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DIY: Essential Oil Blends to Relieve Holiday Stress

Posted on November 13th, 2013 | 8 comments

The holiday season can be stressful—with planning parties, shopping for gifts, preparing meals, and more. To help you avoid holiday stress, we have prepared some do-it-yourself blends to help you relax and enjoy this special time of the year.

Quick Aromatic Blend

7 drops Lavender Essential Oil

3 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

2 tablespoons V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

Massage the temples, forehead, neck, and shoulders.

Hand Bath

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Marjoram Essential Oil

3 cups of warm water

Place your hands into a hand basin and soak for a few minutes.

Icy Compress

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

2 drops Ginger Essential Oil

1 drop Marjoram Essential Oil

1 quart ice-cold water

Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and apply it to your forehead or neck.

Relief Bath

3 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil 

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Marjoram Essential Oil

2 drops Thyme Essential Oil

Disperse the oils in bathtub and soak in the water for 20 minutes.

If you have any tips for relieving holiday stress with Young Living essential oils, please leave a comment.

—Gloria Russo, YL Product Marketing Manager

Aroma Carousel: Sharing-Go-Round

Posted on October 25th, 2013 | 2 comments

Recently at Young Living, we have been putting even more focus on making it easier to share essential oils. What started as a vision to get people asking questions and talking about essential oils developed into the Aroma Carousel™. This patent-pending product has a beautiful display for 10 2-ml sample bottles and can be used for several purposes, including as a thoughtful gift of Young Living’s essential oils and a fun and exciting way to transport and present your favorite oils and as the perfect companion to the Vitassage™ essential oil massager.

Inside each box is an Aroma Carousel; 10 empty sample bottles, caps, and oil-reducing orifices; and two Easy-Fill Pipettes (don’t worry, you can also order more of the pipettes for the future).

One great idea to help spread the benefits of Young Living essential oils to new people is to fill each 2-mil bottle with one of our most popular essential oils found in the Everyday Oils™ collection, including  Lavender, Lemon , Peppermint, Thieves®, Purification®, PanAway®, Peace & Calming® , Valor®, and Joy™. Then wrap the Aroma Carousel neatly and give it as a holiday gift.

You can also use the Aroma Carousel as a conversation starter. People are sure to ask what that cool, spinning bottle holder is for. With its lazy Susan functionality, the Aroma Carousel makes a wonderful display to showcase your essential oil favorites during dinner parties, in-home demonstrations, and more.

The Aroma Carousel is also a great accessory to the Vitassage. Since the bottles that come with the Aroma Carousel also fit the compartments of the Vitassage, these two products form a perfect partnership. Now you can have practically unlimited essential oil combinations with the Vitassage and Aroma Carousel. In addition, the Aroma Carousel comes with a package of Oil Bottle Cap Labels that conveniently fit on the face of each glass bottle and allows you to label all your favorite essential oils!

As always, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment sharing your thoughts about the Aroma Carousel or how you plan to this product for the holiday season.

—Marco Colindres III, YL Associate Product Manager

How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Posted on October 14th, 2013 | 15 comments

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 put it right on my neck. I love how it relaxes me.” —Wendy M., 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

Everyday Oils Brings Joy to All

Posted on October 4th, 2013 | 9 comments

If you haven’t heard the news yet, let me spread the joy: Joy™ essential oil blend is now included in the Everyday Oils collection! Sure, I can keep up with the wordplay in this joyous announcement, but truth be told, the real joy is found inside the bottle.

Joy essential oil blend not only rounds out this collection of Young Living’s most popular essential oils, but it also complements other highly sought-after oils that should be used every day. Joy’s blissful combination of bergamot, lemon, rose, ylang ylang, and other essential oils creates an aroma that brings feelings of happiness to the heart and can be enjoyed in many ways. Go ahead and diffuse a little Joy in the morning to get your day started off right, dab a little behind your ears and on your wrists to take in all the positive energies around you, and don’t forget to share your happiness with others.

Now the Everyday Oils collection has you covered in just about every way imaginable. You can enjoy the soothing and relaxing effects of Lavender and Peace & Calming®, the immune support of Lemon and Thieves®, the invigorating and energizing aroma of Peppermint, the confidence and strength of Valor® , the cleansing effect of Purification®, the spiritual enlightenment of Frankincense, the soothing properties of PanAway®, and now the uplifting properties of Joy!

Through daily use of this fantastic collection, you will begin to see the life-changing results that pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils can bring. Improve your life the way nature intended and help others along the way with the new and improved Premium Starter Kit that includes the Everyday Oils collection!

Please share your favorite ways to use the oils in the Everyday Oils collection by leaving a comment below.

—Marco Colindres III, YL Associate Product Manager

Business-Building Tip: How to Share Young Living’s Essential Oil Sample Packets

Posted on September 12th, 2013 | 6 comments

It has now been a few months since the unveiling of Young Living’s Essential Oil Sample Packets, and the reception has been unbelievable! For those just getting introduced to this new sharing tool, here is why we are excited about this new product:

The success of the Essential Oil Sample Packets and their inclusion into the newly refreshed Starter Kits has made it easier to grow your essential oil business. Not only do these samples allow you to better familiarize yourself with essential oils, but they also add a confident, intimidation-free way to approach new people and introduce them to Young Living. It really is simple to become successful when you can send someone away with the power of essential oils!

Here are just a few tips from Young Living distributors on how easy it is to share our new Essential Oil Sample Packets:

“As a massage therapist, I would share these with clients that come into my studio for body work. I use these oils already, but if I can send them home with a sample, I do believe they will want more. The more they use, the more they will become convinced that they work.”

—Kathy S., Distributor

“The best way to share these oils is by sharing your own personal testimonials with others. Now with the sample packs, it definitely gives an added advantage in convincing them to join after experiencing the benefits of these oils.”

—Elaine H., Star

“These make it so much easier to share with friends and family across the country! They are very easy to mail!”

—Casey C., Distributor

“This comes in handy during those silent elevator rides! It will be a starter conversation on how to start the day.”

—Lola C., Distributor

“These sample packets are awesome! It is so easy to give to new people. I give a sample to all our massage clients with their next appointment card. Love them!”

—Vlada K., Distributor

As always, we would love to hear from you! Leave a comment telling us how you share our Essential Oil Sample Packets.

– Marco Colindres, YL Associate Product Manager

DIY: Sunburn Relief with Essential Oils

Posted on July 30th, 2013 | 3 comments

During the hot summer months, the best way to protect your skin from sunburn is by applying sunscreen. (See our recent do-it-yourself blog post on how to create your own natural sunscreen with essential oils.) Sometimes, however, sunburns happen. Young Living offers many products to help relieve sunburn*, including LavaDerm™ Cooling Mist.

LavaDerm’s pure and carefully chosen ingredients—aloe, lavender, spikenard, and trace minerals—work in concert to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of a sunburn. By having LavaDerm readily available, you can just point and spray to get sunburn relief* as quickly as possible.

You can also try using one of the following Young Living essential oils and do-it-yourself recipes for sunburn relief:

Lavender

Frankincense or Sacred Frankincense

Helichrysum

Rose

Melaleuca Alternifolia

Roman Chamomile

Without question, lavender is the best essential oil for sunburn relief*. If you are really sore, it is paramount that you get the heat out of the skin. Here is a simple and effective solution:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill a sink or bath with cool water.
  2. Add ice cubes to the water if you are able to tolerate the temperature.
  3. Add 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar.
  4. Immerse yourself for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Gently pat your skin dry.
  6. Apply undiluted Lavender essential over the burned area.
  7. Once the oil is absorbed in the skin, apply Young Living’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion .

Cautions:

  1. Don’t apply too much Lavender essential oil. Simply cover the burned area.
  2. Do not bathe with bubbles or use soap. This can dry out and irritate the skin.
  3. Avoid actions that will worsen your symptoms, such as rubbing your skin dry with a towel.

Sunburn Relief for Children

Although parents typically protect their children from sunburns, many children do suffer from heat rash.

You can prevent heat rash by keeping your child’s skin dry and cool. It is also helpful to dress children in light clothing made from breathable fabric. When possible, expose your child’s skin to air. If you are unable to prevent heat rash, here is a do-it-yourself relief recipe for all ages:

Heat Rash Relief

Ingredients:

Children Ages 0-2

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil

Children Ages 3–7

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil

Children Ages 8–10

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil

Children Ages 11–18

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix Lavender essential oil and baking soda together.
  2. Add mixture to a warm bath.
  3. If bathing a baby, make sure that the water reaches the folds of the skin.
  4. Once out of the bath, dry skin thoroughly and take care that your child’s folds of skin are kept dry.

 

Here are some practical tips on how to  soothe the effects of specific types of sunburns with essential oils:

 
Sunburned Eyelids Apply tea bags soaked in cool water to help reduce swelling and soreness*.
Soreness Chill Young Living Lavender Hand & Body Lotion in the refrigerator. It will counteract swelling and keep skin properly hydrated*. 
Dryness and Peeling of Skin Drink water and eat foods with high water content. A large watermelon wedge provides 9+ ounces of water, 1 cup of honeydew melon provides 5.4 ounces, and 1 cup of cantaloupe or beets provide 5.1 ounces.
Seek Medical Attention Take care if you experience nausea, chills, fever, faintness, extensive blistering, general weakness, patches of purple discoloration, or intense itching when sunburned.

 

Finally, here are a few more sensible tips for you to think about:

  • UV rays penetrate windows. Use care when sitting in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, especially with a baby.
  • If your legs and feet are swollen, elevate them above your heart.
  • If soreness is preventing a good night’s sleep, try sleeping on an air mattress.
  • Take extra sun precautions when the sun is at its strongest (from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. or 11 a.m.–4 p.m. for those states participating in Daylight Savings Time).

We hope these recipes and tips help you safely navigate through the summer months. As always, we invite you to share your ideas or recipes in the comments.

—Gloria Russo, YL Product Marketing Manager

 

Congratulations to our Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste winners! Here are the names of the lucky winners selected from comments on a previous blog post:

  1. Happyfishschool
  2. Diana
  3. Devi
  4. Christina
  5. Rosemary
  6. Felicita
  7. Sarah
  8. Tara
  9. Corie
  10. Barb
  11. Justin
  12. Jenny
  13. Megan
  14. Jill
  15. Brigitta
  16. Nativetexangirl
  17. Laura
  18. Donna
  19. Tracy
  20. Marion

Each of these people will receive a free tube of Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste! Keep reading our blog for more giveaways in the future.

 

*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.

DIY: Natural Sunscreen with Essential Oils

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 | 78 comments

Nothing can put a damper on summer fun like an uncomfortable sunburn. So why, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, do 42 percent of us still get burned at least once a year? Although a variety of reasons and excuses come to mind, it is safe to say that the proper use of sunscreen would dramatically reduce the number of sunburns. However, choosing the right sunscreen and then using it correctly can be intimidating. Questionable ingredients and numerous brands further complicate our choice.

As part of the Young Living family, we do not need to worry about triggering unwanted illnesses from overexposure to the sun or controversial ingredients. Instead, we have 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and all-natural ingredients as solutions. These give us the ability to create a custom “formula” that we can individualize for our skin.

Following are suggested ratios for customizing a do-it-yourself sunscreen with Young Living essential oils. Remember that the ingredient ratios will depend on your skin. As you tweak your formula, always test it on an area to check for any reaction.

  1. Begin by using ½ cup of Young Living’s V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex.
  2. Add a combination of myrrh (4–5 drops), carrot seed (4–5 drops), and lavender (20 drops) essential oils.
  3. Blend well and store in a dark-colored bottle.
  4. To use: Liberally apply sunscreen over exposed areas.
  5. Remember to reapply every couple of hours throughout the day, especially when participating in water activities.

When out in the sun for any amount of time, remember to avoid citrus essential oils that are photosensitive and can create discoloration of your skin. In addition, do not forget your lips. Keep Lavender Lip Balm, or any of the other Young Living lip balms, handy to keep your lips supple and moist. Be sure to also keep LavaDerm Cooling Mist on hand in case you do get burned.

For those willing to share a sunscreen recipe or tip, we will randomly select 30 commenters to receive a free Lavender Lip Balm.

—Gloria Russo, YL Product Marketing Manager

 

Do It Yourself: Essential Oil Infused Foot Bath

Posted on May 30th, 2013 | 33 comments

Young Living Facebook followers will remember a recent post discussing the combination of essential oils and foot baths. This inspired me to share my personal experiences on the subject.

Allow me start with some background. Each year as the weather warms and I trade in my tennis shoes for flip-flops, my feet become painfully dry and cracked. After discovering this correlation, I began searching for a safe and natural home remedy to moisturize my feet. My solution was an essential oil-infused foot bath. Once I determined the solution, I began narrowing down the hundreds of foot bath variations. I experimented with different foot bath bases and essential oil combinations. The end result was soft, moisturized feet that my wife felt comfortable touching. For optimal results during drier months, I perform a weekly foot bath followed by a moisturizer (I also apply the moisturizer as needed during the week).

Please keep in mind the following combinations worked for me and my test subjects. They are not intended to treat or cure disease. Simply put, they are solutions that have helped me in my quest for soft, healthy feet. It is appropriate, and suggested, to tweak formulas based on your personal needs. As always, we recommend individuals exercise care when dealing with pure essential oils and follow the individual oil label directions.

Directions:
Pour Epsom salt into a glass bowl or container (I prefer a Mason jar). Add your desired essential oils to the container. Stir contents with a metal spoon until the oils are evenly dispersed throughout the Epsom salt. Pour the salt/oil mixture into a container large enough for feet. Slowly pour in warm water (enough to cover your feet). Using your feet, agitate the water and salt until the salt is dissolved. Add AlkaLime® and let your feet soak for 20–30 minutes. Following the soak, pat your feet dry with a towel. (At this point I sometimes exfoliate my feet using a pumice stone.) Once your feet are completely dry, put 1–2 tablespoons of Animal Scents® Ointment in the palm of your hand and add 1-2 drops of your preferred essential oil. Apply the mixture generously to your feet and let it sit for 15–20 minutes. Put on a pair of socks and go to bed.

 

Foot Bath Base

  • 3–4 quarts warm water (enough to cover feet in container)
  • 1/3 cup Epsom salt
  • 1–2 teaspoons AlkaLime®

Moisturizing Recipe

 Rejuvenating Recipe

  • Foot bath base
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops Thieves®
  • 1 drop melaleuca
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Follow with Animal Scents™ mixed with 1 drop of frankincense

 Relaxing/Soothing Recipe

  • Foot bath base
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drop melissa
  • 1 drop sandalwood
  • 1 drops lavender
  • 1 drop Thieves®
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Follow with Animal Scents™ mixed with 1 drop of myrrh

Please take a moment to leave a comment with a recipe or blend that you have found beneficial in a foot bath. As an additional incentive, I will randomly choose one individual who leaves a comment by June 3 to receive some free oils that can be used in a future foot bath (a 5-ml lavender, frankincense, myrrh, melaleuca, and Thieves). Good Luck!

­—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager

Do It Yourself: All-Natural Garden Pesticide Spray

Posted on May 16th, 2013 | 24 comments

I’ve never been one to claim I have a green thumb, but one thing I do know is that insects and bugs ruin gardens. A few posts ago, I shared an all-natural way to keep those aerial pests from spoiling our days in the outdoors with a bug spray. This week I’d like to share a way to keep these pests from damaging our gardens. Generally, we use pesticides to deter insects from gardens; prevent plants, fruits, and vegetables from growing fungi; and to encourage growth. However, the in-store alternatives to treat these issues include harmful chemicals that have warnings if the product is ingested, if there is contact with eyes and skin, or even if it is inhaled. So we must ask ourselves: Is this something I want to spray on my flowers, fruits, or vegetables? Unequivocally, the answer is no. So why not use something safe, effective, and chemical free? Here’s a simple recipe to keep your garden growing so you can enjoy truly fresh foods!

Items needed
• Distilled water
• Spray bottle
• Liquid dish soap (biodegradable)
Spearmint essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Blue tansy essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil

Preparation
• Fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with distilled water
• Add 1 ½ tablespoons of liquid dish soap
• Add 3–4 drops of each essential oil
• Mix and spray generously on plants, fruits, and vegetables

For fungus and mildew protection
• Add 4 drops of lemon or orange essential oil to 8 oz. of water and spray areas where fungi and mildew may grow.

Did you know?
• Spearmint essential oil can help deter ants and aphids
• Citronella essential oil can help deter gnats and mosquitos
• Lavender essential oil can help deter fleas, moths, and flies
• Blue tansy essential oil can help deter flies
• Cedarwood essential oil can help deter snails and slugs
• Lemon and orange essential oils can help reduce fungi from growing on plants

Please feel free to share other essential oils you like to use in your garden and any success stories you may have when using essential oils as the safer alternative to harsh chemicals found in pesticides.

—Marco Colindres III, YL Product Marketing Manager

Do It Yourself—Shaving Cream

Posted on March 7th, 2013 | 12 comments

The other day I was talking to some old acquaintances, who asked me what I do for a living. When I said that I work for Young Living Essential Oils, the questions started pouring in. The one question they asked that stuck in my mind was, “What exactly can you do with essential oils?” The obvious answers are to diffuse them, take some internally, and apply some topically. However, I started thinking that maybe it is better to have more specific uses for essential oils and everyday ways to experience their therapeutic benefits. Because of this, I would like to dedicate time to new ideas each month on the product blog.

Earlier this week I shared a recipe from one of our distributors that was sure to bring good health to your dinner table using essential oils.

Today I’d like to share something a little different. Here’s a simple alternative to store-bought shaving cream with a Young Living twist that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated.

Easy Homemade Shaving Cream

What You Need:

• 2 tablespoons V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

• 2 teaspoons Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner or Lavender Mint Conditioner

• 2 drops cedarwood essential oil

• 2 drops lavender essential oil

• 1 drop lime essential oil

Preparation:

• Mix the cedarwood, lavender, and lime essential oils in a bowl.

• Add the V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and stir.

• Add the conditioner of choice to the mixture and whip it until it is light and creamy.

• Gently apply to your face, legs, or other areas and begin shaving.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can substitute a wide array of oils for your own personal needs.

Enjoy—and please share your experience below.

Marco Colindres III—YL Product Marketing Manager