How I Use Essential Oils – And A Giveaway!

This past spring we children wanted to purchase a diffuser and some essential oils for my mother as a birthday gift.  After researching our options, we ended up signing up with Young Living and buying a premium starter kit that included a diffuser, eleven different essential oils and other samples.  One of the main reasons we signed up was because we were interested in stocking up on some oils and this way we could get the 24% off discount, but at the time I was a little skeptical.

I had often heard people talk about the benefits of essential oils but I hadn’t experienced them myself.  Once we received the oils, I quickly learned the difference between inexpensive essential oils (many of which are watered down,  diluted with other oils or come from synthetic sources) and the pure, high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils that come from Young Living.  I have mentioned briefly in previous posts how much the oils have been a blessing to us but I thought it would be fun to share all the different ways that we use some of the oils we currently have in our possession!

raindrop oils

These six oils are part of the Raindrop Technique … a massage treatment that I found to be very helpful.  A friend of mine did it for me when I had injured myself and I was amazed at how effective it was.  It definitely provided more relief than other creams, salves, rubs, etc.  I decided to get the oils to have on hand and I now need to teach my sisters how to do it 😉  We have also used some of these in cooking.

citrus oils

Citrus Fresh is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine and spearmint.  We like to diffuse it to help cleanse the air.  It’s good in drinking water too.  The same goes for lemon and orange.  I like to include lemon in my facial oils for its cleansing properties, or in drinking water along with orange.  I also diffuse it to freshen up the room.

pain relief oils

When my horse threw me the other day and I landed on my neck/shoulders, I was in a lot of pain!  And it happened to be the afternoon before Thanksgiving Day, so our chiropractor wasn’t open for visits.  I had just ordered Deep Relief but it had not arrived in the mail yet, so I used Valor II and Stress Away.  Personally, I like the smell of Valor better than Valor II but sometimes it isn’t in stock and the II version seems to work well.  I rubbed the Valor II into the bottoms of my feet and my neck and shoulders, and then I rubbed the Stress Away into my neck and shoulders too.  I planned to layer PanAway also but I experienced so much relief from the first two, that I held off on the PanAway and just used it when I was going to bed, since laying down was really painful!  These three really helped for a couple days but then the pain started to return so a friend of mine recommended another oil … I’ll share about that in a minute!

My sisters and I have used Valor when we were feeling out of alignment and in need of a chiropractic adjustment, and had great success.  I have just received the Deep Relief so haven’t used it much but a friend of mine told me that she has found it very helpful with menstrual cramping, and also for contractions in labor.

I believe that 3548Frankincense is the oil that has proved most remarkable to me!  I had heard that it provides oxygenation but was (again!) a little skeptical.  Then one of my dogs had a litter of puppies and she has a bad habit of squishing them.  I try to monitor as closely as a I can but there were two times that I found half-dead puppies from where she had apparently smothered them.  The one was still breathing but obviously struggling … I applied some frankincense to her chest and within a couple minutes she was breathing normally and nursing vigorously.  The second puppy was further gone – we could barely see any breath and I was quite sure we would lose him.  But with frankincense, helichrysum and prayer, he revived!  It took a little longer for him – probably 10 to 15 minutes before he was breathing normally, but he is now a healthy, active little guy and you’d never know anything had happened!

I mentioned that my friend had suggested another oil when my neck was in pain … it was frankincense.  It isn’t typically known as a pain relief oil but she was praying for me and that’s what came to mind, so I tried applying it to the back of my neck.  Within about 30 minutes, the pain and stiffness had lessened considerably and I was able to move my neck normally!

3563Helichrysum is the most expensive oil we currently have.  We became aware of its benefits when we had a litter of puppies that had umbilical cords that wouldn’t stop bleeding.  We normally tie them off with dental floss but it wasn’t working in this situation so a visiting friend let us use her helichrysum.  I was overseas when this happened but my sisters were so impressed with how well it worked and stopped the bleeding, so I suggested we all pitch together and get a bottle to have on hand.  We have used it several times with the dogs on bleeding cords or dewclaws, or even for ourselves.  Just this morning my sister Sarah came and showed me where she had cut her hand and it was still bleeding after applying a band-aid for awhile.  She put a drop of helichrysum on and it stopped bleeding!

lavender peppermint

This combination was my introduction to “oils that work”!  I have struggled with a certain type of “discomfort” in my head for years and I had heard people say that lavender and peppermint essential oils are helpful.  I had tried it, with the cheap ones, and there was no relief.  Just after we got our starter kit I had this “discomfort” and decided to give it a try.  It worked so well and I was thrilled!

Lavender has been my mother’s go-to oil for years.  She usually has a bottle in her purse and likes to put it on regularly.  It has so many wonderful qualities.  Among other things, I have had it relieve burns and painful finger callouses.  We use a lot of peppermint too – we put it in our toothpaste, diffuse it, put it in drinking water, etc.

peacecalming progessence

Peace & Calming is probably my favorite oil to just smell!  I love to wear it or diffuse it.  I have also used it to calm down our mother dogs sometimes and it can work the same way for people too!  The Progessence Plus is very helpful in balancing hormones and some of us girls use it to prevent normally painful cycles.  My mother also discovered that it helped relieve her hot flashes.  It has definitely been a blessing!


We purchased Lemongrass this past summer to help one of our dogs that had a skin issue, and quickly discovered that it prevents flies!  On a farm, this is a necessity and we much prefer using an all-natural resource rather than chemical products!  When we went camping for Sukkot a couple months ago, we had a lot of flies around the camp kitchen and we found that when we sprinkled lemongrass on a cloth or napkin and wiped down the tables, the flies disappeared.

We like to diffuse Purification, or put it in our laundry detergent.  I have also used it on bee/wasp stings … it provided a lot of relief and minimizes swelling.  I use Tea Tree for cleaning and fungal issues.  It has been very helpful when we’ve had several issues with our dog’s skin and I also use it with facial oils.

Thieves might be my second favorite blend.  We diffuse it often, especially this time of year.  We also use it in cleaning sprays and toothpaste.  If someone isn’t feeling well, especially cold/flu related, I have found it beneficial to apply it.

Do you use essential oils regularly?  Which are your favorites?

We will be giving away a 15ml bottle of Orange Essential Oil to one winner!  Everyone is welcome to enter in the rafflecopter below.

If you would like to sign up with Young Living to get your own discount, I have a special offer for anyone who joins our team!


If you sign up with a premium starter kit by December 15th, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a bottle of the Thieves Household Cleaner!

If you have any questions about the oils or signing up, please feel free to contact us.  In the meantime, happy entering and I hope you win 🙂

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44 thoughts on “How I Use Essential Oils – And A Giveaway!

  1. I love essential oils, and they have now been a huge part of my health routine. Thanks for your blog post, as I feel these oils are overlooked by many.

  2. Oh, my! I could never begin to say how much essential oils have blessed our lives! We believe in applying them with prayer, also, and God has come on the scene and touched our bodies so many times. I was struggling much with breathing issues and ended up with pneumonia and several other problems. A dear friend of mine had recommended the oils, and we ordered the starter kit from Young Living. I started using Thieves, among other oils, but Thieves is my all-time favorite. It will stop a sore throat in its tracks in just a matter of minutes. God has used Thieves many times to stave off sickness in our home. I could never thank Him enough for allowing us to come across the oils. I have never tried the orange, so I would LOVE to win this giveaway!! Thank you so much for offering it! God bless you all. 🙂

    1. That’s a great point about the prayer, Cheryl. I do personally believe that when Scripture talks about anointing the sick with oil and praying for them, it was referring more to the healing properties essential oils than just putting a drip of oil on someone’s forehead!

  3. Thanks for offering this giveaway Hannah. How do I sign up for Living Oils?
    I have never heard of them before nor used any of their products.
    You said you tried getting rid of your headache with peppermint oil. Did you know it was not the real stuff when it didn’t go away?

    1. Hi Ashley, thanks for commenting! And no, I didn’t know that it wasn’t the real stuff … I assumed that the people who told me had talked up the results or that it just didn’t work with my body! It was only shortly before we signed up with Young Living that I realized the difference in oil qualities, and I have learned even so much more since becoming a representative.

      But I will also mention that in my opinion, essential oils are personal. Even with YL oils, I had people recommend certain ones as being effective for certain issues, and I used them and didn’t see a difference – even though others had great success with them. But other oils have worked so well, like I mentioned the frankincense – it isn’t typically known for providing relief from muscle pain but it sure helped me! So I think because all of our bodies are made up a little differently, certain oils work better for us – that’s why I call them personal 😉 And that’s why I always recommend oils with a disclaimer … “this has worked really well for me but I can’t guarantee the results!”

      This is our signup link: It takes you to a page where you have to choose whether to sign up as a Member or a Retail Customer – you would choose Member and follow the prompts. There are several startup options … you have a to purchase a kit and you can see all the details on them here: Our special offer (the free book and entry to giveaway) applies to any of the Premium Starter Kits. When you begin the signup process, you will be asked to choose which starter kit you want, so I would suggest visiting the page and checking them all out first to see which one would work best for you and your family. My recommendation would be Dewdrop or Bamboo, since they are the cheaper ones that provide a great selection of oils. The Ningxia Red and Thieves kits are also nice but you don’t get all the oils.

      If you plan to spend at least $50/month on oils, there is a great option called Essential Rewards where you earn points on your orders so that you can actually get products for free! I did not choose this option in the beginning because I wasn’t planning on spending that amount of money every month, but once I realized that we were placing orders regularly I joined the Essential Rewards program a couple months ago and currently have at least $60 worth of free products (of my choice) waiting for me to redeem.

      If you have any questions or would like more information on any of this, feel free to email me directly! Signing up can be a little confusing at times but I had a good friend who helped me figure it all out and I’m happy to do the same for anyone else 🙂

  4. I have been wanting to learn about essential oils for awhile now. Thank you for the great information so far. Would love to learn more.

  5. Thanks for such a comprehensive post on these essential oils, Hannah! I’ve been meaning to try them, but just haven’t had the chance to do my research yet. Your take on each of these saves me some time and definitely puts me closer to trying them.

    Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop. It’s so great for you to join us this week!

    1. I’m glad to hear that, Maria! I was a little intimidated when I first started getting into oils and it’s really nice when someone can break down the information and make it easy to understand. I had to learn fast because my family members kept asking “what oil should I use for this?” 🙂 I hear it all the time! My pocket reference has been a lifesaver! 😉

  6. I have heard dear friends rave about so many essential oils. we have a few, but I have yet to spring and get those good quality one from YL. You have just inspired me to start socking away some of my cash for a starter kit! I especially love peppermint oil for the frequent neck cramps I get.

    1. That’s a great idea!! One of my new inspirations is to actually start stocking away oils for my hope chest! They don’t expire and I think that would be a great thing to have on hand when starting a family 🙂

  7. no i have not! but i attended an online YL intro class last month and really loved learning about the company & their values. they really seem awesome and i’d love to try their oils. this orange oil would be an awesome addition to my homemade cleaning solution 🙂

  8. Thank you and may the Lord bless you and your family.

    The essential oils are truly a gift from the Lord for our healing. We’ve never used YL and your post is a wonderful testimony for the oils.

    We have a Young Living farm down the road from us!!!!!!


    1. That’s so neat about the farm! Are you able to visit it? I know that representatives are allowed to visit the farms anytime but I don’t recall if they’re always open to the public.

  9. Thanks, Hannah, for this informative blog about essential oils. I am visiting as a neighbor from the Linkup today. I had never heard some of what you shared here. The information is great.
    Blessings on you and your family,

  10. Hi! I was wondering if you could recommend an essential oil that would help a dog’s ears. He has chronic issues that we have spent tons of money on at the vets. Since you have dogs,I thought maybe you’ve come up against this issue and possibly have found something that’s worked for them. Thanks for listening 🙂

  11. Yes. Duke is a black lab, and he has itching and infections. I think I remembered the vet saying something about yeast. He has been on steroids and then was switched to a new medication that was not supposed to be so damaging long term.

    1. Aww, I love black Labs 🙂 I haven’t had to deal with ear infections since we’ve started using oils, although I wish I would have known about them back when I had a chocolate Lab that had ear issues. However I have done a little research and read testimonials from other people, some of which only mentioned dog ear infections but at least one specified it was yeast related. There are 4 main oils that people have used for their dog’s ear infections: Purification (a blend), Lavender, Tea Tree, and Thieves (also a blend). Some only used two or three of these, some used all four. You would not want to put the oils directly in ears, but use them to wipe around the ears. If you would like more information about how to use them or pricing, feel free to email me directly.

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