Summertime Skin Care, Anti-aging and Antioxidants (essential oils and NingXia Red)

Sunburn and antioxidants are two things I have never put together until this past week, I’m not entirely sure why but now I’m realizing why how it makes so much sense!

The short version of what I learned is that when we support our bodies, both internally and topically, with antioxidants we are providing many benefits: anti-aging, cell and DNA repair, faster healing from sun skin damage, and free radical scavengers.

The inclusion of essential oils in this weeks topical recipes provides “antioxidant” protection and healing against free radicals:NingXia-Red-for-2013

Free radicals form during first interaction with the sun’s rays, and “cascade” into various different forms until our body tends to them with natural antioxidant defenses.

  • Many essential oils have exceptionally high natural antioxidant levels
  • In a study, Myrrh out performed a man-made antioxidant
  • Helichrysum is a skin healing super-power, a must for mature skin
  • Frankincense and Sandalwood have protective actions, anti-cancer

But to create a well-rounded healing and protective difference it’s also important to ingest foods, beverages, and essential oils known for their high levels of antioxidants. Some of those are:

NingXia Red Antioxidant Energy Juice

This is Young Living’s red energy, nutrient juice and it is prefect to use in place of other beverages, at least once a day. NingXia Red’s ORAC, S-ORAC and antioxidant levels are off the charts higher than any other beverage on the market – far superior to all of them (yes, YL has sent samples of all of them to a third-party lab, Brunswick Labs, where the antioxidant levels were so high that Gary Young sent samples back to the lab three times because he thought the tests couldn’t possibly be correct. The last time Brunswick Labs told Gary that they weren’t going to test another sample of NingXia Red again and that Gary needed to accept the test results from the three samples sent in. If you’re not drinking 2-4 oz. of NingXia Red a day you’re really missing the boat on something fabulous for your health.

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There are many ways to use NingXia Red, some are:

NingXia Red Beverages: Dilute with 2-8 ozs. of water, or add 2 oz. to your orange juice/smoothies/green juices/chocolate milk/ginger ale/etc., or drizzle on top of a fresh fruit salad/ice cream/yogurt.

NingXia Red take-along packs: (30 pk. #3168 -or- 100 pk. #3169) these are perfect for vacations, traveling, picnics, lunch boxes. But one of my favorite tips I can share is to just put some of the little packs in the freezer to make delicious freeze pops! Cut off the top of the frozen packs and eat it just like a freeze pop. I love these for desserts on hot summer days!

Children and dogs love NingXia Red – and it’s good for them too! Just give them smaller amounts.

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Clove Essential Oil

The Young Living clove bud essential oil is edible (just 1-2 drops is all that’s needed) and amazingly high in antioxidants – so high in fact that there is no other edible plant on earth that comes close!Clove_Oil

Clove oil is considered a ‘hot’ (as in spicy) essential oil so it always needs to be diluted with a carrier in both topical and internal applications.

Clove in a Beverage: add one drop daily to your glass of NingXia Red –or– add 1 drop to a cup of tea/smoothie/green juice/etc. –or– put one drop in a capsule (#3193) with a little olive oil daily for adults only.

Extra Tip

d-limonene has been extensively studied for its cancer prevention and other health benefits. d-limonene is found in high levels in these essential oils: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit and Frankincense.

Consider adding 1-3 drops of any of these essential oils to your beverages or your capsule daily too!

Do NOT apply the citrus essential oils topically as they cause photosensitivity.

Enjoy the summer more safely and smartly!

NingXia Red Antioxidant Energy Juice (all-natural)

I love NingXia Red! (pronounced ning-sha red)

With this red energy juice on the market I see no reason to drink any other. The flavor and benefits cannot be beat, seriously! NingXia Red trounces all other energy juices.

Super-high in antioxidants and d-limonene – tastes so good you might not think it’s supportive to body and immune functions.

What makes NingXia Red different, in my humble opinion is the inclusion of essential oils. Apparently the essential oils have a synergistic effect with the berries – which is why it trounces all (yes, I do mean all) of its competitors.

What’s NOT in NingXia Red That Makes it So Good…

  • No junk juices
  • No sugar or high-frutose corn sugar (HFCS)
  • No caffeine or other unhealthy stimulants

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Making Some Changes

It’s time for some serious changes! Please excuse the appearance of my blog here and website over the next couple of days – I’m making some changes and updating things. Let me know how you’re liking it so far by posting a comment. Both the blog and website should remain fully functional while this is happening so go ahead and order some essential oils and essential oil products if you are ready to buy… or, just enjoy my years of writing, my first blog.

Yes, the Young Living team blog and website are going full force as well. I made some changes to those back in January 2013. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The Young Living Circle blog and website are of course a massive undertaking due to their complexities being a team website and blog for myself and the Young Living distributors in my group.

Thank you for your patience.


Disinfecting Essential Oil Bathroom Cleaner Recipe

Lavender-Oil-2013Today’s tip is a recipe that contains essential oils well-known for their powerful disinfecting properties, making them an excellent choice for bathrooms. The combination of essential oils in this recipe smell amazing too!

When I began using essential oils nearly 30 years ago making my own disinfecting bathroom spray cleaner was the first thing I did. Ever since then I have never used any other cleaners, none at all!

And when you consider that a 15ml bottle of essential oil contains about 250 drops I have saved myself a small fortune over the years – it is super easy to make this recipe, it smells FAR better than anything you can buy in the store and it’s eco-friendly!

The other thing I prefer for my cleaning recipes is a better quality essential oil – because then I know I am not getting some diluted down, adulterated essential oil with god knows what kind of toxins in it – which would have defeated the purpose of why I began using essential oils in the first place, to get the artificial all-natural cleaning products out of my home.

Disinfecting Essential Oil Bathroom Cleaner Recipe

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  • 32 oz. spray bottle (the “Hudson” brand spray bottle found at Lowe’s is the best quality and very durable)
12 drops Spearmint
10 drops Orange or Lemon or Tangerine
  • 8 drops Lavender
8 drops Thyme
  • 6 drops Rosemary CT cineol
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus

Fill spray bottle with water, add your Young Living essential oils.

Shake the mixture well and periodically during use.

Use this spray to clean and disinfect all bathroom surfaces.

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To Clean Tubs and Sinks:

Simply spray solution into sink or tub so it is thoroughly wet, sprinkle sink or tub with Baking Soda. Scrub with cloth, rinse.

For a nice finishing touch lightly spray sink, tub and surfaces and allow them to air-dry. The essential oil mixture in the spray will continue to work its magic disinfecting and leave your bathroom smelling super fresh and clean!

You might also enjoy reading:

Ways to Use Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Using Orange Essential Oil to Disinfect Surfaces

Ways to Use Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Citrus Fresh™ is a relaxing, calming blend of citrus essential oils loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health* while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also makes a terrific air purifier when diffused.

About the Single Oils in Citrus Fresh

Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in studies. It promotes clarity of thought and purpose, improved health, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.Citrus-Fresh-Oil-2012

Orange is a wonderful “happy oil.” It is uplifting to the spirits and may act as an antidepressant.

Grapefruit is emotionally uplifting and refreshing and may help with feelings of depression. It is also used to regulate appetite.

Spearmint is known for increasing metabolism, as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mucolytic, gall bladder stimulant, digestive aid. Well-known uses for Spearmint oil are: Obesity, intestinal/digestive disorders, hepatitis.

Citrus essential oils make terrific air fresheners around the home, kitchens, in offices, schools and public places and very few people object to the scent; whereas synthetic air fresheners mask may mask undesirable odors and often cause people to not feel well and complain about the odor.

Citrus oils are described by aromatherapists as being uplifting, gently stimulating, and conducive to alertness and concentration, while the essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, and Roman Chamomile are described as relaxing and soothing. Read 8 Essential Oils to Create Vision, Creativity and Inner Guidance. With this knowledge, you might choose to diffuse Citrus Fresh in your home or work space for 15 minutes 3 times a day to support your efforts on an important project.

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Ways to Use Citrus Fresh

As a food/beverage flavoring: dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of milk, water or tea. Or, put a drop or two in a smoothie. Or, add a drop to a muffin, cake, or cookie mix for a delightful citrus flavor. Remember, all Young Living essential oils are very potent (they are not diluted, and so one drop carries a powerful flavor).

As a supplement: d-limonene is an extremely powerful antioxidant and I believe a great disease and cancer preventative. Many studies are now showing this to be true, To use daily as a supplement you would either put a drop or two in a glass of water -or- you can put a couple drops in a “00” capsule with a tiny bit of olive oil.

Topical: the citrus oils are also known for lightening age spots – but do be mindful that citrus oils can make the skin photosensitive so you would use a tiny drop on a dark patch late in the day (after the sun goes down, for instance) so that my morning the photosensitivity would have diminished by morning. In other words, do not apply a citrus oil topically and then go out boating or sun bathing (tanning booths included, it’s all UV light). Apply this small drop with a bit of V-6 Massage Oil to dilute.

Diffuse: Citrus Fresh can be diffused to impart a lively, fresh, clean and uplifting scent in the home or workplace. The aromatherapy benefits can be enjoyed by all. Diffuse for 15-30 minutes 3-1-3 times a day. More on Diffusers and Diffusing.

Citrus Fresh Window and Glass Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 quart spray bottle
  • White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Fill bottle half way with vinegar. Fill balance of bottle with water and essential oil. Shake and use.

Citrus Ginger Splash Recipe from Chef Mandy

  • 3 medium Valencia oranges, halved
  • 1 medium grapefruit, halved
  • 1 medium lemon, halved
  • 1 large lime, halved
  • 12 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend
  • 6 drops Ginger essential oil

Use a citrus juicer to juice the fruit. Strain the juice for a ! smoother consistency, if desired. Add essential oil. Stir to mix. Serve chilled. Makes 1 pint.

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All citrus oils can be photosensitizing, thus citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within twelve hours.

Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute with v-6 Massage Oil before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.

Using Orange Oil to Disinfect Surfaces & Air Freshener


Making your own Orange essential oil disinfectant is fun, easy and far healthier than a store-bought disinfectant. Using Orange essential oil during this time of year uplifts the mood in the home too. Springtime fresh!

You will need to make the orange essential oil spray:

  • 14oz. spray bottle (the “Hudson” brand spray bottle found at Lowe’s holds up the longest)
  • 20 -25 drops of Young Living Orange essential oil
  • Water

Fill the spray bottle nearly full with water (leave some air space so you can shake it to disperse the essential oil).

Add 20-25 drops of Orange essential oil, shake, and you’re ready to go!

The blend Citrus Fresh also makes an excellent disinfectant too, see Ways to Use Citrus Fresh.

This recipe takes less than 2 minutes to make!

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How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray for Cleaning

Spray surfaces until damp, let it sit for a minute, wipe with a clean rag or sponge. This works perfectly for cleaning floors, countertops, toilet bowls, sinks, etc.

Be sure to spritz around the base of the toilet too and let it air dry to kill any nasty smelling odors typical around the floor near toilets.

How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray To Clean Sinks, Tubs & Showers

Spray until moistened, sprinkle some Baking Soda into the tub or sink, rub clean, rinse.

Give your sinks and tubs a spritz of the spray after they’ve been cleaned and let it air-dry, this allows the essential oil in the spray mixture to continue disinfecting.

How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray as an Air Freshener

Simply spray into the center of the room and enjoy the delightful scent.

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8 Essential Oils to Create Vision, Creativity and Inner Guidance

Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, aromatherapy using superior quality essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, our emotional control center.

In aroma-therapy scent stimulates nerves to fire in the emotional center of the brain, but it also stimulates the master gland to release hormones. Hormones affect the fight/flight response, as well as digestion and heart rate. In this way, essential oils can affect us in many ways all at once, just through their fragrance.

Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region. The scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other senses (touch, taste, hearing, and sight) are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain.


8 Young Living Blends Formulated and Known for Stimulating the Creative Mind

  1. Sacred Mountain – to feel safely embraced by the spirit of the mountains and forest
  2. 3 Wise Men – for integrating insight
  3. Humility – promoting deeper spiritual and emotional awareness
  4. Awaken – to go within more deeply
  5. Inspiration – enhancing spirituality and meditation
  6. Clarity – for focus and concentration
  7. Dream Catcher – for dispelling what keeps you from yourself
  8. White Angelica – guards against negative energies

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Where to Apply These Essential Oil Blends

Put a couple drops in your palm, using the fingers of your dominate hand circle in the! oils clockwise three times to increase their frequency and apply wherever your inner knowing (ancient knowledge) tells you to apply them.

Typical Application Points

Hands, Wrists, Forehead (third eye), Back of the head base of the skull, Heart, Thyroid (center of the chest just down from the notch formed by your clavicle bones under your sternum), Bottom of feet. Your body will know where each oil should go.