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This is a tale of how essential oils came into my life. It’s a little long, so bear with me. If you’re interested in the oils, but are skeptical, critical, and downright perplexed at how it all works – I’m right there with you! Full disclosure – I did end up signing up as a distributor for Young Living oils…but ONLY so I could get the discounted prices. All the opinions herein are my own, and have not been influenced in any way. All products mentioned have been purchased by me, or given to me as a sample for personal use and not in exchange for reviews. I have only recently signed up with Young Living, and I am currently waiting on my Premium Starter Kit…this is just my story of how I came to that decision.
I came to the world of essential oils as a skeptic – loved how some of them smelled, but never really thought much more of it than that.
I’d had massages before where the therapist(s) used essential oils to enhance the experience – some were too “hippy smelling” for my liking, but one really struck me as being soothing and relaxing – lavender. My favorite massage therapist (Peggy…love her to pieces!) one day sprinkled some lavender EO just below the head rest on the chair during a chair massage. I was worried at first – most lavender I’ve smelled is not that great; it leaves me feeling sneezey and headachy. This was different…this was fresh and by the end of my 15 minutes with her, I felt so relaxed and refreshed. Again, I’m a skeptic, so I chalked it up to the massage itself. The next week, the same thing happened. When I told her about it, she smiled and said “Good, that means its working!” I asked what she meant, and she explained about the properties of lavender – one of its many uses is calm and relaxation. It certainly worked for me! She also told me she uses it to help lower her blood pressure – a couple drops on each wrist and her doctor is amazed that her BP is at a reasonable level. What is this sorcery?!
A friend of mine has been using essential oils to help with medical issues her family experiences. Things ranging from migraine headaches to sleep apnea and all things in between. Keeping in mind I’m a skeptic, when she told of how her husband’s sleep apnea improved drastically with the application of a certain EO, I was not quick to believe her. Then she went on to tell me how she’s battled migraines with the help of EOs. And digestive issues. And the common cold and flu. Again…what the heck is this stuff!?
I bought a small bottle of peppermint oil just to see what all the fuss was about. It was a cheaper, health food store version…I wasn’t about to spend money on something that may be a joke. After a rough day at work, I ran a hot shower, and added a few (ok, a liberal amount) drops of peppermint oil to the shower. As soon as I stepped in, I could feel that refreshing tingle of mint; after about 5 minutes, I could feel the tension headache easing. I looked online for other uses for Peppermint oil…cleaning was a popular use. So I added it to my steam mop…made the whole house smell fresh and clean! I also noticed it help repel insects and pests – bonus! This was just the cheap stuff…I wonder what the really good stuff is like?
After dealing with my own health issues and not getting any satisfaction with many of my doctors, I started doing some research on EOs and how to help enhance your health with them. Again, I’m still skeptical, but I’m willing to try anything natural vs. taking more medication that may not even help. I did a lot of research on the various companies selling oils. I read a well-written blog posting on one site where a woman compared all the “major” oil companies (most of which are the multi-level marketing format) and posted her thoughts. There are definitely two groups of people – those who like Young Living and those who do not. I don’t really have a preference either way – I just wanted good quality natural oils that would enhance my lifestyle.
I had been to a Young Living “oils party” and smelled them up close and personal; we made hand sanitizer and lip balm. The hand sanitizer had Thieves in it…and it smells like cinnamon rolls! I did some reading on that blend of oils – it was amazing how the formula came to be – robbers during the Plague would wear these herbs and spices and never grew ill (hence the name, Thieves). My husband came down with a nasty cold shortly after this oil came into my life. I used the hand sanitizer morning noon and night, and never once got sick – not even a tickle in my throat. Using the other companies that were mentioned in several online resources, I purchased a couple bottles of oils that I knew shouldn’t vary too much from company to company. I can honestly say that I found the Young Living oils to look clearer and smell better. Bear in mind, this was BEFORE I decided to sign up with them. I wasn’t in it to make money, I just wanted to feel better!
Still skeptical, and feeling a bit foolish for entertaining the idea of spending decent money on oils that may or may not work, I really pestered the heck out of my friend. I’d ask her at least once a week “Was it worth the money? Do they really work? How do you know it’s not just a placebo effect?” She’d laugh – having been in the same boat – she’d tell me I’d just have to try it to believe it for myself. That was a big investment just to see if it worked. But the more I thought about it, the more I grew to understand it may be worth the risk. I compared the prescriptions that I’d been given in the last year – a couple that were “Eh, try it for a month and see if it helps.” Pharmaceuticals that have more chemicals in them that I can’t pronounce and I’m supposed to ingest these willy-nilly? The side effects are worse than the symptoms I’m trying to help! The oils are natural – there is nothing in them that I cannot pronounce. No fillers, no preservatives, just natural oils straight from the source. How can that be a bad thing??
So, I bit the bullet…I hopped online and finally signed up as a distributor so I could get the discounted prices on the oils, and get the awesome kit that comes with $300 worth of products…$300 worth of oils and products for about half the price. That’s not a bad deal. Sure, it’s a chunk of change, but the oils last a long time depending on how you use them. I’m still not in this to make money – I want to live a healthier life, and if essential oils can help with that, then I’m all for it.
You’re asking yourself “She says she doesn’t want to make money – then why is she writing this novel about how she joined Young Living and giving us her member number? Sounds like she’s in it for cash to me!” Wrong. I’m putting it out there because I want people to discover alternative ways to deal with emotional and physical issues in their lives. I want to give people the opportunity to talk about EOs and help them realize there are other means to making your life healthier and happier. Even if it’s just sniffing a bottle of peppermint or Stress Away when you feel like clobbering the cashier at the grocery store…if it makes you feel good, it’s worth the investment. I’m not a doctor or a scientist. I can’t explain why the oils work the way they do…how they know to decrease inflammation in certain parts of the body, or how they know to help you feel more confident or at peace with yourself. I can’t explain it…but I know it works. I’ve experienced it, and I’ve talked with others who have experienced it. Each oil works differently for different people – just because it works for me, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Just because it works for someone I know, doesn’t mean it’ll work for me. But I’m willing to try it out, and willing to share what I know with others who may be interested.
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