Essential Oils

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 6.01.28 PMEssential oils have been a part of our lives for years now, but it wasn’t until I started researching some safe ways to use them on Aubrey that I learned about the poor labeling laws in the essential oil industry. After researching further I discovered the law only requires companies to include 10% of the real, pure, undiluted essential oils in their products. Meaning they could fill their bottles with up to 90% of carrier oils and fragrances (and who knows what else), but still slap a “100% Pure” label on the bottle. Because of this, there are a vast amount of “pure” essential oils on the market that don’t actually give the results they should, but also require more oil to be used to achieve the same results due to the low amount of actual essential oil in the products.

Essential Oil Truth #1: Not all oils are created equal. Unfortunately there are not good laws in place to make sorting out which oil companies you can trust to provide a completely pure oil. Outside of calling the companies individually and hoping they will give you a truthful answer, it is really difficult to determine exactly how their oils are distilled and processed.

Essential Oil Truth #2: There is no official grading system for essential oils. You will see terms such as “Therapeutic Grade,” and “Certified Pure,” these terms are meaningless, and are used to market the products.

Essential Oil Truth #3: Oils, no matter how pure and high quality will produce different results for different people. All of our bodies are a little different. They process things differently, they have different hormone and systemic functions. So while some oils, or oil combinations, may work miracles for many people, you personally may or may not have the same results. But this can be said for medicines and food as well if you think about it. Like anything else, it is kind of trial and error until you find the ways your oils will work for your specific needs and body.

Why we chose Young Living Essential Oils

young_living_seed_to_sealThe foremost reason we chose Young Living over other essential oil companies was their Seed to Seal promise. Young Living actually owns the farms where they grow the plants that are used to create the oils, and they handle the process literally from the seeds to the sealed products. You can’t ask for a more transparent company when it comes to essential oils. And I can speak from experience with using other oils versus YL oils, I notice a big difference. You can order your kit here!

Our second reason had to do with money, money, money. I’m not going to lie, quality essential oils can be pricey. Especially if you are trying to build a good collection to start on your oil journey, as I was after determining my current collection to be junk. YL offers amazing starter kits to fit your needs, and by purchasing a kit and signing up as a distributor you automatically receive 24% off for the lifetime of your membership. I received 11 everyday oils, a diffuser (valued at $100), plus an assortment of samples and educational literature all for $150. The normal retail value for the same collection would have been close to $350. Basically, it was a deal too good to pass up. There are no fees, no commitments to selling, and you only have to purchase $50 worth of product a year to keep your distributor status.

The last reason relates to the business side of essential oils. As many of you are probably familiar with by now, there are quite a few essential oil companies with business models similar to that Mary Kay, Thirty One, Jamberry, etc… And while YL does follow a similar business model, there is absolutely no pressure to participate or sell within their model. However, should you want to make it a personal business, there is a very welcoming community that will offer all of the support and resources you need to do so.

Let’s Get Oily

So that’s enough about business and research, let’s get to the fun part! Using your oils!!

Click here to download a quick reference guide for how to use each of the oils in your starter kit.

Supplies: Click the links below to see where I order my supplies for making blends and concoctions.

2 oz Spray Bottles
16 oz Spray Bottles (for cleaning supplies)
Veggie Capsules
Glass Droppers
Roller Bottles
Almond Oil (for many applications it is recommended to dilute the oils or use a carrier oil. YL sells a V-6 Oil, but you can also just use olive, coconut, or almond oil. I absolutely love this almond oil and use it as my everyday “lotion”.)

Oily DIY

This is a work in progress, but I plan to link up posts detailing some of our favorite oily DIYs. So check back often!

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