Why Are Young Living Oils Better?

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A sign at the Mona, Utah Young Living Farm

 

I recently was asked this and I wanted to share with you guys what I found in my research and my own opinion on this question.  Essential oils are a commodity in this world like any other item that is sold to the public.  You will have the good, the bad and the ugly.  Most of the time it is good.  I will never claim that other essential oil companies don’t have good oils.  What I will claim is that Young Living will ALWAYS have good oils.  That my friends, is the difference and why I am a Young Living member and continue to buy their oils.  Trust is a huge thing for me and I never have to worry about the quality of their oils.  With that said, lets get to the story I want to tell you today.

When a plant is distilled for an essential oil there are different avenues a distiller can take to get it to market.  If they distill at high heat and quick time they will get more oil from the plant faster.  This is great for volume.  But it horrible for preserving the therapeutic compounds of the oil.  Most plants need to be distilled at LOW temperatures for a longer distill time to get all the therapeutic compounds out of the plant.  But if the distiller doesn’t care about that but just wants volume than yes, it is 100% oil, but it is not the same quality as an oil that has been distilled at the proper temperature.

Also, this same plant may have different varieties that give different healing properties, which in turn also changes the price. Lavender is a great example.  Most companies will use “Lavandin” in their Lavender oil or blends as it is cheaper.  However, “Lavender Angustifolia” is what is considered “true” Lavender and which has the most healing properties.  It is also a traditionally lower yielding plant.  “Lavandin” is a Lavender plant that has higher yields but different therapeutic qualities.  For example, Lavender Angustifolia will heal burns.  Lavandin will not due to its higher camphor content than can actually make burns worse.  Essential oil bottles should say the name of the plant on the bottle.  Look at this next time you purchase Lavender.  You will want Lavender Angustifolia if you are looking to put on your skin.  Lavandin is fine for perfume or linens.  Not the best for your skin.

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A Lavender Angustifolia field at the Young Living Mona, Utah Farm.  Look at the beautiful deep purple color of the Lavender plants

 

Almost all essential oil batches are bought by big brokers in the market. They in turn take those batches of oil and divide them to sell to different markets.  They may take lavender oil, lace it with synthetics to improve fragrance and yield, label it “Perfume” grade and sell to the big fragrance companies worldwide.  Or a broker may take the lavender oil, add an odorless solvent to increase yield, and sell is to unsuspecting companies that then bottle and sell their “100%” essential oil” to consumers.

You have to remember essential oils are NOT regulated by the FDA.  So there is no standardized testing.  No one is testing all these companies and their bottles of oil. To be honest this is a gray area in the essential oil world.  Companies can get away with labeling a product as 100% even if it is not because who is checking?!?

Now I am not saying every essential oil out there is bad except Young Living. I am sure they are many companies out there with good hearts trying to get the best product they can to the customer.  The truth is though that most of these companies are NOT testing their oils prior to bottling and selling.  They are trusting their brokers and trusting their suppliers that what they are getting is the real thing.

What sets Young Living apart and why I trust them and pay the money for them is that they control the entire process from literally the seed that is planted in the ground to how it is distilled and bottled.  They also test every batch of oil before they bottle to ensure the oil is what it says it is. They actually own their own farms (Gary Young grew up as a farmer and trained in the Lavender fields in France. How many essential oil companies can claim that?)  Young Living grows their plants organically, and then distills them right there on the farm where they can control the distillation time and temperature.  On the oils they have to purchase from outside their farms, they have staff onsite to watch the distill and packaging of oils and then they test it in their and outside labs to ensure it is what they say it is.  Most companies don’t do these extra steps.  It is time consuming and it costs money.

Whatever company you use, be sure to read that label carefully and even e-mail the company to see where they actually buy their oils from. Do they use brokers? Do they own farms? Do they test the oils before bottling?

I hope this has helped clarify things for you.  Young Living is the leader in essential oils and is what I trust to use on myself and my family.   If you are ready to purchase and see for yourself how wonderful essential oils are, please click here for more info and to purchase.

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Young Living Mona, Utah Farm Visit

My husband was in Utah last week for business and decided to make a visit to the Mona, Utah Young Living farm!  I didn’t believe him till he video called me at the farm! I was so jealous as I have not been there yet.  But he did bring me back some wonderful gifts, including fresh dried Lavender, so I can’t be too mad at him….lol

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Fresh Dried Lavender…mmm

 

The farm is open to visitors year round.  You don’t need an appointment (except for the distillery tour – it pays to call ahead), and there is a gift shop on property.  Brian even got to try Lavender infused ice cream!

Since he didn’t plan ahead, he was unsure if he could get a distillery tour.  But he came across a woman who was so nice and offered to give him a tour right then!  Being a chemist, he was fascinated with their distillation methods, equipment and filtration room.  She even showed him the lab room!  He was impressed how impeccably clean everything was and how good condition the grounds were in.  And everyone was so nice he said.  It is definitely worth visiting and seeing first hand the seed to seal process in action.

Some fun facts about the Mona Farm:

-The farm includes nearly 1,600 acres and is home to the largest privately owned essential oil distillery in the world.

– It has been serving the local and Young Living communities since 1995.

– Many different plants are harvested here, both to be distilled into pure essential oils for our members and for botanical research.

– Lavender, Hyssop, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Goldenrod and Einkorn are the main crops grown here.

-All Young Living farms practice organic farming. No chemical fertilizers, no pesticides, even weeding is done by hand!

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I have been a Young Living Member for a year now and love my oils more everyday.  They really have enhanced our families health, wellness and mood.  And this month if you purchase a Premium Starter Kit, Young Living will give you a FREE bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil with your order!  So that is 12 oils, plus a home diffuser for only $160!  The quality of these oils is amazing and their blends like Thieves, R.C. and Digize will become favorites in your household.  Invest in yourself and your family.  Become a Young Living Member and join the essential oil wellness movement today!

Purchase here and get your essential oil journey started!

DIY Milk Bath Recipe

I heart baths. Love, love, love them. But I hate paying a ton for luxurious soaks. This DIY Milk Bath recipe is both economical and luxurious so grab a book, put on some relaxing music and get ready to soak away your troubles–all while using things you likely have in your pantry!

And hint hint….this is a GREAT gift idea to give the moms in your life for Mother’s Day!

DIY Milk Bath Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup Powdered Milk
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Young Living Essential Oils – Purchase Info Here!
    • You could do any of the following combinations – have fun with this part!
    • 6 drops Ylang Ylang & 6 drops Lavender
    • 6 drops Stress Away & 6 drops Orange
    • 6 drops Peppermint & 6 drops Lime
    • Citrus Fresh, Peace & Calming, and Joy Essential Oil blends are other great ones to try!

DIY Milk Bath Directions:

Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Add to a glass jar and cap tightly. Mason Jars are a beautiful and economical way to package this recipe.  Wait 24 hours before use.  The recipe can be used for 4 baths using a little less than 1/2 cup each time and can be stored for roughly 3 months.

Relax & Enjoy!

DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

So over Christmas break I went into a Lush Store. I LOVE their products. But man they are expensive. One bath bomb costs $7! ONE! So I came home determined (after I purchased their dark angel face scrub/wash. Love it) to make my own.

I have to admit I cheated a little bit. I ordered a bath bomb making kit off of Amazon. It came with all of the ingredients pre-measured out and even came with a spray bottle and cute muffin liners. All I had to add was Coconut Oil and my Young Living Essential Oils (I choose Lavender and Lemon this run).

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Tip – half way through I realized the bowl I used was way too small. Here is a pic of me mixing away while my husband is laughing at me getting ingredients all over myself and the kitchen. After this pic was taken we put the mix in our Kitchen Aid mixer and that worked MUCH better.

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I didn’t color these as I didn’t want to use artificial colors. So I left them white. But at the end of the recipe are listed some natural ways you could color them. Get creative!

In the end I think they turned out lovely. I can’t wait to use them! It was so easy to do and I love how you can scent them with essential oils and create the perfect blend for your needs. Here is the recipe and instructions. Enjoy!

Makes 12 (or more) cupcake bath bombs

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt, reserve 2 Tbsp. for topping
  • 5 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil or any other oil to soften skin
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. of water (about 100 spritzes of water)
  • 1 Tsp. or more of Young Living Essential Oils

Directions

  1. Combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and Epsom salt (set aside 2 Tbsp. for topping) in a bowl.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the oil and mix with hands or whisk until it is evenly combined.
  3. Fill spritzer with water and spritz 100 pumps into the mixture while stirring.
  4. Mix until crumbly. You will know it is ready when you squish the mixture together and it holds together. (see pro tips below)
  5. Stir in essential oils and decorations.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 parts filling the liner with a generous 1/3 cup of the mixture.
  7. Press down and make even.
  8. Sprinkle on the Epsom salt topping you set aside and press down.
  9. You did it! Dry and set for 2 days.
  10. Drop 1 or 2 bath bombs into a warm bath. Relax your muscles and melt your worries away.

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Pro Tips

  1. Using the right amount of water is the key to making great bath bombs. You want to use the least amount of water, only adding a little at a time, to get your mixture to stick together, but not so much that it becomes active. If it is a humid day use less water.
  2. Organic, cold pressed oils like coconut, olive and walnut oil are natural moisturizers and they nourish the skin. Use them in your bath bombs. If you do not have these handy, no need to fret, any vegetable oil will do too.

 

Enhancing your Bath Bomb with Natural Color

Unlike artificial food dyes that have no additional benefits, you can enhance the color of your bath bomb with real foods that will actually benefit your skin. Here are some ideas:

Green Tea Matcha

(Sage Green Color) – Clock full of antioxidants that will give you more radiant skin. Add ½ Tbsp. to your mixture before dividing.

Dried Rose Petals

(Decoration) – Tightens pores and restores suppleness to skin. Crumple 2 Tbsp. into mixture before dividing.

Beet Powder

(Red) – Packed will folate, minerals and vitamins, beet powder is a great way to add color while anti-aging qualities fight wrinkles. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.

Paprika

(Orange) – Rich in carotenes and beta-carotene which prevents age spots and freckles while promoting a brighter complexion. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.

Spirulina

(Bluish to Greenish) – This super-food contains a wide range of minerals that are important in maintaining great skin, nails and hair. Add 2 Tbsp. into your mixture before dividing.

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DIY Three Ingredient Sugar Scrub

I love those fancy hand scrubs that leave your hands soft and smelling like flowers. Here in Florida we have a bath store called Basin and I love to go in there and sample their scrubs. They have a sink display that allows you to play around with a bunch of their salt scrubs, soaps and lotions. I love it. However, every time I leave their store  I am empty handed. Why? Because one jar of their scrub could buy me a fancy 3 course meal somewhere. Or tickets to a movie for two WITH drink and popcorn. Crazy prices.

So I have been on a hunt for an easy, cheap DIY alternative. And I have found it. It has been sitting in my pantry closet for YEARS and I had no clue. Three ingredients people. That’s it. No cooking or fancy mixing instructions. Infact, I was lazy and mixed mine in the jar I put it in!

And the best part is you can scent it however you wish. No limits people. For this batch I used Lavender and Lemon but I am thinking with fall here a Cinnamon and Orange blend would be divine. And with the holidays around the corner I am thinking these will make an appearance in my son’s daycare teachers Christmas bags.  Maybe with the scent of Peppermint or a blend like Cedarwood and Spruce.

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

LAVENDER AND LEMON BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

TO MAKE THIS BATCH OF SUGAR SCRUB COMBINE THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS INTO A GLASS JAR:

  • 1 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/2 CUP COCONUT OIL
  • 8 DROPS LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 4 DROPS LEMON OIL

DIRECTIONS:  USE THIS IN YOUR BATH OR SHOWER TO MAKE YOUR SKIN SMOOTH AND SOFT!

There you go. I bought the glass jar I used at Walmart. The brown sugar and coconut oil are grocery store brand. Cheap. The essential oils are Young Living and are the brand I recommend you use for any essential oil usage. You can purchase them here.  The scrub left my hands soft, smooth and moisturized. I love it!

Enjoy!

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DIY Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer

For most of my life I believed that I had to strip my skin with harsh cleansers to deal with my acne and oily skin issues. I definitely avoided all oils – thinking oils were bad for my skin and would increase my acne. It worked for a while. But as I am getting older my skin is more sensitive and now I have, ahem, “aging” issues to deal with and have been looking for ways to combat scars, wrinkles and sunspots. And while I do still battle breakouts and oils (thanks genetics) it isn’t at the same level as it was when I was younger.

This past year I have found that oil is NOT the bad guy. In fact, our skin needs oil and absorbs it better and faster than a cream or lotion. So after much inner turmoil (20+ years of being brainwashed into thinking oil is bad for my skin will do that), I have started using oil as my moisturizer.

And you know what? It’s AH-MAZING! I can’t believe I didn’t use oil on my face sooner. My skin now feels smooth, nourished and balanced. My face doesn’t seem to get too oily or too dry, and it has really helped my wrinkles and scars.

So what’s the secret? Finding the right oil that works for you. Oils are made from vegetables, nuts and even flowers – such as sweet almond, grapeseed, argan, coconut, macadamia nut, jojoba, sesame, hemp seed and rose hip. Each oil has its own health benefits but not all will work for you. Some are better for face applications than others. You really have to try a few and see what works for you. I personally love Marula Oil. I have also used Argan oil but I find Marula absorbs quicker without an oily feel – yet it’s very hydrating and helps balance my skin. Argan oil though is great for most skin types and you can find it at a lot of stores now as it has become very popular. I’ve also tried almond oil and jojoba – but I found both to be too heavy for my skin.

Now recently I have upped my skincare game by adding essential oils to my Marula oil. You can create your own customized skincare blend this way and it is more cost effective, natural and works even better than those fancy moisturizers on the market that are expensive and have a million ingredients you can’t pronounce. I decided to add Frankincense and Lavender to my Marula oil and I love it! Both oils are powerhouses in skincare and help with redness, scars, wrinkles, acne and overall skin health.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Carrier Oil
  • 10 drops of Frankincense oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender oil

Instructions:

  1. Add Frankincense and Lavender oil to a glass bottle of Carrier oil. Store in a cool, dry spot.
  2. Use morning and night after each facial wash, or as needed. I find about 3-5 drops is enough to moisturize my skin.

My skin is brighter, softer and my scars are fading. I really wish I would have discovered this sooner! Try it and let me know what you think!

I think I am in love with…Lavender essential oil

So recently I posted on my trials and tribulations in sleep training. Tonight was one of those nights….you know, the kicking, the screaming, the wriggling of the body as you try to get the pajamas on your child as you wonder how a toddler can contort themselves that way. Yes, this was us tonight. I was preparing myself for battle when I remembered I could put lavender essential oil on his feet. So hurriedly I put 2 drops in my palm and massaged his feet and held my hands up to his nose to inhale…..and he stopped screaming. Seriously. He then smiled, yes smiled! I about fell on the floor. I mean, coincidence right?

So I let him play for a few minutes and decided to try and put him to sleep, thinking it would take our usual 45 minutes. He was down in 10. Unbelievable. So I am now officially in love with lavender.  It will definitely become a nightly ritual for us.

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To honor this humble oil, here are bunch of other things Lavender Essential Oil is good at:

  1. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smoothing it on your pillow may help you sleep.
  2. Helps reduces stress and anxiety.
  3. Putting a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite may soothe itching and stinging.
  4. Putting 2-3 drops of Lavender oil may soothe a minor burn.
  5. Dropping Lavender oil on a cut may help clean the wound, sanitize and soothe it.
  6. Possible help in alleviating the symptoms of motion sickness is to place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
  7. Lavender oil along with Lemon and Peppermint oil brings allergy relief.
  8. Rubbing Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin may bring relief.
  9. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips may help discomfort.
  10. Possible help in reducing and/or minimizing the appearance of scar tissue may be to try massaging Lavender oil on and around the area.
  11. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhaling deeply may help in alleviating discomfort of air borne pollen and/or dust.
  12. Rubbing several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp may help with flaking.
  13. Placing a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and placing in your linen closet to scent the linens and may help repel moths and insects.
  14. Diffusing Lavender oil may support the body’s natural defenses against air borne sensitivities to the skin and immune system.
  15. Spritzing several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn may help soothe it.
  16. Applying 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash may help and soothe the skin.
  17. Rubbing Lavender oil on the feet may cause a calming effect on the body.

Young Living’s Starter Essential Oil Kit is on sale for $10 off till August 31st. Click here for more information and if you want to order. I am loving ours. Below is what came in my kit and what would come in yours. Lavender oil is one of the oils you would get along with 10 others!

Lavender oil is very safe to use on kids and is now my go to oil for my son.

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