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.  




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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.


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.


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.



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!


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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


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


Why Essential Oils Work Best For Mold

I found this on the Young Living Blog.  Dr. Close wrote the book “Nature’s Mold RX,  The non-toxic solution to your toxic mold”


As a scientist, I ask a lot of questions and have a natural curiosity about why things work the way they do. When I first heard that essential oils were nature’s original medicine, I was skeptical. Even though my family had experienced definite benefits from their usage, I was not fully satisfied with the answers I heard about why essential oils should work in the human body. Young Living Founder Gary Young said that essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant, but while I can see that essential oils serve a similar purpose in plants as blood does in the human body, we are not plants. So why should oils distilled from plant materials be so beneficial to human beings? Gary pointed out that essential oils carry vital nutrients to cells, cleanse cells and receptor sites, and oxygenate the blood. I was intrigued and I could see that, due to their ability to transport oxygen into the system, essential oils might have effects similar to hyperbaric treatments which provide oxygen to cells and tissues to reduce pain and promote rapid healing.

Why do essential oils work so well for humans? To my surprise, studying mold-related illness and understanding why oils are so effective against mold and bacteria has supplied the answer to this question. Consider this: When a living organism dies, mold along with other microorganisms attack the body to break it down into compounds for food. This is a natural process that continually recycles organic materials on our planet. The difference between mold and the scavengers we usually think of, like vultures, is that molds (fungi) do not care whether you are alive or dead—they are attacking you all the time. Right now, in fact, they are doing what they do best, trying to reduce your body to useable food stuff!

Why are essential oils so beneficial and work so well in and on our bodies? They are the plants’ natural immune system! They destroy microorganisms that destroy plants, and those same microorganisms can do us great harm. I am continuing to collect scientific data on the results of using essential oils to eliminate bacteria and mold. That data, collected over the past five years, provides scientific evidence that Young Living essential oils are the best defense available against toxic mold and mold-related illnesses.

Dr. Ed Close

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



How dirty is your soap? Young Living Essential Oils can help you clean up.

Without much effort on my part, I seem to find information about the chemicals and toxins that are in our everyday products.  The more I read about it the more I’m blown away – they are everywhere.  Chemicals are in our food and water, our personal care products, televisions, computers, mattresses and clothing.  I could keep going but I think you get the idea.  More and more studies are showing how prevalent these chemicals are in our lives and how they are having many undesired effects.  I would rather not make myself crazy about all the “Chemicals” that are everywhere and in everything that we touch.  So I do what I can for myself and my family.  I eat organic as much as possible, limit processed foods, stay away from all commercial cleaners and air “fresheners” (try more like carcinogenic pollutants) and I avoid using antibacterial anything, including soaps.  Why do I bother?  Because I am more than concerned by how common these chemicals are and how we really don’t know what they do to us.  Here is a great video called “The Story of Cosmetics”.  In it, Annie Leonard explains her theory of “toxins in, toxins out.”  If we put toxic chemicals in our products, we will get toxic chemicals in our bodies.  Even small but regular exposure to everyday products means we’re ingesting chemicals like lead, mercury, fire-retardants and triclosan.  Ms. Leonard also goes on to explain how the industry self-regulates and that putting “natural’ or “organic” on a label can mean absolutely nothing.  Manufacturers are permitted to put just about whatever they want on a label, even when it may have no relation to what is actually in the bottle.

I recently learned about a chemical called triclosan that is found in over 700 different personal and household consumer products.  These include toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, and antibacterial soap.  Triclosan is also used in products like children’s toys, bedding, trash bags, cutting boards and yoga mats.  You will most likely find it in anything that is marketed as “Antibacterial”.  You might think that a chemical that is in such wide use would have been thoroughly researched by the FDA.  Not the case with triclosan.  This past July, the National Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the FDA for not properly regulating triclosan and triclocarban, a related substance.  Here is a very informative file from the NRDC titled “Not Effective and Not Safe:  The FDA Must Regulate Dangerous Antimicrobials In Everyday Products”

Research has shown that triclosan is not effective in preventing sickness (surprise!), which would be funny if research also didn’t show that it has been linked to a number of human health problems.  These problems included increased risk of respiratory illness, such as asthma, cancer and even subtle effects on learning.   Some researchers are concerned that triclosan may be a potential endocrine disruptor and that it may interfere with the body’s thyroid hormone metabolism.  Triclosan is also a chemical that builds up in fatty tissues over prolonged use which is apparently why it is found in human milk and in the urine of 75% of the population.  Unsettling, considering we don’t actually eat it.  There’s an environmental impact as well.  Chemicals such as triclosan are getting into our water supply.  Researchers are finding them in rivers and in the fish that swim in those rivers.  For more information on triclosan and tricolcarban, please see the Beyond Pesticides website.   I also found an informative Washington Post article, “FDA says studies on triclosan, used in sanitizers and soaps, raise concerns” on that same site.

Another alarming study shows a link between breast cancer, cleaning products and air fresheners.  The study found that women who were exposed to the highest combined use of cleaning products and air fresheners were more likely to have breast cancer than women who were not exposed.  The study can be found here.  Many disagree with the study because the participants, 787 women with breast cancer and 721 controls, were “asked about product use, beliefs about breast cancer etiology, and established and suspected breast cancer risk factors.”  The researchers acknowledge that there is some bias but also state that “exposure to chemicals from household cleaning products is a biologically plausible cause of breast cancer and  is avoidable”.  I hope more research will be done soon but in the mean time why wait for scientists to tell us what the indicators are pointing to.  Why not throw out the toxic “cleaners” and start using natural and safe alternatives immediately?  You can even make your own!  Simply google “natural cleaning recipes” to find some great cleaning products you can make yourself.  Check out this interesting article from the New York Times about how we don’t need toxic chemicals to clean: The Claim: Cinnamon Oil Kills Bacteria

-In a country obsessed with germs and sickness, “antibacterial” soaps and sanitizers are becoming more and more common.  But because such products contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some researchers recommend sanitizers made with cinnamon oil, which has been shown in many studies to have powerful antimicrobial properties.  A recent study by a team of surgeons, for example, found that a solution made with cinnamon oil killed a number of common hospital-acquired infections, like streptococcus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The study found it was just as effective as several antiseptics widely used in hospitals.  Another study by French researchers in 2008 had similar results, showing that at concentrations of 10 percent or less, cinnamon oil was effective against Staphylococcus, E. coli and several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.  Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, a pediatrician in New Jersey who dispenses natural health advice on his blog, wholechildcenter.org, recommends a tried-and-true recipe for hand sanitizer called thieves oil. “I add cinnamon bark, lemon oil and eucalyptus,” he said, noting that “the recipe goes back to the Middle Ages, where it was used by these thieves who would go around stealing jewelry from dead bodies, and they never got sick.”

Cinnamon oil, when applied topically, is generally safe.  But in some people it can cause an allergic reaction.-

This is a no brainer.  Why would I use toxic chemicals when I can use products that are safe and natural and smell a lot better?  It really isn’t that hard to get started.  The first step is to get rid of all of your old cleaners.  You don’t even have to throw them in the trash right this minute, just replace them with natural products when they run out.  If you are interested in trying the Thieves blend, Young Living also has a great Start Living with Thieves Kit to get you started.  Note in the article when the pediatrician mentioned the Thieves recipe goes back to the Middle Ages and it kept the thieves from getting ill as they were robbing plague victims.  I consider the Thieves essential oil blend my “secret” weapon.  When the kids started school this year within the first week my daughter had a cough and my son had some sniffles.  I pulled out my Thieves, put some on their feet and I also diffused it while they were watching tv.  The cough and the sniffles went away the next day.  I’ve used it for sore throats, headaches and any time I feel like I am getting sick.  With the cold and flu season approaching now is a perfect time to supply yourself with this versatile essential oil blend.  As you will see, the kit has everything you need to get started.

The kit contains:

1-15ml bottle of Thieves essential oil,

1 Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste (my fave),

1 Thieves mouthwash,

2 -14.4 fl. oz.Thieves household cleaners,

2 Thieves foaming hand soap (8 fl.oz. each),

2 Thieves spray (1 fl.oz. each),

2 Thieves waterless hand purifier (1 fl. oz. each),

1 Thieves booklet.

You will also get everything that comes with the Start Living kit, which includes

  • 1 – Welcome Letter
  • 1 – Start Living Booklet
  • 1 – Diffuser Coupon (only one per enrolling account)
  • 1 – Essential Rewards Booklet
  • 1 – Restore Your Core Booklet
  • 1 – 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse Booklet
  • 1 – Thieves® Booklet
  • 1 – Everyday Oils Booklet
  • 1 – Essential Oil User’s Guide
  • 1 – Product Guide
  • 1 – Product Price List
  • 1 – Policies & Procedures
  • 1 – Creating Abundance Booklet
  • 1 – Compensation Plan Flyer
  • 1 – Team Performance Flyer
  • 3 – Distributor Application/Agreement
  • 3 – Customer/Preferred Customer Form
  • 1 – NingXia Red® DVD
  • 1 – Gold of the Ages DVD
  • 1 – A·R·T® DVD
  • 1 – 5 ml Lavender essential oil
  • 1 – 5 ml Peppermint essential oil
  • 3 – NingXia Red Singles

Whether you decide to try the Thieves products or not please do consider switching to healthier cleaning options.  It’s ironic that we clean in order to kill germs that could make us sick but we are using chemicals that are not good for us and in turn those chemicals make us sick!  Using natural products to clean our homes and in our personal care products is something we can do to limit our exposure to unnecessary chemicals.  It is easy and it is cost effective.  Take back your home and your health by getting rid of those antibacterial soaps and toxic cleaners by replacing them with natural products that support a healthier lifestyle.

Please see the “How to order Young Living Oils” page if you would like to get started using Young Living products.


Young Living Essential Oils, how they work and why we should use them.

Many people know what essential oils look like.  For example,  you see them in the health food store and they smell good, but most are not sure where they come from or what to do with them.  What are essential oils?  Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, stems,  and flowers of plants or they can come from the resin of trees.  The oils contain hundreds of natural organic compounds.  Essential oils are the immune system of the plant.  They protect the plant from bacteria, mold and viruses.  They also carry oxygen and nutrients to the plant cells.  Lucky for us, essential oils do the same for humans and animals.  Essential oils can be applied topically, either diluted or neat.  They can also be inhaled and ingested.  No matter how you use the oils they will be quickly taken up into the blood stream and go to work.  Many people feel instant relief when a pure therapeutic grade essential oil is used, even if the pain does not go away entirely at first, the pain will decrease significantly in time.  For example, the other day I had a bit of an upset stomach, which I rarely have, and I put a single drop of peppermint in my water.  I felt relief with one sip and my stomach felt normal long before I finished the bottle.  When using essential oils it is so important to know the quality of the oils.  I only  use Young Living Essential Oils because I know they are pure therapeutic grade oils.  Before you ingest any oil please be certain that the oil is pure and is safe to do so.


The plant matter is put in a stainless steel cylinder with steam running up from the bottom.  On the Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah, the cylinder is about 20 feet tall and 8 feet across.  The plant is packed into the cylinder in a way so that the most material can be processed while still allowing the steam to easily flow up through the distiller.  The steam draws out the oil and it is taken out through the top .  The steam is cooled and the oil separates from the water.   How much oil do you get?  It differs from plant to plant.  If there was roman chamomile in the distiller you would only get 1/4-1/2 cup of essential oil.  This is why a small bottle of oil may cost $30 or more but when you stop and think about how effective one drop is then you begin to see how economical they really are.  When you have a pure  oil, one drop of that pure oil can do more good than many drops of an adulterated and diluted oil.  Rose oil is a very expensive oil because  it takes at least 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of rose oil.  It takes 3 tons of melissa to distill one pound of oil!  It takes a lot of material to make a small amount of oil but the oil that we get is very concentrated and one drop goes a long way.  For instance, one drop of peppermint oil is the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea!  We live in the desert and my husband and I have been enjoying putting one drop of peppermint in our water bottles.  It keeps us cool, it’s energizing and it tastes really good (also note the soothing stomach upset benefit mentioned above).  One drop in 32 oz of water is effective and economical.  I know it is a pure oil it is safe for us to ingest.  Please see my “Why Choose Young Living Essential Oils” page to learn more about what to look for in a pure oil.

Why Use Essential Oils?

In my opinion, this is such an important question to ask!  Why use essential oils when we can go to the store and buy a whole assortment of drugs that can take care of this pain or that ailment.  Plants are studied all the time for their healing abilities.  Researchers isolate the one or two compounds in the plant that they believe are responsible for the healing effect then synthetically reproduce those compounds in a lab to be packaged as a pharmaceutical.  The problem is that the compounds that make up an essential oil work synergistically.  The essential oils contain hundreds of compounds that attack viruses and bacteria without doing any harm to the person.  I love those drug ads (ok, not really) that show you a person suffering from a condition, looking miserable, until the wonder drug is introduced.  Then, all smiles.  My favorite part comes at the end of the commercial where someone mentions all the possible side effects (while speaking so fast you can hardly understand what they are saying).  We’ve all heard them before: constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, strokes and yes, even death.  Of course those are just a few of possible side effects from synthetic pharmaceuticals.

Let’s also talk about the overuse of drugs.  Allopathic medicine treats symptoms.  Often a patient is prescribed a drug to treat specific symptoms.  The patient experiences side effects when taking the drug.  The doctor prescribes another drug to relieve the side effects.  Then another, and another.  I think the only people who could possibly be happy about this scenario are the drug companies.  The other problem is the over prescribing of antibiotics.  I just read an article, “Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?”, on The Guardian website.  Because antibiotics are synthetic and made in a lab, they have to be standardized.  The microorganisms that are targeted by these drugs have developed immunity, hence they are referred to as “super bugs” .  In the article, Professor Tim Walsh states: “We have a bleak window of maybe 10 years, where we are going to have to use the antibiotics we have very wisely, but also grapple with the reality that we have nothing to treat these infections with.”  As a powerful alternative, we have essential oils.  The oils are not standardized because they come from plants and trees that grow in different conditions and locations all over the world.  It is much more difficult for the microbes to develop immunity to them.  In fact, studies have shown that essential oils are effective in fighting super bugs as noted in this article from Science Daily, “Essential Oils to Fight Super Bugs”.  The article notes the essential oils of thyme and cinnamon are very effective in  eliminating bacteria.  ”Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging,” said Professor Samaras.  I feel even better using essential oils knowing that I am tapping into natural sources that will ultimately be more effective than synthetic drugs.

My very good friend has a gland condition that pops up whenever she is stressed and tired.  Her usual treatment is to get a round of antibiotics from her doctor.  About 10 months ago, when it last came up I gave her a bottle of Thieves (an essential oil blend) and told her to use it next time her throat felt sore.  Of course, she promptly put it in the back of a drawer and forgot about it until about a month ago.  She was in the middle of a very important project and her throat was beginning to really bother her.  She didn’t want to deal with calling the doctor, getting the prescription, then waiting for the drugs to kick in.  She dug out the bottle, put some on her throat and feet at bedtime, and awoke feeling much better.  She used more Thieves and no longer needed to call her doctor for a prescription.  She is quite familiar with this condition and knows that if she doesn’t get the antibiotics, it gets worse.  It was nothing short of a “miracle”.  Those were her words, not mine.  I believe a lot of time and money can be saved by using just a few drops of select oils.

I have young kids, ages 5 and 7.  Before I began using the oils, I would use over the counter meds, like Tylenol, only when I felt I really needed them.  If the kids had a fever and were comfortable, I would let them be unless they couldn’t sleep, in which case I would give them the meds.  I recently found an article on Reuters UK about “Acetaminophen tied to childhood wheezing and allergies” – Yikes!!!  There needs to be more studies but it seems that the use of Tylenol in children under 1 can lead to allergic nasal  congestion and eczema as well as asthma.  They are not ready to advise not using children’s Tylenol but my thoughts as a parent is why wait to find out and at the least minimize usage.  Essential oils can be used on infants safely, and my children now prefer the oils when they have a bruise or a fever.  I also find the oils work much faster than waiting the 20 minutes for the Tylenol to kick in.  Myrtle, lemon, lavender, Valor, Gentle Baby and Peace & Calming are all oils that can be used on infants and children for either bumps, burns, cuts, fevers and fussiness.  Basically, there is an oil for every ailment, it’s just a matter of finding the right one.

Using essential oils is just one part of a healthy lifestyle.  I think we all want  balance in our lives and many times we need a bit of  help to maintain that balance.  Using essential oils can help to ease pain, headaches, soothe sores, aid sleep, they can help restore harmony to the body in a safe, natural and effective way.  I know we can use less drugs, those that are over the counter as well as prescription, if only more people knew of the power of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

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.wordpress.com



August Monthly Promotion- The Essential 7 Kit and 10% off Harmony


This month Young Living is giving  away the Essential 7 kit with a 195 PV order.  The kit includes 5 ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Joy, Purification, and PanAway.  This is a great collection of oils that can be used everyday in many different ways and the 5 ml bottles are perfect either to keep in your bag or to give as a gift.  I use Lavender for cuts,burns & bruises.  I put Lemon in my water bottle or I clean with it.  I use Peppermint for an upset stomach, fever or a headache.  My kids LOVE Peace & Calming.  I use it if they are having a hard time falling asleep or if they are dealing with an upset.  I love Joy, it is the oil that got me hooked on Young Living in the first place.  After I started using Joy, I threw away all my other perfumes.  It is an uplifting blend that I find many, many people enjoy.  Purification is great for bug bites, as a bug repellant, or can be used to kill mold.  I use it when I forget to take my wet laundry out of the washer.  I put it on the rinse cycle and add a couple of drops of purification.  The not so nice smell is gone and I can put the load in the dryer with no worries of a lingering odor.  I use PanAway for any kind of muscle pain.  If I workout a little too hard or if I strain my back a couple of drops of PanAway eases my pain instantly.  These are just a few of the ways that I use these oils everyday for myself and my family.

The other promotion this month is 10% off Harmony.  I love Harmony and use it everyday as part of the “Feel Good Everyday” protocol.  This would be a great month to get started with this protocol because in addition to 10% off Harmony you will receive a 5ml bottle of Joy for free if you qualify for the Essential 7 promo.  The other 2 oils that your will need are Valor and White Angelica.  Here is the protocol.  I use this everyday and I love it.

Valor – one drop on each foot or one drop on your wrists.  If you put it on your wrists, hold your wrists together for a moment.

Harmony – one drop above your belly button.

White Angelica – you can either put one drop on your hands, rub together and wipe hands from head to toe over your clothes.  I like to put one drop on each shoulder then rub my hands from head to toe.

Joy – one drop over your heart.  I also rub it behind my ears.

Do this everyday and I know you will feel uplifted.  I know that sounds like a big order how could 4 drops of oils make you feel better?   I don’t know how but I know it does.  I also like to add a drop of Abundance to my wrists (I put the Valor on my feet).  When I don’t use these oils I can feel it by midday that something is just a bit off and if I’m dealing with something these oils are the first I grab to support my emotional balance.  All you need is 4 or 5 drops total a day – so one bottle goes a long way.

Please see the Young Living Monthly Promotions page for offer details.