A few weeks ago, I was invited to a class on the benefits of essential oils. I had heard (and experienced) about some of them and their uses, such as rubbing peppermint on your temples for headaches, or eucalyptus to aid a stuffy nose. Even lavender as a sleep aid and to sooth babies was not news to me. What blew me away, was the vast amount of oils there are and the array of ailments they can help with. (I would use the word cure, but the FDA censors the verbiage one can use in relationship to essential oils (EO) pretty strictly.)
I went to the party, ehem class, thinking I’d buy some lavender and peppermint, maybe some lemon, but I came home with the entire kit (well, I ordered it, anyway.) Since then, I’ve been reading, studying, and experimenting with different oils and (much to my husband’s shock) have ordered quite a few more!
Here’s my story: I chose the Everyday Essentials kit from Young Living. I researched and compared several companies, but YL stood out to me because they a) sell only the highest grade EOs on the market, b) have been a round for over 20 years and have put countless hours into research, and c) they have their own farms all over the world, providing most of their oils with a “seed to seal” label, meaning the company takes care of the oil from planting the seed, to harvesting, to distilling, testing, and finally bottling and sealing the oils. There are others out there, and I’m not saying that YL is the only “legit” company. What I do know is this: if I’m going to buy organic fruits and vegetables and organic meat, then I want to make sure the oils I put on and in my body are pure and are grown without pesticides as well. Just today I learned that YL only sells about 28% of the oils they produce. The rest is used as natural pesticides on their farms world wide.
The essentials kit came with 11 oils: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Thieves, Joy, Valor, DiGize, Peace & Calming, PanAway, and Stress Away. After a month, we have gone through all the Thieves, Lemon, and most of the Frank. I diffuse Joy almost every night, because I enjoy it so much, I have “cured” a tummy ache for 2 sons with DiGize, Peace and Calming helps the baby sleep, Stress Away has helped at work, hubby uses Valor daily on his spine, and PanAway is helping both our moms with chronic back pains. You see, not one oil that we have not used. The Essentials kit is so very versatile! Oh, did I mention it also comes with a diffuser???
Today I shared the oils with two friends. They came over, we read about them, they tried them and both of them felt the same way I feel: which one do you pick? The kit is such a good deal! I vowed that I wouldn’t get into another home-sale type company (after stints with both Tupperware and MaryKay in the past), but I do want to share about them. For example, just this week, my baby woke up in the middle of the night with a nasty, croupy cough. I rubbed his chest and feet down with Frank and Eucalyptus and I am not kidding: within 10 minutes (read: 10 MINUTES!!!!!) he was breathing normally. AMAZING!!!! The same happened with Number 2’s tummy ache: I rubbed DiGize on it and within minutes he was feeling so much better. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention how the lavender soothed the baby’s arm after he burned it. There is almost no scarring!
Granted, I like natural remedies. I like homeopathy and body wraps as first line defense. The oils are a natural addition for me and my medicine cabinet. I believe in the healing power of plants. I read that Ebola virus cannot survive in the presence of Cinnamon Bark and Oregano. With the media making everybody crazy and working in a hospital, I figure have nothing to lose by trying it. So if you catch a whiff at work, a mixture of spaghetti sauce and christmas cookies, that’d be me!!!