For the last 20 years and counting, improving our global community has been a guiding principle for Young Living, and philanthropic work has always been close to the hearts of founders D. Gary and Mary Young. This month we celebrate two decades of giving back!
Whether we are helping fund education at the Young Living Academy in Chongon, Ecuador, through the D. Gary Young Foundation or helping fund relief work in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Young Living’s leadership and members make positive change a priority. With the help of generous members, the D. Gary Young Foundation is funding the expansion of the existing Young Living Academy to accommodate the high school grades! To help fund these efforts, this year’s International Grand Convention will feature a Walk a Mile for a Child fundraiser on Thursday, June 26, from 6–8 a.m. Stay tuned and check back at YoungLiving.com/Convention to register and for more details!
Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more about Young Living’s charity work and to watch a video about the D. Gary Young Foundation’s remarkable work in 2013. We encourage you to join us in celebrating our 20 years of service and philanthropy by donating your time or funds to worthy causes. We also invite you to donate to the D. Gary Young Foundation and help provide a child in need with precious educational resources. Thank you for being a part of our 20-year story and helping to change the world for the better.
This year is Young Living’s 20-year anniversary, and we plan to spend all year celebrating! From the biggest convention we have ever held to a full year of giveaways and promotions, plus a new company highlight every month, 2014 is going to be a Young Living celebration like you’ve never experienced!
Thanks to both our members’ dedication and Founder and CEO D. Gary Young’s tireless passion for creating pure essential oils, we have been able to share our priceless message with the world for 20 years and counting. We invite you celebrate our history with us and become a part of our future. Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more—and leave your thoughts in the comments!
To kick off this exciting anniversary year, here are some fun facts about Young Living that you may not have known:
- Our new essential oil distillery at the Highland Flats Tree Farm is the world’s first fully automated distillery, as well as one of its largest. This cutting-edge facility will help make the process of producing essential oils such as Idaho Blue Spruce significantly faster and more efficient.
- 2013 was Young Living’s biggest year in two decades of business. We saw the launch of three international markets and shattered even our most optimistic sales and membership projections for the year!
- In 1997 Gary developed Thieves®, an essential oil blend that has been studied for its potential activity against airborne microbes.
Staying healthy requires attention to many different areas. The Young Living lifestyle is predicated upon achieving physical, mental, and emotional balance and well-being. Our friends at Oola believe in the same ideas of balance and well-being and have devised a way to achieve what they call the OolaLife.
To kick off Young Living’s partnership with Oola, we are having a special social media giveaway today, Tuesday, November 12! This exciting contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will give 50 lucky winners an exclusive kit containing Oola’s book, Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World, as well as two oil blends specially formulated for Oola by D. Gary Young: Oola Balance and Oola Grow.
Here are the instructions on how to enter each contest:
- Like the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
- Like the Oola Facebook page
- Like the giveaway post on the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
- Leave a comment on the giveaway post answering the question: Which Young Living essential oils do you use to help improve your life?
There will be 25 winners for the Facebook contest.
- Follow the @YoungLivingEO and @OolaLife Twitter accounts
- Send a tweet with the hashtag #YLOola and @YoungLivingEO
There will be 15 winners for the Twitter contest.
- Follow the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account and the @OolaLife Instagram account
- Repost the picture of the Young Living Oola kit prize shown on the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account with the hashtags #YLOola and #YoungLiving
There will be 10 winners for the Instagram contest.
For complete details and rules on these contests, click here.
The contests end on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:59 p.m., MT. All 50 winners (25 for Facebook, 15 for Twitter, 10 for Instagram) will be announced on each social media account on Wednesday, November 13.
We are also having a very special book promotion to celebrate our partnership with Oola! On November 12 only, purchase Oola’s life-changing book for only $9.99! You can purchase the book here.
If you missed this year’s International Grand Convention, you missed out on the unveiling of some exciting products! Among these products was the convention oil blend that has been reformulated for a more optimized effect: Believe™.
The new Believe blend has been updated to add a special touch of Young Living exclusivity and efficacy by adding oils that are grown, harvested, and distilled on Young Living farms. Because of the cultivation, experience, and care of our Seed to Seal® process practiced on these farms, the purity of these oils remains unaltered.
Also with the new formula, Gary Young wanted to include the benefits of Idaho blue spruce and Ecuadorian ylang ylang (one of the convention Exotic Oils, but we’ll touch on that in another blog). With the addition of these two oils and with the current Idaho balsam fir found in the blend, the reformulated Believe now has three oils that are harvested on the Young Living farms in Idaho and Ecuador.
Created to help you overcome occasional feelings of despair and move to a higher level of awareness, Believe also contains frankincense essential oil to encourage feelings of strength and faith. With the other complementary oils that round out this blend—bergamot, coriander, and geranium—this combination of oils may help assist you as you look to unlock your true, unlimited potential.*
You may use Believe in many ways. Whether you diffuse a little before a big date or rub some behind your ears to get you through a job interview, Believe will get you in the right frame of mind to believe in yourself.
Take this time to share what you are looking forward to most when using the newly reformulated Believe. Three lucky commenters will be randomly selected to receive a bottle of this inspiring blend!
—Marco Colindres III, Product Marketing Manager
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
With hundreds of distributors in attendance, we held our first-ever Young Living Beauty School March 1–2. With two days of in-depth instruction and well-deserved pampering, we not only learned more about our skin-care products, but we also learned more about one another. Making new friendships and connecting with like-minded people was one of the many worthwhile and unforgettable experiences. With so many memorable highlights to choose from, let’s recap a few of the very best moments.
Gary Young’s surprise visit and inspirational words was definitely a highpoint, which was evident by the overwhelming feedback from our distributors. Along with appreciation for his attendance, many remarks included the following sentiment that is captured by this distributor’s comment: “I was humbled that you [Gary] took the time to honor the women and let us know that as a group, we are important.”
Mary Young’s words of encouragement were another highlight. Her grace and intelligence was appreciated by all, and one distributor stated, “Mary, thank you so much for wrapping your arms around all of us and making this happen. I am so proud to be associated with Young Living.”
When returning from a break, each distributor discovered a beauty kit that was filled with samples and swag, a lovely beauty booklet brimming with product information, and a bottle of essential oil created exclusively for our Beauty School that is befittingly named Jeuenesse, which is French for “youth.” As the distributors discovered all their gifts, the “oohs” and “ahhs” made the elated energy in the room nearly palpable.
Before closing the event, the distributors participated in an auction to benefit the upcoming World Peace Caravan. The support and generosity of the distributors was astounding. Watching them bid to help a worthy cause was impressive. Young Living not only has the best products and essential oils available today, but we also have the most remarkable distributors with big hearts and a desire to share, serve, and make life better. One distributor sweetly wrote, “Dear, precious Young Living: When I count my blessings, I count you twice!” I’d like to add, “Dear, amazing Distributors: The feeling is mutual!”
I would love to hear from you!
Gloria Russo—YL Product Marketing Manager
Participating in last winter’s Balsam Fir Harvest was an amazing experience that gave me a new appreciation for the dedication of Young Living’s distributors and the lengths the company will go to produce the highest quality oils. Before attending the event, colleagues warned me that the harvest was no easy task, so I was prepared for hard work and helping out where needed. Almost immediately I suspected their warnings may have been understated.
On my first day at the farm, Gary asked me if I could handle a chainsaw. Being a big, brawny former football player, I thought I could manage. He quickly assigned me to cut limbs from trees that fell into a gulley not far from camp. With snow up to my thighs, I cut away at the limbs all day long while trying to keep my balance on the rough slope. Fighting fatigue and the elements, I hoisted the heavy chainsaw over tree trunks and limbs, making sure I got to every branch. After we cut the limbs, they were loaded onto a wagon for the draft horses to pull out of the gulley. Watching those powerful, majestic animals pull the heavy wagon up the gulley hillside was an experience I’ll never forget. By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but the connection I felt with the land and the satisfaction of taking on and accomplishing new challenges were worth far more than all the effort.
By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted and ready for a warm supper back at camp. Evenings brought an opportunity to relax, forge new friendships, and listen to Gary share his knowledge and expertise about the oils.
Comment below by the end of the day on Friday for a chance to receive a bottle of balsam fir. Be sure to read next week’s blog for more of Brian’s experiences harvesting and more on the new Idaho blue spruce essential oil that was launched at convention.
Brian White—YL Senior Product Manager
In my last blog post, I promised additional tips for beginning and sustaining a healthy cleanse. But before I discuss those details, I’d like to identify the reasons cleansing can be so beneficial, especially during this time of year.
According to natural-health pioneers such John Tilden, Dr. Randolph Stone, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. John Ray Christopher, Dr. Richard Shultze, and Gary Young, most disease is the result of a poor diet that is high in animal products, overly processed foods, and foods that are high in fat and low in fiber. When we combined this poor diet with environmental toxin exposure and lack of exercise, we develop all sorts of problems such as inflammation, headaches, skin issues, and a sluggish immune system.
A dirty, compacted colon may be the culprit of these health issues. A clean, properly functioning colon, however, is the gateway to vibrant health. The natural-health advocates I mentioned above have taught and proven to their patients that miraculous healing occurs with thorough colon cleansing.
So without further ado, here are a few tips to help you with your summer cleanse—along with some proven Young Living products that will help you transform your health this season.
Tip 1: Enjoy plenty of raw fruits and veggies, fresh juice, sprouted legumes and beans, lots of garlic, olive oil, and add more cayenne to your diet. The more alive a food is, the more prana (life force) it has and the more vibrant and alive you will feel when you consume it. Refrain from eating all animal products, processed and refined foods, sugar, salt, alcohol, coffee, over-the-counter drugs, recreational drugs, and fried foods. Canned and processed food is dead!
Tip 2: Drink more water. I know I stated this in my previous blog, but the more water your colon has, the easier it is to eliminate toxins. Can you drink at least 64 ounces of water a day?
Tip 3: Get your body moving. Do more squatting, such as malasana, and walk more. Physical movement activates peristalsis, the wave-like contractions that move food through the intestines.
If you are cleansing, keep at it and feel free to share your stories and favorite cleansing methods with me.
Did you know that your pets are extremely sensitive and aware of your mood and emotions? I know many pet owners who have experienced times of sadness or anxiousness, and then suddenly their beloved cat or dog comes to them as if to help ease their woes. So what do you do when your furry friends are upset, anxious, or jittery? Consider using Young Living essential oils to help.
As suggested in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, “If you have a high-spirited, jittery animal, apply Peace & Calming® and/or Valor® on yourself first. As you approach the animal, it will react as it perceives the aroma. Kneel down or squat beside the animal and remain still for several minutes so that it can become accustomed to the smell. As the animal breathes in the fragrances, it will become calmer and easier to manage.”
For this post I wanted to share a portion of a protocol Gary Young demonstrated on a young horse at the Young Living farm in St. Maries, Idaho.
Gary showed us how essential oils assisted in calming a young stallion as it prepared for a training session. First, Gary applied a few drops of Valor on his hands; he then put one hand on the base of the horse’s tail and the other on its withers.
Gary explained that relaxation is the first step to healing. He suggested applying Trauma Life™, Surrender™, or Peace & Calming™ on your hands and then briefly holding your hands up to the animal’s muzzle or nostrils. As the animal relaxes, Gary explained, work your hand around the side of its jaw and up along the neckline to its ears, and then rub its ears and top of its head.
As the horse relaxed even more deeply, Gary added more oils to the palm of his hand, and the horse inhaled the oils very willingly. Gary continued rubbing the horse’s ears, head, and neck.
I have been working with essential oils and humans for more than 12 years now, but I was truly blown away when I saw how this horse completely transformed from being jumpy and edgy into becoming soft and relaxed!
If you have an anxious pet—or if you are feeling anxious yourself—I suggest using Valor, Peace & Calming, RutaVaLa™, or lavender on yourself. Then gently pet your dog or cat, and see if you both start feeling more relaxed and happy.
How can a family of three collectively achieve weight-management goals? One word: Slique™. My family and I have been taking a few of the Slique kit products for the past five months. We have seen amazing results!
The exotic Slique Tea was formulated by Young Living Founder, President, and CEO, D. Gary Young. Its ingredients offer a natural alternative to sugar-loaded drinks. Personally, I love the following benefits:
- Slique Tea supports healthy weight management
- Slique Tea provides a natural energy boost
- Slique Tea contains natural tea antioxidants
My family starts each morning by sitting and enjoying the aroma and benefits of this amazing product. We love that it is a natural solution, and it gives us excitement for life.
My husband said he loves to taste the vanilla and cacao. I love the weight loss and the changes to our bodies my family has experienced. Our daughter says it tastes good and was amazed by how baggy her older clothes are.
We all enjoy Slique served hot before each meal; we also enjoy drinking it throughout the day. Thanks again, Young Living!
Kaye Lynne Murphy, LMT
Nearly two weeks ago, D. Gary Young announced the Slique™ Experience. Distributors are thrilled as they have begun their transformation journey and have been digesting the information and the challenge that were unveiled. The integral part of the Slique Experience is the Slique Kit, which was designed to revolutionize the way we approach weight management. For added benefit, Gary developed a new essential oil blend—Slique Essence—that enhances the slimming benefits of our other products.
So what is Slique Essence? While working in the Nova Vita Center in Ecuador, Gary witnessed the power of this blend in helping to control hunger and to assist individuals in achieving their individual weight goals.* Slique Essence combines the benefits of ocotea, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and spearmint essential oils with the sweetness of stevia extract.
Why These Oils?
- Ocotea possesses a pleasing, cinnamon-like scent that provides feelings of fullness.*
- Grapefruit has a refreshing and uplifting aroma and is thought to decrease food cravings. This oil also has fat-dissolving properties that may help overcome obesity.*
- Tangerine helps support digestion and may also help combat the effects of obesity.*
- The citrus-filled scents of lemon have been used to help overcome feelings of hunger and to support digestion.*
- Spearmint supports a healthy metabolism and adds a sense of balance and well-being.*
The many qualities of Slique Essence make it a much-needed tool for your weight-management regimen. Its desirable taste is the perfect addition to tea, water, Power Meal™, Balance Complete™, Pure Protein Complete™, or any beverage. Carry it with you wherever you go to conveniently battle unwanted cravings. With just a few drops of Slique Essence under your tongue, you can fight your “fast-food” times of weakness!
This proprietary oil blend is only available in the Start Living with Slique and Slique Essential Rewards kits. Click here for additional purchasing and program information, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts on the new Slique Essence essential oil blend!**
—Marco Colindres, Associate Product Manager
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
**Slique Essence was not intended for use in diffusers.