For many, this time of year can be hectic and exhausting. Between juggling busy school schedules, meeting deadlines, and everything else on your plate, having a sharp mind to stay on top of it all is crucial. I’m excited to share five practices I have recently discovered that support my mental focus and increase my energy levels:
1. Before going to sleep, I slice ¼ of a cucumber and add the slices to 12 ounces of water, then leave it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, I add a few drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blend to the cucumber-infused water and drink it within 10 minutes of waking. I’ve discovered that drinking this refreshing beverage at the start of my day uplifts and wakens my body systems—after all, the brain’s functions are dependent on proper hydration!
2. Every day I try to take 15 minutes to calm my mind and focus my thoughts. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly or concentrating on your breathing. Meditation has been practiced for centuries and is known for unique benefits such as increased awareness, decreased stress levels, and heightened mental clarity. I often diffuse Clarity essential oil blend or Peppermint essential oil to enhance my reflection time.
3. Sometime around my midday meal, I like to take advantage of a few cognition-supporting supplements. NingXia Nitro is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, full of beneficial ingredients like D-Ribose and Korean ginseng extract. I also like to give my mind an extra boost with MindWise, Young Living’s new advanced brain wellness serum. Providing generous amounts of vitamin D, CoQ10, ALCAR, and GPC, MindWise is my go-to supplement for supporting my mind and memory.*
4. In addition to stimulating multiple areas of the brain, music helps minimize background noise and distractions. I have found classical music to be my ultimate distraction reducer. Whether I am at work, completing household chores, or simply relaxing, listening to my favorite composers keeps my mind motivated and engaged.
I’ll share my fifth tip with a special recipe on Monday, September 15, so be sure to visit the blog again soon! Until then, leave a comment with your tips for staying sharp and alert during the back-to-school season, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a free bottle of MindWise! Three winners will be randomly selected and announced in my September 15 post. Good luck!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Chaotic mornings often lead us to either wolf down an unhealthy breakfast or skip the meal altogether, but neither will give your body the pep you need to make it through your day! In my last post, I shared a few tips to support energy and mental focus throughout the day, and today I offer my final suggestion—a delicious and fortifying morning meal, so you can start off on the right foot.
To create a recipe that is low in gluten and provides both fiber and protein, I have integrated Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti into a savory breakfast. You can cook fresh spaghetti or use leftover spaghetti from a previous meal.
½ box of Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti, precooked
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
5 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
¾ cup chicken stock
3–4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground flax
4 drops Basil Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
We would love to hear how you have incorporated the new Einkorn products into your favorite recipes. Leave us a comment and share your newest meal idea with us!
In our last blog post, we challenged members to share their tips for staying sharp during the back-to-school season. Our randomly selected winners are: CassieK, Distributor; Sammye L., Senior Star; and Linda D., Distributor. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
* Although heating essential oils may diminish their beneficial properties, the oils used in this recipe are for flavor only. If desired, you may add the essential oils after the spaghetti is already warmed.
I just recently had to have an emergency gallbladder surgery. They had to do a
vertical cut which I have had before and know just how long it takes to heal
from this. A vertical cut goes through all your abdominal muscles and just takes
quite a while to heal up.
In the past I would definitely need 24 hour care to lift me up from a sitting position and help my me move my legs up and down. And
for sure I would need help lifting anything heavier than 10 or 15 lbs. This time I
tried something different with the Copaiba oil I had not done before. I would always put Copaiba oil on for inflammation topically but had not really stuck to an ongoing internal use protocol.
We all have been taught from Gary Young and Marc Schreuder etc.. that it's the # 1 best of all the oils for inflammation. So this time, I would put around 8-10 drops in a little shot glass of water and drink it twice a day. It's such a gentle oil and it hardly has any taste. It has a very gentle woodsy smell. If any accidentally gets into your eyes, there is no burn at all.
Anyhow my surgery date was July 1st. After only 2-3 weeks from the date of my
surgery I felt like I had NO surgery at all!! I found that I could lift things, I was
able to drive myself and I could easily get up and down. I only had help for 2 days
when I got home from the hospital on July 7th and I hardly needed help even then.
Normally a vertical cut surgery would take easily 2-3 months where I could manage on my
own without bad pain We have been taught that Copaiba is like Helichrysum on steroids meaning it a serious anti inflammatory medicine with no side effects. Well all I can say is I am
sold! I am living proof in how effective, safe and powerful it really is.
Now I take it every day because I know without doubt that I have lots of inflammation. Everyone has inflammation really. Gary Young has taught us it is the base of all
disease no matter what. So if we get rid of the inflammation, then we do not have
a body environment that disease can develop in!
Copaiba comes from a tree in Brazil. It is the only oil that is not steam distilled from the plant material either. They cut a hole into the tree and the oil comes pouring out like out of a tap!
So for anyone having any kind of surgery, or who has any injury or even respiratory
distress, like Asthma I cannot recommend for you to start taking Copaiba internally.
Something I prefer to do is to buy 2-3 bottles of it and pour them into an empty
2 oz glass bottle with an eye dropper. I just squeeze some into the eye dropper and
put it right into my little shot glass and add a little water. I am going to attach a
great scientific testing results chart of just how potent Copaiba oil is compared to
the other anti inflammatory oils for the moderators to put into the archive files for
you all to see. I will also post my testimonial to the essential oils testimonial site
We are so so blessed to have use of these most magnificent Young Living oils! Again
I laugh when people say the oils are too expensive! Expensive is not being able to
work for 3 months, expensive is having to pay huge dedictibles and co pay for anti
inflammatory drugs that give us awful side effects. Think again if $43.00 is too much
to totally heal yourself after a big surgery!
Blessings of great radiant health and longevity for us all!
For those of you still waiting to experience the FREEDOM Kit, here is an alternative to dealing with stuck emotion, grief and trauma...
APPLYING THE FEELINGS KIT IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
By David Stewart (Based primarily on notes taken on Gary Young’s talk
September 19, 2008, at the first Young Living European Convention, Vienna,
It has been said that when there is a conflict between reason and feeling,
human beings will always side with feeling. According to Gary Young, 99%
of life’s decisions are made from feelings. Therefore, if you want your
life to be guided by good decisions that lead to health, happiness and
fulfillment, you need to be aware of and in control of your present
feelings and to learn how to release the repressed emotions of the past.
Most of our feelings from day to day are not responses to current
happenings. They originate from the programming in cellular memory that was
imprinted by the emotional experiences of our past that we were unable to
understand, process, and resolve at the time.
These forgotten traumatic experiences function as live programming in our
bodies, affecting every aspect of our lives and particularly in the area of
how we make decisions. When our thoughts are limited by fears, lack of
self-worth and not feeling good enough for more or better, we make
decisions that limit our success. Limited thinking leads to limited
decisions that lead to a limited life far short of the God-given potential
we actually possess.
By focusing on fixing your feelings, you can fix most aspects of your life
- physical, mental and spiritual. Essential oils are perfect vehicles to
help you in this task because their molecules pass directly to the
emotional brain and can bring us into contact with the issues we have long
forgotten and enable us to deal with them and resolve them once and for
all. When we clear our emotional baggage, we clear the way to manifest our
true and highest potential.
According to Gary Young, Thought equals frequency. Essential oils absorb
our thoughts. They are registered in the oils as intent. Intent is directed
energy. When you apply an intent-energized oil on your feet they can
saturate all of your cells within 60 seconds, stimulating creative thinking
and pushing negative energy out of the cells, thus increasing the
frequencies of the cells throughout the body. In that uplifted state you
can create a new desire to be better tomorrow. You have no limitations but
those you choose to accept. Gary says, Use the Feelings Kit. Apply
feeling oils before work and every night before bed. Do this for 30 days
and you will change your life. The Feelings Kit, which was out of stock
for some time, is available again in a modified version. It contains six
oil blends: Valor, Harmony, Forgiveness, Release, Present Time and Inner
Child. Here is how Gary instructed us to use them at the Vienna Convention:
Put Valor Oil on the soles of both feet at nighttime along with
Highest Potential. These blends are effective to erase limited thinking.
Valor balances and equalizes the body’s energies thereby increasing oxygen
intake to the pineal gland - the seat of our higher intelligence and
intuitive faculties. You will wake up in the morning more self assured and
more alive to start the day.
Massage one drop of Harmony Oil on each of the energy center
points of your body. There are seven of them along the spine: Coccyx,
Sacrum, Lumbar, Dorsal (heart), Cervical (where neck meets shoulders),
Medulla (hollow place at center base of skull) and Pineal (center of
forehead). You can also massage Harmony on the crown of the head. Harmony
balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems which, in
turn, gives us progressive creativity and feelings of confidence. The
biggest sin is not having confidence in yourself, says Gary. He who lacks
confidence lacks life.
Apply Forgiveness Oil around the navel with the right hand
going clockwise several times and think of situations where you need to
forgive yourself or others. We beat up on ourselves, but everyone makes
mistakes. Yet we struggle to forgive our own mistakes and those of others.
Unforgiveness is one of the most common roots of physical, mental and
spiritual disease. Unforgiveness does not make the offending party sick. It
makes us sick.
Forgiveness is for our own benefit. It is accomplished in five steps.
(1)Forgive yourself for allowing the person to affect your health and
(2) Forgive the other person for any harm he or she may have
caused you (This need not be done directly with the person being forgiven,
but is an inner adjustment on your part).
(3) Give the other person permission to forgive you.
(4) See the good in the situation.
(5) Be thankful for the experience and the lesson it taught you.
Inhale and apply Forgiveness Oil while going through these steps and repeat as often as
necessary to clear the feelings of unforgiveness.
Negative energy goes into the blood and then into the liver for
cleansing where the toxins can remain trapped. Thus, the liver becomes a
storage place for anger, resentment, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, envy,
addictions and a host of destructive feelings. Apply a few drops of Release
Oil on your tongue to release the poisons of stored emotions from the
liver. Rub Release over the liver area. Drink lots of pure water and do a
When we live in the past or dwell on the future, we are
not being productive in the present.
Energize three drops of Present Time by making clockwise circles on the oil in the palm of your hand and then apply it to your thymus (the gland just under your sternum or breastbone).
Besides keeping you focused on the tasks of today, this can also help you
financially by increasing your abundance consciousness in the present.
When you are a child all things are possible. There are
no limitations, says Gary Young. When you find your inner child, you have
found your true self. The child in you is your creativity.
Apply one drop of Inner Child onto the pad of your thumb and then place your thumb onto the roof of your mouth. This opens the cranial sutures and stimulates the
pineal, pituitary and other organs of the emotional brain that occupy the
space just above the roof of your mouth. Walking backwards while you have
your thumb in your mouth looks stupid but it changes the rotation in the
pelvis, elongating the spine and decompressing the discs in your back.
Thus, you can clear the nerve channels for energy to flow smoothly
throughout your brain and body.
In conclusion, Gary said, Use the Feelings Kit morning and night for 30
days. You will feel enthusiastic. Your life will be full of excitement. And
people will be drawn to you like a magnet. (Note: The Feelings Kit is
available from Young Living Essential Oils as Item 3124.)
Julie Chertow has created a wonderful modality to use for balancing and restoring our body, mind and emotions to wellness. It is called an AromaDome. It is a tent like structure with a cold air diffuser attached that disperses essential oils in a concentrated area. This has a tremendous effect on our Limbic system and reception of essential oils into our bodies. I am looking forward to receiving one and sharing with my family and friends.
Here are a couple of testimonials from her website www.AromaDome.com:
"I have my mom home from a same day surgery event today. I made a roll on of frankincense, copaiba, and Idaho balsam fir. I used that and deep relief to relieve a muscle strain in her back after the surgery. Then I put her under the Aroma Dome® and alternated the three single oils x2 each. When she finished she said she felt good she is now asleep. I will post our progress for you over the next couple of days. I read these there were morphine for oils! I am going to add Helichrysum next time because Gary used Helichrysum, Idaho Balsam Fir and Copaiba in Ecuador in surgery. I love this Aroma Dome®.... thank you Julie!"
"An update on my mom... we are 36 hour post surgery. Yesterday we did two sessions of Aroma Dome® and then again today once. What is absolutely amazing is that she has not taken any oral painkillers. We have only used the Aroma Dome® and a roll on of Copaiba, Idaho Balsam Fir, and Frankincense and the Deep Relief Roll On . I liberally rolled then on her back multiple times after the surgery as soon as we were in the car... before I pulled away we rolled her back. Another amazing side affect of the Aroma Dome® treatment released her nasal congestions. She always got it talking on the phone and today she commented that it did not happen today. Wow! I am addicted."
"My husband has had phenomenal success using the neuro-auricular oils in the AromaDome for Parkinsons he's had for 9 years, no meds - we are elated and amazed! Our results thus far are...
This will SAVE so much oil, because the neuro-auricular was 6 oils, on heavy, and lasted about 30 hrs, with 50 - 75% tremor reduction. Plus...I don't have to take the time to do it to him. The AromaDome is a life saver in so many ways!"
For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.
In Sanskrit, pranayama is considered the Science of Breath. Prana is the life force that permeates our beings. When we breathe more fully and deeply, we become more aware, more intuitive, more alert, calmer, and have an integration of body, mind, and spirit. Breathing deeply massages the internal organs, increasing circulation and bringing nutrients to all parts of the body. Inhaling through our nose filters out particulates and has a more direct effect to stimulate our brain. Repressing breathing can actually repress feelings. There is a common lineage shared among the words “spirit,” “inspiration,” and “respiration.” Oxygen nourishes every cell in our being.
Our lungs expand and contract about twenty thousand times a day. The average person draws in twelve breaths a minute. This process brings oxygen and prana into the body and eliminates carbon dioxide. Through our lungs we are directly connected to our environment.
Let’s trace the intricate path that essential oils take through our olfactory system – it is a brilliant system! The membranes in our olfactory are very small and are protected by the lining of our nose. Housed in the lining are 800 million nerve endings that receive the vaporized oil particles. The particles go on their way through the olfactory bulb and impulses are then transported to the limbic region of our brain and the sensory area at the base of our brain, then passing through the pituitary and pineal glands as well as to our amygdala, which is the brain center where emotions are stored and released (often the emotions of trauma and fear). The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, our emotional control center. All of the areas mentioned are stimulated by only one breath of a pure unadulterated essential oil. With this in mind, go ahead and get one of your favorite oils now and take some good breaths in your Aroma Dome®. Envision the oil particles traveling this pathway and all that is being affected!
Our pineal gland is housed in the limbic part of our brain. Our pineal gland is our direct access to our higher self, our true divine nature. Oxygen or the lack of it greatly affects our brain. We have a highly sophisticated communication system between our receptors and our nerve endings that effect many functions. I am not a scientist just very fascinated as to the vastness of our brain… and how the oils affect it. I have written about my experience and observations in my book,
Since I have been using this system my skin is soft, supple, moist and looks alive and youthful. This is important for all ages.
And Men love using this system too. Especially the Orange Blossom Facial Wash is an excellent replacement for shavng cream. It is all natural and contains MSM to promote healthy, clear skin, and protect from free radical damage. Wolfberry seed oil to hydrate, and essential oils to soothe with aromatic benefits. Added botanicals protect skin from free radical damage.
Super concentrated, you only need a few drops.
Orange Blossom Facial Wash™ is a gentle, nonabrasive, free-rinsing cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils. So great for women too.
ART Skin Care System
Based upon cutting-edge scientific research, Young Living has
combined the health secrets of the ages with the latest
technology to produce a groundbreaking new skincare system –
A·R·T [Age Refining Technology].
“Our passion for purity, quality and integrity guarantees your skin will benefit from the very best.”
~ Mary Young
Imagine a skincare system that contains the purest sandalwood and
frankincense essential oils. Blend in some delicious wolfberry seed
oil to add its legendary skin moisturizing and conditioning properties.
Add Age Refining Technology that includes recovery enzymes to
enhance your natural ability to restore youthful looking skin.
Imagine results that so dramatically improve the appearance of your
skin that your friends are all clamouring to know what you are doing
and how they can get some of what you have!
MaryLou Jacobsen of Young Living’s U.S. office was amazed when she saw her own before and after photos!
“I’ll be the first to admit that I was a skeptic. I was asked to participate in a focus group at the corporate office and started using the A·R·T System. While I immediately noticed softer skin, I didn’t feel like it was improving the
overall appearance of my skin. After all, you look at yourself in the mirror everyday and it’s difficult to see subtle changes. Six weeks later, the photographer took my after shot and said, “you had better come down and take a look at this.” I was shocked! The difference in my before and after photo was unbelievable! The fine lines and wrinkles had almost disappeared, the bulge under my eye had tightened and my crows feet were half what they used to be. The results are truly amazing!”
Formulated from naturally occurring sugars and Young Living’s proprietary blend of pure essential oils, the cleanser gently removes oil, dirt and makeup. Free of any harsh astringents, it leaves skin feeling hydrated, clean and soft.
The Day Activator moisturizer is a light, water-based face and neck cream that absorbs quickly - perfect for wearing under makeup and sunscreen.
The Night Reconstructor moisturizer is a medium-boded, water-based face and neck cream with enhanced moisturizers for maximum hydration while you sleep. The enzymes work in balance with each other to continually reinforce your body’s ability to replenish DNA for a more complete and
effective skincare system.
A.R.T.® Renewal Serum
Aqua (Water), Condensed Herbal Extracts: Speranskia Tuberculata Whole Plant, Eucommia Ulmoides Bark, Glycine Tomentella Root, Astragalus Mongholicus Root, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root, Phalaenopsis Amabilis (Orchid) Flower, Condensed Herbal Extracts II: Torenia Concolor Whole Plant, Commiphora Myrrha Resin, Boswellia Carteri Resin, Spatholobus Suberectus Stem, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root, Liquidambar Formosana Dried Fruit, Crocus Sativus Flower, Chamomilla Recutita Flower, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin
The ART Beauty Masque and Renewal Serum were two of the ground-breaking products launched at the Young Living International Grand Convention in June. Their most distinctive feature, orchid extract, is currently at the height of research in Taiwan and is hailed for its moisturizing properties.* Traditionally, orchids have been used in perfume by the Chinese and have been associated with purity and longevity.*
The Beauty Masque and Renewal Serum also contain herbs and botanicals commonly used in Chinese medicine for supporting skin health and beauty. They include Eucommia ulmoides extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root (Japanese knotweed), and Tremella fuciformis. Eucommia has been historically used to support the skin’s elasticity, to moisturize, and to provide resveratrol (from Polygonum cuspidatum).*
Most importantly, these products are enhanced with the natural benefits of essential oils! Infused with Young Living’s Stress Away™ blend, the Beauty Masque encourages you to relax* and enjoy your own home-spa experience. The Renewal Serum contains Sensation™ essential oil blend for a delightfully calming aroma.*
The ART Beauty Masque uses a unique cloth mask to effectively deliver moisturizing ingredients to all areas of the face. Little known in the United States, this application process is very popular in Asia. Simply apply and relax as active ingredients continuously dispense while you wear the mask. It is recommended that you leave the mask on for 20 minutes twice weekly for optimal results.
The ART Renewal Serum is designed for everyday use, twice daily, morning and night. After cleansing with the ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser, apply one pump of serum to the face, neck, décolletage, hands, or other areas requiring application. The serum’s low molecular weight ingredients allow faster and deeper penetration into the skin and contain more concentrated active ingredients than creams or lotions. Follow up with the ART Day Activator or Night Reconstructor.
The orchid extract in the new ART products is from the species Phalaenopsis amabilis, also called the Moon Orchid.
Vanilla is a member of the orchid family.
The largest orchid flower is 10 inches long, and the smallest is 0.08 inches long.
An orchid can live indefinitely with proper care. Some orchid plants have been in families for 50+ years, passed down through the generations.
This is taken from The Essential Edge News Vol. 3,4 April 2013
Following our recent Young Living Beauty School Event, I received questions about the research behind our A.R.T ™ orchid line, which includes two wonderful products: A.R.T Beauty Masque and A.R.T Renewal serum.
The benefits of both of these products, and specifically the use of the orchid flower, are based on thousands of years of Chinese herbal medicine. It is believed that orchids have the ability to absorb and retain moisture and adapt well to many extreme environments. The longevity of the flowers is the key benefit that is utilized for skin care.
Another valuable ingredient found in our A.R.T orchid line is Japanese knotweed- a polygonum that has been traditionally used for its wound healing properties and for its ability to support healthy skin and provide protection against the effect of free radicals. The Japanese use this plant in order to prepare a tea called Itadori, a word that means well-being. This and many other properties that may help generate youthful-feeling and -looking skin are found in the A.R.T orchid line.
The effect of essential oils in both orchid products is very beneficial. Both blends-Stress Away™ in the Beauty Masque and Sensation ™ in the Renewal Serum- provide calming and soothing not only to the skin but also to the psyche and our emotions.
Use A.R.T Renewal Serum after cleansing your face morning and night. Be sure to follow up with your favorite Young Living moisturizer. Incorporate the Beauty Masque a couple of times a week to help promote a younger, healthier-looking you.