A lot of what I like to do for my part-time job is to educate. I’m not a fan of selling, but rather sharing with people what there is to know and let them digest that themselves. The following comes from what I typically share at my Essential Oils 101 Class that I teach every month. It’s important information that I feel needs to be understood, and hopefully explains why I am investing so much into a lifestyle with Young Living. I got a almost all of this from a more experienced oiler. Her name is Sarah Harnish. I’m blessed to be able to use this information that she researched and was so willing to share with the Young Living community!
All Oils Are Not Created Equal
All oils in the world fall into one of four categories: Grade A, Grade B, Grade C, Grade D.
- Grade A is therapeutic, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures.
- Grade B oils are food grade, but may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders, or carrier o
- Grade C oils are perfume oils that often contain adulterated chemicals. They usually use solvents, for example, hexane, to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents can cause cancer and are in many store-bought oils. They may also be diluted 80 to 95% with alcohol.
- Grade D is called “floral water”, which is aromatic only and is usually a byproduct of a Grade A distillation. After all the oil is pulled out, the leftover trash water is sold to companies which will fill 5% of the bottle with this “leftover trash water” to fill the rest with carriers, and label it “pure”.
Before you pick a company, check to see what they have control over with their product. Do they grow their own plants, owns their own fields, and controls the entire process from Seed to Seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle? Pesticides, pollution, previously farmed land – all of it can affect the quality of an oil. Young Living’s oils are Grade A. Why would you go to this extra step of using an oil to get away from a chemical – and then use an oil laden with chemicals?
Did you Know…
…most YL oils are $10-$30 a bottle. A five ML bottle contains about 90 drops and a 15 ML bottle contains about 250 drops. Each application is 1 to 3 drops, meaning even a small bottle will get you 45 to 90 applications. I know what made me skeptical was the size of the bottles for the price. I thought it wasn’t worth it. Boy now I see how long a bottle can last when I use it right!
Some Cold, Hard Facts
The number two cause of death in the United States is cancer. 1,620 people a day die of cancer. 1 in 3 cases in the US are directly linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, weight, or chemical exposure. The American Cancer Society says only 5 to 10% of all cancer cases are from gene defects. 5-10%. That means 90- 95% of cancer cases are under our control. It’s what we allow into our homes.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home – and found 884 toxic ingredients. 314 of them caused biological mutations. 218 caused reproductive problems. 778 were toxic to the human body. 146 they knew caused cancer tumors – but were allowed in the United States, even though they were banned in other countries around the world. Many of these chemicals are allowed in common cleaning supplies in the United States – things under your cabinets right now.
26 seconds after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body. Remember, the average woman applies 300 chemicals to her body a day – 80 before breakfast. The top 10 most dangerous chemicals in our home: air fresheners, like plug-ins or candles. Second on the list – chemical cleaning supplies, drain and oven cleaners and furniture polish, as well as dishwasher soap and dish soap. Beauty supplies and personal care products – hairspray, gel, shampoo, and deodorant are laden with chemicals. Most deodorant has aluminum in it, and we slather it on our lymph nodes for 70 years. Many scientist believe aluminum exposure may be linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Two of the top pollutants in the family home are laundry soap and fabric softener – you wash your clothes, it sits on your skin, it fumes up your closet all night long. That information, is straight from the government, from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Killer Household Chemicals Study.
There are 100,000 chemicals on the market today. The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in every chemical already on the market. What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing, and we know very little information about their side effects. Dr. Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, says “it is unthinkable that women would knowingly inflict such exposures on their infants, children and themselves if products were routinely labeled with explicit warnings of cancer risks. But they are not labeled.”
Since the 1940s, prostate cancer is up 200 percent. Thyroid cancer, 155%. Brain cancer, 70%. And the American Cancer Society estimates a 50% rise in cancer rates by 2020. It is no wonder that the quality of air inside your home is 5 to 7 times more toxic than the outdoor air quality.
Did You Know…
the British model of essential oils advocates topical use.
The German model advocates aromatic use.
The French model uses essential oils internally.
Young Living utilizes all three methods, British, French and German. The French have been safely using some essential oils internally for decades.
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“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” Proverbs 27:9