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.

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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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Essential Oil Holiday gift ideas

Holiday Gifts showcasing Young Living Essential Oils

Christmas Spirit essential oil blend is always a holiday favorite!

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Forget those harmful aerosol sprays.   Infuse your tree with Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil instead.  #19289

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lip balm gift set including Cinnamint, Grapefruit, Lavender, Vanillamint – A  perfect stocking stuffer!

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Also:

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Clove essential oil

Clove

(Syzygium aromaticum)

topical aromatic

Clove essential oil is used aromatically and topically  while Clove Vitality essential oil is a dietary oil and therefore can be ingested.

Clove is an important ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, and has a scent that is very warm and inviting.   Clove is the perfect scent for fall and winter – it reminds me of Thanksgiving, Mulled cider, crisp nights, and Christmas.  It comes from the flower buds of the evergreen tree and the buds resemble small nails or tacks.   Always dilute Clove when using topically.

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. Enjoy this festive fall scent in your own sugar scrub by combining 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup sugar and your favorite oils.  Combine Clove with complimentary oils such as Cinnamon, Orange, or Ginger.
  2. Add a single drop to your toothbrush when brushing your teeth to promote fresh, clean breath!
  3. Clove is a warming oil and is therefore a great oil to use for a warming massage.
  4. Diffuse Clove any time of year to enjoy it’s spicy scent.  Try diffusing it with Frankincense and orange.
  5. Add clove to a spritzer bottle with water and alcohol and use it to spritz up your potpourri.  Feeling adventurous?  Make your own potpourri using dried fruits, dried flower heads or petals, pine cones and wood chips.  Combine Clove with Cassia, Vetiver, Orange, Cinnamon, Ginger and spritz on potpourri as needed for a wonderfully fall scent.  This makes a GREAT Christmas gift!

Potpourri

Homemade Potpourri suggestions:

  • Star Anise
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Dried apple, lemon or orange slices.  Slice thin and bake @ 200° for 2 hours.  Read more about drying fruit here.
  • Dried orange peels
  • Pine cones
  • Bay leaves
  • Whole Cloves
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Dried flower petals or flower heads (dry by hanging upside down)
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Shell nuts such as almonds, chestnuts or walnuts
  • Vanilla bean pods
  • Pine branches
  • Acorns
  • Dried tree bark or wood chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Optional: Orris root powder – this helps the scent to last longer.  Orris powder can readily be found on Amazon.com
  1. Make sure that all ingredients are completely dry.  this can be accomplished by heating them in the oven at a very low temperature or by placing them in a warm corner of your house for a couple of weeks.  Be sure to choose a mix that not only smells nice, but has an appealing texture and color as well.
  2. Mix your potpourri using any combination you choose, add a Tbsp of orris powder and 2-3 drops of each essential oil.  Mix.
  3. Store in airtight container for 2-3 weeks.  Add to a decorative bowl and enjoy.
  4. Alternatively, add one cup of potpourri mixture to a pot of water on the stove to infuse the home with your scent.

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Christmas Spirit essential oil

Christmas Spirit

aromatic

Christmas Spirit is a sweet, spicy blend of orange, cinnamon, and spruce essential oils that tap into the happiness, joy, and security associated with the holiday season. With Christmas Spirit on hand, simply open a bottle and start diffusing!

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

Diffuse: Diffuse during the holiday for a festive scent!

Room Spray: Make your own DIY room spray and add Christmas Spirit

Vacuum: put a few drops on the vacuum filter to make the whole house smell like Christmas!

Christmas Spirit

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Mother’s Day and Young Living – a match made in essential oil heaven

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Shop NOW so that you can add a Mother’s Day surprise to your Essential Rewards order – goodies for her – point for you!  That’s what i call a win-win 🙂

Massage for Mother’s Day

From the Young Living Archives May 6th, 2014 Looking for that perfect gift for the mom in your life? Whether it’s for your own mother, your kids’ mom, or just a friend that you want to pamper, here are some suggestions to help celebrate Mother’s Day. Relaxing Massage ortho ease Give the gift of your time and attention with a massage. A foot and hand massage or back rub using Young Living Ortho Ease®, Relaxation™, or Ortho Sport® massage oils can soothe tired, stressed muscles; help restore vitality; and promote relaxation in the mind and body. You can also create your own massage oil blend by adding any of the oils below to Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex:

If your mom isn’t close by, send her a Vitassage™ Essential Oil Dispensing Massager, which dispenses up to three different massage oils simultaneously and enables her to find relief for sore, tired muscles any time she needs it. RutaVaLa™, Stress Away™, or Tranquil™ roll-ons also make great gifts and are small enough to keep in her purse for anytime use. Cooking with Essential Oils For the mom who loves to cook, give her a “bouquet” of Young Living essential oils to enhance any meal’s flavor and add vibrant energy to food. Choose among Dill, Basil, Fennel, Black Pepper, Lemon, Clove, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Tarragon, and Thyme. Better yet, give her the oils and cook the meal for her. You know that old saying: “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.” That’s especially true when your mom doesn’t have to do the cooking! Share your comments below on gift ideas for the mother in your life. We always love hearing from you! —Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

And don’t forget the ART Skin Care System!!

From the Young Living archives: Dec 1, 2014 Great skin care starts with three fundamental steps: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Our new ART® Skin Care System offers three reformulated products that are designed to do just that. Authentic beauty radiates from within, and these products were created to emphasize your inherent beauty in a safe, natural way that doesn’t compromise your long-term health.   Gentle Cleanser, Refreshing Toner, and Light Moisturizer serve as the foundation of your daily skin care regimen. Let’s take a closer look at these newest additions to our ART product line:   ART Gentle Cleanser Cleansing twice daily is the first step to healthier-looking skin. Offering the same essential oil benefits as its predecessor, our new Gentle Cleanser uses additional plant-based ingredients to gently and effectively remove pore-clogging impurities from the skin.   We recommend using ART Gentle Cleanser morning and night or after any heavy sweating. Use lukewarm water and lather a nickel-sized amount of cleanser with your hands before massaging it onto the face. Rinse, and then pat dry. The mild foaming action leaves your face feeling clean, soft, and supple without stripping it of its natural oils.   ART Refreshing Toner Applying toner is an oft-skipped step, but if you want maximum benefits from your skin care regimen, don’t leave it out! Providing essential oils in a light, easily-absorbing formula, ART Refreshing Toner smoothes and balances the skin after cleansing, diminishes the appearance of pores, and removes residual particles left behind after cleansing. To apply, dampen a cotton ball with toner and gently swipe across clean, dry skin.     ART Light Moisturizer A good moisturizer forms a hydrating barrier on the skin to lock moisture and other beneficial ingredients into the skin and protect it from environmental attacks. Our new ART Light Moisturizer combines the best features of the former Day Activator and Night Reconstructor into one advanced, essential oil-infused formula. With new active botanicals that work with all skin types to help retain and maintain proper hydration, ART Light Moisturizer also reduces the visible signs of aging, evens skin tone, and improves skin elasticity. Massaged into the face morning and evening after applying toner, this moisturizer leaves your complexion refreshed, renewed, and radiant.   We can hardly wait for you to try these exciting new products! This easy-to-follow skin care regimen is gentle enough for every skin type and helps build healthy, youthful-looking skin now and long term. Your skin is a canvas—prepare it beautifully!   Gloria Russo—International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care And what better way to get closer to Mom than to have a girls night IN complete with facials from Young Living.  Incorporate the Beauty Masque a couple of times a week to help promote younger, healthier-looking skin for you and Mom!.

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Gifts of the Magi using essential oils

With my newfound love of essential oils, I decided to get creative this year.  That’s usually a bad idea, since I’m not the creative type.  So I have to resort to stealing/modifying someone else’s idea.   And this is what I found at http://www.theidearoom.net

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If you’d like to start with some basics, first read my post about Bath Salts using your premium starter kit.

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Supplies:

Airtight glass containers:  I got mine at Hobby Lobby.  My containers are small because I was making 10 of these for my family members.  But Hobby Lobby, or any crafting store, should have a wide variety of jars.

Gift Boxes:  These i picked up at Michael’s and are the perfect size for these little jars

“Hay”: brown crinkle paper, again at Michael’s, acted as my poor man’s hay.  Plus, since I was shipping these boxes, the paper worked well as padding.

Chocolate Gold coins: Available most everywhere candy is sold this time of year.

Twine: I used twine to tie the labels onto the packages.  To make the labels, I used picmonkey.com which is a free and easy infographic making program.

Myrrh Bath Salts

What you’ll need

Salt:  For these bath salts I used a 3 different types of salt.  Epsom salt for therapeutic benefit, Kosher salt for texture and then Himalayan Salt for just a pop of color.  But any combination of salts will work for this recipe

Olive Oil: Just a hint of Extra Virgin Olive oil or any other carrier oil will help keep this mix from drying out.

Myrrh essential oil:  Young Living carries a wide variety of oils.  Buy your Myrrh essential oil HERE.

Lavender essential oil (optional):  Myrrh, by itself, isn’t very fragrant.  I did not add anything to my mix because I wanted to stay true to the religious significance of the oils and the gift, but adding a few drops of lavender will enhance the aroma of this bath salt recipe.  I decided instead to just include a sample packet of lavender with instructions to add it for a more fragrant experience.

Myrrh bath salts

  • 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup of Kosher salt
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 8-10 drops of Myrrh essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender (optional)

Mix salts and oil together.  Add essential oils of choice and blend.  Keep in an airtight container.  Use 1/2 cup of salts for an average sized bathtub.

Frankincense Sugar Scrub:

What you’ll need:

Raw Sugar: Raw sugar is a minimally processed version of cane sugar.  The larger crystals make it desirable for a sugar scrub

White Sugar: The smaller granules of white sugar make a nice contrast against the larger crystals of the raw sugar

Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any other carrier oil) helps to keep this recipe from drying out.  Also, using a sugar scrub with olive oil leaves your  skin feeling silky smooth! The recipe calls for 1/8 of a cup of oil but I found that to be a bit much for my liking – feel free to add more.

Frankincense essential oil: Young Living carries a wide variety of essential oils.  Buy your Frankincense essential oil HERE

frankincense sugar scrub

  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 8-10 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil (optional)

Mix all ingredients and seal in an air tight container.  Use as needed to exfoliate and soften skin.

Add the Myrrh Bath Salts, Frankincense Sugar Scrub and gold coin to a box and you’ve got yourself a wonderfully smelling and symbolic gift that embraces the spirituality of Christmas!

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Holiday Cheer with a Diffuser

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I love this time of year.  The air starts to turn crisp, the leaves turn brilliant colors, and I just can’t help but be inspired by the Holiday spirit.    But some of the best things about the holidays are the smells.   Thanksgiving meals, mulled cider, apple pie, fall leaves etc.   That Woodsy, spicy, warm scent that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.   Here is a list of oils that you can diffuse to get into that Holiday spirit.

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Be creative with your scents!   A standard size diffuser will take 6-8 drops of an oil to fill your home.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with your blends – that’s half the fun!   But if you need a place to get started, here are some ideas for you.

Fall Diffuser Blends

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Also try these seasonal blends:

  • 3 drops Thieves, 2 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Orange, 1 drop each Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove and Cardamom
  • 3 drops each Cinnamon Bark, Geranium, Vetiver
  • 3 drops Wintergreen, I drop Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops each Idaho Balsam Fir, Orange and Cinnamon Bark
  • 5 drops peppermint, 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 4 drops Pine, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops Orange and 1 drop Nutmeg
  • 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Patchouli, 1 drop clove
  • 2 drops Lemon, 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Clove ,2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 3 drops Thieves, 2 drops Orange
  • 2 drops each Clove, Nutmeg and Orange
  • 3 drops each Nutmeg, Coriander and Frankincense
  • 4 drops Christmas Spirit, 2 drops Clove, 3 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops each Thieves, Orange and Peppermint

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