DIY: Succulent Diffusers

Even after four years with oils, I love that I’m still learning so much. Sure, I’ve got some daily favorites. Thieves for immune support, Citrus Fresh for mood boosting and Peace & Calming for bedtime bliss. But I’m always on the hunt to discover new ways to infuse my day-to-day with natural oily vibes.

Last week, I got my chance. I attended a class on how to make a succulent diffuser. Are you as intrigued as I was about how to combine these cute and sturdy little plants with the scents of your favorite oils? Thought so. I’ll share the step-by-step process, give some succulent care tips and list some oils that pair really well this project.

4 Steps to Make Your Own Succulent Diffuser

Some diffusers from class, so cute!

Some diffusers from class, so cute!

#1. Start with rocks

These help the water drain completely. Use enough to cover the base of your container.

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#2. Add the Soil

Make sure to use cactus soil. Fill your container about 1/3 full.

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#3. Plant your Succulent

Use the soil from your succulent’s container, plus extra soil to cover the roots. Soil should reach the top of your container.

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#4. Set the Diffuser Stage

Add moss or lava rocks to act as your natural diffuser.

Note: If you use moss as your diffuser, make sure to only add 2-3 drops every few days to avoid too much moisture near your plants. You can refresh your lava rock diffuser daily.

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Succulent Care Tips

Another cute creation from class, impossible to pick my favorite!

Another cute creation from class, impossible to pick my favorite!

#1. Pick the Right Plants

Succulents that are mostly green will do the best indoors.

#2. Water Correctly

Soak the soil when watering, then let it dry out completely before watering again.

#3. Place in the Sun

Try to put your plants by a sunny, south-facing window to best simulate their native habitat.

Oils to Try with Your Succulent Diffuser

Again, I love learning about oils! I actually hadn’t been to a class in long time. Going reminded me what a great chance classes are to hear how others use oils. I got inspired to try new oils and use my favorite oils in new ways. Here are some oils I’m excited to try with my succulent diffuser:

Citrus Oils

I really enjoy diffusing citrus oils! Their scents are so fresh, clean and mood boosting. And two of my favorites, Lemon and Citrus Fresh, are included in the Premium Starter Kit.

  1. Lemon: I always keep lemon on hand because it is has so many great uses. I add it to my Thieves Cleaner to create glass/all-purpose cleaner, and I’ve used it to help me diminish the appearance of scratches on my wood furniture. In a diffuser, lemon + peppermint is a powerful combination, especially to promote concentration.

  2. Citrus Fresh: This is my go-to for my dryer balls! This blend combines zesty citrus scents with a pop of spearmint for a sunny pick-me-up.

Shared Space Oils

If you want to bring your succulent diffuser to work, here are some options that will keep everyone smiling.

  1. Stress Away: This mood-boosting oil charms everyone near with a sweet mix including lime and vanilla.

  2. Lavender: This bedtime favorite has a generally soothing appeal that would be a great fit for the office or classroom.

Which oil would you use on your Succulent Diffuser?

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Have you been curious about Savvy Minerals? Now is a great time to get started!

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May Promo: Bath & Beauty Faves (for Free!)

We’ve got two exciting promos to share today (Happy May, by the way)!

  1. The May Promo: This month you can earn oils and products that will help transform your morning routine into a spa-like experience. Start with the charcoal bar soap to leave your skin purified and soft. Move on to your smile with Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste, and of course, pamper your skin with Patchouli and Geranium for a youthful glow.

The May Promo is all about upgrading your self-care routine. Dry skin? Try Blue Cypress for refreshing moisture.

The May Promo is all about upgrading your self-care routine. Dry skin? Try Blue Cypress for refreshing moisture.

2. Mother’s Day Special: Treat a your mom to flawless skin with the ART Skin Care System. Order between May 1-3 to receive 10% off this wonderful skincare set.

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Spring has sprung! Get sunny, spring-perfect oils to match the warming days:)

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March Promo: Fresh Start for Spring Cleaning!

Thieves has stolen the show for the March promo! Order your Young Living favorites this month to earn up to five Thieves® must-haves. Spring cleaning has never smelled so fresh (or been so easy).

Missing Purification? Try diffusing Kunzea to uplift your mood and purify the air. This multi-tasking oil also helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and soothe sore muscles.

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Welcome to the Premium Starter Kit: Peace & Calming, The “Chill-Out” Potion

Today, Lindsey Barger shares her Peace & Calming love and tips! This is the first post in our mini series on the new oils and products featured in the refreshed Premium Starter Kit.

Back in 2013, when I first signed up with Young Living, this little gem was a staple in the Premium Starter Kit. It was an immediate family favorite, especially with the littles.

They loved the smell and it was frequently in the diffuser.

Well, to be honest, I believe it was a love/hate relationship for my kids. It was the calming effect it had on them that they hated. This is where my love of Peace & Calming came in. It was my magic “Chill-Out” potion! It made my husband’s witch doctor jokes a little more valid.

If you are a parent you know about the glorious tantrums a 3 year old can throw. I remember the first time I thought to pull out the Peace & Calming when my precious little boy was performing his best impression of Linda Blair. He was on the floor arching and flailing, screeching and howling. It was the kind of fit in which it is dangerous to try to pick the little darling up. The mom sporting a busted lip kind of fit. Here is one of the great things about using essential oils; you don’t actually have to put the oil on the kid to see the effect. I skeptically put a drop of oil in my hand and rubbed it around 3 times.

His eyes were squeezed tightly shut so he was unaware of my hand about six inches above his nose. With the screeching he was sucking in deep breaths and inadvertently took a deep inhale of the Peace & Calming. His eyes shot open. He sucked in two more deep breaths and relaxed on to the floor. I stood there in amazement.

What just happened? Like I said, I was initially skeptical that this oil would do anything at all, especially with the magnitude of the fit he was throwing. Yet here he was, his breathing returning to normal, his face relaxed, he got up and calmly sat next to me on the couch, like everything was fine! What in the world?! I don’t know what I was expecting exactly, but I’m sure it couldn’t have been that.

After about two more fits remedied with Peace & Calming, my 3 year old was catching on. At this point he would hilariously try to cover his nose and mouth so he wouldn’t smell the oil, even before I would get it out. This was my signal to do so.

We were both learning how effective the oil was. He knew he wanted to be mad and finish his fit, so he would cover his face. I wanted him to chill him out, even if I couldn’t pick him up. Peace & Calming also worked very well on my independent, strong willed 5 year old. And... it worked on me.

I will admit, mommin’ can bring out a not so flattering side of me as well. And that very real moment when your kid brings you the bottle of Peace & Calming and asks, “Momma, do you need some oils?” It can be quite humbling to have your kid call you on your behavior. Clearly it was as much a testament to my kids as it was too me.

Tame your toddler’s (and your’s, while you’re at it) emotional outburst with this ultra-popular blend. Welcome back to the PSK, Peace & Calming!

Tame your toddler’s (and your’s, while you’re at it) emotional outburst with this ultra-popular blend. Welcome back to the PSK, Peace & Calming!

Peace & Calming: Isn’t Just for the Kids

We all have stressful situations. Knowing and preparing before entering that situation can be very beneficial. Here are just a few situations the adults in our family have used P&C.

  • Visiting The Revenue Office

  • Going to the grocery store on a Saturday

  • Leading children’s church on Sunday

  • Helping with Youth Group on Wednesday night

  • Homeschooling...

  • When someone just can’t relax and fall asleep at night

  • Holiday events and family gatherings

  • At the end of a LONG Monday, when you just need an extended and uninterrupted Epsom Salt bath with a couple of drops of Peace & Calming

Putting on a little Peace & Calming will also affect others around you. What a wonderful side effect! Plus, it smells amazing.

Back in the PSK!

We are so excited to have it back in our Premium Starter Kit!

I will admit, I’m an emotional creature and having Peace & Calming in the PSK was such a blessing because it was an oil I could sell! It has so many benefits and covers so many body systems, how could it not be? Check out its ingredients and the associated body systems.

Contains:

  • Tangerine- Emotional Balance, Immune System, Skin

  • Orange- Digestive and Immune Systems, Emotional Balance, Skin

  • Ylang Ylang- Emotional Balance, Cardiovascular and Hormonal Systems

  • Patchouli- Skin

  • Blue Tansy- Nervous System

Great Application Locations:

  • The insides of wrists

  • Along the carotid arteries on the throat

  • Back of the neck

  • Along the spine

  • Bottoms of the feet

  • Over the tummy (to ease a nervous tummy)

Remember to always inhale the oil deeply. And it is a great oil to use in the beautiful Desert Mist Diffuser.

Of course there are many other uses for this beautiful blue oil. Let us hear your uses in the comments!

Raindrop Technique: How-To

A few weeks ago, we gave you the low-down on the benefits on the Raindrop Technique. Check it out! Today, we’re going to take a deep dive into the hows of this wonderful oils + massage experience. We’ll give an overview of the 5 steps, plus tips for Raindrop self-care and how to get started.

Pro-Tip: If you would like to charge for the Raindrop, then check the laws in your state. Some states require that you have a license to touch and massage. To become certified in Raindrop, check out: www.raindroptraining.com

Step 1: Prepare

Before you start, remember that everyone responds differently to Raindrop. Some are energized, fatigued, experience emotional release or typically, become very peaceful and relaxed. Share your experience below!

Things to Keep at Hand:

If you or the recipient get oils in your eyes or if you have sensitive skin – please dilute. Here are our favorite carrier oils to keep handy for this process:

  • Coconut oil

  • Young Living V-6 oil

Things to Do Before You Start:

  1. Drink plenty of water! Raindrop encourages detoxification of the body. Water helps flush toxins.

  2. Watch and Learn! For every step, we will also link to short video via YouTube. Some of these steps are best explained through watching AND reading the explanation.

Step 1: Preparation https://youtu.be/ycdDMYleYu8

Step 2: Balance Body Energy

Apply Valor or Valor II Essential Oil to the participant’s shoulders and feet.

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Step 2 Video: https://youtu.be/ATR5h9WOJe0

Step 3: Roll & Release

Apply Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram and Peppermint – in this order with the Roll & Release technique.

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Step 3 Video: https://youtu.be/EbCHuo_1eyY

Step 4: Spinal Application & Chart

We made a chart to help you out with step 4. Follow it to find out how much to use of each oil and the designated massage techniques. Check out the video below and, if you need more, take a look at the slides from our Facebook event (like us here).

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Step 4 Video:  https://youtu.be/RobLutXJRXk

Step 5: Completion and Occipital Pull

Almost there! Check out the graphic on how to bring the Raindrop massage to a relaxing end.

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Step 5 Video: https://youtu.be/1VYej_pueu0

Raindrop On Your Own

Ready to try the Raindrop Technique, but don’t have anyone to do it for you? That’s ok! Here are a couple ways you can receive the benefits of Raindrop with your own application.

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Get Started: The Raindrop Oils Collection

The most economical way to get started with the Raindrop Oils is to purchase the collection.

The Raindrop Technique collection includes:

Seven Single Oils (5-ml bottles)

  • Thyme

  • Basil

  • Peppermint

  • Oregano

  • Wintergreen

  • Cypress

  • Marjoram

  • Two Oil Blends (5-ml bottles)

  • Valor®

  • Aroma Siez™

Also Contains

  • 8-oz. Ortho Ease® Massage Oil

  • 8-oz. V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex

    Wholesale: $138.75 Retail: $182.57

Questions? Reports on the Technique? Comment below and we’ll get back to you!







Valentine's Day Essential Oils Gift Guide

Add some oily goodness to your Valentine’s Day with our Young Living Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Our team came up tips and tricks to treat yourself and everyone in your life to a scent-sational (see what we did there?) holiday. If you’d like to take an even deeper dive, we just hosted a Facebook class complete with even more DIY recipes and videos. Like our page to check it out!    

Fun Fact: Smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. Let’s make some good ones this year!

Fun Fact: Smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. Let’s make some good ones this year!

Treat your Partner: Massage + DIY Colognes

The gift of touch is especially sweet on Valentine’s. To spice things up on the big day, check out our handpicked V-day massage must-haves. Your sweetheart will thank you.

Vitassage: Enhance the Experience

Just turn it on for relaxing, essential oil-infused vibrations.

Just turn it on for relaxing, essential oil-infused vibrations.

This cool gadget offers a effortless way to give your sweetheart (or yourself) a relaxing massage. You can add up to 3 2-ml bottles of your favorite oils. Try something like lavender for relaxing experience or create a romantic mood with his and her oils.

  • His Oils: Frankincense, Shutran, Valor

  • Her Oils: Joy, Nutmeg, Clary Sage

Young Living Massage Oils

Young Living has also created massage oils that make treating someone you love to a foot or back rub almost effortless. Each bottle comes with a convenient pump, lasts longer than the pure oil bottles and can be used with oils to help them absorb into the body. Today, we’re focusing on Valentine’s musts. Check out the video on Facebook for the rundown of each massage oil Young Living has to offer.

Massage Oils for Valentine’s Day

  • Relaxation: Treat your loved one to a soothing massage before bed or after a long week.

  • Sensation: Set the mood with this floral blend. Sensation includes love oils like Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Geranium.

    Pro Tip: If you still want to try your hand at DIY massage oils, reach for V-6 Oil.

DIY Cologne

Good smells make us happy! Infuse this Valentine’s with confidence and beauty with these easy DIY colognes. We suggest using a roll-on bottle and adding 100 proof vodka to top off your recipes.

Ditch expensive department store colognes with DIY goodness!

Ditch expensive department store colognes with DIY goodness!

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Treat Yourself: Valentine’s Essential Oils + DIY Bath Soak

Sometimes V-day is all about showing yourself some love. Check out our list of great oils to wear on this emotion-focused (and sometimes nerve-inducing) holiday. Then you can pick your favorite and try your hand at our easy DIY Bath Soak!

Great Essential Oils for Valentine’s

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Whether you’re feeling nervous, stressed or romantic, there’s a Valentine’s-worthy oil for that.

  • If Valentine’s Day plans have you feeling nervous, reach for Valor or Highest Potential to help calm nerves in an unsure situation.

  • If you’re ready to set the mood, reach for Ylang Ylang or Joy, these “Love Oils” will do the trick!

  • If your to-do list includes one too many class parties, reach for Peace & Calming or Lavender to bring on the calm.

DIY Bath Soak

Supplies:

  • Glass Jar

  • 2 Cups Plain Epsom Salts

  • Add 8 drops of your favorite essential oils

To Do: Shake to mix. Easy!

Pro Tip: Put an empty oil bottle in your bath salt jar to get every last drop of goodness.

Treat Your Family: Kid-Friendly Roll-Ons

Roll-ons are super convenient, especially for moms on the go! Put out hints to your partner and kids that this is the oily treat you desire! You can also share the love and gift these small, but mighty bottles to someone special.

  • Valor: Great before heading out to support self-esteem, courage, strength, positive outlook and good attitude

  • Stress Away: Great before and after school for peace

  • Rutavala: Sleep oil (roll-on exclusive), don’t use unless you have 8 hours! If the smell is too strong, roll on feet.

  • Tranquil: Great for “me” time before bed

Do your Valentine’s Day plans involve oils? Let us know!

February Promo: Love Your Mind, Body & Soul

With the lovely February promo, you can earn oils to infuse (almost) every facet of your life with oily goodness. Like member-exclusive Ylang Ylang. This highly sought-after essential oil offers the ultimate treat-yourself aroma for at-home spa treatments.

And the benefits don’t stop with pampering (although Palo Santo and Marjoram are great for massage). Support your bones with Super Cal Plus, and keep a fresh house with Purification. Clove Vitality adds spice and immune support to your life.

Ready for details? We thought so. Check them out below!

You can earn an oil for mood support, too. Diffuse Cypress for a sense of security and grounding.

You can earn an oil for mood support, too. Diffuse Cypress for a sense of security and grounding.

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15-ml Ylang Ylang

5-ml Purification

5-ml Palo Santo

15-ml Cypress

60-count Super Cal Plus

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5-ml Clove Vitality™

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15-ml Cypress

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5-ml Clove Vitality™

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Why Raindrop?

We just hosted a Facebook class on the Raindrop technique.

Side Note: Yes, you can attend in your PJs. If that sounds like your kind of class, good news: we host an online class every month! Stay in the know here and here.

If you missed the class, or would love to keep learning, this post is for you. Here’s the spoiler: Raindrop = essential oils + massage.  

The Basics: What is the Raindrop Technique?

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Before we go into the why of Raindrop, here’s a quick rundown of the what.

The Raindrop technique was developed by Young Living founder Gary Young back in the 1980s. As he developed this technique, he drew from his experience with Native American wellness traditions. The end result was a revolutionary means of supporting the body and mind.

The technique involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet. The application process is typically about an hour, but the benefits may last up to a week or more.

The Benefits: Why Raindrop?

What benefits? There are plenty of emotional and physical benefits and here are just a few…

  • Invigorates the Mind

  • Supports Healthy Body Energy and Emotions

  • Aids the Body’s Response to Natural Irritation or Injury

  • Promotes Healthy Circulation

  • Helps with Structural Alignment

  • Supports Stress Level

  • Supports Immune Function

  • Promotes Healthy Respiratory System

  • Promotes Overall Body Wellness

The Beginning: What Oils are in the Raindrop?

The Raindrop Technique includes seven single oils and two oil blends. Check out all the benefits of these individual oils! So many “whys” here.

Thyme

Thyme is a key ingredient in Ortho Ease massage oil and is great for use after exercise. It is also believed to bring a sense of purpose when used aromatically, and is great for supporting your immune system.

Basil

Basil essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can be calming, refreshing and bring clarity of thought. It can also help support the respiratory system. Ancient Greeks thought very highly of basil and considered it the “king of plants” and actually used it to anoint kings.

Peppermint

This oil can be diffused to create a stimulating, focused atmosphere for daily tasks. You can also apply it topically to create a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, which can be very soothing after hard physical activity.

Oregano

As an herb, oregano shines in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine; but as an essential oil, it has a wealth of benefits and uses outside the kitchen. Oregano essential oil’s warm, herbaceous scent is excellent at purifying the air when diffused with oils such as Peppermint. It also pairs especially well  with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex when used in massage for supporting the immune system.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen’s refreshing minty aroma is stimulating and invigorating. It’s a great addition to lotions that are applied after activity to support bone and muscle health. It is a key ingredient in our Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream.

Cypress

Cypress has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can promote a sense of security and grounding. It is also known for supporting healthy circulation in the body.

Marjoram

Marjoram is a key oil used in the Raindrop Technique and can be used in massage after exercise. It can also be very calming and relaxing. It was known as the “herb of happiness” to the Romans and “joy of the mountains” to the Greeks.

Valor®  

Valor essential oil blend is one of our most popular products and was a favorite of Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young. A truly unique blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, Geranium, and Frankincense, Valor has a woodsy, grounding aroma that is great for massages and other topical and aromatic uses. Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude or to refocus at the end of a challenging day.

Aroma Siez™

A key Young Living blend, Aroma Siez™ combines the soothing and relaxing properties of Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint and Cypress. A great blend for supporting healthy bones and muscles.

Is your interest peaked? Stay tuned! We’ll share the how’s of Raindrop soon.



Here's to Good Mornings (And New Blog Content)

It’s 2019 and like everyone else in the world, we thought it was time for change! New Year, New Blog (content)!

It’s obvious how much we all LOVE Young Living and our oils, but there is SO much more to our way of life that we decided to expand. In 2019 you can expect a mixture of lifestyle posts along with our tried-and-true oily posts! We can’t wait to share healthy recipes, toxic-free living how-tos, baby tips, workouts we love, mind and emotional wellbeing pointers and just good ol’ tips to make life easier. Sound good? If you have something you’d love to hear about, let us know! I’m sure one of us has experience with it.

Here’s to Good Mornings!

We are right there with you, Mr. Pug! Pass the coffee!

We are right there with you, Mr. Pug! Pass the coffee!

To start us off, let’s chat about mornings! I know some people can jump out of bed and start the day ASAP. News flash – that’s NOT me! But, I have learned over the years (especially after a couple of very energetic baby boys) about how to make my mornings a little better.

Be Kind to Your Future Self

One thing that has helped me the most is getting everything done the night before that I can. I think of it as present to my morning self. I make sure milk cups are clean, out and ready to go, the dishes are washed (they’re at least in the dishwasher clean from an overnight wash!), the kitchen is clean, the boys clothes are already laid out for the day and my oldest has a lunch packed for PreK. These things might sound silly to some but it makes my morning run a lot smoother while taking care of my littles. If things are organized and ready to go during my groggy moments of reaching for coffee and Ningxia Nitro (check out all of our Ningxia Nitro tips here), then I’m more likely to stay on task and time!

Gratitude is a Great Way to Start the Day (And So is Planning Ahead)

Now, what do I do for me specially? At my first moment of being coherent, I always try and think about my day. As I plan it in my head, I think about what I need to do as I give thanks for another morning. Giving thanks for my day and planning it in my head gives me a sense of gratitude and ambition to get things done. I work from home (Young Living full-time) so planning my day is super important. It helps me get everything done I need to without feeling overwhelmed.

You cannot change the past but you CAN mold your future. Do this every day and watch as your life transforms.

Diffusing for the Win

Current Diffuser Love: Northern Lights Black Spruce + Orange. Treat yourself to this little slice of heaven.

Current Diffuser Love: Northern Lights Black Spruce + Orange. Treat yourself to this little slice of heaven.

The next task: get that diffuser running! What I pick totally depends on what kind of mood I’m in, but this really helps wake me up. Our sense of smell is so stimulating so use that as your secret weapon for a good morning! For the last few weeks I have been all about Northern Lights Black Spruce and Orange oil. I use about 5 drops of NLBS and 4 of Orange. It’s a little slice of heaven on earth! BONUS: It helps keep my kids calmer and get along better!

Great Mornings: Condensed Version

So - condensed version? Get things done the night before and be thankful for another morning even if you’d rather stay in bed! Easy, right?

What are your tips for early mornings? I’d love to hear all about it! I’m soo open to new tricks.

Happy New Year everyone and I hope you enjoy the path the blog is taking!

January Promo: Great Start Freebies

Get 2019 off to a great start with the January Promo! Whether your follow up your workout with a PanAway massage or boost your mood with Citrus Fresh, this promo is designed to encourage your wellness goals as you head into the new year.

Support gut health (and your fresh eating goals) with Life 9 probiotics and DiGize Vitality!

Support gut health (and your fresh eating goals) with Life 9 probiotics and DiGize Vitality!

300PV

Retail Value: $174.02

5-ml PanAway

15-ml Longevity

30 Count Life 9

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Citrus Fresh

5-ml DiGize Vitality

250PV

Retail Value: $126.32

15-ml Longevity

30 Count Life 9

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Citrus Fresh

5-ml DiGize Vitality

190PV

Retail Value: $77.96

30 Count Life 9

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Citrus Fresh

5-ml DiGize Vitality

100PV

Retail Value: $88.42

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive: 5-ml DiGize Vitality™


December Promo: Oils for a Joyous Holiday

The December promo is right in line with our current self-care series. Mood-boosting blends like Gathering, Joy and White Angelica are soothing ingredients for a joyous holiday. And at the 400 PV level, you can also earn multitasking Frankincense and a great holiday read on Young Living founder, D. Gary Young. The promo is rounded out with festive Pine and delicious Lemongrass Vitality. The bottom line: buy Young Living products for friends and family to earn some of your Young Living favorites. That sounds like a happy holiday to us!

Mood-boosting oils star in this holiday-perfect promo.

Mood-boosting oils star in this holiday-perfect promo.

400PV

Retail Value: $255.20

15-ml Frankincense

D. Gary Young: The World Leader in Essential Oils book

5-ml Gathering™

5-ml White Angelica™

5-ml Joy™

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Pine

5-ml Lemongrass Vitality™

300PV

Retail Value: $130.91

5-ml Gathering™

5-ml White Angelica™

5-ml Joy™

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Pine

5-ml Lemongrass Vitality™

250PV

Retail Value: $90.78

5-ml White Angelica™

5-ml Joy™

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Pine

5-ml Lemongrass Vitality™

190PV

Retail Value: $52.95

5-ml Joy™

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

15-ml Pine

5-ml Lemongrass Vitality™

100PV

Retail Value: $8.22

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive: 5-ml Lemongrass Vitality™


Self-Care Series Part 4: Holiday Edition

The holidays are upon us (Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!), and self-care during this bustling time should be a top priority….

We hear you, who has time for that?

Well, here’s your “There’s an oil for that” cheat sheet! Reset your mind during this season of celebration (and stress) with these mood-boosting oils and blends!

This is an easy way to know which oil to reach for when you need a little pick me up.

This is an easy way to know which oil to reach for when you need a little pick me up.

Turn that Frown Upside Down

If the table conversation takes an unwelcome turn, turn to one of these three oils to beat irritability and help restore peace.

Forgiveness

This soothing and uplifting blend supports your ability not only to forgive yourself and others, but to do it while releasing negative emotions. Ingredients include Sesame, Melissa and Geranium.

Quick Tip: Apply a couple drops to your heart or diffuse to help you let go of negative emotions.

Release

Promote harmony and balance at any gathering by diffusing this relaxing blend.

Quick Tip: You can also apply a drop or two on the back your neck, temples or feet.

Stress Away

If you are new to oils, Stress Away is a great emotional oil to start with because it comes with your Premium Starter Kit. This blend contains pleasing hints of vanilla and lime to help calm the mind.

Quick Tip: For a long holiday drive, put a couple drops of Stress Away on a cotton ball and place in your car vent for a calmer trip.

Get Inspired

If holidays don’t give you warm fuzzies, you don’t have to feel stuck. Help yourself get out of your rut with these three oils.

Hope

Hope helps reconnect you with feelings of strength and stamina. The result: a bolstered body and spirit.

Quick Tip: This gentle blend can be worn as a personal fragrance on days you need a pick me up.

Sacred Mountain

Channel the peace that comes from nature with this blend of Ylang Ylang and conifer oils.

Quick Tip: If applying topically, dilute with a carrier oil.

Tangerine

Tangerine has an appealing aroma that’s mood-boosting and multitasking. It’s great for focus during study or peace during mediation.

Quick Tip: You can get double self-care use out of this happy citrus oil. With its cleansing properties, you can add Tangerine to your morning skincare routine.

Unleash Empowerment

If planning has got you overwhelmed, take a moment to breathe deeply. Bonus if you have one of these three encouraging oils by your side.

Grounding

This blend of White Fir, Black Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Pine, and other essential oils helps you cope with life’s daily challenges by promoting feelings of stability, clarity and spirituality.

Quick Tip: This oil is only available to Young Living members. Not a member? Learn more here!

Peace & Calming

One of Young Living’s most popular blends, this little bottle can be used all day. Pair with Citrus Fresh for an invigorating start to your day and then apply a couple drops on the back of your neck as a part of your family’s bedtime routine.

Quick Tip: After a busy day of errands, diffuse as you take a steamy shower.

Transformation

This invigorating oil helps support emotional transformation. Diffuse to help swap negative beliefs with more uplifting thoughts.

Quick Tip: This oil should also be diluted with a carrier oil when used topically.

Any oils you’d add to our cheat sheet? Let us know in the comments!




November Promo: Bountiful Freebies

This month’s promo is full of fun little extras. Like the promo-exclusive Higher Unity blend – a grounding mix of Sandalwood, Sacred Frankincense, Lime, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Spearmint, Lemon, Jasmine and Rose essential oils. Or like the not-so-little, can’t-buy-this-size-anywhere 15-ml Christmas Spirit blend for festive diffusing all season long.

These perks are incentive enough to stock up on your favorite essential oils and products as we head into the (super-busy and potentially stressful) holiday season. But you can also earn balancing Sacred Frankincense™, skin-boosting Myrrh, baking-friendly Nutmeg Vitality™ and a one-of-a-kind Young Living glass diffuser ornament to make this promo truly a must have.

Promo exclusives give us plenty to be thankful for in the November promo!

Promo exclusives give us plenty to be thankful for in the November promo!

400PV

Retail Value: $367.11

5-ml Higher Unity

5-ml Sacred Frankincense™

Glass Diffuser Ornament

5-ml Myrrh

15-ml Christmas Spirit

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

5-ml Northern Lights Black Spruce

5-ml Nutmeg Vitality™

300PV

Retail Value: $196.11

5-ml Sacred Frankincense™

Glass Diffuser Ornament

5-ml Myrrh

15-ml Christmas Spirit

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

5-ml Northern Lights Black Spruce

5-ml Nutmeg Vitality™

250PV

Retail Value: $113.22

5-ml Myrrh

15-ml Christmas Spirit

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

5-ml Northern Lights Black Spruce

5-ml Nutmeg Vitality™

190PV

Retail Value: $78.62

15-ml Christmas Spirit

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

5-ml Northern Lights Black Spruce

5-ml Nutmeg Vitality™

100PV

Retail Value: $17.43

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive: 5-ml Nutmeg Vitality™



Self-Care Series Part 3: The Feelings Kit for Kids

This week, we’ve got more tips for giving your oily kids an emotional boost. What could be easier than a kid-specific take on the Feelings Kit? If you missed our Feeling Kit protocol, check it out for a 30 day kick-start to treating yourself well!

Here are a few tips from Jaynelle on how to use these wonderful, emotional oils with your littles:

The Feelings Kit for Kids

This powerful kit can help support the whole family.

This powerful kit can help support the whole family.

Valor

Reach for Valor to help your kids be BRAVE, STRONG and kick fear to the curb. It’s hard growing up, I love supporting my littles through hard times with Valor.

Harmony

I know I choose to have HARMONY in my house! (Who’s with me?) Use this one for feelings of jealousy, negativity and insecurity. Great for those battle times between siblings! Diffuse or apply on belly.

Forgiveness

It is hard to learn to forgive. Use to help your littles let go when they have been wronged. It’s a hard lesson to learn so why not help aid our littles in the process! Diffuse or apply on chest area.

Inner Child

This oil is a wise choice to help kiddos stay in touch with who they are and who they were CREATED to be, rather than emotionally detaching and losing themselves.

A serious note: when children have been abused, they become disconnected from their inner child (identity), which causes confusion (and so much more). Use this oil to help them reconnect. Diffuse or apply around ears.

Release

Say BYE to tantrums by releasing anger and frustration that build up over time. Moms of 2 and 3 year olds, rejoice! Diffuse or apply over liver area.

Present Time

Present Time in action!

Present Time in action!

Mamas this one's for you! I use Present Time to be in the moment. It’s a reminder to put away my cell phone and computer and turn off the TV – be in the PRESENT with my babies… they grow up way too fast to tell them to “hold on” while you answer an email. I have had my share of moments not being present and I love how this oil helps you be aware while spending time with our little people.

Just as I was typing this, my littlest came back here for a diaper change. I decided that I would take my own advice and live in the moment. I set my computer aside and we played and snuggled for a bit. Then he saw my Feelings Kit box and thought it was fun to play with – that is how I got this adorable picture… being present!

Diffuse or apply around ears and wrist.

DIY Recipe: Happy Dance Roller

Want to keep something on hand, all the time? Try this Happy Dance Roller for kids!

  • 10 ml roller bottle or half the recipe for a 5ml

  • 10 drops White Angelica

  • 4 drops Surrender

  • 7 drops Orange

Optional swaps: Inner Child instead of Surrender & Lemon/Citrus Fresh instead of Orange

Top it off with carrier oil and roll away!

Self-Care Series Part 2: Emotional Oils for Kids

Welcome back to our self-care series! Last week we covered the Feeling Collection Protocol. Check it out for! It’s a great recommendation on how to seek emotional support with a few intentional moments with your oils each day.

This week, we are sharing our favorite emotional oils for kids! Thanks to Jaynelle for once again sharing her tried-and-true tips. Enjoy! And if you have any oily kid tips, make sure to comment below.

Learn how to support your kids (ever changing) emotions with our favorite feelings oils for kids.

Learn how to support your kids (ever changing) emotions with our favorite feelings oils for kids.

Our Favorite Emotional Oils for Kids

I am 33 years old and still figuring out and working on my own emotions… Imagine how difficult it can be for our kiddos! The first day of school, losing a favorite “lovey,” first night away from home, graduating from high school – no emotion is too small (or from too small a person) to acknowledge. We all feel, and I love how we can support our babies as they grow through every walk and stage of life.

With all that said – it is time to listen up mommas, nannies, grandparents, dads, foster parents, sisters, babysitters and brothers. My boys have been oily babies since day one of their lives and it has helped us ALL so much! Here are some favorites in our house!

Stress Away

The name says it all. I bet this is one of the first emotional oils you used because it is in the starter kit. This is a goody! Our sweet kids are way too prone to the stresses of this world. They are also watching our every move and see/feel our stress as well. It is smart for all of us to sit back and stress less with this amazing oil. It is great on the wrists, temples and neck. I even wear it as a perfume many days, the vanilla lime scent is addicting!

Orange & Lemon

Orange and Lemon are happy oils and help bring peace. They very uplifting when we are feeling down and need that extra pick me up. They are GREAT diffused, applied and mix well with Joy or White Angelica.

White Angelica

This oil is AMAZING! Probably the MOST used in our house. It is a blend made up of 10 oils that helps protect us from the negativity that can creep up during the day. White Angelica is very uplifting and calming to the emotions. It can also help open our hearts. Wear it daily and just watch as your whole attitude about life changes. Truly amazing!

Peace & Calming

This is the first and last oil of the day that my youngest gets. He responds very well to it. Its effects are all in the name. Apply to the chest, back of the neck and bottoms of the feet for a great day!

Joy

Did you know that this blend used to be called Love? Yep, it sure did and that is very fitting because it helps to encourage memories of being loved and held. It can also help open up the ability to receive love. Our babies need to be loved on and know they are secure – I love this oil for this! Apply it in a clockwise motion over the heart and smell it deeply!

Surrender

I have a stubborn one -- strong willed, independent, and very determined! This oil helps calm down those moments when his personality can turn into a tantrum. Sometimes we all just need to take a breath and calm down.

As we asked up top, do you have any family favorites to share? Let us know! And stay tuned for another self-care post next week!

Self-Care Series Part 1: The Feelings Collection Protocol

Temperatures dropping means a lot things when it comes to self-care.

  • Apply Thieves daily. Immune support is key at this time of year. (Now in a roll-on, WHAT??!!)

  • Care for your skin with soothing favorites like Frankincense, Lavender and Helichrysum.

  • Treat yourself to an at home spa experience with shower fizzles or bath bombs.

These are all great. Do them. (And repeat!) But for the first three weeks of our new self-care series, we’re going to focus on emotional support. With the busyness of holidays and gloomy weather approaching, focusing on feelings is key.

Imagine focusing on positive mantras, peaceful feelings and powerful oils for the month leading into the holidays and winter ahead. Intrigued? Here’s a 30 day protocol that goes along with the Feelings Kit. Jaynelle recently shared this encouraging call to intentionally use these emotional oils daily.

The Feelings Kit Protocol

The Feelings Kit Protocol can take as little as 5 minutes a day!

The Feelings Kit Protocol can take as little as 5 minutes a day!

According to Gary Young, “99% of life’s decisions are made from feelings.”

If this is true for you, then you want your feelings in check so you can lead a life guided by good decisions and good emotions. Being aware of your current emotions and learning how to release emotions of the past will lead you to a life of health, fulfillment and joy!

Essential oils are the perfect vehicles to help you in this task because their molecules pass directly to the emotional brain. Our brain is a record of the past and when we can RESOLVE and IDENTIFY issues from our past, watch out! You have just cleared away your emotional baggage and made a way for your highest potential.

Enter the Feelings Collection Protocol. This is a special one and when you do this for 30 days straight, morning and night, you will see a difference, you will feel enthusiastic about life and everything it has to offer.

The How-To

Before each step, smell the oil.

Step 1: Apply Valor on the bottoms of your feet to balance your feelings.

Optional affirmation: I am ready to transform my life

Step 2: Apply Harmony on the energy points of the body to release unpleasant energies.

Optional affirmation: I am open to give and receive love

Step 3: Apply Forgiveness clockwise on the navel to let go of negative emotion.

Optional affirmation: I forgive myself and others for past mistakes

Step 4: Apply Present Time to the wrists and behind your ears.

Optional affirmation: I let go of my past

Step 5: Apply Release over the front and back liver in the circular motion.

Optional affirmation: I release all negativity from my body

Step 6: Apply Inner Child under your nose.

Optional affirmation: My authentic self is enough

Step 7: Apply Valor once again to complete the Feelings Kit experience.

Optional affirmation: I am ready to transform my life

Bonus Step: Apply White Angelica over your shoulders and brush your hands over your arms.

The Why

You can do this whole protocol in 1-2 minutes or you can make it a time of reflection, peace and prayer while you do it. The choice is yours. The most important thing is just USE your oils!! You might have past emotions come up or you might not. The best advice I can give you, though, is if you DO then work through them. Do not stuff the emotions, you will feel so much better on the other side, I promise!

These oils are packaged together in a convenient kit as well: The Feelings Collection $181 (Wholesale). This is definitely the cheapest way to snag these oils.

Your Turn

What’s your favorite oily pick-me-up? Share with us! Stay tuned as we cover emotional oils for oily kids next week.



2018 Holiday Catalog!

With the October Promo (and it’s bonus 400PV level), we joked that Christmas had come early. But this week, we are truly starting to get in the Christmas spirit with the 2018 Holiday Catalog! This gift guide is full of goodies for all the people on your nice list. We love the easy shopping categories to help you make your list without thinking twice.

Loving the beautiful, easy to shop 2018 Gift Guide! What’s going on your list?

Loving the beautiful, easy to shop 2018 Gift Guide! What’s going on your list?

You can shop:

  • Seasonal scents and sets to set the tone for all your holiday gatherings

  • Festive food-themed gifts for the creative cooks in your life

  • Wellness supplements, oils and products to help those you love support their immune system

  • Party perfect snacks and treats

  • Savvy Minerals makeup sets for a fresh face for the new year

  • AT home spa for treat moments of treat-yourself indulgence

  • Kid-and-pet-friendly gifts

  • Gifts that keep giving with proceeds to support the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation

  • And the stocking-stuffing worthy $25 and under section

What are you still doing here? Check it out and get shopping:)

Chugga Chugga Woo Hoo! Roll-On Thieves!


October Promo: (Free) Fall Comforts

This month’s promo is all about preparing for the busy season ahead. It features memory making scents, an immune-supporting supplement and Vitality oils that are holiday musts (hello, Cinnamon Bark Vitality). And, BONUS, you can earn even more this month with a 400 PV level. Is it too early to say that Christmas has come early? We sure hope not. Because we just did. Enjoy the promo deets and comment your oily fall must-haves below!

This month, there’s a bonus 400PV level featuring the Seed to Seal Story Collection.

This month, there’s a bonus 400PV level featuring the Seed to Seal Story Collection.

400PV

Retail Value: $386.52

  • Seed to Seal Story Collection, including exclusive 10-ml Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree essential oils

  • Multigreens

  • 5-ml Palo Santo

  • 15-ml Thyme

  • 5-ml AromaEase

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

  • 5-ml Oregano Vitality™

300PV

Retail Value: $241.78

  • Multigreens

  • 5-ml Palo Santo

  • 15-ml Thyme

  • 5-ml AromaEase

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

  • 5-ml Oregano Vitality™

250PV

Retail Value: $141.12

  • 15-ml Thyme

  • 5-ml AromaEase

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

  • 5-ml Oregano Vitality™

190PV

Retail Value: $94.40

  • 5-ml AromaEase

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive:

  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

  • 5-ml Oregano Vitality™

100PV

Retail Value: $15.79

Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive: 5-ml Oregano Vitality™