Essential Oils for the Winter and Holiday Seasons

It’s been awhile since I posted but that does not mean I have not been using my oils.  As a family we still use them on a daily basis and I am still, even after all these years, amazed by all that they do!  Below is a summary of my favorite oils to use for the fall, winter and holiday seasons.  Stock up now, before you need them.  I’ve learned this lesson the hard way.  (Sigh). 

 

Thieves 


A powerful blend of cinnamon, clove, rosemary and lemon oils.  You know when one person comes home sick and soon the rest of the family follows?  Wouldn’t it be super awesome if there was a way to stop that from happening?  At the first sign of a sniffle in the house I start diffusing thieves.  It helps the person that’s sick but it also helps to make sure the rest of us don’t get whatever they have.  Total win – win.  
 
Seasonal uses:
  • Feeling unwell?  Diffuse and rub on the bottom of your feet.  A couple of drops on each foot.  Repeat as needed.
  • Rub on a sore throat and/or you can gargle with a drop in a glass of water.  Thieves is strong so start with one drop and add or dilute with water as needed.  
  • My husband and I also put 3 or more drops in an empty 00 capsule and take internally.  Please note, I only recommend using Young Living Oils when taking them internally.

Other uses:

  • Oral care.  I have eased sore gums and sore teeth by applying thieves to the area that hurt. 
  • Diffuse to kill germs before anyone gets sick.  Get’em before they get you!
  • Rub on feet, kids and adults, during flu season as a preventative measure.

 

Peppermint 

It’s amazing how much I use this oil.  This is a must have all year long, especially if you live in the desert like I do. 

Seasonal uses:

  • Fever –  I find that a few drops on each foot help to bring a fever down quickly.  Peppermint is a natural coolant, which is why it is always in my water bottle during the hot desert summers.  
  • Stomach pain – Put one drop in at least 12 oz or more of water ( use glass or stainless steel – not plastic)  and drink (dilute with more water if needed).  You can also rub on the stomach to help relieve stomach pain, including indigestion, gas, bloating, etc.
  • Sinus relief -put one drop in the palm of your hand.  Rub hands together, bring them to your nose and inhale.  Whew, what a rush!  It opens sinuses and clears out the cobwebs in one fell swoop. 

Other uses for peppermint:  I keep an old glass juice bottle (about 32 oz) filled with water and 2 or 3 drops of peppermint in my fridge for the following uses…

  • As a natural appetite suppressant.  
  • It is great for digestion.  Too much turkey?  Have a glass of peppermint water.  It’s amazing how quickly it works.
  • Need a pick me up?  Have too much to do?  Peppermint is great to help clear the mind.  Inhale/diffuse if you need to have a bit more clarity or focus in your day.
  • Nausea – inhale as needed.

Lavender

This is another year round must have at all times oil.  I use lavender everyday and start to panic if I get a little low! 

Seasonal uses:

  • Use a drop or two on cracked hands.  If my hands get so dry that they crack/bleed I put on some lavender then layer with a salve.  Repeat as needed.
  • Cooking in the kitchen sometimes means getting a cut with a knife (my husband did this just last night) or a burn from the stove.  Run, don’t walk, and get the hurt area covered in lavender stat!  The faster you get it on the faster the healing will begin.  If it is a serious burn please seek medical attention.  I have used lavender on so many burns, cuts and bruises and each and every time I am stunned by how quickly the area heals.  
  • A natural antihistamine.  I never had allergies until I moved to the desert.  Once I figured out that I had them I took lavender in a capsule internally and my symptoms cleared up.  I also use it on my face, around the sinuses, being careful to avoid the eye area.  

Other uses:

  • Use on the face for blemishes
  • As a sleep aid
  • To reduce stress
  • Air freshener.  A few drops in a glass water bottle is a great way to freshen the air, sheets, bathrooms, car, etc. 

Peace & Calming

This is the oil that changed the way I looked at essential oils.  One night I watched as it transformed my almost 3 year old son from not wanting to settle down and go to bed into cooperating with us,  getting dressed and into bed and asleep in minutes.  It was miraculous!  I wanted to order a lifetime supply right then and there.  Peace & Calming is a blend of tangerine,orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy.

Seasonal uses:

  • Stress & Anxiety.  The holidays are great but are also a time of year of added stress and anxiety.  Peace & calming soothes, calms and relaxes.  It works on adults as well as children.  
  • Sleep aid.  I would rub my kids feet with this blend before bed and they would easily drift off.  I would then have to wash my hands because if I didn’t I would find myself getting sleepy!   It is a great oil to have when you need to settle down and get a good nights rest and of course there are no side effects in the morning.

Other uses:

  • I know people that use Peace & Calming when they have a big presentation.
  • Anytime you want to ease a stressful situation.
  • I used it on my dog who gets stressed out when meeting other dogs.  Which stresses me out so it helped both of us!
  • Over active kid or kids.  Put it on yourself and walk around the kids to calm them down. 
  • Can be helpful for those with mental disabilities.

Joy

This is the oil that started me using essential oils.  It is a blend of bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, rosewood, lemon, mandarin, jasmine, Roman chamomile, palmarosa and rose.  I use this oil everyday and I love it.  Once I started using Joy I had to give away my best perfumes because I could no longer tolerate the synthetic chemicals in those products.

Seasonal uses:

  • Depression.  People don’t like to talk about depression around the holidays but it happens.  A lot.  There is so much going on.  This time of year demands more of our time and our finances which can be overwhelming.  Throw in some crazy family members and it can all be just too much.  A few drops over your heart, behind your neck, and or on your wrists will help to lift your mood.
  • Seasonal mood disorder.  The lack of sun can be a problem for some people and this oil can help ease those tough months.

Other uses:

  • I use this blend, with valor, harmony & white angelica everyday.  It’s my favorite combination of oils and I do believe it helps to support my emotional well being.  I often get comments of "You smell so good".  I will never forget the first time I actually noticed as it transformed someone before my eyes.  I watched as her face changed from scowling to relaxed and smiling after one whiff! 

 

Please note all of these recommendations are for Young Living Essential OIls.  If you chose to use another oil you may not get the same results.  Please do not take any oil internally unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to do so.  I only use Young Living Oils and  would personally never use or take any other essential oils internally.  

Essential Oils precautions -

  • Keep oils away from the eyes.  If an oil does get in your eye you can flush with olive oil if needed.
  • Use a fatty oil, like olive oil, if you need to dilute an oil.  Do Not use water.  Water pushes an oil in.  Fatty oils, dilute.
  • When essential oils are used wisely you will enjoy better health, naturally.

 

Francine Smith blogs about using Young Living Essential Oils at Young Living Life.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isn’t it a Pyramid Scheme?

When some people hear that Young Living is a network marketed company they start shaking in their boots.   Basically they think it is a pyramid scheme.  It isn’t.  It never has been and never will be.  The problem is they are letting their fears and what they think they know about network marketing get in the way of using remarkable products. They deny themselves, based on misinformation, these products that have tremendous health benefits.

Not only is this video funny it will hopefully clear up any confusion on what network marketing really is.  

If you have any questions about how Young Living works, any of the products or how to get started you can contact me at younglivinglife@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

-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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Young Living Sacred Frankincense and Breast Cancer Pub Med Study Results

On October 7, 2011 I posted a video with Dr. Mahmoud Suhail describing results from cancer studies using Boswellia Sacra (Sacred Frankincense) on cancer.  See this link for the video.  The results are amazing and now there is a Pub Med study reporting those findings.  Click here if you would like to read the study.  Below are the conclusions.

"Similar to our previous observations in human bladder cancer cells, Boswellia sacra essential oil induces breast cancer cell-specific cytotoxicity. Suppression of cellular network formation and disruption of spheroid development of breast cancer cells by Boswellia sacra essential oil suggest that the essential oil may be effective for treating advanced breast cancer. Consistently, the essential oil represses signaling pathways and cell cycle regulators that have been proposed as therapeutic targets for breast cancer. Future pre-clinical and clinical studies are urgently needed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Boswellia sacra essential oil as a therapeutic agent for treating breast cancer."

 

Amazing, right?!  What Bosellia Sacra does is kill cancer cells, what it does not do is kill healthy cells!  That is exactly what medicine should do.  Simple I know, but true.  Last October I wrote a post, "Breast Health Awareness Month"  have a look for more ideas on natural cancer prevention with tips from Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Vicki Opfer, a Young Living Crown Diamond. 

Dr. H. K. Lin who was a part of this study as well as others on frankincense and cancer has suggested that taking frankincense as a preventative would be a good idea.  I personally use frankincense daily.  If I had a history of cancer in my family it would be a definite.  Why wait until it’s too late?  

A new year is just around the corner.  Make it a healthy & happy one and get started with Young Living today.  So many different options to choose from too!  If you want to jump in (the best way) then start with the essential oil starter kit.  The kit includes one 5 ml bottle of frankincense as well as eight other delicious and amazing oils.  If you would rather start with a toe in the water then you could try one or two oils like lavender or sacred frankincense.  Go here to order. Feel free to contact me at younglivinglife@gmail.com (younglivinglife at gmail dot com) if you have any questions. 

Francine

 

 

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Smoothiliciousness (or the Appliance that Stole my Heart).

I am not ashamed to say that I am in the midst of a full-on love affair with an appliance.  My husband is well aware, and in fact quite supportive, of my new love. Actually, I think he’s got his own crush going on as well.   I am not one to "fall" for anything with a cord you know.  I like my refrigderator and I tolerate my oven.  I thought I was in love with my washer and dryer but  I now realize that was a mere school girl crush.  Honestly, seeing my new blender on my counter makes me swoon just a bit.  

I wish I could say that I am exaggerating a little bit but I’m not.  If anything I am restraining myself from gushing even more.  This blender has changed my life!  Dramatic I know, but so true.  I have always been a fruit and veg kind of girl.  I was a vegetarian for over 20 years and if there was no such thing as bacon, I would probably still be one today.  I now consider myself to be a flexitarian.  Which means I can eat meat (bacon) with just a little bit of guilt.  Even though I love my veggies, cleaning them, preparing them and cooking them takes time and effort.  At least that was before my new love showed up.  Now all I have to do is throw a bunch of veg and or fruit in my blender, hit a button, and in a blink I have a fresh, yummy, nutrient-rich drink.  

A M A Z I N G!!   

You may be wondering how a blender has anything to do with essential oils?  As you may have noticed this site is called Young Living Life.  When I found Young Living Essential Oils it became quite clear to me that I had found a company that supported the type of lifestyle that I had been looking for.  I found a way to take care of myself and my family with safe & natural products that healed our hurts and supported a healthier way of living.   As a mom, really as a human being, I feel like part of the deal of living on this earth is to be always wanting more.  Not in the sense of the latest this or that but more life out of life.  Better health, more vitality, more fun, more joy…….I want more of those for myself and my family.  Young Living is the only company I have ever found whose products support my family in that way.  The products enhance our wellbeing.  That is really quite something.  This blender is just one stop that I’ve made along the way that also supports my goal of better health for myself and my family.

Of course the two mix in another way.  I have been using 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red in my drinks which adds a great taste as well as an extra antioxidant boost and I’ve added orange oil to a mixed berry smoothie.  I’ve also used peppermint oil to make a chocolate mint ice cream.  Definitely yum! 

Below is a recipe from Dr. Oz.  He is a big believer in the power of the green smoothie.  I recommend using either a Blendtec blender or a Vitamix blender.  Yes, these machines are expensive but they are absolutely worth the price.  You will use them over and over and they will do things a "normal" blender just can’t do.  For instance I was able to make "ice cream" for my kids after school today.  I added heavy cream (yes, I know but it is ice cream after all), whey powder (sweetened with stevia), unsweetened chocolate, agave, vanilla and 1 cup of spinach!  The first question my son asked was if I put anything green in the ice cream.  Of course I lied.  My picky eater ate it all up and said it was the best ice cream that we had made yet.  Which it was (just don’t tell my husband that).  

I half this recipe and I only added 2 stalks of celery.  This is a very green drink if you haven’t tried a green smoothie before add more apples or other fruit like grapes to sweeten it a bit.  I loved it and plan on having it every morning.  Also, please use organic produce.  Celery is on the dirty dozen list and I recently read how "dirty" (covered in pesticide residue) parsley is.  Core the apples but leave the skin on.

Make the breakfast drink that Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins. 

Ingredients
2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery
1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon

 

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.

 

 

 Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  Please share!

 

-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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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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Young Living June Promotions

FREE NingXia Red and Peppermint!Free NingXia Red and Peppermint!

Place a single order of 180 PV* or more from June 1-30 and receive a 1-liter bottle of NingXia Red® and a 15-mlPeppermint essential oil free—a retail value of $78.29!

Give yourself a refreshing, revitalizing boost this summer. Fill a glass with ice. Add 2 ounces of NingXia Red, 1 drop of peppermint oil, and finish with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy! This delicious summer drink will energize your mind, and provide your body with vital antioxidants and phytonutrients.**

NingXia Red is a superfruit supplement specially formulated to energize, fortify, and replenish the body and mind. Its power comes from combining whole-fruit wolfberry puree with lemon and orange essential oils and a superblend of blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, and raspberry juices.

Peppermint has a long history of therapeutic use. It is valued for combating a variety of issues, including fatigue, minor head discomfort, and digestive concerns.**

Learn more about the products featured in our June promotions!

NingXia Red
Energize, Fortify, and Replenish Every Day!

This month’s expert speaker:
Marc Schreuder

Click this link to hear Marc Shreuder discuss the many benefits of Ningxia Red.


Offer is valid from 12 midnight MDT June 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT June 30, 2011.
Offer Details:

  • Limit of one free 1-liter bottle of NingXia Red and one free 15-ml bottle of peppermint essential oil per order.
  • Offer is valid on orders of 180 PV or more. Limit of five qualifying orders per month.
  • PV minimum must be reached in a single order. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying month cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • 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.
  • PV is not earned for free product.
  • Customer is responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer is valid in the U.S. and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.

Buy Ocotea and Get 50% Off Dorado Azul

Buy Ocotea and Get 50% Off Dorado Azul

Buy Ocotea essential oil from June 1-30 and receive 50% offDorado Azul essential oil. These oils are the result of Gary Young’s extensive research in Ecuador and offer unique therapeutic benefits.

Dorado Azul has high levels of beta caryophyllene to help support normal respiratory and digestive functions. Diffuse up to 30 minutes three times daily or apply to the skin to aid in soothing minor discomforts. Dilute 1:1 with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to affected area as needed.

Ocotea essential oil is related to the cinnamon species but has a slightly different aroma and taste. Ocotea contains some of the highest known levels of alpha-humulene, which offers potent digestive support and can help balance the body’s response to irritation.*

Item No. 5390

Discounted pricing: Wholesale $48.25 / Retail $62.01 / PV 48.25

These oils were released at Young Living’s 2010 International Grand Convention and have quickly become best sellers. If you have not tried them, now is your chance!

Offer Details:

  • Item No. 5390
  • Offer is valid 12 midnight MDT June 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT June 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, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.

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.wordpress.com

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