With fall officially in full swing and winter just around the corner, we can expect that the cold and flu season is also on its way. As I’ve researched ways to stop illness from spreading through my family, I’ve found some surprising places that germs love to flourish. Here is my list of five places germs love to hide, along with some ways our Thieves® line of products can help get rid of them.
We use our hands to touch everything—just look at the next four types of germ refuges in this list—so it’s wise to keep them clean. Frequent hand washing will not only clean the skin’s surface, but it will also prevent germs from traveling from location to location.
Hand cleanliness depends on soap and friction duration. Keep Thieves Foaming Hand Soap or Thieves Bar Soap at every sink and teach your family to scrub for at least 20 seconds. I like to sing the ABCs with young ones while they wash their hands to help them know how long to scrub.
Since some of these objects should not get wet, Thieves Wipes and Thieves Spray are especially ideal. Once the area is clean of visible dirt, either spray directly on the object or on a cotton round for surface wiping. Keep in mind that evaporation is key in getting rid of foreign invaders, so allow air drying after cleaning.
If you and your family members eat, sneeze, or fail to wash your hands when using the computer, its keyboard could be a health hazard. In fact, some studies show that keyboards often play host to harmful bacteria like E. coli and staph. Some studies even found keyboards that had germ levels five times higher than a toilet seat!
To keep germs at bay, wash your hands before and after using keyboards. If you and your family like to eat while using the computer, then clean your keyboard immediately afterwards by gently shaking out the crumbs or even vacuuming it.
Since keyboards should not get wet, cleaning yours regularly by wiping it down with a Thieves Wipe or with a cotton ball sprayed with Thieves Spray is recommended. Don’t forget to clean the mouse, too!
Since germs like moist areas to grow, your toothbrush is prime real estate. Charles P. Gerba, professor at the University of Arizona in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, found that flushing the toilet sends germs floating around in the bathroom for at least two hours before landing on objects like your toothbrush.
Close the toilet lid before flushing and keep your toothbrush away from the toilet in an environment where it can air out between uses. Clean the toilet bowl often with Thieves Household Cleaner.
Surprised? I definitely was, but the science is rather convincing. In 2008, researchers at the University of Virginia investigated surfaces touched by adults who recently came down with a cold. They found that 100 percent of the salt and pepper shakers tested positive for the virus!
When you wipe down the table after eating, remember that the salt and pepper shakers can get germy, too! Just as important, remember to wash your hands before and after seasoning your food.
Make sure you protect your home by cleaning these five areas as often as needed. Our safe and natural Thieves products are the perfect solutions for cleaning without exposing your family to synthetic, potentially harmful ingredients. Stay well this season and throughout the year with the cleaning power of Thieves products!
—Gloria Russo, International and Portfolio Brand Manager—Personal Care
Our brand-new edition of the Product Guide is available now online, and printed copies will be available soon! This handy guide is the perfect place to find more than 20 new releases, as well as our current line of essential oils and essential oil-infused products. The Product Guide has everything you need to stock up on your Young Living products!
The 2015 edition is also a great sharing tool. The guide contains simple, but effective, tips on how to share Young Living; and, for the first time ever, tear-out flyers are included that explain how to sign up as a member! Share printed copies with family or friends and keep your own nearby to answer questions or show Young Living’s wide selection of products. It’s just like having a product expert on call at all times!
Check out the online Product Guide today and get ready to order printed copies soon!
Are you familiar with Blue Cypress essential oil? Surprisingly, many of our members are not yet acquainted with this amazingly versatile oil. Let me introduce you!
Sometimes referred to as Blue Gold, Blue Cypress is a beautiful, cobalt blue and is the only naturally blue essential oil that comes from a tree. Other blue essential oils such as German Chamomile and Blue Tansy are from flowers. So distinctive and beloved is this tree’s aroma that it was chosen as the official fragrance of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Young Living’s Blue Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and wood of the rare Northern Cypress Pine, native only to Australia’s Northern Territory. The scientific name of Blue Cypress, Callitris intratropica, is derived from the Greek calli (beautiful) and treis (three), which references the tree’s triangular leaves that are arranged in spirals of three.
Blue Cypress has been used for thousands of years by Australian aboriginal people in a variety of household and personal applications. Here are a few ways you can use Blue Cypress:
Support muscles. Blue Cypress is great to use post-workout. Just add a few drops to V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex, Ortho Ease® Massage Oil, or Ortho Sport® Massage Oil and rub it on muscles after physical workouts.
Moisturize skin. Blue Cypress has excellent beneficial properties for the skin. Use Blue Cypress alone or blend it with Sacred Frankincense, Lavender, and Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood essential oils and apply topically to hydrate the skin after time outside.
Soothe skin while shaving. Add a drop or two of Blue Cypress to shaving cream, soap, or aftershave to help prevent razor burn.
Use in household cleaning. Add Blue Cypress to Thieves® Household Cleaner for extra cleaning power or include it in a custom blend of Lemon and Clove essential oils mixed in water to create your own all-purpose cleaner for kitchens, bathrooms, desktops, and other surfaces.
In addition to these simple and effective uses, how do you use Blue Cypress essential oil?
—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Children are back in school, trees are losing their leaves, the weather is cooling in many areas, and people are spending more time indoors with their windows shut—all signs that autumn is squarely upon us.
This also means the official beginning of the stuffy indoor air season. Battle back against musty air by diffusing your favorite essential oils! Diffusing is an excellent way to humidify dry air and brighten the atmosphere in a home or office.
Here are some invigorating blend ideas that I have discovered to help freshen indoor air this beautiful season!
For a woodsy, refreshing scent, try the following blend:
Pick-me Up Blend
For a cheery, stimulating scent to refresh stuffy household air, try equal parts of the following oils:
To uplift the mind, increase spiritual awareness, and help create sacred space, use several drops of the following oils:
- Hong Kuai
- Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
- Frereana Frankincense (available for a limited time only as part of our Holiday Catalog offerings)
Try these new fall essential oil blends with the newest member of our diffuser line, the Rainstone™ Diffuser. Made from a rare purple clay from China, this state-of-the-art diffuser combines modern ultrasonic technology, minimalist style, and ancient Chinese craftsmanship for a truly unique essential oil experience.
The Rainstone Diffuser is packed with features, including a remote control, continuous ultrasonic diffusion; settings for 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 hours with automatic shutoff; five soft LED light settings; and a negative ionizer, all wrapped up in an elegant design that complements any décor. Plus, it comes with free 5-ml bottles of Peppermint and Tangerine essential oils!
What favorite “fall” essential oil blends would you use in the new Rainstone Diffuser? Share your comments below!
—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Since the very beginning, Young Living has depended on our hard-working members to share our message of wellness through essential oils. We are inspired by their dedication, and we work just as hard to make sure they feel our appreciation. We work to show that we value members by treating them to unequaled growth experiences and exclusive retreats, providing in-depth training from Founder and CEO D. Gary Young and other Young Living executives, and creating an environment of support through our excellent Member Services.
To read more about how we show appreciation for our members, visit YoungLiving.com/20Years.
During October, you can earn points toward an exciting adventure in Tanzania during the African Safari Essential Rewards Challenge! There’s no need to sign up; all Young Living members ranking Executive and above are eligible to win. You can earn 1,000 points for every personally enrolled member who:
- Enrolls in Essential Rewards for the first time and places an order of 100 PV or more
- Re-enrolls in Essential Rewards and places an order of 100 PV or more for the first time since April 1
To learn more about this incredible promotion, click here now! What would you want to see on your trip to Tanzania?
The holidays will be here before you know it, and we want to help you get ready with festive essential oils and shareable rewards! Place a qualifying order during October; and a 5-ml bottle each of Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils are yours, plus a $20 enrollment voucher and 10 percent back in Essential Rewards points!
Check out these fun ways to use your free Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils and get into the holiday spirit!
What other ways have you used Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Curious about what’s inside our 2014 Holiday Catalog? Our lips are sealed until October 1! In the meantime, we can tell you that it’s the only place you’ll find exclusive seasonal collections, gift ideas, special discounts, and brand-new products.
The digital version will be available at YoungLiving.com beginning October 1. Get your hands on printed copies through Virtual Office starting October 15, plus a free copy in your first holiday season order after the 15th.
Besides being a one-stop source for unique seasonal gifts, the Holiday Catalog can be a great tool for building your business. Here are a few ideas for using it to share Young Living:
- Host a holiday DIY, baking, or home spa night featuring Young Living products, including those from the catalog.
- Offer Holiday Catalog products as prizes to encourage your team to place orders.
- Promote your favorite Holiday Catalog products by posting the link to the catalog or individual product pages on social media. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for shareable Holiday Catalog posts.
- Brighten your neighbors’ holiday season and give them gifts from the catalog.
- Do your own seasonal shopping in our 2014 Holiday Catalog!
Looking for an in-depth sneak peak? Take a look at our behind-the-scenes video from the Holiday Catalog photo shoot!
How will you use the Holiday Catalog to build your business? Leave us your suggestions in the comments!
Each month this year, we’ve been offering incredible 20 percent discounts on many of D. Gary and Mary Young’s favorite products—1 percent off for each year we’ve been in business! If you haven’t taken advantage yet, now is your chance to get 20 percent off Satin Facial Scrub™, Mint!*
Satin Facial Scrub, Mint is an advanced formula with safe, gentle ingredients help to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin for a fresher, smoother appearance. Log in to Virtual Office on September 19 and 20 to get this exclusive discount!
Is Satin Facial Scrub, Mint a skincare must for you? Tell us what you love about it in the comments!
*Please note that the discount will reduce your PV for the item by 20 percent. If this reduction in PV will affect your commissions, please adjust your order accordingly. This is a U.S.-only promotion. Essential Rewards orders that process on September 19–20 will qualify for this promotion. Discount will apply to the wholesale and the retail price of Satin Facial Scrub, Mint. Available while supplies last.
Chaotic mornings often lead us to either wolf down an unhealthy breakfast or skip the meal altogether, but neither will give your body the pep you need to make it through your day! In my last post, I shared a few tips to support energy and mental focus throughout the day, and today I offer my final suggestion—a delicious and fortifying morning meal, so you can start off on the right foot.
To create a recipe that is low in gluten and provides both fiber and protein, I have integrated Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti into a savory breakfast. You can cook fresh spaghetti or use leftover spaghetti from a previous meal.
½ box of Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti, precooked
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
5 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
¾ cup chicken stock
3–4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground flax
4 drops Basil Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, combine garlic, flaxseed, olive oil, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring continuously.
- Add spinach and tomatoes to saucepan and cook until tomatoes become tender.
- Drop Basil and Lemon essential oils into the pan and mix thoroughly.*
- Place the cooked spaghetti directly into the pan and stir until all the pasta has been integrated into the sauce. Once pasta becomes warm, remove from heat.
- In a separate pan, cook eggs as desired (over easy or poached is recommended). Divide pasta onto two plates and place the eggs on top of each serving.
We would love to hear how you have incorporated the new Einkorn products into your favorite recipes. Leave us a comment and share your newest meal idea with us!
In our last blog post, we challenged members to share their tips for staying sharp during the back-to-school season. Our randomly selected winners are: CassieK, Distributor; Sammye L., Senior Star; and Linda D., Distributor. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
* Although heating essential oils may diminish their beneficial properties, the oils used in this recipe are for flavor only. If desired, you may add the essential oils after the spaghetti is already warmed.