**UPDATE – 2013. Before you continue with this post, please note I no longer recommend Young Living Oils. Come Read Which Essential Oils Company is Best? to see what company I recommend now.**
I’m not one to trust in alternative remedies easily.
Really, I’m not. However, when one is really sick and mainstream medicine isn’t helping, one starts looking elsewhere. With all that we’ve been through with autism, adrenal fatigue, heavy metals, and more, I’ve been in and out of doctor’s offices. I’ve tried, among other things:
- ionic foot bath (just once)
- tons of supplements (no – I haven’t weighed them. But if I did I’m scared if it would be close.)
- Nutritional Balancing. Our current plan that I’m really pleased with. See more in this adrenal fatigue – and this one too.
Anyway, we’ve tried a lot on our road to healing. I’ve been really careful not to mortgage the farm (er – our house) in trying to heal my son’s autism, but it’s been tempting at times.
Looking back at that list, I guess it’s pretty hard to think that I’m a skeptic, right?
But really I am.
We’ve tried a lot, but we really did put a lot of thought into all of these “healing options” and most of them we aren’t doing anymore.
Either haven’t worked, or we’ve found something that’s worked better or cheaper.
Well, the latest object of my skepticism is….you guessed it. Essential Oils.
Specifically Young Living Essential Oils.
I’ve heard about these oils a number of times over the years.
People would tell me how great Young Living’s oils were and I’d think, “Yeah, right.
You’re just trying to get me into another one of those network marketing things.” Well, it seemed that over and over someone would be telling me about Young Living essential oils. Especially the Thieves blend. It’s supposed to be antiviral, antibacterial – “Yeah, right.” this skeptic thought.
Anyway, about 10 months ago, I got sick.
I had a bad cold that I just couldn’t shake.
I had fluid in my ear and then my nose – and then both. Three weeks or more passed. I started asking friends for advice and feared the dreaded antibiotic. One natural-minded friend suggested I get some Thieves oil.
“I always use that when I feel something coming on. It’s great!”, she said. “So, do you sell Young Living too?” I asked. “No.”
I went on a hunt to get some since finally, a person who didn’t stand to gain from my purchase was recommending it.
I got a small sample from a local woman, but it wasn’t enough to deal with my problem. So I called the first person who had told me about Young Living and she sent me a larger sample, enough to get me through a few day.
Three days after I started taking the oil (I took 5 drops, followed by a “gulp” of water, up to 5 times per day) –I was better. Good stuff. I ended up signing up with Young Living pretty soon after that.
**NOTE: Since the original posting, I’ve been sorting through a bunch of essential oils companies to see Which Company has the Best Oils. I am no longer a Young Living rep., nor do I recommend them. Read the whole series to find out why.
Since then, the Thieves oil has cured a bunch of ailments for both myself and others whom I’ve shared it with:
I used to be really prone to these – getting an infection just after something jabbed me under my fingernail (for one of them about 5 years ago, I ended up needing antibiotics since it got really nasty). I hadn’t gotten them for awhile, but did about 5 months ago.
Colloidal silver and peroxide wouldn’t do anything, so I thought about the Thieves. I stuck a little (straight – I wanted it to be strong and didn’t care if it stung) on another clean fingernail, pushed it into the injured area – and a few days and several treatments later, the infection was gone.
Herpes Sores on Lips
One night, while we were out, my son complained that his lip was sore. He said he’d gotten bumped. When we got home, however, there were 6-7 obvious herpes sores, filled with pus (sorry to be so descriptive.)
After doing research on oils and herpes sores, I ended up trying Thieves again, this time mixed 1:1 with olive oil.
The next day, here is what his lip looked like. (I wish I’d thought to take a photo the first day. Sigh.)
There was no sign of the sores within 3 days.
I used to have a rough time with acne in my 20s but hadn’t really struggled with any skin issues but rosacea since then. Suddenly, this past month, I started getting some small breakouts. None of them really bothered me, however, until I got a large cystic breakout next to my cheek.
I used the Thieves mixed 1:1 with oil and overnight the cyst had shrunk noticeably. Within 3 days it was gone.
Another reader shared that she’s used the Thieves on some underarm cysts / sores and they’ve vanished.
A local reader who is prone to sinus issues had a bad sinus infection again. She ended up trying the Thieves orally, and all signs of the infection were gone overnight.
Persistent Illness with Fever
Another local reader’s son had a bad fever for several days that was had become worrisome. She’d gotten an Rx for an antibiotic but really didn’t want to fill it (see my story about avoiding antibiotics). She ended up trying the Thieves orally, along with an herbal supplement and said that the next day her son woke up and he was his old self again.
The Thieves Story
Thieves oil was apparently developed from historical information about four thieves in France who would rob victims of the Black Plague (get it–stealing things off of dead bodies. Ick.)
They’d protect themselves from the plague with a secret recipe of natural ingredients including cloves and rosemary. The thieves were captured and given a lighter sentence in exchange for their recipe. And it really works. This particular blend by YL has apparently been university tested and shown to be effective against airborne bacteria, however…..
(UPDATE – April 2013): I ended up looking into this claim more. It appears to me that the testing was just on Eucalyptus and I never received a response back from Young Living about this.) Anyway, I’m now a skeptic turned believer.
Essential Oils can be a very valid part of your natural medicine cabinet. I’ll fill you in on more in my next post on essential oils where I’ll talk about Peppermint, Wintergreen and other oils and my experience with them. And I really don’t mean this to be a commercial. I am just so floored by my experience with them that I feel compelled to share (some things are just too good to keep to yourself!)
So – how do essential oils fit into a “financially concerned” household? Well, my cost for a 250 drop bottle of Thieves is $31.75 (well, less if I get freebies and discounts offered to distributors that month.
And when someone gets sick, we don’t go through a whole bottle. It’s a whole lot cheaper than the gas (whoa – $4 per gallon?!) and copay and maybe an antibiotic on top of it. And we all know there is more than up-front finances involved with antibiotics and other meds, right? Oh – and by the way, I know that there is some “bad press” about Young Living on the web.
I’ve checked that out too and still am working on it to see what I think.
NEW INFORMATION: After I had been using essential oils for awhile, I ended up evaluating a BUNCH of oils companies as a whole lot more information surfaced. Come and find out which company is “best.” You can jump ahead to the final post here. I ended up not being so thrilled with the freebies and discounts that I mentioned above. Read more in this post – Young Living and doTERRA Review).
Please share your thoughts on and questions about essential oils.
This post is for entertainment purposes only and is not to be used as medical advice as I am not a physician, nor do I pretend to be one. Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement. Thank you.