I’ve never had any allergies before until…..I have it. I was perfectly fine using personal care products you buy off the shelf in shopping malls or pharmacies as they’re affordable and readily available. I wasn’t aware of the harmful chemicals used in those products.
In June 2016, I started developing itchy patches on my arms. I thought it was due to stress or environment (my home is pretty dusty as it’s near the main road.) I bought some steroid creams to apply on my arms and it helped a little. But after two days, it got worse as red bumps started appearing on my thighs, waist, neck, and feet.
I went to the doctor and I was told I was suffering from a severe case of eczema. I was given some medications. There was no improvement as these itchy bumps continue to develop all around my back. Some parts of my skins started to dry off and cracks. It was excruciating taking showers with my body covered in red bumps and cracked skins. It was such a painful ordeal.
In Search for Natural Products
I started reading up on eczema and how I need to replace all the skincare products that I use that might have triggered it. I bought organic homemade soaps and body butter that contain no harmful chemicals. Gradually my skins were improving. When I begin to use the natural skincare products, my skins clear up eventually from red bumps and rashes.
Since it helped me so much, I begin to research on DIY skincare products that I can easily make at home so I know the exact ingredients I use. A lot of DIY recipes mentioned the use of essential oils so I begin to read up on the benefits and the use of essential oils (EO.)
I saw a friend’s Instagram post on a Young Living’s Raven essential oil. I commented on it as I was looking for pure essential oils but wasn’t too sure about the ones available in the market.
Penny sent me an FB message later on telling me more about essential oils. However, I didn’t sign up as a member right away or purchase the starter kit. I was very much a minimalist and was considering whether or not I should spend the money on things I don’t quite need it or at least I thought I didn’t need it.
Essential Mindfulness Workshop
Fast forward to November 2017, Penny invited me to attend an Essential Mindfulness Workshop organized at Billy Kueek International (BKI). An NLP Master Trainer at BKI, Kit and Penny were both talking about how to use essential oils to achieve mindfulness. Being an NLP Practitioner and a psychology nerd, I can understand how scent affects our limbic system. It all started to make sense and I was sold.
Becoming Young Living Member
The following week after the workshop, Penny and I were having coffee near her neighbourhood. She wanted to talk to me more about the Young Living business but at that point of time, I was just super excited to be an oiler (a term we call essential oil users.)
I remember telling her that I would get a starter kit the following month but she said she had a set available and would be happy for me to begin experiencing the oils first. While this wasn’t my first time using essential oils, I was just simply thrilled with my new “toy” and I instantly fell in love with it.
In December, I purchased a starter kit from Young Living and returned it to Penny. I didn’t intend to do this as a business but I simply can’t imagine not sharing and educating others to live a life free of harmful chemicals when it has helped me so much. So here you can either find out more about the benefits of essential oils or the business as well.
Below is an impromptu sharing with the other members on how I came across Young Living and why I joined.
Savvy Oilers, founded by Penny and some of her closest friends, is the name we call our group of oilers. We’re simply ordinary people who are looking to ditch products with harmful chemicals in replacement to natural products that are good for us.
It’s important for us to be savvy in the use of EOs. We typically get together as often as we could to share our experiences and knowledge about the EOs and EO-infused products of Young Living. We also organize Make and Take workshops for those who would like to explore EOs.