March 1, 2015

FREE Facebook Essential Oils 101 Class – Online on Wed, Feb 25 at 8pm CST!

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As you’ve probably noticed, I love to talk about essential oils.  That might be an understatement.  I LOVE to talk about essential oils.  Why?  Because they have literally revolutionized our lives!   Exaggeration?  Nope!  :)

This Wednesday, February 25 at 8pm CST, I am co-teaching an online Facebook class, all about essential oils!   You can learn more and get your questions answered, without having to leave your warm house!   (It’s sleeting where I live right now, so I’m REALLY glad I don’t have to leave!)

We’re also going to give away a free bottle of Jade Lemon essential oil to participants in our class, and we’ve got a few more goodies up our sleeves!

Follow this event link right now, and click Join!  Then, Facebook *should* send you notifications to remind you about the upcoming class!

Join now!  Facebook Essentials Oils 101 Class


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How are Essential Oils Made?

How are essential oils madeAttention do-it-yourself’ers!   When you make things, are you hoping to save money and have a better product?  (read: less chemicals)    When I got into essential oils, it didn’t take me long to go down the “I wonder if I can do this at home” path.

The short answer? “Yes, I could.  But unless the zombie apocalypse has started, I won’t.”

Want to know why?   I can’t do it better than Young Living!   While the overall process looks simple, it is actually SUPER complicated!  At Young Living, their employees are trained on the distillation process for 6-7 YEARS before they are released to distill on their own!

It’s also more expensive to make your own!   It can take hundreds or even thousands of pounds of plant material to make a pound of essential oil!  A full scale organic farming operation is not feasible for me.  Maybe you could pull it off, but I need to leave it to the experts.

Check out these short videos on the process of making essential oils!   Especially fun for me is that I have had the privilege to GO to some of the farms you’ll see on the video!  Young Living invites their distributors to come visit and work on the farms.   You can go too!

After you watch the videos, make sure and go the bottom of this post for a SUPER important message!  Did I say SUPER important?  Don’t miss this!

1.  Seed

2. Cultivate

3. Distill

4. Test

5. Seal

As you probably noticed in these videos, Young Living is very demanding about their quality.  Why?
This happened just last week (Feb 15):  Names have been clipped to protect privacy.
ingesting bad oils

Did you follow that?   They got oils at the grocery store, and used them like they are Young Living oils.  And now she’s in the hospital.  :(

99% of the oils that are produced in the U.S. are NOT 100% pure, even if they are labeled as such. Oil companies can say whatever they want, but their oil only has to have 5% of the actual oil in it to be labeled pure. I don’t know about you, but 25% or even 98% pure doesn’t equal 100% pure to me! Check your bottles for expiration dates and for Do Not Ingest warning labels. Those are alarm bells that there is junk in your oils!
essential oil purity
A pharmacist taught me that the side effects of medications are actually caused by the ~1% of impurities in the drugs. The same can be true of oils – I want the benefit of the OILS, and not side effects from impurities that may be in them! So, I don’t settle for or use anything less than Young Living. They are fanatics about their quality standards – to the tune of staying out of stock on one of their most popular oils for 9 months because the harvest of one key ingredient was damaged. They *could* have substituted a lower quality oil and gotten the oil back in stock. But they refused to compromise. That’s a HUGE trust builder for me!

Essential oils are fabulous and can be very powerful.  They must be used correctly and with only the top level of purity.  Know what you’re using and never compromise.

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How to Use an Essential Oil Diffuser – Video!

How to use an essential oil diffuserIt is so simple to use an essential oils diffuser! Watch this video to learn how to use a diffuser to make your house smell awesome, and purify the air at the same time!

Enjoy this video on how to use a diffuser!


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Essential Oils Cases: Ideas for Portability

Essential Oil CasesThis has probably happened to you too.  I’ve been out and about and something happens.  A bee sting, an ant bite, an upset tummy, or worse.  And I need my oils right then!

There are several different options for having your oils with you.  While you’re still building up your stash, the 5/8 dram bottles can be helpful.  You just add your oil of choice to each bottle.  My challenge has been that they leak sometimes.  This hasn’t been a widely-reported issue, so my guess is that it’s user-error. :)  Make sure and close your bottles well!

I like this keychain case with the 5/8 dram bottles.  Personally, I love the purple but there are a variety of other color options, including black.

Essential Oil Keychain Travel Case

You can also get extra 5/8 dram bottles.

This Dr. Mom travel bag holds 10 bottles, 5 – 15 ml.  It gets great reviews and is made from super sturdy material.

Dr. Mom travel bag
Here’s a shot of the inside of the same bag.   This one also comes with a variety of trendy color options.
Dr. Mom bag - Inside

This essential oil travel bag has the Young Living logo and comes in black or purple.  It will also hold 10 bottles, 5 – 15 ml.

Essential Oil Travel Bag w Young Living logo

If you travel a lot, those cases are GREAT because they should be compatible with airport security!  Just tuck them into a ziplock baggie and you’re good to go!

Happy oiling!


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Essential Oil Display and Storage Ideas

Essential Oil Storage & DisplayMy kitchen counter was overflowing…with essential oils.  So I started keeping some in the bathroom cupboard.  But then I was forever going back and forth between the two places, looking for the oil I needed and forgetting where it was.

For Christmas, my hubby got me the perfect gift for an essential oil aficionado like me: a display rack!  I LOVE this rack because it a) looks pretty and b) holds all my oils!!!  I can find an oil when I need it without searching all over the house!  I am excited to share this pretty photo of my oil rack with you!

Essential Oil Display Rack

Isn’t it pretty??   It’s actually a nail polish holder, but my oil bottles, even the tall roll-ons fit nicely.  Pick a place to hang it where it won’t get direct sunlight. The amber in the bottles helps to protect it from sun, so normal light is fine. My hubby found this awesome rack on Amazon: Essential Oils Display Rack

If you’d like one for your countertop, this essential oil countertop display rack looks great:
oil countertop rack

Just picture the essential oils bottles in there instead! :)   This one is next on my wish list!

If wood is more your style, this wooden tier rack is a nice option.
wood tier rack

If you’re the get-the-job-done type, this plastic display rack will fill the bill!  And, if you’re a little crafty, I’m sure you could spruce it up!  I’d love to see some pics of your ingenuity!
Nail Polish Display Rack

 

What do you currently do to organize your essential oils?


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How Peppermint Essential Oil Saved Christmas

Peppermint Essential Oil
My Christmas Eve disaster was looming.
I was curled up in bed with a cramping stomach as my companion.
What to do, what to do? I mustered up the strength to twist off the cap on my bottle of peppermint oil.  Not caring that it would sting a little if I used it straight, I rubbed a few drops on my agonized  tummy.
After a while, I crept to the bathroom, and sat on the oh-so-comfortable laminate floor, sniffing the bottle.
Much to my relief, I started to feel… better.
After another few minutes, I returned to bed, a drop of peppermint on my hand, I fell right asleep, and only awoke with my baby.
Morning came without a hint of the previous’ nights affliction.  Thanks to peppermint, Christmas was saved.

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A Ounce of Prevention: My Daily Routine to Stay Healthy Using Essential Oils

I get asked a lot to share my daily “sickness prevention” strategies. Natural remedies are helpful to our bodies when we are sick, and they are powerful in helping us stay healthy in the first place!

My routine is simple – or I couldn’t keep up with it!
Every morning:
* 2 oz or so of NingXia Red with 2 drops of Young Living Orange oil and a splash of elderberry mixed in.
* I apply a couple drops of an oil blend like Thieves, Immupower, Exodus II, or Longevity to the soles of my feet. (The pores are really big on the bottom of your feet, so it’s a great place to apply oils.)
* a couple of Juice Plus vitamins

My kids follow the same routine. My oldest (7) loves his NingXia Red! It’s very high in anti-oxidants and tastes delicious!

If there’s a lot of sickness going around my community, I also
* take a couple capsules of Inner Defense
* drink another couple ounces of my NingXia Red + orange oil + elderberry at night
* apply the oils a few times throughout the day
* Diffuse blends like Thieves or RC in the air.
* take a few more Juice Plus vitamins

These are working well for me!  I haven’t been sick with more than a sniffle since sometime last spring!  That’s pretty huge for me!


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Young Living Convention Highlights 2014!

We escaped the summer heat to enjoy the amazing Utah weather for a week in June, and loved our time at the Young Living Essential Oils convention AND the lavender farm!   In this photo, we are planting six month old baby lavender plants!  (aka seedlings).   The lavender plant will take two years to come to maturity.  We acquired some serious appreciation for how much time and WORK it takes to produce the oil in one little bottle of lavender!

Our farm visit included a visit to the distillery, where we got to experience first-hand the process of extracting the oil from the plant.  I knew it was complicated and detailed, but I had no idea how much!

They had computers monitoring both the distillation process and the chemical composition of the oils.  Every batch is tested, and they explained how it’s more important to catch the little spikes than it is the big dramatic ones.  Those apparently make the biggest difference in the makeup of your oil.  Learn more at Seed to Seal!

Convention itself was filled with main session speakers sharing testimonies about how the oils have impacted their lives, and workshop sessions with breakouts on topics like Oils and Kids, and Mental Clarity with Oils (paraphrasing the names).  We also had a lot of fun at the Leadership Gala and leadership training session.

Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, spent a lot of time sharing his personal history, stories from growing up and the incredible hardships he went through, as well as the journey of founding Young Living.  He has spent years and years studying plants, oils, and the distillation process, seeking out the top experts in the field to study under.  It was a privilege to have those experts (particularly the top expert in the world on distillation) speaking to us.  Young Living really focuses on education and quality, and that was apparent all throughout convention.  This company is growing SO quickly, and they are scaling their production so they can grow, harvest, and distill enough plants to meet demand without sacrificing a bit of quality.

New Products

Gary Young spends a lot of time in the lab, creating new oil blends and supervising the process.  27 new blends were released at convention, including several new kits!

The Freedom Release and Freedom Sleep kit are designed to help those suffering with PTSD and several personal experiences were shared of these oils making a huge difference!  A friend has started a campaign through GoFundMe to provide one of these kits for every member of the Armed Forces who needs one!  Read the story behind the kits.

The Reconnect kit is for brain health, and has really helped kiddos who are on the autism spectrum.

More new items include kits just for animals, a formulation called MindWise for our aging population (and anyone who wants to maintain great brain function), new beauty products made WITH oils, and Einkorn wheat pancake mix and spaghetti noodles.  The Einkorn mix only contains a VERY small percentage of gluten, and the gluten it does contain is non-GMO!

I’m excited that Convention 2015 will be in Grapevine, Tx next year!  We lived there for several years and some of our closest friends are still there.  Grapevine, here we come!

 


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* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Perfume Ingredients You Won’t Believe + A Better Way

I’m not a huge perfume girl, but I like to smell nice as much as the next person. I’ve found myself getting overwhelmed by perfume-y scents lately – in the grocery store, at church, even in meetings sometimes. So I decided to start looking into perfume ingredients, just out of curiosity. What I found absolutely repulsed me.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #1:
Poop. That’s right, animal poop. Just what I always wanted to spray on myself. The World Society for the Protection of Animals reports that civet cat feces have been used by Chanel, Cartier, and Lancome in their products. Gag.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #2:
Genital sac emissions from beavers, European beavers in particular. So gross I can’t hardly type it.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #3:
Sperm whale vomit or poop. Endangered whales, no less.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #4:
Baby poop. Not as gross to me, since we’re now on baby #3 at our house. That doesn’t make it ok as perfume and begs the question of sourcing.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #5:
Musk from a male musk deer, also hunted to near extinction.

Least you think I have suddenly turned satirical, the British news source, The Guardian, lays it out for us more explicitly than you may care to read.  Just think pheromones, combined with the British ability to be unashamedly straightforward.

If you can get past the animal poop, vomit, and emissions, we haven’t even touched on the chemicals like parabens and phthalates!   Fragrances recipes are considered trade secrets, and therefore their ingredients don’t have to be disclosed.  It’s estimated that 75-90% of perfumes contain parabens.  Look for labels that say paraben-free to steer clear.

I will never look at perfume the same way again.

Thankfully, (I always try to find the bright side!), I’ve been using a wonderful alternative that not only smells good, but can be a booster to my immune system!   Essential oils are my perfume of choice, and it only takes a drop or two rubbed on my wrists to improve the olfactory experience at my house.

A few of my favorites, made by Young Living, include:
* The oil of Joy!
* Stress-Away
* Valor

Replace your perfume!


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Online Essential Oils Introductory Class – Free!

Curious about essential oils?  This online class is no longer available, but contact us to find a class near you! We also offer free classes via Skype.


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Join us for a live essential oils class! Our team members are in all 50 states - Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257
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