My Young Living Review After Two Years of Use

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    UPDATE:  Over the past few months I have been switching over all my essential oils to Plant Therapy and I’m gradually discontinuing my use of Young Living Essential Oils.  If you’re curious why or what prompted the change, I’d love for you to check out this page. 

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    This last month marked my two year anniversary as a Young Living member and I wanted to share with you a really candid review of what I’ve learned over the past two years.  Even before I became a Young Living member, I had been hearing about essential oils for the five previous years. I didn’t really “get” what they were or how I could use them and so I wrote it off.  I eventually ended up trying out a few small bottles here and there. I didn’t even start with their infamous starter kit. I just purchased lavender and lemon and went from there.

    I honestly didn’t know what on earth the big deal was with this essential oils company and I didn’t see the importance of adding them to my life at all.  And then my oldest daughter started to get ear infections. She would get them one after the other with barely a break in between. We tried waiting it out, but they never went away on their own.  I remember being so frustrated every time the doctor would whip out a prescription pad and give her another antibiotic. She hated them, I hated them; we spent weeks getting her poor tummy back on track.  It was an endless cycle of trips to the doctor. (Just because this is too good not to share; we ended up finding the BEST home remedy for those ear infections that came up now and then.

    We heated 1/4 olive oil at a low temperature on the stove and added minced 1 garlic clove to it.  Once fragrant remove from heat and let cool to a slightly warm temperature. Strain out the garlic pieces and drop 1-2 drops in  the ear affected. Lying down for a few minutes to prevent the oil from coming back out helps too. We did this 3 times a day and it helped with pain and cleared up the infection.)

    That’s when I decided to try Thieves Oil. I had read and read about how great it was for the immune system and how it could really give little bodies a boost.  That was the next oil I ordered and I started using a few drops in a roller with fractionated coconut oil on the bottoms of our feet daily. I honestly didn’t think it would do anything.  Eventually we seemed to have milder symptoms from colds and flus that had been going around. Some of them we even avoided all together. We do our best to live a healthy lifestyle, so I truly don’t believe there’s just one thing that helps us stay healthy.  But I do think that Thieves and our daily use of it has played a part in some way. This winter has been our best year yet as far as winter illnesses go.

    After I purchased the starter kit, I wanted to learn more about how to use the oil products that it contained.  I started making changes to my daily beauty routine and my cleaning and eventually started using my diffuser as part of our daily routine as well.

    I didn’t jump right in and I certainly didn’t give Young Living a fair shot right away, but I’m glad I’ve slowly eased into using Young Living Essential Oils.  If I hadn’t done this process slowly, I don’t think I’d have such a natural feeling routine for my house and family.

    a young living review after two years of dragging my feet


    Pricing is Not Always What it Seems

    I remember early on, looking into trying some oils and being so taken back by the price that it left a really bad taste in my mouth.  What I didn’t realize then is that these little bottles last for quite some time, so while it seemed like I would be spending half my budget on them, it just isn’t the case.  Some of my bottles last upwards of a year (and these are the ones I still use on a regular basis). They might look like tiny little bottles, but truly you only need a few drops to make a big impact.

    Oils are extremely concentrated, which is another reason extreme care must be taken when using them on ourselves, our kids or around our pets.  But because their extremely concentrated one drop goes a long, long way. In fact, each 15 ml bottle contains approximately 250 drops of essential oils.  

    Safety is Key

    I don’t claim to be an expert nor do I know off the top of my head every safety precaution about essential oils.  This is why research, research, research when it comes to essential oils and their uses. With two kiddos and dog, I want to do my best in keeping them safe and healthy.  These oils are plants and herbs in a highly concentrated form that have effects on our bodies. Extreme caution and care should be taken when using any oil.

    Before any oil goes onto my kids’ skin or gets diffused when they’re around, I research if it is indeed safe to use around my children.  I like to look at resources published by certified aromatherapists as opposed to bloggers, social media or news articles. Someone who is trained and specially educated to know the proper use of oils is the best bet.

    Emotional Wellness

    I initially wanted to use the oils I had read about to improve our physical health and boost the immune system.  However, what I learned over the past two years is that some of the essential oils we were using are incredible for emotional wellness.  What do I mean by this? Do you ever feel stressed, frazzled and/or unbalanced? Some essential oils like Bergamot, Valor, Lavender or Cedarwood can help tame those feelings.  They can help produce a positive outlook and calm nerves. Other oils paired with meditation or journaling can have a powerful effect on our psyche.

    Seed to Seal

    Young Living’s Oils must meet a certain standard, and Seed to Seal is this guarantee.  This means that they have complete control over the whole process. This means from the seeds they use to cultivating the seeds all the way to the end when the plant is pressed and distilled into oil.    Every part of the process must be done with extreme care in order to produce a bottle of essential oils that is of high quality. This is exactly what the Seed to Seal promise is.

    Additional Products For the Win

    After I started using a few oils here and there I knew I wanted to try the Thieves Household Cleaner.  And I couldn’t be happier I did. This completely changed the way we cleaned our house and it’s saved us money in cleaning products at the same time.  Thieves is plant based with no added chemicals or toxins. It’s extremely concentrated and you need just one capful of the cleaner to mix with a spray bottle of water.  That’s it! One concentrated bottle lasts us for months on end. This is by far my absolute favorite of the Young Living products.

    There is practically no surface in our house that goes untouched by this cleaner.  I feel safe letting my kids help me clean and I feel confident that it’s doing a good job sanitizing the surfaces I use it on.  

    Another product I use daily is Ningxia Red.  This is a liquid supplement made of a variety of superfruits that contain antioxidants.  They infuse this mix with various essential oils which have a positive impact on the human body.  I love the taste of this, and to be honest I just feel better when I take it as part of my daily routine.

    A few years ago after my daughter was born I had some back trouble that need the care of a chiropractor.  I was then introduced to Cool Azule, which is a topical cream for aches and pains. Using this paired with chiropractic care and home exercises, I was able to reduce my back pain by a significant amount and begin to heal my body.  I recommend this as an alternative to pain medications and medicated creams.

    My Daily Oil Routine

    Again, I don’t claim to be an expert, and this just what works for me and my family.  This all began with one simple roller in the morning before school and it’s grown to include many other areas of my daily routine.  I don’t think anyone has to jump in with both feet and change their entire system at home to revolve around oils. However, I do think that once you start, it’s easy to find other areas to implement these changes into your life.

    daily routine with essential oils

    Morning Routine:

    • Homemade Facial Serum with Cedarwood, Lavender, Copaiba and Tea Tree
    • Progestera for hormone support
    • Rosemary, Cedarwood & Lavender with a splash of witch hazel in a spray bottle for my hair
    • Sometimes I diffuse Grounding or Abundance during my morning devotion or journaling
    • Lemon & Joy in the diffuser when I’m getting the kiddos up for the day.
    • Thieves immunity roller on our feet before we leave the house
    • Roller of Joy, Peace and Calm, Valor and StressAway for my perfume

    Afternoon Routine:

    • Ningxia Red mixed with sparkling water
    • Usually use the diffuser while I’m working at the computer in the afternoon for a pick-me-up

    Evening Routine:

    • Diffuse something calming after dinner (plus helps get rid of the after-dinner-smell)
    • Homemade facial serum again
    • Lavender and castor oil on my lashes before bed
    • Roller of lavender, cedarwood and orange on wrists and necks before bed


    What makes Young Living Essential Oils different?

    Young Living’s Oils must meet a certain standard, and Seed to Seal is this guarantee.  This means that they have complete control over the whole process. This means from the seeds they use to cultivating the seeds all the way to the end when the plant is pressed and distilled into oil.    Every part of the process must be done with extreme care in order to produce a bottle of essential oils that is of high quality. This is exactly what the Seed to Seal promise is.

    This Post Has 37 Comments

    1. Joline

      I’m fairly new to essential oils. We’re only using them now as a diffuser. Can’t wait to explore more.

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        That’s kind of where I started too….but the more I used them, the more comfortable I became.

    2. Neely Moldovan

      I have used a few oils here and there but always interesting to see what people think of them!

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        It is fun to see how others use them….that’s often where I get so many ideas!

    3. Angela Tolsma

      I use oils a fair bit around the house but mostly just for the smell and calming abilities. I haven’t tried any other uses.

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        I started just diffusing and then tried a few other things….but it took me a long time to jump in.

    4. Janell

      I’ve never tried Young Living but I can see your attraction to the various benefits and scents. I’ve dabbled a bit with something similar to Thieves during flu season and the migraine care blend I use on my temples does seem to help.

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        The immune support is really an amazing thing. For us we notice the more consistent we are, the less we end up getting sick.

    5. Adam Johnson

      I’ve had quite a few patients that have used essential oils with good benefit, especially peppermint for migraine relief
      Great article!

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        Thank you — that’s so great!!

    6. Stephanie

      I love my essential oils! I was the same, unsure because of the cost, but even my 3 and 5 year old boys will ask for oils by name now. I want to add ninxia red to my routine, but haven’t sucked up the cost of that one just yet.

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        Love that your boys ask for them by name! My kids and I love Ningxia Red, and I see such a difference in my energy levels.


      I’m looking to place an essential oil order as I have almost run out of everything. The thieves oil sounds great I need something to help boost my immune system.

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        It was a total game changer at our house!

    8. Nicole

      I have recently been hearing more and more about thieves essential oil and have been curious about trying their household cleaning products. Thank you for giving some great information about your journey with essential oils so far!

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        It’s honestly one of my favorite products! Let me know if you want a sample of it to try out.

    9. Fran Jorgensen

      My story is a bit like yours, I couldn’t understand what the big deal was about essentials oils, I wanted to try them but I thought that all brands were made equal and then I had a closer look at the label and couldn’t believe the amount of other ingredients that my cheap oil had compared to the pure ones, so I made the switch. I use them on my everyday life and they have made a difference.

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        That’s so great, Fran!!

    10. Christa

      I live essential oils but am only beginning to use them. I love how versatile they are!

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        They really are! Every oil has so many uses and applications. Let me know if you ever have questions!

    11. I love Young Living essential oils. I stayed away from essential oils for a while because of the price and because when I tried them before, I didn’t notice much of a difference. I finally realized that the inexpensive essential oils I was buying weren’t working because they weren’t high enough quality. The first time I opened a Young Living bottle I could tell the difference!

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        That’s amazing you noticed it right away! I notice that if I’m not consistent with them, they don’t seem to have as big of an impact.

    12. aisasami

      I don’t use herbs or oils in the morning as I am a teacher (and I shouldn’t have a strong scent when I go). But, I learned from your post, especially the part when oils can help us with our weallbeing.

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        I’m so glad it was helpful 😊

    13. NAti

      I’ve been considering getting a few oils for me, but I was hesitating, thank you for this review! I’ve learnt a lot!

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        Of course! You’re so welcome! Let me know if you have any questions at all!!

    14. Melanie williams

      I have not used essential oils in a while. however, after this I think I may give oils a go xx

    15. Andrea Larson

      This is a thorough and very detailed review. Thank you for putting this together. I have not used these essential oils so far, but I will for sure give them a try.

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        You’re welcome! I’m glad it was helpful!!

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        I’m glad it was useful!!

    16. Zerin Hassan

      I have been gifted some essential oils and have found them to be beneficial. My mum and friends are big on home remedies I am yet to get there but will share this page with them hehe xx

    17. Kaylee

      I started using essential oils several years ago. Since then, I’ve done a lot of herbal studies and programs and have learned that I did a lot of things wrong! There is so much misinformation out there and when you first start out, you usually don’t realize just how powerful these oils are! They serve a great purpose, but we must really do our homework and educate ourselves and consult professional aromatherapists for advice. I’m happy to see that you start by researching any herbs/oils before you use them. 🙂

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        You’re so right, Kaylee!! Great point!

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        There is a lot of misinformation, and for me, safety is important with kids and pets around. ♥️

    18. izzi

      Hello, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post.

    19. Crescimento Peniano

      Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
      There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content.
      Please let me know. Thank you

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        Of course! Thanks for reading!

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