During the holiday season, we often gather around the table to celebrate meaningful events, strengthen relationships, and make wonderful memories. Unfortunately, some of our favorite holiday foods can also cause bad breath at times when we want it the least! The most common culprits are:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Protein-dense foods like dairy, meat, and nuts
- Acidic foods like chocolate, butter, coffee, and soda pop
These types of food activate smelly sulfur compounds as they are digested. Bad breath can also have other partners in crime, like food particles trapped in the mouth that promote bacterial growth. Not what we want during the season of hugs and family time!
Here are a few simple tricks you can use to prevent bad breath from souring the mood at your holiday festivities:
- Drink water to rinse your mouth and keep it hydrated, especially after finishing a heavy meal or beverage.
- Choose fresh vegetables like celery stalks and carrot sticks over sweet potatoes drenched in brown sugar and marshmallows. If you just can’t pass up your favorite sweet treat, limit portion size.
- If fresh vegetables are nowhere to be found, chewing on garnishes like parsley or mint sprigs can help in a pinch!
For a last-minute, fail-safe solution to unpleasant breath, try our new Thieves® Mints. Popping in a mint will give your mouth a refreshing, minty taste and scent. Because these mints are infused with Thieves essential oil blend and are made from pure, sugar-free ingredients, you aren’t just getting fresh breath—you are doing your whole body a favor!
May your holiday season be happy, healthy, and refreshing!
—Gloria Russo, International and Portfolio Brand Manager—Personal Care
Thinking about making homemade holiday gifts using essential oils? Invite your friends over for a make-and-take party! At a recent Monthly Education Seminar, Young Living member and party-hosting expert Nance Ciasca not only taught us how to have a successful make-and-take party but also gave us ideas on a “Holiday Gifts” party theme.
Find simple instructions below to make three memorable holiday gifts—Winter Smooth Hand Scrub to comfort skin exposed to harsh elements, Winter Fresh Spray to freshen any indoor environment, and invigorating “The Day After” Bath Salts to use after a big day of rich foods, family, and fun!
- In a Ziploc bag, combine:
1/2 C white sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp. V-6 Oil
1/3 C olive oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil or other topical essential oil of your choice
2. Seal bag and knead to mix ingredients.
3. Pour contents into an 8 oz. mason jar.
Winter Fresh Spray
- Unscrew the lid of a clean, empty 2 oz. spray bottle.
- Using a funnel, fill with distilled water up to one finger’s width from the top.
- Add 10 drops Evergreen Essence™ essential oil blend
- Top off with witch hazel and shake well.
- Spray in indoor spaces or onto linens and carpets to add a fresh, aromatic boost.
“The Day After” Bath Salts
- To a 4 oz. jar with cork lid, add
1/4 C Epsom salt
1/4 C Kosher salt
10 drops Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil
10 drops Juniper essential oil
2. Secure the cork top and shake well.
3. Add as desired to a hot bath.
Give your gifts some pizazz by decorating with string, tags, and ribbon. Place the three gifts in a clear confectionery bag and tie off with ribbon and give to neighbors, teachers, friends, family—or yourself!
Organize a hands-on “Holiday Gifts” make-and-take party with these DIYs using our party-planning tips; and tie in the season by playing holiday music, diffusing Christmas Spirit, and serving essential oil-infused hot chocolate!
What other essential oil-infused gifts have you made or received? We’d love to read about your gifts in the comments!
Whether you’re looking for new ideas to share Young Living or you’d like to get your friends together for your own girls’ night, hosting a Young Living make-and-take party is a great opportunity to meet new people, make some fun DIY projects, and show friends and neighbors that Young Living is more than just a drop of oil—that our products can easily and naturally complement any lifestyle.
From refreshments, to ways to encourage natural conversation about Young Living, to diffusion ideas, here’s your guide to hosting a fantastic make-and-take party!
STEP 1: Make a Plan
- Pick a theme. Maybe go with a “Pamper Me” theme with bath salts, hand scrub, and foot lotion made with Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil. Or perhaps a “Daily Dose” theme with an invigorating morning Melaleuca Alternifolia face lotion, a fresh 2:30 p.m. roll-on with Frankincense essential oil, and a serene nighttime room spray with Lavender essential oil.
- Decide which refreshments you’d like to serve. Keep your finger food simple and light. Try a fruit or vegetable tray with dip, or try crackers and cheese. You can even include Young Living essential oils in your refreshment spread. Try lemonade made with citrus essential oils, hot chocolate with Cinnamon Bark or Orange essential oils, or a vegetable dip with Dill essential oil. Our Healthy Cooking, Volume 2 recipe book has some great ideas you could try.
- Make a shopping list of the DIY project ingredients, project containers, decorations, bowls and utensils for assembling, and refreshments.
- Decide what amount you feel is appropriate to charge your attendees for each DIY project. You can use PayPal or Venmo or ask people to bring cash to the party.
STEP 2: Get the Word Out
- Decide how many people you are comfortable hosting, and then over-invite. Remember, people get busy and not everyone you invite will be able to make it.
- 2–3 weeks prior to your party, send out invitations. You can create a Facebook event or send any combination of emails, texts, and printed invitations.
- Closer to the date, send reminders and get a final count on RSVPs.
STEP 3: Pre-Party Setup
- Print handouts of the ingredients and instructions for your DIY projects.
- Have Young Living resources placed around your home, so people can browse during any downtime. We recommend the 2015 Product Guide and any resources you have on essential oils and their uses.
- Set up different stations for each DIY project to avoid overcrowding in one area. Organize tables with all the containers, ingredients, and measuring utensils laid out in order of assembly. Tip: Use white plastic tablecloths and write instructions by each step with a black permanent marker.
- Set out your refreshments.
- Set the mood and diffuse oils that will add to the feel of the party. For an uplifting vibe we recommend Joy or Bergamot. Play music that will complement your event.
- Prepare to say “thank you” to guests as they leave with a small take-home bag. You could include your business card with an essential oil sample, information about how to become a member, and a homemade treat made with essential oils. Set the bags out in a basket by your front door.
- Once guests have arrived, start the night by having everyone introduce themselves.
- Explain what you’ll be making, how to use the projects, and their benefits. Then start assembling the goodies!
- Ensure everyone leaves with a take-home package.
Step 5: Post Party
- For those interested, follow up with a class introducing Young Living products.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post for ideas to host a holiday gift make-and-take party!
Special thanks to Young Living member Nance Ciasca for her party expertise and tips.
Do you have any other tips for a smooth-sailing party? We’d love to hear them in the comments!
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To read more about the ways we show our member leaders that we value them, visit YoungLiving.com/20Years.
Getting ready to host for the holidays? This month, you can earn two essential oils to make the season merry and bright, plus extra rewards! With your qualifying November order, earn a free 5-ml bottle each of Ginger and Christmas Spirit™ essential oils, plus 10 percent back in Essential Rewards, free Thyromin™ capsules, and a special 10 percent-off offer on our Home Diffuser while supplies last!
So what can these free essential oils do for your holiday festivities?
We love Ginger essential oil as a substitute for powdered ginger in recipes. As a general rule, you can use 1 drop for every teaspoon of powdered or grated ginger. Check out this fun, easy recipe for gingerbread people that the kids will love decorating with icing, candies, and sprinkles:
3 cups flour of your choice (may substitute Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix)
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. fine sea salt
1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil
¾ cup butter or coconut oil
¾ cup firmly packed brown or coconut sugar
½ cup molasses
1 egg or vegan egg substitute
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients; set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat together butter or coconut oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in remaining wet ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture just until dough forms; do not over mix. Press dough into a flat disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight or at least for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough to ¼ inch thick on a clean and lightly floured countertop. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8–10 minutes or until edges are just beginning to brown. Cool completely, then decorate as desired!
While you and your family are making essential oil-infused gingerbread people, and through the whole season, diffuse Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. It combines everyone’s favorite scents of the season—Cinnamon Bark, Orange, and Spruce—for an irresistibly festive environment. You can even try dropping it onto unscented potpourri and packaging it in bags with colorful ribbons for a beautiful, memorable neighbor gift. They’ll love that it’s both thoughtful and guilt-free!
How do you plan to infuse your holiday celebrations with essential oils? Let us know in the comments!
As temperatures drop and we begin to feel a crispness in the air, many of us turn to warm and comforting meals. But watch out! These delicious foods are often high in carbohydrates and low in nutrition—the perfect recipe for unwanted pounds. In this post I will be sharing a fortifying recipe that is warm, delicious, and packed with nutrition!
- 1 large pie or sugar pumpkin
- Coconut oil
- 2 scoops Balance Complete™ (optional)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon Blue Agave
- 2 small shallots, chopped
- 1 teaspoon (or to taste) cayenne pepper
- 2 drops Black Pepper essential oil
- 2 drops Thyme essential oil
- 2 drops Clove essential oil
- Preheat oven to 400º F.
- Place your whole pumpkin on a baking sheet and lightly coat it with coconut oil. Position the baking sheet on the lowest rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour.
- Once the pumpkin has finished roasting, remove it from the oven and let it stand for 15–20 minutes. After the pumpkin has cooled, hold it securely and cut it in half, horizontally. Use caution, as the pumpkin will be filled with steam and can cause burns. Remove the seeds and set aside to use as a garnish. Scoop the remaining pumpkin meat into a food processor and add 1 cup chicken stock and 2 scoops Balance Complete™; puree until completely smooth.
- Combine shallots and olive oil in a large pot, then sauté over medium heat until the shallots become soft and golden brown. Add the pumpkin puree, remaining chicken stock, coconut milk, water, cayenne, and Blue Agave. Bring the soup to a low simmer and let cook for 15–20 minutes.
- Just before removing the soup from the heat, add a few pinches of salt and the Thyme, Clove, and Black Pepper essential oils. Stir well and enjoy!
My family loved this savory soup with freshly roasted pumpkin seeds on top! After removing the seeds from the pumpkin, we washed, salted, and then baked the seeds at 350° for 8–10 minutes.
What Young Living products do you use to cook with in the cold winter months? Share your favorites with us in the comments!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
Dr. Lindsey Elmore recently joined the Young Living team as our new director of Global Education and Health Sciences. Her knowledge and passion as a chemist, pharmacist, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and natural wellness expert have prepared her well for this pivotal role at Young Living.
We sat down with Dr. Elmore and talked about her first experiences with essential oils, why this is her dream job, her exciting new direction for the department, and her favorite Young Living products.
Why did you decide to join Young Living?
This is my dream job! I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and I’ve already learned so much. I kept seeing friends post on Facebook about how these essential oils had changed their lives, so I bought Geranium and Roman Chamomile from a Young Living member I knew. I enrolled last December, bought my first kit, and poured the oils all over myself while sitting on my living room floor! I realized immediately that Young Living products were special, and I really appreciated and respected that. I immersed myself in learning about essential oils and then began teaching others about them.
When this position opened up, I called Jared Turner about it and was on a plane to Young Living’s global headquarters just days later. I spoke with Gary, Mary, and other executives and became really excited to join. I was a Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacist with the St. Vincent’s Health System and previously an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Samford University, and I gave notice the next day!
I am so grateful to Gary and Mary for this opportunity to serve all of our members, and I’ve already learned so much. The day after I joined the global HQ team, I had a one-on-one session with Gary learning the lavender distillation process. Gary knows more about essential oils than anyone else in the world, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of his company!
One of our group’s major focuses will be to offer education for every member, regardless of where they’re at in their Young Living journey. Members will receive more diversified training with a special focus on online resources. Also, our events will dig deep into the science of oils, business and team building, the compensation plan, and more.
Our education is going to get very deep and diverse, as you can see. Our global presence will also grow, and we’re planning a robust international training schedule for the coming months. To improve the quality of our events and increase the number that we can do, we’re in the process of building out our team with more event planners and trainers.
As an additional part of my role, I will also be overseeing professional accounts and will be taking the helm on professional research collaborations and helping to secure data-generating collaborations.
You’re also the new chair of the Scientific Advisory Council. What’s planned for this important group?
Our SAC is incredible. We have very talented people with diverse backgrounds—from physicians to cell biologists. I’m planning to leverage this panel of astonishingly talented people much more than has been done previously. They’ll speak at more corporate events, host webinars, co-author papers, and use their connections for more research. They’ll help me ensure that our educational materials are exactly what our members need. I’m also excited to launch the Veterinary Advisory Council in the near future, which will do similar work to the SAC but with a focus on pets instead of people. Look for more information on that council soon!
What do you see as the greatest challenges and opportunities in your new role?
As our members know, our biggest challenge as a company right now is sourcing; and Young Living staff members are spending most of our time and energy ensuring that we continue to get the highest quality oils into our members’ hands as quickly as possible. My role in this is to educate people about alternative products while their favorite products are temporarily unavailable. I’m also going to focus more time on educating people about our phenomenal supplements and the total wellness that Young Living offers.
Clearly, there’s a huge and growing need for member education. Whether they’re brand new or an expert on oils, I want to support our entire membership spectrum. My team will be empowered to do that, and I trust them to provide fantastic education to our members. You’ll be hearing a lot more from them—and from me—in the very near future!
Finally, what’s your favorite Young Living product?
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!