Essential Oils 101

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

Young Living Essential Oils
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You’ve probably heard of essential oils. You may have experienced your yoga instructor using them at the end of class to get you into that sweet savasana bliss. Maybe you have a roll-on bottle of lavender stashed for times you need a little relaxation moment or some citrus oil you use in a diffuser to make your house smell nice. How much do you actually know about essential oils though, other than that they smell pretty freaking good? For instance, what exactly are they? We asked Holistic Nutritionist and Essential Oil/Plant Medicine Educator and Distributor, Angela Notarangelo, this and so much more.

What are Essentials Oils?

Essential oils are the“lifeblood”/ immune system of a plant because the oil protects the plant from disease, provides nutrients and helps to repel insects. Pure therapeutic grade oils are nature's volatile aromatic compounds generated in plants, shrubs, tree roots and bushes. The power/potency of each oil lies in its constituents and their synergy. Every essential oil is unique as they are composed of 200-500 bio constituents which makes them so unique.

Why do they work?