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Essential 7: Peace & Calming™

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.

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A distributor takes a moment to relax and recharge with Peace & Calming at a convention Product Expo.

DOUG:  Every one of the oils in the Essential 7 kit can cause an emotional response, so when we smell any of the single oils or blends in this kit, we will likely have some kind of an emotional response, and for the most part, these are tailor-made to really boost our emotions and help us to manage our stress and anxiety. What is the research telling us about what these oils do, specifically in the area of emotions and stress?

KAREN: We talked earlier about a study that shows how the scents of lavender and orange diffused in a dental office actually calmed people down before their dental work was done.

DOUG: When I think of orange, I think of what a great blend we are going to talk about today—Peace and Calming, which has a couple of citrus oils, tangerine and orange. It’s a blend that we use a lot in our house. What I love is that it has a combination of a couple of other more base-note type oils that are mixed with the citrus oils of tangerine and orange, from which we get a lot of the uplifting type of scent but not uplifting to the point where it causes us to feel anxious. Quite the opposite, it’s uplifting to where we are calm and feel that our minds are clearer.

KAREN: I have a friend who witnessed a child having a “meltdown” on a plane and very quickly asked the mother if some oil could be applied to the child’s feet. The mother at that point was certainly willing—I think she would have done anything! So she accepted having Peace & Calming put on the little one’s feet, and the child settled down and was peaceful for the rest of the flight.

DOUG: I know that on long road trips or anytime we’re in close quarters with the kids, Peace & Calming is something that we’re constantly diffusing, rubbing on the soles of their feet, and seeing that we get great results. I think some of that response is due to the citrus, but the other part of that response is because of the ylang ylang. What are some of the interesting studies with ylang ylang, patchouli, blue tansy, and other oils found in Peace & Calming?

KAREN:   In the interest of time, I’ll just share one study in the journal Planta Medica, where they found that volunteers who applied ylang ylang essential oil to the skin were calmer and more relaxed than those who were in the control group. But there was also an increase in attentiveness and alertness. The study said that the effects could be characterized as “harmonization.” The people were calm but alert and not sedated. Gary Young has truly captured Peace & Calming in a bottle!

To be continued.

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.

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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.

We Pick the Best Flowers & Leave the Rest

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Rows of ylang ylang trees in bloom at the Young Living Ecuador farm.

Oil brokers who are just selling oils to the food and flavoring industries as well as the aromatherapy industry are not particular about the smell. Too often the smell is chemically enhanced, so who can be sure about getting a pure fragrance anyway?

Young Living is different. We want the pure, most beautiful smell possible. All of our workers are on our payroll and receive a salary, so the problem of trying to “fill the basket” is eliminated. They are taught how to pick the best flowers and leave the rest.

Many of the distributors, who were learning how to pick while visiting the farm, had a hard time leaving the undesirable flowers because they were still nice to smell.  But everyone understood and participated in the gathering of the very best, because that is important to Young Living.

Blossoms from the exotic ylang ylang tree at YL’s Finca Botanica Aromatica in Guayaquil, Ecucador.

We stand on quality and standards higher than any company in the world. I supervise all the growing and harvesting of our farms, which keeps me traveling all over the world.

In addition, I am fortunate to have such a great team of people in the office who have been with me for many years who protect our oil quality. Mary Lou Jacobson and Marc Schreuder have traveled to remote places of the world to inspect the facilities of others who produce for us to be certain that our oil quality is maintained. Dr. Cole Woolley, who joined Young Living as the Director of Research, has been overseeing our frankincense production in Oman and has been a great asset to me and our company.

I am very pleased to see in our office the commitment to maintaining the purity and high standards of our oils. As Young Living continues to grow and we continue to develop farms, that standard will continue to be the mark of our company as we lead the world in the production and quality of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

The Exotic Smell of Ylang Ylang

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Gary Young teaches his Ecuadorian workers to recognize the pure, sweet fragrance of a perfectly mature ylang ylang flower.

Now how do we know when the flower is mature and right for picking? That is really important to know.

I teach my employees who work in the fields to pick the perfect, mature flower and smell it and smell it and smell it until they build a memory of the smell. Then I have them pick and smell a flower that is oxidized so that they can smell the difference. The oxidized flower has a sour note, almost like it is a little rancid. It still has a nice fragrance, but they can smell that faint sour note; it’s very mild, very little, but it’s there.

When others pay a picker by the kilo, they will get green, yellow, and oxidized, shriveling, brownish-yellow flowers. These will all go in the basket, because that picker wants to make as much volume as he can because that’s how he is paid. And, unfortunately, in the commercial farms, that is what happens.

Now what makes that bad? When the flower starts to oxidize, the compounds start to hydrolyze, creating a sour smell that can affect the oil a little or a lot. The smell of ylang ylang is exquisite, and we don’t want anything less than that most exquisite smell.

Perhaps the majority of people wouldn’t know the difference, but it’s like eating an organic peach ripened on the tree or a non-organic peach picked slightly green and then left to ripen on the counter or in a box. The peach still tastes wonderful until you taste the organic, ripened peach from the tree. Then that is the only kind you want.

I remember when we first went to Ecuador and started eating the fresh mangos and bananas. We were amazed at how delicious they were, but prior to going to Ecuador, we didn’t know the difference.

When Should We Harvest Ylang Ylang?

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The beautiful, fragrant, and delicate ylang ylang flower

Only if you grow, plant, harvest, and understand what is supposed to be in a plant can you produce the finest quality of oil with all its constituents. Anybody can print a GC (gas chromatograph), but to truly know the quality of oil, you must also understand how a GC and an MS (mass spectrometer) are operated and how to identify the compounds and the percentages of them.

However, there is more to it than that. You must know the best time of day to pick the leaves or flowers or harvest the entire plant from the field. In other words, you must know the best time of the day to harvest, when the Brix measurement is the highest, which measures the glucose levels in the plant, to determine the best time to extract for the greatest quantity of essential oil.

For example, the best time to pick ylang ylang flowers, when the Brix measurement is the highest, is from midnight to 4 in the morning. But it is hard to get people to pick during that time. So we pick from daylight until 10 a.m., because we have found that the oil volume is maintained until about 10 o’clock, and then we will start losing some of the oil as it leaves the flowers and returns to the branches.

That is the reason that when we smell the flowers in the afternoon, the fragrance won’t be as intense, because the oil has gone back into the tree during the heat of the day to protect the tree from dehydration. Then at night as the temperature cools, the oil comes back up into the flower. It is very, very interesting to see how the tree preserves itself.