Essential Oils, Do They Really Work?

There’s a lot of excitement around essential oils these days and with excitement comes a lot of questions.

Lately, the question I hear more often than not is “Do essential oils really work?”

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People who know me well and know that I have been using essential oils for years would probably expect me to answer this simple question with a resounding “YES!!!” but I tend to answer with a more cautious “It depends…”

Yes I use oils for all sorts of things…  Whether diffused through the house to clean the air and promote a relaxing environment…. In home made non-toxic cleaning products or scrumptious beauty essentials… Topically to help boost our immune system or relieve allergy symptoms… There are endless ways to benefit from essential oils and I love experimenting and discovering new favorites all the time.

So yes! Essential oils do work and for me they are an important component of an overall balanced and healthy lifestyle, but it’s important to choose your oils carefully.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years by pharos and kings, emperors and medical professionals educated in their wonderful properties, and everyday folks like you and me who want to enjoy a healthy, vibrant life as naturally as possible.  After all when God created the earth He placed everything upon it to ensure we would thrive and botanicals have often been referred to as “Earth’s Pharmacy”…

“The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth and he that is wise will not abhor them.” Ecclesiasticus 38:4

So, why my cautious “it depends”?

Because not all essential oils are created equal, plain and simple.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing your oils:


It’s essential to use oils of the best quality possible to enjoy the greatest benefits. That means you want pure oils made from healthy, non-contaminated plants, grown in clean soil, lovingly tended to and harvested with the proper method and at the right time. The natural plant essences should be extracted by steam distillation, solvent extraction, expression, maceration or efleurage.  Beware of reconstituted oils, or chemical copies of these wonderful botanicals.

You also want to avoid oils that have been diluted in a cheaper carrier oil. One simple way to test the purity of your oils is to place a drop on a sheet of blotting paper. With the exception of one or two particularly viscus oils such as vetiver, your oil should impregnate the blotting paper then disperse and evaporate fairly quickly, leaving nothing but its pleasant aroma. If you have an oily spot on your paper, there’s a good chance a your oil has been mixed with a cheaper vegetable carrier oil.


In order to protect the integrity of your oils, they should be stored in dark glass containers — brown, amber or blue are the most common — and keep them away from light, heat and dampness. Make sure caps make a tight seal to prevent contamination and evaporation. The shelf life of a good quality oil is about two years, but very few oils are dated when produced.  I don’t keep my oils anywhere near that length of time so I don’t really worry about this. One of the most pleasant aspects of using essential oils is their delicious aromas so don’t use an oil if you detect a rancid or otherwise unpleasant smell when you first open your bottle


The price of essential oil varies greatly from one to the other so beware of evenly priced oils and overly cheap oils.  Remember it takes a great deal of work to produce a tiny amount of oil and the price is determined by many things including the ease of extraction, transportation and production cost. Jasmine oil, for example, one of my all time favorite oils, is also one of the  most expensive oils on the market. It takes 8 million jasmine blossoms, hand picked just before the sun turns hot on the first day they open, to produce just about two and a half pounds of oil.  In comparison the lavender plant is much more generous with it’s oil and it takes 220 pounds to provide 7 pounds of lavender essential oil. It’s another one of my favorites and one I keep in stock permanently as it is so affordable.

I’ve always purchased my oils from my trusted local health food store or in France when I visit mom.  That is, until recently, when I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils by my dear friend Kimberly Grabinsky. Like me Kimberly is someone who insist on the highest quality and takes time to research her options. So I was confident she would not steer me wrong.

When my first order arrived I was elated!

In fact I’m so delighted with Young Living that I decided to not only purchase all of my oils fro them, but to sell them as well.

And because I believe strongly in sharing with you the products I love and helping you make informed decision, especially when it comes to your health and overall wellbeing I want to extend a special invitation to you…

Young Living Essential Oils

Sign up for a wholesale membership and you get a Premium Young Living Starter Kit, which is a $274 value. for only $150!

Nice no?


Your Premium Starter Kit includes everything you need to start enjoying your oils and see for yourself how beneficial they are.

You’ll get a total of 12 different oils, a diffuser, a reference guide and more …

premium-starter-kit-young-livingI believe in essential oils so much I want to share them with you and when you join my team you get EXCLUSIVE bonuses like a personal mentor, bootcamp & training sessions, educational tools, promotional graphics and more!

Ready to get started?

  1. Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information.
  2. Be sure the “Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices.
  3. Be sure the “Sponsor ID” and “Enroller ID” both say 2659896
  4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can select “business” and get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.
  5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit.  The oils included in the Everyday Oils box (10 – 5 ml bottles) are the oils I use almost every single day!
  6. During the sign up process, please note that the Essential Rewards Program is optional.  The Young Living Essential Rewards (ER) program is fantastic.  It allows you to save on shipping costs and earn credit for every ER purchase along with monthly bonuses and if you are interested in adding an ER order to your Premium Starter kit feel free to reach out to me with questions or for suggestions.
  7. Go through the checkout process.
  8. Email me at and let me know you want to claim your bonuses!  Remember to enter the code “SCRUMPTIOUS” anywhere in the title or body of your email to claim your extra goodies 🙂

As you can see you get an amazing deal with the Premium Starter Kit, but I thought it would be fun to offer MORE.

April Sign Up Bonus

Young Living April Bonus Package

Here is my April Special for anyone signing up before  April 30 , 2015 

  • $20 Amazon Gift Card
  • 101 Kids Activities Book by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
  • Free Diffuser Necklace Valued at $10 — I make these by hand so each one is unique and made just for you 🙂

These bonuses are in addition to my regular bonus pack mentioned above which includes

  • A super helpful Essentials Oils Reference Guide (you can look up almost anything in it and see which oils have been used to help with that problem)
  • easy reference first aid, pet help & baby laminated sheets
  • access to the helpful Oily Families FB page & Oil Nation FB page
  • enrollment in the FREE Essential Oils E-course, delivered to your inbox

*This offer is for US {and Canada} only, but don’t worry if you are in another country!  Many other countries can take advantage of a similar offer.  Because not all countries allow the entire starter set to be shipped, you can go through the sign-up process to find out exactly what you are able to order.  

Join Young Living here!

Remember you have my full support so if you have any questions whatsoever send me a quick email and I’ll make sure to respond within a few hours.

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  1. These seem really neat. I have never personally owned any but might sometime in the future.

  2. Very cool! Might have to try these out

  3. So many people are having positive results with them! Good luck to you on this new venture!

    • Thanks so much Liz. My primary goal is to keep my family healthy with these fabulous oils and of course turning this passion into a fruitful business would be the icing on the cake 🙂

  4. I hear so much about these essential oils. I am going to have to give it a try.

    • I strongly encourage you to give them a try Jessica! The best thing about essential oils is that they are composed of the same thing our cells are so our bodies use up all the good stuff stored in the trillions of molecules and effortlessly gets rid of what it does not need. So you never have to worry about toxic side effects. Let me know if you have any questions, about essential oils in general or Young Living 🙂

  5. I use different essential oils when I make my goat’s milk soap. I especially like lemongrass

  6. I too use Young Living and love them, I love your explanation as I am on the same page. Yes they work but they are not the end all be all and they are part of a multi-faceted wellness plan for our family that includes healthy food, vitamins, and medicine when needed. Love my YL oils!

    • Woohoo Ellen! I love to hear that! Yes essential oils are a fabulous ingredient in an overall recipe for healthy living and it’s important to recognize that they are intended to support all of our other healthy habits! Do you have a favorite YL oil?

  7. Irina Stiles says:

    Love essential oils! You offer a very beautiful collection.

  8. Interesting everyone is talking about this!

    • There’s a lot of talk about essential oils indeed Alison. So many people are discovering their amazing benefits and once you experience them it’s really hard to keep it to yourself.

  9. If I had the money I would join,I love young living oils.

    • Margaret, lay out a plan and put a small amount aside every month. Before you know it you’ll have what you need to get started and don’t worry I’ll have new specials each month 🙂 This is just the last month that we are allowed to offer Gift Cards as an added incentive or “Thank you” so I want as many people to benefit as possible… But only if the timing is right 🙂 Hang tight, you’ll get there!


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