Monthly Archives: July 2013

Glass Droppers for Your Essential Oils!

Hi again!  I’m so excited about my newest find, I just have to share with you!

Glass droppers

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time getting out just the right amount of essential oil from my bottles.  It usually doesn’t matter if I get an extra drop or two, but if it’s an oil we are using for internal use, I like to be as precise as I can.  :)

I know an extra drop certainly won’t hurt us, but I want my bottles to last as long as they can!

Young Living sells glass droppers, but when I called, they said the droppers were too long to store in the bottles, and therefore could not be used as lids.

But then I found these babies at Abundant Health!!  They make one for the 15ml bottles and one for the 5ml bottles.  The rep told me that the glass is a little long for the 15ml bottles, but just to push the dropper up into the cap a bit for it to fit as a lid.  The droppers for the 5ml bottles fit the Young Living bottles perfectly.  :)

Here are the links to the droppers at Abundant Health:

15ml Glass Dropper

5ml Glass Dropper

They come in packs of 6 and are so reasonably priced.

One Thing to Remember…

The rep said the one thing to remember is that the oils can eat through the rubber bulb at the top.  So as long as you store your oils on a flat surface, you can use the droppers as lids.  But if they will be tossed around (like in a purse/bag/etc), your best bet is to stick with the regular lid.  Just a little FYI.  :)

I Love These Things!!

For the oils I use regularly, I just love using the glass droppers over the regular orifice.  I even have a blend that I use on my little guy every day (some V-6 plus a couple of oils), and it is so darn convenient to squirt out 4-5 drops and rub it on him, rather than making the mixture every time I use it on him.

dropper top

I am easy to please, folks!  These droppers are fantastic.  :)

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.
 

Why Therapeutic Essential Oils Cannot be Made in a Lab

Natural and Synthetic Oils

There are major differences between synthetic oils (made in a lab) and botanical oils (derived from plants).  Essential oils with therapeutic qualities can only come from a plant which has been properly cultivated, harvested, and distilled.

Now we’re going to talk a little chemistry here, but I promise it will be painless!  Some of these terms will probably start to ring a bell from your high school chem class!

Let’s Look at Wintergreen…

To better illustrate the differences in botanical and synthetic oils, let’s take a look at wintergreen.  The main component in wintergreen essential oil is methyl salicylate, with the chemical formula of C8H8O3. (I know, bear with me!)

Of course, a chemist can certainly create methyl salicylate in the lab with the chemical formula of C8H8O3 – 8 carbon atoms, 8 hydrogen atoms, and 3 oxygen atoms.

Isomers!

Now you may remember learning about isomers once upon a time.  If not, isomers are two or more compounds with the same molecular formula but different molecular structures.  In other words, those 19 atoms of C8H8O3 can arrange themselves in many different ways, creating molecules of many different structural shapes.  These different shapes are responsible for creating C8H8O3 molecules with different properties.

There are 25 known isomers of the formula C8H8O3!  When a plant, like wintergreen, produces methyl salicylate, it only makes a single, pure isomer.  When a lab tries to create a single isomer, the result is a mixture of at least two isomers.

Why is This Important?

Natural and synthetic oil compounds can have the same chemical formulas, but different structural formulas and, thus, different effects upon our bodies.

– David Stewart Ph.D., Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple

Different isomers of the same compound can have completely opposite properties.  Some are helpful, some are harmful and even downright toxic.

Some essential oils available are a mixture of actual essential oil from a plant and synthetic oil.  Sadly, because there are no labeling regulations for this, a mixture of synthetic and natural oil can still be labeled as 100% Pure Essential Oil.

It is so important to understand where your oils are coming from!  Lesser quality oils should never be used for therapeutic purposes.

This is why I use the Young Living Essential Oil brand!  Only nature, in combination with careful growing, harvesting, and distilling, can create these oils!

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.