If you want to see me chat about them live, head on over to The Sweetest Digs Facebook Page and check out this Essential Oils 101 video class I gave recently.
My go-to Essential Oil Recipes:
(I have so many and will be adding to this list over the next few months!!)
Want to know more about the oils I use?
Let’s start at the beginning…
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the oil extracted from plants through steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing. The purest essential oils are really powerful. For example, it takes 75 lemons to make one 15mL bottle of Young Living’s lemon essential oil. Crazy, hey?
There are 3 ways people use essential oils: aromatic (diffusing them), topical application (putting them on your body), and ingestion (there are various differing opinions about ingestion, so you should do your research and only do what you are comfortable with).
Essential oils work super quickly. The literature I have read indicates that within 22 seconds of inhaling or applying an essential oil, it will reach your brain. And within 20 minutes, they will affect every cell in your body. Crazy, hey?
Why did we start using Essential Oils?
I had heard various people talk about using essential oils, and had even bought one or two at a health food store, but I had no idea really why or how to use them. Then I got an invite to a Young Living essential oils workshop that a friend was hosting. I’m going to be totally honest, walking into that workshop I thought everyone was a quack. I was SO skeptical, figured people were just out to make money (pyramid scheme style), and thought that the oils were overpriced.
However, a few hours later after hearing the hosts talk about how the oils had changed their lives, I was definitely intrigued. This didn’t seem pushy, and the hosts were just so genuine in their recommendation. They felt better, had a more natural, healthy home, and got a lot of joy out of using oils.
It was enough to convince me to try them. I placed my order for the Young Living Premium Starter Kit about a week later and slowly over the course of 6 months started integrating essential oils into different parts of our lives.
Let me tell you, I’m a total essential oil user now!
We all feel great, my skin has never been better, I’m making all kinds of products MYSELF so I know what exactly is in them (and our drug store bill is way down – we haven’t bought creams, face or body soaps, vaporub, cleaning products, or even tylenol/advil in such a long time!), I’m not worrying about toxic chemicals around my kids (I have gotten rid of sooo much junky stuff that was lurking in our home!), and I just feel like I have created a healthy home environment for my family.
Honestly, I could go on and on about how amazing these oils have been for us. Believe me, my husband and friends hear me talk about it alllllll the time. I’m officially obsessed.
Here is a little activity for you: Download the “Think Dirty” app on your phone (it’s free). Then go into your bathroom and scan the products in there. Dude, it’s scary. There are so many toxins in the products we use on a daily basis. I know that there are toxins everywhere – from the furniture we buy, to the materials used to build our home, to the pollution in the air – but if I can make a different on the products that we use in our own home on a daily basis, I’m doing it.
There is also an empowerment that comes along with knowing how to make your own cleaning products, hygiene products, beauty products, wellness products, and more. I guess it’s sort of the same reason why I love DIY projects in general. Being able to know exactly what is in all of that stuff and know that I’m creating the healthiest options possible is such an amazing feeling.
I now make: hand soap, body wash, our household cleaning products, face serum, Dan’s beard and face oil, my fash wash, the kids shampoo, lip balm, body butter, and a tons of wellness roller bottles for helping with things like boosting immunity, headaches, allergies, muscle pain, kids boo-boos, sleepytime, and more (you roll them on to your body to get the benefits of the oils). And that doesn’t even get into the diffusing of oils that I now do pretty regularly around the house.
Warning … you may soon have a drawer in your kitchen that looks a little something like this!! ;)
What Makes Young Living Oils so Great?
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Young Living is the only company producing high quality essential oils. Nope. I know there are others out there that are selling a good product, too. What you DO need to know, is that the essential oil industry is unregulated. A company can write “100% pure essential oil” on their bottle, and yet what’s inside the bottle only has to be 5% pure oil. That oil can be adulterated (ie. “watered down”) with other stuff. You need to do your research and use an essential oil company that you trust. For me, that company has been Young Living. I started out using it, saw the real results in our own home, and that was enough for me.
Here’s a bit about them. Young Living has been in business for over 20 years and have been at the forefront of the industry since the start. They have a “seed to seal” program, which is essentially taking organic to a whole other level. Young Living owns most of the farms where the oils are harvested, and they are literally overseeing the process from start to finish. They also distill the oils with a sophisticated process than many other essential oil companies do not use. Their oils are pure and potent. You can actually go and visit a Young Living farm anytime you want to see the process for yourself.
I was impressed by all that when I heard about them, however, I am a frugal shopper by nature and figured I could get the same thing elsewhere for less. I purchased some oils from my local health food store and also ordered some off Amazon. “They are all oils, so they must be the same”, I thought. Not only did those oils not smell as nice as the Young Living ones, they really didn’t do much in terms of therapeutic benefits. They were fine if all I wanted was the fragrance aspect of the oils, but they didn’t help with wellness in any way.
Young Living oils are certified as “Natural Health Products” by Health Canada, and by the FDA in the United States.
Certified in French Medicinal Aromatherapy and author of several best-selling books on essential oils, Jen O’Sullivan, has a great website and hosts an amazing facebook group called The Human Body and Essential Oils. She has tested various essential oil brands and has an understanding of oils that I really respect. If you join her group, you’ll be able to read more about the reason why she has chosen to use Young Living oils, and how they compare to the other brands out there.
I stopped worrying about the fact that they were a multi-level marketing (MLM) company and just went with the fact that they have great products. Who cares how they are marketed, right?
Do I have to spend a lot of money?
I won’t lie – getting started with essential oils and using more natural products in general was expensive to start off with. I bought the Young Living premium starter kit, and also had to stock my pantry with things I didn’t necessarily have – “carrier oils” (ie. coconut oil, sweet almond oil), glass rollers, foaming soap pumps, castile soap, and a few other items. The first few months were expensive, compared to what I had been spending on health and beauty products.
However, after those first few months, I quickly saw how long lasting the products were. The essential oils are so potent that you only need a few drops to make various items (this is another reason to go with Young Living – 2 drops of their stuff is so powerful compared to many other essential oil companies out there!).
After 6 months in, our monthly budget was actually down in the “hygiene/medical” category by quite a bit, even though I order from Young Living every month. Now I’m just “replacement buying” every month – stocking up on an oil or other product that I’m out of (Young Living carries other products like makeup, shampoo/conditioner, cleaning products, etc.). Overall we are definitely saving, it just takes that initial investment.
What is the “Premium Starter Kit”?
The Premium Starter Kit is the perfect way to get started with using Young Living oils. You get A LOT of value in this kit.
The Kit includes 11 oils – all of the most popular ones, that you will end up using for a huge variety of sources:
- 5mL bottle of Peppermint
- 5mL bottle of Frankincense
- 5mL bottle of Lemon
- 5mL bottle of Lavender
- 5mL bottle of Copaiba
- 5mL bottle of Thieves
- 5mL bottle of Purification
- 5mL bottle of Panaway
- 5mL bottle of R.C.
- 5mL bottle of Digize
- **Bonus oil – This changes depending on if you order in Canada, the US, or elsewhere and can change year to year. At this time the bonus oil is Northern Lights Black Spruce in Canada and Stress Away in the USA.
You will also get a diffuser.
If order in the United States, you can choose which diffuser you want from four different options:
- Dewdrop diffuser
- Home diffuser
- Bamboo diffuser
- Aria diffuser
With the Canadian kit, you get the awesome dewdrop diffuser (it’s that first one on the left – a great cool mist, ultrasonic diffuser that I have going just about every day!!).
You also get some samples and accessories in your kit:
- A 2017 Product Guide
- 2 Ningxia Red supplements
- Sample packets of oils
- 10 Mini glass dram bottles
- Product usage cards with a place to attach a sample
- AromaGlide Roller Fitment
What’s the cost?
The whole thing is worth over $300 retail *BUT* if you buy it as a kit, it costs $160 USD or $199.75 CAD.
Plus, this means you officially become a wholesale member of Young Living, so any future orders you make you get 24% off the retail price (with no monthly minimums or fees)!!
Want a Different “Premium Starter Kit” Option?
If you aren’t sure if you really want all of those essential oils yet, but are keen to get rid of all those chemical-laden cleaners and other products in your home, then you should definitely consider trying out the Thieves starter kit.
The Thieves line of products is AMAZING. I have honestly never loved a product like this before. It works so well, smells unbelievably good, is healthy (!!!), and goes such a long way. I have one bottle of the thieves cleaner concentrate and it has lasted me over 8 months already. And I use my bottle of thieves essential oil to make immunity boosting rollers, and have it diffusing in the house during the winter sick season (or any time there is a cold lurking).
Here is what you get with the Thieves starter kit:
- Thieves Essential Oil, 15 ml
- Thieves Dish Soap, 355 ml
- Thieves Foaming Hand Soap – Single, 236 ml (pump included)
- Thieves Household Cleaner, 426 ml
- Thieves Laundry Soap, 946 ml
- Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray, 60 ml
- Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier – Single, 30 ml
- Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste, 4 oz*
- English/French Product Guide
- Printed enrollment materials
- DewDrop Home Diffuser
*Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste 4 oz, will replace Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste 4 oz in the event of inventory shortages.
Why Order Through Me?
Getting started with Young Living is kind of like when you join Costco, or another membership-based store. You don’t want to just purchase retail off the Young Living website, you want to get a “membership” so that you get those wholesale prices. By ordering your premium starter kit, that grants you wholesale membership.
And why would you want to order through me versus other Young Living distributors out there? Well, I know a lot of the Young Living distributors are amazing and really I just want you to have a fantastic experience with essential oils. Here is what I will offer you if you decide to join my group:
- A $20 credit so you can purchase things like: the Reference Guide to Essential Oils app, glass roller bottles, foaming soap pumps and a few other accessories I recommend for getting started (I’ll send you a list!)
- An Essential Oils 101 Class delivered straight to your inbox that will get you familiar with each oil in the Premium Starter Kit and how to use them
- Access to our private Young Living Facebook Group. This is really one of the biggest benefits. There is a WEALTH of knowledge from the folks in this group, and they are all SO nice. It’s a seriously lovely community where you’ll make new online friends, be able to ask questions, and get all the essential oils info you could ever want! There are tons of albums full of recipes and tips, too.
- Fun Giveaways from our Essential Oils group!
Basically we’re gonna get to know each other super well and you’ll be let into our secret world of essential oils! Haha.
Do you need to make a monthly commitment?
There are absolutely NO requirements with Young Living. You don’t need to commit to ordering a certain amount each month, or pay anything to “cancel” your membership.
If you end up loving your essential oils (which I know you will!!), Young Living does have a rewards program. For that program, if you make a certain monthly order, you get a percentage back in points to put towards other products. I have been so surprised at how generous the rewards program is! And the great thing is that Young Living sells so many products other than essential oils – you can get the Thieves product line, face and skin care products, kids specific bath and care products, supplements, vitamins, cleaning products, and more. I have basically just started purchasing everything from Young Living instead of the drug store, and my points build up seriously fast (plus they send freebies every month, too!).
You can check out the whole range of Young Living Products here.
I will follow up with you via email and send you that information if you end up ordering your premium starter kit.
Do you have to be a “distributor” or sell Young Living Oils?
You do NOT need to sell young living oils or be a “distributor” in any way. You can simply purchase them for your own use.
If down the line you do end up wanting to refer friends to Young Living, we can chat about that. There are lots of people out there who do this as their full-time job! Even just referring a couple of friends to the brand can earn you enough commissions to pay for your oils altogether.
Am I making money off this?
Full disclosure – I do get a approx $50 commission for every person who buys a Premium Starter Kit that I referred over to Young Living. But I’m really not “in this” for the money. In fact, it took me months before I started feeling comfortable with the idea of even talking about these oils publicly and on this blog. I truly just want to share my amazing experience with them and help you get started, if it’s something you’re interested in.
I want to share that commission with you to help you get started on the right foot. As I mentioned above, if you sign up through my referral code, I will personally send you:
- A $20 credit so you can purchase things like: the Reference Guide to Essential Oils app, roller bottles, foaming soap pumps and other accessories I recommend for getting started
- Snail Mail gift – Yep, I’m going to send you a little welcome package right to your doorstep! Top secret stuff inside :)
- An Essential Oils 101 Class delivered straight to your inbox
- Access to our private Young Living Facebook Group. This is really one of the biggest benefits. There is a WEALTH of knowledge from the folks in this group, and they are all SO nice. It’s a seriously lovely community where you’ll make new online friends, be able to ask questions, and get all the essential oils info you could ever want!
- Fun Giveaways from our Essential Oils group!
Ready to Give Essential Oils a Try?
I’m so excited to have you join in!! We’re going to be oily BFFs. Follow the instructions below to sign up.
If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to email me: gemma[at]thesweetestdigs[dot]com.
Step-by-step instructions to get started with Young Living:
1 // Registration Page – Click over to the sign up page and select ‘Member’ as your membership type.
2 // Membership Details – Select your Country and Language.
3 // Enroller and Sponsor – The enroller and sponsor boxes should be pre-populated with my specific number 3907384. This is really important if you want to get the $20 credit, essential oils 101 class, and access to our private facebook community. Hit ‘next’.
4 // Choose your Starter Kit. This is where you need to select the starter kit you want.
For Canadians, you’ll see 3 options. Choose the one that you are interested in (I recommend either the Premium Starter Kit or the Thieves Starter Kit).
For Americans, you’ll see the Premium Starter Kit and then a few options to upgrade the diffuser if you wish (for an additional fee). If you click through the other tabs (“Other Premium Starter Kits”, “Specialty Kits” and “Basic Kits”). Again, I recommend either going with the Premium Starter Kit (the diffuser that comes with it for the $160 USD is awesome!) or the Thieves Starter Kit (which you’ll find under “Other Premium Starter Kits”).
The next box underneath is all about Young Living’s Essential Rewards program. This program is awesome (you get so many points back and tons of freebies!) but you are making the commitment to put through a monthly order. If you want to sign up for it go ahead, but otherwise just leave it un-checked and click the ‘Next’ box at the bottom of the screen. I’ll walk you through the Essential Rewards program after you have signed up and give you all the scoop on how that works.
5 // Membership Information – Here is where you input all of your personal, shipping, and payment details. You’ll create a sign-up for your Young Living account on this page, so keep that information handy (you’ll need it to sign in to your dashboard).
Under the ‘Tax Information’ section, the reason why they are asking this information is for down the line if you end up going into the business side and making commissions through Young Living. Even if you don’t plan on being a distributor for Young Living, you still just need to pick an option. Pick the one that is appropriate for you.
6 // Agree to Terms and Conditions and Confirm order. You’re in!!! Welcome to the essential oils obsession – you’re gonna love it!!
Lastly >> Send me an email to gemma[at]thesweetestdigs[dot]com once you’ve gone through the above process, so that I can send you that welcome package.
Similarly, if you have ANY questions at all, get in touch.
*Remember to use sponsor ID 3907384 to get your freebies!