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I have heard that phrase many times. It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a hippie, organic, crunchy nerd. Nutritious food is important to me. Knowing the source of where our meat comes from is a huge deal to me (because I don’t want recalled chicken that’s been washed in ammonia). We drink kombucha on the regular. I’m a coconut oil freak. We use essential oils daily and just about every single thing we use on our body and around our home has oils in it. I’m passionate about helping families get as many toxic chemicals out of their home as possible, because we’ve made the change and would never go back (yes that includes my husband).
So naturally, people are intrigued. They want to hear more, they want to learn more, they are overwhelmed with all the natural living things so they just want to grab a cup of coffee and pick my brain, or come over to my house for a how to class. When people hear and see it for themselves, most want to start this lifestyle asap. But whether it’s come up naturally in a conversation with a stranger at the grocery store or a friend I’ve known for years, if they don’t want to start right away, the number 1 excuse I hear is “I want to they’re just so expensive.” Or “I want to I just don’t have the money right now, seems like a lot for some oils.” So listen up, because I’m about to break it down.
What that tells me is 2 things: I either haven’t done my job, or you don’t understand the value of making this change. Sure, you can go to any health food store, heck you could walk into Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby right now and grab a $6 bottle of lavender and a $8 bottle of peppermint vs Young Living’s $23 bottle of lavender and $21 bottle of peppermint. So what’s the difference (and no, it is NOT because of network marketing because at Wal-Mart you are paying for that CEO’s 4th house and private jet)?
I want you to go grab whatever bottle of oil you are using (or want to use) and ask these 12 questions that you should ask EVERY essential oil company. These 12 questions were created by Dr. David Stewart, who has a PhD in chemistry and has studied quality of essential oils extensively. If you can’t say yes to every single question, I would legit throw that bottle of oil away, because a “no” to any of these directly effects the effectiveness of the oil.
1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?
2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?
3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)
4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?
5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?
6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinant delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?
7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?
8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?
9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.
10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?
11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?
12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with another company’s oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?
Can’t get much more detailed than that. Young Living is the only company I can say yes to all of those questions. What breaks my heart more than anything is you guys trying to get toxic chemicals out of your house and in an effort to “save a buck” you are buying synthetic lavender oil because the only regulation rule is to have 5% oil in the bottle and that company can slap the label “pure” on it, when 95% is full of fake stuff or chemical solvents left over from the process. If you were at my house, we would do a smell test and you would smell the difference. Just like when in a pinch I buy chicken from Whole Foods, I can smell the difference than what I buy from my co-op straight from the farm it came from. I could go all day on this, it’s honestly a big bulk of what I talk about with people because it is that important. To learn some more you can go here.
#2: You’re not thinking ditch and switch
Here’s a problem I see even after people get their starter kit sometimes. They talk about the expense and when I ask questions and go deeper, here’s the problem: They are STILL buying their toxic chemical junk! Well, of course you’re going to be spending more money that way. The point of doing this is to get toxins out of your house. So if you are still going to Target to buy your full of fragrance Ms. Meyer’s instead of using the Thieves Household Cleaner you just bought, well yeah, then you’re spending more money, but that’s not because you bought oils, it’s because you are still chemically dependent. I tell people all the time, if you get into this and you are spending more money, you’re doing it wrong. My husband is cheap y’all (I say that in love). And we lived on a social worker income for a long time. So if he tells you we have saved so much money, we have saved so much money. There are whole aisles in stores we haven’t gone down in years now. We aren’t spending more, we simply reallocated what was already worked into our budget on all these household things we were buying at the store each month and spending it at Young Living where I know the source and the ingredients and the integrity instead.
#3: You aren’t thinking long-term.
Mic drop. Sadly, I know that health is just not a priority for some. And listen, no matter what you are never going to be able to fully be toxin free because we live in a world overrun by them. But you can control what comes in and out of your home, what you put on and in your body and everyone in your family, what you breathe in every time you clean and what you are consuming with what you wash your dishes with, all the things you come into contact with in your house is your choice. You buy it. You are the gatekeeper. Take the time and look over the ingredient list in all the little things. You’ve heard that small changes add up over time right? It’s true. If you walk 1 mile every day for a year, you won’t see a change in the first week. But month by month, you’ll start seeing changes in how you feel, how you think, what you are wearing, the tone in your muscles you didn’t even know you had. So all those “little things” you don’t think are a big deal, like your toothpaste, your deodorant, your laundry detergent, your dishwasher detergent, your shampoo, your lotion, those wipes you wipe down your kid’s high chair trays that they eat off of with, do me a favor and flip over to the ingredient list (if there is one). Do you know all the ingredients? Can you pronounce them? Do you know what they are linked to? Is everything on there even listed or are there loopholes the company has used like the word “fragrance” to hide hundreds of toxic chemicals? It makes me chuckle a little bit when people ask if these oils are “safe”. I’d like to turn it around and ask you if what you are using right this second is safe? Do you really know if it is? This is about prevention. Cancer rates are out of this world, and it’s not just because of gene defects, it has a lot to do with the environment we create in our own homes. Everything you use is either supporting your body or disrupting it. You choose.
So Get Started
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, you can do something about it. Start living above the wellness line. The only way that’s going to happen is if you start kicking chemicals to the curb right now. Now, $160 for 11 bottles of oil and a diffuser to change the course of your entire family’s health? If we don’t have health, there’s not much we can do. You guys, that diffuser alone is about $65, which means you are getting those oils for about $8 a bottle. That diffuser alone kicked out tons of chemicals because I ditched candles, plug ins, and air fresheners of all kinds and switched to diffusers and oils. I wish I could sit here and write all the ditches and switches just for the oils in the kit, but that’s another blog for another day. If this is important to you, make a way. Cut out Starbucks for a week. Get only the necessities at the grocery store for a month, not treats. Do whatever you need to do, but I bet that $160 will come up. It’s probably already there, so let’s get it done and let me help you on your journey. Go here if you’re ready, and if you have any other questions you can reach me here. If you need some deeper 30 minute lectures on these, Essential Oils 101 and Toxin Free Life by Sarah Harnish are a great place to start. I’ll see you on the other side (and now I’ve got you singing Adele).