Lavender Fields in South France

 

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This summer is really something. Lots of traveling, meeting new people, spending time with family, and the highlight spot South France! Ingrida and I decided to spend few days in a small beautiful village in South France where Young Living grows plants for essential oils and distillates them at the modern distillery just directly in front of the fields. That was a great experience to see how Young Living company is creating a unique environment for the plants and turning them to our precious therapeutic essential oils. Oh, I could brag here for hours about the deep violet colour of lavender fields, golden yellow Einkorn, clary sage, thyme and oregano! Blue sky, wonderful weather and lavender everywhere you look.
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As a registered member of Young Living everyone has a chance to visit Young Living farms in France or Croatia. All you have to do is contact a member who helped you to register and they will provide you with information about upcoming group visits to Young Living plant farms.

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In my next post I will tell you the story about 3 different types of Lavender and what Young Living has to do with saving the old sorts seeds of Lavender in France. For now, I just wanted to share a few impressions and pictures before I will start to explain about plants, distillery working process, and how these amazing nature gifts slowly travel to a small 15 or 5 ml bottles that fits even in a smallest purse!

Stay cool and breath in some Lavender😊

 

Why choose essential oils

I thought this post should be a small back in, because of very silent few months on our blog. So I have decided to put a simple list to resume reasonable, logical and fun facts about why one should start using essential oils. I could thing about over 100 reasons for it but lets just stay with 15 right now.

imagesAR6MME71I will try to keep this very simple and answer the question from my experiences why you should choose to integrate essential oils in your daily routine. Here are the facts why I would write this article: I am using them daily almost 2 years now. I couldn’t imagine one single day without them, really, it’s like brushing your teeth… I study lots of scientific literature about essential oils and there is no end to that. I have it always in my purse and share it with people if they need help. I don’t have any medication at my home since I started to inform myself how one can choose the alternative but not esoteric way (I mean if something works, it can be explained by chemistry and science and not because of some spiritual dude was braging about…)  I discover new things every month and love to give the information for those who are interested. So here are the reasons why you should choose essential oils and begin to use them actively instead of only reading the information and putting it for “someday”.

1.       It is natural and ecologically friendly product for which your body will thank you.

2.       It is safe to use for you, your family members  and pets thanks to philosophy and quality requirements of young living.

3.       They are easy to use and could be taken everywhere.

4.       It improves your life in so many levels like health, beauty, spiritual, emotional, sensual etc.

5.       You may use it for massages, in SPA and for unique therapeutic procedures.

6.       It helps you with healthy shiny hear and safes you plenty of time in hair care. imagesN3FED7PQ

7.       Essential oils can help you solve so many different skin problems that I would need an extra page to write it down.

8.       They help you witch dental hygiene and bad breath.

9.       There is a hole list of different diseases which can be prevented and healed with essential oils.

10.   They are totally a must if you enjoy active sport and meditation.

11.   You get the compliment “wow you smell incredible” quit often. 

12.   You get the compliment “wow your home smells incredible” every time.

13.   The knowledge about essential oils is not new. It has thousands of years history and is not a fast hype which will pass. The Plants and chemistry are amazing and science is catching on this fast.  

14.   It is addictive in a good way and you will never regret if you will begin the journey in to the essential oils world of experience and wisdom. 5121195566_b4e8f5ca94_z

15. Essential oils are biologically active and work in the level of your cells. And yes they smell incredible and your limbic system knows best how to react to every single of them. 

Conclusion. We are all different people with different hobbies, characters and field of interests but from my experiences even the biggest sceptical is amazed when properly introduced to essential oils and the possibilities which they give you every time are overwhelming. So why choose essential oils? Because you have a choice and you should give it a chance. 

 

Supporting your body during fasting time

How many of you planed doing fast when spring is slowly knocking on the door? Or starting a new diet which will lead to a healthier lifestyle and eating habits? I am not a fan of any diet which is made just for a short time to lose a few kilograms, because as soon as you get back to your normal menu the suffering that it had costed you will not pay off. Your body will bring all the weight back and in most cases even a few kilograms extra. Fasting is a different case. There are all possible ways to choose your fasting menu and the period of time for it. Some people do that regularly like leaving out food for one day in a week. Some make it more extreme by choosing 3 or 7 days to stay on water only once in a year. For doing this on your own you should consult your doctor and inform yourself well. There are also less drastic formulas where you drink juice and some vegetable soup. The most important thing by choosing your fasting way is to know that you are not doing it for the weight loss even if it is a pleasant side effect. Fast is much more about regenerating your cells and boosting immune system to work properly. It also means avoiding any stress, bad emotions and thoughts. It is about taking time for yourself and giving your body an opportunity to clean it self properly.   5121195566_b4e8f5ca94_z

I am in the middle of a fast right now and it is my 6th day. I do it twice a year for quite a long time now. My menu is simple and you can eat as much as you want so you won’t starve and can work properly. Whole cycle contains 9 days in which you are only aloud to eat one group of products: 3 days natural cooked rice, 3 days fresh vegetables, 3 days fruits. You have to drink a lot of green tea and water. For my vegetable days I also press veggie juice and eat maximum one avocado a day. For the fruit days you can’t eat bananas or cherries because of high sugar levels. No salt! It is also recommended to take sauna or hot bath and to push your metabolism because sweating is an important function for washing toxins out of your body. It is proven that during fast our body activates the cleaning function in our cells (Autophagy).

So how can be essential oils helpful during these periods? Actually in lots of ways! Essential oils support our body during the cleaning process which is not always pleasant. Headaches, bad breath or low energy levels are experienced by most people.7855051884_84bcfb15f4_z Lemon essential oils is amazing companion during fast! It does not only boost your immune system but also helps to produce more white blood cells (leukocytes), support digestion and works especially well to your skin. You can also use Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange or other citrus oils because they also lift your mood when there are not enough sunlight outside. For higher concentration levels I use Peppermint and Rosemary and I always have Lavender with me because avoiding stress for 9 days can be a challenge and this particular oil helps me to calm down and focus on positive thoughts and inner peace. I also drink a drop of Ginger to keep the digestive system working properly and clean my thong with a drop of Thieves blend mornings and evenings to avoid the bacteria spreading (white thong effect).  2017-02-08-14.25.01.jpg.jpg

You can get very sensitive about the smells during fast. Any smoke or chemical smell works quit bad and can even have an impact on your stomach. But these overreactions also gives an opportunity to listen to your body’s voice and choosing the right essential oil which you need at the moment! It is quite effective if you depend on you smell during fast because you feel the effects immediately. If your mind doesn’t know how to help you when having side effects let your nose guide you and I am sure this will be the right choice. You will be surprised how easy the fast can be using aromatherapy. I feel a huge difference between those fast periods before I was using essential oils and now. Even if I have really big projects running all this time I feel great! img_4211

If you choose to fast make sure that you are doing this only for you and not running after some hype from a popular magazine. Chose films and books which inspire you and be kind to your environment. Psychological fast is often forgotten by most of us. But the prime idea of fast came from religious and spiritual systems thousand years before we began to run after following the utopic perfection goals. So has the wisdom of healing plants and smells which we call aromatherapy of today. Combine this knowledge to find new experiences and values for new ways and fresh thoughts. 5563944146_87c306a277_z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoys some of this information and I would be glad if you leave a comment. If you are interested to buy some of these oils or would like to be part of our team, which means that I will be consulting you privately, please go to my contact page http://www.ylwebsite.com/urbonaite/contact  and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or share your experiences and opinion.

Lovely Rituals and Winter Skin Care

It is freezing outside, at least where I live. The temperature scale shows -13c at the moment I’m writing. We have very sunny and white winter season this year in Austria and I try to enjoy every moment of it. My skin unfortunately not always. So I would like to share with you a few tips how to protect your skin using some carrier and essential oils combined together. rosmary1

First product you should have in your bathroom during winter season is Shea butter. It is great when it comes to protection of your skin and lips. Before you go for a walk when there are minus temperatures outside you should always think about putting some on your face. It is also great for small children because the fat stays long on the surface of the skin and protects it. Now Shea butter doesn’t always has a pleasant smell if it is natural product, so essential oils are perfect to give a nice finish touch and a double boost for your skin. All you need is a small amount of Shea and 1-2 drops of following essential oils for a nice winter walk: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Tee tree or Myrrh.

After a long day you should think about your skin in the evening. The changing temperatures when you work inside a building with dry hot air and walking outside in to the difference of more than 20 degrees down is not friendly at all. My rituals for that are quite simple. I wash my face with warm to hot water and rinse it with a natural cognac sponge. After that I spray homemade Face water (100ml water + 5 drops Wild lLvender, 3 drops Lemon) and put some coconut or jojoba oil with one of skin friendly EO. I really like Peace and Calming II blend or Wild Lavender in the evening. Don’t forget to open a window for 5 min before you enter the room for sleep and switch your diffuser on together with radiator. I find that Pine is a great oil to defuse for winter nights. It gives you a pleasant feeling of the forest smell and reminds of your walks in the nature. I also love to put few drops of Lemon or Orange to my evening herbal tea for great taste and a little bit of sunny spice. img_4142

Don’t forget your hair and lips. For hair it is always good to massage 3-4 drops of your favourite essential oil right in to the tips before you leave home. That is not only a stimulation but also very pleasant way to keep them healthy through extreme temperature changes. I normally put Shea butter quit often on my lips and I experienced that when you have dry lips and open skin it heals faster. Try putting a drop of Myrrh or Wild Lavender on it and let it stay for a minute. Then apply Shea butter and repeat firs step again. You can do it before you go to sleep and you will see the results in the morning.

If you were too long outside you should take a hot bath to keep you warm during the day or getting ready for good night sleep. Always check twice the abilities of oil, which you put in to the bath depending on time of the day you are taking it. Some oils will energise and give you a kick and some will be great for relaxation and calming down. Also be careful with “hot” oils like Peppermint, Sage, Thyme or Clove because they can irritate your skin in combination with hot water. And remember that EO are lighter then water so you should mix them with salt or bath oil before you put them in. cupoftee

After a hot bath is nothing better than a DIY body spray (water + EO) and nice combination of coconut or almond oils to keep the skin protected and silky. Last but not least… Now you can apply the “hot” oils into your feet like Oregano or the ones I talked about before and put some warm socks. That’s it! You will be able to make your winter time cosy, full of great smells and warm dreams without using 20 different products. Stay simple, chose your favourite winter smells and let them do all the job for your skin and body. With small rituals and right information you can avoid the problems which cold weather brings and leave more time for enjoying!

I hope you enjoys some of this information and I would be glad if you leave a comment. If you are interested to buy some of these oils or would like to be part of our team, which means that I will be consulting you privately, please go to my contact page http://www.ylwebsite.com/urbonaite/contact  and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or share your experiences and opinion.

New Year and New Goals

Many of us think about personal changes and new chances when we are in the firs week of January. This happens from year to year but most of our wishes and promises to our selves stays unfulfilled. This mostly happens because we want the changes and results to come fast so we start to push ourselves and the ones we love to some utopian idea or view. It causes stress and frustration almost every time and then we drop it and feel disappointed that we couldn’t reach the goal. We feel even worse when others who also began the changes are doing well and speaks about it loud and proud. Funny thing is we do it over and over again every year without stopping and asking our selves why we are failing. There are always two easy answers for that. Basically there are people who blame themselves or those who blame the environment. But easy answers never solve complicated questions for example why did I have decided to reach that goal in the first place and how would that goal make me happier, stronger or just healthier in everyday life. Am I doing this for myself or I am trying to become someone else entirely because I don’t appreciate me as individual? Am I ready to make the changes and to except the gifts of life or do I try to run away from new inspirations by setting unrealistic goals and falling into self-pity when it doesn’t work. These are the questions which can help to make a new year’s resolution or at least encourage to think about it before deciding what the goal actually means to you and your environment.

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 Last year I have decided I wanted to learn as much as my time allows me about the essential oils and there were months when I haven’t read a line about it but then I was still using them and valuing the results which were sometimes very surprising or also quit questionable. Today I’m still learning about it and the goal has transformed into journey which has been full of new experiences and wisdom. I still feel that there are so much information to learn but I have seen how sceptic people change their minds about the oils and how different the stories can sound. Most of them are very positive and people actually begin to ask about the oils even if only few months ago they were blocking the information as some marketing trick. I have never had a goal just to make people buy the product. I was always trying rather to help them on some health struggles which everyone has and showing the alternative choices. The feedback can take some time but when it comes in a positive way back to you there is no greater feeling then one that you know you helped someone.

img_4103Speaking about gifts and New Year resolutions… Newly I discovered Myrrh essential oil which is one of the oldest products used in human history. Today I read that it was mentioned 152 in a bible but the story goes way longer and one has look at the ancient Egypt to learn the old sources. Today’s scientific researches show amazing results about this oil and it explains a lot about why it was valued more than gold thousands of years earlier. My goal for January is to use it for my face skin and to see how it works. I read quit a lot about its power of healing wounds and anti-ageing qualities so I am looking forward how it will work for my skin. There is very nice and informative article for those of you who wants to learn more about this oil which you can read online: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/myrrh-essential-oil/ .

Small and pleasurable goals can transform into something bigger when you enjoy your journey. One can have many of them and making the small changes will lead you to bigger ones which you have to follow in your tempo and only the way which suits for you.

10 wichtige und interessante Fakten über ätherische Öle

1. Therapeutische ätherische Öle haben kein Ablaufdatum, wenn sie richtig gelagert werden.

2. Sie sollten die Öle nicht über 90 Grad erhitzen, weil sie dadurch die aromatischen Eigenschaften und therapeutische Wirkung verlieren. 

3. . Wenn Sie DIY Sprays oder spezielle Beauty-Produkte mit ÄÖ selbst herstellen achten Sie darauf, dass sie diese immer im Glas-Container oder Flaschen aufbewahren. Die unverdünnten ätherischen Öle können bestimmte Arten von Plastik bei hoher Konzentration zersetzen und die Giftstoffe frei setzen. Dies kann das Öl gefährden und ihr Produkt gesundheitsschädlich machen. 15153135_10154173176737198_491547952_o

4. Wenn Sie die Öle auf Ihrer Haut anwenden, vergessen Sie nicht die Trägeröle immer mit zu haben. Sollten Sie irgendwelche Irritationen auf ihrer Haut fühlen erhöhen Sie den Anteil des Basis Öls für ihre Mischung. Die meisten ÄÖ müssen verdünnt werden bevor sie die Haut kontaktieren. Ein ganz wichtiger Punkt ist zu beachten: wenn Sie ÄÖ mit Wasser vermischen steigert sich die Wirkung auf ihrer Haut. Das heißt, wenn Sie Reizungen haben hilft es nicht die Haut abzuwaschen, es wird nur noch stärker ausschlagen. Auf der anderen Seite kann dieses Wissen richtig nützlich sein, wenn Sie bestimmte DIY Body-Sprays aus zwei Zutaten – Wasser und ÄÖ – zusammenstellen wollen. Probieren Sie die Pfefferminze + Lavendel Spray für heiße Sommer Tage. Diese Kombination half mir vielmals die Hitze zu bekämpfen.

5. Alle Zitrusöle wie Zitrone, Orange, Limette usw. reagieren mit dem Sonnenlicht. Deswegen sollten Sie die Anwendung dieser Öle vermeiden, wenn Sie einige Stunden draußen in der Sonne verbringen wollen.

15183925_10154173176047198_42201918_o6. Die Trägeröle sind sehr wichtig für die Aromatherapie und können sich in der Qualität unterscheiden. Einige Öle können schneller absorbiert werden als andere. Zum Beispiel Shea Butter ist für Ihre Lippen großartig und kann dabei helfen, Ihre Haut vor Kälte und Wind im Winter zu schützen. Der Nachteil ist, dass es sich ein bisschen schwer anfühlt und für lange Zeit auf der Oberfläche Ihrer Haut bleibt. Jojoba Öl eignet sich sehr gut für alle Gesichtsrituale, weil es keinen glänzenden Effekt hinterlässt und sehr schnell von der Haut absorbiert wird. Das universellste Öl, das ich auch am meisten verwende, ist Kokosöl. Es hat einen sehr angenehmen Geruch und hat viele Vorteile für Ihre Haut und Haare.

7. ÄÖ sind flüchtige Produkte und bleiben in Ihrem Körper für etwa 48 Stunden. In dieser Zeit können sie ihre psychologischen und physischen Körperprozesse auf eine sehr positive Art und Weise beeinflussen.

8. Einige Öle können Ihnen helfen, die Konzentration hoch zu halten (Minze, Rosmarin), andere haben eine entspannende und beruhigende Wirkung (Lavendel). Einige können sehr hilfreich sein, um Muskelschmerzen nach der sportlichen Belastung zu lindern (Wintergreen, Basilikum) und einige sind sehr freundlich gegenüber dem Hormonsystem, wegen ihrer Fähigkeit, Hormon Levels zu beeinflussen und auszugleichen (Salbei, Thymian, Sandelholz).

9. Die Haare haben eine ganz besondere Eigenschaft die Gerüche absorbieren und tragen können. Eine meiner Lieblingsmethoden für die Anwendung der ÄÖ ist einfach sie leicht in die nassen Haare einzumassieren. 15184015_10154173176692198_1458417860_o

10. Jeder von uns ist anders. So werden Sie immer bestimmte Öle finden die Sie lieben und einige, die Sie hassen werden. Manche Öle können sehr unangenehm im Geruch empfunden werden, auch wenn wir wissen, wie gut Sie für unser Wohlbefinden sein könnten oder, dass sie generell von anderen Menschen sehr geschätzt werden. Dies geschieht wegen unserem limbischen System und seiner Funktion, verschiedene Informationen wie Geruch, Erinnerungen und Emotionen zu verknüpfen (überprüfen Sie diesen Link für die vollständige Erklärung über limbic System: http://www.quinessence.com/Blog/The-limbic-System). Versuchen Sie, Ihre Favoriten zu finden, weil diese ihre Laune nach oben springen lassen können, indem Sie einfach die Nachricht ans Gehirn senden, dass alles wieder gut wird! Der Geruch kann Sie zurück in die Zeit mit den angenehmen Erinnerungen reisen lassen oder mit positiven Assoziationen umgeben. Das ist etwas, wofür Sie sehr dankbar werden, weil die meisten von uns  in einem so schnell verändernden Umfeld leben und täglich mit dem Stress  umengehen müssen. Einiges steht fest, wenn Sie ein regnerischen Tag mit bösen Wolken erwischen, tragen Sie den Sonnenschein mit sich in der Tasche und atmen Sie jederzeit ruhig ein.

10 important interesting things about essential oils

1. Therapeutic grade essential oils have no expiration date if they are stored well.

2. You should never heat up the oils over 90 C because they lose aromatic and therapeutic benefits.

3. If you make DIY sprays or any beauty products with EO always keep them in a glass containers. Undiluted essential oils can break down specific types of plastic at high concentrations. This may compromise the oil, and may cause leakage.

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4. When putting the oils on your skin always have a carrier oil with you if you should feel any irritation. Most of EO should be diluted before applying them. Mixing EO with water will enhance the effect on your skin, so that’s actually really useful if you are considering making DIY body spray with two ingredients – water and EO. Try out the Peppermint + Lavender spray for hot summer days it helped me fight the heat many times.

5. All citrus essential oils like Lemon, Orange, Lime etc. react to sunlight so you should avoid applying these oils on your skin if you are going to spent some time outside in the sun.

6. Carrier oils are very important for Aromatherapy and can differ in quality. Some oils can be absorbed faster than the others. For example Shea butter is great for your lips and can help protect your skin from cold and wind in winter but it feels a bit heavy and stays on your skin for a long time. Jojoba is great for all face skin procedures because it doesn’t leave a shiny effect and is absorbed quit fast. The most universal oil which I use a lot is coconut oil. It has a very pleasant smell and is great for your skin and hair.

7. Essential oils are volatile products and stay in your body for about 48 hours during which they can influence psychological and physical processes in a positive way.

8. Some oils can increase your concentration levels (Peppermint, Rosemary), others have relaxing and soothing effects (Lavender). Some are great to deal with muscle pain after workout (Wintergreen, Basil) and some are helpful for our hormone system because of their ability to influence hormone levels and to balance them (Sage, Thyme, Sandalwood).  15183925_10154173176047198_42201918_o

9. Your hair is great when it comes to absorbing and carrying the smell so one of my favourite methods for using EO is simply rubbing them in to slightly wet hair.

10. Everyone is different so there will always be oils you love and some which you won’t. Some oils can be very unpleasant even if we know how good they are supposed to be for us.This happens because of our limbic system and its function to connect different information like smell, memories and emotions (check this link for full explanation about limbic system: http://www.quinessence.com/blog/the-limbic-system ) Try to find your favourites because they can lift you up by simply sending the message to your brain that everything is going great! The smell can bring you back in time for pleasant memories or surround you with positive associations and that’s something you are going to be thankful for because most of us live in such fast changing environment and have to deal with stress daily. So if you are having a rainy day, carry your sunshine in your bag or pocket and breathe it in at anytime.  15184015_10154173176692198_1458417860_o

Therapeutische ätherische Öle

Es gibt so viel Information und Angebot am Markt der ätherischen Öle, dass man sich dazwischen leicht verlieren kann. Schwierig erscheint es den Überblick zu behalten, zwischen der Qualität und reinen Quantität an Produkten. Die Preisunterschiede schwanken unglaublich, zum Beispiel kostet die gleiche Menge Melissen Öl zwischen 5 und 180 Euro pro Flasche. Was ist der Unterschied zwischen dem bunten Fläschchen aus dem Drogerie Markt und Amazon oder anerkannten Firmen, wie Young Living? Wieso sollte man mehr Geld für das gleiche Produkt ausgeben und was sind die Sparkonsequenzen?

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Menschen die sich schon länger mit der Aromatherapie beschäftigen, werden ihnen immer den gleichen Rat geben: verwenden Sie nur die Öle, welche mit dem Grad therapeutisch gekennzeichnet sind. Was heißt das also? Es gibt 4 Typen der ätherischen Öle heute auf dem Markt:

         Synthetische (im Labor hergestellt)

         Angereicherte oder gepanschte (Duftstoff Grad)

         Natürliche und zertifizierte Öle

         Therapeutisch hochgradige ätherische Öle

Synthetische Öle sind auf dem Markt weit verbreitet, da sie billig produziert sind. Sie haben keine therapeutische Wirkung und können sogar schädlich sein. Duftstoff Öle können gesundheitsschädliche Chemikalien enthalten. Beide Typen findet man in Drogerien, Souvenirläden und sogar Naturläden. Der Schwerpunkt bei „natürlichen“ und „biologischen“ Ölen liegt auf dem Wachstum in einer natürlichen Umwelt ohne Chemie, was logischerweise einen gravierenden Schritt bei der Qualität bedeutet, im Vergleich zu den anderen. Es bestehen zwei Problemfelder. Erstens, werden die Begriffe wie „natürlich“ oder „biologisch“ viel zu oft für Werbestrategien verwendet und sind nicht wirklich genau kontrollierbar. Und zweitens, sagt es nichts über die Prozesse der Destillation aus, die für die chemischen Zutaten des Öls entscheidend sind. Diese drei Typen der ätherischen Öle machen den größten Teil des Marktes aus.

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Therapeutische Öle sind reine, medizinische, dampfdestillierte Öle, mit allen gewünschten therapeutischen Wirkstoffen, die man innerlich und äußerlich  anwenden kann, wenn man sich vor der Anwendung gut darüber informiert. Das heißt, dass sie sich nicht nur durch die hohe Qualität auszeichnen, sondern auch ihre Gesundheit und Wellness steigern können.

Es gibt wenig Firmen, die therapeutische ätherische Öle anbieten und sie sollten sich gut informieren, bevor sie das Produkt kaufen. Wir verwenden Produkte von Young Living, weil die Firma eine offene Politik (jeder kann die Pflanzenfelder besuchen und diese aus erster Hand erfahren)  und strenge Kontrollen bei der Produktion anbietet, mit dem Siegel „Seed to Seal“.

Alles worüber wir schreiben werden, kann nur deswegen positive Auswirkungen auf unseren Alltag haben, weil wir unsere Erfahrungen mit therapeutischen Ölen gemacht haben und es bringt uns jeden Tag neue Inspiration und Freude.

 Also… Tief einatmen.

 

Therapeutic grade Essential Oils

It is easy to loose oneself in an essential oil market. The range of information and oil supply is vast and it can be difficult to choose and more importantly to fully evaluate the differences in quality. The price range is huge, a bottle of Melissa online could cost you from 5£ to 180£. So what are the differences between them, why should you pay more for the bottle same size and what are the consequences of choosing the cheaper one?

Main advice if you are using oils – use only the best quality ones. There are 4 types of essential oils on the market today:essential_oil_pyramid-copy

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Natural and certified oils
  • Enriched or adulterated (perfume grade)
  • Synthetic (manufactured in the laboratory)

 

Synthetic oils are widely used purely because they are much cheaper, they have no therapeutic effect and could even be harmful in some cases. Perfume grade oils can be adulterated and contain chemicals. Both of the two previous types can be sold in convenience stores (even the healthy ones), drugstores and souvenir shops.  The “natural” and “organic” oils are distilled from the plants grown in a natural environment without chemicals, which is a huge step up compared to synthetic, and perfume grade ones. However, there are two problems there. Firstly, terms ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are used very loosely these days and are not an indicator anymore; secondly it does not tell us anything about the distillation process which is crucial in extracting all the right compounds. All of the above make up most of essential oil market.6127562625_288796a9d6_o

23145184734_d998e47760_oLastly, the smallest category is Therapeutic grade. Whenever we talk about essential oils we refer to therapeutic oils which are pure, medical, steam-distilled, contain all desired therapeutic ingredients. They are highest quality, safe and can bring benefits to your health and wellness.

There are a few companies that offer therapeutic essential oils and researching your source is a must. Inform yourself well before buying the product. We use Young Living because of it’s open company policy (everyone can visit their farms and have a first hand experience) and strict controls on the production and “Seed to Seal” process.

Everything what we are going to write on this Blog is based on our positive experiences that inspire us and is bringing joy to us every day.

Let’s take a deep breath.