Pine essential Oil

Pine Essential Oil

(Pinus sylvestris)

topical aromatic

Pine essential oil is steam distilled from the needles of the Pinus sylvestris tree, which originates in Austria, the United States, and Canada.

For those that celebrate Christmas, there is nothing quite like the sounds, the visions and the SMELLS of the holiday season.  Fresh wassail simmering on the stove, Peppermint treats tempting your sweet tooth, and of course the wonderfully festive scent of the Christmas Tree.

I don’t know about you, but the scent of pine is like a time machine for me. It puts me right back into my living room, sitting around a live tree with twinkling lights and more wrapped presents than any child should ever have a right to.   Of course now we are older and some may still get a live tree with others have opted for the convenience of an artificial tree.  But instead of those harsh, chemical laden “pine scent in a bottle” sprays, why not get the next best thing to a real tree – OIL from a REAL TREE!!

But be careful…according to wikipedia, synthetic pine oils accounted for 90% of sales as of 2000.  Young Living oils are 100% pure, authentic oils that you and your family can use with full peace of mind.

christmas forest blend

Not only does this oil remind me of the holidays, Pine essential oil has a refreshing and empowering aroma. When diffused, this oil has a calming scent.

It is also an important ingredient in Young Living’s RC blend which I love to use in the shower.   When the steam interacts with RC (or Pine) is it invigorating and energetic.

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Diffuse alone or with Idaho Balsam Fir and Cedarwood to transform your home into a virtual forest!
  2. Collect pine cones, clean and bake for 30 minutes at 200°.  Generously add pine essential oil to pine cones.  Seal in a ziploc bag for 2-3 weeks.  Remove from bag and place in tree to infuse your living area with the power of pine.
  3. No pine cones?  Use rattan sticks!  Add pine essential oil and place strategically throughout the tree.
  4. There is a reason why Pine-Sol has been a traditional popular cleaner – the scent of pine is crisp and clean.  Add to your favorite cleaner to enjoy the scent all year round.
  5. Diffuse in the car while driving around looking at holiday lights.
  6. Add to your shower or bath and inhale deeply for a rewarding experience.
  7. Make Terra Cotta ornaments with the kids and infuse them with the power of pine!

 

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Celery Seed Vitality™

Celery Seed Vitality™

(Apium graveolens)

dietary

Produced from the steam distillation of dried seeds, Celery Seed Vitality™ brings a pleasant aroma and taste to pickling blends and brines. Celery Seed Vitality offers a flavor profile that is commonly described as earthy and grassy. It can add a unique depth of taste to coleslaw and salad dressings and can also be used for seasoning poultry.

How to use: For internal use.  To use as a dietary supplement, add to food, water or other beverages.  Can also place a few drops in a vegetable capsule and take internally to support overall wellness.

  1. Add 1–2 drops of Celery Seed Vitality to a vegetarian gel capsule and take as a dietary supplement as needed.
  2. Combine Celery Seed Vitality and Carrot Seed Vitality for an impactful flavor in your next vegetable or poultry-based soup.
  3. Add 1–2 drops to the cooking water for rice and serve with baked poultry.
  4. Make a delicious homemade Coleslaw!
  • 1 package shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup lowfat mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 drop Celery Seed Vitality essential oil

Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, spices and celery seed Vitality.  Add to coleslaw mix and toss to coat.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  For creamier coleslaw, double the dressing.

celery seed vitality

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Rose essential oil

Rose essential oil

(Rosa damascena)

topical aromatic

Rose essential oil is a precious oil that is one of the most recognizable scents in the world.  Rose oil is distilled to gently release the delicate flower’s oil through steam. Because each 5-ml bottle requires 22 pounds of rose petals, Rose oil is one of the most valuable (and expensive) essential oils you can acquire.  22 pounds of rose petals? Seriously??

rose

Its sweet, rich aroma encourages feelings of positive self-reflection and can create an uplifted feeling when inhaled. Rose oil has also been used topically for thousands of years, and today it can be found in many skin care products, including Young Living’s Rose Ointment™.

  1. Apply directly to skin to help moisturize and support the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin.
  2. Well known for it’s aroma, Rose oil is a wonderful oil to use as a personal fragrance.  Try adding a drop or 2 to your wrists, neck or other pulse points.
  3. Rose oil is an emotionally uplifting scent.  Try adding a couple of drops to you hands, rub them together, then hold up to your nose and inhale.
  4. Add a few drops to bath salt and add to warm bath for a relaxing experience.  Have a jet spa?  What better oil to add some romance to your bath for two?
  5. Add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or facial cream for a lovely fragrance that also moisturizes.
  6. Diffuse in your home or bathroom for a spa-like setting and a fresh, soothing aroma.
  7. Combine with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex for a relaxing, indulgent massage.
  8. Place a few drops in your shampoo or conditioner for a floral scent and additional moisturizing properties.

rose

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Hope™ essential oil blend

Hope™ essential oil blend

topical aromatic

This has been an especially troubling time for me and for our country.  This is the month of the tragic and deadly Las Vegas shooting perpetrated by a man who seemingly had no motive (as of the time of this post).  There are wildfires out of control in California destroying wine country.  There is a humanity disaster in Puerto Rico as they try to recover from Hurricane Maria.  Texas and Florida are also still trying to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  There has been a severe drought in the Dakotas and severe weather all throughout the Midwest.  All in all, 2017 is on track to becoming one of the more deadly (and expensive!) years on record.  It is easy to see how one could lose hope in the presence of all these disasters.

Instead of giving in to despair and losing hope for what is to come, I reached for my bottle of Hope and thought this was the perfect time to revisit this particular blend.

The blend of essential oils found in Hope brings an aroma that invites you to restore your faith by reconnecting with feelings of strength and stability.  The oils in Hope are:

  • Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil,
  • Melissa officinalis† (Melissa) leaf oil
  • Juniperus osteosperma† (Juniper) oil
  • Commiphora myrrha† (Myrrh) oil
  • Picea mariana† (Black spruce) leaf oil

Whether you want to reconnect on a spiritual, emotional or mental level, Hope essential oil blend can help you get there.  This oil works especially well if you are going through stressful moments that may make looking forward difficult to envision.

Hope microcompliant

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  • Apply to wrists, neck or pulse points for a personalized fragrance
  • Diffuse when you feel “stuck” to help you envision a more positive future
  • Fretting does nothing but cause wrinkles!   Diffuse Hope and look forward to a better tomorrow.

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Super C™ supplement

Super C™ supplement

As the weather gets colder, it’s important to support your immune system!

TABLETS: Super C™ not only contains 2,166% of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C per serving, but it is also fortified with rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, and minerals to balance electrolytes and enhance the effectiveness and absorption of vitamin C.* The essential oils that are added may also increase bioflavonoid activity. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins required by our bodies. The ingredients in Super C play a role in normal immune and circulatory functions, help to strengthen connective tissues, and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity.* Because our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin C, we can benefit by consuming this powerful antioxidant daily.

How to use: For reinforcing immune strength, take 2 tablets daily. For maintenance, take 1 tablet daily. Best if taken before meals. 

super C tablets

CHEWABLES: For those that have a difficult time swallowing pills, Super C comes in a convenient chewable.  These chewables combine pure Orange essential oil with a proprietary blend of camu camu, acerola, cherry, and rose hips fruit powder to create a powerful immune-supporting supplement. Together, these premium ingredients deliver desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C.

Not only are the chewable tablets convenient, but they are OH so delicious!!  You and your children will think you are getting a treat instead of supporting your immune system.

How to use: Take daily or when additional vitamin C is desired.  Directions: Take 1 chewable tablet 3 times daily or as needed.

super C

And as you’d come to expect from Young Living, these supplements are free of common allergens, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, salt, sugar, starch, corn, wheat, yeast, and soy products.

Below are some interesting facts about the ingredients and why they were chosen for this product:

Camu camu is harvested by hand from canoes in the Amazon region of South America. It contains phenolics, antioxidants, and amino acids.

Rose hip contains vitamin C and is rich in carotenoids and phenolics. Europeans have used it in herbal teas for many years because of its rich vitamin C content.

Super C contains whole-fruit powders and no added fructose, which makes it taste great and a great option to support children and adults.

 

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Animal Scents® Collection

Animal Scents® Collection

Last week I talked in general terms about using essential oils with animals and what precautions you need to take.  This week I wanted to take a closer look at the options that Young Living has to offer.  Not only does Young Living offer me non-toxic solutions for me and my beloved pet, I also love being a part of a company that gives back:

A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.

animal scents ointment

Animal Scents Ointment: a protective and soothing salve enhanced with Tea Tree and Myrrh essential oils.   The great thing about this salve is that it is so versatile!  You can use it on pets, humans, and accessories!! (hint: if you love Rose Ointment but don’t want to spend the money, Animal Scents Ointment is a great substitute!)

How to use: Clean the affected area. Apply as needed. If using Young Living® essential oils, apply oils prior to application of Animal Scents™ Ointment.

  1.  Use on specific areas on your pet or yourself to support healthy skin.
  2. If using essentials oils topically, use the oils first and then seal it with Animal Scents ointment.  It will help to seal the oil in and nourish your skin at the same time.
  3. Use a salve on your heels before going to bed at night
  4. Use to seal in moisture and promote healthy cuticles
  5. I like to use a small amount on my rough elbows and knees at night!
  6. A small amount of this ointment is all that is needed to sooth your skin after shaving
  7. Add a small amount to a cloth and use to clean and shine leather purses and shoes

Animal Scents Shampoo: cleans, conditions, and protects your pet’s coat without harmful ingredients. Formulated with five pure essential oils and other natural ingredients, this shampoo is safe and effective for animals.

How to use: Pour a small amount into palm and rub gentley between hands.  Massage thoroughly into pet’s wet coat.  Lather, rinse, repeat if necessary.  This shampoo is highly concentrated and may be diluted with water.

Animal Scents Dental Pet Chews: Tasty treats that support oral health with specially designed ridges that gently remove buildup on your pet’s teeth.  Plus, these chews contain no artificial colors or flavors

How to use: This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. For 20+ lb. pets: give 2 chews per week. For 5-19 lb. pets: give 1/2 a chew 2 times a week. Adjust diet as needed to accommodate this chew. Consult a veterinarian for pets that are pregnant or under 5 lbs. before use.

Animal Scents Essential Oil Blends:

These blends are formulated with your pet’s health in mind!  PuriClean, InfectAway and Mendwell are most effective when used as a 3 part system.


Puriclean, InfectAway, and Mendwell:

How to use:

  • Add 1–2 drops topically.** 
  • Use an AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment to conveniently apply a generous amount.**
  • Put 8–10 drops in a 1-oz. spray bottle with distilled water for a quick skin-cleansing spritz.**

ParaGize: With a  proprietory blend of Ginger, Peppermint, Spearmint, and other supportive oils, ParaGize promotes healthy digestion.*

How to use:
  • Apply 1–2 drops topically to the abdominal area.**

RepelAroma: A unique combination of purifying and invigorating Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo, and Tea Tree essential oils—your pet will love being outside!

How to use:

  • Apply 2–4 drops to your hands and pet onto your animal’s coat.**
  • Add to a 1 oz. spray bottle and spritz generously on your animal’s coat or skin**

T-Away: A soothing scent for your animal to support a new level of emotional freedom and joyful feelings.

How to use:

  •  Add 1 drop behind each ear to calm your pet**
  • Use an AromaGlide Roller Fitment to apply to the bottoms of paws or on the flanks.**

**Carefully apply according to the size and species of animal.  As a general rule dilute more for smaller species.

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Animals and essential oils

Animals and essential oils

If your pet or animal has a medical issue, please consult with your veterinarian before administering essential oils.

When I say that essential oils can be enjoyed by the whole family, I mean the fur-babies too!   Why should they be left out of the fun?  But because our pets can’t tell us how oils make them feel, and are generally more sensitive to scents and oils than humans, we should proceed with caution and keep a few salient points in mind

  • Start by heavily diluting oils and using in moderation.  For instance, use one drop of oil mixed with 4-5 drops of carrier oil.  Monitor your pets reaction before proceeding further.  For larger pets, decrease dilution as needed.  Smaller animals should always be given a diluted dose.
  • Do not apply oils near a pets eyes, nose, mouth or other sensitive areas.
  • Do not use hot oils such as Wintergreen or Peppermint
  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano, Clove and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.  Also, cats are generally adverse to citrus oils.
  • The smaller the animal, the less oil you should use.
  • To acclimate your animal to the scents of essential oils, try diffusing or wearing the oils as you are near your pet.
  • to apply topically:
    • For cats and dogs, the paws and pads are a great place to start
    • For hooved animals, apply to spine or flank
    • Try rubbing oils on your hands and then stroking on your pets fur
    • For larger areas, try mixing with water or carrier oils and spraying on your animal.  (Be careful around the eyes!)
    • Use Animal Scents Ointment to seal and protect any area where oils have been applied, if desired.

Animal Scents

Animals-and-Pet-Infographic

A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.

 

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