As many of you know, I used to be an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Many of you do not know that I stopped selling their oils last year.
Here’s a little background of how I got into selling the oils.
I had taken an herbal studies course in Salem, MA, and in my studies, learned the importance of purchasing quality essential oils. This included making sure the oils were not adulterated and did not have any synthetic ingredients added to them.
My friend introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils, and not only were the aromas wonderful, but my mother and I could feel them working very quickly. I purchased my own essential oil kit.
After I used them for a little bit, thinking I’d be teaching many people about the wonderful uses of essential oils, I decided that I would sell them. To me, it was a benefit in a couple of ways. I love teaching people about natural ways of living, and I’d make extra money at the same time. I have a full time job, but this would be added income, which is nice when you’re a single mother.
Now, the reason why I stopped selling Young Living Essential Oils.
As many of you know, Young Living Essential Oils uses network marketing to sell their essential oils. I’ve never been one to succeed at network marketing, because I am generally a quiet and shy person until you really get to know me. I don’t approach people in general, and wait for them to approach me. So, joining this company was a challenge from the beginning. I started feeling the push from people higher up in the chain. We were supposed to sell the kits, then automatically start contacting that person to try and get them to set up a monthly order in order for them to become a recurring customer. But, knowing how many essential oils they receive in the kit made me think that they didn’t need to reorder so quickly. There were enough oils to last them a while, if they used them correctly. Some oils were not favorites of some customers, and they didn’t use them. I felt as though pushing a person to buy more before they even finished using the ones they had was a bit much.
People were hurting themselves with the essential oils, because they were not aware of any contraindications. They also were not aware of doing skin patch tests to make sure they could handle an essential oil on their skin. There are so many things to take into consideration when using an essential oil. This had me start really thinking. Then, when I was listening to a call with a person who is really high up in the chain, I heard something that really turned me the other way. A person asked how they could answer detailed questions about the essential oils. This person told them not to answer questions. They said to just give brief information in order to sell them the kit. I also was informed that I was not working hard enough to make more sales. It’s then that I knew that this was not right for me. This is when I left.
And now, the kicker.
I have just heard that Young Living Essential Oils has trademarked Thieves. I can’t tell you how sad this makes me. We all know, and they know, that this blend of herbs has been around forever. And, herbalists everywhere use this blend, because it is so wonderful and boosts the immune system. Herbalists can’t use the Thieves name on their products anymore, and this is so disappointing. I loved the essential oils that Young Living Essential Oils produced. They are of great quality. But, I cannot support them anymore knowing that they would hurt the herbal community in this way.
For these reasons, I no longer purchase, sell or support Young Living Essential Oils.
Here is a link to a post regarding the trademark: https://www.facebook.com/SageMountainHerbalRetreatCenter/posts/941958142519272?fref=nf