Knowledge is power. -Sir Francis Bacon

Remember the last time you needed information about how to use lavender oil, or which super foods are best for cleansing the body? Were you able to find what you were looking for? It can be frustrating trying to conduct research when you don’t know where to even start.

As part of the natural health world, educating ourselves is one of the most important things we can do. There is a wealth of information available about science, natural health, medicine, botany, nutrition, exercise, aromatherapy, massage, essential oils, and so much more. The key is knowing where to look.

Literature

Print media has been around for centuries and will continue to be one of the most popular ways to get information.

By searching the database of a library, it won’t be hard to find a large collection of books about living healthy naturally or the chemical compounds of certain plants. To narrow the selection into a useful group of books, read the abstracts accompanying the books, either on the database or the book jackets. This should help in deciding what to take home. If you find a particular favorite that you will be using often, it may be useful to purchase it from your local bookstore.

Science and health magazines are another wonderful way to learn more. Browse the magazine selection in a bookstore or online, or talk to friends and other YL distributors to find a good subscription. It might be fun to order several subscriptions with friends, then pass them around and have group discussions on any article that was particularly interesting or useful in the natural health world.

Young Living provides several printed materials, from the Product Guide to the quarterly YL Magazine to the weekly e-Newsletter. These contain information about many aspects of the natural health world, including the uses of certain essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products. The Young Living Cookbook, Volume 1 gives amazing recipes that involve cooking with essential oils, plus a section of tips for the nutrition guru. If there are printed materials you would like from Young Living, please contact [email protected].

Essential Science Publishing (ESP) publishes and distributes many books on essential oils and natural health. The Essential Oils Desk Reference has been published in its third edition. With sections on the safety of using essential oils, personal and animal care, cleansing programs, and more, every household should have this reference book. To order a copy of this book or any of ESP’s other publications, please visit their website at www.essentialscience.net.

Internet

In the past several years, one research tool has become more powerful and more influential than the rest. The Internet has the ability to bring a plethora of information to your fingertips.

Seemingly endless lists of websites will appear when using a search engine, such as google.com or ask. com. Simply type in a key word, for example, “aromatherapy,” “essential oils,” or “natural health,” into the search feature and browse through the results. Many scientific, medical, health, and nutrition journals and magazines are now accessible online. You will need a subscription for some, but others are available for free.

Because anyone can post information on the Internet, be aware that not all material is factual. It is best to check the source (author) of the information, his/her credentials, and motives when conducting research on the Internet.

Young Living’s website, www.youngliving.com. is an incredible resource. Whether you want to learn this month’s product promotions, get a delicious essential oil-enhanced recipe, or fine tune your Compensation Plan knowledge, this is a great place to look. On our website you will find a link to the American Botanical Council’s online Herbalgram and database, which may be useful for your scientific studies. Other helpful scientific websites are The Journal of the American Medical Association (www.jama.ama-assn.org/) and PubMed’s extensive database of medical articles (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi). Also, testimonial and educational websites about Young Living and essential oils are sure to help you find important knowledge. Check out www.oil-testimonials.com) and ask other distributors if they have or know of some as well.

Ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., created a phytochemical and ethnobotanical database full of powerful information. By visiting this website (www.ars-grin.gov/duke/ ), you will be able to access amazing research about plants, including chemical activities, constituents, historical and current uses, etc. It also has links to several other websites and databases of similar interest. Young Living’s Research Director Bill Popin frequently uses this website when conducting research. Please note this website is for educational purposes, rather than diagnostical.

People

Communication has never been more useful; the people around you are some of your best resources.

Your business and social ties with Young Living are very useful. Other distributors you know, both upline and downline, have often searched for the same information as you, perhaps with better results. If they don’t have the knowledge of what you are looking for, they may know people who do. Learning other people’s personal experiences and testimonials about Young Living’s products can be extremely valuable. Continue researching as a group; several heads are better than one. Attending YL meetings and conventions will also help you gain new information, as well as make new contacts!

Look to other friends and family, and especially your community. Maybe the neighbor down the street is a health food enthusiast or collects rare herbs and plants as a hobby. Sign-up for classes and attend lectures that teach about your interests; experts or experienced people usually teach these. It will surprise you what you can learn from other people.

Persistence is essential. If you don’t find what you need right away, continue in your quest for information-empower yourself. With your newfound knowledge and wisdom, you will be the one everyone comes to with their questions!

Pertinent Publications

Find what you need from these Young Living and YL-recommended publications:

Young Living Magazine

Young Living Product Guide

Young Living Cookbook Volume 1

Young Living e-News

Essential Oils Desk Reference, Essential Science Publishing

The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart, Ph.D.

 Reprinted with permission of Young Living, Lehi, UT 84043