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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right with Essential Oils

Posted on March 7th, 2014 | 4 comments

Eating better is one of the simplest and most fruitful ways to improve your overall health and well-being. If we are what we eat, then adding the potent and healthful constituents found in Young Living essential oils to your daily diet can be an easy and delicious way to improve your health and energy.

March is the American Dietetic Association’s National Nutrition Month, and what better way to incorporate their theme to enjoy the taste of eating right into your life than to enhance the flavors of your dishes with Young Living essential oils?

Here are just a few examples of how you can add richness and flavor to your cooking and food preparation by including Young Living essential oils:

Superfood Smoothie

For a delicious way to load your body with nutrients, add the following superfoods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Young Living essential oils to your next smoothie:

  • Fruit: bananas, blueberries, apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc.
  • Leafy greens: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or even broccoli
  • Almond milk or ice
  • Flax or chia seeds
  • Spirulina: a great source of protein
  • Coconut: fresh coconut flesh or coconut milk
  • Bee pollen: one of the most complete foods found in nature
  • Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete: 2 scoops (8 oz.)
  • 1–2 drops of Young Living’s Lemon, Frankincense, and Ocotea essential oils
  • To sweeten it up a bit, you can also add Young Living’s Blue Agave or Stevia Extract

Essential Oil-Infused Olive Oil

  • Infuse a bottle of extra virgin olive oil with herbs and a few drops of Young Living’s Basil, Black Pepper, Dill, Lemon, Fennel, Clove, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Tarragon, or Thyme essential oils to make fantastic salad dressings, a drizzle over pasta dishes, a dip for artisan bread, or a marinade for your favorite meats and vegetables. Essential oil-infused olive oil also makes a great gift or party favor.

Side Dishes

  • Add some fresh, diced mint or carrots along with a few drops of Young Living’s Lemon or Basil essential oil to your rice, bulgur, quinoa, or couscous side dish for enhanced flavor.

Leave a comment below to share ways that you use Young Living essential oils in your food preparation or cooking!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Expanding the Use of Stress Away

Posted on January 17th, 2013 | 51 comments

The Young Living product development team is excited to announce that the proprietary blend of Stress Away™ is now available in a 15-ml bottle. Why, you ask? Because the therapeutic benefits in Stress Away expand beyond its traditional use of topical application.

With the new 15-ml bottle, the rigors of daily activities can be soothed with the unique, stress-relieving combination of pure, therapeutic-grade lime and vanilla essential oils through your diffuser or internal consumption as a dietary supplement. These new options with Stress Away allow the constituents in these oils—along with the benefits of lavender and copaiba—to reduce mental rigidity and restore mental balance.

So the next time you’re hosting a dinner party or meeting, diffuse Stress Away to calm your nerves or add a drop or two into water or a clear vegetable capsule and drink it to calm your anxiety.

The traditional application of Stress Away to your wrists or the back of your neck is still an effective way to ease anxiety. Whatever the situation may be, this natural solution is created to combat the normal stresses that creep into everyday life.

The proprietary blend of Stress Away includes:

Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata)—Copaiba is a powerful essential oil from South America that has traditionally been used internally to aid digestion* and support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation.*

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)—Lime essential oil has an invigorating and stimulating effect and is believed to be native of eastern Malaysia. The pleasant citrus aroma of lime may help mental clarity and encourage creativity. When applied to the skin, lime oil may also support healthy skin.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)—Cedarwood has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage and has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin.

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)—This variety of vanilla is a species of the vanilla orchid that is native to Mexico and is one of the primary sources for vanilla flavoring, due to its high vanillin content.

Ocotea (Ocotea quixos)—Extracted from an Ecuadorian tree, ocotea has the highest level of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil, which is a compound that helps aid the body’s natural response to irritation and injury.* Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)—Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is also an adaptogen and can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances.

Comment and share your experiences with Stress Away or your thoughts on the new 15-ml bottle by Friday for the opportunity to win one of two bottles of Stress Away essential oil blend!

Marco Colindres III—YL Product Marketing Manager

*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.

Creme of the Crop

Posted on November 12th, 2012 | no comments

The A·R·T® Creme Masque, one of three new and exciting A·R·T products launched at the 2012 International Grand Convention, was designed to complement the existing Young Living skin-care line. After all, it adds an extra dimension to your skin-care routine: a pampering, spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.

The Creme Masque’s unique blend of spa-quality ingredients helps support the look of youthfulness present in your skin. You see, as we age, the moisture in our skin diminishes significantly. Hyaluronic acid, one of the main ingredients in the Creme Masque, is an excellent moisturizer that helps support skin elasticity and hydration.

The benefits of the Creme Masque are further supported by other concentrated ingredients such as aloe vera, Avena sativa (oat), fractioned coconut oil, green tea, and squalane that provide a complex of antioxidants and vitamins to help moisturize, soothe, and support healthy skin. Skin luminescence and brilliance is also promoted through a unique combination of liquid crystals.

So what differentiates this formula from other skin-care products on the market? Simply put, our product is perfected by the beneficial properties of pure essential oils. The specially formulated Creme Masque essential oil blend features exotic vetiver and davana, plus Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, geranium, vanilla, ocotea, and jasmine.

We recommend using the Creme Masque 2–3 times per week following facial cleansing with A·R·T Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Gently apply a thin layer on the face, relax for 15–20 minutes, and rinse off any remaining masque residue. Follow up with A·R·T Purifying Toner and your preferred Young Living moisturizing cream.*

Have you tried the A·R·T Creme Masque? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment!

—Megan Vance, YL Associate Product Manager

—Luba Vozar, YL Portfolio Manager, Personal Care

Experience the Essence of Slique

Posted on February 6th, 2012 | 26 comments

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.

‘Tis the Season to Share

Posted on December 9th, 2011 | one comment

This time of year there is something special in the air that puts many of us in the mood to spread a little extra cheer! And why shouldn’t it be? The month after we have given thanks for the things that bless our lives should be the time when we share with others the things that bring us joy. There are many ways we can spread cheer. Whether it’s donating toys, clothing, or money to those less fortunate or doing a little something special for family, neighbors, or friends, we can all bring happiness in one way or another. Young Living has made it simpler to share the joys and benefits of essential oils with the Scents of the Season™ collection. This collection has five harmonizing oils that uplift and balance the mood and can help you enjoy the special moments that make memories.

Sacred Frankincense—Sacred frankincense will promote a higher sense of spirituality and increased levels of consciousness and sensitivity to capture the essence and true meaning of the season.

Christmas Spirit—Christmas Spirit™ is a special blend of evergreen, citrus, and spice-scented oils that purify while bringing feelings of peace, joy, and security. The spruce essential oil has an aroma that will make your house feel more like a home this holiday season.

Peppermint—Purify the air with the soothing scent of peppermint oil. Peppermint has an aroma that can stimulate your conscious mind and improve concentration, alertness, and memory. This is a perfect oil to diffuse when you are looking to enhance the special moments this time of year.

Orange—Orange essential oil is filled with antioxidants that help boost our immune system and has a fragrance that may help our mental acuity. Orange is perfect for those moments when you just need to unwind and relax from the stresses that may come from this holiday season.

Ocotea—Ocotea has a scent that is similar to cinnamon with an aroma influence that may also bring feelings of being full. Diffuse this oil at every meal to keep your appetite in check while filling the home with its pleasant scent.

There are many ways to share the benefits of the Scents of the Season collection. Diffusing these oils in your own home for others to enjoy or gifting the benefits of this collection are just a few ways to show your loved ones just how special they are to you.

Happy holidays and be of good cheer!
Marco Colindres III—YL Associate Product Marketing Manager

NingXia Shots

Posted on October 10th, 2011 | 3 comments

Trust me when I say you haven’t experienced convention until you have visited the NingXia Red® bar! Having tended bar at last month’s convention in Orlando, I now have firsthand knowledge. My experience included mixing shots, leading drinking games, and general shooting the breeze with bar patrons. I gained valuable knowledge regarding which oils go well together and also which shots are for sipping and which ones are for shooting. Some attendees showed up with a mix already in mind, but most came looking for a recommendation.

The most frequently asked question was “where can I get a copy of these shot mixes?” No where. Well, until now. Consider this your lucky day!

NingXia Bar Shot Mixes (designed for use with 1–2 oz. NingXia Red)

Who Let the Dogs Out?

1 drop lemon or orange essential oil

2 drops tangerine essential oil

1 drop sacred frankincense essential oil

1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil

Great Awakening

1 drop sacred frankincense essential oil

1 drop peppermint essential oil

2 drops of your favorite citrus oil

Stomach Soother

2 drops peppermint essential oil

1 drop DiGize™ essential oil blend

1 drop ocotea essential oil

The Nuclear Explosion

1 drop peppermint essential oil

1 drop lavender essential oil

1 drop frankincense essential oil

1 drop lemon essential oil

1 drop tangerine essential oil

1 drop orange essential oil

 

These recipes are the perfect way for you to share essential oils and NingXia Red with your friends at your next tasting party! Of course they aren’t a substitute for experiencing the NingXia bar at the next Young Living convention.

Please share some of your favorite shot recipes with the group. Who knows, your shot may end up as the hot mix at the Salt Lake International Grand Convention in June. Oh, and don’t forget to let us know who your all-time favorite bar tender is!

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager

The Power of Ecuador: Ocotea and Dorado Azul, part 2

Posted on June 24th, 2011 | no comments

Dorado azul is recognized largely for its role in respiratory support. This essential oil can be used in many situations to support in the sinuses or lungs. Not surprisingly, dorado azul has high levels of eucalyptol and has a long history of use in folk medicine. The dorado azul plant has been used historically as a daily, mild beverage—especially during the fall and winter months. Today, many users comment that dorado azul provides as much respiratory support as mint and eucalyptus. Users also observe that this Ecuador oil delivers comparable results without the intensity and discomfort sometimes experienced with other oils.

In addition to its respiratory benefits, dorado azul is proving to be a very effective ingredient in essential oil blends that repel insects and pests. In fact, there is the existing literature that promotes the use of dorado azul as an insecticide that can be used to protect stored grain from moths and weevils. Try placing a few cotton balls saturated with dorado azul in food storage areas to protect items from destructive insects.

Both dorado azul and ocotea essential oils have a balanced and broad chemistry. They wield noteworthy levels of what scientists currently consider the “active” ingredients: ocotea contains substantial levels of cinnamaldehyde and beta-caryophyllene; dorado azul is high in eucalyptol. Could it be that when it comes to function and results, Mother Nature knows best? For decades, cinnamon, clove, mint, and eucalyptus have been largely cultivated, managed, and controlled in order to contain the chemical profile that science deems desirable. However, these Ecuador plant species have continued to grow, evolve, and thrive in the wilds of the Amazon basin. It seems that the remarkably rich soil in the fertile Amazon basin may produce higher-quality oil.

Gary Young and the staff at Young Living’s Ecuador farm, Finca Botanica Aromatica, are very hands-on with the production of dorado azul and ocotea. As they continue to research and experiment with these unique offering, there is no doubt that essential oil enthusiasts around the world will benefit from their hard work and dedication!

Godspeed in your quest for health,

Doug Corrigan

The Power of Ecuador: Ocotea and Dorado Azul, part 1

Posted on June 21st, 2011 | 6 comments

Don’t tell their famous plant relatives, but Ecuador oils ocotea and dorado azul have it where it counts. In fact, broader use of these oils is revealing remarkable and intriguing therapeutic distinction.

Both ocotea (Ocotea quixos) and dorado azul (Hyptis suaveolens) belong to plant families with storied functional and therapeutic reputations. Ocotea comes from the Lauraceae family (cinnamon, bay laurel, etc.); dorado azul comes from the Lamiaceae family (mint, sage, spice oils). These oils from the Amazon basin share many phytochemical properties and functions that have made their relatives some of the most widely used and valued oils throughout the world. However, very little was known about how the specific qualities of these Ecuador species might compare to their famous cousins until Young Living’s founder, Gary Young, took an interest.

Gary was intrigued by the initial phytochemical analysis of these species and was encouraged by his assessment of the growing conditions and sustainability. But what impressed him the most was when he and others started to apply the oils. The words used again and again were “balanced chemistry” and “balanced physical and emotional response.” These promising beginnings have expanded dramatically as Young Living’s vast distributor force has begun implementing these oils. Their experiences are changing the world of essential oil therapy. Again and again knowledgeable and experienced essential oils practitioners are reporting improved therapeutic results with ocotea and dorado azul.

The results using ocotea internally for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels have been especially remarkable. Thousands of people report that ocotea is invaluable as a weight-management tool. Its blood-sugar balancing effect helps curb appetite and prevent binging. It can also help restore balance if someone happens to consume too many high-sugar foods.

The science is clear: blood sugar spikes unleash a devastating biochemical cascade, which causes a host of problems. No wonder balanced blood sugar can have dramatic, positive effects such as improved mood, improved immunity, and improved inflammatory response—just to name a few. Of note is that many who have had success using cinnamon essential oil for its blood sugar maintenance effect are reporting improved results with ocotea. In addition most find ocotea less caustic or irritating on sensitive tongue, skin, and digestive tissues. This gentler response further ensures success by dramatically increasing usability and compliance. This is especially impressive when one considers that ocotea is a kinder, friendlier cinnamon but still delivers serious microbiological activity.

Godspeed in your quest for health,

—Doug Corrigan, YL Sales and Product Training

 

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

Posted on November 16th, 2009 | one comment

It’s no secret that the average American gains a lot of weight around the holiday season—anywhere from seven to ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, in fact.* But even if you’re not ready to give up all your holiday indulgences (pass the egg nog), there’s still plenty you can do to maintain a healthy eating routine during the coming season.

As you prepare for the upcoming holiday parties and special occasions, remember these tips and you’ll be in good shape come the New Year:

  1. Don’t skip meals—It may be tempting to skip lunch in anticipation of a turkey feast, but cutting back during the day often leads to eating excess later. If you eat regularly during the day and focus on healthy snacks, you will be much less tempted to splurge as the day goes on.
  2. Control your portions—As with any good diet, moderation is the key to maintaining your health. You can go ahead and enjoy your favorite dessert, just treat yourself to a reasonable serving.
  3. Eat slowly—There’s no need to be in a rush! Concentrate on conversing with friends and family. Take small bites and chew completely. Then, once you are finished with your meal, leave the table to avoid further temptation.
  4. Bring healthy alternatives—If you have a food assignment, replace high-calorie dishes with a healthier option. For example: In place of pumpkin or pecan pie, try Young Living’s Apple Wolfberry Pie (see recipe below).

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Don’t forget that Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils are a great way to incorporate healthy habits into your holiday celebrations. Did you know that when you cook with essential oils, you get all the great taste of traditional herbs and spices without any unnecessary preservatives? And from November 14–20, you can get a special discount on some of our most popular cooking oils. Check the promotions section of www.youngliving.com for more information on the Holiday Cooking with Essential Oils promotion and remember to have a fun and healthy holiday season!

Apple Wolfberry Pie Filling

¾ c. Blue Agave
1 drop nutmeg essential oil
2 drops ocotea essential oil or cinnamon bark essential oil
4 c. organic apples, peeled and sliced (Granny Smith is preffered)
1 Tbsp. rice flour
½ c. dried wolfberries

Mix all ingredients (except rice flour) in a large skillet. Simmer until apples are soft and crisp. Add rice flour and mix until blended. Place in an unbaked pie shell and apply an egg wash around the edge of the shell. Add the pie top and pinch the edges together. Make at least four two-inch slits on top of the pie to release stem. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional fifteen minutes, or until crust is lightly browned. Makes pie filling for one pie.

* http://www.betterhealthusa.com/public/273.cfm

New Convention Products Unveiled!

Posted on September 19th, 2009 | 7 comments

Home DiffuserWe’re excited to announce the launch of six brand new Young Living products from this year’s Grand Convention in Minneapolis. Gary Young unveiled his latest discoveries from Ecuador, plus new additions to our Thieves, diffuser, nutrition, and roll-on product lineup that you can experience for yourself starting Monday, September 21!

Here’s a taste of what to expect next week when these new products are made available:

  • SleepEssence—A natural, essential oil-infused sleep supplement that’s just what you need to get a full night’s rest.
  • Stress Away™ Essential Oil Roll-On—The perfect on-the-go solution for everyday stress relief.
  • RutaVaLa™ Essential Oil Roll-On—All the relaxing benefits of your favorite RutaVaLa oil blend available in a portable roll-on.
  • Ocotea Essential Oil—Another exclusive Gary Young discovery from Ecuador, historically used for digestive support.
  • The Home Diffuser—An incredible new diffuser that combines the latest in diffuser technology with ultrasonic innovations.
  • Thieves Foaming Hand Soap Refill32-ounce refill bottle helps save on packaging waste and makes it easier than ever to keep our amazing hand soap in every room of your home.

Check www.youngliving.com next week for additional details and be one of the first to get our newest products!