Raven

Raven is a cleansing blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, and other essential oils. Raven creates a cooling sensation when applied topically to the chest and throat and is smells amazing great when being diffused.

Breakdown of the individual oils used in the Raven blend:
  • Lemon prompts physical energy, and is great over lungs.
  • Wintergreen contains 99% methyl salicylate which makes it great to apply to chest and joints pre or post workout.
  • Ravintsara is a cross between clove and nutmeg. Great for energy.
  • Peppermint is soothing and cooling.
  • Eucalyptus radiata gives you a spa like experience when used or diffused.

Application: Dilute one to two drops and apply to reflex points of the body. Apply topically to lungs and throat. Diffuse or put on pillow at night.

Companion Oils: Melrose, RC, Thieves.

 

Citrus Fresh

Citrus Fresh is a blend that may help to enhance the feeling of well-being in children. It is relaxing and calming and it smells SO good. Think citrus with a hint of mint.

Single Oils Contained in This Blend:

Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind and body.
Tangerine is calming to the nervous system.
Mandarin promotes happiness. It is also refreshing, uplifting, and revitalizing.
Grapefruit is balancing and uplifting to the mind.
Lemon promotes health and physical energy.
Spearmint is uplifting to one’s spirit.

Application: May be applied on the ears, heart, and wrists or worn as a perfume or cologne. Diluted with V-6 Oil for a full-body massage. It may also be added to water for a relaxing bath. It is excellent for children, though dilution with V-6 Oil is highly recommended.

Use wool dryer balls and a few drops of Citrus Fresh for a fresh scent. Dry your clothes with the wool balls. When clothes are dry, add a few drops of oil to the wool balls and tumble dry for five minutes to scent clothes. You don’t need to spend money on fabric softener or dryer sheets and you eliminate a TON of harmful chemicals.

LIFE HACK: You can also use a Young Living baby wipe as a dryer sheet. If you don’t have a baby, these wipes are also great to remove your makeup! So many great uses for the baby wipes.

Safety Data: Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after use.

 

Panaway

Panaway essential oil is one of ten oils in the premium starter kit. Panaway has an invigorating aroma and cooling sensation when applied to the skin.

Ever get sore muscles? This is one of those that I turn to fairly often since I’m constantly sore from Camp Gladiator.  It is the perfect oil for your gym bag. A blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove & Peppermint make working out a little more bearable. Apply a few drops to lotion or coconut oil and apply to muscles and joints pre and post-exercise.

Slept funny or have growing kids? Put a few drops in a container with a roller top for easy application to your neck or kids’ arms and legs when needed.

Make your own soothing bath salt by adding about 10 drops of PanAway essential oil to a cup of Epsom salt. Add a scoop of the bath salt to warm bath water and relax in a spa-like atmosphere.


Combine with Copaiba to enhance the properties or Peppermint to give an extra tingly sensation.

Copaiba & DiGize Vitality

Copaibe & DiGize vitality are two of the ten oils in the premium starter kit. These are two oils you will be thankful you own–trust me!

Copaiba Vitality helps the body naturally respond to injury and can enhance the properties of any other oil. It is calming and supportive to your digestive system. It is high in beta-caryophyllene. Don’t know what that is? I didn’t either. Google it: you will be glad you did.

DiGize Vitality is everyone’s favorite because it works so well. It’s a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli, which is the perfect partner to any meal.

Combine Copaiba vitality and DiGize vitality daily, to provide amazing digestive support. You are so lucky to get these digestive powerhouses in your starter kit. Never leave home (or the country) without these two.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is one of ten oils in the premium starter kit. It is one of our most versatile oils and has been nicknamed the swiss army knife of oils for its many uses.

Lavender has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.

Imagine you’re sitting in a SPA, The music is a gentle instrumental piece. The lights are dim. You put your feet up and rest your head back. Take a big inhale and smell the Lavender in the air as it swirls around in your lungs. As you breathe out, a sense of peace comes over you and the weight is lifted off your shoulders.

With a bottle of Lavender and a diffuser, you can turn your bedroom into a quiet tranquil SPA every night.

With a diffuser and Lavender oil, you can experience this SPA moment every night.

EASY EVERYDAY USES:

Before bed, rub a few drops into your palms, over the pillow, the back of your neck, and the bottoms of feet.

Add 2-3 drops to a dryer ball and throw it in with your clean laundry!

Combine two drops each of Lavender, Frankincense,  and Stress Away into a cup of bath salts for a keep calm bath combo.

Put 4-8 drops in your diffuser to unwind after a long day. Use every night (or during nap time) to promote a restful night’s sleep, health, love, peace, and a general sense of wellbeing.

Peppermint Vitality

Peppermint vitality is one of ten essential oils in the Premium Starter Kit!

Peppermint Vitality essential oil has a bright, cool flavor, with benefits that include gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support, in addition to its great taste.

As a dietary supplement, Peppermint Vitality oil can support healthy gut function and digestive efficiency. These benefits make it a great way to start your day or end a meal. Additionally, Peppermint Vitality oil as a dietary supplement may support exercise performance to help you have a great workout.

Because of its great taste, it’s easy to add this versatile oil to your tea or experiment with it in your baking. It is also great for a afternoon pick-me-up, just place a drop in your water or tea.

Apply a few drops to a capsule to help support occasional nausea and a healthy digestive system.

Put a drop in your water bottle before exercise to support your work out.

Put five drops in your next batch of brownies and everyone will come back for seconds.

Immune Boosting Tea:

  • 1 drop Peppermint Vitality
  • 1 drop Lemon Vitality
  • 1 drop Thieves Vitality
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Stir into 16 – 24 oz warm/hot (drinkable temp) water and drink.

Lemon Vitality

Lemon Vitality is one of ten oils in the Premium Starter Kit!

Lemon Vitality oil has a bright taste you’ll want to keep on hand for almost anything you whip up. Instead of zesting or juicing, use Lemon Vitality for a convenient way to use this great flavor. Start small with a single drop of oil.

One of my favorite ways to use lemon vitality is by putting a drop of lemon in my water for a hint of flavor and a gentle detox.  Lemon oil is cold-pressed from the rind, which means there is NO citric acid to damage your teeth/enamel. Starting your day with lemon water allows for a gentle detox to begin your day and can also help with an afternoon boost.

Note that when adding Lemon Vitality to food or beverage, use glass, stainless steel, or ceramic dishes. It will disintegrate plastic and you don’t want to ingest that.

You can also use lemon vitality to enhance vinaigrettes or marinades to add a flavorful taste to summer salads and grilling. Add 1 drop in plain or vanilla yogurt and top with fresh berries.

Lemon vitality has saved me in the kitchen on many occasions when a recipe has called for a lemon and I’ve managed to forget to grab one while at the storm.

Young Living Holiday Gift Ideas: Thieves Travel Set

Do you know someone who travels a lot or perhaps is at least traveling for Christmas? This Thieves travel set is the perfect gift for that person. These are items you would need regardless of how you travel, but especially if you will be traveling by plane.

Holiday Gift Ideas Thieves Gift Set

Seriously though, who couldn’t use these items? A travel size Thieves toothpaste to not only introduce them to non-toxic toothpaste but to also help them out. Please tell me I’m not the only one that forgets you can’t carry on anything larger than 3.4 oz? Shoot, that’s probably not even the right size. Thieves spray serves to be super helpful in flight and everywhere else. Toilets? Spray. Head rest? Spray. Blanket? Spray. Bathroom stinky? Might as well spray. Kid behind you just vomited (this one actually happened during my last flight)? Spray. Hand purifier also comes to the rescue after those in flight potty breaks or before they bring you a snack!

Needed Items for Thieves Travel Set

What you need:

Thieves Travel Gift Set

I think this is such a great little gift for any traveler or a mom that is always on the go even. You could replace the toothpaste with lip balm if you want to gift it to a mom. Though I know plenty of people who also carry toothpaste in their purses or diaper bags. You might want to include a note with a handy little insiders info note letting them know that the toothpaste and the spray both double as deodorant!

Who would you gift this trio to?

 

Young Living Holiday Gift Ideas: Thieves Samples

I want to be sure we talk about gift ideas in various price points as we share our Young Living products with others. So today, let’s talk about giving out Thieves samples! Who couldn’t use a little Thieves this time of year? Nothing like a little immune support right in time for the holidays!

Holiday Gift Ideas Thieves Samples

Perhaps this is odd or it’s just me, but sometimes I hate giving samples as gifts because it feels so cheap even though we all know the value is worth more than what it looks like. I’ve seriously skipped on giving someone an oil in the past because it looks like I didn’t spend that much on them. It’s a totally lame excuse so this year I’m focusing on packaging it up to increase it’s value and make others interested in what it is I’m sharing with them.

Thieves Samples Needed Products

Items needed:

Thieves Samples for Christmas

Be sure to also include a little guide with this sample as to how to use the Thieves oil. Personally, I love handing out the Oil Revolution Design small guides with items like these. You could also just include a small note in the gift card holder giving them instruction use info like “Add 1-2 drops to water for immune support”. You could also attach a recipe card for a Thieves tea using Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Lemon and Thieves Essential Oil.

This makes the perfect gift for your neighbors or acquaintances, these samples shouldn’t just be given to close friends! This is a great way to introduce your business to people you are around on a regular basis, but haven’t shared your business with yet perhaps. If you haven’t used these Thieves lozenges for yourself yet then do yourself a favor and order them–they are amazing!

What’s your favorite way to use Thieves oil? Remember, it’s a dietary oil!

 

 

Young Living Holiday Gift Ideas: Ningxia Gift Set

Christmas is around the corner so let’s come up with some creative gift ideas for your Young Living products. You love your products and you want everyone else to love them too so why not give them out for the holidays? I’ll be sharing some of my favorite products and ways to gift them where they are super cute! Who said handing out samples had to be boring?! Not me! This Ningxia gift set just happens to be one of my favorite ways to drink my Ningxia and hopefully will soon be my friends favorite way too.

Holiday Gift Ideas using Young Living Products

So today, let’s tackle my favorite Ningxia drink! I take 2 oz of Ningxia, a Nitro and 2-3 drops of Lime and add to ice and water. Most days it’s just regular water but sometimes I do sparkling water or even better a Coconut La Croix.

Items Needed for Ningxia Gift Set

What You Need:

Ningxia Gift Set_Christmas Gift Idea

If you’ve been wanting your friends to try out Ningxia Red then I promise they will love this Ningxia gift set. You can change up the oil if you wish, but I personally love lime the most. Other oil ideas are Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Jade Lemon, Tangerine, Peppermint or Spearmint.

What’s your favorite way to drink Ningxia?

Why I Waited 2 Years to Start Whole 30

You may be reading this and thinking I’m crazy for waiting two years to start Whole 30, but hear me out. Shortly after being introduced to my new healthier lifestyle I heard about the Whole 30 plan. It sounded amazing as far as results go, but miserable as far as giving up cheese and creamed coffee. I was already concerned with my new lifestyle changes because I was using these hippie oils and watching for toxic chemicals in my home. I’d already gone off the deep end as far as I was concerned so making a HUGE diet change wasn’t happening for me.

Starting Whole 30

Friend after friend continued to check out the Whole 30 plan and I continued to be intrigued, but the baby steps I was already taking were frightening enough. I mean I had switched from whole wheat bread to whole grain bread with significantly fewer ingredients. I had switched to nearly everything organic that I could. I drank raw milk for crying out loud–like straight from a cow raw milk! I got myself on Weight Watchers to lose weight, but instead of being sneaky with fewer unhealthy ingredients I decided to actually learn how to eat good foods and lots of them since I could eat as many fruits and veggies as I wanted. I turned to Gina from Skinny Taste for all of my recipes to survive Weight Watchers. I was feeling pretty good about the changes I had made but still the thought of Whole 30 overwhelmed me. I was making plenty of baby steps and was proud of them! The fact that our dinners didn’t consist of boxes or frozen lasagna was impressive enough. Let’s face it–I was drinking La Croix instead of Dr. Pepper, that’s HUGE! I’m a Texan after all.

Then this summer I met a new friend and she asked if I had considered a diet change in regards to my infertility. My response was simply “I’ve done enough and if I want to do something drastic I’m going to need to have cancer or something.” This was yet again, another baby step and push I needed to even come close to considering more changes. This was the beginning of series of conversations regarding my diet and not that my diet is terrible, but there are things that could be eliminated that might surprise me. In fact, the same day this friend ask about my diet another friend was in the car, her mom a Naturopath.  I’ve been considering going to see her mom about our infertility but knew diet was something she’d want to talk about and I’d made enough changes already and was frankly being stubborn. She’ll probably read this and be saying ‘yep and amen’ as she reads. I know full well that there are 3 things that I could eliminate that could turn my health around…gluten, sugar and dairy.

Gluten? Not too bad. I mean we’ve practically taken it out of the majority of our meals any way so why not. Sugar? Okay, so I’ll be sad at first but I think I’ll get over it. Thankfully I don’t really love desserts and if I keep sugary snacks out of the house I’m pretty good. It will take some adjusting but I can do it. Dairy? Nope, can’t do it. I’ll die. What is it about dairy that I go weak at the knees for? Cheese needs to be on top of all the foods, all of them. Queso, quesadillas, tacos, cheese on top of chili, on sandwiches, by itself. Just give me all the cheese. No creamer?! Welp, there goes my coffee (thankfully I survived a month without it and know I won’t die). Milk? No big deal. Yogurt? No big deal. But the cheese, I’ll be dreaming about it for weeks I’m sure. So, if you are my friend and we hang out in the month of January please don’t eat cheese in front of me or I might accidentally stab you.

So, why has it taken me two years? Why couldn’t I just pull myself up by my bootstraps? Well, for me, I like to take everything a step at a time (A Drop at a Thyme, remember?). So, I’ve managed to give up coffee once and didn’t die. I reduced significantly our gluten intake and am still breathing. I gave up Dr. Pepper mostly and still enjoy my life. But all these things had to happen one at a time for me. I couldn’t give up Dr. Pepper and rolls with every meal the same week. I had to get rid of one first and get used to it. Then the next and so on and so on. I had to get used to meal planning and actually getting said meals on the table. We used to dine out for like 70% of our meals so how was I going to go from dining out all the time to preparing meals, healthy meals for my family ALL the time?! It wasn’t going to happen.

So here I am nearly two years later ready to make this bold for me change. I’ve been mentally preparing myself (and my husband) for this for a couple of months now. I didn’t really know when I would do it, but after running into a friend at the grocery store recently and seeing how amazing she looked and felt I decided to go for it. I’ve been pinning recipes to prepare myself and ordered the Whole 30 book. I will spend the month of December preparing myself for success and then January 1st I’ll dive in. If we’re friends, you may want to avoid me the first 5 days or so or offer me delicious Whole 30 approved “treats”. Do treats exist on Whole 30? I hope so!

I’ll be sharing my journey with you on the blog (menu plan), instagram and facebook. Would love for you to join me if you dare. We can cry together over the cheese we can no longer eat.

Have you done the Whole 30? If so, please share your favorite recipes with me and tips for survival!

 

Chocolate Wolfberry Energy Bites

Anyone else have a slight addiction to energy bites? Perhaps I’m the only one but I don’t think so because a simple search on pinterest tells me everyone loves energy bites. I think they are loved so much because there isn’t any cooking involved and it’s a quick, easy, healthy snack! After making and falling in love with my most recent pinterest find, Healthy No Bake Energy Bites, I decided I wanted to give it a whirl and create my own.

Chocolate Wolfberry Energy Bites

1/4 c. Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)

1/4 c. Young Living Ningxia Organic Dried Wolfberries

1 Scoop Young Living  Chocolate Deluxe Pure Protein Complete

1/4 c. Organic Rolled Oats

1/3 c. Coconut Flakes

1/3 C. Almond Slivers

1/3 c. Raw Honey

 

The first step I am about to share isn’t a necessary step, but one we prefer to take. Place the wolfberries, rolled oats, coconut flakes and almond slivers in a food processor. Chop until your desired consistency. I love the taste of coconut but not so much the texture so I wanted it fine. I also like having my oats this way!

In a large bowl, mix ingredients from food processor with the remaining ingredients until well combined.

Roll into bite size balls. This recipe doesn’t make but a small mason jar full so feel free to double for more, especially if you plan on making larger balls. Place the balls on parchment paper or wax paper and put in the freezer for one hour!

You can either store these in the fridge or freezer, but I’m guessing they won’t need to be stored for long.

Chocolate Wolfberry Energy Bites Using Young Living Products

 

Eat. Enjoy. Eat some more.

 

Young Living Peace and Calming Essential Oil

An oil every home should be stocked full of, Peace and Calming. Well, at least every home with children in it. Let’s face it we could all use a little bit of peace and calming in our homes. The witching hours? Peace & Calming. Bedtime? Peace & Calming. Momma Needs a Chill Pill? Peace & Calming.
Peace and Calming

 

Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.

Peace & Calming is a blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy.

5 Uses for Peace & Calming Essential Oil

1. Soak in a relaxing bath!
– This is a personal favorite usage of Peace and Calming for me! Mix 3-4 drops with a 1/2 cup of espom salts for a relaxing bath for you or your children.

2. Enjoy better sleep.
– Add 2-3 drops to your diffuser or apply 1-2 drops on the back of the neck for a peaceful night’s rest.

3. Calm anxious thoughts.
-Add 3-4 drops to your diffuser, apply 1-2 drops on wrists and over heart or wear a couple of drops in a diffuser necklace. Inhale deeply when feeling anxious!

4. Uplift Spirit.
– Add 3-4 drops to your diffuser to help lift your mood when needed. We are often diffusing this one in our house to help us get in better moods!

5. Help calm overactive children.
– This is a great one to put in the diffuser when you are wanting to calm down in the evening before bedtime or when you’ve been cooped up in the house for too long.

Everyday Oils Make-n-Take

I had heard briefly about make-n-takes prior to going to convention, but after attending convention decided this was something I wanted to incorporate with my team. I love the idea of learning how to make products that are chemical and toxin free for my family to use, but honestly the idea of going at it solo terrified me. As a newbie to the natural world, it scared me to make my own products so I knew that this wasn’t just an issue for myself but likely my downline also. So, my first make-n-take was easy not just for me (scared remember?), but also for my team. I also used this as a way to introduce people specifically to the everday oils by choosing three products using oils from the kit.

Everyday Oils Make-n-Take

The first thing we made was a Lavender Bath Soak. I had already been thinking about doing bath salts when this awesome DIY recipe was posted by Young Living on their facebook page.

Lavender Bath Soak Ingredients without Container

I decided to go with Lavender as my essential oil choice because it was in the everyday oils collection and is very relaxing. Personally, I love taking a bath when I am trying to relax and unwind from a long day. Another great option for relaxation from the kit would be Peace & Calming.

I set up stations for each item we made and had a different leader at each station to help with the instructions as well as answer any questions.

What you will need:

– A jar to hold the bath soak (I got these 12 oz Clear PET Plastic jars from Abundant Health 4 U for $.88/each. )
– Baking Soda (purchase at Target on my usual weekly run)
– Sea Salt (purchased at Target on my usual weekly run)
– Epsom Salts (purchased bulk at Costco)
– Young Living’s Lavender essential oil

Here’s how you do it:

1.  Add 1/4 cup each of sea salt, baking soda and epsom salts to the container.
2.  Add 10-15 drops lavender essential oil to the top (I like to do this in the middle and again on top to help with mixing).
3.  Shake up container with lid on to mix ingredients well.

Lavender Bath Scrub containers
The labels were picked up at Office Max and I picked one that would fit on all three containers. I used the Avery website to make my own labels and think they turned out pretty cute!

Next up, I decided to make Thieves foaming hand soap. I wanted to know how to make this for myself and figured it was a great way to introduce people to the amazing benefits of using Thieves essential oil.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap Station

What you will need:

– A foaming hand soap dispenser.  You can reuse one that you already have or you can purchase a new one.
– Liquid Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronners) – I got mine at Sprout’s when it was 25% off
– Vegetable Glycerine  – got mine at Sprout’s also
– Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil

Here’s how you do it:

1.  Add 2-3 Tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap to your soap dispenser.
2.  Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerine. This step is not necessary, but I believe you will find the soap drying without this ingredient.
3.  Add 10 drops of Thieves oil.
4.  Slowly fill your container with water.  Be sure to leave enough room for the large pump (otherwise you will have a spill over)
5.  Gently shake to combine all ingredients.

Thieves Foaming Handsoap Containers

The third item I decided to go with was a Peppermint Lip Scrub. I chose this after seeing a friend post it on facebook and it sounded good enough to eat!

Peppermint Lip Scrub Ingredients

 

What you will need:

– Small 1oz glass jars from Abundant Health
– White Sugar (bought Organic Sugar from Target)
– Coconut Oil Virgin & Unrefined (Bulk at Costco)
– Honey (Bulk at Costco)
– Young Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil

Here’s how you do it:

1.  Fill the jar 3/4 the way with sugar.
2.  Top off with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of honey.
3.  Add 4 drops of peppermint.
4.  Mix & enjoy!

No really, lick your lips delicious kind of enjoy!

Peppermint Lip Scrub

Hope this helps you successfully plan your very first make-n-take!

Lip Balm Filled Ornament

Need a great Christmas gift for a teacher, friend or family member? Why not make a really fun gift for someone using Young Living lip balms? These lip balms have become my absolute favorite for myself and to gift to others. I wanted to give my daughters teachers a fun gift using Young Living products and decided to put together these cute little ornaments.
lip balm filled ornament

This is a great cost efficient gift to give that gets a great product in the hands of people who may not already be using the products. My favorite way to buy the lip balms is through the Moisturizing Lip Balm collection only available in the 2014 Holiday guide. This collection comes with Lavender, Grapefruit and Vanillamint for only $15.13 retail or $11.50 wholesale. (Update: Available limited time YL Lip Balm Trio including Lavender, Grapefruit & Cinnamint) Makes such a great gift!

Young Living Lip Balms
You can pick up the large plastic ornaments for just at $.97 at Walmart then a bag of gift shred from Hobby Lobby for under $2.00 with a 50% off coupon. Fill the ornament half way with shred then toss in the lip balms. You can do one or all three. Then fill the remainder of the ornament with shred and close!

Christmas Ornament Supplies

 

This is such an easy gift that’s super practical, shares Young Living with someone and is cost affordable. I needed to make three gifts so I ordered two trios and put two lip balms in each ornament.

Christmas Ornament with Young Living Lip Balms