Summertime Skin Care, Anti-aging and Antioxidants (essential oils and NingXia Red)

Sunburn and antioxidants are two things I have never put together until this past week, I’m not entirely sure why but now I’m realizing why how it makes so much sense!

The short version of what I learned is that when we support our bodies, both internally and topically, with antioxidants we are providing many benefits: anti-aging, cell and DNA repair, faster healing from sun skin damage, and free radical scavengers.

The inclusion of essential oils in this weeks topical recipes provides “antioxidant” protection and healing against free radicals:NingXia-Red-for-2013

Free radicals form during first interaction with the sun’s rays, and “cascade” into various different forms until our body tends to them with natural antioxidant defenses.

  • Many essential oils have exceptionally high natural antioxidant levels
  • In a study, Myrrh out performed a man-made antioxidant
  • Helichrysum is a skin healing super-power, a must for mature skin
  • Frankincense and Sandalwood have protective actions, anti-cancer

But to create a well-rounded healing and protective difference it’s also important to ingest foods, beverages, and essential oils known for their high levels of antioxidants. Some of those are:

NingXia Red Antioxidant Energy Juice

This is Young Living’s red energy, nutrient juice and it is prefect to use in place of other beverages, at least once a day. NingXia Red’s ORAC, S-ORAC and antioxidant levels are off the charts higher than any other beverage on the market – far superior to all of them (yes, YL has sent samples of all of them to a third-party lab, Brunswick Labs, where the antioxidant levels were so high that Gary Young sent samples back to the lab three times because he thought the tests couldn’t possibly be correct. The last time Brunswick Labs told Gary that they weren’t going to test another sample of NingXia Red again and that Gary needed to accept the test results from the three samples sent in. If you’re not drinking 2-4 oz. of NingXia Red a day you’re really missing the boat on something fabulous for your health.

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There are many ways to use NingXia Red, some are:

NingXia Red Beverages: Dilute with 2-8 ozs. of water, or add 2 oz. to your orange juice/smoothies/green juices/chocolate milk/ginger ale/etc., or drizzle on top of a fresh fruit salad/ice cream/yogurt.

NingXia Red take-along packs: (30 pk. #3168 -or- 100 pk. #3169) these are perfect for vacations, traveling, picnics, lunch boxes. But one of my favorite tips I can share is to just put some of the little packs in the freezer to make delicious freeze pops! Cut off the top of the frozen packs and eat it just like a freeze pop. I love these for desserts on hot summer days!

Children and dogs love NingXia Red – and it’s good for them too! Just give them smaller amounts.

More on NingXia Red

Clove Essential Oil

The Young Living clove bud essential oil is edible (just 1-2 drops is all that’s needed) and amazingly high in antioxidants – so high in fact that there is no other edible plant on earth that comes close!Clove_Oil

Clove oil is considered a ‘hot’ (as in spicy) essential oil so it always needs to be diluted with a carrier in both topical and internal applications.

Clove in a Beverage: add one drop daily to your glass of NingXia Red –or– add 1 drop to a cup of tea/smoothie/green juice/etc. –or– put one drop in a capsule (#3193) with a little olive oil daily for adults only.

Extra Tip

d-limonene has been extensively studied for its cancer prevention and other health benefits. d-limonene is found in high levels in these essential oils: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit and Frankincense.

Consider adding 1-3 drops of any of these essential oils to your beverages or your capsule daily too!

Do NOT apply the citrus essential oils topically as they cause photosensitivity.

Enjoy the summer more safely and smartly!

Disinfecting Essential Oil Bathroom Cleaner Recipe

Lavender-Oil-2013Today’s tip is a recipe that contains essential oils well-known for their powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, making them an excellent choice for bathrooms. The combination of essential oils in this recipe smell amazing too!

When I began using essential oils nearly 30 years ago making my own disinfecting bathroom spray cleaner was the first thing I did. Ever since then I have never used any other cleaners, none at all!

And when you consider that a 15ml bottle of essential oil contains about 250 drops I have saved myself a small fortune over the years – it is super easy to make this recipe, it smells FAR better than anything you can buy in the store and it’s eco-friendly!

The other thing I prefer for my cleaning recipes is a better quality essential oil – because then I know I am not getting some diluted down, adulterated essential oil with god knows what kind of toxins in it – which would have defeated the purpose of why I began using essential oils in the first place, to get the artificial all-natural cleaning products out of my home.

Disinfecting Essential Oil Bathroom Cleaner Recipe

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  • 32 oz. spray bottle (the “Hudson” brand spray bottle found at Lowe’s is the best quality and very durable)
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12 drops Spearmint
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10 drops Orange or Lemon or Tangerine
  • 8 drops Lavender
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8 drops Thyme
  • 6 drops Rosemary CT cineol
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus
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water

Fill spray bottle with water, add your Young Living essential oils.

Shake the mixture well and periodically during use.

Use this spray to clean and disinfect all bathroom surfaces.

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To Clean Tubs and Sinks:

Simply spray solution into sink or tub so it is thoroughly wet, sprinkle sink or tub with Baking Soda. Scrub with cloth, rinse.

For a nice finishing touch lightly spray sink, tub and surfaces and allow them to air-dry. The essential oil mixture in the spray will continue to work its magic disinfecting and leave your bathroom smelling super fresh and clean!

You might also enjoy reading:

Ways to Use Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Using Orange Essential Oil to Disinfect Surfaces

Using Orange Oil to Disinfect Surfaces & Air Freshener

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Making your own Orange essential oil disinfectant is fun, easy and far healthier than a store-bought disinfectant. Using Orange essential oil during this time of year uplifts the mood in the home too. Springtime fresh!

You will need to make the orange essential oil spray:

  • 14oz. spray bottle (the “Hudson” brand spray bottle found at Lowe’s holds up the longest)
  • 20 -25 drops of Young Living Orange essential oil
  • Water

Fill the spray bottle nearly full with water (leave some air space so you can shake it to disperse the essential oil).

Add 20-25 drops of Orange essential oil, shake, and you’re ready to go!

The blend Citrus Fresh also makes an excellent disinfectant too, see Ways to Use Citrus Fresh.

This recipe takes less than 2 minutes to make!

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How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray for Cleaning

Spray surfaces until damp, let it sit for a minute, wipe with a clean rag or sponge. This works perfectly for cleaning floors, countertops, toilet bowls, sinks, etc.

Be sure to spritz around the base of the toilet too and let it air dry to kill any nasty smelling odors typical around the floor near toilets.

How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray To Clean Sinks, Tubs & Showers

Spray until moistened, sprinkle some Baking Soda into the tub or sink, rub clean, rinse.

Give your sinks and tubs a spritz of the spray after they’ve been cleaned and let it air-dry, this allows the essential oil in the spray mixture to continue disinfecting.

How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray as an Air Freshener

Simply spray into the center of the room and enjoy the delightful scent.

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8 Essential Oils to Create Vision, Creativity and Inner Guidance

Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, aromatherapy using superior quality essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, our emotional control center.

In aroma-therapy scent stimulates nerves to fire in the emotional center of the brain, but it also stimulates the master gland to release hormones. Hormones affect the fight/flight response, as well as digestion and heart rate. In this way, essential oils can affect us in many ways all at once, just through their fragrance.

Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region. The scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other senses (touch, taste, hearing, and sight) are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain.

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8 Young Living Blends Formulated and Known for Stimulating the Creative Mind

  1. Sacred Mountain – to feel safely embraced by the spirit of the mountains and forest
  2. 3 Wise Men – for integrating insight
  3. Humility – promoting deeper spiritual and emotional awareness
  4. Awaken – to go within more deeply
  5. Inspiration – enhancing spirituality and meditation
  6. Clarity – for focus and concentration
  7. Dream Catcher – for dispelling what keeps you from yourself
  8. White Angelica – guards against negative energies

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Where to Apply These Essential Oil Blends

Put a couple drops in your palm, using the fingers of your dominate hand circle in the! oils clockwise three times to increase their frequency and apply wherever your inner knowing (ancient knowledge) tells you to apply them.

Typical Application Points

Hands, Wrists, Forehead (third eye), Back of the head base of the skull, Heart, Thyroid (center of the chest just down from the notch formed by your clavicle bones under your sternum), Bottom of feet. Your body will know where each oil should go.

Aromatherapy: Diffusing for Wintertime Wellness

First, let’s cover some of the reasons why the benefits of diffusing Young Living Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils is worth the effort and why they actually provide results. While the benefits are many and varied, one thing for certain, it’s a win-win – I can attest to that!

Benefits of Therapeutic-grade Oils During Diffusing

  • Essential oils kill pathogenic micro-organisms of all kinds.
  • World renowned medical researcher, Dr. Jean Valnet M.D., states that essential oils provide remarkable protection against viral infections ranging from shingles to influenza.TheraPro-Diffuser-Thieves-2
  • Private research, funded by Young Living Essential Oils. Inc. at Weber State University, successfully demonstrated specific essential oils diffused in a closed chamber killed every virus tested within minutes. Of 74 Young Living single essential oils tested, lemongrass, Roman chamomile, cinnamon, rose, valerian and yarrow scored the highest kill rates.
  • Specific Young Living blends of essential oils, like the Thieves blend demonstrated a 99.6% kill rate against airborne bacteria and scored high for its antiviral qualities and anti-fungal qualities.
  • Diffusing essential oils in the home or work place is one of the best ways to purify our environment. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils, along with the negative ions and oxygenating molecules that are released when essential oils are diffused.
  • Cinnamon bark oil, oregano oil, and Thieves (a blend by Young Living Essential Oils) were all tested by Weber State University, and were shown to kill 100% of the airborne bacteria present when diffused into the atmosphere. (KID-Radio with Lance Richardson and Gary Young, ND, March 5, 1996).
  • By diffusing essential oils, or applying them topically to targeted areas of the body, therapeutic constituents reestablish balance where stress or mental discomfort has disrupted healthy emotional function.
  • Superior quality essential oils, of which only about 2 percent in the world are of this quality, never contain chemicals, cheap carrier oils, and do contain the delicate compounds that provide us of all the benefits. Please do not diffuse cheap essential oils, you will be breathing the horrible chemicals they contain and that defeats the purpose of doing something good for yourself and family.

Depending upon your choice of essential oil diffused you and your family could also benefit by the fact that some oils have a balancing effect on the brain and emotions. This again is another reason for choosing a superior essential oil.

What does “therapeutic-grade” mean

Oils known for fostering balance and calm when diffused: Peace & Calming, Gentle Baby, Joy, Harmony, a 50/50 mix of both Lavender and Orange for anxiety, and Citrus Fresh.

Tip: Never use a diffuser that diffuses by means of heat! The heat generated from these types of diffusers becomes too hot for a superior essential oil by breaking down the molecules which provide the benefits. Candle, heating element and light bulb ring diffusers all will ruin the therapeutic benefits of the essential oil.

Forest Fresh Scent to Make Yourself

This is a nice blend to make for diffusing during winter months. Mix together in the well of a cold-air diffuser, such as the TheraPro Premium Diffuser.

You will need these YL single essential oils:TheraPro-Diffuser-Reverse-2013

  • Spruce – 25 drops
  • Lavender – 12 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 12 drops
  • Cedarwood – 10 drops
  • Thyme – 8 drops

Add these to diffuser and diffuse for a forest fresh scent!

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If you’re using the Travel Fan Diffuser, Home Diffuser, or Ultrasonic Diffuser simply use less of the specified oils as these types of diffusers do not require as much essential oil. Yes, that does mean less essential oil gets put into the air with those types of diffusers and yes there could be a diminished result because of this; as such, these types of diffusers are not recommended for treating situations where mold and higher levels of bacteria are present.

The best all-around, multipurpose diffuser is the TheraPro Premium Diffuser. It has a built-in timer and speed control.

Watch this short video to learn the features and see how to use the TheraPro Diffuser.

If you are interested in diffusing with superior essential oils continue reading to learn how to save 24 percent off retail prices, and get a $40 off diffuser coupon.

To get a mail-in $40 off a diffuser coupon for the TheraPro Diffuser become a wholesale customer under the ‘Distributor’ membership, recommend getting started with the Start Living with Everyday Oils kit.

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The coupon is in the Start Living with Everyday Oils kit and includes these 5ml bottles of essential oils: Lavender (2), Peppermint (2), lemon (1), Thieves (1), Frankincense (1), Valor (1), PanAway (1), Peace & Calming (1), Purification (1).

If you are making a purchase during February 2013 you may want to read on my team blog how to get $147 worth of YL essential oils for free.

How to Smell Test an Aromatherapy Essential Oil for Quality

Lavender_Field_GirlSuperior quality pure essential oils are complex volatile aromatic substances distilled from specific species of plants, trees and roots. The reason why fungus, bacteria and viruses cannot mutate in the presence of therapeutic-grade essential oils is due to their complexity. With that in mind, I’m going to share with you a few of the easy things I know that will help you buy the best essential oils like a pro.

Have you ever noticed someone wearing perfume, aftershave, or perhaps scented laundry products (detergent, dryer sheets, etc.), soaps, or any other type of scented product always smells the same no matter if it’s 2 inches away from your nose or 20 feet away?

There is a reason why. It’s because it’s a chemical fragrance and there’s nothing natural about it at all, it is ‘one’ scent or a combination of chemicals that make this one scent.

Another reason why the scent stays the same is because the essential oil complex compounds have been destroyed in during processing – heat is always a destroyer of essential oil compounds and the reason why we shouldn’t use heat-type diffusers when diffusing our superior quality essential oils.

Over the years, I have been to many health food stores and when I’m in the mood for entertaining myself I will stop by the aromatherapy section and do some sniffing. While doing this never fails to make me feel like a detective sniffer dog, I at least walk away knowing what’s being sold out there… as you probably know by now, all man-made chemicals are toxic and are a significant contributor to allergies and other sensitivities.

Essential oils are NEVER distilled from:

Strawberries, blueberries, lilac, melon, papaya, ocean or sea breezes, coconut, chocolate, gardenia, banana, springtime, the beach, linen, and the list goes on and on… imagine sitting in a room with me with the TV on and an air freshener commercial comes on! These and many others, are always created from chemicals. Always!

Additionally, you can be 100 percent certain that any air freshener sold in any store contains the worst possible quality of essential oil. The reason for this is two-fold: 1) consumer demand for cheap products, and 2) shareholders demand for more and more profits. They could care less about the quality of the ingredients going into a product.

4 Steps on How To Smell Test an Essential Oil

This is one of the easiest ways to help the novice determine if an essential oil is really what it claims on the label. If you have a bottle of aromatherapy or fragrance oils go get it now and follow the instructions below and see what you discover.

  1. Open the cap and hold the bottle down near the navel, and inhale. What do you smell? Take note of what it smells like.
  2. Move the bottle upwards about 3-5 inches and inhale again. What does that same bottle of essential oil smell like now? Take note of what it smells like.
  3. Move the bottle upward another 3-5 inches closer to your nose, What does it smell like now? Take note of what it smells like.
  4. Move the bottle upwards another 3 inches or so, now it should be about 2-3 inches away from the nose. Inhale. What does it smell like now? Take note of what it smells like.People-Smell-Oils-5

What did you discover?

Did the scent change a lot every inch of the way? Or, did it pretty much stay the same?

If the scent changed a lot every inch of the way that means the essential oil that you’re smell testing has more than likely been distilled properly and contains its complex properties.

If the scent pretty much stayed the same, or stayed exactly the same, you can now be 100 percent certain the essential oil is in fact NOT a 100% pure and unadulterated essential oil.

I only use and recommend the highest quality essential oil I have found to date, Young Living Essential Oils. It over-shadows all brands on the market. I have been so impressed by the quality that I became a distributor and this is what I do full-time. I would use and recommend the Young Living brand even if I wasn’t a distributor.

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How to Quickly Tell if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

First, you need to know that approximately 98 percent of all essential oils in the entire world are adulterated, contain harmful chemicals, and should never be ingested. And that is precisely the reason why I only use and recommend the Young Living brand of essential oils for both aromatherapy purposes and for all other applications of essential oils. I am not a distributor for Young Living due to any other reason. Nearly 30 years ago, I read in an essential oil book that provided one could find superior quality essential oils -and- provided the essential oils came from an “edible” plant that they could be used for flavoring foods and they could also be taken as a dietary supplement.

How to Quickly Determine if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

Look at the ‘back’ of the label.Label-Internal-Supplement

If there is a dietary “Supplement Facts” box ( you know the little white box on all edible packaged foods) it indicates that the essential oil has passed all government tests that state if something is edible or not.

Here’s a picture of what that “Supplement Facts” box looks like…

If the little white colored box is not on the label then do NOT ingest the essential oil for any reason whatsoever!

You won’t even need your reading glasses to see this white colored Supplement Fact box.

A Closer Look at a Young Living Label

I have added this segment based on a comment. A reader said she has been using the Young Living oils internally and “none of the Young Living bottles have the white ‘Supplement Facts’ box.”

Truth is, all of the Young Living essential oils that are distilled from edible plants do have the ‘white’ supplement facts. As shown in these images below… take a look at the label again…

Note the “Peel Here” words. Once you peel the label back it opens up to reveal the “Supplement Facts” (‘white’) box I’m speaking about.

The essential oil from Young Living that I am using as my example in photo’s is Copaiba…

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What’s on Most Essential Oil Bottle Labels?

Regardless of whether or not the label says “Pure” or “Organic” or “100% Pure” is never an indicator of purity.

What 98 percent of most brands say on the label is, “Not for Internal Use” or “Not Intended to be Ingested.”

Which Essential Oils are Edible?

The super-short answer is, any essential oil that has been properly distilled from a herb, tree or root, that is considered and known to be edible.

Some very common edible plants are:

These will sound exactly like your cooking herbs and herbal teas…

Basil, Cardamon, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Celery Seed, Clove, Fennel, Chamomile, Dill, Ginger, Lemongrass, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Lime, Mountain Savory, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Tarragon.

Some lesser known edible plants are:

Some of these may surprise you…

Bergamot, Angelica, Carrot Seed, Cistus, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark (NOT Cinnamon Leaf!), Citronella, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Frankincense, Geranium, Eucalyptus globulus, Idaho Balsam Fir, Idaho Blue Spruce, Helichrysum, Goldenrod, Juniper, Lavender, Laurus nobilis, Lemon Myrtle, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Ocotea, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Pine, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Valerian, and Ylang Ylang.

Have you bought essential oils before?

Have you ever bought Rose, or Frankincense, or Neroli essential oils before?

Did the bottle label have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label?

Over the years, when I have been in health food stores and saw an essential oil display I couldn’t help but go over and pick up a bottle of Rose and Frankincense, and look at the label to see if that little white box was there. I have never seen yet any brand of Rose or Frankincense essential oil in a health food store that is safe to ingest, not a single one.

The reason I head straight for a company’s Rose and Frankincense oils is because I know that in order for a company to produce an essential oil safe for ingesting that it is extremely expensive, Rose and Frankincense are two of the most expensive out there.

It has been my feeling that if a company cannot produce a Rose or Frankincense essential oil that is safe for ingesting then what they’re selling is nothing more than junk, and unsafe junk at that!

If a Rose or Frankincense oil is not safe for me to flavor my foods, beverages, or to take as a supplement, to me it is an indicator that the company is concerned with nothing more than making money on unwary consumers.

Furthermore, if their Rose or Frankincense oils are not suitable for ingesting, you better believe that I don’t want their essential oils on my skin, in products I use, or diffused in my air because they do contain some horrible chemicals… I don’t care if their label states the oil is “organic” or “100% Pure” or “wildcrafted”, none of those are terms that indicate purity or superior quality.

I hate to think that some even went through the steps of carefully growing the plants organically or ethically wildcrafting, only to turn around and ruin the plant material to produce an unfit product.

A Word on Essential Oils in Mass-Produced Products

By now, you probably know where I’m going to go with this… far fewer than 2 percent of manufacturers in the entire world who do add essential oils to their cleaning, household, and personal care products, use the best essential oils available.

That means, 100 percent of all products sold in supermarkets, box stores and yes, even in the health food stores, that list and essential oil as an ingredient contain an essential oil that in my humble opinion is not fit to even be a safe ingredient.

This includes the “eco”, “all-natural”, “organic”, and “Green” products, whether they’ve been made for air fresheners, soaps, personal care, laundry or dish washing, household cleaners, or candles, they all contain un-fit quality essential oils. All of which expose us to unknown and very toxic chemicals.

Can we blame them? I don’t really know for sure. They claim that their customers are price conscious and want lower prices. Some also have shareholders who they have to keep a watchful eye on profits. In either case, I have not believed that any of them have had  consumer safety as their number one priority, if they did there’s no way they would be producing and marketing these products.

What they are doing is nothing short of “green-washing” their brand to maintain customer loyalty. Billions are spent every year in PR reassuring and/or convincing consumers that they have a product we need and it’s safe, when in fact it’s not.

I am old enough to know that there once was a law that prevented company’s from misrepresenting a product. Are you old enough to remember that law too? I think it should be re-instated because today it is nothing more than a free-for-all and I’m fairly certain that if the law still existed that there would be many company’s and products that would not be made, nor would they be available today. I prefer “honesty”, which is something in short supply these days particularly when money is involved.

I’m just scratching the surface of the topic in this post because I believe honesty does have value and because I believe people need to know what they’re getting. It’s always been my belief that the more I know about something, the better I am equipped to make a wise decision and a smart choice.

The only company that I am aware of who uses superior quality essential oils is Young Living Essential Oils. And that’s why I have been using their products since the 1990s and why I became a distributor in the early 2000′s, I care and we all have the Right to Know.

Making Your Own Essential Oils: an “herbal infusion” is NOT an essential oil

I originally wrote and posted this on the Young Living Circle Blog and thought it would be a good idea to post it over here too since the readership is different and it may be helpful to others who may not know that there is a HUGE different between an herbal “infusion” and an essential oil. So huge is the difference that they cannot even be considered the same or spoken about as the same. So here is the difference…

Making Your Own Essential Oils: an Essential Oil is NOT an Herbal Infusion

Lavender-3I’ve been somewhat concerned by instructions I’ve seen online about how to make your own essential oils at home, easily and cheaply.

I have seen online recipes, video’s and techniques for making your own essential oils by putting the plant material into a mason jar and then topping off with olive oil (or another kind of carrier oil) and letting it sit for a couple of weeks.

They claim that this is “how you can make your own essential oils” and/or blends of essential oils. These methods are far from accurate and providing you with any real benefits.

Yesterday I wrote where it takes several hundred pounds of Melissa plant material to make a pound of essential oil… how much essential oil do you think is going to be in one mason jar filled with olive oil and the herb of your choice? A nano fraction of one particle would be the correct answer.

While the concoction in those mason jar recipes and techniques ‘may’ smell nice I feel I need to tell you that you are guaranteed to have an extremely weak finished product compared to one drop of a pure therapeutic-grade of essential oil.

Those techniques, recipes and video’s, are instructing you to make what is known as an “herbal infusion” – they are NOT an easy and cheap way to make your own essential oils.

An herbal infusion is not, nor has it ever been, a method for making your own essential oils.

An herbal infusion is made when you combine herb plant material and a menstrum and allow it to sit for 2-8 weeks, shaking the jar daily. A menstrum is a solvent used in extracting compounds from plant material. In this case, the menstrum is olive oil. A menstrum for making herbal tinctures would be a grain alcohol or vegetable glycerin.

Essential oils are “distilled” or “cold-pressed” using specialized equipment by methods of steam and pressure on the distillation tanks. An essential oil is never made by plant material sitting in a vessel of olive oil.

Making “herbal infusions” have their benefits and there is a place for them in your kitchen and medicine cabinet.

However, those who are promoting a method of making your own essential oils at home and getting the same benefits as an essential oil are ignorant, don’t know the difference, and really don’t know what is involved with making a pure therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Now you know the difference!

Enjoy making herbal infused concoctions, and obtaining the wellness benefits of superior essential oils – now you’ve got the best of both worlds!

Peppermint Chocolate Candy Recipe

This Peppermint Chocolate Candy recipe is easy and perfect for the holiday gifts, Valentine’s Day, or a treat for yourself and friends. Do keep in mind that not all essential oils are edible, only those of superior quality can be ingested and used in cooking, such as Young Living Essential Oils.Peppermint-Oil-2013

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

One of my favorite ways to use the Young Living Peppermint essential oil is to put one drop in a glass of water. This is especially beneficial when I’m taking a class or driving and I’m beginning to feel sluggish and sleepy; the Young Living Peppermint oil is delicious and perks me right up!

More essential oil cooking recipes at my group blog the Young Living Circle.

Peppermint Chocolates

  • 1 – 12 oz. bag Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1-2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil (item #3614)
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder (use “unsweetened” unless you happen to like really sweet)

Method:

  1. Melt coconut oil in double broiler, add chips, cocoa powder and peppermint, stir until thoroughly melted.
  2. Using a tablespoon, spoon melted chocolate mixture onto wax paper or parchment in bite size dollops.
  3. After chocolate has firmed put into container, you may want to store the chocolates in the fridge if room temp is too warm.

Aromatic River Rock Foot Bath

This foot bath is very grounding and natural. The inclusion of rocks adds a wonderful texture and sensation to the feet. Here’s how to make your river rock foot bath.. Image

Place a layer of small river rocks or other smooth, rounded stones in the bottom of a large bowl or basin. Cover the stones with warm water and a drop or two of your favorite relaxing Young Living essential oil to 1/2 cup Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, stir this mixture into foot bath water.

Place the basin on a towel in front of a comfortable chair. Sit in the chair, place your feet in the basin, and enjoy the feeling of the smooth stones as you rub your feet back and forth through the stones.

To enhance the relaxation, turn on soothing music, watch a favorite movie you haven’t seen for a while, or read an enjoyable book… or set up another foot bath and chair for a friend and sit and enjoy each others company.

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12 Nice Young Living Essential Oil Blends for an Aromatic Foot Bath:

  1. Grounding™ is a relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence. Emotional chaos can lead to poor decisions. Grounding helps you cope with reality in a positive manner.
  2. Sacred Mountain™ promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection that are a result of being close to nature. This blend of conifer essential oils, including spruce, fir, and cedarwood, evokes the feelings of sanctity found in the mountains.
  3. Release™ combines uplifting, calming oils that stimulate a sense of peace and emotional well-being, which in turn facilitate the ability to release anger and frustration. Repressed negative emotions lie at the root of many health concerns. Release promotes harmony and balance in the mind and body.
  4. Gratitude™ is a soothing blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils designed to elevate the spirit, calm emotions, and bring relief to the body while helping to foster a grateful attitude.
  5. Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.
  6. Awaken™ is an inspiring combination of several essential oil blends that helps bring about inner awareness and awakening. True understanding of one’s self is the first step toward making successful changes and desirable transitions. This blend may help you progress toward your highest potential.
  7. Egyptian Gold™ includes the biblical essential oils rose, cinnamon, balsam fir, and lavender, renowned for spiritual sensitivities. This transcendent blend gently enhances moments of devotion and reverence.
  8. Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
  9. Live with Passion™ revives the zest for life and improves internal energy with a combination of essential oils formulated specifically to help people recover an optimistic attitude.
  10. Magnify Your Purpose™ is a specially crafted blend of essential oils that stimulates creativity, desire, focus, and motivation. It helps foster a positive attitude, encouraging you to rise above adversity, seize the initiative, overcome procrastination and self-pity, and magnify your life’s purpose.
  11. Sensation™ is a wonderfully fragrant, powerfully romantic blend that is extremely uplifting and refreshing. It was formulated to enhance the enjoyment of special [intimate] moments.
  12. White Angelica™ is a calming and soothing blend that encourages feelings of protection and security. It combines oils used during ancient times to enhance the body’s aura, which brings about a sense of strength and endurance. Many people use it as protection against negative energy. White Angelica works great applied to shoulders.

Essential Oil Profile: Joy

Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as a perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.Joy essential oil blend

Joy contains the therapeutic essential oils of: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)*, ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), lemon (Citrus limon)*, mandarin (Citrus reticulata)*, jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), and rose (Rosa damascena).

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3 Ways to Use Joy Essential Oil Blend

  1. Aromatherapy: Diffuse, or directly inhale from the bottle.
  2. Topically: As a cologne or perfume; apply a drop and dab over heart, neck wrists.
  3. Full Body Massage: 4 drops with 1 teaspoon V-6™ Massage Oil.

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* Possible photosensitivity due to the citrus oils and bergamot in this blend – avoid using on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays.

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.

Other articles on essential oils:

Essential Oil Profile: Ylang Ylang

34 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil

Tips on Determining if Your Essential Oil is the Best Quality

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 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 :)

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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.

Adulteration of Essential Oils: myths and facts

Lavender_Field_GirlAdulterating 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”
  • “Pure”
  • “Organic”
  • “Wild crafted”
  • “100% Pure”
  • “Genuine”

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!Everyday-Oils-2013

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.

Peppermint Oil as a Squirrel and Rodent Repellant

It was only a couple days after moving in to our new apartment when at sunset I heard a lot of noise coming from the kitchen. I got onto my crutches to go see what was going on and by the time I got there the noise had stopped. Each evening, at about the same time I heard the same type of noises and each time I hobbled out to the kitchen the noise stopped. I began thinking it was noise from the neighbors yet wondered why it sounded like it was in my kitchen.

Finally I happened to be in the kitchen when the ruckus began. Ahhhh, it’s squirrels in the crawl space over the kitchen sink, sigh… maybe they’ll leave on their own – delusional wishing.

Cute, but I don't want them in the house!

Cute, but I don't want them in the house!

Each evening after that it seemed like the squirrels were inviting friends over. More and more of them each night running around and the sounds were getting louder. Great, that’s all I need, is for one of them to chew on the electrical wiring up there and instant blackout! Not to mention the smell that would no doubt follow as the furry body decomposed.

That’s happened twice to me many years ago and just thinking of having to leave the windows open 24 hours a day for the next two weeks in attempt to rid my home of rotting flesh. And having to deal with an electrician coming in to replace the chewed up wiring.

Low and behold, two nights later during one of their more active eposodes one of them must have found a small hole or space between the studs and ended up between the kichen and living room walls. I heard him fall down in between the kitchen and living room wall… great!

Bandit our dog was very quick to run to the kitchen and sniff at the baseboard where he heard the little critter moving around and trying to climb back up the inside of the wall. I stood and watched as Bandit sniffed and snorted, and touched the wall with his paw and let out one of his loud woofs. I smiled and said, “squirrel.” Since he knows the word squirrel he jumped up into the air wagged his tail and proceeded his sniffing, snorting and pawing… I could see his doggie brain thinking, “oh boy, was this great fun, a squirrel right here in the house, COOL!”

Bandit

Bandit

Then, the little squirrel began squeaking. Of course Bandit was right there to hear the series of three squeaks (they always came in threes). This continued for over three hours. After 45 minutes Bandit  became concerned and kept coming over to me as if to say, “something is wrong here, do something about it!” He knows the word “help” and he also knows when ‘help’ is being applied. So now I felt bad for both the trapped squirrel and for Bandit who couldn’t understand ‘why’ I wasn’t something about this. Don’t you just feel awful when your dog ‘knows’ that ‘you’ should be responding and you’re not, the puzzled expression they get and they keep trying to communicate to you to do something… sigh.

I went to my computer and emailed our new landlord and told him what had happened. He said he’d be over around lunchtime the next day to bust a hole in the wall if the squirrel was still trapped. It indeed was still trapped, we heard him off and on all night and through the morning.

Our landlord arrived with a live trap and tools and began pulling the wall apart and sawing. He and Curt worked at trying to get that squirrel to come out of the wall and into the trap… hahahahaha, we all must have been delusional thinking that would happen!

After an hour the squirrel hadn’t budged. Curt and the landlord devised many ingenious tools in attempt to pry this critter out of the corner (the corner of the furthest away stud). No matter what they did this little guy was NOT going to budge – it was as if his feet were cemented in place. He’d squeak, hiss and growl as these two men tried to gently coax him into entering an alein world.

After they duck taped my large soup ladle to a 3 foot long 1×1 and still couldn’t get this critter to budge, they starting discussing how they could wrap up their hand and arm and reach in and pull him out. I was wondering which one of them was going to get bit first.

I chimed in thinking out loud, “what can we do to make that corner he is set on glueing himself to less safe and appealing???” I suddenly blurted out… “ack, my Young Living peppermint oil! That’s suppose to repell rodents!” They were eager to give my suggestion a try. Since I’m a Young Living distributor you can get the oils at my website, TheVeryEssence.com

So we took the old fishing rod (because it was thin and flexible) and fashioned a cotton ball on the tip of it (scotch taped the cotton ball on the tip) – I put about 20 drops of peppermint oil on the cotton ball.

Curt guided the tip of the fishing rod back into the corner without bumping the squirrel with the peppermint drenched cotton ball and there we waited. The three of us spoke softly wondering if it would work and if so how long would it take.

With our flash light shining into the corner we could clearly see that the little guy didn’t care for the peppermint at all. The corner was no longer a safe-haven. He slowly came to the opening in the wall and stuck his head into the live trap to examine if it was safer than being in what was now an inhospitable corner.

We watched as he thought about making a move into the trap. Then, he jumped in the trap!

Darn, the door didn’t trip and he quick as a shot went back into the wall when we manually tried to spring it. Drats! Let’s do it again…

We could clearly see he was NOT going to stay in the wall for long with that peppermint. He made his way back into the trap, this time the door sprang shut. Finally!

From the time Curt put the peppermint fishing rod into the corner it took about 5-10 minutes for the squirrel to leave. And because the trap didn’t spring shut properly the first time it added about another 5 minutes before this little squirrel was actually caught. Compared to the other methods tried which well exceeded an hour, I’d say the peppermint worked like a charm.

They say ‘one drop’ of Young Living peppermint oil equals about 28 cups of peppermint tea, so with my putting about 20 drops on this cotton ball, holey smokes was it ever strong smelling! Good smelling but strong. We left the peppermint soaked cotton ball in the wall thinking that it would prevent any other squirrels from getting in there.

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