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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Tis the Season for Thieves!

Are you diffusing your Thieves essential oil regularly? I am! With the Swine Flu and other cold germs floating around I’m well equipped with both Thieves essential oil and Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. These are two of my favorite Young Living products, their usefulness is beyond any other product I know. Thieves product line booklet (PDF).

Therapeutic-grade YL Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Essential Oil

The Thieves essential oil I’ve used for everything from 4 large puncture wounds I sustained a few years ago from a dog bite (I put 1-2 drops in each hole in my arm, never got infected either!) to diffusing in a nebulizer diffuser so we don’t get the Cooties to preventing mold.

I diffuse Thieves essential oil daily 30 – 60 minutes in my cold-air nebulizer diffuser to keep cold and flu germs away, and to prevent toxic mold. I’ve found that preventing colds, flu, and mold is far cheaper than missed days of work and having to deal with mold clean-up. I’ve also notied that diffusing Thieves regularly that my house doesn’t have spiders. We’re talking win-win all the way around here!

The Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier is nice, it smells terrific too! I have the little bottles scattered between the car and my purse. I put a dab in my palm and rub it in (I like to then cup my hand over my nose and take a few deep inhalations) – I do this before I get out of the car, it’s a barrier of protection if I should touch something that someone with a cold or flu touched before me. Once I’ve run my errands and I’m walking back to my car, I apply another dab on my palm and rub it in before I take my keys out to unlock my car door – my thinking regarding that is… why would I want to touch my car door handle, keys and steering wheel with any potential nasty germs on my hands.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

The thing I like best about therapeutic-grade essential oils, such as Young Living, is that they make daily life smell really good and they’re good for me. I can get all of the benefit of killing germs, bacteria, fungus, viruses without being exposed to harmful chemicals and nasty odors.

Through October 31st, you can get a free 15ml bottle of Thieves essential oil and a free Thieves Mouthwash when your order is 165PV or higher – that’s nearly a $55 value.

A little tip: if you hate dental cleanings and want a healthier mouth, teeth and gums, you really need to consider using the Thieves Ultra Toothpaste and Thieves Mouthwash – it puts all other plaque and tartar control toothpastes and mouthwashes to shame! And I do mean it puts them to shame. If you want your dental cleanings to be under 5 minutes and praise from your dental hygenist for taking such good care of your teeth, you want Thieves Ultra Toothpaste and Thieves Mouthwash.

Did you know… you can also get all of the Thieves products at wholesale too? And you don’t have to sell anything, or buy packs, or things you do not want! Check it out here. And, when you become a wholesale customer you get a mail-in coupon, 50% off on a diffuser! If you have questions, please contact me.

Thieves products can replace all other products.

Thieves product line.

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Free Vitamin D May Reduce Cancer Mortality By 75 Percent

First, what does mean – FREE Vitamin D… we get it from smartly exposing our bodies (skin) to sunlight (without sunscreens or sunblocks, which are perhaps entirely responsible for higher cancer rates). Smartly exposing skin to sunlight, from which where our bodies can make the vitamin D, requires: going into the sun for short periods of time, increasing the length of time slowly. The objective is not allow your skin to turn pink or get sunburned (which does NOT have toxic sunsreen or sunblock applied). It’s free, it’s healthy, you’ll look a lot better, you’ll have a healthier complexion, you’ll save money on make-up (which is also full of toxic chemicals and just plain bad for the skin), you’ll be helping to decrease your risk of man types of cancer, sleep better, be less depressed – just to name a handful!

Enjoy summer sun safely.

Enjoy summer sun safely.

Here’s the scoop…

It is thought that over 95 percent of U.S. senior citizens may be deficient, along with 85 percent of the American public. The evidence is overwhelming, and the solution is incredibly simple. One way to drastically reduce your risk of cancer and countless other chronic diseases is to optimize your levels of vitamin D either by safe sun exposure, tanning in a safe tanning bed or by taking a high-quality supplement.

Dr. Garland, interviewed in this video, is regarded as the top epidemiologist on vitamin D and its relation to health. He led one of the latest studies on vitamin D for cancer prevention and his results, which were published in the Annals of Epidemiology, were nothing short of astonishing…

“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial. Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half. There are no unreasonable risks from intake of 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3, or from a population serum 25(OH)D level of 40 to 60 ng/mL. The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.”

Garland wrote:

“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D [vitamin D] level to 40-60 ng/ml would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”

Further, the study proposed a new model of cancer development — dubbed DINOMIT — that is centered on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model is a departure from the older model of cancer development, which centers on genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer. According to Dr. Garland:

“The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels. In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over.”

The longer this information goes largely unnoticed, the more people who will die unnecessarily from potentially preventable cancers and other diseases.

The D*Action Project: How YOU Can Make a Difference

GrassrootsHealth has launched a worldwide public health campaign to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic in a year through a focus on testing and education with all individuals spreading the word.

And you are all invited to join in this campaign!

With Dr. Garland at the helm, The D*Action Project will be monitoring, for five years, the health outcomes of individuals who get their vitamin D levels to the levels of 40-60 ng/ml.

GrassrootsHealth D*action is on a mission to get the word out and solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic … in just one year’s time.

Eliminate the vitamin D deficiency epidemic – join the D*Action Project https://www.grassrootshealth.net/questionnaire-welcome?c=1&js=1

New Research by D*action Member Dr. Cedric Garland Suggests Role Low Levels of Vitamin D Play in Cancer Development

Reprinted with permission from PRWeb

Coming on the heels of the publishing in the Annals of Epidemiology of a new study led by Dr. Cedric Garland, on the preventive measures of vitamin D, GrassrootsHealth D*action Project is calling on physicians, health clinics and groups throughout the country to recognize the need for determining vitamin D levels and to ensure the public have their blood levels of vitamin D tested. According to research from the newly published study by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., FACE, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2009 — Coming on the heels of the publishing in the Annals of Epidemiology of a new study led by Dr. Cedric Garland, on the preventive measures of vitamin D, GrassrootsHealth D*action Project is calling on physicians, health clinics and groups throughout the country to recognize the need for determining vitamin D levels and to ensure the public have their blood levels of vitamin D tested.

According to research from the newly published study by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., FACE, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”

Led by Dr. Garland, one of the GrassrootsHealth D*action panel of 30 scientists, the new study proposes a new model of cancer development that hinges on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model, dubbed DINOMIT, differs substantially from the current model of cancer development, which suggests genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer.

“This new research study in the Annals of Epidemiology, shows the vital nature that vitamin D deficiency can play in the development of cancer,” said D*action’s Carole Baggerly. “There is no question that many of these cancers can be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Our mission at the D*action Project has been to get individuals to know and increase their blood levels of vitamin D. We feel this study will put a greater emphasis on medical clinics and groups to embrace this campaign and ensure that their patients attain proper levels of vitamin D.”

In December of 2008, GrassrootsHealth announced the establishment of the D*Action Project to monitor, for five years, the health outcomes of individuals who get their vitamin D levels to the recommended levels of 40-60 ng/ml. Dr. Garland is the lead investigator of this project. Elements of the program include:

Getting participants to join D*action, complete a health questionnaire and have a blood spot test. Receive test results and take action as necessary, ideally in consultation with their health care professional Encourage other people to join D*action.

“We will be tracking the incidence of many diseases, from cancer to diabetes and muscular function as well as pain levels to see what effect the higher vitamin D levels may have,” says Baggerly. “We expect to see a significant reduction in the incidence of breast cancer (and its recurrence), colon cancer, diabetes and myocardial infarction, compared with the general population. With the expansion of the project by individuals, we could substantially reduce this epidemic in a few years!” Physicians, medical institutions and groups are encouraged to contact Baggerly at carole@grassrootshealth.org to discuss how they can participate with their health plan participants.

Garland, an epidemiologist and a professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine attributes the first event in cancer to a loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels.

“In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over,” said Garland in a press release on the study issued by the University of California, San Diego.

According to the study, such cellular disruption could account for the earliest stages of many cancers. Garland says previous theories linking low levels of vitamin D to certain cancers have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies.

“While more scientific studies need to be made, proper supplementation with vitamin D3 and diet can provide major assistance in preventing cancer development,” said Baggerly.

An interview with Dr. Garland regarding his new publication in the Annals of Epidemiology is currently posted on www.grassrootshealth.net

The new study is posted online at www.annalsofepidemiology.org. It is scheduled to appear in print in the June 2009 issue of Annals of Epidemiology.

Garland and his colleagues have published epidemiological studies about the potential preventive effects of vitamin D for two decades. As early as 1990, his team showed an association between deficiency in sunlight exposure, low vitamin D and breast cancer. In previous work, they showed associations between increased levels of vitamin D3 or markers of vitamin D and lower risk for breast, colon, ovarian and kidney cancers.

Other authors on the study include Edward D. Gorham, Sharif B. Mohr and Frank C. Garland, all of UC San Diego.

GrassrootsHealth, a non-profit public health promotion organization which launched the D*action Project to solve the vitamin D deficiency crisis is based in San Diego. The D*action Project is a consortium of scientists, institutions and individuals committed to solving the worldwide vitamin D deficiency epidemic. More information is available at www.grassrootshealth.net

Other interesting and simple possibilities for staying healthy:

Candida, Yeast and Fungus a Cancer

Essential Oils and MRSA (Staph Infection) Study

Gentle Baby Essential Oil Blend for Mom and Baby

The Young Living essential oil blend Gentle Baby (#3345) is comforting, soothing, relaxing, and beneficial for reducing stress during pregnancy. It helps reduce stretch marks and scar tissue and rejuvenates the skin, improves elasticity and reduces wrinkles. It is particularly soothing to dry, chapped skin and diaper rash. Skin issues improved when using Gentle Baby with Rose Ointment (#3709) over the top of it so seal in the essential oil. Young Living’s KidScents Tender Tush (#3689) is also excellent for diaper rash and other irritated or dry skin discomforts – note: Tender Tush is very concentrated, you will only need a tiny dab. More on using YL oils and the KidScents line.

Gentle Baby and Menopause Testimonial

“I have been using Gentle Baby™ essential oil blend to help me sleep through these years of menopause; even night sweats don’t seem to keep me awake anymore! I put 2–4 drops in my hands and inhale deeply; then I rub the oil on my temples and the back of my neck. I also rub 2–3 drops on the bottom of my feet. Even when I wake in the night to visit the bathroom, I fall quickly back to sleep, which was not happening before Gentle Baby!” ~ Suzanne T.

Gentle Baby contains essential oils of:

Used properly, YL oils are safe for children.

Used properly, YL oils are safe for children.

• Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) has been used for centuries for skin care. It revitalizes tissue and nerves and has relaxant, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious effects.

• Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) is soothing and nourishing to the skin, enhancing skin elasticity, and is antibacterial and antifungal.

• Lemon (Citrus limon) increases microcirculation and lymphatic function. Its fragrance is stimulating, invigorating and antidepressant. (Komori, et al., 1995). Continue reading

NingXia Red, Essential Oil Electrolyte Drink Recipe

Stay cool, hydrated, and properly nourished this summer with this delicious easy recipe.

NingXia Red & Essential Oil Electrolyte Drink

2 oz. Ningxia Red Juice

16 ounces purified water

20 drops Young Living Mineral Essence

1 drop Young Living Lemon essential oil

1 drop Young Living Peppermint essential oil

1 teaspoon Young Living Blue Agave

Mix together in bottle to take with you in the cooler. Sip on this nutritious electrolyte beverage rather than dehydrating soft drinks and alcohol.

I recommend only using therapeutic-grade Young Living Essential Oils in cooking or for ingestion, others including 100% Pure Organic are of lower quality and not recommended for internal use.

Get NingXia Red, YL Oils and Blue Agave

During July NingXia Red is FREE – get two 1-liter bottles, see details here

Learn more about:

NingXia Red (fact Sheet) (NingXia Red Vs. Energy Drinks)

Lemon Essential Oil (fact sheet) (The Sunny-Side of Lemon Oil)

Peppermint Essential Oil (fact sheet) (Keep Cool with Peppermint)

Blue Agave (A Low Glycemic Sweetener – tastes wonderful!)

More Cooking with Essential Oils Recipes:

Lemon Herb Vinaigrette with Essential Oil

Tips for Cooking with Young Living Essential Oils

DISCLAIMER: Information found on this website refers solely to products from Young Living Essential Oils and is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Young Living uses only therapeutic grade oils. Perfume grade or poor quality oils may possibly be harmful due to unknown additives and poor plant or distillation conditions.

Antibacterial Thieves Spray

Antiseptics prevent the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Many essential oils have powerful antiseptic properties. Therapeutic-grade clove and thyme essential oils have been documented to kill over 50 types of bacteria and 10 types of fungi. Other potent antiseptics include, cinnamon oil, tea tree, oregano, and mountain savory.

A blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious essential oils. Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment.

Thieves products

Thieves products

Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Blend Contains Therapeutic-grade:

• Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is one of the most antimicrobial and antiseptic of all essential oils. It is anti fungal, antiviral, anti-infectious.

• Lemon (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that amplify immunity. It promotes circulation, leukocyte formation, and lymphatic function.

• Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum) is one of the most powerful antiseptics known. It is strongly antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.

• Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.

• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) is antiseptic and antimicrobial. It is high in cineol–a key ingredient in antiseptic drugs.

Testimonials:

“I had some older Tupperware containers that were yellowing and sticky to the touch. I used my one-ounce spray bottle of Thieves Spray and a nylon scrubber, followed by a hot water rinse, and my Tupperware came out looking like new.” ~ Betty Mae

“Before I vacuum, I take out the HEPA filter and put a few drops of Thieves essential oil blend, or whichever [Young Living] oil I’m in the mood for at that particular moment, then I pop the filter back on. The air flowing through the filter dispels the wonderful aroma throughout the room” ~ Kelly P.

Thieves products help to maintain a clean, antiseptic environment both in the home and on the skin. Which include: Thieves Cleansing Bar Soap, Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves Spray, Thieves Wipes, Thieves Foaming Hand Soap and Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. And for effective oral care Young Living has Thieves Ultra Toothpaste (edible) and Thieves Mouthwash (also edible).

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Did you know… when you purchase the Start Living with Thieves kit you get all of the Thieves products, plus a 50% off mil-in coupon for a diffuser, and wholesale pricing – 24% off retail pricing. See details here...

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Electric Power in Exchange for Oldest Mountains in the World?

Would you knowingly exchange some of the oldest mountains in the world for electricity? Sadly, that’s exactly what’s been happening in the United States! It’s estimated that 50% of the electricity in American homes comes from mountaintop removal… yes, the Appalachian mountains ARE being removed, literally blown up and removed from the landscape to extract coal for electricity.

What bothers me most about this practice is that the Appalachian mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world, older than the Himalayas! The Appalachian mountain region is home to the largest plant and animal diversity in all of North America.

Global health rests in our hands.

Global health rests in our hands.

In the southern parts of the Appalachians the ice age did not come down this far. That meant that plant and animal species who could travel during the last ice age made their way to this area and there they stayed until the massive ice sheets receded, this allowed many species to venture back out. However, I think the fascinating part of it all is how these mountains even today are home to species of plant, insect, and fungi that are still undiscovered.

My entire life I’ve lived in the Appalachian mountains, from North Carolina to New York. It is thought among native Americans that these mountains were the first land above water  and they were named, Turtle Island.”

When the Europeans first came to North America and saw these mountains they were in awe. The old growth forests of the mountains boasted trees so huge that it would take up to 10 men, with arms out-stretched and fingers touching to circle a single tree. These trees were chopped down, hundreds of millions of them, the forests were clear cut and the old growth timbers were used for building houses, furniture, and ships. What took nature millions of years to create, was gone in fewer than 100 years.

What was left was completely barren soil. Which meant when it rained the rich topsoil was washed away and into the ocean. Many farmers gave up farming because the soil, hard clay and rocky, was unsuitable. Continue reading

Italian Vanilla Cream Soda Recipe

This is excellent! So much better tasting than bottled pop. Using Agave as the sweetener makes this beverage low-glycemic too.

Italian Vanilla Cream Soda Recipe

  • 1/2 a tall glass of natural, sparkling waterBlue Agave
  • Tiny splash of *vanilla extract (1/4 tsp. or less)
  • 1/2 TBS. Blue Agave (learn more about Blue Agave nectar)
  • 1/2 a glass of fresh raw milk (goat or cow) (raw milk contains enzymes)

Fill a tall glass halfway full of natural, sparkling water. Add a tiny splash of vanilla extract. Add Agave. Stir well, but slowly to avoid quick fizzing up and overflowing glass. Slowly, in stages, top off with raw milk and stir gently.

* May use cherry juice concentrate in place of vanilla extract, depending on personal taste.

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Young Living Cookbook

In an effort to inspire individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance, Young Living is promoting the use of essential oils in your daily cuisine. Because the food you eat directly impacts the way you look and feel, incorporating essential oils into your daily diet can make it easier to obtain remarkable results. With the release of our newest cookbook, Volume 2 (#4369), there are more ways than ever to prepare healthy and delicious recipes using your favorite Young Living products. Our newest cookbook features cooking with essential oils basics, helpful hints, essential oil ratios, as well as convenient measurements. Inside you’ll find step-by-step instructions for refreshing beverages, nutritious side dishes, unique main courses, healthy desserts, recipes submitted by Young Living distributors, and more.

More recipes:

NingXia Red Slushy Recipe

Tips for Cooking with Young Living Essential Oils

Evelyn’s Vanilla Wolfberry Granola Recipe

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Essential Oil Emergency Preparedness Kit

Slightly over three years ago, I heard the news of Katrina hitting New Orleans while camping, perched some 5,000 feet high on a mountain in British Columbia, Canada. The drive down the mountain to the nearest town to use the computer at a tiny bookstore reveled the Katrina nightmare, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. Fortunately, hurricane Guatav wasn’t nearly as bad.

It made me think… I’m not as young and naively invincible as I was in my younger years. Hmmm, what should I do to prepare for an emergency or disaster? What is the ‘least’ I would ideally want with me if presented with an emergency disaster situation? Continue reading

Cranberry-Orange Muffins with YL Essential Oils

Young Living essential oils can actually be used in cooking and as a dietary supplement as part of your wellness program. So, enjoy our recipes and eating your Young Living oils!

Cranberry-Orange [essential oil] Muffins Recipe

  • 1 c. dried cranberriesOrange-Agave-3
  • 2 large eggs
  • c. fresh orange juice
  • 2 c. rice flour
  • ¼ c Young Living Blue Agave
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • ¼ tsp. fine salt
  • 6 drops Young Living Orange essential oil*
  • ½ c. almond milk
  • ½ c. butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries and orange juice and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat and let cool. With an electric mixer, mix agave, orange zest, orange oil and butter until smooth. Add eggs and mix well. Fold in 1 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt.

Next, stir in milk and add remaining cup of flour. Gently fold cranberries into mixture. Lightly coat a 12-muffin tin with butter or line with paper baking cups. Put a heaping tablespoon into each tin/cup. Bake for about 10–15 minutes or until just barely golden brown. Serve warm with agave-butter. Makes 24.

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See Tips for Cooking with Young Living Oils to learn more!

* Please do not substitute other brands of essential oil for cooking or ingesting as they are not acceptable for consumption. My recipes are only for use with Young Living Essential Oils.

More recipes and cooking ideas using essential oils:

Lemon-Asparagus Linguine

Home-made Cranberry Sauce with YL Essential Oils

Goji Berry (wolfberry) Smoothie

My Vanilla-Wolfberry Granola Recipe

Basil and Mountain Savory Garlic Bread with YL Essential Oils

Essential Oil Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges

A REAL Veggie Burger Recipe!!!

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Using Essential Oils for Emotional Health and Wellness

The natural properties found in essential oils produce a soothing, uplifting effect on the mind and emotions. When an essential oil containing the optimum level of therapeutic constituents, such as Young Living Essential Oils, is diffused or applied topically, the result fosters a sense of emotional balance and well-being.

 

When the aroma of essential oils is inhaled, the scent travels to the reticular system of the brain stem where emotions and memories are connected. This enables essential oils to improve emotional wellness in many ways. Those haunted by negative memories can use a cleansing blend, and in times of stress or mental fatigue a rejuvenating oil can remove emotional stressors and leave you feeing mentally invigorated. Other essential oils increase feelings of courage and determination when faced with life’s many challenges.

Cupped hands with a drop of essential oil to inhale for calming.

Cupped hands with a drop of essential oil to inhale for calming.

 

Essential Oils for Improved Emotional Wellness 

Regardless of your emotional health, the therapeutic properties harnessed in Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) oils can help you improve or regain an optimal state of emotional wellness.

 

When we encounter an emotionally charged situation, instead of being overwhelmed by it, we can diffuse essential oils, put them in our bath, or wear them as cologne. The aromatic molecules will absorb into the bloodstream from the nasal cavity to the limbic system. They will activate the amygdala (the memory center for fear and trauma) and sedate and relax the sympathetic/para-sympathetic system. The oils help support the body in minimizing the acid that is created so that it does not initiate a reaction with the transcript enzyme.

Because essential oils affect the amygdala and pineal gland in the brain, they can help the mind and body by releasing emotional trauma and sharpening focus. People have many distractions in today’s fast-paced world. Essential oils may assist people to stay centered in their goals. Those who are struggling to retain or remember information can breathe the essential oils of peppermint, cardamom, or rosemary to stimulate the brain and memory functions for better concentration.

Essential Oils and the Mind Continue reading

Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Swine Flu and Other Diseases?

I’ve never gotten a flu shot and never plan to get one either, I’ve also never gotten a flu before. I’m not alone in this choice, there are many others like myself who know that holding ourselves accountable for our wellness makes a huge difference in whether your body fights off things like this or succumbs to it. I personally like to take responsibility for myself and my wellness, this has rewarded me with relatively good health for over 52 years now, not to mention the small fortune I’ve saved.

“If a doctor treats your flu, it will go away in fourteen days.
If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks.”

~ Gloria Silverstein

Enjoy free vitamin D from the sun!

Enjoy free vitamin D from the sun!

Clearly there are things that can help, while others hinder our efforts. For instance, one thing I would never do is fall victim and allow myself to be ‘conditioned’ to marketing. I don’t care how cleverly a TV commercial or ad tries to convince me that I need their over processed, toxic product. I’m not going to buy into it, no matter how well the poisonous aspects of it are sugar-coated so they can get me to part with my money to line their wallets. Staying out of the sun is one example, why in the world would I want to eliminate a free and healthy available source of vitamin D that my body evolved with so it could obtain that important vitamin!? Thus, I am anti-sunscreen and smart about going in the sun.
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Ban Plastic Bags and Encourage Gross National Happiness

Sure, why not they’re doing it in New Delhi! In the mid 1980s I was in Switzerland when I went to make a shopping trip to a local grocery store the friends who I was staying with told me to bring a shopping bag, otherwise I’d have to buy one to tote home the groceries. I can’t recall how much they were though I do recall thinking the price of the bags were expensive and thus a deterrent. I never once recalled seeing a plastic bag blowing around in the swirling breezes of the Alps, nor hung-up in a tree limb. As a matter of fact, upon arriving at JFK Airport and driving into NYC I found our country, the USA, quite filthy in comparison to Switzerland. Our streets, yards and air more resembling trash receptacles of our lazy and careless ways.

Perhaps, the economic crisis we’re in the midst of might turn out to be a good thing. We are consuming less, something we clearly NEED to do more of – shift our old ways of thinking and doing. But what would it be like if the US adopted a much different measure of our country’s worth? What if we used a country like Bhutan whose Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than the Gross National Product??? Instead of focusing on gross domestic product (GDP), we modeled Bhutan and gross national happiness (GNH). Continue reading Gross National Happiness and Lessons… Continue reading

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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Soy – health food or health threatening

garbage-canAre you wondering if soy milk, soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy veggie burgers, soy hot dogs, tofu, and other soy products are healthy? Or, maybe you’re wondering if the soy bean industry duped us? Here’s a terrific article by Catherine Ebeling, RN, BSN on The Secrets of Soy…

It was only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat – even in Asia.

The soybean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques, some time during the Chou Dynasty. The first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce.

At a later date, possibly in the 2nd century BC, Chinese scientists discovered that a puree of cooked soybeans could be precipitated with calcium sulfate or magnesium sulfate (plaster of Paris or Epsom salts) to make a smooth, pale curd – tofu or bean curd. The use of fermented and precipitated soy products soon spread to other parts of the Orient, notably Japan and Indonesia. Continue reading