Ever heard of an “Essential Oils 101” class? You might be interested in attending one if you’ve ever had questions about the benefits and usage of essential oils. Sometimes they’re titled “Essential Oils Basics”, or “Essential Oil Bootcamp”, but basically they serve the same purpose: to explain what essential oils are, how to use them, and how to get them.

Is “Essential Oils 101” like one of those timeshare presentations?

No, it’s not like a grueling timeshare presentation. I remember attending one of those in Lake Tahoe just to get a chance to enter a drawing and it wasn’t worth it. The presenter was selling out of a cheap briefcase and couldn’t even provide a brochure or business card.

The 101 on the 101

I can’t speak for everyone who teaches 101 classes, but here’s what we cover in an Essential Oils 101 class:

  • What essential oils are and how they get from plants into a bottle
  • How you can use them
  • What specific oils come in a Young Living Premium Starter Kit
  • How to save money on oils through Young Living

The total time is about 1-2 hours depending on how big the class is, we usually take time passing sample oils around so everyone can test them out and ask questions. We plan to host at least one per month, based on time availability.

We’ve also studied the 101 approaches from other Young Living distributors such as Monique McLean and Sarah Harnisch. Both of these women have written some great material that we include in gift bags that we distribute at the end of each class.

Want to sample what’s in a Starter Kit?

I think the best thing about coming to a 101 class is the opportunity to sample the oils themselves. I like ordering things online, but I often would like to test out a product before I buy it.

Thats why we offer samples of Lavender, Frankincense, Purification®, R.C.™ and PanAway® which can be used aromatically or topically. We also have five of the Vitality line which can be used internally: Peppermint Vitality™, Lemon Vitality™, Copaiba Vitality™, Thieves® Vitality™, DiGize™ Vitality™.

Q: What’s the major benefit of going to a 101 class vs. watching a similar class online.
A: You get to smell the oils and experience how the diffuser works. I personally would have been gotten on bored quicker if we had attended a class first. So if you have a reluctant spouse I highly recommend you both come to a 101 so they can ask questions and test the oils for them selves.

Q: Will I get pressured to buy something?
A: It’s about as much pressure as you get from Costco to buy the sampled items. Usually, at Costco, the products sell themselves without pressure. The most pressure you get is a typical sales close like “If you want to purchase a starter kit or join Essential Rewards, sign up at Essential-wellness.net”. But you can come and take home some samples and read material and not buy anything at all. Its more important to us that have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family.

Q: Does the class cost anything?
A: Nope, it’s completely free.

Q: Will someone tell me that essential oils do miracles or cure cancer?
A: No. In fact, Young Living has strict guidelines on what health and wellness benefits we’re to credit to individual oils. This is a proactive response to a lot of “fake news”, incorrect information and false promises floating around which has led to increased FDA scrutiny. FDA regulations are also the reason why prescription drug ads have to have a disclaimer longer than the U.S. Constitution, because they’re required to warn you about possible side effects.
the In some ways, the guidelines force us to be a bit vague with our testimony, but we’d rather be over-cautious than give false hopes or misleading information. The products themselves are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Want to attend a 101?

If you live in the Sacramento metro area, we’d love to have you come to one of our 101 classes. Head over to our Facebook page to find the dates and times of our latest classes.

If you don’t want to wait that long, you can watch our online version of Essential Oils 101.

Next week, I hope to write about another class called a Make & Take and what to expect from it.  If you’re interested in attending, please let us know via our Facebook page.