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!
When 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.
- Research 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Young 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
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.
When 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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
- Cotton balls
- Rubber gloves
- Rubbing alcohol
Step 2: Etch Your Water Bottle
- Work in a well-ventilated area and wear an old, long-sleeved shirt and rubber gloves.
- Wash and dry your water bottle; then wipe it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.
- Carefully place your adhesive stencil designs, making sure to smooth out any air pockets.
- If desired, use painter’s tape to line the edges of your stencil and cover any areas you don’t want frosted.
- Shake the etching cream to combine contents and pour some onto a disposable plate.
- Wearing gloves and using your brush or sponge, apply a smooth, thick layer of etching cream to the stenciled area.
- Let sit for 5–15 minutes, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- 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.
- Remove stencils and dry with a cotton ball. Wash the bottle with soap and water before use.
Step 3: Drink Up!
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!
Living well means enjoying all the best, most rewarding things. Want more with your March order? We want to give you extra rewards on top of all the great Young Living products arriving on your doorstep!
Earn a free 5-ml Marjoram essential oil, plus a $20 enrollment coupon and Ortho Ease® massage oil with your qualifying standard March order. With a qualifying Essential Rewards order of 190 PV or above, you’ll also earn a bonus 5-ml Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil!
Want to enjoy Marjoram and Idaho Balsam Fir more than ever? Here are a couple ideas for these must-have essential oils:
- Marjoram is a perennial herb with sweet pine and citrus flavors, recognized by many as a culinary spice. Substitute 1 drop Marjoram essential oil per tablespoon of dried or fresh marjoram called for in recipes. If less is called for, dip a toothpick in the drop reducer of the essential oil bottle and swirl the saturated end through the recipe’s liquid ingredients.
Infuse a bottle of extra virgin olive oil with herbs and a few drops of Marjoram essential oil to make a fantastic salad dressing, a drizzle over pasta dishes, a dip for artisan bread, or a marinade for your favorite meats and vegetables.
- Distilled from the needles of the Idaho balsam fir trees on our Highland Flats tree farm, the woodsy aroma of Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil has a rejuvenating effect on the spirit and mind. Its herbaceous aroma is often used to calm and ground. To enjoy the uplifting and rejuvenating aroma of Idaho Balsam Fir, diffuse this essential oil in your home, bedroom, or workplace. Create a sense of confidence by wearing Idaho Balsam Fir on the temples, neck, or wrists as an empowering fragrance.
How would you use the free Marjoram and Idaho Balsam Fir essential oils in your qualifying March order? Let us know in the 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.
Our 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.
As 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!
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