Essential Oils For Beginners

Essential Oils For Beginners

You may have noticed that essential oils are a hot topic these days.  I knew of them in my hippie days (oh yes, I had hippie days), but they were never a common topic that I can remember.  But now, most homes I enter have a bottle or two here, a diffuser and kit there and friends are becoming essential oil evangelists!  There is good reason for it though, and today my beautiful friend Tara Pinho will explain to us why her family gave into the essential oil phenomenon and how these oils can benefit us all…
XXOO Natalie
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Post and photos by Tara Pinho

It was just another head cold circulating the Pinho house and I was becoming a rather weary mama of three sniffling, aching, feverish little beauties. Would this ever end? Would I be wiping noses ’til the cows come home? Out of desperation I gave up, gave in and sent out a plea for some of those “hippie oils” all my friends couldn’t keep quiet about. Friends, we have never been the same. Essential oils have changed our lives and we now use them for pretty much everything.
Why Essential Oils
Essential oils are truly and honestly God’s gift to moms. There is such a peace which comes in knowing you are supporting your family’s defense systems in the purest of ways with oils. There are no worries about chemicals or negative side effects. Not only that, but our bodies are actually being improved and our immune system strengthened all while fighting bacteria, viruses and fungus by simply applying, diffusing and taking oils internally.
Jut a few examples, when the day is winding down, but the children aren’t we simply diffuse oils like Lavender or Peace and Calming or rub it on their pillows.  We apply Stress Away on our necks when it’s been one of those days. When tummies are upset we rub on diluted Di-Gize. And diffusing Peppermint during homeschool increases concentration and stimulates the minds of distracted and tired 1st graders.
Most of us have already begun making our own home cleaners, however, essential oils have taken ours to a whole new level by adding Lemon and Thieves oil which eliminates 99% of household bacteria.  We also use Purification which, when diffused, cleanses the air of toxins and impurities and also acts as an insect repellant! Sorry, but I hate all things spider.
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How Oils Work
When inhaled it takes approximately 22 seconds for essential oils to reach every cell in your body. When applied to skin it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach every cell in your body. Essential oils actually have the ability to penetrate cell membranes and cross blood-brain barriers. These oils affect the limbic system, the brain’s center of emotion, “…and because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance, scientists have learned that oil fragrances may be one of the fastest ways to achieve physiological and psychological effects.” Article: Essential oils are some of the most powerful antioxidants determined by the ORAC test developed at Tufts University. And, as we know, antioxidants help clear the body of free radicals (from sun, toxins, alcohol, processed food, etc).
Where to Begin
Purity is extremely, over the top crucial when using essential oils. This can not be stressed enough. Here at the Pinho casa, we use Young Living Essential Oils because, with all my heart, I believe they are the purest. Young Living owns their own farms and grows and distills their own plants. No one else does this. There are zero synthetics in their oils and trust me you do not want synthetic oils on or in your body.
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If I had to choose only three Young Living oils it would most certainly be Peppermint, Lavender and Thieves. I would say I truly use these near daily! Peppermint for focus, digestive health, nausea, neck and shoulder tension/pain, stuffy noses and sore throats. Lavender for every boo boo known to child, burns, all things skin related, relaxation and sleep, allergies, congestion, repelling misquotes and soothing bug bites. Thieves to support our immune systems, eliminating airborne bacteria and cleansing the home.
When I started using oils I actually purchased the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. It comes with 9 of your most basic every day oils. Which is a great way to jump in to the wonderful world of essential oils! It also comes with a must have diffuser and more!
Make a Change
It’s a simple step that I encourage you to take. There is a great deal of support in the Young Living community including my blog If you have other questions or if you are interested in getting started on Young Living Oils contact me directly at
Caution: Keep essential oils out of reach of children. If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use.
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2 Responses to Essential Oils For Beginners

  1. CommunityEats November 4, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Love this article, thank you for sharing so practically Tara! I personally use doTerra, but have many friends that love Young Living too. I know alliances with one EO company or another have sparked many an online ‘ Mommy War’. CommunityEats is all about promoting health, and have no alliance to one brand or another!

    • Tara November 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Yes! I always feel like I owe it to be people to stress the importance of purity. It’s so true, people can really get in to the essential oil war debate which wasn’t my intention at all. Yuck! So when I speak of the Young Living purity it’s mostly to stress the dangers of the more inexpensive “over the counter” oils. Those can be so dangerous! Love you guys!

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