what are essential oils?

Essential oils actually aren’t just for smelling! They have been used to support healing for centuries. People have been using plants as medicine since the beginning of time! 

Essential oils are concentrated organic compounds extracted from a plant’s seeds, flowers, bark, roots, leaves, stems, rinds, fruit and resin.  When these plants are grown in the right conditions, harvested at the correct time, and distilled with the utmost care (read more about Young Living’s Seed to Seal process here) they can aid in keeping our bodies healthy, well, and happy –  which is how our bodies were intended to be.

Essential oils are NOT the same as vegetable and/or olive oils. Vegetable oils are obtained from the fatty parts of a plant like the nuts, seeds or kernels and are greasy. They can also go rancid over time. Young Living’s essential oils do not go rancid or expire. In the essential oils world, we refer to the kitchen oils (olive, coconut, avocado, grape seed, etc.) as carrier oils since they are often used to dilute the potency of therapeutic grade essential oils when applying to your skin.

Not all essential oils are created equal! 

Essential oils should smell exactly like the plant they come from – nothing more, nothing less. Often, companies will add things like vanillin to make them smell sweeter. Do your oils smell like a plant or a dessert? If it says 100% pure but it smells sweet, chances are something else has been added. This means that the therapeutic properties are either decreased or nonexistent.

Read more here about why Young Living is the best choice.


Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and applying oils directly to the skin is a great way to target areas of need. Make sure to check the labels for dilution instructions because some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grape-seed oil, organic olive oil, V6 oil, etc.), while others can be applied directly on the skin with no dilution (aka “neat”). A quick way to get oils into your system is by applying to the bottoms of your feet or other pressure points, which is known as the “Vita Flex Technique.”


Inhaling oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous healing responses in the body, and is the quickest way for your body to use the oils. You can use a variety of diffusers to enjoy the aromatic benefits of oils, simply inhale them straight from the bottle or apply a few drops to your hands and breathe in deeply.


Young Living is the only company with a Seed to Seal promise and offers an exclusive Vitality line of oils for ingestion. Add a few drops to your water, put them in a capsule, or add them to your favorite recipe!