Announcing the Best Essential Oils Company

Wondering Which Essential Oils Company is Best? What about the "Therapeutic Grade" claims the MLM oils companies make? Come find out all you ever wanted to know about oils companies and more!I used to think that essential oils were a scam, but I ended up finding out that they are a great resource for your natural medicine cabinet for issues such as headaches, ear infections, tummy aches, viruses and bacterial infections, and more.

But I eventually felt I needed to make sure that I was buying from the best essential oils company that I could reasonably afford.

I spent a ton of time calling companies, asking questions, sampling oils.  Literally, it was a ton.  And it was very exhausting.

I’ve learned a lot with all the time I’ve spent researching oils companies and I’ve covered a lot of what I learned here in this essential oils series, some of which I wrote while I was still trying to figure out which company I was going to be using and recommending.

If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, here they are:

- Which Essential Oils Company is Best?  Starting Out – Part 1

- The Qualities of a Good Essential Oil – Part 2

- Problems in the Essential Oils Industry – Part 3

- A Close Up Look at Young Living and doTERRA – Part 4

- Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5

- Personal Attacks, Bias and Distillation Issues – Part 6

Now–for the big announcement you’ve been waiting for.  The company that I have decided to purchase our oils from and the one that I recommend to you as having the best essential oils for the money, with natural healing qualities and no additives or adulterating, and ethics about oil production that I am proud to represent.

(Disclaimer.  Just to be clear, I did not choose this company because I was able to become an affiliate for them, but I am one. I decided to work with them and then we made an arrangement where I could partner with them via my blog. If you make a purchase after clicking through to their site from mine, I will earn a commission, but your price remains that same.

Native American Nutritionals.

Want to know why I chose them?  Here’s how.

If you remember, I mentioned them in Part One of the series.   I said,

“Looks like they carry good products, but they are a bit expensive.  Their prices, for a number of oils, in fact, are almost identical to the MLMs in this group, Young Living and DoTerra.  And I don’t see any difference on the surface in the quality department.”

So, the fact that I ended up recommending them was really a surprise for me. I ended up talking with the owner for a few hours (at first….that turned into many hours in the upcoming month) and found that he really “knew his stuff.”  I also found out that there were a lot of differences between his company and many others in the industry. I asked him tons of questions during our first conversation (I guess you’re not surprised about that :-)), and then more and more over the course of the next 10 months, while I investigated other companies as well.  (Wow–it’s been that long since I started writing this series…..!)

I was intrigued by what he had to say about his company and the oils industry in general.

We had countless conversations from March 2012 – January 2013, during which I literally grilled him about his company and others to figure out which company I wanted to recommend–and if his, was in fact, good enough for my family–and for all of you.

I now can say that I feel very comfortable recommending this company to you and am now using their oils almost exclusively (I have a few bottles of other brands left over :)). I hope you check them out.  I would love to hear about your experience!

Why I Recommend Native American Nutritionals:

1.  Experience

The owner, Paul Dean, has been in the oils industry since 1997, being first introduced to essential oils about 30 years ago.  He started his first full-time essential oils business in 1998.

2.  Purity

Quality Oilsall oils have been GC/MS tested.  Certificates are available upon request. More than that, almost all of the oils come from plants grown in remote locations where no pesticides, herbicides, or harmful chemicals are used and only natural fertilizers are used.

3.  Indigenous Plants

All oils come from plants grown in their indigenous locations (where they grow naturally).

4.  Oils from Small Farms

Almost all oils are sourced direct from small farms (many are from third-world countries).  He uses very few “essential oils experts,” who are basically middlemen between large farms and oils companies.  Mr. Dean contracts with locals in the countries from where he sources the oils, finds a quality farm, sets up a distiller, and extracts the oils.  The oils are then sent to Native American, then sent for testing, and bottled.  The only oils at NAN that are not from small farms are mainly the organic citrus oils.

5.  No Solvents

They use  no solvents for distillation except when necessary, as in the case of absolutes like vanilla and jasmine (since the cost of those essential oils is otherwise prohibitive.)

6.  Affordable Pricing

They have affordable prices (not as expensive as the multi-level marketing companies, but not “too good to be true” either.)

7.  Organic and/or Wild-Crafted

All of their oils are either: – organically certified – organically grown (grown with organic methods, but not certified) – wild-crafted The only conventional oils they sell are those for which the high cost of the organic oils is prohibitive (they can be four times the conventional price).

8.  Transparency

Details for oils are listed clearly on their site (including the Latin name, country of origin, and growing method) (Compare this with doTERRA that doesn’t list the country of origin for many of their oils, nor the growing method.)

9.  Reasonable Shipping Costs

I found the shipping costs with YL and doTERRA to be a little on the steep side.  I was told several times by customer service reps of one of the companies that it was due to businesses being charged more than residential customers.  T’hat didn’t make sense to me – business rates being more expensive than residential, when they have that kind of bulk shipping going on? So I called UPS and FedEx and was assured that this is not the case.  So I don’t know why their shipping is so high.  Maybe they are pocketing the extra?  I can’t see any other answer.

10.  Common Sense Approach

Native American’s owner, Paul Dean, says it is fine to use their oils internally–with caution.   I like to use oils internally sometimes, but I don’t care for excessive use that way. One of my favorite parts about the oils at Native American is this:

11.  No Adulterating

Oils are not heated, mixed with anything else, or adulterated in any way.

The only exception is Bergamot, which they sell 2 versions of.  The FCF Bergamot is heated after the distillation to burn off the furocoumarin  since furcoumarin is photo-toxic.  Even Native American’s Eucalyptus Globulus isn’t heated to remove the heavy “herbier” smell.  Most oils companies heat their Eucalyptus Globulus to remove that herbier smell, but Mr. Dean thinks that the essential oil left alone is more therapeutic, and so he leaves them as God made them.


Basically, I think that the oils industry is like the food industry in this respect.

In the food industry, you can buy from large grocery stores and companies with things labelled “natural” and “whole grain,” or you can buy from a farmer you know and trust. I really think, as I’ve learned more about the “Big Ag” industry, that it is often better to buy from a “small guy” (small farmer or small essential oils company) whom you know well, than a “big guy” (big farm or big oils company or expert).

In this case, with Native American Nutritionals, you can know you are supporting someone who cares deeply about the farmers he works with and who works with them directly.  And you can support a lot of workers in third world countries as well (by the way, Native American pays them a decent wage for their country).

Native American Nutritionals also carries a wide range of other healthy living products that I think are a great addition to your family’s natural medicine cabinet. This is one thing that I didn’t address in other posts in this series.

For example, with doTERRA and Young Living, in order to get the best discounts on their oils as a rep, you need to order monthly over $100 of products (to get free products that essentially reduce your costs).  Do that every month and you end up with waaaay too much oils).

A lot of multi-level marketing oils reps end up ordering other things from the company like personal care products in order to get to that “minimum.”  However, I wasn’t thrilled with the ingredients in many of the other products offered.

Undesirable Ingredients in Other Products from Essential Oils Companies

With doTERRA and Young Living, for example:

– the doTERRA On Guard toothpaste has titanium dioxide in it, a heavy metal which I would prefer to avoid due to heavy metal toxicity.

Both companies’ skin care products had ingredients rated 3 and above on EWG’s Skin Deep rating system (I prefer to stick with ingredients rated 2, at the highest).  For the prices they are charging, I would prefer to buy organic and really pure products.

I don’t think all of EWG’s ratings are flawless, but I do pay attention when I see higher ratings there.  For example, phenoxyethanol is in a lot of doTERRA’s skin care products.  Here is an article on phenoxyethanol that gives me pause when considering using a skincare line that includes it in almost all of their products.

There was, in fact, one essential oils company whose oils I thought looked to be very high quality, but their personal care items were loaded with artificial chemicals and I really felt that Native American had an edge over them in that department. With Native American Nutritionals, you can buy MSM, natural toothpaste, supplements like Defense, and Ph Rescue and feel good about the ingredients used and the quality.

Also note, if you are used to Young Living or doTERRA oils, Native American Nutritionals has a listing of oil blends that are comparable to Young Living and doTERRA blends on their front page. Of course, if you’ve been following along with this series, you know that I think there are other good companies out there.  However, I do think that there are fewer “excellent” companies than I originally thought when I started all of this evaluating.

Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals

Just so you know, a number of my readers mentioned Rocky Mountain Oils as a company that they were happy with.  During the time that I have been talking to Paul Dean, Native American and Rocky Mountain were talking about merging and they are now working together, though not in a completely merged capacity.  They hope to join together to offer more quality customer service and educational offerings in the the future.  I look forward to learning more from them.

You might find that shopping with Rocky Mountain Oils is a bit easier than shopping at Native American Nutritionals.  They have fewer oils to choose from (for example, Native American Nutritionals has multiple kinds of several of their oils) for one thing.

Their oils are sourced the same, so just choose the company that you like.

As for all of the questions about 1st, 2nd and 3rd distillation questions, and the like (as we touched on in Personal Attacks, Bias, Distillation and Essential Oils), we’ll be addressing this more in future posts.  I hope to do an Essential Oils 101 Series during which we will address the basics of: – What Essential Oils Are and – How to Use Essential Oils Therapeutically – and More  Sounds great, huh?

I will also make sure we have a time in the future where we can have a time for you to interact with Paul Dean to ask about using oils for different medical conditions. You can also feel free to leave questions in the comments section about other oils companies if you like.

So….now that you have some more information about essential oils, you are likely eager to use them.

There are so many essential oils books on the market — so which one to choose?

Here’s one that I like a lot. The author has a huge assortment of recipes for all kinds of things, but she does not recommend internal use of oils, just so you know.

essential oils book

What are your thoughts?  Please share!

PLEASE NOTE – I have received a ton of inquiries asking me what I think about I think about other essential oils companies.  While I would love to check into all of them for you, I just can’t do that.  I recommend that you read this post on Essential Oils Testing and Quality and see if the brand you are interested in measures up.  I plan to write more about choosing an essential oils company in the near future so stay tuned :).  

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  1. Great information as a newbie to the EO world! I have been very overwhelmed and this series has helped clarify some things for me. I appreciate the work you did on this and I’m glad I found this information!

  2. Christine Jarmon says:

    Thank you so much for the time you put into these article, it was a great help to me and my family.

  3. thank you so much for the amazing information!

  4. Hello,
    First, thank you for your series on EOs. It was very interesting and informative. I am in the process of researching and choosing an oils company to use/join. I was very impressed with RM oils, however neither they or Native American Oils offer MLM; my son and I are going to do this together so he can earn money for scouting activities and camp (we’ve used oils in our family for some time, and this is an interest area for both of us). I would love your recommendation for this — knowing we are interested in earning income would you suggest YL? That is the one we are leaning toward. Thank you for your time, I’m so glad I discovered your blog!

    • Oh that is really hard. I had to walk away from both companies and it was a hard decision. Is there perhaps another venue you could use to make money? Or perhaps make something w/ the oils that you can sell? I hear you on them being an interest of yours but I decided to try other Direct Marketing companies whose products I really like for my blog. I’m glad you found me too and hope to see you around again!

  5. I have done quite a bit of research and decided to go with Native American Nutrition (before even reading this blog) because of their transparency.. There really couldn’t be much more info listed than there is. I want to know something about the oil-it is there. I was also impressed with the quiet word of mouth recommendations. The people I know that use oils that aren’t constantly praising YL or DT or telling other to use EO and keep to themselves use NAN.. I am super happy with the quality of oil they provide and am grateful I found the correct company for me at the beginning part of this process rather than years into it. It is nice to see that decision confirmed on your blog. Thank you so much for your dedication to sharing information we all need.

  6. mideastmom says:

    One other thing I greatly appreciate about NAN/RMO is that you can order individual 5ml bottles of any of their oils/blends. I have used that to figure out what works for our family and then purchased 15ml bottles (because they’re more economical per ml) of what needed replaced (and had a stock for future use of the original 5ml bottles of oils we don’t really need/use right now). I don’t want to be stuck with an expensive 15ml bottle of an oil that doesn’t work for us.

    Originally, I thought that I would use the 5ml NAN/RMO bottles to help me know what I would eventually want to use from one of the MLM companies. Since then, though, I’ve looked at your research and others’ opinions/facts and decided I’m dancing with them that brung me. :-)

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I cannot thank you enough for writing this series. I have been using EOs for a few years now but have either purchased that store brand or Mountain Rose Herbs. I more recently heard about the MLM companies and had purchased a few from DT to try them. Then, I started getting asked by people on my FB list to join their DT team. So, I started researching oil qualities and company ethics. I came across one of the parts of this series but forgot about it until today. I’m like you in that I want to make the best decision for me and my family and will also forsake financial opportunity for a better quality product. You have really done your homework and I am very grateful for the time you spent on this. Like most SAHMs, I would like to find a way to bring in income without sacrificing integrity. I have to have something I’m truly passionate about and love in order to advocate it. Now, at least I know I won’t be selling EOs. I will have to keep looking. And, I will go with my true heart of hearts and buy EOs from a company I know I can trust. Thank you – again.

    • Elizabeth, thanks so much for you kind comment. It was a really hard decision for me to make but I felt I needed to do that. I have found some other Direct Sales companies that I am more comfortable with and am enjoying. I think also that it can be a big problem to just expect a direct sales company to be a huge money maker. It happens for some people – but for many it doesn’t. I’d love to hear how you enjoy them.

  8. This post is incredibly in depth and super helpful. I am curious why neither you nor native American recommend using oils internally. I am pretty new to the world of essential oils and actually found hem through a babysitter when I was complaining of post natal acid reflux. She has a friend who sells doterra and directed me to their wild orange oil. I was skeptical at first, but it worked so well and tasted good (which also got me drinking more water). I am currently nursing and have found my son is much fussier on days when I am away from my glass water bottle and wild orange oil than days when I take it, whether I am refluxy or not. For me, the benefit has been huge. That being said, since I am using the oils on myself and more jmportantly my two little boys, I want to use the best oils out there that are not inordinately expensive anyway. Doterra has worked for us, but your concerns bother me. Thanks in advance for any help!

  9. I very much appreciate the work that went into this Essential Oil series. I have been hearing of essential oils for a few years now and know people who use them, but my knowledge is very limited. I was personally invited to a YL demonstration yesterday. The oils smelled very good and the presentation was very convincing (as most MLM presentations are). I did end up buying the 11-oil kit, as it seemed the most cost-effective way to try the YL oils, and I thought it would be good to have to compare with oils from other companies. It was nice to find your website and be able to read “outside” information on the two “big name” MLM companies as well as other companies. Thank you for also including the name of the company you chose and why you chose it. We rarely get sick (lean toward low fat/low sugar plant-based eating and that has made a huge difference) and I do much of my cleaning with steam (which eliminates most of the chemical issue), .but I can see that essential oils will be a great addition to what we are doing. I am looking forward to trying NAN frankinsense, among others.

    • Thanks for writing and glad to “meet” you! I think you’ll love their Frankincense. So did you used to eat animal protein more? I found I needed to add meat to my diet awhile back but I don’t eat that much.

      • Yes, I used to eat anything and everything :) I am not 100% plant-based, but rarely eat meat because I don’t miss it and enjoy beans and legumes. The two things that more than likely made the most difference in my and my son’s health is learning that we are allergic to (different than lactose intolerance) dairy products, and for me, eating a LOT of vegetables.. He had horrible nasal drainage and ear issues before giving up dairy, and it took 3 months for his body to clear. As long as he stays away from dairy, he is fine. Eat some dairy and he starts clogging up again. I no longer have headaches. I need to give up desserts of processed sugar/fat to feel completely well. I do good for awhile and feel better, then start eating it again and go downhill. Because of that, and probably leaky gut/candida, I have abdominal bloat and fatigue. I was eating large amounts of squash every day this fall and that seemed to kill the sugar cravings, but I ran out of squash and overdid during the holidays :(

        • I love beans. We’re still eating them — prepared well of course. Dairy is a HUGE problem for so many. I’ve been eating sweet potatoes which helps a ton.

  10. I have just starting using EO’s and because of your post ordered NAN EO’s to try. I have been and am skeptical of the effectiveness of EO’s in general. I know many people that swear by them (but they order from companies like YL). I have to admit that I am worried that I will be disappointed. I have only been using EO’s for about a week for a few different things and have seen no difference. Can you suggest something I can use them for that I should see a result from to help me get past being skeptical and become a believer? I just need to see some change to convince me and my husband that it is worth the investment and worth still using them and trying different things! I really want to use them to help my family and I be healthier and .live more naturally! Thanks!

    • Hi Jen. I too am a skeptic, but I have seen the essential oils work very effectively for many things, but then for others, not so much. I think that can be for several reasons. First, you might be using the wrong oil. Secondly, you might be using it incorrectly. Third, you might need something different.

      For example, I had a tendon issue that cleared up amazingly well w/ only peppermint and lemongrass, and that happened twice. Now currently I have an achilles issue that the oils didn’t work well for at all. Extreme cold and heat worked last night.

      What are you hoping to work on with them and perhaps I can help. Thanks!

      • One thing I would like to try and use them for is headaches. My husband, oldest son and myself get them often.for various reasons… tension, stress and sinus issues. I would like to find something that works for that if possible. I tried peppermint on me but it doesn’t seem to have helped. I am sure that part of my problem is learning out to use them all correctly. We are also trying tea tree for a skin issue on my husband but I am sure that will take some time to notice any results so we are sticking with it for awhile to see what happens.

        • What is the skin issue, if I might ask? There are some other oils and/or blends that can be good for headaches – you might want to check the Native American site and just put “headache” in the search bar. However, of course, as w/ all health issues getting to the bottom is really important. I can’t medically advise, but that’s what I would do. Did you see the Healthy Gut Summit that I mentioned in this post? I’m hoping to write more about it but I think it would be fascinating for you.

  11. I already use essential oils for some things. I am interested in finding something for weight loss. What are your thoughts onthe safety of ingesting Native American slim and trim formula daily?

  12. Thank you so much for this series! It has honestly helped me so much to understand the differences and the things to look for regarding essential oils and particular brands. I have fibromyalgia and my son has Asperger’s and I have been slowing finding out that modern medicine is often not the answer. I have been dabbling in alternative medicine and thank you so much for all the time and effort it took to provide your readers with such vital information!

    • Thank you so much, Julie. I had something that seemed like fibro and my son has Asperger’s too (so I know what you are dealing with on some level). There are a few posts about autism on my site but not many. I hope to write more later. I am trying some new things for both of us and am ordering the Attention Assist and Focus oils for him. Take care and hope to see you again soon.

  13. Hey there! Thank you so much for all the info. Right now I’ve been using YL oils on myself and a little on my 9mo. I’m currently still nursing and I have ADHD so I’ve been searching for alternatives to help with that. I’d love to purchase every single oil YL recommends but it is quite pricey. I was about to dive into searching for oil companies that really are pure etc., but I am so glad I found all your info. Thanks!! I’m definitely going to check out the companies you’ve recommended

  14. Wow! Thank you for your in depth research and information. It is GREATLY appreciated by a newbie to essential oils like me! It can be quite overwhelming… but I have been very pleased with my EO use so far. I am curious, have you ever done any research on the Eden’s Garden oils? I purchased those after some research, but clearly not as extensive as yours. I wish I had found your blog first! Again, thank you for your diligent work and for sharing your knowledge with us! I appreciate any feedback you can provide on EG oils. I am going to look at getting new oils through Native American Oils. Thank you again!!!

  15. Christina says:

    You’re a lifesaver! I, too, lose myself in research and sometimes end up with a plethera of information I have no idea what to do with. I was considering looking further into essential oil companies, and then I found your series on EOs! I truly appreciate how thorough and dedicated you were to your research. Thank you so much for saving me from getting lost in EO company research!

  16. My eyeballs are going to pop out, is there an oil for that? ;) Wow! This has been such an eye opening experience! So much info and so many comments, I was hooked!

    #1 THANK YOU!!! There was obviously a ton of work put into this series! And you really do take the time to graciously reply to your comments. A+

    #2 I’m new to the EO world, but I’m 99% sure I’m going to go with the NAN company. I attended a doTerra meeting last night, and while the presentation was great, I was not impressed at all with the retail pricing or the “kit” pricing of the oils. I would like to I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist and would really like to incorporate the healing power of EO into my sessions. However, I’m not crazy about the MLM idea. They seemed to hungry for me to get become a rep. (aka wellness consultant)… And with all the legal issues they are having right now in the he said/she said battle with Young Living, it’s just a turn off for both companies too me. * I’m not knocking either companies oils, just the business side of things.

    #3 At the doTerra meeting we did a sniff test between that grocery store Aucia (whatever) brand and doTerra, there was an obvious difference in the two. I don’t doubt that Aucia Cara vs NAN would show NAN to be superior as well. So my advice fellow comment readers, is to stay clear of the grocery store version of EO’s. They don’t compare.

    Okay well, I just wanted to say thanks and let you know that I’ll use your link to check out the NAN and buy when I’m ready too. Thanks again! :)

  17. ivy lou says:

    Hi i just starting on essential oils, i was looking on which to buy came across many brand but wasnt sure which to buy from, anyway i saw a video of someone using essential oil and i saw they use young living so i decided to research the brand and i tpye in young living in google went on their site saw what they had to offer anyway whenicame out of their site i saw ur page and i read ur journey and blogs also the way you answer the questions given to u, some point i lost trust in u then the next i gain it back, im a person like u if i no something not be true no way will i say it is true, om jamaican and im going to try order the NAN brand u recommend i hope it work, wish companies would see if the sell their product pure and that it works good with no harmfully cheical they would make 10 times what they or make cause which it is real people all over the world wuill buy it, exp im jamaican and if that work for me and is of the best quality i can pass on the information to my whole jamaican family even my caribbean neighbours ass well

  18. You are soooo welcome. I don’t mind MLMs (I am in a few that are different than others that I found to be waaaay too pushy and making irrational claims, etc.) but I didn’t care for Young Living or doTERRA (as you can see). Hope to see you around again. More to come…did you subscribe to my blog updates? That way you won’t miss anything :).

  19. I’ve been reading your research and it’s saved me a lot of time! thank you. I have a really important the question about NAN/RMO’s claim to be organically grown, whose standards do they use to claim “organic” ? The U.S. or each individual country they source from or an international ????

  20. Adrienne,
    I’m so glad I found your site. Any chance you or anyone have more information on the use of essentials oils for pets. I’m going to put together a “pet emergency kit” and would like to have other input beside what I found on the “Young Living” sites. Any information is greatly appreciated. Also, any chance there is a list or anything you have what the different oils are good for and used for and how much should be used both for people and pets. Thanks so much.

  21. HI! This is from the owner of Native American Nutritionals:

    You will want to be cautious when using them on cats. Cats are highly sensitive and just having them on your own body is usually enough. With that said, the essential oils work wonderful for pets. I see quicker results with using the oils on animals than I do on people. As a rule you want to make sure you use the oil in the appropriate amount when compared to your animal’s size. A 5 lb rabbit will take a lot less oil than a 100 lb Rottweiler.

    Use the oils in the same way you would use them on yourself. Because animals are sensitive, when putting the oil on the exposed skin, it is always advisable to use a carrier oil as well. I normally use five drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil to one drop of pure essential oil. I also put them on the pads of their feet, or when I do use the pure oil it normally is just put on the fur and the animal breaths it in.

    Here are five examples that people have shared with me about using the oils on their pets.

    Example: “When my Chihuahua gets a little hyper, I rub a drop of Tranquility on the fir on his neck. It is amazing to see what happens. Normally within ten minutes he is sound asleep.”

    Example: “My dog had cancer. To combat this I started out by putting a drop of lemon oil in his water. It took him a few days to get used to it then I slowly added a little more and then a little more. I built it up to have five drops in his water bowl a day. After two months his cancer was completely gone. As an experiment I set down a bowl of regular water next to his lemon water. He ignored the regular water and would always drink the lemon water.”

    Example: “My daughter’s hamster got dropped on the floor and was injured. It could not move its back legs and would just drag them around. I got my Helichrysum italicum and put a drop right on his back. The next day he was back to normal.”

    Example: “I use the essential oils with training my horses. I have found that what would normally take me two hours to accomplish can be done in a half hour with the oils. They are wonderful to keep the animal calm and learn quicker.”

    Example: “I use the oils on my dog all the time, especially during tick and flea season. I take a 4oz or 8oz spray bottle and add drops of the oils that I want to use, shake and spray. This has really gotten to be a special time with my dog, when he sees me with the brush and the spray bottle he comes a running. He loves it. I added Lavender to the bug spray that I made and that helped to clear up the bug bites on his skin.”

  22. NEVER EVER use EO’s on cats!

  23. Adrienne,
    Thanks so much for the information and examples. I really appreciated your hard work.

    Too funny about your comparison with the bunny and Rottweiler. I have 3 Rottweilers and I also have lost a few to cancer over the years. For a while now I have been researching options for all natural care inlcuding the essential oils for pets. I ordered “The Animal Desk Reference” by Melissa Shelton and I am expecting it today. Is there a book that you recommend that explaines the different essential oils and their uses for people?

    Thank you!

  24. Thank you so, so, so much for your extensive research. I have looked online many times to determine which EO company I would like to purchase from, specially since I have dogs, and I plan to use some on them. I really like that you were upfront about your affiliation with them. You did not make yourself appear to be an expert, you only provided the information you were given. I do not like companies that make you join so that you are forced to sell to others. I simply want EOs to enhance my health and my family’s health. I went to NAN’s website and they look like a reputable company. They even have oils that similar to YL and doTerra. Because I like to support small, honest companies. I decided that I would give NAN a try. Is there any way, I could get more information regarding EOs and animals?? If so, can you email me?

  25. There’s a book by Native american nutritionals that you might like – and there’s a book mentioned in my thieves giveaway if you search on my site. I have a few other books by Young Living and doTERRA but I don’t use any of them that much – I’m hoping to do a post on books when I can :).

  26. Are any of your books for sale????

  27. Christine says:

    Hi Adrienne. Have you done that post on reference books yet? I just found your site today.

  28. Hmmm…. the young living or doterra books you mean?

  29. Wow! I have been reading your posts all night! I am eager to try the beginner sampler from NAN. I have to say you have have been quite inspiring in your responses -especially in your kindness toward many who have been less than kind towards you. Hopefully they will gain some insight not only on oils, but on what it means to show basic kindness to others. After all I am certain Jesus’ number one rule is to do everything out of a motivation of love. Anyhow, I just wanted to thank you on all your work and generosity in sharing it with those of us who would like to learn more. I still like Eden’s Garden organic oils and use most of their other oils as well. They were the company that started my journey with oils. But I am interested in a larger organic selection and am interested in how they all compare. So Thank you again. I’ll be eager to keep an eyeball on your blogs! Very well done!

  30. Thanks so much! I appreciate it. I hope that you will sign up for my email feed or the newsletter – or both! Did you see the freebies you can get? Take care.

  31. Hi Adrienne!
    Thank you so much for putting all this time and effort into this post! I for one am very grateful!
    I am very new to EO world and didn’t like the idea of signing up with a MLM company and this gave me a place to end my research. I’m looking forward to diving in with this company!
    As a Christian myself, I believe if you want to avoid any business that partners or supports anything against the bible, you should turn yourself into an organic farmer with no technology or any modern conveniences ;) Lol!! God will write His law on the hearts of His people!!
    I can’t wait for my birthday next month to get some blends!!
    I do have a couple questions,
    My hubby thinks most of the oils I have (NOW oils are what I was introduced to and what I have local right now) stink. He doesn’t believe in the healing properties of them either!
    Any suggestions!!

    Many, many, many, many Thanks!!

  32. Hi Tammy – did you see the sale that is going on right now? Sorry I am getting this to you late!

    I think they do work. I will be up for a little yet if you get right back to me.

    I think they for sure work but there are often other things you need to use. Many many pharmaceuticals are made from plants or are made to mimic what plants do. So they are good to use. I love the peppermint and lemongrass for tendon issues. And peppermint for headaches. Rosemary for hair growth and rosemary and clove for adrenals. There is more but you can’t expect miracles all the time. But they do work.

    Hope that helps!

  33. Whoops – missed this. I will get back to you.

  34. I love NAN as well! Thanks for all of your research!

  35. You are so welcome!

  36. I really appreciate all the hard work you have put into your blog it has been so helpful in my journey to find an essential oil company and learn more about them in general. Lately I’ve been looking into have you heard anything about them? Thank you again for all of the time and effort you have put in!

  37. Sorry I didn’t look into them and am just swamped. Maybe read this post and see if you can get information. I hope to write more in the future.

  38. LionesArrisingMom says:

    Hi Adrienne,
    im a mom of 3 and i have done extensive research as well. My son who will be attending 3rd grade next year is Aspergers(high functioning autisum) and a very vocal adhd child. At times hes been on upwards of 9+ prescriptions. I was interested to see what Mr. Dean would have to suggest i try for my son. I know that autistic children have sometimes been known to have weak muscles and can also retain heavy metals. My Son has recently been tested deficient in several vitamins. I think the Medications hes on hinders him from receiving proper nutrients from foods as well as lessens his pallet of taste for the proper foods he needs.

    Thanks for your dedication and onward advice, resources, and constant feedback!
    Eager to take a closer look at NAN!

  39. Hi there. This is the response from the owner of Native American Nutritionals:

    To start out I would go with Attention Assist and the Defense supplement. (Yes there are other things you can do like the Calming oil, but I would not start there.) The Attention Assist is a gentle great oil with much success. Start out with that and put two or three drops on the chest and then any other place you want (ears, under the nose, on the bottom of the feet, top of head). Try putting it on the chest and one other place and see how your child responds best. (Often where you put it will give you better results.) Most people go with some drops on the upper chest and then 1/2 drop on each ear.

    Now the Defense has had great results with me for removing heavy metals. I have also had reports to assist with autism and other such issues. How much you give will depend on the child’s size — but an adult takes two capsule for maintenance and more for healing issues. I would start out slow and then build up. (For example: if your child is 100+ lbs I would go with starting out with one capsule in the morning for 5 days. Then start taking two capsules a day.)

    I do not like prescriptions because they are not a cure and over time do great damage so I always tell people the more raw, natural food you can eat the better. (Seeds, nuts, greens, fruits, and veggis.)

    This is not medical advice and of course, you should check w/ your physician prior to using any supplements, etc. Sorry about needing to write this :).

  40. Hi Ivy. I am sorry that in something I said you lost your trust in me. Can I ask what that was? Perhaps I worded something the wrong way. Thanks.

    I so hope you like the oils. They are a solid company from all that I can tell.

  41. I am so sorry – I have been totally swamped. I mentioned that in my previous reply to you. I hope to get to it one of these days…….

  42. Adrienne, I first want to say how impressed I am with your resolve (& abundant patience!) with getting this invaluable information out to the rest of us! I’m just now getting to this tremendous bounty of knowledge which has been given by you obviously with sincere blessings…Thank You!

    I’m a total newbie when it comes to Essential Oils & only just last year even considered that there may be bogus oils & companies out there. I cannot explain my ignorance particularly since I usually turn every potential purchase into an all-out research project!

    Thanks to You I now know how to even assess a EO company for legitimacy & reliability, this is HUGE!

    (btw To all you sceptics out there, thank you! Your natural mistrust of others has actually cleared-up some very muddy waters!)

  43. Thanks so much, Michelle! I hope to get more into oils, etc. when I have time.

  44. So glad to hear that. Thanks! Is there something specific you would like to know? I can ask for you.

  45. Daisy B says:

    I emailed NAN regarding my question about using oils on my furry girls and they answered very quickly. It took them less than 24 hours :) Here’s what I got:

    “You definitely can use our essential oils on your dog but you need to be very careful which ones you do use. Not all oils can be used on or around dogs.

    A few essential oils to consider are Immune Strength, Arthritis Plus, Copaiba, Helichrysum italicum, Frankincense, or Lavender. The best thing you can do when introducing your dog to an essential oil is to put a drop in your hand and allow him or her to smell it. You will know immediately if he or she likes it or not by their behavior. If you are diffusing an oil or blend in a room and your dog refuses to come in, you know not to use that oil or blend around him or her. Or, if your dog wants to be in the room, you’ll know he or she likes it.

    You should research essential oils for dogs so you have an idea what oils you should and shouldn’t use. This online magazine has some great ideas that can help you. Most of the articles were written by a woman who is certified with Healing Touch for Animals and uses our essential oils in her practice:

    Other references you should look into are the following:

    The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals, by Melissa Shelton, DVM
    Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals, by Kristen Leigh Bell.”

    Good luck!

    Thank you!

    Fast and very honest response :) I appreciate that they gave me references too.

  46. Yippee. So glad to hear that. Thanks!

  47. Vicky lee says:

    Hi there I did attempt to post a comment and seems like it failed xD well…I can’t see it here anyway.

    I have used the young living peppermint and haven’t found anything quite like it in the uk shops. I basically use it In my oil burner or to inhale when I’m getting ill. What do u recommend? I can’t source the NAN in uk >.>

    Much appreciated :)

  48. Hmmm…is there a reason you can’t get NAN in the UK?

  49. I was purchasing doterra’s Lifelong Vitality Supplements, I am at a loss now what to use. Do you have a good recommendation. I would need something for an 8 yr old , 12 yr old and myself.

  50. Hello! I didn’t have the option to reply at the bottom of this discussion, so I just picked to “reply” from a random comment! LOL I thank you sooo very much for your research you have done. I was about to start my research last night on YL versus other companies and what companies offered oils that were food grade (ingestible). I use YL, but the prices are so expensive and they are out of everything I wanted to order at this current time. I have family who sells it, and I haven’t wanted to upset anyone. LOL However, I am very willing to give this company you have recommend a try! :) :) I do have a question as I am trying to place an order….I am wanting to order the Aligning (Valor), but I am confused on the blends that say “neat”. I understand that “neat” has more percentage of EO than the other, but which one compares most to the Valor from YL (“neat” or the non-neat, cheaper in price version? My YL Valor has Capric Triglyceride as its first ingredient and realize that is like a carrier oil. I definitely want the same affect from the Aligning that I get from Valor. I am so excited about the oil experience. I just started about a month ago and have been very, very pleased with the results!!!! I am excited! No wonder they used them in Biblical times for everything! Thanks again for all the research you have done. I want the very best for my family! :)

  51. HI there. Were you not able to just post a comment?

    I hope so…..

    You are very welcome!

    I am almost for sure that YL’s Valor has a carrier oil so it would be the “not neat” version. You could buy either and blend the NEAT Aligning w/ an oil of your choice. The carrier oil shouldn’t affect the outcome at all – it is meant to just make it easier to apply diluted or over a larger area. I hope that helps!

    Did you happen to see the new guide I just came out with?

  52. Well, my computer has been acting up, so no telling! ;) Thanks for the info, and I will definitely read your new guide!

  53. Thanks and see you around!

  54. I wasn’t able to comment either for some reason. I have been using Mountain Rose for my oils but they seem to cost much less than some other companies. How would you compare them to Native?

  55. Hmmm…a replacement for the whole set? I don’t know. I do think adding the tummy tamer isn’t important – you can take it w/ food and it shouldn’t upset the tummy I would think.

    Are you trying to replace all of it?

  56. Hi there. I’m sorry but I just can’t comment on oil companies now – but you can read this post to see if they measure up

    What I can say is the MRH told me first that they were not OK w/ internal use b/c they weren’t made in a food grade facility and then later they said that wasn’t the case. But I chose Native American before I heard that 2nd answer so I wasn’t comfortable w/ them. I have called once since but haven’t talked in detail about their sourcing so I am sticking w/ where I am for now. I would have to do a lot more investigating which I am open to but I am just swamped now.

    and I just came out w/ this guide to purchasing EOs that you might find interesting:

    Hope that helps :).

  57. It does help! Thanks so much.

  58. I have read the articles about choosing an essential oil supplier and, based on what I read, I have ordered from NAN. In the recent past, I have ordered from Young Living. I would like to know why there is a substantial price difference between what appears to be the same or similar product. A specific example: I purchased a 15ml bottle of Copaiba from YL for over $50. What appears to be the same 15ml bottle of Copaiba at NAN is approximately $17. Can you tell me a reason for the difference? I hate to say that spending more money makes a product better, but it causes me to wonder.

  59. Hi Lee. I think it all varies bottle by bottle, and I can ask NAN for sure to see what they have to say, but direct sales companies have extra costs built in to their pricing to pay for commissions and trips and bonuses, etc. One of the reps at one of the MLM essential oils companies told me that 40% of their pricing is to pay other reps.

  60. Hi, there, I have loved reading all these interesting comments!
    Quite useful information, I have been also researching the different oil companies for a few months,I started out with a few bought from the local market near me, I have also bought a few of the young living, My daughter got in on young living through a friend and swears there is nothing better, I do think they are wrong and brainwashed! I have recently had another friend introduce me to Tropical Traditions, they are imported from France, and they seam to be EXCEPTIONAL!! They always state where they were made in the other countries on their labels and only use low heat and are All Organic, I have fallen in love with these! Have you had any experience with this company or heard of them?

  61. Hi there. and thanks! I did look at them. I still went where I went. I am not able to go into details about other companies but I am still choosing NAN and RMO. You can check this post to see how they measure up:
    and I just came out w/ this guide:

    Thanks again :).

    Oh, I can’t say that the TT oils are adulterated and I won’t say that by any means, but in all of my talking to oils companies, France came up as being an “issue” regarding that. I heard over and over again that they export more lavender oil than they grow lavender. I couldn’t verify but I heard it over and over.

  62. HI this is not a reply to that but i am not blog savy….what does NAN mean with neat and just the name listed… i couldn’t find explanations on their website (like a legend)

  63. Hi Keli. Neat means that is the oil straight. If it’s not NEAT then it is blended with a carrier oil. It is often recommended to start using oils blended w/ a carrier until you know how you react to them. Of course, with “hot” oils (they can sting) it would be recommended almost all the time. You might be interested in this post:

    Hope that helps!

  64. Hi Amanda. Thanks for commenting. I did ask the owner of Native American Nutritionals about cats and this was his response:

    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.

    Would you agree with that?

  65. Good afternoon Adrienne,

    Thank you sooo much for such a great research, I have been using DoTerra for couple of months but like you said I really don’t like the fact that they push too much for sale. However, I am planning to follow your recommendation and go with Native American Nutritionals. I was also wondering if you have any recommendations for me on where to buy EndoFlex essential oil for Thyroid problems? your opinion much appreciate it. Thanks a lot ?

  66. Hi there and thanks for writing. You are very welcome.

    NAN’s Lymph Detox would be comparable to EndoFlex.

    I hope you enjoy it.

  67. If he’s referring to merely exposing a cat to EO’s indirectly, say, by way of diffusing oils in the same room that a cat might wander into, then yeah I guess that’s okay. However, what you NEVER want to do is apply the oils directly onto a cats skin or fur… and certainly not allow them to ingest it directly. Cats are extremely sensitive to strong scents, and if you attempt to apply any EO onto their fur or skin you will immediately see the cat angrily trying to lick it off of themselves as they do not like for anything to overpower or mask their own natural scent! If you’ve ever been around cats for any length of time then you’ve probably noticed that they spend a considerable portion of their waking hours rubbing themselves on every object in sight. What they are doing here is “scenting” things around them via their scent glands, and they do this specifically to mark their territory. Cats are very territorial creatures, and so they must be able to scent things unimpeded in order for them to feel comfortable and at ease in their environment. EO’s would interfere with this instinctual feline habit considerably… beside it also being bad for their health in general. Hope that helps. =)

  68. Yes, that is what he meant. Thanks for all of the extra great information! Fabulous.