Your Premium Starter Kit recently arrived in the mail from Young Living, and you’re over the moon excited. But… there’s a lot to unpack and you’re not sure where to start. Right? Right. Opening a starter kit doesn’t need to be overwhelming. I promise. Before you jump in to diffuser blends with 6 different oils, and building your own dietary capsules (yes, that’s a thing), why not start simple?
Over the next day or two, explore the oils in your starter kit with these 5 different steps.
5 Ways to Explore Your Starter Kit
1. Diffuse a single oil for 30 minutes.
Your diffuser is soon going to be your best friend, but it’s important to know a thing or two about diffusing oils before you jump into it. We all have different tolerance levels for essential oils, and it’s important to ease into diffusing so that your body has a chance to adjust to these powerful, plant based substances. Start low (in terms of how many drops of oil you add) and go slow (try 30 minutes at a time). Don’t overwhelm your senses. Pure essential oils are incredibly safe, but if you overdo it right out of the gates, you may find yourself with a headache, or turned off by the new smells.
So while starter kit diffuser blends may suggest adding anywhere from 4-10 drops of oil, I recommend starting with something dead simple.
Take out your bottle of lavender essential oil, and add 2-3 drops into your diffuser. Or try 2-3 drops of lemon. Lavender is a very gentle oil, and lemon is a common smell. So neither should overwhelm you in your early days of diffusing.
Make sure you always read your diffuser’s user manual so you understand safe limits, and if you don’t even know how to turn your diffuser on, I have a whole post outlining the basics of how to use your Young Living diffuser!
2. Add a drop of lemon to your glass of water.
One of the first things that piqued my interest about essential oils was lemon. I had seen a ton of oily friends talk about the versatility of lemon, and it’s cleansing properties. I heard people talking about how they used it to clean, remove stains, freshen the air, and… wait for it: boost immune system function. You read that right. Lemon has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been shown to boost your immune system.
Tomorrow morning (or right now!) try adding one drop of lemon essential oil to a glass of room temperature water. Give it a good swirl (I use a glass straw), and drink up. You’ll feel refreshed, and your immune system will be supported. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. And once you’re comfortable with this simple way to use lemon essential oil, you can consider yourself graduated and ready for all the ways to make lemon your new best friend!
3. Take a Ningxia shot!
You’ll never know, if you don’t try, right? Add a couple of ice cubes to a glass. Pour one of your Ningxia packets over the ice and give it a good stir to chill the drink. Then, bottoms up!
If the packet is too strong or too much for you to take straight up, try mixing it over ice and topping off with your favorite flavored seltzer. You immediately have a chilled spritzer that serves as a natural energy boost and is packed with antioxidants. Young Living says, you’re welcome.
4. Roll on Stress Away.
The premium starter kit includes 11 of the most popular and versatile oils in the Young Living product line. Tucked underneath your tray of 10 oils is a bottle of Stress Away. Also included in your premium starter kit is a roller fitment. While many oils can be applied topically (or directly to your skin), Stress Away is one that is basically made for a roller.
Pop off the top of the oil bottle, and plop on your roller fitment.
Roll your Stress Away roller bottle on the inside of your wrists, along your neck, behind your ears, or anywhere else that you feel inclined to try. Then… just relax.
5. Make a toxic free household cleaning solution.
I left this one for last because it does require that you own or purchase a glass spray bottle. Using amber glass bottles (and rollers) is ideal for essential oil solutions, because the amber color blocks light and protects the integrity of the oils. However, if you’re planning to keep your glass spray bottle in a cool dark place (under sink cabinet, or hidden pantry), a clear glass spray bottle will work.
Assuming you have access to a glass spray bottle, or you’re open to purchasing one, I highly suggest you take advantage of the Thieves concentrate sample included in your starter kit, and whip up an easy, toxic free household cleaning solution.
Add the contents of your Thieves sample packet to your 16 oz. spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Give it a good shake and get ready to fall in love. Use this bottle on everything in your home! Seriously. I use mine on countertops, tables and chairs, appliances, my daughter’s high chair, plastic toys, bathroom sinks, you name it. It’s plant based, smells amazing and is incredibly effective.
After you take the first step of using essential oils in your home and on your body, I’m sure you’ll be eager to explore the different oils included in your starter kit. Try out new diffuser blends, or make a wellness roller for yourself and your little ones. Once you get going, the opportunities to include oils in your daily life are truly endless, and you’ll probably be surprised by how frequently you find yourself thinking “oh, I bet I could use oils for this instead.”
Keep in mind that Young Living isn’t just about essential oils in their pure, oil form. The company also offers a complete product line of cleaning solutions (my favorite). And personal care products. Think hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, face lotion, and facial cleansers. There’s even a product line formulated specifically for children. Young Living recently released a full line of toxic free makeup, and more.
Enroll in Essential Rewards
As you become more and more obsessed with your oils (because I know you will), I highly encourage you to consider enrolling in Essential Rewards. Yes, there’s a minimum monthly requirement of $50 per month, but it is such an incredibly easy way to gradually (but consistently) build your oil supply while also systematically replacing all of your chemical filled household products with safe, plant based products by Young Living.
Not only does Essential Rewards encourage you to continue to build a chemical free home, there are other amazing benefits to the program:
- Points back with every purchase. 10-25% back depending on how long you’ve been enrolled!
- Free products.
- Priority shipping and flat fee shipping rates.
- You can change your order every month so you get exactly what you need/want at any given time.
- You can cancel (and re-enroll) at any time. No risks.
If you’re interested in learning more about Essential Rewards, send me a quick email or message me on Instagram. And stay tuned for an upcoming post on “replacement shopping.” This is a concept that our oil community uses a lot, and I hope it will ease your mind about the monthly cost investment of $50 should you choose to sign up for ER!