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Three Ways Dr. Lindsey Elmore Makes Rare Oils Last

Posted on March 16th, 2015 | 13 comments

Many of our members have been concerned about our low supply of difficult-to-source essential oils. Some of our oils are available only on a seasonal basis, and other oils are so rare that I am grateful to have ever had exposure to them.

 

I am often asked why this is. Well, it’s pretty simple really: Young Living doesn’t accept anything but the best.

 

It has always been Young Living’s duty to give our members the purest, most effective essential oil products available anywhere. As I have seen firsthand at our Highland Flats and Northern Lights farms, dealing with nature as a business partner is not always easy. The weather can be too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. These whims of nature impact our oil production and your business, but we make it a point to never cut corners or sacrifice quality.

 

So how can we get the most out of these rare oils when they’re available? Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to make them last all year.

 

Cook!

Cooking really amplifies the aroma and intensity of essential oils. In other words, it doesn’t take a lot to really spice up your favorite dish! I love to add a drop of Basil to a vegan cauliflower alfredo sauce that I make, and I add a drop or two of Jade Lemon to my drinking water for a fresh taste. You can find all kinds of ways to use these special oils in your kitchen!

 

Body Scrub with Young Living Essential OilsCraft!

Creating your own home and personal care products is so much fun and makes for great gifts, while stretching the oils you choose. I love my homemade body scrub with Lavender and Frankincense and my body moisturizer with Lavender, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Geranium.

 

Diffuse!

Aria Diffuser with Essential Oils - Young LivingYoung Living offers an impressive assortment of diffusers and nebulizers. Diffusers are a worthwhile investment because they stretch your essential oil budget and disperse the essential oil throughout a much larger area than other methods. I have an AromaLux in my living room, a Bamboo Diffuser in my kitchen, a Home Diffuser in my guest room and bathroom, a Rainstone in my bedroom, a USB diffuser on the road, and an Aria in my office. I love them all!

 

These are just a few ideas I’ve had. Leave a comment and tell us how you make the most of your essential oils!

 

If you have any questions about why some essential oils are difficult to source, what makes an oil rare, and why some oils are not always available, check out this short, informative video.

—Lindsey Elmore, PharmD, BCPS, Young Living Director of Global Education and Health Sciences

You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Ways to Fix Your Shower Routine

Posted on March 12th, 2015 | 16 comments

Adults spend an average of 8–12 minutes showering every day. Think about that: that’s over an hour a week and 5 hours a month. Whether you like to wake up with a shower or wait until the evening to clean off the day’s grime, you might need to make a few changes to your routine.

 

Shower HeadWhen it comes to keeping clean, not just any old product will do, so make sure you’re packing the right products. Many commercial soaps and shampoos contain harsh surfactants like sulfates or concerning ingredients like parabens. Young Living’s personal care products not only avoid those ingredients, but they also give you the benefits of pure essential oils.

 

“Lather, Rinse, Repeat” Doesn’t Hold Water

We’ve all heard the old saying, but shampoo labels are merely telling us to wash our hair more than once. The phrase doesn’t necessarily mean you should “repeat” every day. In fact, unless your hair is oily, you probably only need to wash your hair 2–3 times per week. Gentler shampoos like Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo will get your hair clean without stripping away natural oils.

 

Don’t Overdo It with Conditioner

For most of us, natural oils keep the hair closest to our scalp sufficiently moisturized. Putting conditioner on your roots can over-moisturize, leaving your hair flat and undercutting your efforts at cultivating full-bodied hair volume. Instead, only apply conditioners like Young Living’s Lavender Conditioner from your hair’s mid-length through the ends. Leave in for 1–2 minutes to give the conditioner time to do its work, and voila! Balanced, more beautiful hair!

 

Toss Out Your Loofah

When it comes to exfoliating skin, loofahs are a favorite tool. However, since you keep your loofah in the shower, it never really dries out, making it prime real estate for a bacteria colony. Translation: every pass over your skin with the loofah leaves a trail of unwanted bacterial interlopers.

 

Instead, exfoliate with a homemade sugar scrub. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup almond or coconut oil, 1 cup brown sugar, and 2 drops of your favorite essential oil, such as a combination of Cedarwood and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood. For a gentle and effective facial exfoliator, try Satin Facial Scrub, Mint. It will leave your complexion feeling and looking fresh, invigorated, and clean.

 

Clean Your Face Last

The majority of us are most concerned with the appearance of our face, so it’s understandable that this is a top priority. However, ingredients in other shower products might run onto your face and leave a residue, meaning you could be clogging your pores instead of getting clean! When the time is right, our top-of-the-line facial wash, ART® Gentle Cleanser, uses a mild foaming action that leaves your face feeling clean, soft, and supple.

 

Did you learn anything new? Which hair and skin cleansing tips do you use during your routine? Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

Need a Change of Pace? Reach for Young Living Roll-ons!

Posted on February 26th, 2015 | 4 comments

With my busy schedule, I occasionally find myself in need of a break. I’ll take a walk up the office stairs to get my blood flowing; I’ll close my eyes and take a couple of deep breaths; or, best of all, I will reach into my purse for one of Young Living’s essential oil roll-ons.

 

Tranquil Roll-on - Young LivingOur roll-ons offer quick and effective application of some of my favorite essential oils, making them perfect to take along with me wherever I go. I carry Tranquil, with its balanced combination of Lavender, Cedarwood, and Roman Chamomile; I’m never without the soothing fragrance of Lime, Lavender, and Copaiba in our Stress Away roll-on; and I love the unique blend of Ruta, Valerian, and Lavender that is found only in RutaVaLa! Having these blends in roll-on form means I always have access to their calming aromas.

 

Stress Away Roll-on - Young LivingAs much as I rely on these blends to lift my day, the fresh new design for the roll-on packaging gives me even more to love! To me, it embodies Young Living’s Seed to Seal® process because we are always seeking out and embracing the highest quality standards in everything we do!

 

Learn more about these wonderful products in our new Young Living for the Everywhere Lifestyle booklet. Get yours in Virtual Office today!

 

How do you use Young Living’s roll-ons? Do you have any special blends that you’ve made into a roll-on? Please leave your comments below. We always love to hear from you!

 

—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager

DIY for Your Valentine: A Blend for Him and Her

Posted on January 26th, 2015 | 4 comments

Winter Harvest - Young LivingThis year I’ve had the privilege of attending Young Living’s Highland Flats tree farm for the Winter Harvest. What a joy it has been getting my hands in the soil, working with the Idaho balsam fir, and being a part of the Seed to Seal® process. If you haven’t been to a Winter Harvest yet, I recommend you try to go next year. It has been a wonderful experience!

 

As I was chatting with other Winter Harvest participants, I was invigorated by the passion our members and employees have for these amazing oils. Tyler, from Young Living’s quality control department, told me he loves to experiment with essential oils to create custom products. He shared some wonderful Valentine’s Day DIY gift ideas with me that I’d like to pass on to you.

 

Tyler’s “Blue Collar Meets White Collar” Aftershave

This aftershave blend is hardworking and masculine, yet has a gentle aroma. Apply immediately after shaving or before bed to moisturize and soothe the skin overnight.

 

Mister Essential Oil - Young LivingFill a 2-ml Essential Oil Sample Bottle with the following essential oils:

 

 

Tyler’s Perfume for Her

Here’s a light, sweet, and long-lasting perfume. If you find it to be a little strong, mellow it down with a few drops of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex.

 

Bergamot - Young Living Essential OilsFill a 2-ml Essential Oil Sample Bottle with the following essential oils:

 

 

 

Do you have any DIY products that you give as gifts for Valentine’s Day? Please share in the comments!

 

—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International & Portfolio Brand Manager

The Snooze Routine: Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted on January 16th, 2015 | 34 comments

Sleep, Young Living, Essential Oils, Lavender, Stress Away Roll On, SleepEssence, Vetiver, Ruta, Valerian, Angelica, Slique Bar, Wolfberry Crisp,

 

 

Get to Know the Newest Everyday Oil: Melaleuca Alternifolia

Posted on November 25th, 2014 | 6 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 | 85 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.