Most of you tuned in for my recent posts on essential oils in which I touted the amazing effects of:
- Young Living’s Thieves Oil (where I talked about thinking the oils were a scam) and
- Peppermint, Wintergreen, and Young Living’s Pan Away blend (with more of my skeptical thoughts)
From all the comments and the enthusiasm about the Peppermint Oil Giveaway, I can tell you are just as interested in learning about oils as I am.
I think you could also tell by those posts that I am a skeptic at heart and pretty detailed when it comes to sorting through all the information out there to find out what really works. One of my readers (a friend of mine) once called me an “investigative reporter” of sorts. My husband says that I “second guess everything.”
Well, not everything :-).
In one sense, second guessing is a good thing. I’ve saved our family a lot of money by avoiding problematic purchases.
But sometimes I can go overboard and spend waaaaay too much time analyzing a product or purchase. (Kind of like driving all over town to save a few pennies. Not smart, especially as I saw gas at $4.11/gallon coming home from church last night. Deep sigh.)
With the essential oils issue, I tried not to be too analytical at first. But then…..
You read in the Are Essential Oils a Scam? – A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil, how I held off trying really any oils at all for years before trying Thieves.
(Well, truth be told, I do have a few old bottles in my linen closet. One bottle each of orange, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, which I bought for topical use to brighten up my laundry [ended up never using it] and for my Homemade Decongestant Rub and Homemade Rose Water Spray [which I love, by the way].)
This time around, before buying the Thieves oil and signing up as a Young Living Distributor, I dug around a little, but not too much. I mean, I asked about all the rumors surrounding Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, because there is some not-so-nice stuff about him on the web.
I also asked some questions about purity.
I got some satisfactory answers and I figured that this stuff worked really well and I was thrilled to have great resources in my natural health care arsenal. I mean, can you argue with how well the stuff worked?
However, after my posts on Thieves and the other oils, a number of readers started asking me about other oil companies.
At first, I thought, “This stuff works great, and I’m pretty worn out right now, so I am just going to leave this alone.”
But I guess the “investigative reporter” in me just couldn’t do it.
So I started poking around.
Today I’m sharing with you the beginning of my investigation. The rest will come in the very near future. Promise :-).
(UPDATE: This is where it all started. Please follow the links at the bottom of this post to see how interesting everything got after this post.)
- Heritage Oils
- Native American Nutritionals
- North American Herb and Spice
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Aura Cacia
- Young Living (the one being challenged)
1. HERITAGE OILS
A few readers mentioned this company in the comments section of my post on Are Essential Oils a Scam ~ A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil. They said that their oils were very high quality and inexpensive.
Since high quality and inexpensive are right up my alley (but they typically don’t go together, right?), I looked them up.
Problem #1. No phone number.
Oh well, I tried to contact them through their Contact Form.
Still – over two weeks later–no dice.
THE VERDICT: No matter how inexpensive (well, I guess if they sold the oils for $.10 per bottle or something like that, I’d be interested in working with them maybe), I am not interested in dealing with a company that has non existent customer service.
- I’ve had allergic reactions to a few oils and Young Living has promptly refunded my money over the phone.
- I’ve also had 2 bottles of oil leaking on arrival and I’ve gotten replacements for them on the spot.
I LOVE good customer service and I am willing to pay extra for it.
Also, customer service aside, if a company is that hard to get a hold of, then I really don’t feel comfortable using their oils internally on mine or my children’s bodies. No one to ask questions of—no way.
2. NATIVE AMERICAN NUTRITIONALS
**UPDATE: I ended up talking to the owner of this company at great length and was very impressed with their practices and quality. They deserve another look and are going to get one from me.**
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.
And there is no apparent way to make / save any extra money with this company.
At least with Young Living and DoTerra, if you purchase a certain amount in a given month, you can get free products and money back for future orders.
And honestly, I don’t feel that pressured to do so. (UPDATE: Please keep reading. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to see how my research progressed. It gets very interesting.)
With previous MLMs (Multi-Level Marketing) that I’ve tried (sometime I can tell you about my short stints in the distant past with Creative Memories and Pampered Chef), there were huge quotas to meet. I ended up buying stuff I didn’t need and still have a load of photo albums and stickers that I haven’t used (wanna buy an album or stickers, anyone :-)?)
With Young Living and DoTerra, the minimums are low (e.g. with both you only need to buy about $50 in product per year). Not a big deal, but you do need to buy more to get the lowest pricing (about $100 per month and more.)
Now, I know that MLMs leave a bad taste in a lot of folks’ mouths, but really, if the seller isn’t high pressure (and making statements like “I can just grow my business and end up not working at all while my business makes my millions every year) then an MLM really is a way to sell products without a store front.
We can talk more about this later.
Probable high quality with no apparent earnings opportunity. Need to check into this company more.
3. NORTH AMERICAN HERB AND SPICE
From all I could figure out, this is a great company.
Trouble is, all they make is oregano oil.
So if you just want oregano oil, then this is a good place to turn.
THE VERDICT: Oregano is a pretty amazing oil, but I want more than just that in my natural healing arsenal.