Frankincense vs. Sacred Frankincense

FRANKINCENSE vs SACRED FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense is considered a prized oil by many and won’t be without it their home.   If you’ve ever wondered how the Frankincense resin is obtained, watch this brief video.  Amazing!

So, what is the difference between these two?  The brief answer is that one is sourced from Somalia, the other from Oman.  But even though they are similar oils, their chemical makeup is, indeed, different.

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FRANKINCENSE ~ Boswellia Carteri ~ Somalia
The name Frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for “real incense”.  Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it.

Frankincense can be used to lift moods and promote grounding.   Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) as well as the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands.  Also, Frankincense is wonderful to support skin and health.

SACRED FRANKINCENSE ~ Boswellia Sacra ~ Oman
YL Sacred Frankincense oil is the first and ONLY Omani frankincense available to those outside of Saudi royals or the privileged Oman. It can only be found in Oman.
After 15 years of research, many trips to Oman, and numerous meetings and negotiations with Omani officials, Gary Young (YL founder) was granted the first export permit in the history of Oman for the release and export of the oil.   He also received permission to build a Young Living distillery in the country and to export the resulting essential oil out of Oman.  Sacred Frankincense may provide a higher state of spiritual awareness

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Aroma Life™ essential oil blend

Aroma life™

topical aromatic

Aroma Life™ combines the harmonizing effects of ylang ylang with known powerhouses cypress, helichrysum, and marjoram. Pulsing with life, this vibrant blend energizes your life force. It is best applied over heart energy – front and/or back.

How to use: For aromatic or topical use. Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply over the heart, on the feet, on the hand under the ring finger, and above the elbow. . Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Bath: Add to Epsom salts in a bath for soothing experience
  2. Massage:  Dilute with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex for a body massage
  3. Dryer: Place drops on a wool ball and toss in the dryer cycle
  4. Mood: place 1-2 drops in your hands, rub together and inhale

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Aroma Siez™

Aroma Siez™

topical

Aroma Siez™ is a relaxing blend that is excellent for massaging away life’s little discomforts. Well suited for use after exercise or at the end of a trying day, it also provides soothing comfort for the head, neck, and tired feet.

A key Young Living blend, Aroma Siez features the soothing and relaxing aroma of Lavender essential oil. It is also an important part of our proprietary Raindrop Technique®.

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

      1. Exercise: After exercising, dilute Aroma Siez in V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex for use in massage.
      2. Soothe: Enjoy the soothing, relaxing scent of Aroma Siez by diluting and massaging it into the back of the neck.
      3. Foot Massage: Dilute Aroma Siez and massage it into feet after a long day.

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Essential Oil Life Hacks

With nearly a million variations on 400 smell receptors, everyone senses smell differently.

Essentials oils are no different.  I know many people that LOVE the smell of Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend.  I, personally, do not care for it.  I also know many people, myself included, that think Young Living’s Cedarwood essential oil smells like, well, cat piss.  And I know *one* person that LOVES the smell of Cedarwood.

So what is an essential oil life hack?  Just ways to use YOUR favorite aromatic essential oil.  Doesn’t matter what it is, or what combination it is; as long as it’s pleasant to you, you can use one of these hacks.

I love love love Young Living’s Purification essential oil.  I use it as much as I can for anything aromatic.  But I also like lavender, bergamot, cypress and grounding.  So change it up depending on your mood and the oils that you have on hand.  These are meant to make your life easier, not more difficult.

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I made this yesterday.  I’ve never made applesauce so I didn’t know how easy it was.  Peel apples, cut, add essential oils, simmer 30 min.  Mash.  Mmmmmmm.

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Here’s the recipe from Young Living.  I didn’t know how it was going to turn out so I made half a batch.  2 lbs of apples is approximately 6 apples.  I then added 2 drops of lemon eo and one drop of cinnamon bark eo.  And yes, one drop of cinnamon bark flavors this entire bowl!  Always start with a small amount of cinnamon bark and it is a very potent flavor.  As a matter of fact, if you are making a half batch I would maybe dip a toothpick in the cinnamon bark and drag it through the applesauce and then taste test.  You can always add more.

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I opted to mash instead of puree because I like my applesauce chunky.  You want some, admit it.  There’s no shame in that.  The drooling is a little bit embarrassing though – pull yourself together and make your own!

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Citrus Fresh™

Citrus Fresh™

topical aromatic

A Flex Oil in the Premium Starter Kit, Citrus Fresh™ creates a clean, fresh scent for any environment when diffused. This proprietary and refreshing blend combines:

Citrus Fresh includes the naturally occurring constituents limonene, beta-pinene, and linalol. Wear it topically for a beautiful and fragrant perfume or cologne to refresh and inspire. Apply topically to help beautify and maintain the appearance of a healthy skin tone.

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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. Bath: Add 7-9 drops to 1/2 cup of epsom salt and add to a bath and enjoy the fragrant aroma.
  2. Air freshener: Environmental impurities can take on a life of their own in  your home.  How about that visitor that reeks of cigarette smoke? The wet dog smell on a rainy day?  Diffuse this oil to freshen the air.
  3. Open house:  Having guests or an open house?  Diffusing Citrus Fresh makes your home smell fresh and clean
  4. Laundry:  Add a few drops to the wash cycle to freshen a stinky washing machine.  Add to a wool dryer balls for a wonderfully refreshing smell.  Try it on the towels!
  5. Lotion: Add to you favorite lotion to help beautify the skin*
  6. Thieves cleaner: Add to Thieves Cleaner to enhance the aroma
  7. Air filter: Add a couple of drops to your air filter to make the whole house smell like citrus!
  8. Glass Cleaner: Use with Thieves Household Cleaner to create a non-toxic glass cleaner
  9. Goo Remover: A litte bit of Citrus Fresh, coconut oil and baking soda and *poof* you have a goo remover!

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Comedogenic ratings of oils

Comedogenic Ratings

When we use oils such as Frankincense or Lavender for skin health, we should be mindful of which carrier oil you are using so you don’t negate the beneficial effects of the oils.  Below is a list compiled from a fairly well quoted study from the Journal of Society of Cosmetic Chemists.  The journal article was published in 1989 and uses rabbit ears to determine the comedogenicity and irritant factor of a number of different products.  Poor bunnies :(.

Also know that in my research there are a few people who suggest that this article is not an accurate representation of comedogenicity, as results of the test bore little resemblance to actual results.  As always, do your research and come to your own conclusions.  Try a couple of different oils and choose the one that works best for you.  Carrier oils are relatively cheap and easily accessible on amazon, in health food stores and even in your neighborhood grocery store.  For myself, organic coconut oil wasn’t my favorite.  I switched to Jojoba oil and have much better luck.
Happy oiling!
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Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Blue, Eucalyptus Radiata

 Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus

topical aromatic

There are over 700 species of eucalyptus according to wikipedia.  So when you buy an oil that is just labeled as “eucalyptus”, which of these 700 species are you getting?  Different species have different constituents which can alter the therapeutic usefulness of the oil.    That’s why it’s important to look at the SPECIES of essential oil you are using.

Eucalyptus species, in general, can be dangerous around infants and pregnant women.  Please research the oils carefully so you can make an informed decision about what is safe for you and your family.

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Eucalyptus Globulus – Aromatic and Topical use

  • Eucalyptol 70-90%  (Eucalyptol is what gives eucalyptus it’s fresh, camphor-like smell)
  • Alpha-Pinene 1-5%
  • Para-Cymene 1-5%
  • Limonene 6-9%

Eucalyptus Globulus has a fresh, penetrating scent. It contains a high percentage of the constituent eucalyptol, a key ingredient in many mouth rinses. Applied topically, it is often used to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise.

Uses for eucalyptus globulus:

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. Massage: use for massage after activity (Great to add to Ortho Sport massage oil!)
  2. Diffuse: Diffuse for a clean scent that invigorates the senses. Perfect to diffuse during your next workout!
  3. Face Cream: Embrace the cleansing benefits of Eucalyptus Globulus by adding a drop or two to your favorite facial cream! Be cautious around the eye area, as it can produce a tingling sensation
  4. Shower:  While showering, place 5-10 drops on a warm, wet washcloth and place in shower before showering  and inhale deeply to invigorate the senses.
  5. Aromatic steam: Add a few drops of Ravintsara to a bowl of steaming hot water. Lean your face over the bowl and drape a towel over your head and the bowl like a small tent. Breathe deeply and slowly to enjoy the aromatic steam.
  6. Bubble Bath: create a bubble bath for a soothing experience
  7. Breathe Fresh: Enjoy an uplifting experience by inhaling Eucalyptus Globulus directly or rubbing it on your chest.

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Eucalyptus Blue (Eucalyptus bicostata) – Aromatic and Topical use

  • Eucalyptol 40-80%
  • Alpha-Pinene 10-30%
  • Aromadendrene <7%
  • Limonene 4-8%

Eucalyptus Blue has a fresh, balanced, invigorating aroma and is a cross between Eucalyptus Citriodora and Eucalyptus Globulus.  Although it contains a high percentage of eucalyptol, because of its balanced chemical constituents, it is the only eucalyptus that has been found  that does not cause an allergic reaction in people who have allergies to eucalyptol.  For this reason, Eucalyptus Blue is preferred over many of the eucalyptus species.

Uses for eucalyptus blue:

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: Diffuse to promote a calming environment. Wake up your afternoon by diffusing Eucalyptus Blue in your home or office.
  2. Massage: use for massage after activity.
  3. Post workout: Cool down after a hard workout by adding a few drops of Eucalyptus Blue to a cold, wet washcloth and wiping your face and neck.

Eucalyptus Radiata – Aromatic and Topical use

  • Eucalyptol 60-75%
  • Alpha-Pinene 2-6%
  • Alpha Terpineol 5-10%
  • Limonene 4-8%

Eucalyptus Radiata is cooling, refreshing, and energizing. Lighter in smell than Eucalyptus globulus, it has many of the same supportive properties. Because it is relatively gentle and nonirritating, it is the preferred choice for children (Do not use directly on nasal passages, however.  Not suitable for infants). Eucalyptus Radiata can be used in your favorite household cleaners, and is an important ingredient in Breathe Again™ Roll-On, Thieves®, and R.C.™ essential oil blends, Inner Defense™, and Ortho Ease® Massage Oil.This variety is one of the most versatile of the eucalyptus oils and is suitable for topical use, diffusing, and even direct inhalation.

Uses for eucalyptus radiata:

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. Cleaners: Add to your favorite household cleaner for a burst of extra freshness.
  2. Shower: Turn your shower into a spa by adding 5­–10 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata on a warm, damp washcloth and placing it just out of direct contact with the water before showering. It will create a cool, refreshing experience—perfect for a post-workout pick-me-up!
  3. Massage: use for massage after activity (great when added to OrthoSport massage oil!) or to soothe your tired footsies
  4. Diffuse: Diffuse for a stimulating and rejuvenating environment
  5. Odors: Kick the stale odors out of closets, attics, and anywhere else they may loom with a DIY room refresher spray powered by Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil.

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Spearmint: Spearmint essential oil includes naturally occurring carvone and limonene. Blend with Peppermint oil for digestive system support*. This oil is an important ingredient in many Young Living products including Citrus Fresh™, EndoFlex™, GLF™, Ningxia Nitro™, and Thryomin™.
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Cinnamon Bark Vitality Essential Oil

Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil

(Cinnamomum verum)

old botanical synonym —Cinnamomum zeylanicum

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Young Living Cinnamon Bark essential oil promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen*. Cinnamon has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a spice, and provides a spicy and delicious addition when cooking or baking. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituent cinnamaldehyde, and is an important ingredient in many Young Living products including Thieves®, Abundance™, and Inner Defense™.

Cinnamon bark is a “hot” oil.  This means that it is known to cause sensitivity to the skin when used undiluted, or “neat”.

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. Cooking/Baking: A little goes a long way with cinnamon oil.  Start by dipping a toothpick in the cinnamon oil and drag it through your batter.  Repeat as necessary
  2. Immune support:   When taken internally, cinnamon can support a healthy immune system.*
  3. Tea: add a single drop to tea and sip for a refreshing and soothing drink as part of a healthy lifestyle regimen*
  4. Applesauce – see below
  5. Oatmeal: Add 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark and 2 drops of Orange essential oil to a bowl of oatmeal or oat bran, and then sweeten with Blue Agave.
  6. Sweet Potatoes: Add to your favorite sweet potato dish with blue agave and sea salt!
  7. Breads: spice up your pumpkin, banana or spice bread with cinnamon vitality, nutmeg vitality or clove vitality essential oils
  8. Cinnamon toothpicks – see below

 

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