The thought of having bedbugs strikes fear into most of us. Although their bites are usually nothing more than itchy irritations, they have proven to be a real cause for alarm. Once bedbugs take up residency, getting rid of them can be very difficult.
It is no surprise that most of the ingredients found in our Thieves essential oil blend—Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary—are often used for natural pest control. Obviously, this blend makes an ideal foundation for any bedbug recipe. The other oils that I have added to the recipes below will enhance both the result and aroma.
Thieves Bug Spray #1
- Thieves® Spray
- 5 drops Clove essential oil
- 5 drops of a citrus essential oil such as Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Citrus Fresh
Drop the Clove essential oil and the citrus essential oil of your choice directly into the Thieves Spray bottle. Shake well.
Thieves Bug Spray #2
- 10 drops Thieves essential oil blend
- 5 drops of a citrus oil such as Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Citrus Fresh
- 2 drops Clove essential oil
Put the essential oils into a spray bottle. Add 2 ounces of distilled water. Shake vigorously before using.
- Spray in the cracks and crevices of the bedframe, mattress, and flooring.
- Spray bed linens.
Hint: This is imperative when traveling. To avoid bringing home any bedbugs, make a sachet by spraying on either a cotton ball, round, or washcloth. Place inside your suitcase.
Make sure to read my next blog later this month when the focus will be on getting rid of bedbugs for good with Thieves.
I would love to include some of your ideas, so either comment on this blog or send them directly to me at email@example.com.
—Gloria Russo, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Young Living’s Lime essential oil has a wide variety of uses. Aromatically, the pleasant citrus scent is invigorating and may help promote mental clarity and encourage creativity.* Topically, Lime provides antioxidants to the skin, which may reduce dark spots due to aging and acts as an insect deterrent.* Taken internally, Lime supports a healthy digestive system and may aid in weight management. One of most versatile uses for Lime essential oil, however, is for cooking.
Before adding Lime or any other Young Living essential oil to a recipe, start by adding half of a drop (put a toothpick inside the oil bottle orifice and stir the toothpick into the recipe) and then add more to taste. Because it’s so highly concentrated, you don’t need to use very much Lime essential oil to get the fresh lime flavor that can make your recipes pop. A great idea is to combine olive oil with Lime essential oil and use it as a marinade for meat or veggies. For an extra kick of flavor, you can also substitute Lime essential oil for lemon in many recipes.
Here are a couple of easy recipe ideas:
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup water
Fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries, etc.)
1-2 drops Lime essential oil
Fill a blender with ice and water. Add fresh fruit and 1-2 drops of Lime essential oil. Blend and enjoy!
Lime Yogurt Sauce
1 quart plain unsweetened or soy yogurt
6 drops Lime essential oil
Add all ingredients together and stir. Use the sauce over fruit or dessert.
Lime Essential Oil Usage Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans
“I love Lime! I add it to my guacamole and use it with other citrus oils and honey as dressing for fresh fruit salads. I have also added it with Lemongrass essential oil to Asian stir-fry!”
—Debbie N., Sr. Star
“I like to put Lime on grilled chicken. I also diffuse it with Rosemary and Lavender.”
—Jennifer L., Member
“I add Lime essential oil to my salsa, guacamole, chicken tortilla soup, and water. Mixed with Tangerine, it is to die for!”
—Janne G., Executive
“I put Young Living’s Lime essential oil in my fresh salsa instead of lime juice! Yummy! I also mix it with other Young Living essential oils and organic coconut oil for my daily skin moisturizer! It’s wonderful!”
—April K.D., Star
“I love to mix Lime with olive oil to glaze salmon. It stays very moist and has an awesome flavor.”
—Debbie S., Sr. Star
“We made fajita lime goat’s cheese and used Young Living oils!”
—Mary R., Member
“I mix Lime with Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, and coconut oil to shrink pores on my face and deep cleanse my skin.” —Amy L., Member
“I use Lime essential oil to make my own deodorant! I add coconut oil, baking soda, and about 15 drops of Lime essential oil. It is amazing.”
—Erica J., Member
“I use Lime essential oil in so many ways. I use it in my homemade laundry and dishwasher detergent. I use it in my cooking. I replace lime zest with my Lime essential oil. I also add it to my lemon/limeade.”
—Dea W., Member
How do you use Young Living Lime essential oil? Please leave a comment with your tips on how to use this oil below.
—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand 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.
Expressing gratitude for the abundance in our lives and spending time with loved ones is part of the delight of the holiday season. However, holiday parties and events can also add a lot of strain to our already hectic lives. The lull between Christmas and New Year’s celebrations is a perfect time to take a moment for yourself and relieve some stress. Ylang Ylang essential oil is the perfect antidote for holiday tension; it can generate a sense of calm and relaxation, even in the midst of this action-packed season.
Ylang Ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata) is sourced from a beautiful, drooping, yellow bloom found on the cananga tree. Ylang Ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation. It may also help with releasing feelings of anger and assist with getting rid of negative feelings. In addition, it has a long history in skin- and hair-care products—particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote luxuriant hair.
Here are some tips from Young Living and our Facebook fans on how to use Ylang Ylang essential oil:
Tips from Young Living
• Apply a few drops to your aching muscles during a massage
• Diffuse to create a relaxing ambiance in your home
• Add a few drops to your favorite lotion, hair conditioners, or styling agents (it’s great for maintaining moisture in the skin and hair)
• Soak in a soothing, hot bath with a few drops
Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans
“I use Ylang Ylang for my scalp massages at my salon!” —Janet K., YL Executive
“As I do with other oils, depending on my need at the time, I mix Ylang Ylang with coconut oil and rub it into my skin before bed. It moisturizes and helps with relaxation.” —Tiffany L., YL Member
“I use it for the times thoughts are continuously going round and round in my head. It helps quiet the thoughts and lets me clear out the noise. I apply it at the base of my neck and on my temples.” —Deba L., YL Member
Grow Your Business with Giftable Samples
Introduce your friends and family to the health-supporting benefits of essential oils and help your sales organization become familiar with Ylang Ylang essential oil.
To make your giftable samples, fill a 2-ml sample bottle, create a small card with Ylang Ylang usage tips, and put them in a festive satchel. Voila! You now have a great sharing tool! Fun ideas include:
• Party favors
• Hostess gifts
• Stocking stuffers
• Teacher gifts
• Holiday presents to your clients and sales team
As always, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on this blog post telling us how you use Ylang Ylang essential oil.
—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Young Living’s vice president of research and development, Dr. Cole Woolley, to learn more about our new Hong Kuai essential oil. With the highest sesquiterpene content of any Young Living essential oil, Hong Kuai is like inhaling liquid confidence. It also supports an increase in spiritual awareness and inspires clarity, intuition, and action. First introduced as part of our 2013 Exotic Oils Collection, Hong Kuai is now permanently available as a 5-ml single oil.
Hong Kuai (Chamaecyparis formosensis) is a treasured tree found high atop the steep mountain rainforests of Taiwan. Hong Kuai trees typically live 1,000–2,000 years, with every tree ring having its own deposit of that year’s essential oil. Hong Kuai’s lasting, sesquiterpene-rich, woody aroma makes it a sacred lumber for building temples and shrines; its name in Chinese means “the respected trees for the temple-building society.”
- Diffuse to create confidence and a positive emotional outlook.
- Put a drop in your sacred books, writings, or journal to promote inspiration.
- To boost confidence, inhale or apply topically to temples or heart before you meet with clients or host a sharing party.
- Add a drop to a handkerchief and inhale the scent during a stressful meeting.
- Add a drop to your wallet or purse to help boost confidence everywhere you go.
- Men: Mix 2 drops of Hong Kuai, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang, and 2 drops of Idaho Blue Spruce; use as a gentle, yet empowering, cologne for greater confidence and perseverance.
As always, we would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell us how you use Hong Kuai essential oil.
—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager
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Lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils and has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is also great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet also has balancing properties.
Here are some tips on how to use Lavender essential oil from our product management team and Young Living distributors.
Tips from Young Living:
- Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops to the affected area
- Rub on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area
- Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects
- Place a few drops on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry
- Rub a few drops onto your hand and spread over a pillow
- Diffuse Lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering
- Diffuse or inhale Lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work
Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:
“I keep a 2-oz. spray bottle with 11-13 drops Lavender/purified water mix next to my bed and spritz pillow and linens nightly!” —Virginia C., Star
“You can add a drop or two to hot water to make Lavender tea.” —Charles H., Distributor
“I diffuse Lavender every night for a great night’s rest.” —Eric H., Distributor
“We use it all the time! I put it on the kids after their shower to get ready for bed.” —Victoria B., Distributor
“I put it on a cotton ball and slip it between my pillow case and pillow.” – Patt F., Distributor
“I love putting a couple of drops on wool dryer balls to scent our clothes while they’re drying!” —Laura W., Star
“I put a few drops of Lavender essential oil in my bath water.” —Ede H., Distributor
Young Living’s Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic blend composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals to use while robbing dead and dying victims of the plague.
Our one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary blend, contains powerful essential oils that defend and protect such as clove, rosemary, cinnamon bark, and Eucalyptus radiata.
Thieves has also been university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*
There are dozens of ways to use Thieves essential oil blend. Here are some of our own tips, as well as tips from our Facebook fans on how to use this amazing product.
Thieves Usage Tips from Young Living:
- Put a few drops in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system*
- Put a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor
- Diffuse for 15–30 minutes in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria
- Apply on the bottoms of feet for internal support*
Thieves Usage Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:
“When traveling, I’ll spray a few puffs of Thieves Spray in front of the A/C unit, which allows Thieves to go through the filter and out. I also pull back the bed covers and spray the sheets. I also spray Thieves inside the pillow cases on both sides. In the public toilets, I’ll spray a few puffs over the toilet before sitting. I never travel without it.” —Pam J., Senior Star
“I use Thieves oil to freshen bed linens, pillows, and mattresses, clean the kitchen and bath, mop the floor, use it as an air freshener, flavor hot tea, use it as my deodorant, and use it to brush my teeth. The better question is: What can’t you use Thieves for?” —Kathy J., Star
“I am a flight attendant and use Thieves for travel. I moisten a cotton ball and stick it in the hotel vent. I spray down the room. I use it on the remote control. I clean the galley and serving trays with Thieves.” —Dorothy R., Star
“I tend to place a drop or two of Thieves in my trash can and laundry baskets for dirty clothes. I also enjoy just diffusing and breathing in the fresh air it exhibits.” —Danikah J., Distributor
“I put 8–10 drops of Thieves in a dark-colored glass spray bottle and filled it with water. I’ve labeled the bottle and keep it handy by my front entrance. I use it to take away the spring scented shoes and boots in my front porch closet. Ahhh! The best air freshener ever! Works GREAT! Thank you Young Living!”
—Robyn D., Distributor
“I love Thieves and use it for everything. I even spray Thieves on money! Everyone asks about the smell. It smells so good.” —Marion N., Distributor
“I wear Thieves as perfume when going somewhere public!” —Erika S., Distributor
“A drop of Thieves on a tissue and a quick rub completely removes stains from whiteboards for when you grab the wrong type of marker. Plus, it smells great!” —Jan B., Distributor
How do you use Thieves essential oil blend? Leave a comment and let us know!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Peppermint essential oil has a strong, clean, and minty aroma. As one of the most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.*
The beneficial effects of Peppermint essential oil have been well documented by science. Jean Valnet, MD, studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch, MD, studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.
According to a recent study in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, peppermint oil may have a positive effect on exercise performance. Read our news release to learn more about this study.
Peppermint can also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. We suggest diluting this essential oil with Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex before topical application.
Peppermint Tips from Young Living:
- Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.*
- Place 2 drops on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
- Inhale or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.*
Peppermint Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:
“I keep a small spray bottle on my desk at work with peppermint oil and water. When I’m feeling foggy or tired (not often), I spritz a little around my head and in the air over my desk. It’s a good perk up and better than soda or candy!” – Teresa T., Distributor
“Put a drop on your tongue for fresh breath.” – Lou B., Star
“I found out by accident that it is great to remove spruce gum from hair and clothing. The spruce gum just brushes right out.” – Julie L., Distributor
“I love peppermint oil and so do my cats. I put one drop on a cat toy, and one of the cats starts licking it right away.” – Jeannette S., Star
Do you have any tips to share on how to use Peppermint essential oil? If so, please leave a comment.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.