Essential Oils’ True Identities Revealed!

You may have noticed, that in some circles essential oils have suddenly gone underground.  They’ve sort of gone dark like Bruce Wayne on an extended vacation.  There’s been some tiptoeing going on around what they can and can’t do.  But I am proud to reveal that in the time they’ve been inside their fortress of solitude, they have now emerged to show their true identity.

As Superheroes.

Now, I can’t claim credit for the photographic evidence of their super-ness, that goes to the talented Sarah of How to Live Natural (I hear she’s friends with Peter Parker), but because we are on the same mission, to reveal these oils’ true identities, she agreed to let me share them here with you today.

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Captain America

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French Aromatherapy: The Awkward Truth

Ok, let’s just get one thing straight right out of the gate.  I don’t do hype.  I just don’t.  But for some reason there is a great deal of hype and emotion involved with the discussion of essential oils, particularly essential oils that come from network marketing companies.

It. Is. Silly.

Unfortunately, there are some people who simply have a bias against network marketing as a business model and allow that to color their perception of a company’s product.

This bias often causes somewhat under-informed people to form very strong opinions about perceived quality, price points, and marketing, but without much first hand information or research.

One such argument that is levied against people in the essential oil network marketing field is that we made up the concept of different “schools of thought” in aromatherapy to create a false construct in order to sell you more product.  These people also frequently contend that the whole French and British school concept is a made up argument to sway the weak minded to dangerous methods of oil use.

BOGUS.  I call FOUL.

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Can Thieves Cleaner Clean this Tough Carpet Stain?

Can Thieves Clean It Carpet Stain

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I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for safer cleaners.  The difficulty is, most of them don’t work very well.  Or if they work they only work for very specific tasks.

So you need an all purpose spray, and a glass cleaner, and a de-greaser, and a tub cleaner, and a carpet cleaner, and a laundry spot treater, and the list goes on and on and on.

NO GOOD.

Because seriously, who wants twenty cleaner bottles in their laundry room, natural or otherwise?

No, I needed something that both worked, wouldn’t cause me to die of fume inhalation, and could go the distance with multi-tasking!

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Recipe: Guilt Free Cake Batter Shake

Guilt Free Cake Batter ShakeOk, so it’s been a while since I’ve put together any recipes for a low sugar lifestyle, but I am finally back in the saddle of Trim Healthy Mama since my recent loss.  It feels good to be back, eating a wide variety of tasty food, and enjoy treats that satisfy my sweet tooth, without having sugar or artificial sweeteners!

One of my favorite ways to get in a quick breakfast is to turn to my Vitamix.  It’s sortof a long story, but we got the Vitamix just about a year ago, and compared to other blenders, I don’t think I would go back.  This thing is a workhorse, and makes DELICIOUS blended treats!

Which leads me to this tasty low-carb, low-fat, sugar free delight.  Oh yes, a Cake Batter Shake.  It’s perfect for getting you through the between meal munchies without adding inches to the waist and it tastes AWESOME and is super filling.

Oh, and did I mention it will take you a MAX of TWO minutes to get this in your favorite cup?  Oh yeah.

Oh, and if you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, it is a Fuel Pull (FP)!  Even better!

So, let’s just get to it, shall we?

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Why I Ignore the “Essential Oil Wars”

Why I Ignore the Essential Oil Wars

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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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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 any US government agency and as a result, there is very little that can be done about the way that some essential oils are marketed.  I’m not a huge fan of intrusive 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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The True Dangers of Essential Oils

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Seed to Seal Marketing Hype

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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?

NO ONE.

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In Which I Saw Myself

I See Myself

Do you remember that stunning moment of clarity when you finally SAW yourself?

I mean REALLY saw yourself?

I don’t mean when you perused yourself in the mirror, inspecting make up and plucking stray hairs.  I don’t even mean checking to see whether you’ve brushed your hair since being up with the baby since five.  I am asking, when did you SEE yourself last?

I am 32 years old and I finally saw myself for the first time.

And for the first time in my life, I truly liked what I saw.

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How Do I Get those Oils out of the Bottle?

Ok, if you are anything like me, there are just some essential oils that WON’T. COME. OUT. OF. THE. BOTTLE

And if you are anything like me, you may have bumped, tapped, smacked or banged the bottle in an attempt to get that oil out.  All with no success.

Well, if you haven’t done that, or even if you have, I am here to share a simple tip that will save you wasted oil, and wasted time.  It is MUCH easier to get essential oils out of the bottle than I previously thought.  So check out this brief video!

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