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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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
  • 
water

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

Using Orange Oil to Disinfect Surfaces & Air Freshener

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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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For Mineral Deficiencies Try Mineral Essence

Mineral Essence Tincture is a balanced organic, ionic mineral complex with more than 60 different minerals. Without minerals, vitamins cannot be properly assimilated or absorbed by the body. Mineral Essence has a natural electrolyte balance, helping to prevent disease and premature aging. Minerals are also necessary for proper immune and metabolism functions.Mineral-Essence-3

Mineral Essence also includes essential oils to enhance bio-availability. To demonstrate this, a group of volunteers consumed a teaspoon of liquid trace minerals without essential oils. Each volunteer experienced diarrhea within 24 hours. Following a washout period of several days, the same volunteers were given double the dosage of the same liquid trace minerals blended with essential oils. None experienced diarrhea.

Mineral Essence Ingredients

  • Purified water is needed to dilute the minerals for liquifying this blend.
  • Honey is an emulsifier and natural sweetener.
  • Royal Jelly is a substance fed to queen bees that allows them to live thirty to forty times longer than worker bees. It is very rich in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins B5 and B6. It stimulates the adrenal glands to increase energy.
  • Trace mineral complex includes beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, calcium, carbon, cesium, chloride, chromium, copper, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, indium, iodine, iron, lithium, lutecium, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, eurogen, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, scandium, selenium, silica, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, thallium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, yttrium, zinc, and zirconium.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil promotes leukocyte formation and increases immune function.
  • Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) essential oil is a powerful immune supporting oil.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil promotes healthy digestion and mineral absorption.

How to Use Mineral Essence Tincture

Take 5 droppers morning and evening or as needed for a mineral supplement.

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Are Essential Oils Safe for Children Part 3

This is part three of a series, please be sure to read all three parts to obtain a complete understanding of how Young Living essential oils can be safely used with children. Part 1 covers how hospitals across the USA are incorporating the use of superior quality essential oils, such as Young Living’s, as an integrated modality with children. This series is only a primer and please do keep in mind that children, like adults, respond uniquely to natural additions in any wellness routine. And, part 2 covers different situations where one might choose to use a YL essential oil and how they would be used. But like I said, read all three parts so you have a complete understanding.

Also, I cannot stress this point enough, essential oils are NOT created equally. It is estimated that 98% of all essential oils in the world are adulterated. On this blog and my website, I am ONLY referring to the use of the Young Living brand. I personally would never use or recommend another brand, even if it’s a brand sold in a health food store.Lavender-Oil-2013

Since the YL essential oils are superior quality and extremely potent and they are always used by the drop. Never use a YL essential oil buy the handful on children or adults!

These 17 single Young Living essential oils can be used on most children over 2 years old “neat” (without a carrier oil) in all but the most sensitive cases:

  1. Carrot Seed*
  2. Celery Seed*
  3. Roman and German** Chamomile*
  4. Cistus*
  5. Copaiba*
  6. Elemi*
  7. Lavender*
  8. Ledum*
  9. Melissa*
  10. Neroli*
  11. Patchouli*
  12. Petitgrain*
  13. Rose*
  14. Sandalwood*
  15. Spikenard*
  16. Valerian Root*
  17. Ylang Ylang*

All other singles will need to be diluted with V-6.

For children, the dilution ratio would be 15-30 drops of YL essential oil to 1 oz. of V-6 Massage Oil (an edible superior quality massage/carrier oil for extending and diluting your YL essential oils).

Do keep in mind that every body is different and some may be more sensitive than others and need a more diluted mixture of carrier oil. Please use common sense and perform a test area before to see if there is a sensitivity. You are responsible for making wise choices, please do so.

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These 36 YL essential oil blends can be used on most children over 2 years old “neat” (without a carrier oil) in all but the most sensitive cases:
1.    AcceptanceGentle-Baby-Oil-3
2.    Aroma Life
3.    Australian Blue
4.    Awaken
5.    Brain Power
6.    Clarity
7.    Common Sense
8.    Di-Gize
9.    Dragon Time
10.    Dream Catcher
11.    EndoFlex
12.    Forgiveness
13.    Gathering
14.    Gentle Baby
15.    Grounding
16.    Harmony
17.    Hope
18.    Humility
19.    Inner Child
20.    Inspiration
21.    Magnify Your Purpose
22.    Motivation
23.    Peace & Calming
24.    Present Time
25.    Purification
26.    Raven
27.    RutaVaLa Roll-On
28.    SARA
29.    Stress Away Roll-On
30.    Surrender
31.    The Gift
32.    3 Wise Men
33.    Tranquil Roll-On
34.    Trauma Life
35.    Valor
36.    White Angelica**

All other blends, not on these lists, will need to be diluted with V-6.

For children, the dilution ratio would be 15-30 drops of YL essential oil to 1 oz. of V-6 Massage Oil (an edible superior quality massage/carrier oil for extending and diluting your YL essential oils).

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Do keep in mind that every body is different and some may be more sensitive than others and need a more diluted mixture of carrier oil. Please use common sense and perform a test area before to see if there is a sensitivity. You are responsible for making wise choices, please do so.

The best book on this topic is: Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern

About Young Living Essential Oils

Young Living Essential Oils is world-renowned for its essential oils and oil blends, oil-infused nutritional supplements, bath and body products, skin-care solutions, and natural preparations for the home.

* These uses ONLY pertain to the Young Living brand of essential oils.

** All citrus essential oils and Bergamot essential oil can cause photosensitivity to the skin, which means do not skin that has these essential oils on it to be exposed to UV light for 18-24 hours. Some blends DO contain citrus essential oils or Bergamot essential oil, so read the label for ingredients!

Disclaimer: Statements made here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Information here is for your better understanding of natural wellness. It is your own responsibility to use common sense and discover what works best for you and your family.

Are Essential Oils Safe for Children Part 2

This is part two in a series of three on using essential oils safely with children. Part 1 covers how hospitals across the USA are incorporating the use of superior quality essential oils, such as Young Living’s, as an integrated modality with children. This series is only a primer and please do keep in mind that children, like adults, respond uniquely to natural additions in any wellness routine. And, part 3 covers YL essential oils that children have gotten good results using.

I cannot stress this point enough, essential oils are NOT created equally. It is estimated that 98% of all essential oils in the world are adulterated. On this blog and my website, I am ONLY referring to the use of the Young Living brand. I personally would never use or recommend another brand, even if it’s a brand sold in a health food store.

Since the YL essential oils are superior quality and extremely potent and they are always used by the drop. Never use a YL essential oil buy the handful on children or adults!

How to make an essential oil compress for children

One type of application for children (or adults with very sensitive skin) which is very mild is a compress. Here is how one is made:

  • Place 5-15 drops of your YL essential oil into a basin filled with warm water.
  • Water temperature should be approximately 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), unless the person suffers from neurological conditions; in that case, use cool water.
  • Vigorously agitate the water and let it stand for 1 minute.
  • Place a dry washcloth on top of the water to soak up the essential oils that have floated to the top of the water.
  • Wring the water out the washcloth and apply the washcloth on the location (never apply the washcloth on the eye area). To seal in the warmth, cover the location with a thick towel for 15-30 minutes.

Note: it is possible that the essential oil chosen for the compress causes a warming or burning sensation, especially where the greatest benefits are occurring. If the burning or too hot sensation becomes uncomfortable, apply some V-6 Massage Oil to the location. You may want to not reapply the essential oil washcloth, if that is the case; after applying the V-6 cover the location with the thick towel to keep warmth in.

Cold Pack Application

For children, dilute your chosen YL essential oil with V-6 Massage Oil, then apply the mixture to the location of inflammation or swollen tissues. Frozen packs of peas or corn make excellent ice packs that will mold to the contours of the body part and will not leak. Keep the cold pack on until swelling diminishes.

For neurological problems, always use cold packs, never hot packs.

Massage for Aches and Discomforts

Again for children, dilute your chosen YL essential oil with V-6 Massage Oil, then apply the mixture to the location of muscle discomfort.

Insect Bites and Stings

Bites and stings on children are almost always lessened by using YL Lavender essential oil (#3575).

Another YL product that is very popular among children for insect bites, burns/sunburn, and itchy skin, is LavaDerm Cooling Mist (#3249), this is a spray.

Note: NEVER use cheap Lavender for any topical use with children because it is almost always lavindin, which is a completely different species of plant and does NOT contain the same benefits and it will make any first aid situation worse!

For very bad insect stings you may need something stronger, Thieves essential oil (#3423) would be your second choice. Of course you will want to dilute this “hot” essential oil with V-6 before application.

Scrapes and Small Cuts

LavaDerm Cooling Mist (#3249) contains YL Lavender essential oils as one of its ingredients and is very soothing to scraped up skin.LavaDerm-Lavender-Skin

For smaller cuts and minor abrasions you would use Thieves Spray on the location to cleanse bacteria out of larger cuts and wounds.

Burns and Sunburn

LavaDerm Cooling Mist (#3249) is what to use, it is spray and you would spray it onto sunburned skin often so that the skin stays hydrated. If the burn is bad, seek immediate medical attention and on the way to the doctor spray LavaDerm onto the location to keep it clean. Lavender essential oil in this spray has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Fever

The YL Peppermint essential oil (#3614) is widely used to bring down a fever in both children and adults. For a fever, apply 4-7 drops on the soles of each foot. The fever should be down or gone within 30 minutes.

When YL essential oils, like peppermint for a fever, it’s not necessary to dilute the essential oil because the soles of the feet are not considered to be a sensitive skin area. However, please, use your own judgement and always apply V-6 whenever there is sensitivity.

Using a Diffuser

Using a diffuser around the home can be a very effective way to keep the entire family healthy. When YL essential oils are diffused in the TheraPro Premium Diffuser (#4495) a micro-fine mist of essential oil is put into the air, when the mist of essential oil comes into contact with cold or flu germs they can destroy them.TheraPro-Diffuser-Thieves-2

Diffusing can also be useful for congestion, due to colds or flu. The inhalation of the essential oil can help break-up congestion and provide some relief from cold and flu symptoms.

The TheraPro Diffuser is easy to use, it has a speed control knob and built-in timer. It is the most versatile YL has in its line.

To help keep your family from missed days of school and work due to colds and flu, diffuse for 15-30 minutes, 3-5 times a day.

never use ‘heat’ to diffuse your YL essential oil as the heat destroys the beneficial molecules rendering them useless (it will still smell nice if you use heat but there will not be any therapeutic benefits).

Note: do NOT dilute your YL essential oils for diffusing as this could ruin your diffuser. Instead, use the timer and diffuser more often and for shorter periods of time to conserve your essential oils.

Good essential oil blends to diffuse for…

  • Eliminating cold and flu germs in the house are: Thieves (#3423), Purification (#3399) – use a diffuser for this.Gentle-Baby-Oil-3
  • Calming: Peace & Calming (#3393), Gentle Baby (#3345).
  • Uplifting spirits: Joy (#3372), Harmony (#3351).
  • Retention during study-time: Brain Power (#3313), Clarity (#3321).
  • Possible help for ADD/ADHD: a 50/50 mix of Sandalwood (#3634) and Ylang Ylang (#3659).
  • Emotional trauma: SARA (#3417), Trauma Life (#6350).
  • Troubles sleeping: Lavender (a single #3575), Peace & Calming (#3393).
  • Monsters in the bedroom: Valor (#3429), White Angelica (#3432)
  • Congestion from Colds: R.C. (#3405) – diffused and/or applied diluted to chest and back.

As always though, it is far cheaper and easier to ‘prevent’ illness than it is to get over it. For that reason, I highly recommend the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (#3622 3-pk), this is perfect for kids backpacks, working mom’s and dad’s, and families on the go! A tiny dab rubbed on the hands acts as an essential oil barrier to help kill germs and viruses that we come in contact with through touching things.

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Each time you use the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier you will know that you are not exposing yourself and kids to the chemical antibiotics found in similar hand sanitizers. You will also be playing a large role in the ‘prevention’ of creating super germs (those bacteria and viruses which have been mutating a resistance to antibacterial products in recent years). Superior quality essential oils are compromised of complex molecular antibiotic compounds, unlike simple chemical antibiotics (which are easy for bacteria and viruses to develop resistant to).

Ingredients in Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier: Denatured ethanol SD-38B (denatured with Peppermint Essential Oil, not chemicals), water, aloe barbadensis leaf, vegetable glycerin, syzygium aromaticum† (clove) flower bud oil, citrus limon† (lemon) peel oil, cinnamon verum† (cinnamon) bark oil, eucalyptus radiate† leaf oil, rosmarinus officinalis† (rosemary) leaf oil, and hydroxylpropyl cellulose.

NEVER DO THESE 6 THINGS!!!

  1. Never dilute an essential oil that is already on the skin with water, essential oils at NOT diluted with the use of water. ALWAYS use your V-6 as your carrier oil, if you have run out of V-6 you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or any other high quality carrier oil.
  2. Never allow a child to ingest an essential oil unless otherwise instructed by an aromatherapist or other medical practitioner.
  3. Never apply any essential oil, even if it is diluted, near or to the eyes or in the ear.
  4. Never allow children to play with your essential oils, they are not play-things.
  5. Never apply essential oils topically to an infant or baby, their bodies are too delicate and too young for such potent things.
  6. Never leave your diffuser running all night close to a child. And never allow them to directly inhale from the diffuser.

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The best book on this topic is: Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern

* These uses ONLY pertain to the Young Living brand of essential oils.

** All citrus essential oils and Bergamot essential oil can cause photosensitive reactions to the skin, which means do not expose skin that has these essential oils to UV light for 18-24 hours. Some blends DO contain citrus essential oils or Bergamot essential oil, so read the label for ingredients!

Disclaimer: Statements made here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Information here is for your better understanding of natural wellness. It is your own responsibility to use common sense and discover what works best for you and your family.