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[–] hyldaco 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Some have their uses. For example, tea tree oil has astringent properties and is useful in soaps and topically applied for things like nail fungus, some localized infections, and in homemade deodorant. Geranium oil is an excellent insect repellant, and spiders aren't fond of places that smell strongly of lavender.

Plants have all sorts of useful attributes that we've forgotten in the last century or so, but oils are not always the best delivery method--in part because of their cost. In some cases, teas or the actual plant parts are better (e.g. garlic cloves are more effective when ingested, boiled to create steam, or used in a paste or poultice; teas can be a work-around for herbs whose oil can be irritant when concentrated or where hydration is also needed).

But I think spending hundreds of dollars on oils just for the sake of scent is a waste of hard-earned money.

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[–] Scribbleballs [S] ago 

I guess my issue would be if there is other cheaper products that do the same... and I'm not one to harp at my wife for spending money on this, she manages every nickel from our business and household, plus four kids, plus activities, plus plus plus. I like the fact she stays away from pumping our kids full of medicine the first little cough, but I just don't know how effective they are. Real world answers are what we need here, not "studies show"

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[–] hyldaco 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If she is not merely using them for scents and has practical applications for them, my guess is that she has already looked into this and is likely making the best use of your money. Natural treatments can be very effective. Sometimes more effective than their mainstream counterparts.

Modern medicine has its place, but many times pharmaceutical drugs are synthetic versions or refined versions of plant derivatives. Often the oils, teas or plants are much cheaper; in other cases, they may be more expensive but do not contain preservatives, fillers or other inactive ingredients (which have their own sometimes undesirable effects) that are present in pharmaceuticals. In cases where the latter applies and she has actually done her research, she is making a wise investment in the health of your family.

If you'd like more info on which plants are useful and for what, this is the site I use most often if I don't know off the top of my head what to use:

https://www.ayurtimes.com/medicinal-plants

That said, I always use a search engine and confirm my findings with 2-4 other sites that show up or to list other plants this site might not have covered.

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[–] ButtNugget 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Before there was medicine there was holistic healing. Holistic remedies deserve respect but there are definitely times where conventional medicine is necessary. As long as you adhere to certain age guidelines, essential oils and natural herbalism can heal and get your family past a lot. The key is looking at age and toxicity. I listened to people about "safe oils" with my youngest and there was a learning curve . We were in the ER with infections because I genuinely did not understand do from don't. Herbs and oils CAN HEAL but there's a balance.

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[–] ChapterJuni 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Peppermint Oil has been a godsend to my husband who has stomach issues. I use tea tree oil as an astringent. I don't buy any special brand, just food grade oil if we ingest it or 100% pure essential oil. They smell good and a good smelling home or person can cheer others up. People can put too much stock in them, often common medicines will work, faster, better, and cost much less. In short, they can have their place, but they are indeed a fad right now. There is a lot of misinformation and you should really do your research before using them as medicines.

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[–] DefenderOfTruth 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

My husband got rid of his bad case of jock itch in 5 days instead of the typical two weeks or more with just a blend of Essential oils diluted in a spray bottle. If you get the reputable brands and use them correctly, essential oils are powerful.

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

A lot of these kind of things are about relaxation, just by removing the stress they can have many health benefits. It's not so much the product that does anything, just a tool used to relax/relieve stress.

I have something that was eventually labeled ASMR, essentially just a relaxing head tingle response to certain sounds or situations. I personally think that's a big part in things life crystal healings and the many types of energy manipulation. It's not really doing anything, just creating a very relaxing environment. Stress does odd things to the body so relieving that stress will have a wide range of benefits.

Essential oils are just more focused on triggering relaxation through the sense of smell. Plus, there is the placebo effect with all these things that can have positive effects.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

These guys are giving you good advice.

Research, research, research.

You can build quite the medicine cabinet of home remedies if you are knowledgeable but you have to have a clear understanding of dosage, intended use and side effects.

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[–] Scribbleballs [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Absolutely, my wife is building a pretty good collection, most times she can find a remedy for whatever ails our family. But alas, I leave the research for her to do. So far positive responses, and I trust people here, and I trust her for buying what's right and good for our family.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Maybe consider getting her a setup to distill or press her own oils. It's a wonderful and profitable skill to aquire.

Also, knowing which oils are pet safe is very useful. Echinecia root can be used as a supplement to help clear repiratory issues in dogs. Most of the useful oils already good peer reviewed science behind them.

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[–] 10130878? 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The use of essential oils has been around forever. They definitely aren't a fad. The fad is just all of the hype that has been pumped into the gimmicky marketing. The marketing is being used to prop up trendy companies who are overcharging. One company that specifically comes to mind is all about pushing particularly women into their MLM scheme.

Your post hit a nerve here...

(I usually order herbs in bulk from a very reputable, very well established herbal company that will sell bulk herbs and supplies online to the public.)

One of my relatives recently decided to jump on an essential oil MLM "company" and I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing at the prices (I was actually laughing at the prices not her). Then I felt really horrible for her because she was spending tons of money on very, very little overpriced product.

Worse yet this certain company was just selling oils in various packages because..??? I don't know why. If I am going to buy something herbal there had better be an actual need for it.

I would say research, research, research. Oils are better for some things. Other herbs do better as teas, tinctures, syrups, infusions, or excapsulated. You can buy herbs powdered in bulk and encapsulate them yourself using an excapsulation device that costs under $15.

Some oils like frankincense (or maybe it's myrrh, I tend to interchange the two by mistake) you can actually process into oil yourself for a lot less using either a water bath method or windowsill method. You can buy a pound of Frankincense resin for around $12 a pound (plus shipping and handling). Myrrh resin is a little pricier. I like the smell of the Frankincense resin burned as an incense as an added benefit and it does actually help calm my dogs down.

Most of the herbs that I used to buy I also saw little benefit from. I started researching and a lot of the trendy brands are garbage. I am not saying they all are. Just... research.

Personally I don't buy essential oils just to have essential oils because it's the "in thing" right now. I have found the Evenimg Primrose oil to be somewhat helpful and tea tree oil is fabulous. Peppermint oil is great for deterring some bugs and helps with headaches and stress.

If your wife is really getting into it then check out online stores who will sell in bulk as well as in smaller amounts and supplies. This is actually a fun and great hobby that makes for some frugal gift giving around the holidays.

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[–] Funkypurplekitty 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks, I will have to look into this. I'm all for the idea of using natural things but am not willing to pay the young living oil prices.

May I ask what the site is you order the herbs from?

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[–] 10133741? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yep, that's the company that I was talking about.

Mountain Rose Herbs is the company I like but there are other good ones out there. They are a little too hippy dippy if I'm being honest but I do think they are honest and they do seem to be committed to high quality. If you sign up for their email mailing list they will send you an email about once a month regularly with their monthly sales and they usually try to include a few recipes in there as well. They sell oil in bulk but they also carry various herbal brands so you can buy in smaller amounts.

If there is a specific oil you are looking for or if you don't want such a large amount of it I would recommend looking on Etsy for a highly rated seller. There are a ton of people there who buy in bulk and then resell in smaller quantities. I have bought a few herbal items that way before when I didn't want to buy a ton of something and I didn't want to pay the higher shipping for just one little item.

As I'm sure you already know, some of those oils are just pricey period but yes, I think young living oil pricing is ridiculous. I'm not super big into the essential oils but I do buy quite a bit of herbs in bulk for personal use.

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[–] haveanupgoat 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't really follow Young Living, but instead its rival company, DoTerra. Their prices are similar, I believe. I have a few of their oils, but I also bought tea tree oil and frankincense from a company on Amazon called Essential Oil Labs. I have no complaints with the quality of those oils.

I've heard good things about Mountain Rose Herbs, but have not ordered from them myself.

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[–] Scribbleballs [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I'll mention it, thanks! Like I said she really loves them, I'm just worried about her being duped by a good cause, marketed wrong. So many good things have been ruined because of greed, and I'm glad to know there are other options then buying from one company because they said so.

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[–] 10134026? 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I understand. I don't know much about the particular company that I was referencing earlier but something does seem not quite right with their marketing. I really don't trust any company or person who tries to insinuate that X product is a miracle or cure all or whatever. I can't quite put my finger on it but something just seems off to me. That's just my opinion and I could be absolutely wrong but at some point you have to start trusting your gut feeling on some things.

I'm not super big into essential oils myself but I have bought a very few for very specific things. A lot of those essential oils are actually supposed to be mixed in with a carrier like (like almond oil, olive oil can be used, etc...) and I'm not really sure if this particular company mentions or explains that or not. I love to mix and match with the herbs but I prefer to buy my essential oils already mixed and blended. That's just me. Also, as I understand it, some types of oils are better kept refrigerated. Some of them go rancid faster than others. Again, I really don't know how well some of these essential oil companies do on educating their customers. They may or they may not. I don't know much about the specific company I am thinking of except to say it sets off red flags for me. I could just be overly paranoid. That's a real possibility.

My advice to my relative who was raving about this specific company months ago was that since she and all of her friends were so into it and since they all agreed it was overpriced why didn't they go in together, buy some oil in bulk, buy some even nicer bottles and split it up between themselves? I'm not sure that went over too well.

If your wife is into smaller portions then I would suggest Etsy and finding a reputable seller. Don't be scared away by the literal witches on there (Wiccans) there are also a lot of honest women (many are housewives) who make quality products. I'm not trying to push Etsy or anything and I'm not a seller on there (just a buyer) I've just purchased some really nice high quality stuff from various sellers there before. I'm also not an employee or in any way associated with Mountain Rose Herbs other than spending a lot of money with them because.... they have good stuff and my husband LOVES their massage oil.

Fortunately, there are a ton of options out there for her to choose from. I know that you're worried about this being a passing fad for her. My husband was concerned about that too for a while (when I started hitting the local health store hard). I would say to encourage her to treat it as a hobby rather than a passing fad. It used to be the norm for women to engage in these types of activities. I think that's a huge part of the reason why all of this essential oil business is booming. They are tapping into something that is instinctive in us females.

There are a ton of good books out there. Mountain Rose does sell quite a few that are still on my wishlist. Amazon has a ton of herbalist books. I can't remember the name of the one that I have at home but it is an herbalist book written by a doctor around 1918? In the 1920s? after he had retired from practicing medicine in the mid and late 1800s. I just happened to come across it one day while shopping in one of those warehouse stores (of all places!). It's a reprinted edition and couldn't pass it up. I hope this helps!!!!

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[–] Funkypurplekitty 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I have friends that rave about them.

I haven't used a ton but I haven't been wowed buy the ones that I have used. I made bug spray one which did not work at all.

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[–] Scribbleballs [S] ago 

Well this is it. Some seem to have an effect, like the one you can use for tummy aches, and others are pretty meh, like the muscle relaxer one. (Don't ask for the names because I'm clueless). Kinda on the fence, I don't want it to be a fad because she loves them, but they are so darn expensive for what you get, know what I mean?

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[–] Funkypurplekitty ago 

The one women I know sells them and uses them for everything.
I was at her house once and my baby just started crying, think she was probably over tired. She put lavender on her and was very surprised when it had no effect on my child. She says once she puts it on her girls they calm right down. Guess maybe the effectiveness might depend on the person too maybe??

The same women raves about peppermint oil really enhancing sex, yet to try that though.

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