Chemical Free Living & Essential Oils - PhotographyByChar


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Young Living Essential Oils has been a GAME CHANGER in my life! 

One of the main reasons I chose Young Living over all of the essential oil companies out there was because of Young Living's Seed to Seal Program  Here is a recent article I wrote for a Health Challenge that might give you some more insight into why I use Young Living Essential Oils and yes, I do use Young Living's Vitality Line Internally: 

"So with essential oils we have to be careful with recommending them for internal use. The biggest reason is that not all essential oils are safe for consumption. It's not just that not all oils are safe for consumption but an essential oil that is safe for consumption from one company may not be safe from another company.

This is why: A bottle of essential oil from some companies may be synthetic and nothing but chemicals... what I would call "fake essential oil." Some companies may include essential oils in their bottles but when you investigate their company, they will actually state that they depend on 3rd parties for their essential oils and they don't actually tell you who those 3rd parties are so you can't research those oils.

Another issue is that companies do not have to tell you everything that is included in a bottle of their essential oils but can actually list "Trade Secret" for part of their ingredients.

The last reason that I wanted to address this issue is that not all companies who distill their own essential oils know or use the best way to distill those oils. For example: I was teaching a class and mentioned that you could put Young Living's Peppermint Vitality EO in your water to drink. I had a lady ask, "Doesn't it burn your throat when you drink it?" My response was, "No!" I then asked her if she was using Young Living's Peppermint EO and she said, "No, I'm using doTERRA." So when I got home that night I did not research starting with putting 6 drops of YL's Peppermint Vitality EO in about 2 ounces of water and drinking it and I had no burning sensation at all while drinking it. I then looked on doTERRA's website to see what constituents were in their Peppermint EO compared to YL's Peppermint EO. I found that doTERRA's Peppermint EO contains Menthol, Menthone & Eucalyptol. Menthol & Menthone are about the same thing and is the constituents that really cause that burning sensation. Eucalyptol is the same thing as 1,8-cineole which both, no matter which you look up, are toxic in large amounts. That said, Young Living has been able to figure out how to distill Peppermint EO with lesser amounts of Menthol & Menthone and no Eucalyptol or 1,8-cineole. Considering our bodies are exposed to so many chemicals and toxins... why would you want to try and take the steps to eliminating them from your body just to find out that you are adding them to your body?!?!

I would also like to add that there's no regulation to essential oils so when I was looking into what company I would like to use, I considered how they regulate themselves. I found the "Seed to Seal" program that Young Living has to be very valuable in my decision to go with YL. Young Living applies rigorous quality control from the time a seed is sourced until the oil is in the bottle to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended. They even go beyond being organic by not using any chemicals on their fields or in their oils but they are known for testing the soil of farms for previous use of chemical and toxins before contracting. Recently Young Living's Vitality Line of Essential Oils recently received Non-GMO Project Verification which means that the plants used and oils derived have not been genetically modified or do not contain any genetically modified organisms which makes my decision to go with YL even more valuable.

Young Living created the Vitality Line (oils that can be used internally) because legally you cannot label a bottle of essential oil as safe to use aromatically, topically and internally. To me this is another area where Young Living is going above and beyond to make sure that they are taking care of their customers and that there is no confusion as to which oils are safe to use internally.

So... whenever I express that you can use essential oils for any reason internally, I make sure that everyone understands the risk of using just any company and the value with using Young Living. I feel that it is up to everyone to make their own decision but I also am not comfortable in recommending any other company than Young Living for internal use. Hope that make sense!"

Since I started with Young Living and my oily journey 4 years ago... I came up with the hashtag #livingamorehealthyandchemicalfreelife and I have been learning more and more about how many chemicals and toxins we expose our bodies too.  Just for starters on statistics... The average person's body is exposed to approximately 300 chemicals and toxins these days and most women apply over 80 of those before she even eats breakfast in the morning.  I made the decision  that I was going to start eliminating them from my life as much as I could.  My health has improved so much since I started and my life has done nothing but improve!  Can we eliminate all of the chemicals and toxins from our life... I don't think so... but... we can start limiting what we expose our bodies, families and lives to.

I am a distributor with Young Living Essential Oils and I would love to help you get started with essential oils and Young Living.  My distributor number is 2536809 and when you sign up and get started with Young Living with me, I will send you some awesome things to help you get started including a reference book just for Young Living Essential Oils.       

You can purchase a Premium Starter Kit and start taking advantage of your Young Living Membership by clicking here.  AND... give me a shout to find out how to take advantage of Essential Rewards when you purchase your kit... Young Living just might pay you to purchase your kit!!!

I have a Facebook Group "Oils with Char" but you do need to give me a shout on Facebook in order to gain access to it.  There is a whole community out there just waiting for you to get started with essential oils and looking at this page is just the start.  I can also add you to my oils newsletter and more...  you can reach me by using the Contact Form on this website, emailing me at or giving me a call at (517) 756-8406.

Another resource for everyone would be my team's website, Distillery 9.

I do "Make & Takes" teaching you how to use your essential oils and making the switch to eliminating chemicals and toxins from your life.  I teach classes on using essential oils and getting started... including with your kids, cleaning your home, your pets and so much more!!!  This month we are making a Sleep Spray, Hand Sanitizer, Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Lip Balm with Sunscreen and an After Sun Cooling Gel for those times of need.  Give me a shout if you want to learn more or if you are interested in any of these.