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<p>At first I was so afraid to use some EOs even though they had only helped me in the past (above and beyond and more safely than any meds).<br>
I started using some of the "warning" oils on my body because of the severe muscle contractions/spasms.  (My DO had prescribed Vicodin even though I said it didn't help me and just made me sick!)<br>
So then I found this: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyTaKJsl6cI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyTaKJsl6cI</a></p>
<p>It's long, but has really great information. If you want to skip the doTerra information (heard it before, etc.) go to about 30 min. in. I do recommend getting some of that information, because some of the warnings. I use doTerra and have found these oils to be much better than others I've used, but I am interested in another non-MLM brand that is supposedly a little lower priced.<br>
Filling out my LRP now with a few of the ones mentioned (have others on hand).  Will be getting more as the months progress.<br>
Anyone else using EOs?</p>
 

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<p>I use them for a lot of different things. I like the doterra blends, but for regular oils I use windrose aromatics. I've heard good things about butterfly express and the oils at mountain rose herbs too.</p>
 

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I used the DoTerra peppermint beadlets for my nausea in 1st tri, and I used them again for heartburn a few weeks ago. They really helped. This past week when I was sick I used the breathe blend on my chest and in my humidifier as well as tea tree & oregano on my feet.<br>
I've never heard the DoTerra presentation, but my BFF is totally into them, and my midwife uses them. She okayed them for me to use. I know some people think it's a marketing ploy by a big company, but I feel comfortable using them.
 

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<p>I use them for a lot of things, but not as often as I use the actual herb itself.  There are many oils that are just as good and pure as the MLM brands and you can get them for much less price.  There are very few distributors and when tested, many oils (both MLM and not) are so close, they could have come from the same distributor and then had the special labels put on them for their brand.  This link used an independant lab to test 5 different brands.  The one that got the highest marks were not the most expensive brand either.  <a href="http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/index.php/2013/04/19/essential-oils-faq-setting-the-record-straight/" target="_blank">http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/index.php/2013/04/19/essential-oils-faq-setting-the-record-straight/</a><br>
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<p><span style="color:#000000;">I don't use them neat (undiluted), nor do I take them internally.  But I do use them for things like making home made petroleum free vapo rub, tiger balm, lip balms, skin balms, soap, lotions, bug repelant, toothpastes, and just about anything else I can think off.  Like I said though, I even more often use the actual herbs for things.  I grow and harvest my own and make infused oils, tinctures, extracts, teas, infusions, etc.  <br><br>
My first go to is not an essential oil, usually.  They are highly concentrated plant extracts and should be treated as medicine, even though they are from a plant.  They have a wonderful usefulness about them, but I think a lot of times they are over used by people that aren't well versed in them when something less concentrated would work just as well with less side effects or possible toxicity through processing.  I feel that the MLM companies often encourage unsafe use of essential oils and the people selling them are not anymore knowledgeable than the people they are selling to except what they've been taught to say and believe for marketing purposes.  Which spreads unsafe practices.  </span><img alt="2cents.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies//2cents.gif"><br>
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earthylad I completely agree- I believe the fresh herb and plant- especially if wild crafted is the best source for health. I make my own infusions, teas and tinctures also.<br><br>
Personally- I won't take any essential oils internally and believe even " the purest form" which doterra and young living claim is kinda a bold statement. These are powerful herbs, concentrated and should only be used with a carrier in skin products.<br>
Of course this is just my opinion and I don't expect everyone to feel the same way.
 
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