Nov 26, 2014

Essential Oil Gifts For The Essential Oils Fanatic!

Nov
26
2014
Wednesday

Gift ideas for the essential oils FANATIC!!




If you’re not personally an essential oils fanatic, then you likely know one!

Essential oils are a big deal right now, and I can almost guarantee that at least someone on your gift list this year has jumped on board the EO bandwagon.

I told Ryan that he could tell anyone that wanted to get me a gift this year that all I wanted was more essential oil diffusers.  Yep, that’s it.  I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather have!

Before I list out the different essential oil gift ideas, here are a couple of tips for gift-giving to an essential oils fanatic:

Tip 1: Many essential oil users are pretty attached to the company that they buy from.  On those {pretty rare} occasions that I get a professional massage (it’s usually what I request for Mother’s Day!), I bring in my own essential oils because I only want oils that I trust penetrating my cells.  So, as a general rule, when you’re giving to an essential oils fanantic, stay away from gifts that are made with essential oils (like lotions, lip balms, sugar scrubs, etc.) unless they are made with the brand that the recipient uses.

Tip 2: If the number of gift options below seems overwhelming, you really can’t go wrong giving someone a diffuser.  I can’t think of a single essential oils fanatic I know (and I know a lot of them!) who would say, “You know, I think I’m good on diffusers.  I don’t need another one.”  We always always need another diffuser!

So are you ready?  Here’s the list!

Best Essential Oils Gifts Diffuser

1. Essential Oil Diffuser

Have I mentioned that an essential oils fanatic always wants another diffuser? ;)

This one (the one pictured) is my favorite, but there are several to choose from here!  Just make sure that it says “ultrasonic” on it and that you read through the reviews before buying.

Best Essential Oils Gifts Sew Now Wat Case

2. SewNowWat EO cases

I visited my friend Shellie this past summer and she had one of these that she highly recommended.

I bought one as soon as I got home and now it goes with me everywhere!

These cases are gorgeous, extremely well-made, AND will fit either 5 ml or 15 ml bottles!

Best Essential Oil Gifts Keychain Case

3. Mini Keychain Case

What about those times that you just take your keys and wallet with you and leave your purse at home?  You don’t want to be without your oils then, right?

I love my keychain case, and always keep my 8 most-used essential oils in there (those 8 would be: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Purification, Thieves, Di-Gize, Stress Away, and Peace & Calming)

The case comes with 8 empty essential oil vials so the recipient can fill them with whatever oils they want to have with them at all times.

Essential Oils Gifts Diffuser Necklace

4. Diffuser necklace

These are so many options out there for diffuser necklaces, but here are my two favorites:

1.  Sacred Arrow jewelry makes absolutely gorgeous diffuser necklaces.  PLUS, a portion of all of their earnings goes towards sending bottles of Sacred Frankincense to cancer patients!

2. Oil Wear  I got one of the Oil Wear necklaces this past summer and LOVE IT!  They are much less expensive than the stainless steel ones from Sacred Arrow, but I’ve been really impressed with the quality (and I love all of the colors!)

Essential Oils Gifts 31 Bag

5. Baubles & Bracelets Thirty-One Bag

This bag from Thirty-One Gifts was designed to hold jewelry, but it actually works perfectly as an at-home essential oils case!

Keep in mind that there won’t be any padding with this case, so it might not be good for major traveling, but it works very well as an every day case.

Thirty-One distributors aren’t allowed to post links to their Thirty-One page publicly online, so the best thing to do if you want one of these is to ask on Facebook if any of your friends are Thirty-One distributors.  I can almost guarantee you’ll get a few private messages from friends who are more than willing to help you get one!  :)

Essential Oil Gifts USB Diffuser

6. USB/Fan Diffuser

I’m not sure which of these USB diffusers to recommend since I don’t have one yet.  But hopefully I will be able to come back and update this post at the beginning of next year! ;)

All of the USB diffusers can connect to your USB port in your computer or in your car (if you have a newer car with USB ports) so that you can have your favorite essential oil smells with you whereever you go!

There was even a picture on Facebook of Natalie Grant using a portable fan diffuser on an airplane!  Can I diffuse Peace & Calming so that everyone on the plane goes to sleep?

Essential Oils Gift Diffuser Bracelet

7. Leather diffuser bracelet

Again, I highly recommend Sacred Arrow Jewelry! They have GORGEOUS essential oil jewelry products and use a portion of their profits to give Sacred Frankincense to cancer patients.

Essential Oils Gifts Glass Bottle

8. Glass spray bottles

Did you know that you shouldn’t put essential oils, especially citrus essential oils, in plastic?  If your friend or family member is an essential oils fanatic, then they will definitely be needing some glass spray bottles so that they can make their own air freshener, homemade cleaners, and mosquito spray.

Essential Oils Gifts Car Diffuser

9. Car Diffuser

If you live in the dark ages like me, and your car doesn’t have a USB port yet, you can get a diffuser that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter.  {Is it still called a cigarette lighter??}

Essential OIls Gifts Water Bottle

10. Glass water bottle

Essential oils and plastic don’t mix, so please don’t ever put essential oils into a plastic water bottle or a styrofoam cup.  There are different opinions on ingesting essential oils, and this isn’t the place to get into that. But for those who feel comfortable adding a drop or two of an essential oil brand that they trust to a water bottle, a glass water bottle with a silicone sleeve is a must-have!

I got a 2-pack earlier this year at Costco, but you can also get glass water bottles online here.

Essential Oil Gifts Rollerball

11. Roll-on bottles or rollerball fitments

You can look through all of the different options for rollerballs here.  Just be sure to get one that’s darker in color and NOT clear.

Most essential oil fanatics love making their own blends (for example, a blend of Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Lavender is a wonderful blend to help with “focus”) so having rollerballs, or roller ball fitments that they can add to their existing bottles of essential oils are wonderful to have on hand!

Essential Oil Gifts Stainless Steel Straw

12. Stainless steel straws

Have I mentioned to keep essential oils away from plastic?  That includes plastic drinking straws!!

Sipping on an ice-cold glass of lemon EO water through a straw during the hot Texas summer is one of my favorite things, but just make sure that the straw is made of stainless steel or glass!

Essential Oil Gifts Rack Organizer

13. Essential Oil Organizers

There are so many different options here!

I use a clear nail polish counter display, but if you’re giving this as a gift, you’ll probably want to give something a little cuter.

Here are two options that I think would be great:

1.  Chalkboard Essential Oils rack – this is much smaller than the one above, but so cute!  I love that it has the chalkboard on the back to write on.

2.  Hanging Bronze Nail Polish organizer – this is the one that I want!  Check out what my friend Alyssa did with TWO of these…

Alyssa EO Display Case

Essential Oil Gifts Books

14. Essential Oil Books

There are so many different essential oil books on the market right now, so here are a few that I absolutely love and would highly recommend.

The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils

The Essential Oils Desk Reference Book

Gentle Babies

Essential Oil Gifts Shea Butter

15. Carrier Oils & Lotion Ingredients

The essential oils fanatic is likely going to be making a lot of their own body products and beauty products, so here are a few items that you could get them to help with that!

Shea Butter
Organic Vegetable Glycerin
Vitamin E Oil
Beeswax (adds firmness to body products like lip balm, lotions, soaps, etc)
Organic Jojoba Oil (works great as a carrier oil)
Organic Coconut Oil (it works wonderfully, especially during the colder months, to make whipped body butter!)

There are so many options for the essential oil fanatics in your life!

And for those of you who aren’t fanatics yet, and don’t know anyone who is, then check out the essential oils special that I’m running just in November!  Who knows, you might turn into an essential oils fanatic too before this time next year!  ;)

Want more ideas for essential oils?

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Essential Oils On Pinterest

Oh, and one more thing before you go!  Whenever I post a new article (many of them are on essential oils) I send out an email to everyone who is on my email list!  If you would like to get these emails and stay up to date with all of the latest ways to save, then please sign up for our email list!  I promise, there’s absolutely no spam EVER.  :)

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Nov 22, 2014

Essential Oil FREEbies Promotion!!

Nov
22
2014
Saturday

Holiday Special Young Living!!

As many of you now know, Ryan and I have jumped on board the essential oils bandwagon (yes, Ryan too!) We use them for our family for all kinds of things like seasonal nasal discomfort*, soothing the discomfort of burns*, supporting our immune systems*, promoting proper stomach digestion, and even bug spray! (And lots lots more! Have you heard the saying “there’s an oil for that”? There really seems to be!!)

The “medicine” that God created is definitely powerful and created to work perfectly with our bodies. It’s funny that the media talks about essential oils like they’re a “new trend” when people have been using essential oils for thousands of years! :)

With company after company popping up (goodness, it sometimes seems like a new one pops up every week) to try to take advantage of the “new trend” of essential oils, I’m thrilled to have found a company that I trust and that was the pioneer in bringing the use of therapeutic essential oils here to the states.

If you’re interested in getting a starter kit of some of the most useful essential oils and essential oil blends, then I’m bringing back the special sale just for Surviving The Stores readers this month!

BUT, it is the holiday season, so I’m offering a great batch of freebies through December 25th!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $150)…

Want to get started with essential oils?  Check out this awesome promotion for Black Friday!!

…then I will ALSO mail you a super helpful Essential Oils Reference Guide (you can look up almost anything in it and see which oils have been used to help with that problem), a set of essential oil labels to keep your oils organized, AND I will give you $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this deal. Several people always ask each time I talk about this starter kit if it’s just the samples. Nope, you get everything in the picture below with your kit including the 11 5 ml bottles of oils!

What comes in the Young Living starter kit?  PLUS a huge promotion for Black Friday!!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below by November 30th to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. {Please use your laptop or desktop to sign-up, instead of your smartphone or tablet.}

2.  Be sure the “Wholesale Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 1423474 (so that I can send you your free book!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that’s the one where you get all of the freebies!) Those are the oils that I use almost every single day! You can get the kit that’s $150, or you can get a kit for $160 with the bamboo essential oil diffuser!

6. I’d recommend skipping the Step 3 (Optional) part of the sign-up process. I’ll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).

7. Go through the checkout process.

8.  After you sign up, send an email to [email protected] mentioning the code “STSOILS” and letting me know that you signed up through this promotion so that I will know to send you your freebies!  Feel free to ask any questions in the email and I will also help you find the information that you need. :)

BONUS Step 9 (COMPLETELY Optional!)  If you would like to earn a FREE bottle of Vetiver too (which is a wonderful oil for focus for children),  then get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values).  You could get the Start Living With Everyday Oils kit and automatically have 100 point value… then you’ll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oils.  For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the BONUS oil!  (This step is completely optional!)

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1423474.  Also, if you recommend this promotion to a friend (or group of friends) and they sign up too through this promotion then please let me know so that you can get credit for referring them. :)

{Scroll down for several frequently asked questions!}

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Does signing up make me a “distributor”?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils!

The reference guide that I’m giving away as part of this promotion is also a HUGE resource. You can look up almost anything in it and see which essential oils and supplements can be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was suprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

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Oct 8, 2014

Homemade Apple Sauce With Essential Oils!

Oct
8
2014
Wednesday

Homemade Apple Sauce With Essential Oils






I’ve been experimenting lately with all of the different ways to use essential oils, and one of my new favorite things to do is add them to food.

I have some yummy recipes using essential oils in the works to post (tonight I made gluten-free pumpkin brownies with clove and cinnamon!) so be sure to come back regularly (or just follow me on Pinterest or Facebook) to see when I post a new essential oils recipe!

This applesauce recipe below is absolutely amazing. The lemon helps to keep it from turning brown, and the drop of cinnamon adds such a nice flavor!

Homemade Apple Sauce With Essential Oils!
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Cuisine: Snack
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel and core your apples (this handy tool here makes it super easy!)
  2. Chop the apples into about 8 large chunks per apple
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large pow and bring to a low simmer.
  4. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes
  5. Let cool, then mash with a potato masher or puree with an immersion blender

Plus, lemon and cinnamon are great for all kinds of other things too!

Cinnamon is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function, and acts as an antiseptic.

And lemon has all kinds of great uses!

Uses For Lemon Essential Oil
 


  • Use 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.
  • Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
  • Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  • Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
  • Massage lemon essential oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.
  • Add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or breakfast shake for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  • Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.
  • Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a chicken marinade for a delicious dinner.
  • Place a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.

 

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Sep 26, 2014

20 Ways to Use Tea!

Sep
26
2014
Friday

20 Different Ways To Use Tea!




You may never look at tea the same way again after reading this post! Tea can be used for more than an afternoon indulgence since it has applications from beauty to the garden!  If you are like me and have an overabundance of tea bags or only use a tea bag once then you may just find some money-saving ways to put those extra tea bags to good use!

Tired eyes? Use tea to help!

1. Relieve Tired Eyes

Spending too  many late nights indulging your night owl or too much time in front of a computer screen?  Get rid of the puffiness and aching eyes by places tea bags soaked in warm water on your eyes.  Leave for 20 minutes.
Use tea to make your mirrors shine!

2. Sparkling Mirrors

If you’ve ever left your tea bag in your cup for too long and allowed it to cool… don’t dump it!  Just get a cloth, soak it in the tea, and wipe down your mirrors.  It will leave them shining.

How to use tea bags to help relieve a sunburn!

3. Sunburn Relief

Take the sting out of painful sunburns with a soaked and cooled tea bag or add tea bags to a bath to take the sting out of widespread burns.  This can help relieve other types of burns too!

How to use tea to make your feel smell nice!

4. Foot Odor

Soaking your feet in strong brewed tea for 20 minutes will make it easier for people to sit next to you.

How to use bagged tea to clean your wood furniture!

5. Wood Cleaning

Brew a few tea bags in a liter of water and allow to cool.  Soak it up with a cloth or sponge and wring out the excess.  Now you are ready to clean and shine your wood furniture and flooring.

How to use tea to make your roses beautiful!

6. Better Garden Roses

Add used or new, bagged or loose, tea leaves around your rosebushes.  Roses bloom with tannic acid, which occurs naturally in tea, so when it rains or you water your plants then the tannic acid is released in the soil.

Use tea to give fabric an antique look!

7. Give Fabric and Antique Look 

Add two tea bags to two cups of boiling water.  Allow to steep for around 20 minutes and allow to cool off.  Then add white fabric, lace, or any other material you want to give an “old” look to and allow to soak.  The longer you soak the material the darker it will become.

Use tea bags in your compost pile for an acid rich compost!

8. Compost Piles

Add strongly brewed tea to your compost pile to create an acid rich compost.

Use tea to water your fern plants!

9.  Water Your Ferns

Ferns love to be guests at tea parties.  Next time you are having a cup of tea, make one for your ferns or other house plants which thrive on acid rich soil.  Simply water your plant with the tea.

How to use tea to tenderize tough meat!

10. Tenderize Tough Meat

Earl Grey will work overtime and English Breakfast will help out with dinner using this trick.  Steep black tea in hot, but not boiling, water for five minutes.  Add brown sugar until it dissolves.  Then pour over seasoned meat and bake in the oven until it falls off the fork.

Use tea bags to help relieve gum pain!

11. Relief for Bleeding Gums

To relieve pain after a tooth is lost or pulled, soak a tea bag in cold water and apply directly to the painful area.

Use tea to help sooth skin boils!

12. Boil Draining

Place a soaked tea bag on a boil overnight and a boil should drain without pain.

Give hair an extra boost of shine with a tea rinse!

13. Shiny Hair

Use unsweetened tea as a final rinse after shampooing to give hair an extra boost of shine.

Add dry tea leave to sachet bags for potpourri!

14. Potpourri

Add some dry tea leaves to sachet bags for an inexpensive and sweet smelling potpourri. You can also add a few drops of essential oils too (lavender and lemon would be great!)

Use wet tea leave to reduce fireplace dust when sweeping!

15. Cleaning the Fireplace

Sprinkle wet tea leaves on fireplace ashes to reduce blowing dust when scooping them up.

Use black tea to help prevent dizziness!

16. Prevent Dizziness

Black tea may reduce dizziness when standing up since the tea boosts blood pressure.  So, if you find yourself seeing stars from just standing up then try some black tea to find some balance.

Instead of paint, give your kids a cup of black tea to paint with!

17. Painting

Yes, you can paint with tea.  Brew strong black tea and paint on white paper.  It is fun for the kids!

How to use green tea to help with acne!

18. Acne Cure

Wash your face with green tea to kick acne to the curb.

Did you know that gargling with tea can help with bad breath?

19. Cure Bad Breath

Gargle with tea to help get rid of bad breath.

Use old tea BAGS to help bind up a broken nail until you can get to the salon!

20.  Bind up a Broken Nail

Now that you have several empty tea bags on your hands you may be wondering what could you do with them.  You can salvage a broken nail by cutting to fit a tea bag over the nail and then applying nail polish.

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Sep 2, 2014

Why I Put Lavender Essential Oil In My Mascara!

Sep
2
2014
Tuesday

Why I put lavender essential oil in my mascara




Earlier this summer, there were several posts popping up in the essential oils groups that I’m a part of on Facebook about how people were putting a drop of lavender essential oil in their mascara and their eyelashes started looking a ton better (longer, thicker, healthier) in just a few weeks.

I figured I’d try it too, but I wanted to know the why behind it.

Well, I found out. And I wish I could unknow (is that even a word?) the why.

I have been perfectly happy these past 34 years not knowing about this. But now that I know, I will never again put on mascara without essential oils in it.

Are you ready? Sure you don’t want to close the page and quit reading?

Ok, here it goes…

Apparently there are tiny little mites that live at the bottom of our hair follicles in our eyelashes. They are called eyelash mites (you can read more about them here).

Based on a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it is estimated that about half of adults carry eyelash mites.

And if you use mascara and eyeliner (that would be the majority of us ladies), it’s almost a guarantee that you have them.

Now, before you freak out, keep in mind that there is usually no issue. Mites and humans have been living together for a long time. But, when too many mites get into the root of the hair follicle in one of your eyelashes, then that eyelash will fall out.

If you end up with an infestation of them in lots of hair follicles, then that can be an issue if you are trying to maintain long and full eyelashes.

No amount of scrubbing at the end of the day can make the mites go away (they are down in the hair follicles), BUT, there are a couple of essential oils that people have used to keep them at bay.

(1) Tea Tree Oil (technically known as Melaleuca Alternifolia) and (2) Lavender Essential Oil

I personally like the smell of lavender essential oil more than tea tree oil, so that’s what I’ve been using.

To make sure that I’m getting the lavender on my eyelashes daily, I put just one to two drops of lavender essential oil in my mascara when I open a new tube and swirl my wand around the tube before applying the mascara.

Then I just apply like I normally would!

I’ve used lavender with both my regular mascara, and with the transplanting gel on my 3D Fiber Lashes, and it has worked well with both of them.

I have been doing this for around 3 months, and I can definitely tell a difference in the length and thickness of my lashes!

I’d love to hear from those of you who have tried the same thing! Were your lashes longer and thicker too?

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The “medicine” that God created is definitely powerful and created to work perfectly with our bodies. It’s funny that the media talks about essential oils like they’re a “new trend” when people have been using essential oils for thousands of years! :)

With company after company popping up (goodness, it sometimes seems like a new one pops up every week) to try to take advantage of the “new trend” of essential oils, I’m thrilled to have found a company that I trust and that was the pioneer in bringing the use of therapeutic essential oils here to the states.

If you’re interested in getting a starter kit of some of the most useful essential oils and essential oil blends, then I’m offering a special sale just for Surviving The Stores readers this month!

BUT, it is the holiday season, so I’m offering this great batch of freebies through December 25th only!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $150)…

Want to get started with essential oils?  Check out this awesome promotion for the holidays!!

…then I will ALSO mail you a super helpful Essential Oils Reference Guide (you can look up almost anything in it and see which oils have been used to help with that problem), a set of essential oil labels to keep your oils organized, AND I will give you $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this deal. Several people always ask each time I talk about this starter kit if it’s just the samples. Nope, you get everything in the picture below with your kit including the 11 5 ml bottles of oils!

What comes in the Young Living starter kit?  PLUS an awesome holiday promotion!!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below by November 30th to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. {Please use your laptop or desktop to sign-up, instead of your smartphone or tablet.}

2.  Be sure the “Wholesale Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 1423474 (so that I can send you your free book!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that’s the one where you get all of the freebies!) Those are the oils that I use almost every single day! You can get the kit that’s $150, or you can get a kit for $160 with the bamboo essential oil diffuser!

6. I’d recommend skipping the Step 3 (Optional) part of the sign-up process. I’ll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).

7. Go through the checkout process.

8.  After you sign up, send an email to [email protected] mentioning the code “STSOILS” and letting me know that you signed up through this promotion so that I will know to send you your freebies!  Feel free to ask any questions in the email and I will also help you find the information that you need. :)

BONUS Step 9 (COMPLETELY Optional!)  If you would like to earn a FREE bottle of Vetiver too (which is a wonderful oil for focus for children),  then get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values).  You could get the Start Living With Everyday Oils kit and automatically have 100 point value… then you’ll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oils.  For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the BONUS oil!  (This step is completely optional!)

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1423474.  Also, if you recommend this promotion to a friend (or group of friends) and they sign up too through this promotion then please let me know so that you can get credit for referring them. :)

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*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Does signing up make me a “distributor”?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils!

The reference guide that I’m giving away as part of this promotion is also a HUGE resource. You can look up almost anything in it and see which essential oils and supplements can be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was suprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

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Jul 14, 2014

Why I Buy My Essential Oils From An MLM

Jul
14
2014
Monday

Why I Buy Essential Oils From An MLM




I was 18 and a freshman in college looking for a job so that I could earn some extra “fun money”.

The first place I looked was the classified ads and saw what seemed like an incredible opportunity…

“Make your own hours. Unlimited income potential. Must be a self-starter. Call for an interview.”

Well hey, I’d love to make my own hours. Unlimited income? Sign me up! Sure, I can be a self-starter, why not?

So I called.

I went in for my “interview” and guess what? They “hired” me!!

All I had to do was make a small investment in a kit (I actually don’t remember how much it was) and then I would be ready to tell others how to get the best knives ever.

I would start with my friends and family and then ask them for referrals.

I could also go through the records of people who had bought knives previously and give them a call to see if they wanted me to come out to their house to clean their knives. (Y’all… I’m laughing as I write this… I really called random people to see if I could come out to their house and CLEAN THEIR KNIVES!!)

Then while I was there, I would show them our new catalog to see if there was anything else they might like to order, and, of course, ask them for referrals.

I lasted less than 2 weeks.

After that experience I wrote off any type of sales at all for the next several years and got a job as a hostess at Chili’s instead.

Now don’t get me wrong, the knives were pretty amazing! Those scissors that the company sells… they *really* can cut through a penny! Have you tried cutting through a penny with the regular scissors in your kitchen? Probably not going to happen.

I still have my set of knives that I bought when I first signed up to sell them 16 years ago and I use them all of the time.

The products are quality products, but the method of selling just wasn’t for me.

I didn’t want my friends and family to feel pressure from me to buy things. I didn’t want to call random people and try to get them to buy more knives.

I never wanted to be part of another direct sales, network marketing, or Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company again.

~~~~Fast forward 8 years.~~~~

I was now married with a 3 year old and an almost 1 year old.

Ryan and I decided that we wanted to eat “healthier”, which at the time meant switching from white bread and white flour over to whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat flour.

We wanted to be ALL IN on the healthy train, so we decided to not just buy wheat flour, but to make it ourselves by grinding up our own wheat berries.

Some friends of ours were placing their order through Azure Standard and told us that we could buy wheat berries there.

How much did we buy? Oh, you know, a reasonable amount for people to buy when they are just getting started grinding their own flour.

Just seven 50 lb. vacuum-sealed buckets.

Hey, I was planning on making homemade bread every day! I could go through that pretty quickly, right?

Plus, it was a *really* good price and we figured that it would be good to have extra food on hand just in case there was ever a long-term emergency situation.

We had driven 2 hours with our two little kids to get these wheat berries, and by the time we had loaded up the car, our almost one year old had just had enough. Nothing I did could get him to stop crying and settle down.

The lady who owned the house that we picked up our wheat berries at asked me if she could get something that might help my little guy settle down.

Um, YES!!

So she came outside with a cotton ball with a drop of Young Living lavender essential oil on it.

Y’all. We just put it next to him in his car seat, he stopped crying almost immediately, and went to sleep within a minute.

Wonderful!! Where do I get this??

The lady said that I could get it through a company called Young Living and she gave me a brochure.

Oh…

It was one of those companies where I’d have to talk to everyone I knew about the product, get referrals, and do the whole thing that I told myself I’d never step foot into again.

So I said thank you, got in our car, and drove home.

I bought a few essential oils at our local health food store over the next several years to use as cleaners, and I bought a bottle of the cheapest lavender oil I could find hoping that it would have the same effect. (It didn’t.)

~~~Fast forward another 7 years.~~~

I had grown a lot in my “crunchy” ways over that time period. I was really into natural remedies, Ryan and I were GRAIN-FREE (no more use for those 350 pounds of wheat berries… we, um, still had about 325 pounds left!), and I was hearing from friends about how they were using essential oils to do a complete overhaul of their medicine cabinets.

Hmm… that sounded like my kind of thing!

So I researched. And I decided that if I was going to overhaul my medicine cabinet with essential oils too, then I wanted to make sure I was getting exactly what I was paying for.

Here was the criteria that I used to evaluate the companies that I looked at:

1. Can this company guarantee that the land used to grow their plants & herbs is free of residual herbicides, pesticides, & chemicals?
2. Does this company own their own lab to test an oil’s composition?
3. Does this company ever purchase oils from outside suppliers? If so, does the company visit the farms and oil distilleries to observe the process and make sure that there are no added chemicals to the distillation of the oils and that the herbs and plants are grown completely free from contamination with ANY herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers?
4. Does this company only use crops that were harvested at their peak time? And if so, does the grower test to make sure that the crop is at its peak time for harvesting?
5. Does this company continuously monitor the process of distillation to make sure that the oils produced from the distillation contain all of the correct therapeutic components?
6. Can this company guarantee that oils are discarded and not sold if mistakes were made during the distillation process that affect the quality of the oils?
7. Does this company’s oil suppliers use extra solvents during the distillation process to extract extra oil from the plants?
8. Can this company guarantee that nothing is added to the oils during bottling?

The only essential oils company that could answer those questions in a way that I felt comfortable with was Young Living.

It wasn’t because they had an MLM commission structure… that was one of the reasons that I didn’t want to buy from them back in 2006.

And I wish I would’ve known back in 2006 that 90% of the people who buy essential oils from Young Living don’t get into the business-side of it at all! They just use their discount to get high-quality essential oils. I would’ve been completely okay with that. :)

So I finally bought a starter kit back in February of 2013 and my plan was to just use the oils for our family (remember how I didn’t want to do the MLM thing? I really meant that!)

But then when something works for you or a family member you want to share that, right? So I would put up a post on Facebook about my nose clearing up, or how I got burned in the kitchen that day but it didn’t hurt at all because of using Young Living lavender right away, and people started asking questions about oils and about how they could get some.

Not long after that, some of my friends who had seen me posting on Facebook wanted me to come teach an essential oils class for them and their friends. This wasn’t the typical – “Hey, would you be willing to host a party for my business? If enough people come and buy things then I will give you a free gift” – type thing. This was others inviting me to come teach classes at their home so that they (and their friends) could learn more about keeping their family healthy.

And others fell in love with the oils and wanted to do a makeover of their medicine cabinets too.

I got into the business without really meaning to. Just by using the products that I had decided on for our family and sharing the results with others.

There are a lot of essential oils companies out there.

There are a lot of essential oils companies I could’ve made money off of as a blogger! Bloggers make money through products they recommend through affiliate programs (for example, bloggers can make a sizable income by linking to places like Amazon and other online companies), and just about everyone online who is recommending anything is making money off of that recommendation somehow.

But I wanted guaranteed quality.

I wanted to be able to see first-hand the farms, the distilleries, the labs, the bottling… and from what I have found, Young Living is the only company that allows all of that.

And what I didn’t know at the time that I needed, but now am so thankful for, is the support network of others who are studying about essential oils too.

I was extremely blessed to join a Young Living group that is filled with naturopathic doctors, RNs, chiropractors, midwives, and many others who have dedicated their lives to helping others, and are more than willing to offer their advice and experience.

I’m always asking questions and finding new uses for different essential oils in our team’s Facebook groups.

Even if the quality of Young Living hadn’t sold me 100%, our support group would have. There’s no way that I would be getting that kind of support and information anywhere else.

If you would like to join our “oily” team, either as a business or just to purchase the Young Living quality then you can find all of the instructions on how to do that (as well as more info on why I chose Young Living) at the bottom of this post here.

Why I Buy Essential Oils From Young Living Squ

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