I apologize that I have not added this updated post until NOW!!!!! Please forgive my absence! I could write A LOT about where I have been and what I have been doing but for the purpose of this article I will save that info for another article!!! You came here for answers and I hope to bring them to you today.
So for all intense of purposes this Article is ONLY about "Essential Oils"!!!
I have had so many people contact me about oil's over the last couple years and I have done the best I could to respond to each of them but I am sure there may be some that I may have missed and they want to know as well. In my original post I shared about going with a reputable company that does not support witchcraft or evil practices. I still very much stand behind and support that approach on oils.
Essential oils are something that we use in our household EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!!! I just placed oils on 2 of my children's bug bites and one child's scratch on the face. They work wonders when used with some knowledge and care! Yes, Oil's are herbal plants that are then made into oils and people automatically think that they are all "safe" when in fact certain oils may irritate a particular person or another depending on their sensitivities. So Use ALL oils sparingly and with knowledge of placement and NEVER Over do any particular oil application or diffuse too much at one time. This is one thing that too much a wonderful thing is TOO Much!!! (Examples of this would be if you are diffusing your oils...you only need 2-4 drops in your diffuser depending on the output of your diffuser, when applying the bottom of feet, neck, lymph nodes, etc...one or two drops goes A LONG way....use a carrier oil like coconut oil if needed...more tips to follow).
In particular we are talking about company's that I personally trust and order from as a Christian.
My very favorite company to purchase my primary oils for my whole family for has been Hopewell Oilshttp://hopewelloils.com/ ! (formerly named Heritage Oils) There oils have been the purest grade I have found and the potency has been spot on!!! I have had only great results with these wonderful oils and Laura the founder and owner of this business has been very helpful in my purchases with her and Hopewell oils has kept my family healthy for the last 2 years!!!! We use Hopewell for skin bruises, cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites, cleaning, disinfecting, coughs, flu's, tummy aches, neck aches, chronic fatigue, women's issues, constipation, perfume, natural bug spray, natural hand sanitizer, muscle aches, pains, carpal tunnel, sleep, etc. The list goes on!!! One thing in particular is that I have personally loved is I no longer use chemicals in my home to clean with. I LOVE their plaque Defense...it's my Favorite!!!!!!! I clean my counters and floors with it everyday!!!
Another company that I fully support the oils is my network marketing business (It Works!) oils. www.wrapresultstoday.com is my website if you want to swing over and check out the oils on that page you can do that here. http://www.wrapresultstoday.com/oils It should take you to the specific page. No pressure from me to purchase through my site, if you already have an It Works rep then go through them:)
*** I actually joined It Works over 2 years ago in order to fund my dream and passion to support my Life Coaching Ministry (Joyful Purpose Cafe'LLC and Family Life Coach Mom) and it turned out to be a wonderful opportunity to meet so many fabulous Christian people in the company! I did my research and would not join any network marketing company UNLESS they were a Christian company and It Works! is absolutely one. So I can say before you now I have been to the conferences, I have prayed with so many new friends in that company and it is the real deal! I support the products we carry and they WORK! Our It Works Oil's are great and pure...and I know the company is not doing anything whacky or new age'y so I can endorse It Works Oils. It Works only recently came out with Oil's (Maybe 6 month's ago) and they only came out with a few. So I do use them and like our oils...I still highly recommend Hopewelloils.com because the website is very cohesive and explains IN GREAT DETAIL how to use EACH oil!!! I love how Laura and her family at Hopewell run their Oil business and their goal is to not only offer you authentic/pure Essential oil's but also inform you how to use the oils that will benefit your family the best. I personally called and spoke with Laura on the phone in 2014 about her oils and told her that I did not want to support anything that was based on New Age witchcraft and she assured me that they are Christians and that she has many people coming to her through word of mouth of people looking for an Essential oil company that doesn't support new age practices like some of the network marketing E.O's do. (I need to go review my original article on oils but I think I did disclose that one of the company's supports not only new age practices. Gary Young has invested a lot of money, time and mission time to go over seas and track when Queen Sheba is to return) this is NOT of God!!! As a Christian, Born Again Believer I can not and will not condone or support a company that supports and endorses New Age practices. I immediately threw away the oils I had acquired from that company and never looked back! Mind you before I found out that info I actually thought the oils were of high quality ( I am not negating that...I do think they do have some good oils...however I have a problem with the witchcraft that is involved in the company and how they claim certain oils bring "angels" or how they claim that the oils "HEAL") Essential oil's as a whole are a great tool that God has given us via nature....however we are to NEVER Worship the earth, nature or anything in nature or the earth. Some of the distributors in that particular company would speak of their oils as the "only way to get healing". I use oils every day in our home but I pray over my children/family as I use an oil or any medicine for that matter and ultimately pray for my Lord Jesus Christ to bring forth healing and I pray whether by the oils or medicine that it's because Jesus is the healer and when the Oils work so great on different ailments I always give Glory to God...I say "Praise the Lord for providing peppermint so that it can sooth tummy's so quickly, we worship and serve such an amazing God that he cares about every detail. Thank you Jesus". The oils may work great but here's the deal if someone starts giving all the credit to oils or to the medicines they use and/ or to nature....they run the risk that they could fall into the new age, earth worshiping satanic rituals and that is clearly not of God. Galatians 5:19-21 The Acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery: idolatry and witchcraft: hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God."
Some people may tell me..."Well Shannon, I have the light of Jesus in me and God knows my heart so I can use whatever oil company I want" YES I agree with you to an extent. You can pray over the oils/products you use and pray for God to break any satanic bondage's that the oil producer may have intended you with harm....I do believe we serve an Almighty God that CREATED Everything on the earth and in the earth and He created you and me....He does know our hearts. However, my warning to not deal with company's that are dealing with the occult in anyway and my opinion and conviction is to not join a business with a company that practice's witchcraft or follow false gods, Scripture states it very clearly 1 Peter 5:8 Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. James 4:7 says Submit yourselves to, then to God. Resist the devil and he will Flee from YOU.
>>>>>>> So personally I don't want to invite any of that darkness into my life or my families lives. It's NOT worth it to support a company that you know is part of such evil. God forbids any dealing with the occult. As Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination, or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or cast spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. ANYONE who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you."
Scripture say's enough about that!
The company that I was just mentioning that supports the occult and witchcraft as of the time of this article was Young Living and that is the one I flee'd from and threw away oils that I had aquired from them. The company that I further researched was Do'Terra and what I learned was of very similar practices and they are not a Christian company either, the head of their company claims to be Mormon and I know we live in lot's of confusion now days where people are starting to think that all "those" other religions are lumped into Christianity I assure you that Mormons are NOT of the Christian faith. So I will not support a company that is doing "missions" in the name of the Mormon church which is what Do'Terra does...they mention their serious faith etc...etc.. but their religion is based on false doctrine and very focused on "self" what you can do to gain for you.
Again I could go into more detail here of what I found. Instead I encourage you to research it yourself. I just knew that I could not join either of these companies for my business because they are NOT based on Christian principals and I knew God would not bless it and I know personally it goes against everything I stand for as a Christian!!! Jesus paid the ultimate prices for my sins. He died for me. I am so thankful for salvation through grace through Jesus and that he Paid it all!!! As a Christian my hearts desire is to follow the Lord always, not only in my work but my everyday life. For you...I encourage you to PRAY first and decide what is best for you and your family. These are my convictions on the matter and my interpretations of scripture.
As far as using the oils...maybe you're thinking about not joining the company but just using either Y.L or Do'Terra oils. I want to share here that I was looking at joining an oil company business so for me that was the perspective at the time of the article, I just knew I didn't want to add people to my network marketing team knowing that they could get spiritually lost and confused by the founders of the company and other leaders in the company. As per using these particular oils...it is ultimately up to you if you decide to purchase the oils or use the oils by the company. If you were asking my opinion on purity of oils out of Young Living and Do'Terra I would have to say I believe Y.L oils are more pure than Do'Terra's and Young Living Oil company does give some great tips on how to use them (there are some things to learn, however if you purchase their E.O handbook be careful of some of the New Age practices they use to "center" in with the oils) Also if you are a Christian stand on guard not to get sucked into new age or witchcraft practices. I did learn some tips on how to use oils (before I learned of their practices) and some of those tips were good HOWEVER as soon as I learned of their practices I wanted NO connections with anything that could ever distract me from what God has for me and I ran away from reading any more of their material. You will have to pray to Jesus and decide for yourself if you it's okay with your conscience and convictions to use their products. Here's the thing we can buy things from any store or website for our home, products, decor etc. and we do not know where in the world they were made and what practices behind the scenes are. HOWEVER, Oils are something that are placed on the body and it is a tool to be medicinally used and witch dr.s (evil) is very REAL. So going into using any oil company beware that they may be speaking things over their oils and the persons that receive them. Just pray! Jesus and the Holy Spirit will show you what you are to do and Ultimately if you are a Christian, you have him living inside of you and He is the light of the world!! The Holy Spirit will lead you in the matter and Jesus is BIGGER than the darkness in the world!
Over this time (in 2014) I contacted a friend that had just got into Do'Terra and I shared with her that I had just joined Young Living and I discovered new age witchcraft in the company, and that I also discovered it in Do'Terra...we spent many hours on the phone, praying, Seeking Scripture together and conversing and we both felt so sad that we found this out. However, I pitched ALL of my oils and literature and withdrew my membership with Y.L and she did the same with Do'Terra....Bless her heart she was further in her new business venture and had spent over $500 on her journey but she said didn't want any ties to the occult in her family or home so in the Black trash can her oils went followed with a prayer for forgiveness for even using them and joining the company. I had already done the same thing with my investment and I was so sad because I just KNEW I could use those oils for so many wonderful things...I prayed and prayed and prayed and searched high and low and finally found Hopewelloils.com and I was SOOOOO Excited!!! I also learned a lot along the way.
******Can I guarantee to you that ALL of Hopewell's oils are coming from Christian business people or oil places?...NO, I can not. However, I do know Laura and her family do their best to source high quality products without offering a product steeped in mysticism and the fact that her business has grown by word of mouth because they wanted to be a blessing to family's that needed natural oils. Would I ever use an oil from Y.L or Do'Terra if I was at a friends house and she had them there and I needed them...Yeah probably...that may sound contradictory...but here's the thing I am not legalistic about living life and I do believe that Jesus covers us. He provides for us and he does know our heart. I would pray about it before making that decision though and then pray over my child or self for God to take care of us & show me if I should use it at that moment (I won't purchase from either of those companies though). I think of the many pharma company's that rip people off everyday and the MILLIONS of negative side affects people acquire from being on Pharma drugs that they "need". (I understand many pharma drugs do save lives, however I also know with many drugs come all the negative side affects that can sometimes be worse than what ailed them to begin with) With that said hands down. I go the natural route of essential oils if at all possible! They are safe, natural and they work wonderfully.
My prayer and desire to give you this article post is to not stir up a bunch of controversy...It is just to encourage thinking through some topics that many women are already messaging/emailing me about and I again apologize that I took so long to update and follow through with my Essential Oil Response. I have spent hours talking with mom's that want to know what is the best oils to use and how to use them. For our family Essential Oil's have benefited our family in SO many ways for health & cleaning purposes! So don't be afraid to try some oils. I wanted to add here that I have used essential oils from our local health store...and I must say I do not know where they were "sourced". I do know they are not from the 2 companies that I mentioned above that are involved in things I could not join and support ongoing. So when I have bought an oil at the local health store(on occasion)...I take the opinion of the store owner since I have shopped from her store for years & I'll go with what works for a particular health issue I may be having and I choose the best that I can. If the label posts New Age things on it, I won't buy it! That's just me. If it plainly lists "Pure Peppermint Oil, From (the field it came from) I would be most likely okay purchasing it. So it's not always cut and dry as I'd like it to be...but discerning what we are to do on a daily basis and what the Lord is laying on our hearts through prayer and scripture is the best way to approach anything we are facing in life. Ultimately, we are to trust int he Lord in all things. I pray this article helps you with your "oil" decisions in your home and for your family!
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in ALL your ways acknowledge him, and HE will make your paths straight.
Many Blessings Friends,
Certified Christian Life Coach, Entreprenuer &
Homeschool Mama to 6 Sweeties!