Shark Week + Essential Oils: Yes, Please!

At the close of Shark Week 2018, we thought that Suzanne Rodolfich's Shark Week-themed posts were too good not to share on our blog! Enjoy:) 

Shark Skin? No, Thanks! Best Essential Oils for Skin Care 

Essential Oils are a great, natural way to take care of your skin! 

Essential Oils are a great, natural way to take care of your skin! 

Did you know that shark skin actually looks and feels like little interlocking teeth? Um, no thank you!

Young Living offers SO many options for your skin! Here are a just a few top skin oils:

Top Essential Oils for Skin

  • Frankincense—helps create youthful appearance 
  • Tea Tree—cleanses skin
  • Geranium—helps provide healthy, clear, glowing skin
  • Cypress—smooths skin
  • Copiaba—reduces redness
  • Sandalwood—soothes, tightens, cleanses
  • Blue Tansy—soothes, reduces redness, provides antioxidant
  • Kunzea—provides antioxidant benefits (check out the pics of how the Kunzea plant affects a barbed wire fence)

DIY Skin Care Recipes

My Toner Recipe

  • Witch Hazel  
  • Equal parts Frankincense (glow), Lavender (soothe), Lemon, (brighten), Copiaba

My Skin Cream Recipe

I originally created this as a diaper cream, but now I use it for all sorts of skin issues.

  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Equal parts Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Lavender

My Facial Serum Recipe

  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Myrrh,
  • 1 drop Rose

Lots of options, right? I love that we can take care of our skin with non-toxic products that meet our skin’s unique needs!

Do you sleep like a shark? Best Oils for Sleep Support

So many sleep support oils, which are your favorites? 

So many sleep support oils, which are your favorites? 

So apparently there’s lots of controversy about how and if and when sharks sleep:

  • They seem to be very active at night
  • Most species have to remain in motion, so for years scientists thought sharks didn’t sleep
  • However, now scientists think they enter periods of rest where they slow down, but their eyes are open, and it’s not a true deep sleep

Did I describe any of you with those facts? Maybe your kids?

I think many of us seek out essential oils because we need sleep support—that was my reason 5 years ago!

But just like there are lots of things we don’t know about sharks’ sleeping habits, there are so many variables with our own sleeping habits that finding an Essential Oils combo for sleep support can be trial and error.

Best Oils for Sleep Support

  • Lavender: Most people start with Lavender—this doesn’t work for me or Jonna 
  • Frankincense: this is a fav in our house and a Lavender + Frankincense combo can be powerful
  • Stress Away
  • Peace and Calming

If you really want to sleep like the dead, then consider these heavy hitters:

  • Valor
  • Valerian
  • Rutavala
  • DreamCatcher

And then there are a few that kids especially find calming:

  • Gentle Baby
  • Roman Chamomile 
  • SleepyIze

And finally, you may want to consider WHY you aren’t sleeping: Are you worried? Is your child needing a little extra security? Sometimes if we can support our emotions, we can sleep better.

Suzanne's Picks

So—what do WE use for sleep support in our house?

The Kids

  • Jonna (6)—Frankincense, Valor, or Palo Santo
  • Zanna (5)—Frankincense,  Valor, or Palo Santo
  • Mila (3)—Palo Santo and White Angelica
  • Vin (1)—Lavender or Peace and Calming

The Adults

  • Me—Valor or Rutavala (the kids would use the Rutavala, too, but that’s liquid gold and I’m a little stingy with it )
  • The hubs—whatever I’m diffusing 

And despite this lengthy post, there are still more options—I feel like I am leaving so many good ones out!

Maybe you can help me out—what are your family’s favorite oils for sleep support?

Skip the Blue Shark Blues: Essential Oils for Mood Support

No need to feel like the Blue Shark! Try out these tried and true mood boosting oils. 

No need to feel like the Blue Shark! Try out these tried and true mood boosting oils. 

This is the blue shark—according to my friends Google and Wikipedia, they are sort of sluggish and lethargic in their movements. 

Top Oils for Mood Boosting


If you’re feeling the same way, maybe a little down, a little blue, here are some oily tips to try:

  • A drop of Frankincense Vitality daily under the tongue (this is a my go-to mood lifter)
  • Frankincense + Lemon in the diffuser
  •  A few drops of Joy in your hands and inhale
  • Ylang Ylang + Orange in the diffuser
  • Super B an energy and mood lifter all in one—do you know how much our body NEEDS B vitamins? They are vital! I made this a part of my daily routine after I had Vin.
  • NingXia Red—daily, daily, daily! In addition to about a hundred other things, it supports healthy energy levels and regulates blood sugar (anybody else get HANGRY?)

Raise your hand if you had fun with Essential Oil SHARK WEEK! Share any skin, sleep or mood support tips below. Bonus points for Shark-themed ideas:) 

Young Living 2018 Convention Recap: Meet the New Products

The theme of the Young Living 2018 Convention was FREEDOM. And our team left inspired. Inspired about life, growing Tree of Life together and – of course – trying all the new exciting products. And there were a lot! To help you keep track and start using them in your daily life, we’ve got a slide for each new oily goody. Enjoy!

2018 Young Living International Grand Convention Products

Essential Oils

Along with the Freedom special edition convention blend and Journey On Gary D Young commemorative blend, Young Living debuted Kunzea Essential Oil. Find out more about this woodsy multi-tasker.

Kunzea

We can’t wait to try this diffuser-friendly oil   from the island of Tasmania in Australia! It can be used just like our other beautiful citrus oils.

We can’t wait to try this diffuser-friendly oil from the island of Tasmania in Australia! It can be used just like our other beautiful citrus oils.

Diffusers

We love the look of the Lantern Diffuser, and we think you will too!

Lantern Diffuser

With so many settings, it is one of the most versatile diffusers yet.

With so many settings, it is one of the most versatile diffusers yet.

KidScents

We love new ways to support our kids’ immune system!

MightyPro Prebiotic + Probiotic Supplement

A pre & postbiotic that kids love? Yes, please!  It’s formulated perfect for kids but still wonderful for adults!

A pre & postbiotic that kids love? Yes, please! It’s formulated perfect for kids but still wonderful for adults!

Einkorn Products

Enjoy fresh and delicious ways to enjoy healthy whole grains with your family!

Einkorn Berries

Pro Tip: You can grind the Einkorn Berries to make flour!

Pro Tip: You can grind the Einkorn Berries to make flour!

Einkorn Flakes Cereal

Start your morning with delicious and filling Einkorn Flakes cereal.

Start your morning with delicious and filling Einkorn Flakes cereal.

New in Beauty: Skin, Hair & Makeup (Oh, my!)  

Skin Care

Treat your skin to essential oil-infused goodness.

Orange Blossom Line

These plant-based and natural products are ideal for oily and combination   skin.

These plant-based and natural products are ideal for oily and combination skin.

Orange Blossom Facial Wash

The new formula is 100% plant based!

The new formula is 100% plant based!

Charcoal Bar Soap

With an fresh Orange Blossom fragrance, this smoothing soap is ideal for all skin tones.  Use for whole body for a detoxifying experience.

With an fresh Orange Blossom fragrance, this smoothing soap is ideal for all skin tones. Use for whole body for a detoxifying experience.

Orange Blossom Moisturizer

This non-greasy formula soothes skin, but moisturizes all day long.

This non-greasy formula soothes skin, but moisturizes all day long.

Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil

Cleanse your skin with essential oil-infused cleansing oil.  Wonderful for aging or damaged skin!

Cleanse your skin with essential oil-infused cleansing oil. Wonderful for aging or damaged skin!

Acne Treatment

This maximum strength formula helps prevent new blemishes. The salicylic acid is derived from wintergreen, win win!

This maximum strength formula helps prevent new blemishes. The salicylic acid is derived from wintergreen, win win!

Mineral Sunscreen

80 minutes of   water and sweat proof sun protection for the whole family.  that’s good for your skin. Recommend by the Skin Cancer Institution for daily use!

80 minutes of water and sweat proof sun protection for the whole family.  that’s good for your skin. Recommend by the Skin Cancer Institution for daily use!

Hair Care

Natural solutions for to tame even unruly manes.

Mirah Lustrous Hair Oil

Soothing oil minimizes frizz for lustrous locks. Use overnight for a deep conditioning!

Soothing oil minimizes frizz for lustrous locks. Use overnight for a deep conditioning!

Makeup

Check out all the new hues and products from Savvy Minerals!

Mattifying & Hydrating Primers

Lay the right foundation before your foundation with a Savvy Minerals Primer.

Lay the right foundation before your foundation with a Savvy Minerals Primer.

Eyeshadows

Find your favorite new show-stopping stunner!

Find your favorite new show-stopping stunner!

Lipsticks

We’re head-over-heels for these new kissable colors.

We’re head-over-heels for these new kissable colors.

Kabuki Brush

Reach for this brush when you want medium coverage.

Reach for this brush when you want medium coverage.

Veil

Prolong foundation with a shimmer or matte finish.

Prolong foundation with a shimmer or matte finish.

Mascara

This natural mascara nourishes your lashes and last all day long!

This natural mascara nourishes your lashes and last all day long!

Multitasker

Q: Is this an eyeliner, eyeshadow or brow filler?  A: All of the above (and more!)

Q: Is this an eyeliner, eyeshadow or brow filler?

A: All of the above (and more!)

Which product are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!

Have any questions about the new products? Or interested in a local class? Email us today at Treeoflifeyl@gmail.com.


 

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!

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

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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!

Beyond the Oils: Premium Starter Kit Goodies

All good things come to an end. But sometimes, even better things come in their place.  

We’ve finished our Premium Starter Kit-themed Oil of the Week series. And now, we’d like to introduce you to a brand new page that gives you easy access to each of those posts – and some bonus tips – in one place. It’s your new go-to, on-the-go PSK reference. Bookmark it, share it, study it. It’s for you, enjoy!

We've talked about the oils, but what else comes in your kit? Find out about the samples, tools and other goodies included in the Premium Starter Kit. 

We've talked about the oils, but what else comes in your kit? Find out about the samples, tools and other goodies included in the Premium Starter Kit. 

While the oils are the spotlight of the kit, this week we’ll cover what else you can look forward to in your PSK: more ways oil, share, learn and dig deeper into what Young Living has to offer.   

Ways to Oil

During the series, we made a lot of suggestions for your Essential Oil routine: Applying oils to your feet, directly to stressed muscles, under your tongue and more. The PSK includes two ways to help you use the oils in your day-to-day routine. A rollerball helps you apply an oil just where you need it. And of course, a diffuser is a great way to aromatically enjoy the oils. So for starters, the PSK includes: 

  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Diffuser

Ways to Share

If you want to share an oil with friends or family, you’ll find two easy ways to do just that. You can hand them a sample packet or give them a sample oil bottle with a few drops of your favorite oil. Cards with key information will help remind your friend how to use the oil. Start sharing with these easy PSK tools: 

  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles

Way to Dig Deeper

Young Living has a lot to offer beyond the kit. Get a small taste of one of their most popular products with two 2-oz. shots of NingXia Red. Formulated with antioxidants and infused with essential oils, this supplement helps support overall wellness.

Ways to Learn More

You’ll find a pouch full of information about your oils, Young Living, and launching your own Essential Oil business in your kit’s front flap. This is a great place to keep any notes you took at an Essential Oils 101 class. Take a peek in your kit to find: 

  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Ways to Get in Touch

Have questions about the kit? Or something you want to learn more about? Let us know! We read all comments and emails. So get in touch!