Lemon Essential Oil and Lemon Vitality Essential Oil are cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. The fresh scent can eliminate odors and infuse your home or office with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused or used in combination with Thieves Cleaning products.
I used lemon oil a lot because it benefits skin and hair. I add it to some of my homemade DIY beauty products. I mostly use it in my Night Cream and in an Under Eye Dark Circle Serum daily. Lemon oil can reduce the appearance of blemishes on your skin and if used in hair care products and it can make your hair look smooth and shiny especially if your hair is oily by nature.
Lemon Vitality can add a bright, dynamic flavor to many dishes and beverages. I have to admit that I haven't experimented much yet with using essential oils in food since I don't cook much these days.
It is also good to note that some citrus oils like Lemon can cause photosensitivity, so it is recommended to avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time in the sun. Everyone's skin is different, I haven't had any trouble with being outside on sunny days, but I would probably be more cautious if I was sitting on the beach all day or going to a tanning salon (neither of which I do anyways.)
When someone asks me if essential oils are a scam, or if Young Living is a pyramid scheme, I take pause and do some research. There are a lot of articles and videos illustrating both sides of the story. Some people claim that its a scam and others extol the amazing benefits of essential oils in their health and wellness. So which is true?
Young Living is a "network marketing" company as you cannot purchase their products at retail stores. Members can become "independent distributors," but it is not mandatory. There are no monthly sales quotas, no annoying selling techniques (though I am sure that different people will approach it differently), and no up front investment in products to sell. If you sign up someone under you - you get commissions and so on and so forth- that's it. Do you have to sell them the latest greatest thing or pressure them to buy more products? Nope, if they sign up for Essential Rewards they will have a monthly order, but you don't have to sign up for it or if you do any find it hard to manage spending money monthly, you can always cancel the rewards program and rejoin at any time. There are also a lot of perks and bonuses whether you are just a member or an independent distributor. Of course the people at the top are making more than the people at the bottom - that is kind of how companies work.
Thinking about other companies and corporations, couldn't they all be considered pyramid schemes? Let's take any company that sells beauty, health and wellness products for example. How much does their CEO make? Most likely, they are making MILLIONS of dollars a year in total compensation including salary, benefits, stock, retirement funds etc. Now, how much do the senior managers make? mid-level managers? administrators? distributors? and retail sales people? I would be willing to bet that that graph would look a lot like a pyramid with the CEO at the top.
Personally, I like talking about essentials oils and how they have changed and improved my life in terms of health and wellness. I send out samples for friends to try and will be hosting online and in-person workshops starting in May 2017 -- if they are interested in becoming a member great! If not, that is not a problem either. I'm not a fan of obnoxious sales techniques. I'm not cold calling or knocking at doors. Mostly I just mention what I am doing with essential oils on my website and social media properties or in personal conversations with friends and colleagues - That's it! When friends reach out to me for more information, I am always happy to chat with them about their interest in essential oils.
I started using store bought essential oils in 2011 for aromatherapy purposes when I was dealing with anxiety and depression. I also used to put a few drops in my bubble baths. I tried diffusing then, but my husband hated the smell because they irritated his throat. Over time, I got away from using them regularly.
During the summer of 2016 I took a yoga and aromatherapy workshop at my yoga studio and was introduced to Young Living. I wanted to become a member, but I had been unemployed for the better part of a year and a half. I started tinkering around with the store bought essential oils that I had at home.
Around that time, my eyelids and under-eyes were really inflamed, itchy, red, puffy with dark circles and wrinkles. I've spent thousands of dollars over the years on skincare products that didn't work -- and I tried everything from high-end brands, to drug store brands, and specialty brands available through direct marketing. I had enough and decided to start looking at DIY recipes using essential oils.
I made a few things including a day cream, night cream, and an under eye serum. I was blown away at how my skin looked and felt. Over time all of those eye issues went away along with the wrinkles and dark circles.
Once I was employed again, I decided to become a member of Young Living after doing a lot of research and finding at that those store bought essential oils often used additives and synthetics and were of a "fragrance" grade as opposed to Young Living, whose oils are of a "therapeutic" grade.
I ordered the Everyday Oils collection and fell in love. I'm using essential oils for everything though I am still tweaking some recipes and trying things out first until I see positive results. I've replaced all of my cleaning products using Thieves recipes. I make my own deodorant and toothpaste in addition to all of my skin care and beauty products.
My Young Living sponsor/enroller Emily, reached out to me about the direct marketing aspect of the business of Young Living. I was skeptical at first because I hate selling things and I've known a lot of people who got burned by other direct marketing companies. But, here is the thing, Young Living is different -- you don't have to sell anything and you don't have any monthly sales quotas or large investments in products to sell. All you need to do is have a passion for essential oils and go from there. If someone signs up under you, you get commissions and other perks.
Essential oils have changed my life in so many ways and I am passionate about them and want to share my experience and journey with my friends and family. I have never been one to fall for fads and other types of scammy trends. Remember the Acai berry craze several years ago? I remember reading that the amount of berries or extracts that you would have to consume for weight loss purposes would have been astronomical, but I digress.
I'm excited to see where this essential oils journey takes me over time.
Sunday, May 21 at 2 PM - 5 PM at my home in South Philadelphia.
Join Jennifer in her new obsession with making beauty products using essential oils and learn more about wellness.
In this make & take we will be making day cream, night cream, lip balm, sugar scrub, and a perfume roller.
Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
Please RSVP in advance so I know how many supplies that I will need.
Owner, Restorative Aromatics and NAHA Certified Aromatherapist Level One. This blog focuses on aromatherapy education and other essential oil related topics.