Oil of the Week: Peppermint

Last (but not least), we’ll talk particulars of Peppermint in our final Oil of the Week installment. 

Pass the Peppermint!

Peppermint is in the same family as Lavender. As a relative of the Swiss Army knife of Essential Oils, it’s not surprising that Peppermint is also a versatile, everyday oil. Most people have smelled or tasted Peppermint, but this mighty mint can do a lot more than spice up brownies (but really, these brownies are delicious).

Put some pep in your step by adding a drop of Peppermint to a glass of water or tea. We also love Peppermint for digestive support and post-workout massage. Tip: Only put Essential Oils in glass or stainless steel containers.

Put some pep in your step by adding a drop of Peppermint to a glass of water or tea. We also love Peppermint for digestive support and post-workout massage. Tip: Only put Essential Oils in glass or stainless steel containers.

You can reach for Peppermint throughout your day! Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Digestive Support

Just like DiGize or Lemon, Peppermint helps support many facets of healthy intestinal function.

  • Travel: If plane travel gets you down, try inhaling Peppermint to calm down after takeoff.
  • Pregnancy: Oily mamas-to-be, give yourself a treat in those early days by inhaling or diffusing Peppermint.  
  • Appetite: Take a bite out of overeating by inhaling Peppermint to satiate cravings before you cave.

All in Your Head

  • Head Support: Refresh head or sinuses by inhaling and/or applying Peppermint directly to your temples and back of neck.

Pro Tip: Peppermint is a hot oil, so test out your tolerance with a carrier oil before you try it neat.

  • Concentration: Try diffusing Peppermint and Lemon when tackling homework or projects that take focus.

De-Stress & Cool Down

  • Post Workout Massage: Treat tired muscles to a soothing Peppermint massage. Just dilute a few drops in your favorite carrier oil and apply as needed.
  • Cool Down: You can also use Peppermint as a way to cool down on a hot summer day. Try it on the back of your neck for a refreshing treat.

DIY Natural Solution

Clear your cobwebs and then mix up this DIY Spray to help keep your home pest free. Combine the following ingredients in an empty 16-oz glass spray bottle.

  • 5-7 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 1 Squirt of eco-friendly dish soap
  • 1 TB of white vinegar (optional)  
  • Warm water  

Then spray on window frames, doorways and the dark corners where unwanted creatures often hang out. Bonus: This spray is kid and pet friendly and smells great!

Coming Soon

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Oil of the Week: Thieves

To share my love of Young Living Thieves, I always start with a quick history lesson:

Thieves is a powerful blend inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves. These thieves/perfumers formulated a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals to rob those who had died from the Black Plague. They were caught red-handed, convicted of their crimes and sentenced to be burned at the stake. However, the judges were astonished that the robbers had not caught the Black Plague, and in exchange for a lighter sentence, the thieves revealed their secret … and were hanged instead. Ok, so it was a silver lining for the thieves, but their ingenuity led to one of Young Living’s most popular oils.

Thieves contains Clove (an immune stimulant), Lemon (to promote health), Cinnamon Bark (a powerful purifier), Eucalyptus Radiata (for respiratory support) and Rosemary (an antioxidant).

Thieves contains Clove (an immune stimulant), Lemon (to promote health), Cinnamon Bark (a powerful purifier), Eucalyptus Radiata (for respiratory support) and Rosemary (an antioxidant).

How to Use Thieves Every Day

#1 Apply to Your Feet

This is the easiest oil to use in the Premium Starter Kit. All you have to remember is to apply to the bottom of your feet every day. (Remember the tip from our recent Lavender post about applying essential oils to the bottom of the feet because the pores are the largest?)

And that’s it!

Thieves is great to support the immune system, so you never want to go a day without it. Of course there are many other ways to use Thieves, but this is the simplest way to get started using your essential oils every day.

When the air outside becomes crisp and the days start getting shorter, you know it’s time to stock up on Thieves. Trust me! You don't know how many calls I get each Winter from panicked moms who just used their last drop of Thieves. Lucky for them, I keep several extras around for just these types of emergencies. Don't run out of Thieves!

#2 Diffuse (Diffuse, Diffuse!)

I use this oil in my main room diffuser all day, every day. I love how it smells, but even better, I know that my family is protected from whatever icky's that they encounter during the day or bring home with them. I also travel with my diffuser, when I arrive at my hotel room, I start the diffuser with Thieves and leave for a few hours. When I return, my room smells great and I have security and peace of mind. I love to add Orange, Tangerine or Nutmeg in the diffuser with Thieves for a little variety.

More Ways to Use Thieves

Creative Carpet Freshener

Got musty smells? Use a sprinkle shaker, fill with 1 cup baking soda, add 5 drops of Thieves, combine well. Let mixture sit overnight, so the oil has a chance to absorb. Sprinkle over carpets and vacuum thoroughly.

On-the-Go “Everything” Spray  

Make your own Thieves Spray and use it everywhere. I put about 10-15 drops in a 4oz glass spray bottle. I spray it in a smelly car, in stinky shoes, on public toilet seats, on linens and pillows, on remote controls, in restaurants, on shopping carts, in laundry baskets or trash cans. One member even said they use it on money.

Love the Blend? Check Out the Thieves Line

Thieves is one of Young Living’s most popular products. If fact, Young Living has an entire line of Thieves Household Products and Personal Care Products. Everything from toothpaste to laundry soap. Be sure to check out all of the Thieves products so you can clean your home and have personal care products toxin free.

Thieves Vitality Tips

Thieves Vitality, same great essential oil blend, now bottled with a white label indicating that this oil can be used as a dietary supplement. I use this everyday to support healthy gums and teeth. I put one drop on my Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste. It makes my mouth feel so fresh, clean and healthy. I love the spicy flavor as well. It is also great as a mouthwash or to gargle to soothe mouth and throat.

Other uses for Thieves Vitality:

  • Add a drop to your daily NingXia Red shot.
  • Add 3-5 drops to a vegetable capsule with a fatty oil and swallow with water for overall wellness and immune support.
  • Add a drop to a cup of warm water, herbal tea or other hot drinks for a spicy zing.

Have any Thieves questions? Ask away in the comments! We’d love to help!


Young Living March Promo: Our Favorite Spring Cleaning Heroes

In January, we hosted a virtual class to help our team take baby steps toward eliminating chemicals from their homes. It’s a wonderful resolution many of us have been dedicated to for years, but if you’re new to toxin-free and off to a slow start, it’s never too late for a clean sweep.

Enter Young Living’s March Promo. This month, you can earn some of our Most Valuable (and Versatile) Cleaning all-stars with your monthly Young Living purchase. You can check out all the promo details below, plus a few of our freshest oily cleaning tips to help you spring clean the Young Living way.


Put Your Promo to Work!

You’ve earned your March rewards, now here are 3 great ways to apply some (chemical-free) elbow grease for a sparkling and non-toxic home!

Thieves Household All Purpose Cleaner

You can clean practically every surface of your house with Thieves Household cleaner. Here is a basic all purpose cleaner recipe. Bonus: a capful goes a long way, so this is a reward that keeps on giving.

All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 capful Thieves Cleaner
  • 2-3 Cups Hot Water

Optional: Add 10 drops of your favorite Essential Oil for extra cleaning power and a fresh smell (Lemon or Orange would be a great options!)

Pro Tip: Always use glass bottles when cleaning with Young Living Essential Oils. Some oils may erode plastic.

Lemon-Infused Glass Cleaner

Lemon is not just a fresh scent, it’s also natural cleaning agent. Here’s a recipe that combines Thieves Cleaner with Lemon that will leave your windows and mirrors shiny.

Glass Cleaner

  • 1 capful Thieves Cleaner
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 Cup water

Just spray, wipe away and smile at your gleaming, streak-free reflection -- you've just eliminated more chemicals from your home! 

Pro Tip: You can use lemon to remove stubborn goo. Just apply 1-2 drops to grease, glue or even crayon and scrub.

Orange Wool Dryer Balls

We love Thieves Laundry Detergent for anything our family can throw...or splatter on their clothes. Give your laundry an extra squeeze of freshness by adding a few drops of Orange Essential Oil to a wool dryer ball. This simple step cuts down on static and dramatically increases each load’s freshness.

Clean Up Every Month with Essential Rewards

Love your oils and want more, more, more? Check out the amazing Essential Rewards program. Earn free products with each order you place and receive reduced shipping! This is the BEST way to help transition your family to a Toxin Free Home!

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