Category Archives: Essential Oils

Everyday Oils: PanAway and Peace & Calming

PanAway applied to tense muscles is so relaxing! Try some next time your workout is a little too enthusiastic.

PanAway applied to tense muscles is so relaxing! Try some next time your workout is a little too enthusiastic.

PanAway. This oil blend with Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint is very powerful. Use PanAway for overworked or tired muscles.

Peace & Calming. I made this blend for the children and discovered something—actually, I made it for the parents to reduce their stress. But if you diffuse this in the home, it really calms down the children. How many of you have grandchildren? Then every one of you will want a case of this in your home and a diffuser in every other room, because it’s really important. What I would do is just massage it on the children’s feet. Just for general relaxing, it’s great. Massage for relieving stress in grandparents.

It’s also great for animals. If you have a dog that’s hyper, just rub it right over his muzzle and massage his ears, whether it’s a dog or a cat or a horse or any animal. I use it on my horses because I have a few of them, and I massage it right around the auricular points in the ears, and they’ll just stand there and almost go to sleep on me. And if I’ve got a horse that’s a little bit high spirited that I’m going to shoe and know he’s going to fidget a little bit, I just massage his ears with Peace & Calming; and he just stands there and lets me put the shoes on him.

Peace & Calming is a blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. Wonderful oils.

Everyday Oils: Frankincense, Thieves, and Purification

This photo shows Gary checking frankincense resin that is ready to be distilled at the YL distillery in Salalah, Oman.

This photo shows Gary checking frankincense resin that is ready to be distilled at the YL distillery in Salalah, Oman.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). This holy anointing oil has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its healing and anointing powers and was used to treat every conceivable illness known. It increases spiritual awareness, uplifts spirits, improves attitudes, and promotes meditation.

Thieves. This blend contains Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus Radiata. Diffusing it in your home is very powerful. Diffuse it daily to eliminate unwanted odors. Take it as a supplement to support the immune system. Add it to the dishwasher for cleaner dishes. Add it to mop water for cleaner floors. We do make a large container of Thieves Household Cleaner for that purpose. Don’t leave home without Thieves or Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier.

Purification. This blend contains Citronella; Rosemary; Lemongrass, which we distill at our farm in Ecuador; Lavandin, which we distill at our farm in France; Melaleuca Alternifolia; and Myrtle.

Purification is magical for soothing the skin, so use it in a spray bottle to clear skin of blemishes. It’s just amazing.

It also cleanses the air and neutralizes disagreeable odors.

Everyday Oils: Lemon and Peppermint

One of Young Living’s beautiful peppermint fields on a summer day at the Mona, Utah, farm.

One of Young Living’s beautiful peppermint fields on a summer day at the Mona, Utah, farm.

Lemon. Over 50 studies reveal benefits of d-limonene and our Lemon essential oil has those fabulous antioxidant properties of d-limonene, which protect the body. Guess what’s in Blue Spruce and Balsam Fir oils? Yes, limonene. Studies suggest lemon oil is very effective at supporting the liver and circulatory system.

Add 2 to 3 drops of Lemon oil in a glass of water and mix it. Mary and I cook with the oils; they’re our flavoring agents. Diffuse it to uplift emotions. It’s an important ingredient in NingXia Red.

Peppermint. How many of you like peppermint tea? Why? Because it’s soothing to the stomach, the gastrointestinal tract. Try putting 1 drop of Peppermint oil in a cup of warm water, and just stir it and sip on it; you’ll be amazed at what it’ll do, not only for your digestive system but also for your circulatory system.

The mental clarity you get from drinking peppermint water is amazing. The University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28 percent. Does that have value?

Studies have proved the antioxidant activities of peppermint oil. They show that peppermint oil curbs appetite when inhaled. Add it to herbal tea to support digestion. Use it before and during workouts to invigorate your muscles and reduce fatigue. Place 2 drops on the tongue to improve alertness and focus. Mix it in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.

Everyday Oils: Lavender Part II

Bees visit the lavender blossoms at Young Living's Mona, Utah, lavender farm.

Bees visit the lavender blossoms at Young Living’s Mona, Utah, lavender farm.

A couple of chemical compounds in lavender essential oil are very, very important, esters  and aldehydes. Both of those are very sedating to the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. So lavender is very calming and very relaxing. You take lavender and rub it on your neck and shoulders at night, and you’re not going to watch a movie; you’ll be snoring all the way through it.

Research shows the reduction of mental stress with lavender. Studies show that the use of aromatherapy with hospice patients decreases feelings of stress and promotes an increased sense of well-being. Does that have value?

Lavender oil is very gentle, so it doesn’t matter where you use it; it’s wonderful. Rub it on the paws of overactive pets. Breathe deeply to reduce stress. Use it for all skin types, to soothe insect bites, and to reduce itchiness. Diffuse it in classrooms to create a calming environment. I must tell you, if there are any teachers here who do that, then don’t fault the children when they fall asleep on the desk, okay? Massage it on sore muscles. Spritz it on your pillow for a good night’s sleep.

YL’s Everyday Oils Collection: Lavender Part I

True non-hybrid lavender has varying colors as the YL lavender fields at Mona, Utah, clearly show.

True, nonhybrid lavender has varying shades of purple, as this picture of YL lavender fields at Mona, Utah, clearly shows.

Our Everyday Oils collection now contains 10 oils because we have added Joy!

Let’s start with Lavender. We grow this a little bit in St. Maries; that’s where I started. In fact, my friend and partner on our farm in France, Jean-Noël Landel, said, ‘Gary, you’re crazy if you think you’re going to grow lavender in Idaho. It won’t produce the volume and the quality there because it’s too cool and too damp for good lavender.’

Well, I’m crazy, so I grew it. St. Maries and Utah are both fabulous for lavender; we grow a lot at our farm in Mona.

But what’s so valuable about lavender? How many of you have ever had a burn? Of course. If you put pure lavender on a burn, you’re going to stop and think that maybe the burn wasn’t that bad because it quit hurting. If you keep it on, you won’t even have a scar.

A scientific research study on lavender done at the University of Miami found that inhaling lavender essential oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. How many can enjoy that?