I’m happy to be sharing my story with you all, but please know that I am not intending to diagnose, prescribe, or promise cures for any conditions. Always consult with a medical professional if you have questions about combining essential oils with a prescription regimen.
Just about two months ago, my friend Kayla Aimee started telling me about the wonderful results she was seeing for her family by using essential oils for things like supporting the immune system and helping occasional sleeplessness. I could hear the excitement and passion in her voice, especially since she is NOT the type to ever try to push a product on someone, and so I ordered a kit of essential oils from her, just to try some stuff out.
And I will be the first to tell you that I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into, but I was pretty darn sure that it wasn’t going to work for me. I’ve purchased essential oils before at health food stores, and I’ve NEVER EVER been impressed with the results I have received beyond them making a room smell good. I never found that they helped me relax, fall asleep, or did much to improve skin problems.
When my oils arrived, I started doing a little experimenting. I started by using a diffuser to get some of the oils in the air so I could enjoy smelling them, and also see if they helped do things like wake me up, energize me, or calm me down (depending on the oil or oils I used). And I did feel as though they were working, although I was still skeptical: this could just be a placebo effect, and be the result of me wanting them to work (because I had just spent $150 plus shipping on this large kit of oils and I didn’t want to feel like a total fool, you know? ).
And then I decided to purchase the Essential Oils Pocket Reference , and I actually spent a great deal of time recently just reading over it. It helped me tremendously! I got to read about the science behind essential oils and how they are distilled. I also read about the lack of regulations across the industry and the subsequent extreme variance in quality and helpfulness of oils. The guide also offered some specifics about how these particular oils are produced, and that helped me understand why they are lauded by so many thousands of people and seem to produce outstanding results. On the practical application side, the reference book gave detailed recommendations for which oils to use (and HOW to use them) to address a wide variety of wellness issues. They distill in small batches (it would be more profitable to distill in larger quantities) and they third party test every batch they make. , and I actually spent a great deal of time recently just reading over it. It helped me tremendously! I got to read about the science behind essential oils and how they are distilled. I also read about the lack of regulations across the industry and the subsequent extreme variance in quality and helpfulness of oils. The guide also offered some specifics about how these particular oils are produced, and that helped me understand why they are lauded by so many thousands of people and seem to produce outstanding results. On the practical application side, the reference book gave detailed recommendations for which oils to use (and HOW to use them) to address a wide variety of wellness issues. They distill in small batches (it would be more profitable to distill in larger quantities) and they third party test every batch they make.
Here’s an example of their commitment to consistent quality: they recently became out of stock of an oil that I love called Valor. I wanted to order more, but noticed they were out of stock. When I inquired about when more would be coming in, I couldn’t get a definitive answer. It could be as early at 3 weeks, or as late as 2 1/2 months. I was a bit frustrated at this answer, as it just sounded like someone in the ordering department REALLY screwed up!
As it turns out, this is just a reflection of the dedication the company has to quality. They had a batch of product come in that didn’t meet their expectations, and rather than put out a product that folks were already lined up to buy, they opted to wait for the next round. And you know what? That one may not make the cut, either, which is why they aren’t making any promises. I totally respect that, because many companies would choose to sell something that was “close enough” in quality.
As I have spent a bit more time getting used to the oils and learning about different ways to use them (diffusing, topical application, and ingesting), I have been becoming a bigger and bigger fan. I have realized that these oils contribute to better health for my own family, as well as for other families. And at the end of the day, one of my very favorite things to do is to come up with strategies that solve problems. When I get to do that, I’m in my happy place. That’s why I blog about products and services that I love (or don’t), love to share ideas that are quick and easy and get the job done, and help busy parents like myself find ways (big and small) to make day-to-day life just a bit easier and more fun. That, my friends, is why 4 1/2 years after starting this blog, I’m still jabbering away!
I can’t wait to share more with you about how essential oils are supporting wellness left and right in my home. I purchase these oils regularly so I signed up for a membership with Young Living, which means I get to place an order each month with discounted prices, as well as discounted shipping. I’ll keep you all in the loop about when that order is coming up, because I’d be happy to include others on it (helping my readers find solutions AND helping them get the best price? I’m in heaven!!!). If you’d like to join a small facebook group I’m in just to learn more about oils and how to use them (it is NOT a sales-y places, just a sharing place), then feel free to join the Oil Love Facebook group!
More essential oils posts:
Supporting My Lungs and Sinuses Throughout the Seasons
DIY Shower Disks for Congestion
Essential Oils for Weight Loss
How to Get Started with Essential Oils
Use Lemon Essential Oil to Safely Remove Crayon Marks
How to Get Free Essential Oils Without Starting a Business (It’s EASY!!!)
How to Get Rid of Hiccups with Peppermint Oil
How to Strengthen Brittle Nails with Essential Oils
Support a Healthy Immune System with Thieves
Have you ever tried essential oils? Did you have a disappointing experience like I did at first? Do you think I sound like I’ve gone off my rocker just a wee bit? And do you have any questions about oils or any problems that you are curious if oils might potentially help with? I’d be delighted to try to find the answer for you!
I was almost sold on this until I saw that the link you gave sends you as a referral, sounds like a pyramid scheme to me
Yes, I can relate to that concern! You might want to check out the post I wrote about multi-level marketing, too! http://stuffparentsneed.com/multi-level-marketing-companies-hate-might-want-reconsider/
How do you use the Valor. I’ve had some success with a sample someone gave me but want to know how you use it. I’m not diffusing because Brain doesn’t like it.
You’re blog is solo helpful! A former coworker of mine told me about Young Living years ago but I’d kind of forgotten about it. Just ordered my kit!
Tiffany Merritt says
So excited for you! I am out of a few of my favorite oils and they are supposed to be delivered today. I may or may not be stalking the front door waiting for the FedEx truck to show up! That’s just how awesome these oils are! 🙂
Mindie Hilton says
I love essential oils. Thanks for sharing at the Bacon Time Anything Goes weekly linky. Hope to see you again soon.
I’m a huge fan of essential oils and use them for everything!! I love reading others experiences and how they come about in learning about them! Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop and sharing with all of our readers! I have featured your post as one of my favorites this week 🙂 Hope you will visit us again each Monday!
Essential oils are amazing. I thought they were too good to be true until I started using them.
Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!
Tiffany Merritt says
I totally agree. It’s all about getting the real deal. What a difference it makes!
Shauna Hartley-Lynn says
I just recently started learning about essential oils. I ordered a small set online and 5/6 are really awesome and help me tremendously. At first I thought the Lavender was just me, way too strong, but everyone else said the same thing. Now I suspect it may be the brand. I will have to see which one I have and possibly check into this one. Thank you, It’s lovely to learn from fellow bloggers 🙂
Shauna Hartley-Lynn says
Oh, and thank you for joining us on Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Sweet Silly Sara! I forgot about that!
Tiffany Merritt says
My pleasure! I can’t speak to the power of other brands, but Young Living has a Seed to Seal process which is unmatched in the industry. I feel really confident about what I purchase with them because of it. Check it out! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/278308451947199432/
Kat Ryan says
I too am a skeptic. And at $150, I would never have invested. Seems like a lot of money. Can’t wait to read more of your experiences with these.
Tiffany Merritt says
Ha ha, yes! It definitely was slightly reckless of me to go all in so fast. But honestly? I have no regrets! Here are a few more posts I have written about what I have learned so far, and I’ve got more in the works, so be sure to stick around! http://stuffparentsneed.com/want-try-essential-oils-get-started/ http://stuffparentsneed.com/im-kicking-allergy-seasons-butt-natural-allergy-relief/ http://stuffparentsneed.com/diy-shower-disks-to-help-alleviate-congestion/
My daughter has used these for years. Christmas Eve of 2014, I had an accident that totaled my car and almost totaled me. I had nine broken ribs (some in two places) and a broken pelvis. Needless to say, this was quite painful. PanAway helped a lot. It didn’t take all the pain away, but neither did two weeks in ICU with an epidural of heavy-duty pain meds.
Heather@ To Sow a Seed says
Thanks for sharing your journey on this. I’ve been using the oils I’ve purchased from Azure Standard for years, and have been quite happy with them. I recently attended a doTerra party and am in the process of pondering why I’d want to invest so much more $$ when what I have already is working.
Tiffany Merritt says
I totally hear you. I can’t speak to doTerra and their process, but I can point you to the main reason that I feel so confident in the quality of Young Living products. Check out my pin all about the seed to seal process. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/278308451947261202/ And the other reason, for me, is that I haven’t had success using other essential oils in the past. If what you are using is producing good results, then that’s a very good thing for you! But if you suspect that you could get even better results with a higher quality product, that might be a reason to give something new a try. Come hang out with us at the oil love facebook group (linked in the post) if you’d like to have a place to just come and learn without feeling any pressure! 🙂