Essential oils are exactly that—they are natural oils derived from fruits, leaves, flowers, seeds, and even bark. They are extracted from plants through cold pressing or steam distillation, and contain the scent and characteristics of the plant.
For thousands of years, pure essential oils have been used for cosmetic, therapeutic, and dietary purposes. They offer a plant-based alternative to the chemicals in many of the products we use every day.
How to Use Essential Oils
Diffusing is one of my favorite ways to use essential oils. They are a natural replacement for artificially scented candles and air fresheners, and provide aromatherapy benefits. You can even use essential oils to create your own DIY cosmetic and cleaning products.
You can also use them for cooking up your favorite paleo recipes—like Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Orange Pots de Crème. Essential oils come in a variety of flavors, including citrus, herbs, and spices. Their rich aromas and flavors add a splash of zest to any dish.
Because not all essential oils are edible, be sure to purchase only pure therapeutic grade essential oils and read each label carefully. The easy way to know if your essential oils are edible is to use the Vitality line of dietary essential oils from Young Living. All of the Vitality oils are edible and are labeled for culinary use.
Where to Buy Essentials Oils
It’s important to know how your oils are being processed before using them, and to be sure you are getting therapeutic grade essential oils. Not all essential oils are “extracted” equally.
Young Living is the only company that has their own farms, guarantees that no pesticides or herbicides are used in the growing of any of their oils (they guarantee absolutely no pesticides and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.
Getting Started with Essential Oils
The best way to get started and try essential oils is with one of the Premium Starter Kits. The starter kits are a great deal and include helpful tools and products to introduce you to Young Living Essential Oils. I bought my starter kit last spring and I use the oils every day!
There are a few different options. You’ll likely want to choose the Member option when you sign up so that you’ll get the 24% discount (if you choose Retail Customer, you pay full retail price). One thing I really love about Young Living is that there is absolutely no obligation to sell anything when you become a wholesale member. You can if you want to, but it’s in no way a requirement, and most people become members just to get the discount on Young Living Essential Oils.
Next you get to choose your starter kit and select your diffuser. I’d recommend the Premium Starter Kit with the Home Diffuser or the Dewdrop Diffuser. The Premium Starter Kit is by far the best value. It comes with 11 essential oils (including Peppermint Vitality, Lemon Vitality, and Lavender), your choice of diffuser, product guide, sample packets, and accessories.
How to sign up
- Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. It only takes a few seconds, I promise!
- Be sure the “Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).
- Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller ID” say 2780804.
- Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit with the Home or Dewdrop Diffuser. Those are the oils that I use almost every single day (especially the lemon and peppermint)!
- *OPTIONAL* If you already know that you want to be ordering regularly, then you can go ahead and sign up for Essential Rewards when you order your starter kit! It’s an amazing way to earn FREE oils with your order every month! It’s a completely OPTIONAL program, so if you just want the starter kit for now then you can just skip this part of the sign-up process.
- Fill in your information. Note, if you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes). They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.
- Complete the checkout process. That's it!
If you would prefer to watch the instructions, here's a short video on how to sign up:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does signing up make me a “distributor”?
Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.
Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?
There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.
If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).
Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?
It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?
I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.
Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they guarantee no pesticides and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.
Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.
With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.
I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.
How will I know how to use my oils?
One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group!
Does Young Living only sell essential oils?
The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, natural cleaning products, animal care, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.
How do I buy Young Living essential oils?
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