not a sales pitch, part one

by MrsFatass on October 11, 2017

Today I’m writing about what I do with essential oils.

I’m writing this post for the same reasons I’ve written about sleep, stress, and food – essential oils and natural, non-toxic products are an important part of my recovery from Adrenal Fatigue. And also, I’m writing because people have asked. I have talked about oils as part of my regimen AND I mentioned yesterday that the holidays are coming up, and oils may be part of your gift giving or receiving, and some of you reached out, so I decided to write the first of maybe a couple really in depth, link filled posts about how I use essential oils.

THIS IS NOT A SALES PITCH. Ya’ll know being sales-y makes me feel dirty, and not in a good way.

That said…

I AM a Young Living Distributer, and this post is full of links. It is possible I receive a small commission or bonus if you order from my site.

I am not really one to do FB parties and groups and all that stuff, I do not hold myself out as an expert, and I don’t rely on YL as an income stream. I’m just a girl who loves oils, who has been using them for close to 20 years, and who will guide you to things that interest you, and share my favorite items, products, projects and tips from time to time. But look, I will not hold myself out as someone with the education and training to “prescribe” anything, as I am not a holistic practitioner. And I urge you to be discriminating; oils are powerful and medicinal, and if you’re ingesting oils it’s best to have confidence in the credentials of the prescriber. Yes?

And I’ll also help you get started with YL if you’re interested, or just share my discount with you where I can if you just want to make some commitment free purchases. If you already have a YL distributor in your life, or if you purchase oils elsewhere, that it totally fine by me.

Okay? We cool?

So I’ve organized the post into three sections – Getting Started, Aromatherapy, and On My Bod, which I think is enough for one post (though there may be a Part Deux coming because there is just so much more), and then I’ll finish up just listing a few of my current favorite products. I’ll first try to focus on how to use the items in your kit, and then tell you a bit about how I added on.


When I got started, I got started with a Premium Starter Kit that provided me with a variety of oils, a diffuser, a few sample sizes, and a product guide. They have evolved a bit over the years, and have some different choices since I joined, and I firmly believe they are the best way to get started because these starter kits give you a very economical option to receive a variety of the most used, most popular oils and products AND to get a high-quality diffuser. They range in price from $160-$260.

There is also a Basic Starter Kit available for $45 that basically just comes with the sample sized items, and doesn’t include a diffuser.

There are also starter kits that focus on other product groups. The Premium Starter Kit with Thieves is an amazing value for $144, and can help you get started with this line of personal and home care products. And also a Premium Starter Kit with NingXia Red products for $170.

You can browse all of the kits about halfway down my Young Living website homepage here.

Sue’s TIP: the Premium Starter Kit with Thieves is my next purchase. Not only is the scent delicious for Fall, I’m ready to change over my household cleaner from the Lysol products I’ve been using. (If any of you used to come to Trio, we used Thieves hand soap, Hand Purifier, and Cleaner there if you remember the scent!) Also, my daughter’s hands get super chapped and cracked because of all the hand sanitizer used in school; I send her with the Thieves Hand Purifier instead, and that, along with the Rose Ointment (with Rosewood and Tea Tree) once a day at home keeps her hands in excellent condition. These kits are a great way to get a variety of products at a good price!

*Note: There is no discount that I can offer you on the starter kits. They are already deeply discounted to help you get started!


My favorite way to use oils, and one of the easiest ways to get started is simple aromatherapy. A good diffuser or spray bottle, some purified water, and a few drops of oils can make an immediate impact.

In the beginning, these came first, because I had them in my kit:

  • I set the mood for our Mind/Body classes with two blends that came in my kit: Peace and Calming, for a soothing and calming atmosphere, and Stress Away, for help with relaxation and comfort. There is a reason why these blends are best sellers, and I think the names say it all. I think that I answer the most questions about how to use oils to “combat” stress and anxiety. Here are two that come with the premium kit!
  • I used citrus blends like Purification and Citrus Fresh during the day or throughout the night to help keep the studio from smelling sweaty, because, well, we got sweaty! I also love to make a Purification spray and I use it like Febreeze on stinky gym shoes, in the dogs car, or just in the air when things need a boost of freshness.
  • I first diffused Lavender at home to help with my son’s seasonal allergies. There is no scent like the YL Lavender. To this day, every time I open that bottle (which is at least once a day) I take a huge whiff and just love it. I like to add a few drops of Lemon (or any kind of citrus, really) or Peppermint when I’m diffusing for allergies. I LOVE to make a linen spray to spray down sheets and pillowcases to help the kids unwind and get ready for sleep. Lavender is one of three oils I use in my after-sun spray (Peppermint and Tea Tree are the other two). And every single night I use Lavender and Cedarwood in my bedroom diffuser to help me both fall and stay asleep. Sue’s TIP: If you have any trouble falling or staying asleep, Lavender and Cedarwood are a MUST. Lavender comes in your kit, and Cedarwood is $11.25 wholesale. WORTH EVERY PENNY.
  • Thieves. Diffuse it because it smells divine, but also reap the immunity benefits!
  • Frankincense is considered one of the heavy hitters in terms of coping with Anxiety and Depression. Now, I am NOT recommending this oil IN PLACE OF medication. I’m not. But what I am saying is that aromatherapy adds another layer to how we cope, in cooperation with medication, therapy, whatever. Frankincense promotes deep breathing and open air passages, which can help alleviate feelings of fear, nerves, or stress, and it is also said to have an effect on blood pressure. I was first introduced to this powerful oil when I was pregnant with my son. I like to diffuse it with a drop or two of Lemon (or later, Bergamot) because I just love how uplifting citrus oils make me feel.

Sue’s TIP: My first order after joining included Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Eucalyptus and Rosemary. Between having kids in school who bring home lots of crud, being in the sweaty studio with lots of germs, and just living through cold and flu season, I quickly became a fan of my “Sinus Cocktail” in the diffuser to get through colds and sinus infections without resorting to nasty medicines or nasal sprays: 1-2 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

Here are some oils that did not come in my kit that I sniff/diffuse often:

  • Bergamot. It’s my favorite oil when I’m feeling anxious. Over the last 8 months or so I’ve sniffed it A LOT. I oftentimes have a bottle in my purse to sniff, and it’s my favorite one to put on my aromatherapy bracelet. Its also become my go-to oil for diffusing during the day, so I add a bottle to my order about every 3 months. Light, citrusy, and $27 wholesale.
  • En-R-Gee. Yall, this bottle was my lifesaver last winter and spring. At the height of my crash, but still having to function, I always had this bottle in my bag, and my favorite way to use it was to put a drop in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and get it warmed up, then cup my hands and sniff. I’d do this pretty much every time I had to walk into the gym to train clients, any time I was driving between NC and FL I’d put some on a cotton ball to sniff as I drove. I still love it for the afternoon lull, or if I’m groggy waking up in the morning. It saved my ass when I was proctoring tests at Thing One’s school, because sitting in a silent room made me just want to curl up and fall asleep. I truly wouldn’t have made it through without it. It’s $24.75 wholesale and I’m not even halfway through the bottle. (For some reason I don’t love this in the diffuser; but sniffing the bottle, my hands or a cotton ball is my favorite).
  • OOLA Balance, OOLA Finance, OOLA Grow: I am one by one adding all of the OOLA blends to my collection, but these are my favorite. If you’re not familiar with the OOLA movement, check them out on Facebook, or get their book. They really helped me get things in perspective when we were preparing for and executing our move, and even before that, in putting out in the universe what I wanted for myself and my family. Good stuff, and YL has beautiful blends to go with each OOLA principle.
  1. ON MY BOD

Okay. About 5 years ago I got serious about getting crap chemicals out of my bathroom, and now more than ever I think it’s important to take control over what we put on our bodies. In the beginning, I threw all my bath and body products away and made everything and I mean EVERYTHING from scratch – deodorant, body lotion, soap and bath bombs, lotion bars, toothpaste, lip scrub, lip balm. Now I make things when I want to, and some I prefer to buy.

Here’s what I used from my kit:

  • Peppermint and Lavender (not in the same recipe) were my favorites for lip balm, as was Lemongrass and PLEASE be careful when you’re searching Pinterest for recipes – know your oils – because there are some oils (some citrus, for example) that leave you very sensitive to sunlight for 24 hours afterward.
  • My Premium Kit back in the day came with a blend called Valor, and I got a couple of bonus oils with my order that included Tangerine. I used these two scents in my first batch of Kelly Jelly, which is my favorite body lotion recipe to date. (my most recent batch used Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, and Lavender. )
  • I was a staunch no-poo person, and I my favorite combo to add for fragrance was Ginger and Orange (more bonus oils with monthly orders!)
  • I was using Peppermint or Thieves in my homemade toothpaste. Now, for various reasons I’m not making toothpaste anymore but most days I oil pull. I put a few drops of either Peppermint Vitality or Thieves Vitality (both included in the new kits) in the coconut oil before I pull. Some people make coconut oil pulling cubes with the oils already added, but I’d have to keep them in the fridge and I can’t imagine putting a cold cube in my mouth to have to chew up and swish because my teeth are sensitive, so I just add a couple of drops to the spoon.
  • PanAway is another kit oil that I love. I eventually bought the Ortho-Sport Massage Oil, but before that I’d put a few drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil (or any carrier oil) in the palm of my hand, a few drops of Panaway, rub my hands together and apply to my sore muscles. My favorite is still to massage my feet with this mixture, and then put on socks. I like to sleep that way.
  • ESSENTIAL OIL ROLL ONS: Already blended with a carrier oil so they are safe for your skin, they are great to have on hand for quick use. My favorite is Deep Relief (a great pre-workout burst of energy). My next purchase will be Breathe Again, to apply to neck and chest when congested. You can also purchase Tranquil or Stress Away. These cost anywhere from $25-$35 wholesale, and my experience has been they last a long time. I’ve had my two for about 8 months and they are still halfway full.
  • ESSENTIAL OIL COLLECTIONS: Just like the starter kits, the YL Oil Collections pull together groups of 5ML bottles together at a great price so you can try several at a time. Everyday Oils are those first 10 popular, versatile oils from the starter kit. I’m thinking about adding Animal Scents sometime soon. Our Holiday Catalogue is out in a few days, and I’m sure I’ll be purchasing a Holiday Collection in my next order. If you want to go whole hog you can get the Premier Aroma Collection for $2099 wholesale!
  • SAVVY MINERALS: Young Living has a new line of makeup! I think this needs to be a separate post now that I’ve tried some of the products and love them. I do love the Seedlings Baby Wipes to take my eye makeup off in the evenings, too.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface. There are some fantastic bath and body and oral care products that I love too, and though I don’t use much from the Healthy & Fit nutritional line as yet, I know a lot of people who do and am happy to make those recommendations too. And seriously? They have some of my favorite diffusers. But if you’re still reading, then I’m guessing your mind is starting to wander and you’re ready for me to wrap it up. Which I’ll do.

In conclusion.

If there is anything you are interested in ordering, I’m happy to help you get it or I’m happy to help you get signed up to get it yourself. Or I’m happy to swap information and just wish you well on your own oil journey!

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