This week, I met with Jodi Dwyer, a very passionate Young Living EO representative, to discuss essential oils! We talked about why essential oils have so many benefits, how the body absorbs them, the importance of oil purity, and how to use essential oils to get the best benefits!. Warning... you may spend your entire paycheck on oils after this interview!! Enjoy!
Carolyn: Hey Jodi! I'm SO excited to connect today to talk about essential oils! I've been following you on Facebook and I'm pumped to have you share your knowledge with us. So please - go ahead and introduce yourself!
Jodi: Thanks, Carolyn! Hi, I'm Jodi Dwyer. A Boston gal, MS advocate, travel enthusiast, Young Living essential oil educator, oncology social worker and sangria fanatic!
Carolyn: Hahah, I love it! How did you first get involved with essential oils?
Jodi: I followed a blogger for about a year and she shared a lot about her lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils. I was always intrigued but skeptical. Then a real life friend shared about them and she is a no nonsense kind of girl, so I knew then that Young Living was the real deal and reached out to her with some questions. She got me started with Young Living's Premium Starter Kit and the rest is history.
Carolyn: It always helps to know someone in person who can back up your intuition! I'm happy you had that friend! So, what has been your personal experience with oils over the years?
Jodi: I've been using Young Living Essential Oils for over 3.5 years and my overall experience has been exceptional. I share about them because I've had such positive results with living a healthier life and want others to have similar experiences. I have more energy, sleep more restfully, feel more balanced emotionally and just feel better overall.
Carolyn: I was really impressed at how much essential oils balanced my mood! I know they have a bunch of benefits, can you tell me what some of the main benefits of essential oils are? Why should we use them?
Jodi: Oh yeah, there's a lot! Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. Many provide support for every body system: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, endocrine, hormones, respiratory and immune system.
Tests have shown that they reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in 3 seconds when inhaled. They were found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. Expulsion of essential oils takes 3/6 hours in a normal, healthy body.
Carolyn: Oh wow, that's so interesting! So it helps a little bit of everything. How do you know if you're getting a quality product?
Jodi: It's really important to use essential oils that are pure. You get what you pay for and not all essential oils are created equal! I trust Young Living due to their Seed to Seal process (http://seedtoseal.com/en). They are the global leader in essential oils and have been in business for almost 25 years. I was able to visit the Mona Farm in Utah this past September and it was a fascinating experience. I saw the process first hand, met the farmers, talked to the scientists and even planted some seeds!
Using essential oils to support our body just makes sense - they have been used since biblical times and worked for 15th century thieves to avoid the plague while robbing from bodies of the death and dying! Authentic essential oils are 100% pure with no added synthetics which means no toxic ingredients.
Carolyn: Makes sense to me! There are so many different kinds of oils and blends, sometimes I get a little overwhelmed. What is a good way for someone to get started if they don't know what oils to buy?
Jodi: Good question! I felt overwhelmed when I started too but I had a great teacher who showed me the ropes. Additionally, there are many reliable resources out there that I shared with my members and I'm there to teach and guide them as much as needed. I started my oils journey with Young Living's Premium Starter Kit. It includes 11 bottles of oils (the most popular) to help you get started along with a diffuser and other samples. It is sold for half the price of its value and if you are like me you like knowing you are getting the best deal!
Becoming a "wholesale member" with Young Living is similar to getting a Costco membership. It simply allows you to purchase future oils/products for a discounted price but their is no obligation to purchase again or sell!
I also teach classes both online and in person so if you are more of a hands on learner don't worry. We'll set something up that works for your style! I could talk about oils for hours so you'd never be bothering me as you're learning!
Carolyn: Clearly you feel very passionate about Young Living! How did you get started with your company? What drew you to work for them?
Jodi: When looking into different brands of essential oils, I did a lot of research. I don't want to put crap on my body! I was drawn to Young Living's Seed to Seal process. They are the oldest essential oil company in the world so they must be doing something right. Their transparency is like no other company's and to me that just felt right. The more I learn about their global mission work and how much they give back to the community the more impressed I am with not only their products but their generosity.
But I NEVER intended to "sell" essential oils or work for a MLM company. I had such amazing benefits from the oils and products that I couldn't help but share with my friends and then these oils sold themselves. Next thing I knew I was doing the business and loving it! Anyone who knows me knows that I would never share about a product that I didn't love just to make a buck. It is not about that for me. I try to be as authentic as I can be. Ask me anything!
Seeing how many friend's lives have been positively impacted by Young Living blows me away. I continue to work this business because I love helping people. I'm also an oncology social worker so my life revolves around helping people both professional and personally. I love the balance of these two jobs and how I get to use different skills and expertise for each but also find so much overlap too!
Carolyn: I'm so happy that you've found something that aligns with your personal mission. It truly is a gift to share different ways to heal that can positively affect people's lives! Tell me more about your classes.
Jodi: I teach classes, both online and in person. I teach the most basic class, "Intro to Essential Oils" most frequently but also teach more specific topics like removing toxic products from your home, using oils "in the bedroom" (if you catch my drift), supplements, oils and emotions, oils and pets, etc.
Carolyn: Oh yeah, I didn't even think about cleaning products! Why is it important to clean with oils instead of store-bought cleaners?
Jodi: Store bought cleaners are filled with a lot of harmful chemicals. Even the "cleaner" options are often "green washed." These products are disrupting our hormones, endocrine system, and leading to many health issues like asthma, cancer, learning issues, etc. It is scary stuff! I always say "know better do better." If you know something is bad for you then try to do better. Make small changes in your home and I promise you'll start to feel better!
Carolyn: Sweet! And what advice would you give someone who’s just beginning to learn about the power of essential oils?
Jodi: If you are just starting out I would strongly recommend that you do your research. Choose a company that you trust. Purity is the most important thing. If you've tried cheap oils in the past and they didn't work it is likely because they were not pure. Let's chat! I'm happy to teach you more.
That being said, I am not a doctor and the information found here is not in any way meant to take the place of professional medical advice. This is for education purposes only based on opinions and facts that I have found to be true in my own experience and with research. Please consult your doctor before using essential oils if you have any questions about your medical situation.
Carolyn: Awesome, thanks for being so open! I'm sure people will want to connect with you, Where can they find you?
Interviews by Carolyn from Without The Weight, Inc. are meant to share all the different options available to heal your mind, body, and spirit from a holistic lens. Any advice or recommendations are meant to work as complementary therapies alongside any treatment provided by your medical practitioner and are not suggested as a replacement for medical care.