My intent was this will be a quick post … easy-peasy! And then there was a need to explain about the different oils available, so if you already have oils that are safe to be used internally feel free to skip to the recipe. If not, let me share some insight.
DISCLAIMER – There are a wide variety of essential oils on the market. Please be sure to check the labels on your oils so you are using them safely and according to their directions. Some are for external use only.
I’ve been using essential oils since early 2005 after receiving an ‘off-the-list’ Christmas gift from my sister. She had my name for the Christmas exchange and came across this book (be sure to check this link out for the free book sample); it sounded like something I would enjoy trying and BOY AM I GLAD she went outside the box! Now just so you know, I have not read this book word for word, but it has been in active circulation in our home ever since I received it … the worn edges and AMAZING smell that covers its pages from the variety of essential oils that have accidentally splattered them are a true sign of how well it’s been used!
The book sparked my curiosity and I started looking into finding the oils, but I was caught off guard by how expensive they were! I had NO background knowledge and at the time didn’t know anybody else that used them so I was treading through ALL of the endless information about essential oils on my own. I was an amateur essential oil user and found a reliable site that offered a wide variety of oils for a reasonable price (you know me … always trying to get a better product for the cheapest price); however, these could only be used externally which I thought was normal for all essential oils … little did I know at that time there was something out there that COULD be used internally also.
A few of the ones I started with were eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, tea tree, thyme, lemon, vetiver, rosemary, rose geranium, and bergamot. Why those you ask? These were the ones that weren’t outrageous expensive and seemed to give me the most options when following some of the recipes from the book my sister gave me. Later I added: grapefruit, palmarosa, peppermint, spearmint, coriander, fennel, juniper berry, cypress, cinnamon bark, hyssop, and frankincense.
Fast-forward five years after I had started making bath salts with blends I had created for a variety of purposes and was completely satisfied with the essential oils I was using. One day my cousin shared she had started using Young Living oils, she liked the idea they were okay to be used internally since she would be using them on her children and it made her feel better to know if they would get a little of the oils in their mouth it would be safe. Truth be told – my first response was WOW, these sound great and then I looked at their price and my tuned went from I want to use Young Living oils to my oils have served their purpose well for the past five years just fine, I REALLY don’t want to spend that amount of money.
Fast-forward five more years, I just recently used some of my Christmas cash and bought a starter kit from Young Living … at this point I wished it hadn’t taken me 10 years to get my hands on essential oils that are safe for internal use. Before Young Living I would state, “I really don’t have any desire to use them internally, so what’s the big deal?” Well, now that I have them, I have changed my tune yet again and have been trying out the many ways to use my Young Living essential oils to support a healthier lifestyle.
In some sense I feel like I am starting all over with my essential oils because there are so many more uses for Young Livings oils than what I was used to, so to help with my learning curve I attended a Young Living class about the chemistry behind essential oils and the instructor mentioned how peppermint essential was great as a dietary supplement and helped support the digestive system. LIGHTBULB! The Mr. struggles with heartburn on a regular basis, so my wheels started turning and it was worth a try. I am not opposed to over-the-counter and prescription medicine by any means, but if a simple natural solution would bring health benefits then I am open to giving it a try and if it works for us I am willing to make that lifestyle change if not then as least we tried and no harm was done. As we all know, everybody is different so may have different results, but we will be trading in our antacids for some Young Living peppermint oils. If you are would like to see how you can benefit from these oils ask me for a free sample, how you can get them at wholesale price, or how you can get your own starter kit.
1 cup water
1 drop Young Living peppermint essential oil
Bottle with lid
Add water and peppermint oil to bottle. Shake well. Drink.
Cost comparison: $0.07 for one dose of peppermint water vs. $0.04 for two tums