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This is really good news if you previously had a Young Living Essential Oils wholesale / distributor membership and your account has gone inactive.
Now through March 2013, for the first time ever, you can reactivate your Young Living account with no minimum purchase!
How to re-activate your Young Living Membership:
- Call Customer Care at 1-800-371-3515 to start enjoying your favorite Young Living products again. Don’t worry if you have forgotten your member number, the customer service rep will ask you some questions to identify who are you.
- Offer is valid from 12 midnight, MT, January 1, 2013, to 11:59 p.m., MT, March 31, 2013.
- Offer is available to inactive Young Living Independent Distributors (whose membership has gone inactive).
- Offer is valid on phone orders only (you must call YL at the number above to re-activate).
- Member is responsible for shipping costs associated with ordered product(s) to re-activate their account.
If you let your account membership go inactive because you were not happy with the original person you signed up with you can tell the customer service rep when you phone that you would like to have a new sponsor and enroller and provide them with my name Evelyn Vincent and distributor #476766. I am an active Young Living distributor, this is what I do full-time. You can visit the Young Living Circle team blog and website and get to see a bit of what our group offers.
If You Have Never Been a YL Member before but would like to be now, please visit a post I wrote at our team blog – there are 3 offers going on until the end of February 2013 that you will want to know about, February Special: Get Essential Oils at Wholesale Prices and $147 of Freebies!
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
The stories my friend Tammy has told me about her own experiences using Young Living Essential Oils has been nothing short of amazing, she’s absolutely brilliant when it comes to making up blends for different causes. Recently she began a website where she is offering essential oil blends that she has formulated using therapeutic-grade essential oils for horse, rider and dogs. Check it out at HeadandHoof.com
Here’s an excerpt: Tammy’s story on Leg Cramps and a blend she offers to help…
“Last year I had my worst experience ever with pain from non stop leg cramps from above my knee to the tips of my toes, both the front and back of my legs and calf.
I still do not know the cause of my leg cramps, and I do still get them, although not nearly as often as I used to. I now keep a pre-mixed bottle of my leg cramp solution in my night stand, and at the very start I put a drop on the “hot spot”, following the muscle length with a drop every two inches or so. After applying each drop I would rub in a circular motion a few times, expanding my circle with each rotation, the rubbing down until I got to the next spot that I was going to apply a drop of my mixture. Using this method the cramp never gets a chance to get a foot hold, so to speak, and I can finally get peace and relief from these horrible cramps. I have used this recipe as a mixture of all the oils combined & shaken to mix together, & I have also layered the oils individually, with the same amazing result.
This wonderful mixture contains only pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, NOT perfume grade oils. They are used by the drop, NOT by the bottle. They are completely non toxic and chemical free.” ~ Tammy Baile
Visit Tammy’s website here.
This article on the ways we can use Lemon essential oil I originally wrote for the Young Living Circle Blog and thought I would repost it here for my readers.
Outside of Lavender, therapeutic-grade Lemon essential oil is perhaps one of the most versatile and useful oils to have around the home. Lemon oil can be used for everything from aromatherapy to flavoring water, to making your own uplifting bath salts to cleaning produce. Lemon oil has been widely used in skin care to cleanse skin and reduce wrinkles. It promotes clarity of thought and purpose, as well as health, healing, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming. Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind.
A 1995 Mie University study found that citrus fragrances boosted immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression.
Medical Properties of Lemon Essential Oil: Antitumoral, antiseptic, improves microcirculation, and immune stimulant (increases white blood cells), improves memory, relaxation. Rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies.
Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of lemon essential oil – use it sparingly when flavoring beverages or foods. In his book, “The Practice of Aromatherapy”, Valnet wrote that lemon is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system.
University researchers in Japan found that diffusing certain aromas in an office environment dramatically improved mental accuracy and concentration. Diffused Lemon oil resulted in 54 percent fewer errors! Diffuse for 10 minutes every hour. When aromas were diffused during test taking, scores increased by as much as 50 percent.
34 Ways To Use Lemon Essential Oil**
- To clean non-carpeted floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5 – 10 drops of lemon, pine, or spruce essential oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dish washing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.
- To make a carpet freshener, add 16 – 20 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix ingredients together well and place in a covered container overnight so that the essential oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over carpet then vacuum the powder up.
- You may also put 3-7 drops of Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and place it into a vacuum bag – doing this scents the air while vacuuming. If your vacuum collects the dirt into water, simply add a few drops into the water reservoir before vacuuming. This refreshes both the carpet and acts as an air freshener.
- Some essential oils can act as gentle stimulants to the limbic system of the brain by their scent, increasing alertness and concentration enhancing the capacity for learning, improving memory, and assisting many other cognitive functions. A wide range of essential oils offer these benefits, such as: Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary and Melissa. To help increase these functions simply inhale the chosen essential oil directly from the bottle or put a drop on a tissue and keep in your pocket for use throughout the day.
- Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, grease spots, glue and adhesives, and crayon from most surfaces. Tip: try a test area before to make sure you won’t ruin any finishes.
- Substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts. To use Lemon oil in place of the zest of “one” lemon – use 8 to 14 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil. More on Cooking with Essential Oils.
- Combine 2–3 drops with water in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cleanse and sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
- Soothe or prevent corns, callous, or bunions by rubbing 1-2 drops of Lemon oil on the affected area, morning and evening.*
- Fill a bowl with cold water, add 2–3 drops of Lemon oil, and drench fruit and vegetables in the lemon water to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
- Add a drop to your dishwasher before the wash cycle for spot-free dishes.
- Lemon has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. According Jean Valnet, M.D., the vaporized [diffused] essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of Lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria. More on diffusers and diffusing.
- Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in research done by Komori, et al.,1995. Diffuse or inhale Lemon oil to receive the benefits of aromatherapy.
- Lemon oil may help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. Simply mix a drop with your cleanser to help promote healthier skin tone.
- Lemon oil can serve as an effective insect repellent. See recipe for making your own beeswax mosquito candle.
- Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.*
- Rub 1-3 drops of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces to disinfect those surfaces.
- Add one teaspoon of lemon essential oil to one-cup mineral oil for an effective furniture polish.
- Homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.**
- Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gum’s caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction to help with healing and disinfecting.
- Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil on cellulite, may improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.* Read Lymph, Liver & Cellulite Tips and Recipes.
- Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil on varicose veins, may improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.*
- Some find lemon oil to help remove warts. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.* More on Warts and Testimonials.
- Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.
- Diffuse Lemon essential oil to freshen the air in your home or office.
- Add 1-2 drops Young Living Lemon oil to a glass of water, tastes yummy, no calories, and alkalizes the water. Tip: only use a glass glass as Lemon oil WILL dissolve items made from petrochemicals and styrofoam.**
- Soak kitchen dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
- Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom to sanitize hands.*
- Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
- Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain, may aid in healing.*
- Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically, may clear athlete’s foot.* More on Athlete’s Foot and Essential Oils.
- Heartburn is a burning pain felt behind the breastbone. It is most often the result of acid reflux, that is, when stomach acid rises up the esophagus where it irritates the lining. Lemon essential oil (which comes from the rind, not the pulp) is one of the best remedies for heartburn, as it causes the stomach to stop excreting digestive acids. Simply add a drop or two of Lemon oil to a small glass of water and drink.** More on AlkaLime, pH and Heartburn.
- Relaxing & Rejuvenating Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipe: 1 drop Grapefruit oil, 1 drop Lemon oil, 1 drop Orange oil, 1 drop Patchouli oil, 3 drops Ylang Ylang or Geranium oil, 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt. Add to running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.
- NingXia Red Electrolyte Drink Recipe: Combine 2 oz. Ningxia Red ,16 oz. purified water , 20 drops YL Mineral Essence , 1 drop YL Lemon oil , 1 drop YL Peppermint oil , 1 teaspoon YL Blue Agave. Mix ingredients together in a glass bottle (I like to re-use my empty NingXia Red bottles to keep my water and mixes in, they’re nice sturdy bottles). You can make a more watered down version for the kids. More on NingXia Red and Electrolyte Drinks.
- Refreshing Bacteria Killing Spray: You’ll need – 32 oz. spray bottle, 8 drops Spearmint oil, 8 drops Lemon oil, 6 drops Lavender oil, 6 drops Thyme oil, 6 drops Rosemary oil, 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus, and water. Fill spray bottle 7/8 of the way with water, add your Young Living essential oils. Shake the mixture well and periodically during use. This mixture smells as terrific as it is powerful at killing germs.
* CAUTION: All citrus essential oils can cause photo-sensitivity when applied topically to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight. Allow 24 hours for before exposing skin to direct sun.
** SPECIAL NOTE: Only use therapeutic-grade / food grade essential oils for flavoring foods and beverages, we only recommend Young Living Essential Oils as they are the best, unadulterated, and the most pure of the essential oils available on the market.
I haven’t done much with this blog since July of 2010 and I can see it’s still going strong without any attention on my part. What have I been doing instead during the past couple years? Working on a new blog! A new team blog, well really it’s a couple of years old now so it’s not so new, it’s at http://younglivingcircleblog.com or check out my most current posts there; we write about our experiences with essential oils, health, wellness, and of course share our favorite aromatherapy tips and recipes!
Clearly I still have my Young Living Essential Oil business and have never had any intention of giving it up, just so those of you who have been visiting The Very Essence Blog don’t think I’ve dropped off the face of the earth or something :)
Awaken and Renew Your Drive with Envision Essential Oil
Envision™ essential oil blend stimulates creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the ability to maintain the emotional fortitude necessary to achieve goals and dreams. Sometimes in life, for a variety of reasons, people suppress their internal drive. Envision helps awaken and renew that drive to overcome fear and begin experiencing new, more rewarding dimensions.
Envision™ contains therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Spruce (Picea mariana), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Orange (Citrus aurantium), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Sage (Salvia officinalis), and Rose (Rosa damascena).
How to Use Envision™
- Aromatic: Diffuse, follow instructions on your Young Living diffuser for amounts.
- Topical: Apply two drops on wrists, temples, or pressure points.
- Bath: Add 4 drops to 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt in a small dish and mix thoroughly. Add mixture to running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.
- Bath and Shower: Put several drops of Envision™ into a bottle of Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base. Shake well to incorporate essential oil.
- Massage: Dilute 4 drops Envision™ with 1 TBSP V-6™ Massage Oil for an uplifting full body massage.
Note: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.
I hope you’ll continue using this blog and that you’ll meander on over from time to time to the Young Living Circle Blog to see what’s happening there too.
The heatwaves we’re having this year are unbelievable! Staying cool both physically and mentally are challenging under these hot conditions. Below are some of my favorite tips on ways to use Young Living peppermint essential oil. Therapeutic-grade Peppermint essential oil is very well-known for the ‘cooling’ effects that it has on the body.
But before I go any further please take note… Peppermint essential oil is extremely potent, it’s estimated that ‘one’ drop of your Young Living Peppermint oil is the equivalent of 28 cups of Peppermint tea! So… always use peppermint mindfully and sparingly!
And… do NOT use other brands of peppermint oil the same way we use the Young Living brand. These are superior quality essential oils, and they are beyond organic standards. About 98 percent of all essential oils sold in the world are adulterated, Young Living makes up that tiny 2 percent that is premium, so don’t be fooled by 100% Pure, Organic, Wild-crafted on labels – anyone can take a plant that’s been raised organically and ruin the compounds in essential oils, and that sadly happens way too often.
With that said, here are some cooling tips to help you feel more comfortable when the mercury hits numbers that are challenging…
Making a Peppermint Spray
Take a 4oz. spray bottle and fill it with pure water, then add 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil (I only use and recommend the Young Living brand of essential oils because they are from sustainable farms and are superior quality.) Give the back of your neck and your back, legs and feet a spritz every so often.
Get Cool and be ‘Green’ Too!
What if you want to be living more consciously and don’t want to buy or use a spray bottle, simple… take a bowl, fill it half way with water, add a drop of Young Living’s Peppermint essential oil and dunk a wash cloth in it, wring it out, then dab the wash cloth on the back of your neck, your legs, and the bottoms of your feet.
Refreshing Peppermint Flavored Water**
Take a cool glass of pure water and add “one” drop of Young Living Peppermint essential oil to a glass of water. Note: do NOT do this with other brands as they are adulterated and not pure enough for ingesting.
Peppermint Ice Cubes**
Fill up ice cube tray with pure water, dip a toothpick into your bottle of peppermint, then swirl the toothpick in the sections of the ice cube tray, freeze.
This is known as the “toothpick method” and it is applied when a full drop of a YL essential oil would flavor the food or beverage too much.
As the ice cube melts in your beverage it gently infuses into your drink. Peppermint ice cubes can be used in plain pure water or with your other favorite summertime beverages.
More on how to cook with essential oils at our new website.
This link is to a new website I just created, check it out there’s a lot of good information there and a new blog too!
**Caution: Never use another brand of essential oil in place of a Young Living Essential Oil (YLEO). These tips and recipes are only for use with the YLEO brand. It is estimated that 98 percent of all essential oils in the world are adulterated and contain harmful chemicals and should never be ingested. Don’t take my word, go look on the bottle labels in your health food store and see for yourself!
Working with Emotions: The Shadow Side and Aromatherapy – a free webinar with Evelyn Vincent and David Zarza, C.Ht.
On the path towards your Light, you will always encounter your Shadow. Find out what a blessing this really is!
The Shadow Side is an essential part of all of us and as natural as our memory or our emotions. Within our Shadow, we store away those parts of us – whether emotions, thoughts, beliefs, experiences or characteristics – because we and others may judge them as bad, unacceptable, shameful or dark.
Fortunately, the Shadow isn’t all bad, in fact it’s quite good as it is one of the easiest routes for us to reach our goodness; our Light. David Zarza C.Ht. has had the pleasure of many years assisting clients to uncover and integrate their Shadow parts. In that time, he has noticed that the Shadow has an amazing impetus, like a drive towards wholeness and health; very much like Young Living Essential Oils support and enhance our health and well-being.
Evelyn Vincent has been using essential oils for over twenty years and has been teaching the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy to those who choose a more natural and conscious lifestyle. The reason we are able to make instantaneous associations resides in the limbic region of the brain. The limbic system, known as the ‘seat of emotions’, is the place where ‘scent’ begins and where our responses or reactions start. Aromatherapy can play a role in helping shift emotional states and patterns.
In this webinar Evelyn and David will instruct attendee’s how to use essential oils when working with Shadow. In a safe and gentle way, you will be led through a process of uncovering some of what may be in your Shadow; to appreciate it in a new light and perhaps even embrace your Shadow side.
Generally speaking, we rarely explore our darker nature with excitement and a smile. However, Evelyn and David will show you how rewarding and fulfilling exploring your Shadow with Young Living Essential Oils can be!
When: Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Where: in the comfort of your own home on your computer
Adulterating and extending of essential oils to increase profits is common practice in the essential oil and aromatherapy industries, yet few consumers of these products are aware. While at first glance this may seem somewhat insignificant I can assure you that it means the difference between you knowing what you’re spending your money, being misled, and being unaware that the product you’re buying is likely adding toxic chemicals to your body, your families bodies, your pet(s), and to the environment.
If you’re the type of person who tries to live consciously, more Green, natural, and if you’re trying to stay healthy and reduce eventual diseases and health costs caused by toxins; this is very significant news you certainly do want to know.
In this economy, I don’t want to waste my money, I’m sure you don’t either. And I certainly do NOT want to be compromising the quality of my life or health. It only makes sense to buy and use the things that actually have benefit and contribute to staying healthy. Here’s what you need to know about aromatherapy and essential oils so your finances and health are not compromised…
Have you seen this printed on labels of essential oils?
- “100% essential oil”
- “Wild crafted”
- “100% Pure”
Do you know that any of those words is not a guarantee of true purity, that in fact you may believe you’re buying a high quality essential oil when in fact you are not?
The fact is, there are hundreds of ways the essential oil, even if it has an organic label, is adulterated and extended. Most people aren’t aware of this and honestly believe they are getting something that’s high quality.
Definition of Adulteration
To render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one: from Latin adulterated – ‘corrupted.’
Effects Adulteration has on an Essential Oil
When an essential oil is adulterated its naturally occurring constituents and synergistic components destroy the essential oils therapeutic benefits.
Organically raised plants are terrific and desired, but… just because the plant is grown and/or certified organic never means that once the plant has been harvested that it has not been adulterated. Thus, the words “organic” is absolutely worthless on an essential oil label. Who cares if it was grown organically if the essential oil was ruined in the distillation process, or just prior to being bottled. The term “organic” is meaningless.
During any point, after the plant is harvested, any number of human interventions that destroy the delicate beneficial molecules contained within an essential oil can and commonly do occur. Primarily because of the perfume and food industries. Both the perfume and food industries require consistency in ingredients; that consistency they require never happens in nature.
Things such as: the amount of rainfall, temperature, the time of day the plant was harvested, where and how the plant was grown, how long the harvested plant material sat in a truck in the blazing summer sun; all of these things have an impact on the essential oil, long before the plant material reaches the distillery. All of these things also have an effect on the smell and flavor of the plant that particular year. The food and perfume industries can’t have such a thing happening! So what do they do? They either add the chemical constituents that aren’t so high so that there is consistency, or they formulate in a lab (using chemicals) the ‘scent’ that a particular plant is known to and expected to possess.
At the Distillery
Once the harvested plant material arrives at the distillery other undesirable things can occur. Like,
- Toxic chemicals can be used to extract the most essential oil possible out of the plant material
- Extreme heat can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
- Extreme pressure can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
- Profits are maximized when the distiller extracts the greatest amount of essential oil using the least amount of time and energy
All of these severely degrade the quality and benefit of the essential oil. As a matter of fact, the quality is degraded so much that there is very little, if any, therapeutic benefit remaining. Sure, these oils may smell ok to the untrained nose; but the fact remains, they have most or all of their life-force energy and synergistic components stripped.
Adulteration at the Hand of the Distiller
Some distillers will actually add a chemical to their distilled essential oils, which also includes plants raised organically, so that when the essential oils are tested for purity the essential oil appears to be of a higher quality than it actually is. Higher quality essential oils are expensive, as such it is common practice for chemicals to be added to make the essential oil appear better than it is; most companies do not have the proper equipment to analyze and test an essential oil brought in by a vendor to determine if it has been corrupted or not.
Most simply take the word of the vendor, or send the essential oil out for testing, such as Gas Chromatography (GS), Mass Spectroscopy (MS). Yet are unaware that these two tests fall way short and can easily be tricked, they are no guarantee of purity.
Do you see where this is going? Scary, isn’t it!?
Every single inch of the way the essential oil is in different hands being handled differently. Even the farmer who has spent the season raising the plants organically can give no assurance that the product he intended to provide you with is in fact anywhere near organic… and we’re not even at the point yet where the essential oil is on the store shelf yet!
In the Hands of the Vendor
This can be, but isn’t necessarily, the next set of hands the essential oil falls into. The vendor, also wanting to make more profit can add chemicals to make the essential oil appear better than it is, or they can simply fudge the test GS and MS results. And once again, the aromatherapy company or other type of business who needs an essential oil can easily be tricked… oh, and they are, all the time.
This is where the value of what Young Living does makes a huge difference. First, they grow a lot of their own plants (organically); the distillers actually sit in the fields so the plant material is in the distillers within 30 minutes after being harvested. There’s no going through other hands.
Additionally, each and every different type of plant has been studied to determine what is the optimal amount of heat, pressure and length of time necessary to produce an essential oil so that all of its beneficial properties remain in tact. There’s no rushing the process! If a particular plant requires 18 hours in the distiller at X pressure and heat, it’s stays in there for that length of time. Young Living is far more interested in producing the best, rather than producing the most within the shortest period of time.
This is where it gets even more interesting…
Even though Young Living has over 4,000 acres of farms / land and grows the plants, they still have to work with and buy from farmers and vendors the plants they don’t grow. When a vendor brings in an essential oil, it goes through a battery of tests on state of the art equipment that is not seen at competitors.
Guess what happens to the essential oils Young Living rejects because the quality isn’t there, or when it has been detected that a distiller or vendor has adulterated? It goes onto the open market where other essential oil and aromatherapy companies can purchase them. It is those essential oils that you find in stores, with labels containing print like the list I began this article with. I think it’s interesting how those rejected essential oils are good enough for those terms but they’re not good enough for Young Living and its customers.
In the hands of Companies
Now, the essential oil has moved even closer to the consumer. This is the last stage before it gets bottled and put onto store shelves. Consider this…
Have you ever bought and used an essential oil and found that you use a lot of it?
Have you ever bought an essential oil and found that it turned bad within 6 to 12 months?
Have the essential oils you bought felt greasy and/or left greasy type stains on your fabrics?
There’s a reason why that happens. It’s because still more profits need to be made. What happens is this, in a 15ml bottle there’s probably between 10-20 drops of essential oil, the rest is a cheap carrier oil.
Using the example of Lavender essential oil let’s see what you’re getting…
Let’s say, XYZ company has their essential oil on shelves at your local health food store and the price for a 15ml bottle is $10… first, if the label also says “Not for Internal Use” you can be 100% certain they are NOT using real lavender but in fact they are using an essential oil that is far less expensive, called Lavadin; which by the way has a high camphor level and if you were to use it on a first degree burn you will more than likely end up in the hospital with a third degree burn because camphor burns the skin.
Real lavender, Landula angustifolia, does not contain any camphor because it’s a different plant species. Also, Lavendula angustifolia is an edible plant; therefore I ‘should’ be able to use that lavender in cooking and as a dietary supplement. Thus, if the label states it’s “For External Use Only” I know right away that the essential oil is very low quality!
But that aside, let’s assume the company is using a lavender which Young Living rejected. Now they’re adding a carrier oil to it, known as an extender. If you’re paying $10 for a 15ml bottle, you are paying an extremely high price, many more times higher than you’d pay for a Young Living lavender. You’re using that essential oil by the handful because it is primarily a cheap carrier oil and doesn’t even contain 15ml of lavender.
Whereas if you were to buy at wholesale a 15ml bottle of Young Living lavender you would be buying 15ml of Lavendula angustifolia for about $20, no carrier oil included. And you would be using it by the drop, not by the handful!
The savings is enormous! Not to mention you are buying a superior quality essential oil that actually is beneficial.
Did you know that only 2 percent of all essential oils sold to consumers in the entire world are superior quality, and that Young Living makes up most of that 2 percent?
Did you know that France, the largest exporter of lavender oil, exports 100 times more lavender essential oil than they distill?
That means there is a lot of junk being sold and used in products that have very little real lavender in it, if it has any at all.
Learn about how to buy Young Living Essential Oils at wholesale pricing.
There is a reason why Young Living sets the world standard in essential oil quality… they are super picky. Which is perfect for me, I don’t like spending my money on junk or on anything that’s not what it should be, it’s wasteful and expensive in the long run. I also do not like to use products that have been corrupted, adulterated, extended, or that fall short of my personal standard of what truly organic and all-natural.
My dog is a Young Living Essential Oil lover, and yes he does have his favorites and knows how to pick them out of my Aroma Complete case. Before I tell you his favorites I need to say first, the only essential oils that I would ever use on my dog and recommend are Young Living, the rest are just not good enough quality for us, lower quality absolutely does equate to causing problems and is a horrible idea and you’re looking for problems. In short, using other brands of essential oils on pets is irresponsible. I would never even consider using another brand for myself or my dog Bandit. Learn more: How to Become a Savvy Essential Oil Consumer
With that said, there are a few things one must know when using your Yong Living essential oils with dogs:
They’re smaller than us (usually) and as such require smaller amounts of essential oils. To dilute the essential oil I recommend using V-6 Massage Oil (just like I recommend for people).
- My dog is about 75 pounds, I mix about 4-7 drops of our chosen Young Living (YL) oil with one teaspoon of V-6.
- Some YL oils we use neat (meaning without V-6 as a carrier oil) those are: Lavender, Geranium, Deep Relief, Palo Santo (to kill and repel ticks), and Release.
Bandit doesn’t have any fear or anxiety issues so we have never used Peace & Calming. Most of the people I know who are YL oil lover’s and who have dog’s with fear and anxiety issues say Peace & Calming works wonders. Remember to use small amounts, usually 1-2 drops is plenty!
Remember, YL oils are NOT like the oils sold in stores, there are the real deal and they are extremely potent, as such 1-4 drops of any YL essential oil is usualy plenty depending upon the dogs size.
Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess Pet First Aid Kit Recommendations
Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess of Madison, Wisconsin, recommends that every pet owner carry an essential oil emergency kit for pets. Based on her experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Hess suggests these ten Young Living Essential Oil blends to keep pets feeling their best.
- Purification®: This blend is useful for external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
- Thieves®: Perfect for attending to minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations, Thieves is also utilized for addressing dental concerns. This blend is safe for kittens and puppies.
- Melrose™: When used in conjunction with R.C. and Raven, Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
- R.C.™: Ideal for respiratory and urinary tract support, R.C is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy. (It can be paired with Raven for added support.)
- Raven™: Also utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support, Raven is more powerful than R.C. and features essentials oils not found in the latter. Combined, the two oils are highly effective.
- Di-Gize™: The gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg and ginger can be added for additional support.
- M-Grain™: Provides relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
- PanAway®: With osteoarthritis common in older pets, PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This oil blend can be used alone or in addition to other essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the oils.
- Relieve It™: Especially beneficial for relieving discomfort, Relieve It can be alternated with PanAway for a wider spectrum of relief.
- Peace & Calming®: If stress, fear, anxiety, or other similar conditions are present, Peace & Calming can be used to calm a pet. If the pet is injured, Peace & Calming can relax the animal enough to administer other treatments. This blend can also been used on cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or excessive grooming resulting from stress.
Tip: You would want in your Pet First Aid Kit the following YL products:
- Animal Scents Ointment
- Animal Scents Shampoo
- V-6 Massage Oil
- Bandages, scissors, tweazers, cotton guaze pads, cotton balls, and any other supplies for the special needs of your pet
Using YL Essential Oils on Animals
(excerpts from the Essential Oils Desk Reference)
Young Living essential oils have been used very successfully on many different kinds of animals from kittens to 2,000- pound draft horses. Animals generally respond to essential oils in much the same way as humans do.
Where to Apply Essential Oils to Animals
For non-ungulate animals (not having hooves) such as dogs or cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption. For hoofed animals, sprinkle a few drops on the spine or flanks and massage them in. Also apply on the gums, tongue, or underneath the top lip; also apply on the frog and cornet bands of hooves. These are all good locations for oils to be applied to cows, horses, etc. (all animals with hooves). Oils can also be applied to auricular points of the ears.
When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infection, arthritis, or bone injury, generally use the same oils and protocol recommended for humans.
How Much Should I Use?
Most animals are even more sensitive to the effects of the oils than humans. They often seem to have a natural affinity to the healing influence of the oils. Adjust dosage proportionately, based on body weight. If the protocol for a human being ( at about 160 lbs.) calls for 3-5 drops, then a horse (at 1600 lbs. or more) could use as much as 10 times that amount, while a dog (at 16 lbs.) would need as little as one tenth that amount.
Generally speaking, if you have never put oils on an animal before, you should start carefully, applying them only to the feet, paws, or hooves (on the frog and cornet bands) at first. In the case of cats and small dogs, YL essential oils should ALWAYS be diluted before applying, because they are actually MORE sensitive to the biochemicals in the oils than humans.
Be careful to avoid high phenol oils, such as oregano and thyme, on cats because they can be extremely sensitive to these stronger oils. Citrus oils are another you might want to avoid around cats too). They should only be used in high rates of dilution (90%) and the diluted oil should only be applied to the paws (Note: one drop in your palm for medium to large dogs and rub your palms on paws is usually plenty).
• For small animals: (cats and small dogs) Apply 3-5 drops DILUTED (80-90%) oil mixture per application.
• For larger animals: (large dogs) Apply 3-5 drops NEAT (dilute if using oils high in phenol) per application.
• For large animals: (cattle and horses) Apply 20-30 drops NEAT (dilute if using oils high in phenol) per application.
Testimonail on Using YL Oils with Dog
Dog with Severe Arthritis
Kim Bloomer, co-author of Whole Health for Happy Dogs shares what she did to help her dog, Shadrach (a 125 pound Neo Mastiff), after he was diagnosed with severe arthritis in his hips and elbows:
“I was told by both my dog’s vets (holistic and traditional) that he would never run again and that the best I could do is alleviate his pain…So I put together a protocol I have used diligently for two months now and my dog is running, playing and acting like a puppy again!”
- Raw meat & bones twice a day with one drop Longevity oil blend added in the morning, and one drop Di-Gize oil blend added with the evening meal (both blends from Young Living).
- One ounce of Ningxia Red Juice (from Young Living) per day.
- One MultiGreen capsule (from Young Living) per day.
- Fish oil daily, Omega Blue (from Young Living).
- One Traumeel tablet (homeopathic/herbal remedy from Shadrach’s vet) per day (for pain)
- Two BLM capsules (from Young Living) per day
- One serving of Sulfurzyme Powder (from Young Living) per day.
- Weekly Raindrop Technique Therapy (kit available through Young Living).
“I also use a variety of essential oils on his hips and elbows which include (I switch them around) Panaway blend, Aroma Siez blend, Valor blend (essential oil blends from Young Living Essential Oils), cypress essential oil, clove essential oil, wintergreen essential oil, and pine essential oil.”
“But the crowning glories that have brought me back my youthful puppy though are these two (and if I had to give all the others up, I’d keep these two…and the Ningxia Red):”
- ImmuPro (capsule from Young Living) “One day of giving Shadrach this tablet and he was bouncing around like a puppy the very next day. Prior to that he was maintaining but not youthful.”
Dog with Pain and Arthritis
“My 14 year old dog ( shepherd / lab mix) was having a hard time walking down the stairs and just getting around (due to arthritis). She was not as lively and even her bark was diminishing. She is arthritic in her hind legs but she is not on any medicine. I had a holistic vet give her acupuncture treatments as well as herbs and vitamins for dogs. It made a small difference but not enough to see her energetic spirit come back. I started to use the Young Living essential oils only and she now has a very strong “life force” and much more energy as well as no problem walking down the stairs! She is the spunky dog she always was and although she is 14 she is happy and has a spring to her step!! The oils I use on her are: PanAway, Spruce, Balsam Fir, Lavender, and Lemongrass. I apply them on her hind legs, upper back and the pads of her back feet. She loves them and looks forward to me applying them!!! Generally I apply them 2X a day.” ~ Maria
Cat with Liver Cancer
In 2001, my 10 year old cat Kodiak was displaying the same symptoms his sister had displayed before dying from liver cancer two months earlier. His symptoms consisted of losing 7 lbs. (half of his weight), very lethargic – vs. usually playing throughout the day, and his fur lost all shine. Needlesstosay, I was very distraught and decided to try natural methods vs. traditional veterinary methods.
I added 1 Tbsp. of Young Livings’s Berry Young Juice (now called NingXia Red) per day to Kodiak’s organic cat food. In addition, I applied the oil blend Di-Gize to his paws mixed with a small amount of olive oil three times per week to help cleanse and detoxify chemicals out of his colon and liver.
Within one month Kodiak’s fur had regained its shine, his energy level was incredibly high, and he also regained all 7 lbs. of his weight. His health has been wonderful ever since with absolutely no sign of disease.
As a part of weekly maintenence, I give both of my cats 1 tsp. of BYJ 2 times per week added to their organic food along with applying Di-tone two-three times per week to their paws. I have found Young Living oils and supplements to greatly support my cats health.” ~ Connie J.
Tips on Performing Raindrop Technique on Horses
Although many veterinarians have developed their own variations on this technique, the simplicity of this procedure is what makes it effective. Raindrop Technique for horses is similar to that for humans except that there must be practical modifications because of the difference in size and shape of the patient.
Trying to exactly duplicate the human-version of Raindrop Technique on animals is not advised.
Apply 6 drops of Valor to the tailbone (the base of the tail where it connects with the spine). Then place one hand on the withers and the other on the tailbone and hold for 5 minutes. There is no difference energetically, whether you use your right or left hand in these spots. Once the horse relaxes (i.e., drops its head and eyelids droop) the procedure can start.
- Do not spend too much time stroking the horse’s spine. Usually three repetitions is sufficient
- Avoid dripping oils on the hair of the horse’s spine and stroking them in. You will be stroking against the grain of the hair and oil will be flicked off the spine rather than rubbed in. (This is not so important with animals with fine hair).
- Once you make contact with the animal you are applying oils, never break it.
- Don’t work on the animal with multiple partners.
- Raindrop Technique is more effective when only one pair of hands makes continuous contact with the animal because: 1) The energy stays the same. 2) Animals get skittish when two or more people touch them at the same time.
How To Apply the Raindrop Technique on Horses
- Where feasible, shave the spine area for direct application of the oil (you will use less oil).
- If shaving is not feasible, stand the hair up and part it; then drip the oil down through the hair so the oil contacts the spine. Hold the oil six inches above the spine as you drop it in.
- For coarse-haired animals stroke in the oils using small, circular motions, working from the base of the tail to the shoulders of the spine.
- For fine-haired animals, stroke in oils using regular Raindrop Technique straight-strokes
- Spend enough time massaging to get oils down into the skin and not sitting on top of the hair
When dripping the oils on spine, use:
- 12 drops on a draft horse
- 6 drops on a saddle horse
- 3-4 drops on a miniature horse, Shetland or Welch pony
Additional Tips for Raindrop with Horses
Carefully use your fingertips and thumb tips to perform Vita Flex along the auricular points of the ear. Be gentle. If you inflict a little discomfort, the horse will distrust you and pull away. Stretching the spine is problematic in horses, so instead place one hand over the tail, the other hand on the withers and focus moving the energy along the spine. Rubbing oils around the coronet band will allow them to reach the bloodstream and travel through the nerves in the legs to the spine.
Drip Marjoram and Aroma Siez into the hair of the outside muscles away from the spine and rub in with a larger circular motion massages. (Idaho tansy, Bay Laurel or Melrose–which are anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic, insect-repelling, relaxing and healing– can also be used). This is important because horses used for packing, riding, or working have extra stress to the spine and muscles in the back.
Avoid having two people working on opposite sides of the horse at the same time. No two people’s energy are the same and this produces an energetic imbalance.
Use a stool (mounting block) to reach both sides of the spine without having to break contact, potentially creating tension in the animal.
Some people mistakenly believe that if they don’t have all the oils in the Raindrop kit, they can’t do a raindrop. One does not need to apply every single oil to have an effective treatment. You can perform an excellent, beneficial Raindrop procedure with one oil, if that’s all you have. Using just oregano and thyme or even Idaho tansy can produce excellent results. Similarly, Melrose, tea tree, mountain savory, or bay laurel can also be used.
Q: Is it OK to stroke oils down off the hips and down the legs?
Q: Is it OK to put a hot towel on the spine?
A: Yes, it is recommended. Following a raindrop, you can apply a saddle blanket then a horse blanket and leave the animal standing in the stall. Usually after about 10 minutes they will lie down and go to sleep.
Testimonials with Horses
“We had to load 9 un-brocken stubborn horses onto a truck on the weekend. I used Lavender, Valor and Aroma Seiz on the inner lips, forehead and back. It settled them down, sometimes to the point of going to sleep. The horse trainer was amazed!” ~ Iain C.
Horse with Colic
After I got home from Ecuador my husband Blaine and I went riding and during the ride I noticed my horse starting to sweat and I thought that was funny as they usually don’t do that unless we have traveled a good distance and we hadn’t. She tried to turn around and go back but I just thought she was being lazy. Soon she laid down in trail with me on her. I got off right away and we checked to see if the cinch was to tight and it wasn’t so we knew right away it was colic.
We had a hard time in getting her up and the she would just lay back down. I have had horses with colic before and they would want to lay down but we could keep them up, not her. By the time we got back to the horse trailer she had laid down 4 times. As soon as we got her in the trailer she laid down and tried to roll. There was just no way to keep her up she was in so much pain.
When we got home Di-Gize to the recue as soon as we could get her out of the trailer. I put 20 drop of Di-Gize in her bottom lip. Blaine walked her around but she would not stay up . She would only go a few feet and down she would go. I gave her some more Di-Gize and she passed gas and had two bowel movements but she would still lay down. I had never seen a horse so sick as she was.
We would not have given two cent for her then because we thought for sure she wouldn’t make it, she was so bad. We kept making a circle in our driveway with her and again she got another dose of Di-Gize. I took over and she laid down with me and rolled I could not stop her and then she rolled back and just laid there with her eyes closed. After about 10 minutes she jumped up and started eating like nothing had happened to her.
I could not believe it. Her Pluse was 60 then. I didn’t check it before but it kept coming down and she drank two and half gallons of water. Later she drank all the five gallons we gave and went on eating. We put her out to pasture and watched her the rest of the night. She never had anymore problems.
So yes, thank God for the Essential oils. Again this is the 7th time they have saved one of my horses life. When checking the pluse on a horse it’s normal around 30 and a little above so you will know they are stressed if it higher then that.” ~ Nancy S.
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The Golden Touch 1™ essential oil collection, from Young Living Essential Oils, provides immune protection all throughout the year.* The seven essential oil blends (5ml bottles) in this collection have been specifically created to take advantage of essential oil constituents that support many functions of the body. A growing number of today’s professionals consider essential oils to be the missing link in health care. Refer to individual oil blends for specific benefits. Includes the “Essential Oils: The Missing Link” cassette.
The Golden Touch 1 collection of essential oils is one of my personal favorites; it contains all of the essential oils I have and recommend for all-natural First Aid kits. I consider this collection to pretty much cover all bases in wellness, the versatility of the oils is amazing.
Ways to use the essential oils in the Golden Touch 1 collection:
Di-Gize™ Essential Oil
Di-Gize™: For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Di-Gize can help digestive problems including indigestion, heartburn, gas, and bloating. Helps combat candida and parasite infestation.
How to Use Di-Gize™ Essential Oil
- Full Body Massage: Dilute 1 drop Di-Gize with 1-2 teaspoons V-6 Massage Oil. Massage or place as a compress on the stomach.
- Apply to Vita Flex points on feet/ankles for stomach and intestines.
- Dietary Supplement (adults): In a capsule, place 1-3 drops Di-Gize and fill the remainder of the capsule with Olive Oil or V-6, take one before each meal or as desired.
- Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age. Dilution is not generally required for topical application; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin.
EndoFlex Essential Oil
EndoFlex™: For dietary or topical use. Amplifies metabolism and vitality, and creates hormonal balance. EndoFlex™ can help maintain overall vitality with a proprietary blend of essential oils that support the endocrine system.*
How to Use EndoFlex Essential Oil
- Diffuse for up to 30 minutes three times daily, or directly inhale from the bottle, or place a drop in palm, rub together and cup palms over nose and inhale several times (avoiding eye area).
- Topical: Dilute 1 drop of EndoFlex with 1 drop of V-6 or olive oil. Apply to affected area. Use as needed.
- Bath: Add 2-4 drops to 1 cup Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, add to bath water and soak for 20 minutes.
- Specific Areas: Apply a couple drops of EndoFlex™ over lower back, thyroid, kidneys, liver, feet, glandular areas, and foot Vita Flex points for these organs.
- Internal Use / Dietary Supplement (adults): In a capsule place 1-3 drops 1-2 drops of EndoFlex and fill the remainder of the capsule with Olive Oil or V-6, take up to 3 times per day or as needed.
- Food Flavoring: Use 1-2 drops in your favorite Potato Salad recipe for flavoring!
- Dietary Supplement: When using as a supplement, dilute one drop of EndoFlex in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk.
- Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.
JuvaFlex™ Essential Oil
JuvaFlex™: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. JuvaFlex helps support liver and lymphatic detoxification. Anger and hate are stored in the liver creating toxicity, leading to sickness and disease. JuvaFlex can help break addictions to coffee, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
How to Use JuvaFlex™ Essential Oil
- Diffuse in living areas and workplace, 15-30 minutes 3 times daily.
- Dietary Supplement (adults): Dilute one drop of JuvaFlex in 4 fl. oz. of goat’s or rice milk.
- Topical: Apply topically over liver area, foot Vita Flex points, raindrop-style along spine, or use in a compress. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face (avoid eye area!), neck, genital area, etc.
- Special Notes: Avoid using on infants and very small children. JuvaFlex already contains a carrier oil so dilution is not necessary unless you’re doing a full body massage and then you can extend your JuvaFlex by combining 3-7 drops of JuvaFlex to one teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil.
How to Use Melrose™ Essential Oil
- Diffuse for 30 minutes up to 3 times daily, or directly inhale from the bottle, or place a drop in palm, rub together and cup palms over nose and inhale several times (avoiding eye area).
- Topical: Apply to cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes and infections. Dilution with a carrier oil, such as V-6, is recommended and/or followed by applying Young Living Rose Ointment to keep the wound and oils sealed in.
- Ear Ache: Put 1 to 2 drops on a piece of cotton and place in the ear for earache. Do NOT put drops of essential oil into the ear!
- Bath: Add 2-4 drops Melrose to one cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt, add to running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
- Dryer Sheet: Add 2-3 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.
- Special Notes: Dilute 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. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
Raven™ Essential Oil
Raven™: For aromatic and topical use. Good choice for respiratory conditions and infections such as tuberculosis, influenza, and pneumonia. Raven is highly antiviral and antiseptic.
How to Use Raven™ Essential Oil
- Diffuse in living areas, bedroom, or workplace up to 15 minutes every 1-2 hours.
- Chest Rub: Apply topically on chest 2-5 drops Raven to 1 teaspoon V-6, apply over lungs and throat, or put a drop on pillow at night for easier breathing.
- Tip: Alternate Raven with the blend R.C.™ as an added boost for tough congestion.
- Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Do not use on children under age 6.
R.C.™ Essential Oil
R.C.™: For topical or aromatic use. R.C. can provide relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, coughs and respiratory congestion. R.C. is useful to decongest sinus passages, combats lung infections, and helps relieve allergy symptoms.
How to Use R.C.™ Essential Oil
- Diffuse in living areas and workplace, 15-30 minutes, 3 times daily.
- Topically: Apply R.C. on chest, neck, throat, or over sinus area (avoid eye area!). Use as a hot compress or with Raindrop Technique.
- Full Body Massage: Dilute 1-2 drops R.C. with 1-2 teaspoons V-6 for body massage. Apply on chest, neck, ears and bottoms of feet.
- Tips: Alternate with Raven™. Combine with Raven (alternating morning and night) and Thieves to enhance effects.
- Air Freshening Away From Home: Put 4-8 drops on cotton ball and locate on vents in car or hotel rooms to clean the air and provide aromatherapy benefits.
- Steam Inhaling: For Sinus / Lung Congestion – Add R.C., Raven or Wintergreen to bowl of hot, steaming water. Place a towel over your head and water bowl mixture, inhale the steam with eyes closed. Combine with Raven (alternating morning and night) and Thieves to enhance effects.
- Dryer Sheet: Add 2-3 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.
- Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution with carrier oil, such as V-6, recommended for topical use. Dilute 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. Do not use near fire, flame, heat or spark.
Thieves® Essential Oil
Thieves®: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. Thieves is 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. 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.
How to Use Thieves Essential Oil
- Diffuse 15-25 minutes in the workplace or home to kill airborne microorganisms (a cold-air nebulizer diffuser is recommended).
- Dietary Supplement (adults): Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Or, place 2-4 drops in a 00 capsule and add a little Olive Oil or V-6, take 1-3 times daily at onset of cold or flu.
- Topical: Apply a couple drops to the soles of the feet. Or, mix 1 drop of Thieves with 1 teaspoon V-6 and apply over thymus.
- Full Body Massage: Mix 2-4 drops Thieves essential oil with 2 tablespoons V-6 Massage Oil.
- Dryer Sheet: Add 2-3 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.
- Air Freshening Away From Home: Put 4-8 drops on cotton ball and locate on vents in car or hotel rooms to clean the air and provide aromatherapy benefits.
- Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Always dilute with a carrier oil, such as V-6, before applying to the skin or taking internally. Keep out of reach of children.
The Therapeutic-grrade Essential Oils In: Di-Gize™, EndoFlex™, JuvaFlex™, Melrose™, Raven™, R.C.™, and Thieves®.
Di-Gize™: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), ginger (Zingiber officinale), peppermint (Mentha piperita), juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and J. scopulorum), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), anise (Pimpinella anisum), and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin).
EndoFlex™: A base of sesame seed oil, spearmint (Mentha spicata), sage (Salvia officinalis), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), myrtle (Myrtus communis), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), and German chamomile (Matriciaria recutita).
JuvaFlex™: Sesame seed oil, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum), and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum).
Melrose™: Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum).
Raven™: Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), lemon (Citrus limon), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Eucalyptus radiata.
R.C.™: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtus communis oil, pinus sylvestris (pine) leaf oil, origanum majorana (marjoram) leaf oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, eucalyptus citriodora leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens oil, tsuga canadensis leaf oil, and mentha piperita (peppermint) oil.
Thieves®: Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon (Citrus limon), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).
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Children swap toys, books, games, and even germs. Then, they come home from school or daycare and they bring more than just artwork for the refrigerator—oftentimes they bring home unwanted colds and germs.
Teaching children the ABCs of hand hygiene with Young Living hand soaps can help keep those bugs at bay while keeping your kids safe from harmful and disease causing chemicals found in soap products.
Studies have shown the importance of encouraging children to wash their hands.
At Trombley Elementary School in Gross Pointe Park, Michigan, a group of first- through fifth-grade students washed their hands a minimum of four scheduled times daily: when they arrived at school, before lunch, at recess time, and before leaving school for the day. The control group continued hand-washing practices as usual. After one month, the kids who washed their hands at least four times had 24 percent fewer missed days from cold and flu, and an astounding 51 percent fewer sick days due to gastrointestinal symptoms.1
It is not advisable to use antibacterial handsoaps, microorganisms will grow a resistance to the antibiotics and this contributes to organisms mutating into forms that are much more difficult to fight. We have seen this occur in medicine, resistant strains of bacteria and organisms to antibiotics. This little critters are fairly sophisticated and what we have been doing does not outwit them, learn more about how they communicate between species and resist antibiotics, and how a common house fly can spread antibiotic resistant bacteria.
So, what can parents, grandparents, and caregivers do?
Teach good hand hygiene habits at home so your children know what to do at school. And set an example by doing it yourself, you too will have fewer sick days!
Three Young Living Products Kids Love to Use
- Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer (PDF fact sheet)
- Thieves Foaming Hand Soap (PDF fact sheet)
- Lavender Foaming Hand Soap (PDF on lavender essential oil)
Kids especially love Young Living’s Thieves® and Lavender Foaming Hand Soaps, which can be used often without drying or stripping the skin. One suggestion is to pump a handful of foam into their hands and then have them sing a song such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” while they wash to make sure they take enough time to kill the germs. When they learn these good habits at home they will be more likely to apply them at school – particularly if they’re using Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer.
Therapeutic-grade essential oils are naturally antibacterial, aromatic plants make and use essential oils to protect them from bacteria and fungi; as such the essential oils are extremely complex compounds. A therapeutic-grade essential oil will have all of its beneficial compounds in tact, whereas a lower quality essential oil may only smell nice but not be able to address any beneficial properties you’re desiring.
Because essential oils are extremely complex bacteria and microorganisms have not and cannot grow any resistance to the essential oils. The difference between chemical anitbiotics and essential oils is that antibiotics are extremely simple compounds, which makes it super easy for little creatures to communicate back and forth and within a few generations become entirely resistant to drug treatments.
Be mindful though that all essential oils are NOT created equal. I have yet to find a high quality essential oil in any store, health food stores included. This makes sense though because only 2 percent of all essential oils produced in the entire world are high quality. Young Living Essential Oils is the majority of that 2 percent.
Thus, do not think when a store bought product lists essential oil as an ingredient that you will get a high quality essential oil in that product. As a matter of fact, you CAN assume there is a 100 percent chance that an aromatherapy product has the poorest quality essential oil in it; they’re concerned with price point, people want products at a cheap cost, the comppany will NOT put a god quality essential oil in their product as it will eat away at their profits.
For this reason, I never buy any kind of aromatherapy product (unless it’s from Young Living). I don’t even buy scented candles, they too use low quality essential oils; the last thing I need is to be putting more chemicals into my indoor air by burning a candle that has cheap essential oils that contain hazardous chemicals! Instead I buy bees wax candles and for scent in the air I simply turn on my diffuser which contain my Young Living essential oils. Doing this gives me the ambiance I’m looking for and the scent I desire without putting chemicals into my air.
I’ve gotten off track here a bit but its important to me to provide information that helps my readers learn more about what’s in the products they’re using so they can make educated choices that are right for them and their families. Besides, I hate it when companies lie directly or through ommission; both result in ‘us’ paying for it in the longrun through health issues and healthcare costs.
Yes, you and your kids can get the same germ killing benefits by using a plain, all-natural, unscented bar soap (remember to sing Twinkle-Twinkle so you’re doing it long enough to be effective though). I personally prefer to use my Young Living soaps and Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer because there is a ‘lasting’ benefit; the essential oils will linger on my hands, thus between washings it’s as if I have a protective barrier or protective glove on my hands. That is why I choose my Young Living hand products over all others.
1. Master D, Hess Longe SH, Dickson H, “Scheduled hand washing in an elementary school population,” Fam Med. 1997 May;29(5):336-9.
Essentialzyme™ is an advanced multi-enzyme complex that promotes digestion and assists in the assimilation of nutrients.* Essentialzyme contains enzymes that support healthy pancreatic function.*
As a high-quality enzyme complex, Essentialzyme may improve and aid digestion and the elimination of toxic waste from the body. Essentialzyme was formulated to help supply enzymes to those who have difficulty digesting or assimilating food. Essentialzyme helps reestablish proper enzyme balance in the digestive system and throughout the body and helps improve intestinal flora. It may also help retard the aging process.
Enzyme supplementation is particularly important for people suffering chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, or in any condition where the pancreas duct or common bile duct is blocked, thereby preventing enzymes from reaching the intestine.
What’s in Essentialzyme?
- Pancrelipase a powerful complex of fat, protein, and starch-dissolving enzymes derived from pork.
- Trypsin is an animal product that has amino acid precursor action, helps with carbohydrate conversion, and food/nutrient assimilation.
- Carrot root powder has the second highest concen tration of natural enzymes in vegetables.
- Alfalfa sprouts are a source of natural amylase.
- Pancreatin 4X is a protein-digesting enzyme complex that has been used to treat cancer. It is a natural full-spectrum enzyme complex containing proteases, amylases, and lipases.
- Papain is a vegetable enzyme derived from unripe papayas and an excellent carbohydrate digester.
- Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme from pineapple stems, and is a natural enzyme and carbohydrate digester.
- Betaine HCl helps digest protein.
- Cumin seed has been used for centuries in the Middle East to help promote digestion and stimulate enzyme activity.
- Magnesium stearate
- Di-Calcium phosphate
- Stearic acid
- Thymus leaf
Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils of:
- Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It also helps prevent fermentation in the intestinal tract.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) improves digestion and intestinal health.
- Anise (Pimpinella anisum) improves digestion and intestinal health. Also known to ease intestinal cramps and inflammation.
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has been used for centuries for proper digestion.
- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is beneficial for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiinfectious, and antiparasitic properties.
How to Use Essentialzyme
Take 3 tablets, three times daily prior to or with meal. Take Essentialzyme with meals, especially high-protein meals, after 3 p.m., as it will help lessen the burden on the digestive system. Young Living Companion Products: Polyzyme, Carbozyme, and DiGize.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
A Troubling Trend, the most troubling indication that the synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and shampoos may be leaching into our bodies was provided by the government-funded Human Adipose Tissue Survey (Bock, 1996). According to this study, almost every person tested showed measurable levels of petroleum-based, carcinogenic chemicals, such as toluene, benzene, and styrene, in their fatty tissues.
This is why increasing numbers of health professionals are recommending personal care formulas that are completely natural and free of synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients–which is nearly impossible to find, even in brands that claim to be all-natural.
“To stay healthy, people have to do more than just exercise and eat healthy,” states Denver physician Terry Friedmann, M.D. “Consumer should also avoid personal care products that contain toxic synthetic ingredients that can penetrate the skin and accumulate in their tissues. In some cases, these products can have a greater impact on health than either diet or exercise.”
Young Living skin care products contain wolfberry seed oil, a costly and unusual ingredient that makes important contributions to healthy skin (see box). Along with wolfberry seed oil they contain MSM, an essential nutrient that has an unsurpassed ability to strengthen the skin.
“MSM is absolutely dynamite for the skin,” says international fashion model Teri Williams, who was a cover model for Vogue Magazine. “In my experience, it is the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair.”†Ronald Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. agrees. “The importance of MSM for healthy skin and hair cannot be overemphasized. In my clinical practice, I have seen the difference that MSM makes. It is outstanding whether applied topically or taken as dietary supplement.”
In addition to wolfberry seed oil and MSM, the Young Living skin care products also contain therapeutic-grade essential oils that have a long history of use in skin care. Pure myrrh, sandalwood, geranium, rosewood, frankincense, and Roman chamomile essential oils have been used to preserve the health of the skin throughout recorded history. The Young Living skin care line of products also include a proprietary blend of antioxidant herbal extracts, such as Ginkgo biloba, orange blossom, witch hazel, cucumber, horse chestnut, and aloe vera gel, as well as special blends of pure vegetable oils such as almond, jojoba, avocado, and rose hip seed oils.
“They feel fabulous on my skin,” raves Kay Cansler, a former Director of Educational Diagnostics. “Without question, these are products for the new millennium. I’ve been using them for six months, and I can feel and see a huge difference. I am very, very impressed.”
Regenolone™ – is a moisturizing Cream that contains herbal extracts known for their nourishing skin benefits along with pregnenolone, a precursor for progesterone. Wild yam, progesterone, and black and blue cohosh are added, along with a special blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils, to enhance skin penetration and overall effectiveness.
Orange Blossom Facial Wash™ – is a gentle, nonabrasive, free-rinsing cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils. It contains MSM to promote healthier and clearer skin, wolfberry seed oil to hydrate, and essential oils to soothe with aromatic benefits. Added botanicals protect skin from free radical damage.
Lavender Hand & Body Lotion – Bring life back to your skin with this all-natural lightweight moisturizer infused with skin-loving lavender essential oil. Added nutrients such as wolfberry seed and jojoba oils fortify your skin’s natural moisture barrier to maintain long-lasting hydration.
A·R·T® Skin Care System – Age Refining Technology – is a superior concept in skin restoration that combines the advanced technology of DNA recovery enzymes with a proprietary anti-aging Peptide Complex to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, even skin tone, and increase the elasticity and density of skin. Recognizing the incredible power of essential oils, Young Living added frankincense and sandalwood to this unique formula to reinforce DNA renewal. Add the legendary wolfberry seed oil, known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties, and you have the formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system.
A·R·T Skin Care System includes Day Activator (30 ml), Night Reconstructor (30 ml), Gentle Foaming Cleanser (100 ml), and an instructional booklet.
Young Living Hair Care Products
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.
Lemon Sage Clarifying Shampoo™ – is designed for all hair types, but is especially beneficial for oily hair. It is fortified with botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils to remove the harsh effects of hard water, chlorine, trace metals, medications, environmental pollutants, and product buildup, leaving hair shiny, healthy, and manageable.
Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner™ – nourishes without weighing down the hair. This rich, creamy conditioner provides proprietary vitamin complexes and proteins and is great for oily hair. Use Lemon Sage Clarifying Shampoo with Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner for clean, fortified hair.
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.
Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner™ – deeply moisturizes, protects, and de-frizzes hair with natural vegetable fatty acids, MSM, and milk protein. Designed specifically to complement Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo, this rinse nourishes damaged and over-processed hair.
“What I enjoy most about the Young Living shampoos and conditioners is that over the past 10 years they are the only shampoos and conditioners I’ve had to buy. Unlike in the past when I had to change brands every single month because of build-up on my hair. Since using the Young Living shampoos and conditioners my hair is in lovely condition and I never even have to consider switching brands – I think that’s because of the better quality ingredients and the non-toxic formula.” ~ Evelyn Vincent
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