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The Essential 7: Lavender

The Essential 7™ is a collection of seven of Young Living’s premiere single oils and oil blends. YL’s Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren are guest bloggers for a series sharing information that will teach you the many ways the Essential 7 kit can enrich your life.

Introducing lavender's enticing scent to a friend.

DOUG: I can’t emphasize enough that the Essential 7 kit is geared to the main areas where almost everyone is going to have a problem. Take sunburn, for example. This is a problem where lavender can be really helpful.

KAREN: I agree. I recently had a phone call from my youngest daughter, who had taken her kids out on a lake, and they were boating and having a great time. She talked about having taken along a bag of some of her oils that contained the Essential 7 kit, including Purification, lemon, and lavender, plus other favorites. Her four-year-old daughter is very fair, so lavender is a must for her to have on hand for sunburns. With her oils kit she is covered to handle most situations that come up—a headache, stomach ache, scraped knee, or sunburn—all those are covered with these versatile essential oils.

KAREN: Now let’s talk about stress—think about a root canal. To me, that’s right up there on the stress meter.

DOUG: That IS bad!

KAREN: I was excited to find out that researchers discovered that diffusing lavender and orange essential oil in a dental office calmed people down so that they were not so anxious about having a root canal.

DOUG: That’s great! You also mentioned headaches earlier.  People will often get a muscle type of headache, and that’s exactly when lavender can be applied. Lavender and peppermint can be a great combination.

DOUG: Lavender has another use you might not think of. If you get a slightly sour stomach, just a little bit of lavender on the tip of your tongue can help. It doesn’t taste quite as great as peppermint, but it does work.

DOUG: Here’s another great tip. One of the things I do that is a daily regimen for me with regards to lavender is that I love to put it on my pillow at night, and because of the lavender, I just sleep better. There is some science out there that talks about how lavender increases REM sleep.

To be continued.

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Essential 7: Peppermint Part 2

Peppermint essential oil is pure bliss on aching joints and it is helpful for easing headache discomfort.

The Essential 7™ is a collection of seven of Young Living’s premiere single oils and oil blends. YL’s Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren are guest bloggers for a series sharing information that will teach you the many ways the E7 kit can enrich your life.

DOUG: You mentioned peppermint, Karen, how it impacts us topically—especially with its powerful phytochemical menthol.

KAREN: Peppermint is multifaceted. Anyone who gets to that certain age where joints start creaking a bit will find that that peppermint on the knees is just bliss! I love balsam fir for that as well but peppermint is really the one that has worked on my knees. I think this is a key point for people to know, that oils impact us all a little bit differently. We need to find the ones that work best for us, and like you, I’ve experimented and found out which ones are helpful for me and my body chemistry.

DOUG: But don’t forget headaches! When I have a headache, I see a great response to the headache pain from lavender and peppermint. This is a really great yin and yang combination. If you’re not sure where that headache is really originating from, try a little bit of both lavender and peppermint and, from what I’ve experienced with the problem, it will resolve itself.

KAREN: A North Carolina doctor read a German study where peppermint was applied for tension-type headaches. The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study showed that just 10 percent peppermint oil applied locally was effective against the headache just like 1000 mg of acetaminophen. The doctor decided to try it the next time he had a headache. He bought a small bottle of peppermint oil in the baking section of his grocery store, applied it, and within 15 minutes his headache was gone. Imagine how therapeutic grade peppermint oil would have acted on that headache.

To be continued.

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The Essential 7: PanAway™

The Essential 7™ is a collection of seven of Young Living’s premiere single oils and oil blends. YL’s Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren are guest bloggers for a series sharing information that will teach you the many ways this kit can enrich your life.

Tense and tight neck muscles will relax after applying the soothing essential oil blend PanAway.

Doug: Let’s talk a little about headaches. The most common type of headache is known as a vascular headache. Migraine headache are a form of vascular headaches when you get constriction in the different blood vessels which causes a lot of problems including blurred vision and of course, the extreme pain. Then there is the muscle type of headache and traction muscle headache when there is tightening in the neck and other areas causing pain. Inflammatory headaches are caused by areas that are inflamed like sinuses, spine, neck, ears, even the teeth—all of these can lead to headaches.

Doug: One of the things I like to use for headaches is PanAway because I’m not always so certain where the headache is arising from. I see the same response from lavender and peppermint. This is really a great yin and yang combination. If you’re unsure from where that headache is coming from, try a little of several oils.

Karen: I think that’s a really key point for people to know, that oils impact us all a little differently. We need to find out which ones are the ones that work best for us. Like you, I’ve experimented and found out which oils are helpful for me.

Doug: Absolutely! We also all suffer at one time or another from joint or muscle discomfort. If you’re active or an athlete, it’s just a part of life. For that discomfort, it’s PanAway, hands down. A huge majority of Young Living distributors’ favorite products are PanAway and Deep Relief™. It’s an endless debate as to which one is preferred. But there’s a real case to say that it’s PanAway to the rescue in almost any of the instances we’ve talked about.

Doug: The mechanism that causes discomfort in tissue has many different pathways. And PanAway has a blend of powerful oils that are effective in those different areas. You have peppermint which has a really great effect because of the menthol that’s in it. But you also have wintergreen which has as its chief component methyl salicylate. Many of you will recognize methyl salicylate as the main ingredient in aspirin. So you have it in a natural form in wintergreen without the drawbacks of a synthetic form like aspirin. Then there are two truly legendary oils: clove and helichrysum. Clove oil has a tremendous antioxidant capability and helichrysum has free-radical scavenging effects while it inhibits some enzymes that contribute to discomfort.

Karen: I think you hit a key point when you mentioned that wintergreen has methyl salicylate, which in PanAway, you can apply right to the spot where you have discomfort. It doesn’t have to go through your digestive tract like aspirin which can cause stomach upset. No wonder PanAway is a favorite oil blend for many distributors!

To be continued.

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The Essential 7: Joy™

The Essential 7™ is a collection of seven of Young Living’s premiere single oils and oil blends. YL’s Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren are guest bloggers for a blog series sharing information that will teach you the many ways this kit can enrich your life.

Sharing Joy with friends.

Karen: You can’t help loving Joy when you know the amazing oils that are in it: bergamot, palmarosa, ylang ylang, mandarin, rose, geranium, jasmine (which is technically not an essential oil but an absolute), rosewood, and Roman chamomile. I think that Joy is one of the most uplifting and calming blends that we have. It’s one that I personally love.

Doug: I like that you mention, and you’ve mentioned it before, that an oil can be calming and uplifting. And that’s the great thing about essential oils: that they can do both things because the oils have what you termed an inner intelligence. The oils are doubly powerful for the mind and emotions.

Doug: It’s interesting that Joy is an oil blend that you kind of come around to slowly a lot of times. Its impact can be so profound and so eye-opening, yet some people say it’s just not their cup of tea. In my experience, it’s an oil that you grow into. Sometimes it’s an acquired fragrance that you fall in love with over time. You mentioned a tremendous story from one of your friends that really left an impression on you with regard to one of the most important of the oils in Joy, rose essential oil.

Karen: This is really dear to my heart. I have a friend who turned to me for help when she was desperate. She had a grandson newly born and in intensive care. This little boy was receiving transfusion after transfusion but was not expected to live. She told me they had done everything possible at the hospital, and all she could think of was that she was not going to give up. She asked me for some rose oil, and I gave her the almost-empty bottle I had at home. She went into the intensive care unit and placed one drop of rose oil over that tiny baby’s heart. Now certainly the doctors had done their part, but who can say if that one little drop of that joyful, high frequency oil gave the uplift that helped her little grandson pull through?

To be continued.

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The Essential 7: The Wellness Demands

The Essential 7™ is a collection of seven of Young Living’s premiere single oils and oil blends. YL’s Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren are guest bloggers for a blog series sharing information that will teach you the many ways this kit can enrich your life.

This kit contains seven single oils and blends you will use every day!

Doug: Let me just start with a question to our readers. How many of you would like more energy? How many would like less stress? And here’s a big one, how many of you would like to be able to have better digestion, be happier after you eat, and then not be worried about some of the problems that bother many others?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you’re not alone. We just did an interesting research project here and found out that those areas that we just mentioned were among the top areas of wellness demand in the whole world, specifically in the United States. People want more energy, they want less stress, and they want better digestion.

We broke down a gigantic portion of scientific literature and looked at what this literature says that essential oils do the best. Then we started comparing what essential oils do best with the top areas of wellness demand. We found the two lists meshed very well, specifically with the essential oils for emotions, for aiding the digestive and nervous systems, and for moderating the stress response.

We’re so excited about this topic because the wellness demands are answered by the Essential 7 kit.

To be continued.

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