Young Living Essential Oils New Products!

Young Living had their annual convention last month, which I missed – sadness.  I have consoled myself by checking out the newest products that are now available.  I always look forward to my auto ship order but now I will be adding a new product each month.  It’s so like Christmas in July!  Now, which to choose first?  mmmmm……

Very excited about the new ART products and the slique gum sounds interesting too.

Even for those not wanting to lose weight chewing the gum, which contains frankincense, will be beneficial to oral health. Decisions, decisions!  

By the way, I have updated the virtual catalog page on this site with the new 2012 catalog.  Young Living has just introduced new packaging so some of the products will have the older style and some will have the new.  

Here is a link to the Young Living new products page if you would like to take a look at the new offerings.

 -Francine

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Ningxia Red + Your Freezer = Ahhhhhhh!

Here in the desert it’s already getting hot.  It’s still only April but we have already hit the 100 degree mark.  I know – ugh!  It’s probably not that hot where you live (lucky, lucky you!)  but let’s face it – summer is coming.   So here is a summer tip for you.  My friend, Melissa, turned me onto this last summer.  I’ll let you decide if this post is early or late!

One thing I really like about my kids school is that they do get out for recess and breaks a couple of times during the day.  Which is great because I think kids need that and our old school in Brooklyn did not let them out as much.  Problem is somedays it is really, really  hot.  Enter Ningxia Red packs.  I love these handy, dandy packs for their lunch boxes.  It’s a great way to get a high antioxident whole fruit juice into their diet.  It’s nutrient dense and low in sugar.  Hurrah!  Once the heat arrives I throw the packs in the freezer and whamo, bamo instant frozen slushie fruity treat!  Thanks Melissa – so genius!

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CBS News Report – Young Living Oils and UCLA Cancer Therapy

Below is a link to a CBS news story about how Young Living oils and other non traditional forms of therapy are helping cancer patients.  Currently, two hospitals, UCLA & Beth Israel, have partnered with the Urban Zen Institute.  Urban Zen trains nurses in aromatherapy and enlists other professional to use alternative therapies like aromatherapy, massage and yoga to help cancer patients deal with stress, pain, nausea, insomnia and constipation.   Urban Zen does not use just any essential oils – they only use Young Living Essential Oils.    Peace & Calming is mentioned in the video and it is a great oil to use to ease stress and anxiety.  I like to use Peace & Calming at night if I can’t sleep either on myself or on my kids.  I have also used it when I feel stressed or when my kids are cranky.  It is one of our must have oils.

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I would love to hear your thoughts on the video either in the comments below or on my facebook page.  Have you used any alternative therapies when dealing with an illness?  Let us know what worked for you.

-Francine

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Bugs are Smart!

They have a pretty good track record of surviving harsh environments, plagues and what not so I think it is safe to assume that they really know how to adapt to new situations.  Although I can admire bugs, in a National Geographic kind of way, I still don’t want them in my house or on my body.  Ick!  

That is why I am concerned about our over use of antibiotics in this country.  Patients expect something to relieve them of their ills and, unfortunately, doctors over prescribe antibiotics as a modern day cure all.  What we have done is given the bugs the answers to the test.  If we gave our kids the same exact test day after day, year after year, eventually they would know all the answers really, really well.  They would even be able to give us the answers before we gave them the test.  That is what we are doing with antibiotics.  The bugs know the answers and they are no longer waiting for the test they are now in the process of changing the test.  They have gone from students to teachers because now we are the ones trying to catch up.  Anyone that has experienced an MRSA infection or knows someone that has knows that this is not only a real problem it is one that is growing. I’ve done other posts about this problem and you can use the search box found at the upper right hand corner of this page to find those articles.

What to do?  It’s really so simple – stop using antibiotics for everything!  I heard this story on NPR this morning.  In it they discuss how antibiotics are used for sinus infections even though those infections are viral not bacterial.  Studies have shown that antibiotics are not effective in treating a virus and yet 1 out of every 5 prescriptions are for sinusitis.  The study mentioned in the story used 166 patients with sinus infections.  Half were given a placebo and half were given antibiotics.  The results found that by day 3 there were no differences between the groups.  The people on the placebo had the same outcome as those taking the antibiotics.  Where does that leave the patient with the symptoms?  Suffer it out? Not at all.  Of course there are over the counter meds but I have my concerns about those as well.  There are always ways to ease symptoms with safe, effective and natural remedies.  My family and I have successfully used essential oils for sinus infections and we would never use anything else. 

Which oils to use?  For any kind of infection, either bacterial or viral,  I always use first thieves.  I diffuse it and I put it on the bottom of my feet.  Thieves is a remarkable blend that will help you get back to feeling better quickly.  For sinus pressure I often use peppermint. I put a drop on my hand, rub my hands together, cup them over nose and inhale.  By the way, that’s awesome to do even if you don’t have a sinus infection.  Clears the passages and the mind!  It’s quite the rush!  

Breathe Again roll on is also amazing for sinus relief.   It quickly relieves sinus pressure and opens passages.  Many people are familiar with eucalyptus but you could also use Raven, R.C. or Melrose.  Inhale directly, like the peppermint or in a diffuser.  You can also apply to the area of discomfort.  One note of caution is to be careful to avoid the eye area.  I like to put a small drop of either Breathe Again or peppermint right under my nose to help clear nasal passages. I’ve also gargled with thieves and if by chance I don’t have thieves or if I want to change it up a bit I use tea tree oil.  I love alternating oils – good to keep those bugs guessing!

Do you have any favorite home remedies for sinus infections?  Post below in the comments or on my facebook page.

 

Francine Smith is a stay at home mom who blogs about using Young Living Oils for better health, naturally.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com.  She also loves vintage and has an Etsy shop, Hot Cool Vintage.  You can contact her at younglivinglife@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Um.. Hi! Remember Me?!

 Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve lasted posted.  Back in October I was planning on making some changes to the blog but then life sort of got in the way.  A very good friend of mine came for a visit and by the time he left I had decided to open an Etsy store selling vintage items.  My love for vintage got re-ignited and I’ve been having fun filling the shop with great vintage finds.  I grew up going to antique shows and flea markets and when I lived in Manhattan I was just blocks away from the famed 26th St. Market. I still have treasures from there where the above friend and I would spend many Saturday mornings going from booth to booth looking for something that caught our eye.  There is a link on the sidebar to see some of the items in my shop or here is a link to HotCoolVintage if you want have a peek.

I’ve also just started pinning!  OMG, very fun and highly addictive (you’ve been warned)!  Are you scratching your head and wondering what is pinning?  I just joined Pinterest (Pin Interest) and have made a few boards.  My favorite so far is my Young Living board.  I just love having a place to collect all the amazing things I find around the web including YL oils and my Etsy shop, as well as the places I’ve been and where I want to go.  I’ve just started but I know I will be filling in many more boards to come.  I’ve added a link on the sidebar so you can follow me or here is a link to my home page if you want to check it out.  You can follow all my boards or just my Young Living board.  

Ok, enough about all that other stuff lets talk oils!  Of course, just because I haven’t been blogging does not mean I have not been using my oils.  Not a chance!  Actually, I’ve got loads of tips I want to share but I’m just going to talk about Di-Gize & M-Grain today.  I’m fairly new to Di-Gize and so I haven’t used it that much.  Di-Gize is one of those oils that I have on hand for when we need it.  It is to be used for digestion, upset stomachs, bloating, gas pains or nausea.  Recently, I woke up feeling just ick – headache and upset tummy. Ugh.  Later that day my daughter and I were scheduled to participate in our Girl Scout Troop cookie booth.  Being cookie Mom for our troop I had all the cookies, the table and everything else we needed.  I was at the point where I was walking around with a bucket hoping that I would throw up soon!  Finally, it hits me Di-Gize!  I put a couple of drops on my stomach and hurrah, nausea cleared.  Di-Gize saves the day!  So ridiculously fast and easy.  I used  M-Grain for my headache and my daughter and I were able to do the cookie booth after all.  Simple, effective, easy!

 

   I’ve used Di-Gize on my kids and even though they don’t like the smell it does soothe their tummies.  I like to sneak beans into my tomato sauce.  My son, who would never in a million years eat a bean unless it was well disguised, is not used to them.  He usually gets a bit of gas afterwards so I use a drop of Di-Gize to relieve the discomfort quickly.  Works every time.    It can be used on young or old and it can be diluted with the V-6 if needed.  Di-Gize can also be taken internally to relieve digestion discomfort.  

M-Grain is one of my favorite headache remedies.  It really depends on where I’m standing and what’s in reach when I realize I need relief. I’ve had this bottle of M-Grain for years.  Like over 10 years!  Still safe and still effective even after all that time ( a m a z i n g)!  M-Grain was formulated specifically to help relieve migraine and stress headaches.  If I don’t have M-Grain in reach I use Pan-Away.  Both work well for me but if I didn’t have either of those on hand I would use peppermint or lavender or stress away.  That is why these oils are just so amazing – one oil or blend can wear many hats.

 

Questions?  Leave a comment or contact me at younglivinglife@gmail.com (younglivinglife at gmail dot com)

Ready to start using safe, natural essential oils for better health naturally?  Go here to learn more about how to order.

Francine Smith blogs about how to use Young Living Essential Oils for better health naturally at www.younglivinglife.com.  

 

 

 

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Let Them Try To Guess Your Age.

We all know that if we want to delay the aging process we should eat healthy meals, exercise, limit sweets, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water everyday….yada, yada, yada.  Of course there are those days, sometimes more often than not, when we don’t do some of those things and then there are those days when we don’t do any of those things.   Here are a few simple tips about some key ingredients to add to your lifestyle to help you put off adding a few new wrinkles and to give you an extra boost in staying healthy and feeling great.

Antioxidants

What are they?   Vitamins, minerals and enzymes, that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.  Nutrients, like vitamins A, C and E,  from foods and enzymes like catalase, superoxide dismutase.

What do they do? They inhibit oxidation in our bodies.  Oxidation can produce free radicals.  Free radicals can damage cells.  Damaged cells can lead to aging, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  Antioxidants can also reduce inflammation (which can lead to many other diseases)  and may help keep the skin supple and bright.  Supple & bright!

Natural sources: Spicescloves, cinnamon, oregano.  Fruits – wolfberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates.  Vegetables – spinach, kale, red cabbage, red beets, brussels sprouts.  Dry Fruits – apricots, raisins, prunes.  Nuts and Seeds – peanuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts.

YL Products to try: Ningxia Red!  Ningxia Red is packed with antioxidants and contains the whole fruit purée of the Ningxia wolfberry and a powerful juice blend of blueberries, raspberries, apricots & pomegranates. Packs 180 mg Vitamin C per 1 oz serving!  NR supports immune function, liver function, eye health (my eyesight improved after drinking one bottle over 5 days).  My husband and I find that we have increased energy and it helps to reduce sugar cravings.  Click here for more Ningxia Red product info. You can also purchase dried Ningxia Wolfberries.  These are wonderful to add to salads, oatmeal, baked goods or any other way you would like to get an extra dose of antioxidants.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

What are they?  Essential unsaturated fatty acids.  Our bodies need these good fats to function normally and to stay healthy.  We do not make these fatty acids so we must get them from our diet.

What do they do?  Omega-3s are known to reduce inflammation; support heart health; reduce stiffness & joint pain, like in Rheumatoid Arthritis; supports heathy brain function; and provides a healthy glow to skin.  Healthy glow!

Natural sources:  Fish like anchovies, mackerel, salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed), and tuna are high in DHA and EPA.  ALA can be found in flax, walnuts and olive oil.  Ideally, you want to have a combination of all 3 types of fatty acids in your diet. 

YL Products to try:  Omega Blue is a great source of DHA, EPA and ALA.  Omega Blue is pure fish oil that is free of PCBs and dioxins.  Young Living is the only company that adds an essential oil blend to enhance the stability of the fish oil and to provide other benefits.  Blue chamomile & myrrh support a healthy inflammatory response, lemongrass oil provides cardiovascular protection and supports healthy cholesterol levels and clove and myrrh are added for extra antioxidant benefits.  See the link for more information on Omega Blue.

Resveratrol

What is it?  A natural phenol that is found in the skin of red grapes and other plants.

What does it do?  Studies are now being done on the benefits of resveratrol.  Many believe, and Dr. Oz is among them, that resveratrol may inhibit cancer; increase longevity; enhance energy; prevent diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  Resveratrol also helps to fight environmental toxins that can cause wrinkles.  Wrinkles!

Natural sources:  Peanuts and peanut butter, red grapes, red wine, red grape juice, cranberry juice. 

YL Products to try:  True Source is a multivitamin that is packed with super food powders and whole food vitamins and minerals.  It is unlike any other multivitamin on the market.  In addition to a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals that you would want in a multivitamin supplement, True Source also contains resveratrol, wolfberries, and MSM.  Each packet contains 3 vitamins, one purple, one green, and one yellow.  You can take them all at once or through out the day.  Here is the link for more information on True Source.

Many people reach for a coffee and a cookie or an energy drink to give them an afternoon boost.  But what if you didn’t need a boost?  What if you felt good all day long AND your skin looked better as well?  I just read this quote from Dr. Oz today "Glowing skin isn’t only genetic.  Healthy choices count just as much." For $3.50 a day you can start making some healthy choices that will support you on the inside and the outside.  A much better deal than a a double caff-no foam-carmel-latte,  don’tcha think?  Even if you used these products every other day you would be much better off than not using them at all.  

Ready to feel better, look better and start giving your body nutrients and supplements that will improve your wellbeing?  Oh, good!  See my "How to Order Young Living Oils" page or just go here.

Francine

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I’m feeling frisky!

Why am I feeling frisky?  Maybe it’s because triple digit weather has finally left the desert. I never would have thought that temperatures in the 90′s would be a relief!  Maybe I want as many people as possible to know how good Young Living oils are. Either way, I’m doing something that I’ve never done on the blog before.   Ready?  Anyone interested in a free (FREE!) bottle of Deep Relief?  Yes?!!  Oh good.  Here’s the deal. Anyone that subscribes to www.younglivinglife.com via email will be entered to win.  


 

If you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or leave a comment on any post you will receive an additional entry.  That means you could have 4 entries!  If you already follow us on any one of those other outlets let me know and I will give you another entry.  Sound good?  Good!  All entries submitted between now and September 30, 2011 will be added to the pot.  Good luck to all!  Oh, and don’t forget to check your email to confirm the subscription.

If you are a current subscriber to younglivinglife.wordpress.com then you need to create a new subscription over at www.younglivinglife.com. to qualify.

A bit about Deep Relief.  It’s an amazing blend that helps to reduce pain and inflammation.  It comes in a handy roll on that you can take with you and apply easily.  I use it on sore muscles, tight shoulders, & headaches.  I bring it with me when I run at the gym in case my ankle feels sore afterwards. It’s one of my staples that I keep on hand with me all the time.  Some of the oils in deep relief are peppermint & wintergreen which soothe sore muscles and copal & helichrysum both of which are know to reduce inflammation.   See the pdf for more information.

Here’s to better health, naturally!

Francine

Can’t wait?  If you want to get started using the best essential oils on the market please see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more information.  Or just go here.

 

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Back to school! Friends, Field Trips, Projects……..Germs!

As kids are heading back to school this week, many mothers know it is just a matter of time before the first sick day arrives.  Here, in the desert, we’ve been back at school long enough that the initial excitement has worn off and our new routine no longer feels new.

School is great.  So much to learn, so many ways to grow, so many germs  to be shared.  In these few short weeks, I’ve already heard of both teachers and students taking sick days.  These school germs are all business.  We know that eating a balanced diet and getting enough rest helps all of us stay healthy.  The thing is …… have you met my kids?  If you have, then you probably know that one is a picky eater (I’m still not sure how that happened) and the other rarely sleeps past 5 am (seriously, not joking!).

Even though I work at home, the last thing I want is a phone call from the nurse telling me my kid is sick.  If you work outside of the home, I bet you get that phone call minutes before you are about to start a meeting.  Is there really anything we can do that can help prevent illness?  Well yes, I know there are things we can do to keep our kids healthy amidst the onslaught of school germs.  You know where this is going, right?

Essential oils!  They are my not-so-secret weapon.  Really, if they were a secret I certainly would not be blogging about them would I?  My kids get doused daily in as many ways as I can get the oils on them or in them.  To start, thieves is a mother’s best friend.  No mother should be without a bottle of this amazing oil.  You know how one kid gets sick, then the next, then it’s the adults turn?  That usually doesn’t happen in my house.  Wouldn’t it be better if when one person gets sick, you have something to kill airborne germs so that the entire household does not fold like a house of cards?  I know, silly question.  Of course we all want that.  There you go, thieves is your answer.  Diffuse it, wear it, ingest it and get on with your life.  It’s amazing!  So, step 1 is get thieves and use it.  Put it on their feet before school or put it on them before bed.  Just get it on them.  If my kids so much as sniffle, out comes my therapro diffuser (see here for the most awesomest diffuser ever and it comes with a 15 ml sized bottle of thieves – yay!).  Diffusing gives the kids a great dose of thieves while they are doing their homework or watching tv.  At the same time I’m killing airborne germs; it’s a total win-win.  Studies have shown that thieves kills lots of bad stuff.  Now I love studies but I know from experience that thieves works.  Proof is in the pudding and all you need is to be sick once and then feel better after using an essential oil as powerful as thieves to know this oil is the real deal.  You can see my testimonial page for how others have used thieves.  I can go on and on about thieves, actually I have!  If you put thieves in the search bar lots of posts will come up that go more into how I’ve used theives for cleaning, strep throat and much more.

Keeping sickness at bay is a good thing to start with but essential oils can do more than just that.  We use peppermint and lemon to help “wake up” their brains and to help them focus.  There are days when one or both of my kids do not like sitting down to do their homework (I’m sure they are the only ones out there with this problem).  I started using peppermint in the afternoon and it has really helped them focus so that they can get their work done much faster.  What a gift for all of us!  Studies have also shown that peppermint helps us to retain information. That will be handy come test time.  My daughter also loves to put lemon oil and orange oil in her (stainless steel) water bottle.  I love that because both oils will give her immune system a bit of a boost.  Take that, yucky germs!  My son (the picky eater) would never let me put lemon or orange oil in his water bottle but he does love Ningxia Red.  I freeze the individual packets and stick those in his lunch box.  Ningxia Red is a juice blend jam-packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that are a great support to the immune system and gives him a little energy boost for the rest of the afternoon.

In addition to all the wonderful, amazing, remarkable oils mentioned above I also like to give my kids something else to support them during the day.  Now, even though my kids are brilliant (I’m their mother, remember?) they have their off days – don’t we all?  Before they get on the bus I give each of them a drop of an oil called highest potential.  It is a great way to start the day.  I have seen my kids go from cranky and not wanting to leave the house to first one out the door with a drop of this oil.  Now that is a valuable tool to have at your disposal.  They each also have their favorite oils.  My son likes valor, which is a great oil, very grounding and perfect for a little boy in a big school.  My daughter loves stress away and joy.  Depending on her mood and what’s happening at school she usually picks one of these.  Stress away is great when she has to deal with challenging social moments and joy is just a great blend to enhance happiness.

There you go – thieves, peppermint, lemon, orange, valor, highest potential, stress away, joy,  ningxia red and don’t forget that awesome therapro diffuser.  Once you start using a diffuser you will wonder how you ever got by without it.  By the way, these oils are not just for the kids.  Oh, no!  Use them yourself and enjoy days with a little less stress and a little more energy.

Ready to get started?  You can see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page or just click here.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com  You can contact me at www.younglivinglife@gmail.com

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Valor! Harmony! Joy! Angels!

Who would not want to start their day fortified with any of the above?  Years ago I heard about Gary Youngs’ recipe for a great day – which is valor, harmony, joy and white angelica.  I have used this combination of oils daily since that time and they have absolutely made a difference in my life.  I would describe myself as a happy, positive person.  However, before YL I would definitely have those times in my life where stress would get the best of me and I would fall into a funk.  I would not consider it a clinical depression but I would definitely call it a depressed period in my life.  Since using YL products and in particular this blend of oils everyday that just does not happen anymore – ever.  And to me, that is priceless.

These blends smell so good and are an amazing combination of oils.  I can’t even list what is in them – just too many, but this will give you some idea as to what is in these bottles of lovely.

  • Harmony has 16 single oils in it, including sandalwood, frankincense, ylang ylang and rose.
  • Joy has 10 different oils including bergamot, roman chamomile, rose and jasmine.
  • Valor has spruce, rosewood, blue tansy & frankincense.
  • White Angelica has 10 different oils including geranium, myrrh, rose & melissa. (Melissa and rose are among the most expensive oils)

I always smile when I hear “mmm…..what’s that smell?”  from those around me.  I’ve even seen people start taking big deep breaths – trying to get as much of the oils in as possible. That is how good these oils smell!

Below is what I do everyday.  If you are ready to give essential oils a try to see what they can do these oils are a great way to start.   Valor and Joy are free this month with a qualifying order and Harmony and White Angelica are 10% off.  See my promotions page for details.

Gary Young’s Great Day Protocol

  1. Start each day with Gary’s simple routine—and discover how happy and confident you feel!
  2. Place one drop of Valor on the inside of your left wrist. Hold the inside of your right wrist to your left wrist for a few minutes. This step balances the body.
  3. Apply a drop of Harmony to your solar plexus (the area just above your belly button) to calm your mind and promote positive feelings.
  4. Apply one drop of Joy to the area above your heart. This step helps bring happiness to your mind and body.
  5. Place a single drop of White Angelica in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. Lightly brush both hands over your head, face, shoulders, chest, and down the rest of your body as though applying an angelic shield.
What’s your recipe for a great day?  If you have used these oils please share your experience with them.  If you use other oil or oils to start off your day we would love to hear about that as well.
Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com

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Lemon Aid for Haiti

Young Living Launches Lemon Aid for Haiti Essential Oil Drive

September 1, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY—September 1, 2011—Young Living is sponsoring Lemon Aid for Haiti, a large-scale lemon essential oil drive to benefit the people of Haiti. Following the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, cholera spread quickly and remains a serious health concern. Lemon essential oil has proven cleansing effects, making it useful to those in need.

“Studies show that mixing lemon essential oil with food and water may reduce the spread of sickness. It is a versatile solution that can be used to clean and purify surfaces and air of disease-causing agents and is known to boost mood and immunity,” explains Doug Corrigan, product trainer at Young Living. “We want the people of Haiti to know they are not forgotten.”

To kick off the drive, Young Living will provide an initial donation of 1,000 bottles of lemon essential oil. Throughout September, Young Living will sponsor a one-for-one match on purchases of lemon essential oil. Distributors can participate by simply purchasing a 15-ml bottle of lemon essential oil with the special item No. 9400. That bottle will be contributed to the cause, along with Young Living’s matched donation. All contributions will be distributed in Haiti by medical professionals.

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com
Rules and Regulations:

  • Offer is valid from 12 midnight MDT September 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT September 30, 2011.
  • No limit per customer.
  • Offer is available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Offer is valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • Offer is valid in the U.S. and all NFR markets.
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