Spearmint Vitality Essential Oil

Spearmint Vitality

(Mentha spicata)
dietary
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has a minty, slightly fruity scent, softer than peppermint.  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™.  Spearmint is frequently used in salads, drinks, and desserts;  but it
can also be used in home-made salad dressings and to marinate meats.
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. Lemon/Cucumber Water: Add 1 drop of Young Living Spearmint Vitality essential oil added to spearmint leaves or on lemon wedges; feel free to add lemon Vitality essential oil, too.
  2. Ice Cream: add a drop of spearmint Vitality to your favorite ice cream!
  3. Blend with Peppermint Vitality for digestive system support*
  4. Mojitos: Need I say more?
  5. Iced tea: spruce up your iced tea with a drop of Spearmint Vitality essential oil
  6. Whipped cream: Add to whipped cream to top chocolate desserts.
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10 uses for Transformation™ essential oil blend

Transformation™

aromatic

Transformation™  includes Idaho blue spruce, palo santo, and ocotea. These powerful essential oils empower you to replace negative beliefs with uplifting thoughts, changing your overall attitude, emotions, and behavior.

By replacing negative beliefs with new, revitalizing thought patterns, individuals gain the power to transform behaviors, emotions, and attitudes. Transformation essential oil blend can help empower and uphold the changes you want to make in your life. Transformation blend radiates with the purifying oils of lemon and peppermint along with revitalizing power of sesquiterpenes from sandalwood and Sacred Frankincense.

Positive, uplifting thoughts are foundational for the transformation of behavior.  Here are some ways you can use Transformation to transition your life for the better:

How to use: For aromatic use. Diffuse or inhale. 

  1. Relax:  Apply Transformation topically over your heart or on your shoulders to encourage relaxation and promote positive thinking.
  2. Get centered and focus: Apply Transformation on your shoulders and feel your thoughts start to change. Feel more centered and focused on your body, mind, and soul and allow yourself to listen to your inner voice and start setting goals for self-improvement.
  3. Courage: feel more courage to start to see the difference you make in your life and to make necessary changes.
  4. Believe in yourself: Inhale Transformation or place a few drops over the back of your neck to increase self-belief.
  5. Acceptance:  Acceptance of difficult situations is never easy.  Letting go requires a lot of self talk and courage.  Apply Transformation to shoulders or diffuse to promote acceptance of difficult situations.
  6. Negative emotions: Life events can leave us reeling emotionally.  Whether it’s loss of a loved one, or betrayal, our negative emotions can take control.   Inhale transformation to promote release of those negative emotions.
  7. Forgiveness: Sometimes our own stubbornness is our worse enemy.  Transform those harbored negative feelings to something more positive.
  8. Family time:  Take a deep breath and enhance a feeling of togetherness by diffusing Transformation
  9. Open Mind:  Fear of new situations holds us back from experiences.  Encourage an open mind and promote overcoming that fear with Transformation.
  10. Goal settting: When setting your goals, there are several essential oils that can help you gain vision and clarity about what you’d like to achieve.  Transformation is a great place to start.

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Blue Cypress essential oil

Blue cypress

(Callitris intratropica)

topical aromatic

Young Living’s Blue Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and wood of the rare Northern Cypress Pine, native only to Australia’s Northern Territory. The scientific name of Blue Cypress, Callitris intratropica, is derived from the Greek calli (beautiful) and treis (three), which references the tree’s triangular leaves that are arranged in spirals of three.  This oil also has historical use as an additive in perfumes and as an adhesive.

Sometimes referred to as Blue Gold, Blue Cypress is a beautiful, cobalt blue and is the only naturally blue essential oil that comes from a tree. Other blue essential oils such as German Chamomile and Blue Tansy are from flowers. So distinctive and beloved is this tree’s aroma that it was chosen as the official fragrance of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

blue cypress

Blue Cypress has been used for thousands of years by Australian aboriginal people in a variety of household and personal applications. Here are a few ways you can use Blue Cypress:

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. Activity:  Blue Cypress is great to use post-workout. Just add a few drops to V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, Ortho Ease® Massage Oil, or Ortho Sport® Massage Oil and rub it on muscles after physical workouts
  2. Skin health:  Make Blue Cypress part of your daily skin care routine.   Use Blue Cypress alone or blend it with Sacred Frankincense, Lavender, and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils and apply topically to hydrate the skin after time outside.*
  3. Soothe: Add a drop or two of Blue Cypress to shaving cream, soap, or aftershave to help soothe skin.*
  4. Use in household cleaning: Add Blue Cypress to Thieves® Household Cleaner for an added aroma while cleaning.
  5. Perfume: a middle to Base note, Blue Cypress is a popular additive to perfume blends due to it’s stabilizing properties.

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10 ways to re-purpose essential oil bottles

10 ways to re-purpose essential oil bottles

If you’ve dabbled in essential oils enough sooner or later you’ll ask yourself the same question we all do after a while…”What can I do with all these old bottles?”

You don’t want to throw them away, they’re way too cute to do that.   Besides, there has to be SOME way to re-purpose them.   Good news…There is!! The easy way to re-purpose the bottles is to use them for more essential oils.

bottle

  • Diversify your collection:  You can never have enough of your favorite oils.  For some it’s Frankincense, for others it’s Citrus Fresh, for me it’s Lavender.  In my purse, at work, at home you are sure to find a lavender bottle filled with a 50/50 solution of lavender and oil (fractionated coconut oil works well).  Now I never have to be without this incredible diverse oil.
  • Epsom Salts: Fill a lidded container with Epsom Salt.  Take your mostly empty oil bottle and shove them deep down into the salt.  Cover container and let sit for a few days.  Now you’ve a wonderfully aromatic bath salt blend!  See this post for more bath salt ideas.
  • Travel kit: Don’t risk losing your collection when you travel.  Pack a travel bag with your essential oil favorites.
  • Impromtu class: You never know when you’ll have an opportunity to share oils with someone who is interested.  Keep a set of Premium Starter Kit oils in your car.
  • Blends: Creating your own blends to suit your needs is a wonderful way to use essential oils boaroma-glidex450ttles.  For  topical blends Young Living sells aroma fitment roller ball tops just like the one that came in your Premium Starter Kit.  A few drops of this, a few of that, add a bit of oil and POOF you’ve a wonderful blend to suit your needs!

 

When making blends, use an oil bottle that comprises part of the blend you are making.  Do not, for instance, use a bottle for cinnamon bark (a HOT oil) when making a topical blend.  Ouch!  Therefore, cleaning essential oil bottles is sometimes necessary but is also trickier than you thought.

CLEANING

Essential oils are potent and some are very thick and viscous.  Straight soap and water will not be enough to erase the scent of the oils completely.  Neither will boiling.  And really thick oils such as Myrrh may be a total loss.  What you need is a SOLVENT such as high proof vodka.

  • Use every last drop in whatever blends you are making!
  • Clean the bottles as well as you can with soap and water.
  • Remove the label as you would any other label.  If it’s too sticky use some lemon or lime to clean the outside.
  • Fill the bottle with vodka and let sit overnight.  Throw the cap, top and orifice reducer in there as well.
  • In the morning rinse and let dry.  Repeat if necessary.  Use vodka over and over, but don’t drink 🙂
  • Voila!  Now you have a bottle that you can use for ANY blend without fear.

And now you are ready for another use…

  • Share, share, share: Have a friend that is not quite sure about essential oils?  Grab an empty bottle and share with them!  Now that you have clean bottles share 10 or 15 drops of Thieves, Purification, lemon – whatever!
  • Mini flower vase:  Glue some twine on an empty bottle and when your child picks weeds and hands them to you, root and all, you’ll have a place to put them
  • Storing small odds and ends:  I wear a lot of dangle earrings and the backs are always getting hard and yellow so I’m sure to have lots of spares.  The 15 ml bottle is PERFECT to store them.  And just think, if there’s some scent left in the bottle your earrings will act as perfume.  How cool!
  • Christmas Lights: I’ve heard of someone using empty bottles for tree lights.   Place each light inside a bottle and string on a mantle.  I MUST try that this year!

Have some other fun uses for empty essential oil bottles?  Let me know in the comments!

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Lime Vitality essential oil

Lime Vitality

(Citrus latifoli)

dietary

Lime essential oil has an invigorating and stimulating effect and is believed to be native of eastern Malaysia. The pleasant citrus aroma of lime may help mental clarity and encourage creativity. Today, lime is best known throughout the world as a way to help support a healthy immune system. When taken internally, lime may provide antioxidant support and aid in weight management.

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Cold-pressed from the peel of fresh limes, Lime essential oil is refreshing and energizing in both aroma and taste. Limes are frequently used in entrées and beverages for their fresh, citrus flavor. In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal benefits.
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. Enhance water: Add a drop of Lime to your drinking water for enhanced flavor and antioxidants.
  2. Weight Management: Taking Lime Vitality internally may help with ordinary weight loss.*
  3. Guacamole: add half a drop to put an extra zing your guacamole,
  4. Marinade: use as a flavorant in your marinade to liven up a boring chicken or steak dish – be creative!
  5. Lime Yogurt Sauce: See below.
  6. Citrus Fresh-Lime baked chicken: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/cooking-with-young-living/

Start small by dipping a toothpick in Lime Vitality and dragging it through your food.  Add more to taste.

lime yogurt sauce

honey lime marinade

Sources: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/how-to-use-lime-essential-oil/

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10 uses for Grounding™ essential oil

 Grounding™

topical aromatic

 

Grounding™ is a relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence. Emotional chaos can lead to poor decisions. Grounding helps you cope with reality in a positive manner.

Grounding micro compliant

Removing an excess electrical charge from an object is called grounding.  Removing an excess emotional groundedcharge can also be a form of grounding.  Tree and root oils are wonderful to help you get reconnected.  If you picture the root system of a tree as an extension of your feet you’ll get a visual feel for what it means to be grounded as that root system anchors you to the earth.  Picture emotional energy/electricity coming from the earth up one leg and exiting out the other.  For me, being grounded does not mean “control”.  Instead, being grounded is letting things take it’s natural course.

Here are some situations where I find Grounding to be beneficial.  I put a drop or 2 in my hands, tent my hands over my nose and mouth and inhale.  Also, applying Grounding topically to heart or root chakra (base of tailbone) is helpful as well.

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. Mental clarity:  When there are so many thoughts in my head I have a hard time focusing.
    2. Calming:  Work, family, relationships can be the cause of distractions and leave you feeling unbalanced.  Diffuse grounding to get back in focus.
    3. Emotional Balance:  Ever feel torn and pulled in multiple directions at once?
    4. Personal loss:  Everyone handles personal loss a bit differently.  Grounding can help you find an outlet for that grief.
    5. In a rut:  When I feel like I’m in a rut and lack the motivation to move forward.
    6. Renew Focus:  When I forget what’s really important in life.
    7. Chaos:  When I feel control slipping.  Again, for me grounding isn’t giving me control but letting me see that my perceived control is an illusion.  Just like a mighty river, there are things I can’t control.
    8. Family obligations:  Family gatherings, dinners, in-laws can be sources of increased tension.
    9. The to-do list that won’t quit:  When I have so much on my plate that I feel that it will never get done.
    10. Impending big decisions:  When I feel frozen by indecision because I don’t know the “right” decision to make. Grounding helps me be at peace with the decision that I make.
Couldn’t we all use more Grounding in our lives??

 

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Ravintsara essential oil

Ravintsara

(Cinnamomum camphora)

topical aromatic

Ravintsara is an exotic essential oil with a warm, camphor-like aroma. Held in high regard in Madagascan folk medicine, it can be used to support an overall sense of well-being.

Commonly used in meditation, Ravintsara has a pleasant, clean scent. Beloved as a single oil, it is also an important ingredient in Young Living’s Raven and ImmuPower blends.

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. Shower: Enhance your shower with essential oils. Put 5–10 drops of Ravintsara on a warm, damp washcloth and place the washcloth in the shower (out of direct contact with the water) immediately before showering.
  2. Diffuse: Ravintsara combines well with Eucalyptus essential oils. Craft a custom blend with Ravintsara and your favorite variety of Eucalyptus to diffuse in bedrooms.
  3. 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.
  4. Meditation:  a great blend to diffuse while doing Yoga or meditating.

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