A little history on me, first.
Years ago, I had hosted a "party" in my home, selling some goods, what it is, doesn't matter. Well, afterwards, I just didn't feel right about it. I really thought that I had taken advantage of my friends. I mean, I've been to parties, that you just feel uncomfortable, and feel pressured into buying stuff to "help your friend out." So, I called each of my friends soon after the party. I told them that I was sorry to take advantage of their friendship like that, and if they wanted, they could cancel their order. Let's just say, I had a very good party. So, each one had the chance to cancel their order. Do you know, every single one of them canceled their order! Their comments were: "We were just trying to help you get the stuff you wanted", and, "it was fun, but I really didn't need any of that." I made a commitment not to get involved in a MLM system again. So, no, I have not hosted any parties. I have on occasion, gone to some, and, on occasion I have purchased some items (I LOVE Sol-U-Mel!! That stuff is AMAZING!!--no, I am not paid to say that). But, recently, I went to a class to teach you about Essential Oils.
The class was good--however, I did have some questions. They tout their products as being 100% pure therapeutic oils, and the only place you can buy 100% pure products (not true!). They also (almost) claim that EO's will cure any ailment you may have. They tell you that the essential oils are so strong, that if you are going to add them to water and drink them, only buy a glass drinking bottle, because the EO will break down the plastic. Then, just a bit later, they tell you that you can make your own cleaning products--just put water in a plastic spray bottle and add in your EO. So--my question is--why will it break down one plastic bottle, but not another?? Why can you use it for cleaning, but not for drinking? They had no answer. :) Next question, please??
So, sad to say, I did buy into their program. I mean--look at all the benefits I would get. Let me interject here--I did buy into the program--with the intent of never adding people under me. I was going to stay the bottom rung forever. I made a commitment years ago, remember? And, I was desperate. The children were dealing with some nasty stuff, and we were making hospital runs, and I was tired of them being sick. PLUS! Look at all the stuff you get!! You get a diffuser (I do have to admit, I do like it, although the lid did break by just wiping it, which I am trying to contact the company about), 10 main essential oils, plus a reference guide. Woo hoo! Look at the money you are saving, right?? Well. . . I'll get into that later.
So--Why am I so against the MLM Essential Oils??
I do not like the New Age teaching you get from it. i.e. the blend "Forgiveness" (this is from their catalog), "Forgiveness enhances the ability to forgive yourself and others while letting go of negative emotions, which is an important part of personal growth." I'm sorry, but as a Christian, you do not need an Essential Oil to help you forgive!!!! You need the help of the Lord Jesus Christ. I will quote only 1 more from their catalog. This is "Inner Child--stimulates memory response to help you connect with your authentic self and take steps toward finding emotional balance." Excuse me?? As a Christian--this is the work of the Holy Spirit--NOT an Essential Oil.
If you read in the reference guide--it's even WORSE than the main catalog!!! In the first few dozen pages, it goes into "Auricular Emotional Therapy Points". I have a big problem with this! Quoted from the book, "Bearing burdens of the world use release and valor". This is on the ear. Let me say, that, as a Christian, Jesus is the burden bearer, and we are to cast all our cares upon Him, because He cares for us. And also, in Galatians, we are to bear one another's burdens. And, if you are feeling guilty?? Use an oil!! Let me repeat--as a Christian, if we are feeling guilty, the thing we need to do is repent! Enough said. I could go on and on. Ok. I just have to do 1 more. The reference guide says under depression, "Cleansing the flesh and blood of evil deities, use these oils Cedarwood, Myrrh." Then it gives a history ""Breaking the lineage of iniquity.' The ancient Egyptians believed that if they didn't clear the body and mind of negative influences before dying, they could not progress into the next life and return to this world to take up the body they had left in the tomb (resurrection)." Do I really need to comment on this one???
Now, don't get me wrong--I do feel that Essential Oils are beneficial (when you drop off all the New Age - and some places say it is witchcraft - mumbo jumo). I mean, look--when the high priests anointed people, it was with holy anointing oils. And, when the children of Israel went into battle--they didn't bring a doctor along, I've heard they brought along herbal remedies. So, if they were to just deal with physical problems, I would have no problem with it--just tell me what oil to use, if we have a sinus infection, or whatever. BUT--when you are dealing with emotional problems--you either need to talk to Jesus, or in some cases, a counselor.
Also--I have seen Christians, who use EO's, when they have an illness--rather than turning to our Lord Jesus, the Healer, turn to their essential oils, or to the reference manual, first. We need to remember He is more than able to heal, and we need to go to Him first!! There is a place for doctors, and for essential oils--but Jesus should be our first go-to when something is wrong. Some people are using essential oils to replace Jesus in the healing business.
Ok. Now to deal with the financial part of it. I am not talking about my initial start up kit. I will only talk about purchasing some of the oils that I do like, and use. There is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus. I really like that oil!! But, my cost, in the catalog is over $30 for a 15 ml bottle. I can get the same size bottle, 100% pure, therapeutic oil for $15 - from a Christian company! Remember--the MLM company states that they have 100% pure EO. Well, they are NOT the only ones. There are other companies out there that have really good products, too, just less cost. With the MLM company--I am providing income for all my upline (people above me).
So, it comes down to this--do I purchase over-priced products, from a company who pushes a LOT of New Age teaching; or am I to be a good steward of God's money, and buy a product, that is just as good, and only half the cost, from a Christian company?? I guess the ball is now in your court. Which company would you support??