“List”en To Me…Top 5 Reasons To Use Essential Oils

We’ve reached another week, which means another Top 5!  I LOVE sharing my knowledge of essential oils as you can read HERE and HERE.  However, as excited as I am about them, I realized that to most people this is something very new and unfamiliar.  Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years (I’m talking biblical times) in the past twenty years they have gone from only hippies would use them to being mainstream.  So, this week we are going to focus on the reasons to use them in the first place. Here it goes…

Top 5 Reasons To Use Essential Oils

1. Alternative To Conventional Medicine – This was my main reason to take the leap.  I’d been researching essential oils for over a year, since before getting pregnant.  Then after giving birth to my daughter the thought of polluting her newly formed body with medicine was just not an option. During that first year we went without any bouts of sickness however, on her first birthday it finally hit, we had a full on post nasal drip commonly known as a COLD, what????  That is when I finally put these Young Living essential oils to the test.  We used Thieves, Lavender and Eucalyptus and were given specific instructions of how to use them on a baby/toddler.  We waited patiently and within five days she was back to her regular healthy self.  Did it take longer for her to heal?  Absolutely, that is usually the case with any natural alternative options.  However, I had such peace of mind knowing that the oils were working in conjunction with the body to build up her immune system without ever worrying about side effects.  On that note, I always recommend reading and applying the safety guidelines for these essential oils which you can read about HERE.  Additionally, we have used Young Living essential oils for allergies, headache, upset stomach, cuts/bruises, in-grown nails, sinus congestion, diaper rash, the list goes on and on.  Now these conditions are fairly common, however, Young Living essential oils have been used in the treatment of several other conditions such as ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson’s, PTSD and even cancer.

2. Physiological and Psychological – Now this is interesting…when essential oils are inhaled the molecules hit the brain which can instantly change your emotional state – your thought process, your mood, your attitude. As I am not an expert when it comes to the science behind it all, below is a graphic that explains how it works.  I have used Joy, Peace & Calming and Oola Balance with great success when needing to boost or adjust my emotional state, alleviate stress or reduce anxiety.


3.  Skin Rejuvenation – Don’t we all want glowing, healthy skin?!  We have to remember that as we age so does our skin, it’s a fact that wrinkles will inevitably happen.  However, there are several other skin conditions that we may come across as well, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, sun damage, even skin cancer.  For my dry, olive skin type, in the last ten years, I have encountered small bouts of acne, dry patches, broken capillaries on the cheeks and early on set rosacea from sun damage.  I had tried literally every product on the market from conventional to organic brands which led me to Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, which is safe, effective with no harmful chemicals or toxins.  Then when I started using Young Living essential oils and researched their healing benefits for the conditions listed above I was excited to put them to the test and incorporate them into my skin care regimen.  I currently use Frankincense for the brown spots and sun damage, applying this topically neat (no carrier oil) before moisturizing.  I then put a drop in my moisturizer before applying to my face. There has been a significant decrease in the color of the age spots, amazing results.  I also use Purification for acne breakouts & itching, applying this topically neat (no carrier oil).  The next morning the breakouts are gone and my face feels soft and smooth.

4. Pain Relief – From backaches, to broken bones, to sore joints, to headaches we have all experienced some form of physical pain.  Personally, I had a spinal fusion when I was twelve years old due to scoliosis.  My entire thoracic section of my spine is fused together with bars and wires.  Due to this, my neck and lower back have to work over time to compensate for that area.  Now my first line of defense when I feel aches and pain coming on is to exercise or walk, because for the body to stay fluid it needs to be stretched and moved, in addition to using cold packs to reduce the inflammation.  My next line of defense is my pain cream made with Young Living essential oils!!!  Let’s review the ingredients – 1/2 cup coconut oil, 15 drops of Valor, 10 drops of PanAway, 10 drops of Peppermint, 10 drops of Copaiba, then sometimes I’ll add Lavender or Stress Away.  I apply to the areas of pain, then apply it to the soles of feet for the specific location of pain as seen in the Vita-Flex chart below.  Not only do I sleep like a baby, I wake up feeling no pain and refreshed.  This pain cream has worked so well for me that I have given it to family and friends and they too have seen results.


5. Household Cleaners & Repellents – When was the last time you looked at the ingredients list on the back of your glass cleaner? Laundry detergent? Hand soap? Bug repellent?  Nine times out of ten the answer I get is NEVER!  I encourage you right now to go under your sink, in your laundry room and anywhere you keep these items and scan through that ingredient list.  Can you pronounce even one of the words listed other than water?  Do you know what those big words mean?  Most will likely be chemicals, irritants, carcinogens, essentially bad stuff that our bodies shouldn’t be exposed to.  When I first did this, I basically threw away everything under my sink!  Then when I got my oils from Young Living I figured out that the following oils could be used to make my own.  The first oil is Thieves since this oil is a blend of several oils that are considered to have antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-infectious properties.  This can be used for cleaners, wipes, soap & hand sanitizer.  The next oil was Purification which is also a blend of oils that can neutralize odors, disinfect and soothe.  This can be used in cleaners and bug repellent.

Are you ready to take the leap now?  Hopefully my list has shown you how they can have an amazing, healthy impact on your life.  If you’d like more information on Young Living and/or how to become a Distributor (discounted oils and shipping) click HERE.

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


If you are new to essential oils what are the reasons that you would start using them?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Reference: Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Fifth Edition – May 2011 – Life Science Publishing

Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!

“List”en To Me…Top 5 Essential Oils – Singles

Another great week is upon us and our focus is going to be essential oils.  In my previous post HERE and on my Young Living page HERE, I talked about how they are our first line of defense before conventional medicine and how we have used them in our family.  I have made over my family’s medicine cabinet because I.LOVE.THEM!  We are officially an oily family and it’s my mission to equip the rest of my family, friends and readers of this great blog with the knowledge and information to make that change as well!

Let’s Get Back To Basics

– Essential oils are concentrated oils taken from plants, flowers, trees, leaves, bark, nuts, seeds, etc that are put through a distillation process and bottled.  These oils are a very thin liquid and do not feel oily at all. Essential oils can be paired with a carrier oil such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, etc.

– Four grades of essential oils are produced today:

  • Therapeutic – 100% pure, medicinal, steam distillation
  • Food Grade – may contain synthetics, pesticides, carrier oils
  • Perfume – may contain synthetics, solvents
  • Synthetic – laboratory created

– These oils are powerful and effective with a variety of uses:

  • Aromatically – inhaled through a diffuser or from bottle
  • Topically – applied on the skin, soles of feet, hands, ears, spine, etc – click HERE for Vita-Flex Chart
  • Dietary – ingestible

My Top 5 Essential Oils

1. Frankincense – Dates back to biblical times, remember the birth of Christ when the wise men brought this lovely oil?  Considered the “holy anointing oil” and “liquid gold”, it is known for it’s healing power.  It is an immune booster, decreases inflammation, depression, as a treatment for cancer, respiratory infections plus more!  Our family uses it for glowing skin by adding a few drops in face moisturizer and also applied neat to remove brown aging/sun spots and scars.  We also us it in body cream, for back pain and on temples to relieve stress.  Click HERE for more info.

2. Lavender –  Just imagine those beautiful fields of purple flowers, the sweet aroma from those flowers, so relaxing, right?  Well surprisingly, this is one of the most versatile essential oils!  Discovered by a french scientist due to its ability to promote tissue growth and heal wounds quickly.  It has been known to treat skin conditions, high blood pressure, PMS, insomnia, hair loss and respiratory infections plus more!  Our family uses it to promote sleep/relaxation, allergies, skin care, PMS, wounds/cuts, colds/coughs, body cream and in grown nails.  Click HERE for more info.

3. Lemon – An oil from a lemon?  That’s right, it’s taken from the rind. There are 45 lemons used to fill just one 15ml bottle of oil.  Now this oil does pack quite a punch with several uses.  It is an immune booster, improves memory, improves circulation, assists in weight loss, varicose veins, anxiety, digestive issues plus more!  Our family uses it in our morning water which is ingested and boosts energy.  Also for allergies, dry skin, heartburn, cooking and cleaning supplies. Click HERE for more info.

4. Peppermint – Makes me think of candy canes, what about you?  Another very familiar scent that will surprise you with all it can do.  It is known to decrease inflammation, anti-bacterial, pain reliever, digestive stimulant, suppresses appetite/assists in weight loss, respiratory infections plus more!  Our family uses it for allergies, pain cream, headaches, upset stomach, nausea and colds/coughs and cooking.  Click HERE for more info.

5. Helichrysum (Italicum) – That is exactly what you ask?  We are talking about a flowering plant from the daisy family, found in several countries along the Mediterranean coast.  This oil known as an anticoagulant to treat blood clots, improve circulation, treat skin conditions such as eczema, hypertension, and liver issues plus more!  This oil is used solely by me in the family to treat a blood condition.  I use it to promote circulation which in turn helps me avoid blood clots.  I am very thankful that I can use this oil versus taking conventional medications with side effects.  Click HERE for more info.

After researching essential oils for over a year, Young Living stood out as the right choice for my family.  I chose them because I truly believe in their quality, 100% pure using the Seed to Seal process.  I believe you get what you pay for in life and knowing that I use these for health related purposes, as you can see from above, I only wanted to use the best.  Additionally, since being part of the Young Living family it goes much deeper than that.  I have met some amazing and inspiring women, helped family and friends treat problems and conditions and I’ve heard testimonies on everything from weight loss, ADHD/ADD, autism, parkinsons, cancer and PTSD.  Remarkable stories.  In future posts we’ll talk more about specific conditions, disorders and diseases.

If these oils listed above are something you want to try, I highly recommend becoming a Young Living Distributor.  Not only do you get 24% off the price listed on the website, you also can earn points towards more oils and get discounted shipping.  On top of that four out of five of these come in the Premium Kit which is where you get the most bang for your buck as there are ten oils offered in this kit!  Click HERE to start the process!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


Do you have a favorite essential oil?  If so, what do you use it for?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Reference: Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Fifth Edition – May 2011 – Life Science Publishing

Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, nor play one on TV, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!