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Does Essential Oil Brand Really Matter?

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Does Essential Oil brand really matter? Since oils are from plants, the care begins with the first seed in the ground… and as we have studied essential oils, we have discovered that only one company really does this process properly. Young Living has EARNED our loyalty because of their SEED TO SEAL process, which no other oil company in the world does! Friends, meet Young Living Essential Oils!
SEED:
a. They hand select their heirloom seeds and plant them on rested fields (so the soil isn’t stripped of all its nutrients)
b. They grow them in as much of their natural environment as possible and with companion plants so they can produce the highest quality plants possible.
CULTIVATION:
a. They cultivate them “organically” and use no sprays, chemicals, fertilizers, etc. on the plants.
b. They spray with their own oils only.
HARVEST:
a. The plants are harvested at the right time of year and even the right time of day. Some plants do better if harvested in the cool morning hours and so Young Living will stretch out their harvest over several weeks instead of just doing it in a few days because they care so much about the quality of each plant.
DISTILLATION:
a. When you cut flowers, if you don’t immediately put them in water, they dry out, correct?
b. If you harvest plants and ship them hours or days away to be distilled into essential oils, they will dry out and in the process lose much of their viability and life.
c.Young Living built their own distilleries right on their farms so there is no drying out time.
d. They distill each plant at the proper temperature and pressure.
e. What results is the highest quality oil from the highest quality plants.
TESTING:
a. After the oil is distilled, Young Living tests each and every batch.
b. It must meet certain chemical constituents in order for them to keep it and sell it as “therapeutic grade” oil.
c. Their standards are significantly higher than the world standards for essential oils.
d. They also 3rd party test (from an outside source).
e. If it doesn’t have certain percentages of each chemical constituent, they don’t keep it and they sell it off to other companies to use to fragrance their “lavender shampoos and lotions” etc.
f. YL ends up keeping about the top 30% of their oils.
g. This shows their character, integrity, and commitment to having the highest quality oils in the entire world.

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Joyous Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs make amazing gifts!! These joyous bath bombs will be a huge hit and leave your own bathroom smelling wonderful.

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Benefits of lime essential oil

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I have recently discovered a new favorite oil.  Lime!  It smells like tart candy and tastes amazing.

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Because I seem to be consuming it daily in my water – I did a little research to figure out if there were side benefits besides getting me to drink more water.  I found out it does all sorts of things, and is one of the cheapest oils you can buy – bonus.

Lime oil may help regulate blood pressure, especially due to stress.  Lime is one of the key ingredients in one of my favorite oil blends, Stress Away.  I know Rachel can attest to its ability to lower blood pressure.

By adding a  drop to your water throughout your day, you are also increasing your energy levels and boosting your mood. Who doesn’t need that?

Lime is a powerful antiseptic, and when applied externally, it can cure infections on the skin and in wounds.

Along the same line, lime oil helps to fight and protect against viral infections, which may cause the common cold and all strains of influenza.

Consuming lime oil in your water daily is known to help aid in weight loss

Lime oil will tone muscles, tissues and skin as well as the various systems that function in the body, including the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and excretory systems.

Lime oil can reduce pain in the muscles and joints and is a very good antioxidant.

This is cool – when consumed, lime oil is known to heal infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary system. It is also miraculously effective in curing sores, psoriasis, ulcers, and rashes.

Mix 2-3 drops of lime oil in 1 ounce of water. Mix well, and then place on cotton ball. Apply to acne.  Can also be used as a toner for oily skin.

Something that I am excited to try, I read that for varicose veins you can mix 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on affected area.

For arthritis and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area to help heal and alleviate pain.

~Jennifer

 

How to use essential oils

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Wondering how to use these awesome oils once you get them?

There are three main ways to use them.

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Topically

  • Apply on the “problem area” (Bug bites, etc. Some applications might require dilution).
  • Apply on temples, behind ears, back of neck, or chest for anything
 systemic (cold, flu, depression, fever, etc.)
  • Rub oils on the feet, hands, spine, neck, temples – you will find favorite spots for each oil!
  • Make an ointment out of your favorite oils and coconut oil.  Use just like a lotion or salve.  (pain cream, sleeping ointment, antibiotic ointment, allergy cream)

Aromatically

  • Diffuse oils into the room with your Young Living
 diffuser, this is especially effective for emotional issues.
  • Smell oil straight from the bottle.
  • Cup hands over nose and inhale after a topical application.
  • Put a drop of oil into your hands, rub them together, cup over nose/mouth and breathe deeply for 2 minutes.

Internally

  • Drop a few drops of oil into a capsule and take it by mouth.
  • Always drink with a full cup of water!
  • Drop a few drops of oil into water, a smoothie, tea, juice, or
 other fluid in a glass or metal container.
  • Use various oils in cooking recipes like cinnamon, clove, lime, lemon,
 peppermint, oregano, and thyme.

~Jennifer

 

Recipes!

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I thought it would be fun to add a list of recipes that feature essential oils.  It is so fun to replace our nasty toxin filled beauty products with all natural ones.  These recipes and more can be found on living it out.

 

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Lemon Sugar Scrub

2 Cups of Sugar
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Organic Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
20 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

With a mixer, mix the sugar and oil together. Add the lemon juice and Lemon Essential Oil. Mix well. Store in glass jar with a lid.

DIY Detox Deodorant
2 cups organic coconut oil
10 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil
10 drops Young Living MelaleucaAlternifolia or MelaleucaQuinquinervia oil
10 drops any other Young Living oil (I use En-R-Gee)
1 ½ Tbsp aluminum free baking soda OR Arrowroot powder

In a food processer or blender, whip the coconut oil for 1-3 minutes until soft and whipped. Add in the drops of Young Living Essential Oils and baking soda. Blend for another minute. Store in a cool, dry place in a glass jar with a lid.

Moisturizing Body Butter
1 cup organic  coconut oil
3 Tbsp Pure Shea Butter
2 Tbsp Cocoa Butter with Jojoba Oil
20 drops Young Living Essential Oil(Lavender, Joy, Peppermint, or another oil that supports skin health)

In a food processor, add all your ingredients except the essential oil. Whip until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides a few times and keep whipping! It will continue getting smoother and creamier as air whips into it. When it is whipped to the desired consistency, add your 20 drops of essential oils and whip again to combine.

Brightening Facial Moisturizer
1 cup organic coconut oil
20 drops Young Living Frankincense Essential oil (could also add Lavender, Myrrh, Elemi)

Whip coconut oil in a blender about 2 minutes, then add essential oils and whip another minute. Store in a glass mason jar in a cool, dry place. If you don’t like coconut oil for your facial moisturizer, you can also add Frankincense oil to Grapeseed, Avocado, Jojoba, Rosehip, or Olive Oil and store in a glass dropper bottle or soap dispenser.

 

Insect Repellant

4 oz witch hazel
4 oz purified water
12 drops each of Young Living Purification, Thieves, Peppermint oils.

Add witch hazel and water to an 8oz spray bottle. Add drops of Young Living Essential oils. Shake well and spray on legs and arms to repel insects.

Chemical-Free Sunscreen

1 cup melted coconut oil
85 drops (1 entire 5ml bottle) of Young Living Carrot Seed essential oil
20 drops Young Living Lavender or Myrrh essential oil

Combine essential oils into the melted coconut oil. Store in an old, cleaned out sunscreen or lotion bottle, or in a mason jar. Remember – coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so this sunscreen might be mostly liquid if you spend the day at the beach! Reapply every hour or as needed.

Relaxing Detox Bath Soak
1 cup plain Epsom Salt
2-4 Tbsp pure baking soda
5-7 drops of your favorite Young Living Essential Oil (Stress Away, Lavender, Aroma Siez, Joy, Peace & Calming, etc.)

Add Epsom salts and baking soda to a small bowl or measuring cup. Add drops of Essential Oils to the Epsom salts. Pour the salt mixture into an empty bathtub, then add warm-hot water. Soak for up to 30 minutes. Drink lots of water before, during, and after soak. Please use caution if on blood pressure medications.

 

BONUS – Lavender Mascara Trick!

One thing we all LOVE to do is to add just 1 drop of Young Living Lavender essential oil to a NEW, never-opened or used tube of your favorite mascara! Lavender helps to stimulate hair growth and is also a natural anti-histamine, so it can help with itchy allergy eyes!

~Jennifer

 

 

building your foundation

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I remember hearing a story when I was little that I share with my own children.  You have probably heard it, but it is certainly worth repeating.

There once was a carpenter who built houses for a living.  He worked for a builder who would hire him to build the houses he created. They worked together for many years and the carpenter finished several houses for this builder.

Before he retired the builder showed the carpenter blueprints for his final house.  It was beautiful.  Every room was ornate, detailed, crafted to perfection.  It was to be his most elaborate home yet.  The carpenter was tired of building houses for this man.

He cut corners.  He did not level the foundation correctly.  He did not let the concrete cure before putting in the frame. He hurried through the ornate details and skimped while priming the rooms for paint.  Once the house was completed, he went to tell his friend and employer.

The builder handed him back the keys and said, this house is for you my friend.  You have worked long and hard for me, this is my gift to you.

The whole time he was building his own home.

This is a story about each one of us.  Each and every one of us are building our own home so to say while we are raising our children.

What kind of foundation are you putting in?  Are you taking time to make sure everything is level, cured and steady?  Are you cutting corners because it is easier?  Are you ensuring what fills their mind and body is the best material that you can get?

This is what got me started down a healthier path in the beginning.  I want to start my children off with a foundation full of good stuff.  I don’t want to fill them with unnecessary toxins, chemicals or antibiotics.  I don’t want to reach for a pill if something natural will work.

I want to read to them, play with them, encourage them.  I don’t want them to give their attention to video games instead of their friends and family.

I want them to get their moral road map from me, not from their peers.

It takes more time.  It takes more attention to details.  It takes more effort.  But then when you get the keys handed to you, the finished product has been built from a strong foundation.  You know the work that has gone into it, and you can be proud.

~Jennifer

The Summit: Experience the roots of nature’s medicine

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Hi all! We are having a really exciting Facebook event September 7th. It will be just like an oils class, but via Facebook.

We want to share with you something that has changed our lives. Something that we see as a critical resource for raising our children, taking care of ourselves, our spouses, fighting some of the super bugs that our world has, and cutting toxins from our homes. 

We want this Facebook event to be a place where you can come and enjoy fellowship with other moms/dads… husbands/wives… grandparents… nurses/teachers/professionals… people just like you!

Our passion is people and their health!… And our stepping stones to better health are essential oils. They have CHANGED the way we look at our medicine cabinet… they’ve empowered us to take care of ourselves and our families without having to run to the doctor. They have helped us fix problems NATURALLY!

There will be lots of information on why and how to use oils, and more about the starter kits. All you need to do is come to this Facebook event page a few minutes before the start time. Follow along as we post info, photos, videos and links! We will have a few games and prizes! Feel free to pop in and out as you can… all the posts will be numbered, so you’ll be able to follow the info in order.  We hope you will join us for this fun evening!

For more info and to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478361285763675/ 

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~Rachel

Natural bug repellent

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A really easy and natural bug repellent can be made with Purification essential oil. This is what we have used all summer and it has worked like a charm. No need for all those chemicals and that nasty deet!

Bug repellent
15 drops Purification essential oil
Witch hazel
Water
Small spray bottle (I prefer glass)

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Fill the bottle half way with witch hazel, add the Purification, top off with water. That easy! Shake and spray away.

~Rachel

Back to school special!

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Another school year and another round of other people’s germs coming home on your children.   I know I will be diffusing Thieves every day after school to kill those nasty germs.

Because we want everybody to know about and use these oils – we are currently going to refund you $25 when you buy the premium starter kit.  That is a $300 value for $125.

Let us know if your interested!

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This kit includes everything shown here!

This special is running until September 15th 2014

What are the steps to order?

Super easy, just follow one of the links below. Our sponsor numbers will already be filled in. Enter your information and pick your kit level. It will offer essential rewards kits too, for now just click “not at this time” and we can help you sign up for rewards later if that’s the route you chose to go. Then submit!

To sign up under Jennifer click here: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1815371&enrollerid=1815371

To sign up under Rachel click here: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1891572&enrollerid=1891572