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6 relationship goals to help build relationships

February is the month we celebrate love in all its forms, so it’s a great time to focus on how we can better care for our relationships with others. After all, healthy relationships are an important part of a happy life and healthy emotional well-being.

To get some expert relationship advice, we talked to Ava Hanson, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Whether you’re curious how to make friends or how to deepen your relationship with your significant other, her six suggestions can help you find and develop genuine connections from start to finish. And since we find benefits of essential oils in every aspect of life, we’ve also included some of our favorite oils to help you create an environment that fosters love and harmony.

6 ways to cultivate genuine relationships

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Ava Hanson

We are born with the basic need for love and belonging, and it is in our nature to long for connection. Human relationships are the most emotionally rewarding and risky things that we do. Relationships have an evolutionary function, as people with more social support are able to live longer and healthier lives.¹

On the flip side, loss of an important relationship can be one of the most distressing things a person can go through. It can feel like a double bind knowing that we absolutely need other people and that other people may hurt us. So what can we do? We can cultivate genuine relationships. Here are six ways to do that:

1.    Be open to initiating and receiving the seeds of new relationships: Usually, a new relationship starts with seeing someone or being introduced and simply talking to him or her. It may start with small talk about the location, the occasion, or the weather and gradually move to conversations of more substance. The better you are at initiating or being open to receiving new relationships, the more chances you have for increased social support.

2.    Grow the relationship: Someone can go from a stranger to a friend if you discover you have things in common, find something about him or her attractive or interesting, or enjoy your time together. Getting to know someone and feeling known by someone is a satisfying experience because it can fulfill our deep-rooted need for love and belonging. Be patient: Growing an authentic relationship can take time.

3.    Eliminate any pests or unsafe relationships: Determine the right balance between safety and support. The closer the relationship, the more potential support. The danger with close relationships is that they may lack boundaries and put you at risk for being hurt and mistreated. Just because you have been in a relationship with someone for a long time does not mean that it is a safe relationship. Recognize red flags that are putting you at risk and be responsive to your feelings.

4.    Invest in your relationships proportional to their priority level: Not all relationships are equal. Closer relationships require more time, care, and investment. Evaluate if the caretaking that you are putting into your relationships is proportional to the priority level they have in your life. Don’t neglect your most dear relationships simply because you are used to them being there.

5.    Weather the storms: When people’s relationships have been through adversity, it is easy to hold on to the pain and trauma. It is easy to blame, especially when things feel out of your control. Take accountability if you had any part in making things worse and try to repair any relational damage. Just like trees being strengthened by strong winds, learning to repair relational pain and release any residual resentment brings strength and depth to relationships.

6.    Appreciate and enjoy the beauty in your relationships: Healthy relationships have five positive interactions to every one negative interaction.² Sometimes there are many positive things happening in your relationships that go unappreciated. Notice the beautiful and thoughtful things that those closest to you do to love and serve you. Find ways to admire their beautiful qualities and thank them out loud.

About Ava: Ava Hanson is a licensed marriage and family therapist in northern Utah who specializes in relational therapy and trauma recovery. She is passionate about helping people identify their strengths and using recreation as a means for recovery. When she is not at work, you can find her spending time with her family, playing pickleball, meditating, hiking, or making art.

Oils for Relationships

Forgiveness Essential Oil Blend - Young Living

Forgiveness™: Create a relaxing and grounding space to process emotions and cultivate relationships with this blend, featuring oils such as Melissa, Lavender, Frankincense, and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™.

Gratitude Essential Oil Blend - Young Living

Gratitude™: Spend a moment appreciating all that loved ones do for you with the rich, centering aroma of oils such as Frankincense, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang.

Oola Family Essential Oil Blend - Young Living

Oola Family™: Foster feelings of love and acceptance for some of your most important relationships: your family members. Featuring oils such as Bergamot, Lemon, Lavender, and Jasmine, this blend creates a calm, relaxing environment.

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Oola Friends™: Encourage feelings of harmony and self-worth to help you strengthen relationships using this blend’s sweet, earthy aroma that features Lavender, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, and Palo Santo.

Acceptance Essential Oil Blend - Young Living

Acceptance™: Practice being at peace with yourself and others with the help of the sweet, calming aroma of oils such as Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Bergamot, Rose, Grapefruit, and Spearmint.

Inner Child Essential Oil Blend - Young Living

Inner Child™: Support your efforts to find and stay true to your authentic self with the warm, sweet aroma of oils such as Orange, Black Spruce, Lemongrass, and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¹ Holt-Lunstad, J., & Uchino, B. (2015). Social support and health. In K. Glanz, B. K. Rimer, & K. Viswanath (Eds.), Health behavior: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 183–204). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
² Gottman, J. M. (2011). The science of trust: Emotional attunement for couples. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

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Einkorn Pancakes

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The wonderful smell of pancakes in the morning with all of the other breakfast fixins that you enjoy, it's enough to make your mouth water and your tummy growl.  Did you know that Young Living has just what you need, it's called Einkorn pancake and waffle mix.  

What is Einkorn?

Known as one of the oldest varieties of wheat, einkorn’s natural genetic code and low gluten levels make it more compatible with the human body than modern, hybridized wheat. What does that mean? It means that einkorn grain is easier to digest, making nutrients better absorbed by the body. And speaking of nutrients, many vitamins and minerals are also more abundant in einkorn grain than in modern wheat, making it a must-have for your pantry. 

Ready to try it?  Contact me and I will be happy to help you.

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The Best Way To Get Started

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The Best Way to get started is with the Premium Starter Kit!  Contact me now!

Enroll with the ultimate Young Living product and business experience! An extraordinary value that offers a comprehensive introduction to the power of essential oils, the Premium Starter Kit is the perfect option for those who are serious about transforming their lives.

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

Home Diffuser Premium Essential Oils Collection; Lavender 5-ml Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml Frankincense 5-ml Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml Purification® 5-ml R.C.™ 5-ml DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml PanAway® 5-ml Stress Away™ 5-ml AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment 10 Sample Packets 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples Product Guide and Product Price List Essential Oil Magazine Essential Edge Member Resources
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Give yourself some love with this month’s rewards!

February is all about showing the ones you love just how much you care. In the midst of prepping gifts, notes, and acts of kindness, remember to treat yourself to some extra love as well!

February’s PV promotion is filled with goodies that are perfect for self-care, including the two oils below. Use our handy usage tips to add some extra pampering to your day and click here to see how you can get these oils and more for free with your next order!

LemongrassLemongrass

It’s easy to add this citrusy-sweet oil to your beauty routine or spa day! Its natural moisturizing properties nourish skin, and its scent leaves a bright, clean aroma.

Add a few drops of Lemongrass to your daily moisturizing cream for a fresh, natural fragrance. Combine a few drops of Lemongrass with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex to create a massage oil that awakens the senses. Create a custom perfume and signature scent using Lemongrass on its own or with other favorites such as Bergamot, Ginger, or Eucalyptus Globulus.

WintergreenWintergreen

Known for its minty, fresh aroma, Wintergreen has a classic scent and tingling sensation when applied topically. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day or tough workout!

Reward yourself with a relaxing mini-massage by combining a few drops of Wintergreen with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and applying it to the nape of your neck. Create a refreshing environment by diffusing this crisp, powerful oil in your home or office. Use an AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment to create a Wintergreen rollerball that you can keep in your purse or gym bag for a stimulating experience on the go.

What oil or oil-infused product will you treat yourself to this month? Tell us in the comments!

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JAN
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28 ways to invite love into your life

11 January 30, 2017 - Aromatherapy, At Home, Emotional Wellness, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Mental Wellness, Sharing the Lifestyle, Vitality™ essential oils, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

Put on your rose-colored glasses and embrace your inner romantic with our 28 days of love calendar! Each day you’ll find something like a special girls’ night out or an indulgent night in with a bathtub and Lavender essential oil—and maybe your favorite magazine. This February, grow closer to the people around you (including yourself!) and show them you care.

Print our free downloadable calendar now!

Love Month Calendar

How will you be sharing the love this month?

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Game Day Recipe: Cheesy Sweet Potato Bites

Celebrate the big game without the overindulgent game day recipes by making our sweet potato party bites! Unlike other recipes for game day, this homemade treat gives you a satisfying snack with fresh, wholesome ingredients such as avocado, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and cilantro. Plus, they’re so tasty no one will guess they belong with your stash of healthy recipes!

Need more easy game day recipes? Check out our other essential oil-infused recipes for more great ideas!

Cheesy Sweet Potato Bites

Cheesy Sweet Potato Bites

Ingredients

1½ tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing Black Pepper Vitality™ 2 sweet potatoes, unpeeled 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced (optional) 2 avocados 2 drops Lemon Vitality™ 1 drop Lime Vitality™ 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice ¼ teaspoon chili powder 1 clove garlic, minced 1–2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Place oven racks in upper and lower thirds of your oven and preheat to 425⁰ F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil and lightly coat with olive oil. Dip a toothpick into Black Pepper Vitality essential oil and swirl the toothpick in 1½ tablespoons olive oil. Continue blending essential oil and olive oil until you’ve reached your desired flavor. Scrub sweet potatoes until clean and cut into ½-inch slices. Arrange in a single layer on greased baking sheets, then brush sweet potato tops with olive oil mixture. Sprinkle slices with salt. Roast for 20–25 minutes or until golden brown underneath. If you’re not using mozzarella, flip slices and roast for an additional 10 minutes or until cooked through. If you are using mozzarella, remove sweet potatoes from the oven at 8 minutes, top with a mozzarella slice, return to oven, and bake for remaining 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove baking sheets from oven and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, use a fork to mash together avocados, Lemon Vitality, Lime Vitality, lime juice, chili powder, and garlic. Top slices with a dollop of avocado mixture and garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

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Vitality Lavender Ice Cream

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You might think that Lavender Ice Cream sounds strange, but it truly is one of the best things I have ever tasted! When I went to visit the Young Living Farm, they were serving Lavender Ice Cream. At first I thought "No way, yuck", but after the wonderful lady who was serving the ice cream promised me that it was terrific, I tried it. SHE WAS RIGHT! WOW! IT WAS AWESOME! Now it is one of my favorites! Here is the recipe for the ice cream. Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can also add some Vanilla to it :) 

 

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Vitality Lavender Ice Cream

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar 
2 eggs
1/2 drop YL Vitality Lavender Oil (start with 1/2 drop, add to taste)

 

 

Directions
In a small, heavy saucepan, combine cream, milk, sugar. Place over medium-high heat stir with wooden spoon while bringing mixture just to a boil.
Remove from heat. Set aside for 5 min.
Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
Gradually whisk a ladleful of the cream mixture into the eggs, then pour the eggs back into the cream mixture, whisking.
Cook over medium heat, stirring gently, for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Do not boil.
Remove from heat allow 10 minutes to cool then add in the Vitality Lavender oil and whisk. Transfer this mixture to a bowl, cover, refrigerate until cold.
Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Enjoy!

25-30 min prep time
4-6 servings

 

Side Note:  When using essential oils remember they are super concentrated so much so that one small drop could be too much for a whole recipe.  A great trick is to dip a toothpick end in the oil and get a small amount on the very end of the toothpick and add it in to taste that way.

 

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Animal Care

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"Fur baby!" "Man's Best Friend!" These are a couple of sweet, loving terms that people use to describe their cherished family pets. To these caring families, their pets are not just a "pet" but a treasured member of their family, the equivalent of one of their very own children!

These precious little ones DESERVE the benefit and SUPPORT of therapeutic oils too! Are you aware that "Young Living" has a whole line of products DEVOTED to these beloved members of your family? Contact me and I will explain all the AWESOME animal products we have and how that little fur ball of yours can BENEFIT from them NOW! You will absolutely LOVE these products and so will your little one! Contact me today!

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Family Fun Time

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Before you know it, SUMMER will be here! Summer with all of it's sunshine and lively family fun; camping! fishing! hiking! swimming and happy times around the campfire! But BEFORE you reach for those marshmallows and hot cocoa to pack up, don't forget to pack up your OILS KIT for your summertime ADVENTURES!

Did you know that you can REPLACE a lot of things in your outdoor readiness kit?

You can easily do this with a PERFECTLY natural "Young Living" everyday essential OILS KIT! 

Save time and money by downsizing all those sprays and lotions by getting YOUR kit today! Contact me if you have any questions and I can GUIDE YOU to the best possible oils for you and your family! I would LOVE to be a part of planning your summer fun! Contact me now!

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