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Do It Yourself: Essential Oil Infused Foot Bath

Posted on May 30th, 2013 | 34 comments

Young Living Facebook followers will remember a recent post discussing the combination of essential oils and foot baths. This inspired me to share my personal experiences on the subject.

Allow me start with some background. Each year as the weather warms and I trade in my tennis shoes for flip-flops, my feet become painfully dry and cracked. After discovering this correlation, I began searching for a safe and natural home remedy to moisturize my feet. My solution was an essential oil-infused foot bath. Once I determined the solution, I began narrowing down the hundreds of foot bath variations. I experimented with different foot bath bases and essential oil combinations. The end result was soft, moisturized feet that my wife felt comfortable touching. For optimal results during drier months, I perform a weekly foot bath followed by a moisturizer (I also apply the moisturizer as needed during the week).

Please keep in mind the following combinations worked for me and my test subjects. They are not intended to treat or cure disease. Simply put, they are solutions that have helped me in my quest for soft, healthy feet. It is appropriate, and suggested, to tweak formulas based on your personal needs. As always, we recommend individuals exercise care when dealing with pure essential oils and follow the individual oil label directions.

Pour Epsom salt into a glass bowl or container (I prefer a Mason jar). Add your desired essential oils to the container. Stir contents with a metal spoon until the oils are evenly dispersed throughout the Epsom salt. Pour the salt/oil mixture into a container large enough for feet. Slowly pour in warm water (enough to cover your feet). Using your feet, agitate the water and salt until the salt is dissolved. Add AlkaLime® and let your feet soak for 20–30 minutes. Following the soak, pat your feet dry with a towel. (At this point I sometimes exfoliate my feet using a pumice stone.) Once your feet are completely dry, put 1–2 tablespoons of Animal Scents® Ointment in the palm of your hand and add 1-2 drops of your preferred essential oil. Apply the mixture generously to your feet and let it sit for 15–20 minutes. Put on a pair of socks and go to bed.


Foot Bath Base

  • 3–4 quarts warm water (enough to cover feet in container)
  • 1/3 cup Epsom salt
  • 1–2 teaspoons AlkaLime®

Moisturizing Recipe

 Rejuvenating Recipe

  • Foot bath base
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops Thieves®
  • 1 drop melaleuca
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Follow with Animal Scents™ mixed with 1 drop of frankincense

 Relaxing/Soothing Recipe

  • Foot bath base
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drop melissa
  • 1 drop sandalwood
  • 1 drops lavender
  • 1 drop Thieves®
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Follow with Animal Scents™ mixed with 1 drop of myrrh

Please take a moment to leave a comment with a recipe or blend that you have found beneficial in a foot bath. As an additional incentive, I will randomly choose one individual who leaves a comment by June 3 to receive some free oils that can be used in a future foot bath (a 5-ml lavender, frankincense, myrrh, melaleuca, and Thieves). Good Luck!

­—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager


Posted on September 29th, 2011 | one comment

Young Living’s 2011 Convention not only introduced new and exciting products, but it also brought us some newly reformulated ones. One of the products that received buzz from attendees was reformulated AlkaLime™. As I mentioned in a past blog, I had the opportunity to prepare and distribute product samples at the Product Expo. Everyone raved about AlkaLime’s flavor, but many people had questions concerning its improved benefits. Based on these questions I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and their answers.

Question: Why reformulate AlkaLime?

Answer: We wanted to more precisely balance the sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium mineral levels. We were also able to improve the product taste and smell, increase solubility, and enhance the fizz/effervescence activity.

Question: How did we improve the flavor of the product?

Answer: We adjusted the lemon and lime essential oil levels, added an organic whole lemon powder, and slightly sweetened with natural stevia.

Question: Should I be worried about stevia as an ingredient?

Answer: No. We use only high-purity Rebaudioside A (Reb-A) stevia, which is an all-natural alternative to sugar with zero calories.

Question: How did we improve the effervescence?

Answer: By increasing citric acid and reducing carbonate salts, we were able to create a more effervescent product and improve its solubility.

Question: What are biochemic salts and why were they added to the product?

Answer: Gary added 8 of the more common 12 tissue salts (also know as Salts of the Earth) present in all cells to the newly reformulated AlkaLime. When at optimal levels, these salts assist the body’s individual cells process minerals better and faster. In a nutshell: Health issues in the body may arise when deficiencies of one or many mineral salts exists. AlkaLime may help restore this cellular balance.

Question: Is AlkaLime only for those seeking specific digestive support?

Answer: No, although it works great for these types of digestive concerns as well.

Question: What are the benefits using AlkaLime?

Answer: AlkaLime balances the body’s pH level, regulates excessive acid levels in the digestive system, and counteracts the over-consumption of processed sugars and foods that turn to sugar in the body.

The new AlkaLime is a superior product and has been vastly improved with additional beneficial ingredients. I invite all to test AlkaLime to see how it can benefit your life. If you are one of the individuals who have had the opportunity to try this new reformulation, please leave your comments about its improvements.

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager

New Convention Products

Posted on September 27th, 2011 | one comment

Last week I experienced my first Young Living convention. How do I describe it? I have one word, “wow.” The energy was contagious and inspiring. Thousands of distributors receiving trainings, product demonstrations, and motivation made for a memorable experience.

I had the opportunity to assist in the Product Expo at the product sampling booth and NingXia Red bar. I interacted directly with attendees, received product feedback, answered questions, and provided samples of our new products. Slique tea was the crowd favorite, while AlkaLime had everyone buzzing and raving about its improved flavor. The complete list of new products includes:

  • Slique Tea—a delicious, premium blend of Ecuadorian ocotea leaf, jade oolong tea leaves, Amazon cacao, vanilla essential oil, and Arabian Omani frankincense powder.

  • Essentialzymes-4—a multi-spectrum enzyme complex specially formulated to break down the excessive fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and fiber found in the modern diet.

  • AlkaLime—a pH balancing formula infused with lemon and lime essential oils, featuring enhanced effervescence and biochemic cell salts for increased effectiveness.

  • Roller Fitment—a fitment which transforms any of your favorite Young Living essential oils into an easy-to-use roll-on bottle.

  • Sacred Frankincense—one of our most popular essential oils is now available in an economical 15-ml bottle.

Needless to say, I expect these new products will improve lives with their beneficial properties. Stay tuned for future posts that will go in greater depth on these products as well as other convention topics. If you attended the convention, please leave a comment with your thoughts on the new additions to our product family.

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager