Personally, I think the essential oil classes that all companies are doing are super exciting and interesting.
They’re usually free to attend and hosted by someone who is passionate about the health benefits of essential oils.
Unlike back in the old days where you were pressured from the moment, you walked through the door to buy or sign up I have yet to witness this happen (thankfully).
Depending on the brand you’re investigating you will be taught slightly differently. That doesn’t mean what you’re told is incorrect, just some brands are purer than others and this alone essentially enables you to do more.
Most classes I’ve attended focus on what essential oils are, how they’re made and how you can use them safely.
Some classes go into depth about a couple of oils for a specific topic (I’ve been to one about pain management after exercise, one about weight loss and one about women’s issues), or talk about a variety of oils which are super useful to have in the home (e.g., lemon, lavender, peppermint).
I think both types are great – but if you’re just starting out exploring oils then finding one which is more general is going to be more use. Simply because you will be able to ask different questions. For example, if you rock up to a ‘weight management with essential oils class’ and start asking about an oil like marjoram it’s not only going to throw the host of course but also probably tick off everyone else in the class…
That isn’t to say you can’t go off topic and if you ever rock up at one of my classes then it’s something which happens very regularly – but that’s the way I do it. But let’s at least be polite to the host…
So some classes I’ve been to people pass around the oils as they’re being talked about and
invite people to have a go at using them (e.g., show people how to do a skin sensitivity test using lavender), some are full of cakes, biscuits, chocolates (and even popcorn) with a little oil pizazz, and one I went to was really cool because it was completely directed by the people in the class who were all chilling on the floor together.
Essential oil classes are like people. They’re super varied.
But they should all have one major focus – to empower and educate you so that you can start using essential oils as part of your wellness routine.
If by the end of the class you don’t feel like you could go home and start slathering on some lavender to help you sleep, or that your questions weren’t answered adequately (I’ve been to some bad classes where people’s questions were ignored, side-stepped and even once the host pretty much got into a tussle with a guest…) then the host failed.
Now – one thing you do need to know and be aware of.
Most essential oil companies rely on people to do their marketing.
They’re ‘Multi Level Marketing Companies’ (and no they aren’t pyramid schemes because they’re illegal think of them like essential oil versions of Avon or Tupperware). So yes you will have the option to buy the oils at the end – but is this really a bad thing?
Would you go to a shop, wander around looking for a dress (or male type clothes…) then find the one you want only to be told you can’t have it?
It’s just the same.
If you’re at an essential oil class to learn about how to use essential oils then really having the option to buy without having to do anything else is – when you think about it – a great idea!
BUT that does not mean you’re ‘guilt tripped’ into buying.
If you don’t want to buy then don’t.
No one is forcing you to do anything.
They should be educating and empowering you to make a choice about your health and wellbeing.
If you feel empowered to use natural products to support yourself and your family then personally I say go for it.
This is when a host has done their job.
Whether you buy 1 oil or every oil the truth is this – if you feel confident about taking charge of your own life and supporting yourself back to optimal wellbeing then that class was a success.
So for anyone who is interested in essential oils here’s my top tips for finding a class:
- Research the brand (we’re all drawn to different brands for different reasons and it’s important you do your research before hand)
- Jump onto Facebook, MeetUp, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram… Most hosts will advertise their classes through social media because it’s cheap!
- Speak to your friends – the essential oil industry in the UK is growing and chances are someone you know is a host (or knows someone who is)
- Give your prospective host a call – ask them what’s going on in the class (e.g., a specific topic, or general)
- This is important (and not just for the reasons about asking questions) we’re all drawn to different people and if you get to a class and are being shown how to use essential oils by someone you don’t really jell with then it may put you off.
- Put the date in your diary and turn up (and if necessary grab a friend to go with you).
So good luck & let me know how your adventure went!
Have a fabulous Saturday
p.s. If you’re open to learning how to use essential oils to do loads of other neat things and support your body and mind with everything it gets up to then click the link below to go to a free mini-wellness consult
- It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
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- Essential Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
- Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).