Well Hello There!
My name is Carly Wilt, your Educator for this class. I am so very glad that you made it to this class! Please go ahead and begin listening to the recordings below whenever you are ready. Take your time listening through it at your own pace. This class will be here for you whenever you want it! I suggest having a computer, tablet, pen and paper, or whatever you use to take notes with you. Commenting on this post is turned on, so if you have something positive and helpful to add to the discussion please do so (see the giveaway opportunity explained below for added incentive)!
I am incredibly excited to launch this class, and I hope you have as much fun listening and participating as I have had creating it for you!
HOW IT WORKS: Listen to each recording starting with Part 1 and do the corresponding “homework assignment” (don’t worry nothing hard, just some resources for you to review!).
ONGOING GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY: In addition to the Giveaway located within one of the sections below– it’s a surprise you will stumble upon as you listen– you also have another opportunity to win some FREE PRODUCT!! This is very simple and easy, you ready? Just comment. That’s it. Any comment counts, whether it is a question, concern, or helpful addition, as long as it is HELPFUL AND POSITIVE! No negativity, or debate will count Friends, and any comments of that nature will be deleted IMMEDIATELY and could result in removal from this website. So comment away Friends! Each comment counts as 1 entry to win, and a winner will be drawn and announced periodically when I see comments being made! No double entry: the comments from the giveaway within the class will not count towards this giveaway opportunity. They are separate opportunities.
Here we go!
Introduction and Part 1:
- Homework Part 1: Resources to Consider- Everyday Toxins
- Ask your questions or make your positive comments below to win the Giveaway!!
- Homework Part 2: Take a minute and go back to those links I supplied in Part 1 homework. If you didn’t already, read about and download the Think Dirty App on your phone and/or the EWG’s Healthy Living App. Take it with you to the store the next time you need hygiene product and scan your items to learn about what is ACTUALLY in them and what they can do to your body.
- Review this video about the 17 tests Young Living performs on their oils to ensure they are just right before shipping them to your door: 17 Tests Young Living Performs on Each Oil!
- Ask your questions or make your positive comments below for a chance to win the GIVEAWAY!!
- Review this graphic about Young Living’s Seed to Seal Guarantee and visit seedtoseal.com to learn even more about it!
- Homework Part 3: Complete the CABINET CHALLENGE and comment below with what you find! Knowledge is power Friends! Take ownership over your household and well being! (Side Note: I said I would issue another giveaway at the end, that is the Giveaway explained at the beginning of this post. Sorry for the confusion!)
- Review this video from Jen O’Sullivan, certified French Aromatherapist, about why companies can get past certain FDA Regulations because I want you to understand the depth of how seriously Young Living takes their business practices as well as their seriousness about everything else. Again integrity Friends, LOADS OF INTEGRITY!: How Companies Avoid FDA Compliance
- Ask your questions and leave your positive comments for a chance to win the Giveaway!
- Review this excerpt from the book French Aromatherapy by Jen O’Sullivan, certified French Aromatherapist, about her experience with many different oil companies and consider picking up her book on Amazon, it is very reasonably priced (sorry it is long!):
[Excerpt from the book French Aromatherapy ©2016 Jen O’Sullivan]
slightly modified for group.
TESTING YOUNG LIVING VS. OTHER BRANDS
NOTE: These are not exhaustive and fully conclusive tests in most cases. It is meant for a general test against the lowest cheapest brands. Most higher end brands you will not find these tests useful. You need to test the BREADTH OF ACTION of the oil against another oil of the same name.
Young Living was the very first company I was introduced to. Since 2007, I’ve tried to find an essential oil company that has the same potency, authenticity, and above-organic standards, while being less expensive and possibly an over-the-counter or even internet company that may work as well as Young Living. To date, I have tested 17 essential oil brands:
Young Living Essential Oils™
Mountain Rose Herbs®
Original Swiss Aromatics
Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO™) aka Native American Nutritionals®
While I realize this is not a very long list of companies, in the grand scheme of the aromatherapy industry, it’s a solid attempt to compare products, based on the ones that are touted as some of the best, as well as some that are most readily available in popular farmer’s markets and specialty food stores.
There are several factors I take into consideration when testing a brand. My first step is to freeze the oils before I open them. If they are labeled as pure, they should not freeze. If they do freeze, which several I have tested did, even when they should not, based on the label, it’s important to stop using them. These are usually the least expensive brands and are clearly marked for aromatic use only. They smell great, but please don’t ever consider ingesting them. Also, knowing they freeze tells me that there are high amounts of fillers, which is why, even though they are least expensive, you’re throwing your money away if you want any therapeutic value out of them. Note, however that all oils will freeze if temperatures get low enough. I’m using a non-commercial freezer. Also I’m not talking about all oils, just the majority of them. In the case of thicker oils such a Vetiver and Rose, both of those become solid in any freezer.
Second, I look for fillers. I will take a piece of pure cotton rag typing paper and drip a drop of the oil on the paper. It should take around 4-6 hours to dry clear. If it dries really fast without leaving a mark, it means there is alcohol as a filler. If it is inherently clear yet dries slow and leaves a mark, it usually means it has a carrier as a filler. If it dries slow and leaves no mark, that is an indication that it is pure although not a full indication. An oil that is colored such as Tangerine or Blue Tansy you will not be able to get a clear test out of this.
My third step is to simply smell them. Most people do not have the sensitivity to fragrances that I do, but I trust my sense of smell above anyone or any label telling me a product is pure. My body will tell me much faster than a label—I can tell within seconds if there are synthetic fragrance fillers in the essential oil. I get a major frontal lobe headache within seconds of smelling synthetic fragrances. Lavender is the number one offender on this point. According to the Lavender Growers Association, there is 100 times more pure therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil exported from France each year than is actually grown there, which begs the question, “What exactly are they exporting?” It’s not fully pure essential oil, that’s for sure. It is most likely Lavandin spiked with synthetic linalool.
An interesting quote from an article written by Dr. Ernest Guenther back in the 1950s states, “Oil of lavender, once produced to the extent of 150,000 kilograms annually in France from true lavender, has decreased to about 50,000 kilograms annually, having given way to a 300,000 kilogram production of Lavandin from hybrids of true lavender and spike lavender.” Lavandin is easier to grow and will yield far greater amounts of essential oil per batch, up to 5–6 times more; therefore it’s quite a bit more profitable to grow. What exactly is Lavandin? It’s a hybrid between true Lavender and Spike Lavender, which has three flower spikes per stalk as opposed to only one. The constituents on Lavandin are not the same, nor do they work as therapeutically as the true French or English Lavender.
Often you will see companies clearly state that an oil is Lavandin and not Lavender, however this is sometimes not the case. Lavandin and Lavender have different constituent markers. A simple alteration of Lavandin is achieved by adding synthetic linalool which will bring the constituents to within passable Lavender range. Aura Cacia states, “A label with the word ‘lavender’ doesn’t necessarily mean a product is a high quality true lavender essential oil, or that it will offer the aromatherapy benefits of true lavender. Over the past several years, demand for lavender oil has skyrocketed, creating a supply shortage that has led to mislabeled lavender products making their way into the marketplace. Some common adulteration practices include spiking lavender and leavening oils with synthetic fragrances such as synthetic linalool and linalyl acetate to make it smell more like lavender, or stretching true lavender oil with solvents such as dipropylene glycol.” This is shocking!
D. Gary Young is known to have a love affair with Lavender and is said to be the champion of bringing true French Lavender into production in the United States. He says, “While I was visiting one of the distilleries in France, I watched the synthetic solution being put into the extracted oil that was poured into the barrels. I was very surprised when I saw the export tags on the barrels showing they were going to a new company in Utah. I even took a photo of the tag. I’m sure the people in Utah had no idea what they were getting, which is typical of most buyers.” The sad reality is, unless the company you buy your essential oils from has control over the production of the oils from the seed selection stage through the final bottling stage, it’s impossible to know for certain if you’re getting the real deal. Why, then, would this be an issue? The very reason most of us use essential oils is to eliminate, to the best of our ability, the synthetic chemicals in our life.
There are few Lavender essential oils that do not give me a raging headache. I used to vehemently hate Lavender for that reason alone… that is until I met Young Living’s Lavender. I use it every day and it’s changed my breathing for the better. No other Lavender I’ve tried, to date, even comes close. When Lavender is pure, without any synthetic chemicals, it may smell nice to me, but its potency in therapeutic action is what I want. The smell is a happy afterthought for me. If you are not sensitive to smells, you’ll want to take a look at the other areas that may shed light on your current company to know for sure if they’re a good fit for your needs.
There are several questions you will want to ask the essential oil company that are covered in my books. If you’re using essential oils just to make a room smell pleasant, by all means choose one whose scent you like. If, however, you’re looking for therapeutic value and action, and especially if you’d like to consider consuming an essential oil, these questions are paramount. Do not take this lightly. There’s really no clear standard on essential oils, and terms such as certified, therapeutic, organic, and now even medicinal grade, technically mean nothing. These words are marketing jargon that have no real weight. Most people are figuring that out by now, but if you’re new to the essential oil world, you may not have ever known. So where does that leave you? Confused I bet, which is why I decided to become a louder voice in this beautiful aromatherapy industry.
- Homework Part 4: Here are the typed out versions of the product lists I went through in the recording, just as I promised! So no frantic note taking needed!
- Ask your questions and leave your positive comments below for a chance to win the Giveaway!
- Review these graphics and documents regarding the Premium Starter Kit and Essential Rewards:
–Side Note: I neglected to mention, while speaking about Essential Rewards, that in addition to giving you product for FREE, Young Living is also going to give you up to 25% back from your monthly purchases!! How much do your credit cards give back, a measly 5% at the most? Just sayin!–
Part 5: Closing Time!
- Homework Part 5: My enrollment link–> https://yl.pe/5pkx
- Here is my member number, just in case this link does not work for whatever reason: 11352866. Go to youngliving.com and click “Become a Member” in the top right corner, enter my member number as “Sponsor” and “Enroller” and then just continue with the steps I outlined in the recording 🙂
- And AS ALWAYS, ask your questions and leave your positive comments below for a chance to win the Giveaway!
And that’s it Friends! I can’t even believe it! This has been such a long time coming, and I am incredibly excited to say that it is FULLY FINISHED! I cannot wait to hear from you all about what you are learning, and to potentially get to continue growing with you on your journey to natural wellness as a part of my team!
Have fun with this, take your time and ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS!! I always tell my interns at work that the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked 😉
Love y’all so much!