Apr 1, 2013

How To Use Essential Oils & Where To Buy Them!

How To Use Essential Oils and where to buy them!

Those of you who have been reading Surviving The Stores for a while know that I have been dabbling in using essential oils for the past several years. The main way I was using essential oils was to make my own making my own household cleaners with just baking soda, vinegar, and water. But then I started doing a little more research into essential oils and learned that the majority of essential oils that you can buy from the store (like Whole Foods or Sprouts) are not, and do not claim to be, therapeutic quality oils.   Oils - Therapeutic Grade

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

All of the bottles of oils at the health food stores I looked at said things like “do not take internally” and “do not apply directly to the skin.” 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 ways that Young Living essential oils were supporting wellness 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 (even some of the ones that claimed to be therapeutic-grade) weren’t really giving the full story.

Oils - 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.

Oils - The Difference

Here are 8 questions to ask whenever you’re considering purchasing from an essential oils company:

Question To Ask BEFORE You Buy Essential Oils

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 to other network marketing essential oil companies to online-only essential oil retailers..

Oils - Why Young Living

Young Living is 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 guarantee absolutely no pesticides and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing), 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 some kind of 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 knives 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!

OIls - How I Use Them

I signed up for Young Living at the end of February 2013 and have been using the oils pretty much daily since then.

I bought the premium starter kit and I’m so glad that I did!

There are SO many ways that you can use just the oils in the starter kit.   (Click on the image below to make it larger.)
Embrace Wellness STS

What I really love is that there is absolutely no obligation to sell anything when you become a wholesale member. You have that option, but it’s in no way a requirement, and many people become wholesale members just to get the awesome 24% discount on Young Living oils.

Surviving The Stores Young Living Special

My life has been completely CHANGED since getting started using Young Living Essential Oils over three years ago.

I was actually introduced to Young Living TEN years ago when a drop of lavender essential oil helped my inconsolable 1 year old go to sleep within a minute! But back then I thought that all essential oils were equal so I just bought a couple from my local health food store. I didn’t really know what to do with them, and the lavender from the store just didn’t have the same effect on my little guy as the Young Living lavender did.

But three years ago I decided to get a Young Living starter kit. I knew after the research I had done that Young Living was the brand I wanted to use for our family, and after a year of just using the oils for my family and being absolutely AMAZED, I decided to jump into the business side of Young Living and share these amazing gifts with others!

What God created through plants is 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! 🙂

We now use, and teach others how to use, essential oils to support ALL of the systems in our bodies… the digestive system, respiratory system, immune system, etc. They help support a healthy thyroid, support healthy weight management, support normal cellular growth, and so much more! Have you heard the saying “there’s an oil for that”? There really seems to be!!

I’m so THRILLED that I found Young Living and get to share with others. I SO WISH that I could tell you guys some of the stories that Surviving The Stores readers have told me over the past two years of how their health was supported in INCREDIBLE ways through Young Living essential oils and supplements!

YL Oils Lineup OIL Nation

If you’re interested in getting a starter kit for yourself of the essential oils that everyone needs in their home and joining our SUPER FUN OIL Nation essential oils education group, then KEEP READING!

The world of essential oils can be very confusing, so I’m using the commission money that I make from this kit to give you back freebies that will be a HUGE help in your oily journey!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, an AMAZING deal at $160) then I will ALSO mail you a package of awesome Essential Oils educational materials, a set of essential oil LABELS, AND a $20 Amazon Gift Card so that you can buy yourself some awesome essential oils accessories from Amazon too!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this kit. 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 several freebies when you get started!!

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 to take advantage of these freebies!

You can also send me an email at [email protected] and I can help you get started or answer any questions you may have!

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If you would prefer to watch the instructions in a video, then please watch the short video below:

Questions about Signing Up for Young Living? from Young Living on Vimeo.

Or, if you’d prefer step-by-step directions, then read below!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out all of your information.

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 freebies!)

4. Select which starter kit you want to get! I’d recommend getting the Premium Starter Kit so that you get all of the oils to started above, AND you get FOUR different options for the diffuser!! Here are the options for the diffuser (just click on the image below to enlarge it):

Oily Families Diffuser Options

You’ll likely end up getting several diffusers at some point down the road (most people do!), so don’t stress too much about which one to get now. If you’re looking for the absolute BEST deal, then I’d recommend spending the extra to get Aria diffuser. The Aria diffuser by itself is regularly $225 for wholesale members (it’s a super NICE and absolutely beautiful diffuser!), so it’s like you’re just getting all of the oils for $35 more! That’s INCREDIBLE!!

Otherwise, you can just pick the Home Diffuser, which is still a great diffuser option and that package is only $160!

5. *OPTIONAL* If you already know that you want to be ordering regularly (we knew when we first started that we wanted to stock up on oils for emergencies), then you can go ahead and sign up for Essential Rewards right there when you order your starter kit! It’s an amazing way to earn FREE oils with your order every month! It’s a completely OPTIONAL program, so if you’re just wanting the starter kit for now then you can just skip this 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 DO want to get started with Essential Rewards so that you can get product credit back on all of your purchases, then I’d highly recommend the Thieves Essential Rewards Kit to get started! You’ll be able to change up what you buy each month.

6. Go through the checkout process.

7.  After you sign up, send me an email at [email protected] and I will send you all of the information that you need to get started!

IMPORTANT:  The educational materials are only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1423474.

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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.

If you ARE interested in the business side then we have ALL the resources to help you get started with earning an income from Young Living as well (it is now our family’s full-time income). But before getting started with the business, I highly recommend taking some time with your starter kit to get to know the oils and fall in love! 🙂

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 do all of the weeding by hand and do not spray ANY chemicals on the plant – even the chemicals approved for use in organic farming), 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.

I love that Young Living is 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 how to use my oils?

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 educational materials that I’m giving away as part of this promotion are also a HUGE resource. You can look up lots of things in it and see which essential oils and supplements may be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was surprising 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.

What if I live outside of the United States?

For those who live in Canada, we will mail the book and labels, but will need to either reduce or remove the gift card to cover the extra shipping charge.

International orders of 100 PV or more will receive a $25 Amazon or Paypal gift card. Many times the only kit that is offered to those that reside outside of the US doesn’t have a PV at all. To receive the gift card, you will need to have a minimum of 100 PV in your final order.

What about overseas US military?

If you are military with an APO/FPO address, you can still receive the same promotion as those in the United States since the address is here in the US.

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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