Buy Young Living Oils from Amazon and eBay

Assorted-Oils-2013I was just contacted again by someone who made a purchase of some essential oils and a TheraPro Diffuser from a seller on Amazon. When I asked her for her Young Living member number I was told she was not a member and that she had made her purchase at Amazon. She immediately filed a complaint about me to Young Living because she ‘assumed’ that since I said to her, “it is usually the distributor who one becomes a member with that addresses questions because they are the customer of that distributor” – because at that time I didn’t know she had purchased the TheraPro differ and Thieves oil from a non-distributor. She didn’t like that I said that. So she turned around and promptly filed a complaint about me.

I’m going to rant for a minute here because I am sick and tired of being treated poorly by people that buy Young Living products from non-distributors and expect the distributors to jump through hoops for them. I’ve had people buy from sellers on both eBay and Amazon and they expect me to fix their problems, give them refunds, and spend hours teaching them about using the oils.

There are some things people don’t realize and I am going to point these things out so that it may help people who are considering buying Young Living products from Amazon and eBay sellers.

1. Let’s say you are thinking of purchasing a Young Living TheraPro diffuser and bottle of Thieves essential oil from an eBay or Amazon seller…

First, you need to know that if you contact a Young Living distributor they will tell you –rather than paying $200 plus tax/shipping from an eBay or Amazon seller– that there is a way you can get the TheraPro Diffuser for $110 plus tax/shipping. That way is through becoming a wholesale member and you get a mail-in $40 off a diffuser coupon.

An eBay or Amazon seller is NOT going to inform you of this savings. Why in the world would they!? If they did inform you of that fact they would lose money and a potential customer. They are betting that you already believe that if you go to eBay or Amazon to shop for YL products and that you think you will be saving a mint.

I’m going to be the skunk at the picnic here and tell you flat out… you will never buy Young Living oils or products at eBay or Amazon for prices lower than YL wholesale prices.  You won’t even be buying them at wholesale prices. How am I so certain about this???

Well, because I know how YL works. The eBay or Amazon seller cannot buy the YL products for cheaper than I, a wholesale customer buys them at. It’s a fact, it is NOT possible because there are no prices less than wholesale.

The eBay and Amazon sellers will also order enough every month from Young Living so that they qualify for the monthly freebie. Which they will then turn around and sell on eBay or Amazon for somewhat cheaper than wholesale so that shoppers on those sites ‘think’ they can get all of the YL products at a much cheaper cost than they could through a distributor. There’s a name for this business tactic and it’s called a lost-leader, it’s where the store has a very limited number, they advertise it as a great deal (which it is) to get you into the store and buy other items at the regular price. They do it just often enough to get their customers convinced that they have the best prices on everything always, and that’s not always true.

The eBay and Amazon sellers can also be on the Young Living Essential Rewards program, just like I am and just like many of my customers are. So what this means is that after you are on the Essential Rewards program for one year you are getting 20% in rewards points in return for being a valued monthly customer. After one year, you will earn $20 in rewards points for every $100 you spend.

That means your eBay and Amazon seller is selling you products that they got for free from YL when they redeemed their rewards points.

So, I think the real question you should be asking yourself before making a purchase there is, “why don’t I just find a YL distributor, become a YL member, join Essential Rewards and be getting $10 a month during month 1-6 for every $100 I buy at wholesale, then get $15  a month during month 7-12 for every $100 I buy at wholesale, and from month 13 and onward get $20 for every $100 you spend in rewards points to redeem for free product just like the eBay and Amazon sellers!?”

Why are you buying from them when you could be buying the same products they are selling to you, at a profit, for wholesale yourself?

2. Now, let’s say you have questions about how to use the Young Living essential oils that you bought on eBay or Amazon…

If you think you are going to be able to go to that seller and have them teach you all you need to know… you are delusional. They are only there to make a sale(s) to you. They are not there to answer the questions that you have regarding the use of the oils or YL products you purchased from them.

If you want to ask questions and learn how to use your oils, become a member with an actual Young Living distributor and you will get them.

3. Let’s say you purchased Young Living products from an Amazon or eBay seller and you want a refund or an exchange…

You cannot go to a Young Living distributor and expect or demand that they give you a refund or replacement. They did not make the sale to you and they are not responsible for business practices that take place on people selling YL products on Amazon and eBay.

Likewise, do not contact Young Living corporate and expect a refund or exchange from them either, they are not the party who sold the product to you and they are not responsible.

Yes, there are people out there who expect that all distributors and YL corporate are responsible for any YL product they purchased no matter who they bought it from. I had that experience within the past month with an individual, they insisted that I sold them the product on my website. That’s impossible, I do not sell, process, ship or collect money from anyone ever. All of my customers become YL members and YL processes and ships their order to them, it’s called drop-ship. The only money I ever see from the sale of YL products is through my monthly YL commission check. I work on commission. I do not carry an inventory or ship anything, ever. It all comes straight out of the YL warehouse and straight to my customers door.

4. Let’s say you believe that prices of Young Living products are cheaper on eBay or Amazon…

I have yet to see any YL product cheaper on eBay or Amazon over the 8 years I have been a distributor.

If you buy Young Living products from a seller on eBay or Amazon do expect that you are NOT getting a cheaper price. See what I said above in #1 for details on how it works.

Like the woman who contacted me today, she paid over $200 for a YL TheraPro Diffuser. Clearly she made the purchase without speaking to a YL distributor prior to making the purchase and she had no idea that the exact same diffuser could have been bought for $110 if she became a member under a distributor. Membership has many advantages.

5. Before you buy Young Living products from an eBay or Amazon seller…

Ask yourself is that seller, a wholesale customer with Young Living already and just maybe they are buying products at wholesale (like I am and like you can too) and turning around and selling them to people (at a profit) who believe that eBay and Amazon have the best prices on everything.

Chances are great that you WILL be paying retail prices or higher, with some are considerably higher.

Don’t go thinking that because something is sold on Amazon or eBay that you are getting the best price. I stopped shopping at those places years ago because the kinds of things I do purchase can ALWAYS be found cheaper through someone else someplace else.

Anyone in business needs to make a profit in order to stay in business. Amazon and eBay sellers are no different.

6. Before you file a complaint with Young Living about one of their distributors…

Ask yourself if you are doing that because you are frustrated because ‘you’ made a poor choice when you bought from that eBay or Amazon seller. That you wanted full customer service and discovered after the fact that you are not getting full service.

Your mistakes and choices are NOT the responsibility of a distributor and your education on how to use the oils is not a YL distributors responsibility if you are not one of their customers.

Do you have any idea how many questions I am asked daily by people who buy YL oils from people who don’t give a hoot about teaching you? On a slow day about 6, on a busy day a dozen or more. And that’s just people who are not my own customers.

I’m sorry, but if you are buying YL products from an Amazon or eBay seller and expect to get an education from a distributor who will never see a penny from you… ask yourself how many hours a day would you be willing to spend taking care of customers from someone elses business?

If I spent my time answering all of the questions from Amazon, eBay and other non-distributors customers I would not have time to take care of my hundreds of customers. And when a distributor tells you that they cannot take on eBay and Amazon buyers educations it’s because if they do so it will be at the expense of their own customers, please know that they are not being mean to you but that they have to draw the line somewhere.

How would you feel if you were a customer of mine and I didn’t have time to spend with you and answering your questions because I was busy taking care of an eBay or Amazon sellers customers? You would think I was a nut-case! You would think I didn’t have my priorities set straight. You would think that you were crazy for becoming a customer of mine, right?

7. In conclusion…

Just know that when you buy Young Living oils and/or products from an eBay or Amazon seller that you will NEVER get anything more out of the seller than that which you purchased. They won’t be able to answer your oil or product questions like a distributor can. If you are perfectly fine with that and if you are perfectly fine with spending more on YL products over there and shop. It’s fine with me but don’t turn around and blame me for not educating you or giving you a refund or exchange. Know that you will never get the same care and education that you would if you had joined YL through one of their very nice and helpful distributors.OK, I’m done with my rant on the things you need to consider BEFORE buying Young Living oils, diffusers and other products from an eBay or Amazon seller. If you would like to buy YL products from me follow this link to my website and become a member.

For clarification should any eBay or Amazon sellers are reading this…

Most of you do give very good product service, accept returns and exchanges. This rant is NOT about product service, it is about people who buy YL oils from you and they are coming to small home-based distributors like me to learn how to use the oils that you are selling to them because you aren’t providing that service to your own customers. If you want me to teach them you should hire me as an independent contractor for educational purposes. I am not the bad guy that your customers think I am because I don’t provide all of the services I provide to my own customers. I am not the bad guy because I don’t have enough time in the day to offer your customers free educations when they demand it.

What Does Therapeutic-grade Mean

Slique-Essence-Oil-LabelThere seems to be a small group of people who are disturbed by the fact that Young Living (YL) has coined the term “therapeutic-grade”.  It seems to me that the reason for them being disturbed by the term is because they don’t have a good understanding as to why YL did this. Let me clarify what has happened…

“Therapeutic-grade” is in fact a term that Young Living Essential Oils came up with to distinguish a difference between, improperly handled plants and oils, and the best handling of plants and oils.

No government or agency was involved with this because there has never been any standards whatsoever for essential oils and there still isn’t. Because there isn’t one, and YL is the largest essential oil producer in the world, they took it upon themselves to create a standard so the consumer could learn and recognize that there is a vast difference.

Before going any further, I want to mention that the term that YL did coin is “Young Living Therapeutic-grade”. Their company name at the beginning of the term gives an indication that not only did they coin the term but that no other company can use the term in the same way they have. They had to do this because YL is not a regulating agency over-seeing other essential oil companies.

That said, YL found that they had to set a standard itself because the terms such as “organic”, “100% Pure”, “Pure”, “100% Pure Essential Oil” and so forth, have been so terribly abused. So much have those terms that once did have significant meaning no longer indicate anything worth bragging about. Right now, you and I could go into a lab and create an essential oil out of nothing but chemicals and label it “100% Pure” – yes, it’s legal to do that because there is no regulation to distinguish the junk from the good stuff.

Here is what the YL (company) uses as its own standard for their essential oils…

Anyone Can Claim to Be Therapeutic Grade.

Only Young Living Can Claim Young Living Therapeutic Grade™.

The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.

Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.

Plants

An oil’s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also by where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it’s harvested.

Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. Only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of therapeutic compounds are selected.

Preparation

Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched throughout the essential oils industry.

To meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade distillation standards proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored.

Purity

Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut or adulterated oils. Every product Young Living produces—essential oils, oil blends, nutritional supplements, or personal care—meets strict purity standards.

Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected.

Potency

The culmination of the preceding three stages, Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Without strict adherence to the Young Living Therapeutic Grade standard in the Plant, Preparation, and Purity phases, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired effect.

The term Young Living Therapeutic-grade is an explanation of the standards YL is using to distinguish the gamut of qualities on the market. They had to name (label) their standard as something so that people could gain an understanding of the differences.

What is verifiable is the ‘standard’ YL operates by, and they call that standard therapeutic-grade.

Have you noticed lately that there are more and more people using the term “beyond organic”? That’s a term made up too.

What the term “beyond organic” means is it is informing people about is the fact that since the FDA and USDA took over the “organic” standards and regulations back in the early 1990′s they literally lowered the criteria that earned a farm “Organic Certification” prior to their takeover. The organic label today doesn’t even come close to the organic label of pre-1990′s.

There is no difference between the reason why we today have these two terms, “Therapeutic-grade” and “Beyond Organic” – it was a group of people who were dissatisfied with our current lax government standards, guidelines, and agencies, compared to the old very strict standards which served us so well years ago.

The fact is, since there is no standard or regulatory body overseeing the aromatherapy or essential oil industry somebody was bound to take matters into their own hands and set a standard, that somebody was Young Living.

The reason why YL was in a position to create a standard is because since 1992 they have been keeping articulate labs records from each harvest of plant material used in the distillation of their essential oils. They have the largest documented collection of material in the world. It is only when one has documentation over many years that they can determine a value of what equals junk and what equals superior.

While some might also think this term is merely for marketing purposes but that is coming from mouths that don’t know what has been going on in the industry and how bad it has become because there is no regulating body to oversee what a company is actually producing for consumers. I can assure you that it is not a marketing tactic, it is a standard that was created to help consumers learn and understand the value of what is being marketed around the world.

The standard for organic certification is so bad now that it’s a joke.

Michael Potter, Chairman and President of Eden Foods, in his testimony before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Many are too young to remember that back in the early 1990s there was quite a bit of concern and protest going on in the health food stores and among the organic food co-op’s. The fear back was that the USDA and the now NOSB would ruin the organics industry in some manner.

Prior to the USDA taking over organic regulation it was actually quite difficult for growers and farmers to meet the very strict organic regulations. While we weren’t certain back then how the new takeover would change the entire industry we did end up seeing the change happen within a relatively few years and it wasn’t good.

Large corporations who have purchased most of the our nation’s organic food industry and farms include: Coca-Cola, Cargill, General Mills, Kraft and M&M Mars, Kellogg’s, and Heinz, to name a few.

With the change in who regulates organics also meant the demise of thousands of small family owned organic farms. Stoneyfield Farms is one perfect example of how a wonderful food product can change virtually overnight and become nothing more than just another average commercial yogurt producer whose product is no longer truly organic, not to mention the fact that the product tastes disgusting as a result.

About 43 years ago, Michael Potter founded Eden Organics, back in the days when the word and label “organic” actually meant that something was super pure and truly natural. During those days, carrageenan, which is a seaweed-derived thickener that has a controversial health record, was not considered organic and was not allowed in a certified organic product. Also on the list of not organic ingredients was synthetic inositol, an ingredient manufactured using chemical processes. Today, those ingredients are permissible in labeled certified organic products. Worse yet is that GMO foods and ingredients are also allowed in labeled certified organic products.

For those of us who remember what food tasted like before the takeover all I can say is what is being sold and labeled today as organic is nothing more than a joke, the entire regulation and certification is shameful.

It is beyond me how any regulatory body can approve known non-organic ingredients to be included in products with a certified organic label. I suppose the only real way we can get the organic industry back to the wholesomeness it was prized for is to stop buying certified organic foods and products altogether, if there is no profits to be made they will stop making phony organic certificates and claims.

To make matters worse, the onslaught of GMO seed is potentially contaminating not only the environment but organic seed and crops as well through cross-pollination. In my mind, the fact that GM soy can and is allowed to be fed to animals in certified organic feedlots is a huge step back in our evolution of maintaining a clean source of food for those who demand better.

Michael Potter says…

“The board is stacked. Either they don’t have a clue, or their interest in making money is more important than their interest in maintaining the integrity of organics.”

Michael Potter refuses to place the certified-organic label on Eden’s product, claiming it a fraud!

In this 5 minute video on May 22, 2012 Michael Potter testified at the National Organics Standards Board Meeting on his dismay on the corruption and lax standards of the certified organic industry today…

Young Living also does not want the certified organic label on their essential oils, the label is a farce people!

I laugh when I see on an egg carton that the chickens were fed a “vegetarian diet” – a chickens ‘normal’ diet is supposed to be a mix of grasses and other leafy green plants and their seeds, and insects. I don’t want eggs that came from a chicken that was fed fake organic grains and kept in a coop with a door that only had to provide them access to the outdoors “IF” the chicken wants to outside (the chickens do not actually ‘have’ to go outdoors, which most don’t if they’ve been raised in a corporate coop. Those birds need sunlight and to be eating their natural diet in order to provide the nutrition we require to be healthy.

Organically certified beef can be raised in feedlots and fed organically certified corn and soy beans. They are allowed under current organic standards and regulations to never even eat a blade of native grass to become certified!

As you may already know, the only reason cows are slaughtered when they are 13 months old is because of the diet they are fed, they cannot survive much longer on a diet of corn and soy beans, regardless if these grains being organic or not. A healthy cow requires very specific types of grasses and some specific grass ‘seeds’ to be healthy, and healthy enough for us to eat. A calf or cow will never eat a grain instinctively because it makes them ill. It is only when they are given no other food choice that most will breakdown and eat grains because they are starving to death. Many calves (raised in conventional and organic methods) die because they simply cannot find another suitable food source (because they’re standing in a corral of mud up to their knees and the only food provided is corn and soy beans, they either eat it or die. A cow that is allowed to eat its natural diet requires 3 years to raise for slaughtering and they eat grasses and some kinds of weeds, naturally. It’s no wonder nutritionists say to avoid or minimize beef (both organic and conventionally raised) in the human diet, it’s because it’s a dreadfully unhealthy product for us to eat. Cattle that is raised on grass has a completely different nutritional profile and is actually very healthy for us to eat. But you wouldn’t know the difference based on the marketing and misleading information available to us these days.

The mega company’s have spent billions of dollars a year, probably adding up into the trillions over the past 50 years ‘convincing’ consumers to ‘accept’ mass produced junk. I believe this is precisely why the health of our children and adults has done nothing but do downhill since WWII.

It is for these reasons and many more, that folks in-the-know came up with the term “beyond organic” – it was a means to which they could help educate the public that there is a vast difference, and that the organic label today is meaningless compared to what the term “organic” once meant.

I personally LOVE that there are some groups out there, YL included, who are gutsy enough and creative enough to come up with the term “beyond organic” and “Young Living Therapeutic-grade”.

I think it’s brilliant because as a consumer of organically labelled foods for most of my life prior the organic regulation take-over in the early 1990s. For decades,  I prayed that someone would do something to indicate to the average consumer that organic ain’t what it used to be. The FDA and USDA couldn’t wait to take over what was once a perfectly fine industry, so they could change the regulations to make it easier for the big companies to buy out the small guys and create corporate organic farms. I could go on and on about what a shambles the US regulatory body’s has created over the past 25+ years and I have in another blog I have, see these posts if you’re realizing that you’re not up to speed on what has been done and is being done…

The Trail of Corn; going where no man (or woman) has gone before

Growing Flax: a story of beauty, health, prosperity and ruin

Genetically Modified (GM) Canola Found Growing Along Roadsides

FDA Says GM Salmon, Trout, Tilapia Safe for Human Consumption

Organic Certification: is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Sustainable Beyond Organic Meats: we are what the animal eats and there are plenty more at that blog.

Right now, YL has five beyond organic farms around the world: 2 in the US, 1 in Ecuador, 1 in France, 1 in Yemen. Totaling several thousand acres. You might be wondering why in the world would a company like YL be doing with so much land anyway… it’s because the only way you can know for sure something has been done right is to do it yourself.

Many years ago, Gary Young, founder and president and founder of YL, was offered an ungodly amount of money for the company. He turned the offer down because he didn’t want all of the hard work and standards that made YL what it is today to go down the drain. There are very few people with enormous amounts of money who would maintain the standards YL has put into place.

There is one other essential oil company, whose name I won’t mention, that uses the term “Therapeutic-grade” in the marketing of their essential oils. If you’ve looked around at other brands you know who the other company is.

Without going into detail, I will simply say this… that other essential oil company buys the essential oils that YL has rejected because when tested the essential oil vendors oil did not meet YL standards for purity and naturally occurring constituents. Which mean those oils do NOT pass the battery of tests that YL performs. This other company claims their oils are “Therapeutic-grade”, I can assure you that they are not.

By the way, I sure hope that you are not cooking with or ingesting that other brand of essential oils! They buy essential oils from vendors who spike their essential oils so the profile appears higher quality than it actually is.

One valuable piece of equipment that YL has can test for and identify if an essential oil has been spiked. For instance, this piece of equipment can determine if a lavender essential oil has Linalyl, which is a naturally occurring phytochemical found in many plants and flowers (other than Lavender angustifolia). Also, there is a synthetic linalyl acetate which is used as an adulterant to make an essential oil more marketable. It is also added to the much cheaper lavandin essential oil which is then sold as the more desirable Lavender Oil – this is the cheap essential oil of lavender you find in stores for under $10 per bottle and it is mildly toxic to humans and some wildlife.

Some years back a vendor who had been reputable in the past, brought to YL a batch of Helichrysum oil, YL ran it through the testing equipment and it looked beautiful and YL said they would purchase it. Then vendor brought the barrels over to YL to complete the sale, over a million dollars worth at YL cost. Because YL runs the oil again through the battery of tests before bottling, YL found that the Helichrysum oil was inferior. They contacted the vendor and told them to get the oil out of here. That Helichrysum a month later showed up as Helichrysum oil at the company whose name I am not mentioning, they were boasting that they were the ONLY essential oil company who had Helichrysum oil for sale. This occurrence has happened more than once. The oils that company sells to unknowing consumers are not the same “therapeutic-grade” standard that YL uses, not by a long shot.

What I am afraid of is the day when that company unwittingly purchases a batch of really terrible quality oils from a vendor and someone becomes fatally ill or dies from ingesting them, that would be a terrible shame and I can’t even imagine what their irresponsibility would do to the entire essential oil industry. It’s not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. That’s why I have turned down that company’s distributors who have hounded me to come be a distributor with them. No way, never!!!

This is why I always put a note in my posts saying these recipes and tips are only for the use of YL oils, no other brand.

I say that because about 10 years ago a woman didn’t like the price of YL oils she said they were too expensive, so she went to the store and bought cheap lavender oil. When she got a burn in the kitchen she immediately put her cheap lavender oil onto the burn. The cheap lavender she bought and used wasn’t even real lavender and it worsened to the point she had to go to the hospital for a 3rd degree burn.

I began using essential oils in 1991, before YL was even a company. I had read and studied everything on aromatherapy and oils I could find. Through those sources I discovered that there was a vast difference in quality (which has only gotten worse since) and it was my life goal to find the superior quality oils I had read about. I bought essential oils in the early 1990′s and I ONLY used them for cleaning my house, I never once applied them topically, and I certainly never ingested them because I had learned enough to know that the chemicals in 98% of all essential oils in the entire world ARE adulterated with some very toxic chemicals. I knew that long before I discovered YL in 1998.

Because of all the studying I did before finding YL I went into YL knowing very well what I was looking at, and that is why I went to YL instead of someone else.

I’ve heard some say that they all (essential oils) do what they claim. That is because on some level every essential oils contains compounds that do something. I agree  that they all do what they claim, to an extent. But you need to at least consider what else your body is inhaling or absorbing.

So while on the surface YL’s therapeutic-grade might seem annoying, disturbing, and a mere marketing ploy, there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than people can imagine. The difference is night and day when it comes to quality and purity, and if you are using other brands for my recipes and tips I highly suggest you stop immediately because it will only be a matter of time before you end up harming yourself, this is a very serious matter and one that should not be taken lightly. The recipes and tips I share online are ONLY intended for YL oils, no others ever.

I would never use another brand in place of YL oils for any of my tips and recipes and I expect others to honor my request when I say “do not substitute other brands for YL”

I say that not so I or YL can make sales I say it because it’s based on truth and facts. I would rather be poor and make no sales, than see a recipe I share contain an ingredient that I would never use myself. If I didn’t use my oils in certain ways before discovering YL I would certainly never encourage anyone to use anything else. I hope this clarifies the issue of therapeutic-grade, and more! What’s going on out there folks is not good and if you don’t know the difference you need to because it does matter, it’s your health, your money, and our environment that these companies are messing with in their greedy quests.

Are Essential Oils Safe for Children Part 2

This is part two in a series of three on using essential oils safely with children. Part 1 covers how hospitals across the USA are incorporating the use of superior quality essential oils, such as Young Living’s, as an integrated modality with children. This series is only a primer and please do keep in mind that children, like adults, respond uniquely to natural additions in any wellness routine. And, part 3 covers YL essential oils that children have gotten good results using.

I cannot stress this point enough, essential oils are NOT created equally. It is estimated that 98% of all essential oils in the world are adulterated. On this blog and my website, I am ONLY referring to the use of the Young Living brand. I personally would never use or recommend another brand, even if it’s a brand sold in a health food store.

Since the YL essential oils are superior quality and extremely potent and they are always used by the drop. Never use a YL essential oil buy the handful on children or adults!

How to make an essential oil compress for children

One type of application for children (or adults with very sensitive skin) which is very mild is a compress. Here is how one is made:

  • Place 5-15 drops of your YL essential oil into a basin filled with warm water.
  • Water temperature should be approximately 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), unless the person suffers from neurological conditions; in that case, use cool water.
  • Vigorously agitate the water and let it stand for 1 minute.
  • Place a dry washcloth on top of the water to soak up the essential oils that have floated to the top of the water.
  • Wring the water out the washcloth and apply the washcloth on the location (never apply the washcloth on the eye area). To seal in the warmth, cover the location with a thick towel for 15-30 minutes.

Note: it is possible that the essential oil chosen for the compress causes a warming or burning sensation, especially where the greatest benefits are occurring. If the burning or too hot sensation becomes uncomfortable, apply some V-6 Massage Oil to the location. You may want to not reapply the essential oil washcloth, if that is the case; after applying the V-6 cover the location with the thick towel to keep warmth in.

Cold Pack Application

For children, dilute your chosen YL essential oil with V-6 Massage Oil, then apply the mixture to the location of inflammation or swollen tissues. Frozen packs of peas or corn make excellent ice packs that will mold to the contours of the body part and will not leak. Keep the cold pack on until swelling diminishes.

For neurological problems, always use cold packs, never hot packs.

Massage for Aches and Discomforts

Again for children, dilute your chosen YL essential oil with V-6 Massage Oil, then apply the mixture to the location of muscle discomfort.

Insect Bites and Stings

Bites and stings on children are almost always lessened by using YL Lavender essential oil (#3575).

Another YL product that is very popular among children for insect bites, burns/sunburn, and itchy skin, is LavaDerm Cooling Mist (#3249), this is a spray.

Note: NEVER use cheap Lavender for any topical use with children because it is almost always lavindin, which is a completely different species of plant and does NOT contain the same benefits and it will make any first aid situation worse!

For very bad insect stings you may need something stronger, Thieves essential oil (#3423) would be your second choice. Of course you will want to dilute this “hot” essential oil with V-6 before application.

Scrapes and Small Cuts

LavaDerm Cooling Mist (#3249) contains YL Lavender essential oils as one of its ingredients and is very soothing to scraped up skin.LavaDerm-Lavender-Skin

For smaller cuts and minor abrasions you would use Thieves Spray on the location to cleanse bacteria out of larger cuts and wounds.

Burns and Sunburn

LavaDerm Cooling Mist (#3249) is what to use, it is spray and you would spray it onto sunburned skin often so that the skin stays hydrated. If the burn is bad, seek immediate medical attention and on the way to the doctor spray LavaDerm onto the location to keep it clean. Lavender essential oil in this spray has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Fever

The YL Peppermint essential oil (#3614) is widely used to bring down a fever in both children and adults. For a fever, apply 4-7 drops on the soles of each foot. The fever should be down or gone within 30 minutes.

When YL essential oils, like peppermint for a fever, it’s not necessary to dilute the essential oil because the soles of the feet are not considered to be a sensitive skin area. However, please, use your own judgement and always apply V-6 whenever there is sensitivity.

Using a Diffuser

Using a diffuser around the home can be a very effective way to keep the entire family healthy. When YL essential oils are diffused in the TheraPro Premium Diffuser (#4495) a micro-fine mist of essential oil is put into the air, when the mist of essential oil comes into contact with cold or flu germs they can destroy them.TheraPro-Diffuser-Thieves-2

Diffusing can also be useful for congestion, due to colds or flu. The inhalation of the essential oil can help break-up congestion and provide some relief from cold and flu symptoms.

The TheraPro Diffuser is easy to use, it has a speed control knob and built-in timer. It is the most versatile YL has in its line.

To help keep your family from missed days of school and work due to colds and flu, diffuse for 15-30 minutes, 3-5 times a day.

never use ‘heat’ to diffuse your YL essential oil as the heat destroys the beneficial molecules rendering them useless (it will still smell nice if you use heat but there will not be any therapeutic benefits).

Note: do NOT dilute your YL essential oils for diffusing as this could ruin your diffuser. Instead, use the timer and diffuser more often and for shorter periods of time to conserve your essential oils.

Good essential oil blends to diffuse for…

  • Eliminating cold and flu germs in the house are: Thieves (#3423), Purification (#3399) – use a diffuser for this.Gentle-Baby-Oil-3
  • Calming: Peace & Calming (#3393), Gentle Baby (#3345).
  • Uplifting spirits: Joy (#3372), Harmony (#3351).
  • Retention during study-time: Brain Power (#3313), Clarity (#3321).
  • Possible help for ADD/ADHD: a 50/50 mix of Sandalwood (#3634) and Ylang Ylang (#3659).
  • Emotional trauma: SARA (#3417), Trauma Life (#6350).
  • Troubles sleeping: Lavender (a single #3575), Peace & Calming (#3393).
  • Monsters in the bedroom: Valor (#3429), White Angelica (#3432)
  • Congestion from Colds: R.C. (#3405) – diffused and/or applied diluted to chest and back.

As always though, it is far cheaper and easier to ‘prevent’ illness than it is to get over it. For that reason, I highly recommend the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (#3622 3-pk), this is perfect for kids backpacks, working mom’s and dad’s, and families on the go! A tiny dab rubbed on the hands acts as an essential oil barrier to help kill germs and viruses that we come in contact with through touching things.

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Each time you use the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier you will know that you are not exposing yourself and kids to the chemical antibiotics found in similar hand sanitizers. You will also be playing a large role in the ‘prevention’ of creating super germs (those bacteria and viruses which have been mutating a resistance to antibacterial products in recent years). Superior quality essential oils are compromised of complex molecular antibiotic compounds, unlike simple chemical antibiotics (which are easy for bacteria and viruses to develop resistant to).

Ingredients in Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier: Denatured ethanol SD-38B (denatured with Peppermint Essential Oil, not chemicals), water, aloe barbadensis leaf, vegetable glycerin, syzygium aromaticum† (clove) flower bud oil, citrus limon† (lemon) peel oil, cinnamon verum† (cinnamon) bark oil, eucalyptus radiate† leaf oil, rosmarinus officinalis† (rosemary) leaf oil, and hydroxylpropyl cellulose.

NEVER DO THESE 6 THINGS!!!

  1. Never dilute an essential oil that is already on the skin with water, essential oils at NOT diluted with the use of water. ALWAYS use your V-6 as your carrier oil, if you have run out of V-6 you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or any other high quality carrier oil.
  2. Never allow a child to ingest an essential oil unless otherwise instructed by an aromatherapist or other medical practitioner.
  3. Never apply any essential oil, even if it is diluted, near or to the eyes or in the ear.
  4. Never allow children to play with your essential oils, they are not play-things.
  5. Never apply essential oils topically to an infant or baby, their bodies are too delicate and too young for such potent things.
  6. Never leave your diffuser running all night close to a child. And never allow them to directly inhale from the diffuser.

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The best book on this topic is: Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern

* These uses ONLY pertain to the Young Living brand of essential oils.

** All citrus essential oils and Bergamot essential oil can cause photosensitive reactions to the skin, which means do not expose skin that has these essential oils to UV light for 18-24 hours. Some blends DO contain citrus essential oils or Bergamot essential oil, so read the label for ingredients!

Disclaimer: Statements made here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Information here is for your better understanding of natural wellness. It is your own responsibility to use common sense and discover what works best for you and your family.

Are Essential Oils Safe for Children Part 1

Kids-People-Lavender-FarmThe therapeutic use of essential oils has a long tradition dating back to at least 4500 BC, and their accessibility and relevance in modern, alternative health care is growing. Scientific research increasingly shows the efficacy of essential oils, that which our ancestors have known for centuries.

Hospitals throughout the country, including Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., have integrated essential oils into medical aromatherapy programs to promote physical and psychological well-being in children.

In a study on the use of aromatherapy in children at the St. Mary’s Hospital in London, several topically applied, superior quality, essential oils were found to enhance the experience of children in the hospital environment.

“Aromatherapy massage has the potential to induce relaxation and reduce the stressful aspects of hospitalization,” said the lead author J. L. Styles. “Thus, the author would like to propose the use of this valuable skill as an extension of the nursing role.”

Aromatherapy Oils and Cheap Oils are Vastly Different than Therapeutic Oils

In an article published by The Journal of the American Botanical Council, Dr. Jane Buckle warns that the vast array of low-cost aromatherapy products on the market usually contain synthetic fragrances. Synthetic compounds are not part of aromatherapy, and such compounds have been linked to the growing emergence of fragrance sensitivity.

Scientific Studies on Therapeutic Essential Oils

Consumers can search PubMed (the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health) for nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed research reports on the benefits of unadulterated essential oils.

Application: Before You Start

Many high-quality, unadulterated essential oils [such as Young Living] are gentle enough to be used on children. Treat the YL essential oils as you would any product for medicinal use, and keep them out of the reach of children.

You can use many YL essential oils anywhere on the body except on the eyes and in the ears.

Some essential oils may irritate certain sensitive tissues and should always be diluted with children.

Keep “hot” essential oils such as: oregano, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, mountain savory, lemon and the blends Thieves, PanAway, Relieve It, and Exodus II out of reach of children. These essential oils should always be diluted with both children and adults.

For children, the dilution ratio would be 15-30 drops of YL essential oil to 1 oz. of V-6 Massage Oil (an edible superior quality massage oil for extending and diluting your YL essential oils).

One type of application for children (or adults with very sensitive skin) which is very mild is a compress.

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Continue reading part 2 and part 3

The best book on this topic is: Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern

About Young Living Essential Oils

Young Living Essential Oils is world-renowned for its superior quality essential oils and oil blends, oil-infused nutritional supplements, bath and body products, skin-care solutions, and natural preparations for the home.

* These uses ONLY pertain to the Young Living brand of essential oils.

** All citrus essential oils and Bergamot essential oil can cause photosensitive reactions to the skin, which means do not expose skin that has these essential oils on it to UV light for 18-24 hours. Some blends DO contain citrus essential oils or Bergamot essential oil, so read the label for ingredients!

Disclaimer: Statements made here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Information here is for your better understanding of natural wellness. It is your own responsibility to use common sense and discover what works best for you and your family.

How to Smell Test an Aromatherapy Essential Oil for Quality

Lavender_Field_GirlSuperior quality pure essential oils are complex volatile aromatic substances distilled from specific species of plants, trees and roots. The reason why fungus, bacteria and viruses cannot mutate in the presence of therapeutic-grade essential oils is due to their complexity. With that in mind, I’m going to share with you a few of the easy things I know that will help you buy the best essential oils like a pro.

Have you ever noticed someone wearing perfume, aftershave, or perhaps scented laundry products (detergent, dryer sheets, etc.), soaps, or any other type of scented product always smells the same no matter if it’s 2 inches away from your nose or 20 feet away?

There is a reason why. It’s because it’s a chemical fragrance and there’s nothing natural about it at all, it is ‘one’ scent or a combination of chemicals that make this one scent.

Another reason why the scent stays the same is because the essential oil complex compounds have been destroyed in during processing – heat is always a destroyer of essential oil compounds and the reason why we shouldn’t use heat-type diffusers when diffusing our superior quality essential oils.

Over the years, I have been to many health food stores and when I’m in the mood for entertaining myself I will stop by the aromatherapy section and do some sniffing. While doing this never fails to make me feel like a detective sniffer dog, I at least walk away knowing what’s being sold out there… as you probably know by now, all man-made chemicals are toxic and are a significant contributor to allergies and other sensitivities.

Essential oils are NEVER distilled from:

Strawberries, blueberries, lilac, melon, papaya, ocean or sea breezes, coconut, chocolate, gardenia, banana, springtime, the beach, linen, and the list goes on and on… imagine sitting in a room with me with the TV on and an air freshener commercial comes on! These and many others, are always created from chemicals. Always!

Additionally, you can be 100 percent certain that any air freshener sold in any store contains the worst possible quality of essential oil. The reason for this is two-fold: 1) consumer demand for cheap products, and 2) shareholders demand for more and more profits. They could care less about the quality of the ingredients going into a product.

4 Steps on How To Smell Test an Essential Oil

This is one of the easiest ways to help the novice determine if an essential oil is really what it claims on the label. If you have a bottle of aromatherapy or fragrance oils go get it now and follow the instructions below and see what you discover.

  1. Open the cap and hold the bottle down near the navel, and inhale. What do you smell? Take note of what it smells like.
  2. Move the bottle upwards about 3-5 inches and inhale again. What does that same bottle of essential oil smell like now? Take note of what it smells like.
  3. Move the bottle upward another 3-5 inches closer to your nose, What does it smell like now? Take note of what it smells like.
  4. Move the bottle upwards another 3 inches or so, now it should be about 2-3 inches away from the nose. Inhale. What does it smell like now? Take note of what it smells like.People-Smell-Oils-5

What did you discover?

Did the scent change a lot every inch of the way? Or, did it pretty much stay the same?

If the scent changed a lot every inch of the way that means the essential oil that you’re smell testing has more than likely been distilled properly and contains its complex properties.

If the scent pretty much stayed the same, or stayed exactly the same, you can now be 100 percent certain the essential oil is in fact NOT a 100% pure and unadulterated essential oil.

I only use and recommend the highest quality essential oil I have found to date, Young Living Essential Oils. It over-shadows all brands on the market. I have been so impressed by the quality that I became a distributor and this is what I do full-time. I would use and recommend the Young Living brand even if I wasn’t a distributor.

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How to Quickly Tell if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

First, you need to know that approximately 98 percent of all essential oils in the entire world are adulterated, contain harmful chemicals, and should never be ingested. And that is precisely the reason why I only use and recommend the Young Living brand of essential oils for both aromatherapy purposes and for all other applications of essential oils. I am not a distributor for Young Living due to any other reason. Nearly 30 years ago, I read in an essential oil book that provided one could find superior quality essential oils -and- provided the essential oils came from an “edible” plant that they could be used for flavoring foods and they could also be taken as a dietary supplement.

How to Quickly Determine if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

Look at the ‘back’ of the label.Label-Internal-Supplement

If there is a dietary “Supplement Facts” box ( you know the little white box on all edible packaged foods) it indicates that the essential oil has passed all government tests that state if something is edible or not.

Here’s a picture of what that “Supplement Facts” box looks like…

If the little white colored box is not on the label then do NOT ingest the essential oil for any reason whatsoever!

You won’t even need your reading glasses to see this white colored Supplement Fact box.

A Closer Look at a Young Living Label

I have added this segment based on a comment. A reader said she has been using the Young Living oils internally and “none of the Young Living bottles have the white ‘Supplement Facts’ box.”

Truth is, all of the Young Living essential oils that are distilled from edible plants do have the ‘white’ supplement facts. As shown in these images below… take a look at the label again…

Note the “Peel Here” words. Once you peel the label back it opens up to reveal the “Supplement Facts” (‘white’) box I’m speaking about.

The essential oil from Young Living that I am using as my example in photo’s is Copaiba…

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What’s on Most Essential Oil Bottle Labels?

Regardless of whether or not the label says “Pure” or “Organic” or “100% Pure” is never an indicator of purity.

What 98 percent of most brands say on the label is, “Not for Internal Use” or “Not Intended to be Ingested.”

Which Essential Oils are Edible?

The super-short answer is, any essential oil that has been properly distilled from a herb, tree or root, that is considered and known to be edible.

Some very common edible plants are:

These will sound exactly like your cooking herbs and herbal teas…

Basil, Cardamon, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Celery Seed, Clove, Fennel, Chamomile, Dill, Ginger, Lemongrass, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Lime, Mountain Savory, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Tarragon.

Some lesser known edible plants are:

Some of these may surprise you…

Bergamot, Angelica, Carrot Seed, Cistus, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark (NOT Cinnamon Leaf!), Citronella, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Frankincense, Geranium, Eucalyptus globulus, Idaho Balsam Fir, Idaho Blue Spruce, Helichrysum, Goldenrod, Juniper, Lavender, Laurus nobilis, Lemon Myrtle, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Ocotea, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Pine, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Valerian, and Ylang Ylang.

Have you bought essential oils before?

Have you ever bought Rose, or Frankincense, or Neroli essential oils before?

Did the bottle label have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label?

Over the years, when I have been in health food stores and saw an essential oil display I couldn’t help but go over and pick up a bottle of Rose and Frankincense, and look at the label to see if that little white box was there. I have never seen yet any brand of Rose or Frankincense essential oil in a health food store that is safe to ingest, not a single one.

The reason I head straight for a company’s Rose and Frankincense oils is because I know that in order for a company to produce an essential oil safe for ingesting that it is extremely expensive, Rose and Frankincense are two of the most expensive out there.

It has been my feeling that if a company cannot produce a Rose or Frankincense essential oil that is safe for ingesting then what they’re selling is nothing more than junk, and unsafe junk at that!

If a Rose or Frankincense oil is not safe for me to flavor my foods, beverages, or to take as a supplement, to me it is an indicator that the company is concerned with nothing more than making money on unwary consumers.

Furthermore, if their Rose or Frankincense oils are not suitable for ingesting, you better believe that I don’t want their essential oils on my skin, in products I use, or diffused in my air because they do contain some horrible chemicals… I don’t care if their label states the oil is “organic” or “100% Pure” or “wildcrafted”, none of those are terms that indicate purity or superior quality.

I hate to think that some even went through the steps of carefully growing the plants organically or ethically wildcrafting, only to turn around and ruin the plant material to produce an unfit product.

A Word on Essential Oils in Mass-Produced Products

By now, you probably know where I’m going to go with this… far fewer than 2 percent of manufacturers in the entire world who do add essential oils to their cleaning, household, and personal care products, use the best essential oils available.

That means, 100 percent of all products sold in supermarkets, box stores and yes, even in the health food stores, that list and essential oil as an ingredient contain an essential oil that in my humble opinion is not fit to even be a safe ingredient.

This includes the “eco”, “all-natural”, “organic”, and “Green” products, whether they’ve been made for air fresheners, soaps, personal care, laundry or dish washing, household cleaners, or candles, they all contain un-fit quality essential oils. All of which expose us to unknown and very toxic chemicals.

Can we blame them? I don’t really know for sure. They claim that their customers are price conscious and want lower prices. Some also have shareholders who they have to keep a watchful eye on profits. In either case, I have not believed that any of them have had  consumer safety as their number one priority, if they did there’s no way they would be producing and marketing these products.

What they are doing is nothing short of “green-washing” their brand to maintain customer loyalty. Billions are spent every year in PR reassuring and/or convincing consumers that they have a product we need and it’s safe, when in fact it’s not.

I am old enough to know that there once was a law that prevented company’s from misrepresenting a product. Are you old enough to remember that law too? I think it should be re-instated because today it is nothing more than a free-for-all and I’m fairly certain that if the law still existed that there would be many company’s and products that would not be made, nor would they be available today. I prefer “honesty”, which is something in short supply these days particularly when money is involved.

I’m just scratching the surface of the topic in this post because I believe honesty does have value and because I believe people need to know what they’re getting. It’s always been my belief that the more I know about something, the better I am equipped to make a wise decision and a smart choice.

The only company that I am aware of who uses superior quality essential oils is Young Living Essential Oils. And that’s why I have been using their products since the 1990s and why I became a distributor in the early 2000′s, I care and we all have the Right to Know.

Making Your Own Essential Oils: an “herbal infusion” is NOT an essential oil

I originally wrote and posted this on the Young Living Circle Blog and thought it would be a good idea to post it over here too since the readership is different and it may be helpful to others who may not know that there is a HUGE different between an herbal “infusion” and an essential oil. So huge is the difference that they cannot even be considered the same or spoken about as the same. So here is the difference…

Making Your Own Essential Oils: an Essential Oil is NOT an Herbal Infusion

Lavender-3I’ve been somewhat concerned by instructions I’ve seen online about how to make your own essential oils at home, easily and cheaply.

I have seen online recipes, video’s and techniques for making your own essential oils by putting the plant material into a mason jar and then topping off with olive oil (or another kind of carrier oil) and letting it sit for a couple of weeks.

They claim that this is “how you can make your own essential oils” and/or blends of essential oils. These methods are far from accurate and providing you with any real benefits.

Yesterday I wrote where it takes several hundred pounds of Melissa plant material to make a pound of essential oil… how much essential oil do you think is going to be in one mason jar filled with olive oil and the herb of your choice? A nano fraction of one particle would be the correct answer.

While the concoction in those mason jar recipes and techniques ‘may’ smell nice I feel I need to tell you that you are guaranteed to have an extremely weak finished product compared to one drop of a pure therapeutic-grade of essential oil.

Those techniques, recipes and video’s, are instructing you to make what is known as an “herbal infusion” – they are NOT an easy and cheap way to make your own essential oils.

An herbal infusion is not, nor has it ever been, a method for making your own essential oils.

An herbal infusion is made when you combine herb plant material and a menstrum and allow it to sit for 2-8 weeks, shaking the jar daily. A menstrum is a solvent used in extracting compounds from plant material. In this case, the menstrum is olive oil. A menstrum for making herbal tinctures would be a grain alcohol or vegetable glycerin.

Essential oils are “distilled” or “cold-pressed” using specialized equipment by methods of steam and pressure on the distillation tanks. An essential oil is never made by plant material sitting in a vessel of olive oil.

Making “herbal infusions” have their benefits and there is a place for them in your kitchen and medicine cabinet.

However, those who are promoting a method of making your own essential oils at home and getting the same benefits as an essential oil are ignorant, don’t know the difference, and really don’t know what is involved with making a pure therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Now you know the difference!

Enjoy making herbal infused concoctions, and obtaining the wellness benefits of superior essential oils – now you’ve got the best of both worlds!

Rotating Essential Oils for Effective Results

For daily use, some find their Young Living Essential Oils to be more effective they ‘rotate’ through different oils on different days. First, when selecting essential oils for an injury, think through the cause and type of injury and select appropriate oils for each segment.

For instance, a broken bone could include muscle damage, nerve damage, ligament strain or tear, inflammation, infection, and bone injury. The emotion of shock, anger, guilt or suffering from long-time pain is another dimension of the injury that needs to be dealt with through understanding and help on an emotional level.[1]SARA-Oil-2013

Addressing the Emotional Trauma of an Injury

To help with the emotional trauma of an injury consider Trauma Life or SARA essential oil blends. Either of these could be applied topically on the wrists, heart Chakra area, or neck. As well as inhaled by placing a drop in the palm, rubbing palms together and then cupping palms over the nose and inhaling.

Connective Tissue Damage (Cartilage, Ligaments, Tendons)

PanAway essential oil blend can help reduce pain and Lemongrass essential oil promotes repair of connective tissue. When Lemongrass is combined with Lavender and Marjoram the combination can work well for inflamed tendons.

Next day, try Deep Relief Roll-On essential oil blend (for helping with pain and anti-inflammatory), and Lavender, and Copaiba (a powerful anti-inflammatory).

The next day, try Copaiba, and PanAway, and Marjoram.Deep-Relief-RollOn-Oil-3

Repeat.

And taking the essential oil supplements MegaCal, BLM, Super C and Multigreens assist further by providing critical nutrients needed for tissue repair.

 Sprains

Lemongrass (5 drops) and Aroma Seiz (15 drops) applied with Regenolone Moisturizing Cream (to act as a carrier oil) can help with sprains, 3-6 times a day with ice packs.

The next day, try Lavender and Aroma Seiz applied with Ortho Sport Massage Oil or V-6 Massage Oil (as a carrier oil) can help with sprains, 3-6 times a day with ice packs.

The next day, try Copaiba and Lemongrass applied with Ortho Sport Massage Oil (to act as a carrier oil) can help with sprains, 3-6 times a day with ice packs.

Repeat.

And taking the essential oil supplements MegaCal and BLM assist further by providing critical nutrients needed for tissue repair.Ortho-Sport-Massage-Oil-2013

Tendonitis (with pain)

On the first day, try Rosemary (10 drops) and Eucalyptus radiata (10 drops) and Peppermint (10 drops) and Palo Santo (5 drops) diluted with Ortho Sport Massage Oil with a cold compress 3-6 times a day.

On the second day, try Deep Relief Roll-On and Valerian (4 drops) and Copaiba (6 drops) and Lemongrass (4 drops) with Ortho Sport Massage Oil with a cold compress 3-6 times a day.

The next day, try Palo Santo, Copaiba, and Valerian with Ortho Sport Massage Oil with a cold compress 3-6 times a day.

Repeat.

Again, taking the essential oil supplements MegaCal, BLM, Super C and Multigreens assist further by providing critical nutrients needed for tissue repair.

Resources

1. Essential Oils Desk Reference 5th edition

Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and for a better understanding of complimentary care. This information is not intended for diagnosing, treating or prescribing.  Please use common sense and see your health care practitioner when necessary.

Peppermint Chocolate Candy Recipe

This Peppermint Chocolate Candy recipe is easy and perfect for the holiday gifts, Valentine’s Day, or a treat for yourself and friends. Do keep in mind that not all essential oils are edible, only those of superior quality can be ingested and used in cooking, such as Young Living Essential Oils.Peppermint-Oil-2013

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

One of my favorite ways to use the Young Living Peppermint essential oil is to put one drop in a glass of water. This is especially beneficial when I’m taking a class or driving and I’m beginning to feel sluggish and sleepy; the Young Living Peppermint oil is delicious and perks me right up!

More essential oil cooking recipes at my group blog the Young Living Circle.

Peppermint Chocolates

  • 1 – 12 oz. bag Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1-2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil (item #3614)
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder (use “unsweetened” unless you happen to like really sweet)

Method:

  1. Melt coconut oil in double broiler, add chips, cocoa powder and peppermint, stir until thoroughly melted.
  2. Using a tablespoon, spoon melted chocolate mixture onto wax paper or parchment in bite size dollops.
  3. After chocolate has firmed put into container, you may want to store the chocolates in the fridge if room temp is too warm.

Tip for Insurance Claims for People with Stage 4 Cancer

Just recently I was having a conversation with someone I know who is studying to become a doctors assistant and we were discussing something she had learned that day, I would like to share what she told me so that maybe it will help some readers who are trying to deal with insurance companies during Stage 4 cancer.

In the insurance class students are being taught that when someone with Stage 4 cancer files a claim it will immediately be rejected. If the person with Stage 4 cancer wants their insurance to cover them they must produce documents and for a second time submit their claim, only to be denied insurance coverage for a second time. In order to file a claim again they need to jump through more hoops. It is after the third time the Stage 4 cancer patient submits their file will they be approved.

To make matters more complicated, the Stage 4 cancer patient needs to get their third file in for insurance coverage in within three months!

I was appalled to learn of this practice. I can only imagine what it must be like to have Stage 4 cancer and to be treated by the insurance companies, or anyone for that matter, in such a way. I don’t believe it’s ethical, necessary, or right.

Thought you would like to know about this fact, it might be helpful during a challenging time. Many blessings to you all and may you never have to go through this horrible experience.

Free Webinar: Emotions (Shadow Side) and Aromatherapy

Working with Emotions: The Shadow Side and Aromatherapy – a free webinar with Evelyn Vincent and David Zarza, C.Ht.

On the path towards your Light, you will always encounter your Shadow. Find out what a blessing this really is!

The Shadow Side is an essential part of all of us and as natural as our memory or our emotions. Within our Shadow, we store away those parts of us – whether emotions, thoughts, beliefs, experiences or characteristics – because we and others may judge them as bad, unacceptable, shameful or dark. Webinar: Shadow Side and Aromatherapy

Fortunately, the Shadow isn’t all bad, in fact it’s quite good as it is one of the easiest routes for us to reach our goodness; our Light. David Zarza C.Ht. has had the pleasure of many years assisting clients to uncover and integrate their Shadow parts. In that time, he has noticed that the Shadow has an amazing impetus, like a drive towards wholeness and health; very much like Young Living Essential Oils support and enhance our health and well-being.

Evelyn Vincent has been using essential oils for over twenty years and has been teaching the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy to those who choose a more natural and conscious lifestyle. The reason we are able to make instantaneous associations resides in the limbic region of the brain. The limbic system, known as the ‘seat of emotions’, is the place where ‘scent’ begins and where our responses or reactions start. Aromatherapy can play a role in helping shift emotional states and patterns.

In this webinar Evelyn and David will instruct attendee’s how to use essential oils when working with Shadow. In a safe and gentle way, you will be led through a process of uncovering some of what may be in your Shadow; to appreciate it in a new light and perhaps even embrace your Shadow side.

Generally speaking, we rarely explore our darker nature with excitement and a smile. However, Evelyn and David will show you how rewarding and fulfilling exploring your Shadow with Young Living Essential Oils can be!

When: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Where: in the comfort of your own home on your computer

Cost: Free!

Register Here!

Adulteration of Essential Oils: myths and facts

Lavender_Field_GirlAdulterating and extending of essential oils to increase profits is common practice in the essential oil and aromatherapy industries, yet few consumers of these products are aware. While at first glance this may seem somewhat insignificant I can assure you that it means the difference between you knowing what you’re spending your money, being misled, and being unaware that the product you’re buying is likely adding toxic chemicals to your body, your families bodies, your pet(s), and to the environment.

If you’re the type of person who tries to live consciously, more Green, natural, and if you’re trying to stay healthy and reduce eventual diseases and health costs caused by toxins; this is very significant news you certainly do want to know.

In this economy, I don’t want to waste my money, I’m sure you don’t either. And I certainly do NOT want to be compromising the quality of my life or health. It only makes sense to buy and use the things that actually have benefit and contribute to staying healthy. Here’s what you need to know about aromatherapy and essential oils so your finances and health are not compromised…

Have you seen this printed on labels of essential oils?

  • “100% essential oil”
  • “Pure”
  • “Organic”
  • “Wild crafted”
  • “100% Pure”
  • “Genuine”

Do you know that any of those words is not a guarantee of true purity, that in fact you may believe you’re buying a high quality essential oil when in fact you are not?

The fact is, there are hundreds of ways the essential oil, even if it has an organic label, is adulterated and extended. Most people aren’t aware of this and honestly believe they are getting something that’s high quality.

Definition of Adulteration

To render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one: from Latin adulterated – ‘corrupted.’

Effects Adulteration has on an Essential Oil

When an essential oil is adulterated its naturally occurring constituents and synergistic components destroy the essential oils therapeutic benefits.

Organically raised plants are terrific and desired, but… just because the plant is grown and/or certified organic never means that once the plant has been harvested that it has not been adulterated. Thus, the words “organic” is absolutely worthless on an essential oil label. Who cares if it was grown organically if the essential oil was ruined in the distillation process, or just prior to being bottled. The term “organic” is meaningless.

During any point, after the plant is harvested, any number of human interventions that destroy the delicate beneficial molecules contained within an essential oil can and commonly do occur. Primarily because of the perfume and food industries. Both the perfume and food industries require consistency in ingredients; that consistency they require never happens in nature.

Things such as: the amount of rainfall, temperature, the time of day the plant was harvested, where and how the plant was grown, how long the harvested plant material sat in a truck in the blazing summer sun; all of these things have an impact on the essential oil, long before the plant material reaches the distillery. All of these things also have an effect on the smell and flavor of the plant that particular year. The food and perfume industries can’t have such a thing happening! So what do they do? They either add the chemical constituents that aren’t so high so that there is consistency, or they formulate in a lab (using chemicals) the ‘scent’ that a particular plant is known to and expected to possess.

At the Distillery

Once the harvested plant material arrives at the distillery other undesirable things can occur. Like,

  • Toxic chemicals can be used to extract the most essential oil possible out of the plant material
  • Extreme heat can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
  • Extreme pressure can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
  • Profits are maximized when the distiller extracts the greatest amount of essential oil using the least amount of time and energy

All of these severely degrade the quality and benefit of the essential oil. As a matter of fact, the quality is degraded so much that there is very little, if any, therapeutic benefit remaining. Sure, these oils may smell ok to the untrained nose; but the fact remains, they have most or all of their life-force energy and synergistic components stripped.

Adulteration at the Hand of the Distiller

Some distillers will actually add a chemical to their distilled essential oils, which also includes plants raised organically, so that when the essential oils are tested for purity the essential oil appears to be of a higher quality than it actually is. Higher quality essential oils are expensive, as such it is common practice for chemicals to be added to make the essential oil appear better than it is; most companies do not have the proper equipment to analyze and test an essential oil brought in by a vendor to determine if it has been corrupted or not.

Most simply take the word of the vendor, or send the essential oil out for testing, such as Gas Chromatography (GS), Mass Spectroscopy (MS). Yet are unaware that these two tests fall way short and can easily be tricked, they are no guarantee of purity.

Do you see where this is going? Scary, isn’t it!?

Every single inch of the way the essential oil is in different hands being handled differently. Even the farmer who has spent the season raising the plants organically can give no assurance that the product he intended to provide you with is in fact anywhere near organic… and we’re not even at the point yet where the essential oil is on the store shelf yet!

In the Hands of the Vendor

This can be, but isn’t necessarily, the next set of hands the essential oil falls into. The vendor, also wanting to make more profit can add chemicals to make the essential oil appear better than it is, or they can simply fudge the test GS and MS results. And once again, the aromatherapy company or other type of business who needs an essential oil can easily be tricked… oh, and they are, all the time.

This is where the value of what Young Living does makes a huge difference. First, they grow a lot of their own plants (organically); the distillers actually sit in the fields so the plant material is in the distillers within 30 minutes after being harvested. There’s no going through other hands.

Additionally, each and every different type of plant has been studied to determine what is the optimal amount of heat, pressure and length of time necessary to produce an essential oil so that all of its beneficial properties remain in tact. There’s no rushing the process! If a particular plant requires 18 hours in the distiller at X pressure and heat, it’s stays in there for that length of time. Young Living is far more interested in producing the best, rather than producing the most within the shortest period of time.

This is where it gets even more interesting…

Even though Young Living has over 4,000 acres of farms / land and grows the plants, they still have to work with and buy from farmers and vendors the plants they don’t grow. When a vendor brings in an essential oil, it goes through a battery of tests on state of the art equipment that is not seen at competitors.

Guess what happens to the essential oils Young Living rejects because the quality isn’t there, or when it has been detected that a distiller or vendor has adulterated? It goes onto the open market where other essential oil and aromatherapy companies can purchase them. It is those essential oils that you find in stores, with labels containing print like the list I began this article with. I think it’s interesting how those rejected essential oils are good enough for those terms but they’re not good enough for Young Living and its customers.

In the hands of Companies

Now, the essential oil has moved even closer to the consumer. This is the last stage before it gets bottled and put onto store shelves. Consider this…

Have you ever bought and used an essential oil and found that you use a lot of it?

Have you ever bought an essential oil and found that it turned bad within 6 to 12 months?

Have the essential oils you bought felt greasy and/or left greasy type stains on your fabrics?

There’s a reason why that happens. It’s because still more profits need to be made. What happens is this, in a 15ml bottle there’s probably between 10-20 drops of essential oil, the rest is a cheap carrier oil.

Using the example of Lavender essential oil let’s see what you’re getting…

Let’s say, XYZ company has their essential oil on shelves at your local health food store and the price for a 15ml bottle is $10… first, if the label also says “Not for Internal Use” you can be 100% certain they are NOT using real lavender but in fact they are using an essential oil that is far less expensive, called Lavadin; which by the way has a high camphor level and if you were to use it on a first degree burn you will more than likely end up in the hospital with a third degree burn because camphor burns the skin.

Real lavender, Landula angustifolia, does not contain any camphor because it’s a different plant species. Also, Lavendula angustifolia is an edible plant; therefore I ‘should’ be able to use that lavender in cooking and as a dietary supplement. Thus, if the label states it’s “For External Use Only” I know right away that the essential oil is very low quality!

But that aside, let’s assume the company is using a lavender which Young Living rejected. Now they’re adding a carrier oil to it, known as an extender. If you’re paying $10 for a 15ml bottle, you are paying an extremely high price, many more times higher than you’d pay for a Young Living lavender. You’re using that essential oil by the handful because it is primarily a cheap carrier oil and doesn’t even contain 15ml of  lavender.

Whereas if you were to buy at wholesale a 15ml bottle of Young Living lavender you would be buying 15ml of Lavendula angustifolia for about $20, no carrier oil included. And you would be using it by the drop, not by the handful!Everyday-Oils-2013

The savings is enormous! Not to mention you are buying a superior quality essential oil that actually is beneficial.

Did you know that only 2 percent of all essential oils sold to consumers in the entire world are superior quality, and that Young Living makes up most of that 2 percent?

Did you know that France, the largest exporter of lavender oil, exports 100 times more lavender essential oil than they distill?

That means there is a lot of junk being sold and used in products that have very little real lavender in it, if it has any at all.

Learn about how to buy Young Living Essential Oils at wholesale pricing.

There is a reason why Young Living sets the world standard in essential oil quality… they are super picky. Which is perfect for me, I don’t like spending my money on junk or on anything that’s not what it should be, it’s wasteful and expensive in the long run. I also do not like to use products that have been corrupted, adulterated, extended, or that fall short of my personal standard of what truly organic and all-natural.

Trillium: a terrific spring flowering plant for natural woodland gardens

As you may already know my background in plants started when I was 4 years old, the plant world amazed me and that amazment continues to this day. My studies and appreciation of native plants, herbalism and essential oils has influenced the course of my life. trillium-undulatum

Recently, I got a friends newsletter (a friend from my landscaping days), Barry Glick of Sunshine Farm & Gardens, that I couldn’t resist sharing with you. It’s about one of my favorite native plants, Trillium: see image to the right, it’s it the most beautiful foliage and flower you’ve seen!? I love it! Perfect for the native woodland garden!

While this plant is not one most gardeners would start from seed since it requires very specific conditions that most home gardeners cannot produce, I thought you would like to know more about it and where it can be purchased for your natural woodland garden.

Here’s what Barry has to say about this incredible plant…

Sunshine Farm & Gardens Newsletter: April 2010

Despite their exotic, magical, mystical appearance, most Trilliums are quite easy to grow and Trillium cuneatum is no exception. There are at least one or more Trillium species native to every state in the US but four – http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRILL I’ve been growing and propagating many species of Trillium over the last 38 years and the only one that I wouldn’t recommend for the average gardener is the lovely Trillium undulatum – http://sunfarm.com/images/tundu.bmp as you would really need specific acidic and moisture conditions for this particular species.

You can grow Trilliums from seed, but they take 4-6 years to flower. Another simple way to build up your Trillium collection rapidly is by rhizome division. I plan to put up a “Propagation Information Section” on my web site sometime in the near future.

Anyway, as far as growing conditions go, most Trillium species prefer woodland conditions, which basically translates as light to medium shade with moisture retentive, but well drained soil. If these conditions don’t exist naturally in your garden, it’s not much of a chore to create them.

Over the past 12 years I’ve been building quite a good stock of my personal favorite Trillium species, Trillium cuneatum, by rhizome division and now have more stock plants than I require. So, I’m offering you the opportunity to grow them in your garden. We’ve taken off our regular 3-5 year divisions and replanted our stock plants in 5″ deep Anderson Treeband ® Pots last Autumn and they are reestablishing themselves nicely.

Trillium cuneatum is native to 11 Mid Atlantic and Southeastern states, but is hardy just about anywhere. Here’s a plant that you will instantly fall in love with as its deep burgundy flowers bloom for an extremely long period of time in early to mid Spring. With the most exciting marbled foliage and with no two plants alike, their silvery leaves electrically light up even the shadiest of gardens.

I wish I could say that Trilliums are fully deerproof, however this just isn’t the case. But… I can honestly say that it’s not their first choice to munch on and in some years they completely ignore them.

Again, they are very easy to grow and will give you and your garden visitors pleasure and enjoyment for many, many years to come.

What you’ll receive this time of year are 5″ deep pots of flowering size, 5 to 7 year old plants in full active growth that have just finished flowering.

I almost always offer free shipping on all bareroot plants, but these plants are just too precious to take a chance with and I recommend that you get them in the pots.

3 for $ 25.00 plus 7.50 for INSURED PRIORITY MAIL

7 for $ 50.00 plus 10.00 for INSURED PRIORITY MAIL OR UPS

12 for $ 75.00 plus 15.00 for INSURED PRIORITY MAIL OR UPS

20 for $100.00 plus 20.00 for INSURED PRIORITY MAIL OR UPS

I usually offer even lower prices for larger quantities here, but must limit purchases to 20 per person on this particular plant.

Ordering couldn’t be easier! Just fill out the order form at http://www.sunfarm.com/orderform.pdf

Most of our previous weekly specials are still available. Go to – http://sunfarm.com/specials/ to browse the archives.

This is a retail mailing. If you’re a nursery, garden center, landscape architect or garden designer etc, please make sure that you are also on my wholesale mailing list by emailing me at my personal email address – barry@sunfarm.com – with the words WHOLESALE LIST in all caps in the subject line.

By the way, if you haven’t read the story in GQ magazine about me, you can read it on line at – http://sunfarm.com/images/GVQ08-2.pdf

And… our Hellebores were featured in a 6 page article in the January issue of Southern Living magazine – http://www.sunfarm.com/images/sliv10.pdf

You can also follow SF & G on TWITTER – http://twitter.com/Sunfarmtweets and become a fan of SF & G on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunshine-Farm-Gardens/71330111595

Happy Gardening,

Barry

Barry Glick aka Glicksterus maximus aka The Cyber-Plantsman

Sunshine Farm & Gardens

HC 67 Box 539 B

Renick, WV 24966 USA

304-497-2208

EMAIL – barry@sunfarm.com

Soil Biology: do you know where your beneficial buddies are?

There’s so much more to garden fertility than the 10-10-10 (or what have you) on a bag you buy at the store. Don Chapman of Bio-Organics writes the most informational monthly newsletter on the topic of soil fertility and beneficial soil organisms I’ve seen. What I enjoy most about reading his newsletter is his passion and knowledge on the tiny creatures living in our garden soils that most are oblivious to. I love sharing his newsletters and helping him to spread the word about how and why we’re going about our gardening all wrong. I know as a landscaper, long before I knew about Bio-Organics, I would cringe when I saw certain gardening practices occurring, something like someone working on and walking back and forth across super wet garden soil, or taking the rotor-tiller out to till every year… it all makes me cringe, thinking about the delicate layers that lay beneath, apparently silent… still… as if nobody lived in there, that their importance was going unnoticed.

I praise Don for his excellent work and for his passion to help gardeners learn more about the very thing, or things, that directly impact our gardening successes or failures. I hope you enjoy Mays newsletter as much as I have…

Who’s Up For Soil Biology? May 2010

On occasion, usually after a long hot day and a cold Margarita or two, I think about what is happening today with soil problems and the role of Biological Science in agriculture, plant nurseries, landscaping and home gardening. (I know, I could be spending that time pondering far more exciting things but I am, after all, in the business.)

It’s pretty clear that the Chemistry majors have prevailed in nearly all areas of growing plants, supported by big ad budgets and industry research sponsorship. You gotta hand it to the Dows, duPonts, Bayers, Orthos, and Monsantos of the world – they’ve successfully developed countless pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and even altered plant genetics to match their chemical products – all to “solve growers’ problems.” Kill, control, sterilize, fertilize, immunize – got it right here, pal.

However, when it comes to the science of soil biology I’m reminded of the teacher who asked the class clown to explain the difference between ignorance and apathy, and he responded, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.”

Ignorance, or the absence of knowledge about soil organisms and their functions, is probably the most common condition. I’m guessing that most folks are not even aware that there are beneficial microbes in soil. Much more is known about harmful organisms – like lawn grubs – and the chemicals designed to kill them. I wonder what the results would be of a survey question that asked, “Would you rather try to grow plants in completely sterile soil or in soil loaded with fungi and bacteria?” How many people know that healthy soils are filled with microbial life, let alone that the great majority of soil organisms are helpful to plants?

Wine grape growers, landscape architects, soil restoration services, and some sophisticated plant nurseries are probably the most knowledgeable groups as far as strategically using soil biology, although in recent years I have received orders from a wide variety of customer types – with crops ranging from pastureland to fruit orchards to bonsai nurseries. So, awareness is increasing, both among commercial growers and home gardeners – largely due to magazine articles on the subject. I’m even seeing some some passing mentions of mycorrhizal fungi in chemistry-oriented ag journals, which is encouraging.

Apathy, on the other hand, reflects more a sense of contentment with current practices – sort of, “Yeah, I know there are some good soil bugs, but who cares as long as the 10-10-10 is working fine.” This attitude is almost impossible to overcome, because you really can’t argue that turning to bio-enhancement techniques will be more profitable, at least in the short run, and unsustainability is one of those off-in-the-future-maybe concepts for those blessed with deep, rich soils. Let’s face it, if someone doesn’t want to change what they’re doing, it’s a waste of time to argue with them. (This, of course, is true for any number of unhealthy habits, political stances, and other dug-in positions.)

My overall measured conclusion on the subject is that growers who know and care about the biological heath of their soil represent my best customer prospects, followed by those who are beginning to have issues with the use of synthetic fertilizers for whatever reasons – cost, water contamination, newly restrictive laws, soil compaction, salt buildups, or other problems. And lastly, I deal with lots of experimenters – those who enjoy trying different ideas in their laboratories, greenhouses, farm fields, orchards, vineyards, yards, and gardens. These are some of my most fun customers.

Of course, the fact that you are reading this means that you have subscribed to my newsletters, so I’m probably mostly “preaching to the choir,” but why not? – many among you are leading the way to better soil practices, and I hope I can encourage more of that.

By the way, the several responses I received from last month’s newsletter where I asked about our customer’s experience last season with tomato diseases were all favorable about plants inoculated with our products, but there really weren’t any that had what I would consider solid comparisons – like perhaps to a neighbor with the same varieties who didn’t inoculate. Thanks to you who responded.

Good growing, my friends,

Don Chapman

President, BioOrganics

More Articles on Gardening:

Trillium: a terrific spring flowering native plant for the natural woodland garden

Tips for Growing Good Plants in Bad Soil

When did “Flavor” fall out of favor?

Safe Weed Killer’s: studies with Vinegar against weeds

Diet and Eating: choose your foods like your life depends on them

Keeping insects out of your food pantry

Young Living Essential Oils for Pet Care

My dog is a Young Living Essential Oil lover, and yes he does have his favorites and knows how to pick them out of my Aroma Complete case. Before I tell you his favorites I need to say first, the only essential oils that I would ever use on my dog and recommend are Young Living, the rest are just not good enough quality for us, lower quality absolutely does equate to causing problems and is a horrible idea and you’re looking for problems. In short, using other brands of essential oils on pets is irresponsible. I would never even consider using another brand for myself or my dog Bandit. Learn more: How to Become a Savvy Essential Oil Consumer

Bandit

With that said, there are a few things one must know when using your Yong Living essential oils with dogs:

They’re smaller than us (usually) and as such require smaller amounts of essential oils. To dilute the essential oil I recommend using V-6 Massage Oil (just like I recommend for people).

  1. My dog is about 75 pounds, I mix about 4-7 drops of our chosen Young Living (YL) oil with one teaspoon of V-6.
  2. Some YL oils we use neat (meaning without V-6 as a carrier oil) those are: Lavender, Geranium, Deep Relief, Palo Santo (to kill and repel ticks), and Release.

Bandit doesn’t have any fear or anxiety issues so we have never used Peace & Calming. Most of the people I know who are YL oil lover’s and who have dog’s with fear and anxiety issues say Peace & Calming works wonders. Remember to use small amounts, usually 1-2 drops is plenty!

Remember, YL oils are NOT like the oils sold in stores, there are the real deal and they are extremely potent, as such 1-4 drops of any YL essential oil is usualy plenty depending upon the dogs size.

Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess Pet First Aid Kit Recommendations

Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess of Madison, Wisconsin, recommends that every pet owner carry an essential oil emergency kit for pets. Based on her experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Hess suggests these ten Young Living Essential Oil blends to keep pets feeling their best.

  • Purification®: This blend is useful for external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Thieves®: Perfect for attending to minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations, Thieves is also utilized for addressing dental concerns. This blend is safe for kittens and puppies.
  • Melrose™: When used in conjunction with R.C. and Raven, Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
  • R.C.™: Ideal for respiratory and urinary tract support, R.C is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy. (It can be paired with Raven for added support.)
  • Raven™: Also utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support, Raven is more powerful than R.C. and features essentials oils not found in the latter. Combined, the two oils are highly effective.
  • Di-Gize™: The gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg and ginger can be added for additional support.
  • M-Grain™: Provides relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
  • PanAway®: With osteoarthritis common in older pets, PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This oil blend can be used alone or in addition to other essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the oils.
  • Relieve It™: Especially beneficial for relieving discomfort, Relieve It can be alternated with PanAway for a wider spectrum of relief.
  • Peace & Calming®: If stress, fear, anxiety, or other similar conditions are present, Peace & Calming can be used to calm a pet. If the pet is injured, Peace & Calming can relax the animal enough to administer other treatments. This blend can also been used on cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or excessive grooming resulting from stress.

Tip: You would want in your Pet First Aid Kit the following YL products:

  • Animal Scents Ointment
  • Animal Scents Shampoo
  • V-6 Massage Oil
  • Bandages, scissors, tweazers, cotton guaze pads, cotton balls, and any other supplies for the special needs of your pet

Using YL Essential Oils on Animals

(excerpts from the Essential Oils Desk Reference)

Young Living essential oils have been used very successfully on many different kinds of animals from kittens to 2,000- pound draft horses. Animals generally respond to essential oils in much the same way as humans do.

Where to Apply Essential Oils to Animals

For non-ungulate animals (not having hooves) such as dogs or cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption. For hoofed animals, sprinkle a few drops on the spine or flanks and massage them in. Also apply on the gums, tongue, or underneath the top lip; also apply on the frog and cornet bands of hooves. These are all good locations for oils to be applied to cows, horses, etc. (all animals with hooves). Oils can also be applied to auricular points of the ears.

When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infection, arthritis, or bone injury, generally use the same oils and protocol recommended for humans.

How Much Should I Use?

Most animals are even more sensitive to the effects of the oils than humans. They often seem to have a natural affinity to the healing influence of the oils. Adjust dosage proportionately, based on body weight. If the protocol for a human being ( at about 160 lbs.) calls for 3-5 drops, then a horse (at 1600 lbs. or more) could use as much as 10 times that amount, while a dog (at 16 lbs.) would need as little as one tenth that amount.

Generally speaking, if you have never put oils on an animal before, you should start carefully, applying them only to the feet, paws, or hooves (on the frog and cornet bands) at first. In the case of cats and small dogs, YL essential oils should ALWAYS be diluted before applying, because they are actually MORE sensitive to the biochemicals in the oils than humans.

Be careful to avoid high phenol oils, such as oregano and thyme, on cats because they can be extremely sensitive to these stronger oils. Citrus oils are another you might want to avoid around cats too). They should only be used in high rates of dilution (90%) and the diluted oil should only be applied to the paws (Note: one drop in your palm for medium to large dogs and rub your palms on paws is usually plenty).

General Guidelines:

For small animals: (cats and small dogs) Apply 3-5 drops DILUTED (80-90%) oil mixture per application.

For larger animals: (large dogs) Apply 3-5 drops NEAT (dilute if using oils high in phenol) per application.

For large animals: (cattle and horses) Apply 20-30 drops NEAT (dilute if using oils high in phenol) per application.

Testimonail on Using YL Oils with Dog

Dog with Severe Arthritis

Kim Bloomer, co-author of Whole Health for Happy Dogs shares what she did to help her dog, Shadrach (a 125 pound Neo Mastiff), after he was diagnosed with severe arthritis in his hips and elbows:

“I was told by both my dog’s vets (holistic and traditional) that he would never run again and that the best I could do is alleviate his pain…So I put together a protocol I have used diligently for two months now and my dog is running, playing and acting like a puppy again!”

  • Raw meat & bones twice a day with one drop Longevity oil blend added in the morning, and one drop Di-Gize oil blend added with the evening meal (both blends from Young Living).
  • One ounce of Ningxia Red Juice (from Young Living) per day.
  • One MultiGreen capsule (from Young Living) per day.
  • Fish oil daily, Omega Blue (from Young Living).
  • One Traumeel tablet (homeopathic/herbal remedy from Shadrach’s vet) per day (for pain)
  • Two BLM capsules (from Young Living) per day
  • One serving of Sulfurzyme Powder (from Young Living) per day.
  • Weekly Raindrop Technique Therapy (kit available through Young Living).

“I also use a variety of essential oils on his hips and elbows which include (I switch them around) Panaway blend, Aroma Siez blend, Valor blend (essential oil blends from Young Living Essential Oils), cypress essential oil, clove essential oil, wintergreen essential oil, and pine essential oil.”

“But the crowning glories that have brought me back my youthful puppy though are these two (and if I had to give all the others up, I’d keep these two…and the Ningxia Red):”

  • ImmuPro (capsule from Young Living)  “One day of giving Shadrach this tablet and he was bouncing around like a puppy the very next day. Prior to that he was maintaining but not youthful.”
  • ImmuPower (essential oil blend from Young Living) “…this most wonderful smelling essential oil blend I apply along his spine and hips twice a day. I don’t use as much of the other oils now that I have this one…”
  • Dog with Pain and Arthritis

    “My 14 year old dog ( shepherd / lab mix) was having a hard time walking down the stairs and just getting around (due to arthritis). She was not as lively and even her bark was diminishing. She is arthritic in her hind legs but she is not on any medicine. I had a holistic vet give her acupuncture treatments as well as herbs and vitamins for dogs. It made a small difference but not enough to see her energetic spirit come back. I started to use the Young Living essential oils only and she now has a very strong “life force” and much more energy as well as no problem walking down the stairs! She is the spunky dog she always was and although she is 14 she is happy and has a spring to her step!! The oils I use on her are: PanAway, Spruce, Balsam Fir, Lavender, and Lemongrass. I apply them on her hind legs, upper back and the pads of her back feet. She loves them and looks forward to me applying them!!! Generally I apply them 2X a day.” ~ Maria

    Cat with Liver Cancer

    In 2001, my 10 year old cat Kodiak was displaying the same symptoms his sister had displayed before dying from liver cancer two months earlier. His symptoms consisted of losing 7 lbs. (half of his weight), very lethargic – vs. usually playing throughout the day, and his fur lost all shine. Needlesstosay, I was very distraught and decided to try natural methods vs. traditional veterinary methods.

    I added 1 Tbsp. of Young Livings’s Berry Young Juice (now called NingXia Red) per day to Kodiak’s organic cat food. In addition, I applied the oil blend Di-Gize to his paws mixed with a small amount of olive oil three times per week to help cleanse and detoxify chemicals out of his colon and liver.

    Within one month Kodiak’s fur had regained its shine, his energy level was incredibly high, and he also regained all 7 lbs. of his weight. His health has been wonderful ever since with absolutely no sign of disease.

    As a part of weekly maintenence, I give both of my cats 1 tsp. of BYJ 2 times per week added to their organic food along with applying Di-tone two-three times per week to their paws. I have found Young Living oils and supplements to greatly support my cats health.” ~ Connie J.

    Tips on Performing Raindrop Technique on Horses

    Although many veterinarians have developed their own variations on this technique, the simplicity of this procedure is what makes it effective. Raindrop Technique for horses is similar to that for humans except that there must be practical modifications because of the difference in size and shape of the patient.

    Trying to exactly duplicate the human-version of Raindrop Technique on animals is not advised.

    Starting Point:

    Apply 6 drops of Valor to the tailbone (the base of the tail where it connects with the spine). Then place one hand on the withers and the other on the tailbone and hold for 5 minutes. There is no difference energetically, whether you use your right or left hand in these spots. Once the horse relaxes (i.e., drops its head and eyelids droop) the procedure can start.

    DON’TS:

    • Do not spend too much time stroking the horse’s spine. Usually three repetitions is sufficient
    • Avoid dripping oils on the hair of the horse’s spine and stroking them in. You will be stroking against the grain of the hair and oil will be flicked off the spine rather than rubbed in. (This is not so important with animals with fine hair).
    • Once you make contact with the animal you are applying oils, never break it.
    • Don’t work on the animal with multiple partners.
    • Raindrop Technique is more effective when only one pair of hands makes continuous contact with the animal because: 1) The energy stays the same. 2) Animals get skittish when two or more people touch them at the same time.

    How To Apply the Raindrop Technique on Horses

    • Where feasible, shave the spine area for direct application of the oil (you will use less oil).
    • If shaving is not feasible, stand the hair up and part it; then drip the oil down through the hair so the oil contacts the spine. Hold the oil six inches above the spine as you drop it in.
    • For coarse-haired animals stroke in the oils using small, circular motions, working from the base of the tail to the shoulders of the spine.
    • For fine-haired animals, stroke in oils using regular Raindrop Technique straight-strokes
    • Spend enough time massaging to get oils down into the skin and not sitting on top of the hair

    When dripping the oils on spine, use:

    • 12 drops on a draft horse
    • 6 drops on a saddle horse
    • 3-4 drops on a miniature horse, Shetland or Welch pony

    Additional Tips for Raindrop with Horses

    Carefully use your fingertips and thumb tips to perform Vita Flex along the auricular points of the ear. Be gentle. If you inflict a little discomfort, the horse will distrust you and pull away. Stretching the spine is problematic in horses, so instead place one hand over the tail, the other hand on the withers and focus moving the energy along the spine. Rubbing oils around the coronet band will allow them to reach the bloodstream and travel through the nerves in the legs to the spine.

    Drip Marjoram and Aroma Siez into the hair of the outside muscles away from the spine and rub in with a larger circular motion massages. (Idaho tansy, Bay Laurel or Melrose–which are anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic, insect-repelling, relaxing and healing– can also be used). This is important because horses used for packing, riding, or working have extra stress to the spine and muscles in the back.

    Avoid having two people working on opposite sides of the horse at the same time. No two people’s energy are the same and this produces an energetic imbalance.

    Use a stool (mounting block) to reach both sides of the spine without having to break contact, potentially creating tension in the animal.

    Some people mistakenly believe that if they don’t have all the oils in the Raindrop kit, they can’t do a raindrop. One does not need to apply every single oil to have an effective treatment. You can perform an excellent, beneficial Raindrop procedure with one oil, if that’s all you have. Using just oregano and thyme or even Idaho tansy can produce excellent results. Similarly, Melrose, tea tree, mountain savory, or bay laurel can also be used.

    Q: Is it OK to stroke oils down off the hips and down the legs?

    A: Yes

    Q: Is it OK to put a hot towel on the spine?

    A: Yes, it is recommended. Following a raindrop, you can apply a saddle blanket then a horse blanket and leave the animal standing in the stall. Usually after about 10 minutes they will lie down and go to sleep.

    Testimonials with Horses

    Calming Horses

    “We had to load 9 un-brocken stubborn horses onto a truck on the weekend. I used Lavender, Valor and Aroma Seiz on the inner lips, forehead and back. It settled them down, sometimes to the point of going to sleep. The horse trainer was amazed!” ~ Iain C.

    Horse with Colic

    After I got home from Ecuador my husband Blaine and I went riding and during the ride I noticed my horse starting to sweat and I thought that was funny as they usually don’t do that unless we have traveled a good distance and we hadn’t.  She tried to turn around and go back but I just thought she was being lazy.  Soon she laid down in trail with me on her.  I got off right away and we checked to see if the cinch was to tight and it wasn’t so we knew right away it was colic.

    We had a hard time in getting her up and the she would just lay back down. I have had horses with colic before and they would want to lay down but we could keep them up, not her.  By the time we got back to the horse trailer she had laid down 4 times.  As soon as we got her in the trailer she laid down and tried to roll.  There was just no way to keep her up she was in so much pain.

    When we got home Di-Gize to the recue as soon as we could get her out of the trailer.  I put 20 drop of Di-Gize in her bottom lip.  Blaine walked her around but she would not stay up .  She would only go a few feet and down she would go.  I gave her some more Di-Gize and she passed gas and had two bowel movements but she would still lay down.  I had never seen a horse so sick as she was.

    We would not have given two cent for her then because we thought for sure she wouldn’t make it, she was so bad.  We kept making a circle in our driveway with her and again she got another dose of Di-Gize. I took over and she laid down with me and rolled I could not stop her and then she rolled back and just laid there with her eyes closed.  After about 10 minutes she jumped up and started eating like nothing had happened to her.

    I could not believe it.  Her Pluse was 60 then.  I didn’t check it before but it kept coming down and she drank two and half gallons of water.  Later she drank all the five gallons we gave and went on eating.  We put her out to pasture and watched her the rest of the night.  She never had anymore problems.

    So yes, thank God for the Essential oils.  Again this is the 7th time they have saved one of my horses life. When checking the pluse on a horse it’s normal around 30 and a little above so you will know they are stressed if it higher then that.” ~ Nancy S.

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