"The thistle is a prickly flower, aye, but how it is sweetly worn."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Release for this Captive

Anxiety- the more I talk openly about it, the more I realize there are a lot of us that suffer from it!  Here's my story:

I've always been given to being highly emotional, highly prone to overthinking, and obsessed with perfection.  So the groundwork was laid early on in my life for anxiety.  In 2006 I started dating my ex husband.  In 2008 we got married.  In 2009 I had Jude.  In 2010 I got divorced.  In 2012 I started having panic attacks and began taking xanax daily morning and evening.  About 6 months later, I switched it to lexapro in the morning and xanax at night to sleep.  In December of 2012, I tried to wean off it, but then started having panic attacks again.  Back on it I went.  I never have been able to not need it.

In 2014, I was introduced to doTerra which I used to help my body heal from strep.  I then started using lavender oil to help me sleep at night.  And I haven't taken a xanax since January!  I was still taking Lexapro daily though.  And anxiety was still a huge struggle.

In May of 2014, I decided to try Young Living because I had started researching oil companies.  And the more I researched the more I grew interested in what Young Living was doing, how they ran their company, how they used their seed to seal process, etc.  In the Young Living premium kit, you get 11 oils which includes 4 blends that are specifically for emotions!  You also get frankincense and lavender which help so much with emotions as well!  When I started using Young Living I had just started cutting down my lexapro dosage.  I was taking 20mg in Jan.  By May, I was taking 10 mg.  By June I was taking 5 mg.  And by the end of July I was at 2.5mg.  This is where I am now.  I fully expect to be off all medication by December!

Here's my daily protocol **

- Roll Valor on my chest over my heart, the back of my neck, the back of my shoulders, and my carotid artery.  Pray about being strong and courageous for the Lord is with me.
- Roll on Joy behind my ears and the base of my neck by my brainstem.  Pray about how the Joy of the Lord is my strength
- Roll Release over my liver and ponder Isaiah 61 and how the Lord came to release prisoners and proclaim freedom
- 2 drops of frankincense in a spoonful of honey
- 1/2 tsp of Natural Calm magnesium supplement along with a daily multivitamin, omega, and herb/enzyme pill

- round 2 of my multivitamin, omega, and herb/enzyme supplements
- reapply Valor and Joy in the same places

- reapply Valor and Joy if needed
- At bedtime, I use a roller with Peace and Calming, lavender, cedarwood, and vetiver to sleep.  I put in on the back of my neck, my temples, my wrists, on my stomach, and on my big toes.
- diffuse ylang ylang and lavender

The two months I have been following this protocol have made the most headway with my anxiety since I started this journey.  The Lord is good and He has surely blessed my life with these oils.  I don't want to give all the credit to oils though because at the same time I found Young Living, I also had finished an intense group at church called Redemption in which I really struggled through how anxiety was both caused by and exacerbated by my pride and idolatry.  The Lord certainly used that process to help me face some of the sin in my life that affected my anxiety.  However, as I finished Redemption, He was faithful to continue the healing process in my life by bringing along these Young Living oils which have definitely worked to carry His Word to completion.

The Lord is gracious.  He didn't set us here in this fallen world to stumble around aimlessly and always hurting.  He provided a creation that is equipped to heal us.  He spoke all these plants into life and filled their essential oils with the power to help us because He is Love.  I pray you would step out in faith and allow God to show himself mighty in your life as He has mine.  Feel free to email me at rinehartash@gmail.com.  If you would like to buy the premium kit that contains these oils I mentioned so you can start your own journey to joy, I would love to sponsor you and guide you.  Teaching others is one of my greatest joys!  Simply go to www.youngliving.com/signupwww.youngliving.com/signup and use the enroller/sponsor #1831568  May the Lord bless you and Keep you and Make His face to shine upon you as He is doing in my life!

** I am not a doctor and I cannot advise you in any way to make decisions for your health.  I have done all my weaning of medication under a doctor's supervision.  I am simply sharing my story and how The Lord has worked in my life through this process.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Throw Open the Floodgates

 Imogen (Idgie) my cute cruiser :)

The last few months my blog has taken you through my journey as I have tested and wrestled with Essential Oil companies.  Seeing that Young Living had great oils and a great 20 year long reputation was easy.  What I had to leave behind was not so easy. 

I was starting to make headway in the doTerra world in some ways.  I had 9 people on my team.  I was so excited to coach them and help them find wellness.  I was watching my goals be reached each month.  I averaged $1000 sold for 3 months straight.  It was exciting!

If I switched over to YL I'd have to leave all of that behind.  I wrestled with that so, so much.  And y'all can I just say I love how gentle The Lord is as he leads us!  I read bits from a devotional called "Streams in the Desert" through this period (and now as well) that just spoke to me.  Here are some things the Lord said as I wrestled:

"Abraham did not know where he was going- it simply was enough for him to know he went with God... You must also be willing to take your ideas of what the journey will be like and tear them into tiny pieces for nothing on the itinerary will happen as you expect."
~ The Lord was showing me that no, this essential oil journey didn't make sense.  And corporate American would think I was crazy to walk away from any amount of success.  Rest, rest in the fact that you are going with God, Ashley

"In times of uncertainty, WAIT.  If you have any doubt, WAIT.  If you sense any retraint in your spirit, do not go against it- WAIT."
~ I knew I needed to hold off on pursuing either.  Looking back, I could have did this better.  The last person that signed up under me with doTerra, I honestly have quite a bit of guilt over because I feel I wasn't honoring the Lord and waiting.  And in retrospect, I wish I could have introduced her to Young Living because that product would have been perfect for her.  Thankfully, the Lord is so patient with me.  I am still wrestling with this though.

Psalm 37:5- Commit your way to the Lord; trust him and He will do this.
~ I realized I had way too much grip on this.  I wasn't letting go, wasn't trusting, wasn't following.  My mom really convicted me when she said I sounded like I was idolizing my loyalty to a person, and not to the Lord.  

It was such a time of wrestling in my soul.  I just wasn't where the Lord wanted me to be.  At the time, I didn't even fully understand why or even where in some ways He wanted me to be.  I just knew He was calling me to leave one path behind.  I had to trust that this would turn out to be the right decision!  This verse has come to mean a lot this month, but it really applies to how I took God at his word.

Test me in this says the Lord Almighty and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. ~ Malachi 3:10

Wow did the Lord do this!  Sometime after I announced my switching of sides, I happened to end up with someone signing up under me with Young Living.  I didn't even really think that much about it because I was also getting married, and just enjoying 'waiting on the Lord'. 

What I have realized is this- with doTerra I had to spend $100 a month to earn anything at all.  I got $20 per person who signed up.  With 9 people, I made $180.  There were some other sales commissions in there, which ended up getting to somewhere around $400 total.  I really wasn't leaving that much behind to be honest.

And then the floodgates opened- with Young Living I get $50 per sign up- and for sign up bonuses I only need to spend $50 a month.  It is SO much easier to have my oils pay for themselves with Young Living!  I have had 4 people sign up with Young Living and that is $200**- which is more than I made off 9 sign ups with doTerra.  Which is crazy!  Test and see that the Lord is good!  He is so trustworthy!!!!  His plan is so much better for me!  Not only are these oils amazing- but He provides more through them than I had any idea possible!  I get to these paragraphs of my blog posts and I run out of words.  There just aren't enough ways to praise The Lord for being faithful, for being sovereign, and all knowing, and wise, and trustworthy, and good, and loving.  He cares so much for me!  So so much- and the way He takes care of me, I don't know, I wish all of you could experience Him.  The way His arms enfold me in these moments of reflecting on his goodness!!!  I mean, I literally feel Him.

So praise to The One who knows what I need.  Praise to The One who is true to his word.  Praise to The One who is Alive and Proves himself daily.  Praise to the One whose 1000+year old promises I can claim as my own and watch him work!  Praise to my Provider!

** Because of His goodness, a large portion of Young Living earnings are being tithed out.  You can read about my latest tithing to Catholic Charities of Dallas unaccompanied minors on my blog :)  This is another way I'm testing to see what The Lord will do- but that is another blog entirely :)

If you are already using Young Living, I hope you know being on Essential Rewards and buying 50pv a month can be paid for by itself by simply sharing Young Living with 1 person each month.  How awesome is that- I love free oils!  Plus you earn minimum $5 a month on future oils!  Young Living is a great, great company to be a part of!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

On putting my money where my mouth is

I once blogged about giving of the fat of our lives and how that might have looked for me a couple years ago.  My 2012 theme was contentment seeking to reject more wordly things so I could give more.  Many clergy have sought this life through monasteries and such for years, so this is hardly profound.  But it's hard- In some ways, I have rejected some of these things, but other things seem to constantly fill their place.  I daily fight the urge to serve 2 masters. 

I've justified that different ways.  For a long time I justified it because I was so busy being Christ's hands and feet to so many needy children at my previous school.  And looking back- as hard as that was and as much as I poured into loving them- I don't think I was completely wrong in that.  But I've since moved schools, so the emotional and physical sacrifice is different.

I also justified that because I was a single mom with a pretty dead beat ex husband.  Doing it all on my own was really hard in every way, including financially.  I worked really hard to give back the ways that I did, and I do think that the Lord understood.  But that excuse is also now null and void because the Lord has provided Jude and I an amazing husband/father figure who provides help for us in so many ways.

Currently, I do tithe to my church most of my 10% that I make.  The rest of that 10% I put towards sponsoring a child through Compassion International.  I do think that's an awesome thing to do.  I'd like to think that's enough.  And then I read books like Radical or Kisses for Katie, and I wonder if it really is.  Is minimum really good enough?  I mean Christ wandered homeless basically to share truth with the world.  Paul was in chains most of his ministry it seemed like.  Am I really being a good steward?  I just don't really know.  I know I've struggled with budgeting- but I don't need *more* money.  I need to use what I have better.  And I do want to do more.  I want to break the chains that tie me to materialism.  I don't want to need what this world offers. 

Recently, the Lord has provided this little side job of sharing oils.  Now, lets not pretend that I make much more than some spending cash on it, because I don't.  But I make something- it's nice to have.  It's also not a need.  So I am committing this extra cash to The Lord.  For now, it's not so hard to give this little bits to him.  Maybe one day it will get harder.  But honestly, the Lord created this whole knowledge, opportunity, everything, so it's honestly His business.  Not mine at all.  (this is always the case...)  So anyway, I just want to say publicly so that I can be held accountable- Money I make off of Young Living oils will be given to a specific cause each month.  I'm going to share the cause each month hoping that I can keep myself on top of it.  And who knows- it could be fun to share what The Lord does with this!

So for this month I gave my $50 to Catholic Charities of Dallas to help with the unaccompanied minors entering our state.  If you aren't aware of the increasingly insane numbers of Latin American children coming across our borders with no families, you need to be.  It's incredibly sad to think about the amount of tragedy these children have experience and continue to experience.  I am hopeful to find more hands on ways to help these children.  Really, I'd just like to find a way to give them my extra bedroom!  But for now, I will be satisfied with donating.  (and if you know of a way I can help out more please let me know!) 

I am so thankful The Lord provided oils for my healing and pray He can use this small sum to heal others!

If you would like more info about Young Living Essential Oils, email me at rinehartash@gmail.com or find me on facebook at Ashley Sitton to be invited to an online class myself and a friend are doing on July 31st. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Young Living won my oily heart

Not oil related- but lovely nonetheless

So I am sold on Young Living these days.  For me, there is just so many reasons I feel 100% comfortable with using these in my home.  I came to that conclusion because that's where I felt the research led me.  I really, really encourage all people to do their own research, but I am going to share some of my main reasons for choosing Young Living Essential Oils.

1- Over 20 years of history in the oil business.  I like this because after a generation, one can tell if there are going to be any adverse effects.  Young Living has been around long enough to know if there is a problem with their oils.  I find that incredibly reassuring to know that they have been truly tested over time.

2.  Years of research.  Research which actually other companies quote.  The frankincense's effect on cancer cells research was done (and is continuing to be done) using Young Living frankincense.  This doesn't mean that other company's frankincense is bad.  But there is a certain comfort in knowing that you know that you know this frankincense has been actually studied as helping with cancer.  And that's just one example.  Most of the research is shared as fact by other companies- it's just what I have found is that the research is based on Young Living oils- and other companies are just repeating their info.
*this is actually the biggest reason I went with Young Living

3.  Effectiveness.  Big oils like the antiviral blends, peppermint, the pain blends were just more effective.  No they don't always smell as sweet or taste as sweet as other brands- but they work better, and I think that's important.  I've also noticed over time that the effects of the Young Living oils seem to last longer than others.  I felt like for pain especially, I had to reapply and reapply and reapply previously.  But with Young Living, the amounts of time between reapplication are longer.

4.  Emotional research + options.  The amount of blends Young Living has for emotional related issues is intense.  Blending oils is a tricky business- and not something an amateur can always effectively do.  With other oils, I had to blend more on my own.  With Young Living, most of them have already been expertly blended for me.  No guessing on the effective and correct amounts of each oil or which oil to put in first (because all these little details make a HUGE difference).  And Young Living is doing an incredible amount of research with emotions and oils- there is an entire kit out new this year targeting the Autistic Spectrum population, as well as those with other similar struggles.  The research and testimonies on it are amazing.  And again, instead of guessing on it yourself, Young Living did the research for you.

5.  Health research + options.  I don't know as much about this, but there are multiple blends Young Living has that target major body systems: heart, muscles, liver, immune system.  I actually tried mixing up my own blend for heart flutters from anxiety.  Which is ok, but it was a total guessing game.  Young Living, again, took the guessing out.  A lot of the oils are ones I put in my blend, but unlike my blend, it is blended with wisdom and knowledge about oils.

6.  Seed to Seal.  This just means that Young Living isn't paying someone else for their oils.  They plant the seeds, grow the seeds, harvest, distill, bottle the entire thing themselves.  Now I am not going to be as die hard about this one simply because I am more of an 'empower the local' person.  And in many ways, this might be the one thing I differ with YL about.  But I will say I like that Young Living is truly an essential oil company in every sense of the word- not just a distributor of oils if that makes sense.

7.  Payment plan.  If you are interested in the business side, I actually think Young Living is more profitable.  For one thing, you make $30 more with Young Living for each person who signs up.  Previously, I would have had to really 'build my pyramid' to do much with it.  Which isn't what I really wanted to do.  I love sharing oils with people, but I have no interest in strategizing some hierarchy plan.  Young Living much more would work for someone like me who likes sharing, but isn't looking to do much with it full time.  I could actually do more than possibly (on a good day) break even!

8.  Research on frequencies.  Young Living studies body frequencies a ton.  I don't understand this completely yet.  However, they studied the frequency of a person who was feeling joy, determined the number, and then set out to create a blend that had the same frequency as a person feeling joy.  Thus you have the Joy blend.  That is amazing to me.  They didn't just blend oils that produce euphoric feelings, there was a mathematical reasoning behind it.  Powerful!

9.  Young Living did it first.  There are plenty of other oil companies now.  Some are perfectly fine and safe.  Some you should use with caution.  But all of them came After Young Living.  And the more I look at other companies, the more I see them compare themselves to Young Living.  Young Living is the standard, the original, and all these other companies are setting themselves up to compete with Young Living.  There might be great things about other companies, but Young Living still started it.  Personally, I prefer the original.

10.  Research.  I just want to repeat that one.  My research confirmed that this was the right company, and I continue to come back amazed with the research that backs this company up.  Even precaution wise.  Young Living has really introduced me to the importance of using precaution with oils and little ones and which ones can cause an adverse reaction.  I can't imagine not knowing this information!   And I certainly can't imagine sharing these with others without that information!

If you would like to know more about Young Living's kit, scroll back because there are posts and posts on my opinions on the kit.  And if you are interested in learning more, email me at rinehartash@gmail.com or click the link to my facebook page Sweetly Worn Blog

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oily adendum

I am sitting here preparing to have some friends over who have oil questions.  Leading up to this I have been tossing and turning and my stomach has been churning.  As you know I tried both of the big companies in oils over the last month.  I compared them.  Decided on which oil from each I liked.  And then I looked at cost.  And like the good daughter my father raised with down home Midwest money saving ethics, I compared dollar signs and I stopped there.  DoTerra does give me more money back, and dollar for dollar, it is a better deal.  I blogged that.

But my heart has been restless.  I have fought it and fought it because I have a ridiculous and insane amount of love and respect for the lady who introduced me to doTerra.  I have fought it because so many of my friends have signed up under me, and I felt I betrayed them.  I wanted it to be right because I love all these people so much.

But The Lord has not left me alone about it.  I have been beyond restless, beyond peace.  I am going to stand beyond Young Living for personal reasons.  Because of respect for all those I love, I am not going to blog why.  I will tell you to do you own research.  Oh mylanta is this every important!!!!  I have learned TONS this month about oils, and that learning has caused me to rethink what I believed to be true.  That is so so hard, but so so important.

If you are using doTerra, I do think they have great products- some of which I will still buy for myself!  I just want to say for the world that there are things about Young Living that make me feel like my personality and values are more in line with theirs.

But please, research yourself.  I would be happy to talk to you about it more one on one :)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, 
as working for the Lord, not for men.
~Colossians 3:23

Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Club

One summer a wonderful friend of mine started a book club for all the teachers from Lee Elementary to join.  I'm not even sure how many years ago this was anymore.  Maybe 5.  We've read a lot of books together during the summers.  Stalked a Denton murderers house together.  Eaten a lot of brunch foods together.  Watched each other have babies.  Watched those babies grow up.  Seen babies happen who no one expected to happen.  The original founder moved to Seattle last year, but book club keeps going.  One of our members is moving to West Texas this summer.  A new teacher has since joined our ranks.  I am sure these movements won't be the last both in and out of the group.

Sometimes you are just looking down at your book and thinking about book club and you realized you are blessed to have something that has been a part of your life for close to 5 years.  So thankful for the amazing people I got to know while I was teaching at Lee.  #1000gifts

At book club this week #timemarcheson - I think I was probably pregnant when book club started.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Tale of Two Oil Companies- part 6

Recap:  I started using doTerra in January and have since grown very overwhelmed by the various pieces of info I gathered along the way regarding doTerra and Young Living.  I knew enough to know why each one considered itself the best, and figured both were probably decent.  But that didn't stop my questions.  I ended up buying both and I'm sharing my thoughts here.  So far, I have decided I prefer doTerra lemon and doTerra frankincense.  I am mostly neutral on both lavenders.  I prefer Young Living peppermint for headaches.  However, the past few days I have been very congested and put a drop of Young Living peppermint on the roof of my mouth, I have to say again, I preferred the taste of doTerra.  I do still prefer to use Young Living peppermint though.  In part 4, I decided I liked YL purification, however had nothing to compare it to.  I prefer YL Pan Away due to my sensitivity to peppermint.  I love YL Thieves, although it is strong, so I would probably still use On Guard with Jude.  In part 5, I discussed the four oils contained in the doTerra kit that pertain to physical wellness.  It is my opinion that those oils are very necessary for a healthy home, and I like that doTerra included them.  All of these comments are simply my experience and opinion.  They in no way represent facts, science, or medical advice.  Always do your own research first.

As I've mentioned, the Young Living kit includes oils that are emotional wellness related.  I have some of these compatible oils by doTerra which I will sort of compare them to.  All of the Young Living oils you see in these pictures are part of the enrollment kit.  The doTerra compatible oils are ones I have bought separately.

I want to be super clear on emotional based oils- these are extremely dependent on personal chemistry.  When I first started using anxiety medication, my doctor told me that finding the right pill was like dating.  You have to date around until you find what works.  This is the same with anxiety/depression/mood related oils.  All these reviews have to do with how the oils react with MY chemistry.  You may have a completely different experience with each of these oils.  

 Stress Away, Joy, Citrus Bliss

How I use it:  These are all blends I use in the diffuser more than anything.  Joy is probably my favorite out of all 3.  I also used joy quite a bit during my Young Living only week.  I will say that none of these 3 oils make a significant impact on my anxiety.  I did recently read of someone who uses Joy and puts it over her heart while quoting "The joy of the Lord is my strength".  I loved that!  I've started doing that pretty regularly.  

Smell:  From the bottle, it reminds me of cheap flowers and a smoky hotel room.  However, diffused, it has this baby soft floral scent.  It also has this same scent when it mixes with my own chemistry.  
Taste: not for consumption
Effectiveness:  I do use joy several times a day.  I will probably continue to buy this oil from Young Living, and would recommend it.  I don't think it makes me joyful, and it isn't what I would need in the midst of panic, but it does bring me a bit of happy peace.  Note- the doTerra version of Joy is Elevation.  I don't own that oil, but I actually really like it.  I actually ordered it in my latest dT order- I will try to blog a comparison in the coming weeks.

Overall:  I like this oil.  I especially like diffusing this oil.  I will continue to buy it.

As far as Stress Away and Citrus Bliss go- neither of these are blends I use much.  They both have a citrusy sweet smell.  Citrus Bliss is more orange creamsicle whereas Stress Away is more Limey.  Again, these aren't really oils I ended up drawn to much.

 Whisper, Peace & Calming, Serenity

How I use it:  Whisper is my very favorite mood oil I have.  If I don't have it, I feel like a crazy person. I HAVE to have this during the day.  It is my "medication" for anxiety.  I use it and literally feel my tension fade within minutes.  When I did my Young Living only week- I substituted Peace and Calming for this one.  They both have patchouli in it.  Patchouli, vetiver, bergamot, and ylang ylang are the 4 oils I notice I am really a fan of in my blends particularly.
Jude and Jimmy both use Peace & Calming for sleep.
Jude also uses Serenity for sleep.  Serenity is great for babies.  I love diffusing serenity.  However, for my anxiety, serenity doesn't really fix my problem.  It's mostly a lavender based one.  Again, I need the thick oils like vetiver and patchouli.

Smell:  Whisper smells like tree bark and roses to me.  It's kind of a weird smell because the vetiver is in high concentrations I believe.  Peace & Calming smells like Patchouli!!!  I finally just started only putting it on my feet because I hated the smell.  It reminded me of my senior year English teacher.  Serenity is by far the best smelling- it smells like chocolate and flowers to me!
Taste- none are edible
Effectiveness:  Whisper is very effective for my anxiety needs.  Peace and Calming was good, but it didn't work for me as good as Whisper.  However, P&C is the only oil Jimmy has effectively used to sleep, so we will still be using it a lot.  I do use it on Jude, although I think he is immune to the effects of oils settling his brain :)  Nothing calms that child down for long.  Jude uses serenity in his dream spray, and seems to really like that one.  I do think it helps him.  Again, he just is slightly calmer- not going straight to sleep.

Overall:  For my purposes, I will never go another week without Whisper in my life again.  However, Peace and Calming is a good oil, and we will probably keep it on hand in our house.  Especially for my boys :)

Valor, Balance

How I use it:  I have been using balance daily on my feet.  I used valor in place of balance during my week with Young Living.  I mostly put it on my feet, neck, wrists.  Same spots I put whisper.  I ended up using Valor quite a bit because I hated the smell of Peace & Calming so much.

Smell:  Balance and Valor used to have the same exact ingredients in them.  Recently, Balance changed from rosewood to howood.  Now Balance has a less woodsy, more flowery smell.  However- valor smells exactly as I remember the old Balance smelling.
Taste:  not for consumption
Effectiveness:  I found substituting valor for balance to be just as effective.  These are oils I think can be used interchangeably.  

Overall:  I prefer the woodsy smell of Valor, so I will probably try to use it as much as possible.  However, there has been some unavailability issues with Valor, so given that I may purchase Balance as well.  In the end, it doesn't matter to me, because I really think they work the same.  It's the smell of Valor that I prefer.

This ends my oil specific comparisons.  Here's how they shake up:

Oils I don't have a preference on:  Lavender
YL:  Peace & Calming, Joy, Stress Away, Purificiation
dT:  Slim n sassy, Breathe, Oregano

Prefer doTerra:  digestZen, Lemon, Frankincense (side note- dT uses a different type of frankincense than Young Living- you would have to look up the latin names and compare them that way.)

Prefer Young Living:  Valor, Thieves, Pan Away, Peppermint

Overall, I liked all my Young Living oils.  I also still like my doTerra oils.  Most of the oils were unable to be fully compared.  I am planning on getting some of the specific ones in doTerra to compare to Joy and Purification soon, so expect updated posts.  I'd also like to compare some of the doTerra oils like breathe and digestZen to the Young Living ones over time.  In summary though, I do actually prefer more Young Living oils (4) than doTerra (3).  8 of the oils are either fully neutral or unable to be compared at this time.  

I don't have any desire or plan to fully depart from doTerra.  There is a lot to love about doTerra.  However, Young Living is a good company.  The biggest difference overall to me is that doTerra is just more gentle.  It's very slightly more gentle, but it really seems more gentle to me.  Kind of like it moisturizes my skin maybe?  whereas YL seems to leave my skin drier?  I honestly can't explain it.   This is why I recommend trying them yourself :)  I do know that if given the choice for Jude- I will probably use dT because of the gentle factor.

I really believe oils are life changing and important for all families.  But remember to do your own research.  I would recommend getting samples from each or buying a few from each and comparing yourself.  If you would like to try something from either company, you can message me.  I order from doTerra each month on the 2nd and from Young Living each month on the 21st.  You are welcome to order through me and try any oil or oils you want as you search out your own decision.

*I will come back and do a follow up post on which company I will be using most and why.