Oils for Your Summer Vacation

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Whenever I travel anywhere I make sure that I bring very specific oils depending on what time of year it is and where I am going. Honestly, I don’t know if I could even possibly travel without my oils! They make all the difference! Here are some of my favorite picks for summer travels.  

From NingXia Red on the beach to Aramaease in the mountains, we'll tell you which oils to never forget on your summer vacation packing list. 

From NingXia Red on the beach to Aramaease in the mountains, we'll tell you which oils to never forget on your summer vacation packing list. 

My Oily Summer Packing List

Stress Away: Calms (Even on an Adventure)

Stress Away is number one! I have a fear of cliffs and most summers we travel from the flat lands of Florida to the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Idaho. When my husband drives over that mountain pass, it is no easy feat for me! In fact, the only way I can make it, is to sit in the back seat with the bottle of Stress Away opened and yours truly inhaling it the entire time!

Aromaease: Supports Natural Travel Adjustment

Once we are in the mountains, I start to feel the effects of the altitude change. The aroma of Aromaease helps me tremendously along with Peppermint rubbed on my head and neck. Both those oils are supportive of the body’s natural ability to adjust to this change.  

Digize Vitality: Maintains Normal Digestion

Usually travel time means eating out often and eating foods that we don’t normally eat at home.  It’s important to maintain normal digestion while away. You can take your Digize Vitality oil right under your tongue or rub Digize directly on your stomach. Your body will thank you!

Thieves Vitality: Keeps Immune System Strong

Before I go away and while I am away I do everything to keep my immune system strong and above the wellness line. Between flying, time changes and new germs, it’s important to support your immune system. I take Thieves Vitality 2-3 times a day without fail!  

Lavender: Makes Any Bed Feel Like Home

Lavender…the swiss army knife of oils! Let’s just say that I never go anywhere without my Lavender and especially when traveling. I don’t know about you, but when I try to sleep away from home, it’s just not the same. My body used to struggle to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Now I just put a couple drops on my pillow at night and I am sleeping and resting just like at home.  

Deep Relief Roll-On: Eases Minor Muscle Aches

Deep Relief is another must-have when traveling. My muscles can get sore from sitting on a long flight or car ride. They can get strained when doing activities that I don’t normally do. This handy roll-on is perfect to stick in your purse and use it whenever you need to soothe any sore muscles!

My Supplement Travel Companions

Ningxia Red: Delivers Delicious On-the-Good Goodness

Ningxia Red packets are always in my suitcase! I take plenty of packets for the whole family so we can all maintain good health and a strong body while away. Ningxia Red is packed with so many nutrients that I don’t feel we can be without it while traveling. If you have kids, they will enjoy that you have a delicious drink to give them while on a long car ride or flight.

Ningxia Nitro: Boosts Energy

Nitros , nitros, nitros….ok, I am guilty of taking way too many Nitros while away! As it is, I take 2 Nitros a day. They give me the most amazing brain clarity and they provide my body with endless energy! Now unless I am going on a beach vacation where all I need to worry about is eating and sunbathing, I need to have my energy! Hiking, exploring, and outdoor adventures call for serious assistance from my Nitros.  

Thieves Hand Sanitizer & Spray: Keeps Things Clean (Naturally!)

Lastly I NEVER travel with my Thieves hand sanitizer and Thieves spray! What do I spray? Everything and anything! I spray things in the hotel room, I spray things on the plane, I spray things in restaurants, I spray my hands, I spritz over the bed sheets with my Thieves spray, I spray everything! Come to think of it, I could probably use it in place of a pepper spray while away. I would think spraying this in someone’s eyes would certainly slow them down! Seriously though, make sure you have your Thieves spray and your sanitizer with you whenever away from home!

What are YOUR Top Young Living Travel Items?

There you have it friends, my top Young Living travel items! Take some time to think about where you are going this summer and make a list of what  you will need to help make it a memorable experience.

Have oily travel questions? Leave them in the comments or contact us!

July Promo Focus: Essentialzymes-4 & RutaVala Roll-On

Every month we take a deep dive into goodies you can earn for free with your Young Living order. And this month we’re extra excited to share all about RutaVaLa Roll-On, a calming travel companion that’s been out of stock forever. Get to know this blend, plus Essentialzymes-4 – the enzyme complex you should add to the guest list of all your foodie adventures this summer.

Essentialzymes-4 and RutaVaLa roll-on are grab-and-go summer favs. Find out how (and why) to use them today! 

Essentialzymes-4 and RutaVaLa roll-on are grab-and-go summer favs. Find out how (and why) to use them today! 

Relax with RutaVaLa Roll-On

The best way to understand a blend: study the component oils. This roll-on gives us a hint with it’s name. RutaVaLa = Ruta + Valerian + Lavender. If that sounds like a relaxing and revitalizing combo, you’re right!

Components

  • Ruta: Relaxes and promotes energy.
  • Valerian: Calms mood and promote stress relief.
  • Lavender: Eases tension and supports calm.

Use it Today

Reach for this blend to support your nervous system and mood on-the-go. Think park play-dates, long flights or summer school soothing for your kiddos.

Roll-On Tip: 1” of roll-on is equivalent to about 1 drop oil

Eat Well with Essentialzymes-4

Essentialzymes-4 is an enzyme supplement that supports digestion of:

  • Dietary Fats
  • Proteins
  • Fiber
  • Carbohydrates

Or basically, the modern diet. Just like RutaVaLa, we’ll take a look at the ingredients that make this complex so effective.

Components

To achieve the best nutrient absorption, Essentialzymes-4 releases animal- and plant-based enzymes at different times. Let’s take a look at each capsule.

Yellow Capsule

Enzymes

  • Protease 3, 4.5 and 6: Supports digestion of protein.
  • Amylase: Supports digestion of starch, carbohydrates and sugars.
  • Cellulase: Assists digestion of plant material.
  • Lipase: Supports the digestion of fat.
  • Peptidase (form of protease): Helps to break down proteins into amino acids.
  • Phytase: Catalyzes phytic acid found in grains and oil seeds.
  • Bromelain: Supports digestion of carbohydrates, derived from pineapple stems.
  • Papain: Breaks down hard to digest proteins like beef and pork, sourced from papaya.  

Essential Oils

  • Fennel: Supports circulatory, glandular, respiratory, and digestive systems.
  • Tarragon: Supports healthy digestive system.
  • Rosemary: Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen and overall well-being.
  • Ginger: Soothes digestive discomfort.
  • Anise: Supports a healthy digestive system.

White Capsule

Ingredients

  • Bee Pollen Powder: Supports healthy immune system.
  • Lipase Enzyme: Supports the digestion of fats.
  • Pancreatin 10x Full Spectrum Enzyme: supports the digestion of proteins that contain proteases, amylases and lipases.

Essential Oils

  • Fennel: Supports feelings of well-being during the menstrual cycle.
  • Tarragon: Supports healthy digestive system.
  • Lemongrass: Supports overall well-being and may support the digestive system.
  • Ginger: Soothes digestive discomfort.
  • Anise: Supports a healthy digestive system.

Use it Today

Take one dual blister pack two times daily with largest meals (four capsules total).

Caution: Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

What Oils Are Always in Your Bag? 

We love Young Living favs like RutaVaLa and Essentialzymes-4 that are so easy to stick in your bag and head out the door. Do you have an oil you can’t leave home without?

Introducing Our Savvy Minerals Guide

It finally happened. Young Living has a makeup line. (!!) To help you get to know Savvy Minerals, we’ve created a one-stop guide. It includes a step-by-step for everything from picking your foundation shade to achieving the perfect contour. Plus, we breakdown our favorite features of every product, share quick how-tos and, of course, include a list of all the natural ingredients.

Check out our Savvy Minerals guide for everything you need to know about Young Livings new natural makeup line. 

Check out our Savvy Minerals guide for everything you need to know about Young Livings new natural makeup line. 

Check it out! But first, we couldn’t resist sharing what we love about Savvy Minerals by Young Living:

  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Flawless application
  • Easy to blend and build color
  • And most importantly, free from:
    • Talc
    • Bismuth
    • Parabens
    • Phthalates
    • Petrochemicals
    • Synthetic Fragrances
    • Synthetic Colorants
    • Alcohol

 Let us know if our guide helps or if there’s any product you’d like to learn more about. Seriously, send any questions our way. We think you’ll love Savvy Minerals as much as we do.

July Promo: Summer Savings

Is it really summer without fresh-squeezed lemonade? Nope. But we’ll take it one step further. It’s not summer without Lavender Lemonade (powered by Lavender Vitality, of course). As always, Young Living is channeling the current season with their freebies this month.

In addition to Lavender Vitality, you can earn Essentialzymes-4 to help you digest a few goodies at your next summer cookout, RutaVaLa Roll-On for soothing and relaxation on-the-go and Fennel for grounding. Thieves rounds out the promo with its spicy, clean scent that supports wellness for the whole family during this busy time.  

Check on the Summer Savings in the Young Living July Promo. Find out how to earn Lavender Vitality, Thieves, Fennel, RutaVaLa roll-on and Essentialzymes-4. 

Check on the Summer Savings in the Young Living July Promo. Find out how to earn Lavender Vitality, Thieves, Fennel, RutaVaLa roll-on and Essentialzymes-4. 

300 PV

Retail Value: $195.07

  • Essentialzymes-4
  • RutaVaLa Roll-On
  • 15-ml Fennel

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • 5-ml Lavender Vitality™

250 PV

Retail Value $129.61

  • RutaVaLa Roll-On
  • 15-ml Fennel

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • 5-ml Lavender Vitality™

190 PV

Retail Value $82.58

  • 15-ml Fennel

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • 5-ml Lavender Vitality™

100 PV

Retail Value $15.46

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Lavender Vitality™  

What oils power your summer? Tell us your sunny faves in the comments! 

Top Essential Oils for Men

Men + Essential Oils. It’s not an oxymoron. And we’ve got a top oils for men list to prove it. Here are just a few of the Essential Oils, supplements and products that work especially well for you, burlier sex.  

Men: Shutran makes it easy to smell woodsy while being in the woods. (All without harsh chemicals). 

Men: Shutran makes it easy to smell woodsy while being in the woods. (All without harsh chemicals). 

Exercise Smarts:

The Warm Up: Nitro is an energizing supplement designed to boost your morning run or legs day at the gym. And it’s easy: the tubes are small enough to stash in a gym bag. Just add to 4 oz of cold water for the best workout, every time.

The Cool Down: OrthoSport is a must for a post run (or legs day) massage. Powered by Wintergreen, Peppermint, Thyme, and Oregano, this fast absorbing oil supports tired muscles. Add a drop or two of PanAway for extra tingle and benefit.

Beard Care & Grooming:

Shutran Essential Oil blend was designed with men in mind. If you like masculinity and confidence, you’ll like Shutran and the products that make personal grooming quick, easy and naturally good for you:

Grill Perfection:

Make it simple to master the grill with vitality oils like Lemon, Black Pepper & Lime. Add a few drops to meat or veggie marinades for knock-it-out-of-the-park flavor.

Outdoors Enjoyment

Whether you’re into camping in the backyard with the kids or mountain biking with the guys, you’ll want to repel any uninvited guests and protect your skin. We’ve got new convention products for that, too! Check out the new natural Insect Repellent and Mineral Sunscreen + After Sun Care.

Guys, any favorites we missed?

New (YAY!!) Young Living Products

Every year, the Young Living International Grand Convention is a little like Christmas. We are renewed by quality time with our team, and we eagerly await new product announcements. 

Let’s just say Santa was especially on point this year.

So much to be excited about! Natural makeup, gentle baby products and new OTC faves.

So much to be excited about! Natural makeup, gentle baby products and new OTC faves.

We are pumped. P-U-M-P-E-D about new convention products. We plan to share even more detail about new products in the next few weeks, but we wanted to introduce them asap. Some things are just too good to keep to ourselves.

Pro Tip: Most new products are available now and eligible for Essential Rewards order July 1.

New Product Lines

Two new product lines to LOVE.

Seedlings

Introducing Seedlings: Baby showers and restocking the nursery just got a lot easier!

Introducing Seedlings: Baby showers and restocking the nursery just got a lot easier!

Pure, plant-based and perfect for baby, the Seedlings line takes the harmful chemicals and guesswork out of infant care. New parents don’t need DIY projects (unless you’re up for super parent of the decade, then here you go), they need peace of mind. Plus, calming oil and linen spray? That’s something every care taker can get behind.  

Line currently includes:

  • Body Wash & Shampoo
  • Body Lotion
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Oil
  • Linen Spray (Coming Soon)

Savvy Minerals

SaavyMinerals

Stay tuned for much more on this line coming soon! For now know that Young Living’s makeup, Savvy Minerals, is everything you’d expect from Young Living: pure, quality, natural, none of the cheap synthetic stuff.  

Make room in your makeup bag for your new favorite cosmetic line including:

  • Foundation
  • Eye Shadow
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Lip Color (Gloss and Stick)
  • Misting Spray
  • Multitasker
  • Veil Powder

And, There’s More …

A few more convention highlights!

New Desert Mist Diffuser

The Desert Mist Diffuser uses ultrasonic frequency technology to release the goodness of your favorite aromatic essential oils. Some of our favorite features of this humidifier/atomizer/diffuser:

  • On-trend Moroccan styling
  • 11 light settings
  • Up to 10 hours of running time 

OTC Products

Communing with nature just got a natural boost from these OTC and EPA approved products.

  • Mineral Sunscreen Lotion: Protect your skin from UV rays naturally with this water and sweat resistant 10 SPF (stay in the sun 10x longer or about 90min of protection) sunscreen.
  • After Sun Spray: Moisturizes, soothes and cools skin. Reach for it with sunburns and minor burns, cuts and scraps.
  • Insect repellent: Say bye bye bugs, and hello to DEET-free, natural repellent.

Nutrition Products

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Young Living debuted 3 nutrition products that are all about helping you achieve better wellness.

  • Super Cal Plus: Support bone health and density with this vitamin-packed calcium supplement.
  • AminoWise: Give your muscles some love post-workout with this blend designed to build, repair and replenish.
  • AlkaLime Single-Serve Packs: Reach for these convenient packs for stomach relief on-the-go.

Planning to try any of these products? Let us know or ask questions in the comments!

Boost Your Summer Stamina: En-R-Gee & NingXia Nitro

Get a natural boost this summer with En-R-Gee and NingXia Nitro. Both of these Young Living faves will help you make the most of your time on vacation (or get you through an afternoon slump). And you can earn both for free this month. Find out how (woo hoo!).

Summer Forecast: Lots of Sun & Energy

Skip sugary drinks and caffeine jitters with En-R-Gee and NingXia Nitro.

Skip sugary drinks and caffeine jitters with En-R-Gee and NingXia Nitro.

Energize with En-R-Gee

Components

En-R-Gee helps naturally boost energy and mood with a blend of these awesome essential oils:

  • Rosemary: May help support mental fatigue.
  • Juniper: Cleanses and may help support circulation through the kidneys.
  • Lemongrass: May help lift mood.
  • Nutmeg: Helps support the adrenal glands for energy.
  • Balsam Fir: Creates a feeling of empowerment and helps support tired muscles and joints.
  • Clove: Helps overcome fatigue.
  • Black Pepper: May help stimulate the endocrine system and support energy.

Use it Today

Aromatically:

  • Diffuse to boost energy!
  • On-the-go Tip: Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in the air vent of your car or on the heat registers in your hotel room. 

Topically:

  • Apply to wrists and behind ears.
  • In the morning, massage across the base of neck, on temples and feet.
  • Dilute with V-6 Oil for full-body massage.
  • Wear as a perfume or cologne.

Knock Out Fatigue with NingXia Nitro

Natural Caffeine + Antioxidants + Essential Oils = Your secret weapon for an active (and alert!) summer. Check out some key NingXia Nitro ingredients:  

Natural Energy:

Clear, alert energy without the buzz:

  • Green Tea Extract: Supports brain and muscle function, while boosting exercise stamina.
  • Chocolate Essential Oil: Increases energy and supports mood.  
  • Korean Ginseng: Supports muscles and stamina.  
  • Yerba Essential Oil: Supports mental focus.

Fast Fact: Special ingredient D Ribose blocks caffeine jitters and desensitization common with commercial energy drinks.

Antioxidants:

NingXia Nitro’s concentrate blend is bursting with energetic juices including:

  • Wolfberry Seed Oil: Supports cognitive clarity.
  • Cherry: Helps support body’s natural wake/sleep rhythm.
  • Black Currant: Helps energize muscles.
  • Kiwi & Acerola: Boosts exercise performance.

Essential Oils:

Pure Essential Oils for pure goodness:

  • Spearmint: Supports respiratory system.
  • Peppermint: Supports normal digestion.
  • Nutmeg: Energizes and uplifts.
  • Black Pepper: Soothes minor muscle discomfort.
  • Vanilla: Supports mood.

Use it Today

You’ve got options!

  1. Drink directly from the tube.

  2. Add to 1 oz of NingXia Red (chilled is best).

  3. Add to 4-6 oz of water for optimal absorption & effectiveness.

On-the-Go Tips: The small tubes are perfect for stashing in your weekender (or...huge travel case). Just reach for Nitro to stay alert for every sight on your adventure. 

Have any fun summer plans? Share in the comments!

June Promo: Travel Favorites for Free

Have a big trip coming up? Add these June freebies to your packing list. Spearmint Vitality is great for calming tummies, while NingXia Nitro and En-R-Gee are energizing must-haves for days with jam-packed agendas. For those moments you need to keep your cool on-the-go, make sure to keep Patchouli, AromaEase and Cypress close by. Find out how to earn these travel favorites this month! 

JunePromo

300 PV

Retail Value: $213.16

250 PV

Retail Value $129.60

190 PV

Retail Value $83.88

100 PV

Retail Value $14.14

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Spearmint Vitality™ 

Toddler Oils

Whenever anybody asks how I manage to keep healthy toddlers, my sanity, and a clean home; I always answer...lots of patience and my Young Living oils.  

Having two All-Boy littles, 3 and 1, it gets messy and tiring. Thankfully, I have a few YL oils that have become staples in our daily routine.

Our Daily Toddler Go-Tos

From that first Good Morning Mommy to Good Night kisses, oils are applied, diffused, or being asked for. Some mornings everybody gets a little Peace & Calming because someone is grouchy, but every night consists of Frankincense down the spine and Palo Santo on the bottom of feet. Diffusing on the daily is Purification, if we need a little immune boost Thieves gets alternated in.

KidScents: Mommy Survival in a Bottle

KidScents faves TummyGize, SniffleEase and Owie are my mommy survival secret weapons. Toddler Moms: Don't leave home without them! (Katelyn Terry,  mommy and Tree of Life team member). 

KidScents faves TummyGize, SniffleEase and Owie are my mommy survival secret weapons. Toddler Moms: Don't leave home without them! (Katelyn Terry,  mommy and Tree of Life team member). 

TummyGize, SniffleEase, and Owie are all that I need for anything that "hurts" and all the things that Mommy can fix. I love KidScents oils for my little guys because, convenience. They are gentle and already diluted, ready to use.

Plus, each KidScents oil contains Caprylic Capric Triglycerides. This skin-loving ingredient, a specific fraction of coconut/palm oil fatty acids, offers noticeable silkiness, exhibits excellent anti-oxidant properties and pampers sensitive skin.

A Closer Look

TummyGize™

TummyGize is a relaxing blend that supports the digestive system.

How-To: Apply directly to little tummies. 

Quick Tip: An on-the-go must-have, TummyGize is great for long car trips and after meals to support normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.

Ingredients:

  • Caprylic/capric glycerides
  • Mentha spicata (Spearmint) leaf extract
  • Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil
  • Citrusreticulata (Tangerine) peel Oil
  • Foeniculumvulgare (Fennel) Oil
  • Pimpinella anisum (Anise) seed oil
  • Zingiber officinale (Ginger) root oil
  • Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) seed oil

SniffleEase™

I reach for SniffleEase to support my kids’ respiratory system.

How-To: Apply to the chest and/or bottom of the feet.

Quick Tip: Use daily to maintain a healthy respiratory system.

Ingredients:

  • Caprylic/capric glycerides
  • Eucalyptus bicostata (Eucalyptus blue) oil
  • Bursera graveolens (Palo santo) wood oil
  • Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil
  • Hyptis suaveolens (Dorado azul) seed oil
  • Cinnamomum camphora (Ravintsara) leaf oil
  • Myrtus communis (Myrtle) oil
  • Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil
  • Origanum majorana (Marjoram) leaf oil
  • Pinus sylvestris (Pine) leaf oil
  • Eucalyptus citriodora oil
  • Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf/nut/stem oil
  • Eucalyptus radiata leaf oil
  • Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil
  • Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil

Owie

I use Owie™ to improve the appearance of my kids’ skin.

How-To: Apply topically right where they ask for it.

Quick Tip: It’s a great idea to add Owie to your on-the-go first aid kit for park outings and other adventures.

Ingredients

  • Caprylic/capric glycerides
  • Abiesbalsamea (Idaho balsam fir) needle oil
  • Melaleuca alternifoliav(Tea tree) leaf oil
  • Helichrysum italicum flower oil
  • Canarium luzonicum (Elemi) gum oil
  • Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus) oil
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki) oil
  • Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil

Being a toddler mom is no joke, but I love how these oils make things a little bit easier!

Have any other oily toddler tips? Share in the comments!

May Promo MVPs: Ravintsara & Valor

Every month, we like to give extra insight on any unusual and exciting promo freebies, and today we’re doing just that with Ravintsara and Valor. If you’ve already earned them, (woo hoo!) we hope this quick look helps you enjoy your new oils, and, if you’re still planning your May purchase, here are a few reasons why you’ll love what you earn.

Ravintsara & Valor aren't just May Promo MVPs, they are daily MVPs. 

Ravintsara & Valor aren't just May Promo MVPs, they are daily MVPs. 

Ravintsara (earned at the 250 PV level)

Ravintsara is a little like Lavender. If you know and love the “Swiss Army knife” of essential oils, this is exciting news. This gentle oil has many applications.

A quick glance:

Source: Ravintsara is steam distilled from leaves and branches of Cinnamomum camphora in Madagascar.

Supports: As we alluded to, Ravinstara is an oily MVP. It helps support the respiratory system, immune system, skin, adrenal glands and helps provide spiritual grounding.

Use It:

  • Aromatically: Diffuse for 30 minutes at a time for up to three hours daily. Great for respiratory support and focus during meditation.  
  • Topically: Apply directly to area of concern, you can dilute with your favorite carrier oil.

Valor (earned at a new level, 340 PV!)

Valor is an all-time fave Young Living blend...and it was out of stock for over a year. So, we’re all pretty excited about the May promo over here.

A quick glance:

Components:

Let’s look at the oils that make Valor a Young Living bestseller.

  • Black Spruce offers emotional support.
  • Camphor (a member of the rosewood family) provides skin support and creates a feeling of peace.
  • Blue Tansy supports the liver and lymphatic system.
  • Frankincense may help promote a positive attitude.
  • Geranium comforts with its aroma and pampers skin.

Supports: With a name like Valor, it’s no wonder this blend is beloved for its empowering, confidence-supporting aroma. On the other hand, it’s also a calming blend, like another all-time fave, Peace & Calming. Beyond mood, Valor can also support the spine, muscles, bones, skin, and the nervous system.

Application:

  • Aromatically:
    • Diffuse in the morning to kickstart your day
    • Wear as a perfume for a midday pick-me-up
  •  Topically: Apply to bottom of feet (6 drops per foot)

What’s your favorite oil blend? Let us know in the comments!



 

Oils for Mom

I have two boys. 1 and 3. Whenever I tell someone my kids’ ages, they say “You’re busy!” Then I get the smile ... that smile somewhere between “you can do it!” and lots of empathy, especially from mamas who are no longer in the toddler trenches with me.

And they’re right. Having two kids two years apart is no joke. I mean, we laugh a lot. But each day carries it’s own challenges. And that’s why I’m thankful for the help I get from wonderful little Young Living bottles.

So today, as a mom, I’m sharing which oils are on my and my fellow Tree of Life mom bloggers most-used lists. Use it as an inspiration for how to use Essential Oils in your family or as a shopping list for a special mom in your life.  

Joy, Rose, DiGize, Thieves, just a few of faves for moms! The best of the best #BecauseYouDeserveIt. Happy Mother's Day! 

Joy, Rose, DiGize, Thieves, just a few of faves for moms! The best of the best #BecauseYouDeserveIt. Happy Mother's Day! 

Mood Support:

Full-time moms, working-moms, work-from-home moms: we all work a lot. And I hope I’m not the only one with a few racing thoughts now and then. (Have your recently cooked while your toddler gets out every pan you own and places them right where you need to stand? Bananas.) Anyway, mood support makes me think of a cheesy, but nonetheless true cliche: If mama ain’t happy, nobody's happy.

  • Joy: I rub a little Joy over anyone’s heart in my family when a grumpy mood hits. That includes me down to my one year old. Want to learn more about Joy? We’ve written about it a lot. I especially love this mom’s perspective from Michelle McKool.
  • Lavender: I love lavender for minor head tension. It’s also a great way to prepare for a sweet night’s sleep. As an oily MVP, it’s also great for DIY beauty creams and dryer balls for fresh laundry.
  • Progessence Plus Serum: Hormone support often goes hand-in-hand with mood support. I love mom and grandma’s Cynthia Lengefeld’s post on how Progessence Plus Serum changed her life.  

Home Cleaning:

It’s not glamorous (and hopefully you have plenty of helping hands), but home cleaning is often part of the mom job description. I’ve been working toward a Chemical-Free house cleaning routine, and of course, essential oils and essential oil-infused products have helped a ton on that journey.

  • Purification: Here’s a “Quick: guests are coming, let’s freshen up” tip. Just diffuse Purification. It (duh alert) purifies the air with a refreshing, welcoming scent.

  • Thieves Household Cleaner: Love this stuff! I use it everywhere. The bathroom, kitchen, floors. Plus, it’s a great value. I’ve been using it for nearly two years and I’m still on my first bottle!

  • Lemon: I add lemon and vinegar to my Thieves Cleaner all-purpose recipe for fresh, streak-free clean everywhere! Lemon is also a go-to any stubborn stickiness. As a bonus to teen moms: Lemon helps students concentrate while studying.

Wellness Faves:

As mamas, we also work hard to keep our kids (and husbands) healthy. In my family, this involves a lot of hand washing and a few of these bottles.

  • Thieves: While some mornings get away from me, I try to put a couple drops of Thieves blend on everyone’s feet before they head out the door. This includes me! When I slack, I can tell. It’s truly an essential part of my daily routine.
  • Peace & Calming or Peace & Calming II: My 3 year old loves (and requests) Peace & Calming before bed. A couple drops helps him settle down for a peaceful night’s sleep.
  • Digize: We also write about Digize a lot. It’s great for pregnant mamas and little ones.

Pro Tip: Low on energy? Suzanne Rodolfich gives a great energy boosting suggestion  in her Postpartum Oils post.

Beauty Faves:

And what mama-must have list is complete without a little treat yo’self section? Using Essential Oils for DIY beauty serums is actually a way I have bonded with my own mom over Essential Oils.

  • Ylang Ylang: We both have curly hair and have found adding a drop of Ylang Ylang to wet hair once or twice a week has really nourished our locks and encouraged our curls. Plus, it smells amazing.
  • Rose: This is the treat yourself of all treat yourself oils. A valuable and highly-prized oil, this floral delight can be applied topically for healthy, youthful looking skin.  
  • Myrrh: This oil is a great night time moisturizer. I was inspired to add it to my regular routine by Jaynelle, she included it to her top 5 oils!

Happy Mother’s Day from Tree of Life! Which oil would you share with a mom in your life?

May Promo: Celebrate Mom (and Awesome Freebies)

May's promo makes celebrating the special women in your life easy. Have a yoga-loving mother-in-law? She will love the grounding Ravintsara provides during her practice. Does your mom love to find new natural skincare solutions? Introduce her to ManukaThe "tea tree of New Zealand," this beautifying oil can reduce the appearance of blemishes.

And this month, Young Living has added another reward tier! Spend 340PV to earn Valor®, an empowering blend for all the strong women in your life.  

Also included in this month's freebies: AgilEase for joint health support, sweet signature scent Jade Lemon, fresh Citronella and delectable Orange Vitality. 

Also included in this month's freebies: AgilEase for joint health support, sweet signature scent Jade Lemon, fresh Citronella and delectable Orange Vitality. 

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250 PV

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190 PV

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100 PV

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Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Orange Vitality™ 

Newborn & Baby Oils

Welcome to our Family + Essential Oils series. We plan to cover every age and stage: Oils for Toddlers, Moms, Dads, Grandparents and Family Vacation. Someone we left out? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to our plan!

This is actually our second week, so if you missed our Postpartum post, take the time to catch up (we’ll wait:). Oh, and while you’re at it, check out the Top 10 Oils for Pregnancy – it happens to be one of our all-time top 10 posts.

Ok, now that we’ve talked mamas-to-be and new mamas, we’re ready to share some general guidelines and tips for using oils with your baby.

Essential Tips for Your Oily Baby

Ready for baby's first oil? Try out these oily newborn tips. 

Ready for baby's first oil? Try out these oily newborn tips. 

Ingestion Tips

Gotcha! No tips here. Young Living suggests waiting until after babyhood to try any of our vitality line with your child. We agree! The oils are powerful and highly concentrated for such little bodies.

Topical Tips

Young Living’s official recommendation for littles 0-1 is a 1:8 oil to carrier ratio. We say that’s a good starting point, but remember that every baby is different. Test dilution with your little one.

And if you are going to try a new oil on your child it’s a good idea to use just a drop or two on a small patch first, like the forearm. After a successful patch test (a few minutes with no reaction), you can apply as needed!

Pro Tip: Apply the essential oils first, followed by your favorite dilution oil.  

Aromatic Tips

Again, think “start gently” when it comes to aromatically sharing oils with your baby. You can create a bond with baby by simply wearing an oil while skin to skin. And, just like the topical patch test, you will want to diffuse an oil for a short time at first to ensure your child has no sensitivity.

First Oily Days

In their Oils for the Nursery post, Young Living lists a few oils to use with caution with your baby.

  • Idaho Tansy
  • Clary Sage
  • Hyssop
  • Wintergreen
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

While watching for these oils is a good idea, it’s an even better idea to try out some of our favorites to support your little one’s health.

  • Ear Support: Melrose & Roman Chamomile, apply 1-2 drops behind and around ears
  • Diapering Support:
  •  Respiratory Support: Lavender or Peace & Calming, apply to chest, bottom of feet and diffuse intermittently during nap. Also, try diffusing Lavender & SniffleEase during the night or nap.
  • Sleep support: Lavender & Cedarwood,1-2 drops on chest and bottom of feet.
  • Mood Support: Frankincense & Joy, 1-2 drops over the heart
  • Digestive Support: DiGize/TummyGize, apply over the chest and belly 15 - 20 minutes before feedings. You can also apply after feeding, if needed.
  • Gut Health: Fennel, apply 1-2 drops over the colon area, rub clockwise

And that’s it, baby! Again, let us know if there are any ages or family members you’d like to see included in our series and we’ll get a writer on it!

 

Postpartum Oils

As a mom to FOUR littles 5 and under (5, 3, 2, and 6 months), I have had the opportunity to have two non-oily pregnancies and two oily pregnancies, and WOW at the difference! Actually, one of my favorite ways to use oils is post-pregnancy – because I need ALL the help I can get.

Essential Oils for those super sweet (and intense) newborn days. 

Essential Oils for those super sweet (and intense) newborn days. 

Emotional Support

Hormone support is more important than ever postpartum. Young Living offers many essential oils that can help you maintain a healthy endocrine system.

Frankincense Vitality is my personal favorite. I take it daily as a dietary supplement. On days that I forget, I can definitely see a difference in my mood. Its aroma is calming to me, and when I feel overwhelmed or things get chaotic, it helps keep me grounded.

White Angelica is the other essential oil I use for emotional support after delivery. I apply it to my wrists and wear it as a perfume. It has so many amazing oils in it that support the endocrine system such as bergamot and geranium.

Self-Care

It is so important to take care of yourselves, mamas. I know how easy it is to take care of everyone else first, but try to make a little time for yourselves—even if it’s just five minutes after you (finally) get all the kids in bed.

ClaraDerm Spray: I can’t say enough about it. I tell every pregnant woman I meet about it. Really, don’t have a baby without it. It’s a spray of fractionated coconut oil and lots of oils for skin support: lavender, myrrh, frankincense, tea tree, Roman chamomile, and helichrysum. I used it to prep my skin prior to birth, but I also used it to soothe my skin after I delivered. What’s so great is that mamas who have C-sections AND vaginal births can use it to sooth their skin postpartum.

Super B Tablets: Did you know Super B contains all 8 B vitamins and nutmeg essential oil? And did you know how important those vitamins are for energy? My upline actually shared the awesomeness of Super B with me after my last pregnancy when I mentioned that I needed some help maintaining energy levels. Even better—it also helps with mood support!

Bonding

We hear so much about the importance of skin-to-skin contact after our babies are born. I love to diffuse oils during skin-to-skin and to apply them topically to my chest.

Joy: During those first nursing sessions, I like to apply Joy topically to my chest. This blend includes citrus oils like lemon and tangerine that have such bright, happy smells, but it also has flowery oils like Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Rose. It is just such an uplifting aroma and can invite feelings of togetherness, which makes it a perfect addition to those first few bonding sessions. My husband even uses Joy during his skin-to-skin time with the babies.

Gentle Baby: Momfession time—Gentle Baby is not my favorite smell. Blasphemous, I know. However, it can be really soothing and calming to both moms and babies, so I choose to diffuse this one during skin-to-skin time.

Newborn Care

First, let me say that newborn skin is so…new. I would always suggest diluting oils with a carrier oil (my favorite is YL’s V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil because I find it light and not as greasy as other carrier oils) if you choose to use essential oils on your babies topically. A general guideline for dilution in newborns is 1-2 drops per 10ml of carrier oil.

I used Frankincense and Valor on both my oily babies: drop of frankincense to the top of their heads for grounding and a drop of Valor on their spine to promote and support healthy proper spinal alignment.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the oils that have helped me navigate life postpartum.  What oils or oily products are on you must-have list?

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Young Living Spring Products

We try to make our blog a place where you can stay in-the-know about all things Young Living. And, guys, you need to know about their limited-edition Spring Product line. These charming bundles are nothing short of sunny. Add a ray of natural goodness to your spring with these fun kits.

We love the Spring Basics Set for any Essential Oil newbie in your life! With Thieves, Peppermint and Lavender, it’s impossible to go wrong! Also pictured: Thieves Household Cleaner, Citrus Fresh & Water Bottle set & Citrus Vitality Set.  

We love the Spring Basics Set for any Essential Oil newbie in your life! With Thieves, Peppermint and Lavender, it’s impossible to go wrong! Also pictured: Thieves Household Cleaner, Citrus Fresh & Water Bottle set & Citrus Vitality Set.  

Spring Sets for Every Sunny Scenario

We love how they’ve thought of everything – whether you’re ready to tackle Spring Cleaning or dabble in DIY Beauty techniques. If you’re still searching for your set, check out our (totally scientific) quiz below.  

Refresh your collection or plant a seed for a new one with the Spring Product line!

Which one are you dying to order?

April Promo Focus: Oola Grow & Dragon Time

April’s promo features some of our all-time spring faves: cleansing Tea Tree, fresh (and flavorful) Tangerine Vitality and, of course, Thieves Household Cleaner. Tackling spring cleaning with this trio is almost a treat.

But this promo doesn’t stop with oils that will help you clean your house. Nope, it takes spring cleaning to the next level by including two blends formulated to help you clear some inner clutter and help lift your mood. Oola Grow and Dragon Time are perfect for this season of renewal.

Let’s learn more about these blends!

Spring flowers make wonderful oils! Jasmine, the white flower, helps uplift and inspire mood in Oola Grow and the purpleish flower, clary sage, helps support hormones in Dragon Time.

Spring flowers make wonderful oils! Jasmine, the white flower, helps uplift and inspire mood in Oola Grow and the purpleish flower, clary sage, helps support hormones in Dragon Time.

Oola Grow

The best way to learn about a blend is to take a look at the single oils included. Check out all the goodness in Oola Grow! If you think you’re starting to notice a pattern of benefits, it’s because you are. Most of the oils help with emotional support, and that’s what Oola Grow is all about.

  • Ylang Ylang: encourages self-love, joy and peace.
  • White Fir: helps stimulate the mind.
  • Blue Tansy: helps support the nervous system.
  • Cedarwood: calms and uplifts.
  • Blue Cypress: helps support the endocrine system.
  • Jasmine: uplifts and inspires, especially in relationships.
  • Galbanum: supports mood and emotions.
  • Frankincense: grounds the mind during meditation.
  • Sandalwood: supports mood.
  • Lavender: helps promote love, peace, and a general sense of well-being.
  • Cinnamon Bark: warms and stimulates.
  • Rose: helps calms and soothes the mind, creating a sense of well-being.
  • Geranium: supports the emotions and lifts the spirit.
  • Coriander: calms and relaxes, even in times of stress.
  • Bergamot: radiates love.
  • Neroli: encourages confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.
  • Roman Chamomile: soothes and clears the mind.
  • Spruce: grounds the body, encourages generosity.
  • Rosewood: helps promote peace and gentleness.
  • Clary Sage: soothes.
  • Juniper: elevates spiritual awareness.
  • Idaho Tansy: encourages a general feeling of wellbeing.
  • Orange: uplifts.

Application Tips:

  • Aromatically: Diffuse or inhale this blend in the morning for a “bring it on” kind of energy. Not a bad way to start the day.
  • Topically: Dilute with favorite carrier oil, and apply 1–2 drops on location.

Safety Notes:

  • Pregnant and New Mamas: Avoid during pregnancy and nursing until you talk to your doctor.
  • Everyone: Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after use.

Dragon Time™

If you take a closer look at the oils that make up Dragon Time, you’ll notice this blend is all about hormone support. And maintained hormones help (you guessed it) support mood and emotions, no matter the circumstances. This blend can work well for both men and women, but was formulated with women's “Dragon Time” in mind.

  • Clary Sage: helps support hormones, cut down on cycle discomfort and support circulation.
  • Fennel: supports the liver, digestive system and hormone maintenance.
  • Lavender: helps reduce minor discomfort and soothe mood.
  • Marjoram: helps reduce head tension.
  • Yarrow: helps support the prostate and hormones.
  • Jasmine: supports mood while reducing minor discomfort.

Application Options:

  • Aromatically: Diffuse or put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it in an air vent in your home, office or car for mood and hormone support all day.
  • Topically: Apply around the ankles during the month while not on your cycle for support all month long. For extra soothing power, apply as a hot compress on the abdomen or lower back on an as needed basis.

Safety Notes:

Pregnant Mamas: Use caution during pregnancy.

Don’t miss out!

Find out how to earn the April Promo here. And how to earn points toward more of your Young Living favorites with the Essential Rewards program.

April Promo: Fresh Favorites for Free!

We've declared 2017 the year of switching from harsh household chemicals to natural solutions, and we love how April's promo makes it easy. This month you can earn fresh cleaning favorites like Tangerine Vitality, Tea Tree and Thieves Household cleaner, along with a no-more-excuses glass spray bottle. And stay tuned next week as we give you more info on Oola Grow and Dragon Time, two awesome Young Living blends. 

Earn these fresh spring favorites this month! 

Earn these fresh spring favorites this month! 

Storing Essential Oils: Tree of Life Tackles a FAQ

You love your oils. Now, learn how to treat them with a little love. Get the most out of each bottle with our tips on the do’s and don’ts of Essential Oils storage.

A few quick tips to help you get the most out of your oils! 

A few quick tips to help you get the most out of your oils! 

The Don’ts

Heat & UV Light

Heat and especially UV light can break down the integrity of your essential oils. Don’t store your oils in cars, near windows or anywhere they’d be exposed to extreme heat or direct sunlight. If an oil does get too hot, here’s a trick: wait until the oil has cooled to room temperature before opening the bottle. This can help save your oil and its effectiveness.

Plastics

Plastics + Essential Oils = Big No-No. Many oils may break down plastic storage containers, which could pollute your oils or waste them.

The Dos

Room Temperature and Even

Cool temperatures with little fluctuation will protect your oils from the breakdown of even the most delicate constituents. Although not ideal, extreme cold will not freeze or destroy the efficacy of your oils.

Dark and Dry

To protect your oils from heat and UV light, store them in a dark, dry place. Cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen work well for everyday oils, but we recommend you buy an oil storage box for your growing collection. If you make your own blends, make sure to protect them from light with an amber glass or a stainless steel container.

Upright and Tightly Sealed

This might seem like a no-brainer, but keeping your oils upright and tightly sealed will ensure you won’t spill a single drop. Keeping your oils tightly sealed will also cut down on any evaporation. You may even want to transfer oils that are running low to a smaller bottle to cut down on oxidation.  

A Couple More FAQs

Thick Oils

Sometimes you do have to apply heat to oils. These thick oils, like Rose or Myrrh, can be gently heated by placing your bottle in bowl of warm water. Lids can also get sticky or oxidize with thicker oils. If this happens just put some coconut around the rim so it doesn't get stuck again. You'll be glad you did!

Citrus Oils

Once you open your citrus oils (lemon, grapefruit etc.), they are best if used within a year of opening for maximum effectiveness.

Expiration?

Young Living Essential Oils don't ever really expire. Woo Hoo! Just follow our tips for good oil storage and you'll get to enjoy them to the very last drop. Have more questions? Leave us a comment or contact us!

Essential Oil DIY Recipe: Love Your Feet Again Foot Powder

Spring is all about fresh flowers, beautiful weather and … wearing sneakers without socks. Just us? Ok. Even if you’re not on the sneakers-without-socks train, warming temperatures mean (among many wonderful things) smellier feet.

But we’ve got one more DIY essential oil-infused recipe for you, and this one will help you love your feet again, no matter the weather. And as with all our DIY recipes, it’s quick, easy and takes just a couple household staples and your favorite oils.

Let’s get started!

Say goodbye to smelly feet with our DIY Foot Powder. 

Say goodbye to smelly feet with our DIY Foot Powder. 

Supplies & Ingredients

Supplies

  • Measuring Spoon
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Small Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Arrowroot powder
  • 3 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 15 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil  
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

OR mix things up and go with 25 drops Purification Essential Oil. The amount of essential oil is a personal preference. Add less or more - it's up to you!

How It’s Done

Just mix up ingredients in your mason jar. #YesReally

Use Today

This part is easy, too. You can either sprinkle the powder in your shoes or rub some on the bottom of your feet before putting on shoes. Experiment with the method, either way, your feet should be lovable again soon! And please, don’t hesitate trying this on your kiddos’ (cute but stinky) feet as well.

Confession time: On a scale from 1-10, how much do you need this powder in your life?

Essential Oil DIY Recipe: Baby Powder

Ready for another naturally great DIY Essential Oil recipe? This one is mom-approved, baby-approved and cloth diapering safe! This week we give you essential oil-infused Baby Powder! As always, you can throw our recipes together with household staples and your favorite essential oils.

Keep baby's skin soft AND your peace of mind? That's a win-win with this DIY Baby Powder. 

Keep baby's skin soft AND your peace of mind? That's a win-win with this DIY Baby Powder. 

Supplies & Ingredients

Supplies

  • Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Storage Container (Mason Jar or glass shaker)*

*Store in a dark, dry place.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot powder**
  • 5-10 drops of (pick one):
  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Melrose
  • Gentle Baby

**You can also use ¼ cup cornstarch and ¼ cup Arrowroot, but again, we prefer Arrowroot. It’s best for sensitive skin and does not promote yeast growth like cornstarch can.

How It’s Done

Another “why haven’t I tried this before” two-step process!

  1. Combine all ingredients in your glass mixing bowl.
  2. Store in your chosen container.

Use Today

Baby powder helps absorb extra moisture to keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth. Add your favorite soothing oil to keep your baby smelling fresh and a smile on your face, even during diaper changes. Plus, giving your baby a signature scent will give you an instant connection to sweet baby days whenever you happen to smell the oil you use in your powder recipe, even years later!

For baby,

  1. Shake powder out onto your hand (avoiding baby’s face).
  2. Apply with every diaper change and after every bath.

For You,

Don’t let baby have all the fun! This recipe is also great for parents (and non-parents). Apply in the morning and throughout the day to keep your skin sweat-free and soft.

Do you DIY? What’s your can’t-live-without-it homemade beauty product?