LAST DAY! Get 10% off your Young Living starter kit, PLUS $25 from me! 10-19-16

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Hey friends! Yup, I’m gonna talk about Young Living’s CRAZY awesome kit sale again, because today is the LAST day and I do NOT want you to miss out on this amazing-ness.  Young Living is giving brand new kit purchasers in the US and Canada 10% off their home diffuser starter kits, and they are throwing in a bonus 5 ml bottle of oregano essential oil.  So that’s $16 off the regular price of the Premium Starter Kit (PSK) AND you get an extra bottle of oil.

But because I REALLY want you guys to get oils into your hands, I am sweetening the deal for people who order through me.  When you grab your home diffuser PSDK through me TODAY (Wednesday October 19th 2016 before 9 p.m. PST) I am going to give you back $25.  So that’s $41 off your PSK, which is a steal on its own.

At FULL price the kit is a steal, so getting $41 back is kind of amazing, and doesn’t happen very often.  Friends, the oils in the PSK can help support your sleep, they can help your KIDS sleep, they can help you manage your stress more easily, they can help you with that afternoon slump, they can help support your immune system (which is extra helpful this time of year), they can help support your digestion, they can help balance out your emotions, soooo sooooo many good things.

When you get your kit you are going to get a cool mist diffuser, 11 essential oils (plus a bonus 12th oil for starting in October), 2 packets of NingXia red goji berry juice, 10 samples, 10 mini travel bottles, a roller fitment, literature, a wholesale membership so you can re-order at 24% off and when you sign up with me you will also get exclusive access to The Joyful Oiler secret Facebook group where I post educational videos I make and lots of great content for you.  If you’re local to me (Southern California) you will also get my personal concierge service, so when your kit arrives I will go to your house and unbox it with you and give a mini oils 101 class with it.  The oils can’t help if you don’t know how to use them, so this is key!

Young Living Premium Starter Kit with Vitality 2016

The pic above is what you’ll get with your kit, except the diffuser will be a different one. 🙂 Allow me to introduce to you each kit oil and what it has personally helped me and my family with, just so you can have a basic idea of what they can do for you.

Lavender– We use this in our diffusers every night at bedtime. Knocks us right out! I also use it on my kids’ booboos and on our skin.

Frankincense– We use it for grounding and meditation. I also like to use it when I have pent up nervous energy, and it has been amazing for my skin. I get compliments all the time, which is huge for me because I had terrible skin problems growing up.

R.C.– This one helps with respiratory comfort. It has 3 kinds of eucalyptus, cypress, really good things. It has helped support our lungs during times when we were not 100% if you catch my drift. It is a Winter MUST have, especially if you have school aged kids!

Purification– This is what I now use for all natural deodorant. No aluminum and chemicals under these underarms! This neutralizes odors like no ones business. Husband just cooked fish? No prob. Diffuse Purification. Stinky gym shoes? No match for this stuff. Oh, and it has citronella in it, so it’s great to wear when you’re out camping or hiking. 😉

PanAway– This is my go to for when I’ve been carrying a heavy child in line for hours at Disneyland, or if I’ve gone to the gym, or if I’ve been blogging or social media-ing for hours on end. It’s just so good on the muscles, joints and the back, you guys. My husband and I use it in coconut oil as the most amazing DIY massage oil ever. It has wintergreen, clove, helichrysum, peppermint, all the good things for supporting those muscles, bones and joints!

Stress Away– I used to be terrified of driving. I had 2 horrible wrecks when I was a teen, and the fear carried into my 20s and early 30s. When I got on the freeway to drive my kids I would tense up. I’d white knuckle the steering while, I’d start breathing faster, my heart would race, my palms would sweat. But then my friend showed me Stress Away. It physically works with the central nervous system to help calm you down. I put it on every morning while the kids are getting ready for school and it makes me a calm, centered mama, and I can drive without fear now, which has been revolutionary for me. Oh, and it smells like a dreamy, tropical vacation. SWOON.

Thieves  Vitality– Thieves smells like Christmas, and that’s what attracted me to it at first, but then I learned how amazingly well this blend works for supporting the immune system. When there is a lot of ick going around at school, we put this in our diffusers at home, and my kids’ teacher diffuse it in their classrooms. When we’re not feeling 100%, it goes diluted on to our feet or taken in veggie capsules. It’s good stuff!

Digize Vitality– When I travel and I’m going to be eating things my body isn’t used to, Digize is in my carry on bag. Always. It really works to support the digestive system to bring balance, whether you’re struggling to “go” or if you’re in the opposite direction and going too much, ha. It has also been incredible in supporting my husband and some issues he was having with his kidneys last winter. It’s a great oil for a lot of things, not just digestion.

Peppermint Vitality– Peppermint is my go to when I need perking up, because it wakes up my mind and body. It supports the circulatory system and the digestive system, and it is great for relieving occasional head tension (like that time I quit coffee cold turkey!) It’s also awesome for curbing sugar cravings, which has been helpful for me after the kids go to bed.

Lemon Vitality– Lemon is a great oil for detoxing the cells of body, which is great because no matter how intentional you are about keeping toxins out of your body, it’s just inevitable in this modern world we live in. Lemon helps pulls those toxins out so you can flush them down the toilet. 😉 I also use this as an all natural, non toxic alternative to Goo Gone. Whenever we go to Trader Joe’s or Target or Sprouts the cashiers always give my kids stickers, and those stickers always end up on my car windows, and when I remove them there is always sticky gunk. But lemon essential oil gets it right out, and I’m not worried about my kids inhaling the fumes. 🙂

Copaiba Vitality– This one is my most favorite oil for the in winter when I wake up and my throat catches me off guard with some random discomfort. I bust out the raw, organic honey, scoop out a spoonful and drip a drop of copaiba on it, then down it goes and better I feel. Copaiba is also known as a magnifier, so it can intensify any oil you use it with. We like to add it to our Panaway coconut massage oil. And did I mention it’s incredibly moisturizing to the skin?

This month you also get a bonus 12th oil:

Oregano– This is yet another winter staple, and one of the first oils I bought outside of the starter kit, so the fact that you get it automatically for free when you grab your kit this month is kind of amazing. This is another for immune system support. This one is great in DIY capsules along with Thieves, Lemon and Frankincense Vitality oils when you’re not feeling 100%, or if you have been around people who aren’t feeling 100%. I could tell you stories about this one, but I can’t because the FDA won’t let me. Boo.

So those are the 12 oils that will come to your door when you grab your kit from me today.  Plus you’re going to get 10% from Young Living and $25 back from me, so do it already! 🙂 Come see what nearly 2 million other Young Living customers around the world are all raving about.  Like I told you before, it took me years to cave and buy my kit, and once I had it I kicked myself for not getting it sooner.  Like….where have you been all my life?  If you are a human being on Earth, then you need oils. Period.  And I am not kidding.  Use this link to grab your kit right now and I will take care of the rest.  Got questions?  Connect with me on any of my social media accounts below. Thanks friends!

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Essential Oils 101 Class at Drop Talk Live in Carlsbad Ca – Tuesday October 18, 2016

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FRIENDS!  This is kind of last minute—so sorry—but I had to share anyway.  My very good friend, Crown Diamond Jessica Petty, is giving an Essential Oils 101 class TONIGHT at Drop Talk Live in Carlsbad, Ca.  Jess has helped over 20,000 people get oils into their homes and use them effectively, so she really knows her stuff and you do not want to miss this!  The class is tonight, Tuesday October 18th, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  It’s here at the office, downstairs in the big classroom.  The address is 6862 Embarcadero Lane, Carlsbad, Ca 92009, however you will want to GPS the Poinsettia Coaster Station in Carlsbad instead because we share a parking lot with the transit center, and if you type in our actual address it will take you to the wrong side of the building and you could miss us. 🙂  Just drive to the Coaster station and look for our big, bright sign:

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Jess is going to go over around a dozen different essential oils, what you can use them for, what body systems they can support and of course how to safely and properly use them.  I’ll be here also, so please come say hi.  Please bring your friends, your questions and something to write with; you’ll definitely want to take notes!  I hope to see you here!  Also, just a quick reminder that the Premium Starter Kits are still 10%, but hurry because it ends TOMORROW!  Read my last blog for more details, and if you have questions, please connect with me.  If you want to grab one NOW, use this link to get your kit from me right now.  (Remember, for newbies in October, that’s 12 oils and a diffuser, woah!) Thanks, friends!

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Young Living Essential Oil Promos September 2016

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Hey friends!  I realize that there are only two days left in the month and that perhaps I should have written this post like 4 weeks ago, but here it is nonetheless.  I want to share Young Living’s promos for September 2016!

So for those of you who aren’t familiar with Young Living’s promos, each month Young Living generously gives away free essential oils and oil infused products as a thank you for hitting certain PV amounts. “PV” in this context just means “point value”, and in most cases $1=1 PV.  There are usually 3 tiers for the promo, 190 PV, 250 PV and 300 PV, so the more you buy, the more free product you get.

This month’s freebies are geared towards the active life.  Let’s break down the promos by PV amount, shall we?

When you order 190PV, you also get…  (freebie retail value = $106.25)

15mL Wintergreen
This oil is the key ingredient in the Cool Azul Pain Cream, Deep Relief and PanAway and is known for its cool, tingling sensation.  It’s great for the muscles after you’ve been lifting weights or lugging around heavy children.

5mL PanAway
Panaway is one of my favorites and one that I have to reorder often, since my husband and I use it nightly in coconut oil for massages. It also helps with occasional head pressure, everyday joint and muscle discomfort, and for cramps during “that time-of-the-month.”  (Ladies, you know what I’m talkin about.)  This is a must-have, which is why it comes standard in the Premium Starter Kit, but that little 5 ml won’t last you forever and it is one of the pricier oils, so the fact that it’s free this month is kind of amazing.

15mL Oregano (ER orders only)
Oregano is a fantastic support for the immune system.  I like to put Oregano Vitality in veggie capsules when I am feeling a little under the weather, and it is a must for my immune boosting roll-on blend.  Note: This one is only free if the order is done on your Essential Rewards (ER) order.  (Essential Rewards is a subscription service in which you earn points back on your orders which you can exchange for even more free product.)
When you order 250PV, you also get… (freebie retail value $137.50)

the 190PV promos, plus…
5mL Northern Lights Black Spruce
Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil comes from Young Living’s new Northern Lights farm in British Columbia, Canada. It has an amazingly rich, woodsy aroma that is invigorating but also grounding.  My kids think it smells like Christmas trees, and I would say that’s a fair assessment. So if you have a fake tree in your house and you miss that glorious smell, put this in your diffuser! It’s the best thing ever!
300PV (freebie retail value = $183.22)

You get the 250PV promos, plus…
Ortho Sport Massage Oil
I actually just tried this product for the first time a couple weeks ago.  My husband and I make our own massage oil from coconut oil and PanAway, which we’ve been fine with, and the only reason I ended up trying this was because I got it for free in this month’s promo.  Anyway, GUYS, this stuff is AMAZING.  This massage oil is packed with powerful oils including Wintergreen, Peppermint, Thyme, and Oregano to relieve muscles from a tough workout or even a sore back from sitting at a desk all day.  As well as our DIY PanAway coconut oil concoction works, I think we’ve just found a replacement.  The pump bottle is really convenient for massages, and it doesn’t feel terribly greasy on the skin.  Plus, a little goes a long way, so we’ve barely put it a dent in it even though we’ve been using it a ton!

So those are the September 2016 promos!  Additionally, if you are brand spankin new and haven’t ordered a Premium Starter Kit yet, this would be an excellent time to hop on the train because brand new wholesale members signing up this month will also receive a free bottle of Thieves laundry detergent with their kits.  That’s pretty awesome, right?!  Young Living isn’t just essential oils.  Young Living has tons of essential oil infused products that can replace the toxic things that may be lurking in your home currently.

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Now, if you are brand new and wanting to grab your kit, you can still qualify for the above promos in addition to your free laundry detergent if you want by adding an additional 90, 150 or 200 PV to your Premium Starter Kit (PSK) order.  PSKs are worth 100 PV, and hitting those promos by replacing what you’re currently using with YL products is easy to do.  I get all of my toothpaste, face wash, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, body wash, hand soap, even my dietary supplements through Young Living.  It’s amazing stuff.  Do you have questions for me?  Please feel free to connect with me through any of my social media accounts, listed below, or give me a call if you want.  I could talk oils all day.  Thanks for reading, friends! Until next time…

Love, Crystal

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20 Diffuser Recipes For Fall

20 diffuser recipes for fall

Hey friends!  I hope you guys are enjoying fall so far!  Me?  Well, I’m just going to have to pretend for now because San Diego hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s supposed to be fall and we’re in the middle of a crazy heat wave at the moment.  But that’s ok, because I can create my own sweater weather in the meantime with my a/c and I can trick my subconscious mind with all the autumn smells wafting through the air courtesy of my diffuser.  Yay for autumn smells!

If you follow me regularly you may recall a recent blog I wrote on scented candles and why you should avoid them like the plague.  Think cancer, asthma and many other terrible things you don’t want for yourself or for your family.  Long story short, most scented candles are highly toxic and release undesirable chemicals into the air, which you then breathe in and take into your lungs and into your blood stream.  It’s not worth it, friends.  Just say no to toxic scented candles!

But smells are such a huge part of our lives, aren’t they?  Especially during this fun and festive time of year?  What’s a girl to do?   Forego dreamy autumn scents in exchange for healthy lungs?  Well, guess what friend.  You can have your dreamy autumn scents and keep your lungs healthy at the same time.  This is where essential oils come in, obviously.  🙂  Today I am going to share with you my top 20 diffuser recipes for fall.  These essential oil blends will be sure to delight you and your house guests, and bonus, they will simultaneously support your health and well being.  So without further ado, I present to you my top 20 diffuser recipes for fall:

  1. Pumpkin Pie– 5 drops cinnamon bark + 1 drop clove + 1 drop nutmeg
  2. Pumpkin Spice Latte– 4 drops cardamom + 2 drops orange + 1 drop cinnamon bark + 1 drop clove + 1 drop ginger
  3. Sweater Weather– 3 drops eucalyptus globulus + 2 drops juniper + 1 drop sage
  4. Mulled Cider– 4 drops orange + 2 drops nutmeg + 1 drop cinnamon + 1 drop clove
  5. Autumn Hike– 4 drops cypress + 2 drops Idaho blue spruce + 2 drops sandalwood
  6. Spiced Chai– 3 drops cardamom + 2 drops cinnamon bark + 2 drops clove + 1 drop ginger
  7. Woodland Walk– 3 drops frankincense + 2 drops Idaho blue spruce + 1 drop cedarwood
  8. Falling Leaves– 5 drops orange + 1 drop patchouli + 1 drop ginger
  9. Orange Pomander– 3 drops orange + 2 drops clove + 2 drops rosemary
  10. Snickerdoodle– 5 drops Stress Away + 3 drops cinnamon bark + 1 drop nutmeg
  11. Thanksgiving– 4 drops Christmas Spirit + 3 drops clove + 3 drops lemon
  12. Cozy Flannel– 4 drops bergamot + 4 drops orange + 4 drops Stress Away
  13. Cider & Donuts– 6 drops Stress Away + 3 drops cinnamon + 2 drops orange + 1 drop nutmeg
  14. Freshly Baked Cinnamon Rolls– 5 drops Stress Away + 3 drops cinnamon bark
  15. Apple Cider– 4 drops Thieves + 2 drops orange + 1 drop nutmeg
  16. Trick-or-Treat– 3 drops grapefruit + 2 drops orange + 1 drop lime
  17. Harvest Time– 3 drops tangerine + 2 drops cinnamon + 1 drop clove
  18. Apple Pie– 2 drops cinnamon bark + 2 drops clove + 1 Stress Away + 1 drop nutmeg
  19. Thanksgiving Joy– 3 drops cypress + 2 drops Northern Lights black spruce + 2 drops sandalwood
  20. Grandma’s Stuffin in the Oven– 3 drops rosemary + 2 drops thyme + 1 drop sage + 1 drop lemon

Choose your favorite combination from above, add water to your diffuser, drop your Young Living essential oils into the water (order them from me right here), and enjoy the warm  fragrance of fall.  I’m really diggin “Cider & Donuts” at the moment.  Ahhhhh….so good.  Have you tried any of these blends for fall yet?  Which one is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!  Was this your first time visiting?  Welcome, new friend!  Be sure to check out some of my other blogs and connect with me through any of my social accounts, listed below.  Have a fantastic fall, y’all!

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Hello, beautiful, glorious fall!

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Happy first day of fall, friend!  I don’t know about you, but we have been so ready for this for a while!  We’ve been collecting pumpkins in our home and diffusing our favorite fall scents on the down low for weeks.  (Be on the lookout for a post about that!)  My heart is overflowing with joy and gratitude looking forward to the coming months.  I really love this time of year, and to celebrate I am having a one day special for today, Thursday September 22nd, 2016.  By the way, this is available worldwide.

For all of my friends who grab a Premium Starter Kit from me today, I will personally send you a bonus all natural teeth whitening duo, consisting of Thieves toothpaste and a bottle of Orange Vitality essential oil.  I’m also going to send you a book chock full of information to help get you rolling with your new oily lifestyle.  Additionally, when you sign up for a wholesale membership today (by grabbing a Premium Starter Kit with this link), Young Living is also going to send you a free bottle of Thieves laundry detergent so you can replace what you’re currently using; most detergents on the shelves today are filled with nasty chemicals that are damaging to your health.

By signing up for a wholesale membership with me today you will get twelve bottles of essential oil for supporting health and well being, a diffuser, 2 packets of NingXia Red, 10 sample sachets of essential oil, 10 travel drams, literature, a tube of Thieves Aromabright toothpaste and a bottle of Thieves laundry detergent.  This is well over $400 worth of oily goodness for just $160 plus tax and shipping.  To grab your PSK and claim your free gifts, use this link to sign up for a wholesale membership now.  Remember, you must sign up for a wholesale account to grab a kit.  This does not obligate you to monthly shipments and you don’t have to sell anything ever, unless you want to down the road, but no one will ever pressure you to do that. 🙂  It will however give you a 24% wholesale discount on all orders, which is pretty awesome.

When you order a Premium Starter Kit through me you will be welcomed with open arms into our tribe of Joyful Oilers.  You will then have access to our secret Facebook groups chock full of informative videos and posts.  You’ll be able have fun with us, learn fun new diffuser recipes, and participate in our exclusive Joyful Oiler giveaways for chances to win new products you haven’t tried yet, and so much more.  If you want to hear more about that please connect with me through any of my social media accounts listed below, or give me a call on my cell.  My phone number is (760) 658-0655.  I am happy to answer any of your questions.  I could seriously talk oils all day long.  (In fact, I do!)  I really hope to connect with you soon.  Happy fall, y’all!

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Einkorn Flour – Young Living’s Alternative to Modern Wheat Flour

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If you’re here, you’re probably aware that Young Living is the world-leader in essential oils, but did you also know that Young Living’s offerings go far beyond essential oils?  Young Living’s farms produce plants which go into a number of wellness supporting products, including non-toxic cleaning products for your household, personal care products (ie: toothpaste, shampoo, face wash, lotions etc), essential oil infused supplements and even food.

Einkorn wheat is one of the many plants grown at Young Living’s farm in Mona, Utah, where you’ll find nearly 1,400 acres of pristine land filled with aromatic herbs and flowers.  Einkorn is known as the oldest variety of wheat, the original “staff-of-life” grain referred to in the Bible, so it has a completely different genetic makeup than modern day wheat.  Einkorn is not hybridized like modern wheat is.  It has only 14 chromosomes (versus modern wheat’s 42) which changes its gluten structure making Einkorn much easier to digest.

Modern wheat has gone beyond just hybridization and is now being contaminated by genetically modified varieties.  Ever wonder why so many people have food allergies and sensitivities these days?  One reason is because modern “food” has become unrecognizable to the human body and is treated as a foreign substance, causing inflammation, resulting in disease.  Coupled with the GMO takeover of the modern food supply in the US, hybridized wheat has wreaked havoc on public health.  It’s no wonder people are sicker than ever.

Recognizing the need for easier-to-digest alternatives to modern wheat flour, D. Gary Young took Einkorn grain, ground it up and brought Einkorn Flour to the table.  You can substitute Einkorn flour for wheat flour in a 1:1 ratio, using it wherever flour is called for.  (Pro tip: Einkorn flour doesn’t absorb as much liquid as the other stuff, so try reducing the liquid in your recipes by about 20%.)

Why use Young Living’s Einkorn flour instead of conventional flour?

  • Einkorn is considered more nutritious than modern wheat, based on the higher level of protein, essential fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, pyridoxine, and beta-carotene.
  • Einkorn only has 14 chromosomes, so it has a different gluten structure and is easier to digest than modern day wheat.
  • Einkorn is a hulled wheat, whereas modern wheats are not.  The hull can protect the grain from stray chemical contamination and insects.
  • Einkorn offers higher vitamin B6 content, twice the vitamin A, four times more beta-carotene and lutein, and five times more riboflavin.
  • Einkorn is very low in gluten, and the gluten that is there is in a form that is easier to digest.
  • Unlike most wheat flour alternatives which contain weird ingredients like xanthan gum (a thickener derived from GMO corn), the only ingredient in Young Living’s Einkorn Flour is whole grain Einkorn Flour, backed by Young Living’s Seed to Seal practices which exceed organic standards for purity and sustainability.
  • Einkorn wheat is not hybridized.  It is a true, ancient grain.  It is grown just as nature intended in its pure, original form.
  • Young Living’s Einkorn is grown on pristine land without the use of harmful pesticides and Agrichemicals, resulting in a pure, clean product healthy enough for the whole family.

Disclaimer: Given all that, I should mention that Einkorn flour is not gluten free, and whether or not it is suitable for people with Celiac or other gluten-allergies remains to be seen.  There is hope, however, but please proceed with caution.  The gluten in Einkorn has a different genetic structure, so many people who have difficulty digesting the proteins found in most gluten can digest Einkorn with no trouble.  As a person who is not allergic to gluten but is sensitive to its effects (mainly lethargy and bloating) I can say that I have no problems when I use Einkorn flour.  My family has happily made the switch and it has been wonderful for us.  I plan on sharing some of my Einkorn flour recipes as the cooler weather makes its appearance this fall, so stay tuned!

If you’d like to try Einkorn flour for yourself, you can use this link to purchase some.  The wholesale price is for people who have purchased a Premium Starter Kit, so if you’d like more info about that just let me know.  You can scroll down for my contact info.  For those of you already using Einkorn flour, what has been your favorite use so far?  Let me know in the comments!

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What is essential oil? – 5 things you should know

What is essential oil?

Hi friends! Let’s talk about essential oils. What is essential oil and what does it do? I’m going to give you a run down on 5 things you should know about essential oils that will hopefully clear some things up for you, so let’s get started!

1. What are essential oils?

In a nutshell, essential oil is the vital and aromatic liquid extracted from plants. Essential oils come from many different flowers, trees, shrubs, roots and seeds. It’s usually extracted through steam distillation, but that depends on the type of plant being used. Rose essential oil, for example, is made from steam distilling huge quantities of rose petals, and orange essential oil is made from cold-pressing very large quantities of orange rinds.

2. Essential oils are highly concentrated!

It takes about 5,000 pounds to make just one kilo of rose essential oil, which translates to 22 lbs of rose petals to make a single 5 ml bottle of rose essential oil. Because it takes so much plant matter to make such a small amount of essential oil, these oils are very potent. One drop of essential oil contains approximately 40 million trillion molecules! Just so you know what that looks like numerically, that’s a 4 with 19 zeros after it. Crazy, right? I know that sounds like a made up number, but it’s true. To give you an idea of what that means for you, human bodies consist of around 100 trillion cells, so one drop of essential oil has enough molecules to deliver around 40,000 molecules of EO goodness to every one of the cells in our bodies. Essential oils are super concentrated, so a little goes a long way!

3. Essential oils are more than just a pretty smell.

Yes, they do smell amazing but there is more to the story than that. Essential oil is the lifeblood of the plant because the oil protects the plant from disease, provides oxygen and nutrients to the plant and helps it to fight off anything it doesn’t want. You can think of essential oil as the plant’s immune system. When you and I use therapeutic grade essential oils the trillions of teeny tiny molecules are quickly absorbed by our bodies and they immediately go to work at the cellular level, helping us to eliminate toxins in our bodies. Meanwhile, the fragrance of the oil works on the limbic system, the emotional processing center of the brain. The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance which is why some oils can have a calming effect on our physiology while others seem to energize us. This is also why certain smells can trigger memories for you. The chemistry of essential oil is very complex. Each essential oil is made up of between 200 to 500 different bioconstituents, so each oil will have different effects on the different people and animals using them. But, having said all that, this does NOT apply to all essential oils out there because…

4. Not all essential oils are created equal.

I’ll say that again because it bears repeating. Not all essential oils are created equal. There are 4 different grades of essential that you should be aware of and they are 1) therapeutic grade (which is what I have been talking about) 2) “natural” oils 3) extended or altered oils and 4) synthetic or nature-identical oils. Therapeutic grade oils are oils that have been carefully distilled so that the therapeutic qualities of the plants are retained. Natural oils are real essential oil in the sense that they truly do come from plants, but they have failed to distill the plants properly resulting in essential oil that doesn’t contain any or just a few of the therapeutic compounds. Extended and altered oils are what make up a large percentage of the oils you find in stores—including health stores—and these oils often contain ingredients you don’t want to be inhaling or putting on your body. Often times there will be only a few drops of real essential oil in the bottle and the rest will be carrier oil, synthetic perfume or some other mystery liquid. The kicker is that they don’t have to tell you what those mystery ingredients are because these essential oils are “fragrance grade” and their ingredients are considered proprietary information by the FDA. The 4th grade of oils is synthetic grade, also considered “fragrance” by the FDA. Synthetic oils are created in laboratories to mimic certain scents, and while they may smell nice they do not contain any of nature’s health supporting qualities. Worse than that, they often contain toxins which can be hazardous to your health. Just say no to mystery oils! This is why…

5. You should always know and trust your essential oil source.

Because of the way essential oils are regulated, you can’t always tell what grade of essential oil you have just by looking at the bottle. The brand I used to buy from my local health food store had a USDA organic label on it, but I later learned that an oil can legally claim itself to be USDA organic if the oil itself is organic but that the company can add other non-organic ingredients to the oil to make it stretch that are nowhere near being organic, and they don’t have to mention it on the label because they too are regulated as “fragrance” by the FDA. (Mystery fragrances are exempt from the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act because they are considered “trade secrets” by the FDA.) Then there are companies who have trademarked phrases that they use on their bottles, like “certified pure therapeutic grade”, that are actually meaningless because it’s not a real 3rd party certification, it’s just a phrase trademarked by the company. That means that no matter how pure or therapeutic another company’s oil is, they can’t go get that certification because it’s not a real certification. It’s a clever but made up marketing tool.

So then, who do you trust? After doing tons and tons of research I placed my trust in Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living is the world leader in essential oils with over 20 years of expertise in harvesting and distilling plants that go above and beyond organic standards. Young Living has set the bar very high for the essential oil industry because of its Seed To Seal guarantee. Young Living plants its own carefully selected seeds on its own farms and then harvests and distills the plants so that the therapeutic qualities remain intact. They are very transparent in their practices and open up their world-wide farms, distilleries and bottling plants to the public so we can experience Seed To Seal in action. I have been to Young Living’s lavender farm in Mona, Utah and it was truly amazing. I got to help plant yarrow in the greenhouse and I watched the distillation of blue yarrow and juniper essential oils. I even got to tour the bottling plant, and everything was on the up and up. What other essential oil company offers that level of transparency?

Also, since Young Living has farms allover the world they are able to offer a huge selection of essential oils, well over 200 different oils choose from and more than 500 oil-infused products, everything from toothpaste to all-purpose household cleaner. If you’re curious about trying essential oils but want more information you can explore the rest of my website or if you’re ready to dive in and buy right now you can follow this link to grab your Premium Starter Kit from me right now. Most of us started with The Premium Starter Kit because it’s the best value, saving you around $170 versus buying everything separately at the retail price. The Premium Starter Kit comes with a diffuser plus 11 essential oils for everyday use and more.

Still have questions? Just ask me! Are you from southern California? Let’s grab a smoothie sometime and chat. I’m a north county San Diego native, but I’m allover the place. I hope to connect with you soon! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, here on The Joyful Oilers website and on YouTube. Scroll down for links to all of my social media accounts. I know this was a little long, so thanks for making it all the way through to the end. Now that we’re done, I’d love to hear from you! Did you learn anything new about essential oils today? Comment below and let’s talk about it. 🙂

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