Sometimes I still want my “mommy”.

I worked on this post for 3 days prior to having the products I ordered delivered, then finished it off when I got them.

Last March in this blog I related that when I was a child I’d line up and get my ears and throat checked by my grandfather, a doctor, and as an adult I’ve lined up for essential oils dispensed by his daughter, my mother. I shared that no matter how old I get, sometimes I still want my “mommy”.

It was part of a blog post about my sister’s essential oils business.

I have recently jumped on board. Not-so-coincidentally it was after the multi-day migraine that I recently mentioned. I was completely out of oils except for lavender, which my mom dispensed to Jason, from her purse, the day after he cut his finger. Lavender is one of the recommended oils for headaches.

From my sister’s website:

Interested in buying or selling Young Living products? Sign up as a retail customer or a wholesale customer. Signing up as a wholesale customer costs less.

On wholesale vs. retail:

Here’s a picture to illustrate:

young living membership options

 

When you sign up as a Wholesale Member, there is no startup fee if you live in Canada. Outside of Canada, you are required to purchase a starter kit when you open an account as a Wholesale Member. There are no other fees.  Either way, wherever you live, you can order what you want, whenever you want it. It will be shipped to your address. If you are outside of Canada, and do not wish to purchase one of the starter kits, you can open your account as a retail customer.

Young Living Oils

Young Living Everyday Oils Kit

 

But what about the science behind it?

“Snake oil”, “pseudo-science”, “scam”. I’ve heard those. Keeping in mind that “confirmation bias” means that people will seek out and/or believe studies and articles that confirm the bias they’re coming in with, take a look at the following and decide for yourself if essential oils are worth trying.

Why Essential Oils Heal and Drugs Don’t – Okay, so the author only has a Ph.D. and the website is alarmist and says it “covers stories that impact your health, but that the mainstream media seldom covers.” This may attract or repel you to it. It does both to me. I look at it with a critical eye (but I look at most things critically).

Aromatherapy – The NYU Langone Medical Center cites both studies that show essential oils have had positive effects and those that show they haven’t.

What Does the Research Say About Essential Oils? – University of Minnesota.

Research studies on essential oils show positive effects for a variety of health concerns including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and many others.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils – National Cancer Institute. From the Overview page:

*Aromatherapy may be combined with other complementary treatments as well as with standard treatments for symptom management
*Laboratory studies and animal studies have shown that certain essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, calming, or energizing effects
*Safety testing on essential oils has found very few bad side effects. Lavender and tea tree oils have been found to have some hormone -like effects

(Read the links in the sidebar of that one.)

I could link more but you’re as capable as Googling as I am.

Interested in trying it out?

Here are the three starter kit options:

Starter Kit Options

Basic Plus Starter Kit  ($87) includes:

  • Dewdrop™ Home Diffuser
  • Welcome to Young Living booklet
  • Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide
  • Distributor Resource Guide
  • S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet
  • 5-ml Stress Away, AromaGlide Roller Fitment
  • 2 Lavender Sample Packets
  • 2 Peppermint Sample Packets
  • 2 Peace & Calming Sample Packets
  • 2 Thieves Sample Packets
  • Sample Packet Business Cards
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
  • Distributor Agreement
  • Product Guide.

Everyday Oils Starter Kit  ($144) includes:

  • Welcome to Young Living booklet
  • Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide
  • Distributor Resource Guide
  • S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet
  • Stress Away 5-ml
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment
  • 2 Lavender Sample Packets
  • 2 Peppermint Sample Packets
  • 2 Peace & Calming Sample Packets
  • 2 Thieves Sample Packets
  • Sample Packet Business Cards
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
  • Distributor Agreement
  • Product Guide.

Premium Starter Kit  ($173) includes:

  • Everyday Oils collection
  • Dewdrop™ Home Diffuser
  • Welcome to Young Living booklet
  • Essential Oils at-a-Glance user’s guide
  • Distributor Resource Guide
  • S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet’
  • Stress Away 5-ml
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment
  • 2 Lavender Sample Packets
  • 2 Peppermint Sample Packets
  • 2 Peace & Calming Sample Packets
  • 2Thieves Sample Packets
  • Sample Packet Business Cards
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
  • Distributor Agreement
  • Product Guide.

…Or sign up as a retail or wholesale customer and just buy an individual product.

This is the Premium Starter Kit, which I ordered (my diffuser looks different). It’s the best value:

(Not my kit.)

(Not my kit, and I got a different diffuser.)

My picks

I’m looking forward to having regular access again, getting them when I need them – granted, in regular quantities. The Deep Relief Essential Oil Roll-On provides support for head and muscle tension. I love the Thieves oil line. All of it. Thieves oil blend helps support the immune system and it kills mould. The Thieves foaming hand soap is lovely. The mouthwash is awesome, the only mouthwash I’d use that I didn’t make myself. I’ve used lemongrass oil in cooking when I couldn’t find stalks of lemongrass. Lavender, of course.

Use my link to buy.

Also read my sister’s blog.

In use

After having the products in my hands for about 15 hours, here are my thoughts:

  • I slept really well last night. Many things might have contributed to this: Meditation before bed, mid-afternoon yoga, or Peace & Calming Essential Oil blend in the Drewdrop Home Diffuser. I thought I might hate the Peace & Calming for an extended period of time because it contains patchouli and I HATE patchouli.
  • I love that diffuser. Because it also works as an air humidifier, I want a second one for my desk at work to use without oils. It’s also a nightlight. Amusing comment uttered by my partner last night: “Can you turn off the blue light? Yes, it’s funny coming from someone who needs TV to fall asleep.”
  • I sniffed some Peace & Calming before meditating this morning. It was nice but I don’t know if it affected my meditation.
  • I ran some Purification through the diffuser this morning. It made my bedroom smell fresh. Sure, you can get that with air freshener or Fabreeze, but this smells better, doesn’t smell like icky fake smell, and it’s all natural.
  • All of this stuff smells like my mom. That sensory perception alone will make me happy.
  • I likely won’t use all of the Everyday collection and I’ll use them at various rates. I already use peppermint, lavender and lemon the most. (When I’m out of lemons I use the oil in my warm water in the morning at home and keep a second lemon at the office for water.)

Get your happy smells here

Friend of mine and live in the city? Let me know if you’re interested in sniffing me or some of my oils and we can meet up.

I can also set any of you up with some training workshops/demos done in-person or over Skype.

Smell ya later.

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