Are you wanting to start using essential oils, but you don't know where to start? You're ready to buy, but don't know what company has the best essential oils?
You've come to the right place.
Most of you tuned in for my recent posts on essential oils in which I talked about:
- Are Essential Oils a Scam and
- Using Essential Oils for Tummy Aches, Head Tension and More (with more of my skeptical thoughts)
From all the comments and enthusiasm about these and other posts, I can tell you are just as interested in learning about essential oils as I am.
You can 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."
I'm not sure which one is right :).
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, and simply used what had worked. But then, things changed.
The Search for the Best Essential Oil
In the Are Essential Oils a Scam? - A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil, I shared how I held off trying really any essential oils at all for years before trying Thieves® from Young Living.
(Well, truth be told, I did have a few old bottles of essential oils in my linen closet. One bottle each of orange, eucalyptus, melaleuca (tea tree) oil, and rose oil, which I bought for topical use to brighten up my laundry [ended up never using it] and for my Homemade Chest 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 asked about all the rumors surrounding Gary Young, the founder of Young Living and I also asked some questions about purity of essential oils.
I got some satisfactory answers and I figured that well, this stuff worked really well. And I was thrilled to have great resources in my natural health care arsenal. I mean, who wants to put more toxins in your body if you don't have to, right?
However, after my post on Young Living's Thieves and the other oils (Wintergreen and Peppermint, etc.), a number of readers started asking me about other oil companies--if they were good enough, or not that great. And so I too started wondering.
At first, I thought, "This stuff (Young Living) works great, and I'm pretty worn out right now, so I am just going to leave this alone and not start digging for more information"
But the "investigative reporter" in me just couldn't leave. it. alone.
So I started poking around.
Today I'm sharing with you the beginning of my investigation.
Other Essential Oils Companies
There were some essential oils companies that I knew of, and some that a few readers recommended to me.
One of my readers was a doTERRA rep who said I really should check out their company to see how it measured up to Young Living.
Little did I know what lay ahead of me.
The world of essentials oils is big. Very big.
It did start out quite small for me, however. Just a small list of companies. I started out looking into these companies, but the list quickly grew as the series went on and as more and more readers commented and as I went down more and more rabbit trails. I think you will find the whole thing interesting and I hope you will learn a thing or two about essential oils and the companies that sell them.
(UPDATE: A lot changed after I started this series. Please follow the links at the bottom of this post to see how interesting everything got - you can hop on over to read Part 2 of "The Best Essential Oils" here.
To start off, following are the essential oils companies that were "on my radar" and so I started with these, wondering if I should stick with Young Living or switch to another company to be my family's "best essential oils company" of choice
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Aura Cacia
- Young Living (the one being challenged)
- Heritage Oils
- Native American Nutritionals (now Rocky Mountain Oils)
- North American Herb and Spice
and more. Truth is, I called a TON of companies and read up on others. These all included:
- NOW oils
- Butterfly Express
- Spark Naturals
- Edens Garden
- North American Herb and Spice, and on and on.My head really started to spin with all of the phone calls and notes I was taking, but I started with just those listed above and went from there.
There are a TON of essential oils companies out there. After writing this series I felt like I really opened a can of worms, but these are the companies that I started with. Hang with me - it gets pretty interesting from here on out.
I'm updating this post years later to add important information. I do not have all of the information in this series on why I didn't choose certain companies so I would appreciate you not accusing me of coming to silly conclusions. I have gotten threatening emails (some of they cryptic threats), and have been warned about being sued if I published certain things.
My family is important to me and while I don't like to succumb to this kind of bullying, I have to weigh the cost of all of this. I am trying to be as up front as I can about my decisions. Just know that what you are reading here is not the whole story.
Following are some of the companies that I looked into.
1. Young Living Oils
I first tried Young Living when I thought that essential oils were a scam. I used them for awhile and since I wanted to get as much savings as possible on the oils, I purchased monthly, took advantage of discounts, and stocked up quite a bit. I will talk about this company more in the future.
2. doTERRA Oils
Just before starting this series, several of my readers told me that I should really look into doTERRA as well, before making a hard and fast decision about which company to go with long term. So, I signed up with doTERRA as well. Follow along and you will see what happened next.
I like Mountain Rose Herbs' mission and have a few bottles of their oils. When I contacted them they told me that they did not recommend internal use of their oils as they were not produced in a food grade facility.
Much later (after this whole series was done) I contacted them again and they said that this was not the case. The company also told me several times at later dates that they didn't test their oils but trusted their sources.
4. Butterfly Express
This seemed like a good company to check out, but I ran into quite a bit of trouble getting information from them. When I called to ask them a number of questions, I was able to get some information, but then I was told that they didn't have time to talk with me.
5. NATIVE AMERICAN NUTRITIONALS (now Rocky Mountain Oils)
When I first contacted this company, I thought that their prices seemed a little high for a non MLM (multi-level marketing) company, but the more I talked to them the more interesting it all got.
You'll have to read more in the series to see what happened.
Probable high quality with no apparent earnings opportunity. Need to check into this company more.
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.
7. Aura Cacia
Aura Cacia is adamant about not using their oils internally.
I personally have a number of Aura Cacia's oils that I bought prior to really digging into oils. I can't say anything except for my personal experience which is that they don't smell as potent as some of the other oils that I have. I do like the company but for now, I'm not choosing to get my oils from them. That being said, I think that they have a lot of great information about oils and their use.
Well, this is a long enough post already - thanks for sticking with me!
Onto the other competitors in the next post and see what happens!
Looking for more information on Essential Oils?
There are so many books out there on essential oils, that it's hard to know what to buy. I have a bunch, but this one, Advanced Aromatherapy, is in my shopping cart at Amazon now. It comes very highly recommended from many aromatherapists.
Which Essential Oil Company Do I Prefer?
If you're in a hurry to find out which essential oil company I went with at the end of this search, read this post:
you can also read the other parts of the series here:
The Rest of the Series:
- Best Essential Oils - The Qualities that a Good Oils Company Should Have - Part 2
- Which Essential Oils Company is Best - Troubles with the Oils Industry - Part 3
- Young Living vs. doTERRA - Part 4
- Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? - Part 5
- Distillation, Bias, Vomit and More Concerns - Part 6
or read this post on Essential Oils Testing which gives you more information on how essential oils are tested for purity.
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What are your thoughts?