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June 2, 2017

I Didn’t Know How Toxic I Was- Personal


I’ve recently been exploring the world of essential oils.

I know what you’re thinking- I am sooo sick of hearing about all these MLM companies and people constantly trying to sell me something!

I hear ya! For the record, let me tell you that I am NOT a fan of constant selling and treating everyone like a notch in your pyramid business. I have actually unfollowed people on social media because all they want to do is sell you something, talk about selling you something, or talk about how much money they’re making.

This is not what this is. This is me sharing something amazing that has come into my life. This is me ABSOLUTELY 100% not trying to sell you anything or get you to sign up for anything. This is me telling you my story and why I’ve made some changes in my lifestyle.

Many years ago, I started experiencing some strange health issues- out of respect for my readers, I won’t share any personal details, but if you’re nosey just ask me about it 🙂

After spending some time thinking about changes I had made in my beauty and skincare routine, and doing some digging on certain ingredients, I came to the conclusion that my newfound health problems were probably the result of toxic chemicals I was using in my products.

Not even two weeks after I stopped using those products, my health issue was completely gone and I was back to normal!

That experience really jump started my journey towards more natural living. I started paying more attention to what I was putting both in and on my body. I started researching more about chemicals and toxins and ingredient lists. I started exploring essential oils and learning about all the uses for them.

It wasn’t until this past spring however, that I decided to give Young Living a try. I’ll be honest with you- I was extremely skeptical. I spent hours upon hours and days upon days reading about the company. Reading about their oils. And not only Young Living, but other companies as well. I decided that I liked what I heard, and I wanted to give it the old college try.

I ordered my Premium Starter Kit at the end of March. I dove right in and started diffusing, applying, and researching. And I was hooked on the first day.

Like I said, I was super skeptical. This wasn’t my first go with essential oils. In fact, I had been using oils from a cheaper company for close to a year. Sometimes they worked, sometimes they didn’t. They always smelled good, but most of the time I didn’t really FEEL any different after using them. I was left on my own without much in the way of resources and knowledge. The only thing I knew how to do with oils was diffuse them (there are a TON of ways to use them actually!)

Because of Young Living’s “seed to seal” guarantee, and the quality of oils they produce, not only did I feel like I was getting a great value for my hard earned money, but I was actually FEELING the benefits of the oils! I was given education on the history of each oil, how to use it, and what it’s purpose was. I learned about all 11 oils in my kit and how I could use them daily. I learned (and am still learning!) how I can replace all the toxic and chemical laden products in my home for better options.

I could see a huge difference between the cheaper oils I used to use, and the ones I was using now. The potency is stronger, which means I only need to use 2-3 drops instead of the 5-6 of the other oils. The community is a different mindset- the resources and education I receive is overwhelming! There is so much to help me live a healthier lifestyle and be able to get as many uses out of these oils as I possibly can! The price is actually not very much more. After I compared some of the oils from the previous companies I was buying from, I realized that some of the oils were close in price. I’m talking merely a dollar or two in difference. And some were actually CHEAPER than what I had been using! The pressure to sell is (surprisingly) not there! When you sign up with Young Living, it doesn’t mean you have to sell anything. There is zero obligation to recruit, sell, distribute, or build a business. You can if you want, but if you’d rather sign up to get the wholesale price for yourself, hoard your oils, and not tell a single soul about them, you’re perfectly fine to do that!

That was probably the thing that pushed me the most to try them. I didn’t want to join a company that would force me to act like all those people I had unfollowed on social media. That’s not to say that I won’t try my hand at the business side at some point. But right now, I’m simply sharing my journey with people. Sharing what I’m experiencing and what has helped me in some pretty unbelievable ways to live a better lifestyle. I’m excited to try new things and see if I can someday turn around my auto-immune condition. And while I don’t expect to see any miraculous results, I hope that I can find some relief from everyday symptoms and challenges.

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I wasn’t going to try to sell you anything. And I’m staying true to that promise. I’m going to be hosting an online class tomorrow morning all about the basics of essential oils. I’ll be sharing some shocking statistics and how you can protect yourself and your family from some pretty scary stuff. This is a FREE class. It won’t cost anything but your time, and you can read the information from the comfort of your couch.

If you’d like to learn a little more about oils, click here to RSVP to the event!

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