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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.
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.
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, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=d-limonene+cancer 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.
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.
First, you will want to start with a healthy-for-your-skin wrinkle cream, such as Boswellia™ Wrinkle cream -or- the ART Day Activator cream and the ART Night Reconstructor cream from Young Living.
What each of these 3 wrinkle skin creams offer, pick one(s) right for your skin:ART Skin Creams and Boswellia Wrinkle Cream
- Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream – Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream nourishes the skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Its primary ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supports collagen to improve skin firmness and minimize fine lines. Essential oils geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, and ylang ylang soothe and soften the skin, while frankincense and wolfberry oil enhance collagen formation. This cream is a bit heavier texture, so use ONLY a small dab for best results.
- ART® Day Activator (anti-aging skin cream) – An extraordinary day cream, the ART® Day Activator contains the superior Photolyase enzyme that uses visible light on damaged DNA. This light-bodied, water-based face and neck cream absorbs quickly and is perfect for wearing underneath makeup and sunscreen.
- ART® Night Reconstructor (night recovery moisturizer) Cream – The Night Reconstructor is a powerful night recovery moisturizer that contains the unique endonuclease enzyme. This medium-bodied, water-based face and neck cream contains enhanced moisturizers for maximum hydration.
- ART® Gentle Foaming Cleanser – This unique foaming cleanser was designed to clean the skin by gently removing oil, dirt, and makeup. Gentle Foaming Cleanser is formulated from naturally occurring sugars and contains ingredients that penetrate the epidermis to remove unwanted oils and impurities. This cleanser also includes a quartet of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils that were specifically selected for their skin-enhancing benefits, including DNA recovery.
More info on the entire line of ART® Skin Care products (booklet).
Note: All of the Young Living creams are very concentrated, you will only need to use a very small amount per application – Do not use gobs like you would with other brands of wrinkle creams!
The 2 Extra Special Wrinkle Ingredients
After selecting one of the skin creams, mentioned above, the next thing you will want to do is…
- Go to the store and buy some ‘Green Thompson’ seedless grapes! The Green Thompson seedless grape is one of the ingredients found in the expensive wrinkle creams that gives those creams a boost.
- Optional: Order a 15ml bottle of Young Living Frankincense essential oil. I personally love including therapeutic-grade Frankincense oil to my skin creams, like the addition of the Green Thompson grapes, Frankincense puts my wrinkle care regime over-the-top! The addition of the grapes and Frankincense has a synergistic effect with any of the above anti-aging/wrinkle creams that makes me feel that I have not only the best wrinkle busting products on hand but that they also give me the results that would normally put such results way out of the ball park for most of us. Please do not use other brands of Frankincense essential oil, they are not the superior pure oil you wish to apply to your skin; if you cannot afford this super-pure essential oil right now you will be better off skipping this step until you can order a bottle, the last thing I want you doing is applying an adulterated oil on your skin!
Money Saving Tip: When you join Young Living consider becoming a wholesale customer, and to save even more while being a wholesale customer also consider joining the Essential Rewards program – particularly if you are reading this during February 2013, there is a special offer occurring! Read the details at the Young Living Circle blog (our group blog).
The Wrinkle Smoothing Regime
- Wash face with the ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser morning and night.
- Cut one of the Green Thompson grapes in half and gently crush it on your face and neck. Make sure that you get the “crows-feet” area and the fine lines around your mouth. Leave it on for twenty minutes, then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.
- Put 2 drops of the Frankincense essential oil in one palm, with finger tips dab the Frankincense oil onto face and neck (avoid getting into eyes). This step is for those who want an even greater boost to their wrinkle smoothing program.
- Next: Seal in the goodness and moisturize by applying either the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream, or the ART Day Activator, or the ART Night Reconstructor. Note: Boswellia Wrinkle Cream is luxurious and very rich, you’ll only need a small dab to do your entire face and neck!
Repeat regime daily and before you know it… those wrinkles and fine lines will be hard to find!
Money Saving Tip: When you join Young Living consider becoming a wholesale customer, to save even more consider joining the Essential Rewards program.
8 Actions to Compliment Your Wrinkle Smoothing Skin Care Program
- Drink Water! Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Use your own tap water and get a filter that removes poisonous fluoride. Buying bottled water is not a good drinking water choice, nor is it sustainable.
- Eat Local / Seasonal Produce. Eat plenty of ‘locally grown’ seasonal organic fresh fruits and veggies. As much as possible, stick with local and seasonal produce, this will provide you with greater nutrition that your body needs and craves. Check out Local Harvest to find locally grown foods near you.
- Improve Your Digestion! Try the Young Living Life 5 probiotic, this is the first probiotic I’ve used that gives my digestion superior results, fast.
- Eat Fresh Wild Fish 2-4 Times a Week! The health and skin benefits from pure wild cold-water fish that is handled properly, and their omega 3s and 6s, cannot be beat. This is the only place I ever get seafood and fish; it is by far the best and comes recommended by leading natural health practitioner’s.
- Eat Grass-raised Meats! When you eat meats and chicken, only eat that which comes from grass-raised animals. This is a very important difference. The meat from animals that are grass-raised their entire life provide us with nutrients and health benefits that are not found in organic meats! This is where I get grass-raised meats, they are superb and super healthy to eat – they are a whole different animal!
- Alkalize Your Body! Our diets and bodies have become too acidic. When we are acidic it allows all kinds of illness and disease to gain hold of our physical health. Cancer, yeast, and most other diseases cannot grow in an alkaline system! Info on alkalizing your diet. Two things that you can do to become less acidic are: a) drink a cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice upon rising in the morning, and b) take a bath in 1 cup of Baking Soda 2-4 times a week.
- Avoid Sugar and Sugar Substitutes! Americans consume way too much sugar which is contributing to a decline in health. The usage of sugar substitutes is not a healthy answer, as a matter of fact, sugar substitutes are shown to cause many health issues, obesity, and disease. When you want sweeteners, choose one of these options: raw sugar, raw honey, or Young Living’s Stevia (an all-natural no calorie sweetener that doesn’t cause illness and disease).
- Get Outdoors and Take a Walk! Spending time outdoors in the sun (without a sunblock/sunscreen) for 30-60 minutes a day (build up slowly to avoid sunburn though) does wonders for your skin and provides valuable free Vitamin D, which is not the same as a Vitamin D supplement. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D and we can get it for free simply by spending more time outdoors daily! Vitamin D from the sun may also prevent 16 types of cancer, including cutting breast cancer by 77 percent – get outdoors more often and take a walk, it’s beautiful out there!
To make this Rosemary and Roman Chamomile (essential oil) Super Deep Hot Oil Treatment you will need:
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. almond oil
- Tbsp. jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. evening primrose oil
- 5 drops Young Living Rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops Young Living Roman Chamomile essential oil
Melt coconut oil in a double broiler on low temperature. Add other carrier oils and allow to cool. Add essential oils. Apply to hair and wrap in a towel for 30–45 minutes. Shampoo.
Tip: I only use therapeutic-grade essential oils in my recipes because of the superior quality and because I know that they have not been adulterated or contain harmful chemicals (more).
7 Hair Care Tips
- By treating your hair to these hot oil treatments, your tresses will not only survive winter, but will also be beautiful and healthy come springtime. The Lavender and Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment is one of my favorites: Let me know which one works for you! And if you’re looking for additional cold weather hair protection, try implementing the following tips into your daily hair care routine:
- Wash your hair with lukewarm water. Hot water can strip your hair of moisture, and during the winter you need all the moisture you can get!
- Use a quality conditioner. If you have dry hair to begin with you may want to look for a hair conditioner that is made for dry hair, such as Young Living’s Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner.
- Use styling tools designed to lock in moisture. Using hair tools such as ionic hairdryers and ceramic-plated straighteners will style your hair without drying it.
- Don’t go outside with wet hair. If you expose wet hair to cold winter weather, you risk the possibility of your hair freezing, which leaves it prone to breaking and getting severely damaged.
- Use a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment at least once a week. Your hair needs this extra attention to help repair and undo winter damage. Check out the end of this post for some essential oil-enhanced recipes for home hair treatments!
- Wear a hat or wear your hair up as much as possible. Choose a hat that will not flatten your hair completely, but one that will just cover up most of your hair. Fortunately, there are lots of cute style choices that can make this attractive as well as functional. Wearing your hair back and up will also help reduce exposure to the cold. Just remember: This doesn’t have to be the typical ponytail. Experiment with cute up-do’s or sleek chignons to help protect your hair.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Therapeutic-grade Frankincense is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering. Frankincense has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.
I personally also enjoy using the Young Living Frankincense essential oil as an addition to my skin care regime which consists of adding 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to either the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream (#5141) or the Wolfberry Eye Cream (#5145). This essential oils is one of my favorites regarding skin care!
How To: Frankincense Aromatherapy Bubble Bath
Mix drops of Frankincense with Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base, then use the mixture as a bubble bath, or as a shower gel. Here’s how…
You will need:
- Bath & Shower Gel Base (item #3751)
- Frankincense essential oil (item #3548)
To make enough for “one bath”
In a small dish, add 3-4 drops of Frankincense essential oil to 3-4 TBSP Bath & Shower Gel Base, stir, pour mixture under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
To make “a bottle” of Frankincense Bubble Bath
Add 25-30 drops of Frankincense essential oil to your Bath & Shower Gel Base, stir with a chopstick to incorporate the ingredients, remember to write on your base bottle that this is Frankincense. You can also use this as a shower gel too!
Experience Frankincense and 8 Other Essential Oils
If you would like to get Frankincense oil and save 24 percent off retail prices on all of your Young Living purchases, consider the Start Living with Everyday Oils kit. It contains these therapeutic-grade single essential oils: Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender (2), Peppermint (2), and these essential oil blends: Purification, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor.
Plus, there is a mail-in $40 off a diffuser coupon in the kit.
These luxurious Aromatherapy Massage Sticks are easy to make for gifts or yourself for your home spa! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and special romantic moments too!
The use of Young Living Essential Oils in this recipe provides more than just a wonderful scent; there is the benefit of aroma-therapy plus the benefits of the therapeutic essential oil as well.
To use the massage stick, simply slide the stick over the lucky recipient’s skin, and experience the smooth glide, scent and benefit’s on the skin.
Aromatherapy Massage Sticks Recipe
You will Need:
- 1 TBSP Beeswax
- 4 oz. Cocoa Butter
- 2 TBSP Jojoba Oil
- 100-150 drops Essential Oil
- Containers for the Massage Sticks
See “Good Choices” below for essential oil ideas and a link to my website to buy them. And see “Resources” below for containers and other ingredients.
Instructions for Making Massage Sticks:
- Weigh out 4 ounces of cocoa butter and 0.2 ounces of beeswax, and place them in a heat-proof measuring cup (such as Pyrex). Add 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil.
- Place the measuring cup in an electric frying pan (or a large frying pan) that is filled with 1″–2″ of hot water. Turn the electric frying pan on low (about 200°) (or, alternately, place the large frying pan and measuring cup on the stove, and turn the burner on low).
- Stir the mixture in the measuring cup with a Popsicle stick or a bamboo skewer until wax and cocoa butter are completely melted (about 15–20 minutes: the smaller the cocoa butter and wax pieces are the quicker they will melt).
- Turn off the frying pan (or stove); carefully remove the measuring cup from the water, and place it on a towel. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
- Stir in 100–150 drops of your desired essential oil, refer to the list of essential oils below for some good ideas.
- Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm dispensers (or small deodorant dispensers).
- Place the filled containers in the freezer to cool and harden.
- Decorate the container with stickers, ribbon, or other holiday wrap to make them look festive. Be sure to put a tag or sticker on each container stating the essential oil and that it is a massage stick so the recipient knows what it is and how to use your gift.
To use the massage stick, simply rub the stick directly onto the skin, then massage in.
Store in a cool location.
This recipe will fill 20–25 lip balm containers (these are the perfect size to create one-time-use massage sticks).
Nice Essential Oil Choices
- Relaxing massage try: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Geranium, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Copaiba, Relaxation, Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming or Gratitude.
- Invigorating massage try: Wintergreen, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, PanAway, En-R-Gee or Awaken.
- Romantic massage try: Yang Yang, Jasmine, Sensation, or Live with Passion.
- Uplifting and Inspiring massage try: Awaken, Envision, Harmony, Inspiration, Joy, Live with Passion, Magnify Your Purpose, Sacred Mountain or White Angelica.
Other Fun Aromatherapy Recipes & Info
Resources for Other Ingredients and Containers
Our feet take a beating, at the same time we want them to feel and look their best. This foot bath recipe will help get your feet on their way to healing, looking great and feeling cared for…
Pretty Feet Melrose Foot Bath
You will need:
- 1 cup Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup full fat Milk
- 3 drops Young Living Melrose Essential Oil blend
Mix all ingredients together and add the mixture to your foot bath water. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes, rinse well, and pat dry.
6 Additional Ways to Use Melrose Essential Oil Blend
- Melrose essential oil blend is excellent for foot and nail fungus. If you’ve not had success with Tea Tree (Melaleuca) you will be quite pleased with the results of Melrose.
- Apply a drop or two to broken skin or cuts to help disinfect, cleanse and heal skin.
- Apply a drop or two to a burn. For added benefit, spray skin with LavaDerm Cooling Mist spray to promote faster skin healing.
- Use a drop or two on skin rashes.
- Diffuse to help eliminate bad odors and remove germs from the air! Diffuse 15 minutes in a cold-air diffuser, such as the TheraPro Diffuser, 2-4 times a day.
- Skin Healing Bath: in a small dish put 1 cup of Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, add 3-6 drops of Melrose, stir well, pour under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
Melrose contains these theapeutic-grade essential oils: Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum). The combination of essential oils in this blend are well-known for assisting in the healing of foot and nail fungus’, perhaps it is the synergistic effect of this blend of oils which explains why foot and nail fungus is cleared up quite quickly and why it is found to be more effective than Tea Tree alone.
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. Flowers are picked early in the morning to maximize oil yield and are steam distilled. The highest quality Ylang Ylang oil is drawn from the first distillation and is known as ylang ylang complete. The last distillation, known as the tail, is of inferior quality and is called “cananga.”
Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers.” The flowers have been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night. Traditionally used in hair formulas to promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is balancing to male-female energies, enhances spiritual attunement, helps combat anger and low self-esteem, helps increase focus of thoughts and filters out negative energy, anxiety, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.
Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. Ylang Ylang also has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote thick, shiny, luxuriant hair. Buy Ylang Ylang here.
How to Use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
For aromatherapy, dietary, or topical use.
Supplement: Dilute 1 drop Ylang Ylang in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat or rice milk.
Topical: Mix 2-4 drops Ylang Ylang with 2 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil for a full body massage.*
Diffuse: Diffuse Ylang Ylang according to your diffusers instructions. Diffuse for 15 minutes a day up to 3 times a day.*
Aromatic Bath: In a bowl, mix 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt with 4 drops of Ylang Ylang, stir well, pour under running tap water, soak for 20 minutes.*
Perfume: Put one drop on pulse points, wrists, or neck.
*Caution: Use sparingly if you have Low Blood Pressure.
It is important to know that all essential oils and aromatherapy oils are not created equal. Fact is, only 2 percent of all essential oils produced in the world are superior quality, Young Living Essential Oils make up most of that 2 percent. This means that all other brands of essential oils are inferior quality, it’s simply a matter of how inferior.
You might be thinking right now, “so how are we suppose to know the difference!?” That’s why I wrote this article, so you know what goes on and I’ll provide you with my super easy way of determining if an essential oil is junk, or if it’s the best.
Become Essential Oil Savvy
Fact: he following essential oils come from edible plants: Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Orange, Lemon, Frankincense, and Geranium – there are plenty of others but this list is all you need to know to become “instantly savvy”.
When an essential oil comes from an edible plant or tree it also means that the essential oil ‘should’ also be able to be taken internally for use as a dietary supplement, and/or used to flavor foods in cooking. That ‘should’ is the big keyword here.
Why this is key: inferior quality essential oils (all of them) contain very harmful chemicals that you will absorb through your skin and your nose/lungs. What happens after your body is exposed to chemicals is the chemicals become trapped in your liver, brain, and fat – no ones body knows how to process chemicals. This is precisely why we have such an epidemic of certain diseases today. Minimizing our exposure to chemicals will greatly improve the quality of our lives and save us many thousands of dollars in healthcare expenses.
This also explains why some say you should never take an essential oil internally… no one wants you to ingest an essential oil that will cause you harm!
What to look for…
The next time you see a bottle of any of these essential oils take a look at the label… does the label state “Not For Internal Use” or “For Aromatic or Topical Use Only” – if you see that statement know that it is a warning. If it is on any of these listed essential oils you can be 100 percent positive that the essential oil is in fact low quality. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this and it does not matter who the brand comes from.
The image to the right clearly provides instructions on how to use this Young Living Essential Oil as a dietary supplement.
If you’re like me and have trouble reading labels at the store and have forgotten to bring your reading glasses there’s another thing on the label that you will be able to see without reading glasses. It’s the “Supplements Facts” box – you’ve seen it before, it’s on ALL products that CAN be ingested safely. See the image on the left. The white colored box in the format shown is only on things that can be used internally.
In short, if you can’t eat it you don’t want to be putting it on your body or breathing it!
Additionally, and I know I’m going to sound like a kill-joy here, for the very same reason it’s best to always avoid scented and aromatherapy products, none of them use a superior quality essential oil. They do not contain superior quality essential oils because manufacturers are concerned with price points, not necessarily your health and well-being.
Other Terms That Mean Absolutely Nothing in Regards to Quality
The above terms mean absolutely nothing because there are a million ways to ruin, adulterated, dilute, and fabricate in a lab (which means there is no real essential oil of any quality present at all) an essential oil. All of these are and can be inferior quality.
Myth: If an essential oil label or website states “pure” or “organic” or “wildcrafted” or “all-natural” you’re getting a high quality oil. The truth is, when those terms are on a label it ONLY means that there is a very remote possibility that their definition of the original meaning of those terms might once have been true. today those terms are so abused that when I see them I roll my eyes in disgust and think to myself, “yeah, we’ll see about that. I know how to tell the difference.”
It seems a shame that a plant that someone went to lengths to grow organically or wildcrafted gets completely ruined after being harvested. But it happens day-in and day-out, it’s just the nature of the industry.
I know it’s hard to believe, but keep in mind that we are conditioned to think that when a label says something is “pure” or “organic” we’re getting something that’s the best. It’s not true, not even close to being true.
7 Ways an Essential Oil Can be Made Inferior, Ruined and Toxic
- After the plant is harvested it sits in the back of a tractor trailer for hours, days, or weeks in the blazing hot sun = ruined.
- The plant is not put into the distiller within 30 minutes of being harvested = ruined.
- Chemical solvents are used to extract the essential oil from the plant material in the distiller = ruined + toxic.
- High heat is used to extract the essential oil faster and more thoroughly = ruined.
- High pressure used during distilling to extract more essential oil out of the plant = ruined.
- After being distilled chemicals are used to “enhance” the essential oil so it “appears” to be of a higher quality than it is = ruined + very toxic.
- Companies “extend” a few drops of essential oil in extremely cheap quality carrier oils = ruined + toxic.
The above represents 98 percent of all essential oils sold in the world.
You must turn the bottle around and look at the back of the label and practice my little tip above if you want to be assured you are buying the best and that you’re not paying a fortune for something that’s junk quality.
Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils
I see now that even the term “therapeutic-grade” is being abused. Young Living trademarked the term therapeutic-grade to make it easier for the consumer to distinguish the superior from bad. I can assure you that the other brands using the term “therapeutic-grade” are not selling therapeutic-grade essential oils… they are in fact buying and rebottling the essential oils that Young Living rejects from vendors. Young Living rejects something like 80 percent of all essential oils that come in from vendors because when they’re put through the battery of tests they fail miserably, there are plenty of vendors out there adding chemicals to falsely spike the analysis, Young Living’s testing equipment can detect when that has occurred.
That’s why I like Young Living so much, they do not mess around at all when it comes to quality.
Young Living has and continues to set the world standard in quality for essential oils. They are the benchmark in superior quality. You don’t get to be the best by cutting corners.
When you see claims of other essential oils are as good or better than Young Living you can rest assured they’re not. Young Living analyses all other brands of essential oils and aromatherapy oils being sold, they are not as good or better. Those claims are a fabrication to convince the unknowing consumer to buy their oils and aromatherapy products. If their Lavender or Frankincense was as good or better, there would be directions on how to use them internally.
This is why I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils.
So, next time you have a few minutes and you’re at the health food store or you’re thinking of ordering some pure essential oils from a beautiful website, remember this article and practice my simple tip.
James Cook Ayer began selling pills and potions in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1843. By the early 1870′s he was a multimillionaire. One of his most popular products, though not exactly promoted as a medication, was “Ayer’s Hair Vigor.”
Ayer’s Hair Vigor was first bottled in 1867, sold in a beautiful cobalt blue bottle with a glass stopper. The accompanying literature, while not making direct claims of restoring hair or preventing grey, broadly hinted at such benefits while throwing in an occasional disclaimer.
An interesting feature of the descriptive literature is that it not only names the ingredients, (required in 1906) it also gives a brief rundown of the “possible” benefits of each, while encouraging the user to review the information with his own personal medical practitioner. The particulars are printed in English, French and Spanish (indicating this hair product was sold widely).
By the time that “Hair Vigor” was being widely advertised, people had just begun to learn of the “germ theory of disease” established by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in 1870. Though the theory was not yet well accepted or understood, it seems that many medicine promoters were quick to use this new scientific discovery to promote their wares, by attributing almost any symptom to “germs.”
For instance, Hair Vigor included:
- Sulphur – “destroys the dandruff germ and the germ which causes falling hair”. (Though sulphur is sometimes used in dandruff medications today, it is not specified for the “falling hair germ”).
- Glycerin – “for soothing and healing and a positive and distinct food value aiding nature in producing abundant luxuriant hair – food to the hairbulbs – destroys germ life.”
- Quinine – (Benefit not specified, but was most often used to treat. Malaria)
- Sodium Chloride – “for cleansing and healing” (table salt)
- Cantharides – “Arouses into full activity all the glands of the scalp.” (Formerly used as a counter-irritant for skinblisters, a diuretic and and an aphrodisiac. It is now an illegal substance in most countries)
- Alcohol – “preservative and valuable antiseptic” (and in this case, not meant to be ingested)
- Water / Perfume – “lavender, lemon and nerol.” (this must be some form of diluted down essential oil or possibly the hydosol from distillation of the essential oils)
This product’s promoters had an interesting way of proclaiming wonderful benefits to it’s customers without making any actual promises. The informational insert says it:
“Makes hair grow because it increases circulation of blood in the scalp and directly nourishes hair bulbs. But it will not do impossible things. It will not work contrary to any law of nature. We wish we could honestly say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will grow hair on a bald head. But we cannot so state. No power in the world can make hair grow on an old thin shiny scalp. But if there is any life left in the hair bulbs it will stimulate them to do all they possibly can. Therefore we can only say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will sometimes, but not always, make hair grow on bald heads. The only way to know is to try.”
Having covered the problem of balding, the pamphlet goes on to address graying hair and if not improving the condition, it at least makes you feel better about it, saying:
“While it prevents premature gray, it certainly will not prevent the gray and white hair which nature has declared should be a crown of beauty and dignity for ripe old age.”
The Ayer’s Co. had several other products including Cherry Pectoral, The Ague Cure, and Sarsaparilla which appeared around the mid 1800′s. Like many such companies the Ayer’s Co. promoted itself with almanacs that were filled with handy hints and profuse advertisements for it’s line of items.
Hair Care: What We Are Faced With “Today”
Unlike days a century ago, the average woman today can wear on her body over 500 chemicals every single day according to a recent study in the UK.
Even though today’s hair products do not contain Cantharides and Quinine we are still faced with ingredients that are very harmful to our health.
The UK study showed that of the 2,016 women polled, more than 70 percent said they were not concerned about the number of chemicals they put on their skin and only 1 in 10 opted for chemical-free products.
Additionally, more than 1/3 of the women in the study were unaware of the ingredients in their personal care products. And, only 9 percent were aware of most of the ingredients.
Although the study covered all kinds of personal care products (from deodorant to make-up, and lotions to hair products) I want to focus on hair care in this weeks newsletter so it’s more manageable. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right!?
While we will never be able to completely eliminate every toxic chemical from our lives we can certainly ‘minimize’ them and their negative impacts to our health.
Moms will most likely want to be aware of this… the EWG (Environmental Working Group) tested 10 newborn babies for 413 chemicals, pollutants and pesticides (The Pollution in Newborns) and learned that the newborns were born polluted with hundreds of chemicals. This means that ‘we’ are carrying these toxic compounds in our bodies, whether we’re pregnant or not, female or male (men actually carry more in their bodies because of the types of work that are most associated with men).
The good news is that we do NOT have to have some of these toxins in our bodies at all, if we are conscious of what we’re doing and using – and – our exposure to others can be severely minimized with a little conscious effort.
I want to give you some homework this week, I want you to go into your bathroom and read the ingredients on the label. I know, it sounds like a drag and like I’m being a pain, especially if you think you know that your brand is natural and good for you… you’ll be shocked.
Have Hair Care Products Really Gotten Much Better? The Ingredients List…
- Parabens (Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-parabens)
- Coal Tar Colors (FC&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, D&C Red 33)
- Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
- Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate, phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance” Red 33)
- Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
- Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate
- Phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance”)(Phthalates are carcinogenic and hormone disruptors. Their purpose in products is to help lotions penetrate and soften the skin and are essential to scented products, and help fragrances last longer)
- DMDM hydantoin
- Sodum lauryl and laureth sulfates (in toothpaste too, yup, even all-natural ones – just look at the label!)
- Formaldehyde (considered a probable carcinogen by the U.S. EPA)
- Fragrance / Perfume (these consist mostly of chemicals called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs) (Calvin Klein’s Eternity by an independent lab, commissioned by Environmental Health Network (EHN), revealed that the perfume contained over 800 compounds)
- Anything with “glycol” or “methyl” as part of the name
Hidden Chemicals – Buyer Beware!
Just like companies are hiding MSG in processed foods (yes, even in natural and organics), personal care product companies are hiding their chemicals now too. For instance, Phthalates are rarely listed on labels, but when the EWG tested 72 products which did not list Phthalates it was discovered that almost 75 percent DID contain Phthalates.
What’s in the personal care products you’re buying?
Phthlate Exposure Impairs Testicular Function (feminization of boys)
Aggregate Exposures to Phthalates in Humans (PDF Report) (there’s little doubt in my mind that phthalates are the likely cause of reproductive problems in birds, reptiles, frogs and fish too. I suspect the only reason this chemical is not banned is because of the industry, it’s a very popular and commonly used ingredient)
As you may already know, we have tons of super easy recipes at our team blog on how to make all of your own household cleaning and personal care products using common kitchen ingredients and your essential oils – it is incredibly easy to make your own… not to mention EMPOWERING!
The Best Solution for Hair and Build-up on Hair, my testimonial
“By far the best shampoo and conditioner I have found is Young Living’s. My entire life I had to switch shampoo and conditioner brands every single month due to the residue and build-up they left n my hair.
It wasn’t until I tried Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo and Lavender Conditioner over 10 years ago that my switching brands monthly came to an end. That’s right, I went from an entire lifetime of switching brands every month to using the exact same shampoo and conditioner for over 10 years!” ~ Evelyn Vincent
The Benefit to Us
- NO undesired chemicals to ruin our health!
- NO synthetic fragrances – only Young Living Essential Oils scent these
- NO MORE switching brands every month – YAY!
- So concentrated that I have to add a little water to them
- Extremely economical – I have long hair and I have never used any other brand of shampoo or conditioner that lasted so long. I go through one bottle of shampoo about every 2 months – and – the conditioner, I buy 2-3 bottles a YEAR! I cannot tell you how much money I save by using the Young Living shampoo and conditioner – it adds up to a small fortune! if you’re not yet a wholesale customer I highly recommend that too, learn the facts about the advantages.
If you haven’t tried the Young Living shampoo and conditioner I highly recommend trying them now – you will be one step closer to getting some of those chemicals out of your life, a step closer to saving a small fortune, and a step closer to having really beautiful hair! You have no idea what you’ve been missing out on if you aren’t using these.
Lavender Volume Shampoo
Lavender Volume Conditioner
Lemon Sage Clarifying Shamoo
Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner
Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo
Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner
For the past several months my boyfriend and I have spent every available minute working on a new website and blog (it’s a very large and complex site, that’s why it took so long to create). It’s pretty nifty, if I might say so. Loads of information on pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and how to use them for aromatherapy, first aid, in cooking (yes, Young Living essential oils are food grade), kids, pets, household cleaning, air fresheners, home spa tips, diffusing, and so much more! There are recipes too!
Both the website and blog is also a source for those looking for a Young Living Distributor – yes, it is a team website and blog, so you will get a nice assortment of expertise and backgrounds. We also have essential oil classes and webinars – and so much more!
Whether you’re looking to purchase the best quality essential oils in the world for general or professional use, live more “Green,” or if you’re looking to have your own home business – I think you’ll find everything you’ve been looking for at our new website YoungLivingCircle.com and blog YoungLivingCircleBlog.com to help you create the lifestyle you’ve been desiring – check it out!
In addition to keeping your fingernails and toenails looking great for summer, proper hand and foot care has a variety of perks. One such perk is when you incorporate therapeutic massage into your pampering routine you’re promoting numerous health-enhancing benefits.
9 Easy Steps for Hand and Foot Care
1. Remove Nail Polish: leaving nail polish on for extended periods of time can result in damage to the nail bed. Before beginning any hand or foot care routine, it is important to remove any nail polish on fingernails and toenails.
2. Soak Hands and Feet: submerge hands and feet in water infused with therapeutic-grade Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense is renowned for its skin-enhancing benefits, soaking hands and feet in oil-infused water will condition the skin while prepping cuticles for trimming.
Tip: limit soaking to no more than three minutes for hands and no more than five minutes for feet to soften the nails without weakening them. Read the rest of this entry »
The White Angelica™ essential oil blend is a calming and soothing blend that encourages feelings of protection and security. It combines essential oils used during ancient times to enhance the body’s aura, which brings about a sense of strength and endurance. Many use White Angelica oil as protection against negative energy. White Angelica works great applied to shoulders.
Young Living’s White Angelica essential oil helps to increase the aura around the body which helps bring a delicate sense of strength and protection, creating a feeling of wholeness in the realm of one’s own spirituality. Its frequency neutralizes negative energy and gives a feeling of protection and security.
Applications for White Angelica
For topical or aromatic use.
Diffuse or wear on top of shoulders (rub on a couple of drops), along the spine, on crown of the head, on your wrists, behind ears and on the back of the neck.
Excellent in a bath (mix 3-4 drops of White Angelica in 1/2 cup sea salt or Epsom Salts, add to running bath water).
Breathing in its protective aroma by diffusing or wearing as a perfume is very uplifting.
About the Single Oils in White Angelica
- Geranium is believed to be a shield from negative comments, ill intentions and meanness by embracing us with feelings of comfort and protection. The scent of geranium creates a secure place for us to reconnect to our true feelings.
- Spruce oil brings calm assurance to those suffering from fear and anxiety.
- Myrrh is an ideal oil for people who lie in bed and repeat the same thoughts again and again. It is believed that myrrh oil offers fortitude and courage.
- Ylang Ylang has a beautiful aroma that shields when in love, protecting one from a broken heart. The oil is believed to balance male and female energy, bringing harmony to these very different sides of our personalities.
- Hyssop aroma is believed to protect against pessimism and encourage clarity and balance.
- Bergamot* encourages feelings of strength and confidence, protecting one from fear and anxiety. Bergamot is ideal for long, difficult days of frayed nerves and continual frustration.
- Melissa encourages strength and cheerfulness. When used with geranium (as it is in this formula), the two oils bring reassurance and quell feelings of insecurity.
- Sandalwood oil protects one from being overly concerned about worldly possessions. It is believed to aid in meditation and prayer by encouraging serenity and insightfulness.
- Rose possesses a beautiful aroma. The scent of rose protects against melancholy, grief and anxiety. It is particularly useful for those filled with grief after a loss.
- Rosewood inspires protection and love.
White Angelica Testimonials
I use White Angelica on my 8yr old granddaughter she was having bad nightmares so I spritz her before going to bed she sleeps better and nightmares are gone. ~ Sheryl K.
White Angelica is one of the oils I first ordered with Young Living. It protects you from negative influences. Everyone has stress and sometimes our closest family member put their negative emotions on us. This has been very protective to me and I have also learned by putting on the heart chakra that it also protects the heart from taking on negativity. I also apply it to the shoulders 3 drops on each. It has the ability to deepen and reach into the energy field and strengthen your emotions to withstand anything you come into. I have also noticed strength to help in business and be more functional. I use it a lot with Clients that have a lot of stress or depression. It has 18 Essential Oils and was made in layers perhaps that is why it is so wonderful at work! It is a beautiful perfume and worth its weight in gold. Happy Oiling ~ Sarah M.
* Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required (i.e., no carrier oil required). Suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age. Avoid using on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays (Bergamot essential oil can make skin photosensitive just like all citrus oils).
1. Use the right product for the right hair type. No hair care product—regardless of its quality—works for all types of hair at all times. Hair that is naturally curly requires different hair treatments than those that are permed. Similarly, Asian hair (which tends to consist of thicker and rounder hair follicles) needs different hair care than does African hair (which tends to be very fine and frizzy). This why the Young Living Essential Oils AromaSilk hair care line of products is segmented into three different lines:
• Lavender Volume Shampoo gently cleanses and volumizes fine hair while nourishing and restoring balance. Long known for its ability to improve the appearance of hair and skin, lavender oil works its fragrant magic to enhance the natural beauty of your hair. Added botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils remove buildup that comes from commercially sold hair products while maximizing body. Renewing and invigorating, Lavender Volume Shampoo contains MSM, a sulfur compound that is known for strengthening hair.
Lavender Volume Conditioner™ gently conditions and volumizes fine hair. A fabulous follow-up to Lavender Volume Shampoo, it is formulated with MSM, milk protein, and vitamins to strengthen limp and weak hair. Essential oils are added to ensure that nutrients penetrate the hair follicle and leave the hair clean and perfumed.
• Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo gently cleanses dry or damaged hair. The botanical herbal extracts, vitamins, and essential oils remove buildup from commercial hair products while maximizing body and supplementing moisture. Read the rest of this entry »
Young Living has come out with a new and improved massage oil line. This new line provides 50% more product per bottle and the massage oils have been specially formulated to deliver targeted results. From the muscle-rejuvenating Ortho Ease and Ortho Sport to the emotionally soothing Relaxation – these Young Living Massage Oils offer natural, specialized relief in a100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil organic formula.
Young Living’s massage line is designed not only for massage therapists, but for everyday use at home to enhance your home spa experience.
Young Living Massage Oils
Young Living’s luxurious line of massage oils is made up of six Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oil blends, each offering physical and emotional benefits when accompanied by personal or professional massage. The V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex (a carrier oil) is also part of Young Living’s massage oil line, and is available in an 8-ounce or 32-ounce refill bottle.
Cel-Lite™ Magic Massage Oil
Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil combines the health-enhancing benefits of specially selected vegetable oils with vitamin E and YLTG essential oils to nourish and tone skin. We add grapefruit essential oil to benefit skin texture and juniper essential oil to help detoxify and cleanse skin.
Essential Oils: grapefruit, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, juniper.
Dragon Time™ Massage Oil
Dragon Time Massage Oil uses powerful essential oils that have been researched in Europe for their balancing effects with pure vegetable oils. The result is a soothing, stabilizing massage blend that helps calm and uplift women during challenging times of the month. In addition to massage, you can put 1/2 ounce in the bathtub for a refreshing bath.
Essential Oils: lavender, sage, yarrow, fennel, ylang ylang, jasmine, clary sage
Ortho Ease¨ Massage Oil
Ortho Ease Massage Oil soothes and warms tired and stressed bodies, helping to combat the damaging effects of everyday activities. With a calming blend of YLTG essential oils, Ortho Ease will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Essential Oils: wintergreen, Eucalyptus globulus, thyme, juniper, lemongrass, Eucalyptus radiata, peppermint, marjoram, vetiver
Ortho Sport Massage Oil
A stronger version of Ortho Ease, Ortho Sport Massage Oil is designed for both professional and amateur athletes, as well as anyone who works or plays hard. Ortho Sport Massage Oil has a higher phenol content, which has been used traditionally to produce a warming sensation and provide relief to tired muscles.
Essential Oils: wintergreen, Eucalyptus globulus, lemongrass, peppermint, elemi, thyme, oregano, vetiver
Relaxation™ Massage Oil
Relaxation Massage Oil can help create a state of relaxation and restore vitality to body, mind, and spirit.
Essential Oils: tangerine, peppermint, rosewood, lavender, spearmint, ylang ylang,
Sensation™ Massage Oil
Sensation Massage Oil leaves skin feeling smooth, silky, and youthful. The beautiful fragrance of Sensation may stimulate feelings of romance.
Essential Oils: rosewood, ylang ylang, jasmine
V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex
V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex is used to dilute certain essential oils and can be mixed to create custom blends, formulas, and massage oils. This oil complex nourishes the skin, has a long shelf life, doesn’t clog pores, and will not stain clothes. V-6 is offered in both 8-ounce and 32-ounce refill bottles.
When combined with the proper essential oils, massage therapy can be a powerful boost to any health regimen. Use Young Living’s exclusive essential oil massage blends to pamper yourself, rejuvenate body and mind, or help the healing process through therapeutic touch.
Many diseases originate with people’s inability to cope with stress. While stress is a normal part of life in this fast-paced world, massage can help manage stress. Those who receive frequent therapeutic massages can experience an aligned perspective and clarity of thought.
How To Use
+ Drop a quarter-sized amount of oil into the palm of your hands. Rub your palms together and apply to skin as needed.
+ If using at home, create a warm, quiet, relaxed environment.
+ Use a firm comfortable surface such as a bed, massage table, or floor mat.
+ If doing a foot massage, have the person receiving the massage recline against a large pillow (on a sofa or bed) to fully relax the entire body.
+ Choose soothing music to help you relax during the massage.
Did you Know?
+ Ortho Ease and V-6 are part of the Raindrop Technique¨.
+ While visiting the Native American Lokota tribe in South Dakota, Gary Young learned of the benefits of “inhaling’” energy. Gary applied this practice to essential oils and his knowledge of Vita Flex points on the feet and fingers.
+ The Raindrop Technique has helped thousands with relaxation and emotional release.
Making your own home spa products can be a great way to get that lovely pampered feeling and refreshing radiant skin. Even with all the right spa recipes, you still need to find the ingredients to make your own products. If you’re trying to get results that create change and promote wellness you will want to make certain that your recipe ingredients are top notch.
Many of ingredients – such a sea salt or sunflower oil for body scrubs are available at your local supermarket or health food store and the quality is pretty much the same, provided the sunflower oil is organic I should add.
There are other more unusual items, such as jojoba oil, liquid soap base that you will usually find at your local health food store.
Then there are the rarer more difficult to find ingredients, such as the essential oils.
OK, you might be thinking, “ha, essential oils aren’t rare at all why even Glade is using them in their air freshener products these days!” WRONG!
Choosing the purest of the pure essential oils, i.e., “therapeutic-grade” is the only type of essential oil that “should,” in my humble opinion, be used in the creation of any aromatic product whether it is applied to the body in a cream or oil, inhaled passively, or used to help heal a wound. Read the rest of this entry »