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[Aimee Cassell (left) of Crystal Lake shows Kelcey Patrician, 15, of Algonquin, and Lexi Postelnick, 16, of Algonquin, how to make an essential oil rollerball while attending A Girl's Purpose on Jan. 4 at Melt Pilates in Algonquin.]
Dingle and Cassell are both essential oil educators in support of the Young Living brand. As mothers of teenagers, they recognize the newfound stresses and challenges their children face that they themselves did not when they were younger. The need for alternative methods for teens to deal with life’s stressors, as well as take care of their bodies, turned their idea into a full-blown movement they want to pioneer.
“This culture of comparison that we didn’t have before because of social media is huge,” Dingle said. “When we were younger, there weren’t as many toxins and chemicals in our food and environment. People don’t realize how it affects your hormones, your body and your focus. People portray perfection and this image of perfection that isn’t realistic, and kids try to portray it.”
Cassell said they want to provide options teens and parents may not know are out there. The group’s empowerment comes from letting the girls know help is out there, and it’s not always in the medicine cabinet.
“So many parents think they need to pick up a phone and call a therapist, and big pharma is putting all of these children on prescriptions, but there are other options,” Dingle said. “We’re not doctors. The overall premise is educating the parents and girls on how to care for themselves. There’s such a profound result from using essential oils. They can come home from a bad day and put lemon in their diffuser and change their mood.”