Sunday, June 8, 2014

{Essential Oils} How I Saved Money by Switching To.....

Alrighty, let's dig into this last essential oil post, shall we?

You all have been SO patient as I've outlined all of my research and guinea pig testing (hi, family!) where essential oils are concerned. If you are just jumping into this series, I would love for you to take a second to go back to the previous posts and catch up on where we've been:
Now that we are all on the same page, I have a confession to make.

I wasn't overly thrilled when I found out what the best, most effective, most affordable essential oil company was.

Oh, I know that sounds backwards. Wouldn't I be thrilled to have finally landed on the company that we were going to use. Well....

Here's my fear. I'm a blogger, right? I help support my family with this blog. It's great! But I never, and I mean NEVER post things that I can't get behind 100%. I've turned down more campaigns than I can count because either they weren't relative to me/you or I just couldn't ethically endorse them. As a blogger, my reputation is really all I have in this space. If that is might as well move on to another blog.

And that's why I started to get a bit nervous when it became readily apparent which brand of oils were the best. I kept thinking to myself, "My readers will never believe that this is unbiased if I tell them who really won the essential oil battle at our house!"

Gosh, darn it.

But I opened this can of worms, so I guess I best cough up the answer. Just know that as we work through this post, this truly IS the brand that I believe is best. Furthermore, I had actually planned a long post about a different essential oil company that I was going to pair with a giveaway for some of their oils, but I had to scrap the whole thing when the bronchitis kept returning, and I wasn't getting better using them. Not only was it frustrating, it would have been unethical for me to continue with that post after the results I experienced.

So all I ask is that you don't discount what I'm saying or leave until you read the WHOLE post, okay? I mean, you've read this far. You might as well read all of my reasoning and the facts behind my choice.

We chose to use Young Living Essential Oils.

They are hands down the best, most effective, and most affordable essential oil company. And I want to walk you through exactly how it fits my list of requirements.

How are Young Living Essential Oils the Best:
  • They are the ONLY company that owns their own farms. Not only that, but they own more than 10,000 acres on six different continents so that they can grow plants in their natural habitats. Plus, they know when to harvest (some plants can only be harvested in a two hour time frame in the mornings in order to maintain their therapeutic value) and have distilleries right on the land.
  • They plant on fields that have been untouched by chemicals and follow those plants from seeds all the way to the bottles. "Organic" oils can legally come from GMO seeds, but Young Living takes that a step further by avoiding even those. If it's possible to be more than organic, Young Living has figured out how to do it.
  • They have 20 years of experience, and have set the international standard for essential oils.
  • They are the ones who invented the stringent tests that essential oil companies use. Most companies don't do all of the tests because they can be pricey, but Young Living conducts them all. On every batch of oil. Every time.
  • They only bottle and sell approximately 30% of the essential oils that they distill. The remaining 70% are sold off to other essential oil and soap companies as fragrance oils because they don't meet the extremely high quality control that Young Living has in place.
  • They have the most single oils and blends available. And they are all organic!
  • They have wholesale pricing available when you buy a membership (like Costco or Sam's Club!)

How are Young Living Essential Oils the Most Effective:

Not all oils are created equal!

The Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Fifth Edition has a section that talks about real lavender oil vs. lavandin (a hybrid) which is often cut with the synthetic linalyl acetate. The adulterated hybrid smells the same and is often sold AS lavender but is definitely not the same. However, companies can produce this synthetic adulterated substance in much larger quantities for a lower cost, so that is often what is passed off for the real thing, "For every kilogram of pure essential oil that is produced, it is estimated that there are between 10 and 100 kilograms of synthetic oil created (p. 22)."

On top of that, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple says, "A common practice is to take a decent grade of essential oil and dilute it 90% to 95% with an odorless, colorless solvent (usually an inexpensive petrochemical) so that what was a pound of good oil becomes ten or twenty pounds of diluted oils to be sold as if it were the original substance. thus multiplying the profit. Such diluted oils often carry labels saying "Genuine" or "100% pure," which is allowed by the U.S. FDA....Mysteriously, for every pound of frankincense distilled in the world, more than a dozen pounds are eventually sold (p. 12)."

Something's not right here.

Remember how last time we talked about how bottles of essential oil are only required to have 5% of the oil be actually pure? Yeah, what companies are really saying is that the 5% is the 100% pure part of the oil. Sneaky, sneaky! It makes me nervous, and I end up feeling a little bit ripped off when I read that. If I buy a $10 bottle of essential oil from the wrong company, I may actually be buying only $0.50 worth of pure oil and $9.50 worth of filler and synthetic substances. Whoa, not cool!

So the integrity of the oil in the bottle is really important! 5% worth of pure oil is not going to have the same effect as 100% (true, 100%) pure oil. The oils work faster, you need less, and you don't spend as much with a true 100% pure bottle of essential oil.

You must trust the company that you are buying from, and Young Living has proven over and over that they are trustworthy. I don't worry about synthetic substances or diluted bottles with their company.

How are Young Living Essential Oils the Most Affordable:
There are cheaper essential oil companies for sure! There is no denying that. But if they don't work, then the oils are a waste of money. That's just logical! The cheaper companies have to be as or more effective than Young Living to even be considered. Or I might as well wallpaper my bathroom with dollar bills, you know what I mean?

But I can actually do one better than just telling you that they are affordable. I can show you! Take a deep breath, because you are about to read through a slew of numbers!

I like cold, hard facts. So I want to show you how I saved money by switching from the other, cheaper essential oil companies to Young Living. Remember that awful 5 weeks of bronchitis that I had earlier this year? If you don't, then please stop right now and go read that post so that you know what I'm talking about. It's really important to have the back story on this.

After unsuccessfully using essential oils during my 1st and 2nd rounds of bronchitis, I was ready to throw them all in a box and set them out on the curb. But I decided to give it one last try. When my 3rd round of bronchitis popped up, only a few days after finishing the last round of antibiotics, I switched back to Young Living. I figured that I really had nothing to lose at that point.

I actually kept track, drop for drop, exactly which and how much oil I used. I also went back and added up what we paid to treat my 2nd round of bronchitis with prescriptions, doctors' bills, and tests. Just how affordable is Young Living as compared to conventional methods?
The total cost was 5.5 hours of time spent waiting for medical attention + $57.87 on the 80/20 portion of our insurance plan. If we hadn't already maxed out our initial deductible (because we've been so sick this year!), then that number would have jumped to $274.15. For ONE round of bronchitis.

What this chart doesn't include is the cost of the over-the-counter meds and cheaper oils that I also used, and the follow-up doctor's appointment and repeat spirometry test and chest x-rays three weeks later to make sure that my lungs were clear. I couldn't fit all of that on the chart! So the number that you see on the chart is just PART of what I actually spent to fix the 2nd round of bronchitis. The number gets much higher when you include everything that I actually spent just for that one illness.

When my 3rd round of bronchitis was kicking up, I wanted to do everything I could to get myself back on track. I was desperate! Since I had the essential oils, that's where I focused. I started by taking the cost of the bottle of oil (using my wholesale member prices) and dividing it by the number of drops in the bottle so that I would know exactly how many pennies worth I was rubbing, ingesting, and diffusing. We are on a budget over here, so cost is an extremely important factor in decisions we make. Here is what I used:

And here was the timeline:
  • Friday evening, I started getting sick again (for the 3rd time).
  • Saturday morning, I could tell bronchitis was making a vicious return.
  • Saturday afternoon, I started using the Young Living oils and the French method of application to help support my body's natural defenses. 
  • Monday morning, life was starting to look up.
  • Thursday, I had a small residual cough left related to allergies. But other than that, I was ready to be a mom to rambunctious three-year-old quadruplets again!
My total? 5 days and $24.41 worth of oils.

$24.41 worth of Young Living oils!

And from that point on, I was 100% sold that Young Living has the Best, Most Effective, and Most Affordable oils.

I SAVED money by switching back to Young Living. Not to mention a lot of miserableness and weeks of down time!

And....I haven't had another recurrence of bronchitis since!

But there was one more thing that I had to deal with. Like I said in my last essential oil post, I had an extremely bad experience with a previous multi-level marketing company. It's made me understandably skittish about getting too close to another one (Side note: I think most of the companies make GREAT products, but generally speaking, people in them can get burned). So I decided to approach this a bit differently than most people would:

1. If you want to try 1 or 2 oils to see if you like them, send me an email, and I'll let you piggy back on my wholesale membership so that you can try them with my 24% discount. No markup. No pressure from me. You just pay my cost. I'm not interested in ever selling these at retail. I'm so serious about this offer. Don't EVER pay retail for these oils. EVER. Just send me an email, and I'll hook you up. theishumquads "at"

2. If you like the oils or want to start with the same Premium Starter Kit that I have (highly recommended!), then you can sign up for your own wholesale membership. Full disclosure: I get a commission if you use my membership number as a referral. However, I'm all about the research and education behind oils, so I will take that commission, turn around, and use it to buy and ship you a Welcome Kit. The kit is not put out or created by Young Living, but is has things in it that have been helpful to me, and I think it will be helpful to you as well. It has an Essential Oils Pocket Reference that covers how to use the oils along with a few other items like a dropper bottle for carrier oils and a roll on bottle for easy application. I'll also add you to a really fantastic group for members that I'm in. They give real help in real time to real questions. It's been invaluable. If you want more info on a Young Living membership, my Welcome Kit, or the private FaceBook group, you can jump over to this post. (I had to break it into a separate post because this one is too long!)

I care so much about you using the best, most effective, and most affordable oils, giving your family a leg up when it comes to wellness, and making sure that you have the research and education to use oils safely and effectively. Please understand that I'm not saying to abandon modern healthcare. I'm a big fan of an integrated approach, using both modern medicine and essential oils as appropriate. These oils just give you one more major item in your arsenal to fight back. I only wish that I had found them years ago. 

*deep breath* Sheesh! Can I ramble or what? Are you still with me?

Finally, thanks for following along on my essential oil journey. I hope that you enjoyed reading my research and found it helpful. I'm going to continue researching and learning about these, so stay tuned for some fun things coming up, like, how to make your own all natural lip balm customized with your favorite essential oils! Meanwhile, please head over to the second part of this post for info about getting your own essential oils!

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  1. I loved reading what you learned!!! You have an amazing way of presenting information!! great job, friend!!!!!! :)

  2. I LOVED reading this blog!!! I had joined YL 2 months before but this made me feel even better about my decision to go the more natural way with my family's health. I do have a question. Who did you contact at YL to ask what oils you should use when sick or what was not working for you?

    1. I get a lot of my info from the private group I'm in. I would suggest that you check with whoever referred you. They should be able to point you in the right direction for daily help and someone to bounce things off of!

  3. Your posts have been the most helpful in my own research so far. Your generosity and sincerity have really affected my thoughts on EO companies. Gonna check out that other post you mentioned now! :)

  4. Loved this article and will share!

  5. I found the link to your blog on a Young Living group on facebook. I started with young living and have stayed there. Reading your research was awesome! I must say when you got to the end here about which company you chose, I was holding my breath because...............of the research you had done. lol I am so glad you chose Young Living. I am 56 and just learning as of May this year. As the younger generation would say, You Go Girl. Hugs sent to you and your family.

  6. Is there a bias on this blog or is it my imagination?

    1. There definitely is! I'm biased towards the company that I think is best. If I had ended up deciding that another company was the best, then I would have been biased towards that company. But in my opinion, Young Living ended up being the best, so I choose to purchase the essential oils that my family uses from them. :)

      Opinion pieces always carry a bias. ;) I just hope that how I ended up with this opinion makes sense and gives others another tool to consider when researching essential oils for themselves.

      All the best!

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing all the detail and reasoning you have shared! Well put! I'll definitely be emailing you soon to try them out! :-)

  8. Thank you so much for putting in the time to research! My two best friends are really big into essential oils. They are both consultants for a company you did not research but was mentioned. I am interested in how the oils can help my family since my 14 month old spent about 6 months of her first year with congestion and illness that none of my older children had. However, if I am going to spend this much money on something I want to be able to stand behind it when asked about it. I do not just want to go with the flow and do what everyone else is doing. I really don’t want to buy into fads either. So I do appreciate all of your research. I understand your pieces are opinions but you have at least given me an idea of what to look for in the company so thank you.

  9. I just did an online "class" on these oils last night. I've been hearing about them and got some good info last night. Then went to google this morning to learn more. This blog was JUST what I needed. THANK YOU!!! I'm going to try a few of these oils.

  10. What do you think about Native American Nutritionals? Just curious as to why you didn't review them. I think I saw something about them on another one of your posts about EOs, but there wasn't an extensive review. Thanks.

    1. I was going to ask the EXACT same thing, and see there is still no response :(

    2. I wish I could review every essential oil company out there in depth, but they are multiplying extremely quickly as interest grows in this field.

      I thought about reviewing NAN, but I was looking for marked differences between the companies that I was choosing to review. I didn't see much with NAN that set it apart from a lot of the other companies that I was already trying and reviewing.

      Young Living has a Seed to Seal Promise that they 100% back up. From what I could tell, NAN doesn't monitor their oils from the point of seeds on their own farms. They buy them already distilled, and then bottle them.

      What I was most interested in was quality and knowing that nothing happened to my oils before I used them on my kids. Young Living monitors their oils from the point of seeds. I don't know if you knew this, but organic plants can be grown from GMO seeds and still get the organic label. I know that Young Living is making sure that their seeds are non-GMO, heirloom quality, and then using that same scrutiny through every step of the process. I like knowing that I can walk onto a Young Living farm and see them hand weeding the plants in order to protect them and give us the finest oils available. I actually had a lady a few months ago who drove to the lavender farms in Utah to see if I was telling the truth. She bought oils on the spot! (that is some serious researching!)

      I went with Young Living because I felt that they take care of their seed/plant/harvest/distill/bottle process with the same concern that I have when I'm looking at products for my family. In other words, I felt safest with them! :) And then, of course, there was the part where they actually worked! :) You can read more about that process here:

      By the time I got that far into my research, I realized that NAN couldn't offer the same level of careful quality control that Young Living does.

      I hope that helps!

  11. I've been using YL oils for 7 mths... Never looked back. They are amazing. Thanks for such an extensive experiment w/so many EO's! Great information for people who are researching!

  12. I'm curious if you plan on re-visiting any of this information or research now that there's a new company out with clinical grade oils?

    I'd love to know what you think since you've tried so many of them and really looked into the different companies that were available before.

    1. "Clinical grade oils" is marketing jargon, I'm afraid. That grade of oils doesn't actually exist. I know which company you are referring to because I was very interested to learn if there were actually better oils out there...I want the very best for my family! I would definitely urge you to consider them with the Young Living Seed to Seal promise in mind along with comparing the longevity of that company to the track record that Young Living has. Lots of questions are always a good thing!

  13. Eden's Garden is the oil company that I chose because it worked so well for me. I am happy that you found the oil for you. I really believe in the healing powers of these essential oils. I have the same relationship with sinus infection that you had with bronchitis. That is over now and I am glad for us both. Take Care/

    1. Did you try any of the other oils internally.

    2. Screilly, Eden's Garden oils are not to be taken internally. Please take a look at and compare what you read there to what you find out about Eden's Garden. But no, please don't take Eden's Garden internally because they are not meant to be used that way.

  14. I've been a Young Living Essential Oils distributor since January 2014 and never have regretted it one bit. In January my husband had a slight heart attack and we went to our local hospital ER. I got checked out as well because I have asthma, well I was prescribed steroids(which by the way have negative side effects & one I was not aware of as no Dr. ever told me is that you can get cataracts from using steroids as this happened to my landlord & it almost blinded her overnight!), antibiotics( a z-pak), and a cough medicine with codeine! Well I use singular(which also has a negative side effect- it can cause upper respiratory infections and it has for me as well as my youngest daughter when she was on it when she was a child- she's 24 years old now!) every day as well as a liquid medication that goes in my nebulizer(which is brand new and I don't/won't ever use it again!) that I use on a regular basis as the inhalers never helped! Well come March- I was so much worser than I was in January so I went back to the hospital and saw the PA that I saw in January(I had to use the cough medicine with codeine at night just so I could get some sleep cos of a dry hacking cough that I had every night!), she did a chest x-ray & said my lungs were okay and was I taking/using my acid reflux medicine? I replied that why cos I have asthma and what does that have to do with me coughing- she never replied! Well I went home and looked up symptoms of GERD/acid reflux- come to find out that the medications that asthmatics use will(which I was using as well!) make your acid reflux worse and your acid reflux will make your asthma worse! Well I said "F the doctors and F the medicines"! I was so aggravated and really mad that neither my PA(that I was seeing for my asthma and wellness check ups- pap smears & mammogram orders!) or my stomach dr. never once mentioned that little piece of very important fact! So I started drinking organic Apple Cider Vinegar every day for my acid reflux and using my Young Living Essential Oils for my asthma! I am happy to say that I'm still a distributor and will never go back to using those prescription drugs again- I totally was pissed off at my PA off the next time my husband(she was his PA as well- until she just up and left town without so much as any kind of notice to my husband which didn't go over very well with him as he had taken off the whole day from his work for his appointment and he had no paid time off left!), I told her about my experience and that she and any other dr. wasn't gonna be getting much money off me or my insurance any more! She asked why and I told her that I would using my oils and doing things more holistically, occasionally I do take an Aleve every once in a while- but other than that no prescription drugs! Also just recently last month I had what I assumed was either way too much green tea or ate something that didn't agree with me(I will never eat something that my son-in-law cooks again as I see that they leave food out and don't bother to wrap it up and put it in the refrigerator!) or had a stomach bug- well I took two doses of Imodium for diarrhea. My stomach started hurting really bad with cramps so I rubbed so peppermint oil on my stomach and about an hour later I threw up whatever was making me sick! Plus the night before my neighbor's husband had gotten stung by a bee/wasp/hornet(one of those- don't know which one as I personally wasn't present when he got stung!), she asked me if I had an oil that would help as he's highly allergic to stings and he was having problems breathing and they had no epi pen! So I was completely out of lavender oil- so I gave her my peppermint oil and she said(she told me the next day) that she put peppermint on the sting as well as his throat & chest, she had given him nothing else except Zrytec and he threw that up and then was fine!

  15. I noticed doterra oils are not in the list of comparisons. Can you give me a pro verses con between them and young living oils?

  16. I asked on your 1st blog whether you became a oiler or not... Question answered! You did! Thank you for your research! I just started using Young Living and have been very skeptical... So I will continue on the journey... I have been tossed back and forth over the use of EOs or not. These posts have answered a lot of my questions! Thank you.

  17. I really enjoyed reading your blog and the replies on essential oils. Thanks for all the information.

  18. I was going to sign up for the Premium Starter Kit, but as I filled out the info I was asked for my social security number. I'm not planning on selling the oils; I just want a membership. Am I required to give my ss#? I always try NOT to give that out, especially over the internet.
    I enjoyed your article very much. I've been thinking about trying essential oils for a while, and your in depth review convinced me to give them a try. Thanks!

    1. Hi Denna!

      Yes, there is a work around for the social security number that people use when they don't want to give out that info over the internet! Please send me an email so that I can help you with that! theishumquads "at"

  19. This is exactly the series of posts I was looking for. I have other issues....depressio, arthritis, possibly hypothyroidism. ...and as a nurse have come to be pretty much anti pharmaceutical for my own health. Your research answered so many questions, and best of all showed me that the choice between Young Living and doTERRA is easy. Also while I didn't know that there are 3 schools of thought, the French way is a no-brainer for me now. Thank you so much!


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