Alright y’all, listen. I’m not someone who follows trends or jumps on bandwagons or any of that stuff. I’m married to a man who considers Google to be his best friend, for crying out loud. So when I decide to try something new, I only do so after thoroughly researching the product, reading countless reviews, talking to friends about it, and then finally, waiting forever until I feel like I’m ready.
It’s hard to ignore essential oils, right? They’re all over Pinterest and bloggers everywhere are promoting essential oils and making a business out of them, which is super cool. But that has nothing to do with why I decided to finally give them a shot for my own family. Today I want to share with you Why This Skeptic Chose Young Living Essential Oils, and maybe you, too, might start to think differently about essential oils for your family.
Before I tell you why I specifically chose Young Living, I want to back up and tell you why I initially started researching essential oils in general. This has been a year-long process for me to even order oils in the first place, so let’s start at the beginning. (A logical place to start, no?)
PUBERTY & HORMONES & SUCH…
I’m not talking about me going through puberty – we won’t go that far back! My daughter Marley is almost 14. I recently came across photos of myself at age 14 – my birthday party to be exact – and I was instantly taken back by the striking differences in our development.
Now, in an effort to remain tactful and on point, let’s just all agree that kids are hitting puberty & developing at a much faster rate than we did as kids. And when our kids go through puberty, their little bodies are introduced to a whole host of brand spankin’ new hormones.
It’s a grab bag of fun….said no parent EVER.
For at least a couple of years now, I’ve wanted to start eliminating extra hormones from our home by buying organic or fresh-off-the-farm. My mom and I bought a half a cow last year and had the meat divided amongst our homes. (Pretty dang tasty, y’all, I won’t lie.) But the issue is one of money. Organic and farm fresh cost more than your standard supermarket flair. So rather than trying to buy everything organic, I’m going to start with chicken. I mean, have you seen the size of chicken breasts now? They are absolutely massive, and that’s just not natural!
Because I want to make my home, and the things my family and I put in and around our bodies, healthier, I started getting a bit curious about essential oils. I didn’t dive into any hardcore research, however, until about a year ago when my daughter tested “severe” on the anxiety scale and her moods were all over the place – even moreso than your average teen.
The last thing I want to do is get a handful of chemicals and shove them down my daughter’s throat in hopes that they will balance her moods without any weird side effects, like depression or a third eyeball. So there’s that.
AN ANGRY TUMMY
On top of my daughter’s issues, I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) about a year ago. I’ve grown up with stomach issues and have learned to just live with it, but when I experienced episodes of tummy trouble that felt like I was being sliced open at the gut with a dull blade, I knew something was really wrong.
Sidenote: IBS is worse than natural labor, which I can say from personal experience. I wouldn’t wish this on my ex-husband. It’s that bad.
When my tummy gets pissed off, it sucks. Like writhing-in-pain-somebody-kill-me-now kind of sucks. The pills my doctor has given me help alleviate the pain a bit, but the medication does nothing to actually get rid of the IBS.
Because I don’t want to spend my life popping pills and living in pain, I started researching alternative treatments and continued to find articles about essential oils.
Ok, I’m really curious now. Or desperate. Same thing.
ESSENTIAL OILS, HERE I COME
I have read countless articles and blog posts about cute gifts you can make with essential oils, and how lavendar helps people sleep better, but what I really wanted to know was how essential oils might help my daughter with her anxiety and me with my IBS.
One of the oils that kept popping up in searches was Frankincense. Frankincense was so good that the wise men gifted it to Jesus at the time of his birth. If it’s good enough for my Jesus, it’s good enough for me. (Can I get an ‘amen’?!)
Frankincense oil is supposedly good for pretty much every ailment. It can help lift the mood (hello Marley’s anxiety!), quiet the tummy (how ya doin’ IBS?), support skin health, build your immune system, and a whole host of other goodness.
Another term that showed up frequently in my searches was “Thieves”. Thieves is a blend from Young Living and is praised for it’s immunity-building properties, as well as bacteria-killing properties when diffused. A lot of people use Thieves in their homemade cleaning supplies instead of chemicals like bleach and those other things we can’t pronounce.
YOUNG LIVING DECLARED VICTORIOUS
I was already smitten with Young Living after reading about their blends, including Theives, but what really convinced me was their Seed to Seal standard. Young Living doesn’t hire out any step of the process from plant growth to bottling and distributing the essential oils.
If I’m hoping to provide my family with the healthiest and most natural products, I want to go with a company who has their hand in every aspect of the process. If you want to read more about the Seed to Seal standard, click the image above to watch an informative video on the process.
Young Living owns their own farms, they guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides are used in the process (they even weed by hand!), and they only use the first distillation of oils rather than adding chemicals to stretch the batch a bit further. Works for me!
HOW I’M GETTING STARTED
I ordered the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living back in December and have been playing with a few of the oils and oil blends that came in my kit, and just trying to absorb as much information as possible.
I started slow & simple, diffusing lavendar at night to help promote better sleep. And y’all, I have slept like my husband ever since! (Notice I didn’t say I slept like a baby, because everybody knows babies wake up every few hours. My husband can sleep through a hurricane so that’s a more realistic comparison.)
By the way, have you ever seen lavendar oil being harvested? It’s pretty stinkin’ cool. Watch.
On one particular work-from-home day, I was overwhelmed with my work load and decided to try my first blend to help with focus and concentration.
- A couple drops of Frankincense
- A couple drops of Lemon
Dude! I worked like a fiend the rest of the afternoon, and very productively, I might add.
I’m going to be diving into DiGize for digestion and Stress Away for my daughter’s anxiety next, but so far I’m really excited about the essential oils and the little bit of experimentation I’ve tried so far.
Throughout the year I’ll be sharing my journey with Young Living essential oils with you both here on the blog and in my monthly newsletter. As I learn more, I’ll share it with you. I’ll be giving you honest feedback and real life experiences because ultimately, I’m not trying to sell anything. If you do want to buy oils, I’d love for you to do so through me, but my ultimate goal is to create a healthier environment for my family.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS
- Young Living is about so much more than essential oils. Check out the product catalog HERE to see all the products they offer, including their lines of products for pets & kids.
- If you are interested in ordering Young Living products, you can do so by clicking HERE.
- Read more about becoming a Young Living distributor HERE.
Your turn: Do you use essential oils? What are your favorite blends & uses?
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