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A week ago, I had an online Essential Oils (EO) 101 Party/Class with Angela Livingston, a fellow MOM. I had been talking with her about oils for months, and I was finally ready to bite the bullet and get my Young Living Kit.
What is Young Living?
Young Living is a company that has been in business for many, many years, harvesting and selling essential oils for personal use. One reason that I was drawn to them is their Seed to Seal process (they grow the plants, harvest, and then bottle and sell the oils). I like that it is all with one company without working with middlemen along the way. It is very controlled and YL is extremely careful with their process. Fun fact: 2% of essential oils sold in the US are suitable for medicinal purposes, and YL sells 98% of them! You can find out more about the Seed to Seal process here.
Without bashing other oil companies, here is a problem with some others. Most EO are extracted from the plants using high heat and high pressure with some chemicals. The final product will still have the smell, but it won’t carry the same therapeutic qualities of the oils. There also aren’t any standards in labeling essential oils. It can actually be a diluted oil, but can still (legally) be called 100% Pure Essential Oil. Yikes! Usually, you can spot these by looking at the price. Essential Oils should be more expensive ($15-$150 a bottle) because of the process and rarity in extracting the oils from the plants. While the FDA doesn’t have standards, they have asked Gary Young (the founder of Young Living) to help create standards for essential oil labeling.
How do I use essential oils?
There are 4 main ways to use essential oils: inhale, diffuse, topical application, or ingest. You will want to be careful with each of these options, as some should only be used a certain way. For instance, some oils are considered “hot” oils and should be diluted before applying topically. Some are not safe to ingest. Some can be used in all four ways safely (as long as you have a good, trustworthy oil company). Before using any oils, it is always best to do your research, especially if you take any medications (as some oils react with medications).
How can I purchase oils?
You have a few options. You can purchase individual oils at the retail rate. If you have a smaller budget or only want to try an oil or two, this is a good option. Occasionally, some distributors may offer sales, but for the most part, assume that you will be spending the retail rate plus tax and shipping. You can see the products here.
If you just can’t make up your mind about which oils you want, I would HIGHLY encourage you to get one of the kits. There are some options here with the amount and size of the kits, but it will give you the most bang for your buck, because you will also get a wholesale membership as well. As a wholesale member, you will save 24% off of the retail rate of future purchases.
What is the kit?
You have some options here. You can get the starter kits that vary in size and price ($40-$150). The Basic Starter Kit ($40) has mostly sample sizes, as well as some business literature for you (in case you want to sell YL). The Basic Plus Starter Kit ($75) is similar to the Basic Starer Kit, but it also includes a diffuser. The next level (and the one that I chose) is the Premium Starter Kit ($150), because it comes with the samples, literature, and diffuser, but it also includes the Everyday Oils collection, which is 10 different 5 mL of oils (Joy™, Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Purification, PanAway, Peace & Calming®, Thieves®, and Valor®) . Remember, with these kits, you also can purchase anything you want at the 24% discount.
If you get the kit, do you need to sell it?
The short answer is “no,” but you can become a distributor if you want, simply because you have bought the kit. After purchasing the kit, there are no requirements to sell anything. To retain your wholesale rate, you just have to spend $50 (at that wholesale rate, remember) within a year.
If you do decide to sell it to make a commission and bonuses, you don’t have to do anything extra to “sign up.” There are some minimums to meet in order to make a commission in a month, however. I am still learning this, so I won’t write too much. I’m actually not interested in this end of it, but I have a great enroller/sponsor (Angela Bickford) who would be more than willing to fill you in on the details. Let me know if you want more information and her contact information.
What oils should I start with?
Obviously, there is a reason why the Everyday Oils collection comes in the Premium Starter Kit. It has 10 of the best, most-used oils (and some of my favorites). You can read about them in the online guide.
Do you have any other questions? Write them in the comments, and I will add them here and answer them (to the best of my ability).