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Sunday, June 4, 2017



Over time, essential oils have been used in therapy with many different application methods. Each method was developed through centuries of trial and error resulting in tried and true natural therapies that are honed to provide tangible results. As much of this knowledge has been around for thousands of years, the safe practices and application methods of essential oils are well documented. These methods are generally separated into 3 different, contemporary models: French, German, and English.
The French model consists of two delivery techniques; non-diluted topical application and ingestion. The German model is centered around the inhalation of the aromatic compounds and vapor of essential oils. The English model suggests diluting essential oils with vegetable or other base oil and applying to the skin in conjunction with massage therapy. Each oil has ideal delivery techniques, which are discussed in detail in our individual essential oil lessons.


Therapeutic grade essential oils are incredibly concentrated and pure, exceeding 1000x the concentrations found in plant matter. These concentrations can have powerful therapeutic effects, but if used non-diluted, topical application may cause skin sensitivities. Just as people may be allergic to a specific set of plants, people can also exhibit allergic reactions to a specific set of oils. To reduce the risk when introducing oneself to oils, follow these guidelines:
V-6 Vegetable OilTopical Application:
1) Always complete an allergy test of an essential oil before using. This can be done by applying a small drop of the full strength oil to the inner arm or wrist and waiting 30min. to observe any inflamed or red areas.
2) When using a new essential oil at full strength, first apply it to the bottom of one’s feet. This is an ideal site for the absorption of oils, and is the least likely to exhibit skin reactions.
3) Keep a bottle of vegetable oil nearby when applying an oil full-strength and rub it onto the application site if any adverse reactions or sensitivities occur. Keep in mind that essential oils are oil, not water soluble and washing with water is much less effective at removing and diluting than applying a base oil.
4) When new to essential oils, apply each oil one at a time, rather than a blend. With this method, if any adverse reaction occurs, it will be apparent which oil is the root cause.
5) There are no instances where application of essential oil to the eyes is recommended. In fact, just the vapor of many oils, for example peppermint, can cause irritation and tearing. Use good judgment when choosing a spot to apply strong oils.
6) Some oils (specifically citrus oils) are UV sensitive, and, may cause irritation or darkening of skin upon exposure to sunlight up to 4 days after application. See our lessons on individual oils for more information on UV sensitivity.
1) Never consume full-strength essential oils, always dilute them with milk, soy milk or olive oil.
2) When using a new essential oil, test your reaction to a single drop in a glass of >4oz. milk or soy milk before increasing dosage.
3) Never consume more than 2-3 drops (in solution) in an 8 hour period.
4) Many oils are Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) to ingest but some are intended only for aromatic or topical use. Consult our lessons on individual oils to determine if an essential oil is GRAS. Also, when you order an oil through Young Living, they will include information about GRAS oils with your shipment.
Inhaling Essential OilsInhalation:
1) Be careful not to touch the eye area when inhaling oils from hands.
2) When using strong oils, limit time in immediate vicinity of an essential oil diffuser as the concentrated vapors may cause eye irritation.
3) Some oils may irritate eyes and may even damage contact lenses and are not recommended for diffusing or direct inhalation. Turn to our online lessons on individual oils for details and recommendations on inhalation-friendly oils.
Further Recommendations:
Essential oils can have powerful effects on the body and should be treated with the same caution and respect given to prescription medications. With this in mind,  following recommendations are made:
1) Do not topically apply or ingest full strength essential oils if nursing or pregnant without consulting a physician.
2) Do not apply menthol containing oils of any strength topically to children less than 2 years old. See our lessons on individual oils to determine if an oil contains menthol.
3) Use caution when administering essential oils to children orally, and never give oils orally to children under 6 years old.
4) Keep essential oils out of reach of children.
5) If a child ingests more than 5 drops of any essential oil, call a poison control center immediately.
6) Use caution if you are epileptic or have high blood pressure, as certain oils may interact with your conditions. Please consult our library of lessons on individual oils for indications.


In a modernized world where aerosols, concentrated cleaners, detergents, and solvents are found throughout the home, it is difficult to separate oneself from mass-manufactured, synthesized chemical products. We wash our hair with chemicals, we clean our cookware with chemicals, we wash our clothes with chemicals, we are constantly exposed.
For someone looking to reduce this exposure, essential oil-based products can replace many of these conventional chemical products. Due to their highly concentrated nature, products utilizing therapeutic essential oils can be even more powerful than conventional cleaners and detergents.
GRAS essential oils may be used in the kitchen to created incredibly flavorful meals with only a few drops. Ginger, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg give great flavor to cookies and cakes. Adding a few drops of mandarin orange essential oil mixed with 1tsp. agave or brown rice syrup to a glass of cool water makes a refreshing drink on a hot day.

This completes our fifth and final lesson in our Core Knowledge program. To continue your journey into the world of essential oils you can sign up under School of Essential Oils as a Young Living Independent Distributor and get 24/7 online access to all of the School of Essential Oils course materials and the Young Living community of resources and support.
Other classes with School of Essential Oils include individual lessons on each oil with details on its composition and applications, advanced knowledge about natural support methods for the systems of the body, and informative courses on how you can use your Young Living distributorship to create financial freedom for yourself and your family.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call 310 6333676. We would love to talk with you and share samples of the products and our own experience as a part of the wonderful community of Young Living Independent Distributors. If you have a particular need that you wish to address, we have essential oil experts who are more than happy to talk to you on the phone or by email to recommend an oil or blend of oils for your situation.

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Orange Essential Oil

Orange Essential OilInvigorate yourself with Orange Essential Oil. It is immensely rich in vitamins and minerals and rejuvenates you by driving out depression and anxiety. It refreshes and gives a sense of calmness to your hectic life.
Orange Essential Oil has anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. Through regular use, it improves your digestion, detoxifies the body and helps in multiple skin ailments. Ongoing research has also shown that Orange Essential Oil even has anti-cancer properties which help the body combat tumor growth.
Orange oil is extracted from Citrus sinensis (also known as Citrus aurantium var. dulcis and C. aurantium var. sinensis) of the Rutaceae family commonly known as Portugal or China orange. It is rich in powerful antioxidant d-limonene which helps in maintaining normal cellular growth.

Primary Benefits of Orange Essential Oil*

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic
  • Improves Digestion
  • Anti-Cancer
  • Encourages Detoxification
  • Skin Treatment
  • Adds flavor to food and drinks
  • Effective insect repellent
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

History of Orange Plant

The name of the fruit is presumably derived from the Sanskrit Nāraṅgaḥ  and Telugu Naringa, which after moving through different languages finally became orange in English. Orange plant is believed to be a native of Southeast Asia. Different varieties were grown in both the regions of India, which dates back almost 7000 years. Many historians are of the opinion that it was grown in the orchards of China by the beginning of the 1st century. Soon, the nobility grew fond of this delightful fruit, which gave rise to a growing competition among cultivators to produce larger and tastier oranges in order to please them.
Among the Europeans, Romans were the first to taste this juicy fruit. It reached the Roman Empire around the 1st century BC. Persian traders introduced this fruit to the Roman Empire. The Romans developed the first orchard of oranges in North Africa, in around the 1st century AD.
History of Orange PlantOranges reached Europe in the 16th century BC, by Portuguese traders, therefore, the name Portugal orange, is used in many Mediterranean languages, probably as a sign of acknowledgment. It was then introduced to America, by Spanish conquistadors’. Today, Brazil is the leading producer of oranges and accounts for almost half of the world’s total production.
Now most of the orange essential oil is produced in France, Italy, Israel, Cyprus and the United States.

Chemistry of Orange

Chemistry of OrangeOrange is a rich source of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, folic acid, vitamin B6, flavonoids, pectin and dietary fiber. Besides, it also contains a significant amount of minerals like potassium salt, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, etc. It does not contain harmful cholesterol and fats. It can be of immense help in many ailments like high blood pressure, hardening of arteries, constipation, heart disease and stomach ulcer. Besides, it contains antioxidants, which are effective in protecting the body from harmful free radicals. So, the regular consumption of this nutritious fruit will definitely help you to remain healthy and fit.
The main chemical components of orange oil are a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, citronellal, neral and geranial.
Orange contains 96% monoterpene which is characteristic of all citrus rind oils. Limonene, a monoterpene comprises 90% of this essential oil. Limonene is reported to have anti-carcinogenic activity (Opkyke 1974c p. 733). Orange essential oil is reported to retard tumor formation when a mouse was treated with a primary carcinogen (Nacino et al 1975). Monoterpenes stimulate the immune system. The character, fragrance and healing properties are determined by the over 140 minor chemical trace compounds. The numerous trace chemical compounds in orange essential oil provide synergistic and dramatic results. Other components include: Esters which provide anti-inflammatory properties. Aldehydes are very fragrant and have a powerful effect on the endocrine system. Alcohols are supportive to the immune system. Ketones are anti-microbial and liquefy mucus in the body. Orange stimulates the lymphatic system to facilitate the elimination of toxins.

Uses for Orange Essential Oil

Clinical trials using d-limonene as a cancer inhibitor have been conducted for well over a decade. D-Limonene and its digestion by-product Perillyl alcohol have been studied at the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University-Purdue University, University of Arizona as well as various other medical center trials.
Orange Essential Oil has remarkable anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumoral properties based on it’s high 85%-96% limonene chemistry. Studies show that Orange Essential Oil has combated tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies.Uses for Orange Essential Oil

Usage Tips

  • Put two drops of Orange Essential Oil in a capsule; take three times daily or as needed as dietary supplement.
  • Dilute one drop of oil with one drop of olive oil and apply to desired area as needed as tropical treatment.
  • Put a few drops of oil with water in a spray bottle. Diffuse up to one hour three times daily for aromatic treatment.
  • Take few drops of oil and use as a massage oil on affected areas of the body.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath for a revitalizing bath.
  • Add a drop of bitter orange essential oil to warm salt water and gargle, to relive a sore throat.

Get Started Using Orange Essential Oil

Get Started Using Orange Essential OilThe best way to harness the benefits of orange is to use a pure therapeutic grade orange essential oil. When sourcing orange essential oil, be careful to avoid adulterated, diluted or synthetic oils. The majority of commercially available “essential oils” are either partial synthetic reproductions or true essential oils cut with solvents and extenders. You can safeguard against these adulterated oils by seeking out oils that adhere to ANFOR/ISO therapeutic grade essential oil standards. These standards call out specific ratios and concentrations of active ingredients required, which guarantees the purity and potency of your oils.
At School of Essential Oils we only use and recommend Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils which are farmed organically and carefully produced to the strictest quality standards. Click here to find out how to order top-quality therapeutic grade essential oils directly from Young Living at either the wholesale or retail price.


At School of Essential Oils, we are dedicated to promoting well-being and a natural lifestyle through online education and providing access to quality therapeutic grade essential oils. We produce a free 5-part online course which offers an introduction to essential oils, the chemistry behind essential oils, history and resources. Each lesson is less than 10 minutes long, presented as an engaging and easy to read article with photos and video.


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