“The Life Force of Plants”
When you hear the phrase “Life Force” what do you think of?
- Critical to Life
- Can’t Live Without It
Sensational words come to mind. Years ago I’d have rolled my eyes, thinking these statements were just hyperbole. But not anymore. Now that I know how powerful certain essential oils really are, I’ll never go back to life without them…
Until a few summers ago, I might have thought “Life Force” was just some clever way to get you to buy a tiny bottle of something.
Beauty and health products (I bought lots of them), were mostly for fun. In my deepest beliefs I thought humans needed these products to feel good about our basic body care, but I didn’t really think they were products you couldn’t live without. Mainly, I liked the smells.
Same with vitamins and supplements. I spent good money on them, dutifully took them, and distributed them to my kids. But if I was totally honest with myself, I never really had a clue whether they had any effect on our health or not.
I believed (and still do, to some degree) that you can use all the products you want, but in a pinch you really don’t need much besides a few basic things:
- A general sense of nutrition, food, and some exercise
- Water and sunlight
- A personal appreciation for beauty
- Elbow grease, because it’s the best way to clean.
Regarding those little brown bottles of essential oils? I never knew how to get information, or how to start using them.
Now that I know how easy they are to use, and how they’ve replace virtually everything I use to buy, I can assure you they are very easy to start incorporating them into your life.
I finally get it. In fact, Young Living Essential Oils have changed pretty much everything for my family and me. The reasons are so closely tied to the mission statement of the company. Young Living has been around for over 25 years because it was built on a solid foundation, and has spread through people who “got it” a long time ago!
Young Living’s Mission Statement:
We honor our stewardship to champion nature’s living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance.
An Essential Oil Testimonial
Having a pretty tough constitution, I’ve been very lucky with my physical health — so have my kiddos, knock on wood. Discomforts to me were just something to you waited out, with or without relief. “No whining,” is my credo.
A long time ago I met a man even more stoic than I, and married him. “If there’s not blood shooting out, you’re probably going to live,” he’d say. (I once caught him in the garage the trying to administer oral self-surgery with a pair of pliers, but that’s another story.)
The body wants to be well – that’s its natural state — so give it time, use good judgment, and it will be well. What creator worth his salt would design a body to get sick? Please hear me out if this sounds calloused or obtuse. I still believe God formed each of us perfectly with intention and love, but now I see hints of a more brilliant design.
I didn’t even know how much better I could feel!
Living life “above the wellness line” is the difference between feeling “good enough” and feeling great. Not only does God love us and want us to be well, he invites us to live in harmony with nature and to use science to discover his mysteries! It’s all about maintaining the good body you were born with, and inhabit right now; while preventing trouble by limiting exposure to junk. Respect what you have, feel gratitude for your body, and no whining unless you’re willing to take care of it. Sounds harsh, but it’s pretty simple, actually.
Today, because of essential oils, you can get more enjoyment out of your life in body, mind and spirit.
How can I explain? My thoughts are snappier, breath comes and goes more deeply, muscles ache then quickly bounce back after workouts. I’m more confident in body, mind and spirit.
What changed? I have grown sensitive to the subtleties of natural aromas and the powerful link between scent and the limbic system. It’s like I can smell and feel things for the first time.
The downside to natural health is that you start noticing what a toxic modern world we live in. The upside is that you have the power to change your environment.
Case in point. Last summer I visited my mom and helped her clean some houses with typical cleaning products you’d buy from the grocery store. It was pretty awful.
I didn’t think to bring a bottle of Young Living’s Thieves™ natural cleaning solution, which I’d been using along with the oils and supplements for the previous several months. I guess I just thought I could deal with the store-bought stuff for one short week. Boy was I wrong! I quickly witnessed how my body had transformed over the previous year.
I actually had to leave the house and breathe the fresh air several times each hour. I couldn’t even swallow water from my bottle; I had to take tiny sips because my throat was closing up. There was definitely something wrong.
Then it occurred to me. In the past year I had developed sensitivity to toxins; the same sensitivity I used to scoff at. I’m ashamed to say, I actually thought some folks were being a little too dramatic about their aversion to environmental toxins. Now here I was in the same boat.
Wow, what an eye-opener! I felt healthy as an ox, and a little old bottle of bleach was trying to take me down!
You want wellness? Be careful what you wish for, give up, or begin. You just might get really healthy!
Healthy cells insist on standing up to habitual exposure to toxins, chemicals and artificial substances. It all starts by changing one or two habits, then look out! It’s almost as if the healthy cells are saying, “Hey! This feels good and we are strong! We will fight for this body!” Like an army of warriors rising up from inside, they’re not taking any crap.
Your beautiful body wants to live above the wellness line; you just have to give it a fighting chance, and get rid of the junk and toxins in your life.
Young Living Essential Oils are a significant and powerful place to start.
“Life Force” is not just a cute catch-phrase. Think about this: We humans, and all creatures, great and small share life on earth with plants. All that is alive is made to work together. Everything we need is all right here. We don’t need much more than the natural gifts God gave us for food, nourishment, wellness, and joy.
As if the physical effects of 100% pure essential oils weren’t enough, there’s the whole mental health thing!
You have to experience them yourself… That’s why I’m so passionate about putting these oils in people’s hands and inviting them to actually feel them, smell them, sniff them, touch them, even ingest them.
The psychological benefits are astounding. Everyone has their issues, but I’m convinced that creative people especially have an extra special need to take care of their minds and spirits. (I say that with love.)
It’s all mixed up with a need for defining, clarifying, being accurate, and getting it “right,” which when we’re successful, is like wielding some kind of heady power. Writers, artists, and performers, etc. are not often seen as control freaks, but if you lean toward living in your head a bit more than the average person, then you know different.
Let’s just say that good essential oils take the edge off.
Before essential oils, I often wondered why people around me couldn’t seem to get their shit together. (Isn’t that funny?) I had a few go-to ways I coped, including:
- Advising others. Telling people exactly how to fix things tends to keep you mired in problems that don’t belong to you in the first place. About the only thing worse is taking advice from people who can’t clean up their own act.
- Burying it. The problem with burying unresolved, over-chewed problems is that you always know where they’re buried. Any old time the old demons try to get you to feel sorry for yourself, it doesn’t take much convincing to bound out back like a hound dog and dig them up.
- Drinking wine. This worked quite well – for a long time, in fact. Why is it that drinking is so popular among writers and artists? Maybe it’s because of the horror of writing first drafts. In any case, this particular coping mechanism requires more creative and skillful editing than I have patience for lately. Since starting to use essential oils, I’ve quit drinking alcohol altogether, and life is wonderful without it.
- The Wonder Woman Tactic, which I still like a lot. This is where you put your hands on your hips, plant your feet, and tell yourself or (mentally, of course) whoever else needs to be told, that they’re being foolish and/or weak, and you’re not going to suffer it. It’s usually accompanied by a housecleaning binge or a productive workout, driven by loud music, which leaves you hungry and tired. Unfortunately, you can’t work out all the time, and the kitchen only needs so much tidying up.
While I can see the errors here, I still believe in tools, not pity. That’s where essential oils come in.
I can’t help it, I prefer to take action than to stew about things. If someone comes to me with an issue, my instinct is to help. Google a solution, try an oil, etc.
Nowadays, I’m learning to do what I can (as long as it’s helpful), then get out of the way, or lob other people’s troubles over into God’s yard. Thanks in large part to Young Living and essential oils, I’ve stopped taking on problems that don’t concern me.
Casting My Cares: My First Drop of Peace and Calming
I like the name, Peace and Calming™. From a copywriting point of view, it is direct and clear; arguably something people want. I discovered it at the local farmer’s market at a Young Living Essential Oils booth. The single bottle by itself didn’t stop me in my tracks, but the person who shared it with me seemed helpful, and I was willing to try anything…
Under the white canopy I explained that I was looking for something to help my daughter. (That old desire to “fix” people!) She handed me the bottle to sniff, which I did. Hmm.
Then I asked some questions: “How do you use an essential oil?” She showed me the easiest way – put a drop or two in my hand and swirl it around. Then cup it over the nose and mouth and b-r-e-a-t-h-e, which I did. Hmm…
As most meditation gurus, intelligent negotiators, and other wise people know, breath is a fabulous escort for all things good in this world. I don’t care if you’re looking for patience to NOT say that harmful word, strength to say NO to an Oreo, courage for a straight talk with God, or as the case may be, to summon “Peace and Calming;” a deep breath is a fantastic place to start!
After about 15 seconds, easiness melted through my shoulders, as if an angel brushed by and lifted a weight from my upper back. I literally felt that, and I still feel it every time I inhale an oil! I opened my eyes and asked more questions.
Later that day, poring over my new Young Living Premium Starter Kit with my new diffuser purring in the corner, I sat in my reading chair and read a handful of pamphlets about the Everyday Oils, plus one — Peace and Calming. And that’s how I began this essential oil journey. I soon read everything I could get my hands on about essential oils and how and why they work in the human body. I won’t bore you with the biochemistry here.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am still a work in progress, no question. Some days I feel invincible, like I can accomplish anything, and the world is my oyster, full of people I care about and people who care about me in turn. Other days, at least I can be of service or at least entertaining. Some days I wish for more recognition and appreciation but would settle for money and chocolate. On rare days, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to wishing I could just stay in bed.
But guess what? I’ve covered a lot of ground. I use essential oils DAILY. I put them on my skin. I share them with my family and friends. I tell complete strangers about them if the topic comes up (and you’d be surprised how relevant they are to so many human topics!) I diffuse the oils in the house, and even clean with them.
I was seeking emotional healing for my daughter, and I got it for myself. My daughter now diffuses oils all the time, bathes with them, and shares them with her friends, just like me. How’s that for a happy turn-of-the-page? As benefits go, that’s the best there is. I know they work to bring peace, joy, productivity, gentle strength, and forgiveness.
Life is beautiful and difficult. Family life is calmer, less anxious, and still fun. I’m able to enjoy people and experiences without judgment, and (this is new) without a need to be understood. And I believe that the best is yet to be.
These days when friends say, “You’ve been through hell, girl; How are you holding up?” It’s then that I love sharing that the recent difficult years have been the best gift I could have received.
The abundance I am seeking now has more to do with time, people, and generosity than “stuff.” Even uncomfortable experiences feel rich and full. I want to squeeze every last drop out of joy, sadness, and (that rare gift) quiet moments.
I still try to write daily, but I am focused on writing more words that matter, writing what I want to write — less copywriting for clients. Writing and creating are gaining the momentum of habit these days because of the mix of content. I’m journaling, writing personal essays, making arty stuff again, and spending more time with friends and family for no reason.
This, to me, is living in abundance.
Now let’s talk about money. Everyone wants tangible prosperity!
I admit that many months ago I began to wonder if I could keep this “Young Living Lifestyle” going. Essential oils of this high quality are only available from one source, Young Living. Gradually, as I replace most of the consumable products in my home with Young Living products, they pay for themselves! Seems the more I buy, the more I talk about it, the bigger my checks get!
Check it out. Young Living is a 25-year-old company that is growing quickly all over the world because of quality products, leadership with integrity, and a passionate group of members/distributors who use the oils themselves.
Since I’ve been writing copy for businesses and freelancing my marketing skills for years, I have to mention this other thrill: Transferring my online marketing skills to growing my own network marketing business is a blast! I love teaching my team and others how to do it, too.
- Building a home business around something I love and believe in.
- Enjoying my kids more.
- Making new friends.
- Building an awesome team.
- Increasing my residual income.
- Having more time off.
- Being more authentically “me.”
- Writing what makes me happy.
- Growing as fast as I want.
- Making my own business decisions.
- Building relationships with cool people in my community and online.
All of these things are gifts from God. Suddenly there is abundance on so many levels. Life has not felt this full and satisfying for a long time. I don’t regret all the years that I was consumed by moodiness, strict deadlines, workaholism, consumer decisions that made me sick instead of healthy, and the inability to hold onto joy in my life. But now, instead of wishing for a way to go back in time, or escape, or just be “better,” today I get to enjoy daily life with a hopeful outlook, a purposeful and cleaner lifestyle, and people who support me (and vice versa). So much of this I owe to Young Living, and it had to start with me, taking personal responsibility for my wellness, purpose, and abundance!
The dream of founder D. Gary Young is to bring Young Living Essential Oils to every home in the world.
If I can be a part of this vision by introducing it to your home, I’d be happy to share the journey.
Freelancers, artists, writers, people with a story inside… you are my soul people.
We are all traveling a different path, but we are all worthy of happy, fulfilling, and healthy lives on all levels. I hope you are as inspired to learn more, as I am to share!
I’m happy to share. Reach out…