Hurray, it’s ready! Exciting New Aromatherapy Website and Blog!

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!

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Aromatherapy Essential Oils From A to Z

 Properly distilled essential oils have been used throughout time, dating back to 4500 BC. From perfumes and aromatherapy to cooking and medicinal purposes, essential oils have been used in everyday life for centuries. In modern days, research shows that only the best essential oils, that are super high-quality such as Young Living Essential Oils can provide similar benefits to humans and animals.

Young Living Essential Oils

Young Living Essential Oils

Many oils, touted as ‘pure’ essential oils, are adulterated with harsh chemicals, diluted with questionable extenders, or copied and produced synthetically in a lab (in which case they contain no essential oil whatsoever). Therefore, it is imperative to take great care in choosing the highest- quality essential oils. Never compromise the quality of your choice in selecting the best essential oils, the only essential oil I recommend as a distributor and 20 year user of essential oils, is Young Living, they are the best I’ve found in my 20 years of using essential oils.

The below list is not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe. Take responsibility for yourself, get medical attention if needed, discover what is right for you, and learn how to use therapeutic grade essential oils properly.

Essential Oils from A to Z

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Geranium, Vetiver, Lavender, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rosewood, Cedarwood, Melrose, Gentle Baby, Purification, Juva Flex, Juva Cleanse

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The Antimicrobial Compounds in Essential Oils

For safe and effective therapeutic use of essential oils it is important to have a basic knowledge of their constituents – and equally important to use a high quality essential oil, such as Young Living. Essential oils usually contain several major compounds and many more minor compounds, sometimes numbering in the hundreds. Researchers have identified many specific compounds responsible for the anti-microbial powers of oils and the synergistic effect is probably more therapeutically balanced and potent than using an active ingredient that has been isolated from an essential oil.

Terpenes

Terpenes include monoterpenes, sequiterpenes, and diterpenes. These comprise a large group of molecules found in some form in almost all essential oils having a wide range of therapeutic functions.

Different monoterpenes have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Some are stimulating with a tonic effect. Some are expectorant, mucous membrane stimulants, and decongestants. Others are atmospheric antiseptic agents.

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Disinfectants, Biocides and what ‘WE’ can do to STOP Superbugs, Staph Infections and MRSA

Quite simply, how did we get into a MRSA mess? We over-used: antibiotics, antibacterial soaps and antibacterial cleaners, and lack of cleanliness in health care facilities.

Now that we ARE in a pickle, what were our mistakes and what can we do to remedy the situation?

What MRSA looks like on the skin

What MRSA looks like on the skin

When common disinfectants are used in low levels (this is NOT suggesting you should use these health-threatening disinfectants in higher amounts!), researchers found that they actually make certain bacteria stronger and resistant to antibiotic treatment, i.e., MRSA and hospital acquired staph infections. This is true in hospital settings, and certainly applies to the low-level disinfectants many use around their homes.

Researchers exposed Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) taken from the blood of patients to low concentrations of several biocides, which resulted in the appearance of resistant mutants.

If bacteria that live in protected environments are exposed to biocides repeatedly, for example during cleaning (such as in hospitals, nursing homes, gyms, etc.), they can build up resistance to disinfectants and antibiotics. Such bacteria have been shown to contribute to hospital-acquired staph infections, MRSA, and “Community Acquired MRSA”. Continue reading

20 Health Benefits of Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils

Pure organic therapeutic-grade Young Living essential oils can be used in more ways than the typical novelty aromatherapy oils sold in stores are used (please do not use another essential oil the same way you would use a YL oil , you will NOT get the same results).

Get Young Living oils at my website, TheVeryEssence.com

Here is a list of some ways that YL oils can be used to promote good health…

1. Affect the psyche
The aroma of essential oils triggers physiological and psychological responses. They lift our moods, aid in fighting mild to moderate depression, increase alertness, calm aggressive behavior, and help to deal with trauma. Essential oils also lower anxiety, increase memory, and even afffect our dreams.

Young Living single oils: lemon, lavender, orange, bergamot, rose, jasmine

Young Living blends: Awaken, Joy, Believe, Harmony, Citrus Fresh, Trauma Life, SARA, Release, Magnify Your Purpose, Peace & Calming, Into the Future, Highest Potential 

2. Immune protection

Researchers suggest that certain essential oil constituents mimic human immunoglobulin. Essential oil constituents may also elevate levels of lymphocytes and stimulate the immune system.

Young Living single oils: chamomile, clove, mountain savory, lemon, Ravensara

Young Living blends: Thieves, R.C., Melrose, Di-Gize, Raven, EndoFlex

3. Antimicrobial

In an age where antibiotics are failing due to excessive use, we turn to the plant kingdom for help. Research indicates that essential oils are highly effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Studies find that essential oils are even effective against the superbug MRSA (lemongrass, R.C. the best), a bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics, including penicillin. Continue reading

Air Fresheners and Dryer Sheets Make Me Feel Sick

I just took my dog out into the yard for some exercise and couldn’t help but notice the smell in the air coming from my neighbors dryer vent, my nearest neighbors house is half a football field away… yet, the thick disgusting smell of dryer sheets made me sick to my stomach. As I stood and waited for my dog to do his duty I thought about all the chemicals in the dryer sheets and how the heat of the dryer was putting god knows what into the air and our environment.

I wondered what percentage of the population know hows incredibly poisonous dryer sheets and air fresheners (spray, plug-in, solid) are and if they did know, would they happily and easily switch over to something that wouldn’t poison them, their families and the environment.

The scoop on dryer sheets and air fresheners

When UW engineering professor Anne Steinemann analyzed of some of these popular items (dryer sheets, air fresheners and detergents), she found 100 different volatile organic compounds measuring 300 parts per billion or more — some of which can be cancerous or cause harm to respiratory, reproductive, neurological and other organ systems.

“Consumers are breathing these chemicals. No one is doing anything about it.” ~ Anne Steinemann

Some of the chemicals are categorized as hazardous or toxic by federal regulatory agencies. But the labels tell a different story, naming only innocuous-sounding “perfume” or “biodegradable” contents.

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60 Easy Ways to Use Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils

by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Distributor #476766, TheVeryEssence.com

There are so many ways to Young Living Essential Oils that it’s nearly impossible to list them all. If I had to guess, I would say it would number in the thousands… that alone indicates there is a HUGE difference between the novelty aromatherapy oils and therapeutic-grade.

Essential Oils for Everyday Use

Essential Oils for Everyday Use

To give you an idea, here are 60 easy different ways to use YL aromatherapy oils (plus I’ve added two extra to the list, they’re just too good to leave out)… happy oiling!

1. Scented candles. 

Light an unscented candle, blow out after a few minutes. Add your chosen YL essential oil to the melted wax in the center. Do not add essential oil while candle is lit as the oils are volatile.

2. Freshen stinky sneakers and shoes. 

Place cotton balls with a couple drops of Thieves, peppermint, geranium, lemon or tea tree into shoes overnight.

3. Kill airborne germs or scent a room.

Gently scent a room using the Young Living Travel Diffuser or Ultrasonic Diffuser –  some good choices would be: Thieves (kill germs), Citrus Fresh (refreshing), Lavender (relaxing), Purification (bad odors), Sensation (romantic), Peace & Calming (calming), Melrose (bad odors), Joy (exotic), Inner Child (balancing), Gratitude (uplifting), Humility (awareness), Grounding (stabilizing), Envision (creativity), Clarity (alertness).

4. Scented linens and towels / dryer sheet. 

Add a few drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil to a dampened washcloth, toss into your clothes dryer when drying laundry.
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Recipe to Make Your Own Essential Oil Kitchen Dish Soap

It is so easy to make your own aromatherapy / essential oil dish soap – and many other cleaning products. One BIG plus is that “you” control all of the ingredients – which means you end up with a completely nontoxic product for your sweetly scented  home safe home. Of course, you do not want your ‘green’ home efforts to be wasted so I recommend using an organic therapeutic-grade essential oil such as Young Living’scheaper essential oils DO contain chemicals and solvents, plus you will have to use so much that it will end up costing you more in the long run. Continue reading

Foot Fungus and Essential Oils in Foot Bath

I came across this study, see below, regarding foot fungus and essential oils and thought it would be helpful for those who suffer from the condition. The essential oils used in the foot bath are: oregano, thyme thymol, cinnamon bark, lemongrass, clove, palmarose, peppermint, lavender, geranium Bourbon, tea tree, thyme geraniol oils. 

Before you run out and buy essential oils at your local store…

Four tips that will help you get the best results in ridding foot fungus…

1. Make absolutely certain the essential oils you’re buying are therapeutic-grade from a reputable source such as Young Living – yes, the quality of the essential oil WILL make a difference in the results (learn more about quality).

2. Many of the essential oils used in this study are what we call ‘hot’ – simply meaning that they can feel quite warm on the skin and cause some irritation to most people. To prevent irritation simply use a carrier oil (any fatty vegetable oil will do, like olive oil) to dilute the essential oil (never try to dilute an essential oil with water!). The ‘hot oils in this study are: oregano, thyme thymol, cinnamon bark, lemongrass, clove, and thyme geraniol. Continue reading

Study – DEET and Terpenoids Smell Bad to Mosquitoes

The article below caught my attention for a couple of reasons – 1. DEET is pretty toxic stuff, and 2. they talk about the terpenoids in some essential oils. So I got out my essential oil chemistry book and looked at some studies on PubMed. What I found is that there seems to be a connection of a combination of constituents in the essential oils as a whole that make one more effective than another in repelling mosquitoes more than just the ‘terpenes.’

It appears that it’s a combination of monoterpenes, campene,champhor, l-limonene, and beta-caryophyllene. The essential oils that contain a high enough percentage of this combination of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and ketones are the following: Rosemary, Hyssop, Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Melaleuca alternifolia, Eucalyptus globulus, and a Young Living blend called Melrose. Continue reading

Essential Oil Summer Camping First Aid Kit

Peppermint-Oil-2013Last week I got an email from a friend of mine.  She’s going camping in Freeport, Maine later in June with her two little girls and was wondering if I could suggest any Essential Oils for her Summer Camping Emergency Kit.  I said I would be happy to recommend a few oils to put in her fanny pack-style emergency kit along with her sun block and band-aids; oils make the journey smell better and easily solve lots of little problems.

Thinking about which oils to suggest I ran my mind through my camping trip last year on an island on a fresh water river in Maine.  The weather was beautiful and we hiked quite a bit.  Our two biggest issues were bug bites in the evening and sunburn.  Of course everyone got scraped here and there while hiking around the island, scraping into the berry brambles and climbing on rocks, but bug bites were definitely our biggest concern. I came up with the following oils for the…

Young Living Essential Oils for the Summer Camping First-Aid Kit: 

Aromatherapy Essential Oils and the Healing Arts

As the general population turns to alternative health care, holistic practices such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, and massage therapy are becoming increasingly popular. An ideal way to support and maximize the benefits of such practices is by using Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils. Known for their stress relieving, muscle soothing, and mind clarifying qualities, Young Living essential oils can add balance and harmony to any daily routine. davinci-man

A year ago, Gillian Keiper founded the Concentric Healing Institute, also known as CHI, in Boulder, Colorado. As a private occupational school, all programs must be approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. Here, massage therapy, qigong, esthetics, aromatherapy, and reiki are practiced using Young Living’s essential oils.

According to Keiper, “I find that when you add therapeutic grade essential oils, it enhances all the treatments we have in the school.”

As a licensed esthetician, reflexology, and reiki master, Keiper leaves essential oils sitting out for students to use freely so they can better understand the effects of the oils. In massage therapy, whether it’s a Japanese foot massage, deep circulatory massage, or hot stone treatment, essential oils are incorporated into the practice.

Stones, for example, are soaked in hot water infused with oils. Clients who come in are asked about how they are feeling that particular day. Based on their response, the appropriate oils are selected for use in therapy. “The Swedish massage is wonderful, but when we give them Peace & Calming® oil blend, it just enhances the treatment,” says Keiper. Continue reading

Essential Oils and my Dogs Wound

Bandit, my dog is not known for fighting with other dogs – but he will stand up for himself when need be. Such was the case 4 days ago – I put Young Living’s Animal Scents Pet Ointment to the test again and to the rescue.

Animal Scents Ointment

Animal Scents Ointment

The neighbors dog came over to play with Bandit, they ran around playing for a while. The neighbors dog came up onto our porch to get a drink of water and spotted one of Bandit’s old bones, she took it down into the yard and laid down to chew on it.

A little while later, Bandit wanted the bone and the neighbor dog absolutely refused to let him have it. She’s part Boxer and has some pretty powerful jaws. When Bandit attempted to take the bone she jumped him and began fighting. Bandit fought back. Continue reading

Patchouli, Tea Tree, Geranium, Lavender Essential Oils & Grapefruit Seed Extract Study on MRSA / Staph

1: Burns. 2004 Dec;30(8):772-7.

The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using a dressing model.

Edwards-Jones V, Buck R, Shawcross SG, Dawson MM, Dunn K.

Department of Biological Sciences, the Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, M15GD, UK. v.e.jones@mmu.ac.uk

Patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender essential oils and Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) were used singly and in combination to assess their anti-bacterial activity against three strains of Staphylococcus aureus: Oxford S. aureus NCTC 6571 (Oxford strain), Epidemic methicillin-resistant S. aureus (EMRSA 15) and MRSA (untypable). The individual essential oils, extracts and combinations were impregnated into filter paper discs and placed on the surface of agar plates, pre-seeded with the appropriate strain of Staphylococcus. The effects of the vapours of the oils and oil combinations were also assessed using impregnated filter paper discs that were placed on the underside of the Petri dish lid at a distance of 8mm from the bacteria. The most inhibitory combinations of oils for each strain were used in a dressing model constructed using a four layers of dressings: the primary layer consisted of either Jelonet or TelfaClear with or without Flamazine; the second was a layer of gauze, the third a layer of Gamgee and the final layer was Crepe bandage. The oil combinations were placed in either the gauze or the Gamgee layer. This four-layered dressing was placed over the seeded agar plate, incubated for 24h at 37 degrees C and the zones of inhibition measured. All experiments were repeated on three separate occasions. No anti-bacterial effects were observed when Flamazine was smeared on the gauze in the dressing model. When Telfaclear was used as the primary layer in the dressing model compared to Jelonet, greater zones of inhibition were observed. A combination of Citricidal and geranium oil showed the greatest-anti-bacterial effects against MRSA, whilst a combination of geranium and tea tree oil was most active against the methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (Oxford strain). This study demonstrates the potential of essential oils and essential oil vapours as antibacterial agents and for use in the treatment of MRSA infection.

Do not expect to get these types of results with the poor quality essential oils that flood the marketplace. Due to improper handling and/or processing they are nothing more than novelty aromatherapy products.

Get high quality essential oils here from a source you can trust!

Diffusers and Essential Oils – elimate odors and germs naturally

TheraPro-Diffuser-Thieves-2When therapeutic essential oils are diffused in a cold-air diffuser, the molecules are broken up into micro-fine mist particles. These super-fine particles stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. This allows the superior essential oil to have a much greater chance of coming into contact with mold spores, germs, and other airborne bacteria. Not only does using a cold-air diffuser reduce bacteria, mold and odors in the air, but these micro-mist particles also benefit those who inhale them, which helps us stay cold and flu-free more often than not.

This is precisely why candle, fan, light bulb rings, and other types of diffusers are not effective – they do not put a super-fine mist of essential oil directly into the air. This is also why fragrance oils, aromatherapy oils, and even “pure” and “organic” essential oils provide little benefit; they are deficient or lacking in all of their beneficial compounds.

If you have never used a cold-air diffuser and therapeutic essential oils, you have no idea what you’ve been missing.

Once you start diffusing, you will never stop – the scent and the wellness benefits are addictive!TheraPro-Diffuser-Reverse-2013

I do NOT recommend using store-bought essential oils in a cold-air diffuser as they are not therapeutic and almost always they contain chemicals and a vegetable oil – which you absolutely do not want in your diffuser as a fatty oil will ruin your diffuser… plus, you certainly do not want to be diffusing chemicals into the air your breathe!

The diffuser shown in the images is the, TheraPro™ Premium Diffuser. It is one of the most versatile diffusers Young Living carries.

This atomizing diffuser features durable, high-quality components that will stand up to repeated use in any environment and is the ideal way to experience the healing benefits of Young Living essential oils.

Includes a free 15 ml bottle of Thieves essential oil!

The knobs of the reverse side are for:

  • Controlling the air pressure (how fast it diffuses)
  • Use the built-in timer for fuss-free use (conserves your essential oil)

In this video Toby shows how easy it is to use the TheraPro Premium Diffuser…

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Diffused essential oils do not mask odors…

Therapeutic-grade essential oils actually alter the structure of the smelly molecules that create the odors – rendering them harmless! The essential oils also increase the available oxygen in the room and produce negative ions.

Research at Weber State University shows that diffusing essential oils destroys airborne micro-organisms. Diffusing this way is so effective that many hospitals in England and France diffuse essential oils daily to keep incidences of drug-resistant bacteria low and to keep the air free from micro-organisms, i.e., MRSA.

Research also shows that cold-air diffusing certain essential oils can:

  • Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold, and unpleasant odors
  • Relax the mind and body, relieve tension, and clear the mind through aroma-therapy
  • Improve concentration, alertness, and mental clarity
  • Dispel bad odors

These are just some of Young Living Essential Oil choices…

Singles:

Blends, such as:

  • Purification
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Thieves (kills mold!) (add a couple drops of Peppermint to this – wow!)
  • ImmuPower
  • Christmas Spirit (seasonal)
  • Evergreen Essence (seasonal)
  • Brain Power
  • Sacred Mountain
  • Sensation (a VERY romantic scent!) (here’s a Bath Melts recipe)
  • Peace & Calming
  • Joy
  • Harmony
  • Clarity
Other Young Living essential oils can be diffused for different effects. For example, frankincense and lavender can soothe and calm.
Joy, along with Peace & Calming, or lavender are often used for their calming and emotionally balancing effects.
Purification or lemon purify the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke, synthetic fragrances and other disagreeable odors.
And, this blend is one of my favorites. It consists of three single essential oils, it is heavenly and very luxurious: Sandalwood, Jasmine, and a touch of Patchouli – WOW!!!

Guidelines to Diffusing

• Cold-air diffusing is highly beneficial. However, using aroma lamps or candles to disperse essential oil is not recommended. Heating or burning an oil renders it therapeutically less beneficial and can create toxic compounds.

• How long to diffuse: 15-30 minutes, 2-5 times a day.

• Never diffuse single cinnamon or clove oils. These oils will burn the membranes of the nose if inhaled as micromist. However, if these oils are one of the ingredients in a blend, it is not a problem.

• A single oil or one blend can be diffused at a time. It’s best not to mix blends since this will change the results (and the fragrance). However, a single oil may be added to a blend.

• Never use vegetable oils or massage oils. These oils may clog the diffuser. And never add water to the essential oils (or thin them with anything) when using the diffuser.

• Lighter oils, such as lavender or lemon diffuse more quickly than thicker oils, such as sandalwood or Valor. A 15 ml bottle of lemon essential will diffuse within about 8 hours. However, a 15 ml. bottle of Valor will diffuse in about 48 hours because it’s thicker. Use the timer on the TheraPro Diffuser so you aren’t wasting your essential oils as it is not necessary for your diffuser to run constantly (unless you are treating a mold situation).

• Be sure to place the diffuser in a high place in the room so that when the oil mist falls through the air, it can reduce more of the odor-causing substances in the entire room.

• Timers are handy gadgets, they can be set to diffuse oils throughout the day or night, and are especially useful for those with sleep difficulties or respiratory conditions.

• For travel (without a diffuser), several drops of essential oils can be added to a spray bottle of water. Shake well and mist your hotel room, plane seat, work place, car, etc. Oils and blends that work well this way are Lemon, Purification, Thieves, and Melrose.

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3 Easy Steps to Get a Mail-In $40 Off Diffuser Coupon

1. You will need to become a Wholesale Customer (which is what I did for 7+ years before becoming a Young Living Distributor).  As a wholesale customer you will save 24% on all of your Young Living purchases. You can go on the Essential Rewards program once you become a member if you like, but it is not required.

2.  Select the “Distributor” option when you create your membership (the wholesale customer and distributor options are combined for ease). You are not required to be a sales person or sell anything at any time – but please remember to share your stories with friends and have them contact me should they be interested in making a purchase. If you would like to share Young Living and have a home-based business let me know, otherwise… enjoy being a wholesale customer for as long as you wish.

3. Select one of the Start Living kits, choose the one that fits your needs, or contact me and I can answer your questions and help you make a choice.

In each of the Start Living kits is a mail-in coupon worth $40 off on a diffuser!

Each premium (larger) Start Living kit contains the Basic $40 kit.

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