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?

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!

Breathe Deep with Raven

Suzanne Rodolfich has taken over the blog this week. She loves to share about oils, and today, she's sharing about Raven: one of the newest additions to the Premium Starter Kit. 

I am so excited that Raven is now included in the Premium Starter Kit! What I love about Raven is that it includes one of my favorite single oils, Ravintsara, but it also has four other oils—lemon, peppermint, wintergreen, and eucalyptus radiata—that make it a very powerful blend.

A year-round fave, Raven is especially helpful in winter and spring. Breathe easy with this addition to the Premium Starter Kit. 

A year-round fave, Raven is especially helpful in winter and spring. Breathe easy with this addition to the Premium Starter Kit. 

So, how do we use it?

  • This is a year round oil for us, but it is definitely in heavy rotation during the winter as part of our winter wellness routine and in the spring as we deal with all the pollen in the air.
  • We alternate it with RC—we’ll rub RC on our feet and Raven on our chest or vice versa.
  • It’s very soothing when rubbed on joints or achy muscles.
  • When mixed with solid coconut oil, it makes a fabulous chest rub.
  • And we love it in the diffuser at night with Lavender. The Raven helps us breathe deeply and the Lavender helps us rest well.

NingXia Red Review Week 2: Enjoy Your Ningxia (with 4 Awesome Recipes!)

Today, we are continuing our month long NingXia Red Review with four different tried-and-true recipes from our team. We’ll have your NR cravings covered all day with breakfast smoothies, after-school snacks and treat-yourself cocktails.

But first, a quick recap. Last month, the Tree of Life leaders put a challenge out to the team: Take a shot of Ningxia Red for 28 days. Why would anyone do that? Well, NingXia Red helps support overall health and energy levels. And drinking consistently helps boost those benefits even more. 

Just take a look at what you’d have to eat to reap all the antioxidant-rich benefits of NingXia.

Fast Fact: Antioxidants help slow oxidation damage throughout the body. This can help the body function normally and support your immune system.

Fast Fact: Antioxidants help slow oxidation damage throughout the body. This can help the body function normally and support your immune system.

If you want some of that antioxidant goodness in your life, here are some fun ways our team shared to incorporate this delicious supplement in their daily life.

Four Fun & Delicious NingXia Red Recipes

Delicious Breakfast Smoothie

Start your day the delicious and nutritious way with a shot of NingXia Red in your smoothie.

Thanks to Alishia Alibhai for sharing her yummy morning ritual.

Thanks to Alishia Alibhai for sharing her yummy morning ritual.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 oz YL NingXia Red juice
  • 1/4 tsp matcha powder (optional - I put it in for its health benefits)
  • Few frozen blueberries (use fresh if you have! I will also use strawberries or raspberries))
  • Little bit of frozen spinach or frozen kale (can use fresh)
  • 2 scoops YL balance complete (11g fibre!)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional - again, I include for health benefits)

How-To:

Blend together and enjoy! ️

Pro Tip: Add frozen items to give a nice icy coldness to the smoothie! You could also add a couple of ice cubes if you're using all fresh items!

Refreshing Apple Cider Vinegar + NingXia Drink

Boost the benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar with NingXia Red and Vitality oils. Drink this quick and easy mix first thing in the morning for another way to start your day off well.

Thanks to Lindsey Barger for sharing her delicious discovery: ACV + NR = Amazing

Thanks to Lindsey Barger for sharing her delicious discovery: ACV + NR = Amazing

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup NingXia Red
  • 1 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-4 Drops favorite Vitality oil (like Grapefruit, yum!)
  • 1-1 ½ cup soda water

How-To

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Pro-Tip: Remember to shake NingXia Red and Apple Cider Vinegar before adding to your mixture.

Kid-Friendly NingXia Red Gummies

Not only will kids love the taste of these gummies, they’ll also love helping you make these cute, antioxidant-filled snacks. Perfect for a mid-morning nibble or after-school treat.

Jordan Lee shared her process for perfect NR gummies.

Jordan Lee shared her process for perfect NR gummies.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz of NingXia Red
  • 2 TB of Raw Honey
  • 2.5 TB of Gelatin
  • 3 Drops Lemon Vitality
  • 2 Drops of Thieves Vitality

How-To:

  1. Heat NingXia and honey in a saucepan, not to a boil
  2. Pull off the heat and slowly sprinkle in the Gelatin, whisk until mixed well
  3. Add essential oils and whisk for 30 seconds
  4. Pour into small jello molds
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour

Post-Late Night NingXia Red Cocktails

After a busy Friday and long week, start your Saturday with a NR Lime cocktail!

Thanks to Rachel Zachary for this refreshing suggestion.

Thanks to Rachel Zachary for this refreshing suggestion.

Ingredients

  • Sparkling Water to taste
  • 3 oz NR
  • A squirt of lime juice
  • 1-2 drops Lime Vitality oil

How-To

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Are you interested in learning more? Contact us! We can answer any Ningxia question and even help you join start your own Ningxia Red challenge. Bottom’s up!

NingXia Red Review Week 1: Know Your Ningxia

Last month, the Tree of Life leaders put a challenge out to the team: Take a daily shot of NingXia Red for 28 days. Why would anyone do that? Well, NingXia Red helps support overall health and energy levels. And drinking consistently helps boost those benefits even more.  

So we thought we'd review what we all learned from the challenge and spread the word on the awesome-ness that is NingXia Red on the blog, too.

For week one, we’ll start simple. Introduce three NingXia products: NingXia Red, NingXia Zyng and NingXia Nitro.

Know Your NingXia: Meet NingXia Red, NingXia Zyng and NingXia Nitro

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NingXia Red

Serving Recommendation: Take a 2-oz shot up to twice daily

NingXia Red (or NR) packs an antioxidant punch with a Wolfberry superfruit puree, while pure essential oils add healthy flavor and benefit. The result is a delicious drink that supports overall wellness.

Top (of the morning) Tip: Add your morning shot of NR to your smoothie for a great start to the day.

NingXia Zyng

Serving Recommendation: Drink 1 can anytime you need a little pick-me-up

Swap the sugary drinks in your life for refreshing NingXia Zyng. This sparkling drink combines the same wolfberry superfruit puree as NR, plus pear and blackberry juices, and a hint of Lime and Black Pepper essential oils. It also delivers 35 mg of naturally occuring caffeine for the promised ‘Zyng.’

Fun Fact: One can only contains 35 calories. Translation: Guilt-free treat!

NingXia Nitro

Serving Recommendation: Drink directly from tube or add to your NR shot or 4-oz water.

NingXia Nitro also delivers a much-needed pick-me-up without the caffeine buzz. This supplement supports alertness and cognitive and physical fitness with essential oils, botanical extracts, D-Robse, Korean ginseng and green tea extract.

Winning Combination: Add Nitro to your Zyng to support energy and cognition

Are you interested in learning more? Contact us! We can answer any NingXia question and even help you join start your own NingXia Red challenge. Bottom’s up!

February Promo: Fall in Love with These Freebies

It’s easy to fall head-over-heels with February’s promo. This month you can earn oils and products dedicated to everything from self love to oils too good not to share with a special someone.

Learn how to earn these oh-so-lovable products with your monthly purchase! 

Learn how to earn these oh-so-lovable products with your monthly purchase! 

Under the self-love category, we have ...

  • SclarEssence Vitality: This blend is designed for women’s support. Make it part of a soothing routine coupled with Dragon Time Tea or take as a supplement as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs: Fun and fizzy, these new bath time favs are powered by Lavender and Peace & Calming for a relaxing, treat-yourself experience.
  • Patchouli Essential Oil: And for the free spirit, this unique oil is perfect for calming during meditation or yoga practice. Bonus: apply topically to improve the appearance of skin.

Under the love to share category, you can earn …

  • Sensation: Love is in the air with this sweet blend. A combination of pure Ylang Ylang, Coriander, and other essential oils, it encourages feelings of love and affection when diffused.
  • V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex: Another way to share the love, it can be used to create custom massage oils.

Another thing to love? Earning these to-die-for products free with your monthly Essential Rewards purchase. Learn all you need to know about Essential Rewards here. Find out how to earn these lovely oils below.

300 PV

Retail Value: $173.69

  • 5-ml Sensation
  • 15-ml Patchouli
  • V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives:

  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs
  • 5-ml SclarEssence Vitality  

250 PV

Retail Value $128.62

  • 15-ml Patchouli
  • V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives:

  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs
  • 5-ml SclarEssence Vitality   

190 PV

Retail Value $82.90

  • V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives:

  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs
  • 5-ml SclarEssence Vitality  

100 PV

Retail Value $19.74

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml SclarEssence Vitality  

 

Christmas Season the Young Living Way

Alexis Peters has been learning about and using essential oils for about three years. When she’s not editing and writing for Tree of Life, she’s chasing one (or both) of her preschool sons.

At first glance, Christmas fueled by Young Living isn’t that different. There’re lights, trees, yummy food and presents. But as I slowly add more and more essential oils and Young Living products into my family’s traditions, I’m realizing that these little bottles make a big impact.

Since the season is all about sharing, here are a few small ways to take your time-honored traditions up a notch with a drop or two of your favorite essential oils.

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1. Diffuse Christmas Spirit

This scent is nothing short of Christmas in scent form. Orange, cinnamon bark and black spruce team up to bring mood-boosting joy to any moment – from a holiday bash to a quiet morning at home. And, as we’ve shared before, you can (and should) diffuse this beauty year round! There’s no season that you couldn’t use a nice mood and immunity boost.

2. Party Perfection with Christmas Spirit

Make a pre-party air-freshener by combining 30 drops of oil and 2 cups water in a glass spray bottle. Shake and spray around your house as you party prep.

3. Clean with Thieves

Whether you’re hosting Christmas or cleaning before a big trip, Thieves Household cleaner is the answer for a holiday-worthy home. I love it especially at this time of year: Thieves’ spicy hints of nutmeg and cinnamon bark fit right in with the rest of the festivities.

4. Hustle-and-Bustle with Thieves 

Help keep your family’s immunity strong with Thieves Hand Purifier. These small but might bottles are powered by Thieves and peppermint to cleanse and purify your hands, even on-the-go.

5. Warm Up with Vitality Oils

The growing number of Vitality oils means you have a growing number of ways to ingest your favorite oils. Sure you can add some Citrus Fresh to your first glass of water each day, but when you really want to warm up, add a drop of Nutmeg Vitality to your hot tea, Thieves Vitality to your coffee or Peppermint Vitality to your hot cocoa for a special treat.

6. Festive Cooking with Vitality Oils 

You can cook with vitality oils, too! Try subbing a drop of Vitality oil for any herb or spice in your favorite holiday recipes.

Any essential oil-powered traditions to share? Tell us in the comments!

Countdown to Young Living Black Friday Savings!

Black Friday deals you can shop in your PJs? Yes, please. Skip the lines and give your family the gift of Young Living Awesomeness this year. There will be deals on over 40 of your favorite essential oils, Thieves products, Savvy Minerals makeup and more. We know you don't wanna miss out, so keep up with with the countdown here. Shopping extravaganza starts 8am MT on Friday, November 24. 

Stay tuned for over 40 deals on your fave Young Living products (and even more surprises!).

Stay tuned for over 40 deals on your fave Young Living products (and even more surprises!).

Any deals you're hoping for? 

November Promo: Happier Holidays to You!

The Holidays are upon us! This lovely time of year is all about traditions, and our sense of smell is closely linked to lasting memory. A whiff of freshly cut pine or spicy cinnamon can take you back to the the joy and comfort of the season.

This year, help build your family’s traditions with rich, essential oil-powered scents. Earn holiday favorites like Frankincense, Pine and Christmas Spirit with a quick order or – better yet – Essential Rewards purchase made between November 1-30.

And, don’t miss the beautiful stick diffuser Christmas Tree Ornament with your 300 PV purchase!  

Earn clean, rejuvenating scents Eucalyptus Radiata & Tea Tree with this month’s order.

Earn clean, rejuvenating scents Eucalyptus Radiata & Tea Tree with this month’s order.

300 PV

Retail Value: $210.44

  • 15-ml Frankincense
  • 15-ml Pine
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • 15-ml Eucalyptus Radiata

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive:

  • 15-ml Tea Tree
  • 5-ml Christmas Spirit

250 PV

Retail Value $113.73

  • 15-ml Pine
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • 15-ml Eucalyptus Radiata

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive:

  • 15-ml Tea Tree
  • 5-ml Christmas Spirit

190 PV

Retail Value $72.04

  • 15-ml Eucalyptus Radiata

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive:

  • 15-ml Tea Tre
  • 5-ml Christmas Spirit

100 PV

Retail Value $13.42

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Christmas Spirit

 

Savvy Minerals: New Products Alert (& more!)

We’ve updated our Savvy Minerals mini site to make shopping this awesome all-natural makeup line even easier. Check it out! We’ve included everything from application tutorials and tips on picking your perfect shade to pricing info. Plus, we’ve added new pages on the latest products and images of the newest shades. Read, share and save with Tree of Life!  

New Products!

New Savvy Minerals mascara is here! Check out our new page all about this hot product, plus our new page all about Savvy Minerals brushes – your perfect companions to perfect makeup application. 

New Colors!

Which new product or color are you most excited about? Share all about it in the comments! 

Young Living Holiday Catalog Launch

You may not play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but we thought you’d like to be in-the-know about the Young Living Holiday Catalog. It launched this week and it’s full of holiday favorites and holiday exclusives for the whole family. From the highly-anticipated Yoga Kit and Gentle Mist Personal Diffuser, to the exclusive Savvy Minerals Holiday Collection and stocking stuffer stars like Young Living Lip Balm, the catalog has so many options! Our guarantee: The hardest part will be picking your favorites.

Find all Young Living holiday exclusives here, plus gift ideas for everyone on your list. 

Find all Young Living holiday exclusives here, plus gift ideas for everyone on your list. 

Ready to shop? Here’s the virtual catalog. Take a look and just try not to hum a little Jingle Bells while you’re at it.

Questions? Get in touch!

October Promo: Fantastic Fall Savings

Support your immune system with another round of Young Living Fall favs. Super C tablets give you and your family convenient, chewable immune support, while Cinnamon Bark Vitality not only adds spice to your day, it supports healthy digestion and your immune system. Other fall favs Breathe Again Roll-On and Raven help support a healthy respiratory system. Add in DiGize to prep for all those holiday meals, and this promo easily rounds out your fall and winter essential oil must-haves. 

Earn these great oils just by purchasing your favorite Young Living Products and enrolling in Essential Rewards. Yes, it's that easy! Happy fall to you!    

OctoberPromo

300 PV

Retail Value: $196.5

  • Super C™ Chewable Tablets
  • Breathe Again Roll-On
  • 15-ml DiGize

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 

  • 15-ml Raven
  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

250 PV

Retail Value: $154.27

  • Breathe Again Roll-On
  • 15-ml DiGize
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 

  • 15-ml Raven
  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

190 PV

Retail Value $120.39

  • 15-ml DiGize
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 

  • 15-ml Raven
  • 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

100 PV

Retail Value: $31.58

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

What's your fav fall scent? 

Oily Hacks for Any Budget (Our New Series!)

Did you know that adding 1-2 drops of Lavender oil to you mascara not only purifies your makeup, but also promotes beautiful long lashes?

Or did you know that essential oils can help you cut energy costs? Just add a few drops of your favorite aromatic oil to wool dryer balls (we LOVE Purification, so good!) to help reduce drying time by 50% (!!). Your clothes will also be fresh, wrinkle-free and non-toxic. Plus, banish dryer sheets from your shopping list for good!

Oily Hacks: Use Your Oils the Smart Way

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If you're just getting started with essential oils or you're ready to dig deeper, we’d love for you to check out our next series. We've asked our Tree of Life members to share their best Oily Hacks (think quick beauty tips, budget-friendly strategies or easy household tricks) to help you use your oils everyday, the smart way.

Like did you know that adding 3-5 drops of lemon oil to your automatic dishwasher detergent (like the awesome Thieves automatic dishwasher detergent!) will give your dishes commercial-worthy sparkle every time? Yes, really.  

We hope you're loving these hacks! And you'll want to come back for more soon and often, right? Follow us on Facebook or Pinterest to make sure you don’t miss a post. More to come in October!

DIY Essential Oils for Back to School

We’ve reached our final course...errr post...in this series: Back to School DIY. As you’re settling into your new routine, you may just be inspired to do some DIY projects, and we are here to help with some of our fav recipes. Much like our diffuser post, these recipes will take you from Good morning to Goodnight.

So, class, are you ready? Let’s get started!

Smooth(ie) Sailing: Rise N Shine Smoothie

Make mornings easy with this quick and tasty breakfast treat. 

Make mornings easy with this quick and tasty breakfast treat. 

Need Breakfast at the push of button? Enter the Rise n Shine Smoothie. We award this one bonus points for being delicious and nutritious. Switch up ingredients to customize to your family’s tastes. Vitality oils, milks and fruits can all be swapped for your favs.

Everyday Wellness: Germy Hand Kid Soap

Feeling DIY-inspired? Try this wellness-boosting, Thieves-powered foaming hand soap. 

Feeling DIY-inspired? Try this wellness-boosting, Thieves-powered foaming hand soap. 

While we love Thieves Foaming Hand Soap, this recipe is a great DIY alternative if you’re feeling creative. Either way, you’ll be supporting your family’s wellness with the power of Thieves.

After School Anti-Smell: Stinky Kid Spray

Keep this spray with you anywhere stink can happen: aka EVERYWHERE.

Keep this spray with you anywhere stink can happen: aka EVERYWHERE.

Purification (obvious alert) purifies the air. That means that it can even refresh things like middle school boy bedroom, volleyball bag or mysterious minivan odors. Don’t leave home without it.

After School Snack: Dreamsicle Fruit Dip

Ease into homework time with a yummy snack: Dreamsicle Dip + Fruit. 

Ease into homework time with a yummy snack: Dreamsicle Dip + Fruit. 

Treat your students to a sweet treat after school that’s not packed with sugar or strange ingredients. Fruit + this yummy Dreamsicle dip will please even picky eaters. Want to make it even healthier? Replace the cream cheese with Greek yogurt and the powder sugar with agave, honey or stevia.

Night Night: Sweet Dreams Cream

Relax...Sweet Dreams Cream to the bedtime rescue! 

Relax...Sweet Dreams Cream to the bedtime rescue! 

We will share anything that helps kids have a good night sleep. Just apply this cream after evening bath to help your kids relax. It’s an easy way to use oils with your family and with Lavender and Peace & Calming II, it’s bound to invite (you guessed it) Sweet Dreams fast.

Class Dismissed 

Thanks for attending our Back to School crash course! Do you have any Essential Oil DIY inspiration to share? We’d love to hear from you!

Stay tuned, we'll share September Promo details soon!

Essentials Oils for Back to School: Smells like School Spirit

Today we’re continuing our back to school series. Behind? Here’s your review cheat sheet:

Ok, now class is back in session. And we’ll continue our back-to-school series with a pop quiz. (Nope, we’re not messing around;) Quick: what’s one of the easiest, most efficient ways to use your oils?

Tick, Tick, Tick...Time’s up!

If you said “diffusing” gold star for you! Just remember: Effective + Easy + Cost Efficient = Diffusing.

Even if the smell is not as strong as commercial candles or waxes, you and your family are getting wonderful benefits. That’s because your diffuser breaks down each oil into micro particles that stay in the air for hours. That’s getting your money’s worth – and with minimal effort!

Here are our top oils to diffuse throughout a busy school day. Enjoy (and pay attention, there could be another quiz next week)!

Diffuser Oils for the School Year

We believe diffusing oils is one of the best ways to brighten your family's day! 

We believe diffusing oils is one of the best ways to brighten your family's day! 

Essential Oils for Your Morning Routine

Wake up and smell the oils! Try these two refreshing blends to begin each day with a bang.

Joy Essential Oil Blend

Joy was one of the first oils we ever shared on the blog. That’s because this blend has been bringing us Joy for a long time. Diffuse to deflect early-morning grumpies and promote emotional balance.

Motivation Essential Oil Blend

Start the day (or study session) off with the power of Motivation. It helps support emotional balance and ward off fear and procrastination.

Mood Support

Beat first day (and beyond) jitters with these mood-boosting oils. Enjoying aromatic benefits on-the-go is easy, you can:

  • Apply a few drops to your hands, rub them together and inhale deeply
  • Wear an oil as a perfume or cologne
  • Wear a diffuser necklace or bracelet

Stress Away Essential Oil Blend

Stress Away is a wonderful everyday perfume. It offers much-needed emotional support with a zesty, lime-infused scent.

Tip: To use as a perfume, apply oil with a roller ball to your neck, wrists and inside your elbows.  

Valor Essential Oil Blend

There’s really no way to talk about this blend without reviewing a vocab word first.

Valor(n): strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter what is laid before them; personal bravery.

Now you know why we love this oil?! Apply it to the back of the neck, temples and/or inside the wrists. It can be a great companion for all those moments of uncertainty.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood supports emotional balance and promotes a calm mind. It’s perfect for the school year: it helps maintain concentration and tackle the unknown.

Homework Time Oils

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Give your students a natural boost with these oils. They help support your brain’s ability to focus.

Peppermint + Lemon

Peppermint can energize and focus your attention. Diffusing peppermint with lemon oil is one of our favorite study tips. Plus, these oils come with the Premium Starter Kit, so newbies, this is great recipe to start with!

Brain Power Essential Oil Blend

This oil is very high in sesquiterpenes (yes, that is another vocab word, look it up!). Sesquiterpenes play a role in dissolving petrochemicals (these are bad things, look it up!) and therefore increase normal receptivity in the brain and increase the amount of oxygen received. More oxygen to the brain = a happy, more functional, less foggy study session!

Bedtime Oils

Smell that? It’s time for bed! Create a peaceful routine to end the day with these relaxing oils.

Lavender

This is a VERY popular oil for aiding relaxation. We love to diffuse it and apply it to the bottom of our feet before bed. You can even put a couple drops on your pillow for continued benefits.

Tranquil Roll On

Put yourself and your kids in a tranquil state with this easy to use roll on. Apply to the bottom of the feet, back of the neck and/or temples. ZZzzzz

Peace & Calming Essential Oil Blend

Bid farewell to stress and welcome relaxation with Peace & Calming II. This oil is gentle enough to diffuse through the night, even for little ones.

Any Questions?

Let us know if you need more back to school diffuser tips! Leave us a comment and we’ll help as soon as we can!

Essential Oils for Back to School: First Day Freebies!

Last week we shared all about the school-themed August Promo. This week (and for the rest of the month) we are offering a crash course on back-to-school essential oils. Today’s Subject: First Day Freebies. Yes, we thought that was an A+ subject, too;) So eyes front, pencils at the ready, time to study up on our favorite goodies from the promo.  

Back to School Essential Oils

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Lemon Vitality

You can reach for this small and zesty bottle all day. It earns top marks for a fresh scent and invigorating flavor.

  • Diffuse first thing for a mood-boosting scent.
  • Diffuse after school to support concentration during homework time.
  • Add a drop or two to an after-school fruit dip or smoothie.

Clarity

Another homework hero, Clarity is formulated to give you sense of clear thinking and alertness. Call on this energizing blend whenever you or your resident students need to focus.

  • Diffuse Clarity when starting a challenging project or studying for a big test.
  • Apply Clarity on the temples and the back of the neck before school or study to help support memory retention and mental alertness.

KidScents

We are beyond thrilled that you can earn 5 KidScents blends with this month’s purchase! These pre-diluted oils are ready to use on your kiddos, straight from the bottle. They pass the Mom-Approved Test with a 100% in convenience.

Owie

Our first choice for first aid, Owie™ is an easy way to topically improve the appearance of your child͛s skin.

  • Keep on hand for those trips to the park.
  • Add to your first aid kit.

TummyGize

TummyGize™ is a relaxing, quieting blend that can be applied to little tummies.

  • Use after meals to support normal digestion.
  • Apply daily to promote healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.
  • Take on long car rides.

GeneYus

GeneYus™ is an excellent blend to diffuse for young minds that are focusing and concentrating on projects.

  • Diffuse while learning a new skill to help avoid frustrations.
  • Apply before sending kiddos off to school

SniffleEase

SniffleEase™ is a rejuvenating and refreshing blend formulated to help kids when the sniffles strike.

  • Apply to the chest and bottom of the feet to support the respiratory system.
  • Apply under nose to promote clear breathing.

SleepyIze

End the first day with a smooth bedtime routine.

  • Diffuse SleepyIze™ at bedtime for a peaceful aromatic environment.
  • Apply on the bottom of the feet to support restful sleep.

Raise your hand if you’re excited for school now! If you want to earn these First Day Freebies, check out our Promo Post for details. See you next week!

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.

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?

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!