Archive for May, 2013

Here is a list of a few of Young Living’s most popular essential oils and blends, along with some ideas on how to incorporate them into everyday situations.

Lavender: Lavender is a safe and effective oil to use in a variety of situations. You may use lavender as an insect deterrent, room freshener, to support relaxation, eliminate pet odors, refresh linens, add to food or beverages, add to a bath, or add a few drops to your favorite shampoo or bath gel. Lavender is also great for travel and may aid in relieving occasional nervous tension.

Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, and Tangerine: Citrus oils are very uplifting to the body, mind, and spirit. Add your favorite to a bottle of distilled water and spray to freshen any room or environment. These amazing oils may also be used to create a refreshing citrus lemonade. Squeeze the juice of each fruit—lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine—and add a drop of the individual oils according to preference.

Peppermint: Excellent for supporting already normal digestion, peppermint is soothing to fatigued muscles and may be used to create feelings of alertness and energy. Combine this versatile oil with lavender or other essential oils for a relaxing massage or add peppermint to Epsom salt for a soothing foot bath. Peppermint is also a great deterrent for insects and pests.

Thieves®: Containing clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus, Thieves is an amazing blend that may be diffused to eliminate unsavory smells at home or work. Rub Thieves on your feet to calm the body and support a normally functioning immune system. You may also combine 10–15 drops of Thieves in a bottle of distilled water to use when cleaning.

Valor®: Use this oil blend topically to eliminate negative emotions and to soothe your mind when feeling angry. Valor strengthens the mind and promotes emotional restraint and self-control.

Joy™: Wear a drop of Joy behind your ears to create positive energy. Diffuse this blend to uplift emotions or relieve feelings of frustration or sadness. You may use Joy as a deodorant, on a terra-cotta necklace, on a cotton ball in air vents or in linen drawers, or massage on areas of the body to support already normal circulation. You may also use this blend to make nontoxic dryer sheets or add Joy to Epsom salt and create a warm and peaceful bath.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using essential oils each day. Whether you are using tried-and-true methods or are creating new ways to experience their benefits, just open the bottle and begin!

 

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The human heart is one of the hardest-working organs in the body. It never calls in sick or takes a vacation; it is vital for our survival. Since there is no backup system, it is paramount that we take care of this important organ. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), some of the key factors to poor heart health include physical inactivity, smoking, poor diet, and excessive alcohol intake. Another less-known factor is CoQ10.

CoQ10 is a powerful, fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance found naturally in all forms of animal life. It is created in the membranes of cells in humans and is vital in the production of energy. As such, it is found in organs that require high levels of energy, especially the heart, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Because CoQ10 is produced in the cells, not from food, and because levels start to decline as we age, supplementing becomes increasingly important.

So, is all CoQ10 created equal? No. Many versions of CoQ10 are on the market today. Some of the questions for differentiating between types of CoQ10 are:

Is it identical to that produced naturally within the body (bio-identical)?
Is it free of impurities that synthetically processed CoQ10 contains?
Is it GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for use in foods and beverages?
Is it GMO- (genetically modified organism) and allergen-free, as well as Kosher certified?
Is it the CoQ10 used in the vast majority of all clinical trials over the past 30 years?
Is it made in the U.S. and manufactured per the good manufacturing practices designated by the Federal Drug Administration?
Through our research we found only one version of CoQ10 that met all of these standards. This is why Young Living uses only KanekaQ10™ in our OmegaGize3™ fish oil supplement. Each serving of OmegaGize3 delivers 40 mg of premium CoQ10, replenishing vital organs with the substance vital for energy production.

By following the AHA recommendations on heart health and adding OmegaGize3, a supplement containing superior CoQ10, molecularly distilled EPA and DHA, vitamin D, and a proprietary essential oil blend, you end up with a recipe your heart will love.

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Young Living essential oils are perfect for cooking. While there are many recipes that include essential oils, why not use the best in the industry when cooking an all-natural, healthy meal that your family will love? So if you’re in a “What can I make for dinner?” dilemma, don’t you worry; here’s a recipe that is sure to bring the family to the dinner table.

Conchiglie with Chickpeas and Garlic-Rosemary Oil

Recipe by Jason Pilkington—Young Living Distributor

Ingredients
• 1 medium onion, quartered
• 1 medium carrot, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 celery stalk, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 6 garlic cloves, 4 whole, 2 chopped
• ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
• ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• ½ cup olive oil, divided
• Kosher salt
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
• 1 pound Conchigile (small shells) or elbow macaroni
• 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
• 2 Drops YL rosemary oil
• 2 Drops YL black pepper oil
• 1 Drop YL basil oil

Preparation

• Pulse onion, carrot, celery, whole garlic cloves, parsley, and red pepper flakes in a food processor until finely chopped; transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Wipe out food processor bowl and set aside.

•  Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat; add reserved vegetable mixture, season with salt, and cook, stirring often until golden, 8-10 minutes. Stir tomato paste and 1 cup water together in a small bowl; add to pot. Cook, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid has almost evaporated, 5-8 minutes.

• Add chickpeas and 2 cups water to pot and simmer for 15 minutes to let flavors meld. Transfer 1 cup chickpea mixture to food processor; purée until smooth; then stir back into sauce to thicken.

• Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta cooking liquid.

• Add rosemary, pepper, and basil oils. Add pasta and 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid to sauce and stir to coat. Increase heat to medium and continue stirring, adding more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta.

• Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat; add chopped garlic and rosemary and cook until sizzling stops, about 1 minute. Divide pasta among bowls and drizzle with garlic-rosemary oil.

Please share your feedback and experience with this recipe below.

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 I find this video filled with useful information….Weston A Price is a wonderful resource.

ENJOY!

 

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Using pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils is more than just a moment of aromatherapy. It is a way of using the amazing gifts nature has given us to safely and effectively support the body’s natural processes. Essential oils offer a natural way to experience these powerful benefits without needing an extensive education.

Here are a few basic guidelines to be aware of before starting your experience with essential oils:

Everyone’s experience and response to the oils will vary depending on individual constitution and state of balance in the body. You may respond differently to the oils depending on your daily diet, exercise/activity levels, blood type, stress levels, and exposure to toxins.
Some individuals are more sensitive than others. Therefore, if you have never applied a particular oil directly to your skin, patch test it before use. Simply apply the oil on a small portion of your arm to determine your general response. Some oils—such as oregano, thyme, cinnamon bark, and cassia—are hotter in nature and should be diluted by using 1 drop of oil and 4 drops of V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex.
Those who are under a physician’s care or are pregnant, nursing, or taking general medications should consult with a health professional before using essential oils.
The safest location to apply essential oils is on the bottoms of your feet. If you accidentally touch your eyes while using essential oils—or if you feel any sensitivity after applying oils to your skin—use V-6 oil to dilute and wipe away the remaining oil. DO NOT use water or soap.
Because essential oils are highly concentrated, moderation is the key to effective use. Remember: A little oil goes a long way. Unless you are very experienced, using less oil is more effective.
Always support your use of essential oils with a healthy lifestyle. Drinking plenty of water, eating fresh foods, getting plenty of sleep, and participating in a variety of exercises will synergistically create balance in the body when using essential oils.
Historically, essential oils have been used by many societies. The model you follow will determine your application focus. Three different models are used by Young Living (English, French, and German):

English Model: The focus is on using a small amount of essential oil diluted with carrier oil for massage and relaxation techniques.

French Model: This model uses undiluted oils for topical application, as well as internally with cooking, in tea, in a gel capsule, or added to agave nectar, yacon, honey, or olive oil.

German Model: The primary use for this model is aromatherapy or diffusion. This method supports balanced emotions.

Be aware that certain aromatherapy information may be referring to only one of these models and may not support the benefits of the others, thus creating confusion in application methods. It is best to communicate any concerns with someone who is experienced in all three models.

 

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Did you know that your pets are extremely sensitive and aware of your mood and emotions? I know many pet owners who have experienced times of sadness or anxiousness, and then suddenly their beloved cat or dog comes to them as if to help ease their woes. So what do you do when your furry friends are upset, anxious, or jittery? Consider using Young Living essential oils to help.

As suggested in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, “If you have a high-spirited, jittery animal, apply Peace & Calming® and/or Valor® on yourself first. As you approach the animal, it will react as it perceives the aroma. Kneel down or squat beside the animal and remain still for several minutes so that it can become accustomed to the smell. As the animal breathes in the fragrances, it will become calmer and easier to manage.”

For this post I wanted to share a portion of a protocol Gary Young demonstrated on a young horse at the Young Living farm in St. Maries, Idaho.

Gary showed us how essential oils assisted in calming a young stallion as it prepared for a training session. First, Gary applied a few drops of Valor on his hands; he then put one hand on the base of the horse’s tail and the other on its withers.

Gary explained that relaxation is the first step to healing. He suggested applying Trauma Life™, Surrender™, or Peace & Calming™ on your hands and then briefly holding your hands up to the animal’s muzzle or nostrils. As the animal relaxes, Gary explained, work your hand around the side of its jaw and up along the neckline to its ears, and then rub its ears and top of its head.

As the horse relaxed even more deeply, Gary added more oils to the palm of his hand, and the horse inhaled the oils very willingly. Gary continued rubbing the horse’s ears, head, and neck.

I have been working with essential oils and humans for more than 12 years now, but I was truly blown away when I saw how this horse completely transformed from being jumpy and edgy into becoming soft and relaxed!

If you have an anxious pet—or if you are feeling anxious yourself—I suggest using Valor, Peace & Calming, RutaVaLa™, or lavender on yourself. Then gently pet your dog or cat, and see if you both start feeling more relaxed and happy.

Namaste,

Tracy Griffiths

 

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