Why you should be skeptical about essential oils. . .
The biggest reason is because they are everywhere. From your local Walmart and Target to Bed, Bath and Beyond to grocery stores and so many other places.
Why do you think this is? Well, for one, essential oils are popular. It's no surprise that several companies have attempted to duplicate the essential oil market. Who isn't looking for something that actually supports your body and doesn't provide a long, list of detrimental side effects?
The problem comes in when companies aren't familiar with the science, or worse when they aren't as concerned about the health and safety of their consumers.
If you look at the label of most box store essential oils, you will find warnings such as the one in the picture to the left. I'd be rather concerned to use this oil. Why isn't it intended for internal use if it's pure essential oil? Why may it irritate skin? Why do I need to keep it out of reach of children? Personally, I'd be rather concerned about using essential oils after reading that label. It's common to find those warnings on store bought oils...check it out for yourself.
I am not saying that there aren't concerns around using essential oils. In fact, I strongly encourage diluting them when you are first starting out. They should never be put in or near the eyes or ears. There are always directions on how to use the oils.
Another reason to be skeptical is because not all oils are created equal. How many of you have had the opportunity to visit the place where your oils are planted, grown and distilled? Have you had the opportunity to take part in the process? Did you know there is a sweet spot when distilling each plant? If you distill too fast, too hot or too long, you most likely won't get all the constituents the plant is capable of producing. Constituents make up the therapeutic elements in the oils.
If you pick up an oil from a box store or some other random place, you most likely will not get any therapeutic benefit. Especially if you feel like you obtained a bargain compared to prices you've seen for Young Living. Many companies are looking to make a profit. If you spray your crop with pesticides, you have more crop to distill. If you use a chemical solvent to extract the oil, you pull more out. If you dilute it with a cheaper oil or a carrier oil, you stretch the oils you have distilled. Most essentials oils are sold at lower prices because companies cut corners.
Young Living's Seed to Seal process is a promise of integrity. It means each plant is hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak. They go through a vigorous testing process. Then they go from the farm directly to your home. Want to know more about Seed to Seal, click here.
It is up to each of us to do research and then decide on what we want to bring into our homes. I suppose it's great to have choices. However, I also know that I will only use Young Living and only the ones I purchase off of their own website. Sure you can find cheaper versions of the same oils on websites like Amazon, but have you seen how easy it is to place a new lid and safety cap on a bottle? My families health is more important than obtaining an oil for a lower price.
So now you've heard my thoughts. Are you curious? Contact me to set up a meeting--in person, on the phone or online. I love to chat oils!
Have more questions or thoughts about this? Please let me know.