Let me start by saying that I am frugal… like extra frugal. Debt is not my thing (though I do have a mortgage). I don’t like being wasteful. I hardly ever go get a manicure because why spend $30 on something that I can do myself. Plus, what mama actually keeps her nail polish intact for more than three days? I mean, I am not opposed to treating myself every now and again but I really analyze the overall value of the thing beforehand. My husband and I have been broke and we have been blessed with abundance. But no matter the season, we try to be good stewards of what we have been given. So here’s why this frugal mom chose essential oils.
How I Was First Introduced to Essential Oils
I say all that to explain why it took me so long to get on the essential oils train. I was first introduced to essential oils by the mother of a former student of mine. She was not happy with all the chemicals in the Glade automatic air freshener I used and was so kind as to give me a Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint trio. I bought a basic diffuser online and began using the three oils. I loved the smells and the aura they created. However, I just could not justify spending so much for such a small bottle. That is until I saw the value of it beyond a pleasant fragrance.
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She Made a Believer Out of Me
A former coworker is a firm believer in essential oils and pretty much all things natural. She would diffuse them in her classroom to create the mood she was going for, be it a relaxing effect or used to promote good focus. One day, I had a migraine headache. Now, if you’ve ever had a migraine, you know I was willing to try anything for some relief. I suffered from them often while living in New York. I’m talking the turn-off-the-lights, hide-under-the-covers, and vomit type of migraines. My poor husband would not know what to do when they got bad. In those moments, even his heartbeat was too loud a sound. Thankfully, once I moved to Florida, I stopped getting them as often.
But on this particular day, the thing reared its ugly head and I needed relief. My friend whipped out a roller (she walks around with like a million of these things) and told me to put it wherever I was feeling the pain. I often feel a migraine coming before it is full-blown; but, I am just so stubborn about taking medicine. I try to fight it until I can’t take it anymore. By that time, over the counter drugs will not help. So you can understand my surprise when I left the meeting we were in that day feeling better.
Grateful for Natural Healing Effects
Thankfully, I do not get migraines very often these days. However, my dad is a retired veteran and former electrician with severe back pain. He takes several prescription medications for relief and often has trouble sleeping because of it. When I realized the healing effects of the oils, I purchased my first bottle of PanAway for my dad.
Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn’t very savvy about it. So, instead of purchasing a carrier oil for him and explaining how he should mix them, I just gave him the bottle. He loved it and felt the effects immediately, only he was using it in its concentrated form and went through that bottle rather quickly! (I now mix it beforehand and add some other good ones from the starter kit for him.) My dad describes it as a more powerful version of Bengay. And that is a major compliment coming from a Puerto Rican!
After much research and seeing the effects an essential oils lifestyle was having on many people I personally knew, I decided to put it in my budget. I received the kit and instantly fell in love with Frankincense. It has a calming effect, relieves headaches and anxiety, acts as a sleep aid, helps with PMS related pains, and is great for your skin. (Hello, ladies! Need I say more?) Other personal favorites such as PanAway, Lavender, Peppermint, and Stress Away (because who wants stress?) are included in the kit. (I have provided an itemized list of everything the premium starter kit contains at the end of this article.)
Why Young Living?
Those of you who know me, know that I am usually NOT brand loyal and prefer to opt for off-brand products. So, you may be wondering why I chose Young Living Essential Oils over one of the cheaper brands out there. Well, after a year of reading almost every article and blog available on the internet, it was a no-brainer for me. I decided that if I was going to transition out of my former chemical-based lifestyle and into a healthier one, I wanted to do it right. I didn’t want to take the chance of buying anything that may have been manipulated, watered-down, or mixed with chemicals.
Young Living’s standards of their Seed to Seal program is pretty impressive. They do rigorous testing on each batch before and after accepting it and engage third-party global experts to validate that their standards are being upheld. I also like that they provide information on the exact farms my oils came from. But what really speaks to their value and transparency is that they are currently creating a farm visit program so all Young Living members can visit their farms and distilleries by the end of this year.
Also, it’s actually quite surprising how far a bottle of oils will go. When mixed with a carrier oil, you can wind up spending much less in the long run than you would by buying off-the-shelf products. The same goes for household cleaners, laundry detergents, and soaps.
Join Me on My Journey to Healthy Living
For more information on Young Living’s Seed to Seal Promise visit their website here. If you would like more information on my personal experience with it, what I have learned through research, or would like to discuss further, feel free to send me an email at [email protected]. And if you have been playing around with the thought and are ready to join the Young Living community, we would love to have you on our team. You can sign up here and enter my member number (15647588) when prompted.
The Premium Starter Kit Includes:
- Desert Mist™ Diffuser
- Premium Essential Oils Collection:
- Lavender 5-ml
- Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
- Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
- Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
- Frankincense 5-ml
- Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
- Citrus Fresh™ 5-ml
- Raven™ 5-ml
- DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
- PanAway® 5-ml
- Stress Away™ 5-ml
- AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
- Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
- 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
- 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
- 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
- Product Guide and Product Price List
- Essential Oils Magazine
- Essential Edge News
- Member Resources