Monday, September 8, 2014

My First EO Class


I had my first Essential Oils class on Sunday afternoon.  

I must confess I was a nervous wreck.  Technically, I had given a class before, but I had Lisa and Cindi there, both were more knowledgeable about Essential Oils than I.  But this class was just me.  I am 'the knowledgeable one' now, and that worried me.  But as it turned out, it needn't.  I have been reading and reading about different oils for different issues.  I read on Pinterest. I read on Facebook, in various forum groups I've become a member of, if I see or hear about an issue, and I don't have a recommendation, I look up to see if my instinct was close.  I've been not too far off at the book and internet for a lot of recommendations.  As it turns out, I'm getting pretty well trained.  I didn't advertise heavily that I was hosting a class. I put out a note on fb if anyone might be interested, and to those that responded were the only ones I invited.  Of those dozen, I had 5 people come.  Not too bad. 
I made lavender lemonade, based on the recipe my friend Amy had when we went to her camp to do a presentation.  I used about a cup of lemon juice, 6 cups of water, half a lemon sliced, 2 drops of lavender oil, 4 drops of lemon oil, and a Tbsp of honey, and a dash of splenda to sweeten it up.  It was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself.  :) 
And my Intro to Essential Oils, aka Essential Oils 101 class itself went really well.  There was lots of great discussion, lots of questions, everyone got along, even though they didn't all know each other.  It was good to see some friends I hadn't seen in a while.  And I was able to share ideas on things to try to help each person from oils that just came in the starter kit, not to mention other oils.  Young Living has like 200 different single essential oils and blends.  In my class, I had 5 attendees, and by the time all was said and done, 4 of them ordered starter kits, and the last person wanted me to have a class for her at her home.  I didn't feel super pushy.  I didn't have to be.  The products sell themselves. When I sold Mary Kay back in the day, that was the thing I hated most, the schmoozing, and feeling like I was pushing, pushing to Sell, Pushing someone to host a party.  I don't feel like that with these oils. I feel like it's not Selling, it's sharing my experiences with the oils.  And the products are just so great, it's easy to find something to help Everyone.   And I have no qualms whatsoever at giving away samples to try, if someone wants to see if an oil can work to help them before committing to a full bottle or full kit.  I was very wary about trying oils, but having that sample helped me.  

For my class, I decided to focus on just a few oils from the Premium Starter Kit.  I printed out a rough script to follow.  Since school has started, and we're all beginning to fight sniffles and cooties, I decided to focus on Thieves, as well as Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint, then I could discuss LLP, the combination that got me interested and believing in Oils.   By focusing on just a handful of oils, I wanted to make sure I didn't overwhelm anyone.   I made sure there was no confusion in My Class, as I had found by attending two different classes, that there would be no doubt from my attendees, that although you Can make this a home based business, you don't have to, though I'm just starting to do so, it also can be as simple as Costco, with just the wholesaler membership.  There are a few levels, and I explained them.  And I felt good being able to answer questions, and be able to give them oils to smell, and tell them what I've used them.  It turns out I do know my stuff. I may not use every oil in the Everyday Oil collection Every Day, but I have used them all.  And some of them more than other.  I use the lemon every day.  And I diffused it during the class, so my guests could smell it, not too strongly, but just right.  And this time of year I've been sniffing my own LLP because my allergies are acting up a bit, but it seems that keeps them at bay.  It didn't work for Eric,  we had to do some different things for him.  But he is getting so on board with the use of the Oils, that he actually started telling my guests his story before I even go to tell them mine!  It makes me really excited, that I seem to have grown a Team.  And even more excited when I get to share great stories of the Oils working to help my friends and family.  And they are.  In theory, I've got the boys on Di-Gize and they no longer require Prevacid.  I don't require Prilosec for my own reflux, except in the case of funerals when I eat buffalo wings and pizza at 9 pm with alcohol.  Then I have to break out the big guns, because the lemon oil in water isn't quite enough.  But that's ok.  Eric's off one of his most expensive sinus meds, a nasal corticosteroid inhaler, by using 1 drop of RC in his nasal saline flush each day.  It's Amazing.  He says this has been the best ragweed season he's had in decades!  He was the most apprehensive, now he's my biggest supporter.   I wonder if he's a better salesman than I.  He certainly has a strong testimony as to how the oils are working to help him get healthier.  And that was what I was after when I signed on, to save my family money on medicines.  We have done so, and I couldn't be happier.  And I was happy to share this with my friends and family in my first home class.  

So, if you read this, and are curious, maybe want to discuss Essential Oils, and/or learn more, contact me.  For those that may not know how, my email is at my first name at my last name dot com, handy to have a computer geek around to set that up.  ;)