We’ve been using Young Living essential oils for a while now and have had lots of success with them. This is a list of the ones we’ve used and how they’ve benefited our family:
This one is my favorite because it’s the one that has been helping Enzo with his epilepsy. It counteracts side effects of his medications and has decreased the frequency and severity of his seizures. We use it on him at least twice a day, 2-3 drops on each foot. I’ve also used it to heal an ingrown toenail and blisters on my feet. We also like to diffuse it. To learn more about frankincense click here.
UPDATE: Enzo developed a resistance to Frankincense because we used it on him so often. We now only use it to help with seizures after he’s having trouble, not as a preventative.
This one is a blend of several essential oils. It does exactly what you’d think, relieves stress (and anxiety). I used it on Enzo when he was anxious about starting preschool and on myself all the time! I like to buy it with a roller for easy application. We apply to bottoms of our feet, wrists, or back of the neck. Learn more about it here.
Orange, Lemon and Bergamot
Citrus oils improve brain function, balance emotions, work as natural disinfectants, and they smell wonderful. Warning: When I was first learning about oils, I rubbed Bergamot all over the back of the kids’ necks… I learned the hard way that citrus oils can also cause skin to become photosensitive… Do not expose skin to the sunlight for 48 hours after use! I recommend diffusing them or using on bottoms of feet. Learn more about them here, here, and here.
We use peppermint for nausea and headaches. For nausea, rub 2-3 drops together in your hand, cup your hands over your face and breathe it in. This worked miracles for my car sickness riding around in the back of taxi cabs in NYC last spring. I’ve used it the same way for headaches and also directly applied it to the base of my neck. I like to diffuse peppermint too to help everybody “wake up” in the morning. Peppermint oil is very strong, so wash your hands with soap after you apply it. If you happen to get it in your eye it will burn! Do not flush with water… use milk or heavy cream. (Gross, I know, but I promise it works!) Then flush with water. Additional info about Peppermint here.
I love the way lavender smells, so it’s a constant in the diffuser. It’s great for calming and reducing stress and anxiety (it’s in the Stress Away blend too). I like to mix Lavender with the citrus oils in the diffuser. They smell great together! I’ve also rubbed lavender on the bottoms of our feet to relieve anxiety, but usually only do that when I’m out of the Stress Away. Learn more here.
I use this one to alleviate muscle pain in my neck and back. I rub it directly where the soreness is and pain is gone in a matter of minutes. I have a 7 year old that still wets the bed almost every night and we’re currently trying this oil to help with that. We’re on night 3 and it isn’t helping much yet, but we’re giving it some more time because I know others have had success using it this way. Learn more about Cypress here.
UPDATE: Cypress did NOT work for us for bedwetting. We’re still trying other combinations, hopefully we can find a solution.
We hesitated to try Thieves because it’s supposedly a seizure-inducer for some. But when winter hit this year, the snotty noses and infections hit us hard. I had to try something. First sign of snot, I started rubbing one drop on the bottoms of the kids’ feet. Worked like a charm. Cured Enzo’s ear infection and the snot turned from yellow to clear. If you’re only going to start with one oil, this is the one I’d recommend.
I would love to hear about which oils (or other Young Living products) you’re using, so feel free to share in the comments!
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