Getting desperate.

This last week the Young Living essential oil starter kit is on sale (10% off) and I am trying to sell it. I created 2(!) advertisements on Facebook and the reactions are really decent. But after 2.5 days I still haven’t found anybody who would make the next step and sign up and buy the kit. And I need a minimum of 4 people who would buy it to have the costs covered.

Why do they not sell? That is the big question and I have to figure it out. I probably expect to much. I probably should be happy if 1 or maybe 2 people sign up somewhere this week. I probably have to change the next step. Instead of having people go to an “sign up” link of Young Living, I probably should try to send them to a landing page and convince them from there to sign up. I think that I am going to try that. I have still 5 days till the “on sale” is over.

This is the problem with advertisement. You have to try different options to see what works best, and that cost time. Unfortunately, also money which I am a bit short on at the moment. I have fixed my goal for next month to finally earn some money and finally have $2000 on my bank account. I don’t think it is a very unreasonable goal. The only thing I start to believe is that I maybe should create some patience and set that goal for over 3 month. It’s just that I would love to see some results after 2 months of hard work.

Ending on a positive note:  I got 15 people who liked my Facebook page because of my ad’s.

Website: www.whyoils.ca/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/whyoilscanada/Sign up:  https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=2013690&enrollerid=2013690&isocountrycode=CA&culture=en-CA&type=member

Peppermint

There is a lot of information about peppermint. There are a lot of ways how you can use peppermint in your life.

Peppermint is native to Europe but at the moment 75% of world supply comes from the United States. Approximately one pound of peppermint plants is what you need to fill up an 15 ml bottle essential oils. It is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant by steam distillation.

The cooling effect you get from peppermint comes from the menthol which is a primary component of peppermint. It activates the same receptors on nerve endings that are involved in sensing cold.

So how can peppermint be used:

  • It can help to support a healthy digestive system. It also can help to take away hunger (great help when you like to lose some weight);
  • It can help to freshen up DIY cleaners. Just add some drops to your spray bottle;
  • It can be used with a massage after an excercise to cool down your muscles;
  • It can help to reduce the symptoms of a cold or cough;
  • It can help to reduce pain in your muscles or joint associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis;
  • It can help to calm your nerves or calming children with ADHD;
  • Together with Lavender it is a great oil to cool and soothe any itch.

The list goes on and on. I just looked at a couple of websites to find information about peppermint but there is way more out there. Just Google it.

For me peppermint is number one to reduce my headaches. I just put some in my neck and I have the cooling feeling for hours which is generally enough to bring down the headache or get rid of it completely.

I have it in my bag permanently instead of the pills I used to take.

 

 

Visit in Camrose

Sunday we (Frans and I) went to Camrose to visit our daughter and girl friend. Both are attending the University of Alberta in Camrose. Both play basketball for Augustana, the university team. Shea is in her last year, Beliana has just started her second year and has still 3 year to go.

Once in a while we visit them and then combine it with watching a home game. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible this weekend because of the market I attended and Frans had to work too.

I was nice to visit them again. We hadn’t seen them since christmas and because of basketball they are always busy with training, basketball games and school. Because of a terrible headache they had to endure the air of peppermint through the entire visit though. But it worked for me. No pills necessary this time. Very proud of myself being an ibuprofen addict.

For an early diner we went to Edmonton instead of staying in Camrose to eat “all you can eat” indian food. Worst place to go to if you don’t train so much anymore as I do. I always seen to manage to eat way too much ¬†at that kind of places. And because I don’t seem to find the energy or time lately I haven’t been running much the last couple of weeks either. Bad combination. Which at the moment is resulting in gaining weight instead of loosing. But that will change again soon.

Diner was good though and it gave us also the chance to meet Shea’s father. Her mother couldn’t come because of back problems. I told Beliana she should give Shea’s mother some of her big jar with coconut oil and essential oils which she uses for her muscles and joints. Funny thing is that Frans told her exactly the same when we left.

Anyhow… what would life be without essential oils. It gave me the opportunity to enjoy the day even more.

Market in Canmore

It has been a long day today. I spend the day in Canmore (Alberta) trying to have people sign-up for my newsletter.

Well that didn’t go so well. Nobody signed up. But I will get there. There are other ways to have people added to my list.

The market itself was fun. Lots of people passed by. A part was absolutely not interested, a lot were using essential oils already (not always YL but that’s alright). A surprisingly big amount didn’t know anything about the oils or just a bit. So there is still work to do.

I handed out a lot of brochures which I printed yesterday. I gave somebody a little pot with PanAway to try it out. I had somebody very interested in the starters kit. And I sold a bottle of Lavender. So overall not bad.

Now I only have to find out how I can make people sign up ūüėĀ

Feeling good

For weeks I have been so busy with everything that has to do with my work and with setting up and expanding my MLM business (Why Oils Canada).

My website is more than decent by now. I even have a pop-up screen to sign-up for my newsletter. I also can see how many people are visiting my website. And I added the option so that you can read my newsletter. I still have to add some content though. But that will come over time.

I also created and send¬†out my first newsletter. I started with an email marketing platform (Sendlane) which didn’t work out. I had to start over 3 times because their editor just stopped working. First they didn’t know why, then it was because I just used ¬†“strange” characters, then there was something else…. After 2 weeks (I think I have been extremely patient) I decided to change to ChimpMail. So nice. In a couple of days I made my newsletter and send¬†it out, I made my sign-up form for Facebook and for my website. I created my thank-you form (when people sign up) and I deleted my account with Sendlane.

Now I am preparing myself for the market which I will attend saturday in Canmore (Ab). I am working on a pamphlet, sign-up sheet, sample’s, etc. I have attended markets before, but I wasn’t happy with the outcome from it so I just stopped instead of changing the way I was “selling” myself. Because I always had some bottles with Thieves household cleaner I just managed to get my costs covered, but that was basically it. ¬†No customers or just interested people to keep in touch with.

So part of my new “ME”, I will attend a market once a month and get email addresses for my newsletters and certainly some new customers.

And I keep on using my little bottle “Build your dream” essential oil blend. That seems to work too.

 

What is an NHP?

NHP means Natural Health Products.

According to Health Canada‚Äôs website ‚ÄúNatural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.‚ÄĚ (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index-eng.php)

For certain Young Living essential oils this means that Health Canada determined that sufficient scientific evidence exists to substantiate that these oils can help restore, maintain, or improve health.

Young Living can provide you with essential oils as a natural alternative to relief you for:

  • Headache
  • Acne
  • Cough or cold
  • Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains, or Sprains
  • Digestive Discomfort
  • Burns, Cuts, Bruises, and Other Minor Skin Irritations
  • Stressed and Uptight

Young Living‚Äôs NHP registered oils will have a Natural Product Number (NPN) that will appear on the label. Which according to Health Canada‚Äôs website means, ‚Äú‚Ķ that the product has been authorized for sale in Canada and is safe and effective when used according to the instructions on the label.‚ÄĚ In addition, NHP registered oils will display an expiration date. Young Living Canada‚Äôs NHP oils are currently registered under a three year expiry. Rest assured, there has been no change to the raw materials used to create our essential oils, or the way our oils are distilled, bottled, stored, or shipped. However, the registration of oils as NHPs means the addition of an expiry is required to ensure we meet all Health Canada requirements

https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/discover/natural-remedies/index

Chinook and headaches

Living in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada) means learning to live with Chinooks.

I love chinooks. It gives us a break on regular basis from the cold and harsh winter. Temperatures drops from -20C to -2C or even above zero. Despite the wind which goes with it, it’s lovely outside now. Even our little chihuahua, who hates the cold (and the coats and shoes which are going with it) enjoys the outside and starts running around the house like crazy. ¬†Normally in the winter she walks 2 meters, does what she needs to do and wants to be picked up. Now we have to run after her to keep an eye on here.

On the other side for me it also means headaches. Just 3 days of really bad headaches. Because of a neck injury (my muscles are tying up on regular basis) I am not uncommon with headaches. I  have them since I was 12 years old after my horse decided not to take the jump but I did.

A long time ago I decided that I refused to walk around with the pain anymore and starting taking pills. Ibuprofen was my friend and I have a bottle available all the time. At home and in my purse and in my car. I noticed that I started to be addicted to it too. Over the years I went from 1 pill a day to 3 pills a couple of times a day. Not good.

Now I use the pills just sporadically. What changed? I started using spearmint oil. My gosh that stuff feels so good. It is almost hard to explain, but it is as if you have a cold and fresh towel in your neck for hours. It feels so good. And together with oils to relax my muscles in my neck and to take away the pain, I barely grab that bottle anymore.

Do you have headache on regular basis? You should start to try spearmint.

Looking for a natural alternative?

Years ago I started an education to become a holistic vet in the Netherlands. Unfortunately something like that is not offered here in Canada and because we were all busy with starting our new life I forgot about it and i didn’t finish it. Which also meanes I forgot about my passion for the alternative of holistic way of living.

A couple of years ago it came back after somebody placed an ad on Facebook that she was looking for distributors for Young Living Essential Oils. Because I had learned during my education that not every company has good and/or pure oils I started to look around and see what I could find about essential oils sold at the Canadian market. Just a couple of companies had their prove of good quality oils but Young Living just gave me the best feeling.

So I decided to sign up and buy their starter kit to see what kind of oils they have and how good they would do their job. And

And I wasn’t disappointed.

“Young Living Essential Oils empowers you to dodge harmful chemicals, enrich your life, and reclaim your natural radiance. Young Living Canada’s Natural Health Products provide natural options to help support everyday ailments. Not only does Young Living provide 100% pure, quality essential oils, but we’re giving you choices.”¬†

https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/discover/natural-remedies

 

Create an Email List

An email list is an important part of your on-line business if you want to grow and get customers. I am working on creating one and I have already 3 subscribers. Yahoo!! I have set my goal on minimal 1000 for this year so only 997 to go.

So for the next couple days I am going to finish my newsletter which is also a template for the newsletters which I want to send out every month with new information about Essential Oils, how to use them, which you can use and for what, freebies and more. I am working on it for 3 days in a row now. Not only to find the right content but also because the program I use isn’t cooperating. I think I have to find a different approach, because starting over constantly is extremely frustrating.

I want to use this newsletter to build my list. The idea is that is the newsletter is interesting enough people would sign up for it but they would also be willing to share it with other people so they can sign up. And from that interest in essential oils and how to use them, how to find oils to replace common over-the-counter medicine I will find customers. I will take time to find these people but I will get there.

I have to bring out my name consistently so people know where to find me but more important want to find me.

Curious about my newsletter?? Send me your name and email and it will be on his way.

Slowfeeders for horses

Since a long, long time I am feeding my horses their hay in so-called slowfeeders. These nets are not the same as the old fashion haynets with huge holes where the horse pulls out huge amounts of hay and drop half of it on the ground. Also the risks of getting stuck in these nets are way lower than with the common haynets. (Just have to add that you still have to be careful with horses with shoes.)

Slowfeeders are nets with smaller holes and because of that the horse has to “nibble” on the hay to get it out. Or they shake it out because a horse is very inventive. Because of these smaller amounts they get, it takes them way longer to eat one flake of hay (say 10 minutes versus 30 minutes) which makes it more natural for the horse and better for their intestines. And because of that I can give them a couple of flakes and at the end off the day they are just finished with it.

As I said I use them already for a long time. In the Netherlands they were quiet popular already, not so much here in Canada. It took me some time to find a place where they sold slowfeeders which were also of good¬†quality and shipping & handling didn’t cost me a small fortune. I tried out a couple but most of them got holes in it within months or they were just not handy to use.

Now I stick to one brand called NAG BAG (www.slowfeeders.com) and they work great for me. I have different sizes nets but also different size holes. The sizes of the nets vary between able to put 3 or 4 flakes in it or a 1200lbs round bale. I use the small ones for in the stall at night. I use a bigger size, which can hold a small bale, outside when I am out of my big 1200lbs roundbales.

I have a net for these roundbales too. Just over 3 weeks is what it takes 2 horses (14 hands) to eat these big guys and there is really barely any hay spilled or left. What a release after my first big bale without the net. But then they had a beautiful bed where they could poop and pi on and lay down all while eating. 30% probably ended up at the manure pile eventually. The only thing I noticed is that the small versus the “normal” size holes didn’t make much difference. Just a couple of days.

So these nets are not only¬†saving me a lot of money ¬†(certainly when the hay prices were ridiculous high like last year), they are better for their health too. And if you would make it even more healthier, you can hang a couple of nets all over the place so they have to move around. But not everybody can do that. And I can’t just put them on the ground because coyotes love to play with them and tear them apart lol.

These slowfeeders are extra work when you only use flakes but certainly something to look into if you are really interested in a better health of your horse. Or like to save a lot of money on the long-term when you feed these big roundbales.