Core Class 1: Introduction to Essential Oils

Thank you for registering at School of Essential Oils! Over the next 5 days you will learn how and why millions of people use essential oils for natural wellness and to achieve a sustainable and chemical-free lifestyle while increasing their longevity and vitality.

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Peppermint Essential OilIf you’ve never experienced the full power of therapeutic grade essential oils before, then you are in for a real treat. Consider this… next time you need a burst of energy, reach for a bottle of peppermint oil. Effectively kill dangerous bacteria in your home and prevent infection in your family with just a quick spray of Thieves oil blend in a bottle. Imagine how relaxed you would feel knowing that you could find freedom from insomnia without the use of any prescription medications, simply by rubbing Peace and Calming essential oil blend to the soles of your feet. And did you know that Clove oil has more than 1,000 times the antioxidant value of blueberries, helping to fight free-radicals and prevent cancer?

All-natural therapeutic grade essential oils have a myriad of powerful uses, and their safe applications have been enjoyed for literally thousands of years!

  • Anti-bacterial properties make them highly effective for sanitizing, disinfecting, deodorizing and air purification.
  • Some essential oils make excellent toxin free cleaning agents for removal of grease, oil, carpet stains, crayon, etc.
  • Powerful anti-oxidant properties in some essential oils make them amazingly effective in anti-aging, energy and health giving applications.
  • And of course, nothing beats the power of essential oils in personal care products for skin, hair and personal hygiene.


Our society has progressed, over time, in agriculture, transportation, and communication. Each innovation intended to improve and enhance the quality of our lives also adds another layer of complexity. Each layer of complexity brings us further from our naturally simplistic origins.

Essential Oils DistillingMedical practices have evolved from the fungus, lichens, and herbs utilized by neanderthals 60,000 years ago to the use of surgical robots and synthetic drugs. Today’s practice of medicine has never been so complex. The synthetic drugs themselves are typically a single active ingredient coupled with an amalgamation of various “inactive” compounds. They often include benzoates, parabens, and sulphites as preservatives, gelatins and waxes for delivery, and any combination of artificial colors. However, even after 60,000+ years, many modern drugs still contain plant based compounds, and approximately 30% of all prescription drugs are based on naturally occurring plant compounds.


Plants have been used continually in medicine since its inception. The essential oils of plants have likewise been employed for thousands of years and for a variety of uses. They have been flavorings, perfumes, cleaners, and bug repellents in addition to their applications in preventative and reactive medicine. As the complexity of modern medicine has compounded, so has the interest of its patients in taking a more natural, holistic approach to their health care. Once understood, essential oils can be a powerful tool that can be employed as an alternative or in compliment to modernized medicine to naturally support the body’s systems.

Essential oils are renowned for their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. In therapeutic applications, they can:

  • Regenerate tissue
  • Deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Encourage circulation
  • Provide pain relief
  • Stimulate secretion of antibodies
  • Balance hormones
  • Combat free-radicals
  • Chelate heavy metals from the body
  • Provide strong emotional balancing effects

Around the home they can act as powerful, natural cleaners and replace harmful synthesized chemical cleaners. As aromatics, they can balance mood and provide clarity of mind. These fundamental actions, among many others, are the reasons people keep returning to essential oils for comfort, therapy, and medication.

What is an essential oil?

An essential oil is an aromatic, volatile liquid extracted from the flowers, buds, roots, leaves, seeds, or bark of a plant. Essential oils do not consist of a single active ingredient, as many synthetic drugs do; they are a heterogeneous Helichrysum Buds for Making Essential Oilmixture of 80-300 unique, active chemicals. The combinations and ratios of these active constituents give each essential oil its own unique properties and practical applications. The term “Therapeutic Grade” is used to describe an essential oil that was created in a way that preserves these ratios in their most effective form, an essential oil that has not been diluted with other oils (as most commercially available essential oils are), and has undergone ISO (International Standards Organization) certification. Therapeutic grade essential oils are recommended for the most effective therapy. Care must be taken when choosing oils in the US as this term is used loosely and often without ISO certification.

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.

The next lesson discusses the creation and history of essential oils.
Until next time, be well! And thanks for joining us at School of Essential Oils.