From the Land, Not the Lab: How Out of Stock Essential Oils Showcase the Young Living Difference

Out of Stock Oils.  Oh my.

Yes, the out of stock oils situation has made many an even-tempered person want to pull their hair out.  Believe me, I totally get it!  There are oils that I use regularly that I have not been able to buy for some time.

It is frustrating.  I really understand.

But, I want to pose some thoughts that might help us to explain and to understand what a GIFT we have in Young Living.  To be truthful, even though I cannot currently get any oil or blend I want on demand, this out of stock issue has shown me several truths about the essential oil industry and has cemented my belief that I’ll be a loyal Young Living user as long as they keep up their quality commitment.

So what can out of stock oils show?

Essential Oils From the Land not the Lab

Young Living has grown at an exponential rate, particularly in 2014.  The growth has become so rapid that many oils have been out of stock intermittently, and one oil, Valor, has been out of stock (except for in the Premium Starter Kit) for pretty much the whole year.

Now, I’ll be honest, that bums me out because Valor is a daily use oil for me.   I’ve had to ration it out, but thankfully I had done a bulk buy right before it became scarce and I have had enough to get me through so far.

Now why has Valor been out of stock (apart from the starter kits) for so long?  This blend includes an essential oil called Black Spruce (Picea mariana).

At some point in of 2013 the growth of demand began to outpace the available supply of Young Living quality spruce, both from our own sources and on the open market.  It became impossible for Young Living to buy enough black spruce to keep up with the amount needed to produce all the highly coveted blends that use it.

When you’re dealing with a botanical product from a tree that has to grow for YEARS before you can use it for oil distillation, you can’t just turn around and instantly ramp up your production capacity when you have an unexpected surge in demand.

Real oils, and the plants they come from, take time to grow.  Sometimes a long time.  Other oils have to be harvested and distilled at a specific time of year and under specific weather conditions to be viable.  If the supply from the previous year is exhausted before the next year’s harvest time, well, you just have to wait!

In fact, according to the sources who shared with us this past summer at convention, there were opportunities to buy large lots of spruce oil from a brokered source early in 2014 that would have allowed Young Living to bring back some of the popular blends that were out of stock due.  Unfortunately, the spruce oil didn’t meet Young Living’s purity and botanical composition standards, and so they rejected it.

They rejected it.  In the face of overwhelming demand, and restless oil users wanting their favorites back.

The seller of the oil, after not being able to sell it to Young Living, then went and sold it to another essential oil company, who then turned around and sold it to their customers.  An oil that Young Living rejected for quality was sold by a competitor.  Yeah.

But other companies have those out of stock oils in stock!

Yes, they do!  But have you stopped to consider why?

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Are Young Living’s Essential Oils Organic?

In the grand scheme of things there are a lot of very good questions being asked about essential oils and their comparative qualities.  One such question that is frequently asked is:

Are Young Living’s essential oils certified organic?

It is worth knowing right up front that there are no regulations specifically targeting essential oils in the organic certification process. The standards required to bear the USDA certified organic label were crafted with produce and agricultural products in mind, and not a product such as essential oils.

Are Young Living Essential Oils Certified Organic

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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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Drama in Essential Oil Land

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So if you follow the essential oil news much, you have likely heard about the FDA cracking down on doTerra and Young Living, both prominent sellers of essential oils,  over the way some of their independent distributors were promoting their products.  Haven’t read that story yet?  Check out one explanation.

It is probably a good way to remind any of us who publicly discuss health matters that we ought to always be careful about sharing any information in the public arena.

But, unfortunately, what it boils down to in practical terms is this:

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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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Have a Happi(er) Period with Essential Oils

Have a Happier Period

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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 unpleasant.  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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