Transitioning to a natural lifestyle
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, whatever you put on it gets absorbed and ends up throughout your body in a matter of minutes?
Given that information, do you know exactly what each ingredient in your body wash, toothpaste, makeup or baby shampoo is?
Do they contain any of these?
Sodium laureth sulfate/Sodium lauryl sulfate
Parabens (propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and isobutyl- parabens)
Fragrance (perfume, parfum)
And did you know many of these are known carcinogens which are shown to cause cancer?
I can tell you that 95% of the products found in my bathroom, laundry and kitchen only a handful of years ago had at least all of these ingredients in there plus countless more. Pretty scary isn’t it, I just assumed they would be safe…but they weren’t.
This was the turning point for me.
I had to look for alternatives that were free of man-made synthetic chemicals and would help support our health and wellness. In particular for my little girl, Mia, who was 2 years old at the time when I discovered how many dangerous chemicals were in the products I was using on her! I felt guilty, outraged...and responsible. My aim is to always try the most natural option first, as I'm sure many of you can relate to when it comes time to what we put into, and onto our precious babies.
After a lot of research into natural and safe products and ingredients I discovered essential oils, which have totally transformed my life.
When we first started using them, Mia referred to the different oils that she wanted by name. To this day the Peace & Calming blend is still her favourite :-) We now also have a little boy, Sam, who is well and truly a lover of essential oils, though he's more of a Lavender kinda guy! It's been such a blessing to have such practical and effective products at my finger tips to turn to as my first option.
My motivation and purpose
This is where my motivation started, to find safe and effective products that the whole family can use, and are also safe for our environment.
My purpose is to educate others on how these can be used effectively in your life, and that there is another way. I want to make an impact on this planet by leaving it in a better state than I found it. I want us, Mia, and Sam, and their kids (and so on), and you, and your kids, to be happy, healthy and vibrant and enjoy this one beautiful life that we have!
So what exactly are essential oils?
Lovingly harvested from farm-grown and wildcrafted plants, herbs, and trees across the world, essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained by careful steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. Plants depend on these to grow, evolve, and adapt to their surroundings.
They are the plant’s immune system and life force, so also play an important role in defending against insects, disease, and harsh environmental conditions.
These pure essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted. Young Living offer hundreds of single oils, blends, and oil-infused products, each containing the optimal levels of specific, naturally occurring constituents to maximise their potency.
Is there a difference in quality?
Yes. Young Living essential oils are distilled and extracted in a way that preserves the plant’s full botanical fingerprint, the way nature intended, so that we can benefit from their therapeutic properties. They are not altered through fractional distillation or rectified with additional compounds or synthetics, just to make them smell sweeter.
Problem is, as a consumer this is hard to know as even adulterated or synthetic oils can still be labelled them as 100% pure and therapeutic-grade. And even further, often the oil companies don’t know this is happening as the alteration is happening on the farm which they have no control over, and they don’t have access to a comprehensive enough testing library to be able to determine this.
They are by far the most pure and potent essential oils I have experienced, compared and researched. I am absolutely humbled at the number of people who have compared their other essential oils to Young Living. They knew that something about these were different, and now use only Young Living as they feel them working on a much deeper and lasting level. They also don’t need to use as much oil so they’re saving money at the same time!
Their comments were that they were alive, potent, pure and authentic. No marketing hype required.
I also have friends who are extremely sensitive to chemicals, and after trying other leading brands of oils and reacting, they switched to Young Living and were able to use them without any concerns or irritation.
Labelling of essential oils
The following categories helped me understand why people had such different experiences with different brands of oils. All essential oils on the market today fall into one of four categories: Authentic, Manipulated, Perfume, or Synthetic:
Authentic means the oils are 100% pure, with no added synthetics. They have been grown and produced without any chemical exposure, distilled without high heat and solvents, and they are not blended with any other plant species. They are unaltered and nature captured in a bottle, with all their key botanical compounds intact which is what makes them so powerful and effective and makes them work on a deep level. Authentic oils are the only true, pure, therapeutic grade oil.
Manipulated means the final product has been made to smell more pleasing and less earthy but still labelled as 100% pure. Some of the heavier molecules have been stripped out (fractional distillation), or another species introduced (rectified) to enhance the aroma or make it match a previous batch. The same plant matter may have been distilled several times using high temperatures and chemical solvents in order extract more oils (complete distillation). The plant’s original fingerprint has been tampered with and this will effect its therapeutic qualities. Think about raw coconut oil which solidifies in low temperatures and has a scent, versus fractionated coconut oil which has been processed so it remains liquid at low temperatures and has no scent.
Perfume oils are not pure. They may be mixed with synthetics to enhance the aroma. Frequently, chemical solvents are used to extract more oil from the plant and the oil can hence be sold more cheaply. These oils are harmful to the body and often cause headaches.
Synthetic oils are not essential oils at all. They often smell nothing like the original plant, but they can appear very close which is why people often may not know they’re synthetic and can have possibly severe negative reactions. Companies want them to smell the same for every batch which synthetics allow you to achieve.
Over 95% of the world’s essential oils fall into these last 3 categories. Think of your grocery store brand Lavender body wash, the Rose and Sandalwood perfume, or the $15 bottle of Frankincense oil in the health food store. When you see what goes into producing 100% pure authentic Frankincense oil, trust us when we say it is NOT possible for only $15!).
Even essential oils labelled “organic” can fall within the Manipulated or Perfume oils category as they may be distilled using high temperatures and use chemical solvents, so no regard is given to preserve the key constituents which is ultimately where the power of the oils lay.
All of Young Living essential oils fall within the authentic category.
Please read more at Why I use Young Living, this is such an important topic and deserves the time to look into it and research. After all - you don't want to ditch your toxic synthetic chemical products and switch to using altered essential oils that contain chemicals. This is big business, and adulteration is a big, and dangerous problem. Not only for your credit card, but also for your health.
Why and how to use essential oils
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years because they are so incredibly versatile!
They can be used aromatically to lift your mood, help to relax you for a good night’s sleep, or keep the air clean from airborne bacteria.
They can be applied topically directly on the skin to soothe your muscles after some exercise, or help to energise your breath, or just smell good!
They can also be used to add to your favourite recipes, or taken internally.
This is just the tip of the ice berg, click to learn more including an online class which shows you what my Natural Toolkit looks like!
How to get started
The most popular and cost effective way to purchase these essential oils is to get your own wholesale member account. Don't worry it's really easy and all done online, just like most other online shopping experiences.
This gives you access to the same wholesale prices I get, which is 24% off retail for life, with no lock-ins, minimum spends, renewal fees or re-selling requirements.
Why I use Young Living Essential Oils
Young Living Essential Oils resonate with me on every level, from their unique Seed to Seal® process that ensures the purity of their 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils which capture the full botanical fingerprint and no alterations or added synthetics, to the uncompromising ethical nature of the company.
I also love supporting the Young Living Foundation which is dedicated to providing wellness and education opportunities to underserved communities, saving children and mums from human trafficking, building schools, and rebuilding communities after devastating natural disasters.
Build your own lifestyle business
Do you simply love using these essential oils, nutritional products, or the Savvy Mineral makeup and want to know more about the possibility of building your own business by sharing these amazing products?
As part of my rapidly growing and incredibly vibrant & passionate team, I will personally guide you through the entire process. You'll never feel alone knowing that I'm only a phone call away.
These products are so unique and special that they really do sell themselves; you just need to use them, love them and tell people all about them, so I invite you to just take a look!