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Essential Oils - To Defend or Not To Defend

In the scheme of things, I am still fairly new to the essential oil movement. I became an avid user about two and a half years ago. There are people I know that have been using oils in their lives for over twenty years, I am both intimidated and exhilarated by this. Intimidating is the wealth of knowledge that they have about each oil, how it potentially affects someone/something and what each oil is comprised of. The exhilarating feeling comes from the fact that if I am ever in doubt, I have people that are there for me to share their experiences.

No matter if it's intimidation or excitement, I share a passion with them. This bond of passion keeps me on the path of learning, of experiencing, of venturing into the unknown (to me), and sharing with others. When I smile and say "Sharing IS Caring", I'm not just trying to be cute with a catch-phrase, I am being sincere. 

If you are interacting with me and think that it's some kind of ploy, then you don't know me well. I am not the type of person to lie or fabricate something to make it sound better than what it is. This just is NOT who I am fundamentally. When I share, it is rooted in passion. 

Some are receptive to my experiences and listen to what I say about the oils, about Young Living as a company. But when does having to defend the use of essential oils become too much? Well, there is only one answer: Never. 

Now you are probably asking yourself why is it never too much to deal with? Well, because if it something you believe in, something that you trust in, and something that you benefit in, why would it ever be too daunting to share? No, not every person that you talk to will be receptive. Not everyone will want to take the time to listen and learn. Often there will be people that are completely closed off about this, but then you take their cues and let it go. 

Let them make silly remarks, rude comments, or even show contempt for essential oils. I have seen it, heard it and even though I don't get it, what can I do? I cannot convince someone to try if they are not ready to receive the information. I cannot force someone to believe as I do. I will not carry with me their apprehension or skepticism. I know what I know and always enjoy learning more. This is what gets me through those harder moments. 

Defending a greener and more natural lifestyle is like trying to defend why you use Lysol (R) and use Tylenol (R) over Advil(R). The point is, it's personal preference. Simple. Lots of my friends don't use Young Living, but I still talk about it. Some even use other brands.... we are still friends. There are some even that do not subscribe to the benefits of essential oils. But I do and that is just fine. 

In the beginning, I tried so hard to defend my choice to incorporate Young Living into my household, but those that know me understand. They know that I didn't use lots of western medicines, they know that I am earthy and it is a concern of mine; the future for my children. So in all honesty, it wasn't that much of a stretch to begin this journey. 

So, as it stands today, I don't feel like I have to defend Young Living and why I think it's beneficial. I have learned that some people aren't being mean, they just don't either a. care or b. understand. My passion is the same and I am not going to change.

With that, I say stick with your passion and waste not energy trying to convince others, but in sharing what is important to you. Others that are open to it will ask more questions. Most importantly, ENJOY sharing no matter who is listening. :)

 

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Natural vs. Synthetic - Why There is a Difference

I recently listened to a web lecture pertaining to the differences between natural and synthetic essential oils. The lecture was easy to follow and even easier to understand. It was focused solely on the differences and why it is actually in an essential oil users benefit to use something that is natural and not synthetic. This is important enough to me that I wanted to share what I learned. 

So, in my own words, I am going to share what I learned. Here I go ...

 

Each essential oil contains constituents that make up the whole oil itself. These are important ingredients that equal efficacy. This result is done through synergistic methods. One constituent activating the pathway for another constituent to enter, thus producing an outcome. 

 

 

If you only have constituent A, there is no reaction. If constituent B is present, this allows for A to enter and do the job. But, within an average essential oil, there are 100 constituents. Please note that this is the average amount, some contain less or more depending upon the oil. I am just using the average. With these 100 items working together, they produce a cascade effect that work together, performing what they are intended. 

Often times, when something is made synthetically, the top constituents are replicated producing an item that is not the same, only similar. For example, there are five constituents that comprise 95% of the oil. There are then ninety-five constituents that compose the 5% remaining. The focus is on those five items that makeup 95% and that should be good enough, right?! Well it is not. This can cause adverse reactions, negative outcomes, or be completely ineffective. This is why:

Take a cell, pictured below. There is a cellular interaction network that needs even those trace 5% elements important. They all work together, interacting naturally within the cell producing the intended effect.  

When only the top five constituents are the focus, even if they are made perfectly, you are faced with negative results such as a toxicity in vitro or on animals during testing. This isn't because those constituents are harmful within the essential oil themselves, but singled out is another story. So remember that when you are buying a product such as essential oils. Are they authentic? 

d-Limonene may be in commercial cleaners and air fresheners, but I do not want to put those products on my skin, in my lungs or in my tea. I do however put Young Living Lemon essential oil in my diffuser, in my tea, in baking and into sprays to freshen the house up. Again, please know that this is just an example of one constituent within one essential oil, I am not telling you what you should or shouldn't do, this is for informational purposes only. 

The summary of what I am saying is that all parts of an essential oil are important for it to function as it is intended. All constituents work together to produce whole product that is then used for a desired outcome. If one or more of those important elements are removed from the essential oil, it alters the whole composition rendering it a different product. The whole is how nature intended.

 

I am not a doctor and not here to diagnosis, treat, cure or prescribe. If you have a health concern, please contact your physician. This is for informational purposes only.   

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Gatsby's Yard Spray

It has been many years since I have last had a pet, of any kind, to look after. With having multiple children, someone having allergies, going to school, working and all of the daily living activities, a pet just did not fit into the dynamics. 

Then one day, my daughter, two littles and myself walked into a pet store. Normally we can go in, look with awe at how cute every creature is and then leave. On one occasion it didn't work out that way. We came across a breed that normally isn't seen by us at least. It was love. This fuzzy little cutie had a huge price tag as well. Way too much for my pocketbook, no matter how much I really wanted to have him. 

I looked the breed up, went down the check list and told my daughter that he fits all our needs with the exception of the cost. She was absolutely heartbroken which just made me cry. Like seriously, I cried real tears and everything. We enlisted the help of Grandma and Grandpa, who found us the perfect pup for us. He is known as Gatsby, The Great Gatsby to me. He is an Old English Sheepdog and has become an important member of our family.

We have had him about a 15 months. Unfortunately he receives most of his interactions from the family, all eight of us, all the friends that come in and out, the two neighbors have dogs and he plays with them. But he doesn't go to dog parks or woodsy walks, although I really need to get him out to the parks but the thought of having to clean him up after going into a pond/lake or through mud seems daunting with all of his hair.

So when I was petting him the other day, seeing a flea sent me through the roof! I did not expect to see that, was angry I saw it, and couldn't understand WHY I had seen it on him. He hadn't received a haircut in a while, he was getting very cute fuzzy, but nope, to try and de-bug him with all of that would be impossible so off it came. I did it myself and it took just under 2.5 hours in the back yard. While cutting I found two more fleas but no more than that. Whew! I felt relieved but not convinced that he was free and clear.

I set out to research and read up on what I could do, without loading him or the house up with a bunch of chemicals, to rid him of those pesky buggers. As a natural minded person, I try to have chemicals as a last resort. Essential oils are my first choice. I decided upon a mixture of Rosemary, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Citronella and Lavender. I added these to his AnimalScents shampoo and brought him in for a wash in the tub. He needed a good washing anyway so I guess it worked out well. I also added these oils to a glass spray bottle with some distilled water and witch hazel (this helps to keep the oils blended). After his bath I sprayed him down and let him air dry. 

The only thing that I can figure is that he got them from the yard. I read up on this too. With the raccoons, skunks, chipmunks, squirrels and other wildlife, they probably hopped into the yard via one or more of those creatures. I don't care much for fleas, lice or the like, but I didn't freak out either. I am not stressed about it but I am taking precautions now. Once a day, I take that spray bottle and spritz him down, rub it in, and let him go about his business. It's been about a week now and so far so go; no pesky buggers seen. I am sure that it's a combination of everything, but it never hurts to try all options! 

RECIPE: 

20 drops of Tea Tree

15 drops of Rosemary

15 drops of Citronella

10 drops of Peppermint

10 drops of Lavender 

Added to an 8oz amber glass bottle, filled 4/5 full of distilled water and about 1/5 of witch hazel. Shake before each application and store away from heat and sunlight. 

*Adjust the amounts of essential oils used. Note that this was for my very hairy (even after a shave down) 80 pound Old English Sheepdog. Questions or concerns - please consult your veterinarian*

 

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10 modern uses for the Oils of Ancient Scripture [Infographic]

Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Persians, Romans, and Israelites have all been documented as proponents of essential oils, but did you know that we can also trace certain essential oils to the Bible itself? Our Oils of Ancient Scripture set contains 10 of these oils, each with modern benefits that you can use in your own home. Always check the essential oil’s label for usage instructions before application.

Biblical Oils Infographic

For more information on the The Oils of Ancient Scripture set, visit this link.

Which oil in this collection are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!  

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6 oils that do (almost) everything

When it comes to using one product to complete multiple tasks on our conquer-the-world list, we count on a few essential oils. Like a Swiss Army Knife, these oils—Lemon essential oil, Lemon Vitality™, Peppermint essential oil, Peppermint Vitality™, Thieves® essential oil, and Thieves® Vitality™—have an application that’s right for the situation at hand.

Lemon and Lemon Vitality Essential Oils - Young Living

Naturally occurring constituent: d-limonene Besides smelling amazing, Lemon essential oil is also a workhorse around the house. It’s useful in your toiletries bag, too, since it may improve the healthy appearance and sheen of hair and may reduce the appearance of blemishes.* Once Lemon Vitality is in your kitchen, you’ll be reaching for it on the regular for its zesty taste. Lemon Essential OilUse Lemon essential oil: To eliminate odors. Diffuse this refreshing and energizing scent anywhere musty smells tend to arise. Put 2–3 drops on a cotton ball and place at the bottom of the diaper or garbage pail to keep things fresh. To freshen surfaces. Add to natural household cleaners before wiping down dirty surfaces. In your beauty routine. Add to skin care products to reduce the appearance of blemishes or add to conditioner or DIY hair masques to bring out hair’s natural shine. Lemon VitalityUse Lemon Vitality: In the kitchen. Create custom dressings or marinades with a few drops or substitute 1 drop of Lemon Vitality for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in your baking. As a supplement. Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take as needed. On the go. Before you head out, add 2–3 drops of Lemon Vitality to your glass water bottle. Thieves and Thieves Vitality - Young Living   Naturally occurring constituents: limonene, eucalyptol We love our proprietary Thieves blend so much that we put it in everything (almost). But really, you’ll come to associate Thieves’ spicy, warm scent with its versatility and many uses. Thieves Vitality makes a great supplement. When taken internally, Thieves Vitality essential oil can help support overall wellness and includes powerful antioxidants.* Thieves Essential OilUse Thieves essential oil: To refresh musty carpets. Combine 5 drops of Thieves with 1 cup of baking soda and let the mixture sit overnight. Sprinkle over carpets and allow to sit for 10–15 minutes before vacuuming. To eliminate odor. Add a few drops of Thieves essential oil blend to your dishwasher before running. To create an environment of peace and security. Diffuse wherever you need its comforting aroma. Thieves VitalityUse Thieves Vitality: As a supplement. Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed. For flavor. Swirl in a drop to your morning juice, tea, or NingXia Red®. Peppermint and Peppermint Vitality Essential Oils - Young Living

Active component: menthol

Invigorate your senses with Peppermint’s aroma or enjoy its cooling sensation on your skin. A key ingredient in PanAway®, AromaEase®, Deep Relief™ Roll-On, and other blends, Peppermint combines beautifully with other aromas.

Peppermint Vitality tastes delicious and supports healthy habits. It can support gastrointestinal system comfort, healthy bowel function, normal digestion, enhance healthy gut function, and maintain the digestive tract’s efficiency.* Plus, it may support performance during exercise!*

Peppermint Essential OilUse Peppermint essential oil:

For post-workout massage. Dilute a few drops of Peppermint in V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex for a refreshing massage. To diffuse. Blend with Lavender and Rosemary for an uplifting aroma. In your bath or shower. Blend Peppermint and Eucalyptus Radiata in hot bath water and breathe in the aromatic steam. You can also add Peppermint to shampoo for a scalp-stimulating wash! In your cleaning routine. Add to DIY cleaners or add a few drops to a sponge for a refreshing, clean scent.

Peppermint VitalityUse Peppermint Vitality:

As a supplement. Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take as needed. For flavor. Add a drop to a glass of water or blend with your pre-workout drink (this mint-chocolate protein shake tastes like dessert) for an energizing start before you hit the gym. In the kitchen. Flavor desserts—and even some main dishes—with a drop or two of Peppermint Vitality!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Consult a physician before starting any weight-management or exercise program.

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All About Jasmine [Infographic]

16 April 3, 2017 - At Home, Diffusion Ideas, Emotional Wellness, Essential Oils, Hair care, How to Use Essential Oils, Infographics, Personal Care, Skin care, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

Jasmine has a magical ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Its sweet, floral aroma can transform daily rituals—like bath and bedtime—into luxurious and relaxing refuges from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Find out more about how Jasmine oil can enhance your life with this infographic.

All About Jasmine Infographic

 

What’s your favorite way to use Jasmine? Let us know in the comments!

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Get ready for spring cleaning with April’s PV promo!

Ready for a clean slate? It’s the perfect time to embrace your inner (or outer) neat freak! Freshen the linens, open the windows, deep-clean the corners, and let the fresh feeling of spring fill your home.

Get started with April’s PV promo, filled with products to help make spring cleaning a little bit less of a chore. Plus, you can meet your PV goal with this year’s spring collection of products that kick off the new season—available now at YoungLiving.com.

Discover how you can use these oils this season while you spruce up your space, and click here to see how you can qualify to get them for free!

Tea Tree

Tea TreeTea Tree’s cleansing properties and crisp scent make it a must-have for anyone who prefers plant-based products, and you can use this versatile oil for everything from home cleaning to skin care!

Make a homemade linen spritzer by combining water and Tea Tree oil in a small spray bottle to refresh sheets and towels that have been stashed in the closet all winter! Diffuse Tea Tree oil to infused a space with its fresh, earthy aroma and combat stale air in the home. Add a drop or two to a nourishing moisturizer or rejuvenating hair mask to make the most of Tea Tree’s benefits in your beauty routine.

Tangerine Vitality

Tangerine VitalityTreat yourself during your spring cleaning with the bright citrus flavor of Tangerine Vitality™! It has the perfect amount of sweet-sour bite, so you can easily add it to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between.

Add a drop to your chilled sparkling water, lemonade, or NingXia Zyng™ for an extra refreshing drink to help you stay hydrated during the hard work of Saturday chores. Use Tangerine Vitality to create a fruit dip your family can snack on with crisp fruit. Healthy snacks will help keep energy and spirits high even during housework! Create a homemade citrus vinaigrette with your favorite fresh ingredients and a few drops of Tangerine Vitality. It’s perfect for fresh spring salads and veggies! Customize store-bought or homemade marinades with the bright taste of Tangerine Vitality. With veggies and meats ready to go on the grill, it’s easier to stay on top of your busy schedule.

What are your favorite ways to use oils in your spring cleaning? Tell us in the comments!

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Open letter: To essential oil newbies

Dear Future Member:

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to join us! We know that this will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Why? Because Young Living essential oils have the power to elevate, motivate, and inspire. In this letter, we’ve put together a list of five ways they can transform your life.

You’ll smell amazing

“You have to tell me what perfume you’re wearing!” You’re going to hear this a lot.

You’ll chuckle to yourself because it’s not really perfume at all. It’s the pure scent of Mother Nature herself—Young Living essential oils.

People are going to want to know how you smell just like a blossoming orange grove or field of brilliant purple lavender, and you’ll tell them that it’s because that’s exactly where the aroma came from! It’s the smell of 100 percent pure essential oils, derived directly from fresh oranges or lavender.

You’ll inspire greater physical wellness

Peppermint Essential OilYou’re home after a long day at work, and your gym bag is casting an accusing look your way. At the same time, that carton of triple-chocolate-chunk ice cream is serenading you from the freezer. You feel yourself take a step toward creamy indulgence when you see a bottle of Peppermint staring serenely back at you from the corner of the kitchen. You walk over, remove the cap, and inhale deeply—your nose tingles, your senses awaken. You apply a few drops to your neck and temples and immediately feel a cool, tingling sensation on your skin. You feel awake, alive, and suddenly ready to tackle what you know you need to do.

You change directions, walking right past the freezer, grabbing that gym bag, and heading confidently out the door. Young Living essential oils strike again!

A gym bag just isn’t complete without your army of oils. A few drops of invigorating Peppermint can be just the thing you need to do that extra pull-up or run that extra mile. A few drops of Grapefruit Vitality™ can be the difference between drinking a couple sips of water or the entire bottle. Keep them handy for those moments when a little motivation could mean the difference between going the distance or giving up.

They’ll help make your house a home 

Tangerine Essential OilEssential oils have a way of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. With just a few drops of Cinnamon Bark, Orange, and Clove, a dark, cold winter night can turn into a festive, cozy evening. With natural-home fragrances like this, you’ll find it easier to enjoy each day for the gift it is and spend more time cuddling and conversing than daydreaming of tropical beaches.

Essential oils can enhance even the most basic of daily rituals. Your little ones will love falling asleep to dreamy aromas like gentle Tangerine and enchanting Lavender. So when they bring home that crazy boyfriend or crash the car as teens, you can smell these oils and remember simpler days of story time, jammies, and butterfly kisses.

Make sure Young Living essential oils are a part of your family milestones and everyday activities, so with just a quick whiff, you can transport yourself back to your happiest, most magical memories.

They will spark your creativity

With essential oils, the usage possibilities are virtually endless. There are always more applications to try out! You might start by adding a couple drops to your moisturizer, laundry, or household cleaner. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in a sort of essential oil Nirvana, covered in coconut oil and beeswax, vigorously shaking bottles of Peppermint and Lavender over a mixing bowl—and you won’t be able to stop there! You’ll start making DIY essential oil body butters, makeup setting spray, dry shampoo, even Christmas ornaments! Not to mention all the ways you’ll use YL Vitality oils in the kitchen.

You’ll need to embrace the fact that essential oils will become a key part of your everyday life, and the more you use them, the more you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.

You’ll find a greater connection with nature 

Geranium Essential OilYoung Living essential oils are samples of the best that Mother Nature has to offer. In an increasingly fake and artificial world, they serve as a reminder of the pure and simple. As you use them in your life, your bond with nature will grow, along with your appreciation for the bounteous gifts it offers you.

Every time you reach for a bottle of Geranium over a synthetic perfume or use Orange Vitality instead of artificial orange flavoring, you’re supporting a world where man and nature live together in harmony, the way it was meant to be.

An old proverb says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You’ve just taken the first step toward a life filled with greater wellness, purpose, and abundance. Every person’s Young Living journey will look a little different, but there’s no doubt it will enhance your life. We are excited to see where this journey will take you!

Warmest regards,

Your friends at Young Living

Seasoned members! What can new people look forward to on their journey? Share in the comments!

 

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Cleaning Your Kitchen with Thieves Products

For most of us, ringing in a new year usually includes a resolution for better health. Why not enhance your overall well-being by improving the cleanliness of your home with Young Living’s Thieves® products?

This blog post is the first in a series focusing on deep cleaning your home with Thieves. With check lists, helpful hints, and cleaning recipes, you will achieve a clean home in no time. By adding an additional 30 minutes to your usual cleaning regimen, you will experience the Thieves difference in just a week.

Today’s post will focus on how to clean your kitchen with Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner.

DAY ONE: REFRIGERATOR

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

  • Remove all items from refrigerator.
  • Check all labels and toss expired items.
  • Throw away all items that are rarely used; waiting until they are expired or are inedible wastes space and compromises cleanliness.
  • Remove all magnets and papers from doors.
  • Clean top and outside of fridge, including exterior water/ice compartments.
  • Clean inside, including door compartments, shelves, and produce drawers.
  • Wipe down all sticky and soiled items that will go back inside fridge.
  • Clean handles.

HINT: When clean, place paper towels or shelf liners in the fridge to make your next clean-up easy—just remove, wipe, and replace.

DAY TWO: STOVETOP, OVEN, MICROWAVE

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cup of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

  • Remove any leftover food or debris from stovetop, oven, and microwave.
  • Clean stovetop, oven, fan, vent filters, hood, and microwave with mixture.

HINT: Fill a microwavable container with 3 cups of hot water. Place in microwave and heat on high for 10 minutes. The steam will loosen any cooked-on food, making it easy to wipe clean.

DAY THREE: DRAWERS, CUPBOARDS, PANTRY

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

  • Remove all items.
  • Check all labels and toss items that are expired.
  • Toss items that are rarely used; waiting until they are expired or inedible wastes space and compromises cleanliness.
  • Throw away all items that are broken, missing parts, or almost empty.
  • Clean all drawers and shelf organizers.
  • Wipe down shelves and inside of drawers.
  • Wipe down all sticky and soiled items that will go back inside cupboards, pantry, and drawers.
  • Clean all knobs.

HINT: When clean, place paper towels or shelf liners inside drawers and on top of shelves to make your next clean-up easy—just remove, wipe, and replace.

DAY FOUR: CEILING, LIGHT FIXTURE BOWLS, UNDER SINK

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 ½ cups of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

  • Remove all cobwebs from ceiling, corners, and light fixtures with broom or duster.
  • Remove light fixture bowls.
  • Clean ceiling, corners, and light fixture bowls.
  • Replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Remove all items from under the sink.
    • Check all labels and toss items that are expired.
    • Get rid of items that are rarely used.
    • Throw away all items that are broken, missing parts, or almost empty.
    • Wipe inside with the same ratio of Thieves Household Cleaner and water.
    • Wipe off all sticky and soiled items that will go back under the sink.

HINT: Put 5 drops of Thieves Essential Oil on a cotton ball or open a Thieves Essential Oil Sample and place underneath your sink to keep it smelling clean and fresh.

DAY FIVE: SINK, COUNTERTOPS, BACKSPLASH, CABINET FRONTS

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 ½ cups of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

Cabinet Front Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cup olive oil. To enhance the aroma, you may also add 10 drops of Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend.

  • Remove all countertop appliances, canisters, knick-knacks, and clutter.
  • Clean sink, countertops, backsplash, knick-knacks, canisters, and counter appliances with suggested recipe.
  • Wipe down cabinet fronts with suggested recipe.

HINT: To keep your kitchen looking clean and clutter-free, display only countertop appliances, canisters, and knick-knacks that are used daily or are important.

 DAY SIX: INTERIOR WINDOWS, WINDOW SILLS, PET DISHES, PLANT DISHES

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 5 quarts of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

  • Wipe loose debris and dust off window sills, pet dishes, and plant dishes.
  • Clean window sills and plant and pet dishes.
  • Clean interior windows.

HINT: To naturally freshen the air in your home, diffuse Thieves Essential Oil Blend for 15–30 minutes.

DAY SEVEN: WALLS, OUTLETS, SWITCH PLATES, HEATING VENTS

Cleaning Recipe: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 ½ cups of water (use gloves and hot water for best results).

  • Remove all cobwebs and dust from kitchen walls and heat vents.
  • Clean walls, outlets, switch plates, and heating vents.
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5 reasons to keep Lemon handy in the kitchen

Lemon and Lemon Vitality ™ essential oils are superheroes in the kitchen. They can combat an endless variety of kitchen catastrophes with their bright, freshening power. We’ve put together these all too familiar situations to help you see just how they can save the day:

Lemon Essential OilBeat bad smells

You’ve just arrived home from a weeklong family trip. You open the door from the garage and are met with the aroma of low tide on a 98-degree day in New Jersey. The culprit? That tuna casserole you threw in the trash bin and forgot to take outside before you left. Before you reach for the kerosene and matches (the house is obviously doomed at this point), you remember the bottle of Lemon essential oil you keep next to the sink. You take the trash out, open the windows, and add a few Lemon-saturated cotton balls to the bottom of the bin. Not only is the smell gone, but now you’re not sure if you’re in a kitchen or a blossoming orchard of lemon trees.

Choose the right refreshment

On a hot summer night, nothing sounds better than a refreshing cold treat. In the freezer, you have a carton of your favorite tropical-fusion ice cream, but you also have all the ingredients to make homemade fro-yo that will be a lot kinder to your waistline and wellness. You combine frozen coconut yogurt, mangos, oranges, a kiss of honey, and a couple drops of Lemon Vitality in a blender, and in no time, you have a warm-weather treat you can feel great about.

Brighten your mood

It’s 7 a.m. on a rainy Monday. You’re in the kitchen pulling out bowls and spoons for cereal, and you hear the kids running around upstairs fighting over who knows what. You didn’t get to bed until way too late last night because you had to finish the last episode of your favorite show, and you’re filled with regret. You’re tempted to just walk upstairs, hop back into bed, and let the children fend for themselves. As a final, last-ditch effort, you add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your diffuser. You pause and inhale slowly and deeply. A warm, bright aroma fills your senses. You feel your spirits rise, and you’re able to greet your kiddos with a smile (or at least not a scowl).

Save your sink

The kitchen sink is doing that thing again. The first time you smelled it, you checked to make sure the family hamster was safe in its cage because it smelled liked something had died. Then you realized—though hard to believe—it was just the smell of normal food buildup. Luckily, you know exactly how to tackle this without any bleach or other harsh chemicals: first baking soda, then vinegar, rinse it all down with water, and finish with a dozen drops of pure Lemon essential oil. In less than five minutes, that putrid smell is replaced with the lovely, fresh scent of pure lemons!

Create divine desserts

Lemon VitalityYour in-laws are coming over for dinner for the first time tonight. You’ve spent the last four hours getting everything prepped for the perfect dinner, and now you’re trying to decide what to make for dessert. You want to finish the night off with a confection to remember, one that will lock in that great in-law reputation for good. You pull out your secret weapon, Lemon Vitality essential oil, and go on to make the most vibrant and flavorful lemon pound cake that you—or any of your guests—have ever tasted. Who knew you could win brownie points with lemon cake?

Special thanks to Kristina Barbee for her help with this post.

Giveaway

To indulge your lemon love, we’re giving away a bottle each of Lemon Vitality and Lemon essential oil (valued at $23.02) to five randomly selected people. Just comment on this post for your opportunity to win! You could even let us know your favorite ways to use Lemon Vitality or Lemon essential oil!

Giveaway Rules

To enter, simply comment on this post. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m., MT, on Monday, April 3. Five winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Tuesday, April 4. Click here for official rules

Congratulations to our five winners! Thanks for all your comments, everyone. We love hearing about how you use Young Living products in your lives.

Winners:

D. Yeager R. Wasinger N. Collins J. Kling B.J. Hubbell

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Cinnamon-Apple Chips Recipe [VIDEO]

Craving a tasty snack with fresh, simple ingredients? Our cinnamon-apple chips are the perfect solution! With only three ingredients, this treat shows that healthy recipes don’t have to be a chore. Make a batch to share or add them to your stash of healthy snacks! When you’re stocked with healthy food options, you’re better prepared to stay committed to a balanced lifestyle—without sacrificing flavor!

See how easy these are today!

Cinnamon-Apple Chips Recipe

Cinnamon-Apple Chips Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 225⁰ F. Use Thieves® Fruit & Veggie Spray to clean the fruit. With a mandolin or knife, thinly slice apples from top to bottom. In a small bowl, combine honey and Cinnamon Bark Vitality. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and place apple slices on top. Drizzle honey mixture over apple slices. Cook in the oven for 90 minutes. Remove cookies sheets from heat and place apple slices on cooling rack. For best results, store apple chips in an airtight container and eat them within 24 hours.

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Potatoes Elevated: Baby Potatoes with Lemon Dill Sauce

One of springtime’s most underrated seasonal treats is baby potatoes. Delicate, flavorful, and bite-sized, they’re right at home nestled next to a sandwich or veggie burger. Looking to impress at your first barbecue of the year? Take 35 easy minutes and get cooking with essential oils! Toss together our recipe for roasted baby potatoes with lemon dill sauce, created by Sylvie Shirazi of Gourmande in the Kitchen. This recipe brings together herbs, Dill Vitality™, and Lemon Vitality for a side dish that will make your cookout guests forget about French fries with their grilled favorites.

Potatoes Elevated: Baby Potatoes with Lemon Dill Sauce

Potatoes Elevated: Baby Potatoes with Lemon Dill Sauce

Ingredients

2 pounds small fingerling potatoes in assorted colors, well scrubbed 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper Zest of 1 lemon, divided 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped ½ cup plain coconut or dairy yogurt 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon sea salt Pinch of freshly ground pepper 2 drops Dill Vitality 2 drops Lemon Vitality

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450° F. Toss the potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20–30 minutes, tossing halfway through, until fork tender and browned. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside. Toss the warm roasted potatoes in a large bowl with lemon zest and fresh chopped dill to coat. Serve with lemon dill sauce on the side. To make them an appetizer, you can serve each potato with lemon dill sauce dollops on top, spearing them with a cocktail fork or toothpick.

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Cool Azul for those Aches and Pains

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Young Living’s Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains.

Our plant-based formula combines the power of Wintergreen essential oil with our exclusive Cool Azul essential oil blend. With two powerful, synergistic active ingredients, this cream provides pain-relieving benefits in two ways: methyl salicylate found in Wintergreen helps alleviate pain deep in the muscles and joints, and natural menthol found in Peppermint provides a cooling effect. If you need relief without synthetic ingredients, Young Living’s Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream is the answer!  Ready to try some, just message me.

 

 

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Everything you need to know about iodine

Iodine is a necessary mineral that your body can’t produce itself. It must be consumed from an outside source through food or an iodine supplement. The USDA recommends that most adults consume 150 micrograms of iodine per day, and pregnant and nursing women should consume about twice that much.

An iodine deficiency is not something to take lightly. If you’re not getting enough, it can pose a risk to your health. Pregnant women need to be especially proactive about meeting their daily requirement. Just a few decades ago, so many Americans were iodine deficient that as part of a public health initiative, many U.S. salt companies began adding iodine to their salt. When you go to the supermarket today, most salt packaging says: This salt contains iodine, a necessary nutrient. With the new trend of low-sodium diets, however, many people are saying no to salt and are looking for other options to meet their daily iodine quota.

The best food source for iodine is seaweed. Yes, that green aquatic plant that makes you cringe when it brushes against you while swimming but tastes fantastic when wrapped around a ball of rice and fish. This food source blows all others out of the water (pun intended), with well more than 100 percent of your daily need in just 1/8 of an ounce. But sushi and seaweed paper aren’t for everyone. Many people find its fishy taste overwhelming and even downright off-putting.

So what do you do if seaweed makes you queasy? You could try turning to other foods. Runners-up are animal-based foods like codfish and yogurt. But you’d have to consume much larger quantities of these to get enough each day, nearly 45 times more codfish (3 ounces) and 51 times more yogurt (8 ounces) than seaweed.

Young Living - NingXia NitroDon’t panic! We know these numbers are discouraging. Fortunately, there’s another option that takes seaweed and measuring cups of out the equation: Young Living’s NingXia Nitro®! Just one small tube contains 75 mcg of pure iodine, that’s 50 percent of the recommended daily value for an adult. With NingXia Nitro, you don’t have to worry about using food scales or consuming fishy aquatic plants and animal products. It’s as easy as grabbing and squeezing! You’ll also enjoy the benefits of pure essential oils, botanical extracts, D-ribose, Korean ginseng, and green tea extract, not to mention a great wolfberry taste! Find out more about this YL favorite on the NingXia Nitro product page.

Giveaway:

To help your body get some iodine love, we’re giving away a box of NingXia Nitro (valued at $50.99 each) to five randomly selected people. Just comment on this post for your opportunity to win! Maybe let us know how NingXia Nitro makes life easier for you!

Giveaway rules:

To enter, simply comment on this post. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m., MT, on Wednesday, March 22. Five winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Friday, March 24. Click here for official rules.

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Breakfast Frittata

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Animals and oils: What you need to know [Infographic]

When we say that essential oils can be enjoyed by the whole family, that includes Bingo and Whiskers. There are just a few things that you need to keep in mind to make sure your fur (or scale, or wool, or feather, or hairless) babies stay safe and enjoy all the benefits YL oils have to offer.

Pets and Animals Infographic - Young Living

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We want to hear about the animals in your life! Tell us their name and story and how you use essential oils on them.

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All About Orange [Infographic]

One ingredient, countless uses! Just a few drops of Orange essential oil can instantly warm up any space, brighten tired-looking skin, add a sweet citrus boost to cleaning products, and so much more!

Check out this infographic for more tried-and-true uses and fun facts for one of our most versatile oils. This graphic is the perfect tool to share with a friend looking to explore the benefits of Orange essential oil or to keep as a handy guide for yourself!

All About Orange Infographic

 

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Did You Say "Free"? Yep! I Said Win "Free Stuff"!

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Everybody just loves winning free stuff!  Especially if it's valuable "free stuff" that you wanted to get anyway, then that makes it even better!

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Valor Essential Oil Blend

 

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Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. Valor is great for massages, in addition to other topical and aromatic uses. 

Learn More About Valor Essential Oil Uses 

 

 

 

Diffuse Valor in the morning to jump-start a busy day with its uplifting, affirming scent. Refresh throughout the day by directly inhaling or massaging onto your neck, chest, or hands and wrists.   Wear as a subtle cologne or use as a base for personalized scents.

 

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Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

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Did you know that essential oils 

Essential Oils --

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Do you know that essential oils have been used for thousands of years?  

Are you aware that essential oils are used in these ways?

Purify

Refine Skin

Spiritual Awareness

And More....

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