I wanted to talk a little bit about how I got started with essential oils and with Young Living! I think that backstory is important--who is this girl talking about oils? Why should I listen to her?...she wears rainboots when it isn't even raining! (that's totally true)
My introduction to essential oils started halfway around the world a little over two years ago. I went on a sponsor trip to Uganda with Compassion International to meet a little guy, Emmanuel, I sponsor through the program. Guys, this trip was life-changing in so many ways (different post for a different day, perhaps!). A seemingly small thing that happened was my first experience with essential oils.
On this trip, I met my sweet friend, Maurie. She is so so good and I could easily go on forever about what her and her friendship means to me, but I'm going to stay on topic here and talk about essential oils. While we were there, Maurie had little travel sized bottles of her oils and talked to me about them. I got to see them in action while we were on the off-roading bus and while we were dealing with some very emotional moments. One of the nights, a bunch of us decided to try out the steam room. Before we went in, Maurie gave us each a drop of peppermint in our palms to inhale while we were in there.
Has anyone here been to Uganda? Garbage gets burned, so there is a lot of smoke and ash everywhere. That, mixed with the air, caused my nose to be veryyyy dried up. Alright, I'll be totally honest. My boogers were black. BLACK BOOGERS!!! I thought something was wrong with me until my sister told me she was dealing with the same thing. Anyway, the peppermint steam made me feel so much better. When I adjusted to being back home, I knew I had to look into these oils.
I started researching the major companies you hear about when it comes to oils. Young Living kept catching my attention for several reasons:
- The value of the starter kit: starting with oils can seem overwhelming, so I wanted to make sure I got what I needed to get my feet wet. I wanted a diffuser, oils i would use, and information on how to use them.
- Seed to Seal: when I started doing research, I realized that I wanted to be very aware of the quality and purity of the brand I chose. I loved that Young Living has their own farms, grows their own plants, and is involved with the process.
After I decided I wanted to go with Young Living, it took me several months to finally take the plunge. By the time I got my kit, I was deep into wedding planning and seriously needed help supporting my emotions and restful sleep. Once my oils came in, I read everything I could find and my collection kept growing. I've got my own little apothecary going now and I love being the person people turn to when they have a question about essential oils or are looking to get rid of chemicals in their lives. Educating and empowering others to take charge of their lives through wellness has become such an unexpected passion of mine, and I'm so excited to see where it leads!
I'm not sure why I waited so long to finally get started with essential oils. Now, I wish I had done it so much sooner.