“The oils are so expensive – is it worth it?” Take just a minute to think about how much you spend on a typical illness if you add up your visit to the doctor, any prescription or over-the-counter medications you take, and the time that you are off work. Not cheap, huh? Since I really committed to using essential oils, none of the members of my family have had to visit the doctor for an illness – not once! Now that doesn’t mean that we haven’t gotten little bugs here and there, but using essential oils has not only helped us avoid much of what is going around, but has also helped us get over illnesses in a few mild days as opposed to weeks of being out for the count. I use my oils for everything that I would have used traditional over-the-counter medications for in addition to using them for cleaning, freshening, and a variety of other household tasks. Talk about value! There is also a reason why the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ exists. Are there cheaper brands of essential oils out there? Sure. However, I refuse to use anything questionable with my family. I choose to use oils that are produced by a company who has been in business for 20 years and who is involved in every single step of the process – Seed to Seal Quality Commitment, baby!
“What if they don’t work?” They do. No really – they totally do! Now essential oils aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal. It did take some time to dial in the right combination of oils that worked best for me, but it was literally life changing once I did! At first, I was worried because I wasn’t seeing the crazy immediate results that others were reporting. My friend suggested that I try taking some epsom salt baths to detox my body and it was amazing how much that helped with the oils’ effectiveness. Belonging to an oils group on Facebook was a huge help, too, because I could see what was working for others and it helped me to know what to try for myself!
“It’s so overwhelming – where do I even start?” I will pass on the same advice that was given to me – start small. Most definitely start by purchasing the starter kit. I had heard so much about using lavender to help with relaxation and rest, but found that it really didn’t work for me. Luckily I got Stress Away in my kit that worked wonders! Having a variety of oils to experiment with was key to really getting a feel for them. Even though my collection now includes 40+ oils, those original kit oils are the ones I find myself using most often (those Young Living people sure know what they’re doing when deciding which oils to include in that starter kit!). Do not, I repeat DO NOT, try to use every single oil in your kit on the day it arrives, though!! It’s just not pretty… ;) Open them all, smell them, and then choose one thing that you want to try to use them for. Dial in what works for you on that one specific issue and then move to the next one. Taking one small step at a time will eventually get you to where you don’t even think about using anything other than your oils when something comes up! I also kept my oils out where I could see them to train myself to go to them first.
“I really like the oils in my kit, but where do I go from here?” It wasn’t until I branched out from my kit oils that I really fell in love with essential oils. The possibilities were endless and I was constantly amazed at what different oils could do. Don’t be afraid to ask the person who introduced you to oils about what their favorites are and why. Post the question in our oils group on Facebook and see what people’s responses are. I simply chose the next issue I wanted to address and researched which oils might be good for that. To give you a quick idea, here are my favorite non-kit oils:
DIGIZE – absolutely amazing for all tummy-related issues
DEEP RELIEF – this roll-on is a lifesaver for tension headaches and sore muscles
OREGANO – excellent immune booster and great for skin tags/moles
RC – a must-have for respiratory issues
CEDARWOOD – I use this every night in my diffuser to promote rest
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS– fabulous to help clear congestion
M-GRAIN – a miracle for this life-long sufferer
If you are still on the fence about essential oils, I encourage you to jump on in with both feet! You won’t regret it, though eventually it means you’ll have to admit that you’re one of us crazy people, too