Can I just get high quality essential oils from your website?
We have been asked this question over and over so many times I have lost count. We have spent countless hours sharing products that we have found very helpful with others but have never offered to sell them through our website. While we love sharing and helping people connect with great products, the process had become a lot of work and we knew there was a better way to help you get access to these products. So we decided to start with the most commonly asked about product. Essential oils.
We have pondered solutions for connecting you with great oils on our website without doing the whole re-bottling someone else’s product thing that is so popular right now. As we strive to meet your needs we have come up with a great solution and an opportunity for you to gain access to the the exact same therapeutic quality essential oils that we use as ingredients in our Apothecary products and with our family. We also thought that this process warrants a blog so that you can have the transparency you deserve in knowing how we came to this decision and why we choose the oil companies that we use. Essential oils are a hot topic these days so the more informed we are together about them the better we can make informed decisions about them.
The Good News
No, we are not just repackaging a different company’s oils and selling them to you. Yes, if you still want us to blend your straight essential oils for you we will still be offering this as a special order and Yes, we still have our fantastic herbal infused/essential oil blends right HERE for you to get from our website too.
The Great News
Now you can easily tap stright into our essential oil source and save money. You will not be charged for our re-bottling of bulk essential oils we buy , process, package and sell back to you. With one of the companies we use you get to decide if you want to buy the oils for retail or buy them for the same wholesale price that we get them for which saves you 24%; even better we have also created an ease of access website HERE for you to go directly to the oils, though you might still enjoy reading the rest of this blog, I think you will like it and feel more empowered about essential oils too.
What is the difference between straight essential oils and your essential oil blends?
If you were to look at our Essential Oil Blends you will see something that is of interest and quite different then most essential oil blends you find on the market. This is because our blends are made in an herb infused base oils. Our base oils are organic cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils. These base oils are also called carrier oils. Carrier oils are oils that carry the essential oil to the skin, essential oils are highly concentrated or volatile plant oils that have been extracted from the plant for use. When you apply an essential oil with a carrier oil to your body the essential oil is in a smaller concentration on a specific area of skin. The Carrier oil helps to keep the essential oil from evaporating as quickly and thus you can cover a larger part of the body with the therapeutic properties of the essential oil while using less of the essential oil.
Carrier oils can also help in preventing possible undesirable skin reaction which can occur for some individuals when applying certain straight essential oils to the skin. Carrier oils themselves hold a variety of therapeutic qualities which is why you see some of our blends made with olive oil while others you see with grape seed, coconut, castor oil or sunflower seed oils.
Our essential oil blends are also made first by infusing the whole plant into the oil then additional essential oils are added to that blend. Some of the plants we infuse in the carrier oils are not available as essential oils so the only way to get the herbal benefits is by infusing the herb in a carrier oil first. In truth we are creating a product that can not be replicated using just the straight essential oils or just the herb infused in a carrier oil. We like that no one has ever had a negative skin reaction to any of our blends, we like that we are still holding a tradition of infusing oils that has been passed down to us from generations of traditional herbalists while incorporating essential oils, which add a second therapeutic layer to the end product. We also love that our blends use less essential oils thus less plant life, reducing our overall consumption while still getting a fantastic therapeutic quality oil you can use on your skin.
All of that said straight essential oils play a very beneficial role in herbal medicine and even have their own category of therapy called Aromatherapy. While Historically Aromatherapy encompassed any herbal “aroma” that was therapeutic; now day’s it is rather synonymous in most people’s minds with essential oils. Our blended oils are heavy because of the carrier oils in them, so they are not easily diffused in the air unless you use a steam pot and although the ingredients are fantastic our blends are formulated to be used externally. There are many other ways to use straight essential oils that are just not accessible via our infused oils.
So Why Now?
We have not offered straight essential oils as a product on the shelves in our online shop or in our festival booths, until now we have always offered essential oils as special orders for people who specifically ask for them or when working with our health and wellness clients. The traditional Appalachian herbalism I was first trained in did not use essential oils, mainly because it was simply not a viable use of the available plants in the region. Most of these plants have traditionally been wild crafted and grown in our family gardens or neighbors gardens.
We do not make our essential oils at Mountain Song Herbals, they have always just been ingredients in our products. The quantity of plant life needed to make an essential oil is far greater then we would like to grow and process at our farm and while we are trained in and have a lot of experience in aromatherapy there is an art to making the highest quality essential oils just as there is an art in making the highest quality herbal products. We love making you the highest quality herbal products and love working with essential oils as ingredients in our products. We also have a healthy respect for the concept of not having to make everything yourself. (As homesteaders that was a long lesson to learn but I think we are starting to get it.)
We knew we could find a way to connect you with the best oils we have found and we did not feel that the process of buying and re-bottling straight essential oils was in alignment with our goals nor did we feel it an ethical practice for us. It is not our philosophy to take a product from another company, re-bottle it and call it our own. If we are going to put Mountain Song Herbals label on a product we will be the ones making your product and if we do a special order blend that is made with straight single essential oils we will be blending the formula for your product. We have investigated and researched and have found what we think is a great option for you to get these oils.
Because we have been thinking about how to easily get these oils to you for some time along with years of trying a variety of different companies essential oils under our belts and after a year long experiment with what we thought might be the highest overall quality essential oil company; we have found a less labor intensive way to directly connect you with reliable essential oils suppliers through our website. So now is the time to open the doors and see where you want to go. We hope that you will enjoy the ease of access and that this will move in the direction of us being able to offer you other products that we love to share.
Where do you get our Essential Oils from?
We have used essential oils in a small way since before we began Mountain Song Herbals in 2010 and we have used essential oils in our blends and sprays since we started the business. We began using essential oils much more extensively in 2012 after their profoundly positive impact on our family as we were journeying with Lyme Disease and more so after becoming a certified clinical aromatherapist.
We now use two different suppliers that we have vetted out of the top 5 companies we have tried. The two we use both offer high quality essential oils that have proven to be very therapeutic when used properly. If you would like to learn more about the general use of essential oils and what tools you can utilize as you decide for yourself what oils you want to choose please check out our blog posts and our facebook page, we post safety information as well as links to articles and learning opportunities on a regular basis so that you can use these highly therapeutic oils from a balanced and informed place. Join us for local workshops or at any of our mobile workshops as we share a variety of essential oil learning opportunities. Become well informed and make your own choices about what companies you will use, there are many out there and finding the right match for you is important in the sometimes confusing world of essential oils.
The two companies we are sharing also sell other products the first one just a few and the second has a lot of other household and health products you can choose from. As far as the other products these companies sell, my primary experience is with their single plant essential oils so I can not speak in favor or not of their other products except for their diffusers which I also really like a lot. Read your labels and while I think that many of the other products that these companies offer look good, I highly recommend doing your own research as I have not done enough of my own to make a decision at this time about those products.
Ananda Apothecary- This s a company based out of Colorado. I have been purchasing their oils for the past 4 years. The organic oils I buy from them all have a slightly sweet note over all with a good therapeutic quality to them. This is the company whose oils I used when we were walking with Lyme disease, however it was the owner of the second company that pointed me in the right direction about using essential oils with Lyme. The therapeutic quality of Ananda’s oils were excellent for supporting our family. I do find that I need to use more of their oil in my blends to reach the same therapeutics as the second company I use, their price is very reasonable but since I end up using more of their oils the price gap is shortened by a good bit. Their customer service has been fantastic and they seem knowledgeable. I have tried a few of their prepared blends but have not found them to be oils that I liked that much, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to oil blends I admit.They do not own any of their own farms and do not distill the oils themselves. They said that they do acquire third party lab testing and have been pretty good about getting me the evaluation results from the labs when I ask for them. I have had to really dig to find out more information about the chemistry of some of the oils they offer and there have been one or two oils that I felt were adulterated in some way or were not properly distilled when I compared them to other oils of the same kind and supposed quality from different companies. (I do not have access to independent labs to test the chemical compound of the oils I receive and rely on the way an oil looks, moves in glass, my sence of smell, training, understanding of essential oils and from comparing oils of different companies) It would be nice if the staff would be able to tell me more about the individual oils and their origins and farms they come from. Ananda has no minimum purchasing requirement and you can order when ever you want. They do offer a 10% off retail only if you are a practitioner and consider all of their oils to already be at wholesale pricing for the public. Everything has its place and while Ananda Apothecary’s Organic oils are in my opinion therapeutic quality and very good, hence we still use them.
Young Living Essential oils– If we are going to offer you a product we do not make we want to offer you the best we can find. In fact I have not found better single herb essential oils then the ones Young Living offers excluding their ceder wood oil which has more of a pine like scent then I prefer.Ananda Apothecaries cedar is like the cedar you would think of when you smell a cedar sauna and it has been a reliably great quality oil in practice. I am again a snob when it comes to blends but there are a few that I really like from this company especially the Thieves, Stress away, purification and Panaway. Young Livings single oils are the most well rounded aromatically that I have found, the oils hit your senses right where they are supposed to hit for the perfect length of time and smell like the plants the oils come from, even the sweet fruit and floral aromas of some of the oils feel full and rounded when you smell them. As an herbalist who works with the fresh raw plants daily you get to know the smell and quality of plants and that flows over seamlessly for me with Young Living’s essential oils, an experience I do not have with many essential oil companies oils. I have also found that their oils are the only ones I have used which the lemon oil and citrus oils taste like the fruits and rinds it comes from. While I have had good results with some of the other companies citrus oils externally, they do not taste correct and have a flavor to them that is unbalanced or chemical like.(I do not recommend you try this at home and many oils are not for ingestion at all even for this purpose) While I am conservative about using essential oils internally, when I am testing oils this is a tool that I use for many of them to help find hidden imbalances that are not always easy to find in just the aroma you sense when you smell the oil.
The amount of essential oil that you need to use is nearly half of what I have needed to use from other companies offering therapeutic quality oils which really makes the price difference much smaller then what the retail price tag looks like. They also offer a member price that is 24% off retail price, you can be a distributor and after a year you can get an additional 20% off wholesale pricing with points to get more free products and there is even up to 40% off as a business member. They also have a lot of different options to participate in that help drop the price of the products and if you really want to run with it you can make your own business out of selling their oils(not a requirement and you do not have to buy every month unless you want to). They have been creative in finding ways to balance out the pricing for their member customers but if you buy retail, well you get hit with one of the highest priced therapeutic quality essential oils on the market, so be mindful about that. It really does pay off to be a member if you want to use this companies oils.
Keeping a Critical Eye on Essential Oils
Since essential oils are a product we do not make we are always on the look out for a better oil and we are doing our best to stay informed and updated about the companies that we are currently working with. If I find better we will not hesitate to try them out, vet them and begin using them too or in replacement of who we are currently using if they are better oils. That is how we feel about all of our raw materials in our products. I was at first hesitant to use Young Living mainly due to the poor communication and disinformation that some of their distributors put out in the world that can make it harder for herbalists and aromatherapists to do their job. I did not like the negativity surrounding the split between this company and some of its workers who left and started a new essential oil company that threw the two into years of battling litigation’s. I was also hesitant due to the fact that they are a multi level marketing company which sounded like it was going to be some sort of scam to me. I have seen distributors use these oils very unwisely which was a big turn off at first.
Then I had to step back and evaluate the situation more clearly before I was willing to give them a try or create an uninformed opinion about the company. I am glad that I really took the time to do a thorough investigation including meeting and talking with the owner of the company as well as current and past employees, looking at what they had been doing in the 20 years they had been in operation and really vetting the oils they offer and meeting a lot of really great members and distributors who were using the oils wisely and shareing healthy information in their communities.
I do like that Young Living can tell you about the 9 farms they own and about the other farms the oils come from, the relationships they have with those farms and tell you about the distillation process both at their 10 distilleries and at the distilleries they work with. I like that they can explain their ethical standpoint on why they do not have an organic seal on their products(they do have a seed to seal internal certification) and you can attend farm and distillery trips if you would like to participate in the actual process of making essential oils with them. Their customer service has been great, friendly and prompt. They do run out of products more then Id like but as a business owner I really understand how that happens. I do not like that they are a very large company and that brings with it mostly dealing with a sometimes less personal relationship with the company. You can however get really involved and then you can build a really strong network of distributors and get to meet many of the employees and even the owner several times a year. So really your involvement level is your choice with this company which helps to balance out the big company distance situation. I do remember that when I was not a member of Young living it was much harder to gain access to information then it is now as a member, networking with other members made getting to information a much simpler process.
Over all this company has offered a lot of information about their growing, harvesting and processing techniques. After I found out that you do not have to participate in any way with the MLM business side of the company, I realized this was a company that I could still send my clients and patrons to. I like that you can simply buy one oil without worrying that you would have to buy them every month to get a discount and you do not have to have anything to do with selling oils unless you feel inspired to do so.
I know that the essential oils from this company are fantastic and while some people are making poor decisions with these oils and the information about oils I still have not found better single plant oils on the market. I have been using these oils for the past 2 years and last summer decided that even though the cost was more, the quality was so good that we started using larger amounts of their oils in our formulas and are now using over 75% of their oils in our formulas, the other 25% is from Ananda Apothecary mostly because Young Living does not offer all the oils that we use in our products or like the cedar, I did not care for the YL counterpart.
The Ananda website is a little easier to get into and understand as it is like nearly all the other websites out there. The young living website is good if you want to buy retail but if you want to be a member there are a few more clicks that can sometimes be confusing for people. You can go here to get more ease of access to the oils.
The only disclaimer I want to share is that yes if you order through Young Living with my information attached I will receive a small compensation for your purchase. However if you just go into their main website and make a purchase I receive no compensation for your order. I do not receive any compensation for your essential oil orders through Ananda Apothecary as they do not have an affiliate link available at this time.
Making money off of your order is not my motivation. Helping you connect with high quality essential oils that we use in our products as well as in our home for health and wellness is the reason we are sharing the oils the way we are. If you are not interested in getting straight essential oils and want to stick with our blended oils you can see them right here, remember these are the ones we formulate and make using both essential oils and herbal infused carrier oils.
These are the websites for you to look at if you would like to do some more research or place an order for the same essential oils we use in our apothecary. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and if you are a company that sells essential oils and want us to check yours out please feel free to send me a sample and your information here.
Young Living Essential Oils main website page
Ananda Apothecary Essential Oils website