Star Telegram – Essential Oils a Booming Business

Natural alternatives
By Clare Miers Special to the Star-Telegram

Essential oils are natural oils that come from flowers, bark, seeds, stems and roots of plants. They’re among the world’s oldest known substances, having been used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for religious, cleansing and healing rituals.

“People are definitely catching up with the benefits of essential oils, but it’s truly nothing new — they’ve been around a long time,” says Miranda Davis, a healthy living expert and owner of PerfectFit Yoga and Pilates Studio in Fort Worth.

Davis, who holds a degree in exercise physiology, has globe-trotted to India, Taiwan and Aruba to learn about essential oils. She diffuses calming, soothing oils in her yoga and Pilates classes to help students relax.

She also teaches and hosts classes to preach the gospel about the products, which she says have had positive effects on her own health. (The description for a recent class at PerfectFit called “Healing Oils of the Bible” says: “It is for us to tune in with [God’s] wisdom and his will and to educate ourselves in how to restore our wellness and maintain our health by the use of his natural creations. Among these divine gifts are the oils of plants.”)

Davis is also a distributor for Young Living, a 22-year-old Utah-based company that makes and sells its own blends of essential oils. Customers who invest in a “starter kit” of Young Living oils (including a diffuser) qualify to sell them and then build a business by persuading those customers to sell them, too.