NingXia Red Antioxidant Energy Juice (all-natural)

I love NingXia Red! (pronounced ning-sha red)

With this red energy juice on the market I see no reason to drink any other. The flavor and benefits cannot be beat, seriously! NingXia Red trounces all other energy juices.

Super-high in antioxidants and d-limonene – tastes so good you might not think it’s supportive to body and immune functions.

What makes NingXia Red different, in my humble opinion is the inclusion of essential oils. Apparently the essential oils have a synergistic effect with the berries – which is why it trounces all (yes, I do mean all) of its competitors.

What’s NOT in NingXia Red That Makes it So Good…

  • No junk juices
  • No sugar or high-frutose corn sugar (HFCS)
  • No caffeine or other unhealthy stimulants

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Listen to naturopath Nathan Forbes’ audio testimonial on NingXia Red…

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7 Reasons to Drink NingXia Red…


Has Your Young Living Membership Gone Inactive

This is really good news if you previously had a Young Living Essential Oils wholesale / distributor membership and your account has gone inactive.Assorted-Oils-7

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!

Why not re-activate your membership and start off again with a bottle of Thieves essential oil and a tube of Thieves Ultra Toothpaste!

Frankincense Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

Frankincense-Oil-4Frankincense (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!

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Experience Frankincense and 8 Other Essential Oils

Everyday-Oils-2013If 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.

Learn more about the Start Living kits or if you’re ready to place an order please visit my ordering page.

Aromatherapy Massage Sticks Recipe

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:

  1. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  8. 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.

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Other Fun Aromatherapy Recipes & Info

Aromatic River Rock Foot Bath

Peppermint Chocolate Candy Recipe

Aromatherapy for the Home: lavender Carpet Freshener

Aromatherapy Profile: Ylang Ylang

Resources for Other Ingredients and Containers

Cocoa Butter Wafers

Jojoba Oil

Beeswax (organic)

Lip Balm size containers (12 for $3)

Travel-size Deodorant container for 96 cents

Deodorant container with Cap (2.65 oz)($1.02 each)

Leg Cramp Essential Oil Blend

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


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.

34 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil [how to]

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.Lemon-Oil-12

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.

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34 Ways To Use Lemon Essential Oil**

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Combine 2–3 drops with water in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cleanse and sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
  8. Soothe or prevent corns, callous, or bunions by rubbing 1-2 drops of Lemon oil on the affected area, morning and evening.*
  9. 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.
  10. Add a drop to your dishwasher before the wash cycle for spot-free dishes.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Lemon oil can serve as an effective insect repellent. See recipe for making your own beeswax mosquito candle.
  15. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.*
  16. Rub 1-3 drops of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces to disinfect those surfaces.
  17. Add one teaspoon of lemon essential oil to one-cup mineral oil for an effective furniture polish.
  18. 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.**
  19. Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gum’s caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction to help with healing and disinfecting.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.*
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Diffuse Lemon essential oil to freshen the air in your home or office.
  25. 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.**
  26. Soak kitchen dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  27. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom to sanitize hands.*
  28. Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  29. Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain, may aid in healing.*
  30. Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically, may clear athlete’s foot.* More on Athlete’s Foot and Essential Oils.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.

An Update: What’s New in My World of Aromatherapy

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 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 OilEnvision essential Oil Blend

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).

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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.