Now that I’ve admitted to this essential oil kick I thought it would be fun to host a Q&A with my sister-in-law Kelly. She has been using Young Living oils for several months now and really believes in the results she has seen with her family. For context she has twin girls who are in pre-K and a little boy who turned two in September. Her husband travels for work so between school, travel germs and general kiddo crud, Kelly was open to trying anything to keep her family healthier and happier.
Q.) What are essential oils?
A.) Essential oils have been used for centuries for health and wellness benefits. Essential oils are extracted from plants through steaming or cold pressing. They are highly potent and require a large volume of plant material to produce small amounts of distilled essential oil. Most essential oils are powerful antimicrobials. (referenced: Essential Oils Pocket Reference)
Q.) How did you get turned onto Young Living specifically? Were you skeptical at first?
A.) I was first turned onto Young Living oils by my friend Lindsay. I have also believed in alternative options for healthcare and have used grocery store oils for aromatic purposes. I knew that my friend Lindsay was a bit more skeptical about “hippie” options so when she started using the oils and couldn’t stop talking about them I knew that she had done her research. She always has the best interest of her family at the forefront. She turned me onto some reading and research and I was quickly hooked.
Q.) How did you get started using the oils and how have you branched out from your very first order?
A.) At the time we were having major bedtime battles with our girls and I was telling her that I needed help. ANYTHING! My first dabble in the oils was a small kit of about eight oils, one being Peace & Calming. She told me to put the oils on the bottom of the girls feet before bed. Within three days, our bedtime routine was getting better. The girls would calm down quicker and fall asleep faster. It was amazing. We then started using Thieves to help keep the preschool “ick” from jumping ship and infiltrating our house. It worked like a charm. It did not always keep the ick at bay, but significantly reduced the time we had it. Once I noticed the amazing changes the oils were making, I decided to expand and read more to really see how and what the oils could do for me.
I now use Frankincense and coconut oil everyday on my face. Sometimes I add Lavendar or Lemon to help with the sun spots. I use Melaleica Alternifolia (tea tree oil) to help with acne. We diffuse Joy almost daily to set the right tone for the day and if someone is in a particularly bad mood, I put it behind their neck. Every month I expand my Essential Oil medicine cabinet. I love it!
Q.) For people – like me – who are intrigued but not fully convinced about everything people say about the oils, what advice or first-hand experiences do you want to share?
A.) Take it slow. Not every oil will have the same effect on you that it has on me. Sometimes a cleanse can help you clear out your body of toxins to make room for the natural options. Don’t jump in with both feet until you know what you are looking for. Oils can get overwhelming and expensive. If you don’t know what you are needing help with it could be a total waste. Ask lots of questions and do your own research. You know your family. Now that I know better, I would only use Young Living Oils but as a consumer you need to make sure you know what you are buying and using.
Q.) If someone wanted to get started with only one or two oils, which would you suggest and via what applications?
A.) Thieves is a no brainer. Even if you don’t have kids, we are all exposed to sickness. Thieves can be applied to the bottom of your feet, diffused in the air, inhaled by putting in your hands and cupping over your nose. Thieves is a hot oil so you will want to dilute with a carrier oil like coconut or grape seed oil.
I am super excited that Kelly took the time to share her experience and appreciate her honesty. I particularly agree with her advice not to jump in without asking a lot of questions and knowing what you need first from the oils experience. For me it was quality sleep and doing whatever I can to stay healthy through our first cold and flu season with a daycare kid. I started with single bottles of Thieves and Peace & Calming and am glad I did. I would also add, be realistic. Is Peace & Calming going to make your baby magically sleep through the night? Of course not. But if there weren’t some calming benefits to essential extracts like lavender for example, why would they put it in every mass produced baby bath soap and “night time” lotion?
If you have questions please leave me a comment and I’ll get them answered for you. Thanks for indulging me on this oil exploration.