Essential Oils-Part 1

I have been using essential oils for 8 years with tremendous success! I’ve taken holistic classes on essential oils and learning of their healing power and potential for not only physical healing, but for mental, emotional and spiritual healing as well. It’s a joke in the essential oils community that when anything comes up, an oil user will say “There’s an oil for that!”. And it’s kind of true. Kind of ;) I’m not a certified aromatherapist, I’m an enthusiastic oil user who has seen my own first hand benefits from incorporating oils in to my almost daily life. I say almost daily, because sometimes I forget. Sometimes I forget to acknowledge that I have healing tools right in front of me. And other times, I use them a lot. So I just let it go with the flow.

I’d like to share about how to use oils, what my favorite go to oils are, what I use them for, why use essential oils, and how you can benefit from essential oils. I’ll share with you how I discovered essential oils, and how I replaced every prescription and over the counter medication that one could have in their medicine cabinet with essential oils. I want to preface that this is my experience and I am not giving you medical advice. I’m simply sharing what has worked for me.

First off, I’ll get started sharing about the three brands of essential oils that I use and why I like them. In the next few consecutive blog posts, I’ll share more about the hands on experience you can have with essential oils.


I discovered this brand when I was learning footzoning from the Nordblom American Institute of FootZonology in Paradise Valley, Montana. Primavera is a brand that comes from Germany, so there isn’t a lot of information in the United States about this brand, but you can find their non-German website HERE. They are organic, come from small farms, and are extremely high quality. Goddess of Spring is North America’s only retailer of Primavera essential oils. They can be found HERE at Goddess of Spring. Personally I use the Primavera single oils the most (not the blends as much), and I also love their carrier oils. Their carrier oils are unparalleled in quality and performance.

I have had a lot of success with oils such as eucalyptus, yarrow, ravinsara, myrtle, frankincense, black pepper, lavender, peppermint and so many more from Primavera. And if you want an amazing skin oil, the pomegranate seed oil will give you the silkiest, smoothest complexion ever.

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Butterfly Express

Butterfly Express is a small family company out of a tiny town in Idaho. I mostly use Butterfly Express for their blends, and a few of their single oils too. I like to use these oils for cleaning purposes or diffusing, because you can buy them in bulk at a good price.

I don’t know a lot about Butterfly Express, even though I’ve been using them for 8 years! The information they give about essential oils on their website, in their oils book, and on their YouTube channel, is very comprehensive. I have attempted to call them and ask about their oils and if they are organic, where they get them from, etc. I was not given a lot of information, except that they are not certified organic but the plants come from growers who do not use any toxic chemicals, or they are wild crafted. I’m not sure why they don’t have this on their blog, most likely because they are a small company and keep it as simple and as old school as possible. I think when using Butterfly Express, the oils speak for themselves. The only information I can find is the story about how they get started, which you can find here:

The cool thing about Butterfly Express is that anyone can get a wholesale account, and then the oils are yours to do as you please with them. You can rebottle them and put different labels on them, sell them at your own price point, etc. I don’t do this as I don’t have the space or the time to invest in creating an oil selling business. I do have a wholesale account and use it often. You can find their website HERE.

Young Living

I absolute love Young Living oils. I will be completely honest, what I don’t love about them is that they are an MLM, because I believe that drives up their prices too high. They also have way more than essential oils, which I think is cool because they infuse the oils in to their other products. I have tried their Thieves concentrated cleaner and it works pretty good. I like that they have 15 ml bottles because those last a bit longer, and I feel like I am getting a better deal when I buy a larger bottle, when the smaller bottle is maybe only $5-10 less.

I find their oils to have a thicker viscosity than the other oils I use, and I’m not sure why. What I also like is their Seed to Seal quality guarantee. They do all kinds of testing on their oils to make sure they are pure. That isn’t super important to me. When I use an oil, I pay attention to the action of the oil and the response my body has. I have a good response to these oils, they smell great, they diffuse nicely, and overall I believe are high quality. You can find Young Living essential oils HERE.

So, those are the oils I use! There are other brands of essential oils out there that I’ve heard are great. I’ve also used Shirley Price, from England, and like their oils a lot as well. I’ve heard that Florama from France has really high quality, effective oils too. The best advice I can give you when you are looking for oils to use is to do your research, and USE the oils! I have tried another brand that is very popular and had a less than favorable reaction to them. No matter how great they might seem, they are not for me. It’s up to you to decide what oils will work best for you and your family, and no one can tell you otherwise!