101 Real Ways that Real People use the Young Living Starter Kit!

101 Real Ways that Real People use the Young Living Starter Kit!

Hi Oilers!! Have you seen pins and posts floating around that rattle off lots of ways to use your essential oils? Well we have!! We noticed that they are pretty much just laundry list of things… and we take maybe one or two ideas away from it all.  So instead of just doing a google search and making a blog post of 101 possible ways to use essential oils, we have compiled our own REAL ways of how we REALLY use our oils every day!  Each use has been taken from our group Oils and Us on Facebook.  I even gave credit and wrote direct quotes from the shares 🙂

One of the best ways to decide how to use your oils is by asking a trusted peer for their success story.  We ask for these stories every day in our Facebook group!  If you are still thinking of joining Oils and Us and getting your own starter kit, we hope that this post gives you the inspiration you need to make the change! The NEW Premium Start Living Kit from Young Living comes with 11 different 5ml bottles of essential oils:  Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Purification, Panaway, Thieves, RC, DiGize, Copaiba, and the bonus Stress Away! It also comes with a diffuser, a bunch of samples, learning materials, a Young Living membership, a 24% discount on all future products, and the right to distribute if you feel like you want to!  <<< Why our team is a great one to join! >>

LAVENDER (Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diuretic, Sedative)

1.  “Allergies! Can I get an Amen!” – Brianna

2.   Lavender diluted with coconut oil goes on every bump, cut, scrap and bite in our house! – Michelle

3.  My husband likes to diffuse it after a seizure to help him rest. – Casondra

4.  “Sleep!!!!!!!!” – Erin

5.  “I also mix it with frankincense and coconut oil for rashes or use it straight on cuts” – Carolyn

6.  “Dilute with coconut oil for homemade diaper cream!!” – Stephanie

7.  Mix with distilled water to make a “monster spray” (aka sleep spray) for the kids! – Michelle

8.  TMI Alert!!:  “I know many people suffer from it though and just don’t talk about it, especially pregnant woman. Hemmroids. Ouch! They are irritating, some people itch, some hurt and some are extreme. I have found a drop of lavender on a qtip (or even your finger) applied straight to the problem spot helps immensely. Relief in about a minute.” – Michelle

9.  Add two drops to a wet washcloth and throw in the dryer with your clothes for awesome freshness! – Angela

10.  Rub a drop on your temples, forehead, and back of neck to ease a headache – Angela

LEMON (Antianxiety, Antidepressant, , Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Diuretic, Disinfectant)

11.  I love lemon in my water! I also love to add a drop onto my chicken before I bake it wink emoticon – Michelle

12.  Mix with almond oil and rub onto child’s chest to help with allergies- Jessie

13.  Cooking, salmon specifically – Erin

14.  Lemon ( diluted) down the spine for runny noses. – Brianna

15.  Lemon on the outer throat for sore throat or strained vocal cords – Brianna

16.  A few drops in a small glass spray bottle as a fruit/produce wash! – Angela

17.  Lemon and baking soda down the sink if it gets stinky – Lauren

PEPPERMINT (Local anesthetic, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Anti-inflammatory, Insecticidal, Antispasmodic and Carminative (meaning to fight flatulence).

18.  Put it in a roller with grapes ed oil. Don’t leave home without it for headaches! – Jessie

19.  Rub a drop on your wrists before a workout and breath it in deep.  Always give me the jumpstart that I need – Angela

20.  I have made mints, and I also love it for severe allergies – Erin

21.  I love the way my house smells when I diffuse it…its a great oil! – Erin

22.  Add a few drops to a small spray bottle of water and spray it to deter pests.  It kept our mouse visitor off of my kitchen countertops and its kept the spiders from returning to corners! And keeps the little flies off of my bananas!  – Angela

23.  Just recently started putting it under my nose at bedtime. Helps me to breathe better and quieter. – Carolyn

24.  Peppermint has been my life saver for my stomach! Having IBS, acid reflux, and gastritis I get stomach pain constantly! I mix peppermint oil with coconut oil to make a rub and as soon I start feeling an upset stomach or pain I rub it on my abdominal area and also around my belly button! It is amazing how well it works! – Casondra

25.  Last night I woke up with heart burn and some congestion and just felt like I was dying..it was too late to text Angela for help lol but I remembered she told me to put a drop of peppermint under my tongue for heartburn, so I did. I was able to go back to sleep and felt so much better – Carolyn

PURIFICATION:  Blend of:  lemongrass, citronella, lavendin, rosemary, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), and myrtle.(Antifungal, Antiparasitical, Antibacterial, Deodorizing)

26.  This is my cold sore saver!! – Jennie

27.  Love diffusing it to make my house smell clean – Jessie

28.  Use It in my home made foaming hand soap, and I have been adding it to my laundry for a smell boost! Slightly obsessed! – Jennie

29.  It’s my go to for quick relief of eye and ear pain / infection – Angela

30.  I use purification in my carpet cleaner water. It helps get rid of the dog smell in my house. – Michelle

31.  I use it in my produce wash.  A couple drops with some water in a spray bottle. – Michelle

32.  I also diffuse it when I need to get a bad smell out of my house. – Michelle

THIEVES:  Blend of: – cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. (Antiseptic, Antiviral, Antioxidant, Local anesthetic, Analgesic, Antibacterial, Immune system support, Cardiovascular system support.)

33.  I uncap Thieves and take 5 deep inhales every morning to get my day going and fight any germs – Stephanie

34.  Absolutely LOVE thieves and coconut oil for teething babies/toddlers.  When I ask my son if he wants thieves on his gums he shakes his head yes and immediately opens his mouth waiting for it! – Steph

35.  I have mine diffusing and rubbing on my son for his cold – Lauren

36.  Add a drop to your honey and tea when you’re feeling under the weather… feel better quick and kick the sick! – Angela

37.  I diffused next to my son when he had the flu and laid on the couch for an entire day.  He was fine the next morning.  Lasted only 1 day, not a whole week like everyone else! – Me

38.  Quick zip zapper! – Nancy

39.  Canker sore/cold sore healing – Nancy

40.  Add a few drops to water and white vinegar to make a DIY all-purpose and streak-free cleaner – Angela

41.  I need to replace honey with agave nectar when I use Thieves for head and chest congestion because I’m allergic to honey – Casondra

42.  Thieves was the first bottle gone from my starter kit! I had strep throat twice in less than 2 weeks and thieves helped anyone else from catching it as well as helped my throat tremendously! – Michelle

43.  I added thieves, lemon and purification to water and vinegar for a produce wash. – Michelle

44.  I also use a drop or 2 in a vegetable capsule if my husband or I feel a sickness coming on. – Michelle

PANAWAY:  Blend of: Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint.  (Local anesthetic, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Supports circulation)

45.  IT band relief and sore knees after running – Angela

46.  My Top choice oil for my sore muscles – Brianna

47.  Restless legs! – Erin

48.  I add to an Epsom salt bath! – Julie

FRANKINCENSE  (Antiaging, Focus, Clarity, Decongestant, Hormone balancing, and Anti-tumoral)

49.  Mix with lavender and coconut oil to clear up diaper  rash quick – Steph

50.  I burned my thumb, kinda “seared” it. There was a big white-ish area and then my skin cracked all down the side and skin was peeling off (I admit, I pulled at some cuz it’s annoying). On Monday night it looked like something out of a horror movie. Really disgusting. On Tuesday I started rubbing it with coconut oil, lavender and frankincense. Night and day difference. It still looks a little funky but a girl at work said it’s 100% better than when she saw it Monday!! Yay!! – Carolyn

51.  Started using Frankincense for a yeast rash that would not go away and it’s almost completely gone! – Carolyn

52.  In a carrier oil to soak my nails and strengthen them… they are so brittle and grow so slow. – Michelle

53.  Frankincense with grapeseed oil as my face moisturizer! I love it! – Rachel

54.  For Vertigo – Karen

55.  I used Frankincense around my eye socket to rid my eye of redness and itchiness from allergies – Laurie

56.  Frank is my magic secret to fighting zits literally overnight! – Angela

57.  Diffuse or apply to the crown of the head when it feels like a seizure is coming on… sometimes we stop it and sometimes it is less severe. – Carolyn & Heather

58.  Great for scars, skin discoloration, eczema, ANYTHING skin related really! – Everyone in Oils and Us lol

59.  Add to a bath or carrier oil for runny noses and congestion – Angela

MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA aka TEA TREE  (analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, anti-acne, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, insecticide.analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, anti-acne, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, insecticide.analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, anti-acne, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, insecticide.analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, anti-acne, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, insecticide)  THIS IS A FLEX OIL NOW MEANING THAT IT WILL ONLY COME IN YOUR STARTER KIT IF A REGULARLY INCLUDED OIL IS OUT OF STOCK.

60.  I love to use it to clean and disinfect my cutting boards – Angela

61.  For skin healing after burns, cuts, and scrapes – Lauren

62.  In my shampoo! – Jessica

63.  Cold sores and canker sores! – Tanya

64.  It’s great for bug bites and itches – Nicole

65.  Awesome addition to a diaper rash mix – Steph

66.  Great for chest/sinus congestion, especially in little ones who are too young for Peppermint! – Angela

67.  Diffuse for sleep believe it or not! – Angela

STRESS AWAY:  Blend of:  Cedarwood, Copaiba, Lavender, Lime, Ocotea, Vanilla.  (Antianxiety, Anti-stress, Calming)

68.  Diffuse at night after a long day or the night before something “big” is going on – Stephanie

69.  “Rub that stuff behind my ears down my neck – love it! Too bad this bottle lasted like 2 weeks in our house after we got the starter kit lol” – Steph

70.  A roller for my wrists and I also put 2 drops on a cotton ball I leave in my wallet 🙂 – Michelle

71.  I put my free roller top on this one and kept it in the diaper bag… I get stressed in large crowds with both boys so I used it on my wrists before heading into Sam’s, the commissary, etc. At peak hours! – Angela

72.  Back of the neck any time I find myself challenged- work, traffic, home 🙂 – Jennie

73.  Every day before I go to work along with my motto “ain’t nothing worth me getting my blood pressure raised over” – Debbie

74.  “Stress away and peppermint in the diffuser!” – Lauren

75.  “Stress away and lavender in diffuser! Love it” – Vanessa

The following three oils:  R.C., DiGize, and Copaiba are new additions to the premium starter kit! This we love because these three are often the first choices our members purchased outside of their starter kits….. very cool that they are included now!

R.C.:  Blend of:  E. radiata, E. globulus, E. citriodora, myrtle, pine, spruce, marjoram, lavender, cyprus, and  peppermint. (Expectorant, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antispasmotic, Relaxing, Grounding, Decongestant, Respiratory support.)

76.  Skype-ing with my mom this morning when she tells me she needs more RC because its the only thing helping her boyfriend with severe COPD to breathe. A huge skeptic, really struggling, finding relief with what we share. – Angela

77.  “I use R.C. almost everyday. Today I put it in my diffuser with pepperment and thieves I can fell my cough starting to get better.” – Nancy

78.  ” I won RC in a drawing. My 16 month old son has had a stuffy nose and a nasty cough for the past few days. We diluted some in coconut oil and applied to his chest, neck, feet, and spine over night. We also diffused some as well. He slept through the night with no coughing attacks and has seemed more like himself today.” – Stephanie

79.  I started using it for headaches after a friend recommended it while I was breastfeeding and it worked great! – Brittni

80.  I used RC over my chest before my workout today.  Allergies have settled in my chest and I thought between that and the cardio, I might suffocate! I was able to breathe deep and good and happily make it through! – Angela

81.  The game changer for my infants stuffy nose… you can read about that Here in THIS blog! Just click! 🙂 – Me

DiGize:  Blend of:   tarragon, ginger, fennel, peppermint, lemongrass, anise, juniper, patchouli.  (Antiparastic, Antinausea, Kidney & bladder support, Supports digestion, Carminative, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, Prevents fermentation)

82. DiGize has been one of the most used oils in our house! My husband suffers from horrible stomach problems and my kids like to eat way to much! I also have a 1 year old whom I have used it on to help with gas. My husband has been the hardest to convince and has yet to admit this actually works but he seems to keep coming back and asking for a pill when his tummy acts up 😉

The ways we use DiGize in our home
83.   My husband & I take a vegetable capsule with 3-6 drops for upset stomachs.
84.   I made a rub of 5 tsp coconut oil & 5 drops DiGize for when any of my kids (including the 1 y/o) has an upset stomach, rub it right on their tummies.
85.  I rub the coconut mix on the back of my neck when I feel nauseous.
86.  I use the mix on my baby’s tummy for when he has gas pains.
-87.  We luckily haven’t experienced this since I started oils but as soon as one of us starts throwing up, DiGize will be my go to oil!

**82-87 is an example of an oil review that we like to do frequently in our Facebook group, Oils and Us.  Thank you Michelle for this one!

COPIABA (Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Stimulant)

88.  the most powerful anti inflammatory. I mix it with lemon grass and it’s good for tendons and ligaments. – Carolyn

89.  “copaiba intensifies the effects of the oils that its mixed with” – Angela

90.  I add to an epsom salt bath with Panaway for whole body pain. – Julie

91.  We do copaiba on the injection site after vaccines – Elissa

92.  Copaiba for muscle soreness and pain relief! – Brianna

DIFFUSER TRICKS – because you get a diffuser with your starter kit! Aroma = best way to use Aromatherapy! 🙂

93.  Diffuse lemon for an hour to make cleaning your diffuser a breeze! – Angela

94.  Pour a splash of white vinegar into your diffuser and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then use the vinegar and your sponge to clean it out. Dump out the vinegar and you’re good to go. – Brianna

95.  If your diffuser stops working, let it sit for a day to dry out. Chances are some water got into the air vent hole and it just needs to dry. – Sara

96.  Home diffuser: if you hold down the ON button for 2 seconds, the illumination will turn off so that it doesn’t keep the husband up at night. Hit the button again and it the light will turn back on – Jessie

FINAL 5 DROPS of THOUGHTS for your YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OIL STARTER KIT

97.  If you REALLY want to make a lifestyle change with essential oils then ongoing education and support are key! Oils and Us is there with a quick and knowledgeable response for you every time!

98.  99% of the time… dilute!  One drop per TSP of carrier oil for Adults, One drop per TBSP of carrier oil for little ones.  EOs are Volatile and Lipid soluble.  Diluting is not only safe, but makes your oils evaporate slower and absorb better 🙂

99.  Just ask!  Ask your sponsor, ask your group, consult a reference guide… but know what you’re doing.  Essential oils WILL work if you work them correctly and safely.

100.  Essential oils have many different properties.  This makes them good at several different things at once such as Peppermint being great for Energy AND pain! Along those lines, remember everyone is different.  And everyone will react differently.  Peace & Calming keeps my kids awake, but it puts everyone else’s to sleep.  Peppermint is my go to for energy, but lemon is my mom’s choice.  Tea tree oil is best for my skin, but Rachel loves the citruses.  Bottom line, be open minded and try something else.  You’ve got lots of choices in your starter kit!

101.  Have Fun!  Experimenting, engaging, learning, and using essential oils is a new adventure!  Every little success is so exhilarating!  and it feels SO good to have these useful tools right at home.  Your new life change can also be your new hobby, your new source of financial income, and your link to lots more new friends!

WHEW!! and there you have it! 101 REAL ways that REAL people use their essential oils every day.  And there are still So many more ways to use that we are still discovering in Oils and Us.  If you like this post, be sure to follow our blog for more! and please join us in our Facebook group and be a part of the discussion 🙂  If you are ready to join with a premium starter kit, or any of the other awesome starter kits, you can do that <<<< HERE!! >>>  Happy Oiling!!

Oils and Us

The BEST DIY lip balm with essential oils!!

The BEST DIY lip balm with essential oils!!

Hi friends!!! Recently my mom and Aunt came to see us for my son’s 5th birthday (Party in the Park! Great, cheap birthday party idea…blog about that coming next!).  I recently got both of them to fall in love with my essential oils, so I knew they would LOVE making these lip balms! My aunt really enjoyed it, especially choosing which oils we were going to pair together.  We chose Peppermint & Orange, Grapefruit & Lemon, and we made 5 Purification sticks to treat cold sores and such.  It was our first time making these so we weren’t expecting stellar results… but SHOOT!!! These are great!  I gave some to my friends at Easter and they can’t stop talking about how much they rock.  If you’re looking for a great recipe… trust me… this one is it!  You can just use my combinations as a reference, but choose which oils you like best!

What you need:  (I bought all my stuff off of Amazon except for the EOs).

  1. 3T Beeswax
  2.  2T Coconut Oil
  3.  1T Shea Butter
  4.  20 empty lip balm tubes (save yourself the hassel of reading reviews on a million different empty tubes like these.   These ones are perfect, cheap, and they do not leak.  They’re clear so you can see how much you have left and you can dress them up with some cheap Target washi tape later)
  5.  10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  6.  10 drops Orange Essential Oil

These ingredients will make 20 tubes.  So if you want to make 10 tubes of one mix and 10 tubes of another blend, then just half the recipe.  That’s what we did! We had five tubes left over so those became our Purification treatment sticks.

What to do:

Add your beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter to a double boiler.  When it is completely melted, add in your essential oils and stir.  Use a syringe (a kids medicine dropper works great!) to transfer the mix from the double boiler to the lip balm tubes.  Fill to the top and place the cap on.  Let cool on the counter for 30 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Then use, enjoy, and share!

NOTE:  We halved this recipe so we only used 5 drops of each essential oil.  If you’re doing a citrus blend like we did, I would suggest keeping the drops at 10 and 10.  Ours was pretty weak in flavor and I think its just because the citruses aren’t as strong as the peppermint per se.

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You can mark the lids with sharpie and/or dress them up with some Washi tape.  That was my attempt lol I never claimed to be perfect! But it was good enough for my family and friends who just like getting free stuff 🙂

Clean up note:  Do not just stick your empty oil bowl in the sink and try to wash it.  It will be a mess.  When the bowl is warm, wipe it out thoroughly with a paper towel.  Then wash it in the sink…. a lesson I learned the hard way!

I hope you enjoy these as much as me and my friends are! Even my son Parker has claimed one as his own 🙂  Thanks for being here! Follow my group Oils & Us on Facebook to see what else we’re up to. And as always, we’d love for you to join us! Sign up HERE! with your premium starter kit and don’t forget to ask about this month’s incentives! We’re always giving something away so don’t miss it! 🙂  Happy Oiling!

Essentially,

ME! ❤

Free Educational Event!  Spring Allergies, Illness, and Stress!!

Free Educational Event! Spring Allergies, Illness, and Stress!!

Hi Everybody!! My YL organization, Oils & Us, has challenged itself to provide one educational activity every month.  They won’t always be attendable events, but his first one is!!! The topics for this first activity came straight from the members and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are relevant for this time of year!  For just an hour, we’ll be learning about Springtime Allergies, Illnesses, Cuts & Scrapes, and Stress.  You already know about each of those, so we’re going to tell you specifically how you can use essential oils to make these things better!! 🙂  The event will be April 14th, 2015 from 8:00pm-9:00pm EST.  Once the event is over I will transfer the information to a blog post…. but if you can possibly make it, I would love to see you there!!

Springtime Allergies, Illness, & Stress. A free Facebook learning event!

Follow the link above to join the event.  It’s public, so feel free to invite or share with anyone that you think could benefit as well!

Oils & Us has a tagline.  That line is “Equal Support For Both.”  As an organization we support oils by learning about them and we support each other by sharing what we know.  We love our essential oils and are on a mission to change other peoples’ lives in the same great ways that ours have changed! If you want to follow Oils & Us before deciding if it’s for you, I recently made a fan page! (apparently you have to have a fan page in order to promote an event on Facebook…oh the things I’m learning!)

Check out what Oils & Us is up to and give it a “like” 🙂

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Hope to see you all at the event and let’s chat on the FB page! Thanks for being here!!

Essentially,

Me :)!

Holy cow it works!  Oven cleaning with Essential Oils!

Holy cow it works! Oven cleaning with Essential Oils!

Hi everybody! Spring cleaning = doing all the jobs that we put off because we hate and therefore the mess has become absolutely disgusting.  So I guess my oven COULD be worse, but we’ve only lived here for 5 months.  I pretty much suck at cooking and everything bubbles over (you think I would just start putting a cookie sheet under my baking stuff… but I don’t… I obviously refuse to learn from my mistakes lol).  So ANYWAYS…. I clean everything else in my house with essential oils, so why not the oven?  There was this pin that I came across on Pinterest and it looked promising.  I had to tweak it a bit to fit the ingredients I had on hand… but WOW!  This literally took no effort.  My arm was not cramping, I did not break a sweat, and there was not one powerful chemical used! 🙂  I’m pleasantly surprised….. definitely give it a try and make one Spring Cleaning task a little easier!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 1 cup baking soda
  2. 1/2 washing soda (I used my Borax)
  3. 1/4 cup sea salt
  4. 1/2 white vinegar
  5. 10 drops Orange Essential Oil
  6. 10 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil
  7. a splash of water

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In a large bowl combine the baking soda, washing soda, and sea salt.  Mix it all together.  Drop in your essential oils and then pour in the white vinegar (your kids will love that part! foam city!).  Mix it all together.  Then just add a little bit of water at a time until your mix is like a thin paste that you could spread. Open the oven door and spread it all over your gross areas so it looks like this:

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We did this right before bed and let it sit overnight.  In the morning all I did was wipe off all the whiteness with a wet washcloth.  I had to put a little muscle into a few spots, but all in all if was pretty effortless.  And seriously look how clean it is!!

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I am so stoked that this worked… makes me wanna do more Spring Cleaning!!! Well, almost…. 😉

Thanks for reading and good luck with your own ovens!  Let me know how it works for you!!! These are the essential oils that I used and where you can get them –> order here!

And if you’re looking to join a fun, fast-growing, responsible, and knowledgeable essential oil team we’d love to have you!  Read about Oils & Us here:  Oils & Us!!

8 Surprising ways that Young Living is changing my life!

8 Surprising ways that Young Living is changing my life!

Hi friends!!! This post today is to sum up the adventure that was Oil Drops 1-7 🙂  While all of that information is true of all essential oil, I’m sure you got the undertones of Young Living in there.  That’s my brand and I trust them, but that’s a discussion for another day.  I first ordered my essential oils for probably the same reasons that anyone else would.  A more natural option, to help with issues, to avoid antibiotics, to give me tools to help my family, you know all the popular ones.  I was skeptical at best that the essential oils would even impact those general wants.  From my heart, I want to tell you, that I was COMPLETELY UNAWARE of just how many ways these oils would impact me.  The ways are surprising and not at all what I was looking for when I joined with Young Living, but I am so glad they found me.

1.  FREEDOM:  I have the tools in my home to immediately remedy or support any unwanted issue in my house.  My first thought is not a trip to the ER or scheduling a doctor’s appointment.  There are no late night trips to Walgreens for some crazy systemic medication that’s not even safe until my kid is 4 or 6.  I have the first line defenses for literally any medical ailment that surprises us.

2.  RECONNECTING WITH OLD FRIENDS:  I started sharing what I was doing on Facebook.  Moving around so much (and growing up in general) has turned some of my good friends into loose acquaintances.  Sad.  But one thing we all have in common is sickness, stress, and children!  Friends that I haven’t spoken to in years are chatting with me all into the night about their most personal struggles.  We’ve reconnected again.  And it’s all because of essential oils and how they are so freaking awesome at making things better.

3.  NEW FRIENDS:  Young Living is a team, or even very much like a family.  As a business we support each other.  As oilers, we support each other’s learning.  As friends, we support each other’s struggles.  I have gained such a great friend and inspirational leader in my Young Living sponsor.  She is my biggest supporter and is always encouraging and teaching me.  I have made beautiful friendships with women that I sponsor as I give them all the same support and encouragement that I receive.  And it doesn’t end with oils, they are with me on every thing!

4.  PURPOSE:  I am a Master’s prepared RN who was a charge nurse in a long-term care facility and educator at a local college.  Last summer I had a second baby and we moved to Fort Bragg, NC.  Literally overnight, I went from professional to stay-at-home-mom.  While this is a beautiful thing that I am grateful for, I struggled to find a sense of purpose in my every day life.  Now I’m a leaner, an educator, a mentor, a blogger!, and a business woman! Young Living is that sense of purpose that I had been searching for after the move. It is SO rewarding to hear friend after friend find relief in their struggles because I got essential oils into their homes!

5.  FINANCES:  When you get your starter kit, you just hope and pray that it will work and that you didn’t just throw away a bunch of money.  Turning that kit into a business is not even on the brain.  But after about 7 months of oil successes, I just HAD to get this into as many lives as I could. I started to pursue the business even though it was scary as hell.  In two months I gained 30 new members and started making real money.  Not just some pocket change, but real money.  I’m contributing oils to people’s lives and contributing financially to my family again…. and DAMN does that feel good!

6. CONFIDENCE:  I’m so so shy.  It’s by nature, I blame my mom.  When I hosted my first Facebook oil event, I was terrified.  Scared of failure, scared of the unknown, shy to put myself out there.  My palms were sweaty and heart was racing the whole time. But it turned out awesome! I had a huge turnout, lots of participation, and got eight new members from one weekend FB event. Maybe I should give myself more credit? Maybe everyone doesn’t think I’m the huge silly ass that I think I am? Now I’ve done a second, equally successful, Facebook event and am in the process of turning it into an ebook so others could reproduce the success. Angela, circa four months ago, would never have had the guts to do any of this! 🙂

  1. GOALS: When this whole business thing started, I had no idea what to expect. I still don’t, honestly. But you know what? I’m trying like hell to be a success. I love essential oils so much that I honestly feel a need to get them into everyone’s lives. More than that, I have never functioned in business before in my life… much less a marketing business! Nursing is nothing like all of this! This is a totally new road and that’s exciting. You know if you don’t give 110% to your goals, your goals will never come to you. I give this my all, have TONS of fun, focus always on the essential oils, and set goals for myself. I set them. And I smash them. It’s how we work. HOO– freaking – AH!!!
  1. RESPONSIBILITY: This is a two-fold change in my life. The organization that I have created is called Oils & Us. The organization depends on me to survive. I have a responsibility to care for it. Oils & Us is filled with people that I care about that look to me (and each other) for responsible and knowledgeable oil information. Many times they’re asking for their children. Essential Oils are powerful and I have a responsibility that each person under me knows exactly how to use them safely. That’s a pretty big responsibility that grows with each new member! I actually kind of thrive on this part… it brings out the nurse in me. Loving to care for and be responsible for the health of those entrusted to me.

Being a part of Young Living continues to bring such great and amazing things to my life every day.  The decision to join has been such a positive decision.  My only regret is waiting so long to do it! I look forward to what the future still holds in this adventure and life change so much!!! How about you!?

If you are interested in learning more about my group Oils & Us, you can read about it –> Here! Oils & Us!

and if you are ready to start changing your life with Young Living, me, and Oils & Us… join us with your premium starter kit —> Join Here!

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Oil Drop 7:  Perspecitive and PRICE (dun dun dunnnnnnnnn!!)

Oil Drop 7: Perspecitive and PRICE (dun dun dunnnnnnnnn!!)

Hi everybody!!! And welcome back to the last post in the really fun learning series about essential oils.  You are all really savvy with your oil knowledge by now! And since you’re still reading these, you’ve developed some curiosity! I bet you’ve even been to my Young Living website (or thought about it!) And if you’re like me, the first thought was…. Wow. Price. More than I expected! Why are they so much more money than the oils at my local health store or from other companies such as Eden’s Garden, Plant Therapy, NOW, etc.?

Well remember when we talked about the meaninglessness of words such as 100% pure, therapeutic grade, “our oils are the best,” etc, etc. And remember when we talked about the lack of a governing body in the US over the production of essential oils, and the importance of the Process? Well those are real things! And they reflect in the price.

Consider something else that reflects in price too: The enormous amount of plant material in each bottle. Here’s some examples. 27 square feet of lavender in each bottle of Lavender, 75 lemons in each bottle of Lemon, one pound of peppermint material to make one bottle of Peppermint, 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of Rose EO (can you even fathom what 5,000 POUNDS of rose petals looks like!?), and Frankincense is made from resin that’s leached out of a tree in the Middle East and scraped off by hand. These stats are incredible and even difficult to wrap a brain around.

***Let’s break down an example: I can buy 10ml of Frankincense from Eden’s Garden (EG) for $8.95. Young Living will sell you 15ml for more like $94. Or I can buy a bottle of EG Lavender 10ml for $6.20 versus YL Lavender 15ml for $30.

***Let’s think critically about what we now know to understand this price gap:

Frankincense – A Boswellia tree (carteri or sacra) is grown in Somalia and Oman. A cut is made in the bark in which a resin comes out. Kind of like Maple Syrup! The resin is harvested by hand and then distilled into essential oil. It is then rigorously tested and sealed on site and sent to you. That’s some serious hard work. If you are buying Frankincense cheaper than I’m buying my maple syrup, then there’s a problem!! I don’t know what’s in that inexpensive bottle, but I CAN tell you what’s NOT in that bottle. And nobody has to tell you the truth either because there is no governing body over EO production in the US. This is tough for a consumer because it requires you to do research and not fall prey to convincing words. And not fall prey to our desires to save $$.

Lavender – 27 sq ft of lavender is in every single 15ml bottle of Young Living Lavender essential oil. It is grown organically, harvested, distilled and rigorously tested on site before being sealed and sent to you. If you are offered all of that in a 10ml bottle for $6.20, you should be skeptical. Does common sense tell you that that is even possible?

***GET THIS: Statistics show that one company — Procter & Gamble — uses two times the amount of essential oils than are actually produced IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. And according to the Lavender Growers Association, 100 times more “lavender oil” was exported from France than is actually grown there. SAY. WHAT?

***What the heck are we missing as consumers?

*Secret ways to cut costs: Multiple distillations, Solvent Extraction, CO2 extraction, the addition of things like propylene glycol or SD 40, DEP, and DOT to increase volume. None of these are particularly dangerous or toxic, but they are not essential oil and don’t belong in the bottle! Your company does not have to tell you that they do or use any of these things, so why would they? They want your business. But since you are so savvy, you know for sure that a true bottle of Lavender or Frankincense or whatever oil you’re looking at…. Will not come at the price of $6-$10 a bottle. You might be better off with the synthetic products you’re looking to replace… at least you know what’s in there!

*Things that increase cost: Besides the things that we already know (SEED, CULTIVATE, DISTILL), there is the TEST. Third party independent testing costs money. This testing is really necessary to keep a company honest. Also, Gas Chromatography: Special testing to see what compounds are actually present in an EO (or what is NOT present lol). This is expensive too since you need a professional who can do the testing as well as the equipment.

***Disclaimer: I’m not trying to tell you what to do or what to use. I just want you to use your heads as the careful and curious consumers that you are. If you want to dabble with some oils, then by all means go cheap. If you want to use oils for benefits for you and your family, then you need to exercise due diligence, common sense, and get the actual essential oil.

Thank you, sincerely, for being here with me through this series. Education and heart are two things that will really make oiling a success for you! Without those two things, you won’t see the results that you are looking for, you might not even exert the effort to use them at all, and you may even do more harm than good.

These are the kind of things that we talk about every day in Oils & Us (Read about Oils & Us here!). We’re always learning and sharing. If you think you’d have some fun in a group like this, we would love to have you! We’re more than doubling as a group every month and it’s for GOOD reason! Keep an eye out for the summary post of this learning series. Beyond the obvious oily changes, Young Living has completely turned my world upside down in so many surprising and wonderful ways. We just might have a lot in common 🙂 See you all next time!

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Oil Drop #6:  Ingesting Essential Oils.  Yah or Nah?

Oil Drop #6: Ingesting Essential Oils. Yah or Nah?

Hi Everybody!!! and welcome back to our fun learning series about essential oils!! 🙂  This post is all about some general thoughts regarding essential oil INGESTION.

Ingestion is the third way to use oils and it is the hottest topic (like be careful engaging in any sort of debate about ingestion because somebody will definitely get burned).  It is also the topic where Young Living as a company takes the most heat.  When you opened this post, I know you want to hear a definitive answer.  Should I ingest? Yes or no? Yah or Nah?  Unfortunately, that’s really a personal decision.  Only you can make that call.  But here are some thoughts while you wrestle with the idea:

*Ingesting essential oils boils down to personal decision based off of knowledge of your specific health situation, your trust in your essential oil brand, and a healthy knowledge and respect for the specific EO that you’re ingesting.  The list below summarizes all of the controversial points about essential oil ingestion.  The points are taken from every case study, research article, and blog (yes sometimes I read blogs, although taking the info with a grain of salt… yes, I realize this is also a blog lol) on the subject:

1.  The market saturation of essential oils – Much of the essential oil market is selling EOs at very inexpensive prices.  Everybody trying to cash in on the oil craze!  But through this series so far you’ve learned why HIGH quality essential oil is important and so buying extremely cheap oils is a bad idea…..  Ingesting cheap oils is an even worse idea.  Since so many people buy these cheaper “essential oils” on the market, which are dangerous to ingest, it’s generally safer to just discourage ingesting all together.

2.  Case studies where severe harm came to someone who ingested an EO – NOT ALL essential oils are safe for consumption (even high quality oils!).   And even the ones that are certified GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA carry risks.  A safe oil that is overused or misused becomes very UNsafe.  This is the case of every single one of the case studies:  The subjects all consumed bad oils or inappropriate amounts of EO which lead to a variety of severe outcomes like acute liver failure due to toxicity, loss of consciousness, and more.

3.  Lack of knowledge about Essential Oils as consumers – An example:  One bottle of lemon EO has 75 concentrated lemons in it. “I can’t put that inside my body, the acid will eat me my organs alive” (I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard this and then began banging my head into every wall in my house!).  Lemon EO is not acidic.  It’s alkaline (ph of 9.9).  This means that it will actually normalize your acid levels not exacerbate them.  Did you know that even REAL lemon JUICE becomes alkaline once it’s in your body? Yep!  So to compare lemon essential oil to lemon juice AND THEN to infer danger based on a total disregard of knowledge AND THEN to scare other people about its ingestion AND THEN to write off an entire company over the issue…. Is just ludacris.(I hope you followed that massive run on sentence.)

4.  Lack of scientific research – Essential oils is an emerging field.  The science is just not that broadly developed yet.  The lack of scientific research into long term effects can be cause for concern for many people.  On the bright side, much research that we DO have shows ingestion to be a beneficial route in many situations.

5.  Pinterest – Pinterest is known as an awesome resource to find an essential oil recipe for just about everything.  But you can’t just follow it blindly!  What’s your health condition?  What medications are YOU taking? Will that grapefruit EO interact with them?  And then the typos!! I’ve seen Pinterest recipes that call for 20 drops of something when they really meant 2 drops.  That’s a dangerous mistake that I could’ve made if I didn’t know any better. See number 3.

Ok so there’s some of the main points, but there are many more.  Bottom line… ingest only when you have a healthy knowledge and respect for what you are doing.  And if you are going to research the topic…. DO NOT GET YOUR KNOWLEDGE FROM A BLOG!  (Again, yes, I realize this too is a blog). Blogs are a great place to start, but don’t make your decision based on something that someone blogged about.  Go to published research articles before deciding one way or another.

What do I do?  I do ingest on occasion.  It’s not daily, but I do do it.  Truth be told, I personally turn to inhalation or topical application first and that’s just my personal preference.  I’m not scared of ingestion and I don’t think you should be either 🙂 Where do you land in the ingestion discussion??

Thanks for being here with me for all this fun learning!!!!  One more oil drop to go:  Potency, Perspective, and Price!

Here’s my website if you need more learning while you wait for the next oil drop 🙂 –> Here!