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Xiang Mao—Young Living’s Newest Single Essential Oil

Posted on January 13th, 2014 | 6 comments

Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has a passion for traveling the world in search of new essential oils. One of these new oils, Xiang Mao, was discovered high in Taiwan’s southeastern mountain slopes and is grown by the aboriginal Paiwan tribe. Commonly known as red lemongrass, Xiang Mao means “aromatic grass for rapid enlightenment” and is a rapid-growing clump grass that can grow up to 6 feet tall.

Xiang Mao was traditionally used to freshen household air, enlighten the mind, and moisturize skin. It was also used in folk medicine for its calming effects and to promote relaxation. Xiang Mao’s benefits and versatility make it ideal for many everyday uses.

Xiang Mao Benefits:

  • Useful as an all-natural way to clean
  • Keeps skin moisturized and fresh and may support skin in addressing blemishes*
  • Adds a hint of lemon taste to your favorite beverages

Ways to Use Xiang Mao:

  • Diffuse or apply a drop of Xiang Mao to your temples to support positive meditation and promote calm and relaxing feelings. It may also be used for a daily boost of encouragement.
  • Diffuse Xiang Mao alone or with Dorado Azul, Citronella, and Myrtle to create a powerful, pesticide-free, natural, and safe insect deterrent. (Additional essential oils that could be used with Xiang Mao for an insect repellant include Patchouli, Cedarwood, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Eucalyptus Blue.)
  • Use the above-mentioned oils to create a natural bug spray that is safe enough to apply directly to your skin. (Use 10–20 drops of each oil in a base of distilled water or drop the oils into standing water around your yard and home to help prevent mosquitoes.)
  • Mix Xiang Mao with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to your feet following a warm bath to encourage relaxation.
  • Use this oil as a cleansing agent to help purify surfaces. Add it to Thieves® Household Cleaner or add 20–30 drops in a small spray bottle of distilled water and use it on countertops. For furniture polish, use the same mixture, adding ½ cup olive oil to protect and nourish wood furniture.
  • Use Xiang Mao in Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base for a clean, refreshing aroma at bath time.
  • Make an all-natural soap with this new single oil.

As always, we’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below telling us how you use Xiang Mao!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

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

Posted on December 6th, 2013 | 271 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

Exotic Oils from Young Living

Posted on September 30th, 2013 | 16 comments

When Young Living founder and CEO D. Gary Young sets his mind on something, he works diligently to follow through. At the 2013 International Grand Convention, he set out to deliver new, exciting essential oils from around the world, including places such as Ecuador, Taiwan, Japan, and Arabia. These oils were packaged as part of the Exotic Oils Collection that was originally only available at the convention.

You will notice in the upcoming 2013 Holiday Catalog that we have made the Exotic Oils Collection available for purchase (while supplies last). If you are not able to purchase an Exotic Oils Collection, we are happy to announce that the oils from Taiwan—Hong Kuai and Xiang Mao—will now be available on a permanent basis starting October 7!

Learn more about each of the essential oils in the Exotic Oils Collection below.


Hong Kuai (Chamaecyparis formosensis)

Hong Kuai is a treasured tree found only in the steep mountain rain forests of Taiwan. The naturally fallen logs possess a sesquiterpene-rich, woody aroma. Hong Kuai’s lasting woody aroma makes it a prized lumber for building temples and shrines; its name in Chinese characters means “the respected trees for the temple-building society.”

Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus)

Young Living’s Xiang Mao essential oil, commonly known as red lemongrass, is an organic essential oil that is distilled from the xiang mao grass that is grown on the mountain slopes by the Paiwan aboriginal tribe in southeastern Taiwan. Xiang Mao was traditionally used to freshen household air, promote a sense of well-being, and moisten the skin.


Amazonian Ylang Ylang™ (Cananga odorata equitoriana)

The aroma of Amazonian Ylang Ylang is floral, sweet, and potent. Traditionally, the flowers have been used for various events such as weddings, parties, and ceremonies.

Plectranthus Oregano™ (Plectranthus amboinicus)

Plectranthus Oregano is a hardy, aromatic perennial originating from South Africa. Gary Young chose to grow it as an oregano alternative at the 2,500-acre Young Living Ecuador farm. He dubbed it “Plectranthus Oregano” because of its oregano-like aroma and flavor.


Yuzu (Citrus junos)

Yuzu is a refreshing, small citrus fruit that grows on the cooler mountain slopes of Shikoku Island, Japan. In Japan, yuzu rinds are traditionally placed in warm bathwater as part of a relaxing bath. This is a beautifully hydrodistilled citrus essential oil—completely clear, yet invitingly aromatic. A key ingredient in NingXia Red®, Yuzu contains limonoids.


Biblical Sweet Myrrh™ (Commiphora erythraea)

Biblical Sweet Myrrh is a highly prized tree resin that grows on the mystical island of Socotra, south of the Arabian Peninsula. You can learn about the properties of sweet myrrh in The One Gift, Gary Young’s historical and adventurous novel about life on the caravan trail in ancient Arabia.

Please leave a comment and share your excitement and thoughts on the Exotic Oils Collection and the newly available Hong Kuai and Xiang Mao essential oils.

The Exotic Oils collection and other Holiday Catalog items will be available to order October 7, 2013, so be sure to have your holiday shopping list ready!

—Marco Colindres III, YL Associate Product Manager

Convention Excitement Continues!

Posted on June 25th, 2013 | 5 comments

Convention may have ended, but the excitement has not! Highlighting the celebration were convention-only offerings, new product launches, and invaluable training and information. If you were unable to attend, fear not—we’ll discuss the newly launched products in greater detail in the coming week’s blog posts. I’ll start with a brief overview of the products Gary introduced during general session:

Essential Oils Sampler Pack—Sharing essential oils has just become simpler with Young Living’s sampler packs. With your choice of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves®, and Peace & Calming® at your fingertips, these 10-count sample packets will send any prospect off with a memorable impression of Young Living and the benefits of 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

NingXia Nitro—NingXia Nitro combines 100% pure essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed.*

Slique Bars—Slique Bars are safe, innovative weight-management tools that utilize a powerful, new approach to hunger management. This delicious medley of exotic fruits, nuts, and science helps introduce feelings of satiation sooner and longer, creating the perfect nutritious snack.*

Believe Essential Oil Blend—Believe essential oil blend has a pleasing aroma that is both grounding and invigorating. Reformulated to now contain Idaho blue spruce essential oil, Believe may assist you to reach your true, unlimited potential.

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste—AromaBright’s formula provides a fortress of support for healthy gums, strong teeth, and a confident smile. It is the optimal choice for health-minded consumers.

There were also some convention-only products available. Most notable was the Exotic Oils collection.

Exotic Oils Collection—The Exotic Oils collection is a grouping of unique essential oils from around the world. Included in the collection were Micromeria (Micromeria fruticosa), Plectranthus Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus), Yuzu (Citrus junos), Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus), Hong Kuai (Chamaecyparis formosensis), Amazonian Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata equitoriana), Biblical Sweet Myrrh (Commiphora erythraea)

It’s safe to say that convention is a must-attend event. Make plans now to attend next year’s bigger and better convention. In the meantime, be sure to try the newly launched products!

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.