Why I Left my MLM for Plant Therapy Essential Oils
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Brutally honest confession time: I used to be *that* crazy essential oils lady.
You know the one. The one who not only hasn’t talked to you since high school, but suddenly contacts you, thoroughly convinced that every problem in the history of the world is due to someone running out of their frankincense essential oil.
Foot odor? I’ve got an oil for that.
Dandruff? There’s an oil for that too.
Did you eat too many donuts? There’s a fat-busting oil for that will clear that right up, no personal responsibility required!
Your foot fell off? Eh, rub some oil on it, you’ll be fine.
If I was like this to you, just know that I am deeply, 100% sorry to have been so clouded by all the oils I was using to realize that there are other ways to effectively use and enjoy essential oils that don’t involve revolving your life around them.
Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love essential oils and use them frequently. They were key players in my unassisted home births with Tristan and Dean, especially my black pepper essential oil, which helped alleviate the tension in my back from back labor like a dream!
Common Ways to Use Essential Oils
As a stereotypical hippie, I love to wear a patchouli blend when I work. It helps get me into the Zone Of Concentration, especially on days where there is so much to do that I have trouble focusing on just one task at a time. It’s in a roller ball, already diluted, so I dab a bit onto my inner wrists and the back of my neck.
I’m also big on diffusing essential oils to help cleanse the air and lift our moods. Lemon and orange are well known for their cleansing properties as well as their positive effects on emotions. (Check out my favorite diffusers here and here!)
But after a few too many posts by some popular MLM groups (including the group that “grew” me), Peter and I agreed that it was time to leave the world of the MLM essential oils group and find a new and independent brand for our supplier.
Why I Left My MLM for Plant Therapy Essential Oils
You guys, let’s be honest. It’s really hard to remain honest in any field, but especially in the health and wellness field, when you have skin in the game. And especially when you could stand to make anywhere from $30-$200 commission from selling a starter kit, you start to learn how to get really good at convincing people that what’s really standing between them and the health of their dreams is this $500 kit.
I won’t lie, I did it too, but I also started to realize that there was this urgency to “fix” everything with oil among my team, including things that cannot be fixed with an oil. For instance, I received a text once, “which oil would you use to fix sciatica?” The answer: that’s a structure-function problem, caused by the structure (muscles/bone) inhibiting the function, causing numbness and tingling. This is a problem which can be alleviated by using a variety of approaches targeting the correction of the structure, like chiropractic, massage, and stretching. Not by rubbing an oil on it.
So when I stumbled upon Plant Therapy essential oils, I knew I had found a brand I could trust.
Five Huge Plant Therapy benefits:
- High Quality and Purity
- Kid safe blends
- Trained and certified aromatherapist on customer service
- Realistic expectations
- Safer general practice for the community vs lots of safety rules/regulations
Quality and Purity of Plant Therapy Essential Oils
Part of my sales speel doing in-home “classes” was all about how our MLM brand did so many tests for purity and quality of the therapeutic characteristics of the oil. This information was supposed to set us apart, so imagine my surprise (and joy!) to learn that Plant Therapy uses the same tests to test the quality of each batch of their oils, using the same standards.
Kid Safe Blends
One of the main arguments I heard against essential oils was about which oils were “safe” to diffuse around children. This is a huge topic of debate no matter which company you use. Plant Therapy has taken the debate out of their company by offering specific “kid safe” blends for diffusing and in roll-on form, so there is no question about which oils to use or not use around your children.
*Note: While my MLM company assured me that all oils are safe to use on or around children, and that any complications from oil usage is rare, the nurse (and let’s be honest here – scatterbrained mom) in me is thankful to have a simple and safe option I can use without worry.
Aromatherapist on Duty
Another safety aspect I like about Plant Therapy essential oils vs other essential oil companies is that the customer service department is staffed by certified aromatherapists. While MLMs often offer some basic training, anyone can sign up and offer their services as an “oil expert” and start spreading information, without any oversight (which is truly scary!). Having trained and certified aromatherapists on staff to answer your questions is an extra layer of safety for your essential oil journey, as it creates an outside standard of safety knowledge.
Part of my “sales training” with my MLM essential oil company was the idea that “you get what you pay for,” meaning that cheaper oils = lesser quality. Once I took a step back and objectively examined every claim from the MLMs against Plant Therapy, I realized one profoundly important bit of information: The oils actually cost around the same.
Multi-level marketing means that the payment structure is based on the amount of “levels” underneath you. Meaning that you make money not only on who you sign up, but who they sign up, who those people sign up, and so on and so forth.
In order to maintain such a business and bring in any amount of profit, this means that the product itself has to be priced more expensively. Makes sense, right?
This explains why a 5ml bottle of Melissa essential oil is $180 retail (or $135 if you have a wholesale account) with my former MLM, but only $74.95 for a 5ml bottle of Plant Therapy’s certified organic Melissa essential oil.
Realistic Expectations for Usage Results
Essentail oils are awesome. Using plants as a medicinal alternative is often quite effective, and it’s natural to want to share your incredible successes with avoiding the doctor’s office and treating your ailments at home with your oils. Thankfully, the FDA cracked down on using certain verbiage relating to what kind of claims you can make regarding the benefits of essential oils. Some seem silly (you can’t say “this will help your headaches”), but it helps protect against more radical claims (“this will heal your cancer”).
Personally as a nurse, I’m more interested in how something will help your body function better, so I prefer information in this way anyway (“this oil helps decrease inflammation in the body,” “this is a calming oil that helps you relax,”).
Safer for Community at Large
You are always going to have people using products unsafely, no matter what they are. There are people who are going to try to eat only kale and think they are helping their body, when the community at large recognizes that kale is a compliment to a healthy diet, not an entire replacement for it.
This is one reason why I appreciate that Plant Therapy does not recommend internal use for their essential oils. Another huge topic for debate, essential oils for internal use have research and opinions on both sides of the argument. Both major MLM companies recommend some of their oils for internal use, but there are so many variables when it comes to their safe usage. I stopped recommending oils for internal use for others years ago, simply because there are so many nuances in everyone’s individual medical history that influences the safety of any natural supplements, much less essential oils. Plant Therapy keeps safe essential oil usage simpler for everyone by limiting the recommended routes of administration.
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