Navigating the World of Essential Oils
Tips for New Oilers
I love showing off my oil collection. They’re like my babies. My little treasures. I’m pretty proud of my stash – which, to be honest, is pretty huge. We’re prepared for anything!
Often following the exclamations over the amount of oils and how they smell so amazing, come these statements.
“I wouldn’t know what to do with all those essential oils!”
“What do you even need them all for?”
“How do you know what they all do?”
“How do you learn which ones to use for what?”
There are varied reactions that convey doubt, overwhelm, curiosity, and a gamut of other emotions. Never fear – you are not alone, either in your wonderment or on your journey to becoming a proficient oiler. Just like with anything, there’s a starting place and a method to the madness.
Whether you’ve just started using oils, or considering investing in your family’s wellness with a Young Living Premium Starter Kit, or you just can’t fathom why your crazy daughter-in-law could possibly need so many essential oils, you’ve come to the right place to begin the process of understanding.
- Start Small – We all have to start somewhere, and Young Living provides a starter kit option for just that reason. The Premium Starter Kit includes a small collection of 10 oils, plus a bonus Stress Away oil. These are a collection of member favorites that span a multitude of uses and all have a place of honor on every veteran oiler’s shelf. The best way to start using your starter kit essential oils, even if you don’t know what they “do,” is to open the cap and smell them. Put it in your diffuser. See what your body has to say about it. Your body is smart and knows how to put those molecules to good use.
- Find a great reference book – This is crucial to your success! Whether your question is regarding personal usage or you just want to know what part of the world an oil comes from, or need to know the specific chemistry of a particular oil, your reference book is your best resource. There is only so much knowledge that can be imparted verbally, but a book can hold all of the expertly written information for you to digest as you need it. There are many options available that are specific to Young Living – because our oils are so different that any others on the market (so please, don’t use another company’s reference guide for your new YLEOs, or vice versa). My favorites are from Life Science Publishing (especially the Essential Oils Desk Reference and Essential Oils Pocket Reference), and there are other, more bite-sized references to using your starter kit, such as the Flourish book from Growing Healthy Homes, or any of Debra Raybern’s publications from the same site.
- There’s an app for that! – In the world of smart phones, there are also options for keeping your references at your fingertips on the go. Again, you need a reference app that is specific to Young Living. My favorites include The EO Bar, and Oily App, which give a wealth of information about the oils and supplements and all of the products YL has to offer.
- Mentors – In most cases, your Young Living upline is an amazing resource. Even if the person who signed you up is still new, or even no longer active, there will always be a leader further up who is happy to help. The beauty of network marketing is that we are a NETWORK of people helping other people to succeed. Find mentors who will answer questions, who will help you use your reference tools, and who will be able to offer product suggestions and answer questions about the bottle you have in your hands. As a member of my Oily and Wise organization, you have anytime access to me via phone, text, Facebook, etc. to ask questions.
- Facebook pages and groups – These Facebook groups are fabulous places to find all kinds of answers, from using the product and what to buy next, to growing a business if you so desire. Your upline may have a group that is especially for those in her organization to ask questions and help one another. You’ll also find many other general support group pages and special interest groups. Don’t go to these groups looking for medical information, but they are great for general usage ideas as long as they are sharing compliantly (that is, not trying to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure an illness or medical condition). Again, as a member of my Oily and Wise organization, you have access to my team and public pages, with lots of product education, and you also are invited to be a part of my mentor’s Heritage Living facebook group, in which there are a dozen or more leaders (including myself) standing by to help.
- Go to a class! This is a great way to see what’s going to come in your kit, smell the oils, and learn some product usage ideas, tips, tricks, and hacks from the host and presenter, and even other attendees.
Take a deep breath, New Oiler. You are not alone. You can do this. Open that box and start with one bottle at a time and get to know it like you would a new friend. Then move to the next one. Never be afraid to ask questions while you are learning to be proficient with using your reference materials. Even those of us who have been oiling for years, still have questions at times.
So go ahead. Purchase that starter kit, and rest assured that those little bottles of possibilities WILL find value in your home. Pretty soon, you’ll be the one answering the questions.
The information presented is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, cure, prevent, or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with a professional health care provider. This information applies solely to Young Living products and should not be used in conjunction with other brands of essential oils. The opinions and views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Young Living.