I was an oils skeptic.
I heard people talking about how great essential oils were but really, I figured it was a placebo effect fad. After all, the things people were talking weren’t really tangible or visible. To me, at least.
And then I read Connie’s testimony on Smockity Frocks about how her little girl was scalded by hot ramen noodles and saw the before and after pictures she shared after using lavender oil on the burns. As a former nurse, I know that burns don’t heal that quickly and that well on their own.
I was intrigued. This was something I could see worked. I started researching in earnest (and asking Connie a gazillion questions about Young Living.) I wanted to know if Young Living was worth the extra money when I thought that even health food store brands of essential oils were expensive.
Here is a bit of what I learned:
-Essential oils aren’t controlled by any organization. This means that when a company puts “100% pure essential oil” on the bottle, it doesn’t really mean much more than it contains some of the oil. But they don’t need to say if it’s diluted or if it contains anything else. I’m not saying that other companies sell impure oils, but just that they could. Essential oils are potent and I’m putting these things on my babies skin. I need them to be safe. Young Living oils are guaranteed 100% pure, quality tested oils. No extras.
-Some hospitals even trust and use Young Living Oils. This is significant to me. Having worked in hospitals and health care settings, I know how rare it is for medical health care to use something other than a medical drug.
-Young Living oils are grown, harvested, and distilled on their own farms. This means that Young Living is in complete control of the quality standards used for each step, from seed to seal. The other popular brand I was looking into doesn’t have their own farms, which means they are buying oils from someone else.
It didn’t take long before I was convinced that this was something I trusted and wanted to try. It did take a little while to save up for the Premium Starter Kit but eventually, I was able to order it and receive my oils! The Premium Kit is expensive but it’s the best bang for your buck. It costs $150 if you’re in the US ($173 for Canadians) but it’s valued at almost $300 for everything you get in it. You need to sign up as a wholesale member to be able to buy the Premium Starter Kit, but you are under no obligation to sell or make minimum monthly purchases and you save 24% off the retail price on your future purchases. Talk about a win-win!
The first thing I wanted to try the oils on were relieving my youngest’s respiratory symptoms. You might remember that a couple of months ago he ended up in the ER with an O2 of only 89%.
He’s had a virus for a while and has been wheezy every morning and on and off throughout the day. I wanted to see if I could ease his breathing with the oils.
I researched the different qualities of the oils in the Premium Starter Kit and picked these 3 for the following qualities:
Frankincense – immune support, muscle relaxing, has been used with good results for inflammation
Lavender – vasodilating, relaxing, antiseptic
Thieves blend – antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory
I took a tiny jar we had in the house and put about 2 Tbsp of coconut oil in it. I melted this in the microwave and mixed in 3 drops each of the lavender, frankincense, and Thieves oils. I let the mixture set and applied some to my son’s chest and soles of his feet that night.
The next morning, he wasn’t wheezing! This was the first time in a week.
But could it be coincidence? After all, maybe he was just getting better.
However, later in the day he was wheezing again. I put some of the rub on his chest and not even 2 minutes later the wheezing was gone. I listened with my stethoscope and his lungs were clear where 2 minutes earlier I had heard wheezes on both sides, top and bottom.
I’m not making any claims that this is a treatment or cure for asthma or other respiratory illness. However, there is no denying that something changed. My baby was wheezing, I put the rub on, and the wheezes went away. It worked for us.
If you are interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils, come join my closed FB group, Exploring Essential Oils. Or, you can contact me with any questions you might have.
**Thieves contains Eucalyptus Radiata oil. While it is diluted in the blend and even moreso in the recipe of this rub, it is recommended to use caution with or just avoid Eucalyptus oil for children under the age of 10. Pine, spruce, fir, and cypress oils are safe alternatives. Rubs made with this recipe should not by used on children under the age of 2.
Have you tried essential oils before? What are your experiences with them? What would you like to learn about essential oils?