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Get to Know the Newest Everyday Oil: Melaleuca Alternifolia

Posted on November 25th, 2014 | 5 comments

As the newest addition to the Everyday Oils essential oil collection, expectations are high for Melaleuca Alternifolia. Because only the most useful and popular products make their way into Everyday Oils, we know that our members are going to love the way this oil fits in with classics like Lavender, Lemon, Thieves®, and PanAway®!

 

Commonly known as tea tree oil, Melaleuca has long been valued for its cosmetic benefits, especially for its natural skin-cleansing benefits. Melaleuca’s intrinsic properties cleanse away dirt, toxins, and dead skin, giving you healthy-looking and feeling skin.

 

Qualities like these have led Young Living to include Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil in formulations such as Purification® blend, our Animal Scents products, and in Melaleuca-Geranium Moisturizing Soap.

 

Looking for ways to use Melaleuca Alternifolia? Here are some suggestions:

  • Use a cotton swab to apply Melaleuca Alternifolia directly to the face.
  • Add a drop to your shampoo to support a healthy-feeling scalp.
  • If you forget to transfer your laundry to the dryer in a timely manner, run another washing cycle with a few drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia added to the water.
  • Add a drop of Melaleuca Alternifolia to soften the skin around a splinter before removing it.
  • Freshen and deodorize your rugs. Combine a few drops each of Melaleuca Alternifolia and Lavender with ¼ cup baking soda. Leave mixture overnight to let the oils absorb into the baking soda, and then sprinkle over rug and vacuum immediately. (As a bonus, your vacuum will smell fresher, too!)
  • Diffuse Melaleuca Alternifolia to purify the air in your home or workspace.

 

Are you discovering Melaleuca Alternafolia for the first time? Are you a long-time fan? Let us know why you’re looking forward to getting Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil in your Everyday Oils collection in the comments!

Make and Take Party: DIY Holiday Gifts Theme

Posted on November 8th, 2014 | 5 comments

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!

 

Winter Smooth Hand Scrub

  1. 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

  1. Unscrew the lid of a clean, empty 2 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Using a funnel, fill with distilled water up to one finger’s width from the top.
  3. Add 10 drops Evergreen Essence™ essential oil blend
  4. Top off with witch hazel and shake well.
  5. Spray in indoor spaces or onto linens and carpets to add a fresh, aromatic boost.

 

 

“The Day After” Bath Salts

Bath Salts

  1. 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!

How to Host a Young Living Make-and-Take Party

Posted on November 5th, 2014 | 17 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.
  • Lavender Bath SaltsDecide 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.

 

STEP 4: Party Time!

  • 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!

Essential Oil Spotlight: Blue Cypress

Posted on October 16th, 2014 | 4 comments

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

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.

Pack Your Young Living Favorites for the 2015 Global Leadership Cruise!

Posted on August 4th, 2014 | no comments

We are kicking off the qualification period for our 2015 Global Leadership Cruise, and we want you to join us! Get ready to explore the Mediterranean coast while enjoying the luxury of the Royal Caribbean cruise line and networking with Young Living executives and top leaders!

 

Young Living Essential Oils Global Leadership CruiseSo how can you prepare for this unforgettable experience from June 6–13, 2015? First, visit YoungLiving.com/Cruise  to learn how to qualify. Second, pack your Young Living favorites for the relaxing Mediterranean adventure of a lifetime!

 

We think you’ll love bringing our brand-new Bon Voyage kit, which offers 10 popular travel-sized Young Living personal-care products, including Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste, Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, Morning Start Bath and Shower Gel, and much more in a custom-designed travel case!

 

How are you planning on qualifying for the cruise? Which cruise-friendly Young Living products are you planning on bringing? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Build Your Dream with Essential Oils

Posted on July 10th, 2014 | 674 comments

 

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”  —Gloria Steinem

 

 

This year was my first time attending a Young Living convention, and it was inspiring to see how thousands of our members are building their dreams! They have begun their journeys by partnering with a company that goes above and beyond to help individuals discover profound and lasting transformations, support their health, and change lives around the world!

It’s fitting, then, that Build Your Dream™ was the best-selling essential oil blend at this year’s convention. Build Your Dream was formulated by D. Gary Young to celebrate Young Living’s 20-year journey of vision, determination, and progress. Each oil in this unique blend has a special connection to the story of Young Living, including Lavender, Sacred Frankincense™, Melissa, Blue Cypress, Hong Kuai, Idaho Blue Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Dream Catcher™, Believe™, and the rare Blue Lotus absolute oil.

Whatever your dream is—getting out of debt, finding needed answers to a life problem, or learning a new skill—Young Living’s new Build Your Dream 20th anniversary essential oil blend can help you achieve it by providing added clarity, confidence, peace, and focus.

Here are a couple ways to use Build Your Dream to help you succeed:

  • Apply topically or diffuse it in the morning during prayer or meditation to open up intuition and strengthen enthusiasm.
  • Wear it topically whenever needed to inspire confidence, clarity, and focus.
  • Daub it on your neck or wrists before bed as you visualize and affirm your goals.
  • Diffuse it to reduce feelings of mental fatigue and disconnection, to help support relaxation, and to create an atmosphere of peace.

What is your dream? Tell us about it in the comments below to be automatically entered to win a special 20th anniversary Build Your Dream kit!

Each kit includes a 5-ml Build Your Dream blend, a 20th anniversary pin, an 8-page pamphlet about the blend and Young Living’s history, and a 16-compartment mahogany oil holder box. These kits are available only while supplies last.

The winner will be selected randomly on Wednesday, July 16, and we’ll post it here on the blog. Good luck!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

 

 

 

 

Highlighting Men’s Health

Posted on June 16th, 2014 | 53 comments

Although Father’s Day is over, we continue to celebrate dads by spotlighting an important aspect of men’s health: the prostate.

For many, the prostate and the role it plays in the human body is a mystery. The prostate is a small gland, part of the male reproductive system, located near the bladder. Prostate gland enlargement, which can cause bladder problems and discomfort, affects nearly 50 percent of men by age 60.

In order to aid in supporting the prostate, Young Living created a vegetable-based herbal supplement called Prostate Health™. This meticulously crafted supplement delivers support for healthy prostate function, a functional urinary tract, and a healthy male glandular system.* How does it accomplish all this? By combining the benefits of these potent, natural ingredients:

  • Geranium essential oil is known for its antioxidant and detoxification properties.
  • Fennel essential oil contains high levels of anethol and is known to support multiple body systems.*
  • Myrtle essential oil is used traditionally to support male glandular health.*
  • Lavender essential oil contains linalool and is known as an adaptogen, which can assist the body when adapting to imbalances.*
  • Peppermint essential oil is rich in menthol and has been used traditionally to aid in mental and physical fatigue.*
  • Saw palmetto is native to the West Indies, is high in fatty acids and sterols, and contains an abundance of carotenoids, liases, tannis, and oleic acid.
  • Pumpkin seed oil is a great source of phytosterols, one of the most abundant sources of squalene.

When combined with an active lifestyle and a well-balanced diet, Prostate Health is an excellent option for men looking to support healthy male systems.*

We know that some of you are anxious to use Prostate Health—so as a bonus, we are giving away five bottles! Please leave a comment with the top three words you would use to describe your father or man in your life who would benefit from this amazing product, and we will choose five for a free bottle!

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

*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.

Father’s Day Essential Oil Gift Guide

Posted on June 9th, 2014 | 8 comments

Everyone loves feeling appreciated, and Father’s Day is a great time to show the dads in your life that they are loved! Whether it’s your own dad, the father of your kids, or a special father figure, give a meaningful thank you to the father in your life with these must-have gift ideas.

The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep

If he is the type that juggles a career, family, and social commitments (doesn’t everyone?), he has probably been sleep deprived since his firstborn came into the world. Sleeping soundly is one of the very best ways to rejuvenate your body and mind. Help him wind down and relax before bedtime by giving him an Aroma Diffuser with Peace & Calming®, RutaVaLa™, or Stress Away™ essential oil blends or make a custom blend of your own using Valerian, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile essential oils.

Foot Rubs and Massages

One of my fondest childhood memories is my dad waking me on Saturday mornings with a “wake-up” shoulder rub. A great way to give back is to give the gift of stress relief and relaxation through massage oils such as Ortho Ease®, Ortho Sport®, or Relaxation™. He can use them in a foot or back rub to help soothe sore muscles and melt away tension.

Roll-Ons

You can also give him some portable relaxation that’s easy to keep in his briefcase or desk: a Tranquil or RutaVaLa™ Roll-On. These are gifts that dad can apply to his sore shoulders or to the bottoms of his feet to help unwind and relax after a hard day’s work.

Please leave a comment below and share your ideas for essential oils gifts. Have a happy Father’s Day!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Relieving Stress with Essential Oils, Part III

Posted on May 21st, 2014 | 2 comments

Although stress is a natural mechanism designed to keep us prepared for challenges, most modern lifestyles add more daily stress than our bodies are made to handle. In fact, studies have shown that modern, everyday stresses, if left unchecked, can negatively impact our health! In the third part of my Relieving Stress series, I’ve included some additional suggestions to help you alleviate some of the stress in your life.

Relaxing Music

Beethoven said, “Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.” Studies have shown that listening to classical music like Mozart can help your kid’s concentration during homework. Diffuse some of the following essential oils while listening to soothing music and you’ve created a sensory-nourishing environment for clarity and focus:

Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Apply Tranquil™ or Stress Away™ Roll-Ons to your temples or neck for a quick way to soothe and relax stressed nerves.

Essential Oils

Use the new Aroma Diffuser or apply the following oils topically to help calm and uplift. You can even create your own blend of two or three oils to create a custom, stress-relieving effect.

  • Roman Chamomile has calming and relaxing properties.
  • Sandalwood encourages deeper meditation.
  • Neroli encourages confidence, hopefulness, and peace.
  • Lavender calms the mind and body.
  • Cedarwood promotes relaxation, balance, and increased mental focus.
  • Valerian was historically regarded for its calming properties.
  • Ylang Ylang relaxes the mind and uplifts emotions.

Please leave a comment below and share how you use essential oils to help relieve stress in your life!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager