In the Beginning.

Some of you may be wondering, especially if you know us personally, how in the world did Jonathan and Erin get started with Young Living? You may even be wondering why or how we got started with essential oils in the first place. I titled this blog post “The road to Young Living” because it was a “road” so to speak how our journey began. Hopefully I can shed some light and answer your hows and whys by showing you how I answered them myself. Our journey started through a friend (Krystle) who lived in Birmingham,AL (check out their blog Color Transformed Family) she was posting on Facebook about essential oils and my wife saw the posts. This sparked a natural curiosity in both of us to try and figure out what this buzz was about. Erin (my wife) talked with Krystle and she shared all the benefits and blessings her family was receiving from using the oils. Myself a “naysayer” and natural skeptic of everything was not entirely convinced but my wife expressed her interest in trying them out for our family. So we ordered the Young Living Premium Starter Kit


I will always remember the day our Premium Starter Kit came in the mail, I was laid up in the bed with a broken leg (future blog post in the works) and the delivery man left the box at the front door. I called Erin to let her know her package was here. The very first night she hooked up the smoke machine (diffuser) and put some oils in it that smelled great. At first I thought that was all this stuff was for, just a smoke machine with some good smelling stuff. I had no idea at that time our lives were about to change forever and the Lord was getting ready to show out and bless us in a immeasurable way. After we had the kit for awhile I was getting use to Erin’s smoke machine combinations and I had actually learned that it was not a smoke machine but a diffuser that you put water in that vaporizes the water/oil combo and diffuses the oil particles into the air. I was having trouble with sleep due to the broken leg and she wanted to try some of the oils topically on me to help support a better nights sleep. She applied Peace and Calming and Lavender on my wrists, behind my ears, and on my neck I then inhaled deeply several times. Still a naysayer I rolled my eyes at the thought that this could actually help me. I was wrong, that night I had the best sound and restful sleep of my life. That next morning I knew there was something to the oil craze that I had been reading about on Facebook and hearing constantly from my wife. It was at this point I was committed to learning as much as possible about Young Living and essential oils.

What I Found Out.

I discovered that Young Living was started by D. Gary Young in 1993 when he developed his first organic herb faming and distillation operation. As Gary developed more farmland in Utah and Idaho, he began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other herbs. Young Living designed and built the largest, distillery for the production of essential oils in North America. Young Living also developed the Therapeutic Grade standard, which preserves the integrity and potency of natural essential oils. Young Living Corporate Site Link

Seed to Seal

Seed to Seal is a process that Young Living uses to ensure that the oils that you receive are 100% pure and not cut, processed, or adulterated in any way. This is a 5 step process that takes place. Seed, Cultivate, Distill, Test, and Seal. Link to the Seed to Seal Process Explained.

Oils in the Bible

In Genesis we learn that God created the heavens and the earth. I believe at this moment He put everything here that we needed from the very beginning. Thirty-six of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them. I am a born again believer of Christ. I believe that Jesus is the son of God and have accepted him as my personal savior, I believe anything that is in the word of God. I came to the conclusion that if the oils were in the bible then God wanted them to be there for a reason.

Why is all of this Important?

So lets look at the facts. Young Living is a company that has been around for over 20 years with an excellent proven track record. Young Living uses the Seed to Seal process to ensure that the product that you receive is the absolute purest product available. Essential Oils are in God’s holy word not once, but mentioned in ABUNDANCE.  I decided if I am going to use the oils then why not use the best company possible, this is how we decided on Young Living.

In Conclusion

At the first of my blog post I mentioned the Road. In life when a road is traveled you usually have a destination in mind. Our journey and the road that we are following with Young Living does not have a definitive destination. It is a road full of health, knowledge happiness, and blessings from God. It is a road that I hope will never end. The people that Erin and I have met since we started using the oils are a blessing from the Lord. Outside the church I attend, I had yet to find a group of Christian people who loved the Lord like I do.  The support and prayer that they provide is truly humbling. It is our prayer that you can receive the blessings that Erin and I have since we have been involved with Young Living. We cannot forget that all blessings come from the Lord and we must give God all the Glory. Essential Oils and the benefit that they have provided our family are truly God’s Natural Gifts. Thank You for stopping by, till next time…

Jonathan Shoup


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This is my personal testimony of how I use essential oils.