Opinions on ingesting essential oils

I just did a little search in Amazon to see how many books are available on essential oils and after counting to 106 books I quit counting.  There are so many.  You might think that is awesome that there is so much available and, in some ways, YES that is true!  In other ways, and on the other hand, it is NOT good because many of the choices have little to no value at all for someone using a therapeutic grade essential oil.  What is someone brand new supposed to do?  How are you to wade through everything out there to know what is beneficial?  The internet has even MORE information available than you can find in books. Everybody has an opinion and it is different than everyone else’s.

For instance, I read an article[1] this morning on Essential oil use on Healthline.  It was written on July 3rd, 2018.  “We want to help you own your well-being.” Is one of Healthline’s info taglines.  In Healthline’s “About us” category they state:

“Healthline’s Medical Affairs team ensures that Healthline’s content, products, and services uphold the highest standards of medical integrity. Our dedicated team manages an extensive medical network of over 100 professionals covering more than 50 specialties, providing medical review, expert POVs, fact-checking, and clinical guidance. Healthline’s physicians, nurses, public health experts, and patient advocates help ensure that the information we publish is accurate, evidence-based, current, person-centric, and trustworthy.”

That sounds professional and scientific, right?  The stated information in the last statement:  accurate, evidence-based, current, person-centric, and trustworthy makes it sound authoritative.  It also states that more than 200 MILLION health seekers turn to them every month.  Why are we talking about this?  The aforementioned article had details on several different essential oils including ways to use the oils, reasons to use them were mentioned and then there was a blurb on safety information and cautions.  Among several inaccurate cautions I noticed is some information about Peppermint oil. 

Before I give you the information, allow me to give you some preliminary easy-to-access information.  The FDA has a list of GRAS (Generally regarded as safe for human consumption) essential oils, oleoresins and natural extractives.[2]  It lists “Menthol” the main ingredient in Peppermint oil, and it also lists Peppermint oil itself.  Peppermint oil is used as a common flavoring agent in many candies, gums, beverages, and even in pharmaceuticals. 

Yet Healthline’s article gave the concluding remarks for peppermint of:

“Peppermint essential oil shouldn’t be ingested as it can cause serious side effects like heartburn, headaches, an irritated esophagus, and mouth sores. So, if you need to freshen your breath, just stick to actual mints.”

ALRIGHTY-then, let’s just think about this for a minute with our thinking caps on. The FDA regards peppermint essential oil as safe for flavorings in food and it also regards it as a dietary supplement.  Dietary supplements are ingested.  Dietary supplements are taken to maintain and enhance your quality of life and provide nutrients you aren’t getting in your diet alone. 

Let’s look at Peppermint “mints” AKA “CANDY”.  Starlight’s Peppermint Candy is a very common candy.  Likely it is one that the author of that article would approve. 

Let’s look at the ingredients[3]: “Sugar, Corn syrup, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Red 40, Natural Peppermint Oil.”  WHERE does the flavoring come from in the candy mints?  Yup, Peppermint oil. 

Look what else is in it:  Sugar, Corn syrup, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Red 40.  Every single one of those are harmful ingredients.[4] [5] [6]  So tell me, which would you rather do to freshen your breath: one drop of peppermint oil with no other additives and nothing harmful in it or a mint which starts out with peppermint oil and then adds some sugar, corn syrup and chemicals likely to be carcinogenic, linked to allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness?

Not only does Healthline’s article recommend NOT to ingest Peppermint oil but it has a list of 25 sources at the end of the article which lists an NIH (US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health) article[7] as a source. The safety information found there has the first point as this:

“Peppermint oil appears to be safe when taken orally (by mouth) in the doses commonly used. Excessive doses of peppermint oil can be toxic.”

How did the author of the first article come to her conclusion of “sticking to mints” to freshen your breath?  Beat’s me.  What do you think?

[1] https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-find-the-right-one-for-you

[2] https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=182.20

[3] https://www.spanglercandy.com/starlight-peppermint-mints-bulk

[4] https://www.activebeat.com/diet-nutrition/the-top-10-evil-food-additives/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=AB_GGL_US_MOBI-SearchMarketing_TR&utm_content=g_c_303656419340&cus_widget=&utm_term=healthy%20diet&cus_teaser=kwd-10887131&utm_acid=3040947159&utm_caid=1599827680&utm_agid=62010285818&utm_os=&utm_pagetype=multi&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn76K6czb5wIViYVaBR38mwFUEAMYASAAEgKxSfD_BwE

[5] https://www.chemicalsafetyfacts.org/titanium-dioxide/

[6] http://www.eatingwell.com/article/16442/the-hidden-health-risks-of-food-dyes/

[7] https://nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermintoil

Excerpted from Sense, Scents and No Nonsense, Lewis

When “pretend” gets “real”

Giving a Raindrop this morning to a friend.  In the background her two little girls were playing together sweetly.  They had clay at the kitchen table and were playing “pretend”.  They pretended to be different sets of people.  This is the way it went:

Little Girl #1:  Who are you?

Little Girl #2:  Me?  I’m Elsie… who are YOU?

Little Girl #1:  I’m Rosie

Elsie :  Oh, Okay

*both little girls working with the clay and chitter-chattering back & forth …

(Photo from photobucket)

(Photo from photobucket)

Elsie:  Can I come to your house and sleep tonight?

Rosie:  Yes!  You can sleep in my bed.  Two girls in ONE bed….

Elsie:  Yay!  I love you, Rosie!!!

Rosie:  I love YOU Elsie…..

Elsie:  I love YOU Rosie….

Rosie:  I love YOU TOO Elsie….

Elsie:  We’re having FUN!!

Rosie:  YES!!

*girls kept playing and chattering back/forth as different people…. repeatedly expressing their love for one another every couple sentences……

and then:

Elsie:  I’m sorry I was a butt yesterday!

(the mother & myself burst out laughing SO HARD and I could seriously barely contain myself)

Rosie:  what?  when?

Elsie:  yesterday, at your house, when we were playing, what I said….

Rosie:  Oh….. Okay….. that’s okay…

*back to playing as the momma & I struggled to compose ourselves and it led me to thinking …..

Photo from Photobucket

Photo from Photobucket

So sweet…. little girls, as sisters, being best friends.  Took me back to the days my oldest 2 daughters were little and they would play so sweetly.  *sigh…. they grow up so fast, it’s a whirlwind….  

I don’t know whether Elsie was actually playing she’d been a “butt” or whether she was actually apologizing, but you know she knows she should be apologizing when she’s a “butt”. 

We (or should I say I?) need to take a lesson from the little girls playing …. and apologize when I’m a butt.  And sweet little Rosie, first of all, she had no idea when her sister/friend had BEEN a “butt” …… wonder why? …… maybe because she’d already forgiven and forgotten. 

Another lesson….. forgive others when they’re a “butt”. 

Forgiveness in action, good job, Momma …. you’re training them well….. thank-you, Lord for the simple sweet lesson.



When someone asks you’re what you’re wearing….

True story:  I ran into someone and we exchanged a hug and she said, “You smell SO GOOD, WHAT are you WEARING?”

True story

True story

Not such an easy question for an “oiler” ….. cause you think…. what AM I wearing?  Is she referring to one of my necklaces?  What’s on my neck?  what DOES she smell?

Well….. I got up AND….

Showered using Sensation body wash, then used my Magnesium spray with Lavender…..then applied my specially designed face “wrinkle prep” which has Clary sage, Frankincense, Myrrh, Geranium, Lavender….then I brushed my teeth with my specially created toothpaste with Peppermint….then I applied Endoflex over my adrenals and Nutmeg & En-R-Gee over my thyroid…..then I did my Bible study time and applied Release to my hands/face/neck and had Awaken in the diffuser…..as I was getting ready to leave the house I applied my “special recipe”  Joy/Neroli perfume in my hair and put Abundance in my necklace diffuser and my bracelet diffuser….then I went to the chiropractor and applied Valor and Deep Relief along the back of my neck….then I was in traffic and applied StressAway…. went back home and put on my very special Sandalwood bead necklace & bracelet…..

What are YOU wearing that YOU smell so good?

3 John 2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may PROSPER and be in GOOD HEALTH, just as your SOUL PROSPERS.”

No use crying over spilled milk …… or spilled oil either?

True or NOT true?

Well, whomever it was that made up that saying never was a breastfeeding mother.  For if she WAS, then she would KNOW what it takes to package that liquid gold and how very precious and life-giving it is.  Many a mother I know HAS cried if she spilled her pumped breast milk.

Liquid Gold  Photo credit:  Bing

Liquid Gold
Photo credit: Bing

Not long ago in one of my “oily groups” one of my downline posted this line:

“I just spilled half a bottle of sacred frankincense on the floor. I forgot I took the dropper cap out and turned it right over onto the floor. I’m going to lay in bed and cry the rest of the evening! This might be worse than the time I spilled 6 oz of freshly pumped breast milk!”   from Katie K.

Member Price $89.75 Retail Price  $118.09

Member Price $89.75
Retail Price $118.09

If you’ve ever been a breastfeeding mother or the partner of a breastfeeding mother then you totally understand the comparison.  That stuff is like liquid gold, I kid you not!  It was no surprise, then, when there came a lot of commiserating with the following comments:

“Did this with Grapefruit two weeks ago.  On the plus side, grapefruit is MUCH cheaper, so sorry for your loss.”  Sarah S.

Member Price:  $16.75 Retail Price:  $22.04

Member Price: $16.75
Retail Price: $22.04

“OH!  I would be so horrified, so sorry!”  Tracie W.

“OH my GOODNESS, I’m SO very SORRY!  I totally GET it!!  I too have spilled freshly pumped breast milk AND left oils open ALL NIGHT LONG!”  Aurora I.

“OH!  I so understand!  Hubby accidentally drained about half a bottle of PanAway into our mattress one time.”  Erin M.

Member Price:   $74.50 Retail Price:  $98.03

Member Price: $74.50
Retail Price: $98.03

“I did that once and it was frankincense too.  I used the glass dropper I had and tried to suck up the oil from my office chair mat.  I was so upset.”  Stephanie B.

“I did this with Clarity.  A pretty expensive mistake, too.  I got as much of it as I could with a paper towel and put it in a covered glass container.  I use it now to inhale.”  Tiffany C.

Member Price:  $38.50 Retail Price:  $50.66

Member Price: $38.50
Retail Price: $50.66

“I once dropped a brand new bottle of thieves on my tile floor – that was bad enough!  I can’t imagine dropping Sacred Frank…. my condolences!”  Maureen M.

Member Price:  $33.75 Retail Price:  $44.41

Member Price: $33.75
Retail Price: $44.41

“I’m so sorry, my sister did the same thing last week and lost the whole bottle.  I’m so sorry.”  Pamela M.

“A full bottle of ledum in the recliner and a brand new Claraderm spray in the carpet over here!”  Erica J.

Member Price:  $62.75 Retail Price:  $82.57

Member Price: $62.75
Retail Price: $82.57

“I did this recently with Peace & Calming on my daughter’s dresser while getting her ready for bed. I frantically wiped it up with my hands and rubbed it all over my chest and back. Great part about Peace & Calming is that I was so relaxed after rubbing all that on me that I was no longer upset about it! LOL..  It’s so frustrating when that happens, especially with an expensive oil. I’m sorry.”  Gina A.

My own loss:  “Mine was Ylang Ylang, the whole bottle, granddaughter dumped it, and my kids cleaned it up AND THREW THE PAPER TOWELS AWAY so sad when that happens indeed!!  On the plus side, my house smelled fantastic for several days!”

Member Price:  $40.75 Retail Price:  $53.62

Member Price: $40.75
Retail Price: $53.62


“Soak it up with cotton balls and stick around the house or a wash cloth and smell it all day.”  Miranda R.

“Use a clean cotton cloth to wipe it up then put it in a bag in fridge, that should make it where you can at least inhale it each day for a few days. It might work. Also wipe it all over your body.”  Gloria D.

“Lay on the floor and ROLL in it!”  Barbara W.

“Sniff the floor for the next few weeks!, I feel your pain!”  Sharon H.

“Roll around in it and then charge people $15 to come and smell you!”  Marissa

“I’ve definitely thought about licking the floor before.”  Havalah M.

“Lie down in it!”  Terri W.

Totally reminds me of the scene in Cheaper by the Dozen where all the china is broken, and the mom asks….is everything broken?  Even the little tea cup with the flower on it?”

You just gotta let it go….. but I love the idea of trying to salvage from the loss… what are your ways of making the best of that bad situation?


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Triumphing over infertility

Before the testimonial, some stats regarding infertility:

  • Infertility affects 6.7 million women in the U.S. — about 11% of the reproductive-age population
  • In a survey of married women, the CDC found that 1.5 million women in the US (6%) are infertile
  • Infertility affects men and women equally
  • Irregular/abnormal ovulation accounts for approximately 25 % of all female infertility problems
  • 25% of infertile couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility
  • In about 40 % of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility
  • Most infertility cases — 85% to 90% — are treated with conventional medical therapies such as medication or surgery
  • 12% of all infertility cases are a result of the woman either weighing too little or too much
  • Men and Women who smoke have decreased fertility
  • The risk of miscarriage is higher for pregnant women who smoke
  • Up to 13 % of female infertility is caused by cigarette smoking

Treatments for fertility problems in women depend on what may be keeping the woman from getting pregnant. Sometimes the cause isn’t known.

Treatment may include taking medicine, such as:

  • Clomid {It stimulates your ovaries to release eggs.}
  • Metformin {It’s used to treat PCOS}

Unexplained infertility. If your doctor can’t find out why you and your partner haven’t been able to get pregnant, treatment may include:

  • Clomid
  • Hormone injections
  • Insemination
  • Blocked or damaged tubes. If your tubes are blocked, treatment may include surgery to unblock them

Endometriosis treatment may include surgery to remove endometrial tissue growth. This treatment may not be an option if you have severe endometriosis.

Treatment for the man:

  • Your doctor might recommend that you try insemination first.  (WebMD)

Not a one of those treatments are without risks, not a one.

The following testimonial is incredibly personal to me, as it comes from my daughter and son-in-love.  They have been married just over 5 years and we’ve known since she was very little that her biggest desire in life has been to become a mother.  She loves children and is very good with them.  Infertility is also something I have had no clue how to be supportive of as her mother having had 10 children and never struggling in this area.  We have watched them agonize over “when, when, when, when………. which started giving way to IF”… so very hard.  Following is the announcement she shared on Facebook and subsequently allowed me to share here.

Photo credit:  Wise Capture

Photo credit: Wise Capture


Jonathan and I are stunned, humbled, and exceedingly grateful to be able to announce that we are expecting a baby in January of 2015. Thank you all so much for your support. I have been terrified to share this, as it is so raw and very, very personal. But how will people know, if you don’t tell them? How can they share your joy, if you won’t share how you’ve suffered?

We have been dealing rather privately with infertility issues for a number of years now. The reason for keeping things quiet has been simple: to avoid unsolicited, unwanted, often ignorantly wounding comments and advice. We have encountered our fair share, and it quickly became apparent that it was far less painful to keep our struggles to ourselves. Infertility and the emotions that go along with it are not easily understood.

If our story can get one person to research, “What not to say to infertile couples” and actually change how they interact with people, then it is now worth sharing. I won’t go into all this myself, because the vast selection of articles, blogs, and books that you can find on the subject are all more or less the same. And they’re all right. Please, take the time to find out how you can show compassion to someone around you who is suffering this way. I guarantee you, you know someone struggling with infertility.

Another reason to share some of our story now is that I want you to know that I don’t judge you. I don’t judge you for your situation that I have not lived. I don’t pretend to understand, or know the answers, or have a right to tell you how to cope or feel. I have never been more acutely aware of this than now.

All this time, I have felt so alone. The irony is that I never was.

We have received beautiful, loving support from various family members and close friends. This has helped me to understand that there are probably others out there struggling with something that no one else understands, perhaps feeling that they have no one to talk to. No safe place to vent without fear of being criticized. I want to commit to be that safe place. That’s who I want to be as a person, a safe friendship, no matter what.

My primary reason for opening up about infertility is to share with someone who may not know that there is another way to deal with this. There are things you can try besides drugs, chemicals, and hormones. (If you are choosing something different than I did, I am not sitting in judgment of you. I just want to share what worked for me.)

The medical community has been failing me for years by refusing to address my problems, blowing off my concerns, and treating me like an idiot. I allowed it. Until one day, I didn’t.

I knew I was never going to do any traditional fertility treatments. They scared me too much. One day a friend shared with me that she was seeing a naturopath for her health issues (not fertility related). Finally it clicked. This is what I was looking for! I started seeing Dr. Robert Powell in North Canton. I made significant dietary changes, started exercising a minimum of four times a week, and began taking all natural plant based supplements. I could hardly believe the changes I experienced. It was immediate. Until this point, I had not had normal periods for years. Having three cycles a year was my normal. I was not ovulating or producing any progesterone on my own. In one month, I started having a regular period. By three months, I was producing my own progesterone. In about nine month’s time, I had achieved a textbook perfect menstrual cycle, with zero PMS side effects. (Did you know it is not normal to experience any symptoms during your period?!). I lost weight (and gained muscle!). I eliminated my back pain. I stopped getting cavities. For the first time in 10+ years, I was able to quit my allergy steroid. Now I have very minimal seasonal allergies that are managed solely with local, raw honey. For crying out loud, my vision improved.

Even if I had never conceived, I completely changed my life. The difference in how I felt physically couldn’t have been more startling.

Once I had my physical problems in line, I started using Young Living essential oils to deal with my emotional and spiritual angst.

My mother thought it was hilarious but I would sit at the kitchen table smelling the “Believe” oil repeating out loud (like the girl from the original Miracle on 34th Street),

“I believe. I believe. I feel silly, but I believe.”

6 weeks later, I was pregnant.

Through the years, people would try to encourage me with platitudes such as “Just keep praying for your miracle” and “When the time is right, God will answer your prayers” also “If your faith was great enough, God would hear you and grant you your heart’s desire.” Allow me to respond with a platitude of my own. God helps those who help themselves. Snarky? Perhaps. But I have been praying. For a long, long time. I am so tired of platitudes. God wasn’t giving me my miracle, because He wanted action from me. He wanted me to step up, take responsibility for myself, and make changes in my life. Some people do just need to keep praying for their miracle. But God’s answer for me wasn’t a miracle. It was hard work. It was time to take control of my life and be responsible for how I was living.

People always want to look for the good in bad situations, the beauty that comes from the suffering. I’m sorry, but there is no beauty in infertility. Not for me.

For me there has been:

  • Pain
  • Shame
  • Heart ache
  • Broken dreams
  • Shattered lives
  • Jealousy
  • Rage
  • Bitterness
  • Faltering faith
  • Loss
  • Brokenness
  • Emptiness

I did see something though. Something I had never seen before. I don’t care what anyone says about feminism or being politically correct. My whole life, I knew what I wanted in a man. I wanted a hero. You’ve heard the song?

“I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light
He’s gotta be sure
And it’s gotta be soon
And he’s gotta be larger than life.”

When I met Jonathan, I knew right away I could trust him. He was honest and kind, strong and steady, constant and fearless. I never doubted him. He was gentle, loving, tender-hearted to his very core.

But now, when our world fell apart and everything shattered, I saw him differently.   He was my hero. He was hard. He was steel.

  • He was: I will get up and go to work every single day, and I will make enough money so that you don’t have to. You can stay home and cry every day if you want to, because I will provide for us.
  • He was: I will stop every phone call, every inquiry, and every personal interaction that you don’t want. If people want to ask something, they have to go through me first.
  • He was: Don’t want to see them? I will get rid of them. Don’t want to go there? I will go. Don’t want to do anything? I will do everything.
  • He was: I will sit here, and hold you, and listen to you scream for our baby until your lungs give out and your voice is gone because the poison has to go somewhere. And I can take it.

He didn’t look the way I imagined it. He didn’t ride on a beautiful horse, with glinting armor and shining hair. He was weary. He was battered. He was bleeding. He had tears running down his face because his heart was broken too. But he never stopped fighting. He never stopped carrying me. He is my hero, and the champion of this family.

Jonathan, you are God’s greatest blessing to me. I would follow you anywhere. As always, you have my heart.

Photo credit:  Wise Capture

Photo credit: Wise Capture

****My comments:

As a mother, midwife and fully-vested-in Young Living member and believer, I so much wanted to help her address her fertility myself.  I am so proud of how she chose to address it herself, together as a couple.  She didn’t do what I wanted, she did what she needed.  Much of the dietary issues she dealt with came from a life-long history of a traditional American diet.  My fault, some of it ignorance, much of it laziness, some of it disagreement with my husband over the importance of organic/hormone-free foods versus GMO/hormone laden foods available in most grocery stores.

She completely changed her life in almost every way and transformed her body, her mind and her outlook, even in the face of direct attack and bullying from individuals in the medical community.  She was told by a medical doctor that her lifestyle choices, “will NOT MATTER, will NOT make any difference and furthermore, will NOT last.”  Can you even imagine how that would feel?  On the other hand, I was so excited and happy to hear about the way the naturopathic provider addressed her issues.  It helps that he uses a zyto, even though his is programmed for Standard Process vitamins instead of Young Living products like mine is.  🙂    Maybe one day I’ll get to meet and thank him.

 This is a very good blog post that a friend of mine posted a link to on Facebook several months ago.  It vastly changed the way I personally interact with people regarding this issue.  I very ignorantly would have thought nothing of asking someone without children if they were planning to have any.  I never even considered that they may be struggling with infertility or how that direct question would be felt.

The post suggests any number of issues that could be responsible for couples not having children:

  • health problems
  • bad timing
  • an unstable financial situation

The main thing that slapped me in the face is that “These aren’t issues they wish to discuss with strangers. And why should they?”

HELLO…. It’s intensely intimate.  Would you ask someone if they had had sex that morning?  NO, (well, I hope not anyway) and neither should you delve into someone’s intimate personal details without being directly invited.  In other words, if the other person doesn’t bring it up, DON’T YOU PRY!!  If someone invites you into the conversation, don’t offer advice unless asked.  

It is always appropriate to express your love for them, your promise of prayer and loving thoughts.  Don’t share the latest article, don’t give advise as to what positions during intercourse will accomplish pregnancy easier, don’t say you know how they feel, don’t compare your Aunt Susie’s fertility story.

Believe Essential oil from Young Living is a blend that was reformulated in time for the 2013 Convention, which had the name as the theme.  The blend has the oils: Idaho Balsam Fir, Coriander, Bergamot, Frankincense, Idaho Blue Spruce, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium.  The Essential Oils Pocket Reference describes the blend in this manner,

“Believe helps release the unlimited potential everyone possesses.  It restores feelings of hope, making it possible to more fully experience health, happiness and vitality.”

Staci and Big J…. I love you so much!  Congratulations! I am so happy for you and cannot wait to be a “Lolli” again  🙂   Thanks for allowing me to share you personal story.

Staci and myself on her wedding day, May 2009 Photo credit:  Heart and Light Photography

Staci and myself on her wedding day, May 2009
Photo credit: Heart and Light Photography

If you struggle with infertility, please know you are not alone, and drugs and surgery are not the only answers.  Much love & blessing to you all….as always,

3 John 2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may PROSPER and be in GOOD HEALTH, just as your SOUL PROSPERS.”

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LIVE YOUR DREAM…. June 23-27, 2014

GET READY:      Following are some tips from a veteran conference-goer, whom is also my lovely friend, and upline PLATINUM Heather Brock.  She didn’t get where she is by being a slacker…..

TIPS for Convention and Farm day:


We are not there to shop, tour Salt Lake City, sleep, or eat…..

(However, at least SOME of those things are necessary……)

We ARE there to learn and mold ourselves into what it takes to share the oils we love and become what we need to achieve …..


Attend the sessions and don’t be tempted to stay in the Expo room smelling…..attend every session to help you build your check and you can OWN everything YL has to offer one day! 

-Attend the whole of Farm day!

Last year they had a giant tent sale in the am so bring cash for that should they do it again. They had t-shirts, bags, older promo items etc. Be sure to bring sun-block, water, cash, an extra charger for your phone (WELL worth the money!), a blanket, hat, backpack and a sweatshirt to put on as the sun goes down.

-There are not many eateries within walking distance of the Salt Palace so I highly suggest you bring easy snacks in your tote, purse or backpack. They will have the Young Living Cafe and last year there were plenty of healthy(ish) options from smoothies to pasta and salads.

-Dress in COMFY shoes (lots of walking as the Salt Palace is huge) and bring a cardigan or something to cover up if the rooms get chilly from the AC.

– Be in line EARLY for the opening sessions!

The break-out sessions are not as big a deal in terms of lines and seating. They said they will not allow seat saving so just grab a friend’s hand and go. Don’t attempt to keep together a group of 5 or 6.

-Be prepared to pay 10 dollars (about) a day in parking at the Salt Palace and parking garages near there. If you are carpooling be mindful to pitch in MORE if it is not your car. Honor the person putting wear and tear on their car, same goes for gas.

Participate in the tweeting and social media contests. I won a 15ml Peppermint last year, Carrie won an Everyday Oils set!

Mix up your class choices between product knowledge and business building. —If you have NO idea what to pick take your schedule and a pen to one of us (leaders who’ve been a few times) and we can give you some input.

Cheer on your downline!  —If you have downline members going make sure to connect with them and encourage them to soak it up!

Don’t be tempted to buy what you cannot afford. Do the math. For those of us at 20% ER points most of the product purchases may not be worth buying there. Unless it is a special convention offer, books where shipping would be a fortune etc, try not to break the bank just because it is EXCITING to be there.

Always do the math…”If I waited to buy this how much would I pay in the end?”

-That being said, come with some mad money.

-Stay positive, even if you get tired. When it is over you’ll wish you could rewind time!

-Watch the Diamonds and above, their dust trail is the path we follow.

-Watch your tongue. I am working on this one myself! Be mindful of the energy you bring to your room mates, class mates and our teams.

-Pray to right your heart about where you should be, what is possible and who you need to be to get EVERY second’s worth. You’ll be glad you did!

I probably forgot ten thousand things…. but this will get you started.

Heather Brock  (my most lovely friend, and upline PLATINUM!!!)


Some additional notes:

I found it incredibly hard to stay hydrated.  Dryness abounds there, so think…hydrate your body, your skin, your lips.  I wore Invisalign braces last year and they STUCK to the inside of my lips.  I could not DRINK enough water!  DONE WITH BRACES NOW!!  HALLALEUJAH!!!!  but I will still work hard to stay hydrated.

CAMERA… I regretted not taking my nice camera last year, and will be taking it this year.

BRING EXTRA SET OF CLOTHING IN YOUR CARRY-ON if you are flying, along with your toiletries/make-up….. last year my luggage was lost and I didn’t get it for a few DAYS… had to beg/borrow/steal…. just kidding, didn’t steal anything.  Did have to borrow and buy new though.

Be READY to learn, to be amazed, to laugh, to cry, to make new friends and build deeper friendships, to see your 2-dimentional Facebook faces turn into real live people.  Remember life is RELATIONSHIPS!!!

Hopefully you will find yourself more & more enthralled with the OILS and with the possibilities that Young Living can and does provide…..


If you see me there… PLEASE say “hi” and tell me you read my blog!  It will mean a LOT to me!!

Don’t forget……..”LIVE YOUR DREAM”……

 3 John 2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may PROSPER and be in GOOD HEALTH, just as your SOUL PROSPERS.”

Best essential oil party story ever…..

Went to do an oils party for a member of my downline.  I was doing the teaching, while she was using my zyto to scan everyone.  People would go one-at-a-time over to the table and get scanned and then rejoin the group.  This group was a LOT of fun!  We usually have mostly women at these events although sometimes a husband will turn up here and there.

As we talked and passed the oils around, we had several, “OH THAT is BAD!!! I don’t like IT at ALL!”…..me:  okay, let’s get the “BLUE BOOK, AKA Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils“….. some tears when an emotion connected….TONS of laughter…. some “I LOVVVVVVE that one”…. and “yeah, that fits, alright!”

Then there was a late-comer that joined a little bit into the party.  He came with his wife when she got off work.  He was very leery of being there.  You could tell he was VERY uncomfortable and really wanted to leave.  He was eyeing the door and shifting his weight back and forth and had lots of nervous laughter and no eye contact.

He did agree to stay but refused to participate.  He was to my left and the one I handed each of the oils to, to be passed around.  He would not touch them, but would motion for me to hand it to his wife.  He just sat to the side and watched his wife apply the oils and would smell them on her…. for one, two, three, four oils…. then he starts taking the “hand-off” from me and holding the bottle smelling them….five, six oils…

THEN I passed the Stress Away and he’s dumping that one in his hand, saying “Oh…..I LOVVVVE this one”…

and he’s laughing along with us at the stories…..

Some people think StressAway smells like a Margarita due to the lime oil.  I LOVE it myself!  I’ve even heard of some people that love it in their drinking water.  I wouldn’t have thought to try this blend that way. It always makes me release the tension in my neck & shoulders within seconds of opening the bottle.

StressAway for everyday kit

THEN I get to the Peppermint and he asks, “will this help with congestion?”

me:  “well it supports the respiratory system”  he dumps it on and slaps his hands up to his face….

me:  BE CAREFUL OF YOUR EYES!!!!!…. he just sits there breathing it in, saying:

“THIS IS AWESOME, OH MY, I LOVE it!!!!!  Have you got this that I can take home?  I need a gallon bucket of it!!!”

We get to talking about some of the – “ahem” love-inducing oils and he says, “hey, I thought this was going to be an evening….. THIS IS AN ALL-NIGHTER  🙂  (the oils we talked about were Sensation, Amazonian Ylang Ylang and Hong Kuai)

So much laughter and comradery ……

In the end, as I’m leaving…. he says, “THIS WAS AWESOME!!!”

Oils parties, Not just for women…… Best oil party ever….

3 John 2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may PROSPER and be in GOOD HEALTH, just as your SOUL PROSPERS.”

Dear Marketing Team for Young Living Essential Oils,

To WHOM it may concern,

WELL-PLAYED, Marketing team, WELL-PLAYED……

Offer the A-R-T Day Activator as a promotion ..do it in a month that I need a lot of STUFF…… that’s ONE way to get people purchasing it, that’s ONE way….

April 2014 Promo

April 2014 Promo

I was quite happy with my home-created skin moisturizer…yes, yes, I was…..quite happy…..quite happy indeed…..

Here is one recipe I follow and love……

 Home Spa Face Lift

But now?  Now that I have the A-R-T Day Activator….. NOW….. I NEED it!  Wow, it REALLY makes my skin feel smooth and did from the VERY FIRST application.  Wow, just WOW!

“An extraordinary day cream, the ART Day Activator contains the superior Photolyase enzyme that uses visible light on damaged DNA. This light-bodied, water-based face and neck cream absorbs quickly and is perfect for wearing underneath makeup and sunscreen.”

as I said, “WELL-PLAYED, Young Living Marketing Team, WELL-PLAYED…..

 Sincerely, YLEO member #1325155…..Denise Easthon

Feelings Kit

This kit is an INCREDIBLE VALUE…. one of the best offered by Young Living IMHO.  If you add up the individual costs of just the first three oils it totals more than the whole kit combined.  That’s basically getting 3 free oils plus a little bit more  🙂

  • Inner Child:  Member price –  $26.00
  • Present Time:  Member price – $82.25
  • Forgiveness:  Member price – $48.00
  • Total:  Member price –  $156.00
  • Kit total:  Member price –  $155.75
  • Extra oils:  Release, Valor, Harmony

That’s a no-brainer  …. unfortunately this kit is currently out of stock (3/28/14) but we can rest assured that it is being brought back ASAP.  We can be glad that Dr. Young will not settle for any inferior quality oils even if it means some things go out of stock for a time.

Feelings kit

Let’s peek at the oils individually.  

Inner Child - FK

Application information:  Dilute 1 part essential oi to 1 part V-6 complex.  Diffuse, directly inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply 102 drops on edge of ears, wrists, neck, or temples.  Dilute 1:15 with vegetable oil for body massage.  Add 2 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.  Put 4-8 drops on cotton balls or tissues and put in or on vents.

Warning:  Possible sun sensitivity

Present Time - FK

Application:  Diffuse, directly inhale, or add 204 drops to bath water.  Apply to sternum and thymus area, neck, and forehead.

Forgiveness - FK

Application:  Diffuse, directly inhale, or add 2-4 drops to bath water.  Apply 1-2 drops behind ears, on wrists, neck, temples, navel, solar plexus, or heart.  Dilute 1:15 with vegetable oil for a full-body massage.  Put -drops on cotton balls or tissues and put in or on vents.

Harmonky - FK

Application:  Dilute 1 part essential oil to 1 part vegetable oil.  Diffuse, directly inhale, or add 2-4 drops to bath water.  Dilute 1:15 with V-6 Veg oil complex for a full-body massage.  Put 4-8 drops on cotton balls or tissues and put in or on vents.  Add 2 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.  For topical use:  apply 1-2 drops on edge of ears, wrists, neck, temples, over heart, or chakra and Vita Flex points.  Directly inhale as needed or diffuse for 20-30 minutes daily.

Release - FK

Application:  Diffuse, directly inhale, or add 2-4 drops to bath water.  Apply over liver or anywhere trauma has occurred or as a compress.  Massage on bottom of feet and behind ears.  Dilute 1:15 with V-6 Veg oil complex for body massage.  Put 4-8 drops on cotton balls or tissues and put in or on vents.

Valor - FK

Application:  Diffuse, directly inhale, or add 2-4 drops to bath water.  Apply 4-6 drops to wrists, chest, and base of neck, bottom of feet, or along spine in Raindrop Technique.  When using a series of oils, apply Valor first and wait 5-10 minutes before applying other oils.  Dilute 1:15 with V-6 Veg oil complex for body massage.

Valor is also included in the Everyday Oils Kit and you can see more information on both that kit, and the individual blend HERE.

PIP_Feelings Information sheet from YL.

Personal Care and Home Recipes Earth Day  These are some personal care recipes that lend themselves very well to many of these oils from the Feelings kit.  You are only limited by your own imagination.

3 John 2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may PROSPER and be in GOOD HEALTH, just as your SOUL PROSPERS.”

Sources:  Application information taken from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 5th Edition.

Directions for Dryer Balls – Using Lavender

Following is a recipe for  100% wool Dryer Balls from one of my friend/downline ladies.  She is rockin awesome and agreed to share it with you all.  She knows about natural things, and about laundry and about saving $$ with having lots of littles.

Ursula says, “It’s super easy and worth their weight in gold. Takes the place of fabric softener. The wool acts as a static repellant. Very natural. Saves on the electric bill! They knock the clothes around in the dryer aerating the clothes. Creating more room for the air to circulate. Drying the clothes faster.

These were made about a year ago and still have lots of life left in them.

These were made about a year ago and still have lots of life left in them.

  • Find 100% wool, which isn’t easy.
  • Make yarn balls. Slightly larger than mine would work better, I think.
  • I hide the tail of the yard by using a needle and thread it though the middle so it doesn’t come undone.
  • I boil the balls in a large pot. Just to a boil. (The boiling is to felt the wool. So it doesn’t come apart.)
  • Let them sit until cooled.
  • Then dry them with clothes.

My took a week before they dried out. These balls are super absorbent so it takes a while for them to dry out.

I add a drop of Young Living lavender oil to one ball. Toss all the balls with the laundry into the dryer.  It makes the laundry smell good and cuts the drying time in half.”

THANKS so much Ursula for sharing your recipe with us!!  LOVE you and your family!!

THANKS so much Ursula for sharing your recipe with us!! LOVE you and your family!!

3 John 2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may PROSPER and be in GOOD HEALTH, just as your SOUL PROSPERS.”