I told you earlier that our family has started our journey with Young Living oils over a year ago, and since then I had gone through my initial frustrations and challenges of learning something new. My lack of knowledge scared me on how to use the oils so they ended up sitting in a drawer for over 6 months without being used. Since then I have started incorporating 1 new oil at a time and working it into our life and it has been A LOT LESS INTIMIDATING!
If you have heard about essential oils, one of the most common ones you have probably heard about was a blend called “Thieves.”
I was initially drawn to this oils because of the story behind it and how it’s got it’s name. I’m sure many of you know it but I’ll share it here quick….
Europeans began producing essential oils in the 12th century. During the Plague of the 15th century, certain thieves robbed the dead without becoming infected. Finally, four thieves were captured in Marseilles, France, and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims of the plague.
At the trial, the magistrate offered them leniency if they would reveal how they managed to avoid contracting the dreaded infection, in spite of their close contact with infected corpses. It was disclosed that these thieves were perfumers and spice traders who had rubbed themselves with a concoction of aromatic herbs (cinnamon, clove, and oregano).
The formula for the Young Living Essential Oil blend, Thieves, is derived from the aromatic herbs used by the thieves of 15th century France.
Thieves Oil is a proprietary blend of therapeutic grade, 100% organic, aromatic oils containing Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Lemon (Citrus limon), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).
I love the history of these oils and how many of them date all the way back to Bible times. They truly are natural resources God gave us through His creation that we can use to treat our kiddos and ourselves without having to ingest man made drugs that are unnecessary. This is not to say we don’t take our kids to the Dr. or use medication if necessary, we just try to use them ONLY if they are completely necessary. Plus, who wants to pay a hospital bill if you don’t have to;)
So, our testimony with Thieves. I have many times started to feel a sore throat coming on with a good cold. When I start to feel this I would put 3-4 drops of thieves in warm water, gargle it and swallow it, and seriously since I have started using oils, I have not had a sore throat last longer than a day. I have my kiddos do this also if they are complaining of a sore throat, but I just put 2 drops in a glass of water. I have found hot water is easiest to consume it in:) It almost tastes like a hot tea. I don’t mind it, the kids don’t love it but tolerate it, and Ryan is the biggest baby about it:) ha! Just to say though, it’s really not bad.
Also, thieves is my favorite oil to diffuse. First, I love the smell. Second, it helps kill airborne germs and seriously does seem to “clean the air.” My only problem with Thieves is that I’m not always a pro-active person. While thieves is great for warding off sickness, I tend to not use it TIL we are sick. My bad. I need to get better at this:)
I also have read many testimonies of how thieves can combat mold. You can use it as a cleaner, on toothaches. There are so many uses for thieves besides just preventative care. And here’s the most important part I’ve learned about oils. You really can’t misuse them. If you have a problem, you can try an oil and the way I was told, if it doesn’t help that problem, it will attack or help what it needs to in your body. What you do need to know is that there are “hot” oils that might react to your skin. These oils, usually including cinnamon, should be diluted with v-6 oil that you can buy from Young Living (which I have never done) or just dilute it with vegetable oil or coconut oil. I rub thieves full strength on my kids feet, but when I put it on Kynlee’s chest, she said it burned and turned red. I just went and got some lotion and rubbed it over and it cooled it down, or I could have added oil on top of it to help.
Thieves regarding Mold.
The last thing I want to address in this post is the actual company, Young Living. I know there is a lot of hesitation with this company because it is a MIM (multi-level-marketing company) which throws a lot of people off. The reason this did not throw me off is because there is no pressure with this company. I can get the great wholesale price with absolutely no pressure to sell or sign people up, so no pressure on you:) I only have to spend $50/year which is no problem for me. The benefits is that there ARE perks if you so choose. And, even if you don’t sell, you can receive free product if you have larger orders, they throw in some free oils. I know quite a few people have been burned my MIM’s and I understand. This part doesn’t bother me since I mainly use it for personal use. If it bugs you, it may not be the company for you.
The second issue that has been raised is the founder, Gary Young, has not always been viewed in the best light. I must admit that when I first started using oils I looked through the book and saw oils for Joy, forgiveness, abundance, acceptance, believe, and so on and on. This didn’t sit well with me, because it claimed these oils could bring these things into your life. I know that only Jesus can truly bring about forgiveness in our hearts, and well as the others. I KNOW that. So for me it wasn’t a struggle. I just stay away from those oils and look to a savior for those things. That being said, I do think there are oils that help your mood, just the same way when I smell cookies baking in the oven or a cinnamon candle burning at Christmas, because we do trigger smells with emotions and memories. You need to use your judgments and convictions in this area. Although I may not agree 100% with all of their “theories” I know most people probably wouldn’t also agree with the drug industries, yet we still take pharmaceuticals.
Bottom line, I love how the products work for me, I love that they come from God’s creation, on organic land that has never been altered, and I love that they can save me Dr. visits.
Although I said I wasn’t a researcher, I did spend a “chunk” of today looking into a bunch of companies. I don’t believe that Young Living in “the only” company. For me, it’s a good match. I do think you can get oils elsewhere but just be careful where they come from. Young living sees the process through from Seed to Seal, and you can read more about that here.
P.s., I did find a lady who loves to research and wrote a blog on the difference of all the companies. I read it all, and after reading it I still felt like Young Living was a great company to go through. You can find her research here.
If you are interested in signing up and trying out Young Living, you can read my post here about how to get started.
**** Side note, these are my testimonies, they may be different for everyone:)
Also, my most favorite oils yet to come:)