An essential oil is the aromatic, volatile liquid that comes from distilling flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. Many people refer to essential oils as the lifeblood of plants because they carry oxygen and nutrients within the plant, are considered the plant's immune system, and are part of the regenerative process of the plant.
Because our bodies instinctively recognize the constituents in essential oils, we are able to use them for boosting our immunity, relaxation and better sleep, stamina and boosting energy, and for uplifting our spirit.
Other than smelling amazing, essential oils have many properties that help you feel better without any nasty or toxic chemical additives that potentially could produce annoying or dangerous side effects.
Essential oils can help with:
You can use them to make healthy bath and body products, chemical free household cleaners and to make your home smell fantastic (one of my favorite uses).
It is so important to provide our bodies with boosters that support healthy functioning in a world where we are constantly bombarded by toxins everywhere!
Essential oils truly have been a blessing to use everyday, helping my family heal from exposure to toxins, instead of just applying another "band-aid" over symptoms, and I know you can have similar results!
I've been so impressed and excited about my results and the results of those I coach, that I find it too difficult not to talk about them. Therefore, I'm sharing them with everyone!
To learn more about how essential oils can help
military veterans and those experiencing emotional trauma
While I was on active duty in the Navy, I developed a couple autoimmune and neurological issues that left me unfit for duty and unable to work. I was plagued by seizures, chronic pain, chronic weakness, digestion troubles, a compromised immune system, migraines, low blood pressure, fainting, massive confusion, memory difficulties, strokes, depression, self-doubt, and suicidal desires.
My health issues suddenly came on late 2005. In 2012, I was hospitalized for liver failure and pancreatitis after a nasty reaction to the 14th anti-seizure medication I was given to try. At that point upon receiving several links to blogs about people reversing their health using food as medicine, I asked my neurologist if we could try a more holistic approach. He laughed at me, saying a natural health lifestyle would just kill me faster. While in the back of my mind I was thinking that would be nice, I also felt that no stone should go unturned and I should at least prove those blogs wrong. Worst case, changing my dietary intake would do nothing. Best case, it would end my suffering.
So, I started a modified Paleo diet "designed" for people with autoimmune issues. And life backfired! My seizures slowed from 6+ a day to 2 each week. My migraines slowed down too. I also noticed I felt more physically capable, which was super impressive. I went from not being able to stand long enough to cook a meal, to actually being able to stand up while cooking and washing dishes. AND I was actually suddenly able to cook 3 square meals a day PLUS wash all the dishes in the same day!
That by itself was quite eye opening, and had me thinking... if removing prepackaged foods with questionable and toxic ingredients, what would happen if we kept the theme going and did a major overhaul to the personal care and cleaning products we use??
We ditched everything with a questionable ingredient, a toxic ingredient, and also items without sufficient labeling. We based most of our findings off of The Environmental Working Group's databases. That website is incredible at helping you figure out product and ingredient safety, and gives ratings on the safety of products. We stick to items rated 0-2. I also have a list of common personal care toxic ingredients I avoid too, if you want to check it out and compare it to what you're currently using.
I cringed at first, noticing we filled up 2 entire large trash bags. I was throwing away a cleaner for everything. Window cleaner... kitchen cleaner... bathroom cleaner... floor cleaner... stove cleaner... oven cleaner... toilet cleaner... soft scrub... tub and shower cleaner... heavy duty cleaner... carpet cleaner... laundry detergent... laundry fabric softener... stain remover... dryer sheets... I threw out several shampoos and conditioners... deep conditioners... hair masks... hair spray... body wash... soap bars... liquid hand soaps (bye bye triclosan!)... lotions... face creams... deodorant... and a drawer full of makeup.
I felt anxious, like I was throwing away money. However, I also knew replacing those items could potentially do so much for my health that was finally starting to regain after 8 years of pure misery. Turns out it was the best thing I could have ever done!
So much changed so quickly. I went from laying on the couch all day for years on end, wishing to take a nap and not wake up... to THRIVING, and all in a relatively short amount of time. All because of seeking a nontoxic lifestyle that I once thought was a hoax, along with my doctors and family.
I can honestly say, we've been healthier and happier since making the switch. This is absolutely the best decision my husband and I have ever made. It enabled us to have our son; it allowed me to regain my health; it gave me a reason to live. Without family and health, there wasn't much for me to live for.
This alone changed everything.
Now, I'm a believer. I believe the body is miraculously designed to heal, when given the proper nutrients, and starved of constant toxin bombardment.
There is no doubt essential oils are a hot topic today!!
Many people start out purchasing one oil at a time, scouring local stores and the internet for the best prices. I was one of them too, though I quickly learned not to buy from Amazon because many of them are counterfeit and contain unwanted synthetic compounds that contradict the therapeutic qualities you're searching for (lessons learned the hard way when I reacted to some, and some just didn't smell right at all).
After hearing about France producing approximately 50 tons of true and clone Lavender while brokers end up exporting 250 tons doesn't necessarily give warm and fuzzies about knowing whether or not what you buy is what the label says it is. In fact, for an essential oil to be labeled "pure" it only needs to contain 5% essential oils. This means a 100% pure essential oil could actually be 75% vegetable oil (or 95% vegetable oil) and still fit within the legal label laws!
Pure, unadulterated essential oils can be expensive because of how concentrated they are. For example, it takes anywhere from 500-2,000 pounds (or more) of a plant's material to produce just 1 (ONE) pound of essential oil!
Most places do not guarantee the quality of the oils they sell, or refuse to show exactly how the plants are cared for, how the distillation is done, and whether or not any chemicals are used in the process. If you're looking at the cheapest options, they are guaranteed to be dissolved with synthetic compounds instead of steam distilled at low temperatures and pressure. This can negate the effort you're using to ditch toxins. Places like Walmart sell "essential oils" that actually have no traces of any essential oil in them! It can become a very misleading game trying to navigate the essential oil world. Many other companies use "pure" in their labels to lure customers, but don't actually know what is in their products because they're purchased from an essential oils broker and relabeled.
If you're anything like me, then you're one of those people who needs to know what is in the products you use, and like seeing complete transparency within the company. The questions listed above are critical to know exactly what you're spending your hard earned money on, and have the peace of mind that it will contribute to your health.
Young Living provides the perfect solution to getting started with a nontoxic, essential oils-based lifestyle.
They take the overwhelm out of getting started by offering a variety of "starter kits" to choose from, based on your needs and budget.
Instead of using products containing toxins, you can actually SAVE MONEY by switching to a safer lifestyle that also offers many therapeutic benefits! If you were to add up all the money spent on household and personal care products each month, how much do you think you spend?
Deciding where to begin when initially seeking a nontoxic lifestyle can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Young Living takes the overwhelm out of getting started!
Young Living offers retail and a wholesale membership options, that are available to everyone in the US, and numerous countries around the world. Having a wholesale membership will provide you with a 24% discount on all future orders for life, and the option of enrolling in their monthly essential rewards autoship program, where you can customize your monthly order and earn 10-25% of your purchases back in store credit. There are no annual fees, though to maintain an active account, you do need to purchase 50pv worth of product each year (usually $50, depending on the product(s) chosen).
The best part of using one of my links to create your membership with Young Living: I will personally send you resources and my favorite reference guide, along with provide you with personalized coaching to maximize your experience with essential oils.
Getting started with a wholesale membership with a Premium Starter Kit (PSK) is a great way to start your nontoxic lifestyle. There are 3 main options:
The Premium Starter Kit featuring essential oils comes with 5 essential oils, 6 essential oil blends, a few samples, AND a diffuser.
The Premium Starter Kit featuring Thieves focuses on your nontoxic cleaning and some hygienic needs.
The Premium Starter Kit featuring NingXia Red focuses on providing you with healthy, delicious supplements.
I personally feel the best bang for your buck, and the best place to get started is with the essential oils PSK option. But the starter kit you should choose really depends on where you want to begin. There truly is no right or wrong answer, so go with which one speaks to you. If you feel stuck, you can always email me at nicole [at] warmlyrustic [dot] com and ask questions. You are also welcome to purchase one kit and add on additional products before checking out.
When you get started with Young Living's essential oils through the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit through my link below, I will personally send you:
In case you need it, here is a step by step guide on how to sign up for a wholesale account, where you can enjoy a 24% discount for life! If for some reason the enroller/sponsor numbers don't show up, please enter: 1852690 in both locations. This way, I will know you've signed up and will be able to set up your references and resources.
About a year ago. My health was spiraling downward, and the minimal "help" I was getting from the veteran's hospital and various nonprofits weren't cutting it. I was getting run in circles, and told that I was out of treatment options.
Essential oils aren't a magic bullet. They're a tool, and for me, a tool that has become a vital part of my recovery. I didn't expect the results I got, or the science and studies that back them up, but I'm eternally grateful for them. Nicole still gets a good chuckle, every time I gleefully message her about something new that's working for me. (You were right!)
Nicole started using Young Living essential oils exclusively in early 2015, after over a year of essential oil brand comparisons.
After overcoming multiple health ailments through natural health and nontoxic lifestyle changes, she now embraces her second chance at life by paying forward her knowledge and experiences. She loves helping other people to embrace their bodies, minds, and health by coaching them on how to effectively use their own lifestyle changes to maximize their individual circumstances. She offers this coaching for FREE to her Young Living customers and members.
Absolutely! You know exactly what you're receiving when you buy from Young Living. They go above and beyond making sure they're transparent in their business practices and product production.
Once you're a member, you have the optional opportunity to receive your investment back. We are skilled with providing you with all the information you need to be successful in making your money back, and even in helping you get future oil purchases covered too!
Young Living practices sustainable farming that takes organic to the next level. They set the standard for quality in the industry, and take quality and effectiveness very seriously. You are also welcome to visit their farms to see the entire process for yourself... and even participate!
Young Living owns most of their own farms, and have company managers at partner farms, that test each seed before planting, each plant before harvesting, each distilled oil batch, and bottles in each batch to ensure the highest quality possible. At any time during the process, if a test concludes the plant material or oil is not satisfactory according to their high standards, that batch is recycled into compost and used in their fields.
Young Living is not certified organic, and I'm honestly perfectly ok with that. Why? Organic is not good enough. Many companies who certify organic pay hefty fees for their certification, even though they're allowed to use chemical pesticide and herbicides that don't have sufficient safety data on their plants. Certified organic essential oils also often use high heat and pressure, and solvents, to extract essential oils - which can damage the therapeutic effects. Just because something has a "certified organic" label, does not mean anything more than "not grown with conventional pesticides."
The short answer: Yes!!
Young Living is about lifestyle. This is one of my favorite aspects, aside from quality and philanthropy. Lifestyle is more than just using essential oils. It's about removing the toxins from your home. It's about living your life to your fullest based on your dreams, goals, desires, and circumstances. It's about maximizing your wellness, reducing your stress, helping you manage your emotions, and embracing your life. It's about seeking a better quality of life... and achieving it.
Young Living is about community. Not just local... Young Living is fully immersed in the global community through their nonprofit organization, The Young Living Foundation. What could possibly be better than a company based on ethics producing high quality products designed to help YOU, and then using the profits to help people around the world? The best part: 100% of their foundation proceeds actually go to helping others. Young Living pays out for all their administration fees from their sales profits, not from donations.
Young Living is more than just essential oils. They also provides lines of skin care, cleaners, supplements, and accessories. All, of which, have the same high quality standards, and are void of toxic chemicals. While investigating their skin care, for example, I ran each and every ingredient through The Environmental Working Group's database and found them to all be rated 1-2, which is where I feel comfortable.
There are both advantages and disadvantages for embracing the "oily lifestyle":
No! To keep an active account, you must place a 50pv (usually $50) every year. If you love your oils, this is so easy to do!
You *can* enroll in our monthly autoship program that does require a monthly purchase of 50pv, and will reward you with points you can use as store credit.
Yes! If you enroll in our optional Essential Rewards Program, you will receive 10-25% back in points you can use as store credit to purchase essential oils and/or oil-infused products.
Yes! Young Living is an international company, offering memberships in most countries.
Our support groups are filled with men and women all over the world, though we do primarily type in English.
Absolutely not! We promise to never pressure you to start a business! 92% of Young Living wholesale customers do not use Young Living as a business, and that is perfectly OK.
Starting an "oily business" is completely optional. Only 8% of our wholesale customers start a business... most on accident because they couldn't hold back from talking about their results with people they know (which is how I started too).
If you want to make some extra money, you will need to be signed up for a wholesale account. From there you can share your oils with family and friends, on social media, or blog - really however works best for you.
There's no pressure, though. If you do decide to take part in the business side of Young Living, I will be there every step of the way to help you develop your business based on your lifestyle and needs - whether you just want to get your oils paid for, earn an extra $500 a month, replace your current income, or roll around in a 6-figure+ monthly paycheck.
I am here, along with an incredible team of additional mentors, leaders, and coaches, to help you with strategic planning so you can set and meet your goals based on your strengths and circumstances.
You're welcome to send me questions either on Facebook or by email at nicole [at] warmlyrustic [dot] com
Yes, wholesale members who sign up for their membership using my links on this page or my member number (1856290) will receive support and encouragement from my team, my mentors, our extended team, and me.
We offer an optional email or live group class that is 30-days long that is designed to teach you everything you need to know about building a business with Young Living.
I also offer individual and group business coaching, and can provide you access to 3 exclusive business building online (Facebook) groups all designed to help support you and your goals!
That phrase rings true for me, along with everyone I've talked with. It is actually one of the most common phrases I hear from newer members: "I wish I would have known all of this earlier. I would have started earlier."
While our stories are ours for the writing, there are some opportunities that pass us by that when looking back we kick ourselves for not taking. If you're not sure how oils can help you, but keep having the idea of using them in the back of your mind, then you will benefit the most from having a coach to help guide you through how to use them to maximize your results based on your individual circumstances.
Can you imagine: removing the toxins in your home and embracing a more natural lifestyle resulting in YOU feeling lighter, happier, healthier with less stress and more love?