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Spring is in the Air

Posted on April 1st, 2015 | no comments

Thieves Spray, Lavender, Wintergreen - Young LivingCelebrate the end of winter and bring freshness back to your home with extra rewards on top of all the great Young Living products arriving in your April order!

 

Earn a free 5-ml Lavender essential oil, plus a Thieves® Spray 3-pack and 10 percent back in Essential Rewards points with your qualifying standard April order. With a qualifying Essential Rewards order of 190 PV or above, you’ll also earn a bonus 5-ml Wintergreen essential oil! Click here for more information or shop now!

 

Make the most of these valuable rewards with these easy and fun DIYs:

 

Lavender Field - Young Living

Lavender Essential Oil

Beloved for its calming floral aroma, Lavender is one of the gentlest and most popular essential oils available.

  • Make a relaxing Lavender linen spray by adding 10 drops of Lavender per 1 cup water in a glass spray bottle. Spritz over sheets, blankets, and towels.
  • Freshen your laundry with a homemade dryer sheet. Place a few drops of Lavender on a damp washcloth and include it with laundry in your dryer.

 

Thieves Spray

A portable cleaning spray great for small surfaces, Thieves Spray can be put to work all over the house!

  • Keep your shoes smelling fresh with a quick spritz.
  • Quickly spray the sink, one of the dirtiest places in the house, after you finish doing dishes. No need to rinse!
  • Use Thieves Spray to easily clean frequently used areas such as doorknobs and light switches.

 

Wintergreen Berries - Young LivingWintergreen Essential Oil

The minty aroma of Wintergreen enlivens the senses and encourages feelings of creativity.

  • Add a minty aroma to a deodorizing hand scrub. Mix together 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons fine sea salt, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 drop Wintergreen essential oil in a small glass bowl. To use, rub over hands, and then rinse clean under warm water.
  • Invite spring into your home! Open your shutters, let in the light, and diffuse Wintergreen essential oil. The fresh aroma will bring a feeling of renewal and beginnings, a reflection of the outdoors as nature renews herself after winter.

 

 

How would you use the free Lavender and Wintergreen essential oils and Thieves Spray in your qualifying April order? Let us know in the comments!

 

The Perfect Baby Shower Gifts to Celebrate Mom and Baby

Posted on March 31st, 2015 | 234 comments

From diapers and outfits to bath and stroller accessories, the list of items on a baby shower registry can be pretty predictable, but you want to help welcome the new baby with a gift that is as distinctive and useful as it is thoughtful. Why not create a themed, essential oil-infused gift basket that shows just how much you care? Check out these fun ideas!

 

Diaper Changing Pack

DIY a pack of gentle baby wipes with essential oils and KidScents® Bath Gel! Tear off each sheet in a roll of sturdy paper towels and stack them on a cookie sheet or casserole dish with raised edges. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon KidScents Bath Gel with 1 cup distilled water and 2 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby essential oil. Pour mixture evenly over paper towels until uniformly moistened. Store in a container with an airtight lid; wipes should be used within one week.

 

Baby DiaperWith the DIY baby wipes, the gift basket can include:

 

 

Baby BathBathtime Kit

Help pamper baby’s tender skin with fun bath accessories, including:

  • Bath toys
  • KidScents Bath Gel
  • KidScents Lotion
  • Hooded towel—you can either purchase this item at most children’s or department stores, or you can sew it yourself!

 

Baby MobileNursery Gift Basket

Help create a serene and restful environment in baby’s room. Here are our must-haves for a new nursery:

  • Lavender essential oil, plus a card that details your favorite tips for Lavender in your greeting card
  • Bamboo diffuser
  • Peace & Calming essential oil blend
  • Handmade blanket
  • CD of lullabies or nature sounds

 

Want to customize your own gift basket? Here are some baby-friendly products to choose from:

  • Gentle Baby
  • KidScents Bath Gel
  • KidScents Lotion
  • Thieves Spray
  • Tender Tush

 

What are your favorite gifts to bring to baby showers? Let us know in the comments and win a free KidScents Bath Gel and KidScents Lotion! Entries close at 2 p.m. on Friday April 3.

 

Five Minutes to a More Relaxed You

Posted on March 26th, 2015 | 4 comments

5 Minutes to a More Relaxed You - Young Living, Gathering, Peace and Calming, Aria Diffuser, Home Diffuser, Rainstone Diffuser, Release, USB Diffuser, Orb Diffuser

 

10,000 Steps: Walking the Path to Better Health

Posted on March 24th, 2015 | 11 comments

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), being physically active can play a major role in preventing heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the United States. So what’s an easy way for you to get up and improve your health? Give a few extra steps of walking each day a try!

 

Walking ShoesWhen it comes to walking as exercise, there has been a lot of buzz recently about one magic number: 10,000 steps. In an article on PubMed, a widely respected online database of medical journal articles, some experts have weighed in on why that number is so appealing.

 

“A value of 10,000 steps/day is gaining popularity with the media and in practice and can be traced to Japanese walking clubs…10,000 steps/day appears to be a reasonable estimate of daily activity for apparently healthy adults, and studies are emerging documenting the health benefits of attaining similar levels.”

 

Reaching 10,000 steps can be a great part of your weekly fitness goals. The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (e.g., brisk walking) every week. Setting a goal to walk 10,000 steps per day can be great motivation, not to mention can give you something easily measurable. So how do you get out of that office chair and reach the 10,000 steps per day goal? Here are some fun and simple ideas that you can easily add to your daily routine:

 

  • Get a pedometer and log your steps. Studies have shown that wearing a pedometer helped people walk 15 percent more each day.
  • During daylight hours, park at the end of the parking lot when shopping or running errands.
  • Take the stairs rather than elevators and escalators.
  • Bring comfortable shoes to work and go for a 15-minute walk during your lunch break.
  • Shoes and HeadphonesResearch local walking paths online.
  • Invite a friend to go on an early morning walk with you through your neighborhood or a local sports park.
  • Walk around the field or neighborhood during your child’s dance class, soccer practice, etc., instead of sitting and waiting.
  • Get the mail every day, and take a longer route to the mailbox.
  • Walk over to a coworker’s desk to talk to him or her in person instead of sending an email.
  • Early for an appointment? Walk around the block first instead of heading straight to the waiting room.
  • Set an alarm on your computer, phone, etc., to go off every hour to remind you to stand up and walk around for a few minutes.
  • Instead of reading a book on the couch, download it as an audiobook and listen while you go for a walk.

 

How do you work a few extra minutes of walking into your busy schedule? Share your tips with us in the comments!

Clean Safely with These Simple DIYs

Posted on March 20th, 2015 | one comment

Sharpen Your Knowledge at YL University

Posted on March 18th, 2015 | 11 comments

Young Living UniversityAre you ready to take your Young Living know-how to the next level? Welcome to YL University, your first stop for essential oil education!

 

Conveniently located in the Member Resources tab in your Virtual Office, YL University is a series of courses designed to help you understand the production of essential oils, develop product expertise, and build confidence as you improve your life and live your dreams.

 

Because the series will be broken up into classes, you will be able to learn at your own pace and brush up on individual topics as we add to the program. YL University will also be a great sharing tool, serving as an effective way to introduce prospective members to different aspects of Young Living.

 

The first installment in this series is now available, so visit Virtual Office today!

 

Three Ways Dr. Lindsey Elmore Makes Rare Oils Last

Posted on March 16th, 2015 | 18 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 | 18 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!

 

Lindsay Teague Moreno: A Personal Chat

Posted on March 10th, 2015 | 30 comments

Lindsay Teague Moreno is a driven, no-nonsense leader. She rose through the Young Living ranks to Royal Crown Diamond in an amazing 15 months and hasn’t stopped reaching for higher goals. We were able to take a few minutes and sit down with Lindsay to get her take on success, business, and where she sees things headed in the future.

 

How did you get involved with Young Living? 

I have three small kids, and we were getting ready to go on a trip in February of 2013. I saw a post on Facebook about using oils and had the insight that they might be great to take with us. I fell madly in love with Thieves®. At the time I actively tried not to pursue the business, but on March 25, 2013, it was made very clear to me that THIS was my path, and I began pursuing the business of Young Living. That is the day the Lemon Droppers were born!

 

How large is your organization? 

Right now there are over 131,000 members in my downline, and close to a quarter of them are business members, including two Royal Crown Diamond, six Diamond, 31 Platinum, 85 Gold, 490 Silver, and 1,157 Executive members. In fewer than two years, those numbers astound me, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us! We’re doing our best to accomplish the mission set before us: to get oils into every home.

 

What is your focus in 2015? 

For my downline my focus is and always will be leadership replication. That’s never far from my thoughts as I make projections, plans, and brainstorm for the year. Outside of that I have set my intentions to reevaluate priorities now that my downline is physically more than I can handle on my own.

 

It’s also time to enjoy the fruits of my 100-hour workweeks. I want to get to a place where I have time to spend with my family, write, travel, and enjoy photography more. I’m also going to strive to simplify everything this year. I’m in the middle of creating a system for the Lemon Droppers that doesn’t hinge on my being available 24 hours a day—a replicable and systematic approach to the way the Lemon Droppers do business. I’m also going to be my most valiant self. My word for the year is, wait for it…valor. I fully intend to do the things that scare me in 2015. So far I’ve taken some big, scary steps toward my intentions, and I am feeling really positive about what’s to come.

 

What are your favorite products and why?

There are a few oils that I can’t allow myself to be without: Peppermint, Thieves, R.C., Exodus II, Valor®, and M-Grain. I would add that I absolutely love the KidScents® oils. I keep them in a drawer where my girls can grab their oils as they need them. They love the autonomy to do it on their own, and I love that I don’t have to get it for them!

 

Do you have any tried-and-true product usage tips? 

Recently, my husband Michael and I have had a lot of great results using our oils sublingually. He’s completely obsessed with dropping a few drops of Peppermint under his tongue a few times a day after meals. Some aren’t the tastiest oils, I think we can all agree! Drop a couple of drops under your tongue and just let it soak in without talking or swishing it around. Before you know it, it’s totally dissolved, and you don’t have to fight the taste.

 

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

The people. I work with the most dedicated, hard-core, positive, no-excuses hustlers in the entire world. I am so blessed to call these people co-workers and friends. I have a group of leaders that love me, support me, and challenge me all at the same time. Everyone should be so lucky. It is my pleasure to be a servant leader to this group.

 

What’s your best business advice for aspiring Royal Crown Diamonds?

This is a job you can refuse to fail at, but it has to come from you, your heart, your why. My best advice is to create your life goals, scratch them out, dream bigger, and then hustle as hard as you have to in order to get there. Be willing to do anything asked of you to get there. I’m not talking about walking on others to lift yourself up. I’m talking about being willing to be the first one in and the last one to leave. That’s the hustle. It’s important to remember that helping others get what they want will, in turn, get you what you want. Be the leader who gives more in value than they take. That’s what people want to follow. Be willing to anticipate the needs of your team, and take it upon yourself to see that those needs are met. The day you stop complaining about what you don’t have and you stop expecting anyone else to do anything for you, is the day you see your first glimpse of success. I’ve been a Royal Crown Diamond for coming up on a year this summer, and there isn’t a job I won’t do. None of us, no matter what the rank, are better than we were our first day.

 

What are you most excited for in Young Living’s future? 

I am so excited about Young Living’s future growth. There’s absolutely no stopping us! I am so pumped to see us streamline operations and absolutely crush the growth we’ve been seeing year over year. It’s a bright future at Young Living. As my man Zig Ziglar would say, “I’m so positive, I’d go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me!”

 

DIY: Custom Hydration

Posted on March 5th, 2015 | 35 comments

Young Living - Etched Water Bottles

Between a busy lifestyle and the quick availability of sweet and fizzy beverage options, getting enough water each day isn’t always easy; but it is important.

 

Experts in fields from beauty to medicine agree that hydration’s role in proper physical function cannot be overstated. According to the Mayo Clinic, your daily activities, such as breathing and sweating, deplete your hydration, making a fluid intake of 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women crucial—more if you are exercising or live in a hot climate.

 

Not in the habit of drinking enough? With a custom glass water bottle and your favorite sweet essential oils, you’ll love meeting your daily goal! Check out our fun, easy DIY instructions below for etching a personalized design on your water bottle. Almost all of the necessary supplies should be available at your local crafts store.

 Young Living - Etched Water Bottle

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

  • Glass water bottle: Do not use plastic, as some essential oils may erode the material
  • Adhesive stencils: Find alphabet and decorative designs at craft stores or create your own design using clear laminate paper and a trimming knife or vinyl cutter.
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glass etching cream
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol

Young Living - DIY Etched Water Bottle

Step 2: Etch Your Water Bottle

  1. Work in a well-ventilated area and wear an old, long-sleeved shirt and rubber gloves.
  2. Wash and dry your water bottle; then wipe it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Young Living - DIY Etched Water BottleCarefully place your adhesive stencil designs, making sure to smooth out any air pockets.
  4. If desired, use painter’s tape to line the edges of your stencil and cover any areas you don’t want frosted.
  5. Shake the etching cream to combine contents and pour some onto a disposable plate.
  6. Wearing gloves and using your brush or sponge, apply a smooth, thick layer of etching cream to the stenciled area.
  7. Let sit for 5–15 minutes, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Rinse off the etching cream with water in a stainless steel sink, using the brush to remove excess etching cream. Be sure not to use a porcelain sink.
  9. Remove stencils and dry with a cotton ball. Wash the bottle with soap and water before use.

 

Step 3: Drink Up!

Young Living - Lemon Essential OilGlass bottles allow you to add your favorite essential oils to water for a sweet kick! Here are some of our picks:

 

What are your creative ways you ensure you’re drinking enough water? What are some of your favorite essential oils to add to water? Share your ideas in the comments!