So far I've been happy with Aura Cacia's Eucalyptus for muscle aches, and combining their Lemon and Grapefruit to uplift my mood when I'm not feeling so hot. But when I used their Organic Lavender on a paper cut, I panicked a bit! First it burned and then it started to itch in and around the knob of my thumb (where it was cut) and down my thumb to my hand. I also noticed six small pink spots appear around the area. I thought, "what is in this?!" It was Organic AND it has cs/ms or whatever it was called, testing. I personally don't know what was going on, but even if there's testing that its not adulterated, I question it and wonder if its tainted with something else. I had first put it on my husbands eczema earlier too (I use him for experiments ;)) and he gasped as it stung. I didn't dare put it on my 2 yr old sons cuts when he had a terrible fall, fearing he'd never trust EO's again!
Now, my Young Living Lavender got here today. I immediately first put it on my husband to try the oil!
He didn't squirm OR make a sound! How is it?! I asked and he said it stung a bit, but wasn't horrible like the last one. His eczema wasn't hurting much, so he doesn't know if it made a difference. It passed the pain test so I put two drops on George. Seeing I had EO for him to help his boo boo, he immediately tried to pull up his pants so I could put it on the massive scrape (I've used Plant Therapy on him, so he's had experience, but I was never impressed with their blends that I bought). Well, I put it on his massive and very red scrape and he started giggling and smiling big! The smell of the Lavender was actually nice too. My mom's always hated the smell, and though I never hated it, I never loved it. I can only say this Lavender smelt "real" and I have apparently never smelled real Lavender? I apparently like Lavender, if it's pure. Anyway, now our baby's scrape is doing better and all the red from irritation has gone away!
Well, Organic Lavender 7.4 ml was about $16 at Whole Foods and YL Lavender 15 ml was $18 on sale (hardly ever any sales) and $23 with membership or through someone with membership. Its not too hard to find a YL rep, there's many out there.
I'm very impressed with YL's Lavender and wonder how excellent their other oils are but I personally do not like YL "as a company", just because of the lack of ease of buying from them, their referral and rewards program to keep you buying more than you might need, expensive membership, false marketing practices (no governing body gives "certified therapeutic grade"), hostility between reps of the top MLM companies, and suggestion and acceptance of liberal digestion of oils. One drop can be as potent as several and several dozen plus cups of tea, and many practitioners strongly advise only doing that under medical supervision! Despite ALL this though, I still lean toward YL being one of the most superior companies. There are other companies out there that may be possible good rivals (from the intense studying I've found), like Mountain Rose Herbs, Native American Nutritional/Rocky Mountain (merging together), StillPoint Aromatics, and Pompeii Organics. I know YL though, and they have years of experience and many happy customers, so I may or may not use them. Maybe I won't but ALL my oils from them, and just Lavender, I don't know! I've spent all my money saved up and now I need to wait till we have money again to spend!