Are Essential Oils a Scam? ~ A Skeptic Looks at Thieves® Oil

Young Living Essential Oils

**UPDATE!!  I no longer recommend Young Living Oils. Come Read Which Essential Oils Company is Best? to see what company I recommend now.**

Also–find my DIY Antibacterial Thieves® Copycat Recipe here.  Make your own blend and save money!

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:

  • chiropractic
  • homeopathy
  • kinesiology
  • ionic foot bath (just once)
  • acupressure
  • 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.

Really 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:

Fingernail Infection

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.)

Herpes Cold Sores

There was no sign of the sores within 3 days.

Cystic Acne

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.

Sinus Infection

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 ab0ut 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!)

Money Stuff

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 –

UPDATE.  I ended up not being so thrilled with these freebies and discounts.  Read more in this post – Young Living and doTERRA Review).

**UPDATE – It costs even LESS if you make your own which I teach you how to do in this post – Homemade Antibacterial Essential Oils Blend – like THIEVES®.**

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:  I ended up evaluating a BUNCH of oils companies as a whole lot more information surfaced.  Come and find out which company is “best.”

See Which Essential Oils Company is Best?**

You can also get my Free Guide to Essential Oils – 10 Things You NEED to Know BEFORE You Buy.

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.


    Speak Your Mind


  1. We love thieves oil, we diffuse it into the air during cold & flu season so that we don’t catch the yuckies. I haven’t tried it on anything else yet though because we haven’t had anything else come up that would need it. I mix ours here at home.

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Amy – I’m glad it’s helped you too! What do you mean by mixing yours at home? Do you mean you make your own version?

  2. Yes, I make my own here at home. It’s a really old recipe. I’ve also used the recipe with the actual herbs/zest and make candies. I hadn’t heard of Young Living before I’ll have to read more about them.

    Here’s the recipe that I have.

    8 parts clove bud essential oil
    7 parts lemon essential oil
    4 parts cinnamon bark essential oil
    3 parts Eucalyptus essential oil
    2 parts Rosemary essential oil

    • Nicole Hale says:

      Amy – by parts do you mean drops?

      • Adrienne says:

        I’m sure she can answer, but it doesn’t matter what it means. Just if you use 1 drop it’s 1 part. The 2 parts would be 2 drops. Make sense?

      • Adrienne is right it doesn’t matter. If you use drops, teaspoons, ounces whatever to make the amount you need.

    • That is great that your taking the initiative to mis your own blends just be careful of the purity. ForeverGreen oil are tested at every point from seed to shipping for its French therapeutic strength. Also be careful of with eucoliptus oil you use there are different varieties, Globulous, Citriodor, radiata, some of which are not safe for your children.

  3. Nicole Hale says:

    I too was a skeptic, like yourself. I mean, I truly believed in “conventional medicine” – until they tried to kill me and then wouldn’t believe me. (Very bad reaction to a sulfa antibiotic – I was a red as Bob the Tomato) Also, I had become immune to just about every antibiotic on the market. Then a very wonderful friend told me to “try this” – I was pregnant with #4 and couldn’t take anything – she lent me her diffuser and lavender and told poor, sick me to diffuse the oil while laying down in front of it. And I got better!!! Then she began to help me to learn about the essential oils the YL sells. My husband thought I was nuts – called them “snake oils” and teased me asking where my voodoo doll was. Fast forward about a year – and then I became a distributor – just to get the price breaks – and began using them more and more. And now I’m also learning WHY they work so well – getting into herbal remedies too. God gave us these herbs and plants to help us! For centuries this was how people were treated by doctors and healers. Then man in the 40’s-50’s decided to play God and reinvent herbs and plants by “better living through chemistry”.(Ever read Herbal Antibiotics – Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Stephen Harrod Buhner?) AWESOME BOOK! He also gives the recipes for using EO’s instead of the herbal tinctures too!!! For someone like me – it’s a Godsend! This past month – I was able to naturally cure a raging sinus infection WITHOUT antibiotics!!!(I usually get 2 a year and have always had to get antibiotics) I was soooooo happy that I FINALLY found a way to help me and my family naturally without “conventional” medicine!!! Even my doubting husband has finally come around and now uses the oils instead of meds!!!!!

    • Adrienne says:

      Wow Nicole. How amazing. I am excited to share the other things I’ve been learning. But there are a few products I’m not thrilled w/. I have a lot more to learn and I’m busy. I just put that book on my “book” list for the library (hope they have it). I have a friend who gets multiple sinus infections each year. She’s not open to natural products, but I can try.

      Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Erin McGahuey says:

      Nicole, what did you use and how for the sinus infection? I have had chronic sinus infections for years (20+) and finally had enough. I went to an ENT and had a balloon sinuplasty last month. I have been using a nasal saline rinse and now have another sinus infection coming on. I keep the rinse bottle clean and use only boiled distilled water. The infection this time is in the side that wasn’t giving me problems. I am going to town tomorrow to get thieves oil at the health food store.

      • Hi Erin. Thieves isn’t available at the health food store. I’d be happy to mail you some at a good price. I also have some other thoughts for you regarding sinus issues if you’d like more input. Take care.

    • I love Young Living Oils I have doctors and friends that use this brand. AND I know someone that works with Gary Young from time to time good friends to the family. She teaches the oils and uses them in her own business. I know of two and met another person that cured YES CURED their cancer with three of Young Livings Oils. Gary was actually curing people and the government came in and shut him down. SO out of the US he went that was a sad day! Cancer is a big scam, huge money maker. I will no use anyone elses oils, I know a lot about herbals worked for one of the best herbal companies out there when younger (Herb Pharm). There is a a lot to know, not just anyone can make “medicines”. It’s said that oils are the original medicine shown in the pyramids’. Nice to hear your story, thanks for sharing!

    • this is the issue i have with doterra and YL, i think sales folks should be certified aroma therapist before they can sell the product.

      • Hi again, Monica. I agree with you that some reps are a problem, but as I mentioned in my previous response to you, if that were done, then shouldn’t those who sell supplements be required to be physicians? I think you would agree that that would be excessive regulations. There are way more deaths from meds than from supplements or oils by far. It isn’t even close. So it’s clear which one is the safest. Thanks and I would love to hear what you think.

  4. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. I am almost finished with my treatments. My doctors are very careful about what type of alternative medicines I can use as some may interfere with the treatments but they have been fine with essential oils.

    I used DoTerra oils and love them. No, I don’t sell them but I have family members that do. The office I work in has lots of sick people in and out and I have been healthy all this winter. I diffuse On Guard at my desk to help purify the air; everyone that comes into the office remarks about how good it smells. I also use a combination of oils when I do massages. I use Deep Blue to help with pain relief. I’m definitely sold on them!

    • Adrienne says:

      I’ve heard of DeTerra as well. Thanks for taking the time to share and I wish you well with your treatments. You may wish to check out Theresa Vernon’s site that you can link through from my adrenal fatigue post. She doesn’t work w/ cancer patients per se, but she says every patient she has worked with has been in burnout.

  5. shelley says:

    Hi Adrienne,

    Love my Thieves thanks to you.

    Love your blog!


  6. We’ve been using Thieves oil for about 5 years and it is one of the must haves in our home!

  7. Dona Russell says:

    What kind of dosing are you talking about for internal use? Mixing with a carrier oil and putting it in capsules? What ratio of EO to CO? How does the sinus infection get treated? Breathing in from a diffuser, massage or internal?

  8. Granny Good Food just posted a homemade thieves oil recipe (used her vitamix blender) on her FB page on March 1st. I haven’t used the stuff myself, but like to think I’ll try some soon.

  9. Is YL the only place you can get ready-made Thieves? I’ve heard of it, but never been able to find it. I use Lavender and Tea Tree all the time. I’m allergic to basically all antibiotics (except maybe really new ones that cost $800, you know those). When I feel a cold coming on, I alternate putting hydrogen peroxide and peppermint essential oil in my ears (once a day, at bedtime). Sometimes I put the peppermint into castor oil, and sometimes I use it straight, just a drop on a Q-tip inserted into my ear. It helps a lot. I also made myself an oil of grapeseed (carrier) mixed with peppermint, eucalyptus and clove that we rub under our chins when we have sore throats. It’s very nice and also helps a lot. I have also tried rubbing lavender on the soles of my feet for a cold (two completely separate friends recommended this), but that did not seem to have any effect for me. Taking vitamin D3 seems to really shore up my immunities. By the grace of God, I haven’t gotten fully sick this year!!!

    • Adrienne says:

      Hello Ruth. Thieves is a name for the particular blend that YL makes. Others are different but some attempt to do the same thing. YL is one of the only brands of essential oils that you can take internally (the ones that they say that you can). Interesting your putting peppermint in your ear. I hope you continue to do well.

    • Hi Ruth,
      Please do not put any oils in the ear canal. You can use them on a cotton or wipe around the ear but never in the ear canal. I’ve been using only Young Living for almost two years now and my family and I have numerous health testimonies to share. I will never be without them.

  10. I’m obsessed with essential oils, but have never heard of thieves! Very interesting. I think I will make my own, as I have all the oils on hand.

    I use tea tree and lavender on my skin daily and make zero VOC candles with all sorts of different oils. They don’t bother my allergies and I’m not concerned about my health.

    • Adrienne says:

      I’d thought about making my own Thieves, but I was concerned about getting the proportions right. And be very careful about what company you purchase from. YL is very careful so you can actually use a lot of their products internally. That is not the case with most brands. Take care! I’d love to make candles – do you share how to on your blog?

  11. Thank you for this post. I’m new to essential oils & know NOTHING about them. I want to learn more & have heard good things about YL. Any info you can provide is much appreciated.

    • Adrienne says:

      Brooke, I hope to post more in the coming week. I look forward to sharing…about my experiences, hopefully an interview and also a giveaway. Take care!

    • Billie J. Reeves says:

      Hi Brooke,
      I am also just getting into learning about EO’s, I found a non-biased EO testimonial website, I copied the link above, or you may be able to access it at Oil Testimonials .com
      (Adrienne’s note: This is not an “unbiased site”. It is a Young Living site where testimonials about the oils are shared and it gives benefits to those referring people there. So I deleted the link. Readers….please do not put links up without disclosing what they are. Thank you.)
      I too became YL member just to get oils at cost, but I found the testimonials to be the most beneficial to my learning about the individual oils and their uses. I hope it helps you/y’all too!

      • Billie: This is not an “unbiased site”. It is a Young Living site where testimonials about the oils are shared and it gives benefits to those referring people there. So I deleted the link. Readers….please do not put links up without disclosing what they are. Thank you.

  12. HI~ Just a note about the YL Thieves. It is made with the whole of the herbs,
    not just the part (like clove bud only). The stem, leaf, and buds of these plants are used to get all the medicinal properties that our bodies recognize and help the cells restore to their original dna, thus improving health. I had a young mom purchase a “mock Thieves” oil and she wanted to use it like the real YL Thieves (therapeutic).
    I told her NOT to put any of that copy oil inside her body. She used it topically and aromatically only. We have science behind the use of these YL oils, and can be at peace using them as our Reference Guide and Science text tells us. We get the results they say, also. The copying companies do not have the results we get. It is true, you get what you pay for. Each 15 ml bottle is 250 drops. If you divide it out, the cost is very minimal without the side effects of allopathic medicines. Blessings!!

    • Adrienne says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jackie. It’s great when we can make a DIY version for less money of something, but sometimes we just can’t do that and have to get the “real thing.” Frustrating for the money saving DIYer in me, but that’s just the way it is sometimes. Blessings to you as well!

    • While I’m not saying that other brands are equivalent to YL, there’s nothing wrong with using just a part of a plant instead of the whole. It’s nothing like isolating a factor such as rutin or vitamin B-6 in the lab from it’s whole source or making a synthetic copy of vitamin C. When I harvest red clover for infusions and tinctures I don’t pick the whole plant, just the bud and top set of leaves. My body responds wonderfully to it.

      • I use red clover capsules or the tea for a severe female problem. I suffered for years before finding an alternative suggestio online by a very astute RN nurse.
        Where do you harvets red clover? How I wish there was an essential oil made from this, but can’t find one. What books can you recommend to teach me how to make infusions or tinctures and maybe even oils. Buying essential oils may become difficult with the economy and restrictions becoming what they are anyway.

    • Hi Jackie, Here’s a little more specificity to the Extraction Method for Thieves oil

      Clove: Steam Distilled from flower, bud and stem
      Cinnamon Bark: Steam Distilled from bark
      Lemon: Cold Pressed from rind. It takes 3000 lemons to produce 1 kilo of oil.
      Rosemary: Steam distilled from the leaves
      Eucalyptus Radiata: Steam distilled from leaves

      I have been using YL oils for 5 years now. I have over 200 bottles I use in my Reiki Practice and teachings on a regular basis. Do Terra has a great brand but please do your homework before purchasing DT. I know for a fact that Do Terra was formed partly by YL execs because they thought that Gary Young’s processes for distilling Therapeutic Grade oils was to strict and to expensive. Think about that. And now Young Living has filed a lawsuit agains Do Terra for stealing trade secrets from within the company!

      Light & Love

      • Hi Stephen,

        The info I read about why doTERRA started is that the owner of DT was fired by Gary Young for not doing something GY wanted him to do – and he considered what he was being asked to do a breach of integrity in oils production. Here is a link to his statement:

        I would be interested in knowing where you got your information. I haven’t heard that in all of my research.

        • Morning Adrienne,

          Here’s the link:

          I cannot tell you how I know, so I’ll retract my last statement. But here’s the video.

          Also there is another video, I have to find it, where Do Terra changes the information on Frankincense white paper in a presentation to prove that YL’s product is not therapeutic. In the video it shows the original copy and then shows where Do Terra changed it. It’s possible that they removed it once they filed the law suit.

          • I saw the YL video and frankly, I wasn’t impressed. There is a lot of info on the DT side about how this is unfounded, how they didn’t violate a non compete. I am not endorsing DT but I am just saying what I have heard. I ran some of the Frankincense controversy by someone else in the business and it looks very strange. I can’t comment on it beyond that. But it does look like Boswellic acid shouldn’t be in Frankincense. I hope to look into this more.

            One thing that really bothers me is that YL puts this law suit up on their website. I personally consider that to be a lack of professionalism. Can you think of another company that did that? It appears YL is just trying to publicly discredit DT instead of letting the courts decide what happened. I’d love to hear others’ thoughts.

      • Thank you Adrienne,
        I would like to purchase thieves & some more oils.
        Don’t want to be an associate:), sorry.

        I like your blog & appreciate all conversations going on!
        Thank you to Stephen for explaining about Do Terra.
        I was curious earlier due to reading the blog posts -now I am not!
        I dislike “traitors” – trying to “re-invent the wheel” in a not so honorable way.
        Stay true to honesty and quality & not to “the dollars”!!

        This I am hoping will help bring Peace to all of us:)

  13. I am just starting to research essential oils. I think it might be a great addition to our healthy lifestyle. Haven’t heard of this brand though. Looking forward to reading more about your experience!

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Daisy. It’s been pretty fascinating to me as well. I look forward to hearing what my readers have to say as well! Let me know if you have any questions!

  14. lindsay says:

    We love YL oils in our house! I’ve been using them for the last year and half and they are wonderful. I no longer use any chemical cleaners in my house, only Thieves. When we do end up with a cold, it sure doesn’t long thanks to YL. It was a neighbor, who is a nurse, that introduced me to YL and some great books to read up about them. My daugher had a wart on her ankle that the DR had tried to freeze off a couple of times and it nver would go away, just get bigger. I read that oregano should help and it did! We would put it on every morning an pretty soon it started to get dried up looking and fell off, she has not gotten it back. I also diffuse oils in my house all the time and just love it. I could go on and on about how great I think YL oils are!

    • Adrienne says:

      Wow, Lindsay – I love the story about the wart. I am sure a lot of folks would rather use oregano oil than have a wart frozen off. Thanks! I’m wondering how you like the Thieves cleaning products. I have wondered if they are worth the expense. I currently just use vinegar & baking soda. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    • Lynn Holte says:

      Would you be able to share the Title of the books? Thanks.

  15. Where can I get these YL oils? And how are they taken? Do they work on warts too? Two of my daughters have several small plantar’s warts starting on the bottoms of their feet. I’m trying to make changes in our family. I’m very interested in these oils. It I know nothing about them……

    • Adrienne says:

      Hello Gwen – I can talk with you about it. I’ll send you an email. Apparently, from that reader’s comment, they do work on warts. You can either buy them through my Oils site, or to save money you can become a distributor (that’s what I did). It makes it a lot more reasonable. Look forward to talking with you.

    • Hi Gwen,

      I read your comment. All you have to do for plantar warts is to soak your feet in apple cider vinegar. I’m not sure if it has to be an organic kind or if the cheap will do.

      I had one dd soak her feet *one* time and the warts disappeared! I remembered a week later and told her to soak again. She didn’t need to!

      They’ve been gone for several years now.

      Deb in sunny NE

    • My son’s warts have been disappearing with the application of raw ACV. Nothing against YL as we’ve been using them for years. I regularly add their lemon eo to my yogurt along with a little honey. yum! During cold and flu season, I try to remember to rub Thieves on the bottom of my feet (and have the kids do theirs) before we go out.

      • Adrienne says:

        I did that once -it did take the wart away, but it really stung! I’m really curious about the oregano idea that a reader mentioned – did you happen to see that?

        • I did see that, and have mentally filed it for future reference. The ACV doesn’t seem to bother him, so will keep that up until they are all gone.

      • Lynn Holte says:

        Do you need to dilute the Thieves with a carrier oil before applying to bottom of fee?

        • Most people would advocate diluting “hot” oils such as an antibacterial blend. I have used it both ways. I typically dilute b/c then the oil goes farther.

  16. Two questions, how would I purchase the oil?

    Second, how would you use if for sinus troubles? I battle my sinuses year round!


    • Adrienne says:

      Hi. You can just send me an email at wholenewmom at gmail dot com. I’d be happy to talk w/ you about the oils. You can purchase them through my Young Living Oils site, but you would save a lot by just signing up as a distributor, which is what I did.

  17. I love Thieves, it as a great blend. I’m glad that you have good experiences with the Young Living Oils. I’ve been a distributor for quite a while now and I don’t regret it.

  18. Hi Adrienne,
    interesting how one thing leads us to the next. Usually back to nature. My midwife really made me a believer in the power of oils. My first homebirth was extremely difficult (large posterior baby) and she used herbs and oils throughout to help me along. After we slowly adopted the use of oils in our life as the need arose. Clove for teething, tea tree for cuts (its now known as mommy magic by my two year old.) eucalyptus for sinus congestion, citronella for our homemade bug sprays, the lists go on and on. while in some cases the effects may not be as immediate as people are used to with their drugstore items, these things do work and in many cases work better without the harmful side effects my last child we used essential oils yet again as my water broke and no contractions for hours and hours. i had acupuncture and some oils and labor started right up and was over in 4 hours without any complications in fact i have to say it was pretty darn easy. I’ll have to look into Young Living we currently use a lot of Aura Cacia oils.

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Leah.

      What interesting information. I have used lavender for cuts – I’ll have to try tea tree oil now – thanks! And I would really like to make my own bug repellant this year. And an “easy labor” – wow. I had completely the opposite in both cases. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Adrienne,

    It melts my soul that you found Young Living and are having so many successes with several things. I commend you for being a momma bear about doing the thorough research to do what is right for YOUR family. We have also loved never getting sick when using Thieves as a preventative. I have used the oils in pregnancy, birth, and every day since birth. I reversed fibromyalgia; brought a daughter out of a concussion in just a few hours; help my daughter regenerate a finger pad (finger print and all) when she severed it off; help my son with a broken nose; shrink a fibroid; and save many trips to the emergency room for stitches just by regenerating tissue with essential oils.

    I could go on and on, but I know that you know from your ongoing discoveries with essential oils that nothing is impossible. I know you will keep researching, and I know you will figure out which essential oils reverse the cause of autism. I am that confident in God’s medicine!

    Miracles are everyday occurrences in Young Living. I’m glad you are experiencing so many miracles yourself. I can’t wait to hear your future discoveries.

  20. i am intrigued with all this talk about “thieves oil.” I’m definitely what you would call an alternative health/ granola momma & have never heard of such a thing as this oil… what do you DO with it? apply it topically to the area? apply it to the bottoms of feet along with a carrier oil? can it be taken internally? I would LOVE to have this candy recipe mentioned in the above comment (please)… :)

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Jen! I understand your confusion. And I will go back and add some more detail to the post. Application depends on the use. I applied it to the herpes sores mixed 1:1 with a carrier oil. For sickness and infections / virus I took 5 drops internally (followed by a “gulp” of water) up to 5 times per day. When I feel I am coming down w/ something I’ll just take 5 drops followed w/ water and typically that takes care of it. This oil can sting so a carrier oil on skin is a good idea. Let me know if you have any more questions….and I’m not sure which candy recipe you are referring to – did I miss something?? Was it the candles :-)?

  21. Thanks for sharing this and reviving my interest in Young Life as it was introduced to me by our niece and her husband. Now I need to get to the researching of it.

  22. I’ve heard the same controversy about Young Living, yet, I love their product line. They also have a book that has some interesting info about essential oils and how it works with the body. I work for a couple who use nothing but Thieves Cleaning products. I love the smell and it cleans great.

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Laura. I hope to post about the “controversies” surrounding Gary Young. I wouldn’t have become a distributor if I thought it was horrendous. What book are you referring to, may I ask?

  23. LOVE, LOVE my YL essential oils! I used them over 10 years ago and for some reason stopped. I started using/selling them again 6 months ago. When I look at my distributor number compared to my new distributors, I could kick myself for ever stopping spreading the good word about them. They are wonderful and have helped us so much. LOVE thieves! Thanks for a great post!

    • Adrienne says:

      Thanks, Mary. You really are an encourager- (play on your blog’s name :-)! It is great stuff, I must say, from this Queen of Skeptics!

  24. Strong smells are often triggers for migraines for me; this is especially true of scents in candles, fresheners of all types, body/hair products, cleaning supplies, perfumes/colognes, etc. Do you know if these oils are particularly strong in smell? Most ‘God-made’ smells don’t trigger migraines but sometimes Eucalyptus is just too much for me.

    • Adrienne says:

      Sharon, I can’t stand the strong chemical smells. Couldn’t since I was a young girl. It’s called chemical sensitivity. I’ve learned that those scents are aldehydes and your reaction could indicates the presence of candida. The candida puts off a similar substance and hence the reaction. The oils can be strong smelling. I don’t care for a few, but the ones I have mentioned have been just great. Of course if you have an allergy then that is something else. The company has been really great. I had a reaction to 2 products and they gave me my money back with no trouble at all. Let me know if I can help you further.

    • Renee Bausworth says:

      I too get sick from scented candles, perfumes, hand lotions etc. Some of the oils are strong if your just taking a whiff from the bottle. If you’re smelling a lot of them at once, the best way to neutralize the effects is to smell dry coffee grounds right from the can. There is only 1 of the oils that is a little to sweet for me, so I put very little on or smell the coffee grounds and it helps me a lot.

  25. Kathleen O'Connell says:

    I have worked with essential oils for 20 years. I find them to be a wonderful adjunct to other healing modalities and are versatile and effective. The first time I saw Young’s Living Oils I cried. Seriously. I was mortified that pure and lovely essential oils that are our birthright to use were now being sold by Multi Level Marketing. I still feel the same way, but if one wishes to become educated in Aromatherapy the information is out there and one not need support Multi Level Marketers. I make my own “Thieves Blend” as well as nearly 30 other blends and perfumes. My “Thieves” is powerful and I use it for numerous things from air freshener, in dish washing soap, for cuts, and to just breathe in during a cold. Again I find Aromatherapy a powerful healing modality but one does need to study it’s use, dilution and toxicity ratios. Great article Thanks

    • Adrienne says:

      Thanks, Kathleen. I have the same feelings about MLM’s, but I will say that YL does a very nice job of making their products affordable and their requirements for “staying active” are so reasonable. It really is quite different than other companies whom I tried – oh so long ago :-). Take care and I hope to see you around again.

    • Kathleen O’Connell-I’d love to know where you get your oils from!

  26. I like essential oils but have not tried Thieves. Your post has piqued my interest in it.

    • Adrienne says:

      It’s pretty interesting, isn’t it? I can’t believe how much it has helped. I am off to take a few drops as I’m fighting a sore throat…..

  27. During a basement remodel last year, we discovered a few areas of black mold after removing old drywall to replace it. I began researching natural ways to clean it up before proceeding, and stumbled upon the YL website and Thieves Oil. They have a lot of great info about using it for mold clean up! Like many others, I decided it would be much cheaper to make my own. There are recipes available online.

    I diffused the homemade Thieves Oil in the room for 24 hours straight, and wow, what a difference it made! Even our handyman commented the following Monday. :) I also scrubbed the 2 masonry block walls in question with a homemade cleaner containing the oil. In the time after treatment before the new drywall went up (a few weeks), the mold did not reappear. We did also have the foundation sealed to hopefully prevent future problems.

    Since then, I regularly diffuse it in our living room during cold and flu season. It really works great! I haven’t used it for anything topically or internally. I purchased my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, which are organic and therapeutic grade, according to their Website.

    I’ve come to love many essential oils, and keep researching and experimenting myself. Thanks for a great post, and other ideas for the use of Thieves Oil!

    • Adrienne says:

      I will have to check into making a recipe for making Thieves. But I will for sure only use YL oils since we it internally quite a lot and the other oils are mainly not for internal use. I am very intrigued by your mold story since I am very sensitive to mold. Thanks so much!

  28. I started using Young Living oils two and a half years ago when my very young children came down with H1N1. I too had been a skeptic, even though my parents had been telling me about the oils for several months. Desperate for my babies’ health to return, I used the oils and was floored by the results! My children (both under age 5) were flu-free after only three days! Needless to say, I was sold.. especially when a co-worker of mine had a daughter who came down with H1N1 at the same time, battled it for six weeks, and then got pneumonia because of her shot immune system. We have used them faithfully since as I learn more and more about them. I don’t even remember the last time we visited the doctor for an illness, and I also used them throughout my pregnancy with no worries. I clean almost exclusively with Young Living’s Thieves cleaner and love it. I have never regretted our investment in Young Living’s oils. When you break down the price-per-drop, you realize just how affordable they really are. And I truly do see them as an investment in my family’s health.

    • Adrienne says:

      Thanks for sharing, Amanda. Amazing. My 1/2 brother was in the hospital w/ H1N1 and almost died. I did read that those who got very ill had underlying conditions, but I am not sure of the accuracy of this. My brother’s issue, as well as I know, was only obesity. Anyhow, I am so glad that your children made it through!

      I would love to know your thoughts on the cleaners. Do you consider them to be worth it as well? We are on a tight budget and I pretty much only use baking soda and vinegar.

      Thanks and hope to see you around again!

      • Hi Adrienne. I definitely consider the Thieves cleaner to be worth it! I use it to clean mirrors, bathrooms, table and counter tops, and even spray it on carpet stains. I love it! My children are now 6, 4 and a newborn, so we have lots of spills. I have used the spray on anything from spilled milk to baby diaper blowouts (on the carpet), and it has worked every time! I purchased two bottles of the cleaner a year ago and still am using the first, so a little goes a long way. We are also on a budget, living in a one-income household, and I consider the cleaner well worth the cost. Plus, its so nice to have items in my cleaning cabinet that are not harmful to my children. My goal this year is to move to all child-friendly cleaning products (probably by mostly making my own).
        I found this post yesterday (by accident, actually!) and am so glad I came across your blog! I am now following you!

        • Thanks for taking the time to respond, Amanda! I have a bottle but I haven’t opened it yet…so I guess I’ll give it a try! Thanks again and I hope to see you around more!

  29. I don’t have a lot of experience with essential oils. I’ve only used them a couple of times. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  30. I can get wicked bad cold sores from stress, sun and not drinking enough water. Thanks for the info on!

  31. I’m visiting from the Homestead Barn Hop. Amen to the power of Essential Oils! Have you ever heard of Heritage Essentail Oils? I understand they are comparable to Young Living and more reasonably priced.

    • Adrienne says:

      I hadn’t heard of them, but I did take a look. Your comment also started me on a little “hunt” around the internet to check out a few other companies. I’m not sure what to say. One problem w/ Heritage is that there is no way to call anyone. I had to send a comment on a form to get a hold of anyone. I’ve had 2 allergic reactions to YL oils and the company worked w/ me on the phone right then and there. Also, I’ve had 2 bottles arrive damaged. Same thing. Their service has been excellent. So I am willing to pay for that. As far as quality, I can’t say. I am going to keep digging into this as I have time and I appreciate your sharing. I do think there’s a lot of negative press on YL that is unfounded. Yes, their stuff is pricey. But I found another MLM oils co with even higher prices. I will still look at them – but just saying that YL isn’t the “worst”. Take care!

  32. It’s much of our conventional medicine that’s the scam… While the hospital is great at putting people back together after an accident or treating infections with anti-biotics it’s simply rubbish at healing disease. Instead, you often hear of people being put on medications that treat the symptoms rather than cure the problem. Medications that cost a lot of money I might add!

    Aromatherapy as well as direct use of some essential oils on the skin or internally really does work. A simple one to use is Lavender essential oil – it’s safe enough to use on everyone and is very effective in treating burns and sores. Do be careful with the companies you use though since some of them use chemicals in their products that can irritate your skin.

  33. I had heard than Young Living was a dangerous scam, not so much the oils, but the claims made for them. I know essential oils are very powerful, and they must be used carefully to avoid getting a bad skin reaction. Personally, I would get the oils from reputable companies other than Young Living, but that’s just me. I am interested in hearing more about the “scam”. Please listen, though: DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS ON OR AROUND CATS!!!! They are toxic to cats, and cats have died from them. If you have a cat, use hydrosols instead; they are much safer for cats. Essential oils are great for people (and dogs) though.

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Bethany – I’ve heard a lot about YL that, after looking into it, seems unfounded. Their “claims” for sure are not dangerous. They are super careful. You can tell by my posts on FDA that the FDA is just waiting to sue companies making false claims. I have posted a few things about YL on 2 sites that had to be moderated before they could be published to make sure that I wasn’t making claims that could be a problem for them. I am still on the lookout about other options but I am starting to feel that a lot of the info about YL is silly.

      Again – I’m open to hear and will investigate as I can.

      Thanks for the info on cats – do you have info on that? What types of oils were a problem – all? Some?


      • Melaleuca Alternifolia (aka tea tree oil) is the only one that I know of to be harmful to cats. Because animals are so accepting of things you have to dilute oils A LOT! With that said a good friend of mine has saved HUNDREDS of dollars using Young Living oils and supplements on her cat after she ran it over with her van, same with her dog who was “high fived” by a passing car. Also young livings raindrop technique has been said to be great on horses. Let me know if you want more info! sandywieber at gmail dot com!

  34. I love essential oils and use them all the time. I don’t think the cats thing is totally correct though. You can even buy an info sheet back from a company called Aroma Tools that talks all about how to use essential oils for cats. I would think though that you need to make sure you are using truly pure therapeutic oils or yes they could be harmful.

    • Thanks for the clarification, AnnaLaura! Whew – research, research! Thank God for smart readers!

    • This is way late, but many essential oils ARE unsafe for cats. Lavender oil is toxic to them, for example, but some people still recommend using it because of old wives tales and hearsay.

      Don’t look at a piece of paper printed by an EO company when looking into what you can or can’t use on your pets. They are not animal experts and shouldn’t be treated as such. They are there to make money, not to protect your pets. Do a thorough search that excludes any unproven science unless you want to risk hurting or killing your pets. A simple google search for “Is such-and-such essential oil toxic to cats” will give you better information than some shady company trying to make a quick buck.

      Natural remedies are great, but don’t expect natural to be the same as safe.

      • There is a cat comment on here from the owner of NAN. Here is what he said:

        Cats are more sensitive to the oils so you only want to expose them to the oils in very, very small amounts. So if your just diffusing 15 minutes a day, the cats will be just fine. My cats have been around the oils for many, many years without any problems.

  35. I have been into alternative medicine for years and, I must say, essential oils are often my first line of defense. High quality, therapeutic grade essential oils work. Period. I use doTERRA but have only heard good things about YL. It’s always amazing to see how quick and effective essential oils work. We have successfully treated bronchitis, urinary tract infections, acid reflux and ear infections. Headaches, stomach aches and heartburn generally go away within 2 minutes.

    Keep spreading the word about the power of oils!

  36. I am nuts about Thieves Oil! I have a handful of essential oils at home, but the Thieves is the one that gets the most use. I keep a bottle of diluted Thieves Oil (1:4 Thieves to olive oil) in a leftover hotel shampoo bottle and rub it on whatever is ailing me — my chest if I’ve got a cough, my sinuses if I’m stuffed up, my throat if it’s scratchy, whatever! and I swear by its effectiveness. Amazing stuff.

  37. I am just starting to use essential oils for healing as I am trying to live a healthier, less chemical filled life. I have fibromyalgia, lupus and mixed connective tissue disease and would love to hear how Tiffany used essential oils to help her fibromyalgia. Love this post!

    • Adrienne says:

      I’d love to hear as well. I know my practitioner says fibro is linked to heavy metals. You can see her info on my adrenal fatigue post. Also, I would not be surprised if what I had was fibro. I am almost completely healed now. Please keep reading. I’ll be sharing more about my healing. Take care.

  38. I LOVE Young Living Oils…I too am learning more and more and just love the results we have gotten as well. Thieves, Peppermint and Clove are on my auto ship every month..LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them…They have kept my family of 6 healthy and friends have been getting my “elixir” off of me…I take homemade elderberry syrup and add in couple drops of Thieves, Peppermint and a drop of Clove. It works!!

    Also, I did want to say from all that I have heard DO NOT PUT YOUNG LIVING OILS IN THE EARS!!! Maybe a lessor value one wouldn’t hurt, but I PROMISE YOU YOUNG LIVING WOULD!

  39. Oh I’m a big fan of the Thieves oil blend! I plan on mixing my own once my current bottle runs out.
    Except for the Thieves I use the Beeyoutiful brand essential oils. From talking with the company, the reason their oils are so much less expensive than YL is because they don’t carry all the liability insurance that YL has to to be able to state that their oils can be used internally. That’s why the less expensive essential oils are labeled as not for internal use. Anyway, I think the most important thing is to do your research (as you’ve done!) and make an informed decision that you’re comfortable with.
    That said, when I use Thieves I put a drop on my finger and rub it on the roof of my mouth (if I feel like I’m coming down with something). I also add it to a carrier oil (along with more eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and peppermint oils) and rub behind my ears and down my neck and throat. It helps keep the lymph nodes and ears draining so I don’t end up with an ear infection. If I do all this when I first feel sick many times I can totally avoid getting sick!

    • Adrienne says:

      Interesting, Deb. Thanks for sharing! I’m still holding off a cold w/ 5 drops internally about 1-2 times per day. So far – I’m not giving in :-).

  40. We love YL at our house. I was a major skeptic until I had a baby and wanted nothing but the best for her. I was not comfortable polluting her little body if it wasn’t necessary. I add lavander and frakinscene to her lotion routine every night. I swear by them now. Thieves is wonderful for breaking fevers also. Rub it on the bottom of your feet and it helps break the fever. Essensial oils are amazing!

  41. I love essential oil!!!! But dont believe everything you hear about yl being “the only pure oil” you pay 3-5 times the price for the oil because you are paying commission for several levels of distrubutors. Yes there are many brands that are not suitable for internal use. . . But yl would have you believe that all other oils are toxicly made. Just saying do your reseach and dont believe evrything you hear. I do have some yl oils in my growing oil collection (as well as a couple ither brands)

    • I just loved how it worked and want to be able to take it internally. I’d love info on other oils that are OK for internal use. I know about DoTerra. And I know they are more $$. That being said, they are also very generous w/ freebies and discounts. I am on the lookout though – just can’t do everything at once!

      • There ARE no essential oils that are “OK” for internal use. The FDA regulates essential oils as a fragrance product and does not oversee their purity. They have never certified ANY oil as safe for consumption. There is no such thing as a “food grade” oil. Or, for that matter, a “therapeutic grade” oil or an “aromatherapy grade” oil.
        Young Living has, in the past, claimed that AFNOR (French Association of Normalization) and ISO (International Standards Organization) certify their oils as, variously, “therapeutic grade, “aromatherapy grade,” and “grade A.” The fact is, neither AFNOR nor ISO certifies essential oils at all. Nor are they regulatory organizations – AFNOR is a private company and the name AFNOR is a trademark. The fact is, there’s no official certification process – in the US or in France – for “certifying” essential oils. YL claims that their oils are “A grade,” when there is actually no grading system for essential oils whatsoever. The Cropwatch website did an investigation of the “certification” of essential oils a few years ago and absolutely excoriated both Young Living and doTerra’s claims of grading and certification.
        The FDA has cited Young Living on more than one occasion for misleading labeling on their essential oil products, and independent testing has revealed several chemicals, including artificial chemical fragrances, that do not appear on the ingredient list for these alleged ‘natural’ products. Founder Donald Gary Young has been arrested multiple times for misrepresenting himself as a doctor, a naturopath, misleading and deceptive advertising of products claiming to be medicinal, and the distribution and sale of falsified medical treatments.

        I’m an essential oil user myself. However, I think people have to be careful about where they get their information. Young Living and doTerra are MARKETING companies – they’re pyramid schemes with the aim of making money that are pretending to be “natural medicine.” In addition, both Young Living and doTerra mark up prices by a truly insane amount – some essential oils are expensive, sure, but you can get Basil essential oil from a major essential oil company for about $4.50. Young Living charges almost $25.00 for the same amount of the same oil. Why? Because they can.
        Frankly, I think it’s a miracle that neither of these companies have been sued into oblivion. As it is, Young Living is locked in a legal battle with doTerra over “trade secrets.”
        Be careful, do your own research, and please remember that while essential oils may be extremely effective for you, the multi-level marketing companies selling them at insanely inflated prices aren’t necessarily the only place to buy them.

        • Hi Bea. I appreciate your comments. The internal use of oils is murky but I think it’s a difference of schools of thought – English vs French usage. I do think it’s important to make sure the oils you get are pure and that you don’t use them willy-nilly.

          If you haven’t noticed, my YL links are down – for several reasons.

          I think the YL lawsuit is bogus but I haven’t looked into it that much.

          Take care and hope to see you around.

        • What companies do you buy oils from, Bea?

  42. My family has been useing Oils for everything for years. After reading herbalism books and knowing what root helps what, what flower can do that, the idea of oils is clearer in my mind. Because most of them are plant based I feel safe using them with my children & around my children.

  43. I have used Essential Oils for years and swear by them. I have a LOT of health issues and they have been a source of comfort and pain relief for me. One thing I discovered was that Lavender gets rid of skin tags! It takes a while, up to 3 weeks of daily use, but they disappear! I tend to get them under my arms. I also swear by peace and calming for a restful sleep.

  44. I haven’t used Thieves’ Oil yet, but I’ve heard plenty about it! Guess I will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing at Healthy 2Day Wednesday; come back tomorrow and see if you were featured!

  45. Young Living Oils are amazing! I use them all. I love to use Valor. I carry it in my purse everywhere. These oils are pure and they work!!

  46. I love, love,love yL oils. Have used them for years. Since I started using them I just don’t get sick anymore. Before I travel, especially by air or if I know I’m going to be with a large group of people, I put Thieves on my feet twice a day, diffuse it at night and drink it in water. Works great. I use the skin care products, the toothpaste, mouthwash and several supplements. I recommend the products to everyone.

  47. Adrienne, the YL oils sound like incredible stuff! Thank you for all the information!

  48. Wow, a lot of info here! I’m thinking of making and using the oils for my grand kids who, once they get a cold it lasts forever and is passed around the family. I have been lucky, I can’t remember the last time I had a cold or the flu , it’s been over 8 years in spite of being exposed to the germs. Thanks for everyone’s input.

  49. Just wanted to conferm the value of essential oils. Wonderful and versatile for everything from treating alements to cleaning your house and laundry and preventing illness. I use ForeverGreen for everything because of it purity guarantee. They also have weekly training calls on how to use essential oils. I’m totally excited if you can’t tell. I could go on and on about organically grown and wild crafted and how I’ve helped people be cured of MERSA, burns, etc. the important thing is I’m hooked. I just took your advise and ordered some wool laundry balls so I can give up laundry sheets and there are so many essential oils to choose from to scent my laundry with.
    Health and wellness naturally!

    • Diane- you mention that you’ve helped people with MRSA cure it with Theives? Well maybe you can help. My 4.5yr old daughter has eczema and now we are waiting to find out if she has MRSA or moscullum contagious, but in the meantime I’ve bought thieves in hoping to starting curing whatever it is. I mixed the thieves in with some coconut oil, since that’s what we use on her eczema, but it seems that it has caused such a reaction on her skin that it is blistering around where she has the pimple-like spots. Any thoughts? I’ve now stopped putting it on her spots for fear of it continuing to irritate her. I’m now rubbing the mix of thieves and coconut oil on the bottom of her feet, but it’s a pretty diluted ratio and I’m wondering if it’ll even help the MRSA or moscullum? Any insight or thoughts are greatly appreciated! I live overseas and knowledgeable people in natural healing are hard to come by here. Thanks!

  50. Sara,
    My 2.5 year old has eczema really bad all over her body. Her cheeks get so red and dry that she would cry out in pain. I just found out about oils about 2 months ago and have been using butterfly expressions oil called Baby me on her for the last several weeks. The eczema is completely gone now. I have been mixing 2 or 3 drops with a quarter size amount of Cetaphil lotion and rubbing in all over her after her bath each night. Her cheeks are clear now and her arms that are normally as rough as sand paper are now smooth. I noticed that when I got lazy about doing it for about a week it started to come back a little bit, but as soon as I put it on that night it was completely gone the next morning. Good luck I hope you find out what your daughter has and can help her.

    • Very interesting Melissa.
      One thing that I have heard over and over about eczema is that it is important to try to find the root cause – otherwise the irritant continues to aggravate the system and cause damage. Take care – my son had horrible eczema for a long time – it turned out to be life threatening food allergies and later candida. Blessings on you.

  51. I love essential oils as well! I have mostly used YL because that’s what I was introduced to about a year and a half ago. I had kidney stones and bladder infections. My friend told me about lemon essential oil, and I have been using it in my water ever since! No more kidney stones or infections! :) My family also uses Thieves oil and the hand sanitizer. We have had very few colds, and no major illnesses this past year! It has been amazing! I use several other of the YL oils as well, and diffuse them weekly in my home. It has made a huge difference in our lives!! Thank you for this blog!

    • You are so welcome! I am looking at YL still and a few others. Finding out much more than I would have thought….stay tuned!!!! Glad to hear about the kidney stones! Do you know the science behind why???

  52. I have heard that the acidity of the lemon breaks up the stones. I had a friend who had stones that they found on a Sunday. She immediately started taking Lemon Essential oil. Three days later, she had to go back to the doctor, due to the pain. The doctor went in to try to remove it, and as soon as he touched it, it dissentigrated!! :)

    • Interesting..because I was told to avoid acidic foods and was told by several folks in essential oils that there is little acid in the citrus oils. Maybe it is something else.

      • I’ve been using Young Living products for several years now, and from what I understand, the citrus oils are always distilled from citrus peels, not from the flesh of the fruit (not just YL oils – I think perhaps all citrus oils are distilled this way). Also, I’ve heard that citric acid does not work in your body as an acid. I don’t fully understand that yet, but I got a book on acid vs. alkaline diet, and I’m hoping it will explain it! I LOVE Citrus Fresh in my water! Any citrus oil is a natural antidepressant, and if you go someplace where the tap water is disgusting, a little YL citrus oil – any citrus – makes it completely palatable! I always have it in my purse for my bottled water and municipal water sources. Watch out, though, citrus oils on your skin will make you photosensitive – which means you’ll sunburn easily in that spot for 2-3 days after applying. Also, if you put a drop of geranium oil anywhere on yourself and then drink a glass of water, an odd but pleasing effect I’ve noticed is that I can taste it in the water. Maybe it’s just me? I love it! So much to learn!

  53. Greenmama77 says:

    I enjoyed your thoughts on these oils! I started out very much like you – mildly intrigued but skeptical. My sister-in-law started using Young Living oils to help with her RA and raved about them but I kept thinking, “Really? Oils? How can they be that effective?” About a year later though I broke three bones in my ankle and needed surgery to repair it. I was on some serious pain meds that had yucky side effects and really didn’t completely take away the pain. I would writhe in pain every night and was getting very little sleep. In my desperation I ordered some PanAway from Young Living. When it arrived I diluted the PanAway oil 50/50 with pure almond oil. Within 15 seconds the pain in my ankle was gone. I went right to sleep and slept for about 6 hours straight! I could not believe it!! From that day on I was no longer on pain medications at all. It was a miracle! From there we started using other oils for different things and each time are shocked at the effectivenes. I’m very cautious of signing up to sell anything but I love these oils so much I signed up to distribute them. My kids have not been to the doctor for a sick visit in a year now and we’ve even found a couple of oils that have helped my daughter’s seasonal allergies so much that this year she didnt need antihistamines to sleep at night. Amazing.

  54. Hi —

    Thanks for this post. I’m also looking into YL’s essential oils. However, I’ve come across some strong criticism against Gary Young. Have you read Quack Watch’s critique of Gary Young? Here’s the link:

    What’s your opinion on this? And, can you expand on how some claims against Gary Young are unsubstantiated?


    • Hi Jennifer.

      I have read that. And…well, I’ll “tip my hat” a bit here, but I may be moving away from YL. I’d be happy to correspond w you about it.

      I think that QW has a lot against a lot of folks and that some of what he criticizes is unfounded. That being said, I am concerned about other things about YL. For a number of reasons. I’ll be sharing more as I can.

    • QuackWatch is a total shill for the harmaceutical industry. The site appear to be very authoritative, but it’s actually pure propaganda designed to scare people away from actual cures and into the hands of the cut-burn-and-poison quack brigade.

      I have had a few occurrences of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), diagnosed each time by board-certified cut-burn-and-poison quacks. The first one I had burnt off in a painful in-office procedure. The second and third ones I had cut out by cut-burn-and-poison quacks. When the first one returned with a vengeance, I began looking for something more effective and less expensive.

      I was considering using Black Salve, as recommended by my naturopath (ND) until I read the QuackWatch page about it, which scared me away from that cure for four years. I tried several different natural treatments, including several different essential oils, manuka honey, hydrogen peroxide, and several others. Some of the treatments seemed to be working, but the cancer never went all the way away, and when I would quit the treatment, the cancer came roaring back and got even larger.

      As it got larger, it also got deeper, and then it began bleeding and I had to keep it bandaged all the time. Very yucky, not to mention inconvenient, embarrassing and scary. So I restarted my internet research and found Bill O’Leary’s personal story of using Black Salve on his basal cell carcinoma on his nose. His story was so similar to mine, I was inspired to try to find a source for Black Salve. This product has been heavily persecuted in the USA, but I was able to get in touch with the makers of the original product (Cansema). I ordered some and had the exact same experiences as Bill O’Leary, except my BCC was much larger by the time I finally used the black salve, and it was on my arm rather than on my nose.

      I have since used the black salve (same jar; a little bit can cure a lot of cancer!) on three more cancers. Now I know for certain that it is harmless and painless to healthy skin, so I have not hesitated to use it and completely and permanently cure the BCCs. I have also been changing my diet to make my body less friendly to cancer (less sugar, etc.).

      Bill O’Leary’s site is here, but every time I tried to look at it tonight as I write this note, I got a LinkedIn redirect, which is preposterous, as Bill’s site is his own, and has nothing whatever to do with LinkedIn. I will nevertheless offer his URL here, in hopes that the LinkedIn interference is related to my own computer or ISP, and not the latest suppression of information about Black Salve-Cansema.

      I offer this long post as an expose` about the wicked intent and misleading information of the fear-mongering monsters at QuackWatch dot com. They are the worst sort of propagandists, who would prefer that people suffer and die needlessly rather than be cured by means outside the control of the cut-burn-and-poison medical monopoly.

      • The Bill O’Leary link did not appear, so I’ll try again. Remove the 3 blanks which I added so you may see the link.

  55. Deitra Brunner says:

    I started using EOs approximately five years ago for depression that I had been battling since I was a child, I am now 45. I started out with Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, Clove, Fennel, Orange, Hyssop, Thieves and some others. I didn’t use these oils all at once, just as I needed them for whatever ailments. After about 3 months into the use I was talking to my daughter on the phone and I had been telling her about how I was beginning to actually like myself and what I see in the mirror and how much better I felt and she stated that she had never really heard happiness in my voice before (she was 24 at the time)! I was being healed and I felt it. Along with using the oils I was also completing a colon cleanse, drinking more water and eating healthier and I’m sure all of these things combined contributed and I must attribute it all to God; but I honestly believe that the oils, specifically Young Living, helped a great deal. I too have concerns about Young Living now and I haven’t ordered anything from them in a while but in all honesty it is more financial than anything else. But in my opinion, good, quality essential oils are the way for healthy living.

    • Thanks for sharing, Deltra. I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. I am sorry this has taken awhile to finish up but I will be continuing w/ my posts. Take care and hope to see you around again! You might be interested to hear about what I am learning.

  56. Melissa says:

    I am also a skeptic and am especially skeptical of the YL thieves oil specifically because of the thieves oil origin story. So the thing is the black plague was not airborne it was flea borne. It spread because the fleas would leave the dead bodies and jump onto whoever was closest which would spread the disease when the fleas bit there new host. So when I heard about how the YL oil kept these thieves from getting the plague I figured it must have been a good bug repellent and not necessarily an antiviral. If they tested it on the common cold which is spread through mucous particles floating through the air I could understand their claim to kill airborne bacteria, but how exactly are you suppose to get the thieves oil to the airborne particles, vaporizer, mister?

    • I’m not sure how to respond. Just because a disease is spread by fleas doesn’t mean that only a bug repellant will take care of it. I am not sure of the Thieves legend, but the stuff really killed my son’s herpes sores fast. I am not saying I am in love with YL….and hope to post more soon, but there is more to it than what you wrote. The cold is also passed by touch, correct? Thanks!

    • Also, the Black Plague was the mid-1300’s, the ingredient eucalyptus is native to Australia, and Australia wasn’t “discovered” by Europeans until the mid-1700s.

  57. Hi everyone, though i don’t have time to read thru every blog here, I am a huge skeptic – HUGE; but after using R.C. for my sinuses, I have been sinus infection FREE for going on three years now!
    I will ONLY use Young Living, as their is a huge difference in many brands; YL oils can be digested vs health food oils are perfume grade, meaning you cannot drink, eat or consume the oils; I have been selling Yl now for a few months, and am so shocked at how most folks would RATHER consume RX’s – spend the money at the doc’s and even w/ the deductibles etc, oils still are cheaper becuase they last longer and can be utilized for MANY different things! YL is totally from God and HIS creation – it’s just amazing! Plants are made for medicinal purposes – and all natural when they are made the right way! Good stuff!!!!!!

  58. I was very skeptical when I was first told about Young-Living oils, as a matter of fact the only reason I gave in and tried them was to get the person off my back. I figured I would try one, it wouldn’t work and I could then tell them to back off. However something happened when I tried them…They really worked. I became fascinated, for starters the lady wanted me to try them because of unbearable grief. How could an oil help my grief? it wouldn’t bring my loved on back, but somehow the oils (peace and calming and Valor to name a few) took the despair away immediately. After that I was curious about the other oils so I bought a kit. I tried each oil in the kit and found that everyone of them worked. Peppermint oil got rid of my migraines, Panaway helped my back pain tremendously and so on. Long story short, I have been hooked on using the oils for everything for 10 years now. No one can ever tell that they are a scam, I am all the proof I need.

  59. Hello all! I am brand new to YL oils and when I got my theives I had thrush caused by my inhaled steroid. My mentor told me to put one drop theives in water and drink three to five times a day. I have been doing that for seven days and the mouth is still red and now I feel horrible! I feel tired sluggish moody achy and have a terrible sore throat! Oh and I started getting yeast vaginally! What in the whole? Are these making me worse or am I going through natural healing? I’m bummed cause I so badly want these to work but I fear they are making me sicker. Anyone with thoughts?

    • Strange. I will say I am moving away from YL. You could email me for more info if you like but I will be posting more soon hopefully. I dont’ know what is going on but the hotter oils can kill your good bacteria as well. You really need probiotic. I have not heard of using Thieves for candida. If it were me I would go on a low sugar low carb diet. I don’t know what others would say, but you can email me if you want advice from my readers on my Facebook page.

      • Kathleen Cress says:

        Hi, Adrienne…I have read some of your blog and am curious…you mentioned you are moving away from YL oils. I am curious about your reasons.

        I became a YL distributor and have seen amazing results with some of their products. (Thieves Oil actually saved my life after a suburethral diverticulum. Heavy duty antibiotics would no longer hold the infection). Thieves cleared it up in three weeks,

        I am turned off by YL’s prices..some have gone up dramatically. What prompted your decision to turn from YL? I have considered turning to other oils, but am concerned about the quality and the purity. Did you find a resource that compares the quality of different companies oils?

        I am not interested in the pyramid structure or making money using YL as a business..just interested in quality products to help my family and others.

        • Hi Kathleen, I too like Thieves but am concerned about other things about YL. I can’t write everything that I have learned about the companies but I think there are other ways to get the Thieves effect w/ better oils at a lower price. If you need to know right away email me. I am overwhelmed right now and need to go a little slower w/ my blog but I’ll get to the post :).

        • Teresa says:

          Have u found a comparable company or place to buy?

    • Elizabeth K says:

      I don’t know if any oils will help with thrush, but I would treat thrush the same as with a yeast infection: cranberries (juice, fresh, and/or powdered in capsules)and more vitamin C. My daughter’s yeast infection was cured with taking these. I opened up a cranberry capsule and poured it in a cup of cranberry juice, and I added a packet of EmergenC. She hated the texture (the powder from the capsule didn’t totally disappear) and didn’t want to drink it, but I made her. She was healed in 3 days.

  60. Can you email me regardng yl, I am on the edge of
    joining would like to know your thoughts.
    thanks !

  61. Hi there– I found your post after doing a little scouting around about Young Living. I would CAUTION YOU AND ALL READERS AGAINST USING YOUNG LIVING PRODUCTS. Especially internally.

    I’ve been an herbalist for more than 10 years, and have been using essential oils for about as long. I use Mountain Rose Herbs products strictly, unless I grow the herb/bark/root etc myself. I don’t have any affiliation with MRH or YL. Last night I accompanied a friend to what was supposed to be a workshop about the medicinal uses of essential oils. A friend of hers had attended one maybe 3 weeks ago and told her about this workshop. What it was actually was some meeting of “distributors” for Young Living and reminded me of Avon meets Scientology meets Quack-Science Cult. We left midway through (about 90 minutes into an “all night meeting) and I went home to research the company and D. Gary Young the founder.

    I was concerned for several reasons. First, one of the distributors showcased the company’s oil line to my friend and I. I had several questions– namely about the processing, the area in the world where the oils are made, the sustainability of the process, and whether or not the oil was organic. She claimed that since they’re always from “vibrant new energy” plants in “virgin soil” it’s all organic and therefor no chemicals are used. No claim of sustainability, fair trade, or organic was on the product label. She touted their Frankincense as the BEST IN THE WORLD– but what I was smelling in that little bottle was NOT FRANKINCENSE. I know the resiny citrusy scent anywhere. That bottle was a blend of orange oil and a dash of the actual frankincense. Then came the blends, like Thieves. One of them, I honestly cannot recall the name, contained cloves and cassia– both oils YOU CANNOT PLACE ON YOUR SKIN UNLESS THEY ARE DILUTED. This woman liberally poured the oil into her hand, and proceeded to do the company’s “raindrop” method on her hip and the base of her spine. Everyplace the oil touched was scarlet and began to become visibly inflamed. She claimed it was the “evil leaving her system.”

    One of the pro-YL posters here claims the company, unlike others, uses only WHOLE HERBS. For many of the essential oils, you cannot use whole herbs but parts of the herb particularly when certain parts ARE TOXIC. Furthermore, Young, the founder and doctors he has had working for YL have been involved with lawsuits, legal action, and even one death as a result of Young’s claims. A man died as a result of Young’s fantastic new ways of distilling essential oil. One of his sills blew up because of it being improperly made. The video they showed last night even showcased sunlight hitting and passing through the oil to make it “more energized”. Sunlight as we all know can neutralize essential oils. Another red flag was when one of the distributors claimed that the company moved their HQ from Utah to Ecuador because they wanted to do good in a poor nation. According to my research, the company moved shop because a woman almost died at a Young Living Spa in Utah after being intravenously injected with what I think was a vitamin C cocktail with essential oils. After 3 days at the spa, her body stopped producing urine. The incompetent staff didn’t recognize that the woman’s kidneys were in distress. Finally, she left and was hospitalized for acute kidney failure. She almost died and did sue. Young settled out of court, closed the spa, and moved to Ecuador.

    Finally, besides the manipulation of the distributors (on each other) and especially newbies, was the company’s Seed to Seal claims. They claim that every seed planted for every plant has been hand selected by Young before it’s cultivated, processed, distilled, tested and bottled. They used lavender as an example. Even claiming that the entire country of France is in a lavender shortage because of “bad seed” so guess who they contacted, the French people, to get more lavender? Yep– D. Gary Young. Problem is: lavender isn’t grown from seed. Or it’s VERY VERY difficult to get viable plants from seed. It’s grown from cuttings. There was other evidence of a total lack of understanding about the products and the possible effects on the body of consuming things like Thieves oil. Ontop of that were the obvious ‘plants’ in the meeting touting amazing health benefits (including a relief from total paralysis). Really?

    If you want to look into some of the best Essential oils around– go to Mountain Rose Herbs. They sell herbal blends and often publish their own recipes, like for Thieves oil, on their blog. I’m in the process of writing up an article about YL for my own blog. I want people to know how potentially dangerous their practices are and to seriously be careful. Don’t feed your kids essential oils. You can kill them. Essential oils are strong and powerful medicine– topically and for aromatherapy. They aren’t to be taken lightly. Best of luck in your search and Blessed Be!


    • Thanks! Yes, if you notice, YL isn’t on my sidebar any longer and there are a number of reasons for that. I will be following up w/ a new post soon. But MRH’s oils aren’t produced in a food grade plant so I wouldn’t be using them internally either. What are your thoughts on that?

    • This is the most incorrect information i have ever read. The WORLD LEADER in Essential Oils is YOUNG LIVING ! Before you make claims on the misinformation you received do some actual research and educate yourself. I have been using Young Living products & Taking Essential Oils internally daily for nearly two decades and have had ZERO side effects. The YL headquarters was never “moved” it is and will always REMAIN in Mona, Utah. The expansion and exponential success and growth of the company has created “farms”,”research facilities” and “clinics” in 7 different countries. If a man died in attempt to create his own oil from a personal built sill it is by NO means is GARY YOUNG at fault!

  62. Thanks for getting back. Honestly– no essential oil should be taken internally. There are some oils, like oil of oregano, that are sold in capsule form and can be taken as a supplement. Those are oil infusions and not essential oils. Cinnamon and clove, main ingredient in any thieves oil, are toxic if consumed. I believe, and this is my total opinion, that the oils sold by YL aren’t pure essential oils. I think some of their blends that they tout can be dropped into water & whatnot for internal consumption are perhaps infusions or are combinations of essential oil and carrier oils. Several of the oils I was presented with last night were not pure essential oils– nor were they synthetics.

    MRH is very clear with all their oils and clear that none are food grade. However, many of the plants, barks, etc. they use to make the oils are food grade but the resulting oil is not. Pennyroyal for example is a food grade herb, can be used sparingly for teas, but the essential oil is highly toxic.

    I’m sure if you email them, and they will get back to you, they’ll tell you that no EO is food grade. Some can, however, be used in small doses for dental care. I personally make a toothpaste from baking soda, a little water, and to 1/4 cup of this paste, I mix in 4-6 drops of peppermint oil, 1 drop of rosemary, 1 drop of myrrh, and 3-4 drops of lemon oil. Before I used this, I had terribly sensitive teeth and early stages gum disease. I was without health or dental insurance for more than 5 years. I’ve used this for that time, just went to the dentist Tuesday, and she said I have the start of one cavity and zero evidence of ever having gum disease. I also no longer have issues with tooth sensitivity.

    Instead of turning to essential oils for internal consumption as a means to health– I’d look squarely at different herbal remedies. One of the YL claims was that 3rd world countries use essential oils exclusively in their healing practices. That’s a bogus claim since you need a certain amount of technology to properly distill the essential oils. However, there is wide use of herbal infusions, decoctions, teas, etc.

    Thanks again for the article. ;p

    • Very interesting. I am hearing differently that the French school of thought on EOs is that internal use is fine and I am OK with it for right now. But you have given us all good things to think about. And yes, I heard about that pressure distiller accident at YL’s facility.

  63. It is unfortunate that you, Adrienne, are moving away from YL. I read many of the posts above and see misinformation about eo’s and YL. If you were to talk to researchers who are publishing studies on diseases like cancer and eo’s, and you spoke to them, you would know they use yl oils. I have done this. I have seen independent lab tests on some companies you mention and their oils are not pure, some even contain large amounts of dangerous substances. As to ingestion, most yl oils have the FDA food chart under their label , not that I’m enamored with the FDA, but this means at least food grade approval. I think you need to visit a yl farm, talk to researchers and get more honest information about yl. Eo’s in purity, digest abnormal cells and leave healthy cells intact, just one tidbit for you. The internet is a blessing and a curse. Anyone can say anything and we may believe it. We all should use due diligance. Airase is a non.profit organization who will be testing eo’s and grading them so we can all see the truth about various companies. You should check them out.

    • Hi Donna. I appreciate your comment but would really appreciate it if you would tell me where you see misinformation about EOs and YL. Thanks!! I appreciate the heads up on Airase I am going to check them out. I’ve heard something may be coming but I am going to check w my sources and see what they think.

  64. Valentina Gadjaloff says:

    In regards to knowing what company to choose from, hands down to Young Living! The owners of DoTerra used to work for Dr.Gary Young for Young Living Essential Oils. They violated a privacy contract and stole everything that they learned about manufacuturing Essential Oils from Young Living. Right now, there is presently a law suit going on where Young Living Essential Oils is sueing DoTerra for stealing all their formulations when they signed a legal contract of where they were not supposed to dispose any of Young Livings info to anyone nor steal it from them. Plus, DoTerra made false statements regarding the Frankincense Oil which is slanderous and a lie. So I hope YOung Living kicks their butts in court because they are thieves themselves and slanderers! DoTerra is not a company built on integrity, Young Living is! If you knew the story behind Dr.Gary Young who was paralyzed from the waist down and healed himself and many others. He is truly a brilliant, visionary! I am working with a Knighted Doctor here in Canada who has a College teaching the only Integrated Aromatic Science Practitioner Course in NOrth America working along side with Dr.Gary Young. This course is above and beyond Clinical Aromatherapy and they only teach with and recognize Young Living Essential Oils as being truly Therapeutic Grade. I have helped countless people with Young Living Essential Oils and all of their Nutraceuticals that are all infused with therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

  65. I find it very difficult that all of these people would think that young living is for real. How could anyone want to use products that have synthetic junk in them? I have tried doTERRA essential oils and would never want to go back to anything else. doTERRA uses Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. There are absolutely no “bad ingredients”, synthetic or otherwise. I think you would all be smart to check out doTERRA and start using them for you and your families.

    • I appreciate your comment. However, I have more to say from what I have found out. Please refrain from writing in false URLs that are mocking in nature when you leave a comment next time. Thanks for reading :-).

    • doTERRA was created by the individuals YOUNG LIVING’s Gary Young Fired because they lie, lack morals, and integrity doTERRA was created by stolen documents research and ideas of Gary Young if you use doTERRA you are nothing more than a victim.

      • John, That is an accusation that hasn’t been proven. The case is in court and sometimes, of course, cases aren’t decided fairly in court. Could you also please use your real name…is it Zack or John? I don’t like anonymous commenters – thanks :).

  66. what about Be Young EO,have you looked at this company? I’ve heard they are good as far as testing for safety in the way they test in EUROPE- bc in uS there is no testing for EO.

  67. I’m so happy someone finally reviewed this compared to some others. I’m not one to take aspirin unless I’m extremely desperate. I’ve used peppermint oil for headaches and it helps but I’m pretty sure it’s not actually 100% essential…will be looking forward to the next post reviewing aura cacia (what I bought before knowing it probably wasn’t what I should buy) I was in a time crunch and didn’t know better! ;) I’ve been connected w a very sweet lady who sells young living oils and I’ve always wondered does it really work? It has to right? I’ve wanted to buy the package for months but it is expensive and I guess it’s not a huge priority to me yet. Maybe I can use some Christmas money towards it, I really would like to have these on hands when I need something to help me feel better. I’m all about all natural. Thanks for all these posts!!!

  68. Adrienne, you opened pandora’s box:-) Thank you.
    I visited a “Seminar” without them mentioning a thing about YL. I was a hidden salestalk to me.
    Them I researched…Pyramid Scheme MLM with happy smile dollar eyes people. line sink & hook.

    I’ve had it with this crap, people giving me sane advice (eat vegetables & fruit!) and then sell me overpriced stuff. (eg. Alkaline Water : Kangen water device for 3080 €??)

    A whole lot of people are sick and need help these days.
    And some very bad people are trying to take advantage of them, with a nice smile and a handshake and a bag full of your money.
    Therefore I decided: no MLM, even if the product is OK. (which we don’t know)
    “Follow the money” :-)

    Please turn of your PC/Mac for this week and take care of your self, will ya? I’ll do the same.
    Thanks for reading. cheers from europe, Mike

    • Thanks, Mike. I wasn’t thrilled w/ the water device either. Not enough good info to justify it. Well, we’ll see what happens w/ my post. I know where I am going. Just need to pull all the pieces together. It’s already about a 1,500 word post w/ a lot more to write so looks like it will be installments.

  69. Hi Adrienne.
    I’m wondering if you have looked into the GAPS diet for your autistic son? Although it is not a “quick fix”, I have read many times over that it is powerfully effective for a variety of conditions, including autism. You can google it, but I’ll give you just one link that summarizes things pretty quick:
    I wish you all the best in your searching…

    • Yes, I have considered it. We are close except for grains and I tried grain free for several months but didn’t think I got much of anywhere w/ it except for an initial apparent detox reaction. So I gave up for now. Maybe another time w/ the broth. Thanks!

  70. I’m 64 and have had neuropathy many years and have heard the oils might help. (sometimes the pain is pretty bad I have been taking Gabapentin many years and now take Metanx also – they do help). I really feel there are natural products to help and would really like info please. Trying to get fact from fiction is enough to make your head spin! Thank you

  71. JoAnn Whitley says:

    I too was skeptical about eo’s and if they worked, until I had a severe cold. It was two weeks old and I read about Thieves Oil. I didn’t want to spend the money on it so instead went to my local health food store and bought organic oils and jojoba oil as a carrier. It cost me double but gave me 5 times the amount!! and it worked. I read enough to know NOT to take it internally and it is not safe for young children in any form.
    I put it on my chest, my feet and my lower back…within two hours I was breathing again!!! I am a convert. My husband had one a couple of weeks later and it worked for him and then for my son, I am sold on theives oil. I have heard of people using diffusers…can someone tell me how they work and what is the best kind?

    • The company I am going to recommend has a really nice diffuser.

    • I just put the drops of essential oils on a cotton makeup round pad and tuck the edges into the grate on the front of a fan. Run the fan and the oils are diffused throughout the room. Voila! No extra equipment needed.

  72. I have been using Young Living oils, but am looking into signing up with d?Terra. However, I don’t want to do anything until I read your final decision and reasons. I know Christmas time is a busy time, but if you could, I would so appreciate hearing from you before I buy more eo to make Christmas presents (atomizer/spray). By the way, I found is a great source of glass bottles at a good price. Courteous and nice people; family owned business.

  73. Thank you, Adrienne. There is a d?Terra class tonight I was invited to, but I will wait to sign on until I read your post. It is a busy time of the year, so I don’t want to pressure you. I will just use the YL oils I have to start making the Christmas presents. Thank you so much for all you do.

  74. I am researching eo and am looking into YL. I have read your posts and I know you haven’t posted your final recommendation. I look forward to hearing your opinions, between food allergies, environmental allergies, horrible sleep issues (especially for me and my 1 yr old), and dealing with ADHD, I am desperate to find something natural that I can do to help my entire family. Thank you so much!

  75. I’m considering using oils to treat a bad sinus infection that just won’t seem to go away. I know many people that use YL oils and was going to try them, but I’m now concerned after reading these posts. Do you have another recommendation?

    • I think you’ll have a good idea where to go when I am done — hopefully soon!

    • Use a neti pot with warm saline solution; add a few drops of colloidal silver and use as normal. Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil, clove bud oil, rosemary and lavender on a cotton makeup round pad and tuck the edges of the pad into the front grate of a fan. Run the fan as you sleep to diffuse the oils in the air you breathe as you sleep. Place a drop of food-grade hydrogen peroxide (3.5% dilution) in each ear, one at a time. Wait until the bubbling slows, then tilt your head to let it run out. Dry off the outside, but leave the inside alone to dry slowly. The oxygen infuses into your inner ear area and helps clear up the infection where the neti pot and your normal breathing cannot get.

  76. I have been researching essential oils the past couple of days and I am VERY interested. I want to start with Thieves. My main goal is to try and stop the sinus/allergy/asthma in my household. I also get frequent headaches, likely sinus/allergy related. It goes on ALL year long for me. It affects mainly myself and my 5 yr old son. I don’t know what is safe for him to use. I don’t really know where to start. Like I said Thieves sounds AMAZING and I really want to try some! Could you maybe point me in the right direction? I would appreciate it so much!!

    • Regarding the Thieves, I don’t have any left but I do have On Guard from doTERRA that is their blend that is supposed to work in the same way. The thing I have used for headaches is peppermint or deep blue by doTERRA or the relief roll on by Young Living. You can look on my store page where I am selling these things. Thanks!

  77. Hi all. Reading your interesting posts, above. All this talk of sinuses had me wondering why no one was discussing nasal lavage, or neti pots. These (either/or) have been incredibly beneficial for me over the years and I even had my kids doing it when they were quite young. I learned about neti from an attorney I worked for, and subsequently nasal lavage from an ENT practitioner for whom I worked (I am a medical transcriptionist). I have used them with simple saline, or occasionally with drops I received from the Himalayan Institute when I ordered my neti pot. Just had to share. As far as EOs …

    I am so excited about d?TERRA. I’ve been researching essential oils for several years and sat through my first presentation yesterday. Am signing up tomorrow!! This is a fantastic product that — I am excited to see — is for aromatic, topical, or dietary use. The EOs at Whole Foods are very clearly not for consumption. And distilling my own would be a crap shoot, far as I’m concerned. Thanks for all the great info!

  78. Have you looked at this? There are 52 sources for this article claiming Gary Young is a complete quack. I am not apposed to essential oils and don’t mean this as a troll post. I am honestly curious what you think. Thank in advance!

  79. I am new with essential oils, the only testing I have done is smell and diffusing them. YL oils smell more pure then other oils.
    I purchased Now brand, Mountain Rose, Gardens Eden, Aroma Land,
    and Melalueca. Unless your in the business of making oils, it is hard to know good from bad.

    • You should read my series on Best Essential Oils. I thought differently and thought YL had a chemically overtone. You might find it interesting. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Melaleuca is a brand name? Do you mean the MLM company?

  80. Who do you recommend as the best?

  81. Hello Adrienne – I am fairly new to the whole EO scene. I have been doing research for 3 months now and have yet to settle on a brand/company to purchase EOs from. I’m supposing by everything I’ve read that it comes down to Mountain Rose Herbs and Native American Nutritionals? And perhaps NOW Foods. My question is – should you or should you not use EOs internally? IF you can take internally – are the 3 I mentioned ok for this? (My 23 year old daughter has Lupus, RA, Reynaud’s, Sjogrin’s, fibromyalgia) and I would love to find EOs that could help with keeping her germ free and out of pain. If I could replace just one of the 17 medications she takes a day – I would be happy. Thank you for your research and feedback!!

  82. Veronica says:

    Hi, I am also curious about essential oils and from reading these posts now have a concern about YL oils. Could you please send me the link to the newest blog. I read that in January you posted you would be doing a new one. Please let me know what caused you to stop using YL. Thank you

  83. Meryl Sandager says:

    I just signed up as a distributor for the discount, so I can buy my personal oils. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and I was shocked that they control my pain!

    • Did you see my post on heavy metals? I have been told over and over that fibro is linked to metals and RA can be linked to diet. My RA symptoms went completely away w/ a sugar free diet. Make sure you see my best essential oils series too :).

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Meryl,,

      Which essential oils have benefited your RA and fibro?

  84. Ms.Cintron says:

    Are you people all sheep? Do you not do any research before sinking your money into a product? Gary Young is NOT a DOCTOR! My God! All one has to do is google: Young Living Essential Oils & Scam, and READ!

    Frightening. Truly frightening what people do without arming themselves with knowledge.

  85. Bridgett says:

    You don’t have to be a doctor to use natural remedies. I have been using YL oils for over 2 years. I take them everywhere with me and use them all the time. They work. Don’t let skeptics and scam articles keep you from using alternative, natural remedies. You don’t have to use YL….although some of the best……get some where you can and give it a try. There is a ton of research on essential oils….I would rather use something natural that has been around for hundreds of years than pharmaceuticals that cause all kids of cancers and side effects…just say’n. I got Barrett’s esophagus, I am almost certain from using OTC headache medicine. I now use peppermint topically and my Barrett’s is healing itself…well with the help of aloe juice every day…please do READ….

  86. Young living gives me the creeps (See Quack Watch)

    there are so many other great legit essential oils companies to choose from, you have options.

    • Hi Trisha. I am completely aware of the concerns about YL and I addressed them in my series on Best Essential Oils. I would love to know what you think :).

    • Quack Watch gives me the creeps – or more accurately, they ARE the creeps – who don’t want people to be able to be healed. They want everyone to be brainwashed into relying exclusively on the medical mafia and their cut-burn-and-poison brand of slow painful death.

  87. I have tried different brands of essential oils over the years.I now only use Young Living because “the proof is in the pudding”. I expect “results” and this is what I get with ylo.A few of the oils I will never be without are RC,peppermint,Thieves,lemon and Frankinsence.I’ve seen the nasty outcome of trusting doctors with their prescription drugs and choose to not go down that road.As with anything,do your own research and pray,pray,pray.I love your page Adrienne and thank you for all your research.

    • Thank you so much, Wanda, for your kind words. Again, I don’t think that “results” are the only thing to look at, since OTC and pharmaceuticals work as well. But I am glad you have found something that helps you.

    • Rutavala saved my life. Literally. Saved.My.Life. I had severe anxiety disorder and a quack doctor put me on xanax 1mg 3 x a day. I was only 20 years old and naive and followed the doctor’s suggestions. After 11 years on this medication, I decided I was ready to have a baby and wanted off of it. The doctor had no idea how to taper me off of it, and I had to do this all on my own. I went through a horrendous six month taper and felt as if I were going to die, UNTIL my mother in law gifted me with a massage appointment for my birthday and I found out that I did not have to suffer anymore.

      The massage therapist and I had a brief meeting about what was going on with me, and she told me she was going to use some essential oils on me. This was the first time I had ever heard of or experienced essential oils. She fixed up a sample bottle of rutavala for me, and sent me on my way. I could not believe that an oil in a bottle would help calm me down, help me sleep, and stop the trembling in my body. For the first couple of weeks, I thought maybe it was working only based on suggestion, no. It was the real deal. I was able to finish my taper without as much suffering, and to this day still use rutavala for my anxiety disorder.

      The physiological addiction that takes place with prescribed benzodiazepines happens to people all of the time. Even if you want off of this drug, in your mind, once your body becomes dependent upon it, you are going to have a very difficult time getting off of it. And the longer you take it, the worse it will be. This drug should NEVER be prescribed. Xanax was a part of killing Heath Ledger.

      I have been off of xanax for 5 years now, and still have some neurological effects from no longer being on the drug. Some trembling, some insomnia here and there, but YL has saved me in more ways than one. Rather than Gary Young being dressed down on quack watch, MY doctor should be written up on that site, for getting me hooked on a dangerous drug at a young age. I will never be without my oils. I could list a lot of testimonials here on what these oils have done for my family. Anything from curing strep throat, to cellulitis. I don’t care to sell the oils, but I will keep using them for myself and family. My mother is completely allergic to all antibiotics and cannot take them. I made some capsules from YL for her and she fought a tooth infection so she could get her dental work done. I see these oils working for us and it is the real deal.

  88. Jennifer says:

    I started using NAN but didn’t have a good response to Spice Traders ~ it didn’t seem to work. I know that it is not a cure 100 percent of the time and every illness is different but I was wondering if you still use Thieves?

    • I don’t. I am considering making my own Thieves maybe but I do like their ST. Maybe try a few more times and see what you think? I had Thieves not work several times.

  89. Rebecca Blake says:

    I was wanting to see about getting some panaway and valor where can I get these?

  90. Rebecca Blake says:

    Which ones do you recomend that are the best match for the panaway and valor it does not matter the company I am just in pain and want to try something else as the doctors have done nothing for me.

  91. My husband uses oil of oregano to remove moles and suspicious looking spots that appear on his face, neck and arms. He puts a tiny dab oil on once in the morning with a round bandaid over it and after a shower at night, does the same thing. The mole or brown spot will turn into a scab and fall off, never to return. I do the same thing with new spots that might show up on me also. The largest mole he removed was about the size of a thumbnail and very thick. It took 6 weeks but it did turn into a scab and fall off. My daughter diffuses Thieves everyday in her home and it really helped with the children’s illnesses and school absences. We have only used Young Living so I cannot attest to the efficacy of any other brand.

  92. kimi howard says:

    I made up my own ‘theives oil’ equal parts of high quality 100% pure essential oils with
    clove rosemary eucalyptus cinnamon lemon i put a few drops in a spray bottle & fill with water & use it that way the most as room freshener & cleaning product…
    i want to know HOW did Eucalyptus get to Europe in the 14th century as it’s Aussie tree (as far as Aussie me knows) regardless i enjoy the scent & we never get sick

    • Good question. Maybe the talk about the mixture isn’t true. Sigh. And you’re in Australia–how wonderful! I have an aunt and a few cousins there :).

  93. I have used differnt oils and I love the YOunge Living oils best … Just my thoughts.

  94. Any recommendations for ADHD oils for a 6 year old boy?

    • This is the recommendation from the company that I recommend:

      Grounding (new name in a couple of weeks will be Attention Assist). They should try that one out first. Some other oils are Calming or Serenity but the Grounding would probably work best.

      I was not going to do an “Intune” copy because I think our Focus will work a lot better and also cost less than 1/2 the price.

      You can see more about the company in this post on essential oils.

  95. I’ve been reading your essential oil posts and find them very informative. I see that you recommend Native American Nutritionals and I think that you give great reasons, so I am willing to buy from them. I noticed that they don’t sell a thieves oil, though. Do you recommend a brand that I should buy from and is it worth it? I’ve heard such great things, so I’m wondering why the bet Essential oil brand wouldn’t carry it.

  96. I have to say that i am very grateful for Thieves as an antibacterial and antiviral. I worked in a basement office where all three of my co-workers came down with pneumonia. I was the only one that didn’t. The only difference was thieves oil which i simply placed in my hands and dotted my wrists a couple of times a day. I wasn’t even really consistent. We worked in a nursing home, and i was the infection control nurse. At mornin meeting people would make comments about the spicy scent of it, and some tried it. But never bought any because they thought the cost prohibitive. Well, let me tell you that once you get pneumonia, your lungs are suseptible to repeated invasions by the organisms that caused it in the first place. Antibiotics are not working as well as they used to, and pathogenic organisms are mutating all the time to survive in your body. I wish i knew more about why thieves works, but suffice it to say that antibiotics are limited. And once you become resistantto them, its all over. 15% of people with infections today can no longer be treated with antibiotics anymore because the organisms are resistant to that antibiotic. Using Thieves has helped me avoid pneumonia and prolonged my life. I will not use antibiotics again! Thanks

  97. any reccomendations for a 5 year old child who is having dificulty adjusting to all day kindergarden ? teachers don’t seem to think hyper/ ADD . They are saying she is defiant. I have been trying all sorts of punishments, rewards,etc. all to no avail. She is intelligent,very active and strong willed. Rarely complys with first request.

    • This is from the owner of Native American Nutritionals.

      I would try Hope or the Love blend. I know one older woman that use Hope on her dog that would not come inside when it was called. She started using the oil and saying the affirmation to the dog while she put the oil on, “It is my desire for you to come inside when I call.” She said now the dog always comes running when she calls for it. If they do something like that, I am sure you would see good results.

  98. haley nichols says:

    I’m a new rep. and im looking to find out more about the company and the oils themselfs.

  99. Laurie minerva says:

    Just curious…have you and your son been tested for gluten intolerance and celiac disease.? Also, have you both had your vit d levels checked. Most people have vit d levels that are too low. I am a clinical nurse specialist in public health and have dealt with these issues myself.

  100. I’m wondering if you used the thieves topically for the cold sores your son had? You said 1:1 with the carrier oil, but I wasn’t sure if he ingested it or if you applied the mixture topically.


  101. I would never take any essential oils internally but young living. Sacred Frankincense saved my life. The YL oils are the purest I have ever come across.

  102. Great website. I also use Thieves oil. Awesome product

  103. Okay, my husband is really hesitant to try EO’s. We don’t have the money to just throw into getting what may or may not work. With that being said what are some MUST have oils that we could start with basically as a test to see what does work and whats basically a band wagon gimmick?

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  106. Calling yourself a skeptic is an insult to skeptics.
    “I got a small sample from a local woman, but it wasn’t enough to deal with my problem.” — Oh, so it didn’t work?

    “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.” — Oh, 3 days later! And there’s not way a cold would clear itself up in that time.

    • I’m sorry Brian, but I do think that you misread the post. Maybe I can clear things up a bit:

      1. The lady gave me about 5 drops. I think it was way way too much to do almost anything internally. When I finally got more of the Thieves I took about 5 drops 3 times per day.

      2. If you go back and read, I was sick for a very very long time when I tried the Thieves Oil. I had tried EVERYTHING and couldn’t shake it. So yes, I was a new “believer”.

      I hope that explains things further.

  107. I used Young Living oils, and yes was a distributor so I could purchase for less. They are steam distilled and not extracted with chemicals with only a few exceptions for products that cannot be extracted with steam. Every single oil I got worked as advertised and I have used thieves for infections, toothache and gum infections. Love it and them! Can it be pricey? Comparatively, NO. You don’t quality rose oil for 3 dollars an ounce. Worth every penny.

  108. Hi All! I am new to Essential Oils. I was wondering if someone could help me and give me some information on it. I am looking to purchase oils that would be effective for my childs cough and ear aches. Thanks so much!

  109. i have just gotten into essential oils and i was wondering what oil you used for the herpes cold sore on your sons mouth? my husband gets cold sores all the time and i do from time to time but his last for months and nothing not even rx will get rid of them…you said you mixed it with olive oil?

  110. You misrepresent the eucalyptus study you link to. It had nothing to do with airborne toxins. It was about topical fungus treatment. Do you even read what you link to? Then again…

    “The information here is for entertainment purposes only.”

    • HI and sorry for the delay – I am swamped here. I am not sure why you think that I misrepresent it. I did read it. I linked to it to show that the study wasn’t done on YL’s Thieves but just on eucalyptus only. I can’t find the Thieves brochure now so I don’t remember if they said it was airborne or not. The issue for me wasn’t airborne or no but that the study wasn’t done on Thieves. Thank you.

  111. I was also skeptical as I’ve never been a health freak like most of my friends who are vegans and all that stuff (probably why I was turned off to all of it – too much of them condemning my lifestyle?) but all that changed when my wife’s aunt gave me a bottle of YL Thieves during a particularly nasty flu. I was cleared up in two days – nothing like that had EVER happened to me. Now I threw out the medicines … I try to go herbal as much as possible and guess what? -Life is so much better!
    -Guess my friends were right after all!

  112. I’m a huge fan of Thieves oil from Young Living myself, but I think everyone needs to do their own research. I think you’ve done a great job in sharing your experience with essential oils, and hopefully more people will begin to use them over conventional medication whenever possible.

  113. Joseph Carlson says:

    Under “MONEY STUFF”, you claim this is “a whole lot cheaper than gas (whoa-$4 per gallon?!)”. Thieves costs $44.41 per HALF OUNCE. That equates to $11,369 per gallon. Cheaper than gas? Not exactly.

    • Hi there. I don’t think you read the whole sentence. I wrote: “Well, my cost for a 250 drop bottle 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?”

      My copay is $30 and the gas to the doc plus wear on the car plus my time – I would much rather buy the bottle of Thieves (but I don’t use that company’s oils anymore) that I can use for a long time.

      Hope that helps. Here is a link to a way to make your own Thieves oil.

  114. Hi my brother was diagnosed with cerebral palm, I found out about Youngliving EO not a while ago,I’m searching answers and recipes for help my little brother he a now 27 I’m mean not little any more but to me he is my baby brother. I found few recipe on desk reference 5 edition but unfortunately the recipe sad use conzy oil which I called YL customer service and they told me that book is last edition and they can’t give me any info about conzy oil which by the way the don’t sell any more, but 5 edition relies 2011,if any info or suggestion I will be humble appreciated, want to help him so much you have no idea what pain hi is having everyday

  115. I just got introduced to an essential oil company called doTerra, they are popular out west and I am starting to sell the products, big believer in the essential oils! My son had a lot of your same symptoms and it turned out that he had Lyme Disease, we found a man that makes his own blend of essential oils to help as a natural antibiotic, a blend of oregano oil, cinnamon bark and other ingredients, after he took 1 yr of antibiotics which destroyed he adrenal system. This man also makes his own adrenal support vitamins and recommends a whole series of vitamins to help support the body’s system to fight the Lyme Disease, and almost three months into to this, he is finally feeling better:) What do you think about doTerra?

  116. jennifer says:

    These YL oils are wonderful. I have been using them for years and stopped for a while. i will never go without them again. ?They are life changing and healing to great levels. I have not entertained the business side and have just signed up as a distributor to get the discounts, however anytime i can share how amazing these oils are, i feel the obligation to do so. have a blessed day.

  117. Hi everyone! I wanted to share my experience with essential oils with you. I have tried many different brands before I came across Young Living essential oils. At first it was more about saving money, but after a while of not getting any results I decided to try out the good stuff. Yes, I am talking about YL(Young Living) lol. Their oils have helped me with both anxiety and depression. If you do all your homework you will learn a lot about YL. They are not just pure essential oils. A lot of time and work is packed into each one of their bottles. The distilling process that they use is done just right also. That is a huge key to a good product. I personally think the only down fall are their prices. Who wouldn’t rather pay $5 for an essential oil? The truth is you get what you pay for? That goes for many things in life. Im a mother and not a wealthy person, so saving cash is very important to me. However, my health is above that. Which is why I chose to take a leap in becoming a wholesale member with YL. Funny part is I went the wholesale route over the retail route for one reason….24% less costs. Who doesnt want to save money these days? After a short time I learned much more about the company and many of their oils. Now I share all my knowledge on FB and hopes to help others find alternative medicine routes. If you decide you want to buy from YL, don’t pass up the 24% discount. There are no crazy catches and all you need is an employer/sponsor ID. I am more than happy to share mine with you! Than if you have any questions as your sponsor I am more than happy to assist you. 1917152 P.S. remember these oils sell themselves. They are just that good. God bless!

  118. Thanks for info on Thives recipe

  119. I am a pharmacist who much prefers the natural way of healing. I’ve been a distributor for YL for 15 years and would go with out eating before doing without my YL oils and supplements. I would never use anything less than Grade A, therapeutic grade oils or suggest them to my clients. The one company that could possibly come close is a group of disgruntled employees of YL using the 20 years worth of knowledge from Gary Young to copy and make “like” products. The price for Young Living products is worth every penny. Don’t think for a minute that if you buy “no name” products that you aren’t paying a profit to someone…..that’s how capitalism works. To add, Young Living has every batch of oils independently tested for purity and quality. Oils that aren’t up to par are sold off to companies that sell less than Grade A products. Besides Frankincense being my primary oil of choice, Thieves naturally comes second. It is a GREAT product. Great comments given!
    My humble post.

    • Hi there. Sorry for the delay – I’ve been backed up and trying to catch up. I am glad you found a company you like. I will assert that Native American Nutritionals’ oils are therapeutic grade and I am very comfortable using them and recommending them. Thanks!

  120. Dr Lavenial Ballinger says:

    I have found that both Doterra and Young Living have helped my family and myself; At first I didn’t now how to use them but found that they both contain some very helpful remedies for a variety of things.
    From a novice

  121. Since it worked for the Plague so well, I was just thinking, Maybe the CBC should just consider trying to see if it effects Ebola. Just a thought.


    • Im sorry, I was reffering to the Anti-bacterial Thieves. It sounds amazing. Ive been hearing about Eboala and it scares me to death. Thats why I was thinking about how deadly the Plague was, if maybe it would help anyone that catches Eboala.

    • I am not sure if it really did work during the plague but I know the FDA has silenced bloggers for insinuating that oils could cure Ebola. I know of one blogger whose whole site was shut down :(.

  122. First time on your site…..haven’t read everything lol, but I thought I’d add my 2 cents concerning essential oils after reading that you’ve taken these oils internally.

    First, with the exception of a very few, essential oils should not be used neat (i.e. directly on the skin) and second, essential oils should NEVER be ingested. There are exceptions to this rule, but unless you’re a licensed Aromatherapist and/or Natural Healthcare Practitioner, you should not be ingesting these oils unless under the care of one of these professionals. For example, some oils are an abortifacients and neurotoxins (can cause miscarriages and organ damage). I wouldn’t trust any company, especially YL, that says their oils are safe to take internally. If this is what they are advocating, then they are doing their customers a disservice. Consuming essential oils should only take place under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional plain and simply.

    • Hi there. Thanks for commenting. Yeah, there’s a lot to read :).

      This is a very common comment I’ve seen around the internet. Certified aromatherapists can be a valuable resource. And so are those who have spent a lot of effort researching for themselves. Saying that only a certified aromatherapist can tell you to ingest oils implies that having it come from a certified aromatherapist makes it a magical solution. But ingesting the oils on your own direction, which might even be in the same way a certified aromatherapist tells you to ingest them, will not work because the certified aromatherapist didn’t give it the stamp of approval. I’m always suspicious when I hear someone say “Only ______________ can say ___________.”

      Fortunately, there are 3 ways to use essential oils — ingestion, topical, and diffusion. The more people study on their own, from multiple sources, the better it is for them. Granted, many legitimate sources are going to disagree. Doctors often disagree as well. So you should always read up on why and learn what you can and ultimately, you are the one deciding what, where, and how to use your essential oils. You shouldn’t be a sheep, no matter what side you’re on.

      People have been ingesting essential oils for a few decades so I don’t think it’s a fad. However, the idea that you must be a certified aromatherapist to give any sort of advice on essential oils is much newer than the issue of ingestion. As far as ingesting essential oils goes, we say if you want to ingest essential oils, start slowly. Find out what works for your own personal body chemistry.Some people like to have it in their water. If so, keep it 1-2 drops in 12 ounces of water. Some would rather ingest it with a capsule. Then you put 1-2 drops in a gel capsule with Olive oil and ingest with a full meal.

      Ultimately, people need to educate themselves and not spout off what they heard someone else say — whether it be a certified aromatherapist, a sales rep for a company, or anyone in between. Maybe when they are done researching, they will agree with what they heard the certified aromatherapist say. Maybe they will find they disagree. But then they will have the research to understand what they are saying and that’s what matters the most.

      I hope this helps. Thanks! Of course, this is not medical advice. Please consult w/ your physician prior to using supplements or essential oils. I know that seems odd for me to write this considering the circumstances but….. I have to – thanks again!

  123. Autism cannot be cured. Period. But I love essential oils and use them for everything.

    • Hi Aubrey- I’m not sure why you mentioned this, but I have heard of autism being cured — many times. I think it’s hard and not typical but it can be done. May I ask why you think that?

  124. I am brand new to all the EO stuff and I struggle with migraines extrememly often and I am looking for something to help since prescribed meds aren’t doing much. I literally know nothing about the oils. Can someone point me in the right direction where to start? I am reading a lot of “Don’t trust _____ Oils and Do trust ______Oils!” So it can be overwhelming.

  125. I am sorry but there is NOT one essential oil that can cure anything. The oils are able to relieve the symptoms but, not cure anything. There is nothing in medicine that can cure anything. Young Living Oils are one of the best oils out there. I did my research before I started, and trust me I didn’t believe that this would work. But it did! Making them yourself doesn’t mean you have the seed to seal quality like Living Young offers.

    • I have head of folks feeling like things were cured or resolved but one needs to be really careful w/ the terminology used these days. Have you not heard of something like that? I think that it would be really tough to make oils b/c of all the raw materials one would need.

  126. I just wanted to drop a line to say THANK YOU for this post. I was researching aromatherapy as a way to calm my daughters anxiety issues when it came to her math homework. I soon learned the aromatherapy world is huge when I started my quest and I was at a crossroads when it came to finding the “right one”. That is, UNTIL, I came across this…. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU from the bottom of this mothers heart!!

  127. I ordered them today through the link on your blog. I decided on “Guardian”, “Purify” for cold and flu season coming, and “Brainstorm”. Also I went with your advice on the diffuser through Amazon. I am going to start with those three for now and hopefully extend my collection. Hoping they help!!

  128. It was the ZAQ Noor Litemist diffuser. I tried getting the Home Aroma Cloud, but like you said they were out of stock. So I went with the one from Amazon. When it breaks I will switch over. :)

  129. I am hoping not too but if it does, it does and I get a new one!! :)

  130. What sold me on Young LIVING OILS… not only the fact that they are the best, NON- GMO Organic from Seed to seal…
    the final decision was integrity…
    Young Living has in their terms and conditions agreement that distributors are forbidden to talk negatively about doTerra or any other oil company…
    My friend In Canada told me she was paid $1000. to leave young living and sign with Terra…
    I signed with Young Living Oils and Love it !!!
    Love & Blessings to all…
    Remember when it’s cheaper to be sure it is therapeutic grade and NON GMO.
    yes, it really matters…

  131. Charles Crapotta says:

    Excuse me, but antibiotics are no more foreign to the human organism than any essential oil. They can save lives when used properly. They have gotten a bad reputation because of overuse by family physicians in particular…I have personally seen this repeatedly.
    They should not be dumped into the toilet or end up in the human food chain.
    There is nothing to dread, except people acting without common sense, both those to are in a position to administer them and those who may receive them. Americans are regularly declaring war on something, but anitbitiotics need not be on the hate list. Please, no more hysteria.

    • Hi there. Of course they can save lives. The issue is that, according to my understanding, antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria, which is where the problem comes in. Whereas essential oils and whether or not they kill good bacteria is up for debate. So I think it’s a totally different thing. Additionally, bacteria do not mutate by exposure to antibiotics. I am sure there are other issues that make antibiotics not as desirable as essential oils, but that is the beginning.

      It isn’t hysteria and for sure you must have heard that there are tons of antibiotic-resistant bugs now that are spreading, like MRSA and c-diff. This is a big deal and the overuse of antibiotics is at the forefront for as to why this has happened. If people would look elsewhere unless absolutely necessary, our bodies and guts would be stronger and the “bad bugs” would be weaker.

      Of course, you know that a common side effect of antibiotics use is diarrhea and so it is clear that using oral antibiotics causes gut dysfunction.

      Thanks for commenting but I am sorry that I don’t agree with you.