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5 Quick Tips for Mental Sharpness

Posted on September 11th, 2014 | 46 comments

For many, this time of year can be hectic and exhausting. Between juggling busy school schedules, meeting deadlines, and everything else on your plate, having a sharp mind to stay on top of it all is crucial. I’m excited to share five practices I have recently discovered that support my mental focus and increase my energy levels:

 

1. Before going to sleep, I slice ¼ of a cucumber and add the slices to 12 ounces of water, then leave it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, I add a few drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blend to the cucumber-infused water and drink it within 10 minutes of waking. I’ve discovered that drinking this refreshing beverage at the start of my day uplifts and wakens my body systems—after all, the brain’s functions are dependent on proper hydration!

 

2. Every day I try to take 15 minutes to calm my mind and focus my thoughts. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly or concentrating on your breathing.  Meditation has been practiced for centuries and is known for unique benefits such as increased awareness, decreased stress levels, and heightened mental clarity. I often diffuse Clarity essential oil blend or Peppermint essential oil to enhance my reflection time.

 

3. Sometime around my midday meal, I like to take advantage of a few cognition-supporting supplements. NingXia Nitro is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, full of beneficial ingredients like D-Ribose and Korean ginseng extract. I also like to give my mind an extra boost with MindWise, Young Living’s new advanced brain wellness serum. Providing generous amounts of vitamin D, CoQ10, ALCAR, and GPC, MindWise is my go-to supplement for supporting my mind and memory.*

 

4. In addition to stimulating multiple areas of the brain, music helps minimize background noise and distractions. I have found classical music to be my ultimate distraction reducer. Whether I am at work, completing household chores, or simply relaxing, listening to my favorite composers keeps my mind motivated and engaged.

 

I’ll share my fifth tip with a special recipe on Monday, September 15, so be sure to visit the blog again soon! Until then, leave a comment with your tips for staying sharp and alert during the back-to-school season, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a free bottle of MindWise! Three winners will be randomly selected and announced in my September 15 post. Good luck!

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Keeping Your Mind Sharp with Essential Oils

Posted on September 8th, 2014 | 25 comments

Ever get the afternoon doldrums? I usually hit a stretch in the late afternoon when I need a little extra energy to get through the rest of the day. I’ve found that inhaling essential oils directly from the bottle gives me a boost and helps clear my mind. I frequently inhale Peppermint and diffuse Jade Lemon from the Exotic Oils Collection. Adding Roller Fitments to neat or diluted bottles of oil also provides me with a quick and easy way to apply oils to my wrists, behind my ears, or even on the bottoms of my feet, where I find application to be the most effective.

 

Whether you are at work, school, or doing afternoon homework, there are numerous ways that using essential oils can help wake you up and refresh your mind. Here are a few oils perfect for an afternoon lift:

 

Pick-me-up Essential Oils

 

Clarity Builders

 

Which Young Living essential oils do you use to help keep your mind sharp at work or in school? Share your ideas below!

 

—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager

This Month We Pay Tribute to D. Gary and Mary Young, Pioneers of the Modern Essential Oil Movement

Posted on September 4th, 2014 | one comment

Gary and Mary Young - Young Living FoundersRecords dating back to 4,500 BC describe the use of aromatic substances to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Despite this long history of use, the modern use and research of essential oils didn’t begin until the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

The modern resurgence of essential oil use is due to the dedicated work of many important trailblazers. By creating Young Living Essential Oils in 1994, D. Gary and Mary Young became pioneers in bringing the power of essential oils to the forefront of the wellness movement and have given hundreds of thousands of individuals the opportunity to find wellness, purpose, and abundance.

 

Learn how Gary and Mary helped pioneer the modern essential oil renaissance by visiting our 20th anniversary page!

Sharing, Growing, and Staying Well this Fall!

Posted on September 1st, 2014 | no comments

Ready for the back-to-school season? We’re excited to share with you a promotion that not only helps support your family’s wellness* this fall but also makes it both extra easy and extra rewarding to share! Here’s the bundle of shareable rewards we have ready for you:

Order 300 PV and get a 5-ml bottle of Raven; a 10-pack each of Peppermint, Lavender, and Thieves® sample packets; a $20 enrollment voucher to give to a friend to offset the cost of joining Young Living; and a shareable 14-pack of NingXia Nitro.

 

Find full details about this promotion, why these products are fall must-haves, and how they can help build your business at YoungLiving.com. How do you plan to share Young Living with this offer? What are some of your favorite uses for Essential Oil Sample Packets? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

 

*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.

6 Natural Remedies for Nausea

Posted on August 28th, 2014 | 3 comments

Almost everyone gets a queasy stomach once in a while, whether it’s motion sickness from a car or rollercoaster, morning sickness from pregnancy, a symptom of an illness, or a side effect of medications. Lucky for us, there are some simple natural remedies that can help. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid Triggers. Pay attention to what causes nausea, and mentally mark them as “triggers” to avoid.
  • Try to avoid bothersome odors such as perfume, smoke, or certain cooking smells. Get plenty of fresh air. Using an essential oil or blend like AromaEase™ to block bothersome odors can also be refreshing and relaxing.
  • Ginger is a popular natural remedy for quelling queasiness. Look for ginger ale made with real ginger or add a little ginger to a glass of water.
  • Try sipping peppermint tea, especially after eating. Peppermint or ginger-flavored lozenges may also help.
  • If you suffer from motion sickness, optimize your position to reduce motion or motion perception. For example, driving a vehicle instead of riding in it, sitting in the front seat of a car or bus, or sitting over the wing of an aircraft.

 

Essential oils are also a great way to help calm and soothe the body. Peppermint, for example, has been used traditionally to support normal digestion.* Spearmint also supports digestion* and brings feelings of calm. Young Living’s new essential oil blend AromaEase™ contains essential oils to help soothe occasional stress. Diffuse, breathe in directly from the bottle, or apply topically to help support healthy energy flow and vitality.

 

Use any of these suggestions to help you with your queasy quandary!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Favorite NingXia Red “Shots” from Convention

Posted on August 25th, 2014 | one comment

Young Living - Club Red BarThis year’s Convention Lifestyle Expo included a NingXia Red® bar called “Club Red,” where we offered customized shots of NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro™, and Young Living essential oils. The exhilarating atmosphere left an impression on everyone! For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here are some of this year’s most requested NingXia Red shots from our Club Red “bartenders.”

 

“Cimply” Smooth—Ryan Seely, Young Living Associate Product Marketing Manager

My most popular shot was called “Cimply Smooth” (pronounced “simply smooth,” a play on the citrusy contents). I love the flavor of Lime essential oil, and it pairs so nicely with Tangerine to elevate the already delicious NingXia Red flavor. When combined with Frankincense, these pure essential oils awaken the mind!

 

Cimply Smooth

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Tangerine essential oil

2 drops Lime essential oil

1 drop Sacred Frankincense essential oil

 

Dreamsicle—P. J. Carver, Young Living Senior Global Inventory Planner

What better way to Live Your Dream (our Convention theme) than with the Dreamsicle! The smooth and delicious citrus taste was not only great on the palate, but it was refreshing for those who had been at the Convention all day. People were lined up to experience this shot, and who can blame them?

Dreamsicle

1 oz. NingXia Red

1 drop Sacred Frankincense essential oil

1 drop Orange essential oil

1 drop Lime essential oil

1 drop Tangerine essential oil

1 drop Copaiba essential oil

1 drop Citrus Fresh essential oil

1 drop Lemon essential oil

 

Atomic Fireball—Aslyn Burkholder, Young Living Outbound Projects Liaison

This year my shot was called was the Atomic Fireball. I chose this combination because Cinnamon Bark is one of my favorite essential oils and gives the NingXia Red an extra zing. Plus, we all need a little cinnamon to spice up our life!

 

Atomic Fireball

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

1 drop Ocotea essential oil

Mind Blaster—Lisa Morris, Young Living Help Desk Technician

Two years running, the Mind Blaster has been a crowd favorite. The citrus oils uplift, while the Frankincense gives a smooth prelude to the spice of cinnamon bark. It’s sure to blast your mind!

 

Young Living Club Red BarMind Blaster

1 oz. NingXia Red

1 drop Lime essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

1 drop Citrus Fresh essential oil

1 drop Frankincense essential oil

1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil (on top)

 

Hot Flash—Robert Donakey, Young Living Sales Support Tier 2

My signature shot is called Hot Flash! It’s inspired by products I use after playing basketball. I like the mixture of spicy cinnamon and refreshing peppermint.

 

Hot Flash

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

 

The combinations and benefits of Ningxia Red and essential oils are nearly endless! Comment below and share with us your favorite Ningxia Red “shot.”

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

Bring Your Bon Voyage Travel Pack for a Safer, Better, and Happier Vacation

Posted on August 21st, 2014 | no comments

Have you ever started your vacation already exhausted from late-night packing? I have! But since our convention earlier this summer, I have a new favorite traveling companion that has significantly reduced my family’s vacation stress—Young Living’s new Bon Voyage Travel Pack.

 

Here’s why I love this kit:

  • I can bring a Bon Voyage Travel Pack for every member of my family. This drastically cuts down on packing time.
  • Bon Voyage Travel Packs are compact and TSA-compliant, so they fit in our carry-ons and get through airport security with ease. When our checked luggage was lost on our latest family vacation, this feature was a lifesaver!
  • The toiletry bag included with each Bon Voyage Travel Pack keeps my kids and the hotel bathroom organized. Everyone knows where their personal care items, like Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste and Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, belong while they are not in use.
  • The Bon Voyage Travel Pack is an easy way to keep my favorite Young Living personal care products with me, so I don’t have to settle for cheap hotel toiletries.
  • As a bonus, these packs are also an easy way to start an essential oil conversation! During a plane ride, another passenger noticed that my daughter and I both had Young Living-branded bags. We ended up sharing Thieves® Dental Floss and Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion.

 

Bon Voyage is French for “good journey”; and for my family, this useful travel companion lived up to its name this summer. It’s already become a must-have for me, and I wouldn’t think of traveling without it!

 

Gloria Russo—YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care

Take 20 Percent Off EndoFlex and Celebrate 20 Years!

Posted on August 18th, 2014 | 4 comments

Have you been able to take advantage of our monthly 20 percent off promotion? If you haven’t, now is the time to get started! Each month during 2014, we’ll be offering a favorite product of Gary and Mary Young’s at an amazing 20 percent discount as part of our 20th anniversary celebration.

 

This month get a bottle of EndoFlex™ essential oil for 20 percent off* on August 20 and 21! EndoFlex, a powerful blend of Spearmint, Geranium, and other pure essential oils, can help you maintain overall vitality and support the endocrine system**. Log in to Virtual Office on August 20 and 21 to enjoy this exclusive discount!

 

How do you plan to use EndoFlex? What have your 20th anniversary promotions been so far? Add your thoughts 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.

 **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.

See the World with the 2014 Exotic Oils Collection

Posted on August 14th, 2014 | 2 comments

If you attended the 2014 International Grand Convention, chances are you got to sample our popular, limited-edition Exotic Oils Collection.

 

The Exotic Oils Collection is a culmination of Gary Young’s efforts to scour the planet for unique and cutting-edge essential oil discoveries. The collection offers a window to locations all over the globe and includes an exotic passport with photos, scientific information, and everyday uses for each oil. These special kits are limited edition, however, so you should grab one while they last!

 

For those who haven’t been able to experience these amazing oils yet, we want to share a little about each one of them.

 

ManstranteMastrante

Lippia alba, Chemotype III

Plant Origin: Ecuador

Benefits: Grounding, calming, relaxing, vitalizing

Uses:

  • Apply to temples, wrists, or back of neck to help settle and calm the body.
  • Apply a drop to your solar plexus to support energy flow.
  • Rub into feet to moisturize the skin.

 

Idaho Ponderosa PineIdaho Ponderosa Pine

Pinus ponderosa

Plant Origin: Idaho, USA

Benefits: Supportive of skin, emotionally uplifting, empowering, restorative

Uses:

  • Mix with Frereana Frankincense and massage into joints after vigorous exercise.
  • Pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops. Lean over the bowl and cover head and the bowl with a towel. Breathe deeply.
  • Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place at the bottom of a trash can or recycling bin to cut down on odors.

 

White LightWhite Light™ Blend

Abies concolor (White Fir), Pinus strobus (White Pine), Picea glauca (White Spruce), Thuja occidentalis (White Cedar)

Plant Origin: North America

Benefits: Elevating, balancing, harmonizing with nature, awakening

Uses:

  • Diffuse during a creative activity.
  • Inhale with Hong Kuai before speaking in public or other situations where clarity and confidence are needed.
  • Mix with water in a spritzer and use to freshen linens and carpets.

 

Frereana Frankincense Frereana Frankincense

Boswellia frereana

Plant Origin: Somalia

Benefits: Cheering, calming, spiritually edifying

Uses:

  • Apply to joints after vigorous exercise.
  • Apply a drop to temples, behind the ears, or back of the neck to enhance meditation.
  • Diffuse during journal writing.

 

Jade LemonJade Lemon™

Citrus limon L. var. Eureka

Plant Origin: China

Benefits: Invigorating, energizing, clarifying

Uses:

  • Place a drop in the palm of the hand, cup hand over mouth and nose, and inhale deeply to enhance focus, improve clarity, and support concentration.
  • Add 10–15 drops to Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base for a refreshing shower or bath.
  • Put a few drops on a cotton ball and dab on the inside of shoes to freshen them.

 

Log in to Virtual Office now to add the Exotic Oils Collection to your order and you can try these oils for yourself! What are your favorite uses for oils in this year’s Exotic Oils Collection? Share your comments below—we always love your input!

Uncover Your Natural Beauty at the 2014 Beauty School!

Posted on August 11th, 2014 | no comments

The Young Living Beauty School is a must-attend event for any member interested in all-natural personal care or building a business with Young Living beauty products! This year’s Beauty School, held October 3–4, will once again be held at the Swiss-inspired Zermatt Resort. Nestled among Utah’s awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains, this resort offers attendees breathtaking vistas during one of our most colorful seasons!

 

Register now so you can experience what promises to be our most exciting, informative Beauty School yet, including:

 

  • Young Living Executive Vice President Mary Young and other dynamic speakers
  • Opportunities to be the first to try new, soon-to-be-released personal-care products
  • An exclusive 2014 Beauty School carrying case filled with luxurious essential oil- infused products and other goodies for every attendee
  • Discounted beauty items for sale on site, including a stylish, updated Beauty School how-to book
  • An extended, hands-on training with Dr. Luba Vozarova, Young Living’s senior portfolio manager and resident beauty expert
  • Printed study guides for all keynote workshops

 

We hope you can join us for our best Beauty School yet! Register at YoungLiving.com/BeautySchool and secure your spot today!

 

See you in October!

 

Gloria Russo—YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care