Eating better is one of the simplest and most fruitful ways to improve your overall health and well-being. If we are what we eat, then adding the potent and healthful constituents found in Young Living essential oils to your daily diet can be an easy and delicious way to improve your health and energy.
March is the American Dietetic Association’s National Nutrition Month, and what better way to incorporate their theme to enjoy the taste of eating right into your life than to enhance the flavors of your dishes with Young Living essential oils?
Here are just a few examples of how you can add richness and flavor to your cooking and food preparation by including Young Living essential oils:
For a delicious way to load your body with nutrients, add the following superfoods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Young Living essential oils to your next smoothie:
- Fruit: bananas, blueberries, apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc.
- Leafy greens: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or even broccoli
- Almond milk or ice
- Flax or chia seeds
- Spirulina: a great source of protein
- Coconut: fresh coconut flesh or coconut milk
- Bee pollen: one of the most complete foods found in nature
- Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete: 2 scoops (8 oz.)
- 1–2 drops of Young Living’s Lemon, Frankincense, and Ocotea essential oils
- To sweeten it up a bit, you can also add Young Living’s Blue Agave or Stevia Extract
Essential Oil-Infused Olive Oil
- Infuse a bottle of extra virgin olive oil with herbs and a few drops of Young Living’s Basil, Black Pepper, Dill, Lemon, Fennel, Clove, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Tarragon, or Thyme essential oils to make fantastic salad dressings, a drizzle over pasta dishes, a dip for artisan bread, or a marinade for your favorite meats and vegetables. Essential oil-infused olive oil also makes a great gift or party favor.
- Add some fresh, diced mint or carrots along with a few drops of Young Living’s Lemon or Basil essential oil to your rice, bulgur, quinoa, or couscous side dish for enhanced flavor.
Leave a comment below to share ways that you use Young Living essential oils in your food preparation or cooking!
—Heidi Jeanfreau, International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Winter can be a difficult season on your physical and emotional health. The days are shorter, it is cold in most parts of the country, and colds and the flu are more prevalent.
During any season there are a few basics that can help to maintain optimal physical and mental health, such as eating healthful foods, drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. However, you may be doing everything “right” and still need a little extra support to get you through those short winter days and long winter nights. Whether diffusing, applying topically, or taking internally, Young Living essential oils can help you strengthen your physical wellness, improve your emotional balance, and fill your home with safe, purifying products.
Here are some ways you can incorporate Young Living essential oils and essential oil-infused products into your daily routine to support your health all winter long:
Utilize the Power of Thieves:
- To help control the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently and incorporate the health-supporting power of any of our Thieves® products.
- Diffuse Thieves essential oil blend day or night to help purify and humidify the air.
- Clean household surfaces with Thieves Wipes or Thieves Household Cleaner.
- If you’re on the go, help sanitize the air with a squirt or two of Thieves Spray.
- Keep Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier in your car, at your desk, and in your purse or bag for a quick and easy cleansing shot. I frequently use a napkin and a small drop to clean my desktop.
Support the Body’s Natural Defenses:
- Citrus oils such as Citrus Fresh™, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Tangerine help support the body’s natural defenses. Plus, the fresh, vibrant citrus scents can also help boost your mood during short winter days.
- Mountain Savory™ revitalizes and stimulates the body and has strong purifying properties.
- Clove is an important ingredient in Thieves and helps support the body’s natural response to stress.
- Oregano is known as a purifying oil.
- Thyme was traditionally regarded for its cleansing properties.
- ImmuPower™ is great to diffuse or apply topically to the feet and hands.
- Purification® deodorizes and neutralizes the air.
Support Respiratory Health:
- R.C.™ has three varieties of Eucalyptus and is comforting when applied to the chest and throat.
- Thieves Lozenges deliver the cleansing power of Thieves for long-lasting relief.
- Breathe Again™ Roll-On creates a soothing aroma.
- Peppermint eases tension and, along with Myrtle and Pine, supports healthy respiratory function.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep:
- Take a soothing bath before bed with some Epsom salts and Peace & Calming® or Dream Catcher™ to promote relaxation.
- Put some water and RutaVaLa™ or Lavender in a spray bottle and spray it on your pillow.
- Diffuse Harmony™, Valor®, Gentle Baby™, Trauma Life™, Stress Away™, or Angelica to help bring a peaceful night’s slumber.
Please leave a comment below to share how you use essential oils to help maintain your health in the winter months.
—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager
We all know that children love to play and have fun. They are also good at exchanging germs. With summer coming to a close and school just around the corner, there will be greater opportunity for them to pick up germs. They get them on the playground, in the classroom, and from other children. So what can parents and grandparents do to strengthen their children? I suggest giving them the wonderful benefits of Young Living’s Raindrop Technique® kit to support their immune system as they start school.
If you have any concerns about using essential oils on children, try the oils on their feet first. Be sure to follow individual label instructions and dilute oils with V‑6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex when using topically. Follow-up the initial application to the feet with a light application to the back as indicated below. Keep an eye out for reddening of the skin and let the child know to tell you if he or she feels any burning or discomfort. If this happens, you can easily add V‑6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to cool down the skin.
To perform the Raindrop, have the child lay quietly on a bed or massage table on his or her back.
1. Start with Valor®. Put a drop in each hand. Cross your arms and apply Valor to the child’s feet. Hold the feet and wait for an energy change in the body.
2. Have the child roll on to his or her tummy to put the oils on the back. Rub your finger over the bottle to get a small amount of oil on your finger, then rub the oil up the back starting at the lower back. Watch for any redness or discomfort.
3. One at a time apply oregano, thyme, basil, cypress, wintergreen, marjoram, and peppermint to the back. Children can be more sensitive to the oils, so be sure to check after each oil to make sure there is no redness or discomfort and apply V‑6 oil if necessary.
The Raindrop Technique is a great way to prepare kids for school and winter. It’s also a great way to get them used to using Young Living’s essential oils at an early age.
Peace be with you,
Kaye Lynne Murphy, LMT
Kaye Lynne Murphy, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Raindrop Therapy and emotional release on people of all ages. She is the author of “The 15‑minute Feelings Release” CD, a self‑help emotional release program following Young Living’s Feelings Kit, and a 30‑min. Raindrop Therapy DVD. Her practice includes helping adults and children better themselves by using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils. She uses only Young Living products in her practice. You can register for her free e‑NewsLetter at www.kayelynne.com
Juicing is one of my favorite routines that I do for my family. When I first began juicing, I was consumed with wanting to use every part of the produce. It was painful to throw away all of the leftover pulp. To help reduce waste, I made vegetable flours, pates, and stuffings. This is one of the recipes that incorporates juice pulp well. The texture and extra fiber is a nice addition. It is important to find a juicer that keeps the life force in the juice alive, juices a variety of produce well (i.e., fruits, vegetables, and greens), is simple to use, and is affordable.
Although using every bit of the produce has been an important part of my practice, it is not something that I am able to accomplish on a regular basis. Mostly, I compost the pulp or give it to my students for their use. But no matter how you do it, incorporating the juicing lifestyle and adding more raw foods into your diet—especially with the arrival of spring and the hotter months to follow—is a fresh, energizing habit. More recipes using Young Living essential oils can be found in my new recipe book: The Raw Food Feast!
Until next post: Key Lime Mousse and Raspberry-Mint Compote
Beet Oregano Detox
4 medium beets, peeled and chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 bunch parsley
1 lemon, peeled and quartered
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium green or red apples, chopped
1 drop Young Living black pepper essential oil per serving
Extract the juice from the produce using a high-quality juicer. Set aside the pulp. If desired, strain the juice for a smoother consistency. Add oregano essential oil to the whole batch and stir to mix. Before serving, add one drop black pepper essential oil to each 8-ounce serving.
Basil Pecan Beetballs
1 cup leftover pulp from Beet Oregano Detox
1 cup raw pecans, soaked for two hours
4 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 10 to 20 minutes to soften
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
2 drops Young Living basil essential oil
Drain and rinse pecans and tomatoes. Process all ingredients and in a food processor until a paste forms. Remove to a mixing bowl. Roll 1 tablespoon of the pate to form balls and place onto the solid dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 2 to 4 hours. Flip onto mesh sheets and continue for 2 to 4 hours. Serve as an appetizer or atop spiralized squash with raw marinara. See Chef Mandy’s raw book for these recipes.
I find myself indulging in a variety of ethnic cuisine after the holidays. I suppose it is an attempt to relieve my taste buds of all the traditional seasonal fare and continue the celebratory mood for as long as I can. The restaurant industry, especially Italian and Mexican cafes, is filled with patrons escaping from their own kitchens. This makes New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy a challenge when January arrives. A sense of dread hovers like a cloud as all gear up to return to a more healthy routine and say goodbye to the holiday parties. This transition between feasting to sensible living has become easier for me by incorporating raw cuisine.
Chipotle Party Pepper Poppers are made in a non-traditional way to keep health and taste as the primary focus. In these explosive bites, nut-based creams substitute dairy, while slow dehydration replaces fried techniques with saturated oils. In addition, Young Living’s black pepper, oregano, and lemon essential oils promote cleansing and add a Mexican flair. Plus Young Living’s Life 5™ probiotic adds live culture to the cheese and sour cream! As we drag out the festive atmosphere, make these healthy hors d’oeuvres to heat up wintertime blues. May the year 2011 encourage exploration into raw healthy cuisine incorporating Young Living essential oils to liven flavor and energy. May all return to normal schedules and healthful choices with peace and joy.
Until next post: February’s Lemon Cheesecake and Lavender Chocolate Sauce
Happy Guilt-Free Eating!
Chipotle Pepper Cheese
1. 1 c. (6 oz.) pine nuts, soaked 2 hours
2. 1/3 c. filtered water
3. 1 dried chipotle pepper, soaked, or 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder
4. 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
5. 1 tsp. Frontier Mexican Fiesta Seasoning
6. 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
7. 3/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
8. 2 capsules Life 5, powder only
9. 4 drops YLTG black pepper essential oil
This component is best made ahead to blend the cheese flavors. Drain and rinse pine nuts. Combine all ingredients in a Vita Mix and blend until creamy. Refrigerate while preparing the next components.
Oregano Party Pepper
1. 12 baby sweet peppers or red jalapeño peppers
2. 1/3 c. cold, pressed olive oil
3. 2 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
4. 1 Tbsp. Frontier Mexican Fiesta Seasoning
5. 1 tsp. raw creamy honey
6. 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
7. 3 drops YLTG oregano essential oil
Slice peppers in half lengthwise with stems on peppers and set aside. Combine next ingredients and coat peppers. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
Chili Almond Crust
1. 1 c. almonds, soaked and dried
2. ¼ c. flax meal
3. 1 tsp. Frontier Mexican Fiesta Seasoning
4. ½ tsp. Himalayan salt
Process ingredients in a food processor until meal consistency and remove to a shallow bowl for dusting. Fill the cavity of each party pepper with Chipotle Pepper Cheese. Cover pepper with crust and dehydrate on solid sheets at 105° Fahrenheit for 1–6 hours.
Lemon Sour Cream
1. 1 c. cashews, soaked 2 hours
2. 1/3 c. filtered water
3. 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
4. ½ tsp. ground cumin
5. ½ tsp. Himalayan salt
6. 2 capsules Life 5, powder only
7. 3 drops YLTG lemon essential oil
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Chill until ready to drizzle over poppers.
Massage therapists, have you tried doing the Raindrop Technique on the elderly? Young Living’s Raindrop Technique is a safe, non-invasive, and easy tool that can help the aged feel better. With a few simple oils– Valor®, oregano, thyme, basil, cypress, wintergreen, marjoram, Aroma Siez™, peppermint, Ortho Ease™ and V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex– the Raindrop Technique can help bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance.
Here are some specific uses of the oils in the Raindrop Technique that can benefit the elderly:
· Valor helps to balance the energy in the body.
· Oregano works to strengthen the immune system.
· Thyme helps overcome physical weakness and strengthen the immune system.
· Basil is relaxing to the muscles.
· Wintergreen can ease body aches and support the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
· Marjoram relieves minor discomforts.
· Aroma Siez helps to soothe the nerves and muscles.
· Peppermint feels really good and helps the other oils be more effective.
· Ortho Ease helps relax all the muscles on the back and reduces stress.
I’ve personally seen the Raindrop Technique help the elderly with posture, give an increase in energy, and help with their immune systems. Many of the results have been astounding! I’ve seen older adults walk better and have less discomfort getting up and down. At bare minimum, they will feel an increase in energy. They will be so thankful for the Raindrop Technique when you get through!
As you work on older individuals, be sensitive to their thinning skin and how they respond to the oils. Some of the essential oils in the Raindrop Technique can be quite hot. Have V-6 available to quickly dilute oils if needed. Also, be aware of the pressure you put on their bodies. What your younger clients can bear is usually heavier than the elderly.
Peace be with you,
Children exchange germs with each other every day. They pick them up on the playground, in the classroom, or wherever they are near other children. So what can we do as parents and grandparents to protect our families from winter bugs? Give your kids the incredible benefits of Young Living’s Raindrop Technique® to keep their immune systems healthy.
If you have any concerns about using essential oils on children, try the oils on their feet first. If they handle the oils well, try them sparingly on the back as indicated below. Keep an eye out for reddening of the skin and let children know to tell you if they feel any burning. If this happens, you can easily add V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex immediately to cool down the skin.
To perform the Raindrop Technique, have the child lay quietly on a bed or a massage table:
1. Start with Valor® essential oil blend. Put a drop of Valor in each hand. Cross your arms and apply Valor to the child’s feet. Hold the feet and wait for an energy change in the body.
2. One at a time, apply oregano, thyme, basil, cypress, wintergreen, marjoram, and peppermint essential oils (in this order) up the spine of the foot. Use the Vita Flex Technique for this. Remember: Children can be more sensitive to the oils; only use one drop of each oil on the feet.
3. Have the child roll onto his or her tummy to put the oils on the back. Rub your finger over the essential oil bottle to get a little bit of oil on your finger, then rub the oil up the spine starting from the lower back up. A full drop of oil may be too much if the child is fair skinned. Lightly feather stroke each oil up the spine. Start with oregano and continue with thyme the same way. Watch for any redness or discomfort and apply V-6 if necessary.
4. Rub your finger over the bottle of basil essential oil. Rub basil up both sides of the spine, then feather stroke it in. Now do the spinal pull three times up the spine.
5. Rub your finger over the bottle of wintergreen essential oil. Rub it up both sides of the spine, then feather stroke it in. Now do the thumb roll, called Vita Flex Technique, three times up the spine.
6. Next, rub your finger over the bottle of marjoram essential oil. Rub it up both sides of the spine, then feather stroke it in. Now, with big circles, massage up the side of the back on both sides three times.
7. Apply a very small amount of Aroma Siez™ essential oil blend to the areas of the back and feather stroke it in. Then do the glide stoke, going back and forth across the back working up the back three times. You can do a light massage to release any tension or tightness in the back.
8. Now rub your finger over the bottle of peppermint essential oil. Rub it up both sides of the spine, then feather stroke it in up the sides of the spine. Watch for any burning or hot areas and add V-6 massage oil if necessary.
The Raindrop Technique is a great way to prepare kids for the winter and help them fight off germs. It also gets them even more used to using Young Living’s essential oils at an early age.
Peace be with you,
I recently read some interesting research done on a variety of essential oils. The Journal of Food Safety reported that oregano and cinnamon have the best resistance to certain kinds of pathogens.
Researchers tested an experimental tomato-based film infused with essential oils to be used in various food packaging to ward against bacteria like e-coli, salmonella, and listeria. The study showed out of all the oils tested oregano and cinnamon had the best results in eliminating these dangerous bacteria on contact in vapor form. Researchers also tested clove and garlic essential oils with good results. Clove, as you know, is a key ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves® products.
Below are PDF links to the essential oil research:
Another recent study cited in the New York Times showed that cinnamon oil has antiseptic properties. View the entire article here.
If you haven’t tried Young Living Therapeutic Grade oregano, cinnamon, and clove essential oil, now is the time to discover their amazing benefits!
As a father of three, I need all the help I can get. I had no idea how many colds and sniffles my kids would bring home from school and playing with friends! Thankfully Inner Defense™ has rescued me on a number of occasions.
Inner Defense offers the crucial support needed when you’re body is stressed and features the immune-boosting power of Thieves® essential oil blend. The Thieves blend has been university tested for its effects against unwanted microorganisms, is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health, and is a key contributor to the efficacy of Inner Defense.