I use essential oils every day. They’ve helped me in so many ways, physically and emotionally. In these troubled times in which we live, I believe God has given us these healing and soothing oils to help us cope.
Although essential oils have been used for thousands of years, never before have they been so widely available. If you’ve never tried these aromatic extracts, here are a few reasons you may want to.
Essential oils contain powerful natural germ-killing compounds. So you definitely want them around during cold and flu season. Thanks to these oils, and non-toxic liquid soap, I’ve been able to replace all of my chemical cleaning supplies. Essential oils can also help improve your mood, something even a handful of studies are beginning to confirm.
Although these aromatics have a long history of medicinal use, in cultures around the world, they pretty much disappeared during the 20th century, at least in America. However, sometime after the year 2,000, they made a comeback.
There are now so many companies selling aromatherapy products that it becomes difficult to decide where to buy them. But, you can also greatly narrow down the field.
Don’t buy cheap fragrance oils that may contain chemical additives. If the bottle doesn’t say “therapeutic grade” (more on this later) or “100 percent pure,” either put it back on the shelf or don’t click the “Buy” button.
I rarely buy MLM oils, and only for specific purposes. Instead, I now obtain most of my oils from small companies that only derive their oils from plants that haven’t been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides, or grown with chemical fertilizers.
Recently, I decided to try Journey Layne essential oils, just for comparison. I liked the company commitment to purity. A statement from its website reads, “We only sell oils that come from plants that are grown without chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and unnatural fertilizers.”
Journey Layne Essential Oils – Review
Since I didn’t yet own ylang ylang oil, and didn’t know if I’d like it (some people don’t) I wanted a small bottle of this precious oil distilled from a tropical flowering plant. The only way to experience the quality of a company’s oils is to try them. I liked the company’s motto of wanting to provide pure essential oils everyone can own. This means that people who don’t have a lot of money can also benefit from these healing, uplifting plant extracts.
The bottle of sweet-smelling ylang ylang far exceeded my expectations. This oil comes in different grades and I didn’t want to buy the costliest product on the market. This was my first bottle, and I’ve been warned that not everyone likes this scent. Journey Layne sells small (5 ml) bottles of ylang ylang, so that worked for me.
Even though this is considered the last distillation of ylang ylang, it was appropriately marked, and not misleading. Ylang ylang is produced differently than many oils. The aromatic compounds are collected from multiple distillations and oftentimes sold separately. Journey Layne’s other oils. such as peppermint and lavender, would undergo a distillation process similar to its competitors.
I’m pleased with the potency of my bottle of ylang ylang, which is a strong oil to begin with and always must be diluted before applying to your skin. Because of its strength, this is one oil that probably shouldn’t exceed the standard recommended dilution dose of 1 drop to one teaspoon of carrier oil. If you’re making a synergy blend, use just a little ylang ylang, so it doesn’t overwhelm the other oils in the mix.
Journey Layne Essential Oils
Since I liked the product I ordered, I’ll definitely buy again from this company. It’s good to have a number of options, just in case your regular brand suddenly becomes unavailable. I also like to familiarize myself with several companies that I research and trust, because essential oil fraud is rampant, as to be expected, with such a fast-growing industry.
You’ll notice a lot of brands use the term “therapeutic grade.” In reality, it means very little. There is no international body that regulates essential oil purity. Still, I like to see it on a bottle because it has come to mean this oil contains no hazardous chemicals, and is safe for massage.
So, when would I purchase an MLM oil? Right now, only in the case of a life-threatening illness. Last year, when my younger cousin was battling breast cancer, I bought her some Young Living Sacred Frankincense. That’s because there’s scientific research showing it kills cancer cells in the lab. University of Oklahoma researcher Dr. HK Lin, PhD., has gone on record saying this is the only brand he uses, after unsuccessfully testing others. For something as serious as cancer, you need to follow the research.
Frankincense, from what I understand, must be processed very carefully. Sandlewood is another oil that requires exquisite care.
However, if you’re using essential oils for general immune boosting, pain control, stress relief and cleaning, you probably don’t need an MLM brand. Journey Layne and a number of the others, such as Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia, should be more than adequate.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils, unless under the direction of a health care professional.
I’m not a healthcare professional, so all of the above statements are my personal opinion, and are not intended as medical advice.