How I Found Young Living Essential Oils
I use Young Living Brand, therapeutic grade oils. Published here, in this site, are articles to help you understand how I found them, what they mean to me, why I use Young Living Brand only, what exactly is a therapeutic grade oil, and how and what to order for the first time, book recommendations to help you learn more, and information about who I study with, my teacher, Dr. Peter Minke.
Please skip past anything that does not apply to your interest. You may also cut through all this, and contact me directly by email at email@example.com.
Several years ago, Mac and I began attending meditations in Boerne, Texas with book author, John Randolph Price. Young Living oils were always styled in a corner booth. I had never heard of them, in fact my only association with oils were a few bottles purchased at Whole Foods over the years to use for room fragrance. I would never have considered them an option for supporting health and well being.
After meditations, or lessons in John’s books, the YL facilitator would pass oils around. Most had emotional names like Release®, Envision®, Acceptance®…names that made me giggle, and feel silly. One day they passed rose oil around. Oh my, the scent was divine. I had to have it.
At the end of the day, I approached the display corner, and turned in my request for one bottle of rose oil. The YL facilitator also suggested I buy sacred frankincense. Ah, such a mysterious name. I quickly said, “Sure, I’ll take one.” I had no clue that those two oils were some of the most expensive, and precious essential oils to produce. She then slid me a bill for two-hundred-and-something dollars! I think my voice had a quiver, as my mind tried to absorb the enormous money for two bottles of oil. I quickly told her, “I’m sorry, I can’t get these. I have no idea how to use something like this. I just thought it smelled good. I don’t have the discernment to appreciate this kind of oil. So, I am not going to buy these.”
She quickly countered with the suggestion that I try oregano oil. “It’s therapeutic grade,” she said. “Therapeutic grade,” I thought. My face must have looked puzzled. She then told me it was like food-grade, very pure, you can eat it. Okay, now we’re talking my language. Food-grade to a “foodie.” I had clarity. She said it could be used as an anti-viral, and if I got sick, I could ingest it, being food-grade and therapeutic, and all. My mind raced with the possibilities of this little bottle. I could use it in my marinara sauce, if I happened to be out of fresh oregano, and possibly have a healing. My bottle of oregano oil promised tasty food, and possible relief from a cold…a double crown victory! Happily, I left with a bottle of oregano oil, and a bottle of lemon oil, and a wee bill of thirty-something-dollars.
Maybe a year passes, it is January 2014, and I had an upper respiratory infection that would not end. I hate the idea of antibiotics, but I gave in, and after two rounds I could hear the infection laughing in my chest, mocking me. That’s when I found this un-opened bottle of forgotten oregano oil. Remembering the words, that I could take it if I got sick, and it may…possibly…could help, sooth some of the pain, flashed in my head. I had no idea how to take an oil. So, with good intention, I borrowed from the words of actress, Lauren Bacall, only instead of “Put your lips together and blow,” I thought “Put the bottle to your mouth and swallow.”
Bad idea…bad, bad, bad idea!!! Just like the herb, oregano essential oil is a warming-hot oil. Holy Crap! When I finally regained my senses, I thought I had killed myself. The heat in my mouth was intense. It was no different than the first time I tasted habanero salsa on corn chips! My lips puffed like a new injected cosmetic queen. It reminded of my, years-ago, Sephora purchase of “bee-sting” lip gloss. I stood looking in the mirror, and thought, “This is what I would look like if I got my lips injected.” On me, not such a good look!
I had never been told about carrier oils, and that the fat in oil stops heat in the warming-hot essential oils, so I chased it with water. Bad idea…bad, bad, bad idea!!! Carrier oils are any vegetable or nut oils; olive oil, coconut oil, almond or sesame oil, any food grade culinary oil. At the time, this was unbeknown to me as helpers with warm oils, and all of these oils were in my kitchen only an arms reach away. I quickly backed away from my little bottle of power, which had just informed me, by the heat in my mouth, it was the one holding the power!
Later that day, I decided to brave it again. I got a tiny soy sauce bowl, filled it with one ounce of almond milk, and only one drop of oregano oil. I shot it back like tequila. It wasn’t bad. It had a soothing, warming niceness to it.
The next morning, I seemed to feel better. My chest seemed less congested, so I did it again. One drop in an ounce of almond milk. Later, again…and again…and that night, again. To my amazement, the next day, I really did feel better. I kept it up for a few days. It was soothing as the warmth went down my throat and filled my tummy, and slightly puffed lips were a silly side effect. After about three days, I was almost well. I’d like to think that maybe the oil helped. Then I noticed skin sloughing from my lips. Not small pieces, big pieces. With the heat of the oil, I had derma braised my lips!
Four days after following my interpretation of Lauren Bacall’s words, I was well on my path to health, and with new fresh skin on my lips, I looked pretty good. I do think the oil helped contribute to building my health back. For the record, I now know to put it in a “00” size vegetable capsule and swallow it, without direct contact to the skin of my lips. If I apply it topically to a cut, I dilute it with a carrier oil to eliminate the heat sensation. Of course, don’t forget, this Young Living oil is therapeutic grade. Only therapeutic oil should ever be ingested, and even at that, look at the manufacturers directions.
Oregano oil is historically, one of the ultimate antibiotics in the world of essential oils! The Greeks were the first to use it. It is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal used, long ago, as a remedy for pain and inflammation. It was the main antibacterial weapon used by Hippocrates. I now have three bottles in my oil rack. I would never go on a trip without it.
So, that was my first real adventure with therapeutic oils. Months roll by, and somehow I heard about Thieves® oil, and the possible help it could lend to not getting sick with colds or flu. The idea is to put one drop on the sole of each foot daily, it could help with a winter-season-wellness-plan. In August, I ordered several bottles. As I scrolled the Young Living screen, I noticed a conference coming to Dallas in September. It was here the game changed.
Peter Minke, Ph.D. was walking through the aisles of the crowd passing out bottles, as a lady from the Utah corporate headquarters, stood on the podium talking about quality. He too, looked like he maybe came from Utah to help with the program. Then he was introduced. Peter Minke, Ph.D. in Cellular Biology and Genetics from, the not-too-far-off town of College Station, Texas. He began with his personal journey through lymphoma cancer, and its return several years later as chemo-induced lymphoma, yet here he was twenty-something-years later. He then mentions that he and his wife have five children, one with Downs Syndrome, and none have had antibiotics, except the oldest, when he was a very young child before they discovered these therapeutic grade essential oils.
I was on the end of my seat, mesmerized by his story. Instead of emotional words for oils, he actually told which oils he used for what ailment, and how he used them. He suggested that they had contributed to health, and were a daily approach to his family wellness plan. In my mind, his words gave the oils a basic science. The much needed connection I craved. I had interpreted practicality, sensibility, and science, instead of emotion. I approached him after the lecture. I had to study with him. I had to be in his group to learn from his events. He had to be my up-line, a term for “your sponsor.” I wasn’t letting him go. Since I had never really ordered from my previous group, I was able to switch.
I have learned so much. My oil inventory has grown way past the two original bottles. I now have an oil rack stocked with oils for every event. The oils have supported my heath, and brought soothing relief through, shingles, my broken foot, my mother’s death, headaches, and oh yes, marinara sauce! I use them everyday for joy and fun…2 drops of frankincense get mixed nightly with my weleda face cream, 1 drop of peppermint rubbed briskly between my hands, and inhaled brings alertness better than coffee, and is wonderful for night driving. 1 drop of Thieves® on each foot and/or in the navel give me a sense of seasonal winter protection from colds and flu. 1 drop also rubbed briskly in my hands acts as an organic hand sanitizer. 5 drops each of sacred frankincense, idaho balsam fir, and copaiba in a capsule is called the morphine bomb, and soothed me through shingles pain, broken foot pain, and a headache. A few drops of peppermint oil, lemon oil, or grapefruit oil in a quart of water is very refreshing. I could go on-an-on. Instead, I recommend you try them for yourself, and read a few books to get an understanding. If you sign up with my sponsor number, you will also have the fabulous Dr. Peter Minke as your up-line sponsor.
My sponsor number is 2108250