Best Ways to Use Essence Essential Oils in Your Daily Life

Best Ways to Use Essence Essential Oils in Your Daily Life


With the exciting launch of our new line of essential oils, Essence by Isagenix, some of you may be wondering how to incorporate oils into everyday life and how to use them with your favorite Isagenix products. Isagenix Millionaire Tanya Kirkpatrick has answers for you! Listen to her expert recommendations on the best ways to use our amazing essential oils!

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The Science Behind Essential Oils

Humankind has used essential oils since the invention of distillation some 1,000 years ago. But, the beneficial properties of essential oils did not begin to spread around Europe until the invention of printing in the early 16th century (1). At that time, essential oils were being recommended for many common ailments, including “afflictions of the brain,” as well as for cosmetic uses, but the concept of hygiene as we know it was several centuries away.

In spite of this long history, the word aromatherapy is a 20th century invention (2). It has evolved to encompass the use of essential oils in skincare, psychological well-being, personal hygiene, and health benefits. Aromatherapy can be viewed as these four distinct rationales under one broad banner, and research-based developments in these areas have been intense over the past 20 to 30 years.

How Essential Oils Provide Benefits

Essential oils are not magic bullets, but they can offer genuine health benefits, which are often based on their bioactive properties (3-5). There are three principal modes of use for essential oils: topical application, inhalation, and oral ingestion.

Topical application is appropriate for targeting the skin, whether for cosmetic or skin-supporting purposes, and it may also be appropriate for general muscular discomfort. Essential oils can have effects such as skin soothing, toning, cleansing, and establishing good hygiene as well (6-8).

Inhalation has two principal benefits: It targets both the respiratory system and the nervous system. So, aromatic inhalation may be useful for respiratory support or by positively affecting psychological well-being. In the psychological arena, most of the research focuses on three areas: mood, cognitive function, and calming effects (9, 10). As an example, lavender oil has been studied for how it works in relation to calming and stress-management effects – primarily due to one major constituent, linalool (11, 12).

Associative memory is known to be especially strong when linked to an odor (13). This means that once an association between an essential oil and memory or psychological state has been established, the essential oil can be used to evoke the associated memory, emotion, or habit when needed.

Oral ingestion can be useful for digestive support. Some essential oils such as peppermint and lavender oils have reported benefits when consumed orally (14, 15). Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil is best consumed as up to one drop mixed into an IsaLean® Shake.

Essential Oils Contain Bioactive Molecules

The beneficial effects of any essential oil are absolutely determined by its chemistry, and essential oils are quite complex.

We can look at a major constituent, like menthol in peppermint, to help us understand how and why peppermint oil does what it does (16). Additionally, the reason menthol provides a cooling sensation on the skin is because it triggers a cold receptor called TRPM8.

But, we also often see evidence of synergy, meaning that a whole essential oil is more effective than would be expected from its constituents (5, 17). We also see synergy quite often with simple blends of essential oils.

Using Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil

Single oils and blends within the Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil collection were expertly created to maximize synergy. The whole essential oils are used and undergo testing to confirm identity and purity.

  • For topical application of the essential oils, Isagenix Coconut Application Oil is offered to ensure ease of use without discomfort to the skin. The reason is that pure, concentrated essential oils can otherwise be irritating to the skin. To minimize skin sensitivity, simply mix the essential oil of choice with a few drops of the application oil.
  • For benefits received by inhalation, the pure essential oils or blends can be diffused using the Isagenix Cool Mist Diffuser. Simply add eight to 10 drops into the diffuser in a large, ventilated space.
  • Several Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil products are safe to ingest including Content™, TumBliss™, DefenseShield™, Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, and Peppermint. Add up to one drop to at least 8 fluid ounces of a beverage. It’s also recommended to try dipping a toothpick into the oil to stir into an IsaLean Shake or Cleanse for Life® drink.

References

  1. Braunchweig, H. (1500). Liber de arte distillandi de simplicibus. [Book on the art of distilling herbs].
  2. Gattefossé, R.-M. (1993). Gattefossé’s aromatherapy. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd., Saffron Walden.
  3. Edris, E. (2007). Pharmaceutical and therapeutic potentials of essential oils and their individual volatile constituents: a review. Phytotherapy Research, 21(4), 308–323.
  4. Raut, J. S., & Karuppayil, S. M. (2014). A status review on the medicinal properties of essential oils. Industrial Crops & Products, 62, 250–264. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.05.055
  5. Sharifi-Rad, J., Sureda, A., Tenore, G. C. et al (2017). Biological activities of essential oils: From plant chemoecology to traditional healing systems. Molecules (Vol. 22). http://doi.org/10.3390/molecules22010070
  6. Bensouilah, J., Buck, P. (2006). Aromadermatology: aromatherapy in the treatment and care of common skin conditions. Radcliffe, Milton Keynes
  7. Moy, R. L., Levenson, C., So, J. J. Rock, J. A. (2012). Single-center, open-label study of a proprietary topical 0.5% salicylic acid-based treatment regimen containing sandalwood oil in adolescents and adults with mild to moderate acne. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 11(12), 1403–1408.
  8. Sade, D., (2017). The aromatherapy beauty guide. Robert Rose, Toronto.
  9. Diego, M. A, Jones, N. A, Field, T. et al (1998). Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. The International Journal of Neuroscience, 96, 217–224. http://doi.org/10.3109/00207459808986469
  10. Lee, Y., Wu, Y., Tsang, H. (2011). A systematic review on the anxiolytic effects of aromatherapy in people with anxiety symptoms. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17(2), 101–108. http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2009.0277
  11. Jarvis, G. E., Barbosa, R., Thompson, A. J. (2016). Noncompetitive inhibition of 5-HT3 receptors by citral, linalool, and eucalyptol revealed by nonlinear mixed-effects modeling. The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics, 356(3), 549–562. http://doi.org/10.1124/jpet.115.230011
  12. Schuwald, A., Nöldner, M., & Wilmes, T. (2013). Lavender oil-potent anxiolytic properties via modulating voltage dependent calcium channels. PloS One, 8(1), 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0059998
  13. Matsunaga, M., Bai, Y., Yamakawa, K. et al (2013). Brain-immune interaction accompanying odor-evoked autobiographic memory. PLoS ONE, 8(8), 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0072523
  14. Chumpitazi, B., Kearns, G., Shulman, R. (2018). Review article: the physiological effects and safety of peppermint oil and its efficacy in irritable bowel syndrome and other functional disorders. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 47(6), 1–15. http://doi.org/10.1111/apt.14519
  15. Kasper, S., Müller, W. E., Volz, H. P. et al (2017). Silexan in anxiety disorders: Clinical data and pharmacological background. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 19, 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1080/15622975.2017.1331046
  16. Oz, M., El Nebrisi, E. G., Yang, K. H. S. et al (2017). Cellular and molecular targets of menthol actions. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 8(July), 1–17. http://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2017.00472
  17. Bakkali, F., Averbeck, S., Averbeck, D., Idaomar, M. (2008). Biological effects of essential oils – A review. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 46(2), 446–475. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2007.09.106

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The Eight No-Compromise Steps of Essence by Isagenix Essential Oils

Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil is backed by the Isagenix no-compromise commitment to quality and safety through a detailed, comprehensive quality and safety process.

Isagenix has created products based on a commitment to no-compromise quality since its inception. We have built our reputation on exceeding all standards commonly used in the nutraceutical industry, and our no-compromise standards place Isagenix in a category of its own. The introduction of Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil is familiar territory for the company, both in harnessing the power and benefits of botanicals and following no-compromise quality standards in creating and bringing our Customers the highest-quality essential oils possible.

Here’s an overview of how that process demonstrates how Essence is in full accordance with our no-compromise quality standards for purity, safety, and authenticity:

Step 1- Crop selection based on evidence that shows benefits

We partner with only carefully vetted and responsible suppliers that have 100+ years of combined experience in the growing, harvesting, and manufacturing of essential oils. Through these relationships and their practices, we have identified the most sought-after raw materials grown in precise agricultural and meteorological conditions around the world with unique properties that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Naturally occurring aromatic plants are selected based on evidence that shows benefits when they’re used in aromatherapy, paying special attention to the plant origin and the part of the plant from which oil is extracted.

Step 2- Meticulously executed extraction

The oils are extracted from the plants using steam distillation or cold pressing depending on the species and plant part. Steam distillation passes steam through the plant material to collect the essential oils, while cold pressing extracts the oils; by mechanically crushing the plant followed by separating the essential oil via centrifugal force.

Step 3- Expert organoleptic testing

The extracted oils are sent to Isagenix for organoleptic testing and approval, ensuring that the appearance, color, and fragrance are up to standards. If the oil is not up to the standards of our trained experts, the oil is rejected.

Step 4- ISO standards verification by third-party testing labs

Once approved, the oils are sent to industry-leading, third-party laboratories in both the U.S. and Canada to perform identification, purity, analytical, and microbiological testing. For Identification testing we use several test methods including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). These tests detect all the components that make up the specific oil and ensure that each oil meets the high standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) — which validate the quality and purity of the oil. Additional tests to assess and ensure the quality and purity of the oil are performed on every lot prior to release include: refractive index, specific gravity, optical rotation, heavy metals for contaminants, microbial and organoleptic evaluations.

Step 5- Bottling in FDA-regulated facilities

The Isagenix Quality Control and Assurance team release the approved oils to be filled, bottled, and labeled at FDA-regulated food facilities that have been thoroughly vetted and have met our no- compromise quality standards.

Step 6- Microbiological testing by third-party labs

The essential oils are sampled and submitted to third-party laboratories for microbiological testing to ensure the oils are 100 percent pure and free of bacterial contaminants. An additional organoleptic test is performed to ensure quality.

Step 7- Isagenix Quality Assurance Review

Samples from each batch of Essence are shipped to Isagenix World Headquarters in Arizona for final evaluation by our Quality Assurance team. This round of testing consists of organoleptic (sensory), analytical, and documentation verifications prior to the oil’s arrival in our distribution centers.

Step 8- Safe delivery of no-compromise, shatter- and leak-proof packaged products

Finally, 100 percent pure, authentic, and no-compromise Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil products are packaged in shatter- and leak-proof packaging to ensure that the integrity and quality of each individual oil is safely delivered to your door!

For more information on Essence, check out the Toolkit.

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Essence Essential Oils FAQ – Isagenix Health

Want to learn more about the new Isagenix line of essential oils- Essence? The Research and Science Team has compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and answers below.

For more information about Essence, check out the Toolkit here!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts that are distilled or cold pressed from a variety of plant material including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resins, woods, and fruits.

What are some ways to use essential oils?

In general, essential oils can enjoyed for their distinctive fragrance and aromatic properties when applied to the skin or used with a diffuser. Some essential oils may be added to foods or beverages to enhance flavor and aroma or provide other benefits. Check Isagenix.com for each Essence Essential oil’s recommended use.

Which Essence Essential Oils are safe to ingest?

Certain essential oils can be added to foods and beverages to invigorate flavor and aroma among other benefits. Content, TumBliss, Defense Shield, Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, and Peppermint are safe to ingest.

Add up to one drop of Isagenix Essence Essential Oil to at least 8 fluid ounces of liquid.  Because essential oils are potent even a small amount can provide great flavor and benefits. Try dipping a toothpick into the oil and stirring it into your shake or cleanse drink.

Do not consume Airway™ Blend, Tea Tree Essential Oil, or Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

What is an application oil and why should I use it?

Fractioned coconut oil is the only ingredient in Essence Coconut Application Oil.  Fractionated coconut oil is the most popular oil used for applying essential oils to the skin. It is moisturizing, odor free, and non-greasy.

Application oils are necessary because they help ensure that the essential oil of choice is comfortable on the skin. Pure essential oils are concentrated and can sometimes be irritating for sensitive skin types when applied without dilution. Isagenix application oil does not reduce the effects of the essential oil, but minimizes skin irritation.

What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?

When applying an oil topically for the first time it’ a good idea to place one drop in an inconspicuous area to see how your skin reacts. To minimize skin sensitivity, mix with a few drops of Isagenix Coconut Application Oil. If skin discomfort or irritation occurs, discontinue use on the affected area. If the reaction persists it is best to consult with a doctor.

Where should Essence essential oils be applied topically?

Diluted essential oils can be applied to most areas of the skin. However, refrain from applying oils to sensitive areas such as near the eyes and ears.

Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?

Isagenix does not recommend use of Essence Essential Oils during pregnancy or while nursing. As with any Isagenix Product or System it is always best to consult with your doctor prior to beginning the use of any Essential Oil.

Can children use Essence Essential oils?

Essence Essential Oils can be enjoyed by the entire family through the use of a diffuser in large, well-ventilated spaces. Before applying any essential oil topically, it is best to consult with your child’s pediatrician. Ingesting Essence Essential Oils is only recommended for adults over the age of 18.

What about the use of Essence Essential Oils if I have a medical condition or take prescription medication?

It is always recommended that you consult with your doctor if you have a pre-existing medical condition or take a prescription medication prior to using any Isagenix product, including Essence Essential Oils. Your health care provider can help you determine if there are concerns that may be important for you when using essential oils.

Are Essence Essential Oils safe to diffuse around pets?

Some pets may be especially sensitive to the aroma of essential oils. Diffusing Essence Essential Oils is not recommended in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas for either people or pets. If you have pets and would like to use Essence Essential Oils at home it is best to first consult with your veterinarian to find out what concerns may be important for your pet.

Are there any synthetic ingredients or additives in Essence Essential Oils?

With Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil collection, you can be sure the oils are unadulterated, 100 percent pure, and third-party tested. Essential oils can be adulterated with synthetic compounds and additives, so it’s important to choose oils that come with no-compromise quality.

Do you test your essential oils for heavy metals, pesticides, or purity?

As a new member of the Isagenix product line, Essence Essential Oils come with Isagenix No-Compromise Commitment. Every oil in our Essence line is carefully selected and third-party tested as well as backed by our No-Compromise Commitment to quality.

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