Are Essential Oils a Scam?
^^Something I have asked myself more than once. So, I decided about two years ago to take matters into my own hands and find out for myself. I kept seeing people rave about essential oils, followed by, join my team, blah blah blah. I am not a fan of network marketing, to each his own, my husband loves it. But I honestly could not get past the thought “Let one more person ask me to buy one more thing on their team, I am going to start cuttin’ folks.” I did not want to be responsible for ordering stuff for people and a monthly fee for products. I also did not know if oils were sold other places and even if they were sold other places did I really want to just order random “oils” and started sniffing them? Ummm…Negative, thats called drugs. (LOL I kid, I kid). But I really could not get the image of “Look baby I ordered these essential oils they smell amazing we are going to diffuse them in the house…and 20 minutes later we are eating brownies and braiding yarn.” out of my head. All joking aside, after a long discussion with my best friend, who is super knowledgeable, I started researching various essential oil companies.
Now let me say, I’m a non-confrontational kind of person (for the most part). I research what’s best for my family, carry on with what works best for me, share with others, and avoid discussion on heated topics. Today, after much thought and and reader questions, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on essential oils including where I buy my oils, what I buy, and how I use them.
Before we get into the nitty gritty lets answer the big question: What is an Essential Oil?
What is an Essential Oil?
In the most basic of terms an essential oil is a highly concentrated plant extract. Here is a deerper explanation:
“An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Some important information that you should know about an essential oil is the botanical name, chemotype (if applicable), origin of plant (this can drastically change the chemical constituents percentages) and extraction method.”
Some essential oils come from seeds while many others are extracted from the leaves of the plant. Because essential oils are so concentrated it takes a large amount of plant to produce just one oil. Essential oils are incredibly powerful due to this high concentration, so a little bit goes a long way.
Despite the sudden burst in popularity, essential oils are definitely not a new thing. The ancient Egyptians were among the first people to use aromatic essential oils, incorporating them into their daily lives. Pure essential oils were incredibly valuable and saved for the rich, the priests and the royals. The Bible also talk about the use of essential oils. According to the book, Essential Oils for Beginners, the Old and New Testament reference essential oils over two hundred times.
Ancient societies such as the Chinese, Greeks and Romans used essential oils and herbs for: aromatherapy, injuries, sickness, and personal hygiene.
Let’s talk why…. Essential oils may have been popular in ancient times, but with modern medicine why are they becoming popular now?
First, essential oils are natural if grown, harvested, and extracted properly. They are naturally extracted and highly concentrated using a couple different methods. Because these oils are extracted from plants they contain some of the most powerful chemicals plants create. Good-quality essential oils are known to help with,
“…congestion, memory loss, pain, inflammation, headaches, nausea, killing bacteria, viruses and fungus, stimulating the immune system, skin issues and many more ailments and concerns.”
Where do you buy Essential Oils?
This is where things become controversial, where do you buy essential oils?
Before we talk about where I buy my essential oils (although a lot of you already know), I think it’s important to discuss two terms that cause controversy: “therapeutic grade” and “certified pure therapeutic grade”. There is not an agency that regulates these terms, rather they are made up by the essential oil industry. So, don’t let these terms fool you.
Please note it is true, not all essential oils are created equal. Essential oils will vary depending on how they are grown, harvested, and tested. It’s important to do your research, ask questions, and find a trusted essential oil company that tests their oils and openly answers your questions.
I have not by any means researched every essential oil company out there. But I did my fair share of research while pregnant with Ezra because I wanted to protect him. I knew I wanted to use oils on him and for him while he was a newborn. I decided to purchase from Young Living. I HATE NETWORK MARKETING, I said it, so no I did not go with Young Living to become part of some huge lets make money campaign. I actually (until today, after someone asked me about a starter kit with a diffuser) have never sold anything to anyone from Young Living. I bought the starter pack for my benefit because you get a discounted rate with membership.
So here are the reasons I went with Young Living:
- There are so many people I know and trust with my life that use them and have testimony as to why they work.
- Seed to Seal. What is that you ask?
STEP 1: SEED:
Young Living selects seeds for their scientifically proven ability to become plants with the highest possible levels of bioactive compounds. They partner with partner with university researchers to evaluate and verify the essential oil potential of their seeds.
STEP 2: CULTIVATE:
Young Living owns farms around the globe and are dedicated to perfecting responsible and sustainable growing and harvesting methods.
STEP 3: DISTILL
Combining ancient and modern techniques, they use a gentle, proprietary technique for steam extracting essential oils and preserving their precious constituents.
STEP 4: TESTING
Young Living never accepts diluted, cut, or adulterated oils. Period. The oils are tested in Young Living’s own internal labs, as well as in third-party facilities.
STEP 5: SEAL
Each oil is bottled, labeled, and shipped by Young Living.
- Essential oils sold in most health food stores are aroma-grade or fragrance-grade oils and while they do smell good, they don’t offer the same medicinal and therapeutic properties. These oils may have an essential oil base, but may contain additives, fillers, and synthetics to increase volume or fragrance. Pure essential oils contain all desired therapeutic compounds – nothing more, nothing less.
- Most essential oils have expiration dates, Young Living oils do not. 100% pure essential oils (excluding citrus) will last if properly stored away from heat and sunlight.
- Anyone can visit any Young Living farm and participate in the harvest & distillation process. I would LOVE to do this!
- And for the marketing part…There is no monthly fee or purchase. Once you purchase a starter kit you are a member. To keep your membership active you have to spend $50 a year BUT once if you fall in love with the products thats easy to do.
Now if we are being honest I could go on and on. Instead I will post a link to my pinterest board Essential Oils Pinterest Board and you can do some more exploring! If you have any questions please leave a comment below! I will get back with everyone as you ask! If you are interested in buying a starter kit follow this link Click Here for Starter Kit PLEASE NOTE: there are a couple of different diffusers to choose from.
FOR THE FLU: Diffuse Purification and Thieves throughout your house.
FOR A HEADACHE: Use peppermint oil (with a carrier oil, like coconut oil) and rub on the back of your neck, your temples, and your head. You can also sniff it.
FLAVOR YOUR WATER: Use Vitality oils such as lemon, grapefruit, and orange in your water!
*These are just a few examples of the amazing things you can do with oils.
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