Idaho Balsam Fir

IDAHO BALSAM FIR

(Abies balsamea)

topical aromatic

Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil has a woodsy and refreshing aroma, and is grown and harvested at Young Living’s Highland Flats, Idaho farm. This oil can be diffused for a grounding, relaxing, and calming aroma, and to create a heightened spiritual environment during meditation. Idaho Balsam Fir includes the naturally occurring constituents beta-pinene and camphene, and is an important ingredient in many products including, Animal Scents™ Ointment, Deep Relief™ Roll-On, Believe™ and Gratitude™ essential oil blends, and BLM™.

Young Living’s Idaho balsam fir is harvested from Highland Flats Tree Farm, their farm in Naples, northern Idaho. Balsam fir looks much like a beautiful conifer tree—similar to something you’d decorate during the Christmas season.

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The warm aroma of balsam fir soothes and rejuvenates body and mind. Known for supporting respiratory function, this herbaceous oil can be diffused for aromatherapy or diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. Also believed to create an uplifting sense of well-being, balsam fir is a 100 percent pure Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil distilled for the needles of the balsam fir tree.  Watch this video about the 2009 harvest!

            The trees are saturated with essential oil during these coldest months, the oils protect the needles from freezing.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                ~Gary Young

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. Grounding: Diffuse for a grounding, calming, and relaxing aroma
  2. Meditation: Use during meditation to increase spirituality.
  3. Mood: place 1-2 drops in your hands, rub together and inhale for a calmative effect
  4. Holiday cheer: diffuse during the holiday for a festive scent!tree-only
  5. Bath: Add to Epsom salts in a bath for soothing experience.
  6. Vacuum: put a few drops on the vacuum filter to make the whole house smell like a Christmas tree!
  7. Dryer: Place drops on a wool ball and toss in the dryer cycle

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

(MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA)

topical aromatic

Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) helps maintain a healthy-looking scalp and hair, and supports skin health. Apply to feet and toenails when needed. This oil includes naturally occurring constituents terpinene-4-ol, gamma terpinene and alpha-terpinene, and is included in Purification® and Melrose™ essential oil blends, Animal Scents™ and Rose ointments, and ClaraDerm™.

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With a fresh, crisp aroma, Tea Tree oil is an ingredient of many soaps, creams, lotions, deodorants, disinfectants and air fresheners. It is most commonly recognized by the name tea tree oil, so named by Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779), because he often used the leaves in his tea. The part used for essential oil is the oil from the leaves.

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. Support skin health: Apply topically to improve the appearance of tender skin*
  2. Hair: Add to shampoo to help maintain healthy-looking hair and scalp*
  3. Pets: Add to pet shampoo to maintain a healthy coat*
  4. feet and toenails: Apply to feet and toenails when needed
  5. Dryer: Mix with vinegar and apply to dryer for a natural alternative to static cling
  6. Odors: Diffuse to help dispel odors

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Lemongrass Vitality Essential Oil

 LEMONGRASS VITALITY

(Cymbopogon flexuosus)

dietary

A Flex Oil in the Premium Starter Kit, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) essential oil supports overall well-being, and may support the digestive system. This oil contains the naturally occurring constituent geranial. Adding Lemongrass oil is a delightful way to enhance the flavor of meals.

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I love the smell of lemongrass. It smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter and far less sour. It is a popular item in Chinese and Thai cooking because of it’s more potent flavor.

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.

Tea: Add to tea for a refreshing drinktea

Dietary supplement: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of carrier oil. Put in a capsule and take up to 3 times daily to support overall well-being.*

Cooking: Use Lemongrass Vitality in your favorite Thai inspired meal!

Salad Dressing: Add to salad dressing or make your own!

lemongrass dressing

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 drop Young Living Lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 tsp honey

shake all ingredients until well blended

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*Disclaimer: I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and I am not endorsed by the Young Living Corporation. None of what I talk about on this site has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools based on my own personal experiences.

BATH SALTS using essential oils

BATH SALTS

What kind of salt do I use?

Sea Salt, Epsom salt, Dead Sea Salt, Kosher salt or a combination of salts. Salts can come in several grain sizes and combining them can make a visually appealing mix. Keep in mind larger salts take longer to dissolve and can be painful on sensitive tushies.

What else can I add?

Some people use 1/4 cup baking soda per 1 cup salt to add a bit of fizz to their bath.  Others add carrier oils such as Jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil for added moisturization.  To be super fancy you can add small bits of dried herbs or flowers for accents (lavender, rose petals, rosemary). Also, these salts make great gifts and adding 1-2 drops of food or soap coloring adds a wonderfully flair!  Note: Be VERY careful about adding coloring to your bath salts as using too much food coloring may stain the skin or your tub.  Find soap colorants on amazon HERE

How many drops of essential oil do I add?

Again, this is mostly personal taste. 5-10 drops of essential oil per cup of salt is a good place to start.   Use approximately 1/2 cup of salt per bath.

How do I mix them?

Add your salts into a stainless steel bowl and add your coloring, baking soda, oil or flower bits first.  Mix well.  Then add your essential oils.  Let oils dry for a couple hours before putting in an air tight glass jar.

How do I  use them?

Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of bath salt mix in a regular sized tub.  Pour salt in a warm bath and wait for the salt to dissolve.  Did you know you can also use bath salts in the shower?  Just grab a handful and add a little bit of shower gel and gently massage on your skin to exfoliate dead skin cells.

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In addition to using single oils by themselves, here are a few other ideas below:

Try these other combinations once you expand your collection:

Relax: Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lavender

Bad Day Buster: Eucalyptus and Citrus Fresh

Confidence: Citrus Fresh and Idaho Blue Spruce

Uplifting: Bergamot and Pine

Happy Happy Joy Joy: Frankincense and Geranium

Romance: Ylang Ylang and Jasmine

Energizer: Eucalyptus, wintergreen

Soothing: Jasmine and rose

Invigorating: Any combo of citrus oils!!

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Frequencies, Notes and making your own perfumes

I’d like to share some information from across the wires

On Essential Oil Frequencies:

I know less than nothing about Essential Oil frequencies.  But reading these 2 articles I learned a lot.  And now you can too.

There are times when more than one oil is needed to help the body restore proper balance. These oils create a synergy not available in single oils. Oil molecules vibrate at frequencies that match those found in the body. When the body is out of balance, oil blends help the cells resonate at proper frequencies and restore stability.” Read more at http://www.webdeb.com/oils/frequencies.htm and http://isira.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/YL-Essential-Oils-Frequency-LA.pdf and http://www.therosefrequency.com/theScience.html

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On Essential Oil blending

http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/aromaticblending.asp

Essential oils can be categorized into broad groups based on their aromas. An example categorical system is as follows:

  • Floral
    (i.e. Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine)
  • Woodsy
    (i.e. Pine, Cedar)
  • Earthy
    (i.e. Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli)
  • Herbaceous
    (i.e. Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil)
  • Minty
    (i.e. Peppermint, Spearmint)
  • Medicinal/Camphorous
    (i.e. Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Tea Tree)
  • Spicy
    (i.e. Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon)
  • Oriental
    (i.e. Ginger, Patchouli)
  • Citrus
    (i.e. Orange, Lemon, Lime)

This author also suggests that the following oils generally blend well together (though not exclusively):

  • Florals blend well with spicy, citrusy and woodsy oils.
  • Woodsy oils generally blend well with all categories.
  • Spicy and oriental oils blend well with florals, oriental and citrus oils. Be careful not to overpower the blend with the spicy or oriental oils.
  • Minty oils blend well with citrus, woodsy, herbaceous and earthy oils.

on Essential Oil Notes

The “note” of an essential oil is based on how quickly it evaporates.  This is important information when talking about perfumes or aromatherapy because the scent may change over time depending on the notes that are used.

  • Top Note: Your first impression and the scent that will fade the quickest, within 1-2 hours. this should comprise about 50-60% of blend.
  • Middle Note:  the “heart” of the blend. It will fade after 2-4 of hours and should be about 20-40% of blend
  • Base Note: This will be the anchor to your blend and it will be the note that lasts the longest, sometimes days! This should be 5-15% of blend.

You should be VERY HAPPY to have the chart below.  I say that because I did not want to to make this chart.  I searched high and low for someone else to have categorized young living essential oils but could not find it.  I put this together by bits and pieces so save it, pin it, email it to yourself, WHATEVER so you don’t lose it!

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Generally speaking, when blending oils for a pleasing scent or perfume, you should have a top note, middle note and base note.  for aromatherapy, I like to use what I call the 321 rule.  3 drops of a top note, 2 drops of a middle note and 1 drop base note for 6 drops total.

Do you NEED to have all three?  No.

Will the smell be offensive if I don’t have all three?  No.

Will I lose any therapeutic value if I don’t have all three?  No.

This is just to guide you to make blends that have great therapeutic value AND smell great!

On making perfumes

http://www.essential-oil-recipes.com/instructions-aromatherapy-perfume-recipes.html

Instructions:

  1. Measure 1 teaspoon of your carrier oil (jojoba, almond or apricot kernel) and 1 teaspoon of alcohol (Vodka), using the small funnel, into your bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils from your chosen recipe one drop at a time. You may need to use a dropper if your essential oil jars do not already have dropper measures built in.
  3. Shake the mixture well after adding each drop.
  4. Put the lid on tightly and store in a cool, dark place for a minimum of 12 days shaking at least 3 times each day.
  5. Enjoy!

Sample recipes:

Wedding nerves

  • 4 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 drops Patchouli

Poise

  • 2 drops Basil
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Coriander
  • 4 drops Petitgrain;

Or create your own!

Here are some sample combinations to get you started:

  • Lime, Rose and Vetiver
  • Orange, Lavender, Ylang ylang
  • Bergamot, Lemongrass, Sandalwoodperfume
  • Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood
  • Lemongrass, Lime, Lavender, Vetiver
  • Orange, Peppermint, Cedarwood
  • Sweet Marjoram, Lavender, Ylang ylang

 

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How cool is this.  Mayim Bialik is a wonderful role model for all women –  not just Jewish women, or women in science, or women who try to live a natural life, or all of those who also happen to be mothers.   Here’s a excerpt from her biography posted on MayimBialik.net

Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. Bialik was a dedicated student leader at UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish a cappella group……Bialik proudly breastfed her sons for a combined 6 1/2 years and is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, offering free counseling and lactation support to any woman who is referred to her. Her book about Attachment Parenting, Beyond the Sling, was published in March 2012 (Simon and Schuster). Her second book of vegan family-friendly recipes, Mayim’s Vegan Table, was published by Da Capo Press in February 2014.

So when I came across this photo of What’s in Mayim Bialik’s purse posted on US Weekly I was so happy to see that out spilled 2 oils from Young Living.  When you are Mayim Bialik you need a little bit of Peace and Calming and Lavender.

 

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I admire her so much that whatever reservations I had about aligning myself with Young Living have disappeared.  And I know that If I ever get to meet Mayim that we’d be best buds, but until then, we’ll have to share our love for Young Living essential oils from afar 😀

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Cooking spaghetti sauce today means diffusing Purification® tonight!!

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