Digging Deeper: Purification

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Who’s ready to dig deeper into Purification?

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Purification was one of the first blends that I actively sought out.

I’m a mom. Four kids. Husband. Dog. That’s a lot of smells floating around a single house.

And I’m not just talking cooking smells and miscellaneous kid smells. I’m talking serious Texas heat, teenage boy funk and little girl dirty birdy feet funk.

I’m talking SMELLS.

You can see why a blend known for its prowess for fighting odors might be appealing, right?

More than smells, I was looking for something to combat what seemed to be our family curse. To purify the air, the fibers, the very essence of my home. It wasn’t just the shoes that stunk. It was the emotional ocean that we were drowning in as we dealt with the height of alcohol, abuse, and PTSD in our family. The little sage bundles just weren’t enough to cut through all the negative vibes.

So let’s get to know this little blend upon whom I had bestowed so much hope.

Purification has a clean, refreshing scent. When diffused, this blend works to eliminate unwanted odors and keep your space smelling pure and fresh.

Created by Young Living Founder D. Gary Young, this blend was crafted to purify the air. Purification combines Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary Oil, Myrtle, and Tea Tree oil to uplift and invigorate the atmosphere. The plant sources for these oils come from many exotic and beautiful locations: Lemongrass is native to India, Guatemala, and other tropical countries; and Citronella originated in Sri Lanka. Purification utilizes these natural resources to brighten and freshen up any space.

From the bottle: Rich, clean, crisp, lemony aroma


Soothes skin when applied topicallyProduces a clean, invigorating aroma

Clears the air of unwanted odors

Freshens musty and stale areas with its lively scent

Contains Lavandin, an ingredient that helps clean and purify the air

This purifying blend cleanses and disinfects the air and neutralizes mildew, cigarette smoke, and disagreeable odors. It disinfects and cleans cuts, scrapes, and bites from spiders, bees, hornets, and wasps.

Essential Oils Desk Reference, Seventh Edition

Now that we’ve gotten to know the blend a little bit, let’s dive into the individual oils that make it so special.

Citronella Essential Oil (Cymbopogon nardus)

Did you just picture Tiki torches? I just pictured Tiki torches.

Every time I hear the name Citronella it takes me back to the early years of my marriage when we had tons of parties out on our torch lined patio in Charleston. The mosquitoes were a real thing, y’all.

As a relative of Lemongrass, Citronella has a slight citrus scent that provides a pleasant and inviting experience whenever it’s used. Its versatility makes it a great household product to add to your beauty routine or to refresh indoor and outdoor spaces.

Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant, also known as Cymbopogon nardus. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming aroma, Citronella essential oil is a common element in perfumes and cosmetic products and is well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials.

Used by various cultures to treat intestinal parasites, menstrual problems, and as a stimulant. Historically used to sanitize and deodorize surfaces. Enhanced insect repelling properties when combined with cedarwood.

Medical Properties: Powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, insect repellent, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiparasitic (worms), relaxant

Uses: Respiratory infections, muscle/nerve pain, digestive/intestinal problems, anxiety, skin problems (acne, eczema, oily skin), skin penetration enhancer

Fragrant Influence: Refreshing and uplifting

Essential Oils Desk Reference, Seventh Edition

Rosemary leaf oil
(Rosmarinus officinalis)

It is known for its immune-supporting and mentally-clarifying properties.

Also available in Vitality.

Rosemary is a flavorful herb that’s celebrated for its role in the culinary world, especially in Italian dishes. Rosemary Vitality essential oil lends a uniquely herbaceous taste to every dish it’s featured in, making it perfect for many savory recipes.

Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from a perennial shrub with needle-like leaves that can remain evergreen in warmer climates. The botanical, which is part of the mint family, is native to Mediterranean regions and has blue or purple flowers that give it an understated beauty. 

Rosemary is an essential ingredient in the legendary “Thieves Vinegar” and the modern interpretation, Thieves essential oil.

As a dietary supplement, Rosemary Vitality is loved for its naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol and alpha-pinene, which can help maintain overall wellness.

It was listed in Hildegard’s Medicine, a compliation of early german medicines by highly regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).

Until recently, French hospitals used rosemary to disinfect the air.

Medical Properties: Liver-protecting, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antifungalm antibacterial, anticancer, antidepressant, hypertension moderator (high blood pressure), enhances mental clarity/concentration

Uses: Infectious disease, liver conditions/hepatitis, throat/lung infections, hair loss (alopecia areta), acne, impaired memory/Alzheimer’s, weight loss

Fragrant Influence: Helps overcome mental fatigue and improves mental clarity and focus. University of Miami scientists found that inhaling rosemary boosted alertness, eased anxiety, and amplified analytic and mental ability.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

(Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Lemongrass has a citrus-herb scent that can be diffused to help purify the air from musky odors or applied topically for skin-cleansing benefits.

Also available in Vitality.

The best part about Lemongrass Vitality essential oil is that its taste is as blissful and fresh as its smell.

Full of bright and citrusy flavor, Lemongrass Vitality is the perfect staple for enhancing dishes in the kitchen. On top of its delicious taste, Lemongrass Vitality has several health benefits. It may support overall wellness, the digestive system, and a healthy circulatory system when taken as a daily supplement.

Lemongrass recalls exotic locales and warm winds and adds a subtle scent of citrus to the air. Lemongrass belongs to the Poaceae family, the flowering plants known as grasses. The plant is native to Southeast Asia, South America, and other tropical locations where warm, moist climates encourage its growth. One of the primary sources of Young Living’s Lemongrass essential oil is the Finca Botanica Farm and Distillery in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

From the bottle: Strong, grassy, lemon aroma

Includes the naturally occurring constituents neral, geranial, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene

TopicalAromaticDietaryKey Constituents
Has skin-cleansing properties

Enhances massage after activity
Purifies the air from bad odors

Reduces musky aromas in moist, damp environments
May support the digestive system and overall wellness

Has cleansing properties

Maintains a healthy circulatory system

Is a key ingredient in our Slique® CitraSlim™ weight-management product

Enhances the flavor of foods and water



Geranyl acetate

Lemongrass is used for purification and digestion. Historically it was used for hypertension, inflammation, as a sedative, and for treatment of fevers and digestion. In a 2008 study, 91 single essential oils were tested against MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and lemongrass. The study found that “Remarkably, lemongrass essential oil completely inhibited all MRSA growth on the plate” (Chao S, et al., 2008).

Medical Properties: Antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, regenerates connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, improves circulation, promotes lymph flow, anticancerous. Several research articles document strong antifungal and antibacterial properties of lemongrass.

Uses: Bladder infection, respiratory/sinus infection, digestive problems, parasites, torn ligaments/muscles, fluid retention, varicose veins, salmonella, candida

Fragrant Influence: promotes psychic awareness and purification

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Tea Tree
(Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea Tree essential oil, also known as Melaleuca or Melaleuca Alternifolia oil, is one of the most widely used and extensively researched essential oils, making it a must-have for every home.

Because the benefits of Tea Tree oil include cleansing properties and a refreshing scent, this versatile oil can be used for everything from home cleaning solutions to skin care.

For centuries Tea Tree essential oil has been beloved for its countless wellness and beauty benefits. Today it’s one of the beauty industry’s favorite essential oils. Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, native to Australia; the tree is part of the Myrtaceae botanical family.


Q: Can pure, unrefined, 100% tea tree oil be toxic?
A: When Tea Tree oil is used as directed it is not considered toxic. However, when using oils or supplements please be sure and follow the direction on the label, and always consult your health care provider before using any product or if you begin to have a reaction.
Q: What is Terpineol and how much of it is in Young Living’s melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil?
A: Terpineol is an isomeric alcohol that is naturally occurring in essential oils such as Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree).
Q: What percentage of camphor is contained in tea tree?
A: There are no detectable amounts of camphor in tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia).

From the bottle: Sharp, clean, astringent aroma


TopicalAromaticKey Constituents
May help reduce the appearance of blemishes

Helps maintain healthy-looking hair and scalp

Maintains the appearance of healthy skin and nails when applied to feet and toenails

May work as a naturally derived deodorants
Helps eliminate musky odorsTerpinen-4-ol



1,8-cineole (Eucalyptol)







Highly regarded as an antimicrobial and antiseptic essential oil. It has high levels of terpinen-4-ol.

Medical Properties: Powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory action

Uses: Fungal infections (candida, ringworm), sinus/lung infections, tooth/gum disease, water retention/hypertension, skin conditions (acne, sores)

Fragrant Influence: Promotes cleansing and purity

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Lavandin Oil
(Lavandula hybrida)

Aromatic Description

Lavandin Essential Oil smells fresh, sweet and floral. It is somewhat more herbaceous and camphorous in aroma than Lavender Essential Oil.

Lavandin Essential Oil Uses

Lavandin offers many of the same uses as True Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) but tends to be higher in camphor. Therefore, it can be a bit more stimulating than Lavender. Lavandin is a better choice for use for applications intended for respiratory, circulatory and muscular conditions.

Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 120.

Major Constituents

Varies somewhat between the hybrid species but Linalool, Linalyl acetate, Camphor and 1,8-Cineole are generally the constituents composing the largest percentage of these hybrid oils. Check with your supplier for specific chemical composition. Tisserand and Young’s profile gives examples for Lavandin Abrialis, Lavandin Grosso and Lavandin Super. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 325.]


(Myrtus communis)

Myrtle essential oil supports the respiratory system as well as healthy hair and skin.

Myrtle has been researched by Dr. Daniel Penoel for normalizing hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries, as well as balancing the hypothyroid. It has also been researched for its soothing effects on the respiratory system.

Medical Properties: Animutagenic, liver stimulant, prostate and thyroid stimulant, sinus/lung decongestant, antispasmodic, antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive

Uses: Thyroid problems, throat/lung/sinus infections, prostate problems, skin irritations (acne, blemishes, bruises, oily skin, psoriasis, etc.), muscle spasms

Fragrant Influences: Elevating and euphoric

Essential Oils Desk Reference, Seventh Edition

Okay, so Purification didn’t slay any emotional demons for us. It did work super effectively at combating odors though which was enough to convince my husband that maybe these essential oils had some practical applications after all. He’s a much harder sell than I am.

I actually haven’t used this oil in a while. Once the weather starts cooling down we tend to diffuse Thieves and add that to our laundry as well. It’s a very warming scent, and I always just feel like it has warding powers to keep us from harm as well. Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to switch gears. We’ll be diffusing more Purification and adding it to the laundry instead in hopes that the lingering scent will keep the bugs away.

Thank you for joining me in digging deeper into Purification.

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I am not a doctor. None of the statements included in this post have been approved by the FDA or any other cool acronym known agency. It is Young Living’s official stance that they and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific disease or illness. Young Living Independent Distributor #14632733

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