Dessert-scented essential oil diffuser blends

When your to-do list is a mile long during the holiday season, it can be a struggle to fit in your favorite holiday baking traditions; after all, it’s hard to find the time or the calories to spare. The solution: Trick your senses with perfectly crafted essential oil blends that will immediately make your house smell like you have been baking for hours!*

The following  blends are based on 10 drops per diffuser, but they should be modified based on your individual diffuser drop suggestions. ...Read More

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An air of masculinity: Essential oil diffuser blends for men

Do you catch the man in your life lingering around the diffuser when you’re adding a new blend of oils? Have you found bottles of Cedarwood and Northern Lights Black Spruce strangely missing from your collection? Tell him there’s no shame in using essential oils. In fact, there are many ways they can be diffused to speak to his manly sensibilities.

The following blends are based on 12 drops per diffuser, but they should be modified based on your individual diffuser drop suggestions. ...Read More

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Homemade Thai Soup Recipe with Essential Oils

In a soup rut? Not sure how to make Thai soup like you’d find at your favorite restaurant? Cooking with essential oils makes duplicating those warm, fresh Thai flavors easy! With just a drop or two of some of your favorite Young Living Vitality™ essential oils, you’ll have a pot of light-but-satisfying soup that will become one of your favorite essential oil recipes!

Homemade Thai Soup Recipe*

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled (or try chicken or tofu)
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 drops Black Pepper Vitality™
  • 2 drops Lemongrass Vitality™
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 drop Ginger Vitality™
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

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Lavender essential oil.

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Ironically, I used to hate the smell of lavender essential oil. It was one of the first essential oils I was introduced to by a friend but it was a different brand, not Young Living. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand that I was smelling an inferior quality of lavender essential oil which was causing my negative reaction. Once I tried Young Living’s lavender oil I became a huge fan! Young Living has three farms that grow lavender, located in Utah, Idaho, and France. I’ve walked the lavender fields in the Idaho and Utah farms and I’m clear that sourcing the lavender from their own farms combined with the Young Living’s “Seed To Seal” process is what produces the quality of lavender essential oil that I now enjoy. ...Read More

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Peppermint essential oil.

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Peppermint essential oil is my second favorite oil. I carry a bottle with me everywhere.  I use it to freshen my breath and to improve my clarity, focus and energy when I’m tired or need a boost at the gym.

Peppermint essential oil has an invigorating and fresh mint aroma. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is native to Europe and is a hybrid of the wintergreen and spearmint plants. Growing to approximately 2 feet tall, peppermint plants bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny, purple flowers in whorls and terminal spikes. Preparations for extracting peppermint essential oil begin with the leaves and flowering tops of the plant, where menthol— peppermint’s primary active component—is extracted. The term “mint” is from the Greek name Mintha, a mythological nymph transformed into a plant by the goddess Persephone after she learned of her husband Pluto’s love for her. ...Read More

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Ylang Ylang essential oil.

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Did you know that Ylang Ylang essential oil is the most searched for essential oil on the internet?  I had no idea until I started doing research for my blog.   It’s certainly no surprise given that it’s name means “flower of flowers.”  It has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that makes it favorite romantic oil.   In Indonesia it  is used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night.  Although traditionally used in hair formulas to promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair it is also used in many skin products for it’s moisturizing ability. ...Read More

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Blue Cypress essential oil.

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Blue Cypress essential oil is a beautiful, cobalt blue and is the only naturally blue essential oil that comes from a tree. Other blue essential oils such as German Chamomile and Blue Tansy are from flowers. So distinctive and beloved is this tree’s aroma with hints of citrus and cedar that it was chosen as the official fragrance of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

The blue cypress tree is shrub-like in shape and can live as long as 300 years. Young Living’s Blue Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and wood of the rare Northern Cypress Pine, native only to Australia’s Northern Territory. The scientific name of Blue Cypress, Callitris intratropica, is derived from the Greek calli (beautiful) and treis (three), which references the tree’s triangular leaves that are arranged in spirals of three. ...Read More

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Application & Safe Usage

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There are almost as many ways to enjoy and use essential oils as there are oils themselves!  Try any of the applications below to see which works best for you.  In some cases however, the application technique will be dictated by the issue you’re trying to address.

Inhalation

Direct

• Place 2 or more drops into the palm of the left hand, and rub clockwise with the right hand. Cup hands together over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply.

• Add several drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Inhale the vapors that rise from the bowl. To increase the intensity of the oil vapors inhaled, place a towel over the head and bowl before inhaling. ...Read More

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Essential oils definition, history, quality.

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I first heard about essential oils over twenty years ago and believe me, back then my first reaction was, “essential what?” I had no idea what they were or how they worked. Although essential oils are far more popular and even trendy now, I’ve found more often than not people still ask, “What are they and how do they work?”  The simplest answer is that an essential oil is the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essence of plant.  It contains hundreds of chemical compounds and is fifty to one hundred times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs used in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and other herbal practices.  The oils are distilled from flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds of plants and it’s the distillation process that makes essential oils so concentrated and potent.  It often requires an entire plant or more to produce a single drop of distilled essential oil. For example, it takes nearly five thousand pounds of rose petals to produce just one kilo of rose oil and adding just one drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water has approximately the same concentration as twenty tea bags! ...Read More

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