Dr. Mahmoud Suhail on Frankincense

 

Below is a new video from Young Living that features Dr. Mahmoud Suhail discussing  his current research using Boswellia Sacra.  Young Living is the only essential oil company that bottles Boswellia Sacra (as Sacred Frankincense).  

About halfway through Dr. Suhail cites two different cancer cases from pre-clinical trials happening in Oman and Northern Africa.  The results are very exciting.  In one case the carcinoembryonic antigen was 210.  A reading of 10-20 is high (mostly likely that you would have cancer).  A reading of more than 20 would indicate metastases for certain.  Carcinoembryonic antigen went from 210 -18 in less than 21 days and the primary tumor disappeared in an additional 3-4 weeks!   So many people are affected by cancer.  Please watch this video and share it with others.  

-Francine

 

 

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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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Head Lice…….Eewwwww!

Head lice – eewww, yuck, gross.  The only thing nice we could say about head lice is that it’s not dangerous and it’s an equal opportunity pest.  Lovely.  We could also say that it’s disgusting and annoying.

Now that school has begun, it is just a matter of time before head lice start making the rounds.  Our school year started one month ago and there have already been a couple of cases of lice reported, which prompted me to do a little research.  I know that there are chemical-laden products that I can buy at my local drugstore but that’s not really my style.  Since getting rid of lice usually takes repeated treatments I do not want to use harsh chemicals over and over again on my kids’ heads.  I’ve read that the over-the-counter treatments don’t always work.  Parents are then left with using an even stronger prescription chemical to kill the lice called “lidane.”  I came across this article that contained this quote: “According to the FDA, lidane products can cause serious side effects for many reasons, even when used as directed.”  And we all know that everyone reads and follows directions very carefully, so no worries there.  I also thought this was interesting…..

The pesticide [lidane] has been targeted for worldwide phase-out since 2009 by the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty that targets some of the world’s deadliest toxins. The U.S. has not ratified the treaty , and has no imminent plans to ban lidane for head lice.

Since 2006, lidane can no longer be used here on crops or cattle, or for any other purpose regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. A so-called “second line” treatment – meaning it’s only to be used if other methods fail – for head lice and scabies, lidane has been linked to cancer, seizures and deaths, according to the FDA.

 

We can’t use lidane on cattle but the FDA says I can use it repeatedly on my child’s (developing) head.  No thanks.  There have got to be better alternatives than that.

When we lived in Brooklyn, I heard about this woman who calls herself the Ladybug .  She has a booming business but she never advertises. She gets the job done and she doesn’t use over-the-counter pesticides.  Here is a NYT article about her.  But what if you don’t have a professional nit-picker in your neighborhood and you don’t want to use pesticides?

I searched the oil-testimonials.com website to see what worked for other people and found these testimonials on lice.  My essential oil desk reference recommends tea tree, lavender, peppermint, thyme, geranium, nutmeg, rosemary, cinnamon.   It also gave this recipe…

  • 4 drops thyme
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops geranium

You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oils that are used (thyme is “hot” so I would dilute).  Add 1 tsp. of oil diluted 50/50 to shampoo and massage onto entire scalp. 

  • Cover with a disposable shower cap and leave on for at least 1/2 hour.
  • Rinse well using 1 cup of Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash massaged into hair and scalp.  Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing out.

I would also add combing the hair with a special nit comb.

Of course I also wonder if there is anything I can do to prevent lice?  There are no studies, which is not a surprise, but I am using lavender and peppermint on my kids daily.  One or two drops on my hands which I then massage into their scalps.  It certainly can’t hurt and it may make their hair inhospitable to lice looking for a new home.

As I have mentioned before, all essential oils are not created equal.  When you use an essential oil make sure it is a pure therapeutic grade oil.  If you purchase an oil from your health food store and it doesn’t work, don’t blame all essential oils, it may just be that brand.  If you really want to see results don’t waste time or money on oils that may be diluted and/or adulterated.  Essential oils are effective when they have been made well.  Just like many other things in life – you get what you pay for.  Invest in your family’s health; it will truly pay off.

Ready to get started using pure therapeutic grade essential oils?  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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101 Uses for the Essential 7 Kit

Young Living’s promotion this month is the Essential 7 kit.  Please see my "Monthly Promotions" page for the promotion details.  The kit includes 7 – 5 ml bottles of some of Young Living’s most popular and useful oils.  I  love getting the 5 ml bottles because they are great to carry with you.  I have my "oil bag" that is always filled with most if not all of the oils from this kit and it comes with me everywhere.  Why would you want to bring these oils with you?  Well, since you asked…..

1. In case you, or someone (including an animal) gets hurt ( panaway or lavender).

2. If you eat something at lunch that doesn’t agree with you (peppermint).

3. If you get any kind of bug bite (including bees & wasps) (purification).

4. If you need to clean your hands but have no running water or soap (lemon).

5. If you need a mental pick me up (peppermint).

6. If you need an emotional pick me up (joy).

7. If you are stressed from work or traffic (lavender or peace & calming)

8. If you get a headache (panaway, peppermint or lavender).

9. If you need to calm a tired or cranky child (or adult!) (peace & calming).

10. If you just want to smell really, really good (joy).

101 Uses for the Essential 7 Kit

The Essential 7 Kit was created by Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) so that anyone could immediately use and appreciate the benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils. The Kit contains three single oils: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Lemon (Citrus limon) and Peppermint (Mentha piperita), and four oil blends: Joy, PanAway, Peace & Calming and Purification. All single oils may be used as dietary supplements. All of the oils may by diffused. The diffuser from YLEO is a special air pump that is custom designed to disperse the oils in a microfiber vapor. This allows the oils to stay suspended in the air to reduce bacteria, fungi and mold. It also freshens the air with natural fragrances, eliminating the need for synthetic, harmful air fresheners. The diffuser disperses the oils without heat, which could render the essential oils less effective. All of the oils can be applied to the Vita Flex points on the feet, added to bath water mixed with YLEO’s Bath Gel Base, applied topically or used with body and foot massage. PLEASE CAREFULLY READ AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS INCLUDED AT THE END OF THIS HANDOUT.

LAVENDER – (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. Lavender has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming relaxing and balancing — physically and emotionally. THIS PLANT IS GROWN AND DISTILLED AT THE YOUNG LIVING FARMS.

1. Rub Lavender oil on the feet for a calming effect on the body.

2. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.

3. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.

4. Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.

5. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding.

6. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.

7. To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.

8. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).

9. Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.

10. Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

11. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

12. To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the affected area.

13. Rub 2 – 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant.

14. Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.

15. Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.

16. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.

17. Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.

18. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.

19. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.

20. Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.

21. Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.

22. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.

23. Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.

LEMON – (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.

24. Use 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener

25. Use 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.

26. Use 1 drop of Lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.

27. For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.

28. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings.

29. To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.

30. Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.

31. Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.

32. Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.

33. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.

34. Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.

35. Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain and aid healing.

36. Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gums caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction.

37. Put a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or acne to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).

38. Rub several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.

39. Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically to clear athlete’s foot.

40. Rub several drops of Lemon oil on varicose veins to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.

41. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night until it disappears.

42. Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.

43. Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.

PEPPERMINT – (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in affecting impaired taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals. PEPPERMINT IS GROWN AND DISTILLED AT THE YOUNG LIVING FARMS.

44. Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.

45. Add a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.

46. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation.

47. Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.

48. Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.

49. Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.

50. For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil.

51. Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue..

52. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea

53. To relieve a headache, rub a drop of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck.

54. To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).

55. Place two drops of Peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.

56. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil while taking a test to improve recall.

57. Rub 4 drops of Peppermint oil on chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.

58. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.

59. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.

60. To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.

61. Mix one 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.

62. Place a couple of drops of Peppermint oil in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.

63. To kill aphids, add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.

64. Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.

65. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.

66. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.

67. Inhale the fragrance of Peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.

68. Remove ticks by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to unhedge its head and remove from your pet.

69. Mix Peppermint oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet. Keep water agitated while soaking feet.

JOY – An exotic, luxurious blend of Lemon (Citrus limon), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), rose (Rosa damascena), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), and jasmine (Jasminum officinale) that produces an uplifting magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as a cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.

70. Rub a drop of Joy oil over the heart and on the bottom of each foot to relieve feelings of frustration or depression.

71. Put a drop of Joy oil on the tip of the nose to uplift your mood.

72. Wear a drop of Joy oil behind each ear as a perfume.

73. Rub a drop of Joy oil between your palms and then spread over the face and neck after shaving.

74. Rub two drops of Joy oil on areas of the body with poor circulation to improve blood flow.

75. Rub two drops of Joy oil on the armpit area to use for a deodorant.

76. Rub two drops of Joy oil on the heart and feet to increase libido.

77. Sprinkle a few drops of Joy oil into potpourri to improve the fragrance.

PANAWAY – A blend of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), which has an active constituent similar to cortisone; clove (Syzygium aromaticum), which contains eugenol, used by dentists to numb gums; peppermint (Mentha piperita), which is calming for nerves; and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), which is soothing for localized discomfort. This blend was created by Gary Young following an injury that severely tore the ligaments in his leg.

78. Apply PanAway oil topically on an injured area to reduce inflammation and bruising.

79. Apply PanAway oil topically to sore muscles after exercising.

80. Rub a drop of PanAway oil on the temples, forehead and back of the neck to relieve a headache.

81. Mix PanAway oil with massage oil and massage on location to stop growing pains.

82. Rub 1-2 drops of PanAway oil on arthritic hands to lessen pain.

83. Rub 2-3 drops of PanAway oil at the base of the spine to relieve sciatic pain.

84. For arthritic pets, massage PanAway oil diluted with V-6 Vegetable on location or a drop in the food.  

PEACE & CALMING – A gentle, fragrant blend of Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus sinensis), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) specially designed for diffusing. It promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace, helping to calm tensions and uplift spirits.

85. Rub 1-2 drops of Peace & Calming oil on the bottom of the feet and on the shoulders before bedtime to get good quality sleep.

86. Diffuse Peace & Calming oil in the room to calm overactive or hard to manage children.

87. Mix Peace & Calming oil with massage oil for a relaxing massage.

88. Put Peace & Calming oil mixed with Bath Gel Base in warm water for a relaxing bath.

89. To help stop nocturnal teeth grinding, diffuse Peace & Calming oil while sleeping.

PURIFICATION – An antiseptic blend of Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida) and myrtle (Myrtus communis) formulated for diffusing to purify and cleanse the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke and disagreeable odors.

90. Diffuse Purification oil to clean the air and neutralize foul or stale odors.

91. Put several drops of Purification oil on a cotton ball and place in the air vents in the home, office, hotel room or other enclosed area.

92. While traveling, inhale Purification oil during flights to protect yourself from pathogens found in the recirculated air.

93. Put a drop of Purification oil on insect bites to cleanse and stop the itching.

94. Apply a drop of Purification oil on blemishes to clear the skin.

95. Rub a drop of Purification oil on the outside of a sore throat when it is first beginning.

96. Rub a drop of Purification oil on a blister to cleanse and disinfect.

97. Put 2 drops of Purification oil on two cotton balls and place in the toes of smelly sneakers to combat odors.

98. Place a drop of Purification oil on each end of a cotton swab and place on top of your cold water humidifier to clean the air.

99. Dilute Purification oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and swab the nasal cavity to ward off the flu.

100. Spritz several drops of Purification oil mixed with water to repel insects.

101. Apply Purification oil and Peppermint oil diluted with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil to a cotton swab and rub just inside the ear to eliminate ear mites in cats and dogs.

Obligatory Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician. THESE SUGGESTED USES APPLY ONLY TO THE USE OF THERAPEUTIC GRADE, YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS. GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS.

1. Always keep a bottle of V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil, Massage Oil Base or any pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.

2. Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.

3. Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.

4. Do not use essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.

5. Direct sunlight and essential oils. Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, White Angelica and other citrus oils may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays with 3 to 4 days of use.

6. Keep essential oils away from eye area and do not put into ears. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on fingers. Oils with high phenol content –  oregano, helichrysum, cinnamon, thyme, clove. Lemongrass, bergamot, Thieves and ImmuPower – may damage contacts and irritate eyes.

7. Pregnant women should consult their health care professional before using essential oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity, such as clary sage, sage, Idaho tansy, juniper and fennel.

8. Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid hyssop, fennel and Idaho tansy oils.

9. People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying the oil on other areas. The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.

10. Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil-soluble liquid like honey, olive oil or soy milk.

11. Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Use Bath Gel Base as a dispersing agent for oils in the bath.

References: Young, N.D., Gary D. An Introduction to Young Living Essential Oils. Ninth Edition, 2001. Essential Oils Desk Reference. Compiled by Essential Science Publishing, Second Edition, July 2001.

If you want to learn more about how to get started using Young Living Essential Oils  see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details or you can contact me at 347-278-2242 for a free oils introduction.

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

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A little cancer with your lipstick?

Personal care products are jam-packed with petrochemicals that can very possibly have serious health effects. These are products that many women and men use on a daily basis.  It is not that we are using just one product that could be harmful, we are using many different products simultaneously.  Sadly, it seems, we are human guinea pigs.  Of the 11 types of products listed in the illustrated photo below, 5 of them have possible hormone disruptors and 3 are linked to cancer.  Other possible side effects include infertility, rashes, headaches, and irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs, to name just a few.  It’s also shocking to note that there are 250 chemicals in perfume alone.  That just does not seem reasonable to me.  Why must our products be so toxic, not only to us but to those we love?  The answer is that they don’t need to be, they are made to be that way for one reason only: cost.  It’s cheaper to use many petrochemicals in these products than to use real, natural ingredients.  As consumers, we have a choice to make.  Do we continue to support companies that produce products that not only harm us but also harm our children?  I don’t think so.  By using essential oils and essential oil-based personal care products, we don’t have to worry about doing any harm to anyone.  We can use these products knowing that they are safe and enhance our well being and those around us.

I use the Young Living essential oil blend called Joy every day.  One day I walked into a very busy business where the woman at the desk is usually grumpy, not mean, just grumpy.  As I was standing there waiting for her to sort out my concern, she asked “What is that smell?”  Her coworker mentioned that she was wearing clove but that wasn’t it.  Eventually, I held out my hand, which still smelled of Joy and asked if this was the smell.  What I remember most is the way her whole face softened.  Suddenly, she did not look so grumpy anymore, she even smiled a bit.  I’m not sure how long it lasted but it was definitely to my benefit, and to hers!  Essential oils can touch many people in many different ways.  All without toxic effect.

If you want to learn more about how to get started using Young Living Essential Oils  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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