Why I Ignore the “Essential Oil Wars”

Why I Ignore the Essential Oil Wars

It is no secret that I love Young Living Essential Oils.

It is also no secret that there are other companies of assorted sizes and perceived qualities that compete with Young Living.

And also, it’s not a secret that a great many people like to play up the conflict between companies.

I want to pose the question of  “why do they want to call attention to it?”  Sometimes it is people from my company, sometimes it is people from another competitor, and other times it is from people who aren’t officially affiliated with any big name company.  But why do they want to capitalize on the hype?  I’ll leave you to think through that question.

 Is there REALLY a War?

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Have a Happi(er) Period with Essential Oils

Have a Happier Period

Ok guys, I’ll give you a day off.  Especially if you are a male family member.  If you don’t want your brain cells scarred by lady stuff, then I suggest you pass on this one.

Ladies?  Stick around, because if you are like most women, we all have a visitor once a month that we wish we could make a bit less uncomfortable.  I’ve found some great strategies to make my monthly visit from Aunt Flo much less eventful and so I’d love to share my secrets with you.

So, what do I use?

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Spotlight on PanAway and a Giveaway!

Spotlight on PanAway Essential OilWell happy Labor Day weekend everyone!!!  We’re back in the saddle after a brief power outage that kept us from the computer for most of the week.  But never fear, we’re BACK!

In honor of our hard working friends, family, and selves I’m going to share about the amazing pain busting essential oil blend called PanAway!

PanAway is actually my husband’s favorite essential oil blend because he works an incredibly physical job and comes home with muscle and joint aches on a daily basis.  He applies the PanAway on location and it helps him to be able to relax and lose the pain from the day.  In fact, this is the oil that convinced HIM of how well the oils work!

I also have lingering trouble from a bout with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and occasionally re-aggravate the wrist.  In fact the last time I did so the pain was intense, to the point of being around a 9 on a 10 point pain scale.  At that time PanAway wasn’t one that I personally used very often, so I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I grabbed it and applied a few drops on my wrist.  Within just a minute or so the pain was 100% gone!  Since then I routinely use this blend for pain and inflammation whenever I experience it.

I also use it now on tight muscles, headaches, and body aches from colds and flus.

PanAway is a blend of several very powerful and effective oils that target pain and inflammation:

  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) essential oil contains natural Methyl Salicylate, a compound found in many over the counter topical pain creams.

  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), an essential oil known for its restorative properties.

  • Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllus), an essential oil know for its numbing properties.

  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil contains naturally occurring menthol, a compound often found in muscle rubs and creams targeting soreness and inflammation.

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PanAway Essential Oil Blend

PanAway Essential Oil Blend

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This is a personal testimony and is not designed or intended as medical advice, and is not meant to diagnose or prescribe.

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Empty Arms: Recovering Physically from Pregnancy Loss

Recovery from Pregnancy Loss

I am blessed to have two beautiful children.  I am also blessed to have three children born straight to heaven.  I wish they were here with me, but I know they are not lost to me forever.

I lost two babies before my son and daughter were born, and this last  April I lost my most recent child, a precious little boy, at 18 weeks.

Because of his age I chose to be induced to deliver him and had the privilege of  seeing him and saying goodbye.

For anyone who is in the position to make this choice, I highly encourage you to consider asking to see your baby.  It was not at all bad, certainly not how I imagined, and it was a beautiful moment of healing for me.  It brought me some closure that I never had with my other two losses.

Unfortunately, shortly after I delivered him I hemorrhaged and had to have an emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.

I lost enough blood that I needed a transfusion and an overnight stay in the hospital.  To say that the physical trauma was more than I was expecting is an understatement.  The doctors and nurses who took care of me that evening were amazing, and I am TREMENDOUSLY grateful for them saving my life.

But the long road of recovery, both physically and emotionally had just begun and with my discharge from the hospital I had to figure out how to bring my body back from a pregnancy that went nearly half way and the difficult delivery that followed.

This week I will share some of the things I have done to help build my body back physically as well as some of the things I am doing to prepare for the possibility of a future pregnancy.

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Ask the Readers

Ask the Readers

I am working on a new article and I need YOUR help!

I am looking for folks who used essential oils of any brand before they used Young Living.

What I would like to know specifically is, have you noticed a difference since switching to Young Living from the other brand, and what is different to you?

I would love to share some of your stories in an upcoming article!

So tell me, what have you noticed?  Would you share with me in the comments?

Intro to Essential Oils Video Class Now Available Online!

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Ready to learn more about genuine essential oils and how they can be of help to you?

Check out this online video class that I recorded!  So many people aren’t able to make it to a class in person, but do have a few minutes to watch a class from the comfort of their own home.

So, sit back, grab a drink, and join me for this fun and informative Intro to Essential Oils Class!


The True Dangers of Essential Oils

The True Dangers of Essential Oils

The longer I am a part of the world of aromatherapy the more often I see articles that circulate dire warning of the perils of using essential oils “improperly”.  These articles paint terrible scenarios, brandish some scientific studies, and turn the even slightly wary heart firmly against the use of essential oils.

Essential oils, portrayed the way these articles paint them, seem to be terrifying in their potency, and an accident waiting to happen by their very existence.

The authors of these articles seem in most cases to be driven by a genuine desire to provide good, reliable safety information to their readers, but unfortunately, there are a few common misunderstandings that many of these articles and websites seem to include.

But before I dive into the misunderstandings I want to lay a little bit of groundwork.

The stark staring truth of the matter is that essential oil quality and labeling are not regulated by the FDA and as a result, there is very little that can be done about the way that most essential oils are marketed.  I’m not a huge fan of government regulation, don’t get me wrong, but I am a big fan of honesty.  Honesty in labeling is a problem in all industries, not just the aromatherapy industry.

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Seed to Seal Marketing Hype

Ok, so I know I stress the uniqueness of Young Living all the time.  I tell you about the farms they own, the distilleries they own, the labs they own and operate.  I get it.  It is just words.

But. Now. I. Have. Been. There.

It is not a marketing strategy.  It’s REALITY!

How many times do you see advertising from any company and wonder how much of it is just put on and slick words from some execs in a boardroom?  Yeah.  Me, too.  So, with me being a “show me” type of person it really made an incredible impression to see what Seed to Seal is.  FIRST HAND.

Friends, I have walked in the fields.  I have been in the distillery.  I have planted lavender.  I’ve taken pictures in one of the greenhouses.  It is INCREDIBLE.  If I shared all of the amazing little details that go into every carefully grown and distilled oil, I would sit here and BORE you.  There is SO MUCH.  So I’ll just share a few highlights with you.  To PROVE IT.  Where else can you do this?   What other company has this?


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Favorites Friday: Minor Wound Care

It’s Favorites Friday again and I’m sharing with you the surprising solution that I had to a painful problem.

If you’ve ever gotten a cut or large scrape, you know how painful wounds like that can be. You also know how uncomfortable they can be as they heal.

Check out the solution I found for a HUGE cut I got digging around behind my couch:

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