Saturday, October 19, 2013

The wonders of Peppermint oil!

Known as a digestive stimulant, decongestant, and muscle relaxant, Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile of essential oils to be incorporated in your daily life. One drop of Young Living's therapeutic grade Peppermint Oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea! This is one of the reasons that makes Peppermint Oil so popular! It is highly concentrated and extremely powerful and effective.

 Studies have shown that inhaling peppermint oil increases mental accuracy. It is a powerful pick-me-up and improves clarity. This is a refreshing oil to diffuse in the morning or place 1 drop in a cup of a hot tea. 

Some of the things that Peppermint is best known for helping are stomach aches, nausea, fever, and headaches. For digestive complaints, we usually drink 1 to 2 drops of Peppermint in a tall glass of water, as well as dilute several drops with some Coconut or Olive oil and rub it gently over our stomach. I find it incredibly calming when I am experiencing something uncomfortable like nausea or digestive pain. It is also known for helping with certain headaches by diluting with Coconut or Olive oil (one drop of Peppermint to 4 drops of carrier oil of choice) and rubbing over your left and right temples, over sinuses (away from the eyes),behind the neck and at the base, and the crown of the head. Sometimes, drinking a drop of this oil in a glass of water also helps ease headache discomforts.

For fever, you can dilute this oil with a carrier oil and rub it on the bottoms of feet and over chest and back. 

It can also be uses to deter rodents, ants, and cockroaches by placing a couple drops of Peppermint on a cotton ball and putting the cotton ball at entry points for these pests. 

For arthritis and tendinitis pain, mix 4 drops of Peppermint in a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub on the joints of discomfort.

Peppermint oil is also helpful for bad breath and dental health. You can create your own mouth wash with distilled or purified water in a 32 oz glass bottle and 15 drops of Peppermint oil. This is something I love doing in my home because I never liked those store bought mouth wash blends. They didn't leave a natural taste in my mouth the way that this homemade mouthwash with Peppermint does.

It also can be uses to relieve sore feet by mixing 5 drops of Peppermint oil in a 1/2 cups of dead sea salts or epsom salts and placing them in a foot-bath. 

 You can use Young Living essential oil as flavoring in baking, cooking, and in drinks. 

Remember, purity is everything. I only recommend that one take Peppermint internally if it is from Young Living. Many essential oils are on the market today are adulterated and cut with solvents and synthetics. Young Living carefully monitors their essential oil process from the moment they plant the seed, to the harvesting, distillery, the lab, and to the moment it is sealed and packaged for shipping. Their integrity in essential oil quality is out-matched in the industry.

For a complete list of Peppermint oil uses, refer to the list of 29 uses below. 

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil Uses:

  1. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion and to relieve heartburn.
  2. Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  3. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure/headache.
  4. Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  5. Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  6. Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine. Excellent to do prior to working out!
  7. Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  8. Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
  9. Rub 4-6 drops of Peppermint oil in the palm and rub over the stomach and around the naval to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
  10. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on an area of injury or chronic inflammation.
  11. Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (not broken skin) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around but not on the open wound.
  12. Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
  13. Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
  14. For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 vegetable mixing oil.
  15. Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
  16. To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).
  17. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil while taking a test to improve recall.
  18. Rub 4 drops of Peppermint oil on the chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.
  19. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
  20. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring (many love to use it in recipes with chocolate).
  21. To deter rodents, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.
  22. Mix a 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
  23. Place a drop of Peppermint oil in a cup of coffee to create your own peppermint mocha.
  24. Add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 oz. of water and spray plants to kill aphids.
  25. Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
  26. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
  27. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.
  28. Remove tick by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to withdraw its head from the skin and remove it.
  29. Mix Peppermint oil in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.

To get started, I recommend the Premium Starter Kit, which includes 10 of Young Living's most popular blends and single oils, a Home Diffuser, essential oil samples for sharing, 2 Ningxia Red packets, AND I will personally send you a FREE Young Living essential oil-infused product, as well information on how to use the oils in the Premium Starter Kit. 
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This information is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any illness or disease.  If you are seeking professional help, please do so under the care of your healthcare provider.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Everyday cleaning recipes with Young Living Essential Oils...

For all those natural, DIY-loving homemakers out there, I have assembled a summarized list of affordable and easy recipes for creating your own products for cleaning the home - from the kitchen to the bathroom! One of the wonders of essential oil-infused cleaning products is their highly concentrated antibacterial and antiviral properties. Some of the most effective EOs to use for every day cleaning use are Lavender, Clove, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) and Citrus oils such as Lemon and Lime.

Purification Bathroom Air Freshener
Place 1/8 tsp of epsom salt at bottom of 2 ounce amber/blue glass spray bottle. Put 15 - 18 drops of Purification over the epsom salt and let it soak in. Then, fill the bottle with purified or distilled water to the top. Shake and use. 
This air freshener cuts through odors without a perfume-y, synthetic fragrance. It makes your bathroom smell very uplifting after a few sprays. 

The Young Living Purification blend contains Citronella, lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin, and Myrtle.

 Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

Fill a quart size jar full of leftover citrus peels. Pour white vinegar up to the top. Add 5-8 drops of each essential oil. Let mixture sit in a cool, dark place for a couple weeks. Remove citrus peels and pour vinegar cleaner into a glass spray bottle for cleaning counter-tops in the bathroom and kitchen.

I used Orange and Grapefruit in this blend, but I have also used Young Living's Citrus Fresh blend and Lemon. Their citrus oils are the most affordable, ranging from $10 - $16, which is why they are so *perfect* to use for every day cleaning.

*No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Vinegar
!0 Drops Lavender EO
5 Drops Lemon or Lime EO
 Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour all at once in the toilet. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush.

*Easy-Does-It Bowl Cleaner
1/2  Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
10 Drops Tea Tree EO (maleluca alternifolia)
Combine ingredients. Add to the toilet bowl, swipe with brush, and you're done!

*Soap Scum Remover
For buildup on soap dishes and tootbrush holder.
1 TBSP baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 Drops EO of choice
 Combine in cup but only add enough vinegar to make a paste. Apply to surface with a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well.

*Basic Sink Cleanser
Safe for porcelain or stainless steel.
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
3 drops Lavender, or Rosemary, or Lemon/Lime EO
 Combine Ingredients. Rinse sink with hot water then pour cleanser and wipe with sponge. Rinse.

*Mirror Bright 
Cleans mirrors and faucets.
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup water
8 drops citrus EO, like Lemon or Lemon
Combine in glass spray bottle. Wipe solution with a dry cloth or towel.

*Mold Deterrent
1 1/4 cups white vinegar
3/4 cups water
4 drops Cinnamon EO
6 drops Patchouli EO
2 tsp Tea Tree EO
 Combine in glass spray bottle. Spray surfaces well but do not rinse. Allow the spray to rest on mold/mildew surface for a few hours, then wipe and respray and let dry without rinsing.

*Credit for these recipes go to The Naturally Clean Home, by Karyn Siegel-Maier. 

To get started, I recommend the Premium Starter Kit, which includes 10 of Young Living's most popular blends and single oils, a Home Diffuser, essential oil samples for sharing, 2 Ningxia Red packets, AND I will personally send you a surprise Young Living essential oil-infused product, as well information on how to use the oils in the Premium Starter Kit. 
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This information is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any illness or disease.  If you are seeking professional help, please do so under the care of your healthcare provider.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Oily Tip of the Day: What to Do If You Get Essential Oils in Your Eyes

Here is a simple and effective tip to remember for those who accidentally rub essential oils into the eyes!

Since essential oils and water do not mix, you need a substance that is safe to use in your eyes and that will quickly emulsify the essential oil, allowing water to quickly flush it all away. Use anything with fat in it, which will dilute the oil.

The answer is milk, butter, or cream.

Quickly flush the eye with milk or cream until it stops burning. This should happen almost immediately. At that point, you can flush the eyes with fresh water to remove the milk.

This is helpful to remember especially when using EOs around children who may accidentally rub some into their eyes or face area.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Essential Oils and Emotional Healing for Stress, Anxiety, & Depression

{guest post written by Stacy Mcdonald}

Did you know that scent can powerfully affect our emotions? Out of all five senses, our sense of smell is the only one directly linked to the limbic system in the brain, our emotional control center. What this means is that scent can impact not just emotion, but the body’s physical response to it. Mood matters.

When our nose detects a scent, it means that tiny molecules have evaporated from an object and entered the nose. Since an essential oil is volatile (it evaporates at room temperature), its molecules literally leap into the air! When we inhale essential oils (or anything else), their molecules are channeled through our nostrils sending messages to the olfactory system through receptors. The receptors in turn transfer the information they receive from these molecules to the brain. This results in the “sense of smell.”
The olfactory bulb, which is part of the limbic system, captures information through the sense of smell, helping to record a memory. That’s why you can walk into an antique store and have flashbacks of your grandma’s house; or smell a certain perfume and it reminds you of someone. Because of this, and the healing nature of essential oils, there are some who believe that essential oils are extremely helpful in dealing with traumatic memories or post-traumatic stress disorder.
In 1989 researchers agreed that the amygdala—one of several structures in the cerebral cortex—plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma and that aromas have a profound affect on triggering those responses.
Joseph Ledoux, M.D., of the New York Medical University [and author of The Emotional Brain] was one of the first to suggest that the use of aroma could be a major breakthrough in helping to release hidden and suppressed feeling and memories of emotional bondage.
Since the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, breathing, stress levels, sexual arousal, and hormone balance, the use of therapeutic grade essential oils in aromatherapy can have profound physiological and psychological effects on our physical and emotional well-being.
What happens when you’re stressed? There is an actual, measurable, physical response to it. Stress and anxiety are known to sap our energy, affect our skin, aggravate our muscles and nerves, disrupt digestion, affect our sleep, and make us more prone to illness and disease. So, the stress-related health issue you’ve been dealing with isn’t “all in your head.” But what is in your head, along with essential oils, may help you deal with it!
Therapeutic grade essential oils may offer a powerful and safe form of therapy for emotional healing without the dangerous side effects of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications.

The following is a list of just a few Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil singles and blends that have been helpful to others in dealing with mental and emotional challenges.

Oils for Emotional Healing

Bergamot – Agitation, Anxiety, Depression
Frankincense – Used to treat depression. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic system of the brain and the hypothalamus, penial, and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, producing many vital hormones including thyroid growth hormone.
Neroli – Hypertension, anxiety, depression, hysteria, insomnia, skin conditions. A natural relaxant used to treat depression and anxiety.
Vetiver – ADHD, anxiety, depression (including postpartum), insomnia. Helps with stress and recovery from emotional trauma.
Lemon and Orange – Stress
Spikenard – Insomnia, nervous tensions, anxiety
Tangerine – Contains esters and aldehydes that are sedating and calming helping with anxiety and nervousness.
Valerian – Tranquilizing to the central nervous system
Ylang Ylang – Anxiety and Depression

Inner Child – Stimulates memory response, allowing you to prayerfully deal with unresolved traumas
Peace & Calming – Stress relief and insomnia.
Sara – Helps in dealing with traumatic memories, specifically those related to abuse.
Stress Away – Helps to relieve daily stress and nervous tension. Improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes, relaxation, and lowers hypertension.
Tranquil – Contains lavender, cedarwood, and chamomile. All three of these oils have been well documented as effective in reducing restlessness, decreasing anxiety, and inducing a calming feelings.
Trauma Life – This blend combats stress and helps uproot trauma that cause insomnia, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response, so that it can be dealt with.

The Essential Oil Desk Reference Recommends the following oils for the following specific emotional challenges:

Anger – bergamot, Cedarwood, frankincense, sacred frankincense, lavender, myrrh, orange, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang
Anxiety – Orange, Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang, lavender, sacred frankincense, frankincense
Abuse -Singles: geranium, Ylang Ylang, galbanum, palo santo, ocotea, frankincense. Blends: Sarah, Hope, Joy, Peace and Calming, Inner Child, Grounding, Trauma Life, Release, Valor, Forgiveness, White Angelica
Depression – Cedarwood, spruce, sacred frankincense, lavender, geranium, lemon, orange, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, Ylang Ylang
Despondency – Galbanum, geranium, sacred frankincense, ginger, orange, rose, Ylang Ylang, Idaho balsam fur
Fear – Palo Santo, cypress, Roman chamomile, geranium, juniper, myrrh, spruce, orange, sacred frankincense
Grief/Sorrow- Singles bergamot, palo santo, galbanum, Roman chamomile, Clary Sage, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender,
Mood Swings – Idaho balsam fir, clary sage, sage, geranium, juniper, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rose, jasmine, rosemary, lemon, spruce, Ylang Ylang, Progessence Plus (hormone related)
Obsessiveness – Clary Sage, galbanum, ocotea, palo santo, cypress, geranium, lavender, Ylang Ylang
Panic – Bergamot, Idaho balsam fir, galbanum, Roman chamomile, myrrh, frankincense, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, Ylang Ylang, Spruce
Shock – Helichrysum, basil, dorado azul, copaiba, Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary

Feelings2The Feelings Collection includes blends specially formulated for those combating anxiety, stress, and emotional turmoil..

I only recommend Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, since lower quality oils do not have the same medicinal qualities and may actually be toxic.
~ Stacy M.

In addition to using essential oils, remember to give your body other "tools" that it needs to aid in the healing and restorative process:
  • Get consistent amounts of sleep!
  • Increase your intake of water daily.
  • Get plenty of sunshine.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Avoid processed foods, dyes, white flour/sugar, MSG.
  • Detoxify your home
  • Have your hormone levels checked.
  • Increase your intake of Probiotics, Vitamin D, C, and an assortment of B Vitamins, as well as essential minerals like Magnesium.
  • Never underestimate the company and fellowship and company of supportive and positive friends and family members. 

I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils because of their high purity. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated and are not put through a Seed to Seal process that Young Living lives by. I highly recommend these essential oils for their outstanding purity and also because, simply put, they really work. I began my journey over two years ago with Young Living EOs and have never looked back. They are remarkable!

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils for you and your family, I recommend purchasing the Premium Starter Kit! You can begin enjoying wholesale prices AND a large selection of essential oils at the same time. This is a great way to begin incorporating the most versatile essential oils into your daily life. I also personally gift you with an essential oil when you become a wholesale customer under me. It's my way of saying "thank you!" and supporting you in building your own natural medicine cabinet.

By the way, I am not a doctor. I just a woman who uses essential oils in her daily life with family and friends. The information provided on Ancient Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Introducing the new enrollment kits....!

 There have been so many exciting things going on this week with Young Living Essential Oils! They released their NEW and dramatically improved starter kits, making them more beneficial and cost effective than ever before! Now is a wonderful time to begin your essential oil journey with these new starter kits. 

As if you needed any other incentive to start making your family and home healthy, Young Living now offers the Home Diffuser with a couple of the new kits!  I’m VERY excited about these!  The kits that were available before included a $40 diffuser coupon.  However, these new kits INCLUDE the diffuser FOR THE SAME PRICE!


 With the NEW Basic Starter Kit (to the left), you will get 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples, 5-ml Stress Away blend, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, 10 Essential Oil Sample Packets, plus all-new educational materials, including Welcome to Young Living, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success, Distributor Resource Guide, and Essential Oils at a Glance

The new Basic PLUS Starter Kit ($75), pictured below, includes EVERYTHING in the Basic Starter Kit, PLUS an easy-to-use Home Diffuser.

If these weren't amazing enough, The Premium Start Kit ($150), pictured below, now includes EVERYTHING in the Basic Plus Starter Kit above, PLUS an Everyday Oils collection. The Everyday Oils collection includes 5ml bottles of the following essential oils:

Singles: Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense
Blends: Purification, Thieves, Peace & Calming, PanAway and Valor.


Everything you need to help revamp your medicine cabinet into a wellness cabinet!

IN ADDITION, I am hosting an essential oil giveaway for the first 2 members to become wholesale customers and purchase the Premium Start Kit under me this month. Let me help you begin your journey with tips, advice, and resources to begin your own home medicine cabinet! 

Contact me at to learn more about becoming a wholesale customer and saving 24% on essential oils.

~Erica Rhodes

Saturday, July 13, 2013

15 Things to Know When You First Begin Using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils…

These are 15  helpful facts to keep in mind in using Young Living essential oils. I recommend you read over this list to equip yourself with the knowledge in how best to use your oils for you and your family.

1. YL oils labeled as “supplements” are able to be used internally. Peppermint is probably the most useful oil on the planet. Always make sure you have enough.

2. If you ever need to dilute an essential oil because of sensitive skin, and you don’t have a carrier oil available, do not use water! Use anything that contains fat, such as full fat yogurt, butter, full fat milk or cream. It’s the ‘fat’ that dilutes your essential oils.

3.  Reach every cell in your body within 21 minutes when applied topically to the body

4. Never use essential oils in plastic cups or items. The essential oils attack the toxins in plastics and cause it to erode. Use glass or stainless steel when using essential oils in your drinks.

5. Essential oils that may require a carrier oil for topical use: PanAway, Peppermint, Basil, any of the Eucalyptus, any of the citrus (Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot*), Myrrh, Myrtle, and Melissa.  
 Essential oils that should (almost) always be diluted with a carrier oil for topical use: Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, Oregano, Thyme, Lemongrass, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Mountain Savory, Nutmeg, Marjoram, Balsam Fir, Coriander, Cypress, Galbanum, Pine, Ravensara, Ocotea. Again, key word is almost.

6. “Neat” means undiluted

7. Diffusing essential oils (with a cold-air diffuser) alleviates stress, cleanses and purifies the air from airborne bacteria, and creates a pleasant atmosphere in the home.

8. The Essential Rewards program is THE most cost effective way to earn points for free oils and build your medicine cabinet.

9. Good “carrier oils” are: sweet almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil.

10. Peace and Calming blend is the very best oil blend for little ones (as well as adults) for a good night’s sleep. Diffuse and apply topically!

11. How to afford essential oils – (Balance your budget by transfer buying, give the gift of health, earn free products & get discount shipping, make your own Personal Care Products and Household cleaners, Refer a Friend – message me to learn more)

12. When using Essential Oils in a spray bottle adding a pinch of Epsom salt. Essential oils have a tendency to clog up the mechanism in spray bottles because they don’t mix well with water and will float on top, failing to disperse. Putting the oil on the Epsom salt will cause the oil to adhere to the salt and disperse as the oil dissolves. This will help prevent your spray bottle from becoming clogged. So the next time you are making air freshener, "perfume" spray, or bug repellant, give this tip a try. In addition, the same goes for those who want to use essential oils in a bath. Use Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salts to disperse the oils beforehand.

13. There are approximately 250 drops in a 15 ml bottle of essential oil

14. Never get essential oils directly in your eyes. If you do, use olive oil on the bone around the eye to dissipate the oil. Flushing the eye with water will just spread the oil and not bring relief.

15.  Phototoxicity is a chemically induced skin irritation from UV ray-exposed areas of the skin after using essential oils containing furans (furanoids). The skins response resembles exaggerated sunburn and in some people, it can leave permanent marks of darkened skin. Furanoids are compounds that act like prisms that amplify UV light. In nature they are found in leaves, seeds of plants, and most commonly the rinds of fruit to help them ripen. When you apply an essential oil containing furanoids to your skin and then go out into direct sunlight, use a tanning bed, or receive radiation treatments, your skin can burn which sometimes leaves permanent patches of dark color on your skin’s pigmentation called phototoxicity.

• Only oils containing enough furanoid compounds are considered phototoxic
• You will not burn if you ingest essential oil or take orally, so go ahead and add them to your drink on a hot summer day
• Using a carrier oil to dilute phototoxic oils does not protect against phototoxicity
• You cannot wash them off to avoid phototoxicity; they are already absorbed into the skin.
• Cover all areas of skin where you have applied phototoxic oils before going into the sun, only UV exposed areas will burn.
• Wait up to 12 HOURS after applying phototoxic oils to the skin before exposing to sunlight, UV radiation from tanning beds, or receiving radiation treatments. It is recommended to apply phototoxic oils topically in the evening before going to bed to allow adequate time before UV exposure.

Oils to avoid in UV Rays
• Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
• Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
• Fennel (Foeniculum flugare)
• Grapefruit (Citrus paradise)
• Lemon (Citrus limon)
• Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
• Orange (Citrus sinensis)

• Citrus Fresh
• Gentle Baby
• Joy
• RutaVala
• White Angelica

Therapeutic Grade & The Four P's

Therapeutic-Grade Standard

Gary Young discussing healing with a native healer/shamanGary Young established the term “therapeutic-grade,” now known as Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG), as a guarantee that Young Living will only sell 100% pure, natural, uncut, unadulterated essential oils that maintain the vital therapeutic potency.
As Gary traveled the world studying the distillation of pure essential oils, he saw wide discrepancies in quality and learned that in order to ensure purity and potency, expert and rigorous analysis of finished essential oils was critical.
Today, using gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis, the phytochemical profile of every batch of Young Living essential oils is measured to evaluate each specific plant compound. Certain plant compounds must meet or exceed specific levels to ensure the essential oil is natural, pure, and therapeutic-grade. Only then does Young Living guarantee the oil will provide the desired results and label it Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG).

Young Living essential oils are:

  • 100% pure
  • Sourced only from known botanical species
  • Sustainably grown and harvested
  • Grown on chemical-free farmlands in carefully nourished soil (organic)
  • Unmatched throughout the essential oils industry
  • So pure and natural, they're used and recommended by integrative health professionals around the world
 Young Living: The Seed To Seal™ Process

Strict attention to detail—from the seeds sown to the plants harvested—ensures that the oils you obtain from Young Living are the purest, most potent essential oils available. This precise, detailed method is known as the Seed to Seal process.

Potent essential oils come from plant species that have been authenticated by Young Living experts. Species certification involves scientific research, field study, university partnerships, and on-site planting certification.
Through cultivation on the four Young Living farms, Young Living Essential Oils has mastered the creation of pure, potent essential oils. The company takes this knowledge around the world to co-op farms to certify that these farms’ growing processes meet Young Living’s strict quality standards.
Young Living’s proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure steam distillation process ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in every batch of essential oil remain uncompromised during the extraction process.
Each essential oil must pass Young Living’s stringent testing to ensure the optimal bioactive natural compounds are present. Young Living uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that international purity and potency standards are met and surpassed.
Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process by carefully sealing each bottle of essential oil before shipping them to members worldwide.

 Below is a video of the Young Living Seed to Seal process that guarantees us the best quality essential oils.

With Therapeutic Grade essential oils you can inhale, apply or ingest most of them
From the beginning, Gary Young's commitment has remained unchanged: to offer the finest natural essential oils and pure aromatherapy products that enhance well being and wellness of body, mind and spirit. Gary Young’s commitment to understanding the remarkable therapeutic power of plants has resulted in the world’s largest line of essential oils and blends. Gary has traveled the globe discovering how to best support both physical health and emotional wellness. His discoveries have helped hundreds of thousands of people experience the benefits of natural healing and have led to the creation of the world’s largest and foremost authority on essential oils sciences: Young Living Essential Oils.
Whether from the Young Living Farms in the United States, France or Ecuador - these farms provide an ongoing source for pure and natural essential oils that are in critically short supply around the world.
Gary Young in a field of LavenderThe process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of essential oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.

The Young Living Promise: Plants - Preparation - Purity - Potency


An oil's potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also by where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it's harvested.
Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. Only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of therapeutic compounds are selected.
Young Living Greenhouse
Young Living has over 70,000 sq.ft. of
greenhouse space for starting plants


Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet YLTG standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched throughout the essential oils industry.
To meet YLTG distillation standards proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored.


YLTG standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut or adulterated oils. Every product Young Living produces—essential oils, oil blends, nutritional supplements, or personal care—meets strict purity standards.
Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected.


Purification and Thieves are two of Young Living Essential Oils premier blendsThe culmination of the preceding three stages, Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Without strict adherence to the YLTG standard in the Plant, Preparation, and Purity phases, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired effect.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Why essential oil diffusers should be a staple in every home...

 Aria™ Ultrasonic Diffuser & TheraPro Premium Diffuser

Diffusing oils alter the structure of molecules that create odors, rather than just masking them. They also increase oxygen availability, produce negative ions, and release natural ozone. Many essential oils such as lemongrass, orange grapefruit, melaleuca (alternifolia - tea tree), eucalyptus ( E. globolus), lavender, frankincense, and lemon, along with essential oil blends (Purification, Melrose, and Thieves), are extremely effective for eliminating and destroying airborne germs and bacteria.
 A cold-air diffuser is designed to atomize a micro-fine mist of essential oils into the air, where they can remain suspended for several hours. Unlike aroma lamps or candles, a diffuser disperses essential oils without heating or burning, which can render the oil therapeutically less beneficial and even create toxic compounds. Research shows that cold-air diffusing certain oils may:

 ~ Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold, and unpleasant odors
~ Relax the body, relieve tension, and clear the mind
~ Help with weight management
~ Improve concentration, alertness, and mental clarity
~ Stimulate neurotransmitters
~ Stimulate secretion of endorphins
~ Stimulate growth hormone production and receptivity
~ Improve the secretion of IgA antibodies that fight candida
~ Improve digestive function
~ Improve hormonal balance
~ Relieve headaches
 (Pg 35, Essential Oils Pocket Reference)

 University researchers in Japan found that diffusing certain aromas in an office environment dramatically improved mental accuracy and concentration. Diffused lemon resulted in 54 percent fewer errors, jasmine 33 percent fewer errors, and lavender 20 percent fewer errors. When aromas were diffused during test taking, scores increased by as much as 50 percent.
(pg 78, Essential Oils Pocket Reference)

Research by Jean Valnet, MD, showed that vaporized lemon oil can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria. 
(Pg. 79,  Essential Oils Pocket Reference)

 Diffusing is one of my favorite things. I would love to leave my diffusers running all day long because they are so pleasant and relaxing. Also, I love the satisfaction in knowing that what I'm putting into the air is pure and healthy. While I love burning candles, I quickly gave that up when I found out about their synthetic ingredients. The same for all types of air sprays that are filled with harsh chemicals! For those who suffer with asthma and respiratory problems, diffusing essential oils is the best and most healing route. I have become more committed to diffusing in every area of the home the more that I have learned about synthetic ingredients and chemicals in home/air products today. It's always lovely to step into a room with a diffuser that is running and the mist spilling out. It is naturally relaxing. Some of my favorite oils to diffuse from YL are Wintergreen, Lavender, Citrus Fresh, & Thieves. 

 One of the most rewarding benefits of becoming a member of Young Living is that the Home Diffuser is now offered in the enrollment kits! So, you can begin your own journey savoring the benefits of diffusing essential oils when becoming a wholesale customer.

When I first became a member, I decided to invest in their most expensive diffuser - The Aria Ultrasonic. It was worth every penny! A year later, I am still enjoying it (and I even named it - Kirby - because every inanimate object needs a personality and a name! ha!) and I have used it at many social gatherings and parties. And, it has been highly benefical for my family during the harsh flu/cold season that hit this past winter. Thieves, Wintergreen, and R.C. were constantly in use! Recently, I purchased the Home Diffuser for more practical, everyday use and it has certainly been a favorite of my husband's since we got married this past February. 

 Below, I have listed pictures and information of the Young Living diffusers available for purchase. 

 I want to others to experience the joy and wellness that I and my loved ones have received from investing in these products. I truly believe every home should have one or two of these diffusers around, especially for those with children, pets, elderly, or those struggling with respiratory issues and allergies.
 If you are interested in learning more about any of these products from Young Living please e-mail with your questions and thoughts at I want to help and be there for you in any way that I am able to! 

Erica Rhodes
Sponser/Enroller # 1288199
Begin your journey to health, wholeness, and wellness here.

 Home Diffuser
Young Living's newly designed Home Diffuser combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product that safely release essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a spa-like atmosphere.
Fill well with distilled or purified water and add 8-12 drops of the desired oil and turn on diffuser. See instruction booklet for complete usage details. Diffuser comes with with two 5-ml essential oils.
                                                         Aria™ Ultrasonic Diffuser
This diffuser combines the latest in ultrasonic technology with useful features such as a remote control, music capabilities, soothing built-in-sounds, and LED lights. Inside the Aria is a small ultrasonic plate that vibrates over a million times per second, vaporizing the water and oil to disperse into the air.
Fill well with distilled water and add 15-20 drops of the desired oil. See instruction booklet for complete usage details. Diffuser comes with with two 5-ml essential oils.

 Travel Fan Diffuser
This diffuser is a simple way to diffuse therapeutic-grade essential oils when you are on the go. This small, portable diffuser blows cool air through an oil pad to release the therapeutic benefits. It can run on batteries or be plugged in.
How to Use: Place 15-20 drops of essential oil on inserted oil pad; plug in or insert batteries. See instruction booklet for complete usage details. Diffuser comes with 5-ml 

 TheraPro Premium Diffuser
The most advanced diffuser technology, the TheraPro nebulizes essential oils and disperses them into the air in an ultrafine mist for concentrated therapy.
Attach 15-ml essential oil bottle to housing and select desired setting. See instruction booklet for complete usage details. Diffuser comes with 15-ml Thieves essential oil blend.
Essential Oil Diffuser ~ Comes in Bronze, Green, and Silver.
The Essential Oil Diffuser release large amounts of oil into the air as a microfine vapor. The oils are diffused without being heated to retain their maximum potency.
Note: Some essential oils should not be diffused in the Essential Oil Diffuser due to their thickness.
How to Use: Pour 15-20 drops of oil directly into the well and turn the knob on the flow control valve. See instruction booklet for complete usage details. 

Lavender ~ Its history, uses, and how I used it for my wedding

It has been known as the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils. Versatile and fragrant, Lavender is well-loved by many. Its amazing healing properties were first "discovered" by René-Maurice Gattefossé, French chemist and scholar. Born in Montchat near Lyon in 1881, René-Maurice Gattefossé is regarded as the Father of Aromatherapy and inventor of the word itself. In 1910 he discovered the virtues of the essential oil of lavender.

Gattefosse was working in the laboratories of the cosmetics firm owned and named after his family (of which he was to become head, and which is still in business today). He badly burned his hand during an experiment and plunged his hand into the nearest tub of liquid which just happened to be lavender essential oil. He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. This started a fascination with essential oils and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals. He used oils of lavender, thyme, lemon and clove for their antiseptic properties. Gattefosse noted an increase in the rate of healing in wounds treated with essential oils and that the oils seemed to be free from the disadvantages present with other antiseptic agents in use at that time.

Uses for Young Living's Lavender Essential Oil

1.) Rub Lavender oil on the feet for a calming effect on the body.

2.) Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and then apply to your pillow to help you sleep and for insomnia.
3.) Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
4.) Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain and help prevent scarring.

5.) Drop Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding.
6.)  Mix several drops of Lavender oil with olive or coconut oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
7.)  To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue, around the navel or behind the ears. 8.)  To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice.  Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
9.) Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.
10.) Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
11.) Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
12.) To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the affected area.
13.)  Rub 2 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant.
14.) Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
15.) Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
16.) Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
17.) Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
18.) Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
19.) Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
20.) Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies. Or place a drop or two in a spoonful of raw honey to combat allergies.
21.)  Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
22.) Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
23.) Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.
24.) Apply 1-2 drops of Lavender oil in your iron to freshen your clothes.
25.)  Apply 1-2 drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and place in the dryer for an all natural dryer sheet.
26.) Rub Lavender oil on the back of your neck, chest, and in between your eyes to alleviate sinuses, sinusitis, allergies.
27.) Add Lavender oil to your baking recipes.
28.)  Add drops of Lavender oil to your favorite beverage:  tea or lemonade.
29.)  Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your temples to alleviate a headache (note this is helpful only in the case of certain kinds of headaches, some of the minor types).
30.)  Rub a drop on the base of the neck to relieve stress and anxiety.

*Note: These uses are for Young Living's Lavender only. Young Living is pure therapeutic grade, which is the reason why you can take it internally. Other kinds of Lavender oil are not for internal use and, therefore, not pure or safe. 

 Much of the lavender oil on the market today is actually a hybrid called lavandin. It is adulterated with synthetic linalyl acetate and solvents, like propylene glycol, DEP, or DOP, are added to it to increase volume. It also contains high levels of camphor (12-18 percent) and can itself burn the skin. This is in stark contrast to true lavender which has virtually no camphor and has natural burn-healing agents to restore damaged skin. Most consumers don't know the difference and are happy to buy adulterated lavender for $7 to $10 per ounce in stores...(Essential Oils Pocket Reference, pg 22-23).

Young Living Lavender essential oil is grown on a 1600 acre farm in Mona, Utah and distilled on site in one of the world's largest privately owned oil distilleries. It is safe for all ages, infants included.

Young Living also offers a variety of Lavender-infused products for the bath and body care. Soap, lotion, shower gel, shampoo, mist, and lip balm! Below, I have posted a small review on a few of these products.

 Lavender was my color and flower of choice at my February wedding. 
The meaning of the Lavender flower is purity and devotion, which are two significant words for my relationship with my dear husband. 

I had been using Young Living's Lavender Volume Shampoo the week leading up to my wedding and absolutely loved it! I can personally testify that it works wonderfully for any hair-type. The aroma of it is so deep and pleasing (it really fills up your shower with its scent!), and it really works wonders for dry scalp! One bottle lasted a whole month for me, which is fabulous considering my length of hair! I also use the Lavender Lip Balm on almost a daily basis and I have never tried a lip balm that moisturizes as well as this one. It leaves me with wanting to use more (I'm not big on lip balms, but this made me change my mind!). On the day of my wedding, I used YL's Lavender Bath and Body Lotion along with the Lavender Essential Oil all over myself. I received so comments from my guests about how lovely I smelled, which was funny. The lotion is so thick that you don't even need to use a lot of it. It makes your skin feel absolutely luscious! To me, these products are absolutely a must-have, whether you are planning a lavender-themed event or not. ;-) The quality of YL's Lavender-infused products is undeniable. I would recommend these to anyone time and time again.

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