We Don’t Sell
Originally Posted January -February – March Winter 2013
1. We Don’t Sell
~^~^~^~^by David Stewart
WE DON’T SELL ANYTHING
The way we build our Young Living business is the same way Jesus and his disciples built the early Christian Church. They didn’t go out to “sell” the Gospel. They just went out and made it known. People could then “take it, or leave it.” When people were not receptive, Jesus and his disciples simply moved on to where people were ready for his teachings. In Mark 6:11 Jesus advises his disciples, “If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet . . .” In other words, don’t be attached to whether people want to try and learn about the many benefits of essential oils or not. If not, leave them alone and go where people are interested and willing to try them. Don’t continue to try to persuade them or “sell” them. Don’t waste your time. There are many out there who will be excited and grateful for you to introduce them to the oils. Find those people.
That is what Jesus and his disciples did. Jesus was a good publicist. He made himself and his message of salvation known, but he never tried to sell what he had to offer. He and his disciples left it up to the individual to receive or reject their good offer. When he did not find many receptive people in his home town, he did not stay there to persuade them. Instead, he left town and went to the neighboring villages where people did receive him.(Mark 6:5-6)
The word, “Gospel,” simply means “Good News.” Knowing yourself what benefits can be obtained by learning how to use essential oils and incorporating them into your life, isn’t that “Good News.” Shouldn’t that Good News be publicized and shared, not for your benefit, but for the benefit of everyone you know and meet.
Not everyone will be interested and ready to incorporate essential oils into their lives. You are actually suggesting a “change in life style” by mentioning essential oils and what they can do for one. A person may not be interested now, but if you are nice, friendly, respectful, and don‘t try to sell them, they may come to you at some future time when they are ready and ask you about the oils. Then, again, maybe they never will. That is okay. Focus on doing the right things, not on the responses you may get.
Not everyone who heard Jesus, or who encountered his disciples, was persuaded to accept the “Good News.” Jesus blessed them, let them be, and moved on. By maintaining an attitude of willingness to share these wonderful oils, but devoid of any attachment or expectation that people will understand and appreciate them, you will have no fear or anxiety in approaching people and they won’t be offended or feel pressured by your approach.
Some people say they don’t want to become a Young Living distributor commenting, “I can’t sell” or “I don’t want to sell.” You can assure them by words, but mostly by your example, that there is no selling necessary. You never try to persuade anyone, because it is everyone’s right to make their own choices, and you respect that. But because Young Living essential oils have brought you so many blessings to you and your family and you have seen them work wonders for so many, you would be remiss if you didn’t mention them and offer the opportunity for individuals to know of their availability and decide for themselves.
It was the same in spreading the Christian Gospel in the first decades after Jesus lived. The disciples would be remiss if they did not publicize the good news and let people know that salvation was available, but beyond spreading the word, they had no further duty to pursue or attempt to sell what they had. In spreading the Gospel, all the disciples had to do was share what the teachings of Jesus had done for them, personally.
You can publicize the oils the same way. Give your personal testimonies and share the benefits you know about from others. Take that attitude with the oils and you won’t have any fears about approaching people because if they are not interested, you will respect that. And if they are, then you can do them a favor and offer to be their sponsor and coach to help them experience the blessings and benefits you know are possible from the oils.
2. Antibiotics are Not Antiviral. Essential Oils Are
~^~^~^~^by Gloria Miller
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) made the headlines in today’s Kansas City “Star.” This illness, which can be very serious for babies and children, is said to be on the rise. Medical doctors treat it with antibiotics (Don’t ask me why, because antibiotics don’t do diddly-squat to get rid of a virus!) They also treat it with oxygen, which makes sense, because the little ones have a very hard time breathing once the inflammation gets going.
Those of you who have been in Young Living for even a short while know that we have many oils that are proven to be ANTI-VIRAL. But medical doctors don’t “hold” with that kind of wisdom. They are disturbed because there is no inoculation against RSV at this time.
Even if there was, viruses by their very nature are extremely elusive. This is because viruses mutate so quickly. Something created by man in a laboratory might have dispelled a particular virus last week or last year, but may not have any effect on it today.
NEVERTHELESS…..God has already solved that problem! HOW? With plants that contain essential oils with naturally-occurring chemical constituents that are inherently anti-viral. Also, because the amount of precipitation, the temperature range, the soil, wind, and other environmental factors vary from year to year, each harvest of those plants differs. The difference is in the levels of those natural chemical constituents. In other words viruses cannot “out-mutate” a pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil with anti-viral capacity!
We can take advantage of that heavenly gift by diffusing essential oils in our homes, workplaces, churches, schools, etc. It’s intelligent “health insurance” to do this! Plus, it’s perfectly safe, smells great, and you can’t inhale too much of them.
Young Living offers quite a variety of oils and proprietary Oil Blends that are anti-viral: Melissa (has shown the strongest anti-viral activity); Abundance; bergamot; Christmas Spirit; all the citrus oils (which are among the least expensive); clary sage; Egyptian Gold; Eucalyptus blue; Eucalyptus globulus; Eucalyptus polybractea (also a mucolytic); Eucalyptus radiata; Exodus II; frankincense; galbanum; helichrysum; hyssop; Idaho tansy; ImmuPower; juniper; Melaleuca alternifolia; Melaleuca quinquinervia; myrrh; palmarosa; palo santo; peppermint; pine; Raven; ravintsara; R.C. (Respiratory Care); Thieves; and Three Wise Men — all great to diffuse! (Note: oregano, thyme, and clove are also highly anti-viral, but are better used applied to the body after being diluted with V-6 massage oil or extra virgin olive oil.)
Young Living has an array of diffusers from which to choose. If you have small children, the best one to get is the TheraPro model, Code number 4495. It has no fragile glass chimney, you can set its timers to turn on and off, and adjust the outflow. It has a very stable base, and enough weight to keep it from being knocked over. Consider it as an investment in your family’s health — something that will last for years.
I have had some of the “original” diffusers, Code number 3660, (with the glass chimney) for over 10 years, and they are still operating. These are quality products.
(Never heat essential oils. Heating oils causes them to “polymerize” and build long chains, preventing the molecules from floating out into the air, which is why ultrasonic or nebulizing diffusers are recommended.)
Remember: as with so many other products, you get what you pay for. Other brands will likely have been cut, adulterated, or distilled at high temperatures, destroying the healing power. They will NOT be 100% pure, therapeutic grade! They will still smell good, and you are probably going to enjoy that, but the virus won’t be affected.
As the Winter season continues (for us folks in the Nothern Hemisphere), other preventive measures you can take are to avoid all refined foods and carbonated beverages, plus go very light on meat and dairy. (I know — this isn’t easy, especially if you have kids, but it’s crucial to keeping everyone well.) Drink plenty of pure water — the juice of half a fresh lemon in a tall glass of water every morning is a good idea, for several reasons. Get plenty of rest, and — for goodness sake — bundle up if it’s cold and/or windy! Even if you are only stepping out for a minute, it’s especially important to keep your head and neck protected from the wind (Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends this!)
And run your diffusers ALL the time, with your choice of oils or blends! Your surroundings will smell wonderful, and you’ll be boosting your immune system while you destroy airborne microbes!
3. Lavender Oil Seems to Know What You Need and Provides It
(The following article is reprinted with permission from AIRASE Essential Oil Hot News, Sept 12, 2012, issue. For information on joining AIRASE and receiving their news articles, see end of this issue of the Raindrop Messenger.)
Lavender essential oil has long been known for its calming and relaxing benefits. But in some exceptional cases, lavender oil actually proved to be energizing.
In a 2004 study (1) in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, terminally ill cancer patients received a combination of aromatherapy, a lavender essential oil footsoak, and a reflexology treatment with jojoba oil containing lavender. Evaluation of the Cancer Fatigue Scale (CFS) showed fatigue was alleviated.
Knowing that lavender is calming and sedating to most people while energizing to terminally ill cancer patients invokes the term “adaptogen.” This means that lavender seems to have an inherent sense of what is needed and then provides it.
An April 2012 study (2) by researchers in Thailand analyzed the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and mood responses in humans after inhalation. Twenty healthy volunteers participated in the study with sweet almond oil as the control. Autonomic nervous system functions (those that operate involuntarily or below the level of consciousness) such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and skin temperature were assessed.
Additionally, study subjects were questioned on their mood responses: feeling pleasant or unpleasant, uncomfortable, their feelings of sensuality, and relaxation in order to assess behavioral arousal. Also, an electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded from 31 electrodes on the scalp. The data was analyzed comparing the effects of lavender oil on physiological and mood states with sweet almond oil.
In what could not have been a surprise to anyone, the results showed that lavender oil caused significant decreases in blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal. With regard to mood states, the lavender oil group categorized themselves as more active, fresher, and relaxed than subjects inhaling the control oil. Compared to the control oil, lavender essential oil increased the power of theta and alpha brain activities.
In another 2012 study, recognizing the number of studies of lavender’s calming, antiseptic, and sleep-assisting benefits, Taiwanese scientists from Yuanpei University (3) decided to analyze lavender’s response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in human monocyte THP-1 cells.
Using just a 0.1 percent solution of lavender essential oil (LEO), the researchers discovered that lavender oil significantly increased cell viability and inhibited the IL-1ß and superoxide anion generation of LPS-stimulated THP-1 cells. The highly technical study abstract also noted that lavender essential oil down-regulated both LPS-induced protein levels of phospho-NF-kB and membrane toll-like receptor (4).
For the nonscientists among us, superoxide, says Wikipedia, “is biologically quite toxic and is deployed by the immune system to kill invading microorganisms.”4 Nuclear factor kappa beta (NF-kB) “controls many genes involved in inflammation” so “it is not surprising that NF-kN is found to be chronically active in many inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, sepsis, gastritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and others.” (5)
When inflammatory conditions in the body take control, lavender’s anti-inflammatory mechanisms may provide help.
1. Kohara H, et al. Combined modality treatment of aromatherapy, footsoak, and reflexology relieves fatigue in patients with cancer, J Palliat Med. 2004 Dec;7(6):791-6.
2. Sayorwan W, et al. The effects of lavender essential oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity, J Med Assoc Thai. 2012 Apr;95(4):598-606.
3. Huang MY, et al. Effect of lavender essential oil on LPS-stimulated inflammation, Am J Chin Med. 2012;40(4):845-59.