Share a Valentine the YL way

Share a Valentinethe YL way ecard

Valentine’s Day is all about L-O-V-E, whether it’s romantic, for your family, or for your best friends. We wanted to help you share your feelings for the ones you care about with some essential oil-themed Valentine’s Day cards, and in our opinion, the sillier they get, the deeper the love. Send one or one hundred to your very dearest or to your whole Young Living team!

Instructions:

1. Click on “Get Started.”

2. Pick your essential oil Valentine’s Day e-card.

3. Click the blue checkmark in the right corner.

4. Enter your name and email, then press submit.

5. Click the “Download & Share” button to download your Valentine’s Day e-card.

6. Share your YL Valentine’s Day e-card on Instagram, Facebook, email, or wherever you would like to share it.



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Drops for dreamland: 10 essential oil tips for your bedtime routine

Drops for dreamland: 10 ways to use essential oils in your bedtime routine

Think back on the last time you snapped at a loved one, struggled through simple tasks, neglected a workout, and made poor food choices to boot. Chances are you had too little sleep the night before and that the sleep you did get was restless. When we can’t sleep, poor rest’s ugly effects creep into all the other areas of our lives. There’s no need to pry those eyelids open any longer, friends! These tips, combined with the soothing and calming aromas of essential oils that work best for helping you get to sleep, will have you tuckered out in no time.


1. Best essential oil scents for sleep

Vetiver essential oil benefits and uses Young LivingThe relaxing and calming aroma of some oils can create an environment that helps make hitting the hay a walk in the park. Diffuse any of these on their own or in a comforting blend or apply them topically as part of your nighttime routine to help ease yourself into sweet dreams.


2. Essential oils for relaxation

Stress Away essential oil with Vanilla

Sometimes falling asleep isn’t a matter of not being tired but about tossing and turning, unable to turn off our minds, thanks to life’s big and little stressors. To help create a stress-free environment at bedtime, use these oils in a calming massage or diffuse them to bring out their soothing scents.


3. A nighttime routine

If you have little ones, you know how important a bedtime routine is for setting the stage for getting to sleep—and the same holds true for adults! Performing the same rituals every evening can help prepare your body for rest and relaxation. Take a warm bath, brush your teeth, and moisturize your skin with a night cream that you’ve infused with your favorite calming Young Living essential oils. These or other quiet nighttime habits over time will help your brain recognize that it’s time to settle down for slumber.


4. Atmosphere is everything

Our bedrooms should be our sleep sanctuaries. Eliminate the desire to scroll through your phone or tablet all night, and leave it in another room, or at the other side of the room, if it serves as your alarm. Dim your lights, wear soft pajamas, and diffuse this calming blend to create the perfect atmosphere for drifting off to dreamland.*

Bottle of Lavender Essential OilCedarwood Essential OilDream Blend

5 drops Lavender

4 drops Cedarwood

1 drop Vetiver

 


5. A little Lavender love

Did you know that Lavender Vitality™ taken internally can help reduce occasional anxious feelings and promote peaceful rest during times of occasional sleeplessness?* Try adding a drop or two of Lavender Vitality to warm herbal tea as you settle down for the evening or add 2–3 drops to a vegetable capsule and take with water 30 minutes before bed.


Tranquil Roll-on - Young Living6. Organization goes a long way

Don’t lie in bed thinking about all the things you need to do! Take 30 minutes before you start your bedtime routine (surely you haven’t forgotten about it already!) to tackle the tasks that keep your mind busy. Do a quick tidying of the house, make sure lunches are prepared for the next day, and organize your calendar and to-do list for tomorrow. Play some of your favorite chill-out music (maybe this Sweater-weather playlist fits the bill?) and use your Tranquil Roll-On to make your must-dos more enjoyable.


7. Calm the mind

Preparing for bed can be a spiritual experience. Whether you use prayer, yoga, or meditation, use the time before you retire to clear your mind of mundane things and devote this important part of your day to gentle connection with your spiritual center. Try diffusing Myrrh, Sacred Mountain, or Sacred Sandalwood during this time to create an environment that is both relaxing and grounding.


8. Gentle stretching

If you’re sore from a long workout or feeling tense in your body, falling asleep can seem impossible. Give yourself a fighting chance at a decent night’s sleep by stretching your whole body, paying special attention to extra-tight areas. Add some extra-soothing relief by using Deep Relief™ Roll-On or Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream. Have sore feet? Try this DIY foot soak.

Copaiba Essential Oil benefits and uses- Young LivingDIY Foot Soak

Ingredients:

¼ cup Epsom salt

2 drops Copaiba essential oil

2 drops PanAway® essential oil blend

Warm water

Directions:

  1. Mix the Epsom salt and essential oils in a small bowl.
  2. Add salt mixture to warm water.
  3. Sit back, relax, and let your feet soak for 15–30 minutes.
  4. Write it out

If there’s simply too much on your mind, often the physical act of writing down everything you’re thinking about can help you feel like you’ve cleared your head. As you fill a couple of journal pages, diffuse essential oils with aromas that help bring clarity and calm, like Envision™.


9. Supplement your sleep

When sleep is particularly hard to come by, try adding Young Living’s SleepEssence™ to your bedtime regimen. The vegetarian capsules contain Lavender, Vetiver, Valerian, and Ruta Graveolens essential oils, along with melatonin—a well-known sleep aid.*


10. Write it out

If there’s simply too much on your mind, often the physical act of writing down everything you’re thinking about can help you feel like you’ve cleared your head. As you fill a couple of journal pages, diffuse essential oils with aromas that help bring clarity and calm, like Envision™.


Now that you’re well-rested, it’s easier to stay on top of the other parts of your life. Now you can reset your mindset for handling the constant hustle and use these 7 tips to help lead a more balanced life!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Which of these tips will have you out like a light? Let us know in the comments!

 

Trade secrets: Essential oil substitutes for your favorites!

Essential Oil Substitution Guide | Young Living Essential Oils

Each bottle of essential oil is good to the last drop, but what about when that last drop is gone? Don’t stress—there are plenty of ways to substitute essential oils. If you’ve ever wondered how to substitute with Frankincense, Peppermint, or Tea Tree, then this is the post for you! We have essential oils you can trade out for your most-used favorites. See how to substitute essential oils for scent, skin, support, and savor below!

Essential Oil Substitutes Infographic | Young Living Essential Oils

Now that we have you in the trading mood, see what else you can swap with our blog post 11 Young Living Swaps for Better Living!


What are your favorite essential oil substitutes? Share your secrets in the comments!

9 things you didn’t know about Myrrh essential oil

All About Myrrh EO

There was a time when Myrrh may have been more precious than gold. People have sought after this precious botanical since biblical times for its use as a perfume, incense, spice, and to beautify skin. A gift fit for royalty, travelers carried myrrh across desert and sea to be delivered to kings and queens of old.

Today, people still revere Myrrh essential oil for its rich, earthy aroma and skin-benefiting properties. Myrrh oil is also often used during yoga, meditation, and religious practices to promote feelings of spirituality. There’s plenty “myrrh” to know about Myrrh oil uses and the benefits of Myrrh oil. Become a Myrrh master with these nine fun facts and usage tips.


1.  OriginsMyrrh

Myrrh was extremely valuable in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Today, it’s popular all over the world.


2.  Name

The word “myrrh” comes from the Arabic word “murr,” meaning bitter, because of its sharp taste. In other words, you wouldn’t want to add this oil to your morning smoothie.


3.  Plant

Myrrh essential oil is steam distilled from the red-brown resin of the Commiphora myrrha tree, identifiable by its knotted trunk and white flowers.


4.  Aroma

Its earthy, sweet, and slightly spicy aroma can help promote feelings of spirituality during mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga.


5.  Bath timeLavender

In need of a little TLC? A few drops of Myrrh in a warm bath can create a luxurious, spa-like atmosphere. Combine it with Lavender or Lemon, sit back, and breathe in a warm, uplifting aroma.


6.  Hair care

Shampooing your hair might leave it squeaky clean, but it also removes important oils that help hair stay strong. Add a couple drops of Myrrh essential oil to your shampoo to help keep your hair and scalp hydrated.


7.  Skin care

Myrrh is a common ingredient in luxury beauty products, especially products that go on the skin. Just a couple drops of Myrrh essential oil can make even drugstore products feel high-end.


8.  Home and family

There’s nothing like a home filled with a relaxing and uplifting scent after a long day. Diffuse Myrrh essential oil in the evening as you and your loved ones unwind together.


Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil9.  Holiday cheer

Myrrh has long been seen as a symbol of sharing during the holiday season. Fill your home with the essence of the holidays by diffusing Myrrh with Frankincense and Orange.


If you loved learning about Myrrh, broaden your essential oil knowledge with our posts on Vetiver and Patchouli! See if you can find some similarities between these interesting oils or—even better—ways you can use them together!

What is your favorite way to use Myrrh essential oil? Share in the comments below!

Hug in a bottle: An essential oil guide to uplift and inspire [Giveaway]

Hug in a Bottle: an essential oil guide to uplift and inspire

It’s been one of those days. Your presentation at work didn’t go as hoped, traffic was terrible, it’s raining, your to-do list is 10 pages long, and someone ate the last of the leftover takeout you were planning on for dinner. All you want to do is crawl into bed with a blanket over your head and call it a day.

We all have days that feel overwhelming, hard, sad, or exhausting. Whether you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed, lonely, or homesick, the pure, gentle aroma of essential oils can help you reset, reflect, and spiritually rejuvenate. Here are a few of our favorite essential oils for when you’re down in the dumps.

Valor Essential OilValor®: A hug for courage

It’s easy to identify the things we want to change about our lives, but it’s much harder to have the courage to actually take action. Fear of obstacles, embarrassment, and failure can leave us in a constant state of analysis paralysis. When you find yourself with a high-stakes day on the horizon, the aroma of Valor essential oil blend can help invite feelings of courage and strength.

Usage tip: Establish a daily practice of reciting self-affirmations in the mirror while inhaling this grounding blend to promote feelings of self-love and confidence.

Sacred Mountain Essential Oil BlendSacred Mountain™: A hug from Mother Nature

There’s nothing like spending time in nature to clear the mind and uplift the heart, but it’s not always easy to slip away from your busy day. This blend of Ylang Ylang and three different conifer essential oils evokes the sanctity of nature wherever you are—no hiking boots needed. Use it to promote feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection.

Usage tip: When you need a quick escape but can’t get away, rub 2–3 drops of this blend between your palms and inhale deeply.

Gathering essential oilGathering™: A hug for connection

In such a fast-paced world, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life and forget the important things. Essential oils are a great way to remind yourself of life’s little joys and reconnect back with nature and your true self. With Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and six other essential oils, Gathering essential oil blend is the perfect way to do just that.

Usage tip: Diffuse while spending quality time with friends or family to create scent memories that will transport you back to times of peace and joy during hard times.

Release essential oil blendRelease™: A hug for liberation

As we go about our day, we pick up emotional baggage—a hurtful comment, a negative thought, a troubling news article—and after a while it can start to build up and weigh us down. It’s critical that we take time each day to unload and free ourselves. The balancing aroma of Release essential oil blend can help you let go of negativity and lighten your spirit.

Usage tip: During a difficult conversation with a family member or loved one, diffuse this blend to help you stay open-minded and positive.

Present Time essential oilPresent Time™: A hug for gratitude

It’s easy to find yourself focusing so much on the regret of yesterday and the anticipation of tomorrow that you forget about the gift and beauty of today. Diffuse Present Time and practice mindful meditation to help yourself embrace and celebrate the present moment. Let its aroma remind you to slow down and notice life’s little joys—the mesmerizing beauty of raindrops streaming slowly down a windowpane, the sound of birds singing in the morning. There is beauty and wonder all around if you just take the time to look for it.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend while tackling a mundane chore like laundry or dusting to help you stay mindful and grateful even during less-pleasant tasks.

Hope Essential Oil Blend - Young LivingHope™: A hug for optimism

No matter how much we try to avoid it, everyone faces moments of hardship and heartbreak. During these difficult times, the most important thing is to never lose hope. No matter how thick the darkness gets, there is always a light ahead. Sometimes it’s faint, but it’s there. You just have to look for it. With this kind of understanding, you can overcome anything. Hope essential oil blend is here to gently support you on your journey, with comforting and calming essential oils such as Melissa, Juniper, and Myrrh.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend during times of sadness to help restore your faith and find greater strength and stability.

What oils do you turn to when you’re in need of a spiritual pick-me-up?


Giveaway

We’re giving away a 5 ml bottle of Valor essential oil blend, a 5 ml bottle of Present Time, and a 5 ml bottle of Sacred Mountain (valued at $166.81 retail) to four randomly selected people. Just comment on this post for your opportunity to win! Maybe let us know what are some of your favorite oils for peace and comfort?

Giveaway Rules

– To enter, simply comment on this post.

– Contest ends at 11:59 p.m., MT, on Monday, July 24.

– Four winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Wednesday, July 26.

– Click here for official rules.

10 modern uses for the Oils of Ancient Scripture [Infographic]

Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Persians, Romans, and Israelites have all been documented as proponents of essential oils, but did you know that we can also trace certain essential oils to the Bible itself? Our Oils of Ancient Scripture set contains 10 of these oils, each with modern benefits that you can use in your own home. Always check the essential oil’s label for usage instructions before application.

Biblical Oils Infographic

For more information on the The Oils of Ancient Scripture set, visit this link.

Which oil in this collection are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!  

DIY Perfume with Essential Oils

Scents carry with them a wave of memories and associations. Maybe a classic department store perfume reminds you of your grandmother or the squeaky clean scent of bar soap reminds you of your mother. Our essential oil perfume opens up options for personal scents you’ll be remembered for, without scary ingredients. Plus, this DIY perfume is easy enough to make, tweak, and remake for years to come.

First, let’s dive into a couple essentials that you should know, like the “notes” of the essential oil blends that make up your perfume. Typically, you’ll smell the quick-evaporating top notes first, followed a moment later by the middle notes—the heart of the perfume. Finally, you’ll catch the base notes, which complement the top and middle notes.

When selecting botanicals for your perfume, start with the base note, soften with a middle note, and finish with a top note that makes a positive first impression.

Base note essential oils:

Patchouli Essential Oil - Young LivingIdaho Balsam Fir Essential OilMyrrh Essential OilFrankincense Essential OilCedarwood Essential OilCedarwood Essential Oil

Middle note essential oils:

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil - Young LivingGeraniumJasmine Essential OilRose Essential OilNeroli Essential Oils

Top note essential oils:

lime essential oilTangerine Essential Oil - Young LivingYoung Living Grapefruit Essential OilBergamot Essential Oilorange essential oilBasil Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oilthyme essential oilJade Lemon Essential OilCinnamon Bark Essential OilCoriander Essential Oils

Supplies:

Young Living DIY Perfume Printable Labels

Click to view custom labels

Instructions:

  1. Combine 10–15 drops each of your selected oils in the empty bottle until your essential oil blend is balanced.
  2. Once you’re happy with the blend, fill the rest of the bottle with V-6.
  3. Put the roller fitment and cap on.
  4. Print custom labels.
  5. Wrap label around the bottle and apply transparent tape.
  6. Roll on to your neck, wrists, or anywhere you apply perfume.

 

Which combinations are you excited to try? What would you name your blend? Share your ideas in the comments below!

 

 

DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Get a smooth, dewy, long-lasting makeup look with this essential oil-infused DIY Makeup Setting Spray. With just three ingredients—all of them naturally derived—it can be made at a fraction of the cost of retail brands. This homemade Makeup Setting Spray can also be easily customized to your skin’s needs: add Frankincense essential oil for normal skin, Geranium essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil for oily skin, and Myrrh essential oil for dry skin.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Hold spray bottle about 12 inches from face and lightly spritz skin 2–3 times.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Love your fresh-all-day look!

 

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils in your beauty routine? Share your ideas in the comments below!

DIY Lavender-Oatmeal Bath Soak

You don’t need fancy soaps and serums to create a luxurious and relaxing experience. This Lavender-Oatmeal Bath Soak is simple, inexpensive, and packed with amazing skin benefits. Oats help soothe and repair dry, itchy, and irritated skin, making them a staple in many all-natural beauty products. Epsom salt helps relieve tension in muscles and Tea Tree offers all-natural, gentle cleansing. Lavender and Frankincense essential oils create a relaxing and spiritually uplifting atmosphere and can even help enhance the look of healthy skin.

 

DIY Lavender-Oatmeal Bath Soak Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grind oats in a food processor or coffee grinder into a fine flour-like texture.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until oils are evenly distributed.
  3. Store in a glass jar and use about 1 cup of mixture per bath.

Tip: Create a pouch for your mixture using a sock or pantyhose to reduce floating oatmeal flakes in your bath.

 

Try this blend or experiment with any combination of 30 drops of aromatic/topical essential oils. These are some of our other favorites for skin:

 

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils to help you unwind after a long day? Share your ideas in the comments below!