Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Young Living Everyday Oils


Young Living is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality essential oils. To celebrate Earth Week, I wanted to share my experiences with Young Living Essential Oils, who gave me a sample of their Everyday Oils collection to test.

Young Living Everyday Oils Collection
If you're looking to introduce yourself to the world of essential oils, I highly recommend the Everyday Oils Essential Oils Collection. It includes some of the best blends of the brand, plus five single essential oils that I use constantly. Please note that these oils are to be diluted in carrier oil if you want to apply them on your skin.





Young Living Everyday Oils kit review

Frankincense (5ml): I love using frankincense essential oil to settle my mind if I'm overly stressed. Ideal to diffuse for meditation, it can also be diluted and applied topically on your wrists for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of a hard day. It is also great diluted with coconut oil for a quick massage after your Yoga practice.

Lemon (5ml): This is my go-to oil for virtually everything. I use it to dust my house by putting a few drops in a wet cloth for a wonderful lingering smell without chemical volatile components. It is also great for my DIY beauty products; it's indeed my ingredient of choice for my winter exfoliating products, as it helps keep my skin clear and uplifts my mood with the promise of sunny days.

Lavender (5ml): Lavender is extremely calming and resting. I use a couple of drops on my pillow to ensure a peaceful sleep, and I also rub a couple of undiluted drops every night in the sole of my feet to unwind. I also use lavender topically to treat minor bug bites.

Melaleuca Alternifolia (5ml): Tea tree is the go-to essential oil when I'm feeling congested or have respiratory issues. A good massage on the chest with a couple of drops diluted in carrier oil help me breathe better when I have a cold. It's also great to diffuse and get rid of nasty smells at home. This is also an ingredient of choice for my homemade deodorants.

Peppermint (5ml): Although it's designed for dietary use, I'm particularly cautious when it comes to ingesting essential oils and I prefer to dissolve it in a carrier oil to do a tummy massage when I'm feeling down. I know that some people use a very small quantity to perfume their culinary concoctions, but I can't attest to how that works for me.



Joy (5ml): This beautiful blend of essential oils invites a sense of warmth and togetherness. Made with a blend of ten different essential oils, it is perfect to diffuse or to create your own romantic bath salts (find my recipe here.) It is also great as a natural perfume, but don't forget to dilute it in a carrier oil.

Purification (5ml): This blend is made of six essential oils to make the ultimate weapon against bad odors. Put on cotton balls to place inside of those stinky shoes, as well as the air vents of home, car, hotel room, and office. You can also put a few drops in your laundry detergent to avoid musty smells on linens and towels.

PanAway (5ml): Designed to give a soothing experience after intensive exercise, it can be used diluted on the neck or back for an aromatic pick-me-up. Paired up with a hot compress on the lower back, it's my favorite non-drug treatment for my lower back pain after I do exercise.

Thieves (5ml): Thieves must be the most recognizable blend of the brand. It combines lemon, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and rosemary for a well-rounded composition that is designed for ingesting, but that I personally love using in my laundry and to clean my home to make the most of the antibacterial properties of their essential oils.

Stress Away (5ml): The perfect blend of tropical and citrus, the combination of vanilla and lemon is one of the most comforting scents I've ever used. I like to diffuse it in bedrooms and in my office space to calm down and focus, and I also like to dilute it with Young Living's V-6 Vegetable oil complex for a calming massage.
The Young Living Everyday Oils collection retails for $177.30, or for $134.75 wholesale.

You may ask: Are these essential oils worth the money? To me, they are. First, because they last a long time (I've been using them for three months and I still haven't finished a single bottle). Second, because they have a myriad of uses and can substitute many of the chemical ingredients we use to clean our home. And finally, because they obviously have a great quality. I'm very allergic to some chemical components commonly used to alter essential oils, and I haven't had any negative reactions. Plus, these oils are quite powerful as I need smaller quantities to obtain the same results.

Young Living Product Line

I was very surprised to learn that Young Living has a wide range of products that have to do with essential oils. Aside from their pure extracts, they also offer carrier oils (used to dilute essential oils for cosmetic or massage use), toiletries infused with essential oils, personal care products, essential oil diffusers, and a myriad of tools to use essential oils.


That is why looking at the Young Living Oils website can be a bit overwhelming. Although it's beautifully designed, the large number of references can make your head spin if you don't know what you want. I like the Everyday Essential Oils Collection because it is a great introduction to the world of essential oils and it takes out the guesswork of where to start.

Are Essential Oils an Alternative to Medicine?

I want to address a question that I receive over and over again: Are essential oils an alternative medicine? To me, that's a tricky question. I believe that aromatherapy has a scientific basis in the sense that it can improve your moods and induce a relaxation state because they stimulate the brain's amygdala, making them my treatment of choice for stressful situations, insomnia, and other minor ailments. Also, a good massage with a combination of essential oils diluted in sweet almond oil is my treatment of choice to alleviate my lower back pain and heavy legs symptoms. So, while I have never used essential oils to cure a disease, I have reaped their benefits when self-treating some minor mood and stress issues and musculoskeletal pain.


This said, every person is different. Inhaling essential oils can be a good way to treat a small health issue for some, but my rule of thumb is always visiting a doctor first to make sure that those symptoms aren't pointing to a major underlying issue. Please note that the FDA has not approved essential oils for medicinal purposes, and there are little studies or evidence with regards to their effectiveness in treating conditions. I only use essential oils in diffusion, to create DIY beauty and household products, and diluted for a much-needed massage.

On a side note, I personally never take essential oils by mouth, because they are powerful plant extracts and they need to be approached with much respect and caution. Plus, they can interact with any medications you are taking, so only a certified practitioner can indicate how and when to ingest them. Finally, essential oils need to be used with caution by pregnant women, children, and anybody with a health condition. Ask your doctor first!

 I've reposted one of my favorite nontoxic DIY beauty recipes below using Joy, in case it helps!




What Is Young Living?


Young Living has been in business for over 20 years. Founded by Dr. Gary Young, this company creates essential oils controlling all the parts of the production process, or as they put it, from the "seed to seal." This means that Young Living will have their own farms located around the world and analyze the soil, the seeds, and the product after distillation to guarantee their quality standards. In a certain sense, Young Living is to essential oils what Avon is to beauty: Their distribution channel is solely composed of brand representatives worldwide.

Young Living has a strong commitment towards the quality of its products. Using an Isotope Radio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS), they test every batch of essential oils for purity. Also, the distillation process is quite remarkable; using old and modern techniques, they make sure they are taking the time needed to get the most powerful extracts from each plant. However, Young Living doesn't have any of the official organic seals (like Natrue, USDA, or Ecocert) if that's what you're looking for.

To me, Young Living is responsible for bringing into the U.S.A. something that we had been using in Europe for quite a while: Essential Oils. Formerly tossed to the side as something the hippies would use, the fast expansion of Young Living is to me one of the reasons that we see more and more articles about essential oils and natural fragrances in the first place. Hats off for that!

Disclaimer Level 1: The author received NO compensation to write this post. The author received a sample of the product featured for editorial consideration. Receiving a sample didn't influence the decision to feature a brand nor the opinions expressed by the author. The opinions stated in this article don't constitute medical advice; medical advice can only be given by a physician. Please refer to your doctor for any questions. All links provided in the article are for information only and are not part of any affiliate marketing program.

2 comments:

  1. Does this brand retail in Europe???

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    1. Yes it does! Actually, Young Living has international distribution

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