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ordering oils

My hope after reading about essential oils in general, why Young Living is so great, and about how to use common oils that you are left with the thought, “Sounds awesome! How do I get my hands on these things?”

Side note to help you understand me:

Please know my heart about Young Living essential oils: my heart is for your health, wealth, and abundance in Jesus. My hope is for your total wellness in your body, mind, and soul. I want you to be healthy and wise in how you live your life. I want you to seek His kingdom and His will to work through you with the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the oils are a beautiful gift from the Lord and His seed and His soul. Do I believe that every single tiny thing about Young Living is divine? No, because humans are running the place. Do I believe that YL is giving me a product that is pretty ding dang perfect to what God gave us to heal our broken world? Yes. I know that God gave us minds, some rather good ones, and we should also use the intelligence He gave us towards wellness. Agreed! However, I also keep in mind that our bodies are temples. He gave me this body to take care of, though I struggle daily with this. I feel strong convictions against chemicals and toxins being housed in the temple of the Holy Spirit. I believe that I am to be holy (set apart), and not just spiritually or mentally, but within my body as well.

If you choose a path of more natural, God-given wellness, then please consider joining me with Young Living! My team through YL, Baby Steps to Essential Oils and Oily Temples, both provide amazing support and education for this journey! The people there are encouraging and knowledgeable, ready and willing to help. I’m also there, so I’m all these things, too! ūüėČ

So the way this works, is that you can be a Retail Customer or you can be a Wholesale Customer. Think of this like a membership to Costco or Sams (we just switched to Costco and LOVE THEM! I’ll tell you why sometime). When we signed up with Costco, we spent $50 and we were good for a year. We spend a little bit more because we’re buying in bulk, but for unit price and in the long run, we’re saving tons of money. Hey–kinda like with natural health! So, with Young Living, it’s very similar, except you pay $150 initially, but you never have to pay that again (NO yearly fee!).

The $150 Premium Starter Kit is¬†by far¬†the best value for your money. ¬†Even at wholesale prices it’s the best value! Ordering the Basic or Basic Plus kits, in my opinion, is like paying the $50 at Costco and only buying a 50 pack of pens for the entire year of your membership. Sounds silly, right? If you want to be a wholesale member, don’t be silly. Order the Premium Starter Kit. Also, there is NO OBLIGATION to become a crazed network marketer and only have friends who are Young Living friends. No obligation to tell anyone about your oils…EVER. You can just buy the kit and then just use your 24% discount all your merry days without obligation to have parties in YL honor (but if you do, invite me–I’m a hoot at parties ūüėČ ).¬†The Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • The Everyday Oils Kit that’s every oil that I talked about this week, except for Stress Away, because…
  • Bonus Oil: Stress Away!
  • A Home Diffuser this thing alone is $75 and I use ours¬†every day–no joke
  • Wholesale Membership so you get a 24% discount on all products


There is a lovely price comparison and a brief, helpful video from Baby Steps here. On this page they also go into further detail about the support provided, particularly through Facebook. If you’re ready to hop in there and order the oils this instant, then do that thang here. If you’re cool ¬†being a retail customer, you can do that at this link, too.

Whatever you do or do not choose, tell me below! What natural, healthy alternatives work in your life? Is there something that you love so much that you’d like to dedicate a whole week of a blog to? In what ways has God healed your life (spiritually, mentally, emotionally, relationally)?

Keep it classy,


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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your lifestyle.



using every day oils (part two)

Yesterday I shared with you about some really fantastic oils and some common uses for them. I’ll talk more about this in tomorrow’s post, but I bought these healing oils as part of the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. Yesterday I introduced¬†Lavender, Purification, Joy, Frankincense, and Lemon oils. There are tons of reasons to love each of these and I have a personal success story with many of them. Today I will introduce the last half of bottles in the Premium Starter Kit. The rest of the bottles in the Kit are ¬†Pan Away, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and Stress Away.

Pan Away I’ll be honest, I haven’t used much of this one, but I haven’t been in much pain since we got the oils. I can’t wait to go back to my hometown and use this on my Papaw’s arthritic hand! For the sake of full disclosure, it does kinda smell like bengay, but thankfully it works similar to it as well! Pan Away is a blend by Young Living made with wintergreen, clove, helichrysum, and peppermint oils. It is a hot oil and should be kept away from children’s chest. This great blend is extra effective in conjunction with Valor (see more information about Valor below). ¬†If pain is really bad, use Valor first, then Pan Away, and Peppermint last. Pan Away is also great by itself for the following reasons:

  • headaches put this on your thumb and press your thumb to the roof of your mouth
  • growing pains and sciatica rubbed on pained area with carrier oil.
  • arthritis
  • sore muscles this would go perfect in a warm bath with epsom salts
  • increase circulation
  • bruising
  • inflammation


Peace & Calming Oh how we love this at our house! This oil made my husband a believer! My husband was supportive of my oily journey from the beginning, but the very first night we had our Starter Kit, we diffused lavender at bed time and put Peace and Calming on our feet. The very first thing that Nate said the following morning was, “That stuff really works. I mean I still woke up a few times during the night, but I dreamed! I never dream.” When Nate doesn’t use Peace & Calming, he always regrets it the following morning because he doesn’t sleep as deeply. Peace & Calming is also great at:

  • aiding sleep I put this on my feet because it is a great absorption site
  • ADHD & Autism there are so many oils that have been shown to help symptoms of autism, I could point you in several directions if you need help with this (email me!).
  • asthma and bronchitis rubbed on chest neat or with carrier
  • teeth grinding on feet vita flex points
  • depression/anxiety
  • overactive pets Peace & Calming smells great when diffused, calming when inhaled (win-win!).


Thieves Another one of Nate’s favs. He likes the smell and the name :). The legend of Thieves goes that during the time of the black plague, there were robbers (thieves!) who would go into the homes of those who had already died. To remind you, the black plague was pretty contagious–like they would just burn homes to contain the plague instead of properly 28DA5705-815C-4ABB-ABC0-C9E25EB30F1Adisposing and taking care of dead bodies. Anyway, these robbers would remain healthy. The reason is that these people knew of a specific blend of spices that would protect them from the plague. Young Living’s¬†blend is based upon this legend. Thieves is great in your body, around your home, and even outside the home! I use Thieves for cleaning, for diffusing, and for keeping away pre-flu season yuckiness. This awesomeness of Thieves is not limited to, but includes the following:

  • antibacterial properties¬†Thieves has been shown to kill 99.96% of bacteria
  • sickness prevention¬†a few drops of thieves in hot tea, diffuse for inhalation, a drop under the tongue (hot oil!)
  • strep throat gargle with water
  • cold sores
  • cold and flu for diffusing, under tongue
  • kills airborne bacteria by diffusing
  • disinfectant on surfaces make your own cleaning products! (recipe to come)
  • supports mouth health helps fight gingivitis, swish like mouthwash!
  • insect repellant I just spray my thieves cleaner in nooks and crannies near windows and such
  • soothe a sore throat hot water, lemon, thieves, and honey


Valor¬† Valor is a blend from Young Living that is often called “an adjustment in a bottle.” I mentioned Valor earlier as working well in conjunction with Pan Away. Many have found success using Valor on their back before and after a chiropractic visit, and they find that the adjustment comes easier and stays longer. One of my mentors, Ladonna Beals, had a large hump in her back that didn’t let her sit up straight (among other complications). She attributes her ability to stand up straight with virtually no hump to her using Valor (and Pan Away).

  • snoring rub on the bottom of your big toe on your right foot–crazy, but true!
  • back pain apply neat to hurting area
  • emotional strength
  • bed wetting/nightmares diffuse or apply to feet at night (for children under 10,¬†always dilute essential oils)
  • sciatica
  • sleep apnea
  • TMJ
  • thyroid balance apply directly


Peppermint-Leaves-231x300Peppermint This is another favorite oil at our house! My husband and I get up early a few mornings every week to go work out. Nate applies a drop of peppermint under the tongue and I swear it wakes us up! I mean, our bodies are still tired, but we aren’t sleepy anymore! The first morning Nate put peppermint under his tongue, I had been up late the night before, didn’t get up early with him to go to the gym, and had full intentions of napping a little longer once he left for work. I gave him a goodbye kiss at the door and that was all it took! I couldn’t go back to sleep! Amazing. If you haven’t tuned in to the blog for this entire ¬†series this week, you may have missed a couple of fun facts about peppermint essential oil. ¬†For example, in tests in Japan, when peppermint and lemon oil were diffused in an office and testing environments, those observed made fewer errors (clerical) in their work. Also, one drop of YL peppermint oil has the potency of 24 cups of peppermint tea. So cool. I have also had a lot of success using peppermint oil when I have a headache, to keep it from becoming a migraine.

Don’t forget that peppermint is a hot oil…that means that it may be more comfortable for you if it is diluted with a carrier oil on your skin. With all oils and children, they need to be applied to their sweet, sensitive skin with a carrier. Also, be very careful with children’s trunk and chest areas with hot oils. This can negative effect their respiratory system and breathing.¬†Here’s some reasons why peppermint is awesome; it can help you with:

  • headaches
  • allergies
  • nasua, motion sickness, morning sickness, and stomach bugs applied directly to belly or inhale it!
  • indigestion, gas, and acid reflux¬†my mentor Ladonna, who I mentioned earlier, used to have severe acid reflux. She applies peppermint oil to her stomach from sternum to belly button and she puts the oil in hot water in the evening to create a tea. She lives free of reflux and Tums now!
  • concentration
  • eczema and psoriasis
  • pain relief
  • fevers


Stress Away Holy Canoli, I LOVE Stress Away! Before I received my Starter Kit, I heard many people talking about how great Joy smelled and how many people use Joy as a perfume. I highly recommend Stress Away as a perfume! I love it!! It has vanilla and lime notes in it that are delicious. I just keep the bottle in my purse at all times. When I apply this, Nate always asks, “Are you stressed?” and I almost always say, “Nope, I just love the smell.” He says that he always asks just for that one time that I am stressed ;). Stress Away is actually a “bonus oil” with the Premium Starter Kit. If you choose to join YL, know that we are more special than those of Starter Kits past…we get a bonus oil! haha.

  • stress relief¬†for humans and animals
  • PMS headache relief
  • ADHD
  • many stories with Stress Away success are connected to emotional issues:¬†constipation from stress, interview anxiety relief, tantrums from children in new situations, etc.


Are you intrigued? Do you deal with any of the stresses or ailments that I’ve mentioned the last couple of days? ¬†Do you wish for a natural alternative to help you get healthier? Come back and see me tomorrow for more information.



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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your lifestyle.

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using every day oils (part one)

Now that I have shared why I love using essential oils and why I especially love Young Living as a company, I want to share some specific uses of wonderful oils! Let me first say I love the fact that the Lord knew that we would need something to help us in this broken world. He gave us the plants, leaves, and resins to help us stay healthy and well. I love choosing remedies that are natural with no side effects.

I’ll explain this more on Friday, but when I signed up to be a member with Young Living, I only focused on being a wholesale customer and not a distributer. When I signed up, I chose the Premium Starter Kit¬†not only because of the great value for the entire package that I was receiving, but I got a ton of great oils! I received Lavender, Purification, Joy, Frankincense, Lemon, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and a bonus bottle of Stress Away. Today I’ll tell you about the first half of that list and tomorrow I’ll tell you about the last oils in that list, including why I wear Stress Away every day!

Before I explain about specific oils, let me say that oils can be used on the body in three waysingestion, topical application, or inhalation. You can put these oils (I can guarantee most Young Living oils) into your body. I often put citrus oils in my water, my husband puts peppermint under his tongue, or I sometimes press lavender to the roof of my mouth. This is okay! Some people even buy empty vegetable caps and ingest oils that way. Essential oils can also be applied directly to the skin. I mentioned a couple of days ago that your skin is your biggest organ. Take care of what you put on it! Oils are fine applied by themselves (neat), however some oils are “hot” oils. This means that they may feel tingly or burn, but not hurt your skin. With these oils, you may want to use a carrier oil which is¬†any kind of fatty oil. Olive oil, coconut oil, and almond oil are popular choices to dilute an oil for your skin and to help an oil spread across your skin easier (and farther!). You can apply the oils straight to the effected area, or to vita flex points on the hands or feet. Lastly, oils can be inhaled. Taking deep breaths of peppermint has helped keep a migraine at bay for me. With our awesome Starter Kit, we also received¬†an oil diffuser. I live in an apartment complex that was…ahem…cheaper to live in while my husband and I become acclimated to a new city. With our new apartment came strange, stale, and smokey smells. I diffuse oil (Purification, Thieves, and others) every day and our apartment doesn’t smell yucky anymore! Even when the diffuser isn’t running! Without further ado, let me explain some of my favs:

Lavender-Plant-Flower-Farm-590x300Lavender Lavender is a single oil and it is like a first aid kit in a bottle, or a “swiss army knife of oils.” I use lavender EVERY day! I have an eczema patch on my arm that has all but disappeared with the use of lavender every day for the past few weeks. Lavender aids in my relaxation and in sleep for my husband (Nate) and I. Lavender has uses in the following ways:

  • insomnia¬†to aid with sleep and relaxation
  • earaches¬†never put an EO in the ear directly! You can rub them neat or diluted around the back of the ear or on the lobes of the ears
  • cuts, burns, and bug bites¬†great first aid care and certainly something that needs to be “kick started” (apply oil every minute for 10 minutes, every ten minutes for an hour, and every hour for the rest of the waking day)
  • allergies apply to roof of mouth with thumb, swab inside of cheeks or nose
  • sunburns, eczema, diaper rash when I use this for my eczema, I use this neat on my skin for a little extra potency, but it doesn’t irritate my skin at all (I’ve never heard of it being an irritant).
  • ADHD and anxiety there are so many oils that can be helpful with ADHD, and lavender is just one of them. We often diffuse this at nighttime to help us calm down and get ready for bed.
  • balance blood pressure lavender doesn’t raise or lower blood pressure to extremes, it is a balancer. I’ve been advised to warn others that lavender¬†needs to be taken more than an hour outside of blood pressure medication time.


Purification¬†Oh how I love purification! Not only does it smell awesome, I attribute purification to purifying my apartment from all kinds of yucky smells–a “purifying powerhouse.” It kills bacteria and mold in the air. I often diffuse Purification alone or with Joy, Valor, or Lemon. Purification is also great on the skin. Here’s other ideas for this Young Living’s essential oil blend:

  • insect repellant can be sprayed directly onto skin, but it may spread better with a carrier oil
  • insect bites can be improved, heal, and have the itch taken away with Purification
  • earaches¬†Purification rubbed along the bone outside the ear
  • air odors eliminates bacteria in the air…makes me happy!
  • acne this paired with lavender and oregano topically on skin and internally with a capsule
  • candida/yeast overgrowth either under the tongue and/or rubbed exactly where the purifying needs to take place (no sensitive areas, though!)


Joy¬†This blend of oils has a pleasant scent, very rosy and…girly? Many use Joy as a perfume, this “nectar of happiness.”

  • skin care¬†because the oils can be drying, I would use this with a coconut oil
  • depression/mood swings I can attest to this when diffused
  • poison ivy because the ivy is so tough on your skin, I’d use this neat to get rid of the poison ivy and worry about the moisturizing¬†later!
  • stress some people have found success with applying¬†Joy over the heart
  • massage y’hear that, Nate?


6831075010_f69ca4b1db_zFrankincense that’s right, like what Jesus received at his birth by the Wise Men. Lavender is one of my favorites, but Frankincense is up there as another fav! Frankincense was “valued more than gold” in ancient times and it is mentioned in the Bible twenty-two times. Often when “incense” is written in the Bible, they are speaking of frankincense (you know how translations go). Frank, as I call him because we’re besties, is a “gift of wellness.” Since the year began, I have been working very hard to get rid of the commercial cleaning and self-care products in our home to cut down on the chemicals and toxins. This is one of those oils that I will use like crazy when I can create more products for the home. Frank paired with lavender and lemon is a winning combo for your face–for acne, wrinkles, sun spots, and moisturizing! Other reasons to love Frank:

  • skin care with wrinkles and scars frank repairs skin cells (like lavender) to help with scarring and wrinkles
  • depression and anxiety applied on the head, under nose, or under the tongue
  • moles, stretch marks, skin tags¬†I’ve seen and read so many testimonies of skin tags and moles disappearing with the use of frankincense
  • immune support and stimulant¬†if frank can repair the cells on the surface of your body, is is really far-fetched to think that he could do it for the cells within the body?
  • cysts and fibroids applied to the cyst if visible, apply outside of skin if not (for example the lower abdomen if ovarian cyst). You can also apply this to vita flex points.
  • reduce the amount/size of cancer cells stay with me–Dr. H. K. Lin, MD has found¬†that cancer cells shrink and even disappear in his lab using YL Frankincense oil. Yes, this is in a lab. No, the FDA hasn’t noticed. No, this hasn’t been¬†proven in hundreds of cases in studies.(There is also more here). Can we just rejoice that¬†something is holding promise, even if it’s just a little? Plenty of drugs and treatments for cancer have various percentages of effectiveness. Can we please just be happy that a natural essential oil that Jesus used himself could help us? Okay…I’ll hop off that soap box. I’m done defending my man, Frank.


6a00d83452addc69e201a511f634ab970c-320wiLemon¬†this stuff is cleansing sunshine! My favorite uses for lemon oils is to put it in my water for a gentle detox and it fills me up a bit. A word of caution to putting oils ins. Young Living oils are so awesome, they dissolve petrochemicals like those found in plastics and styrofoam. This stuff can literally melt plastic. I don’t want you to drink plastic, so remember to use stainless steel containers of glass when mixing oils with water. Don’t worry, lemon eo doesn’t dissolve the lining of your stomach or anything, it just helps restore balance.¬†I also¬†diffuse it for an uplifting mood and to help me concentrate. In tests in Japan, when peppermint and lemon oil were diffused in an office and testing environments, those observed made fewer errors (clerical) in their work. Many citrus oils are photosensitive, so if you do apply it to your skin, don’t expose that skin to UV rays for 12-24 hours, or you’ll temporarily turn orange! Other reasons that lemon is awesome:

  • alkalizing lemon EO is great for changing your belly from acidic to alkaline, which is what you want! This just means that when your stomach gets out of whack, this oil can help set things right.
  • UTI help when used in water, can cleanse body. Don’t forget to put it in stainless steel or glass!
  • thin mucus with respiratory infections when applied to chest with a carrier oil. You may have to kick start this one
  • kidney stones help those puppies pass!
  • depression and concentration Did I mention that EOs pass the the blood-brain barrier? The blood-brain barrier is that wall of high density cells that protects our brains from foreign substances. Fortunately, Young Living essential oils are good for you! Healing for you! Healthy for you! So I am absolutely excited that lemon eo could help my family members who struggle with depression.
  • immune stimulant with regular ingestion
  • cleansing as I said before, lemon eo can dissolve petrochemicals, I know that it helps to detox my body, especially my liver and intestines
  • fungal growth again, it is cleansing! Topical application is fine, just be mindful of your sun exposure.


Tomorrow I’ll continue talking about these every day oils and their uses. I’ll tell you about¬†PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and Stress Away. Have you seen success with any of these in your life? Do you have any testimonies similar to mine? Do tell (below)!


Until we meet again,


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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your diet.

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why I chose Young Living

I’ve used health food store’s essential oils for years. I’ve enjoyed putting them in cleaning products, health care products, and even medicinally with headaches. I’ve never had any issues with the use of these oils and I’ve never thought of the dangers or the quality of these oils.

But here’s something that shocked me: according to the FDA, only 5-10% of an oil is required in a bottle for the bottle to read 100% essential oil. So take that “100% essential peppermint oil” at the health food store. Only 5-10% of the bottle is required to be peppermint oil and the rest of the bottle may be carrier oils or synthetic oils. Who knows? I don’t know. This is when I started looking towards higher quality oils and I stumbled upon Young Living and the Baby Steps team on social media (Pinterest, maybe?).

I’m SO glad that I ran across YL and the Baby Steps team! Then when my starter kit came, I was SO happy to use the oils. I’m still happy to use the oils!! So here’s why I chose Young Living:

Young Living has twenty plus years of experience.¬†Gary Young began working with essential oils in his garage in the ’80s. Now Young Living has farms around the word and millions of users (and believers!). Young Living is a leader and pioneer in essential oils research and distillation processes.

Young Living oil is¬†organic, tested, and held to a high standard. Young Living controls their oil’s quality from the seed that goes into the ground on their own farms around the world, all the way to the bottle that they ship directly to you. You can actually visit the farms and participate in the harvest and distillation process. Sometimes YL runs out of oils to sell because they refuse to lower their quality in their farms, distillation, and other processes. They also don’t want to simply bottle someone else’s plant or rebottle someone else’s oil. Each batch of oil is tested for quality.


Young Living also has a Seed to Seal Process. You can read more about the process here, but know that Young Living has high standards starting with their seeds, to how they cultivate their plants on their farms, their distillation process, how they test their batches and products , all the way to their seal.

Young Living is very pure and has a lot of variety. Young Living oils don’t have an expiration date. How cool is that?! Young Living oils are also safe for ingestion. For years while using other brands I would read about how they were not safe for ingestion and how some of them even required to user to wear gloves. What? Now there are some oils that are “hot,” which just meals that they may make your skin feel tingly and even burn, but not harm you–think peppermint oil. Many people suggest a “carrier oil” which is any kind of fatty oil like coconut or olive oil to help spread and dilute an oil for ease of application and to reduce the “heat.” Young Living also has over 120 single oils and blends to choose from for your overall health. And sooooo many of the oils have multiple uses!

You know how I mentioned earlier that a store-bought bottle only needs 10% of said 512dc08687d04e3cc299c910f990b3f4essential oil in their bottle? Young Living’s every drop is high quality, potent oil. One drop of YL peppermint oil has the potency of 24 cups of peppermint tea. That’s awesome! It takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Twenty-seven square feet of lavender plants are require for a 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil. Lastly, it takes one pound of raw peppermint material to make a 15ml bottle of peppermint essential oil. Let that sink in before complaining of their prices and before considering other company’s quality. These were big factors for me, personally.

Reasons We Choose


Disclosure: The above is from my Baby Steps Team. I also drew information from here, here, here, and here.  These products and information are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease or injury.

I’ll continue our discussion tomorrow!¬†Does any of the above sound awesome to you?



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why essential oils?

Last week, I came out and told the (virtual) world that I am using and distributing essential oils. You may be asking yourself: but why oils? Why Young Living? Why would I¬†use oils instead of tylenol, bengay, benedryl, or pepto? Why should I invest in something that’s not mainstream and well known like OTC medications? I don’t know anything about these things, why should I take the time to learn? Can’t I just read the label? I’ll answer some of these questions¬†and more this week.

¬†1885585Essential Oils have history. Ancient Egyptians were one of the first recorded cultures to use essential oils. They used them for enhancing their appearance, to prepare their food, and to restore and support their health. They also used essential oils for mummifying and embalming methods. This is not something that I plan on adopting for our family. Essential oils even show up in the Bible (my all-time fav book); 70% of the books of the Bible mention essential oils. Frankincense alone is mentioned 22 times in the Bible and it was valued more than gold at the time. There are waves of essential oil use throughout history and the world–from those BC Egyptians, through the middle ages, to now with cultures through China and India, Romans, the French, to this Kentucky girl.

One of my favorite history lessons about essential oils (besides the Thieves Oil legend that I’ll share later this week), is the story of a French chemist in 1937. Rene Maurice Gattefosse¬†was also a perfumer who was interested in the scents of plants but not necessarily the healing benefits of them. While in his lab, he burned himself pretty severely and thrust his hands and arms into the closest vat of liquid. That vat was pure, undiluted lavender oil. The lavender oil not only helped his burning sensation, but also healed his hand without infection or scar. As a chemist, he also found that essential oils can be absorbed by the body and interact with our body’s chemistry. Essential oils continue to be used today in aromatherapy, health, beauty, cleaning, and with other uses.

Contrary to popular belief, essential oils have been¬†researched, tested, and documented to have many benefits. A variety of essential oils have properties that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, antioxidant, anti-fungal, to support immune health, mental clarity, digestive support, and emotional stability (just to name a few ;)). Young Living has their own research lab¬†staying abreast to the latest on essential oils. Some of you may find that as “cheating,” as if they have their own press secretaries. Just so you know, pharmaceutical¬†companies do the same thing, and then they give crazy money to politicians and lobbyists to get things done in Washington for themselves. But that’s for another time…anyway!

If you’d like more proof about the affectivity of essential oils, ¬†I’ve found the following resources to be helpful: University of Minnesota’s ¬†article in “Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing”, ¬†Questions and Answers about Aromatherapy from the National Cancer Institute, this recommendation from the Mayo Clinic, this study reported on Science Daily’s website, and this from the University of Maryland. Also, this website has some stellar links. The above has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oils are not meant to cure, treat, diagnose, or heal any disease or condition. Please consult your doctor when incorporating oils into your healthy regimens. However, essential oils are used nationwide in hospitals as supplemental and alternative treatment.

One of my favorite ways to learn about the benefits of essential oils are from the users. The testimonies of those who use the oils have been the biggest encouragement to me on my oily journey. I’m a part of a wonderful team¬†of users¬†who share with this public Facebook group about the effects of the oils on their family. I have learned so much from their stories and advice.

Essential oils are the¬†essence of the plants that God gave us.¬†If you were to scratch at a peppermint leaf and tear it, do you know what would happen? The leaf would start producing a liquid (essential oil) to help heal and restore that part which was broken. Essential oils are the plant’s immune response to being roughed up. Isn’t it cool that God gave even the petal of a flower a innate mechanism in which to heal? So cool. My husband and I have been trying to keep whole & natural foods in our house as much as possible–meaning that what is in our pantry, fridge, and freezer is pretty much just what the Lord gave us. It just makes sense that I would pursue healthful supplements and medicine that is the same–straight from The Man himself. This is one reason why I love Young Living oils because they are unadulterated with synthetic oils and substances. But I’ll talk about that more later this week.

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Essential oils are a natural answer to our health needs. Read the back of any OTC drug and you will see a myriad of side effects. Now most of us haven’t (and probably will never) have a bleeding stomach lining from taking aspirin too much, but they need to tell you about it on the bottle. Not because you definitely will, but because someone did. I know someone did, not just because the FDA makes them write that on the side of the bottle, but because my friend, Noah, had a brother who died from eating aspirin like candy. Because of him we now have a label that tells us the side effects and they have specific instructions like, “take with food.” Noah would tell me to tell you, “Eat a few crackers, anything, when you take medication. Just in case.” To put Noah’s worrisome mind more at ease, we could all start using peppermint for headaches with zero side effects.

Here’s something crazy-awesome about Young Living essential oils: they pass through the blood-brain barrier. Stay with me…”the blood brain barrier is a wall of high density cells that restrict passages of substances from the bloodstream into the brain. This protects our brain from foreign substances. Since essential oils are lipid soluble and have very light molecular weight, they can pass through the blood brain barrier and effect their benefits. Frankincense and peppermint can carry more oxygen into the brain this way and some essential oils can also benefit those with Alzheimer’s, memory loss, ADHD, metal toxicity, and more.” This is quoted from here, but there is proper (medical) documentation here.

Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to over the counter medications and even antibiotics. Certain EOs (essential oils) can help balance your body’s alkaline levels, cross the blood-brain barrier, and even penetrate cell walls. Okay, stay with me on this one. Bacteria in your body happens outside of cell walls. That’s why antibacterial medications can work quickly and well, because they can travel through body systems, like your bloodstream, where bacteria can lurk. (Side note–antibiotics can also kill¬†good bacteria like that in your gut. Gut health and overall health are closely linked, so be mindful to restore good bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics! I just try to avoid them when I can, and use that time to build my immune system to super-strong!) Anyway, so bacterial lurks outside of cell walls in our body. Viruses, however, reside within a cell wall. That’s how they get so nasty. Not only are they hard to get to (antibiotics do NOT help!), but they can also replicate and reproduce within your body because they make their home within your cell’s membrane. I have good news! EOs penetrate cell walls. Yup! Those EOs that your body absorbs can help your body on a¬†cellular level. Crazy, right?! Crazy awesome!! Oh, and if you have a virus, get some rest and let your body stock up on vitamins D & C as well as Zinc! A strong immune system is your best defense against being down for the count.

Essential oils can be used at a variety of application sites. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? It’s true! The skin is really great at absorbing stuff, like Vitamin D when you’re outside, or Vitamin E if you are like my Grandma Betty who would pierce a capsule with her teeth and apply the Vitamin E to a cut or zit. Skin absorption can be a scary thought if you think of the chemicals that we come in contact with, by choice or not. Have you ever read or studied about the ingredients in your lotion, face wash, or eye cream? Sure they are just trace amounts of toxins, but don’t you use that stuff nearly every day? Do you think that those toxins could build up in your body over time without proper detox? There are plenty of cancers where the source just can’t be explained…like a lifetime of built-up toxins. I digress…so your skin absorbs stuff! Well EOs can be applied to the wrist, temples (careful of the eyes!), inside of mouth or nose, outside of the ear (never inside the ear), under the tongue (I can only recommend ingestion of oils with Young Living),¬†reflexology points of the feet and hands, the back of the neck, the heart, and other specific helpful areas to focus their potency. Oils can also be inhaled straight form the bottle or from your cupped hands around your face. Young Living oils can be ingested with water or with a vegetable capsule. I love a drop or two of lemon EO in my water for detox purposes. Peppermint applied to the intestines can soothe gas and an upset stomach. Lavender oil (Young Living’s) can be swabbed in the mouth or nose for allergy symptoms. As you can see, EOs can be inhaled, applied topically ¬†with or without a carrier oil, or ingested, but be careful which oils you use for this!

Tomorrow I’ll talk about why I chose Young Living specifically.¬†Do you have experience with essential oils? Do you have questions for me?



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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your diet. 

Sources: see links above in¬†addition to Esoteric Oils page about oil history, Young Living Oil Lady, Dr. Myhill’s website in reference to infections, Baby Steps website’s intro to EOs, Heart-Centered Sharing by Vicki Opfer . Photo¬†cred: google search “essential oils in history” ¬†and Young Living’s website.

a new journey begins

I’ve never been much of a salesperson. I waited tables in college (aaaaand for a little while after college), and I had trouble “selling” appetizers and loaded baked potatoes to my guests. It wasn’t until the last couple of years of my five year waitressing experience that I could spit out, “I’ll get your drinks…Did y’all want to start off with fried pickles or cheese fries? Okay I’ll be right back!” Whew, that makes me slightly nervous just thinking about it. The weird part is that I’m social, friendly, and outgoing.

Back to sales and business: I don’t know that I’ve ever even taken a business or marketing class. I have an education degree. I’ve always enjoyed children more than adults (sorry, y’all) and I’ve only ever considered a career in teaching as my life’s work.

Some things have changed. Now, I still love being with and teaching children. Though I haven’t found a job in a school system since we moved, I’d still enjoy teaching if the opportunity presented itself. However, I am not laser-focused on teaching as the major consumption of my time and energy, outside of my family and the Lord, of course. For the past year, I have gone through professional experiences (challenges, disappointment, and rejection in the workplace), personal experiences (getting¬†married and all the funness that comes with melding your independent life with another), and religious experiences (a life-changing Bible study called Story Formed Life) that have shaped the shift in mindset that I’m still working through. Now I see possibilities of homemaking, sewing, gardening, homesteading, my role as a full-time wife & mother, teaching, learning, leadership, bible studies, and yes…business!

Hubby (Nate) and I have talked about selling our goods and services when we can. His woodworking, my sewing projects, the soap we make, the cleaning and self-care products I make, the SCOBYs we grow, and other works are all things that have crossed our mind. We now have a new opportunity.

Before I share that opportunity, let me say that I have been on a journey for a more natural life and home for a while now, and I recruited my husband when we got married. We are working toward getting chemicals out of our home and using whole foods and less processed foods in our diet. For example, we’ve made our own shampoo (no chemicals or parabens) and kombucha (a fermented probiotic drink made from green tea) and we are collecting resources to make our own soap and Nate¬†makes a loaf of bread for us every week.

I have always been interested in alternative medicine, mostly because of the influence of my sweet Grandma Betty. Recently, I have stumbled across the wonderful benefits of natural essential oils on our health. These oils do not diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. But based on the experiences I have had and others have had, I know they are beneficial for overall well being. I, and others, have used oils to replace over the counter medications in addition to helping others combat more serious health problems.

I have chosen to become a part of Young Living Essential Oil team. There are many reasons why I chose Young Living, and I will share those reasons next week in my serious about the Basics of Essential Oils. I’ve been using essential oils in our home since August first and I have seen a change in my health already! I’m part of a wonderfully supportive group of women, my Baby Steps team, I have a strong and driven mentor over at Oily Temples, and I’m proud to work through a company that is so well respected (for good reason!).

Check in next week as I talk about the Basics and answer the following questions:

  • What are essential oils?
  • Why Young Living?
  • How do you get oils and what can I use them for?
  • What are your (Kate’s) experiences with them?


Do you use essential oils for health? If you have questions, please ask and tune in next week!



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