It's "that" time of year again. Cold and flu season, ugh. One of the ways I try to combat illness is with Young Living essential oils. Now, I know there are a lot of opinions out there about using essential oils and which ones are the best. I promise on this blog that I won't recommend anything that I haven't personally trust and have tried myself.
When I was first looking into essential oils a few years ago, I researched the options out there and decided to go with Young Living. I was impressed by their high quality standards and their Seed to Seal process. They even own a lot of their own farms! Here's a PDF that talks about what makes Young Living different than other essential oil companies.
When I decided to go with Young Living and I bought my starter kit, there was a lot to learn and I'm still learning! It's important to know how to use oils properly, especially because the highest quality oils are the most potent. See Young Living's Essential Oil Safety Guide. I personally don't ingest them internally because I have a sensitive system. But I know many people who do. So my word of advice is, if you do decide to ingest them internally, only use the highest quality oils (Young Living has a Vitality Dietary line) and always dilute them (in water or with oil). This could be a whole blog post on its own. On a side note: I highly recommend buying a starter kit (yes, I am biased). You not only get a diffuser, but a special assortment of oils to get you started. Here's a link on how that process works, but contact me with questions and I will walk you through the process. If you do order a starter kit through me, I send you some awesome freebies including a book and a “recipe” booklet :).
Here are the oils that I use when I feel like I'm coming down with something or have been exposed to germs and want to boost immunity.
Thieves - this is a "hot" oil (see the Safety Guide above for an explanation) that needs to be diluted with carrier oil.
Frankincense - an expensive oil (good enough for baby Jesus!) but, in my opinion, one of the best. It’s very diverse.
Oregano - another “hot” oil that needs to be diluted. Only apply topically if you don't mind smelling like a pizza (not for diffusing). ;)
See below for combinations that I use in my diffuser and/or topically (diluted). You can also make a roller bottle with carrier oil for ease of use. Note that Frank means Frankincense. What do you do to stay healthy in the winter? Please comment below. Thank you for reading!
Maria Walcott. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist "Extraordinaire" :) Nutrition "nerd". Essential oil educator. Love nature. Want to protect God's planet and help His people become their healthiest selves.