Life Lesson #1- Essential Oils

I have always had a fascination for herbs and natural medicines, as long as I can find Science to back up the claims and ensure me that it’s safe. Lavender has long been my friend-I have oils, salves, dried lavender flowers, and more lotion than any woman could ever possibly need. So when I started hearing people talk about the amazing things they were doing with certain brand name Essential Oils I was intrigued.

I’ve known that essential oils could be used in lots of different ways to help boost our health. They aren’t going to miraculously cure you of all your ailments, but when used along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, they can help boost the body’s ability to heal itself. Also, they smell clean and amazing- which helps clear our homes and our souls of the gray blahs that sometimes settle in. And I was in desperate need of clearing out the blah in my soul.

But first, how do you know who to buy from? Are the oils you can buy at the health food store any different than the more expensive ones everyone keeps talking about? Honest truth, yes. They really are. Any high quality, pure essential oil should have the same effects- that part if obvious. The difference is in finding out which oil companies are actually high quality, pure essential oil. Scary fact, “100% Pure” oils can be labeled as such as long as they contain some of the pure essential oil- and there is no policing of it at all. So many companies use additives like alcohol or fragrances. And some companies may even actually be 100% pure, but they use tricks like higher temperature distillations and pressures to get more oil out of the plants faster, which keeps their fragrance, but negates their therapeutic value. So unless you trust the company, you just don’t know what you are actually getting.

Now, I want to state that I did my research on my own. With no motive other than to ensure that I wasn’t wasting my money on bad products. In fact, I’m a pretty impatient person, so the first thing I did was go on Amazon and buy a couple of different Kindle books on oils, a diffuser, and a variety of oils from several different brands so I could begin testing them. I thoroughly enjoyed the books, Love the diffuser, and got absolutely nothing out of the oils (except a lovely smelling home). In fact, I got sicker than I have been in years while doing all of this- not from the oils, but they clearly weren’t helping my immune system any.

So, I was sold on the science of using essential oils to boost your health based on my readings. Now it was time to bite the bullet and try some oils from those super popular companies you’ve probably been hearing about- and holy crap…I mean, holy crap. Young Living Essential Oils are no joke- they really, really aren’t. I feel like I could finish this post with a bunch of exclamation marks and still not get my awe across, and I’ve only just begun experimenting.

I like Young Living so much, I don’t think I could ever fully express it. They are open about their process from seed to seal- http://seedtoseal.com/en – There is no question of the quality of their oils, and if you don’t believe them you can even tour one of their farms and see for yourself. I love that. I have enough to worry about, I don’t want to have to worry if the product I’m using is actually what it’s supposed to be. But most importantly, they really work. Really.

So, obviously, I was sold. I decided to purchase the member kit which qualified me for wholesale prices on everything I bought, and I started researching their single oils and blends. And let me tell you, they have a lot of them. Right now, I’m just focusing on my family’s direct health needs (pain management for me, sinus health for Joe, anxiety relief for D, and stomach crud for Mom- whew) and I will share our results and the recipes I’m using.

So, score for new life lesson #1. Young Living Essential Oils are the bomb.

*Also, if you want to try something I’m writing about, let me know and I’ll send you a sample. Seriously, I wish I’d known about these oils years ago and I’m now on a mission to make sure anyone who needs them, knows about them.

**If you’re interested, the books I’ve read so far are:

Jen O’Sullivan
Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health & Healing
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy
by Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD

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