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Loving Touch with Essential Oils

Posted on May 26th, 2011 | 10 comments

Whether you are the friend of a furry, feathered, or scaly being, you probably enjoy holding and petting your companion animal. This type of loving touch can also help keep your pet’s internal terrain inhospitable to pathogens.

Daily “oil petting” for general prevention and promotion of well-being is simple. Incorporate these six steps into your daily routine:

  1. Choose one of these five fabulous oils for your best friend:
  • Peace & Calming® essential oil blend helps relax the nervous system and can release tension.
  • Sacred Mountain™ is grounding and stabilizing. This blend is filled with the fragrance of outdoors and brings unexpected gifts. One day a neighbor’s dog came over joyfully and sat by me in the street. Her owner commented, “She never goes to anyone!” That is the wonder of Sacred Mountain! I applied one drop an hour before and then I was this dog’s best friend.
  • Idaho Tansy is one of the most versatile oils for animals. It is purifying, cleansing, regenerating, repels flies, and lots more!
  • Lavender essential oil is a wonderful relaxant and is great for healing wounds.

2. Take a deep breath and let go of everything except the present moment. Know that you are in the presence of another wonderful soul clothed in a different form. With full focus, know that you are relating from your heart and soul to theirs.

3. Trust your intuition and quiet all mental chatter. Place one drop of your chosen oil in your palm and gently rub your hands together. Do not rub too much or there will be very little oil left for your friend.

4. Pet your pet. Keep in mind that this is a healing act, born of your love for life and the life of those you touch.

5. Close your eyes and let your hands do the work. Trust that your hands are being guided by the creator of all life.

6. Apply the oil with gentle strokes anywhere you believe it is needed. Belief is born of intellect, knowledge, and intuition. Focus on the daily use of Young Living essential oils for your friend. You will discover the joy of a deeper bond as your best friend experiences your love as a healing gift.

Wishing worlds of success to you and your companion,

Nancy Weber

Nancy Weber, RN, is a certified clinical aromatherapist, certified instructor in Raindrop Technique® and animal aromatherapy through Lightwing Center, and a medical intuitive whose book, The Gift of Interspecies Communication, has many Heart Talk exercises. A forthcoming book, Animal Aromatherapy: Your Pet’s Best Friend, is a collaboration sparked by a desire to share and educate. Nancy’s PowerPoint slides from her presentation on animals at Young Living convention from 2009 and 2010 can be found at www.animalscent.net, along with Animal Scent Newsletter PDFs for great testimonials. Nancy currently teaches in the U.S. and Europe on aromatherapy for people and companion animals.

May’s Recipe: Lemon Papaya Boats, Nutmeg Macadamia Cheese

Posted on May 16th, 2011 | one comment

This is a favorite springtime breakfast or snack that aids in digestion and assists with healthy assimilation.

Papaya may prevent constipation with the protein called papain, a natural digestive enzyme.

Macadamia dairy-free cheese is cultured and enhanced with Young Living’s Life 5™ probiotic, which promotes good intestinal flora.

Young Living lemon and nutmeg essential oils complement each component and add a mild, fresh flavor to the dish.

Until next month: Orange Banana Ice Cream, Mint Raspberry Coulis

Happy Eating!

Chef Mandy

Lemon Papaya Boats

(Yields 4 servings)

Sprinkle each papaya with 4–6 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil. Fill each cavity with 1/2 cup nutmeg macadamia cheese. Top with strawberries. Serve with a spoon and dip into the soft papaya flesh.

Nutmeg Macadamia Cheese

(Yields 2 cups)

Drain and rinse soaked nuts. Blend ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Chill until ready to serve.

Rejuvenate Your Skin

Posted on May 10th, 2011 | 4 comments

As summer approaches there is a lot of talk about detoxifying your body for weight loss, but our skin is often overlooked. However, nothing can substitute for a fresh, radiant complexion! Take the weekend to treat your outer layer to some much-needed detox and pampering that will treat your insides, too. Here is an easy regimen I have tried and love:

Day 1

Evening

Clear your clutter. Straighten up, do a load of laundry, and clear the coffee table or counter. This will get you in the right place for inner cleansing.

Stock your fridge. Prepare to fill your body with healthy foods. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables help repair and prevent damage to your skin. Avoid all alcohol, tobacco, and refined or processed foods.

Purge your products. Give your skin time to rebalance by putting away everything except your cleanser, day lotion, and night cream. (Your ART® Skin Care System will more than suffice!)

Day 2

Morning

Drink warm tea. Look for blends that include nettle, ginger, burdock, dandelion, or sarsaparilla root. These herbs and flowers are known to calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function. These teas also help eliminate puffiness around the eyes and decongest your skin.

Afternoon

Give yourself a massage. Encourage elimination of waste by manually moving lymph through the lymphatic system. Massage your neck, armpits, stomach, and behind the knees. These areas contain lots of lymph nodes.

Evening

Fake a facial at home. Pour hot water into a small bowl and add a few drops of citrus essential oil. Soak a hand towel in the water, then wring it out and drape it over your neck. Lie down for 10 minutes and let the steam open your pores, prepping your skin for the detoxifying mask that follows. Look for masks made with clay, which absorbs excess oil and pulls toxins and impurities out while adding beneficial minerals.

Day 3

Morning

Scrub your body. Exfoliate with a body scrub that removes dulling skin cells, boosts circulation, and pumps toxins from the body, such as Young Living’s Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint. You can also make a great body scrub at home with just the following:

  • 2 cups coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 2/3 tablespoon massage oil. (You can create your own using massage oil using V-6™Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.)

Afternoon

Sweat it out. A brisk walk, jumping rope, or yoga helps eliminate toxins from your body. The deep breathing of yoga also stimulates the lymphatic system and brings cleansing oxygen to the body. Sun salutations in particular will nurture as well as detoxify; try those or twisting poses to activate your digestive system.

Evening

Apply a mask. Spread a few tablespoons of raw honey over your face. Next, apply cucumber slices on top of the honey and then lie down. Cover your face with a warm, damp washcloth to allow honey, a natural humectant, to seal in moisture. Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties also help reduce irritation and redness. Cucumbers, which act as diuretics, will further flush out excess fluid and relieve any puffiness. Leave on for 15–20 minutes and rinse gently.

This three-day skin vacation will leave you and your skin refreshed and revived. Let me know how it works for you!

—Rebecca Jarvis, Essential Living Product Manager

Mother’s Day R&R: Escaping Stress & Anxiety

Posted on May 5th, 2011 | no comments

Do you know a mother who could use some rest and relaxation? How about a mother who is stressed or deserves pampering? Are you trying to find a special Mother’s Day gift? Young Living has the answers for you and your kids to ensure that the mother in your life has a great day.

The goal is simple: make her life a little easier! Help her reduce anxiety and release stress by giving the whole house a refreshing cleaning. But don’t reach for the typical chemical cleaners: use Young Living products instead. So dads, here are a few easy steps to get the kids, and you, started on your Mother’s Day project:

1. Start with deep cleaning. Fill a bucket with warm water and pour in a desired amount of Thieves® Household Cleaner. Give the children a rag and let them go to work.
2. Apply Thieves Spray to a rag and wipe down doorknobs, handles, bathtubs, toys, piano keys, etc. This creates a clean, relaxing, stress-free environment.
3. Diffuse Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend in bedrooms. It leaves the rooms with a feeling of well-being because of its strong ability to clean the air. It is also great for the evening to calm and relax the children.
4. Add a few drops of Abundance™ essential oil blend to the cleaning rag as the children clean. It promotes a positive attitude and brings peace and happiness to the mind and body and joy to the heart.

Cleanse, defend, and get rid of tough bugs with these wonderful, safe products. Using these Young Living products will knock out odors, erase winter grime, and keep your home clean and naturally fresh. So this Mother’s Day, give mom joy and calm her emotions while relieving anxiety, stress, and tension.

Peace be with you,

Kaye Lynne

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Companion Animal “Heart Talk” with Young Living Essential Oils (Part 2)

Posted on May 2nd, 2011 | 4 comments

The ABCs of Heart Talk

Heart Talk is also about keeping pollutants low; exposure to too many environmental poisons is known to not only affect our pets’ health, but their behavior as well. Here is a simple approach that can cement the bond of trust and love between you and your companion.

A. Start the introduction of essential oils, especially for smaller animals, by first using Thieves® Household Cleaner to clean your home. This is an easy way to assist all immune systems. Thieves cleaner is safe to use in homes, aviaries, barns, and all other places where our best friends live.

B. Use Young Living’s TheraPro Diffuser for environmental modifications. A simple method of establishing a healthy environment is to set up the diffuser with 5 minutes on at low volume and 20 minutes off. Set this way, a bottle of essential oil can last for several weeks.

Keep these three essential oil blends on hand for diffusing:

  • Thieves is useful for support in stressful situations, such as adding a new pet, changing homes, or family changes.
  • Purification can healthily deodorize a space and also act as an insect repellent.
  • Peace & Calming will help address extreme behaviors, from shy to aggressive. This blend supports and balances the autonomic nervous system, which is perfect for stressful situations.

C. Create a floral spray as a safe, effective insect repellant for instant, portable application.

Take a 1-ounce cobalt-blue glass spray bottle and add:

3 drops Purification essential oil blend
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil

Fill the bottle to the top with distilled water. (Increase measurements incrementally for larger bottles.) Spray mixture lightly on your pet’s feet, back, tail, or throat. For the tips of the ears, spray mixture on your fingers then rub on your pet’s ears. Don’t forget to spray yourself as well! This floral spray is totally safe—even when your pet decides to lick it off!

Wishing worlds of success to you and your companion,

Nancy Weber

Nancy Weber, RN, is a certified clinical aromatherapist, certified instructor in Raindrop Technique® and animal aromatherapy through Lightwing Center, and a medical intuitive whose book, The Gift of Interspecies Communication, has many Heart Talk exercises. A forthcoming book, Animal Aromatherapy: Your Pet’s Best Friend, is a collaboration sparked by a desire to share and educate. Nancy’s PowerPoint slides from her presentation on animals at Young Living convention from 2009 and 2010 can be found at www.animalscent.net, along with Animal Scent Newsletter PDFs for great testimonials. Nancy currently teaches in the U.S. and Europe on aromatherapy for people and companion animals.