If you’re looking to relive some high school drama, get people talking about essential oils.
Please tell me you’ve heard of essential oils!
Like the name suggests essential oils are natural oils, extracted from plants, spices and other such goodies. They’re highly concentrated and have some pretty incredible healing properties.
But I’m not writing this post to convince you that these oils work. Let’s just assume you’re already on board with this staple of natural living.
I’m writing this to help clear up some confusion about where I go to get quality essential oils and why you won’t find me selling oils from the most popular companies on the market.
I’ve started using essential oils long before I ever got into blogging. I love that they’re powerful and beneficial. I use them for homemade toiletries and cleaning supplies. I also use them to help my son with Sensory Processing Disorder. I even use them to take away my aches and pains.
I’ve always used an assortment of different brands and found them to be highly effective. (Please note, these are 100% pure essential oils, NOT fragrances oils that are often laden with harmful chemicals).
It was only after years of use that I was introduced to two brands that make some very different claims.
DoTerra and Young Living are two companies that sell essential oils in a multi-level marketing scheme. They’re quite popular and VERY lucrative, especially for a blogger, since our sphere of influence is usually quiet large.
I’m thrilled that these companies have taken EO’s from weird hippy medicine into the mainstream. It’s great that friends no longer give me a blank stare when I mention my love of the oily brown bottles.
MLM systems have also proven to be highly effective for many of my blogging buddies. The money they’re making is greatly impacting their family’s bottom line. And as you probably know, one of the goals of my blog is to help supplement our family’s income.
So why won’t I be selling essential oils via Young Living or DoTerra???
First let me say, “I WANT TO!!!”
Goodness sake, I want to!
I have tried on many occasions to justify joining the program. But I can’t ignore the following problems I see with Young Living and DoTerra.
If you do a price comparison between these two brands and the other brands on the market, it’s shocking. In fact, it’s a huge deterrent for many people to even be able to purchase these great products. The price hike is due to the large chunk the consultants receive and those above and below them in the pyramid chain.
I’m uneasy with that type of financial gain. If there’s a MUCH cheaper, high quality product on the market, I want my readers to know about it, so they can get more of these awesome EO’s for their money.
(Please note, I do have affiliate links to EO’s on my site. If readers click through and purchase through that link, I get a very small percentage of the purchase price as a finders fee. It in NO WAY affects the product’s price for the customer. If they’d found the product on their own, they’d still be paying the same price.)
Advocating Unsafe Uses
Essential oils are all-natural, but they are in no way “all-safe”. They have very powerful medicinal qualities, and should be administered in a way that is safe for the individuals using them.
I have found consultants for YL and DoTerra consistently promoting extremely shady uses for EO’s, namely, ingesting oils or using them “straight” without diluting with a carrier oil. These practices should be used sparingly and only under the direction of an essential oil specialist.
There also needs to be great caution taken when EO’s are administered to children and pregnant/lactating women. I’m still learning the ins and out of this and am always concerned about promoting unsafe practices myself.
The main distinguishing characteristic of Young Living and DoTerra is their claim to be the ONLY quality oil on the market. They both have a registered trademark mark, phrases that only that company can use.
Example: DoTerra claims to be the ONLY “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” essential oil on the market, and that’s true. They coined the phrase and made sure no one else can legally use it.
But there are plenty of great high quality oils on the market. If fact, there have been a couple independent studies done comparing brands and most got good results. (Here’s the results of those tests.)
I’m not writing this post to make enemies, but to explain my reasoning behind not joining the multi-level marketing essential oils bandwagon. I understand that others have different convictions and have come to different conclusions.
(One of my blogging buddies decided to do the opposite and wrote a great, balanced post about her choice. Read that here. )
I want you as my readers to trust that I’m looking out for your safety and your pocketbook. I want you to be educated and to do your own research. I want to be transparent and honest about my findings.
And I want to represent Christ well.
It should be no secret that I’ve been saved by the blood of Jesus. He has changed my entire worldview and where I find my security (hint, it ain’t money). When He convicts me of something, nothing is going to sway me otherwise. I answer to Him alone.
I hope that you find this helpful. I’d love to hear your own thoughts in the comment section below.
Please remember that everyone is free to have a unique opinion and to be respectful of all other readers.