My readers know that I have a long-time passion for natural solutions to everyday conditions.
Essential oils play a large hand in this.
Before I start, I want to make note of something…
I don’t do product endorsements.
You see, I will talk about products I love like my Vita-Mix. And while I have purchased many products, like grass-fed beef and sugar-free bacon from places that are popular with other bloggers, I personally won’t push you to purchase from these larger groups… instead, I would love to see you find a local rancher who raises grass-fed beef and possibly find someone local who raises their own sustainably-grown pork and makes their own bacon. Or better yet, buy some pork belly from them and make your own bacon!
I will brag on my grass-fed rancher over on Facebook and even on Twitter and I will definitely encourage you to check out organizations like Bountiful Baskets online to help you save money on fresh produce, but that is mainly because I know Bountiful Baskets does their best to keep things as local as possible and sources from small farmers for items that cannot be found locally (banana’s). But I will stand firm in my belief that you need to get to know your local ranchers before you get to know mine…and you need to visit your local farmer’s market to get to know the people who are raising food naturally in your area. Better yet, grow your own food as much as you can!
Following these steps is truly the only way I can afford to feed my family! Farmer’s markets, local ranchers and bountiful baskets have allowed us to follow a whole-foods diet without breaking the bank.
That being said…today, I am stepping out on a limb and officially endorsing and sharing with anyone who really wants to know what has become the only essential oil brand my family uses.
Those in my personal circle have known this for a while. Many of my friends and family have also begun using these oils after finding out why I made the change…and I pray that you will take the time to listen while I explain how this one single brand became my oil of choice.
A while back a dear friend of mine from wayyyy back in Jr. High contacted me and told me that she would like to send me a gift. About a week later, I had three cute little bottles of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint from a company I had heard of but hadn’t yet purchased…
As a blogger, I often receive samples of varying types of product. Depending on the nature of the agreement I have with the organization sending the item, there are times I leave that product alone until I truly feel the need to break it out. There are items I have reviewed on my site and there are products I have had to kindly turn down as they are not on-par with what my overall goal for this blog is.
It is more important to me to be honest with my readers than it is to win product endorsements…
Which is probably why my name isn’t a household name just yet. 😉
At least you know if I am telling you to use a product it is solely because I believe in it, not because somebody is paying me to do so.*
Anyhow, looking back, I laugh because when I opened my gift, I simply thought “Oh, cool! More oils for my collection,” and I set them back on the shelf in my medicine cabinet.
It wasn’t until a short while later when my best friend of 20+ years said that she had used peppermint oil to help bring down her child’s fever that I decided to take a second look at that little box back on the shelf.
You see, many people will tell you that peppermint is not safe for a toddler.
For that matter, many essential oils on the market are labeled “for aromatherapy use only.”
So I researched. And I researched some more. I came across some very cynical sites and I came across some very helpful sites.
And I learned that there are going to be varying opinions of how to use essential oils and which brands are preferable, no matter where you look.
With so many oils on the market and so very many different uses for those oils, one might question what to get and where to get it. And while many companies promote their own therapeutic grade standard, one should be aware that there is no independent body that certifies essential oils as therapeutic grade.
Recently Dr. Pappas, the world leader in essential oil chemistry, said that a majority of essential oils on the market are adulterated or impure.
Many of the oils on the market are grown in locations foreign to the plant, changing their chemical structure and affecting the therapeutic value of the essential oil.
So how does one go about finding a trustworthy essential oil supplier?
There are a few things to look for when seeking out a high-quality essential oil:
First, they must be grown in an ideal environment, ideally where they are indigenous to.
Why is this important? Once, I mentioned this standard in a class and a lady gasped and asked me if I knew the importance of a plant being grown in its indigenous environment? I told her that I did but asked her to explain why she felt it was important…
Explaining that she is a chemist by profession, she went on to elaborate that a tomato grown in her town (Midland, TX) would have different nutrients, different chemical components than a tomato grown in Dallas, TX. Because the sun, the soil, the air and even the water is different in every location, plants will produce the most consistently potent nutritional benefits when they are grown in their indigenous environment.
Smiling, I agreed and stated “it is the same with essential oils. Plants grown in the most ideal location will produce more consistently potent essential oil and thereby offer the most consistently therapeutic results.”
Next, a trust worthy company will have 3rd party quality testing done to every batch every time.
A good company will have Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry testing done (GC/MS); a superior company will have FTIR Scans (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), Microbial Testing and Organoleptic Testing done on every batch, every time.
Each of these tests have significant and varying qualities to them and by utilizing each and every test available, a superior company is going to be able to know, without question, that their essential oils are completely free of any contaminants such as fillers, pesticides or chemical residues which can exist, even in organic production.
A superior oil is better than organic, and the quality difference can not only be smelled, it can be felt in the way it impacts the body.
By working closely with our family physician, psychiatrists, etc. we have been able to manage ailments without the fear of negative reactions.
As someone with celiac disease who has suffered from hidden ingredients/fillers in prescription and OTC drugs, as the wife of someone with combat-related PTSD; but most importantly, as the mother of five beautiful children who has helped reverse symptoms of glaucoma in one child, and helped heal the gut of another, it is vitally important to me to be able to help others find natural solutions and empower others to find their own successful healing pathway.
In line with appropriate dietary changes and improved eating habits, these essential oils have proven to be a positive vehicle for change and a successful resource for improved health in my household.
If I can help you experience the same, my life will be blessed.
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I look forward to hearing from you!
*Full Disclosure/Disclaimer: Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease or replace traditional medical attention. Your doctor treats symptoms and fixes broken parts. Your body cures disease. Always consult your medical professional before changing any existing medications or treatments. If you purchase products through the links provided, your cost will always be the same but I will receive a small commission. Thank you for your support!