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Essential Oil Basics – Using Essential Oils Therapeutically

July 21, 2014 3 min read

Young Living Oils sold a Sweet Bottoms Baby BoutiqueWhen you enter the world of Essential Oils it is quite exciting because you start to see how you can use them to relieve so many common ailments.  During one class I was teaching basic essential oil use, we talked about how you can use the oils to relieve sinus congestion, tummy aches and sore muscles and how the oils can be used to support sleep and reduce anxiety.

One Mama just stopped and said “You mean I could have been using THESE OILS with my kids instead of always giving them pills?”

That comment made my day!

Along with teaching how to use Essential Oils, I always want to make sure that I educate all those excited Mamas about the two main different schools of thought on essential oil use. The two philosophies is why when you start searching on the web for more Essential Oil info you’ll find enough contradictory information to make you toss your Iphone out the window in frustration.  One website will say you can use oils internally and apply them on your feet and another website will advise you never to take essential oils internally and only dilute them with olive oil….

So, let’s clear up any possible future confusion!  There are two main schools of thought, the English Model and the French Model.

The English Model:

  • Prefers to use their essential oils in massage, and states that you should never use essential oils without highly diluting them first in olive, coconut or some “base oil” first.
  • Never recommends taking an essential oil internally.
  • Has a long list of essential oils that are unsafe to use in general, especially during pregnancy.

The French Model:

  • Is fine with applying essential oils on your skin “neat” or without diluting it with a base oil first.
  • Is OK with diluting essential oils too, but usually in a 50/50 ratio of Essential Oil/Base Oil.
  • Essential oils can be inhaled and taken internally.
  • Has only a few oils to be used with caution.

You can see that these Schools of thought are very different.  Being the USA, we have both schools of thought here, but also very limited information about essential oil use – so this leads to frustration and confusion for health minded parents looking to support their family naturally.

These two varied views were created when safety studies where being done in these countries.  If you look back on the studies, you’ll find the answer to why there are such varied view points.

  • The English conducted their studies with perfume or food grade essential oils.
  • The French were conducting their studies with pure, therapeutic or medicinal grade essential oils.
  • Food Grade or Perfume Grade essential oils are fine for just that – perfume or as a flavoring, but they are not good for therapeutic results that many people are looking for.
  • Real pure Essential Oils are created by plants – as this is a natural process the essential oil aroma and taste will vary as nature slightly changes it with response to environmental factors.
  • Manufacturers don’t want their perfume or flavoring to vary – so for an essential oil to be termed Perfume or Food Grade it must be changed by man or made by man.
  • Oils changed by man are not pure anymore so they do not contain nature’s innate intelligence, so the therapeutic benefits are greatly reduced or nonexistent.

It is due to the results in these two countries’ studies that birthed the two varied view points on how essential oils should be used safely.

You can understand then those that follow the French Model are very focused on the purity of the essential oils they are using.  Since I follow the French Model and teach the French Model I use Young Living Oils because of their Seed to Seal commitment.  This commitment is their promise that there are no chemicals used during the growing process, distilling process or bottling process.  Nothing has been changed by man.  This high standard is why Sweet Bottoms has decided to carry Young Living.

For Mamas who are looking to use essential oils to relieve common ailments and want that therapeutic result – then Young Living Oils are a perfect choice for you.  If you live in the Raleigh/Durham area, we hope that you will visit us for either an Essential Oil class or schedule a time for a one-on-one Essential Oils coaching session with our Sweet Bottoms Mamas!


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