Essential oils are critical (I wanted to say essential) in my fight for my health.
Essential oils are to some a fad, but the truth is they were created when God created plant life and have been utilized by people for thousands of years. They are the “essence” of the plant, the aromatic fragrance. These oils are extracted from different parts of the plants, including stems, bark, flowers, seeds, or roots. They are typically steam distilled but can also be extracted in other ways. For example, citrus oils are cold pressed from the rind.
These oils could be called the immune system of the plant. Just as we have immune systems to protect us from harm, God naturally hooked plants up with it as well. Essential oils serve this purpose for the plants. Therefore, they have been called lifeblood or life force of the plant.
Essential oils are volatile or easily absorbed into the skin. Essential oils are fat soluble, which is why you can rub them on the skin and watch them disappear. Their molecular structure allows them to penetrate every cell. This makes them unique in their ability to support the body.
Three ways to use oils
There are 3 ways to use essential oils:
You could drop oil into a diffuser and inhale that way or drop some onto your hand, cup over your mouth and nose and inhale that way. This method is unique in that it bypasses the digestive system. Through smelling an oil, it passes through to the limbic system where emotional memories are stored. This area of the brain is triggered by smell. This is one reason aromatherapy can be so effective.
This method involves rubbing in the oil on a part of the body. The oils are fat soluble and are pulled in through the skin. There are certain oils referred to as “hot,” such as peppermint and oregano. You may want to dilute first to see how your skin takes it. The cool thing about rubbing oil on the bottom of your feet is that area is less sensitive, and you can generally rub a hot oil there with no issues, but I would always dilute on the bottom of children’s feet. Another awesome thing about the feet is they have more nerve endings per square centimeter than any area of the body. This allows for fast delivery of the oils.
This can be done either by making your own capsule, taking the oil straight in or diluted with coconut oil or through using in recipes. Not all oils are intended to be digested, and I wouldn’t digest any oil unless I knew it to be 100% pure therapeutic grade oil intended for digestion.
The Design Principle is all about connecting everything to God’s intent for it in His design. Through studying how essential oils have been used throughout history and how they work in our bodies, it becomes clear that God designed them to support our health.
I believe God designed us to be connected to nature in a special way. Man was created from the dust of the ground and God gave us dominion over the earth. God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;” (Gen. 1:29).
Plant life nourishes us in the form of food, but also in the form of essential oils. This is evidenced by their frequent mention in Scripture. I understand that the highly potent oils produced today from steam distillation are not exactly what was used as mentioned in Scripture. Those oils weren’t as potent. I get it. That doesn’t mean they were not essential oils, and it doesn’t change the frequency and efficacy of the oils. They still extracted oils from plants and used them to support healing, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
They are referenced frequently throughout Scripture, the number of times depending on how you define the mention of an essential oil. There are 264 specific references to 33 species of essential oils and the plants from which they came. If you broaden that to include general mentions and oils and their plant sources, you are looking at over a thousand, according to Dr. David Stewart, author of Healing Oils of the Bible.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psa. 51:7).
David prays to be purified with hyssop and judging by the use of essential oils in that culture, I doubt it is only symbolic. Hyssop is, among many others, associated with focusing the mind in meditation and even addictions. Dr. Stewart listed the following among Hyssop’s ancient uses:
Spiritually cleansing, help for focusing the mind in meditation, purification from sin, addictions and destructive habits…
When Scripture mentions perfume, it isn’t talking about the toxin-loaded stuff people squirt on themselves today. We have become so wrapped up in our chemical culture that we think these toxin-laced products are normal, but they are not, and violate The Design Principle.
God did design our bodies to naturally detox, but He didn’t design our bodies to deal with being overburdened by toxins. The environment in which we live is far different from thousands of years ago. The good news is essential oils can help you greatly reduce that toxic burden.
Oils and Emotions
In the beginning, I was interested more in their use to support immune system function and was ignorant of their potential in supporting emotional health. I may have been afraid of it then. I don’t think I was ready to deal with what was really going on inside.
I recognized that Stress Away, which contains Lavender and Cedarwood, two of my favorites, made me feel good. I didn’t understand the extent to which essential oils can support emotional health.
A turning point was in the hospital in 2014. I was so sick. Kelley wanted to put Idaho Blue Spruce on my head, and I didn’t want her to do it, but she was persistent. I could quickly tell a difference in my mood. That opened my eyes. Since then I have become fascinated with essential oils’ connection to emotional well being.
There is a reason they are so powerful in emotional support. The sense of smell is uniquely powerful and is tied to the region of the brain that stores suppressed emotions, the limbic region. It activates it unlike any other sense.
Essential oils have a molecular structure that allows them to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and activate the limbic region. This can be done with specific intentions regarding emotional health and help support healing in that area. Using oils aromatically is so powerful because they bypass the absorption of the digestive system and go straight to the brain.
Smelling an essential oil can send signals through the nerves to where there is pain or anxiety. Dr. Benjamin Perkus, a clinical psychologist, recognized the power of essential oils to support emotional health and developed a technique which combines aromatherapy and psychology, called Aroma Freedom Technique.
Why Young Living?
I have three main reasons for using Young Living essential oils.
Gary D. Young’s integrity is off the charts. Young Living farms are open to investigation, and they even encourage people to visit the farms. They have nothing to hide. Gary puts the oils through rigorous testing, testing which isn’t required, but he has very high standards when it comes to oil quality. If an oil doesn’t meet those rigorous standards he won’t sell it. This means he will miss out on lots of money. When someone misses out on money because they care about the quality of what they sell to people, I pay attention.
Seed to Seal is a promise Young Living makes, a promise that from the time the seed is planted all the way to the sealing of the bottle, they ensure that a therapeutic grade essential oil is being produced. Because their farms are open to the public we can know they are doing it the right way. When I use Young Living I know I am getting the highest quality oil I can get.
Young Living isn’t just an oil company. They are about purpose, wellness, and abundance. When I entered Young Living I entered into a purpose-filled community. When I was sick in the hospital in 2014 I experienced the love of the Young Living family, and it was incredible. People are finding purpose and experiencing wellness in awesome ways through this company. My life has been completely transformed as a result of Young Living, and I want yours to be too. The Young Living Foundation strongly displays that they go deeper than oils. Check out https://younglivingfoundation.org to learn what the foundation is doing in the world.
To wrap up why I use Young Living, I’m going to share a portion of Gary’s 2016 Christmas message to Young Living:
A word from Gary
A Christmas message to all our members and employees:
Give thanks for your introduction to Young Living and your sponsor, your organization above, below, and to the side of you. We all play a part in each other’s lives, and for that, we should be grateful.
Because the demand for oils is already more than what is produced in the world, many suppliers cut the oils and sell to anyone who will buy. I don’t want to be fooled, and I won’t be fooled, which is why I built a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art laboratory and why we go the extra mile in our testing. In the early days, I could smell an oil and know, but we are too big now, and I am not always available. Our Quality Control department is very stringent and makes sure that you receive nothing but the best.
Yes, we have perhaps the most sophisticated lab in the world for the analytical analysis of essential oils and a library to support it. This is not something you can buy. It takes years and years to build the right laboratory and the right library with literally millions of molecules for reference for the staff and for training.
We don’t invest our money in fancy cars, boats, vacation homes, or lavish travel. We invest in land, farm equipment, distilleries, laboratories, inventory, infrastructure, and the like. We are the only company in the world with farms and partner farms and a complete Seed to Seal process by which every distillery must abide. Every partner farmer must abide by and sign a contract to follow Young Living’s standard that I created years ago as I built our distilleries and farms. Young Living continues to invest in your future for your up-and-coming new generation of leaders.
We have a right to claim our position as the world leader in essential oils because I started building that foundation 28 years ago.
We are the first to start a nonexistent market trend by bringing essential oils to the world market through the vehicle of network marketing, which had never been done before.
We developed that market, conducted research, and published our findings.
We are the only company with a Seed to Seal process that starts with developing the farms, building distilleries, processing, bottling, shipping, and educating.
We are the first to formulate blends and supplements with infused oils.
We are the first to conduct university studies with on-going clinical research and published findings.
We are a stable and continually growing company with double-digit growth each month.
We have several patents and many trademarks, as we develop new and innovative products and recently won the Utah 2015 Genius Award for the third most trademarks filed in the state.
We have the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation to which members generously give to promote education and health for the poor in third-world countries such as Cambodia, saving children and young women from the slave trade, with over 1,000 having been recovered today; Uganda, fighting malaria, jiggers, building a medical clinic and school to teach better health practices; Croatia, supporting an orphanage; Ecuador, supporting schools and a health spa; Nepal, rebuilding homes and schools; and many other projects.
With more than 30 years of experience farming aromatic plants and developing proprietary methods for distilling, we have 15 corporate and partner farms worldwide in more than 12 countries, where we provide hundreds of jobs and improve the economy of the community.
Whether we are developing farms or opening countries for business, we follow legal direction and channels of operation and teach people to build the right way.
We lead by example, not by talk.
We don’t slander other companies or try to buy their distributors with false promises.
We don’t copy; we invent and create.
YES, we have earned the title of WORLD LEADER, and you can claim it without having to make excuses or argue. Let us be humble and show gratitude to God and our fellowmen. Respect the opinion of others and allow them to walk their path by encouraging and supporting them.
We have the greatest people in leadership in the corporate offices around the world, and at no time has it been stronger and more harmonious than it is now. We will always have growing pains—again the mark of a world leader—but that only promotes progress and innovative leadership.
As Mary and I look back and see what we have overcome and accomplished, we are filled with the tremendous emotion of amazement and gratitude. It is without question a great compliment to all of you for your trust and dedication as we continue to grow, and with God at the helm protecting and guiding us, we cannot fail.
You can virtually support every system in your body with essential oils, and Young Living has products that will help you kickstart making nutritional and holistic health changes to your life.
One such product in Ningxia Red. As mentioned by Gary, Young Living was the first to infuse supplements with essential oils. Ningxia Red is based on the wolfberry and has other high anti-oxidant berries plus a citrus essential oils infusion.
To put things into perspective, the wolfberry has 4 grams of protein per 100 calories and contains all of the essential amino acids. It provides vitamins A, C, B2, plus Selenium, Potassium, and Iron. That is the wolfberry alone. There are other antioxidant berries plus a citrus essential oil infusion. It is so potent you don’t need to drink more than 4 ounces at a time.
You actually get two sample packets in your Premium Start Kit, and I recommend throwing them in the fridge to chill and drinking one each following morning. If you are like us, then you will want to order monthly bottles.
How Do I Join Young Living?
I’m going to first share with you the Premium Starter Kit you receive in joining the Young Living community. It is an investment of $160 plus tax and shipping, and It retails for about $300. It is easily one of the best investments I have ever made. Joining Young Living opened us up to a beautiful world of wellness, abundance, and purpose. I want that for you too.
- Dewdrop™ Diffuser
- Premium Essential Oils Collection
- Stress Away™ 5-ml
- AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
- 10 Sample Packets
- 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
- 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
- 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
- Product Guide and Product Price List
- Essential Oil Magazine
- Essential Edge
- Member Resources
Young Living has five flex oils which serve to replace an oil in the kit if there is a supply or sourcing constraint issue. If such happens you could receive one or more of the following: AromaEase™, Citrus Fresh™ Vitality™, Lemongrass Vitality™, Orange Vitality™, and Tea Tree.
Becoming a Member
First, Click here. This takes you to the sign-up page.
Second, you choose from Wholesale and Retail membership. I recommend wholesale without hesitation, and this is why. With retail, you aren’t eligible for starter kits, you pay the full retail price, you have no option to earn commission and bonuses, and cannot get hooked up with Essential Rewards, plus you pay full shipping costs.
With Wholesale, you get a 24% discount, have ongoing education and support, get hooked up with Essential Rewards and earn free products and discounted shipping, have the option to earn commissions and bonuses, and you only need to spend around $50 a year to stay an active member.
I believe the reason some just want to buy an oil here and there through retail membership is that they are not properly educated about and haven’t truly experienced the oils in the first place.
Third, at the bottom right click, “I was referred by a member and have their ID numbers.” You will see two boxes: “My Sponsor ID” and “Enroller ID.” Put my number into both boxes: 1614803.
Fourth, you enter your personal information including name, billing address, shipping address, and contact information.
Fifth, you create your username, password and pin you will use to log in and order oils and check out your account and stuff.
Sixth, you select which starter kit you want as part of your wholesale membership.
Seventh, you have the option of signing up with essential rewards. Read about the benefits here and FAQ’s here. Simply put, it is a monthly auto-ship program where you earn points and get free oils. Boom! You only need to spend 50PV (around $50 monthly). If you know now you will be spending that amount monthly, then obviously you will sign up. You can get an Essential Rewards kit in addition to your Premium Starter Kit if you desire. All of this is optional.
Eighth, you agree to terms and conditions.
Ninth, you confirm your order.