To me, the Young Living essential oils are Yoga in a Bottle. Yoga is a practice that supports the wellbeing of body and mind. In a similar way, these oils help support my health and well-being. They support me on the physical and emotional levels, and help me to nurture the vehicle, the temple, that is my body, mind and spirit.
I use these essential oils for the same reason I have embraced Yoga. And for the same reason 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. I want to do it in the vehicle I have been blessed with for this particular ride that is my life. So I do my utmost to limit the pollution of my body and my impact on the environment around me. In the yogic philosophy, this is known as Saucha, and implies that we mindfully observe our own mind, body and the space around us, what we are putting into either/all of these three and how we are treating these.
Young Living essential oils are pure, unadulterated, nothing is added to the seeds or the fields, nor during the harvesting, extraction or distillation process. Nothing is put into the bottle except 100% truly pure essential oils from very happy plants. Young Living guarantee this. The soil is cared for to have the healthiest soil bacteria possible. 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. The plants are harvested at just the right time, for each particular plant, to contain the optimal levels of chemical constituents to ensure they are as potent as Mother Nature intended.
Young Living also constantly sample and test their own quality, with each batch of oil produced being tested at their own state of the art facilities, as well as by independent laboratories to ensure the best quality. Each batch undergoing 30 rounds of testing - to be really really sure. Young Living also conducts 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 their own stringent Young Living quality requirements. This is their Seed to Seal guarantee - and it goes far beyond the industry standards. Don’t worry, they never let any discarded product go to waste. For example, the lavender oil which doesn’t make the final cut is used back on the farms for maintenance, cleaning and even to put back onto the crops themselves.
The Young Living mission statement 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.”.
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 sankalpa. It helps us to identify why were are doing something, gives meaning and direction and purpose. In a similar way, the essential oils from Young Living are also infused with intention. They serve a purpose, they 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 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.
While the modern use of essential oils started in the early 1900's, but there are references to the use of essential oils and herbs going wa-a-a-a-y back in history. The first records of using essential oils go back some 5000 years. The Babylonians, Assyrians, Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Israelites were all on the essential oils bandwagon. For those familiar with the stories from the Bible may remember hearing how the three Wise Men gifted the wee baby Jesus with Frankincense and Myrrh, which in Biblical times was worth more than gold. 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.
Inhaling a drop of the Motivation blend helped me focus my mind and finish this blog post. Anointing a drop of the Valor blend on my throat and shoulders helps me to ground and collect my thoughts before teaching a yoga class. Some drops of the Peace and Calming blend with epsom salts make for the most relaxing bath. A drop of Peppermint and Lemon in my water works wonders for that refreshing feeling and sorting out the insides.
Recently I attended an intense four day training to learn an special 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 of the highest quality. Spending 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 constituents of these oils help to transport oxygen, and are small enough to pass the cell membranes. Some are even small enough to pass the blood brain barrier helping to oxygenate my brain. So I was able to last longer and feel better - just like I want to for the rest of my life.
And yes, to some they may seem more expensive than other essential oils you'll find in the shops. But the investment into my health and my well-being is absolutely worth it. And that’s just it. It’s an investment into my life, so that it may be a long, happy and healthy one. And I know I’m worth it. I am pretty sure you are too.
Next time you’re somewhere that sells essential oils, ask if they are 100%, ask if they know where the oils come from, which farms, how are they processed? Did you know, that unfortunately something labelled 100% and pure can still be 100% synthetically manufactured. The production process might have rendered it without any therapeutic qualities at all, so it's simply a fragrance. Essential oils do not even have to be 100% in order to be labelled as pure!
If you’re interested in getting some Young Living oils, aka Yoga in a Bottle, a stash of nature’s goodness for yourself, it’s easy to get on this wagon. You buy online and they get shipped directly to you. Either as a retail customer, or as a wholesale member - which is a really smart way to buy these babies cheaper, for the rest of your long and happy life. You can read more here.
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 caliber, you’re better off hearing about it from people who are using them daily themselves, are totally familiar with the product. Besides why shouldn't the people who are doing the promoting, marketing, selling 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. 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 connection. 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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