Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m going to go ahead and wager that you’ve seen at least one end-cap at your local grocery store, Wal-Mart, Whole Woods, or vitamin store displaying essential oils and a diffuser for aromatherapy. Maybe it’s an Austin thing, but I am seeing them EVERYWHERE. In a way, that’s great because it means we are opening our minds to more natural ways to improve the health and wellbeing of our family and our homes.
Here’s the thing…
Essential oils are not a new thing. Whole Foods did not invent them in the last six months. They have been around for thousands of years (yes, I’m talking as far back as the Egyptians who built those fancy pyramids). Businesses are simply capitalizing on the fact that we are all fed up with taking synthetic drugs for every ache and pain and suffering the side effects. They get that we are sick of our houses smelling like chemicals when we clean and that when our kids have colds, we are desperate for a safe, natural, and effective remedy. Everyone is claiming to provide all the benefits of essential oils whether they adhere to safe and ethical practices or not and we all want what we want so we go ahead and try some without the know-how to use them properly or ensure that they are indeed what they say they are.
Let’s not go down that road, okay? I’m here to give you a lot of very verifiable information about essential oils that will empower you to make informed decisions about the oils you buy and use. I am not a doctor. I am not even a licensed aromatherapist. I am a mom of two young boys. I have a husband who has been diabetic since the age of 7 and also has Celiac Disease. I have been pregnant, nursing, or generally hormonal for the past five years straight. I’m on a path to wellness and learning that grows stronger every day because of essential oils and I am thrilled to share what I know because it has been a GAME CHANGER for me and my family and I believe it could be for yours too.
So, what are essential oils?
In short, they are the life blood and immune response system of plants. When extracted through careful steam distillation or cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Essential oils have a very similar makeup to our own human cells. This allows essential oils to be easily accepted by our bodies and have a profound therapeutic effect as they move quickly through biological barriers and get into or blood stream and tissue. Different plants contain different properties that help that plant thrive in its environment. Absorbing those properties allows us to do the same. We could all use a little more thriving, right?
What can essential oils do for me?
- Can inspire a more positive emotional state
- Promote a healthy immune response and support overall wellbeing
- May help support better digestive function
- Provide support for the nervous system
- May aid in removing toxins
- May increase your ability to absorb nutrients
- Aid in purifying your home
- May improve the appearance of skin
- Promote a sense of peace
These may seem a little vague or general and they are this way for a reason. Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, therefore we are not allowed to make any health claims about them. Any time you read a description about what an essential oil can do, it will be written in a way that is compliant with FDA regulations. At least on my blog it will be. Also, because they are not regulated by the FDA, anyone can put an essential oil on the market and call it 100% essential oil without any sort of guarantee that what you’re getting is actually what’s labeled on the bottle. They can add fillers, chemicals, other oils, perfumes, etcetera to give you a great price on a bottle of something that is not what true therapeutic grade essential oils are intended to be. Which, leads me to the next point.
Why Young Living?
Young Living is the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions. They own their own farms throughout the world. They make a steadfast commitment to essential oil purity from strict seed selection, through organic farming and careful harvesting, all the way to testing the products in the lab for purity and sealing the bottles. Their essential oils never change hands and the quality is never compromised. Learn about this process at www.seedtoseal.com. Seriously, it’s a beautiful video.
Yes, Young Living is a multi-level marketing company. You may be familiar with the general structure. Don’t scoff. For me, it is a way to provide better health for my family and contribute financially while being a stay-at-home mom. It is also an opportunity to grow a business and help people achieve greater potential. See, essential oils don’t cure us of anything. They support our bodies in curing themselves, which is what our bodies were (I believe) designed to do in the first place. I could be selling Mary Kay or Amway (no offense to those who do) but THIS is what I believe in. It cuts to the core of what I’ve always believed about my health. I do place great faith in Western medicine too. I believe in vaccinating children and Benadryl and antibiotics when recommended by my doctor. I just don’t think that there is only one way to better health and I think we all can agree that the fewer synthetic chemicals running through our bloodstream, the better off we are likely to be.
As long winded as this blog post is, I promise you it is the condensed version. There is so much science, technology and ingenuity that has gone into making Young Living the absolute best when it comes to essential oils. I cannot wait to share what I learn and hopefully will even inspire you to get on your way to abundance with Young Living essential oils.