Essential Oils: What They Are and Where You Can Buy Them

I have a few friends that have been using essential oils for a while now and I’ve always been hesitant to join the oily bandwagon for two significant reasons: expense and skepticism.

I address both of these concerns below along with helping explain what essential oils are, how you can safely use them in your home, and where you can buy them.

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Want to read about how I got started with essential oils? Click here to read my story!

What are essential oils? 

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid that contains compounds from plants.  Essential oils come from many parts of the plant…the root, bark, leaves, stem, flowers can all be used to create an essential oil through the distillation or cold press process. It takes quite a bit of material to create essential oils. Did you know, it takes approximately 30 roses just to make one drop of rose oil!

How do you use essential oils?

This answer will be different for the different oils. Make sure you read the labels first before you try to use any of your oils. Click here for more information on safety.

  • Application: You can apply oils neatly or with a carrier oil depending on the essential oil.
  • Inhalation: You can inhale directly from the bottle or through a diffuser. Everyone in the room benefits from the diffuser application!
  • Use in Products: I love adding a few drops of essential oils in my home and beauty  products like my home-made cleaning spray with Thieves and my orange/lavender lip gloss!

Why Young Living?

I knew I wanted a therapeutic grade essential oil so I did a lot of research in choosing the right company.  Young Living is the only company that has the seed to seal quality commitment.  Through their 5 step process (seed, cultivate, distill, test, and seal), they use the best methods to produce superior results.  Young Living was the obvious choice for me.


How much do essential oils cost? This is a tricky question because, like with everything out there, there are cheap brands and there are expensive brands.  If you are looking for actual results, you must use a therapeutic grade essential oil.  If you are looking to add a nice scent to your homemade playdoh, feel free to use any essential oil but do not expect any benefits other than a nice smell.  Brands that can be easily bought at grocery stores claim to be “pure essential oil”.  Did you know that the entire bottle must contain only 5% of essential oil in order to be labeled as “pure”?  That’s crazy!

While the initial purchase of my starter kit is not cheap, it pays for itself very quickly after you start using it!  This graphic will help you break the cost down.

Young Living Essential Oils

I’ve used these oils to replace almost everything in my cleaning closet.  Instead of grabbing an expensive bottle of chemicals, I can clean just about everything with my thieves cleaner!  Once you break down the cost of everything you can replace with your oils, your wallet and your health will be happier!

Here are some explanations that will help!

Carrier Oil: This is the oil that you should dilute your essential oils with. You can use coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, sesame seed oil, or even olive oil from your pantry. I personally like to use sunflower oil because it’s a little less greasy.

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Neat: When you apply an oil “neat” it means apply it straight the targeted area without any carrier oil.  Make sure the label on your oil says this application is safe.

Diluted: This means the oil should be diluted with a carrier oil. The Young Living bottle will tell you how many drops to dilute one drop of oil with. These directions are specifically for healthy adults and you will need specifically look up if an oil is safe for a child or pregnant woman and how it should be used. Essentials oils are powerful and the rules should be respected.

Diffuse: This simply means you add it to your diffuser after you have filled it with water. This is best used when you’re trying to keep your entire family/home healthy (thank you Thieves!).

Storage: Your Young Living bottles come in little dark glass containers for a reason. They should be kept in a cool, dark area to prolong the shelf life. It would be cool to show off your oils to guests in an open shelf in your house, but I would suggest against it – the sun could be very damaging.

This is just a little bit of information to empower you on your journey! If you are ready to take the plunge and try some for yourself, you can sign up here to either buy oils singly or purchase a starter kit. Your starter kit is an amazing value by itself and it includes the ability to buy your own oils at the wholesale price in the future!


Ready to take the plunge?  Your Teacher’s Lounge is having a sale right now!

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

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  • Diffuser of your choice
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection in 5ml bottles:
    • Lavender
    • Peppermint
    • Lemon
    • Copaiba
    • Frankincense
    • Thieves
    • Purification
    • R.C.
    • DiGize
    • PanAway
    • Stress Away
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge Member Resources

AND you will get everything you need to start you on your oily journey from me OR $20 cash back!

  •  Diffuser necklace
  • Two 10ml roller bottles
  • Steel straw
  • Glass bottle with dropper
  • Glass spray bottle
  • Steel funnel
  • The Happy Oils Handbook
  • Access to our oily Facebook group


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  • Order here!
  • Choose your starter kit and if you choose a starter kit equaling $150 or more, you will receive your gifts from me!
  • Once your order has been processed, you will soon receive your Happy Oils Handbook via email and access to our extremely helpful facebook group.

Contact me if you have any questions or need help signing up!


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