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The Perfect Pair—NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro

Posted on April 9th, 2014 | 184 comments

In today’s fast-paced world, everyone is looking for ways to gain an edge in their productivity and overall energy levels. This desire has contributed to an explosion in the energy drink market—a market that has become a $27 billion-per-year industry. With so much money on the line, many companies take the quick and easy route by slapping energy drink labels on simple combinations that contain copious amounts of caffeine, sugar, and other dangerous ingredients. These companies ignore the major underlying factors in low energy and proper nutrition!

This approach has garnered a rise in regulatory scrutiny, an increase in research, and the uncovering of energy drink-related health risks. Research on the ill effects of many of these energy drinks is published almost monthly; however, it appears to have little effect on the public. Sales continue to soar, while ER visits drastically increase.

So what can we do? Let’s look at a couple of natural solutions to the energy dilemma:

NingXia Red® combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure essential oils (Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine) in a powerful whole-body nutrient infusion. When taken daily NingXia Red replenishes energy levels and supports overall nutrition.

NingXia Nitro™ blends pure essential oils (Peppermint, Spearmint, Black Pepper, and Nutmeg) with naturally powerful ingredients such as d-ribose, green tea extract, and B vitamins. These ingredients, in addition to a Nitro blend of vanilla, chocolate, wolfberry seed, and yerba mate, provide a lift to one’s mental clarity and focus, while also providing a surge of energy. Designed to be taken when a boost is needed and with less caffeine than a cup of coffee, Nitro is a perfect option for on-the-go use.

These synergistic products are designed to be the healthy answer to the energy question. To help you get started on your journey to improved energy, we are going to give away two NingXia Red/Nitro product packs (over $100 value) to two random individuals who leave a comment on this blog post.

— Ryan Seely, Associate Product Marketing Manager

Thieves Clean Those Pesky Bedbugs Away…For Good!

Posted on March 17th, 2014 | 7 comments

A few weeks ago we gave ideas and recipes of how to avoid bringing home bedbugs when traveling. This week we are getting rid of bedbugs for good with the power of Young Living’s effective essential oils and products.

The following are tips, hints, and recipes for getting rid of those bothersome bugs. After today we will not need to panic when bedbugs come to stay; rather, we can implement the following ideas and live bedbug-free.

Heat is one of the safest and most effective ways to immediately kill bedbugs. When infested, use and improve upon our tips and suggestions:

  • Before washing, spray clothing and linens with either bedbug treatment recipes. Conduct a fabric test before spraying items to make sure they will tolerate your bedbug essential oil blend.
  • For particularly difficult cases, wash and dry your items in the hottest water and settings tolerated by the fabrics. For added assurance, add 2-4 capfuls of Thieves® Household Cleaner for every medium to large load.

Hint: Use either Thieves Household Cleaner caps (14.4 oz. or 64 oz.). They both hold 10 ml or 2 teaspoons.

  • Steam Treatment:

Add the below steam-treatment mixture to a steam machine or steam carpet cleaner.

  • Remember that essential oils and water will not remain blended. You will need to shake the steam machine and or carpet cleaner often throughout the treatment for maximum benefits.
  • Thoroughly steam floors, baseboards, bed frame, mattresses, rugs, carpeting, etc.

Bedbug Treatment Recipe No. 1

1 cup water
10 drops Thieves® essential oil blend
10 drops Purification® essential oil blend
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz over the areas you will be steaming.

Bedbug Treatment Recipe No. 2

1 cup water
10 drops Thieves essential oil blend
10 drops Purification essential oil blend
5 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
5 drops Idaho Tansy essential oil

Directions

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz over the areas you will be steaming.

Hint: If you do not have the time or means to steam your furniture and flooring, you can lightly spritz the area with the mixture. Wait 30 minutes or longer before vacuuming. Only use a vacuum that has disposable bags.

Once you have thoroughly spritzed and steamed all infested areas, place sachets between the mattress and box springs, inside drawers and cubbies, behind headboards and footboards, and under any furniture cushions.

Bed Bug Essential Oil Sachet

24 muslin teabags
1 cup baking soda
10 drops Thieves essential oil blend
5 drops Purification essential oil blend
5 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
5 drops Idaho Tansy essential oil
2 drops Palo Santo essential oil

Directions

Mix well. Spoon the mixture into the muslin bags. Replace once the sachets have lost their aroma.

Repeat the process as needed. Professional pest control companies usually come back multiple times to eradicate bedbugs. Do not become discouraged if the bugs are not gone with your first attempt. Remember that you are using safe, effective, and powerful essential oils.

Hint: Take care around sensitive people, babies, and cats, especially kittens. They are very sensitive to some essential oils. Make sure that they are out of any room you are treating.

Finally, to keep your home bedbug-free, diffuse Thieves essential oil blend every few days.

I love hearing from you! Please comment on this blog or e-mail me at grusso@youngliving.com.

—Gloria Russo, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care

Support Your Health this Winter with Essential Oils

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 | one comment

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:

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

Overcoming Excuses with Young Living Products

Posted on February 5th, 2014 | 70 comments

For most people, finding the motivation to start a new goal or project is easy. Keeping with it is usually where the problem lies. For instance, take starting an exercise program, which is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Simply visiting a gym the first few weeks of January shows how easy it is to begin. However, by the middle of February, the crowds have thinned and you no longer have to wait in line for the treadmill.

Whether your excuse is lack of energy, motivation, or desire, Young Living has a myriad of obstacle-removing products. Here are a few of the products I use to overcome my excuses:

NingXia Nitro™ — NingXia Nitro is perfect for those days when you feel you don’t have enough energy to exercise or keep focused on your goals.

Deep Relief— This product is great for post-workout use on tired or sore muscles. It can also be used before your workout.

Life 5— Daily use of Life 5 can keep you feeling your best. Research continues to show that a properly working digestive tract is an important factor in achieving optimal health.

BLM—Packed with collagen and MSM, BLM supports healthy bones, joints, and muscles and is an ideal way to encourage fluid movement.*

Peppermint Essential Oil —If you’re feeling run-down, simply rub a few drops of Peppermint in your hands, cup your hands over your mouth and nose, and inhale the invigorating aroma to awaken the mind and senses.

Believe™ Essential Oil Blend —Write down your goal and place it where you will see it each day. Then, per Mary Young’s recommendation, place 1–3 drops of Believe on your head to encourage feelings of belief and faith that you can accomplish your goal.

To publicly declare your motivation, please comment on this blog with your current goal or resolution. We will randomly choose three lucky individuals to receive an essential oil of your choice (up to $70 wholesale value)!

—Ryan Seely, YL Associate Product 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.

Creating Custom Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Posted on January 27th, 2014 | 9 comments

Diffusing activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. Whether in your family room, office, kitchen, or bedroom, diffusing essential oils can help eliminate odors and provide an uplifting mood in your home.

Creating Custom Blends

While a few of our most popular oil blends include Thieves®, Peace & Calming®, Valor®, Purification®, R.C, and Joy, you can also create many combinations by mixing single oils or adding singles to our oil blends. The possibilities are endless!

At our global headquarters, several Young Living employees have created their own custom diffusing blends. Here’s a favorite blend of McKenna H., who works in our Will Call:

Other custom blends ideas from Young Living employees include:

Favorite Diffuser Blends from Young Living Facebook fans:

“I created a blend for my daughter’s fourth-grade class to clear the room and help with focus: Peppermint, Clove, Eucalyptus, and Lemongrass.” –Yvonne S., Member

“I diffuse 7 drops of Stress Away and 3 drops of Citrus Fresh to help with relaxation while maintaining a house with two toddlers.” –Nichole C., Member

“I like to diffuse Peppermint and Thieves. It makes for a very fresh-smelling home, while cleaning the air of impurities at the same time.” –Gail T., Silver

“For freshening air and getting rid of bugs, I use Purification, Peppermint, Valor, and Thieves.”
Tiffany V., Senior Star

“Peace & Calming with some Christmas Spirit at night makes me sleep like a baby, and I wake up happy in the morning!” –Shelly M., Star

“My favorite: 2 drops Joy, 2 drops Abundance, 5 drops Citrus Fresh, and 3 drops Peppermint.” –Renee D., Star

Lavender and Orange is a great mix for relaxation and creates a wonderful fragrance.” –Glenda M., Member

“Lavender and Peace & Calming at bedtime creates restful nights for the whole family.” –Darcy D., Star

What are some of your favorite diffuser blends, and what do you use them for? Leave a comment and let us know. We always love to hear from you!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Young Living Products for Weight Management

Posted on January 17th, 2014 | 336 comments

With the start of the new year and the launch of Young Living’s new Slique in 60 program, we have seen a rise in interest for Young Living products that help support weight-management goals.* Here are some recommended products from Young Living’s product management team:

Our new Slique™ Collections  include Slique products as well as other nutrition products to help you maintain a healthy body weight** and support dietary habits.

Balance Complete is Young Living’s answer to meal replacement. Along with delivering 11 grams of fiber per serving, Balance Complete contains protein, vitamins, and minerals necessary for optimal nutrition.

Power Meal™ is a delicious, vegetarian, rice-based meal replacement. It is rich in calcium, antioxidants and amino acids and delivers an impressive 20 grams of protein per serving.

Pure Protein Complete™ is the perfect anytime protein boost. It provides 20 grams of a proprietary whey protein blend that is supported by a specialized enzyme blend, a low-glycemic carbohydrate matrix, and generous amounts of complementary vitamins and minerals.

NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils.

Core Supplements adds vitamins and minerals to your daily health routine to support optimal health and wellness in one kit. The kit now includes OmegaGize3™, our reformulated Life 5™, Longevity™, and True Source™.

Digest & Cleanse alleviates bloating and supports an already healthy digestive tract.**

Grapefruit essential oil has a fresh, citrus aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Like many cold-pressed citrus oils, it is a popular oil to use in conjunction with weight-management programs.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded oils for supporting digestion.**

Stevia Extract has a glycemic index of zero and is a great alternative to refined sugars when preparing food.

As always, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on this blog telling us which of the products mentioned above you will be using to help support your weight-management goals. To help encourage your participation, we’re giving away a Slique Collection to four lucky winners! Each winner will win one of following prizes, including Slique Maintain (Item No. 4711), Slique Assist (Item No. 4712), Slique Advanced (Item No. 4713), and Slique Complete (Item Number 4714). To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. Winners will be announced on a future blog post. Good luck!

—Ryan Seely, YL Associate Product Manager

*When combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Gifts that Touch and Transform: An Essential Oils Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on December 6th, 2013 | 269 comments

The holidays are a time when we reflect on our blessings and give gifts as a token of caring and gratitude. Some of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas season are the gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh, which were considered as valuable as gold by the three wise men in the Bible. This holiday season, build upon that ancient tradition of giving precious oils by giving a gift that shows you care about the well-being of your loved ones.

Fill the Air with Holiday Spirit
The Young Living 2013 Holiday Catalog features limited-time, beautifully packaged collections that embody the holiday spirit and make great gifts and sharing tools.

An ideal gift for those who are new to Young Living is the Holiday Sharing Collection, which includes a handcrafted diffuser necklace along with sharing packs of Lavender, Lemon, Thieves®, Peppermint, and Peace & Calming®.

Share a cup of holiday cheer with the Wintertime Wassail Collection, which contains 5-ml bottles of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Tangerine essential oils, a wassail recipe card, and a 16-ounce mug set. Help create an inviting and stress-free atmosphere with the Holiday Balance Mini Oils Collection, which contains 5-ml bottles of Idaho Blue Spruce, Lavender, and Citrus Fresh™

The exclusive Exotic Oils Collection features 5-ml bottles of Biblical Sweet Myrrh, Amazonian Ylang Ylang, Yuzu, Hong Kuai, Xiang Mao, and Plectranthus Oregano.

Remember, these holiday collections are available for a limited time and only while supplies last!

Give the Gift of Relaxation

Our patented Vitassage™ Essential Oil Dispensing Massager gives you a unique way to incorporate the benefits of up to three essential oils or blends into your massage. This product includes a carrying case and has a special holiday price of $49.75 (regularly $69). Add an Aroma Carousel as a revolving display for your guests to explore Young Living essential oils—it’s a perfect accessory for presentation, travel, and sharing. Together, both of these products make a great gift combination for yourself, as a business-building tool, or for a loved one.

Vitassage Package Giveaway

Leave a comment below telling us which Young Living essential oils or collections you plan to purchase for holiday gifts, and you will be entered for an opportunity to win one of two Vitassage packages, including the Vitassage Massager and Carrying Case and an Aroma Carousel. The winners will be randomly selected and will be posted in our next blog post.

Happy holidays!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

DIY: Holiday-Scented Gifts with Essential Oils

Posted on November 27th, 2013 | no comments

There’s nothing quite like walking into a room and being immersed in the familiar and captivating aroma of evergreen boughs and peppermint to spark a flood of warm holiday memories.

Help make your home more inviting during the holiday season by creating seasonal aromas with essential oils. The following scents and do-it-yourself tips are a great way to help build new holiday traditions.

Ideas for Holiday Scents

The seasonal collections in the 2013 Holiday Catalog make excellent gifts. Use them to create a customized holiday scent:

The Holiday Balance Mini Oils Collection includes Idaho Blue Spruce, Lavender, and Citrus Fresh

The Essence of the Season Collection features Frankincense, Myrrh, and Christmas Spirit™ essential oils, plus frankincense and myrrh resins, which can be used in our Resin Burner.

Fill your home with the holiday spirit using the Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser, which, for a limited time only, includes a free 5-ml Christmas Spirit™ and Peppermint.

Holiday Gift and Sharing Tool Ideas

Sharing a steaming cup of wassail with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. The Wintertime Wassail Collection  includes all you need to make this festive beverage, including  5-ml bottles of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Tangerine essential oils; a wassail recipe card; and a 16-ounce mug set in a gift box.

The Holiday Sharing Collection includes sample packs of Lavender, Lemon, Thieves™, Peppermint, and Peace & Calming® and is a perfect Christmas sharing tool. You can also create your own holiday gifts using Young Living products.

One thoughtful and inexpensive holiday sharing tool is to give essential oil-scented pine cones. Try these do-it-yourself tips for Pine Cone Fire Starters and Scented Pine Cones:

Pine Cone Fire Starters

Melt wax in a double boiler and add a few drops of any number of seasonal smelling essential oils. If you’d like a little color, add a crayon to the melting wax. Dip the cones in the wax using tongs and place them on foil to dry. Put them in a basket or mesh satchel, add a bow, and voilà, a delightful gift!

Scented Pine Cones

  1. Wash pine cones to clean off sap and any hitchhiking critters.
  2. Bake for an hour at 200° F on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet.
  3. Spray the pine cones with essential oil-infused water using the Wintertime Wassail Collection or your own custom blend of oils. You can also sprinkle drops of essential oils directly on the pine cones. Let dry and you’re done!

Scented pine cones can be used to make wreaths and garlands. You can also screw a small eyelet hook to the bottom of a scented pine cone to make Christmas ornaments.

Please share with us your favorite seasonal fragrances and ways you use Young Living essential oils to create holiday traditions and gifts. We always love to hear from you!

Finally, stay tuned for a very special, web-only Young Living Black Friday event beginning on Thanksgiving day. Check our Facebook  account, your Virtual Office, and this blog regularly in the coming days for more information and updates!

–Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

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

‘Tis the Season to Introduce Thieves Dental Care

Posted on October 30th, 2013 | 3 comments

Do you know of anyone who doesn’t need Young Living essential oils? Why not make an exciting introduction to Young Living with a gift everyone needs and can use every day: the Thieves® Dental Care Collection!

Packaged in a water-resistant travel pouch, the Thieves Dental Care Collection contains three full-sized products, including:

1)     Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, which is formulated with all-natural ingredients and is free from harmful synthetics typically found in store-brand toothpastes.

2)     Thieves Dental Floss, which is made with stronger fibers that are saturated twice with essential oils, freshening breath as the floss glides between teeth.

3)     Young Living-branded toothbrush, which gently distributes AromaBright’s beneficial ingredients and powerful essential oils, as well as its improved taste and texture.

While most people brush their teeth daily, too many people today use products that can be harmful for their teeth and overall health. That is why Young Living’s Dental Care Collection can easily convince skeptics with daily use. As their oral health improves, your friends, family, and acquaintances will begin to comprehend the power of Young Living essential oils.

With the season of giving nearly upon us, we have a perfect opportunity to introduce Young Living products to others. Which Young Living products are you planning to share with others this holiday season? Tell us by leaving a comment.

—Gloria Russo, YL Product Marketing Manager