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June 2015 Young Living Promotion!

Hello SUMMER and hello Young Living June Promotion!  The first of every month, Young Living rolls out a new promotion.  It’s always exciting to see what FREEBIES are offered!  Remember, any Retail Customer or Wholesale Member can take part in these promotions.  To qualify, you just have to meet the minimum “PV” or “Personal Volume/Product Value,” requirements in a single order.  Also, to receive the Essential Rewards (ER) exclusive bonuses, you must be enrolled in ER.  Click on Essential Rewards to learn more about this optional monthly auto-ship program.

What’s free for June?

Free for June '15

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium known for its sweet flowery aroma is excellent for the skin, calming the mind and body and supporting the circulatory and nervous systems.*  It can be diffused or applied topically.

Jade Lemon Essential Oil

According to Young Living, Jade Lemon is grown in the warm, humid climate of Southeast China. While other lemons begin to release some of their oils aromatically as they turn yellow, the jade lemon fruit remains green even in maturity, allowing the concentration of oil to continue within the fruit.  The oil is released only after the fruit is picked, giving it a richer and more fragrant aroma.

So, why use Jade Lemon essential oil?  Besides its wonderful fruity aroma, it can also provide many health benefits.*  Jade Lemon contains high amounts of d-limonene, which is great for supporting a healthy immune system.*  Also, this oil can uplift and energize the mind and body and support skin health.*

20 Essential Reward (ER) Points

If you are an Essential Rewards member, you will receive 20 points if your monthly order is 250 PV or above.  20 points is equivalent to a FREE $20 to spend on Young Living products for future purchases.

Life 5 Probiotic Capsules

Life 5 – delayed-release capsules are a powerful combination of 5 probiotic strains which can help support intestinal health and healthy immune function.*  Young Living recommends taking 1 capsule every night following a meal.*

If you have questions, feel free to contact me or check out my order oils page to learn how to become a Retail Customer or Wholesale Member.

Thank you for reading my post and happy shopping!

Amy

 

Sources:

1.  www.YoungLiving.com

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read full disclaimer here.‎
 

My May Essential Rewards!

My Young Living May Essential Rewards order arrived!  I receive Young Living every month with this optional auto-ship program and it is amazing!  You can change it every month, schedule when it arrives and earn points for FREE product!  Click on “Essential Rewards” for more information.  This month I had a smaller order and I just needed to replenish some of our favorites.  I did order 2 new ones that I am excited to try!  Check it out below!

MAY ER '15

What are some of our favorites?

R.C., Thieves and Peppermint are essential oils we order often.  Thieves and Peppermint we typically use everyday (hence, why they are included in the “Everyday Oil” collection.)  See more of the “Everyday Oils” on my order oils page.

R.C. is perfect rubbed with a carrier oil onto the bottom of the feet or chest for respiratory support or comfort.*  We find this handy in the springtime!  What makes it so effective?  It is made up of a unique combination of oils including, Cypress, Spruce, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Citriodora.

Some of our favorite uses for Thieves are for immune system support and for our spring cleaning.*  Check out my blog post, “Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils.”

I’m not sure who uses Peppermint more in our house?  We love using Peppermint for supporting normal digestion.*

What new oils did I order this month?

Cypress essential oil provides comfort during season changes.*  It can be rubbed with a carrier oil onto the chest for healthy lung function.*  As you may have noticed, it is one of the oils in the  R.C. blend.  Some other uses for Cypress include:  skin support and restoring feelings of security and stability.*

Breathe Again essential oil blend has been on my list of oils to purchase for a long time and I finally ordered it this month.  You can pretty much figure out what this oil is used for by the name.  This blend of Eucalyptus Staigeriana, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Blue, Peppermint, Myrtle and Copaiba is specifically formulated for supporting respiratory health.*  It is  made in a convenient, ready to use roll-on for carrying on-the-go in a purse, bag or pocket.

Thank you for checking out my post!

Amy

 

Sources:

1.  www.YoungLiving.com

2.  Young Living Product Information Pages

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read full disclaimer here.‎
 

How to SAVE Money with Essential Oils

Most people who want to begin their essential oil journey are often discouraged when they see how much they cost.  It took me 1 year to make the investment, because I was worried about paying $150 for my Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  Now that I have been using Young Living for quite some time, I now understand how much I am actually saving by using the oils for my family’s health, for our housekeeping, DIY homemade items and much, much more!  Here I will explain how you can SAVE money with essential oils too!

COST PER DROP

Why are some essential oils cheap and others more expensive?

If you’ve been exploring online or have been to natural health stores, I’m sure you have seen the varying brands and prices of essential oils.  Why are some more expensive than others?  It is all about one word – QUALITY.  Many oils on the market tend to be perfume or cosmetic grade.  These oils can be dangerous and toxic with no benefits for your health.  Young Living oils are guaranteed 100% pure, therapeutic or medicinal grade.  This may mean more expensive, but your health will not be compromised and you will reap the full benefits of the essential oil.  After researching different companies, I came to the conclusion that Young Living was the BEST for my family.  Their commitment to quality is all in their “Seed to Seal” process.  If the opportunity arises, you can actually visit their headquarters to see the whole unique process for yourself!  So neat!  See the “Seed to Seal” graphic below for more information.

Seed to seal website

Click on, “Why Choose Young Living?” for more details.

How you can start saving money!

As I mentioned above, it took me 1 year to take the plunge and purchase the Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  Why was I set on purchasing the kit?  Why didn’t I just order a few oils to get started?  First and foremost, the Premium Starter Kit is the BEST value.  Young Living offers this kit at less than half of its retail price, because they want you to have the perfect introduction to essential oils.  The kit offers everything you need to truly experience the benefits of essential oils.  It includes 10 Everyday Oils, Citrus Fresh oil blend, a Home Diffuser, a roller fitment, samples and informational packets.  Also, as an additional bonus, I send a FREE gift to new members who enroll with a Premium Starter Kit.  Last but not least, after you purchase a kit, you are considered a Wholesale Member.  You then will receive 24% off of all product purchases with reduced shipping.  There is no obligation to “sell” or do anything else.  You can just enjoy the lower prices!  Click on order oils for more information.

How you can continue saving!

Once you are a member of Young Living there are a few important and fun facts to know before you start using your essential oils.

  1. A 5 ml bottle contains approximately 80 drops of oil and a 15 ml bottle has approximately 250 drops.
  2. Most of the time, 1-2 drops is all you need!  See the “price per drop” in the graphic above.  This helps to visualize how these oils are really “pocket change!”
  3. Dilute, dilute, dilute.  Follow Young Living’s dilution ratios and always read your bottle labels to see the recommendations.  As I said, 1 drop is all you need and this alone proves the power of these oils.   It’s important to dilute for safety, but also it actually makes your oils last much longer!  It spreads them out over a larger area and allows you to use less essential oil.
  4. Young Living Essential Oils do not have an expiration date.  If they are properly stored, they will last forever.  To see where I keep mine, click on, “How Do I Store My Essential Oils?”  I am positive you could go through your cabinet at home and find many over-the-counter products with expiration dates.

How have I saved?

Since I began my journey with Young Living Essential Oils, these are some examples of how I have saved!

  1. I am a Young Living Wholesale Member, so every time I order, I receive 24% off of each item with reduced shipping.
  2. I dilute all my oils when using them topically or as dietary supplements.
  3. My family and I are healthier.  Healthier means less western medicine practices and over-the-counter products.
  4. I have fun experimenting and creating my own DIY items with essential oils which take the place for many household and beauty items.  For example, check out my post, “Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils,” or, “Homemade Air Freshener with Essential Oils.”  Some other DIY items include – perfume/cologne, deodorant and lotion.
  5. We stopped buying candles!  Instead of candles we use our home diffuser to freshen up a room, to provide immune support and much more!  Did you know the Young Living Home Diffuser can cover approximately 1000 square feet?  The aroma is very pleasant, but more importantly, diffusing Young Living essential oils have health benefits candles cannot provide.

Do you see how you can save too?

Introducing Young Living Essential Oils into your life can feel like an adjustment and may seem overwhelming.  Once you get started it becomes easier to understand and you will gradually become more comfortable.  This is why I cannot emphasize enough the importance of starting with the Premium Starter Kit.  The kit plus the book makes learning very easy and fun!  Also, I am part of an awesome group called “Oil Moxie” where oil resources and support are at your fingertips.  You will be included in “Oil Moxie” if you begin your oil journey with me.  You will see in no time how Young Living Essentials Oils will change your life!  From remedies for supporting your health and wellness to DIY household products, the uses and benefits for these oils are endless.  When you breakdown the “price per drop” you can see just how affordable essential oils are and you will eventually see how they are worth every penny.  🙂

Feel free to contact me with any questions.  For more information on enrolling, click on order oils or send me an email and I will respond back from our “Oil Moxie” website.

Thank you!

Amy

 

Sources:

1.  www.YoungLiving.com

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read full disclaimer here.‎
 

May 2015 Young Living Promotion

It’s time for a new Young Living monthly promotion!  As you may already know, every month as a Retail Customer or Wholesale Member you can earn FREE products with a single qualifying order of 190 PV, 250 PV or 300 PV.  Next to each Young Living item you will see a “PV” listed or “Personal Volume/Product Value” number.  If you are an Essential Rewards member, you can receive even more FREE products.  Click on Essential Rewards to learn more about this optional monthly auto-ship program.

What is FREE for May 2015?

Free for May 2015

190 PV Standard Order – 1 bottle of Ocotea essential oil (5ml).

190 PV Essential Rewards Order – 1 bottle of Ocotea essential oil (5ml) and 1 bottle of Grapefruit essential oil (5ml).  Retail Value – $57.90

250 PV Standard Order – 1 bottle of Ocotea essential oil (5ml) and a $20 Enrollment Voucher.

250 PV Essential Rewards Order – 1 bottle of Ocotea essential oil (5ml), a $20 Enrollment Voucher and 1 bottle of Grapefruit essential oil (5ml).  Retail Value – $77.90

300 PV Standard Order – 1 bottle of Ocotea essential oil (5ml), a $20 Enrollment Voucher and a NingXia Nitro 14-pack box of single-serve tubes.

300 PV Essential Rewards Order – 1 bottle of Ocotea essential oil (5ml), a $20 Enrollment Voucher, a NingXia Nitro 14-pack box of single-serve tubes and 1 bottle of Grapefruit essential oil (5ml).  Retail Value – $128.89

What is Ocotea Essential Oil?

“Extracted from an Ecuadorian tree, Ocotea has the highest level of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil.*  Humulene is a compound that helps aid the body’s natural response to injury and irritation.”*  Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties.”*  It is related to cinnamon, but does not have the aroma of cinnamon.  It is most commonly used with a carrier oil as a dietary supplement.

$20 Enrollment Voucher

If you know someone who has shown interest in Young Living, the $20 Enrollment Voucher is a great incentive for a new member.  Using this voucher, they will receive $20 off of enrollment.

What is NingXia Nitro?

This is a great addition to May’s promotion, because you get not 1, but a 14-pack of single-serve (20ml each) tubes.  So, what is NingXia Nitro?  It combines 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils with natural powerful ingredients to provide you the energy you sometimes need.*  NingXia Nitro can increase mental fitness, cognitive alertness and physical acuity as well as enhance athletic performance and endurance.*  If you are looking for an ALL-NATURAL pick-me-up, this is a great option!  I know many moms who LOVE NingXia Nitro for that afternoon slump they sometimes experience.  You can consume it directly from the convenient tube or you can mix it with 2-4 oz. of Young Living’s NingXia Red.

What is Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Grapefruit essential oil is the bonus for this month’s promotion for Essential Rewards members.  What is it?  It is an oil fantastic for enhancing flavor in foods or water while providing benefits for your health at the same time.*  Grapefruit essential oil contains the constituent limonene which can provide support for a healthy immune system.*

If you have any questions about May’s promotion, feel free to contact me.  To learn how to become a Young Living Wholesale Member, click on order oils.

Thank you and happy shopping!

Amy

 

Sources:

1.  www.YoungLiving.com

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read full disclaimer here.‎
 

Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

I am very grateful for being introduced to essential oil jewelry!  Once I saw these amazing pendant diffuser necklaces I knew I had to have one.  Not only are they completely functional, but stylish too!  Who wouldn’t love their own personal diffuser on them wherever they go?!

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I ordered my necklace from Sacred Arrow Therapeutic Jewelry and Gifts. I came across their website on Facebook and started following them on Instagram as well.  I wanted to choose a necklace I could wear everyday, so I thought this one was perfect!  It was simpler than most, but still very beautiful and unique.  The one I purchased is their Signature Pendant Diffuser Necklace, which is stainless steel, tarnish-resistant, hypoallergenic and engraved with their name, “Sacred Arrow.”  The hypoallergenic had me sold, because I tend to have sensitive skin.

Each necklace comes with 3 high quality and non-toxic leather disks where you add your oil.  Some necklaces I’ve seen come with felt, cotton or cork.  I personally love the leather, because it is a more durable material that will last.  I also love the fact that the leather will not destroy any benefits of the essential oil (which is extremely important) and the oil cannot harm the leather either.

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All you have to do is add 1-3 drops of an essential oil to the leather disk and then place it inside the pendant.  Let me just say, the aroma lasts way longer than I expected!  Depending on the oil, I do not have to add more for another week!  Believe it or not, I have been wearing this necklace every single day since I got it!  I love it that much!

So far, I have really enjoyed using Joy and Frankincense in my diffuser necklace.  To see how else I use Joy, check out my blog post, “My Morning Routine with Essential Oils.”

I tend to have occasional everyday stress and these oils have really helped me combat it.  Frankincense is actually a new favorite for stress.  I also really love the sweet and warm scent.

I am looking forward to trying Citronella essential oil in my necklace this summer!  Citronella, as many people know, is a wonderful insect deterrent.  I LOVE summer nights and I don’t want the mosquitos getting in the way of enjoying the outdoors.  I will keep you posted whether or not this is effective!

If you are interested in a diffuser necklace, I highly recommend checking out Sacred Arrow.  They have a great mission too that you can read about more in depth on their website.  Not only do they create stunning jewelry, but they bless people fighting cancer with Sacred Frankincense essential oil by using a portion of their profits to purchase it for those in need.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Feel free to contact me at any time.  If you are interested in essential oils and want more information, just send me your email address and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I would love for you to join me on this oil journey!

Thank you!

Amy

 

Sources:

1.  www.YoungLiving.com

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read full disclaimer here.‎
 

Reusing Essential Oil Bottles

Are you starting to become oil savvy and have a collection of empty essential oil bottles?  DO NOT THROW THEM IN THE GARBAGE!  YOU CAN RESUSE THEM!  Follow the steps below to see how I prepare the bottles to be reused!

Step

The first step is to gather up all of your empty essential oil bottles.  You can do them all at once or just pick a few to do together.  I decided to use our empty Thieves bottles and the one empty Peppermint bottle I had.  You can see Thieves is a favorite in my household and we have been using it a lot this season!

Step

The second step is to carefully remove all labels.  On the back of each Young Living bottle label there is a “peel here” printed small.  If you start to pull from there, sometimes it will come off nice and easily.  If you still have residue, no worries!  I will show you a few great tricks in step six and eight.  For now, just leave them be.

Step

The third step is to open the bottles by removing the lid and drop reducer.  Once the drop reducer is off, you may be able to get a little more oil from the bottle.  What do you do do with it?  Well, there are many options, but I will tell you my favorite way to use up each and every last drop!  I make relaxing and refreshing epsom bath salts!

Start with a large glass jar or container.  I say glass, because some of the citrus oils can erode plastic.  Then fill the jar about 1/3 or 1/2 of the way with epsom salt.  Then split up the bottles in 2 groups.  I take one group of open bottles and dump the remnants into the jar of bath salts.  Once all the oil is out, toss the bottles, lids and drop reducers in the jar too.  The epsom salts will absorb any remaining oil.

Step

The fourth step is to add more epsom salts.  Fill the jar, but leave room at the top to do the next grouping of bottles.  Then take a second group of bottles and dump their remnants and toss in the bottles, lids and drop reducers.

Step

Put the lid on the jar and tighten it.  Then begin shaking it very delicately and make sure everything is moving around well.  It’s very important to do this lightly, because the essential oil bottles and jar are glass.  Shaking it around helps to disperse the remaining oil more evenly throughout the epsom salts.  After that just let it sit for an hour or more.

Step

Now onto the sixth step – we are getting there!  Carefully dump the jar into a glass bowl, so you can sift through to get out all of the bottle pieces.  As I take out everything, I try to get as many salts as possible out and off of the bottles.  Then place the bottles and pieces in a separate bowl filled with water and a half capful of Thieves Household Cleaner.  The salt helped to absorb the remaining oil and the water with Thieves cleaner will help to clean the bottles for reuse.  If you are doing this at home and do not have Thieves Household Cleaner, another option would be vinegar and water.  I let everything sit for about 20 minutes.

For step seven, it is time to get the salts back into the jar.  You could very easily use a funnel for this.  I only had a plastic funnel and I just preferred to use a makeshift one instead to be sure no harmful chemicals leached from the plastic.  Remember, as I stated in step three, some citrus oils can erode plastic.  So, I erred on the side of caution and did it this way.  If you have a better option, by all means, go for it!

After everything has been sitting in the bowl with water and Thieves cleaner for awhile, I then pick up the pieces and gently rub away any label residue.  I did not have to do step eight, because the Thieves cleaner worked well at getting all of the leftover residue off.  If you are doing this and still have residue, Lemon essential oil works great!  I use this oil all the time for any stubborn gunk that won’t budge!  It is amazing!

Step 

For step nine, I dry off all the pieces.  I sometimes leave them overnight upside down on a dish drying rack.

Now that the bottles are all emptied and freshly cleaned, I can decide what to do with them.  In step ten, I show how you can take an old bottle and exchange the lid for a roller-ball and cap.  Young Living makes their own, which fit the bottles perfectly.  They are called AromaGlide Roller Fitments.  I mainly use roller bottles for pre-diluted oils or to create my own oil blends.

Step

For step eleven, I completed putting all the clean bottles back together.  Now, here are some of my favorite ways to reuse them –

  1. Mix up a sleepy-time blend of Lavender, Peace & Calming and Cedarwood essential oils with V-6 and a roller fitment
  2. For those everyday aches, we use Pan-Away and Valor essential oils with V-6 and a roller fitment
  3. Create bottles specifically for the kids, pre-diluted and ready to use
  4. Make bottle samples as gifts for family and friends

Step

Step twelve is pretty simple, but fun!  It is an optional step, but if you like getting creative, now is your chance!  I love labeling my jars, containers and essential oil bottles.  I didn’t go too crazy with this one pictured, just because the jar is decoration enough and there wasn’t much space for a label.  Sometimes it’s fun to use ribbon or twine, especially for a gift.

I hope you found this post helpful! Contact me if you have any questions!  I would love to hear from you!

Thank you,

Amy 

 

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read full disclaimer here.‎