed to Seal Guarantee whereby only the finest seeds are selected and their high quality standards are closely adhered to throughout the entire production process. Additionally, Young Living owns farms all over the world and has complete control over every step of their production process and they welcome guests to come visit their farms and experience their processes. Young Living also established the “therapeutic grade” standard which preserves the integrity of their oils. Unlike oils commonly found in health food stores, Carey says essential oils contain no additives, preservatives or other chemicals included in their bottles. And Young Living voluntarily adheres to the highest quality standards in the world.
You’re invited to learn more about essential oils Saturday, April 26th at the Lemon Drop-In Event. If you would like to reserve free tickets, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lemon-drop-in-an-introduction-to-essential-oils-tickets-11264058101
Lemon Drop-In Event
Saturday, April 26
Ashbury Conference Center
600 Interstate 65 Service Rd S
Mobile, AL 36608