A couple of years ago I started to get sinus infections any time I used commercial cleaners. I did some research into making my own household cleaners and found out how incredibly easy they were to make with just baking soda, vinegar, water, and essential oils.
I started using essential oils to clear up any other random sinus infections that I would get (tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil really helped!) and also bought lavender and peppermint oils to use in my homemade cleaners.
I experimented with lavender essential oil and a few other ingredients to make homemade mosquito repellent - and it actually worked!
But then I started doing a little more research into these essential oils that I was using and found that the reason I was having to use A LOT of drops when I would use them is because the majority of essential oils that you can buy from the store (like Whole Foods or Sprouts) are actually not therapeutic grade oils.
The potential danger of an essential oil is generally relative to its level or grade of purity. Many essential oils are designed exclusively for their aroma-therapeutic quality; these essential oils generally should not be applied directly to the skin in their undiluted or “neat” form. Some can cause severe irritation, provoke an allergic reaction and, over time, prove hepatotoxic. Non-therapeutic grade essential oils are never recommended for topical or internal use. Source
So I started looking into oils that did claim to be therapeutic grade and safe for internal use.
I had a few good friends who had started using a brand of essential oils called Young Living so I listened to them talk about all of the amazing things that the oils were doing for their family. And I was impressed. But I still waited and kept researching.
The more that I read, the more that I realized that many of the essential oils companies on the market weren’t really giving the full story.
Almost every bottle of essential oil on the market claims to be “Pure Essential Oil”, but that claim can legally be made if there is as little at just 5% of the actual essential oil from the plant in the bottle. There is also no regulation for how an essential oil is to be extracted. Companies are free to use high-heat, high-pressure, and chemical-solvents to extract more from the plants, and still slap whatever label they want to on the oil.
In fact, the majority of essential oil companies buy their oils from an oil broker. The company isn’t actually involved in the process of cultivating the plants or extracting the oils at all.
Here are 8 questions to ask whenever you’re considering purchasing from an essential oils company (adapted from here):
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 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?
I have looked into pretty much every essential oils company that I can find… from the ones that you can find at health food stores like Whole Foods (NOW brand, Aura Cacia, etc.) to other network marketing companies like Doterra to online-only essential oil retailers like Mountain Rose Herbs, Plant Therapy, and Eden’s Garden.
Young Living was the only company (probably because they were the pioneers in the therapeutic essential oils market) that has their own farms, can 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, only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant, and basically answered all of my 8 questions in a way that I felt comfortable with.
Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust the oil broker that the farmers that he/she buys the oils from can be trusted to do what they are saying 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 I had a few friends who had actually been to the Young Living farms and seen first-hand exactly how the plants were grown and the oils were distilled.
I also loved that I could just sign up and get the member discount (24%!) and not have to sell anything to anyone (after my Cutco experience back in 1998 I told myself I would never do sales again… it seems that everyone I talk to either had a “Cutco experience” or knows someone who has!) All I had to do to keep getting my discount was to buy $50 worth of products per year. Yeah, that was definitely doable since I use essential oils for so many things!
I signed up for Young Living at the end of February 2013 and have been using the oils pretty much daily since then. I use lavender oil on minor burns (it works for me immediately – no pain after the oil), lime oil for my husband’s dry scalp, Thieves oil blend for congestion/flu and to clean with, peppermint oil to brush my teeth, lemon oil to whiten my teeth (plus baking soda), Valor oil & Eucalyptus for my husband’s neck muscle pain… plus several more things (in fact, I’ll be doing lots of posts over the next year on different ways to use these essential oils!)
What I really love is that you can choose to just buy the oils and get the discount OR you can make it into a business and earn commissions off of it. If you are interested in the business aspect of it then there are some excellent Facebook groups that I am in that you can join once you sign up..
IMPORTANT: If you were referred to this post by another member of Young Living, please contact them to see how to sign up for a wholesale membership so that you can use their referral number instead of mine! Otherwise, feel free to sign up using the steps below.
Okay, how to get the oils…
There are a few different options.
You’ll want to choose the wholesale member option when you sign up so that you’ll get the 24% discount (if you just choose “Customer” then the prices are retail prices). You will need to enter either your social security number or your EIN - which you can grab here if you don’t have one & don’t want to use your SSN.
Once you fill out your information you will need to pick an enrollment kit.
I got the everyday essential oils enrollment kit that is $150 and that’s the one that I would recommend!
The $150 kit includes 11 oils to try out (frankincense, lavender, peppermint, lemon, Panaway, Valor, Purification, Thieves, Peace & Calming, StressAway, and Joy). It also comes with a really nice home diffuser ($75 value all by itself!). Plus, I’m giving away an Essential Oils Reference Book (pictured below) to anyone who orders the $150 kit!
Here’s how to sign up:
1. Head over to my Young Living page and select the kit that you want to get.
2. Once you choose the kit, you’ll go to a sign up page. Be sure the “Wholesale Member” option at the top (right under “Country”) is filled in.
3. Enter your payment info and check out.
4. Look for an email from me with more information about how to join the great Facebook groups if you are interested in turning this into a business. If not, you’ll still get periodic emails from me with tips and ideas for using your essential oils.
BONUS Step 5 (COMPLETELY Optional!) If you would like to earn 2 bonus oils this month, 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. Since the flu season is in full force, I would 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 two BONUS oils! (This step is completely optional!)
Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them!
Here’s an image of the March BONUS oils if you do the optional Step 5!
Check out this awesome graphic with some of the awesome uses for the oils in the starter kit! (Click on the image to make it larger)
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