Myth Busting Monday – “MLM’s are not trustworthy”

Myth

I once read an article that stated that MLM’s (multi-level marketing companies, also called direct selling companies) were not trustworthy. (Now, again, I can only speak for Young Living essential oils, the company of which I am an independent distributor).
But the article, which was about essential oils, went on to criticize Young Living among other direct selling essential oil brands. The author stated that the only trustworthy essential oil companies were “small, not corporate size”, and ones which are owned by an aromatherapy practitioner.
Who was the author of the article? An aromatherapy practitioner. Hmmmm, what’s wrong with this picture??
The author then went on to make false claims about the bigger companies. Thankfully the article had many commenters who pointed out the truth about Young Living oils, and backed those truths up with FACTS.
So, many times there will be direct selling dissenters because, well, they want people to buy from them, not you. And hey, competition is fine, as long as you’re doing it honestly and with integrity. And as long as you have products that deliver.
I’m not saying that all MLM’s are trustworthy. In fact, I am sure there are many that are not. I am strictly talking about Young Living essential oils here.
Another thing people assume about MLM’s is that they are pyramid schemes. Well, last I heard, pyramid schemes are illegal. And they are very different than MLM’s like Young Living. For example, pyramid schemes sell the business, not the product. The sole means of income in pyramid schemes is selling a “share” of the company’s “pie”. That doesn’t work, especially if you are at the bottom of the pyramid. Because most people realize that it doesn’t work, so they bail. That doesn’t sound like a good business model to me.
Young Living independent distributors can recruit others to join the company as distributors. But that’s not the emphasis of the company, the oils are. The PRODUCT. Most distributors like myself, believe in and use the oils regularly. We LOVE our oils!! And we get excited about sharing how great they are. Plus, there are many benefits to having your own business as a YL distributor. I will get back to that in a minute.
First, I want to talk a little more about other successful MLM’s.
Have you heard of Avon? Tupperware? Mary Kay? Amway?
All MLM’s.
All successful.
They have been around for years, and most people don’t realize they are MLM’s. They are generally regarded as trustworthy. Because people love their products. And guess what? They invite new distributors in to the fold the same way Young Living does.

Young Living has been around for 20 years. You can read all about the start of Young Living and its founder, D. Gary Young here.

Ok, so here are some of the benefits of becoming a Young Living independent distributor.
First, an income. It’s a flexible, part-time or full-time job, that you can work from your very own home. This is perfect for stay at home moms (or stay at home dads!) who want to add a little extra money to the household income. You can work it as little or as much as you want.

I made the decision to blog about oils, but it’s not required. Some people are better at selling on a more personal, face-to-face level. I prefer to ramble on about oils in blog posts and hope people don’t want to throw things at me.
It’s all up to you.
And you get some perks as an independent distributor. Like reduced shipping on orders. All items at a 24% discount. And you earn credits on every order – which add up to free oils!!

And here’s the best part.

Even if all those benefits are still not enough to make you want to sell Young Living essential oils…..it’s okay. You don’t have to. You will never be forced to sell. You can simply be a consumer, either as a wholesale member (discounted prices, Premium Starter Kit makes you eligible), or as a retail member.
Not bad for an MLM, huh?

Ok, have I rambled too long again?
Are you picking up things to throw at me? (aahhh, the safety of being a blogger)

If you have any questions about this or any oil questions, please contact me.
Or if you are intrigued by the benefits of selling Young Living oils, message me and I will explain Young Living’s Essential Rewards program.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

Myth Busting Monday – “Essential oils are not effective”

Myth

I will again preface this discussion by saying that I am strictly referring to Young Living essential oils. I cannot speak for other brands of essential oils as I do not use them.
Before I go into explaining the effectiveness of essential oils, let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits of using essential oils :
No side effects
Cost effective
Can reach the body at a cellular level

You’ve probably heard me say in previous posts that YL essential oils are potent. To appreciate the potency of essential oils, you have to understand frequency.
Every living thing, including disease, has a frequency. Frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). In 1992, Bruce Tainio created a frequency monitor.
Here are a few examples of what this frequency monitor determined:
A healthy human body in the daytime registers a frequency between 62-72 MHz. Whenever that frequency drops, the body’s immune system is compromised.
When the body’s frequency drops the 58 MHz, cold and flu symptoms begin to appear. At 55 MHz, candida is present. At 52 MHz, Epstein-Barr virus is present. Cancer can begin to appear at 42 MHz. And at 20MHz, the body is in a state of death.

There are many outside factors that can also contribute to the body’s frequency. For instance, pollution can lower the frequency. And studies have shown that prayer and positive thinking can actually raise the body’s frequency.
Food is another group that can be measured by frequency, with the healthier foods at a higher MHz. Here are some examples:
Fresh produce can have up to 15MHz, and fresh herbs up to 27MHz.
Canned and processed foods have virtually zero MHz.

Now that you have an idea of the frequency of the human body, and the frequency of things that can affect the body, what about essential oils? Where do they fit in on the frequency meter?
Essential oils start at a frequency of 52 MHz and go up to 320 MHz. They have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man!

Now will you agree that they are potent?

So, the argument that essential oils are ineffective is not valid in respect to their potency.
So why would some people claim that essential oils don’t work?
Well, they could be uneducated about them. Or they could be using them improperly. Remember, the guidelines on the bottle should always be followed for use of the oils.

Also, there are different ways to “pull” the best use of the oil. For example, oils can be driven deeper into the skin by applying a wet compress over the oil on the skin.
Or, it could be the application of the oil. Some people diffuse peppermint oil to maintain proper digestion. I prefer to apply peppermint oil directly to my skin (remember for children and those with sensitive skin, dilute peppermint with a carrier oil!). Others prefer to inhale peppermint oil, and still others will put some peppermint oil into a capsule and ingest it.
It could be how often a person uses the oil that would make them deem it ineffective. Most applications require one drop of oil, but some may require two or more. And for a lingering problem, let’s say during times of stress, you will want to reapply the oil after a few hours.
Some essential oils have proven to be more effective when used in conjunction with other essential oils. I generally don’t advise “layering” oils, only because (especially with the blended oils), the effectiveness can vary when the chemical makeup is changed due to the combined oils. Young Living has experts who carefully put together the oils blends in just the right quantity to make them powerful and effective. Adding to that can “mess up” that powerful combination. That being said, I have layered oils, but I stagger them. So, instead of applying them both at once, I will apply the first and then add the second oil about 20 minutes later (thereby giving the first oil ample time to enter the bloodstream).

One other thing to consider – everyone’s bodies are different. One oil may work great for one person, and not for another. There are dozens of choices of essential oils that can be used. If an oil doesn’t give you the desired effect, try another one. You WILL find one that works for you.

Do you have to take my word for it? NOPE!

Find out for yourself. Make yourself a believer by your own experiences with Young Living essential oils.
Visit the Order Oils page to try out an oil, or even a whole bunch of oils in the Premium Starter Kit, which offers the best bang for your buck.
If you’re new to all this and have a question, contact me.
If you have a comment or criticism, share it with me.

This post was updated on 4/23/15.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.