Becoming Chemical Free with Essential Oils

essential oils starter kitOver the past few years I have been working diligently to remove as many chemicals and toxins from our house as possible. We obliviously do only organics in our lawn and garden. Getting the chemicals out of our home has been a bit more difficult. It wasn’t something to concur overnight. It could be very pricey to throw out everything and buy new organic, chemical free products. So I did it in steps.

I used up what I had and made the decision to not bring any new chemicals into our home. This gave me time to research safer alternatives. I felt the only way for me to know what was in a product was to make it myself. So I try to cook with organic products as much as possible and make all “clean”meals.

My next step was cleaning out our medicine cabinets and beauty products. Not to forget the cleaning products. I found tons of recipes to make them myself. So I started experimenting. The one thing that a lot of these recipes called for was essential oils. Not only did these oils add better scents and flavors but also contained health benefits. So I had more work to do. I needed to find a good place to get my essential oils.

I have been searching for about a year for a company that I trusted to get essential oils from. It was important to me how the plants were grown and that it was therapeutic grade so could be consumed. This was more difficult then I thought. A lot of companies out there claim to have “pure essential oils”. However, just like those “organic based” lawn companies, that is very misleading because that claim can legally be made if there is as little at just 5% of the actual essential oil from the plant in the bottle. Also there is no regulations so the company can use chemical solvents to extract the oil from the plant. Overwhelmed yet? I sure was. That’s why it took my a year to make my decision.

Why I chose Young Living

Young Living was the only company that I found that had their own farm. So they were in complete control of the process. They use absolutely no herbicides or pesticides on their plants. They pull weeds by hand and use the oils for pest control. Actually I watched a video of their farms in Guatemala showing their Seed to Seal process. These videos are what made my final decision on Young Living.

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I also love that I was able to sign up as a Wholesale Member and save 24% off. The only requirement was to buy one of their starter kits which was a no brainier since it was such a great deal and contained many of the oils I wanted plus a diffuser.

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You are not required to purchase anything else. You can simply order as much or as little as you want. However, if you are like me and have a huge shopping list of oils, then they also have an Essential Rewards program. Just spend at least $50 a month and you will receive cash back on your purchase each month.

How to Get Started

1.  Sign-up for a Young Living account.

2.  Check the “Wholesale Member” option to ensure the lower prices. You will save 24% off retail.

3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 2714812

4. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit. Those are the oils that I use almost every single day!

5. You can skip the Essential Rewards part of the sign-up process, unless you know that you’ll be ordering regularly (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs). You do not have to purchase one of the Essential Rewards kits either. You can just start by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit and then go back into your account and sign up for ER and add the products you want.

7. Go through the checkout process.

I am here with any question you may have. I will try to share some of my recipes here, but feel free to get in touch if you would like me to send something to you. If you are one of our local lawn care customers I can even make some up for you.

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Does signing up make me a “distributor”?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils!

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.

What if I live outside of the United States?

For those who live in Canada, we will mail the book and labels, but will need to either reduce or remove the gift card to cover the extra shipping charge.

What about overseas US military?

If you are military with an APO/FPO address, you can still receive the same promotion as those in the United States since the address is here in the US.

The links in this post are my personal consultant links. You will be added to my team and be eligible for certain freebies. I will also add you to a bunch of Facebook groups to help you learn how to use your oils. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning You?

sunscreenHave you seen all the articles out lately about the dangers of sunscreen? I watched an episode of Dr. Oz last week that addressed the possibility of sunscreens poisoning you and it really got me concerned. If this is the first you are hearing about this controversy, then here is the low down-

Studies have shown that certain chemicals found in sunscreen can interfere with hormone function. Another concern is that some sunscreens even contain DNA-damaging chemicals called “free radicals” which may lead to cancers. The argument against this is that the studies were done on rats and have no link to humans.

What to believe?

I don’t have that answer but here is what I do know-

  • UV light causes skin cancer and prematurely ages the skin.
  • Sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • Mineral sunscreens, which contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, sit on the skin surface and blocks UV light.
  • Chemical sunscreen soaks into the skin and finds it’s way into the bloodstream.

After the show I quickly went through my stockpile of sunscreens and found that they all contained some type of chemical. None of them contained the active ingredient zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. This had me very worried.

What should we do?

Honestly, after all the research I did, I still do not know which side is right. What I do know is that I will not stand for any chemicals to be used on my lawn so why would I allow them to be used on my children’s skin to be absorbed into their body? The risk is just not worth it. I will be replacing all the sunscreen in my house with mineral sunscreen that contains either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and suggest that you do the same.

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I did some research on safer sunscreen and did find a brand that I will be using. I decided to go with The Honest Co. They have a SPF 30 sunscreen made with zinc oxide. Another great summer product to check out is their Bug Spray. It is formulated with only the purest & safest certified organic essentials oils to naturally repel insects.

I just think it is smart to air on the side of caution. Why take the risk of using any type of chemicals when there are safer, natural alternatives?