How to Get Started with Young Living Essential Oils

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What Are Essential Oils?

Have you ever smelled fresh lavender and felt relaxed? Or tasted fresh-cut mint on a salad and felt refreshed? Well then, you’ve experienced the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Want to learn more about essential oils? You’re in the right place. In fact, you can get started right now if you’re ready to order.

Essential oils have changed my life – and in ways that I never even expected. When I first got started with essential oils, I just wanted to make some natural skin care and household cleaning products.  I had no idea that a sniff of this or a rub of that could help to improve my family’s health. Let me explain…

Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic essences of flowers, trees, grasses, and bushes. They contain all the goodness that protects and maintains the plant, and we can use them to help support and protect and maintain our own bodies’ health and wellness.

There are many different kinds of oils out there, and they all have different properties and uses. From well-known plants like Lavender and Peppermint to exotic ones like Frankincense and Copaiba, there’s an incredible range – and they each provide different benefits and uses.

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Why I Got Started with Essential Oils

I wanted to make my own skin care products.  I was frustrated with the seemingly ‘natural’ skin care products in the store that still had ingredients I could not pronounce.  Plus, I wanted to find natural options to clean my home.  As I researched DIY lotion recipes, I found that most included some essential oils.  So I got an Young Living essential oils starter kit, started experimenting, and I’ve never turned back.

Since then, I’ve used essentials oils to make homemade bath and beauty products like body lotion, aftershave balm and facial moisturizing serum – saving me a lot of money. I’ve also found that essential oils help me to wind down at the end of the day, sleep better, and support my immune system.  And they can be used by the WHOLE family. My entire family now uses oils in so many different ways.   Even my extended family and friends are using oils now, because once you use them, you love them – and then you start telling everyone about them!

Why Choose Young Living?

One of the most important things I’ve learned about healthy living is that it’s not just knowing what something is – it’s knowing where it comes from, how it’s grown, and how it’s processed. I like to go to the farmers market to buy my family’s food and want to know who grows our food and how. I want to know the same things about where my oils are coming from.

After researching several options, I felt I could trust Young Living with my family’s health. They have been around for over 20 years and are the only essential oil company that owns farms all over the world (including France, Croatia, Oman, Ecuador, and here in the U.S.) and oil distilleries. In fact, Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, built the first essential oil distillery in the U.S.

Young Living maintains their commitment to quality through their Seed to Seal guarantee. They have the highest standards and quality controls through all steps of the process, from planting, to cultivation and harvesting, and distilling on all the farms they own and co-op. And best of all, you can see the process first hand. I got to visit the Young Living farm in Mona, Utah and see the whole distillation process, from harvest to essential oil production.  The standards and purity are unmatched, and no other company is inviting people to come and observe how they produce their essential oils.  Members are encouraged to visit the farms to experience the Seed to Seal process.  Every year they open the doors of their winter harvest on the Idaho farm, and you can help harvest the plant materials and distill your own bottle of essential oil!

Why Can’t I Just Buy Oils on Amazon or the Health Food Store?

The essential oils at the health food store are simply not the same quality as Young Living. Many have been adulterated with chemicals and synthetic compounds.  They may contain cheap essential oils produced from crops with pesticides.  Check the labels – they typically say not for “internal use” or “do not put directly on the skin”.  You can even smell the difference.  Peppermint, for instance, shouldn’t smell sweet or like candy – there is nothing sweet about a peppermint plant. It should smell like a fresh-cut herb. When you compare Young Living’s Peppermint with another company – there’s simply no comparison.

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And, sadly, Amazon is no better. Young Living does NOT sell oils on Amazon. So if you are buying Young Living oils on Amazon, there is a high possibility that it is imposter oils that have been diluted and relabeled.  There is just no way to know what you are getting without going to the source.  You can only get Young Living essential oils direct from the company through an independent distributor (like me).

The Premium Starter Kit is the Best Value!

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Quality is important – that’s why I chose Young Living. But you know what? Price is too. And of all the essential oil companies out there, I found that Young Living is HANDS-DOWN the best and most affordable starter kit.

You can purchase Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils in one of two ways: as a Wholesale Member (best option) or Retail Customer. I recommend buying Young Living essential oils as a wholesale member. Why?

It’s the best deal. You’ll get to choose a starter kit at nearly half off retail prices AND you’ll get wholesale membership. Think of it like Costco, but better because there is no membership fee! You’ll get 24% off retail prices for all future purchases. There are NO monthly minimums or fees.

And when you order through me, you’ll get personal support – by phone, email, text and through my members-only Facebook group – and a FREE BONUS GIFT from me.

Order Your Premium Starter Kit Now

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When you order your own premium starter kit, you are entitled to wholesale pricing on all Young Living products, this is 24% off of the retail prices. Most people start with the Premium Starter Kit. It is our most popular starter kit and is worth at retail over $300 but as a starter kit it is only $160 and includes:

  • Diffuser options to pick: DewDrop (FREE and my favorite!), Home (FREE), Rainstone (longest continuous run time at 8hrs – small upgrade) or Aria Diffusers (a seriously beautiful spa experience at home! – upgrade)
  • 10 5ml bottles of our exclusive essential oil blends and single oils: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Copaiba, Thieves, PanAway, R.C., Purification, DiGize
  • A 2017 Product Guide
  • Bonus 5ml bottle of Stress Away
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment (you can put this roller ball on any of our 5ml or 15ml bottles and they last forever!)
  • 2 packets of Ningxia Red
  • 10 Mini dram bottles for samples
  • 10 Sample packets of oil (including a sample of Peace & Calming!)
  • 10 product usage cards with a place to attach a sample

Order Your Premium Starter Kit Now

BONUS Gifts for You!

Anyone who orders a Premium Starter Kit will get these gifts for FREE:

  • DIY recipes for every occasion – beauty to winter wellness
  • Mini spray bottle to make your own Thieves hand spray or Peppermint breath spray
  • Roller ball bottle to make your own perfume roll-on or immune booster roll-on
  • DIY lip balm
  • Reference materials to help you use your oils

BONUS: If you also enroll in Young Living’s loyalty rewards program, Essential Rewards, at the same time you order your starter kit, then you will also receive a 350-page essential oils reference book ($25 value) for FREE. Not sure how to do this? Just email me at stacey@whenlifegivesyouoils.com and I’ll show you how. You must email me to claim this bonus prize.

*These gifts are only eligible for US residents. If you are outside of the US and order the premium kit you will get a $25 Amazon gift card emailed to you.

Signing Up As A Young Living Wholesale Member

  1. Getting to the right place – Click over to the order page.
  2. Select Member (this gets you WHOLESALE pricing and access to the starter kit options)
  3. Enroller and Sponsor – The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be auto-populated for you. (If for some reason it is not, enter 1962047 in both boxes)
  4. Select your Starter Kit – Choose your starter kit and pick your diffuser.  Diffuser options include the Dew Drop and Home at the base price, or you can upgrade to the Rainstone or Aria diffusers for an additional cost.  The Aria is by far the most beautiful of the diffusers, made of wood and glass – all are very functional and do a great job diffusing oils into the air.  (My favorite is the Dew Drop!)
  5. Set up your *optional* Essential Rewards Program – As a Young Living wholesale member, you also have the option to join our frequent buyer’s club called Essential Rewards. This is the best and most cost effective way to start swapping out conventional, chemical products in your home for safer alternatives.  Why? Because  Essential Rewards allows you to accumulate reward points (10-25% of order total back in points!) that you can redeem for free products! You also get a cheaper flat rate on shipping when you order via Essential Rewards.  I recommend setting up a custom ER order when getting your premium starter kit and adding one 13oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner and a bottle of Release or Peace & Calming essential oil blend – two of my favorites!
  6. Add any additional products to your order – if you chose to not set up ER at this time, I highly recommend that you add on a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner to your order – it is AMAZING and one of the most popular products from Young Living – no more toxic cleaners!
  7. Complete the contact information section – The reason you are asked to list your social security number is for tax purposes.  One of the benefits of wholesale membership is a referral number you can use to refer others to Young Living and get a thank you check.  If you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail. Young Living will never share this info with anyone, and if you never share Young Living with anyone, they will never do anything with your information.)
  8. Create your Password and Pin – which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.
  9. Enter your shipping and payment information, review order, and make sure to click Activate and Checkout.

That’s it! Welcome to the amazingly healthy, addictive world of essential oils!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why should I become a Young Living Wholesale Member?

Signing up as a wholesale member puts you under no obligation to distribute the oils.  It simply means that you get to enjoy the benefits of a discounted wholesale membership and save 24% on everything you order, forever. Young Living does not have any monthly minimum purchase requirements, contracts, or annual fees. It truly is risk free. They stand by their product and let it do the talking.

2. Is there a monthly order minimum?

No. You do not have to order monthly in order to benefit from being a Wholesale Member. Once you order your premium starter kit, you are free to just order more oils as the need arises… or not. That is the best part. You are never required to order anything, ever. However, as a wholesale member you will always pay 24% less than retail on everything you order.

3. I don’t really want to sell essential oils. Do I have to sell Young Living products to be a Wholesale Member?

Of course not. Since there is no monthly order requirement you can simply just order whenever you and your family need it. There is no requirement to have a business.

4. What do I need to do to get started?

To begin as a Wholesale Member, you start by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit.  Just choose a diffuser option, and then you’re set. This is the same kit I purchased to get started on my essential oil journey.

5. What is Essential Rewards?

Essential Rewards (ER) is an optional loyalty program. When you join, you’ll start accumulating rewards points (10-25% on your qualifying order) for everything you buy, which can be used to get free products on future orders. You can join the ER program later – but believe me, this is great to join from the get-go. Young Living has oils for hormone support like Progessence Plus for women and Shutran for men, supplements like NingXia Red and Master Formula (multivitamins), beauty products (like the ART skin care line), and even toothpaste (trust me, Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash will change your life).

Order Your Premium Starter Kit TODAY

Benefits of Joining with Me

Community – Be part of a like-minded community to share testimonials, participate in giveaways, and build lifelong friendships with others. When you join, you’ll be a part of this members-only community.

Support – You will get amazing support from both me and my essential oils leadership team – including calls, Skype or Facetime, text, email, or in-person. We connect with you how you want to communicate. And we have leaders all over the US and the world to help you no matter where you live.

Education – No matter what your experience is with essential oils, we’re here to help. We have educational calls and video chats, reference materials, a lively online community, videos and much more. Our mission is to help you learn how to use your essential oils for vibrant wellness.

Training – It is completely optional to pursue Young Living as a business, and if it’s something you do decide to do we have all the resources and training you need for a thriving essential oils business. Training includes extensive educational materials, weekly calls and video chats, online leadership communities, leader challenges, giveaways and much more! We can help you to host your own class – everything from printed materials to class scripts. Email me at stacey@whenlifegivesyouoils.com if you’re interested in pursing the business right away.

Make sure to contact me once you get started so I can make sure to add you to my member’s only Facebook group and other support resources!

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My Favorite Sleep Hacks

 

Getting a good night’s rest has been a roller-coaster ride for me the past few years. Like some kind of masochist, I somehow happened upon reading a ton of articles about the benefits of good sleep while my son was an infant and it was impossible for me to sleep well. The result was that I became nearly obsessed with good sleep. Once my son started sleeping through the night, I tried to really up my game in terms of getting a solid 8 hours a night. Keyword here is “tried”. Every night when I’d try to go to bed early, I’d toss and turn and wouldn’t be able to fall asleep. I read everything on sleep I could find, tried what felt like every sleep hack under the sun, and even went so far as to visit a sleep specialist as a diagnostic. Some things helped a ton, some things didn’t seem to help at all. Ultimately, my struggle is with the act of falling asleep, not necessarily staying asleep, and it was diagnosed as a very mild case of sleep-onset insomnia.

Fast-forward a few years and I now have a healthy relationship with sleep. I still don’t consider myself to be a particularly good sleeper, and still find a full 8 hour night elusive, but I feel more in control of the situation. I do still live with a 3 year old after all. Most of the time, I feel like I’m getting enough sleep which is most important to me.

After chatting with a friend about sleep troubles, I thought it would be valuable to share what has worked for me. Here’s the list of things that have helped.

Back to Basics:

  • Consistent Routine – following a consistent schedule is super helpful and so intuitive, I almost forgot to list it, but this is the first thing recommended to me by the sleep specialist. Attempt to go to bed at the same time every night and attempt to wake up at the same time every morning. Also, do your best to follow the same steps each night leading up to bed. This will help your mind/body know that it is time to shut down for the day. Pavlov anyone?
  • Darkness – Do you find that you tend to sleep better in hotels? It’s probably because hotels often do a great job of blacking out the light. Turn off all of the lights, get some blackout blinds, wear a sleep mask. Do whatever you need to do to immerse yourself in total darkness because even the hint of light can adversely affect your sleep. I personally haven’t found a sleep mask that I like, but I block out lights like a ninja.
  • Reduce Distractions – If your spouse snores, give them a gentle nudge. If the problem persists, be less gentle. Ideally, you’re not distracted by outside noises. I have not had a great experience with ear plugs, or white noise machines, but those do seem to work for some people. If my wife is snoring too loudly and we can’t get it to stop, I personally have better success leaving and sleeping in the guest bedroom.
  • Exercise – I train most days, but on days I don’t train, I make sure that I at least go for a nice walk or two to use up some of that excess energy. Moving throughout the day, helps to burn up that excess energy for me. I find that when I’m working on my computer for hours on end or simply watching football all day Sunday, I end up having more trouble falling asleep that night. I do avoid exercises that result in an elevated heart rate later in the evening as those tend to energize me and keep me up at night. My rule of thumb is that I have to train before my last meal of the day.
  • Sun Exposure (Vitamin D) – Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D, which is a critical nutrient in facilitating sleep (among tons of other amazing benefits). Sun exposure is the best way for humans to absorb vitamin D, as it’s not a vitamin that’s readily available in our diets, and when ingested, is not always absorbed well. Given my work schedule and climate, I struggle with this one, but do notice that I sleep better on days when I’ve had a decent amount of sun exposure.

Next Level Hacks:

  • Avoid Blue Light at Night – At least 2 hours prior to bedtime, I don a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Blue light tricks your body into thinking it is day time, and is emitted a bit from most lights, but in large amounts from screens (TV, Computer, Phones, etc.). If I don’t have access to my dorky shades, I do my best to avoid screens, or at least dim them as much as I can.
  • Turn Off Your WiFi and Baby Monitor – This one had a surprisingly noticeable effect on the quality of my family’s sleep. I thought to try this after attempting to use my cell phone right next to the baby monitor. The interfering frequencies caused interruptions in my phone call, and I started to think about what else these frequencies could affect. I view WiFi, Baby Monitors, and similar devices essentially as low-level stressors. I don’t think they’re harmful in low doses, but why subject yourself to these when you don’t have to? You don’t need WiFi while you sleep after-all. The simple act of turning off my WiFi seemed to set a calm over my entire house. My son seemed to sleep better immediately after we removed his baby monitor too!
    • I imagine an EMF canopy over your bed could produce the same benefits, and possibly even more if you live under a Cell Tower.
  • Earthing – Maybe a little hippy-dippy for most people, but I love this hack. It’s particularly effective for combating jet lag. Have you ever gone to the beach and felt totally relaxed. Maybe fallen asleep there, and/or had a great night’s sleep later that evening. It could very well be due to expending more energy walking in the sand/playing in the water, or the additional sun exposure, but may very likely also be due to the increased intake of negative ions. When we connect our skin to the earth (sand, grass, etc.), we absorb negative ions though our skin. The largest pores in your body are located in your feet, so going barefoot over the earth is a perfect way to soak up those negative ions. If the ground is damp or your feet are wet (a la at the beach), your absorption of negative ions increases. Could this be another reason for why your feet sweat, so absorb more negative ions? Due to weather and social reasons, most people won’t be able to do this every day, but a good 20 minutes of feet to earth will do wonders. The book Earthing is also a good, quick read on the subject, although some of the testimonials are a little over the top for my taste.
    • Regarding jet lag – the hippy explanation would be that you are connecting with the Earth on that new part of the world, but I’m assuming that being trapped in a flying, WiFi-enabled, box for hours on end leaves you more positively ionized, and the negative ions help to bring you back down.
  • Mindless Mind-Games – Much of my onset insomnia is due to not being able to turn my mind off. My head hits the pillow and my thoughts are off to the races. I’ve heard suggestions about reading Fiction before bed, but that didn’t help me. Oddly, what I think does help me is playing solitaire. It requires enough of my attention to where my mind doesn’t wander too much, but doesn’t require too much of my brain that it revs me up and keeps me awake. I do play on my phone, but only if I’m wearing my blue-light canceling glasses.
  • Magnesium – I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention magnesium. This is another mineral that the majority of us are deficient in, but definitely aids sleep. We add essential infused Epsom salts to my son’s baths and I can physically see him calming down. Epsom salt baths are one of the best ways for the body to absorb magnesium. You can also take a Magnesium supplement, but just yesterday, I read that you should be careful of which version of magnesium you try. I’ve been using Magnesium Citrate, which this blog lists as a lower quality version, but I did seem to benefit from it anyway, so I imagine using a higher quality magnesium, could be even better.

If you’re Desperate:

  • Essential Oils – I wasn’t a believer in Essential Oils until I used a Young Living essential oil blend called Rutavala to support sleep. I rolled it on my feet, neck, and chest and slept like a baby. I add essential oils to the “If you’re desperate” section because I like to reserve these as a “magic bullet” when I’m in a pinch. I use these for sleep if I break routine and haven’t followed my own advice (above) and need help calming down. If that’s the case essential oils are the first thing I reach for. I will say that I have plenty of friends, who supplement with essential oils for sleep every night, so I don’t think there’s a concern with using them every night, I just prefer to keep them as a round in the chamber if you will.
    • The following are essential oils that have helped me relax for bedtime:
      • Homemade Sleep Roll-on Blend – Lavender (10 drops), Stress Away (10 drops), Nutmeg (10 drops), and Geranium (10 drops) topped off with a carrier oil (almond oil).
      • Lavender
      • Cedarwood
      • Idaho Balsam Fir
      • Idaho Blue Spruce
      • Frankincense
    • Click here to find out more about therapeutic grade essential oil
  • Cold training – I started cold training using the Wim Hof Method about 2 years ago. Over the course of 10 weeks you progress from ending a shower with 30 seconds of cold water, to taking a full on ice bath. There are a whole host of health benefits, but one of them was that I found that I had an easier time falling asleep on days where I had completed cold training. I have a similar experience with cold training as I do with exercise in that I avoid doing it right before bedtime because it can be energizing. Nowadays, I don’t do cold training every day, but do take a cold shower a few times a week. In the “If you’re Desperate” section because not everyone is willing to subject themselves to such extremes, but I can attest, that once you train your body (and mind) to handle it, it can be really quite pleasant.
  • Earthing Sheet – If you feel that you aren’t getting enough negative ions and aren’t able to spend time earthing, they do make earthing sheets. These are sheets that plug into the grounder in an typical outlet (the third prong of a standard U.S. 3-prong outlet) that you sleep on. The idea is that you get the benefits of negative ions, while sleeping. I love sleeping on an earthing sheet and think that it gives me good dreams. We don’t use this all the time though because the sheets are more coarse than the amazingly comfortable bamboo sheets my mom got us for Christmas.

Things to Avoid:

  • Caffeine – I’m a coffee lover. Unless I’m taking a coffee sabbatical, which I do a couple months a year, I drink multiple cups a day. But I refuse to drink caffeine after 12pm. Most people can metabolize caffeine in 6 hours, so at a minimum, you’d want to avoid caffeine within 6 hours of bedtime, but more me, a noon cutoff seems to help even more. I might be more sensitive, but I’ve even noticed more struggle falling asleep when I go crazy and eat multiple bars of very dark chocolate.
  • Alcohol – When I’m super drunk, I fall asleep (or pass out) rather quickly, but I always wake up at least once during the night, and wake up in the morning feeling un-rested (even if I’ve been in bed for 8+ hours). While it helps you to crash, alcohol disrupts your sleep cycles greatly. When I drink, I just have to go into it knowing I won’t sleep as well. If I’m just having a glass or two of wine, I do better when I finish drinking at least 2 hours before bedtime (day drinking anyone?).
  • Blue Light at Night (see above)
  • High Intensity Exercise Close to Bedtime (see above)
  • Don’t overly stress about it – Last but not least, my attitude towards sleep might be the biggest leap towards a healthy relationship with sleep. I simply don’t allow myself to get frustrated with it anymore. In the past, if I was being aggressive and tried to go to bed early, in an attempt to get more sleep, it always takes much longer for me to fall asleep and it usually doesn’t work. I end up getting frustrated that I’m not falling asleep. I’ve gone so far as to hit and yell into my pillow (sorry to my wife). This obviously makes things worse. If I end up feeling myself get frustrated, I change scenery and leave the room. I stop trying to fall asleep, and watch a mindless show, or read Fiction for a bit. After I’ve calmed myself down, I try again. On extreme occasions, I will simply just try to fall asleep in the guest bed. The point is, if I’ve been trying to fall asleep for 20 minutes or more, I remove myself from the situation, put myself into a better situation, and try again later when I’m in a more positive place.

Enhance Bone Broth Soups With Essential Oils

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Chicken soup for the [insert ailment here].

In our culture, chicken soup is often referred to as a tool used to fight the common cold. Its track record speaks for itself. Get a cold, mom makes chicken soup, cold symptoms reduce. There’s surely more that goes into it than that, but you get the idea.

What makes chicken soup so great for health? Let’s break it down. It seems nobody is rushing to crush a pound of carrots, celery, and chicken themselves to fight colds. The herbs might have something to do with it, but why not just put the same herbs on whatever else you were going to eat? Soup is warm, maybe it helps because it’s warm? My coffee is also warm, but there’s no book titled “Coffee for the soul” (if there was it would likely have a very different message!). If you read the title of this post, you may see where this is going. It’s the stock/broth!

The benefits from making and consuming broth are ranging:

Another great bone broth piece: Top 5 Reasons Why Bone Broth is the Bomb

We started making bone broth consumption a regular thing with our family when we did a 30-day Wahl’s Protocol Challenge. The Wahl’s Protocol suggests making bone broth consumption a regular part of your diet, and let me tell you, it was quite possibly my favorite diet change. As our diets have laxed a little (okay fine, a ton, but in my defense…pizza!), we’ve still continued to make bone broth soups and it makes all the difference. On weeks where we didn’t have time to prepare a stock/broth, I miss it dearly. For me, it’s the perfect way to start the day as it keeps me feeling satiated and alert throughout the day, plus all that other good stuff.

There are a handful of bone broth soup recipes in The Wahl’s Protocol book and we’ve tried them all. They’re all super easy to make when using essential oils. Many of Dr. Wahl’s recipes call for fresh, grated ginger, but I’m sorry Terry, who has time to shave off and grate fresh knob? See, I have this thing with peeling/shaving fruit and veggies. It annoys me more than it should. I’m not proud.

Here are my family’s favorite bone broth recipes and where we substitute Essential Oils and cut the prep time in half! For each recipe, we combine all ingredients into our magic Ninja Blender blend for 1 minute, and then heat on low heat until it reaches the desired temperature. Each of these recipes make 2 big servings. Half it if you just want to make soup for 1.

Carrot Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup of carrots (#pro-tip: buy a bag of baby carrots and just use 4-5 baby carrots to save yourself the time of chopping fresh carrots)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3-6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil – Replaces the 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger and 10 minutes of your life!
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2-4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil – Lemon is not included in the original recipe, but we’ve experimented a bit and find that it is a nice change of pace, lightening the flavor profile

Red Pepper Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup of chopped red pepper
  • 2-3 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil – not part of the original recipe, but this adds a very nice bit of complexity
  • Salt to taste

Avocado Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • 2 small avocados (don’t forget to remove the seed!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 3-6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil – Replaces the 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger and 10 minutes of your life!
  • Salt & pepper to taste

How to get 11 gifts for under $15 AND a free diffuser!

Split a Premium Starter KitDIY Gift Alternative:  Split A Kit

I love making DIY gifts with essential oils for the holidays!  Handmade gifts at the holidays are a great way to save money and give thoughtful gifts.  That being said, November and December can be busy and stressful and it’s easy for time to get away from us.   A great way to save time AND money on holiday gifts is to ‘Split A Kit’!

How To Split A Kit

Buy a Premium Starter Kit (which saves you 50% of off the retail price) and give ONE essential oil to each member of your family or your friends.   You can even add a little something to make it extra personal or a few DIY ingredients with recipes to make some of their own bath and body goodies.

  • Lavender– give it to your favorite person in need of good sleep and relaxation. Add a sleep mask and a ½ pint mason jar filled with Epsom salts with a note to add 8 drops of their Lavender essential oil to their Epsom salts for relaxation bath salts.
  • Peppermint– add a package of gourmet hot cocoa with a note to add a drop of peppermint for the perfect steaming cup of minty hot chocolate.
  • Lemon – include a glass water bottle for enjoying essential oil infused water
  • Frankincense – perfect for the meditation or yoga enthusiast in your life, include a yoga block or yoga socks.
  • Thieves – give to your favorite teacher, perfect for keeping immune system boosted!
  • Purification – perfect for the dog lover in your life, include a holiday themed dog collar.
  • DiGize – know a foodie? Maybe they over indulge on occasion – give them the gift of good digestion with DiGize.  Include some empty veggie capsules for easy consumption.
  • Copaiba – gift to your favorite tea drinker. A drop of Copaiba in your tea makes every cup the perfect wellness drink.
  • R C – a drop of RC on the throat and chest makes for a comforting end to the day, throw in a pair of fuzzy socks for the ultimate end of day coziness.
  • Panaway – for the athlete, the cubicle dweller, or anyone with joints and muscles. Include a mini bottle of your favorite carrier oil, like Almond oil, and a note to combine a few drops of Panaway with a few drops of carrier oil and massage into neck and shoulders.
  • StressAway – pop the aromaglide roller fitment from the kit on this bottle and give it to your most stressed out friend, with a note to roll it over wrists and neck.

That’s 11 gifts for only $160, only $14.50 per gift!  You can add the extra items, or not, or add different items specific to the recipients – use your imagination!

But wait, what are you going to do with the diffuser?  Gift it to someone who needs it, or keep it for yourself, no need to play favorites 😉

I hope that you can see this is a great way to give unique, useful and thoughtful gifts that are truly natural and support your friend and family’s wellness!

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Top 10 MUST HAVE Essential Oil Accessories

Top 10 MUST HAVE Essential Oil AccessoriesWhen you are start using essential oils, there are some tools that will make your oily journey much more enjoyable!  These are the perfect accessories to make sure you get the most out of your essential oils.

1) Reference Books – a good reference book is an invaluable tool when getting started with essential oils!  You’ll want something you can refer to regarding usages, application and dilutions.  There are many sources for great reference materials.  You’ll find good essential oil reference books available at Amazon, Abundant Health, and Life Science Publishing.  A good reference book will help you maximize your essential oils and understand all the possible ways you can use them to support your wellness!

2) Diffusers – If you’re already using essential oils, you probably have a diffuser. And if you have one diffuser, you probably already know that one is never enough!  When I started with Young Living essential oils and received my first diffuser, I would move it all over the house throughout the day depending where I was, with it ending up in the bedroom in the evening.  I finally got tired of moving the diffuser and invested in a couple more diffusers so that I have dedicated bedroom diffusers for all of us.

The Young Living diffusers are awesome and there is a wide variety of styles to choose from.  There are also some great lower cost options available.  I like this one and this one for the bedrooms.

3) Travel Case – once you start using your essential oils, you are going to want to take them with you, EVERYWHERE! There are several options for travel cases, some are small and perfect for carrying a little bit of your favorite oils on a regular basis.  There are also larger ones that are great for travel if you’re leaving home for a few days.  In all honesty, I usually carry a travel case that fits 10 full size bottles in my purse, I enjoy knowing I’ve got my oils if I, or anyone I am with, needs them!

4) Storage location – I still struggle with this one, but it’s important to have an easily accessible place to store your oils. If you keep them in a box, in a kitchen cabinet, under the Tupperware – you’re never going to use them – and you are going to miss out on all their benefits!  Right now I store mine on a large plate on the kitchen counter, so they are right there whenever I need them.  As my collection grows I know I need to upgrade to some sort of rack or shelf system soon.  There are some great nail polish racks (like this one or this one) that will work well for your essential oils.  This storage box is also a beautiful option and nice enough to leave out on the counter top.

5) Carrier oils – You are going to want a variety of carrier oils to dilute your oils and make DIY products. These are some of my favorite carrier oils:

  • Argan Oil – I use this in my facial moisturizing serum
  • Coconut Oil – this is the base for most of my ‘balms’, like Aftershave Balm and Diaper Balm
  • Sweet Almond Oil – I use this one when making roll-ons, which really make your oils go further and are a great way to take your oils on the go. I have a “Happy” roll-on which is 5 drops each of Joy, White Angelica, and Valor topped off with Sweet Almond oil in a 5ml roller bottle – and it goes everywhere with me!
  • Shea Butter – not necessarily what I would consider a carrier oil, but a great ingredient for your DIY beauty products. I like it in rich lotions like my Lavender & Frankincense Body Lotion
  • Beeswax – again, not a typical carrier oil, but a great ingredient for lip balms and body balms. Beeswax is perfect for firming up recipes that use primarily coconut oil, since coconut oil is liquid around 76 degrees.

6) Pipettes – I use pipettes primarily when making DIY products. They are perfect for transferring the right amount of oils or carrier oils into small containers.  You can also use glass pipettes if you prefer.

7) Glass roller bottlesglass roller bottles are perfect for making your own blends and diluting your oils to stretch them further. They are also a great way to share your oils, since you can make a relatively diluted roll on  that will still pack a punch and provide the intended benefit.  Diluting your oils with a carrier oil in a roller bottle does not necessarily dilute the effectiveness of the oil, it just allows it to be spread over a larger area more easily.

8) Glass spray bottles – I like to have 4 oz glass spray bottles on hand to make room sprays, “nuisance-free” outdoor sprays, etc. These mini 4ml glass spray bottles are perfect for making breath sprays or mini hand sanitizers too!

9) Jars and containers – glass jars and containers are perfect for making your own bath salts, body lotion, diaper balm, aftershave balm, vapor rub, etc – they are pretty much a must have if you plan on making some of your own skin care products.  I like these glass jars for balms, and these for bath salts.

10) Vegetable capsules – I love vegetable capsules for taking oils internally. To be clear, I would only every take Young Living essential oils internally as they are 100% pure and the only brand of essential oils that I trust.  That being said, when I want to take Peppermint internally to support my digestive system, a vegetable capsule is the easiest way to do that.  Just a few drops in a capsule, swallowed down with some water and everything is good!  I also like veggie caps for taking Grapefruit and DiGize internally.

Do you have a favorite oily accessory that I missed?  What are your must have essential oil accessories?

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The Most Amazing Sugar-Free, Dairy-free Hot Cocoa Recipe

Peppermint Hot CocoaHave you heard about the Wahl’s Protocol? It is both a book and diet approach created by Dr. Terry Wahl’s, who used paleo principles and functional medicine to begin healing her auto-immune disease. The book is a great read and it is amazing to witness the reversal of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms experienced by Dr. Wahl’s through a stringent change in diet.

I recently read this book and was truly shocked by the significant improvement in quality of life due to diet.  I do not have an auto-immune disease, but I do enjoy treating my body well and living as vibrantly healthy as possible.  My husband and I strictly followed the Wahl’s Protocol diet for about a month. It made me feel AMAZING!!!  While following this protocol I have a ton of energy and clarity, good-bye brain fog!  I also found that my mood in general was really positive when eating so squeaky clean.

The amount of menu planning and food prep required is one of the challenges of this protocol because you are eating all real foods; a LOT of veggies, grass-fed meats, and fermented foods – and trying to maintain some general ratios of certain types of veggies, etc.  Although I love to cook and enjoy preparing real food, sometimes it is nice to take a break from the extensive menu planning. So we do not strictly adhere to this protocol on a regular basis (although if we were trying to heal an auto-immune disease, regular adherence would be critical). We now pick and choose some of the Wahl’s protocol recipes and principles to incorporate regularly, while maintaining our primal/paleo way of eating.

We continue to include fermented foods in our diet on a regular basis to help maintain a healthy gut. We also have kept many of the recommended bone broth soups in the meal plan rotation because bone broth is another healing food.

Some of my favorite recipes we continue to use are the after dinner snacks, especially the Wahl’s Protocol Hot Cocoa recipe! It is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free deliciousness that is the perfect ‘sweet’ treat after dinner. Even though there is no sweetener of any kind in it, the cinnamon makes it feel like a luxurious, sweet dessert drink. The Wahl’s version does not include Peppermint essential oil*, but of course I had to spike it with some essential oils! And Peppermint is perfect for a minty chocolate treat.
* I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living and they are the only oils I recommend ingesting. You can learn more about them HERE.

Hot Cocoa for Two

Ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk (I use a brand with BPA-free cans)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil**

Blend all ingredients together, heat in a pan on stove top, pour into two mugs – enjoy!

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Thieves Household Cleaner – Non-toxic & Headache-free Cleaning!

Thieves Household CleanerDo you ever feel like you are going to pass out from cleaning your bathroom?  Not necessarily because you haven’t cleaned the bathroom in a really long time (that would never happen), but simply because you are holding your breath to avoid breathing toxic chemical cleaner fumes?  Even while running the bathroom fan and holding my breath as much as possible –commercial chemical cleaners are sure to leave me with a headache.

This is one of the reasons I’ve recently turned to Thieves Household Cleaner. Thieves Household Cleaner is a natural and healthy concentrated product that can replace a variety of the chemical-laden cleaners in your home.  Thieves Household Cleaner is a green, ecologically friendly, plant-based cleaner containing Thieves essential oil blend plus additional therapeutic-grade lemon oil for extra cleaning power.  It is concentrated so a small bottle will go a long way.  It also can be used to replace a variety of your household cleaners, saving you money and storage space!

These are my top 3 Thieves Household Cleaner recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner – I use this for counter tops, kitchen appliances, refrigerator, bathroom sink, kitchen table, etc.

  • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 16 oz water

Mix together in a spray bottle

Glass Cleaner – perfect for mirrors and glass sliding doors

  • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 24 oz water
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Mix together in a glass spray bottle

Tub and Tile Scrub – I use this when the bathtub starts to go that dingy gray color

  • ¼ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Mix together Thieves cleaner, baking soda and Lemon – add water until a paste forms.  Slather this on all grout, tile, tubs that are less than sparkly.  I let it sit for a few minutes and then scrubbed down with a sponge.  The difference was amazing!

Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

*** Learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and how to become a wholesale member (which means you can get your oils and other natural products at 24% off retail!).  When you become a wholesale member through me, I send you a FREE sign-up gift with great reference materials and other oily goodies!  Click HERE