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25 May 2017

First let me preface: I love my essential oils. Open my purse, my gym bag, my diaper bag—even my ooh-la-la special occasion clutch—and you’re bound to find frankincense, eucalyptus, and lavender oils at the ready (and probably a half dozen more).


I firmly believe that essential oils can empower us moms to help soothe and comfort our littles.

Indeed, if you take a look at the 10,000+ peer-reviewed/evidence-based studies about essential oils (published in scientific journals), it is clear that essential oils—in tandem with modern medicine—can have remarkable results. That’s the key phrase, ladies: “in tandem with modern medicine.”


I have become increasingly alarmed by the anti-medicine culture embraced by many of Young...



24 May 2017

Slick as Oil: The Truth about Gary Young

 

The Founder and former CEO of Young Living Essential Oils has a frankly shocking past. Here are the critical facts to know:

 

      Gary Young Claims to have Cured his own Paralysis with Essential Oils

 

Gary Young has repeatedly claimed that he was left “paralyzed for life” by a logging injury to the head. According to an account on his website, “After three weeks in a coma and four months in intensive care, Gary found himself paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for life, according to the doctors’ prognoses.” It is remarkable considering his extended ICU treatment that no documentation of the critical injury has ever been found or provided. More...



15 May 2017
Today, I’ve decided to pull my hair up and get serious about the purity of essential oils. After all, if I’m gonna be rubbing them on my stomach/feet/chest/face (the list goes on and on), sniffing them, and even tasting them—they had better be 100%, no-nonsense pure. Unfortunately, NOT all essential oils are created equal. 
Here’s the riff: every essential oil company claims their contents are “pure.” Ugh. So who can you trust?
Personally, I trust certified aromatherapists, dermatologists, massage therapists, oil distillers, naturopathic physicians, and holistic nutritionists. So I researched what these specialists look for when selecting their essential oils. Here’s the collective criteria: 
Rigorous Testing


15 May 2017
If you, like me, fell in love with Young Living for its holistic care and positive impact—I’m afraid you’re about to be blindsided by some uncomfortable documentation on Gary Young. I had the same experience last week while Googling Young Living’s founder and CEO. Yes, the truth was difficult to swallow, but it’s also empowering for us moms determined to find the most trustworthy products for our families.    

Gary Young—in an attempt to add some legitimacy to his marketing materials—has blatantly exploited multiple cultures for his own gain. Recently, an online “truth-crusade” led by Native Americans and Somalis have exposed his unconscionable treatment of vulnerable populations.    

For example, Gary Young has long...


11 May 2017

Over the past month I have come to reluctantly accept that Gary Young—the founder and CEO of Young Living—is not the man he claims to be.

 The process of admitting that someone you admire is actually, well, a con artist, is painful. So, I understand the impulse to rationalize in his defense. (“He’s a great healer!” “You are just a hater!” “Where’s the proof?” etc.,)

 Heck, I’m guilty of writing all of those comments myself. Yet, as more documents surfaced online, justifying it all became emotionally exhausting. I was practically carrying lavender oil everywhere I went.

 Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that this man is a convicted psychopath. Yes, Gary Young was arrested not once,...



11 May 2017
As I explain my story below, I urge you to keep an open mind and look at all the facts and ask questions. If someone tells you to pay no attention to this and just move on…ask yourself why they are doing this and what they have to gain from keeping you in the dark.

Thursday February 25th 2016 was the day this all started. As an Aromatherapy student, I spend a lot of time in various aromatherapy/essential oil Facebook groups. It was late afternoon this particular Thursday that I came across a post in one of the groups that contained GC/MS test results of a Cinnamon Bark essential oil sample. 

The sample was found be adulterated with synthetics. This bit of info did not surprise me, as Essential Oil adulteration runs rampant in the...