For the same reason I have embraced Yoga. And why I endeavour to to buy only organic, avoid processed food and sugar, drink filtered water, prefer cotton, wool and other natural fibres over polyester and synthetics, am picky about the moisturiser I use on my skin and the detergent I use for my laundry.
Because my body is my temple. Like so many others, I want to live a long and healthy life. And I want to do it in the vehicle I have been blessed with for this particular ride that is my life.
Because I do my utmost to limit the pollution of my body and my impact on the environment around me.
Young Living essential oils are pure, unadulterated, nothing added to the seed, the field, during harvest, extraction and distillation. Nothing is put into the bottle except 100% pure essential oils from very happy plants. Young Living guarantee this. The environment around the farms is respected, the weeds are removed by hand, and much effort is put into making sure that the plants are grown in a location, position and with appropriate care, to ensure they get the right amount of sun and rain and the oil is harvested at the right time to contain the optimal levels of constituents. Young Living also constantly sample and test their own quality, with each batch of oil produced tested by independent laboratories, to ensure the best quality, as well as conducting ongoing research into the use and benefits of essential oils. They’re not even afraid of refusing to sell their own product if they find it doesn’t meet the Young Living quality requirements. Don’t worry, they never let it go to waste. For example, the lavender oil which doesn’t make the cut is used back on the farms for maintenance, cleaning and even to put back onto the crops themselves.
Besides the physical efforts that go into the production of these oils, there is also more to the energetic side. Much of the material written about Young Living and its founder Gary Young, mentions spirituality and intention. In Yoga we often talk about intention, in sanskrit it’s known as a sankalpa. It helps us to identify why were are doing something, gives meaning and direction and purpose. And in a similar way, the essential oils from Young Living are also infused with intention. They serve a purpose, facilitate well-being. Energetically, their vibrational frequencies can help to raise the frequency of things and people around them. For example, when making the oil blend “Joy”, they measured the vibrational frequency of a group of people experiencing joy and then formulated the blend to match that frequency. So that whenever someone uses that blend, it helps to elevate their frequency towards that of joy. The Young Living mission statement company beautifully sums it up “We honour our stewardship to champion nature's living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose and abundance.”.
Much research has been done into the (very long and ancient) history of using essential oils. Which in itself is fascinating. The first records of essential oils in use go back 5000 years, the Babylonians, Assyrians, Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Israelites were on the essential oils bandwagon. Even baby Jesus was gifted with Frankincense and Myrrh and later on doused with a jar of Spikenard (worth more than $30 000) by Mary Magdalene. I have always believed, that practices that have stood the test of time, are practices that deserve to be continued. There is a reason essential oils stuck around. Just like Yoga. Because it works.
These factors are all important to me, because it signals a company of integrity, and a product, that to me, embodies Yoga - reconnecting to the source. If we are all one, connected, descending from the same star dust, then we should be indeed reconnect and become one. These essential oils are tangible drops of nature, they work with our human bodies and minds to help support and nurture and facilitate well-being and harmony.
I use these oils to support myself physically and emotionally in order to nurture my vehicle, temple, body, mind. Inhaling a drop of the Motivation blend to help me finish this blog post, anointing a drop of the Valor blend on my throat and shoulders to ground and collect my thoughts before teaching a class, some drops of the Peace and Calming blend with epsom salts for a relaxing bath, or a drop of Peppermint and Lemon in my water to sort me out inside. Most recently I attended an intense four day training to learn an emotional clearing technique that uses these essential oils. It was run by an independent company who chooses to only use the oils from Young Living because they indeed are the highest quality. Now four days immersed in oils, I can only say the experience was profound. They were long days, with very few, and short, breaks. Yet at 10:30pm I still felt energised. You see, the chemical components of the oils help to separate the blood cells so they carry oxygen more efficiently. The constituents of the oils are small enough to pass the cell membranes. Some are even small enough to pass the blood brain barrier. So I was able to last longer and feel better - just like I want to for the rest of my life.
And yes, that might mean they are more expensive than other oils. And it certainly is a bit of an investment to bring this lifestyle into my life. But that’s just it. It’s an investment. In to my well-being and longevity. And I definitely feel I’m worth it. And I am pretty sure you are too.
Next time you’re somewhere that sells essential oils, ask if they are 100%. Unfortunately 100% pure can still be 100% synthetically manufactured. The production process might have rendered it without any therapeutic qualities. Essential oils do not even have to be 100% in order to be labelled as pure!
If you’re interested in getting a stash of nature’s goodness for yourself, it’s fairly easy to get on board. Like I said, it’s not cheap, but totally worth it. You can certainly buy online as a retail customer. But it can be made more affordable by registering with a wholesale account. Even if you do have to pay a small one-off starter fee - which on the other hand comes with information booklets and product samples. It doesn’t mean that you have to sell the oils, it doesn’t mean you have buy a certain amount each month, it’s just a really good way to buy these babies cheaper, for the rest of your long life.
And then there is the option to commit to a monthly purchase, in turn helping you accrue points which then go towards future purchases. A loyalty program. All the cool kids are doing it. If you want to hear more, I’m happy to explain, just get in touch.
And yes, I do recognise that it is a multi-level marketing company, or network company, whatever floats your boat. But my take on that is, if you’re dealing with a product of this nature, you’re better off hearing about it from people who use it themselves and are totally familiar with the product rather than a generic shop assistant, no matter how enthusiastic they may be - after all, they’re only trying to sell a product and earn a living. And the seriously numerous amounts of testimonials floating about on the world wide web is further proof that there is something seriously awesome about these oils. So why shouldn't the people who are doing the marketing, and selling, and distributing, be directly rewarded for their efforts?
I’ve been using these oils for over two years now, and every day I learn something new about them, how to use them, where to use them, why I want to use them. Just like when I step onto the yoga mat, I learn something new about myself. I continue to grow and learn and these oils support me in that process. Just like my physical practice supports my body, mind and spirit. And increasingly these precious drops of nature’s goodness are becoming a part of me. They give me joy to be nearby, they give me joy to think of, and look at, and inhale and anoint. This is the reconnection, this is the union that is Yoga, finding joy and bliss and balance. That is why I embrace yoga and that it is why I use these oils.
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